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Wilco - Star Wars (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Wilco
Title: Star Wars
Genre: Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock
Label: © dBPM Records, under exclusive license to Anti, Inc.
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: starwars.kungfustore.com
Duration: 33:51

The Chicago band Wilco has digitally released a new album, Star Wars, through its own dBpm Records. The album was made available after Wilco leader Jeff Tweedy revealed news of its existence during a live interview with Pitchfork at The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.

Star Wars is the Grammy-award winning band’s ninth studio album and its first since 2011’s The Whole Love.
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Twin Danger - Twin Danger (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44.1kHz


Artist: Twin Danger
Title: Twin Danger
Genre: Jazz, Contemporary Jazz, Jazz-Pop, Vocal Jazz, Smooth Jazz
Label: © Decca Records | Universal Music Classics
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 54:46
Recorded: Cottonbelly Studios, NYC; Mavericks Studio, NYC; 58N6 Studios, NYC; Mission Sound Studios BK


Noir jazz meets midnight blues on this debut from Twin Danger, an intriguing group formed by Vanessa Bley and Stuart Matthewman. It's a pedigreed duo: Bley is the daughter of renowned jazz pianist Paul Bley while Matthewman co–founded the group Sade and co-wrote several of the band's hits with lead singer Sade Adu. Twin Danger updates a classic sound in a contemporary style with Bley/Matthewman originals and one surprising cover song, a distinctively different interpretation of the rock track No One Knows by Queens of the Stone Age.
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Third Reel - Many More Days (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz


Artist: Third Reel
Title: Many More Days
Genre: Jazz, Modern Creative, Contemporary Jazz
Label: © ECM Records GmbH | ECM Player
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:41:21
Recorded: August 2014, Auditorio Stelio Molo RSI, Lugano


The second ECM album from Swiss/Italian trio Third Reel takes its open-plan music to another level. Emanuele Maniscalco, Nicolas Masson and Roberto Pianca all bring music into Third Reel, and each of them has his own distinct compositional signature, but from the outset their pieces are “always conceived as material for multiple, unpredictable developments,” as Maniscalco says. Compositional guidelines are like gateways into fields to explore. Masson’s elegant clarinet and lean-toned tenor are emphasized on this recording, Maniscalco floats between drums and piano, quietly lyrical on both instruments, and Pianca is most often a kind of real-time orchestrator, subtly enfolding the interaction with swelling sustained chords, or underlining it with thick drones.
Most of the first half of the album features primarily Emanuele Maniscalco’s compositions, and a chamber music feel, aligning the group on this showing to the reflective tradition of Giuffre and Bley – perhaps most evident on “Afterwards”, where Maniscalco’s rubato piano is shadowed by Masson’s clarinet. The second half of the programme is comprised mostly of Nicolas Masson’s pieces, including “White”, dedicated to Masabumi Kikuchi, as well as the album’s title track, its melody unfolded by a serpentine tenor line gaining steadily in power. Of Roberto Pianca’s pieces, “Lara’s Song” is a pensive ballad and “Happy People” less jolly than its title might imply, with active broken-time drums flickering behind a stately theme. Unusually for a group that takes chances with its material, Third Reel keeps things concise, none of the 13 pieces in the programme passing the five-minute mark.
Many More Days was recorded at Auditorio Stelio Molo RSI, Lugano, in August 2014 with Manfred Eicher as producer.
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The Isley Brothers - The Heat Is On (1975/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: The Isley Brothers
Title: The Heat Is On
Genre: R&B, Funk, Funk Rock, Quiet Storm, Soul, Smooth Soul, Disco
Label: © Epic Records | Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1975/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 40:31
Recorded: 1975, Kendun Recorders, Burbank, California


The Heat Is On is American soul and funk group The Isley Brothers' thirteenth studio album. The album spent 40 weeks on the US Billboard Pop Albums chart after it's release, garnering the group's first number one album in the U.S. The Heat Is On features singles "Fight the Power (Part 1 & 2)" and "For the Love of You (Part 1 & 2)".
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The Euclid Beach Band - Euclid Beach Band (1979/2013) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: The Euclid Beach Band
Title: Euclid Beach Band
Genre: Pop, Pop Rock
Label: © Epic Records
Release Date: 1979/2013
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 37:57
Recorded: Mediasound; Agency Recording Studios


After forming in 1978, The Euclid Beach Band picked up speed with their debut single "There's No Surf in Cleveland." Shortly after releasing their self titled album, Euclid Beach Band, the group broke up in 1980. Euclid Beach Band features hit songs "I Need You," "There's No Surf in Cleveland" and "End Of The World."
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Seal - Seal IV (2003/2004) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88.2kHz


Artist: Seal
Title: Seal IV
Genre: Pop, Soul, Electronic, Downtempo, Synth-pop, Dance-Pop
Label: © Warner Bros. Records
Release Date: 2003/2004
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 88,2kHz/24bit
Source: DVD Audio (Watermarked!)
Duration: 00:52:06


Besides taking his usual multi-year hiatus before releasing Seal IV, the artist scrapped a whole album's worth of material, feeling he couldn't stand behind the strength of the songs (should this be Seal IV.I?). It's disappointing, then, that the songs on Seal IV lack any of the Grammy-grabbing flair of his earlier releases. What saves it is a conviction that is high enough to overcome, a voice that is more driven than usual, and some genuine moments of songwriting inspiration. "Let Me Roll" has a cool swagger and fun wordplay, and the yearning ballad "Loneliest Star" is only a few steps away from "Kiss from a Rose." Opener "Get It Together" offers an Up With People understanding of the state of the world with its "everyone is beautiful" sentimentality, but it's the funky backbeat and gritty vocals that make it more Al Green than Lee Greenwood. A re-recording of Seal's collaboration with Jakatta, "My Vision" is given new life through more restrained than usual production from Trevor Horn. The absence of Horn's usual bombast throughout the album allows Seal's voice (in every sense of the word) to be the focus. It's a good move, and if the totally solid Jakatta-sourced track is any indication, a break from Horn might be beneficial next time. Despite being heavy with unexceptional tunes, Seal IV has enough going for it to warrant the next four years of anticipation. --AllMusic Review by David Jeffries
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Seal - Seal II (1994/2005) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88.2kHz

Artist: Seal
Title: Seal II
Genre: Pop, Soul, Electronic, Downtempo, Synth-pop, House, Dance-Pop
Label: © Warner Bros. Records
Release Date: 1994/2005
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 88,2kHz/24bit
Source: DVD Audio (Watermarked!)
Duration: 01:24:49
Recorded: Sarm West Studios, 1993-1994

Fresh from his 1991 self-titled debut, Seal followed with another self-titled release. And true to form, it's another stunning work, although it becomes clear that a musical maturation has taken place. Produced by ex-Buggles frontman Trevor Horn (Pet Shop Boys, ABC, Yes, Frankie Goes to Hollywood), Seal is far more enchanting than his debut. True, Seal is a bit too relaxed at times, but aside from that criticism, the record is lush with harmonies and over-the-top melodies. "Don't Cry" flows with the luxuriant vibes of a hushed vocal and a bellowing string arrangement. Seal showcases his collaborative talent with "If I Could," a duet featuring Canadian folkie Joni Mitchell. "Kiss from a Rose" and "Prayer for the Dying" established Seal as a household name after both became radio and television mainstays. The soul is there, hauntingly similar to singer Terence Trent D'Arby. But what's so unique about Seal is his gift of transforming free-flowing songs into quick dancefloor tracks with a transcendent step into musical magic. His voice has a spell like that, and his second album reflects such skills. --AllMusic Review by MacKenzie Wilson
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Seal - Seal (1991/2005) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88.2kHz

Artist: Seal
Title: Seal
Genre: Pop, Soul, Electronic, Downtempo, Synth-pop, House, Dance-Pop
Label: © Warner Bros. Records
Release Date: 1991/2005
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 88,2kHz/24bit
Source: DVD Audio (Watermarked!)
Duration: 01:26:34
Recorded: November 1990 – April 1991


London singer/songwriter Seal certainly made a name for himself with his eponymous debut despite the comparison to fellow London mate, the raspy soul Terence Trent D'Arby. But Seal is more relaxed, and his craftsmanship is delicate and well defined. Lyrical depictions are light, songwriting is personal, and production credits are most impressive. With star-studded work from both Trevor Horn (Tina Turner, the Art of Noise, Rod Stewart) and Trevor Rabin (Yes, John Miles), Seal is surely a critical hit. Becoming a mainstream radio mainstay for the summer of 1991, the single "Crazy" carried heavy notoriety for Seal and instantly made him a household name. His collaborative effort with Adamski for "Killer" was a massive club hit thanks to its Hi-NRG strength, but house elements are showcased other album tracks such as "The Beginning." Seal is not necessarily a dance innovator, but he makes for a select crossover artist with impeccable talent worthy of heavy acclamation and critical recognition. The general mood captured on his debut album is refreshing for the early-'90s mediocrity of post-hair metal and manufactured synth bands. His music was a major force throughout the decade and well into the new millennium. With Trevor Horn at his side, it's undeniable. Together they go for exactly what Seal is looking for: the beauty, desire, and simplicity in creating a new sound. Seal is the face and Horn is the face behind it all. --AllMusic Review by MacKenzie Wilson
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