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Carly Simon - Hotcakes (1974) [MFSL Remastered 2016]

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Carly Simon - Hotcakes (1974) [MFSL Remastered 2016]

Carly Simon - Hotcakes (1974) [MFSL Remastered 2016]
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 240 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 122 Mb | Scans included | 00:38:46
Singer/Songwriter, Pop/Rock, Soft Rock | Label: Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab | # UDSACD 2168

Carly Simon found a peaceful, happy place when she made 1974’s platinum-selling Hotcakes. Aptly depicted on the cover smiling, radiant, and pregnant, the singer evolved from a jet-setting lifestyle into one marked by domestic bliss thanks to her recent marriage to James Taylor and decision to settle down. Simon’s refreshed perspective and feel-good moods define the autobiographical Hotcakes, a homespun celebration of bucolic delights and simple pleasures performed with utmost sincerity and sweetness. In addition to spawning two hit singles, the record marks Simon and Taylor’s attempt to begin an artistic franchise together. Coming from a tranquil place, Simon’s voice emerges with terrific ease, composure, and contentment. Surrounded by ravishing instrumental and jazz-based blends that, thanks to added detail and clearer tones, feel more joyous and spirited than on any prior pressing, Simon’s words take on a reassuring quality conveyed by the best singer-songwriter albums of the era.

Sarah Vaughan - The Complete Sarah Vaughan Live in Japan (1973) [MFSL, 1987]

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Sarah Vaughan - The Complete Sarah Vaughan Live in Japan (1973) [MFSL, 1987]

Sarah Vaughan - The Complete Sarah Vaughan Live in Japan (1973) [MFSL, 1987]
EAC Rip | WavPack (image+.cue+log) - 583 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 269 MB | Covers - 15 MB
Genre: Vocal Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab (MFCD 844)

This two-CD set contains all of the music that Sarah Vaughan recorded during her Tokyo concert for Mainstream. The 49-year-old singer is heard at the height of her powers, really digging into the standards and making magic out of such numbers as "Poor," "'Round Midnight," "Willow Weep," "My Funny Valentine," "Summertime," and "Bye Bye Blackbird." This two-fer (which finds Sassy accompanied by pianist Carl Schroeder, bassist John Gianelli, and drummer Jimmy Cobb) gives one a definitive look at the brilliant (and sometimes miraculous) singer.

Count Basie - Live at the Sands 1966 (Before Frank) (1998) MFSL Remastered 2013

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Count Basie - Live at the Sands 1966 (Before Frank) (1998) MFSL Remastered 2013

Count Basie - Live at the Sands (Before Frank) (1998) [MFSL Remastered 2013]
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 323 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 135 Mb | Scans included
Jazz, Big Band, Swing | Label: Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab | # UDSACD 2113 | 00:53:03

Count Basie and Frank Sinatra had the perfect arrangement at the Sands. Before the Chairman hit the stage in Vegas, Count Basie and his big band warmed up the already enthusiastic crowd with a brief set of their own. A dynamite entertainer, the legendary leader causes hearts to race, hips to shake, and fingers to snap with high-energy readings of his trademark swing music, taken to feverish heights by both his first-rate orchestra and the incredibly swank setting. Fortunately, the finest of Basie and Co.’s introductory performances from the historic 1966 dates have been preserved here and serve as a seminal complement to Sinatra’s iconic Live at the Sands. Mastered from the original master tapes, our hybrid SACD version of Live at the Sands (Before Frank) gives you a dead-center, eighth-row seat at the famed Sin City club. You’ll just need to supply your own table and cocktail. Renowned for its sonic clarity, transparency, crispness, and punch, the record is now tremendously enhanced, with improved tonality, a deeper soundstage, correct balances, and lifelike presence.

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

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

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.

Bill Withers - Bill Withers' Greatest Hits (1981) MFSL Remastered 2016

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Bill Withers - Bill Withers' Greatest Hits (1981) MFSL Remastered 2016

Bill Withers - Bill Withers' Greatest Hits (1981) [MFSL Remastered 2016]
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 205 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 97 Mb | Scans included
Soul, Smooth Soul, Funk | Label: Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab | # UDSACD 2155 | 00:36:52

Bill Withers created mellow, downhome-style soul for barely more than a decade before retreating from the industry to pursue craftsman interests. Yet over the course of the handful of albums he made for Sussex and CBS, the Appalachian native struck lasting emotional chords in legends ranging from Booker T. Jones to Stephen Stills – not to mention the millions of listeners that fell under the spell of now-standard tracks such as "Lean on Me," "Use Me," and "Ain't No Sunshine." The antithesis of the sweaty R&B shouter that prowled the edge of stages, Withers dealt in calm and vulnerability, qualities that come to fore on the seminal Bill Withers' Greatest Hits. Characteristics ranging from the tension of the guitars, funky bends of the bass, whisper-soft coo of the formal strings, airiness of the backing harmonies, and sharpness of the snare drum emerge with utmost clarity and lifelike presence. Always prized for its naked honesty and pure conviction, Withers' music positively caresses the senses on this SACD, the unadulterated production and beautiful soundscapes revealed anew with each listen.

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

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

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.

XTC - Skylarking (1986) {1994, Remastered, MFSL}

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XTC - Skylarking (1986) {1994, Remastered, MFSL}

XTC - Skylarking (1986) {1994, Remastered}
EAC Rip | FLAC (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 303 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 124 Mb
Covers Included | 00:46:52 | RAR 5% Recovery
Alternative Rock, New Wave | Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab #UDCD 615

Skylarking is the ninth studio album by the English rock band XTC, released on 27 October 1986. Produced by American musician Todd Rundgren, Skylarking is a loose concept album centered around various cycles in life, such as the seasons, days, and years. The title was chosen as a double entendre, referring to a type of bird (skylark), as well as the British navy term "skylarking", which means "fooling around". The album was listed on "100 greatest albums of the 1980s" lists by Rolling Stone in 1989 and Pitchfork in 2002.

Bob Dylan - Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits (1967) [MFSL Remastered 2015]

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Bob Dylan - Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits (1967) [MFSL Remastered 2015]

Bob Dylan - Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits (1967) MFSL Remastered 2015
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 256 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 106 Mb | Scans included | 00:40:35
Singer/Songwriter, Folk, Folk Rock | Label: Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab | # UDSACD 2120

Arriving in 1967, Greatest Hits does an excellent job of summarizing Dylan's best-known songs from his first seven albums. At just ten songs, it's a little brief, and the song selection may be a little predictable, but that's actually not a bad thing, since this provides a nice sampler for the curious and casual listener, as it boasts standards from "Blowin' in the Wind" to "Like a Rolling Stone." And, for collectors, the brilliant non-LP single "Positively Fourth Street" was added, which provided reason enough for anybody that already owned the original records to pick this up. This has since been supplanted by more exhaustive collections, but as a sampler of Dylan at his absolute peak, this is first-rate.

Miles Davis - Sketches of Spain (1960) [MFSL, 2012]

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Miles Davis - Sketches of Spain (1960) [MFSL, 2012]

Miles Davis - Sketches of Spain (1960) [MFSL, 2012]
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 256 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 98 MB | Covers - 44 MB
Genre: Jazz, Third Stream, Cool Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab (UDSACD 2086)

Along with Kind of Blue, In a Silent Way, and Round About Midnight, Sketches of Spain is one of Miles Davis' most enduring and innovative achievements. Recorded between November 1959 and March 1960 - after Coltrane and Cannonball Adderley had left the band - Davis teamed with Canadian arranger Gil Evans for the third time. Davis brought Evans the album's signature piece, "Concierto de Aranjuez," after hearing a classical version of it at bassist Joe Mondragon's house. Evans was as taken with it as Davis was, and set about to create an entire album of material around it. The result is a masterpiece of modern art. On the "Concierto," Evans' arrangement provided an orchestra and jazz band - Paul Chambers, Jimmy Cobb, and Elvin Jones - the opportunity to record a classical work as it was…

Queen - News Of The World (1977) [MFSL, 1993]

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Queen - News Of The World (1977) [MFSL, 1993]

Queen - News Of The World (1977) [MFSL, 1993]
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 265 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 93 MB | Covers - 98 MB
Genre: Classic Rock, Pop Rock, Prog Related | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab (UDCD 588)

If Day at the Races was a sleek, streamlined album, its 1977 successor, News of the World, was its polar opposite, an explosion of styles that didn't seem to hold to any particular center. It's front-loaded with two of Queen's biggest anthems - the stomping, stadium-filling chant "We Will Rock You" and its triumphant companion, "We Are the Champions" - which are quickly followed by the ferocious "Sheer Heart Attack," a frenzied rocker that hits harder than anything on the album that shares its name (a remarkable achievement in itself). Three songs, three quick shifts in mood, but that's hardly the end of it. As the News rolls on, you're treated to the arch, campy crooning of "My Melancholy Blues," a shticky blues shuffle in "Sleeping on the Sidewalk," and breezy Latin rhythms on "Who Needs You"…

Carole King - Music (1971) [MFSL, 2011]

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Carole King - Music (1971) [MFSL, 2011]

Carole King - Music (1971) [MFSL, 2011]
EAC Rip | WavPack (image+.cue+log) - 223 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 94 MB | Covers - 113 MB
Genre: Folk Rock, Soft Rock, Singer-Songwriter | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab (UDSACD 2068)

In an era where it's not uncommon for a superstar act to wait three or four years between releases, it's astonishing to realize that Carole King wrote and recorded a strong follow-up to 1971's bazillion-selling "Tapestry" that was released before the year was up! "Music" was a big commercial success, but anything would pale next to the ecstatic commercial response to "Tapestry", which was still high in the charts when this follow-up was released. The generically-titled "Music" didn't spawn any hits as big as "It's Too Late" or "So Far Away," but with several decades' hindsight, it's clear that "Tapestry" was no fluke; in its more low-key way, "Music" is every bit as fine an album.
Highlights include two jazz-tinged tracks, "Brother Brother" and the waltz-time title track, which features a remarkable saxophone solo by Curtis Amy…

Miles Davis - My Funny Valentine: Miles Davis in Concert (1965) [MFSL Remastered 2014]

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Miles Davis - My Funny Valentine: Miles Davis in Concert (1965) [MFSL Remastered 2014]

Miles Davis - My Funny Valentine: Miles Davis in Concert (1965) [MFSL Remastered 2014]
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 366 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 158 Mb | Scans included | 01:03:53
Hard Bop, Cool, Trumpet Jazz | Label: Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab | # UDSACD 2141

Miles Davis' concert of February 12, 1964, was divided into two LPs, with all of the ballads put on My Funny Valentine. These five lengthy tracks (specifically, "All of You," "Stella by Starlight," "All Blues," "I Thought About You," and the title cut) put the emphasis on the lyricism of Davis, along with some strong statements from tenor saxophonist George Coleman and freer moments from the young rhythm section of pianist Herbie Hancock, bassist Ron Carter, and drummer Tony Williams. This hour-long LP complements the up-tempo romps of Four & More.

Miles Davis - 'Round About Midnight (1957) [MFSL, 2012]

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Miles Davis - 'Round About Midnight (1957) [MFSL, 2012]

The Miles Davis Quintet - 'Round About Midnight (1957) [MFSL, 2012]
EAC Rip | WavPack (image+.cue+log) - 181 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 93 MB | Covers - 58 MB
Genre: Jazz, Hard Bop, Cool Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab (UDSACD 2083)

Given that 'Round About Midnight was Miles Davis' debut Columbia recording, it was both a beginning and an ending. Certainly the beginning of his recording career with the label that issued most if not all of his important recordings; and the recording debut of an exciting new band that had within its ranks Philly Joe Jones, Paul Chambers, pianist Red Garland, and an all but unknown tenor player named John Coltrane. The title track was chosen because of its unique rendition with a muted trumpet, and debuted at the Newport Jazz Festival the summer before to a thunderous reception. The date was also an ending of sorts because by the time of the album's release, Davis had already broken up the band, which re-formed with Cannonball Adderley a year later as a sextet, but it was a tense year…

Miles Davis - Sorcerer (1967) [MFSL Remastered 2015]

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Miles Davis - Sorcerer (1967) [MFSL Remastered 2015]

Miles Davis - Sorcerer (1967) [MFSL Remastered 2015]
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 240 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 101 Mb | Scans included | 00:40:24
Post-Bop, Modal Music, Trumpet Jazz | Label: Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab | # UDSACD 2145

Sorcerer, the third album by the second Miles Davis Quintet, is in a sense a transitional album, a quiet, subdued affair that rarely blows hot, choosing to explore cerebral tonal colorings. Even when the tempo picks up, as it does on the title track, there's little of the dense, manic energy on Miles Smiles – this is about subtle shadings, even when the compositions are as memorable as Tony Williams' "Pee Wee" or Herbie Hancock's "Sorcerer." As such, it's a little elusive, since it represents the deepening of the band's music as they choose to explore different territory. The emphasis is as much on complex, interweaving chords and a coolly relaxed sound as it is on sheer improvisation, though each member tears off thoroughly compelling solos. Still, the individual flights aren't placed at the forefront the way they were on the two predecessors – it all merges together, pointing toward the dense soundscapes of Miles' later '60s work.

Miles Davis - E.S.P. (1965) [MFSL Remastered 2015]

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Miles Davis - E.S.P. (1965) [MFSL Remastered 2015]

Miles Davis - E.S.P. (1965) [MFSL Remastered 2015]
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 270 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 123 Mb | Scans included
Hard Bop, Trumpet Jazz | Label: Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab | # UDSACD 2170 | 00:48:36

ESP marks the beginning of a revitalization for Miles Davis, as his second classic quintet – saxophonist Wayne Shorter, pianist Herbie Hancock, bassist Ron Carter, and drummer Tony Williams – gels, establishing what would become their signature adventurous hard bop. Miles had been moving toward this direction in the two years preceding the release of ESP and he had recorded with everyone outside of Shorter prior to this record, but his addition galvanizes the group, pushing them toward music that was recognizably bop but as adventurous as jazz's avant-garde. Outwardly, this music doesn't take as many risks as Coltrane or Ornette Coleman's recordings of the mid-'60s, but by borrowing some of the same theories – a de-emphasis of composition in favor of sheer improvisation, elastic definitions of tonality – they created a unique sound that came to define the very sound of modern jazz. Certainly, many musicians have returned to this group for inspiration, but their recordings remain fresh, because they exist at this fine dividing line between standard bop and avant.