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Sonny Rollins - 5 Original Albums with full original artwork (2016) {5CD Set Prestige - originally released 1956}

Sonny Rollins - 5 Original Albums with full original artwork (2016) {5CD Set Prestige - originally released 1956}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 969 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 427 Mb
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© 1956, 2016 Prestige / Concord / Universal | 08880 7236299
Jazz / Bop / Hard Bop / Saxophone

Official 2016 remastered collection of 5 albums recorded for Prestige, housed in replica card sleeves with full original artwork. Includes 'Worktime', 'With The Modern Jazz Quartet', 'Tenor Madness', 'Moving Out', & 'Saxaphone Colossus'. The quality of the music collected here needs no comment, really. But what I like about this series of box sets is that the original LP covers are faithfully reproduced on the small paper sleeves, front and back, just like the Japanese do it with their ridiculously expensive miniature CD paper sleeves. All relevant discographic data, like musicians, recording dates etc., are listed on the CD labels, which is unique for this kind of box sets and a great service if you ask me.

Coldplay - A Head Full of Dreams (2015) {Parlophone}  Music

Posted by ruskaval at Dec. 20, 2015
Coldplay - A Head Full of Dreams (2015) {Parlophone}

Coldplay - A Head Full of Dreams (2015) {Parlophone}
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© 2015 Parlophone Records / Warner | 0825646982646
Rock / Pop / Alternative / Indie Rock

Released swiftly after Ghost Stories – just a year and a half, all things considered – A Head Full of Dreams plays like a riposte to that haunted 2014 album. Where Chris Martin spent Ghost Stories in a mournful mood – his sorrow perhaps derived from his divorce to Gwyneth Paltrow or perhaps not; it's best not to read too much into the tabloid headlines – the Coldplay leader sees nothing but sunshine and stars on A Head Full of Dreams. Martin gives away the game with his song titles. He's quite literally having "Fun" on an "Amazing Day," living for the weekend and viewing his impending middle age as nothing so much as the "Adventure of a Lifetime."
Camel - The Complete SHM-CD Set (1973 -1984) [12 Albums, 15 CDs] {2009 Japan Mini LP SHM-CD Remaster} [re-up]

Camel - The Complete SHM-CD Set (1973 -1984) [12 Albums, 15 CDs] {2009 Japan Mini LP SHM-CD Remaster}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 5.13 Gb | MP3 @320 -> 1.97 Gb
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© 2009 Universal Japan / Deram / Decca | UICY-94130…94145
Rock / Art Rock / Progressive Rock

Features the high-fidelity SHM-CD format (compatible with standard CD player). Cover artwork faithfully replicates original one. Comes with lyrics and a description. Camel was still finding its signature sound on its eponymous debut album. At this point, Peter Bardens and his grand, sweeping organ dominate the group's sound and Andrew Latimer sounds tentative on occasion.
Camel - The Complete SHM-CD Set (1973 -1984) [12 Albums, 15 CDs] {2009 Japan Mini LP SHM-CD Remaster} [combined repost]

Camel - The Complete SHM-CD Set (1973 -1984) [12 Albums, 15 CDs] {2009 Japan Mini LP SHM-CD Remaster}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 5.14 Gb | MP3 @320 -> 1.97 Gb
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© 2009 Universal Japan / Deram / Decca | UICY-94130…94145
Rock / Art Rock / Progressive Rock

Features the high-fidelity SHM-CD format (compatible with standard CD player). Cover artwork faithfully replicates original one. Comes with lyrics and a description. Camel was still finding its signature sound on its eponymous debut album. At this point, Peter Bardens and his grand, sweeping organ dominate the group's sound and Andrew Latimer sounds tentative on occasion.

Kim Kashkashian & Lera Auerbach - Arcanum (2016) {ECM 2375}  Music

Posted by ruskaval at May 12, 2017
Kim Kashkashian & Lera Auerbach - Arcanum (2016) {ECM 2375}

Kim Kashkashian & Lera Auerbach - Arcanum (2016) {ECM 2375}
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© 2016 ECM Records | ECM New Series 2375
Classical / Chamber Music / Viola / Piano

Armenian-American violist Kim Kashkashian, one of the major musical voices of ECM New Series, introduces a new duo with Russian composer-pianist Lera Auerbach. Their first recording together features Auerbach’s viola and piano version of Dmitri Shostakovich’s often playful 24 Preludes op. 34, and Auerbach’s own, darker, sonata for viola and piano, Arcanum. Lera Auerbach says, “Arcanum means ‘mysterious knowledge’, and I was fascinated by the inner voice within each of us, some may call it perhaps intuition, some maybe guided meditation, but there is some knowledge that we have, which we may not necessarily verbalize or rationalize, but that allows us to see the truth, to be guided, to seek answers.” Auerbach wrote her sonata for Kashkashian: “There is a quality of life-or-death-intensity to her performing, which is rare and wonderful.”
Kris Kristofferson - The Austin Sessions (2017) {Atlantic 081227943684 Expanded Edition rec 1999}

Kris Kristofferson - The Austin Sessions (2017) {Atlantic 081227943684 Expanded Edition rec 1999}
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© 1999, 2017 Atlantic / Rhino | 081227943684
Country / Outlaw Country / Progressive Country

For the follow-up to Moment of Forever, his first set of new original songs in years, Kris Kristofferson decided to record a set of stripped-down new versions of his classic songs. This project, released on Atlantic Records and entitled The Austin Sessions, was a star-studded affair, featuring harmony vocals from Jackson Browne, Steve Earle, Matraca Berg, Vince Gill, Marc Cohn, Alison Krauss, Catie Curtis, and Mark Knopfler.
Johnny Smith Trio - Designed For You (1959) {2017 Japan SHM-CD Jazz Masters Collection 1200 Series WPCR-29157}

Johnny Smith Trio - Designed For You (1959) {2017 Japan SHM-CD Jazz Masters Collection 1200 Series WPCR-29157}
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© 1959, 2017 Roost / Parlophone / Warner Music Japan | WPCR-29157
Jazz / Cool / Guitar

Reissue with SHM-CD format and new 24bit remastering. Johnny Smith really helped bring the sound of jazz guitar to a huge audience in the 50s – and an album like this is a perfect demonstration of his subtle genius on the instrument! At a time when so many others were working the guitar with a hard-edged sound, Smith moves into territory that's even more careful and precise – really making the most of the amplification on the strings, so that his touch can be gentle, but very pointed – allowing for lots of space between the notes, in a way that makes each of them mean even more than they might if strung together in a flurry. The group's a trio – with the bass and drums really giving Johnny a lot of room.
Duke Ellington - Rare Strayhorn: Billy Strayhorn with Duke Ellington 1941-1965 (2015) {La Maison du Duke MDD 006}

Duke Ellington - Rare Strayhorn: Billy Strayhorn with Duke Ellington 1941-1965 (2015) {La Maison du Duke MDD 006}
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© 1941-65, 2015 La Maison du Duke | MDD 006
Jazz / Mainstream Jazz / Big Band / Progressive Jazz

La Maison du Duke is proud to present a collection of unpublished recordings of Duke Ellington, which come from an important stock of Ellington archives (Clavié collection), acquired by the association, which only a few collectors had access to today . The CDs are reserved for members of the Maison du Duke association and are not intended to be marketed.

Nguyen Le & Ngo Hong Quang - Ha Noi Duo (2017) {ACT 9828-2}  Music

Posted by ruskaval at May 8, 2017
Nguyen Le & Ngo Hong Quang - Ha Noi Duo (2017) {ACT 9828-2}

Nguyên Lê & Ngô Hồng Quang - Ha Noi Duo (2017) {ACT 9828-2}
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© 2017 ACT Music | ACT 9828-2
Jazz / World Jazz / World Fusion / Guitar Jazz / World Music

Nguyên Lê is a maverick, a hyper-fluent guitarist with a penchant for mixing up genres. Born in Paris of Vietnamese descent, he’s regarded as a jazz musician, though his most celebrated albums pay tribute to 60s rock gods like Hendrix and Floyd. Here he teams up with a young traditionalist, Ngô Hong Quang, on fiddle and lute to portray “the soul of Vietnam” and its quickening evolution. There are jaunty folkish tunes, temple bells and ethereal melodies with titles like Heaven’s Ground, but nothing arrives without surprises. One moment you are among mountain clouds, then Lê unleashes a storm of widdly-diddly electric axe. Italian trumpeter Paolo Fresu adds elegant Milesesque licks to a remarkable fusion of ancient and modern.

Hexvessel - No Holier Temple (2012) {Svart Records SVR150}  Music

Posted by ruskaval at May 7, 2017
Hexvessel - No Holier Temple (2012) {Svart Records SVR150}

Hexvessel - No Holier Temple (2012) {Svart Records SVR150}
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© 2012 Svart Records | SVR150
Folk Rock / Psychedelic Rock / Nordic Folk / Psychedelic Folk / Finland

Anything can happen, as Hexvessel’s music conveys awe towards the power of nature, but at the same time none of us is really in sync with its rhythm, neither understands fully the shadows behind trees and murmurs in grass. Hexvessel is one of those bands that seem to be from 1972 rather than 2012. However, it’s not just banal nostalgia. All the 11 songs making up the 56-minute album move in familiar paths – prog rock, psychedelia, folk. In spite of it all, Hexvessel seems to say that we CANNOT remember everything linearly, our world is full of flukes and to go back and start over on a clean slate is not possible.