Audiophile Discs

Los Lobos – By The Light Of The Moon (1987) {2012, MFSL Remastered, Hi-Res SACD Rip}

Los Lobos - By The Light Of The Moon (1987) {2012, MFSL Remastered, Hi-Res SACD Rip}

Los Lobos – By The Light Of The Moon (1987) {2012, MFSL Remastered, Hi-Res SACD Rip}
PS3 SACD Rip | ISO @1bit/2.8224MHz, DSD64 | FLAC Tracks @24bit/88.2kHz | Full Scans Included
Total Size: 1.63 GB (ISO) + 810 MB (FLAC) | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: MFSL UltraDisc UHR | USA | Cat#: UDSACD 2064 | Genre: Latin Rock

On How Will the Wolf Survive?, Los Lobos seemed to be feeling out the boundaries of how much they could say about the hard realities of life within the framework of good-time R&B-flavored rock & roll, and on their next album, 1987’s By the Light of the Moon, the group gently shifted their focus to favor their more contemplative side.Read More

Isaac Hayes – Hot Buttered Soul (1969) {2002, MFSL Remastered, CD-Layer & Hi-Res SACD Rip}

Isaac Hayes - Hot Buttered Soul (1969) {2002, MFSL Remastered, CD-Layer & Hi-Res SACD Rip}

Isaac Hayes – Hot Buttered Soul (1969) {2002, MFSL Remastered, CD-Layer & Hi-Res SACD Rip}
EAC Rip | FLAC Tracks + Cue + Log | Full Scans Included
PS3 SACD Rip | ISO @1bit/2.8224MHz, DSD64 | FLAC Tracks @24bit/88.2kHz
Total Size: 284 MB (CD-Layer) + 1.84 GB (SACD ISO) + 917 MB (SACD FLAC) | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: MFSL UltraDisc UHR | USA | Cat#: UDSACD 2005 | Genre: Soul, R&B

Released at the tail end of the ’60s, Hot Buttered Soul set the precedent for how soul would evolve in the early ’70s, simultaneously establishing Isaac Hayes and the Bar-Kays as major forces within black music. Though not quite as definitive as Black Moses or as well-known as Shaft, Hot Buttered Soul remains an undeniably seminal record; it stretched its songs far beyond the traditional three-to-four-minute industry norm, featured long instrumental stretches where the Bar-Kays stole the spotlight, and it introduced a new, iconic persona for soul with Hayes’ tough yet sensual image.Read More

Buddy Rich – The Greatest Drummer That Ever Lived (1977) {2002, Audio Fidelity Remastered, CD-Layer & Hi-Res SACD Rip}

Buddy Rich - The Greatest Drummer That Ever Lived (1977) {2002, Audio Fidelity Remastered, CD-Layer & Hi-Res SACD Rip}

Buddy Rich – The Greatest Drummer That Ever Lived (1977)
{2002, Audio Fidelity Remastered, CD-Layer & Hi-Res SACD Rip}

EAC Rip | FLAC Image + Cue + Log | Full Scans Included
PS3 SACD Rip | ISO @1bit/2.8224MHz, DSD64 | FLAC Tracks @24bit/88.2kHz
Total Size: 249 MB (CD-Layer) + 1.20 GB (SACD ISO) + 583 MB (SACD FLAC) | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: Audio Fidelity | USA | Cat#: AFZ 003 | Genre: Big Band, Jazz

Although the title of this reissue is not necessarily accurate (Buddy Rich’s 1966 big band was a stronger unit), this is a high-quality jazz album. Rich surprisingly does not solo much (just on Chick Corea’s “Fiesta”) but the material is strong, the arrangements (by Mike Abene, Frank Perowsky, Tom Boros, Barry Keiner and Barry Mintzer) are colorful, and the soloists are excellent.Read More

Los Lobos – This Time (1999) {2004, MFSL Remastered, CD-Layer & Hi-Res SACD Rip}

Los Lobos - This Time (1999) {2004, MFSL Remastered, CD-Layer & Hi-Res SACD Rip}

Los Lobos – This Time (1999) {2004, MFSL Remastered, CD-Layer & Hi-Res SACD Rip}
EAC Rip | FLAC Image + Cue + Log | Full Scans Included
PS3 SACD Rip | ISO @1bit/2.8224MHz, DSD64 | FLAC Tracks @24bit/88.2kHz
Total Size: 250 MB (CD-Layer) + 1.55 GB (SACD ISO) + 792 MB (SACD FLAC) | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: MFSL UltraDisc UHR | USA | Cat#: UDSACD 2024 | Genre: Latin Rock

Given all the extracurricular projects members of Los Lobos pursued during the three years separating Colossal Head and its followup, it’s not surprising that they’ve decided to show off what they’ve learned on This Time, resulting in a record that vacillates between songcraft and sonic sculptures. It could be said that Kiko and Colassal Head were like this as well, but the difference is that This Time has the structure of a straight-ahead rock & roll record, clocking in at 38 minutes with 11 short tracks.Read More

Los Lobos – Good Morning Aztlán (2002) {2003, MFSL Remastered, CD-Layer & Hi-Res SACD Rip}

Los Lobos - Good Morning Aztlán (2002) {2003, MFSL Remastered, CD-Layer & Hi-Res SACD Rip}

Los Lobos – Good Morning Aztlán (2002) {2003, MFSL Remastered, CD-Layer & Hi-Res SACD Rip}
EAC Rip | FLAC Image + Cue + Log | Full Scans Included
PS3 SACD Rip | ISO @1bit/2.8224MHz, DSD64 | FLAC Tracks @24bit/88.2kHz
Total Size: 578 MB (CD-Layer) + 1.93 GB (SACD ISO) + 981 MB (SACD FLAC) | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: MFSL UltraDisc UHR | USA | Cat#: UDSACD 2022 | Genre: Latin Rock

Great rock & roll bands aren’t supposed to be as modest as Los Lobos, an unlikely band comprised of five world-class musicians who write, sing, and play brilliantly, have been doing it for close to 30 years — and don’t appear to feel compelled to make a big show of it. Lack of flash should never be confused with a lack of creativity, of course, and their best album, 1992’s Kiko, showed they could bend traditional structures and play with the possibilities of the studio as well as any hipsters half their age. Read More

The Searchers – The Collection (2003) {Audio Fidelity Remastered, CD-Layer & Hi-Res SACD Rip}

The Searchers - The Collection (2003) {Audio Fidelity Remastered, CD-Layer & Hi-Res SACD Rip}

The Searchers – The Collection (2003) {Audio Fidelity Remastered, CD-Layer & Hi-Res SACD Rip}
EAC Rip | FLAC Image + Cue + Log | Full Scans Included
PS3 SACD Rip | ISO @1bit/2.8224MHz, DSD64 | FLAC Tracks @24bit/88.2kHz
Total Size: 392 MB (CD-Layer) + 1.77 GB (SACD ISO) + 946 MB (SACD FLAC) | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: Audio Fidelity | USA | Cat#: AFZ 018 | Genre: Pop Rock

Although at 17 tracks totaling a mere 41 minutes, there is enough room to almost double the material, this is a well-chosen selection of Pye-era (1963-’66) music from the British Invasion band many ranked just behind the Beatles for melodic invention. Sure, there are plenty of Searchers’ compilations on the market with more songs at a cheaper price, but there aren’t any that sound this spectacular. The Audio Fidelity label is known for the pristine care they take sonically on their reissues and this is a perfect example of how the extra time, money and effort in mastering makes an enormous difference.Read More

Deep Purple – Live On The BBC (2004) {Audio Fidelity Remastered, CD-Layer & Hi-Res SACD Rip}

Deep Purple - Live On The BBC (2004) {Audio Fidelity Remastered, CD-Layer & Hi-Res SACD Rip}

Deep Purple – Live On The BBC (2004) {Audio Fidelity Remastered, CD-Layer & Hi-Res SACD Rip}
EAC Rip | FLAC Image + Cue + Log | Full Scans Included
PS3 SACD Rip | ISO @1bit/2.8224MHz, DSD64 | FLAC Tracks @24bit/88.2kHz
Total Size: 507 MB (CD-Layer) + 3.61 GB (SACD ISO) + 1.74 GB (SACD FLAC) | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: Audio Fidelity | USA | Cat#: AFZ 017 | Genre: Progressive Rock

Recorded by the BBC on March 9, 1972, this previously difficult to find live show captures the classic Mark ll version of Deep Purple in all their incendiary power. This performance — basically the entirety of the then just released Machine Head minus “Pictures of Home” — is easily as good, and at times better than, Made in Japan, recorded five months later. The band apparently felt the Japan tapes were of inferior quality, and initially did not want them released, which makes this arguably the most potent document of the group’s live show from that year. Although this SACD hybrid adds studio versions of “Hush” and “River Deep Mountain High” from the Mark l edition to flesh out the playing time, one of the live tracks, their version of Little Richard’s “Lucille,” is only available on the SACD layer.Read More

Ritchie Valens – Greatest Hits (2003) {Audio Fidelity Remastered, CD-Layer & Hi-Res SACD Rip}

Ritchie Valens - Greatest Hits (2003) {Audio Fidelity Remastered, CD-Layer & Hi-Res SACD Rip}

Ritchie Valens – Greatest Hits (2003) {Audio Fidelity Remastered, CD-Layer & Hi-Res SACD Rip}
EAC Rip | FLAC Tracks + Cue + Log | Full Scans Included
PS3 SACD Rip | ISO @1bit/2.8224MHz, DSD64 | FLAC Tracks @24bit/88.2kHz
Total Size: 144 MB (CD-Layer) + 1.57 GB (SACD ISO) + 442 MB (SACD FLAC) | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: Audio Fidelity | USA | Cat#: AFZ 008 | Genre: Rock & Roll

Ritchie Valens was only 17 when he died in 1959. His musical legacy rests on about an album-and-a-half of completed studio material, a poorly recorded high school concert, and a handful of demos and rehearsal tapes, all of which present a problem for collections of this sort. If you include a full disc’s worth of music, you need to dip into unfinished or badly recorded material, which is a quality issue.Read More

Grand Funk – 2 Albums (1974) {2017, Audio Fidelity Remastered, CD-Layer & Hi-Res SACD Rip}

Grand Funk - 2 Albums (1974) {2017, Audio Fidelity Remastered, CD-Layer & Hi-Res SACD Rip}

Grand Funk – 2 Albums (1974) {2017, Audio Fidelity Remastered, CD-Layer & Hi-Res SACD Rip}
EAC Rip | 2xCD | FLAC Image + Cue + Log | Full Scans Included
PS3 SACD Rip | 2xSACD | ISO @1bit/2.8224MHz, DSD64 | FLAC Tracks @24bit/88.2kHz
Total Size: 833 MB (CD-Layer) + 2.97 GB (SACD ISO) + 1.47 GB (SACD FLAC) | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: Audio Fidelity | Austria | Genre: Hard Rock, Blues Rock
 
Shinin’ On (1974) & All the Girls in the World Beware!!! (1974)

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Dean Martin – This Time I’m Swingin’! (1960) {2013, MFSL Remastered, Hi-Res SACD Rip}

Dean Martin - This Time I'm Swingin'! (1960) {2013, MFSL Remastered, Hi-Res SACD Rip}

Dean Martin – This Time I’m Swingin’! (1960) {2013, MFSL Remastered, Hi-Res SACD Rip}
PS3 SACD Rip | ISO @1bit/2.8224MHz, DSD64 | FLAC Tracks @24bit/88.2kHz | Full Scans Included
Total Size: 1.37 GB (ISO) + 656 MB (FLAC) | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: MFSL UltraDisc UHR | USA | Cat#: UDSACD 2135 | Genre: Vocal Jazz

This Time I’m Swingin’! is an album recorded by Dean Martin for Capitol Records. The sessions yielding this album’s songs were recorded in May 1960. While thirteen tracks were recorded during the three sessions, only twelve of them made it onto the album when it was released October 3, 1960.Read More

Count Basie – Live at The Sands (Before Frank) (1998) {2013, MFSL Remastered, Hi-Res SACD Rip}

Count Basie - Live at The Sands (Before Frank) (1998) {2013, MFSL Remastered, Hi-Res SACD Rip}

Count Basie – Live at The Sands (Before Frank) (1998) {2013, MFSL Remastered, Hi-Res SACD Rip}
PS3 SACD Rip | ISO @1bit/2.8224MHz, DSD64 | FLAC Tracks @24bit/88.2kHz | Full Scans Included
Total Size: 2.13 GB (ISO) + 0.98 GB (FLAC) | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: MFSL UltraDisc UHR | USA | Cat#: UDSACD 2113 | Genre: Big Band, Swing, Jazz

Frank Sinatra’s collaborations with Count Basie were among the singer’s better ventures back into jazz in the early 1960s, and led not only to a couple of great studio albums, and one superb live Sinatra album, but also to Basie’s being signed to the Sinatra-founded Reprise label in the mid-’60s. The 53 minutes of music captured on Live at the Sands was recorded during the opening sets from three different shows in late January and early February of 1966, by Basie and his band during the engagement with Sinatra at the Sands Hotel that yielded that live Sinatra album.Read More

Frank Sinatra – A Swingin’ Affair! (1957) {2013, MFSL Remastered, Hi-Res SACD Rip}

Frank Sinatra - A Swingin' Affair! (1957) {2013, MFSL Remastered, Hi-Res SACD Rip}

Frank Sinatra – A Swingin’ Affair! (1957) {2013, MFSL Remastered, Hi-Res SACD Rip}
PS3 SACD Rip | ISO @1bit/2.8224MHz, DSD64 | FLAC Tracks @24bit/88.2kHz | Full Scans Included
Total Size: 1.82 GB (ISO) + 504 MB (FLAC) | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: MFSL UltraDisc UHR | USA | Cat#: UDSACD 2107 | Genre: Vocal Jazz

In some ways, A Swingin’ Affair! is “Songs for Swingin’ Lovers!, Pt. 2,” following the same formula of Sinatra’s hit album of the previous year. Beneath the surface, there are enough variations on A Swingin’ Affair! to make it a distinctive, and equally enjoyable listen. The most noticeable difference between the two records is their basic approach. Where Songs for Swingin’ Lovers! swung hard but managed to stay rather light, A Swingin’ Affair! is a forceful, brassy album — it exudes a self-assured, confident aura. It is a hard, jazzy album. However, the attack is more brash.Read More