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The Nice – Five Bridges (1970) [Japanese Limited SHM-SACD 2015] {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

The Nice – Five Bridges (1970) [Japanese Limited SHM-SACD 2015]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 45:40 minutes | Scans included | 1,85 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Full Scans included | 927 MB
Genre: Rock

Five Bridges is a delectable representation of early-’70s progressive rock. Its makeup contains all of the elements needed to complete a solid prog album: a heavy intermingling of synthesizer and electric guitar, strong punctuation of both bass and drums, a central concept, and the fusing of rock and classical music, which in this case employs the Sinfonia of London. The eight tracks, centered around Newcastle’s urban structure and life in a blue collar society, are as colorful as they are intricate. “Intermezzo” from Sibelius’ Karelia Suite, and Tchaikovsky’s “Pathetique” are marvelous examples of classical and rock commingling, with the spotlight focused on Keith Emerson’s keyboard virtuosity. The second movement from Fantasia is a sparkling model of improvisational use containing various rock & roll rhythms and time structures, while the third track entitled “High Level Fugue 4th Bridge,” was inspired by Guida’s “Prelude and Fugue” and incorporates assorted jazz techniques and boogie-woogie styles into a classical recipe. “Country Pie/Brandenburg Concerto, No. 6” unites Dylan with Bach for a most extraordinary illustration of instrumental creativity. Each example of genre merging is pristine and fluid, making the actual overlapping of multiple styles completely transparent. Five Bridges may rank just a tad below The Thoughts of Emerlist Davjack or Ars Longa Vita Brevis on the patience scale, but it does demonstrate how Emerson’s work with ELP came into fruition.

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The Nice – Elegy (1971) [Japanese Limited SHM-SACD 2015] {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

The Nice – Elegy (1971) [Japanese Limited SHM-SACD 2015]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 39:21 minutes | Scans included | 1,59 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Full Scans included | 797 MB
Genre: Rock

Comprised of songs cut during the final 13 months of the Nice’s existence, Elegy is a must-own title for fans of Keith Emerson, offering his best live performance on piano (“Hang On to a Dream”) ever to get a legal release, showcasing his organ playing on unique and beguiling arrangements of Tchaikovsky and Dylan material, and ending with a live version of the Nice’s showstopper, “America”.

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The Nice – Autumn ’67 – Spring ’68 (1972) [Japanese Limited SHM-SACD 2015] {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

The Nice – Autumn ’67 – Spring ’68 (1972) [Japanese Limited SHM-SACD 2015]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 44:38 minutes | Scans included | 1,81 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Full Scans included | 884 MB
Genre: Rock

Originally, this collection was put together in 1972 by Tony Stratton-Smith from outtakes of the Nice’s early stay at Immediate Records, and issued (at least, in the U.S.) with no explanation and little annotation, making it a bit confusing to longtime fans of Keith Emerson and the trio. Its timing was also unfortunate, in that a huge cache of record club copies of the Nice’s first three albums on Immediate, pressed by Columbia Special Products, had shown up in cut-out bins at just about the same time. One had to listen closely to see that everything here was an alternate take of material from the band’s first two albums. Essentially, Autumn 1967/ Spring 1968 (aka Autumn to Spring) was an outtake version of the group’s debut long-player, The Thoughts of Emerlist Davjack, shorn of the two longest tracks from that album, “Rondo” and “War and Peace.” And it worked better than that record for their absence, being trippier and a lot more playfully psychedelic, especially given the slightly rougher, unfinished renditions of most of the material, which lent it a bracing freshness, compared to the final versions. And the absence of “Rondo” and “War and Peace” means that the worst excesses of Keith Emerson’s and Davy O’List’s keyboard and guitar excursions are excised, and that’s for the better — there is still some psychedelic blues-based work in the manner of Jimi Hendrix or the Creation, in the form of “Bonnie K,” and Emerson’s flourishes enhance the psychedelic textures of the album in no small way. The whole thing is more fun in this form. And this album does, indeed, capture the Nice as a four-piece with O’List in the lineup, and as a psychedelic outfit — in contrast to their later, more widely exposed work, in which the psychedelic elements receded in favor of progressive rock and classically based showpieces, here it’s the progressive elements that are in the formative stage, mostly taking the form of flourishes and cadenzas around (and occasionally breaking into) choruses and endings, on songs like “Tantalizing Maggie.” The version of “The Cry of Eugene” represented here is also preferable to the rendition on the debut album; and the quartet version of “Daddy, Where Did I Come From” (which ultimately ended up, in somewhat altered form, on their second album, Ars Longa Vita Brevis), now comes off as a lot more fun than its later rendition, although it was obviously too raunchy to be released in 1968. This reissue offers excellent sound, considerably improved over the 1972 release, and also a pair of bonus tracks — the early single “Azrael” is a curiously theatrical piece of psychedelia, and certainly as bold an attempt at a debut single as anyone ever would have heard; and “Diary of an Empty Day,” which doesn’t sound different at all from the released version, but it’s still a fun piece of early prog rock.

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Juan Diego Florez – Great Tenor Arias (2004) [Hybrid-SACD] PS3 ISO

Juan Diego Flórez – Great Tenor Arias
Orchestra Sinfonica e Coro di Milano Giuseppe Verdi / Carlo Rizzi
SACD ISO (2.0/MCH): 3,15 GB | 24B/88,2kHz Stereo FLAC: – | Full Artwork | 3% Recovery Info
Label/Cat#: Decca # 475 6187 DSA | Country/Year: Europe 2004
Genre: Classical | Style: Opera

Review by Allen Schrott
On his third aria collection for Decca, Juan Diego Flórez continues to stretch his repertory beyond the Rossini roles that established his solo career. But he never strays far, wisely sticking to roles that suit his light, gracious sound, and which make the most of his exhilarating top notes without requiring dramatic heft. Flórez is a truly special singer, one of the best put together young tenors around, and Great Tenor Arias shows him off to great effect.
Despite the album’s title, very few of the selections included are from the usual Tenors hit parade; only Verdi’s “La donna è mobile” from Rigoletto will be familiar to the casual listener. Coincidentally, that aria is the only real misfire on the album — which is not to say Flórez sings it badly; rather, his tone is just too likable, too boyishly friendly, to capture the spirit of one of opera’s most notorious bad guys. But almost every other selection on the album is spot on vocally, musically, and in character. Hearing Flórez tear into the florid coloratura of Rossini’s Semiramide can’t help but bring a smile to your face. His “J’ai perdu mon Euridice” from the less-often heard French version of Gluck’s Orphée et Euridice shows him tackling a difficult “haute-contre” tessitura with no trouble. And his “Firenze è come un albero fiorito” from Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi (probably the only Puccini role Flórez is likely to sing) has the perfect blend of youthful enthusiasm and vocal thrust. In general, this collection shows that Flórez has a more colorful palette at his disposal than many light tenors. His high notes have ring and a visceral “tug,” and he can sing softly without sacrificing energy or intensity. Carlo Rizzi and the Orchestra Sinfonica e Coro di Milano Giuseppe Verdi are deluxe partners for Flórez. Great Tenor Arias is a highly enjoyable listen, and an impressive step in this young singer’s career. ~allmusicguide

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Thomas Newman – The Highwaymen (Music From the Netflix Film) (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/48kHz]

Thomas Newman – The Highwaymen (Music From the Netflix Film) (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz  | Time – 01:15:32 minutes | 718 MB | Genre: Soundtrack
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Sony Classical

Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (OST) from the film The Highwaymen (2019). The music composed by Thomas Newman (The Shawshank Redemption, Skyfall, The Man with One Red Shoe, Thank You for Your Service). The Highwaymen is a 2019 crime drama film written by John Fusco, Scott Frank, John Lee Hancock, directed by John Lee Hancock. The film stars Kevin Costner, Woody Harrelson, Kathy Bates, John Carroll Lynch, Kim Dickens, Thomas Mann, William Sadler.

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Thomas Enhco – Thirty (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/88,2kHz]

Thomas Enhco – Thirty (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88,2 kHz  | Time – 01:08:04 minutes | 1,06 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Sony Classical

Thomas Enhco is a legend in his home country France. The twenty-something pianist belongs to a group of innovative and very daring musicians. Didier Lockwood discovered Enhco when he was just nine years old and already a promising violinist. Shortly thereafter Enhco started playing the piano, too. When he was 18 the Parisian debuted with his album Esquisse, sponsored by master drummer Peter Erskine. It was apparent that in his compositions Enhco looks to make clear connections with classical music. The album was followed by Someday My Prince Will Come and Fireflies; two powerful albums yet again, and in between he wrote the score for the movie Les Cinq Parties Du Monde and recorded a CD with drummer Jack DeJohnette and bassist John Patitucci. Enhco’s lyrical way of playing the piano and ability to improvise are particularly remarkable.

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Stevie Wonder – Live At Last (2008) Blu-ray 1080i AVC DTS-HD MA5.1 + BDRip 1080p

Universally regarded as one of the few true geniuses of modern music, and with a career now into it’s fifth decade. Stevie Wonder, who emerged as one of the definitive artists of Motown’s Golden era to become one of the most prolific writers in music history, releases for the first time ever his unique live concert experience on DVD and Blu-ray.
‘LIVE AT LAST’ was filmed at the O2 in the London during ‘A Wonder Summer’s Night’ tour in 2008, his first tour in over a decade which sold over 120, 000 tickets in the UK alone. The track list traces a lifetime of innovation and accomplishment stretching from Wonder’s teens with “My Cherie Amour” and “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours” as well as iconic hits that redefined pop and R&B music, including “Superstition,” “Higher Ground,” “Living For the City,” “You Are the Sunshine of My Life” and “I Wish,” while reaching into his classic albums for such enduring fan favorites as “All I Do,” “Overjoyed” and “Knocks Me Off My Feet..”.
Stevie Wonder has remained one of the truly essential artists of our lifetime and at age 58, Stevie Wonder remains among the most visionary and influential singers, songwriters, musicians and producers in music history. Winner of 25 Grammy Awards including a Lifetime Achievement Award, he was honoured with an induction into the Rock and Roll hall of Fame in 1989 and also received and Academy Award in 1984 for “I Just Called To Say I Love You” from the movie, “The Woman in Red”. He has also had an astonishing 32 #1 singles and worldwide sales in excess of 100 million.

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Blur – New World Towers (2016) Blu-ray 1080p AVC DTS-HD MA 5.1 + BDRip 720p

Title: Blur – New World Towers
Release Date: 2016
Genre: Documentary, Music
Director: Sam Wrench
Artist: Damon Albarn, Graham Coxon, Alex James, Dave Rowntree

Production/Label: Parlophone Records/Eleven Management/Blink TV
Duration: 01:33:14
Quality: Blu-ray
Container: BDMV
Video codec: AVC
Audio codec: DTS
Video: MPEG-4 AVC 16997 kbps / 1920*1080p / 23.976 fps / 16:9 / High Profile 4.1
Audio: English DTS-HD MA 5.1 / 48 kHz / 4116 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Subtitles: Japanese
Size: 16.61 GB

The film charts the iconic British band’s sprawling journey over the last few years – from an unexpected break in Hong Kong which sowed the seeds for their first album as a four piece in 16 years, to a glorious home coming show in London and, finally, an emotional reunion with their Hong Kong audience. New World Towers cuts between scenes from the band’s impassioned performance at this summer’s Hyde Park show in front of 60,000 fans and the stirring concert in Hong Kong, but also offers a raw, candid glimpse into the interior life of the band as well, with personal documentary footage and band interviews showing just how an opportune recording session unexpectedly gave birth to a new album, while also raising questions about the future of Blur. New World Towers reveals fascinating insights into the group dynamic and especially the relationship between singer Damon Albarn and guitarist Graham Coxon. Ultimately, their enduring friendship prevailed – allowing Coxon to bring [The Magic Whip] to completion nearly 18 months later.

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Various Artists – Red Hot Audiophile 2010 (2010) [SACD] PS3 ISO

Various Artists – Red Hot Audiophile 2010 (2010)
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 01:08:34 minutes | Covers | 1,18 GB
Label: Master Music | Release Year: 2010 | Genre: Jazz

Master Music Audiophile SACD sampler includes the beautiful and timeless voices!
Red Hot Audiophile 2010 features such artists as Joel Xavier, Lisa Wahlandt, Anita Meyer and more!

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Various Artists – Red Hot Audiophile 2009 (2009) [SACD] PS3 ISO

Various Artists – Red Hot Audiophile 2009 (2009)
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 57:42 minutes | Covers | 973 MB
Label: Master Music | Release Year: 2009 | Genre: Jazz

Master Music Audiophile SACD sampler includes the beautiful and timeless voices!
Red Hot Audiophile 2009 features such artists as Vonda Shepard, Mary Black, Siri Gjaere and more!

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