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Stan Getz, Joao Gilberto feat. Antonio Carlos Jobim – Getz-Gilberto (1964/2011) [AcousticSounds DSD64]

Stan Getz, Joao Gilberto feat. Antonio Carlos Jobim – Getz/Gilberto (1964/2011)
DSD64 (.dsf) 1 bit/2,82 MHz | Time – 00:33:50 minutes | 1,34 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: AcousticSounds | Front Cover | © Verve Music
Recorded: March 18–19, 1963 at A&R Recording Studios, New York City

Mastered by George Marino at Sterling Sound from the original analog 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.
The original master tapes for this title had not been used since 1980 previous to this reissue. Also, for this Analogue Productions reissue the decision was made to master and present this album as it was originally mixed to master tape. With very few exceptions all versions of this title to date, including the original, have had the channels incorrectly reversed. With this version, you’ll hear this title as it was intended to be heard, without the channels reversed. And again, those reissues you’ve heard up until now – definitely still breathy, warm and rich – were made from something less than the master. Prepare to hear the veil removed
Astrud Gilberto says that her husband, Joao, informed Stan Getz that she “could sing at the recording.” Creed Taylor recalls that it took Getz’s wife, Monica, to get both Astrud and Joao into the recording studio; Mrs. Getz had a sense that Astrud could make a hit. And Getz himself is on record saying that he insisted on Astrud’s presence over the others’ objections. So who’s right? What does it matter? The Gilbertos, Getz and the legendary Antonio Carlos Jobim followed up the bossa nova success of Jazz Samba with this, the defining LP of the genre. With one of the greatest hit singles jazz has ever known – each one who hears it goes “Ahhh!”

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Elvis Presley – 24 Karat Hits (1997/2013) [AcousticSounds DSD64]

Elvis Presley – 24 Karat Hits (1997/2013)
DSF Mono/Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz | Time – 01:01:08 minutes | 2,42 GB | Genre: Rock
Official Digital Download – Source: AcousticSounds | Digital Booklet | © RCA Records

Mastered by George Marino at Sterling Sound from the original analog 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.

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Elton John – Peachtree Road (2004) [AcousticSounds DSD64]

Elton John – Peachtree Road (2004)
DSD64 (.dsf) 1 bit/2,82 MHz | Time – 52:05 minutes | 2,06 GB | Genre: Rock
Official Digital Download – Source: AcousticSounds | Front Cover | © The Rocket Record Company

Elton John’s 28th studio album garnered gold status by the RIAA in December 2004. The record peaked at #18 on Billboard’s Top 200 and featured three singles: Weight Of The World, Porch Swing In Tupelo and They Call Her The Cat.

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Cat Stevens – Tea For The Tillerman (1970/2013) [AcousticSounds DSD64]

Cat Stevens – Tea For The Tillerman (1970/2013)
DSD64 (.dsf) 1 bit/2,82 MHz | Time – 36:47 minutes | 1,45 GB | Genre: Folk Rock
Official Digital Download – Source: AcousticSounds | Digital Booklet | © Island Records/Universal Music

Mona Bone Jakon only began Cat Stevens’ comeback. Seven months later, he returned with Tea for the Tillerman, an album in the same chamber-group style, employing the same musicians and producer, but with a far more confident tone. Mona Bone Jakon had been full of references to death, but Tea for the Tillerman was not about dying; it was about living in the modern world while rejecting it in favor of spiritual fulfillment. It began with a statement of purpose, “Where Do the Children Play?,” in which Stevens questioned the value of technology and progress. “Wild World” found the singer being dumped by a girl, but making the novel suggestion that she should stay with him because she was incapable of handling things without him. “Sad Lisa” might have been about the same girl after she tried and failed to make her way; now, she seemed depressed to the point of psychosis. The rest of the album veered between two themes: the conflict between the young and the old, and religion as an answer to life’s questions. Tea for the Tillerman was the story of a young man’s search for spiritual meaning in a soulless class society he found abhorrent. He hadn’t yet reached his destination, but he was confident he was going in the right direction, traveling at his own, unhurried pace. The album’s rejection of contemporary life and its yearning for something more struck a chord with listeners in an era in which traditional verities had been shaken. It didn’t hurt, of course, that Stevens had lost none of his ability to craft a catchy pop melody; the album may have been full of angst, but it wasn’t hard to sing along to. As a result, Tea for the Tillerman became a big seller and, for the second time in four years, its creator became a pop star. ~~ AllMusic Review by William Ruhlmann

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Blue Mitchell – The Thing To Do (1964/2016) [Qobuz 24-192]

Blue Mitchell – The Thing To Do (1965/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 40:10 minutes | 1,75 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: AcousticSounds | Artwork: Front cover | © Blue Note Records

Hard bop trumpeter Blue Mitchell recorded The Thing To Do in 1964 for Blue Note, his first for the label as leader, accompanied by a young Chick Corea on piano at the very beginning of his professional career. Corea even contributes the album’s closing number, Chick’s Tune. Tenor saxophonist Junior Cook joins Mitchell on the front line, backed by bassist Gene Taylor and drummer Al Foster.

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Art Pepper – So In Love (1980/2016) [AcousticSounds DSD64]

Art Pepper – So In Love (1980/2016) 
DSD64 (.dsf) 1 bit/2,82 MHz | Time – 47:45 minutes | 1,90 GB | Genre: Jazz
Official Digital Download – Source: AcousticSounds | Digital Booklet | © Analogue Productions
Recorded: Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, CA, February 23 (#1,4), May 25 & 26 (#2,3,5), 1979

This deluxe release from the classy (but long defunct) Artists House label, as with all of Art Pepper’s recordings of his comeback years, is easily recommended. Actually all of the music on So in Love has been reissued in greatly expanded form in Pepper’s massive 16-CD Galaxy box set. The original LP has lengthy versions of “So in Love,” “Stardust,” “Straight No Chaser” and two Pepper originals (“Diane” and “Blues for Blanche”). Assisted by two equally talented rhythm sections (pianists Hank Jones and George Cables, bassists Ron Carter and Charlie Haden, and drummers Al Foster and Billy Higgins), Pepper is in excellent form throughout the album, giving these songs heart-wrenching interpretations. ~~ AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow

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Art Pepper – New York Album (1979/2016) [AcousticSounds DSD64]

Art Pepper – New York Album (1979/2016)
DSD64 (.dsf) 1 bit/2,82 MHz | Time – 39:04 minutes | 1,59 GB | Genre: Jazz
Official Digital Download – Source: AcousticSounds | Digital Booklet | © Analogue Productions
Recorded: February 23, 1979 at Sound Ideas, NYC; #2: unaccompanied alto saxophone solo, recorded May 26, 1979 at Kendun Recorders, Burbank, CA

New York Album is an album by saxophonist Art Pepper recorded in 1979 at the sessions that produced So in Love but not released on the Galaxy label until 1985.

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Adam Agee & Jon Sousa – Suantrai: Traditional Irish Music (2014) [AcousticSounds DSD64]

Adam Agee & Jon Sousa – Suantrai: Traditional Irish Music (2014) 
DSD64 (.dsf) 1 bit/2,82 MHz | Time – 50:01 minutes | 2,00 GB | Genre: Folk, Celtic, Irish
Official Digital Download – Source: AcousticSounds | Digital Booklet | © Adam Agee & Jon Sousa

Suantraí (pronounced “SOON-Tree”) is an Irish word that means “lullabies,” and can also mean a feeling of gentleness and comfort. Adam Agee and Jon Sousa are very excited to announce the release of thier debut duo album, Suantraí. Recorded in DSD Pure at Boulder’s own Immersive Studios with the help of Jonathan Skinas, immense care was taken in the crafting of this album, from the arrangement and selection of tunes to the sonic quality in the studio.

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Arne Domnerus with Gustaf Sjokvist – Antiphone Blues (1974/2015) [AcousticSounds DSD64]

Arne Domnerus with Gustaf Sjokvist – Antiphone Blues (1974/2015)
DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz | Time – 38:02 minutes | 1,5 GB | Genre: Jazz, Classical
Official Digital Download – Source: AcousticSounds | Digital Booklet |  © 2xHD
Recorded: 26 August 1974 in Spånga church, Sweden.

DSD file created from analog master.
Maestros Arne Domnerus (saxophone) & Gustaf Sjokvist (organ) play Classical and jazz/spiritual duets (several associated with Maestro Duke Ellington). Considered to be one of the best recordings of saxophone performance in decades. Arne Domnerus, a living legend, is at the height of his mastery of the instrument. The sonic excellence brings heartfelt emotion to a listener, regarded by some as ‘A record for life!’

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Hank Locklin – The Girls Get Prettier (1966/2016) [AcousticSounds 24-192]

Hank Locklin – The Girls Get Prettier (1966/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 28:26 minutes | 1,08 GB | Genre: Country
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: AcousticSounds | Artwork: Front cover | © RCA/Legacy

Florida-born Hank Locklin was one of the great soft crooners of the Nashville Sound era of countrypolitan pop… Like many of his contemporaries he had more rural roots, playing melodic honkytonk in his youth, but veering towards a more “sophisticated” sound in the late 1960s…

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