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The Jacksons – 2300 Jackson Street (1989/2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

The Jacksons – 2300 Jackson Street (1989/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 53:54 minutes | 1,16 GB | Genre: Pop
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Front Cover | © Legacy Recordings

2300 Jackson Street is the eighteenth and final studio album by American Pop/R&B group The Jacksons, and their final album for record label Epic, released in the United States on May 28, 1989 (see 1989 in music). This is the group’s first album without lead singer Michael Jackson, who had left the group along with older brother, Marlon Jackson. Their final album debuted at #59 on the Billboard 200 and at #14 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, and would sell over half a million copies worldwide.

This was the final gathering of the entire Jackson family, and it turned out to have both historical significance and some musical value. The team of L.A. and Babyface, then emerging as major producers, spearheaded the track “Nothin’ Compares to U,” and the title track was a nice autobiographical/family outing song.

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The Jacksons – Victory (1984/2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/48kHz]

The Jacksons – Victory (1984/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 40:47 minutes | 507 MB | Genre: Pop
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Front Cover | © Epic/Legacy

Victory has the distinctions of being the only Jacksons album to feature all six brothers and the last Jacksons album to feature Michael Jackson. In the four years that had passed since the last Jacksons studio album, Triumph, Michael had become the biggest pop star in the world because of 1982’s Thriller. He had little excuse other than family ties to work with his brothers again, but he agreed to a final album and tour. So, here one has the ludicrous situation of an album in which Marlon Jackson has as prominent a role as Michael Jackson. That’s how it sounded to listeners in 1984, anyway, and they weren’t fooled – ‘State of Shock,’ on which Michael shared vocals with Mick Jagger, was a gold Top Ten hit, and ‘Torture,’ which teamed Michael with Jermaine, made the Top 40, while the album went platinum. But the tracks by other group members went virtually ignored. In retrospect, Victory is a competent album of slick contemporary R&B, occasionally goosed toward greatness by the appearance of one of pop music’s most identifiable voices. Which is the same thing you can say about nearly the entire Jackson 5/Jacksons catalog.

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The Jacksons – Live (1981/2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

The Jacksons – Live (1981/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:06:36 minutes | 1,43 GB | Genre: Pop
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Front Cover | © Epic/Legacy

The Jacksons Live! is a live album by The Jacksons released on November 11, 1981, by Epic Records. The album was recorded during their North American tour in fall 1981, known as the Triumph Tour. The live double album was culled from recordings made on the tour’s stops in Buffalo, New York; Providence, Rhode Island; Atlanta and New York City. The live album would go on to sell over two million copies worldwide. It certainly sounds like the audience is having a spectacular time at this explosive evening. Mixing hits from Michael’s OFF THE WALL (which get the biggest screams) with their then-current hits such as “Shake Your Body,” “Lovely One,” and “Heartbreak Hotel,” the Jacksons provide sheer entertainment.

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The Jacksons – Triumph (1980/2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

The Jacksons – Triumph (1980/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 44:37 minutes | 996 MB | Genre: Pop
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Front Cover | © Epic/Legacy

Released during the summer of 1980, just as the hits from Michael’s Off the Wall were sliding off the charts, Triumph became the Jacksons’ first Top Ten pop album since 1972’s Lookin’ Through the Windows. This despite the album-opening ‘Can You Feel It,’ promoted with a spectacle of a video that made the Jacksons into gigantic superheroes capable of transforming bridges into bendable rainbow tubing, stalling at number 77 on the Hot 100. It didn’t make much of an impact on the R&B chart either, but then again, its supernatural anthemic stomp is more a fireworks program finale than something as small scale as a mere single. As on 1978’s Destiny, the Jacksons wrote and produced the material, this time with keyboardist Greg Phillinganes bumped up to associate producer, and with an uptick in star backing – including but not limited to Ronnie Foster, Phil Upchurch, Webster Lewis, Michael Boddicker, and Ollie Brown, as well as Triumph holdovers Michael Sembello, Thomas Washington, and Nathan Watts. The other singles, including ‘Lovely One’ (very nearly ‘Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough’ reheated) and ‘This Place Hotel’ (an elaborate six-minute affair, written and arranged by Michael, that could have easily swollen to greater length) propelled the album into sales greater than that of Destiny, and it’s equally durable (and markedly slicker) all around.

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The Jacksons – Destiny (1978/2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

The Jacksons – Destiny (1978/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 40:54 minutes | 890 MB | Genre: Pop
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Front Cover | © Epic/Laface

The brothers’ third post-Motown album as the Jacksons was their most successful release, both commercially and creatively, since 1974’s Dancing Machine. Their first two Epic albums, where they aligned with Gamble, Huff, and other Philly soul stalwarts, had some strong singles but were very uneven and somewhat awkward in stretches, and this time out, they wrote and produced on their own. Backed by an arsenal of up-and-coming and veteran L.A. session musicians – including guitarists Michael Sembello and Paul Jackson, Jr., drummer Rick Marotta, arranger Thomas ‘Tom Tom 84’ Washington, and keyboardist Greg Phillinganes, the last of whom played on just about everything involving a Jackson family member through the early ’90s – Destiny did much more than set the stage for Michael’s Off the Wall. The sunny ‘Blame It on the Boogie’ and the dazzling Off the Wall prelude ‘Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)’ were the album’s only singles, upbeat numbers that peaked at number three on the Black Singles chart, but the mature Michael showcase ballad ‘Push Me Away’ (pointing toward ‘I Can’t Help It’ and ‘Human Nature’) and the alternately somber and uplifting ‘Bless His Soul,’ containing a startling confession from Michael (‘There is no life for me at all/’Cause I give myself at beck and call’) added an impressive level of depth to the Jacksons’ discography.

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The Jacksons – Goin’ Places (1977/2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

The Jacksons – Goin’ Places (1977/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 37:22 minutes | 783 MB | Genre: Pop
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Front Cover | © Epic/Legacy

The Jacksons’ second album with producers Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, „Goin’ Places“ doesn’t quite fulfil the promise of their debut a year previous. However, with stellar production work from the production team, the whole album is polished and clean sounding. Michael’s singing is passionate, while the album is stylistically divided between making music to boogie to, such as “Music’s Takin’ Over,” “Jump for Joy,” and “Do What You Wanna,” and the slow grooves of “Heaven Knows I Love You, Girl” and “Find Me a Girl.” The Jacksons were masters of these two styles, though the choice of material probably reflects a record company unsure how to market these one-time teenaged pop stars who were fast becoming adults. The Jacksons’ next album, „Destiny“, would give them a chance to exert more control, and became the first in a long string of hits.

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The Jacksons – The Jacksons (1976/2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

The Jacksons – The Jacksons (1976/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 39:40 minutes | 809 MB | Genre: Soul, Funk, R&B
Studio Master, Official Digital Download  | Source: Qobuz | Front cover | © Epic

After the commercial reprieve of the innovative “Dancing Machine” single (and album of the same name), the Jackson 5’s successful five-year relationship with Motown and Berry Gordy ended. Their last Motown effort, Moving Violation, had barely made a dent. After an acrimonious split, brother Jermaine Jackson stayed at Motown, and Gordy fought and won, keeping the Jackson 5 moniker. The Jacksons isn’t only their Epic label debut, it’s the first album to feature youngest brother Randy Jackson. To ensure chart success, the group was teamed with Philadelphia producers Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff, as well as their staff of writers and players. Despite the promise, The Jacksons is hampered by derivative tracks and a lack of knowing what to do with the group, particularly lead singer, Michael Jackson. The big hit here, the jerky “Enjoy Yourself,” perfectly captured Michael Jackson’s late adolescence, with his newfound vocal tics and inflections. “Show You the Way to Go” best captures the Philly sound, with a pretty melody and a great vocal from Michael, but it’s a weak lyric. The Dexter Wansel-written and -produced “Keep on Dancing” matches a substandard discofied track to Michael Jackson’s singular vocals. The last track, the graceful “Blues Away” marks the writing debut of the group and is a great match between artists and producers. For the most part, The Jacksons gives the guys by-the-numbers Philly tracks that could have been easily done by Lou Rawls. Despite the best songs, The Jacksons misses more than it hits. ~ Jason Elias

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Lyle Workman – Uncommon Measures (2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/48kHz]

Lyle Workman – Uncommon Measures (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 52:17 minutes | 642 MB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front cover | © Blue Canoe Records

Known both as a first-call sideman/session musician and a top-shelf film composer with credits including “Superbad,” “The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” and “Forgetting Sarah Marshall,” prolific guitarist Lyle Workman will release “Uncommon Measures,” his first solo album in a more than a decade, on February 19, 2021, via Blue Canoe Records.

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Lux Nova Duo (Lydia Schmidl, Jorge Paz Verastegui) – Inspiracion Bach (2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Lux Nova Duo (Lydia Schmidl, Jorge Paz Verastegui) – Inspiracion Bach (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:06:34 minutes | 1,15 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front cover | © Genuin

Seven composers from four continents and three centuries, together with the music of Johann Sebastian Bach: this is the extraordinary repertoire with which the Lux Nova Duo presents itself on its new Genuin recording. Lydia Schmidl (accordion) and Jorge Paz Verastegui (guitar) do not attempt saintly reverence, but search, sense, explore Bach and echoes of his music with joy and virtuosity in a wide range of works. There are Rameau’s exquisite harmonies, a graceful and witty homage by Shostakovich, South American spices by Alejandro Núñez Allauca, exciting fragments by Tristan Xavier Köster and much more. A programme for discoverers and adventurers!

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Lviv National Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra & Bohdan Boguszewski – Paderewski: Symphony in B Minor, Op. 24 “Polonia” (2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Lviv National Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra & Bohdan Boguszewski – Paderewski: Symphony in B Minor, Op. 24 “Polonia” (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 63:47 minutes | 1,21 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front cover | © Dux Records

For almost 130 years, the output of Ignacy Jan Paderewski has been identified with the composer’s great love for his homeland and patriotism resulting from it. Ignacy Jan Paderewski demonstrated an interest in both composition and virtuoso activity at an early stage of his artistic education andi would also express his deep patriotic commitment through composing.

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