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Eagles – Desperado (1973) [MFSL 2022] SACD ISO + DSF DSD64 + Hi-Res FLAC

Eagles – Desperado (1973/2022)
SACD Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 35:58 minutes | 1,48 GB
or DSD64 2.0 (from SACD-ISO to Tracks.dsf) > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 1,45 GB
or FLAC 24bit/88,2 kHz | Front/Rear Covers | 672 MB
Genre: Country Rock, Classic Rock | Mobile Fidelity, UDSACD 2230

If Don Henley was the sole member of the Eagles underrepresented on their debut album, Eagles, with only two lead vocals and one co-songwriting credit, he made up for it on their follow-up, the “concept” album Desperado. The concept had to do with Old West outlaws, but it had no specific narrative. On Eagles, the group had already begun to marry itself to a Southwest sound and lyrical references, from the Indian-style introduction of “Witchy Woman” to the Winslow, AZ, address in “Take It Easy.” All of this became more overt on Desperado, and it may be that Henley, who hailed from Northeast Texas, had the greatest affinity for the subject matter. In any case, he had co-writing credits on eight of the 11 selections and sang such key tracks as “Doolin-Dalton” and the title song. What would become recognizable as Henley’s lyrical touch was apparent on those songs, which bore a serious, world-weary tone. Henley had begun co-writing with Glenn Frey, and they contributed the album’s strongest material, which included the first single, “Tequila Sunrise,” and “Desperado” (strangely never released as a single). But where Eagles seemed deliberately to balance the band’s many musical styles and the talents of the band’s members, Desperado, despite its overarching theme, often seemed a collection of disparate tracks – “Out of Control” was a raucous rocker, while “Desperado” was a painfully slow ballad backed by strings – with other bandmembers’ contributions tacked on rather than integrated. Randy Meisner was down to two co-writing credits and one lead vocal (“Certain Kind of Fool”), while Bernie Leadon’s two songs, “Twenty-One” and “Bitter Creek,” seemed to come from a different record entirely. The result was an album that was simultaneously more ambitious and serious-minded than its predecessor and also slighter and less consistent.

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Earth, Wind & Fire – Spirit & That’s The Way Of The World (1976+75) [Reissue 2020] {2.0 & 5.1} SACD ISO + FLAC

Earth, Wind & Fire – Spirit / That’s The Way Of The World (1976/1975) [Reissue 2020]
SACD Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 75:48 minutes | Front, Scans NOT included | 3,4 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/96 kHz | Front, Scans NOT included | 1,69 GB
2 LP on 1 SACD | Features Stereo and Quadrophonic Surround Sound | Vocalion # CDSML 8574
Genre: Jazz, Funk, Soul

Earth, Wind & Fire hit their peak in 1975 with their multi-platinum album “That’s the Way of the World”, excelling the band into absolute stardom with their hit title track and funky “Shining Star”. If you could have only one EWF release, this would be the best choice, and even better yet it has now been released on a quad hybrid SACD that also contains the follow-up 1976 album “Spirit”. Their powerful blend of funk and soul extends to the remainder of the album with no dull moments found within. “That’s the Way of the World” can easily be considered one of the strongest albums of the ’70s and has been impeccably remastered by Michael J. Dutton for the Dutton Vocallian reissue label.

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Earth, Wind & Fire – That’s The Way Of The World: Alive In ’75 (2002) [2.0 & 5.1] {PS3 ISO + DSF DSD64 + Hi-Res FLAC}

Earth, Wind & Fire – That’s The Way Of The World: Alive In ’75 (2002) [2.0 & 5.1]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 58:39 minutess | Scans included | 3,74 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | 58:30 min | Scans | 1,23 GB

This isn’t really a major archival release, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t an enjoyable one, either. Capturing a series of highlights from Earth Wind & Fire’s breakthrough 1975 tour — all selected by Maurice White — That’s the Way of the World may not have the ebb and flow of a proper live set, but it does have the advantage of burning bright consistently throughout the record. This isn’t just because of White’s very selections, but because this is when EWF was at their peak as a white-hot funk band, laying down tight, monstrous grooves and turning out lively, interesting jams on top of that. All of that is captured well on this nine-track live album (not counting the “Overture” and “Interlude”); even when the group brings down the tempo on “Reasons” and “That’s the Way of the World,” the music doesn’t turn flaccid — it still smolders. This doesn’t quite mean it’s an earth-shattering release, but it’s a fun record, something that the group’s fans — particularly those who loved the group’s early peak years — will surely dig.

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Deep Purple – Live On The BBC (1972) [Audio Fidelity 2004] {PS3 ISO + DSF DSD64 + Hi-Res FLAC}

Deep Purple – Live On The BBC (1972) [Audio Fidelity 2004]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 89:54 minutes | Scans included | 3,62 GB
or DSD64 2.0 (from SACD-ISO to Tracks.dsf) > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | Full Scans included | 3,57 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 1,78 GB
Audio Fidelity SACD #AFZ-017 | Mastered for SACD by Steve Hoffman

Recorded by the BBC on March 9, 1972, this previously difficult to find live show captures the classic Mark ll version of Deep Purple in all their incendiary power. This performance — basically the entirety of the then just released Machine Head minus “Pictures of Home” — is easily as good, and at times better than, Made in Japan, recorded five months later. The band apparently felt the Japan tapes were of inferior quality, and initially did not want them released, which makes this arguably the most potent document of the group’s live show from that year. Although this SACD hybrid adds studio versions of “Hush” and “River Deep Mountain High” from the Mark l edition to flesh out the playing time, one of the live tracks, their version of Little Richard’s “Lucille,” is only available on the SACD layer. That means that anyone without an SACD player won’t be able to hear it, but will be able to play the two studio tracks, a perplexing decision that is unexplained in the liner notes. In any event, the live BBC tapes find Purple slamming through these songs like they had something to prove. Although “Child in Time” is MIA, it is replaced by “Maybe I’m a Leo” and “Never Before,” two tracks that didn’t make the Japan set list. Even without those additions, this is a find for all Deep Purple fans, and a great place for all classic rock fans to jump in. Since this release is from an audiophile label, great care was spent making sure the sound is as crisp as possible from tapes this old, and the work has paid off. Those with SACD equipment get to hear “Lucille” and also experience the band in a wider soundscape, making the performance even more lifelike.

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Daria Toffali – Caminhos Cruzados (2017) [Venus Japan] SACD ISO + DSF DSD64 + Hi-Res FLAC

Daria Toffali – Caminhos Cruzados: Antonio Carlos Jobim Song Book (2017) [Venus Japan]
SACD Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 48:36 minutes | Front/Rear Covers | 1,97 GB
or DSD64 2.0 (from SACD-ISO to Tracks.dsf) > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | Front/Rear Covers | 1,06 GB
or FLAC (carefully converted & encoded to tracks) 24bit/96 kHz | Front/Rear Covers | 1,11 GB

Mesmerizing vocals by Italian singer Daria Toffali. Tofffali started her singing career with various Italian bands playing different kinds of music: jazz, funk and Brazilian music. Here she pays homage to Brazilian composer Antonio Carlos Jobim, backed by the Massimo Farao’ Trio.

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Dana Winner – Licht En Liefde (2000) [DSF DSD64/2.82MHz + FLAC 24bit/88,2kHz]

Dana Winner – Licht En Liefde (2000)
DSD64 (.dsf) 1 bit/2,82 MHz | Time – 52:31 minutes | 2,07 GB
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 52:31 minutes | 963 MB
Souce: SACD-R | Artwork: Front Cover | Genre: Pop | © EMI

Born Chantal Vanlee in Hasselt in 1965, Dana Winner found fame in the early ’90s with Flemish cover versions of the Carpenters’ “On Top of the World” (“Op Het Dak van de Wereld”) and the Cats’ “One Way Wind” (“Westenwind”). Guided by Belgian composer Jean Kluger, she released her debut album, Mijn Paradijs, in 1994 and went on to achieve success in South Africa and Germany at the end of the decade after recording material in various different languages. The ensuing years saw Winner continuing to rake in the accolades, both at home and abroad, via chart-topping singles like 2007’s “Wenn Du Lachst” and critically acclaimed albums such as 2014’s Bloom and 2016’s Puur.

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McCoy Tyner – McCoy Tyner with Stanley Clarke and Al Foster (2000) PS3 ISO

McCoy Tyner – McCoy Tyner with Stanley Clarke and Al Foster (2000)
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | Time – 01:05:36 minutes | 2,65 GB | Genre: Jazz
©  Telarc | Recorded: (DSD recording) Clinton Recording Studio “B”, New York City, April 27-28, 1999

One of the musical highlights of the new millennium is already here: McCoy Tyner with Stanley Clarke and Al Foster, the follow-up to the legendary pianist’s critically-acclaimed Telarc debut, McCoy Tyner and the Latin All-Stars. On this new release, McCoy Tyner explores the art of the trio, with a dynamic set of 11 tracks that features new tunes from Tyner and Clarke.
McCoy Tyner with Stanley Clarke and Al Foster is a clear indication that Tyner’s interests lie firmly in the future, and in his own compositions. In addition to two takes of “I Want to Tell You ‘Bout That” (the first with Clarke on electric bass, the next on acoustic), other Tyner compositions include “Trane-like,” “Once Upon A Time,” “Goin’ ‘Way Blues,” “Carriba” and “Memories.” Tyner’s unique and blazing interpretations of standards are apparent in his renditions of “Never Let Me Go” and “Will You Still Be Mine.” Another highlight is Clarke’s own “In the Tradition Of.”
McCoy Tyner is assured of a major position in any jazz history of the 20th century—a versatile composer, arranger and leader whose distinctive sound looms over entire generations. He was born in Philadelphia in 1938 when Bud Powell, Benny Golson (and of course, John Coltrane) and many others were in the neighborhood. And Tyner is the only jazz giant to have honed his craft in, of all places, his mother’s beauty parlor in West Philadelphia—jamming among the hair dryers and curling irons.
Stanley Clarke (born in 1951) is also from Philly, and on this project he plays mostly acoustic bass. Well known for his work with Return to Forever and as a trailblazing solo artist, Clarke continues to revolutionize his instrument. A first-generation fusion player who is constantly shifting directions, this project offers a rare opportunity to hear his more straight-ahead playing.
McCoy Tyner with Stanley Clarke and Al Foster is a brilliant second installment of Tyner’s work on Telarc. Both discs make it clear that the undeniable talents of McCoy Tyner continue growing greater with time.

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LAGQ (Los Angeles Guitar Quartet) – Spin (2006) [2.0 & 5.1] {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

LAGQ (Los Angeles Guitar Quartet) – Spin (2006) [2.0 & 5.1]
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 64:09 minutes | Scans included | 3,92 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 1,12 GB
Features 2.0 Stereo and 5.1 multichannel surround sound | Telarc # SACD-60647

The Los Angeles Guitar Quartet is a successful multi-guitar ensemble regularly performing, known for its variety of repertory. They are known for using nylon string guitars to imitate a variety of instruments and effects. They have played in many styles; Baroque, Bluegrass, Flamenco, Rock, and New Age are among their repertoire.

A quick check of the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet’s discography reveals its strong grounding in both classical and popular music, and makes clear that the virtuoso ensemble’s success is largely due to finding the right blend to please almost everyone. That’s one reason why Spin, the LAGQ’s 2006 release on Telarc, is a bit of a risky venture, since it features no classical arrangements and presents only pop-inflected pieces by group members William Kanengiser and Andrew York, as well as several similarly flavored selections by rising composers of light and tonal contemporary fare. This agreeable program is commercially viable, and since the music is pleasant and occasionally catchy, few casual listeners will be disappointed with it; but because this collection is extremely mild in its fusion of styles and quite mellow in its moods, adventurous listeners will find absolutely no challenges here. With guest percussionist Colin Currie joining the group on Joe Duddell’s Freaky Dancer and York’s Night Furniture, there are some changes of texture and color that provide relief; but arrangements for guitars dominate the disc, and their timbral blandness tends to pall, especially in music of such limited harmonic and melodic interest. So while this CD has some appealing qualities that LAGQ’s fans will appreciate, it is decidedly lightweight in substance and not required listening for the group’s classical audience.

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LAGQ (Los Angeles Guitar Quartet) – Guitar Heroes (2004) [2.0 & 5.1] {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

LAGQ (Los Angeles Guitar Quartet) – Guitar Heroes (2004) [2.0 & 5.1]
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 60:19 minutes | Scans included | 3,43 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 1,09 GB
Features 2.0 Stereo and 5.1 multichannel surround sound | Telarc # SACD-60598

The Los Angeles Guitar Quartet is a successful multi-guitar ensemble regularly performing, known for its variety of repertory. They are known for using nylon string guitars to imitate a variety of instruments and effects. They have played in many styles; Baroque, Bluegrass, Flamenco, Rock, and New Age are among their repertoire. For this album, the quartet received a Grammy Award in 2005 as “Best Classical Crossover CD”.

A great concept and a grand conceit, the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet’s disc entitled Guitar Heroes is a disc of radically rearranged and reimagined adaptations, transcriptions, and extrapolations of the quartets’ players own favorite guitar players. The arrangements are tremendous, the transcriptions are terrific, and the extrapolations are amazing. Who would have thought that Jimi Hendrix’s manner of playing could sound so refined, or that Steve Howe’s Mood for a Day could sound so exquisite, or that Chet Atkins’ echo effects could sound so ethereal? And who would have thought that the music of Frank Zappa and Django Reinhardt could be so superbly recomposed and yet so true to the soul of the music? But the astonishing virtuosity of the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet’s playing makes believers of everyone and the astounding reality of the sound of Telarc’s recording makes everyone believe that they are sitting in the same room.

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LAGQ (Los Angeles Guitar Quartet) – Latin (2002) [2.0 & 5.1] {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

LAGQ (Los Angeles Guitar Quartet) – Latin (2002) [2.0 & 5.1]
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 68:09 minutes | Scans included | 4,3 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 1,2 GB
Features 2.0 Stereo and 5.1 multichannel surround sound | Telarc # SACD-60593

The Los Angeles Guitar Quartet is a successful multi-guitar ensemble regularly performing, known for its variety of repertory. They are known for using nylon string guitars to imitate a variety of instruments and effects. They have played in many styles; Baroque, Bluegrass, Flamenco, Rock, and New Age are among their repertoire.

This crossover release by the LAGQ primarily features Latin-flavored pieces by composers ranging from Sting to Copland, with Piazzolla, Rodrigo, and Brouwer thrown in. Most of the pieces were arranged by LAGQ members William Kanengiser and Andrew York. The arrangements and performances capture the spirit of the originals extremely well. Maybe it’s just because of being played on guitars, but the Paisaje Mexicano and Danza de Jalicso by Copland and the Carmen suite in these transcriptions sound even more Latin than the originals. Of the non-arranged works, Forrobodó by Egberto Gismonti and Cuban Landscape with Rain by Leo Brouwer are definitely worth sampling. In Forrobodó, the ensemble work is so skillful that none are thrown off at all by each simultaneously playing a different meter. In Cuban Landscape with Rain, it is easy to discern the different types of rain, from delicate small drops to large drops going splot on the ground. The original work by York, Syzygy, adds flute to the ensemble for a jazzy mélange of flamenco themes. The CD ends with the song En Aranjuez con tu amour, arranged from the slow movement of Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez. With such a variety of works, the CD is meant to appeal to audiences of the group’s classical albums An Evening in Granada and For Thy Pleasure, as well as of the more contemporary ones, such as L.A.G.Q. and Labyrinth. And although it does offer something for everyone and there is no arguing with their skills and performances, as a whole, LAGQ: Latin may not appeal to those looking for just classical or just smooth jazz with a Latin flavor.

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