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Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals - Lifeline (2007/2017) [Official Digital Download 24/192]

Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals - Lifeline (2007/2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time - 41:19 minutes | 1,7 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

Recorded direct to analogue tape in one week at the end of a long world tour, Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals's top 10 release Lifeline was an effort to recreate the energy of their acclaimed live show. Many of these songs were written on the road and worked out in sound checks before being committed to tape in a Paris studio. The instrumental track Paris Sunrise #7 garnered a Grammy nomination for Best Pop Instrumental Performance.
Ben Harper - Welcome To The Cruel World (1994/2016) [Official Digital Download 24/192]

Ben Harper - Welcome To The Cruel World (1994/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time - 50:41 minutes | 2,1 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

"Welcome To The Cruel World" introduced Ben Harper, his voice, his songs and his trademark Weissenborn guitar, kicking off a long, acclaimed and multifaceted career. The songs are mainly acoustic and folk-tinged, a sound Harper would return to over the years. An impressive, thoroughly enjoyable first effort.

Ben Webster - Come Sunday (2017) [Official Digital Download 24-192]  Vinyl & HR

Posted by shamanicus at Dec. 9, 2017
Ben Webster - Come Sunday (2017) [Official Digital Download 24-192]

Ben Webster - Come Sunday (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Artwork: d.booklet, front cover | RAR | 1.29 Gb
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Label: 2xHD - Storyville Records

Ben Webster was not exactly under-recorded during his forty-year playing career but he is among that exclusive hierarchy of jazz artists to whose consistent excellence there can never be an over-abundance of recorded testimony. This album has the merit of offering a nicely balanced and thoughtfully chosen selection of tracks. Four of the tunes are associated with Duke Ellington in whose saxophone section Ben was featured for more than ten years.
Neil Diamond - The Classic Christmas Album (2013/2016) [Official Digital Download 24/192]

Neil Diamond - The Classic Christmas Album (2013/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time - 42:30 minutes | 1,82 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

Part of Legacy's budget-priced Classic Christmas series, the Neil Diamond installment offers up 12 previously issued holiday hits, including yuletide classics like "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," "The First Noel," "Winter Wonderland," "O Come All Ye Faithful," and "Silent Night."
Neil Diamond - A Cherry Cherry Christmas (2009/2016) [Official Digital Download 24/192]

Neil Diamond - A Cherry Cherry Christmas (2009/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time - 45:13 minutes | 1,81 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

Neil Diamond's first two holiday albums were plainly titled The Christmas Album and The Christmas Album, Vol. 2, which gave a pretty good indication of the by-the-book music they contained, just like how the very name of 2009's A Cherry Cherry Christmas is a tip-off that this collection is a decidedly less serious affair, even if it recycles a good chunk of the same recordings that comprised those earlier albums. A Cherry Cherry Christmas keeps a barbershop quartet arrangement of "Deck the Halls," a doo wop "White Christmas," and a swinging "Jingle Bell Rock," but what's notable are the additions: a ridiculous, self-celebrating "Cherry Cherry Christmas" that's trumped only by a goofy cover of Adam Sandler's "Chanukah Song." These two new cuts make Diamond seem like the garrulous uncle at your family's holiday party, the one who is eager to prove how cool he is, which only makes him seem all the more out of touch.

Neil Diamond - Dreams (2010/2016) [Official Digital Download 24/192]  Vinyl & HR

Posted by Pisulik at Dec. 8, 2017
Neil Diamond - Dreams (2010/2016) [Official Digital Download 24/192]

Neil Diamond - Dreams (2010/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time - 55:05 minutes | 2,05 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

After two excellent collaborations with Rick Rubin, Neil Diamond can't resist taking the production reins himself for this collection of (mostly) covers. His liner notes claim these songs as some of his favorites from the "rock era" implying it's over. While this set is more intimate than most of his overblown production of the last 30 years, it is a step away from the simplicity of his work with Rubin, featuring full strings, chamber reeds, winds, and brass on various cuts. As a vocalist, Diamond's dramatic rather than involved authority is his trademark; he imposes it on almost every track.
Neil Diamond - The Best Years of Our Lives (1988/2016) [Official Digital Download 24/192]

Neil Diamond - The Best Years of Our Lives (1988/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time - 45:16 minutes | 1,95 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

This album came when Neil Diamond was firmly entrenched in his adult contemporary niche. A/C can be so pandering it's insulting sometimes, but when it's done with heart and smarts it can be sublime. Diamond apparently gets that and for the most part makes adult contemporary that is actually for adults. It takes a master to croon "Cause I do believe in forever/it's a place that lovers find" without making the sentiment cringe-inducing. And Diamond pulls it off. Despite that, even he can't keep from sounding creepy when he sings, "Ooh, babe, you're a hot little number" on "Everything's Gonna be Fine."
Neil Diamond - Headed For The Future (1986/2016) [Official Digital Download 24/192]

Neil Diamond - Headed For The Future (1986/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time - 39:53 minutes | 1,73 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

Having stumbled with Primitive, Diamond attempted, with Headed for the Future, to re-establish himself as a contemporary artist, co-writing with Stevie Wonder, recording songs by Bryan Adams and Maurice White of Earth, Wind & Fire, and employing nine producers and nine recording studios. The result was a slight upturn in sales and Diamond's last singles-chart entry with the title track. But the album was also overblown and unfocused, record-making by committee, and Neil Diamond as an individual artist was getting lost in the process.
Billy Idol - Billy Idol (1982/2013/2017) [Official Digital Download 24/192] RE-UP

Billy Idol - Billy Idol (1982/2013/2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time - 42:08 minutes | 1,81 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

Although Generation X had been relatively unheralded second-generation punks in their native UK, the group's frontman, the former William Broad, always clearly wanted more. For his solo debut, Billy Idol hired American metal guitarist Steve Stevens and streamlined his sound to something more in line with Def Leppard (soon to have their own US breakthrough) than the Sex Pistols. Billy Idol's first single, 'Hot in the City,' was a radio-ready pop-rocker in the glossy, late-1970s FM style of Nick Gilder's quite similar 'Hot Child in the City.' However, the second single, the tougher and creepier 'White Wedding,' was a massive MTV hit and made BILLY IDOL one of the top-selling albums of 1982 and '83.
Korn - Life Is Peachy (1996/2016) [Official Digital Download 24/192]

Korn - Life Is Peachy (1996/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time - 48:15 minutes | 1,77 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

Full of shrilly, distorted guitar squeals, bass-heavy darkness and laryngitis-inducing growls, Korn's sophomore turn, the oh-so sarcastically titled „Life Is Peachy“, is a musical tour through some truly evil corners. The Bakersfield quintet's paranoia-induced rampage makes countless by-the-numbers death-metal acts seem cartoonish by comparison.