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The Supremes – Supremes A’ Go-Go (1966/2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

The Supremes – Supremes A’ Go-Go (1966/2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 31:49 minutes | 1,34 GB | Genre: Soul
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Motown

Supremes A’ Go-Go was the group’s first number one pop album, propelled to that place with help from a chart-topping single (“You Can’t Hurry Love”) and a marketing ploy that generated an irresistible song lineup. And along with The Supremes Sing Holland-Dozier-Holland, Supremes A’ Go-Go has held its value better than almost any of the trio’s most successful albums (which excludes We Remember Sam Cooke) – in fact, back in the days when vinyl was the only game in town, used copies of this record sold faster and better than any of their other common ’60s LPs, and for good reason. Various hits compilations had skimmed the most familiar songs off of Where Did Our Love Go, I Hear a Symphony, etc., but the very concept behind Supremes A’ Go-Go – getting the group to cover some of the top hits of other (mostly Motown) acts – dictated that every song on this album was familiar in name, and only “You Can’t Hurry Love” was culled for any hits packages. There was a lot to recommend it musically, including the trio soaring rendition of “Shake Me, Wake Me” and a version of “Get Ready,” which, even if it was no threat to the Temptations, still could have been a hit. Similarly, “Baby I Need Your Lovin'” and “I Can’t Help Myself” will always belong to the Four Tops, but Diana Ross, Mary Wilson, and Florence Ballard throw themselves into both (in a less weighty version of the former) with enough spirit to make them work as album cuts; “Money” is diverting if less successful, and “Come and Get These Memories” is worth checking out just to hear Florence Ballard and Mary Wilson step forward. And even the non-Motown covers, like “These Boot Are Made for Walkin'” and “Hang on Sloopy,” make worthwhile listening, with Ross turning in a surprisingly strong, passionate performance on the latter. A number one album in its time on the pop and R&B charts, Supremes A’ Go-Go also benefited from the fact that there were no pop standards or slow ballads here, just solid R&B dance numbers.

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The Humble Bee – Light Trespassing (2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/48kHz]

The Humble Bee – Light Trespassing (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 41:35 minutes | 459 MB | Genre: Electronic, Ambient
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Motion Ward

Motion Ward have announced their final release of the year with a “CD of dimly lit tunes by The Humble Bee” aka UK producer Craig Tattersall. Light Trespassing follows Ulla’s Limitless Frame (which we premiered at a listening event earlier this summer) and very much floats within a similar sonic universe with cozy white noise, warm acoustic instrumentation, tape loops, and all around gorgeous ambient textures.

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The Hillside Singers – Merry Christmas from the Hillside Singers (1972/2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

The Hillside Singers – Merry Christmas from the Hillside Singers (1972/2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 41:43 minutes | 737 MB | Genre: Christmas
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Metromedia Records

In 2002, Folk Era released I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing/Merry Christmas from the Hillside Singers, which contained two albums – I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing (1972, originally released on Metromedia) and Merry Christmas from the Hillside Singers – plus two singles by the Hillside Singers on a two-disc set. This compilation comprises the entire recorded output of the group. ~ Tim Sendra, Rovi

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The Flaming Lips – Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots (2002/2017) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

The Flaming Lips – Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots (2002/2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 47:30 minutes | 1,05 GB | Genre: Rock, Alternative
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Digital Booklet | © Warner Bros. Records

The Flaming Lips 2002 “Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots” is inarguably one of their best works. It is characterized by electronic-influenced, psychedelic-tinged indie rock compositions. The album has now been made into a play allowing the main character to add one more thing to her resume along with working for the city, being a black belt in karate, and defeating evil machines. Yoshimi was well-received critically and commercially, helping the band break into the mainstream. It has been certified Gold by the RIAA. The album was adapted into a musical in 2012.

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The Flaming Lips – The Terror (2013) {Deluxe Edition} [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

The Flaming Lips – The Terror (2013) {Deluxe Edition}
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 101:38 minutes | 2,23 GB | Genre :Rock, Alternative
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | Front cover | © Warner Bros. Records

The Terror is the long-awaited release by The Flaming Lips. Produced by Dave Fridmann, it features nine original compositions that reflect a darker-hued spectrum than previous works, along with a more inward-looking lyrical perspective than one might expect. The Terror is a bold and expressive journey that has evolved over the band’s nearly 30-year career of sonic delights that ebbs and flows with breathtaking splashes of darkness and light, pleasure and pain, chaos and order. Absolutely essential.

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The Flaming Lips – Seeing The Unseeable: The Complete Studio Recordings Of The Flaming Lips 1986-1990 (2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

The Flaming Lips – Seeing The Unseeable: The Complete Studio Recordings Of The Flaming Lips 1986-1990 (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 05:08:43 minutes | 6,51 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Ryko – Rhino

Deliciously strange and eccentric, the Flaming Lips are one of these bands from the 80s alternative rock scene that have survived remarkably well. Their psychedelic and quirky tendencies are as surprising as they are fascinating. With these madmen from Oklahoma, everything takes a different shape. A sort of mix between exaggerated distortions and sped-up headbanging, or even role-play in a world ruled by hallucinogenic mushrooms. That’s the kind of atmosphere these rock geniuses have maintained from 1983 to this day, and that caught the eye of label Rhino Records. For the first time, the entirety of the Flaming Lips recordings from 1986 to 1990 for the label Restless Records are being released in a remastered version (by Wayne Coyne, Michael Ivins and David Fridmann, the band’s long-time producer) and gathered on six albums under the title Seeing The Unseeable. A huge collection that includes four of their best albums: Hear It Is, Oh My Gawd, Telepathic Surgery and In a Priest Driven Ambulance. And as a bonus, an album filled with rare gems: The Mushroom Tapes.

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The Amazing Keystone Big Band – Christmas Celebration (2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/48kHz]

The Amazing Keystone Big Band – Christmas Celebration (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 48:14 minutes | 575 MB | Genre: Jazz, Christmas
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Nome

As the end of the year holidays approach, who did not want to go skating on the frozen lake of Central Park, then stroll through the snow-covered streets of Manhattan, guided by the sound of the choirs at the gates of each household? In the tradition of Christmas albums, the brilliant Keystone Big Band has released the most beautiful and famous Christmas songs from its hood.

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The Darkness – Streaming of a White Christmas (Live) (2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/48kHz]

The Darkness – Streaming of a White Christmas (Live) (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 01:26:29 minutes | 1,08 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Cooking Vinyl Limited

The Darkness just released a brand new live album called ‘Streaming Of A White Christmas’. The recording was taken from the band’s streaming Christmas show on the 18th of December 2020.

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The Blue Aurora Saxophone Quartet – Melodia Sentimental (2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

The Blue Aurora Saxophone Quartet – Melodia Sentimental (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 52:45 minutes | 1,75 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © CRYSTON

Japan’s leading saxophone quartet “Blue Aurora Saxophone Quartet (BASQ)”, the long-awaited new recording for the first time in 6 years, is now available. The world view that unfolds with overwhelming technique and detailed ensemble, where the masters who lead the saxophone world gather, has captivated many fans since its formation.

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Taru Alexander – Echoes of the Masters (2022) [Official Digital Download 24bit/88,2kHz]

Taru Alexander – Echoes of the Masters (2022)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 36:14 minutes | 690 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Sunnyside

In the jazz community, there are individuals who come to the music as a birthright. There are countless musical families whose members continue to pass the gift of music on from generation to generation. Drummer Taru Alexander was endowed with music by his father, saxophonist Roland Alexander, and an extended family of professional musician mentors in his native Brooklyn, New York.

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