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Diana Krall – The Look Of Love (2001/2013) [Blu-Ray Audio Rip 24-96]

Diana Krall – The Look Of Love (2001/2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 50:35 minutes | 1,22 GB
Blu-Ray Audio Rip | Sourced Track – LPCM 2.0 Stereo | No Art

Diana Krall has a good voice and plays decent piano, but this somewhat ridiculously packaged Verve CD seems like an obvious attempt to turn her into a pop icon, and sex symbol to boot. The bland arrangements by Claus Ogerman (who conducts the London Symphony Orchestra or the Los Angeles Session Orchestra on each track) border on easy listening, while Krall and her various supporting musicians, including John Pisano, Russell Malone, Christian McBride, and Peter Erskine (among others), clearly seem stifled by their respective roles. There are plenty of strong compositions here, including standards like “I Remember You,” “The Night We Called It a Day,” and “I Get Along Without You Very Well,” but the unimaginative and often syrupy charts take their toll on the performances. What is even sillier is the label’s insistence on attempting to photograph the artist in various sultry poses, which she evidently wants to discourage by refusing to provide much of a smile (the rumor is that she’s not happy with this part of the business at all). If you are looking for unchallenging background music, this will fit the bill, but jazz fans are advised to check out Krall’s earlier releases instead.

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Chet Baker – Baker’s Holiday (1965/2013) [Blu-Ray Audio Rip 24-96]

Chet Baker – Baker’s Holiday (1965/2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 32:10 minutes | 752 MB
Blu-Ray Audio Rip | Sourced Track – LPCM 2.0 Stereo | No Art

Baker’s Holiday finds Chet Baker effectively paying tribute to Billie Holiday with mellow trumpet solos and occasional vocals. Baker is backed by a full sax section and a four-piece rhythm section that includes pianist Hank Jones; Jimmy Mundy contributed the colorful arrangements. His performance of ten songs associated with Lady Day (most of which he had not recorded previously) is often exquisite.

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Grace Jones – Nightclubbing (1981) [Deluxe Edition 2014] {Blu-Ray Audio Rip 24bit/96kHz}

Grace Jones – Nightclubbing (1981) [Deluxe Edition 2014]
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 115:25 minutes | 2,6 GB
Blu-Ray Audio Rip | Sourced Track – LPCM 2.0 Stereo | No Art

In a career of myriad highlights ‘Nightclubbing’ remains the high water mark of Grace Jones’s imperial years with Island Records. It is indisputably the album on which her musical legacy rests, and rightly considered one of the greatest albums of all time. A sophisticated mêlée of sound, blending post-punk cool with a hot Caribbean vibe and a catwalk Studio 54 sensibility, it’s a perfect example of artist and musicians working in complete accord. It contains the all-time Grace classics in ‘Pull Up To The Bumper’, ‘Walking In The Rain’, ‘Demolition Man’ (written by Sting) and of course the Bowie / Iggy Pop-penned title track. There is magic in its every groove.

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George Gershwin: Concerto in F – Rhapsody No. 2 – I Got Rhythm Variations (2010/2012) [High Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-Ray Disc]

Genre: Classical
Year of publication: 2012
Duration: 00:58:37

Quality: Blu-ray Disc
Container: BDMV
Video codec: MPEG-2
Audio Codec: DTS-HD Master Audio | LPCM

George Gershwin’s Concerto in F was a response to demands for a ‘proper concerto’ after the success of Rhapsody in Blue, avoiding programmatic content while providing a feast of tunes both uplifting and nostalgic. Originally intended as music for a film, his up-beat Rhapsody No 2 describes the bustling Manhattan cityscape while under construction. Sourced from his hit musical Girl Crazy, I Got Rhythm Variations was Gershwin’s last full score. Pianist Orion Weiss is one of the most sought-after soloists and collaborators of his generation of young American musicians.
Piano Concerto in F Major
1. I. Allegro moderato – Cantabile – Poco meno scherzando 00:13:47
2. II. Andante con moto 00:12:48
3. III. Allegro con brio 00:07:20
Second Rhapsody
4. Second Rhapsody 00:15:54
I Got Rhythm Variations
5. I Got Rhythm Variations 00:08:49

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Felix Mendelssohn: Violin Concertos – Violin Sonata in F minor (2010-2011/2013) [High Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-Ray Disc]

Felix Mendelssohn: Violin Concertos – Violin Sonata in F minor (2010-2011/2013) [High Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-Ray Disc] | 8.43 GB

Genre: Classical
Year of publication: 2013
Duration: 1:06:37
Quality: Blu-ray Disc
Container: BDMV
Video codec: MPEG-2
Audio Codec: DTS-HD Master Audio | LPCM

Tracklist:

Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64, MWV O 14

[01] Allegro molto appassionato –
[02] Andante –
[03] Allegro molto vivace

Violin Concerto in D minor, MWV O 3

[04] Allegro
[05] Andante
[06] Allegro

Violin Sonata in F minor, Op. 4, MWV Q 12

[07] Adagio – Allegro moderato
[08] Poco adagio
[09] Allegro agitato

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XTC – Nonsuch (1992/2013) [Blu-Ray Audio Rip 24bit/96kHz]

XTC – Nonsuch (1992/2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 234:45 minutes | 4,86 GB
Blu-Ray Audio Rip | Sourced Track – LPCM 2.0 Stereo | Artwork

XTC’s classic 1992 album, the first in a series of XTC albums reissues got a new life as CD/Blu-Ray edition. This web-package contains the original stereo mix, new instrumental mixes (made from the original multitrack tapes by Steven Wilson), and a lot of bonus material. Steve Wilson 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.

Since Skylarking, each XTC album was carefully composed and crafted, and Nonsuch is no different. Working with producer Gus Dudgeon (Elton John), XTC crafted their most immaculate album to date with Nonsuch. A measured and reflective record, recalling the Beach Boys more than the Beatles, the album retains some of their late-’80s psychedelic flourishes, but those have been integrated into an elaborate, lush pop setting that falls somewhere between Skylarking and Oranges & Lemons. While it lacks the thematic unity of Skylarking, as well as the grandstanding eclecticism of Oranges & Lemons, Nonsuch is in many ways more musically consistent, presenting a set of 17 wonderfully detailed and immediately catchy pop songs, ranging from the relatively rocking “The Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead” to the sweet “Holly Up on Poppy.” Occasionally, the album dips slightly lyrically — Colin Moulding’s “The Smartest Monkeys” and “War Dance” are a little too preachy — but never musically, making Nonsuch a modest, minor masterpiece.

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The Sex Pistols – Never Mind The Bollocks (1977/2014) [Blu-Ray Audio Rip 24-96]

Sex Pistols – Never Mind The Bollocks (1977/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 110:11 minutes | 2,44 GB
Blu-Ray Audio Rip | Sourced Track – LPCM 2.0 Stereo

High Fidelity Pure Audio edition of the classic Sex Pistols album Never Mind The Bollocks…. Here’s The Sex Pistols. Expanded with four B-Sides & two live show from 1977. 30 tracks total.

While mostly accurate, dismissing Never Mind the Bollocks as merely a series of loud, ragged midtempo rockers with a harsh, grating vocalist and not much melody would be a terrible error. Already anthemic songs are rendered positively transcendent by Johnny Rotten’s rabid, foaming delivery. His bitterly sarcastic attacks on pretentious affectation and the very foundations of British society were all carried out in the most confrontational, impolite manner possible. Most imitators of the Pistols’ angry nihilism missed the point: underneath the shock tactics and theatrical negativity were social critiques carefully designed for maximum impact. Never Mind the Bollocks perfectly articulated the frustration, rage, and dissatisfaction of the British working class with the establishment, a spirit quick to translate itself to strictly rock & roll terms. the Pistols paved the way for countless other bands to make similarly rebellious statements, but arguably none were as daring or effective. It’s easy to see how the band’s roaring energy, overwhelmingly snotty attitude, and Rotten’s furious ranting sparked a musical revolution, and those qualities haven’t diminished one bit over time. Never Mind the Bollocks is simply one of the greatest, most inspiring rock records of all time.

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Lenny Kravitz – Are You Gonna Go My Way (1993/2014) [Blu-Ray Audio Rip 24bit/192kHz]

Lenny Kravitz – Are You Gonna Go My Way (1993/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 46:35 minutes | 1,95 GB
Blu-Ray Audio Rip | Sourced Track – LPCM 2.0 Stereo

The cover indicates that Are You Gonna Go My Way is Lenny Kravitz’s bid for rock stardom. Designed in the style of an early-’70s record, it features Kravitz in hippie clothing, apparently exposing himself to a photographer — in other words, he’s a dangerously sexy counterculture rebel. That may have been true in 1970, but in 1993, he simply sounds like a weird sideshow exhibit, the man who never lived past 1973. Of course, it’s easy to make such potshots, but Kravitz opens himself up to such attacks. No other artist, especially a successful one, has been quite so devoted to the past and ignorant of the present. Since he has considerable talent for songcraft and production, Kravitz isn’t nearly as bad as he could be, and Are You Gonna Go My Way is just as enjoyable and more accomplished than its predecessors. This time around, Hendrix is his chief influence, as evidenced by the roaring title track, and he does expand that with his traditional Lennon, Curtis Mayfield, and Prince obsessions. Song for song, it’s his most consistent album, although by the end of the record, his painstaking reproduction of classic rock sounds begins to appear a bit too studied, suggesting that Kravitz may have hit a creative wall. Nevertheless, that does nothing to diminish the enjoyment of this record.

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Nine Notes that Shook the World (2013) Blu-ray 1080i AVC DTS-HD 7.1 – HDCLUB

GRAMMY nominated Ronn McFarlane is joined by Mindy Rosenfeld to present Nine Notes that Shook the World. Explained by Rosenfeld, ‘This recording is a gathering of some of our favorites, a musical feast. A wide cross section of styles…these timeless tunes from past centuries still touch us in ways words cannot, stirring our life energy.’

TrackList:
01. Grays Inn – My Lord Willoughby’s Welcome Home, P. 66
02. Brando di Cales – Passo e mezzo
03. My Lady Carey’s Dompe [c. 1520] – Lady Wynkfield’s Rownde
04. Rondeau dans Zaide (arr. M. Blavet for baroque flute and lute)
05. Flute Sonata in G major, Op. 1, No. 5, HWV 363b: I. Adagio
06. Flute Sonata in G major, Op. 1, No. 5, HWV 363b: II. Allegro
07. Flute Sonata in G major, Op. 1, No. 5, HWV 363b: III. Adagio
08. Flute Sonata in G major, Op. 1, No. 5, HWV 363b: IV. Bourree anglaise
09. Flute Sonata in G major, Op. 1, No. 5, HWV 363b: V. Minuetto
10. Flute Sonata in E minor, BWV 1034: III. Andante
11. Airs for the Summer: The Thistle
12. Airs for the Winter: The Laurel
13. Dorrington Lads: Yeil, Yeil – A Wife of My Ain (Scotland)
14. Passemeze
15. Suite de piece No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11: I. Prelude: Lentement
16. Suite de piece No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11: II. Allemande: Moderement
17. Suite de piece No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11: III. Rondeau “”Les Charites””: Gracieusement
18. Suite de piece No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11: IV. “”L’Emerveillee””: Gaiment
19. Suite de piece No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11: V. Gavotte
20. Suite de piece No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11: VI. Menuet
21. Minuetto and Variations
22. Sitting in the Stern of a Boat
23. Branles de village

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Symphonies of Wind Instruments (2013) Bluray – HDCLUB

Symphonies of Wind Instruments

“A composer speaking about his own problems is also speaking about the problems of mankind,” asserted Schoenberg. “I was made a revolutionary in spite of myself,” said Stravinsky. Hindemith spoke of a forthcoming “big battle over new music”, and added, “the need will be to prove whether or not the music of our day, including my own, is capable of survival.” Today these composers are regarded as being three of the most seminal figures in music history in the first half of the 20th century. Meanwhile a composer at the end of the same century, Rolf Wallin, has written music that portrays “the dancing dynamics of the universe”, where nothing is stable and everything is volatile. The works featured on this album by these four composers reflect the universal and timeless balance between tradition and innovation, and the Royal Norwegian Navy Band under Ingar Bergby illuminate this balance in their recordings of these works, and breathe new life into this music.

Facebook Photo Album from the recording sessions.

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Tracklist:

01. Hindemith: Konzertmusik I. Konzertante Ouvertüre
02. Hindemith: Konzertmusik II. Sechs Variatione über das Lied “Prinz Eugen, der edle Ritter”
03. Hindemith: Konzertmusik III. Marsch
04. Schoenberg: Theme and Variations Op 43a
05. Hindemith: Symphony in B flat I. Moderately fast, with vigor
06. Hindemith: Symphony in B flat II. Andantino grazioso
07. Hindemith: Symphony in B flat III. Fugue
08. Stravinsky: Symphonies of Wind Instruments
09. Wallin: Changes

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