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Green Day – Nimrod (1997) [24bit FLAC]

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Artist: Green Day
Album: Nimrod
Genre: Rock
Year: 1997
Tracks: 18
Duration: 00:48:56
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Size: 1.07 GB
Label: Reprise

Following the cool reception to Insomniac, Green Day retreated from the spotlight for a year to rest and spend time with their families. During that extended break, they decided to not worry about their supposedly lost street credibility and make an album according to their instincts, which meant more experimentation and less of their trademark punk-pop. Of course, speedy, catchy punk is at the core of the group’s sound, so there are plenty of familiar moments on the resultant album, Nimrod, but there are also new details that make the record an invigorating, if occasionally frustrating, listen. Although punk-pop is Green Day’s forte, they sound the most alive on Nimrod when they’re breaking away from their formula, whether it’s the shuffling “Hitchin’ a Ride,” the bitchy, tongue-in-cheek humor of “The Grouch,” the surging surf instrumental “Last Ride In,” the punchy, horn-driven drag-queen saga “King for a Day,” or the acoustic, string-laced ballad “Good Riddance.” It’s only when the trio confines itself to three chords that it sounds tired, but Billie Joe has such a gift for hooky, instantly memorable melodies that even these moments are enjoyable, if unremarkable. Still, Nimrod suffers from being simply too much — although it clocks in at under 50 minutes, the 18 tracks whip by at such a breakneck speed that it leaves you somewhat dazed. With a little editing, Green Day’s growth would have been put in sharper relief, and Nimrod would have been the triumphant leap forward it set out to be. As it stands, it’s a muddled but intermittently exciting record that is full of promise.

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Grateful Dead – Cornell 5/8/77 (2017) [24bit FLAC]

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Artist: Grateful Dead
Album: Cornell 5/8/77
Genre: Rock
Year: 2017
Tracks: 05
Duration: 02:41:42
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88,2kHz
Size: 4.6 GB
Label: Grateful Dead – Rhino

Cornell 5/8/77 was recorded live directly from the soundboards by Betty Cantor-Jackson. After several years the master tapes were seemingly lost for good, but that all changed at the end of 2016. The lost tapes, or lost “Betty boards” as they are commonly known, finally made their way back home to the Grateful Dead vault, making it possible to officially bring the world this legendary show just in time for its 40th Anniversary. The complete live show has been Plangentized by Plangent Processes and remastered by GRAMMY award winning sound engineer, Jeffrey Norman.

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Gov’t Mule – Revolution Come… Revolution Go (2017) [24bit FLAC]

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Artist: Gov’t Mule
Album: Revolution Come… Revolution Go
Genre: Rock
Year: 2017
Tracks: 18
Duration: 01:53:47
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88,2kHz
Size: 2.21 GB
Label: Fantasy Records

Revolution Come… Revolution Go is easily Gov’t Mule’s most urgent record, but their call to arms isn’t preachy; instead, righteous anger is refracted through the lens of empathy. It is also a fresh reboot of the band’s sound, offering excellent songwriting and arrangements; it sounds more like a group effort than anything they’ve released. The message is that the revolution is within you: Hear it, believe it, become it.

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Gordon Grdina, Francois Houle, Kenton Loewen, Benoit Delbecq – Ghost Lights (2017) [24bit FLAC]

Gordon Grdina, Francois Houle, Kenton Loewen, Benoit Delbecq - Ghost Lights (2017) [24bit FLAC] Download

Artist: Gordon Grdina, Francois Houle, Kenton Loewen, Benoit Delbecq
Album: Ghost Lights
Genre: Jazz
Year: 2017
Tracks: 07
Duration: 01:10:20
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Size: 1.31 GB
Label: Songlines

Since 2014, the collective Grdina-Houle-Loewen has forged a new stream of complex compositions that meld together density, ferocious energy and technical virtuosity. The group’s versatility and wide dynamic range has become finely honed, creating an ensemble that can change course dramatically. The group just spent some time at Afterlife Studios in July 2016, recording a set of quartet music with French pianist Benot Delbecq, that been released by Songlines Records in the spring of 2017.

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Clematis – Legrenzi: Sonate & Balletti (2016) [24bit FLAC]

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Artist: Clematis
Album: Legrenzi: Sonate & Balletti
Genre: Classical
Year: 2016
Tracks: 24
Duration: 01:17:16
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz
Size: 879.29 MB
Label: Ricercar

After Carlo Farina and the Vitalis, Clematis continues its exploration of the Italian Baroque instrumental repertoire with Giovanni Legrenzi. The Sonatas taken from the collections he published in Venice between 1655 and 1673 feature highly diverse forms ranging from the trio sonata up to larger forms for 4, 5, or 6 parts and even double choir. His final collection of instrumental music, Balletti e Correnti, published in 1691, offers us a very different view of instrumental music in which certain French influences cannot be denied. Here, Clematis gives us the first complete anthology of his instrumental works. The variety of forms and forces ensures this disc with a fine diversity of styles from sonatas still close in spirit to those of Biagio Marini up to those for four violins foreshadowing the generation of Vivaldi. Recorded in two different locations, this anthology lets us discover these compositions in the sonority either of the church with its choir organ or, more intimate, the chamber.

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La Compagnia del Madrigale – Gesualdo: Terzo libro di madrigali (2016) [24bit FLAC]

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Artist: La Compagnia del Madrigale
Album: Gesualdo: Terzo libro di madrigali
Genre: Classical
Year: 2016
Tracks: 20
Duration: 01:03:19
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz
Size: 587.29 MB
Label: Glossa

With Carlo Gesualdos Third Book of madrigals La Compagnia del madrigal continue their dynamic new view of late Renaissance Italian repertoire, which has seen the vocal ensemble garlanded with critical praises and prizes since the time of its initial Glossa release- Gesualdos Sixth Book- three years ago. Although Gesualdos Third Book came out but one year after his first two books, it manifests a transitional style that led into the late style of the Fifth and Sixth Books. In the texts, joy and grief are frequently intermingled- yet each time freshly considered- and although there are named writers such as Battista Guarini present, many of the texts are anonymous; the interference being that Gesualdo himself might have been their author. In these exposed and unaccompanied madrigals, La Compagnia del Madrigale blends its trademark expertise and vocal freshness to take the listener on a fascinating sound journey. So as to provide a yet more nuanced view of the time of composition, the ensemble has added works by Scipione Stella, Luzzasco Luzzaschi and Alfonso Fontanelli.

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Gottfried von der Goltz, Annekatrin Beller, Torsten Johann, Thomas C. Boysen – Geminiani: The Art of Playing on the Violin (2017) [24bit FLAC]

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Artist: Gottfried von der Goltz, Annekatrin Beller, Torsten Johann, Thomas C. Boysen
Album: Geminiani: The Art of Playing on the Violin
Genre: Classical
Year: 2017
Tracks: 21
Duration: 00:53:46
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Size: 1015.91 MB
Label: Aparte

Geminiani’s The Art of Playing on the Violin, op. 9 (published in English in 1751) give us a very precious glimpse of what was musical practice in the first half of the 18th century, then considerably in the grip of the Italian influence. The publication began with some 28 exercises, aimed at perfecting technical skills such as double stops, special bowing, arpeggios, chords, ornamentation, shakes, swelling and softening, staccato, scales galore etc., and finished with twelve “examples”, “twelve pieces in different styles for violin and cello with basso continuo for the harpsichord”. What he meant by different styles are dances (courante: no. IV, gavotte: no. VIII, gigue: no. XI), fugues in the style of Corelli’s sonatas (nos. I, II, VII; while nos. IX-XI could be considered a full-fledged sonata da chiesa) as well as slow pieces in the “pathetic” style. These last, full of affectation, are particularly evocative of opera arias. Violonist Gottfried von der Goltz plays these twelve examplesusing several ornamentation techniques as pinpointed by the composer himself in the exercises — according to the liner notes, this would even be a recording premiere, and quite astonishingly it seems this is really the case. The interpreter begins the recording with a free improvisation, like a kind of offhand praeludium, reminding us that Geminiani was known amongst his student as Il Furibondo. So as not to wary the listener, the recording makes use of various continuo combinations, what with harpsichord, theorbo or organ. Von der Goltz completes the album with two of the Twelve Sonatas op. 4 for violin and basso continuo, composed 1739, two pieces which stylistically make the link between the Italian style (Corelli, Vivaldi) and the French (Leclair, Boismortier), several years before the Quarrel of the Buffoons broke out — that moronic Parisian controversy concerning the relative merits of French and Italian music in general, opera in particular.

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Francoise Hardy – Comment te dire adieu (1968) [24bit FLAC]

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Artist: Francoise Hardy
Album: Comment te dire adieu
Genre: Pop
Year: 1968
Tracks: 12
Duration: 00:30:57
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Size: 713.9 MB
Label: Parlophone France

This may not rate as highly as her best mid-’60s recordings, which are less MOR-oriented. That stated, it’s about as good as late-’60s MOR Continental pop gets, with tastefully imaginative orchestration, strong melodies, and sexy vocals. It’s perhaps even sadder and more sentimental than was the norm for Francoise–she perpetually seems to be singing as though she’s gazing out of a deserted chateau on a rainy afternoon. She largely forsakes original material here (although a couple cuts bear her writing credit), and offers fine, haunting French interpretations of Leonard Cohen’s “Suzanne,” and Phil Ochs’ “There But for Fortune,” and Ricky Nelson’s “Lonesome Town.”

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Isabelle Faust, Alexander Melnikov – Franck: Piano & Violin Sonata – Chausson: Concert (2017) [24bit FLAC]

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Artist: Isabelle Faust, Alexander Melnikov
Album: Franck: Piano & Violin Sonata – Chausson: Concert
Genre: Classical
Year: 2017
Tracks: 08
Duration: 01:07:05
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Size: 1.22 GB
Label: harmonia mundi

Although it is devoid of passages in double stopping or pizzicato, the violin part, replete with treacherous chromatic twists and turns, nonetheless poses formidable difficulties of intonation.

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Akiko Suwanai, Pace Ennrico – Franck & R. Strauss: Violin Sonatas, Takemitsu: Hika (2016) [24bit FLAC]

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Artist: Akiko Suwanai, Pace Ennrico
Album: Franck & R. Strauss: Violin Sonatas, Takemitsu: Hika
Genre: Classical
Year: 2016
Tracks: 08
Duration: 01:02:38
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Size: 1.09 GB
Label: Decca

Warmly recorded, with excellent balance struck between the two players, the Paroisse Notre-Dame du Liban Paris provides a sympathetic and intimate ambience. Booklet notes are in Japanese with an English track-listing and timings.” (Stephen Greenbank, MusicWeb International)

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