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Michael Lavorgna  |  Mar 01, 2012
Anthony Wilson, Seasons (Live at the Metropolitan Museum of Art)

[reader jazzfan shares some favorite...jazz (and live phish)]

Finding legal lossless quality downloads that are reasonably priced is almost impossible but there are a few sites which offer high quality downloads that are priced right. For the record while I think that HDTracks is doing a fine job I find that their prices are much too high especially for the high resolution material so here are some lower priced alternatives.

Michael Lavorgna  |  Feb 27, 2012
We were inspired to launch the new site at the end of January when Neil Young came out with a bold statement. Neil wanted to hear and sell his songs as full size high resolution files, but didn't know how he could do that. The next day we were contacted by a writer from Wired.com magazine to provide source information for his article. The day after that came this article and several of our sites were highlighted.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Feb 17, 2012
Kip Hanrahan, Desire Develops An Edge

Stephen Mejias is all over this one as he not only bought me the original LP as a gift that keeps on giving but he also told me about the HDtracks download! For those who love the unexpected mixed bag of influence, idea and expectation surpassed, get yee to Kip Hanrahan's Desire Develops An Edge.

Michael Lavorgna  |  Feb 07, 2012
A big thank you to reader Brian R. for pointing us to three lovely and free downloads from Gimell:
Josquin - Missa De beata virgine and Missa Ave maris stella, The Tallis Scholars
Josquin - Missa Malheur me bat & Missa Fortuna desperata, The Tallis Scholars
Victoria - Lamentations of Jeremiah Victoria, The Tallis Scholars
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 28, 2012
Tom Waits: Bad As Me available as a 24-bit/96kHz download from HDtracks

I first became aware of Tom Waits in a car in 1976 on the way to a concert at the Capitol Theater in Passaic, NJ. My friend Artie's older brother had a few of his friends bail out at the last minute on a Rick Derringer/Foghat show (at least that's how I remember it but I can't seem to verify the accuracy of my memory or this double bill) and we happened to be in the right place at the right time to be invited. During the car ride over and back, we listened to Tom Waits' newly released Small Change while Artie's brother and his friends sang and we all drank along (Budweiser). I seem to remember them playing "The Piano Has Been Drinking" over and over and thinking—this is more than great music.

Michael Lavorgna  |  Dec 10, 2011
Thanks to reader philipjohnwright for pointing this out. Due to the limited nature (and perhaps pointing to a trend?) I felt it newsworthy enough to highlight with its own post. From Linn Records:
18 November 2011

Back by popular demand Linn's brilliant value, no-hassle, highest quality Digital Music Collections make a welcome return for a limited time only. And, for the first time, our premium Digital Music Collections are all available in Apple Lossless as well as FLAC.

Each collection is expertly put together, with all artwork included and embedded, ready for you to enjoy. And as if having the best ever digital music isn't enough, we also include the CD Quality and MP3 versions of each album as well, should you wish to burn to a disc or listen on your iPod.

Choose from one of our five specially compiled Digital Music Collections then sit back whilst we pre-load a wealth of music onto a portable USB hard-drive and ship direct to your front door.

Michael Lavorgna  |  Dec 09, 2011
I came across the Pristine Classical website while putting together the list of HD Music download sites. Actually reader Vasily showed me the way by leaving a link to the Pristine site in the comments. While there, I noticed something I'm not so sure I've seen before—Pristine offers their entire digital catalog on hard disk!
Michael Lavorgna  |  Nov 21, 2011
Todd Garfinkle of MA Recordings contacted me and asked if I'd be interested in receiving some of the MA Recordings factory-produced DVD-ROMs for review. "Yes" was my immediate answer. Soon thereafter a package arrived containing seven, yes seven, DVDs containing hours of music. But let's start at the beginning. Do you know about MA Recordings? Their mainstay is recordings produced and engineered by none other than Todd Garfinkle and Todd prefers a simple setup consisting of two custom omnidirectional microphones, "the signals of which are "fed" through exotic audio cabling into handmade and customized recording equipment, designed specifically for MA". And an actual place is used for recording as opposed to a recording space. Or as the MA website describes them, "large, acoustically significant environments such as classical concert halls, churches and galleries."
Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 26, 2011
The idea of high resolution downloads continues to be a thorny issue. With the release of the remastered 24/96 version of Nirvana's Nevermind, some consumers expressed outrage over the amount of dynamic compression apparently employed during the remastering process.