Five Years

Ralph Towner & John Abercrombie - Five Years Later (1981/2014) [Official Digital Download] RE-UP

Ralph Towner & John Abercrombie - Five Years Later (1981/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 50:12 minutes | 1,01 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

In 1976, guitarists Ralph Towner and John Abercrombie teamed up for a duet session, Sargasso Sea, that was released under Abercrombie's name. Five years later, they made this ECM date. One can easily tell the two guitarists apart, since Abercrombie mostly plays electric and has a more forceful sound, while Towner's solos are usually more introverted. They perform three of Towner's songs, a pair of Abercrombie originals, and three collaborations. Although the interaction tends to be fairly quiet, there is a lot of subtle passion.

Pink Floyd - The Early Years 1967-72: Cre/ation (2016) [TR24][OF]  Vinyl & HR

Posted by SERTiL at Dec. 5, 2016
Pink Floyd - The Early Years 1967-72: Cre/ation (2016) [TR24][OF]

Pink Floyd - The Early Years 1967-72: Cre/ation
Progressive Rock, Classic Rock | FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | 112:42 min | 2.34 GB | Digital booklet
Label: Warner Music Group / Parlophone Records | Tracks: 27 | Rls.date: 2016

Set across 2 CD’s, Cre/ation The Early Years 1967 – 1972 charts the evolution of the band and bears witness to 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.
The Doobie Brothers - The Warner Bros. Years 1971-1983 (2016) [TR24][OF]

The Doobie Brothers - The Warner Bros. Years 1971-1983
Classic Rock, Soft Rock | FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | 06:53:536 | 15.5 GB | Front Cover
Label: Rhino/Warner Bros. | Tracks: 110 | Rls.date: 2016

As one of the most popular California pop/rock bands of the '70s, the Doobie Brothers evolved from a mellow, post-hippie boogie band to a slick, soul-inflected pop band by the end of the decade. Along the way, the group racked up a string of gold and platinum albums in the U.S., along with a number of radio hits like "Listen to the Music," "Black Water," and "China Grove." The roots of the Doobie Brothers lie in Pud, a short-lived California country-rock band in the vein of Moby Grape featuring guitarist/vocalist Tom Johnston and drummer John Hartman.

Eric Dolphy - At the Five Spot, Vol.2 (1961/2014) [TR24][OF]  Vinyl & HR

Posted by SERTiL at Nov. 25, 2016
Eric Dolphy - At the Five Spot, Vol.2 (1961/2014) [TR24][OF]

Eric Dolphy - At the Five Spot, Vol.2
Jazz | FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44.1 kHz | 67:30 min | 801 MB | Digital booklet
Label: Prestige Records | Tracks: 04 | Rls.date: 1961/2014

This is the second of three sets that document the Eric Dolphy/Booker Little quintet's playing at the Five Spot (the third volume is titled Memorial Album). It features a group made up of pianist Mal Waldron, bassist Richard Davis and drummer Ed Blackwell really stretching out during long versions of Little's "Aggression" and the standard "Like Someone in Love."

Eric Dolphy - At the Five Spot, Vol.1 (1961/2014) [TR24][OF]  Vinyl & HR

Posted by SERTiL at Nov. 25, 2016
Eric Dolphy - At the Five Spot, Vol.1 (1961/2014) [TR24][OF]

Eric Dolphy - At the Five Spot, Vol.1
Jazz | FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44.1 kHz | 56:49 min | 701 MB | Digital booklet
Label: Prestige Records | Tracks: 04 | Rls.date: 1961/2014

After having left the ensemble of Charles Mingus and upon working with John Coltrane, Eric Dolphy formed a short-lived but potent quintet with trumpeter Booker Little, who would pass away three months after this recording. Despite all of the obstacles and subsequent tragedy, this quintet became legendary over the years – justifiably so – and developed into a role model for all progressive jazz combos to come. The combined power of Dolphy and Little – exploring overt but in retrospect not excessive dissonance and atonality – made them a target for critics but admired among the burgeoning progressive post-bop scene.
Yellowjackets - Cohearence (2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Yellowjackets - Cohearence (2016)
FLAC tracks 24bit/96kHz | Front Cover | 1.27GB + 5% Recovery
Studio Master, Official Digital Download, Mack Avenue

Thirty-five years old and still going strong, The Yellowjackets aren’t letting a little matter like the third bass player in as many albums break their stride. One of the top quality electric jazz bands over these three and half decades now welcomes its newest bass virtuoso in Australian Dane Alderson just in time for their latest release Cohearence. Still comprising of Bob Mintzer on reeds, Will Kennedy on drums and sole remaining founding member Russell Ferrante on keys, the Yellowjackets retain plenty enough heritage to still be very much the Yellowjackets, enough that the ever-changing bass chair hadn’t prevented the band from reeling off a string of consistently strong long players at a time when most long-running concerns are winding down. Cohearence continues that winning streak.
One For All - The Third Decade (2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

One For All - The Third Decade (2016)
FLAC tracks 24bit/96kHz | Front, Back | 1.37GB + 5% Recovery
Studio Master, Official Digital Download, Smoke Sessions

Hard to believe it will be twenty years ago next year that the hard bop ensemble One For All debuted with Too Soon To Tell on the fledgling Sharp Nine label. Formed as a group that regularly played together at an uptown Broadway club called Augie's, each member was just at the start of their own budding careers. Even today, it continues to be a surprise that these gentlemen still find the time to assemble for the occasional record date or live appearance. Over the course of The Third Decade's eleven generous tracks, we get to hear a well-honed machine operating at peak power. Even though distances often keep these six gentlemen apart, one can only hope their new home at Smoke Sessions will provide for further releases and the we won't have to wait another five years before the next one.
Maria Callas - Rossini: Il Turco In Italia (1955/2014) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Maria Callas - Rossini: Il Turco In Italia (1955) [Remastered 2014]
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 112:50 minutes | 1,23 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

Callas's two comic roles were both in operas by Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia and Il turco in Italia. She first played the capricious and flirtatious Fiorilla - a married Neapolitan woman who takes up with a visiting Turk - in Rome in 1950. Five years later, at La Scala, she appeared in a production by Franco Zeffirelli, also, famously, the director of her Covent Garden Tosca and Paris Norma. Gramophone wrote: 'Callas acts vividly, chiding, boasting, melting, and when in typical Rossinian style she is given a 'key' figure, each repetition of it carries, so one thinks, a slightly different meaning. I found myself teased by memories of these little phrases for hours afterwards'.
Maria Callas - Ponchielli: La Gioconda (1953/2014) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Maria Callas - Ponchielli: La Gioconda (1953) [Remastered 2014]
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 160:26 minutes | 1,75 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklets

It was as Ponchielli's long-suffering ballad singer, La Gioconda, that Callas made her Italian debut, in 1947 at the Arena di Verona, and it proved crucial to her career. Five years later, La Gioconda became her first studio recording of a complete opera. It showcases both the dark-hued splendour of her voice at this period - she was still in her twenties - and her inimitable intensity and insight.
Maria Callas - Mascagani: Cavalleria Rusticana (1953/2014) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Maria Callas - Mascagani: Cavalleria Rusticana (1953) [Remastered 2014]
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 78:00 minutes | 684 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklets

In 1939, as a 15-year-old student in Athens, Maria Callas made her stage debut in the demanding role of Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana. Five years later she sang it professionally with the Greek National Opera Company. In 1953, when she was already a star - shortly to record Tosca - Tullio Serafin enlisted her as the last-minute replacement for an indisposed colleague at the sessions for Mascagni's one-acter at La Scala. The result was a recording in which full-blooded verismo was raised to new interpretative heights.