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Ryan Adams & The Cardinals - Follow The Lights (2007/2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88,2kHz

Artist: Ryan Adams & The Cardinals
Title: Follow The Lights
Genre: Rock, Folk Rock, Americana, Alternative Country, Alternative/Indie Rock
Label: © Lost Highway Records
Release Date: 2007/2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 88,2kHz/24bit
Source: ProStudioMasters
Duration: 31:08
Recorded: The Village, Sunset Sound, Glenwood Place Studios

Ryan Adams released this EP only a few months after his album Easy Tiger, considered by many critics to be his best. It's a mixed bag of three original songs and four live studio recordings including a cover of the grunge classic Down in a Hole by Alice in Chains. This 2007 record was released in the UK under the title Everybody Knows.
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Ryan Adams - Love Is Hell (2003/2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Ryan Adams
Title: Love Is Hell
Genre: Rock, Folk Rock, Americana, Alternative Country, Alternative/Indie Rock
Label: © Lost Highway Records
Release Date: 2003/2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: ProStudioMasters
Duration: 67:39
Recorded: New York, September 2 to September 6, 2002; and New Orleans, February 2003

Love Is Hell is the fifth studio album by alternative country artist Ryan Adams, released on May 4, 2004. The album was originally released as two EPs, Love Is Hell pt. 1 and Love Is Hell pt. 2, at the insistence of Lost Highway, who deemed that the album was not commercially viable. A full-length version of the album was released when the EPs proved to be more of a commercial success than anticipated.
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Ryan Adams - Live At Carnegie Hall (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Ryan Adams
Title: Live At Carnegie Hall
Genre: Alternative, Indie Rock, Folk Rock, Country Rock, Pop Rock, Americana, Acoustic
Label: © Pax Americana Record Company/Blue Note Records
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 3:36:17
Recorded live November 15 & 17, 2014 at the Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage in Carnegie Hall in New York, NY.

Live At Carnegie Hall was recorded over two nights at Carnegie Hall in November 2014 and includes all 42 songs Ryan Adams played during the two solo acoustic shows, including two previously unreleased songs. Throughout this double album, Adams performs rarities and solo versions interspersed with revealing and humourous stage banter with the audience.
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Ryan Adams - 29 (2005/2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Ryan Adams
Title: 29
Genre: Rock, Folk Rock, Americana, Alternative Country, Alternative/Indie Rock
Label: © Lost Highway Records
Release Date: 2005/2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 49:24
Recorded: August 2004, Three Crow Studios, Los Angeles, CA

29 is the eighth studio album by alt-country singer-songwriter Ryan Adams, released on December 19, 2005 on Lost Highway. Produced by Ethan Johns, and recorded prior to the formation of backing band The Cardinals, the album was the last of three released in 2005. Session guitarist JP Bowersock would later go on to join the Cardinals, subsequently recording Cold Roses and Jacksonville City Nights alongside Adams. The album's cover art was drawn by Adams.

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Rob Thomas - ...Something To Be (2005) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/48kHz

Artist: Rob Thomas
Title: ...Something To Be
Genre: Rock, Pop Rock, Alternative Rock, American Trad Rock, Post-Grunge
Label: © Atlantic Records
Release Date: 2005
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 48kHz/24bit
Source: Pono
Duration: 50:03
Recorded: 2004–2005

Since Matchbox Twenty is a faceless group, recognizable for its hits rather than its image, it's easy to assume that the band is nothing more than a solo project in disguise for its frontman, lead singer and chief songwriter Rob Thomas (who should not be confused with Rob Thomas, the creator of UPN's 2005 cult TV series Veronica Mars). Not only is he prominent in the band's videos and press, but he scored the biggest hit of his career with "Smooth," a song he penned and sung for Santana's 1999 comeback, Supernatural. Even though Matchbox Twenty's 1996 debut, Yourself or Someone Like You, was a big hit and spawned four radio hits, "Smooth" was bigger than any of them, making Thomas famous, if not exactly a star. Instead of striking out for a solo career in 2000, he returned to his band, releasing Mad Season that year and More Than You Think You Are two years later. While both records had different moods -- the former was polished and radio-ready, the latter hit a little harder -- both found Thomas working as part of a unit, not as a flashy frontman. This may have illustrated how Matchbox Twenty worked as a band; in particular, More Than You Think You Are sounded like the work of a driven, cohesive unit, even the songs weren't quite up to snuff -- but they also had to sound a little workmanlike, and certainly not the product of the savvy cross-cultural crossover creator of "Smooth." Given the relatively lackluster reception of More Than You Think You Are, the timing was right for Thomas to launch his official solo career in the spring of 2005. It was time to give his music a new coat of paint, similar to how "Smooth" spun his career in a different direction, and that's exactly what his solo debut, Something to Be, is: a slick new variation on Thomas' signature sound.
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Maurice Ravel - Complete Orchestral Works - Tonhalle-Orchester Zurich, Lionel Bringuier (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
Artist: Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Lionel Bringuier
Title: Ravel - Complete Orchestral Works
Genre: Classical
Label: © Deutsche Grammophon GmbH
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Duration: 04:02:27
Recorded: Tonhalle, Zurich, 11/2014, 1, 4 & 9–11/2015, except for Piano Concertos (recorded at Tonhalle, Zurich, 4/2015), Tzigane & Fanfare (recorded at Tonhalle, Zurich, 11/2015)

On 8 April, Deutsche Grammophon is releasing a 4-album set of Ravel’s complete orchestral works and solo concertos, performed by the Tonhalle Orchester Zürich under the baton of Lionel Bringuier. The new set represents something of a rarity in its completeness and in having largely been recorded live. The soloists are pianist Yuja Wang and violinist Ray Chen, while this expansion of its CD repertoire with Ravel’s music marks the orchestra’s first recording project under Lionel Bringuier. The choice of composer was a carefully-considered artistic decision, according to the conductor: “For my first recordings with the Tonhalle Orchester Zürich I’ve opted for Ravel. We all know his Daphnis et Chloé, Boléro and La Valse. A complete cycle allows us to get to know some lesser-known works as well.” This is Deutsche Grammophon’s first collaboration with the renowned Zurich ensemble.

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Ralph Alessi - Baida (2013) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88,2kHz

Artist: Ralph Alessi
Title: Baida
Genre: Jazz, Modern Jazz, Avant-Garde, Trumpet jazz
Label: © ECM Records GmbH | ECM Player | ECM Reviews
Release Date: 2013
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 88,2kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 00:58:41
Recorded: October 2012 at Avatar Studios, New York

There are magic moments when an artist can be said to have well and truly “arrived.” For Ralph Alessi, the release of Baida – his ECM debut as a bandleader – is just such a moment, despite his already extensive resume. Among those in the know, Alessi is renowned as a musician’s musician, a first-call New York trumpeter who can play virtually anything on sight and has excelled as an improviser in groups led by Steve Coleman, Uri Caine, Ravi Coltrane, Fred Hersch and Don Byron, as well as leading his own bands. But Alessi has created something breathtaking with Baida, an album sure to beguile a wider audience with its atmospheric depth and melodic allure. To voice his suite of compositions, the trumpeter has convened a powerhouse New York band with pianist Jason Moran, bassist Drew Gress and drummer Nasheet Waits. As a vessel for the album’s seemingly bottomless lyricism, this quartet of virtuosos plays with extraordinary finesse; but there is also a tensile strength emanating from the performances, a muscularity that one can feel. Then there is the silver of Alessi’s trumpet tone; as The New York Times has said, it has “a rounded luminescence, like the moon in full phase.”
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R.E.M. - Up (1998/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/48kHz

Artist: R.E.M.
Title: Up
Genre: Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock
Label: © Warner Bros. Records
Release Date: 1998/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 48kHz/24bit (#5,11 - 192kHz/24bit)
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 01:04:34
Recorded: January–July 1998

New Adventures in Hi-Fi functioned as the starting point for Up, R.E.M.'s first album without drummer Bill Berry and their first that truly repudiates the legacy of jangle pop. Up is dominated by keyboards, muted percussion, buried guitars, and moody melodies -- only "Daysleeper" finds the group in familiar sonic territory. What's striking about the album is that it doesn't sound like a dramatic departure; even without the ringing guitars, it sounds like R.E.M., albeit R.E.M. trying to be adventurous and hip. To a certain extent, that's a good thing, since it proves that the band has developed a signature sound more elastic than many would have predicted, and that they are skilled enough to successfully take risks with their sound. Above all else, Up is an accomplished and varied record, the work of smart record-makers. It is also the work of veteran musicians -- for the first time, R.E.M. sound like they're playing catch-up, trying to keep their hip status intact. Occasionally, they pull it all together, as on the ominous opener "Airportman" and the darkly seductive "Suspicion," but they stretch their capacities to the breaking point nearly as often, as on the Pet Sounds pastiche "At My Most Beautiful," which comes off as second-rate High Llamas. Most of Up, however, falls in between those two extremes, winding up as self-consciously moody, down-tempo songs that fail to make an impression because they either don't take enough chances or they fail to speak directly -- they are simply well-crafted tracks that are easy to admire, but hard to love. Ultimately, that is what distinguishes this new incarnation of R.E.M. --AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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