Jul 24

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers (1976/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz  | Time – 00:30:31 minutes | 627 MB | Genre: Rock
Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | © Warner Bros. Records
Recorded: 1974–76 at Shelter Studio, Hollywood, CA

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers is the eponymous debut album by the band of the same name, released on November 9, 1976 by Shelter Records.

Initially following its release, the album received little attention in the United States. Following a British tour, it climbed to #24 on the UK album chart and the single “Anything That’s Rock ‘n’ Roll” became a hit in the UK. After nearly a year and many positive reviews, the album reached the U.S. charts, where it climbed to #55 in 1978 and eventually went Gold. The single “Breakdown” cracked the Top 40 in the U.S. and “American Girl” became an FM radio staple that can still be heard today.

At the time Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers’ debut was released in 1976, they were fresh enough to almost be considered punk. They weren’t as reckless or visionary as the Ramones, but they shared a similar love for pure ’60s rock and, for the Heartbreakers, that meant embracing the Byrds as much as the Stones. And that’s pretty much what this album is — tuneful jangle balanced by a tough garage swagger. At times, the attitude and the sound override the songwriting, but that’s alright, since the slight songs (“Anything That’s Rock ‘N’ Roll,” to pick a random example) are still infused with spirit and an appealing surface. Petty & the Heartbreakers feel underground on this album, at least to the extent that power pop was underground in 1976; with Dwight Twilley providing backing vocals for “Strangered in the Night,” the similarities between the two bands (adherence to pop hooks and melodies, love of guitars) become apparent. Petty wound up eclipsing Twilley because he rocked harder, something that’s evident throughout this record. Take the closer “American Girl” — it’s a Byrds song by any other name, but he pushed the Heartbreakers to treat it as a rock & roll song, not as something delicate. There are times where the album starts to drift, especially on the second side, but the highlights — “Rockin’ Around (With You),” “Hometown Blues,” “The Wild One, Forever,” the AOR staples “Breakdown” and “American Girl” — still illustrate how refreshing Petty & the Heartbreakers sounded in 1976. –Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Tracklist:
1 Rockin’ Around (With You) 2:29
2 Breakdown 2:44
3 Hometown Blues 2:14
4 The Wild One, Forever 3:02
5 Anything That’s Rock ‘N’ Roll 2:24
6 Strangered In The Night 3:33
7 Fooled Again (I Don’t Like It) 3:49
8 Mystery Man 3:03
9 Luna 3:58
10 American Girl 3:32

Personnel:
Tom Petty – vocals, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, keyboards
Mike Campbell – electric guitar, acoustic guitar
Benmont Tench – piano, hammond organ, keyboards
Ron Blair – bass guitar on tracks 1-2, 4-5, 7-10, cello
Stan Lynch – drums on tracks 1-2, 4-10, keyboards
Additional:
Jeff Jourard – electric guitar on tracks 2, 7
Donald “Duck” Dunn – bass guitar on track 3
Emory Gordy – bass guitar on track 6
Randall Marsh – drums on track 3
Jim Gordon – drums on track 6
Noah Shark – maracas, tambourine, sleigh bells
Charlie Souza – saxophone on track 3
Phil Seymour – backing vocals
Dwight Twilley – backing vocals

Producer’s Note: Tom Petty Hi-Res Remastering :: The Hi-Res (24bit 96K) remastering of the Tom Petty catalog reveals a level of detail that was only previously heard by a select group of musicians, producers and engineers in the studio. It’s as close to the sound of original stereo master as you can get. We’re very happy with the way it came out, and believe it’s an important way to preserve the legacy of this great body of work.
If hearing the highest possible sound quality is important to you, then this is where you’ll get it.
The remastering was done in the fall of 2014 by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering. I supervised it and Tom approved it. Great care was taken to find the original first-generation masters and transfer them with minimal eq and little or no dynamic range compression. In cases where the first-generation masters were unusable, we used the best sounding second-generation masters.*
To allow for full dynamic range, and to let the music “breathe” the Hi-Res versions have about 6-8db less digital level than a typical “loud” peak-limited CD or mp3. To enjoy these albums to their fullest extent, play them back though a good system and turn up the volume.
With this increased level of detail and sonic impact, we hope you’ll enjoy rediscovering these great albums as much as we did! —Ryan Ulyate, April 2014

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Jul 19

Dire Straits – Love Over Gold (1982) [Japanese Limited SHM-SACD 2011 # UIGY-9505]
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 41:20 minutes | Scans included | 1,67 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 792 MB

Reissue features the high-fidelity SHM-SACD format (fully compatible with standard SACD player, but it does not play on standard CD players). DSD Transferred by Manabu Matsumura.

Adding a new rhythm guitarist, Dire Straits expands its sounds and ambitions on the sprawling Love Over Gold. In a sense, the album is their prog rock effort, containing only five songs, including the 14-minute opener “Telegraph Road.” Since Mark Knopfler is a skilled, tasteful guitarist, he can sustain interest even throughout the languid stretches, but the long, atmospheric, instrumental passages aren’t as effective as the group’s tight blues-rock, leaving Love Over Gold only a fitfully engaging listen.

Tracklist:
01 – Telegraph Road
02 – Private Investigations
03 – Industrial Disease
04 – Love Over Gold
05 – It Never Rains

DSD Transferred from analogue master tapes by Manabu Matsumura (Universal Mastering Studios, Tokyo).

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Jul 19

Dire Straits – Making Movies (1980) [Japanese Limited SHM-SACD 2012 # UIGY-9520]
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 38:25 minutes | Scans included | 1,55 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 771 MB

Reissue features the high-fidelity SHM-SACD format (fully compatible with standard SACD player, but it does not play on standard CD players). DSD Transferred by Manabu Matsumura.

Without second guitarist David Knopfler, Dire Straits began to move away from its roots rock origins into a jazzier variation of country-rock and singer/songwriter folk-rock. Naturally, this means that Mark Knopfler’s ambitions as a songwriter are growing, as the storytelling pretensions of Making Movies indicate. Fortunately, his skills are increasing, as the lovely “Romeo and Juliet,” “Tunnel of Love,” and “Skateaway” indicate. And Making Movies is helped by a new wave-tinged pop production, which actually helps Knopfler’s jazzy inclinations take hold. The record runs out of steam toward the end, closing with the borderline offensive “Les Boys,” but the remainder of Making Movies ranks among the band’s finest work.

Tracklist:
01 – Tunnel Of Love
02 – Romeo And Juliet
03 – Skateaway
04 – Expresso Love
05 – Hand in Hand
06 – Solid Rock
07 – Les Boys

DSD Transferred from analogue master tapes by Manabu Matsumura (Universal Mastering Studios, Tokyo).

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Jul 19

Dire Straits – Alchemy: Dire Straits Live (1984) [Japanese Limited SHM-SACD 2012 # UIGY-9523]
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 89:13 minutes | Scans included | 3,58 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 1,71 GB

Reissue features the high-fidelity SHM-SACD format (fully compatible with standard SACD player, but it does not play on standard CD players). DSD Transferred by Manabu Matsumura.

There is an interesting contrast on this 94-minute double-disc live album (recorded at London’s Hammersmith Odeon in July 1983) between the music, much of which is slow and moody, with Mark Knopfler’s muttered vocals and large helpings of his fingerpicking on what sounds like an amplified Spanish guitar, and the audience response. The arena-size crowd cheers wildly, and claps and sings along when given half a chance, as though each song were an up-tempo rocker. When they do have a song of even medium speed, such as “Sultans of Swing” or “Solid Rock,” they are in ecstasy. That Dire Straits’ introspective music loses much of its detail in a live setting matters less than that it gains presence and a sense of anticipation. Alan Clark’s keyboards help to fill out the sound and give Knopfler’s spare melodies a certain majesty, but Dire Straits remains an overgrown bar band with a Bob Dylan fixation, and that’s exactly how the crowd likes it.

Tracklist:
01 – Once Upon A Time In The West
02 – Romeo And Juliet
03 – Expresso Love
04 – Private Investigations
05 – Sultans Of Swing
06 – Two Young Lovers
07 – Tunnel Of Love
08 – Telegraph Road
09 – Solid Rock
10 – Going Home: Theme From ‘Local Hero’

DSD Transferred from analogue master tapes by Manabu Matsumura (Universal Mastering Studios, Tokyo).

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Jul 19

Dire Straits – Communiqué (1979) [Japanese Limited SHM-SACD 2012 # UIGY-9519]
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 42:35 minutes | Scans included | 1,71 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 840 MB

Reissue features the high-fidelity SHM-SACD format (fully compatible with standard SACD player, but it does not play on standard CD players). DSD Transferred by Manabu Matsumura.

Rushed out less than nine months after the surprise success of Dire Straits’ self-titled debut album, the group’s sophomore effort, Communiqué, seemed little more than a carbon copy of its predecessor with less compelling material. Mark Knopfler and co. had established a sound (derived largely from J.J. Cale) of laid-back shuffles and intricate, bluesy guitar playing, and Communiqué provided more examples of it. But there was no track as focused as “Sultans of Swing,” even if “Lady Writer” (a lesser singles chart entry on both sides of the Atlantic) nearly duplicated its sound. As a result, Communiqué sold immediately to Dire Straits’ established audience, but no more, and it did not fare as well critically as its predecessor or its follow-up.

Tracklist:
01 – Once Upon A Time In The West
02 – News
03 – Where Do You Think You’re Going?
04 – Communique
05 – Lady Writer
06 – Angel Of Mercy
07 – Portobello Belle
08 – Single-Handed Sailor
09 – Follow Me Home

DSD Transferred from analogue master tapes by Manabu Matsumura (Universal Mastering Studios, Tokyo).

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Jul 19

Dire Straits – Dire Straits (1978) [Japanese Limited SHM-SACD 2010 # UIGY-9032]
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 41:49 minutes | Scans included | 1,68 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 833 MB

Reissue features the high-fidelity SHM-SACD format (fully compatible with standard SACD player, but it does not play on standard CD players) and the latest DSD mastering in 2010 based on Japanese original analog tape. DSD Transferred by Hitoshi Takiguchi.

Dire Straits’ minimalist interpretation of pub rock had already crystallized by the time they released their eponymous debut. Driven by Mark Knopfler’s spare, tasteful guitar lines and his husky warbling, the album is a set of bluesy rockers. And while the bar band mentality of pub-rock is at the core of Dire Straits — even the group’s breakthrough single, “Sultans of Swing,” offered a lament for a neglected pub rock band — their music is already beyond the simple boogies and shuffles of their forefathers, occasionally dipping into jazz and country. Knopfler also shows an inclination toward Dylanesque imagery, which enhances the smoky, low-key atmosphere of the album. While a few of the songs fall flat, the album is remarkably accomplished for a debut, and Dire Straits had difficulty surpassing it throughout their career.

Tracklist:
01 – Down To The Waterline
02 – Water Of Love
03 – Setting Me Up
04 – Six Blade Knife
05 – Southbound Again
06 – Sultans Of Swing
07 – In The Gallery
08 – Wild West End
09 – Lions

DSD Transferred from analogue master tapes by Hitoshi Takiguchi. (Universal Mastering Studios, Tokyo).

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Jul 18

Avenged Sevenfold – The Stage (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 1:13:39 minutes | 1,57 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Digital Booklet | © Capitol Records

The Stage is the seventh studio album by American heavy metal band Avenged Sevenfold. It is a concept album about artificial intelligence and self-destruction of society. It was released on October 28, 2016 after a live stream event on the band’s Facebook page. The Stage is the first Avenged Sevenfold album to feature Brooks Wackerman on drums, who joined the band in 2014, but wasn’t revealed as Arin Ilejay’s official replacement until Illejay’s departure in 2015. The Stage is also the band’s first album to be released through Capitol Records. It is also the band’s longest studio album at 73 minutes and 35 seconds, thus beating City of Evil by almost a minute. The album also features their longest song to date, “Exist”, with a run-time of 15 minutes and 41 seconds.

The seventh studio long-player from the veteran California-based metal ensemble, and their first new collection of music to feature ex-Bad Religion drummer Brooks Wackerman behind the kit, Stage sees Avenged Sevenfold rolling up their sleeves and delivering an ambitious concept LP. Dropped with little to no promotion — WWE superstar and Fozzy frontman Chris Jericho leaked the album’s original title, Voltaic Oceans, via his Instagram account a month prior to the release — the narrative concerns itself with the Orwellian consequences of a world struggling to adapt to the myriad complexities of artificial intelligence — there’s even a spoken word appearance by celebrity astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. Despite some forays into Floyd-ian space rock — the soloing in the orchestra-driven “Roman Sky” is positively Gilmour-esque — the 11-track set mostly sticks to the kind of propulsive, melodic carnage that fans have come to expect from the group, albeit with a progressive metal twist. Avenged Sevenfold may have expanded their sonic horizons, but Stage is more Operation: Mindcrime-era Queensrÿche than it is Muse, and for all its opining on nanotechnology and interstellar travel, it still feels rooted in heavy metal tradition. ~~AllMusic Review by James Christopher Monger

Tracklist:

1. The Stage 8:32
2. Paradigm 4:19
3. Sunny Disposition 6:41
4. God Damn 3:42
5. Creating God 5:35
6. Angels 5:41
7. Simulation 5:31
8. Higher 6:29
9. Roman Sky 5:00
10. Fermi Paradox 6:31
11. Exist 15:39

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Jul 17

Mostly Autumn – Passengers (2003) [2.0 & 5.1]
PS3 Rip | ISO | DST 64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 60:47 minutes | Scans included | 3,6 GB
or FLAC 2.0 (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 1,16 GB
The blend Progressive & Atmospheric Rock with Celtic sounds | Classic Rock Productions’ SACD Reissue 2004

Mostly Autumn is a British band, producing music heavily influenced by classic 1970s rock. The group formed in 1996, and have built their reputation through constant touring, never signing to a major label. The group’s early influences were Genesis, Renaissance and Pink Floyd, and folk music. This is their eagerly anticipated fifth studio album.

Mostly Autumn saw its origins in the mind of Bryan Josh in the early 1990’s but did not come to fruition until 1998. That was the year that he recruited Heather Findlay, Iain Jennings, Liam Davison, Angela Goldthorpe, Jonathan Blackmore and Andy Smith to create the group. They quickly began playing gigs and released For All We Shared as a tribute Josh’s late father Rob. The group’s live show and blend of progressive and atmospheric rock with Celtic sounds began to draw a lot of attention. This attention earned them a contract with G.F.T. Cyclops who issued For All We Shared, and the follow up, The Spirit Of Autumn Past. Their third album, The Last Bright Light came in 2001. Their DVD release The Story So Far was released on Classic Rock Productions. 2002 saw them release Music Inspired by the Lord of the Rings, also on Classic Rock Productions. Passengers was the fifth release.

Tracklist:
01. Caught in a Fold
02. Something in Between
03. Another Life
04. First Thought
05. Pure White Light
06. Simple Ways
07. Bitterness Burnt
08. Distant Train
09. Answer the Question
10. Pass the Clock
11. Passengers

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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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