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Art Pepper - New York Album (1979/2016) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Artist: Art Pepper
Title: New York Album
Genre: Jazz, Post-Bop, Saxophone Jazz
Label: © Analogue Productions XAPR3012D64
Release Date: 1979/2016
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: AcousticSounds
Duration: 39:04
Recorded: February 23, 1979 at Sound Ideas, NYC; #2: unaccompanied alto saxophone solo, recorded May 26, 1979 at Kendun Recorders, Burbank, CA


"Sonically, the transfers that Gus Skinas did for Analogue Productions and SuperHirez.com are exceptional. ... the Double DSDs of these two albums are crystalline in musical presentation, and show that Double DSD is a real sweet spot in the space vs. audio quality trade-off. The additional bump in fidelity that Double DSD provides leads to an experience of these recordings that is eerie...like listening to the master mix tapes in your listening room. Close your eyes...you can imagine a reel-to-reel machine sitting right there in your presence. Isn't that what we want? I've have no choice: I've got to give them a real rave. Plenty of Pepper on these killer DSDs, and a "Very highly recommended!" from yours truly. Chad, Gus, and company have hit another home run with these new transfers of Art Pepper's brilliant work." — David W. Robinson, Positive Feedback, Issue 83
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Art Pepper - So In Love (1980/2016) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Artist: Art Pepper
Title: So In Love
Genre: Jazz, Post-Bop, Saxophone Jazz
Label: © Analogue Productions XAPR3012D64
Release Date: 1980/2016
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: AcousticSounds
Duration: 47:45
Recorded: Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, CA, February 23 (#1,4), May 25 & 26 (#2,3,5), 1979

"Sonically, the transfers that Gus Skinas did for Analogue Productions and SuperHirez.com are exceptional. ... the Double DSDs of these two albums are crystalline in musical presentation, and show that Double DSD is a real sweet spot in the space vs. audio quality trade-off. The additional bump in fidelity that Double DSD provides leads to an experience of these recordings that is eerie...like listening to the master mix tapes in your listening room. Close your eyes...you can imagine a reel-to-reel machine sitting right there in your presence. Isn't that what we want? I've have no choice: I've got to give them a real rave. Plenty of Pepper on these killer DSDs, and a "Very highly recommended!" from yours truly. Chad, Gus, and company have hit another home run with these new transfers of Art Pepper's brilliant work." - David W. Robinson, Positive Feedback, Issue 83
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Ariana Grande - Dangerous Woman (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Artist: Ariana Grande
Title: Dangerous Woman
Genre: Pop
Label: © Republic Records
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: Pono
Duration: 55:41
Recorded: August 2014 – January 22, 2016


Republic Records is releasing Ariana Grande’s 3rd Album Dangerous Woman on 5/20. The GRAMMY® Award-nominated multiplatinum superstar was recently awarded with the 2016 Kids Choice Awards for Female Singer. She has released two tracks from the upcoming album Dangerous Woman and Be Alright , both of which have official videos to follow later in the release campaign. Ariana recently launched her Face of MAC Viva Glam campaign for 2016 and has confirmed that a new perfume will be released fall 2016
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Art Farmer - Farmer's Market (1956/2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Artist: Art Farmer
Title: Farmer's Market
Genre: Jazz, Bop, Hard Bop
Label: © Prestige Records/Concord Music Group
Release Date: 1956/2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC 2.0 Mono 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 36:39
Recorded: Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, November 23, 1956
Remastered: 2007, Rudy Van Gelder at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ

By 1956, when this album was recorded, Art Farmer had come into his own as a trumpet soloist. His combination of earthiness, drive, respect for melody, harmonic sophistication, and a wistful sound on ballads produced a distinctive and immediately recognizable style. The catchy "Farmer's Market" had resulted in a semi-hit for Annie Ross after she was inspired by Farmer's 1951 version with Wardell Gray. Here, Farmer's remake has one of his best solos of the 1950s. His bassist twin brother Addison is in the rhythm section, along with pianist Kenny Drew and drummer Elvin Jones, new to New York from Detroit. The underrated Hank Mobley is on tenor saxophone.
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Aretha Franklin - Take A Look: The Clyde Otis Sessions (1964/2011) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Aretha Franklin
Title: Take A Look: The Clyde Otis Sessions
Genre: R&B, Soul, Soul Jazz, Vocal Pop, Vocal Jazz, Deep Soul, Quiet Storm, Southern Soul, Black Gospel
Label: © Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1964/2011
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 00:54:34
Recorded: 1964 at Columbia Recording Studios

Aretha Franklin has simply been one of the greatest singers of the modern generation, and whether bringing her powerful, passionate voice to bear on gospel standards, songs from the Great American Songbook, jazz standards, pop ditties, or deep Southern soul and R&B, she has always had the presence -- much like Ray Charles -- to make anything she touches unmistakably hers. Franklin began her career in gospel when she was still a teenager, and her amazing vocal talents, coupled with her fine piano playing, marked her as a once-in-a-lifetime kind of artist, qualities very apparent to legendary talent scout John Hammond, who signed her to Columbia Records. The problem Hammond and Columbia immediately ran into, though, was how to best present that spirited voice to the secular pop world. Between 1960 and 1969 (her first release for the label was actually in 1961), Columbia tried Franklin in a variety of styles and settings, and if none of them exactly caught fire the way her legendary later sides for Atlantic Records would, they still allowed Franklin to explore a lot of avenues, and she was too good a singer not to be at least memorable in all of them. This wonderful box set includes CDs of Franklin's seven full-length albums for the label, two CDs of her work with producers Bobby Scott (in 1963) and Clyde Otis (in 1964), a CD of singles produced by Bob Johnston, plus rarities that were sweetened and released after Franklin left Columbia for Atlantic and a DVD featuring Franklin performing several songs at the piano on The Steve Allen Show in 1964. It’s a tremendous set, and it portrays an artist working her own way toward how to best present herself to the world. We all know she got there. --AllMusic Review by Steve Leggett (Take a Look: Aretha Franklin Complete on Columbia)
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Aretha Franklin - Runnin' Out Of Fools (1964/2011) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Aretha Franklin
Title: Runnin' Out Of Fools
Genre: R&B, Soul, Soul Jazz, Vocal Pop, Deep Soul
Label: © Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1964/2011
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 00:38:54
Recorded: 1964

Runnin' Out of Fools is the seventh studio album by American singer Aretha Franklin. Runnin Out Of Fools is the birth of Aretha Franklin's soulful sound – a real change from the jazzier sound of her first two albums for Columbia, and a set that really shows some great sides of her talents! Arrangements are by Belford Hendricks, who creates an uptown-styled sort of sound – one that has fuller strings and a bit of backing vocals, but also a nice little groove at the bottom – territory that's somewhere between the country soul of the early 60s, and some of the tighter New York soul that was on the rise. Aretha's vocals are great – heartbreaking one minute, proud and righteous the next – and the album's proof that she was always a wonderful singer, no matter what the setting. Titles include 'Mockingbird', 'Walk On By', 'How Glad I Am', 'I Can't Wait Until I See My Baby's Face', 'Runnin' Out Of Fools', and 'One Room Paradise'.
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Aretha Franklin - The Electrifying Aretha Franklin (1962/2011) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Aretha Franklin
Title: The Electrifying Aretha Franklin
Genre: R&B, Soul, Soul Jazz, Vocal Pop, Vocal Jazz, Deep Soul, Quiet Storm, Southern Soul, Black Gospel
Label: © Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1962/2011
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 00:48:45
Recorded: July 11, 1961; August 16, 1961; November 7, 1961; December 21, 1961; January 25, 1962 at Columbia Recording Studios, New York City, NY

Arethas second album for the Columbia label, The Electrifying Aretha Franklin still found the label unsure as to how to promote the singer, although this album was a step in the right direction.
Producer John Hammond created something of an intimate atmosphere in the studio, yet some of the material would appear to be better suited to the stage. Yet towering above even the mediocre material is Arethas voice, as strong and as powerful then as it would become later in the decade. Tracks like You Made Me Love You may be standards, but they are not standard Aretha Franklin, yet she manages to breathe life into each and every song.
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Aretha Franklin - Aretha: With The Ray Bryant Combo (1961/2011) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Aretha Franklin
Title: Aretha: With The Ray Bryant Combo
Genre: R&B, Soul, Soul Jazz, Vocal Pop, Deep Soul
Label: © Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1961/2011
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo/Mono 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 01:03:35
Recorded: August 1, 1960 - January 10, 1961 at Columbia Recording Studios, New York City, NY

Aretha: With The Ray Bryant Combo is the second studio album by American singer Aretha Franklin, Released on February 27, 1961 by Columbia Records. The album is Aretha's first release for Columbia, and is also known under its working title Right Now It's Aretha and sometimes simply as Aretha. Following in the footsteps of close friend Sam Cooke, Aretha was "discovered" by famed Columbia Records producer John H. Hammond, who on the cover notes of the 1973 edition of "The Great Aretha Franklin: The First 12 Sides" mentions, that she was in fact recommended by the composer Curtis Reginald Lewis. With the support of her father, Reverend C.L. Franklin, Aretha venured out to New York City's Columbia Record Studios to record her debut album for the label. Hammond paired Aretha Franklin with the Ray Bryant combo and arranger J. Leslie McFarland, while taking charge of the album's production, which was received to mixed reviews.
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Aretha Franklin - A Bit Of Soul (1965/2011) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Aretha Franklin
Title: A Bit Of Soul
Genre: R&B, Soul, Soul Jazz, Vocal Pop, Vocal Jazz, Deep Soul, Quiet Storm, Southern Soul, Black Gospel
Label: © Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1965/2011
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 00:53:45
Recorded: 1965

Aretha Louise Franklin (born March 25, 1942) is an American singer and musician. Franklin began her career singing gospel at her father, minister C. L. Franklin's church as a child. In 1960, at age 18, Franklin embarked on a secular career, recording for Columbia Records only achieving modest success. Following her signing to Atlantic Records in 1967, Franklin achieved commercial acclaim and success with songs such as 'Respect', '(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman' and 'Think'. These hits and more helped her to gain the title The Queen of Soul by the end of the 1960s decade.
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