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Thelonious Monk, Sonny Rollins - Thelonious Monk And Sonny Rollins (1956/2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Artist: Thelonious Monk, Sonny Rollins
Title: Thelonious Monk And Sonny Rollins
Genre: Jazz, 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: 34:04
Recorded: November 13, 1953 at WOR Studios, New York, NY; September 22 & October 25, 1954 at Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ
Remastered: 2006, Rudy Van Gelder at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ


Thelonious Monk’s years as a Prestige recording artist (1952-1954) were tough times for the legendary composer/pianist. Unable to work in New York clubs due to the unjust loss of his cabaret card, and misunderstood when not ignored by listeners as well as many musicians, Monk’s profile was sustained primarily by his appearances as both leader and sideman on a series of Prestige sessions released in the then-new LP format.
The present collection, which samples three of those sessions, appeared as critics and fans were beginning to catch up to Monk’s singular genius and remains one of the best introductions to his iconoclastic brilliance. Three tracks feature leading Monk disciple Sonny Rollins, hitting early peaks on two standards and stretching out on “Friday the 13th,” plus a pair of tracks in which Monk’s greatest studio trio (with Percy Heath on bass and Art Blakey on drums) introduce the classic “Work” and “Nutty.”
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The Monkees - Good Times! (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/48kHz

Artist: The Monkees
Title: Good Times!
Genre: Rock, Pop Rock, Soft Rock
Label: © Rhino Entertainment
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 48kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 43:35
Recorded: 1967, 1968, 1969, February–March 2016

The highly anticipated new album Good Times! by The Monkees is the band's first new album in 20 years and tied to their 50th anniversary and extensive North American Tour.
Good Times! finds all three surviving band members (Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, and Peter Tork) taking turns on lead vocals, playing a wide range of instruments, and sharing new compositions. The unmistakable voice of the late Davy Jones is also included with a vintage vocal on the Neil Diamond-penned "Love To Love."
To produce the new album, the band found the perfect musical co-conspirator in Grammy® and Emmy®-winning songwriter Adam Schlesinger (Fountains Of Wayne, Ivy). Schlesinger also wrote "Our Own World" and co-wrote the album's finale with Dolenz, aptly titled "I Was There (And I'm Told I Had A Good Time)."
Much like The Monkees' early albums, Good Times! features tracks written specifically for the band by some of the music world's most gifted songwriters, including Rivers Cuomo of Weezer ("She Makes Me Laugh"), Ben Gibbard of Death Cab For Cutie ("Me & Magdalena"), Andy Partridge of XTC ("You Bring The Summer"), as well as a song co-written by Noel Gallagher and Paul Weller ("Birth Of An Accidental Hipster").
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The Modern Jazz Quartet - Django - (1956/2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Artist: The Modern Jazz Quartet
Title: Django
Genre: Jazz, Post Bop, Cool Jazz, Third Stream, Vibraphone/Marimba Jazz
Label: © Prestige Records/Concord Music Group
Release Date: 1956/2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC 2.0 Mono 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 38:44
Recorded: June 25, 1953 (#4-7) at WOR Studios, New York City; December 23, 1954 (#1,2,8) and January 9, 1955 (#3) at the Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ
Remastered: 2005, Rudy Van Gelder at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ


Django, originally released in 1956 and features some of the best playing by The Modern Jazz Quintet in their discography. The album's sessions took place between 1953 and 1955, mostly recorded at Rudy Van Gelder's studio in Hackensack, New Jersey. All original tunes are by John Lewis, and the album also includes a few songs by Dizzy Gillespie and George & Ira Gershwin.
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The Modern Jazz Quartet - Concorde (1955/2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Artist: The Modern Jazz Quartet
Title: Concorde
Genre: Jazz, Post Bop, Cool Jazz, Third Stream, Vibraphone/Marimba Jazz
Label: © Prestige Records/Concord Music Group
Release Date: 1955/2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC 2.0 Mono 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 36:10
Recorded: July 2, 1955 at the Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ
Remastered: 2008, Rudy Van Gelder at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ

This is a set with the Modern Jazz Quartet. The choice of material and its order of appearance approximates a set you might hear if you were listening to the group at one of America’s leading jazz rooms. All the pieces display different use of contrapuntal technique. The record features works, "Ralph's New Blues" which starts off the set, "All of You" from Cole Porter's musical Silk Stockings, and Sigmund Romberg's "Softly, As in a Morning Sunrise" from New Moon. Originally recorded in 1955, the six song set has been remastered by Concord's original engineer Rudy Van Gelder.
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The Goo Goo Dolls - Dizzy Up the Girl (1998/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: The Goo Goo Dolls
Title: Dizzy Up the Girl
Genre: Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Post-Grunge, Pop Rock
Label: © Warner Bros. Records
Release Date: 1998/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 45:12
Recorded: 1997–1998

Dizzy Up the Girl is the Goo Goo Dolls' sixth studio album originally released in 1998. The record produced numerous hit singles, including "Slide", "Black Balloon," "Broadway," "Dizzy," and their most popular single "Iris" which made it to #1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, Adult Top 40, Alternative Songs, and Pop Songs charts.
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Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky - Violin Concerto & Serenade melancolique - Itzhak Perlman, Philadelphia Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
Artist: Itzhak Perlman, Philadelphia Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy
Title: Tchaikovsky - Violin Concerto & Sérénade mélancolique
Genre: Classical
Label: © Parlophone Records/Warner Classics
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:46:48
Recorded: The “Old Met”, Philadelphia, 11 & 13 November 1978


It has to be the most popular violin concerto of all — by turns captivating, moving and flamboyant. Almost every virtuoso has recorded it at least once. And it was with this work that an eighteen-year-old violinist by the name of Itzhak Perlman would make the very first recording of his career, with the London Symphony Orchestra and Alfred Wallenstein (1964), returning to the studio in the years to come to set down three further versions of the same concerto. We are, of course, talking about Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D major, Op.35. Between the recording he made with the Boston Symphony conducted by Erich Leinsdorf (RCA, 1967), and his live version with the Israel Philharmonic and Zubin Mehta in Leningrad (EMI, 1990; see volume 45), Perlman added this third interpretation to his recorded catalogue. This concerto more than any other has accompanied him throughout his career. Indeed, he’s often claimed that he could play it virtually in his sleep. It could even be seen as emblematic of his style, given both the prodigiously virtuosic demands it makes on the performer and its charismatic warmth.
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Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky - The Symphonies & Manfred - London Symphony Orchestra, Igor Markevitch (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840–1893)
Artist: London Symphony Orchestra, Igor Markevitch
Title: Tchaikovsky - The Symphonies & Manfred
Genre: Classical
Label: © Decca is a Universal Music Company
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 05:10:15
Recorded: Wembley Town Hall, London, 9–12 January 1962 (No.6), 19–21 October 1963 (No.4), 3–6 March 1965 (No.3), 6–12 March 1965 (No.2), 16–19 February 1966 (No.1), 19–25 February 1966 (No.5); Brent Town Hall, Wembley, London, 13 & 14 November 1963 (Manfred)

This set contains the complete cycle of Tchaikovsky's symphonies, recorded by legendary conductor Igor Markevitch and the London Symphony Orchestra at Wembley Town Hall in London between 1962 and 1966. The highly acclaimed programme also features the Manfred as a bonus, which was not included on the original box set release.
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The Bolshoi Experience: Highlights from Russian Operas, Vol. 2 - Soloists, Chorus & Orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre Moscow, Alexander Vedernikov (2009) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Сomposer: Modest Mussorgsky(1839-1881), Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908), Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
Artist: Soloists, Chorus & Orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre Moscow, Alexander Vedernikov
Title: The Bolshoi Experience: Highlights from Russian Operas, Vol. 2
Genre: Classical, Opera
Label: © Pentatone Music B.V.
Release Date: 2006
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: nativeDSDmusic
Duration: 01:00:14
Recorded: Moscow, November 2005 & February 2006


Traditionally, since the middle of the 18th century, Russian opera had been influenced by the Italians, just as the music world as a whole had been strongly oriented towards that country during the empire of the czars. For Russian composers, this meant that they have to battle incessantly for the recognition of their musical identity, which was not surprising in a country where many prominent families felt more at home speaking French than Russian. In his operas A Life for the Czar (1836), and Ruslan and Lyudmila (1841), Michael Glinka laid a foundation for the national opera culture, and Alexander Dargomishky followed his example. However, their music was still strongly influenced by foreign works; the torch was then taken over by Alexander Borodin and a few others, who grouped together under the name Moguchaya Kuchka (the ‘mighty handful’). Their main objective was to develop an authentic idiom, based on Russian folklore music. In addition, they strove to create a high degree of realism in the music drama. They were successful at this, even though at times hindered in the realization of their intentions by a lack of professional training of various members.
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The Animals - The Animals (1964/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: The Animals
Title: The Animals
Genre: Rock, Blues Rock, British Blues, Rock & Roll
Label: © ABKCO Music & Records, Inc.
Release Date: 1964/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 41:50
Recorded: 1964


The Animals is the self-titled American debut album from British invasion group, The Animals. Released in late summer 1964, the album introduced the States to the "drawling, dirty R&B sound (with the emphasis on the B)" that typified the group. The album featured many R&B standards, written by the likes of Chuck Berry, Fats Domino and John Lee Hooker, as well as the classic #1 hit single "House of the Rising Sun", here presented in its truncated-for-radio form (it would be restored to full length on the February 1966 compilation The Best of The Animals). The British album The Animals was released a month later, the group's debut album there albeit with substantially differing contents.
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The Animals - Animal Tracks (1965/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: The Animals
Title: Animal Tracks
Genre: Rock, Blues Rock, British Blues, Rock & Roll
Label: © ABKCO Music & Records, Inc.
Release Date: 1965/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 48:07
Recorded: 1964-1965


Led off by the huge hit and rock radio staple We Gotta Get Out Of This Place, the third American album from the Animals, released in 1965, also contains the number three single Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood. One of three Animals records produced by Mickie Most (Herman’s Hermits, the Yardbirds, Donovan), Animal Tracks has never been available in any digital format. Now remastered using transfers from the original first generation mono tapes, this reissue includes five bonus rare or previously unreleased versions, notably the non-album song It’s My Life, another top 10.
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