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Gustav Holst - The Planets - London Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Adrian Boult (1978/2012) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Gustav Holst (1874-1934)
Artist: London Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Adrian Boult
Title: Holst - The Planets, Op.32
Genre: Classical
Label: © EMI Classics
Release Date: 1978/2012 (2011 Remaster)
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 48:25
Recorded: May–July 1978

Sir Adrian Boult was among the greatest interpreters of Holst’s suite “The Planets.” The work has long been a staple of the international orchestral repertoire. In his illustrious career, Boult has recorded Holst’s masterpiece five times; this being the final version and his most definitive. Boult leads the London Philharmonic Orchestra through this affectionate reading.
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Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass - Christmas Album (1968/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88.2kHz

Artist: Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass
Title: Christmas Album
Genre: Jazz, Latin Jazz, Easy Listening, Holiday, Christmas, AM Pop, Jazz-Pop
Label: © A&M Records/Herb Alpert Presents, Inc.
Release Date: 1968/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 88,2kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 31:53
Recorded: 1968 at A&M Studios, Gold Star Recording Studio, Hollywood, California

Herb Alpert turned to jazz's Shorty Rogers -- then toiling in the L.A. film and TV studios -- for voice and string arrangements on his Christmas album, and Rogers in turn went all out for schmaltz. Rogers' cooing voices introduce several of the tunes, whereupon the Tijuana Brass do their mostly unrelated Ameriachi thing familiar from past albums. Indeed, "Las Mananitas" seems to have been lifted from an obscure B-side of a 45 and overdubbed with the Rogers treatment. Jingling bells is a recurring song theme -- first with "Jingle Bells," then the cloying "The Bell That Couldn't Jingle," and ultimately "Jingle Bell Rock." For the first time in a long time, Alpert's sense of pacing occasionally goes awry; "My Favorite Things" nearly comes apart in the silences and piano/vocal interlude between the TJB grooves, and "Sleigh Ride" screeches to a dead halt. And yet time and further exposure has revealed this record's homey charms, which no doubt is one reason why it continues to be available on CD where other TJB best-sellers have fallen by the wayside. --AllMusic Review by Richard S. Ginell
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