Xandria – Ravenheart (2004) [2.0 & 5.1] SACD ISO

Xandria – Ravenheart (2004) [2.0 & 5.1]
PS3 Rip | ISO | DST 64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 50 minutes | Scans included | 4,06 GB
Genre: Metal

Female-fronted symphonic/goth metal band Xandria broke into the German music mainstream in 2004 with their second album, Ravenheart. Though many argue that the band isn’t genuinely metal, Xandria garnered a sizable following in Germany and a growing following internationally; in particular, the band’s flair for exotic themes and Middle Eastern motifs contributed to its appeal, as did its English-language lyrics.

01. Ravenheart
02. The Lioness
03. Back To The River
04. Eversleeping
05. Fire Of Universe
06. Some Like It Cold
07. Answer
08. My Scarlet Name
09. Snow – White
10. Black Flame
11. Too Close To Breathe
12. Keep My Secret Well



The InTime Quintet & Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra – Piazzolla InTime (2004) [2.0 & 5.0] {PS3 ISO

The InTime Quintet & Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra – Piazzolla InTime (2004) [2.0 & 5.0]
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DSD/DST64 2.0 & 5.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 48:13 minutes | Scans included | 4,23 GB
Features 2.0 Stereo and 5.0 multichannel surround sound | Label: Alba / Catalog # 199 | Genre: Classical

The In Time Quintet, featuring violin, piano, guitar, bass and oboe with accompaniment from the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Jaana Haanterä, navigate through the tango music of Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992).

01. Preparence
02. Oblivion
03. Triunfal
04. Imperial
05. Adios Nonino
06. Coral
07. La Muerte del Angel
08. El Choclo
09. Invierno Porteno
10. Tres Minutos con la Realidad
11. Libertango



Salvatore Accardo, Orchestra da Camera Italiana – Astor Piazzolla: Oblivion (2002) [Reissue 2007] {2.0 & 5.0} SACD ISO

Salvatore Accardo, Orchestra da Camera Italiana – Astor Piazzolla: Oblivion (2002) [Reissue 2007]
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DST64 2.0 & 5.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 61:37 minutes | Scans included | 4,03 GB
Features 2.0 Stereo and 5.0 multichannel surround sound | Fone # 019SACD | Genre: Classical

This stunning audiophile album features the great violin virtuoso Salvatore Accaro leading Italy’s Orchestra da Camera Italiana through new transcriptions of Astor Piazolla’s work.

01. Oblivion
02. Escualo
03. Milonga en Re
04. Introduccion al angel
05. Revirado
06. Milonga sin palabras
07. Finale
08. Tres minutos con la realidad
09. Recordando “Suite per archi”



Salvatore Accardo, Orchestra da Camera Italiana – Astor Piazzolla: Le Grand Tango (2001) [Reissue 2007] SACD ISO

Salvatore Accardo, Orchestra da Camera Italiana – Astor Piazzolla: Le Grand Tango (2001)
PS3 Rip | ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 51:31 minutes | Scans included | 2,1 GB
Genre: Classical

Ástor Pantaleón Piazzolla was an Argentine tango composer and bandoneon player. This stunning audiophile album features the great violin virtuoso Salvatore Accaro leading Italy’s Orchestra da Camera Italiana through new transcriptions of Astor Piazolla’s work.

01. Le Grand Tango
02. Celos
03. Tres Tangos: Tango I
04. Tres Tangos, Tango II
05. Tres Tangos, Tango III
06. Close Your Eyes And Listen
07. Tango N#1
08. Tango N#2



Salvatore Accardo, Orchestra da Camera Italiana – Astor Piazzolla: Adios Nonino (2001) [Reissue 2007] SACD ISO

Salvatore Accardo, Orchestra da Camera Italiana – Astor Piazzolla: Adios Nonino (2001) [Reissue 2007]
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DST64 2.0 & 5.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 64:15 minutes | Scans included | 4,24 GB
Features 2.0 Stereo and 5.0 multichannel surround sound | Fone # 020SACD | Genre: Classical

This stunning audiophile album features the great violin virtuoso Salvatore Accaro leading Italy’s Orchestra da Camera Italiana through new transcriptions of Astor Piazolla’s work.

01. Vardarito
02. Adios Nonino
03. Milonga Del Angel
04. Jeanne Y Paul
05. Verano Porteno
06. Tanti Anni Prima
07. Tres Piezas Para Orcuesta De Camara – Preludio
08. Tres Piezas Para Orcuesta De Camara – Fuga
09. Tres Piezas Para Orcuesta De Camara – Divertimento



Martin Taylor and Steve Howe – Masterpiece Guitars (2003) [Japanese Release] SACD ISO

Martin Taylor & Steve Howe – Masterpiece Guitars (2003) [Japanese Release]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 60:31 minutes | Scans included | 2,11 GB
Genre: Jazz

Jazz guitarist Martin Taylor and rock guitarist Steve Howe would seem an unlikely pair to make a CD together, but they had an opportunity, thanks to the generosity of a fan with a wide-ranging collection of vintage collectable guitars. In 1996, the two guitarists gathered over the course of several sessions and chose various instruments, often using several within one track via overdubbing. The two guitarists play together on just five of the 17 tracks, with Taylor playing ten solos and Howe two. Taylor’s unusual setting of Kenny Dorham’s “Blue Bossa” incorporates one guitar for rhythm, while he switches off among 18 other instruments for the solo. His setting of “All the Things You Are” adds a surprising lyrical introduction, while the arrangement contrasts with the typically over the top bop recordings. Howe’s spacious “Tailpiece” suggests a lonely journey in the desert. Taylor also penned several originals, including the tasty bossa nova “Cherokee Ridge.” Among the duo features, the enchanting, understated interpretation of “Smile” has a special appeal. This session will be of special interest to guitarists, though anyone familiar with either Martin Taylor or Steve Howe ought to investigate this enjoyable release.

01. Two Teardrops
02. No Pedestrians
03. Smile
04. La Questa
05. All The Things You Are
06. Thought Waves
07. Thank Heaven For Little Girls
08. Ginger
09. Blue Bossa – featuring the Blue Guitars
10. Tailpiece
11. Cherokee Ridge
12. The Sunshine Of Your Smile
13. Goofus
14. Moon River
15. Ae Fond Kiss / Farewell To Erin
16. Somewhere
17. Harpnosis



Martin Taylor – Spirit Of Django (1994) [Reissue 2004] {2.0 & 5.1} SACD ISO

Martin Taylor – Spirit Of Django (1994) [Reissue 2004]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 60:20 minutes | Scans included | 3,55 GB
Features 2.0 Stereo & 5.1 multichannel Surround sound | Linn Records # AKD 237 | Genre: Jazz

In the 1990s, jazz tribute albums could be incredibly predictable, with young tenor saxophonists paying tribute to John Coltrane by emulating his tone and playing his best-known songs exactly like he played them, or young trumpeters saluting Miles Davis by trying to sound like a carbon copy of him on yet another version of “So What” or “Solar.” Spirit of Django is Martin Taylor’s tribute to fellow guitarist Django Reinhardt, and thankfully, this is one tribute album that’s interesting and unpredictable instead of cliché-ridden. Though Taylor’s love of Reinhardt’s legacy is evident throughout the album, the guitarist never sounds like an outright clone. His individuality comes through on Reinhardt pieces (including “Nuages” and “Minor Swing”), as well as Fats Waller’s “Honeysuckle Rose” and the standards “Night and Day” and “Lady Be Good.” To his credit, Taylor makes some unlikely choices. Pat Metheny’s “James,” for example, isn’t something you’d expect to hear on a Reinhardt tribute, yet Taylor’s interpretation fits in perfectly. This excellent CD is highly recommended to admirers of both Taylor and Reinhardt.

01. Chez Fernand
02. Minor Swing
03. Night and Day
04. Nuages
05. James
06. Double Top
07. Django’s Dream
08. Swing 42
09. Lady Be Good
10. Honeysuckle Rose
11. Johnny and Mary



Martin Taylor – Artistry (1992) [Reissue 2004] {2.0 & 5.1} SACD ISO

Martin Taylor – Artistry (1992) [Reissue 2004]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 49:51 minutes | Scans included | 2,86 GB
Features 2.0 Stereo & 5.1 multichannel Surround sound | Linn Records # AKD 235 | Genre: Jazz

Like Joe Pass’ Virtuoso series, Artistry is a vehicle for Taylor’s amazing technical ability. His transcriptions, particularly “Georgia On My Mind,” are superb, but occasionally his playing feels cluttered, as he squeezes in too many details. Elsewhere he is terrific: “Teach Me Tonight” is subtle and swinging, and “The Dolphin” features an astonishing range of colors, from simultaneous chordal and single-note runs to harp imitations that are surprisingly true. It doesn’t provide the pure pleasure of his work with Stephan Grapelli (where he is clearly most inspired), but Artistry is a great example of Taylor’s incredibly refined, creative guitar work.

01. Polka Dots and Moonbeams
02. Stella by Starlight
03. Teach me Tonight
04. The Dolphin
05. Georgia on my Mind
06. They Can’t Take That Away From Me
07. Here There and Everywhere / Day Tripper
08. Just Squeeze Me
09. Gentle Rain
10. Cherokee
11. Certain Smile



Maeve O’Boyle – All My Sins (2009) [2.0 & 5.1] SACD ISO

Maeve O’Boyle – All My Sins (2009) [2.0 & 5.1]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 39:02 min | Scans included | 2,39 GB
Features Stereo & Multichannel Surround sound | Linn Records # AKD 318 | Genre:  Rock

All My Sins, the debut album from Glasgow’s rising star Maeve O’Boyle, is a master class in melodic, folktinged pop and showcases Maeve’s poignant, personal and deeply meaningful self-penned songs. Produced by Calum Malcolm (The Blue Nile), ‘All My Sins’ is a master class in melodic, folk-tinged pop and features co-writes with, among others, Ricky Ross (Deacon Blue) and Francis Macdonald (Teenage Fanclub). Her unique blend of melodic pop, folk and rock won the acclaim of many established musicians and the press upon its release.

It has been a fruitful few years for local singer songwriter Maeve O’Boyle as she prepares for the release of her debut album. She has planned a show with the guys from Intimate Gigs at The Georgian Hotel in Coatbridge. Maeve has been writing songs since the age of 13 and the 21-year-old has now matured into one of the finest talents to emerge in Scotland in many a year. Her debut album titled All My Sins is a culmination of years of hard work and a steady recognition in the industry of her burgeoning talent. She first started to attract attention when she won the Danny Award at the Celtic Connections festival and winning the Daily Record’s Search for a Star competition. The album has taken several years to record and is an outstanding piece of work, with producers Calum Malcolm (The Blue Nile) and Stuart McCredie (The Fratellis) bringing out the best in Maeve’s voice. The album also features a host of well known Scottish talent including legendary fiddler John McCusker and Norman Blake of Teenage Fanclub. Writing the album also afforded Maeve the opportunity to write with some of Scotland’s most respected songwriters including Ricky Ross from Deacon Blue who commented: “When Maeve sang for me I thought she was fantastic. I could listen to her voice all day. She’s up there with anyone”.

01. Old Greenwich Time
02. The Place You Became
03. Facing Home
04. Taxi
05. Swimming Upstream
06. Butterfly
07. Carnival Attraction
08. All My Sins
09. Romeo
10. Pray It Never Happens

Produced by Calum Malcolm and Stuart McCredie.

Maeve O’Boyle – vocals
Stuart McCredie – guitars
Calum Malcolm – keyboards
Laurence Cottle – bass
John McCusker – fiddle
Liam Bradley – drums



Lynyrd Skynyrd – Second Helping (1974) [Analogue Productions Remaster 2013] SACD ISO

Lynyrd Skynyrd – Second Helping (1974)[Analogue Productions Remaster 2013]
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DSD64 Stereo > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 37:21 minutes | Scans included | 1,16 GB
Genre: Rock

Lynyrd Skynyrd wrote the book on Southern rock with their first album, so it only made sense that they followed it for their second album, aptly titled Second Helping. Sticking with producer Al Kooper (who, after all, discovered them), the group turned out a record that replicated all the strengths of the original, but was a little tighter and a little more professional. It also revealed that the band, under the direction of songwriter Ronnie Van Zant, was developing a truly original voice. Of course, the band had already developed their own musical voice, but it was enhanced considerably by Van Zant’s writing, which was at turns plainly poetic, surprisingly clever, and always revealing. Though Second Helping isn’t as hard a rock record as Pronounced, it’s the songs that make the record. “Sweet Home Alabama” became ubiquitous, yet it’s rivaled by such terrific songs as the snide, punkish “Workin’ for MCA,” the Southern groove of “Don’t Ask Me No Questions,” the affecting “The Ballad of Curtis Loew,” and “The Needle and the Spoon,” a drug tale as affecting as their rival Neil Young’s “Needle and the Damage Done,” but much harder rocking. This is the part of Skynyrd that most people forget — they were a great band, but they were indelible because that was married to great writing. And nowhere was that more evident than on Second Helping.

01. Sweet Home Alabama
02. I Need You
03. Don’t Ask Me No Questions
04. Workin’ For MCA
05. The Ballad Of Curtis Loew
06. Swamp Music
07. The Needle And The Spoon
08. Call Me The Breeze

Mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio.



Lynyrd Skynyrd – Second Helping (1974/2013) [AcousticSounds DSF DSD64/2.82MHz]

Lynyrd Skynyrd – Second Helping (1974/2013)
DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz | Time – 00:37:22 minutes | 1,47 GB | Genre: Rock
Official Digital Download – Source: AcousticSounds |  © Geffen Records / Analogue Productions
Recorded: Record Plant Studios, Los Angeles, California, January 1974 (except for track 1, Studio One in Doraville, Georgia, June 1973)
Mastered: At Cohearent Audio by Kevin Gray

This Lynyrd Skynyrd 1974 album follows the success of “Free Bird” and “Gimme Three Steps” from their 1973 debut and features their biggest hit single, “Sweet Home Alabama,” an answer to Neil Young’s “Southern Man” and “Alabama.” The song reached No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in August 1974. Second Helping also featured “Don’t Ask Me No Questions,” “Workin’ for MCA” and “Call Me The Breeze,” the latter of which includes an acclaimed piano solo. Backed by a tight rhythm section and the mighty three-guitar attack of Allen Collins, Ed King and Gary Rossington, singer Ronnie Van Zant turns in a legendary performance on the urgent blues ballad “I Need You,” the cautionary “The Needle And The Spoon” and “The Ballad Of Curtis Loew.” 200-gram vinyl, mastering by Kevin Gray, lacquer plating by QRP’s Gary Salstrom, heavy, tip-on gatefold jacket. None better.

“MoFi may have the rest of their catalogue, but Chad Kassem’s coup is grabbing this album, the band’s second, from 1974. Why? Because it kicks off with their anthem, the inimitable, riff-driven, majestic ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ — one of the greatest air-guitar/road trip songs ever. By this time, the band was a mite slicker but just as unapologetically Confederate-with-a-capital ‘C’ as on their debut. The opener does overshadow the rest, but the album serves up what the LP title promises in ‘The Needle And The Spoon,’ which sounds like ‘Sweet Home Alabama II.’ Musically, this nestles alongside Little Feat and The Allman Brothers Band — deservedly high praise.” — Ken Kessler, Hi-Fi News, April 2014

1 Sweet Home Alabama 4:46
2 I Need You 6:55
3 Don’t Ask Me No Questions 3:25
4 Workin’ for the MCA 4:49
5 The Ballad Of Curtis Loew 4:52
6 Swamp Music 3:31
7 The Needle And The Spoon 3:54
8 Call Me The Breeze 5:11

Ronnie Van Zant – lead vocals
Gary Rossington – Gibson Les Paul guitar, rhythm and acoustic guitar on “Sweet Home Alabama”
Allen Collins – Gibson Firebird – guitar
Ed King – Fender Stratocaster guitar, slide guitar, rhythm guitar and bass on “I Need You” and “Don’t Ask Me No Questions”
Billy Powell – keyboards, piano on “Sweet Home Alabama”
Leon Wilkeson – Gibson Thunderbird bass
Bob Burns – drums except “I Need You”
Additional personnel:
Mike Porter – drums on “I Need You”
Clydie King, Sherlie Matthews – background vocals on “Sweet Home Alabama”
Merry Clayton and friends – background vocals on “Sweet Home Alabama”
Bobby Keys, Trewor Lawrence and Steve Madiao – horns on “Don’t Ask Me No Questions” and “Call Me the Breeze”
Al Kooper – backing vocals, piano on “Don’t Ask…” & “The Ballad of Curtis Loew”, producer



Lynyrd Skynyrd – (pronounced ‘leh-‘nerd ‘skin-‘nerd) (1973) [MFSL 2012] SACD ISO

Lynyrd Skynyrd – (pronounced ‘leh-‘nerd ‘skin-‘nerd) (1973) [MFSL 2012]
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DSD64 Stereo > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 43:09 minutes | Scans included | 1,36 GB
Genre: Rock

The Allman Brothers came first, but Lynyrd Skynyrd epitomized Southern rock. The Allmans were exceptionally gifted musicians, as much bluesmen as rockers. Skynyrd was nothing but rockers, and they were Southern rockers to the bone. This didn’t just mean that they were rednecks, but that they brought it all together — the blues, country, garage rock, Southern poetry — in a way that sounded more like the South than even The Allmans. And a large portion of that derives from their hard, lean edge, which was nowhere more apparent than on their debut album, Pronounced Leh-Nerd Skin-Nerd. Produced by Al Kooper, there are few records that sound this raw and uncompromising, especially records by debut bands. Then again, few bands sound this confident and fully formed with their first record. Perhaps the record is stronger because it’s only eight songs, so there isn’t a wasted moment, but that doesn’t discount the sheer strength of each song. Consider the opening juxtaposition of the rollicking “I Ain’t the One” with the heartbreaking “Tuesday’s Gone.” Two songs couldn’t be more opposed, yet Skynyrd sounds equally convincing on both. If that’s all the record did, it would still be fondly regarded, but it wouldn’t have been influential. The genius of Skynyrd is that they un-self-consciously blended album-oriented hard rock, blues, country, and garage rock, turning it all into a distinctive sound that sounds familiar but thoroughly unique. On top of that, there’s the highly individual voice of Ronnie Van Zant, a songwriter who isn’t afraid to be nakedly sentimental, spin tales of the South, or to twist macho conventions with humor. And, lest we forget, while he does this, the band rocks like a motherf*cker. It’s the birth of a great band that birthed an entire genre with this album.

01. I Ain’t The One
02. Tuesday’s Gone
03. Gimme Three Steps
04. Simple Man
05. Things Goin’ On
06. Mississippi Kid
07. Poison Whiskey
08. Free Bird

Mastered by Shawn R. Britton at Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab, Sebastopol, CA.