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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The Qualitons – Panoramic Tymes (2010) [Official Digital Download 24bit/48kHz]

The Qualitons – Panoramic Tymes (2010)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time – 38:36 minutes | 471 MB | Genre: Funk, R&B
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Bandcamp | Artwork: Front cover | © Tramp Records

The story of The Qualitons began in 2007 when DJ/producer Kanada Káosz, after several years of organizing “What Da Funk” events in Budapest, was invited to DJ at the Berlin Soul Ascension Festival (SAF). As a real fan of live Funk and R&B bands he had always thought that it was a shame that Hungary didn’t have a single band in these genres. When he saw some of the greatest funk/soul/beat bands playing at the SAF, he went back to Budapest inspired to organize such a band in Hungary. He went to dozens of concerts to hand-pick musicians for this project. Those who he asked were totally up for the idea and surprisingly told him that they had always wanted to play in such a band but no one never asked them! All of them had attended and graduated from the Department of Jazz at the Franz Liszt Music Academy, the most prestigious college of music in Hungary. (more…)

VA – Woodstock: Music From The Original Soundtrack And More (1970/2014) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

V.A. – Woodstock: Music From The Original Soundtrack And More (1970/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 2:18:48 minutes | 5,34 GB | Genre: Rock
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | Front cover | © Rhino Atlantic

Originally released in 1970 as a triple-LP, Music From The Original Soundtrack and More: Woodstock topped Billboard’s pop album chart for four weeks, and was a Top 20 R&B album as well. As potent a musical capsule as ever existed, it captures the three-day, 1969 concert event that united close to half a million members of what came to be known as the “Woodstock Generation.” Rhino’s deluxe, 40th anniversary 2CD reissue of this sprawling and era-defining sonic document – featuring CSN&Y, The Who, Santana, Jimi Hendrix, and much more – is remastered from the original analog soundboard tapes. It’s the ideal way to take a trip back to Yasgur’s farm and performances that shaped music and popular culture for years to come. (more…)

Dunedin Consort, John Butt – J.S. Bach: John Passion – Reconstruction Of Bach’s Passion Liturgy (2013) [Official Digital Download 24bit/88,2kHz]

Dunedin Consort – JS Bach: John Passion – Reconstruction Of Bach’s Passion Liturgy (2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24bit/192 kHz | Time – 138:43 minutes | 5,36 GB |  Genre: Classical
Official Digital Download – Source: LinnRecords.com | Covers & Digital Booklet

For the first time on record, listeners can experience Bach’s gripping John Passion within its original liturgical context. This recording of Bach’s John Passion gives listeners a refreshing outlook, shining a new light into one of the best known pieces of the choral repertoire. John Butt recreates the Good Friday Vesper liturgy of a passion performance during Bach’s time at Leipzig; in addition to the Dunedin Consort performance of Bach’s composition, this recording features music from an original Leipzig hymn book with works by Jacob Händl, J. H. Schein and J Crüger performed by a congregational choir and the University of Glasgow Chapel Choir. (more…)

Dunedin Consort, John Butt – J.S. Bach: Mass in B Minor (Breitkopf & Härtel Edition) (2006) [Official Digital Download 24bit/88,2kHz]

Johann Sebastian Bach – Mass in B Minor (Breitkopf & Härtel Edition)
Dunedin Consort & Players / John Butt
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88,2 kHz: 1,87 GB | Artwork |  Genre: Classical, Sacred | Style: Baroque, Vocal
Label/Cat#: Linn Records # CKD 254 | Country/Year: UK 2006 | Source: Linn

There are few who strive sincerely to juxtapose the bedfellows of academic rigour and inspired musicianship. Given his recent Handelian activity at the helm of the Dunedin Consort and Players, some might have forgotten that John Butt is a Bach research specialist and author of the Cambridge Handbook on the Mass in B minor. In the booklet he explains his thoughts about historically informed performance practice (one voice per part, following the evidence outlined in the writings of Joshua Rifkin and Andrew Parrott), and discusses his choice to make the first recording of Rifkin’s recent edition (which reconstructs Bach’s score c1749, without later accretions). Butt’s interpretation owes firm allegiance to the “OVPP” creed that will not please everyone (even if detractors have not yet produced a single scrap of proof to refute it), but the Dunedin Consort and Players are never perfunctory or merely dogmatic. This performance demands to be heard. (more…)

David Chesky – The New York Rags {Binaural+} [2013] [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

David Chesky – The New York Rags {Binaural+} [2013]
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 41:30 minutes | 1,34 GB | Genre: Jazz, Fusion
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | Digital booklet | © Chesky Records

David Chesky’s series of 18 modern virtuoso solo piano rags are inspired by life in the bustling and intense metropolis of New York City, a place he has called home since 1974. The work seems to owe as much to Henry Cowell and Charles Ives’ use of dissonance, Elliott Carter’s atonalism, Conlon Nancarrow’s experimental piano rolls, Leonard Bernstein’s syncopation, and Cecil Taylor’s whirlwind free jazz as they do to Joplin’s ragtime classics. These pieces are taken from Chesky’s unique rhythmic and harmonic style of composition, fused together with stride piano and ragtime to capture the everyday life of modern pulsating New York City. This album was recorded in Binaural+ for both speaker and 3D headphone playback and has EXTREME dynamics, so please set your playback levels carefully. (more…)

Pink Floyd – The Dark Side of the Moon (2016) [Pink Floyd Records ‎- PFRLP8] {VINYL RIP 32BIT/192KHZ}

Pink Floyd – The Dark Side of the Moon (2016)
Vinyl | LP Cover (1:1) | FLAC + cue | 32bit/192kHz | 1,93 Gb
Label: Pink Floyd Records PFRLP8 | Release: 2016 | 00:43:05 | Genre: Rock

By condensing the sonic explorations of Meddle to actual songs and adding a lush, immaculate production to their trippiest instrumental sections, Pink Floyd inadvertently designed their commercial breakthrough with Dark Side of the Moon. The primary revelation of Dark Side of the Moon is what a little focus does for the band. Roger Waters wrote a series of songs about mundane, everyday details which aren’t that impressive by themselves, but when given the sonic backdrop of Floyd’s slow, atmospheric soundscapes and carefully placed sound effects, they achieve an emotional resonance. But what gives the album true power is the subtly textured music, which evolves from ponderous, neo-psychedelic art rock to jazz fusion and blues-rock before turning back to psychedelia. It’s dense with detail, but leisurely paced, creating its own dark, haunting world. Pink Floyd may have better albums than Dark Side of the Moon, but no other record defines them quite as well as this one. ~~ AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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I Ching – Of The Marsh And The Moon (1996/2003) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

I Ching – Of The Marsh And The Moon (1996/2003)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 54:50 minutes | 1,15 GB | Genre: New Age
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | Digital Booklet | © Chesky Records

Take three Chinese musicians schooled in the ancient art of traditional music making. A tradition that evokes images of romance and mystery. Add the futuristic, yet always musical sound of a synthesizer and apply state-of-the-art Chesky sonic technology. The result? I Ching: Of The Marsh and The Moon. This instrumental recording offers melodies that are at times distressingly beautiful, rhythmically driving and lushly melodic. Featuring Sisi Chen playing the Yangqin (Chinese hammered dulcimer), Tao Chen on Chinese flute and Bao Li on Erhu (two stringed Chinese fiddle) with the synthesizer of Joel Goodman, this is World music meeting New Age. This is I Ching.

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John Sebastian and David Grisman – Satisfied (2007) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

John Sebastian & David Grisman – Satisfied (2007)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 55:37 minutes | 1,08 GB | Genre: Folk
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | Digital Booklet | © Acoustic Disc

Their musical history dates back to college days at New York University circa 1963 when the Greenwich Village folk revival was in its’ heyday. They made their first recording together as members of the Even Dozen Jug Band with future luminaries Maria Muldaur, Stefan Grossman and others. The rest, of course is musical history. John Sebastian became lead singer and songwriter of one of America’s most popular bands – the Lovin’ Spoonful and David Grisman spearheaded an acoustic music revolution with his genre-defying “Dawg” music.

Finally, after a 40+ year hiatus, their paths crossed again at a benefit concert in Mill Valley, California. After this mutually enjoyable evening of spontaneous music, it became obvious that they would continue collaborating and the result is Satisfied – a stunning collection of acoustic duets featuring traditional folk tunes, blues, classy instrumentals and originals by these two legendary masters.

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Depeche Mode – A Broken Frame (1982/2013) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Depeche Mode – A Broken Frame (1986/2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 46:40 minutes | 1,76 GB | Genre: Rock
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Front cover | © Rhino/Warner Bros.

Released in 1982, this was Depeche Mode’s first album following Vince Clarke’s departure. Certified Gold in the U.K., the recording includes the hits “See You,” “The Meaning Of Love” and “Nothing To Fear.” Written entirely by Martin Gore and featuring more complex arrangements, A Broken Frame is one of the band’s most ambitious efforts to date. (more…)