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Diana Krall – The Look Of Love (2001/2013) [High Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-Ray Disc]

Name: Diana Krall: The Look of Love
Released: 2001
Genre: Vocal Jazz

Issued: France | Universal
Duration: 00:50:34
Size: 6.03 GB

The Look of Love is the sixth album by Canadian jazz pianist and vocalist Diana Krall, released in 2001 (see 2001 in music). It became Diana Krall’s best-selling album, best-selling album of Canada and best-selling album of 2001. Billboard ranked album at number 5 on the magazine’s Top Jazz Albums of the Decade.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Label: © Alucard Publishing/Universal
Release Date: 1972/2015
Recorded: July 24 – August 5, 1972, Advision Studios, London, England
Quality: Blu-ray Audio
Video: MPEG-4 AVC 14948 kbps / 1080p / 23,976 fps / 16:9 / High Profile 4.1
Audio: English LPCM 2.0 / 96 kHz / 4608 kbps / 24-bit
Audio: English DTS-HD MA 5.1 / 96 kHz / 7753 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 6.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)

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

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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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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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Genesis Selling England By The Pound (1973) [High Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-Ray Disc]

Genesis Selling England By The Pound 1973 1080p BluRay Remux DTS-HD MA 5.1 x264

Duration : 53mn 40s
Quality : 1080p
Video Codec : MPEG-4 AVC
Audio Codec : LPCM / Dts-HD Master Audio
Video : 1980×1080 / 16:9 / 23.976 fps / 37.2 Mbps

English / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 96 kHz / 4608 kbps / 24-bit
English / DTS-HD Master Audio / 2.0 / 96 kHz / 3683 kbps
English / LPCM Audio / 5.1 / 96 kHz / 13824 kbps / 24-bit
English / DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 96 kHz / 8903 kbps

1.Dancing With the Moonlit Knight
2.I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe)
3.Firth of Fifth
4.More Fool Me
5.The Battle of Epping Forest
6.After the Ordeal
7.The Cinema Show
8.Aisle of Plenty

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The Alan Parsons Project – Eye In The Sky – 35th Anniversary (2017) [High Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-Ray Disc]

Artist: The Alan Parsons Project
Title: Eye In The Sky – 35th Anniversary
Genre: symphonic/art rock
Label: © Arista, UK
Release Date: 1982/2017
Quality: Blu-ray Audio
Duration: 42:58

Video: MPEG-4 AVC Video / 12990 kbps / 1080p / 23,976 fps / 16:9 / High Profile 4.1
Audio: English / DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 96 kHz / 7873 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Audio: English / LPCM Audio / 5.1 / 96 kHz / 13824 kbps / 24-bit
Audio: English / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 192 kHz / 9216 kbps / 24-bit

The 35th anniversary Eye in the Sky collector’s box set includes 3 CDs (CD1: Original Album Expanded + bonus tracks, CD2: Eric Woolfson’s Songwriting Diaries, CD3: Previously Unreleased Bonus Material and Disc 4: 5.1 Surround Sound and Stereo HD version of the original album on Blu-ray). Also included are 2 vinyl LPs ( the original album newly struck at half speed on four sides at 45rpm at Abbey Road Studios by Miles Showell), a flexi-disc replica of an original 1982 promo, a 60-page hardback book featuring newly-written essays, previously unreleased images recently discovered in Eric Woolfson’s personal archive and new interviews with many of the musicians who recorded the tracks on the album, an Eye in the Sky 1982 replica poster and postcard, a gold-foil Eye of Horus stamp on the front of the box and more.
All of the newly discovered bonus material on Eye in the Sky has been lovingly and painstakingly restored to produce the best possible state-of-the-art listening experience for longtime fans and newcomers to the album.

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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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