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Judy Garland - Miss Show Business (1955/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Judy Garland
Title: Miss Show Business
Genre: Pop, Vocal Jazz, Stage & Screen, Easy Listening, Standards, American Popular Song, Traditional Pop
Label: © Capitol Records
Release Date: 1955/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC 2.0 Mono 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 39:12


As Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, Judy Garland captured the hearts of America with her velvety vocals even as a youngster. As she grew, Garland became respected as an actress and vocalist winning a Golden Globe Award as well as Grammy Awards and a Special Tony Award.
„Miss Show Business“ combines songs from Garland's movies and old vaudeville numbers which includes medley groupings of songs such as 'You Made Me Love You', 'The Trolley Song', 'Some Of These Days', and more. The album also includes the ever popular 'Over the Rainbow'.
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Jose Luis Monton - Solo Guitarra (2012) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz


Artist: José Luis Montón
Title: Solo Guitarra
Genre: World, Guitar Jazz, Latin, Flamenco, Contemporary Jazz
Label: © ECM Records GmbH | ECM Player | ECM Reviews
Release Date: 2012
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:59:06
Recorded: April 2011, Auditorio Radiotelevisione svizzera, Lugano


Catalan guitarist José Luis Montón made a vital contribution to singer Amina Alaoui’s “Arco Iris” and during the session producer Manfred Eicher determined that a Montón solo project would be highly appropriate for ECM. Thus this extraordinary disc, recorded in Lugano last year. It’s a major artistic statement. With its programme of Montón compositions drawing upon the melodic subtleties, rhythmic vitality and emotional power of flamenco, making connections also to classical tradition, it can at once take its place alongside the label’s finest solo guitar albums.
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John Mayer - Born and Raised (2012) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44.1kHz


Artist: John Mayer
Title: Born and Raised
Genre: Folk Rock, Country Rock, Southern Rock, Americana
Label: © Columbia Records
Release Date: 2012
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: highresaudio.com
Duration: 46:29
Recorded: Electric Lady Studios, New York City, NY; The Village, Los Angeles, CA; Berkeley Street Studio, Santa Monica, CA; Ocean Way Recording, Hollywood, CA


Nothing halts the momentum of a career like a few poorly chosen words to the press. Take John Mayer, who in 2009 still seemed like the quintessential modern lothario, singing sweet songs of love and seducing starlets all across Hollywood. Then at the dawn of 2010, just months after the release of his fourth album, Battle Studies, he gave an interview with Playboy where he managed to insult former and current lovers while callously dropping racial slurs, a snafu plenty difficult to survive, but its gravity was compounded when his former lover Taylor Swift wrote a nasty kiss-off "Dear John" at the end of the year, a move that effectively banished him to the outskirts of L.A. -- which, if the sound of his 2012 comeback is any indication, resides somewhere around the vicinity of Laurel Canyon. Yes, the public humiliation and a subsequent health scare have pushed Mayer back in time, all the way back to the turn of the '70s when singer/songwriters across Southern California strummed their guitars and sang about their souls, back when his idol Eric Clapton was obsessed with the rootsy tumble of Delaney & Bonnie. Mayer never rock & rolls the way EC did when he was in love with D&B, but he certainly is emphasizing his affection for American roots, particularly of the folk and country kind. Those two sounds are the best vehicles for the kind of solipsism Mayer engages in on Born and Raised, where he does his best to sound sorrowful and contrite yet manages to stumble upon his own deep-seated desire to remain a lover-man. He doesn't murmur romantic words; he plaintively says he's sorry over austere acoustic backdrops, taking pains to ensure that Born and Raised feels weathered, rustic, and lived-in. This authenticity is supposed to strengthen his public contrition but it's hard to shake the feeling this is all an act, particularly when he interrupts his burnished apologies to sing "Something Like Olivia," a come-on addressed directly to House star Olivia Wilde. In another setting, this celeb crush would be amusing and possibly charming, but here, it (along with the lingering self-pity) undercuts whatever sincerity Mayer managed to muster elsewhere on Born and Raised. --AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Jane's Addiction - Nothing's Shocking (1988/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Jane's Addiction
Title: Nothing's Shocking
Genre: Rock, Alternative Rock, Alternative Metal, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal
Label: © Warner Bros. Records
Release Date: 1988/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: highresaudio.com
Duration: 45:25
Recorded: 1987–1988 at Eldorado Studios in Los Angeles, California

Jane's Addiction may not have been a strict metal band, but their music was certainly full of traits inherent to metal substances: hard, gleaming, powerful. On „Nothing's Shocking“, which captured the much too short-lived quartet at its very peak, they were a blazing metallic supernova--grooving up a streak across the sky one moment, setting off heavy rhythmic discharges the next. Feeding off radically diverse musical elements--from art and classic rock, to hard-core punk and funk--Jane's Addiction was the last great precursor to the alternative revolution of 1991-92. Simultaneously, they were the sole inheritors of Led Zeppelin's mantra to make a different kind of sprawling heavy rock, and that they did in spades.
Thematically, „Nothing's Shocking“ set out to prove that no subject was beyond the gleam in lyricist/vocalist Perry Farrell's (pronounced "peripheral") eye. Serial killer Ted Bundy ("Ted, Just Admit It"), punk ideology as Eastern philosophy ("Pigs In Zen"), mystic romances ("Summertime Rolls") and high-falutin', early-morning thoughts ("Standing In The Shower...Thinking") were all dissected through a psychologically-stimulating viewpoint, with a stream-of-consciousness delivery. Farrell's tales also served the band as a guide to attack the canvas, and the musicians burned heroically behind him, providing the songs with an expansive set of musical colors. Guitarist Dave Navarro continuously exploded on the drop of a dime, while bassist Eric Avery and drummer Stephen Perkins proved to be among the most formidable rhythm sections in all of rock.
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Holly Cole Trio - Girl Talk (1990/201) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Artist: Holly Cole Trio
Title: Girl Talk
Genre: Jazz, Standards, Traditional Pop, Vocal Jazz, Smooth Jazz, Contemporary Jazz
Label: © 2xHD
Release Date: 1990/2013
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: ProStudioMasters
Duration: 46:41
Recorded live to two-track at the Stephen Leacock Theatre, Keswick, using a single Calrec Ambisonic Microphone. Tracks 4, 5 and 10 recorded and mixed at Eastern Sound, Toronto, using the same microphone.


In March of 1990, the Holly Cole Trio, Holly Cole (Vocals), Aaron Davis (Piano) and David Piltch (Bass) determined that although they had recorded one small EP together 'Christmas Blues' it was time to record their first full length album. They wanted to preserve the quintessence of their live performance by keeping the parameters of recording of that first full record very close to the live environment that they had come to dominate in Toronto's alternative Queen St west club scene. They enlisted Peter Moore who had just successfully produced the ground breaking 'Trinity Sessions' for the Cowboy Junkies. They found the Stephen Leacock Theatre in Keswick, Ontario and proceeded to record live off the stage in the empty hall, with the band strategically placed around a single Calrec Ambisonic Microphone. All the takes are full takes, no overdubbing. The record was highly successful, became a Gold selling release in Canada and a staple gold standard recording for showing off any piece of audio gear (speakers, amplifiers, microphones, etc.) at Audiophile conferences internationally and set Holly Cole up for a long and successful career.
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Holly Cole - Temptation (1995/2012) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Artist: Holly Cole
Title: Temptation
Genre: Jazz, Traditional Pop, Vocal Jazz, Smooth Jazz, Cabaret
Label: © Blue Note Records | Analogue Productions XAPP048D64
Release Date: 1995/2012
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: AcousticSounds
Duration: 01:07:28
Recorded at Grand Avenue Studio, Hamilton, Ontario except "The Briar and The Rose" Recorded at McClear Pathe, Toronto, Ontario Canada. Mastered from the original analog tapes by Kevin Gray.


There is an intelligence and sophistication to Holly Cole’s singing that sets her apart. She can imbue well-worn standards and eclectic songs with an uncanny combination of sensuality, innocence, originality and sheer musicality. Cole takes tunes everybody thinks they know and discovers new undercurrents in the venerable anthems of contemporary composers, wrapping her honesty, compassion and sardonic wit around their sometimes-fragile creations. The results are sexy, provocative, spellbinding, sometimes dangerous and never, ever dull.
Along with Cassandra Wilson and Patricia Barber, the Canadian songstress has helped redefine the world of the female jazz vocalist. In Cole's case, this can be directly linked to her ability to defy genre categorization and her ambitious musical choices. "I look at the essence of a song,” muses Cole. “If it’s a great lyric I often love to slow it down, explore it, dissect it and deconstruct it. I love to take it apart and then put it back together and look at it in an entirely different way. In the process, it often becomes more evocative. That’s a huge part of my art form, that’s a huge part of what I do.”
These abilities come into full focus on her 1995 Blue Note release, Temptation, which finds Holly skillfully interpreting material by the-one-and-only Tom Waits. Taking a minimalist approach to the arrangements and forgoing as much pre-production as possible serves Cole and the material well here. A majority of the cuts on Temptation are first takes which heightens the spontaneous and intimately genuine feel of Cole's breathtaking performances even further.
The many highlights include a catchy version of "Jersey Girl," which made it onto a number of radio playlists, and a rendition of "The Briar and the Rose," augmented by the Canadian Brass. Also featured here are renditions of: "Take Me Home," "Train Song," "Temptation," "Falling Down," "Invitation to the Blues," "Frank's Theme," "Little Boy Blue," "I Don't Wanna Grow Up," "Tango 'til They're Sore," "(Looking For) The Heart of Saturday Night," "Soldier's Things," "I Want You" and "Good Old World."
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Holly Cole - Night (2012) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Artist: Holly Cole
Title: Night
Genre: Jazz, Standards, Traditional Pop, Vocal Jazz, Smooth Jazz, Cabaret
Label: © 2xHD
Release Date: 2012
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: ProStudioMasters
Duration: 40:13


The multi-awarded and internationally acclaimed Canadian songstress Holly Cole once again presents a conceptually ambitious piece of work with a unifying theme: An intimate collection of songs for the night-time. It's a captivating cycle of songs that delivers additional proof of Holly Cole's unique mastery of song interpretation, this time featuring a theme where she is truly at home. Eleven wonderful tracks for the special time between dusk and dawn.
In trademark Holly Cole fashion, NIGHT crosses different corners of the musical spectrum from the first focus track, a Bond theme by John Barry (“You Only Live Twice“), to a Mort Shuman classic (“Viva Las Vegas“) to Tom Waits (“Walk Away“, “Whistling Past The Graveyard“), Jaques Brel (“If You Go Away”) and Gordon Lightfoot (“If You Could Read My Mind“). A song by late Sixties/early Seventies Canadian folk-pop duo The Poppy Family has gently found its way into the repertoire (“I Thought Of You Again“). All of this is complimented by an American songwriter/folk classic from the Danny O’Keefe songbook (“Good Time Charlie’s Got The Blues“), a riveting version of a Captain Beefheart tune (“Love Lies“), a timeless pop ballad (“I Only Have Eyes For You“) and – a wonderful new Holly Cole original – “You’ve Got A Secret“.
Winner of the Montreal International Jazz Festival’s prestigious Ella Fitzgerald Award in 2013 for her extraordinary contribution to contemporary jazz vocals, Canadian vocalist Holly Cole isn’t one of those artists who fall into any one category. Her smoky voice is sultry, yet she’s ironically humorous and candid while reshaping traditional standards and pop classics. Jazz is her bedrock, but not exclusively.
Holly has always had her own unique way, since ‘Girl Talk’s thundering potential, she’s always delivered with precision and a promise of things to come. ‘Night’ calls on all of Holly’s musical endeavors. Her interpretation is so profound she can truly introduce you to a song all over again. Honestly, how do you present ‘I Only Have Eyes for You’ again? Hear it for yourself on this album. She approached one of the finest songs ever written, Canadian Gordon Lightfoot’s ‘If You Could Read My Mind’ slowly, with the uttermost reverence and heart.
Holly Cole has no equal when it comes to taking songs by artists as varied as Elvis Costello, Tom Waits, Jacques Brel and making them her own.
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Holly Cole - Don't Smoke In Bed (1993/2012) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz


Artist: Holly Cole
Title: Don't Smoke In Bed
Genre: Jazz, Traditional Pop, Vocal Jazz, Smooth Jazz
Label: © Blue Note Records | Analogue Productions XAPP048D64
Release Date: 1993/2012
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: AcousticSounds
Duration: 00:44:49
Recorded at Reaction Studios, Toronto. Feb./Mar. 1993


There is an intelligence and sophistication to Holly Cole’s singing that sets her apart. She can imbue well-worn standards and eclectic songs with an uncanny combination of sensuality, innocence, originality and sheer musicality. Cole takes tunes everybody thinks they know and discovers new undercurrents in the venerable anthems of contemporary composers, wrapping her honesty, compassion and sardonic wit around their sometimes-fragile creations. The results are sexy, provocative, spellbinding, sometimes dangerous and never, ever dull.
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