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Month: December 2017

Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Cheek To Cheek – Live! (2014) Blu-ray 1080i AVC DTS-HD 5.1

Name: Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Cheek To Cheek – Live!
Released: 2014
Genre: Pop
Directed by: David Horn

Issued: United States
Duration: 1:14:38
Size: 22.04 GB

Cheek to Cheek is a collaborative album by American singers Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga, released on September 19, 2014, through Interscope Records and Columbia Records. Bennett and Gaga first met backstage in 2011, after performing at the Robin Hood Foundation gala in New York City. The two later recorded a rendition of “The Lady Is a Tramp”, and began discussing plans for working on a jazz project. Cheek to Cheek consists of jazz standards by popular jazz composers like George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Jerome Kern and Irving Berlin. The album was inspired by Bennett and Gaga’s desire to introduce the songs to a younger generation, since they believed that the tracks had universal appeal.

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Wes Montgomery – A Day In The Life (1967) [Japanese Limited SHM-SACD ‘2014] {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

Wes Montgomery – A Day In The Life (1967) [Japanese Limited SHM-SACD ‘2014]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 34:30 minutes | Scans included | 1,4 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Full Scans included | 643 MB

By the time Wes Montgomery recorded this album (his debut for A&M), he was a major name in the pop world. Montgomery’s melodic renditions of current pop hits caught on and were played regularly on Top 40 radio. In most cases the guitarist did little more than play the melody, using his distinctive octaves, and it was enough to make him saleable. Of his three A&M recordings, A Day in the Life (the first one) was by far the best and, although the jazz content is almost nil, the results are pleasing as background music. “Windy” was a bit of a hit; the other selections (which find Montgomery backed by muzaky strings arranged by Don Sebesky) include “Watch What Happens,” “California Nights,” “Eleanor Rigby” and the title cut.

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Wes Montgomery – Incredible Jazz Guitar (1960) [Reissue 2003] {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

Wes Montgomery – Incredible Jazz Guitar (1960) [Reissue 2003]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 43:46 minutes | Scans included | 1,76 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Full Scans included | 900 MB

The incredible Wes Montgomery of 1960 was more discernible and distinctive than the guitarist who would emerge a few years later as a pop stylist and precursor to George Benson in the ’70s. On this landmark recording, Montgomery veered away from his home Indianapolis-based organ combo with Melvin Rhyne, the California-based Montgomery Brothers band, and other studio sidemen he had been placed with briefly. Off to New York City and a date with Tommy Flanagan’s trio, Montgomery seems in his post- to hard bop element, swinging fluently with purpose, drive, and vigor not heard in an electric guitarist since bop progenitor Charlie Christian. Setting him apart from the rest, this recording established Montgomery as the most formidable modern guitarist of the era, and eventually its most influential. There’s some classic material here, including the cat-quick but perhaps a trifle anxious version of the Sonny Rollins bop evergreen “Airegin,” the famous repeated modal progressive and hard bop jam “Four on Six,” and Montgomery’s immortal soul waltz “West Coast Blues,” effortlessly rendered with its memorable melody and flowing, elegant chiffon-like lines. Flanagan, at a time shortly after leaving his native Detroit, is the perfect pianist for this session. He plays forcefully but never overtly so on the bop tracks, offering up his trademark delicacy on the laid-back “Polka Dots and Moonbeams” and easy-as-pie “Gone with the Wind.” With the dynamic Philadelphia rhythm section of brothers Percy Heath on bass and drummer Albert Heath, they play a healthy Latin beat on the choppy and dramatic melody of Montgomery’s original “Mr. Walker.” Montgomery is clearly talented beyond convention, consistently brilliant, and indeed incredible in the company of his sidemen, and this recording – an essential addition to every jazz guitarist fan’s collection – put him on the map.

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The Knack – Get The Knack (1979) [MFSL 2017] {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

The Knack – Get The Knack (1979) [MFSL 2017]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 41:13 minutes | Scans included | 1,66 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Full Scans included | 892 MB
Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab # UDSACD 2191 | Genre: Rock

The Knack attempted to update the Beatles sound for the new wave era on their debut – a good idea that was well executed, but critics cried “foul” when millions sold after Capitol’s pre-release hype (it went gold in 13 days and eventually sold five million copies, making it one of the most successful debuts in history). Get the Knack is at once sleazy, sexist, hook-filled, and endlessly catchy – above all, it’s a guilty pleasure and an exercise in simple fun. When is power pop legitimate anyway? Includes the unforgettable hits “My Sharona” and “Good Girls Don’t.”

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The Doobie Brothers – The Warner Bros. Years 1971-1983 (2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

The Doobie Brothers – The Warner Bros. Years 1971-1983 (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 06:54:32 minutes | 15,5 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | © Rhino/Warner Bros.

Includes 10 newly remastered classic albums from The Doobie Brothers, including:

The Doobie Brothers
Toulouse Street
The Captain And Me
What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits
Stampede
Takin’ It To The Streets
Livin’ On The Fault Line
Minute By Minute
One Step Closer
Farewell Tour

This expansive box set from Rhino features all nine of the Doobie Brothers’ studio albums from their original 1970s Warner Bros. run plus their 1983 Farewell Tour live album. Beginning with their 1971 self-titled debut, when the band was fronted by founding singer/guitarist Tom Johnston, through 1980’s Michael McDonald-led One Step Closer, it covers their two major eras as they slowly shifted from boogie rock bar band into the soulful soft rock giants of their later years. Hits like “China Grove,” “Black Water,” “Takin’ It to the Streets,” and “What a Fool Believes” are all here as well as their first live album, which mostly features their late-period lineup with the addition of a couple of special Johnston appearances that serve as an end cap to their career. Although the Doobies would reunite again in the late ’80s, their original Warner Bros. years remain their best-known period. ~~ AllMusic Review by Timothy Monger

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The Doobie Brothers – The Captain And Me (1973) [MFSL 2010] {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

The Doobie Brothers – The Captain And Me (1973) [MFSL 2010]
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 41:45 minutes | Scans included | 1,69 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 841 MB
Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab # UDSACD 2042 | Genre: Rock

The Captain and Me is the third studio album by American rock band The Doobie Brothers, released in 1973. It features some of their most popular hits including “Long Train Runnin’ “, “China Grove” and “Without You”. The album is certified 2x Platinum by the RIAA.

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The Doobie Brothers – Minute By Minute (1978) [Japan 2017] {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

The Doobie Brothers – Minute By Minute (1978) [Japan 2017]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 36:52 minutes | Scans included | 1,49 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Full Scans included | 754 MB

With Tom Johnston gone from the lineup because of health problems, this is where the “new” Doobie Brothers really make their debut, with a richly soulful sound throughout and emphasis on horns and Michael McDonald’s piano more than on Patrick Simmons’ or Jeff Baxter’s guitars. Not that they were absent entirely, or weren’t sometimes right up front in the mix, as the rocking, slashing “Don’t Stop to Watch the Wheels” and the bluegrass-influenced “Steamer Lane Breakdown” demonstrate. But given the keyboards, the funky rhythms, and McDonald’s soaring tenor (showcased best on “What a Fool Believes”), it’s almost difficult to believe that this is the hippie bar band that came out of California in 1970. There’s less virtuosity here than on the group’s first half-dozen albums, but overall a more commercial sound steeped in white funk. It’s still all pretty compelling even if its appeal couldn’t be more different from the group’s earlier work (i.e., The Captain and Me, etc.). The public loved it, buying something like three million copies, and the recording establishment gave Minute by Minute four Grammy Awards, propelling the group to its biggest success ever.

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The Doobie Brothers – Livin’ On The Fault Line (1977) [Japan 2017] {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

The Doobie Brothers – Livin’ On The Fault Line (1977) [Japan 2017]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 35:18 minutes | Scans included | 1,43 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Full Scans included | 721 MB

Livin’ on the Fault Line fell between two of the Doobie Brothers’ biggest-selling records. The album had no hit singles, and one-time leader Tom Johnston kept a markedly low profile (this would be his last record with the group, not including a later reunion). Despite this, Livin’ on the Fault Line contains some of the most challenging and well-developed music of the band’s career, with Patrick Simmons and Michael McDonald really stepping to the fore. There’s a vague mood of melancholia running through the songs, as well as a definite jazz influence. This is most obvious on the title track, which has several instrumental passages that showcase the guitar abilities of Simmons and Jeff Baxter. Similarly, “Chinatown” is a spooky mood piece not unlike the smooth fusion of late-period Steely Dan or Little Feat. But “Echoes of Love” and “Nothin’ But a Heartache” are both intelligent, glistening pop songs that confirm Simmons and McDonald as first-rate tunesmiths. The record slips a little at the end, with a plodding R&B song and a Piedmont guitar instrumental thrown in as filler. Overall, though, this is a chapter in the Doobie Brothers’ history that deserves a second look.

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Spirit – Spirit (1968) [Audio Fidelity 2017] {SACD ISO + FLAC}

Spirit – Spirit (1968) [Audio Fidelity 2017]
SACD Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 63:52 minutes | Scans included | 2,59 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Full Scans included | 1,32 GB
Mastered by Steve Hoffman | Audio Fidelity # AFZ-520 | Genre: Jazz-Rock, Fusion

Spirit’s debut unveiled a band that seemed determine to out-eclecticize everybody else on the California psychedelic scene, with its melange of rock, jazz, blues, folk-rock, and even a bit of classical and Indian music. Teenaged Randy California immediately established a signature sound with his humming, sustain-heavy tone; middle-aged drummer Ed Cassidy gave the group unusual versatility; and the songs tackled unusual lyrical themes, like “Fresh Garbage” and “Mechanical World.” As is often the case in such hybrids, the sum fell somewhat short of the parts; they could play more styles than almost any other group, but couldn’t play (or, more crucially, write) as well as the top acts in any given one of those styles. There’s some interesting stuff here, nonetheless; “Uncle Jack” shows some solid psych-pop instincts, and it sounds like Led Zeppelin lifted the opening guitar lines of “Taurus” for their own much more famous “Stairway to Heaven.”

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Sita – Happy (2001) [2.0 & 5.1] {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

Sita – Happy (2001)
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 48:33 minutes | Small covers | 3,56 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Small covers | 1,01 GB
Features Stereo & Multichannel Surround sound | Genre: Pop, Rock

Sita Maria Vermeulen, known by the mononym Sita, is a Dutch pop singer. She rose to fame in the early 2000s as part of pop group K-otic. After the band disbanded, she had a brief solo career before turning to television, where she was featured primarily on children’s television and was a candidate on the Dutch Dancing With The Stars. Since 2009, she has been hosting the Dutch Disney Channel.

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