George Benson – White Rabbit (1971/2013) [HDTracks FLAC 24/96]

George Benson – White Rabbit (1971/2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 36:00 minutes | 777 MB | Genre: Jazz
Official Digital Download – Source: | Digital Booklet | Label: Masterworks Jazz

Legendary guitarist and singer George Benson is joined by a historic band which includes Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, Billy Cobham, Airto Moreira and more for this 1971 gem. The ensemble performs the ‘60s classic “White Rabbit,” “California Dreamin’” and “Summer Of ’42.” Benson’s guitar is in full blaze on this must-have audiophile download. White Rabbit remains one of Benson’s finest outings.

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George Benson – Inspiration: A Tribute To Nat King Cole (2013) [HDTracks FLAC 24/96]

George Benson – Inspiration: A Tribute To Nat King Cole (2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 40:51 minutes | 954 MB | Genre: Jazz
Official Digital Download – Source: | Digital booklet

Inspiration (A Tribute To Nat King Cole) is one of George Benson’s most compelling albums to date. The recording is one of the most meaningful of Benson’s career and is a testament to the spirit of Cole’s timeless body of work. Benson’s heartfelt renditions of some of Cole’s greatest songs with Nelson Riddle arrangements and the 42-piece Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra are complemented by duets with TONY Award winner Idina Menzel and rising star Judith Hill, along with a special collaboration with multi-GRAMMY and Pulitzer Prize-winning trumpeter Wynton Marsalis.

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George Benson – Guitar Man (2011) [HDTracks FLAC 24/96]

George Benson – Guitar Man (2011)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 43:03 minutes | 907 MB | Genre: Jazz
Official Digital Download – Source: | Digital booklet | Label: Concord Jazz

National Endowment of the Arts Jazz Master and Grammy-winning legend George Benson brings his guitar to the forefront in his newest album Guitar Man. The 12-song collection includes a mix of jazz and pop standards – some in a combo setting and some solo, but all of them tied together seamlessly by Benson’s soulful and exploratory signature sound. The album includes masterful takes on such classics as Coltrane’s “Naima,” “Tequila,” The Beatles’ “I Want To Hold Your Hand,” Stevie Wonder’s “My Cherie Amour” and more.

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George Benson – Breezin’ (1976/2005) [HDTracks FLAC 24/96]

George Benson – Breezin’ (1976/2005)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 38:50 minutes | 632 MB | Genre: Jazz
Official Digital Download – Source: | Front cover

The 1976 triple-platinum album by 10X Grammy Winner George Benson marked the beginning of the guitarist and singer most successful commercial period. The album garnered 4 Grammys, including Best-Engineered Album, Non Classical and “Record of the Year” for the massive hit (and Leon Russell cover) “This Masquerade,” which topped the Pop, Jazz, and R&B charts.

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Carrie Underwood – Storyteller (2015) [HIGHRESAUDIO FLAC 24/44,1]

Carrie Underwood – Storyteller (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44.1kHz  | Time – 45:51  minutes | 561 MB | Genre: Country, Pop Rock
Official Digital Download – Source: | ©  19 Recordings Limited/Arista Nashville

“Something in the Water,” the new single tacked onto Carrie Underwood’s 2014 compilation Greatest Hits: Decade #1, was an operatic blowout on par with her 2012 smash “Blown Away” — something grand and melodramatic, suggesting Vegas as much as it suggested inspirational music. Storyteller, her fifth album and first since her career recap, certainly contains cinematic elements — Underwood has been proud to be a diva ever since she prowled the stages of American Idol a decade prior — but the title isn’t a feint; she spends a good chunk of the album reiterating, singing about heartbreak, hair triggers, red wine, dirty laundry, and smoke breaks, the mundane details that turn life so joyous and tragic. Subtlety isn’t Underwood’s strong suit so the songs tend to be a bit on the nose, whether she’s pledging devotion to her newborn son on the sweet closer “What I Never Knew I Always Wanted” or streamlining Bobbie Gentry’s “Ode to Billy Joe” via the stomping “Choctaw County Affair,” but that directness is key to her appeal: there are no greys in Carrie’s music, only blazing primary colors. Appropriately enough, Storyteller gleams with steely assurance, perhaps the toughest and boldest record yet but one that hardly soft-pedals her softer side. Carrie isn’t an unapologetic spitfire like her “Something Bad” duet partner Miranda Lambert. She is, as she says in her album title, a Storyteller, and there’s an unmistakable distance between her theatrics and the subjects of her tunes; she isn’t living these songs, she’s performing them. Like a skilled actor, Underwood chooses her roles wisely — she’s comfortable swaggering through the leadoff pair of “Renegade Runaway” and “Dirty Laundry,” while she eases into the comforting melancholy of “The Girl You Think I Am” — and she knows how to deliver the essence of each song, modulating her performances not only so they match the grand productions of Jay Joyce, Mark Bright, and Zach Crowell but so they always are the focal point. That’s no small feat and Storyteller is no small album: it demands attention and it deserves it, too. –AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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Norah Jones – Not Too Late (2007/2012) [HDTracks FLAC 24/96]

Norah Jones – Not Too Late (2007/2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 45:31 minutes | 1,61 GB | Genre: Jazz
Official Digital Download – Source: | Digital Booklet

Norah Jones’ third studio album, Not Too Late, is an understated masterpiece from one of music’s greatest singer/songwriters. The album follows the success of her first two albums, Come Away with Me and Feels Like Home, which combined have sold over 27 million copies worldwide. The album, which features only self-penned material, finds Jones branching out and developing her signature crooner sound. The album highlighted by her extraordinary artistic growth is eloquently sung and immaculately performed. The outing topped Billboard’s Top 200 and featured the hit single, “Thinking About You.” This transitional effort is easily one of her most compelling and personal albums to date.

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Norah Jones – Day Breaks (2016) [HDTracks FLAC 24/96]

Norah Jones – Day Breaks (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 48:55 minutes | 1,01 GB | Genre: Jazz, pop
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Artwork: Front cover | © Blue Note Records

One of music’s most beautiful and critically acclaimed voices returns with a new studio album that finds her returning to her jazz roots. The album is a kindred spirit to the singer’s breakout debut Come Away With Me and finds the 9-time Grammy-winner returning to the piano and her roots. The album features jazz luminaries including her Blue Note label mates saxophonist Wayne Shorter, organist Dr. Lonnie Smith, and drummer Brian Blade on a 12-song set that presents 9 new originals alongside covers of songs by Horace Silver, Duke Ellington and Neil Young.

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Yevgeny Mravinsky, Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra – Tchaikovsky: Symphonies 4-6 (1961/2013) [FLAC 24/48]

Yevgeny Mravinsky, LPO – Tchaikovsky: Symphonies 4-6 (1961/2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 131:23 minutes | 1,49 GB | Genre: Classical
Official Digital Download – Source: Pristine | Digital booklets

Mravinsky’s legendary 1960 Tchaikovsky Late Symphonies in stunning new 32-bit XR remaster. Yevgeny Mravinsky made these recordings with the Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra for DGG whilst on a tour of western Europe in the autumn of 1960 in sessions which took place in London (Symphony No. 4) and Vienna (Symphonies 5 & 6).

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Nine Inch Nails – Hesitation Marks (2013) {Audiophile Master + Loud Master} [FLAC 24/48]

Nine Inch Nails – Hesitation Marks (2013) [‘Audiophile’ Master]
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 61:57 minutes | 795 MB | Genre: Industrial, Rock
Official Digital Download – Source: WEB | Digital booklet

Hesitation Marks is the upcoming eighth studio album by American industrial rock act Nine Inch Nails, to be released on September 3, 2013. The album title is derived from hesitation wounds, wounds produced by testing a bladed weapon before attempting suicide or self-harming. The album will be available in two different masters for digital download, a “standard” version and an “Audiophile Mastered Version” – the latter having extended dynamic range, not meant to be competitive in the loudness war.

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Mari Kodama – Beethoven: The Complete Piano Sonatas (2014) [HDTracks FLAC 24/96]

Mari Kodama – Beethoven: The Complete Piano Sonatas (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 622:28 minutes | 10.5 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Artwork: Covers & Digital booklet | © Pentatone Music B.V.

The waiting has finally paid off: the complete Beethoven piano sonata cycle has finally arrived. Japanese pianist Mari Kodama is only the fourth woman to have recorded all of Beethoven’s sonatas (Pizzicato). Although not the first with this achievement, the very idea that an artist can play this music and still introduce a new perspective, as Kodama so often proves with her performances, is astonishing.

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