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

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

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.

Herbie Hancock - Thrust (1974) [Audio Fidelity, Remastered 2016] Audio CD Layer

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Herbie Hancock - Thrust (1974) [Audio Fidelity, Remastered 2016] Audio CD Layer

Herbie Hancock - Thrust (1974) [Mastered By Kevin Gray, 2016]
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 243 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 108 Mb | Scans included
Fusion, Jazz-Funk | Label: Audio Fidelity | # AFZ5 223 | Time: 00:38:54

The follow-up to the breakthrough Headhunters album was virtually as good as its wildly successful predecessor: an earthy, funky, yet often harmonically and rhythmically sophisticated tour de force. There is only one change in the Headhunters lineup – swapping drummer Harvey Mason for Mike Clark – and the switch results in grooves that are even more complex. Hancock continues to reach into the rapidly changing high-tech world for new sounds, most notably the metallic sheen of the then-new ARP string synthesizer which was already becoming a staple item on pop and jazz-rock records. Again, there are only four long tracks, three of which ("Palm Grease," "Actual Proof," "Spank-A-Lee") concentrate on the funk, with plenty of Hancock's wah-wah clavinet, synthesizer textures and effects, and electric piano ruminations that still venture beyond the outer limits of post-bop.

Miles Davis - On The Corner (1972) [MFSL Remastered 2016]

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Miles Davis - On The Corner (1972) [MFSL Remastered 2016]

Miles Davis - On The Corner (1972) [MFSL Remastered 2016]
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 369 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 138 Mb | Scans included | 00:54:55
Fusion, Jazz-Funk, Jazz-Rock | Label: Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab | # UDSACD 2171

On the Corner is a studio album by American jazz trumpeter, composer, and bandleader Miles Davis. It was recorded in June and July 1972, and released later that year by Columbia Records. The album continued Davis' exploration of jazz fusion, bringing together funk rhythms with the influence of experimental composer Karlheinz Stockhausen and free jazz saxophonist Ornette Coleman. Recording sessions for the album featured a changing lineup of musicians including bassist Michael Henderson, guitarist John McLaughlin, and keyboardist Herbie Hancock, with Davis playing the electric organ more prominently than his trumpet.

Earth, Wind & Fire - Head to the Sky (1973) [Audio Fidelity, Remastered 2016] Audio CD Layer

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Earth, Wind & Fire - Head to the Sky (1973) [Audio Fidelity, Remastered 2016] Audio CD Layer

Earth, Wind & Fire - Head to the Sky (1973) [Remastered 2016]
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 208 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 104 Mb | Scans included
Funk, Soul, Jazz-Funk | Label: Audio Fidelity | # AFZ5 236 | 00:37:02
Mastered by Stephen Marsh & Steve Hoffman

As phenomenally popular as Earth, Wind & Fire was from the mid-'70s to the early '80s, it's easy to forget that the band was hardly an overnight success. With Head to the Sky – EWF's fourth album overall, second with Philip Bailey, and second for Columbia – Maurice White's very spiritual and ambitious brand of soul and funk was starting to pay off commercially. The Latin-influenced "Evil" became the soulsters' biggest hit up to that point, and material ranging from the hauntingly pretty title song (which boasts one of Bailey's finest performances ever) to the jazz fusion gem "Zanzibar" is just as rewarding. The lineup White unveiled with Last Days and Time was working out beautifully; Bailey was clearly proving to be a major asset. Also worth noting is the presence of singer Jessica Cleaves, who left after this album and, several years later, resurfaced in George Clinton's eccentric female group the Brides of Funkenstein.

Santana - Santana III (1971) [MFSL Remastered 2016] Audio CD Layer

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Santana - Santana III (1971) [MFSL Remastered 2016] Audio CD Layer

Santana - Santana III (1971) [MFSL Remastered 2016]
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 286 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 109 Mb | Scans included
Label: Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab/Columbia | # UDSACD 2158 | Time: 00:41:25
Classic Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Latin Rock, Jazz-Rock, Blues Rock

Santana is the third studio album by Santana. The band's second self-titled album, it is often referred to as III to distinguish it from the band's 1969 debut album. The album was also known as Man with an Outstretched Hand. It was the third and last album by the Woodstock-era lineup, and it was also considered by many to be the band's peak commercially and musically, as subsequent releases aimed towards more experimental jazz and Latin music.

Julian Bliss, Carducci Quartet - David Bruce: Gumboots, Johannes Brahms: Clarinet Quintet (2016)

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Julian Bliss, Carducci Quartet - David Bruce: Gumboots, Johannes Brahms: Clarinet Quintet (2016)

Julian Bliss, Carducci Quartet - David Bruce: Gumboots, Johannes Brahms: Clarinet Quintet (2016)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 58:00 | 287 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Signum Records | Catalog: SIGCD448

On this album by clarinetist Julian Bliss, the titular work refers to gumboot dancing, South African miners' dances that during the apartheid era conveyed coded meanings as well as joy in the face of enormous hardship. A look at YouTube will reveal plenty of examples of a form that has been little known outside South Africa. Composer David Bruce's clarinet quintet falls into two parts, an untitled slow "Part One" (track 1) that presumably sets the dark scene of the mine, followed by a second part consisting of five dances.

Yannick Nezet-Seguin, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra - Verdi: Otello [2016]

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Yannick Nezet-Seguin, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra - Verdi: Otello [2016]

Verdi - Otello (Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Aleksandrs Antonenko, Sonya Yoncheva) (2016) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 153 min | 42,0 Gb
Audio1: Italian / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 24-bit

BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 153 min | 8,28 Gb
Audio: Italian / DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | Sony | Sub: Italian, English, German, French

Directed by the Tony Award winning and six time MET director, Bartlett Sher, this lavish production of Verdi's operatic masterpiece Otello features one of the most exciting young opera singers of her generation, Sonya Yoncheva, and the Metropolitan Opera & Chorus, conducted by their new director Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

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

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

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.

Billy Cobham - Spectrum (1973) [Audio Fidelity, Remastered 2016] Audio CD Layer

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Billy Cobham - Spectrum (1973) [Audio Fidelity, Remastered 2016] Audio CD Layer

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.

Cowboy Junkies - The Trinity Session (1988) [Analogue Productions, Remastered 2016]

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Cowboy Junkies - The Trinity Session (1988) [Analogue Productions, Remastered 2016]

Cowboy Junkies - The Trinity Session (1988) [Remastered 2016]
Re-Mastered by Cowboy Junkies and Peter Moore from Original Session Tapes
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 331 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 136 Mb | Scans included | 00:53:09
Alternative Country, Country Rock, Folk Rock | Label: Analogue Productions | # CAPP 072 SA

Who says you can't make a great record in one day – or night, as the case may be? The Trinity Session was recorded in one night using one microphone, a DAT recorder, and the wonderful acoustics of the Holy Trinity in Toronto. Interestingly, it's the album that broke the Cowboy Junkies in the United States for their version of "Sweet Jane," which included the lost verse. It's far from the best cut here, though. There are other covers, such as Margo Timmins' a cappella read of the traditional "Mining for Gold," a heroin-slow version of Hank Williams' classic "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry," "Dreaming My Dreams With You" (canonized by Waylon Jennings), and a radical take of the Patsy Cline classic "Walkin' After Midnight" that closes the disc. Those few who had heard the band's previous album, Whites Off Earth Now!!, were aware that, along with Low, the Cowboy Junkies were the only band at the time capable of playing slower than Neil Young and Crazy Horse – and without the ear-threatening volume.

Santana - Lotus (1974) 2CDs [Audio Fidelity, Remastered 2016] Audio CD Layer

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Santana - Lotus (1974) 2CDs [Audio Fidelity, Remastered 2016] Audio CD Layer

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."

Laura Nyro - Eli and the Thirteenth Confession (1968) [Audio Fidelity Remastered 2016] Audio CD Layer

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Laura Nyro - Eli and the Thirteenth Confession (1968) [Audio Fidelity Remastered 2016] Audio CD Layer

Laura Nyro - Eli and the Thirteenth Confession (1968) [Remastered 2016]
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 276 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 127 Mb | Scans included | 00:46:49
Singer/Songwriter, AM Pop, Soft Rock | Label: Audio Fidelity | # AFZ5 237
Mastered By Stephen Marsh & Steve Hoffman

Nyro peaked early, and Eli and the Thirteenth Confession, just her second album, remains her best. It's not only because it contains the original versions of no less than three songs that were big hits for other artists: "Sweet Blindness" (covered by the 5th Dimension), "Stoned Soul Picnic" (also covered by the 5th Dimension), and "Eli's Comin'" (done by Three Dog Night). It's not even just because those three songs are so outstanding. It's because the album as a whole is so outstanding, with its invigorating blend of blue-eyed soul, New York pop, and early confessional singer/songwriting. Nyro sang of love, inscrutably enigmatic romantic daredevils, getting drunk, lonely women, and sensual desire with an infectious joie de vivre. The arrangements superbly complemented the material with lively brass, wailing counterpoint backup vocals, and Nyro's own ebullient piano.

Jordi Masó - Turina: Piano Music, Vol. 12 (2016)

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Jordi Masó - Turina: Piano Music, Vol. 12 (2016)

Jordi Masó - Turina: Piano Music, Vol. 12
Classical | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 67:39 min | 184 MB
Label: Naxos | Tracks: 08 | Rls.date: 2016

This penultimate volume of Joaquín Turina’s complete piano works features his “programmatic” pieces: music inspired by local scenes or texts by the late-Romantic poet and author Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer (1836–70). The “tragicomedy” Recuerdos de mi rincón is a lighthearted divertissement with twelve mini-scenes that portray local characters from Turina’s Madrid neighbourhood, while La Venta de los Gatos brims with truly inspired and beautiful moments. El Cristo de la Calavera further reveals Turina’s deft touch for dramatic and picturesque style while faithfully adapting Bécquer’s story to include every detail. Originally composed for a stage drama, Navidad is filled with Christmas carols and traditional melodies.

Hideo Shiraki Quintet + 3 Koto Girls - Sakura Sakura (1965) [Remastered 2016]

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Hideo Shiraki Quintet + 3 Koto Girls - Sakura Sakura (1965) [Remastered 2016]

Hideo Shiraki Quintet + 3 Koto Girls - Sakura Sakura (1965) [Remastered 2016]
Mp3 CBR320 kbps | 37:53 min | 92 Mb (5% Rec.)
Jazz, Contemporary Jazz, Modal Jazz | Label: MPS Records

Adulated in his native Japan, drummer Hideo Shiraki led the most famous Japanese jazz group of the early 60’s. His combining jazz and traditional Japanese music brought him an invitation to the 1965 Berlin Jazz Festival and a record date. Three women playing Koto, the traditional Japanese stringed instrument, accompanied the quintet. The results: world music that works.

Keith Hudson - Tuff Gong Encounter (1984) {17 North Parade Records VPCD2527 - 2016 Reissue}

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Keith Hudson - Tuff Gong Encounter (1984) {17 North Parade Records VPCD2527 - 2016 Reissue}

Keith Hudson - Tuff Gong Encounter (1984) {17 North Parade Records VPCD2527 - 2016 Reissue}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 325 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 123 Mb
Full Artwork @ 300 dpi (jpg) -> 57 Mb | 5% repair rar
© 1984, 2016 17 North Parade Records / VP MUsic | VPCD2527
Reggae / Dub

Languishing in the vaults for over thirty years, here are the six tracks that the legendary Keith Hudson recorded at Tuff Gong with the Wailers rhythm section Carlton and Family Man Barrett on drums and bass respectively. These tracks were intended for an album that never came as Hudson succumbed to cancer and passed away in November 1984. The Barrett brothers were augmented by fellow Wailers Junior Marvin on guitar and Tyrone Downie on keys.