|danny summer "AM" : still a yardstick for HK's audiophile music|
a check with hk's premier hifi website review33 reviews that most of these new "hot" albums are not good (it is rare that even hk audiophiles criticize they own local singers/products). which concurs with our observations too: the recording standards has gone up, but the music has gone down.
hk is the mother land of of audiophile CDs. in the heyday in the 80s, when hifi business was flourishing, there were plenty of superb audiophile CDs with great recording and musicality. remember danny summer (ha xiu seng)? his debut audiophile "AM" is still a gem, a yardstick for hk's audiophile productions.
seriously, what is the point for all those fancy formats like HQCD, HQCDII, ABCD, XYZ etc etc etc when your music is not great? at least the major labels like universal and warner realize that, like in the hundreds of back-catalog titles they re-issued in the last 2 years, even if your recording sucks, as long as the music is great, it makes sense to remaster it and market it as audiophile. that's how major labels eat up one-third of the audiophile CD market pie in such a short time. the other 1/3 belong to traditional small audiophile labels and high-rez downloads. yes, the pie used to belong 100% to traditional small audiophile labels back in 5 years ago.
interestingly, the is something that many audiophile producers don't know. the really big-selling titles never ever mentioned that they are audiophile recordings but somehow their music appeals to the masses, audiophiles included. and their recording is decent enough to please the audiophiles. who are these artistes? zee avi, joanna wang, katie melua, norah jones to name but a few.
now with the pie shrunk to 1/3, the audiophile music market is no niche and unprofitable that producing an album is almost a guaranteed loss-making venture.
so our advice is: why not make music that appeal to the masses, the genuine music lovers, audiophile included. and please, no need special formats unless the title is already a classic best-selling title. concentrate on the musical contents, get the best musicians (and not lounge sessionists), get really good vocalists, good arrangers, and your likelihood of making a profit is much higher.