Best Hi-Res Audiophile Downloads Top 3

1. Carmen Gomes Inc., Thousand Shades of Blue( Sound Liaison)
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2. Doug MacLeod, There's a Time (HD Tracks)
3. Keith Jarret, Live at the Blue Note(ECM/HD Tracks)

I actually think that maybe the new Sound Liaison album from Andre Heuvelman, After Silence also could be no.1 or 2,but one album per label is maybe enough.

What is your top 3 ?
This is a good post, I will be interested to hear what other people have to say.
Unfortunately, my own high res download collection is relatively small at
present, so I don't really have a top 3. However, my favorite so far is the
HDTracks 24/96 version of Fleetwood Mac Rumours, far better than any other
version I have heard. The high res download I am hoping someone will release
soon is the first Rickie Lee Jones album.
My own alternative top 3

1; Andre heuvelman ''After Silence''
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2; Keith Jarrett '' Somewhere''

3.Miles Davis ''Kind of Blue''
Immortal Nystedt
This 2l recording has an almost clinical precision.,

Batik, the o;d Man and the Sea
This recording has an unbelievable warmth and depth, placement of the instruments and just adorable beautiful music.

Minnesota orchestra; Stravinsky: The Song Of The Nightingale, The Firebird Suite, The Rite Of Spring
my favorite symphonic piece and favorite orchestral recording.

This my selection as of this moment. I will change it again next month!
Milan60....i agree with you re: the soundliason downloads. i downloaded the
'thousand shades of blue' jazz female vocal album last night and it is
superb..thanks for the suggestion..
I agree with calloway,. The Sound Liaison downloads are a very welcome new addition to the the field of audiophile recording.
Truly outstanding recording quality.
My 2 cents ... downloads from Sound Liaison are excellent across the board, but unfortunately there isn't much to choose from. HD Tracks has the best selection, but I've found sound quality to be hit or miss. More recently, I've become a fan of Blue Coast. With the purchases I've made to date, sound quality has yet to disappoint. Range of selection doesn't compare with HD Tracks nor are the offerings mainstream, but I really like that one can preview most albums/tracks in their entirety and even when a full length preview isn't provided, the sample of a track that can be previewed is of a decent duration.

As for 3 specific recommendations, I recommend the 3 “isoMike” albums that are available from Blue Coast: Fan-Ya Lin “Emerging”, The Fry Street Quartet “Joseph Haydn String Quartets”, and Joe McQueen “Ten at 86” (the first two are classical, the third is jazz). Unfortunately, these three albums are only available in DSD, and the list price of $40 per album is ridiculous; however, when Blue Coast runs one of its “buy one get one free” sales, then the pricing is at least palatable. Of course, if one doesn’t have a DSD capable DAC, then these particular albums may not be the best choices although DSD file formats can be converted to hi-rez PCM file formats via software such as JRiver.
Incidentally, I forgot to mention in my post above, the recording engineer on the 3 "isoMike" albums that I mentioned is Ray Kimber of Kimber Kable, a fellow who I think everyone would agree knows what he's doing.
Impromptu, Tony Overwater and Bert van den Brink, Live at Rhapsody.
Ok, maybe there is not so much to choose from at the Sound Liaison label but each new release is a true must have.
This DSD download is one of the best recorded piano / bass recordings I have ever heard.
It is one of those recordings that just embrace you and draws you in. Spectacular audio quality.
and it is also avaiable in PCM. They recorded simultaneously to 2 separate recorders.
Yes Ray Kimber is truly a jack of all trades.
Good engineering.
Witmer trio: En Azul highly recommended new Sound Liaison album.
The real challenge for a musician
once he has mastered his instrument
learned all about harmony and rhythm
absorbed the music of the masters that came before him
and found his own voice
the real challenge is one that in itself sounds very simple
place yourself in complete service of the music at hand
and play only what the music is asking for
but as every musician will tell you this is the most difficult of all musical challenges.

So many musicians these days are emphasizing the improvisation at the cost of the melody, with the result that .....''you got no melody to remember, and no beat to dance to''...
(Louis Armstrong)
The new Carmen Gomes Inc. download; ''Little Blue'' on Sound Liaison has been in constant rotation on my media player the last weeks.
Perfect autumn music.Highly recommended.
Head engineer Frans de Rond is proving once again that his knowledge of mic placement and use of equipment is in a class of it's own. He is one of the very few engineers that is able to create a sound stage, which is intimate, yet has depth and space. A sound stage which you could say projects a visual image of the musicians. Not a ''wall of sound'' but rather something like a three dimensional Monet painting, where you can walk in and take a look around.
Gary Peacock trio from ECM ''Now This'' Highly recommended
All you Sound Liaison fans, all downloads are €10/$11 at the moment, also the DSD downloads. That is a 50% reduction.
Sound Liaison Winter Sale;
 and, as I just mentioned in another thread, you also have e Classicals daily offer with 50% off.

If you can play DSD , Native DSD is very good; 
Yes Native DSD is an excellent label.
Enjoying the Witmer trio’’ EN Azul’’ download too,.... .......very listenable album, incredible SQ. Good review here;

Sound Liaison is a Netherlands based partnership two bass players, Frans de Rond and Peter Bjørnild. They’ve assembled some terrific artists who play great jazz and given them high definition sound. I raved about their initial recordings on the Sound Stage! Network, and have enjoyed watching their progress in listening to their appealing new albums.
Their newest program is titled En Azul and features the Witmer Trio, Cajan Witmer – piano,
Han Slinger – double bass, and Maarten Kruijswijk – drums. The trio has been together for 20 years and all the players sound very comfortable in their skins. Their emphasis is on melody with ornamentation and variation that heightens a sense of melody rather than distracting from it. And they’ve picked some terrific tunes to work with – Carioca, TheGentle Rain, Moon River, Moonglow, Rhapsody in Blue, Recado, and St. Louis Blues, to mention a few. The playing is delightfully impeccable and the recorded sound nearly so. The trio sounds like it’s playing in a real space and is nicely spread between speakers with no exaggeration. The piano sound is perfect as is the sound of the many percussion instruments that are so imaginatively employed. The bass is solid; I could use just a tiny bit more focus on the attacks. Sound Liaison recordings are only available as high quality downloads. Many download formats are available including DSD and PCM 24bit/96kHz stereo. If you’re searching for real sounding intimate jazz, give the work of these folks a try. You’ll not be disappointed and it’s so
good-natured, I’ll bet it will put a smile on your face.

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Bobo Stenson trio; Serenity.

One of the better sounding ECM albums on pair with Keith Jarrett.
Interesting interview here about Kimber Kable;
On the computer audiophile forum this one is getting excellent ratings, recorded in DXD and available in lower formats as well. Very natural SQ.
Maybe one of the best sounding cello recordings I know. And Maya Friedman plays so very beautiful.
Maya Friedman, the Invisible Link.