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The Treatment – Waiting for Good Luck (2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

The Treatment – Waiting for Good Luck (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 48:00 minutes | 585 MB | Genre: Hard Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Frontiers Records s.r.l.

Waiting For Good Luck is the fifth full-length album from British hard rockers The Treatment. Showcasing an intense sonic power only hinted at thus far, The Treatment is truly firing on all cylinders now. A first listen will instantly reveal hulking riffs and memorable choruses and further listens reveal more and more as the listener delves into this love letter to hard rock.

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The Stompers – The Stompers (1983/2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

The Stompers – The Stompers (1983/2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 40:57 minutes | 839 MB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Boardwalk Records

Sal Baglio (vocals and guitar) and his fellow Stompers (Stephen Gilligan on bass, Mark Cuccinello on drums, and Dave Friedman on keyboards) debut on Neil Bogart’s Boardwalk Records imprint was a great rock & roll album that got caught up in the new wave scene, though it deserved to be fed to a mass audience hungry for some real music. While every other band in the ’80s were trying to be ahead of their time, the Stompers were proud to be of their time, playing a Springsteen-ish brand of good-time rock with it’s roots stuck proudly in the ’50s and ’60s. “Rock, Jump and Holler,” “Coast to Coast,” “Leave It in Motion,” and “First Kiss” could’ve been cover versions of rock classics, proving that Baglio knew how to write songs that were fresh and new yet filled with a pleasing familiarity. “Your Sweet Love,” “Never Tell An Angel,” and “American Fun” were also new rock classics. In fact, the whole album is a guaranteed party album, filled with so much joy and exuberance that it’s hard to ignore.

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The Sixteen & Harry Christophers – Good Night, Beloved (2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

The Sixteen & Harry Christophers – Good Night, Beloved (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:08:38 minutes | 1,16 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Coro

Escapism is the idea behind this latest offering from Harry Christophers and The Sixteen, and while that’s certainly an apt concept for 2021 thus far, you don’t need to be craving escapism in order to appreciate its contents.

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The Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys – Music of Gerre Hancock (2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

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FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:21:03 minutes | 1,4 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Signum Records

The renowned Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys record a fitting tribute to their former Choirmaster and Organist Gerre Hancock (1934-2012). In this post for over thirty years, he was a pivotal figure in the choir’s rejuvenation and created a wealth of choral and organ music during his career – much of it composed for friends and colleagues across the USA.

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Royal Scottish National Orchestra & Lance Friedel – Great Comedy Overtures (2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Royal Scottish National Orchestra & Lance Friedel – Great Comedy Overtures (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 01:19:31 minutes | 2,79 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Naxos

The flourishing genre of the comic opera had its roots in eighteenth-century Italian opera buffa, whose irrepressible brio was soon taken up outside the country’s borders. In France it produced opéra comique and operetta, and in German-speaking countries Spieloper and Viennese operetta. Some of the world’s most popular comic opera overtures, filled with gorgeous tunes, brilliant orchestration and race-to-the-finish endings, are presented here. They include staples of the concert repertoire such as Hérold’s dramatic Zampa, the textual delicacy of Wolf-Ferrari’s Il segreto di Susanna and the vivid colour of Lortzing’s Zar und Zimmermann.

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The Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Neeme Jarvi – A Festival of Fucik (2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Neeme Järvi – A Festival of Fučík (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:19:46 minutes | 1,43 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Chandos

Best known for his ubiquitous circus march, Entry of the Gladiators (also known as Thunder and Blazes), Julius Fucík, the “Bohemian Sousa,” was a prolific composer of band and orchestral music in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. While his marches, waltzes, and polkas are still popular in the Czech Republic, they have largely faded from the Western orchestral repertoire. Neeme Järvi and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra have released this hybrid SACD collection on Chandos to revive some tuneful bonbons that deserve a fresh reassessment and a place on programs of light music. In addition to Entry of the Gladiators, highlights of this album include the Florentiner March, Danube Legends, Little Ballerinas, and Under the Admiral’s Flag, which are examples of Fucík’s infectious melodies, rousing rhythms, and zestful orchestration. The multichannel recording offers a spacious ambience that fully accommodates the orchestra’s bold, brassy quality.

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The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band – Dance Songs for Hard Times (2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band – Dance Songs for Hard Times (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 34:30 minutes | 753 MB | Genre: Blues
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Family Owned Records

The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band are the greatest front-porch blues band in the world. They are led by Reverend Peyton, who most consider to be the premier finger picker playing today. He has earned a reputation as both a singularly compelling performer and a persuasive evangelist for the rootsy, country blues styles that captured his imagination early in life and inspired him and his band to make pilgrimages to Clarksdale, Mississippi to study under such blues masters as T-Model Ford, Robert Belfour and David “Honeyboy” Edwards. The band has built through their legendary live shows. Playing as many as 300 shows each year, the band has one of the most dedicated followings out there. This following is sure to eat up the band’s latest offering, Dance Songs For Hard Times, a country blues record that was made the right way — two feet on the ground and both hands getting dirty.

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The Reds, Pinks and Purples – Uncommon Weather (2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

The Reds, Pinks and Purples – Uncommon Weather (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 35:17 minutes | 701 MB | Genre: Alternative, Indie
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Tough Love Records

From the many musical lives of artist Glenn Donaldson emerges The Reds, Pinks and Purples, a project that sifts out the purest elements of pop music and in the process chronicles the point of view of an assiduous San Francisco-based songwriter. The Reds, Pinks and Purples’ third album, called Uncommon Weather, is both an elusive portrait of San Francisco during one of its fluctuations as an untenable place for musicians and artists and also a self-portrait, however inverted, of a songwriter who has dispatched another treasured collection of timeless sounding DIY-pop songs. How The Reds, Pinks and Purples arrived here is a story with many roots, the most consequential of which is perhaps the musical aftermath of his earlier band, The Art Museums, whose brief tenure in the late ’00s coincided with an explosive period of the Bay Area rock scene and was followed by a hermetic musical period of Donaldson’s. Disenchanted with the dissolution of his band, Donaldson averted the DIY-pop sound with an instrumental, conceptual project called FWY! but meanwhile started a habitual songwriting practice, sharing nascent songs with friends in an email exchange. In 2013–2014, The Reds, Pinks and Purples took shape as the moniker for Glenn’s most direct expressions in the DIY-pop mode, enabled by this new disciplined output. Preceding the release of Uncommon Weather was the Reds, Pinks and Purples’ 2nd album, one of the record buying joys of 2020, You Might Be Happy Someday, and, earlier, their first proper full length Anxiety Art, a title that might nod to the classic Television Personalities song “Anxiety Block.” Donaldson’s music continuously reckons with the influence of Dan Treacy, whose own forays into drum-machines, echo, and reverb in the early 1990s is an important reference point for The Reds, Pinks and Purples’ musical template. Paul Weller, Robert Smith, and Sarah Records also come to mind. But, as important, Donaldson sees his projects as visual expressions too, often blurring the lines of records and physical art objects. Self-recorded and mostly self-performed, Uncommon Weather features pinnacle versions of songs Donaldson has honed since the beginning of the project. The album arrives with grateful timing, quick on the heels of You Might Be Happy Someday, and alleviating, for a brief window at least, whatever it is that keeps us coming back to this elemental music. Donaldson imagines his listeners are just like himself: fascinated and addicted to the spiritual power of uncomplicated pop classics. Anthony Atlas.

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The Pineapple Thief – Where We Stood (In Concert) (2017) [Official Digital Download 24bit/48kHz]

The Pineapple Thief – Where We Stood (In Concert) (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 1:18:26 minutes | 0,97 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download  | Front Cover | © Kscope Orchard

Bringing to close an unforgettable 14-date European Winter tour of their 2016 summer hit album Your Wilderness, The Pineapple Thief, led by post-progressive mastermind Bruce Soord and reinforced by Gavin Harrison (King Crimson) on drums with Darran Charles (Godsticks) on guitar, gave the sold-out Islington Assembly Hall in London a truly awe-inspiring gig on 11th February 2017. Where We Stood showcases a powerful performance from both band regulars and guests on new tracks from Your Wilderness, including “In Exile“, “No Man’s Land” and “The Final Thing On My Mind“, and of the classics from previous albums, “Nothing At Best“, “Show A Little Love” and “Simple As That“.

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The Pineapple Thief – The Soord Sessions 1-4 (Sampler) (2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

The Pineapple Thief – The Soord Sessions 1-4 (Sampler) (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 01:11:12 minutes | 366 MB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Kscope

Over the last half-decade, The Pineapple Thief, led by musical polymath Bruce Soord and bolstered by the involvement of master drummer Gavin Harrison, has rapidly ascended to the upper echelons of Europe’s Alternative Rock scene.

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