Recently Sony and ABKCO released a series of Hybrid SACDs of the Bob Dylan and Rolling Stones back catalogues. These were superb sounding issues, even on the standard re-mastered CD layer, and came in cardboard digipak style sleeves. Recently I have noticed these albums re-appear in jewel cases as standard CDs, with stickers announcing new digital re-masters. These are the exact same DSD re-masters used on the standard CD layer of the SACD releases. So what are these companies playing at? Surely their marketing departments can't be ignorant of the fact that these releases aren't needed as the SACDs are hybrids and will therefore play on any standard CD player? Indeed I know several people that have bought the original SACD releases, ignorant of the fact that they were SACDs, and who were blown away by the fantastic sound on their standard CD players. This bizarre marketing strategy (?) has resulted in the SACDs disappearing from many stores where they have been available for the past year or so, and the standard CD re-masters taking their place. Surely an own goal for a company like Sony when it is trying to establish SACD as the new format of choice!