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Frank Zappa - 200 Motels (1971) (24-96 2xLP French Vinyl)  Vinyl & HR

Posted by ruskaval at Jan. 5, 2013
Frank Zappa - 200 Motels (1971) (24-96 2xLP French Vinyl)

Frank Zappa - 200 Motels (1971) (24-96 2xLP French Vinyl)
Vinyl rip @ 24/96 | FLAC(tracks) -> 1.7 Gb | Full Scans -> 24 Mb | Label: United Artists Records | French 1971 pressing
Genre: Rock, Experimental Rock | RAR 5% | Rec. CAT #UAS 29 218/19

The soundtrack to Frank Zappa's strange early-'70s film 200 Motels was always doomed to be a peripheral entry in his discography. The movie's story was not easy to follow, and neither is the record (not that plot was ever a big focus of the production). It's typically wacky Zappa of the era, with unpredictable sharp turns between crunchy rock bombast, orchestration, and jazz/classical influences, as well as interjections of wacky spoken dialogue. Those who like his late-'60s/early-'70s work – not as song-oriented as his first albums, in other words, but not as "serious" or as silly as his later records – will probably like this fine, although it's not up to the level of Uncle Meat.
Richard Thompson - Mock Tudor (1999/2016) [Official Digital Download 24/192]

Richard Thompson - Mock Tudor (1999/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time - 55:19 minutes | 2,36 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

Folk artist Richard Thompson released this nostalgia-themed album in 1999, hearkening back to the sounds of England's 1960s rock. For this, his fifth album for Capitol, Thompson teamed up with producers Tom Rothrock and Rob Schnapf, and Mock Tudor had a more straightforward production than his preceding albums on Capitol which had been produced by Mitchell Froom. In this album Thompson draws predominantly on the musical styles of 1960s England—the time and place of his youth. The lyrics have a nostalgic tinge and are rich with allusion to fairy tales and children's books as well as to Shakespeare and T. S. Eliot.
Richard Thompson - Rumor And Sigh (1991/2016) [Official Digital Download 24/192]

Richard Thompson - Rumor And Sigh (1991/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time - 61:25 minutes | 2,61 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

This Grammy nominated album from Richard Thompson is one of his most beloved and contains his classic 1952 Vincent Black Lightning, often-covered and included on TIME's list of the 100 greatest songs of all time.
Ralph Towner - Solstice (1975/2017) [Official Digital Download 24/192]

Ralph Towner - Solstice (1975/2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time - 41:06 minutes | 1,46 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

Considered one of Ralph Towner's greatest albums, this 1975 release features the guitarist leading a quartet consisting of Jan Garbarek on saxophones and flute, Eberhard Weber on bass and cello and drummer Jon Christensen. Towner composed all the songs except for one contribution from Weber.
Friedrich Gulda - Ineffable: The Unique Jazz Piano Of Friedrich Gulda (1965/2015) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Friedrich Gulda - Ineffable: The Unique Jazz Piano Of Friedrich Gulda (1965/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 38:38 minutes | 829 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

Friedrich Gulda, who first attempted to play in a jazz setting in the mid-'50s after firmly establishing his classical career, is on far stronger ground on this Columbia LP recorded in early 1965…
Elvis Presley - The Complete '70s Albums Collection (2015) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Elvis Presley - The Complete '70s Albums Collection (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 713:27 minutes | ~ 14,9 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover(s)

Elvis Presley may be the single most important figure in American 20th century popular music. Not necessarily the best, and certainly not the most consistent. But no one could argue with the fact that he was the musician most responsible for popularizing rock & roll on an international level. Viewed in cold sales figures, his impact was phenomenal. Dozens upon dozens of international smashes from the mid-'50s to the mid-'70s, as well as the steady sales of his catalog and reissues since his death in 1977, may make him the single highest-selling performer in history. This collection includes 21 albums, originally released between 1970 to 1977.
Julia Hulsmann Trio - Sooner And Later (2017) [Official Digital Download 24-bit/96 kHz]

Julia Hülsmann Trio - Sooner And Later (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 49:33 minutes | 1032 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

Berlin-based pianist Julia Hülsmann returns to the trio format for Sooner And Later, an album which distils the experience of journeys to distant destinations. In the last couple of years Hülsmann, bassist Marc Muellbauer and drummer Heinrich Köbberling have taken their music around the world, from Europe to the North & South America, Central Asia and China, where something special developed. Once again all three members of the trio have contributed compositions to the album. The title of Hulsmann's Thatpujai is an anagram of Jutta Hipp, and its theme is comprised of phrases from the late German jazz pianist's solos. The program is rounded out by a cover of Radiohead's All I Need which, like the Hülsmann-penned tracks J.J., Soon or Mond with their sometimes almost clubby grooves, emphasizes the subtle rhythmic aspects of the trio's music.

Ryan Adams - Prisoner (2017) [Official Digital Download 24/96]  Vinyl & HR

Posted by HDV at Feb. 24, 2017
Ryan Adams - Prisoner (2017) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Ryan Adams - Prisoner (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 42:57 minutes | 931 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

Produced by Don Was, the highly anticipated Prisoner is the first release from Ryan Adams since his 2015 Taylor Swift cover album 1989. With influences from AC/DC and Electric Light Orchestra to Bruce Hornsby and Bachman-Turner Overdrive, the tracks may be more uptempo than in the past, but lyrically Adams is just as personal and soul-searching as before.
Dixie Chicks - The Classic Albums Collection (2016) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Dixie Chicks - The Classic Albums Collection (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 210:08 minutes | 3,67 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover(s)

Dixie Chicks first came together as a bluegrass quartet in Texas in 1989, later becoming a trio in 1995 when founding members (and sisters) Emily Robison (banjo/dobro) and Martie Maguire (fiddle/mandolin) were joined by 21-year-old Natalie Maines (daughter of guitarist/producer Lloyd Maines) as the group's new lead vocalist and guitarist. By the late 1990s, the classic Dixie Chicks trio lineup struck a stunning balance between the traditional Nashville sound and the contemporary influences of alternative rock and pop. In 2016, Columbia/Legacy have reissued the Dixie Chicks classic four studio albums: Wide Open Spaces (1998), Fly (1999), Home (2002) and Taking The Long Way (2006), newly remastered and available on vinyl and digital download.
Miles Davis Quintet - Steamin' With The Miles Davis Quintet (1961) {Official Digital Download 24-bit/44.1 kHz}

Miles Davis Quintet - Steamin' With The Miles Davis Quintet (1961)
FLAC (Tracks) 24-bit/44.1 kHz | Digital Booklet | 00:40:04 | 430 Mb | 5% Recovery
Official Digital Download | Studio Master | Jazz, Hard Bop | © 2007 Concord Music Group
Rudy Van Gelder Remaster

Of Miles Davis's many bands, none was more influential and popular than the quintet with John Coltrane, Red Garland, Paul Chambers, and Philly Joe Jones. Davis's muted ballads and medium-tempo standards endeared him to the public. The horns' searing exposition of classics like "Salt Peanuts" and "Well, You Needn't" captivated musicians. The searching, restless improvisations of Coltrane intrigued listeners who had a taste for adventure. The flawless rhythm section became a model for bands everywhere. Steamin' With The Miles Davis Quintet is, in many respects representative of the total work of the quintet, it affords an excellent opportunity to examine just what this remarkable music was and how it was made. Such chemistry is inexplicable, and so, apparently, is the personality of the man who generated it.