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Bill Withers - Menagerie (1977/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz


Artist: Bill Withers
Title: Menagerie
Genre: Soul, R&B, Smooth Soul, Funk
Label: © Columbia Records
Release Date: 1977
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 38:42
Recorded: 1977 The Record Plant, Los Angeles, California; A&R Studios, New York City, New York



Menagerie is the sixth studio album by American R&B singer Bill Withers, released in 1977 on the Columbia label. Menagerie is overall more uptempo and less introspective in feel than Withers' previous albums. None of the songs tackle intensely personal emotions of the kind which lent a dark edge to earlier Withers tracks such as "Use Me", "Better Off Dead" or "Who Is He (And What Is He to You)". The arrangements are also generally upbeat and breezy, with "I Want to Spend the Night" and "Tender Things" having a distinct Latin feel, and "Lovely Night for Dancing" and "She Wants To (Get On Down)" showing disco influences. The lead single "Lovely Day" has gone on to become one of Withers' signature songs, particularly in the UK, where it was a top 10 hit both on its original release and again in a remixed version in 1988. Menagerie peaked at #16 on the R&B chart and #39 on the Billboard 200. It was Withers' biggest-selling album in the UK, where it reached #27.
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Bill Withers - Naked & Warm (1976/2009) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz


Artist: Bill Withers
Title: Naked & Warm
Genre: Soul, R&B, Smooth Soul, Funk
Label: © Columbia Records
Release Date: 1976
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 41:06
Recorded: 1976 at Record Plant, Los Angeles, CA


Menagerie (1977) takes a step backwards, although it does contain his sunny “Lovely Day”, famous for Withers holding a note for 18 seconds. Despite titles such as “She Wants to (Get on Down)” (which also found its way in the movie Looking for Mr. Goodbar), the bulk of material is soft and gentle, as indicated by other titles such as “Tender Things” and “Lovely Night for Dancing”. These songs border on the sopoforic more than seductive.
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Bill Withers - Making Music (1975/2009) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz


Artist: Bill Withers
Title: Making Music
Genre: Soul, R&B, Smooth Soul, Funk
Label: © Columbia Records
Release Date: 1975
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 43:55
Recorded: 1975 at Record Plant, Los Angeles, CA


Making Music is the fourth studio album by American R&B singer Bill Withers. It was also released in the UK as Making Friends. Making Music was released in 1975 and is Withers' first album on Columbia Records due to Sussex Records folding in July 1975. The album charted at number seven on the R&B album charts. The album was released in the UK by CBS under the title of 'Making Friends' also in 1975.
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Bill Withers - +'Justments (1974/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz


Artist: Bill Withers
Title: +'Justments
Genre: Soul, R&B, Smooth Soul, Funk
Label: © Columbia Records
Release Date: 1974
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 38:00
Recorded: 1974

Bill Withers' 1974 album Justments reached the number 7 spot on Billboard's Top Souls Album chart after its release. The record featured great tracks including: "The Same Love That Made Me Laugh", "Railroad Man", "Heartbreak Road", "You", and "Ruby Lee" demonstrating Bill's musical capabilities, the songs are tenacious as well as extremely creative.


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Bill Withers - Still Bill (1972/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Bill Withers
Title: Still Bill
Genre: Soul, R&B, Smooth Soul, Funk
Label: © Columbia Records
Release Date: 1972
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 36:42
Recorded: May 1972 at The Record Plant in Los Angeles, CA.


Still Bill is the second studio album by American soul musician Bill Withers, released in 1972 by Sussex Records. It includes two hit singles: "Lean on Me", which is number 205 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time and went to number 1 on the Billboard pop and R&B charts in summer of 1972; and "Use Me", which went to number two on the same charts in fall of 1972. It was certified Gold by the RIAA.
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Bill Withers - Just as I Am (1971/2005) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

rtist: Bill Withers
Title: Just as I Am
Genre: Soul, R&B, Smooth Soul, Funk
Label: © Columbia Records
Release Date: 1971
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 35:58
Recorded: 1971 at Sunset Sound, Wally Heider Studios, Hollywood, California


Just As I Am is the debut studio album by Bill Withers and was first released in 1971. It was recorded at Sunset Sound and Wally Heider Studios in Hollywood, California and produced by Booker T. Jones. The album features the classic hit single "Ain't No Sunshine", which has been ranked #280 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
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Waylon Jennings & Willie Nelson - Waylon & Willie (1978/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz


Artist: Waylon Jennings & Willie Nelson
Title: Waylon & Willie
Genre: Country, Country Folk, Progressive Country, Traditional Country
Label: © RCA Victor | Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1978/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 33:36
Recorded: American Studios, Nashville, Tennessee between August 1977 and November 1977


It sat on the top of the country charts for 11 weeks and went double platinum, making it one of the biggest hits in either Waylon Jennings' or Willie Nelson's catalog. Years after its initial 1978 release, Waylon & Willie remains one of their biggest-selling albums, but its perennial popularity has more to do with their iconic status -- something this album deliberately played up -- than the quality of the music, which is, overall, merely good. Released in early 1978, a few months after Jennings' Ol' Waylon spent 13 weeks on the top of the charts in the summer of 1977, thanks in part to the hit single "Luckenbach, Texas" featuring a chorus sung by Nelson, the album was intended as a celebration of the peak of outlaw, but in retrospect, it looks like where the movement was beginning to slide into predictability, even if both singers are more or less in command of their talents here. Though still at the peak of his popularity, Waylon had begun to slip slightly creatively starting with the very good, but not great, Are You Ready for the Country, which suggested that he was having a little harder time getting a full album of consistently great material together. The patchwork nature of this album suggests that he still had the problem, but since it was divided into three solo songs apiece and five duets, this plays to his strengths, because the limited number of new songs doesn't give him room to stumble. Though a moody cover of Fleetwood Mac's "Gold Dust Woman" is a little awkward, his original "Lookin' for a Feeling" is sturdy, and the album-closing "The Wurlitzer Prize (I Don't Want to Get Over You)" is brilliant, possibly the best song here, even if the heart of the record -- what the album is selling -- is the four duets with Willie. One of these, of course, is the monster hit "Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys," with two others -- "The Year 2003 Minus 25" and "Don't Cuss the Fiddle" -- being laid-back, funny Kris Kristofferson songs that showcase Waylon & Willie's roguish humor and charm. The other, "Pick Up the Tempo," is one of Willie's classics, but it, like Nelson's three solo tracks, is a previously released Waylon recording stripped of his vocals and overdubbed by Nelson. This isn't a crippling problem -- the songs are good, as are the performances and the singing, so they're modestly enjoyable -- but they do sound a little distant, and it makes the entire album sound cobbled together: not the deliberate compilation of The Outlaws, but significantly less than a real album from either Waylon or Willie or both of them. Instead, it sounds like a vehicle for them to keep riding their huge popularity. Since it was cut at a time they were making consistently enjoyable music, it's fun, but it could have been much, much more than it is. --AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Warren Haynes feat. Railroad Earth - Ashes & Dust (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz


Artist: Warren Haynes feat. Railroad Earth
Title: Ashes & Dust
Genre: Rock, Americana, Singer/Songwriter
Label: © Concord Music Group
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 01:44:38
Recorded by Jeremy Gillespie at The Barber Shop Studios, Hopatcong, NJ


GRAMMY-award winning artist Warren Haynes has been recognized as a cornerstone of the American music landscape and revered as one of the finest guitar players in the world. Throughout his prolific career as part of three of the greatest live groups in rock history – Allman Brothers Band, Gov’t Mule and the Dead – his virtuosic artistry has led to thousands of unforgettable performances and millions of album and track sales. Despite all of the ground that Haynes has covered on his musical journey, the impressive thing is that he still has many miles to explore. On his newest solo album Ashes and Dust, he puts forth one of his most gorgeous, musically rich and personal albums to date. It is endlessly exciting to see one of the most brilliant minds in modern music shine an entirely new light on the depths of his creativity.
Ashes and Dust, only the third studio album Haynes has ever released under his own name, is a masterful work of art and a particularly important statement for Haynes. The songs are immediately and clearly different from his usual style – encompassing beautiful acoustic arrangements, a rootsy/Americana soundscape and honeyed vocals that cut straight through to the soul. Although many of these songs are brand new, some of the tunes that make up this album have been dear to Warren for years. In some cases he has been carrying them around for 20 or 30 years, waiting for the right time to record them.
This Deluxe Edition features four demo tracks, plus a live performance of Hallelujah Boulevard.
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Voces8 - Lux (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz


Сomposer: Various
Artist: Voces8
Title: Lux
Genre: Classical, Vocal Music, Acappella, Classical Crossover
Label: © Decca is a Universal Music Company
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: ProStudioMasters
Duration: 71:43
Recorded: July 2014, Dore Abbey, Herefordshire, United Kingdom


Lux – the Latin for “light” – brings radiance, hope and comfort; from the pale glow of the moon or starlight to the blaze of summer sun, it nurtures both the body and the spirit. There is something inherently comforting about the sound of unaccompanied voices in harmony and as this luminous selection of pieces demonstrates, composers across the ages have felt the same way.
A luminous selection of pieces spanning over 400 years: from Thomas Tallis and Gregorio Allegri to Massive Attack (Teardrop) and Ben Folds Five (The Luckiest - which appeared on the soundtrack for Richard Curtis film About Time).
Includes popular classics such as Miserere (Allegri) and Nimrod (Elgar) as well as Ubi Caritas by Paul Mealor, a piece commissioned by Prince William and Catherine Middleton and premiered at their wedding in 2011.
Features works by two of the most talked about composers of our time: Ola Gjeilo (Norway) and Will Todd (UK). In addition to the soothing sound of unaccompanied voices blended in harmony, several tracks feature otherworldly additions of saxophone, cello, harp and water glasses.
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Trio Rosenrot - Lenz: Deutsche Volkslieder (2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz


Artist: Trio Rosenrot
Title: Lenz: Deutsche Volkslieder
Genre: Jazz, World, Acoustic, Folk, Fusion
Label: © Westpark Music, Cologne
Release Date: 2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:52:31


Das trio Rosenrot aus Berlin hat im Januar sein Album Lenz – deutsche Volkslieder auf den Markt gebracht. Jennifer Kothe (Gesang), Hub Hildenbrand (Gitarre) und Denis Stilke (Schlagzeug) sind der Mittelpunkt der Band. Ihr Musikstil ist mit Ethno, Pop, Jazz, Folk, improvisierter – und Weltmusik schon sehr weit gefächert und ich war gespannt auf das, was mich da erwartet. Die Titelliste ist sehr vielversprechend mit bekannten und weniger bedeutenden deutschen Liedern.
Mit Erwachen beginnt die Musik des Albums ganz vorsichtig, ruhig, aber auch kurz mit viel Energie. Man erwacht im Idealfall neben seinem Liebsten und so wird unter anderem das Lied Dat du min Leevsten büst kurz angestimmt. Mit Vogelgezwitscher geht es nahtlos mit Nun will der Lenz uns grüßen weiter. Eine sehr schöne Melodie erklingt und dazu gesellt sich die klare Stimme von Jennifer Kothe. Dieses sehr stimmungsvolle und mit viel Gefühl eingespielte Stück gehört zu meinen Favoriten des Silberlings. Das Gleiche kann ich zu Zum Tanze, da geht ein Mädel sagen. Es macht Spaß, dem Lied zuzuhören.
Mit Titel fünf, sechs und sieben verliere ich den Faden und die Musik pendelt zwischen den Stühlen. Sehr ungewöhnlich sind die Interpretationen, aber es gehört zum Stil des Trios. Dat du min Leevsten büst erinnert wieder mehr an das Gewohnte, aber hier hat auch die Band ihren Stempel aufgedrückt. Es erklingt indes gefälliger als die vorherigen Stücke. Mit Der Mond ist aufgegangen ertönt das letzte Lied der CD und mein dritter Höhepunkt des Albums. Ruhig, mit einer gewissen Leichtigkeit hört man die drei Elemente der Musiker: Schöner Gesang, sachtes Trommelspiel und eine liebevoll, mit Gefühl gezupfte Gitarre. Am Ende des Titels wird viel Energie hineingelegt und nichts spricht dagegen, das Lied noch einmal zu hören.
Es ist ein Album mit zwei Gesichtern! Die eine Seite ist sehr melodisch, stimmungs- und gefühlvoll. Die Kehrseite der Medaille kommt sehr individuell und zum Teil extravagant rüber. Diese CD bietet dem Auditorium eine gewagte und eigenständige Fusion aus vielen Elementen der Musik. Man muss den Mix schon mögen, denn das Trio hat den Liedern ein neues Gewand angezogen, wenn man von den drei doch eher traditionell gelassenen Stücken absieht. Wer den musikalischen Stil der Band mag, wird sein Vergnügen sicher haben. Alle anderen werden ihre Schwierigkeiten bekommen und könnten womöglich einen Fehlkauf beklagen.
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