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Ludwig van Beethoven - Piano Concertos 1-2-3-4-5 - Daniel Barenboim, Staatskapelle Berlin (2009) Blu-ray 1080i AVC DTS-HD MA 5.1

In November 2007, Daniel Barenboim completed a cycle of Beethoven’s piano concertos. Recorded live at the prestigious Klavier-Festival Ruhr in May 2007, this DVD recording reflects both a very individual and special reading of Beethoven’s music and the artist’s life-long dedication to the composer. Daniel Barenboim is one of the most prolific and high-profile artists performing on international stages today and Beethoven’s masterpieces have been a key part of his repertoire throughout his career, both as conductor and as pianist. Beethoven himself was a keyboard virtuoso of almost awesome abilities who created a sensation wherever he played. It is no wonder, therefore, that the piano was central to Beethoven’s overall output. Daniel Barenboim, artistic personality and former wunderkind, long an essential part of the international musical scene both on the conductor’s podium and at the piano, is the perfect match for this demanding music. Conducting and playing at the same time, Barenboim chose his orchestra of almost two decades, the Staatskapelle Berlin, which he has praised warmly for its exceptional, dark and warm sound. With a tradition reaching back to 1570, the Staatskapelle Berlin is one of the oldest orchestras in the world. Barenboim plays Beethoven – presented in an exclusive Digipack with slipcase, this brand new recording in state-of-the-art quality brings together two musical masterminds.
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Dire Straits - Alchemy Live (1983) Blu-ray 1080i AVC DTS-HD MA 5.1

Title: Dire Straits: Alchemy Live
Released: 1983
Genre: Rock
Artist: Tom Mandel (Keyboards), Terry Williams (Drums), John Illsley (Bass), Alan Clark (Keyboards), Mel Collins (Saxophone), Joop de Korte (Percussion), Mark Knopfler (Guitar, Producer, Vocals), Hal Lindes (Guitar)

Official website of Mark Knopfler notify fans that legendary concert "Alchemy: Dire Straits Live" will be released in Blu-ray format on May 10. Video recording of the concert was restored by Dick Carruthers. Audio tracks (PCM stereo and DTS-MA 5.1) remix Chuck Eynley, in 2006 received the award "Graham" for best sound design album.

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Genesis - Sum of the Parts (2014) Blu-ray 1080i AVC DTS-HD MA 5.1

Title: Genesis – Sum of the Parts
Released: 2014
Genre: Rock, Documentary
Directed by: John Edginton
Artists: Tony Banks, Phil Collins, Peter Gabriel, Steve Hackett, Mike Rutherford and Anthony Phillips

Released: Eagle Rock Entertainment
Duration: 1:30:08
Quality: Blu-ray
Container: BDMV
Video codec: AVC
Audio Codec: DTS, PCM
Video: MPEG-4 AVC 26316 kbps / 1920 * 1080i / 29,970 fps / 16: 9 / High Profile 4.1
# 1 Audio: English DTS-HD MA 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3421 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit)
Audio # 2: English LPCM A 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
Subtitles: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian
Size: 26.23 GB

Broadcast by the BBC as Together And Apart, Sum Of The Parts is the official authorised story of Genesis made with the full co-operation of the band members. It tells of the band s formation at Charterhouse (where Tony Banks, Peter Gabriel and Mike Rutherford were all pupils) in the late sixties and the release of their debut album From Genesis To Revelation . The story then moves on through the departure of founder member Anthony Phillips and the arrival of Phil Collins and Steve Hackett in 1970 to form the 5-man line-up that established the band s career with albums such as Foxtrot and The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway . Peter Gabriel s departure in 1975 and then Steve Hackett s in 1977 led to the release of the album And Then There Were Three… and a move towards shorter, more immediate songs. The eighties and nineties were triumphant decades for Genesis with hugely successful hit albums and singles around the world such as Genesis , Invisible Touch and We Can t Dance . At the same time as they were recording and performing with Genesis, Tony Banks, Phil Collins and Mike Rutherford (as Mike & The Mechanics) were all enjoying successful solo careers, as were departed members Peter Gabriel and Steve Hackett. Sum Of The Parts explores the dynamics of the group that has enabled them to survive changes of line-up, see their musical direction steadily evolve and maintain both group and solo careers along with their enduring popularity as evidenced by their hugely successful 2007 reunion tour.
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Heart & Friends - Home For The Holidays (2014) Blu-ray 1080i AVC DD 5.1

Title: Heart & Friends – Home For The Holidays
Released: 2014
Genre: Rock
Directed by: Devin Dehaven
Artists: Ann and Nancy Wilson, Shawn Colvin, Sammy Hagar, Richard Marx, Pat Monahan

Released: Frontiers Records
Duration: 1:00:40
Quality: Blu-ray
Container: BDMV
Video codec: AVC
Audio Codec: AC-3, PCM
Video: MPEG-4 AVC 25002 kbps / 1920 * 1080i / 29,970 fps / 16: 9 / High Profile 4.1
# 1 Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps
Audio # 2: English LPCM 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
Size: 12.6 GB

Hearts Ann and Nancy Wilson returned to their hometown of Seattle to stage a celebration of the Christmas season, gathering a few of their friends to join them in singing holiday classics, personal favorites and some of their own hits.
Special guests Shawn Colvin, Sammy Hagar, Richard Marx and Pat Monahan from Train joined HEART for this once-in-a-lifetime concert, which was taped on Dec. 12 2013 at the beautiful Benaroya Symphony Concert Hall in Seattle. The Wilson sisters performed an array of holiday songs written by Joni Mitchell, Harry Nilsson, Bob Dylan and Hagar in their Christmas set as well as some of HEART s favorite songs. Colvin, Hagar, Marx and Monahan provided additional vocals on the tunes and/or sing duets with Heart.
Heart and Friends: ‘Home for the Holidays’ ended a prolific and award-winning 2013 for Heart, who have been enjoying a resurgence of popularity since 2010s ‘Red Velvet Car’, which was the group s first Top 10 album in 20 years. Many successful live shows and tours (including a 2011 tour with Def Leppard, and their 2013 Heartbreaker tour) have occurred with 2012 seeing the release of ‘Strange Euphoria’, a definitive career-spanning box set; the arrival of ‘Kicking and Dreaming: A Story of Heart, Soul, and Rock and Roll’, a best-selling autobiography; the announcement of Ann and Nancy Wilsons Heart star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the release of ‘Fanatic’, Hearts 14th studio album. And adding to their list of awards, Heart was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last April.
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Jeff Beck - Live In Tokyo (2014) Blu-ray 1080p AVC DTS-HD MA 5.1

Title: Jeff Beck – Live In Tokyo
Released: 2014
Genre: Rock, blues rock, jazz fusion, instrumental rock, hard rock, progressive rock
Artists: Jeff Beck – guitars, Jonathan Joseph – drums, Nicolas Meier – guitars, Rhonda Smith – bass.

Released: Eagle Rock Entertainment
Duration: 1:31:56
Quality: Blu-ray
Container: BDMV
Video codec: AVC
Audio Codec: DTS, AC-3, PCM
Video: MPEG-4 AVC 29998 kbps / 1920 * 1080p / 23,976 fps / 16: 9 / High Profile 4.1
# 1 Audio: English DTS-HD MA 5.1 / 96 kHz / 8224 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Audio # 2: English LPCM 2.0 / 96 kHz / 4608 kbps / 24-bit
Size: 35.3 Gb

Jeff Beck is undeniably one of the world s greatest guitar players. Technically brilliant, he is renowned for pushing musical boundaries and has excelled across many different genres from rock and jazz to pop and blues. Live In Tokyo was filmed at the Tokyo Dome City Hall in Japan on April 9th this year. These Japanese dates were the first to feature Jeff Beck s new backing band of Jonathan Joseph (drums), Nicolas Meier (guitars) and Rhonda Smith (bass) and the setlist includes some material from his new, as yet unreleased, studio album. In contrast to Beck s previous visual releases, both filmed in small clubs, Live In Tokyo is filmed in a major concert arena and has a very different, more expansive feel. Jeff Beck is a true guitar legend and this show captures him at his very best.
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Metallica – Some Kind of Monster (2014) Blu-ray 1080i AVC DTS-HD MA 5.1

Title: Metallica – Some Kind of Monster
Year: 2004/2014
Genre: Rock, Documentary
Directed by: Joe Berlinger, Bruce Sinofsky
Performers: James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett, Robert Trujillo an more.

Released: Paramount
Duration: 2:20:33 + 0:26:32
Quality: Blu-ray
Container: BDMV
Video codec: AVC
Audio Codec: DTS, PCM
Video: MPEG-4 AVC 21404 kbps / 1920 * 1080i / 29,970 fps / 16: 9 / High Profile 4.1
# 1 Audio: English DTS-HD MA 5.1 / 48 kHz / 4059 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Audio # 2: English LPCM 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
Audio # 3: English LPCM 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit
Subtitles: English, Spanish

• Metallica‘s 2004 documentary, ‘Metallica: Some Kind of Monster’ (the one where they aired their dirty laundry for everyone to see), will get a special 10th-anniversary Blu-ray edition in November.
• The movie, which has been out of print for a number of years, chronicles the band’s rough stretch while making their much-maligned 2003 ‘St. Anger’ album. Backstage bickering led to their management assigning a “performance-enhancing coach” to help group members get through some of their problems.
• It was also a tough time for the band personally, as they battled addictions and some domestic bumps. All of which filmmakers Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky captured in the movie, which ended up winning the Independent Spirit Award for Best Documentary Feature that year.
• This new Blu-ray edition, which comes out on Nov. 24, includes a new feature, ‘Metallica: This Monster Lives,” a 25-minute follow-up that was shot at the Toronto International Film Festival last year, when the band premiered its second movie, ‘Metallica: Through the Never.’

bonus:
• “Metallica: This Monster Lives”
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Whitesnake - Saints & Sinners (1982/2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Whitesnake
Title: Saints & Sinners
Genre: Rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Blues-Rock, British Metal
Label: © Sunburst Records
Release Date: 1982/2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 39:17
Recorded: Rock City, Shepperton, Battery Studios, The Truck Mobile at Clearwell Castle, Gloucestershire and Britannia Row, London. Mixed at Battery Studios by Martin Birch, September/October 1982

What a difference a year makes. After releasing the thoroughly disappointing Come an' Get It, Whitesnake made up for it in spades with 1982's excellent Saints & Sinners, their best record yet. Perhaps it was the arrival of new guitarist Mel Galley (replacing founding member Bernie Marsden) that re-energized the band. The dull, midtempo numbers of recent years were largely gone, replaced by rowdy bursts of bluesy aggression like "Rough an' Ready," "Bloody Luxury," and the downright nasty "Young Blood." David Coverdale also reached new heights with the astounding heavy blues of "Crying in the Rain" (a lyrical relative to Elmore James' "The Sun Is Shining" if there ever was one) and the timeless power ballad "Here I Go Again." Most Americans only came to know these songs when they were butchered into ridiculous power metal five years later, but for true Whitesnake fans, these original versions make Saints & Sinners well worth seeking out. --Eduardo Rivadavia

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Whitesnake - Ready An Willing (1980/2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Whitesnake
Title: Ready An Willing
Genre: Rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Blues-Rock, British Metal
Label: © Sunburst Records
Release Date: 1980/2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 39:59
Recorded: Ridge Farm, Central Recorders Studio and Sauna, December 1979, February 1980

Despite benefiting from the expert assistance of legendary producer Martin Birch (Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, later Iron Maiden) Whitesnake's early studio albums all tended to sound unexplainably flat. Their fourth effort, 1980's Ready an' Willing, was no exception, but it did make up for this somewhat with solid songwriting. In fact, David Coverdale and company were growing increasingly more consistent and self-assured with each record, and this album's first half shows great progress over the previous year's hit-and-miss Lovehunter. Opener "Fool for Your Lovin'" was their best single yet, as well as their highest charting; with its clever combination of hit-savvy chorus and authentic bluesy resignation, it set the template for subsequent triumphs, and the fact that Coverdale re-recorded it (in disappointing pop-metal fashion) over a decade later for 1989's Slip of the Tongue is a testament to its staying power. Further highlights include the live favorite "Sweet Talker" (given extra bite by Micky Moody's expert slide guitar), the groove monster of a title track, and a set of memorable ballads in "Blindman" and "Ain't Gonna Cry No More." The same laurels can't be awarded to the album's closing trio of songs, all of which evince the tired and formulaic blues-rock that had dominated previous releases. But this didn't stop Ready an' Willing from qualifying as Whitesnake's finest hour thus far, with ever-greater glory waiting just over the horizon. --Eduardo Rivadavia
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Whitesnake - Love Hunter (1979/2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Whitesnake
Title: Love Hunter
Genre: Rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Blues-Rock, British Metal
Label: © Sunburst Records
Release Date: 1979/2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 41:07
Recorded: Clearwall Castle in Gloucestershire with the Rolling Stones Mobile. Mixed at Central Recorders Studio & Sauna, London 1979

For all of its musical merits, Whitesnake's second full-length album, Lovehunter, is probably best remembered for its lurid cover painting (featuring a very naked female and a very large snake) rather than the band's ever-improving recipe for blues-infected hard rock. The group's performance in the studio environment remains strangely tame, however, and though blaming the producer seems like the obvious explanation, one has to wonder if this is the case when a veteran like Martin Birch (Deep Purple, Black Sabbath) is at the helm. Still, all things considered, the record is quite consistent; the band is equally at home rocking through the foot-stomping "Long Way From Home," and gliding through the bluesy ballad "Help Me Thro' the Day." "Walking in the Shadow of the Blues" combines near-perfect songwriting with one of Coverdale's maturest and most compelling lyrics, while the masterful slide guitar of Mickey Moody literally ignites the awesome title track. The gorgeously simple piano treatment of "We Wish You Well" closes the disc in fine fashion. --Eduardo Rivadavia
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The Velvet Underground - The Velvet Underground (1969/2012) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: The Velvet Underground
Title: The Velvet Underground
Genre: Pop Rock, Experimental Rock, Proto-Punk, Rock & Roll
Label: © Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.
Release Date: 1969/2012
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 44:00
Recorded: November–December 1968, TTG Studios in Hollywood, California, United States

The Velvet Underground is the third studio masterpiece by the American rock legends. The work features the rock anthems “Candy Says,” “What Goes On,” “Some Kinda Love” and “Pale Blue Eyes.” It is included on Rolling Stone’s “500 Greatest Albums of All Time.” The album is a rich display of Lou Reed’s effortless songwriting abilities. The Velvet Underground ranked #6 on NME’s “Greatest Albums of All Time.”
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