Flairck ‎- Live In Amsterdam (1980) [Original DE Pressing, 2LP] {Vinyl Rip 24Bit/96khz}

Flairck ‎- Live In Amsterdam
Vinyl | LP Cover (1:1) | FLAC + cue | 24bit/96kHz  | 1,77 Gb
Label: Polydor/2679 098 | Release: 1980 | Genre: Progressive-Folk

This is a ‘nostalgia trip’ for me, since the band was founded in the second half of the Seventies I have seen fellow Dutchmen Flairck at least 10 times during the tours of the albums Variaties Op Een Dame (1978), Gevecht Met De Engel (1980) and Circus (1981), mainly in the wonderful venue Diligensia in my hometown The Hague. Every concert was a captivating and adventurous musical journey with virtuosic skills on a wide range of instruments and .. some fine Dutch humor (the Belgians can also enjoy it). This live 2-LP (1980) is a perfect registration of the Flairck sound featuring many exciting improvisations and extended solo work. The one moments you hear warm 12-string guitars and soaring flute, the other moment propulsive acoustic rhythm guitar and powerful acoustic bass, blended with swirling panflute (very omnipresent) or violin. The one moment it’s folk (from Celtic to Eastern Europe), the other moment jazz, classical or a blend of several styles with lots of shifting moods and great solos on many instruments. The great thing about Flairck is that the skills are from excellent to virtuosic but the music contains a lot of emotion, it never sounds too clinical.

I still feel honoured that I have seen this awesome progressive folk formation many times on stage, I hope this era will be captured on a DVD. My conclusion: highly recommended and a good start to discover the unique Flairck sound in the late Seventies and early Eighties, later their musical direction changed, not always my cup of tea.

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Eddie Jobson – Zinc: The Green Album (1983) [Original US Demo Pressing] {Vinyl Rip 24Bit/96khz}

Eddie Jobson – Zinc: The Green Album
Vinyl | LP Cover (1:1) | FLAC + cue | 24bit/96kHz | 0.98 Gb
Label: Capitol Records/ST-12275 | Release: 1983 | Genre: Progressive-Electronic

Having played for the prog bands UK and Jethro Tull, Eddie Jobson decided after to start a solo career, and “Zinc” is his first album. Absolutely progressive, the tracks are often loaded and dynamic. Jobson even provides the lead vocals, which are really not bad. He plays some excellent electric violin parts, as always. The main strength are his keyboards arrangements: I’ve rarely seen a musician mastering so well the keyboards!! The keyboards sounds are EXTREMELY varied, very modern for the year and absolutely futuristic. Jobson is able to create many spacy, mellow & very dreamy atmospheres, with a sci-fi approach: the pleasant textures generate an indescribable trance state which you will not want to lose; Jobson’s technique partly resides in inserting a gentle & melodic sequencer through some floating ambience. He plays an OUTSTANDING piano solo a la Patrick Moraz: do not miss it! The rock dimension is very present, almost hard rock, as reveals the sharp electric guitars and acoustic ones (Gary Green, of Gentle Giant, is a guest musician on couples of tracks). The drums and the bass do an excellent job. Eddie Jobson still proves here that he is one of the best keyboardist of the prog scene.

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Eurovision Song Contest (2015) Semi-Final 2 Dress Rehearsal H264 1080i 37Mbps FLAC5.1 MPA2 0-HDG

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Dixie Dregs – Night Of The Living Dregs (1979) [Original US Pressing] {Vinyl Rip 24Bit/96khz}

Dixie Dregs – Night Of The Living Dregs
Vinyl | LP Cover (1:1) | FLAC + cue | 24bit/96kHz | 734 mb
Label: Capricorn Records/CPN 0216 | Release: 1979 | Genre: Progressive-Fusion

This is a fine album, live too and it’s magically creates all the atmospheres and ingredients required for a live gig to be a success both on the night and on medium. There is great energy throughout but the best highlights for me are Long Slow Distance, Patchwork and Night of the Living Dregs. It was this album that hooked me onto the Dregs so if you are looking at introductions to new sounds look no further than here.

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Dixie Dregs ‎- Dregs Of The Earth (1980) [Original US Pressing] {Vinyl Rip 24Bit/96khz}

Dixie Dregs ‎- Dregs Of The Earth
Vinyl | LP Cover (1:1) | FLAC + cue | 24bit/96kHz  | 818mb
Label: Arista/ALB6-8305 | Release: 1980 | Genre: Progressive-Fusion

Wow, Steve Morse is such a versatile and aggressive musician as well!! His creature- “Dixie Dregs”- fits perfectly into his stunning style. This is art rock, enriched with incredible guitar excursions into the US country music, performed skilfully and also emotionally supported by a fine violin! Music should be represented by albums like these…because it’s simple from the point of view of its compositions, but also tinged with a lot of music colours. I remember his experience with Kansas, but I think of the incredible personal style of Morse here, and I think it’s better in this kind of music approach!!

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Dixie Dregs – Best Of The Dixie Dregs (1987) [Original US Pressing] {Vinyl Rip 24Bit/96khz}

The Dixie Dregs – Best Of The Dixie Dregs
Vinyl | LP Cover (1:1) | FLAC + cue | 24bit/96kHz | 900mb
Mastered By Trutone
Label: Grand Slamm Records/PSP5016 | Release: 1987 | Genre: Progressive-Fusion

The Dixie Dregs are one of those recording artists who have spread their catalog among competing labels, making a comprehensive compilation difficult to assemble. This midline-priced effort draws only from their initial stint at Capricorn Records, 1977-1979, with nothing from the Arista years (1980-1982), the second Capricorn sojourn (1992-1994, by which time the earlier Capricorn catalog was owned by PolyGram), or the Zebra period (2000). So, perhaps this album should be called something like “The Best of the Early Years.” It draws three tracks from the band’s first Capricorn album, Free Fall, and four each from their second, What If, and their third, Night of the Living Dregs. The Dixie Dregs never had a hit single, so the choice of their best recordings is subjective, but the selection here is reasonable and gives a sense of the breadth of their stylistic diversity, from the fusion music on Free Fall to the rock of “Punk Sandwich” from Night of the Living Dregs and the country hoedown of “Patchwork,” recorded live at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1978 and also included on Night of the Living Dregs. Guitarist Steve Morse, violinist Allen Sloan, and keyboardists Steve Davidowski (on the first three tracks) and Mark Parrish (on the rest) each get to play intricate, fleet-fingered solos, and the rhythm section of bassist Andy West and drummer Rod Morganstein navigates their way through the often-tricky patterns and tempos. This is technically accomplished, showy music that often impresses more than it really engages, unless you are a musician yourself trying to figure out how it’s being played. But that’s The Dixie Dregs, and this is a good summary of the first Capricorn period.

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Dave Mason ‎- Certified Live (1976) [Original US Pressing, 2LP] {Vinyl Rip 24Bit/96khz}

Dave Mason ‎- Certified Live (1976)
Vinyl | LP Cover (1:1) | FLAC + cue | 24bit/96kHz | 1,72 Gb
Label: Columbia/PG 34174 | Release: 1976 | Genre: Classic-Rock

Through relentless touring in the mid-1970s, Dave Mason built up a concert audience that didn’t necessarily translate into a record-buying audience, and this double-live album, released at a time when double-live albums were all the rage (remember Frampton Comes Alive?), was intended to address that problem. (Jim Krueger even contributed some Frampton-style “voicebox” guitar to “Goin’ Down Slow.”) It did demonstrate that Mason had a tight touring band and a repertoire of rock ‘n’ roll standards to draw from, as well as such interesting acquisitions as the Eagles’ “Take It To The Limit” and the Spencer Davis Group’s “Gimme Some Lovin ‘,” and while it didn’t achieve the career breakthrough intended, it did give Mason time to craft the studio album that would achieve that breakthrough. (It also gave Columbia versions of such earlier Mason songs as “Feelin’ Alright?,” “Pearly Queen,” “Sad And Deep As You,” and “Only You Know And I Know.”) (Originally released by Columbia Records as Columbia 34680, Certified Live was reissued on CD by One Way Records as One Way 26078 on August 29, 1995.)

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Crosby, Stills & Nash – Replay (1980) [Original US Pressing] {Vinyl Rip 24Bit/96khz}

Crosby, Stills & Nash – Replay
Vinyl | LP Cover (1:1) | FLAC + cue | 24bit/96kHz | 900mb
Mastered By Wally Traugott
Label: Atlantic SD 16026 | Release: 1980 | Genre: Country-Rock

I confess that I bought this LP because have a beautiful re-mix of the excellent ‘Carry on’, I have no idea (and most likely that if), be published or posted on any digital collection.
For this LP seems to me almost a 99.978%, that still doesn’t appear in CD format.
It’s a great compilation that is missing the great Neil Young, completely absent? No, sir! appears in the chorus of ‘Carry on’, just … hmm, should be included in the credits, I think. Finally, including from solo album and tracks from LP ‘Shadow Captain’.
Special edition for collectors.

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Creedence Clearwater Revival ‎- Live In Europe (1973) [1st US Pressing, 2LP] {Vinyl Rip 24Bit/96khz}

Creedence Clearwater Revival ‎- Live In Europe
Label: Fantasy/CCR-1 | Released: 1973 | Genre: Classic-Rock
Vinyl | LP Cover (1:1) | FLAC | 24bit/96kHz

The critics despised this live recording (poor sound, flat, etc). Since I am not critical (thank God), but a simple listener and -of course- I have another perspective. This double LP I heard when I was 10 years old with my older brother, although that Tom Fogerty left the group, John has no problem in meeting the lack of the second guitar.
There memorable versions of songs like “Lodi”, “Fortunate Son”, “Hey Tonight”, etc, etc.
For me this is an excellent LP, a fundamental part of the CCR discography. 5 stars (oh yeah!).
Ps.: I am a romantic and I like this poor sound but genuine, like Woodstock. Yes, good memories.

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Bob Dylan ‎- Nashville Skyline (1969) [US Audiophile Pressing] {Vinyl Rip 24Bit/96khz}


Bob Dylan ‎- Nashville Skyline
Vinyl | LP Cover (1:1) | FLAC + cue | 24bit/96kHz & 16bit/44kHz | 900mb
CBS Mastersound
Label: Columbia/HC 49825 | Release: 1969 | This Issue: 1981 | Genre: Country-Rock

John Wesley Harding suggested country with its textures and structures, but Nashville Skyline was a full-fledged country album, complete with steel guitars and brief, direct songs. It’s a warm, friendly album, particularly since Bob Dylan is singing in a previously unheard gentle croon — the sound of his voice is so different it may be disarming upon first listen, but it suits the songs. While there are a handful of lightweight numbers on the record, at its core are several excellent songs — “Lay Lady Lay,” “To Be Alone With You,” “I Threw It All Away,” “Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here With You,” as well as a duet with Johnny Cash on “Girl From the North Country” — that have become country-rock standards. And there’s no discounting that Nashville Skyline, arriving in the spring of 1969, established country-rock as a vital force in pop music, as well as a commercially viable genre.

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Art Garfunkel ‎- Fate For Breakfast (1979) [Original US Pressing] {Vinyl Rip 24Bit/96khz}

Art Garfunkel ‎- Fate For Breakfast
Vinyl | LP Cover (1:1) | FLAC + cue | 24bit/96kHz & 16bit/44kHz | 900mb
Label: Columbia/JC 35780 | Release: 1976 | Genre: Country-Pop

Fate for Breakfast is the fourth solo album by Art Garfunkel released in March 1979 on Columbia Records. It was his first album to miss the US Billboard Top 40 and his first album containing no US Top 40 singles. However, the European release of the album does include a different version of the song “Bright Eyes”, which was featured in the film version of the novel Watership Down, and reached the number-one spot in the UK, and became the biggest selling single of 1979 there. Likewise, the album itself garnered international success, reaching the top-ten in some European countries. The album was issued in five different sleeves, each with a different shot of Art Garfunkel at the breakfast table.

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Can – SACD Remastered Collection (13x SACD 1968-1989) {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

Can – SACD Remastered Collection (13x SACD 1968-1989)
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | Scans included | 23,5 GB
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88,2 kHz | 2.0 Stereo | 576:19 mins | Scans included | 11,8 GB
Include 13 albums | Spoon Records, U.K., Ltd. | Featuring the Remasters 2004 – 2006

Can was an experimental rock band formed in Cologne, West Germany in 1968. Later labeled as one of the first krautrock groups, they transcended mainstream influences and incorporated strong minimalist and world music elements into their often psychedelic music. (more…)

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Wynton Kelly Trio, Wes Montgomery – Smokin’ At The Half Note (1965/2013) [DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz]

Wynton Kelly Trio, Wes Montgomery – Smokin’ At The Half Note (1965/2013)
DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz  | Time – 41:10 minutes | 1,62 GB | Genre: Jazz
Source: ISO SACD | ©  Verve Records
Recorded June 1965 at the Half Note, New York City; and September 22, 1965 at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey.

Mastered by George Marino at Sterling Sound from the original master tapes to vinyl and PCM. The DSD was sourced from the PCM. George listened to all of the different A/D converters he had before he chose which to use, and he felt the George Massenburg GML 20 bit A/D produced the best and most synergistic sound for the project.
A Tremendously Important Historic Jazz Record That Pairs Guitar Virtuoso Wes Montgomery With Miles Davis’ Rhythm Section – Paul Chambers and Jimmy Cobb
This is timeless music that has inspired innumerable jazz guitarists and aficionados. In fact, jazz guitar great Pat Metheny has said, “I learned to play listening to Wes Montgomery’s Smokin’ At The Half Note.” Metheny additionally said that the solo on “If You Could See Me Now” is his favorite of all time.
This legendary session was recorded at a New York nightclub. It captures Montgomery at the height of his improvisational powers. Many consider it the best performance on record by one of the most inventive guitarists in jazz history.
Highlights include the Miles Davis opener, “No Blues” and the following track, Tadd Dameron’s “If You Could See Me Now.” And the album’s versions of “Unit 7” and “Four On Six” have helped to establish these songs as jazz standards.

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Jethro Tull – Minstrel In The Gallery – 40th Anniversary La Grande Edition (1975/2015 [2.0 & 5.1] {2xDVD ISO + FLAC}

Artist: Jethro Tull
Title: Minstrel In The Gallery – 40th Anniversary La Grande Édition
Genre: Rock, Prog Rock, Art Rock, Hard Rock
Label: © Chrysalis Records
Release Date: 1975/2015
Recorded: April 1975 in the Masion Rouge Mobile, Europe
Quality: DVD V/A
Duration: ~
Video: MPEG-2 NTSC / 5125 Kbps / 720*480p / 29.970 fps / 16:9 / Main@Main
Audio: DTS 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit
Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 48 kHz / 448 Kbps / 16-bit
Audio: LPCM 2.0 / 96 kHz / 4608 kbps / 24-bit

The 40th Anniversary edition of Jethro Tull’s Minstrel In The Gallery. The album has been expanded to include the b-side Summerday Sands, several studio outtakes, and alternate session material recorded for a BBC broadcast. The second disc features a live recording of Jethro Tull performing at the Olympia in Paris on July 5, 1975, a few months prior to the release of Minstrel In The Gallery. During the show, the band played songs from several of its albums, including War Child and Aqualung, as well as an early performance of Minstrel In The Gallery. It was mixed to 5.1 & stereo by by King Crimson guitarist Jakko Jakszyk.
Highlights from the set include:
* Original album plus seven bonus tracks (six previously unreleased), two mixed to 5.1 surround, and all to stereo by Steven Wilson
* Flat transfers of the original LP mix at 96/24 plus additional track Summerday Sands
* Flat transfer of the original quad mix of the LP plus additional track Summerday Sands
* An eight and a half minute film of the band performing Minstrel In The Gallery in Paris from 1975 (more…)

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Anthony Phillips – The Geese & The Ghost (1977/2015) [2.0 & 5.1] {DVD ISO + FLAC}

Artist: Anthony Phillips
Title: The Geese & The Ghost
Genre: Rock, Folk Rock, Art Rock, Prog Rock
Label: © Esoteric Recordings
Release Date: 1977/2015
Recorded: August 1973 – October 1976 at Argonaut Galleries, Island Studios and Send Barns Studios
Quality: DVD V/A
Duration: ~
DVD-Video section has the following audio tracks:
  – DTS 5.1 Surround
  – Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  – LPCM Stereo 48 KHz / 24 Bits
DVD-Audio section has the following audio tracks:
  – MLP 5.1 Surround 48 KHz / 24 Bits
  – MLP Stereo 48 KHz / 24 Bits

Genesis founding member Anthony Phillips has his 1977 debut album The Geese and the Ghost reissued as a deluxe 2CD+DVD set in March. The album has been newly re-mastered (from the original tapes) by Simon Heyworth and comes with a bonus CD of demos and early versions of the tracks from the album, as well as two previously unreleased songs from 1973 (Silver Song and Only Your Love) that feature Phil Collins as a vocalist. Even better, the DVD includes a new 5.1 surround sound mix of the album (by Andy Myles and Simon Heyworth) and everything is packaged in a smart clamshell box, which also finds room for an illustrated booklet with new essay by Jonathan Dann. This three-disc ‘definitive edition’ of The Geese & the Ghost will be released on 9 March 2015 via Esoteric Recordings. (more…)

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