A three-CD + Blu-ray Audio package that comprises the UK mono album plus outtakes, mono singles on mono EPs on the first disc, the UK stereo album plus stereo outtakes and stereo remixes on the second disc, early versions, demos and BBC recordings on the third CD and a 24/96 hi-res version of US mono & stereo albums and bonus tracks on the fourth and final disc which is a Blu-ray Audio. (more…)
A landmark release in prog rock history, The Alan Parsons Project’s debut album, Tales Of Mystery And Imagination, remains not only one of the most ambitious releases from prog’s mid-70s golden age, but also one of the finest examples of a musician putting literature to music. Released in 1976, Tales Of Mystery And Imagination saw Alan Parsons and long-time collaborator Eric Woolfson bring to life some of the most enduring works by pioneering gothic poet and short-story writer Edgar Allan Poe. Working with a host of musicians, among them legendary God Of Hellfire, Arthur Brown, Hollies singer and guitarist Terry Sylvester, the bands Ambrosia and Pilot, plus keyboardist Francis Monkman (of cult 70s outfit Curved Air), they also managed to snag narration by legendary actor, director, writer and producer Orson Welles – a man with no little experience in bringing works of literature to life in the studio. For its 40th anniversary, Tales… is being celebrated with a multi-disc box set, made with the full co-operation of Alan Parsons and the family of the late Eric Woolfson. As well as boasting over 70 minutes’ worth of previously unreleased bonus material, the 3CD+Blu-ray+2LP box set also includes the original 1976 album mix (half-speed mastered for vinyl at Abbey Road by leading half-speed mastering expert Miles Showell), Alan Parsons’ 1987 remix, and, for the first time ever, a high-definition 5.1 surround sound mix on Blu-ray, mastered in 2016 by Parsons himself. Rounded out with a 60-page coffee-table book boasting rare photos and new interviews, a poster, replica 1976 press kit and “taped man” sticker, this lavish package does full justice to the legacy of Parsons’ and Woolfson’s stunning work. “The Tales album is my favourite,” Alan Parsons says today. “Always has been, always will be. It broke new territory all round.” (more…)
The latest album of Luca Turilli’s RHAPSODY, »Prometheus, Symphonia Ignis Divinus«, was chosen to be the first studio album in music history to be remixed in Dolby Atmos. Renowned producer/mixing engineer Chris Heil (DAVID BOWIE, BRYAN ADAMS, SCORPIONS) mixed the entire masterpiece in Dolby Atmos – the mindblowing result will be submitted for the 2017 Grammy nominations. »Prometheus, The Dolby Atmos Experience + Cinematic And Live« will be released December, 9th via Nuclear Blast. (more…)
Hypnotic Eye will be the 13th studio album from Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers. Released on July 29th, 2014, Hypnotic Eye is the first album from the band in four years. “I knew I wanted to do a rock & roll record,” Petty told Rolling Stone in April. “We hadn’t made a straight hard-rockin’ record, from beginning to end, in a long time.” (more…)
Nothing succeeds like excess, at least that’s the case with Queen’s breakthrough 1975 classic, A Night At The Opera. On one level, the title is a reference to the band’s operatic pretensions as evidenced here on the classic “Bohemian Rhapsody.” It also happens to be the title of a Marx Brothers movie, and the reference isn’t lost on Queen, who seldom scaled the heights of pomprock without a knowing wink.
The album is remembered for its meticulously produced bombast, but the truth is that there’s a wide variety of material here, from the gorgeous piano-based “You’re My Best Friend” and the McCartney-esque “39,” to the music-hall-style “Lazing on a Sunday Afternoon” and the pedal-to-the-metal rockers “Death on Two Legs” and “I’m in Love with My Car.” A Night at the Opera is widely considered to be the quintessential Queen album and justifiably so!
Audio is taken from the original master tapes and mastered in 24-bit/96kHz resolution with a choice of three sound formats: PCM, Dolby True HD, or DTS-HD Master Audio. You can finally enjoy the music in the fidelity originally experienced in the studio. (more…)
In 2014 we celebrate the 20th anniversary of Soundgarden’s massive album Superunknown which to date has sold 9 million albums worldwide and is certified five times platinum by the RIAA in the US. Both a critical and commercial success, in 1994 Superunknown debuted at #1 on the Billboard charts and earned the band two Grammys® for the singles ‘Black Hole Sun’ and ‘Spoonman’ in 1995. As relevant today as they were in 1994, the multi-platinum-selling Soundgarden continues to be in the Top 10 most played artists on Active Rock radio and the band’s top 4 most played radio songs – accumulating over 1 million in total airplay and 4 billion in total audience to date – are all from this very beloved album: ‘Black Hole Sun’, ‘Fell on Black Days’, ‘Spoonman’ and ‘The Day I Tried To Live’. In 2003, Rolling Stone ranked the album as one of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time and the 100 Greatest Albums of the Nineties.
– Packaging: 8.5′ x 12′ hardbound book with approx. 70-80 pages + lenticular cover animating a solar flaring eclipse around the original cover art – 5k+ word liner notes by David Fricke – Completely new artwork by Josh Graham – CD1: remastered album – 16 tracks (including international album bonus track ‘She Likes Surprises’) – CD2: 14 B-sides and 2 Unreleased Alternative Mixes – CD3: 9 Unreleased Demos – CD4: 16 Unreleased Rehearsals from June ’93 (1 month prior to start of July recording session) – Blu-ray: New 96/24 5.1 Surround Mix of all 16 album tracks, 96/24 High Res Stereo, Lyrics pages animated into video to go with each song – Includes free download card of the DTS Headphone: X app to experience the original 16-track album in 11.1 surround sound using normal stereo headphones
Recordings of all the Beethoven symphonies with their chief conductor are always a milestone in the artistic work of the Berliner Philharmoniker. So it was with Herbert von Karajan and Claudio Abbado, and expectations are correspondingly high for this cycle conducted by Sir Simon Rattle. Where does the special status of these symphonies come from? Simon Rattle has an explanation: “One of the things Beethoven does is to give you a mirror into yourself – where you are now as a musician.” In fact, this music contains such a wealth of extreme emotions and brilliant compositional ideas that reveal the qualities of the orchestra and its conductor as if under a magnifying glass.
On his personal approach to the performances, Sir Simon said, “You can make Beethoven too sophisticated or too elegant, you can clean him up too much. You can try to make him agree with himself when often he’s fighting with himself. I have the feeling probably that the more plain-spoken this music is, the better it is. And one knows with this orchestra, when you say ʻwill you joyfully motor this machine off the clifftop?ʼ, everybody says ʻof course we willʼ.” The concerts in which the Berliner Philharmoniker and their chief presented the symphonies in the Philharmonie in October 2015 were as thrilling as this suggests. The virtuosity of the works was revealed as impressively as their revolutionary energy. Performances in Paris, Vienna and New York followed and were rewarded with standing ovations from audiences.
The recording of the Berlin performances is available in an exclusive hardcover edition. It includes the cycle on five CDs and three Blu-ray discs as HD video, in uncompressed audio resolution and DTS surround sound. Its many extras include a video introduction with Sir Simon Rattle and a documentary about the making of the recordings with many interviews and glimpses behind-the-scenes. (more…)
Valery Gergiev, Wiener Philharmoniker – Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.6 in B minor ‘Pathétique’, Op.74 (2005/2014) Blu-Ray: LPCM 2.0 24bit/96kHz | DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 & Dolby TrueHD Audio 2.0 24bit/96kHz | No Art | 4,86 GB or BDAudio Rip > FLAC: 2.0 Stereo, Tracks 24bit/96kHz | 44:00 minutes | Sourced Track – LPCM 2.0 Stereo | 934 MB
Far more than the Tchaikovsky Fourth and Fifth that Decca recorded live with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Gergiev’s Pathetique bids fair to be considered one of the great ones.
Little more than a decade into his international career, Valery Gergiev is being described as “the greatest living conductor.” But is he? Let us compare Gergiev’s new recording of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6 with the Vienna Philharmonic and his earlier recording of the same work with the Kirov Orchestra. The new recording is faster, as much as two minutes faster in the outer movements. But it’s not better, no, it’s not at all better. Gergiev’s current interpretation of the Sixth is not only too fast — too fast in the opening movement’s development, too fast in the Allegro molto vivace’s climax, and fatally too fast in the Finale’s Adagio lamentoso — it is too much — too much in its excessive brilliance, too much in its linear intensity, too much in its dramatic exaggerations, and too much in its emotional pathos. In his earlier recording, Gergiev created a performance of sublime despair. In this recording, Gergiev chews the scenery. It doesn’t help that the Vienna Philharmonic now plays with nothing more than its customary virtuosity while the Kirov Orchestra then played with astounding virtuosity and complete dedication. While Philips’ sound now is almost supernaturally present, Philips’ then was preternaturally warm and real. So is Gergiev now the greatest living conductor? The argument could not be made by the evidence of this recording. But was Gergiev then the greatest living conductor? On the evidence of the earlier recording, the argument could be made. (more…)
CD + BLU RAY set. 2014 remix by Steven Wilson in 5.1 Surround & stereo + original stereo + instrumental versions + bonus tracks incl session takes & alt mixes + promo film clips + sleeve-notes by Andy Partridge, Colin Moulding & Dave Gregory. Third album,