Jacqueline du Pré – Elgar, Delius: Cello Concertos (1965/2012) [EMI Classics' Remaster 2011] {SACD-R + FLAC 24-88.2}

Jacqueline du Pré – Elgar: Sea Pictures Op. 37 / Cello Concerto in E minor Op. 85 (1965/2012)
& Delius: Songs of Farewell / A Song Before Sunrise / Concerto for Cello and Orchestra

PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DSD64 Stereo > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 104:20 minutes | Scans included | 4,39 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 1,97 GB
Genre: Classical

The Signature Collection is a brand new series from EMI Classics featuring the finest catalog recordings released for the first time ever in high resolution format. The expert engineers at Abbey Road Studios who remastered the original EMI recordings for Hybrid Super Audio CD series have breathed new life into these iconic catalog recordings. Each title in the Signature Collection is beautifully presented in a full-color illustrated hardback book. The liner notes explore mot only the rich music but also the story behind original LP covers. Also included are never before seen photographs of the original master tapes.

Jacqueline du Pre’s recording of Elgar’s Cello Concerto with Sir John Barbirolli conducting the London Symphony Orchestra is widely recognized as the definitive recording of the Elgar, the one against which all others are measured. Du Pre’s career was cut tragically short by Multiple Sclerosis, forcing her to quit performing in 1973. She died in 1987 at age 42. She was married to the famous conductor/pianist Daniel Barenboim. Du Pre was known for her aggressive playing style and flawless technique. Thanks in large measure to EMI, there are a goodly number of du Pre recordings still in circulation, some of which feature both du Pre and Barenboim. The EMI Signature Series CD being reviewed here lives up to Du Pre’s advance billing as one of the most stunningly gifted musical artists of our time, and it showcases the Elgar, as, indeed it should. There is a reason this performance is famous. Du Pre’s Elgar is one of those rare performances that you can listen to a thousand times and never tire of it, a truly wonderful listening experience. Not adding this CD to your library would be a major omission. – customer’s review at amazon.com

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Indigo Girls – Become You (2002) [2.0 & 5.1] {SACD-R + FLAC 24-88.2}

Indigo Girls – Become You (2002) [2.0 & 5.1]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 47:56 mins | Scans included | 3,23 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 976 MB
Genre: Folk

The Indigo Girls are an American folk rock music duo consisting of Amy Ray and Emily Saliers. Become You is their eighth studio album, released in 2002.

Indigo Girls’ eighth studio album, released 15 years after their first, finds the duo of Amy Ray and Emily Saliers in a sense starting over. Using their regular backup band of keyboardist Carol Isaacs, bassist Claire Kenny, and drummer Brady Blade, but only a couple of guest musicians — in contrast to albums that featured lots more players, many of them well known — and returning to producer Peter Collins, who worked with them on their second, fourth, and fifth albums, they have stripped down their approach to something approaching the folk-rock style with which they began. The restrained instrumentation and arrangements focus attention on the songs themselves, and Ray and Saliers, as usual writing separately and alternating tracks, have similar things to say. Eleven of the 12 songs are addressed by an “I” to a “you” (the exception, “She’s Saving Me,” might as well be), and for the most part they deal in romantic complications, with the “I” looking back on a past romance or detailing the difficulties that may lead to a breakup. In the opening track and first single, Ray’s “Moment of Forgiveness,” for example, the narrator notes that two years have gone by since her lover left and asks, hopelessly, “When are you gonna come home?” Ray is characteristically more raw in her singing and in her expression; she also provides the album’s musical contrasts, whether it’s the “Games People Play”-style Southern soul of “Moment of Forgiveness” or the Mexican tone of “Nuevas Senoritas.” Saliers is more abstract, titling one of her laments “Deconstruction” and, in “She’s Saving Me,” even offers a more positive statement. But it is Ray’s title track, in which a daughter of the South confronts the region’s reprehensible mythology — not a song of romance — that is the album’s most wrenching and powerful statement.

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Frank Sinatra – Sinatra’s Swingin’ Session!!! (1961) [MFSL 2013] {SACD-R + FLAC 24-88.2}

Frank Sinatra – Sinatra’s Swingin’ Session!!! (1961) [MFSL 2013]
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 22:26 minutes | Scans included | 1,07 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 577 MB
Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab # UDSACD 2110
Genres: Vocal Jazz

Sinatra’s Swingin’ Session!!! And More is a fast, driving album, the speediest and hardest swing collection Frank Sinatra ever recorded. The majority of the album is a re-recording of six of the eight songs from his first LP, Sing and Dance with Frank Sinatra, as rearranged by Nelson Riddle. Sinatra performed the songs twice as fast as was expected; consequently, it’s one of his jazziest swing sets, with the musicians spitting out energetic, forceful solos and providing tough, gutsy support. Not only do the uptempo numbers speed by, the ballads are sprightly. It doesn’t have the brassy verve of A Swingin’ Affair, but Sinatra’s Swingin’ Session!!! does have a confident, swaggering flavor of its own that makes it nearly as enjoyable.

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Bruce Springsteen – Born In The U.S.A. Live – London 2013 (PCM Stereo 24-48)

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band – Born In The U.S.A. Live – London 2013 (PCM Stereo 24bit/48kHz)
DVD Decrypter rip | FLAC (IMG+CUE) | Complete Scans 300 dpi (.png) | 888 MB | RAR 3% Rec.
Rock | Label: Columbia | Catalog Number: 88843 03212 2 | Country: EU | Year: 2014

Born in the U.S.A. Live: London 2013 is a limited edition DVD of a live full album performance of Born in the U.S.A. by Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band and was recorded at the Hard Rock Calling festival in London, England at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on June 30, 2013. The DVD is available exclusively through Amazon.com in a deluxe edition of Springsteen’s 2014 album, High Hopes.

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Carol Kidd – Debut (1984) [Reissue 2004] {SACD-R + FLAC 24-88.2}

Carol Kidd – Debut (1984) [Reissue 2004] {2.0 & 5.1}
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 44:14 minutes | Scans included | 2,55 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 809 MB
Features 2.0 Stereo and 5.1 multichannel surround sound | Linn Records # AKD 228
Genre: Jazz

Carol Kidd is widely considered to be a singer’s singer. She has been described by Frank Sinatra as “the best kept secret in British Jazz”. While Tony Bennett was prompted to say “you should be world-famous, where’ve you been?” Cleo Laine, who should know about these things, has commented, “her control is thrilling…. She is world class”. This re-issue debut album, originally recorded in 1984, is ample proof that Carol Kidd is indeed an exceptional talent. She has a voice of outstanding beauty, marvellous diction and perfect pitch combined with impeccable jazz feeling.

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Carol Kidd – All My Tomorrows (1985) [Reissue 2004] {SACD-R + FLAC 24-88.2}

Carol Kidd – All My Tomorrows (1985) [Reissue 2004] {2.0 & 5.1}
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 38:08 minutes | Scans included | 2,25 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | 37:57 mins | Scans included | 718 MB
Features 2.0 Stereo and 5.1 multichannel surround sound | Linn Records # AKD 210
Genre: Jazz

For over a decade, jazz singer Carol Kidd has managed to consistently pull in accolades, “Best Awards,” and honors from an arena consisting of all-time greats such as Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald, and Sarah Vaughan. Carol Kidd proves her star potential on her second album, “All My Tomorrows”. Now re-mastered for Super Audio CD, this is one of the most popular titles recorded on Linn Records. Carol Kidd and her quartet explore and interpret some classic material from the Great American Songbook.

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Ben Webster – See You At The Fair (1964) [Analogue Productions 2010] {SACD-R + FLAC 24-88.2}

Ben Webster – See You At The Fair (1964) [Analogue Productions 2010]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 33:58 minutes | Scans included | 1,04 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 696 MB
Genre: Jazz

Ben Webster’s final American recording was one of his greatest. At 55, the tenor saxophonist was still very much in his prime but considered out of style in the U.S. He would soon permanently move to Europe where he was better appreciated. This CD has the nine selections originally included on the LP of the same name, a quartet set with either Hank Jones or Roger Kellaway on piano, bassist Richard Davis, and drummer Osie Johnson. Webster’s tone has rarely sounded more beautiful than on “Someone to Watch Over Me” and “Our Love Is Here to Stay”.

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Alice In Chains – Greatest Hits (2001) [2.0 & 5.1] {SACD-R + FLAC 24-88.2}

Alice In Chains – Greatest Hits (2001) [2.0 & 5.1]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64/DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 43:44 mins | Scans included | 3,74 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 924 MB
Genre: Alternative metal, grunge, alternative rock, heavy metal

Giants of the early-’90s Seattle grunge scene, with Black Sabbath-style riffing and an unconventional vocal style, in many ways, Alice in Chains was the definitive heavy metal band of the early ’90s. Drawing equally from the heavy riffing of post-Van Halen metal and the gloomy strains of post-punk, the band developed a bleak, nihilistic sound that balanced grinding hard rock with subtly textured acoustic numbers. They were hard enough for metal fans, yet their dark subject matter and punky attack placed them among the front ranks of the Seattle-based grunge bands.

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Ramones – The Sire Years: 1976-1989 (2013/2014) [HDTracks 24-192]

Ramones – The Sire Years: 1976-1989 (2013/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 360:08 minutes | 14,2 GB
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | Front covers
Genre: Rock

Explore the incomparable footprint of the Ramones’ musical legacy with a boxed set featuring the band’s seminal albums. With the 1976 release of their debut album, the Ramones issued a manifesto with their groundbreaking sound, inspiring countless others to pick up guitars and rock. Formed in the Forest Hills section of Queens, NY in 1974, the Ramones were completely original, forgoing a whole new sound and direction for music and giving birth to punk.

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Black Sabbath – Complete Studio Albums: 1970-1978 (2014) [HDTracks 24-96]

Black Sabbath – Complete Studio Albums: 1970-1978 (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 329:33 minutes | 7,42 GB
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | Front covers
Genre: Heavy Metal

When Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Terry “Geezer” Butler and Bill Ward formed Black Sabbath in 1969, they created a signature sound that set the blueprint for heavy music and influenced generations of disciples for years to come. Black Sabbath – Complete Studio Albums: 1970-1978, features the band’s collected studio works for Warner Bros. Records from the 1970’s, including their iconic eponymous debut, Black Sabbath (1970), the multi-platinum landmark Paranoid (1970), the platinum albums Master Of Reality (1971), Vol. 4 (1972), and Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (1973), and the gold-certified Sabotage (1975), Technical Ecstasy (1976), and Never Say Die! (1978).

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