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R.E.M. – Monster (Anniversary Edition) (1994/2019) Blu-ray 1080i AVC DTS-HD MA 5.1 + BDRip 1080p

Title: R.E.M. – Monster (Anniversary Edition)
Released: 1994/2019
Genre: Alternative Rock

Released: Craft Recordings
Duration: 00:48:59 + 01:55:55
Quality: Blu-ray
Container: BDMV
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Audio Codec: DTS-HD, PCM

Road Movie (Concert Film)
Video: MPEG-4 AVC Video / 19948 kbps / 1080i / 29.970 fps / 16:9 / High Profile 4.1
Audio #1: English / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
Audio #2: English / DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 4890 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)

Music Videos
Video : MPEG-4 AVC Video / 19996 kbps / 1080p / 23.976 fps / 16:9 / High Profile 4.1
Audio #1:English / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
Audio #2: English / DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 4886 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Size: 32.38 GB

R.E.M.’s ninth album, Monster, was released at a time when the band were coming off the peak of their mainstream success, following Out of Time (1991) and Automatic For The People (1992). Coming from a long break in touring (the band famously didn’t tour with the two previous records), Monster represented an intentional shift in R.E.M.’s sound, a “return to rock” with guitar laden, simple arrangements. It was released to strong reviews and significant global success – reaching #1 on Billboard, and least 7 other countries. In 1995 the band promoted that album with their first concert tour since 1989 (although several band members suffered health problems). The album includes the singles; “What’s The Frequency, Kenneth?,” “Crush with Eyeliner,” “Bang and Blame,” and “Strange Currencies.”

The 25th anniversary edition features the remastered original mix on CD 1, followed by a disc of 15 previously unreleased demos, with names like ‘Rocker With Vocal’ or ‘Mike’s Gtr’. The third CD is Scott Litt’s new 2019 stereo remix and this is followed by two further CDs that offer an unreleased live set from the 1995 Monster Tour. In terms of the new stereo mix, the idea was to pull the guitars back and push the vocals forward to create a more open sound and showcase the lyrics. You can get a taster by listening to ‘What’s The Frequency Kenneth?’, below.

The blu-ray is the sixth and final disc and it includes hi-res stereo (presumably the remastered original mix) and a 5.1 surround mix of Monster. No Dolby Atmos this time around, then. This disc also features the blu-ray debut of the 1996 Road Movie concert film as well as six music videos.

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Munchner Philharmoniker, Sergiu Celibidache – Berlioz Symphonie fantastique, H. 48, Op. 14 (2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Münchner Philharmoniker, Sergiu Celibidache – Berlioz Symphonie fantastique, H. 48, Op. 14 (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 59:51 minutes | 1,06 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © MUNCHNER PHILHARMONIKER GBR

On their label MPHIL, the Munich Philharmonic is opening up its vast archives, giving listeners the opportunity to enjoy one of the richest collections of recordings by legendary artists. Because of the Celibidache era and its part in forming the core essence of the orchestra, the label MPHIL have placed a particular focus on archive recordings under the baton of Sergiu Celibidache. In spring of 2020, it is a recording with Sergiu Celibidache from 1989, which is being made available to audiences around the world: a recording of Hector Berlioz’ Symphonie fantastique.

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Minnesota Orchestra, Osmo Vanska – Mahler – Symphony No. 7 in E Minor ”Song of the Night” (2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Minnesota Orchestra, Osmo Vänskä – Mahler – Symphony No. 7 in E Minor ”Song of the Night” (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:17:27 minutes | 1,29 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © BIS

In an effort to arrange the first performance of his Seventh Symphony, Gustav Mahler declared it to be his best work, ‘preponderantly cheerful in character’. His younger colleague Schönberg expressed his admiration for the work, and Webern considered it his favourite Mahler symphony. Nevertheless, it remains the least performed and least written-about symphony of the entire cycle, and has come to be regarded as enigmatic and less successful than its siblings.

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Milow – Dream So Big Eyes Are Wide (2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Milow – Dream So Big Eyes Are Wide (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 01:01:03 minutes | 692 MB | Genre: Pop
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Homerun Records

Over the last few years Belgian artist Milow has emerged as one of Europe’s most exciting young talents: a plugged-in singer-songwriter with the ability to touch a crowd and the pop know-how required to make great records. He’s an old-school soul with a new-fashioned sensibility. Milow’s music gleams with the inherited song craft of his heroes but it also reflects a point of view all his own. For many artists, success means stop; for Milow, who has sold more than a million albums in Europe, it’s a reason to go. After five years of non-stop touring and having released several well-received albums, Milow moved to Southern California in 2012. Not to start conquering the US, but to recharge his batteries in a sun-drenched region where he had lived before. With the same humble spirit that originally inspired him to start writing songs as a teenager, he patiently worked on his next move in seclusion in a city where no one knew him.

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Mila Shkirtil, St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra & Yuri Serov – Gavrilin: Russian Notebook & Anyuta (Excerpts) (2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Mila Shkirtil, St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra & Yuri Serov – Gavrilin: Russian Notebook & Anyuta (Excerpts) (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:09:47 minutes | 1,22 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Naxos

Valery Gavrilin was one of the most colourful and significant Russian composers of the second half of the 20th century. He was only 25 when he composed The Russian Notebook, a ‘poem of love and death’ crafted in a new musical language that doesn’t employ folk melodies but does use folkloric texts, and with a virtuosic vocal part. These stylised tunes are combined with rich melodies to form a haunting cycle heard here in a 2018 orchestration. The ten numbers from the ballet Anyuta are lively, melodious and touchingly beautiful.

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Miki Kekenj – Mein Utopia – Opus 2 (2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/48kHz]

Miki Kekenj – Mein Utopia – Opus 2 (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 42:43 minutes | 504 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Sony Classical

The debut album of Producer, Violinist and composer MIKI Kekenj is a large-scale concept album between the epic orchestral sounds, hip-hop Beats and Rap featuring CURSE and the WDR radio orchestra.

With my Utopia, Miki kekenj proves that you can combine classical and hip hop, these two musical Genres that may not have anything to do with each other at first glance. With a musical force that only classical music is capable of and with a textual depth that only hip-hop makes possible,” writes hip-hop specialist and Journalist Jan Wehn.

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Mike McGinnis, Elias Bailey & Vinnie Sperrazza – Time Is Thicker (2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/88,2kHz]

Mike McGinnis, Elias Bailey & Vinnie Sperrazza – Time Is Thicker (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 42:43 minutes | 791 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Open Stream Music

Clarinetist Mike McGinnis takes a page from Benny Goodman in leading a trio (albeit different in formation than the original) with bassist Elias Bailey and drummer Vinnie Sperrazza mixing swing, standards and beyond on this accessible and enjoyable outing. McGinnis has a warm and woody tone, sticking to a lower register most of the time as on the loose bopper “Get In The Car” and the warm “On A Clear Day You Can See Forever”. Some fun drums and clapping get into a groove on a read of “Tin Tin Deo” with spaciousness in a blue haze on “Welcome Home” and dreamy on “Agnegation”. Clear and starry nights of sound.

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Michel Herr – Positive (Music for Sextet and String Quartet) (2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Michel Herr – Positive (Music for Sextet and String Quartet) (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 01:02:28 minutes | 712 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Igloo

A full 30 years after the release of the album “Intuitions” on the Igloo label, pianist and composer Michel Herr come back with positivity. Welcome music where the spontaneity of jazz and the magic of strings meet in a fascinating dialogue.


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Michael van Merwyk – The Bear (2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Michael van Merwyk – The Bear (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 48:27 minutes | 508 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Timezone

MvM is a highly decorated and well established figure in the european music scene and has paid his dues on numerous tours and sessions all over Europe. Over the years he earned several awards like „Best Blues Singer“ or Best Guitarplayer“ in germany and even placed 2nd at the IBC in Memphis in 2013 as the first european Band in the long history of the award. His encounters with international greats and local heroes have led to an ever deeper understanding of blues and roots music. He played Pubs, Cafés, Bluesfestivals, Singer/Songwriter Festivals and private Parties and has always the right songs for the right occasion. It ́s always about the music and the people. On his new CD “The Bear“ he is back to the Blues with stories about life’s ups and downs and in-betweens. No matter if MvM plays on his own with his beloved old Dobro or if he’s backed by a small band including the great Christian Dozzler on piano & harmonica, Micha Maas on drums and Tobi Fleischer on bass, there ́s always a relaxed but powerful energy in the music.

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Michael Oman, Amandine Beyer, Austrian Baroque Company – London Calling (2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Michael Oman, Amandine Beyer, Austrian Baroque Company – London Calling (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 01:08:17 minutes | 739 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Fra Bernardo

This new release gives us a small impression of what was played for entertainment in the late 17th and early 18th centuries in the houses of London’s high society. The variety of the programme ranges from typical British melancholy to ostinato melodies by Nicola Matteis, an Italian violinist who, like Handel, who is also represented here, enriched the musical life on the Thames as a musical guest worker and Englishman of choice, to the exuberance of the ‘Ayres’. The famous baroque violinist Amandine Beyer and the recorder player Michael Oman are supported by the ABC – Austrian Baroque Company.

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