Bill Withers - Live at Carnegie Hall (1973) [MFSL Remastered 2014] Audio CD Layer

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Bill Withers - Live at Carnegie Hall (1973) [MFSL Remastered 2014] Audio CD Layer

Bill Withers - Live at Carnegie Hall (1973) [MFSL Remastered 2014]
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 469 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 197 Mb | Scans included
Soul, Smooth Soul, Funk | Label: Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab | # UDSACD 2156 | 01:19:29

On par with the most treasured concert albums of the 60s and 70s, Bill Withers’ transformative Live at Carnegie Hall is a forgotten classic—an easygoing portrait of a down-home soul artist coming into his own in front of an audience eager to share every moment of his brilliance. Soothing with subtlety, charming with calmness, and healing with a vocal timbre as relaxing as his grooves, Withers uses the stage to expand the range of favorites and engage in dialog with the crowd. Distinguished with sonics that restore the performances’ balance and improve the soundstaging, this reissue takes you inside the venue. Moreover, aspects that really make this concert document unique—the energetic crowd, Withers and his band’s willingness to extend arrangements, and the undeniable communicative bond between the performer and his fans—are brought into fuller relief. While most live albums give you the sense of what transpired, Mobile Fidelity’s reissue allows it to seem that what you’re hearing and sensing is happening right now, in the moment.

Emil Gilels, New Philharmonia, Sir Adrian Boult - Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 3 (2011)

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Emil Gilels, New Philharmonia, Sir Adrian Boult - Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 3 (2011)

Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 3 (2011)
Emil Gilels, piano; New Philharmonia Orchestra; Sir Adrian Boult, conductor

EAC | APE | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 359 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 163 Mb | Scans included
Classical | Label: ICA Classics, BBC Worldwide | # ICAC 5000 | 01:10:24

Emil Gilels, along with fellow Russian artists, Sviatoslav Richter, David Oistrakh and Mstislav Rostropovich represented four of the greatest artists of the 20th Century. These live performances from London's Royal Festival Hall in 1967 capture Gilels at his best playing in front of an audience away from the confines of the studio. William Mann in the Times wrote after the concert of Concerto No.3, "For all his truly Beethovian brio in the first movement, Gilels never allowed this to get the better of the clarity and firmness of his phraseology, indeed his opening was like chiselled stone. There was immense dignity in the Largo and in the Rondo, taken at what I thought to be exactly the right speed, came across with remarkable vivacity". These archive recordings in stereo are extremely rare and have never been issued before.

Return to Forever - Musicmagic (1977) [Audio Fidelity, Remastered 2016] Audio CD Layer

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Return to Forever - Musicmagic (1977) [Audio Fidelity, Remastered 2016] Audio CD Layer

Return to Forever - Musicmagic (1977) Mastered by Kevin Gray, 2016
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 241 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 111 Mb | Scans included
Jazz Fusion | Label: Audio Fidelity, Columbia | # AFZ 250 | Time: 00:41:57

Musicmagic is Return to Forever's seventh and final studio album and one of the best jazz recordings released in the fusion genre. The album contains the final line-up of the band with only founders Chick Corea and Stanley Clarke returning from the previous recordings. This 1977 release was the first Return to Forever album in five years to contain vocals, performed here by Corea's future wife Gayle Moran and the surprisingly enjoyable Stanley Clarke. This album also marked the return of original member Joe Farrell on saxophone and flute, along with several new members making up a killer five-piece horn section.

Carly Simon - Carly Simon (1971) [MFSL Remastered 2015] Audio CD Layer

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Carly Simon - Carly Simon (1971) [MFSL Remastered 2015] Audio CD Layer

Carly Simon - Carly Simon (1971) [MFSL Remastered 2015]
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 243 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 121 Mb | Scans included | 00:39:15
Singer/Songwriter, Pop/Rock, Soft Rock | Label: Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab | # UDSACD 2165

Carly Simon’s exceptional debut remains one for the books. Immediately recognizing her potential, Elektra Records founder Jac Holzman signed and paired her with legendary producer Eddie Kramer. The pair’s chemistry resulted in a remarkable record that birthed an instant Top Ten hit, “That’s the Way I’ve Always Heard It Should Be,” a potent statement about marriage that, in the era, doubled as a feminist statement. Simon’s star-making self-titled album went on to garner critical acclaim and two Grammy nominations, including an award for Best New Artist. Now, more than four decades later, the album receives the sonic treatment it’s long deserved. For the first time, Kramer’s production gets the opportunity to truly shine. Boasting stellar sonics and gorgeous subtleties, this SACD is tailor-made for relaxing listening sessions with a glass of wine at arm’s reach.

Elvis Presley - 24 Karat Hits! (1997) [Analogue Productions, Remastered Reissue 2012] Audio CD Layer

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Elvis Presley - 24 Karat Hits! (1997) [Analogue Productions, Remastered Reissue 2012] Audio CD Layer

Elvis Presley - 24 Karat Hits! (1997) [Remastered Reissue 2012]
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 339 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 149 Mb | Scans included | 01:01:17
Rock & Roll, Early Pop/Rock | Label: Analogue Productions, RCA Victor | # CAPP 2040 SA

Mastered from the original analog tapes By George Marino at Sterling Sound. An audiophile dream set; the best that Elvis has ever sounded! Includes every one of the King's all-time greatest singles.

Deanna Bogart - Real Time (2006) [Re-Up]

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Deanna Bogart - Real Time (2006) [Re-Up]

Deanna Bogart - Real Time (2006)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 319 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 140 Mb | Scans included | 00:43:00
Piano Blues, Jazz-Blues, Modern Electric Blues | Label: Blind Pig | # BPCD 5107

Maryland's Deanna Bogart is an explosive live performer, mixing in several streams of American vernacular music into her sets, ranging from funky R&B romps to hushed, Norah Jones-like jazz-pop ballads, and she just happens to be a dynamite barrelhouse piano player who also plays a pretty mean tenor saxophone, as well. Her versatility is truly astounding, and while it might be safe to say that everything she does grows out of the blues, to label her a blues artist doesn't even begin to cover the half of it. On Real Time she offers up a typically varied program of New Orleans R&B, late-night blues, smoky jazz ballads, a touch of country, and some rousing boogie-woogie piano instrumentals, but what keeps it all stitched together is her strong, sultry singing.

Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong - Ella and Louis Again (1957) [Analogue Productions, Remastered 2012] Audio CD Layer

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Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong - Ella and Louis Again (1957) [Analogue Productions, Remastered 2012] Audio CD Layer

Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong - Ella and Louis Again (1957) [Remastered 2012]
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 216 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 106 Mb | Scans included | 00:44:18
Vocal Jazz, Standarts, Vocal Pop | Label: Analogue Productions, Verve | # CVRJ 4017 SA

Mastered by George Marino at Sterling Sound from the original master tapes to vinyl and PCM. There isn't much one can say about an album whose title is Ella And Louis Again. The "again" obviously means they've already done one album together and beyond that, what can you say about two people like Ella and Louis? I doubt that there's anyone today who loves music, who doesn't know Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong. The backing, with the Oscar Peterson Trio and Louis Bellson substituting for Buddy Rich, remains, as in the first album, quiet, discreet, swinging.

Weather Report - Tale Spinnin' (1975) [Audio Fidelity, Remastered 2016] Audio CD Layer

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Weather Report - Tale Spinnin' (1975) [Audio Fidelity, Remastered 2016] Audio CD Layer

Weather Report - Tale Spinnin' (1975) Mastered by Kevin Gray, 2016
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 271 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 114 Mb | Scans included
Jazz Fusion | Label: Audio Fidelity | # AFZ 248 | Time: 00:43:13

Recorded in early 1975, Tale Spinnin', Weather Report's fifth studio album is filled with sunny textures of Latin and African flavors. During the '60s and early '70s Weather Report began to move towards a more cosmopolitan groove, and a melding of song with jazz in new and refreshing ways. The recording stands with anything recorded during the so-called "jazz-rock fusion" era, if only on the basis of the range of fresh, intriguing originals by the band's co-founders and principle composers, the keyboardist Joe Zawinul and the saxophonist Wayne Shorter. Zawinul's pioneering interest in what we now call world music is more in evidence with the exotic percussion, wordless vocals, and sandy sound effects of "Badia," and his synthesizer sophistication is growing along with the available technology. Wayne Shorter's work on soprano sax is more animated than on their previous albums and Alphonso Johnson puts his melodic bass more to the fore.

The Allman Brothers Band - Brothers And Sisters (1973) [MFSL Remastered 2014] Audio CD Layer

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The Allman Brothers Band - Brothers And Sisters (1973) [MFSL Remastered 2014] Audio CD Layer

The Allman Brothers Band - Brothers And Sisters (1973) [MFSL Remastered 2014]
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 259 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 103 Mb | Scans included | Time: 00:38:33
Classic Rock, Southern Rock, Blues Rock | Label: Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab | # UDSACD 2103

Brothers and Sisters is significant for myriad reasons. It’s the first album the Allman Brothers Band made in its entirety after Duane Allman’s death. It also came after bassist Berry Oakley’s spookily similar passing, yet he appears on two of the songs. The 1973 set also marks the emergence of guitarist Dickey Betts as the collective’s leader. And pianist Chuck Leavell’s arrival. But more than anything else, the record remains noteworthy for its incredible soulfulness and completeness. Having stayed at the top of the Billboard charts for five consecutive weeks, Brothers and Sisters constitutes the Allman Brothers Band’s biggest commercial triumph. Given the circumstances surrounding its creation, such an accomplishment hardly seemed possible. Fresh from licking their wounds over Duane’s tragic motorcycle accident, the group experienced déjà vu when Oakley met the same fate just blocks away from where his mate was killed. Rather than collapse, the Allman Brothers Band tightened up and mellowed out, inviting Leavell to join instead of recruiting another guitarist.

Alexander Ivashkin, Russian State SO, Valeri Polyansky - Giya Kancheli: Simi; Mourned by the Wind (2005) [Re-Up]

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Alexander Ivashkin, Russian State SO, Valeri Polyansky - Giya Kancheli: Simi; Mourned by the Wind (2005) [Re-Up]

Giya Kancheli - Simi; Mourned by the Wind (2005)
Alexander Ivashkin, cello; Russian State Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Valeri Polyansky

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 219 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 151 Mb | Artwork included
Contemporary Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHAN 10297 | Time: 01:04:56

Giya Kancheli is one of Eastern Europe's most important contemporary composers, respected by musicologists and fellow composers alike. Schnittke said of him: 'His most striking quality…is the rare gift of being able to suspend all sense of time. From the very first note we are released from our ordinary, everyday time-sense to float, cloud-like, in eternity.' The political upheavals through which Kancheili has lived have greatly affected his music, which dwells on a complexity of interrelated themes - grief, fear, solitude, vigil, memory, nostalgia, innocence, intolerance, protest. It is profoundly influenced by the spirit of the folk music of his native Georgia.

Frank Sinatra - Point Of No Return (1961) [MFSL Remastered 2013] Audio CD Layer

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Frank Sinatra - Point Of No Return (1961) [MFSL Remastered 2013] Audio CD Layer

Frank Sinatra - Point Of No Return (1961) [MFSL Remastered 2013]
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 226 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 97 Mb | Scans included | 00:39:25
Vocal Jazz, Vocal Pop, Easy Listening | Label: Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab | # UDSACD 2112

Though already in business in 1961 with his own record label, Frank Sinatra was contractually obligated to give Capitol one more record before moving on to Reprise. Sinatra gave them the ironically titled Point of No Return, which is hardly the deal-fulfilling throwaway one might expect. Expertly arranged and conducted by longtime Sinatra ally Alex Stordahl, it's an elegant collection of farewell songs (including "I'll See You Again," "As Time Goes By," "There Will Never Be Another You," and "It's a Blue World"), delivered by Sinatra with a profound sense of sadness and loss. Fans of such downbeat Sinatra concept albums as In the Wee Small Hours and Sings for Only the Lonely would do well to pick up on this oft-overlooked gem.

Carly Simon - Anticipation (1971) [MFSL Remastered 2015] Audio CD Layer

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Carly Simon - Anticipation (1971) [MFSL Remastered 2015] Audio CD Layer

Carly Simon - Anticipation (1971) [MFSL Remastered 2015]
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 200 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 111 Mb | Scans included | 00:37:57
Singer/Songwriter, Pop/Rock, Soft Rock | Label: Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab | # UDSACD 2166

Carly Simon’s quietly intense sophomore album comes across like an assertive notice nailed to a door for all to see. Bold, personal, and openly biographical, Anticipation announces the arrival of an artist that won’t back down for anything. While Simon clearly stands her ground on her eponymous debut, she elevates her passion and persona to heightened levels throughout this gold-selling record, dealing in private matters related to love, relationships, and desire. At times, Simon is nothing short of primal, reflecting on the difficulties of retaining your own identity while also giving yourself to a partner. Musically, Simon’s connection to her folk roots would never be stronger. Simon’s attachment to and investment in each lyric is made evident by way of the intimate, hushed atmospherics and expanded dynamic range. The rhythmic framework supplied by session pro Andy Newmark’s drumming is also vastly improved, with songs showcasing a better-defined midrange and low-end. And just as Simon’s vocals sound more transparent and direct, so, too, do the supporting choral arrangements.

Ry Cooder - Paradise and Lunch (1974) [MFSL Remastered 2017] Audio CD Layer

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Ry Cooder - Paradise and Lunch (1974) [MFSL Remastered 2017] Audio CD Layer

Ry Cooder - Paradise and Lunch (1974) [MFSL Remastered 2017]
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 189 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 95 Mb | Scans included | 00:37:27
Roots Rock, Blues, Country Rock, Folk | Label: Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab | # UDSACD 2159

Ry Cooder's exceptional Paradise and Lunch takes a popular precept – music as the common denominator across all languages and styles – to extremes few artists have envisioned let alone fulfilled. Considered by many diehards to be the California native's finest hour, the 1974 set unfurls with rarified levels of joyousness, ingenuity, and sophistication. A prime contender for any Desert Island list and an album that repeatedly restores your faith in the inimitable effects experienced upon listening to special performances, Paradise and Lunch is an eternal "musicians' musician" record – an adventurous, ambitious, soulful leap down roads well-traveled and paths less known. Such eclecticism, virtuosity, and ebullience resonate with unmatched verve on our hybrid SACD. Mastered from the original master tapes and strictly limited to 2000 numbered copies, this audiophile reissue boasts dead-quiet surfaces, superb transient response, front-to-back soundstaging, and an organic immediacy that heightens the enjoyment, character, and craft of the arrangements.

Jimmy Raney, Jim Hall, Zoot Sims - Two Jims and Zoot (1964) [MFSL Remastered]

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Jimmy Raney, Jim Hall, Zoot Sims - Two Jims and Zoot (1964) [MFSL Remastered]

Jimmy Raney, Jim Hall, Zoot Sims - Two Jims and Zoot (1964) [MFSL Remastered]
XLD | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 184 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 95 Mb | Scans included
Bop, Cool, Guitar Jazz | Label: Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab | # MFCD 833 | 00:40:16

The slightly unusual date Two Jims and a Zoot features tenor saxophonist Zoot Sims interacting with two guitarists (Jimmy Raney and Jim Hall) while given subtle support by bassist Steve Swallow and drummer Osie Johnson. Although the eight selections (none of which caught on as standards) had all been written recently and sometimes display the influence of bossa nova, the quiet performances could pass for 1954 rather than 1964. The cool-toned improvisations and boppish playing have a timeless quality about them although for the time period aspects of this music already sounded a bit old-fashioned.

Big Brother & The Holding Company with Janis Joplin - Cheap Thrills (1968) [MFSL Remastered 2016] Audio CD Layer

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Big Brother & The Holding Company with Janis Joplin - Cheap Thrills (1968) [MFSL Remastered 2016] Audio CD Layer

Big Brother & The Holding Company with Janis Joplin - Cheap Thrills (1968) [MFSL, 2016]
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 236 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 100 Mb | Scans included | 00:37:25
Blues-Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Hard Rock | Label: Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab | # UDSACD 2172

In many facets, Big Brother and the Holding Company's Cheap Thrills is the quintessential album to spring from the outcome of the Summer of Love. Best known as Janis Joplin's major-label debut, the 1968 set arrived when the countercultural movement was in full swing and before co-optation, drugs, and violence signaled the fall of the era. Ranked #338 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, it puts a female singer in the prominent position traditionally given to a male and showcases a band pouring a potent cocktail of fiery psychedelic, blues, and folk sounds that informed the unfettered creativity of the San Francisco scene. Produced by John Simon, Cheap Thrills also features one of the most iconic and elaborate album covers in history.