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Fiona Joy Hawkins - Blue Dream (2008) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Artist: Fiona Joy Hawkins
Title: Blue Dream
Genre: New Age
Label: © Little Hartley Music
Release Date: 2008
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: SACD ISO
Duration: 01:09:12
Recorded by Will Ackerman for Imaginary Road Studios on a Steinway B; Mastered by Bob Ludwig, Gateway Mastering

It’s a long way from Australia to Vermont – about 10,000 miles to be more precise, but the journey was worth it for pianist/composer Fiona Joy Hawkins to have her album recorded and produced by the legendary Windham Hill Records founder Will Ackerman. As it turned out, the experience was equally rewarding for him as well. In Will’s own words: “ ‘Blue Dream’ began as the most ambitious project of my entire career and resulted in one of the most remarkable collaborations this genre has ever known. ‘Blue Dream’ is unique and I’m as proud of it (and Fiona) as anything I’ve ever worked on in my 35 year career of Grammy Awards and gold and platinum records.” That is lofty praise indeed coming from someone who has worked with some of the most talented instrumentalists in contemporary music. There were no shortage of them on this album either which included T-Bone Wolk from Hall and Oates, post-Dylan singer-songwriter Luka Bloom, cellist Eugene Friesen of the Paul Winter Consort, Jeff Haynes from the Pat Metheny Group, and many others too numerous to mention.
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Emi Fujita - Camomile Best Audio 2 (2016) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Artist: Emi Fujita
Title: Camomile Best Audio 2
Genre: Pop
Label: © Pony Canyon/Forward Music
Release Date: 2016
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: SACD ISO
Duration: 00:55:14


Emi Fujita new audiophile album“Camomile Best Audio 2”, brings you her absolute fantastic version of Your Song, In My Life, Both Sides Now, Danny Boy, Imagine and many more.
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Emerson, Lake & Palmer - Tarkus (1971/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Title: Tarkus
Genre: Rock, Art Rock, Prog Rock
Label: © Leadclass Limited, under exclusive licence to BMG Rights Management UK, Ltd.
Release Date: 1971/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 00:38:40
Recorded: January 1971 at Advision Studios in London


Emerson, Lake & Palmer's 1970 eponymous LP was only a rehearsal. It hit hard because of the novelty of the act (allegedly the first supergroup in rock history), but felt more like a collection of individual efforts and ideas than a collective work. All doubts were dissipated by the release of Tarkus in 1971. Side one of the original LP is occupied by the 21-minute title epic track, beating both Genesis' "Supper's Ready" and Yes' "Close to the Edge" by a year. Unlike the latter group's cut-and-paste technique to obtain long suites, "Tarkus" is a thoroughly written, focused piece of music. It remains among the Top Ten classic tracks in progressive rock history. Because of the strength of side one, the material on the album's second half has been quickly forgotten -- with one good reason: it doesn't match the strength of its counterpart -- but "Bitches Crystal" and "A Time and a Place" make two good prog rock tracks, the latter being particularly rocking. "Jeremy Bender" is the first in a series of honky tonk-spiced, Far-West-related songs. This one and the rock & roll closer "Are You Ready Eddy?" are the only two tracks worth throwing away. Otherwise Tarkus makes a very solid album, especially to the ears of prog rock fans -- no Greg Lake acoustic ballads, no lengthy jazz interludes. More accomplished than the trio's first album, but not quite as polished as Brain Salad Surgery, Tarkus is nevertheless a must-have. --AllMusic Review by François Couture
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Emerson, Lake & Palmer - Emerson, Lake & Palmer (1970/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Title: Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Genre: Rock, Art Rock, Prog Rock
Label: © Leadclass Limited, under exclusive licence to BMG Rights Management UK, Ltd.
Release Date: 1970/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 00:41:14
Recorded: July–September 1970, Advision Studios, London, England

Lively, ambitious, almost entirely successful debut album, made up of keyboard-dominated instrumentals ("The Barbarian," "Three Fates") and romantic ballads ("Lucky Man") showcasing all three members' very daunting talents. This album, which reached the Top 20 in America and got to number four in England, showcased the group at its least pretentious and most musicianly -- with the exception of a few moments on "Three Fates" and perhaps "Take a Pebble," there isn't much excess, and there is a lot of impressive musicianship here. "Take a Pebble" might have passed for a Moody Blues track of the era but for the fact that none of the Moody Blues' keyboard men could solo like Keith Emerson. Even here, in a relatively balanced collection of material, the album shows the beginnings of a dark, savage, imposingly gothic edge that had scarcely been seen before in so-called "art rock," mostly courtesy of Emerson's larger-than-life organ and synthesizer attacks. Greg Lake's beautifully sung, deliberately archaic "Lucky Man" had a brush with success on FM radio, and Carl Palmer became the idol of many thousands of would-be drummers based on this one album (especially for "Three Fates" and "Tank"), but Emerson emerged as the overpowering talent here for much of the public. --AllMusic Review by Bruce Eder
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Ella Fitzgerald - Ella Swings Lightly (1958/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Ella Fitzgerald
Title: Ella Swings Lightly
Genre: Jazz, Vocal Jazz, Standards, Traditional Pop, American Popular Song, Early Jazz Vocals
Label: © The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.
Release Date: 1958/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 00:47:56
Recorded: #2-4,6,9-11 - November 22; #1,5,7,8,12-16 - November 23, 1958, Radio Recorders, Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA

High-Res remastered edition of this 1958 album from the Jazz vocalist including bonus tracks. Ella Swings Lightly was the first of Ella Fitzgerald's very few collaborations with the great conductor and arranger Marty Paich. All of the music recorded during those 1958 sessions has been included here, as well as four rare tunes from 1959 and 1962 that complete Ella and Paich's collaborative recordings prior to 1966. Essential Jazz Classics.
On „Ella Swings Lightly“, Fitzgerald is paired with the Marty Paich Dek-tette, a ten-piece studio ensemble rooted in the cool jazz sounds of the Miles Davis Nonet and the Gerry Mulligan Tentette. Originally assembled as a one-off ensemble for an album with Mel Tormé, the dek-tette was later re-formed due to popular demand from musicians and audiences alike. The dek-tette featured a brass quintet (2 trumpets, trombone, French horn and tuba) and a trio of saxophonists (who all doubled on a variety of woodwinds) set over a rhythm section of bass and drums. Paich maintained the cool sound by keeping the trumpets in the middle register, writing melodic lines for the tuba, and excluding piano and guitar from the rhythm section. His settings featured warm mixtures of instrumental sounds and a laid-back approach to rhythm. Balancing the strength of a big band with the flexibility of a small combo, the Dek-tette was a great backing group for both jazz vocalists and instrumentalists. Paich’s arrangements were usually created in collaboration with the featured artists, but Paich had only had one or two meetings with Fitzgerald before recording “Ella Swings Lightly”. However, the settings came easily, given Paich’s long-time admiration of the vocalist. Fitzgerald’s only concern was singing without a piano, so Lou Levy was brought in for the sessions. The rest of the Dek-tette included several of Paich’s first-call men, including Bud Shank, Don Fagerquist, Bob Enevoldsen, Bill Holman, Joe Mondragon and Mel Lewis.
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El Babaku - Live at the Jazz Galerie (1971/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88,2kHz

Artist: El Babaku
Title: Live at the Jazz Galerie
Genre: Jazz, World Music, Traditional Nigeria, Cuba
Label: © MPS - Musik Produktion Schwarzwald | Edel Germany GmbH
Release Date: 1971/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 88,2kHz/24bit
Source: highresaudio.com
Duration: 00:48:02
Recorded: May 3, 1971 live at the Berlin Jazz Galerie

This 1971 recording is something special – no chordal instruments, no horns, four Americans and one Cuban performing traditional African and Afro-Cuban pieces in a live spiritual ritual of drumming, chants, and song. Known for his work with Woody Shaw and Eddie Harris, American percussionist Billy Brooks moved to Europe in 1964, where he has played with the likes of Tete Montoliu and Dusko Goykovich. The African-rooted El Babaku is the group’s theme song, with Brooks playing bass block flute and leading the call and response. Orisha, a traditional Nigerian song of the Yoruba, is a vocation to the gods. Brooks’ jazz drumming and interplay reflects the African heritage that runs through jazz. Aino Buca is a traditional Cuban piece given to the group by Tete Montolu’s Cuban wife. Cuban conga player Carlos Santa Cruz, a friend and student of the legendary Cuban conga player Chano Pozo, takes over most of the ritualistic chants while Brooks concentrates on bamboo flute, singing through the instrument ala Roland Kirk. Al Hajj Malik Al Shabbazz has Brooks honoring Malcom X’s memory. Here, as in other pieces, the bass functions as a drone, much like the rababab in Arabic music. Lament, a Nigerian song of mourning and loneliness, functions like a jazz ballad for voice and drums. El Lupe Chango celebrates the Yoruban god Chango who reigns over the world with lightning and thunder. Carlos sings with Brooks on the African dun-dun and traps. Brooks says it best; “The ecstasy I get in music comes from group drumming. It’s more than musical – it’s spiritual.”
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Eddy Arnold - Somebody Like Me (1966/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Eddy Arnold
Title: Somebody Like Me
Genre: Pop, Vocal Pop, Traditional Pop, Country Pop, Easy Listening
Label: © Radio Corporation Of America | Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1966/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 00:29:10
Recorded: RCA Victor Studios, Nashville, TN

It is telling that Somebody Like Me, one of the blandest middle-of-the-road pop records Eddy Arnold made in the '60s, was also one of his most commercially successful. Its strong sales performance explains why the so-called Tennessee Plowboy came to make such an abundance of easy listening records: a lot of people were buying them. There are several good songs, but the sweet, languid arrangements lack the moodiness and atmospherics of his best easy listening records. The limp interpretation of Bill Anderson's "The Tips of My Fingers" was a number three hit, and "Somebody Like Me" spent a month at number one. The appearance of "Lay Some Happiness on Me" a year before either Dean Martin or Bobby Wright had a hit with it is notable, but chart status notwithstanding, Somebody Like Me is not one of Arnold's strongest albums. --AllMusic Review by Greg Adams
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Eddie Barclay And His Orchestra - Eddie Barclay Plays Today's Paris (1966/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Eddie Barclay And His Orchestra
Title: Eddie Barclay Plays Today's Paris
Genre: Pop, Easy Listening
Label: © Monument Records
Release Date: 1966/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 0:32:12
Recorded: 196?
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