Al Kooper - Easy Does It (1970) Japanese Reissue 2003

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Al Kooper - Easy Does It (1970) Japanese Reissue 2003

Al Kooper - Easy Does It (1970) Japanese Reissue 2003
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 415 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 144 Mb | Scans ~ 139 Mb
Label: Sony Records Int'l | # MHCP 16 | Time: 01:02:31
Classic Rock, Rhythm & Blues, Blues-Rock, Rock & Roll

Easy Does It is the third solo album by American singer-songwriter Al Kooper, recorded and released in 1970 for Columbia Records. A double album, Easy Does It featured Kooper on an expanded number of instruments, including sitar (used to effect on the country-tinged "Sad, Sad Sunshine"), vibes and electronic effects. While mostly backed by Bretheren rhythm section Stu Woods and Rick Marotta, Kooper also utilized groups in Nashville and Los Angeles to record the tracks for the album. Two tracks were also featured on the soundtrack to the counter-culture film The Landlord, "Brand New Day" and "Love Theme from The Landlord".

Snooks Eaglin - New Orleans Street Singer (1959) Expanded Reissue 2005

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Snooks Eaglin - New Orleans Street Singer (1959) Expanded Reissue 2005

Snooks Eaglin - New Orleans Street Singer (1959) Expanded Reissue 2005
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 232 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 188 Mb | Scans included
Label: Smithsonian Folkways | # SFW CD 40165 | Time: 01:07:31
New Orleans Acoustic Blues, Swamp Blues, Rhythm & Blues

Folkways Records released New Orleans Street Singer in 1959 and the album set the world of folk and acoustic blues fans on fire. Snooks Eaglin was in the early stages of his long R&B career when folklorist Harry Oster heard him playing solo on the streets of the French Quarter. That very recording, presented here with 7 previously unreleased tracks, captured Eaglin's genius and elevated him to the pantheon of eccentric, uncategorizable guitar virtuosos. 32-page booklet.

The Pretenders - Greatest Hits (2000) [Re-Up]

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The Pretenders - Greatest Hits (2000) [Re-Up]

The Pretenders - Greatest Hits (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 518 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 172 Mb | Scans included
Label: Warner Strategic Marketing | # 8573 84607 2 | Time: 01:13:35
Alternative Rock, College Rock, New Wave, Pop/Rock

The Pretenders' 1987 collection, The Singles, did a fine job of assembling most of the group's finest tracks up to that point in their career, so after another decade passed, their record company felt it was necessary to compile a more "updated" collection, 2000's Euro-only release Greatest Hits. Although it contains a total of 20 tracks, Greatest Hits ultimately fails to improve over its predecessor, for the simple fact that the early '80s was the Pretenders' artistic and commercial peak, and Greatest Hits contains too much latter-day material. Whereas it would have been a wise move to showcase such oft-overlooked classics as "Tattooed Love Boys," "Mystery Achievement," "Precious," "My City Was Gone," or "Birds of Paradise" (all of which weren't included on The Singles), Greatest Hits includes such not-as-strong selections as "Night in My Veins," "Breakfast in Bed," and "Human" instead. Although there are quite a few gems included ("Brass in Pocket," "Message of Love," "Talk of the Town," "Kid," "Back on the Chain Gang," etc.), Greatest Hits leaves out far too many prime selections to be considered truly definitive.

Falco - Greatest Hits (1999) [Re-Up]

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Falco - Greatest Hits (1999) [Re-Up]

Falco - Greatest Hits (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 468 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 164 Mb | Scans included
Label: Buddha Records | # 7446599653 2 | Time: 01:08:07
Dance-Pop, Synthpop, New Wave, Dance Rock

Buddha's Greatest Hits is the first definitive collection of the Austrian new wave dance-popster's hits, containing his two great singles – "Rock Me Amadeus" and "Der Kommissar" – plus such other hits as "Jeanny" and "Vienna Calling," album tracks, and Jason Nevins' bonus remix of "Der Kommissar." Of course, Falco's music hasn't dated particularly well and was always lightweight Euro-dance, but it can be a guilty pleasure, and this is the best place to find out why.

Roy Clark - Greatest Hits (1995)

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Roy Clark - Greatest Hits (1995)

Roy Clark - Greatest Hits (1995)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 251 Mb Scans included
Label: Varèse Sarabande | # VSD-5608 | Time: 00:41:52
Country-Pop, Nashville Sound, Instrumental Country

By concentrating on his biggest straight country hits for Capitol and Dot Records ("Tips of My Fingers," "Yesterday, When I Was Young," "Thank God and Greyhound," "Come Live with Me") and sidestepping many of the novelty numbers that were associated with Hee-Haw, the 14-song Greatest Hits makes a case for Roy Clark's talents as songwriter and performer, providing a good introduction to his career.

Kool & the Gang - Something Special (1981) Japanese SHM-CD, 2012

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Kool & the Gang - Something Special (1981) Japanese SHM-CD, 2012

Kool & the Gang - Something Special (1981) Japanese SHM-CD, 2012
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 259 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 102 Mb | Scans included
Funk, Urban, R&B, Post-Disco | Label: Universal/Mercury | # UICY-25311 | 00:36:26

With their long track record, Kool & the Gang have always offered dance-provoking rhythms and Something Special fits that bill, too. Featuring the number one single "Take My Heart (You Can Have It If You Want It)," James "J.T." Taylor approaches the song in a cool, mesmerizing tone, closing out the vamp in his falsetto with a burst of energy while the background vocals chant the subtitle throughout the chorus. Not known to lead a song in falsetto, Taylor further utilizes this talent on the motivated rhythms of the nocturnal scenario of "Steppin' Out." It maintained a steady stride, rising to the number ten spot on the charts. The third single from the album was "Get Down on It." As the title indicates, this is a gritty funk track that worked its way up the charts to claim the number three position, selling more than 500,000 copies. Although there were no more charted singles from this album, the entire collection is deserving of recognition. On a slower note, "Pass It On" and "No Show" received regional airplay.

Angela Hewitt - Gabriel Faure: Piano Music (2013)

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Angela Hewitt - Gabriel Faure: Piano Music (2013)

Angela Hewitt - Gabriel Fauré: Piano Music (2013)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 222 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 169 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA67875 | Time: 01:12:49

For many listeners, the keyboard works of Gabriel Fauré epitomize French music of the fin de siècle, typically because its languorous melodies and subtle harmonies are at times evocative of late Romantic parlor music. Yet Angela Hewitt defends Fauré's piano music from such a superficial judgment, demonstrating that it is much more substantial in content than the conventional piano pieces of the time, and that the difficulties one encounters in his music are akin to the complexities in Bach. Hewitt's polished performances of the Thème et variations, two Valses-caprices, three Nocturnes, and the Ballade are proof of her longtime commitment to this music, and her penetrating insights into Fauré's expressions and technical artistry reveal levels of inventiveness that are often missed in less competent performances. Of course, having played Fauré for most of her life, Hewitt has intimate knowledge of the music, and her sensitivity and control communicate precisely the effects she wishes, so the music never seems sloppily sentimental or vaguely sketched.

VA - Putumayo Presents: Brazilian Beat (2012) [Re-Up]

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VA - Putumayo Presents: Brazilian Beat (2012) [Re-Up]

VA - Putumayo Presents: Brazilian Beat (2012)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 323 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 139 Mb | Scans included
Label: Putumayo World Music | # PUT 315-2 | Time: 00:45:42
Worldbeat, MPB, Brazilian Pop, Bossa Nova, Samba

Putumayo Presents: Brazilian Beat features 11 tracks that cover the spectrum of MPB, or Brazilian popular music, in its current forms. Of course, bossa nova and samba are here, virtually part of the nation's musical DNA by now. Some of it's not even Brazilian – BungaLove, for example, are Italian, but play perfectly convincing Brazilian music, while singer Monica da Silva was born in the U.S. yet manages a laid-back, suave groove on "Ai Então." There's plenty of Brazilian-flavored funk, with both Bruna Caram and Rogê carrying on and updating the '70s sound, adding more beats to the mix. What's apparent from this selection is that there is plenty of good Brazilian music around, building on the traditions that have been forged over the years, and that in artists like Tita Lima and Fino Coletivo the future is in sure hands.

Musica Nuda (Petra Magoni and Ferruccio Spinetti) - Complici (2011) [Re-Up]

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Musica Nuda (Petra Magoni and Ferruccio Spinetti) - Complici (2011) [Re-Up]

Musica Nuda (Petra Magoni and Ferruccio Spinetti) - Complici (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 258 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 105 Mb | Scans ~ 44 Mb
Vocal Jazz, Bass Jazz, Jazz-Pop | Label: BONSAÏ | # BON 110301 | Time: 00:46:14

Petra Magoni is considered to be one of most incredible voice as well for her interpreter's qualities today as on technical plan and Ferruccio Spinetti is surely one of the more brilliant bassist his generation and replacing a whole orchestra with its simple instrument. While the Musica Nuda's previous albums (Musica Nuda in 2004, Musica Nuda 2 in 2006, 55/21 in 2008) are primarly comprised of well-known standards, many of them in English (e.g., the Beatles' "Eleanor Rigby", "come together", "nature boy", "kiss" etc.), the new album complici is comprised of a majority of original and unreleased songs and been immediately Charte n°1 on top Jazz (physical & digital) in France & Italy. "Complici" in Italian means complicity, an amazing complicity that did not cease evolving; growing for soon 8 years and that constitutes the cement and the soul of their unique duo. "Complici" is a sober disc, a disc of songs, where sobriety and emotion take the place of the explosive energy of the previous opuses.

Michel Colombier - Michel Colombier (1979) Reissue 1999

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Michel Colombier - Michel Colombier (1979) Reissue 1999

Michel Colombier - Michel Colombier (1979) Reissue 1999
featuring Jaco Pastorius, Herbie Hancock, Michael Brecker, Airto Moreira
Lee Ritenour, Larry Carlton, Ray Parker Jr, Steve Gadd, Peter Erskine…

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 257 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 105 Mb | Scans included
Jazz Fusion, Jazz-Rock | Label: Anthology's | # ANT990808 | Time: 00:43:45

For several years, decades in fact, a lost gem issued originally not just in the US but in the UK as well (and our vinyl pressings were always much better than their US counterparts), on Chrysalis records who, for a while, had some very good material in this genre, for example the two Auracle albums (and wouldn't lots of us like to get those on CD). But finally it's now reappeared on CD and how very nice it is to be reacquainted with it in that format. Anyway, this album ~ his second, as far as I know ~ features a host of jazz luminaries of the day (Hancock, Erskine, Pastorius, Carlton, Ritenour, Gadd, etc.) and its only failing is its mildly raw upper registers, though thankfully there are no vocals to pollute the proceedings and Jaco Pastorius' electric bass work is of truly sterling calibre. On this album, if anywhere, you can hear why he was held in such very high esteem by his contemporaries.

Angela Hewitt - Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonatas, Op. 2 No. 2, Op. 10 No. 1, Op. 78, Op. 110 (2015) [Re-Up]

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Angela Hewitt - Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonatas, Op. 2 No. 2, Op. 10 No. 1, Op. 78, Op. 110 (2015) [Re-Up]

Angela Hewitt - Beethoven: Piano Sonatas, Op. 2 No. 2, Op. 10 No. 1, Op. 78, Op. 110 (2015)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 220 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 177 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA68086 | Time: 01:16:08

This is the fifth volume of Angela Hewitt’s cycle of Beethoven’s piano sonatas, and she is recording a full set of Mozart’s concertos too; and yet she is still probably best known for her Bach. So perhaps it’s no surprise that it’s when Beethoven slips into Bach-style fugues in the final movement of Op 110 that Hewitt sounds most masterful. Elsewhere she is incisive and thoughtful too, even if the two earliest works here, Op 2 no 2 and Op 10 no 1, demand a certain lightness of touch that they don’t quite get – the flurries and flourishes sound like collections of notes rather than single, self-propelling gestures. The second movement of Op 78 is a deft dialogue of question and answer, and Hewitt brings an inevitability to Op 110 that makes sense of its changes of direction even if she doesn’t obviously revel in the full extent and novelty of its inspiration.

Gerry Mulligan Quartet - Reunion With Chet Baker (1957) [Re-Up]

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Gerry Mulligan Quartet - Reunion With Chet Baker (1957) [Re-Up]

Gerry Mulligan Quartet - Reunion With Chet Baker (1957)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 403 Mb | Scans included | Time: 01:08:10
Cool, Mainstream Jazz, West Coast | Label: EMI-Manhattan | # CDP 7 46857 2

The Gerry Mulligan Quartet of 1952-53 was one of the best-loved jazz groups of the decade and it made stars out of both the leader and trumpeter Chet Baker. Mulligan and Baker had very few reunions after 1953 but this particular CD from 1957 is an exception. Although not quite possessing the magic of the earlier group, the music is quite enjoyable and the interplay between the two horns is still special. With expert backup by bassist Henry Grimes and drummer Dave Bailey, these 13 selections (plus two new alternate takes) should please fans of both Mulligan and Baker.

Quartet Via Nova, Jean Hubeau - Gabriel Faure: Quintettes, Quatuors, Trio (1971) 3 CDs, Reissue 1994 [Re-Up]

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Quartet Via Nova, Jean Hubeau - Gabriel Faure: Quintettes, Quatuors, Trio (1971) 3 CDs, Reissue 1994 [Re-Up]

Gabriel Fauré: Quintettes, Quatuors, Trio (1971) 3 CDs, Reissue 1994
Quartet Via Nova; Jean Hubeau, piano; Raymond Gallois-Montbrun, violin;
Colette Lequien, viola; André Navarra, cello

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 785 Mb | Scans ~ 277 Mb
Genre: Classical | Label: Erato | # 4509-96953-2 | Time: 02:50:07

An attractive and intelligently annotated set, devoted to Fauré’s chamber music with piano; the sole drawback concerns generally astringent sound quality in these 1969/70 recordings. Pianist Jean Hubeau features in all but one of these performances. An uncommonly perceptive, adroit, and lucidly compelling artist, his readings of the large-scale piano quintets, Opp. 89 and 115, are superb. He is partnered by the Quatuor Via Nova, who contribute their own serenely idiomatic account of Fauré’s three-movement string quartet, Op. 121. Hubeau’s impressively understated pianism adds distinction to refined performances of the piano quartets, Opp. 15 and 45, and the particularly fine D minor Trio, Op. 120.

The Pentangle - The Pentangle (1968) Remastered Reissue 2001 [Re-Up]

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The Pentangle - The Pentangle (1968) Remastered Reissue 2001 [Re-Up]

The Pentangle - The Pentangle (1968) Expanded Remastered Reissue 2001
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 304 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 122 Mb | Scans ~ 121 Mb
Label: Castle/Sanctuary | # CMRCD 131 | Time: 00:53:25
Genre: British Folk, British Folk-Rock, Psychedelic

Remastered reissue of the British folk-rock act's 1968 debut album. Divided between traditional and original material, highlights included their arrangement of 'Bruton Town' and the seven-minute instrumental laden 'Pentangling'. This CD also features 7 bonus tracks 'Koan' (alt. version), 'The Wheel' (alt. version), 'The Casbah' (alt. Version), 'Bruton Town' (edit 1/5/3), 'Hear My Call' (alt. Version), 'Way Behind The Sun' (alt version) & 'Way Behind The Sun' (Instrumental).

Keith Jarrett Trio - Bye Bye Blackbird (1993) Reissue 2008 [Re-Up]

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Keith Jarrett Trio - Bye Bye Blackbird (1993) Reissue 2008 [Re-Up]

Keith Jarrett Trio - Bye Bye Blackbird (1993) Reissue 2008
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 344Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 166 Mb | Scans included
Post-Bop, Piano Jazz, Standards | Label: ECM | # ECM 1467, 177 6230 | 01:07:55

This is the Keith Jarrett Trio's – featuring bassist Gary Peacock and drummer Jack DeJohnette – elegy for their former employer Miles Davis, recorded only 13 days after the maestro's death. The lonely figure in shadow with a horn on the cover contrasts with the joyous spirit of many of the tracks on this CD, yet there is still a ghostly presence to deal with – and in keeping with Miles' credo, Jarrett's choice of notes is often more purposefully spare than usual. There is symmetry in the organization of the album, with "Bye Bye Blackbird" opening and the trio's equally jaunty "Blackbird, Bye Bye" closing the album, and the interior tracks immediately following the former and preceding the latter are "You Won't Forget Me" and "I Thought About You." The centerpiece of the CD is an 18-and-a-half-minute group improvisation, "For Miles," which after some DeJohnette tumbling around becomes a dirge sometimes reminiscent of Miles' own elegy for Duke Ellington, "He Loved Him Madly." As an immediate response to a traumatic event, Jarrett and his colleagues strike the right emotional balance to create one of their more meaningful albums.