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Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – You’re Gonna Get It! (1978/2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – You’re Gonna Get It! (1978/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz  | Time – 00:29:13 minutes | 645 MB | Genre: Rock
Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | © Warner Bros. Records
Recorded: Shelter Studio, Hollywood 1977–78

You’re Gonna Get It! is the second album by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, released in 1978. Originally, the album was to be titled Terminal Romance. Like its self-titled predecessor, this album includes tight melodic songs awash in ringing guitars and organ. It reached #23 on Billboard’s Top LP’s & Tapes chart in 1978. It also earned Petty and the Heartbreakers their first gold record.

Many reviewers rated You’re Gonna Get It! only a notch lower than their moderately well-received debut album. Some reviews such as in Rolling Stone at the time noted the “impressive stylistic cohesiveness” between the two. It did chart higher, however, than its predecessor.

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Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers (1976/2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers (1976/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz  | Time – 00:30:31 minutes | 627 MB | Genre: Rock
Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | © Warner Bros. Records
Recorded: 1974–76 at Shelter Studio, Hollywood, CA

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers is the eponymous debut album by the band of the same name, released on November 9, 1976 by Shelter Records.

Initially following its release, the album received little attention in the United States. Following a British tour, it climbed to #24 on the UK album chart and the single “Anything That’s Rock ‘n’ Roll” became a hit in the UK. After nearly a year and many positive reviews, the album reached the U.S. charts, where it climbed to #55 in 1978 and eventually went Gold. The single “Breakdown” cracked the Top 40 in the U.S. and “American Girl” became an FM radio staple that can still be heard today.

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Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – The Last DJ (2002/2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – The Last DJ (2002/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz  | Time – 00:47:56 minutes | 1,03 GB | Genre: Rock
Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | © Warner Bros. Records
Recorded: 2001–02 at Cello Studios, Hollywood, California

The Last DJ is the eleventh studio album by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. The tracks “The Last DJ”, “Money Becomes King”, “Joe”, and “Can’t Stop the Sun” are attacks on the greediness of the music industry. Although he first claimed that the album and title track were both works of fiction, Petty later admitted that both were inspired by Los Angeles DJ Jim Ladd, although he had already claimed this on Ladd’s radio show, prior to the album’s release.

A “limited edition” digipack version of the album was also released, including a DVD of music videos and other footage shot during the album’s production. The album reached #9 on the Billboard 200 aided by the single “The Last DJ” which hit #22 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Tracks in 2002. As of 2010, The Last DJ has sold 353,000 copies in the U.S. according to Nielsen SoundScan.

In an episode of The Simpsons titled “How I Spent My Strummer Vacation”, Homer receives song-writing lessons from Tom Petty, and in the original airing the track “The Last DJ” can be heard playing over the radio in the final scene. The song was changed for syndication. The song “Dreamville” is played at the end of the DVD that was released to commemorate the 2002 Anaheim Angels’ World Series win. The album also marks the return of original Heartbreaker Ron Blair on bass, replacing his own replacement, the ailing Howie Epstein. His return was late in the recording process however, and Petty and Campbell contribute most of the bass work themselves.

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Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – She’s The One – Songs And Music From The Motion Picture (1996) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44.1kHz]

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – She’s The One – Songs And Music From The Motion Picture (1996)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44.1 kHz  | Time – 00:51:42 minutes | 611 MB | Genre: Rock
Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | © Warner Bros. Records
Recorded: 1992–96 at Sound City, Village Recorders and Andora Studios

Songs and Music From the Motion Picture “She’s the One” is the ninth studio album by American rock band Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, first released in August 1996. The album served as the soundtrack for the 1996 film She’s the One, written and directed by Edward Burns.

Songs and Music From the Motion Picture “She’s the One” peaked at #15 on the Billboard 200 albums chart and was certified gold by the RIAA in December 1996. The track “Walls (Circus)” peaked at #69 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #6 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. “Climb That Hill” also peaked at #6 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, while “Change The Locks” peaked at #20.

This album was not mentioned on the four-hour Petty documentary Runnin’ Down a Dream, though Tom could be seen doing a studio session of the song “Angel Dream (No. 4)”.

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The Pretenders – Pretenders II (1981/2013) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

The Pretenders – Pretenders II (1981/2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192kHz  | Time – 46:32 minutes | 1,79 GB | Genre: Rock, Alternative Rock, New Wave
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | © Warner Music
Recorded: 1980–81 at Wessex Studios, London and Pathe Marconi Studios, Paris

The Pretenders’ debut album was such a powerful, monumental record that its sequel was bound to be a bit of a disappointment, and Pretenders II is. Essentially, this album is an unabashed sequel, offering more of the same sound, attitude, and swagger, including titles that seem like rips on their predecessors and another Ray Davies cover. This gives the record a bit too much of a pat feeling, especially since the band seems to have a lost a bit of momentum — they don’t rock as hard, Chrissie Hynde’s songwriting isn’t as consistent, James Honeyman-Scott isn’t as inventive or clever. These all are disappointments, yet this first incarnation of The Pretenders was a tremendous band, and even if they offer diminished returns, it’s still diminished returns on good material, and much of Pretenders II is quite enjoyable. Yes, it’s a little slicker and more stylized than its predecessor, and, yes, there’s a little bit of filler, yet any album where rockers as tough as “Message of Love” and “The Adultress” are balanced by a pop tune as lovely as “Talk of the Town” is hard to resist. And when you realize that this fantastic band only recorded two albums, you take that second album, warts and all, because the teaming of Hynde and Honeyman-Scott was one of the great pairs, and it’s utterly thrilling to hear them together, even when the material isn’t quite up to the high standards they set the first time around. –Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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The Pretenders – Get Close (1986/2013) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

The Pretenders – Get Close (1986/2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192kHz  | Time – 45:04 minutes | 1,65 GB | Genre: Rock, Alternative Rock, New Wave
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | © Warner Music
Recorded: At Air Studios, London; Power Station and Right Track Recording, New York; Bearsville Studio, Bearsville N.Y.; Polar Studios, Stockholm

In the first edition of the Pretenders, Chrissie Hynde was a smart and streetwise rock & roller with just enough maturity to make something of what life had shown her by her mid-twenties — and she had the rough-and-tumble band to match for her first two albums. The second version of the group cast her as an unwitting but unbowed survivor, determined to move on and keep rocking despite the deaths of two of her bandmates, and the tough, no-nonsense approach of her new collaborators on Learning to Crawl reflected her attitude. Released in 1986, Get Close marked the debut of the Pretenders’ Mark Three, and on this album listeners are introduced to Chrissie Hynde, Mature Professional Musician with a band to match. Get Close is never less than solid as a work of craft, and guitarist Robbie McIntosh, drummer Blair Cunningham, and bassist T.M. Stevens deliver tight and emphatic performances throughout, but they also sound like what they are — journeymen musicians who bring their chops to their projects while leaving their personalities at the door. While Hynde always dominated the Pretenders, by this time it was obvious that this was fully her show, and if she felt less like rocking and more like exploring her emotions and thoughts about parenthood on midtempo pop tunes, no one in the group was going to prod her into doing otherwise; the presence of a large number of additional session players further buffs away any of Get Close’s potential sharp edges. Despite all this, Hynde’s voice is in great form throughout, and when she gets her dander up, she still has plenty to say and good ways to say it; “How Much Did You Get for Your Soul?” is a gleefully venomous attack on the musically unscrupulous; “Don’t Get Me Wrong” is a superb pop tune and a deserved hit single; and the Motown-flavored “I Remember You” and the moody “Chill Factor” suggest she’d been learning a lot from her old soul singles. But after three great albums from the Pretenders, Get Close sounded good but not especially striking, and its hit-and-miss approach, with a few great songs surrounded by lesser material, was something Hynde’s fans would find themselves getting used to over the group’s next few releases. –Mark Deming

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The Dramatics – Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get (1971/2011) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

The Dramatics – Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get (1971/2011)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192kHz  | Time – 01:09:27 minutes | 2,41 GB | Genre: Soul, R&B, Funk
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks| © Stax Records / Concord Music Goup
Recorded: #1-8: 1971, United Sounds, Artie Fields Studio, Stax Records; #9-16: Detroit, MI, September and October 1972. Remastered at Joe Tarantino Mastering, Berkeley, CA.

In diversifying the A&R focus of Stax, Al Bell brought in Detroit producer Don Davis to work with core artists Carla Thomas and Johnnie Taylor. He brought with him a Motor City vocal group called the Dramatics. Davis turned to fellow Detroit producer and songwriter Tony Hestor to work with the group. Hestor wrote a great song with “Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get” and crafted an extraordinary arrangement as well. Annotator Bowman writes, “The slight Latin feel fit the first wave of disco like a glove while the use of claves and congas combined with a fuzzed lead guitar line and seraphonous strings and horns.” The chemistry of artist, song, and arrangement drove the record all the way to #3 R&B and #9 Pop in the summer of 1971 on the Volt label. The follow-up was “In the Rain,” of which then-lead vocalist Ron Banks recalls, “We looked at each other and said, ‘Whoa, that’s a smash.’ And for once we were right.” The song went to #5 Pop. The Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get reissue contains no fewer than nine bonus tracks including charting hits “Fell for You” and “Hey You! Get Off My Mountain,” both recorded in Detroit instead of Memphis. The closer “Hum a Song (From Your Heart)” was produced at Atlantic South Criterion Studios by the legendary production triumvirate of Jerry Wexler, Tom Dowd, and Arif Mardin.

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Georg Philipp Telemann – Ouverture & Concerti pour Darmstadt – Les Ambassadeurs, Alexis Kossenko (2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/88.2kHz]

Georg Philipp Telemann – Ouverture & Concerti pour Darmstadt – Les Ambassadeurs, Alexis Kossenko (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88.2kHz  | Time – 01:09:50 minutes | 1,20 GB | Genre: Classical
Official Digital Download – Source: eclassical.com | © Alpha / Outhere Music
Recorded: 3, 4 et 7 septembre 2014 au Temple St. Marcel, Paris


Alexis Kossenko returns to centre stage with a project focussing on works by Georg Philipp Telemann, one of the most prolific composers in the history of music, with more than 6,000 works to his name! From them, Alexis Kossenko has chosen two concertos with orchestra: one for flute, the other for flute and violin, preceded by an overture.

This programme is perfectly composed to demonstrate what a great Baroque conductor he has become as well as, of course, showcasing his impressive qualities as a flautist. It is also the occasion to again find Zefira Valova as Konzermeister and soloist in one of the concertos.

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Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky – Symphonies Nos. 4, 5 & 6 – Leningrad Philharmonic Orch, Evgeny Mravinsky (1961/2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky – Symphonies Nos. 4, 5 & 6 – Leningrad Philharmonic Orch, Evgeny Mravinsky (1961/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96kHz  | Time – 02:09:08 minutes | 2,54 GB | Genre: Classical
Official Digital Download – Source: prestoclassical.co.uk | © Deutsche Grammophon
Recorded: Symphony No.4 (London, Wembley Town Hall, September 14-15, 1960), Symphony No.5 & No.6 (Vienna, Musikverein, Grosser Saal, November 7-10, 1960)

At the height of the Cold War, the Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra under its legendary principal conductor Evgeny Mravinsky visited Britain in September 1960, giving sensational concerts in Edinburgh and London which drew ecstatic responses from both press and public.

Since this virtuoso orchestra was then poorly represented in Western record catalogues, Deutsche Grammophon’s engineers astutely seized the opportunity to capture their playing in far superior sound to anything that could be produced by their Soviet counterparts. Among the most notable sessions taped in Wembley Town Hall was Mravinsky’s blazingly urgent account of Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony.
Ever the perfectionist, the conductor was so pleased with the quality of this recording that two months later he and the orchestra agreed to record the last two symphonies for DG, this time in Vienna’s Musikverein. Initially released on three separate stereo LPs, these Tchaikovsky performances convey a highly-strung raw energy that remains undimmed up to the present day. The Finale of No. 5, delivered at a manically swift pace, is one of high points, guaranteed to take your breath away.

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Quatuor Modigliani – Debussy, Saint-Saens, Ravel (2013) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44.1kHz]

Quatuor Modigliani – Debussy, Saint-Saens, Ravel (2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44.1kHz  | Time – 01:24:42 minutes | 814 MB | Genre: Classical
Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | © Mirare
Recorded: 1979 at Sound Ideas Studio, New York, and Criteria Studio, Miami, Florida. Mastered at CBS Enregistrement réalisé au dortoir des moines à l‘abbaye de l‘Épau en avril et septembre 2012

On the occasion of their tenth anniversary, the String Quartet Modigliani chose to record pieces by French composers. At the dawn of the twentieth century, Paris, more than any other city, experienced the metamorphosis of the arts into modern times. The vibrations of colours and light on the canvases of Monet, Seurat and their contemporaries were transmuted into sounds in the output of Debussy, whose Quartet opened the way to a new aesthetic. Ten years later Ravel was to crystallise its style, as if to follow Debussy’s conception through to its conclusion. Between these two jewels of the French repertoire, the First Quartet of Saint-Saëns is revealed as a tremendously appealing work, brimming with charm, humour, and elegance.

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