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Kenny Dorham – Whistle Stop (1961) [APO Remaster 2008] {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

Kenny Dorham – Whistle Stop (1961) [APO Remaster 2008]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 38:45 minutes | Scans included | 1,57 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Full Scans included | 760 MB
Genre: Jazz

Kenny Dorham was always underrated throughout his career, not only as a trumpeter but as a composer. Whistle Stop features seven of his compositions, none of which were picked up later by any of the Young Lions of the ’90s despite their high quality and many fresh melodies. Dorham teams up with tenor-saxophonist Hank Mobley (who had recorded with him previously, along with Art Blakey and Max Roach), pianist Kenny Drew, bassist Paul Chambers, and drummer Philly Joe Jones for a set of lively, fresh, and consistently swinging music. This is a generally overlooked near-classic set.

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Kansas City Symphony Orchestra, Michael Stern – Britten’s Orchestra (2010) {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

Benjamin Britten – Britten’s Orchestra
Kansas City Symphony Orchestra / Michael Stern (conductor)
SACD ISO: 3,33 GB (Stereo/MCH) | FLAC Stereo @ 24bit/88.2kHz: 984 MB | 3% Rec. Info
Label/Cat#: Reference Recordings # RR-120SACD | Country/Year: Europe 2003 | Artwork
Genre: Classical | Style: Early 20th Century, Contemporary

This “Prof. Johnson” Surround sound recording exceeded all my expectations! I never thought Prof. Johnson would buck the classical music recording industry standard of having the orchestra in front and only using the rear channels for ambient information. To my great and pleasant surprise, the orchestra surrounds the listener with the strings reaching around to the left side, the trumpets coming from the right rear and the snare drum from the left rear, etc. Also the center channel is well utilized, revealing the inner voices of the orchestra. One almost gets the sense of being in the middle of the orchestra facing the conductor but with the orchestra still correctly positioned with first violins being on the far left, string basses on the far right. For you bass lovers, the bass was deep, full, round and plump!! It was a fantastically thrilling experience, and so incredibly life like and with such a warm acoustic with great reverberation of the hall so well captured. The recording was made in the Community of Christ Auditorium in Independence Missouri. Michael Stern and the Kansas City Orchestra have given us polished performances I found to be very well done with passion and verve. I feel with this recording, Michael Stern and the Kansas City Orchestra are now major player’s in the classical music world. Superb!! Highly recommended. FYI – This is a 5.1 channel Surround recording (Bass is incredible even without the LFE channel. I listened both with and without the LFE channel on.) sa-cd.net

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Kenny Burrell & John Coltrane (1963) [Reissue 2004] {SACD ISO + FLAC}

Kenny Burrell & John Coltrane – Kenny Burrell and John Coltrane (1963) [Reissue 2004]
SACD Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 37:22 minutes | Front/Rear Covers+PDF | 1,52 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/96 kHz | Front/Rear Covers+PDF | 899 MB

Kenny Burrell & John Coltrane is an album credited to jazz musicians Kenny Burrell and John Coltrane. Recorded on March 7, 1958, it was originally released on the New Jazz label as NJ 8276 in 1963, then reissued in 1967 on Prestige as PRLP 7532, with a different cover and retitled The Kenny Burrell Quintet With John Coltrane.

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John Coltrane – A Love Supreme (1964) [Analogue Productions 2010] {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

John Coltrane – A Love Supreme (1964) [Analogue Productions 2010]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 33:01 minutes | Scans included | 1,35 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 699 MB

Easily one of the most important records ever made, John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme was his pinnacle studio outing that at once compiled all of his innovations from his past, spoke of his current deep spirituality, and also gave a glimpse into the next two and a half years (sadly, those would be his last). Recorded at the end of 1964, Trane’s classic quartet of Elvin Jones, McCoy Tyner, and Jimmy Garrison stepped into the studio and created one of the most thought-provoking, concise, and technically pleasing albums of their bountiful relationship (not to mention his best-selling to date). From the undulatory (and classic) bassline at the intro to the last breathy notes, Trane is at the peak of his logical yet emotionally varied soloing while the rest of the group is remarkably in tune with Coltrane’s spiritual vibe. Composed of four parts, each has a thematic progression leading to an understanding of spirituality through meditation. From the beginning, “Acknowledgement” is the awakening of sorts that trails off to the famous chanting of the theme at the end, which yields to the second act, “Resolution,” an amazingly beautiful piece about the fury of dedication to a new path of understanding. “Persuance” is a search for that understanding, and “Psalm” is the enlightenment. Although he is at times aggressive and atonal, this isn’t Trane at his most adventurous (pretty much everything recorded from here on out progressively becomes much more free, and live recordings from this period are extremely spirited), but it certainly is his best attempt at the realization of concept — as the spiritual journey is made amazingly clear. A Love Supreme clocks in at just over 30 minutes, but if it had been any longer it could have turned into a laborious listen. As it stands, just enough is conveyed. It is almost impossible to imagine a world without A Love Supreme having been made, and it is equally impossible to imagine any jazz collection without it.

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Todd Rundgren – Something-Anything (1972) [Reissue 2018] PS3 ISO + FLAC

Todd Rundgren – Something-Anything (1972) [Reissue 2018]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 89:40 minutes | Scans included | 3,61 GB
or FLAC (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/96 kHz | Full Scans included | 1,95 GB

This 1972 release, from Bearsville Records, was engineered by Todd Rundgren with a little help from his friends Rick Derringer, Billy Mundi, Moogy Klingman, Amos Garrett, Bugsy Maugh and Gene Didwiddie (both from the Butterfield Blues Band), the Hunt Brothers, Rick Vito, Jim Horn and the Brecker Brothers. This 45th Anniversary Reissue, never before available on SACD, have been mastered from the original stereo tapes by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio.

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Joan Baez – Recently (1987) [Analogue Productions 2016] SACD ISO + FLAC

Joan Baez – Recently (1987) [APO Remaster 2016]
SACD Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 41:17 minutes | Scans included | 1,72 GB
or FLAC (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/96 kHz | Full Scans included | 938 MB

Joan Baez is an American folk singer, songwriter, musician, and activist, whose contemporary folk music often includes songs of protest or social justice. “Recently” was her first album of new material issued in the US in eight years. As she had done during the 1960s for Bob Dylan, Tim Hardin and Richard Farina, among others, Baez lent her voice to many of the songwriters of the day, in this case Mark Knopfler, U2, Peter Gabriel, and Johnny Clegg and found herself straddling a line between attempting to further connect with young audiences, while reintroducing herself to her established listeners, after such a long absence.

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Joan Baez – Diamonds And Rust In The Bullring (1988) [APO Remaster 2015] PS3 ISO + FLAC

Joan Baez – Diamonds And Rust In The Bullring (1988) [APO Remaster 2015]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 43:24 minutes | Scans included | 1,74 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/96 kHz | Full Scans included | 940 MB

Joan Baez is an American folk singer, songwriter, musician, and activist, whose contemporary folk music often includes songs of protest or social justice. This album has been recorded live in the bullring of Bilbao, Spain. It featured twelve songs, six of which were performed in English, five in Spanish and one, “Txoria Txori”, in Basque. Most of the songs had been performed and recorded by Baez previously, with the exception of Leonard Cohen’s “Famous Blue Raincoat”. “Gracias a la Vida” is a duet with singer Mercedes Sosa.

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George Benson – Breezin’ (1976) [Audio Fidelity ‘2014] {2.0 & 5.1} PS3 ISO + FLAC

George Benson – Breezin’ (1976) [Audio Fidelity ‘2014]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD/DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 38:34 minutes | Scans included | 3,21 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | 38:45 minutes | Full Scans included | 724 MB
Features 2.0 Stereo & 5.1 multichannel Surround sound | Audio Fidelity # AFZ5 185

All of a sudden, George Benson became a pop superstar with this album, thanks to its least representative track. Most of Breezin’ is a softer-focused variation of Benson’s R&B/jazz-flavored CTI work, his guitar as assured and fluid as ever with Claus Ogerman providing the suave orchestral backdrops and his crack then-working band (including Ronnie Foster on keyboards and sparkplug Phil Upchurch on rhythm guitar) pumping up the funk element. Yet it is the sole vocal track (his first in many years), Leon Russell’s “This Masquerade” — where George unveiled his new trademark, scatting along with a single-string guitar solo — that reached number ten on the pop singles chart and drove the album all the way to number one on the pop (!) LP chart. The attractive title track also became a minor hit single, although Gabor Szabo’s 1971 recording with composer Bobby Womack is even more fetching. In the greater scheme of Benson’s career, Breezin’ is really not so much a breakthrough as it is a transition album; the guitar is still the core of his identity.

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Stephen Hough, Dallas SO, Andrew Litton – Rachmaninov: Complete Works for Piano and Orchestra (2004) {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

Stephen Hough, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Andrew Litton –
Rachmaninov: Complete Works for Piano and Orchestra / Paganini Rhapsody (2004)

PS3 Rip | 2x SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 144:42 minutes | Scans included (PDF) | 6,39 GB
or FLAC Stereo 2.0 (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/96 kHz | Scans included (PDF) | 2,72 GB

The combination of Dallas and Litton offers a conductor who adores Sergei Rachmaninov (he has recorded all the symphonies) and understands the works from a pianist’s perspective, an orchestra with a glorious and old-fashioned string sound of the kind with which the composer would be familiar, a hall to record in which is one of the best in the world, and let’s not forget Stephen Hough who has already won two Gramophone ‘Record of the Year’ accolades for his concerto recordings. As the results here triumphantly show, all our hopes have been fulfilled, and more.

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Elton John – Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (1973) [30th Anniversary Edition 2003] (2x SACD-ISO) {2.0 & 5.1} PS3 ISO + FLAC

Elton John – Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (1973) [30th Anniversary DCD Edition 2003]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 89:33 minutes | Scans included | 5,99 GB
or FLAC 2.0 (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | 90:03 mins | Scans included | 1,9 GB
30th Anniversary Edition 2003 with Bonus Tracks | Features 2.0 Stereo and 5.1 multichannel surround sound

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road is the seventh studio album by the British singer-songwriter Elton John. Released in 1973, it has come to be regarded as one of his best and most popular albums. In 2003, the album was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. The album was ranked No. 91 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time, and No. 59 in Channel 4’s 2009 list of 100 Greatest Albums. The album has sold 31 million copies.

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