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Commodores - Caught In The Act (1975/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Commodores
Title: Caught In The Act
Genre: Soul, Funk, R&B
Label: © Motown Records
Release Date: 1975/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:37:54
Recorded, Mixed and Mastered at Motown Recording Studios, Hollywood, CA.


The sophomore slump wasn't a problem for the Commodores. The band's first album, Machine Gun, was quite promising, but its sophomore album, Caught in the Act, is even stronger. This superb 1975 LP, which the Commodores produced and arranged with James Carmichael, is more diverse than its mostly up-tempo predecessor. There are plenty of up-tempo funk gems; anyone with a taste for hard, sweaty 1970s funk won't be disappointed by "Look What You've Done to Me," "Wide Open," or the hit "Slippery When Wet," which soared to number one on Billboard's R&B singles chart and urges unfaithful husbands to give up their adulterous ways. But Caught in the Act, unlike Machine Gun, doesn't neglect slower material; "You Don't Know That I Know" and "This Is Your Life" are first-rate soul ballads. Excellent from start to finish, Caught in the Act is among the Commodores' finest albums. --Alex Henderson
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Commodores - Natural High (1978/2012) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz


Artist: Commodores
Title: Natural High
Genre: Rhythm & Blues, Soul, Funk
Label: © Motown Records
Release Date: 1978/2012
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 41:29
Recorded: 1978


The Commodores' sixth studio album, Natural High, is best known for the ballad "Three Times a Lady," which became a staple of adult contemporary radio and reached number one on both the pop and R&B charts. "Three Times a Lady" was their first number one pop hit, and Lionel Richie was being recognized as a major crossover star. Not everyone liked "Three Times a Lady" -- some people found the song to be much too sappy, and R&B purists argued that The Commodores were watering their music down. But even if "Three Times a Lady" isn't your cup of tea, Natural High still has a lot to offer R&B fans. "X-Rated Movie," "Such a Woman," and "I Like What You Do" are exhilarating examples of hardcore funk, and those who appreciate artists like Heatwave and the Brothers Johnson will find a lot to admire about "Fire Girl" and "Flying High" (both of which are sleek examples of the sophisticated funk style). Meanwhile, "Say Yeah" (featuring Richie) is a first-rate R&B slow jam. Whatever your opinion of "Three Times a Lady" -- whether you love it or hate it -- the fact is that Natural High has more plusses than minuses and was a generally respectable, if imperfect, addition to The Commodores' catalog.
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Chris Gall - Piano Solo (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz


Artist: Chris Gall
Title: Piano Solo
Genre: Jazz, Piano Jazz
Label: © GLM Music GmbH
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 58:53
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Adrian von Ripka at Bauer Studios Ludwigsburg, August 2014

An impressionistic blend of jazz, its freedom of improvisation, and the power of minimal music. Chris Gall has consistently expanded upon the original, stylistic boundaries of jazz more than any other German pianist in recent years. With combinations of jazz and indie rock, post-bop and world music, he wowed audiences from the famous Montreux Jazz Festival to Jazzbaltica. Piano Solo is Chris Gall's first solo piano recording. The album includes a tribute to Debussy and an enchanting variation of Yann Tiersen's film music classic "La Valse d'Amélie." Gall constantly develops new ideas and creates music that is calm like the sea in the distance, dazzling each wave.
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Eurovision Song Contest (2015) Grand Final H264 1080i 37Mbps FLAC5.1 MPA2.0

The Eurovision Song Contest 2015 was the 60th edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest musical event. The contest took place in Vienna, Austria, following Conchita Wurst’s victory in the 2014 edition with her song “Rise Like a Phoenix”. This was the second time that Austria hosted the contest after holding its 1967 edition also in Vienna. The contest consisted of two semi-finals, which took place on 19 and 21 May, and a final, held on 23 May 2015. The shows were presented by Mirjam Weichselbraun, Alice Tumler and Arabella Kiesbauer while Conchita Wurst was hosting the green room.
Forty countries were participating in the contest, with Australia making its first appearance, and Cyprus, the Czech Republic, and Serbia returning. Ukraine, however, announced their withdrawal due to financial and political reasons around the Ukrainian crisis.
Sweden won the contest with Måns Zelmerlöw’s “Heroes”. Italy won the viewers’ vote with Russia in second place, but Sweden’s win among the jury groups was enough to overturn the viewers’ preference This was Sweden’s second win in three years and sixth overall. For the very first time, top 3 of the contest all scored 280 points or better, Russia’s entry “A Million Voices” became the first non-winning Eurovision song to score over 300 points and Italy’s entry “Grande amore” became the first song to achieve top three with no English lyrics since 2012. Also, Austria and Germany became the first countries since 2003 to score nul points at the final. Austria is also the first host country to score nul points, and the first host and previous winner to come last since 1958.
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Johannes Brahms - Werke fur Chor und Orchester - Collegium Vocale Gent, Orchestre des Champs-Elysees, Philippe Herreweghe (2011) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44.1kHz


Сomposer: Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
Artist: Collegium Vocale Gent, Orchestre des Champs-Elysées, Philippe Herreweghe
Title: Brahms - Œuvres pour chœur & orchestre (Werke für Chor und Orchester)
Genre: Classical, Choral
Label: © Phi | Outhere Label Group
Release Date: 2011
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:56:15
Recorded: 18-20 July 2011, Warsaw, Polskie Radio, Witold Lutoslawski Studio


For his 3rd album on Phi, his new label published by the group Outhere, Philippe Herreweghe has brought together a splendid set of artists in the Lutoslawski hall in Warsaw. Ann Hallenberg, whose voice won over the public of some of the world’s most prestigious concert halls, takes on the Rhapsody for contralto solo and men's chorus by Brahms while the rest of the programme leads the listener through his essential works for chorus and orchestra. Herreweghe’s long-time affinity with the composer of A German Requiem has enabled him to provide a coherent and personal vision of those musical pages in which Brahms gave free course to his most intimate thoughts. Collegium Vocale Gent is joined in this endeavour by the members of the Accademia Chigiana of Sienna with whom it formed a European ensemble that was officially recognised as Cultural Ambassador of the European Union just a few months ago. Together with the Orchestre des Champs-Elysées and its authentic instrumentarium, this great choir interprets the Burial Song, the Song of Destiny, the Song of the Fates and the motet Warum ist das Licht gegeben. A great moment for all admirers of Brahms and fans of choral singing at its very best!
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Billy Joel - She's Got A Way: Love Songs (2010/2013) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz


Artist: Billy Joel
Title: She's Got A Way: Love Songs
Genre: Pop Rock, Soft Rock
Label: © Columbia Records
Release Date: 2010/2013
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 01:19:20
Recorded: 1973-1993


Columbia Records and Legacy Recordings announce the release of She's Got A Way: Love Songs, a new collection of 18 essential love songs drawn from three decades of recordings by music legend and composer/singer songwriter, Billy Joel.
She's Got A Way: Love Songs is a perfect distillation of the artist's expressions of love and romance over the course of his life and career. The album brings together some of Billy's finest and most heartfelt performances, iconic hits playing alongside under-appreciated deep catalog selections.
She's Got A Way: Love Songs are the love songs, ballads and sentimental favorites comprising a dream Billy Joel playlist for old and new romantics alike, bringing new context to classics like "Just the Way You Are," "Honesty" and "She's Always a Woman" while rediscovering forgotten masterpieces like "Travelin' Prayer" (the b-side of the "Piano Man" single), Billy's version of "Shameless" (a #1 country smash for Garth Brooks), and the haunting instrumental "Nocturne" (from 1971'sCold Spring Harbor).
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Billie Holiday with Ray Ellis And His Orchestra - Billie Holiday (Last Recordings) (1959/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz


Artist: Billie Holiday with Ray Ellis And His Orchestra
Title: Billie Holiday (Last Recordings)
Genre: Jazz, Swing, Vocal Jazz, Torch Songs, Female Blues, Traditional Pop, Standards
Label: © The Verve Music Group
Release Date: 1959/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 00:37:11
Recorded: March 3, 4 & 11, 1959 in New York, NY



After the success of her album, Lady in Satin (1958), Billie Holiday wanted to record another album with arranger Ray Ellis. Ellis had switched from Columbia to MGM, so Billie switched labels also to avoid breaching her contract with Columbia. When she returned to the studio in March 1959, jazz critic and friend of Holiday's Leonard Feather, said Holiday 'walked into the studio statuesque and sharp as ever.'
Unlike Lady in Satin, Billie Holiday had a lighter string orchestra, minus the choir, and more horns, including a saxophone and a more jazz like feeling. It also demand less fanfare. Songs like 'All of You', ''Deed I Do', and 'Baby Won't You Please Come Home' have a lighter and happier tempo and do not include strings.
Holiday told Ellis she wanted to “sound like Sinatra” on this album; but she was in such poor health from years of difficulty and substance abuse that a nurse sometimes had to help keep her propped up on a high stool as she sang.
During the time of recording Billie Holiday, Holiday's health was taking its toll. Some say that she did not look like herself at all, and looked like a ghost of what she once was.
In the song 'There'll Be Some Changes Made', Holiday replaces the name Jack Benny in the lyric 'Even Jack Benny has been changin' his jokes' to Frank Sinatra, her jazz friend.
The album was completed on March 11, 1959. Four days later, Billie Holiday's lifelong friend and music partner Lester Young died on March 15, 1959. She would die four months later on July 17, 1959 at the age of 44.
Allmusic music critic Ron Wynn gave the album one and half stars out of five stating, 'In many ways, a sad event... It's poignant in a tragic way.'
Last Recording, originally titled Billie Holiday before her death, is the last album of Billie Holiday released in 1959, five years after the original album titled Billie Holiday was released.
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Billie Holiday - Velvet Mood (1956/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz


Artist: Billie Holiday
Title: Velvet Mood
Genre: Jazz, Swing, Vocal Jazz, Torch Songs, Female Blues, Traditional Pop, Standards
Label: © The Verve Music Group
Release Date: 1956/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC 2.0 Mono 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 37:38
Recorded: August 23, 25 1955


Long out-of-print, Billie Holiday's brilliant 1956 LP, Velvet Mood, released on Clef (soon-to-be Verve) Records, captures the 41-year-old Holiday backed by a sextet that featured Benny Carter on alto sax and Harry "Sweets" Edison on trumpet. Although hard living had already begun to take its toll on Holiday (who died just three years later), she was still a huge international star at this time, giving sold out concerts at Carnegie Hall and touring Europe. 1956 also marked the year that her legendary biography, Lady Sings the Blues was released.
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Billie Holiday - The Essential Billie Holiday - Carnegie Hall Concert (1961/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz


Artist: Billie Holiday
Title: The Essential Billie Holiday - Carnegie Hall Concert
Genre: Jazz, Swing, Vocal Jazz, Torch Songs, Female Blues, Traditional Pop, Standards
Label: © The Verve Music Group
Release Date: 1961/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC 2.0 Mono 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 00:44:33
Recorded live at Carnegie Hall on November 10, 1956


This live concert album, recorded at two packed shows at Carnegie Hall in November 1956, contains the biographical narration that accompanied the music during the concerts, recited by Gilbert Millstein of The New York Times. Billie Holiday is backed by the Chico Hamilton Quintet featuring guitarist Kenny Burrell and two horn sections including Coleman Hawkins and Al Cohn on tenor sax and Roy Eldridge and Buck Clayton on trumpet.
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Billie Holiday - Solitude (1956/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz


Artist: Billie Holiday
Title: Solitude
Genre: Jazz, Swing, Vocal Jazz, Torch Songs, Female Blues, Traditional Pop, Standards
Label: © The Verve Music Group
Release Date: 1956/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC 2.0 Mono 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 38:40
Recorded: March 26, 1952 at Radio Recorders, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, April, 1952, Los Angeles, California


Most of the songs on this session were originally released on 10-inch vinyl in 1952 under the title Billie Holiday Sings; four additional tunes were added to this 1956 LP version, now renamed Solitude. Holiday is backed by some impressive musicians including Oscar Peterson on piano, Ray Brown on double bass, Barney Kessel on guitar and drummer Alvin Stoller on these standards, among them Blue Moon and I Only Have Eyes For You.
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