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MCA MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT GROUP TO PROVIDE MUSIC SOFTWARE FOR NEW DIGITAL COMPACT CASSETTE DECKS

- ENTERTAINET - TO BUSINESS, TECHNOLOGY AND MUSIC EDITORS:
 MCA MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT GROUP TO PROVIDE MUSIC SOFTWARE
 FOR NEW DIGITAL COMPACT CASSETTE DECKS
 Music in New Format from MCA Records, Geffen Records and GRP
 to Be Released Simultaneously with New DCC Deck from Technics
 UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., May 22 /PRNewswire/ -- MCA will release a variety of titles in the new digital compact cassette (DCC) format on its MCA Records, Geffen Records, DGC and GRP labels to coincide with the introduction of the new Technics Digital Compact Cassette deck beginning in October 1992, it was announced today by Al Teller, chairman of the MCA Music Entertainment Group.
 Among the artists whose works will be available this year, beginning in October, will be Bell Biv Devoe, Bobby Brown, Heavy D. & the Boyz, Glenn Frey, Elton John, Wynonna Judd, Reba McEntire and Steelheart on the MCA label; Geffen's Kitaro and Nirvana; and Dave Grusin, Diane Schuur, Glenn Miller and Gary Burton from GRP.
 DCC -- hailed as the next big step in audio -- provides high-quality digital sound to a new tape format that is compatible with existing analog cassettes. It is expected to become the new audio tape standard for home, car and personal use. DCC uses the same record/playback speed, tape width and shell dimensions as analog cassettes, and the cassettes feature a retracting metal sleeve that shields the tape and hub holes from damage.
 The digital nature of DCC also lends itself to applications beyond the quality of the sound. Prerecorded tapes can contain titles, lyrics, biographies of the artists and other data, which can be displayed on an LCD display or video screen.
 DCC decks sold in the United States will contain the Serial Copy Management System (SCMS) to prevent the making of digital copies of copies.
 According to Teller, there will be a steady stream of titles from at least four MCA labels -- including MCA Records, Geffen, GRP and DGC -- on DCC in the months ahead. "We selected a diverse group of artists and titles for this year's launch to represent a wide variety of musical tastes," Teller said. "The artists are a reflection of the different kinds of music on our labels, and include new and catalog music in superb digital sound in tape format for the first time."
 The titles which will be available in DCC format in 1992 include Nirvana's "Nevermind," a new album from Brown (as well as his "Don't Be Cruel"), Judd's "Wynonna," "Peaceful Journey" by Heavy D. & the Boyz, Frey's "Strange Weather," John's "The One," Patti LaBelle's "Burnin'," Live's "Metal Jewelry" (on Radioactive/MCA), McEntire's "For My Broken Heart," Bell Biv Devoe's "Poison," Vince Gill's "I Still Believe in You," Schuur's "In Tribute," "Affairs of the Heart" by Jody Watley and Kitaro's "Live in America."
 Other artists and titles for the launch include two B.B. King titles ("Live at the Apollo" and "The Best of B.B. King"), "The Gershwin Collection" by Dave Grusin, "Harlequin" by Grusin and Lee Ritenour, Ritenour's "Festival," "Shadows" by David Benoit, Burton's "Reunion," Buddy Holly's "20 Golden Greats," "Break Like the Wind" by Spinal Tap and a new album from Steelheart, "Tangled in Reins."
 Also available in 1992 will be Patti Austin's "Carry On," Duke Ellington's "Digital Duke," Neil Diamond's "12 Greatest Hits," Boston's "Third Stage," Patsy Cline's "Greatest Hits," the original soundtrack albums, "The Commitments" and "The Commitments Volume 2," Louis Armstrong's "Hello Dolly," a new project from Andrew Strong, the original soundtrack of "Out of Africa," a new album and "Close" by Kim Wilde, the Glenn Miller Orchestra's "In the Digital Mood," Chick Corea/Electric Band's "Beneath the Mask" and "Alive" by Chick Corea/Acoustic Band, and the Rippingtons' "Curves Ahead."
 The MCA labels are consistent leaders in the rock, pop, R&B, jazz and country fields. The MCA, Geffen/DGC and GRP labels will announce additional artists and titles on DCC in the near future.
 Background information about DCC:
 DIGITAL COMPACT CASSETTE DECK AND FIRST SOFTWARE BY TECHNICS, MCA
 TO BE AVAILABLE SIMULTANEOUSLY IN U.S. IN OCTOBER
 The hardware and software for the next step in audio -- the digital compact cassette -- will be available simultaneously through Technics and the MCA Music Entertainment Group in October, 1992.
 Software titles on DCC will be available from MCA labels: MCA Records, Geffen Records, DGC and GRP Records.
 Among the MCA, Geffen/DGC and GRP artists to be available on DCC this year, beginning in October, will be Bobby Brown, Nirvana, Glenn Frey, Reba McEntire, Vince Gill, Dave Grusin, Heavy D. & the Boyz, Elton John, Wynonna Judd, B.B. King, Kitaro and Diane Schurr.
 According to Mike Aguilar, vice president and general manager of Technics, "DCC brings CD-quality digital sound to a new tape format that is compatible with existing analog cassettes. Because DCC delivers dynamic digital sound and enables users to play conventional analog cassettes, it is expected to become the new audio tape standard for home, car and personal use," he explained.
 DCC delivers the sound quality consumers have come to expect from compact discs: sound with no annoying hiss, virtually no distortion, and ruler-flat frequency response. And, because it is digital, DCC uses no noise reduction systems or confusing varieties of tape.
 "It's the best of both worlds," added Aguilar. "DCC will explode on the audio scene because it offers superb digital sound and still lets consumers enjoy music collections that they have been building for years."
 Technics will introduce its first DCC deck in the United States in October. Other DCC products, including headphone stereos, portable radio cassette recorders, car audio systems, mini-systems and home audio systems, are expected to follow in the near future. These products will be marketed under the Technics and Panasonic brand names.
 Panasonic blank DCC tape will come on the market at the same time as the first DCC deck. Ninety- and sixty-minute tapes will be available.
 Technics is a division of Panasonic Co., a wholly owned subsidiary of Matsushita Electric Corp. of America. Technics markets a full line of advanced audio products, including compact disc players and changers, A/V receivers, amplifiers, analog cassette decks, speakers, mini-systems and musical instruments.
 The MCA Music Entertainment Group is a division of MCA Inc., and it also includes UNI Distribution Corp., MCA Music Publishing, Facility Merchandising Inc., Winterland Productions and MCA Concerts Inc.
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 /CONTACT: Paula Batson, 818-777-8961, or Ron Shapiro, 818-777-8992, both of MCA Music Entertainment/ CO: MCA Music Entertainment Group; Technics ST: California IN: ENT SU: PDT


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