Jun 25

Nat King Cole – Welcome To The Club (1959) [Audio Fidelity 2013]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 31:13 minutes | Scans included | 1,26 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 614 MB
Mastered by Steve Hoffman | Audio Fidelity # AFZ-153 | Genre: Jazz

As the 1950s came to a close, Nat King Cole (vocals/piano) continued creating stylish renditions of pop and jazz flavored standards. On Welcome to the Club (1959) the artist teams up with Dave Cavanaugh and the Count Basie combo — minus the maestro himself due to contractual restraints — for one of Cole’s most powerful collections supported by a big band. In fact, it is Cole’s unmistakable ultra-cool intonations that flawlessly reign in the fiery — and at times overbearing — ensemble arrangements. Right from the start, the vocalist proves that he can swing on the refined and syncopated opening title track “Welcome to the Club.” Cole effortlessly bops with a beat so catchy that toe-tappin’ and finger-snappin’ feel practically obligatory. The bluesy “Anytime, Anyday, Anywhere” adopts a slightly melancholy torch feel that Cole ably milks with his unblemished and supple delivery. The same holds true for the definitive take of Duke Ellington’s “Mood Indigo.” The number is swaddled with a suitably subdued score that Cole dutifully conveys to tremendous effect, making it one of the unmitigated zeniths of his association with Cavanaugh. While on the subject, “Wee Baby Blues” follows a bit later revealing another spot-on example of his expressive technique. The tempo picks back up on the rousing, well-heeled “Late, Late Show” that again re-establishes Nat King Cole as one of the premiere voices of mid-20th century jazz. His ability to reel off lyrics as if they were conversational is nowhere as evident as it is here. The pace picks up steam with the full-speed-ahead frenzy of “Avalon” and again, Cole exudes nothing but soul throughout this compact, yet unhurried rendition.

Tracklist:
01. Welcome To The Club
02. Anytime Anyday Anywhere
03. The Blues Don’t Care
04. Mood Indigo
05. Baby Won’t You Please Come Home
06. The Late Late Show
07. Avalon
08. She’s Funny That Way
09. I Want A Little Girl
10. Wee Baby Blues
11. Look Out For Love
12. Madrid

Mastered by Steve Hoffman at Stephen Marsh Mastering.

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Jun 25

Nat King Cole – St. Louis Blues (1958) [APO Remaster 2011]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & 3.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 65:41/32:58 mins | Scans included | 2,00 GB | Genre: Jazz

The filmed version of W.C. Handy’s life, St. Louis Blues, is a fictional abomination full of every bad cliché that Hollywood could come up with. Its one saving grace was the dignified performance given by Nat King Cole in the lead role (even if Handy was never a singing pianist). This LP, in addition to featuring Nelson Riddle’s “Overture” from the film, finds Cole singing ten of Handy’s finest compositions (including “Beale Street Blues,” “Careless Love” and the title song) while backed by an orchestra playing Riddle’s arrangements.

Tracklist:
01. Overture, Love Theme, Hesitation Blues
02. Harlem Blues
03. Chantez Les Bas
04. Friendless Blues
05. Stay
06. Joe Turner’s Blues
07. Beale Street Blues
08. Careless Love
09. Morning Star
10. Memphis Blues
11. Yellow Dog Blues
12. St. Louis Blues
13. Overture, Love Theme, Hesitation Blues
14. Harlem Blues
15. Chantez Les Bas
16. Friendless Blues
17. Stay
18. Joe Turner’s Blues
19. Beale Street Blues
20. Careless Love
21. Morning Star
22. Memphis Blues
23. Yellow Dog Blues
24. St. Louis Blues

Tracks “12-24” presented in 2 channels only.

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Jun 25

Nat King Cole – The Very Thought Of You (1958/2010)
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DSD 2.0/3.0 | 55:24 minutes | Scans included | 3.06 GB
or FLAC 24bit/96 kHz | Scans included | 1.18 GB
Capitol Records | Genre: Jazz

Nat King Cole possessed one of the most accessible and appealing voices of any singer in the 1950s. This ballad-oriented set puts the emphasis completely on his voice (there is no piano playing or any hint of his jazz-oriented past) and features Cole accompanied by Gordon Jenkins’ sweet arrangements for a string orchestra. Many other singers might find it difficult to overcome, much less uplift this type of accompaniment, but Cole’s basic and honest delivery works quite well in this setting. Highlights include “The Very Thought of You,” “But Beautiful,” “This Is All I Ask,” “For All We Know,” and “The More I See You.” ~~ AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow

Tracklist:
01. The Very Thought of You (Ray Noble) – 3:48
02. But Beautiful (Johnny Burke, Jimmy Van Heusen) – 3:27
03. Impossible (Steve Allen) – 3:09
04. I Wish I Knew (Notorious) (C.A. Rossi, Al Stillman) – 3:14
05. I Found a Million Dollar Baby (In a Five & Ten Cent Store) (Mort Dixon, Billy Rose, Harry Warren) – 2:50
06. Magnificent Obsession (Fred Karger, Frankie Laine) – 3:54
07. My Heart Tells Me (Mack Gordon, Warren) – 4:11
08. Paradise (Nacio Herb Brown, Gordon Clifford) – 3:13
09. This Is All I Ask (Gordon Jenkins) – 4:29
10. Cherie, I Love You (Lillian Rosedale Goodman) – 3:29
11. Making Believe You’re Here (Sammy Cahn, Van Heusen) – 3:38
12. Cherchez La Femme (Bob Marcus, Lorenzo Pack) – 2:39
13. For All We Know (J. Fred Coots, Sam M. Lewis) – 3:15
14. The More I See You (Gordon, Warren) – 3:25
15. Don’t Blame Me (Jimmy McHugh, Dorothy Fields)
16. There is No Greater Love (Isham Jones, Marty Symes)

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Jun 25

Nat King Cole – Cole Español (1958/2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 29:10 minutes | 1,14 GB | Genre: Jazz
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | Label: Capitol Records

Cole Espanol is the legendary musician’s 1958 classic. The unforgettable recording showcases Cole’s rich musicality, memorable vocals and unmatched versatility. With the orchestration recorded in Havana, Cuba, this remarkable gem includes the standouts “Tu, Me Delirio,” “Quizas, Quizas, Quizas,” “Maria Elena” and much more. Cole’s undeniable star power shines throughout.

Nat King Cole addressed his growing international following with Cole Español, on which he sang in Spanish. Although he did not speak the language, he learned the song lyrics phonetically. Nine of the 11 selections had backing tracks recorded by conductor Armando Romeu, Jr., in Havana, Cuba, in February 1958, with Cole adding his vocals in Hollywood in June. The other two, “Cachito” and “Noche de Ronda,” were cut with Hispanic musicians in Hollywood under the direction of Capitol Records’ Dave Cavanaugh. The tunes were a mixed bag of Latin standards including Mexican mariachi music (“Adelita”) and even the Italian “Arrivederci Roma” (sung in Spanish), and Cole’s vocals were augmented by the Rivero Quartet and other uncredited singers. While that no doubt was intended to shore up his tentative performances, it actually showed him up, as the native Spanish singers offered a painful contrast to his own pedestrian readings of words he did not understand and pronounced with no flair. (On one track, “Tú, Mi Delirio,” he abandoned the microphone for the piano to delightful effect.) Cole’s singing voice was as smooth and attractive as ever, which must have helped, though, and the album’s sales — it reached the Top 20 in the U.S. and was a big hit internationally — indicated that Spanish-speaking audiences were flattered that an American singer would try so hard to communicate with them in their own language.

Tracklist:
01 – Cachito
02 – Maria Elena
03 – Quizas, Quizas, Quizas (Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps)
04 – Las Mañanitas
05 – Acercate Mas (Come Closer To Me)
06 – El Bodeguero (Grocer’s Cha-Cha)
07 – Arrivederci Roma
08 – Noche De Ronda
09 – Tu, Me Delirio
10 – Te Quiero Dijiste
11 – Adelita

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Jun 25

Nat King Cole – After Midnight (1957/2010)
DSD64 (.dsf) 1 bit/2,8 MHz | Time – 01:04:45 minutes | 2,55 GB
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88,2 kHz | Time –01:04:45 minutes | 1,14 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: AcousticSounds | Artwork: Digital Booklet
Genre: Jazz | © Analogue Productions

This 1957 release from Nat King Cole peaked at number 13 on US album charts and marks the last album Cole recorded with jazz flavour. Despite being billed as a trio recording, Cole is joined on these sessions by musicians including Harry “Sweets” Edison on trumpet and other guests contributing sax, violin, trombone and even bongos.

In this felicitous blending of Nat “King” Cole’s supreme talents as jazz pianist and vocalist with small combos featuring fellow jazz alumni, classic pop and jazz met in a wildly successful brew. A combination of new and familiar songs are featured, including fresh recordings of classic hits like “Route 66”. Musicians include Harry “Sweets” Edison, Juan Tizol, Lee Young, Stuff Smith and Willie Smith augmenting his famous Trio. In addition to the full original album, five additional tracks and two alternates take from the original sessions are included in this release. Mellow, classy, focused and vibrant, After Midnight was a hit and an instant classic upon its release in 1957 and remains a gem to treasure today.

Once Nat King Cole gave up playing piano on a regular basis and instead focused on a series of easy listening vocal albums, jazz fans longed for him to return to his first love. These 1956 studio sessions made up Cole’s last jazz-oriented disc, where he played piano and sang on every number, joined by several guest soloists. Cole’s vocals are impeccable and swinging, while his piano alternates between providing subdued backgrounds and light solos that don’t reveal his true potential on the instrument. Willie Smith’s smooth alto sax buoys the singer in the brisk take of “Just You, Just Me.” Harry “Sweets” Edison’s muted trumpet complements the leader in his interpretation of “Sweet Lorraine.” Composer Juan Tizol’s valve trombone and former Cole sideman Jack Costanzo’s bongos add just the right touch to the brisk take of “Caravan.” Stuff Smith’s humorous, unusually understated violin is a nice touch in “When I Grow Too Old to Dream.” It’s hard for any Nat King Cole fan to ignore these important sessions

Tracklist:
01 – Just You, Just Me
02 – Sweet Lorraine
03 – Sometimes I’m Happy
04 – Caravan
05 – It’s Only A Paper Moon
06 – You’re Looking At Me
07 – Lonely One
08 – Don’t Let It Go To Your Head
09 – I Know That You Know
10 – Blame It On My Youth
11 – When I Grow Too Old To Dream
12 – (Get Your Kicks On) Route 66
13 – I Was A Little Too Lonely (And You Were A Little Too Late) [Bonus Track]14 – You Can Depend On Me [Bonus Track]15 – What Is There To Say [Bonus Track]16 – Two Loves Have I [Bonus Track]17 – Candy [Bonus Track]18 – Just You, Just Me [Bonus Track, Take one]19 – It’s Only A Paper Moon [Bonus Track, Take one “Breakdown”]

Recorded at Capitol Studios, Los Angeles, California between August 15 & September 24, 1956.
Mastered from the original first-generation full-track monaural session tapes by Steve Hoffman, Kevin Gray and Gus Skinas to high resolution DSD and standard CD, the exemplary recording is presented in appropriately exquisite sound quality.

Musicians:
Nat “King” Cole – piano, vocals
John Collins – guitar
Harry “Sweets” Edison – trumpet
Willie Smith – alto saxophone
Juan Tizol – valve trombone
Stuff Smith – violin
Jack Costanzo – bongos, congas
Charlie Harris – bass
Lee Young – drums

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Jun 25

Nat King Cole – Love Is The Thing (1957) [APO Remaster 2010] PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & 3.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 72:37/30:25 mins | Scans included | 1,93 GB

Nat King Cole’s collaborations with Gordon Jenkins rank among the finest from either artist or arranger. Cole’s first stereophonic long player, 1957’s Love Is the Thing remains the epitome of the pair’s undeniable compatibility, and it topped the album charts for eight weeks. The opener “When I Fall in Love” is considered by many to be nothing short of definitive; the restrained orchestration perfectly adapts to the singer’s verdant vocals. Similarly, “Stardust” sparkles as a flawless musical alliance is formed with Cole’s warm and inviting narrative weaving over Jenkins’ intimate score. Simply stated, both songs are unmitigated masterworks — and we’re only two cuts into the dozen-song LP. Another key to the project’s success is Jenkins ability to reign in just enough instrumentation to support Cole’s uniformly restrained leads. Examples abound throughout, with “Stay as Sweet as You Are,” “At Last,” and the rural sophistication of “When Sunny Gets Blue.” The heartfelt “Love Letters” and even the comparatively light “Ain’t Misbehavin’” incorporate a sonic synergy as the airy string section glides between Cole’s line by line phrasing. Also worth mentioning is the Jenkins original “I Thought About Marie,” as it sits comfortably beside some of the most time-honored tunes in 20th century popular music.

Tracklist:
01. When I Fall In Love (Stereo)
02. Stardust (Stereo)
03. Stay As Sweet As You Are (Stereo)
04. Where Can I Go Without You? (Stereo)
05. Maybe It’s Because I Love You Too Much [Mono]
06. Love Letters [Mono]
07. Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Stereo)
08. I Thought About Marie (Stereo)
09. At Last (Stereo)
10. It’s All In The Game (Stereo)
11. When Sunny Gets Blue (Stereo)
12. Love Is The Thing (Stereo)
13. When I Fall In Love [Mono]14. Stardust [Mono]
15. Stay As Sweet As You Are [Mono]
16. Where Can I Go Without You? [Mono]
17. Maybe It’s Because I Love You Too Much [Mono]
18. Love Letters [Mono]
19. Ain’t Misbehavin’ [Mono]
20. I Thought About Marie [Mono]
21. At Last [Mono]
22. It’s All In The Game [Mono]
23. When Sunny Gets Blue [Mono]
24. Love Is The Thing [Mono]

Tracks “12-24” presented in 2 channels only.

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Jun 25

Nat King Cole – After Midnight (1957) [2010 Mono SACD]
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DSD 2.0 | 63:56 minutes | Scans included | 2,61 GB
or FLAC 24bit/96 kHz | Scans included | 683 MB
Label: Capitol Records | Genre: Jazz

After Midnight is a 1957 Jazz album by Nat King Cole. It peaked at #13 on the Billboard Pop Albums chart.
The AFTER MIDNIGHT sessions were Nat “King” Cole’s attempt in 1956 to get a little more in touch with his jazz roots, once again accompanying himself on piano–at one time Cole was considered the heir to Teddy Wilson–& playing with a small combo that included Harry “Sweets” Edison on trumpet, Juan Tizol on trombone & Ray Nance on violin. As such it was a highly successful date for Cole & Co., it stands up more than 50 years later. This was no mere jam session, but a chance to hear Cole vocalizing in a non-orchestral setting, just like his early trio, but this time singing full-fledged standards like “What Is There To Say?” & the beautifully rendered “You’re Looking At Me,” not just the familiar Cole trio novelties.
Never before has this record sounded so sumptuous, with every detail & nuance restored in a manner that places you in the recording studio with Cole. Mastered from the original 1st-generation full-track monaural session tapes at Acoustech by Steve Hoffman & Kevin Gray for an unparalleled sonic experience. Scintillating.

Tracklist:

01. Just You, Just Me (Greer, Klages)
02. Sweet Lorraine (Cliff Burwell, Mitchell Parish)
03. Sometimes I’m Happy (Irving Caesar, Vincent Youmans)
04. Caravan (Duke Ellington, Irving Mills, Juan Tizol)
05. It’s Only A Paper Moon (Harold Arlen, EY Harburg, Billy Rose)
06. You’re Looking At Me (Bobby Troup)
07. The Lonely One “(Hambro, Heller)
08. Don’t Let It Go To Your Head (Hadamik, LaVere, Nast)
09. I Know That You Know (Caldwell, Youmans)
10. Blame It on My Youth (Heyman, Levant)
11. When I Grow Too Old To Dream (Oscar Hammerstein II, Sigmund Romberg)
12. Route 66 (Troup)
13. I Was A Little Too Lonely (And You Were a Little Too Late) (Evans, Livingston)
14. You Can Depend On Me (Carpenter, Dunlap, Hines)
15. What Is There To Say? (Duke, Harburg)
16. Two Loves Have I (Murray, Scotto, Trivers)
17. Candy (David, Kramer, Whitney)
18. Just You, Just Me (take 1) (Greer, Klages)
19. It’s Only A Paper Moon (take 1) (Harold Arlen, EY Harburg, Billy Rose)

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Jun 25

Nat King Cole – Just One Of Those Things (1957) [APO Remaster 2011]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & 3.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 75:23/36:21 mins | Scans included | 2,23 GB | Genre: Jazz

Just One of Those Things is a theme album comparable to one of Frank Sinatra’s uptempo swing albums of the same period (Come Fly With Me, etc.), and employs the same arranger/conductor, Billy May. Nat King Cole is a bit less effective than Sinatra at uptempo material; he tends to undersing these sprightly standards, and May saves his dramatic horn charts and percussion shots for moments when Cole is away from the microphone. Even so, by the fifth track, “These Foolish Things Remind Me of You,” May has retreated to ballad time, and though his embellishments threaten to break out behind the singer, Cole gives an assured, unhurried performance. And that’s the point: that Cole has tamed the rambunctious May does not mean he doesn’t give wonderful interpretations to some wonderful songs: “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore,” “Just One of Those Things,” “The Song Is Ended (But the Melody Lingers On).” And the light-handed swing supports those efforts well.

Tracklist:
01. When Your Lover Has Gone
02. A Cottage For Sale
03. Who’s Sorry Now?
04. Once In A While
05. These Foolish Things Remind Me Of You
06. Just For The Fun Of It
07. Don’t Get Around Much Anymore
08. I Understand
09. Just One Of Those Things
10. The Song Is Ended
11. I Should Care
12. The Party’s Over
13. You’ll Never Know (Bonus Track)
14. When Your Lover Has Gone (Mono Mix)
15. A Cottage For Sale (Mono Mix)
16. Who’s Sorry Now? (Mono Mix)
17. Once In A While (Mono Mix)
18. These Foolish Things Remind Me Of You (Mono Mix)
19. Just For The Fun Of It (Mono Mix)
20. Don’t Get Around Much Anymore (Mono Mix)
21. I Understand (Mono Mix)
22. Just One Of Those Thing (Mono Mix)
23. The Song Is Ended (Mono Mix)
24. I Should Care (Mono Mix)
25. The Party’s Over (Mono Mix)
26. You’ll Never Know (Bonus Track Mono Mix)
27. Just For The Fun Of It (Bonus Track Mono Mix)

Tracks “14-27” presented in 2 channels only.

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Jun 24

藝人/團體 : 王惠娟 Tiffany Wong – 查看所有專輯
專輯名稱 : 老情人
Timeless Lover
音樂類型 : 爵士 [CD 專輯] 發行公司/日期 : 極光
製作公司 : ROUNDER

http://www.welchenmusic.com/prodshow.asp?ProdId=DSD004

https://www.5music.com.tw/CDList-C.asp?cdno=425425758540

Tiffany 她的聲音能夠穿透歲月,讓浮躁的人沉靜下去,而讓心碎的人忘記痛心舊事。空氣中傳來她的歌,旋律凝重執著,像似挑動著我們每根聽覺的神經,聽聽吧,她學會了在匆匆穿梭的人群中聆聽自己寂寞的足音,學會看見自己深不見底的心境,還學會了拋開憂傷而選擇堅強。在這個鋼筋水泥的叢林裡,有多少人曾經像她一樣?總是邁著理想的步伐興奮前行,而燈紅酒綠後面隱藏的莫測夜幕,又總是讓她們一次又一次迷失。在她用心吟唱的歌聲裏,在她深深切切、一如既往的情懷中,分明又有一種叫做 ” 希望 ” 的東西在緩緩流動。專輯 唱片中收集了不同年代,人們熟悉和喜愛的老歌,經過重新的編配和翻唱之後,給我們帶來 “ 老歌 ” 的新感覺。這張 SACD (Super Audio Compact Disc) 號稱是「超級 CD 」, 人聲飽滿、樸實、低音豐厚而具有彈性,鋼琴的自然音色、打擊樂的層次和泛音,空間的細節等等方面都有著超凡的表現,細膩而豐滿的整體效果和良好的平衡給人留下深刻印象。加上被賦予了全新內容的熟悉旋律,值得樂迷仔細品位。唱片的後期製片在德國完成,保證了其出色的音響品質,唱片採用雙層複合結構,用普通 CD 機也可播放,如果以 SACD 機器播放會感受更佳的音響效果。

专辑曲目

˙01 老情人 Timeless lover
˙02 意難忘 An emotion of no passing
˙03 明月千里寄相思 Let the moon bridge you and me
˙04 哭砂 Tears in sand
˙05 玫瑰玫瑰我愛你 Roses oh roses how much I adore you
˙06 訴衷情 Spear softly love
˙07 我只在乎你 You are the only one
˙08 我是不是你疼愛的人 Am I the only one you love most
˙09 順流逆流 Downstream and against stream
˙10 康定情歌 The love song of kangding
˙11 讀你 Re adding you
˙12 被遺忘的時光 Lost memories
˙13 夢醒時分 When the dream fades
˙14 藍色的夢 Blue dream

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Jun 24

產品名稱: Very Personal (SACD)
歌手名稱: 羅敏莊 (歌手)
推出日期: 2013-12-27
語言: 粵語
製作來源地: 中國香港
光碟格式: Super Audio CD
出品商: New Century Workshop (HK)

http://www.yesasia.com/global/very-personal-sacd/1034964467-0-0-0-zh_TW/info.html

內容簡介/曲目

SACD 是Sony與Philips合力研發的音頻碟片規格,是繼CD的發明之後,成功超越CD錄音品質的新產品。音頻CD (CDDA) 採取44.1KHz的取樣頻率,在接近人耳 聽覺極限的高頻訊號中 (接近20KHz) 只能取樣出百份之三十;要用這百份之三十來恢復正確的類比訊號會造成相位誤差。SACD的取樣頻率高達2822.4kHz,是一般CD44.1KHz取樣的64倍,而且SACD頻率範圍更高達100KHz以上;因此使得SACD改善了傳統CD音質給人冷硬的刻板印象,而以更細膩、更多細節、更柔軟的聲音呈現。

SACD的錄音方式是用Direct Stream Digital (DSD,即直流數位技術) 方式錄音,將所有訊號以每秒280萬次直接把類比音樂訊號波形轉變為數位訊號,也就是 『直接位元流數位』,因此取樣非常接近原來的類比訊號。另外,SACD沒有位元轉換程序,降低了數位濾波而產生的失真與雜訊。由於SACD自身的定位以及1bit量化DSD直接資料流程在技術方面的簡潔和優勢,使得大多數的資深音響發燒友經過親耳聆聽後,主觀感覺都認為SACD在音質上勝過音頻CD。

Very Personal 羅 敏 莊
亞洲 爵士樂頂尖樂手 Eugene Pao 包以正 /Ted Lo/Sylvian Gagoni/Yoyong 及
澳洲首席鼓手 Nicholas Mcbride 及美國囗琴師 Damien Masterson等參予錄音製作
Original Mastered by Joe Gastwirt, CA. U. S. A.

BONUS TRACKS
挑 戰 者 分 分 鐘 需 要 你

01. 挑戰者
02. 疾風
03. 不信愛有罪
04. 相愛
05. 從不知
06. 雨夜的浪漫
07. 留住我吧
08. 這一種感覺
09. 粉紅色的一生
10. 裝飾的眼淚
11. 感情到老
12. 長伴千世紀
13. 綠水清風
14. 別月
15. 早晨
16. 為你鍾情
17. 分分鐘需要你

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