May 25

Robert Lockwood Jr. – Delta Crossroads (2000)
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 60:33 minutes | Covers included | 3,59 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Covers included | 1,08 GB
Features Stereo & Multichannel Surround sound | Telarc SACD-83509 | Genre: Blues

For Delta Crossroads, Robert Lockwood Jr., a former student of Robert Johnson, returns to his Delta blues roots. This 16-track album features Lockwood with only his 12-string acoustic guitar. It is rather strange hearing old Delta blues sung by one of its originals on a modern recording. All of the notes from the guitar are clear. Plus, his voice isn’t scuffed up by the scratches and pop of the vinyl recording. Lockwood plays a mix of Robert Johnson tunes, a few of his own, and some blues standards including “C.C. Rider.” With its high production quality and Lockwood’s unique and possibly near-extinct style of singing, Delta Crossroads is a strong testament to the endurance of a Delta blues original.

Tracklist:
01. 32-20 Blues
02. Mean Mistreater Mama
03. This Little Girl of Mine
04. Stop Breakin’ Down Blues
05. My Woman Came Walking Down
06. C.C. Rider
07. Little Queen of Spades
08. I Believe I’ll Dust My Broom
09. In the Evening (When the Sun Goes Down)
10. We’re Gonna Ball Tonight
11. Mr. Downchild
12. Run Your Mama
13. Ramblin’ On My Mind
14. Love In Vain Blues
15. Train My Baby
16. Keys to the Highway

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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 03

Freddie King – Freddie King Is A Blues Master (1969/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 36:30 minutes | 739 MB | Genre: Blues
MONO, Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: AcousticSounds | Artwork: Front cover | © Rhino Atlantic

1969 album from a certified blues master. Well, actually, we didn’t ask to see his certificate of mastery, but we respect Freddie King enough to know that he wouldn’t release an album entitled Freddie King is a Blues Master if he couldn’t back it up that kind of bold claim. Also, in case this piece happens to be your introduction to the album in question, allow us to assure you that we’ve heard it, and there’s definitely no case of false advertising in play with this album.

Tracklist:
01 – Play It Cool
02 – That Will Never Do
03 – It’s Too Late, She’s Gone
04 – Blue Shadows
05 – Today I Sing The Blues
06 – Get Out Of My Life, Woman
07 – Hideaway
08 – Funky
09 – Hot Tomato
10 – Wide Open
11 – Sweet Thing
12 – Let Me Down Easy

Recorded in 1969 at Atlantic Recording Studios, New York City, NY.

Musicians:
Freddie King – vocals, guitar
Billy Butler – guitar
Willie Bridges – saxophone
King Curtis – saxophone
David Newman – saxophone
Joe Newman – trumpet
Melvin Lastie – trumpet
Martin Banks – trumpet
Norman Pride – drums

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Apr 12

Muddy Waters – Hoochie Coochie Man: Live At The Rising Sun Celebrity Jazz Club (1977/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 1:00:28 minutes | 750 MB | Genre: Blues
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: PonoMusic| Artwork: Front cover | © Justin Time

Recorded in January of 1977 at Montreal’s legendary Rising Sun Celebrity Jazz Club, the record features some of Muddy’s greatest bandmates, including Luther “Guitar Junior” Johnson and “Steady Rollin’” Bob Margolin on guitar, Jerry Portnoy on harmonica, Pinetop Perkins on piano, along with Calvin Jones on bass and Willie Smith on drums. The band are terrific throughout which is why it is no surprise that they, like many others, went on to have outside recognition after playing with Muddy’s band. The standout track is an 11 minute version of the classic, “Kansas City,” in which Muddy shares vocals with Perkins.

Tracklist:
01 – Baby Please Don’t Go
02 – Howling Wolf
03 – I Want You to Love Me
04 – Can’t Get No Grindin’
05 – Hoochie Coochie Man
06 – Nine Below Zero
07 – The Blues Had a Baby (and They Named It Rock ‘n’ Roll)
08 – They Call It Stormy Monday
09 – Highway 41
10 – Kansas City

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Apr 07

The Norman Luboff Choir – Blues-Right Now! (1965/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 30:36 minutes | 603 MB | Genre: Blues, Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Artwork: Front cover | © RCA Records

Norman Luboff (May 14, 1917 – September 22, 1987) was an American music arranger, music publisher, and choir director. Luboff was the founder and conductor of the Norman Luboff Choir, one of the leading choral groups of the 1950s, 60s and 70s. The choral group toured yearly from 1963 to 1987, and recorded more than seventy-five albums. The holiday albums Songs of Christmas (1956) and Christmas with the Norman Luboff Choir (1964) were perennial bestsellers for years. Luboff and his choir won the 1961 Grammy Award for Best Performance by a Chorus.

Tracklist:
1. I’m Ready 2:08
2. How Long, How Long Blues 1:58
3. 900 Miles 2:15
4. I’m A Stranger Here 2:23
5. Every Day (I Have The Blues) 3:29
6. Mood Indigo 3:02
7. I Just Want To Make Love To You 2:42
8. In The Evening When The Sun Goes Down 2:10
9. Crazy For My Baby 2:17
10. Walk On By 2:35
11. Chilly Winds 2:33
12. Solitude 2:19

Personnel:
The Norman Luboff Choir
Norman Luboff, arranger, conductor

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Apr 07

The Norman Luboff Choir – Remember (1965/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 32:57 minutes | 708 MB | Genre: Blues, Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Artwork: Front cover | © RCA Records

Norman Luboff (May 14, 1917 – September 22, 1987) was an American music arranger, music publisher, and choir director. Luboff was the founder and conductor of the Norman Luboff Choir, one of the leading choral groups of the 1950s, 60s and 70s. The choral group toured yearly from 1963 to 1987, and recorded more than seventy-five albums. The holiday albums Songs of Christmas (1956) and Christmas with the Norman Luboff Choir (1964) were perennial bestsellers for years. Luboff and his choir won the 1961 Grammy Award for Best Performance by a Chorus.

Tracklist:
1. Remember 2:33
2. I’ll Get By (As Long As I Have You) 3:05
3. Always 2:34
4. Dream 3:03
5. It Had To Be You 2:28
6. I’ll Be Seeing You 2:27
7. Look To Your Heart 2:35
8. As Time Goes By 2:52
9. Day By Day 3:06
10. Together 2:40
11. The Very Thought Of You 2:16
12. I’ll See You Again 2:38

Personnel:
The Norman Luboff Choir
Norman Luboff, arranger, conductor
Bill Lee, soloist (#4,10)
Paul Smith, piano
Dick Nash, trombone
Manny Klein, trumpet
Gene Cipriano, woodwind

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