Jul 17

alt-J – An Awesome Wave (2012/2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz  | Time – 43:38 minutes | 862 MB | Genre: Alternative
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks  | Digital Booklet | © Canvasback/ATL

An Awesome Wave is Alt-J’s award-winning debut. This thrilling masterpiece effortlessly blends rock with experimental pop, redefining the genre of art rock. Packed with memorable choruses, the recording is included on Guardian’s “Best Albums of 2012.” This rock quartet has been compared to artists including Mumford & Sons and Fleet Foxes. Standouts include “Fitzpleasure,” “Tessellate” and more.

Named after the Mac command also used as a mathematical equation to show change, formed while studying fine art at university, and prone to throwing in the odd geometric reference within their lyrics, there are signs that Cambridge-based quartet Alt-J might be a little bit too clever for their own good. Produced by Charlie Andrew (the Laurel Collective), their debut album, An Awesome Wave, is occasionally guilty of pretentiousness, particularly the irritating a cappella vocal warmup of the interlude “(The Ripe & Ruin).” But for the most part, its 13 tracks do for nu-folk what Everything Everything’s equally ambitious debut did for indie rock, breathing new life into the genre with an intriguing but accessible series of art rock twists and turns. Indeed, other than frontman Joe Newman’s impassioned – if occasionally bordering on parody – vocal style, there’s little here in common with the tweeness of Mumford & Sons. “Tessellate” combines the glitchy electronica of Thom Yorke’s solo career with the wistful wintry harmonies of Fleet Foxes; “Fitzpleasure” fizzes along with its dubstep-lite beats and acidic basslines before it’s interrupted, first by a burst of jangly post-rock and second by the kind of shimmering guitar twangs you’d expect from a Tarantino soundtrack; while “Taro” somehow melds together the unlikely bedfellows of Americana and bhangra to produce a fittingly oddball but enthralling finale. It’s to Andrew’s credit that these eclectic arrays of sound are woven together in a manner so effortlessly that the results never feel forced or contrived. There are a few more straightforward moments such as “Matilda,” a gentle acoustic folk ode to Natalie Portman’s troubled character in Léon, and the sparse, haunting “Ms.” But Alt-J’s wave is far more awesome when it’s at its most schizophrenic.

Tracklist:
01 – Intro
02 – Interlude 1
03 – Tessellate
04 – Breezeblocks
05 – Interlude 2
06 – Something Good
07 – Dissolve Me
08 – Matilda
09 – Ms
10 – Fitzpleasure
11 – Interlude 3
12 – Bloodflood
13 – Taro
14 – Hand-Made

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Jul 17

alt-J – Relaxer (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz  | Time – 39:03 minutes | 422 MB | Genre: Alternative
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Q0buz  | Front Cover | © Infectious

Relaxer (stylized as RELAXER) is the third studio album by English indie rock band alt-J. The album follow up to the band’s Grammy nominated album “This Is All Your”s, and finds the band working with producer Charlie Andrew for the third time. The cover art features a screenshot from the 1998 PlayStation video game, LSD.

A heady and sometimes capricious piece of work that vacillates between pastoral folk, classical crossover, proto-punk, and progressive rock, the Mercury Prize-winning trio’s third LP is never clear about its overall intentions. The same could be said about Alt-J’s two previous albums as well, but Relaxer is a thornier beast than either of them, carefully concealing its myriad barbs beneath bucolic washes of meticulously forged comeliness. Bookended by what are for all intents and purposes a pair of augmented English folk ballads, the first (“3WW”) a patient, swoon-worthy pagan love song, and the second (“Pleader”) an impossibly lush, choir-led anthem/ballad inspired by mining in 19th century Wales, Relaxer is aptly named, as between those two cuts lies a swath of idyllic sonic farmland that yields fruits both honeyed and acrid. Only the nervy “In Cold Blood” and the cringe-worthy, Velvet Underground-aping misfire “Hit Me Like That Snare” hint at the flashy, decisive indie rock posturing of past pleasures like “Left Hand Free” and “Dissolve Me.” As per usual, Alt-J’s lyrics remain elliptical, with frontman Joe Newman espousing a narrative persona that’s both arthouse Dickensian villain and boarding school poet – that lines like “Well that smell of sex, good like burning wood” and “I just want to love you in my own language” manage to elucidate their contrasting amorous perspectives within the same song is notable. Clocking in at just under 40 minutes, the album’s dizzying stylistic shifts and offbeat arrangements are rendered refreshingly palatable, and even when the band’s artistic hubris is drawn front and center, as it is on the aforementioned “Hit Me Like That Snare” and a spectral, almost completely rewritten version of “House of the Rising Sun,” there’s usually enough craftsmanship on hand to offset the overall air of importance.

Tracklist:
01 – 3WW
02 – In Cold Blood
03 – House of the Rising Sun
04 – Hit Me Like That Snare
05 – Deadcrush
06 – Adeline
07 – Last Year
08 – Pleader

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Jul 14

The Smashing Pumpkins – SPRC Welcome Package (2011-2012) {Re-issues Pre-order Bonus}
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44.1-96 kHz | Time – 28:33 minutes | 542 MB | Genre: Alternative Rock
Official Digital Download – Source: WEB

A zip file named “SPRC Welcome Package”, containing the first 4 downloads, plus an instrumental version of Frail & Bedazzled (not the same as the one slated to be on the re-issues), was given to anyone who pre-ordered the Gish and/or Siamese Dream re-issues from the SP web site.

http://www.spfc.org/songs-releases/discog.html?discog_id=288

Tracklist:

2011
1. Drown 8-Track Demo (24bit/96kHz)
2. Geek U.S.A. “Suicide Kiss Geek No Vox” (24bit/96kHz)
3. Tulips “Barb Wire” (16bit/44.1kHz)
4. Rhinoceros Version Two (Reel Time Sessions) (24bit/96kHz)
5. Frail and Bedazzled BC Instrumental Home Demo (16bit/44.1kHz)

2012
1. Blissed (Flexi-disc, Single Sided, 7″, Orange Translucent) (24bit/96kHz)

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Jul 14

The Smashing Pumpkins – Monuments To An Elegy (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 32:41 minutes | 769 MB | Genre: Alternative Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet | Source: PledgeMusic

Monuments to an Elegy is the upcoming ninth studio album by the alternative rock band The Smashing Pumpkins, due for release on December 9, 2014. Band leader Billy Corgan has noted that “similar to the band’s previous release, Oceania” – the album will be part of the ongoing project, Teargarden by Kaleidyscope.

The Smashing Pumpkins treat evolution itself as an art form. Billy Corgan and Co. continually challenge themselves and the general listening public at large, yielding music that’s as intricate as it is irresistible every time they enter the studio. Simultaneously, each subsequent offering stands alone.

Oceania proved to be another marked progression after Zeitgeist, while the “holy trinity” of Gish, Siamese Dream, and Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness each moved alternative rock forward, while never sticking to the same plot. It’s as if Corgan continually writes a new chapter to his legacy within the overall framework without needing to explicitly hug onto said framework. Yes, he’s one of the generation’s greatest songwriters and guitar players, but his real brilliance lies in that ability to seamlessly (and fearlessly) evolve.

That brings us to Monuments to an Elegy. Once again, it’s loaded with surprises, while still preserving the sound countless fans have come to adore—pun intended. The shimmering intro of “Tiberius” gives way to a wall of distortion and Corgan’s heartfelt lyrics. The seesawing rhythms stand out as some of Tommy Lee’s most powerful drumming especially when paired alongside the cinematically thick guitars.

“Being Beige” drops from dreamy into elegantly heavy as Corgan admits, “World’s on fire”, while “Anaise!” adopts a funk groove that instantly captivates. “One and All” combines that impenetrable guitar tandem of Corgan and Jeff Schroeder with vivid lyrics. It’s intense and also intensely infectious. “Run2Me” could very well be the group’s most danceable love song ever. However, album standout “Anti-Hero” tempers a snapping palm-muted guitar with a big hook. It’s tightly woven and so artfully crafted that’s it remains downright undeniable.

You’ll hit replay on Monuments To An Elegy the moment it finishes. This belongs in the pantheon alongside Corgan’s greatest work and history’s best alternative rock albums. Smashing Pumpkins evolve once more, and the results couldn’t be more magical.

— Review by Rick Florino

Tracklist:
01 – Tiberius
02 – Being Beige
03 – Anaise!
04 – One and All
05 – Run2me
06 – Drum + Fife
07 – Monuments
08 – Dorian
09 – Anti-Hero

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Jul 14

The Smashing Pumpkins – Pisces Iscariot (1994/2012)
Remastered 2CD Deluxe Edition 2011 + Original Cassette Demo
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 159:04 minutes | 1,57 GB | Genre: Alternative Rock
Official Digital Download – Source: WEB | Digital booklet

Digitally remastered and expanded deluxe edition of the Alt-Rock quartet’s third album. 1994’s platinum-certified disc that reached #4 on the Billboard Top 200 albums chart–receives the fully remastered for the first time from the original master tapes by Bob Ludwig. The bonus content and special features were curated from the band s archives by Corgan.

Although the Smashing Pumpkins had only released two studio albums by 1994 (1991’s Gish and 1993’s Siamese Dream), they had an overflow of songs that were either relegated to B-sides on European singles or remained unreleased. Billy Corgan proved to be one of rock’s most prolific songwriters of the 1990s alt rock movement — as the quality of these early leftovers were often just as strong as the songs that were officially released. Since nearly all of these songs were never issued domestically, the B-side/rarity collection Pisces Iscariot was issued alongside their first long-form home video, Vieuphoria. The collection proved to be a feast for fans — it’s inexplicable why such exceptional rockers (“Plume,” “Hello Kitty Kat,” “Frail and Bedazzled,” “Blue”) and ballads (“Obscured,” “La Dolly Vita”) weren’t featured on albums. Also included is the long and winding, 11-minute epic jam fest “Starla,” which proves that Corgan was one of the finest (and most underrated) rock guitarists of the ’90s, as well as a pair of unlikely covers — Fleetwood Mac’s gentle “Landslide” and the Animals’ psychedelic “Girl Named Sandoz.” Also included are insightful liner notes (strewn with typos) from Corgan. While it’s not the definitive B-sides collection of pre-Mellon Collie Pumpkins (such tracks as “Bullet Train to Osaka,” “Purr Snickety,” “Apathy’s Last Kiss,” “My Dahlia,” “Jackie Blue,” “Glynis,” and others are nowhere to be found), Pisces Iscariot contains some of Corgan and company’s finest moments.

Tracklist:

Deluxe edition – disc 1:
01 – Soothe (Demo)
02 – Frail & Bedazzled
03 – Plume
04 – Whir
05 – Blew Away
06 – Pissant
07 – Hello Kitty Kat
08 – Obscured
09 – Landslide
10 – Starla
11 – Blue
12 – A Girl Named Sandoz
13 – La Dolly Vita
14 – Spaced

Deluxe edition – disc 2:
01 – By June (Ignoffo Sessions/2012 Mix)
02 – My Dahlia (Ignoffo Sessions/2012 Mix)
03 – Jesus Loves His Babies (Gish Sessions Rough Mix)
04 – Cinnamon Girl (Ignoffo Sessions/2012 Mix)
05 – Glynis (2012 Mix)
06 – Crawl (Gish Sessions Outtake)
07 – Cinder Open (Eddy St. Demo/2012 Mix)
08 – Blissed (Sadlands Demo/2012 Mix)
09 – Slunk (Live) (2012 Remaster)
10 – Jackie Blue
11 – Venus In Furs (Live)
12 – Translucent (Sadlands Demo/2012 Mix)
13 – French Movie Theme (Siamese Sessions Outtake)
14 – Purr Snickety (Gish B-Sides Session Outtake)
15 – There It Goes (Demo/2012 Mix)
16 – Vanilla (Ignoffo Sessions)
17 – Why Am I So Tired (Live In Studio Demo)

Bonus – Original Smashing Pumpkins Cassette Demo:
01 – Jennifer Ever
02 – East
03 – Nothing And Everything
04 – Sun (Remix)
05 – She (Live)
06 – Spiteface

from the official site:
“Thank you for purchasing Pisces Iscariot in high fidelity. We know there was some confusion with the sample rate, but due to the nature of the recordings, the highest quality possible is 24-bit/44.1KHz. It was mistakenly listed as 24-bit/96KHz during the pre-sale, which was incorrect and it has since been changed. We apologize for the confusion this may have caused.”
## – Original Cassette Demo presented as 16bit/44,1 kHz only.

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Jul 14

The Smashing Pumpkins – Oceania (2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 60:09 minutes | 1,34 GB | Genre: Alternative rock
Official Digital Download – Source: smashingpumpkins.com | Digital booklet

The Smashing Pumpkins have created one of the most acclaimed bodies of work in musical history having sold more than 30 million albums, and won multiple Grammy awards in the process. Formed in Chicago in 1988, they released Gish, their influential and platinum debut in 1991, which was followed by albums including the nine-time platinum Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness and the four-time platinum Siamese Dream, as well as the platinum certified 1998 album Adore. The pivotal group s many hits defined the alternative music era and continue to resonate on modern rock radio, influencing a whole new generation. The PUMPKINS returned in 2007 with their acclaimed sixth album Zeitgeist. They have since remained on the cutting edge of music and technology with various online releases.

Following up on, and in many ways amending, much of the bombastic overcompensation of 2007’s Zeitgeist, Smashing Pumpkins 2012 release Oceania is an exuberant, gloriously melodic, fluid return to form for Billy Corgan. While Zeitgeist certainly contained many of the elements that make for a classic Smashing Pumpkins release — including slabs of distorted guitars, passionate vocals, and poetic lyrics, not to mention drummer Jimmy Chamberlin, who was the sole remaining original member besides Corgan and who subsequently left the band — there was something cold and perhaps a bit too calculated about the production. Ultimately, Zeitgeist didn’t do much to dissuade audiences that Corgan, undeniably the mastermind behind the best Pumpkins work, was now overvaluing his abilities in an attempt to recapture fans disillusioned by his various side projects. Thankfully, none of these concerns are applicable to Oceania. Ostensibly an “album within an album” of the greater 44-track Teargarden by Kaleidyscope concept project, Oceania works as a stand-alone album. Conceptual conceits aside, these are some of the most memorable and rousing songs Corgan has delivered since 1993’s Siamese Dream, the album that Oceania most closely mirrors in tone and aesthetic. Which isn’t to say that Corgan is treading old ground; on the contrary, there is something fresh and inspired about the songs on Oceania. Admittedly, kicking the album off with the heavy psychedelic acid rock groove of “Quasar” — in which Corgan croons several EST-era-style affirmations including, “God right on! Krishna right on! Mark right on!” — is a move that almost begs comparisons to Smashing Pumpkins’ euphoria-inducing 1991 single “Siva.” A similar sentiment comes to mind with the latter album rocker “The Chimera,” a classic rock-sounding groover that sparkles with crisscross laser-beam guitar lines recalling the jewel-toned guitar heroics of Queen’s Brian May. But these are welcome comparisons, born out of Corgan finally delivering a gorgeous and cohesive set of songs that balance some his more arch, cerebral inclinations with his generously romantic and sweepingly cinematic gift for revelatory guitar rock. Elsewhere, we get the soaring “Panopticon” and the minor-key, prog rock-inflected drama of “Violet Rays.” However, Oceania is perhaps best represented by the euphoric mid-album ballad “Pinwheels.” Starting with a repeated keyboard line and building to swells of acoustic and electric guitar before settling into one of the most swoon-worthy melodic anthems Corgan has ever written, “Pinwheels,” much like the rest of Oceania, is a masterpiece of pop songcraft and rock production. As Corgan croons on the song’s chorus, “Sister soul, lovers of the tune, sing!/I got you/I got you.” On Oceania, the Smashing Pumpkins definitely have us.

Tracklist:
01 – Quasar
02 – Panopticon
03 – The Celestials
04 – Violet Rays
05 – My Love Is Winter
06 – One Diamond, One Heart
07 – Pinwheels
08 – Oceania
09 – Pale Horse
10 – The Chimera
11 – Glissandra
12 – Inkless
13 – Wildflower

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Jul 14

The Smashing Pumpkins – Gish (1991/2011) {Remastered 2CD Deluxe Edition 2011}
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 125:42 minutes | 2,65 GB | Genre: Alternative Rock
Official Digital Download – Source: WEB | w/o Artwork

Digitally remastered and expanded deluxe edition of the Alt-Rock quartet’s 1991 debut album. Features the original album remastered plus a bonus CD consisting of 15 previously unreleased or alternate versions of Gish era songs.

Upon the release of Gish–the group’s debut–in the summer of 1991, more than one rock aficionado hailed the Smashing Pumpkins as the best band to come out of Chicago since Ministry. A bold statement, yes, but one backed up by Billy Corgan’s Hendrix-like riffs and searing signature guitar tone. Intriguing songwriting is evidenced from the start as well, with the driving, amped-up rock of “I Am One,” “Siva,” and “Tristessa” contrasted with the soothingly eerie psychedelic flavor of “Rhinoceros” and “Window Paine.” Gish predates the band’s movement toward the loop-based electronic sounds heard in their late-’90s works, yet the seeds for this transition are definitely apparent. Electro guru Tricky even sampled the backbeat from “Suffer” in the tributary “Pumpkin” on his sex-soaked Maxinquaye. Butch Vig shows off his chops as producer and cultivates signature dramatic moods on Gish, which helped put the Smashing Pumpkins on the map as one of the most important alt-rock bands of the ’90s–much to the delight of the decade’s disenfranchised youth.

Arriving several months before Nirvana’s Nevermind, the Smashing Pumpkins’ debut album, Gish, which was also produced by Butch Vig, was the first shot of the alternative revolution that transformed the rock & roll landscape of the ’90s. While Nirvana was a punk band, the Smashing Pumpkins and guitarist/vocalist Billy Corgan are arena rockers, co-opting their metallic riffs and epic art rock song structures with self-absorbed lyrical confessions. Though Corgan’s lyrics fall apart upon close analysis, there’s no denying his gift for arrangements. Like Brian May and Jimmy Page, he knows how to layer guitars for maximum effect, whether it’s on the pounding, sub-Sabbath rush of “I Am One” or the shimmering, psychedelic dream pop surfaces of “Rhinoceros.” Such musical moments like these, as well as the rushing “Siva” and the folky “Daydream,” which features D’Arcy on lead vocals, demonstrate the Smashing Pumpkins’ potential, but the rest of Gish falls prey to undistinguished songwriting and showy instrumentation.

Tracklist:

CD1:
01 – I Am One
02 – Siva
03 – Rhinoceros
04 – Bury Me
05 – Crush
06 – Suffer
07 – Snail
08 – Tristessa
09 – Window Paine
10 – Daydream

CD2:
01 – Starla (2011 Mix)
02 – Siva (Peel Sessions)
03 – Honeyspider (Reel Time Demos/2011 Mix)
04 – Hippy Trippy (“Crush” Music Box Demo)
05 – Snail (Live Radio Performance)
06 – Plume (2011 Mix)
07 – Bury Me (Reel Time Demos/2011 Mix)
08 – Daydream (Old House Demo)
09 – Tristessa (Sub Pop Single/2011 Mix)
10 – Girl Named Sandoz (Peel Sessions)
11 – Jesus Is The Sun (Apartment Demo)
12 – Blue (Gish Sessions Demo)
13 – Smiley (Gish Sessions Demo)
14 – I Am One (Reel Time Demos/2011 Mix)
15 – Seam (“Suffer” Apartment Demo)
16 – La Dolly Vita (2011 Mix)
17 – Pulseczar (Gish Sessions Demo)
18 – Drown (Alternate Guitar Solo)

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Jul 04

Jim James – Eternally Even (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 00:41:27 minutes | 971 MB | Genre: Alternative
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front Cover | © ATO Records

“If you don’t vote it’s on you, not me,” Jim James sings on his second solo album. It’s an election-year entreaty geared towards too-pure leftoid lintheads, but the song is no screed, befitting a guy whose music usually turns inward. James floats his humidly ethereal soul mumble over seven minutes of a languid beat, cottony strings and chill organ bleat. Throughout Eternally Even, the My Morning Jacket mainman renders his change gospel with conversational grace, Bill Withers warmth, Sly Stone optimism and Neil Young conviction.

Tracklist
1. Hide in Plain Sight (05:09)
2. Same Old Lie (05:54)
3. Here in Spirit (04:16)
4. The World’s Smiling Now (04:53)
5. We Ain’t Getting Any Younger Pt. 1 (06:27)
6. We Ain’t Getting Any Younger Pt. 2 (03:04)
7. True Nature (03:40)
8. In the Moment (04:09)
9. Eternally Even (03:53)

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Jun 28

Linkin Park – The Hunting Party (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96kHz | Time – 45:06 minutes | 0,99 GB | Genre: Alternative
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | Front cover | © Warner Bros. Records

The Hunting Party is American rock band Linkin Park’s sixth studio album. The band chose to depart from their recent electronic rock sound and simply produce a rock record. A year in the making, the record produced three singles: “Guilty All the Same”, “Until It’s Gone” and “Final Masquerade”.

Breaking away from Rick Rubin, with whom they had a three-album association, Brad Delson and Mike Shinoda co-produce this time around and retreat from the moody electronica that characterized many of those records. Instead, The Hunting Party is designed as a return to rock, evoking the group’s earliest records. Reconnecting with the past is a standard move for a heavy band 15 years into its career, but The Hunting Party is effectively aggressive, partially due to how far into the ether Linkin Park strayed on Living Things and, especially, A Thousand Suns. Written and recorded over the course of a year, The Hunting Party nevertheless packs a visceral punch. Hints of the murky, meditative darkness linger — especially on “Until It’s Gone,” which builds upon its atmosphere to reach melodramatic heights; “Final Masquerade” is subtler in its approach -– but there’s good reason why Page Hamilton and Tom Morello both guest on the record: this is a grinding, metallic workout. Far from sounding as if they’re grasping at straws, Linkin Park seem rejuvenated, proving there is value in the cliché of returning to roots.

Tracklist:
01 – Keys To The Kingdom
02 – All For Nothing (feat. Page Hamilton)
03 – Guilty All The Same (feat. Rakim)
04 – The Summoning
05 – War
06 – Wastelands
07 – Until It’s Gone
08 – Rebellion (feat. Daron Malakian)
09 – Mark The Graves
10 – Drawbar (feat. Tom Morello)
11 – Final Masquerade
12 – A Line In The Sand

Producers: Brad Delson and Mike Shinoda. Recording engineer: Ethan Mates.
Recorded May 2013 – April 2014 at Larrabee Sound Studios and EastWest Studios in Los Angeles, California.

NOTE: Track “3” is a 44k recording mastered to 96/24.

Personnel:
Chester Bennington – vocals
Rob Bourdon – drums, percussion
Brad Delson – lead guitar
Dave “Phoenix” Farrell – bass guitar
Joe Hahn – turntables, sampling, programming
Mike Shinoda – vocals, rhythm guitar, keyboards
Page Hamilton – vocals
Daron Malakian – guitar
Tom Morello – guitar
Rakim – vocals

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Jun 28

Linkin Park – Hybrid Theory: Live At Download Festival 2014 (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 42:16 minutes | 510 MB | Genre: Alternative
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Official site | Small front

On June 14 Linkin Park performed Hybrid Theory in it’s entirety LIVE for the first time ever. This recording has been available for a limited time for purchase with their new album “Hunting Party” through the official site and some other retailers.

Tracklist:
01 – Papercut
02 – One Step Closer
03 – With You
04 – Points Of Authority
05 – Crawling
06 – Runaway
07 – By Myself
08 – In The End
09 – A Place For My Head
10 – Forgotten
11 – Cure For The Itch
12 – Pushing Me Away

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