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Smoke – Everything (1973/2017) [Official Digital Download 24bit/88,2kHz]

Smoke – Everything (1973/2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 42:17 minutes | 817 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Front Cover | © MPS

“Everything”, a funky monster from Smoke, and a rare bit of tripped out groove from early 70s MPS label. Smoke has masterful mix of fresh, funky jazz and spiritual instrumental soul, with tunes that build from rolling lines on leader Woodi Webb’s vibes, finding the best kind of wonderful elastic bass groove and excellent funky drums and congas. Those elements hold it all together for the rest of the line-up, which factors in psychedelic tinged organ, harp, sax, clarinet and occasional lilting background vocals. Tight and funky, but loose around the edges – another excellent bit of lost funky soul jazz from the early 70s.

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Slipknot – The Studio Album Collection (2014) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Slipknot – The Studio Album Collection (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 (44,1) kHz | Time – 03:53:57 minutes | 5,41 GB | Genre: Metal
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Artwork: Front cover(s) | © Roadrunner Records

Slipknot is still heavy, still enamored of great, big walls of deeply textured layers of sound. They’ve approached their music with an eye towards stylistic expression that completely invalidates any and all comments about heavy metal clichés. Moreover, they’ve continued the exploration of melody that began on their first record.

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Simon & Garfunkel – The Complete Studio Albums Collection (2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Simon & Garfunkel – The Complete Studio Albums Collection (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 3:58:58 minutes | ~ 5,7 GB
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 3:58:58 minutes | ~ 3,36 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover(s) | Genre: Folk | © Columbia/Legacy

This collection includes all duo’s five studio albums, released between 1964 and 1970, all remastered from first generation analog sources. The albums are: “Wednesday Morning, 3AM”, “Sounds Of Silence”, “Parsely, Sage Rosemary And Thyme”, “Bookends”, “Bridge Over Troubled Water”.

The most successful folk-rock duo of the 1960s, Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel crafted a series of memorable hit albums and singles featuring their choirboy harmonies, ringing acoustic and electric guitars, and Simon’s acute, finely wrought songwriting. The pair always inhabited the more polished end of the folk-rock spectrum and was sometimes criticized for a certain collegiate sterility. Many also feel that Simon, as both a singer and songwriter, didn’t truly blossom until he began his own hugely successful solo career in the 1970s.

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Shorty Rogers & The Lighthouse All Stars – Early Skylark And Tampa EPs (2017) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Shorty Rogers & The Lighthouse All Stars – Early Skylark And Tampa EPs (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 54:31 minutes | 227 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Front Cover | © RevOla

The three mono recordings that make up this program were originally released on the Skylark and/or Tampa Records labels in the early to mid-1950s under various names including Shorty and Paul Nero. The first recordings consist of material that feature The Lighthouse All Stars and Vivien Garry. ‘M. B. B. ‘ or More Big Boy is the first track, followed by a medley featuring Vivien Garry. The second set features Maynard Ferguson with Paul Nero, Bob Cooper, Abe Most, Paul Smith, and others in two extended jam session numbers. The original of ‘Big Boy, Part 1 and 2’ is included next. The final set is by Charlie Shavers, accompanied by Tommy Dorsey band mates recorded in late 1946 or early 1947.

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Santana – Welcome (1973/2014) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Santana – Welcome (1973/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 50:39 minutes | 1,11 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Front Cover | © Columbia – Legacy

In 1973 Carlos Santana and The Santana Band were now one of the world’s most loved rock and fusion bands of all time. After several studio albums and the two collaboration albums with Carlos Santana & Buddy Miles Live and Love Devotion Surrender with John McLaughlin, the world was now buzzing around the energy that these superstars would lay down on vinyl with the soon to be rock/jazz/funk powerhouse “Welcome”.

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Santana – Borboletta (1974/2014) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Santana – Borboletta (1974/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 49:57 minutes | 1,0 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Front Cover | © Columbia

Carlos Santana released “Borboletta” in 1974, producing the record with Michael Shrieve and Tom Coster. It features some lengthy solos by Santana, as well as ample space for percussion, saxophone, and keyboard-driven mood-setting.

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Sam Taylor Quartet – Along The Way (2017) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Sam Taylor Quartet – Along The Way (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 55:32 minutes | 1,08 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Front Cover | © Cellar Live

One of the finer young tenor players on the New York scene in the last decade, Sam Taylor squares off against Philadelphia’s acclaimed tenor man, Larry McKenna on “Along The Way”. Taylor and the elder McKenna don’t musically spar so much as put their equally rich saxophone sounds to good use in a spirited, cooperative effort in a warm program of standards that suits their unfettered bebop style.

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Fleshgod Apocalypse – Veleno (Deluxe Version) (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz + Blu-ray]

Fleshgod Apocalypse – Veleno (Deluxe Version) (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 01:53:59 minutes | 1,28 GB | Genre: Metal
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | © Nuclear Blast

Italian grandmasters of orchestral death metal FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE are finding spontaneity rewarding on new album, »Veleno«. Over the past four albums – previous album, »King« (2016), floored fans and critics alike – the Francesco Paoli-led trio have planned every step, discussed every note, and ensured every salutation to Paganini, Bach, and Mozart was met with an equally brutal death metal equivalent. On »Veleno«, which is Italian for ‘venom,’ they needed a change of approach (and pace). To achieve this, FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE distanced themselves from distraction – line-up changes, tours, and the frustrations of day-to-day life – unboxed the songwriting process, and let the inspiration flow freely. On »Veleno«, they’ve matured, blended more efficiently their musical vision, and walked away with 11 songs that sound like a new band with an unsatiable prey drive.

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Roswell Rudd, Fay Victor, Lafayette Harris, Ken Filiano – Embrace (2017) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Roswell Rudd, Fay Victor, Lafayette Harris, Ken Filiano – Embrace (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 01:05:07 minutes | 582 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Front Cover | © RareNoiseRecords

The adventurous trombonist and composer Roswell Rudd made a decided shift in direction on his first RareNoise Records release as a leader by embracing jazz standards he has loved and played throughout his long and illustrious career. Accompanied by the brilliant pianist Lafayette Harris, upright bass virtuoso Ken Filiano and soulful vocal sensation Fay Victor, the 81 year old jazz master delivers with rare potency and poignancy on the aptly titled “Embrace”. This intimate, drum Less quartet session is brimming with conversational playing between all the participants, with Rudd and Victor partaking in some particularly interactive exchanges on jazz classics like Billy Strayhorn’s “Something to Live For”, Charles Mingus’ “Goodbye Pork Pie Hat”, Thelonious Monk’s beautiful ballad “Pannonica”, the standard “Can’t We Be Friends” and the traditional “House of the Rising Sun”.

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