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The Paul Butterfield Blues Band – In My Own Dreams (1968/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz


Artist: The Paul Butterfield Blues Band
Title: In My Own Dreams
Genre: Blues, Blues Rock, Chicago Blues, Electric Blues, Modern Electric Chicago Blues
Label: © Elektra Entertainment
Release Date: 1968/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 36:28

In My Own Dream is a 1968 album by The Butterfield Blues Band. It continued the trend of its predecessor The Resurrection of Pigboy Crabshaw in moving towards a more soul-oriented sound, supported by a first rate horn section, (featuring a young David Sanborn), but was not so well-received either by critics or the public as its predecessor. The title cut features a long solo by Sanborn. The drums were handled by Philip Wilson, who went on to jazz renown in the Art Ensemble of Chicago. This album is also notable as the last Butterfield record with original members Mark Naftalin and Elvin Bishop who both moved on to solo ventures of varying success.
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The Carpenters - Singles 1969-1981 (2004/2013) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz


Artist: The Carpenters
Title: Singles 1969-1981
Genre: Pop Rock, Soft Rock, Vocal, Easy Listening
Label: © A&M Records
Release Date: 2004/2013
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: ProStudioMasters
Duration: 77:10
Recorded: 1969-1981

In 1990, Richard Carpenter revised and expanded the Carpenters' 1973 compilation LP Singles 1969-1973 for the CD era, retaining that album's 12 tracks and adding nine more in his survey of his and his sister Karen's run on the pop chart. Now, the set included all of the duo's 12 Top Ten hits (and their holiday chart-topper, "Merry Christmas Darling"), but it did not contain all their Top 20 hits, eschewing "Solitaire" and "There's a Kind of Hush (All Over the World)," along with Top 40 hits "I Need to Be in Love" and "All You Get From Love Is a Love Song" in favor of minor chart entries "Ticket to Ride" (their chart debut), "Bless the Beasts and Children" (the B-side of "Superstar"), and "I Believe You," as well as the non-charting B-side "This Masquerade." Richard Carpenter also took the opportunity to re-sequence the collection, giving a sense of the retrospective tone by starting with "Yesterday Once More," followed by the introductory "We've Only Just Begun." Both songs are in the Carpenters' familiar ballad style, with Richard Carpenter's piano prominent in the mix along with Karen Carpenter's (or Hal Blaine's) drums in the center of the mix, and strings and background vocals (by Karen and Richard) in the back. Gradually, the tempos of the songs increase and other instruments appear, such as the electric guitar solo by Tony Peluso on the fifth track, "Goodbye to Love," the flute by Bob Messenger on the eighth track, "This Masquerade," and the pedal steel guitar by Buddy Emmons on the country-inflected "Top of the World." The sequencing relieves the sameness of Richard Carpenter's arrangements at least somewhat. Of course, the group's real draw remains Karen Carpenter's melancholy alto, which makes even the happier lyrics seem heartbreaking. The 2005 reissue on an SACD hybrid disc adds clarity and, in its three versions (CD audio, SACD stereo, and SACD Surround Sound), increases space between the instruments so that each part can be focused on separately. This is not always an advantage, since it sometimes tends to make music that sounded lush and full in its old, compressed analog form seem surprisingly spare and austere. But Karen Carpenter's vocals benefit from the central attention they receive. --Review by William Ruhlmann
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The Beach Boys - Keep An Eye On Summer- The Beach Boys Sessions 1964 (2014/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88.2kHz


Artist: The Beach Boys
Title: Keep An Eye On Summer - The Beach Boys Sessions 1964
Genre: Pop Rock, Surf Rock, Hot Rod, Rock & Roll
Label: © Capitol Records
Release Date: 2014/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC 88,2kHz/24bit (Tracks 14, 17, 23, 28, 31, 34, 41 to 46 are in mono; tracks 21, 23, 26, 35, 36 are mono with stereo reverb and the rest are stereo.)
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 02:27:14
Recorded: October 18, 1963–November 6, 1964; Sacramento Memorial Auditorium, California (December 1963); BBC Playhouse Theatre, London (November 1964)


A compilation of 46 outtakes, alternate versions and live recordings, released in order to protect copyrights in certain countries. According to the collection's producer, the Beach Boys had made a point of keeping all their work tapes; along with some recently unearthed long long recordings there was plenty of fascinating unreleased material to make this package possible and essential for fans. Many of the songs are works in progress here, displaying the incredible vocal arrangements, compositional skills and rapidly evolving production techniques behind the creation of these timeless records.
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The Alan Parsons Project - The Turn Of A Friendly Card (1980/2012) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: The Alan Parsons Project
Title: The Turn Of A Friendly Card
Genre: Rock, Prog Rock, Art Rock
Label: © Arista Records
Release Date: 1980/2012
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: DSD64 (converted at KORG AudioGate 2.3.3 / DSD Filter Soft Roll-off -3dB/50kHz / TPDF Diter)
Duration: 40:42
Recorded: Late 1979 – mid 1980 at Acousti Studio, Paris


“I’ve often, in common with many other writers, been inspired at the oddest of moments and one of the things that did start the creative juices flowing was actually sitting in casinos in Monte Carlo, with the din going on of people with machines, people talking, people moving about, and all the hustle and bustle that goes on there. It stimulated the writing of the track in particular ‘Turn of a Friendly Card’ and of course the track ‘Snake Eyes.’” —Eric Woolfson
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The Alan Parsons Project - The Turn Of A Friendly Card (1980/2012) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Artist: The Alan Parsons Project
Title: The Turn Of A Friendly Card
Genre: Rock, Prog Rock, Art Rock
Label: © Arista Records
Release Date: 1980/2012
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: AcousticSounds
Duration: 40:42
Recorded: Late 1979 – mid 1980 at Acousti Studio, Paris


“I’ve often, in common with many other writers, been inspired at the oddest of moments and one of the things that did start the creative juices flowing was actually sitting in casinos in Monte Carlo, with the din going on of people with machines, people talking, people moving about, and all the hustle and bustle that goes on there. It stimulated the writing of the track in particular ‘Turn of a Friendly Card’ and of course the track ‘Snake Eyes.’” —Eric Woolfson
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The Alan Parsons Project - I Robot (1977/2012) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: The Alan Parsons Project
Title: I Robot
Genre: Rock, Prog Rock, Art Rock
Label: © Arista Records
Release Date: 1977/2012
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: DSD64 (converted at KORG AudioGate 2.3.3 / DSD Filter Soft Roll-off -3dB/50kHz / TPDF Diter)
Duration: 00:40:58
Recorded and mixed at Abbey Road Studios, London, between December 1976 and March 1977.

The man behind the recording of Dark Side of the Moon is none other than Alan Parsons. If you want to hear what is his definitive recording and a bit of the Dark Side then this is it. I Robot was produced and engineered by Alan at Abbey Road Studios and is an audiophile’s dream recording. Transferred on an all-tube cutting system from the original 1/4" analog master tapes at Bernie Grundman Mastering.



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Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky - Symphony No. 4, Romeo and Juliet Overture - Budapest Festival Orchestra, Ivan Fischer (2004) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Сomposer: Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
Artist: Budapest Festival Orchestra, Iván Fischer
Title: Tchaikovsky - Symphony No. 4, Romeo and Juliet Overture
Genre: Classical
Label: © Channel Classics Records B.V.
Release Date: 2004
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: DSD64 (converted at KORG AudioGate 2.3.3 / DSD Filter Soft Roll-off -3dB/50kHz / TPDF Diter)
Duration: 01:01:15
Recorded: The Italian Institute, Budapest, 11-14 February 2004


One of the most wondrous friendships in musical history was the one between Pyotr Ilyitch Tchaikovski and a rich noblewoman, Nadjezhda von Meck. She worshipped Tchaikovski from afar and initiated a correspondence which, over the years, would amount to some 1200 letters. Madame Von Meck became Tchaikovskis patroness and granted him a generous yearly allowance. In this way it became possible for Pyotr Ilyitch to resign his detested job as a professor at the Moscow conservatory, concentrate on composing, and travel, preferably abroad. The two agreed that they would never meet, in order to avoid any emotional complications which might arise. Thanks to the extensive correspondence, we are well informed about numerous details of Tchaikovskis life, including the background to his Fourth Symphony in f, op. 36, from 1877. Around this time, Tchaikovski had unexpectedly rushed into a marriage in order to avoid revealing his homosexuality. After a week with his bride, the composer suffered a nervous breakdown and made an attempt at suicide, after which the marriage was dissolved on medical advice. It was against this backdrop that the Fourth Symphony was composed...
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Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky - Symphony No. 4, Romeo and Juliet Overture - Budapest Festival Orchestra, Ivan Fischer (2004) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz


Сomposer: Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
Artist: Budapest Festival Orchestra, Iván Fischer
Title: Tchaikovsky - Symphony No. 4, Romeo and Juliet Overture
Genre: Classical
Label: © Channel Classics Records B.V.
Release Date: 2004
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: nativeDSDmusic
Duration: 01:01:15
Recorded: The Italian Institute, Budapest, 11-14 February 2004


One of the most wondrous friendships in musical history was the one between Pyotr Ilyitch Tchaikovski and a rich noblewoman, Nadjezhda von Meck. She worshipped Tchaikovski from afar and initiated a correspondence which, over the years, would amount to some 1200 letters. Madame Von Meck became Tchaikovskis patroness and granted him a generous yearly allowance. In this way it became possible for Pyotr Ilyitch to resign his detested job as a professor at the Moscow conservatory, concentrate on composing, and travel, preferably abroad. The two agreed that they would never meet, in order to avoid any emotional complications which might arise. Thanks to the extensive correspondence, we are well informed about numerous details of Tchaikovskis life, including the background to his Fourth Symphony in f, op. 36, from 1877. Around this time, Tchaikovski had unexpectedly rushed into a marriage in order to avoid revealing his homosexuality. After a week with his bride, the composer suffered a nervous breakdown and made an attempt at suicide, after which the marriage was dissolved on medical advice. It was against this backdrop that the Fourth Symphony was composed...
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Symphony X - Underworld (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/48kHz


Artist: Symphony X
Title: Underworld
Genre: Rock, Progressive Metal, Neoclassical Metal
Label: © Nuclear Blast GmbH
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 48kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 01:03:50
Recorded: September 2014–January 2015 at the Dungeon

SYMPHONY X have triumphed, creating a panoramic “album rock” experience in an era cursed with diminishing attention spans.“This new one is about the song, really crafting each one on its own, to be as strong as it could be” says Michael Romeo, chief writer in the band, and proprietor of The Dungeon, the tricked-out studio in which the album was crafted, newly equipped with the latest in technology required to execute the band’s famous symphonic and orchestrated touches.

Although Underworld is not a concept album, Michael stated “like the last couple of records, there’s a theme that carries through, without it being storytelling. We try to find something to key in on and get the juices flowing, and here the goal was to find something a little dark but with emotional content. I started looking at Dante, and Orpheus in the underworld, where he’s going to go to Hades or hell to save this girl. So there’s the theme of going to hell and back for something or someone you care about.” Heavily inspired by the Italian poet Dante Alighieri, Underworld draws on the themes from Divine Comedy most notably the part on Inferno. As homage to Dante’s use of the number 3 and its multiples, the band utilizes this motif in its music either in a lyrical or melodic context. The first song on the album is a three syllable, three note melodic phrase, and in the verses there are three references to three songs on the bands third album, The Divine Wings Of Tragedy. "There's cool shit like this all over the record," Romeo reports.

For Underworld’s cover art, SYMPHONY X went with their established illustrator Warren Flanagan (Watchmen, The Incredible Hulk, 2012), who similarly tapped into the “secret knowledge” vibe Michael and band embedded in the record. “Warren went with the masks, similar to the first record,” explains Romeo. “But when I discussed with him Dante and the underworld, he did his own research and designed a little symbol for each of the nine circles of hell. So there are these little geometric symbols that mean something. That’s just what he does. He gets in there and finds these things that maybe no one really besides us knows what it means and yet it has meaning.”
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Igor Stravinsky - Rite of Spring, Firebird Suite, Scherzo, Tango - Budapest Festival Orchestra, Ivan Fischer (2012) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz


Сomposer: Igor Stravinsky(1882-1971)
Artist: Budapest Festival Orchestra, Iván Fischer
Title: Stravinsky - Rite of Spring, Firebird Suite, Scherzo, Tango
Genre: Classical
Label: © Channel Classics Records B.V.
Release Date: 2012
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: nativeDSDmusic
Duration: 01:03:12
Recorded: Palace of Arts, Budapest, December 2010



The recipe seems simple: take a simple melody of six notes and repeat it in the same order, accentuating a different note each time. For example:

1 2 3 4 2 5
1 2 3 4 2 5
1 2 3 4 2 5

Here we have the beginning of the Sacre du Printemps (with a short transition between lines 2 and 3)! Next step: add a rhythmic pattern and repeat it many times. Prepare a few of these and combine them thoroughly until you get a polyrhythmic and polytonal mix! Finished. With his simple recipe, Stravinsky changed the world. Many plants grew from this seed: beat, rock, rap, minimal music… A pagan, sacrifice ritual with shocking music and shocking choreography: three exceptional talents - Roerich, Nijinsky and Stravinsky - brought about an artistic revolution with a masterstroke. 100 years later it still sounds fresh, pagan, scary, new and beautiful. --Iván Fischer
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