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Month: June 2019

Lou Reed – Lou Reed’s Berlin (2007) Blu-ray 1080p AVC DTS-HD MA 5.1

Title: Lou Reed – Lou Reed’s Berlin
Release Date: 2007
Genre: Rock

Production/Label: Artificial Eye
Duration: 1:20:54
Quality: Blu-ray
Container: BDMV
Video codec: AVC
Audio codec: PCM, DTS-HD
Video: MPEG-4 AVC Video / 17997 kbps / 1080p / 23.976 fps / 16:9 / High Profile 4.1
Audio: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 2151 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
Audio 2: Dolby Digital Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps
Size: 13,05 GB

The curious tale of Lou Reed’s 1973 album Berlin, is worthy of a documentary in itself. It’s trajectory from critical and commercial failure to one of the most highly regarded records in his canon has vindicated Reed’s vision for the album. This concert film was shot 33 years after the former Velvet Underground front man unleashed Berlin on the world. A remarkable critical volte-face has occurred in the intervening years, although Reed has rarely performed material from the album. Director Julian Schnabel headed to St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn, New York, at the tail end of 2006 to shoot this document of Berlin’s live resurrection. The film is culled from a five-night stint at the venue in which Reed, and a host of guest performers, brought the album back to life.

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Jubilee Quartet – Haydn: String Quartets (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Jubilee Quartet – Haydn: String Quartets (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:05:32 minutes | 1,1 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Rubicon Classics

The Jubilee Quartet, formed in 2006 and named so as all the members lived along the route London’s Jubilee underground line, have studied with such illustrious figures from the world of chamber music as Gunter Pichler, Thomas Brandis, Garfield Jackson and the Belcea String Quartet. They have participated in masterclasses with the Skampa, Wihan and Chilingirian Quartets. They have an impressive tally of prizes from international chamber music competitions and have a busy international schedule. Their debut album features three Haydn quartets which, as ever with this composer are brim-full of innovation, drama and wide-ranging emotions.

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Joshua Redman Quartet – Come What May (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Joshua Redman Quartet – Come What May (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 43:07 minutes | 891 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Nonesuch

This is the first recording in almost two decades for this group of musicians: the recently Grammy-nominated saxophonist and his longtime friends and colleagues pianist Aaron Goldberg, bassist Reuben Rogers, and drummer Gregory Hutchinson. Previous releases were Beyond (2000) and Passage of Time (2001). The Quartet, which has toured internationally over the last several years, recorded seven Redman tunes for Come What May.

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Josep Colom – Beethoven: Late Piano Sonatas & Bagatelles (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Josep Colom – Beethoven: Late Piano Sonatas & Bagatelles (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 01:18:14 minutes | 2,29 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Eudora Records

Josep Colom’s latest album includes Beethoven’s legendary last three piano sonatas (Opp. 109-111) and Bonn genius’ latest piano work, the Bagatelles op.126. Colom’s original and exceptional vision brings out a fresh and different view on Beethoven’s masterpieces, one which creates a single narrative path to weave together the individual movements of these three sonatas and the six bagatelles by means of a fascinating play of analogies and contrasts. The bagatelles act, in a way, as preludes to the sonatas, with transitional passages that stem from the pianist’s own imagination.

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Jordi Savall, La Capella Reial de Catalunya & Le Concert des Nations – Bach: Markus Passion, BWV 247 (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/88,2kHz]

Jordi Savall, La Capella Reial de Catalunya & Le Concert des Nations – Bach: Markus Passion, BWV 247 (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 01:49:56 minutes | 1,96 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Alia Vox

Created in Leipzig in March 1731 and then revised for the Holy Week of 1744, on a text by Christian Friedrich Henrici, aka Picander, the St Mark Passion was composed by Bach using existing works.

The autograph score is lost but recent musicological research shows that some pieces like the Funeral Ode BWV 198 or an aria from the cantata BWV 54 had been recycled.

Every performance is thus a reconstruction by the performing artist. Jordi Savall offers his own vision, made of subtle chiaroscuro, suffused with serenity and meditation.

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John Moulder & Ken Hall – Spirit Talk (2003/2011) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

John Moulder & Ken Hall – Spirit Talk (2003/2011)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 50:49 minutes | 0,99 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Naim Records

Spirit Talk is the debut album by John Moulder and Ken Hall. Featuring a tantalising match of guitar and vibraphones, this album is the perfect vehicle to express the spirit of John and Ken’s musical dialogue. Spirit Talk portrays a world of beauty and enchantment in which the magical partnership of the two instruments suit the music perfectly. The guitar and vibes weave together, creating an intriguing and uplifting album.

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John Denver – John Denver’s Greatest Hits (Remastered) (1973/2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

John Denver – John Denver’s Greatest Hits (Remastered) (1973/2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz  | Time – 40:24 minutes | 900 MB | Genre: Country
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © RCA – Legacy

His #1-smash “best-of” from 1973! The collection includes material from his earlier days as a songwriter (going back to 1965 on “For Bobbie”) to his later hit “Rocky Mountain High.” Indeed many of these tracks were not hits per se, but as Stephen Thomas Erlewine wrote for Allmusic, “the[se] were [the] songs that defined him.”

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John Denver – One World (1986/2012) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

John Denver – One World (1986/2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 44:03 minutes | 944 MB | Genre: Country
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © RCA – Legacy

Having lightened up on his political concerns and domestic strife on the cover-filled Dreamland Express, John Denver returned to both on One World. On the title track, he adopted the persona of a Caribbean man complaining about his homeland being referred to as the Third World, and hinting about revolution. On “Let Us Begin (What Are We Making Weapons For?),” he managed both to take on the farm crisis, and to expound on pacifism in the same song. “It’s A Possibility” closed out the album with a “We Are The World”-like anthem about ending sorrow and suffering. On his personal agenda, Denver seemed more hopeful than he had for much of the decade, producing two songs about falling in love again. But both of them had old copyright dates, and the most recent romantic reflection, “I Can’t Escape,” indicated he was still carrying the torch – “Sometimes I wish it was ten years ago,” he sang to his lost love. And he had other reasons to wish that. One World didn’t sell well enough to make the charts, and RCA Records, for which Denver had recorded numerous platinum albums, dropped him after 17 years. ~ William Ruhlmann

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John Denver – It’s About Time (1983/2012) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

John Denver – It’s About Time (1983/2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 43:39 minutes | 864 MB | Genre: Country
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © RCA – Legacy

John Denver continued to proselytize for his favorite causes, love, peace, and freedom (in the great outdoors), on It’s About Time, but on a personal level he was fending off depression due to the woman who dumped him on his last album, Seasons Of The Heart (presumably his wife Anne, from whom he was divorced in 1983). Then, he had seemed reconciled to the breakup, singing with gentle equanimity about people who just can’t get along. By It’s About Time, he wasn’t keeping up that much of a front. In “Thought Of You,” “he called her up in the middle of the night hoping she was alone”; in “Falling Out Of Love,” he sang of “this sense of failure/such an incredible loss”; and in “I Remember Romance,” he wallowed in his memories. Somehow, though, Denver pulled himself together enough, with the help of his pals, Rita Marley and the Wailers, who played on the track “World Game,” to go back to preaching universal brotherhood. Emmylou Harris joined him on one of his patented Western anthems, “Wild Montana Skies,” and he called upon God (under various names, naturally) to assist him elsewhere. Unfortunately, Denver hadn’t only lost his true love. His fans were deserting him, too. It’s About Time was Denver’s lowest charting album in 12 years. ~ William Ruhlmann

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John Denver – Farewell Andromeda (1973/2017) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

John Denver – Farewell Andromeda (1973/2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 39:22 minutes | 409 MB | Genre: Country
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © RCA – Legacy

Farewell Andromeda is the 7th studio album from John Denver, and was released in 1973.

“…This is John Denver’s best and most balanced album in a long time…Denver’s performance…is enough to render almost anything credible…” (Rolling Stone)

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