You’ve probably listened to your favourite songs hundreds of times: memorizing every note, cherishing every solo and belting out every verse. But if you’ve been listening in MP3 quality, you’ve been missing out on the nuances and distinctions that audiophile music can offer. High-Res Audio takes your passion for music to the next level, making any music lover a true audiophile as well. You’ll be able to hear even more of the creative decisions and artistic talent behind each beloved song.
No matter what genre of audiophile music floats your boat, there’s a song out there for you that can introduce you to the wonderful world of superior sound quality. With more artists recording in High-Res Audio formats every day, you can be sure that you’ll find many audiophile songs to add to your music library. We’ve rounded up a few of our favourite tracks from popular albums listed on HDtracks’ Classic 100 Jazz, Jazz Best Sellers, Rock Best Sellers, Top Best Sellers and Audiophile Picks as well as Blue Coast Records’ top albums. Now you can discover the benefits of High-Res Audio and fall even more in love with your favourite artists and music genres.
Artist: Miles Davis
This jazz standard by the legendary Miles Davis shines even brighter in High-Res Audio quality. Before the original recording, Davis gave the players only a rough idea of the scales and melodies they would improvise on as well as very little time to rehearse. You’ll be able to hear every improvisation and spontaneous note in “All Blues” that captures the pure joy of the jazz genre.
“You’ve Got a Secret”
Artist: Holly Cole
Cole’s ode to the night echoes the sentiment of many jazz greats of the past. “You’ve Got a Secret” is the only one of Cole’s songs on “Night,” her first studio album since 2007. Experience her powerful, smoky vocals as well as each mysterious stroke of the upright bass and timely snap on this delightfully imaginative track.
“Autumn in New York”
Artist: Charlie Parker
Originally written for Broadway musical “Thumbs Up!” in 1934, the renowned saxophonist and composer Charlie Parker performed this jazzy number in 1946. Hear each brassy note of the saxophone and let it take you back in time. If you close your eyes, you’ll almost feel like you’re in the Big Apple in the 1930s.
Reminiscent of a Beach Boys album with a classic Weezer twist of irony, this opening number is sure to remind you of long days spent by the beach. You’ll be able to hear each call of the sea gull and twinkling beat of the xylophone as lead man Cuomo sings in his signature youthful tones. It’ll make you miss the sand between your toes and the sun on your face.
Arguably one of the most defining songs in Rush’s discography, “Tom Sawyer” has been played at every concert tour since 1981. If you’ve never had the pleasure of hearing Rush play live, pop on your MDR-1A High-Resolution headphones, sit back and get ready to catch all of the guitar licks in Alex Lifeson’s guitar solo.
You can feel the energy and excitement exuding off of “We’re Ready,” with the exceptional dual guitar work and classic Boston feel. You’ll feel even more invigorated by listening to the song in High-Resolution Audio. From the opening cymbals to the closing “church bells” played by Tom Scholz on the electric guitar, you’ll be hooked the whole way through.
“A Walk in the Park”
Artist: Fiona Joy
If you’re in the mood for a relaxing and melodic interlude, look no further than “A Walk in the Park” by Fiona Joy. Capturing the simple pleasure of taking a stroll in the outdoors, this all-piano composition feels like a breath of fresh air. Hear all of Joy’s delicate strokes and masterful confidence at the piano in this high-resolution track.
“Was it a Dream? Op. 37, No.4”
Artist: Yo-Yo Ma and Kathryn Stott
Hear the beautiful intermingling of the piano and cello in this composition performed by the “dream team” Yo-Yo Ma and Kathryn Stott. This entrancing tune mimics the dream-like state of mind that happens right before you fall asleep. One of the more imaginative and whimsical pieces on the album, you’ll be able to identify every time Yo-Yo Ma’s bow hits the strings of his cello.
“The Four Seasons — Concerto In G Minor, RV 315, “The Summer”: 3. Presto (Live From Yellow Lounge)”
Artist: Anne-Sophie Mutter
This riveting, fast-paced concerto is alive with the power of live performance. Originally recorded at the Neue Heimat in Berlin, Mutter bares her creative soul and showcases her raw talent in this track. Catch every fiery movement of the bow on Mutter’s violin and hear the passion behind the music with a High-Res Audio download of “Presto.”
With no shortage of High-Res Music out there, you can browse audiophile music downloading sites to your heart’s content and relive all of the joy that comes with finding a great new artist or discovering a hidden album from a beloved artist. Load up the entire 128 GB memory on your NW-ZX100 Walkman® with audiophile songs, and experience your favourite tracks in a completely new way. You’ll be able to feel the difference and develop a new appreciation for your favourite genre and artists.
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