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Our musical countdown to Christmas has officially begun. Download a different, free 24-bit Studio Master track every day* until Christmas Eve and experience the highest quality music available anywhere.

Explore and expand your musical tastes with a host of incredible recordings from different genres, up-coming musicians as well as a few well-known favourites.

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Since the music video came into its own as an art form in the 1980s, it has heightened our experience of listening to music in myriad ways. From Massive Attack’s in-utero synaesthesia on ‘Teardrop’, through Kate Bush’s childhood adventure on ‘Cloudbusting’, to Johnny Cash’s audio-visual epitaph on ‘Hurt’, Nicola Meighan charts the ways a video can enhance - or even change - the life of a song.

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In our new video blog series, award-winning Linn Records pianist, Alisdair Hogarth, tells us the story behind Rachmaninoff’s classical underdog - Liebeslied.

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We find little coverage of the aesthetics of the format; while I definitely find the sound of vinyl appealing to my ears in a slightly indefinable way, I also find the large format artwork and the possibilities for a really good looking product to be a large part of the appeal when buying records. With that in mind, here’s a whistle-stop tour of some of the best from my personal collection.

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In the first of our new video blog series, award-winning Linn Records pianist, Alisdair Hogarth, sheds light on one of Mozart’s classical underdogs - Piano Sonata in A Minor.

Alisdair uncovers the story behind this overlooked masterpiece, offering a rare insight into Mozart’s captivating composition and showing that it’s perhaps not so far removed from your classic pop song!

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My favourite record is the one that I keep coming back to the most. Since it’s (relatively recent) release, I have quite literally lost count of the number of times I’ve listened to it, both on CD and vinyl. Yep, I bought it twice. That record is John Frusciante’s The Will To Death.

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Contrary to all my fears, Pono is here to save the music industry! 24-bit music is about to hit the mainstream, backed by Neil Young, the major record labels and an army of world-renowned artists.

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I am unhappy about non-stop, social-media-style “sharing” because I feel it demeans music, turning something that is first and foremost a deep, internal experience into a unyielding, external kind of currency. To insist that anyone chooses to listen to at any time must be constantly and continually broadcast to all friends, family, and acquaintances seems to me both to overlook and to undermine music’s deep, multi-faceted purpose. Music is made to be heard. Sharing is an option, not an imperative.

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Best of all for an album imbued with a myriad styles and influences, Rave Tapes achieves a consistency and flow often lacking in the modern LP. Truly this is an album with a beginning, a middle and an end rather than a collection of songs to be thrown ad-hoc into a shuffled playlist.

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Enjoy a taste of our 40th Anniversary Celebrations which culminated in a fantastic day at the Linn Factory followed by an evening gig by Admiral Fallow in Glasgow’s historic Merchant Square.

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