Jul 04

Judas Priest – Redeemer of Souls (2014) [Deluxe Edition]
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 83:46 minutes | 1,03 GB | Genre: Rock, Metal
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | Front cover | Label: Columbia

To be released in the US on July 15th, 2014 via Epic Records (as a standard version and a deluxe edition with five bonus tracks), ‘Redeemer of Souls’ is Judas Priest’s latest collection of epic metal – “raising the bar is consistent for us and ‘Redeemer’ hits the ground running” – it matches up perfectly to earlier Priest classics as evidenced by the album’s leadoff single ‘March of the Damned’ – the band mean business once again.

“Welcome to my world of steel” sneers Rob Halford on the punchy, surprisingly spartan “Dragonaut,” the opening salvo of the venerable New Wave of British Heavy Metal legends’ 17th studio long-player, and their first outing without founding guitarist K.K. Downing, who left the group in 2011. The antithesis to 2008’s overblown Nostradamus, Redeemer of Souls feels quaint in comparison, eschewing the largely fantasy-driven conceptual style of the ambitious, yet undeniably cumbersome, two-disc set in favor of a more refined, classic rock approach that edges closer to the group’s late-’70s offerings like Sin After Sin and Stained Class. New guitarist Richie Faulkner, with his golden mane and tight, controlled riffing, suggests a wax Downing just sprung to life and simply walked out of Madam Tussaud’s museum and into the band’s rehearsal space, and his tasteful, yet undeniably meaty playing alongside Glenn Tipton goes a long way in helping to restore some of the classic Judas Priest luster, especially on standout cuts like the aforementioned “Dragonaut,” the nervy and propulsive “Metalizer,” and the rousing title track. Still, this is a band that’s well into its fifth decade of being “Hell Bent for Leather”; they’ve explored, both successfully and occasionally at great cost, nearly every shadowy nook and suspicious looking crevice of the genre, and the album’s stalwart yet shopworn 13 tracks reflect that journey. That said, Redeemer of Souls is also the loosest (attitude-wise), leanest (arrangement-wise), and most confident-sounding collection of new material the band has released in ages, and while it will forever tread beneath high-water marks like British Steel and Sad Wings of Destiny, it most certainly deserves to be ranked alongside albums from that era.

01 – Dragonaut
02 – Redeemer Of Souls
03 – Halls Of Valhalla
04 – Sword Of Damocles
05 – March Of The Damned
06 – Down In Flames
07 – Hell & Back
08 – Cold Blooded
09 – Metalizer
10 – Crossfire
11 – Secrets Of The Dead
12 – Battle Cry
13 – Beginning Of The End
14 – Snakebite [Bonus Track]15 – Tears Of Blood [Bonus Track]16 – Creatures [Bonus Track]17 – Bring It On [Bonus Track]18 – Never Forget [Bonus Track]

Produced and mixed by Mike Exeter and Glenn Tipton.
Mastered by Dick Beetham.

Rob Halford – vocals
Glenn Tipton – guitar, synthesizer
Richie Faulkner – guitar
Ian Hill – bass guitar
Scott Travis – drums

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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.

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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Jul 04

James Lloyd – Here We Go (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 46:24 minutes | 554 MB | Genre: Jazz
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Front cover | Label: Shanachie Entertainment
Recorded: Tune Inn Recording Studios, Canfield, Ohio

Hitmaker James Lloyd has written, produced and played on more than 30 Top 10 Smooth Jazz radio hits. As a founding member of the legendary Pieces Of A Dream, James has been the heart and soul of that Smooth Urban Jazz super-group for more than 20 years.
Renowned for his brilliant keyboard stylings and soulful compositions, James has produced #1 hits for the likes of Walter Beasley, Najee, Eric Darius, Gerald Albright, and of course, Pieces of A Dream. And now he is about to perform the same magic under his own name.
The first single, the spirited “Play It Forward,” is already climbing up the Smooth Jazz charts, soon to be followed by a funky “No Holds Barred,” featuring the Grammy-nominated saxophonist Gerald Albright. Other highlights include Smooth Jazz superstar and Grammy-winner Najee on the soulful “Moving Right Along,” the sensuous ballad “Granted Wish” and much more.

Keyboard maestro James Lloyd has been the heart, body and soul of Pieces Of A Dream since its inception almost forty years ago. Now he is breaking new ground with the album ‘Here We Go’ that was released March 17 on the enduringly excellent Shanachie label. By age sixteen Lloyd had worked with Joe Williams and Count Basie while less than a year later he was touring and recording with Grover Washington Jr. The rest, as they say, is history and he continues to demonstrate the sublime touch he retains for contemporary jazz that is sometimes smooth but always edgy.
The wonderfully foot stomping title cut is, in both name and mood, the ideal number with which to launch this, his solo debut CD yet it is a mark of the man that an A-Lister such as Lloyd should consider inviting not one but two guest performers to the project.
The first to step up is every sax-player’s saxophonist, Najee, who adds his magic to the deliciously mid tempo ‘Moving Right Along’. It is an absolute shoo in for my top twenty smooth jazz tracks of the year and later the invariably superb Gerald Albright teams with Lloyd for the big, ballsy and totally infectious ‘No Holds Barred’. In fact James first met Gerald when Pieces Of A Dream were opening for Anita Baker and Albright was in her backing band. Here, years later, they are at the very top of their respective games.
Lloyd takes a jazzy turn with the tongue in cheek ‘Y-Town, Y-Not?’ that celebrates the city of Youngstown Ohio, the place where he and his wife now call home. The Youngstown connection continues all the way to the outrageously ‘in the pocket’ ‘Within Reach’ that was co-written by local musician Marcellus Hayes while elsewhere the full-on happy vibe of ‘Play It Forward’ proves to be an unadulterated delight.
Lloyd eases down the tempo and finds a killer groove with the spine tingling ‘Granted Wish’. Written for his wife and almost ten years in the making it is a tune with which Lloyd strikes pure gold and he keeps the mood relaxed for ‘Almost There’ that was composed by former Pieces Of A Dream keyboard player Cherie Mitchell. Later, as he pays his respects to the undisputed ‘Queen Of Hip Hop Soul’, the wonderful Mary J. Blige’, he conjures up a bluesy, swinging, R & B treat in a way that only he can.
Talking of paying his respects, Lloyd brings down the curtain on ‘Here We Go’ with the funk drenched ‘For The Duke In Me’ which tips a hat to the late great George Duke. It is a fitting end to a stupendous collection that even at this early stage must be regarded as being up there with the best of 2015.

1 Here We Go 04:16
2 Moving Right Along 04:18
3 Play It Forward 04:09
4 Granted Wish 04:34
5 No Holds Barred 04:03
6 Almost There 04:09
7 Y-Town, Y-Not? 06:54
8 Within Reach 04:28
9 Much O’Blige’d 04:21
10 For The Duke In Me 05:12

James Kieth Lloyd – Piano, Keyboards, Programming
Gerald Albright – Saxophone
Randall Bowland – Guitar
Marcellus Hayes – Keyboards, Programming
Robert “Boots” Pickard – Keyboards, Programming
Kevin Ricard – Percussion

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Jul 03

Jaco Pastorius – Jaco Pastorius (1976) [Japanese SACD 1999 #ESGA 501]
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 41:45 minutes | Scans included | 1,69 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 773 MB
Genre: Jazz

Jaco Pastorius was a meteor who blazed on to the scene in the 1970s, only to flame out tragically in the 1980s. With a brilliantly fleet technique and fertile melodic imagination, Pastorius made his fretless electric bass leap out from the depths of the rhythm section into the front line with fluid machine-gun-like passages that demanded attention. He also sported a strutting, dancing, flamboyant performing style and posed a further triple-threat as a talented composer, arranger and producer. He and Stanley Clarke were the towering influences on their instrument in the 1970s.

It’s impossible to hear Jaco Pastorious’ debut album today as it sounded when it was first released in 1976. The opening track — his transcription for fretless electric bass of the bebop standard “Donna Lee” — was a manifesto of virtuosity; the next track, the funk-soul celebration “Come On, Come Over” was a poke in the eye to jazz snobs and a love letter to the R&B greats of the previous decade (two of whom, Sam & Dave, sing on that track); “Continuum” was a spacey, chorus-drenched look forward to the years he was about to spend playing with Weather Report. The program continues like that for three-quarters of an hour, each track heading off in a different direction — each one a masterpiece that would have been a proud achievement for any musician. What made Jaco so exceptional was that he was responsible for all of them, and this was his debut album. Beyond his phenomenal bass technique and his surprisingly mature compositional chops (he was 24 when this album was released), there was the breathtaking audacity of his arrangements: “Okonkole Y Trompa” is scored for electric bass, French horn, and percussion, and “Speak Like a Child,” which Pastorious composed in collaboration with pianist Herbie Hancock, features a string arrangement by Pastorious that merits serious attention in its own right. For a man with this sort of kaleidoscopic creativity to remain sane was perhaps too much to ask; his gradual descent into madness and eventual tragic death are now a familiar story, one which makes the bright promise of this glorious debut album all the more bittersweet.

01. Donna Lee
02. Come On, Come Over
03. Continuum
04. Kuru / Speak Like A Child
05. Portrait Of Tracy
06. Opus Focus
07. Okonkole Y Trompa
08. (Used to Be A) Cha-Cha
09. Forgotten Love

SACD Produced by Moto Uehara.
Remastering Engineer: Mark Wilder.

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Jul 03

Jaco Pastorius – JACO Original Soundtrack (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 01:14:58 minutes | 833 MB | Genre: Jazz
Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Front cover | Label: Columbia Records/Legacy

The surprisingly cohesive soundtrack to the 2015 Jaco Pastorius documentary Jaco features tracks the legendary jazz bassist recorded during his short career in the ’70s and ’80s. The first major documentary film about Pastorius, who was born in 1951 and died tragically in 1987 at age 35, Jaco was produced by bassist Robert Trujillo (Suicidal Tendencies, Metallica) and Pastorius’ oldest son, Johnny Pastorius. Jaco details Pastorius’ rise from unknown Florida musician to internationally recognized and innovative jazz superstar. In concordance, we get cuts Pastorius recorded as a solo artist and as a member of the influential fusion outfit Weather Report. Fittingly, Trujillo and Pastorius cull tracks off the bassist’s two major solo studio albums, 1976’s Jaco Pastorius and 1981’s Word of Mouth, including “Come on, Come Over,” “Continuum,” and “Crisis.” Elsewhere, we get a handful of major Weather Report sides, including the synth-heavy “River People” and the funky Pastorius feature “Teen Town.” Along the way, we also get several tracks Pastorius recorded for other artists, including a live version of “The Dry Cleaner from Des Moines” with Joni Mitchell and “All American Alien Boy” off Ian Hunter’s 1978 studio album. Bringing Pastorius’ influence full circle, Trujillo also includes several brand-new recordings, including a cover of “Come on, Come Over” by his own band Mass Mental, as well as a cover of “Continuum” by Mexican guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela. While there is certainly room for longer, more exhaustive Pastorius anthologies, Jaco succeeds in providing a listenable — and one feels lovingly heartfelt — overview of the bassist’s career. –AllMusic Review by Matt Collar

1 Come On, Come Over 03:53
2 Continuum 04:34
3 River People (Live) 04:52
4 Teen Town 02:53
5 Portrait of Tracy 02:22
6 The Dry Cleaner from Des Moines (Live) 04:30
7 All American Alien Boy 07:09
8 Liberty City 11:59
9 Okonkole y Trompa 04:24
10 Barbary Coast 03:08
11 Crisis 05:21
12 Longing 05:20
13 Nineteen Eighty Seven 03:13
14 Shine 02:53
15 Continuum 04:25
16 Come On, Come Over 04:11

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Jul 03

Hora Cero – Die 12 Cellisten der Berliner Philharmoniker (2016) 
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:08:26 minutes | 1,26 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Q0buz | Digital Booklet | © Sony Classical
Recorded: Teldex Studio Berlin, January 2-5, 2016

The world’s best known classical cello ensemble’s new CD after 6 years – with Tangos from Piazzolla, Salgan and others. They are unique. Naturally, every symphony orchestra has its cello section. But nowhere else in the world have the deeper, larger strings joined together to form an independent ensemble – an orchestra within an orchestra – meeting with success after success. That is why every music lover knows immediately where the “12 Cellists” come from, even if they cannot name their orchestra. They are an institution. They are the only ensemble formed from the orchestra that is actually officially allowed to use “of the Berlin Philharmonic” in their name. They have played together since 1972, appearing as an ensemble, occasionally in Berlin, often elsewhere, and quite often traveling great distances. “Hora Cero” (Spanish for “zero hour”) is the ensemble’s first album after their last release 6 years ago and named after Piazzolla’s “Buenos Aires Hora Cero” which is also on the album. It features Tangos that were specifically arranged for them. In fact most of the arrangements.


Horacio Salgán (b.1916)
1. A Don Agustin Bardi 03:19

Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992)
2. Escualo 03:33
3. Duo de Amor 05:29
4. Calambre 02:41
5. Lunfardo 06:23
José Carli (b.1931)
6. La Diquera 01:52

Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992)
7. Pedro y Pedro 04:10
8. Decarisimo 03:02
9. Soledad 07:44
José Carli (b.1931)
10. Para Osvaldo Tarantino 03:19

Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992)
11. Revirado 03:39
12. Libertango 02:34
13. Buenos Aires Hora Cero 08:04
14. Caliente 04:46
Pasquale Stefano (b.1972)
15. Milonguita 04:43

Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992)
16. Tres Minutos con la Realidad 03:17

Die 12 Cellisten der Berliner Philharmoniker:
Ludwig Quandt, Bruno Delepelaire, Nikolaus Römisch
Dietmar Schwalke, Richard Duven, Christoph Igelbrink
Olaf Maninger, Martin Menking, Knut Weber, Rachel Helleur
Stephan Koncz, David Riniker, Solène Kermarrec, Martin Löhr

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Jul 03

Jason Mraz – Love Is A Four Letter Word (2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 55:47 minutes | 1,25 GB | Genre: Pop
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | Digital Booklet | © Atlantic Records

Love is a Four Letter Word is the highly anticipated fourth studio effort from two-time GRAMMY winning singer-songwriter Jason Mraz. Mraz has earned worldwide success with his signature phrasing and word play anthems. His latest release is his deepest and most artistic statement to date, fueled with the singer’s distinguished vocal landscapes and rich textural arrangements. Produced by GRAMMY® Award-winning producer Joe Chiccarelli, the album includes Mraz’s heartfelt acoustic ballad and second top 10 single “I Won’t Give Up,” which finds the musician achieving a new level of profound success. Filled with riveting material, the album flows tremendously from the appealing soulful track, “The Freedom Song,” to the elegant jazz inspired “5/6”.

“Jason Mraz successfully makes the transition from being simply clever to being deep…Love Is a Four Letter Word should establish him as a bona fide artist.” – Newsday

Underneath his tongue-twisting wordplay, Jason Mraz fancies himself a loverman — and given that his greatest success came from the sticky sentiment of “I’m Yours,” who can blame him for thinking this way? Nevertheless, he’s never made a full-blown makeout record until Love Is a Four Letter Word, an album steeped in ’70s soul. Mraz doesn’t neglect his acoustic guitar nor does he abandon his showy verbal gymnastics, but apart from a cut or two — including “BLANK,” the album’s first single — they’re buried underneath stacks of luxurious strings and thick, insistent grooves, touches that tie the record together with elegance. Mr. A-Z has hinted at soul before but he’s never placed music over words, a shift of emphasis that delivers great dividends. He can still be a nasally, hyperactive twit, too eager to succumb to clever-clever puns and quips, but there’s an acknowledgment that even if he can’t change who he is — witness the terribly titled “Fred D Fixer,” an ode to a grandfather who lived by his hands, not his wits — he can build upon this foundation. If all he adds is color and flair, not some serious depth, that winds up being enough: by making alterations and affecting his pose, Mraz pushes himself into new territory, creating music that’s perilously close to sounding seductive. What holds Love Is a Four Letter Word from actually being seductive is that Mraz seems more lech than Lothario — there’s always a sense that he’s around for nothing longer than a night. But, as Love Is a Four Letter Word plays, Mraz can convince you that his pleasures are a bit more than fleeting. It may be a lie, but it sure sounds good as it’s told.

01. The Freedom Song
02. Living In The Moment
03. The Woman I Love
04. I Won’t Give Up
05. 5/6
06. Everything Is Sound
07. 93 Million Miles
08. Frank D. Fixer
09. Who’s Thinking About You Now?
10. In Your Hands
11. Be Honest (feat. Inara George)
12. The World As I See It
13. Hidden Track

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Jul 03

Jason Mraz – Yes! (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 51:46 minutes | 1,11 GB | Genre: Pop
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | Front cover | © Atlantic Records

Jason Mraz’s fifth studio release, “YES!” sees the San Diego-based troubadour teaming up with his longtime friends and collaborators, Raining Jane, for a purely acoustic and more intimate sound than heard on his previous releases. “YES!,” produced by Mraz along with Mike Mogis (Bright Eyes, First Aid Kit, Rilo Kiley), was recorded in rural Omaha, Nebraska and inland Oceanside, California. While somewhat intimate and esoteric, “YES!” still remains a Mraz-like pop album and features classical instruments, cello, sitar and vintage guitars and sings about universal themes of love, faith, healing, environmental stewardship and inner peace.

The exclamation point that punctuates its title suggests Jason Mraz may be a little enthusiastic on Yes! but that’s a feint, hiding how this 2014 record is the next logical step on the singer/songwriter’s road of seduction. Gone is the celebrated wordplay, a self-conscious maturation that was perhaps inevitable, but also absent are the smooth soul flourishes of 2012’s Love Is a Four Letter Word. Those slow grooves underscored how Mraz embraced his role as a middlebrow make-out king in the wake of the success of “I’m Yours,” but Yes! feels like a truer follow-up to that 2009 hit than the 2012 LP because it emphasizes Jason Mraz the sensitive singer/songwriter with an acoustic guitar slung across his shoulders. He flirts with rhythms floating up from the Caribbean, he covers Boyz II Men’s “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday,” he cops a bit of the Lumineers’ big-beat folk stomp, and he strums a ukulele — but these are all mild, complementary accents to a sun-kissed collection of romantic songs. Mraz doesn’t avoid amorous clichés so much as he shamelessly embraces each and every one, addressing songs to a lover who is also his best friend and a “beautiful thing,” celebrating long drives and quiet times with the one he loves. Such subjects are a clear indication that Yes! is not a record fueled by the heady rush of love at first sight; it’s an album designed to soundtrack a long getaway weekend for a couple already in love.

01 – Rise
02 – Love Someone
03 – Hello, You Beautiful Thing
04 – Long Drive
05 – Everywhere
06 – Best Friend
07 – Quiet
08 – Out Of My Hands
09 – It’s So Hard To Say Goodbye To Yesterday
10 – 3 Things
11 – You Can Rely On Me
12 – Back To The Earth
13 – A World With You
14 – Shine

Jason Mraz – vocals, guitar
Raining Jane – rock-folk band

Producers: Jason Mraz, Mike Mogis, Chris Keup and Stewart Myers

Please Note: Tracks 1, 2, 7, 11 are 44k recordings mastered to 96/24.

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Jul 03

レーベル avex trax
配信開始日 2014.06.18
収録曲数 全10曲
販売データ ハイレゾ|FLAC|96.0kHz/24bit


新録曲含むmoumoonのサマーソングを10曲収録。話題の資生堂「ザ・コラーゲン ジュエルスパークリング」CMソング「Jewel」やmoumoonの過去のヒットサマーソングを多数収録したSUMMER ALBUMになります。


1 – Jewel – 04:41
2 – 『Love is Everywhere』 – 04:28
3 – Sunshine Girl – 03:50
4 – Chu Chu – 03:30
5 – summer time – 04:34
6 – Dreaming Driving – 04:28
7 – Bon Appetit – 04:44
8 – エメラルドの丘 – 04:15
9 – LOVE before we DIE – 04:57
10 – ICE CANDY – 04:36

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Jul 03

レーベル avex trax
配信開始日 2015.02.04
収録曲数 全2曲
販売データ ハイレゾ|FLAC|96.0kHz/24bit


moumoon の新曲『Hello,shooting-star』が大人気アニメ「暗殺教室」エンディングテーマに決定しました。



1 – Hello, shooting-star 04:37
2 – BF moumoon 03:38

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