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Cyndi Lauper - True Colors (1986/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Cyndi Lauper
Title: True Colors
Genre: Pop, Pop Rock, New Wave, Punk
Label: © Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1986/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 38:07
Recorded: November 22, 1985 – May 31, 1986, The Power Station, The Hit Factory, New York City, NY

True Colors is the second album by American pop singer Cyndi Lauper, released on September 15, 1986. The album produced several hits as "True Colors", "Change of Heart", and "What's Going On" reached the top twenty of the Billboard Hot 100, with the first two becoming top 5 hits.
Upon its release, the album received generally positive reviews from music critics. The album earned Lauper several awards and accolades, including two nominations at the 29th Grammy Awards. True Colors peaked at number four on the Billboard 200 chart, staying on the chart for 14 weeks.

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Coleman Hawkins - The Hawk Relaxes (1961/2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Artist: Coleman Hawkins
Title: The Hawk Relaxes
Genre: Jazz, Bop, Mainstream Jazz, Swing, Saxophone Jazz
Label: © Prestige Records, Moodsville series/Concord Music Group
Release Date: 1961/2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 37:17
Recorded: Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, February 28, 1961
Remastered: 2005, Rudy Van Gelder at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ


Despite the inherent modesty of its title, The Hawk Relaxes is far more than merely a tenor saxophonist—albeit one of the greatest who ever lived—at his ease. Recorded for Prestige’s Moodsville subsidiary, the album presents Coleman Hawkins (1904-1969), paterfamilias of the tenor and one its master balladeers.
As he grew older, Hawkins often made it a point to perform with much younger musicians, in order to keep his work fresh. Pianist Ronnell Bright, 30 years old at the time of this recording, was the oldest of Hawkins’s accompanists herein, while drummer Andrew Cyrille was, at just 21, the junior partner. With the multifaceted guitarist Kenny Burrell and bassist Ron Carter, at the dawn of what would be a ubiquitously brilliant career, rounding out a highly simpatico group, Hawkins adroitly weaves his way rhapsodically through seven timeless popular songs that lend themselves to his signature harmonic brilliance.
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Coleman Hawkins - At Ease With Coleman Hawkins (1960/2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Artist: Coleman Hawkins
Title: At Ease With Coleman Hawkins
Genre: Jazz, Bop, Mainstream Jazz, Swing, Saxophone Jazz
Label: © Prestige Records, Moodsville series/Concord Music Group
Release Date: 1960/2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 41:53
Recorded: Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, January 29, 1960
Remastered: 2006, Rudy Van Gelder at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ


At Ease is one of the most charming and attractive of the many albums Coleman Hawkins and Tommy Flanagan made together—a collection of ballads played with great affection for the melody. Hawkins could be fiercely aggressive in his playing. In this collection, he displays his tenderness. If ever there was a master of the ballad, it was Coleman Hawkins. His romantic style and sound caused one writer to say: "Hawk turned the saxophone into the sexophone."
At Ease was done for the Moodsville series but while Hawkins, with the expert help of his pianist, Tommy Flanagan, sets a mood on eight standards, it is never merely mood music.
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Cheap Trick - Heaven Tonight (1978/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Artist: Cheap Trick
Title: Heaven Tonight
Genre: Rock, Pop Rock, Hard Rock, Power Pop, Punk/New Wave
Label: © Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1978/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 43:45
Recorded: Record Plant and Sound City Studios, Los Angeles, California, 1977–1978

Heaven Tonight is rock group Cheap Trick's third studio album. Critics and fans agree the 1978 release is one of the band's best albums, the main reason being that the group was able create a perfect mix of pop and rock. Heaven Tonight features singles "Surrender", "High Roller" and "Heaven Tonight".
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Charles Earland - Black Talk! (1970/2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Artist: Charles Earland
Title: Black Talk!
Genre: Jazz, Jazz Funk, Soul Jazz
Label: © Prestige Records/Concord Music Group
Release Date: 1970/2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 38:36
Recorded: December 15, 1969 at the Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ
Remastered: 2006, Rudy Van Gelder at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ

The young organist Charles Earland converted the Beatles’ “Eleanor Rigby” into an anthem called “Black Talk” and came up with one of the huge soul-jazz hits of the early Seventies. In this album, Earland worked the same magic with two other pop songs, “Aquarius” and “More Today than Yesterday,” giving them the urgency and forward movement of R&B but managing to inject them with jazz values. He was greatly aided by a pair of soloists—trumpeter Virgil Jones and tenor saxophonist Houston Person—who added fuel to Earland’s fiery concept. Guitarist Melvin Sparks and the quintessential soul jazz drummer Idris Muhammad helped keep the blaze going. It is not coincidence that his blues composition, and Earland himself, were called “The Mighty Burner.” Black Talk! went on to become an enormous hit, spending most of 1970 on the best-seller charts.
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Cat Stevens - Tea For The Tillerman (1970/2013) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Artist: Cat Stevens
Title: Tea For The Tillerman
Genre: Soft Rock, Folk Rock, Acoustic, Singer/Songwriter
Label: © Island Records/Universal Music Special Markets/Analogue Productions XAPP9135D64
Release Date: 1970/2013
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: AcousticSounds
Duration: 36:47
Recorded: May–July 1970, Morgan Studios, Island Studios and Olympic Studios, London
Mastered by George Marino at Sterling Sound. Download files authored direct to native DSD from analog tape by Gus Skinas.


Mona Bone Jakon only began Cat Stevens' comeback. Seven months later, he returned with Tea for the Tillerman, an album in the same chamber-group style, employing the same musicians and producer, but with a far more confident tone. Mona Bone Jakon had been full of references to death, but Tea for the Tillerman was not about dying; it was about living in the modern world while rejecting it in favor of spiritual fulfillment. It began with a statement of purpose, "Where Do the Children Play?," in which Stevens questioned the value of technology and progress. "Wild World" found the singer being dumped by a girl, but making the novel suggestion that she should stay with him because she was incapable of handling things without him. "Sad Lisa" might have been about the same girl after she tried and failed to make her way; now, she seemed depressed to the point of psychosis. The rest of the album veered between two themes: the conflict between the young and the old, and religion as an answer to life's questions. Tea for the Tillerman was the story of a young man's search for spiritual meaning in a soulless class society he found abhorrent. He hadn't yet reached his destination, but he was confident he was going in the right direction, traveling at his own, unhurried pace. The album's rejection of contemporary life and its yearning for something more struck a chord with listeners in an era in which traditional verities had been shaken. It didn't hurt, of course, that Stevens had lost none of his ability to craft a catchy pop melody; the album may have been full of angst, but it wasn't hard to sing along to. As a result, Tea for the Tillerman became a big seller and, for the second time in four years, its creator became a pop star. --AllMusic Review by William Ruhlmann
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Carla Bley, Andy Sheppard, Steve Swallow - Andando el Tiempo (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Carla Bley, Andy Sheppard, Steve Swallow
Title: Andando el Tiempo
Genre: Jazz, Modern Creative, Piano Jazz, Modern Jazz
Label: © ECM Records GmbH
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:47:16
Recorded: Auditorio Stelio Molo RSI, Lugano, November 2015

Andando el Tiempo features new music of wide emotional compass by Carla Bley, and underlines her originality and resourcefulness as a jazz composer. “Saints Alive!” sets up animated conversations between the participants with striking statements from Steve Swallow’s bass guitar and Andy Sheppard’s soprano sax. The stately “Naked Bridges/Diving Brides” draws inspiration from Mendelssohn and the poetry of Paul Haines. And the powerful three part title composition – which addresses the trials and tribulations of recovery from addiction - moves through sorrow to hopefulness and joy. The trio with Sheppard and Swallow has been an ideal vehicle for Carla’s writing for more than 20 years and also provides one of the best contexts for her unique piano playing. Like the critically lauded ECM album Trios (2012), Andando el Tiempo was recorded at Lugano’s RSI Studio and produced by Manfred Eicher.
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