Slipknot To Release New Live Recording Next Month

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Veteran metal outfit Slipknot will release its next new live recording next month.

The band will release Day of the Gusano Oct. 30 via Eagle Rock Entertainment on DVD + CD combo pack, Blu-ray + CD combo pack, 3LP + DVD combo pack, 2DVD + CD combo pack, and digital platforms. Originally recorded during the band’s first-ever performance in Mexico in Dec. 2015, the concert was recorded in high-definition and directed by the band’s own M Shawn Crahan (aka Clown).

The concert features a 19-song set that lifts from lifts from each of the band’s five current album, with its 1999 self-titled debut album getting the most nods at eight songs. The show’s set list is noted in whole below.  Audiences can view a trailer for the recording online now here.

Day of the Gusano’s live track listing runs as follows:
Sarcastrophe
The Heretic Anthem
Psychosocial
The Devil In I
Me Inside
Vermilion
Wait And Bleed
Prosthetics
Before I Forget
Eeyore
Duality
Custer
Spit It Out
Metabolic / 742617000027
Sic
People = Shit
Surfacing / Til We Die

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Eagle Rock’s New Adams Live Recording Solidly Completes Concert’s Set

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This past June, veteran rocker Bryan Adams completed the release of his 2016 live recording Wembley 1996 Live when he released the concert on a 2CD platform. It came almost a year after the concert’s DVD was released on Oct. 14, 2016.  Originally recorded July 27, 1996 at London’s famed Wembley Stadium, this 24-song performance is a presentation that is certain to entertain any of Adams’ fans.  That is due in part to that extensive set list, which will be discussed shortly.  Adams’ performance of that set list is just as important to discuss as the set list itself.  It will be touched on later.  The concert’s production values round out its most important elements.  Each element is important in its own way as will be pointed out here.  All things considered, Wembley 1996 proves, again, to be a welcome addition to any Bryan Adams fan’s home library.

Bryan Adams’ recently released 2CD companion to his 2016 live recording Wembley 1996 Live is one more piece of that performance that any Bryan Adams fan will appreciate.  That is due in no small part to the set’s extensive 24-song set list.  While it doesn’t pull from everyone one of Adams’ current 13 albums, it does present a number of his more well-known numbers including his mega-hit ‘(Everything I Do) I Do It For You,’ ‘Summer of ’69,’ ‘The Only Thing That Looks Good On Me Is You’ and others.  The earliest of Adams’ records that is represented in this set is his 1984 album Reckless.  That album is represented here through the songs ‘She’s Only Happy When She’s Dancin,’ Run To You, Heaven, Somebody, Summer of ’69, Kids Wanna Rock and ‘It’s Only Love.’  His 1996 album 18 til I Die gets the most nods in this set with seven songs—‘The Only Thing That Looks Good On Me Is You, Do To You, Let’s Make A Night To Remember, 18 Til I Die, I Wanna Be Your Underwear, It Ain’t A Party If You Can’t Come Round and Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman.  Waking Up The Neighbors is also represented here with four songs while Cuts Like A Knife (1983) gets one nod.  There is even a cover of Sonny Curtis’ hit song ‘I Fought The Law’ along with some other high points throughout the show.  Keeping this in mind, this rich set list presents fans with a healthy representation of Adams’ catalogue and is certain in its own way to entertain Adams’ fans regardless of whether or not they already own the concert’s DVD presentation.  Considering this, it is only one part of what makes the concert one that Adams’ fans will enjoy.  Adams’ performance of that set list is just as important to discuss in examining the recording as its set list.

Adams’ performance of the songs featured in this recording is just as important to note as the set list itself because his performance clearly kept his audience fully entertained and engaged.  It will keep audiences enjoying the concert on its new 2CD platform just as entertained, too.  This can be said with ease even with the concert being presented here on an audio-only platform.  From his interaction with the audience in the power ballad that is ‘Heaven’ to his confident swagger and energy throughout his performance of ‘Summer of ‘69’ to the energy exuded in his performance of ’18 ‘Til I Die’ and more, Adams clearly keeps the show’s energy balanced from one song to the next.  At the same time, his shows his dedication to keeping his audience entertained, giving his all in each song regardless of whether the song is something slower and emotional or something with more energy. Considering this, that show of talent is once again just as certain to entertain and engage home audiences as much as those who attended the original concert.  Keeping this in mind, Adams’ performance of the clearly impressive set list is still not the last remaining element to discuss in examining this recording.  The concert’s production values round out its most important elements.

The production values in this case are in relation to the concert’s audio versus its video.  It goes without saying that since the audio mix was transferred directly from the concert’s original DVD presentation, it sounds just as good here as in its previous release.  That is saying a lot, especially considering the challenges that always arise from recording open-air concerts.  Even only hearing the concert, every note and word is fully audible and clear, yet the effect of the setting is not lost through it all.  In other words, audiences get a thorough concert experience even in an audio-only setting here thanks to the work of those charged with transferring the concert’s audio from its DVD to CD setting.  Keeping this in mind, the concert’s production values even in an audio-only setting show why they are so important to the whole of this platform’s presentation.  When the recording’s production values are set alongside its set list and Adams’ performance thereof, the whole proves to be another concert experience that every one of Adams’ fans will appreciate.

Bryan Adams’ new 2CD release of his 1996 Wembley Stadium concert is another concert experience that every one of Adams’ fans will appreciate.  That is thanks in part to the concert’s set list, which presents a healthy representation of Adams’ career.  This is even though it only pulls from a select handful of Adams’ catalogue.  Adams’ performance of that set list is just as important as the set list itself.  The expertly transferred audio rounds out the recording’s most important elements.  Each element is important in its own way, as has been noted already.  All things considered, they make this recently released companion piece to the concert’s previously released DVD another experience that everyone one of Adams’ fans will appreciate.  It is available now in stores and online.  More information on this release is available now along with all of Adams’ latest news and more at:

 

 

 

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Pre-Orders Now Open For Madonna’s ‘Rebel Heart Tour’ Recording

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Pre-orders are officially open for Madonna’s next new live recording Rebel Heart Tour.

The veteran pop performer’s latest live recording will be released Sept. 15 in stores and online on DVD, Blu-ray, CD, 2CD, and digital download.  The DVD and Blu-ray platforms also come with an audio CD featuring highlights from the tour.  It features performances recorded throughout the tour, which saw Madonna perform 82 shows in 55 cities worldwide on four continents over seven months.

The extensive set list varies from one platform to the next, though each platform includes performances of a number of Madonna’s hits including ‘Living For Love,’ ‘Burning Up,’ ‘Holiday’ and others.  The full track listing for each platform is noted below.  Those who pre-order the recording now will receive the recording with exclusive merchandise bundles.

DVD / Blu-ray Tracklisting CD Tracklisting
01. Rebel Heart Tour Intro 01. Rebel Heart Tour Intro
02. Iconic 02. Iconic
03. Bitch I’m Madonna 03. Bitch I’m Madonna
04. Burning Up 04. Burning Up
05. Holy Water / Vogue 05. Holy Water / Vogue
06. Devil Pray 06. Devil Pray
07. Messiah (Video Interlude) 07. Deeper and Deeper
08. Body Shop 08. HeartBreakCity
09. True Blue 09. Living For Love
10. Deeper and Deeper 10. La Isla Bonita
11. HeartBreakCity 11. Rebel Heart
12. Like A Virgin 12. Candy Shop
13. S.E.X. (Video Interlude) 13. Unapologetic Bitch
14. Living For Love 14. Holiday
15. La Isla Bonita
16. Dress You Up / Into The Groove
17. Rebel Heart
18. Illuminati (Video Interlude)
19. Music
20. Candy Shop
21. Material Girl
22. La Vie En Rose
23. Unapologetic Bitch
24. Holiday
EXTRAS
01. An Excerpt from “Tears Of A Clown”
02. Like A Prayer
DOUBLE CD / DIGITAL AUDIO
CD1 Tracklisting CD2 Tracklisting
01. Rebel Heart Tour Intro 01. Living For Love
02. Iconic 02. La Isla Bonita
03. Bitch I’m Madonna 03. Dress You Up / Into The Groove
04. Burning Up 04. Rebel Heart
05. Holy Water / Vogue 05. Music
06. Devil Pray 06. Candy Shop
07. Body Shop 07. Material Girl
08. True Blue 08. La Vie En Rose
09. Deeper and Deeper 09. Unapologetic Bitch
10. HeartBreakCity 10. Holiday
11. Like A Virgin 11. BONUS TRACK: Like A Prayer
DIGITAL VIDEO
Digital Tracklisting
01. Rebel Heart Tour Intro
02. Iconic
03. Bitch I’m Madonna
04. Burning Up
05. Holy Water / Vogue
06. Devil Pray
07. Messiah (Video Interlude)
08. Body Shop
09. True Blue
10. Deeper and Deeper
11. HeartBreakCity
12. Like A Virgin
13. S.E.X. (Video Interlude)
14. Living For Love
15. La Isla Bonita
16. Dress You Up / Into The Groove
17. Rebel Heart
18. Illuminati (Video Interlude)
19. Music
20. Candy Shop
21. Material Girl
22. La Vie En Rose
23. Unapologetic Bitch
24. Holiday
iTUNES ONLY EXTRAS
01. An Excerpt from “Tears Of A Clown”
02. Like A Prayer

Along with the extensive set lists, the DVD and Blu-ray platforms will also include exclusive behind-the-scenes footage and unreleased footage including a performance from her fan club show in Melbourne, Australia.  The show marked Madonna’s first time performing in Melbourne in 23 years.

The Rebel Heart Tour was produced by Live Nation Global Touring.  The upcoming live recording was directed by Jamie King with musical direction by Kevin Antunes (with band keyboardist Ric’key Pagot, drummer Brian Frasier-Moore, guitarist Monte Pittman and background vocalists Kiley Dean and Nicki Richards).  Choreography was directed by Megan Lawson.

Andy LeCompte handled hair while Aaron Henrikson was in charge of makeup.  Arianne Phillips led the tour’s costume design department.

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Eagle Rock Entertainment To Release The Who’s First Ever Full Live Performance Of ‘Tommy’

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Eagle Rock Entertainment is releasing yet another new live recording from The Who.

TommyLive at the Royal Albert Hall will be released Oct. 13 in stores and online on DVD, Blu-ray, 2CD, 3LP, and digital platforms.  The DVD will retail for MSRP of $15.98, Blu-ray for $21.98, 2CD for $19.98 and 3LP for $39.98. Prices for digital will be announced soon.  Pre-orders are open for each platform now.

Originally recorded this past April at London’s famed Royal Albert Hall, the recording sees the band performing its seminal album in its entirety live for the first time ever.  The concert was a benefit performance for the Teenage Cancer Trust. Audiences can view a trailer for the recording online now here.

The primary performance was only one part of what made the concert such a key moment in the band’s history.  The band treated itssold-out audience to a set of other classic songs from its rich catalogue after it finished performing the concept album.  The concert’s full set list is noted below.

TRACK LISTING
1) Introduction

2) Overture

3) It’s A Boy

4) 1921

5) Amazing Journey

6) Sparks

7) Eyesight To The Blind (The Hawker)

8) Christmas

9) Cousin Kevin

10) The Acid Queen

11) Do You Think It’s Alright?

12) Fiddle About

13) Pinball Wizard

14) There’s A Doctor

15) Go To The Mirror!

16) Tommy Can You Hear Me?

17) Smash The Mirror

18) Underture

19) I’m Free

20) Miracle Cure

21) Sensation

22) Sally Simpson

23) Welcome

24) Tommy’s Holiday Camp

25) We’re Not Gonna Take It

26) I Can’t Explain

27) Join Together

28) I Can See For Miles

29) Who Are You

30) Love, Reign O’er Me

31) Baba O’Reilly

32) Won’t Get Fooled Again

As an extra bonus for audiences, the recording’s upcoming release will also present a behind-the-scenes featurette and full-screen animations of ‘The Acid Queen’ and ‘Pinball Wizard’ with live performance audio.

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Eagle Rock Entertainment To Release Special New Live Concert Recording Next Month

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Eagle Rock Entertainment is bringing audiences a very special new live recording from famed Academy Award®-winning composer Hanz Zimmer this fall.

Hans Zimmer: Live in Prague will be released Nov. 3 on DVD, Blu-ray, 2CD and 4 LP platforms.  The performance will feature Zimmer conducting a massive musical ensemble that includes a band, orchestra and choir, and The Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr as they perform some of the most beloved film-based songs that he has composed over the course of his decades-long career.  Those songs include compositions from the soundtracks of the Da Vinci Code, Rain Man, Pirates of the Caribbean and much more.

The concert presented in the recording was captured May 7, 2016 in Prague, Czech Republic and includes a powerhouse light show and more to accompany Zimmer and his fellow performers.  The recording’s full track listing is noted below.

TRACK LISTING

1) Medley: Driving (Driving Miss Daisy) / Discombobulate (Sherlock Holmes) / Zoosters Breakout (Madagascar)

2) Medley: Crimson Tide / 160 BPM (Angels And Demons)

3) Gladiator Medley: The Wheat / The Battle / Elysium / Now We Are Free

4) Chevaliers De Sangreal (The Da Vinci Code)

5) The Lion King Medley: Circle Of Life (Prelude) / King Of Pride Rock

6) Pirates Of The Caribbean Medley: Captain Jack Sparrow / One Day / Up Is Down / He’s A Pirate

7) You’re So Cool (True Romance)

8) Rain Man: Main Theme

9) What Are You Going To Do When You Are Not Saving The World (Man Of Steel)

10) Journey To The Line (The Thin Red Line)

11) The Electro Suite (themes from The Amazing Spider Man 2)

12) The Dark Knight Medley: Why So Serious? / Like A Dog Chasing Cars / Why Do We Fall / Introduce A Little Anarchy / The Fire Rises

13) Aurora

14) Interstellar Medley: Day One / Cornfield Chase / No Time For Caution / Stay 15) Inception Medley: Half Remembered Dream / Dream Is Collapsing / Mombasa / Time

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Eagle Rock Opens The Rolling Stones’ Live Vault Again

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Eagle Rock Entertainment continues its Rolling Stones “From The Vault” series next month with a very special archived performance.

From The Vault: Sticky FingersAt The Fonda Theatre 2015 will be released Friday, September 29 in stores and online on DVD + CD combo pack ($21.98), Blu-ray + CD combo pack ($26.98) and DVD + 3LP combo pack ($49.98).  It is the fifth in the label’s special series of live Rolling Stones recordings.

The concert presented here was originally recorded May 20, 2015 at the Fonda Theatre in Hollywood, CA.  It presents the band performing for the first (and so far only) time its classic album Sticky Fingers.

The performance was in support of the then new re-issue of the album in question and was also the first performance of the band’s two-month-long North American Zip Code Tour.  Audiences can view a trailer for the concert online now here.

Audiences will get to enjoy in the recording’s DVD and Blu-ray presentation, interviews with the band’s members—Mick Jagger, Ron Wood, Keith Richards and Charlie Watts—intertwined with full-length performances.  The CD and 3LP platform presents the audio portion of the band’s concert.  Audiences who buy the DVD and Blu-ray will also get as bonus material, performances cut from the original concert including ‘All Down The Line,’ ‘When The Whip Comes Down’ and ‘I Can’t Turn You Loose.’

The full track listing for the recording is noted below.

TRACK LISTING:
DVD:
1) Start Me Up
2) Sway
3) Dead Flowers
4) Wild Horses
5) Sister Morphine
6) You Gotta Move
7) Bitch
8) Can’t You Hear Me Knocking
9) I Got The Blues
10) Moonlight Mile
11) Brown Sugar
12) Rock Me Baby
13) Jumpin’ Jack Flash

Bonus tracks:
1) All Down The Line
2) When The Whip Comes Down
3) I Can’t Turn You Loose

CD:
1) Start Me Up
2) When The Whip Comes Down
3) All Down The Line
4) Sway
5) Dead Flowers
6) Wild Horses
7) Sister Morphine
8) You Gotta Move
9) Bitch
10) Can’t You Hear Me Knocking
11) I Got The BlueS
12) Moonlight Mile
13) Brown Sugar
14) Rock Me Baby
15) Jumpin’ Jack Flash
16) I Can’t Turn You Loose

3LP
Side A:
1) Start Me Up
2) When The Whip Comes Down
3) All Down The Line

Side B:
1) Sway
2) Dead Flowers
3) Wild Horses

Side C:
1) Sister Morphine
2) You Gotta Move
3) Bitch

Side D:
1) Can’t You Hear Me Knocking
2) I Got The Blues

Side E:
1) Moonlight Mile
2) Brown Sugar

Side F:
1) Rock Me Baby
2) Jumpin’ Jack Flash
3) I Can’t Turn You Loose

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‘Loud Hailer’ Speaks “Volumes” About Beck’s Talent, Importance

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Legendary guitar virtuoso Jeff Beck will release his latest live recording this fall.  The recording, Live at the Hollywood Bowl, will be released Oct. 6 via Eagle Rock Entertainment.  Considering that this is still August, that is a while to wait. Beck’s fans do have something to satiate themselves while they wait for that recording’s release, though in the form of his most recent recording Loud Hailer.  The 11-song studio recording was released July 15, 2016 via Rhino Records, and was his first full-length studio recording – at the time – in six years.  While more than a year has passed since its original release, it still speaks just as loudly (yes, that awful pun was fully intended) today as it did in its original release.  That is due to the songs’ diverse musical arrangements and their equally diverse range of lyrical topics.  The record’s opener, ‘The Revolution Will Be Televised’ supports that statement.  The same can be said of the deeply moving ‘Scared For The Children’ and of the funky ‘O.I.L.’ Each song in its own way shows why this record stands out.  When set alongside its other eight songs, the whole of the songs proves that this record speaks volumes about not only Jeff Beck but also his fellow musicians.

Jeff Beck’s latest live recording Live Hailer is a work that speaks volumes about the legendary guitarist’s place in today’s music community.  It says loud and clear that he is still one of the industry’s elite artists.  That is made evident from the album’s outset in the form of ‘The Revolution Will Not Be Televised.’  This infectious blues-rock composition is a slow but heavy and is a solid starting point for the album.  That is thanks to the pairing (in this critic’s view) of Beck with fellow guitarist Carmen Vandenberg. The pair’s work conjures thoughts of some of rock’s greatest blues-based works past and present.  Drummer Davide Sollazi and bassist Giovanni Pallotti partner to add even more depth to the song’s arrangement. Singer Rosie Bones’ vocal delivery (and the effects used to enhance that delivery) put the finishing touch to the song’s arrangement.  When all of the noted parts are joined as one, they make this arrangement a work that easily sticks in listeners’ minds.  With this in mind, the song’s arrangement is only one part of what makes it stand out. Its lyrical content is just as important to note.

The lyrical content at the center of ‘The Revolution Will Be Televised’ is presented in more spoken word fashion than singing. It finds Bones stating, “The revolution will be televised/You can watch in HD/You talk like a weekend warrior/From the safety of your city/The graphics won’t be as realistic as Grand Theft Auto 3/Guess that makes the wheel unwheelable/This s**** real baby/I think you’d better turn the volume down/So you can’t hear them plea/Suppose you’d better change the channel…the revolution will be televised and you can choose to watch or not/But if we all just talk from the safety of our sofas there won’t be much of a revolution to watch.”  Bones comes across as making a social commentary here, saying the revolution will only happen, but only if people get out and get involved instead of sitting at home hiding behind keyboards and in front of their televisions.  That is just this critic’s own interpretation and should not be taken as the only interpretation.  When this is set against Bones’ spoken word style delivery of that seeming message, it makes the song that much heavier.  When her delivery and statement join with the song’s already heavy musical arrangement, the whole of those elements shows clearly this song is a solid starter for Loud Hailer and – in itself – why Loud Hailer speaks so loudly.  It is just one of the songs that stands out in this record.  ‘Scared for the Children,’ which comes a little later in the record’s sequence, shows just as much why Loud Hailer speaks volumes.

‘Scared For The Children’ stands out just as much as ‘The Revolution Will Be Televised’ because it is so in a way that is completely unlike its counterparts on this album.  Musically speaking the song is another blues-based composition.  But its gentile, ethereal  melody – driven largely by Beck – is one that evokes such powerful emotions in itself.  If not for the obvious social commentary at the heart of its lyrics, the song’s musical arrangement could be interpreted as a romantic work or something meant to evoke thoughts of other innocence.  When it is joined with the noted commentary, it makes the song in whole one of those works that is heavy without having to be heavy. The commentary in question addresses how far the world has fallen over time.  That is evident as Bones sings in the song’s lead verse, “Billy skipped school again/Lookin’ like a fool again/What a little waste/For a taste of a big boy’s life/I’m scared for the children/Computer screens and magazines/Manufactured hopes and dreams/Playin’ in a comfy box/Cause mother’s got her shows to watch/I’m scared for the children/This is the end of the age of the innocent/One more game before they go/This is the end of the age of the innocent/What do we leave them with/I suppose we’ll never know.  The concern continues as Bones sings about “little boys having too much fun playing with a big boy’s gun’ and an old man “kissing the last blade of grass” as “the last bird dies.”  Again, Bones makes a very heavy statement here.  What is so interesting here is that in so many cases, one might expect such powerful statements to be more forceful and coupled with a much harder-edged composition.  Yet even in this setting both elements work so well alone and partnered.  When they are joined, they make ‘Scared For The Children’ a song that will most definitely stick with listeners just as much as ‘The Revolution Will Be Televised,’ proving yet again why Loud Hailer speaks so loudly to Beck’s continued place in the musical universe.  It is not the last of the record’s songs that serves to support that statement, either.  ‘O.I.L.,’ the album’s penultimate composition is one more example of what makes Loud Hailer another bold statement from Jeff Beck.

‘O.I.L.,’ like ‘The Revolution Will Be Televised’ and ‘Scared For The Children’ is another clear example of why Jeff Beck’s latest full-length studio recording is another bold, loud statement from the veteran guitarist.  That is evident in part through the song’s infectious old-school funk-based arrangement.  The arrangement plays out like the best works from Sly and the Family Stone, Parliament Funkadelic and other similar acts.  Even more interesting is the infusion of Beck’s blues influence into that arrangement.  The coupling of those styles works surprisingly well.  The song’s lyrical content adds even more interest for listeners as Bones seems to sing about celebrating life, but in a clean way, even going so far as to say she doesn’t want to use drugs to celebrate.  It’s a simple statement, but a positive one nonetheless.  Bones’ seeming celebratory lyrics, coupled with the song’s equally celebratory arrangement, is certain to put a smile on any listener’s face and have any listener dancing along. Keeping that in mind, that whole stands out from the previously discussed songs and the rest of the album’s songs.  That being the case, that continued diversity and originality (musically and lyrically), shows once more why Loud Hailer is such a standout album.  When the song is joined with its counterparts, the whole of those songs makes Loud Hailer a work that says loud and clear that Jeff Beck is still one of the most important names in the musical universe today.

Jeff Beck’s latest full-length studio recording Loud Hailer is a work that proves from start to finish was well worth the — at the time – long six-year wait. That is due to the diversity displayed throughout in its musical and lyrical content.  From the musically heavy to the emotionally heavy to points in between, this record offers plenty for every listener.  That is proven in part through the songs discussed here.  That is not to discount the other eight songs that make up the rest of the record’s body.  All things considered, the musical and lyrical content presented in this record makes it a work that says loud and proud that Jeff Beck is still one of the musical universe’s elite artists.  Loud Hailer is available now in stores and online.  More information on the album (as well as his upcoming live recording Live in Hollywood – set for release Oct. 6 via Eagle Rock Entertainment) is available online along with Beck’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

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