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Lionel Loueke - GAIA (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Lionel Loueke
Title: GAÏA
Genre: Jazz
Label: © Blue Note Records
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Duration: 55:36

On GAÏA, Loueke reunited with his longtime trio featuring bassist Massimo Biolcati and drummer Ferenc Nemeth for a session produced by GRAMMY-winning producer and Blue Note president Don Was that was recorded live in the studio with an intimate audience in attendance.
“I always wanted to record this trio live” says Loueke of the sessions, which were captured at Sear Sound in New York City. “We were all in the same room with a small audience, no headphones, no isolation and no overdubs of course. It has a real live feel. It was a very special event.”
Loueke's compositional mastery is evident in the construction of the 11 original songs presented here and the trio's performances are extraordinary, a testament to the intuitive dialogue these three musicians have developed since they first met while attending the Berklee College of Music in the late 1990s. “I don't think we sound like any other trio on the scene today' says an understated Loueke. “I have been writing for this trio for a long time. They can handle every metrical challenge in my songs. There is an inside communication between the three of us.”
The musical dialogue on GAÏA pertains to the nature of the Earth and man's effect on it, an urgent message at a time when the warning signs of global warming have become undeniable. In Greek mythology, Gaïa is the personification of the Earth, the mother goddess who birthed the planet and the entire universe. 'She would be angry,” Loueke states bluntly. “We have not taken good care of her child.”
GAÏA is punctuated by several powerful tracks with a decided rock edge, including “Wacko Loco” and “Procession” which present a different side of an artist that The New York Times once hailed as a “gentle virtuoso.” “B.B. King and Jimi Hendrix were my heroes,” says Loueke.
The album ends surprisingly with a spry version of the Bee Gees hit “How Deep Is Your Love” which leaves us pondering how we might change this destructive course. “I didn't understand the words when I was young,” says Loueke. “I just loved the beautiful melody and voices.” Even presented wordless, the lyrics take on new meaning here: “And you may not think I care for you / When you know down inside that I really do.”
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Kiss - Hot In The Shade (1989/2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Kiss
Title: Hot In The Shade
Genre: Rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Glam Metal
Label: © Mercury Records
Release Date: 1989/2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 58:49
Recorded: July - August 1989, The Fortress, Hollywood, California

This 1989 release from Kiss was the final album on which late drummer Eric Carr played in its entirety. Carr even took lead vocals on the song Little Caesar. Includes the very successful top 10 hit Forever written by Paul Stanley and crooner Michael Bolton, Kiss's biggest single since Beth. Another moderate chart success was Kiss's version of a song Stanley co-wrote, recorded by Bonnie Tyler, entitled Hide Your Heart. On Hot In The Shade Kiss repatriates the song and makes it their own.
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Kiss - Hotter Than Hell (1974/2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Kiss
Title: Hotter Than Hell
Genre: Rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Glam Rock
Label: © Casablanca Records
Release Date: 1974/2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:33:07
Recorded: August 1974 at The Village Recorder Studios, Los Angeles

Hotter Than Hell is the second studio album by American rock band Kiss, released on October 22, 1974. It was certified gold on June 23, 1977, having shipped 500,000 copies. The album was re-released in 1997 in a remastered version. It peaked on the charts at #100, without the benefit of a hit single. Many of the album's songs are live staples for the band, including "Got to Choose", "Parasite", "Hotter Than Hell", "Let Me Go, Rock & Roll" and "Watchin' You".
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Kiss - Dressed To Kill (1975/2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Kiss
Title: Dressed To Kill
Genre: Rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Glam Rock
Label: © Casablanca Records
Release Date: 1975/2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:30:06
Recorded: February 1975 at Electric Lady Studios in New York, NY

Dressed to Kill is the third studio album released by Kiss in 1975. The record peaked at number 32 on the US charts and received gold in 1977. Dressed to Kill features singles "Rock and Roll All Nite" and "C'mon and Love Me".
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Kiss - Creatures Of The Night (1982/2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Kiss
Title: Creatures Of The Night
Genre: Rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Glam Rock
Label: © Casablanca Records
Release Date: 1982/2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:38:51
Recorded: July – September 1982 at The Record Plant Studios, Los Angeles, CA

Creatures of the Night is the tenth studio album by Kiss. It is the band's last for Casablanca Records, the only label for which Kiss had recorded up to this point. The album was dedicated to the memory of Casablanca founder and early Kiss supporter Neil Bogart, who had died of cancer during the recording sessions. It is also the band's last album recorded with Ace Frehley credited as an official member (until 1998's Psycho Circus), and its first album with Vinnie Vincent as the initially uncredited lead guitarist (Vincent would later be credited, but not featured on the cover, on the 1985 reissue of the album).
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King Crimson - Thrak - 40th Anniversary (1995/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC 5.1 Surround 24bit/96kHz

Artist: King Crimson
Title: Thrak
Genre: Rock, Prog Rock, Art Rock, Avant-Prog
Label: © Discipline Global Mobile/Panegyric Recordings
Release Date: 1995/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC 5.1 Surround 96kHz/24bit
Source: DVD Audio
Duration: 00:56:19
Recorded: 24 October – 4 December 1994, Real World Studios, Box, Wiltshire, England

THRAK from 1995 is the tenth release in the King Crimson 40th Anniversary series and was the first full album to feature the Double Trio incarnation of the group.
The CD features a brand new '21st century stereo reimagining' of the album by Jakko Jakszyk and Robert Fripp, while the DVD-a features 5.1 Surround Sound and Hi-Res stereo mixes by Jakszyk and Fripp, alongside a Hi-Res of the original album stereo mix. Presented in a double digipak in slipcase and including a booklet with sleeve notes, rare photos and archive material.
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Katarina & Svante Henryson - High, Low or In Between (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Katarina & Svante Henryson
Title: High, Low or In Between
Genre: Jazz, Vocal Jazz, Modern jazz, Chamber Music
Label: © BIS Records
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: eClassical
Duration: 50:10
Recorded: April 2014 at Artipelag, Gustavsberg, Sweden

Svante Henryson, the Swedish cellist, composer, double bass and electric bass guitar player, has been awarded the Nordic Council Music Award of some 50'000 Dollars in a ceremony on Iceland. Starting as a double-bass player in the Oslo Phil, he continued as a rock musician in one of Sweden's more famous hard rock bands, while at all times exploring the classical cello in his own imaginative way, fusing the classical with impulses from other genres.
I have deeply admired him for many years, but only when hearing him and his singing wife Katarina (of Real Group fame) at a private party, had the chance to really approach them with a recording idea. This materialized and the SACD was recentky released.
We take this opportunity to re-present it at very favourable conditions here and now for a few days. Congratulations, Svante! Way to go!!! And congrats to the Nordic Council for a choice, as excellent as it is daring! --Robert von Bahr
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Julia Lezhneva - Handel (Dedicated to Elena Obraztsova) - Il Giardino Armonico, Giovanni Antonini (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Composer: George Frideric Handel (1685 - 1759)
Artist: Julia Lezhneva, Il Giardino Armonico, Giovanni Antonini
Title: Julia Lezhneva - Handel (Dedicated to Elena Obraztsova)
Genre: Classical
Label: © Decca is a Universal Music Company
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz 24bit
Source: prestoclassical
Duration: 01:13:56
Recorded: Museo del Violino Antonio Stradivari Cremona - Giovanni Arvedi Auditorium, 2–4 & 6–10 January 2015

The emphasis for this album is very much on youth and prodigious talent: at 25, Julia Lezhneva is ideally suited to the soprano arias of the young Handel, who arrived in Italy from Germany as a 21 year old at the beginning of the 18th century.
Lezhneva has been praised for her unforgettable spiritual expression and perfect artistry in Handels music, whether in rapidfire coloratura passages or the gentle radiance that casts a tangible spell in slow music. --The Guardian
She has the perfect partners in Il Giardino Armonico and Giovanni Antonini whose recordings of music from the Italian baroque are celebrated for their fizzing virtuosity and exquisite cushion of sound --The Independent. For some tracks the orchestra is led by Dmitry Sinkovsky, the extraordinary Russian violinist and one of today s most versatile Baroque musicians.
The music encompasses the best of Handel s operatic and religious works from his years in Florence and Rome: the operas Rodrigo and Agrippina and the oratorios Il Trionfo and La Resurrezione as well as the complete Salve Regina and soprano solo from Dixit Dominus. Best known is the radiant Lascia la spina from Il Trionfo and its later incarnation as Lascia ch'io pianga from the opera Rinaldo
The recording was made in the famously musical and historic Italian city of Cremona in the beautiful auditorium of the Museo del Violino.
„. . . a singer of uncommon ability . . . Her take on Handel s Saeviat Tellus Inter Rigores is marked by rare grace.“ --The Independent
„Julia Lezhneva is at her most accomplished here, providing spirited and focused vocalism, running up and down the scales with effortless abandon and to fine effect . . .“ --BBC Music Magazine
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Johnny Mathis - The Singles (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Johnny Mathis
Title: The Singles
Genre: Pop, Easy Listening, Vocal Pop, Vocal Jazz, Pop Soul, Traditional Pop, Standards, AM Pop
Label: © Columbia Records/Legacy Recordings
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Mono/Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 04:19:52
Recorded: 1956-1981

Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, and Columbia Records will celebrate the 80th birthday of legendary crooner Johnny Mathis with the release of Johnny Mathis: The Singles, a definitive four disc anthology, on September 25, 2015.
Born September 30, 1935, a then-teenaged Johnny Mathis signed with Columbia Records in 1956, first entering the Pop charts with his inaugural Columbia single, "Wonderful! Wonderful!" the following year. Peaking at #14, "Wonderful! Wonderful!" laid the foundation, and predicted the future, for one of the most remarkable careers in pop music history, leading to a string of singles successes which includes perennials like "It's Not For Me To Say," "Chances Are," "The Twelfth Of Never" and many others.
Johnny Mathis: The Singles brings together, for the first time in one anthology, every Johnny Mathis recording which was first issued for the singles market, as well as tracks released exclusively on compilations (1958's Johnny's Greatest Hits, considered the first "greatest hits" collection ever created by the music industry, 1959's More Johnny's Greatest Hits and 1981's The First 25 Years--The Silver Anniversary Album).
31 of the 87 tracks on Johnny Mathis: The Singles, are being released on CD for the very first time. The four-disc anthology compiles, for the very first time, every non-LP single side released for the label between 1956 and 1981.
"When over the course of a career you record as many songs as I have recorded, you tend to forget a few," said Johnny Mathis. "Revisiting this music was a complete surprise. I was thrilled beyond belief that some of the songs that I recorded specifically for single records, some of which had simply disappeared once they had been released, are now going to be heard again. Listening to this collection, not only was I amazed at how great it sounds, but I was being reminded of some songs I had totally forgotten. It is my greatest hope that my fans will share my enthusiasm."
Johnny Mathis is one of the longest-running artists on the Columbia Records label, with 17 million RIAA certified album and singles sales in the US alone. A sublime vocalist whose approach to pop music transcends passing fads and trends, Johnny Mathis has performed songs in an incredible variety of styles and categories -- from music composed for stage and film to golden era jazz standards, contemporary pop hits, and holiday music both sacred and secular -- assuring his reputation as one of the most enduring traditional pop vocalists in music history.
Perhaps best-known for his landmark singles (three of his recordings--"Chances Are," "It's Not For Me To Say," and "Misty"--have been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame) Mathis was one of the very first musical artists to embrace the album concept and record fully-realized thematically and sonically coherent collections of songs. His 1958 release, Johnny's Greatest Hits inaugurated the ongoing "greatest hits" anthology phenomenon becoming one of the most popular albums of all time after spending an unprecedented 490 continuous weeks (almost ten years) on the BILLBOARD Top Albums Chart; 1959's Heavenly spent 295 consecutive weeks on the same chart. Johnny Mathis was given the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences in 2003.
Mathis had 18 Top 40 hits between 1957 and 1963 and 19 Top 40 albums between 1957 and 1978. He has earned 10 gold, 4 platinum and 2 multi-platinum awards from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA)
Mathis was a star student athlete in San Francisco who sang weekends at a local jazz club. Columbia Records' George Avakian was in attendance during one performance, and famously wired back to the label office: "Have found phenomenal 19-year old boy who could go all the way. Send blank contracts." After his jazzy debut LP was largely ignored upon its release in 1956, Mathis began working closely with Columbia's vice-president and producer Mitch Miller to develop an unbeatable lush pop style, picking romantic ballads that made extensive use of his recognizable, vibrato-heavy croon.
During his time on Columbia, Mathis was essentially recording for two markets: the singles market and the albums market. While he would enjoy success in both realms, it was his non-LP singles that first introduced the world to his distinct gifts: in 1957, his firstColumbia single "Wonderful! Wonderful!" peaked at No. 14; follow-up "It's Not For Me To Say" rose to No. 5, and "Chances Are" topped the charts.
Altogether, Mathis logged 18 singles on Billboard's Top 40 between 1957 and 1963 (and has seen 43 of his singles chart on Billboard Hot 100 from 1957 to 1981). After a tenure on his own Global label from 1963 to 1967 (initially distributed by Mercury and chronicled by Legacy in The Complete Global Albums Collection box set), Johnny returned to Columbia, where he records to this day.
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