Warren Zevon – Excitable Boy (1978) [Audio Fidelity 2013] {SACD ISO + FLAC 24/88,2}

Warren Zevon – Excitable Boy (1978) [Audio Fidelity 2013]
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 31:34 minutes | Scans included | 1.3 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 622 MB
Mastered by Steve Hoffman | Audio Fidelity # AFZ-166 | Genre: Rock

Warren Zevon’s self-titled album announced he was one of the most striking talents to emerge from the Los Angeles soft rock singer/songwriter community, and Linda Ronstadt (a shrewd judge of talent if a sometimes questionable interpreter) recorded three of its songs on two of her biggest-selling albums, which doubtlessly earned Zevon bigger royalty checks than the album itself ever did. But if Warren Zevon was an impressive calling card, the follow-up, Excitable Boy, was an actual hit, scoring one major hit single, “Werewolves of London,” and a trio of turntable hits (“Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner,” “Lawyers, Guns and Money,” and the title track). But while Excitable Boy won Zevon the larger audience his music certainly deserved, the truth is it was a markedly inferior album; while it had all the bile of Warren Zevon, and significantly raised Zevon’s dark-humor factor, it was often obvious where his previous album had been subtle, and while all 11 tracks on Warren Zevon were strong and compelling, two of the nine tunes on Excitable Boy — “Johnny Strike Up the Band” and “Nighttime in the Switching Yard” — sound like they’re just taking up space. Musically, most of Excitable Boy is stuck in a polished but unexceptional FM pop groove, and only “Veracruz” hints at the artful intelligence of Warren Zevon’s finest moments. It’s hard to say if Zevon was feeling uninspired or just dumbing himself down when he made Excitable Boy, but while it made him famous, it lacks the smarts and substance of his best work.

Read More

Heart – Magazine (1978) [Audio Fidelity 2014] {SACD ISO + FLAC 24/88,2}

Heart – Magazine (1978) [Audio Fidelity 2014]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 39:23 minutes | Scans included | 1,58 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Full Scans included | 793 MB
Mastered by Steve Hoffman | Audio Fidelity # AFZ-171 | Genre: Rock

Problems with the Mushroom label delayed the release of Magazine, which eventually went platinum and peaked at number 17 on the album charts. Only the hard-rocking “Heartless” made it into the Top 40, and the album didn’t really live up to Heart’s last few efforts. 1976’s Dreamboat Annie showed stronger songwriting, while Little Queen had a lot more bite to it. Magazine lacks in energy and, to a much greater extent, fluency. The songs sound careless and scrambled together, and while some of the blame can be placed on the label controversy, it’s apparent that the Wilsons seem unconcerned, for the most part. “Here Song,” “Just the Wine,” and the predictable “Without You” all have weak seams in both the writing and the articulateness of the tracks as a whole. 1978’s Dog & Butterfly shows more interest and rock & roll vitality than its predecessor, making Magazine an album even the band likes to forget about.

Read More

Laura Nyro – Eli and The Thirteenth Confession (1968) [Audio Fidelity 2016] {SACD ISO + FLAC 24/88,2}

Laura Nyro – Eli and The Thirteenth Confession (1968) [Audio Fidelity 2016]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & 4.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 46:19 minutes | Full Scans included | 2,1 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | 46:48 mins | Scans | 909 MB
Features Stereo and Quadrophonic surround sound | Mastered by Steve Hoffman | Audio Fidelity # AFZ5 237 | Genre: Rock, Pop

Nyro peaked early, and Eli and the Thirteenth Confession, just her second album, remains her best. It’s not only because it contains the original versions of no less than three songs that were big hits for other artists: “Sweet Blindness” (covered by the 5th Dimension), “Stoned Soul Picnic” (also covered by the 5th Dimension), and “Eli’s Comin’” (done by Three Dog Night). It’s not even just because those three songs are so outstanding. It’s because the album as a whole is so outstanding, with its invigorating blend of blue-eyed soul, New York pop, and early confessional singer/songwriting. Nyro sang of love, inscrutably enigmatic romantic daredevils, getting drunk, lonely women, and sensual desire with an infectious joie de vivre. The arrangements superbly complemented the material with lively brass, wailing counterpoint backup vocals, and Nyro’s own ebullient piano.

Read More

Grover Washington, Jr. – Winelight (1980) [Audio Fidelity 2015] {SACD ISO + FLAC 24/88,2}

Grover Washington, Jr. – Winelight (1980) [Audio Fidelity 2015]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 & DST64 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 38:57 minutes | Full Scans included | 3,44 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | 39:25 mins | Scans included | 753 MB
Features 2.0 Stereo and 5.1 multichannel surround sound | Audio Fidelity # AFZ5 203

Grover Washington, Jr., has long been one of the leaders in what could be called rhythm & jazz, essentially R&B-influenced jazz. Winelight is one of his finest albums, and not primarily because of the Bill Withers hit “Just the Two of Us.” It is the five instrumentals that find Washington (on soprano, alto, and tenor) really stretching out. If he had been only interested in sales, Washington’s solos could have been half as long and he would have stuck closely to the melody. Instead he really pushes himself on some of these selections, particularly the title cut. A memorable set of high-quality and danceable soul-jazz.

Read More

Renaissance – Scheherazade And Other Stories (1975) [Audio Fidelity 2014] {SACD ISO + FLAC 24/88,2}

Renaissance – Scheherazade And Other Stories (1975) [Audio Fidelity 2014]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 46:09 minutes | Scans included | 1,86 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Full Scans included | 865 MB
Mastered by Kevin Gray | Audio Fidelity # AFZ-183 | Genre: Rock

This album was the group’s magnum opus in the perception of many onlookers and fans, and it still plays well, though its flaws are more evident than they were at the time. The “Song of Scheherazade,” really a suite for the group supported by the London Symphony Orchestra and a chorus, started with guitarist-composer Michael Dunford, who had a personal fascination with the medieval literary work Tales of 1,001 Arabian Nights, and was realized by Dunford and his composing partner Betty Thatcher, with bassist Jon Camp and pianist John Tout. The piece, really nine sections assembled together, was one of the more ambitious works to come out of the progressive rock boom — it fits together nicely and does have some gorgeous passages and many lyrical, powerful sections, although it also seems slightly repetitive, overstaying its welcome somewhat; additionally, it never uses the orchestra quite as effectively as one senses it might have, for anything except embellishment. Less ambitious and more completely successful are “Ocean Gypsy,” “The Vultures Fly High,” and “Trip to the Fair” on side one, all relatively unpretentious pieces which feature extraordinary singing by Annie Haslam.

Read More

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.

Read More

Various Artists – Get It On (2014) [Audio Fidelity] {SACD ISO + FLAC 24/88,2}

Various Artists – Legends: Get It On (2014) [Audio Fidelity]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 79:02 minutes | Scans included | 3,2 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Full Scans included | 1,5 GB
Mastered by Steve Hoffman | Audio Fidelity # AFZ-179 | Genre: Rock

Time Life is proud to introduce something new in the realm of compilation albums – for the first time ever in conjunction with Audio Fidelity we have assembled the original masters of some of rock’s biggest stars and greatest hits and remastered these classics for Hybrid SACD.

The collection is based on the original TimeLife LEGENDS product. With GET IT ON! Audio Fidelity has taken these hit tracks to another sonic level. You have never heard a hits collection of such consistently high standards. It’s like hearing these classic hits for the first time.

Read More

Various Artists – Legends: Crank It Up (2014) [Audio Fidelity] {SACD ISO + FLAC 24/88,2}

Various Artists – Legends: Crank It Up (2014) [Audio Fidelity]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 70:56 minutes | Scans included | 2,88 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Full Scans included | 1,32 GB
Mastered by Steve Hoffman | Audio Fidelity # AFZ-178 | Genre: Rock

Time Life is proud to introduce something new in the realm of compilation albums – for the first time ever in conjunction with Audio Fidelity we have assembled the original masters of some of rock’s biggest stars and greatest hits and remastered these classics for Hybrid SACD.

Read More

America – Hearts (1975) [Audio Fidelity 2016] {SACD ISO + FLAC 24bit/88,2kHz}

America – Hearts (1975) [Audio Fidelity 2016]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & 4.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 36:24 minutes | Full Scans included | 1,54 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | 37:04 mins | Scans included | 670 MB
Features Stereo and Quadrophonic surround sound | SACD Mastering by Steve Hoffman | Audio Fidelity # AFZ5 231 | Genre: Rock

Hearts is the fifth original studio album by American folk rock trio America, released by Warner Bros. Records in 1975. The album was produced by legendary Beatles producer George Martin.

Read More

America – Homecoming (1972) [Audio Fidelity 2015] {SACD ISO + FLAC 24bit/88,2kHz}

America – Homecoming (1972) [Audio Fidelity 2015]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 & DST64 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 34:00 minutes | Full Scans included | 2,78 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | 33:37 mins | Scans incl. | 590 MB
Features 2.0 Stereo and 5.1 multichannel surround sound | Audio Fidelity # AFZ5 204 | Genre: Rock

Homecoming, America’s finest album, refines and focuses the folk-pop approach found on their debut release. The songs here are tighter and more forthright, with fewer extended solo instrumental sections than before. The sound quality is clear and bright; the colorful arrangements, while still acoustic guitar-based, feature more electric guitar and keyboards. The performance quality is more assured, among the most urgently committed the group would ever put on vinyl. Verses are still sometimes banal and clunky (“You can’t disregard your friends/But life gets so hard when you reach the end”) or cryptic (“Sorry, boy, but I’ve been hit by purple rain”), but a number of the song subjects here exhibit a yearning sense of wanderlust and love of the outdoors that proves to be highly evocative and compelling (particularly on “Moon Song,” “Ventura Highway,” “California Revisited,” and “Cornwall Blank”). Chordal progressions are sophisticated and contain many subtle surprises. A few new style wrinkles can be seen in the country-influenced “Don’t Cross the River,” the drivingly gutsy “California Revisited” (perhaps the hardest-rocking song the group would ever produce), and the hushed yet mildly funky “Head & Heart.” Chart hits from this release include “Ventura Highway,” “Only in Your Heart,” and “Don’t Cross the River,” but each song here has something to recommend it. This top-flight album is a very rewarding listen.

Read More

  • Page 1 of 2
  • 1
  • 2
  • >