Anna Netrebko – Sempre Libera (2004/2013) [High Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-Ray Disc]

Сomposer: Gaetano Donizetti, Giacomo Puccini, Giuseppe Verdi, Vincenzo Bellini
Artist: Anna Netrebko, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Claudio Abbado
Title: Sempre Libera
Genre: Classical, Opera Arias
Label: © Universal Music | Deutsche Grammophon
Release Date: 2004/2013
Recorded: 2004, Valli Theater, Reggio Emilia, Italy
Quality: Blu-ray Audio
Duration: 01:08:58
Video: MPEG-4 AVC 2400 kbps / 1080p / 23,976 fps / 16:9 / High Profile 4.1
Audio: LPCM  2.0 / 192 kHz / 9216 kbps / 24-bit
Audio: DTS-HD MA 2.0 / 192 kHz / 5877 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 3.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Audio: Dolby TrueHD 2.0 / 192 kHz / 5673 kbps / 24-bit (AC3 Embedded: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps)
Size: 12.94 GB

The story of Anna Netrebko’s success requires no further recounting here: beginning with a sensational Salzburg début in 2002 as Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, she’s become an almost unrivaled presence among classical artists. Her first aria recital entered the German pop charts, and with the video clips for this album she stands to become the first opera diva for the MTV generation. The clips have already provided her with a key to the gates of Hollywood. It is in the scene from the Traviata thatAnna Netrebko made her feature film début in Garry Marshall’s Princess Diaries II with Julie Andrews.

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Amy Winehouse – Back To Black (2013) [High Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-Ray Disc]

Artist: Amy Winehouse
Title: Back To Black
Genre: Jazz, R&B, Neo-Soul
Label: © Universal Music
Release Date: 2006/2013
Recorded: 2006
Quality: Blu-ray Audio
Duration: 0:34:50
Video: MPEG-4 AVC 26321 kbps / 1080p / 23,976 fps / 16:9 / High Profile 4.1
Audio: LPCM 2.0 / 96 kHz / 4608 kbps / 24-bit
Audio: DTS-HD MA 2.0 / 96 kHz / 3677 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 3.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Audio: Dolby TrueHD 2.0 / 96 kHz / 3071 kbps / 24-bit (AC3 Embedded: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps)

Amy Winehouse’s second album, Back to Black, is one of the finest soul albums, British or otherwise, to come out in decades. Frank, her first album, was a sparse and stripped-down affair; Back to Black, meanwhile, is neither of these things. This time around, she’s taken her inspiration from some of the classic 1960’s girl groups like the Supremes and the Shangri-Las, a sound particularly suited to her textured vocal delivery, while adding a contemporary songwriting sensibility.

With the help of producers Mark Ronson and Salaam Remi, “Rehab” becomes a gospel-tinged stomp, while the title track (and album highlight) is a heartbreaking musical tribute to Phil Spector, with it’s echoey bass drum, rhythmic piano, chimes, saxophone and close harmonies. Best of all, though, is the fact that Back to Black bucks the trends in R&B by being unabashedly grown-up in both style and content.

Winehouse’s lyrics deal with relationships from a grown-up perspective, and are honest, direct and, often, complicated: on “You Know I’m No Good,” she’s unapologetic about her unfaithfulness. But she can also be witty, as on “Me & Mrs Jones” when she berates a boyfriend with “You made me miss the Slick Rick gig.” Back to Black is a refreshingly mature soul album, the best of its kind in years!

Back To Black took home five 2008 Grammy Awards including Best New Artist, Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Female Pop Vocal Performance and Best Pop Vocal Album while Mark Ronson also won for Producer of the Year. (more…)

Ying Quartet – American Anthem: The Music of Samuel Barber & Howard Hanson (2013) [FLAC 24bit/192kHz]

Ying Quartet – American Anthem: The Music of Samuel Barber & Howard Hanson (2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 01:14:36 minutes | 2,41 GB | Genre: Classical
Source: BD Audio | @ Sono Luminus LLC DSL-92166

“American Anthem is a testament to our nation’s great composers, and one of the year’s most powerful chamber-music recordings.”—Strings magazine

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Hoff Ensemble: Quiet Winter Night – An Acoustic Jazz Project (2011) [High Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-Ray Disc]

Album title: Quiet Winter Night – An Acoustic Jazz Project
Performer: Hoff Ensemble
Genre: jazz fusion
Label: 2L (Lindberg Lyd)
Location: Sofienberg Church, Norway
Release date: February 2012
Recording date: August 2011
Original source: Mastering in DXD (352.8kHz/24bit)
Quality: Blu-ray Audio
Duration: 0:48:08
Video: MPEG-4 AVC 950 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps / 16:9 / High Profile 4.1
Audio#1: DTS-HD MA 5.1 / 192 kHz / 13346 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Audio#2: LPCM 2.0 / 192 kHz / 9216 kbps / 24-bit

HOFF ENSEMBLE consists of some of Norway’s finest jazz and session musicians, fronted by trumpeter Mathias Eick, of ECM renown, who plays a leading role in several of the compositions. The ensemble’s basic quartet features legendary veteran bassist Arild Andersen and arranger Jan Gunnar Hoff on piano. Hoff has performed with his own group since 1993, collaborating with such artists as Mike Stern, Pat Metheny, Maria Joao and Alex Acuna. This time in this great Norwegian band he mixes flavours in a “cross-over” setting. Eick, with whom Hoff has worked on earlier projects, was the obvious first choice for QUIET WINTER NIGHT, along with Andersen and the rest of the band, complemented by Rune Arnesen (ex N.P.Molvær) on percussion and Børge Petersen-Øverleir, Norway’s leading session guitarist.

Brilliant fiddle player Annbjørg Lien is an exciting addition to the HOFF ENSEMBLE, giving QUIET WINTER NIGHT a sound that is definitely Nordic with elements of jazz, folk and beyond, making this an interesting and original journey. On some of the instrumental tracks, like “Blågutten”, Eick and Petersen-Øverleir create an overall jazz/fusion sound, while the trio setting of “Redd Mamma” is reminiscent of the work of Sweden’s Jan Johansson. “Hva skal hende nå” bears comparison with Metheny’s ballad form, yet with a more rock-influenced guitar sound. This tune also includes a great bass solo by Andersen.

The music is created by film composers Geir Bøhren and Bent Åserud and among the vocalists are some of Norway’s top names (and Universal artists) in popular music: Helene Bøksle, Åsne Valland Nordli, Sondre Bratland, Unni Wilhelmsen, Tomine Harket, Bjørn Johan Muri, Cecilia Vennersten and Bjørn Eidsvåg.

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Sigmund Groven & Iver Kleive: harmOrgan (2011) [High Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-Ray Disc]

Album title: harmOrgan
Performer: Sigmund Groven, harmonica; Iver Kleive, organ
Genre: Classical
Label: 2L (Lindberg Lyd)
Location: Uranienborg Church, Norway
Release date: December 2010
Recording date: September 2010
Original source: Mastering in DXD (352.8kHz/24bit)
Quality: Blu-ray Audio
Duration: 01:18:36 + 00:03:42
Video: MPEG-4 AVC 4000 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps / 16:9 / High Profile 4.1
Audio#1: DTS-HD MA 5.1 / 192 kHz / 12883 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Audio#2: LPCM 2.0 / 192 kHz / 9216 kbps / 24-bit

HARMONICA AND ORGAN – AN UNUSUAL DUO. The world’s smallest and the world’s largest musical instrument; “David and Goliath” together in stunning baroque pieces and Norwegian folk music.

Watch the music video on YouTube and VIMEO

Sigmund Groven and Iver Kleive have collaborated for more than 30 years and have built a repertoire consisting mainly of baroque pieces and Norwegian music, most of which they have composed and arranged themselves. Even though they have chosen very different instruments, and are also quite different personalities in many ways, they have a fundamental musical rapport and understanding and also have many other things in common. They both originate from musical families; born and raised in Telemark, a region of Norway rich in folk-music, they have always had an open mind and taken keen interest in various contemporary and popular musical styles and idioms. They left Norway to study, and their mentors were the best possible role models: In Munich Iver came under the guidance of organist Franz Lehrndorfer and legendary choir­master, conductor, and organist Karl Richter, whereas Sigmund had the great fortune to study in England with his boyhood idol, the equally legendary Tommy Reilly, one of the great pioneers of serious harmonica-playing.

“In the right hands the harmonica can be an instrument of great beauty and sophistication. Sigmund Groven, like Tommy Reilly and Larry Adler before him, makes full use of the wide range and tonal expressions that the harmonica is capable of. His musicianship is superb, and he now unquestionably reigns supreme as one of the finest exponents of the harmonica in the world.” – Sir George Martin (more…)

Annar Follesø, Norwegian Radio Orchestra; Ole Kristian Ruud – Ole Bull: Violin Concertos (2010) [High Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-Ray Disc]

Album title: OLE BULL – Violin Concertos
Composer: Ole Bull (1810-1880)
Performer: Annar Follesø, violin; Norwegian Radio Orchestra; Ole Kristian Ruud, conductor
Genre: Classical
Label: 2L (Lindberg Lyd)
Location: Jar Church, Norway
Release date: March 2010
Recording date: June 2009
Original source: Mastering in DXD (352.8kHz/24bit)
Quality: Blu-ray Audio
Duration: 1:10:04
Video: MPEG-4 AVC 1000 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps / 16:9 / High Profile 4.1
Audio#1: DTS-HD MA 7.1 / 96 kHz / 8323 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1-ES / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Audio#2: DTS-HD MA 5.1 / 192 kHz / 12842 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Audio#3: LPCM 2.0 / 192 kHz / 9216 kbps / 24-bit

Ole Bull (1810-1880) was an adventurer, violin virtuoso, composer and international star who brought the name of Norway to worldwide attention. Within music and drama he was a pioneer in the development of a national identity, and on the concert stage his fabulous playing skills and intense charisma early won him the sobriquet “the Scandinavian Paganini”.

Some of his most attractive tunes, as well as the rural potpourri Et Sæterbesøghave remained part of Norway’s cultural heritage; on this recording they can be heard alongside his two virtuosic violin concertos and the fiery Spanish fantasiaLa Verbena de San Juan. The concertos and the fantasia were rediscovered only a few years ago, and this is the first recording ever made of these attractive works. The A major Concerto was written in Italy in 1834 and boasts everything one could ever dream of when it comes to attractive tunes and giddy virtuosity. No. 2, Concerto Fantastico, lives indisputably up to its name and confirms what Franz Liszt wrote in 1840: “He is a sort of savage’s genius, possessing an abundance of original, enchanting ideas. In brief, he has moved me; it is a long time since that has happened to me.”

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Pink Floyd – The Early Years 1965-1972 (2016) [8xBlu-ray]

Genre: Progressive Rock, Psychedelic
Duration: 15:07:54 + 2:01:38 (audio)
Release Year: 2016

Quality: Blu-ray
Video Resolution / Scan: 1080p
Container: BDMV

‘The Early Years 1965 1972’ is a comprehensive 28-disc box set that sees Pink Floyd delve into their vast music archive to produce a deluxe package that includes 7 individual book-style volumes, featuring much previously unreleased material. The Early Years box set contains unreleased tracks, BBC Radio Sessions, remixes, outtakes, and alternative versions over an incredible 11 hours, 45 mins of audio (made up of 130+ tracks), live and TV performance in over 14 hours of audio-visual material. The content includes over 20 unreleased songs, more than 7 hours of previously unreleased live audio, and over 5 hours of rare concert footage, along with 5 meticulously produced 7″ singles in replica sleeves, collectible memorabilia, feature films and new sound mixes. Previously unreleased tracks include 1967’s ‘Vegetable Man’ and ‘In The Beechwoods’, which have been mixed for the first time, specially for this release. ‘The Early Years 1965-1972’ will give collectors the opportunity to hear the evolution of the band and witness their part in cultural revolutions from their earliest recordings and studio sessions to the years prior to the release of ‘The Dark Side Of The Moon’, one of the biggest selling albums of all time. From the single ‘Arnold Layne’ to the 20-minute epic ‘Echoes’, fans will see the invention of psychedelic progressive rock via an insightful collection that explores the Pink Floyd story from the time Roger Waters, Richard Wright, Nick Mason and Syd Barrett met at London’s Regent Street Polytechnic, through to Syd’s departure and David Gilmour joining to form the iconic lineup.

40+ items of archival memorabilia including: posters, flyers, tour programs, tickets, press advertisements, & much more.

This set includes: 11 CDs, 8 Blu-ray Discs, 9 DVDs, 5 seven-inch vinyl singles, collectible memorabilia, & more.

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Eagles – Hotel California – 40th Anniversary (2017) [High Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-Ray Disc]

Title: Eagles – Hotel California – 40th Anniversary
Release Date: 2017
Recorded Date: March – October 1976, Criteria Studios, Miami, FL; Record Plant Studios, Los Angeles, CA
Genre: Rock
Artist: Don Henley – lead and backing vocals, drums, percussion, synthesizer; Glenn Frey – guitars, keyboards, backing vocals, lead vocals; Randy Meisner – bass guitar, backing vocals, lead vocals, guitarrón; Don Felder – guitars, backing vocals; Joe Walsh – guitars, keyboards, backing vocals, lead vocals

Production/Label: Elektra/Asylum Records
Duration: 00:43:33
Quality: Blu-ray Audio
Container: BDMV
Video codec: AVC
Audio codec: DTS, PCM
Video: MPEG-4 AVC 8245 kbps / 1080p / 23,976 fps / 16:9 / High Profile 4.1
Audio#1: DTS-HD MA 5.1 / 96 kHz / 8477 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Audio#2: LPCM 2.0 / 192 kHz / 9216 kbps / 24-bit
Size: 8.41 GB

The Eagles’ Hotel California was a critical and commercial phenomenon when it was released in December 1976. The album topped the Billboard charts for eight weeks in the U.S., won two GRAMMY® Awards, sold more than 32 million copies around the world, and featured two Billboard #1 hit singles. 40 years later, it still ranks as one of the best-selling albums of all time.
The set also marks the debut of ten live tracks that were recorded during the band’s three-night stand at the Los Angeles Forum in October 1976. The concert recordings — which were recorded about a month before the album came out — feature one of the first ever live performances of “Hotel California” and “New Kid In Town” along with other Eagles classics including  “Already Gone,” “Take It To the Limit,” and “Witchy Woman.”
The Eagles made their triumphant return to the stage this summer at the Classic East/West festivals, earning raves from critics and fans alike. More live dates are planned for this fall, with the band being joined on stage once again by country superstar Vince Gill and Deacon Frey, son of Eagles founder, Glenn Frey.

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George Michael – Symphonica (2014) [High Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-Ray Disc]

Duration : 1h 19mn 12s 900ms
Quality : 1080p
Video Codec : MPEG-4 AVC
Audio Codec : LPCM / Dts-HD Master Audio / Dolby TrueHD
Video :1920×1080 / 16:9 / 24 fps / 17.09 Mbps
Audio :
LPCM Audio English 4608 kbps /2.0 / 96 kHz / 4608 kbps
DTS-HD Master Audio English 3111 kbps /2.0 / 96 kHz / 3111 kbps
Dolby TrueHD Audio English 2631 kbps /2.0 / 96 kHz / 2631 kbps
Size: 9.78 GB

Live album by the English singer-songwriter. Debuting at #1 in the UK Albums Chart, the album features the single ‘Let Her Down Easy’ as well as popular hits ‘Brother Can You Spare a Dime’ and ‘John and Elvis Are Dead’.

Gestating for a long time — at least two years, although George Michael hasn’t released an album for a decade — Symphonica is a curious way for the pop singer to return to action. A live album recorded on his 2011-2012 tour, Symphonica showcases a singer on the supper club circuit, trading in a few of his big hits, all middle-brow favorites (“Praying for Time,” “One More Try,” “A Different Corner”) and spending a lot of time on songs the audience knows and love, whether it’s Ewan MacColl’s “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face,” Anthony Newley’s “Feeling Good,” or the American Popular Songbook standard “My Baby Just Cares for Me.” Michael does indulge in some personal favorites — —he tackles Terence Trent D’Arby’s “Let Her Down Easy” and the deep Elton John track “Idol” — but the context is something familiar: a popular singer luxuriating in a symphonic setting. He doesn’t push the limits of this template, choosing to enjoy the lush surroundings, so this winds up slightly anti-climactic: Michael is in good form but he’s coasting, doing no more than he needs to, satisfying fans without surprising.

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Bob James Trio – Feel Like Making LIVE! (2022) 4K Blu-ray 2160p MPEG-H HEVC TrueHD 7.1

Title: Bob James Trio – Feel Like Making LIVE!
Release Date: 2022
Genre: Smooth Jazz

Production/Label: Evosound
Duration: 01:28:15 + 00:26:29
Quality: Blu-ray
Container: BDMV
Video codec: MPEG-H HEVC Video
Audio codec: Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD, PCM
Video: MPEG-H HEVC Video / 76418 kbps / 2160p / 23.976 fps / 16:9 / Main 10 @ Level 5.1 @ High / 10 bits / BT.2020
Audio #1: Dolby TrueHD/Atmos Audio / 7.1 / 48 kHz / 5850 kbps / 24-bit (AC3 Embedded: 5.1-EX / 48 kHz / 512 kbps / DN -31dB)
Audio #2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 7.1 / 96 kHz / 10335 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Audio #2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 7.1 / 96 kHz / 10335 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Subtitle: LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 96 kHz / 24-bit
Size: 82.25 GB

Multi-Grammy Winning Pianist Bob James releases “Feel Like Making LIVE!” as a celebration of his unique artistry, reflecting on a storied career stretching back nearly six decades. On this album he steps back to his piano trio roots, which is how the Missouri-born musician started his music career back in 1963. The line up on this release includes bassist Michael Palazzolo along with drummer Billy Kilson and the album was recorded live in the studio as a unique audio-visual spectacular, utilizing the best available filming and recording standards, including Dolby Atmos sound and 4K ultra high definition video.

High resolution audio enthusiasts will find a wide range of physical format options with a variety of immersive audio codecs. The five different physical formats include a DSD 5.1 surround and stereo multi-channel hybrid SACD, an MQA-CD + Blu-ray bundle, an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc, a stand-alone MQA-CD, and for analog enthusiasts a 180 gram limited numbered orange double vinyl LP. The Ultra HD Blu-ray includes 4K video, with sound in Dolby Atmos, Auro-3D, and 96kHz / 24-bit LPCM stereo audio. Alternatively, the standard Blu-ray offers a 1080p picture with your choice of Dolby Atmos and 96kHz / 24-bit LPCM stereo or visit your favorite online music platform to get an uncompressed stereo edition in a 96kHz / 24-bit lossless format*.

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Bob James Trio – Feel Like Making LIVE! (2022) Blu-ray 1080p AVC TrueHD 7.1

Title: Bob James Trio – Feel Like Making LIVE!
Release Date: 2022
Genre: Smooth Jazz

Production/Label: Evosound
Duration: 01:28:15 + 00:26:29
Quality: Blu-ray
Container: BDMV
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Audio codec: TRUE-HD, LPCM
Video: MPEG-4 AVC / 1080p / 1.68:1 /
Audio #1: Dolby TrueHD Audio / 7.1 / 48 kHz / 5850 kbps / 24-bit (AC3 Embedded: 5.1-EX / 48 kHz / 512 kbps)
Audio #2: LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 96 kHz / 4608 kbps / 24-bit
Subtitle: English,Chinese, Japanese,French, Spanish, German
Size: 36.95 GB

Multi-Grammy Winning Pianist Bob James releases “Feel Like Making LIVE!” as a celebration of his unique artistry, reflecting on a storied career stretching back nearly six decades. On this album he steps back to his piano trio roots, which is how the Missouri-born musician started his music career back in 1963. The line up on this release includes bassist Michael Palazzolo along with drummer Billy Kilson and the album was recorded live in the studio as a unique audio-visual spectacular, utilizing the best available filming and recording standards, including Dolby Atmos sound and 4K ultra high definition video.

High resolution audio enthusiasts will find a wide range of physical format options with a variety of immersive audio codecs. The five different physical formats include a DSD 5.1 surround and stereo multi-channel hybrid SACD, an MQA-CD + Blu-ray bundle, an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc, a stand-alone MQA-CD, and for analog enthusiasts a 180 gram limited numbered orange double vinyl LP. The Ultra HD Blu-ray includes 4K video, with sound in Dolby Atmos, Auro-3D, and 96kHz / 24-bit LPCM stereo audio. Alternatively, the standard Blu-ray offers a 1080p picture with your choice of Dolby Atmos and 96kHz / 24-bit LPCM stereo or visit your favorite online music platform to get an uncompressed stereo edition in a 96kHz / 24-bit lossless format*.

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Marillion – Fugazi (1984/2021) [High Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-Ray Disc]

Artist: Marillion
Title: Fugazi
Genre: Progressive Rock
Label: © Parlophone
Release Date: 2021
Quality: Blu-ray Audio
Length: 03:12:58 (audio) + 02:41:05 (video)
Video: MPEG-4 AVC Video / 11984 kbps / 1080p / 23.976 fps / 16:9 / High Profile 4.1
Audio: English / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 96 kHz / 4608 kbps / 24-bit
Audio: English / DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 96 kHz / 7343 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Audio: English / LPCM Audio / 5.1 / 96 kHz / 13824 kbps / 24-bit
Size: 43.51 GB

In March 1984, Marillion released their second studio album Fugazi, which went on to be certified Gold and reach number 5 in the UK albums charts. The classic album spawned two singles Assassing and Punch & Judy, both reaching #22 and #29 on the UK singles charts respectively.

Fugazi was the first Marillion album to feature Ian Mosley on drums and percussion, replacing Mick Pointer after the highly successful ScriptForA Jester’s Tear.It also included Fish, SteveRothery, PeteTrewavasand Mark Kelly.

This 3CD/Blu-Ray book opens with brand-new 2021 remixed stereo versions by Andy Bradfield and Avril Mackintosh, who also remixed the deluxe editions of Script For A Jester’s Tear and Clutching At Straws. It also includes a show from The Spectrum, Montreal, Canada recorded in 1984. The performance includes fan favourites from both Fugazi and their debut album Script For A Jester’s Tear in the form of tracks such as Jigsaw, Incubus, He Knows You Know, Chelsea Monday and much more.

The Blu-ray features 96k/24-bit versions of both the new Fugazi stereo remix and the Live at The Spectrum, Montreal, Canada concertandcontains a 5.1 surround sound version of the new 2021 stereo remix of Fugazi. The Blu-ray also contains a compelling look at the fascinating story behind Fugazi in a new documentary, entitled The Performance Has Just Begun, which features all the band members talking about how the album came to fruition. This is followed by the band giving an insightful track-by-track commentary of the album, as well as the music video of Assassing with both the original and remix audio.

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Marillion – An Hour Before It’s Dark (2022) [High Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-Ray Disc]

Artist: Marillion
Title: An Hour Before It’s Dark
Genre: Prog Rock
Label: © Ear Music
Release Date: 04/03/2022

Quality: Blu-ray Audio
Length: 01:24:57+00:54:13
Size: 36.48 GB

Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080i
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.78:1

Audio
Music: LPCM 2.0 (48kHz, 24-bit)
Music: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (48kHz, 24-bit)

This standalone Blu-ray version contains a 96khz 24 bit WAV Hi-Res stereo mix, DTS Master Audio surround mix and HD video content including (but not limited to) a documentary on the making of the album and a performance of Murder Machines from Real World Studios along with a booklet featuring song lyrics & condensed album artwork.

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Simple Minds – Sparkle in the Rain (1984/2015) [High Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-Ray Disc]

Artist: Simple Minds
Title: Sparkle in the Rain
Genre: Rock, New Wave, Synth-pop, Pop Rock
Label: © Universal Music
Release Date: 2015
Recorded: September–October 1983 at Monnow Valley Studio in Rockfield; The Town House in London
Quality: Blu-ray Audio
Length: 00:45:07 + 00:44:57 (Original 1984 Stereo Mix)
Video: MPEG-4 AVC 2002 kbps / 1080p / 23,976 fps / 16:9 / High Profile 4.1
Audio#1: English DTS-HD MA 5.1 / 96 kHz / 8310 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 6.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Audio#2: English LPCM 5.1 / 96 kHz / 13824 kbps / 24-bit
Audio#3: English LPCM 2.0 / 96 kHz / 4608 kbps / 24-bit

Sparkle in the Rain is the sixth studio album by Simple Minds, released on 6 February 1984. A breakthrough commercial success for the band, the record peaked at number one in the UK Albums Chart on 18 February 1984, and reached the top 20 in numerous other countries around the world, including New Zealand, Netherlands, Sweden, Canada, Switzerland, Germany, Norway, and Australia. Receiving mostly positive reviews in the United Kingdom and the United States, Sparkle in the Rain was ultimately certified double platinum in the UK by the British Phonographic Industry, and significantly increased media interest in the band.

Scotland’s Simple Minds get creative and passionate on Sparkle in the Rain, their seventh album released prior to their mid-’80s heyday of heralding the charts. Produced by Steve Lillywhite (U2, Morrissey, XTC, Psychedelic Furs), Sparkle in the Rain marks the band’s best effort thus far, capturing thick seascapes of illustrious lyrical visions. Frontman Jim Kerr’s anthemic love songs are political and personal, and synth-beats throb over Charlie Burchill’s new wave third-chord guitars and swooning basslines. Songs like “Waterfront” and “Book of Brilliant Things” are finely cut tracks with Simple Minds’ signature harking, but the glossy verse behind “Up on the Catwalk” is what’s most appealing. Piano vibes are pinch-hitting and Kerr’s songwriting thrives on celebrity and the falling grace that coincides that. Sparkle in the Rain is a glimpse of what’s to come from Simple Minds. Kerr’s heart-wrenching vocals soar and such emotion only leads to earning a global following. Like U2 did with 1984’s The Unforgettable Fire, Simple Minds will touch hearts by stripping their soul. The process has already begun on Sparkle in the Rain. –MacKenzie Wilson

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Simple Minds – New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84) (1982/2016) [High Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-Ray Disc]

Artist: Simple Minds
Title: New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84)
Genre: Rock , New Wave , Pop Rock , Synth-Pop
Label: © Virgin Records / Universal Music Group
Release Date: 1982 /2016
Quality: Blu-ray Audio
Length: 00:54:20
Video: MPEG-4 AVC 7997 kbps / 1080p / 23,976 fps / 16:9 / High Profile 4.1
Audio: English LPCM 2.0 / 96 kHz / 4608 kbps / 24-bit
Audio: English DTS-HD MA 5.1 / 96 kHz / 8379 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 6.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Audio: English LPCM 5.1 / 96 kHz / 13824 kbps / 24-bit

Blu-ray Audio pressing. Digitally remastered edition of this 1982 album by the Scottish outfit fronted by Jim Kerr. New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84) is the fifth studio album by Simple Minds and was a turning point for the band as they gained critical and commercial success in the UK and Europe. The record generated a handful of singles: “Promised You a Miracle” (released in April 1982), “Glittering Prize” (August 1982) and “Someone Somewhere in Summertime” (November 1982). The title track saw a limited release in Italy, when the band visited the country during their tour in March 1983. In addition, the jazz keyboardist Herbie Hancock performed a synthesizer solo on the track “Hunter and the Hunted.”

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