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Anthony Phillips - The Geese & The Ghost (1977/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/48kHz

Artist: Anthony Phillips
Title: The Geese & The Ghost
Genre: Rock, Folk Rock, Art Rock, Prog Rock
Label: © Esoteric Recordings
Release Date: 1977/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 48kHz/24bit
Source: DVD
Duration: 00:49:32
Recorded: August 1973 – October 1976 at Argonaut Galleries, Island Studios and Send Barns Studios


Anthony Phillips' first post-Genesis solo album was an extension of the pseudo-medieval folk elements found on Trespass, the last of his Genesis albums. Much of this recording sounds like a lost Genesis album, understandable since Phil Collins does a lot of the singing, and Michael Rutherford is present on guitar, bass, and keyboards, and also shares composer credits with him on major parts of this album. Portions of the material here, in fact, seem to have been derived from pieces they composed together in Genesis' early days that proved unsuitable for performance on-stage. Thus, The Geese & the Ghost comes off as a sort of throwback, picking up stylistically where Trespass or Nursery Cryme (check out the second part of the title track) left off nearly six years earlier. "Henry: Portraits from Tudor Times" can still hold the patient listener's attention, as it moves from bold synthesizer-generated fanfares to intimate classical guitar passages into soaring movements for electric guitar, flute, and oboe no less (there are three flutists here, plus one violinist, two cellists, and a pair of oboists, Bob Phillips and Laza Momulovich, who often get placed very prominently in the mix, probably a first on a rock album) -- but these movements would work better if they weren't quite so repetitive. The 15-minute two-part title track is hopeless -- gorgeous, luscious, languid, and utterly pointless in terms of presenting ideas of any worth or resolving them in any serious way; this is the sort of material that first-year composition students turn in as exercises, but only in the fading glow of the prog rock boom would it see the light of day on a commercial release. It's very arty in an early-'70s manner, midway between early Genesis and Amazing Blondel (note that neither of those groups still existed in their progressive rock incarnations in 1977), without the vibrancy that the former could generate or the impressive musical language or vocalizing of the latter. What Phillips failed to recognize, or couldn't emulate, was the fact that Genesis, Yes, King Crimson, and other bigger-than-footnote prog rock outfits always made sure their music was exciting, as well as pretty and complex. Still, it is pretty, and the CD reissue (which is devoid of instrumental credits) has a demo, "Master of Time," as a bonus. That song, a fey mix of sci-fi and faux-medieval sensibilities, never made the final cut of the album, and the demo runs two minutes too long for its own good, but it is sung by Phillips solo (he doesn't have much of a voice, hardly an octave range to judge from this) in a passionate manner, and is played -- on acoustic and electric guitars, with piano and no classical musicians added -- with some effort at excitement and vibrancy. --Bruce Eder
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Angus & Julia Stone - Angus & Julia Stone (2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Angus & Julia Stone
Title: Angus & Julia Stone
Genre: Folk, Indie, Singer/Songwriter
Label: © Republic Records
Release Date: 2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 01:12:04
Recorded: Shangri La Studios in Malibu, California. Additional recording at The Complex in LA, California and Grand Street Recording in New York, NY.

The brother and sister duo, Angus & Julia Stone present their third, self titled album. After taking a break as a creative pair to focus on individual albums, the two artists are back together again with their latest record from American Recordings. Producer Rick Rubin comments on the album and the siblings, "This album is extraordinary; Angus and Julia are truly unique musicians. They are authentic and pure people who do things from the heart. I’ve never worked with anyone like them before.”
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Alice Cooper - Welcome to my Nightmare (1975/2001) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Alice Cooper
Title: Welcome to my Nightmare
Genre: Rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal
Label: © Atlantic Records
Release Date: 1975/2001
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 38:36
Recorded: Soundstage, Toronto; Plant East, Electric Lady and A&R Studios, New York, 1974-1975

With the 1974 disintegration of the original Alice Cooper group, Alice was free to launch a solo career. He wisely decided to re-enlist the services of Bob Ezrin for his solo debut, Welcome to My Nightmare, which was a concept album tied into the story line of the highly theatrical concert tour he launched soon after the album's release. While the music lost most of the gritty edge of the original AC lineup, Welcome to My Nightmare remains Alice's best solo effort -- while some tracks stray from his expected hard rock direction, there's plenty of fist-pumping rock to go around. The disco-flavored, album-opening title track would be reworked on the stage as more of a hard rock tune, while "Some Folks" dips into cabaret territory, and "Only Women Bleed" is a sensitive ballad that became a Top Ten hit. But the rockers serve as the album's foundation -- "Devil's Food," "The Black Widow," "Department of Youth," and "Cold Ethyl" are all standouts, as is the more tranquil yet eerie epic "Steven." Despite this promising start to Cooper's solo career, the majority of his subsequent releases were often not as focused and were of varying quality. --Greg Prato
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Eurovision Song Contest (2015) Semi-Final 2 Dress Rehearsal H264 1080i 37Mbps FLAC5.1 MPA2.0-HDG

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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Eurovision Song Contest 2015 Semi-Final 1 Dress Rehearsal 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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Johann Sebastian Bach - Christmas Oratorio, BWV248 - Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists, Sir John Eliot Gardiner (2014) Blu-ray 1080i AVC DTS-HD MA 5.1

Title: Johann Sebastian Bach – Christmas Oratorio, BWV248
Release Date: 2014
Genre: Classical, Choral
Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner
Artist: Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists, Claron McFadden soprano, Bernarda Fink alto, Christoph Genz tenor, Dietrich Henschel bass

Production/Label: EuroArts
Duration: 02:26:08
Quality: Blu-ray
Container: BDMV
Video codec: AVC
Audio codec: DTS, AC-3, PCM
Video: MPEG-4 AVC 28775 kbps / 1920*1080i / 29,970 fps / 16:9 / High Profile 4.1
Audio#1: German DTS-HD MA 5.1 / 48 kHz / 2029 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
Audio#2: German LPCM 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit
Subtitles: English, German, French, Japanese, Korean
Size: 35.07 GB

In the historic Weimar Herder Church Sir John Eliot Gardiner finds the perfect setting for his recording of the Bach Christmas Oratorio. Against the backdrop of the dramatic altar and Lucas Granach paintings, the Monteverdi Choir and the English Baroque Soloists perform Gardiner’s new interpretation of this classic piece. For the renowned conductor, this Weimar concert is a special performance, marking the start of his Bach Cantata Pilgrimage. With this new interpretation of the Christmas Oratorio, Gardiner shows himself once again to be an incontestable specialist of Bach’s music.
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Vincenzo Bellini - I Capuleti e I Montecchi - San Francisco Opera, Riccardo Frizza (2014) Blu-ray 1080i AVC DTS-HD MA 5.1


Title: Vincenzo Bellini – I Capuleti e I Montecchi
Release Date: 2014
Genre: Classical, Opera
Director: Vincent Boussard
Conductor: Riccardo Frizza
Artist: Joyce DiDonato (Romeo), Nicole Cabell (Giulietta), Saimir Pirgu (Tebaldo), Eric Owens (Capellio), Ao Li (Lorenzo), San Francisco Opera Chorus and Orchestra

Production/Label: EuroArts
Duration: 02:15:10
Quality: Blu-ray
Container: BDMV
Video codec: AVC
Audio codec: DTS, PCM
Video: MPEG-4 AV 26500 kbps / 1920*1080i / 29,970 fps / 16:9 / High Profile 4.1
Audio#1: Italian DTS-HD MA 5.1 / 96 kHz / 6763 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 6.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Audio#2: Italian LPCM 2.0 / 96 kHz / 4608 kbps / 24-bit
Subtitles: English, German, French, Italian
Size: 37.76 GB

The tragic tale of Romeo and Juliet inspired some of Shakespeare’s finest verse—and some of Bellini’s most beautiful melodies. “An opera of definite dramatic appeal” (The New York Times) awash in “music of extraordinary grace” (All Music Guide), this bel canto masterpiece features international stars Joyce DiDonato, a singer of “glamour, charisma, intelligence, grace and remarkable talent,” and Nicole Cabell, who “wields her radiant lyric soprano like a silken lasso” (The New York Times). Saimir Pirgu, praised by Opera News as “a tenor to watch,” brings his “honeyed tenor” (The New York Times) to his debut role as Tebaldo. Costumes are by world-renowned fashion designer Christian Lacroix; set designer Vincent Lemaire has created “dramatically powerful visual statements” (Opera Today) for the production; director Vincent Boussard “effectively underscores the claustrophobic, helpless situation of both lovers” (Opera News). Riccardo Frizza, praised by The New Yorker for his “crisp and idiomatic conducting,” leads the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus.
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Lang Lang - The Chopin Dance Project (2015) Blu-ray 1080i AVC DTS-HD MA 5.0

Title: Lang Lang – The Chopin Dance Project
Release Date: 2015
Genre: Classical, Ballet
Director: Michelle Elliot (stage), Olivier Simonnet (video)
Choreograph: Stanton Welch
Artist: Lang Lang, piano with dancers of the Houston Ballet: Derek Dunn, Ian Casady, James Gotesky, Karina Gonzalez, Oliver Halkowich, Jessica Collado, Nozomi Iijima, Brian Wadrep, Charles-Louis Yoshiyama, Jim Nowakowski, Melody Mennite, Allison Miller, Lauren Strongin, Joseph Walsh, Katharine Precourt, Brian Waldrep, Connor Walsh

Production/Label: Sony Classical
Duration: 01:26:56
Quality: Blu-ray
Container: BDMV
Video codec: AVC
Audio codec: DTS, PCM
Video: MPEG-4 AVC 25995 kbps / 1920*1080i / 29,970 fps / 16:9 / High Profile 4.1
Audio#1: English DTS-HD MA 5.0 / 48 kHz / 3175 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Audio#2: English LPCM 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit

LANG LANG – THE CHOPIN DANCE PROJECT With dancers of the Houston Ballet Choreographed by Stanton Welch Filmed at the Theatre des Champs Elysees. In November 2013 Lang Lang and internationally acclaimed choreographer Stanton Welch teamed up to explore a new collaboration by combining a live piano recital with a live ballet performance.The performances took place at the renowned Théâtre des Champs Elysées in Paris, France over four evenings with 16 dancers of the Houston Ballet, one of the largest and most prestigious ballet companies of the United States.Stanton Welch’s choreography is built upon a selection of piano music by Chopin, chosen by Lang Lang because of its visual nature and dance potential. This 85-minute film captures the complete performance and offers an opportunity to re-live an unforgettable live experience.
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Wes Montgomery - A Day In The Life (1967/2014) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Artist: Wes Montgomery
Title: A Day In The Life
Genre: Jazz, Jazz-Pop, Smooth Jazz, Guitar Jazz
Label: © A&M Records | Universal Music Japan (UCGU-9057)
Release Date: 1967/2014
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: ISO SHM-SACD
Duration: 34:44
Recorded: June 6, 7, 8 and 26, 1967 at the Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey


By the time Wes Montgomery recorded this album (his debut for A&M), he was a major name in the pop world. Montgomery's melodic renditions of current pop hits caught on and were played regularly on Top 40 radio. In most cases the guitarist did little more than play the melody, using his distinctive octaves, and it was enough to make him saleable. Of his three A&M recordings, A Day in the Life (the first one) was by far the best and, although the jazz content is almost nil, the results are pleasing as background music. "Windy" was a bit of a hit; the other selections (which find Montgomery backed by muzaky strings arranged by Don Sebesky) include "Watch What Happens," "California Nights," "Eleanor Rigby" and the title cut. --Scott Yanow
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Wayne Davis - A View From Another Place (1973/2013) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz


Artist: Wayne Davis
Title: A View From Another Place
Genre: Soul, Funk, R&B
Label: © Atlantic Records
Release Date: 1973 (SD 7258)/2013
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 44:12
Recorded: Atlantic Studios, NYC, March 15-17, 1972


Obscure bit of spiritual soul by Wayne Davis, who also recorded another record for the Black Fire label (home of Oneness of Juju). Roberta Flack guests on this album, and gives him the thumbs up in the notes on the back, and the whole thing's got the same sort of jazzy soul feel of her first album, or of other work in the same vein. Includes a nice long one called 'Joel 2:28', plus 'I Love You So', and a cover of 'Somebody's Watching You'. Very righteous stuff!

'...very nice soul-funky jazzy tune with an hypnotic feel with soulful vocals & electric piano.'
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