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Noel baroque - Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien, Francois Lazarevitch, Maitrise de Radio France, Sofi Jeannin (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/48kHz

Сomposer: Various
Artist: Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien, François Lazarevitch, Maîtrise de Radio France, Sofi Jeannin
Title: Noël baroque
Genre: Classical
Label: © Alpha Classics | Outhere Music
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 48kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:00:20
Recorded: january 2015 at the Auditorium de Radio France


The result of patient restoration work, this programme of carols gains the light and freshness of original, inspired rereadings by Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien and La Maîtrise de Radio France. François Lazarevitch went back to the sources assimilated by Charpentier, Delalande and Corrette to reconstruct the original texts and melodies of their Yuletide works. At the same time, he sought to revive the texture of patois and regional accents, the multicoloured nuances of the pastoral character from which flutes, oboes and musette rise to the surface; the cadenced phrasing and inventive ornamentation recalling a first life as dancing or drinking songs.
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Nigel Price Organ Trio - Heads & Tales, Vol. 2 (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Artist: Nigel Price Organ Trio
Title: Heads & Tales, Vol. 2
Genre: Jazz, Post Bop, Soul Jazz, Guitar Jazz
Label: © Whirlwind Recordings
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 01:51:01
Recorded at Konk Studios, London, June 28/29, 2016


British guitarist and composer Nigel Price follows up his Heads & Tales released in 2011 with this double album, rooted in the blues and hard bop traditions, echoing the fluidity of the likes of Joe Pass, Wes Montgomery and Louis Stewart. On the first part, Price revels in his collaboration with Hammond organist Ross Stanley and drummer Matt Home. He is also joined by saxophonists Alex Garnett and Vasilis Xenopoulos on a number of tracks, adding further weight and dynamism to the guitarist’s material. The second session, intimately recorded entirely as solo guitar performances or duo overdubs, pulls into even sharper focus the demanding intricacies of Price’s varied technique.

"It means the world to me to play great music with these guys, to be able to make it happen and to get it out there to the people. That’s what really matters to me." --Nigel Price
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New Order - Power, Corruption & Lies (1983/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: New Order
Title: Power, Corruption & Lies
Genre: Pop Rock, Electronic, New Wave, Synthpop, Dance Rock, Alternative Rock, Post-Punk
Label: © Warner Records 90
Release Date: 1983/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: highresaudio.com
Duration: 42:30
Recorded: 22 October–14 November 1982, Britannia Row, Islington


A great leap forward from their funereal debut album, Power, Corruption & Lies cemented New Order's place as the most exciting dance-rock hybrid in music (and it didn't even include the massive "Blue Monday" single, released earlier that year). Confident and invigorating where Movement had sounded disconsolate and lost, the record simply pops with energy from the beginning "Age of Consent," an alternative pop song with only a smattering of synthesizers overlaying an assured Bernard Sumner, who took his best vocal turn yet. Unlike the hordes of synth pop acts then active, New Order experimented heavily with their synthesizers and sequencers. What's more, while most synth pop acts kept an eye on the charts when writing and recording, if New Order were looking anywhere (aside from within), it was the clubs -- "The Village" and "586" had most of the technological firepower of the mighty "Blue Monday." But whenever the electronics threatened to take over, Peter Hook's grubby basslines, Bernard Sumner's plaintive vocals, and Stephen Morris' point-perfect drum fills reintroduced the human element. Granted, they still had the will for moodiness; the second track was "We All Stand," over five minutes of dubbed-out melancholia. Aside from all the bright dance music and production on display, Power, Corruption & Lies also portrayed New Order's growing penchant for beauty: "Your Silent Face" is a sublime piece of electronic balladry. --AllMusic Review by John Bush
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New Order - Brotherhood (1986/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: New Order
Title: Brotherhood
Genre: Pop Rock, Electronic, New Wave, Synthpop, Dance Rock, Alternative Rock, Post-Punk
Label: © Warner Records 90
Release Date: 1986/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: highresaudio.com
Duration: 37:08
Recorded: 1986, Jam, London; Windmill Lane, Dublin; Amazon, Liverpool


New Order had been so good at integrating synth and guitars (often on the same song) that fans who greeted 1986's Brotherhood with the realization that it was split into a rock side and a dance side couldn't help but be a little disappointed. Still, the songs and the band's production had reached such a high level that the concept worked superbly, without calling undue attention to itself. The rock side comes first, revealing more of the emotional side of Bernard Sumner's singing and songwriting, even leading off with acoustic guitar for one song. But Brotherhood was also a little harder than what had come before; Sumner often sang with a come-on sort of brio, matching Peter Hook's seething work on the bass. The songwriting was excellent, and the album was delivered with great pacing, especially on the first four tracks -- sensuous and roiling for "Paradise," bright and emphatic on "Weirdo," reflective for "As It Is When It Was," then back to direct and upbeat on "Broken Promise." The synthesizer side was similarly assured, beginning with one of their brightest singles (and biggest transatlantic hits), "Bizarre Love Triangle." There was no dark side to Brotherhood, as there was with Low-life; after "Bizarre Love Triangle" came only the Middle Eastern fusion of "Angel Dust" and the simple, pastoral synth pop of "All Day Long" and "Every Little Counts." For better and worse, this was a New Order with nothing more to prove -- witness the tossed-off lyrics and giggles on "Every Little Counts" -- aside from continuing to make great music. --AllMusic Review by John Bush
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Neil Young - Peace Trail (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Neil Young
Title: Peace Trail
Genre: Rock, Hard Rock
Label: © Reprise Records
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 00:38:22
Recorded: Shangri-La Studios, 2016

The 21st century revived Neil Young's radical spirit and, along with it, his sense of musical adventure. These two strands converge on Peace Trail, a rickety record written and cut in the wake of his 2016 live album, Earth. Neil wrote Peace Trail quickly and recorded it even faster, pushing through ten songs in four days with the support of ace drummer Jim Keltner and bassist Paul Bushnell. According to Bushnell, most of the album consists of first or second takes but Peace Trail sounds like it entirely comprises rehearsal tapes, with the rhythm section lagging behind as they follow Young's basic chord changes. In form, almost all of the ten songs are folky protest numbers but Neil slashes through his hippie haze with shards of overamplified harmonica, guitar squalls, and vocoders, the modern world intruding on his melancholy reveries and subdued anger. It's interesting aesthetically, but the problem with Peace Trail isn't the concept, it's the execution. Intended as a musical bulletin à la "Ohio" or Living with War, Peace Trail is filled with songs about its precise moment in time -- "Indian Givers" is about the protests at the Dakota Access Pipeline, "Terrorist Suicide Hang Gliders" concerns rampant xenophobia -- but the execution is so artless it veers toward indifference. Young's songs are so simple they feel jejune and the performances are intentionally ragged, with Keltner and Bushnell stumbling through rhythms as if they're learning the songs as they're being recorded. To compound the oddness, the production by Young and John Hanlon is deliberately scattered with sound effects, displaying a flair assembled with more care than either the album's composition or recording. All this adds up to one of Neil Young's genuinely strange albums, a record that's compelling in its series of increasingly bad decisions. --AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Neil Diamond - Stones (1971/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Neil Diamond
Title: Stones
Genre: Pop Rock, Soft Rock, AM Pop
Label: © Geffen Records
Release Date: 1971/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 00:33:23
Recorded: 1971

Stones is the seventh studio album by Neil Diamond, recorded and released in 1971. It was one of the biggest hit recordings of his career. The conductors and arrangers were Lee Holdridge, Marty Paich and Larry Muhoberac.
Early copies of the LP album featured a picture label and a unique version of the cover with a button-string style closure on the back. The cover itself was styled as an envelope that opened from the top. This was later abandoned and replaced with a standard side-opening sleeve.
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Neil Diamond - Moods (1972/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Neil Diamond
Title: Moods
Genre: Pop Rock, Soft Rock, AM Pop
Label: © Geffen Records
Release Date: 1972/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 00:35:47
Recorded: 1971-1972

Moods is the eighth studio album by Neil Diamond, released by Uni Records in 1972. It contained the second of his #1 songs, "Song Sung Blue", and was something of a follow-up in style to the highly experimental Tap Root Manuscript.
Billboard praised Moods highly, saying it contained "brilliant, diversified material." This album, and its follow-up live album Hot August Night, are generally acknowledged to be the two most important recording projects of Diamond's career in terms of defining his signature sound for the future. Within the music industry and among music professionals this is considered one of Diamond's better and more creative recordings. It received a Grammy Award nomination for Album of the Year for 1972. Song Sung Blue was nominated for Record of the Year and Song of the Year. Lee Holdridge was the arranger and conductor of the orchestra.
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Neil Diamond - Hot August Night (1972/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Neil Diamond
Title: Hot August Night
Genre: Pop Rock, Folk Rock, Soft Rock, AM Pop
Label: © Geffen Records
Release Date: 1972/2012/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 01:59:42
Recorded in concert at The Greek Theatre, Los Angeles on August 24, 1972


Great live albums are rare and wondrous things. In fact, capturing a performer at the height of his creative powers for a live album is so unusual that, when it does happen, it becomes a phenomenon. Neil Diamond and his 1972 Hot August Night album was just such an event. Though he had enjoyed tremendous hits prior to the album, Diamond shot to the top of acclaimed and respected performers with one of the finest live albums of the ‘70s, the double live, double platinum Hot August Night.
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Neil Diamond - Gold: Recorded Live at the Troubadour (1970/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Neil Diamond
Title: Gold: Recorded Live at the Troubadour
Genre: Pop Rock, Soft Rock, AM Pop
Label: © Geffen Records
Release Date: 1970/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 00:38:26
Recorded Live at Doug Weston's Troubador, Hollywood, July 15, 1970


Though Hot August Night is better known as the definitive Neil Diamond live album, Gold will have value for those who prefer the songsmith's pop-rock beginnings to the slick sophistication that made him a superstar. Recorded live at Hollywood club the Troubadour, Gold provides a chance to hear Diamond in a looser, more rock-oriented setting than he'd ever attempt on vinyl again. Leading a small, raucous band with breathless enthusiasm, Diamond pours sweat and energy into numbers like "Thank the Lord for the Night Time" and "Cherry Cherry," giving them a satisfyingly raw rock and roll spirit. As befits a gig of this type, ballads are kept to a minimum in favor of upbeat material, and Diamond's personable, unpretentious delivery on this recording saves songs like "Sweet Caroline" and "Lordy" from the bloated schmaltz that most listeners either love or loathe him for. By the climax of "Brother Love's Travelling Salvation Show," Diamond has sung himself nearly hoarse, and the connection with his audience is evident. As his career exploded in the years to come, there would be no more intimate venues like the Troubadour, and his music would swell in size accordingly. Gold is likely to sound thin and unpolished to the legions of fans who made Diamond a top concert draw for his mega-hit ballads, but it's still a great snapshot of the singer/songwriter at the end of his hit-making rock and roll days as he begins his ascent into adult contemporary pop stardom. --AllMusic Review by Fred Beldin
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Neil Diamond - Acoustic Christmas (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Neil Diamond
Title: Acoustic Christmas
Genre: Pop Rock, Soft Rock, Acoustic, Christmasб Holidays
Label: © Capitol Records, LLC
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 00:37:29
Recorded: 2016

Neil Diamond delivers a Christmas gift to fans with this 2016 release featuring traditional numbers and originals, all done acoustic style. For this recording, Diamond reunited with co-producers Don Was and Jacknife Lee, who worked on his acclaimed 2014 album Melody Road.
"One need look no further than Neil's earliest hits to know that something special happens when you set his voice in the middle of a few acoustic guitars: the vibrant expression that lives in the nuances of Neil's singing moves to the forefront and creates a profoundly intimate experience. The vibe in the studio seems inspired by the folk scene of Neil’s early years in Greenwich Village." --Don Was, co-producer
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