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Dave Matthews And Tim Reynolds – Live At Radio City (2007) [BD to FLAC 24-48]

Dave Matthews And Tim Reynolds – Live At Radio City (2007)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 156:09 minutes | 1,87 GB
LPCM to Hi-Res FLAC – Source: Blu-Ray | No Artwork

In April 2007, Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds embarked on a 3-city theatre tour, culminating with a performance in the intimate confines of Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Due to the smaller sized venues and extremely limited number of dates, tickets were practically impossible to get, making this set all the more desirable to the huge Dave Matthews Band fanbase. Live At Radio City marks the first time in almost ten years that Dave and Tim have released an album. Live At Radio City features over 2 1/2 hours of music, capturing all 26 songs of Dave and Tim’s performance. The performance includes numerous songs that have never been recorded by the two, including Crush, Grace Is Gone, Don’t Drink The Water, Gravedigger and many more.

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Steven Wilson – The Raven That Refused to Sing (2013) [High Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-Ray Disc]

Artist: Steven Wilson
Title:  The Raven That Refused to Sing
Genre: Progressive Rock
Label: Kscope
Release Date: 2013
Quality: Blu-ray Audio
Duration: 54:43
Video: MPEG-4 AVC 7997 kbps / 1080p / 24 fps / 16:9 / High Profile 4.1
Audio#1: English DTS-HD MA 5.1 / 96 kHz / 6934 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 6.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Audio#2: English LPCM 5.1 / 96 kHz / 13824 kbps / 24-bit
Audio#2: English LPCM 2.0 / 96 kHz / 4608 kbps / 24-bit
Size: 26,68 GB

The new studio album from Steven Wilson – Blu-ray edition with 5.1 mixes (96/24 5.1 LPCM & DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1) and bonus track. Highly respected British artist Steven Wilson has revealed that his third solo album will be titled ‘The Raven That Refused To Sing (And Other Stories)’. Set for release by Kscope on February 25, 2013, the much anticipated new album was written between January and July and recorded in Los Angeles in September. Steven’s current band is a collection of stellar musicians: lead guitarist Guthrie Govan, bassist Nick Beggs, Marco Minnemann on the drums, Theo Travis playing saxophone/flute, and Adam Holzman on keyboards. The record has been engineered by legendary producer/engineer Alan Parsons and consists of 6 songs, 3 of which are 10 minute plus epics and are based on stories of the supernatural. The Blu-ray edition offers audiophiles the chance to experience the album in its full glory with 96/24 Stereo LPCM of the album, plus 2 x 5.1 mixes of album (96/24 5.1 LPCM & DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1). The Blu-ray also features instrumental versions of the album tracks (96/24 Stereo LPCM), plus bonus track (‘Drive Home’ – lounge version, also 96/24 Stereo LPCM), an art gallery Art Gallery (images by Hajo Mueller), Photo Gallery (photographs by Lass Hoile) and a studio Documentary (filmed and edited by Lasse Hoile). For those who do not know Steven Wilson he is 4-times Grammy-nominated artist and the founder and frontman of Porcupine Tree. Porcupine Tree have sold in excess of 1 million records worldwide and the band’s last tour concluded in sold out shows at Radio City Music Hall in New York and the Royal Albert Hall in London. Wilson’s Previous solo album, “Grace For Drowning”, charted around the world (UK No. 34, Germany No. 22, Netherlands No. 22 Dutch, US Billboard Rock album chart No. 19, Poland No. 7). In recent years Steven has emerged as a highly sought after re-mixer, working on 5.1 / surround mixes of classic albums by King Crimson, Jethro Tull, ELP and more. His production credits include work with Opeth, Anathema, Marillion, Anja Garbarek, Fish and Yoko Ono and he sang and co-wrote track on Pendulum’s #1 album, Immersion. He was also the winner of the ‘Guiding Light’ award at the 2012 Prog Magazine awards.

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Steven Wilson – Grace for Drowning (2011) BLU-RAY 1080p AVC DTS-HD MA 5.1

Title: Steven Wilson – Grace for Drowning
Release Date: 2011
Genre: Progressive Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Art Rock

Production/Label: Kaleidoscope Entertainment
Duration: 01:23:03
Quality: Blu-ray
Container: BDMV
Video codec: AVC
Audio codec: DTS, PCM
Video: MPEG-4 AVC 24500 kbps kbps 1920*1080p / 23,976 fps / 16:9 / High Profile 4.1
Audio#1: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 / 96 kHz / 6188 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 6.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Audio#2: English LPCM Audio 2.0 / 96 kHz / 4608 kbps / 24-bit
Size: 30.31 GB

This is the high resolution Blu-Ray format version of the Steven Wilson Grace For Drowning Release. It features the Album in hi resolution 5.1 stereo audio plus 2 bonus tracks, six work in progress demo versions and 5 promo videos.

Steven Wilson is a twice Grammy-nominated producer, writer and performer, best known as founder and front man of British rock band Porcupine Tree, He has also produced and /or mixed albums for artists as diverse as Swedish metal band Opeth, Norwegian chanteuse Anja Garbarek, and progressive rock institution King Crimson, Last year, he also co-wrote and sang a track from Pendulum’s number one album ‘Immersion’, Porcupine Tree’s last album was a top 30 album in both the UK and USA, and the tour climaxed with sold out shows in October last year at Royal Albert Hall in London and Radio City Music Hall in New York. ‘Grace For Drowning’ is the second album released under Wilson’s own name, and builds on the artistic inroads he forged with 2009’s exceptionally well-received ‘Insurgentes.’ A double album (two 40-45 minute albums in the same package), Wilson has described it as

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Jane Ira Bloom – Early Americans (2016) [High Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-Ray Disc]

Artist: Jane Ira Bloom
Title:  Early Americans
Genre: Jazz, Modern Jazz
Label: Sono Luminus
Release Date: 2016
Quality: Blu-ray Audio
Duration: 52:27
Video: MPEG-4 AVC 950 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps / 16:9 / High Profile 4.1
Audio#1: DTS-HD MA 5.1 / 96 kHz / 8012 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Audio#2: LPCM 2.0 / 96 kHz / 4608 kbps / 24-bit
Size: 5,34 GB

Jane Ira Bloom’s “Early Americans” is Right on Time. Brilliant soprano sax with great sidemen. Jane Ira Bloom does what she wants when she wants and she always makes it sing. She has just released “Early Americans,” her sixth album for Outline Records (OTL 142) and her sixteenth as a leader. It is, however, her first trio album and I’m glad I was here to witness it. The album is composed almost entirely by Jane Ira Bloom with the single exception of Leonard Bernstein’s “Somewhere.” Joining her are long-time associates Mark Helias on bass and Bobby Previte on drums. She drew these guys together with her in 2015 for this very project and it is a trio for the ages. “Song Patrol” is the inaugural piece on the album. The strummed bass of Helias and the rim shots and hollow toms of Previte kick it off. Jane Ira Bloom’s exquisite soprano saxophone flies in on the wings of a lark and it is obvious from the very beginning that this is going to speak to your soul. The trio is aware of each other in ways that comes only from deep familiarity. That Bloom and Helias have known each other since the mid-1970s and Bloom and Previte since 2000 should come as no surprise once you hear them together.“Dangerous Times” features an aboriginal rhythm section as Bloom’s soprano sax seems to embody the fight or flight impulse. It is reminiscent of the Native American encounters with the European colonists and the uneasy relationship that unfolded into outright hostility as the Europeans began the push across the American continents. The drums are relentless and the bass drones menacingly as the sax flees, seeks to resist, and flees again. Still, the loveliness of the sax maintains its own virtue against the worst of threats. “Nearly (For Kenny Wheeler)” is the shortest piece on the album. It is a solo soprano sax piece that allows Bloom full expression and exposure. It is lyrical and stunning in its simple beauty. The tone and tempo changes with “Hips & Sticks.” Previte’s rhythms are brilliant and entirely captivating. It is a hard groove with a propulsion issuing from Helias’ bass that works perfectly with Previte. Over it all, Bloom dances to the drive of the rhythm section. This is tight and hot. Helias and Previte take off and stay aloft throughout the piece. There is a sound and a sensation here that is unexpected and certainly unmatched. This one got me good. “Singing the Triangle” opens with soprano and bass in duet. The moves away with the drums in agreement as the Bloom sax works at odd ends. Then the trio catches together and all three artists are in complete union. Helias’ solo is an extension of the melodic line and Previte is in lock-step with him. The movement together is sweet and satisfying. The bouncy gives way to melancholy in “Other Eyes.” The tonality of Bloom is astounding and the Helias bass expressions are spot-on. The duet of these two is something amazing. It is full of longing and unfulfillment. The 4-note motif of the bass—with its bent third note—is a cool device for the soprano’s lookaways. The trades between them are soulful and meaningful in their beauty. Wonderful. Things start to cook with “Rhyme or Rhythm.” Actually, it’s both. The rhythm section is locked-in on the hard groove and Bloom hovers close to the flame in her spiraling melodies. This one smokes. “Mind Gray River” opens with a bit of Americana-sounding bass. The rolling drums behind the bass offer a wide space for Bloom’s movement and imagery. The soprano is transcendent of the earthy rhythm section and struggles for escape from the boundaries of the bass and drums. This is a folksy meditation. “Cornets of Paradise” opens with a frenetic exchange of tempos and rhythms and textures. The bass and drums break one way and the sax breaks another. Previte’s drums drive forward and Bloom and Helias surf the wave he provides. “Say More” brings another soulful episode around, full of space and understated movement. In a piece that says more in the space than it does in the music, “Say More” is a wonderfully ironic title. Bloom, however, takes that space to force tones that are sharp and even piercing. Hold your heart for this one. “Gateway to Progress” is another hard-swinging piece that Bloom climbs all over. So help me, Jane Ira Bloom can do anything with that horn. Yes, every sax player is influenced by Coltrane to some degree or other but Bloom has learned experimentation and adventure that echoes of the master. Helias works a beautiful bass solo that is just that adventurous. Previte takes to the adventure in equally robust ways with fascinating drumming choices that grab the attention. “Big Bill” has Previte sounding like Bill Bruford in the precise strokes and rolls, although that probably has nothing to do with the title. Bloom follows a fine theme that is rich and exciting. Helias carries the big stick into realms both foreign and familiar. This one is easy to love. And I do. The album concludes with “Somewhere,” Leonard Bernstein’s adagio from “West Side Story.” It is, of course, a lovely piece and Bloom’s solo soprano sax rendition is exquisite. The tone, the phrasing, the emotion are warm and wonderful. As is the whole album. Sometimes you encounter the unexpected in Jazz and that is not always a rewarding thing. With Jane Ira Bloom’s “Early Americans,” however, the experience can open one’s eyes to a land unknown and emotions unfamiliar. This album takes you where you have never been…and you don’t want to come back. – Travis Rodgers Jr., JazzTimes

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Jane Ira Bloom – Sixteen Sunsets (2013) [High Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-Ray Disc]

Artist: Jane Ira Bloom
Title:  Sixteen Sunsets
Genre: Jazz, Modern Jazz
Label: Pure Audio Records
Release Date: 2013
Recorded: Studio B, Avatar Studios, NYC May 20, June 12 & 17, 2013. Mixed at Avatar Studios, NYC. Stereo Mastered by Alan Silverman, Arf! Digital, NYC. Surround Mastering by Darcy Proper at Wisseloord Studios, Netherlands.
Quality: Blu-ray Audio
Duration: 01:17:47
Video: MPEG-4 AVC 950 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps / 16:9 / High Profile 4.1
Audio#1: DTS-HD MA 5.1 / 96 kHz / 7476 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Audio#2: LPCM 2.0 / 96 kHz / 4608 kbps / 24-bit
Size: 7.61 GB

Award winning soprano saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom has always had a special feeling for ballad performances. So much so that she has now finally released: Sixteen Sunsets, a beautiful new recording featuring expressive interpretations from the American Songbook along with five compelling slow tempo original compositions.

Jane Ira Bloom has been steadfastly developing her unique voice on the soprano saxophone for over 30 years. She is a pioneer in the use of live electronics and movement in jazz, as well as the possessor of “one of the most gorgeous tones and hauntingly lyrical ballad conceptions of any soprano saxophonist.”
The fourteen tracks on Sixteen Sunsets feature nine American songbook classics including: Gershwin’s ”I Loves You Porgy,” Kern’s ”The Way You Look Tonight,” Arlen’s ”Out of This World,” Weill’s ”My Ship,” Jimmy Van Heusen’s ”Darn That Dream,” and Billie Holiday & Mal Waldron’s ”Left Alone,” among others. There are also five originals from Bloom s ballad repertoire including: ”What She Wanted,” ”Ice Dancing” (for Torvill & Dean), ”Gershwin’s Skyline,” ”Too Many Reasons,” and ”Bird Experiencing Light.” Photographic legend Jay Maisel contributed his breathtaking image: ”Maine Forest At Dawn” for the album cover art. He picked the image from his archives after listening to the CD and the synchronicity is startling.

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Led Zeppelin – How The West Was Won (1972/2003/2018) [High Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-Ray Disc]

Artist: Led Zeppelin
Title: How The West Was Won
Release Year: 2003 / 2018
Genre: Rock
Quality: Blu-ray Audio
Duration: 02:27:31
Video: MPEG-4 AVC Video / 0 kbps / 1080p / 23,976 fps / 16:9 / High Profile 4.1
Audio: English / DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 96 kHz / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Audio: English / DTS-HD Master Audio / 2.0 / 96 kHz / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Audio: English / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 96 kHz / 4608 kbps / 24-bit
Size:22,93 GB

Led Zeppelin continue their reissue campaign with a new edition of their celebrated live album How The West Was Won, originally released in 2003, featuring newly remastered audio, which was done under the supervision of Jimmy Page. HOW THE WEST WAS WON highlights the best performances from Led Zeppelin’s legendary concerts at the Los Angeles Forum and Long Beach Arena on June 25 and 27, 1972. First ever Blu-ray Audio edition (containing hi-res 5.1 surround sound).

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Marillion – Brave (2018) Blu-ray Audio 1080p AVC DTS-HD MA 5.1

Artist: Marillion
Title: Brave
Genre: Rock, Prog Rock, Art Rock, Hard Rock, Neo Prog, Symphonic Rock
Label: © Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company
Release Date: 1994/2018
Recorded: Château de Marouatte, Grand-Brassac, France, November 1992 – August 1993
Quality: Blu-ray Audio
Duration: 01:11:22
Video: MPEG-4 AVC 14995 kbps / 1080p / 23,976 fps / 16:9 / High Profile 4.1
Audio#1: English LPCM 5.1 / 96 kHz / 13824 kbps / 24-bit
Audio#2: English DTS-HD MA 5.1 / 96 kHz / 6950 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 6.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Audio#3: English LPCM 2.0 / 96 kHz / 4608 kbps / 24-bit
Size: 38.33 GB

In February 1994 Marillion surprised many with the release of their dark and sprawling concept album, Brave. This ambitious double album charted at No.10 in the UK, making it the band’s seventh consecutive Top Ten album, a streak that began in 1983 with the group’s debut, Script for a Jester’s Tear.
Both sets include a version of the original studio album newly remastered by renowned producer Steven Wilson, and – for the first time ever – a complete recording of the band’s March 1994 performance in Paris, which has been expanded with nine unreleased tracks.
The CD/Blu-ray also features with the album’s original mix by producer Dave Meegan; plus 96/24 audio of Steven Wilson’s remix of the album in stereo and 5.1. Also included are promo videos for the album’s singles, plus a new documentary about the album that includes concert footage and interviews with the band: singer Steve Hogarth, guitarist Steve Rothery, keyboardist Mark Kelly, bassist Pete Trewavas, and drummer Ian Mosley.
Both the CD/Blu-ray and vinyl versions of Brave are accompanied by illustrated booklets that recount the story behind the daring sound experiments that led to the album’s expansive atmospherics.
The live music on the sets highlights Marillion’s April 29, 1994 concert at La Cigale in Paris. Newly remixed by Michael Hunter, the music includes a performance of Brave in its entirety, which first appeared in 1996 on the band’s double live album, Made Again. Those recordings have been expanded with nine unreleased tracks, including live renditions of fan favorites like “No One Can,” “Easter,” “Waiting To Happen” and “Hooks In You.”
Since Brave was released nearly 25 years ago, Hogarth says appreciation for the album has grown steadily. “…it’s a slow burn – some things acquire a mythical status, and I think Brave deserves that.”

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Rolando Villazón – Verdi (2012/2013) [High Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-Ray Disc]

Rolando Villazón – Verdi (2012/2013) [High Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-Ray Disc]

LPCM 2.0  and DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 & Dolby TrueHD 2.0 | 24bit / 96kHz |  Time – 00:56:34 minutes | 6,4 GB

“Welcome to this musical journey through some of the many beautiful works that Verdi wrote for tenor. We start with an aria from his very first opera, Oberto. Then you will listen to other arias from his early years, from his most popular operas and from his mature period, as well as to a selection of songs orchestrated by Berio, to the solo tenor part from his great religious oratorio, all the way to the very last aria he composed for tenor.

“To perform Verdi is to perform variations on the eternal melody of the human soul. Verdi was a man who came from the people and composed for the people, a genius who never lost contact with the basic forces of the human heart. Verdi was indeed the least pretentious of all composers. When critics of his time said that he who thinks that great music is an expression of love, pain etc, is wrong, he simply replied: “And why should one not believe that music is the expression of love and pain and etc?” For Verdi, “art that misses simplicity and naturalness is not Art. An idea must stem from the simple.”

“It has been an immense joy to sail through Verdi’s rich musical sea – with its limpid blue waters, tremendous tempests, caressing waves and sunsets red as blood – in the company of the Orchestra Teatro Regio Torino and the great Gianandrea Noseda. It is also a pleasure to welcome my dear colleague Mojca Erdmann on this wonderful musical odyssey. We hope you enjoy the journey with us and that, after having listened to it, you feel an absolute need to dive into the vast ocean of the great Maestro Verdi’s complete works.” – Rolando Villazón

“Tenor roles in the operas of Giuseppe Verdi require vocalism of exceptional beauty and power, combined with a blazing sincerity of expression. That is abundantly clear in Rolando Villazón’s all-Verdi recital, finely balanced between popular pieces and significantly less familiar ones. The feeling of discovery will surely be as thrilling to Villazón’s listeners as it has been to the singer himself. Verdi has been integral to Villazón’s international career and, in continuing his exploration of Verdi via this disc, the tenor has created a fascinating journey through the composer’s very long life.

“Villazón cherishes, above all, the emotional pull that gives him a universal and timeless appeal. “Verdi was able to translate the main emotions of humanity into music,” says Villazón. The operas repeatedly depict “jealousy, love, sadness, moaning for death, craving for what you cannot have.” But, whatever the dramatic situation, Verdi “connects directly to the essence of what makes us human beings.”  – Roger Pines, dramaturg and broadcast commentator at Lyric Opera of Chicago

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Magnificat – Nidarosdomens jentekor & TrondheimSolistene (2014) [High Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-Ray Disc]

Сomposer: Kim André Arnesen (b.1980), Aaron Jay Kernis (b.1960), Ola Gjeilo (b.1978)
Artist: Nidarosdomens jentekor & TrondheimSolistene
Title: Magnificat
Genre: Classical, Choral
Label: © 2L, Lindberg Lyd
Release date: October 2014
Recording date: 2013-2014
Location: Nidaros Cathedral, Norway
Original source: DXD (352.8kHz/24bit)
Quality: Blu-ray Audio
Length: 01:07:58
Vidieo: MPEG-4 AVC 950 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps / 16:9 / High Profile 4.1
Audio#1: DTS-HD MA 5.1 / 192 kHz / 11531 / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Audio#2: Auro-3D 9.1 / 96 kHz / 6654 kbps / 24-bit
Audio#3: LPCM 2.0 / 192 kHz / 9216 kbps / 24-bit
Size: 19.84 GB

The MAGNIFICAT is the Virgin Mary’s song of praise to God after one of the Bible’s greatest wonders: the angel Gabriel visiting her with the message that she is to be the mother of God’s son. In his setting composer Kim André Arnesen expresses the feelings Mary must have felt: wonder, devotion, gratitude, joy, humility, hope and compassion. God’s selection of an unknown woman living in poverty to be the mother of His son is a bottom-up view of the world if ever there was one – and Arnesen sees the Magnificat as offering support and hope for all people struggling against adversity or in need of strength. MUSICA CELESTIS portrays the ceaseless praising of God by angels in heaven. Aaron Jay Kernis builds his work around a fairly simple melody which he remoulds in a series of variations. The intensely beautiful and mostly barren Hardangervidda mountain plateau inspired Ola Gjeilo to write TUNDRA, while his SONG OF THE UNIVERSAL expresses unabashed optimism, exuberance and poet Walt Whitman’s unwavering confidence in our deeper humanity – all through the prism of a big, warm, beating heart.
Immersive Sound is a completely new conception of the musical experience. Recorded music is no longer a matter of a fixed one-dimensional setting, but rather a three-dimensional enveloping situation. Stereo can be described as a flat canvas and Surround Sound as a field, but Immersive Sound is a sculpture that you can literally move around and relate to spatially; surrounded by music you can move about in the aural space and choose angles, vantage points and positions. The 9.1 Auro-3D on this Pure Audio Blu-ray features sound reproduction that is more realistic than anything you’ve heard before. It delivers a new standard in immersion, fully enveloping the audience in a cocoon of life-like audio.

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Nirvana – Nevermind (1991/2013) [High Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-Ray Disc]

Artist: Nirvana
Title: Nevermind
Release Year: 1991 / 2013
Genre: Grunge, Alternative Rock
Quality: Blu-ray Audio
Duration: 00:49:51
Video: MPEG-4 AVC Video 6917 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 2.0 (96 kHz / 3302 kbps / 24-bit)
Audio: English Dolby TrueHD 2.0 (96 kHz / 2554 kbps / 24-bit)
Size: 8,33 GB

Released in September of 1991, Nirvana’s sophomore album and major label debut elevated Kurt Cobain, Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl from a critically acclaimed Aberdeen, Washington, cult band to generational spokesmen who’d unwittingly created a cultural shift and musical touchstone.

Rising to #1 the world over by year’s end and ultimately selling over 30 million copies worldwide, Nevermindwould come to be much more than one of the most successful and influential albums of its or any era. As the album that returned unaffected rock ’n’ roll integrity and passion to the top of the charts, Nevermind would prove a singular inspiration to fans and musicians alike over the last two decades, and will undoubtedly do so for generations to come!

“The overnight-success story of the 1990s, Nirvana’s second album and its totemic first single, “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” shot up from the nascent grunge scene in Seattle to kick Michael Jackson off the top of the Billboard album chart and blow hair metal off the map. No album in recent history had such an overpowering impact on a generation – a nation of teens suddenly turned punk – and such a catastrophic effect on its main creator.” – #17 on Rolling Stone’s ‘500 Greatest Albums of All Time’

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