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Elvis Presley - Elvis Is Back! (1960/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Elvis Presley
Title: Elvis Is Back!
Genre: Rock & Roll, Rhythm & Blues, Rockabilly, Ballad
Label: © RCA Victor
Release Date: 1960/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:32:11
Recorded: March–April 1960, RCA Studio B, Nashville, Tennessee

Elvis Is Back! is the eighth studio album by Elvis Presley. It was released on RCA Victor Records in mono and stereo in April 1960. Recorded over two sessions in March and April, the album marked Presley's return to recording after his discharge from the U.S. Army.
In 1957, as Presley's fame was soaring, he received a draft notice from the Memphis Draft Board, but was given a deferment so he could finish his latest film production, King Creole. During Presley's two-year military service in Germany, RCA Victor and Paramount Pictures progressively released material he had completed prior to enlistment. During his last months in the Army, Presley experimented with new sounds and worked on further improving his performance. He also prepared material for his first session in Nashville, which was scheduled to take place upon his return. Presley returned to the United States on March 2, 1960. The singer reunited with his original band The Blue Moon Boys, excepting bassist Bill Black. The first session was held on March 20–21 and the second session was held on April 3–4, completing the album.
Elvis Is Back! was released on April 8, 1960. The album topped the UK Albums Chart and reached number two in Billboard's Top Selling LP's. Initially, the release received mixed reviews. Throughout the years the album's critical reception became progressively more positive, while it was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America in 1999.
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Elvis Presley - Elvis' Golden Records, Vol. 3 (1963/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Elvis Presley
Title: Elvis' Golden Records, Vol. 3
Genre: Rock & Roll, Rhythm & Blues, Rockabilly, Ballad
Label: © RCA Victor
Release Date: 1963/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:29:58
Recorded: March 20, 1960 – March 19, 1962

Elvis' Golden Records Volume 3 is a greatest hits album by the American rock and roll singer Elvis Presley, released by RCA Victor as LPM-2765 on August 11, 1963. The record was the third volume of a five volume collection. It is a compilation of hit singles released in 1960, 1961, and 1962.
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Elvin Jones - Genesis (1971/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Elvin Jones
Title: Genesis
Genre: Jazz, Post Bop, Modal Music
Label: © Blue Note Records
Release Date: 1971 (BST 84369)/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 38:57
Recorded: February 12, 1971 at the Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey.

One listen to Elvin Jones' Genesis will leave many listeners asking “How did I miss this record?” In 1971, the great years of Blue Note were in the past but the label was still recording superb sessions. The difference was that it often took years for the best recordings to be released and they were being overshadowed by more commercial sets from the label. Genesis fell through the cracks, making it one of the most exciting passed-over records from the late Blue Note period. Dave Liebman, Frank Foster and Joe Farrell, three brilliant and competitive saxophonists, battle it out on these performances with Elvin Jones setting a fire under every solo. Jones makes sure that not only is the fuse never put out but the music is absolutely explosive. Do not miss this remarkable recording!
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Elvin Jones - Coalition (1970/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Elvin Jones
Title: Coalition
Genre: Jazz, Post Bop, Hard Bop, Modal Music
Label: © Blue Note Records
Release Date: 1970 (BST 84361)/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 38:57
Recorded: July 17, 1970 at the Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey.

A change of direction brings about the next phase of development as documented on this session from 1970. Coalition with Frank Foster and George Coleman packing a strong two-tenor punch on four originals, another number finding Foster utilizing the seldom heard alto clarinet. The divergent styles work well, with Foster’s “boss” horn strutting alongside the Lestorian strains of Coleman. In Coalition the creative group was able to display a great hard bop sound.
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Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday - Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday at Newport (1958/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday
Title: Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday at Newport
Genre: Jazz, Bop, Swing, Vocal Jazz, Female Blues
Label: © The Verve Music Group
Release Date: 1958/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC 2.0 Mono 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 44:27
Recorded live at the Newport Jazz Festival, July 4th and 6th, 1957.

A live album from the 1957 Newport Jazz Festival, this album combines individual performances recorded at separate shows two days apart from two of the most popular female singers of the era. Billie Holiday is backed by Mal Waldron on piano, Joe Benjamin on double bass and drummer Jo Jones; Ella Fitzgerald's band includes Don Abney on piano, Wendell Marshall on double bass and Jones again on drums.
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Elina Duni Quartet - Dallendyshe (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88.2kHz

Artist: Elina Duni Quartet
Title: Dallëndyshe (The Swallows, Ласточки)
Genre: Jazz, Vocal Jazz, Folk Jazz, Albanian
Label: © ECM Records GmbH | ECM Player
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 88,2kHz/24bit
Duration: 00:55:14
Recorded: July 2014 at Studios La Buissonne in Pernes-les-Fontaines in the South of France

On Dallёndyshe (“The Swallow”), her second ECM album, Elina Duni sings songs of love and exile. The troubled history of the Balkan regions has inspired many such songs and the pieces here, primarily from Albanian traditional sources, are interpreted with intensity and insight by Elina and her band. The Tirana-born and Swiss-raised singer has become an exceptional musical storyteller embodying the songs’ narratives, in a way that transcends genre definitions and language limitations. “If we can tell a story with the music and the listeners travel with us, then the goal is reached.” A story, she points out, can be transmitted in many ways, not only through lyrics, but also through the evocation of a melody, through the feeling conveyed in the performance of a song, and through the solos of the band members.
Finding the songs and adapting them for the quartet is a new challenge each time: “From song to song we work differently.
When it’s the four of us together, each person brings something in. We might begin with patterning of bass and drums from Patrice and Norbert, and then Colin adding something and me putting a line on top by finding another way to sing or phrase a melody. On this particular album Colin also brought in a couple of complete arrangements, which was very helpful. I’m lucky to be working with these subtle musicians who help me to bring out the poetry and avoid any sentimental tendencies. With the folk ballads there can be a danger of over-emphasizing the pathos.” Alert to this, the players underline the spirit of a song without being merely illustrative.
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Status Quo - Aquostic! Live at the Roundhouse (2015) Blu-ray 1080i AVC DTS-HD MA 5.1

Title: Status Quo – Aquostic! Live at the Roundhouse
Released: 2015
Genre: Rock
Artist: Francis Rossi – guitar, vocals; Rick Parfitt – guitar, vocals; Andy Bown – keyboards, guitar, vocals; John “Rhino” Edwards – bass, vocals; Leon Cave – drums

Released: earMUSIC
Duration: 1:26:47
Quality: Blu-ray
Container: BDMV
Video codec: AVC
Audio codec: DTS, PCM
Video: MPEG-4 AVC 19995 kbps 1920 * 1080i / 29,970 fps / 16: 9 / High Profile 4.1
Audio # 1: DTS-HD MA 5.1 / 48 kHz / 4592 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Size: 19.44 GB

This landmark release, recorded in October 2014 in a joint effort by earMUSIC and the BBC, captures the band’s first ever live acoustic performance at the glorious Roundhouse in London. This sensational recording features the new pared-back side of Quo, as revealed on the hit 2014 album ‘Aquostic! (Stripped Bare)’. This album soared to number 5 in the charts, giving the band their highest placing for 18 years, and has now been certified Gold. It was in fact the best-selling independent label album of 2014!
BBC Radio 2 broadcast this special ‘Aquostic’ performance live, and the footage was made available on the night on ‘red button’ and was the BBC’s highest-rated programme with over a million views in just five days. Now, with the release of ‘Aquostic! Live At The Roundhouse’, it is available for Quo fans to own. 2015 sees Francis Rossi, Rick Parfitt, Andrew Bown, John ‘Rhino’ Edwards and Leon Cave building on the incredible momentum that ‘Aquostic’ has generated. Classic Rock said of this show, “It was triumphant”, adding, “It works. Brilliantly. Quo acoustic? It’s no gimmick”. The DVD and Blu-ray formats will feature bonus behind the scenes material.
As well as working towards the release of this superb live album, the band will also undertake a truly special 6 date “Aquostic Live 2015” UK tour in April. After 50 years at the top of their game as one of the world’s premiere hard rock acts, Quo have leapt out of their comfort zone, this re-working of their legendary songbook is fully acoustic and features female backing vocalists, additional musicians and even a string section; a totally new Quo live experience!
The Times said, “It’s time to… reclaim them as one of Britain’s great bands.” The Sun said that the new Quo style, “Helps confirm their national treasure status”. ‘Aquostic! Live At The Roundhouse’ is packed with hits, both new and old, taken from that unbelievable back catalogue and comprehensively reworked in a faultless live show.
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Sharon Isbin - Troubadour: Documetary & Performances (2015) Blu-ray 1080i AVC PCM 2.0

Title: Sharon Isbin – Troubadour: Documetary & Performances
Release Date: 2015
Genre: Documetary, Guitar Virtuoso
Artist: Sharon Isbin, Joan Baez, Martina Navratilova, First Lady Michelle Obama, Garrison Keillor and David Hyde Pierce; Steve Vai, Janis Ian and Leslie Gore; Tan Dun, John Corigliano, Christopher Rouse and Joan Tower; Stanley Jordan and Paul Winter; Mark O’Connor; and many others.

Production/Label: Video Artists International
Duration: 01:20:28
Quality: Blu-ray
Container: BDMV
Video codec: AVC
Audio codec: PCM
Video: MPEG-4 AVC 31000 kbps / 1920*1080i / 29.970 fps / 16:9 / High Profile 4.1
Audio: LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
Size: 22 GB

As seen on Public Television! The two-time GRAMMY Award winner Sharon Isbin is a trailblazing performer and teacher who broke through numerous barriers to rise to the top of a traditionally male-dominated field. The film Sharon Isbin: Troubadour, produced by Susan Dangel, explores her unique and inspiring journey which has expanded and transformed the landscape of the guitar. Performances are showcased from international concert stages, the GRAMMY Awards, and the White House. The colorful array of guests appearing in the film in interviews and performances includes John Corigliano, Christopher Rouse, Tan Dun, Joan Tower, Steve Vai, Stanley Jordan, and Mark O’Connor, as well as commentary from such celebrated figures as First Lady Michelle Obama, Joan Baez, Martina Navratilova, David Hyde Pierce, and Garrison Keillor. The film also explores Isbin s role as teacher of a new generation of guitarists at both The Juilliard School, where she created the first guitar department, and the Aspen Music Festival. “A wonderful piece that artfully shares this artist s passion for musical creation and exploration…. Fantastic… Wonderful to watch.” Guitar World.

The colorful array of guests appearing in the film in interviews and performances include John Corigliano, Christopher Rouse, Tan Dun, Joan Tower, Steve Vai, and Stanley Jordan, as well as commentary from such celebrated figures as First Lady Michelle Obama, Joan Baez, Martina Navratilova, David Hyde Pierce, and Garrison Keillor.

In addition to the documentary, the disc includes performances of works by Howard Shore, Mark O Connor (in performance with Isbin), Augustín Barrios Mangoré, Antonio Lauro, and Isaac Albéniz, and including duets with Romero Lubambo.
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Antonin Dvorak - Tone Poems - Berliner Philharmoniker, Simon Rattle (2005/2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44.1kHz

Сomposer: Antonín Dvořák (1841–1904)
Artist: Berliner Philharmoniker, Sir Simon Rattle
Title: Dvořák - Tone Poems
Genre: Classical
Label: © Warner Classics
Release Date: 2005/2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44.1kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 01:24:00
Recorded: Philharmonie, Berlin, 4–7 March, 23–25 April 2004

Review by: David Hurwitz "" 9\9
Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic have not made a finer recording than this excellent two-fer containing Dvorák’s four late tone poems based on grisly Czech folk legends. And what a pleasure it is to see these hugely entertaining works being taken up by the big names on the major labels! The music itself operates within parameters comfortable to the orchestra (as opposed to, say, Mahler or Messiaen), which sounds confidently at home here. The color-filled narrative structures also give Rattle a platform on which to leave his interpretive mark without, as is so often the case, seeming to impose his ideas gratuitously on the music just to prove that he has them. The only reservation worth mentioning is his failure to solve the cymbal problem in The Water Goblin (suspended or plates–Dvorák’s intentions are slightly unclear and everyone plays it differently). This matters for reasons of rhythm as much as sheer timbre. Rattle opts for suspended cymbals throughout (clearly wrong), ensuring that they remain mostly inaudible in all of the louder passages. Kubelik (DG) and Harnoncourt (Teldec) both offer better examples of how it should be done, with the former offering the ideal solution both in terms of sonic effectiveness and the indications in the score.
Elsewhere, however, even in this same work, Rattle seizes the moment. The variations representing the conversation between mother and daughter are wonderfully atmospheric and fabulously played, and the big storm at the end is aptly cataclysmic. Rattle and company romp through The Golden Spinning Wheel with keen attention to each episode. He doesn’t cut the “body-part swap” section, but at the same time he holds the work together as well as anyone and brings it all home to a joyously raucous conclusion. The Wood Dove is outstanding for its vivacious central party music, taken unusually swiftly, and for the luminous textures Rattle and the players capture throughout the transfigured ending.
The Noonday Witch comes off best of all, with ferocious string playing in the Beethoven’s Fifth figures at the opening, followed by a truly devilish chase/scherzo and a stunningly anguished conclusion. Note how skillfully Rattle manages the tempo adjustments after figure 15, when the father comes home and sees his wife and child unconscious–his startled reaction has an almost visual realism.
Among modern recordings, my personal preference remains Harnoncourt and the Royal Concertgebouw on Warner Classics (if you can find it), simply because the Amsterdam winds have few peers, and if anything, Harnoncourt is even more pictorially specific than Rattle. But truth to tell, the differences are rather few.
These performances are certainly satisfying taken on their own terms. The Berlin sound rests primarily on the resplendence of its strings, and they play magnificently here, not just in terms of tonal luster, but also regarding rhythm and articulation. This stands in stark contrast to their comparatively amorphous work in Abbado’s Mahler Sixth (DG). The engineering also represents the best yet from this source, with solid bass, fine internal balances between sections (the barely audible cymbals in Water Goblin notwithstanding), and the overall warmth and tonal heft that you expect from a great orchestra such as this, but which seldom has been captured since Karajan’s glory days. In sum, this is an easy recommendation, and one I’m particularly pleased to be able to make, critical as I have been of Rattle and his various orchestras over the years. [7/21/2005]
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Dreamers' Circus - A Little Symphony (2013) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88.2kHz

Artist: Dreamers' Circus
Title: A Little Symphony
Genre: Folk
Label: © GO' Danish Folk Music
Release Date: 2013
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 88,2kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 1:00:39
Recorded: “The Village“, Copenhagen in February 2013

Rune Tonsgaard Sørensen, Ale Carr og Nikolaj Busk has once again created new musical heights in the borderland between the styles of Scandinavian fiddle tunes and classical music. Since their debut EP Dreamers Circus, they have made a lot of projects including many concerts with the Copenhagen Phil and The Danish String Quartet, Kristian Leth (front singer in the band The William Blakes) a.o. which also set it's clear footmark on this recording.

Kristian Leth says: "Their ambitious and youthful virtuosity is aced with that new connection, that old freshness".
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