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Kazumi Watanabe New Electric Trio - MO' BOP II (2004/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Kazumi Watanabe New Electric Trio
Title: MO' BOP II
Genre: Jazz, Post-Bop, New Age, Jazz Rock, Fusion, Guitar Jazz
Label: © Warner Music Japan
Release Date: 2004/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:59:52
Recorded: 2004

Kazumi Watanabe (渡辺香津美 ) is a jazz and jazz fusion guitarist, from Tokyo, Japan. He was born on October 14, 1953. Watanabe learned to play guitar from Sadanori Nakamure, one of Japan's grandmaster guitarists. He released his first recording in 1971, and quickly became a promising guitarist in his own right. In 1979, he formed an all-star band with some of Japan's leading studio musicians, and recorded the album Kylyn, which is considered a masterpiece in fusion music. That year, he also was a touring musician with Yellow Magic Orchestra.
During the eighties Watanabe released a considerable number of jazz-rock albums. To Chi Ka (1980), with its funk influences and bright sound, is probably the most famous early title. Some latter albums, such as Mobo Club (1983) and Mobo Splash (1985) display more experimental tendencies. But the most famous of all is Spice of Life (1987) which is written in a strongly melodic style. A DVD has been issued from the tour in which the music was played with drummer Bill Bruford and bassist Jeff Berlin (who also play on the studio record). In the 1990s Kazumi assembled an all-Japanese line-up called Resonance Vox (Vagabonde Suzuki on bass, Rikiya Higashihara on drums, Tomohiro Yahiro on percussion). This band has released several adventurous fusion albums.
Watanabe has worked with numerous musicians such as Lee Ritenour, Steve Gadd, Tony Levin, Jeff Berlin, Bill Bruford, Sly and Robbie, Wayne Shorter, Patrick Moraz, Marcus Miller, Richard Bona, and Peter Erskine. Since 1996, he has been a visiting professor of music at Senzoku Gakuen College. He endorses Steinberger and Paul Reed Smith guitars, and has been chosen Best Jazzman 24 years in a row by Swing Journal magazine's annual poll. --wiki
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Keith Sweat - Make It Last Forever (1987/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Keith Sweat
Title: Make It Last Forever
Genre: R&B, Soul, New Jack Swing, Quiet Storm
Label: © Elektra/Asylum Records
Release Date: 1987/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: Pono
Duration: 43:07
Recorded: INS Recording and Power Play Studios, New York City

Make It Last Forever is the debut album of American R&B recording artist Keith Sweat. It was recorded at INS Recording and Power Play Studios in New York City. Released on November 24, 1987, the album went to #1 on the Top R&B Albums chart for three weeks (and topped the Billboard Year-End R&B chart for 1988), and #5 on the Billboard 200. Make It Last Forever was one of the earliest R&B albums to showcase the up-and-coming new jack swing sound, as it was mostly produced by Sweat himself and music producer Teddy Riley.
The album's biggest hit was "I Want Her", a #5 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 and the first #1 R&B hit for Sweat. The title track (a duet with Jacci McGhee) followed "I Want Her", making the #2 R&B spot, while "Don't Stop Your Love" and "Something Just Ain't Right" were also major top ten hits on the Billboard R&B charts. In addition, album tracks such as "Right and a Wrong Way" and "How Deep is Your Love" received substantial radio airplay and can still be heard on quiet storm format stations. On April 6, 1994, Make It Last Forever was certified triple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America, for shipments of three million copies in the United States. The single "I Want Her" was certified gold by the RIAA on June 13, 1989, for shipments of 500,000 copies in the US.
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Kazumi Watanabe New Electric Trio - MO' BOP III (2006/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Kazumi Watanabe New Electric Trio
Title: MO' BOP III
Genre: Jazz, Post-Bop, New Age, Jazz Rock, Fusion, Guitar Jazz
Label: © Warner Music Japan
Release Date: 2006/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:51:18
Recorded: 2006

Kazumi Watanabe (渡辺香津美 ) is a jazz and jazz fusion guitarist, from Tokyo, Japan. He was born on October 14, 1953. Watanabe learned to play guitar from Sadanori Nakamure, one of Japan's grandmaster guitarists. He released his first recording in 1971, and quickly became a promising guitarist in his own right. In 1979, he formed an all-star band with some of Japan's leading studio musicians, and recorded the album Kylyn, which is considered a masterpiece in fusion music. That year, he also was a touring musician with Yellow Magic Orchestra.
During the eighties Watanabe released a considerable number of jazz-rock albums. To Chi Ka (1980), with its funk influences and bright sound, is probably the most famous early title. Some latter albums, such as Mobo Club (1983) and Mobo Splash (1985) display more experimental tendencies. But the most famous of all is Spice of Life (1987) which is written in a strongly melodic style. A DVD has been issued from the tour in which the music was played with drummer Bill Bruford and bassist Jeff Berlin (who also play on the studio record). In the 1990s Kazumi assembled an all-Japanese line-up called Resonance Vox (Vagabonde Suzuki on bass, Rikiya Higashihara on drums, Tomohiro Yahiro on percussion). This band has released several adventurous fusion albums.
Watanabe has worked with numerous musicians such as Lee Ritenour, Steve Gadd, Tony Levin, Jeff Berlin, Bill Bruford, Sly and Robbie, Wayne Shorter, Patrick Moraz, Marcus Miller, Richard Bona, and Peter Erskine. Since 1996, he has been a visiting professor of music at Senzoku Gakuen College. He endorses Steinberger and Paul Reed Smith guitars, and has been chosen Best Jazzman 24 years in a row by Swing Journal magazine's annual poll. --wiki
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Kazumi Watanabe New Electric Trio - MO' BOP (2003/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Kazumi Watanabe New Electric Trio
Title: MO' BOP
Genre: Jazz, Post-Bop, New Age, Jazz Rock, Fusion, Guitar Jazz
Label: © Warner Music Japan
Release Date: 2003/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:55:37
Recorded: 2003

Kazumi Watanabe (渡辺香津美 ) is a jazz and jazz fusion guitarist, from Tokyo, Japan. He was born on October 14, 1953. Watanabe learned to play guitar from Sadanori Nakamure, one of Japan's grandmaster guitarists. He released his first recording in 1971, and quickly became a promising guitarist in his own right. In 1979, he formed an all-star band with some of Japan's leading studio musicians, and recorded the album Kylyn, which is considered a masterpiece in fusion music. That year, he also was a touring musician with Yellow Magic Orchestra.
During the eighties Watanabe released a considerable number of jazz-rock albums. To Chi Ka (1980), with its funk influences and bright sound, is probably the most famous early title. Some latter albums, such as Mobo Club (1983) and Mobo Splash (1985) display more experimental tendencies. But the most famous of all is Spice of Life (1987) which is written in a strongly melodic style. A DVD has been issued from the tour in which the music was played with drummer Bill Bruford and bassist Jeff Berlin (who also play on the studio record). In the 1990s Kazumi assembled an all-Japanese line-up called Resonance Vox (Vagabonde Suzuki on bass, Rikiya Higashihara on drums, Tomohiro Yahiro on percussion). This band has released several adventurous fusion albums.
Watanabe has worked with numerous musicians such as Lee Ritenour, Steve Gadd, Tony Levin, Jeff Berlin, Bill Bruford, Sly and Robbie, Wayne Shorter, Patrick Moraz, Marcus Miller, Richard Bona, and Peter Erskine. Since 1996, he has been a visiting professor of music at Senzoku Gakuen College. He endorses Steinberger and Paul Reed Smith guitars, and has been chosen Best Jazzman 24 years in a row by Swing Journal magazine's annual poll. --wiki
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Kris Kristofferson - The Complete Monument & Columbia Album Collection (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Kris Kristofferson
Title: The Complete Monument & Columbia Album Collection
Genre: Country, Country Rock, Soft Rock, Outlaw Country, Progressive Country, Traditional Country, Singer/Songwriter
Label: © Columbia Records/Legacy Recordings/Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 11:14:57
Recorded: 1970-1981

Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, will celebrate the 80th birthday of American music legend Kris Kristofferson with the release of The Complete Monument & Columbia Album Collection, a 16CD deluxe box set, on Friday, June 10.
The most comprehensive Kris Kristofferson musical library ever assembled, The Complete Monument & Columbia Album Collection brings together 11 essential studio albums, recorded by the artist from 1970 through 1981, individually packaged in a facsimile sleeve reproducing the original album artwork. In addition, the boxed set includes five bonus discs of unreleased and hard-to-find live and studio material drawn from Kristofferson’s extraordinary golden era with the Monument and Columbia Records labels. Bonus material includes three highly-collectible concert recordings (two of them previously unreleased) from 1970-1972 and two full discs of rarities featuring non-LP singles, studio outtakes, rare appearances, previously unavailable demos and more.
The Complete Monument & Columbia Album Collection box set includes a deluxe booklet featuring essays and liner notes penned especially for this anthology: 1) an introduction to Kristofferson written by Fred Foster, the visionary founder of Monument Records who signed Kris as a songwriter to Combine Music and a recording artist for Monument, who released his debut album in 1970; 2) an aesthetic appreciation of the artist–“Kris Kristofferson True American Hero””–by famed musician/producer Don Was; and 3) a revelatory and insightful portrait of Kris Kristofferson and his music from acclaimed American writer and journalist Mikal Gilmore.
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Junior Wells - Hoodoo Man Blues (1965/2009) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Artist: Junior Wells
Title: Hoodoo Man Blues
Genre: Blues, Chicago Blues, Electric Chicago Blues, Harmonica Blues
Label: © Delmark Records/Analogue Productions XAPB034D64
Release Date: 1965/2009
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: AcousticSounds
Duration: 00:39:57
Recorded by Stu Black at Sound Studios, Chicago, September 22 & 23, 1965; Mastered from the original analog master tapes by Kevin Gray


One of the all-time great urban blues records and the best-seller in the famed Delmark catalog. Hoodoo Man Blues is so full of bravado and snap it'll make you feel tough just listening to it. Not all of the Delmark titles were recorded very well, but this one certainly was. Hoodoo Man Blues, which features Buddy Guy on guitar, is not only Junior Wells' first LP appearance, it's damn near the first LP by a Chicago blues band. Chess and a few other labels had reissued 45s by Muddy Waters, Sonny Boy Williamson, Howlin' Wolf, Jimmy Reed, Elmore James, etc., but virtually no one had tried to capture the Chicago blues sound free of the limitations of juke box/airplay promotion. Hoodoo Man Blues went a long way in the popularization of real Chicago blues and of Junior Wells.
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Julio Iglesias - In Concert (1983/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Julio Iglesias
Title: In Concert
Genre: Pop, Latin Pop, Vocal Pop
Label: © Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1983/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 01:31:48
Recorded live at N.H.K. Theatre, Tokyo; Opera Hall, Melbourne; Royal Albert Hall, London; Palais Des Congrès, Paris. Mixed at Criteria Recording Studios


Released around the time of Julio Iglesias's massively successful 1984 record, 1100 BEL AIR PLACE, this two-disc live album finds the Spanish vocalist performing for huge audiences around the globe. On this 26-track release, the beloved crooner settles into standards that are given an era-specific synthesizer gloss (see both his plaintive take on "Begin the Beguine" and his emotive Cole Porter medley), while also nodding to Latin America with numbers that incorporate iconic tunes such as "Guantanamera." While some may prefer Iglesias's studio recordings, IN CONCERT is a revealing portrait of the singer as a crowd-pleasing showman.

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Julio Iglesias - A Flor De Piel (1974) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Artist: Julio Iglesias
Title: A Flor De Piel
Genre: Pop, Latin Pop, Vocal Pop
Label: © Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1974
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 34:39
Recorded: 1974

This is one of the most important records of his career because it paved the way for establishing Iglesias as the major Latin singer of the time. It contains one his biggest hits ever, "Por el Amor de una Mujer." Other songs, like "Manuela" and "Vivir," became must-haves for future shows and compilations. "Te Quiero Así" is a Spanish version of Don MacLean's "If I Love You So." Some songs were previously included on Spanish releases. The result is an enjoyable and romantic album that features some of his best interpretations. --AllMusic Review by Iván Adaime
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Jeff Beck - Blow By Blow (1975/2001) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Artist: Jeff Beck
Title: Blow By Blow
Genre: Jazz, Rock, Fusion, Jazz Funk, Guitar Virtuoso
Label: © Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1975/2001
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: AcousticSounds
Duration: 44:34
Recorded: October 1974 at AIR Studios, London
DSD file created by Gus Skinas from the original Sony Super Audio CD cutting masters.

When Jeff Beck announced that he was working on an all-instrumental album, few but his legion of guitar fans could have predicted the far-reaching impact of this pivotal jazz-rock fusion album. Teamed with the Beatles' ex-producer George Martin, Beck singlehandedly created a new subtext for rock & roll. With his virtuosity and taste at an all-time peak, Beck let loose with such unforgettable tracks as the Roy Buchanan-inspired "Cause We've Ended as Lovers" and the percolating "Freeway Jam." This is one of rock's great instrumental works.

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Ismael Margain, Guillaume Bellom - Schubert (2013) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88,2kHz

Сomposer: Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
Artist: Ismaël Margain, Guillaume Bellom
Title: Schubert
Genre: Classical
Label: © Aparté Music
Release Date: 2013
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 88,2kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:18:58
Recorded: l’atelier Cortambert de la Fondation Singer-Polignac en juillet 2012


'Friendship and complicity' could have been the title of this recording, made by two fine young musicians, both aged only 20.
Ismaël Margain (prize-winner in the Long-Thibaud competition 2012) and Guillaume Bellom (piano prize, Besançon Young Musicians competition 2008) illustrate the intimacy and the close sharing of musical pleasure that are major features of Schubert's piano duets.
The composer produced 32 original compositions for piano four-hands that include some of the finest ever written, among which are the three masterpieces presented here: highly Romantic, almost symphonic works, with stormy episodes and poignant melodies of which melancholy is a dominant feature.
Revealed by the Deauville Festival and the Polignac Foundation, this talented young duo, with its rare, and heart-warming, complicity, will undoubtedly go far.
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