Shania Twain – Up! (2003) [Hi-Res SACD Rip]

Shania Twain - Up! (2003) [Hi-Res SACD Rip]

Shania Twain – Up! (2003) [Hi-Res SACD Rip]
SACD-ISO / DSD / 1bit / 2.8224MHz
FLAC Tracks / 24bit / 88.2kHz
Stereo & Multichannel | Full Scans Included
Total Size: 4.51 GB (ISO) + 5.50 GB (FLAC) | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: Mercury | US | Cat#: B0000788-36 | Genre: Country, Pop

When Up! was released in November 2002, Shania Twain revealed in one of many promotional interviews that she writes far more songs than can fit on her records and that she hides any personal, introspective songs she pens, not even playing them for her husband and collaborator Robert John “Mutt” Lange. Now, this is certainly a psychological quirk worth exploring, but it also suggests why Twain’s albums are such brilliant pieces of mainstream pop. Continue reading “Shania Twain – Up! (2003) [Hi-Res SACD Rip]”

Luciano Pavarotti – Ti Adoro (2003) [Hi-Res SACD Rip]

Luciano Pavarotti - Ti Adoro (2003) [Hi-Res SACD Rip]

Luciano Pavarotti – Ti Adoro (2003) [Hi-Res SACD Rip]
SACD-ISO / DSD / 1bit / 2.8224MHz
FLAC Tracks / 24bit / 88.2kHz
Stereo & Multichannel | Full Scans Included
Total Size: 3.63 GB (ISO) + 4.02 GB (FLAC) | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: Decca | Germany | Cat#: 470 635-2 | Genre: Classical

Luciano Pavarotti has long avoided doing the kind of solo crossover release often proffered by his Three Tenors comrades Plácido Domingo and José Carreras; indeed, in his liner introduction he claims that he was initially “very skeptical” of this project. He came around, though, and the result marks his first solo album of any kind in years. Catty opera cognoscenti hoping for an embarrassment may be gratified by a few booklet photos (keep that shirt on, Luciano!), but otherwise they’re out of luck. Continue reading “Luciano Pavarotti – Ti Adoro (2003) [Hi-Res SACD Rip]”

Kenny G – I’m In The Mood For Love… The Most Romantic Melodies Of All Time (2006) [2015, Remastered, Hi-Res SACD Rip]

Kenny G - I'm In The Mood For Love... The Most Romantic Melodies Of All Time (2006) [2015, Remastered, Hi-Res SACD Rip]

Kenny G – I’m In The Mood For Love… The Most Romantic Melodies Of All Time (2006)
[2015, Remastered, Hi-Res SACD Rip]

SACD-ISO / DSD / 1bit / 2.8224MHz
FLAC Tracks / 24bit / 88.2kHz
Full Scans Included
Total Size: 852 MB (ISO) + 0.98 GB (FLAC) | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: Arista | Hong kong | Cat#: 88875098492 | Genre: Easy Listening

There are bound to be those who will simply refuse to give Kenny G’s 2006 release, I’m in the Mood for Love, half a chance, and it’s a crying shame. Returning to a purely instrumental approach following At Last…The Duets Album (which featured a great cameo by Chaka Khan), I’m in the Mood for Love is admittedly a lot like Kenny G’s other albums. Continue reading “Kenny G – I’m In The Mood For Love… The Most Romantic Melodies Of All Time (2006) [2015, Remastered, Hi-Res SACD Rip]”

Kenny G – Live (1989) [2015, Remastered, Hi-Res SACD Rip]

Kenny G - Live (1989) [2015, Remastered, Hi-Res SACD Rip]

Kenny G – Live (1989) [2015, Remastered, Hi-Res SACD Rip]
SACD-ISO / DSD / 1bit / 2.8224MHz
FLAC Tracks / 24bit / 88.2kHz
Full Scans Included
Total Size: 3.04 GB (ISO) + 1.42 GB (FLAC) | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: Sony Music | Hong Kong | Cat#: 82876521642 | Genre: Smooth Jazz

Quite often, so-called smooth jazz artists who are mindlessly predictable in the studio become a lot more spontaneous and risk-taking on-stage. Playing for themselves instead of pandering to radio, they’re much more inclined to let loose. But Kenny G Live was only a slight improvement over 1986’s Duotones and 1988’s Silhouette, the knee-jerk studio recordings that made him a superstar. Continue reading “Kenny G – Live (1989) [2015, Remastered, Hi-Res SACD Rip]”

Gabriel Yared / Academy Of St. Martin In The Fields – The English Patient (1996) [2003, Reissue, Hi-Res SACD Rip]

Gabriel Yared / Academy Of St. Martin In The Fields - The English Patient (1996) [2003, Reissue, Hi-Res SACD Rip]

Gabriel Yared / Academy Of St. Martin In The Fields – The English Patient (1996)
[2003, Reissue, Hi-Res SACD Rip]

SACD-ISO / DSD / 1bit / 2.8224MHz
FLAC Tracks / 24bit / 88.2kHz
Multichannel Only | Full Scans Included
Total Size: 3.39 GB (ISO) + 3.81 GB (FLAC) | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: Fantasy | Germany | Cat#: FCD-16001 | Genre: Soundtrack

Gabriel Yared composed most of the music for the soundtrack of one of 1996’s most acclaimed dramas, which was largely performed by the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields; John Constable (on solo piano) and Marta Sebestyen (vocals) are also featured. Yared’s score is mostly typical wide-screen epic stuff–nothing special. More interesting are Hungarian folk singer Sebestyen’s occasional contributions. A few period pop/jazz cuts by Benny Goodman, Ella Fitzgerald, and Fred Astaire are interspersed throughout, and are most likely more effective on screen than on disc, where they juxtapose uncomfortably with the orchestral instrumental pieces. Continue reading “Gabriel Yared / Academy Of St. Martin In The Fields – The English Patient (1996) [2003, Reissue, Hi-Res SACD Rip]”

Eddie Money – Eddie Money (1977) [2016, Remastered, Hi-Res SACD Rip]

Eddie Money - Eddie Money (1977) [2016, Remastered, Hi-Res SACD Rip]

Eddie Money – Eddie Money (1977) [2016, Remastered, Hi-Res SACD Rip]
SACD-ISO / DSD / 1bit / 2.8224MHz
DSF Tracks / DSD / 1bit / 2.8224MHz
FLAC Tracks / 24bit / 88.2kHz
Full Scans Included
Total Size: 1.91 GB (ISO) + 1.88 GB (DSF) + 941 MB (FLAC) | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: Analogue Productions | US | Cat#: CAPP 089 SA | Genre: Pop Rock

This strong debut benefits greatly from the expertise of veteran producer Bruce Botnick as well as the likes of former Steve Miller bassist Lonnie Turner and saxman Tom Scott. Guitarist Jimmy Lyon was to Money what Keith Scott was to Bryan Adams. Money, son of a New York City cop, had a rock & roll epiphany en route to following his dad’s career path. Continue reading “Eddie Money – Eddie Money (1977) [2016, Remastered, Hi-Res SACD Rip]”

Santana – Santana III (1971) [2021, Japan Limited Edition, Hi-Res SACD Rip]

Santana - Santana III  (1971) [2021, Japan Limited Edition, Hi-Res SACD Rip]

Santana – Santana III (1971) [2021, Japan Limited Edition, Hi-Res SACD Rip]
SACD-ISO / DSD / 1bit / 2.8224MHz
DSF Tracks / DSD / 1bit / 2.8224MHz
FLAC Tracks / 24bit / 88.2kHz
Stereo & Multichannel (Quadraphonic) | Scans Included
Total Size: 3.24 GB (ISO) + 5.89 GB (DSF) + 2.45 GB (FLAC) | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: Sony Records | Japan | Cat#: SICP 10138 | Genre: Psychedelic Rock, Latin Rock

Santana III is an album that undeservingly stands in the shadows behind the towering legend that is the band’s second album, Abraxas. This was also the album that brought guitarist Neal Schon — who was 17 years old — into the original core lineup of Santana. Percussionist Thomas “Coke” Escovedo was brought in to replace (temporarily) José Chepitó Areas, who had suffered a brain aneurysm, yet who recovered quickly and rejoined the band. Continue reading “Santana – Santana III (1971) [2021, Japan Limited Edition, Hi-Res SACD Rip]”

Big Star – #1 Record / Radio City (2004) [Remastered, Hi-Res SACD Rip]

Big Star - #1 Record / Radio City (2004) [Remastered, Hi-Res SACD Rip]

Big Star – #1 Record / Radio City (2004) [Remastered, Hi-Res SACD Rip]
SACD-ISO / DSD / 1bit / 2.8224MHz
DSF Tracks / DSD / 1bit / 2.8224MHz
FLAC Tracks / 24bit / 88.2kHz
Full Scans Included
Total Size: 1.49 GB (ISO) + 3.06 GB (DSF) + 1.57 GB (FLAC) | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: Stax | US | Cat#: SXSA 60025-6 | Genre: Power Pop

A two-fer combining Big Star’s first and second albums, #1 Record/Radio City remains a definitive document of early-’70s American power pop and a virtual blueprint for much of the finest alternative rock that came after it. The lone Big Star record to merit the full participation of founder Chris Bell, the brightly produced #1 Record splits the songwriting credits evenly between him and Alex Chilton (in the tradition of Lennon-McCartney). Continue reading “Big Star – #1 Record / Radio City (2004) [Remastered, Hi-Res SACD Rip]”

Eric Clapton – 4 Albums [Audio Fidelity Remastered, Hi-Res SACD Rip]

Eric Clapton - 4 Albums [Audio Fidelity Remastered, Hi-Res SACD Rip]

Eric Clapton – 4 Albums [Audio Fidelity Remastered, Hi-Res SACD Rip]
4x SACD-ISO / DSD / 1bit / 2.8224MHz
4x DSF Tracks / DSD / 1bit / 2.8224MHz
4x FLAC Tracks / 24bit / 88.2kHz
4x CD-Layer / FLAC Image + Cue + Log
Full Scans Included
Total Size: 1.83 GB (CD-Layer) + 9.55 GB (SACD ISO) + 9.38 GB (SACD DSF) + 4.35 GB (SACD FLAC) | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: Audio Fidelity | Genre: Blues Rock
UPDATE: Added DSF tracks

Timepieces The Best Of Eric Clapton (1982) / Behind The Sun (1985) / Journeyman (1989) / Pilgrim (1998)
Continue reading “Eric Clapton – 4 Albums [Audio Fidelity Remastered, Hi-Res SACD Rip]”

Simone – Let’s Fall In Love (2016) [Hi-Res SACD Rip]

Simone - Let's Fall In Love (2016) [Hi-Res SACD Rip]

Simone – Let’s Fall In Love (2016) [Hi-Res SACD Rip]
SACD-ISO / DSD / 1bit / 2.8224MHz
DSF Tracks / DSD / 1bit / 2.8224MHz
FLAC Tracks / 24bit / 88.2kHz
Total Size: 2 GB (ISO) + 1.94 GB (DSF) + 981 MB (FLAC) | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: Venus Records | Japan | Cat#: VHGD-178 | Genre: Vocal Jazz

Simone is joined by a cast of talented musicians for Let’s Fall In Love. Simone puts her own unique spin on country music artist Alison Kraus’s “Ghost In This House” as well as jazz standards like “Moon Glow.” Continue reading “Simone – Let’s Fall In Love (2016) [Hi-Res SACD Rip]”

Jeff Buckley – Grace (1994) [2014, Remastered, Hi-Res SACD Rip]

Jeff Buckley - Grace (1994) [2014, Remastered, Hi-Res SACD Rip]

Jeff Buckley – Grace (1994) [2014, Remastered, Hi-Res SACD Rip]
SACD-ISO / DSD / 1bit / 2.8224MHz
DSF Tracks / DSD / 1bit / 2.8224MHz
FLAC Tracks / 24bit / 88.2kHz
Full Scans Included
Total Size: 2.14 GB (ISO) + 2.11 GB (DSF) + 1.03 GB (FLAC) | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: Original Recordings Group | US | Cat#: ORG 194-3 | Genre: Alternative Rock, Folk Rock

Jeff Buckley was many things, but humble wasn’t one of them. Grace is an audacious debut album, filled with sweeping choruses, bombastic arrangements, searching lyrics, and above all, the richly textured voice of Buckley himself, which resembled a cross between Robert Plant, Van Morrison, and his father Tim. Continue reading “Jeff Buckley – Grace (1994) [2014, Remastered, Hi-Res SACD Rip]”

Shelly Manne – 2 3 4 (1962) [2010, Remastered, Hi-Res SACD Rip]

Shelly Manne - 2 3 4 (1962) [2010, Remastered, Hi-Res SACD Rip]

Shelly Manne – 2 3 4 (1962) [2010, Remastered, Hi-Res SACD Rip]
SACD-ISO / DSD / 1bit / 2.8224MHz
DSF Tracks / DSD / 1bit / 2.8224MHz
FLAC Tracks / 24bit / 88.2kHz
Full Scans Included
Total Size: 1.48 GB (ISO) + 1.45 GB (DSF) + 709 MB (FLAC) | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: Analogue Productions | US | Cat#: CIPJ 20 SA | Genre: Post Bop

This unusual set has five selections from a date featuring the great tenor Coleman Hawkins, pianist Hank Jones, bassist George Duvivier, and drummer Shelly Manne. Both “Take the ‘A’ Train” and “Cherokee” find the group at times playing two tempos at once (Manne sticks to double-time throughout “Cherokee”), and showing that they’d heard some of the avant-garde players. Continue reading “Shelly Manne – 2 3 4 (1962) [2010, Remastered, Hi-Res SACD Rip]”

Duke Jordan – Flight To Jordan (1960) [2011, Remastered, Hi-Res SACD Rip]

Duke Jordan - Flight To Jordan (1960) [2011, Remastered, Hi-Res SACD Rip]

Duke Jordan – Flight To Jordan (1960) [2011, Remastered, Hi-Res SACD Rip]
SACD-ISO / DSD / 1bit / 2.8224MHz
DSF Tracks / DSD / 1bit / 2.8224MHz
FLAC Tracks / 24bit / 88.2kHz
Full Scans Included
Total Size: 2.01 GB (ISO) + 1.97 GB (DSF) + 937 MB (FLAC) | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: Analogue Productions | US | Cat#: CBNJ 84046 SA | Genre: Hard Bop

Duke Jordan, who played regularly with the Charlie Parker Quintet in 1947, was long known as a superior bebop pianist whose style was touched by the genius of Bud Powell’s innovations. This quintet album, also featuring trumpeter Dizzy Reece and the young tenor Stanley Turrentine, gave Jordan an opportunity to record six of his originals and, although none became as well-known as his “Jordu,” the music has plenty of strong melodies and variety. This is one of Duke Jordan’s better recordings and is quite enjoyable. Continue reading “Duke Jordan – Flight To Jordan (1960) [2011, Remastered, Hi-Res SACD Rip]”