Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band has returned to Blue Note Records for the release of Landmarks, the stunning fourth album from the remarkable collective which is led by acclaimed drummer and composer Brian Blade. (more…)
Ske-Dat-De-Dat: The Spirit of Satch is a 2014 album by American musician Dr. John. Produced by Dr. John and Sarah Morrow, it was released in August 2014. It features many guest musicians, such as The Blind Boys of Alabama and Bonnie Raitt.
Eugene Ruffolo – Even Santa Gets The Blues (2009) PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 50:50 minutes | Scans included | 2,06 GB or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 966 MB Pop / Folk / Christmas | Stockfish Records # SFR 357.4066.2
One thing is for sure – Christmas is not just one celebration among others, Christmas is THE ONE celebration of the year. There is no chance to escape … a fact known to many a good musician. Christmas albums – they’ve all done it. Facing this situation, you better bring a lot of sweet ingredients in order to create a completely new and completely different Christmas cake – especially one from Stockfisch. Some stalwarts of Stockfisch records to this noble end have gathered around Eugene Ruffolo; white beards and scarlet coats they wear – but watch out for their guitars! And finally they achieved the impossible task of creating a Christmas recording sounding like no other.
Eugene Ruffolo – In A Different Light (2007) [2.0 & 5.1] PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 50:06 minutes | Basic Scans included | 2,90 GB or FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Basic Scans included | 993 MB Features 2.0 Stereo and 5.1 multichannel surround sound | Stockfisch Records # SFR 357.4044.2
This is the album that many Ruffolo fans have been waiting for. If you like the more acoustic side of things, or are partial to Eugene’s live performances, you’ll want to check out this new CD. It features a selection of songs from Eugene’s prior three Cds, with new arrangments , presented in a more organic and acoustic setting. Produced,recorded and engineered in Germany by Gunter Pauler, owner of the prestigious audiophile label Stockfisch Records, this disc is impeccably recorded and mixed in full 5.1 Surround Sound. It’s encoded on a threelayer “hybrid CD”, which means that one of three different mixes will play, depending upon the listener’s stereo system. The music was recorded during a week-long series of sessions with Eugene and guitarist John Jennings. Gunter later added the finishing touches, utililizing the talents of some of Europe’s finest players. if you’re a fan of high audio quality, you must check out this disc. (more…)
Death Cab For Cutie – Transatlanticism (2003) PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 45:44 minutes | Scans included | 771 MB or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Full Scans included | 909 MB Genre: Rock
US underground sensations’ fourth studio album is truly a major work, blending subtle intelligent songwriting, amazing production, boundless creativity, and thoughtful rock. This is their best offering to date – dreamy and lovelorn in places, but also epic, gritty and twisted in others. (more…)
Mission Of Burma – ONoffON (2004) PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 53:27 minutes | Scans included | 1,09 GB or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Full Scans included | 1,11 GB Genre: Alternative, Rock
Lots can happen in 22 years. Babies grow up, graduate college, start families. The onset of maturity is typically harder on rock bands. In 1972, the Stones released Exile on Main Street; by 1994, they were slumming in Voodoo Lounge. So it comes as a terrific surprise that Boston punk experimentalists Mission of Burma, who split shortly after 1982’s Vs., sound as cutting edge as ever on this reunion disc. Opener “The Setup” features a midsection that sounds more like a jar of buzzing bees than any conventional solo, thanks to tape manipulator Bob Weston (borrowed from Shellac) putting guitarist Roger Miller through a barrage of effects. On a quieter note, the seductive “Falling” features backing vocals by Tonya Donnelly, while somber strings underscore “Prepared.” Through it all, Burma still boast unerring melodic sensibilities; “The Enthusiast” and “Wounded World” are rife with sharp hooks. ONoffON was a long time coming, but well worth the wait. (more…)
Elvis Presley – Essential Elvis Volume 2: Stereo ’57 (1988) [APO Remaster 2013] PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DSD64 Stereo > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 60:13 minutes | Scans included | 2,42 GB or FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 1,13 GB
The second volume of Essential Elvis offers Elvis in binaural stereo from the January 1957 sessions that produced several hits. (RCA Victor generously filled the disc out with mono masters of the remaining songs to give the consumer a complete version of the sessions.) This is a lot of fun; the gaffes are numerous, obvious, and hilarious, and for ears raised on multi-track recording, it must be amazing to hear an entire record recorded live in the studio! (more…)
Elvis Presley – King Creole (1958) [Audio Fidelity 2013] PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 21:41 minutes | Scans included | 919 MB or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 414 MB Mastered by Kevin Gray | Audio Fidelity # AFZ-160
King Creole was the last movie that Elvis Presley made before he entered the army in the spring of 1958 — it was also his last film in black-and-white, as well as his final effort directed by a serious old-time filmmaker (Michael Curtiz); and, apart from a few isolated, quirky efforts like Flaming Star, Change of Habit, and Charro, this was the last of his serious movies, in which Presley was trying hard, pushing himself as an actor and, really, all through the score, as a musician. This is reflected in the soundtrack, which is one of the stronger film-related releases of his career. The original 11 songs included a hot title track by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller that was a dazzling showcase for Scotty Moore’s and Tiny Timbrell’s guitars as well as Elvis’ intense, exciting lead vocal. Leiber and Stoller’s “Trouble” and Claude Demetrius’ “Hard Headed Woman” have Moore’s and Timbrell’s electric guitars competing successfully with a five-man brass and reed section. Even “Dixieland Rock,” if not up to the level of those other two numbers, features good playing and a strong performance by Presley, and “Young Dreams” is a decent midtempo number. The slow ballads are where the soundtrack falls flat, “As Long As I Have You” coming up to standard but “Lover Doll” and “Don’t Ask Me Why” failing to excite or maintain interest; “Crawfish” can only have been included to bring the album up to the minimum acceptable length for an LP. (more…)
Elvis Presley – Elvis Is Back (1960) [Analogue Productions Remaster 2012] PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DSD64 Stereo > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 31:57 minutes | Scans included | 1,3 GB or FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 629 MB
Elvis Is Back! is the tenth album by Elvis Presley, released on RCA Victor Records in mono and stereo, LPM/LSP 2231, in April 1960. Recording sessions took place on March 20 and April 3, 1960, at RCA Studio B in Nashville, Tennessee. It was Presley’s first album to be released in true stereo. It peaked at number two on the Top Pop Albums chart and is listed, along with his debut and From Elvis in Memphis, in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. It was certified Gold on July 15, 1999, by the RIAA. (more…)
Elvis Presley – 24 Karat Hits! (1997) [Analogue Productions’ Remaster 2012] PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 39:53 minutes | Scans included | 2,46 GB or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 1,12 GB
Had Elvis Presley done nothing else but record “That’s Alright, Mama,” his place in pop music history would be secure. With his first regional hit, Presley fused rhythm and blues with country, put a handsome white face out front for audiences to see, and in so doing legitimized beat music for white audiences. It is no understatement to call Presley the chief catalyst of the rock-and-roll era. During the 1950s, Presley’s records spent a collective 53 weeks in the number one chart position. Only the Beatles can boast similar sales success.