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Ole Bull: Violin Concertos – Annar Follesø, Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Ole Kristian Ruud (2010) [High Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-Ray Disc]

Album title: OLE BULL – Violin Concertos
Composer: Ole Bull (1810-1880)
Performer: Annar Follesø, violin; Norwegian Radio Orchestra; Ole Kristian Ruud, conductor
Genre: Classical
Label: 2L (Lindberg Lyd)
Location: Jar Church, Norway
Release date: March 2010
Recording date: June 2009
Original source: Mastering in DXD (352.8kHz/24bit)
Quality: Blu-ray Audio
Duration: 1:10:04
Video: MPEG-4 AVC 1000 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps / 16:9 / High Profile 4.1
Audio#1: DTS-HD MA 7.1 / 96 kHz / 8323 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1-ES / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Audio#2: DTS-HD MA 5.1 / 192 kHz / 12842 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Audio#3: LPCM 2.0 / 192 kHz / 9216 kbps / 24-bit

Ole Bull (1810-1880) was an adventurer, violin virtuoso, composer and international star who brought the name of Norway to worldwide attention. Within music and drama he was a pioneer in the development of a national identity, and on the concert stage his fabulous playing skills and intense charisma early won him the sobriquet “the Scandinavian Paganini”.

Some of his most attractive tunes, as well as the rural potpourri Et Sæterbesøghave remained part of Norway’s cultural heritage; on this recording they can be heard alongside his two virtuosic violin concertos and the fiery Spanish fantasiaLa Verbena de San Juan. The concertos and the fantasia were rediscovered only a few years ago, and this is the first recording ever made of these attractive works. The A major Concerto was written in Italy in 1834 and boasts everything one could ever dream of when it comes to attractive tunes and giddy virtuosity. No. 2, Concerto Fantastico, lives indisputably up to its name and confirms what Franz Liszt wrote in 1840: “He is a sort of savage’s genius, possessing an abundance of original, enchanting ideas. In brief, he has moved me; it is a long time since that has happened to me.”

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King Crimson – Heaven & Earth (2019) [18CD + 4 Blu-ray Super Deluxe Box Set]

This box set features 18 CDs, 3 x blu-ray audio, one blu-ray video and two DVD-Audio discs. The first three CDs are devoted to enhanced version of the studio albums The ConstruKction Of Light (2000) and The Power to Believe (2003). The former has been remixed (by Don Gunn) and features all new drums by Pat Mastelotto and has a new moniker The ReconstruKction Of Light. The Power to Believe is featured as an extended/enhanced stereo mix and includes the studio version of Happy With What You Have To Be Happy With and Level 5.

The next four CDs feature the instrumental/improvised ProjeKcts, er, projects, described as “research and development” by Robert Fripp. These are all new to CD and each ‘ProjeKct’ each CD features a different line-up.

A further 11 CDs feature live recordings (several new to CD, with some material previously unreleased) from the 2000, 2001, 2003 and 2008 tours.

Of the three blu-ray audios:

  • Disc One contains the complete recordings of ProjeKcts 1, 3, 4 & 6 – every single concert plus additional material the ProjeKcts released, it features the complete albums: ProjeKct 1- Space Groove, The ProjeKcts – 4CD box, ProjeKct 1 – Jazz Café Suite, ProjeKct X – Heaven & Earth, BPM&M – ExtraKcts & ArtifaKcts and Rieflin/Fripp/Gunn – Repercussions of Angelic Behaviour
  • Disc Two contains the complete recordings of ProjeKct 2 (every single concert). More than 30 shows plus an album’s worth of rehearsals.
  • Disc Three contains The ReconstruKction Of Light – the album in stereo and 5.1 mixes with the drums completely re-recorded by Pat Mastelotto – stereo mixes by Don Gunn, 5.1 mixes by David Singleton and the original album in hi-res stereo, The Power to Believe – expanded/enhanced 2019 master (2 tracks with additional elements plus 3 extra tracks assembled/mixed by David Singleton) and 5.1 surround mixes by David Singleton – all mixes executive produced by Robert Fripp – plus the Happy With What You Have To Be Happy With and Level 5 mini-albums, the 2000 show from London, the EleKtriK live album from 2003 and a video of a tour of the KC studio/live equipment setup from 2002.

There is also blu-Ray video disc of Europe 2000 – The Bootleg TV tour, which features around 10 hours of audio/video mostly never seen/heard since the concerts with versions of selected songs and improvs (usually two per night of each) from almost every show. Includes footage and music from 20 performances.

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The Beatles – The Beatles (The White Album) (50th Anniversary) (1968/2018) [High Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-Ray Disc]

Artist: The Beatles
Title: The Beatles (The White Album) (50th Anniversary)
Genre: Rock
Label: © Capitol Records
Release Date: 1968 /2018
Quality: Blu-ray Audio
Length: 05:26:25
Video: MPEG-4 AVC 0 kbps / 1080p / 23,976 fps / 16:9 / High Profile 4.1
Audio: English / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 96 kHz / 4608 kbps / 24-bit
Audio: English / DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 96 kHz / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Audio: English / Dolby TrueHD Audio / 5.1 / 96 kHz / 16-bit (AC3 Embedded: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps)

This is the first time The BEATLES (‘White Album’) has been remixed and presented with additional demos and session recordings. The album’s sweeping new edition follows 2017’s universally acclaimed Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band Anniversary Edition releases. To create the new stereo and 5.1 surround audio mixes for ‘The White Album,’ Martin and Okell worked with an expert team of engineers and audio restoration specialists at Abbey Road Studios in London.

All the new ‘White Album’ releases include Martin’s new stereo album mix, sourced directly from the original four-track and eight-track session tapes. Martin’s new mix is guided by the album’s original stereo mix produced by his father, George Martin. “In remixing ‘The White Album,’ we’ve tried to bring you as close as possible to The Beatles in the studio,” explains Giles Martin in his written introduction for the new edition. “We’ve peeled back the layers of the ‘Glass Onion’ with the hope of immersing old and new listeners into one of the most diverse and inspiring albums ever made.”

Blu-ray

– 2018 album mix in high resolution PCM stereo

– 2018 DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 album mix

– 2018 Dolby True HD 5.1 album mix

– 2018 direct transfer of the album’s original mono mix

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Simple Minds – New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84) (1982/2016) [High Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-Ray Disc]

Artist: Simple Minds
Title: New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84)
Genre: Rock , New Wave , Pop Rock , Synth-Pop
Label: © Virgin Records / Universal Music Group
Release Date: 1982 /2016
Quality: Blu-ray Audio
Length: 00:54:20
Video: MPEG-4 AVC 7997 kbps / 1080p / 23,976 fps / 16:9 / High Profile 4.1
Audio: English LPCM 2.0 / 96 kHz / 4608 kbps / 24-bit
Audio: English DTS-HD MA 5.1 / 96 kHz / 8379 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 6.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Audio: English LPCM 5.1 / 96 kHz / 13824 kbps / 24-bit

Blu-ray Audio pressing. Digitally remastered edition of this 1982 album by the Scottish outfit fronted by Jim Kerr. New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84) is the fifth studio album by Simple Minds and was a turning point for the band as they gained critical and commercial success in the UK and Europe. The record generated a handful of singles: “Promised You a Miracle” (released in April 1982), “Glittering Prize” (August 1982) and “Someone Somewhere in Summertime” (November 1982). The title track saw a limited release in Italy, when the band visited the country during their tour in March 1983. In addition, the jazz keyboardist Herbie Hancock performed a synthesizer solo on the track “Hunter and the Hunted.”

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The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Electric Ladyland (50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition) (1968/2018) [Blu-Ray to FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Electric Ladyland (50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition) (1968/2018)
FLAC 5.1, 2.0 (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:15:34 minutes | 4,57 + 1,7 GB | Genre: Rock
Source: Blu-ray | Front Cover | © Legacy Recordings

This November, Sony’s Legacy Recordings and Experience Hendrix, L.L.C. will reissue a 50th anniversary edition of Jimi Hendrix‘s third and final studio album Electric Ladyland.

This new edition of the 1968 album will be available as a 3CD+blu-ray set or a 6LP+blu-ray edition. Via the blu-ray, both include a new 5.1 surround sound mix by Eddie Kramer, 24 bit/96 kz high resolution stereo audio, as well as a documentary on the making of the landmark record.

The album has been newly remastered by Bernie Grundman from the original analogue tapes. This is of course the first CD and being a double this is obviously spread across two records for the vinyl set. Audiophiles will be delighted to hear that Grundman prepared an all analog direct-to-disc vinyl transfer of the album.

The second CD (or the next two LPs for the vinyl box) feature ‘More Electric Ladyland: The Early Takes’ which presents 20 never before heard demos and studio outtakes. Some of these are intimate demos for song ideas Hendrix recorded himself on a reel-to-reel tape at the Drake Hotel, as well as early recording session takes featuring guest appearances from Buddy Miles, Stephen Stills and Al Kooper

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Roger Shah – Music For Meditation, Yoga & Any Other Wellbeing Moments (2016) [High Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-Ray Disc]

Artist: Roger Shah
Title: Music For Meditation, Yoga & Any Other Wellbeing Moments
Genre: Relax, Ambient, Chillout
Label: © Black Hole Recordings
Release Date: 2016

Quality: Blu-ray Audio
Length: 01:18:16
Video: MPEG-4 AVC 950 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps / 16:9 / High Profile 4.1
Audio: English LPCM 2.0 / 96 kHz / 4608 kbps / 24-bit
Audio: English DTS-HD MA 5.1 / 96 kHz / 6539 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Audio: English DTS-HD MA 5.1 / 96 kHz / 7165 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Size: 11.35 GB

Roger Shah s reputation in the international EDM scene spans over 20 years, having worked with and produced for some of the biggest artists like Tiesto, Armin Van Buuren, Paul Oakenfold, Ferry Corsten and many more.
Now, his newest album entitled Music for Meditation, Yoga & other Wellbeing Moments , is set to be released on Pure Audio Blu-RayTM ánd in Auro-3D®. The album, which is one of Roger s three albums in 2015, is a premiere as it will be the first album containing meditational music in Auro-3D®.

The Auro-3D® mix creates an exciting three-dimensional soundscape thanks to the addition of a Height layer in front, above and all around the listener.

Music for meditation, Yoga & other Wellbeing Moments will contain a musical atmosphere of chill and ambient vibes, perfectly suited for Auro-3D®, a listening format that delivers the most natural immersive sound experience today. By request of many of his fans, Roger created a new series of unique sounds for meditation and yoga, perfectly suited to relax on or just have it playing in the background. The addition of the Auro 9.1 mix will allow listener to fully immersive themselves in a world of relaxation and tranquility, just as this kind of music is intended for. The album will be a collection of musical pieces carefully produced to fit Roger Shah s name and brand. Fusion of orchestral instruments, combined with warm synth pads and plucks, world music instruments and hybrid electronic sounds, all in Auro-3D®, will surely lift audiences to the highest emotions.

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The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967) [50th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition, 6 Disc, 2017]

‘Sgt. Pepper’ Presented with New Mixes in Stereo and 5.1 Surround Audio; Expanded with Previously Unreleased Session Recordings, Video Features & Special Packaging

Previously Unreleased 1992 Documentary Film, ‘The Making of Sgt. Pepper,’ Restored for Anniversary Edition’s Super Deluxe Boxed Set

London – April 5, 2017 – It was 50 years ago this June 1st when The Beatles’ John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr astonished and delighted the world, ushering in the Summer of Love with Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, a groundbreaking masterwork that became popular music’s most universally acclaimed album. To salute the occasion, The Beatles will release a suite of lavishly presented ‘Sgt. Pepper’ Anniversary Edition packages on May 26 (Apple Corps Ltd./Capitol/UMe). The album is newly mixed by Giles Martin and Sam Okell in stereo and 5.1 surround audio and expanded with early takes from the studio sessions, including no fewer than 34 previously unreleased recordings.

“It’s crazy to think that 50 years later we are looking back on this project with such fondness and a little bit of amazement at how four guys, a great producer and his engineers could make such a lasting piece of art,” says Paul McCartney in his newly-penned introduction for the ‘Sgt. Pepper’ Anniversary Edition.

“‘Sgt. Pepper’ seemed to capture the mood of that year, and it also allowed a lot of other people to kick off from there and to really go for it,” Ringo Starr recalls in the Anniversary Edition’s book.

For Record Store Day on April 22, Apple Corps Ltd./Capitol/UMe will release an exclusive, limited edition seven-inch vinyl single of The Beatles’ “Strawberry Fields Forever” and “Penny Lane,” among the first songs recorded during the ‘Sgt. Pepper’ sessions, which began in November 1966. Rather than being held for inclusion on the album, the two songs were released as a double A-sided single in February 1967. Amidst intense media speculation about the band’s next move, the single bridged what was then considered a long gap between the Revolver album, released in August 1966, and ‘Sgt. Pepper,’ which followed 10 months later.

This is the first time Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band has been remixed and presented with additional session recordings, and it is the first Beatles album to be remixed and expanded since the 2003 release of Let It Be… Naked. To create the new stereo and 5.1 surround audio mixes for ‘Sgt. Pepper,’ producer Giles Martin and mix engineer Sam Okell worked with an expert team of engineers and audio restoration specialists at Abbey Road Studios in London. All of the Anniversary Edition releases include Martin’s new stereo mix of the album, which was sourced directly from the original four-track session tapes and guided by the original, Beatles-preferred mono mix produced by his father, George Martin.

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John Lennon – Imagine: The Ultimate Edition (1971/2018) [4CD + 2 Blu-ray Audio Box Set]

1971 Classic Gets Ultimate Treatment!
4CDs & 2 Blu-Ray Audio Discs Box Set!
120-page Book!

Explore and enjoy the IMAGINE album and the 1971 Ascot Sound Studios & Record Plant Sessions
like you’ve never seen or heard them before.
This new edition takes us on incredibly personal journey through the entire songwriting and recording process – from the very first writing and demo sessions at John’s home studio at Tittenhurst Park through to the final co-production with Phil Spector – providing a remarkable testament of the lives of John Lennon and Yoko Ono in their own words.

“When John Lennon headed into the studio in 1971 to make his solo classic Imagine, wth Yoko Ono and Phil Spector, he had a lot to prove. He wanted to shake off the shadow of the Beatles, yet also build on the band’s legacy. He was itching to leave his ex-bandmates in the dust — Imagine has his notorious attack on Paul McCartney, ‘How Do You Sleep?’ But he also wanted to come to terms with his past and embrace his future with Yoko. He wanted both raging protest songs and tender love ballads. He wanted it all. As he explained at the time, ‘I was still full of wanting my own space after being in the room with four guys, and always having to share everything, share shirts, share the same dry cleaner, the same everything.’

“…As John admits in an interview in this box, ‘Yoko and I always live about two-thousand light years’ speed when we’re working, or just sort of no absolutely movement at all, you know. It’s one extreme or another. But it’s usually moving very fast and there’s always a small hurricane around us.’

“Imagine: The Ultimate Collection tells the full story of that ‘small hurricane.’ It’s loaded with previously unreleased treasures: outtakes, demos, studio jams, raw mixes, interviews with John and Yoko conducted by Elliot Mintz, plus ‘element’ tracks that isolate individual aspects of the mix, as in the strings-only version of ‘Imagine.’ It also has new remixes of the original classic album, from engineers Paul Hicks and Rob Stevens. There’s also the ‘Evolution’ mix of each track, a fascinating way to experience the songs — a montage by engineer Sam Gannon tracing each song’s journey from demo to final studio version, editing drafts and rehearsals and studio chatter along with John and Yoko’s commentary. The box also collects stray singles from this period: the broadside ‘Power to the People,’ the future holiday standard ‘Merry Xmas (War Is Over)’ and, best of all, the little-known radical romp ‘Do the Oz.'”

“…The Imagine box set is part of a Lennon celebration set for the first week of October, which would have marked his 78th birthday.” – Rollingstone.com

“The song ‘Imagine’ is the crowning achievement of John Lennon’s uneven solo career, so it’s easy to forget the glory that is the album Imagine. Containing two Blu-ray disc, four CDs, and an insightful 120-page hardbound book, The Ultimate Collection rectifies that perception and dramatically improves the sonics of the 1971 album, Lennon’s fifth solo recording and his second with the Plastic Ono Band. This deluxe edition includes 140 tracks; a newly remastered and remixed stereo version of the original 10-track album; new 5.1 surround mixes and an updated quad mix, both 96/24; raw studio recordings, singles, outtakes, and extras; and an audio documentary that traces the evolution of each song.

“The original Imagine is a remarkable album. The songs are not as painfully personal as its confessional predecessor, which reflected Lennon’s post-Beatles therapy sessions, but it has great emotional range…
“And this deluxe edition contains many surprises, among them a reggae version of “I Don’t Want To Be A Soldier Mama” and stripped-down “elemental” mixes that include a strings-only version of “Imagine” and an a cappella version of the tender “Oh My Love”. The highlight is a previously unreleased demo fo “Imagine” that was discovered in 2016 by engineer Rob Stevens in a mislabeled tape box and then transferred digitally from a one-inch eight track tape….

“…the multiple 5.1 surround mixes (including outtakes) place Lennon’s vocals in the center speaker, uncluttered by instrumentation. That lends astonishing presence to his vocals, especially on the “Imagine” demo. The 5.1 mix also allows delicate details (like strings and piano fills) to dance within the sound field in a cloudlike fashion, in keeping with the album’s cover graphic theme, which places Lennon’s head in the clouds…” – Greg Cahill, The Absolute Sound, January 2019

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Diana Krall – The Look Of Love (2001/2013) [High Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-Ray Disc]

Name: Diana Krall: The Look of Love
Released: 2001
Genre: Vocal Jazz

Issued: France | Universal
Duration: 00:50:34
Size: 6.03 GB

The Look of Love is the sixth album by Canadian jazz pianist and vocalist Diana Krall, released in 2001 (see 2001 in music). It became Diana Krall’s best-selling album, best-selling album of Canada and best-selling album of 2001. Billboard ranked album at number 5 on the magazine’s Top Jazz Albums of the Decade.

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Amy Winehouse – Back To Black (2013) [High Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-Ray Disc]

Artist: Amy Winehouse
Title: Back To Black
Genre: Jazz, R&B, Neo-Soul
Label: © Universal Music
Release Date: 2006/2013
Recorded: 2006
Quality: Blu-ray Audio
Duration: 0:34:50
Video: MPEG-4 AVC 26321 kbps / 1080p / 23,976 fps / 16:9 / High Profile 4.1
Audio: LPCM 2.0 / 96 kHz / 4608 kbps / 24-bit
Audio: DTS-HD MA 2.0 / 96 kHz / 3677 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 3.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Audio: Dolby TrueHD 2.0 / 96 kHz / 3071 kbps / 24-bit (AC3 Embedded: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps)

Amy Winehouse’s second album, Back to Black, is one of the finest soul albums, British or otherwise, to come out in decades. Frank, her first album, was a sparse and stripped-down affair; Back to Black, meanwhile, is neither of these things. This time around, she’s taken her inspiration from some of the classic 1960’s girl groups like the Supremes and the Shangri-Las, a sound particularly suited to her textured vocal delivery, while adding a contemporary songwriting sensibility.

With the help of producers Mark Ronson and Salaam Remi, “Rehab” becomes a gospel-tinged stomp, while the title track (and album highlight) is a heartbreaking musical tribute to Phil Spector, with it’s echoey bass drum, rhythmic piano, chimes, saxophone and close harmonies. Best of all, though, is the fact that Back to Black bucks the trends in R&B by being unabashedly grown-up in both style and content.

Winehouse’s lyrics deal with relationships from a grown-up perspective, and are honest, direct and, often, complicated: on “You Know I’m No Good,” she’s unapologetic about her unfaithfulness. But she can also be witty, as on “Me & Mrs Jones” when she berates a boyfriend with “You made me miss the Slick Rick gig.” Back to Black is a refreshingly mature soul album, the best of its kind in years!

Back To Black took home five 2008 Grammy Awards including Best New Artist, Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Female Pop Vocal Performance and Best Pop Vocal Album while Mark Ronson also won for Producer of the Year.

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