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Labels see the positive side of combo disks.

The first wave of DualDiscs --the two-sided disc made up of a CD player side and a DVD player side--arrived in stores the last week of October and the first week of November.

More than 50 titles are being released on DualDisc during the holiday season.

The discs are also seen as providing enhanced value for consumers that may steer them from illegally downloading music.

Warner Music Group was the first major label to unveil the CD-DVD combo, releasing Simple Plan's "Still Not Getting Any ..." (Lava) and the Donnas' "Gold Medal" (Atlantic) on Oct. 26.

This month, Universal and Sony BMG will release DualDisc versions of catalog items from the Mavericks, Robert Cray, Lynyrd Skynyrd and others. On Nov. 23, Rhino will release the Grateful Dead's "American Beauty," and Warner Bros. will issue Trapt's self-titled debut from 2002 in the new format. EMI will enter DualDisc waters next year.

The DVDs by Simple Plan and the Donnas will include behind-the-scenes "making-of-the-album" footage, photo galleries and lyrics, as well as the entire album available in enhanced sound--5.1 Surround Sound and/or DVD-Audio or high-resolution stereo.

"DualDisc's unique audio and video features give out artists a broader palette for creative expression," says John Esposito, prexy of Warner Music's distribution arm, WEA Corp.

DualDisc releases in the pipeline include work by-Blondie, David Bowie, Diana Krall, Good Charlotte, Jamie Cullum, Jane Monheit, Keane, Living Colour, Miles Davis, Nine Inch Nails, Snow Patrol, Taj Mahal and Yo-Yo Ma.

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Title Annotation:Music
Author:Gallo, Phil
Publication:Variety
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Nov 8, 2004
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