May 20

V.A. – Jazz For The Wee Small Hours (2006)
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 52:03 minutes | Scans included | 2,1 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 934 MB
HighNote Records SACD # HCD 6016 | Genre: Jazz

The quiet hours, love lost, love found again. The feelings, the familiar melodies recalled. The songs, each with their own story, could all be yours, each interpreted by different dream weavers. It is the time of day that leaves you alone with memories.

HighNote Records is an American record label based in New York City, specializing in jazz music. HighNote was founded by Joe Fields, who worked for Prestige Records as an executive in the 1960s and founded Muse Records in the 1970s. HighNote also reissues classic jazz recordings, from artists such as Art Tatum, Thelonious Monk and Woody Shaw.

Tracklist:
01. Everett Greene – Everything I Have Is Yours
02. Gloria Lynne – In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning
03. Freddy Cole – This Love Of Mine
04. Wesla Whitfield – Teach Me Tonight
05. Etta Jones – All The Way
06. Della Griffin – You Go To My Head
07. Ernie Andrews – I Want To Be Loved
08. Dakota Staton – Too Late Now
09. Carol Sloane – Memories Of You
10. Irene Reid – All My Tomorrows

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May 20

V.A. – Jazz After Midnight (2007)
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 61:46 minutes | Scans included | 2,49 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 1,07 GB
HighNote Records SACD # HCD 6018 | Genre: Jazz

Jazz After Midnight contains ten romantic standards performed by artists on the Highnote label. While short on improvising or energetic interludes, this is a decent budget-line set that features Frank Morgan, David “Fathead” Newman, and Larry Coryell with less than obvious inclusions by Mike LeDonne, Don Sickler and Louis Hayes & the Cannonball Legacy Band. Recommended for those who appreciate jazz as romantic background music.

Tracklist:
01. Houston Person – If I Ruled The World
02. Don Sickler – Gone But Not Forgotten
03. Louis Hayes – The Two Of Them
04. James Spaulding – La Mesha
05. Frank Morgan – Crazy He Calls Me
06. Larry Coryell – Naima
07. Mike LeDonne – Superstar
08. Cedar Walton – Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
09. Joey DeFrancesco – What’s New
10. David “Fathead” Newman – Georgia On My Mind

HighNote Records is an American record label based in New York City, specializing in jazz music. HighNote was founded by Joe Fields, who worked for Prestige Records as an executive in the 1960s and founded Muse Records in the 1970s. HighNote also reissues classic jazz recordings, from artists such as Art Tatum, Thelonious Monk and Woody Shaw.

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May 20

Various Artists – Funky Organ, B3 Jazz Grooves (2007)
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 62:30 minutes | Scans included | 2,52 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 1,17 GB
HighNote Records SACD # HCD 6017

Funky Organ: B-3 Jazz Grooves is a killer little comp of some truly bad-ass Hammond B-3 madness with music by Charles Earland, Bill Heid, Joey DeFrancesco, Mike LeDonne and Joey’s pop, Papa John. This is stellar funky groove played out over 60 minutes with bass out no-holds-barred greasy goodness.

Tracklist:
01. Joey DeFrancesco – The Cat
02. “Papa” John DeFrancesco – Cold Duck Time
03. Mike LeDonne – Delilah
04. Charles Earland – My Blues Is Funky
05. Bill Heid – That Dirty Thang
06. Reuben Wilson – Watch Me Fly
07. “Papa” John DeFrancesco – 160 Million Dollar Chinese Man
08. Mike LeDonne – In The Bag
09. Joey DeFrancesco – The Preacher
10. Charles Earland – Put It Where You Want It

HighNote Records is an American record label based in New York City, specializing in jazz music. HighNote was founded by Joe Fields, who worked for Prestige Records as an executive in the 1960s and founded Muse Records in the 1970s. HighNote also reissues classic jazz recordings, from artists such as Art Tatum, Thelonious Monk and Woody Shaw.

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May 20

Various Artists – Rock ‘N’ Roll Memories (2x SACD, 2004) [2.0 & 5.1]
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 113:46 minutes | Scans included | 6,85 GB
or FLAC 2.0 (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 2,05 GB
Genre: Rock | Terrific Collection Of Original Songs By Original Artists! | Released by Membran Music GmbH.

How often does a certain piece of music revive memories of important events from times gone by? This double SACD – from the new series “Memories Are Made Of This” – has been put together for exactly this purposey to bring back those memories. Those amongst us who grew up during the 1950s, experiencing their very own storm and stress period, will certainly be familitif with the titles on these SACDs and quite capable of singing or whistling along – or just humming the tune.

The booklet featuring rare photos, autographs, extremely rare record covers and some of the most sought-after sheet music covers.

Tracklist:
Disc 1:
01. Diana – Paul Anka
02. Rock & Roll Music – Chuck Berry
03. At the Hop – Danny & The Juniors
04. Bo Diddley – Bo Diddley
05. I’m Walkin’ – Fats Domino
06. Wake up Little Susie – Everly Brothers
07. Rock around the Clock – Bill Haley
08. Peggy Sue – Buddy Holly
09. Great Balls of Fire – Jerry Lee Lewis
10. Tutti Frutti – Little Richard
11. Stood Up – Ricky Nelson
12. Hound Dog – Elvis Presley
13. Be Bop a lula – Gene Vincent
14. I Love you Baby – Paul Anka
15. De De Dinah – Frankie Avalon
16. Roll over Beethoven – Chuck Berry
17. Pretty Thing – Bo Diddley
18. Little Darlin’ – The Diamonds
19. The Big Beat – Fats Domino
20. See you later Alligator – Bill Haley
21. That’ll be the Day – The Crickets
22. Hula Love – Buddy Knox
23. Jailhouse Rock – Elvis Presley
24. Rock the Bop – Brenda Lee
Disc 2:
01. Bye Bye Love – Everly Brothers
02. Razzle Dazzle – Bill Haley
03. Party Doll – Buddy Knox
04. Dynamite – Brenda Lee
05. Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On – Jerry Lee Lewis
06. Long Tally Sally – Little Richard
07. Blue Suede Shoes – Carl Perkins
08. All Shook Up – Elvis Presley
09. Yes Tonight Josephine – Johnnie Ray
10. Ooby Dooby – Roy Orbison
11. Lotta Lovin’ – Gene Vincent
12. Reet Petite – Jackie Wilson
13. Be Bop Baby – Ricky Nelson
14. Boppin’ The Blues – Carl Perkins
15. Lucille – Little Richard
16. Oh Baby Doll – Chuck Berry
17. Diddley Daddy – Bo Diddley
18. Ma – Johnny Otis Show
19. When my Dreamboat comes Home – Fats Domino
20. Not Fade Away – The Crickets
21. Hot Dog That Made Him Mad – Wanda Jackson
22. Teddy Bear – Elvis Presley
23. Bouna Sera – Louis Prima
24. Oh Boy – The Crickets

* Please note: It’s multichannel in a technical way. In reality it’s just 5 channel mono, each channel with the same signal.
These early recordings have been remastered using the most advancec technology available today.
Compiled by Werner Walendowski (Hamburg, Germany).

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May 20

Various Artists – Poor Boy: Songs Of Nick Drake (2004)
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 Stereo > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 77:50 minutes | Scans included | 3,15 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 1,36 GB
Genre: Jazz, Rock, Folk, Pop

British folkster Nick Drake’s gorgeous, melancholy, tantalizingly ambiguous songs have been covered often, but not perhaps with the range of interpretive powers & depth of emotional commitment that these (mostly) Vancouver & Seattle artists bring to bear in re-imagining his music…

Nick Drake’s songs have attracted a large number of admirers for their beauty and melancholy, but few can have approached those compositions with the stylistic imagination found on Songlines Recordings’ Poor Boy: Songs of Nick Drake. Songlines owner Tony Reif organized a tribute concert to Drake in Vancouver, Canada, in 1999 featuring many of the artists heard here, and he added to them with many musicians based in Seattle. While the result is many different interpretations of Drake’s work, the lengthy CD breaks down for the most part into two halves. In the first seven songs, the artists basically take Drake’s simple folk melodies and sad lyrics as the basis for jazz performances, much as if they were the work of Rodgers & Hart. Kate Hammett-Vaughan begins “Clothes of Sand,” the second track, a cappella before being joined by Chris Gestrin’s piano, Ron Samworth’s guitar, and Simon Fisk’s bass in an arrangement that recalls Billie Holiday singing “Strange Fruit.” Then Gestrin and Fisk return for “One of These Things First,” which they treat as a jazzy piano instrumental in the style of Art Tatum or Oscar Peterson. In “Three Hours,” Jason Michas gives the lyrics a forthright, declarative reading that suggests Nina Simone or Sarah Vaughan. The François Houle 6, led by Houle, a clarinetist, spends 14 minutes working its way through an original atonal instrumental called “For Nick” and into a medley of Drake’s “Horn” and “Know.” And Hammett-Vaughan returns for a bluesy version of “Poor Boy” that would fit into any good set in a jazz club. By this halfway mark in the album, the listener may be forgetting the elegant, becalmed folk arrangements found on Drake’s own albums, but Mike Dumovich returns to familiar ground on “Fly,” and most of the rest of the album is given over to versions of Drake songs performed more in the spirit of the original versions, although Veda Hille and Robin Holcomb mix things up in a four-handed piano treatment of “Road,” and Ian Moore and Eyvind Kang turn “Black Eyed Dog” into something of an Indian raga, complete with sitar. Drake fans ultimately may prefer the songwriter’s own recordings, but this album demonstrates that his songs can be interpreted differently, which speaks well for their long-term appeal.

Tracklist:
01. Bill Horist & Aiko Shimada – Cello Song
02. Kate Hammett-Vaughan – Clothes Of Sand
03. Chris Gestrin & Simon Fisk – One Of These Things First
04. Jason Michas & Chris Gestrin – Three Hours
05. Robin Holcomb & Veda Hille – Hanging On A Star
06. Danielle Hebert – For Nick/Horn/Know
07. Kate Hammett-Vaughan – Poor Boy
08. Mike Dumovich – Fly
09. Friendly Science Orchestra – Parasite
10. Veda Hille, Robin Holcomb & Francois Houle – Road
11. Bill Horist & Sam Mickens – Things Behind The Sun
12. Mount Analog with Jesse Sykes – River Man
13. Ian Moore & Eyvind Kang – Black Eyed Dog
14. Mike Dumovich – From The Morning

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May 20

V.A. – Sax and the City (2008)
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 54:45 minutes | Scans included | 2,2 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 0.98 GB
HighNote Records SACD # HCD 6020 | Genre: Jazz

The saxophone has been associated with the sensuous sounds of the sultry city for decades. The steamy streets, secluded corners and chiaroscuro of the cityscape are perfectly suited to the deep reedy sound of jazz’s sexiest instrument.

Tracklist:
01. David ‘Fathead’ Newman – It Had To Be You
02. Houston Person – All Soul
03. Jim Snidero – Lover Man Oh Where Can You Be?
04. Charles Earland with Najee – If Only For One Night
05. Frank Morgan – I’ll Be Around
06. Vincent Herring – Sophisticated Lady
07. Lucky Thompson – We’ll Be Together Again
08. Teddy Edwards – Candy
09. David ‘Fathead’ Newman – Autumn In New York
10. Houston Person – Blue Velvet

HighNote Records is an American record label based in New York City, specializing in jazz music. HighNote was founded by Joe Fields, who worked for Prestige Records as an executive in the 1960s and founded Muse Records in the 1970s. HighNote also reissues classic jazz recordings, from artists such as Art Tatum, Thelonious Monk and Woody Shaw.

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May 20

V.A. – Jazz in an R&B Groove (2004)
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 65:09 minutes | Scans included | 2,63 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 1,19 GB
HighNote Records SACD # HCD 6011 | Genre: Jazz

Kinda Jazzy Kinda Funky is a fine sampling of jazz artists and vocalists on the 2004 High Note roster. These previously released nine tracks consist of compositions from Melvin Sparks, Rodney Jones, Randy Johnston, Bill Heid, and David “Fathead” Newman along with Lalo Schifrin’s “The Cat,” performed by Joey DeFrancesco, and Houston Person’s take on Johnny Griffin’s “Sweet Sucker.” This is a great way to get familiar with the High Note sound and audiophiles will be interested in knowing that this title.

Tracklist:
01. The Melvin Sparks Band – The Governor
02. “Papa” John DeFrancesco – GF’s Attitude
03. Rodney Jones – Live Bait
04. David “Fathead” Newman – Off the Hook
05. Joey DeFrancesco – The Cat
06. Randy Johnston – The Hat Man
07. Bill Heid – Peach Cobbler
08. Houston Person – Sweet Sucker
09. The Melvin Sparks Band – Another Joe

HighNote Records is an American record label based in New York City, specializing in jazz music. HighNote was founded by Joe Fields, who worked for Prestige Records as an executive in the 1960s and founded Muse Records in the 1970s. HighNote also reissues classic jazz recordings, from artists such as Art Tatum, Thelonious Monk and Woody Shaw.

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May 20

Various Artists – Top Gun (OST 1986) [1999 Special Edition]
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 56:42 minutes | Scans included | 2,3 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 1,14 GB

A mega Soundtrack to a Mega-Movie! Fueled by the power of numerous hit singles, the 1986 Top Gun soundtrack quickly became a pop music phenomenon in its own right, and remains one of the best-selling soundtracks of all time. This expanded edition-with sound that’ll make you feel like you’re “mach 2 with your hair on fire” – contains additional liner notes, photos and 5 bonus cuts.

There are a few movie and soundtrack pairings that represent the wild 1980s. None more so than Top Gun (Footloose and Pretty in Pink are also strong contenders.) A whirlwind romance set in the U.S. Air Force during the Cold War, Top Gun featured wild aerial acrobatics, steamy sexual tension, and macho competition. And the soundtrack had the songs to match. Featuring the huge hits “Danger Zone,” “Take My Breath Away,” as well as “Playing with the Boys,” “Mighty Wings,” and a handful of classic soul tracks, the Top Gun soundtrack may be the perfect example of the outrageous ’80s. This version expands on the original, including a number of songs not featured on the initial release, such as “Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay” and “Great Balls of Fire”.

Tracklist:
01. Kenny Loggins – Danger Zone
02. Cheap Trick – Mighty Wings
03. Kenny Loggins – Playing With The Boys
04. Teena Marie – Lead Me On
05. Berlin – Take My Breath Away (Love Theme From “Top Gun”)
06. Miami Sound Machine – Hot Summer Nights
07. Loverboy – Heaven In Your Eyes
08. Larry Greene – Through The Fire
09. Marietta – Destination Unknown
10. Harold Faltermeyer & Steve Stevens – Top Gun Anthem
11. Otis Redding – (Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay
12. Harold Faltermeyer – Memories
13. Jerry Lee Lewis – Great Balls Of Fire
14. The Righteous Brothers – You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling
15. Kenny Loggins – Playing With The Boys (12″ Version)

Engineered for SACD by Vic Anesini.

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May 20

Various Artists – Reggae In High-Fi (2003) [Audio Fidelity SACD #AFZ-014]
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 70:27 minutes | Scans included | 2,83 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 1,33 GB
Audio Fidelity SACD #AFZ-008 | Remastered for SACD by Steve Hoffman | Genre: Reggae

Reggae In High-Fi contains 15 jammin’ selections… the cream of two decades from RAS Records. RAS Records is considered the pre-eminent Reggae label today. These are the real authentic sounds and superstars of Reggae. Some of the featured artists include Black Uhuru, who was the winner of the very first Grammy for Reggae, Yellowman, who rose to superstardom as the notorious “toaster”, Israel Vibration, one of the biggest groups in Reggae today, as well as Jacob Miller, Freddie McGregor and Gregory Isaacs… all superstars and all perennial chart-toppers and more.

Some listeners love to load up their iPod or CD player and hit the random button, delighting in the juxtaposition of songs and styles that burst forth in startling sequence. Others find that extremely annoying, preferring a smooth switch in sounds and gentler progression of styles that create a sumptuous coherent set. Those latter will find this compilation irritating to say the least, as it leapfrogs across the reggae spectrum, heedless of decades, subgenres or styling. Load it up, hit random, and I’ll guarantee the result will be better sequenced. That said, there’s no arguing with the quality of the 15 tracks nor with the star appeal of all the artists featured within. The songs are all licensed from RAS Records, the American label so instrumental in seeing roots reggae and culture through the lean years of the ’80s and beyond, a musical propensity the company maintains to this day. But that isn’t to suggest this is a roots comp, although two masterpieces from Peter Broggs and Jacob Miller certainly fit that category. Even the culture icons had to move with the times, and there’s a dancehall-lite vibe to the majority of the music here, which on occasion moves straight into ragga territory. Considering both the label’s and the artists’ reputations, it’s surprising, however, that the messages mostly revolve around mashing up the dancefloor, with the DJs inevitably delivering up the most massively pleasing numbers. Regardless, with such artists as Black Uhuru, Israel Vibration, and Gregory Isaacs on board, this set truly nices up the dancehall. Magnificent music, but an odd selection nonetheless.

Tracklist:
01. Peter Broggs – Jah Jah Voice Is Calling
02. Jacob Miller – 80000 Careless Ethiopians
03. Freddie McGregor – Push Comes To Shove
04. Natural Beauty – Nice Up Dancee
05. Culture – Youthman Move
06. Black Uhuru – Great Train Robbery
07. Israel Vibration – Cool And Calm
08. Israel Vibration – Highway Robbery
09. Don Carlos – Spring Heel Skanking
10. Gregory Isaacs – Pride And Dignity
11. Blood Fire Posse – Every Posse Get Flat
12. Sanchez & Flourgon – Place Mash Up
13. Yellowman – Reggae On The Move
14. Yellowman And Mad Professor – Wild Wild West
15. Eek-A-Mouse – Oh Me Oh My

Remastered for SACD Mastering by Steve Hoffman at Kevin’s AcousTech Mastering, Camarillo, CA.

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May 20

Various Artists – The Sound Of Music: Original Soundtrack Recording (1965) [Reissue 2015]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 45:51 minutes | Scans included | 1,85 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Full Scans included | 833 MB
Genre: Soundtrack

The soundtrack to The Sound of Music was written by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, and arranged and conducted by Irwin Kostal, who also adapted the instrumental underscore passages. The soundtrack album was released on the RCA Victor label in 1965, and reached the number one position on the Billboard 200 that year in the United States. The album has been reissued several times, including a 30th Anniversary Edition in 1995, a 35th Anniversary Edition in 2000, a 40th Anniversary Edition in 2005, and a 45th Anniversary Edition, which reached the number one position on the Billboard 200 in 2010 and again in 2013. A 50th Anniversary Edition was released in 2015, which reached the number five position on the Top Soundtracks chart.

Tracklist:
01. Prelude / The Sound of Music
02. Overture / Preludium (Dixit Dominus)
03. Morning Hymn / Alleluia
04. Maria
05. I Have Confidence
06. Sixteen Going On Seventeen
07. My Favorite Things
08. Climb Ev’ry Mountain
09. The Lonely Goatherd
10. The Sound of Music
11. Do-Re-Mi
12. Something Good
13. Processional and Maria (The Wedding)
14. Edelweiss (Reprise)
15. So Long, Farewell
16. Climb Ev’ry Mountain (Reprise)

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