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UFO – Showtime (2014) Blu-ray 1080i AVC DTS-HD MA 5.1

Title: UFO – Showtime
Released: 2014
Genre: Rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal
Artists: Phil Mogg (v), Pete Way (b), Paul Raymond (g) (k), Jason Bonham (d), Vinnie Moore (g)

Released: SPV / Steamhammer
Duration: 1:36:18
Quality: Blu-ray
Container: BDMV
Video codec: AVC
Audio Codec: DTS, AC-3
Video: MPEG-4 AVC 9999 kbps / 1920 * 1080i / 29,970 fps / 16: 9 / High Profile 4.1
# 1 Audio: English DTS-HD MA 5.1 / 48 kHz / 2910 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 16-bit / DN -4dB)
Audio # 2: English Dolby TrueHD 5.1 / 48 kHz / 2606 kbps / 16-bit (AC3 Embedded: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 448 kbps)
# 3 Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1 / 48 kHz / 448 kbps / DN -4dB
# 4 Audio: English Dolby Digital 2.0 / 48 kHz / 224 kbps / DN -4dB
Size: 22.17 GB

During the world tour for the album ‘You Are Here’ UFO filmed a concert in May 2005 at the Pumpwerk Wilhelmshaven in Germany. Now ‘Showtime’ will be released for the first time on Blu-ray, including a fantastic acoustic session which was recorded at the Peppermint Park Studios in Hannover, Germany. More bonus material, like making of and history interviews, are also included and you can see the last performances with the band of drummer Jason Bonham, the son of Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham, and Pete Way who had to leave the band due to health reasons soon after.
Most UFO fans consider the only real lineup to be when guitarist Michael Schenker decides to grace the band with his presence. And truth be told, this is a valid point — the group’s best work seems to occur whenever the unpredictable guitarist is present, whether it was in the ’70s (1977’s Lights Out, 1979’s exceptional Strangers in the Night) or his mid-’90s re-entry (1995’s Walk on Water). But shortly after the dawn of the 21st century, Schenker decided to jump ship once more for his solo career, and the band was left with the decision of “to be or not to be.” What resulted was probably UFO’s most interesting and strongest non-Schenker lineup ever, consisting of mainstays Phil Mogg (vocals), Pete Way (bass), and Paul Raymond (keyboards, guitar), as well as such renowned “newcomers” as Vinnie Moore (guitar) and Jason Bonham (drums). 2005 saw the release of the zillionth UFO live set, Showtime, which does a fine job of showcasing this latter day lineup. The double-disc CD (which was also issued as a DVD under the same title) focuses primarily on the classics, including such standouts as “This Kids,” “Love to Love,” and “Lights Out” — despite a vocal flub by Mogg on the latter track. But the recent material included from 2004’s You Are Here is surprisingly strong — “When Daylight Goes to Town” (which sounds quite similar to Van Halen’s “Best of Both Worlds”) and “The Wild One.” While it’s not, of course, going to top the aforementioned Strangers in the Night — a near impossible feat — Showtime proves that there may be life after Schenker after all. –Greg Prato
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Justin Hayward - Spirits: Live – Live at the Buckhead Theatre, Atlanta (2014) Blu-ray 1080p AVC DTS-HD MA 5.1

Title: Justin Hayward – Spirits: Live – Live at the Buckhead Theatre, Atlanta
Released: 2014
Genre: Rock, Soft Rock
Directed by: David Minasian
Artists: Justin Hayward – Vocals, Guitar; Mike Dawes – Guitar; Alan Hewitt – Keyboards, Vocals (Background); Julie Ragins – Keyboards, Percussion, Vocals (Background)

Released: Eagle Rock Entertainment
Duration: 1:38:42 + 00:59:03
Quality: Blu-ray
Container: BDMV
Video codec: AVC
Audio Codec: DTS, PCM
Video: MPEG-4 AVC 29981 kbps / 1920 * 1080p / 23,976 fps / 16: 9 / High Profile 4.1
# 1 Audio: English DTS-HD MA 5.1 / 48 kHz / 2369 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
Audio # 2: English LPCM 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit
Subtitles: English, German, French
Size: 38.8 GB

In autumn 2013 Justin Hayward, the legendary lead singer, guitarist and songwriter for The Moody Blues embarked on a tour of the American East Coast following the release of his album ‘Spirits Of The Western Sky’. It would mark only the second time in his long and illustrious career that he would tour as a solo artist. The shows combined tracks from the ‘Spirits’ album alongside a mix of classic and rarely heard Moody Blues songs and Justin’s worldwide hit ‘Forever Autumn’. The final night of the tour at Atlanta s landmark Buckhead Theatre was filmed for this release.
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Bucky Pizzarelli Trio - Three For All (2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Bucky Pizzarelli Trio
Title: Three For All
Genre: Jazz
Label: © Chesky Records
Release Date: 2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: hdtracks
Duration: 01:04:56
Recorded at the Hirsch Center for the Performing Arts, Brooklyn, New York

Bucky Pizzarelli’s playing on this new album sums up his seventy-year career (with no end in sight!). Without sacrificing his own voice, he lovingly honors his forebears and contemporaries, as well as "the kids," including his own.

The Binaural+ technique has accurately captured the complexity and depth of Bucky’s playing. The recording magic places you right in the room with the trio, sitting in the best seat of the house as you groove and swing to the irresistible melodies. The aural cues will make you instinctively turn your head to listen to a certain phrase from one guitarist to the next, which is perfection in stereo reproduction. From the light foot tapping to the satisfied response from Bucky and his trio at the conclusion of a solo, Binaural+ will recreate the wonders of this live performance every time.

“If you want to see the history of jazz guitar in action, go see Bucky Pizzarelli.” --NPR Music
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Bruce Springsteen - The Wild, The Innocent and The E Street Shuffle (1973/2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Bruce Springsteen
Title: The Wild, The Innocent and The E Street Shuffle
Genre: Rock, Rock & Roll
Label: © Columbia Records
Release Date: 1973/2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: hdtracks
Duration: 46:46
Recorded: May - September 1973 at 914 Sound Studios in Blauvelt, New York

American singer-songwriter Bruce Springsteen's second studio album. The Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle was recorded with the E Street Band and features their popular set-closing single "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)". After it's initial release the record didn't gather much attention, however after Springsteen released his third album, Born To Run, and his popularity grew, The Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle was more appreciated by his fans.

This remastered version was remastered by acclaimed engineer Bob Ludwig, working directly with Springsteen and longtime engineer Toby Scott, newly transferred from the original analogue masters using the Plangent Process playback system.
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Bruce Springsteen - The River (1980/2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44.1kHz

Artist: Bruce Springsteen
Title: The River
Genre: Rock, Rock & Roll, Heartland Rock
Label: © Columbia Records
Release Date: 1980/2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: hdtracks
Duration: 01:23:41
Recorded: The Power Station, New York, March 1979 – August 1980

A blowout double-album split evenly between huge house-party numbers (and a wealth of live staples) and darker, real-world tales in the vein of the title track, The River represented a Springsteen out to explore the emerging dualities of his music. The record features titles "Hungry Heart", "Fade Away" and "Sherry Darling".
This remastered version was remastered by acclaimed engineer Bob Ludwig, working directly with Springsteen and longtime engineer Toby Scott, newly transferred from the original analogue masters using the Plangent Process playback system.

Imbedded within the double-disc running time of The River is a single-disc album that follows up on the themes and sound of Darkness on the Edge of Town -- wide-screen, midtempo rock and stories of the disillusionment of working-class life and the conflicts within families. In these songs, which include the title track, "Independence Day," and "Point Blank," Bruce Springsteen's world-view is just as dire as it had become on Darkness, but less judgmental. "Independence Day," for example, is a father-and-son ballad that has little of the anger of its hard rock counterpart on Darkness, "Adam Raised a Cain." Springsteen's heroes again seek to overcome their crushing troubles through defiance and by driving around, and though "The River" repeats the soured love theme of "Racing in the Street," he also posits romance as a possible escape, sometimes combining it with one of the other solutions, as on the eight-plus-minute "Drive All Night." But there is also another album lurking within The River, and it is a more lighthearted pop/rock collection of short, sometimes humorous songs like "Sherry Darling" and "I'm a Rocker." At times Springsteen combines elements of the two, as on "Out in the Street," perhaps the album's quintessential song, a catchy, uptempo number that sounds like something from the early '60s and echoes the theme of the Vogues' 1966 hit "Five O'Clock World." "Hungry Heart," which became Springsteen's first Top Ten hit, combines a rollicking musical track with a more sober lyrical theme that emphasizes longing over disappointment. But a better guide to Springsteen's development are the songs "Stolen Car" and the album-closing "Wreck on the Highway," gentle, moody ballads imbued with a sense of hopelessness that anticipate his next record, Nebraska. --William Ruhlmann

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Bruce Springsteen - Nebraska (1982/2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Bruce Springsteen
Title: Nebraska
Genre: Rock, Heartland Rock, Folk
Label: © Columbia Records
Release Date: 1982/2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: hdtracks
Duration: 40:48
Recorded: Mostly January 3, 1982 at Springsteen's Colts Neck, New Jersey bedroom

Recorded on four-track cassette in his New Jersey bedroom, Nebraska has proved one of Springsteen’s most enduring works, a raw, haunted acoustic record populated by lost souls searching not for salvation through music but simply a reason to believe. His sixth record, Springsteen appeared by himself without the E Street Band backing him up. He later recording with the band, but ultimately chose to put out the demos for a more natural sound.

This remastered version was remastered by acclaimed engineer Bob Ludwig, working directly with Springsteen and longtime engineer Toby Scott, newly transferred from the original analogue masters using the Plangent Process playback system.

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Bruce Springsteen - Darkness on the Edge of Town (1978/2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Bruce Springsteen
Title: Darkness on the Edge of Town
Genre: Rock, Heartland Rock, Rock & Roll
Label: © Columbia Records
Release Date: 1978/2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: hdtracks
Duration: 42:58
Recorded: October 12, 1977 – March 19, 1978 at Record Plant Studios, New York.

The fourth studio album by Bruce Springsteen, Darkness on the Edge of Town is considered by many to be one of Springsteen's most highly regarded records. Rolling Stone magazine has ranked it at #150 on their list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, and it has been certified triple-platinum by the RIAA.
Darkness on the Edge of Town was released in 1978, three years after Springsteen's previous album Born to Run. The album follows Springsteen's "four corners" approach to album structure. The songs beginning each side of the record are rallying, rousting numbers and the songs ending each side focus on hard circumstances that seem to obliterate all hope. Critics praised the maturity of Springsteen's lyrics and themes on the album; and although Darkness on the Edge of Town did not generate any significant hit singles, the album itself was critically well-received and was called a landmark record in rock and roll.

This remastered version was remastered by acclaimed engineer Bob Ludwig, working directly with Springsteen and longtime engineer Toby Scott, newly transferred from the original analogue masters using the Plangent Process playback system.
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Bruce Springsteen - Born in the U.S.A. (1984/2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Bruce Springsteen
Title: Born in the U.S.A.
Genre: Rock, Heartland Rock, Rock & Roll, Hard Rock
Label: © Columbia Records
Release Date: 1978/2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: hdtracks
Duration: 46:53
Recorded: January 1982 – March 1984; The Power Station and The Hit Factory in New York City.

Born in the U.S.A. was American rock musician Bruce Springsteen's seventh studio album. It quickly became Springsteen's biggest album and was the best selling album of 1985 in the United States. Born in the U.S.A. was extremely inspirational, the lyrics are viewed as a sign of hope for citizens working towards the American Dream.
The record produced seven top ten singles, including the title track, "Dancing in the Dark", and "Cover Me". Born in the U.S.A. hit number 1 in eleven countries and received numerous awards. The title track is self-described as one of his best songs. Reasonably regarded as the turning-point album in Bruce’s career.

This remastered version was remastered by acclaimed engineer Bob Ludwig, working directly with Springsteen and longtime engineer Toby Scott, newly transferred from the original analogue masters using the Plangent Process playback system.
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Arvo Part - Adam's Lament (2012) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44.1kHz

Сomposer: Arvo Pärt (b.1935)
Artist: Latvian Radio Choir, Sinfonietta Riga, Vox Clamantis, Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, Tõnu Kaljuste
Title: Arvo Pärt - Adam's Lament
Genre: Classical
Label: © ECM Records GmbH | ECM Player
Release Date: 2012
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: highresaudio.com
Duration: 1:07:55
Recorded: November 2011 and May 2007 at Niguliste Church in Tallinn

Arvo Pärt’s “Adam’s Lament” for chorus and orchestra was commissioned by the cultural capital cities Istanbul and Tallinn in 2010 and 2011. It is based on writings of Saint Silouan (1866-1938), in which the Russian Orthodox monk on Mount Athos describes Adam’s pain at the loss of Paradise. It was not the first time Pärt was inspired to compose a work on Silouan’s texts; in 1991 he published “Silouans Song” (“My soul yearns after the Lord”) for string orchestra (recorded on ECM with the “Te Deum”, the “Magnificat” and the “Berlin Mass”).
When setting “Adam’s Lament” which, for Pärt, has great poetic, expressive power with its central message of love and humility, the composer internalised Silouan’s words completely; they determined the substance and structure of the text (sung in ecclesial Slavic), its punctuation, number of syllables and accentuation of the music down to the smallest detail. “That perfect melding caused me somehow to think less of a work of art when I was composing.”
The piece is dedicated to Archimandrit Sophrony, Silouan’s pupil and biographer, who also published the monk’s writings in the 1950s. They have been translated into more than 20 languages; critics consider them to be among those works without which no serious anthology of Russian poetry will be complete in future.
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Anouar Brahem - Souvenance (2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Anouar Brahem
Title: Souvenance - Music for oud, quartet and string orchestra
Genre: Jazz, Modern, World Fusion, Ethnic Jazz
Label: © ECM Records GmbH | ECM Player
Release Date: 2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: highresaudio.com
Duration: 01:28:58
Recorded: May 2014 at Auditorio Stelio Molo RSI, Lugano

The music of Souvenance, by turns graceful, hypnotic, austere, and starkly dramatic, follows Tunisian oud-master Anouar Brahem’s last ECM album, The Astounding Eyes of Rita after a five-year gap. “It took a long time to write this music,” he acknowledges. Early plans to document the progress of the “Rita” quartet, which had grown to become a compellingly dynamic group in concert, were set aside. “I was feeling a need to attempt something new.” Then, at the end of 2010 and the beginning of 2011, came the great political upheavals – accompanied by “immense fears, joys and hopes” – which began in Tunisia and swept like wildfire through the region. Fully absorbed by daily news of popular uprisings, collapsing dictatorships, insurgencies and counter-insurgencies, Brahem found his emotional world “monopolized by the political”. It was not the right moment to be writing music: “I had to wait for the pressure to fall, before I could resume work.”
Souvenance translates as “remembrance”, but the album – like the individual track titles – was named retrospectively. Right up until the mix, the new pieces were identified only by the dates of their composition. “I don’t claim a direct link between my compositions and the events that have taken place in Tunisia,” says Anouar Brahem, “but I was deeply affected by them.”
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