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Yellow Magic Orchestra – YMO Ultimate Collection (2003) {SACD-R + FLAC 24-88,2}

Yellow Magic Orchestra – YMO Ultimate Collection (2x SACD, 2003)
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 136:06 minutes | Scans included | 5,5 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Full Scans included | 2,63 GB
Genre: Synth-pop

The trailblazing force behind the emergence of the Japanese techno-pop sound of the late ’70s, Yellow Magic Orchestra remains a seminal influence on contemporary electronic music – hugely popular both at home and abroad, their pioneering use of synthesizers, sequencers and drum machines places them second only to Kraftwerk as innovators of today’s electronic culture.

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Wynton Marsalis – Hot House Flowers (1984/2001) {SACD-R + FLAC 24-88,2}

Wynton Marsalis – Hot House Flowers (1984) [Reissue 2001]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 41:55 minutes | NO Scans | 1,68 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans NOT included | 770 MB
Genre: Jazz

Wynton Marsalis, very much in his Miles Davis period, plays quite melodically throughout this ballad-dominated outing with strings. Branford Marsalis (on tenor and soprano), flutist Kent Jordan, pianist Kenny Kirkland, bassist Ron Carter, and drummer Jeff Watts are strong assets but it is Wynton’s subtle creativity on such songs as “Stardust,” “When You Wish Upon a Star,” Duke Ellington’s “Melancholia,” and “I’m Confessin’” that makes this recording special. The arrangements by Robert Freedman generally keep the strings from sounding too sticky and Wynton’s tone is consistently beautiful.

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Willie Nelson – Stardust (1978) [Japanese SACD 2001] {SACD-R + FLAC 24-88,2}

Willie Nelson – Stardust (1978) [Japanese SACD 2001 #SRGS 4563]
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 36:27 minutes | Scans included | 1,5 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 672 MB
Genre: Country

Country crooner’s classic collection of easy-going pop standards features the songs Moonlight In Vermont, All Of Me, Don’t Get Around Much Anymore & others. It was arranged by Booker T. Jones & recorded in Willie’s inimitable style in Emmylou Harris’ house.

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Herbert von Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker – Wagner: Overtures, Preludes (2001) {SACD-R + FLAC 24-88,2}

Richard Wagner: Overtures, Preludes – von Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker (2001) 
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 77:22 minutes | 3,11 GB
FLAC 2.0 Stereo (PS3 ISO extract / Weiss Saracon conversion) 24bit/88.2 kHz | 1.4 GB
Japan Esoteric Import | Year: 2001 | Full Scans | Genre: Classical

Esoteric have produced a remarkable transfer that preserves beautifully the hall sound, spatial information and detail. The brass and mass strings have excellent detail, revealing a lot of subtle harmonies and variation – a boon for anything Wagner. This contributes to an overall impression of sophistication and restraint and goes perfectly with Karajan’s Wagner.

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Vanessa Fernandez – When The Levee Breaks (2016) {SACD-R + FLAC 24-88,2}

Vanessa Fernandez – When The Levee Breaks (2016)
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 51:17 minutes | Scans included | 2,1 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Full Scans included | 0,98 GB
Genre: Alternative, Indie

Vanessa Mary Fernandez is a singer and radio presenter from Singapore. She released several albums with the now defunct hip-hop groups, Urban Xchange and Parking Lot Pimp and is now more popularly known by her moniker, Vandetta on Mediacorp Radio’s 987FM.

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Various Artists – The World’s Greatest Audiophile Vocal Recordings (2006) {SACD-R + FLAC 24-88,2}

Various Artists – The World’s Greatest Audiophile Vocal Recordings (2006)
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & 5.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 46:14 minutes | Covers | 3,18 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Covers included | 803 MB
Features Stereo & Multichannel Surround sound | Chesky Records SACD 323 | Genre: Jazz, Vocal

If you’re into vocal recordings, or want a sampler of Chesky’s material, or if you just want something that sounds great so that you can impress friends with your stereo, get this disc. I play it a lot – for all of the above reasons. I listen to many tracks on this disc, but I’m always drawn back to Livingston Taylor singing Stevie Wonder’s “Isn’t She Lovely.” Through the OMD-28s, the richness and vibrancy of Taylor’s voice were startlingly realistic, with no chestiness or overhang. Furthermore, his voice was tight and focused”. – Doug Schneider Soundstage

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Various Artists – Five Songbirds: A Reference Collection Of Female Vocalists (2004) {SACD-R + FLAC 24-88,2}

VA – Five Songbirds: A Reference Collection Of Female Vocalists (2004)
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 63:28 minutes | Basic Covers | 990 MB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Basic Covers | 1,14 GB
Genre: Jazz, Pop

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Tommy Smith – Blue Smith (1999) {SACD-R + FLAC 24-88,2}

Tommy Smith – Blue Smith (1999)
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 61:51 minutes | Scans included | 2,51 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Full Scans included | 1,22 GB
Genre: Jazz

Scottish jazz saxophonist emerged in the early 1980s, moved on to create challenging works with major players.

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Thelonious Monk Quintet – 5 By Monk By 5 (1959) [APO Remaster 2002] {SACD-R + FLAC 24-88,2}

Thelonious Monk Quintet – 5 By Monk By 5 (1959) [APO Remaster 2002]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 58:58 minutes | Scans included | 2,38 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 1,22 GB
Genre: Jazz

As the ’50s drew to a close, so did Thelonious Monk’s illustrious tenure on Riverside Records. In fact, the three dates needed for this title would be his penultimate for the label. The album’s concept placed five Monk originals into a five-person (read: quintet) setting. Ironically, this was the first time that Monk had recorded with a lineup that so prominently displayed a “standard” bop rhythm section with both a trumpet and sax player. The quintet on 5 by Monk by 5 (1959) finds the pianist supported by Thad Jones (cornet), Sam Jones (bass), Art Taylor (drums), and Charlie Rouse (tenor sax) – who would continue working with the artist as Monk’s (more or less) permanent tenor saxophonist for the majority of the ’60s. In what had become somewhat of a tradition, the disc’s program boasts several of Monk’s more established melodies coupled with a few recent works. One of those was “Jackie-ing” – named incidentally after Monk’s niece. It commences the disc exemplifying the loose, disjointed and exceedingly difficult scores that would define Thelonious Monk as a premiere composer, arranger, and bandleader. This seemingly unkempt sound flies in the face of Monk’s thoroughly disciplined keyboard playing, as well as a solid component within the context of the full ensemble – which he skillfully demonstrates not only on “Jackie-ing,” but on every entry within the long-playing effort. The songs’ opening jam is imbued with a hearty tug of war as Rouse’s animated lines tangle with Monk’s interjections and piano antics. Jones’ cornet is similarly worked into the tricky arrangements. To some, the sound – which is starkly disparate when compared to the timbre that exists among the comparatively subdued Rouse or Monk – can be notably disconcerting. When 5 by Monk by 5 was reissued in CD, the running order was augmented by two alternate takes of “Played Twice” – the other Monk-penned tune to have been debuted on the LP.

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Thelonious Monk – Monk’s Dream (1963) [Reissue 2015] {SACD-R + FLAC 24-88,2}

Thelonious Monk – Monk’s Dream (1963) [Reissue 2015]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 43:31 minutes | Scans NOT included | 1,76 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans NOT included | 874 MB
Genre: Jazz

Monk’s Dream is the Columbia Records debut release featuring the Thelonious Monk Quartet: Monk (piano), Charlie Rouse (tenor sax), John Ore (bass), and Frankie Dunlop (drums). Jazz scholars and enthusiasts alike also heralded this combo as the best Monk had been involved with for several years. Although he would perform and record supported by various other musicians, the tight – almost telepathic – dimensions that these four shared has rarely been equalled in any genre. By the early ’60s, bop had become considered passé by artists as well as fans looking for the next musical trend. This is coupled with the fact that discerning Monk fans would have undoubtedly recognized many of these titles from several live recordings issued at the end of his tenure on Riverside. Not to belabor the point, however, but precious few musicians understood the layer upon layer of complexities and challenges that Monk’s music created. On tracks such as “Five Spot Blues” and “Bolivar Blues,” Rouse and Dunlop demonstrate their uncanny abilities by squeezing in well-placed instrumental fills, while never getting hit by the unpredictable rhythmic frisbees being tossed about by Monk. Augmenting the six quartet recordings are two solo sides: “Just a Gigolo” and “Body and Soul.” Most notable about Monk’s solo work is how much he retained the same extreme level of intuition throughout the nearly two decades that separate these recordings from his initial renderings in the late ’40s. Monk’s Dream is recommended, with something for every degree of Monk enthusiast.

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