May 23

Manitas de Plata – Guitarra Flamenco (1963) [Reissue 2001]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 53:34 minutes | Scans included | 2,16 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Full Scans included | 1,02 GB
Genre: Latin, Flamenco

One of the greatest masters of flamenco guitar in a landmark l963 recording with singers Jose Reyes and Manero Baliardo on four of the ten tracks. This is the raw, real stuff of flamenco, putting the listener in the middle of the gypsy campfire scene. The entire heart and soul of this gypsy goes into his emotional music. The recording venue was a medieval chapel and the acoustics are perfect, both for the echoing castanets and shouts, as well as the increasing ability of SACD reproduction to preserve such subtle sound reflections. If your only exposure to such gypsy fire is the Gypsy Kings, get a load of the real thing with this disc.

Tracklist:
01. Bulerias
02. Granadinas
03. Tarantas
04. Alegrias del Cante
05. Sevillanas
06. Soleares Gitanas
07. Levantes
08. Farruca
09. Jota
10. Tarantas

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May 23

Mahler: Symphony No. 7 – Bernstein, NYPO (2007) [2.0 & 5.1] PS3 ISO & FLAC
PS3 Rip | 2 SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 37:03 (Disc 1), 42:7 (Disc 2) | 6,49 GB Total
2 Discs FLAC 2.0 Stereo (PS3 ISO extract / Weiss Saracon conversion) 24bit/88,2 kHz | 1.68 GB Total
Label: Sony Music Japan | Year: 1965, 2007 | Genre: Classical

Sony should issue this recording at birth to everyone! It’s simply amazing! I originally heard Bernstein do this performance live and have lived with it ever since it was issued, first as LP then as CD. However, with this Japanese SACD issue, it’s like I’m really there. It comes to life like never before!
Mahler’s 7th Symphony, the “Song of the Night” as it is sometimes called, is perhaps Mahler’s most ambitious symphonic work, in five movements with two “nachtmusik” movements as the second and fourth movements, and a brilliant rondo as the last movement where the light finally breaks through. This recording is among the most acclaimed of the all the Mahler 7 recordings, superbly played and recorded with life-like brilliance.
My only complaint about the SACD issue that Sony makes us pay a usurious price. Do they think that only the Japanese enjoy SACD quality, and make the rest of us pay through the nose for it?

Disc 1

1 – 1.Satz:Langsam(Adagio)
2 – 2.Satz:Nachtmusik. Allegro moderato

Disc 2
1 – 3.Satz:Scherzo. Schattenhaft
2 – 4.Satz:Nachtmusik. Andante amoroso
3 – 5.Satz:Rondo – Finale. Tempo I (Allegro ordinario)

Artists & Movements:
Leonard Bernstein, Conductor
New York Philharmonic, Orchestra
Recorded Dec, 1965, New York
DSD Remastering original three-track master tape, Nov. 2007

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May 23

Big John Patton – Let ‘Em Roll (1965/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 39:57 minutes | 1,66 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Front Cover | © Blue Note Records
Recorded: Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey on December 11, 1965

Right in time for Jazz Appreciation Month the Blue Note LP series continues on with five new titles. During the Blue Note 75th anniversary celebration the label released 100 essential Blue Note LPs and asked New York Times readers what titles they’d like to see make the list. Five new reissues were hand-selected by Blue Note President, Don Was, based on New York Times reader recommendations including Big John Patton’s Let ‘Em Roll.

This soulful and groovy 1965 Blue Note effort from the famed Hammond B-3 organist finds him matching creative wits with fellow jazz greats like Grant Green (guitar), Bobby Hutcherson (vibraphone) and Otis Finch (drums), and running down an upbeat six-track stunner of a set comprised of four of his own originals and well-suited takes on the standard “The Shadow of Your Smile” and Hank Mobley’s “The Turnaround.”

In an unusual setting for a groove/soul jazz setting, B3 organist extraordinaire big John Patton creates a band around himself that includes Grant Green, drummer Otis Finch, and vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson. It’s truly weird to think of vibes on a groove date, but the way Patton’s understated playing works, and the way Green is literally all things to all players, Hutcherson’s role is not only a clearly defined one, but adds immeasurably to both depth and texture on this date. What also makes this possible is the symbiotic relationship between Patton and Green. There is a double groove conscious swing happening on every track here, from the bluesed-out slip and slide of the title track which opens the record to a killer version of Hank Mobley’s “The Turnaround,” which expands the blues vibe into solid soul territory because of Hutcherson’s ability to play pianistically and slip into the funk groove whenever necessary. Green’s deadly in his solo on the track, shimmering arpeggios through Patton’s big fat chords and chunky hammering runs. Also notable are Patton’s own tunes, the most beautiful of which is “Latona,” a floating Latin number with a killer salsa rhythm in 6/8. As Patton vamps through the chorus, Green slips in one of his gnarliest solos ever. It begins with a groove like run in the hard bop blues and then shoves itself into overdrive, capturing the cold sweat of a Bola Sete or Wes Montgomery in his groove years. But when Green goes for the harmonic edges, all bets are off: Hutcherson lays out, and he and Patton go running to the bridge and bring the melody back just in time to take it out. This is one of the least appreciated of Patton’s records, and there’s no reason for it; it is great. ~~ AllMusic Review by Thom Jurek

Tracklist:
1 Let ‘Em Roll 6:40
2 Latona 7:20
3 The Shadow Of Your Smile 6:50
4 The Turnaround 6:45
5 Jakey 5:30
6 One Step Ahead 6:50

Personnel:
“Big” John Patton, organ
Bobby Hutcherson, vibes
Grant Green, guitar
Otis Finch, drums

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May 23

Released at: 2014-01-29
Label :F.I.X.RECORDS
Catalog: KIGA24

上原れなの4thアルバム。2013年10月~12月放送のTVアニメ「WHITE ALBUM2」OP、ED、挿入歌や、2013年10月発売のPS3ソフト「ティアーズ・トゥ・ティアラII 覇王の末裔」のOPテーマなど全14曲を収録。OTOTOYでは2.8MHz DSDと24bit/96kHzのハイレゾ音源で配信中。

収録曲

1. 届かない恋 ’13
2. いくつもの未来
3. summer rain
4. Happy Ending
5. Answer
6. closing ’13
7. イミテーションワールド
8. Sparkling Heart
9. BUTTERFLY
10. ただひとつの星
11. 手纸 ~10年后の私へ~
12. Until -from Hispania-
13. After All ~缀る想い~ ’13
14. さよならのこと

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May 22

Various Artists – Stockfisch Records – Closer To The Music Vol.1 (2004)
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 01:13:19 minutes | 2,94 GB
Genre: Country Blues, Jazz, Folk | Label: Stockfisch Records

The first sampler released by Stockfisch-Records with a collection of 17 tracks. Although taken from different CD productions, these titles reveal a close relationship to sound and interpretation. 73 pleasant minutes illustrating clearly the philosophy of Stockfisch-Records: closer to the music!

“Formidable artists und fantastic sound – these are the hallmarks of the fine label Stockfisch-Records and of the High-end-studios Pauler Acoustics in Northeim/Germany.” Claus Dick in Audiophile 04/2001

“Günter Pauler has the right heart and the right touch for the quiet masters of songs. He preserves their art with a quality of sound, that makes the hair of even confirmed audiophiles stand to end.” Lothar Brandt in stereoplay 6/2003

Tracklist:

1. The Beat Hotel
2. Wheel Of Fortune
3. Turned My Upside Down
4. The Painter
5. Stop Those Bells
6. Set ’em Up, Joe
7. No Sanctuary Here
8. Not A Matter Of Pride
9. Angel in Deep Shadow
10. Mr.Bones
11. Argyle Bridge
12. Words of Love
13. Save The Whales…
14. Captain of the Loving Kind
15. Moon in the Glass
16. Pearl Diver
17. Before I Die

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May 22

Various Artists – Stockfisch Records – Closer To The Music Vol.2 (2006)
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 01:09:13 minutes | 2,78 GB
Genre: Country Blues, Jazz, Folk | Label: Stockfisch Records

Stockfisch released its first SACD sampler two years ago.

Since then the label has recorded and published many new Stockfisch productions – well known artists of the singer/songwriter scene as well as so called “insider tips”.

These recordings are nothing short of amazing; I can’t imagine anyone not finding something to love here. Very highly recommended! Tom Gibbs, http://audaud.com

Just like Vol. 1, this second Stockfisch collection closer to the music Vol.2 offers on its 15 individual tracks a wide musical variety. Different as they may be, they are bound by an invisible thread, a common ground for all of them, the guitar based arrangements. This special sound, the “trade mark” of nearly all Stockfisch productions, is where they all meet. Always energetic, but at the same time gentle and never lacking transparency, that’s how the artists and their fellow musicians skilfully present their music. These recordings, as any listener will experience, exemplify once again the Stockfisch philosophy: closer to the music!

Tracklist:

1. Stars
2. Set You Free
3. Just Like Love
4. Old Crow
5. The Same Kind Words
6. When Time Turns Around
7. Paris
8. Streets Of London
9. Song For You Far Away
10. Caruso
11. Four Wild Horses
12. Lookin’ At The Rain
13. Heaven
14. Maybe It´s Just Love
15. Au large du Gueveur

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May 22

Various Artists – Stockfisch Records – Closer To The Music Vol.3 (2009)
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 01:15:20 minutes | 3,02 GB
Genre: Country Blues, Jazz, Folk | Label: Stockfisch Records

The third compilation from the critically acclaimed „closer to the music“ series.

You will listen to recent recordings of known artists like Sara K., Allan Taylor, Eugene Ruffolo and David Munyon , but also to new Stockfisch-discoveries like Dennis Kolen (NL), Paul O´Brien (CDN), BEOGA (IRL), Carl & Parissa (AUS), Beo Brockhausen (D) and some more – 18 tracks with a total playing time about 76 min.

Tracklist:

1. Dedicated to… (Allan Taylor)
2. Winter (Allan Taylor)
3. When I Didn’t Care (Sara K)
4. After There’s a Blizzard (Sara K)
5. Seaside Rendezvous (Dennis Kolen)
6. For Cloud Dog and Jane (Dennis Kolen)
7. Chinese Girl (Ewen Carruthers)
8. Lovebirds (Ewen Carruthers)
9. Love Can Be That Way (Eugene Ruffolo)
10. Hello In There (David Munyon)
11. Louisiana Rain (David Munyon)
12. An American Car (Paul O’Brien)
13. Waiting (The Paperboys)
14. Lovely Madness (Beoga)
15. Factory Girl (Beoga)
16. Sharpening a Knife (Carl & Parissa)
17. Mother’s Song (Carl & Parissa)
18. Wolkenmeer (Beo Brockhausen)

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May 22

Various Artists – Stockfisch Records – Closer To The Music Vol.4 (2011)
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 01:13:12 minutes | 2,94 GB
Genre: Country Blues, Jazz, Folk | Label: Stockfisch Records

closer to the music Vol.4 offers more than 73 minutes of musical highlights to get in first touch with Stockfisch artists as well as sound and/or just for enjoyable listening:

„I fell in awe in front of the swift charms of this compilation, a collection of highly enjoyable pearls from the Stockfisch catalogue. The artistic excellence and the stupefying tonal quality of the ensemble will make it a gourmet´s choice for any soundsystem …“ There were so many positive and even enthusiastic feedbacks on our „closer to the music“ compilations volume 1 to 3, that we decided to release Vol.4 in 2011.

Closer To The Music Vol.4
And again this 4th compilation offers both a selection from current releases and presentations of artists and albums that will be released by Stockfisch Records in the next months.

Belonging to these forecasts you can hear two tracks from the new Paul Stephenson album, who already had recorded two CDs for Stockfisch. Furthermore one song by Zebra Sommerwind, the trio around Fiedelmichel-doyen Thomas Kagermann, featuring German (folk-)songs in contemporary arrangements. Also we are pleased to presentate the German singer Katja Werker with her version of the „Karat“ classic „Über sieben Brücken musst du gehen“, one of twelve songs she recorded for her new CD. A Stockfisch fellow guitarist from the early years flew over from the US to visit Northeim, Ralf Illenberger (formerly playing with Martin Kolbe). He recorded his solo guitar album with Günter Pauler to be released in 2011.

Introducing the new available albums: Allan Taylor with two songs from the Porsche/Burmester session, Paul O´Brien, the Irish-melancholic songwriter from Canada, the wonderful new CD „Pretty Blue“ sung by David Munyon, furthermore beautiful instrumental music for relaxing, written and played by pianist Michael Schlierf, ingenious arrangements of Chick Corea´s Children´s Songs by Blue Chamber Quartet – and an exclusive recoding with American singer/songwriter Mckinley Black: „My Diamond Mine“.

Tracklist:

01. Taylor, Allan “Let The Music Flow”
02. Taylor, Allan “Midnight Call”
03. Black, McKinley “My Diamond Mine”
04. Black, McKinley “All I Need”
05. Stephenson, Paul “Rainy Day Man”
06. Stephenson, Paul “Back Where You Belong”
07. Ruffolo, Eugene “Baby It’s Cold Outside”
08. Munyon, David “I Want Your Love”
09. Munyon, David “Hollywood Town”
10. Paul O’Brien & Uli Kringler Trio “Madrona”
11. O’Brien, Paul “Without A Trace”
12. Werker, Katja “Über Sieben Brücken Musst Du Gehn”
13. Sommerwind, Zebra “Es Sass Ein Klein Wild Vögelein”
14. Schlierf, Michael “Hickory (The Southern Caress)”
15. Illenberger, Ralf “Light Wave”
16. Illenberger, Ralf “Falling Down”
17. Blue Chamber Quartet “Chrildren’s Song No. 16”
18. Blue Chamber Quartet “Chrildren’s Song No. 6”

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May 22

Various Artists – Stockfisch Records – Closer To The Music Vol.5 (2015)
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 01:19:25 minutes | 1,64 GB
Genre: Country Blues, Jazz, Folk | Label: Stockfisch Records

Just as it’s four predecessors did, the compilation „closer to the music Vol.5 “ provides an aural overview of the latest and the forthcoming Stockfisch productions – this time for 2015. More than 79 minutes of unusual recordings and fascinating music.

Starting off with introductions to the soon-to-be-released albums:

The Norwegian singer/songwriter/guitarist KERSTIN BLODIG presents her debut-album on Stockfisch. The recordings took place in a clearing in one of Germany’s largest forest areas – in Solling. The rich natural atmosphere – including birdsong & sounds from the vegetation – fits wonderfully to Kerstin’s haunting Norwegian songs and soulful acoustic-guitar playing. We have already had the pleasure of experiencing guTracklist:

1. We Stood As One – Allan Taylor
2. Acts of War – Steve Strauss
3. Monster – Steve Strauss
4. Fause Fause, Kerstin Blodig
5. Rainbow’s Gold – The Greater Good
6. Will You Come Home – David Roth
7. Nights At the Chez – David Roth
8. Simple Thought – Don Ross
9. You Can See Everything – Brooke Miller
10. Windmill Sails – Paul Stephenson
11. Four Extraordinary Days – Carl Cleves & Parissa Bouas
12. Bright To Brighter – David Munyon
13. Sparrow – Carrie Newcomer
14. Silvia’s River – Paul O’Brien
15. Strange World – Ranagri
16. Carrickfergus – Ranagri feat. Tony Christie
17. L’Inverno – Largo (Vivaldi) – La Folia Barockorchester (5.1 Ch)
18. The Silver Swan – The Spirit of Gambo feat. C. McFadden (5.1 Ch)
19. A Riverside Town – Jiang Cheng Ji – Song Zuying & China Philharmonic Orchestra (5.1 Ch)

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May 22

V.A. – Kinda Jazzy Kinda Funky, Volume 2 (2005)
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 57:40 minutes | Scans included | 2,33 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 1,11 GB
HighNote Records SACD # HCD 6014 | 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. Rodney Jones – Let The Music Take Your Mind
02. Jim Payne – P. Brain
03. David ‘Fathead’ Newman – Shakabu
04. Mike LeDonne – Delilah
05. Eric Alexander – A Few Miles From Memphis
06. Melvin Sparks – Guitar Playah
07. Steve Turre – The Spirits Up Above
08. Rodney Jones – Soul Makossa
09. ‘Papa’ John DeFrancesco – 160 Million Dollar Chinese Man
10. Melvin Sparks – A Love Jam

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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