Libby Morris – Ad – Libby (1966/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Libby Morris
Title: Ad – Libby
Genre: Pop
Release Date: 1966
Duration: 00:42:33
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz
Label: RCA Records

Libby Morris (born 1930) is a Canadian comic actress and clown famous for her facial contortions and fast talking. She appeared in several BBC radio shows of the 1950s and moved into TV and film from the 1960s onwards. She then moved on to London, England, where she starred in her own show doing impersonations.

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Leonard Rose – Franck: Cello Sonata in A Major, FWV 8 & Grieg: Cello Sonata in A Minor, Op. 36 (Remastered) (1953/2018) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Leonard Rose
Title: Franck: Cello Sonata in A Major, FWV 8 & Grieg: Cello Sonata in A Minor, Op. 36 (Remastered)
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 1953
Duration: 00:55:03
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz
Label: Sony Classical

Pure gold is how the New York Times once described the playing of Leonard Rose. To mark the centennial of the renowned American cellist s birth, Sony Classical is pleased to announce a comprehensive HighRes reissue of his concerto and solo chamber discography. Made for American Columbia over a quarter century from 1949 to 1974, the recordings include Rose s collaborations with three of America s finest orchestras those of New York, Philadelphia and Cleveland under their iconic conductors Dimitri Mitropoulos, Bruno Walter, George Szell, Leonard Bernstein and Eugene Ormandy.

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Korn – Life Is Peachy (1996/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Korn
Title: Life Is Peachy
Genre: Rock
Release Date: 1996
Duration: 00:48:07
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz
Label: Epic Records

Life Is Peachy is the second studio album by the American nu metal band Korn, released on October 15, 1996 through Immortal Records and Epic Records. Life is Peachy earned gold on January 8, 1997 and later certified platinum on December 9, 1997. Following the success of their 1994 self-titled debut, Korn earned a second double platinum for the album in the United States, certified by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on November 10, 1999. The album debuted and peaked at number three on the Billboard 200 and peaked at number one in New Zealand.

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Korn – Issues (1999/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Korn
Title: Issues
Genre: Rock
Release Date: 1999
Duration: 00:53:12
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz
Label: Epic Records

Issues is the fourth studio album by American nu metal band Korn, released on November 16, 1999 through Immortal Records. Since its release, the album has sold over 13 million copies worldwide. The album was promoted throughout 2000 by the band’s highly successful Sick and Twisted Tour.

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Korn – Follow The Leader (1998/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Korn
Title: Follow The Leader
Genre: Rock
Release Date: 1998
Duration: 01:07:05
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz
Label: Epic Records

Follow the Leader is the third studio album by the American nu metal band Korn. The album was released on August 18, 1998, through Immortal/Epic. This was their first album not produced by Ross Robinson. Instead, it was produced by Steve Thompson and Toby Wright.

The album peaked at number one on four charts, including the Billboard 200 with 268,000 units sold in its first week of release, and is often credited with launching nu metal into the mainstream. The album received a 5 Platinum certification in the United States on March 15, 2002 as well as a 3 Platinum in Australia and Canada. Its singles “Got the Life”, and “Freak on a Leash”, both charted on more than three charts, and their music videos are considered to be the first music videos retired from MTV, most notably the MTV show “Total Request Live”. The album generally received positive reviews by critics. Korn was praised by AllMusic saying the album is “an effective follow-up to their first two alt-metal landmarks.”

The Family Values Tour promoted the album, along with its five singles. The song “Freak on a Leash” was nominated for nine MTV Video Music Awards, and won for the Best Rock Video award, as well as Best Editing. The music video for “Freak on a Leash” won Best Short Form Music Video at the 2000 Grammy Awards. Follow the Leader has sold over 7 million copies in the US according to Nielsen SoundScan as of January 4, 2013 and over 14 million copies worldwide, making it Korn’s most successful album.

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Kenny Wheeler – Deer Wan (1978/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Kenny Wheeler
Title: Deer Wan
Genre: Jazz
Release Date: 1978
Duration: 00:43:44
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz
Label: ECM Records

Born in Toronto in 1930 but based in England from 1952, Kenny Wheeler was by the late 1960s a highly regarded figure on the London scene, living a sort of double life — as a post-bop trumpeter and flugelhorn player inspired by Clifford Brown and Art Farmer and as a pioneering free player moving into unexplored territory alongside improvisers such as John Stevens, Evan Parker, Dave Holland and Derek Bailey.

Jazz tradition and free experimentation would intermingle in Wheeler’s palette as player and composer. As he put it, “the free stuff relaxed my conventional playing and the conventional playing gave shape to my free soloing,” and ideas discovered in improvising, especially a fondness for intervallic leaps, were subsequently deployed in his pieces. He cited Duke Ellington, Gil Evans and Stan Kenton as formative influences on his writing but also listened closely to classical and contemporary composition; Paul Hindemith was another key influence.

Melody was the core of his own writing, and he always found new ways to frame it, harmonically and rhythmically. In terms of emotional atmosphere, he found melancholy cheering. “Sad music makes me feel happy,” he said. “My favourite people in jazz are the ones who sound a bit sad. Billie Holiday, Miles Davis.” His recorded legacy includes albums now regarded as contemporary jazz classics such as Gnu High, Deer Wan, Music For Large And Small Ensembles and Angel Song.

His 1978 masterpiece Deer Wan was engineered by Jan Erik Kongshaug and finds wheeler working with top shelf musicians like Jan Garbarek (saxophone), John Abercrombie (guitar/mandolin), Dave Holland (bass), Ralph Towner (12-string guitar), and Jack DeJohnette (drums). Featuring four original smooth Wheeler compositions, three of which clock in at over 10-minutes, Deer Wan is both lyrical and romantic in all the right places.

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Kate Smith – Songs of the Now Generation (1969/2018) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Kate Smith
Title: Songs of the Now Generation
Genre: Pop
Release Date: 1969
Duration: 00:36:40
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz
Label: RCA Victor/Legacy

Kathryn Elizabeth Smith, known professionally as Kate Smith and The First Lady of Radio, was an American singer, a contralto, best known for her rendition of Irving Berlin’s “God Bless America”. She had a radio, television, and recording career spanning five decades, which reached its pinnacle in the 1940s. Smith became known as The Songbird of the South after her enduring popularity during World War II and contribution to American culture and patriotism. “Songs Of The Now Generation” is her 1969’s album released for RCA Victor label.

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Justin Taylor – Continuum (Scarlatti – Ligeti) (2018) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Justin Taylor
Title: Continuum (Scarlatti – Ligeti)
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2018
Duration: 01:09:09
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz
Label: Alpha

It was when he heard a harpsichordist playing for the students at the university in his home town of Angers that Justin Taylor first discovered this instrument and its intriguing sound. He split his time between the piano and a harpsichord apprenticeship that he took with Olivier Beaumont and Blandine Rannou, also following masterclasses from Skip Semp and Pierre Hanta. What followed was a modern fairytale. The young man made furious progress, swiftly becoming a poster boy for the French harpsichord, winning the Bruges Competition and being named the musical “Revelation” of 2017, at the age of 23. A first album, dedicated to the Family Forqueray (Alpha, Qobuzissime) was showered in plaudits and soon followed by a number of concerts at prestigious festivals, which seem not to have remotely changed this young Franco-American. For his second project with Alpha Classics, Justin Taylor deftly blends Scarlatti with Ligeti, a composer he knows well, having played his formidable Continuum at the admission competition for the Conservatoire de Paris (CNSMD). In this new album, Scarlatti’s harmonic daring joins a Gyrgy Ligeti fascinated by the work of his distant Neapolitan colleague. The result is a real firework, lit and aimed by ten fingers which are as intelligent as they are fiendish — this artist is absolutely one to watch. — Franois Hudry

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The London Symphony Orchestra, John Williams – Star Wars: The Phantom Menace (1999/2018) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: The London Symphony Orchestra, John Williams
Title: Star Wars: The Phantom Menace
Genre: Soundtrack
Release Date: 1999
Duration: 01:13:49
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz
Label: Walt Disney Records

The original album was released to accompany the film (May 4, 1999). This release was certified Platinum in the U.S. and Gold in the UK, containing 17 tracks from selections of the score, meant to stand alone as a separate listening experience and not as one hears the score in the film. John Williams edited each track to present the score as one would hear it in a concert suite. Recorded in Abbey Road studios over a week, starting on February 10, 1999 performed by the London Voices and London Symphony Orchestra, Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace was the first Star Wars score Williams had composed in over 16 years. The scores of the following two films would rely heavily upon tracking from this score, a decision that Williams and George Lucas had made early into production of the film.

“Once again, John Williams has exceeded my expectations and produced a lavish, rich, moving and thrilling score. Every fan of Star Wars—and of great music—is in his debt.” (George Lucas)

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