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Phil Upchurch, Tennyson Stephens - Upchurch/Tennyson (1975/2013) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Artist: Phil Upchurch, Tennyson Stephens
Title: Upchurch/Tennyson
Genre: Jazz, Fusion, Jazz Blues, Jazz Pop, Soul Jazz, Jazz Funk
Label: © Kudu/CTI Records, a division of Creed Taylor, Inc. | King Record Co., Ltd.
Release Date: 1975/2013
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: e-Onkyo
Duration: 00:33:44
Recorded: September 1974 and January-March 1975 at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey

1975 was a hell of a year for Creed Taylor's Kudu Records. Not only was the mighty, mighty Feels So Good album by Grover Washington, Jr. released, but so was saxophonist Hank Crawford's Don't You Worry 'Bout a Thing. It was one of two recordings issued by Crawford for the label in that calendar year. But perhaps the most deeply satisfying and out of character album from that year was the absolute soul-jazz masterpiece Upchurch/Tennyson by Chicago guitar god Phil Upchurch and pianist/vocalist Tennyson Stephens. Where else can you find tracks by Bob James, Charles Stepney, Stevie Wonder, Ralph MacDonald, and Franz Schubert on the same album played by a cast of musicians that includes Steve Gadd, David Sanborn, Hubert Laws, James, Upchruch, Stephens, and a slew of others. While the album kicks off soulfully with MacDonald's mellow groover "You Got Style," with Stephens hitting all the low notes correctly and with smooth verve throughout, the next tune is the one that set the mark for acts like Enigma, Delerium, Adiemus, and others: James' setting of Schubert's "Ave Maria" to a slow funky backbeat with a chorus of female voices all colored by guitar and Fender Rhodes. The read of Wonder's "Tell Me Something Good" is stunning in a different way than Chaka Khan's, with Upchurch bending the hell out of his single-string notes, and James' "South Side Morning" is one of the most beautifully composed -- as well as executed -- tunes he's ever conceived. Throughout is the warmth and tenderness of Stephens' singing and his lilting pianism, and Upchurch's always in the pocket, without any flashy guitar playing, making this a late-night and early-morning album to live by. This is one of those soul-jazz records that is heavier on soul and is all the better for it. --AllMusic Review by Thom Jurek
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Peter Gabriel - Passion: Music for The Last Temptation of Christ (1989/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Peter Gabriel
Title: Passion: Music for The Last Temptation of Christ
Genre: Soundtrack, Stage & Screen, World Fusion, Art Rock, Tribal, Ambient, New-Age, Electronic
Label: © Real World Records Ltd. / Society of Sound Music ‎100
Release Date: 1989/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: bowers-wilkins
Duration: 01:07:07
Recorded: 1988-1989

Passion is in actuality Peter Gabriel’s soundtrack to the Martin Scorsese film The Last Temptation of Christ, retitled as a result of legal barriers; regardless of its name, however, there’s no mistaking the record’s stirring power. Like much of Gabriel’s solo work, the album is a product of his continuing fascination with world music, which he employs here to create an exceptionally beautiful and atmospheric tapestry of sound perfectly evocative of the film’s resonant spiritual drama; inspired by field recordings collected in areas as diverse as Turkey, Senegal, and Egypt, Passion achieves a cumulative effect clearly Middle Eastern in origin, yet its brilliant fusion of ancient and modern musics ultimately transcends both geography and time. Remarkably dramatic, even visual, it is not only Gabriel’s best film work but deserving of serious consideration as his finest music of any kind; equally worthwhile is Passion – Sources, which assembles the original native recordings which served as his creative launching pad.
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Pete Townshend, Ronnie Lane - Rough Mix (1977/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Pete Townshend, Ronnie Lane
Title: Rough Mix
Genre: Rock, Rock & Roll
Label: © Eel-Pie Recording Productions
Release Date: 1977/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 00:41:33
Recorded: Winter 1976 and Spring 1977, Olympic Studios, London

„Rough Mix“ is one of the most relaxed albums of Pete Townshend's solo career. With this release, the Who leader leaves the thundering avalanche of his band to create a rustic pub band atmosphere. It's a damned notable pub band to be sure (with guest performances from Charlie Watts, Eric Clapton, and Ian Stewart, to name a few) and one can only surmise how much the late (and former Small Faces member) Ronnie Lane is responsible for the offhand charm.
On „Rough Mix“, ukelele, dobro, and accordion outweigh the Les Pauls and Marshall stacks that usually attend Townshend's music. The album's best tunes (some of which were written and are sung by Lane himself) rely on warm, homespun invitations rather than riffs played at eardrum-shattering volume. With tunes that are by turn bucolically wistful ('Annie'), sweeping and majestic ('Street in the City'), and playfully grandiose ('Misunderstood'), „Rough Mix“ is delightfully out of place in Townshend's catalogue.
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Pete Townshend - Who Came First (1972/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Pete Townshend
Title: Who Came First
Genre: Rock, Hard Rock, Rock & Roll
Label: © Eel-Pie Recording Productions
Release Date: 1972/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 00:37:57
Recorded: 1969-72 at Eel Pie Sound, London, England


One of the more introspective and spiritual albums of Who leader Pete Townshend's solo career came at a time when the Who's rock & roll was shaking the earth. „Who Came First“ is centered on Townshend's quest for spiritual enlightenment, in this case through the teachings of the famed guru Meher Baba. Those accustomed to the Who's ear-shattering loudness and guitar-smashing violence will no doubt be just as disarmed at the relative peace found in the acoustic-based musings.

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Pete Townshend - White City A Novel (1985/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Pete Townshend
Title: White City: A Novel
Genre: Rock, Hard Rock, Rock & Roll
Label: © Eel-Pie Recording Productions
Release Date: 1985/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 00:38:39
Recorded: 1985 at Eel Pie Studio, Twickenham; Eel Pie Studio, Soho, London; A.I.R. Studios, London

„White City“, which Pete Townshend called a novel, recalls the depth of „Tommy“. There are many memorable tracks on this collection, including "Hiding Out," whose deceptive sweetness belies the detached destruction of "Crashing by Design." The bracing "Face the Face" is as musically gripping as any of Townshend's solo work, as is the rumbling "Give Blood." Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour lends on a hand on the former and Big Country drummer Mark Brzezicki puts his walloping stamp on various cuts as well.
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Pete Townshend - The Iron Man (1989/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Pete Townshend
Title: The Iron Man (The Musical By Pete Townshend)
Genre: Rock, Show/Musical, Singer/Songwriter
Label: © Eel-Pie Recording Productions
Release Date: 1989/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 00:47:36
Recorded: 1986-1989, Eel Pie Studios, London


The Iron Man: The Musical by Pete Townshend, released in 1989, is an adaptation of Ted Hughes' story The Iron Man, produced and largely composed and performed by Pete Townshend of The Who. It also stars Roger Daltrey, Deborah Conway, John Lee Hooker, and Nina Simone.
The three then-surviving members of The Who (Daltrey, John Entwistle, and Townshend) performed as a group in two songs, "Dig" and "Fire", although the latter was not penned by Townshend. (The Who would later perform "Dig" live during their 1989 reunion tour.)
"A Friend is a Friend" and "I Won't Run Anymore" were released as singles; "Fire" was also issued as a promo-only in the United States.
A stage version was mounted at the Young Vic theatre in London in 1993. On the strength of this, Warners optioned the story for a movie which, with a very different adaptation of the story, became The Iron Giant; Townshend received an Executive Producer credit.
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Pete Townshend - Psychoderelict (1993/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Artist: Pete Townshend
Title: Psychoderelict
Genre: Rock, Art Rock, Singer/Songwriter
Label: © Eel-Pie Recording Productions
Release Date: 1993/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 01:03:07

Psychoderelict is a concept album written, produced and engineered by Pete Townshend. Some characters and issues presented in this work were continued in Townshend's later opus The Boy Who Heard Music, first presented on The Who's album Endless Wire and then adapted as a rock musical.
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Pete Townshend - Empty Glass (1980/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Pete Townshend
Title: Empty Glass
Genre: Rock, Hard Rock, Rock & Roll
Label: © Eel-Pie Recording Productions
Release Date: 1980/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 00:40:02
Recorded: 1978–1980 at Eel Pie Studios and A.I.R. Studios, London, UK

Who mastermind Pete Townshend's strongest solo record was born in a hailstorm of despair, uncertainty, and tribulation. With the once viscerally powerful Who in limbo, the guitarist nearly sunk himself into brandy-drenched oblivion. He emerged with one of his most gripping solo pieces and--perhaps unsurprisingly--the most Who-like album of all his solo work.
Pete plunges into his familiar themes of aging, sexuality, and spiritual decay with fervor, desperation, and commitment. And while „Empty Glass“ does not approach the roaring physicality of the Who at its best, the emotional punch of "Jools and Jim" and "I Am an Animal" is sure to rattle the cage of even the most ardent hard rock devotee. Also of note are Townshend's vocals. Through the entire album, whether on the radio-ready paean to Meher Baba "Let My Love Open the Door," the bracing "Rough Boys," or the sublime "A Little Is Enough," his vocals are hanging on the edge of a cliff, presumably dangling over a certain death.
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Pete Townshend - All The Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes (1982/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Pete Townshend
Title: All The Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes
Genre: Rock, Hard Rock, Rock & Roll
Label: © Eel-Pie Recording Productions
Release Date: 1982/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 00:41:22
Recorded: 1981-1982 at Eel Pie Studios; A.I.R. Studios and Wessex Sound Studios, London

While Pete Townshend's 1982 solo release, „All The Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes“, wasn't as stellar as its predecessor (1980's „Empty Glass“), several tracks easily stand among his best solo work. Townshend had just successfully conquered his life-threatening alcoholism and drug addiction, so „Chinese Eyes“ was the first album in a long time that he did completely sober. Again, Townshend worked with producers Chris Thomas and Bill Price (known for their work with the Sex Pistols and the Pretenders), who give the songs more pop flavor than an expected punk edge. Highlights include the quirky "Face Dances Part Two" (an early MTV favorite), the beautiful yet haunting album-closing "Slit Skirts," "The Sea Refuses No River," and "Somebody Saved Me."
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Pete Alderton - Something Smooth (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Artist: Pete Alderton
Title: Something Smooth
Genre: Blues, Acoustic Blues, Country Blues
Label: © Ozella Music
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: highresaudio.com
Duration: 46:00
Recorded and mixed by Carsten Mentzel; Mastered by Hans-Jörg Maucksch at Pauler Acoustics, Germany

„My whole life has been a story. It’s too long to tell so here is a tip: listen to the songs.“ Since his 2006 breakthrough, „Living On Love“, everyone refers to Pete Alderton as the „blues man from Paderborn“. With his new album, „Something Smooth“, the Anglo- American singer, guitar player and songwriter proves that it’s about time to discover a new Pete Alderton: the storyteller.
In contrast to other great musical storytellers such as Bob Dylan or Leonard Cohen who chose Folk or Chanson as a vehicle for their lyrics, Pete Alderton stays deeply rooted in the Blues. Seven minute songs full of details and references are not for him, he rather picks out moments, episodes, feelings and moods. This way he builds up a story song by song over the length of an album. His story.
As one can guess from the album title there is a smooth and relaxed vibe on „Something Smooth“. Like in the romantic title track, in „Man On The Run“ or in „Never“, a jazzy piano ballad. These original compositions are accompanied by touching versions of Bob Marley’s „Redemption Song“ and „I Hope That I Don’t Fall In Love With You“ by Tom Waits. But don’t be fooled, „Something Smooth“ is not Pete Aldertons „bedroom album“. the man is way too versatile and edgy for that. Right at the beginning of the album he shows with „Revelation Blues“ by blues legend Robert Johnson that his heart still belongs to the rough Delta-Blues. „So Cool“ is a perfect Chicago style blues song just like „Down To The River“ captures that iconic highway feeling.
On his first three albums for Songways, Pete Alderton worked closely together with Carsten Mentzel. The two continued their sublime team work on „Something Smooth“ by experimenting with different locations in Hamborn Castle, Paderborn. The variety of rooms, settings and sound makes this record so multi-faceted and authentic. The reduced arrangements with acoustic guitar, interspersed with piano and electric guitar, bass, as well as some drums, mandolin and blues harp every now and then, add to the picture. As always, Pete Aldertons voice sits in the mix full of character and confidence. From the first line it draws the listener into the stories and into the song. With all of that „Something Smooth“ reminds one of a good book: once you started you want to know what happens next.
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