Martin Stadtfeld – Der junge Beethoven
PS3 SACD ISO: 3,2 GB | Full Artwork | 5% Recovery Info
Label/Cat#: Sony Classical # 88697599792 | Country/Year: Germany 2009
Genre: Classical | Style: First Viennese School

This might be a single disc, but it is really two different recordings, in two different halls, at two different times, of two distinct musical forms.
In the above, WoO numbers refer to the German acronym WoO (Werk ohne Opuszahl) meaning a ‘work without an opus number’ as given in the Kinsky-Halm catalogue. Hess numbers refer to additional works listed in the catalogue by Willy Hess that are not in the Kinsky-Halm catalogue.
The Sony SACD piano sound has a lovely zingy bass, and yet a softer ‘distant’ quality. Stadtfeld has a light delicate touch where appropriate, and equally some uber sturm und drang when needed, as in the absolutely magnificent Prelude in F minor WoO 51. There is, however, some slight unevenness in Stadtfeld’s ornamentation in the Rondo, which suggests that slower tempi might be appropriate. Indeed, I think his Rondo No.1 is too rushed by any measure, to the extent that musical virtue is lost. In this regard, I distinctly prefer the version with the American pianist Russell Sherman on Redbook CD (6min10sec vs 4min53sec for Stadtfeld). The Allegretto, the fabulous Prelude and the Adagio are all splendid. On balance, the solo repertoire is a very fine recording of unusual early Beethoven repertoire, and comes highly recommended.
… My inclination: enjoy the disc the way it should have been correctly conceived … as an excellent solo album by a very talented pianist … and just ignore the rest.

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John Mayall & Friends – Along For The Ride (2001) (SACD 2003)
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 64:06 minutes | Scans included | 2,71 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 1,3 GB
Audio Fidelity SACD #AFZ-016 | Remastered for SACD by Steve Hoffman

By the time this was released in 2001, John Mayall was more known for the people who played in his seminal British band, the Bluesbreakers rather than his own accomplishments. The success of 1999’s Padlock on the Blues afforded Mayall the opportunity to fulfill his dreams and gather an all-star lineup of blues and rock luminaries. “A World of Hurt” and “That’s Why I Love You So” both typify the good but not great groove that permeates Along for the Ride. Better tracks “Yo Yo Man” and “Early in the Morning” are easygoing blues that feature the great rhythm section of John McVie and Mick Fleetwood. Fellow Fleetwood Mac and Bluesbreaker alum, the reclusive Peter Green plays acoustic slide guitar on “Yo-Yo Man.” “So Many Roads” has Mayall dueting with Otis Rush, and it soon becomes a contest on who sounds more disgruntled. The playful “Testify” features vocals and subtle guitar lines from blues phenom Shannon Curfman. This ends on the strong note. The powerful and wry “She Don’t Play By the Rules” has Mayall with arguably the strongest and most subtle band with Mick Taylor on lead guitar and Andy Fairweather Low on acoustic guitar. Along for the Ride is produced, engineered, and mixed by David Z. Despite the camaraderie, a lot of the hooks here don’t stick, and fans of Mayall and superstar sessions will get the most from this effort.

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George Frideric Handel – Alexander’s Feast & Ode For St- Cecilia’s Day
Kölner Kammerchor / Collegium Cartusianum / Peter Neumann
PS3 SACD ISO: 3,18 GB & 4,42 GB| Stereo + Multichannel DSD | Full Artwork | 5% Recovery Info
Label/Cat#: Carus # 83.424 | Country/Year: Germany 2009
Genre: Classical | Style: Baroque, Oratorio

Alexander’s Feast (HWV 75) is an ode with music by George Frideric Handel set to a libretto by Newburgh Hamilton. Hamilton adapted his libretto from John Dryden’s ode Alexander’s Feast, or the Power of Music (1697) which had been written to celebrate Saint Cecilia’s Day. Jeremiah Clarke (whose score is now lost) set the original ode to music.
Handel composed the music in January 1736, and the work received its premiere at the Covent Garden Theatre, London, on 19 February 1736. In its original form it contained three concertos: a concerto in B flat major in 3 movements for “Harp, Lute, Lyrichord and other Instruments” HWV 294 for performance after the recitative Timotheus, plac’d on high in Part I; a concerto grosso in C major in 4 movements for oboes, bassoon and strings, now known as the “Concerto in Alexander’s Feast” HWV 318, performed between Parts I and II; and an organ concerto HWV 289 in G minor and major in 4 movements for chamber organ, oboes, bassoon and strings performed after the chorus Let old Timotheus yield the prize in Part II. The organ concerto and harp concerto were published in 1738 by John Walsh as the first and last of the Handel organ concertos Op.4. Handel revised the music for performances in 1739, 1742 and 1751. Donald Burrows has discussed Handel’s revisions to the score.
The work describes a banquet held by Alexander the Great and his mistress Thaïs in the captured Persian city of Persepolis, during which the musician Timotheus sings and plays his lyre, arousing various moods in Alexander until he is finally incited to burn the city down in revenge for his dead Greek soldiers.
The piece was a great success and it encouraged Handel to make the transition from writing Italian operas to English choral works. The soloists at the premiere were the sopranos Anna Maria Strada and Cecilia Young, the tenor John Beard, and a bass called Erard (first name unknown).
Ode for St. Cecilia’s Day (HWV 76) is a cantata composed by George Frideric Handel in 1739, his second setting of the poem by the English poet John Dryden. The title of the oratorio refers to Saint Cecilia, the patron saint of musicians. The main theme of the text is the Pythagorean theory of harmonia mundi, that music was a central force in the Earth’s creation. The premiere was on 22 November 1739 at the Theatre in Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London.
Ebenezer Prout commented on various facets of Handel’s instrumentation in the work. Edmund Bowles has written on Handel’s use of timpani in the work. wikipedia

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Emerson, Lake & Palmer – Tarkus (1971) (2012 deluxe edition DVD-A)
ISO | MLP 24bit-48kHz 5.1; LPCM 24bit-48kHz 2.0; DD 5.1; DTS 5.1 | 3.61 GB
Sony | 2012 deluxe edition DVD-A only | HQ covers

In May 2012, Steven Wilson announced that he had recently remixed two classic albums by ELP, their first (eponymous) album from 1970 and second album Tarkus from 1971. Both albums were subsequently released by Sony 27 August 2012 as 3 disc sets. In each case disc one is a CD of the original mix, disc two is a CD of the stereo remix in the form of an alternate version of the album, adding a lot of bonus material and previously undiscovered tracks recorded during the sessions. Disc 3 is a DVD-Audio containing lossless 5.1 surround sound mixes and high resolution versions of the 2012 stereo mixes.
Both the stereo and 5.1 mixes of Tarkus add an unreleased song, “Oh, My Father”, described by Wilson in the sleeve notes as “a wonderful Greg Lake song that seems to be a deeply personal piece about the death of his father, which could well be why it wasn’t used at the time”.
The stereo mixes also include another unreleased song, with vocals by Emerson, titled “Unknown Ballad” for this release; and an unreleased mix of “Mass” without vocals.

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Emerson, Lake & Palmer – Emerson, Lake & Palmer (1970) (2012 Deluxe Edition DVD-A)
ISO | MLP 24bit-48kHz 5.1; LPCM 24bit-48kHz 2.0; DD 5.1; DTS 5.1 | 3.46 GB
Söny | 2012 deluxe edition DVD-A only | HQ covers

In May 2012, Steven Wilson of Porcupine Tree remixed the album for a 3-CD reissue containing the original mix, the Wilson remix, and a DVD-Audio with 5.1 surround sound mix.
The remixed versions have different track listings from the original album, omitting the first two sections of “The Three Fates” (“Clotho” and “Lachesis”) and “Tank” because the multitrack tapes for those pieces were unavailable, and adding unreleased material. “Knife Edge” has an extended ending; due to the difficulty of reproducing the song’s original tape slowdown ending, Wilson chose instead to include the end of the original album session at its original speed. The 5.1 remix replaces “Tank” with an unreleased instrumental called “Rave-Up”, which bears some similarity to the instrumental section of “Mass” on Tarkus.
The remixed stereo versions include all of the above while adding more unreleased material. A vocal version of “Promenade” (the first live version of which appears on Pictures at an Exhibition) replaces the missing sections of “The Three Fates”; a new otherwise untitled “Drum Solo” by Carl Palmer (similar but not identical to a section of “Tank”) is added between “Rave Up” and “Lucky Man”; “Lucky Man” is followed by an unfinished alternate take of “Take a Pebble”, complete with some studio banter; then an unreleased take of “Knife Edge”, lacking vocals and final section; and finally two versions of “Lucky Man”, the first being Greg Lake’s original demo, the second an unreleased complete band version.

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MPEG-4 AVC | 1080p | DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1,Dolby Digital 2.0  | 21.8 Gb+ 3 Rev. Parts

The only movie powered by AC/DC. This legendary concert film, covering a 1979 Paris concert during the Australian heavy metal band’s “Highway To Hell” tour showcases the power and precision that the quintet bring to vicious rockers like “Whole Lotta Rosie” and “Let There Be Rock.” Pixie-ish lead guitarist Angus Young, attired in his trademark school-boy’s uniform, takes center stage with his energetic antics and frenetic solos, while the rest of the band crank out their minimalist boogie with quiet determination. Interview segments and humorous backstage footage show another side to the thuggish musicians, especially AC/DC’s flamboyant lead singer Bon Scott, who died two months after this filmed concert.

http://www.blu-ray.com/movies/AC-DC-Let-There-Be-Rock-Blu-ray/20680/

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Duration: 01:28:29 File Size: 5.41 GiB
Video info: AVC/H.264 | 1920x1080p | ~8 750 Kbps | 25.000 fps | 16:9
Audio info: AAC Audio | 256 Kbps | 2 channels | 48.0 KHz

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The Doors – The Doors (1967/2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 44:10 minutes | 989 MB
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | Front cover

A tremendous debut album, and indeed one of the best first-time outings in rock history, introducing the band’s fusion of rock, blues, classical, jazz, and poetry with a knock-out punch. The lean, spidery guitar and organ riffs interweave with a hypnotic menace, providing a seductive backdrop for Jim Morrison’s captivating vocals and probing prose. “Light My Fire” was the cut that topped the charts and established the group as stars, but most of the rest of the album is just as impressive, including some of their best songs: the propulsive “Break on Through” (their first single), the beguiling Oriental mystery of “The Crystal Ship,” the mysterious “End of the Night,” “Take It as It Comes” (one of several tunes besides “Light My Fire” that also had hit potential), and the stomping rock of “Soul Kitchen” and “Twentieth Century Fox.” The 11-minute Oedipal drama “The End” was the group at its most daring and, some would contend, overambitious. It was nonetheless a haunting cap to an album whose nonstop melodicism and dynamic tension would never be equaled by the group again, let alone bettered.

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Rod Stewart – Every Picture Tells A Story (1971/2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 40:51 minutes | 954 MB
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | Front/Rear covers

A defining moment in a career that has spanned multiple decades, Rod Stewart remains one of the best selling artists of all time. Stewart continued his legacy with the release of his 1971 masterpiece, Every Picture Tells A Story. This quintessential recording rocks hard, comprised of originals and covers; the album is a rich mix of rock, blues and folk. Stewart’s soulful and brilliantly textured vocals are at the forefront of this album, which includes an inspired rendition of The Temptations’ “(I Know) I’m Losing You” and his chart-topping pop anthem, “Maggie May.” Experience this timeless classic and one of the greatest rock albums of all time as a pristine hi-res download.

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Peter Frampton – Thank You Mr Churchill (2010)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 55:49 minutes | 1,23 GB
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | Digital Booklet

Frampton remains one of the most celebrated artists and guitarists in rock history. At 16, he was lead singer and guitarist for British teen band, the Herd. At 18, he co-founded one of the first super groups, seminal rock act Humble Pie. His fifth solo album, the electrifying Frampton Comes Alive, is one of the top selling live records of all time.

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