Linkin Park – The Hunting Party (2014) [HDTracks FLAC 24/48]

Linkin Park – The Hunting Party (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96kHz | Time – 45:06 minutes | 0,99 GB | Genre: Alternative
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | Front cover | © Warner Bros. Records

The Hunting Party is American rock band Linkin Park’s sixth studio album. The band chose to depart from their recent electronic rock sound and simply produce a rock record. A year in the making, the record produced three singles: “Guilty All the Same”, “Until It’s Gone” and “Final Masquerade”.

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Linkin Park – Minutes to Midnight (2007) [HDTracks FLAC 24/48]

Linkin Park – Minutes To Midnight (2007)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 43:29 minutes | 542 MB | Genre: Alternative
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | Front cover | © Warner Bros. Records

Back in 2007, Minutes to Midnight was one of rock’s most anticipated albums of the year. The outing saw the band incorporating a new mature sound, redefining one of today’s most accomplished rock bands. Produced by Rick Rubin and band member, Mike Shinoda, the album would have one of the strongest opening weeks in 2007. This exquisite effort debuted at number one in the United States, Canada and thirteen other countries. Minutes to Midnight was also listed Rolling Stone’s “25 Best Albums of 2007” and Billboard’s “Hot 200 Albums of the Decade.” Included on the album were the breakout hits, “Leave Out All The Rest,” “Given Up,” “Bleed It Out,” “Shadow of the Day” and “What I’ve Done.”

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Linkin Park – Meteora (2003/2012) [HDTracks FLAC 24/48]

Linkin Park – Meteora (2003)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 36:42 minutes | 498 MB | Genre: Alternative
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | Front cover

Following their successful debut, Linkin Park released their chart-topping sophomore recording Meteora. The album would earn the covenant spot in sixteen different countries. Incorporating their trademark sound, the band delivered exhilarating guitars and riveting rapped verses. The sure-fired hit yielded the six singles, “Somewhere I Belong,” “Faint,” “Lying from You,” “Numb,” “Breaking the Habit” and “Session.” “Numb” would become one of the biggest songs of the year and “Session” was nominated for Best Rock Instrumental Performance at the GRAMMYS®. The record solidified the group’s standing as bona fide rock legends.

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Linkin Park – Hybrid Theory (2000/2012) [HDTracks FLAC 24/48]

Linkin Park – Hybrid Theory (2000)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 37:51 minutes | 507 MB | Genre: Alternative
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | Front cover | © Warner Bros. Records

American rock band Linkin Park took the music scene by storm with their breakthrough debut Hybrid Theory. With millions of copies sold worldwide, the band’s invigorated fusion of rap and metal propelled the album to #2 on the Billboard charts. Included were the hits “One Step Closer,” “Papercut,” “In the End” and the GRAMMY® Award-winning “Crawling.” Listed in the book, 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die, Hybrid Theory was one of Billboard’s “Hot 200 Albums of the Decade.” The recording was one of the most successful debuts in the twenty-first century.

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Linkin Park – A Thousand Suns (2010) [HDTracks FLAC 24/48]

Linkin Park – A Thousand Suns (2010)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 47:50 minutes | 581 MB | Genre: Alternative
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | Front cover | © Warner Bros. Records

Continuing their successful partnership, Mike Shinoda and Rick Rubin, produced the band’s multi-concept album, A Thousand Suns. Delving into themes of pride, destruction and regret, the album topped various Billboard charts. This sonic journey finds the band experimenting with their sound. A Thousand Suns would yield the hit singles, “Iridescent,” “Waiting For The End,” “Blackout,” “Burning In The Skies,” “Empty Spaces,” The Catalyst” and “The Messenger.” With wide acclaim, the album would be certified Gold by the RIAA.

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Lorde – Pure Heroine (2013) [HDTracks FLAC 24/48]

Lorde – Pure Heroine (2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 37:13 minutes | 465 MB | Genre: Alternative
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | © Lava Music / Republic Records

Lorde is the stage name of Ella Maria Lani Yelich-O’Connor. From New Zealand, she is a singer-songwriter whose debut album, Pure Heroine, was released in September 2013. She receieved four Grammy Nominations for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards: Song of the Year for “Royals”, and Record of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album for Pure Heroine.

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Christina Perri – a very merry perri christmas (2012) [HDTracks FLAC 24/48]

Christina Perri – a very merry perri christmas (2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 22:13 minutes | 250 MB
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Digital Booklet | Genre: Pop, Holiday, Christmas
Recorded: Fortress, los Angeles, CA & Sleepwalker Studios, Studio City, CA | Label: © Atlantic Records

Christina Perri became an overnight sensation when her smash hit “Jar of Hearts” was featured on acclaimed television programs including So You Think You Can Dance, Glee and Switched at Birth. The sweet-voiced singer-songwriter has released her debut holiday EP, a very merry perri christmas. The album pairs an all-new seasonal staple, “something about december,” alongside unique renditions of favorites including The Carpenters’ “merry christmas darling” and Charles Brown’s “please come home for christmas.” This six-track collection features all of Perri’s all-time favorite Christmas songs, plus an engaging original. This must-have Holiday album is highlighted by a magical take on the classic, “happy xmas (war is over),” which features choral contributions from Michelle Branch, LP, Bushwalla and Boys Like Girls’ Martin Johnson.

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Ferenc Friscay, Geza Anda, Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra – Bartok: 3 Piano Concertos (2013) [FLAC 24/48]

Béla Bartók: 3 Piano Concertos – Ferenc Friscay / Geza Anda / Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra (2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 78:47 minutes | 846 MB | Genre: Classical
Official Digital Download – Source: Pristine Classical.com | Digital booklet

At very long last we have a worthy recording of the Bartok Second Concerto, a work whose previous interpreters (including the admirable Andor Foldes, whose performance received Bartok’s own blessing) have all suffered from recording qualities ranging from indifferent to abysmal. This will be valuable in helping to spread a knowledge of an important work in Bartok’s output which is rarely heard in the concert hall, probably because of the ferocious difficulty of the solo part – Bartok seems to have had in mind huge hands with permanent built-in octave and thirds mechanisms. The music does not deserve this neglect, and though it is “tougher” in idiom than the more mellow Third Concerto it has in fact had a consistently successful reception ever since its first performance (by the composer) in 1933. A bravura, lithe work, it abounds in motor energy and in contrapuntal vigour and resource (much of the material of the first movement – which is played entirely without the strings – reappears in inversion, or even in retrograde inversion, in the finale): the central part of the Adagio is a brilliantly fantastic delicate scherzo which looks forward to the Sonata for two pianos and percussion. Soloist and orchestra co-operate in exemplary fashion in a performance remarkable for its precision of ensemble, clarity and exactness of detail: Gcxa Anda in pardcular is to be congratulated for the way he romps through all the difficulties. The recording is excellent, the stereo even better than the mono.
— L. S. The Gramophone, May 1961 – excerpt, review of DGG UP issue of Concertos 2 & 3

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Slowly Rolling Camera – Slowly Rolling Camera (2014) [Bandcamp FLAC 24/48]

Slowly Rolling Camera – Slowly Rolling Camera (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 60:08 minutes | 729 MB | Genre: Jazz
Official Digital Download – Source: Bandcamp.com | Front cover

Slowly Rolling Camera, teams up composer Dave Stapleton, producer Deri Roberts, vocalist-lyricist Dionne Bennett & drummer Elliot Bennett. Their music has distinct echoes of the ‘invisible soundtracks’ of UK progressives Cinematic Orchestra & 4Hero combining double bass led grooves, with shifting rhythms & arresting harmonies all skilfully performed by some of the best jazz musicians in the UK.

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The Qualitons – Panoramic Tymes (2010) [Bandcamp FLAC 24/48]

The Qualitons – Panoramic Tymes (2010)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time – 38:36 minutes | 471 MB | Genre: Funk, R&B
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Bandcamp | Artwork: Front cover | © Tramp Records

The story of The Qualitons began in 2007 when DJ/producer Kanada Káosz, after several years of organizing “What Da Funk” events in Budapest, was invited to DJ at the Berlin Soul Ascension Festival (SAF). As a real fan of live Funk and R&B bands he had always thought that it was a shame that Hungary didn’t have a single band in these genres. When he saw some of the greatest funk/soul/beat bands playing at the SAF, he went back to Budapest inspired to organize such a band in Hungary. He went to dozens of concerts to hand-pick musicians for this project. Those who he asked were totally up for the idea and surprisingly told him that they had always wanted to play in such a band but no one never asked them! All of them had attended and graduated from the Department of Jazz at the Franz Liszt Music Academy, the most prestigious college of music in Hungary.

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