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Duets - Released November 10, 2017 | Evidence

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By joining forces in a violin and piano duo, Fanny Robilliard and Paloma Kouider succeed in expressing perfect harmony between their two personalities, much like they had done as chamber musicians in Trio Karénine. Conceived with subtle tastes tinted with originality, their 2017 debut album features the very best sonatas of Debussy and Reval. The album sheds a new light on their works without debasing them and provides us with an alternative outlook on the masterpieces of these two giants of French music from the early nineteenth century.In the midst of the First World War, a sickened and diminished Debussy demonstrated his ‘Frenchness’ by composing his Sonata for violin and piano. The sonata paid homage to the 18th century through exhibiting the composer’s fantastic and imaginative side while communicating a sense of intense modernity, void of parody or pastiche. Weary of the classical reputation attributed to him, Ravel composed his Sonata for violin and piano (n°2) in the 1920s under the influence of the jazz that he had discovered in New York in the company of George Gershwin. Enamoured by classical culture, Karol Szymanowski conceived at the same time her three Mythes poems, a kind of sonata in disguise inspired by ambiant impressionism. On a completely different note, Reynaldo Hahn’s Nocturne works to skilfully weave together feeling of Antiquity and “American” modernity. © François Hudry/Qobuz
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Chamber Music - Released October 7, 2016 | Evidence

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Some years before the release of his Incantation, in which a number of colleagues from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra joined him to champion the great works of French violin music, the debut album from violinist Virgil Boutellis-Taft, under the label Evidence, offered a somewhat bizarre journey merging well-known works from the repertoire of chamber music like the Sonatas of Janáček and Claude Debussy and even Chausson’s Poème. But what’s immediately interesting here are the unusual works of Komitas, André Hossein and even Philippe Hersant, who has few recordings to his name. Pianist Guillaume Vincent acts an attentive partner who proves his musicality here and talents as a chamber musician. © Qobuz
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Bebop - Released June 25, 2012 | Fremeaux Heritage

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With 70 tracks spread across almost 3 and a half hours of music, the 4th volume of the sumptuous complete works of Charlie Parker, directed by Alain Tercinet for the label Frémeaux & Associés, reveals not only a 5-star repertoire but also a 5-star cast. On recordings dating from 1947, Bird (who was only 27 years old!) was surrounded by greats such as Miles Davis, Max Roach, Lennie Tristano, Ray Brown, Dizzy Gillespie, Fats Navarro and Buddy Rich… and they’re only the most famous ones. On some tracks Parker even swaps his legendary alto sax for a tenor. Be-bop was in its golden age and the masters blended virtuosity with ingenious playing, dense improvisations and the classic beauty of the themes. Bringing together recordings from radio broadcasts, live recordings and sessions for the label Dial, Volume 4: Bird of Paradise highlights the ease with which this band of masters juggle with swing. And on tracks like Dizzy Atmosphere and Groovin' High, the exchange between Bird’s sax and Dizzy’s trumpet is just mind-blowing! © Marc Zisman/Qobuz
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Blues - Released October 26, 2006 | Epm

First appearing in the fields of the southern United States, blues rapidly evolved thanks to the diversity of voices and instrumentalists. This compilation album brings to light a vast range of styles, featuring some of the most essential bluesmen of the early 20th century and the post-war years. With some forty tracks, Blues Greats features masters such as Leadbelly, Robert Johnson, Charley Patton, Bessie Smith, Muddy Waters, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Jimmie Rodgers, Blind Blake, Memphis Minnie, Sonny Boy Williamson, Big Bill Broonzy, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, T-Bone Walker and Sonny Terry. This large, eclectic and mainly acoustic selection allows us to appreciate the various evolutions of blues and its geographical mutations. Timeless. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz
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Traditional Jazz & New Orleans - Released August 3, 2009 | Fremeaux Heritage

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Between November 1926 and December 1928, Louis Armstrong recorded about 67 titles as leader, sideman, and accompanist. Vol. 4 in Fremeaux's exhaustively complete Louis Armstrong series follows his footsteps as he recorded for OKeh, Vocalion, Brunswick, Columbia, and Odeon, leading his Hot Four, Five, and Seven as well as his Stompers and his Savoy Ballroom Five. Armstrong's resilient diversity is prominently displayed in high relief as he is heard sitting in with Jimmy Bertrand's Washboard Wizards, Johnny Dodds' Black Bottom Stompers, and Carroll Dickerson's Orchestra, or providing artful and passionate accompaniments for Bertha "Chippie" Hill, Sippie Wallace, Lillie Delk Christian, and Hociel Thomas, whose November 1925 recording of "Sunshine Baby" was chucked into this volume in order to correct a previous omission in the series, prompting the producers to apologize for a "muddled chronology" that jumps all over the place anyway in order to stack 11 Hot Seven recordings at the beginning of disc two. The inclusion of Chippie, Sippie, Lillie, and Hociel makes this a special treat for those who want to contemplate Armstrong's fascinating abilities as an improvising partner for vocalists. Chippie's punchiest number is "Mess, Katie, Mess" and Sippie is heard at her most relaxed and powerful on "Lazy Man Blues." The other two singers have been criticized, ridiculed, belittled, and even reviled by critics and historians who really ought to place their refined egos on mothballs and listen to these women with courtesy and open-mindedness. Hociel Thomas was the daughter of pianist and composer George Washington Thomas, Jr. and the niece of both pianist Hersal Thomas and the aforementioned Sippie Wallace (née Beulah Thomas). Rather than harping about whether or not she had perfect pitch, one ought to listen with the heart and get onto Hociel's wonderful organic wavelength. Because Lillie Delk Christian sang in a sweet and often delicate and sentimental manner, certain boorish commentators sling mud at her memory, including David Nevers, who in his otherwise helpful liner notes cruelly describes her as "abominable and bleating." Sympathetic ears will accept her as a pop singer who sang pretty songs with superb accompaniments by Louis Armstrong, who clearly appreciated her voice and did everything in his power to support it. © arwulf arwulf /TiVo
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Gypsy Jazz - Released February 22, 2010 | Fremeaux Heritage

The essential complete works of Django Reinhardt from Frémeaux & Associés is fascinating because it highlights the artistic breadth of the guitarist, soloist, accompanist and leader. While jazz was his favourite terrain, Django was also a major player in the chansons of his time, accompanying many popular voices (Jean Sablon) as well as much smaller ones (Nitta Rette, André Pasdoc, Jean Tranchant and Yvonne Louis). Unsurprisingly, the most exquisite pieces in this fourth volume are those that the guitarist performs with the Hot Club de France quintet (and Stéphane Grappelli’s violin), Garnet Clark & His Hot Club’s Four (with guitarist Bill Coleman) as well as Michel Warlop’s octet. And whether he’s in the background or out at the front, between these years 1935 and 1936 his style is recognizable among a thousand. © Max Dembo/Qobuz
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Classical - Released September 22, 2017 | HORTUS

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The Great War was marked by real religious sentiment across all belligerent countries. Commémoration fraternelle, Alexandre Kastalsky’s (1856-1926) great oratorio written in memory of Russian soldiers and their allies who fell on the battlefield is an emblematic illustration of this phenomenon. In echo are three organ pieces written by composers, belonging to opposing nations, that reinforce the ardent message put forward by Kastalsky. Striking music like that of Commération fraternelle is rare, it’s hair-raising music that will draw you in with the beauty of its harmonies, so simple yet teaming with expression. The ensemble of interpreting musicians, under the direction of conductor Vladimir Degtiarec, is particularly invested. © Qobuz
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World - Released February 14, 2020 | EPM Musique

Released on the label EPM, African Rumba is a compilation of eight major Congolese rumba tracks from the 90s. These include Malinga System, Géo Bilongo, Casimir Zoba a.k.a. Zao, and multi-instrumentalist Lokua Kanza who collaborated with the “king of rumba” Papa Wemba. Note the presence of the Zairean Solo Sita at the beginning with a wonderful soukous piece. © Qobuz
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Africa - Released May 29, 2019 | Sonodisc

Before crossing the Atlantic and touching down in Cuba, rumba first appeared on the coasts of the Congo and Angola in the 19th century. Congo Fiesta Classical Pt.1, an important compilation album for the genre, brings together some of the key players from the golden era of Congolese rumba - the 1960s - on the eve of independence from Belgium. We find Sam Mangwana, Tabu Ley Rochereau, Franco Luambo, TP OK Jazz, Les Bantous de la Capitale and L’Orchestre African Fiesta created by the African Jazz members Tabu Ley Rochereau and Dr. Nico. © Qobuz
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Jazz - Released May 8, 2020 | ECM

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To mark the 75th birthday of Keith Jarrett, his long-time partner has compiled an album of five tracks available exclusively on Qobuz. This close friend of the American pianist happens to be Manfred Eicher, producer and founder of ECM, Keith Jarrett’s label for almost 50 years. On the 10th of November 1971, Jarrett was alone at his piano and Eicher was behind the console cutting the pianist’s first record with ECM: Facing You. “I don’t even know anymore how many records we have made together”, the German producer told Qobuz some years ago. “But looking at this collection retrospectively, it was quite an amazing achievement. The continuity! Everything down to continuity! This is where you can create new things and develop them.” With dynamic group performances and solo improvisations of great depth, this Sequence by Keith Jarrett curated especially for Qobuz by Manfred Eicher, unveils the extraordinary creativity of the great pianist in a variety of musical contexts. Choosing from such an extensive discography couldn’t have been easy and Keith Jarrett 75 offers tracks in solo, duet, trio and quartet… The record opens with Never Let Me Go recorded in January 1983 with bass player Gary Peacock and drummer Jack DeJohnette, an extract from Standards, Vol.2. The song represents the beginnings of a great trio which never ceased to reinvent itself, endlessly referring back to the great pages of jazz history… This intense flurry of improvisation is followed by Creation, Part VII, recorded in the Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome on the 11th of July 2014, taken from the album Creation; a long string of chords which evoke Jarrett’s ties to the classical repertoire… Next up, a spot of retro on the third title, Personal Mountains, recorded on the 16th of April 1979 in Tokyo with saxophonist Jan Garbarek, bass player Palle Danielsson and drummer Jon Christensen, and taken from the album Sleeper released only in July 2012. The track is packed with lyricism and fury and reminds us of how these Scandinavian sidemen allow the American to develop an original discourse. On No Moon at All recorded in 2007 bass player Charlie Haden and released three years later on the album Jasmine, we are met with a magic and moving reunion after thirty years of separation as they jump at each-other’s throats. The combination of these egos produces an ethereal and sublime interaction…. To finish off this celebration, Manfred Eicher returns to the Jarrett/Peacock/DeJohnette trio with Flying, Part 1, an extract from the album Changes. While it was recorded during the sessions for the albums Standards, Vol.1 and Vol. 2 in January 1983, this recording displays a very Jarrett sense of improvisation and demonstrates his interactions with rhythm sections to which he leaves a large degree of freedom. A magical finale for a musician whose universe seems infinite. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz
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Rock - Released September 26, 1969 | UMC (Universal Music Catalogue)

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From the opening rumble of John Lennon's "Come Together" leading into George Harrison's seductive "Something," Paul McCartney's tuneful doowop ballad "Oh Darling," and Ringo Starr's charmingly goofy "Octopus Garden," (all progressing to the nearly side-long medley that appropriately closes with "And in the end/the love you take/is equal to the love you make") Abbey Road—renowned as the final golden moment in The Beatles’ otherwise unpleasant demise—is arguably the band's masterpiece. The latest in a systematic remixing and reissuing of the Beatles catalog directed by original producer George Martin's son Giles, Abbey Road has been remixed and reissued in various configurations including 5.1 surround and Dolby Atmos to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the album's release. The 96 kHz/24-bit high resolution stereo remix adds space and dynamics to deepen and brighten the original. The allure for those already familiar with the original album are 23 alternate takes and demos meant to shed light on the band's famed creative process. The revelations are subtle but telling. Lennon's wit shows through on a bit of studio patter left into an alternate take of "I Want You" (he responds to a noise complaint from Soho neighbors of Trident Studio with "What are they doing here at this time of night?" and his impassioned vocals on "Come Together (Take 5)," where at the end he can be heard saying "I'm losing my cool," speaks to the enthusiasm that the band had for these sessions. The nearly-there 36th take of "You Never Give Me Your Money," and the 20th takes of "Sun King" and "Mean Mr. Mustard," are examples of how the material evolved and was sharpened in the studio. Conversely, McCartney's piano and plaintive singing on "Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight" (Takes 1-3), a tune whose line, "Once there was a way to get back homeward," often cited as an expression of regret over the band's crumbling—shows how the band sometimes had a concept firmly in mind before the tape began to roll. Although the previously recorded Let It Be would be released six months later (and just a few weeks after the Beatles' break-up), Abbey Road is the sound of the most unique creative force in the history of popular music bidding farewell; those incredibly talented parts become a fabulous whole for the last time. © Robert Baird / Qobuz
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Pop - Released November 22, 2019 | Columbia - Legacy

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From beyond the grave, Leonard Cohen has returned with Thanks for the Dance, three years after the amazing record You Want It Darker. His previous album contained fiercely determined lyrics (“I’m ready my Lord”) and that dark deep voice that makes your hairs stand on end, all layered over choir and organ melodies. Cohen died in the night nineteen days later, on November 7th 2016. But the singer already had plans for the afterlife: a posthumous album. He entrusted the task to his son Adam, who had been involved with the production of what everyone thought was the master’s final work. Adam commented: “I know my father’s sound very well and we had already discussed the arrangements during the recording sessions for You Want It Darker.” Gathering together the nine songs that were deliberately set aside, both solo and with guitar, Adam Cohen called upon his faithful colleagues for the accompaniments. “Despite everything, I went through a phase of doubt. So I decided to call on all the talented artists from the last album, starting with Javier Mas, the Spanish guitarist who accompanied my father on stage.” We find Feist, Beck (on guitar), Daniel Lanois, Damien Rice and Patrick Watson. The opus unfolds in a sober key – with just guitar, mandolin, piano and choir – and it is utterly moving throughout. We are treated to The Hills and its powerful build, the light percussion in The Night of Santiago, the dazzling brilliance of The Goal and a humble invitation to ponder life in Listen to the Hummingbird: “Listen to the Hummingbird, don’t listen to me” he sings in the closing song. But above all, it is the Canadian’s deep voice that serves as raw material, exploring all his favourite themes: loneliness, disappearance, humility, Jewishness. After the curtain fell on You Want It Darker, it’s time for the curtain call. Masterful. © Charlotte Saintoin/Qobuz
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Alternative & Indie - Released August 30, 2019 | Polydor Records

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Her sensual voice is irresistible. Elizabeth Grant, aka Lana Del Rey, could sing the instruction manual for a wireless vacuum cleaner and she would still have our full attention. Even when she invites the whole world to join her (A$AP Rocky, The Weeknd, Stevie Nicks and Sean Lennon all featured on Lust For Life, her album released in 2017), she lives in her own little world where time moves slow and melancholy reigns supreme. Making music is her way of talking about her era, her contemporaries, the American Dream and, as far as we can tell, herself... With its shocking title, stylised album cover (featuring Duke Nicholson, Jack Nicholson’s grandson, aboard a boat sailing away from a burning coast) and her particularly slow tempos (only ballads here), Norman Fucking Rockwell! is largely rooted in folk. Del Rey roams around this great soundscape, more melancholic and evanescent than ever. She closely collaborated with Jack Antonoff on this album (a sought-after producer for pop stars such as Taylor Swift, St. Vincent, Lorde, Carly Rae Jepsen and Pink) and the producer shapes her melancholy with equal amounts of sobriety and slickness. The slow rhythms on this beautiful record offer a welcome break from the turbulence of today. One of the tracks that stands out is a cover of Sublime’s Doin’ Time (1996), itself a new interpretation of Gershwin’s Summertime, offering further proof of Lana Del Rey’s originality, something which is much more complex than some would have us believe... © Marc Zisman/Qobuz
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Rock - Released May 18, 1986 | Real World Productions Ltd.

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Electronic - Released May 17, 2013 | Columbia

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Pop/Rock - Released May 24, 2019 | A&M - Interscope Records

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“This is my life in Songs. Some of them reconstructed, some of them refitted, some of them reframed, and all of them with a contemporary focus.” That is the description of Sting’s latest record, making this more than just a collection of his biggest hits (either solo or with The Police). It was a particular kind of rhythm that he wanted to work in, so as to eliminate the ‘dated’ feel to some of his songs (according to Sting himself). More striking than the original, the drums of Demolition Man, If You Love Someone Set Them Free, Desert Rose and even Englishman in New York will take listeners by surprise. Regarding this famous tribute to gay icon Quentin Crisp, the song released in 1988 is seasoned by pizzicatos and a soprano sax solo.As for the other ballads, it’s more in the singer’s texture and vocal prowess that the reinvention is most noticeable. Less pure but more structured than before, Sting’s voice carries a new dimension in Fields of Gold and Fragile, two songs that also prove that the Englishman’s talent as a melodist has not aged a bit. The same goes for tracks taken from his Police years too, in particular Message in a Bottle and Walking on the Moon, as well as the ubiquitous Roxanne (presented here as a live version). © Nicolas Magenham/Qobuz
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Alternative & Indie - Released March 29, 2019 | Darkroom - Interscope Records

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“We are not serious when we are 17.” But Billie Eilish has all the marks of a serious young lady and someone who we should indeed take seriously. At the age of sixteen she released the noteworthy Don’t Smile at Me, an EP created with the help of her older brother, Finneas O’Connell. The EP is comprised of the singles Copycat, Bellyache and Ocean Eyes and was posted two years earlier on Soundcloud when Eilish was just 14 years old. Critics hailed her music due to its depiction of a lost adolescent with bleached hair, dressed in oversized sweaters. With the album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? and its strange title and shocking cover, Eilish and her dark hair flaunt their more obscure side. One is immediately struck with how well polished Finneas O’Connell’s production is after an intro in which Eilish jokingly mocks her brother for his Invisalign (a kind of invisible dental brace). The first track Bad Guy features an EDM beat which contrasts with the dreaminess of the subsequent Xanny. The rest of the album follows this trend, weaving together both harsh and soft songs combined with the mature lyrics of a girl who was diagnosed with Tourette’s at the age of 11 and speaks of Xanax and young girls descent into a hellish existence. In this mix of gloomy pop and creepy trap beats, Eilish excels. A real eye-opener. © Charlotte Saintoin/Qobuz
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Soul - Released November 1, 2019 | Polydor Records

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His third album is entitled Kiwanuka… does that mean that Michael Kiwanuka has finally come to peace with himself? Since starting out in 2012, the Londoner has not stopped questioning his place in the arts, his relationship to his musical influences, his own identity and his role in a society still plagued by racism… Following the release of his brilliant debut album Home Again, Kiwanuka was inaugurated as the next big thing for contemporary soul. His thought-provoking soul was blended with Terry Callier-style folk and scents of the seventies. Some even compared him to Bill Withers, Otis Redding and Marvin Gaye! On his second album, Love & Hate, released in 2016, the songwriter explored his rock side without forgetting his gospel and soul roots, and was joined by Danger Mouse in the production studio.Kiwanuka walks in the footsteps of the artist’s previous records: the lyrics are still politically engaged and the instrumentals just as rich, though he seems more relaxed on this album. Danger Mouse is once again behind the production console, this time adding a new dimension and strength to the sound: we find cinematic soul, larger-than-life gospel, funky wah-wah guitars, sensual strings, big bass, long instrumentals… we could go on! It’s all there right from the opening track You Ain’t The Problem, a real masterpiece of soul. Michael Kiwanuka has never tried to hide his love for Marvin Gaye and What’s Going On (his favourite album of all time) and Trouble Man often come to mind, even if the two men’s voices are fundamentally different. This third work from the 32-year-old Brit reveals an unprecedented density. And each time you listen you notice something new, be it a subtle arrangement, a thoughtful lyric or a thinly disguised instrument. A magnificent album. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz
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Pop - Released November 29, 2019 | Pink Floyd Music

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After returning to their Early Years (1965-1972), the Floyd turns their attention towards the Gilmour years, open after Roger Waters’ departure. The enormous 16-disc box set has been refined down to this digital version. However, The Later Years 1987-2019 is worth its weight in gold, as over the course of twelve tracks it selects the best of the best of studio and live recordings, remixed by David Gilmour and Andy Jackson, and they remain outstanding to this day. Included is the performance from Knebworth 1990, a charity concert which also featured Paul McCartney, Robert Plant & Jimmy Page, Dire Straits, Genesis, Eric Clapton and Tears For Fears, and which punctuated Pink Floyd’s tour of A Momentary Lapse of Reason (1987), the band’s first release without Waters and whose opening consists of the eleven minutes of Shine on You Crazy Diamond. Furthermore, One Slip from the live album Delicate Sound of Thunder (1988) has been improved by new recordings on the drums by Nick Mason and on the keyboard by Wright. From Division Bell (1994) there is an instrumental version of Marooned Jam, Lost for Words and a demo of High Hopes. A real must have. © Charlotte Saintoin/Qobuz
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Pop - Released December 13, 2019 | Rhino - Parlophone

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What a surprise! After The Later Years: 1987-2019 compilation, here comes the rest of the huge box set dedicated to the band’s David Gilmour-era music, kick started by the departure of Roger Waters. The Later Years follows on from the retrospective which focuses on the early years (1967-1972) of the British band, released in 2016. Remastered by Gilmour and Andy Jackson, this exciting collection features the whole of A Momentary Lapse of Reason (1987), the band’s first studio album without Waters, as well as a double live disc of Delicate Sound of Thunder from 1988. Finally, the fourth volume reveals five live tracks, including three flamboyant performances from Pink Floyd’s first iteration: One of These Days from Meddle (1971) in Hanover in 1994, the psychedelic Astronomy Domine composed by Syd Barrett for The Piper at the Gate of Dawn (1967) and performed in Miami in the same year, as well as Run Like Hell from The Wall (1979) performed in Atlanta in 1987. Even more gems: seven unheard tracks from 1994, from the Division Bell era. Superb. © Charlotte Saintoin/Qobuz