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Antonio Vivaldi – The Four Seasons – Cho-Liang Lin, Sejong, Anthony Newman (2011) [High Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-Ray Disc]

Title: Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741) – The Four Seasons
Year: 2011
Genre: Classical, Baroque
Artists: Cho-Liang Lin – violin; Anthony Newman – harpsichord, organ & string ensemble Sejong

Released: NAXOS
Duration: 0:55:07
Quality: Blu-ray Audio
Container: BDMV
Video codec: MPEG-2
Audio Codec: DTS, PCM
Video: MPEG-2 5404 kbps 1920 * 1080i / 29,970 fps / 16:9
Audio # 1: English DTS-HD MA 5.1 / 96 kHz / 6798 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Audio # 2: English LPCM 2.0 / 96 kHz / 4608 kbps / 24-bit

• Praised by Gramophone magazine as ‘an invigorating account of the Seasons’ when first released on Naxos CD 8.557920, Vivaldi’s universally popular Four Seasons, with their virtuoso part for solo violinist, depict the changing seasons in a pastoral landscape with dazzling variety. Vivaldi evokes not only the changing atmospheric conditions, but bird calls and animal cries, swaying grass, bubbling brooks, and even comical drunkards and a man walking on ice. Violinist Cho-Liang Lin, who has been compared with Gidon Kremer, Nigel Kennedy and Kyung-Wha Chung, and the virtuoso ensemble Sejong give ‘a durable and unmannered, yet bracing and continuously interesting version’ (Fanfare) of these immortal classics.
• Recorded in 88.2kHz/24-bit surround and presented here in a choice of 5.1-channel DTS-HD Master Audio or stereo PCM, this is a sparkling addition to the Naxos catalogue of audio-only Blu-ray releases.

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Carlos Kleiber: Complete Orchestral Recordings On Deutsche Grammophon (2014) [High Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-Ray Disc]

Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827), Franz Schubert (1797-1828), Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
Artist: Wiener Philharmoniker, Carlos Kleiber
Title: Carlos Kleiber – Complete Orchestral Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon
Genre: Classisal
Label: © Deutsche Grammophon
Release Date: 2014
Recorded: 1974-1980, Vienna, Austria
Quality: Blu-ray Audio
Length: 03:51:11
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 5.0 / 96 kHz / 5439 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)

these two Beethoven symphonies . . . are among the very finest performances of these works that have ever been captured in the studio. If there is a Beethoven Top 40 chart topper, Symphony No. 5 would certainly be the people’s choice . . . Even those who know next to nothing about classical music would immediately recognize the “fate knocking at the door” theme that opens this work . . . The Vienna Musikvereinsaal is a concert venue with decent acoustics and this remastering gives us a good account of both symphonies with excellent spread across the stage . . . [the release offers] to newcomers an unprecedented opportunity to hear some extraordinary Beethoven symphonic performances by an interpreter who, for the most part, seemed to have a direct connection to its creator. For the best example that I can think of, the Allegretto second movement of the Seventh Symphony, often a formulaic afterthought in most recordings, gets a straight-to-the-core rendition that will stay with listeners long after this work is over.

Record Review / Lawrence D. Devoe, / 16. March 2014

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Neil Young – Neil Young Archives Vol. I (1963-1972) (2009) [FLAC 24bit/192kHz]

Neil Young – Neil Young Archives Vol. II (1972-1976) (2020)
Blu-ray to FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 08:33:32 minutes | 16,68 GB | Genre: Rock
Genre: Folk, Counry, Acoustic, Rock | Digital Booklet | © Reprise

“…Extracted directly from Blu-Ray PCM streams using AnyDVD and tsMuxer. Files tracked and converted to FLAC using CDWave and tagged in Foobar. Entire 236 page book accompanying the set is included as an additional pdf file…”

This is the first volume of the Neil Young Archives series of box sets, produced by Neil Young himself. This series is the definitive, comprehensive, chronological survey of his entire body of work. Volume I covers the period from his earliest recordings with the Squires in Winnipeg, 1963, through to his classic 1972 album, Harvest and beyond, including studio and live tracks with the legendary Buffalo Springfield, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, and Neil Young with Crazy Horse. This Blu Ray disc edition contains 10 discs, each in its own custom sleeve. 9 of these discs hold a total of 128 tracks (12 hidden), all presented in ultra high resolution 24-bit/192 Khz stereo PCM state-of-the-art master quality sound, and featuring nearly 60 previously unreleased songs, versions, mixes, or rare tracks. Also found on these 9 multimedia discs are 20 special feature videos, film clips, and film trailers, an additional 55 audio tracks of rare interviews, radio spots, and concert raps, and an array of interactive features, including image galleries of archival photos, press, lyric manuscripts, documents, biographies, tour dates, and complete lyrics, as well as an interactive timeline feature which presents an in-depth overview of Young’s life and career. Each of the 10 Blu Ray discs feature 1920X1080 high definition picture quality. In addition, a Blu Ray disc of Young’s acclaimed first film, ‘Journey Through The Past’, available for the first time since its original theatrical release in 1973, is included, featuring pristine picture transfer, audio presented in both DTS 5.1 surround and stereo 24-bit/96 Khz PCM, plus archival materials. Included in the durable custom display box are a digital download card to access MP3 files of all 128 audio tracks, a lavish 236 page fullcolor hardbound book that features additional archival materials, tapes database, and detailed descriptions of the music and artwork, a foldout Archives poster, a custom keeper for the 10 sleeved discs, and more.

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The Oscar Peterson Trio – Night Train (1962/2013) [High Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-Ray Disc]

Artist: The Oscar Peterson Trio
Title: Night Train
Genre: Jazz, Mainstream, Bop, Piano Jazz
Label: © Verve Music Group
Release Date: 1962/2013
Recorded: Radio Recorders, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, on December 15th and 16th, 1962
Quality: Blu-ray Audio
Length: 00:44:54
Video: MPEG-4 AVC 1153 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 / 3682 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 3.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Audio: Dolby TrueHD 2.0 / 96 kHz / 3059 kbps / 24-bit (AC3 Embedded: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps)

Night Train is a jazz album by the Oscar Peterson Trio, released in 1962 by Verve Records. It was one of Peterson’s most commercially successful recordings. The Penguin Guide to Jazz included it in its core collection, stating that “it’s one of the best long-players of the period” and that Peterson’s playing is “tight and uncharacteristically emotional”.
Album producer Norman Granz had sold Verve, but remained Peterson’s manager, so supervised the Night Train recording session. The brief duration of many of the tracks has been attributed to a desire to have them played on commercial radio, which tended to be reluctant to play anything that was longer than a few minutes. Thigpen’s rivet cymbal, recorded at very close range, is prominent on all issues of the album.

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Jethro Tull: Aqualung 1971 (2011) 40th Anniversary Collector’s Edition MPEG-2 1080p LPCM 5.1 DTS-HD MA 5.1

Title: Jethro Tull – Aqualung – 40th Anniversary Collector’s Edition
Genre: rock
Length: ~ 237 min.
Year: 1971
Release year: 2011
Labels: EMI Records | Chrysalis Records
Remastering: Steven Wilson

Commemorative Collector’s Edition of the classic 1971 album, featuring previously unreleased all new stereo and 5.1 surround sound edition, mixed by Steven Wilson. Blu-ray Album mixed to 5.1 surround sound with 4 additional recordings all 96/24 LPCM & DTS-HD Master Audio.
Though this is ostensibly an “audio only” release, there is minimal video content on the Blu-ray, encoded via AVC. It’s simple things like an animated screen featuring the original album cover with superimposed titles of whatever song is playing, or in the case of the bonus tracks, various (sometimes weird and wacky) promo pictures of Ian and the boys.

The audio options on the Blu-ray disc:
• New Mix by Steven Wilson 2011 – 96/24 LPCM Stereo
• New Mix by Steven Wilson 2011 – 96/24 LPCM 5.1
• New Mix by Steven Wilson 2011 – DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
• Original Mix (Direct Transfer of ј Inch Master) – 96/24 LPCM Stereo
• Quad Mix (Original 1974 Quadrophonic Mix by Robin Black) – 96/24 LPCM 4.1
• Quad Mix (Original 1974 Quadrophonic Mix by Robin Black) – DTS-HD Master Audio 4.1

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The Doobie Brothers – Quadio Boxed Set (2020) [High Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-Ray Disc]

Blu-Ray Audio Boxed Set Spotlights Four Of The Band’s Essential Early Albums With Quadraphonic And High-Resolution Stereo Mixes Of Toulouse Street, The Captain & Me, What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits, And Stampede.

The Doobie Brothers celebrate two major milestones this year as the band marks its 50th anniversary and its induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in November. The 50th Anniversary Tour that was also planned for this year has been rescheduled for 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic (new tour dates below). This will be the first time that principal band members Tom Johnston, Michael McDonald, Pat Simmons and John McFee have toured together in more than 25 years.

Before the band is welcomed into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Rhino will release a new boxed set that highlights some of the music that helped make the Doobie Brothers one of the most popular bands of its generation. THE DOOBIE BROTHERS: QUADIO will feature quadraphonic mixes of Toulouse Street, The Captain & Me, What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits, and Stampede. The four Blu-ray audio discs come in replicas of the original vinyl record sleeves and are all packaged together in a clamshell box.

For this collection, all four albums have been mastered using the original four-track Quad mixes. The set includes both the quadraphonic and high-resolution stereo (19224 DTS-HD Master Audio) mixes for each album. To enjoy the Quadraphonic mix as intended, the Blu-ray audio discs should be played using Surround Sound.

THE DOOBIE BROTHERS: QUADIO brings together four essential albums from the band’s early days. It begins with the group’s second album, Toulouse Street, which was released in July 1972. The record achieved platinum status and launched the group to stardom with the hits “Listen to The Music,” “Rockin’ Down the Highway” and “Jesus is Just Alright.”

The following year, the band returned with The Captain & Me, which was certified double-platinum on the strength of hits “Long Train Runnin’” and “China Grove,” as well as fan favorites “South City Midnight Lady” and “Without You.” These back-to-back classic albums represent one of the greatest one-two vinyl punches of the 1970s. Many songs from the albums are still played every day on the radio, a testament to the timelessness of the music.

In 1974, the Doobie Brothers released the group’s fourth album, What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits. The record peaked at #4 on the albums chart and was certified double-platinum. It also featured the band’s first #1 hit, “Black Water,” which was originally released as the B-side to “Another Park, Another Sunday.”

Stampede is the final studio album featured in THE DOOBIE BROTHERS: QUADIO. Released in April 1975 and certified gold, it also peaked at #4 on the albums chart. It includes the Top 40 hits “Take Me In Your Arms (Rock Me)” and “Sweet Maxine.” Stampede would be The Doobie Brothers’ last studio album with original singer/guitarist Tom Johnston until he re-joined the band in 1989.

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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.”


– 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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Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young – CSNY 1974 (2014) [High Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-Ray Disc]

Name: Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young: CSNY
Released: 1974
Genre: Folk Rock, Soft Rock
Artist: David Crosby, Stephen Stills, Graham Nash, Neil Young
Issued: United States | Rhino Entertainment

Technical Specs
BD-25 Single-Layer Disc
Video Resolution/Codec
1080i/AVC MPEG-4
Aspect Ratio(s)
Audio Formats
English LPCM 2.0 (192 kHz / 9216 kbps / 24-bit)
English Dolby Digital 2.0 (640 kbps)

David Crosby, Stephen Stills, Graham Nash, and Neil Young announce the release of CSNY 1974, the long awaited boxed set from their historic 1974 tour will be available July 7/8. The forty (40) previously unreleased tracks recorded forty (40) years ago will be packaged in several formats and configurations and released July 7 in international territories, and July 8 in the United States. The box set includes all 40 tracks, a 188-page booklet of never before seen tour photos, and a bonus DVD of previously unreleased concert footage; the box is available as a 3CD/DVD set or Pure Audio Blu-Ray (192kHz/24-bit)/DVD set.
Long-rumored and highly anticipated, CSNY 1974 captures the band’s one-of-a-kind harmonic alchemy during its remarkable outdoor stadium tour, a trek that spanned more than two months, and included 31 concerts, in 24 cities, with combined audiences of over a million people. Produced by Graham Nash and Joel Bernstein, the box set mirrors the electric/acoustic/electric format that the band followed each night on stage, representing an idealized version of a show from the tour.
“This project has been the most difficult, yet rewarding work I’ve ever done in my 50 years of recording,” says Graham Nash. “It rekindled the love I have for my partners and the music we have made together.”
The box set includes some of CSNY’s best-known music; songs like “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes,” “Helpless,” “Wooden Ships,” and “Teach Your Children.” During the 1974 tour, CSNY also introduced new songs that emerged later on various albums, like Crosby’s “Time After Time,” and Nash’s “Fieldworker. Several songs by Young are previously unreleased, including “Traces,” “Love/Art Blues,” “Goodbye Dick,” and “Hawaiian Sunrise.”
CSNY 1974 will be available from CSNY and Rhino in several different configurations listed below, on July 7/8, nearly 40 years to the date after the tour’s first show on July 9, 1974.

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John Lennon – Gimme Some Truth (Deluxe Edition) (2020) [CD + Blu-ray ISO]

The definitive new Best Of John Lennon – 36 tracks completely remixed from the original master tapes, giving these classic songs a new life for generations to come and sounding better than ever before. Box contains 2CD’s and 1 Blu-ray which features all 36 tracks in hi-res stereo 96/24 PCM, new 5.1 surround mixes and Dolby Atmos for the ultimate immersive experience. Also contains an incredible 124 page book with rare photos and extensive notes from John and Yoko and others who were there at the time. Additionally contains fold-out 2 sided poster, 2x postcards and GIMME SOME TRUTH. bumper sticker.

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Bob Marley & The Wailers – Kaya 1978 (2013) [High Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-Ray Disc]

Bob Marley & The Wailers – Kaya 1978 (2013) Blu-ray 1080p AVC LPCM Audio 2.0 – HDClub

Universal Music Group 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

Bob Marley has been called “the first Third World superstar,” a visionary, a revolutionary and even a prophet. Certainly he was one of the most characteristic and challenging performers of this century. His timeless and evocative music continues to have an enormous impact on people of all races throughout the world. Like most popular artists, Marley wrote about love. But his music also reflected a militant spirituality, a blood-red hatred of racism and colonialism, and a deep yearning for personal, artistic, political and social freedom.

2013 marks the 35th anniversary of Bob Marley & The Wailers’ now revered 1978 release, Kaya. The album finds Bob Marley & The Wailers truly capitalizing on their newfound international success with classics like “Is This Love,” “Sun Is Shining,” “Time Will Tell” and “Satisfy My Soul,” hitting #4 on the UK charts in the process. The 10-song set captures Marley and company in a relaxed mood on a spiritual and distinctive collection of love songs, and of course, homages to the power of ganga.

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