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Handel - Siroe, Re di Persia (Andreas Spering) [2004]  Music

Posted by Vilboa at April 28, 2017
Handel - Siroe, Re di Persia (Andreas Spering) [2004]

Handel - Siroe, Ré di Persia (Andreas Spering) [2004]
Classical | Harmonia Mundi HMY2921826/27 | TT: 79.08+75.57 | EAC (FLAC, cue, log) | Covers | 781 Mb

While it isn't Handel's most obscure opera (hum a few bars from Catone, anyone?), Siroe, Re di Persia is definitely on the margins. It's hard to say why exactly, although the unflatteringly edited Metastasio libretto (by Nicola Haym) is surely part of the reason; the character and conflict development of the original are largely missing from the version Handel set. But the music is Handel at his best, and let's face it: from the perspective of a modern listener, plot is not the main draw of opera seria. With that in mind, Harmonia Mundi's complete recording, with Andreas Spering and the Cappella Coloniensis, is an excellent first step toward giving Siroe wider exposure. It's well played, thoughtfully conducted, and it features an excellent trio of leading ladies.
Johnny Hallyday - L'Integrale Disques Vogue: 42 Titres En Version Originale (1992) 2CDs [Re-Up]

Johnny Hallyday - L'Intégrale Disques Vogue: 42 Titres En Version Originale (1992)
complete Vogue recordings 1960-1961, 2 CDs

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 609 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 240 Mb | Scans ~ 77 Mb | 01:42:28
French Pop/Rock, Rock & Roll, Rockabilly, Yé-yé | Label: Vogue | # 7432 1120892

Johnny Hallyday (born Jean-Philippe Smet; 15 June 1943) is a French singer and actor. An icon in the French-speaking world since the beginning of his career, he was considered by some to have been the French Elvis Presley. Hallyday has completed 181 tours, had 18 platinum albums, and has sold more than 80 million records worldwide, making him one of the world's best-selling artists of all time. Hallyday remains largely unknown outside of the Francophone world, thus earning the nickname "the biggest rock star you've never heard of" in English-speaking countries.

Robert Lucas - Usin' Man Blues (1990) [Re-Up]  Music

Posted by Designol at April 26, 2017
Robert Lucas - Usin' Man Blues (1990) [Re-Up]

Robert Lucas - Usin' Man Blues (1990)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 304 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 129 Mb | Scans ~ 56 Mb
Genre: Blues | Label: AudioQuest | # AQ-CD1001 | Time: 00:56:17

West Coast vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter Robert Lucas forged a path for himself in the blues world after the release of his much-hailed 1990 self-produced debut cassette, Across the River. Based in Long Beach, CA, as a solo artist Lucas recorded for the Audioquest label out of San Clemente. He was also a member of the legendary boogie blues band Canned Heat, singing and playing bottleneck guitar and harmonica with the group off and on starting in 1994. Lucas paid homage to traditional blues but also carefully crafted his own singing and slide guitar style. These talents are on ample display on his Audioquest albums, including Luke and the Locomotives, Usin' Man Blues, Built for Comfort, Layaway, and Completely Blue, all released during the '90s, as well as latter-day Canned Heat albums on the Ruf and Fuel 2000 labels.
Blur - Modern Life Is Rubbish (1993) 2CD Japanese Special Edition 2012 [Re-Up]

Blur - Modern Life Is Rubbish (1993) 2CD Japanese Special Edition 2012
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 971 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 317 Mb | Scans ~ 40 Mb | 02:18:28
Alternative Rock, BritPop, Dance Rock | Label: EMI Music Japan | # TOCP 71338-39

To celebrate the 21st anniversary of their debut release, Blur s classic follow-up album Modern Life Is Rubbish has now been remastered from the original tapes by Frank Arkwright (The Smiths, Arcade Fire, New Order, Joy Division), with the remastering overseen by legendary original producer, Stephen Street. The Modern Life Is Rubbish Special Edition finally unites the non-album single Popscene (which was recorded whilst tracks from the album were being demo ed) with a Blur studio album. Also included in the accompanying bonus disc are all the Popscene, For Tomorrow and Chemical World b-sides (amongst which are nestled the Visit To Primrose Hill Extended Version of For Tomorrow, a reworked version of Chemical World and a cover of the Rod Stewart classic Maggie May. Completing the bonus disc are the b-sides to The Sunday Sunday Popular Community Song CD, (the official title of the main Sunday Sunday single release), the music-hall style covers of Daisy Bell and Let s All Go Down The Strand.
Art Tatum - Piano Starts Here / Live at The Shrine (Zenph Re-performance) [Stereo + Binaural + MCH '2008] PS3 ISO + FLAC

Art Tatum - Piano Starts Here / Live at The Shrine (2008)
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 38:32 minutess | Full Artwork | 2,65 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Full Artwork | 729 MB
"Zenph Re-performance" - SACD features Stereo, Binaural Stereo & Multichannel Surround sound

For many serious jazz fans, no pianist has ever approached the technical mastery of Art Tatum, though his virtuoso skills usually meant he was at his best unaccompanied. Many of his recordings from the 1930s and '40s were limited by the deficiencies of recording methods at the time. Zenph Studios decided to use 21st century computer technology to re-create this album, both the 1933 studio session and the famous 1949 concert…
Antonio Vivaldi - Viktoria Mullova - Double Concertos (2008, Archiv Produktion # 477 7466) [RE-UP]

Antonio Vivaldi - Viktoria Mullova & Giuliano Carmignola - Double Concertos
EAC+LOG+CUE | FLAC: 313 MB | Full Artwork | 5% Recovery Info
Label/Cat#: Archiv Produktion # 477 7466 | Country/Year: Europe 2008
Genre: Classical | Style: Baroque

…Mullova and Carmignola provide one of the most consummate displays of period instrument playing that I have heard. True masters of their instruments.
Antonio Vivaldi - Alberto Zedda - Juditha Triumphans (1964, CD reissue 1997, Sarx Rec. # ANG 97007-2) [RE-UP]

Antonio Vivaldi - Juditha triumphans devicta Holofernes barbarie
Orchestra da camera dell'Angelicum di Milano - Alberto Zedda
2xCD | EAC+LOG+CUE | FLAC: 374 MB | Artwork | 5% Recovery Info
Label/Cat#: Sarx Rec. # ANG 97007-2 | Country/Year: Italy 1997, 1964
Genre: Classical | Style: Baroque, Sacred, Oratorio

"Italian conductor and musicologist Alberto Zedda is widely recognized as one of the world's most prominent authorities on the operas of Gioachino Rossini. (…) Although his work on behalf of Rossini remains widely appreciated, Zedda's handling of early opera composers has drawn criticism, particularly as he eschews period instruments and prefers to devise modern orchestrations for seventeenth century operas.
Shura Cherkassky plays Rachmaninov, Prokofiev, Stravinsky (2011) [Re-Up]

Shura Cherkassky plays Rachmaninov, Prokofiev, Stravinsky (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 321 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 182 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Ica Classics | # ICAC 5020 | Time: 01:16:28

Shura Cherkassky (1909-1995) was one of the greatest piano virtuosos of his time having studied under the legendary Josef Hofmann. This WDR studio broadcast sourced from the original master tapes has Cherkassky playing Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini from 1970 in superb stereo. He recorded the Rhapsody only once in 1953 for EMI in mono but it has never been issued on CD so this taping is exceptionally important and adds a major work to Cherkassky’s large discography. Prokofiev’s wartime Piano Sonata No.7 was never recorded commercially by Cherkassky so this is another addition to his discography sourced from WDR’s original master tapes. It was recorded in 1951 when Cherkassky was fast becoming a star in Germany. The three scenes from Stravinsky’s Petruschka was a favourite virtuoso work for Cherkassky and this 1951 recording shows him at his most brilliant, sourced from WDR’s original master tapes. Three encores have been added from 1951 and 1953 (not sourced from WDR) which again showcase Cherkassky’s incredible technique during the early period of his career in Germany.

Ted Nugent - Original Album Classics (2008) 5CD Box Set [Re-Up]  Music

Posted by Designol at April 20, 2017
Ted Nugent - Original Album Classics (2008) 5CD Box Set [Re-Up]

Ted Nugent - Original Album Classics (2008) 5CD Box Set
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 1.57 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 579 Mb | Scans included | 04:01:45
Hard Rock, Classic Rock, Heavy Metal | Label: Sony BMG/Legacy/Epic | # 88697302762

2008 five CD box. The Original Album Classics series, courtesy of Sony/BMG, packages together five classic albums from one of the most popular artists on the label's roster, housing them in an attractive slipcase. This set from the American Hard Rock guitar legend features the albums 'Ted Nugent' (1975), 'Free For All' (1976), 'Cat Scratch Fever' (1977), 'Weekend Warriors' (1978) and 'Scream Dream' (1980).

Kamasi Washington - The Epic (2015) 3 CDs [Re-Up]  Music

Posted by Designol at April 20, 2017
Kamasi Washington - The Epic (2015) 3 CDs [Re-Up]

Kamasi Washington - The Epic (2015) 3 CDs
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 1.06 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 397 Mb | 02:53:37 | Scans ~ 14 Mb
Genre: Jazz-Funk, Fusion, Contemporary Jazz | Label: Brainfeeder | # BFCD050

The Epic is saxophonist Kamasi Washington's aptly titled, triple-length, 172-minute debut album for Brainfeeder. He is a veteran of L.A.'s music scene and has played with Gerald Wilson, Harvey Mason, Flying Lotus, and Kendrick Lamar (his horn is prominently featured on To Pimp a Butterfly), to name but a few. Most of his bandmates have played together since high school, and it shows. There are two drummers (including Ronald Bruner), two bassists (including Stephen "Thundercat" Bruner on electric), two keyboardists, trumpet, trombone, and vocals (Patrice Quinn). In various settings, they are supported by a string orchestra and full choir conducted by Miguel Atwood-Ferguson. Washington composed 13 of these 17 tunes; he also meticulously arranged and produced them. At just over six to nearly 15 minutes, the jams leave room for engaged improvisation. The Epic is based on a concept, though it's unnecessary to grasp in order to enjoy. The music reflects many inspirations – John Coltrane, Horace Tapscott's Pan-African People's Arkestra, Azar Lawrence's Prestige period, Donald Byrd's and Eddie Gale's jazz and choir explorations, Pharoah Sanders' pan global experiments, Afro-Latin jazz, spiritual soul, and DJ culture.