Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band – Live In New York City (2001) [2xSACD 2.0 & 5.1] {PS3 ISO

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band – Live In New York City (2001) [2xSACD]
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 122:56 minutes | Scans included | 9,43 GB
Genre: Rock | Features 2.0 Stereo and 5.1 multichannel surround — The entire HBO concert plus 6 more tracks

Compared to the gargantuan Live/1975-85, 2001′s Live in New York City seems like the very definition of restraint, but consider this — not only does it span two discs, it leaves out a considerable portion of the set list from the show and thereby the set list of Springsteen’s celebrated 2000 reunion with the E Street Band. Some critics complained that this record was little more than a tie-in to the HBO special of the same name, but even if that’s true, the record would have merit since it illustrates exactly why this group should never have parted ways. In a sense, even if this is the third live album in Springsteen’s catalog, it’s the first that attempts to replicate the feeling of an evening out with the E Street Band (the Live/1975-85 box tried too hard to be an ultimate experience; MTV Plugged captured a transitional phase). Though most reunions feel a little forced, this feels natural, yet never nostalgic, since the track listing never relies on the predictable. There are no hits in the conventional sense — outside of “Born in the U.S.A.” tucked away on the second disc and an initially uncredited “Born to Run” — but there are many fan favorites interspersed with a few obscurities and new songs, most notoriously the protest song “American Skin (41 Shots).” This works in Springsteen’s favor, since there’s no pandering — only the joy of making music with the band that understands him best. This doesn’t really result in something essential, even if the new songs are quite good, but if you’ve ever been a fan, it’s hard not to warm to Live in New York City.

CD1 #01 – My Love Will Not Let You Down
CD1 #02 – Prove It All Night
CD1 #03 – Two Hearts
CD1 #04 – Atlantic City
CD1 #05 – Mansion On The Hill
CD1 #06 – The River
CD1 #07 – Youngstown
CD1 #08 – Murder Incorporated
CD1 #09 – Badlands
CD1 #10 – Out In The Street
CD1 #11 – Born To Run
CD2 #01 – Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out
CD2 #02 – Land Of Hope And Dreams
CD2 #03 – American Skin (41 Shots)
CD2 #04 – Lost In The Flood
CD2 #05 – Born In The U.S.A.
CD2 #06 – Don’t Look Back
CD2 #07 – Jungleland
CD2 #08 – Ramrod
CD2 #09 – If I Should Fall Behind

Produced by Bruce Springsteen & Chuck Plotkin
Mastered by Bob Ludwig at Gateway Mastering Studios.


Oscar Peterson, Ray Brown, Milt Jackson – The Very Tall Band: Live at the Blue Note (1999) SACD ISO

Oscar Peterson, Ray Brown, Milt Jackson – The Very Tall Band (1999) [Telarc]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 70:23 minutes | Scans included | 2,86 GB
Genre: Jazz

Oscar Peterson’s landmark meeting with Milt Jackson in the mid-’60s produced the very successful studio date Very Tall. They’ve played and recorded together on a number of occasions since then, joined by Ray Brown more often than not, but these live tracks recorded at the Blue Note are among their most satisfying sessions. Peterson continues his strong comeback from the serious stroke that he suffered in 1993, replacing his once ferocious tempos with an uncanny lyricism. Brown’s introduction to “Blues for JR” and his bass solo medley are superb, while Jackson remains a master of the blues. The finale of “Caravan” features drummer Karriem Riggins and brings the session to a thunderous climax. Highly recommended.

01. Ja-da
02. SKJ
03. I Remember Clifford
04. When Summer Comes
05. Blues for JR
06. Nature Boy
07. Sometimes I’m Happy
08. Bass Solo Medley: Full Moon and Empty Arms / The Very Thought of You / The Work Song
09. Caravan

Recorded Live at the Blue Note,
November 24-26, 1998.

Oscar Peterson – piano
Ray Brown – bass
Milt Jackson – vibes
Karriem Riggins – drums


Herb Ellis, Joe Pass, Jake Hanna and Ray Brown – Seven, Come Eleven (1973) [Reissue 2003] {2.0 & 5.1} SACD ISO

Herb Ellis, Joe Pass, Jake Hanna and Ray Brown – Seven, Come Eleven (1973) [Reissue 2003]
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 41:48 minutes | Scans included | 2,47 GB
Genre: Jazz | Features 2.0 Stereo and 5.1 multichannel surround sound | Concord Jazz # SACD 1015-6

The second Concord album was recorded the day after the first with the same lineup: guitarists Herb Ellis and Joe Pass, bassist Ray Brown and drummer Jake Hanna. Pass would sign with Pablo but Ellis would be a fixture on the Concord label throughout the 1970s. If anything, the guitarists’ rematch was a bit stronger than their first due to material better suited for jamming including “In a Mellotone,” a speedy “Seven Come Eleven,” “Perdido” and “Concord Blues”.

01. In A Mellow Tone
02. Seven, Come Eleven
03. Prelude To A Kiss
04. Perdido
05. I Am Confessin’ (That I Love You)
06. Easy Living
07. Concord Blues


Ray Brown – The Red Hot Ray Brown Trio (1987) [Reissue 2005] SACD ISO

Ray Brown – The Red Hot Ray Brown Trio (1987) [Reissue 2005]
PS3 Rip | ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 44:30 minutes | Scans included | 1,78 GB
Genre: Jazz

This recording features 2 musical giants, the late Ray Brown & the late Gene Harris. Ray Brown leaves us in no doubt why he was always regarded as the jazz world’s No.1 bass player. Gene Harris demonstrates his ability to bring the ‘blues’ feel that is the very essence of jazz, to his performance of any tune on the album. Groove Note Records owner Ying Tan produced the SACD edition of the album with the SACD mastering credits going to David Glasser at Airshow Mastering in Boulder, Colorado.

Bassist Ray Brown’s 1985 trio (featuring pianist Gene Harris and drummer Mickey Roker) is heard in fine form throughout this swinging set. In addition to five standards and Brown’s own blues “Captain Bill,” there are a couple of unlikely but successful selections: Tyree Glenn’s “How Could You Do a Thing Like This to Me” and “Love Me Tender.” Although there is actually only one blues among the eight numbers, Gene Harris infuses all of the selections with the feeling of the blues and consistently steals the show.

01. Have You Met Miss Jones?
02. Meditation
03. Street Of Dreams
04. Lady Be Good
05. That’s All
06. Love Me Tender
07. How Could You Do A Thing Like This To Me?
08. Captain Bill


The Ray Brown Trio – Soular Energy (1984) [Reissue 2003] SACD ISO

The Ray Brown Trio – Soular Energy (1984) [Reissue 2003]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 45:39 minutes | Scans included | 1,83 GB
Genre: Jazz

Ray Brown, Gene Harris & Gerryck King are spectacular in this 1984 recording. Red Holloway (tenor sax) & a rare appearance by the great Emily Remler (guitar) round out the original musicians.

This album is important as an early milestone in pianist Gene Harris’ second career. Harris, who had led the popular Three Sounds in the 1960s, had been living in obscurity in Boise, ID, for several years before he was urged by bassist Ray Brown to come to the West Coast for some recording sessions. Harris became a permanent member of Brown’s regular trio for quite a few years before launching his own quartet. He had lost none of his technique, soul, or swing in the interim, as he shows throughout this fine release. Seven of the eight numbers (highlighted by “Exactly Like You,” “Teach Me Tonight,” and “Sweet Georgia Brown”) feature Brown, Harris, and drummer Gerryck King playing soulful bop, while “Mistreated But Undefeated Blues” adds guitarist Emily Remler and the tenor of Red Holloway. An excellent effort.

01. Exactly Like You
02. Cry Me A River
03. Teach Me Tonight
04. Take The “A” Train
05. Mistreated But Undefeated Blues
06. That’s All
07. Easy Does It
08. Sweet Georgia Brown


Ray Brown, Monty Alexander, Russell Malone – Ray Brown, Monty Alexander, Russell Malone (2002) [2.0 & 5.1] SACD ISO

Ray Brown, Monty Alexander, Russell Malone (2002) [2.0 & 5.1]
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 59:10 minutes | Scans included | 3,47 GB
Genre: Jazz | Features 2.0 Stereo and 5.1 multichannel surround sound | Telarc # SACD-63562

It would be nice to say that Ray Brown’s final recording session before his sudden and untimely death in the summer of 2002 resulted in a masterpiece, but although this trio session with guitarist Russell Malone and pianist Monty Alexander is perfectly serviceable, a masterpiece it is not. It’s a very attractive album — Brown was probably not capable of producing anything less as a leader — but it suffers just a bit from Alexander’s slightly sugary style and from the lack of a drummer. Recording without a drummer had been the latest thing in the jazz world for several years when this album was released, but it’s not entirely clear what the benefit of such an arrangement was supposed to be. On this album, the swing standard “Fly Me to the Moon” and Dexter Gordon’s boppish “Dexter’s Dex” would have had much more oomph with a sympathetic drummer on board (though on the latter, Malone’s Django Reinhardt-styled backup and Brown’s inimitable freight train rhythmic drive do go some distance toward making up for that lack). And the mid-tempo numbers seem to plod just a bit as well. But as always, there’s no questioning either the inventiveness of Brown’s solos or the rich sumptuousness of his enormous tone.

01. Django
02. Fly Me To The Moon
03. Blues For Junior
04. Honeysuckle Rose
05. Compassion
06. Dexter’s Dex
07. I Just Can’t See For Looking
08. One For Hamp
09. Don’t Go
10. Look Who’s Here
11. You Can See

– Ray Brown: bass
– Monty Alexander: piano
– Russell Malone: guitar


Frank Sinatra – A Jolly Christmas From Frank Sinatra (1957/2014) [AcousticSounds DSF Mono DSD64/2.82MHz]

Frank Sinatra – A Jolly Christmas From Frank Sinatra (1957/2014)
DSD64 (.dsf) 1 bit/2,8 MHz | Time – 32:26 minutes | 1,29 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download  Source: AcousticSounds | © Capitol Records

This seasonal collection of Yule tide classics sung by Frank Sinatra in his late-1950s incarnation, with impeccable string arrangements by Nelson Riddle, contains convincing performances of favorites like ‘O Little Town of Bethlehem,’ ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,’ and ‘I’ll Be Home for Christmas.’
It’s a tribute to Sinatra’s versatility and professionalism that this oft-sung set comes off sounding simultaneously fresh, original, and heartwarming. Includes liner notes by Pete Welding.

It can be argued that Sinatra never sounded fully comfortable singing Christmas carols, and this record is no exception. While his other albums of the period are bursting with dash and sensitivity, this is a distant, even slightly lackadaisical performance. It’s no dud on its own, but compared to the classic Christmas records of other artists, and especially to Sinatra’s best work, it is unusually somber. Gordon Jenkins’ adventurous arrangements are occasionally intrusive, but the album has touches of magic during “The Christmas Waltz” and “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear.” —Jim Smith

Released in 1957, the same year as Elvis Presley’s hit Christmas album, Sinatra’s first Christmas record is like a conservative op-ed in response to the King’s subtly radical bumrush. It’s the essence of Eisenhower’s America, bottled and giftwrapped with a red and white bow on top. This was the fourth album Sinatra recorded in a very good year, and he sings like he has the universe effortlessly balanced on the brim of his hat. At times the arrangements and back-up singing get in the way. But when he taps the nostalgic tug of ‘I’ll Be Home For Christmas’ and ‘Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,” it’s mistletoe magic. —Rolling Stone

1. Jingle Bells 01:59
2. The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas To You) 03:27
3. Mistletoe And Holly 02:16
4. I’ll Be Home For Christmas (If Only In My Dreams) 03:09
5. The Christmas Waltz 03:01
6. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas 03:25
7. The First Noel 02:41
8. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing 02:21
9. O Little Town Of Bethlehem 02:04
10. Adeste Fideles 02:31
11. It Came Upon A Midnight Clear 02:48
12. Silent Night 02:25

Frank Sinatra, vocals
The Ralph Brewer Singers, background vocals
Gordon Jenkins, arranger, conductor

Recorded: May 1-July 10, 1957 at Capitol Studio A, Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA
DSD files were created from the 192/24 HD digital transfer of the original analog master


Frank Sinatra – No One Cares (1959) [MFSL 2013] SACD ISO

Frank Sinatra – No One Cares (1959) [MFSL 2013]
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 37:59 minutes | Scans included | 1,15 GB
Genre: Vocal Jazz | Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab # UDSACD 2111

Frank Sinatra’s second set of torch songs recorded with Gordon Jenkins, No One Cares was nearly as good as its predecessor, Where Are You? Expanding the melancholy tone of the duo’s previous collaboration, No One Cares consists of nothing but brooding, lonely songs. Jenkins gives the songs a subtley tragic treatment, and Sinatra responds with a wrenching performance. It lacks the grandiose melancholy of Only the Lonely, nor is it as lsuh as Where Are You?, but in its slow, bluesly tempos and heartbreaking little flourishes, it is every bit moving.

01. When No One Cares
02. A Cottage For Sale
03. Stormy Weather
04. Where Do You Go?
05. I Don’t Stand A Ghost Of A Chance With You
06. Here’s That Rainy Day
07. I Can’t Get Started
08. Why Try To Change Me Now?
09. Just Friends
10. I’ll Never Smile Again
11. None But The Lonely Heart

Mastered by Rob LoVerde at Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab, Sebastopol, CA.


Frank Sinatra – Sinatra’s Swingin’ Session!!! (1961) [MFSL 2013] SACD ISO

Frank Sinatra – Sinatra’s Swingin’ Session!!! (1961) [MFSL 2013]
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 22:26 minutes | Scans included | 1,07 GB
Genre: Vocal Jazz | Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab # UDSACD 2110

Sinatra’s Swingin’ Session!!! And More is a fast, driving album, the speediest and hardest swing collection Frank Sinatra ever recorded. The majority of the album is a re-recording of six of the eight songs from his first LP, Sing and Dance with Frank Sinatra, as rearranged by Nelson Riddle. Sinatra performed the songs twice as fast as was expected; consequently, it’s one of his jazziest swing sets, with the musicians spitting out energetic, forceful solos and providing tough, gutsy support. Not only do the uptempo numbers speed by, the ballads are sprightly. It doesn’t have the brassy verve of A Swingin’ Affair, but Sinatra’s Swingin’ Session!!! does have a confident, swaggering flavor of its own that makes it nearly as enjoyable.

01. When You’re Smiling
02. Blue Moon
03. S’Posin
04. It All Depends on You
05. It’s Only a Paper Moon
06. My Blue Heaven
07. Should I?
08. September in the Rain
09. Always
10. I Can’t Believe That You’re in Love with Me
11. I Concentrate on You
12. You Do Something to Me

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


Frank Sinatra – Where Are You? (1957) [MFSL 2013] SACD ISO

Frank Sinatra – Where Are You? (1957) [MFSL 2013]
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 41:57 minutes | Scans included | 747 MB
Genre: Vocal Jazz | MONO | Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab # UDSACD 2109

Following the hard-driving A Swingin’ Affair, Frank Sinatra released another all-ballads record, Where Are You? The album was the first he recorded at Capitol without Nelson Riddle, as well as the first he recorded in stereo. Where Riddle’s down beat albums are stately and sullen, Jenkins favors lush, melancholy arrangements played by large, string-dominated orchestras. Jenkins’ arrangements suggested classical textures, although the tempos alluded to Billie Holiday’s ballad style. Where Are You? primarily consists of torch songs, including “The Night We Called It a Day,” “I Cover the Waterfront,” and “Lonely Town.” Throughout the record, Sinatra blends with Jenkins’ sumptuous strings, making his voice sound rich, relaxed and regretful. It doesn’t have the stark despair of In the Wee Small Hours, but its luxurious sadness makes Where Are You? a majestic experience of its own.

01. Where Are You?
02. The Night We Called It A Day
03. I Cover The Waterfront
04. Maybe You’ll Be There
05. Laura
06. Lonely Town
07. Autumn Leaves
08. I’m A Fool To Want You
09. I Think Of You
10. Where Is The One
11. There’s No You
12. Baby Won’t You Please Come Home

Mastered by Rob LoVerde at Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab, Sebastopol, CA.


Frank Sinatra – Point Of No Return (1962) [MFSL 2013] SACD ISO

Frank Sinatra – Point Of No Return (1962) [MFSL 2013]
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 39:21 minutes | Scans included | 1,21 GB
Genre: Vocal Jazz | Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab # UDSACD 2112

At the time he recorded his final Capitol album, Point of No Return, Frank Sinatra was no longer interested in giving his record label first-rate material, preferring to save that for his new label, Reprise. However, someone persuaded the singer to make the album a special occasion by reuniting with Axel Stordahl, the arranger/conductor who helped Sinatra rise to stardom in the ’40s; he also arranged the vocalist’s first Capitol session, so his presence gave a nice sense of closure to the Capitol era. Even though the Voice gave a more heartfelt, dedicated performance than expected, the project was rushed along, necessitating the use of a ghost-arranger, Heine Beau, for several tracks. Point of No Return remains a touching farewell, consisting of moving renditions of standards like “September Song,” “There Will Never Be Another You,” “I’ll Remember April,” and “These Foolish Things,” with only three charts being replications of their previous work (“I’ll Be Seeing You,” “September Song,” “These Foolish Things”). Sinatra would never sing these standards with such detailed, ornate orchestrations, and, as such, the album has a feeling of an elegy.

01. When The World Was Young
02. I’ll Remember April
03. September Song
04. A Million Dreams Ago
05. I’ll See You Again
06. There Will Never Be Another You
07. Somewhere Along The Way
08. It’s A Blue World
09. These Foolish Things (Remind Me Of You)
10. As Time Goes By
11. I’ll Be Seeing You
12. Memories Of You

Mastered by Rob LoVerde at Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab, Sebastopol, CA.


Frank Sinatra – A Swingin’ Affair! (1957) [MFSL 2014] SACD ISO

Frank Sinatra – A Swingin’ Affair! (1957) [MFSL 2014]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 45:23 minutes | Scans included | 1.82 GB
Genre: Vocal Jazz | Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab # UDSACD 2107

In some ways, A Swingin’ Affair! is “Songs for Swingin’ Lovers!, Pt. 2,” following the same formula of Sinatra’s hit album of the previous year. Beneath the surface, there are enough variations on A Swingin’ Affair! to make it a distinctive, and equally enjoyable listen. The most noticeable difference between the two records is their basic approach. Where Songs for Swingin’ Lovers! swung hard but managed to stay rather light, A Swingin’ Affair! is a forceful, brassy album — it exudes a self-assured, confident aura. It is a hard, jazzy album. However, the attack is more brash.

01. Night And Day
02. I Wish I Were In Love Again
03. I Got Plenty O’ Nuttin’
04. I Guess I’ll Have To Change My Plan
05. Nice Work If You Can Get It
06. Stars Fell On Alabama
07. No One Ever Tells You
08. I Won’t Dance
09. The Lonesome Road
10. At Long Last Love
11. You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To
12. I Got It Bad And That Ain’t Good
13. From This Moment On
14. If I Had You
15. Oh! Look At Me Now

Mastered for this SACD by Rob LoVerde at Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab, Sebastopol, CA.