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Death Cab For Cutie – Transatlanticism (2003) {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

Death Cab For Cutie – Transatlanticism (2003)
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 45:44 minutes | Scans included | 771 MB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Full Scans included | 909 MB
Genre: Rock

US underground sensations’ fourth studio album is truly a major work, blending subtle intelligent songwriting, amazing production, boundless creativity, and thoughtful rock. This is their best offering to date – dreamy and lovelorn in places, but also epic, gritty and twisted in others.

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Antonio Carlos Jobim – The Composer Of Desafinado Plays (1963) [Japanese Limited SHM-SACD 2011 # UCGU-9021] {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

Antonio Carlos Jobim – The Composer Of Desafinado Plays (1963) [Japanese Limited SHM-SACD 2011]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 35:35 minutes | Scans included | 1,43 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 695 MB
Genre: Jazz

In his first American album, Antonio Carlos Jobim presents a dozen of his songs, each one destined to become a standard — an astounding batting average. Jobim, who claimed to have been out of practice at the time of the session, merely plays single notes on the piano with one hand, punctuated by chords now and then, sticking to his long, undulating melodies with a few passages of jazz improvisation now and then. Yet it is a lovely idea, not a gesture is wasted. Arranger Claus Ogerman unveils many of the trademarks that would define his Creed Taylor-produced albums with Jobim — the soaring, dying solo flute and spare, brooding unison string lines widening into lush harmony; flutes doubling on top of Jobim’s piano chords — again with an exquisitely spare touch. The songs include “Desafinado,” “Corcovado,” “Chega de Saudade” (No More Blues), “The Girl From Ipanema,” “Meditation,” “One Note Samba,” and half-a-dozen others (every one of which is included on The Man From Ipanema set).

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Various Artists – The World’s Greatest Audiophile Vocal Recordings (2006) [2.0 & 5.0] {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

Various Artists – The World’s Greatest Audiophile Vocal Recordings (2006)
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & 5.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 46:14 minutes | Covers | 3,18 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Covers included | 803 MB
Features Stereo & Multichannel Surround sound | Chesky Records SACD 323

If you’re into vocal recordings, or want a sampler of Chesky’s material, or if you just want something that sounds great so that you can impress friends with your stereo, get this disc. I play it a lot – for all of the above reasons. I listen to many tracks on this disc, but I’m always drawn back to Livingston Taylor singing Stevie Wonder’s “Isn’t She Lovely.” Through the OMD-28s, the richness and vibrancy of Taylor’s voice were startlingly realistic, with no chestiness or overhang. Furthermore, his voice was tight and focused”. – Doug Schneider Soundstage

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Kenichi Tsunoda Big Band – Thank You Everybody (2010) {SACD ISO + FLAC}

Kenichi Tsunoda Big Band – Thank You Everybody (2010)
SACD Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 40:22 minutes | Front/Rear Covers | 1,62 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Front/Rear Covers | 846 MB
Genre: Jazz

Arranger Kenichi Tsunoda’s big band has been one of the top jazz orchestras in Japan since its formation in 1990. This set is particularly impressive for the wide range of the arrangements, the band’s musicianship, and the individual solos. Celebration the 20th anniversary, the Kenichi Tsunoda Big Band lively and joy, a swingy involuntarily want to beat the clapping playing.

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Pink Floyd – The Dark Side Of The Moon (1973) [Reissue 2003] {2.0 & 5.1} PS3 ISO + FLAC

Pink Floyd – The Dark Side Of The Moon (1973) [Reissue 2003] {2.0 & 5.1}
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DSD64 2.0 & DST64 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 43:00 minutes | Scans included | 3,89 GB
or FLAC 2.0 (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | 42:57 minutes | Scans included | 828 MB
30th anniversary edition | Features 2.0 Stereo and 5.1 multichannel surround.

By condensing the sonic explorations of Meddle to actual songs and adding a lush, immaculate production to their trippiest instrumental sections, Pink Floyd inadvertently designed their commercial breakthrough with Dark Side of the Moon. The primary revelation of Dark Side of the Moon is what a little focus does for the band. Roger Waters wrote a series of songs about mundane, everyday details which aren’t that impressive by themselves, but when given the sonic backdrop of Floyd’s slow, atmospheric soundscapes and carefully placed sound effects, they achieve an emotional resonance. But what gives the album true power is the subtly textured music, which evolves from ponderous, neo-psychedelic art rock to jazz fusion and blues-rock before turning back to psychedelia. It’s dense with detail, but leisurely paced, creating its own dark, haunting world. Pink Floyd may have better albums than Dark Side of the Moon, but no other record defines them quite as well as this one.

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Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here (1975) [Reissue 2011] {2.0 & 5.1} PS3 ISO + FLAC

Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here (1975) [Reissue 2011] {2.0 & 5.1}
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DSD64 2.0 & DST64 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 44:19 minutes | Scans included | 3,57 GB
or FLAC 2.0 (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | 44:13 minutes | Scans included | 966 MB
Special Limited SACD Edition | Features 2.0 Stereo and 5.1 multichannel surround.

Pink Floyd followed the commercial breakthrough of Dark Side of the Moon with Wish You Were Here, a loose concept album about and dedicated to their founding member Syd Barrett. The record unfolds gradually, as the jazzy textures of “Shine on You Crazy Diamond” reveal its melodic motif, and in its leisurely pace, the album shows itself to be a warmer record than its predecessor. Musically, it’s arguably even more impressive, showcasing the group’s interplay and David Gilmour’s solos in particular. And while it’s short on actual songs, the long, winding soundscapes are constantly enthralling.

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Celine Dion – All The Way… A Decade Of Song (1999) [Reissue 2001] {2.0 & 5.1} {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

Celine Dion – All The Way… A Decade Of Song (1999) [Reissue 2001] {2.0 & 5.1}
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 74:04 minutes | Scans included | 5,96 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | 71:32 mins | Scans included | 1,57 GB

There aren’t a lot of greatest-hits albums with seven new songs, which is exactly what All the Way: A Decade of Song is. There are just nine hits on this hits collection, and of those, only a handful — “If You Asked Me To,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “The Power of Love,” “Because You Loved Me,” “It’s All Coming Back to Me Now,” and “My Heart Will Go On” — were huge hits in the U.S. Her first American hit, “Where Does My Heart Beat Now,” isn’t here, nor is her duet with Barbra Streisand, “Tell Him.” Naturally, this means it’s not a definitive collection, but rather an unsatisfying album that feels suspiciously like a piece of product. The best of the hits, like the Meat Loaf-ian epic “It’s All Coming Back to Me Now” and “My Heart Will Go On,” are certainly among the best adult contemporary songs of the decade, and the new stuff would pale in comparison, even if it was very good — which, by and large, it is not. Two numbers, the danceable “That’s the Way it Is” and the pretty ballad “If Walls Could Talk,” work, but the cover of “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” falls flat and “All the Way,” complete with old vocals from Sinatra, is a disaster. The remaining three aren’t bad, but they’re not particularly memorable, especially compared to the hits. And that’s the problem with All the Way — if it had been a straight hits collection, with “That’s the Way it Is” and “If Walls Could Talk” added to the end, it would have been fine, but padding it with nearly a full album worth of new material hurts it.

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Wes Montgomery – Incredible Jazz Guitar (1960) [Reissue 2003] {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

Wes Montgomery – Incredible Jazz Guitar (1960) [Reissue 2003]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 43:46 minutes | Scans included | 1,76 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Full Scans included | 900 MB

The incredible Wes Montgomery of 1960 was more discernible and distinctive than the guitarist who would emerge a few years later as a pop stylist and precursor to George Benson in the ’70s. On this landmark recording, Montgomery veered away from his home Indianapolis-based organ combo with Melvin Rhyne, the California-based Montgomery Brothers band, and other studio sidemen he had been placed with briefly. Off to New York City and a date with Tommy Flanagan’s trio, Montgomery seems in his post- to hard bop element, swinging fluently with purpose, drive, and vigor not heard in an electric guitarist since bop progenitor Charlie Christian. Setting him apart from the rest, this recording established Montgomery as the most formidable modern guitarist of the era, and eventually its most influential. There’s some classic material here, including the cat-quick but perhaps a trifle anxious version of the Sonny Rollins bop evergreen “Airegin,” the famous repeated modal progressive and hard bop jam “Four on Six,” and Montgomery’s immortal soul waltz “West Coast Blues,” effortlessly rendered with its memorable melody and flowing, elegant chiffon-like lines. Flanagan, at a time shortly after leaving his native Detroit, is the perfect pianist for this session. He plays forcefully but never overtly so on the bop tracks, offering up his trademark delicacy on the laid-back “Polka Dots and Moonbeams” and easy-as-pie “Gone with the Wind.” With the dynamic Philadelphia rhythm section of brothers Percy Heath on bass and drummer Albert Heath, they play a healthy Latin beat on the choppy and dramatic melody of Montgomery’s original “Mr. Walker.” Montgomery is clearly talented beyond convention, consistently brilliant, and indeed incredible in the company of his sidemen, and this recording – an essential addition to every jazz guitarist fan’s collection – put him on the map.

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Enrico Rava – Renaissance (2002) [Japan 2016] {SACD ISO + FLAC}

Enrico Rava – Renaissance (2002) [Japan 2016]
SACD Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 56:53 minutes | Front/Rear Covers | 2,31 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Front/Rear Covers | 1,2 GB
Genre: Jazz

Enrico Rava is a jazz trumpeter and arguably one of the best known Italian jazz musicians. In the 1970s and 1980s he worked with Pat Metheny, Michel Petrucciani, John Abercrombie, Joe Henderson, Richard Galliano, Miroslav Vitouš, Andrea Centazzo, Joe Lovano, Gil Evans and Cecil Taylor. He has also worked with Carla Bley, Lee Konitz, Jeanne Lee, Paul Motian, and Roswell Rudd. Chiefly an exponent of bebop jazz, Rava has also played in avant-garde jazz settings.

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Seconds Before Landing – The Great Deception (2013) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Seconds Before Landing – The Great Deception (2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 68:27 minutes | 736 MB | Genre: Rock
Official Digital Download – Source: Bandcamp.com | Front cover

The genre of progressive rock has a proud history, and many would agree that Pink Floyd is the band that helped break it into the mainstream. “Seconds Before Landing”, the ambient rock collective, formed by musician and composer John Crispino, has released its first full length album. The 14 track concept album, entitled “The Great Deception” features original music from Crispino, with a number of guest talents, from notable musical followings. “King Crimsons” Trey Gunn appears and plays Warr Guitar on several tracks. Also appearing is legendary bassist, Tim Bogert, from Beck Bogert & Appice, Cactus, and Vanilla Fudge. This album was mastered by 2 time Grammy Nominee, and “Pink Floyd” engineer, Andy Jackson.

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