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VA – Man Of The World: Reflections On Peter Green (2003) [Audio Fidelity #AFZ-016] {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

V.A. – Man Of The World: Reflections On Peter Green (2003)
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 79:49 minutes | Scans included | 3.2 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 1,48 GB
Audio Fidelity SACD #AFZ-011 | Remastered for SACD by Steve Hoffman

Peter Green is the founder of Fleetwood Mac and his songs have been recorded, covered, and re-interpreted for the past 40 years. As BB King has said, “Peter Green is the only man who ever made me sweat.” Artists such as Ian Anderson, Rory Gallagher, Savoy Brown, Harvey Mandel and others share their interpretations of some of Peter’s greatest songs (Oh Well, Black Magic Women, Albatross, Supernatural and more), making this 15 song collection a must have.

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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 | 874 MB

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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The Police – Every Breath You Take: The Classics (1995) [Remastered Reissue 2003] {2.0 & 5.1} [PS3 ISO + FLAC]

The Police – Every Breath You Take: The Classics (1995) [Reissue 2003] {2.0 & 5.1}
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 59:15 minutes | Scans included | 3,77 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | 59:20 mins | Scans included | 1,13 GB
Features 2.0 Stereo and 5.1 multichannel surround sound

By deleting the 1986 hits collection Every Breath You Take: The Singles and replacing it nearly ten years later with Every Breath You Take: The Classics, A&M improved the original set — but only slightly. Instead of finally adding the missing hits that were mysteriously absent the first time around (“Synchronicity II,” “Demolition Man,” “So Lonely,” etc.), there are only two additional tracks — the original version of “Don’t Stand So Close to Me” and a “New Classic Rock Mix” of “Message in a Bottle.” Again, the included hits speak for themselves — “Roxanne,” “Walking on the Moon,” “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic,” “Wrapped Around Your Finger,” — but ultimately, The Classics misses the mark. Why would a Police fan who already owns The Singles want to replace it with a modestly different repackaging? A&M should have added some of the missing classics instead of just rehashing what many fans already own.

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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 |
Label/Cat#: Capriccio # 71 014 | Country/Year: Europe 2004
Genre: Classical, Stage & Screen | Style: Soundtrack, Contemporary Classical

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Miah Persson / Joseph Breinl – Portraits: Songs by Clara and Robert Schumann (2011) {Hybrid-SACD // ISO & HiRes FLAC}

Miah Persson / Joseph Breinl – Portraits: Songs by Clara and Robert Schumann
SACD ISO (2.0/MCH): 2,74 GB | 24B/88,2kHz FLAC (2.0): 937 MB | Full Artwork |
Label/Cat#: BIS # BIS-SACD-1834 | Country/Year: Europe 2011
Genre: Classical | Style: Romantic

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Marshall Crenshaw – Marshall Crenshaw (1982) [MFSL 2009] {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

Marshall Crenshaw – Marshall Crenshaw (1982) [MFSL 2009]
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 33:15 minutes | Scans included | 1,36 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 658 MB
Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab # UDSACD 2036

Marshall Howard Crenshaw is an American singer, songwriter and guitarist best known for his song “Someday, Someway”, a top-40 hit in 1982.

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Shelly Manne – 2 3 4 (1962) [Analogue Productions Remastered SACD 2011] {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

Shelly Manne – 2 3 4 (1962) [Analogue Productions Remastered 2011]
PS3 Rip | ISO/[email protected]/88.2kHz+Scans | No LOG, No CUE | 1.51/0.71 Gb (Incl. 5 % Recovery)
Genre ~ Cool, Hard Bop | Label ~ Analogue Productions CIPJ 20 SA

This unusual CD reissue has five selections from a date featuring the great tenor Coleman Hawkins, pianist Hank Jones, bassist George Duvivier and drummer Shelly Manne. Both “Take the ‘A’ Train” and “Cherokee” find the group at times playing two tempos at once (Manne sticks to doubletime throughout “Cherokee”) and showing that they had heard some of the avant-garde players. The most swinging piece, “Avalon,” was previously available only on a sampler while “Me and Some Drums” features Hawkins and Manne in a very effective duet with the veteran tenor making his only recorded appearance on piano during the first half. This CD is rounded off by a pair of trio features for Eddie Costa (with Duvivier and Manne); one song apiece on vibes and drums. A very interesting set with more than its share of surprises. ~ AllMusic

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Ottorino Respighi – Pini di Roma / Trittico / Tre Corali (2011) [Hybrid-SACD] {PS3 ISO}

Ottorino Respighi – Pini di Roma, Trittico, Tre Corali
Beethoven Orchester Bonn / Stefan Blunier
PS3 SACD ISO: 2,90 GB | Stereo + Multichannel DSD | Full Artwork | 5% Recovery Info
Label/Cat#: MDG # 937 1677-6 | Country/Year: Germany 2011 | Genre: Classical

The latest in MDG’s fine series of live recordings by Stefan Blunier and the Beethoven Orchestra of Bonn is an intelligently chosen programme of three of Respighi’s orchestral works that illustrate the many and varied aspects of this master orchestrator’s compositions as well as his homage to music of the past. It is also pleasing to see two of the works making their first appearance on SACD.
The delicate ‘Trittico Botticelliano’ of 1927 was conceived while the composer and his wife were touring the United States and is representative of his interest in, and study of, the Renaissance and Baroque music of his native country. Respighi chose to depict both the atmosphere and spirit of three of the most celebrated of Botticelli’s paintings, ‘Spring (La Primavera)’, ‘The Adoration of the Magi’ and ‘The Birth of Venus’ using small orchestral forces. Each of these three tiny tone poems is exquisitely scored, and thanks to Blunier’s relaxed tempi, the players of his cultivated Bonn orchestra have time to relish each of the individual solo opportunities provided. The sound is both diaphanous and crystal clear.
Like many 20th century composers Respighi made arrangements of the music of earlier masters, and the ‘Tre Corali’ is one such example. His arrangement for orchestra of three of Bach’s most well-known organ chorales may be anachronistic, but few could fail to marvel at Respighi’s imaginative scoring and respectful treatment of them. The three chorales are ‘Nun komm der Heiden Heiland’, ‘Meine Seele erhebt den Herren’ and ‘Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme’. The manner in which the luxurious and glowing string sound has been captured on this recording is particularly arresting.
The final work on this SACD is the much-recorded ‘Pini di Roma’, the second part of the so-called ‘Roman Trilogy’ and a piece beloved of many audiophiles. Blunier is not a conductor who rushes his fences and his tempi in all but the first section of the work are slightly more measured than is often the case, but are nevertheless quite convincing. The first part of ‘The Pines near a Catacomb’ is wonderfully atmospheric as is the balancing of the distant trumpet and nightingale song in the section that follows. Unfortunately the total absence of deep organ pedal notes at any point comes as a major disappointment. Blunier’s steady pace does pay dividends as the army of the Consul traverses the Appian Way accompanied, on this recording, by exceptionally thunderous drums. It is, however, a pity that the use of the surround channels for the extra brass is a mite cautious and consequently the work’s final bars fail to make the impact found on the recent thrilling Neschling recording Respighi: Roman Trilogy – Neschling. An enjoyable performance then, but not a first choice for this work in an increasingly crowded field.
MDG’s 5.1 recording is of high quality, possessing a wide dynamic range, an excellent sense of depth and tonal veracity, but it is important to stress that this disc does need to be played at a high volume setting or the sound can seem somewhat lacking in presence. Though these are live recordings, extraneous noise is minimal and there is no applause.
Not withstanding the reservations outlined above, this is a most enjoyable SACD.

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