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Miles Davis – Porgy And Bess (1958) [Japanese Reissue 1999] {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

Miles Davis – Porgy And Bess (1958) [Japanese Reissue 1999, # SRGS 4518]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 50:33 minutes | Scans included | 2,16 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 1,05 GB

Tomes are available annotating the importance of this recording. The musical and social impact of Miles Davis, his collaborative efforts with Gil Evans, and in particular their reinvention of George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess are indeed profound. However, the most efficient method of extricating the rhetoric and opining is to experience the recording. Few other musical teams would have had the ability to remain true to the undiluted spirit and multifaceted nuance of this epic work. However, no other musical teams were Miles Davis and Gil Evans. It was Evans’ intimate knowledge of the composition as well as the performer that allowed him to so definitively capture the essence of both. The four dates needed to complete work on Porgy and Bess include contributions from several members of his most recent musical aggregate: Julian “Cannonball” Adderley (alto sax), Paul Chambers (bass), and Jimmy Cobb (drums). Although the focus and emphasis is squarely on Davis throughout, the contributions of the quartet on “Prayer (Oh Doctor Jesus),” “I Loves You, Porgy,” and “There’s a Boat That’s Leaving Soon for New York” are immeasurable. They provide a delicate balance in style and, under the direction of Evans, incorporate much of the same energy and intonation here as they did to their post-bop recordings. There is infinitely more happening on Porgy and Bess, however, with much of the evidence existing in the subtle significance of the hauntingly lyrical passages from Danny Banks’ (alto flute) solos, which commence on “Fishermen, Strawberry and Devil Crab.” Or the emotive bass and tuba duet that runs throughout “Buzzard Song.” The impeccable digital remastering and subsequent reissue — which likewise applies to the Miles Davis & Gil Evans: The Complete Columbia Studio Recordings box set — only magnifies the refulgence of Porgy and Bess. Likewise, two previously unissued performances have been appended to the original baker’s dozen. No observation or collection of American jazz can be deemed complete without this recording.

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Cream – Goodbye (1969) [Japanese Limited SHM-SACD 2014] {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

Cream – Goodbye (1969) [Japanese Limited SHM-SACD 2014]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 30:28 minutes | Scans NOT included | 1,23 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans NOT included | 614 MB

After a mere three albums in just under three years, Cream called it quits in 1969. Being proper gentlemen, they said their formal goodbyes with a tour and a farewell album called — what else? — Goodbye. As a slim, six-song single LP, it’s far shorter than the rambling, out-of-control Wheels of Fire, but it boasts the same structure, evenly dividing its time between tracks cut on-stage and in the studio. While the live side contains nothing as indelible as “Crossroads,” the live music on the whole is better than that on Wheels of Fire, capturing the trio at an empathetic peak as a band. It’s hard, heavy rock, with Cream digging deep into their original “Politician” with the same intensity as they do on “Sitting on Top of the World,” but it’s the rampaging “I’m So Glad” that illustrates how far they’ve come; compare it to the original studio version on Fresh Cream and it’s easy to see just how much further they’re stretching their improvisation. The studio side also finds them at something of a peak. Boasting a song apiece from each member, it opens with the majestic classic “Badge,” co-written by Eric Clapton and George Harrison and ranking among both of their best work. It’s followed by Jack Bruce’s “Doing That Scrapyard Thing,” an overstuffed near-masterpiece filled with wonderful, imaginative eccentricities, and finally, there’s Ginger Baker’s tense, dramatic “What a Bringdown,” easily the best original he contributed to the group. Like all of Cream’s albums outside Disraeli Gears, Goodbye is an album of moments, not a tight cohesive work, but those moments are all quite strong on their own terms, making this a good and appropriate final bow.

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Cream – Disraeli Gears (1967) [Japanese Limited SHM-SACD 2013 # UIGY-9534] {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

Cream – Disraeli Gears (1967) [Japanese Limited SHM-SACD 2013 # UIGY-9534]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 82:38 minutes | Scans included | 2,48 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 1,61 GB
Features Original Stereo and Mono Album with several Bonus Tracks

Cream teamed up with producer Felix Pappalardi for their second album, Disraeli Gears, a move that helped push the power trio toward psychedelia and also helped give the album a thematic coherence missing from the debut. This, of course, means that Cream get further away from the pure blues improvisatory troupe they were intended to be, but it does get them to be who they truly are: a massive, innovative power trio. The blues still courses throughout Disraeli Gears — the swirling kaleidoscopic “Strange Brew” is built upon a riff lifted from Albert King — but it’s filtered into saturated colors, as it is on “Sunshine of Your Love,” or it’s slowed down and blurred out, as it is on the ominous murk of “Tales of Brave Ulysses.” It’s a pure psychedelic move that’s spurred along by Jack Bruce’s flourishing collaboration with Pete Brown. Together, this pair steers the album away from recycled blues-rock and toward its eccentric British core, for with the fuzzy freakout “Swlabr,” the music hall flourishes of “Dance the Night Away,” the swinging “Take It Back,” and of course, the old music hall song “Mother’s Lament,” this is a very British record. Even so, this crossed the ocean and also became a major hit in America, because regardless of how whimsical certain segments are, Cream are still a heavy rock trio and Disraeli Gears is a quintessential heavy rock album of the ’60s. Yes, its psychedelic trappings tie it forever to 1967, but the imagination of the arrangements, the strength of the compositions, and especially the force of the musicianship make this album transcend its time as well.

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Andrew Lloyd Webber – The Phantom of the Opera (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) [2004] {2.0 & 5.1} PS3 ISO + FLAC

Andrew Lloyd Webber – The Phantom of the Opera [OST] (2004)
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 63:30 minutes | Scans included | 3,57 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 1,25 GB

For better or worse, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s adaptation of Gaston Leroux’s gothic horror/romance novel has done for stage musicals what Spielberg’s Jaws did for fish stories, with worldwide sales of its original cast album approaching 25 million. While director Joel Schumacher’s film turns on his typically ambitious visual verve, its new film soundtrack recording has been paradoxically focused in scope, yet beefed up dynamically via the brawny presence of a hundred piece orchestra and The London Boys Choir. This single disc version showcases all of Phantom’s key songs (a deluxe, double-disc edition is also available), with Gerard Butler imparting a welcome, youthful sensuality to his Phantom, making a fine foil for Emmy Rossum’s ever-conflicted Christine. Original show orchestrator David Cullen has fashioned compelling new contemporary arrangements to frame Webber’s songs — which now conclude with the lilting, upbeat new ballad he wrote for the film, “Learn to Be Lonely,” sung by Minnie Driver.

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Elton John – Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (1973) [30th Anniversary Edition 2003] (2x SACD-ISO) {2.0 & 5.1} PS3 ISO + FLAC

Elton John – Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (1973) [30th Anniversary DCD Edition 2003]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 89:33 minutes | Scans included | 5,99 GB
or FLAC 2.0 (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | 90:03 mins | Scans included | 1,9 GB
30th Anniversary Edition 2003 with Bonus Tracks | Features 2.0 Stereo and 5.1 multichannel surround sound

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road is the seventh studio album by the British singer-songwriter Elton John. Released in 1973, it has come to be regarded as one of his best and most popular albums. In 2003, the album was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. The album was ranked No. 91 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time, and No. 59 in Channel 4’s 2009 list of 100 Greatest Albums. The album has sold 31 million copies.

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Elton John – Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (1973) [Japanese Limited SHM-SACD 2010 # UIGY-9052] PS3 ISO

Elton John – Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (1973) [Japanese Limited SHM-SACD 2010 # UIGY-9052]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 76:19 minutes | Scans included | 3,07 GB

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road is the seventh studio album by the British singer-songwriter Elton John. Released in 1973, it has come to be regarded as one of his best and most popular albums. In 2003, the album was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. The album was ranked No. 91 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time, and No. 59 in Channel 4’s 2009 list of 100 Greatest Albums.

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Elton John – Tumbleweed Connection (1970) [Reissue 2004] {2.0 & 5.1} PS3 ISO + FLAC

Elton John – Tumbleweed Connection (1970) [Reissue 2004] {2.0 & 5.1}
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 59:39 minutes | Scans included | 4,0 GB
or FLAC 2.0 (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | 60:08 mins | Scans included | 1,25 GB
Remastered SACD Reissue 2004 | Features 2.0 Stereo and 5.1 multichannel surround sound

Tumbleweed Connection is the third album by English singer/songwriter Elton John. It is a concept album based on the country and western/Americana themes. All songs are written by John and Bernie Taupin, with the exception of “Love Song” by Lesley Duncan. The album was recorded at Trident Studios, London, England in March 1970 and released in October of the same year. It peaked at #2 on the UK Albums Chart and #5 on the US Billboard 200 chart. In the US, it was certified gold in March 1971 and platinum in August 1998 by the RIAA. In 2003, Tumbleweed Connection was ranked #463 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

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The Rolling Stones – Live At The Max (19912009) Blu-ray 1080p AVC DTS-HD MA 5.1 + BDRip 1080p

Title: The Rolling Stones – Live At The Max
Release Date: 2009
Genre: Rock
Artists: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, Ronnie Wood, Bill Wyman & Chuck Leavell – Keyboards; Bobby Keys – Saxophone; Bernard Fowler – Vocals; Lorelei McBroom – Vocals; Sophia Jones – Vocals; Crispin Cioe – Uptown Horns; Bob Funk – Uptown Horn; Arno Hecht – Uptown Horn; Hollywood Paul Litteral – Uptown Horn

Production/Label:Universal Music
Duration:01:24:43
Quality: Blu-ray
Container: BDMV
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Audio codec: PCM, DTS
Video: MPEG-4 AVC 25989 kbps 1920x1080p / 23,976 fps / 16:9 / High Profile 4.1
Audio#1 English DTS-HD MA 5.1 / 48 kHz / 4918 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Audio#2 English LPCM 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
Size: 21.57 GB

This 1991 concert film was shot in the IMAX format and was originally presented on enormous IMAX screens, with outstanding visual and audio clarity. The dimensions may have been scaled down for this Blu-ray release, but the show is still huge in energy and talent. Filmed during a European leg of the Rolling Stones’ Steel Wheels tour, this production boasts 15 songs and an extraordinary stage set with inflatable floozies (for “Honky Tonk Woman”) and wild dogs (rather cleverly for “Street Fighting Man”). The Stones’ set emphasizes material from the late 1960s and early ’70s (“Tumbling Dice,” “Happy,” “You Can’t Always Get What You Want”), but the band’s performance is so furious that the show is far from a pandering oldies act. Highlights include “Paint It Black,” at once brutal and delicate, as well as a muscular “Rock and a Hard Place,” a psychedelicized “2,000 Light Years from Home,” and a cheeky “It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll.” Once kings of a gloriously sloppy sound, the Stones prove to be as effective in their artistic maturity with small, breathtaking touches as they are with chunky orchestration. Guitarists Keith Richards and Ron Wood play as if they are of one mind, Richards providing powerful leads while his partner captures some of the texture of the group’s original recordings. Bassist Bill Wyman, still in the band at this phase, offers wit and an encyclopedic grasp of rhythm & blues history, while drummer Charlie Watts adds control and swing. Mick Jagger prowls, climbs around the set, and delivers all the charismatic goods for adoring audiences, even touching the forbidden fruit again in a feverish peformance of “Sympathy for the Devil.”

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Average White Band – Cover to Cover / Soul to Soul (2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Average White Band – Cover to Cover / Soul to Soul (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 50:04 minutes | 562 MB | Genre: Soul
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Crimson

Cover To Cover/Soul To Soul is a collection showcasing their take on classic recordings, both Soul and otherwise and demonstrates why Average White Band were totally embraced as an authentic R&B band in the USA.

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Autumn Of Communion – Zosimus Alchemista (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Autumn Of Communion – Zosimus Alchemista (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:15:26 minutes | 1,42 GB | Genre: Electronic, Ambient
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Fantasy Enhancing

Mick Chillage and Lee Norris come together as Autumn Of Communion. Between them, their music stretches into the deepest roots of modern ambient music. Zosimus Alchemista the type of music that breaks down boundaries and epitomizes the true early 90’s ambient sound and arguably, Autumn Of Communion is the purest distillation of their combined work.

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