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Peter Gabriel - So (1986/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Peter Gabriel
Title: So
Genre: Rock, Art Rock, Prog Rock
Label: © Real World Music Ltd./Peter Gabriel Ltd.
Release Date: 1986/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: realworld.co.uk
Duration: 46:27
Recorded: February – December 1985; Remastered at Metropolis Mastering

“It has been heart warming to see the return of vinyl. Even though I loved being free of its limitations in the digital world, there is still a warmth and presence to vinyl that somehow makes it a more natural human companion. It is great to see a new generation learning the secrets of the grooves” – Peter Gabriel

Peter Gabriel’s iconic So album features as part of the second phase of vinyl re-issues that sees all three of his two-letter word titled albums: So, US and UP, get the same meticulous re-issue treatment as 2015’s PG1-4.
The album has been Half-Speed Remastered and cut to lacquers at 45RPM, across 2 x heavyweight LPs, to deliver maximum dynamic range in the sound. The vinyl was cut by Matt Colton at Alchemy Mastering, mastered by Tony Cousins at Metropolis and overseen by Peter’s main sound engineer Richard Chappell.
Gatefold sleeves utilise imagery from the original LP inner bags and all images are newly re-scanned.
The album also contains a download card with a choice of digital download (Hi-Res 24bit/96k or 16bit/44.1k).
The first of Peter’s studio albums to have a proper title, So was a watershed release with its perfect marriage of the artistic and the commercial. The album, produced by Daniel Lanois, features intriguing collaborations with the likes of Laurie Anderson, Kate Bush and Youssou N’Dour and contains some of Peter’s most recognisable and popular songs.
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Paul Simon - Over the Bridge of Time: A Paul Simon Retrospective (1964-2011) (2013) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Artist: Paul Simon
Title: Over the Bridge of Time: A Paul Simon Retrospective (1964-2011)
Genre: Pop Rock, Folk Rock, Psychedelic/Garage, Singer/Songwriter, Soft Rock, Worldbeat
Label: © Legacy Recordings
Release Date: 2013
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:20:20

Released as a companion to Legacy's Complete Album Collection, Over the Bridge of Time: A Paul Simon Retrospective (1964-2011) condenses a five-decade career into 20 tracks. That's hardly enough to contain all the hits, so the compilers have opted for a mini-biography, tracing Simon's evolution from Simon & Garfunkel to the restless bard of the new millennium. Corners are cut, hits are forgotten -- and not small ones, either; "Mrs. Robinson," "Kodachrome," "Loves Me Like a Rock," "The Obvious Child" are all missing in action -- but Over the Bridge doesn't quite feel as if anything is missing because it does paint a nice overall picture of Simon's career and does have many major songs, including "The Sound of Silence," "The Boxer," "The Only Living Boy in New York," "Bridge Over Troubled Water," "Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard," "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover," "Still Crazy After All These Years," "Slip Slidin' Away," "Late in the Evening," and "You Can Call Me Al." Other compilations dig deeper and individual albums are necessary, but as a full-career overview, this does its job. --AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Oscar Peterson with Herb Ellis & Ray Brown - Tenderly (2002/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Artist: Oscar Peterson with Herb Ellis & Ray Brown
Title: Tenderly
Genre: Jazz, Bop, Post Bop, Swing, Mainstream Jazz, Piano Jazz
Label: © Justin Time Records Inc.
Release Date: 2002/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 01:02:15
Recorded live August 8, 1958 at Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver, British Colombia, Canada.


Although there are numerous recordings featuring the Oscar Peterson Trio (with bassist Ray Brown and guitarist Herb Ellis), the discovery of another previously unreleased date such as this one is welcome news to his fans. This concert, recorded in the summer of 1958 at the Orpheum Theater in Vancouver, Canada, finds the group in top form, beginning with the simmering treatment of "Alone Together."
In addition to other familiar favorites (such as a gallop through "The Surrey With the Fringe on Top" and a pristine take of "My Funny Valentine"), the trio delves into rarely heard original material, including Peterson's lovely "Music Box Suite" (also known as "Daisy's Dream") and a pair of works by Ellis, the wide-ranging solo feature called "Patricia" and "Pogo," a turbocharged bop line focusing on Ellis and Brown, with a deliberately delayed entrance by the leader.
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Oscar Peterson - Tracks (1970/2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88,2kHz

Artist: Oscar Peterson
Title: Tracks
Genre: Jazz, Bop, Post Bop, Mainstream Jazz, Swing, Piano Jazz
Label: © MPS - Musik Produktion Schwarzwald | Edel Germany GmbH
Release Date: 1970/2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 88,2kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:41:54
Recorded: November 10-13, 1970, Hans Georg Brunner-Schwer Studio, Villingen-Schwenningen, West Germany

Oscar Peterson has a gargantuan discography in which he is well represented in all kinds of ensembles. But his solo outings are among his very finest. Though his group efforts show his playing at a consistent level of virtuosity and reveal his ability to adapt to any style or context, Peterson truly shines when free of the constraints of group interplay. His tempos fluctuate, his approach to phrasing is more fluid and free, and he is more likely to draw on his stunning command of styles (including stride, advanced bop, tender lyricism, and swing), mixing and matching at will, often within the same song. The set list for „Tracks“ includes old-school romps ('Basin Street Blues'), exquisite balladry ('A Child is Born'), popular songs ('Just a Gigolo'), and dazzling exercises in sheer technical ability ('A Little Jazz Exercise'). „Tracks“ is a document of a man utterly conversant with the language of his instrument, and is one of the most impressive examples of what Oscar Peterson does best.
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Nik Bartsch's Ronin - Live (2012) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Artist: Nik Bärtsch's Ronin
Title: Live
Genre: Jazz, New Age, Avant-Garde, Modern Creative, Progressive Jazz, Mystical Minimalism
Label: © ECM Records GmbH | ECM Player | ECM Reviews
Release Date: 2012
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:44:55
Recorded live 2009-2011; Mixed at Studios La Buissonne, Pernes-les-Fontaines

Ronin around the world: a powerful and atmospheric concert recording with music captured in Germany, Austria, Holland, England, and Japan, a double-album which transmits the live impact of Nik Bärtsch’s band and its enveloping modular groove music of interlocking rhythms. It’s also a set that marks the end of an era and the transition into a new one. These are the last recordings of Ronin with Björn Meyer’s elegantly-leaping bass guitar as one of the lead voices, and Bärtsch views the album as partly a tribute to Meyer’s long tenure with the band. New bassist Thomy Jordi, meanwhile, makes an impressive entrance on “Modul 55”, but it’s most often the whole band, as a unified field of force, that commands the listener’s attention.
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Nik Bartsch's Mobile - Continuum (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/48kHz

Artist: Nik Bärtsch's Mobile
Title: Continuum
Genre: Jazz, Avant-Garde Jazz, Modern Creative, Progressive Jazz, Post-Minimalism, Modern Composition
Label: © ECM Records GmbH
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 48kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:08:19
Recorded: March 2015, Auditorio Stelio Molo RSI, Lugano


After three studio albums – Stoa (2006), Holon (2008), and Lyria (2010) plus one live-double-CD (2012) – with his electric band RONIN Swiss keyboardist/composer Nik Bärtsch now presents a new album with his original group MOBILE (whose line-up overlaps with the current RONIN cast).
MOBILE, originally founded in 1997 (and on the new album augmented on three tracks by a string quintet), is at the source of Bärtsch’s ritualistic approach to music making. This approach has been formed by his work with concepts of reduction and repetition as well as his fascination with Japanese culture. Here textures from jazz, funk, new music, minimal as well as ritual and sacral music are organically interwoven in the service of an energetic group sound. Continuum was recorded at Lugano’s RSI studio in March 2015 and produced by Manfred Eicher.
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Neil Young and Promise of the Real - Earth (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Neil Young and Promise of the Real
Title: Earth
Genre: Rock, Hard Rock
Label: © Reprise Records
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: Pono
Duration: 01:37:16
Recorded live on Rebel Content Tour in 2015. Studio vocals recorded at The Village, West Los Angeles, CA. Additional recording 8th Day Sound.

Neil Young used his union with the Promise of the Real -- the gangly crew fronted by Willie Nelson's kids Lukas and Micah -- to tackle weighty social problems on The Monsanto Years, a record supported by a relatively expansive tour. Earth, a double album culled from 2015 performances, goes one further, mining ecologically minded Young tunes and then addressing them to mother earth herself. According to Young, the catch is, "our animal kingdom is well represented in the audience as well, and the animals, insects, birds, and mammals actually take over the performances of the songs at times." This is an understatement. Animal sounds infect Earth, sometimes swallowing the guitars, sometimes chirping along in rhythm, an affect that is precisely the opposite of natural. Earth is aggressively artificial, the nature noises grafted upon performances that are indifferent to their presence. Perhaps this tension could be construed as a commentary -- man plows through the world without care for his animal brethren -- but as executed on Earth, the tension is entirely accidental. Young and the Promise of the Real lumber along in their own world, turning out perfectly respectable versions of songs old and new -- they have some of the unwieldy sprawl of Crazy Horse but none of the charmingly leaden lurch -- and, just when everything seems normal, the chirps, crows, and moos all arrive on a downbeat, sending things into a realm where the psychedelic and the silly coexist. Anybody looking for a straight-up document of Young & the Promise of the Real may very well be disappointed -- all those pesky critters keep getting in the way -- but Earth is better because of its inspired madness: the weirdness isn't merely a reason to listen, but it elevates the album to the status of one of Young's genuinely inspired nutso albums. --AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Nat King Cole - St. Louis Blues (1958/2010) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Artist: Nat 'King' Cole
Title: St. Louis Blues
Genre: Jazz, Blues, Vocal Jazz, Vocal Pop, Traditional Pop, Swing
Label: © Capitol Records/Analogue Productions XAPP993D64
Release Date: 1958/2010
Quality: DSF Stereo/Mono DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: AcousticSounds
Duration: 01:06:44
Recorded: January 29–31, 1958

This has been a totally no-expenses-spared project. Using the original 3-track work tapes from Capitol's vaults, mastering engineers Kevin Gray and Steve Hoffman along with DSD specialist Gus Skinas bring you an entirely incomparable experience. In addition to the stereo mixes, this SACD includes a 3-track transfer for multichannel playback and the original mono mix taken from separate microphone feeds, mixing consoles and tape machines at the original sessions. In order to master from the three-track masters, AcousTech had to be outfitted for 3-channel playback. That meant Kevin Gray had to find a third identical monitoring channel chain (including mixing board, amplifier and speaker) as well as a 3-track playback headstack and also a 3-track preview head for the vinyl cutting system. It was a massive assignment. We've spent a fortune to include these extra bells and whistles and to make this a truly historic reissue.
An influential figure in the early 20th century development of blues and popular music as a music scholar and the composer of numerous popular songs, William Christopher Handy has often been called "the Father of the Blues." When two of the finest and most popular of mid-20th century musical figures, jazz and popular music icon Nat "King" Cole and style setting arranger extraordinare Nelson Riddle, undertook an album dedicated to the music of W.C. Handy, the results were at once a worthy tribute and transformative. Particularly smooth vocals by Nat King Cole were aptly backed by resourceful orchestrations from Nelson Riddle. From the landmark laments of "St. Louis Blues" and the loving appreciation of "Morning Star" on through to the colloquial rag of "Joe Turner's Blues," the varied facets of Handy's songs were given a lastingly freshened interpretation. Along with the contemporary Louis Armstrong Plays W.C. Handy (also available here at Acoustic Sounds), this album is considered by many to be the best anthology of the music of W.C. Handy.
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Nat King Cole - Just One of Those Things (1957/2011) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Artist: Nat 'King' Cole
Title: Just One of Those Things
Genre: Jazz, Vocal Jazz, Vocal Pop, Traditional Pop, Torch Songs, Big Band, Swing
Label: © Capitol Records/Analogue Productions XAPP903D64
Release Date: 1957/2011
Quality: DSF Stereo/Mono DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: AcousticSounds
Duration: 01:16:24
Recorded: July 10, 19, 31, August 7, 1957


This has been a totally no-expenses-spared project. Using the original 3-track work tapes from Capitol's vaults, mastering engineers Kevin Gray and Steve Hoffman along with DSD specialist Gus Skinas bring you an entirely incomparable experience. In order to master from the 3-track masters, AcousTech had to be outfitted for three-channel playback. That meant Kevin Gray had to find a third identical monitoring channel chain (including mixing board, amplifier and speaker) as well as a 3-track playback headstack and also a 3-track preview head for the vinyl cutting system. It was a massive assignment. We've spent a fortune to include these extra bells and whistles and to make this a truly historic reissue.
Contrasting downbeat ballads with an ironic brassy, upbeat big band attitude, the ironic Cole Porter standard Just One Of Those Things sets the tone for a distinctive, pungent experience of love and disillusionment with a swing. Brilliantly backing the intimately expressive and supremely musical voice of the incomparable Nat "King" Cole, a big band with no "strings" smolders, swings, saunters, storms, sighs and sizzles with the arrangements of the distinctive Billy May. Featuring top shelf interpretations of "These Foolish Things," "Who's Sorry Now?" "The Party's Over" and more, this album is among its era's finest recordings of popular music and its quality, style and spirit remains unexcelled.
Just One Of Those Things was recorded in finely polished monaural and more minimalistic 3-channel stereophonic versions, each with dedicated microphones, console, mix and recorders. Each offers a different sonic perspective. The monaural recording was heard on the original hit records while the stereophonic recording offers the potential for a stunning wide-range realism. The bonus track, an alternative take of "Just For The Fun Of It," is mono only.
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Murray, Allen & Carrington Power Trio - Perfection (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88,2kHz

Artist: Murray, Allen & Carrington Power Trio
Title: Perfection
Genre: Jazz, Free Jazz, Contemporary Jazz
Label: © Motéma Music LLC
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 88,2kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 57:44
Recorded: June 18 & 19, 2015 at Avatar Studios, NYC


The longest track on “Perfection,” the debut album by a jazz trio with David Murray on tenor saxophone and bass clarinet, Geri Allen on piano and Terri Lyne Carrington on drums, clocks in at just over eight minutes, covering so much ground that it feels almost like an epic. Composed by Mr. Murray, it’s a swinging tune with a pensive yet intrepid melody, and a midsection of bristling abstraction. The title is playfully apt: “The David, Geri & Terri Show.” Dynamic combustion is the core characteristic of this all-star trio, which first convened at the 2015 NYC Winter Jazzfest. Mr. Murray, 61, is an improviser of great, garrulous bluster, while Ms. Allen and Ms. Carrington, both in their 50s, have forged prominent careers more in line with the postbop mainstream.
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