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Lynyrd Skynyrd - Second Helping (1974/2013) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz


Artist: Lynyrd Skynyrd
Title: Second Helping
Genre: Rock, Southern Rock, Boogie Rock, Blues Rock, Country Rock, Hard Rock
Label: © Geffen Records | Analogue Productions
Release Date: 1974/2013
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: AcousticSounds.png
Duration: 37:22
Recorded: Record Plant Studios, Los Angeles, California, January 1974 (except for track 1, Studio One in Doraville, Georgia, June 1973)
Mastered: At Cohearent Audio by Kevin Gray


This Lynyrd Skynyrd 1974 album follows the success of "Free Bird" and "Gimme Three Steps" from their 1973 debut and features their biggest hit single, "Sweet Home Alabama," an answer to Neil Young's "Southern Man" and "Alabama." The song reached No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in August 1974. Second Helping also featured "Don't Ask Me No Questions," "Workin' for MCA" and "Call Me The Breeze," the latter of which includes an acclaimed piano solo. Backed by a tight rhythm section and the mighty three-guitar attack of Allen Collins, Ed King and Gary Rossington, singer Ronnie Van Zant turns in a legendary performance on the urgent blues ballad "I Need You," the cautionary "The Needle And The Spoon" and "The Ballad Of Curtis Loew." 200-gram vinyl, mastering by Kevin Gray, lacquer plating by QRP's Gary Salstrom, heavy, tip-on gatefold jacket. None better.
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Lynyrd Skynyrd - Nuthin' Fancy (1975/2013) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz


rtist: Lynyrd Skynyrd
Title: Nuthin' Fancy
Genre: Rock, Blues, Hard Rock, Southern Rock, Blues Rock, Boogie Rock, Rock & Roll
Label: © Geffen Records | Analogue Productions
Release Date: 1975/2013
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: AcousticSounds
Duration: 37:28
Recorded: WEBB IV Studios, Atlanta, January 1975, (except for track 1, Studio One in Doraville, Georgia, August 1974)
Mastered: At Cohearent Audio by Kevin Gray


Nuthin' Fancy is a 1975 album by Lynyrd Skynyrd, their third studio album, and their first to reach the Top 10, peaking at #9 on the US albums chart. It was certified Gold on 6/27/1975 and Platinum on 7/21/1987 by the RIAA. This is the first record with new drummer Artimus Pyle and the last with guitarist Ed King until the reformation of Lynyrd Skynyrd and the release of Lynyrd Skynyrd 1991.
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Luqman Hamza - With This Voice (2000) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz


Artist: Luqman Hamza
Title: With This Voice
Genre: Jazz, Vocal Jazz, Standards, Smooth Jazz
Label: © Groove Note Records
Release Date: 2000
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: ISO SACD
Duration: 00:57:58
Recorded: Airborne Audio Prodiction, Kansas City, MO on June 7 & 8, 2000; #12 - May 3, 1999. Mastered by Bernie Grundman.



With a sensual and seductive voice right out of the '40s or '50s, Luqman Hamza (pronounced Luke-mahn Hahm-za) is a real discovery, a vocalist of exceptional pedigree and talent (a former Ink Spot) who inhabits a soulful middle ground that seems to straddle the sounds of Nat King Cole and JohnnyHartman.
Previously known as Larry Cummings, Luqman Hamza, an ex-Decca and Argo recording artist in the Fifties both as a solo artist and with The Five Aces, is now one of the brightest stars of the Kansas City scene who performs regularly to enthusiastic and sold out audiences throughout the Midwest.
This latest release from Groove Note Records was recorded by Luqman Hamza at Airborne Audio in Kansas City and features a fine band of well known supporting musicians from the area inc. Sonny Kenner on guitar and Kim Park (ex-Stan Kenton) on alto and flute. Produced by Joe Harley (Audioquest, Telarc, Enya, ECM) and engineered by Mike Ross, this will be another standout vocal recording from Groove Note.
The album features an eclectic and varied selection of standards and popular ballads, ranging from Smoke Gets In Your Eyes and Blue Moon through Laura and My Funny Valentine to the stirring rendition of the less well known With These Hands. On With This Voice Luqman Hamza delivers a seamless performance with an unforgettable mix of richness and emotion, utilizing a winning combination of trio, quartet and quintet arrangements that will leave many listeners clamoring for more.
The album was recorded on 1/2 inch BASF900 analogue tape running at 30 ips as well as on DSD hard disk recording machine courtesy of Sony Inc. The album will be mastered by Bernie Grundman using DSD processors supplied by Sony/Phillips at Bernie Grundman Mastering in Hollywood.
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Luca Aquino - OverDOORS (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44.1kHz


Artist: Luca Aquino
Title: OverDOORS
Genre: Jazz, Fusion, Jazz Rock
Label: © Bonsaï Music /Tuk Music
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:54:00
Recorded: Rexrecord Studio, Telese, Benevento, Italy by Manlio Moscarino, October 2014


Tributes are a kind of fashion in jazz and today it’s cool to declare oneself a rockstar. That’s why I pulled myself back from dedicating an album to The Doors, my absolute favorite band, for such a long time. Then my love to Jim Morrison and his mates dominated. OverDOORS, despite facing some troubles at the beginning, has been growing strongly. The first doubt was wich songs to choose: I wish I could revisit them all. Under my fingers I had another doubt, due to the different possibilities of how to reinterpret the historical Californian band. For one month, only one question was on my mind: should I choose a cover approach or a free musical revision? I actually took both, wearing Converse, feeling free to analyse and fit back [Light My Fire], singing and whispering melodies both ethereal and eternal [like Blue Sunday and Yes, The River Knows]. I am curious to see my friends' reaction to the groove Waiting For The Sun; Carlo, Piero and all others, whom I dreamt with, sitting on a bench, flying on the notes of LA Woman. --Luca
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Lou Donaldson Quintet - Wailing With Lou (1957/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz


Artist: Lou Donaldson Quintet
Title: Wailing With Lou
Genre: Jazz, Bop, Hard Bop, Saxophone Jazz
Label: © Blue Note Records
Release Date: 1957 (BLP 1545)/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC 2.0 Mono 192kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:37:11
Recorded: January 27, 1957 at Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey


Wailing With Lou is an appropriate title for this enjoyable set of straight-ahead bop. Whether he's riding the propulsive rhythms of "Caravan" or settling down into a ballad, Donaldson takes the center stage with his surprisingly full alto tone. He still displays a clear Charlie Parker influence, but he is beginning to break free and develop his own style. In particular, he relies on bluesy runs more than Bird, which give his music a soulful edge. But what makes Wailing With Lou so enjoyable is the hot interplay between Donaldson, trumpeter Donald Byrd, pianist Herman Foster, bassist Peck Morrison and drummer Art Taylor. All five musicians give enthusiastic, infectious performances. There's nothing out of the ordinary here -- just hard-driving bop and sensitive ballads, which are sure to please fans of the style. --Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Lou Donaldson - Swing And Soul (1957/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz


Artist: Lou Donaldson
Title: Swing And Soul
Genre: Jazz, Soul Jazz, Hard Bop, Saxophone Jazz
Label: © Blue Note Records
Release Date: 1957 (BLP 1566/BST 81566)/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:37:31
Recorded: June 9, 1957 at Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ.



One of the many alto players deemed a Charlie Parker descendant; Donaldson did indeed help carry the torch from the post-bop era but gradually infused more blues and eventually what was to become soul-jazz into his playing. This June 1957 session, cut in Hackensack, was a distinct departure from his previous dates for Blue Note. Pianist Herman Foster and conga player Ray Barretto, both of whom he would utilize on future recordings, are joined by the tasteful drummer Dave Bailey and bassist Peck Morrison to complete the quintet.

This was one of Donaldson's last sessions to incorporate piano, as he chose in the future to replace it with an organ, which fellow label-mate Jimmy Smith was making very popular. Not forsaking his bop roots altogether, Lou and crew mix it up on this set, with these originals, a mambo arrangement and a literally perfect rendition of 'There Will Never Be Another You.'
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Lou Donaldson - Sunny Side Up (1960/2011) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz


Artist: Lou Donaldson
Title: Sunny Side Up
Genre: Jazz, Soul Jazz, Hard Bop, Saxophone Jazz
Label: © Blue Note Records | Analogue Productions
Release Date: 1960 (BLP 4036/BST 84036)/2011
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: ISO SACD
Duration: 44:50
Recorded at the Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey on February 5 (tracks 3 & 6-8) and February 28 (tracks 1-2 & 4-5), 1960.


In the late 1950s and early 1960s, alto saxophonist Lou Donaldson recorded primarily either with his own quartet featuring pianist Herman Foster, or with organ trios. Occasionally, he'd change things up as he did on this 1960 session that was strictly a hard bop affair. Foster didn't take part in this recording; Horace Parlan replaced him at the piano and has been singled out by critics for his breathtaking performance. There's still plenty of funk in evidence on Goose Grease, but Hardman's Politely, Softly As In A Morning Sunrise and The Man I Love find Donaldson digging deep into his bop roots. In addition to Donaldson and Parlan, the rest of the quintet on this album includes Bill Hardman on trumpet, Laymon Jackson and Sam Jones splitting bass duties and Al Harewood on drums.
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Lionel Richie - Dancing On The Ceiling (1985/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz


Artist: Lionel Richie
Title: Dancing On The Ceiling
Genre: Soul, R&B, Soft Rock, Pop Rock, Synth-pop, Quiet Storm
Label: © Motown Records
Release Date: 1985/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:46:34
Recorded: 1985-1986


Dancing on the Ceiling is Lionel Richie's third solo album, recorded beginning in 1985 and released in mid-1986. The album was originally to be titled Say You, Say Me, after the Academy Award-winning track of the same name, but it was renamed after Richie rewrote the album. The album was released to generally positive reviews and warm sales, peaking at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 200 and moving 4 million copies. Following the album's release Richie went on a long hiatus, releasing his first album of entirely new material ten years later.
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William Lawes - The Royal Consort - Phantasm (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: William Lawes (1602-1645)
Artist: Phantasm
Title: Lawes - The Royal Consort
Genre: Classical
Label: © LINN Records
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: LINN
Duration: 143 minutes 30 seconds
Recorded: September 2014, Chapel of Magdalen College, Oxford, United Kingdom


Described as ‘one of the greatest collections of ensemble dance music ever composed', Lawes' Royal Consort is full of astounding moments of striking musical invention. Guest musicians Elizabeth Kenny on theorbo, Emily Ashton on tenor viol and organist Daniel Hyde join Phantasm to honour the celebrated English Renaissance composer. This sublime collection boasts a range and depth of expression, which excites both mind and body through Lawes' startlingly individual pieces.
This recording is the first complete recording of Lawes' version of the Royal Consorts for four viols and theorbo. Phantasm, under the direction of Laurence Dreyfus, presents a passionate and insightful look into this adventurous music. The result is a rich and warm recording of technical brilliance that takes the listener deep into the harmonically rich world of Lawes.
Phantasm's previous recording of Lawes, Consorts to the Organ, was both a Gramophone Awards finalist and a BBC Music Magazine Award nominee in 2013.
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