Figured out that part of my problem was a song with insignificant data beyond 16kHz. I'm was using Smashing Pumpkins- Tonight Tonight. I'm new to formats about 44kHz so please forgive me.
I'm still confused why Lame is choosing 32bit float. I still need some straightening out, thank you all.
FWIW, all music files will have insignificant data beyond 20-22kHz.
I never put in doubt that HDTracks offerings are mostly scam. On the contrary, I tried to point out exactly that.