Jun 26

Max Bruch – Violin Concerto No 1 & other works – Jack Liebeck, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Martyn Brabbins (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:12:11 minutes | 1,28 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: hyperion-records | Digital Booklet | © Hyperion Records
Recorded: September 2014 at the City Halls, Candleriggs, Glasgow, Scotland

Max Bruch’s Violin Concerto No 1 is the daddy—the most popular ever written. Much recorded, Jack Liebeck turns in a dazzling performance of youthful vigour, prefacing the Concerto with the gorgeous Serenade and a Romance.

One couldn’t help wondering, when Jack Liebeck launched his exploration of Bruch’s violin works last year, why he began with the Third Concerto. It was an uphill struggle, with Liebeck attempting to convince us that this is more interesting music than it is. Still, it was a worthy project, for completeness’s sake, showcasing an approach as fresh as we have come to expect from this violinist.

It’s an approach that pays dividends in this latest recording, which unites Liebeck with Bruch’s evergreen Concerto No 1. No sign here of nanny-goat vibrato or the banana-skin slides that mar Daniel Hope’s otherwise well-judged recording. No, what Liebeck seems to be saying is that Bruch needs no additional sweeteners. His playing is unpretentious and strikingly introspective, resulting in an Adagio of quiet dignity. And even if the first movement doesn’t quite match the grandeur of Julia Fischer’s or the sweaty passion of Vadim Gluzman’s, it stands out for its poise and clarity.

The rest of the programme profiles lesser-known fodder. Lesser known for good reason, because neither the Romance in A minor nor the four-movement Serenade in A minor can compete with the First Concerto for nuance and emotional depth, let alone memorable tunes. Nonetheless, they draw urgent, vibrant playing from Liebeck, who embraces every opportunity for contrast. And it says much for the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and conductor Martyn Brabbins that they sound, throughout, as though genuinely enamoured of this music. –Hannah Nepil, Gramophone

Max Bruch (1838-1920)
Serenade in A minor Op 75
1 Andante con moto[8’46]
2 Allegro moderato, alla marcia[9’50]
3 Notturno: Andante sostenuto[9’05]
4 Allegro energico e vivace[8’45]
5 Romance in A minor Op 42[10’21]

Violin Concerto No 1 in G minor Op 26
6 Prelude: Allegro moderato –[8’24]
7 Adagio[9’11]
8 Finale: Allegro energico[7’49]

Jack Liebeck, violin
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Martyn Brabbins, conductor

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Jun 26

Ike & Tina Turner – Workin’ Together (1971/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 34:13 minutes | 1,24 GB | Genre: R&B
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Front Cover | © Universal Music GmbH

The most successful album ever released by Ike & Tina Turner, 1971’s Workin’ Together blends Ike Turner originals with covers of popular songs from the Beatles and of course the couple’s signature tune and Grammy winner, Proud Mary by Creedence Clearwater Revival. Workin’ Together remains Ike and Tina’s highest-charting album, peaking at number 25 in the US, while Proud Mary sold over a million copies, reached number four on the Billboard Hot 100 and was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2003.

Released early in 1971, a few months after Come Together, their first album for Liberty Records, Workin’ Together was the first genuine hit album Ike & Tina had in years; actually, it was their biggest ever, working its way into Billboard’s Top 25 and spending 38 weeks on the charts. They never had a bigger hit (the closest was their Blue Thumb release, Outta Season, which peaked at 91), and, in many ways, they didn’t make a better album. After all, their classic ’60s sides were just that — sides of a single, not an album. Even though it doesn’t boast the sustained vision of such contemporaries as, say, Marvin Gaye and Al Green, Workin’ Together feels like a proper album, where many of the buried album tracks are as strong as the singles. Like its predecessor, it relies a bit too much on contemporary covers, which isn’t bad when it’s the perennial “Proud Mary,” since it deftly reinterprets the original, but readings of the Beatles’ “Get Back” and “Let It Be,” while not bad, are a little bit too pedestrian. Fortunately, they’re entirely listenable and they’re the only slow moments, outweighed by songs that crackle with style and passion. Nowhere is this truer than on the opening title track, a mid-tempo groover (written by Eki Renrut, Ike’s brilliant inverted alias) powered by a soulful chorus and a guitar line that plays like a mutated version of Dylan’s “I Want You” riff. Then, there’s the terrific Stax/Volt stomper “(Long As I Can) Get You When I Want You,” possibly the highlight on the record. Though they cut a couple of classics over the next few years, most notably “Nutbush City Limits,” the duo never topped this, possibly the best proper album they ever cut. –AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine

1. Workin’ Together 03:36
2. (As Long As I Can) Get You When I Want You 02:25
3. Get Back 03:05
4. The Way You Love Me 02:38
5. You Can Have It 03:30
6. Game Of Love 02:47
7. Funkier Than A Mosquita’s Tweeter 02:35
8. Ooh Poo Pah Doo 03:37
9. Proud Mary 04:58
10. Goodbye, So Long 01:57
11. Let It Be 03:11

Tina Turner, lead vocals
Ike Turner, lead vocals (intro of ‘Proud Mary’)
The Ikettes, background vocals
Ike Turner & The Kings of Rhythm, all instruments

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Jun 25

Nat King Cole – The Extraordinary (2014) {Deluxe Edition}
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 1:40:37 minutes | 4,08 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Digital Booklet | © Capitol Records

Nat King Coles reigns among music royalty as one of the most identifiable and most memorable voices in American music. The Extraordinary showcases the ultra-hip cool side of Nat, featuring 22 tracks including many greatest hits, 2 duets with Dean Martin and a previously unreleased track “You’re Wrong All Wrong.”

The Deluxe Edition adds 14 tracks including 5 previously unreleased songs and 5 previously unreleased alternate takes. Among those featured are 2 special duets with daughters Natalie and Carole Cole, one of which (“What to Do”) is previously unreleased.


01. L-O-V-E (Remastered)
02. Walkin’
03. (I Would Do) Anything For You
04. The Song Is Ended (But The Melody Lingers On)
05. Unforgettable (1961 Version)
06. Walkin’ My Baby Back Home
07. I’m Gonna Sit Right Down (And Write Myself A Letter)
08. Midnight Flyer
09. Send For Me
10. Open Up The Doghouse (Two Cats Are Coming In)
11. (Get Your Kicks On) Route 66 (1961 Version)
12. Love
13. Papa Loves Mambo (Remastered)
14. You’ve Got The Indian Sign On Me
15. Mona Lisa
16. Let’s Face The Music And Dance (Remastered)
17. Almost Like Being In Love (Remastered)
18. Don’t Get Around Much Anymore
19. Orange Colored Sky
20. Long, Long Ago
21. Breezin’ Along With The Breeze
22. You’re Wrong All Wrong (Previously Unreleased)
23. You Weren’t There
24. How (How Do I Go About It?)
25. Sweet William (And Lily At The Valley) (Previously Unreleased)
26. Sleeping Beauty (Previously Unreleased)
27. When I’m Alone
28. The Magic Window (Previously Unreleased)
29. Little Fingers (Previously Unreleased)
30. Ain’t She Sweet
31. What to Do (Previously Unreleased)
32. Straighten Up And Fly Right (Unreleased Alternate Take)
33. (I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons (Unreleased Alternate Take)
34. Unforgettable (Unreleased Alternate Take)
35. Mona Lisa (Unreleased Alternate Take)
36. The Christmas Song (Unreleased Alternate Take)

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Jun 25

Nat King Cole – The King Of Sound (2006)
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 53:07 minutes | Scans included | 810 MB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 952 MB
Intermusic S.A. / Top Music International Ltd. # TM-SACD9006.2 | Genre: Jazz

The collection of the finest recordings & timeless hits, released with the remarkable support from Tivoli Audio in this productions…

01. Unforgettable
02. Mona Lisa
03. Nature Boy
04. Smile
05. Sweet Lorraine
06. For Sentimental Reasons
07. Tenderly
08. Blue Gardenia
09. A Blossom Fell
10. Walkin’ My Baby Back Home
11. Route 66
12. It’s Only A Papermoon
13. Straighten Up And Fly Right
14. Too Young
15. For All We Know
16. Answer Me My Love
17. Darling Je Vous Aime Beaucoup

Mastered for SACD by Povee Chan on SADiE System.

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Jun 25

Nat King Cole – The Christmas Song (1967) [Audio Fidelity 2015]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 31:02 minutes | Scans included | 1,26 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Full Scans included | 603 MB
or  DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz | 1,24 GB
Mastered by Kevin Gray | Audio Fidelity # AFZ-225 | Genre: Jazz

First issued in the ’60s, this collection of musical Christmas cheer is packed full of the smoothly sung, sentimental favorites associated as much with Nat King Cole himself as with the season. The singer’s performance of “The Christmas Song” is an unforgettable classic reprised here twice, once in an updated version that includes a contemporary vocal from his daughter, Natalie, and also in Cole’s original 1946 recording. Other traditional religious favorites like “I Saw Three Ships” and “Away in a Manger” are also featured, in a setting that, with its well-arranged orchestral accompaniment, manages to sound both sophisticated and folksy.

01. The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas To You)
02. Deck The Halls
03. Adeste Fideles (O Come All Ye Faithful)
04. O Tannenbaum
05. O Little Town Of Bethlehem
06. I Saw Three Ships
07. O Holy Night
08. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
09. A Cradle In Bethlehem
10. Away In A Manger
11. Joy To The World
12. The First Noel
13. Caroling, Caroling
14. Silent Night

Mastered for this SACD by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio.

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Jun 25

Nat King Cole – At The Sands (1966/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 35:54 minutes | 1,47 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: ProStudioMasters | Front Cover | © Capitol Records

Recorded in the wee small hours in January 1960 in front of a select crowd of casino guests and other Las Vegas entertainers, this album was billed at the time as Nat King Cole’s only live recording. Accompanied by a big band arranged by Dave Cavanaugh, Cole plays piano and sings standards and old favourites including The Surrey With The Fringe On Top and Miss Otis Regrets.

This rare example of a Nat King Cole live recording captures one of the 20th century’s greatest singers in fine voice in 1960 at the Sands, the Las Vegas headquarters of the Rat Pack. The band swings expertly through its sophisticated charts courtesy of legendary arrangers like Nelson Riddle and Dave Cavanaugh, and Cole demonstrates his command of a wide range of styles, from ballads like “I Wish You Love” and “Funny (Not Much)” to show tunes like “Thou Swell” and “Surrey with the Fringe on Top.” A few bonus tracks are also featured, including a late-’50s studio recording of Duke Ellington’s “In a Mellow Tone” and Cole’ sniffy take on the then-still new rock & roll craze, “Mr. Cole Won’t Rock & Roll”. ~~ AllMusic Review by AllMusic

01 – Ballerina
02 – Funny (Not Much)
03 – The Continental
04 – I Wish You Love
05 – You Leave Me Breathless
06 – Thou Swell
07 – My Kinda Love
08 – The Surrey With The Fringe On Top
09 – Where Or When
10 – Miss Otis Regrets (She’s Unable To Lunch Today)
11 – Joe Turner Blues

Recorded live at the Sands, Las Vegas on January 14, 1960.

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Jun 25

Nat King Cole – Where Did Everyone Go (1963) [APO Remaster 2010]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 & DST64 3.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | Scans included | 3,03 GB | Genre: Jazz

This is the third and final collection to feature the team of Nat King Cole and Gordon Jenkins (arranger). Their earlier collaborations yielded the uniformly superior chart-topper Love Is the Thing (1957) and follow-up The Very Thought of You (1958). As the moniker suggests, there is a perceptible poignancy and longing weaved throughout Jenkins’ arrangements. The opener “Where Did Everyone Go?” possesses a solitude accentuated by responsive instrumentation that supports, yet never intrudes. Cole’s practically conversational delivery of pop standards — such as Irving Berlin’s “Say It Isn’t So” or Johnny Mercer’s “When the World Was Young” — become musical soliloquies with the score as a sonic subtext. His rich and cozy baritone carries the ache of “Am I Blue?” and the slinky “I Keep Goin’ Back to Joe’s” into an understated, almost plaintive blues. Here he perfectly demonstrates a boundless capacity as a melodic interpreter of song. “No, I Don’t Want Her” finds Cole’s voice gilded with an intimacy that virtually takes the listener into the singer’s confidence. As he had done on his previous outings with Cole, Jenkins supplies one selection. Suitably “That’s All There Is, There Isn’t Any More” is the last track on the album and certainly provides a lovely contrast to Judy Garland’s arguably more familiar reading.

01. Where Did Everyone Go?
02. Say It Isn’t So
03. If Love Ain’t There
04. (Ah, The Apple Trees) When The World Was Young
05. Am I Blue?
06. Someone To Tell It To
07. The End Of A Love Affair
08. I Keep Goin’ Back To Joe’s
09. Laughing On The Outside (Crying On The Inside)
10. No, I Don’t Want Her
11. Spring Is Here
12. That’s All There Is
13. A Farewell To Arms
14. Happy New Year

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Jun 25

Nat King Cole – More Cole Español (1962/2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 28:57 minutes | 1,27 GB | Genre: Jazz
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | Label: Capitol Records

More Cole Español is the compelling third installment of songs sung by the legendary musician in Spanish. With arrangements by Ralph Carmichael, the album displays Nat King Cole’s rich versatility. This thrilling collection features hits including “Tres Palabras,” “Vaya Con Dios,” “No Me Platiques” and much, much more.

More Cole Español was Nat King Cole’s third album of songs sung in Spanish, following Cole Español (1958) and A Mis Amigos (1959). Recorded in Mexico City with Mexican singers and musicians, but arranged and conducted by Ralph Carmichael, the collection demonstrated that Cole had made significant advances as a singer in Spanish in a few years. Cole Español had found him providing tentative, phonetically learned syllables over pre-recorded tracks imported from Cuba, giving him the sound of someone trying to avoid making mistakes. A Mis Amigos, cut in Rio de Janeiro during the South American tour promoting Cole Español, was better, but still not a truly complete fit for Cole. He still didn’t sound like he always knew what he was singing, and he still seemed to be working on his pronunciation, but on More Cole Español he was clearly having a lot more fun. In part, this had to be because the arrangements were more rhythmic and uptempo, and Cole must have been taking enthusiasm from the Mexican musicians who accompanied him. And he must have been more familiar with material that included crossover hits like “Vaya con Dios.” Whatever the reasons, More Cole Español was his most successful effort at making music for fans south of the border.

01 – La Feria De Las Flores
02 – Tres Palabras (Without You)
03 – Las Chiapanecas (While There’s Music There’s Romance)
04 – Adios, Mariquita Linda (Adios And Farewell)
05 – Aqui Se Habla En “Amor” (Love Is Spoken Here)
06 – Vaya Con Dios (May God Be With You)
07 – La Golondrina (The Swallow)
08 – No Me Platiques
09 – A Media Luz (When Lights Are Soft And Low)
10 – Guadalajara
11 – Solamente Una Vez (You Belong To My Heart)
12 – Piel Canela

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Jun 25

Nat King Cole – The Nat King Cole Story (1961) [2x SACD – Analogue Productions 2011] {2.0 & 5.1}
PS3 Rip | 2x SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 103:01 minutes | Scans included | 4,44 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | 110:13 mins | Scans included | 2,15 GB
2x SACD Set, Analogue Productions # CAPP 1613 SA | Features 2.0 Stereo and 5.1 multichannel surround sound | Genre: Jazz

One of Nat King Cole’s crowning achievements, & a fittingly lavish celebration of a cultural & musical icon, The Nat King Cole Story offers a glorious overview of the career of one of the greatest & most beloved performers in popular music history. Containing 38 tracks, many re-recorded in stereo for this anthology, this unmatched set spans the entirety of his distinguished career.


01. Straighten Up And Fly Right
02. Sweet Lorraine
03. It’s Only A Paper Moon
04. (Get Your Kicks On) Route 66
05. (I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons
06. The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas To You)
07. Nature Boy
08. Lush Life
09. Calypso Blues
10. Mona Lisa
11. Orange Colored Sky
12. Too Young
13. Unforgettable
14. Somewhere Along The Way
15. Walkin’ My Baby Back Home
16. Pretend
17. Blue Gardenia
18. I Am In Love [Stereo Layer Only]

01. Answer Me, My Love
02. Smile
03. Darling, Je Vous Aime Beaucoup
04. The Sand And The Sea
05. If I May
06. A Blossom Fell
07. To The Ends Of The Earth
08. Night Lights
09. Ballerina
10. Stardust
11. Send For Me
12. St. Louis Blues
13. Looking Back
14. Non Dimenticar (Don’t Forget)
15. Paradise
16. Oh, Mary, Don’t You Weep
17. Ay, Cosita Linda
18. Wild Is Love
19. Ramblin’ Rose [Stereo Layer Only]20. Those Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days Of Summer [Stereo Layer Only]

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Jun 25

Nat King Cole – A Mis Amigos (1959/2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 28:22 minutes | 1,11 GB | Genre: Jazz
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | Label: Capitol Records

Arranged by Dave Cavanaugh, A Mis Amigos is Cole’s 1959 gem and second album of Spanish themed music. This rare outing is an astounding experience for any music lover. The legendary musician interprets songs including “Ay, Cosita Linda,” “El Choclo” and “Caboclo Do Rio,” transforming them into instant classics.

The songs on A Mis Amigos are truly terrific and the album’s flow from soft balladry to pulsating Cuban/South American percussion makes it a distinctive recording from Nat King Cole…a different glimpse at an American icon. – Blog Critics

Nat King Cole’s first foray into singing in Spanish, Cole Español, was successful enough to lead to this follow-up, on which a slightly different approach was taken. For Cole Español, Capitol Records imported instrumental tracks recorded in Cuba and had Cole sing over them, having learned the lyrics phonetically. A Mis Amigos, however, was recorded in Rio de Janeiro during Cole’s South American tour of 1959, with Brazilian musicians in the studio alongside the singer. That, the benefit of experience, and the reception his concerts were receiving may have helped improve his performances. He still didn’t have much feeling for Spanish (or, in three instances, Portuguese), but some of the material was more familiar to him, notably “Aquellos Ojos Verdes,” better known in the U.S. as the Jimmy Dorsey hit “Green Eyes,” and “Fantastico,” a specially written number brought in by American songwriters Jack Keller and Noel Sherman.

01 – Ay, Cosita Linda
02 – Aquellos Ojos Verdes
03 – Suas Maos
04 – Capullito De Aleli
05 – Caboclo Do Rio
06 – Fantastico
07 – Nadie Me Ama (No One Loves Me)
08 – Yo Vendo Unos Ojos Negros
09 – Perfidia
10 – El Choclo
11 – Ansiedad
12 – Nao Tenho Lagrimas

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