Jul 22

Lissie – My Wild West (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 00:42:55 minutes | 466 MB | Genre: Folk
Studio Master, Official Digital Download  – Source: Qobuz | Artwork: Front cover | Label: Cooking Vinyl

There are both goodbyes and new beginnings throughout Lissie’s third album, My Wild West, reflecting her recent move from California back to her native Midwest. There is, therefore, a wistfulness, perhaps even a mournfulness, that makes the gentler country-flavoured songs like Together or Apart and Ojai extremely emotive. Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt come to mind on these numbers; some tracks equally boast some U2-esque rock sounds, including the title track and Don’t You Give Up On Me, although this is not where we see the best of the young artist. The nasal twang to her gripping vocals is among several redeeming features on an LP that is an admirable, if not spectacular, addition to the catalogue of an impressively consistent artist to date.

Tracklist:
01 – My Wild West Overture
02 – Hollywood
03 – Wild West
04 – Hero
05 – Sun Keeps Risin’
06 – Don’t You Give Up On Me
07 – Stay
08 – Daughters
09 – Together Or Apart
10 – Shroud
11 – Go For A Walk
12 – Ojai

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Jul 22

Lake Street Dive – Side Pony (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 40:22 minutes | 849 MB | Genre: Folk, Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download  – Source: HDTracks | Digital Booklet | © Nonesuch

Lake Street Dive’s presents their Nonesuch Records debut album, Side Pony. The four band members—drummer Michael Calabrese, bassist Bridget Kearney, singer Rachael Price, and guitarist/trumpeter Michael “McDuck” Olson—worked with Nashville-based producer Dave Cobb (Sturgill Simpson, Chris Stapleton, Secret Sisters) on the record.

“. . .We’ve always been this somewhat uncategorizable, weird, outlying, genre-less band. That’s the statement we wanted to make with this record: be yourself.” – bassist Bridget Kearney

Centered on the warm, highly resonant vocals of Rachael Price, Boston’s Lake Street Dive began their career as an eclectic, adventurous quartet just as likely to play a twangy, Fleetwood Mac song or a Hall & Oates cover as any of their own soulful, jazz- and R&B-influenced originals. However, since their 2010 eponymous debut, Lake Street Dive, which also features guitarist/trumpeter Mike Olson, bassist Bridget Kearney, and drummer Mike Calabrese, have streamlined their approach, whittling their influences down to a handful of touchstones from guitar-soaked Southern rock to buoyant, dance-oriented old-school R&B. On the group’s fourth full-length album and Nonesuch Records debut, 2016’s Side Pony, they’ve honed their sound even further, zeroing in on a vintage-inspired, ’60s soul aesthetic. Named after Kearney’s hairstyle, and serving as an easy metaphor for the group’s unpredictable creative choices, Side Pony was recorded in Nashville with producer Dave Cobb, who has previously worked with the likes of Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson, Shooter Jennings, and others. Purportedly, Cobb requested the band come to the sessions with song sketches, rather than fully composed pieces. Furthermore, he encouraged them to crate dive for vintage LPs from which to draw inspiration, a process that may have led the band to sample Major Lance’s rare 1978 Motown-side “Love Pains” for their ’70s disco-era soul-sounding track “Can’t Stop.” While there is plenty to admire about how closely Lake Street Dive hew to their vintage-sounding paradigm, they do take some interesting side-steps on their retro journey, jumping into the Beatles-meets-Janis Joplin-sounding “I Don’t Care About You,” and kicking out the jams on the fuzz-toned, psych-soul anthem “Hell Yeah.” Ultimately, hooks abound on Side Pony and cuts like “Godawful Things,” “Call Off Your Dogs,” and “How Good It Feels,” with their shimmery, echo-chamber, AM Radio vibe, stick in your head about as much as many of the classic sides they are attempting to match. ~~AllMusic Review by Matt Collar

Tracklist:
1. Godawful Things 03:47
2. Close to Me 04:18
3. Call Off Your Dogs 03:25
4. Spectacular Failure 02:32
5. I Don’t Care About You 03:38
6. So Long 02:45
7. How Good It Feels 02:14
8. Side Pony 03:02
9. Hell Yeah 03:24
10. Mistakes 04:08
11. Can’t Stop 03:25
12. Saving All My Sinning 03:44

Personnel:
Rachael Price, vocals (1–12), background vocals (3, 4, 8, 9, 11, 12), vocoder (3), handclaps (11, 12)
Bridget Kearney, bass (1, 2, 4–9), background vocals (1–12), piano (1), acoustic bass (3), electric bass (3, 10–12), Mellotron (3), screams (3), celeste (8), organ (9), handclaps (11, 12)
Mike “McDuck” Olson, guitars (1–9, 11, 12), background vocals (1, 2, 4–12), Moog (1), organ (1), Mellotron (2, 3, 5–9, 11, 12), trumpet (3, 4), screams (3), organ guitar (4), celeste (8), Rhodes (10–12), handclaps (11, 12)
Michael Calabrese, drums (1–12), background vocals (1, 2, 4–12), tambourine (1–6, 8, 9, 11, 12), handclaps (1, 3, 11, 12), congas (3, 8, 9, 11, 12), shakers (3, 4, 8, 9, 11, 12), vocal percussion (3), screams (3), organ (5), marching kit (11), triangle (11)
Dave Cobb, handclaps (1, 3, 11), vocoder knobs (3), acoustic guitar (6), volume knob (9)
Emily Lichter, handclaps (11)

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Jul 22

Len Chandler – To Be A Man (1966/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 46:24 minutes | 1,68 GB | Genre: Folk
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: AcousticSounds | Artwork: Front cover | © Columbia/Legacy

He would be forgotten several decades later, but in the middle ’60s Len Chandler was a reasonably well-known socially conscious folk singer/songwriter. Produced by the estimable John Hammond, his Columbia debut was commendably earnest and goodhearted New York 1960s folk. It’s dated, though, in the melodramatic, serious execution of the material. While his concerns are diverse – including anthemic odes to self-pride, blues, love ballads, and a yearning for a more just world – and compassionate, the songs are lacking in outstanding or exceptionally moving qualities. That’s particularly true of the vocals, which like so many folk recordings of the era have the sort of exhortatory vibrato that would get largely washed out of contemporary folk and folk-rock by the end of the 1960s in favor of more naturalistic styles. In view of Columbia’s pioneering folk-rock efforts of the mid-’60s, it’s interesting to hear the spiky electric guitar and tambourine on the bluesy “Feet First Baby”, as if the label and Hammond were gingerly exploring possibilities of more contemporary backup. That arrangement isn’t too typical of the album, though, which largely sticks to acoustic if rhythmic folk.

Tracklist:
01 – To Be a Man
02 – Feet First Baby
03 – Nancy Rose
04 – Bellevue
05 – Missionary Stew # 2
06 – Keep On Keepin’ On
07 – Shadow Dream Chaser of Rainbows
08 – Hide Your Heart, Little Hippie
09 – Roll, Turn, Spin
10 – Time of the Tiger
11 – Takin’ Me Away from You Train
12 – Quitten’ Time

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Jul 17

Passenger – Whispers (2014) [Deluxe Edition]
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 1:08:48 minutes | 722 MB | Genre: Folk, Pop
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Artwork: Front cover | © Nettwerk Records

Mike Rosenberg, aka Passenger, has announced that his new album, Whispers. Whispers is the follow up to 2012’s All The Little Lights, which featured the international hit single and 3x Platinum “Let Her Go.”

Recorded in Sydney and co-produced by Chris Vallejo, Whispers is comprised of 11 tracks that tell tales – some real, some imagined – of love, death, growing up and getting old. A master of story telling, Passenger yet again strikes the perfect balance between the heartbreaking and the humorous, all wrapped in beautiful instrumentation, creating a sumptuous, symphonic sound.

“This is easily the most ‘up’ album I’ve ever made,” explains Passenger. “It’s quite cinematic. There are lots of big stories and big ideas. There are also some somber moments about loneliness and death but, hey, it wouldn’t be a Passenger album without those. Mostly though, it’s a really positive album.”

Lead single “Scare Away The Dark,” which is already a fan favorite at live shows, presents listeners with a different side of Passenger than the one they’ve come to know from international smash single “Let Her Go.” It’s a riotous rant about technology taking over our lives, calling on listeners to seize the moment and embrace life. Though he didn’t realize it at the time, title track “Whispers” captures the chaos in Passenger’s head as “Let Her Go” began to snowball. “Heart’s On Fire” is the album’s grandest love song, starting sparse on finger picked guitar and building into a dramatic, passionate, strings-soaked plea to the person you can’t get out of your head.

The Deluxe 2-CD version includes a bonus disc featuring acoustic versions.

Recorded in Sydney, Australia.

Tracklist:
01 – Coins In A Fountain
02 – 27
03 – Heart’s On Fire
04 – Bullets
05 – Golden Leaves
06 – Thunder
07 – Rolling Stone
08 – Start A Fire
09 – Whispers
10 – Riding To New York
11 – Scare Away The Dark
12 – Heart’s On Fire (Acoustic)
13 – Coins In A Fountain (Acoustic)
14 – Riding To New York (Acoustic)
15 – Start A Fire (Acoustic)
16 – Golden Leaves (Acoustic)
17 – Rolling Stone (Acoustic)
18 – Whispers (Acoustic)

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Jul 07

John McEuen – Made In Brooklyn (2016) 
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:05:03 minutes | 1,3 GB | Genre: Country, Folk
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Digital booklet | © Chesky Records

Made in Brooklyn, the new album from Nitty Gritty Dirt Band founder, John McEuen, is coming your way on September 30th via Chesky Records. The album is a time capsule of American Roots music that features guest performances from the likes of Steve Martin, David Bromberg, David Amram, John Carter Cash, and a dozen other well known stars of the genre. Featuring both original material from John, as well as unexpected covers such as Warren Zevon’s “Excitable Boy”, Made in Brooklyn is a “music-to-your-ears” audio feast.

Part of the Chesky Binaural + Series, all recorded with a single microphone, the band appears right before you with this spacious, lush and multi-dimensional
recording. Now headphone users will hear the same three-dimensional sound and imaging as audiophiles have for the past 25 years with Chesky Recordings. Also these new Binaural+ Series albums capture even more spatial realism for the home audiophile market, bringing you one step closer to the actual event. You will hear some of the most natural and pure cool music ever recorded.

Tracklist:

01. Brooklyn Crossing
02. My Dirty Life and Times
03. Travelin’ Mood
04. She Darked The Sun
05. Miner’s Night Out
06. Excitable Boy
07. My Favorite Dream Intro
08. My Favorite Dream
09. I Still Miss Someone
10. Jules’ Theme
11. Blue Ridge Cabin Home
12. Acoustic Traveler
13. Mr. Bojangles
14. I Rose Up
15. The Mountain Whippoorwill
16. Bojangles Conversation

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May 26

Cat Stevens – Tea For The Tillerman (1970/2011)
Genre: Folk Rock | SACD ISO: DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | Artwork | 1.53 GB
Label: USA – Analogue Productions – CAPP 9135 SA | Release Year: 2011 |

Tea for the Tillerman is an album by singer-songwriter Cat Stevens. This album, Stevens’ second during 1970, includes many of Stevens’ best-known songs including “Where Do the Children Play?”, “Hard Headed Woman”, “Wild World”, “Sad Lisa”, “Into White” and “Father and Son”. Four of the tracks (“Where Do the Children Play?”, “On the Road to Find Out”, “Tea for the Tillerman” and “Miles from Nowhere”) were featured in the Hal Ashby and Colin Higgins’ black comedy film entitled Harold and Maude, in 1971. The track “But I Might Die Tonight” was featured on another 1971 film: Deep End by Jerzy Skolimowski. Stevens, a former art student, created the artwork featured on the record’s cover.

With “Wild World” as an advance single, this was the album that brought Stevens world-wide fame. The album itself charted into the top 10 in the United States, where he had previously had few listeners.[citation needed]On 18 November 2003, Rolling Stone Magazine included this album in its 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list at number 206.

The title-song “Tea for the Tillerman” was used as the ending theme for both series of the Golden Globe-winning BBC-HBO sitcom Extras, written and co-directed by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant.

In 2006, the album was included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. In 2007, the album was included in the list of “The Definitive 200 Albums of All Time”, released by The National Association of Recording Merchandisers and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

In August 2011 Tea For The Tillerman was reissued by Analogue Productions. The album was the first album pressed by AP’s new record pressing plant. The album was remastered by George Marino at Sterling Sound from the absolute original master tape. In 1970, Lee Hulko at Sterling Sound cut Tea For The Tillerman for A&M Records in the U.S. and Island Records in the UK.

Tracklist:

1. Where Do the Children Play? – 3:52
2. Hard Headed Woman – 3:47
3. Wild World – 3:20
4. Sad Lisa – 3:46
5. Miles from Nowhere – 3:35
6. But I Might Die Tonight – 1:52
7. Longer Boats – 3:13
8. Into White – 3:25
9. On the Road to Find Out – 5:08
10. Father and Son – 3:41
11. Tea for the Tillerman – 1:05

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May 26

Cat Stevens – Tea For The Tillerman (1970/2013)
DSD64 (.dsf) 1 bit/2,82 MHz | Time – 36:47 minutes | 1,45 GB | Genre: Folk Rock
Official Digital Download – Source: AcousticSounds | Digital Booklet | © Island Records/Universal Music

Mona Bone Jakon only began Cat Stevens’ comeback. Seven months later, he returned with Tea for the Tillerman, an album in the same chamber-group style, employing the same musicians and producer, but with a far more confident tone. Mona Bone Jakon had been full of references to death, but Tea for the Tillerman was not about dying; it was about living in the modern world while rejecting it in favor of spiritual fulfillment. It began with a statement of purpose, “Where Do the Children Play?,” in which Stevens questioned the value of technology and progress. “Wild World” found the singer being dumped by a girl, but making the novel suggestion that she should stay with him because she was incapable of handling things without him. “Sad Lisa” might have been about the same girl after she tried and failed to make her way; now, she seemed depressed to the point of psychosis. The rest of the album veered between two themes: the conflict between the young and the old, and religion as an answer to life’s questions. Tea for the Tillerman was the story of a young man’s search for spiritual meaning in a soulless class society he found abhorrent. He hadn’t yet reached his destination, but he was confident he was going in the right direction, traveling at his own, unhurried pace. The album’s rejection of contemporary life and its yearning for something more struck a chord with listeners in an era in which traditional verities had been shaken. It didn’t hurt, of course, that Stevens had lost none of his ability to craft a catchy pop melody; the album may have been full of angst, but it wasn’t hard to sing along to. As a result, Tea for the Tillerman became a big seller and, for the second time in four years, its creator became a pop star. ~~ AllMusic Review by William Ruhlmann

Tracklist:
1 Where Do The Children Play? 3:52
2 Hard Headed Woman 3:47
3 Wild World 3:20
4 Sad Lisa 3:45
5 Miles From Nowhere 3:37
6 But I Might Die Tonight 1:53
7 Longer Boats 3:12
8 Into White 3:24
9 On The Road To Find Out 5:08
10 Father And Son 3:41
11 Tea For The Tillerman 1:01

Personnel:
Cat Stevens – classical guitar, acoustic guitar, keyboards, lead vocals
Alun Davies – acoustic guitar, backing vocals
Harvey Burns – drums, congas, tambourine
John Ryan – double bass
Del Newman – string arrangements
Jack Rothstein – violin

Recorded: May–July 1970, Morgan Studios, Island Studios and Olympic Studios, London
Mastered by George Marino at Sterling Sound. Download files authored direct to native DSD from analog tape by Gus Skinas.

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May 26

Cat Stevens – Tea For The Tillerman (1970/2000)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 36:46 minutes | 1,24 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Digital Booklet | © Island Records

“The 192/24 download is … the definitive version of this classic album.” – The Absolute Sound, May/June 2012
The groundbreaking, multi-platinum folk/rock masterpiece, Tea for the Tillerman remains one of

singer/songwriter Cat Stevens’ finest works. The beautifully written and well-arranged album encompasses themes of spiritual fulfillment, delivering hit after hit. The album includes “Where Do the Children Play?,” “Sad Lisa,” “Father and Son” and the highly regarded single “Wild World.” Tea for the Tillerman established Stevens as a driving force in music history and this high resolution release offers the ideal way to experience this timeless classic.

We are so fortunate that Ted Jensen, who originally mastered Tea for the Tillerman, for compact disc, was available to do these hi res transfers. Ted was kind enough to share some information about the process:

“The tapes are in still excellent condition, the Dolby A encoded BASF tape used has held up very well compared with other formulations used in the mid 70’s and later. The tapes sound excellent. I’ve done no limiting or compression on these files at all. Playback was done on an Ampex ATR100, and the A/D converter was a prototype MSB unit that David Chesky was good enough to loan us.” – Ted Jensen, Sterling Sound

Tracklist:
01. Where Do The Children Play? (00:03:52)
02. Hard Headed Woman (00:03:47)
03. Wild World (00:03:20)
04. Sad Lisa (00:03:46)
05. Miles From Nowhere (00:03:37)
06. But I Might Die Tonight (00:01:59)
07. Longer Boats (00:03:06)
08. Into White (00:03:24)
09. On The Road To Find Out (00:05:08)
10. Father And Son (00:03:41)
11. Tea For The Tillerman (00:01:03)

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May 25

Poco – Pickin’ Up The Pieces (1969) [Audio Fidelity 2013]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 39:42 minutes | Scans included | 1,61 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Full Scans included | 813 MB
Mastered by Steve Hoffman at Stephen Marsh Mastering | Audio Fidelity # AFZ-158 | Genre: Country, Folk

Poco dealt with a lot during the recording of their debut album – the sudden departure of bassist Randy Meisner, the frustration of working with an engineer who didn’t quite get what they were trying for, and a lot of pressure to deliver a solid collection of country-rock songs – and came up with this startlingly great record, as accomplished as any of Buffalo Springfield’s releases, and also reminiscent of the Beatles and the Byrds. Pickin’ Up the Pieces is all the more amazing when one considers that Jim Messina and George Grantham were both covering for the departed Meisner in hastily learned capacities on bass and vocals, respectively. The title track is practically an anthem for the virtues of country-rock, with the kind of sweet harmonizing and tight interplay between the guitars that the Byrds, the Burritos, and others had to work awhile to achieve. The mix of good-time songs (“Consequently So Long,” “Calico Lady”), fast-paced instrumentals (“Grand Junction”), and overall rosy feelings makes this a great introduction to the band, as well as a landmark in country-rock only slightly less important (but arguably more enjoyable than) Sweetheart of the Rodeo.

Tracklist:
01. Foreward
02. What A Day
03. Nobody’s Fool
04. Calico Lady
05. First Love
06. Make Me A Smile
07. Short Changed
08. Pickin’ Up The Pieces
09. Grand Junction
10. Oh Yeah
11. Just In Case It Happens, Yes Indeed
12. Tomorrow
13. Consequently So Long

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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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