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
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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]
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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
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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
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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
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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]”

John Mellencamp – Strictly A One-Eyed Jack (2022) [Official Digital Release] [CD-Quality + Hi-Res]

John Mellencamp - Strictly A One-Eyed Jack (2022) [Official Digital Release] [CD-Quality + Hi-Res]

John Mellencamp – Strictly A One-Eyed Jack (2022) [Official Digital Release] [CD-Quality + Hi-Res]
Hi-Res / FLAC Tracks / 24bit / 96kHz | CD-Quality / FLAC Tracks / 16bit / 44.1kHz
Total Size: 1.41 GB | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: Republic Records | Genre: Blues Rock, Folk Rock

John Mellencamp’s 25th studio album, Strictly A One-Eyed Jack, is set for release 1/21/22 on Republic Records. The album was written and produced by Mellencamp, recorded at his Belmont Mall Studios in Indiana, and recorded/mixed by GRAMMY-award winner David Leonard. It features a number of longtime band members including Andy York, Dane Clark, Mike Wanchic, Troye Kinnett, and more. It also features three collaborations with Bruce Springsteen including the landmark duet “Wasted Days.” Continue reading “John Mellencamp – Strictly A One-Eyed Jack (2022) [Official Digital Release] [CD-Quality + Hi-Res]”

Toto – Toto IV (1982) [1996, MFSL Remastered, CD-Quality + Hi-Res Vinyl Rip]

Toto - Toto IV (1982) [1996, MFSL Remastered, CD-Quality + Hi-Res Vinyl Rip]

Toto – Toto IV (1982) [1996, MFSL Remastered, CD-Quality + Hi-Res Vinyl Rip]
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Total Size: 946 MB (Hi-Res) + 293 MB (CD-Quality) | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab | US | Cat#: MFSL 1-250 | Genre: Pop Rock
Half-Speed Mastered

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Bernard Herrmann – The Four Faces Of Jazz (1973) [1996, MFSL Remastered, CD-Quality + Hi-Res Vinyl Rip]

Bernard Herrmann - The Four Faces Of Jazz (1973) [1996, MFSL Remastered, CD-Quality + Hi-Res Vinyl Rip]

Bernard Herrmann – The Four Faces Of Jazz (1973) [1996, MFSL Remastered, CD-Quality + Hi-Res Vinyl Rip]
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Total Size: 1.01 GB (Hi-Res) + 289 MB (CD-Quality) | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab | US | Cat#: MFSL 1-255 | Genre: Big Band
Half-Speed Mastered

This delightful release, from the Indian Summer of Bernard Herrmann’s recording career, always got neglected by its potential audiences, ignored by Herrmann’s fans in favor of his recordings of his film music or his own classical compositions (or more conventionally familiar works such as The Planets) and missed totally by jazz listeners of a historical bent. Continue reading “Bernard Herrmann – The Four Faces Of Jazz (1973) [1996, MFSL Remastered, CD-Quality + Hi-Res Vinyl Rip]”

R.E.M. – Reckoning (1984) [1996, MFSL Remastered, CD-Quality + Hi-Res Vinyl Rip]

R.E.M. - Reckoning (1984) [1996, MFSL Remastered, CD-Quality + Hi-Res Vinyl Rip]

R.E.M. – Reckoning (1984) [1996, MFSL Remastered, CD-Quality + Hi-Res Vinyl Rip]
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Total Size: 857 MB (Hi-Res) + 560 MB (CD-Quality) | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab | US | Cat#: MFSL 1-261 | Genre: Pop Rock
Half-Speed Mastered

R.E.M. abandoned the enigmatic post-punk experiments of Murmur for their second album, Reckoning, returning to their garage pop origins instead. Opening with the ringing “Harborcoat,” Reckoning runs through a set of ten jangle pop songs that are different not only in sound but in style from the debut. Where Murmur was enigmatic in its sound, Reckoning is clear, which doesn’t necessarily mean that the songs themselves are straightforward. Continue reading “R.E.M. – Reckoning (1984) [1996, MFSL Remastered, CD-Quality + Hi-Res Vinyl Rip]”

Oscar Peterson Trio With Milt Jackson – Very Tall (1962) [1995, MFSL Remastered, CD-Quality + Hi-Res Vinyl Rip]

Oscar Peterson Trio With Milt Jackson - Very Tall (1962) [1995, MFSL Remastered, CD-Quality + Hi-Res Vinyl Rip]

Oscar Peterson Trio With Milt Jackson – Very Tall (1962)
[1995, MFSL Remastered, CD-Quality + Hi-Res Vinyl Rip]

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Total Size: 880 MB (Hi-Res) + 244 MB (CD-Quality) | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab | US | Cat#: MFSL 1-243 | Genre: Hard Bop
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This first matchup on records between pianist Oscar Peterson and vibraphonist Milt Jackson was so logical that it is surprising it did not occur five years earlier. Originally recorded for Verve and three decades later reissued on this audiophile CD by Mobile Fidelity, the quartet set (which also includes bassist Ray Brown and drummer Ed Thigpen) swings as hard as one might expect. Continue reading “Oscar Peterson Trio With Milt Jackson – Very Tall (1962) [1995, MFSL Remastered, CD-Quality + Hi-Res Vinyl Rip]”

Elvis Costello – The Boy Named If (2022) [Official Digital Release] [Hi-Res]

Elvis Costello - The Boy Named If (2022) [Official Digital Release] [Hi-Res]

Elvis Costello – The Boy Named If (2022) [Official Digital Release] [Hi-Res]
Hi-Res / FLAC Tracks / 24bit / 44.1kHz
Total Size: 645 MB | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: EMI | Genre: Pop Rock

The Boy Named If, from Elvis Costello & The Imposters, is an album of urgent, immediate songs with bright melodies, stinging guitar solos and a quick step to the rhythm. Costello says, “The full title of this record is `The Boy Named If (And Other Children’s Stories).’ `If’ is a nickname for your imaginary friend; your secret self, the one who knows everything you deny, the one you blame for the shattered crockery and the hearts you break, even your own.” Produced by Costello and Sebatian Krys. Continue reading “Elvis Costello – The Boy Named If (2022) [Official Digital Release] [Hi-Res]”

R.E.M. – Murmur (1983) [1995, MFSL Remastered, CD-Quality + Hi-Res Vinyl Rip]

R.E.M. - Murmur (1983) [1995, MFSL Remastered, CD-Quality + Hi-Res Vinyl Rip]

R.E.M. – Murmur (1983) [1995, MFSL Remastered, CD-Quality + Hi-Res Vinyl Rip]
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Total Size: 982 MB (Hi-Res) + 289 MB (CD-Quality) | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab | US | Cat#: MFSL 1-231 | Genre: Pop Rock
Half-Speed Mastered

Leaving behind the garagey jangle pop of their first recordings, R.E.M. developed a strangely subdued variation of their trademark sound for their full-length debut album, Murmur. Heightening the enigmatic tendencies of Chronic Town by de-emphasizing the backbeat and accentuating the ambience of the ringing guitar, R.E.M. created a distinctive sound for the album — one that sounds eerily timeless. Continue reading “R.E.M. – Murmur (1983) [1995, MFSL Remastered, CD-Quality + Hi-Res Vinyl Rip]”