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Surprise content on Seal II blu-ray audio

Deluxe edition better than expected

Seal’s second album was reissued last week and the blu-ray audio – only available as part of the 2CD+blu-ray deluxe edition – has delivered some unexpected content.

Rhino/Warner Records told everyone that this included just a Dolby Atmos Mix and a hi-res 96/24 stereo mix, so retailers who offered this format – including the SDE shop – naturally repeated those details. But now the product has been released, it turns out that there is a third audio stream on the blu-ray: a 5.1 Surround Sound Mix!

No mention of the 5.1 mix on the disc (or packaging)

This is not mentioned at all on the packaging or the disc, it’s only once you put the blu-ray disc in your player and see the menu screen that you’ll notice that ‘DTS 5.1‘ is an option. This is actually a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 mix at 96 /24. It appears to be the 5.1 mix included with the US-only CD+DVD edition from 2005 and not rendered from the new Atmos Mix.

This is great news for Seal fans, since the long out-of-print CD+DVD edition is very hard to get hold of and – until now – was the only way to acquire the 5.1 mix.

Menu screen confirms “DTS 5.1” content on Seal II (click image to enlarge)

Whether this was planned ‘Easter Egg’ type content, a last minute addition or just a cock-up, we’ll leave for you to decide. It’s not all positive news, because the hi-res stereo mix (labelled bizarrely as ‘DTS Stereo’) is not 96/24 as promised, but is actually 48/24.

Seal II is out now. You can order a copy of the 2CD+blu-ray deluxe edition via the SDE shop using this link or the button below.

Tracklisting

Seal / Seal II 2CD+blu-ray with Atmos MIx

Seal II Seal /

    • CD 1: Seal II (Remastered)
      1. BRING IT ON (2024 REMASTER)
      2. PRAYER FOR THE DYING (2024 REMASTER)
      3. DREAMING IN METAPHORS (2024 REMASTER)
      4. DON’T CRY (2024 REMASTER)
      5. FAST CHANGES (2024 REMASTER)
      6. KISS FROM A ROSE (2024 REMASTER)
      7. PEOPLE ASKING WHY (2024 REMASTER)
      8. NEWBORN FRIEND (2024 REMASTER)
      9. IF I COULD (2024 REMASTER)
      10. I’M ALIVE (2024 REMASTER)
      11. BRING IT ON (REPRISE) [2024 REMASTER]
    • CD 2: RARE
      1. BRING IT ON (ALTERNATE VERSION)*
      2. REALITY*
      3. PRAYER FOR THE DYING (ALTERNATE VERSION)*
      4. KISS FROM A ROSE (ALTERNATE VERSION)*
      5. FAST CHANGES (ALTERNATE VERSION)*
      6. NEWBORN FRIEND (ALTERNATE VERSION)*
      7. I’M ALIVE (ALTERNATE VERSION)
      8. DON’T CRY (ALTERNATE VERSION)*
      9. PEOPLE ASKING WHY (ALTERNATE VERSION)*
      10. DREAMING IN METAPHORS (ALTERNATE VERSION)*
      11. IF I COULD (ALTERNATE VERSION)*
      12. LOVE IS POWERFUL
      13. MANIC DEPRESSION (FEAT. JEFF BECK)
      14. BLUES IN E
      15. THE WIND CRIES MARY
      16. FLY LIKE AN EAGLE
    • Blu-ray: Atmos & Hi-res Stereo
      Seal II – Atmos Mix & Hi-Res Stereo
      1. BRING IT ON
      2. PRAYER FOR THE DYING
      3. DREAMING IN METAPHORS
      4. DON’T CRY
      5. FAST CHANGES
      6. KISS FROM A ROSE
      7. PEOPLE ASKING WHY
      8. NEWBORN FRIEND
      9. IF I COULD
      10. I’M ALIVE
      11. BRING IT ON (REPRISE)

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