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Lady A – On This Winter’s Night (2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/48kHz]

Lady A – On This Winter’s Night (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time – 55:06 minutes | 682 MB | Genre: Christmas
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © BMLG Records

Lady A are returning to their 2012 Christmas project On This Winter’s Night, and adding four new tracks to the album for this holiday season.

“When I think back to that original [album], we didn’t have children yet,” the group’s Dave Haywood told a group of reporters, including Sounds Like Nashville. “We wrote [‘Christmas Through Your Eyes’] with just the three of us, which was really the way we started as a band, so that was a special moment and something that only could have happened at this point in time in our lives and our careers.”

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Eric Clapton – LΙFΕ ΙΝ 12 ΒΑRS (2018) Blu-ray 1080p AVC DTS-HD MA 5.1 + 2xCD FLAC

Title: Eric Clapton – LΙFΕ ΙΝ 12 ΒΑRS
Released: 2018
Genre: Documentary, Rock, Blues, Blues Rock

Released: Eagle Vision Media 
Duration: 02:14:12
Quality: Blu-ray
Container: BDMV
Video codec: AVC
Audio Codec: DTS-HD MA, LPCM
Video: MPEG-4 AVC Video / 17988 kbps / 1080p / 24 fps / 16:9 / High Profile 4.1
Audio # 1: Italian / DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1816 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
Audio # 2: English / DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1788 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
Audio # 2: English / Dolby Digital Audio / 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -31dB (bonus)
Size: 22.12 GB

This documentary contextualizes Eric Clapton’s role in contemporary music and cultural history. Told through his own words, it reflects on his traumatic childhood, his difficult struggle with drugs and alcohol, the loss of his son and how he always found his inner strength and healing in music. It features extensive interviews with Clapton himself, along with his family, friends, musical collaborators, contemporaries and heroes – including late music icons B.B. King, Jimi Hendrix and George Harrison. Directed by Oscar winner Lili Fini Zanuck.

Eric Clapton is the only ever three-time-inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, is an 18-time Grammy Award winner and widely renowned as one of the greatest performers of all time. But behind the scenes is restlessness and tragedy. Clapton’s quest to grow his artistic voice left fans surprised as he constantly quit successful bands. His isolated pursuit of his craft, and fear of selling out, served as a catalyst for his evolution as an artist.

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The Great Jazz Trio – Autumn Leaves (2002) [Japanese SACD 2005 #VRCL-18808] {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

The Great Jazz Trio – Autumn Leaves (2002) [Japanese SACD 2005 #VRCL-18808]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 54:48 minutes | Scans included | 2,21 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 1,08 GB

The Great Jazz Trio was a working cooperative working with various lineups led by Hank Jones in during the 1970s and 1980s, but the revival of this defunct group finds Jones joined by two newcomers to the group, seasoned veterans Richard Davis on bass and the leader’s brother, Elvin Jones, on drums. Oddly enough, the two brothers have recorded together very infrequently during their long careers, so this opportunity must have been special to them. The opening track signals a different direction for the group, with Elvin’s explosive solo stealing the show in “Autumn Leaves.” The pianist’s imaginative arrangement of “Yesterdays” begins as a stunning solo before Davis’ sparse bass and Elvin’s brushes join him. The buoyant treatment of Kenny Dorham’s “Blue Bossa” finds Hank in a humorous mood, inserting several brief quotes from well-known works such as “Hot House” and “Blue Skies.” The trio is clearly cooking by the time it recorded the percolating take of Oliver Nelson’s “Six and Four.” Hopefully, this delightful date by The Great Jazz Trio will result in a follow-up recording session.

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The Great Jazz Trio – July 5th, Live at Birdland, NY (2007) [2.0 & 5.0] {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

The Great Jazz Trio – July 5th, Live at Birdland, New York (2007)
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & 5.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 57:50 minutes | Scans included | 3,59 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 1,16 GB

At age 89, Hank Jones is playing as well as any point in his long, celebrated career. He is still constantly challenging himself, teaming up with younger musicians, performing and recording new materials. This disc, simply titled July 5th, contains nine tunes that Jones had never recorded before.

Long-traveled jazz juggernaut led by pianist Hank Jones. His Great Jazz Trio, which was born in 1975 with Tony Williams and Ron Carter, has undergone numerous personnel changes, and the latest, 21st century iteration includes John Patitucci and Omar Hakim. Hakim is generally known as a fusion/contemporary drummer, but unexpected chemical reaction of seemingly incompatible elements has been the hallmark of the Great Jazz Trio from its beginning.

On this release, recorded in 24-channel pure DSD with a mobile recording unit and mixed and mastered in Tokyo at Sony Studios, Hank Jones’ piano playing is elegant, fresh and inventive. Patitucci aids with superb musicality, and Hakim with impeccable comping and explosive solos.

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The Great Jazz Trio – July 6th, Live at Birdland, NY (2007) [2.0 & 5.0] {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

The Great Jazz Trio – July 6th, Live at Birdland, New York (2007)
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & 5.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 62:34 minutes | Scans included | 3,9 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 1,26 GB

At age 89, Hank Jones is playing as well as any point in his long, celebrated career. He is still constantly challenging himself, teaming up with younger musicians, performing and recording new materials. This disc, simply titled July 6th, is the second part of the Great Jazz Trio, contains more tunes that Jones had never recorded before.

Long-traveled jazz juggernaut led by pianist Hank Jones. His Great Jazz Trio, which was born in 1975 with Tony Williams and Ron Carter, has undergone numerous personnel changes, and the latest, 21st century iteration includes John Patitucci and Omar Hakim. Hakim is generally known as a fusion/contemporary drummer, but unexpected chemical reaction of seemingly incompatible elements has been the hallmark of the Great Jazz Trio from its beginning.

On this release, recorded in 24-channel pure DSD with a mobile recording unit and mixed and mastered in Tokyo at Sony Studios, Hank Jones’ piano playing is elegant, fresh and inventive. Patitucci aids with superb musicality, and Hakim with impeccable comping and explosive solos.

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The Great Jazz Trio – Blue Minor (2008) [Japan] SACD ISO + FLAC

The Great Jazz Trio – Blue Minor (2008) [Japan]
SACD Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 48:49 minutes | Front/Rear Covers | 1,98 GB
or FLAC 2.0 (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Front/Rear Covers | 1,08 GB

Hank Jones, who has just turned 90, is still wowing audiences around the world with his elegant swing and “magic touch”. The tradition of combining Hank Jones with an unexpected rhythm section continues in this wonderfully recorded hybrid SACD. The latest iteration of Jones’ Great Jazz Trio includes veteran bassist George Mraz and explosive Billy Kilson who represents a new generation of jazz drummers. His sharp and powerful drumming is surely one of the highlights of this album.

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The Flying Burrito Bros. – Burrito Deluxe (1970) [Reissue 2020] PS3 ISO + FLAC

The Flying Burrito Bros. – Burrito Deluxe (1970) [Reissue 2020]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 33:19 minutes | Scans included | 1,34 GB
or FLAC (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/96 kHz | Full Scans included | 745 MB
Genre: Country Rock

Burrito Deluxe is the second album by the country rock group the Flying Burrito Brothers, originally released in May 1970 on A&M Records. It is the last to feature Gram Parsons prior to his dismissal from the group. It contains the first issued version of the Mick Jagger/Keith Richards-written song “Wild Horses”, released almost a year before The Rolling Stones own take on it appeared on Sticky Fingers.

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Kylie Minogue – DISCO (Deluxe) (2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Kylie Minogue – DISCO (Deluxe) (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 53:37 minutes | 719 MB | Genre: Pop
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd

The cover of Kylie Minogue’s 15th album lets you know that, after a foray into country pop with 2018’s Golden, the dance-floor queen is back—shellacked with turquoise eyeshadow and fire engine red lipstick, decked out in Studio 54 curls and chandelier earrings, and lit by disco-ball sparkle. Largely recorded at her London home during 2020’s pandemic lockdown restrictions, DISCO is escapist fantasy. Feel-good music. Audio oxytocin. Opener “Magic” is a joyous 24-karat breeze of shimmering Phoenix-style synths, thumping percussion, shameless horns and infectious handclaps. The bright tropical brass and sweeping keyboards —not to mention that “whoo-whoo” backing chorus—of “I Love It” is like a shot of Vitamin C. And that’s the thing with Minogue: For all that synth, these songs are warm and intimate. Even with talk-box effects, the Daft Punk-esque “Real Groove” (“Got that perfect body/ But she ain’t got the moves,” coos the eternally youthful 52-year-old) feels superbly human; you can easily imagine crowds happily twirling to the music. Merengue-flavored “Monday Blues” conjures up a street party dance scene and the “Xanadu”-meets-electropop “Say Something” should be the anthem of the pandemic’s roller-skating revival. But there’s also something appealingly melancholy in the longing of slinky “Miss A Thing”—a FOMO for the world’s former “normal”: “Come dance with me…I don’t want to miss a thing.” Yes, please. There are shades of Chic in the funk guitars of “Last Chance,” and early Wham! vibes exude from “Where Does The DJ Go?” Meanwhile, “Celebrate You” improbably borrows from Saint Etienne, ’60s girl groups, late ’90s R&B and playground chants, to delightful effect. At once nostalgic and totally fresh, DISCO taps exactly into the zeitgeist by offering a shot of comfort and aspiration instead of complaints. And when quarantines finally lift and concerts return, we can count on one thing. Minogue’s shows will be dance parties. – Shelly Ridenour

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KNUT – Hemingway Cafe (2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/48kHz]

KNUT – Hemingway Café (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time – 38:38 minutes | 426 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Labels and Gentlemen

Hemingway Café offers you beautiful acoustic melodic jazz from Norway. From the heart of Nordic jazz, this album presents some of Norway’s most noticeable musicians. Live in studio, bringing great compositions alive with a relaxing atmosphere. KNUT has an extensive track record both as a guitarist, composer and producer in the music scene both in Norway and internationally, and his discography also includes ambient jazz solo albums. After seven albums, this is his first complete acoustic album. The true organic sound.

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King Creature – Set The World On Fire (2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/48kHz]

King Creature – Set The World On Fire (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time – 48:16 minutes | 1,04 GB | Genre: Hard Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Marshall Records

As much as it’s difficult to admit at times, a standout vocalist can make or break a band that has all the other elements of greatness working in their favour. Unfortunately, this is the case with UK hard rock quartet KING CREATURE and their second record Set The World On Fire. The band has such a solid structure and sound in their instrumentation that it feels disheartening to have it weighed down by, for the most part, lacklustre and non-memorable vocal performances. While conjuring up roaring solos with immaculate tone and thundering riffs, the band can’t seem to seal the deal with a truly great vocal hook or singing that elevates those other pieces and creates a truly must hear song.

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