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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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Pixies – Doolittle (2016) [High Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-Ray Disc]

Artist: Pixies
Title: Doolittle
Genre: Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Noise Pop
Label: © 4AD
Release Date: 1989/2016
Recorded: October 31 – November 23, 1988; Downtown Recorders, Boston, Massachusetts
Quality: Blu-ray Audio
Duration: 00:38:56
Video: MPEG-4 AVC / 3004 kbps / 1080p / 23,976 fps / 16:9 / High Profile 4.1
Audio#1: English LPCM 2.0 / 96 kHz / 4608 kbps / 24-bit
Audio#2: English DTS-HD MA 5.1 / 96 kHz / 9351 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Audio#3: English LPCM 5.1 / 96 kHz / 13824 kbps / 24-bit

There’s a special treat for Pixies fans coming next month with the release of a limited Pure Audio Blu-Ray version of their classic album, Doolittle.

First released in 1989 and although their second album, Doolittle was the first Pixies record to be made commercially available in their native US. An instant hit with both critics and fans, its slow burn success has since helped it to sell close to a million copies in their homeland alone. Among the many plaudits thrown its way, Pitchfork ranked it at Number 4 in their Best Albums of the 80s poll, while NME writers in 2004 named it the second best album of all time. 2009 saw the band tour the album to celebrate its 20th birthday, and 5 years on in 2014, the band released a deluxe 25th Anniversary edition on triple CD & LP.

Now in a first for both band and 4AD, Doolittle is being released as a Pure Audio Blu-Ray which contains both the album in high definition (96 kHz / 24 bit) 5.1 surround sound – having been remixed by audio specialist Kevin Vanbergen (FX) from the original analogue multi-tracks – and a HD transfer of the original stereo mix by Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab. The results are a revelation, separating out elements from the recordings that are buried in the stereo mix and adding space, depth and a clarity to the performances without diluting their energy and impact.

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Jimi Hendrix – Electric Ladyland (50th Anniversary Edition) (1968/2018) [High Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-Ray Disc]

Artist: Jimi Hendrix
Title: Electric Ladyland (50th Anniversary Edition)
Genre: Rock
Label: © Experience Hendrix, Legacy
Release Date: 1968/2018
Quality: Blu-ray Audio
Length: 02:42:39
Video: MPEG-2 Video / 6398 kbps / 480i / 29,970 fps / 4:3
Audio: English / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit
Audio: English / DTS Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit

This deluxe box set includes the original album, remastered by Bernie Grundman from the original analogue tapes. For the LP set, Grundman prepared an all-analogue, direct-to-disc vinyl transfer of the album, preserving the authenticity. ‘Electric Ladyland: The Early Takes’ presents 20 demos and studio outtakes, including demos for song ideas Hendrix recorded himself on a reel-to-reel tape at the Drake Hotel, as well as early recording session studio takes featuring guest appearances from Buddy Miles, Stephen Stills and Al Kooper. ‘Jimi Hendrix Experience: Live At the Hollywood Bowl 9/14/68’ is part of Experience Hendrix’s Dagger Records official bootleg series.

The live album documents the band’s Los Angeles concert held a few weeks before ‘Electric Ladyland’ was released. The two-track soundboard recording captures the energy that had the audience in such a frenzy that many concert-goers jumped into the reflecting pool that separated the bandstand from the seats. The Blu-ray features the full-length documentary ‘At Last… The Beginning: The Making of Electric Ladyland’, the first ever 5.1 surround sound mix of the original album overseen by Hendrix’s original engineer Eddie Kramer plus the original stereo mixes in uncompressed 24 bit/96 kz high resolution audio.

The box set features a full-colour, 48-page book containing Jimi’s handwritten lyrics, poem and instructions to his record label, as well as never-before-published photos from the recording sessions that were shot by Eddie Kramer himself. Also included are essays by celebrated journalist David Fricke and Hendrix authority John McDermott. All items are contained in a numbered luxe case-made-book for CD+Blu-ray release and case-made-lift-top-box for the LP+Blu-ray release, with new cover art which is true to Hendrix’s original vision of the album’s cover – a Linda (McCartney) Eastman photograph of the band and children at the statue of Alice in Wonderland in New York’s Central Park.

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Steve Hackett – The Night Siren (2017) [High Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-Ray Disc]

Artist: Steve Hackett
Title: The Night Siren
Genre: Rock, Prog Rock, Art Rock
Label: © InsideOut Music
Release Date: 2017
Quality: Blu-ray Audio
Duration: 00:57:46 + 00:23:27 (Documentary)
Video: MPEG-4 AVC 14968 kbps / 1920*1080p / 23,976 fps / 16:9 / High Profile 4.1
Audio#1: English DTS-HD MA 5.1 / 48 kHz / 4588 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Audio#2: English LPCM 5.1 / 48 kHz / 6912 kbps / 24-bit
Audio#3: English LPCM 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit

Guitar virtuoso and rock legend, Steve Hackett (formerly of Genesis), releases his latest album The Night Siren on 24th March 2017 through InsideOut Music (Sony). As implied in the title, The Night Siren is a wake-up call… the warning of a siren sounding in this era of strife and division.

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Hoff Ensemble: Quiet Winter Night – An Acoustic Jazz Project (2011) [High Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-Ray Disc]

Album title: Quiet Winter Night – An Acoustic Jazz Project
Performer: Hoff Ensemble
Genre: jazz fusion
Label: 2L (Lindberg Lyd)
Location: Sofienberg Church, Norway
Release date: February 2012
Recording date: August 2011
Original source: Mastering in DXD (352.8kHz/24bit)
Quality: Blu-ray Audio
Duration: 0:48:08
Video: MPEG-4 AVC 950 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps / 16:9 / High Profile 4.1
Audio#1: DTS-HD MA 5.1 / 192 kHz / 13346 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Audio#2: LPCM 2.0 / 192 kHz / 9216 kbps / 24-bit

HOFF ENSEMBLE consists of some of Norway’s finest jazz and session musicians, fronted by trumpeter Mathias Eick, of ECM renown, who plays a leading role in several of the compositions. The ensemble’s basic quartet features legendary veteran bassist Arild Andersen and arranger Jan Gunnar Hoff on piano. Hoff has performed with his own group since 1993, collaborating with such artists as Mike Stern, Pat Metheny, Maria Joao and Alex Acuna. This time in this great Norwegian band he mixes flavours in a “cross-over” setting. Eick, with whom Hoff has worked on earlier projects, was the obvious first choice for QUIET WINTER NIGHT, along with Andersen and the rest of the band, complemented by Rune Arnesen (ex N.P.Molvær) on percussion and Børge Petersen-Øverleir, Norway’s leading session guitarist.

Brilliant fiddle player Annbjørg Lien is an exciting addition to the HOFF ENSEMBLE, giving QUIET WINTER NIGHT a sound that is definitely Nordic with elements of jazz, folk and beyond, making this an interesting and original journey. On some of the instrumental tracks, like “Blågutten”, Eick and Petersen-Øverleir create an overall jazz/fusion sound, while the trio setting of “Redd Mamma” is reminiscent of the work of Sweden’s Jan Johansson. “Hva skal hende nå” bears comparison with Metheny’s ballad form, yet with a more rock-influenced guitar sound. This tune also includes a great bass solo by Andersen.

The music is created by film composers Geir Bøhren and Bent Åserud and among the vocalists are some of Norway’s top names (and Universal artists) in popular music: Helene Bøksle, Åsne Valland Nordli, Sondre Bratland, Unni Wilhelmsen, Tomine Harket, Bjørn Johan Muri, Cecilia Vennersten and Bjørn Eidsvåg.

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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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Carlos Santana & John McLaughlin – Live At Montreux 2011 (2013) [Hi-Res FLAC from Blu-Ray] {24bit/96kHz}

Santana and McLaughlin – Live At Montreux 2011 (2013)
FLAC(Tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 134:46 minutes | 2,99 MB
Source: Blu-Ray (Eagle Rock Entertainment > LPCM 24/96 track)
Cover sleeve & Digital booklet

On July 1st, 2011, Montreux hosted the reunion of two master guitarists, Carlos Santana and John McLaughlin, with their Invitation To Illumination concert. Both musicians have been regulars at Montreux across the years but this was the first time they headlined their own concert together. The show features most of the tracks from their classic 1973 album Love Devotion Surrender mixed in with a wealth of other material. The evening was a showcase of supreme musical virtuosity and spirituality and typified the approach of these two great artists. It is certainly a performance not to be missed.

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Eagles – Hotel California – 40th Anniversary (2017) [High Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-Ray Disc]

Title: Eagles – Hotel California – 40th Anniversary
Release Date: 2017
Recorded Date: March – October 1976, Criteria Studios, Miami, FL; Record Plant Studios, Los Angeles, CA
Genre: Rock
Artist: Don Henley – lead and backing vocals, drums, percussion, synthesizer; Glenn Frey – guitars, keyboards, backing vocals, lead vocals; Randy Meisner – bass guitar, backing vocals, lead vocals, guitarrón; Don Felder – guitars, backing vocals; Joe Walsh – guitars, keyboards, backing vocals, lead vocals

Production/Label: Elektra/Asylum Records
Duration: 00:43:33
Quality: Blu-ray Audio
Container: BDMV
Video codec: AVC
Audio codec: DTS, PCM
Video: MPEG-4 AVC 8245 kbps / 1080p / 23,976 fps / 16:9 / High Profile 4.1
Audio#1: DTS-HD MA 5.1 / 96 kHz / 8477 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Audio#2: LPCM 2.0 / 192 kHz / 9216 kbps / 24-bit
Size: 8.41 GB

The Eagles’ Hotel California was a critical and commercial phenomenon when it was released in December 1976. The album topped the Billboard charts for eight weeks in the U.S., won two GRAMMY® Awards, sold more than 32 million copies around the world, and featured two Billboard #1 hit singles. 40 years later, it still ranks as one of the best-selling albums of all time.
The set also marks the debut of ten live tracks that were recorded during the band’s three-night stand at the Los Angeles Forum in October 1976. The concert recordings — which were recorded about a month before the album came out — feature one of the first ever live performances of “Hotel California” and “New Kid In Town” along with other Eagles classics including  “Already Gone,” “Take It To the Limit,” and “Witchy Woman.”
The Eagles made their triumphant return to the stage this summer at the Classic East/West festivals, earning raves from critics and fans alike. More live dates are planned for this fall, with the band being joined on stage once again by country superstar Vince Gill and Deacon Frey, son of Eagles founder, Glenn Frey.

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Tangerine Dream – In Search Of Hades: The Virgin Recordings 1973-79 (2019) [16CD + 2 Blu-ray Box Set]

A multi-disc CD + blu-ray box set, In Search Of Hades, containing Tangerine Dream’s trailblazing 1970s recordings for Virgin Records is set for release through UMC/Virgin on 31 May.

Tangerine Dream were one of the true pioneers of electronic and ambient music and the albums they recorded for Virgin Records between 1973 and 1979 remain classics of the genre. In Search of Hades: The Virgin Recordings 1973 – 1979 is the definitive statement of this period in Tangerine Dream’s history.

The box features newly-remastered versions of the albums Phaedra, Rubycon, Ricochet, Stratosfear, Encore, Cyclone and Force Majeure, all drawn from the original first generation master tapes, and new Stereo and 5.1 Surround Sound mixes of Phaedra and Ricochet by Steven Wilson.

Additionally, In Search of Hades includes 8 CDs of previously unreleased material; 3 London concerts in full (Victoria Palace Theatre in 1974, The Rainbow Theatre in 1974 and Royal Albert Hall in 1975) along with the previously unreleased full soundtrack to Oedipus Tyrannus, recorded in July 1974 and remixed in 5.1 Surround Sound and Stereo by Steven Wilson.

The new box also includes 2 CDs of previously unreleased outtakes from the Phaedra sessions at The Manor Studios, Oxfordshire in November 1973 and the surviving 35-minute live recording from Coventry Cathedral in October 1975.

The box set features 2 Blu-Ray discs featuring the 5.1 mixes of Phaedra, Oedipus Tyrannus and Ricochet, along with a 1976 German TV performance and BBC Old Grey Whistle Test broadcast of Tangerine Dream at Coventry Cathedral.

In Search of Hades is lavishly packaged with a hardback book featuring new liner notes and rare photographs and memorabilia.

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The Beatles – Abbey Road (50th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition) (1969/2019) [High Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-Ray Disc]

Artist: The Beatles
Title: Abbey Road (50th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition)
Genre: Rock
Label: © Capitol Records
Release Date: 1969 /2019
Quality: Blu-ray Audio
Length: 47:30
Video: MPEG-4 AVC 17902 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 / 6559 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Audio: English / Dolby TrueHD/Atmos Audio / 7.1 / 48 kHz / 14107 kbps 24-bit (AC3 Embedded: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps)

This is the first time Abbey Road has been remixed and presented with additional session recordings and demos. To create Abbey Road’s new stereo, 5.1 surround, and Dolby Atmos mixes, Martin and Okell worked with an expert team of engineers and audio restoration specialists at Abbey Road Studios. This Super Deluxe Edition of Abbey Road features the new stereo album mix, sourced directly from the original eight-track session tapes. To produce the mix, Giles was guided by the album’s original stereo mix supervised by his father, George Martin.

Abbey Road’s Super Deluxe box set presents 40 tracks – including “The Long One” Trial Edit & Mix for the album’s epic Side 2 medley – on three CDs (stereo) and one Blu-ray disc (Dolby Atmos, 96kHz/24 bit high resolution stereo, and 96 kHz/24 bit DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1). The four discs are housed in a slip-sleeved 12” by 12” 100-page hardbound book with McCartney’s foreword; Martin’s introduction; insightful, in-depth chapters written by Beatles historian, author, and radio producer Kevin Howlett covering the months preceding The Beatles’ Abbey Road sessions, track-by-track details and session notes, the cover art and photo shoot, and the album’s reception upon its release; plus an essay by music journalist and author David Hepworth looking at the album’s influence through 50 years. The gorgeous book is illustrated with rare and previously unpublished photographs, including many taken by Linda McCartney; never before published images of handwritten lyrics, sketches, and a George Martin score; Beatles correspondence, recording sheets, and tape boxes; and reproduced original print ads.

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