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Nektar – Journey To The Centre Of The Eye (1971) [Reissue 2004] {2.0 & 5.1} [PS3 ISO + FLAC]

Nektar – Journey To The Centre Of The Eye (1971) [Reissue 2004] {2.0 & 5.1}
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 42:54 minutes | Scans included | 2,63 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | 48:57 mins | Scans | 979 MB
Features 2.0 Stereo and 5.1 multichannel surround sound

Journey to the Centre of the Eye is the debut album from English progressive rock band Nektar that came out in late 1971. Because of its narrative nature, it has been called a rock opera and/or dense concept album. The music of the album is commonplace in early 70’s progressive rock. It uses a range of musical effects. The guitar used psychedelic distortion and the wah-wah, as well as screeching distortion. It has psychedelic influences, as well.

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Nektar – Remember The Future (1973) [Reissue 2004] {2.0 & 5.1} [PS3 ISO + FLAC]

Nektar – Remember The Future (1973) [Reissue 2004] {2.0 & 5.1}
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 35:51 minutes | Scans included | 2,32 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | 51:40 mins | Scans | 967 MB
Features 2.0 Stereo and 5.1 multichannel surround sound

Remember the Future is the fourth album from English progressive rock band Nektar. It is a concept album featuring one song divided into two parts. On the original LP, each side contained one of the two parts. In 2004 Remember the Future was once again re-released, but this time by the UK’s Eclectic Discs/Dream Nebula Recordings. For this reissue the remastered version was used and they added a third Radio edit of the title track. This version was also released as a SACD, with a 5.1 surround mix on the SACD layer; the 2 channel audio CD layer contains the 2002 remix. Track 3 (“Remember the Future”) is an edit released on a various artists compilation album titled “Made In Germany”. Tracks 4 and 5 are radio promo only single edits.

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Joe Satriani – Strange Beautiful Music (2002) [2.0 & 5.1] {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

Joe Satriani – Strange Beautiful Music (2002) [2.0 & 5.1]
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 59:40 minutes | Scans included | 3,83 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | 59:32 mins | Scans | 1,14 GB
Features 2.0 Stereo and 5.1 multichannel surround sound

What’s a guitar hero to do now that the masses prefer electronic beats and rap-metal to killer scale runs? Joe Satriani seeks that answer on Strange Beautiful Music. Satriani set himself apart from other would-be kings of the six-string in the 1980s by combining impeccable technique with great feel and pop hooks. With those qualities, he produced great guitar-driven albums like Surfing With the Alien and Flying in a Blue Dream. On his 2002 release, Satriani tries to make his music fresh by incorporating world music influences and a bit of techno flava. To his credit, he succeeds more than he fails. “Belly Dancer” combines straight-up rock riffs with Middle Eastern-twinged melodies and faster-than-sound runs up and down the fretboard. On “Oriental Melody,” Satch’s world music sensibility shines with the help of ping-pong delay and keyboards. He still has a knack for great hooks, too, as is evident on “New Last Jam,” which features a melody that bounces around in your head for days. But none of these tracks approach the pop brilliance of his Surfing With the Alien songs. In many ways, the experimental nature of songs like “What Breaks a Heart” hark back to his Not of This Earth release. But Strange Beautiful Music suffers from inconsistency. While the mix-and-match approach works on “Belly Dancer,” it can also result in the bland discontinuity of “Chords of Life,” which at times sounds like “All Along the Watchtower” and at others resembles scale and chord exercises from Yngwie Malmsteen — not an enticing combo. And “Starry Night,” while a nice ballad, feels like an attempt to rewrite his masterful ballad “Always With You, Always With Me”.

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Joe Satriani – Engines Of Creation (2000) [PS3 ISO + FLAC]

Joe Satriani – Engines Of Creation (2000)
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 53:30 minutes | Scans included | 2,16 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 1,02 GB

With Crystal Planet, Joe Satriani made an effective return to his signature sound following the erratic blues-rock detour of Joe Satriani. For the follow-up to Crystal Planet, Satriani is once again exploring novel territory in an effort to keep his music fresh, and Engines of Creation is the biggest stylistic shift he’s made yet — to electronic music. Satriani’s guitar is still the focal point of the music, to be sure, but while his virtuosity is obvious, it’s often submerged in the new demands of this musical idiom. That isn’t a surprise either, given that Satriani is one of the few guitar shredders whose taste and musicality have never been in question. But fans who simply want to hear him rip through his typical jaw-dropping solos may be disappointed (even though, in the end, there are more than a few solos), as will those guitar fans who reflexively disdain all sounds electronic. Having defended it, though, Engines of Creation isn’t a total success. While the music is certainly influenced by techno and electronica, it probably won’t appeal to listeners coming from those arenas; overall, it simply isn’t as adventurous as much genuine electronica, avoiding complex backing rhythms or edgy sonic textures; nor is it as hypnotic, meandering or drifting aimlessly at times instead of moving into trancelike states of consciousness. Plus, Satriani’s songs are often more traditional than they may seem upon first listen; many of the compositions are based on repeated themes and riffs and standard rock-song structures, switching between recurring, identifiable sections rather than gradually building and unfolding. However, the album can also be quite inventive. Satriani has challenged himself to find ways of coaxing totally new sounds from his guitar, and he weaves them seamlessly into the futuristic electronic soundscapes. Moreover, his melodies and main themes have rarely been this angular and off-kilter, meaning that exploring this music has indeed helped Satriani refresh and re-imagine his signature sound. Even the pieces that aren’t ultimately that revolutionary are still intriguing, since very few musicians have the technical training and innate sense of musicality required to mine this territory. Overall, Engines of Creation is a brave and sporadically successful experiment, and it’s also a promising new direction for Satriani should he choose to continue this vein of exploration and take it out even farther.

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Bela Fleck – Drive (1988) [MFSL 2005] {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

Bela Fleck – Drive (1988) [MFSL 2005]
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 52:03 minutes | Scans included | 2,09 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 0,98 GB
Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab # UDSACD 7003

Béla Anton Leoš Fleck is an American banjo player. Widely acknowledged as one of the world’s most innovative and technically proficient banjo players, he is best known for his work with the bands New Grass Revival and Béla Fleck and the Flecktones…

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The Flower Pot Men – Midsummer Dreaming (2001) (24-Bit/96 Khz) (Vinyl Rip)

The Flower Pot Men – Midsummer Dreaming (2001) (24-Bit/96 Khz) (Vinyl Rip)

Vinyl rip @ 24/96 | FLAC | Artwork | 1.1 GB
Psychedelic-Pop | 2001 UK compilation LP | Tenth Planet TP 051

Because they looked more like TV repairmen than weavers of Technicolor dreams, Ken Lewis and John Carter never received the acclaim they deserved. Dismissed as a cash-in team, mainly because of their summer of ’67 hit “Let’s Go To San Francisco’, their brand of cleverly-arranged close harmony pop was the nearest thing this country had to the Beach Boys or the Association. Highlights include the full-length version of San Fran and its follow-up, “A Walk In The Sky’, and the eight-minute “Children Of Tomorrow’, with its let’s-all-link-hands-and-save-the-world coda. Best of all, though, is “Blow Away’, a note-perfect Byrds pastiche. (Mojo)

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Iggy And The Stooges – Raw Power (1973) (2012 Legacy Vinyl Reissue, 1997 Iggy remix) (24-Bit/96 Khz) (Vinyl Rip)

Iggy And The Stooges – Raw Power (1973) (2012 Legacy Vinyl Reissue, 1997 Iggy remix) (24-Bit/96 Khz) (Vinyl Rip)

Vinyl rip @ 24/96 | FLAC | Scans | 723 MB | Label: Columbia
Genre: rock, proto-punk | RAR 5% | Rec. CAT #88691959351 | US pressing

In 1972, the Stooges were near the point of collapse when David Bowie’s management team, MainMan, took a chance on the band at Bowie’s behest. By this point, guitarist Ron Asheton and bassist Dave Alexander had been edged out of the picture, and James Williamson had signed on as Iggy’s new guitar mangler; Asheton rejoined the band shortly before recording commenced on Raw Power, but was forced to play second fiddle to Williamson as bassist. By most accounts, tensions were high during the recording of Raw Power, and the album sounds like the work of a band on its last legs — though rather than grinding to a halt, Iggy & the Stooges appeared ready to explode like an ammunition dump.

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John Zorn – The Dreamers. The Gentle Side (2010) (24-Bit/96 Khz) (Vinyl Rip)

John Zorn – The Dreamers. The Gentle Side (2010) (24-Bit/96 Khz) (Vinyl Rip)

Vinyl rip @ 24/96 | FLAC | Scans | 912 MB | Label: Tzadik Records
Genre: jazz, avant-garde jazz | RAR 5% | Rec. CAT #TZ 6001 | original US pressing

By popular request Tzadik has finally initiated a new limited edition vinyl series of some of our greatest releases. The first installment is a special collection of one of Zorn’s most popular ensembles, The Dreamers. The Gentle Side collects ten of the most beautiful and lyrical tracks from all three of The Dreamers’ releases, specially remastered and pressed on high quality 180g vinyl. This gorgeous collector’s picture disc features fabulous artwork by acclaimed Tzadik designer Chippy!

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2001 A Space Odyssey – Soundtrack (1968) (First US Pressing) (24-Bit/96 Khz + 16-Bit/44.1Khz) (Vinyl Rip)

2001 A Space Odyssey – Soundtrack (1968) (First US Pressing) (24-Bit/96 Khz + 16-Bit/44.1Khz) (Vinyl Rip)

vinyl rip in 24/96 & 16/44.1 | 749 MB & 178 MB | FLAC | no cue or log (vinyl)
DR Analysis | Full LP Artwork | First US Pressing
Genre: Soundtrack | MGM Records ~ S1E-13 ST X

Music plays a crucial part in 2001: A Space Odyssey, and not only because of the relatively sparse dialogue. From very early on in production, Kubrick decided that he wanted the film to be a primarily non-verbal experience, one that did not rely on the traditional techniques of narrative cinema, and in which music would play a vital role in evoking particular moods. About half the music in the film appears either before the first line of dialogue or after the final line. Almost no music is heard during any scenes with dialogue.

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Alice Cooper – From The Inside (1978) (First US Pressing) (24-Bit/96 Khz + 16-Bit/44.1Khz) (Vinyl Rip)

Alice Cooper – From The Inside (1978) (First US Pressing) (24-Bit/96 Khz + 16-Bit/44.1Khz) (Vinyl Rip)

vinyl rip in 24/96 & 16/44.1 | 865 MB & 253 MB | FLAC | no cue or log (vinyl)
DR Analysis | Full LP Artwork | First US Pressing
Genre: Rock | Warner Bros. Records ~ BSK-3263

From the Inside is the 11th studio album by Alice Cooper, released in 1978. It was inspired by Cooper’s stay in a New York sanitarium due to his alcoholism. Each of the characters in the songs were based on actual people Cooper met in the sanitarium. With this album, he saw the addition of three former members of the Elton John band: lyricist Bernie Taupin, guitarist Davey Johnstone and bassist Dee Murray.

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