Skip to content

Category: SACD

Friedrich Gulda, Orchester des Wiener Staatsoper – Mozart: Piano Concertos 21 & 27 (1963) [Japan 2016] {SACD ISO + FLAC}

Friedrich Gulda, Orchestra Of The Vienna State Opera – Mozart: Piano Concertos 21 & 27 (1963) [Japan 2016]
SACD Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 55:53 minutes | Front/Rear covers | 2,26 GB
or FLAC Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/96 kHz | Front/Rear covers | 1,19 GB

Mozart was certainly among the “domestic deities” of Viennese pianist Friedrich Gulda. He repeatedly played Mozart’s piano music in his concerts and had it recorded. In so doing, this classically-trained musician, who had already played successfully in jazz bands at a young age, ignored the strict limits imposed by genres: he wanted to show audiences that there are no distinctions between musical styles whenever good music is played honestly and conscientiously. This Japanese reissue of Mozart’s Piano Concertos 21 & 27 features the 96kHz/24bit DSD Mastering from the analog master tape.

Comments closed

Foghat – Fool For The City (1975) [MFSL 2008] {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

Foghat – Fool For The City (1975) [MFSL 2008]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 35:11 minutes | Scans included | 1,51 GB
or FLAC (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/96 kHz | Full Scans included | 934 MB
Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab # UDSACD 2037

Fool for the City is the fifth album released by English rock band Foghat. This was their first platinum album and features, along with the title track, their signature song “Slow Ride”. The album cover shows drummer Roger Earl sitting alone on a soap box fishing down a manhole in the middle of East 11th Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenue) in New York City.

Comments closed

Floyd Cramer – Class Of ’73 & Class Of ’74-’75 (1973/1975) [Reissue 2016] {2.0 & 5.1} PS3 ISO + FLAC

Floyd Cramer – Class Of ’73 & Class Of ’74-’75 (1973/1975) [Reissue 2016]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 64:24 minutess | Scans included | 2,75 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 1,24 GB
2LP on 1SACD | Features Stereo & Quadrophonic Surround Sound | Vocalion # CDLK4572 | Genre: Easy Listening

Pianist and country music supremo Floyd Cramer returns with two albums on one SACD: Class of ’73 and Class of ’74-’75. Produced by Chet Atkins and recorded at the famous “Nashville Sound” Studios, it’s certainly an ear-opening experience hearing Cramer’s inimitable piano in wide, expansive four-channel audio. And you’ll marvel at just how alive and vibrant his country interpretations of popular hits are when given the quadraphonic treatment.

With Vocalion’s Christmas 2015 release, a new world of audio is opened up. Remember the Quadraphonic boom of the 1970s? It was when many of the major record companies decided that stereo was no longer enough and launched four-channel (quadraphonic) sound. For that section of the record-buying public fortunate enough to own a hi-fi system capable of reproducing four-channel recordings, they were able to hear music literally in a new dimension, because now not only did the sound come at them from front-left and front-right (as it would in conventional stereo), but also from back-left and back-right too. This “surround” effect placed the listener in the centre of the music instead of just in front of it, and as a result new meaning, depth and clarity was brought to the music that emanated from the LP spinning on the turntable or the 8-track cartridge whirring in the tape player. Thankfully, many of the artists who appear so regularly on Vocalion were originally recorded in glorious quadraphonic sound. Michael J. Dutton remastered both the stereo and four-channel elements from the original analogue tapes: for the stereo element the original ¼” stereo masters were used, and for the four-channel element the original four-channel “discrete” masters were used. These were used respectively to cut the original stereo and quadraphonic vinyl LPs.

Comments closed

Fiona Joy Hawkins – Christmas Joy (2011) [2.0 & 5.1] {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

Fiona Joy Hawkins – Christmas Joy (2011)
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 55:48 minutes | Scans included | 3,88 GB
or FLAC Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Full Scans included | 965 MB
Features Stereo & Multichannel Surround sound | Genre: New Age, Vocal Pop

Fiona Joy Hawkins breathes life into a traditional repertoire deeply in need of a new perspective and new energy. The recording offers an inventive and joyful approach to the music which has been taken for granted for decades. Both in her unique slant on traditional music and in her wonderful original compositions, Christmas Joy is an utterly brilliant creation and a recording of stellar beauty for the season. – Will Ackerman, founder Windham Hill Records

Christmas Joy will make you smile, if there is one album you should buy for Christmas …… it s this one. Andy Busuttil –Blue Mountains Sound

Comments closed

Fiona Joy Hawkins – Story of Ghosts (2018) PS3 ISO

Fiona Joy Hawkins – Story of Ghosts (2018)
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DDSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | Run Time: 00:41:30 minutes | 1,69 GB
Label: Blue Coast Records | Genre: New Age

New Age artist Fiona Joy brings many gifts and skills to her solo piano performance of the title song on Story of Ghosts. Your mind will fill in the pictures as you take the ride. With skill and confidence, she sets the mood with a minor melody, then adds upper harmony and begins altering the pace gently. In a bit over three minutes, she has you imagining downstairs and upstairs, unexplained sounds, sad ghosts making their nightly visits.
Then, “Story of Angels” provides a companion piece with just enough changes to the harmony and tempo to signify a different kind of spirit-being.
Elsewhere in the album, Fiona creates portraits of “The White Light,” a “Blue Dream,” and “The Solo Tango.”
Story of Ghosts was recorded in DSD256 using an improved system of cabling that was not available until this recording. You’ll hear the clarity of the piano as if you were sitting behind the keyboard, as Fiona Joy brings forth its many moods and sound textures.

Comments closed

Fiona Joy Hawkins – Signature-Solo (2014) {SACD ISO + FLAC}

Fiona Joy – Signature-Solo (2014)
SACD Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 40:50 minutes | Scans included | 1,64 GB
or FLAC 2.0 (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/96 kHz | Scans included | 792 MB

Fiona Joy Hawkins is an Australian composer, vocalist, and pianist, who uses the stage-name Fiona Joy. She has several award-winning albums produced by Will Ackerman, founder of Windham Hill. Ackerman says, “One of the brightest lights in the Contemporary Instrumental genre, Fiona Joy is poised to move into stardom”. “Signature-Solo” is Fiona’s debut album of solo contemporary piano music. This album also marks Tiny Island Music’s debut as record/imprint label under the well known audiophile label, Blue Coast Music Group, recorded live to analog tape and the label’s first native DSD release. Included on the album is new performance of Fiona Joy’s song Grace, which was part of a Grammy winning album in 2015.

Comments closed

Fiona Joy Hawkins – Into The Mist (2017) {SACD ISO + FLAC}

Fiona Joy – Into The Mist: Solo Piano (2017)
SACD Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 38:05 minutes | Front, Scans NOT included | 1,52 GB
or FLAC (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/96 kHz | Front Cover, Scans NOT included | 689 MB

A collection of neo-classical compositions, Fiona expresses a vast array of emotions in her journey through the mist. Picturesque and thought provoking these songs flow quietly for an hour of dreams. Fiona’s three part Opus, the heart of this collective work, is a journey that begins shrouded in mystery. “Moon Over the Lotus Pond” is her tribute to the people of China who have welcomed her so warmly.

Comments closed

Fairground Attraction – The First Of A Million Kisses (1988) [Japan 2018] {SACD ISO + FLAC}

Fairground Attraction – The First Of A Million Kisses (1988) [Japan 2018]
SACD Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 48:11 minutes | Scans included | 1,94 GB
or FLAC (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/96 kHz | Full Scans included | 1,01 GB
Genre: Folk, Jazz

Fairground Attraction was a British folk and soft rock band, best known for their hit song “Perfect” and the subsequent single “Find My Love”. The band launched the careers of lead vocalist Eddi Reader and songwriter Mark E. Nevin. “The First of a Million Kisses” is their debut album, released in 1988. The album is a characteristic blend of folk, jazz, country, and Cajun elements.

Comments closed

Eugen Jochum, London Symphony Orchestra – Beethoven: The Nine Symphonies (1979) [Japan 2017] {SACD ISO + FLAC}

Eugen Jochum, London Symphony Orchestra – Beethoven: Die Neun Symphonien (1979) [Japan 2017]
SACD Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 409:07 minutes | Front/Rear covers | 16,5 GB
or FLAC Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/96 kHz | Front/Rear covers | 8,24 GB

The German conductor Eugen Jochum recorded the complete Beethoven symphonies in stereo three times: First on DG in the Fifties with the Berlin Philharmonic and the Bavarian RSO; then in the Sixties on Philips in the set we have here with the Concertgebouw of Amsterdam; and finally in the Seventies on EMI with the London Symphony Orchestra. This LSO cycle may not have as much fire as Jochum’s earlier Beethoven, but it has a fullness and richness of spirit unmatched in his younger efforts, better played and recorded than the previous ones.

Comments closed

Eugen Jochum, London Philharmonic Orchestra – Brahms: The Four Symphonies & 2 Overtures (1977/2017) [DSF DSD64/2.82MHz + FLAC]

Eugen Jochum, London Philharmonic Orchestra – Brahms: The Four Symphonies (1977/2017)
DSD64 (tracks.dsf) 1 bit/2,8 MHz | Time – 189:20 minutes | 7,46 GB
FLAC (2ch tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 189:20 minutes | 3,76 GB
Source: SACD-R, Tower Records Japan # TDSA-49 | Artwork: Front cover

Eugen Jochum made two complete recordings of the symphonies of Johannes Brahms, one with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra in the mid-1950s, the other with the London Philharmonic in 1976. On the strengths of these sets, the conductor Kenneth Woods called him “the greatest Brahms conductor who ever lived”. These Jochum performances of Brahms’ 4 symphonies, together with the Academic Festival & Tragic overtures, are vintage 1970s Kingsway Hall recordings. Eugen Jochum, steeped in the Germanic tradition, knows exactly how he wants these symphonies to sound & the London Philharmonic Orchestra rise to the occasion with playing they have probably never bettered, with producer Christopher Bishop giving them a sound to match.

Comments closed
%d bloggers like this: