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Duane Allman - An Anthology (1972/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Duane Allman
Title: An Anthology
Genre: Blues, Blues Rock, Slide Guitar Blues, Southern Rock
Label: © Mercury Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.
Release Date: 1972/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: ProStudioMasters
Duration: 01:31:23
Recorded: 1968-1971

Released on double vinyl in 1972, a year after his death, this long out of print retrospective contains 19 songs representing Duane Allman's career, including session tracks with artists like Aretha Franklin and Wilson Pickett, solo rarities and samples of his work with Derek and the Dominoes and the Allman Brothers Band. The 2016 reissue coincides with the October 29 anniversary of Allman's death and comes about a month before what would have been his 70th birthday.
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Don Sebesky - Giant Box (1973/2013) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Artist: Don Sebesky
Title: Giant Box
Genre: Jazz, Fusion, Jazz Funk, Crossover Jazz, Progressive Jazz
Label: © CTI Records, a division of Creed Taylor, Inc. | King Record Co., Ltd.
Release Date: 1973/2013
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: e-Onkyo
Duration: 00:59:32
Recorded: April 9, 17 and 18, 1973 at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey

This may have been Creed Taylor's most ambitious single project. As the cash was flowing in the wake of Deodato's massive "2001" hit, Taylor rounded up almost every headliner on CTI's roster, had house-arranger Don Sebesky write big-thinking charts for them, and gave Sebesky top billing and two LPs of space. Two decades later, the lineup reads almost like a gathering of the gods -- Freddie Hubbard, Randy Brecker, Hubert Laws, Paul Desmond, Joe Farrell, Grover Washington, Jr., Milt Jackson, George Benson, Bob James, Ron Carter, Jack DeJohnette, Billy Cobham, Airto Moreira, Jackie Cain and Roy Kral, all on one album. Thankfully the musicmaking lives up to the billing. Everything that gave CTI its distinctive sound and identity is here -- the classical adaptations (Stravinsky's Firebird is merged shotgun-style with John McLaughlin's "Birds of Fire"), elaborate orchestrations and structuring, pop-tune covers, plenty of room for the star soloists to stretch out in a combo format. The stars all come out to shine; Desmond sounds especially inspired in a shimmering "Song to a Seagull" and Hubbard and Washington burn furiously on the appropriately-titled "Free as a Bird." And Sebesky was given a flyer to experiment; hence the wild extended swarms of freeform strings on "Firebird" and Laws' fancy Echoplexed winds on "Fly." The two original LPs were gathered in a classical-style box, complete with a booklet of photos and an interview with Sebesky, but the austere CBS CD reissue condenses everything onto a generic single disc. However less ostentatious, Giant Box still ranks as a sensational coup and a reminder of how potent CTI was at its peak. --AllMusic Review by Richard S. Ginell
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Don Sebesky - The Rape Of El Morro (1975/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Don Sebesky
Title: The Rape Of El Morro
Genre: Jazz, Jazz Funk, Soul Jazz, Crossover Jazz, Progressive Jazz
Label: © CTI Records, a division of Creed Taylor, Inc. | King Record Co., Ltd.
Release Date: 1975/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: e-Onkyo
Duration: 00:36:30
Recorded: April, May 1975 at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey

The Rape of El Morro is an album by American arranger/conductor and composer Don Sebesky featuring performances recorded in 1975 and released on the CTI label.
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Don Gibson - Great Country Songs (1966/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Don Gibson
Title: Great Country Songs
Genre: Country, Country Pop, Nashville Sound/Countrypolitan, Traditional Country
Label: © Radio Corporation Of America | Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1966/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 00:30:27
Recorded: 196?

This record focuses more on Gibson the performer and less on his work as a songwriter. Gibson certainly has a way with a song, even one he didn't write. Just listen to how much he gets out of Jeannie Seely's 1966 hit, "Don't Touch Me" as he bends and weaves his way through the melody. --AllMusic Review by Jim Worbois
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Dinosaur - Together, As One (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Dinosaur
Title: Together, As One
Genre: Jazz, Fusion, Contemporary Jazz, Trumpet Jazz
Label: © Edition Records
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 00:46:53
Recorded: Livingston Studios, London on 29th - 31st March 2016

Together, As One is the debut from Dinosaur, one of the most vital and creative ensembles to have emerged from the UK in recent years. Led by award-winning trumpeter and composer Laura Jurd, the band features star keyboardist Elliot Galvin and the exciting young rhythm section of Conor Chaplin on bass and drummer Corrie Dick. Blending elements of folk, jazz and rock, the music is both formidable and compelling.
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Dhafer Youssef - Birds Requiem (2013) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Dhafer Youssef
Title: Birds Requiem
Genre: Jazz, African Folk, African Jazz, Folk Jazz, World Fusion
Label: © Okeh Records | Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 2013
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:04:17
Recorded and mixed by Lars Nilsson at Nilento Studio, Gothenburg, Sweden

Tunisian oud master, vocalist, and composer Dhafer Youssef is globally renowned for his restless musicality. He has used his ancient instrument -- five millennia and counting -- to explore jazz, classical, and blues, in addition to the classical and folk musics of the Middle East, North Africa, and Mediterranean regions. The ephemeral Birds Requiem is his debut offering for Sony's resurrected Okeh imprint. The players on this date include his trio with pianist Kristjan Randalu and trumpeter Nils-Petter Molvaer, and the complete ensemble (which recorded primarily in Sweden) features clarinetist Hüsnu Senlendirici, bassist Phil Donkin, drummer Chander Sardjoe, and electric guitarist Eivind Aarset, which also provides various electronic treatments. Aytac Dogan plays the zither-like kanun. The four-part "Birds Requiem Suite" is, as expected, the heart of the recording: it introduces it, plays two distinct parts in its middle section, and closes it. There are elemental theme-like qualities in each section, none of them predictable nor pat; neither do they act as mere showcases for Dhafer's virtuosity, but instead are carefully conceived ensemble pieces with the oud at their collective heart, with distinct harmonics, timbres, and interplay. There are seven other compositions as well. "Blending Souls & Shades (To Shiraz)" is the set's longest track. It commences as a sparse folk lament and becomes a labyrinthine jazz improv workout, with a stellar guitar break by Aarset and gorgeous falsetto by Dhafer. "Ascetic Mood" is a slow, brooding trio work for oud, clarinet, and piano. According to Dhafer, "Khira 'Indicium Divinum' Elegy for My Mother" was a spontaneous improvisation between his voice, Molvaer's trumpet, and Randalu's piano. It is easily the most moving and beautiful thing here. Other oud greats, from Rabih Abou-Khalil and Anouar Brahem to Titi Robin and Hamdi Makhlouf, have furthered the instrument's reach and juxtaposed it with jazz, improvised, and other world musics, but Youssef's Birds Requiem -- for its range, formal historical considerations, emotional expression, subtle yet distinctive colors and textures, as well as its truly stellar musicianship -- has used it to create a musical language that, while readily acknowledging the traditions that have informed it, is truly of his own creation. --AllMusic Review by Thom Jurek
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Dean Martin - Everybody Loves Somebody (1964/2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Dean Martin
Title: Everybody Loves Somebody
Genre: Pop, Easy Listening, Traditional Pop, Vocal Pop, Swing
Label: © Reprise Records
Release Date: 1964/2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:33:24
Recorded: 1964

Since Dean Martin had been cold on the singles charts for some time -- he hadn't scored a Top 40 hit in six years -- the success of "Everybody Loves Somebody," which took off for number one upon its release in May 1964, caught Reprise Records by surprise. The label already had a Martin album on its schedule, Dream With Dean, and that LP even contained "Everybody Loves Somebody." But that was an earlier recording, not the one racing up the singles charts. So, in order to take advantage of the success of the 45, Reprise slapped together this album from stray recordings dating back to Martin's first recording session for the label more than two years before and issued it with the subtitle "The Hit Version" emblazoned on the album cover on the same day that Dream With Dean was shipped. In addition to "Everybody Loves Somebody," there were also two other tracks recorded at the same April 16, 1964, session and previously unreleased ("Your Other Love," "Siesta Fiesta"), the B-side of the single ("A Little Voice"), two tracks previously released on singles in 1962 ("Baby-O," "Just Close Your Eyes"), four tracks from the 1963 album Country Style ("Shutters and Boards," "Things," "My Heart Cries for You," "Face in a Crowd"), and two songs from the 1963 album Dean "Tex" Martin Rides Again ("From Lover to Loser," "Corrine Corrina"). Of course, the shopworn nature of the collection didn't matter; Everybody Loves Somebody topped the LP charts and went gold on the strength of its title song. But it isn't one of Martin's more memorable records. --AllMusic Review by William Ruhlmann
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David Crosby - Lighthouse (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88,2kHz

Artist: David Crosby
Title: Lighthouse
Genre: Pop Rock, Folk, Folk Rock, Soft Rock, Singer/Songwriter
Label: © GroundUP Music
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 88,2kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 40:44
Recorded by Fab Dupont at Groove Masters Studios in Santa Monica, CA.

With the appearance of Lighthouse, singer/songwriter David Crosby, age 75, continues a late career renaissance that began with 2014's Croz -- his proper studio follow-up to 1971's classic If I Could Only Remember My Name. This set was produced by Snarky Puppy boss Michael League, who co-wrote five of these nine tunes with Crosby. The producer, a lifelong fan of the 1971 album, approached Crosby about recording something quick and dirty over a couple of weeks. He was met with incredulousness. The artist was used to working on albums for months, even years. After three days, they completed three new songs, and Crosby was all in.
Loosely modeled on the 1971 album, this is a more stripped-down affair, immediate, even raw in places. Crosby's acoustic guitar, vocals, and layered harmonies are accompanied by League playing assorted guitars and basses and managing studio atmospherics. Opening track and single "Things We Do for Love" is breezy and attractive with a trademark hook in the refrain, but it offers a subtle proof: That Crosby's golden voice is indeed subject to the march of time. The slight graininess in his delivery is used to wonderful effect on "The Us Below" as its arrangement bridges progressive folk and jazzy pop. Speaking of jazz, "Look in Their Eyes" contains a bluesy guitar and bass vamp that frames the singer's elastic phrasing amid shifting time signatures, punctuated with a dreamy bridge. "What Makes It So" is slippery, folky rock. It's one of two tracks to feature organist Cory Henry on a haunting B-3, as League's slide playing enhances the most hummable melody here. Pianist Bill Laurance also appears twice, most notably on the closer "By the Light of a Common Day" by Crosby and Becca Stevens. She and Michelle Willis add backing vocals to an Anglo-Celtic folk melody extrapolated toward sophisticated adult pop. League's electric guitar rings in the background, underscoring the interplay between the singers.
As a whole, Lighthouse doesn't reach the creative level of its 1971 inspiration. "Paint You a Picture," co-written by the singer with Marc Cohn, suffers from the former's generic melody. It hangs a poignant poetic lyric out to dry -- Laurance's piano fills almost rescue it, but not quite. Throughout, there's a sameness in tempo and production values that results in a pleasant but blurry dream effect. It's too easy to get absorbed in the record's sound and not pay attention to the songs, many of which are quite fine. Lighthouse is lovely, but the lack of attention to detail blunts some of the writing and playing craft on offer. --AllMusic Review by Thom Jurek
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Craig David - Following My Intuition (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Artist: Craig David
Title: Following My Intuition
Genre: R&B, UK Garage
Label: © Insanity Records
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 01:01:39
Recorded: 2014–16

Craig David has cemented his comeback with his first number one album in 16 years. The singer’s debut album, Born to Do It, which featured hits including 7 Days and Fill Me In, topped the charts in 2000 and sold 7m copies around the world. But David, 35, became a figure of fun, thanks to Bo’ Selecta! comedian Leigh Francis’s caricature of the star, and subsequently relocated to Miami to become a DJ and songwriter. Now his sixth album, Following My Intuition, has claimed this week’s UK number one spot.
“I don’t know what’s going on right now,” David told the Official Charts Company. “The last number one that I had was with Born to Do It 16 years ago, so to have another and to share it with so many amazing people – it’s surreal. “I’m seeing two generations connecting – the people who have been with me since 1999 and the crew who are just discovering me, both connecting on the same music, it’s the most amazing feeling. Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart.”
This week’s top five is completed by indie folk band Bon Iver’s album 22, A Million, at number two, followed by British country band The Shires with My Universe. The Shires’ stars Ben Earle and Crissie Rhodes said that they were “overwhelmed” to discover they had notched up the fastest-selling UK country album of all time, with nearly 14,500 copies sold this week.
Van Morrison is at number four with Keep Me Singing, followed by Radiohead’s A Moon Shaped Pool, which was number one earlier in the year when it was released and has enjoyed a sales boost following its nomination for the Mercury prize in September. In the Official Singles Chart, James Arthur has held on to number one with Say You Won’t Let Go. Ex-One Direction star Niall Horan’s new song, This Town, missed out on the top five and is in at ninth place, following its release on Thursday. The top five is completed by The Weeknd’s Starboy featuring Daft Punk, Closer by The Chainsmokers and Halsey, Calvin Harris track My Way and Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj’s Side to Side. --Guardian
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Chuck Loeb - Unspoken (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Artist: Chuck Loeb
Title: Unspoken
Genre: Jazz, Jazz Pop, Smooth Jazz, Guitar Jazz
Label: © Shanachie Entertainment
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 00:59:44
Recorded: Treetops Studio, Irvington, NY

The Hitmaker Is Back! With over 30 top ten Smooth Jazz radio hits to his credit, including an incredible 20 #1s, Chuck Loeb is truly an icon and pioneer of the Smooth Jazz genre. As lead guitarist and producer of the super-groups Fourplay and Jazz Funk Soul as well as leader of his own all-star touring ensemble, Chuck performs in front of hundreds of thousands of fans every year and his popularity continues to grow! Unspoken features guest appearances by Smooth Jazz superstars Brian Culbertson, Jeff Lorber, Everette Harp and Eric Marienthal, plus the great Will Lee (of David Letterman fame). In addition, the album features vocals by Carmen Cuesta (Mrs. Loeb), whose sensuous vocals have resulted in her own growing fan base. Highlights include the first single, the joyous "Cotton Club," which is already climbing up the Smooth Jazz radio charts, the funky "Happy Hour," the shimmering, inspiring ballad “Unspoken," the dance floor inspired "Natural Light" and much more!!
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