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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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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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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Marvin Gaye – Let’s Get It On (1973) [MFSL 2008] {SACD ISO + FLAC 24/88,2}

Marvin Gaye – Let’s Get It On (1973) [MFSL 2008]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 31:31 minutes | Scans included | 1,27 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 620 MB
Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab # UDSACD 2039| Genre: R&B, Soul

After brilliantly surveying the social, political, and spiritual landscape with What’s Going On, Marvin Gaye turned to more intimate matters with Let’s Get It On, a record unparalleled in its sheer sensuality and carnal energy. Always a sexually charged performer, Gaye’s passions reach their boiling point on tracks like the magnificent title hit (a number one smash) and “You Sure Love to Ball”; silky and shimmering, the music is seductive in the most literal sense, its fluid grooves so perfectly designed for romance as to border on parody. With each performance laced with innuendo, each lyric a come-on, and each rhythm throbbing with lust, perhaps no other record has ever achieved the kind of sheer erotic force of Let’s Get It On, and it remains the blueprint for all of the slow jams to follow decades later — much copied, but never imitated.

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Eugene Ruffolo – Even Santa Gets The Blues (2009) {SACD ISO + FLAC 24/88,2}

Eugene Ruffolo – Even Santa Gets The Blues (2009)
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 50:50 minutes | Scans included | 2,06 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 966 MB
Genre: Pop, Folk , Christmas | Stockfish Records # SFR 357.4066.2

One thing is for sure – Christmas is not just one celebration among others, Christmas is THE ONE celebration of the year. There is no chance to escape … a fact known to many a good musician. Christmas albums – they’ve all done it. Facing this situation, you better bring a lot of sweet ingredients in order to create a completely new and completely different Christmas cake – especially one from Stockfisch. Some stalwarts of Stockfisch records to this noble end have gathered around Eugene Ruffolo; white beards and scarlet coats they wear – but watch out for their guitars! And finally they achieved the impossible task of creating a Christmas recording sounding like no other.

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Living Stereo: Dvorak – Concerto in B minor / Walton: Cello Concerto – Gregor Piatigorsky, Munch (2005) {SACD ISO + FLAC 24/88,2}

Antonin Dvorak: Concerto in B minor / William Walton: Cello Concerto
Gregor Piatigorsky, cello – Boston Symphony Orchestra – Charles Munch
SACD ISO (2.0/MCH): 2,86 GB | 24B/88,2kHz Stereo FLAC: 1,25 GB | Full Artwork | 3% Recovery Info
Label/Cat#: RCA Red Seal “Living Stereo” # 82876-66375-2 | Country/Year: Europe 2005, 1950s/1960s
Genre: Classical | Style: Romantic, Contemporary, Cello

A wonderful SACD… I recently heard the Dvorak live and I found myself comparing that performance to that on this disc.

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Living Stereo: Beethoven – Boston SO / Munch – Symphonies 5 & 6 (2005) {SACD ISO + FLAC 24/88,2}

Ludwig van Beethoven – Symphonies Nos. 5 & 6
Boston Symphony Orchestra – Charles Munch
SACD ISO (Stereo): 1,16 GB | 24B/88,2kHz Stereo FLAC: 1,13 GB | Full Artwork
Label/Cat#: RCA “Living Stereo” # 82876-67898-2 | Country/Year: Europe 2005 | 3% Recovery Info
Genre: Classical | Style: Viennese School

Amazing DSD resuscitation of a classic Fifth on records

Published on August 23, 2005
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 5 in C Minor; Symphony No. 6 in F Major — Boston Symphony Orchestra/ Charles Munch — RCA Living Stereo
Stereo SACD 82876-67898-2 68:45****:

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Mike Marshall – Gator Strut (1987) [MFSL 2004] {SACD ISO + FLAC 24/88,2}

Mike Marshall – Gator Strut (1987) [MFSL 2004]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 54:04 minutes | Scans included | 2,2 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 1,05 GB
Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab # UDSACD 7001 | Genre: Folk. World

Mike Marshall is much like Mark O’Connor, a virtuoso on several string instruments, an innovative composer and arranger who refuses to be pigeonholed stylistically, and also an alum of David Grisman’s band. Numerous Grisman alumni turn up on this 1984 release, including violinist Darol Anger, bassists Todd Phillips and Rob Wasserman, guitarist Tony Rice, and even Grisman himself, along with dobro player Jerry Douglas, Béla Fleck on banjo, violinist David Balikrishan (who would later co-found the Turtle Island String Quartet with Anger), and pianist Barbara Higbie. Marshall sticks primarily to mandolin on this mostly progressive bluegrass date, though he’s also heard on mandola, mandocello, violin, and guitar. Highlights include the funky original “Gator Strut,” “Ravel” (a solo effort featuring the leader overdubbed on several instruments while adapting a theme by the French Impressionist composer), a joint arrangement with Anger of John Coltrane’s infrequently performed “Giant Hornpipe,” and a brilliant interpretation of Thelonious Monk’s “‘Round Midnight”.

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