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Rush - 2112 - 40th Anniversary (1976/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Rush
Title: 2112 - 40th Anniversary
Genre: Rock, Prog Rock, Hard Rock
Label: © Mercury Records
Release Date: 1976/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 38:56
Recorded: February 1976 at Toronto Sound Studios in Toronto

The band’s label didn’t want Rush to do another “concept” album. The band ignored this advice and went on to record their first major commercial success and a signature record, which enabled them to chart their own course moving forward. Writing the material took about six months, and the album, recorded at Toronto Sound with Terry Brown, required about a month in the studio to finish.
“We don’t want to change what people think about rock & roll, we just want to show them what we think about it.” – Alex Lifeson, 1976
Influenced by the writings of Ayn Rand, the album features the side-long title suite. Based in the future, a galaxy-wide war results in the union of all planets under the rule of the Red Star of the Solar Federation. By 2112, the world is controlled by the “Priests of the Temples of Syrinx,” who determine the content of all reading matter, songs, pictures — every facet of life.
“We’ve got a big future ahead of us.” – Geddy Lee, 1976
Most fans consider 2112 the band’s definitive album. Certified triple-platinum, 2112 is #2 on Rolling Stone’s ‘Your Favorite Prog Rock Albums of All Time’. This newly-remastered edition was remastered at Abbey Road from original analogue masters
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Rick Wakeman - The Six Wives of Henry VIII (1973/2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Rick Wakeman
Title: The Six Wives of Henry VIII
Genre: Rock, Prog Rock, Art Rock
Label: © A&M Records
Release Date: 1973/2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: DVD Audio
Duration: 00:36:49
Recorded: February – October 1972 at Morgan and Trident Studios, London, England.

Not only did this album help pave the way for progressive rock, but it also introduced the unbridled energy and overall effectiveness of the synthesizer as a bona fide instrument. Six Wives gave Wakeman his chance to break away from the other instrumental complexities that made up Yes and allowed him to prove what a driving force the keyboard could truly be, especially in full album form. More than just synthesized wandering, Wakeman astoundingly conjures up a separate musical persona by way of an instrumental ode to each of Henry VIII's wives through his dazzling use of the Mellotron, Moog, and Hammond C-3 organ. For example, Wakeman's fiery runs and fortissimo thwarting of the synthesizer throughout "Anne Boleyn" is a tribute to her feisty temper and valiant courage that she maintained while standing up to her husband. With "Jane Seymour," on the other hand, Wakeman's playing is somewhat subdued and gentle, which coincides with her legendary meekness and frailty, as well as her willingness to cater to Henry VIII. Wakeman's masterful use of his synthesizers is instrumentally stunning, as is his talent of magically shaping the notes to represent behavioral idiosyncrasies of his characters. Yes bassist Chris Squire lends a hand on "Catherine of Aragon," while guitarist Steve Howe and drummer Bill Bruford appear on a few tracks as well, as does former Strawbs member Dave Cousins, playing the electric banjo. The Six Wives of Henry VIII unleashes the unyielding power of the keyboard as a dominant instrument, but also displays Wakeman at the beginning of an extremely resplendent career as a solo musician. --Mike DeGagne
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Rick Wakeman - The Myths and Legends of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table (1975/2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Rick Wakeman
Title: The Myths and Legends of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table
Genre: Rock, Prog Rock, Art Rock
Label: © A&M Records
Release Date: 1975/2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: DVD Audio
Duration: 00:44:42
Recorded: 16 October 1974 – 10 January 1975 at Morgan Studios, London, England.

Rick Wakeman's third solo album is among his best, as he employs his vast array of keyboards to their full extent, musically describing the characters pertaining to the days of King Arthur's reign. With orchestra and choir included, although a little less prevalent than on Journey, he musically addresses the importance and distinguishing characteristics of each figure through the use of multiple synthesizers and accompanying instruments. "Lady of the Lake" is given a mystical, enchanted feel, perpetrated by a more subtle use of piano and synthesizer, while the battle of "Sir Lancelot and the Black Knight" is made up of a barrage of feuding keyboard runs and staccato riffs, musically recounting the intensity of the duel. But it's on "Merlin the Magician" where Wakeman truly shines, as the whimsy and peculiarity of this fabled figure is wonderfully conjured up through the frenzy of the synthesizer. As one of Wakeman's most famous pieces, it is here that his astounding musicianship is laid out for all to hear, a marvelous bisque of keyboard artistry. The album's entirety is a sensational execution of Wakeman's adroitness, and with vocals from Ashley Holt and Gary Pickford Hopkins, it still stands along with Journey to the Center of the Earth and The Six Wives of Henry VIII as one of his most astute pieces. --Mike DeGagne
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Sara Bareilles - Between The Lines: Live At The Fillmore (2008) 1080p BluRay AVC TrueHD 5.1

Title: Between The Lines: Sara Bareilles Live At The Fillmore
Released: 2008
Genre: Pop Rock
Directed by: Danny Clinch, Paul Greenhouse
Artist: Sara Bareilles

Issued: USA | Sony Music
Duration: 1:16:41

“Between The Lines” is exactly that. It is not only a concert, but a film that shares what happened backstage and in the days surrounding the Fillmore show. This is very much a personal portrait of who Sara Bareilles is and where she comes from, including a performance in Sausalito with some of her best friends…all against the beautiful backdrop of the Northern California Coast.
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Randy Bachman - Vinyl Tap Tour: Every Song Tells a Story (2014) Blu-ray 1080p AVC DD 5.1

Title: Randy Bachman – Vinyl Tap Tour: Every Song Tells a Story
Release Date: 2014
Genre: Rock, Pop Rock, Hard Rock, Rock and Roll
Director: John Barnard
Artist: Randy Bachman – Guitars, Vocals; Mick Dalla-Vee – Guitar (Bass), Vocals; Brent Howard Knudsen – Guitars, Vocals; Marc LaFrance – Drums, Vocals

Production/Label: Universal Music
Duration: 01:26:28
Quality: Blu-ray
Container: BDMV
Video codec: AVC
Audio codec: AC-3
Video: MPEG-4 AVC 28328 kbps / 1920*1080p / 23,976 fps / 16:9 / High Profile 4.1
Audio#1: English Dolby Digital 5.1 / 48 kHz / 448 kbps
Audio#2: English Dolby Digital 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -4dB / Dolby Surround

• Randy Bachman returned to where it all started, Winnipeg, and recorded a show at the Pantages Playhouse Theatre where he chronologically played and told the origins of his most famous songs that he created with both the Guess Who and Bachman Turner Overdrive.
• What happens next is what they call in show biz ‘the magic.’ In fact, this is the how a story-teller’s evening should be done. Randy is personable and comes off as a musical historian as he walks the crowd through his song writing history. We are talking classic tunes that include Guess Who favorites such as “These Eyes,” “No Sugar Tonight,” “No Time” and “American Woman” to the BTO hits like “Let It Ride,” “You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet” and “Takin’ Care of Business.”
• Watching and listening to Bachman describe his life in rock and roll and how these songs -some created live on stage- came to be is mesmerizing. One feels like he is bellied up to the bar listening to a great storyteller. It is fascinating, yet comfortable… amazing, yet believable.
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Robbie Williams - Live at Knebworth (2013) [10th Anniversary Edition] Blu-ray 1080i AVC DTS-HD 5.1

Title: Robbie Williams Live at Knebworth
Released: 2013
Genre: Pop rock
Directed by: Hamish Hamilton
Artists: Robbie Williams – Vocals; Max Beasley – Percussion, Piano; Dave Bishop – Flute, Saxophone; Yolanda Charles – Guitar (Bass); Melvin Duffy – Slide Guitar; Simon Gardner – Trumpet; Katie Kissoon – Vocals (Background); Tessa Niles – Vocals (Background); Gary Nutall – Guitar; Mark Plati – Guitar, Keyboards; Chris Shamrock – Drums; J. Neil Sidwell – Trombone; Steve Sidwell – Trumpet; Paul Spong – Trumpet; Neil Taylor – Guitar; Chris White – Flute, Saxophone; Claire Worrall – Guitar, Keyboards

Released: Island Records | Universal Music Group
Duration: 1:48:56
Quality: Blu-ray
Container: BDMV
Video codec: AVC
Audio Codec: DTS, AC-3, PCM
Video: MPEG-4 AVC 24471 kbps 1920 * 1080i / 29,970 fps / 16: 9 / High Profile 4.1
# 1 Audio: English DTS-HD MA 5.1 / 48 kHz / 5072 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Audio # 2: English Dolby Digital 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps
Audio # 3: English LPCM 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish
Size: 33.75 GB

A decade since his incredible live performances at Knebworth, the biggest UK pop concert ever, Robbie Williams releases ‘Live At Knebworth – 10th Anniversary Edition’. This monumental three-day live experience, drew crowds of over 375,000 and a further 3.5 million who watched live on television and online. Featuring the hits: Let Me Entertain You, Strong, She’s The One, Feel and the iconic ‘Angels’.
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Carl Nielsen - Symphonies Nos. 1-6 - London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis (2015) [High Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-Ray Disc]

Сomposer: Carl Nielsen (1865-1931)
Artist: London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis
Title: Carl Nielsen – Symphonies Nos. 1-6
Genre: Classical
Label: © LSO Live
Release Date: 2014
Recording Location: October 2011 (Symphony No 1), December 2011 (Symphony Nos 2 & 3), May 2010 (Symphony No 4), October 2009 (Symphony No 5), May & June 2011 (Symphony No 6) at Barbican, London, United Kingdom
Quality: Blu-ray Audio
Length: 03:21:35
Video: MPEG-4 AVC 950 kbps / 1920*1080i / 29,970 fps / 16:9 / High Profile 4.1
Audio#1: English DTS-HD MA 5.1 / 192 kHz / 10924 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 6.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Audio#2: English LPCM 2.0 / 192 kHz / 9216 kbps / 24-bit
Size: 31.71 GB

These recordings, made during Sir Colin Davis’ ‘Indian summer’ with the orchestra, are acknowledged to be amongst the finest recordings ever made of this repertoire, receiving numerous awards. The symphonies were originally released between 2011 and 2013 and will now be made available together for the first time as a beautifully packaged 3 SACD box set, including one Pure Audio Blu-ray disc.
Despite giving titles to the majority of his symphonies, Danish composer Carl Nielsen was often vague about what influenced each work. Nevertheless he was a master symphonist and his music is mesmerising, combining propulsive energy with lyrical invention.
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Paul Simon - You're The One (2000/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Paul Simon
Title: You're The One
Genre: Folk Rock, Pop Rock, Worldbeat, Singer/Songwriter
Label: © Warner Bros. Records
Release Date: 2000/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: PonoMusic
Duration: 00:56:39
Recorded: 1999 - 2000

The disaster of Songs from the Capeman hit Paul Simon particularly hard, so he decided to quickly record a new album, his first proper collection of songs since 1990's The Rhythm of the Saints -- his first album in ten years, really. Nevertheless, if this album has a relative, it's 1982's Hearts and Bones, since it's a deliberately low-key, insular record, especially when compared to the sweeping worldbeat explorations of Graceland and Rhythm. But where Hearts and Bones was a singer/songwriter album, no two ways about it, You're the One illustrates the influence of its predecessors, but it's not showy about it. The African and South American rhythms are as much a foundation of Simon's music as folk is, and his compositions reflect it, boasting surprisingly tricky rhythms that carry through to his melodies themselves. That, combined with Simon's determination to meet aging head-on, makes You're the One a bit of an acquired taste, especially since its compositions are never overtly accessible and melodic -- they're all tone poems, driven as much by tone and lyric as song itself. This all results in a record that may be a little too deliberately low-key and elliptical for most tastes, especially since it demands full concentration even from serious fans. But this does reward close listening, and even if it doesn't shine as brilliantly as Hearts and Bones (his most underappreciated record), it does share some similarities in that it's an unassumingly intellectual record that feels like it was made without an audience in mind. Which means it's more interesting than successful, but interesting can have its own rewards. --Stephen Thomas Erlewine, AllMusic
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Oswald, Napoleao - Piano Concertos - Artur Pizarro, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Martyn Brabbins (2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Henrique Oswald (1852-1931), Alfredo Napoleão dos Santos (1852-1917)
Artist: Artur Pizarro (piano), BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Martyn Brabbins (conductor)
Title: The Romantic Piano Concerto ~ 64: Oswald & Napoleão dos Santos: Piano Concertos
Genre: Classical
Label: © Hyperion Records
Release Date: 2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: hyperion-records
Duration: 67 minutes 9 seconds
Recorded: October 2013 at BBC Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff, Wales

Portuguese virtuoso Artur Pizarro makes a welcome return to the Romantic Piano Concerto series with the outpourings of two brilliant pianist-composers. Their names may not be familiar to listeners today. The Brazilian Henrique Oswald and the Portuguese Alfredo Napoleão were born in the same year, less than three months apart, when Schumann, Brahms and Liszt were alive and Chopin recently deceased. Both were of mixed European heritage: Oswald with a Swiss-German father and Italian mother, Napoleão with an Italian father and Portuguese mother. Both were child prodigies who became widely travelled concert pianists, pedagogues and composers. In 1868 Oswald gave his ‘farewell recital’ and left Rio de Janeiro to study in Europe; Napoleão went to Brazil.
Oswald’s Piano Concerto in G minor, Op 10, dates from about 1886, the year he met Liszt. Although influences of Fauré can be detected in the second theme, the overall character of the first movement owes more to the late Romantic German style. The orchestration is rich and full, but the Tchaikovskian athleticism and virtuosity of the piano-writing keep the soloist to the fore.
Napoleão’s Piano Concerto No 2 in E flat minor, Op 31, is undated but was probably composed around the same time as Oswald’s Piano Concerto. Although Napoleão performed the concerto in a solo piano version, the first performance with orchestra had to wait until 12 February 1941. This was given by Evaristo de Campos Coelho (1903–1988)—with whom Artur Pizarro, the pianist on the present recording, studied as a young child. He played the work numerous times, and performed it for Portuguese radio. Dinorah Leitão (who was Ivo Cruz’s daughter in law, and also a student of Campos Coelho) then played it, and Artur Pizarro is only the third pianist to champion this work.
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Oscar Peterson - Exclusively for My Friends (1968/1992/2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88.2kHz

Artist: Oscar Peterson
Title: Exclusively for My Friends
Genre: Jazz, Bop, Mainstream Jazz, Piano Jazz
Label: © MPS Records | Edel Germany GmbH
Release Date: 1968/1992/2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 88,2kHz/24bit
Duration: 03:56:18
Recorded: 1963 - 1968
Digitally remastered from the original master tapes.

Exclusively for My Friends' is widely seen as the centerpiece of any Oscar Peterson collection. Peterson himself went into raptures about the MPS recordings, stating that, thanks to the intimate recording atmosphere in Hans Georg Brunnder-Schwer's living room and his pursuit of perfection as a sound engineer and producer, they belonged to his best. The private recordings were made between 1963 and 1968 and are the impressive result of the long-standing friendship between the exceptional Canadian pianist and the label owner from the Black Forest. They serve to document Peterson's exquisite playing style in high profile trios as well as Brunner-Schweer's keenness to create almost audiophile sound characteristics.
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