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Blue Oyster Cult - Mirrors (1979/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Blue Öyster Cult
Title: Mirrors
Genre: Rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal
Label: © Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1979/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 00:37:03
Recorded: Kendun Recorders, Burbank, CA; CBS Recording Studios, New York, N.Y.; The Record Plant, Los Angeles, CA.

Mirrors is the sixth studio album by Blue Öyster Cult, released in 1979. Mirrors is the first Blue Öyster Cult album not produced by long-time producer and manager Sandy Pearlman. The album is notable for a collaboration with British fantasy/science-fiction author Michael Moorcock who co-wrote a song based on his novel The Fireclown. "The Great Sun Jester" is the first of several Moorcock co-writing credits with the band.
After the success of 1976's Platinum Agents of Fortune, 1977's Gold Spectres and 1978's Platinum live effort Some Enchanted Evening, the fact that Mirrors struggled to reach Gold status was disappointing to band and label alike. According to interviews with the band and the production staff, the intent for this album was to make a high charting and glossy production; however the backlash felt from this attempt was a reason for their future pairing with Martin Birch, and their attempt to return to a darker sound.
"In Thee" was written by Allen Lanier. It went in to the chart at No. 74. A live version is featured on their 1998 album Heaven Forbid, it features two acoustic guitars and was a popular "in concert" moment from this era. The line "Jim says some destinies should not be delivered" references the Jim Carroll Band song "Day and Night."
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Blue Oyster Cult - Imaginos (1988/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Blue Öyster Cult
Title: Imaginos
Genre: Rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal
Label: © Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1988/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 00:54:46
Recorded: Kingdom Sound Studios, Long Island, New York; Boogie Hotel Studios, Port Jefferson, New York; Alpha & Omega Studios, San Francisco, California, 1981 - 1988


Imaginos is the eleventh studio album by the American hard rock band Blue Öyster Cult (commonly shortened as BÖC). It was released in 1988, and was their last recording with their original record label, CBS/Columbia Records. The album took nearly eight years to complete and was originally intended to be the first in a trilogy of solo albums by Blue Öyster Cult drummer and songwriter Albert Bouchard. Bouchard was fired in August 1981, and CBS rejected the album in 1984, but a re-worked version was eventually published as a product of the band. Many musicians contributed to the project over this eight-year span, including Joe Satriani and Doors guitarist Robby Krieger, but some band members were barely involved in the recording process. Thus, Imaginos is often considered more as a project of producer and lyricist Sandy Pearlman than as a true album of the band.
Imaginos weaves scripts and poems by Pearlman, dating from the second half of the 1960s, into a concept album and rock opera about an alien conspiracy that is brought to fruition during the late 19th and early 20th century through the actions of Imaginos, an agent of evil. The tale combines elements of gothic literature and science fiction and is strongly inspired by the work of H. P. Lovecraft. Subtitled "a bedtime story for the children of the damned", it has an intricate storyline whose often-obscure lyrics contain many historical references, and is still an object of speculation by fans and critics. It is often considered one of the heaviest albums released by Blue Öyster Cult, its music more akin to heavy metal than the melodic and commercial hard rock of their two previous works. The poor sales of those albums resulted in record label pressure on the band that led to their disbandment in 1986; a subsequent comeback featured only three members of the classic line-up.
The album received some critical acclaim, but achieved no commercial success, and Columbia Records ended their contract with Blue Öyster Cult at the completion of the Imaginos Tour. Albert Bouchard, excluded from the recording progress of Imaginos after the initial rejection from Columbia Records, then took legal action against the band and the label to protect his rights as author and producer on the album. Blue Öyster Cult continued to perform and remained a live attraction, but ten years passed before they released an album of new songs.
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Billy Harper - Trying To Make Heaven My Home (1979/2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88,2kHz

Artist: Billy Harper
Title: Trying To Make Heaven My Home
Genre: Jazz, Post Bop, Modern Creative, Modal Music, Saxophone Jazz
Label: © MPS - Musik Produktion Schwarzwald | Edel Germany GmbH
Release Date: 1979/2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 88,2kHz/24bit
Source: highresaudio.com
Duration: 38:25
Recorded: March 3-4, 1979 at Tonstudio Zuckerfabrik, Stuttgart, Germany

One of the best-known players of the post-Coltrane generation, Texas tenor saxophonist Billy Harper earned his spurs with Art Blakey, Randy Weston, Gil Evans, and Max Roach. This 1979 album features Harper’s then-current working group. Fellow Texan Malcolm Pinson and Harper have been playing partners since high school. Bassist Wayne Dockery gained recognition through his work with Art Blakey; trumpeter Everett Hollins’ roots are grounded in rhythm and blues including work with the legendary Otis Redding, and pianist Armen Donelian worked with jazz giants Lionel Hampton and Sonny Rollins. Harper grew up in the Church and credits that black spiritual heritage as a major influence on his music and world view, one similar to Coltrane’s. For Harper, spirituality is non-denominational: it’s about a universal truth. On the album, Harper’s compositions reflect on the spiritual a City Called Heaven and other gospel songs of his youth. The 18 minute Trying To Make Heaven My Home is infused with gospel, blues, and the incandescent spiritual striving that so impregnated Coltrane’s later works. Pinson’s fiery drum intro ignites Inside as the quintet races through the changes at breakneck speed. An incendiary sax and drum duet catapults the band back into the theme. Love On The Sudan is a recognition of Africa’s rhythmic and spiritual impact on Harper’s music as well as Western civilization. German jazz guru Joachim-Ernst Berendt called the album “a major piece of Black American Classical Music.” Deserved praise for a sublime recording.
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Big George Brock - Heavyweight Blues (2007/2013) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Artist: Big George Brock
Title: Heavyweight Blues
Genre: Blues, Modern Electric Blues, Chicago Blues, Harmonica Blues
Label: © APO/Analogue Productions Originals
Release Date: 2007/2013
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: AcousticSounds
Duration: 00:53:08
Recorded: June 17-18, 2005 at Blue Heaven Studios, Salina, Kansas
A flat and direct transfer to DSD from the original analog tape master with all the dynamics and the tone of the original mixes.


Sonny Payne has since 1951 been the regular host of KFFA's King Biscuit Time radio show in Helena, Arkansas. The show is the longest-running blues broadcast and was the first to feature live blues on the air, beginning with performances by Robert Lockwood Jr. and Sonny Boy Williamson II.
The latest from APO Records and Blue Heaven Studios...blues so raw and real they'll make you sore. There's no surprises here - just straight-ahead force. The songs are standards, some of 'em covered thousands of times. But NOBODY, that's a guaranteed NOBODY, comes closer to evoking the real feel of Muddy Waters or Howlin' Wolf than Big George Brock. His voice is as rich as fertile soil. But this isn't some imitation-contest record. Big George has got the goods all his own and has had 'em on display since the 1950s. He's a former Heavyweight boxer, and just like with the best of that sport, he'll gladly tell you what's coming. You still can't get out of the way.
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Hector Berlioz - Symphonie Fantastique - Orchestre De Paris, Charles Munch (1967/2012) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Hector Berlioz (1803-1869)
Artist: Orchestre De Paris, Charles Munch
Title: Berlioz - Symphonie fantastique Op.14
Genre: Classical
Label: © EMI Classics
Release Date: 1967/2012 (2011 Remaster)
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 49:19
Recorded: 23-26 October 1967

Acclaimed conductor Charles Munch leads the Orchestre de Paris in this stunning performance of Berlioz’s masterpiece, Symphonie Fantastique Op.14. The work has been highly praised for its remarkable sound quality. Munch commands the orchestra in an illuminating and spellbinding performance noted for its lush instrumentation. This rousing reading ranks among the finest available for download. A must-own.
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Benjamin Beilman - Spectrum (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Сomposer: Franz Schubert (1797-1828), Leos Janáček (1854-1928), Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971), Fritz Kreisler (1875–1962)
Artist: Benjamin Beilman
Title: Benjamin Beilman - Spectrum
Genre: Classical
Label: © Warner Classics
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:09:21
Recorded: 18–21.VIII.2015, Fraser Performance Studio, WGBH, Boston

Violinist Benjamin Beilman makes his debut as an exclusive Warner Classics artist with Spectrum, an album uniting works by Schubert, Janáček, Stravinsky and Kreisler. With his regular duo partner, pianist Yekwon Sunwoo – a fellow alumnus of Philadelphia’s prestigious Curtis Institute – Beilman explores a multitude of colours and expressive possibilities, evoking them with the finest technical nuances.
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Beethoven, Brahms - Triple & Double Concertos - Geza Anda, Wolfgang Schneiderhan, Pierre Fournier, Janos Starker, Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Ferenc Fricsay (1961/1962/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Ludwig Van Beethoven (1770-1827), Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
Artist: Géza Anda, Wolfgang Schneiderhan, Pierre Fournier, Janos Starker, Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Ferenc Fricsay
Title: Beethoven, Brahms - Triple & Double Concertos
Genre: Classical
Label: © Deutsche Grammophon
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:11:23
Recording date: #1-3 in June 1960, #4-6 in June 1961
Recording Location: Jesus Christ Church, Berlin, Germany


Fricsay conducts concertos by Beethoven and Brahms: Friendship is the connecting link between the two works here. Beethoven is thought to have written his Triple Concerto in 1803 – 04 for his favorite pupil, the Archduke Rudolph. Brahms composed his Double Concerto in 1887 as a peace offering, to heal a breach with his friend the violinist Joseph Joachim. It seems to have done the trick; and it was canny of Brahms, who conducted the first performance (Cologne, October 1887), to have the cellist of the Joachim Quartet, Robert Hausmann, sharing solo hon- ours – it would have been difficult for Brahms and Joachim to have a row with a third party present. I do not know how friendly the soloists on these two famous recordings were, but I recall what a strong “house style” manated from Deutsche Grammophon productions in the 1950s and early 1960s.
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Beethoven 5, Schubert 7 - Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Yutaka Sado (2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Ludwig Van Beethoven (1770-1827), Franz Schubert (1797–1828)
Artist: Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Yutaka Sado
Title: Beethoven 5, Schubert 7
Genre: Classical
Label: © Avex Classics
Release Date: 2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: e-onkyo
Duration: 01:00:40
Recorded: February 2014, The Church of Jesus Christ, Berlin

佐渡 裕、ついに『運命』に挑む!
最高の録音環境を得て、西洋音楽の伝統の頂上を目指す意欲作の誕生!
佐渡 裕が満を持して挑んだ究極の『運命』『未完成』!
重厚なドイツのサウンドを現代に受け継ぐ名門ベルリン・ドイツ交響楽団をベルリン、イエス・キリスト教会で指揮し、名だたる過去の名盤に正攻法で挑んだ話題盤!
圧倒的な興奮と感動、そして天上的な美しさを併せ持つ新たなる名盤の誕生!
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Ludwig van Beethoven - Symphony Nos. 4 & 6 - Budapest Festival Orchestra, Ivan Fischer (2010) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Сomposer: Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Artist: Budapest Festival Orchestra, Iván Fischer
Title: Beethoven - Symphony Nos. 4 & 6
Genre: Classical
Label: © Channel Classics Records B.V.
Release Date: 2010
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: ISO SACD
Duration: 01:18:35
Recorded: February 2010, Palace of Arts, Budapest, Hungary


'Two fundamentally different symphonies: both works explore feelings from an entirely different point of view. The Fourth is about human feelings and moods: obsession, love (what a melody in the second movement!), happiness, fun, wit, (Beethoven's most humorous finale!). The Sixth is about feelings that nature awakens in us: calmness, meditation, thankfulness. It has been an especially creative process to work on these masterpieces. We discovered that the Fourth Symphony sounds better with natural horns and trumpets. In the Pastorale we used a different seating arrangement, with the winds scattered among the strings, so that each soloist was surrounded by musicians playing the flow of Beethoven's nature music. After the storm, when we hear the first tentative call of the clarinet, answered by the horn from a different mountain, as it were, we found it appropriate to use a solo violin, which is gradually joined by the whole orchestra.' --Iván Fischer
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Ludwig Van Beethoven - Symphony No.9, Overtures Egmont & Leonore III - Berliner Philharmoniker, Ferenc Fricsay (1958/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Ludwig Van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Artist: Berliner Philharmoniker, Ferenc Fricsay
Title: Beethoven: Symphony No.9, Overtures Egmont & Leonore III
Genre: Classical
Label: © Deutsche Grammophon
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:31:47
Recording date: 12/1957, 1,4 & 9/1958
Recording Location: Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin, Germany


This is simply one of the greatest, most deservedly legendary recordings of Beethoven's 9th Symphony ever offered to the public. Tempos and dynamics vary widely, with Fricsay always considerate of the works many thematic challenges. His handling of the subtle rhythmic gradations of the Molto vivace is peerless and prepare yourself for one of the most exhilarating Allegro assai finales this side of Toscanini. With a line up of soloists including Irmgard Seefried, Maureen Forrester, Ernst Haefliger, and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau all in their vocal prime as well, it simply doesn't get any better than this. Deutsche Grammophon's rich well-balanced sound is very good for it's vintage. No matter how many performances of this frequently recorded masterpiece you may already own, don't miss Fricsay's!
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