Wayne Shorter – The Soothsayer (1965/2013) [HDTracks FLAC 24/192]

Wayne Shorter – The Soothsayer (1965/2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 43:19 minutes | 1,54 GB | Genre: Jazz
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | Front cover | © Blue Note Records

Originally released as Blue Note LT-988

“In preparing these hi def remasters, we were very conscientious about maintaining the feel of the original releases while adding a previously unattainable transparency and depth. It now sounds like you’ve set up your chaise lounge right in the middle of Rudy Van Gelder’s studio!” – Blue Note President, Don Was.

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Various Artists – Dr. Chesky’s Sensational, Fantastic, and Simply Amazing Binaural Sound Show (2012) [HDTracks FLAC 24/96]

Various Artists – Dr. Chesky’s Sensational, Fantastic, and Simply Amazing Binaural Sound Show (2012)

FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:15:21 minutes | 1,52 GB | Genre: Miscellaneous
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com |  Digital Booklet | © Chesky Records

Chesky Records would like to introduce its new Binaural+ Series. Binaural sound has been around for a long time, but until now it was just for headphones and could not be enjoyed on speakers. Our Binaural+ Series recordings sound great on headphones and speakers, and capture the sound of music as you would if you were sitting in front of the band. The Binaural+ Series sessions were recorded in high-resolution 192-kHz/24-bit sound with a special Binaural head (a “dummy” human head with specially calibrated microphones where the ears would be).

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Sex Pistols – The Great Rock ‘N’ Roll Swindle (1979) [Japanese Limited SHM-SACD 2013 # UIGY-9541] {SACD ISO + FLAC 24/88,2}

Sex Pistols – The Great Rock ‘N’ Roll Swindle (1979) [Japanese Limited SHM-SACD 2013 # UIGY-9541]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 78:00 minutes | Scans included | 3,15 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 1,61 GB
Genre: Punk

When first approaching The Great Rock ‘n’ Roll Swindle, it’s best not to think of it as a Sex Pistols album; rather, keep in mind that it’s the soundtrack to a movie that was mostly about Malcolm McLaren and only tangentially concerned the great band he managed. Only eight of the twenty-four songs on The Great Rock ‘n’ Roll Swindle feature the same band as on Never Mind The Bollocks, and most of those capture them stomping through covers in the studio, sometimes to impressive effect (Johnny Rotten sounds positively feral on the Who’s “Substitute” and the whole band tears into “(I’m Not Your) Stepping Stone” with malicious glee) and sometimes not (Rotten reveals he doesn’t know the words to either Chuck Berry’s “Johnny B. Goode” or Jonathan Richman’s “Roadrunner,” and the band’s familiarity isn’t much greater). A live take of the Pistols roaring through “Belsen Was a Gas” is exciting, but sounds as if Rotten and the rest of the band were traveling in very different directions, and it’s not hard to imagine why he quit the group after the show. Steve Jones and Paul Cook offer up a few tunes of their own, which lack the danger of the cuts with Rotten but confirm they were the backbone of a solid, scrappy rock band, and if Tenpole Tudor isn’t much of a singer, on his numbers he delivers an impressive degree of sheer eccentricity. But a large percentage of the album is devoted to jokey material tied into the movie — orchestral versions of “EMI” and “God Save the Queen,” a French busker performing “Anarchy in the UK” en Français, train robber Ronnie Biggs attempting to sing, and Malcolm McLaren ascending to show biz heaven with a cover of Max Bygraves’ “You Need Hands.” And while Sid Vicious sounds like a good if unexceptional rock & roll shouter on a pair of Eddie Cochran covers, his inarguably remarkable version of “My Way” shows the man was incapable of comprehending the irony of his situation, and sadly sounds like the work of a kid destined to die young. Never Mind The Bollocks, Here’s The Sex Pistols was the sound of a hydrogen bomb being dropped on your head, and The Great Rock ‘n’ Roll Swindle collects some of the debris left after the explosion; parts are brilliant, but it’s ultimately a padded and slightly depressing look at a great band in collapse.

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Sex Pistols – Never Mind The Bollocks (1977) [Japanese Limited SHM-SACD 2013 # UIGY-9537] {SACD ISO + FLAC 24/88,2}

Sex Pistols – Never Mind The Bollocks (1977) [Japanese Limited SHM-SACD 2013 # UIGY-9537]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 38:52 minutes | Scans included | 1,57 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 875 MB
Genre: Punk

While mostly accurate, dismissing Never Mind the Bollocks as merely a series of loud, ragged midtempo rockers with a harsh, grating vocalist and not much melody would be a terrible error. Already anthemic songs are rendered positively transcendent by Johnny Rotten’s rabid, foaming delivery. His bitterly sarcastic attacks on pretentious affectation and the very foundations of British society were all carried out in the most confrontational, impolite manner possible. Most imitators of the Pistols’ angry nihilism missed the point: underneath the shock tactics and theatrical negativity were social critiques carefully designed for maximum impact. Never Mind the Bollocks perfectly articulated the frustration, rage, and dissatisfaction of the British working class with the establishment, a spirit quick to translate itself to strictly rock & roll terms. the Pistols paved the way for countless other bands to make similarly rebellious statements, but arguably none were as daring or effective. It’s easy to see how the band’s roaring energy, overwhelmingly snotty attitude, and Rotten’s furious ranting sparked a musical revolution, and those qualities haven’t diminished one bit over time. Never Mind the Bollocks is simply one of the greatest, most inspiring rock records of all time.

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Piers Lane, Howard Shelley – Williamson: Complete Piano Concertos (2014) [Hyperion FLAC 24/96]

Piers Lane, Howard Shelley – Williamson: Complete Piano Concertos (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Digital Booklet | 2.14 GB
Genre: Classical | Official Digital Download – Source: Hyperion

A real rarity from Hyperion’s Anglo-Australian artistic collaboration: music by an Australian composer who was once at the heart of the English establishment. Malcolm Williamson was one of many Australian creative artists who relocated to Britain in the mid-twentieth century. Within a decade of settling in London he had established a reputation as one of the most gifted and prolific composers of his generation. His stature as a leading figure within the British music scene was publicly acknowledged in 1975 when he was appointed to the esteemed post of Master of the Queen’s Music in succession to Sir Arthur Bliss. But today he is almost forgotten and his music virtually never performed.

This double-album set of the complete Piano Concertos is therefore an important document as well as a compendium of deeply appealing music. Williamson wrote with a generosity of emotion and melodic flair rare in the mid-twentieth century, in a forward-looking idiom.

The third concerto is perhaps the masterpiece, a huge and complex work. The fourth was written in 1993/4 and appears here as its world premiere performance and recording.

Piers Lane, the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and Howard Shelley are the ideal performers of these unjustly neglected works.

Composer: Malcolm Williamson
Performer: Mark Bain, Piers Lane, Yoram Levy, Martin Phillipson, …
Conductor: Howard Shelley
Orchestra/Ensemble: Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra

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Marta Gomez – Entre Cada Palabra (2006) [HDTracks FLAC 24/96]

Marta Gómez – Entre Cada Palabra (2006)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 50:42 minutes | 1,07 GB | Genre: Jazz, Latin
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | Digital booklet | © Chesky Records

Chesky Records release. Colombian singer/songwriter Marta Gomez is a wonderful, enigmatic talent. Her voice has the lulling softness that evokes Brazil’s female vocal icons, yet there’s a depth to her writing that goes far beneath the surface. She’s also something of an expert on Latin rhythms — there are 13 different ones on this disc, all of them rooted in different cultures, from Colombian bambuco to Argentine chamame. But everything is so perfectly put together that you forget the academic side, pulled along by the music and voice. Recorded over just three days, it’s a small masterwork. It doesn’t matter if you don’t understand Spanish, as Gomez evokes delicate moods in her work, each piece beautifully arranged and shaded, with a very live sound. Her last album saw her labeled as a jazz singer, but there’s little evidence of that here, possibly quite deliberately. Instead it’s an album of low-key Latin music that at times edges toward a more straightforward singer/songwriter stance — albeit a very classy one (think Joni Mitchell, for example). On the evidence of this and her previous disc, Gomez is a rapidly rising star of genuine quality and inspiration.

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Marta Gomez – Cantos De Agua Dulce: Songs Of The Sweet Water (2004) [HDTracks FLAC 24/96]

Marta Gómez – Cantos De Agua Dulce: Songs Of The Sweet Water (2004)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 49:51 minutes | 1,05 GB | Genre: Jazz Vocal
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | Digital Booklet |
© Chesky Records

This is the record that brought this Colombian-born songstress widespread critical acclaim. Cantos De Agua Dulce charted on Billboard’s Top 10 Jazz Albums tally, the CMJ New World Chart and the World Music Europe Chart. On the strength of this recording, Gomez was nominated for Best Latin Jazz Vocalist of 2005 by Billboard’s Latin Music Awards and was described by the magazine’s reviewer as “… the essence of Latin cool”.

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Marta Gomez – Cantos De Agua Dulce (Songs Of The Sweet Water) (2004) {SACD ISO + FLAC 24/88,2}

Marta Gomez – Cantos De Agua Dulce (Songs Of The Sweet Water) (2004)
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD/DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 53:34 minutes | Scans included | 3,7 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Full Scans included | 941 MB
Features 2.0 Stereo & 5.1 multichannel Surround sound | Chesky Records # SACD285 | Genre: Latin

This is the record that brought this Colombian-born songstress widespread critical acclaim. Cantos De Agua Dulce charted on Billboard’s Top 10 Jazz Albums tally, the CMJ New World Chart and the World Music Europe Chart. On the strength of this recording, Gomez was nominated for Best Latin Jazz Vocalist of 2005 by Billboard’s Latin Music Awards and was described by the magazine’s reviewer as “… the essence of Latin cool”.

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Teodor Currentzis, Musicaeterna – Mozart: Le Nozze Di Figaro (2014) [Qobuz FLAC 24/192]

Mozart: Le Nozze Di Figaro – Currentzis, Musicaeterna (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | 3 CDs | Front Cover | 5.30 GB | Genre: Classical
Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz |
© Sony Classical

Sony Classical announces a major new Mozart opera project with conductor Teodor Currentzis and his orchestra & choir MusicAeterna. A ‘no-compromise’ studio recording cycle of Mozart’s three Da Ponte operas. Living in a unique artistic community established on the edge of Siberia, the musicians work and record under ideal conditions towards Currentzis’ stated goal “to show what can be achieved if you avoid the factory approach of the classical music mainstream”.

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Joseph Arthur – The Ballad Of Boogie Christ (2013) [B&W FLAC 24/48]

Joseph Arthur – The Ballad Of Boogie Christ (2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 52:41 minutes | 731 MB | Genre: Rock
Official Digital Download – Source: bowers-wilkins.com

Joseph Arthur was born in Ohio-native and in his life has recorded and released a number of albums in rock, folk, pop. In the summer of Joseph presented his new album – The Ballad Of Boogie Christ. In this record, a variety of songs – vocal and instrumental, of nakrotikah and autobiographical, and many other stories. Arthur describes his new record as “some of the richest music I’ve made in 17 years of putting music together. Boogie Christ is a psychedelic soul record about redemption and what happens after you find and lose it”.

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