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UK INDIE RELEASES WORLD'S
FIRST SACD SINGLE

Eleanor McEvoy

June 2002 sees British independent record label - Market Square - release the world's first single on the emerging SACD (Super Audio Compact Disc) format pioneered by Sony

"Did I Hurt You?" is a double A-side single with "Isn't It A Little Late?" by top Irish singer-writer Eleanor McEvoy. Both are taken from her February 2002 released album "Yola", also on Market Square (MSMSACD113).

The SACD "Super Audio" format is compatible with both SACD and CD players.

"Did I Hurt You?/Isn't It A Little Late?" (Market Square MSMSACD114) is released in the UK on June 3rd 2002 through Koch International.

"Yola" was produced by Eleanor and her pianist Brian Connor with co-writing credits going to Lloyd Cole and Henry Priestman (The Christians). This critically-acclaimed album constitutes songs allowed to fend for themselves with a musical but uncluttered background brought about by the stylish playing of Liam Bradley on percussion, Eoghan O'Neil on bass and Brian Connor on piano.

Eleanor McEvoy achieved star status in Ireland in 1992 when her own song "Only A Woman's Heart" inspired the title for, and appeared on, the "A Woman's Heart" anthology album. It has since gone on to become the best selling album in Irish history.

"A Woman's Heart" stayed in the Top 10 for over a year and still remains in the Irish charts to this day.

Market Square Records carries a growing catalogue spanning folk/roots, rock and pop with a mix of enhanced catalogue reissues and new releases by established artists under its belt. Commenting on the release of the company's - and the world's - first SACD single, director Peter Muir said:

"SACD provides playback quality far richer than conventional CD sound. It brings music closer to the listener with a warmth and colour that's been missing since vinyl. Eleanor's intimate songs are perfect for a medium as intimate as SACD and it's very exciting to be first out with a single to showcase both a great album and a ground-breaking technology for music lovers."

More at www.marketsquarerecords.com together with releases by Kevin Ayers, Steve Ashley, Steve Tilston, Ollie Halsall, Rod Clements, Nirvana (the original) with Paddy Campbell Lyons, Pierre Tubbs, Sonja Kristina and the Bert Jansch Encomium, "People On the Highway."



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