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Hans Zimmer - Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (2011) [Re-Up]

Hans Zimmer - Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (2011)
EAC | FLAC (Tracks) + cue.+log ~ 391 Mb | Mp3, CBR320 kbps ~ 182 Mb | Scans included
Soundtrack, Score | Label: Sony Classical | # 88697978902 | Time: 00:57:34

Composer Hans Zimmer's jaunty theme for Guy Ritchie's muscular 2009 re-imagining of the world's most recognizable super-detective, Sherlock Holmes, dutifully reflected the newly installed humor and 21st century action star pathos that the director brought to the character. For Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, Zimmer once again infused the series with wit and wickedness, stacking his already established themes with an effusive Romanian flair, reflecting the addition of Girl with the Dragon Tattoo star Noomi Rapace's turn as a Gypsy fortune teller.
Samantha Fish, Cassie Taylor & Dani Wilde - Girls With Guitars (2011)

Samantha Fish, Cassie Taylor & Dani Wilde - Girls With Guitars (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 299 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 105 Mb | Scans included
Blues-Rock, Modern Electric Blues | Label: Ruf | # RUF 1166 | Time: 00:44:48

On this trio album, Samantha Fish, Cassie Taylor, and Dani Wilde begin with the Rolling Stones' "Bitch" and end with the Steve Miller Band's "Jet Airliner," each taking a verse. The rest of the album is devoted to original compositions written by one or the other of the performers in a variety of blues styles, and the instrumentation also varies, though Taylor (daughter of Otis Taylor, with whom she played extensively), as the bassist, appears on almost every track. The exception is also the only solo track, Wilde's folk-blues number "Reason to Stay," on which she plays Dobro. Wilde also takes much of the lead guitar work, with Fish getting lead work on her own "Come on Home" and "Wait a Minute," as well as Taylor's "Move On." The switch-offs make for a good balance, and it's not surprising that this triumvirate has toured together in Europe. The album should help make their names better known, but that also might reduce their impetus to stay together.
Frank Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention - Carnegie Hall 1971 (2011) {4CD Box Set Vaulternative Records VR 2011-1}

Frank Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention - Carnegie Hall 1971 (2011) {4CD Box Set Vaulternative Records VR 2011-1}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 878 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 515 Mb
Full Artwork @ 600 dpi (png) -> 541 Mb | 5% repair rar
© 1971, 2011 Vaulternative Records / The Zappa Family Trust / Zappanese | VR 2011-1
Rock / Experimental Rock / Avant-Garde / Art Rock / Jazz Rock

Official Release #91. In October 1971, Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention played two shows in one night at New York City’s Carnegie Hall. The album, Carnegie Hall, celebrates that night's marathon – two shows (7:30 and 11:30 p.m.) with ticket prices ranging from $3.50 to $6 – featuring Zappa (lead guitar, vocals) with Mark Volman (vocals, percussion), Howard Kaylan (vocals), Ian Underwood (keyboards, alto sax), Don Preston (keyboards, gong), Jim Pons (bass, vocals) and Aynsley Dunbar (drums).
Yehudi Menuhin & Stephane Grappelli - Menuhin & Grappelli Play Berlin, Kern, Porter And Rodgers & Hart (1988) {2011, Reissue}

Yehudi Menuhin & Stephane Grappelli - Menuhin & Grappelli Play Berlin, Kern, Porter And Rodgers & Hart (1988) {2011, Reissue}
EAC Rip | WV (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 408 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 210 Mb
Scans Included (JPG, 600 dpi) | RAR 5% Recovery
Jazz, Crossover Jazz, Swing, Gypsy Jazz | EMI Hong Kong / Warner Music Hong Kong #5099908468628

These are the main ingredients of a perfectly-made CD for your listening pleasure: mix violins, piano, bass and drums together, combine two terrific violinists, season with the best melodies in the 20s, 30s and 40s from Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, Cole Porter and Rodgers & Hart. Add the musical talents of Nelson Riddle, Max Harris, Martin Taylor, Eddie Tripp, Alan Clare and the rest of the studio musicians. Now all you have to do is to sit back, relax and savor these stunning melodies coming from your CD player. Listen to it in full-volume and fill your music room with the sheer beauty of these classics. A musical treat!
Be Bop Deluxe - Futurist Manifesto: The Harvest Years 1974 - 1978 (2011) {5CD Set Harvest 5099964630823}

Be Bop Deluxe - Futurist Manifesto: The Harvest Years 1974 - 1978 (2011) {5CD Set Harvest 5099964630823}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 2.07 Gb | MP3 @320 -> 783 Mb
Full Artwork @ 300 dpi (jpg) -> 22 Mb | 5% repair rar
© 1974-78, 2011 Harvest / EMI Records | 5099964630823
Rock / Art Rock / Pop

This release includes all five of Be Bop Deluxe's studio albums, with additional bonus tracks, plus an additional disc of previously unreleased home demos, rough studio mixes and live recordings. The recordings have all been freshly remastered and the project over-seen by Bill Nelson. All bonus tracks added to the 1990 CD releases have been remastered and added to this release too, except for the bonus live tracks on the 'Axe Victim' release. This remaster is an improvement upon the 1990 releases, and has thankfully avoided being 'brick-walled'. I would suggest this is the last word on digital 16-bit releases of these studio albums.
Charlie Mariano & Jerry Dodgion - Beauties Of 1918 (1957) {2011 Japan Jazz Masterpiece Best & More 999 Series TOCJ-50186}

Charlie Mariano & Jerry Dodgion - Beauties Of 1918 (1957) {2011 Japan Jazz Masterpiece Best & More 999 Series TOCJ-50186}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 310 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 113 Mb
Full Artwork @ 300 dpi (jpg) -> 11 Mb | 5% repair rar | 24bit remaster
© 1957, 2011 World Pacific / EMI Music Japan | TOCJ-50186 | Jazz Masterpiece Best & More 999 Series
Jazz / Bop / Cool / West Coast Jazz / Saxophone

Pianist Russ Freeman, who produced this record, related it this way : “The last time we were (with Shelly Manne’s quintet) in San Francisco, we went to blow at some motel on the outskirts of town one afternoon. There were some other musicians there; we took turns playing. Jerry (Dodgion) was there. The afternoon wound up with Charlie and Jerry playing the blues with a rhythm section for about twenty minutes. It was one of the most memorable experiences I have ever had, and I wasn’t even playing!

Mud - Mud Rock (1974) {2011, Remastered}  Music

Posted by popsakov at Dec. 2, 2017
Mud - Mud Rock (1974) {2011, Remastered}

Mud - Mud Rock (1974) {2011, Remastered}
EAC Rip | WV (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 410 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 145 Mb
Full Scans (PNG, 400 dpi) ~ 79 Mb | RAR 5% Recovery
Glam Rock | 7T's Records / Cherry Red Records #Glam CD 117

Mud's debut album is one of those records that truly sums up a time and a place – in this instance, England in 1974, as glam rock flirted increasingly gregariously with a similarly ongoing rock & roll revival. It was a period, after all, in which Bill Haley returned to the Top 20, Showaddywaddy was threatening to dominate it, and Mud itself had been launching some remarkably convincing Elvis impersonations into the upper echelons of the chart. Mud's producers and songwriters, Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman, certainly encouraged their charges' retro pretensions, conceiving both Mud Rock and its successor, Mud Rock, Vol. 2, as all-out party albums, with the band the greatest jukebox in the land.

Hank Mobley & Lee Morgan - Peckin' Time (1958/2011)  Music

Posted by Domestos at Nov. 28, 2017
Hank Mobley & Lee Morgan - Peckin' Time (1958/2011)

Hank Mobley & Lee Morgan - Peckin' Time (1958/2011)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) ~ 425.21 Mb | 62:29 | Covers
Hard Bop | Label: Analogue Productions - CBNJ 81574 SA

Tenor saxophonist Hank Mobley was overshadowed by more influential tenors such as Sonny Rollins and John Coltrane during his career, but although he wasn't deliberately flashy or particularly innovative, his concisely measured, round sax tone made him the perfect ensemble player and he was a fine writer, as well, a talent who has often been undervalued and overlooked. The Peckin' Time session was recorded February 9, 1958 (the LP was issued a year later) and came in the midst of what was a period of whirlwind creativity for Mobley, who recorded work for the Savoy and Prestige imprints as well as six full albums for Blue Note (two were never released – it was not that uncommon for Blue Note to stockpile sessions at the time) in a little more than a year's time (later Blue Note albums like Soul Station and Roll Call were still well in the future).
Simone Kermes, Herbert Lippert, Miljenko Turk, Yvonne Naef, Michael Hofstetter - Verdi: Il Trovatore (2011) (Repost)

Simone Kermes, Herbert Lippert, Miljenko Turk, Yvonne Naef, Michael Hofstetter - Verdi: Il Trovatore (2011)
EAC | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 02:12:14 | 576 MB
Genre: Classical, Opera | Label: Oehms Classics | Catalog: 951

Conductor Michael Hofstetter does a beautiful job bringing out the nuances from the Orchestra of Ludwigsburg Schlossfestspiele in Il Trovatore. This is evident from the thunderous roll of the timpani at the beginning of the opera, and the careful phrasing throughout the album. Every dynamic is observed, and the result is the high drama crucial to Verdi. The famous "Anvil Chorus" is another example of the orchestra's power to rouse the listener, as are the dark brass chords in the "Finale ultimo." The chorus, under the direction of Jan Hoffman, deserves equal praise.
Landestheater Linz; Bruckner Orchester Linz; Dennis Russell Davies - Philip Glass: Kepler (2011) 2CDs + DVD5 [Re-Up]

Philip Glass - Kepler (2011) 2CDs + DVD5
Landestheater Linz; Bruckner Orchester Linz; Dennis Russell Davies, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 586 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 261 Mb | 01:54:02 | Scans ~ 62 Mb
DVD5 | NTSC | 16:9 (720x480) VBR | German-Latin AC3 5.0, 448 kbps or AC3 2.0, 192 kbps
Subs: English, German | 02:00:31 | ~ 4.1 Gb | Label: Orange Mountain | # 0071/OMM5004
Classical, Minimalism, Opera

Philip Glass' opera from 2009 explores the life of scientist Johannes Kepler though a series of dramatic scenes with two hours of Glass' music. Kepler in many ways hearkens back to Glass' portrait operas of the early 1980s and continues the composers interest in scientists after having also written operas on Einstein and Galileo. The opera premiered at the Landestheater Linz in 2009 as part of Linz 09, the European Cultural Capital, and continues the amazing 30 year collaboration between Glass and the conductor Dennis Russell Davies, the music director of both the Landestheater Linz and its orchestra, the Bruckner Orchester Linz who has also recorded Glass' music extensively for the Orange Mountain Music label including Glass Symphonies 6, 7, and 8, and Glass' large scale opera The Voyage which was originally written for the Metropolitan Opera. Kepler is a refreshing return to large scale symphonic writing for the opera house. Recent Glass operas including Waiting for the Barbarians and Appomattox carry more dialogue and intimate narrative scenes whereas Kepler is a musical dedication to the life of this great scientists - triumphs and human flaws.