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Blood, Sweat & Tears - Greatest Hits (1972) [Audio Fidelity, Remastered 2016, Audio CD Layer] Re-Up

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Blood, Sweat & Tears - Greatest Hits (1972) [Audio Fidelity, Remastered 2016, Audio CD Layer] Re-Up

Blood, Sweat & Tears - Greatest Hits (1972) [Remastered 2016]
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 253 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 112 Mb | Scans included
Classic Rock, Jazz Rock | Label: Audio Fidelity | # AFZ 241 | 00:41:15
Mastered by Steve Hoffman and Stephen Marsh

Sometimes, a greatest-hits set is timed perfectly to gather together a group's most successful and familiar performances just at the point when that group has passed the point of their maximum exposure to the public, but before the public memory has had a chance to fade. That was the case when Columbia Records assembled this compilation for release in early 1972. At that point, Blood, Sweat & Tears had released four albums and scored six Top 40 hits, each of which is heard here. But lead singer David Clayton-Thomas had just quit the group, so that the unit that recorded songs like "You've Made Me So Very Happy" was not working together anymore. And even when Clayton-Thomas returned, the band would continue to decline commercially. As such, BS&T's Greatest Hits captures the band's peak in 11 selections–seven singles chart entries, plus two album tracks from the celebrated debut album when Al Kooper helmed the group, and two more from the Grammy-winning multi-platinum second album.

Santana - Lotus (1974) 2CDs, Audio Fidelity, Remastered 2016 [Re-Up]

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Santana - Lotus (1974) 2CDs, Audio Fidelity, Remastered 2016 [Re-Up]

Santana - Lotus (1974) 2CDs [Remastered 2016]
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 766 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 271 Mb | Scans ~ 36 Mb | 01:58:49
Jazz-Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Latin Jazz, Fusion | Label: Audio Fidelity | # AFZ2 247
Mastered By Stephen Marsh & Steve Hoffman

Recorded in Japan in July 1973, this massive, three-LP live album was available outside the United States in 1974 but held back from domestic release in the U.S. It features the same "New Santana Band" that recorded Welcome, and combines that group's jazz and spiritual influences with performances of earlier Latin rock favorites like "Oye Como Va."

Asia - Alpha (1983) [Audio Fidelity, Remastered 2017, Hybrid SACD, Audio CD Layer]

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Asia - Alpha (1983) [Audio Fidelity, Remastered 2017, Hybrid SACD, Audio CD Layer]

Asia - Alpha (1983)
Mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio, 2017, Hybrid SACD, Audio CD Layer
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 275 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 105 Mb | Scans included | 00:42:25
Pop Rock, Prog-Rock, Symphonic Rock, Arena Rock | Label: Audio Fidelity | # AFZ 263

Following the success of their highly regarded self-titled debut, the original supergroup made up of four members of different '70s progressive rock bands, including lead vocalist and bassist John Wetton of King Crimson, guitarist Steve Howe of Yes, keyboardist Geoff Downes of Yes and The Buggles, and drummer Carl Palmer of Emerson, Lake & Palmer released Alpha. The album was certified platinum in the US and silver in Britain by the BPI and eventually sold over two million copies. Released in 1983, one year before the departure of guitarist Steve Howe, this would be the last album with the band's original line-up.Alpha focused more on mainstream pop/rock sounds, and is less characterized by progressive rock elements than its predecessor. The album reached #6 on the Billboard album chart and Top Five in the UK Albums Chart. The lead single, "Don't Cry," was a Top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 and returned the band to #1 on the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks charts.

Deep Purple - Who Do We Think We Are (1973) [Audio Fidelity, AFZ 027]

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Deep Purple - Who Do We Think We Are (1973) [Audio Fidelity, AFZ 027]

Deep Purple - Who Do We Think We Are (1973)
EAC | Flac(Image) + Cue + Log & MP3 CBR 320Kbps
2005 | Audio Fidelity, AFZ 027 | ~ 234 or 82 Mb | Scans(jpg) -> 29 Mb
Hard Rock

Who Do We Think We Are is the seventh studio album by the British band Deep Purple, released in 1973. It was Deep Purple's last album with singer Ian Gillan and bassist Roger Glover until Perfect Strangers came out in 1984…

Stevie Wonder - Songs In The Key Of Life (1976) [2011, Audio Fidelity AFZ 2 096]

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Stevie Wonder - Songs In The Key Of Life (1976) [2011, Audio Fidelity AFZ 2 096]

Stevie Wonder - Songs In The Key Of Life (1976)
EAC | Flac(Image) + Cue + Log & MP3 CBR 320Kbps
2CD | Audio Fidelity, AFZ 2 096 | ~ 632 or 253 Mb | Scans(png) -> 104 Mb
Rhythm & Blues, Funk, Soul

Songs in the Key of Life was Stevie Wonder's longest, most ambitious collection of songs, a two-LP (plus accompanying EP) set that – just as the title promised – touched on nearly every issue under the sun, and did it all with ambitious (even for him), wide-ranging arrangements and some of the best performances of Wonder's career…

Simon & Garfunkel - Sounds Of Silence (1966) [Audio Fidelity, AFZ 080]

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Simon & Garfunkel - Sounds Of Silence (1966) [Audio Fidelity, AFZ 080]

Simon & Garfunkel - Sounds Of Silence (1966)
EAC | Flac(Image) + Cue + Log & MP3 CBR 320Kbps
2010 | Audio Fidelity, AFZ 080 | ~ 175 or 70 Mb | Scans(png) -> 52 Mb
Folk Rock

Simon & Garfunkel's second album, Sounds of Silence, was recorded 18 months after their debut long-player, Wednesday Morning, 3 AM – but even though the two albums shared one song (actually, one-and-a-half songs) in common, the sound here seemed a million miles away from the gentle harmonizing and unassuming acoustic accompaniment on the first record…

Linda Ronstadt - Heart Like A Wheel (1974) [Audio Fidelity, AFZ 034]

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Linda Ronstadt - Heart Like A Wheel (1974) [Audio Fidelity, AFZ 034]

Linda Ronstadt - Heart Like A Wheel (1974)
EAC | Flac(Image) + Cue + Log & MP3 CBR 320Kbps
2009 | Audio Fidelity, AFZ 034 | ~ 181 or 74 Mb | Scans(jpg) -> 32 Mb
Folk Rock / Country Rock

Following the same formula as her early records, Heart Like a Wheel doesn't appear to be a great breakthrough on the surface. However, Ronstadt comes into her own on this mix of oldies and contemporary classics…

James Taylor - Walking Man (1974) [Audio Fidelity, AFZ 109]

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James Taylor - Walking Man (1974) [Audio Fidelity, AFZ 109]

James Taylor - Walking Man (1974)
EAC | Flac(Image) + Cue + Log & MP3 CBR 320Kbps
2011 | Audio Fidelity, AFZ 109 | ~ 193 or 89 Mb | Scans Included
Folk Rock, Acoustic, Soft Rock

One Man Dog drastically lowered expectations for a new James Taylor album, and those expectations were almost met by Walking Man, a more considered effort than its predecessor that managed to be just as trivial but even less interesting…

Billy Cobham - Spectrum (1973) [Audio Fidelity, Remastered 2016] Re-Up

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Billy Cobham - Spectrum (1973) [Audio Fidelity, Remastered 2016] Re-Up

Billy Cobham - Spectrum (1973) Mastered by Kevin Gray, 2016
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 231 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 101 Mb | Scans included
Fusion, Jazz-Funk, Jazz-Rock | Label: Audio Fidelity | # AFZ5 234 | 00:37:40

Drummer Billy Cobham was fresh from his success with the Mahavishnu Orchestra when he recorded his debut album, which is still his best. Most of the selections showcase Cobham in a quartet with keyboardist Jan Hammer, guitarist Tommy Bolin, and electric bassist Lee Sklar. Two other numbers include Joe Farrell on flute and soprano and trumpeter Jimmy Owens with guitarist John Tropea, Hammer, bassist Ron Carter, and Ray Barretto on congas. The generally high-quality compositions (which include "Red Baron") make this fusion set a standout, a strong mixture of rock-ish rhythms and jazz improvising.

Simon & Garfunkel - Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, and Thyme (1966) [Audio Fidelity, AFZ 075]

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Simon & Garfunkel - Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, and Thyme (1966) [Audio Fidelity, AFZ 075]

Simon & Garfunkel - Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, and Thyme (1966)
EAC | Flac(Image) + Cue + Log & MP3 CBR 320Kbps
2010 | Audio Fidelity, AFZ 075 | ~ 155 or 68 Mb | Scans(jpg) -> 32 Mb
Folk Rock

Simon & Garfunkel's first masterpiece, Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme was also the first album on which the duo, in tandem with engineer Roy Halee, exerted total control from beginning to end, right down to the mixing, and it is an achievement akin to the Beatles' Revolver or the Beach Boys' Pet Sounds album, and just as personal and pointed as either of those records at their respective bests…

Deep Purple - Machine Head (1972) [Audio Fidelity, AFZ 065]

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Deep Purple - Machine Head (1972) [Audio Fidelity, AFZ 065]

Deep Purple - Machine Head (1972)
EAC | Flac(Image) + Cue + Log & MP3 CBR 320Kbps
2010 | Audio Fidelity, AFZ 065 | ~ 238 or 93 Mb | Scans(jpg) -> 37 Mb
Hard Rock

Led Zeppelin's fourth album, Black Sabbath's Paranoid, and Deep Purple's Machine Head have stood the test of time as the Holy Trinity of English hard rock and heavy metal, serving as the fundamental blueprints followed by virtually every heavy rock & roll band since the early '70s…

Stevie Wonder - Talking Book (1972) [Audio Fidelity, AFZ 076]

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Stevie Wonder - Talking Book (1972) [Audio Fidelity, AFZ 076]

Stevie Wonder - Talking Book (1972)
EAC | Flac(Image) + Cue + Log & MP3 CBR 320Kbps
2010 | Audio Fidelity, AFZ 076 | ~ 270 or 105 Mb | Scans(jpg) -> 28 Mb
Rhythm & Blues, Funk, Soul

After releasing two "head" records during 1970-71, Stevie Wonder expanded his compositional palette with 1972's Talking Book to include societal ills as well as tender love songs, and so recorded the first smash album of his career…

Spirit - The Family That Plays Together (1968) [Audio Fidelity, Remastered 2017] Audio CD Layer

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Spirit - The Family That Plays Together (1968) [Audio Fidelity, Remastered 2017] Audio CD Layer

Spirit - The Family That Plays Together (1968)
Mastered by Steve Hoffman and Stephen Marsh, 2017
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 310 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 156 Mb | Scans included | 00:56:51
Classic Rock, Hard Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Prog-Rock | Label: Audio Fidelity | # AFZ 260

On this, the second Spirit album, the group put all of the elements together that made them the legendary (and underrated) band that they were. Jazz, rock & roll, and even classical elements combined to create one of the cleanest, most tasteful syntheses of its day. The group had also improved measurably from their fine debut album, especially in the area of vocals. The album's hit single, "I Got a Line on You," boasts especially strong harmonies as well as one of the greatest rock riffs of the period. The first side of this record is a wonderful and seamless suite, and taken in its entirety, one of the greatest sides on Los Angeles rock. The CD reissue also boasts some excellent bonus tracks. "So Little to Say" is one of Jay Ferguson's finest compositions ever, and the jazz-inspired instrumentals such as "Fog" and "Space Chile" showcase pianist John Locke as one of the most inspired and lyrical players in the rock idiom to date. All in all, a classic album and a true landmark.

Spirit - Spirit (1968) [Audio Fidelity, Remastered 2017]

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Spirit - Spirit (1968) [Audio Fidelity, Remastered 2017]

Spirit - Spirit (1968) Mastered by Steve Hoffman, 2017
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 363 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 172 Mb | Scans included | 01:03:52
Classic Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Prog-Rock | Label: Audio Fidelity | # AFZ 520

Spirit's 1968 debut album spent more than six months on the Billboard album charts and received heavy airplay on underground FM radio. Their music was part of the core, essence, and heartbeat of the the hippie, psychedelic, counter culture movement. The album is timeless, as fresh today as when it first appeared. The band could play more styles than almost any other group. On Spirit they unveiled a mélange of rock, jazz, blues, folk-rock, and even a bit of classical and Indian music. The music is experimental. The vocals flow as easily as the instrumentals. Spirit struck a careful balance between disciplined studio chops, jazz improvisation, and driving rock and roll. Guitar prodigy Randy California is a clear standout, but the other band members are superb as well; John Locke's shimmering keyboards, Mark Andes' subsonic wall of bass, and Ed Cassidy's precision drumming. Big credit has to go to lead singer Jay Fergusson, whose phrasing is always just right with a wonderful spontaneous feel. The Marty Paich string arrangements are sublime.

The Doobie Brothers - Minute By Minute (1978)

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The Doobie Brothers - Minute By Minute (1978)

The Doobie Brothers - Minute By Minute (1978)
EAC | Flac(Image) + Cue + Log & MP3 CBR 320Kbps
2005 | Audio Fidelity, AFZ 025 | ~ 218 or 88 Mb | Scans(jpg) -> 20 Mb
Soft Rock, Classic Rock

With Tom Johnston gone from the lineup because of health problems, this is where the "new" Doobie Brothers really make their debut, with a richly soulful sound throughout and emphasis on horns and Michael McDonald's piano more than on Patrick Simmons' or Jeff Baxter's guitars…