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Sting – Brand New Day (1999) [Reissue 2004] {2.0 & 5.1} PS3 ISO + FLAC

Sting – Brand New Day (1999) [Reissue 2004] {2.0 & 5.1}
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 48:32 minutes | Scans included | 2,89 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | 48:49 mins | Scans | 969 MB
Features 2.0 Stereo and 5.1 multichannel surround sound

By the late ’90s, Sting had reached a point where he didn’t have to prove his worth every time out; he had so ingrained himself in pop culture, he really had the freedom to do whatever he wanted. He had that attitude on Mercury Falling, but it was too somber and serious, everything that its successor, Brand New Day, is not. Light, even effervescent, Brand New Day feels like little else in Sting’s catalog. Not that it represents a new beginning, contrary to what the title may promise. The album is not only firmly within his tradition, it sounds out of time — it’s odd how close Brand New Day comes to feeling like a sequel to Nothing Like the Sun. Musically, that is. The sparkling, meticulous production and the very tone of the music — ranging from light funk to mellow ballads to the Lyle Lovett tribute “Fill Her Up” — are of a piece with Sting’s late-’80s work. That’s the main thing separating it from Ten Summoner’s Tales, his other straight pop album — well, that, and the levity. There are no overarching themes, no political messages on Brand New Day — only love songs, story songs, and, for lack of a better term, inspirational exhortations. This is all a good thing, since by keeping things light he’s managed to craft an appealing, engaging record. It may not ask as much from its audience as Sting’s other ’90s efforts, but it’s immediately enjoyable, which isn’t the case for its cousins. Brand New Day doesn’t boast any new classics, and it does sound a little dated, but it’s well-crafted, melodic, and has a good sense of humor — exactly the kind of record Sting should be making as he embarks on the third decade of his career.

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Sheryl Crow – The Globe Sessions (1998) [Reissue 2004] {2.0 & 5.1} PS3 ISO + FLAC

Sheryl Crow – The Globe Sessions (1998) [Reissue 2004] {2.0 & 5.1}
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 58:52 minutes | Scans included | 3,58 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | 63:14 mins | Scans | 1,21 GB
Features 2.0 Stereo and 5.1 multichannel surround sound

Since her dense, varied, postmodernist eponymous second album illustrated that Sheryl Crow was no one-album wonder, she wasn’t left with as much to prove the third time around. Having created an original variation on roots rock with Sheryl Crow, she was left with the dilemma of how to remain loyal to that sound without repeating herself on her third album, The Globe Sessions. To her credit, she never plays lazy, not when she’s turning out Stonesy rockers (“There Goes the Neighborhood”) or when she’s covering Dylan (the remarkable “Mississippi,” an outtake from Time Out of Mind). However, she has decided to abandon the layered, yard-sale production and pop culture fixations that made Sheryl Crow a defining album of the mid-’90s. The Globe Sessions, instead, is the work of a craftswoman, one who knows how to balance introspective songs with pop/rockers, one who knows how to exploit her signature sound while becoming slightly more eclectic. In that sense, the album is a lot like a latter-day album from her idols, the Stones — it finds pleasures within the craft and the signature sounds themselves. That means that there are no surprises (apart from the synthesized handclaps, of course). The Celtic homage “Riverwide” may be new, but it’s not unexpected, much like how the whiplash transition in “Am I Getting Through” isn’t entirely out of the blue. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, though, since The Globe Sessions has a strong set of songs. Since it lacks the varied sonics, humor, and flat-out weirdness of Sheryl Crow, it’s never quite as compelling a listen as its predecessor, yet it is a strong record, again confirming Crow’s position as one of the best roots rockers of the ’90s.

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Alexa Tarantino – Winds of Change (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/88,2kHz]

Alexa Tarantino – Winds of Change (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 51:24 minutes | 996 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Posi-Tone Records

Everyone is encouraged to enjoy a breath of fresh air when woodwind virtuoso Alexa Tarantino boldly embarks on an exploration of the “Winds of Change, her first record with Posi-Tone. With strong rhythmic and harmonic concepts and unstoppably gentle melodic sensibility, Tarantino skillfully conducts listeners through an exciting presentation of her carefully crafted arrangements and original compositions. Tarantino plays a combination of saxophones and flute on the record to make bold statements of stunning musicianship alongside the superstar accompaniment of pianist Christian Sands, bassist Joe Martin and drummer Rudy Royston. Whether one is already familiar with the music of Alexa Tarantino or discovering her for the first time, “Winds of Change” surely succeeds in delivering bright moments of straight forward musical delight while demonstrating that Alexa Tarantino is indeed a rising star for jazz fans to keep their eyes fixed upon for years to come.

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Toto – Toto IV (1982) [Reissue 2002] {2.0 & 5.1} [PS3 ISO + FLAC]

Toto – Toto IV (1982) [Reissue 2002] {2.0 & 5.1}
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 42:15 minutes | Scans included | 3,26 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | 41:57 mins | Scans included | 863 MB
Features 2.0 Stereo and 5.1 multichannel surround sound

It was do or die for Toto on the group’s fourth album, and they rose to the challenge. Largely dispensing with the anonymous studio rock that had characterized their first three releases, the band worked harder on its melodies, made sure its simple lyrics treated romantic subjects, augmented Bobby Kimball’s vocals by having other group members sing, brought in ringers like Timothy B. Schmit, and slowed down the tempo to what came to be known as “power ballad” pace. Most of all, they wrote some hit songs: “Rosanna,” the old story of a lovelorn lyric matched to a bouncy beat, was the gold, Top Ten comeback single accompanying the album release; “Make Believe” made the Top 30; and then, surprisingly, “Africa” hit number one ten months after the album’s release. The members of Toto may have more relatives who are NARAS voters than any other group, but that still doesn’t explain the sweep they achieved at the Grammys, winning six, including Album of the Year and Record of the Year (for “Rosanna”). Predictably, rock critics howled, but the Grammys helped set up the fourth single, “I Won’t Hold You Back,” another soft rock smash and Top Ten hit. As a result, Toto IV was both the group’s comeback and its peak; it remains a definitive album of slick L.A. pop for the early ’80s and Toto’s best and most consistent record. Having made it, the members happily went back to sessions, where they helped write and record Michael Jackson’s Thriller.

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Toto – Hydra (1979) [Reissue 2000] {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

Toto – Hydra (1979) [Reissue 2000]
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 41:10 minutes | Scans included | 1,66 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 0,98 GB

If Toto’s musical advantage was that, since its members continued to play on many of the successful records made in L.A., its own music was popular almost by definition, its disadvantage was that it made little attempt to seek an individual musical signature — a particular style, say, or a distinctive singer (Bobby Kimball was not it) who could make its records immediately identifiable. “Hold the Line” had been a big hit, but who did it? Boston? Foreigner? As a result, Toto was less well positioned than most to come off a big debut album with the follow-up, and Hydra was unusually dependent on its leadoff single, “99.” Maybe it was a tribute to the female lead on the old Get Smart TV show, but many listeners didn’t get a song with a chorus that went, “Oh, 99, I love you,” and the single stalled in the bottom half of the Top 40. The album went gold on momentum, but the songs, however well-played, simply were not distinctive enough to consolidate the success Toto had achieved with its debut album.

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Allan Taylor – Leaving At Dawn (2009) [Hybrid-SACD] {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

Allan Taylor – Leaving At Dawn
SACD ISO (2.0/MCH): 3,48 GB | 24B/88,2kHz Stereo FLAC: 1,16 GB | Full Artwork | 3% Recovery Info
Label/Cat#: Stockfisch Records # SFR 357.4057.2 | Country/Year: Germany 2009
Genre: Folk, Acoustic | Style: Singer/Songwriter

David Kidman, fRoots, August/September 2009:
The latest album from Allan, his 20th, is heralded as showing a return to the more folk-inflected style of troubadour song that characterised his earlier years. Whatever, Allan remains the consummate craftsman-in-song, and he hasn’t in any way abandoned the key themes and concerns that he’s developed and made very much his own over a long and illustrious career. Leaving at Dawn is absolutely quintessential Allan Taylor, instantly recognisable for its telling combination of a uniquely expressive, warm and inviting vocal delivery and an attractive, precisely captured instrumental backing, centred as ever around Allan’s own intricately moulded and mellifluous guitar playing. But it’s also the product of an artist of total maturity and integrity, delivering work of the highest self-imposed standards and exhibiting (in every single aspect of its presentation) supreme confidence without complacency.
This new batch of songs was written(with just one 1993 exception) between 2001 and 2007, each one a prime example of Allan’s second-nature ability to directly share his emotions in simple yet always profoundly literate language, thereby taking the listener on a journey that feels personal yet contains universal truths aplenty. Allan’s musings are affectionate and eloquent, yet often more complex than they appear, primarily because they’re shot through with the perceptiveness and realism that are the hallmarks of a true observer.
Leaving At Dawn is full of songs that follow the songwriter’s eternal preoccupation, reflection with regret, either musing sensitively on love (Lay Soft On Your Pillow, Back Home To You) or embodying a strong sense of genius-loci (Provence, New York In The Seventies), often memorably bringing together both strands in the same song. Especially beguiling here are two songs in traditional vein (Firefly, already celebrated in Tom McConville’s fabulous recording, and The Last Of The Privateers), The Almost Man (a chokingly pertinent tribute to Allan’s father), and Winter (a beautiful and masterfully poetic expression of tender reassurance), while Red On Green is Allan’s own translation of a poignant song of farewell composed by Massimo Bubola based on a WW1 love-letter written my Massimo’s uncle.
The disc’s exceptional, state-of-the-art recording draws you in right close, with Allan’s very special and intimate delivery cocooned by the immaculately judged and empathic contributions of a handful of other musicians (guitar, dobro, accordion, banjo, bowed psaltery, fretless bass). I feel sure that Leaving At Dawn will come to be judged as one of Allan’s finest ever collections.

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Nancy Wilson, Cannonball Adderley (1962/2018) [Official Digital Download DSF DSD128/5.64MHz + FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

Nancy Wilson, Cannonball Adderley (1962/2018)
DSD128 (.dsf) 1 bit/5,6 MHz | Time – 44:25 minutes | 3,5 GB
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 44:25 minutes | 987 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet | Source: HDTT | Genre: Jazz

Nancy Wilson/Cannonball Adderley is a studio album by Nancy Wilson and Cannonball Adderley originally issued in February 1962 by Capitol Records. The Penguin Guide to Jazz states “The odd session out is the date with Nancy Wilson for Capitol, primarily designed as a showcase for the young singer but with five band-only tracks as well. Wilson had a self-conscious phrasing and melodramatic lighting-up of key lines – but there is a version of “A Sleeping Bee” here which is one of the most charming of all her recordings, and Cannon and the others play personably throughout”. Wilson considered her vocals on the album “as a sort of easy-going third horn”.

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Yes – High Vibration: SACD Box (2013) [Japanese 16 Discs Box Set] {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

Yes – High Vibration: SACD Box (2013) [Japanese 16 Discs Box Set]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 716:14 mins | Scans included | 29,7 GB
or FLAC 2.0 (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 15,9 GB

High Vibration is a limited edition 16 SACD box set, featuring the 13 albums released by English prog rock supergroup Yes, between 1968 and 1987, including live album “Yessongs”. A unique 12-track bonus SACD features rare selections such “Owner of a Lonely Heart (Move Yourself Mix)” from 1991 and 1972′s “Total Mass Retain (Single version)” is also included. Everything has been newly remastered in Japan by Isao Kikuchi, and comes with a 200-page book (mostly on japanese language). Albums includes: “Yes (1969)”, “Time and a Word (1970)”, “The Yes Album (1971)”, “Fragile (1971)”, “Close to the Edge (1972)”, “Yessongs (1973)”, “Tales from Topographic Oceans (1973)”, “Relayer (1974)”, “Going for the One (1977)”, “Tormato (1978)”, “Drama (1980)”, “90125 (1983)”, and “Big Generator (1987)”.

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Yellowjackets – Time Squared (2003) [2.0 & 5.1] {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

Yellowjackets – Time Squared (2003) [2.0 & 5.1]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DST 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 61:40 minutes | Scans included | 3,75 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 1,22 GB
Features 2.0 Stereo and 5.1 multichannel surround sound | Label: Heads Up # HUSA 9075

Although sometimes grouped with Spyro Gyra, Yellowjackets are actually one of the most creative regular groups in the “rhythm & jazz” genre. Founded in 1981 as an R&B-oriented band, the long-running crossover jazz outfit that has been a Grammy favorite and a top seller since the 1980s.

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Dead Can Dance – Within The Realm Of A Dying Sun (1987) [MFSL 2008] {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

Dead Can Dance – Within The Realm Of A Dying Sun (1987) [MFSL 2008]
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | Scans included | 1,57 GB
SACD-ISO PS3 Rip to FLAC 2.0 | 24 bit / 88,2 kHz | 38:36 min | Scans included | 752 MB
Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab # SAD 2708 CD

Within the Realm of a Dying Sun is the third studio album by the band Dead Can Dance. It was released on 27 July 1987 by record label 4AD.

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