Macy Gray Is Back and Better Than Ever” – Elias Leight, Vogue
“She’s insanely underrated as a songwriter, a wordsmith whose wordplay is clever, often drolly dark, and full of both biting wit and irony-free vulnerability.” – Crave
“Gray’s patented purr-and-growl vocals thrive in the intimate setting and the well-chosen repertoire” – Pablo Gorondi, Associated Press
“Sounding beautiful in the surroundings, you can hear the clicks on the bass strings, and the brushes on the side drum as it shuffles and dances sedately onwards. Over the top is ‘that’ voice, which was always (at least on the evidence of this) destined to be comfortable and (probably more importantly) authentic within Jazz. It’s so authentic, you can almost smell the tobacco stained late night club. Brilliant stuff.” – Jim, Backseat Mafia
“Gray is unafraid to take chances, and that alone makes her one of the most excited songwriters of her time.” – PureVolume
“The new Macy Gray album Stripped features great music, great artistry, and great sound quality. I’ve never heard Macy sound anywhere near this good.” – Chris Connaker, Computer Audiophile
One of the most iconic and instantly recognizable voices in music history is back in a way you’ve never heard before. Macy Gray makes her Chesky Records debut with her new Jazz infused album, Stripped. Paired with an awe inspiring jazz ensemble that includes Ari Hoenig, Daryl Johns, Russell Malone, and Wallace Roney, Macy’s voice is given the space and freedom to truly shine. Featuring new original songs, intriguing covers, and stunning new arrangements of her classic hits like “I Try”, there’s something for everyone on this timeless recording.
John Scofield goes country! With the help of drummer Bill Stewart, organist & pianist Larry Goldings, and bassist Steve Swallow, Scofield renders 12 classic country tunes through the prism of vigorous modern jazz. Country icons including Hank Williams, Merle Haggard, Dolly Parton and George Jones are hereby reinterpreted by Scofield by focusing strongly on the melody of each song, accentuating his playing with a noticeable twang, which lends the music the requisite bucolic sensibility. (more…)
One of the world’s premiere jazz pianists, Bill Charlap has performed with many leading artists of our time, ranging from Phil Woods and Tony Bennett to Gerry Mulligan and Wynton Marsalis. Charlap and Bennet recently collaborated on a record of Jerome Kern songs and now, over nine classic songs, Charlap’s new album, Notes from New York, provides an accomplished and generously warm sample of the talent of this inimitable musician. (more…)
Barry Manilow – Barry (1980/2016) FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 41:33 minutes | 1,3 GB | Genre: Pop, Rock Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: AcousticSounds | Artwork: Front cover | Arista/Legacy
Barry Manilow’s 1980 release, which went Platinum and included a top 10 hit, “I Made It Through The Rain”. The tracks were recorded at Evergreen Recording Studios in Burbank, California. Manilow co-wrote with Maurice White of Earth, Wind & Fire the album track “Only in Chicago”. “We Still Have Time” was taken from the film Tribute. (more…)
Gentle Giant – Octopus (1972) [Japanese Limited SHM-SACD 2010 # UIGY-9057] PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 34:07 minutes | Scans included | 1,38 GB or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Full Scans included | 657 MB
Features the 2010 DSD mastering based on Japanese original analog tape. Reissue features the high-fidelity SHM-SACD format (fully compatible with standard SACD player, but it does not play on standard CD players). DSD transferred by Manabu Matsumura. (more…)
Eddie Money – Eddie Money (1977) [APO Remaster 2016] PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 46:15 minutes | Scans included | 1,86 GB or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Full Scans included | 923 MB
Eddie Money is the self-titled debut album by American musician Eddie Money, recorded in the summer months and originally released in late 1977. The album is approaching triple platinum status. (more…)
E Nomine – Die Prophezeiung (2003) [2.0 & 5.1] PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 63:49 minutes | Scans included | 4,57 GB or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Full Scans included | 1,34 GB Features Stereo & Multichannel Surround sound
E Nomine (from the Latin In Nomine, “In The Name Of”) is a German musical project, formed in 1999, by producers Christian Weller and Friedrich “Fritz” Graner. Their music, which they call monumental dance, is an unusual combination of trance, techno, and vocals which closely resemble Gregorian singing and chanting. Other vocals are performed by German voice actors such as long-time collaborators Christian Brückner and Rolf Schult. The primary languages in the songs are German and Latin.
Bill Withers – Bill Withers’ Greatest Hits (1981) [MFSL 2016] PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 36:27 minutes | Scans included | 1,48 GB or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Full Scans included | 711 MB Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab # UDSACD 2155
At only ten tracks, Greatest Hits is a little brief and doesn’t contain much of his earliest material, but it remains a first-rate compilation of Bill Withers’ prime hits, featuring “Use Me,” “Ain’t No Sunshine,” “Lean on Me,” “Who Is He (And What Is He to You),” and “Just the Two of Us.” The latter-day Legacy compilation is a bit more thorough, but this remains a good basic overview.
Rage Against The Machine – Rage Against The Machine (1992) [Audio Fidelity 2016] PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 52:58 minutes | Scans included | 904 MB or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Full Scans included | 1,05 GB Mastered by Steve Hoffman & Steven Marsh | Audio Fidelity # AFZ-244
Probably the first album to successfully merge the seemingly disparate sounds of rap and heavy metal, Rage Against the Machine’s self-titled debut was groundbreaking enough when released in 1992, but many would argue that it has yet to be surpassed in terms of influence and sheer brilliance – though countless bands have certainly tried. This is probably because the uniquely combustible creative relationship between guitar wizard Tom Morello and literate rebel vocalist Zack de la Rocha could only burn this bright, this once. While the former’s roots in ’80s heavy metal shredding gave rise to an inimitable array of six-string acrobatics and rhythmic special effects (few of which anyone else has managed to replicate), the latter delivered meaningful rhymes with an emotionally charged conviction that suburban white boys of the ensuing nu-metal generation could never hope to touch. As a result, syncopated slabs of hard rock insurrection like “Bombtrack,” “Take the Power Back,” and “Know Your Enemy” were as instantly unforgettable as they were astonishing. Yet even they paled in comparison to veritable clinics in the art of slowly mounting tension such as “Settle for Nothing,” “Bullet in the Head,” and the particularly venomous “Wake Up” (where Morello revises Led Zeppelin’s “Kashmir” riff for his own needs) – all of which finally exploded with awesome power and fury. And even listeners who were unable (or unwilling) to fully process the band’s unique clash of muscle and intellect were catered to, as RATM were able to convey their messages through stubborn repetition via the fundamental challenge of “Freedom” and their signature track, “Killing in the Name,” which would become a rallying cry of disenfranchisement, thanks to its relentlessly rebellious mantra of “Fuck you, I won’t do what you tell me!” Ultimately, if there’s any disappointment to be had with this near-perfect album, it’s that it still towers above subsequent efforts as the unequivocal climax of Rage Against the Machine’s vision. As such, it remains absolutely essential.