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Roxy Music – Avalon (1982) [Japanese Limited SHM-SACD 2015] {SACD-R + FLAC 24-88.2}

Roxy Music – Avalon (1982) [Japanese Limited SHM-SACD 2015]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 37:31 minutes | Scans included | 1,52 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Full Scans included | 739 MB
Genre: Rock

Flesh + Blood suggested that Roxy Music were at the end of the line, but they regrouped and recorded the lovely Avalon, one of their finest albums. Certainly, the lush, elegant soundscapes of Avalon are far removed from the edgy avant-pop of their early records, yet it represents another landmark in their career. With its stylish, romantic washes of synthesizers and Bryan Ferry’s elegant, seductive croon, Avalon simultaneously functioned as sophisticated make-out music for yuppies and as the maturation of synth pop. Ferry was never this romantic or seductive, either with Roxy or as a solo artist, and Avalon shimmers with elegance in both its music and its lyrics. “More Than This,” “Take a Chance with Me,” “While My Heart Is Still Beating,” and the title track are immaculately crafted and subtle songs, where the shifting synthesizers and murmured vocals gradually reveal the melodies. It’s a rich, textured album and a graceful way to end the band’s career.

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Muddy Waters – Folk Singer (1964) [APO Remaster 2011] {SACD-R + FLAC 24-88.2}

Muddy Waters – Folk Singer (1964) [APO Remaster 2011]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 40:15 minutes | Scans included | 1,63 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Full Scans included | 746 MB
Genre: Blues

Muddy’s “unplugged” album was cut in September of 1963 and still sounds fresh and vital today. It was Muddy simply returning to his original style on a plain acoustic guitar in a well-tuned room with Willie Dixon on string bass, Clifton James on drums, and Buddy Guy on second acoustic guitar. The nine tracks are divvied up between full rhythm section treatments with Buddy and Muddy as a duo and the final track, “Feel Like Going Home,” which Waters approaches solo. What makes this version of the album a worthwhile buy is the inclusion of five bonus tracks from his next two sessions: An April 1964 session brings us Willie Dixon’s “The Same Thing” and Muddy’s “You Can’t Lose What You Never Had,” while the October 1964 session features J.T. Brown on sax and clarinet on “Short Dress Woman” and “My John the Conqueror Root,” as well as “Put Me in Your Lay Away,” another strong side. Folk Singer offers both sides of Muddy from the early ’60s.

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Miles Davis – My Funny Valentine (1965) [MFSL 2014] {SACD-R + FLAC 24-88.2}

Miles Davis – My Funny Valentine (1965) [MFSL 2014]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 63:49 minutes | Scans included | 2,57 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Full Scans included | 1,18 GB
Genre: Jazz

Miles Davis’ concert of February 12, 1964, was divided into two LPs, with all of the ballads put on My Funny Valentine. These five lengthy tracks (specifically, “All of You,” “Stella by Starlight,” “All Blues,” “I Thought About You,” and the title cut) put the emphasis on the lyricism of Davis, along with some strong statements from tenor saxophonist George Coleman and freer moments from the young rhythm section of pianist Herbie Hancock, bassist Ron Carter, and drummer Tony Williams. This hour-long LP complements the up-tempo romps of Four & More.

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Luqman Hamza – With This Voice (2000) {SACD-R + FLAC 24-88.2}

Luqman Hamza – With This Voice (2000)
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 57:49 minutes | Scans included | 2,46 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 1,21 GB
or DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz | 2.29 GB
Genre: Jazz

With a sensual & seductive voice right out of the ’40s or ’50s, Luqman Hamza (pronounced Luke-mahn Hahm-za) is a real discovery, a vocalist of exceptional pedigree & talent (a former Ink Spot) who inhabits a soulful middle ground that seems to straddle the sounds of Nat King Cole & JohnnyHartman. Previously known as Larry Cummings, Luqman Hamza, an ex-Decca & Argo recording artist in the 50s both as a solo artist & with The Five Aces, is now 1 of the brightest stars of the Kansas City scene who performs regularly to enthusiastic & sold out audiences throughout the Midwest.

This latest release from Groove Note Records was recorded by Luqman Hamza at Airborne Audio in Kansas City & features a fine band of well known supporting musicians from the area. Produced by Joe Harley (Audioquest, Telarc, Enya, ECM) & engineered by Mike Ross, this is another standout vocal recording from Groove Note.

The album features an eclectic & varied selection of standards & popular ballads, ranging from Smoke Gets In Your Eyes & Blue Moon through Laura & My Funny Valentine to the stirring rendition of the less well known With These Hands. On With This Voice Luqman Hamza delivers a seamless performance with an unforgettable mix of richness & emotion, utilizing a winning combination of trio, quartet & quintet arrangements that will leave many listeners clamoring for more.

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Ludwig van Beethoven – Leonard Bernstein / Wiener Philharmoniker – Symphonie Nr. 9 (2005) [Hybrid-SACD] SACD-R

Ludwig van Beethoven – Symphonie Nr. 9 “Ode an die Freude”
Leonard Bernstein / Wiener Philharmoniker, Wiener Staatsopernchor / René Kollo
SACD ISO (MCH only): 3,79 GB | Full Artwork | 3% Recovery Info
Label/Cat#: Deutsche Grammophon “Eloquence” # 476 7368 | Country/Year: Germany 2005, 1980
Genre: Classical | Style: Viennese School

I want to add a very quick review, and I hope it will provide some information on this. I’ve had this on RBCD from its original release in the 1980s. I’m very familiar with this performance and it’s been one of my favorites of all time, next to the Bohm (also with Gwyneth Jones) and the last Karajan one.

In fact right after I ordered the SACD of this one (from JPC using the links from SA-CD.net), I pulled out my old RBCD and listened to it several times before someone bought it from me through my Amazon.com store. It was very fresh in my mind. I received my JPC shipment today and I’ve listened carefully to it on SACD.

Since I love the performance, I’m giving that high marks on performance. The playing is so exciting, and the tempi, which is pretty variable (but we all love that about Bernstein’s perfs), always keeps you guessing. The soli are really great, and I love hearing Kurt Moll do this. Dame Jones can sometimes be slightly off pitch but her musicianship outweighs that.

Regarding the sound, I am NOT impressed with what they’ve done to this. I am very disappointed. While the recording still sounds the same, it sounds like someone just hit the “loudness” button on an old amplifier. There’s no gain in clarity or fidelity — in fact it sounds a little more diffuse that it already did. I expected that the original sound recording would be filled with detail given the size of the piece and all the multi-miking that was going on. But nothing extra is elucidated here. The rear channels just have a little bit of echo to add some sense of space. But overall it all sounds wrong. I’m not impressed by the SACD transfer. I am certainly going to check out the CD-Audio layer and report back about how that sounds in comparison to my RBCD. Hopefully, they didn’t mess that up, too.

If you want this performance on SACD, you can’t really go wrong since it at least sounds as good as the RBCD, and it’s cheaper anyway than the RBCD-only version. I’m torn because I love this performance, but I can not rightfully give it high marks for sound. At least it’s not as awful as the SACD job that was done on Karajan’s second recording of the 9th. ~sa-cd.net

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Kenny Dorham – Whistle Stop (1961) [APO Remaster 2008] {SACD-R + FLAC 24-88.2}

Kenny Dorham – Whistle Stop (1961) [APO Remaster 2008]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 38:45 minutes | Scans included | 1,57 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Full Scans included | 760 MB
Genre: Jazz

Kenny Dorham was always underrated throughout his career, not only as a trumpeter but as a composer. Whistle Stop features seven of his compositions, none of which were picked up later by any of the Young Lions of the ’90s despite their high quality and many fresh melodies. Dorham teams up with tenor-saxophonist Hank Mobley (who had recorded with him previously, along with Art Blakey and Max Roach), pianist Kenny Drew, bassist Paul Chambers, and drummer Philly Joe Jones for a set of lively, fresh, and consistently swinging music. This is a generally overlooked near-classic set.

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Joe Beard – For Real (1998) [Reissue 2000] {SACD-R + FLAC 24-88.2}

Joe Beard – For Real (1998) [Reissue 2000]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 53:34 minutes | Scans included | 2,34 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Full Scans included | 1,16 GB
Genre: Blues

This has well-presented variations of old-style blues, from acoustic (“Dirty Groundhog”), to slow burners (“Elem”), to Chicago/Muddy Waters style (“Who’s Using Who”). Duke Robillard graciously acts in his role as a team player, although he stands out with a hip solo on “If That’s What Pleases Her.” Portney’s harp on “She’s Wonderful” is slow and easy, reminiscent of a hot summer’s day in the country.

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Jimmy Smith – The Cat (1964) [Japanese Limited SHM-SACD 2014] {SACD-R + FLAC 24-88.2}

Jimmy Smith – The Cat (1964) [Japanese Limited SHM-SACD 2014]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 32:57 minutes | Scans included | 1,35 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 678 MB
Genre: Jazz

Compared to his earlier Blue Note recordings, organist Jimmy Smith’s outings for Verve are not as strong from a jazz standpoint. Certainly his renditions of the “Theme from Joy House,” “The Cat” and the “Main Title from The Carpetbaggers” are not all that significant. However, this disc has some tasteful arrangements for the big band by Lalo Schifrin and some good playing by the great organist on a variety of other blues-oriented material. Also the combination of organ with a big band is sometimes quite appealing, making this album worth picking up despite its commercial tracks.

Tracklist:
01. Theme From “Joy House”
02. The Cat (From “Joy House”)
03. Basin Street Blues
04. Main Title Form “The Carpetbaggers”
05. Chicago Serenade
06. St. Louis Blues
07. Delon’s Blues
08. Blues In The Night

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Hurriganes – Roadrunner (1974) [Reissue 2007] {SACD-R + FLAC 24-88.2}

Hurriganes – Roadrunner (1974) [Reissue 2007]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 32:03 minutes | Cover included | 1,7 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Cover included | 649 MB
Genre: Rock

Hurriganes was a hugely popular Finnish rock & roll band formed in 1971. Their music was a belated take on classic rock & roll, and the band was equally adept at writing their own modern classics as they were covering supercharged versions of songs by Fats Domino, Bo Diddley, or the J. Geils Band.

Hurriganes revitalized the Finnish rock music scene, particularly with their second album, 1974’s Roadrunner. The album, named after the Bo Diddley song, demolished the charts and is not only considered one of the best classic rock & roll albums in Finland, but it was also the best-selling album in its native land from 1974 to 1985. The single release of the song they added as a lark to the album when it came up too short, “Get On,” has been named numerous times as the finest single rock & roll song released in Finland by both the public and the press. Järvinen took the intro from Chuck Berry’s “Johnny B. Goode” and added a ferocious lead throughout the three-and-a-half-minute song, Aaltonen punched it up with a revved-up beat and nonsense lyrics that touched upon most of the rock & roll clichés of the past, and Häkkinen solidified the mixture with his sturdy basslines… Roadrunner is regarded as one of the best Finnish rock records ever released, and in 2007, it was re-released as a SACD mixed to a 5.1 format.

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Hiroshima – The Bridge (2003) {SACD-R + FLAC 24-88.2}

Hiroshima – The Bridge (2003)
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 50:58 minutes | Scans included | 3,24 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | 50:50 mins | Scans included | 0,99 GB
Genre: Jazz

Hiroshima, a group whose music falls between R&B, pop, world music, and jazz, has long had its own niche. The band integrates traditional Japanese instruments into their musical blend and has generally been both commercial and creative within its genre.

Few bands have so artfully and appealingly blended pop, R&B, jazz and world music over the past few decades as this East L.A.-bred ensemble, Hiroshima, which enters the new millennium with a set that draws on everything from old-school soul to Les McCann to the Japanese traditions so dear to its heart. Heads Up will no doubt market this as a smooth jazz project, but only a few tracks are middle of the road enough to truly qualify. The best of these, the lilting and inspirational “Believe,” balances Terry Steele’s seductive soul vocals with the exotic touches of bandleader Dan Kuramoto’s breathy alto flute and June Kuramoto’s trademark koto. “Another Wish” also captures the dreamy side of their artistry. That’s part of the secret of Hiroshima’s success; even at their mellowest, there’s still a feast for globally attuned ears. Then when they go funky, as on the horn driven “Shaka Phonk,” there are always June’s glistening strings floating beyond the groove. The disc begins with a tune (“Eternal Phoenix”) that offers a colorful hodgepodge of all their best elements, from ancient chimes and flutes to hypnotic percussion, modern grooving and distant, crunchy fusion guitars. The band has gone through various female lead vocalists but does even better with Terry Steele, who creates appealing updates of classic Isley Brothers and George Benson tunes.

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