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Commodores - Hot On The Tracks (1976/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz


Artist: Commodores
Title: Hot On The Tracks
Genre: Soul, Funk, R&B, Disco
Label: © Motown Records
Release Date: 1976/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:38:49
Recorded, Mixed and Mastered at Motown Recording Studios, Hollywood, CA.



1976's Hot on the Tracks was the Commodores' fourth album, and it was also the last album they recorded before becoming a major crossover act. From 1977 on, the Commodores were as big among pop and adult contemporary audiences as they were with R&B audiences. That isn't to say that pop fans ignored them before 1977; "Just to Be Close to You," the single that Hot on the Tracks is best known for, reached number seven on Billboard's pop singles chart as well as number one on its R&B singles chart. The album itself made it to number one on Billboard's R&B albums chart, while climbing to number 12 on its pop albums chart. Nonetheless, this is an R&B record first and foremost, and the Commodores never sound like they're going out of their way to be pop. R&B purists should have no problem with "Just to Be Close to You," which is very much a soul ballad and doesn't have the adult contemporary appeal of subsequent hits like "Three Times a Lady," "Easy," and "Still." Nor should they have any problem with hardcore funk treasures such as "Fancy Dancer" (a number nine R&B hit), "Come Inside," "Let's Get Started," and the quirky "Quick Draw." For those who prefer the Commodores' hardcore funk and soul over their crossover material, Hot on the Tracks is recommended without hesitation. --Alex Henderson
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Commodores - Heroes (1980/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz


Artist: Commodores
Title: Heroes
Genre: Soul, Funk, R&B, Quiet Storm, Disco
Label: © Motown Records
Release Date: 1980/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:43:40
Recorded, Mixed and Mastered at Motown Recording Studios, Hollywood, CA.


From 1974 until the end of the '70s, the Commodores enjoyed kicking out the hits. As the 1980s rolled in, the Commodores did not lose much steam as they scored their first Top Ten hit of the decade with the midtempo beauty "Old Fashion Love." From the flattering lyric to the zestful groove, the splendid selection is complemented by Lionel Richie's colorful delivery. It peaked at number eight on the Billboard R&B charts."Heroes" extols everyday people for their feats and courage and checked in at 27 after 11 weeks on the charts. The former Tuskegee collegians were not known to do gospel, but the self-contained sextet scored big with "Jesus Is Love." Richie's prayerful message and pleading cries are solidified with a lyric and melody that complement one another. The song's popularity is far greater than what the charts reflected (number 37). "Wake Up Children" and "Mighty Spirit" are two other inspirational selections. --Craig Lytle
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Commodores - Commodores 13 (1983/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz


Artist: Commodores
Title: Commodores 13
Genre: Soul, Funk, R&B, Quiet Storm, Disco
Label: © Motown Records
Release Date: 1983/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:37:28
Recorded & Mastered at A&M Recording Studios, Hollywood, California. Mixed at Motown/Hitsville U.S.A. Recording Studios, Hollywood, California and Village Recorders, West Los Angeles, California.


For the Commodores, losing Lionel Richie in 1982 was a lot like L.T.D. losing Jeffrey Osborne and Rose Royce losing Gwen Dickey -- it was a severe blow, although not a fatal one. In fact, the Commodores had a few major hits after Richie's departure, including "Nightshift" (a number one R&B/number three pop smash) in 1984 and "Goin' to the Bank" in 1986. Released in 1983, Commodores 13 was the band's first post-Richie album as well as its first album without producer James Carmichael (who had been working with the Commodores since 1974). This LP came out around the same time as Richie's second solo album, Can't Slow Down, which sold over eight million copies in the U.S. alone. Commodores 13 didn't do nearly that well, although it's a generally decent, if uneven, record that had a number 20 R&B hit in "Only You." The lead vocals are handled by Walter Orange, Thomas McClary, and the Mean Machine's Harold Hudson, who was an interim vocalist rather than an official full-time vocalist. Not surprisingly, the Commodores cover both their R&B bases and their pop bases, getting into everything from sleek keyboard funk ("Touchdown," "Nothing Like a Woman") to adult contemporary ballads ("Only You"). Meanwhile, "Ooo Woman You," which McClary co-wrote with Melissa Manchester, is a catchy pop/rock number. Is Commodores 13 a masterpiece? No. This release isn't in a class with essential treasures like 1976's Hot on the Tracks or 1977's The Commodores. But it isn't a bad album, and it indicated that there could be life after Lionel Richie for the Commodores. --Alex Henderson
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Commodores - Commodores (1977/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz


Artist: Commodores
Title: Commodores
Genre: Soul, Funk, R&B, Quiet Storm, Disco
Label: © Motown Records
Release Date: 1977/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:38:53
Recorded, Mixed and Mastered at Motown Recording Studios, Hollywood, CA.


The Commodores' early years were spent on the Southern funk circuit, where their energetic, catchy tunes, and keyboard-oriented funk made them both a college and a radio staple. They scored seminal hits with "Brick House" and "Slippery When Wet," although it became apparent quite early that lead vocalist Lionel Richie also had a bright future as a solo balladeer, with such tunes as "Easy" signaling his future on adult contemporary and Quiet Storm/urban contemporary radio. This collection highlights early up-tempo and ballad hits. --Ron Wynn

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Commodores - Caught In The Act (1975/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Commodores
Title: Caught In The Act
Genre: Soul, Funk, R&B
Label: © Motown Records
Release Date: 1975/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:37:54
Recorded, Mixed and Mastered at Motown Recording Studios, Hollywood, CA.


The sophomore slump wasn't a problem for the Commodores. The band's first album, Machine Gun, was quite promising, but its sophomore album, Caught in the Act, is even stronger. This superb 1975 LP, which the Commodores produced and arranged with James Carmichael, is more diverse than its mostly up-tempo predecessor. There are plenty of up-tempo funk gems; anyone with a taste for hard, sweaty 1970s funk won't be disappointed by "Look What You've Done to Me," "Wide Open," or the hit "Slippery When Wet," which soared to number one on Billboard's R&B singles chart and urges unfaithful husbands to give up their adulterous ways. But Caught in the Act, unlike Machine Gun, doesn't neglect slower material; "You Don't Know That I Know" and "This Is Your Life" are first-rate soul ballads. Excellent from start to finish, Caught in the Act is among the Commodores' finest albums. --Alex Henderson
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Commodores - Natural High (1978/2012) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz


Artist: Commodores
Title: Natural High
Genre: Rhythm & Blues, Soul, Funk
Label: © Motown Records
Release Date: 1978/2012
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 41:29
Recorded: 1978


The Commodores' sixth studio album, Natural High, is best known for the ballad "Three Times a Lady," which became a staple of adult contemporary radio and reached number one on both the pop and R&B charts. "Three Times a Lady" was their first number one pop hit, and Lionel Richie was being recognized as a major crossover star. Not everyone liked "Three Times a Lady" -- some people found the song to be much too sappy, and R&B purists argued that The Commodores were watering their music down. But even if "Three Times a Lady" isn't your cup of tea, Natural High still has a lot to offer R&B fans. "X-Rated Movie," "Such a Woman," and "I Like What You Do" are exhilarating examples of hardcore funk, and those who appreciate artists like Heatwave and the Brothers Johnson will find a lot to admire about "Fire Girl" and "Flying High" (both of which are sleek examples of the sophisticated funk style). Meanwhile, "Say Yeah" (featuring Richie) is a first-rate R&B slow jam. Whatever your opinion of "Three Times a Lady" -- whether you love it or hate it -- the fact is that Natural High has more plusses than minuses and was a generally respectable, if imperfect, addition to The Commodores' catalog.
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Chris Gall - Piano Solo (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz


Artist: Chris Gall
Title: Piano Solo
Genre: Jazz, Piano Jazz
Label: © GLM Music GmbH
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 58:53
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Adrian von Ripka at Bauer Studios Ludwigsburg, August 2014

An impressionistic blend of jazz, its freedom of improvisation, and the power of minimal music. Chris Gall has consistently expanded upon the original, stylistic boundaries of jazz more than any other German pianist in recent years. With combinations of jazz and indie rock, post-bop and world music, he wowed audiences from the famous Montreux Jazz Festival to Jazzbaltica. Piano Solo is Chris Gall's first solo piano recording. The album includes a tribute to Debussy and an enchanting variation of Yann Tiersen's film music classic "La Valse d'Amélie." Gall constantly develops new ideas and creates music that is calm like the sea in the distance, dazzling each wave.
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Eurovision Song Contest (2015) Grand Final H264 1080i 37Mbps FLAC5.1 MPA2.0

The Eurovision Song Contest 2015 was the 60th edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest musical event. The contest took place in Vienna, Austria, following Conchita Wurst’s victory in the 2014 edition with her song “Rise Like a Phoenix”. This was the second time that Austria hosted the contest after holding its 1967 edition also in Vienna. The contest consisted of two semi-finals, which took place on 19 and 21 May, and a final, held on 23 May 2015. The shows were presented by Mirjam Weichselbraun, Alice Tumler and Arabella Kiesbauer while Conchita Wurst was hosting the green room.
Forty countries were participating in the contest, with Australia making its first appearance, and Cyprus, the Czech Republic, and Serbia returning. Ukraine, however, announced their withdrawal due to financial and political reasons around the Ukrainian crisis.
Sweden won the contest with Måns Zelmerlöw’s “Heroes”. Italy won the viewers’ vote with Russia in second place, but Sweden’s win among the jury groups was enough to overturn the viewers’ preference This was Sweden’s second win in three years and sixth overall. For the very first time, top 3 of the contest all scored 280 points or better, Russia’s entry “A Million Voices” became the first non-winning Eurovision song to score over 300 points and Italy’s entry “Grande amore” became the first song to achieve top three with no English lyrics since 2012. Also, Austria and Germany became the first countries since 2003 to score nul points at the final. Austria is also the first host country to score nul points, and the first host and previous winner to come last since 1958.
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Johannes Brahms - Werke fur Chor und Orchester - Collegium Vocale Gent, Orchestre des Champs-Elysees, Philippe Herreweghe (2011) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44.1kHz


Сomposer: Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
Artist: Collegium Vocale Gent, Orchestre des Champs-Elysées, Philippe Herreweghe
Title: Brahms - Œuvres pour chœur & orchestre (Werke für Chor und Orchester)
Genre: Classical, Choral
Label: © Phi | Outhere Label Group
Release Date: 2011
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:56:15
Recorded: 18-20 July 2011, Warsaw, Polskie Radio, Witold Lutoslawski Studio


For his 3rd album on Phi, his new label published by the group Outhere, Philippe Herreweghe has brought together a splendid set of artists in the Lutoslawski hall in Warsaw. Ann Hallenberg, whose voice won over the public of some of the world’s most prestigious concert halls, takes on the Rhapsody for contralto solo and men's chorus by Brahms while the rest of the programme leads the listener through his essential works for chorus and orchestra. Herreweghe’s long-time affinity with the composer of A German Requiem has enabled him to provide a coherent and personal vision of those musical pages in which Brahms gave free course to his most intimate thoughts. Collegium Vocale Gent is joined in this endeavour by the members of the Accademia Chigiana of Sienna with whom it formed a European ensemble that was officially recognised as Cultural Ambassador of the European Union just a few months ago. Together with the Orchestre des Champs-Elysées and its authentic instrumentarium, this great choir interprets the Burial Song, the Song of Destiny, the Song of the Fates and the motet Warum ist das Licht gegeben. A great moment for all admirers of Brahms and fans of choral singing at its very best!
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Billy Joel - She's Got A Way: Love Songs (2010/2013) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz


Artist: Billy Joel
Title: She's Got A Way: Love Songs
Genre: Pop Rock, Soft Rock
Label: © Columbia Records
Release Date: 2010/2013
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 01:19:20
Recorded: 1973-1993


Columbia Records and Legacy Recordings announce the release of She's Got A Way: Love Songs, a new collection of 18 essential love songs drawn from three decades of recordings by music legend and composer/singer songwriter, Billy Joel.
She's Got A Way: Love Songs is a perfect distillation of the artist's expressions of love and romance over the course of his life and career. The album brings together some of Billy's finest and most heartfelt performances, iconic hits playing alongside under-appreciated deep catalog selections.
She's Got A Way: Love Songs are the love songs, ballads and sentimental favorites comprising a dream Billy Joel playlist for old and new romantics alike, bringing new context to classics like "Just the Way You Are," "Honesty" and "She's Always a Woman" while rediscovering forgotten masterpieces like "Travelin' Prayer" (the b-side of the "Piano Man" single), Billy's version of "Shameless" (a #1 country smash for Garth Brooks), and the haunting instrumental "Nocturne" (from 1971'sCold Spring Harbor).
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