Various Artists – Jazz Hits Of The 50s (2004) [2x SACD, 2004] {2.0 & 5.1} {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

Various Artists – Jazz Hits Of The 50s (2004) [2x SACD, 2004] {2.0 & 5.1}
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 138:23 mins | Scans included | 8,36 GB
or FLAC 2.0 (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 2,54 GB
Terrific Collection Of The Popular Songs Of The 50’s! | Released by Membran Music GmbH.

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The Coronation Of King George II (1727) [2x SACD Reissue 2001] {2.0 & 5.1} {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

Coronation Of King George II (1727) [Reissue 2001] {2.0 & 5.1}
Robert King / Choir of the King’s Choir / The King’s Consort

PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DST64 2.0 & 5.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 100:31 mins | Scans included | 4,5 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 1,23 GB
Handel’s Coronation Anthems & Ceremonial Music by Purcell, Blow, Tallis, Gibbons & others
2x SACD Reissue 2001 | Label: Hyperion | Catalog No.: SACDA67286

“Why present just Handel’s Coronation Anthems for King George II when you can present the whole Coronation?” seems to be the proposition that underlies this two-disc set, entitled The Coronation of King George II, 1727. And, thrillingly performed by Robert King directing the King’s Consort and the Choir of the King’s Consort, there seems no good reason not to, and every good reason to, do just that. King, who has led many stirring recordings of Handel’s oratorios in his time, turns in splendid performances of the four Coronation Anthems, along with superb performances of ceremonial choral music by Tallis, Purcell, Gibbons, Blow, Farmer, and Child. But those are just the highlights of the recording, which opens with the tolling of the bells of Westminster Abbey and closes with the tolling of the bells of London and includes along the way trumpet fanfares led by the inestimable Crispian Steele-Perkins, drum processions led by Charles Fullbrook, spoken acclamations by Andrew Carwood as the Archbishop of Canterbury, and shouts of praise by the assembled multitudes. This set may not be for everyone — enemies of the monarchy need not tune in — and may not be for every day — a steady diet of fanfares and processions may be much for some listeners — but when you are in the mood to hear royalty enthroned, this set cannot be surpassed. (more…)

Johannes Somary & English Chamber Orchestra – Handel: The Water Music + Royal Fireworks Music (2004) [2.0 & 5.0] {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

Johannes Somary & English Chamber Orchestra –
Handel: The Water Music + Royal Fireworks Music (2004) [2.0 & 5.0]

PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DST64 2.0 & 5.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 52:19 mins | Scans included | 3,17 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 1,04 GB
Vanguard Classics Series | Label: Artemis Classics, Ltd. | Catalog No.: ATM CD 1519

Regard this Vanguard “ultra analog” CD with caution. Having Handel’s Music for the Royal Fireworks in its original scoring is an obvious attraction, but Water Music is drastically shortchanged in the 11-movement suite offered here. Since it is possible to fit the complete Water Music and Music for the Royal Fireworks on a single disc, the loss of the Suite in G major and half of the Suite in D major is unreasonable. Be that as it may, Johannes Somary and the English Chamber Orchestra offer fairly enjoyable performances, though modern instruments are used and some niceties of Baroque interpretation — such as swung rhythms and freely improvised ornamentation — are used sparingly. The woodwind and brass sonorities in Fireworks should be more impressive and massive, but the microphone placement puts the horns and trumpets rather close and makes the choirs of oboes, bassoons, and serpents seem remote and echoic. The 1973 analog recordings have been cleaned of tape hiss, though few other enhancements are evident. (more…)

Fone – E. Pietropaoli, B. Lena, F. Sigurta – La Notte {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

Fone – E. Pietropaoli, B. Lena, F. Sigurta – La Notte

Sony PS3 SACD to ISO | DSD 1bit-2822,4kHz 2.0 | 963MB
FLAC 24bit 88.2kHZ 2.0 | DR12 (+6dB gain) | 1GB
Jazz | Label: Fone | Catalog Number: SACD126

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Linn Records – The Super Audio Surround Collection Volume 2 (2006) {PS3 ISO}

Linn Records – The Super Audio Surround Collection Volume 2 (2006)

PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DSD 2.0/5.1 | DSD 2.8 MHz | 01:04:14 minutes | image | 3.6 GB | Jazz

Following numerous requests from the audiophile community, Linn Records has produced a stunning new collection of demonstration quality tracks that showcase our artists at their very best. Encompassing classical, jazz and Celtic music, the Linn Super Audio Surround Collection Vol. 2 exemplifies Linn Records’ commitment to quality, originality and diversity. Many of the artists featured have never before appeared on a Linn Records compilation CD.

Making their debut are La Scala and Covent Garden favourite Emma Bell, whose soaring soprano voice garnered her numerous five star reviews for her 2005 album ‘Handel Operatic Arias’, the inimitable Girl Talk, a trio of divas whose witty and politically incorrect showstoppers have delighted UK audiences for seven sell-out years, Ian Shaw, recently nominated for ‘Best Vocalist’ at this year’s BBC Jazz Awards and named Britain’s leading male jazz singer by The Guardian and Baroque specialist Alison McGillivray whose debut album ‘Geminiani Cello Sonatas’ was awarded Best Classical CD of 2005 by the Financial Times. Tracks by William Carter and Ian Bruce, not originally released on the SACD format, have been specially mastered for inclusion on this compilation.

Particularly exciting is the inclusion of a new track by Barb Jungr, from her new album ‘Walking in the Sun’ due for release in October 2006. This is the first time a new track has ever been previewed on a Linn compilation. (more…)

TrondheimSolistene – Divertimenti (2008) {PS3 ISO}

TrondheimSolistene (Trondheim Soloists) – Divertimenti
Artist: TrondheimSolistene | Album: Divertimenti | Style: Classical | Year: 2008 | Quality: SACD (DST 5.1, DST 2.0) | Bitrate: 1 Bit/2.8MHz | Tracks: 11 | Size: 4 Gb | Recovery: 5% | Covers: in archive | Release: 2L (2L50SABD, 7041888512820), 2008

The divertimento as a musical genre dates back to the nineteenth century. Divertimenti were composed for various social occasions and were intended to be light, uncomplicated and cheerful. Such pieces were often scored for small string ensemble. Over the years this effortless, elegant form has appeared in many different musical styles and, to a large extent, set the standard for the virtuosic chamber music we know today. A number of the most prominent composers of our age have engaged with this most fascinating musical style and have contributed to its further refinement as a chamber-symphonic showpiece.
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Recorded at Selbu church November 2007 by Lindberg Lyd AS
Recording producer and balance engineer Morten Lindberg
Recording engineer Hans Peter L’Orange
Editing and mastering Morten Lindberg

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Jon Faddis – Remembrances (1998) [2003 Chesky Records Remaster] {2.0 & 5.0} [PS3 ISO + FLAC]

Jon Faddis – Remembrances (1998) [2003 Chesky Records Remaster] {2.0 & 5.0}
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DST64 2.0 & 5.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 67:13 minutes | Scans included | 3,76 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 1,26 GB
Chesky Records | Features 2.0 Stereo and 5.0 multichannel surround sound

This is an unusual date for Jon Faddis. Doubling on flugelhorn, Faddis avoids his upper register and performs ballads while backed by an ensemble arranged by Carlos Franzetti… (more…)

Patrick Zimmerli – Phoenix (2005) [2.0 & 5.0] {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

Patrick Zimmerli – Phoenix (2005) [2.0 & 5.0]
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 64:03 minutes | Scans included | 3,18 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 1,07 GB
Jazz / Experimental / Modern Creative | Features 2.0 Stereo and 5.0 multichannel surround sound

Usually, when jazz and electronica get together, it’s the former that ends up taking a back seat to the latter — a string bass sample lopes along underneath laid-back synth chords, or a saxophone tries to honk its way through a thicket of over-produced keyboards. Either way, the strategy is to take easy listening pap and give it a superficial gloss of hipness. The sixth album by saxophonist and composer Patrick Zimmerli takes just the opposite tack, and succeeds brilliantly. Instead of using disconnected jazz elements to spice up electronic Muzak, Zimmerli writes complex and beautiful jazz charts and spices them up with tasteful incursions of jittery, jungly breakbeats (courtesy of percussionist and programmer Satoshi Takeishi). His approach might sound gimmicky if it weren’t for the strength of his compositions, which manage to balance challenging formal complexity with intuitive, completely approachable beauty. He incorporates a string quartet into his arrangements in a way that brings to mind the more successful moments of Gunther Schuller’s third stream experimentation of the 1960s; his setting of the Jobim standard “How Insensitive” is one of the most intriguing and lovely ever recorded, and his own “Gnosis Crisis” combines cool strings with hot beats in a way that is both surprising and immediately attractive. Only the slightly bloated tone poem “Wunderlichen Stadt” (clocking in at over ten and a half minutes) fails to consistently hold one’s attention; everything else is a revelation. Very highly recommended.

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Oregon – Beyond Words (1995) [Reissue 2003] {2.0 & 5.0} [PS3 ISO + FLAC]

Oregon – Beyond Words (1995) [Reissue 2003] {2.0 & 5.0}
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 71:46 minutes | Scans included | 3,94 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 1,26 GB
Jazz, Folk Jazz, World Fusion | Chesky Records | Features 2.0 Stereo and 5.1 multichannel surround sound

Oregon emerged in 1970 as a splinter band from the Paul Winter Consort. Its members each had experience in jazz, classical, and a variety of non-western musical styles, and were also multi-instrumentalists…

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Junior Wells – Come On In This House (1996) [Reissue 2002] {2.0 & 5.1} [PS3 ISO + FLAC]

Junior Wells – Come On In This House (1996) [Reissue 2002] {2.0 & 5.1}
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 69:22 minutes | Scans included | 3,97 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | 69:09 mins | Scans | 1,22 GB
Features 2.0 Stereo and 5.1 multichannel surround sound

Junior Wells’ penchant for clowning around sometimes conflicts with his craftsmanship, but he’s all business on Come on in This House, his most unadulterated blues record since his highly acclaimed Hoodoo Man Blues of more than 30 years vintage. This is what has come to be known as an “unplugged” session — that is, predominately, although not exclusively, acoustic instrumentation. Producer John Snyder’s concept was threefold: to team Wells with some of the era’s top younger traditional blues guitarists — Corey Harris, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Sonny Landreth, Bob Margolin, and John Mooney; to have those musicians, in various combinations, accompany Wells on a variety of slide guitars; and to concentrate on vintage Chicago and Delta blues from the repertoires of Rice Miller, Little Walter, Tampa Red, Arthur Crudup, and Wells himself. The result is a virtual slide-guitar mini-fest and a demonstration of the timeless appeal of classic blues done well. Wells’ vocals are deep and manly; his harp playing is high-pitched, like a child’s pleading. A surprising highlight is the only contemporary tune on the disc, Tracy Chapman’s “Give Me One Reason.” New Orleans drummer Herman Ernest III, who appears on 11 of the 14 cuts, does a masterful job laying down understated rhythmic grooves.

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Herman’s Hermits – Retrospective (2004) {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

Herman’s Hermits – Retrospective (2004)
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 65:29 minutes | Scans included | 2,68 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 746 MB

No less than 26 hybrid, SACD-remastered tracks from Peter Noone and crew you’re into something very good! I’m into Something Good; Mrs. Brown, You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter; Can’t You Hear My Heartbeat; No Milk Today; I’m Henry VIII, I Am; There’s a Kind of Hush; A Must to Avoid; Silhouettes; Hold On; Just a Little Bit Better; Leaning on a Lamp Post; (What a) Wonderful World , and more. Every hit!

The 26 tracks on Retrospective show that it’s not enough to just have hits, you have to have hits with the right songs. Herman’s Hermits came to prominence during the early days of the British Invasion with a mix of odes to teenage love such as “Can’t You Hear My Heartbeat,” “Mrs. Brown, You’ve got a Lovely Daughter,” and “I’m Into Something Good” and mildly rocked-up versions of ancient English music hall songs like George Formby’s 1937 hit “Leaning on a Lamp Post” and the 1911 chart-topper “I’m Henry the VIII, I Am.” By 1966, two years after lead singer Peter Noone and his band mates scored their first hit, they were pigeonholed as a novelty act and their records stopped charting. Which is too bad because their later songs like “No Milk Today,” “East West,” and “Don’t Go Out Into the Rain” are delightful dollops of late 1960s British pop. Many of these later songs featured string arrangements by John Paul Jones and guitar parts by Jimmy Page, who were both studio musicians before they formed Led Zeppelin. Herman’s Hermits were not among the most important bands from the British Invasion, but their best songs perfectly captured the giddy spirit of the times and are certainly worth revisiting.

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Nektar – Journey To The Centre Of The Eye (1971) [Reissue 2004] {2.0 & 5.1} [PS3 ISO + FLAC]

Nektar – Journey To The Centre Of The Eye (1971) [Reissue 2004] {2.0 & 5.1}
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 42:54 minutes | Scans included | 2,63 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | 48:57 mins | Scans | 979 MB
Features 2.0 Stereo and 5.1 multichannel surround sound

Journey to the Centre of the Eye is the debut album from English progressive rock band Nektar that came out in late 1971. Because of its narrative nature, it has been called a rock opera and/or dense concept album. The music of the album is commonplace in early 70’s progressive rock. It uses a range of musical effects. The guitar used psychedelic distortion and the wah-wah, as well as screeching distortion. It has psychedelic influences, as well.

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Nektar – Remember The Future (1973) [Reissue 2004] {2.0 & 5.1} [PS3 ISO + FLAC]

Nektar – Remember The Future (1973) [Reissue 2004] {2.0 & 5.1}
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 35:51 minutes | Scans included | 2,32 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | 51:40 mins | Scans | 967 MB
Features 2.0 Stereo and 5.1 multichannel surround sound

Remember the Future is the fourth album from English progressive rock band Nektar. It is a concept album featuring one song divided into two parts. On the original LP, each side contained one of the two parts. In 2004 Remember the Future was once again re-released, but this time by the UK’s Eclectic Discs/Dream Nebula Recordings. For this reissue the remastered version was used and they added a third Radio edit of the title track. This version was also released as a SACD, with a 5.1 surround mix on the SACD layer; the 2 channel audio CD layer contains the 2002 remix. Track 3 (“Remember the Future”) is an edit released on a various artists compilation album titled “Made In Germany”. Tracks 4 and 5 are radio promo only single edits.

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Sergei Prokofiev – Alexander Nevsky (2004) {Hybrid-SACD ISO & HiRes FLAC}

Sergei Prokofiev – Alexander Nevsky
Marina Domaschenko / Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin / Frank Strobel
SACD ISO: 3,15 GB (Stereo + MCH DSD) | FLAC @ 24bit/88.2kHz: 944 MB | Full Artwork |
Info
Label/Cat#: Capriccio # 71 014 | Country/Year: Europe 2004
Genre: Classical, Stage & Screen | Style: Soundtrack, Contemporary Classical

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R.E.M. – Around the Sun (2004) (DVD-A) [ISO]

R.E.M. – Around the Sun (2004) (DVD-A)
ISO | MLP 24bit-96kHz 5.1; MLP 24bit-88.2kHz 2.0; DD 5.1; DTS 5.1 | 6.69MB
Warner Bros | 2005 | watermarked | HQ covers

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