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,
Genre: Alternative Rock, Pop Rock, Baroque Pop Media: Blu-Ray Publishing year: 1992 Publisher (label): Panegyric Audio Codec: DTS-HD MA 5.1 (48 kHz / 4799 kbps / 24-bit) LPCM 5.1 (96 kHz / 13824 kbps / 24-bit) LPCM 2.0 (96 kHz / 4608 kbps / 24-bit) Type rip: BD.iso Duration: 1:09:01 Size: 33.4 GB
Nonsuch is the first in a series of expanded XTC album editions including 5.1 Surround mixes, new stereo mixes and High-Resolution stereo mixes of the original material along with a wealth of extra audio and visual material. Steven Wilson has produced the new mixes with the input of founder band member Andy Partridge and the full approval of the band. Presented in special packaging with an expanded booklet and sleeve-notes by Andy Partridge, Colin Moulding and Dave Gregory, this is the cd and blu-ray version.
• The album has been mixed for 5.1 Surround Sound from the original studio masters by Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree) with the input of founder band member Andy Partridge and the full approval of the band. • CD features a completely new stereo album mix by Steven Wilson and non-album track Didn’t Hurt a Bit. • Blu-Ray features: – an LPCM 5.1 Surround mix (24bit/96khz) mixed from the original multi-track tapes, with a DTS-HD Master Audio stream at 24/48. – the new stereo album mix – LPCM at 24/96. – exclusive instrumental versions of all new mixes – exclusive Andy Partridge home demos and Colin Moulding work tapes for songs written for the album and contemporaneously. – filmed footage of the band working on the album in Chipping Norton Studios. – promo films for The Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead and The Disappointed also feature on the Blu-Ray. (more…)
A quarter of a century after ‘Out Of Time’ helped break alternative music into the American mainstream and turned R.E.M. into a worldwide phenomenon, the band have announced a special 25th Anniversary Edition, out via Concord Bicycle. ‘Out Of Time’ will be released in three different formats. The 2 CD Set will include a remastered version of the original album alongside demo versions of every album track, as well as demos for two non-album b-sides and a previously unreleased song. The 3 LP Set will include remastered vinyl versions of the original album and the demos. The 25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition of ‘Out Of Time’ will include 4 discs, featuring the remastered album, demos, recordings from the band’s performance at Mountain Stage in 1991 (a rarity for the time, as the band did not tour to promote ‘Out Of Time’), and a Blu-Ray disc with hi-resolution audio and 5.1 Surround Sound versions of ‘Out Of Time,’ all of the music videos from the album, and the 1991 electronic press kit ‘Time Piece,’ featuring in-studio footage, exclusive performances and more. All versions will feature extensive liner notes by Annie Zaleski featuring interviews from all four band members and producers Scott Litt and John Keane. Full details below.
Mylene Farmer – Timeless (2013) [High Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-Ray Disc]
LPCM 2.0 and DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 & Dolby TrueHD 2.0 | Time – 01:10:32 minutes | 13,6 GB
Timeless (stylized as Timel3ss) was the sixth concert tour by French recording artist, Mylène Farmer. The tour supported the singer’s ninth studio album, Monkey Me. The tour began on September 7, 2013 and ended on December 3, 2013. It played 39 shows in 5 countries. Over 535,000 people saw Myléne Farmer live on this tour.