Breakbot – Still Waters (2016) [HDTracks 24-44.1]

Breakbot – Still Waters (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 52:02 minutes | 586 MB | Genre: Electronic
Studio Master, Official Digital Download  – Source: HDTracks | Front Cover | © Because Music

Still Waters is the second album by French DJ/Producer Breakbot (Thibaut Berland), including the singles “Back For More”, “Get Lost” and “2Good4Me”. It was released on Ed Banger Records on February 5, 2016.

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Black Stone Cherry – Kentucky (2016) {Deluxe Edition} [HDTracks 24-96]

Black Stone Cherry – Kentucky (2016) {Deluxe Edition}
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 01:00:22 minutes | 1,28 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Digital Booklet | © Mascot Records

They say you can’t go home again, but Black Stone Cherry proves otherwise on Kentucky. The hard-rocking Bluegrass State quartet recorded its fifth album, and follow-up to 2014’s Magic Mountain, at Barrick Recording in Glasgow, KY, where it recorded its 2006 debut album. The 13 tracks find BSC connecting with that same youthful energy (check out “Shakin’ My Cage,” “Soul Machine” or “Rescue Me”) but demonstrates the wisdom gleaned from nearly a decade of recording and touring on tracks such as the reflective “Long Ride” and a brassy (and timely) take on Edwin Starr’s Motown classic “War.”

The deluxe edition features two bonus tracks.

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Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals – Call It What It Is (2016) [HDTracks 24-44.1]

Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals – Call It What It Is (2016) 
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 40:58 minutes | 451 MB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | © Stax Records/Concord Music

Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals will follow up their triumphant 2015 reunion tour with Call It What It Is, their first new studio album in nine years. The band also announced the initial leg of their forthcoming Call It What It Is World Tour, which kicks off April 2nd in New York, and will take the band around the world throughout much of 2016.

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Ben Harper – Fight For Your Mind (1995/2016) [HDTracks 24-192]

Ben Harper – Fight For Your Mind (1995/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 01:08:59 minutes | 2,7 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: PonoMusic | © Virgin Records
Recorded: Grandmaster Recorders, Mad Dog Studios, Explosive Studio 12

Fight for Your Mind is an album by Ben Harper. Released in August 1995, it was his last solo album before adding the Innocent Criminals to his line-up. Reviews were generally very positive, praising Harper’s fusion of multiple genres, from folk (“Another Lonely Day”), folk rock (“Gold to Me”), Black Sabbath-style riffing heavy metal (“Ground on Down”) and politically charged reggae (“Excuse Me Mr.”).

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Ben Harper – Both Sides Of The Gun (2006) [HDTracks24-88.2]

Ben Harper – Both Sides Of The Gun (2006)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 01:03:47 minutes | 1,19 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Front Cover | © Virgin
Recorded: The Boat Studios, Silver Lake, California

Ben Harper’s 2006 release, Both Sides of the Gun presents the dichotemy of Harper’s musical nature. The first disc  is made of mostly acoustic and string-driven songs, while the second disc is made up of the more rock and upbeat material and touching on genres such as hard rock, funk and gospel.

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Ludwig van Beethoven – Piano Trios – Seraphim Trio (2016) [HDTracks 24-48]

Ludwig van Beethoven – Piano Trios – Seraphim Trio (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 01:20:22 minutes | 781 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Front Cover | © Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Recorded by Virginia Read in Eugene Goossens Hall, ABC Ultimo, May 2015

The Seraphim Trio make a welcome return to ABC Classics with an album of Beethoven’s piano trios.

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Becca Stevens Band – Perfect Animal (2015) [HDTracks 24-96]

Becca Stevens Band – Perfect Animal (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 48:50 minutes | 0,99 GB | Genre: Singer/Songwriter
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Digital Booklet | © Universal Music Classics

“I wanted to use the word ‘animal’ in the album title, because writing and recording this set of songs was like taming something that had a life of its own,” Becca Stevens says of her revelatory new album Perfect Animal (April 2015). ”The title came from the track ‘Imperfect Animals’ which I wrote about the instinct to strive for perfection pulling against the understanding that such a condition is not humanly possible. That’s a big theme for me, and it’s something that I go through in my daily life, in my relationships, and every time I write a song.”

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Bela Bartok – 44 Duos – Sarah & Deborah Nemtanu (2016) [HDTracks 24-96]

Bela Bartok – 44 Duos – Sarah & Deborah Nemtanu (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 48:11 minutes | 914 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Digital Booklet | © Decca
Recorded: June 2015, Babel Studios, Paris, France

Romanian-born sisters Sarah and Deborah Nemtanu form a violin-playing dynasty: Sarah has been leader of the Orchestre National de France since 2001 and Deborah leads the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris. Both began violin studies with their father Vladimir who led the Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine.

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Johann Sebastian Bach – Violin Concertos – Hilary Hahn, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Jeffrey Kahane (2003) [HDTracks 24-88.2]

Johann Sebastian Bach – Violin Concertos – Hilary Hahn, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Jeffrey Kahane (2003)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 57:13 minutes | 1,12 GB | Genre: Classical
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Digital Booklet | © Deutsche Grammophon
Recorded: October 2002, January 2003, Los Angeles, The Herbert Zipper Concert Hall, United States

Hilary Hahn is not regarded as an early music star, by any means, but her recordings of J.S. Bach’s violin concertos with Jeffrey Kahane and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra are somewhat in the spirit of historically informed performances, and listeners who might have expected more mainstream interpretations may be pleasantly surprised. Some of the expected characteristics of Baroque period practice are here, such as fleet tempos, a small ensemble, bright sonorities, light textures, and an active harpsichord and cello continuo, and the versatility of Kahane and his group goes far to create this period quality. Hahn might have indulged in some free ornamentation and even added some improvised cadenzas, but her straightforward playing is at least clean and unaffected, and she deserves credit for her brilliant technique, which carries these pieces. While her approach to Bach isn’t close to Rachel Podger’s playing in authentic Baroque style, neither does it approximate the richer, heavier, “old school” style of Yehudi Menuhin, so Hahn may appeal to some listeners as a compromise between competing schools of thought. Deutsche Grammophon’s recording puts Hahn in a prominent, central position, so it’s easy to stay focused on her solo part in the big sound of this hybrid SACD. –AllMusic Review by Blair Sanderson

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America – America Live (1977/2014) [HDTracks 24-96]

America – America Live (1977/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 46:30 minutes | 958 MB | Genre: Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Front Cover | © Rhino/Warner Bros.

Recorded in July 1977 at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles, California, America Live features hits such as “Muskrat Love”, “Ventura Highway”, and “A Horse With No Name”. The album was produced by George Martin and was released in October 1977.

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