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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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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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Yes – Tales from Topographic Oceans (2016) [High Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-Ray Disc]

Artist: Yes
Title: Tales from Topographic Oceans
Genre: Progressive rock
Label: © Panegyric/Rhino/Atlantic
Release Date: 1973/2016
Recorded: Late summer – early autumn 1973, Morgan Studios, Willesden, London, England
Quality: Blu-ray Audio
Duration: ~
Video: MPEG-4 AVC 3000 kbps / 1080p / 23,976 fps / 16:9 / High Profile 4.1
Audio: English DTS-HD MA 5.1 / 96 kHz / 8399 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 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 LPCM 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
Audio: English DTS-HD MA 2.0 / 192 kHz / 5516 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)

Tales From Topographic Oceans is the fifth in a series of remixed and expanded Yes classics. The album has been remixed in both 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, including a complete alternate version of the album using live tracks and studio run throughs.
The Blu-Ray features:
– 5.1 PCM Surround Sound (24bit/96khz) and in DTS-HD MA 5.1 (24bit/96khz)
– Hi-res (24bit/96khz) 2016 stereo mix
– Original album mix in a hi-res flat transfer from an original stereo master tape source (24bit/192khz). We believe this is the earliest master of the original mix to be issued in the digital era.
– Extended Dance of the Dawn in stereo and 5.1 surround sound + 5 single edits (stereo only), all mixed from the multi-track tapes by Steven Wilson.
– Instrumental mixes
– Full alternate album featuring: sides 1 and 3 from the 2003 Rhino CD, a previously unreleased studio run-through of Side 2 and previously unreleased live version of Side 4.
– full album needle-drops of an original UK vinyl pressing and US banded promo pressing.

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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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Serge Gainsbourg – Histoire De Melody Nelson (1971/2013) [High Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-Ray Disc]

Artist: Serge Gainsbourg
Title: Histoire De Melody Nelson
Genre: Rock, Pop, French Chanson
Label: © Mercury Records | Universal Music France
Release Date: 1971/2013
Recorded: (rythm section playbacks): 21 to 23 April 1970 at Studio Marble Arch, London 21 to 23 April 1970; (orchestra): 4, 5, 8 & 11 May 1970 at Studio des Dames, Paris; (vocals): 11 to 14 January 1971 at Studio des Dames, Paris; (overdubs): 1st, 2 et 4 February 1971 at Studio des Dames, Paris.
Quality: Blu-ray Audio
Length: 01:01:56
Size: 9.19 GB

Video: MPEG-4 AVC 3134 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 / 3583 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 3.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Audio: LPCM 5.1 / 96 kHz / 13824 kbps / 24-bit
Audio: DTS-HD MA 5.1 / 96 kHz / 5750 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 6.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)

French icon and national treasure Serge Gainsbourg is no stranger to sexual proclivities, and with his 1971 release Histoire De Melody Nelson he shared an erotic tale as seductive today as the day it was released. With help from actress, amour, and inspiration Jane Birkin, arranger/conductor and co-conspirator Jean-Claude Vannier (L’Enfant Assassins Des Mouches), not to mention a tight hand picked crew of top shelf U.K. session musicians, Histoire De Melody Nelson is often cited as Gainsbourg’s master work, an essential album for the discerning music lover.
You don’t need to speak a word of French to understand Histoire de Melody Nelson — one needs only to look at the front cover (with its nearly pornographic portrait of a half-naked nymphet clutching a rag doll) or hear the lechery virtually dripping from Serge Gainsbourg’s sleazily seductive voice to realize that this is the record your mother always warned you about, a masterpiece of perversion and corruption. A concept record exploring the story of — and Gainsbourg’s lust for — the titular teen heroine, Histoire de Melody Nelson is arguably his most coherent and perfectly realized studio album, with the lush arrangements which characterize the majority of his work often mixed here with funky rhythm lines which underscore the musky allure of the music. Perhaps best described as a dirty old bastard’s attempt to make his own R&B love-man’s record along the lines of a Let’s Get It On (itself still two years away from release), it’s by turns fascinating and repellent, hilarious and grim, but never dull — which, in Gainsbourg’s world, would be the ultimate (and quite possibly the only) sin. –Jason Ankeny

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