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Motorhead - Bad Magic (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44.1kHz


Artist: Motörhead
Title: Bad Magic
Genre: Rock, Heavy Metal, British Metal, Speed Metal, Hard Rock
Label: © UDR GmbH/Motörhead Music
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 42:48
Recorded: NRG Studios, Grandmaster Recorders


A lot happened to Motörhead -- or more accurately to Motörhead's once and future leader, Lemmy Kilmister -- after the release of 2013's Aftershock, and most of it wasn't good. Lemmy, who along with Keith Richards seemed to be the rocker most likely to survive Armageddon (and why hasn't someone written a comedy where those two chat while foraging for liquor and cigarettes in the wake of World War III?), was abruptly revealed as all too mortal as he found himself struggling with heart trouble, diabetes, and other maladies, and more than a few fans blanched when they saw the widely circulated online video of a weakened Lemmy pacing off stage at the 2013 Wacken Open Air Festival, too frail to complete Motörhead's set. 2015's Bad Magic was the first Motörhead album after Lemmy cut back on liquor and tobacco (and had a defibrillator implanted), and returned to the road, and the truth is the mighty frontman sounds older and weaker for the ordeal. That said, it doesn't hurt as much as you might imagine; on Bad Magic, Lemmy sounds bloodied but unbowed, an ancient soldier who doesn't know the meaning of surrender and will happily run you through with a sword as he draws his last breath. If Lemmy croaks or wheezes more often on Bad Magic than he has before, it suits his tales of foul-minded bastards and their despicable deeds, and it's a fine fit with the bloody-minded attitude that has always been Motörhead's stock in trade. Just as importantly, Lemmy's bass work remains thunderous, as thick and dirty as it was in his salad days, and guitarist Phil Campbell and drummer Mikkey Dee continue to bring the noise in inspired fashion. Musically, this album brings very little that's new to the group's playbook, but they still sound like Motörhead, something thousands of younger and more agile bands simply cannot do, and if you're wondering if Motörhead can still kick your butt and blow out your speakers in 2015, the answers are "Hell yeah" and "You know it." And if the cover of "Sympathy for the Devil" seems an odd way to end this album, if anyone in metal can sound truly convincing as Old Scratch and oddly charming in his pursuit of evil, Lemmy's in the running, and Bad Magic suggests the man and his band might just be indestructible after all. --AllMusic Review by Mark Deming
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Mediterraneo - L'Arpeggiata, Christina Pluhar (2013) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz


Сomposer: Various
Artist: L'Arpeggiata, Christina Pluhar
Title: Mediterraneo
Genre: Classical, Folk, World, Traditional, Fado, Ottoman Classical, Vocal Music, Chamber Music
Label: © EMI Records Ltd./Virgin Classics
Release Date: 2013
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 01:06:01
Recorded: Institut Culturel Roumain de Paris, Salle Byzantine, Palais de Béhague, Paris, October 2012


Christina Pluhar and L’Arpeggiata invite you on a musical cruise that will take you from Portugal to Turkey, following the coasts of Spain, Catalonia, Greece and Italy, caressed by the rocking of the waves and the captivating dialogue between traditional plucked instruments of the Mediterranean region – the qanun, saz, Greek lyre and lavta, the oud and Portuguese guitar – and the Baroque strings of L’Arpeggiata.
Mediterraneo is a musical exploration of the Mediterranean Sea. It features the fabulous voices of Misia, Nuria Rial, Vincenzo Capezzuto, Raquel Andueza and Katerina Papadopoulou who perform traditional tarantellas, sung in Greek. Those folk pieces were a custom in the Baroque era in the Greek-Albanian villages of Calabria. Join Christina Pluhar on this unique musical odyssey.
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McCoy Tyner Trio - Inception (1962/2013) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: McCoy Tyner
Title: Inception
Genre: Jazz, Hard Bop, Post-Bop, Piano Jazz
Label: © Impulse! Records
Release Date: 1962/2013
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: ProStudioMasters
Duration: 32:42
Recorded at the Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey on January 10 (tracks 1, 4, 5) and 11 (tracks 2, 3, 6), 1962

Those familiar with the dense, percussive style that pianist McCoy Tyner has cultivated since the 1970s onwards may be surprised by what they hear on Inception. Like Reaching Fourth and Nights of Ballads and Blues, this album gives listeners the chance to hear what a very young Tyner sounded like outside the confines of the classic John Coltrane quartet of the early '60s; it reveals a lyrical approach to jazz piano that seems a far cry from Tyner's mature style. The choice of material is fairly evenly split between modal pieces like "Inception" and more harmonically involved tunes like "Speak Low," and the pianist's treatment of both demonstrates the extent to which his early work was rooted in bebop. Tyner had yet to develop the massive orchestral sound and highly distinctive vocabulary of modal licks that would mark his later style, and throughout this album he spins dizzyingly long and singing lines with an exquisitely light touch. The irresistible rush of forward momentum that he maintains on tracks like "Effendi" and "Blues for Gwen" is breathtaking, and there is an exuberant, almost athletic quality to much of his solo work. Bassist Art Davis and drummer Elvin Jones provide superb accompaniment throughout, and they lay a solid rhythmic foundation for Tyner's sparkling melodic flights. The pianist's penchant for drama, which asserts itself more strongly in his later work, is on brief display in the original ballad "Sunset"; his skills as an arranger, though evident on several tracks, are perhaps best illustrated by the intricate contrapuntal treatment of "There Is No Greater Love." --AllMusic Review by Alexander Gelfand
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Matthew Halsall & The Gondwana Orchestra - Into Forever (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88.2kHz


Artist: Matthew Halsall & The Gondwana Orchestra
Title: Into Forever
Genre: Jazz, Soul Jazz, Spiritual Jazz, Modal, Ambient, Contemporary Jazz
Label: © Gondwana Records
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 88,2kHz/24bit
Source: matthewhalsall.bandcamp.com
Duration: 00:39:08
Recorded, mixed and mastered by George Atkins at 80 Hertz, 2013-2015


Over the course of five albums, Manchester based trumpeter, composer, arranger and band-leader Matthew Halsall has carved out a niche for himself on the UK music scene as one of it's brightest talents. His languid, soulful music has won friends from Jamie Cullum and Gilles Peterson to Jazz FM and Mojo as well as an ever-growing international following. His new album Into Forever, puts the spotlight on Halsall the composer, arranger and producer. Halsall draws on a diverse range of influences from Alice Coltrane, Dorothy Ashby, Phil Cohran and Leon Thomas to the more contemporary sounds of The Cinematic Orchestra, Max Richter and Nils Frahm to deliver his most complete recording to date. Into Forever features renowned Manchester based soul poet Josephine Oniyama and rising star vocalist Bryony Jarman-Pinto (Werkha) as well as regular collaborators, flautist Lisa Mallett, harpist Rachael Gladwin, koto player Keiko Kitamura, pianist Taz Modi, bassist Gavin Barras and drummer Luke Flowers (The Cinematic Orchestra) and two percussionists Sam Bell and Chris Cruiks. The result is arguably Halsall's finest record, asublime melding of stripped back soulful funk and deep, minimalist, spiritual jazz, that will take you on a journey deep into forever!
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Mariah Carey - Me. I Am Mariah... The Elusive Chanteuse (2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44.1kHz

Artist: Mariah Carey
Title: Me. I Am Mariah... The Elusive Chanteuse
Genre: Pop, R&B
Label: © Def Jam Recordings
Release Date: 2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 01:14:57
Recorded: 2011–14


Me. I Am Mariah...The Elusive Chanteuse is singer songwriter Mariah Carey's fourteenth studio album. The album title originally called The Art of Letting Go, is based upon a self-portrait Carey drew when she was a child. It is supposed to symbolize how she saw herself, with the purity of a child's heart before it was ever broken. Me. I Am Mariah features artists Nas, Miguel, Wale and Fabulous, as well as Mariah's twins Morroccan and Monroe.
This deluxe version also features appearances by Mary J. Blige and R. Kelly performing songs from Carey's previous album Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel. The album produced three singles, including "Beautiful", "The Art of Letting Go" and "You're Mine (Eternal)".
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Machaut-Transkriptionen - Genevieve Strosser, Jurg Dahler, Muriel Cantoreggi, The Hilliard Ensemble (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44.1kHz


Сomposer: Guillaume de Machaut (ca. 1300 – 1377), Heinz Holliger (1939-)
Artist: Geneviève Strosser, Jürg Dähler, Muriel Cantoreggi, The Hilliard Ensemble
Title: Machaut-Transkriptionen
Genre: Classical
Label: © ECM Records GmbH
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:05:25
Recorded: November 2010, Radio Studio DRS , Zürich


Swiss composer Heinz Holliger’s Machaut-Transkriptionen is comprised of a spacious cycle of pieces written over a ten year period beginning in 2001. An imaginative re- investigation of the work of the great 14th century French composer-poet Guillaume de Machaut, it is scored for four voices and three violas. Note-for-note transcriptions of Machaut give way to Holliger’s increasingly creative refractions of the music. As Holliger notes, his in-depth study of Machaud opened up new vistas for his compositional activity and his admiration for the source material is mirrored in the outstanding performances of the violists and singers. The Machaut-Transkriptionen proves a perfect vehicle for the Hilliard Ensemble’s set skills as interpreters of both old and new music, and this recording, made in 2010 in Zürich, captures the vocal group at the heights of its powers. (Their own affinity for Machaut is also documented on their album of his Motets, ECM New Series 1823)
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