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The Rolling Stones – Goats Head Soup (2020 Deluxe) (1973/2020) [High Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-Ray Disc]

Another prized jewel in the Rolling Stones’ unmatched catalog is restored to its full glory. Goats Head Soup Super Deluxe box set features 35 tracks on three CDs & one Blu-ray disc (Dolby Atmos, 96kHz/24 bit high-resolution stereo, and 96 kHz/24 bit DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1). Included are the new stereo album mix, sourced from the original session files, Rarities & Alternative mixes featuring three previously unreleased tracks, Scarlet, All The Rage & Criss Cross. Also included is The Brussels Affair, recorded live at the Forest National Arena in October 1973. The 4 discs are housed in the boxset alongside a 120-page book with an incredible array of photos and 3 essays. 50 Years On –An Appreciation of Goats Head Soup by Ian McCann, Brussels Affair Live 1973 Tour by Nick Kent & The Story Of The Cover Art by Darryl Easlea. The set is completed with 4 x 1973 reproduction tour posters, rolled up within the packaging to avoid creases.

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Pink Floyd ‎- The Later Years 1987-2019 (2019) [18-disc Box Set, 5xCD, 6xBlu-ray, 5xDVD]

Pink Floyd Records will release ‘Pink Floyd The Later Years’, an 18-disc set (5 x CDs, 6 x Blu-Rays, 5 x DVDs, 2 x 7″ plus exclusive photo book and memorabilia) covering the material created by David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Richard Wright from 1987 onwards. The period generated record sales of over 40 million worldwide and included three studio albums: ‘A Momentary Lapse of Reason’, ‘The Division Bell’ and ‘The Endless River’ as well as two live albums: ‘Delicate Sound of Thunder’ and ‘Pulse’. With additional production from David Gilmour and Andy Jackson, over 13 hours of unreleased audio and audiovisual material, including the sought-after 1989 Venice and 1990 Knebworth concerts, ‘Pink Floyd The Later Years’ is a must for all fans.

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Pink Floyd – The Division Bell: 20th Anniversary Edition (2014) [High Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-Ray Disc]

Pink Floyd – The Division Bell: 20th Anniversary (2014) Blu-ray Audio
Quality: Blu-ray Audio
Video: MPEG4 AVC 14997 kbps 1080p 24 fps 16:9
Audio: English LPCM 2.0 96 kHz 4608 kbps 24-bit
Audio2: English DTS-HD MA 5.1 / 96 kHz / 7986 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Audio3: English LPCM A 5.1 / 96 kHz / 13824 kbps / 24-bit
Size: 22.59 GB

Pink Floyd is releasing a 20th anniversary box set of The Division Bell , the band s 1994 multi-million selling album that included the Grammy Award winning track Marooned. Set for release on 1 July 2014, The Division Bell was the last studio album to be released by the band: David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Richard Wright. This 20th anniversary box set features six discs, including three replica coloured or clear vinyl discs, 5 collectors prints, a Blu-ray disc and for the first time Andy Jackson s 5.1 audio mix of The Division Bell .
The Division Bell 20th Anniversary collector s box set will feature a new 2-LP vinyl edition of the album, remastered by Doug Sax at The Mastering Lab from the original analogue tapes, including all the full length tracks (originally edited to fit on a single LP) in a gatefold sleeve designed by Hipgnosis/StormStudios. Five other discs are included: a red 7 vinyl replica of single Take It Back, clear 7 vinyl replica of High Hopes, 12 blue vinyl replica of High Hopes with reverse laser etched design, the 2011 Discovery remaster of The Division Bell and a Blu-ray disc including The Division Bell album in HD Audio, plus the previously unreleased 5.1 surround sound audio mix of the album by Andy Jackson.
Another addition included on the Blu-ray disc is a new video for Marooned, the track that won a Grammy for Best Rock Instrumental in 1994. Filmed in Ukraine during the first week of April 2014, the video was directed by Aubrey Powell at Hipgnosis. It will appear on the disc with audio tracks in both PCM Stereo and a 5.1 mix by Andy Jackson.

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Marillion – With Friends At St David’s (2019/2021) 2xBlu-ray 1080i AVC DTS-HD MA 5.1 + BDRip 1080p

Title: Marillion – With Friends At St David’s
Release Date: 2021
Genre: Rock

Production/Label: Universal Music
Duration: 02:12:47 + 00:25:04 + 01:19:59
Quality: Blu-ray
Container: BDMV
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Audio codec: DTS, PCM
Video: MPEG-4 AVC Video / 29999 kbps / 1080p / 23.976 fps / 16:9 / High Profile 4.1
Audio#1: English / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 96 kHz / 4608 kbps / 24-bit
Audio#2: English / DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 96 kHz / 6626 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Size: 46.06 + 39.07 GB

This is the Blu-Ray version of the concert film recorded at St David’s Hall, Cardiff, Wales on the 16th November 2019 during the Friends From The Orchestra Tour.

Features the entire show. Audio is stereo PCM and 5.1 surround.

Also includes bonus material –

Man Of 1000 Face (Live In Paris with choir)
Live In Kensington Bootleg Slideshow (You’re Gone, Power, A Collection)

Making Friends (Documentary)
Estonia Promo Film

With Friends From The Orchestra Studio album in 96khz stereo PCM and 96khz 5.1 DTS Master HD

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Anne-Sophie Mutter, Wiener Philharmoniker – John Williams in Vienna (2020) Blu-ray 1080i AVC Dolby Atmos 7.1

Title: John Williams in Vienna
Release Date: 2020
Genre: Classical, Score

Production/Label: Deutsche Grammophon
Duration: 01:15:01 (audio) + 02:08:21 (video) + 00:27:28 (bonus)
Quality: Blu-ray
Container: BDMV
Video codec: AVC
Audio codec: DTS-HD MA
Video: MPEG-4 AVC Video / 13454 kbps / 1080i / 29.970 fps / 16:9 / High Profile 4.1
Audio: English / DTS-HD Master Audio / 2.0 / 96 kHz / 2974 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Audio: English / DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3871 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Audio: English / Dolby TrueHD/Atmos Audio / 7.1 / 48 kHz / 3502 kbps / 24-bit (AC3 Embedded: 5.1-EX / 48 kHz / 640 kbps / DN -31dB)
Subtitle: English / 9.856 kbps
Subtitle: German / 10.444 kbps
Size: 43.67 GB

John Williams and Wiener Philharmoniker create movie magic
Greeted on stage at the Musikverein with a standing ovation before a single note had been played Williams described the chance to work with the Wiener Philharmoniker as “one of the greatest honours of my life”. During the concert Williams was joined on the Musikverein stage by Anne-Sophie Mutter to perform a series of virtuosic adaptations written specially for her by Williams, including “Hedwig’s Theme” from the Harry Potter films, “Devil’s Dance” from The Witches of Eastwick and the Theme from Sabrina.
“Anne-Sophie Mutter is many things,” Williams said, as he introduced her. “She is one of the world’s greatest violinists; she is a wonderful mother; she brings honour to her country. And in going to Australia, Asia, South America, North America, Europe, she’s indeed a very great world citizen.”
The album will be released on August 14 in audio and video across CD, vinyl, Blu‑ray video and in digital audio and visual formats in both stereo and Dolby Atmos surround mixes. The first pre-release single from the album, ‘Imperial March’ from Star Wars, is available now in both audio and video.

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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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Rush – A Farewell To Kings (2015) [High Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-Ray Disc]

Title: Rush: A Farewell to Kings
Released: 1997
Genre: Rock, Prog Rock, Art Rock, Hard Rock
Artist: Geddy Lee (vocals, bass and twelve-string guitar, Mini Moog, bass pedal synthesizers), Alex Lifeson (electric and acoustic six- and twelve-string guitars, classical guitar, bass pedal synthesizers), Neil Peart (drums, orchestra bells, wind chimes, bell tree, vibraslap, triangle, tubular bells, temple blocks), With Terry Brown (spoken intro on “Cygnus X-1”)

Issued: United States | Universal Music
Duration: 00:37:21
Size: 11.06 GB

In 2014 UMe/Mercury reissued Rush’s self-titled debut on heavy-weight vinyl in celebration of the album’s 40th anniversary. Now in 2015, let the Rush 40 celebration continue with “12 Months of Rush” reissues – in chronological order – starting with Fly By Night on both LP and Blu-Ray Audio.
During the “12 Months of Rush” all 14 Mercury albums will be remastered on 200-gram heavy-weight vinyl at legendary Abbey Road, all from original analogue masters. All LPs will include a digital download code for a 320kbps MP4 vinyl ripped digital audio album download. Of the 14 albums, Fly By Night, A Farewell to Kings and Signals will also be reissued on Blu-Ray Pure Audio.
This 1977 release, the band’s fifth studio album, was recorded at Rockfield Studios in Wales and mixed in London’s Advision Studios. It became the band’s first U.S. gold-selling album within two months of release, and went platinum. The singles included “Closer to the Heart” and “Cinderella Man,” while the album peaked at #33 on the Billboard 200 and #22 on the U.K. album charts.
Universal has gone back to the original master tapes to deliver fully uncompressed, high-resolution versions of many of your favorite albums on Blu-ray Pure Audio Disc. Mastered at 24bit/96kHz, Blu-ray Pure Audio Discs deliver the sound the artists originally heard in the studio when these classic albums were recorded. These discs provide all the recorded musical information. While convenient due to their small file size, today’s heavily compressed music files do not represent the true fidelity of the original album.
•     Recordings are transferred from the original master tapes and delivered in high-resolution 24-bit/96kHz audio
•     No compression is utilized, and the sound quality is vastly superior to MP3 or standard CD
•     Three separate choices of audio file format for playback: PCM 2.0, Dolby True HD, or DTS-HD Master Audio (5.1 available where noted)
•     Your preferred audio format is chosen either by pressing the “Audio” button on your Blu-ray remote or via your onscreen menu display
On 1977’s A Farewell to Kings it quickly becomes apparent that Rush had improved their songwriting and strengthened their focus and musical approach. Synthesizers also mark their first prominent appearance on a Rush album, a direction the band would continue to pursue on future releases. With the popular hit single “Closer to the Heart,” the trio showed that they could compose concise and traditionally structured songs, while the 11-minute “Xanadu” remains an outstanding accomplishment all these years later (superb musicianship merged with vivid lyrics help create one of Rush’s best all-time tracks). The album-opening title track begins with a tasty classical guitar/synth passage, before erupting into a powerful rocker. The underrated “Madrigal” proves to be a delicately beautiful composition, while “Cinderella Man” is one of Rush’s few songs to include lyrics penned entirely by Geddy Lee. The ten-minute tale of a dangerous black hole, “Cygnus X-1,” closes the album on an unpredictable note, slightly comparable to the two bizarre extended songs on 1975’s Caress of Steel. A Farewell to Kings successfully built on the promise of their breakthrough 2112, and helped broaden their audience. –Greg Prato
Recorded: June 1977 at Rockfield Studios in South Wales, UK.

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John Coltrane – Blue Train (1957/2015) [High Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-Ray Disc]

Artist: John Coltrane
Title: Blue Train
Genre: Jazz, Hard Bop, Saxophone Jazz
Label: © Blue Note Records/Universal Music Enterprises
Release Date: 1957 (BST 81577/BLP 1577)/2015
Recorded: September 15, 1957 at Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey.
Mastered by Alan Yashida, alternate takes Mastered by Robert Vosgien at Capitol Mastering.
Quality: Blu-ray Audio
Length: 01:15:51
Size: 14 GB
Video: MPEG-4 AVC 950 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps / 16:9 / High Profile 4.1
Audio: English DTS-HD MA 2.0 / 192 kHz / 6838 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Audio: English LPCM 2.0 / 192 kHz / 9216 kbps / 24-bit
Audio: English Dolby TrueHD 2.0 / 192 kHz / 6332 kbps / 24-bit (AC3 Embedded: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps)

John Coltrane only recorded one album as a leader for Blue Note, but it was the turning point of his career and one of his greatest hours. 31 at the time of 1957’s Blue Train, Coltrane had been largely unknown just two years earlier. In 1955 he began a very important two-year stint with Miles Davis that gave him visibility and found him growing rapidly as an improviser.

By 1957 when he left Davis and became a member of the Thelonious Monk Quartet for a few historic months, Coltrane had his own innovative voice. He was at the top of the field along with Sonny Rollins and was considered a young giant. Coltrane’s style, which often featured him, grouping together an explosive series of notes that were called sheets of sound, was unprecedented and years ahead of his contemporaries.

Blue Train stands as proof of both Trane’s originality and his dazzling style. Heading an all-star hard bop sextet that included the 19-year old Lee Morgan (the brightest new trumpeter in jazz) and trombonist Curtis Fuller, Coltrane took an astounding solo on “Blue Train” (one in which every note in his long improvisation fits perfectly) and introduced what was arguably his greatest composition, “Moment’s Notice.”

All five performances on Blue Train (including a definitive rendition of “I’m Old Fashioned”) are filled with memorable and classic moments. While Coltrane only worked for Alfred Lion on this one occasion, this very stirring set is full of timeless magic. After Blue Train was recorded, there was never again any doubt that John Coltrane was a giant!

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Rush – A Farewell To Kings – 40th Anniversary (2017) [High Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-Ray Disc]

Title: Rush – A Farewell To Kings – 40th Anniversary
Release Date: 2017
Genre: Rock
Artist: Geddy Lee (vocals, bass and twelve-string guitar, Mini Moog, bass pedal synthesizers), Alex Lifeson (electric and acoustic six- and twelve-string guitars, classical guitar, bass pedal synthesizers), Neil Peart (drums, orchestra bells, wind chimes, bell tree, vibraslap, triangle, tubular bells, temple blocks), With Terry Brown (spoken intro on “Cygnus X-1”)

Production/Label: Burning Shed
Duration: 01:09:16
Quality: Blu-ray Audio
Container: BDMV
Video codec: AVC
Audio codec: LPCM, DTS-HD MA, Dolby True-HD
Video: MPEG-4 AVC 7974 kbps / 1080p / 23,976 fps / 16:9 / High Profile 4.1
Audio#1: DTS-HD MA 5.1 / 96 kHz / 6498 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Audio#2: LPCM 2.0 / 96 kHz / 4608 kbps / 24-bit
Audio#3: Dolby TrueHD 5.1 / 96 kHz / 6410 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps / 24-bit)
Size: 14.54 GB

A 40th Anniversary super deluxe edition of Rush’s enduring Progressive classic A Farewell To Kings.
Contains three CDs, one Blu-ray Audio disc and four 180g LPs.
The CDs and LPs feature a 2015 Abbey Road remaster of the album, a complete concert recorded in February 1978 at London’s Hammersmith Odeon (mixed by original AFTK producer Terry Brown from multi-track live tapes), four cover versions of songs from the original album (by Dream Theater, Big Wreck, The Trews and Alain Johannes), and an instrumental studio outtake of spacey sound effects called Cygnus X-2 Eh.
The Blu-ray disc contains a 2017 5.1 surround mix of the album by Steven Wilson, along with three 1977 promo videos.
The Super Deluxe package features an elaborate 40th anniversary cover treatment by longtime Rush creative director Hugh Syme, who has created a new artwork for each of the album’s six songs, and an extensive 12,000-word essay by Rock historian Rob Bowman. Also included are several exclusive items: a unique King’s Ring (with custom velvet pouch and neck chain); two lithographs with original artwork by Hugh Syme; a special 12-inch turntable mat (with distinctive artwork by Hugh Syme); a reproduction of the 1978 A Farewell To Kings tour programme.

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Gentle Giant – Octopus (1972/2015) [High Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-Ray Disc]

Artist: Gentle Giant
Title: Octopus
Genre: Rock, Prog Rock, Sympho Rock
Artist: Gary Green (Electric guitars, maracas), Kerry Minnear (Piano, Hammond, Minimoog, electric piano, Mellotron, Clavinet, harpsichord, regal, vibraphone, tambourine, cello, lead vocals and backing vocals), Derek Shulman (Lead vocals, alto saxophone), Phil Shulman (Trumpet, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, mellophone, lead vocals and backing vocals), Ray Shulman (Bass, violin, viola, electric violin, acoustic guitar, tambourine, backing vocals), John Weathers (Drums, bongos, varispeed cymbal, xylophone)

Label: © Alucard Publishing/Universal
Release Date: 1972/2015
Recorded: July 24 – August 5, 1972, Advision Studios, London, England
Quality: Blu-ray Audio
Video: MPEG-4 AVC 14948 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 / 7753 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 6.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)

UK prog rockers Gentle Giant‘s fourth album, Octopus has been remixed (in part) by Steven Wilson for an expanded CD+Blu-ray audio reissue. The new edition of the 1972 album sees Wilson remix five of the eight tracks for stereo and 5.1 surround sound (this is due to missing multi-tracks). The remaining three tracks (Advent of Panurge, Raconteur Troubadour and The Boys in the Band) are the original stereo remixes on the CD and on the blu-ray have been processed through Penteo upmix software for 5.1 surround sound. Steven did this for Broken on Tears For Fears‘ Songs From The Big Chair, if you remember. Both discs also include a bonus track of a 16 minute live version of Extracts from Octopus, again newly mixed into stereo and 5.1 surround sound.
As well as the album tracks in 96/24 Stereo LPCM & DTS 5.1 Master Audio, the blu-ray element of this set contains a flat transfer of the original 1972 mix, and instrumental versions of the five stereo remixes, all in high resolution.

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