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The Beach Boys – The Beach Boys (1985/2015) [HDTracks 24-192]

The Beach Boys – The Beach Boys (1985/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 40:30 minutes | 1,41 GB | Genre: Pop
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Artwork: Front cover | © Capitol Records

This self-titled 1985 album from the Beach Boys marked the beginning of a new era for the band: it was the first to be recorded following the death of Dennis Wilson two years earlier and it also brought the Beach Boys into the modern era of electronics, synthesizers, drum machines and 1980s production courtesy of Culture Club producer Steve Levine. Including the top 30 US hit Getcha Back, the album features guests Ringo Starr and Stevie Wonder, Culture Club member Roy Hay, rock guitarist Gary Moore and horn and string players.

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The Beach Boys – Sunflower (1970/2015) [HDTracks 24-192]

The Beach Boys – Sunflower (1970/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 36:58 minutes | 1,56 GB | Genre: Pop
Studio Master, Official Digital Download  – Source: HDTracks | Artwork: Front cover | © Capitol Records

Sunflower, released in 1970, marked the debut of the Beach Boys on Reprise Records after spending almost a decade at Capitol. The album scored more positively with critics than at the cash registers, however, racking up accolades and glowing reviews around the world. Rolling Stone included Sunflower at number 300 on the list of the 500 greatest albums of all time; in his 2006 biography of Brian Wilson, writer and critic Peter Ames Carlin compared Sunflower to Sgt. Pepper by the Beatles.

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The Beach Boys – M.I.U. Album (1978/2015) [HDTracks 24-192]

The Beach Boys – M.I.U. Album (1978/2015) 
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 32:26 minutes | 1,16 GB | Genre: Pop
Studio Master, Official Digital Download  – Source: HDTracks | Artwork: Front cover | © Capitol Records

Released in 1978, this Beach Boys album is named for the Maharishi International University in Fairfield, Iowa where it was recorded, a move that caused great turmoil within the band. Neither Dennis nor Carl Wilson approved of the decision, prompted by Mike Love’s adherence to Transcendental Meditation. As a result, only Love, Al Jardine and Brian Wilson were involved in any major way. The single Come Go With Me, re-released off a compilation in 1981, broke into the top 20 the second time around.

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The Beach Boys – Love You (1977/2015) [HDTracks 24-192]

The Beach Boys – Love You (1977/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 34:28 minutes | 1,31 GB | Genre: Pop
Studio Master, Official Digital Download  – Source: HDTracks | Artwork: Front cover | © Capitol Records

Love You (also known as The Beach Boys Love You) is the 21st studio album by American rock band the Beach Boys, released on April 11, 1977. Originally conceived as a Brian Wilson solo album entitled Brian Loves You, the album is almost entirely written and performed by Wilson, with the other band members mainly serving as additional lead vocalists. Peaking at number 53 on US record charts, the album was received with a sharp divide between fans and critics. One single was issued from the album: “Honkin’ Down the Highway” backed with “Solar System”.

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The Beach Boys – Live In Chicago 1965 (2015) [HDTracks 24-88.2]

The Beach Boys – Live In Chicago 1965 (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 01:47:39  minutes | 1,9 GB | Genre: Pop
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Artwork: Front cover | © Capitol Records

“Live In Chicago 1965” is an album of two previously unreleased recordings of The Beach Boys playing at the Arie Crown Theater in Chicago on March 26 and 27, 1965.

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The Beach Boys – L.A. (Light Album) (1979/2015) [HDTracks 24-192]

The Beach Boys – L.A. (Light Album) (1979/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 41:18 minutes | 1,66 GB | Genre: Pop
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Artwork: Front cover | © Brother Records

L.A. (Light Album) is the 23rd studio album by The Beach Boys, released on March 19, 1979. Produced by Bruce Johnston, James William Guercio and the band itself, the album was The Beach Boys’ first on CBS Records, and the first to feature contributions from Johnston since his departure from the band in 1972. Johnston was brought in when it became clear that the ailing Brian Wilson was in no fit state to produce the album, and has remained in the band ever since.

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The Beach Boys – Keepin’ The Summer Alive (1980/2015) [HDTracks 24-192]

The Beach Boys – Keepin’ The Summer Alive (1980/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 33:12 minutes | 1,29 GB | Genre: Pop
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Artwork: Front cover | © Capitol Records

Keepin’ The Summer Alive, released in 1980, was lushly produced by Bruce Johnston after an ill-fated attempt to have Brian Wilson helm the album. Featuring string and horn sections and many contributing musicians, among them Joe Walsh on guitar on the title track, this is the last Beach Boys album issued before the death of Dennis Wilson in 1983. The drummer refused to participate in the recording of Keepin’ The Summer Alive and only appears on one old track from 1972.

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The Beach Boys – Carl and the Passions ‘So Tough’ (1972/2015) [HDTracks 24-192]

The Beach Boys – Carl and the Passions ‘So Tough’ (1972/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 34:31 minutes | 1,12 GB | Genre: Pop
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Artwork: Front cover | © Capitol Records

Taking its title from Carl Wilson’s teenage band, Carl and the Passions – “So Tough” originally included Pet Sounds as a bonus when it was released in 1972. The Beach Boys’ personnel was in flux at this point, with outside members coming and going and minimal input from Brian Wilson. Nevertheless, the album hit number 25 in the UK and number 50 in the US.

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Wilco – What’s Your 20 – Essential Tracks 1994-2014 (2014) [HDTracks 24-96]

Wilco – What’s Your 20? – Essential Tracks 1994–2014 (2014) 
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 2:37:08 minutes | 3,35 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Digital Booklet | © Nonesuch

In celebration of their 20th anniversary, Wilco releases What’s Your 20, a compilation album of essential tracks culled from the band’s previously released studio recordings that span from 1994 to 2014. These are the first compilations of Wilco music of any kind. The collection was produced by Grammy-nominated producer Cheryl Pawelski, co-founder of Omnivore Recordings, whose credits include Big Star’s Keep an Eye on the Sky, The Band’s A Musical History and Townes Van Zandt’s Sunshine Boy: The Unheard Studio Sessions and Demos 1971–1972. What’s Your 20 gathers songs from Wilco’s eight studio albums plus two songs from Mermaid Avenue, the collection of Woody Guthrie-penned tunes set to music by Wilco and Billy Bragg.

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The Bolshoi Experience: Highlights from Russian Operas, Vol. 2 (2009) [nativeDSDmusic DSD64]

The Bolshoi Experience: Highlights from Russian Operas, Vol. 2 – Soloists, Chorus & Orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre Moscow, Alexander Vedernikov (2009)
DSD64 (.dsf) 1 bit/2,82 MHz | Time – 01:00:14 minutes | 2,38 GB | Genre: Classical
Official Digital Download – Source: nativeDSDmusic | Digital Booklet | © Pentatone Music B.V.
Recorded: Moscow, November 2005 & February 2006

Traditionally, since the middle of the 18th century, Russian opera had been influenced by the Italians, just as the music world as a whole had been strongly oriented towards that country during the empire of the czars. For Russian composers, this meant that they have to battle incessantly for the recognition of their musical identity, which was not surprising in a country where many prominent families felt more at home speaking French than Russian. In his operas A Life for the Czar (1836), and Ruslan and Lyudmila (1841), Michael Glinka laid a foundation for the national opera culture, and Alexander Dargomishky  followed his example. However, their music was still strongly influenced by foreign works; the torch was then taken over by Alexander Borodin and a few others, who grouped together under the name Moguchaya Kuchka (the ‘mighty handful’). Their main objective was to develop an authentic idiom, based on Russian folklore music. In addition, they strove to create a high degree of realism in the music drama. They were successful at this, even though at times hindered in the realization of their intentions by a lack of professional training of various members.

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