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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Eine kleine Nachtmusik, Divertimento - Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan (1965/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
Artist: Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan
Title: Mozart: Eine kleine Nachtmusik, Divertimento KV 287
Genre: Classical
Label: © Deutsche Grammophon
Release Date: 1965/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: e-Onkyo
Duration: 00:54:43
Recorded: Hotel "La Reine Victoria", Victoriasaal, St. Moritz, Switzerland, August of 1965


Eine kleine Nachtmusik (Serenade No. 13 for strings in G major), K. 525, is a 1787 composition for a chamber ensemble by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The German title means "a little serenade," though it is often rendered more literally but less accurately as "a little night music." The work is written for an ensemble of two violins, viola, and cello with optional double bass, but is often performed by string orchestras. On this release, Herbert von Karajan conducts the Berliner Philharmoniker for a performance of Mozart's Eine Kleine Nachtmusik and Divertimento KV 287.
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Neil Diamond - Velvet Gloves And Spit (1968/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Neil Diamond
Title: Velvet Gloves And Spit
Genre: Pop Rock, Soft Rock, AM Pop
Label: © Geffen Records
Release Date: 1968/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 00:34:23
Recorded: 1968


Neil Diamond's debut LP for Uni Records and his earliest extant album, Velvet Gloves and Spit has appeared in two distinctly different versions. Originally issued in October of 1968 as a ten-song LP with a photograph of Diamond in close-up on the cover, it attracted relatively little attention despite some excellent songs and one bold (if heavy-handed and misguided) effort at serious, topical songwriting. That album never sold well -- none of Diamond's albums did in those days -- and two years later, in October of 1970, it was re-released with a new cover, featuring an artist's rendition of Diamond, and an 11th song -- Diamond's version of "Shilo," which he'd previously recorded for Bang Records -- added to it. Apart from "Shilo," most of the record was cut in New York (as opposed to the smoother, more subtly soulful, elegant sounding Memphis-based recordings that would follow) and a lot of Velvet Gloves and Spit sounds closer in texture to "Cherry Cherry" and the other sides cut by Diamond during his Brill Building phase at Bang Records through 1967, than to "Sweet Caroline" and the other records with which Diamond closed out the '60s. There are some fine songs here, including "Honey Dripping Time," "Practically Newborn," "Holiday Inn Blues," and "Sunday Sun," and "Two-Bit Manchild" is a fascinating adaptation of his Brill Building-era sound to a personal/introspective lyric and approach (imagine the Monkees' sound melded to a singer/songwriter persona). To appreciate this album, however, one must get past "The Pot Smoker's Song," a heavy-handed, anti-drug, bubblegum pop number, patterned roughly after Simon & Garfunkel's "Old Friends/Bookends," with trippy spoken word testimonials about the dangers of drugs (including one addict who claims to shoot heroin into his spine), punctuated by Diamond's ridiculous sing-song chorus ("Pot, pot/Gimme some pot/Forget who you are/You can be who you're not"). It's a strangely fascinating artifact and helps distinguish Velvet Gloves and Spit from Diamond's catalog of uneven albums. Also present is "Shilo," recorded at Chips Moman's American Studios in Memphis, which jumps ahead, presenting Diamond in his next stylistic phase with the sound that would carry him into the '70s. --AllMusic Review by Bruce Eder
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Neil Diamond - Touching You, Touching Me (1969/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Neil Diamond
Title: Touching You, Touching Me
Genre: Pop Rock, Soft Rock, AM Pop
Label: © Geffen Records
Release Date: 1969/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 00:31:11
Recorded: 1969


Neil Diamond's fifth album, Touching You, Touching Me, was released in 1969 and became the most successful LP of his nascent career, cracking the US top 30 and yielding the platinum single Holly Holy. In addition to Diamond's original songs, the album includes covers by Joni Mitchell, Buffy Ste-Marie, Jerry Jeff Walker and Fred Neil.
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Neil Diamond - Beautiful Noise (1976/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Neil Diamond
Title: Beautiful Noise
Genre: Pop Rock, Soft Rock
Label: © Capitol Records
Release Date: 1976/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 00:37:38
Recorded: 1975-76


Beautiful Noise, Neil Diamond's 11th studio album in the ten years since he emerged with his first chart single "Solitary Man," announces its ambitions on its cover, which displays the skyline of Manhattan under a red horizon and a black sky, overlaid with the words "Produced by Robbie Robertson." Most albums, of course, do not announce the name of the producer on the front cover, but Diamond wants to let people know that Beautiful Noise is an event. That he had convinced his Malibu, CA, neighbor, the Band's guitarist and songwriter, to produce him was a surprise not only because he had worked with longtime producer Tom Catalano off and on dating back to his first solo singles session in 1963, but also because Robertson possesses the kind of rock credentials Diamond had never been granted. Further, as that ominous cover and Diamond's record sleeve epitaph ("...tin pan alley died hard, but there was always the music to keep you going") indicate, Beautiful Noise was intended as something of a concept album, the songwriter's look back at his days as a scuffling denizen of the Brill Building in the early '60s. This theme comes out immediately in the rousing title song, in which he sings of the inspiration that the city's sounds bring to him. Thereafter, the story line seems to get lost, at least in lyrical terms, but Diamond and Robertson give each track its own musical identity: "Stargazer" employs a Dixieland arrangement, complete with wailing horns; "Lady-Oh" is the disc's romantic ballad; "Don't Think … Feel" has a Caribbean rhythm; "Surviving the Life" is in gospel style; "Street Life" has a jazz/R&B feel with a vocalese melody; "Home Is a Wounded Heart" is the torch song; and "Jungletime" is the rock & roll number. The heart of the album (and its leadoff single) is "If You Know What I Mean," in which Diamond looks back with regret and a sense of loss on his youth, "when we gave it away for the sake of a dream/In a penny arcade, if you know what I mean." What he seems to mean, among other things, is that his idealism was betrayed by greedy people, perhaps not a surprising sentiment for a man who, as this album was made, was still in litigation over his early recording and publishing contracts. With Robertson's help (and that of a lot of other musicians), Beautiful Noise is certainly the best-sounding and most consistently engaging album of Diamond's career up to 1976. --AllMusic Review by William Ruhlmann
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Naoko Yoshino - Harp Concertos (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Сomposer: Joaquín Rodrigo (1901-1999), Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco (1895-1968), Claude Debussy (1862-1918), Joaquín Turina (1882-1949)
Artist: Naoko Yoshino, Orchestre d’Auvergne, Roberto Forés Veses
Title: Harp Concertos
Genre: Classical
Label: © Aparté Music
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: eClassical.com
Duration: 00:56:05
Recorded: 9 au 12 juin 2015 à Clermont-Ferrand, Chapelle des Cordeliers


The Japanese harpist Naoko Yoshino has performed with orchestras such as the Berliner Philharmoniker, Concentus Musicus in Vienna, Philadelphia, Leipzig, or Zürich - which such illustrious names as Harnoncourt, Menuhin, Mehta, Ozawa, Blomstedt, Kremer, Hagen, Rampal… Upon their first meeting in 2013, Naoko felt as if she had found her 'musical soul mate' in Roberto Forés Veses and the Orchestre d’Auvergne. This recording is the result of their special relationship and includes works which are some of the most beautiful of the harp repertoire. “I never feel lonely on stage, because my harp is always with me…” --Naoko Yoshino
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Modest Mussorgsky - Pictures at an Exhibition - Philharmonia Orchestra, Herbert von Karajan (2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky (1839-1981)
Artist: Philharmonia Orchestra, Herbert von Karajan
Title: Mussorgsky - Pictures at an Exhibition
Genre: Classical
Label: © Warner Classics
Release Date: 2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:34:33
Recorded: 11 - 12 October 1955 and 18 June 1956, Kingsway Hall, London

The Karajan Official Remastered Edition comprises 13 box sets containing official remasterings of the finest recordings the Austrian conductor made for EMI between 1946 and 1984, and which are now a jewel of the Warner Classics catalogue.
For many, Herbert von Karajan (1908-1989) – hailed early in his career as ‘Das Wunder Karajan’ (The Karajan Miracle) and known in the early 1960s as ‘the music director of Europe’ – remains the ultimate embodiment of the maestro. The release of the Karajan Official Remastered Edition over the first half of 2014 marks the 25th anniversary of the conductor’s death in July 1989 at the age of 81.
He was closely associated with EMI for the majority of his recording career (specifically from 1946 to 1960 and then again from 1969 to 1984). EMI’s legendary producer Walter Legge sought him out in Vienna just after World War II and the long relationship that ensued embraced recordings with the Vienna Philharmonic, the Philharmonia (the orchestra founded by Legge), the Berlin Philharmonic (of which Karajan became ‘conductor for life’ in 1955), the forces of La Scala, Milan, and the Orchestre de Paris.
The Karajan Official Remastered Edition will feature primarily symphonic and choral music. The entire edition will comprise recordings remastered from the original sources in 24-bit/96kHz at Abbey Road Studios, the world’s most renowned recording studio.
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Mouth of the Architect - Path of Eight (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Mouth of the Architect
Title: Path of Eight
Genre: Rock, Post Metal, Heavy Metal, Progressive Metal, Sludge Metal, Grindcore
Label: © Translation Loss Records
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: ProStudioMasters
Duration: 44:07
Recorded by John Lakes, Steve Brooks


Dayton, Ohio post-metal outfit Mouth of the Architect present Path of Eight, their long awaited sixth studio full length album and follow up to 2013's epic and critically acclaimed Dawning. The band continues to push their melodic abilities, while furthering their dense, hallucinatory tide of stoner-friendly postmetal. A psychedelic assault, Path of Eight is Mouth of the Architect at their most astral. Mixed and mastered by their longtime collaborating engineer Chris Common (Minus the Bear, These Arms are Snakes, Pelican), with Path of Eight, Mouth of the Architect effortlessly created one of the most stunning releases of their career and 2016.
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Mother Love Bone - On Earth As It Is - The Complete Works (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Mother Love Bone
Title: On Earth As It Is - The Complete Works
Genre: Rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Alternative Rock, Grunge
Label: © Republic Records/Stardog Records
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: ProStudioMasters
Duration: 02:57:30
Recorded: 1989


This comprehensive set includes Mother Love Bone's seminal grunge album Apple and debut EP Shine, both remastered for the first time by Ed Brooks at RFI Mastering, together with over 20 rarities. Among the B-sides, alternative and live versions and unreleased songs are Andrew Wood's demo of Chloe Dancer and a live recording of Stardog Champion featuring Chris Cornell and Pearl Jam.
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Moby & The Void Pacific Choir - These Systems Are Failing (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Moby & The Void Pacific Choir
Title: These Systems Are Failing
Genre: Electronic, Alternative Dance, Dance Rock, New Wave, Post Punk
Label: © Little Idiot
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 00:35:51


Pioneering electronic musician/DJ/producer Moby releases his 12th album These Systems Are Failing, as Moby & The Void Pacific Choir. As with much of Moby’s output during his nearly three-decadelong career, it’s not surprising that a spiritual & political questioning underpins the nine songs comprising latest full length album. In characteristically iconoclastic fashion, the weighty themes explored throughout These Systems Are Failing find expression in the most direct & personal music Moby has ever created. “That quality of atmospheric sadness I’ve done so much of before isn’t here – there’s nothing quiet or ambient,” he notes. “Sonically, this record isn’t subtle: it’s big & loud, with huge kick drums & massive choral choruses.”
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Mike Watt - Ball-Hog Or Tugboat (1995/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Mike Watt
Title: Ball-Hog Or Tugboat
Genre: Rock, Alternative Rock
Label: © Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1995/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 01:08:03
Recorded: May 29 - September 11, 1994

Ball-Hog or Tugboat? is the debut solo album by former Minutemen and fIREHOSE bassist, songwriter and vocalist Mike Watt. It was recorded in 1994, and came at a personal and professional career crossroads for Watt. fIREHOSE had broken up after eight years and six releases earlier in 1994, and his marriage to former Black Flag bassist Kira Roessler had ended in divorce (although both their friendship and their dual-bass project Dos continued; Kira also contributed some computer graphics to the album's artwork).
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