Month: July 2018

Zac Brown Band – Welcome Home (2017) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

             


Artist: Zac Brown Band
Title: Welcome Home
Genre: Country
Release Date: 2017
Duration: 00:38:42
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Label: Southern Ground - Atlantic

Welcome Home is a telling title for the fifth album by the Zac Brown Band. It's a statement of comfort from the ZBB, letting fans who found the genre-bending experiments of the 2015 set Jekyll + Hyde disquieting know that the group has gotten back to basics. Such reassurances aren't limited to the record's name, either. Welcome Home begins with an ode to the Zac Brown Band's "Roots," before they tell listeners that they're the "Real Thing" in for the "Long Haul" -- and that's all within the first three songs! All of these proclamations of authenticity are set to the ZBB's trademark mellow vibe, a signature anchored in the smooth sounds of the '70s. The band whittles away any tendency toward jamming or adventures, so Welcome Home rolls easy, its gait quickening only when he revives the breezy beachside sway of "Toes" on "Start Over." Even that title offers something of an implicit promise to fans tempted to stray: the ZBB know they've roamed far from home, but they've returned and are ready to begin again. While the constant parade of country homilies gets a bit weary, the sound of Welcome Home is a warm, comfortable bath. Brown still has a way with a honeyed melody and his band is just as supple, meaning this album is the very definition of music as comfort food. Coziness certainly has its appeal -- it works as a balm and a tonic -- but it's hard to shake the feeling that the Zac Brown Band overplay their hand somewhat by insisting they've reconnected with their roots. All those lyrics feel calculated and defensive, undercutting the grace of the music.

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Youn Sun Nah – She Moves On (2017) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

             


Artist: Youn Sun Nah
Title: She Moves On
Genre: Jazz
Release Date: 2017
Duration: 00:50:38
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Label: ACT Music

Korean singer Youn Sun Nah is one of the most brilliantly successful artists of our time in jazz and the music related to it. Four years have passed since her last highly successful opus, "Lento", and now the extremely popular Korean, Parisbased vocal star is back, with a new album. It is a completely fresh project, recorded with a top New York band. Great intimacy, poetry and charm, pure-toned and emotional honesty -- you can expect all of that from Youn Sun Nah.

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Viktoria Tolstoy feat. Iiro Rantala – Meet Me at the Movies (2017) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

             


Artist: Viktoria Tolstoy feat. Iiro Rantala
Title: Meet Me at the Movies
Genre: Jazz
Release Date: 2017
Duration: 00:48:39
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Label: ACT Music

b. Sweden. The great-great-granddaughter of the Russian writer, Leo Tolstoy, singer Viktoria developed a small but dedicated following in Sweden in the early 90s. Her mid-90s recording debut, Smile, Love And Spice, for which she was praised by Swedish jazz musicians such as Arne Domnrus, Svante Thuresson and Putte Wickman, began attracting attention further afield. She gained even more attention and greater commercial success with 1996's Fr lskad, a pop album that hinted strongly at star potential. Signed to Blue Note Records, she released White Russian in 1997, most of the songs on which were written by Tolstoy in collaboration with pianist Esbjrn Svensson. Following on the release of this CD, Tolstoy toured Germany, accompanied by Svensson's trio. The weight of the Blue Note contract helped her gain entry to the inner circles of jazz and she performed with Ray Brown, singing with him in 2000 in Geneva, Switzerland, McCoy Tyner, and others. Nevertheless, she concentrated for a while on strengthening her base in Sweden. Subsequent albums, especially those following a shift to ACT Records, demonstrate her development as a strong singer and how much she has learned from her association with able jazz musicians. In 1999 she appeared in London at the Swedish Jazz Extravaganza. The release of Shining On You early in 2004 was concurrent with a Rising Stars tour of Germany, Denmark, Austria and Switzerland. In addition to Scandinavian and northern European countries, Tolstoy has also appeared in Italy and Malaysia.

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Nordic Voices – Victoria: Works for Six Voices (2017) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

             


Artist: Nordic Voices
Title: Victoria: Works for Six Voices
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2017
Duration: 00:55:30
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz
Label: Chandos

Six-person a cappella group Nordic Voices presents motets by Spanish composer Toms Luis de Victoria, following their critically praised recording of works by Gesualdo and Palestrina. Approaching the intricate and technically demanding polyphony of Victoria's music with flair, the Norwegian ensemble's voices soar in this entrancing recording from Chandos.

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Trombone Shorty – Parking Lot Symphony (2017) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/48kHz

             


Artist: Trombone Shorty
Title: Parking Lot Symphony
Genre: Jazz
Release Date: 2017
Duration: 00:42:43
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/48kHz
Label: Blue Note Records

Trombone Shorty makes his debut for Blue Note Records with Parking Lot Symphony, featuring the irrepressible first single, a cover of Allen Toussaint's Here Come The Girls. The 12 track tour de force was produced by Chris Seefried (Fitz and the Tantrums, Andra Day) and true to its title, contains multitudes of sound: from brass band blare and deep groove funk to bluesy beauty and hip-hop/pop swagger, all anchored, of course, by stellar playing and the idea that, even in the toughest of times, as Trombone Shorty says, music brings unity. "Before I introduced the band to the music, I actually went in the studio for about two weeks, myself and just an engineer. He set up a bunch of instruments in a circle for me, with microphones and I was able to jump from each one whenever an idea came and keep rolling to build some of those tracks." - Trombone Shorty

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The Association – And Then… Along Comes The Association (1966/2017) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

             


Artist: The Association
Title: And Then... Along Comes The Association
Genre: Pop
Release Date: 1966
Duration: 00:32:39
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz
Label: Rhino/Warner Bros.

The Association is an American sunshine pop band from California. During the late 1960s, the band had numerous hits at or near the top of the Billboard charts and were the lead-off band at 1967's Monterey Pop Festival. They are noted for intricate vocal harmonies by the band's multiple singers. The group's debut album may be better listening today than it was in 1966, because it can be appreciated more -- and it definitely deserves a better reputation than it has among folk-rock, psychedelic pop, and pop/rock enthusiasts.

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Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Seiji Ozawa – Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5; Mussorgsky: A Night on Bare Mountain (1969/2017) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

             


Artist: Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Seiji Ozawa
Title: Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5; Mussorgsky: A Night on Bare Mountain
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 1969
Duration: 00:55:10
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz
Label: Sony Classical

He is "one of those rarities, a natural conductor", exclaimed one reviewer after Seiji Ozawa's Chicago Symphony debut on July 16, 1963 at the orchestra's Ravinia Festival. "His technical facility is phenomenal, his sense of rhythm both solid and subtle, and his knowledge of scores... detailed and intimate." Another Chicago critic concurred: "His conducting technique reminds you of his teacher, Herbert von Karajan, in that it lays the score in the lap of the orchestra with transparency of gesture and human communication, then commands acceptance." At the end of the season, the 27-year-old podium sensation was appointed the festival's first-ever music director, and in the years that followed Ozawa also became a regular CSO guest at Orchestra Hall, its downtown home. Between 1965 and 1968, he and the orchestra made a series of remarkable albums for RCA. Selected releases are now remastered form the original master tapes and releases for the first time on HighResAudio. They represent an early high-point -- perhaps unsurpassed -- in the Japanese maestro's long and distinguished recording career. Featured among these dynamic Ozawa/Chicago performances are three cornerstones of the symphonic repertoire: the Beethoven and Tchaikovsky Fifth Symphonies and the Schubert "Unfinished", all remastered from the original analogue tapes for this edition.

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Taj Mahal, Keb’ Mo’ – TajMo (2017) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

             


Artist: Taj Mahal, Keb' Mo'
Title: TajMo
Genre: Blues
Release Date: 2017
Duration: 00:45:20
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz
Label: Concord Records

TajMo marks a timely convergence of the talents of two unique American artists who've already built iconoclastic individual legacies that have extended and expanded blues traditions into adventurous new territory. The collaboration brings out the best in both artists, with the pair merging their distinctive voices, personalities and guitar styles to create vibrant, immediate music that's firmly rooted in tradition yet ruled by a playful sense of adventure. The album features guest appearances by Sheila E., Joe Walsh, Lizz Wright and Bonnie Raitt, who lends her voice to a distinctive cover of John Mayer's anthemic 'Waiting on the World to Change'.

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Soundgarden – Louder Than Love (1989/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

             


Artist: Soundgarden
Title: Louder Than Love
Genre: Rock
Release Date: 1989
Duration: 00:53:08
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz
Label: A&M Records

Soundgarden's major label debut, 1989's Louder Than Love hints at things to come with songs like Loud Love, Hands All Over and Get On The Snake. Big Dumb Sex was made famous thanks to a cover version on the 1993 Guns N' Roses album The Spaghetti Incident?.

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Sheryl Crow – Be Myself (2017) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

             


Artist: Sheryl Crow
Title: Be Myself
Genre: Rock
Release Date: 2017
Duration: 00:45:24
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz
Label: Wylie Songs - Warner Bros.

Be Myself is the tenth studio album by American singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow. The album was released on April 21, 2017, by Wylie Songs and Warner Bros. Records. Produced by Crow and Jeff Trott, who also worked with Crow on her self-titled 1996 album and 1998's The Globe Sessions, it features a return to a more rock-driven sound following Crow's 2013 country album, Feels Like Home.

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