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Andrea Bocelli - Romanza (1996/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz


Artist: Andrea Bocelli
Title: Romanza
Genre: Classical, Vocal Pop, Classical Crossover, Opera
Label: © Sugar Music
Release Date: 1996/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 01:05:44
Recorded: 1996


Romanza is Andrea Bocelli's biggest seller and the best-selling Italian album in music history, with worldwide sales exceeding 20 million copies. A repackaging of his first two albums from 1994 and 1995, Romanza marked Bocelli's North American debut, launching his worldwide success and becoming his only US number one.
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Andrea Bocelli - Amore (2005) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz


Artist: Andrea Bocelli
Title: Amore
Genre: Classical, Vocal Pop, Classical Crossover, Opera
Label: © Sugar Records
Release Date: 2005
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: ProStudioMasters
Duration: Record Plant Studios, Hollywood, CA; Chartmaker Studios, Los Angeles, CA; Andrea Bocelli Studio, Tuscany, Italy; Sony Studios, Culver City, CA; Westlake Audio, Hollywood, CA


Andrea Bocelli's collection of love songs, one of his highest-charting and best-selling albums, debuted at number three and sold more than a million-and-a-half copies in the US. Released in conjunction with Valentine's Day 2006, Amore features a duet with Christina Aguilera on Somos Novios (It's Impossible), Stevie Wonder on harmonica and vocals on Canzoni Stonate and an appearance from Kenny G on sax. The album includes Because We Believe, the song Bocelli performed at the closing ceremonies of the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin.
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Andrea Bocelli - Cieli Di Toscana (2001/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz


Artist: Andrea Bocelli
Title: Cieli Di Toscana
Genre: Classical, Vocal Pop, Classical Crossover, Opera
Label: © Sugar Music
Release Date: 2001/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: ProStudioMasters
Duration: 60:57
Recorded: 2001


Andrea Bocelli had the best-selling album in the world in 2001 with Cieli Di Toscana, an affectionate tribute to the singer's Tuscan's roots. The romantic songs collected here all relate to that region of Italy, including one of Bocelli's most popular songs, Mille Lune Mille Onde, made even more famous in a television commercial for a brand of pasta. This album would remain Bocelli's top US album until 2009.
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Santana - Welcome (1973/2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Santana
Title: Welcome
Genre: Jazz Rock, Blues Rock, Fusion, Hard Rock, Latin Rock, Psychedelic Rock
Label: © Columbia Records
Release Date: 1973/2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: AcousticSounds
Duration: 00:50:39
Recorded: April to June 1973

In 1973 Carlos Santana and The Santana Band were now one of the world's most loved rock and fusion bands of all time. After several studio albums and the two collaboration albums with Carlos Santana & Buddy Miles Live and Love Devotion Surrender with John McLaughlin, the world was now buzzing around the energy that these superstars would lay down on vinyl with the soon to be rock/jazz/funk powerhouse Welcome.
Featuring a cross section of Santana classics such as "Going Home," "Light of Life" and "When I Look Into Your Eyes," plus the exotic rhythms and jams on workouts such as Santana and John McLaughlin's "Flame - Sky," and the stellar John Coltrane masterpiece interpretation" Welcome, Carlos Santana's guitar was truly a voice heard around the musical world.
Along with the legendary Carlos Santana on guitar and vocal, he is joined with original Santana band mates Michael Shrieve on his dynamic drums, Doug Rauch on his prolific bass, Jose Areas on hard hitting percussion, plus the brilliant acid jazz superstar Leon Thomas on vocals, the celebrated Latin percussionist Armando Peraza, the legendary John McLaughlin on guitar, Joe Farrell on flute, and the stellar keyboard work of long time Santana associate Tom Coster.
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Xandria - Sacrificium (2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44.1kHz


Artist: Xandria
Title: Sacrificium
Genre: Rock, Heavy Metal, Symphonic Metal, Power Metal
Label: © Napalm Records
Release Date: 2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 2:17:33
Recorded: Sandlane Recording Facilities, The Netherlands, and Gate Studios, Germany


Following the release of the universally praised predecessor Neverworld's End and numerous sold-out shows, Xandria finally release their new album Sacrificium. The very first spin presents the listener with a bombastic Symphonic Metal masterpiece filled with passion and sweeping vocal lines. The new vocalist Dianne van Giersbergen delivers a breathtaking performance and gives each and every song on the album the right character and mood. Sacrificium will enthrall the listener with each and every second, and will let Xandria's star in the Symphonic Metal sky shine even brighter.
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Wilco - Sky Blue Sky (2007/2013) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88.2kHz


Artist: Wilco
Title: Sky Blue Sky
Genre: Pop Rock, Country-Rock, Alternative, Indie Rock
Label: © Nonesuch Records
Release Date: 2007/2013
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 88,2kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 50:56
Recorded: November 2006 – January 2007 at The Wilco Loft, Irving Park, Chicago, Illinois, United States


In 1999, Wilco willingly abdicated their position as one of the leading acts in the alt-country movement to dive head-first into the challenging waters of experimental pop with their album Summerteeth, and moved even further away from their rootsy origins with Yankee Hotel Foxtrot and A Ghost Is Born, winning the group a new and enthusiastic audience along the way. So it might amuse a number of the band's earlier fans that in many respects Wilco's sixth studio album, Sky Blue Sky, sounds like the long-awaited follow-up to 1996's Being There -- while it lacks the ramshackle shape-shifting and broad twang of that earlier album, Sky Blue Sky represents a shift back to an organic sound and approach that suggests the influence of Neil Young's Harvest and the more polished avenues of '70s soft rock. Sky Blue Sky also marks Wilco's first studio recordings since Nels Cline and Pat Sansone joined the group, and they certainly make their presence felt -- with Cline, Wilco has its strongest guitarist to date, and while his interplay with Sansone on numbers like "Impossible Germany" and "Walken" lacks the skronky muscle of his more avant-garde work of the past, it's never less than inspired and he works real wonders with Jeff Tweedy's lovely melodies. Sansone's keyboard work also shines, adding soulful accents to "Side with the Seeds" and Mellotron on "Leave Me (Like You Found Me)," as does Mikael Jorgensen's piano and organ, and overall this is Wilco's strongest album as an ensemble to date. Tweedy's vocals boast a clarity and nuance that reveals he's grown in confidence and skill as a singer, and the songs recall Summerteeth's beautiful but unsettling mix of lovely tunes and lyrics that focus on troubled souls and crumbling relationships. Between the pensive "Be Patient with Me," the lovelorn "Hate It Here," and "On and On and On"'s pledge that "we'll stay together" squared off against the resignation of "Please don't cry/We're designed to die," Sky Blue Sky isn't afraid to go to the dark places, but Tweedy and his bandmates also find plenty of beauty, inspiration, and real joy along the way, and the album's open, natural sound is an ideal match for the material. Sky Blue Sky may find Wilco dipping their toes into roots rock again, but this doesn't feel like a step back so much as another fresh path for one of America's most consistently interesting bands. --Mark Deming
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Weather Report - Heavy Weather (1977/2012) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/176.4kHz


Artist: Weather Report
Title: Heavy Weather
Genre: Jazz, Fusion
Label: © Columbia Records | Sony Muic Entertainment
Release Date: 1977/2012
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 176,4kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 37:44
Recorded: Late 1976 – Early 1977 at the Devonshire Sound Studios in North Hollywood, California


Weather Report's biggest-selling album is that ideal thing, a popular and artistic success -- and for the same reasons. For one thing, Joe Zawinul revealed an unexpectedly potent commercial streak for the first time since his Cannonball Adderley days, contributing what has become a perennial hit, "Birdland." Indeed, "Birdland" is a remarkable bit of record-making, a unified, ever-developing piece of music that evokes, without in any way imitating, a joyous evening on 52nd St. with a big band. The other factor is the full emergence of Jaco Pastorius as a co-leader; his dancing, staccato bass lifting itself out of the bass range as a third melodic voice, completely dominating his own ingenious "Teen Town" (where he also plays drums!). By now, Zawinul has become WR's de facto commander in the studio; his colorful synthesizers dictate the textures, his conceptions are carefully planned, with little of the freewheeling improvisation of only five years before. Wayne Shorter's saxophones are now reticent, if always eloquent, beams of light in Zawinul's general scheme while Alex Acuña shifts ably over to the drums and Manolo Badrena handles the percussion. Released just as the jazz-rock movement began to run out of steam, this landmark album proved that there was plenty of creative life left in the idiom. --Richard S. Ginell
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Leonardo Vinci - Catone in Utica - Il Pomo d'Oro, Riccardo Minasi (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz


Сomposer: Leonardo Vinci (c.1690-1730)
Artist: Il Pomo d'Oro, Riccardo Minasi
Title: Catone in Utica
Genre: Classical, Opera
Label: © Decca is a Universal Music Company
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: prestoclassical.co.uk
Duration: 3:53:25
Recorded: Villa San Fermo, Lonigo, 27 February–7 March 2014


World premiere recording of an opera by a Neapolitan master fast gaining a first-rate modern reputation. Max Emanuel Cencic gathers around him an intoxicating mix of stratospheric countertenors, a top tenor, and an orchestra who sizzle with excitement for a performance of an opera that will appeal to all fans of Baroque music’s unsung heroes.
As March’s ‘Five Countertenors’ album showcased, the age of the countertenor is here. Max Emanuel Cencic has gathered around him, once again, a superb cast to bring Vinci’s “Catone In Utica” to vivid life.
“Vinci is the Lully of Italy: true, simple, natural, expressive”- for generations Leonardo Vinci was just another obscure Baroque composer: this first-rate recording will lift the veil from this forgotten genius of Italian opera, and from the mysterious all-male world of the 18th-century Roman stage.
With a libretto by Metastasio, Vinci’s opera was unveiled in Rome in 1728 with an all-male cast (women having been banned from the stage by the Pope): countertenors took the three heroic male roles as well as the female parts.
As well as Cencic (Arbace), the other superb countertenors are Franco Fagioli (Cesare), Valer Sabadus (Marzia), and Vince Yi (Emilia). Tenor Juan Sancho takes the title role (Catone) in this stage work about Julius Caesar’s defeat of the Republican forces led by Marcus Portius Cato in 46BC, and Riccardo Minasi, who enjoys a considerable reputation for his recordings of Baroque repertoire, conducts.
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Tony Williams - Foreign Intrigue (1985/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz


Artist: Tony Williams
Title: Foreign Intrigue
Genre: Jazz, Fusion, Hard Bop, Post-Bop
Label: © Blue Note Records
Release Date: 1985 (BT 85119)/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:43:27
Recorded: M&I Recording Studios, NYC, June 18, 19, 1985


Influential drummer Tony Williams recorded Foreign Intrigue in 1985 for the relaunched Blue Note label with pianist Mulgrew Miller and trumpeter Wallace Roney, who would both remain with Williams for the next few years in his quintet. Foreign Intrigue, featuring modern electronic instruments such as drum machines and synthesizers, also highlights the performances of veteran musicians Bobby Hutcherson on vibes and Ron Carter on bass.
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Tony Williams - Civilization (1987/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz


Artist: Tony Williams
Title: Civilization
Genre: Jazz, Fusion, Hard Bop, Post-Bop
Label: © Blue Note Records
Release Date: 1987 (BT 85138)/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:48:41
Recorded: Capitol Studios, Studio B, Hollywood, CA, November 24, 25 & 26, 1986


Influential drummer Tony Williams rejoined Blue Note when the label was relaunched in the mid 1980s and recorded a series of albums with a quintet featuring pianist Mulgrew Miller, trumpeter Wallace Roney, saxophonist Bill Pierce and bassist Charnett Moffett, later replaced by Ira Coleman. This quintet was short-lived and only recorded four albums; Civilization released in 1986 was the first of those albums. Throughout his career Williams always considered his songwriting to be equally important to his drumming, so it's not surprising that this quintet mainly recorded Williams's original compositions, with a handful of covers and standards as exceptions.


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