It has been 30 years since Loreena McKennitt’s award winning album “The Visit” propelled her onto the international stage. Now, as part of a deluxe limited-edition box set with 4 CDs and 1 Blu-ray disc, fans for the first time ever will hear her album in their choice of Dolby Atmos or 5.1 surround. Additionally, the discs are housed in a hardback book which includes a 32-page illustrated booklet, plus when ordering directly from the artist’s site, a bonus hand-autographed 5” x 7” postcard is included.
Across the four compact discs, the first disc contains the original recording remastered in 2004, the second disc includes two archival performances from The CBC and NPR's World Cafe in 1992, the third disc features a 1991 interview with journalist Tim Wilson and a previously unreleased 2020 round-table discussion with Loreena and colleagues, while the fourth disc features a binaural headphone mix as well as a soundboard recording of previously unreleased 2016 trio performances.
Of greatest interest to surround and high resolution audio aficionados, the audio Blu-ray consists of three different formats: Dolby Atmos, 5.1 surround, and a hi-resolution stereo version. The two different surround mixes have been created by the original recording and three-time Juno winning engineer Jeff Wolpert at his Dolby Atmos Studio Desert Fish in Toronto, Canada. At the time of this writing no details regarding sampling rate, codecs, and sources were available.
For analog audiophiles, the album will be reissued on 180 gram vinyl as a numbered edition, which also includes a free digital download coupon.
Scheduled for release September 24, 2021.
4 CD + 1 Blu-ray Limited Deluxe Edition with Atmos and 5.1 surround mixes, plus hi-res stereo remaster, along with bonus material. Also available on 180 gram vinyl and through streaming sites.