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Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers - Greatest Hits (1993/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers
Title: Greatest Hits
Genre: Rock, Heartland Rock, Rock & Roll, Hard Rock
Label: © Geffen Records
Release Date: 1993/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 01:05:31
Recorded: 1976–1993


In the 1970s and '80s, amid the rise of New Wave and synth pop, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers almost single-handedly brought old-school power-pop and garage-rock musical values into the mainstream. The roots-conscious Floridians are often regarded as 'heartland rockers,' and tunes like the jangling, Byrds-like 'American Girl' certainly make a case for that appellation. At the same time, 'Don't Come Around Here No More' and 'You Got Lucky' eagerly expand that stylistic template with haunting atmospherics and neo-psychedelic touches.
„Greatest Hits“ offers a handy, hook-laden, single-disc summary of this great American band. It traverses the Heartbreakers' journey from raw, lean '70s enfants terribles to elder rock-&-roll statesmen. Conveniently, it also includes the two best Heartbreakers tunes never to grace one of their studio albums--'Mary Jane's Last Dance' and the Petty/Stevie Nicks duet, 'Stop Draggin' My Heart Around.'
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Thomas Stronen, Food, Iain Ballamy - Quiet Inlet (2010) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Thomas Strønen, Food, Iain Ballamy
Title: Quiet Inlet
Genre: Jazz, Modern Jazz, Avant-garde Jazz, Free Improvisation
Label: © ECM Records GmbH | ECM Player | ECM Reviews
Release Date: 2010
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:47:00
Live recordings, performances captured at Oslo’s Blå club and the Molde Festival, in 2007 and 2008


Food has defined a new kind of lyrical electro-acoustic improvisation in the course of its twelve year existence. Founded as a quartet in 1998, since 2006 the group has been a core duo of UK saxophonist Iain Ballamy and Norwegian drummer Thomas Strønen joined by guests for diverse projects. At the Molde Jazz Festival and the Oslo Blå club in 2007/8 their guests were trumpeter Nils Petter Molvær, well known to ECM followers, and Austrian improvising guitarist Christian Fennesz making his label debut. The resultant music, with melodic improvising, trancelike pulses, and shifting clouds of sound is highly attractive.
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Thibaut Garcia - Leyendas (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Various
Artist: Thibaut Garcia
Title: Leyendas
Genre: Classical
Label: © Warner Classics
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:06:20
Recorded: 8-10, 14. IV 2016, Maladrerie St Lazare, Beauvais, France


A Frenchman with Spanish blood, 22-year-old guitarist Thibaut Garcia makes his Erato debut with Leyendas (Legends), an atmospheric recital of music by Spanish and Argentinian composers: Albéniz, Falla, Rodrigo, Tárrega (his famous, shimmering Recuerdos de la Alhambra), Manjón and Piazzolla. “I wanted to show the guitar in its full glory,” says Garcia. “These legendary works are so close to my heart because they are part of my life and my travels.”
“This is music which made me love the guitar and which also reminds me of my Spanish roots. It shows various facets of the instrument, from the more popular style of Piazzolla’s Estaciones Porteñas and Falla’s Siete canciones populares españolas to the more classical, intimate and elegant world of Albéniz. I am a great fan of music from the early 20th century – it displays the full palette of colours that the guitar can offer.”
Making a guest appearance on the album is Erato cellist Edgar Moreau, who plays in the group of pieces by Falla. “This was the first time Edgar and I played together,” says Garcia. “It felt spontaneous, like two friends getting to know each other.”
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The Temptations - Psychedelic Shack (1970/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: The Temptations
Title: Psychedelic Shack
Genre: Soul, R&B, Smooth Soul, Psychedelic Soul,
Label: © Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.
Release Date: 1970/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:37:09
Recorded: November 1969 - February 1970


Psychedelic Shack marked a musical departure for the Temptations: as the title hints, the material is harder-edged, featuring electric guitars, modern synthesizers and studio wizardry rather than the more traditional Motown sound of the group's previous releases. The top 10 album is notable for the first appearance of the protest song War, which would be re-recorded three months later as a major hit by Edwin Starr and again in the 1980s by Bruce Springsteen.
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The Temptations - All Directions (1972/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: The Temptations
Title: All Directions
Genre: Soul, R&B, Smooth Soul, Psychedelic Soul,
Label: © Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.
Release Date: 1972/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:35:56
Recorded: 1972

Containing the number one hit single and triple-Grammy-winning song Papa Was A Rollin' Stone, 1972's All Directions peaked at number two on the Billboard 200 chart in the US. Considered one of the most influential songs in the R&B catalogue, the Temptations' epic 12-minute cover of Papa Was A Rollin' Stone has been ranked at number 168 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 greatest songs of all time and is also included on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's list of the 500 songs that shaped rock and roll.
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The Staple Singers - This Little Light (1966/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: The Staple Singers
Title: This Little Light
Genre: R&B, Gospel, Soul, Country Soul
Label: © Riverside Records | Concord Music Group
Release Date: 1966/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 34:08
Recorded: 1962-1964, Chicago, IL


This 1966 release, one of four gospel-based albums the Staple Singers recorded for the Riverside label in the early 1960s, includes the powerful civil rights anthem and title track This Little Light Of Mine, a signature song for the group and Mavis Staples for years to follow. The album also contains two Bob Dylan covers.
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The Singers Unlimited - Feeling Free (1975/2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88,2kHz

Artist: The Singers Unlimited
Title: Feeling Free
Genre: Jazz, Vocal Jazz, Acappella, Harmony Vocal Group, Traditional Pop, Smooth Jazz, Cool Jazz, Easy Listening
Label: © MPS - Musik Produktion Schwarzwald | Edel Germany GmbH
Release Date: 1975/2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 88,2kHz/24bit
Source: highresaudio.com
Duration: 38:13
Recorded: Villingen, Germany, May 26-31, 1975; Orchestra tracks recorded at A+M Studios, Hollywood, Calif. U.S.A., April 11, 1975

The Singers Unlimited were a four-part jazz vocal group formed in 1971 by Gene Puerling. Members of the group included Len Dresslar (better known as the Jolly Green Giant in General Mills commercials), Bonnie Herman, Don Shelton and Puerling himself.
Gene Puerling and Don Shelton had formed part of Puerling's successful all-male vocal group, The Hi-Lo's, some years previously, though Shelton was a 1959 replacement for original HiLo Bob Strassen. The Singers Unlimited group were originally formed to record for commercials in the USA, but as time passed, they were persuaded to enter the recording studio to record a series of albums. On the recommendation of pianist Oscar Peterson (who was also signed to the label at the time), they gained a contract with German label MPS. They recorded two albums in 1971, the first a cappella, the second, In Tune with Peterson's then-current trio.
The group produced 15 albums, of which arguably the most well-known is their Christmas album (which was actually recorded before the group's association with MPS.) All of the 14 albums they recorded specifically for MPS (between the years 1971-1982) are collected in the 7-CD box set entitled Magic Voices.
Puerling's Singers Unlimited arrangements earned him the reputation as one of the best vocal writers in the world. Members of the renowned jazz-gospel vocal group Take 6 often give credit to Puerling and the Singers Unlimited as innovators in the a cappella world, claiming that they "went to school" on Puerling's arrangements.
Puerling took advantage of cutting-edge multitracking techniques of German studio engineer Hans Georg Brunner-Schwer to create his advanced harmonic concepts and the group's signature sound. In the overdubbing process, baritone Puerling and tenor Shelton would often add two additional middle parts, after which all parts were "doubled" and "tripled." Creating these extra tracks created the fuller, richer sound of the group's recordings, and is now a common recording practice. Gene Puerling died on March 25, 2008.
Bass singer Len Dresslar (1924–2005) was known as the voice of the Jolly Green Giant ("Ho, Ho, Ho!") for over 40 years, as well as the voice behind countless other jingles from Chicago. He had also been the President of the Chicago branch of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) for several years in the mid-to-late 1980s.
Bonnie Herman was the singer of the original "Like a Good Neighbor, State Farm Is There" commercial jingle, which ran for several years. She is the daughter of Lawrence Welk original Champagne Lady Lois Best, and Jules Herman, who was a trumpet player in the Welk orchestra. She is the niece of big band leader Woody Herman. --wikipedia
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The Sidekicks - Fifi the Flea (1966/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: The Sidekicks (The Redcoats)
Title: Fifi the Flea
Genre: Pop Rock, Garage Rock, British Invasion
Label: © Radio Corporation Of America | Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1966/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 00:29:44
Recorded: 196?

The Redcoats were an American garage rock band formed in Wildwood, New Jersey, in 1964. Heavily influenced by the Beatles from the onset, the group released one single as the Redcoats before recording as the Sidekicks. As the Sidekicks, the band earned a national hit with their tune, "Suspicions", and recorded an album in 1966. Although it is rare for recently discovered recordings by a garage band to be released on an album, in 2001 Meet the Redcoats! Finally was issued with all of the group's recovered material.
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The Neville Brothers - Fiyo On The Bayou (1981/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: The Neville Brothers
Title: Fiyo On The Bayou
Genre: R&B, Soul, Bayou Funk, New Orleans R&B
Label: © A&M Records
Release Date: 1981/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 35:47
Recorded at the Studio In The Country, Bogalusa, Louisiana

This classic Neville Brothers album, the group's second release, was issued in 1981 and is chock full of guests, including a then-unknown 18-year-old Whitney Houston (and her mother Cissy) on background vocals and musicians such as Dr. John, percussionist Ralph MacDonald and a cappella group The Persuasions. Rolling Stone included Fiyo On The Bayou at number 66 on its list of the 100 best albums of the 1980s and Keith Richards called it the best album of 1981.

"I knew it wasn't going to get played on the radio, so I didn't build up any false hopes. We just made the best record we could." --Cyril Neville
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The Hold Steady - Almost Killed Me (2004/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Artist: The Hold Steady
Title: Almost Killed Me
Genre: Rock, Alternative Rock, Hard Rock
Label: © Frenchkiss Records
Release Date: 2004/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: ProStudioMasters
Duration: 60:12
Recorded: Atomic Recording Company

After Lifter Puller, the long-running indie rock band he fronted, broke up, Craig Finn took his vocal declarations and lyrical twists and started the Hold Steady. He was joined by old bandmate Tad Kubler on lead guitar plus a crew of hard rocking, bar hopping dudes intent on taking the rambling indie rock of Lifter Puller and replacing it with scuffed-up AOR and swaggering hard rock. Their 2004 debut album, Almost Killed Me, sounds like the E Street Band after they slipped into the gutter, Thin Lizzy if they got fat and American, and a hundred other bands from Southside Johnny to the early-'70s Kinks that liked to party, but did it with the occasional tear-filled eyes and desperate hearts. Like the best of these classic rock staples, the Hold Steady can flat out rock. Kubler can rip off a fret-searing solo with bullfighter style, which he does quite frequently, and the rhythm section has enough muscle power to stop a speeding locomotive. On top of this vintage rock chassis, the band drop Finn's vocals and vision. Without him, the music is straightforward enough to appeal to the AOR masses and backstreet fanatics; with him they are far too weird and wild. His pop culture name-drops, knowing references to obscure musicians like Andre Cymone, real-sounding tales of the streets, and flights of knuckle-busting anger are far out in left field, and his bracing, eye-bulging delivery of said lyrics pushes it even further over the top. It's a high-wire balancing act of sorts, and it would be easy for the band to topple over into boring mainstream rock cliches or veer into embarrassing drunken poetry territory but it never happens, not even once. The group plays with intense energy at all times, propping Finn up and giving his words the dramatic backdrop they deserve. Finn holds up his end of the bargain by being hilarious and oddly touching as he rambles, coughs, and shouts his way through what sounds like a lifetime of journal entries, inside jokes, and record store soliloquies. Tracks like "The Swish" and "Knuckles" are endlessly quotable, the story songs don't wear out after repeated listens, and at times, the words and music combine in such a thrilling manner that the Hold Steady feel like the best, most alive band in the world. It's a brilliant debut, and the sense that Finn and friends viewed Almost Killed Me as a renewed lease on musical life is tangible throughout. The last-chance desperation and burning desire bleed out through the grooves and it's impossible not to get swept up in the flood right along with them. --AllMusic Review by Tim Sendra

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