May 25

Traffic – John Barleycorn Must Die (1970) [Japanese Limited SHM-SACD 2010 # UIGY-9049]
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 34:09 minutes | Scans included | 1,38 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 699 MB
Genre: Rock

At only 22 years old, Steve Winwood sat down in early 1970 to fulfill a contractual commitment by making his first solo album, on which he intended to play all the instruments himself. The record got as far as one backing track produced by Guy Stevens, “Stranger to Himself,” before Winwood called his erstwhile partner from Traffic, Jim Capaldi, in to help out. The two completed a second track, “Every Mother’s Son,” then, with Winwood and Island Records chief Chris Blackwell moving to the production chores, brought in a third Traffic member, Chris Wood, to work on the sessions. Thus, Traffic, dead and buried for more than a year, was reborn. The band’s new approach was closer to what it perhaps should have been back in 1967, basically a showcase for Winwood’s voice and instrumental work, with Wood adding reed parts and Capaldi drumming and occasionally singing harmony vocals. If the original Traffic bowed to the perceived commercial necessity of crafting hit singles, the new Traffic was more interested in stretching out. Heretofore, no studio recording had run longer than the five-and-a-half minutes of “Dear Mr. Fantasy,” but four of the six selections on John Barleycorn Must Die exceeded six minutes. Winwood and company used the time to play extended instrumental variations on compelling folk- and jazz-derived riffs. Five of the six songs had lyrics, and their tone of disaffection was typical of earlier Capaldi sentiments. But the vocal sections of the songs merely served as excuses for Winwood to exercise his expressive voice as punctuation to the extended instrumental sections. As such, John Barleycorn Must Die moved beyond the jamming that had characterized some of Traffic’s 1968 work to approach the emerging field of jazz-rock. And that helped the band to achieve its commercial potential; this became Traffic’s first gold album.

Tracklist:
01 – Glad
02 – Freedom Rider
03 – Empty Pages
04 – Stranger To Himself
05 – John Barleycorn (Must Die)
06 – Every Mothers Son

DSD Transferred from analogue master tapes by Manabu Matsumura (Universal Studio Mastering).

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May 25

Traffic – John Barleycorn Must Die (1970/2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 39:28 minutes | 1,44 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Artwork: Front cover | © Island Records

John Barleycorn Must Die was a pivotal statement in the history of British folk rock. Traffic, one of music’s most influential bands, garnered high praise for their psychedelic blend of folk, jazz, soul and rock. Their original sound was complemented by unworldly virtuosity. John Barleycorn Must Die was the band’s most successful album and would later be certified gold by the RIAA. This outstanding effort would be the band’s highest charting album of all time, peaking at #5 onBillboard’s Top 200. John Barleycorn Must Die boast earthy staples including, “Glad,” “Freedom Rider” and the acclaimed single “Empty Pages,” which spent eight consecutive weeks on theBillboard Hot 100.

At only 22 years old, Steve Winwood sat down in early 1970 to fulfill a contractual commitment by making his first solo album, on which he intended to play all the instruments himself. The record got as far as one backing track produced by Guy Stevens, “Stranger to Himself,” before Winwood called his erstwhile partner from Traffic, Jim Capaldi, in to help out. The two completed a second track, “Every Mother’s Son,” then, with Winwood and Island Records chief Chris Blackwell moving to the production chores, brought in a third Traffic member, Chris Wood, to work on the sessions. Thus, Traffic, dead and buried for more than a year, was reborn. The band’s new approach was closer to what it perhaps should have been back in 1967, basically a showcase for Winwood’s voice and instrumental work, with Wood adding reed parts and Capaldi drumming and occasionally singing harmony vocals. If the original Traffic bowed to the perceived commercial necessity of crafting hit singles, the new Traffic was more interested in stretching out. Heretofore, no studio recording had run longer than the five-and-a-half minutes of “Dear Mr. Fantasy,” but four of the six selections on John Barleycorn Must Die exceeded six minutes. Winwood and company used the time to play extended instrumental variations on compelling folk- and jazz-derived riffs. Five of the six songs had lyrics, and their tone of disaffection was typical of earlier Capaldi sentiments. But the vocal sections of the songs merely served as excuses for Winwood to exercise his expressive voice as punctuation to the extended instrumental sections. As such, John Barleycorn Must Die moved beyond the jamming that had characterized some of Traffic’s 1968 work to approach the emerging field of jazz-rock. And that helped the band to achieve its commercial potential; this became Traffic’s first gold album. –AllMusic Review by William Ruhlmann

Tracklist:
1. Glad 06:59
2. Freedom Rider 05:31
3. Empty Pages 04:38
4. I Just Want You To Know 01:33
5. Stranger To Himself 03:57
6. John Barleycorn (Must Die) 06:28
7. Every Mother’s Son 07:10
8. Sittin’ Here Thinkin’ Of My Love 03:25

Personnel:
Jim Capaldi – Drums, Percussion, Tambourine, Vocals
Steve Winwood – Flute, Guitar (Acoustic), Guitar (Bass), Organ, Percussion, Piano, Piano (Electric), Vocals
Chris Wood – Electric Saxophone, Flute, Organ, Percussion, Saxophone

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May 25

REnsemble Vocal Sequenza 9.3 & Marie-Claire Alain – Jehan Alain Rediscovered (2005)
PS3 Rip | 2x SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & 5.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 94:49 minutes | Scans | 4,38 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Full Scans included | 1,47 GB
French title: Jehan Alain retrouvé | Features Stereo & Multichannel Surround sound | Genre: Classical

Jehan Ariste Alain (3 February 1911 – 20 June 1940) was a French organist and composer. He wrote choral music, including a Requiem mass, chamber music, songs and three volumes of piano music. But it is his organ music for which he is best known. Jehan Alain was not only an organ composer, as his vocal works, chamber music and piano compositions show, but it remains true that he dedicated to this instrument the most essential elements of his genius. This is not surprising when we remember the origins of the composer and the context in which he came to music.
Marie-Claire Alain (10 August 1926 – 26 February 2013) was a French organist and organ teacher best known for her prolific recording career. She have won the 2nd prize for organ at the Geneva International Music Competition in 1950.

Tracklist

DISC 1:
01. Prière pour nous-autres charnels, ja 135
02. Vocalise dorienne, ja 95
03. O quam suavis est, ja 35
04. Variations chorales sur l’hymne “sacris solemniis”, ja 26
05. Tantum ergo, ja 122
06. Chanson à bouche fermée, ja 39
07. O salutaris hostia
08. Kyrie
09. Sanctus
10. Agnus dei
11. Fantaisie pour choeur à bouche fermée, ja 47
12. Cantique en mode phrygien, ja 34
13. Noël nouvelet, ja 101
14. Que j’aime ce divin enfant
15. D’où vient qu’en cette nuitée, ja 113

DISC 2:
01. Kyrie
02. Gloria
03. Sanctus
04. Agnus dei
05. O salutaris de dugay, ja 83
06. Tu es petrus, ja 123
07. Veni creator
08. Introït
09. Kyrie
10. Gloria
11. Alleluia
12. Sanctus
13. Agnus dei
14. Communion
15. Laisse les nuages blancs, ja 58
16. Chanson du chat, ja 88
17. Le père noël, ja 114
18. Complainte de jean renaud, ja 90
19. Salve virilis, ja 139
20. Tantum ergo, ja 138
21. Chant nuptial, ja 131
22. Chant nuptial, ja 131 (variante)
23. O salutaris, ja 140

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May 25

Stealers Wheel – Stealers Wheel
SACD ISO (2.0/MCH) ~ 1.39 GB | FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88.2 kHz ~ 630 MB | 34:37 min | Artwork
Label: A&M Records / Intervention Records | Tracks: 10 | Rls.date: 1972/2016
Genre: Classic Rock, Folk Rock, Oldies

Stealers Wheel is the debut 1972 album by the Scottish folk rock band Stealers Wheel. It never charted in the UK, as did neither of the first two singles, “Late Again”, or “You Put Something Better Inside Me”. “Stuck in the Middle with You” reached the Top 10 in the UK, US and Canada.

The cover painting was by John Patrick Byrne. The words “Stealers Wheel” are embedded eight times in the design, in addition to the large lettering in the bottom left-hand corner.

Tracklist:

01. Late Again 03:16
02. Stuck In The Middle With You 03:28
03. Another Meaning 02:59
04. I Get By 03:17
05. Outside Looking In 03:55
06. Johnny’s Song 03:47
07. Next To Me 03:39
08. José 03:25
09. Gets So Lonely 02:58
10. You Put Something Better Inside Me 03:54

Personnel
Gerry Rafferty – guitar, lead vocals
Joe Egan – keyboards, lead vocals
Paul Pilnick – lead guitar
Tony Williams – bass
Rod Coombes – drums

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May 25

Sadao Watanabe – Paysages (1971/2007) {SACD Sony Japan} 
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | Full Scans 600dpi | 1.99 GB
FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Full Scans 600dpi | 970MB
Genre: Jazz, Fusion

Paysages is a French word that roughly means “landscapes.” In this 1971 album, Sadao Watanabe & his bandmates’ music reflected the sign of the times in their use of electric piano, strong emphasis on rhythms – realized, in part, by employing 2 drummers – & a freer approach to improvisation.

Tracklist
1. Paysages Part 1 & 2
2. Out-Land
3. Space Is Not A Place
4. Green Air
5. Provincial

Musicians
Sadao Watanabe – alto sax, flute, sopranino
Masabumi Kikuchi – electric piano, acoustic piano
Gary Peacock – bass
Masahiko Togashi – drums
Hiroshi Murakami – drums

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May 25

GVSU New Music Ensemble – Steve Reich: Music For 18 Musicians (2007) [2.0 & 5.0]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & 5.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 61:27 minutes | Scans included | 3,01 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Full Scans included | 1,05 GB
Genre: Classical

The pulsations of Steve Reich’s landmark Music for 18 Musicians signify a New Music precipice. Where so much music after World War II explored extremes of tone, time, and register, Reich–and some of his colleagues in the 1960s and after–gravitated towards immersion in repetitions and telescoped focus on tonal areas. The combination of piano, vibraphone, marimba, xylophone, clarinets, violin, cello, and female voices is intoxicating in Reich’s hands. Reich creates a middle-register, ringing vamp with burnished reed palpitations and, eventually, quick, rolling piano figures emerge in tandem with the percussion. This recording is the second-best known, next to the ECM Records version of the piece, and is warm and colorfully tingling.

Tracklist:
01. Pulses
02. Section I
03. Section II
04. Section III A
05. Section III B
06. Section IV
07. Section V
08. Section VI
09. Section VII
10. Section VIII
11. Section IX
12. Section X
13. Section XI
14. Pulses

Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble, Conducted by Bill Ryan.

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May 25

Simon Shaheen, Vishwa Mohan Bhatt – Saltanah (1996) [Reissue 2001]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 40:15 minutes | Scans included | 3,08 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Full Scans included | 1,14 GB
Genre: World

Two master musicians engage in a fascinating dialogue, blending the Indian rag with the Arabian maqam. These two musical forms are beautifully complementary, but also contrast enough to make things interesting.

Tracklist:
01. Dawn
02. Ghazal
03. Saltanah
04. Mists
05. Dusk

Personnel
Simon Shaheen – ud & violin
Vishwa Mohan Bhatt – mohan veena
Ronu Majumdar – flute
Sangeeta Shankar – violin

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May 25

Scorpions & Berliner Philharmoniker – Moment Of Glory (2000) [Reissue 2002]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 70:14 minutes | Scans | 4,5 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | 61:37 mins | Scans | 1,23 GB
Features Stereo & Multichannel Surround sound | Genre: Rock, Classical

On the heels of Metallica’s similarly conceived S&M comes the Scorpions’ Moment of Glory, a presentation of past favorites (plus three new songs) with full orchestral backing courtesy of the Berlin Philharmonic. The rock instrumentation blends in best on the ballads, but some of the up-tempo rockers can also be pretty exciting, if a little bombastic. That said, the Scorpions’ music isn’t always complex enough to suggest interesting ways of augmenting the original arrangements – but since this is more a specialty item for diehards in the first place, that won’t likely matter in the end. Some fans may be disappointed that Klaus Meine gives way to guest vocalists on a couple of tunes, but overall, this is a variation on the Scorpions’ signature sound that loyalists will probably enjoy quite a bit.

Tracklist:
01. Hurricane 2000
02. Moment Of Glory
03. Send Me An Angel
04. Wind Of Change
05. Crossfire (instrumental)
06. Deadly Sting Suite (instrumental)
07. Here In My Heart
08. Still Loving You
09. Big City Nights
10. Lady Starlight **

“Hurricane 2000,” the reworking of “Rock You Like a Hurricane,” was the official theme song to Sabres Hockey Network broadcasts.

The title track “Moment of Glory” was the official anthem of the EXPO 2000 in Hannover, Germany.

The instrumental “Deadly Sting Suite” is based on two earlier Scorpions tracks, “He’s a Woman, She’s a Man” and “Dynamite”.

The fifth track, “Crossfire” repeats the main theme of the Russian song “Moscow Nights”.

Here in My Heart, written by Diane Warren, was recorded by Tiffany 10 years earlier for her album New Inside.

The 5.1 surround mix on the SACD release includes an orchestra-only version of “Wind of Change” as a ghost track, which follows after approximately one minute of silence at the end of “Lady Starlight”.

Produced by Scorpions & Christian Kolonovits.
Arranged and Conducted by Christian Kolonovits.

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May 25

Scorpions – Blackout (1982) [Audio Fidelity ‘2014 # AFZ 164]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 36:37 minutes | Scans included | 1,48 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Full Scans included | 733 MB
Genre: Rock

Blackout was the Scorpions’ first majorly successful album, due to its clever balance of pop/rock (the title track), power ballads (“When the Smoke Is Going Down”), and catchy heavy metal (“Dynamite,” “No One Like You”). Vocalist Klaus Meine had a throat operation prior to the record’s release, and surprisingly, his voice sounds more melodic and lively than ever. The rest of the band sounds great as well, and the album is highlighted by the fast-paced performances of guitarists Rudolf Schenker and Matthias Jabs. Blackout has arguably been called the Scorpions’ best record ever, and that statement is not unjust — it has more energy than anything else they have ever released.

Tracklist:
01. Blackout
02. Can’t Live Without You
03. No One Like You
04. You Give Me All I Need
05. Now!
06. Dynamite
07. Arizona
08. China White
09. When The Smoke Is Going Down

Mastered for SACD by Kevin Grey at Cohearent Audio.

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May 25

https://www.ccr.com.tw/goods/136198

內容簡介:

不老的旋律,留下你青春的記憶,熾熱的音符,帶給你嶄新而無限的音樂空間,一個中國人夢寐以求的聲音,唱出了你最難忘的旋律。
2003年Hi-Fi唱片最重大的發現,第一張來自中國大陸的頂級發燒女聲天碟,無可比擬的磁性女聲,體驗極度Hi-Fi真諦。

專輯曲目
01. 長亭外
02. 懷念戰友(電影《冰山上的來客》插曲)
03. 秋水伊人(電影《古塔奇案》插曲)
04. 曲蔓地 (新疆民歌)
05. 歌唱二小放牛郎
06. 鼓浪嶼之波
07. 革命人永遠是年輕(歌劇《星星之火》選曲)
08. 草原上升起不落的太陽
09. 漁光曲(電影《漁光曲》插曲)
10. 長城謠
11. 春天裏(電影《十字街頭》插曲)
12. 可愛的一朵玫瑰花
13. 翻身農奴把歌唱(紀錄影片《今日西藏》主題歌)
14. 難忘今宵

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