Tim Hugh – Hands On Heart: Live at Wigmore Hall (2008) [Naim FLAC 24/88,2]

Tim Hugh – Hands On Heart: Live at Wigmore Hall (2008)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 74:00 minutes | 1,17 GB | Genre: Classical
Official Digital Download – Source: NAIM label.com | Digital booklet

Tim Hugh, principle cellist of the London Symphony Orchestra, is widely regarded as the one of the great British cellists of the 21st century. This recording also features top Russian accompanist Olga Sitkovetsky (piano).

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Steppenwolf – Steppenwolf (1968) [Analogue Productions Remaster 2013] {SACD ISO + FLAC 24/88,2}

Steppenwolf – Steppenwolf (1968) [Analogue Productions Remaster 2013]
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DSD64 Stereo > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 46:57 minutes | Scans included | 1,89 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 895 MB
Genre: Rock

Steppenwolf entered the studio for their recording debut with a lot of confidence — based on a heavy rehearsal schedule before they ever got signed — and it shows on this album, a surprisingly strong debut album from a tight hard rock outfit who was obviously searching for a hook to hang their sound on. The playing is about as loud and powerful as anything being put out by a major record label in 1968, though John Kay’s songwriting needed some development before their in-house repertory would catch up with their sound and musicianship. On this album, the best material came from outside the ranks of the active bandmembers: “Born to Be Wild” by ex-member Mars Bonfire, which became not only a chart-topping high-energy anthem for the counterculture (a status solidified by its use in Dennis Hopper’s movie Easy Rider the following year), but coined the phrase heavy metal, thus giving a genre-specific name to the brand of music that the band played (and which was already manifesting itself in the work of bands like Vanilla Fudge and the just-emerging Led Zeppelin); the Don Covay soul cover “Sookie, Sookie,” which, as a single by the new group, actually got played on some soul stations until they found out that Steppenwolf was white; two superb homages to Chess Records, in the guise of “Berry Rides Again,” written (though “adapted” might be a better word) by Kay based on the work of Chuck Berry, and the Willie Dixon cover “Hoochie Coochie Man”; and Hoyt Axton’s “The Pusher,” an anti-drug song turned into a pounding six-minute tour de force by the band. The rest, apart from the surprisingly lyrical rock ballad “A Girl I Knew,” is by-the-numbers hard rock that lacked much except a framework for their playing; only “The Ostrich” ever comes fully to life among the other originals, but the songs would catch up with the musicianship the next time out.

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Rubinstein – Piano Concertos Nos. 1 &2 (2005) {SACD ISO + FLAC 24/88,2}

Frederic Chopin – Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor Op. 11, Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor Op. 21
Arthur Rubinstein – New Symphony Orchestra / Stanislaw Skrowaczewski & Symphony of the Air / Alfred Wallenstein
SACD ISO (2.0/MCH): 2,60 GB | 24B/88,2kHz Stereo FLAC: 1,24 GB | Artwork
Label/Cat#: RCA Red seal “Living Stereo” # 82876-67902-2 | Country/Year: US 2005, 1958-1961
Genre: Classical | Style: Romantic

This is absolutely the best recording of Frederic Chopin’s Piano Concertos! I heard many recordings of these familiar works (for example: Zimmermann, Polish Festival Orchestra, DG), but this recording beats my all old favorites.
1) The recording quality is excellent. Their were made in 1958 and 1961, but still sound is very clear. Unfortunately this isn’t five-channel hybrid recording, there is only three-channel engineering. Music comes only from both middle speakers and front speaker.
2) Rubinstein is brilliant pianist, maybe the greatest of all time! First Concerto sounds very effectively, and peaceful second movement is performed beautifully. Second Concerto is also outstanding, and fast finale is breathtaking!
3) The booklet and SACD are packaged nicely in a strong jewel case.
This is excellent purchase for all classical music lovers! It is very good, that Living Stereo label publishes old masterful recordings on multi-channel SACD! Incredible! ~sa-cd.net

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Friar Alessandro – Voice From Assisi (2012) [HDTracks FLAC 24/88,2]

Friar Alessandro – Voice From Assisi (2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 44:56 minutes | 925 MB | Genre: Classical
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | Digital booklet | © Decca Records

Decca Records has announced the global signing of Franciscan Friar, Alessandro Brustenghi, from the original friary founded by Saint Francis of Assisi: the Porziuncola in Assisi. This marks the first time in music history that a Friar has landed a major record deal. Alessandro was discovered by the legendary Mike Hedges (U2, The Cure, Manic Street Preachers), while in Italy. The album is a masterful blend of traditional and modern sacred songs, including an original track by Royal Wedding composer Paul Mealor.

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Shelby Lynne – Just A Little Lovin’ (2008) [Analogue Productions Remaster 2012] {SACD ISO + FLAC 24/88,2}

Shelby Lynne – Just A Little Lovin’ (2008) [APO Remaster 2012]
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DSD64 Stereo > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 39:19 minutes | Scans included | 1,7 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 839 MB
Genre: Country

Shelby Lynne has followed her own sometimes reckless, always adventuresome muse throughout her career. Just a Little Lovin’ is her personal homage to the late, legendary Dusty Springfield. Nine of its ten cuts are inextricably linked to the late British vocalist whose sway Lynne came under years ago, but a chance conversation with Barry Manilow — of all people — led to the making of this record. Lynne doesn’t attempt to sound like Springfield. She uses her own phrasing and rhythmic sensibility.

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Yeahwon Shin – Lua Ya (2013) [HIGHRESAUDIO FLAC 24/88,2]

Yeahwon Shin – Lua Ya (2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 40:28 minutes | 703 MB | Genre: Jazz
Official Digital Download – Source: HighResAudio.com | Digital booklet | © ECM

South Korean singer Yeahwon Shin’s ECM debut, “Lua ya” is a gentle album of songs and lullabies, recorded in 2012 in the spacious acoustics of Mechanics Hall, near Boston. It’s a very intuitive set, shaped by “improvising, listening to our childhood memories and letting the music flow”, as Yeahwon says. Shin and pianist Aaron Parks played together just once before the present recording, finding “an instant improvisational connection” which is further explored here. Accordionist Rob Curto shares with Yeahwon an affinity for Brazilian music and has collaborated with her previously (in contexts including her Latin Grammy-nominated album “Yeahwon” on ArtistShare). But this new disc is a project beyond the idiomatic borderlines: Korean children’s songs are amongst the inspirational sources, and jazz has influenced the phrasing and imagination of all three participants, yet “Lua ya” seems to emerge from a place of pure music and a common reservoir of feeling. Yeahwon Shin dedicates the set to mothers and children everywhere.

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Vera Kappeler & Peter Conradin Zumthor – Babylon-Suite (2014) [HIGHRESAUDIO FLAC 24/88,2]

Vera Kappeler & Peter Conradin Zumthor – Babylon-Suite (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 47:48 minutes | 808 MB | Genre: Jazz
Official Digital Download – Source: HighResAudio.com | Digital Booklet | © ECM

The ECM debut of the duo of Vera Kappeler and Peter Conradin Zumthor presents music commissioned for the Origen Cultural Festival. It is music dominated by low registers, dark hues. The Babylon referenced in the title is the Babylon of the Book of Daniel, the lion’s den, the young men singing in the fiery furnace, a place of perdition, a labyrinth… The inspirational starting point launches creative composing and improvising and the shaping of strange and poetic material which is much more than ‘programme music’ The “Babylon-Suite” is self-contained, autonomous. The piano and drums duo leaves spaces and ellipses for the imagination to fill. Kappeler’s pianistic touch and phrasing, most subtly detailed and underpinned by Zumthor’s melody-and-texture conscious drumming, draw the listener in, deeper into the dream.

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Trichotomy – The Gentle War (2010) [Naim FLAC 24/88,2]

Trichotomy – The Gentle War (2010)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 50:32 minutes | 990 MB | Genre: Jazz
Official Digital Download – Source: NAIM label.com | Digital booklet

The Gentle War, is the superb new album from Australian piano trio Trichotomy and the follow-up to the band’s critically acclaimed Naim Jazz debut Variations.

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Love – Da Capo (1966) [MFSL 2013] {SACD ISO + FLAC 24/88,2}

Love – Da Capo (1966) [MFSL 2013]
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 36:23 minutes | Scans included | 1,12 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 727 MB
Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab # UDSACD 2130 | Genre: Rock

Love was an American rock group of the late 1960s and early 1970s. They were led by singer/songwriter Arthur Lee who wrote most of the songs, although some of their best known songs were written by Bryan MacLean. One of the first racially diverse American pop bands, their music reflected different influences, combining elements of rock and roll, garage rock, folk and psychedelia. Da Capo is their second album.

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Kevin Mahogany – Pride & Joy (2002) {SACD ISO + FLAC 24/88,2}

Kevin Mahogany – Pride & Joy (2002) {2.0 & 5.1}
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 50:03 minutes | Scans included | 3,53 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 1,03 GB
Genre: Vocal Jazz / Bop | Features 2.0 Stereo and 5.1 multichannel surround sound

Kevin Mahogany’s decision to cover Motown hits in a jazz setting stems from his desire to not only increase the audience for jazz, but to add new material to the music’s repertoire, in addition to the established standards. The results are ear-opening, particularly for those who never seriously listened to the likes of Marvin Gaye or Smokey Robinson. Mahogany, whose richly textured baritone helped him become one of the top male jazz vocalists to emerge during the 1990s, arranged several of the tracks, including the stark “My World Is Empty Without You,” where his only backing is provided by bassist Melissa Slocum and percussionist Don Alias, as well as a swinging treatment of “The Hunter Gets Captured by the Game.” The singer is backed by a quartet of singers for catchy doo wop interpretations of “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours” and “Reach Out I’ll Be There.” Pianist James Weidman, who provides just the right support on six of the CD’s 11 tracks, is the sole accompanist and arranger of “Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me),” reworking this huge hit into a lush ballad. Gaye’s “Pride and Joy,” arranged by guitarist Dave Stryker, is recast in a driving hard bop setting, featuring Mahogany’s scat exchanges with the muted trumpet of Jon Faddis. Stryker also contributed the tasty chart of “I Can’t Get Next to You” and a startling, very slow ballad treatment of “The Tears of a Clown,” where his acoustic guitar is the only backing for Mahogany’s magical vocals. This stunning release is heartily recommended.

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