Donald Fagen: The Nightfly (DVD-Audio 24/48 DTS 6-Channel rip)

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Donald Fagen: The Nightfly (DVD-Audio 24/48 DTS 6-Channel rip)

Donald Fagen The Nightfly (DVD-Audio 24/48 DTS 6-Channel rip)
1982/2002 | Genre: Jazz | DVD-A Rip 24-bit/48kHz 5.1 Channel DTS Surround | FLAC+HQ scans | 1.1GB

I use this album as standard for evaluating and adjusting audio gear. The music has such depth and quality it can be used to calibrate to the highest standards.

After 25 years I get the album better now than I did as a Steely Dan fan in college. It's really the voice of a 40-something remembering his adolescence and young adulthood in the 50s and 60s. Fagan's lyrics and vocals are funny, ironic but also really heart-on-the-sleeve wistful in ways I never heard when I was a kid. The music holds up, too – better than I would have expected, and arguably better than late Dan (certainly better than the whiny "Gaucho").

The sound is kind of a surrealistic time capsule – some of the finest musicians on the planet (Jeff Porcaro, Valerie Simpson, Larry Carlton, the Brecker Bros. etc.) playing ultra-slick 1982 arrangements to lyrics gently poking fun at the 50s beat generation. The saxophone solo on "Maxine" (Michael Brecker I think) by itself is worth the price of admission.

Ask those who follow the music industry closely and they will tell you that Donald Fagen's "The Nightfly" is clearly one of the great albums of the last 25 years. Currently there is an artist on the music scene named Norah Jones who has gained some fame with a retro/jazz sound. While Jones does a nice job on this, Fagan does it even better on this album. Donald Fagen's "The Nightfly" brings the jazz/blues sound to the forefront, but takes it a step further. "The Nightfly" also is a concept album. In the CD's liner notes, Fagen says that the songs on this album "represent certain fantasies that might of been entertained by a young man growing up in the remote suburbs of a northeastern city during the late fifties and early sixties". When you listen to the songs on this collection, you will easily see how the theme flows through - and as a result, this enhances the listening experience. Amazon review
Donald Fagen: The Nightfly (DVD-Audio 24/48 DTS 6-Channel rip)

Donald Fagen, organ, synthesizer, harmonica, horn, keyboards, electric piano, vocals, background vocals, synthesizer harp
Dave Bargeron, trombone, euphonium, horn, background vocals
Michael Brecker,tenor saxophone
Randy Brecker, trumpet, flugelhorn
Larry Carlton, guitar
Ronnie Cuber, horn, baritone saxophone
Rick Derringer, guitar
James Gadson, drums
Anthony Jackson,bass
Steve Jordan, drums
Steve Khan, acoustic guitar
Hugh McCracken,guitar, harmonica
Rob Mounsey, synthesizer, horn, keyboards
Paul Shaffer, organ
plus additional artists, listed in the scanned material

1. I.G.Y.
2. Green Flower Street
3. Ruby Baby
4. Maxine
5. New Frontier
6. Nightfly
7. Goodbye Look
8. Walk Between Raindrops

Recorded 1982
DVD-Audio released 2002 (out of print)

This is a rip of the original 5.1 24/48 6-Channel DVD-Audio to 6-channel wave files, compressed with FLAC. Burn to DVD using your favorite authoring software (I use discWelder CHROME). I must notify you in advance about watermarked DVD-Audio. This rip has been burned and successfully tested on three of my DVD players (Panasonic, Marantz and Oppo), but due to the inherent watermarking of DVD-A, a few DVD standalone models may not play them. You can, however, play ripped and watermarked DVD-Audio on your PC with no problems.

So that you may test the process without downloading the entire 1.1GB rip, I've uploaded a single 24/48 6-channel test file of Track 2 to Rapidshare –– that can be burned to DVD using a DVD Audio authoring program. If it plays on your DVD player without stopping after 15 or 20 seconds, the entire DVD-Audio will play without a hitch and you can download all the files in the main link below with confidence and enjoy the phenomenal sound provided by DVD-Audio.