Nat King Cole – The Very Thought of You (1958/2010) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

             


Artist: Nat King Cole
Title: The Very Thought of You
Genre: Jazz
Release Date: 1958
Duration:
Quality: High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Label: Analogue Productions
Source: https://store.acousticsounds.com/d/93705/Nat_King_Cole-The_Very_Thought_of_You-DSD_Single_Rate_28MHz64fs_Download

"...if you haven't picked up every one of the Blue Note and Nat King Cole reissues from Chad Kassem and company at Acoustic Sounds, you're really missing out!" - David W. Robinson, Positive Feedback, Issue 52 "...exquisite standards, Gordon Jenkins and his orchestra, and that achingly beautiful Capitol sound...this disc's multiple layers offer mono, stereo and three-channel." Sound Quality = 92% out of 100% - Ken Kessler, HiFi News, January 2011 "...Thanks to the gorgeous remastering and improved quality afforded by the format, you'll hear every breath, as if you were in the studio alongside Cole himself during a recording session." - The Second Disc, December 2010

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Nat King Cole – The Nat King Cole Story (1961/2013) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

             


Artist: Nat King Cole
Title: The Nat King Cole Story
Genre: Jazz
Release Date: 1961
Duration:
Quality: High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Label: Analogue Productions
Source: https://store.acousticsounds.com/d/93706/Nat_King_Cole-The_Nat_King_Cole_Story-DSD_Single_Rate_28MHz64fs_Download

"...if you haven't picked up every one of the Blue Note and Nat King Cole reissues from Chad Kassem and company at Acoustic Sounds, you're really missing out!" - David W. Robinson, Positive Feedback, Issue 52 "...mastered from the original three-track work tapes is a sonic spectacular that outdoes the original by a wide margin - as does its packaging. The SACD includes three-channel and two-channel mixes. A major reissue." Stereophile Records To Die For - Michael Fremer, Stereophile, February 2010 This has been a totally no-expenses-spared project. Using the original three-track work tapes from Capitol's vaults, mastering engineers Kevin Gray and Steve Hoffman along with DSD specialist Gus Skinas bring you an entirely incomparable SACD experience. In addition to the stereo mixes, this SACD includes a three-track transfer for multichannel playback. In order to master from the three-track masters, AcousTech had to be outfitted for three-channel playback. That meant Kevin Gray had to find a third identical monitoring channel chain (including mixing board, amplifier and speaker) as well as a three-track playback headstack and also a three-track preview head for the vinyl cutting system. It was a massive assignment. We've spent a fortune to include these extra bells and whistles and to make this a truly historic reissue.

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Nat King Cole – After Midnight (1957/2010) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

             


Artist: Nat King Cole
Title: After Midnight
Genre: Jazz
Release Date: 1957
Duration:
Quality: High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Label: Analogue Productions
Source: https://store.acousticsounds.com/d/93719/Nat_King_Cole-After_Midnight-DSD_Single_Rate_28MHz64fs_Download

This 1957 release from Nat King Cole peaked at number 13 on US album charts and marks the last album Cole recorded with jazz flavour. Despite being billed as a trio recording, Cole is joined on these sessions by musicians including Harry "Sweets" Edison on trumpet and other guests contributing sax, violin, trombone and even bongos. In this felicitous blending of Nat "King" Cole's supreme talents as jazz pianist and vocalist with small combos featuring fellow jazz alumni, classic pop and jazz met in a wildly successful brew. A combination of new and familiar songs are featured, including fresh recordings of classic hits like "Route 66". Musicians include Harry "Sweets" Edison, Juan Tizol, Lee Young, Stuff Smith and Willie Smith augmenting his famous Trio. In addition to the full original album, five additional tracks and two alternates take from the original sessions are included in this release. Mellow, classy, focused and vibrant, After Midnight was a hit and an instant classic upon its release in 1957 and remains a gem to treasure today.

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Lisa Jacobs, The String Soloists – Locatelli: L’Arte del Violino Op. 3 (2016) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD128/5.64MHz

             


Artist: Lisa Jacobs, The String Soloists
Title: Locatelli: L'Arte del Violino Op. 3
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2016
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Quality: High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD128/5.64MHz
Label: Cobra
Source: https://cobra.nativedsd.com/albums/COBRA0054-locatelli-violin-concertos

In his music, Locatelli pushes the boundaries of the violin technique with an unprecedented virtuoso and at times romantic vision. The frequent use of exceptional high positions on the violin, many daredevil antics in the left hand including double stops and extended stretches, and the exploration of hitherto rarely used bow techniques, makes him a true pioneer for the violin and the development of violin technique in general. Despite his obvious fascination for virtuosity, Locatelli ensures that one is captivated first and foremost by charming original melodies and bold characterization. His music never develops into a tour de force but remains sympathetic to both the listener and the performer. It is therefore a dream come true to proudly present to you my new album Locatelli: L'Arte del violino. Along with The String Soloists, an exciting young and dynamic international ensemble, I have immersed myself the past few months with great enthusiasm in Locatelli's world of sound, colour and playfulness which ultimately resulted in the recording of his Violin Concertos opus 3 no. 1, 2 and 4. On behalf of all of us, I wish you pleasure and joy in your exploration of Locatelli's amazing violin repertoire! - Lisa Jacobs

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North Mississippi Allstars – Prayer for Peace (2017) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

             


Artist: North Mississippi Allstars
Title: Prayer for Peace
Genre: Blues Rock
Release Date: 2017
Duration: 00:42:36
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Label: Legacy Recordings

Prayer for Peace is North Mississippi Allstars 8th studio album and self-produced by the Dickinson Brothers. It was recorded across the country at 6 different studios: including the famous Royal Studios in Memphis with Boo Mitchell & their legendary father Jim Dickinson's Zebra Ranch in Hernando, MS. Special guests on the album include bassist Oteil Burbridge (Allman Brothers Band, Dead & Company), Graeme Lesh (Midnight North, The Terrapin Family Band), vocalist Sharisse Norman, bassist Dominic Davis (Jack White), and singer/fife player Shard Thomas, daughter of Mississippi blues giant Otha Turner. North Missisippi Allstars is a 3 time Grammy nominated band for Best Contemporary Blues Album

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Nickelback – Feed the Machine (2017) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

             


Artist: Nickelback
Title: Feed the Machine
Genre: Rock
Release Date: 2017
Duration: 00:43:04
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz
Label: BMG Rights Management (US) LLC

Guitars in the foreground, musclebound rhythms and grandiose vocals: It never occurred to Nickelback to take up deep house or electro dub on their ninth album, then. With Feed The Machine, the Canadians remain faithful to their fundamentals, balancing hard riffs with addictive melodies. The gang from Alberta still has the major advantage that is singer Chad Kroeger, virtuoso vocalist whose voice is paraded to perfect effect amidst the guitar tsunami that he unleashes alongside his rhythm guitarist Ryan Peake. One could, of course, accuse Nickelback of resting on their laurels somewhat, but you've got to admit that the XXL hard stadium rock of, Feed The Machine does what it says on the tin.

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The Stills-Young Band – Decade (1977/2017) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

             


Artist: The Stills-Young Band
Title: Decade
Genre: Rock
Release Date: 1977
Duration: 02:25:30
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Label: Reprise

Released in October 1977, the essential anthology Decade (a triple vinyl album back then!) gives a detailed overview of Neil Young's work between 1966 and 1976. In 35 titles (including 6 unreleased pieces), the Loner's genius bursts out for all to see. Mostly solo, but also with Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills and Nash, this collection particularly shows that this decade was his most fascinating. Building on masterfully written songs, Neil Young mixes rock, folk and country with great originality for the time. In both ballads and much meaner songs, his style is like fireworks. He is most likely the most original artist of his generation. One that never shies away from questioning himself either. Novices can start climbing the mountain of his works with this five-star compilation record, before digging deeper, one album at a time.

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Neil Diamond – The Jazz Singer (1980/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

             


Artist: Neil Diamond
Title: The Jazz Singer
Genre: Pop Rock
Release Date: 1980
Duration: 00:40:19
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz
Label: Capitol Records

Neil Diamond's 1980 screen turn as a charismatic singer torn between Jewish tradition and pop music stardom spawned this phenomenally successful soundtrack album -- six million copies and counting. Diamond's 21st century resurgence as a walking item of kitsch has sparked renewed interest in the bombastic melting-pot jam "America," as well as his signature late-career ballad "Hello Again." In addition, the lite FM favorite "Love on the Rocks" is classic, raw-throated Neil. But beyond these notables, The Jazz Singer is an album of passable pop songs that stand on the edge of disco and in the grip of melodrama. The hyper "You Baby" is dressed up with an audio clip marking the film's embarrassing black face sequence, while the album's midsection sags with songs that shine like Sunset Strip billboards, yet lack any real substance. Swelling strings and lovely lyrics abound, but it all seems directionless, as if Diamond's just going through the motions. Similarly, Jewish traditionals like "Kol Nidre/My Name is Yussel" are important as thematic elements. But removed from the film and in the context of open-collared, glitzy numbers like "Hey Louise,"

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Neil Diamond – Melody Road (2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

             


Artist: Neil Diamond
Title: Melody Road
Genre: Pop Rock
Release Date: 2014
Duration: 00:46:20
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Label: Capitol Records

Leaving behind Columbia Records along with his latter-day collaborator producer Rick Rubin, Neil Diamond sets up shop at Capitol -- which now belongs to Universal Records, who owns his classic recordings for Uni and MCA -- and teams with producer Don Was for 2014's Melody Road. Diamond may have left his label of 40 years, but in an odd way, Melody Road is a return home after his stark wanderings of the 2000s. Rubin encouraged Diamond to be spare, sometimes recording him with little more than an acoustic guitar, but Was -- who is assisted by Jacknife Lee -- coaxes the singer/songwriter to bring back the schmaltz, an essential element of Neil's glory days that was largely ignored on the Rubin records. Was and Lee retain a hint of that new millennial intimacy -- it's never once as overblown as his '70s records -- but the songs themselves alternate between stately ballads, effervescent bubblegum, and self-important pomp. As on his best '70s records, which Melody Road often resembles in both construction and consistency, Diamond is best when he keeps his ambitions relatively simple. There's majesty on the title track and haunting splendor on "Alone at the Ball," and they find their counterparts in the joyous "Something Blue" and "Marry Me Now," along with the spirited ramble of "First Time." Each of these songs evoke memories of Diamond's peak -- a little bit of "Solitary Man," a little bit of "I Am...I Said," a little bit of "Cherry Cherry" -- while the tedious socially aware slog of "Seongah and Jimmy" and endless ballad "(OOO) Do I Wanna Be Yours" bring back the Diamond that's often forgotten, the Diamond whose LPs often got bogged down in middlebrow aspirations. As much as these weigh down Melody Road, it's also true that there's never been a Neil Diamond record where he doesn't stray into this murky territory. What makes a difference here is the general lightness of his new songs and Was and Lee's sympathetic production; the two play off each other perfectly, turning this into the first latter-day Diamond record to feel quintessentially Neil Diamond.

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Neil Diamond – Home Before Dark (2008/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

             


Artist: Neil Diamond
Title: Home Before Dark
Genre: Pop Rock
Release Date: 2008
Duration: 01:02:54
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Label: Capitol Records

Home Before Dark is Neil Diamond's second collaboration with producer Rick Rubin. It follows the fine but ill-fated 12 Songs, which was sabotaged by Sony's "Rootkit" program scandal: a nefarious bit of "copy protection" software that invaded the operating system of PCs and wreaked havoc. 12 Songs had to be recalled from store shelves just as Diamond received better reviews than he had in a decade. Sony reissued it in 2007, but the damage was done. Diamond, disappointed but undaunted, sought out Rubin. Rubin enlisted Heartbreakers keyboardist Benmont Tench and lead guitarist Mike Campbell, studio guitarist/bassist Smokey Hormel, and former Chavez guitar slinger Matt Sweeney. There are no drums. David Campbell did some skeletal string arrangements, but that's it. In addition, Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks duets on the track "Another Day (That Time Forgot)." Home Before Dark is a more exposed Diamond than listeners have ever heard. He's out there, bashing on his guitar and singing from a position of extreme vulnerability; he's on a wire without a net. His musicians understand what is so dynamically and poetically evident in the songs, and use painterly care in adorning them. Diamond is not a young man anymore and, thankfully, he doesn't write like one -- though he sounds lean and hungry for something just out of reach. "Forgotten" has a rock & roll progression worthy of his Bang singles. Its lyric reflects the travails of a protagonist whose heart bears hurt without the grace and wisdom that age is supposed to bring. The grain in his voice is fierce; it quavers just a bit in the refrain, and Sweeney's electric guitar nails it to the wall. It follows "One More Bite of the Apple," another rollicking rocker, but this one is about reuniting with his true beloved -- songwriting itself.

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