Happy Hi-Rez Valentine's Day from S+V and HDtracks!

We all love music and great sound (I'm pretty sure you wouldn't be reading this if you didn't). And I'm pretty sure both you and your beloved can appreciate a great bargain - so why not put all three together this long post-Valentine's day weekend? Well, we've partnered with our friends over at HDtracks to bring you a sampler of some of their best-sounding high-resolution files.

Here's what HDtracks head honchos David and Norman Chesky have to say about the joys of high resolution:

As musicians we are passionate about our music and assume you are as well. HDtracks is dedicated to bringing you the best quality sounding downloads on the web. All downloads include full liner notes. Why settle for 128 MP3s when you can hear all of your music in better than CD quality? Our Hi-Resolution downloads are up to 4608 Kbps. So what does that mean to you? With HDtracks Hi-Resolution CD quality or 96/24 downloads you can hear with much greater clarity, tone, purity, space and depth. This will bring you a lot closer to the intent of what the artists are trying to communicate to you with their music. With high quality music downloads from HDtracks you can enjoy your favorite music the way it was intended to be heard, bringing you as close to the original recording as possible. Why settle for flat, compressed Mp3s when you can own the full, musical experience? We hope you enjoy this sampler and visit us again! 

Now that's passion (and if you want to know more, read Brent Butterworth's recent interview with David Chesky). Head on over to the HDtracks site and download the free sampler right now. Here's a list of the tasty treats:

1. Another Country
from Another Country
Courtesy of eOne Music 
Cassandra Wilson
2. Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov: The Snow Maiden - Dance of the Tumblers 
from Exotic Dances from the Opera
Courtesy of Reference Recordings 
Eiji Oue and the Minnesota Orchestra
3. Be Still My Soul (feat. Aoife O'Donovan, Jon Irabagon, Linda Oh, Matt Mitchell, Rudy Royston) 
from Be Still
Courtesy of Greenleaf Music 
Dave Douglas
4. Well, I've Been To Memphis 
from David Johansen and the Harry Smiths
Courtesy of Chesky Records 
David Johansen and the Harry Smiths
5. Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor, BWV 1041 (i. Allegro moderato) 
from Air: The Bach Album
Courtesy of eOne Music 
English Chamber Orchestra, Anne Akiko Meyers 
6. The Wind Song 
from Smash
Courtesy of Concord Jazz 
Patricia Barber
7. Rag No. 16 "Penn Station" 
from NY Rags
Courtesy of Chesky Records 
David Chesky
8. Kur te kujtosh 
from Matane Malit
Courtesy of ECM 
Elina Duni Quartet 
9. P.F. Sloane 
from Just Across the River
Courtesy of eOne Music 
Jimmy Webb
10. The Sad Cafe 
from Natural History
Courtesy of eOne Music 
J.D. Souther