Pete Alderton – Roadside Preaching (2013) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Pete Alderton – Roadside Preaching (2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 48:03 minutes | 566 MB | Genre: Blues
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Gubemusic.com | Front cover | © Ozella Music

Roadside Preaching sees Pete Alderton collaborating with musicians he met while touring Germany’s blues bars – true originals, to whom the blues is not just a musical style, but a way of life. It has made Roadside Preaching, mastered by Hans-Jörg Mauksch at Pauler Acoustics, his most authentic and intense album so far. An essential part of its appeal stems from the tightness of his backing band, which has cut its teeth through an endless string of gigs, performing both at renowned jazz spaces and small pubs. Eric Clapton once said: “From time to time, you need to revisit the blues to recharge”. Pete Alderton has never left its side. (more…)

David Bowie – Diamond Dogs (1974/2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

David Bowie – Diamond Dogs (1974/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 38:28 minutes | 1,43 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download  | Front Cover | © Parlophone UK

David Bowie’s 1974 concept album remastered. Diamond Dogs was Bowie’s eighth studio album and features singles “Rebel Rebel,” “Diamond Dogs,” and “1984.”

Diamond Dogs is a concept album by David Bowie, originally released by RCA Records in 1974. Thematically it was a marriage of the novel Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell and Bowie’s own glam-tinged vision of a post-apocalyptic world. Bowie had wanted to make a theatrical production of Orwell’s book and began writing material after completing sessions for his 1973 album Pin Ups, but the late author’s estate denied the rights. The songs wound up on the second half of Diamond Dogs instead where, as the titles indicate, the Nineteen Eighty-Four theme was prominent. (more…)

Lea Michele – Places (2017) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Lea Michele – Places (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz  | Time – 39:58 minutes | 820 MB | Genre: Pop
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Mora.jp | Front Cover | © Columbia Records

“Places” is the second studio album by American singer Lea Michele. The Recording of the album began in April 2015. Shortly into the recording process, Michele stated that the album would be less pop-influenced than her debut, and would “[go] back to [her] roots” with a more theatrical sound. (more…)

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
Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab # UDSACD 2005

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…)