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The Clash - From Here to Eternity: Live (1999/2013) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: The Clash
Title: From Here to Eternity: Live
Genre: Rock, British Punk, Hard Rock, Rock & Roll, New Wave
Label: © Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1999/2013
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 01:09:50
Recorded: 30 April 1978-13 October 1982


Years after the Clash disintegrated, their live performances remained legendary, partially because most things concerning the band entered rock legend. Bootlegs offered proof of those great performances, but only hardcore collectors would seek those out, which is why From Here to Eternity: Live, the Clash's first official live album, is a welcome addition to their catalog -- it confirms that the legend is deserved. Sequenced as "the ultimate live concert," as so many compiled live albums are, this is one time the trick actually works. All the performances were recorded between 1978 and 1982, but they're sequenced according to the date of the song, not the date of the performance. Consequently, the album divides roughly in half, as the first nine songs are devoted to The Clash and Give 'Em Enough Rope, with the rest of the record comprised of songs from London Calling and its successors. That doesn't necessarily mean that the performance is taken from the same era as the song, however. The amazing thing is that the performances all sound like they're taken from the same show. From Here to Eternity has genuine momentum, rushing through its 17 songs at a furious pace -- things don't slow down until "Armagideon Time," the 11th song in. Only after the album is finished does it sink in that it is indeed sequenced chronologically, since it has the feel of a set list. More importantly, it's impossible to tell when each song was recorded. "Career Opportunities" sounds as if it were recorded at a packed, sweaty London club, but it was taken from tapes of the band's opening set for the Who at Shea Stadium in the fall of 1982. That's not the only incident of such historical sleight of hand, either. Throughout the first portion of the album, early and latter-day performances blend seamlessly, creating the illusion that everything on the record was from one dynamic, relentlessly exciting show. By doing so, From Here to Eternity: Live offers undeniable proof of the Clash's greatness -- this was a band that sounded every bit as good in its final days as it did in its first. (This, of course, is discounting the post-Mick Jones Clash.) But the best thing about the album is that it never sounds like a historical project or an archival release, because it is such a captivating listen. From the opening chords of "Complete Control" to the closing notes of "Straight to Hell," From Here to Eternity is an invigorating record, teeming with life and energy. It's a live album worthy of a band as legendary as the Clash. --AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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The Carter Family - The Best of the Carter Family (1965/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: The Carter Family
Title: The Best of the Carter Family
Genre: Folk, Country
Label: © Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1965/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 30:53

The most influential group in country music history, the Carter Family switched the emphasis from hillbilly instrumentals to vocals, made scores of their songs part of the standard country music canon, and made a style of guitar playing, "Carter picking," the dominant technique for decades. Along with Jimmie Rodgers, the Carter Family were among the first country music stars. Comprised of a gaunt, shy gospel quartet member named Alvin P. Carter and two reserved country girls -- his wife, Sara, and their sister-in-law, Maybelle -- the Carter Family sang a pure, simple harmony that influenced not only the numerous other family groups of the '30s and the '40s, but folk, bluegrass, and rock musicians like Woody Guthrie, Bill Monroe, the Kingston Trio, Doc Watson, Bob Dylan, and Emmylou Harris, to mention just a few.
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The Beach Boys - Wild Honey (1967/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: The Beach Boys
Title: Wild Honey
Genre: Rock, Pop Rock, Sunshine Pop, Baroque Pop, Psychedelic Pop
Label: © Capitol Records
Release Date: 1967/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC 2.0 Mono 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 24:23
Recorded: September 26–November 15, 1967, Wally Heider Studios and Brian Wilson's home studio, Los Angeles


Released in late 1967, Wild Honey marks the first time the Beach Boys had incorporated elements of soul and R&B into their classic California sound. As the follow-up to the ill-fated and poorly received (at the time) Smiley Smile, there was a lot of pressure on the band to rebound with a hit and Wild Honey did the trick very nicely, earning rave reviews and going on to become one of the most respected and acclaimed Beach Boys albums.
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The Beach Boys - Friends (1968/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: The Beach Boys
Title: Friends
Genre: Rock, Pop Rock, Sunshine Pop, Baroque Pop
Label: © Capitol Records
Release Date: 1968/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 25:47
Recorded: February 29–April 13, 1968, Brian Wilson's home studio and ID Sound, Los Angeles

Brian Wilson has stated in interviews that the mellow, laid-back Friends, released in 1968, remains his favourite Beach Boys album, although it was largely overlooked in the US. Often considered a showcase for the emergence of Dennis Wilson as a writer and singer, the album and title track single did better on charts in the UK than in the US.
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The Beach Boys - All Summer Long (1964/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: The Beach Boys
Title: All Summer Long
Genre: Rock, Pop Rock, Sunshine Pop, Baroque Pop
Label: © Capitol Records
Release Date: 1964/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 25:41
Recorded: October 18, 1963; April 2–May 19, 1964 at United Western Recorders, Hollywood

All Summer Long closed the first chapter of the Beach Boys musical story in 1964: the last of the innocent, carefree odes to surfing and hot rods, it yielded the group's first American number one hit, I Get Around. The title track, while never released as a single, has become an eternal favourite and was ranked number six in a Rolling Stone readers poll of the 10 greatest summer songs.
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The Beach Boys - 20/20 (1969/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: The Beach Boys
Title: 20/20
Genre: Rock, Pop Rock, Sunshine Pop, Baroque Pop
Label: © Capitol Records
Release Date: 1969/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 30:13
Recorded: October–December 1966, September 1967, June–November 1968, United Western Recorders, Capitol Studios, Gold Star Studios, CBS Columbia Square, ID Sound, and Brian Wilson's home studio, California; Bell Sound, New York

This 1969 release fared much better in the UK than it did in the US, spawning the number one British hit Do It Again and a top 10 cover of Phil Spector's I Can Hear Music, while the album itself peaked at number three on the UK Albums Chart. Recorded largely without Brian Wilson, who was hospitalized at the time, 20/20 allows his brothers Dennis and Carl to come to the forefront as songwriters, vocalists and producers.
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Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto, Op. 35 / Stravinsky: Les Noces - Patricia Kopatchnikskaja, MuscAeterna, Teodor Currentzis (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Сomposer: Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893), Igor Feodorovich Stravinsky (1882-1971)
Artist: Patricia Kopatchnikskaja, MuscAeterna, Teodor Currentzis
Title: Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto, Op. 35 / Stravinsky: Les Noces
Genre: Classical
Label: © Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:57:07
Recorded: 2013-2014


Testament to the versatility and musical command that Teodor Currentzis and his unique orchestra and choir possess, this new album brings together two diverse masterworks from two titans of Russian music. Although they have been acquainted for a long time prior, this recording represents the first musical collaboration between Teodor Currentzis and the exceptional violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja. The instant artistic rapport (an “artistic wedding” of sorts) between these two maverick musicians can be heard in this dynamic new recording of Tchaikovsky’s Violin concerto - one of the most popular works in the violin repertory. Currentzis’ authentic approach to the folk influences in Stravinsky’s music (as revealed in Le Sacre du Printemps) is again very present in his interpretation of Les Noces. This work for percussion, pianists, chorus, and vocal soloists - originally composed as ballet music - is probably one of Stravinsky’s most rarely recorded works. The work is based on a Russian peasant wedding, which the cover artwork references. Exceptional to this new recording is that the MusicAeterna choir members are all native-Russian speakers who bring another level of understanding and authenticity to the work. After her prominent participation in the “Rameau – The Sound of Light” recording, Nadine Koutcher – freshly crowned “2015 Cardiff Singer of the Year” - returns to sing the leading soprano solo part in Les Noces.
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