Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Time Takes Time Blu-spec CD2

New edition "Time Takes Time" CD (Japan)
26. October 2016 saw the release of Ringo Starr's 1992 album "Time Takes Time" on a Blu-spec CD2 in Japan. As was the case with the original Japan release of the album, it includes the bonus track "Don't Be Cruel", otherwise only available on the "Weight Of The World" single. A Sony Music release, the album is also available on a yellow vinyl limited edition (1500 copies). The releases were available to buy at Ringo's recent concerts in Japan.

Limited edition yellow vinyl release.
The Blu-spec CD format is a Red Book Compact Disc manufactured by a proprietary process introduced by Sony Music Entertainment Japan in 2008. Instead of a traditional infra-red laser, a blue laser is used for recording the pits on the CD master that is needed for disc replication. The blue laser purportedly creates more precise pits, which Sony claims reduces distortion in the optical read-out process. The "Blu-spec CD2" or BSCD2 is a 2012 progression of the Blu-spec CD format which employs a more precise BD cutting machine, a master disc that is made from the same smooth material as silicon wafers for chip manufacture, and a different recording layer material for the master disc. Sony refers to this process as "Phase Transition Mastering".  A Blu-spec CD and a Blu-spec CD2 disc can be played on all CD players and does not require a blue laser to be read.

10 comments:

DAVID LOCK said...

"Don't Be Cruel" was issued on the "Weight Of The World" U.S. CD Single.

RAJ said...

I love Ringo's version of "Don't Be Cruel"! I had the CD single too.

db said...

His last decent long player

James19 said...

No way. Ringo Rama is up there with this album

vagma said...

Y Not is brilliant!

James Percival said...

I bought Ringo Rama (2003) as an impulse buy when it came out and thought it a good record. Encouraged by that I then tracked down some of the previous ones and I really rate Vertical Man (1997) - even though it apparently sold really poorly. Encouraged by those I bought Choose Love (2005) and liked that too. I stopped buying at that point, but I do think Ringo had a very good team around him including Mark Hudson.
Nothing is likely to top Ringo (1973), however...

db said...

Is Ringo a stand-alone talent? For sure, but it's all hinged on him being a Beatle. It doesn't stand up otherwise. I think it was his remake of Love Me Do that did it for me... and how could anyone defend a song like Postcards From Paradise? Surely there's better music to seek out in the short time you have alive than a song like that? Or is it simply because I still can't get over the sounds on Revolver and Abbey Road etc that I even know about a song like Postcards From Paradise? (or Biker Like An Icon, or Meat City, or Devil's Radio).

James Percival said...

db, we've had this conversation before a few posts back. I can't speak for others, but I have incredibly wide and varied music tastes - early music, choral, chamber and orchestral including contemporary composers, folk, modern jazz and even progressive rock. The Beatles and solo albums are only a small part of my collection. If I want to purchase and listen to solo Ringo records I certainly will, and let's be clear they haven't sold well since the early 70s, so what's the harm? Who's being conned? I have realistic expectations, and I find them pretty enjoyable to be honest. But I would go further and say that there are half a dozen solo Beatles albums that among my favourite of all time. I think the best of them do compare with Beatles albums, and I think that there is a lazy trope that it has all been a massive disappointment since they split. But I don't find the Plastic Ono Band, Imagine, Band on the Run, All Things Must Pass, Cloud 9 or Flaming Pie, etc even remotely disappointing. Their individual talent didn't suddenly disappear.
As an aside, I actually thought his remake of Love Me Do was pretty enjoyable. I remember playing that album driving back from a race I did well in, and it still brings back great memories. He was making a point, too: namely his omission from the main release.

Michael Ventimiglia said...

Does the Japan yellow vinyl also have the don't be cruel track or just the cd?

Roland Lestoquoit said...

Any idea about how to order the yellow vinyl copy of Time Takes Time ?