Lou Donaldson – Here ‘Tis (1960) [APO Remaster 2010] {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

Lou Donaldson – Here ‘Tis (1960) [APO Remaster 2010]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 39:04 minutes | Scans included | 1,59 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 774 MB

Here ‘Tis is in the front rank of Lou Donaldson records, an exceptionally funky soul-jazz session that finds the saxophonist swinging harder than usual. As he moves from hard bop to soul-jazz, Donaldson reveals a bluesy streak to his playing while keeping the vigorous attack that defined his best bop. Donaldson’s playing is among his finest in the soul-jazz vein, but what makes Here ‘Tis such an enjoyable session is his interaction with his supporting trio of guitarist Grant Green, organist Baby Face Willette, and drummer Dave Bailey. As support, all three know how to keep a groove gritty and flexible, following Lou’s lead and working a swinging beat that keeps flowing, never growing static. Green and Willette also have their time in the spotlight, and both musicians are frequently stunning. Green’s single-note leads are clean and inventive; Willette is rhythmic and forceful, but also capable of soulful, mellow leads on the slow blues. Their talent, combined with Donaldson at a peak, results in a terrific record. (more…)

Joe Satriani – Surfing With the Alien (1987/2014) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Joe Satriani – Surfing With the Alien (1987/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96kHz | Time – 00:37:41 minutes | 871 MB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks |  © Epic Records

Surfing with the Alien is Joe Satriani’s second album and one of his most successful albums to date. Originally released in 1987, it peaked at #29 on the Billboard 200 chart and stayed on the chart for 75 weeks. The album was nominated for Best Rock Instrumental Performance and Best Pop Instrumental Performance Grammy awards in 1989, and was certified platinum in February 1992, Satriani’s only release to do so. Remastered by John Cuniberti, analog mixes are 30ips 1/2″ tape, transferred and mastered to digital at 96/24. (more…)

Isaac Hayes – Hot Buttered Soul (1969) [MFSL 2003] {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

Isaac Hayes – Hot Buttered Soul (1969) [MFSL 2003]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 45:37 minutes | Scans included | 1,84 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 990 MB
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Released at the tail end of the ’60s, Hot Buttered Soul set the precedent for how soul would evolve in the early ’70s, simultaneously establishing Isaac Hayes and the Bar-Kays as major forces within black music. Though not quite as definitive as Black Moses or as well-known as Shaft, Hot Buttered Soul remains an undeniably seminal record; it stretched its songs far beyond the traditional three-to-four-minute industry norm, featured long instrumental stretches where the Bar-Kays stole the spotlight, and it introduced a new, iconic persona for soul with Hayes’ tough yet sensual image. With the release of this album, Motown suddenly seemed manufactured and James Brown a bit too theatrical. Surprising many, the album features only four songs. The first, “Walk on By,” is an epic 12-minute moment of true perfection, its trademark string-laden intro just dripping with syrupy sentiment, and the thumping mid-tempo drum beat and accompanying bassline instilling a complementary sense of nasty funk to the song; if that isn’t enough to make it an amazing song, Hayes’ almost painful performance brings yet more feeling to the song, with the guitar’s heavy vibrato and the female background singers taking the song to even further heights. The following three songs aren’t quite as stunning but are still no doubt impressive: “Hyperbolicsyllabicsequedalymistic” trades in sappy sentiment for straight-ahead funk, highlighted by a stomping piano halfway through the song; “One Woman” is the least epic moment, clocking in at only five minutes, but stands as a straightforward, well-executed love ballad; and finally, there’s the infamous 18-minute “By the Time I Get to Phoenix” and its lengthy monologue which slowly eases you toward the climactic, almost-orchestral finale, a beautiful way to end one of soul’s timeless, landmark albums, the album that transformed Hayes into a lifelong icon. (more…)

Godsmack – 1000hp (2014) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Godsmack – 1000hp (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 45:29 minutes | 969 MB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | Front cover | © Republic Records

Grammy Award-nominated multi-platinum hard rock heroes, Godsmack are revving up their highly anticipated sixth full-length album, 100hp, for release on August 5th.

The lead single off the upcoming album, 1000hp bursts out of the gate with the Boston group’s signature stomp and newfound thrashed-up “punk” energy. It’s a rowdy, rousing, and rough anthem that tells the story of the band’s journey from playing tiny clubs to packed arenas worldwide.

Once again Godsmack teamed up with producer Dave Fortman (Slipknot, Evanescence) for the album, recording it back home in their new HQ just 30 minutes from the heart of the city. (more…)

Ludwig van Beethoven – The 32 Piano Sonatas – Wilhelm Kempff (1965/2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Ludwig van Beethoven – The 32 Piano Sonatas – Wilhelm Kempff (1965/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 09:53:34 minutes | 11 GB | Genre: Classical
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | Digital booklet | © Deutsche Grammophon

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A selection of Beethoven Piano Sonatas performed by Wilhelm Kempff, and a part of DG’s “Virtuoso” series.

Wilhelm Kempff was the premier German pianist of the postwar period, so it’s no surprise that he was considered one of the supreme interpreters of Beethoven. He recorded complete sets of the sonatas and concertos twice, and just about all the rest of the chamber music with piano as well. Kempff was a classicist by nature, and his approach to Beethoven was clear and poised rather than impulsive, but it was never lacking in sheer power or virtuosity when necessary. His last cycle of Beethoven sonatas is rightly regarded as his musical testament. Even if the mono recordings offered a few more exciting moments in a couple of works, you can’t go wrong here — there isn’t a dud in the lot. (more…)

Melissa Aldana & Crash Trio – Melissa Aldana And Crash Trio (2014) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Melissa Aldana & Crash Trio – Melissa Aldana & Crash Trio (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 52:38 minutes | 608 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | Digital booklet | © Concord Jazz

Jazz saxophonist Melissa Aldana is set to release her first record for Concord Jazz on June 24, 2014. The self-titled album Melissa Aldana & Crash Trio is the first recording of the three band mates together – Aldana, bassist Pablo Menares and drummer Francisco Mela. Recorded at Sear Sound Recording Studio in New York, the album consists of originals written by all three band members and includes two covers – the Harry Warren classic “You’re My Everything” and Thelonious Monk’s “Ask Me Now”. (more…)

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Yeahwon Shin – Lua Ya (2013) [Official Digital Download 24bit/88,2kHz]

Yeahwon Shin – Lua Ya (2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 40:28 minutes | 703 MB | Genre: Jazz
Official Digital Download – Source: HighResAudio.com | Digital booklet | © ECM

South Korean singer Yeahwon Shin’s ECM debut, “Lua ya” is a gentle album of songs and lullabies, recorded in 2012 in the spacious acoustics of Mechanics Hall, near Boston. It’s a very intuitive set, shaped by “improvising, listening to our childhood memories and letting the music flow”, as Yeahwon says. Shin and pianist Aaron Parks played together just once before the present recording, finding “an instant improvisational connection” which is further explored here. Accordionist Rob Curto shares with Yeahwon an affinity for Brazilian music and has collaborated with her previously (in contexts including her Latin Grammy-nominated album “Yeahwon” on ArtistShare). But this new disc is a project beyond the idiomatic borderlines: Korean children’s songs are amongst the inspirational sources, and jazz has influenced the phrasing and imagination of all three participants, yet “Lua ya” seems to emerge from a place of pure music and a common reservoir of feeling. Yeahwon Shin dedicates the set to mothers and children everywhere. (more…)

Vanessa Paradis – Love Songs (2013) {Deluxe Edition} [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Vanessa Paradis – Love Songs (2013) [Deluxe Edition]
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 01:17:04 minutes | 929 MB | Genre: Pop, Chanson
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Digital booklet | © Barclay

It’s been six years since Divinidylle, and Vanessa Paradis is making up for lost time with the 22-track Love Songs. The title bears some poignancy — this is her first offering since splitting from Johnny Depp. (He and their daughter Lily Rose get co-writing credits on the dubwise “New Year.”) Benjamin Biolay produced the set, wrote six tunes for it, co-wrote another with Paradis, and performed a duet with her. Biolay may not be the next Serge Gainsbourg, but he is the master’s most logical successor in terms of musical sophistication, writing chops, and a willingness to experiment sonically. Among the other songwriters who contributed material are Mathieu Boogaerts, Mickaël Furnon, BB Brunes’ Adrien Gallo, Marcel Kanche, and Paradis. Opener “L’au-Delà” is a modern French chanson offered in lilting waltz time; guitars and snare drum move directly at the singer who slips them and lets the lyric guide her delivery. The title track single by Biolay caused a discussion between singer and producer — being one of his best songs, she wanted him to keep it for himself, but he insisted she record it. It’s classic French disco, complete with big bassline, spacy strings, Star Wars battle synths, organic and synthetic percussion, wah-wah guitars, and an infectious, hooky, vocal chorus. Paradis’ voice, usually wispy and slight, digs into the lyric with force and delight. “Les Espaces et les Sentiments” is funky pop, where the singer struts atop the bassline, synth pulse, and percussion, and places them in service of her sultry delivery. “Tu pars Comme on Revient,” by Biolay, brings the classic age of French chanson to the indie pop era with a flourish, yet it took this singer to pull it off. “The Dark It Comes” is a duet with ex-Libertines’ Carl Barat; it’s a twisted murder ballad whose narrative stands in sharp contrast to its lush musical arrangement. The tango-gypsy fusion in “Le Rempart” is clever and convincing, as is “Sombreros,” where reggae meets cumbia. “Mi Amor” is Phil Spector rock & roll with 21st century production featuring a dirty bassline vamp and blissed-out guitars in the bridge. It highlights Paradis’ sassy, playful phrasing — she can sing this stuff all day and always sound convincing. She lends a wistful poignancy to her reading of Jacques Brel’s classic “La Chanson des Vieux Cons,” which Biolay illustrates dramatically with a restrained operatic backing choir, organ, and piano. His duet with her on “Les Roses Roses” owes as much to early rock & roll as it does to the breezy sophisti-pop Biolay is famous for. As a result of this collaboration, Love Songs is Paradis’ most heterogeneous album musically — though that is admittedly subtle at first. While Biolay’s importance cannot be overstated, this is the very first Paradis record where she sounds like a full partner with her producer rather than the singer he illuminates. While she doesn’t leave pop behind here, she pushes its envelope — and her own — attaining a diversity that we couldn’t have imagined from her previously.

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Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues (2011) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues (2011)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 49:53 minutes | 1,12 GB | Genre: Folk
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | Front cover | © Sub Pop Records

Helplessness Blues is the groundbreaking follow-up to Fleet Foxes’ highly acclaimed self-titled debut. Recorded and mixed by Phil Ek and co-produced by Fleet Foxes and Ek, the indie-folk rock band performs with lush harmonies creating a brilliant baroque folk-pop album. Led by lead vocalist Robin Pecknold, the band is comprised of Skyler Skjelset, Christian Wargo, Casey Wescott, Josh Tillman and Morgan Henderson. With hauntingly beautiful instrumentation and riveting acoustic hymns, the band traverses through a rich offering from the jazzy “The Shrine/An Argument” to the tranquil title track, “Helplessness Blues.” The album was highly regarded as one of the best albums of 2011 by Entertainment Weekly, Mojo, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, Uncut, and The Guardian, among others. The record also earned a Grammy® nomination for Best Folk Album. Experience this seminal album as a pristine hi-res download.

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