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The Byrds – The Byrds’ Greatest Hits (1967) [Reissue 1999] PS3 ISO + FLAC

The Byrds – The Byrds’ Greatest Hits (1967) [Reissue 1999]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 43:03 minutes | Scans included | 1,61 GB
or FLAC (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/96 kHz | Full Scans included | 912 MB

Without question, the Byrds were one of the great bands of the ’60s and one of the few American bands of their time to continually turn out inventive, compelling albums. As they were recording a series of fine records, they turned out a number of classic singles that unquestionably defined their era. The Byrds’ Greatest Hits does an excellent job of chronicling the peak years of their popularity before they went country-rock on 1968’s Sweetheart of the Rodeo. Apart from the minor hits “It Won’t Be Wrong,” “Set You Free This Time,” and “Have You Seen Her Face,” all of the group’s hit singles – from 1965’s “Mr. Tambourine Man” to 1967’s “My Back Pages” – are included: “All I Really Want to Do,” “Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is a Season),” “Eight Miles High,” “5D (Fifth Dimension),” “Mr. Spaceman,” and “So You Want to Be a Rock N’ Roll Star.” Yes, some great songs were left behind on the albums, but important cuts like “I’ll Feel a Whole Lot Better,” “The Bells of Rhymney,” and “Chimes of Freedom” are added, making this pretty close to a definitive single-disc summary of the Byrds’ prime.

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The Berlin Gala – Silvesterkonzert 1997: A Salut to Carmen (1998/2014) PS3 ISO

The Berlin Gala – Silvesterkonzert 1997: A Salut to Carmen (1998/2014)
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | Run Time: 01:18:29 | 3,15 GB
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon / Esoteric

The reissue of classical music masterpieces by ESOTERIC has attracted a lot of attention, both for its uncompromising commitment to recreating the original master sound, and for using hybrid Super Audio CD (SACD) technology to improve sound quality. This series marks the first hybrid SACD release of historical recording selections that have been mainstays of the catalog since their initial release. These new audio versions feature ESOTERIC’s proprietary re-mastering process to achieve the highest level of sound quality.

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The Alan Parsons Project – I Robot (1977) [MFSL 2016] PS3 ISO + FLAC

The Alan Parsons Project – I Robot (1977) [MFSL 2016]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 41:16 minutes | Scans included | 1,69 GB
or FLAC (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/96 kHz | Full Scans included | 950 MB
Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab # UDSACD 2174

I Robot is the second studio album by English progressive rock band The Alan Parsons Project. The album draws conceptually on author Isaac Asimov’s science fiction Robot trilogy, exploring philosophical themes regarding artificial intelligence.

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Terumasa Hino Quintet – Live (1973) [Japan 2007] SACD ISO + FLAC

Terumasa Hino Quintet – Live! (1973) [Japan 2007]
SACD Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 48:51 minutes | Front/Rear Covers | 1,96 GB
or FLAC (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/96 kHz | Front/Rear Covers | 1,07 GB

Born in 1942, trumpeter Terumasa Hino has been the leader of Japanese jazz for many decades, and one of the most internationally recognized among Japanese jazz musicians. His technique is amazing and his lyrical and emotional performance is something to behold. Recorded live in concert at Tokyo Yubin Chokin Hall on June 2, 1973, Hino and his quintet clearly showed that they were steeped in the “free” mode of operation, but their performance is engaging and does not leave the audience behind. Wild and unpredictable improvisations coexist with lyrical and rhythmic playing. A brilliant performance with many instances of amazing interplay.

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Talk Talk – Spirit Of Eden (1988) [SACD 2003] {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

Talk Talk – Spirit Of Eden (1988) [SACD 2003]
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DST64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 40:54 minutes | Scans included | 683 MB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 760 MB
New Wave / Synthpop / Post Rock

Compare Spirit of Eden with any other previous release in the Talk Talk catalog, and it’s almost impossible to believe it’s the work of the same band — exchanging electronics for live, organic sounds and rejecting structure in favor of mood and atmosphere, the album is an unprecedented breakthrough, a musical and emotional catharsis of immense power. Mark Hollis’ songs exist far outside of the pop idiom, drawing instead on ambient textures, jazz-like arrangements, and avant-garde accents; for all of their intricacy and delicate beauty, compositions like “Inheritance” and “I Believe in You” also possess an elemental strength — Hollis’ oblique lyrics speak to themes of loss and redemption with understated grace, and his hauntingly poignant vocals evoke wrenching spiritual turmoil tempered with unflagging hope. A singular musical experience.

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Talk Talk – The Colour Of Spring (1986) [SACD 2003] {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

Talk Talk – The Colour Of Spring (1986) [SACD 2003]
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DST64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 45:38 minutes | Scans included | 893 MB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 964 MB
New Wave / Synthpop / Post Rock

With It’s My Life, Talk Talk proved that they could pull off an entire album of strong material. With The Colour of Spring, they took it one step further, moving to a near-concept song cycle, following the emotional ups and downs of relationships and pondering life in general. Musically, they built on the experimental direction of the previous album with interesting rhythms, sweeping orchestration, complex arrangements, and even a children’s chorus to create an evocative, hypnotic groove. Though the songs were catchier on the earlier efforts and the ambient experimentation was more fully achieved later on, The Colour of Spring succeeded in marrying the two ideas into one unique sound for their most thoroughly satisfying album.

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T. Rex – Electric Warrior (1971) [MFSL 2020] SACD ISO + FLAC

T. Rex – Electric Warrior (1971) [MFSL 2020]
SACD Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 39:17 minutes | Scans included | 1,69 GB
or FLAC (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/96 kHz | Full Scans included | 0,98 GB
Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab # UDSACD 2209

Electric Warrior is a 1971 album by Marc Bolan’s band T. Rex, their sixth since their debut as Tyrannosaurus Rex in 1968, and their second under the name T. Rex. The album marked a turning point in the band’s sound, dispensing with the folk-oriented music of the group’s previous albums and pioneering a flamboyant, pop-friendly take on electric rock and roll known as glam rock. The album reached number 1 on the UK charts and became the best selling album of 1971. Electric Warrior has since received acclaim as a pivotal release of the glam rock movement.

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T. Rex – Electric Warrior (1971) [Japanese Limited SHM-SACD 2011 # UIGY-9502] {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

T. Rex – Electric Warrior (1971) [Japanese Limited SHM-SACD 2011 # UIGY-9502]
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 39:32 minutes | Scans included | 1,59 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 785 MB

Although it features the beautiful recorder of Leslie Penny and the Chieftains’ Paddy Maloney playing the uilean pipe, Ommadawn didn’t gain Mike Oldfield the success he was looking for – The album was released in the same year as the David Bedford-arranged Orchestral Tubular Bells and nine months after Oldfield picked up a Grammy award for the original Tubular Bells album – The most pleasing attribute of Ommadawn is its incorporation of both African and Irish music in its symphonic rock & roll mainframe – Boosted by a hearty amount of different horns, piano, cello, trumpet, and synthesizer, the album has its moments of rising action, but the whole of Ommadawn fails to keep its lovely segments around long enough, and there are some rather lengthy instances that include bland runs of unvaried music – Another plus is Oldfield’s use of a choir, giving the album a soft, humanistic feel when contrasted against the keyboards or synthesizer – While it does include flashes of Mike Oldfield’s brilliance, the entire album may seem a little anticlimactic when compared to some of his other releases.

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T. Rex – Electric Warrior (1971/2003) [2.0 & 5.1] PS3 ISO

T. Rex – Electric Warrior (1971/2003)
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0, 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | Run Time: (2.0 / 5.1): 39:16 / 39:46 | 2,33 GB
Scans incl. | US – AM Records

Electric Warrior is the sixth album by British rock group T. Rex, and is widely considered to be one of the quintessential glam rock releases.

Electric Warrior reached number thirty-two in the US; it went to number one for several weeks in the UK, becoming the biggest album of 1971. In 2003 it was ranked number 160 in Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. The album contains two of T. Rex’s most popular songs, “Get It On” and “Jeepster.” In the United States, “Get It On”‘s title was modified to “Bang a Gong (Get It On)” to distinguish it from Chase’s song “Get It On,” which was also released in late 1971. (The printing of the song title “Bang a Gong (Get It On)” on the back cover of original Reprise Records U.S. copies of Electric Warrior is obviously in a different typefont from the surrounding text, with the song’s original title retained when printing the lyrics.) “Get It On” was T. Rex’s biggest single and their only U.S. hit (#10).

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Sviatoslav Richter – Deutsche Grammophon Concerto Recordings (2019) [Japan 2019] 3xSACD ISO

Sviatoslav Richter – Deutsche Grammophon Concerto Recordings (2019) [3x SACD]
SACD Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 219:09 min | Scans incl. | 8,88 GB
Features 1958, 1959 & 1962 Recordings | Deutsche Grammophon / Tower Records, Japan # PROC 2196~8

From the heyday of Svyatoslav Richter, all the concertos recorded by DG from 1958 to 62 were assembled into 3 pieces (except Disc 3, these are 1st time on SACD). Features the works by Robert Schumann, W.A. Mozart, Sergey Prokofiev, Ludwig Van Beethoven, Sergei Rachmaninov & P.I. Tchaikovsky. This is a Sviatoslav Richter’s special collaboration with Wittold Lovitki, Kurt Sanderling, Herbert von Karajan, Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra, Vienna Symphony Orchestra, etc. Features the new mastering from the original analogue master tapes.

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