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The Jackson 5 - Diana Ross Presents The Jackson 5 (1969/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Jackson 5
Title: Diana Ross Presents The Jackson 5
Genre: R&B, Soul, AM Pop
Label: © Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.
Release Date: 1969/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:37:24
Recorded: May – August 1969

Less than two weeks before the 1960s were left to be deciphered in the history books, Motown unleashed Diana Ross Presents the Jackson 5 (1969) and in doing so fittingly marked the beginning of a new era in crossover pop and soul. For all intents and purposes, this dozen-song disc introduced the world to the sibling talents of Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Marlon, and most significantly of all, a prepubescent powerhouse named Michael Jackson. The brothers' inextricably tight vocal harmonies were fueled by the ebullience of youth and inexperience while the flames of their collective success were stoked with the funkified vibe of urban America. Immediately evident is the influence that Sly & the Family Stone (whose "Stand!" is an unmitigated zenith in the Jackson 5's care), James Brown, and even Funkadelic had on the J5. In fact, the quintet would actually cover George Clinton's "I Bet You" on their sophomore effort, ABC (1970). The burgeoning sounds coming out of Philly were having a similarly sizable impact, as evidenced by the addition of the Thom Bell/William Hart track "Can You Remember," which is one of the album's highlights. Another discernibly affective force was found closer to home, as they also drew on the considerable Motown back catalog with "My Cherie Amour," "Standing in the Shadows of Love," and a powerful reading of "(I Know) I'm Losing You." Under the moniker of "the Corporation," Motown staffers and artists including Bobby Taylor, instrumentalists Deke Richards (guitar), Freddie Perren (keyboard) , and Fonce Mizell (keyboards), and the label's co-founder, Berry Gordy, came up with a handful of dominant originals. Prominent among them are the midtempo "Nobody" and their double-sided chart-topping single "I Want You Back" b/w the Smokey Robinson-penned "Who's Lovin' You." --AllMusic Review by Lindsay Planer
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The Bob Crewe Generation Orchestra - Barbarella (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Сomposer: Bob Crewe, Charles Fox, Michel Magne
Artist: The Bob Crewe Generation Orchestra
Title: Barbarella (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Genre: Soundtrack, Stage & Screen, Pop Rock, Easy Listening, Lounge
Label: © Paramount Pictures, under exclusive license to Varese Sarabande Records
Release Date: 1968/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: ProStudioMasters
Duration: 48:13

Original soundtrack to the Roger Vadim-directed movie from 1968, featuring Jane Fonda. "Bob Crewe is the man behind Dynovoice Records and the 1967 instrumental single 'Music to Watch Girls By.' The Barbarella soundtrack, originally released in 1968, was performed by The Bob Crewe Generation Orchestra & sung by The Glitterhouse and Bob Crewe. "The cult flick Barbarella has pretty much haunted Jane Fonda's career since its release in 1968. An iconic film of the cheesy-side of the Sixties, the movie contained songs and score by Bob Crewe & Charles Fox. Once you hear the opening crooning song 'Barbarella', you know what kind of an album you're in store for. There are a few songs scattered through the album, each one fitting snuggly into the style set by the drug-influenced late 60s. The score, for the most part, is like a band having a jam session. Punchy brass, electric guitars, and even orchestral interludes ('The Sex Machine) give the whole album a really eclectic (if not slightly schizophrenic) personality. I have to admit - it might be as cheesy as it comes, but it's just a lot of fun to listen to." -- Dan Goldwasser
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The Allman Brothers Band - Enlightened Rogues (1979/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: The Allman Brothers Band
Title: Enlightened Rogues
Genre: Blues Rock, Boogie Rock, Hard Rock, Southern Rock
Label: © Mercury Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.
Release Date: 1979/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 00:38:20
Recorded: December 1978–January 1979, Criteria Studios, Miami, FL


Enlightened Rogues is the sixth studio album by American rock band the Allman Brothers Band. Produced by Tom Dowd, the album was released in February 1979 in the United States by Capricorn Records and PolyGram Records elsewhere. The Allman Brothers Band had broken up in 1976 following internal turmoil, amplified by escalating drug use. The band members splintered into different acts — among those Great Southern, Sea Level, and the Gregg Allman Band. Guitarist Dickey Betts approached his bandmates in 1978 with the prospects of a reunion. After two former members declined to return, they added new members: guitarist Dan Toler and bassist David Goldflies. Living together in Sarasota, Florida, they rehearsed and wrote the material for their next album in fall 1978.
They began recording Enlightened Rogues that December, and recording stretched into the new year. Sessions took place in Criteria Studios in Miami, Florida with producer Tom Dowd, who worked on a trio of early Allman Brothers albums. The group stayed at a home overlooking Biscayne Bay, which promoted unity within the members. The recording process was smooth and pleasant, with members showing courtesy to one another in comparison to ill feelings felt earlier. The album's title comes from a quote original guitarist Duane Allman used to describe the band: "The world is made of two great schools, enlightened rogues and religious fools."
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Tchaikovsky, Sibelius - Violin Concertos - Lisa Batiashvili, Staatskapelle Berlin, Daniel Barenboim (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893), Jean Sibelius (1865-1957)
Artist: Tchaikovsky, Sibelius - Violin Concertos
Title: Lisa Batiashvili, Staatskapelle Berlin, Daniel Barenboim
Genre: Classical
Label: © Deutsche Grammophon
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: prestoclassical.co.uk
Duration: 01:10:07
Recording: Berlin, Funkhaus Nalepastraße, 6/2015 (Tchaikovsky), 7/2016 (Sibelius)

Lisa Batiashvili and Staatskapelle Berlin under Daniel Barenboim’s baton present an unforgettable version of Tchaikovsky’ and Sibelius’ violin concertos, two of the most beloved, passionate and demanding pieces for violin and orchestra
This album celebrates a happy and consolidated collaboration of one of the finest violinists of our times with one of the best orchestras of the world and the legendary pianist and conductor Daniel Barenboim
Ten years ago Daniel Barenboim initiated Berlin's open-air "State Opera for All" concert on the historic Bebelplatz. With more than 40,000 spectators each year, it attracts a larger audience than any other classical concert in Germany. In each of the last four years the guest soloist has been Lisa Batiashvili, who on each occasion has performed one of the world's great violin concertos: Beethoven, Brahms, Tchaikovsky in 2015 and in this year Sibelius
"I absolutely love Sibelius' violin concerto. I have the feeling it's really a part of my life and of my musical story, because so many things happened around this concerto in my life. The first most important was the final of the Sibelius Competition in 1995 where I performed this concerto for the first time with the orchestra." – Lisa Batiashvili
As the youngest-ever participant of the Sibelius Competition, Lisa immediately managed to win the second prize – a jump-start to a lightning career
As Lisa recalls, her musical partnership with Daniel Barenboim started over the phone: "Barenboim heard me for the first time during a television broadcast of the Sibelius Concerto with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra. Shortly afterwards he rang me up to congratulate me and ask me if we could perform the piece together."
"I feel that this time with Barenboim and Staatskapelle Berlin, we brought a lot of new insights to it in some ways, even though the ground feeling for me for the piece will always stay the same." – Lisa Batiashvili This version of the Sibelius Concerto brings back a fresh approach to the famous score, by being as true and faithful to the score as possible, and by avoiding all the known and repeated traditional playing conventions and habits.
This album is the first ever recording of Tchaikovsky's famous and romantic violin concerto for both, Lisa Batiashvili and Daniel Barenboim. "It was a big surprise to me to hear that he had never recorded Tchaikovsky and it makes it even more special for me. I have the feeling that we really worked on it very closely, because that was my strongest experience with that piece – just to work it with him…"
The Guardian stated about Lisa's performance with Daniel Barenboim and Staatskapelle Berlin at the Royal Festival Hall in 2015: "Lisa Batiashvili was the ferocious soloist in Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto, intense in the first movement, luminous and heartfelt in the second, scintillating in the quickfire finale. It was a faultless performance, enthralling and electrifying."
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Piotr Ilich Tchaikovsky - Symphony No. 6 'Pathetique' - Boston Symphony Orchestra, Pierre Monteux (1955/2013) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/176,4kHz

Сomposer: Piotr Ilich Tchaikovsky (1840–1893)
Artist: Boston Symphony Orchestra, Pierre Monteux
Title: Tchaikovsky - Symphony No. 6 'Pathétique'
Genre: Classical
Label: © Radio Corporation Of America | Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1955/2013
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 176,4kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 00:44:10
Recorded: January 26, 1955, Symphony Hall, Boston

One of the earliest stereo recordings by legendary RCA Living Stereo engineer Lewis Layton, the "Pathetique" was recorded with a handful of microphones feeding a pair of mono mixers, each feeding one channel of an RCA RT-21 quarter-inch 2-track tape recorder, running at 30 inches per second. RCA engineers favored Neumann U-47 and M49/50 condenser microphones and RCA 77DX ribbon microphones.
Reunited three decades later with the orchestra he led in the early 1920s, Pierre Monteux produced a “Pathetique” both gripping and exhilarating. Monteux and the Boston Symphony Orchestra interpret Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6 with unbelievable musicality. The RCA Living Stereo production team gave the music its due in a clear and dynamic landmark of early stereophony. This album is a treat for an audiophile's ears.
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Takashi Niigaki - Symphony 'Litany' (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Takashi Niigaki 新垣 隆
Artist: Takashi Niigaki, Tokyo Chamber Orchestra, Kunihiro Nakamura
Title: Takashi Niigaki - Symphony 'Litany'
Genre: Classical
Label: © Universal Classics & Jazz, a division of Universal Music LLC
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: e-Onkyo
Duration: 01:07:35
Recording Live at Fukushima City Concert Hal, 2016


「私はあらためてもう一度オーケストラ曲を書かなければならないと思った。私自身の意思として、私自身の名に於いて。」
大きな悲しみ、絶望から小さな、だが確かな希望へ。新垣 隆の《祈りのシンフォニー》堂々完成。

ゴーストライター騒動から2年半の歳月を経て、この夏、作曲家・新垣 隆の新作交響曲が完成する。
交響曲 第1番《HIROSHIMA》から実に13年ぶりの交響曲となる本作品に、作曲家としての全精力を注ぎ、音楽に真摯に向き合う。新垣 隆はこの作品で新たな作曲家人生をスタートさせる。2016年8月15日、広島にて世界初演。
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Stevie Nicks - The Wild Heart (1983/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Stevie Nicks
Title: The Wild Heart
Genre: Pop Rock, Soft Rock, Singer/Songwriter
Label: © Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.
Release Date: 1983/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 01:31:31
Recorded: 1982–83


Stevie Nicks, the legendary singer songwriter whose highly acclaimed 30 year solo career includes seven studio albums, iconic hits, and record sales in the millions, releases deluxe editions with newly remastered audio and never before released live and recorded music from her first two solo albums Bella Donna and The Wild Heart.
Nicks returned in 1983 with her follow-up to Bella Donna, The Wild Heart, which peaked at #5 on the album chart and has been certified double platinum. The album produced hits like “Stand Back,” “Nightbird” and “I Will Run To You,” which features Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. THE WILD HEART: DELUXE EDITION builds on the original album with unreleased versions of “All The Beautiful Worlds” a session version of “Wild Heart” and “Garbo,” the B-side to “Stand Back.”
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Soundgarden - Down On The Upside (1996/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Soundgarden
Title: Down On The Upside
Genre: Rock, Alternative Metal, Grunge, Heavy Metal
Label: © A&M Records
Release Date: 1996/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 01:05:54
Recorded: November 1995 – February 1996, Studio Litho and Bad Animals Studio, Seattle, Washington, US


The pressure was on Soundgarden to follow up 1994's breakthrough release Superunknown and the band didn't disappoint with Down On The Upside. Peaking at number two and selling well over a million copies in the US, the self-produced album spawned American rock radio hits Burden In My Hand, Blow Up The Outside World and Pretty Noose, which also went top 15 in the UK. Despite the worldwide success of the two consecutive albums, tension among the group members became unbearable and less than a year after Down On The Upside came out, Soundgarden split up, not to reunite for another 16 years.
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Sonic Youth - NYC Ghosts & Flowers (2000/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Sonic Youth
Title: NYC Ghosts & Flowers
Genre: Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Experimental Rock, Post Rock, Noise Rock, Grunge
Label: © DGC/Geffen Records
Release Date: 2000/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 00:42:43
Recorded: August 1999 – February 2000, New York City


Continuing their high-brow path towards avant-garde guitar music and away from their late '80s punk-influenced style of controlled cacophony, Sonic Youth have continued to make it difficult for fans to follow their evolving style of influential alternative rock. With the aid of renowned producer Jim O'Rourke, this iconic group has stripped away much of the murky sound that polluted its late '80s masterpieces such as Daydream Nation and Sister. This new style of clean production on NYC Ghosts & Flowers also differs from the group's early '90s sound partly attributed to Butch Vig on colorful albums such as Dirty and Experimental Jet Set, Trash & No Star, where Vig masterfully juxtaposed the group's knack for noise with his gift for salient production. Similar to Experimental Jet Set, Trash & No Star, Sonic Youth have again written a collection of shorter songs, focused primarily upon lyrics and song structuring rather than guitars. Thurston Moore's songs dominate this record, sounding unlike anything he has ever written. These songs seem to evolve spontaneously, moving into and then out of Moore's Ginsberg-like beatnik vocals. Songs such as "Free City Rhymes" and "Small Flowers Crack Concrete" sound like the music from SYR 1 and SYR 2 accompanied by subtly spoken poetry, focused more on enunciation than melody. More than ever, it seems as if Moore has abandoned his goofball charisma of the past for his new status as an ambitious poet looking to be respected as much for his words as his guitar. Kim Gordon's contribution, "Nevermind (What Was It Anyway)," stands above all other songs on the album as the only song with a memorable yet kooky vocal melody: "Boys go to Jupiter to more stupider/ Girls go to Mars to become rock stars." Contributed by Lee Ranaldo, the title track of this album serves as the guitarist's best lyrical piece to date and also as the album's grand finale, stretching to nearly ten minutes of slow building guitar intensity. In the end, this Sonic Youth album will appeal to those attracted to the group's mellow side -- a subtle side of the group more interested in collective contemplation than electrifying energy. Never before has the group sounded so consciously mature. For some fans, this album will sound refreshing, but for the many Sonic Youth fans still in love with the confrontational attitude of "Death Valley '69," the charged feel of "Teenage Riot," or the epic scope of "The Diamond Sea" this album may sound tired. --AllMusic Review by Jason Birchmeier
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Sonic Youth - A Thousand Leaves (1998/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Sonic Youth
Title: A Thousand Leaves
Genre: Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Experimental Rock, Post Rock, Noise Rock, Grunge
Label: © DGC/Geffen Records
Release Date: 1998/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 01:14:22
Recorded: 1997–1998, Echo Canyon in New York City


Truth be told, the grunge era never quite fit Sonic Youth. They may have been at the peak of their popularity, but they had traded their experimentalism for sheer, bracing noise. It may have sounded good, but ultimately Dirty didn't have the cerebral impact of Sister, largely because it was tied to an admittedly effective backbeat. Beginning with Washing Machine, Sonic Youth returned to more adventurous territory, and in 1997, they released a series of EPs that illustrated their bond with such post-rock groups as Tortoise and Gastr del Sol. Those EPs, as well as the epic Washing Machine closer, "The Diamond Sea," provide the foundation for A Thousand Leaves, the band's most challenging and satisfying record in years. The blasts of dissonance that characterized their SST masterworks have been replaced, by and large, by winding, intricate improvisations. There's a surprising warmth to the subdued guitars of Thurston Moore, Lee Ranaldo, and Kim Gordon, which keeps the lengthy songs captivating. Both Moore and Ranaldo concentrate on quiet material, which almost makes Gordon's noisy politicized rants sound a little out of place, but her best moments ("French Tickler," "Heather Angel") have unsettling, unpredictable twists and turns that greatly contribute to the success of A Thousand Leaves. It may be their most cerebral album in ages, but that only makes it all the more engaging. --AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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