Bon Jovi – Slippery When Wet (2015) [High Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-Ray Disc]

Artist: Bon Jovi
Title: Slippery When Wet
Genre: Rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal
Label: © Mercury Records | Universal Music
Release Date: 1986/2015
Recorded: Little Mountain Sound Studios, Vancouver, BC, January-July 1986
Quality: Blu-ray Audio
Length: 00:46:50
Video: MPEG-4 AVC 6693 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 / 8954 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 6.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Audio: English Dolby TrueHD 5.1 / 96 kHz / 8508 kbps / 24-bit (AC3 Embedded: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps)
Size:; 16.88 GB

Bon Jovi’s eponymous debut album was released in 1984, and “Runaway” became a Top 40 hit. Following its success, Tony Bongiovi sued the band, claiming he developed their successful sound; the group settled out of court. The following year, 7800° Fahrenheit was released and went gold. Despite the band’s respectable success, Bon Jovi weren’t becoming the superstars they had hoped, and they changed their approach for their next album, Slippery When Wet.
Hiring professional songwriter Desmond Child as a collaborator, the group wrote 30 songs and auditioned them for local New Jersey and New York teenagers, basing the album’s running order on their opinions. After ditching the original cover of a busty woman in a wet T-shirt for the title traced in water on a garbage bag, Slippery When Wet was released in 1986.
Supported by several videos that showcased the photogenic Jon, the album eventually sold nine million copies in the U.S. alone, helping usher in the era of pop-metal. Two songs, “You Give Love a Bad Name” and “Livin’ on a Prayer,” reached No. 1, while “Wanted Dead or Alive” reached the Top Ten, and Bon Jovi were established as worldwide superstars once and for all.
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 (more…)

Bob Marley and The Wailers – Legend (1984/2013) [High Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-Ray Disc]

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

The classic Bob Marley Best Of album, Legend collects the reggae pioneer’s greatest genre-defining songs, running the gamut from “I Shot the Sheriff” to the meditative “Redemption Song” and the irrepressible “Three Little Birds.” The beauty and simplicity of Bob Marley’s music was as important as his message and Legend is the ideal all-encompassing look at his excellence, warmth and humanity.

Legend is the world’s best-selling reggae album with global sales exceeding 40 million copies, including more than 14 million in the U.S. alone. The RIAA Diamond-certified album holds the distinction of being the second longest-charting album in the history of Billboard magazine, second only to Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side Of The Moon. In 2003, Rolling Stone ranked Legendat No. 46 on its “500 Greatest Albums of All Time” list.

Blu-ray Pure Audio Discs:

Audio is taken from the original master tapes and mastered in 24-bit/96kHz resolution with a choice of three sound formats: PCM, Dolby True HD, or DTS-HD Master Audio. You can finally enjoy the music in the fidelity originally experienced in the studio.

Operating Instructions:

• Simply load the disc into any Blu-ray device and it starts to play, just like a CD

• No video needed: Blu-ray remote allows track selection and preferred audio format

• Alternately, use your onscreen display to select tracks and preferred audio format

Bob Marley And The Wailers Legend Track Listing:

1.  Is This Love – Kaya (1978)
2.  No Woman, No Cry – Live! (1975)
3.  Could You Be Loved – Uprising (1980)
4.  Three Little Birds – Exodus (1977)
5.  Buffalo Soldier – Confrontation (1983)
6.  Get Up, Stand Up – Burnin’ (1973)
7.  Stir It Up – Catch a Fire (1973)
8.  One Love/People Get Ready – Exodus (1977)
9.  I Shot the Sheriff – Burnin’ (1973)
10. Waiting in Vain – Exodus (1977)
11. Redemption Song – Uprising (1980)
12. Satisfy My Soul – Kaya (1978)
13. Exodus – Exodus (1977)
14. Jammin’ – Exodus (1977) (more…)

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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Underworld: Dubnobasswithmyheadman (1994) (20th anniversary re-issue 2014) [High Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-Ray Disc]

Title: Underworld: Dubnobasswithmyheadman
Released: 1994
Genre: Electronica, Techno, Progressive House, Progressive Trance, Leftfield, Ambient
Artist: Karl Hyde (vocals, guitars), Rick Smith (keyboards and mixing, vocals), Darren Emerson (keyboards and mixing)
Issued: United Kingdom | UMC
Duration: 01:12:53

dubnobasswithmyheadman is the third album by Underworld, released in the UK on Junior Boy’s Own on 24 January 1994. It was the first Underworld album after the 1980s version of the band had made the transition from synthpop to techno and progressive house and is also the first album to feature Darren Emerson as a band member, ushering in the “MK2” phase of the band, which continued until Emerson’s departure in 2001.
In 2014, the album was reissued on vinyl, Blu-Ray, and 2-CD and 5-CD expanded editions. Reviewing the reissue, Q described the album as “superb” and proposed that Hyde and Smith’s previous 14 years of making music “was why the uncannily undated dubnobasswithmyheadman still exudes such multidimensional sophistication”. Uncut praised the material on the extra four discs, but felt that the original album was still Underworld’s key record, claiming that Hyde’s lyrical vision was able to make Romford sound as exotic as the USA he had seen on his travels, and that this was the reason why “twenty years later, the results of that crazy belief still sound like dance music’s dirtiest epic”.

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Zazie – La Zizanie (2001/2013) [High Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-Ray Disc]

Artist: Zazie
Title: La Zizanie
Genre: Electronic, Rock, Pop, Chanson française
Label: © Mercury Records | Universal Music
Release Date: 2001/2013
Recorded: Studio Méga, Suresnes
Quality: Blu-ray Audio
Length: 01:00:13
Video: MPEG-4 AVC 2176 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 / 3667 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 3.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Audio: Dolby TrueHD 2.0 / 96 kHz / 3073 kbps / 24-bit (AC3 Embedded: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps)
Size: 6.7 GB

La Zizanie is a 2001 album recorded by French pop singer Zazie. It was her fourth studio album and her fifth album overall. It was released on 16 October 2001 and achieved success in francophone countries. It provided five singles (two of them were only released as promotional singles) including two hits: “Rue de la paix” (#11 in France and Belgium) and “Adam & Yves” (#22 in France), and the minor hit “Danse avec les loops” (#53 in France).
Zazie wanted first to entitle the album “La Zazizanie” without mentioning her name on the cover but this idea was finally cancelled because it was not a concept album. The limited edition was presented in an octogonal set box.
The album went straight to number-one in France on 20 October 2001 and totaled ten weeks in the top ten and 55 weeks on the chart (top 200). In Belgium (Wallonia), the album debuted at #4 on 27 October 2001, then climbed to number-one. It remained for 14 weeks in the top ten and 34 weeks in the top 50. In Switzerland, the album was ranked for 15 weeks, including a peak at #28 in its first week of release, on 28 October 2001.
The album was nominated in the category ‘Pop album of the year’ at the 2002 Victoires de la Musique.

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XTC – Drums and Wires – The Surround Sound Series (2014) [High Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-Ray Disc]

CD + BLU RAY set. 2014 remix by Steven Wilson in 5.1 Surround & stereo + original stereo + instrumental versions + bonus tracks incl session takes & alt mixes + promo film clips + sleeve-notes by Andy Partridge, Colin Moulding & Dave Gregory. Third album,

Artist: XTC
Title: Drums and Wires [The Surround Sound Series] Genre: Alternative rock, pop rock, new wave
Label: © Ape House Ltd.
Release Date: 1979/2014
Quality: Blu-ray Audio
Recorded: June–July 1979 at The Town House, London
Size: 34GB

• BD Audio
Video: MPEG-4 AVC 1000 kbps 1920*1080p / 23,976 fps / 16:9 / High Profile 4.1
Audio: English LPCM 2.0 / 192 kHz / 9216 kbps / 24-bit
Audio: English LPCM 5.1 / 96 kHz / 13824 kbps / 24-bit
Audio: English LPCM 2.0 / 96 kHz / 4608 kbps / 24-bit
Audio: English DTS-HD MA 5.1 / 96 kHz / 8623 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
• Extras Video
Video: MPEG-4 AVC 24916 kbps / 1080p / 23,976 fps / 16:9 / High Profile 4.1
Audio: English LPCM 2.0 / 96 kHz / 4608 kbps / 24-bit (more…)

XTC – Skylarking: 30th anniversary (2016) [High Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-Ray Disc]

Artist: XTC
Title: Skylarking
Genre: Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Art Rock, Psychedelic Pop, New Wave, Neo-Psychedelia, Post Punk
Label: © Ape House Ltd.
Release Date: 2016
Quality: Blu-ray Audio
Duration: ~
Video: MPEG-4 AVC 2999 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 / 8243 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Audio: English LPCM 5.1 / 96 kHz / 13824 kbps / 24-bit
Size: 30.99 GB

Skylarking is the fourth in a series of remixed and expanded XTC albums. For many music fans, the band’s Todd Rundgren produced 8th album is *the* classic XTC album, and therefore the one for which there has been the most demand for a 5.1 surround mix. The album has been remixed in both new stereo and 5.1 surround sound by Steven Wilson with input from Andy Partridge, and is fully approved by XTC.

Blu-Ray features:
– 5.1 surround album mix in 24bit/96khz in LPCM and DTS HD MA
– The new stereo album mix in 24bit/96khz LPCM audio
– The four additional songs from the album sessions in both stereo and 5.1
– The original (uncorrected polarity) stereo album mix hi-res stereo
– The original (corrected polarity) stereo album mix in hi-res stereo
– Instrumental versions of all new mixes in 24bit/96khz LPCM audio
– A complete alternate album in demo form based on Todd Rundgren’s original sequence
– Numerous additional demo & work tape sessions showing the evolution of the album and associated recordings
– Promo films for “Dear God and “Grass” (more…)

Nine Inch Nails – Ghosts I-IV (2008) [Blu-Ray Audio Rip 24bit/96kHz]

Nine Inch Nails – Ghosts I-IV (2008)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 110:18 minutes | 2,28 GB + 182 MB
Blu-Ray Rip | Sourced Track – LPCM 2.0 Stereo | Complete Artwork package

Ghosts I – IV, a 36 track instrumental collection. Almost two hours of music composed and recorded over an intense ten week period in the fall of 2007. Ghosts I – IV sprawls Nine Inch Nails across a variety of new terrain. (more…)

XTC – Oranges & Lemons (2015) [High Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-Ray Disc]

Artist: XTC
Title: Oranges & Lemons
Genre: New Wave, Pop Rock
Label: © Ape House ‎– APEBD109
Release Date: 1989/2015
Quality: Blu-ray Audio
Duration: 06:42:38 + 00:25:16 (Video)
Video: MPEG-4 AVC 2749 kbps / 1080p / 23,976 fps / 16:9 / High Profile 4.1
Audio: English / DTS-HD Master Audio / 2.0 / 192 kHz / 6006 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Audio: English / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 192 kHz / 9216 kbps / 24-bit
Size: 37,5 GB

Oranges And Lemons is the third in a series of expanded XTC album reissues, including 5.1 Surround mixes, new stereo mixes and High-Resolution stereo mixes by Steven Wilson, along with a wealth of extra audio and visual material.

Steven Wilson produced the mixes with the input of founder band member Andy Partridge and the full approval of the band.

* Blu-ray (Region 0, NTSC) features:

Presented in 24bit/96khz LPCM Audio:

– Album mixed in 5.1 Surround.

– Steven Wilson stereo mix and original album mix in High Resolution stereo.

Blu-Ray exclusive material includes:

* Two separate sets of demo and work tape sessions showing the evolution of the album and associated recordings; one set of pre-recording rehearsals, promos and ID links for radio stations and record companies; a collection of single mixes and XTC’s version of Captain Beefhearts Ella Guru.

* Promo films for The Mayor of Simpleton (3 versions), King for a Day and a Road to Oranges & Lemons, a rarely seen home-made film by the band explaining the album (and themselves!) to Geffen Records USA. (more…)

XTC – Nonsuch (1992/2013) [High Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-Ray Disc]

Genre: Alternative Rock, Pop Rock, Baroque Pop
Media: Blu-Ray
Publishing year: 1992
Publisher (label): Panegyric
Audio Codec: DTS-HD MA 5.1 (48 kHz / 4799 kbps / 24-bit)
LPCM 5.1 (96 kHz / 13824 kbps / 24-bit)
LPCM 2.0 (96 kHz / 4608 kbps / 24-bit)
Type rip: BD.iso
Duration: 1:09:01
Size: 33.4 GB

Nonsuch is the first in a series of expanded XTC album editions including 5.1 Surround mixes, new stereo mixes and High-Resolution stereo mixes of the original material along with a wealth of extra audio and visual material.
Steven Wilson has produced the new mixes with the input of founder band member Andy Partridge and the full approval of the band.
Presented in special packaging with an expanded booklet and sleeve-notes by Andy Partridge, Colin Moulding and Dave Gregory, this is the cd and blu-ray version.

• The album has been mixed for 5.1 Surround Sound from the original studio masters by Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree) with the input of founder band member Andy Partridge and the full approval of the band.
• CD features a completely new stereo album mix by Steven Wilson and non-album track Didn’t Hurt a Bit.
• Blu-Ray features:
– an LPCM 5.1 Surround mix (24bit/96khz) mixed from the original multi-track tapes, with a DTS-HD Master Audio stream at 24/48.
– the new stereo album mix – LPCM at 24/96.
– exclusive instrumental versions of all new mixes
– exclusive Andy Partridge home demos and Colin Moulding work tapes for songs written for the album and contemporaneously.
– filmed footage of the band working on the album in Chipping Norton Studios.
– promo films for The Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead and The Disappointed also feature on the Blu-Ray. (more…)

Opeth – Pale Communion (2014) [High Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-Ray Disc]

Opeth – Pale Communion (2014) [Blu-ray Audio]
Blu-ray Audio | MPEG-4 AVC 8002 kbps / 1080p / 23,976 fps / 16:9 / High Profile 4.1
Audio: English Dolby TrueHD 5.1 / 96 kHz / 5342 kbps / 16-bit; English Dolby TrueHD 2.0 / 96 kHz / 2577 kbps / 24-bit
Genre: Progressive rock | Length: 01:07:42 | 10.11 GB
BDAudio Rip > FLAC: 5.1 Surround, Tracks 24bit/96kHz | 01:07:42 minutes | Sourced Track – Blu-ray Audio |  2,49 GB
BDAudio Rip > FLAC: 2.0 Stereo, Tracks 24bit/96kHz | 01:07:42 minutes | Sourced Track – Blu-ray Audio| 1,26 MB

When Opeth released Heritage in 2011 — the wonderfully indulgent, somewhat unfocused exercise in prog rock aesthetics — some longstanding fans were offended because the band had abandoned death metal. Truthfully, they had been exploring prog in fits and starts since 2005’s Ghost Reveries. Pale Communion completes the transition, proving that Heritage was not only a next step, but a new beginning altogether. Vocalist, songwriter, and guitarist Mikael Åkerfeldt has obviously been listening to loads of prog in the interim — ELP’s debut, Deep Purple’s In Rock, early King Crimson and Eloy, National Health, U.K., Bill Bruford’s early solo work, Pär Lindh, and even jazz fusion. Produced by the singer and mixed by Steven Wilson, Pale Communion states its ambitions outright. Opener “Eternal Rains Will Come” explodes with knotty, labyrinthine organ (from new keyboardist Joakim Svalberg) and Martin Axenrot’s skittering, propulsive drums. Åkerfeldt’s and Fredrik Åkesson’s serpentine yet raucous guitars and Martín Méndez’s fat, humming bassline kick in immediately thereafter. They all stop on a dime to be replaced by flute and acoustic piano. After another few moments, they return to establish the song’s vamp and melody. Åkerfeldt’s multi-tracked vocals don’t enter until three minutes in, then give way to a dazzling finish provided by a guitar solo and massive swathes of organ and Mellotron. Lead single “Cusp of Eternity” employs repetitive metal guitar and bass riffs, while the modal melody suggests Middle Eastern origins. “Moon Above, Sun Below” is the set’s hinge piece and longest track. It contains no less than five sections in nearly 11 minutes. These are introduced variously by samples of Tibetan thigh-bone trumpet and vibraphones, as well as acoustic guitars, Rhodes piano, thundering organ, anthemic electric guitars atop cracking rim shots, kick drum, and a forceful bassline that creates dynamic textural passages illustrating the rage, loss, and acceptance in Åkerfeldt’s lyrics. “Goblin” is an instrumental, a tightrope walk between hard rock and jazz fusion, and it’s among the finest things here. This is countered by “River,” with rich, multi-layered vocal harmonies, 12-string, piano, glistening cymbal, and snare, highlighted by a melodic electric guitar solo à la Argus-era Wishbone Ash. The metallic syncopation in “Voice of Treason” is dramatic with Eastern interludes via the primary instruments, painted by Mellotron as Åkerfeldt soars. The first half of closer “Faith in Others” is instrumentally sparse; it begins reaching for the skies about halfway through, but gets dialed back to allow the gorgeous melody prominence. Pale Communion is more focused and refined than Heritage. Though they readily display numerous musical influences here, ultimately Opeth sound like no one but themselves. This set is a massive leap forward, not only in terms of style but also in its instrumental and performance acumen; it is nearly unlimited in its creativity. –Thom Jurek (more…)

Yes – Relayer (1974/2014) [High Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-Ray Disc]

Yes – Relayer (1974/2014) [High Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-Ray Disc]
Blu-Ray: LPCM 2.0 & 5.1 24bit/96(192)kHz and DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 24bit/96kHz | 23,1 GB
FLAC: 2.0 Stereo | Tracks 24bit/96kHz(192) – 7,55 GB; Includes Extas | Booklet/Artwork – 49 MB

Relayer is the third in a series of remixed and expanded Yes albums. Presented in a mini vinyl replica gatefold card sleeve with booklet featuring new sleeve notes by Sid Smith, along with rare photos and archive material, the album has been remixed into stereo and 5.1 Surround Sound from the original studio masters by Steven Wilson and is fully approved by Yes. Also includes the original mix in high resolution, and bonus material.

Yes had fallen out of critical favor with Tales from Topographic Oceans, a two-record set of four songs that reviewers found indulgent. But they had not fallen out of the Top Ten, and so they had little incentive to curb their musical ambitiousness. Relayer, released 11 months after Tales, was a single-disc, three-song album, its music organized into suites that alternated abrasive, rhythmically dense instrumental sections featuring solos for the various instruments with delicate vocal and choral sections featuring poetic lyrics devoted to spiritual imagery. Such compositions seemed intended to provide an interesting musical landscape over which the listener might travel, and enough Yes fans did that to make Relayer a Top Ten, gold-selling hit, though critics continued to complain about the lack of concise, coherent song structures. (more…)

Yes – The Quest (2021) [High Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-Ray Disc]

Artist: Yes
Title: The Quest
Genre: Prog Rock
Label: © Inside Out Music
Release Date: 1969 /2019
Quality: Blu-ray Audio
Length: 01:01:35

Audio

LPCM Audio English 4608 kbps 2.0 / 96 kHz / 4608 kbps / 24-bit
DTS-HD Master Audio English 4747 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 4747 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
LPCM Audio English 6912 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 6912 kbps / 24-bit
LPCM Audio English 2304 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit

The Quest is the latest studio album from legendary progressive rock band Yes, and their first for new label home InsideOutMusic. Produced by Steve Howe, and featuring the line-up of Howe, Alan White, Geoff Downes, Jon Davison; Billy Sherwood, this stunning new record sees the band demonstrating why they are still such a revered group of musicians. Featuring artwork from long-time artist and collaborator Roger Dean.

• Release Date: October 1 2021
• Limited deluxe bundle
• Artbook, 44 pages with liner notes
• Blu-ray disc contains the album in 5.1 Surround Sound, as well as instrumental back tracks of all the songs.
• Discs packaged in limited edition art book

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Yes – Close To The Edge (1972/2013) [High Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-Ray Disc]

Yes – Close To The Edge (1972/2013) [High Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-Ray Disc]
Blu-Ray: LPCM 2.0 & 5.1 24bit/96(192)kHz and DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 24bit/48kHz | 21 GB
FLAC: 2.0 Stereo | Tracks 24bit/96kHz(192) – 5,46 GB; Includes Extras | Complete Scans – 177 MB

A new edition of the progressive rock masterpiece from 1972, the first in a series of Yes albums to get the deluxe remix treatment. Featuring new stereo and 5.1 surround sound mixes by Steven Wilson from the original multitrack reels, a flat transfer of the original stereo mix, instrumental mixes, and other bonus material. Presented in a mini vinyl replica gatefold card sleeve with booklet featuring new sleeve notes by Sid Smith, along with rare photos and archive material, the album has been mixed for 5.1 Surround Sound from the original studio masters by Steven Wilson and is fully approved by Yes.

When Yes entered the studio with Eddie Offord to record the band’s fifth studio album in mid-1972, their second with this line-up, the band was on something of a roll. “Fragile”, the band’s previous album, had taken Yes to a new level of international popularity with Top Ten chart placement on both sides of the Atlantic & yielding a hit single in the USA with ‘Roundabout’. The band was now established in the major music markets to an extent that was, perhaps, unexpected given the complexity of the music Yes performed. But with that popularity came a confidence that the expansive material of the two previous albums could be taken a stage further with the new recording. Rather than consolidating, Yes chose to innovate.

Recorded during lengthy sessions at London’s Advision Studios, “Close to the Edge” is that rarity in recorded music, the sound of a band & its individual members writing, playing and recording at the peak of their collective abilities. The album was issued in Autumn 1972 reaching chart highs & platinum sales status of 4 in the UK, 3 in the USA & 1 in Holland, though such statistics only hint at the worldwide popularity of the album over a period of more than four decades. The three pieces of music, the title track which spanned the entire first side of the vinyl album with ‘And You And I’ & ‘Siberian Khatru’ on side two, have remained concert favourites since release, with the 2013 Yes line-up currently in the middle of a world tour stretching into the middle of next year that sees the album performed in its entirety.

The album remains the favourite among many of the band’s legion of fans, a defining recording both for the band & for the progressive rock movement. It is also one of the most successful British rock albums ever released.

Since this release of “Close to the Edge” was confirmed, the various websites dedicated to Yes, Progressive rock & high-resolution audio have been very active with discussions among fans keen to hear the new mixes & the existing material in its purest audio presentation. (more…)

Yes – The Yes Album (1971/2014) [High Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-Ray Disc]

Yes – The Yes Album (1971/2014) [High Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-Ray Disc]
Blu-Ray: LPCM 2.0 & 5.1 24bit/96(192)kHz and DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 24bit/48kHz | 21,6 GB
FLAC: 2.0 Stereo | Tracks 24bit/96kHz(192) – 5,49 GB; Includes Extras | Complete Scans – 247 MB

The Yes Album is the second in a series of remixed and expanded Yes classics. The album has been mixed for 5.1 Surround Sound from the original studio masters by Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree) and is fully approved by Yes. The Blu-Ray features 5.1 PCM Surround Sound and High Resolution Stereo mixes and in DTS-HD MA 5.1. The Blu-Ray also features the original album mix in a hi-res flat transfer from the original stereo master tape source as well as a complete alternate album running order drawn from live tracks, singles edits and an extended mix. And if that wasn’t enough, the Blu-Ray exclusive features include full album instrumental mixes, a full album needle-drop of an original UK A1/B1 vinyl pressing, additional singles edits and live tracks. Original artwork expanded with new sleeve-notes and archive material.

With a series of songs now regarded as band classics & frequently performed in concert, it takes some imagination to think of The Yes Album as a ‘difficult third album’. Yet, as the interviews conducted for the sleeve-notes for this edition make clear, the recording took place against a backdrop that was far from ideal. Despite a fine live reputation & two well-received albums, Yes had not made the commercial breakthrough to a wider audience that some of the band’s British label mates on Atlantic had achieved.

However, with the arrival of Steve Howe as guitarist, a better concept of what the band was trying to achieve in the studio with engineer/co-producer Eddie Offord & a focus on material that could be played live with the same punch as the studio recordings, The Yes Album proved to be that vital step to a much wider audience in Europe & America.

From the opening notes of “Yours is No Disgrace” to the final fade of “Perpetual Change”, the sound is of a band that is brimming with musical confidence. As Bill Bruford recalls “You gave it your best but it was a fast-moving world and you had to give more than your best.” The band may have been down to its last few pounds, the management may have been changing, the record label concerned, but there was no compromise in the studio as Yes produced the band’s first classic album, in a year where there was plenty of healthy competition for that much over-used term.

A full forty-three years on from the album’s UK chart debut, YES will be back in Europe – starting in the UK – performing a show that includes the album performed in its entirety.

This edition coincides with that tour. As with last year’s release of Close to the Edge, the CD features a completely new stereo mix, while the DVD-A features new stereo & 5.1 surround sound mixes all by Steven Wilson, a flat transfer of the original album master & a complete alternate album with tracks drawn from a mixture of singles edits, live tracks & an extended mix.

With expanded artwork & new sleeve-notes this is the definitive edition of The Yes Album and the second in a series of remixed and expanded Yes albums. (more…)

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