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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."

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.

Bread - The Best Of Bread (1973) [Audio Fidelity, Remastered 2015]

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Bread - The Best Of Bread (1973) [Audio Fidelity, Remastered 2015]

Bread - The Best Of Bread (1973)
Mastered by Steve Hoffman, 2015, Audio CD Layer

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 194 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 78 Mb | Scans ~ 112 Mb
Genre: Soft Rock | Label: Audio Fidelity | # AFZ5 197 | Time: 00:34:01

This 1973 recording is a great collection of music from Bread, the popular 1970's band best known for their mellow, smooth, melodic and often mournful tunes. Many of the classic Bread tunes included in this set live on through soft rock stations everywhere. Lead singer David Gates crooned his way into America's heart, and starting with "Make It With You" quickly spun off hits like "Everything I Own," "Diary," "Baby I'm A Want You," "It Don't Matter To Me" and "If." At times, their songs had a more upbeat feel as with "Mother Freedom," but they always retain that same soothing blend of soulful lyrics and gentle music. This album covers all the early hits and more delivered with a deceptively breezy tone by one of pop's purest vocalists. Audio Fidelity reassembled all the original masters of the tracks that appeared on the album release rather than work from the compiled "Best of…" master thus giving the recording a completely fresh, updated sound.

Johnny Winter - Johnny Winter And (1970) Steve Hoffman's Remaster, 2000 [Re-Up]

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Johnny Winter - Johnny Winter And (1970) Steve Hoffman's Remaster, 2000 [Re-Up]

Johnny Winter - Johnny Winter And (1970) Steve Hoffman's Remaster, 2000
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 264 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 104 Mb | Scans included
Label: DCC Compact Classics | # DCC DZS-194 | Time: 00:42:20
Blues-Rock, Boogie Rock, Electric Blues

After two late-'60s albums on Columbia, Johnny Winter hit his stride in 1970 working with Rick Derringer and the McCoys, now recruited as his sidemen and collaborators (and proving with just about every note here how far they'd gotten past "Hang on Sloopy"). In place of the bluesy focus on his first two albums, Winter extended himself into more of a rock-oriented mode here, in both his singing and his selection of material. This was hard rock with a blues edge, and had a certain commercial smoothness lacking in his earlier work. Derringer's presence on guitar and as a songwriter saw to it that Winter's blues virtuosity was balanced by perfectly placed guitar hooks, and the two guitarists complemented each other perfectly throughout as well.

10cc - Two Classic Albums: '10cc' (1973) & 'Sheet Music' (1974) 2LP on 1CD, Remastered By Steve Hoffman, 1990 [Re-Up]

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10cc - Two Classic Albums: '10cc' (1973) & 'Sheet Music' (1974) 2LP on 1CD, Remastered By Steve Hoffman, 1990 [Re-Up]

10cc - Two Classic Albums: '10cc' (1973) & 'Sheet Music' (1974)
2LP on 1CD, Remastered By Steve Hoffman, 1990

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 457 Mb | Scans included | Time: 01:16:51
Classic Rock, Soft Rock, Art Rock | Label: DCC Compact Classics | # DZS-053

10cc's first two albums, recorded under the sponsorship of entrepreneur and one-time pop star Jonathan King, are combined on one disc for this CD reissue. 1973's 10cc shows that from the start, the group had an uncommon command of recording studio technique; the performances are polished, the harmonies superb, and the production flawless and often witty (all the more remarkable from a new band producing themselves, albeit one comprised of music-biz vets). However, the group was still getting up to speed in terms of their songwriting at this point, and while the craft is fine, there isn't a lot of inspiration on hand. Except for the sardonic "Rubber Bullets" and sarcastically sprightly "The Dean and I," the '50s-inspired parodies on side one don't wear well, and most of side two is clever but not terribly distinguished. 1974's Sheet Music was where 10cc truly hit their stride; the album is full of effective barbed humor buffered by the superbly polished production, which leans toward pretension without quite falling into the pool.

Bob Dylan - The Bootleg Series Vol. 6: Live 1964, Concert at Philharmonic Hall (2004) [Audio Fidelity Remastered 2016] Re-Up

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Bob Dylan - The Bootleg Series Vol. 6: Live 1964, Concert at Philharmonic Hall (2004) [Audio Fidelity Remastered 2016] Re-Up

Bob Dylan - The Bootleg Series Vol. 6: Live 1964, Concert at Philharmonic Hall (2004)
Audio Fidelity 2016, Mastered By Stephen Marsh & Steve Hoffman, Audio CD Layer
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 528 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 237 Mb | Scans ~ 94 Mb
Singer/Songwriter, Folk, Folk Rock | Label: Audio Fidelity | # AFZ5 230 | 01:43:51

The Bootleg Series Vol. 6: Bob Dylan Live 1964, Concert at Philharmonic Hall is a complete recording of Bob Dylan's October 31, 1964 "Halloween" show at New York's Philharmonic Hall. It was released in 2004. The set list was dominated by Dylan’s protest songs, including "The Times They Are a-Changin’," "A Hard Rain’s a-Gonna Fall," and "The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll". Joan Baez, a major supporter of Dylan's in his early career, duets with Dylan on three songs, as well as singing another alone ("Silver Dagger"). However, Dylan performed these songs alongside early versions of three songs from the soon-to-be-recorded Bringing It All Back Home. New compositions like "It’s Alright Ma (I’m Only Bleeding)" and "Mr. Tambourine Man" showed Dylan moving in a new direction, becoming more immersed in evocative, stream-of-consciousness lyrics and moving away from social, topical songwriting.

Ruth Brown - Help A Good Girl Go Bad (1989) {DCC Jazz}

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Ruth Brown - Help A Good Girl Go Bad (1989) {DCC Jazz}

Ruth Brown - Help A Good Girl Go Bad (1989) {DCC Jazz}
EAC Rip | FLAC with CUE and LOG| scans | 203 mb
MP3 CBR 320 kbps | RAR | 83 mb
Genre: R&B

Help A Good Girl Go Bad is a 1989 compilation album by Ruth Brown. Originally released under the title '65 in 1965 on Mainstream, this edition was remastered by Steve Hoffman and released on DCC Jazz.

Freddie King - The Texas Cannonball (1972) [DCC Expanded Remastered by Steve Hoffman, 1991] Re-Up

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Freddie King - The Texas Cannonball (1972) [DCC Expanded Remastered by Steve Hoffman, 1991] Re-Up

Freddie King - The Texas Cannonball (1972)
Compiled & Remastered By Steve Hoffman, 1991
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 462 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 184 Mb | Scans included | 01:16:43
Modern Electric Blues, Texas Blues | Label: DCC Compact Classics, Shelter | # SRZ-8018

Similar to his first Shelter outing (Getting Ready), but with more of a rock feel. That's due as much to the material as the production. Besides covering tunes by Jimmy Rogers, Howlin' Wolf, and Elmore James, King tackles compositions by Leon Russell and, more unexpectedly, Bill Withers, Isaac Hayes-David Porter, and John Fogerty (whose "Lodi" is reworked into "Lowdown in Lodi"). King's own pen remained virtually in retirement, as he wrote only one of the album's tracks.