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Love - Reel To Real (1974/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Love
Title: Reel To Real
Genre: Rock, Folk Rock, Hard Rock, Acid Rock, Psychedelic Rock, R&B, Funk, Soul
Label: © RSO Records/High Moon Records
Release Date: 1974/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 01:12:58
Recorded: 1974


Arthur Lee had every reason to feel disenchanted with his career in 1974, as his harder rock moves on 1970's False Start and his 1972 solo debut Vindicator didn't please critics or fans and his deal with the fledgling Buffalo Records label left him with an unreleased album, Black Beauty, when the company abruptly crashed and burned. Lee had started dipping his toes into material with a stronger R&B edge on Black Beauty, and when RSO Records gave him another chance at a major-label deal, he dove in headfirst: in a Rolling Stone interview, Lee said Reel to Real was his effort to get "as black and funky as I can, man, on my music." If folks hoping for another Da Capo or Forever Changes weren't pleased with False Start or Vindicator, they were simply confused by Reel to Real's funk grooves and banks of horns and keyboards (not to mention a lineup that featured no previous members of Love but Lee). However, while the album has often been written off as a failure, Reel to Real is an album with more than its share of great moments, even if it's inarguably uneven. Lee's vocals are tough but eloquent on these tunes, and though the music is often rooted in deep funk (especially on the percolating "Who Are You" and "With a Little Energy"), blues ("Which Witch is Which"), and vintage R&B ("Stop the Music"), the fierce guitar work from Lee, Melvan Whittington, and John Sterling makes it clear Lee hadn't cut his ties to rock & roll. Psychedelia doesn't really play a part in this music, but the introspective twists of Lee's lyrics confirm he still had plenty to say about the world around him and the universe inside his mind. And the closing acoustic version of "Everybody's Gotta Live" (which first appeared on Vindicator) offered a brief glimpse of the sly, thoughtful hippie who had recorded Forever Changes just seven years earlier. Reel to Real plays more like an Arthur Lee solo effort than a Love album (and was blighted with a singularly ugly cover), but it's a good Arthur Lee album, with a tighter focus and a more thoughtful perspective than Vindicator, proving Lee still had a great deal to say even if his audience didn't care to listen. --AllMusic Review by Mark Deming
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Loggins And Messina - Loggins And Messina (1972/2015) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Artist: Loggins And Messina
Title: Loggins And Messina
Genre: Rock, Soft Rock, AM Pop
Label: © Columbia Records | Audio Fidelity AFZ5 216
Release Date: 1972/2015
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: SACD ISO
Duration: 37:47
Recorded: Columbia Studios, Los Angeles


While Loggins and Messina created many fine albums this one stands out as most representative of their impact. In the early '70s the duo pioneered true country/rock and showcased it with style and near-flawless performances.
The eponymously titled 1972 Loggins and Messina album built on the strengths of their debut outing, "Sittin' In." The same mix of short catchy country-folk-pop gems with longer intricately layered and meaningful ballads bordering on jazz and edgy rock powered its success.The album reached #16 on the Billboard charts and "Your Mama Don't Dance" charted at #4. The epic "Angry Eyes" became an instant FM radio staple reaching the top of the college radio and AOR charts.
This Loggins and Messina album has many varied textures and arrangements. A little bit of country, a number of quality ballads and some good old rock 'n' roll. Their backup band was anchored by multi-instrumentalist Al Garth, and also featured keyboardist Michael Omartian and Poco steel guitarist Rusty Young.
The Loggins and Messina album became the true introduction of the band, Loggins and Messina, not as soloists playing together, but rather as a duo that offered pure genius in their music.
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Light of Gold - A Cappella SF Christmas, Ragnar Bohlin (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Various
Artist: Cappella SF, Ragnar Bohlin
Title: Light of Gold - A Cappella SF Christmas
Genre: Classical, Choral, Christmas
Label: © Delos Productions
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: highresaudio.com
Duration: 57:03
Recorded: August 29 – September 1, 2014, St. Ignatius Church, San Francisco


Internationally renowned (and GRAMMY-award winning) conductor Ragnar Bohlin founded Cappella SF, a professional chamber choir, in 2014. Since then, this select Bay Area-based ensemble has presented four concerts to tremendous critical acclaim and recorded music for two CDs – including this, their first commercial release. With Cappella SF, maestro Bohlin strives to showcase the choral riches of all musical periods at the highest artistic level. And concertgoers lucky enough to have heard them in concert will confirm that this superb new choir is doing just that.
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Lexi Walker - Merry Christmas (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44.1kHz

Artist: Lexi Walker
Title: Merry Christmas
Genre: Pop, Holiday, Christmas
Label: © Portrait Records/Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:24:50

Sony Music Masterworks imprint Portrait Records signs singing sensation Lexi Walker, the dynamic 13-year-old whose performance of "Let It Go" from Frozen has received over 72 million YouTube views.
Lexi's holiday-themed debut album Merry Christmas, available November 20, features traditional and new holiday songs from both sides of the Atlantic, including "O Holy Night," "Christmastime Is Here," "Pat A Pan," "When a Child is Born," plus "We Need a Little Christmas" from Broadway's Mame. It also includes her rendition of the hit "Let It Go" and more.
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Kylie Minogue - Kylie Christmas (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44.1kHz

Artist: Kylie Minogue
Title: Kylie Christmas
Genre: Pop, Holiday, Christmas
Label: © Parlophone Records
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 51:10
Recorded: 2000, 2010, 2015, Angel Studios, Sarm Music Village

Recorded at Angel Studios and Sarm Music Village, the album features 13 tracks - including several duets and a mix of original and classic songs. Kylie has enlisted the help of her sister Dannii Minogue for the deluxe version of the album, recording the brand new song 100 degrees - set to be a disco Christmas classic! James Corden features on Yazoo's brilliant ‘Only You', Iggy Pop joins Kylie on the Waitresses festive hit, ‘Christmas Wrapping' while Frank Sinatra posthumously completes the roll call of collaborators, appearing on ‘Santa Claus Is Coming To Town'.
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Kiss - Unmasked (1980/2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Kiss
Title: Unmasked
Genre: Rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Glam Rock
Label: © Casablanca Records
Release Date: 1980/2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:39:55
Recorded: January – March 1980 at The Record Plant Studios, New York City


Unmasked is the eighth studio album by American hard rock band Kiss, released in 1980. It was the last studio album to feature the original lineup of Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss until the band reunited. Criss actually had no involvement with the recording of the album; Anton Fig (uncredited) played all the drums on the album.
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Kenny Rogers - Once Again It's Christmas (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44.1kHz

Artist: Kenny Rogers
Title: Once Again It's Christmas
Genre: Holiday, Christmas, Country-Pop, Soft Rock
Label: © Warner Music Nashville
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 41:09
Recorded: 2015


Country music icon Kenny Rogers offers up his first Christmas collection since 1998's Christmas from the Heart. His sixth holiday-themed album overall, Once Again It's Christmas features a number of guest performers including Alison Krauss, Sugarland singer Jennifer Nettles, vocal group Home Free, pianist Jim Brickman, and country-pop duo Winfield's Locket. The festive collection marks Rogers' return to recording holiday music, a genre he's been quite close to over the years both sentimentally and commercially. The album's autumn 2015 release preceded his annual Christmas & Hits Tour, which entered its 35th year in November. --AllMusic Review by Timothy Monger
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