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Jack Holcomb - Led by the Masters's Great Hand (1965/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Jack Holcomb
Title: Led by the Masters's Great Hand
Genre: Gospel, Christian, Soul, Folk, World, Country
Label: © RCA Records
Release Date: 1965/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:33:04
Recorded: 1965


The man once called “Americas favorite gospel song stylist”, Rev. Harold Jackson “Jack” Holcomb, has been gone for over 40 years, but his albums are as popular today as they were in his fifteen-year recording career. Here in this space I will share what I have learned about Jack Holcomb, information that has not been easy to find because Jack has been gone since July 1968, long before there was a World Wide Web. Many people have joined with me and helped to build up this web site, and I hope you will, too. We want this to be a resource for people who are interested in knowing more about a fellow Christian who loved his Lord and raised his voice in songs of praise his whole life long.
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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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Giacomo Gates - Everything is Cool (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44.1kHz

Artist: Giacomo Gates
Title: Everything is Cool
Genre: Jazz, Vocal jazz, Smooth Jazz, Mainstream Jazz, Swing
Label: © Savant Records
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44.1kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 48:23
Recorded: 2015


Giacomo Gates approaches jazz singing with a showman's poise and an aficionado's zeal. With his deep, cognac baritone and his vintage-hipster lexicon, his phrasing and his bearing, he upholds a distinctly masculine ideal of deceptively easy nonchalance. Gates is known as the modern day heir to Eddie Jefferson, the godfather of vocalese. Here he uses the style sparingly, but to great advantage, never showboating by using the challenging technique. Gates' considerable chops are always at the service of the song. Backed by his go-to pianist, John di Martino and guitarist Tony Lombardozzi leading the rhythm section and Grant Stewart out in front on saxophone, Giacomo sings and swings his way through a dozen tunes - some familiar favorites, some rarely heard gems. He may be soft and subtle or he may be hip and humorous but one thing Giacomo Gates is not, is predictable.
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George Garzone & Trio Da Paz - Night Of My Beloved (2007/2015) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Artist: George Garzone & Trio Da Paz
Title: Night Of My Beloved
Genre: Jazz, Bossa Nova, Smooth Jazz, Latin Jazz, Saxophone Jazz
Label: © Venus Records, Inc. Manufactured by Venus Records, Inc., Tokyo, Japan | VHGD85
Release Date: 2007/2015
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: SACD ISO
Duration: 58:57
Recorded at The Studio in N.Y. on August 8 & 9, 2006 by Katherine Miller
Mixed and Masterd by Venus Hyper Magnum Sound by Shuji Kitamura and Tetsuo Hara


George Garzone is a marvelous tenor saxophonist who is also known as a highly regarded educator. Some of people he has taught includes Branford Marsalis, Mark Turner, Joshua Redman, and many more. Garzone's debut album arrived fairly late in 1995 with the main influences coming from Stan Getz and John Coltrane.
For this exceptional release, Garzone tapped into his love of Getz as he was paired with Trio da Paz, a superlative Brazillian trio led by the prominent guitarist, Romero Lubambo. In addition, piano expert Kenny Werner also joins this outstanding group of musicians.
The casual listener might mistake this album as background music but that would be wrong. A sharp listener will pick up and savor the music being played by these masters. Each musician is tuned in to each other and aware of the right moment to play each note. This is an album that rewards deep listening.
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Frank Sinatra - A Jolly Christmas From Frank Sinatra (1957/2014) High-Fidelity DSF Mono DSD64/2.82MHz

Artist: Frank Sinatra
Title: A Jolly Christmas From Frank Sinatra
Genre: Holidays, Swing, Traditional Pop, Vocal Jazz, Christmas
Label: © Capitol Records
Release Date: 1957/2014
Quality: DSF 2.0 Mono DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: AcousticSounds.
Duration: 32:26
Recorded: May 1-July 10, 1957 at Capitol Studio A, Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA
DSD files were created from the 192/24 HD digital transfer of the original analog master

This seasonal collection of Yule tide classics sung by Frank Sinatra in his late-1950s incarnation, with impeccable string arrangements by Nelson Riddle, contains convincing performances of favorites like 'O Little Town of Bethlehem,' 'Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,' and 'I'll Be Home for Christmas.'
It's a tribute to Sinatra's versatility and professionalism that this oft-sung set comes off sounding simultaneously fresh, original, and heartwarming. Includes liner notes by Pete Welding.
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Fleetwood Mac - Tusk (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Fleetwood Mac
Title: Tusk {Deluxe Edition}
Genre: Rock, Pop Rock, Soft Rock
Label: © Warner Bros. Records
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 05:47:07
Recorded: 1978–79, The Village Recorder, Los Angeles, California

Fleetwood Mac builds on its formidable legacy as one of rock's most legendary acts as they re-visit their most ambitious album with a deluxe edition of TUSK. Originally released in 1979, the Grammy® Award-nominated, double-album sold more than four million copies worldwide, climbed to #4 on the US album charts, and introduced fans to hits like "Sara," "Think About Me," and the title track.
TUSK (DELUXE EDITION) delves deep into the vaults with five CDs including the remastered original album, an alternate version of the complete album made up of session outtakes, most of which have never been released, as well as an additional selection of singles, demos and remixes, including an outtake of "Think About Me," an early version of "That's Enough For Me" called "Out On The Road," plus several incarnations of "I Know I'm Not Wrong."
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Etta Jones - Dont Go To Strangers (1960/2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44.1kHz

Artist: Etta Jones
Title: Dont Go To Strangers
Genre: Jazz, Vocal Jazz, American Popular Song, Standards
Label: © Prestige Records/Concord Music Group
Release Date: 1960/2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:41:04
Recorded: Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ; June 21, 1960
Remastered: 2006, Rudy Van Gelder, Van Gelder Studio


After paying dues for over 15 years, Etta Jones (1928-2001) became an overnight sensation with the release of this, her first Prestige album. While the title song was the catalyst that fueled the singer’s belated discovery, not to mention one of the few singles released by an independent jazz label of the period to attain gold record status, the remaining nine tracks give equal evidence of the spontaneous phrasing and deep emotional commitment that allowed Jones to excel with such rare consistency. Blending the influences of Billie Holiday and more blues-centered vocalists, and supported by an exceptional quintet featuring Frank Wess and Richard Wyands, Jones turned Don’t Go to Strangers into the cornerstone of a career that would see her produce six more Prestige albums in the Sixties, and that kept her among the jazz vocal elite for the next four decades.
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Emily West - All For You (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/48kHz

Artist: Emily West
Title: All For You
Genre: Pop
Label: © Portrait/Sony Music Masterworks
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 48kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 37:13
Recorded: 2015


Emily West's first release with Sony Masterworks, and her first after finishing as runner-up on the 2014 season of America's Got Talent, All for You opens with a refined cover of Sia's "Chandelier," a song she performed on the talent competition show. Other covers from the show include the Moody Blues' "Nights in White Satan," the Phil Phillips classic "Sea of Love," and Roy Orbison's "You Got It." Tenderly delivered, and mostly piano/keys- and strings-accompanied ballads, West leaves behind the country of her early releases and opts for a more classic pop vocal delivery. She's joined by Cyndi Lauper on a duet version of "True Colors," and the album's four original tunes include the Billie Holiday-haunted "Fallen," co-written with K.S. Rhoads (Kris Allen, Katie Herzig). --AllMusic Review by Marcy Donelson
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Elle King - Love Stuff (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44.1kHz

Artist: Elle King
Title: Love Stuff
Genre: Rock, Pop Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock
Label: © RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 39:04
Recorded: 2014–15

Existing at the intersection of the two major retro-roots movements of the new millennium -- the beehived, swinging '60s soul of Amy Winehouse and the bluesy roar of the White Stripes -- Elle King's debut, Love Stuff, feels like a record that should've happened prior to 2015. Surprisingly, King is the only musician to mine this territory but she's not quite stuck in the past, whether that means the 20th century source or the canny revivals of Winehouse and Jack White. She knows enough to thread in some echoes of the big-footed folk stomp of Mumford & Sons (not to mention a banjo she proudly brandishes in all her publicity material), a sound that comes to a crest on "America's Sweetheart." There, King claims she's not America's Sweetheart and she spends a good chunk of Love Stuff putting on those aggressive airs, swanning about like a spunky spitfire, a mean girl who goes where the devil don't go. A little of this rough-and-tumble schtick goes a long way, as do King's occasionally overheated vocals -- she works hard to prove she's tough and her eager swagger proves exhausting over the long haul. That said, what works on Love Stuff has considerable charm. When King walks a fine line between rock crunch and soul testifying, there's some fire: the swinging fuzz of "Ex's & Oh's," the spooky slow-grind of "Under the Influence," the blues stumble of "Last Damn Night" and "Jackson," where she ties all these sounds together. Such highlights suggests that when Elle King doesn't have to try so hard to prove her bona fides, she might wind up with a record that's hard to deny. For now, she merely has a promising debut on her hands. --AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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