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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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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Art nouveau – Songs by Strauss, Zemlinsky, Ravel, Respighi – Teodora Gheorghiu, Jonathan Aner (2013) [eClassical FLAC 24/88,2]

Art nouveau – Songs by Strauss, Zemlinsky, Ravel, Respighi – Teodora Gheorghiu, Jonathan Aner (2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88.2 kHz | Time – 59:18 minutes | 777 MB
Official Digital Download – Source: eClassical | Cover

Beauty, Myth, Dream. Young women dressed loosely wrapped in soft tissue and fluids covered flowers and arabesques, this is what you can see on the posters of Alfons Mucha, whose cover evokes the style. The staging of beauty, the removal of a realistic representation, the stylization of man and nature in a sensual aesthetic ideal is typical of this time of the turn of the 20th century and is reflected in the art in all areas. Vienna, Paris and Munich centers are a current pictorial and literary evolving towards art pour l’art.
This is what tells the new disc and the booklet of the new expanded recording of Teodora Gheorghiu, undoubtedly one of the greatest sopranos of her generation.

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Various Artists – Master Music: Female Audiophile (2005) {SACD ISO + FLAC 24/88,2}

Various Artists – Master Music: Female Audiophile (2005)
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 65:40 minutes | Scans included | 1,06 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 1,19 GB
Genre: Vocal

This Master Music Female Audiophile SACD sampler includes the beautiful and timeless voices of Radka Toneff, Simone, Lisa Wahlandt, Katinka Wilson, Kari Bremnes, Inger Marie Gundersen, Kate Purcell, Chie Ayado and more! It is an Asian production and release, not found on Western webpages and outlets.

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The Jim Hall Quartet – All Across The City (1989) [Reissue 2003] {SACD ISO + FLAC 24/88,2}

The Jim Hall Quartet – All Across The City (1989) [Reissue 2003]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 57:05 minutes | Scans included | 3,85 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Full Scans included | 1,01 GB
Genre: Jazz

Jim Hall’s successful blend of contemporary and mainstream jazz should appeal to both camps on this well-crafted album. Hall displays the subtle quiet lyricism that makes his guitar sound instantly identifiable. Gil Goldstein is a perfect choice on keyboards, because he uses synthesizer only to color rather than overpower a song, while avoiding schmaltz. Both “Beja-Flor” and the title track benefit from his contributions. Though his piano is frequently in the background, it matches Hall’s hushed, effective guitar lines. Bassist Steve LaSpina and drummer Terry Clarke frequently lay out during the introductions and then enter to add either gentle shadings or full steam, if needed. One of Jim Hall’s best albums.

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The Gene Harris Quartet – Listen Here! (1989) [Reissue 2003] {SACD ISO + FLAC 24/88,2}

The Gene Harris Quartet – Listen Here! (1989) [Reissue 2003]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 53:50 minutes | Scans included | 3,35 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 1,00 GB
Genre: Jazz

Although often associated with the blues, only one of the ten selections on this quartet set by pianist Gene Harris (who is joined by guitarist Ron Eschete, bassist Ray Brown, and drummer Jeff Hamilton) is technically a blues. On this excellent all-around showcase for the soulful pianist, Harris sounds in prime form exploring such tunes as “This Masquerade,” “Don’t Be That Way,” Eddie Harris’ “Listen Here,” and “The Song Is Ended.” Listen Here! gives listeners a pretty definitive look at Gene Harris’ accessible and swinging style.

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The Cal Tjader Quintet – Latin + Jazz = Cal Tjader (1968) [Audio Fidelity 2003] {SACD ISO + FLAC 24/88,2}

The Cal Tjader Quintet – Latin + Jazz = Cal Tjader (1968) [Audio Fidelity 2003]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 44:54 minutes | Scans included | 1,8 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Full Scans included | 874 MB
Genre: Jazz | Remastered by Steve Hoffman | Audio Fidelity # AFZ-004

TVibraphonist Cal Tjader is in typically fine form on this live set from 1968. His quintet at the time featured Armand Perazza on congas and pianist Joe Kloess and his repertoire ranged from Afro-Cuban jazz to occasional straightahead tunes. Six of the eight selections on this date are originals by band members or Gary McFarland. Although Tjader had been playing this style of music for 15 years by this time, he still was quite creative and enthusiastic, and is heard throughout in excellent form.

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Toby Keith – Shock’n Y’all (2003) {SACD ISO + FLAC 24/88,2}

Toby Keith – Shock’n Y’all (2003) [2.0 & 5.1]
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 51:12 minutes | Artwork | 3,97 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | 50:22 mins | Art | 996 MB
Genre: Country

Since Toby Keith not only can come across as a loudmouth redneck but seems to enjoy being a loudmouth redneck, it’s easy for some listeners to dismiss him as a backwoods right-wing crank — particularly when he succumbs to such easy impulses as mocking Dixie Chick Natalie Maines in concert and naming his 2003 album Shock’n Y’All, not so cleverly spinning the military catch phrase from the second Iraq war into a bad pun. Those listeners aren’t entirely wrong, since he can succumb to reactionary politics, as on swill like “Beer for My Horses,” but Keith isn’t coming from a didactic right-wing standpoint. He’s an old-fashioned, cantankerous outlaw who’s eager to be as oversized and larger than life as legends like Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard, and Willie Nelson, who bucked conventions and spoke their minds. Sure, Keith enjoys pandering to the Fox News Republicans “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue” won him, and his jingoistic ventures don’t have the humanity and humor of Haggard’s protest songs (although to Keith’s credit they display far more humanity than Sean Hannity and are much more genuine than Steve Earle’s post-9/11 songs), but that doesn’t mean Keith doesn’t have a big, warm heart. In fact, on every album prior to Shock’n Y’All he’s displayed a taste for mawkish sentiment, but what makes this album work is that he’s turned that sentiment into warmth while making the record into the hardest, toughest set of songs he’s yet made. Unleashed gave him the clout to make any kind of music he wanted, and left to his own devices, he’s lonesome, on’ry, and mean, a cheerful advocate of redneck libertarianism with a sly sense of humor. All of which wouldn’t mean much if he wasn’t a strong songwriter, and more than any of his previous works, Shock’n Y’All proves that he’s a steady-handed journeyman, crafting songs in the tradition of classic outlaw country. It’s a deliberately hard-driving, hard-drinking, gutsy country album, yet it doesn’t shy away from modernism, best illustrated on “Sweet,” with its funky rhythms and use of “babelicious” (which rhymes with “delicious,” btw). Even with these modern flourishes, the album is firmly within the hard country tradition, with lots of barroom humor, propulsive rhythms, hearty humor, and a humanity that contradicts the rabble-rousing of Unleashed. And if Keith is more of a party-hearty hound than a profound singer — even when he imagines “If I Was Jesus,” it’s only so he can turn water into wine at parties — that’s now an attribute, not a deficiency, since it gives him focus and sensibility. Keith is happy to be a dirty old SOB, cracking jokes, drinking beer, and flirting with the ladies, and that makes Shock’n Y’All a fun, rough, rowdy album that wins you over despite your better impulses. It’s not polite, but Shock’n Y’All is pure Toby Keith, and the best album he’s done to date.

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Stockfisch Records – Analog Pearls Vol.1: Waylon Jennings (2014) {SACD ISO + FLAC 24/88,2}

Stockfisch Records – Analog Pearls Vol.1: Waylon Jennings (2014)
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 30:53 minutes | Scans NOT included | 1.25 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans NOT included | 576 MB
Genre: Country

Stockfisch-Records is releasing a new series called ‘Analog Pearls’ with the artist Waylon Jennings. These old analogue recordings were chosen because of the fantastic sound. For the new series Günter Pauler is looking in archives and is searching for grantors of a license. Before releasing as “Analog Pearls” the tracks have been carefully remastered at Stockfisch-Records.

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