According to a posting on The Deep Purple Appreciation Society
web site, the first three Deep Purple
reunion albums "Perfect Strangers
" (1984), "The House Of Blue Light
" (1987) and "Nobody's Perfect
" (1988) will get the SHM-CD (Super High Material CD) treatment in paper sleeve editions. They will be issued in this format in Japan in late February 2009 as limited editions.
According to Positive-Feedback.com, Super High Material CD is an improved version of the Compact Disc material that uses super-quality, enhanced transparency polycarbonate material developed for use in LCD screens. They will play in any CD player. Universal Music Japan and JVC co-developed the SHM-CD. They report that the new material allows the pits to be formed more precisely plus eliminates laser splatter. The signal characteristics are improved as a result with overall lower distortion and better musicality.
Thanks for the report to Blabbermouth.net