VA - Singers & Songwriters: Troubadours (1999) 2CDs, Reissue 2010

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VA - Singers & Songwriters: Troubadours (1999) 2CDs, Reissue 2010

VA - Singers & Songwriters: Troubadours (1999) 2CDs, Reissue 2010
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 740 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 305 Mb | Scans included
Label: Time Life Music/Sony Music | # 25747-D A 773196 B0014428-02 | 02:01:28
Soft Rock, Pop/Rock, Folk Rock, Folk, Country, Soul

Time Life Music’s Singers & Songwriters: Troubadours offers up 34 rock, folk, and pop cuts from the '60s and '70s. The two-disc set, which is part of Time Life’s Singers & Songwriters series, hits mostly high notes, covering everything from soft rock (Dan Fogelberg's “Longer”) to hippie folk (Scott McKenzie's “San Francisco [Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair]”) to classic rock radio staples (Peter Frampton's "Baby, I Love Your Way").

John Mayall - The Last Of The British Blues (1978)

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John Mayall - The Last Of The British Blues (1978)

John Mayall - The Last Of The British Blues (1978)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 278 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 96 Mb | Scans included
British Blues, Blues Rock | Label: One Way Records | # MCAD-22074 | Time: 00:40:25

This was the last of the six albums John Mayall originally made for Blue Thumb/ABC Records between 1975 and 1978, about which he has said, "ABC released six of my albums as a tax write-off. A week after they were released you couldn't find them in any store." It's a live album on which Mayall fronts a quartet consisting of guitarist James Quill Smith (who sings lead on several songs), bassist Steve Thompson, and drummer Soko Richardson. The approach is rock-oriented, and the set list includes such Bluesbreakers favorites as Mose Allison's "Parchman Farm," and Freddie King's "Hideaway" (taken at a frantic tempo), along with the usual complement of generic Mayall originals, among them, a remake of "The Bear," from Blues From Laurel Canyon.

Boris Giltburg, Rhys Owens, RLPO, Vasily Petrenko - Shostakovich: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2; String Quartet No. 8 (2017)

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Boris Giltburg, Rhys Owens, RLPO, Vasily Petrenko - Shostakovich: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2; String Quartet No. 8 (2017)

Dmitri Shostakovich: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2; String Quartet No. 8 (2017)
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra; Vasily Petrenko, conductor
Boris Giltburg, piano; Rhys Owens, Trumpet

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 236 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 171 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical | Label: Naxos | # 8.573666 | Time: 01:09:45

Shostakovich’s two Piano Concertos span a period of almost thirty years. The youthful First Piano Concerto is a masterful example of eclecticism, its inscrutable humour and seriousness allied to virtuoso writing enhanced by the rôle for solo trumpet. Written as a birthday present for his son Maxim, the Second Piano Concerto is light-spirited with a hauntingly beautiful slow movement. With the permission of the composer’s family, Boris Giltburg has arranged the exceptionally dark, deeply personal and powerful String Quartet No. 8, thereby establishing a major Shostakovich solo piano composition.

Alceu Valenca - Espelho Cristalino (1977) Reissue 1999

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Alceu Valenca - Espelho Cristalino (1977) Reissue 1999

Alceu Valença - Espelho Cristalino (1977) Reissue 1999
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 209 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 76 Mb | Scans included
MPB, Brazilian Rock, Folk-Prog | Label: Gala | # 4202-2 | Time: 00:29:44

This is the CD reissue of the third solo album recorded by Alceu Valença in 1977. Here he had also consolidated his style, a mix of strong references to his northeastern roots and electric pop/rock, and it's swinging and hot throughout. While later albums sometimes slipped to some inexpressive commercial pop effects, this release is fully dedicated to artistic creation, where Valença really achieved important results for the advancement of the tradition. The album brings "Espelho Cristalino," collected and adapted from the folklore of Alagoas, which became a hit.

VA - Atlantic Jazz: Best Of The '60s, Volume 2 (1994)

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VA - Atlantic Jazz: Best Of The '60s, Volume 2 (1994)

Various Artists - Atlantic Jazz: Best Of The '60s, Vol. 2 (1994)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 407 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 160 Mb | Scans ~ 74 Mb
Label: Atlantic/Rhino | # 8122-71727-2 | Time: 01:09:52
Hard Bop, Post-Bop, Soul Jazz, Jazz-Funk, Fusion

Rhino continues with their admirable excavation of the Atlantic vaults with this, their second round of some of the label's '60s jazz highlights. In the spotlight are such instrumental heavyweights as Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Eddie Harris, Charles Mingus, Hank Crawford, and Yusef Lateef, and on the vocal end there's fine work by Betty Carter and Mose Allison. Yes, this album might have a tough time competing with similar collections from the Blue Note and Impulse! imprints. But then again, those labels would be hard-pressed to come up with a selection as varied as this: From the truly idiosyncratic Ellington musings of Kirk ("Creole Love Call") to a taste of Aquarius age jazz by Charles Lloyd ("Dreamweaver: Meditation/Dervish Dance"), this 14-track disc truly runs the '60s jazz gamut.

Camerata Bern, Heinz Holliger - Sandor Veress: Passacaglia Concertante; Songs Of The Seasons; Musica Concertante (1995)

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Camerata Bern, Heinz Holliger - Sandor Veress: Passacaglia Concertante; Songs Of The Seasons; Musica Concertante (1995)

Sándor Veress: Passacaglia Concertante; Songs Of The Seasons; Musica Concertante (1995)
Camerata Bern; Heinz Holliger, oboe & conductor; London Voices; Terry Edwards, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 272 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 155 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Modern | Label: ECM | # ECM New Series 1555, 447 390-2 | 01:02:41

Hungarian-born Sándor Veress (1907-1992) is a sadly neglected figure in modern music. Despite his pupilage under Bela Bartók and Zoltán Kodály, and even his succession over the latter as professor of composition at the Budapest School of Music in 1943, Veress has never attained the same international recognition as his two most successful compatriots. One might blame his preference for solitude or his idiomatic methodology for keeping him in obscurity. Yet as one who made the most of his outlier status and ideological exile, he seems never to have been one to wallow in self-pity. Exposed to much of the folk music that also captivated his mentors, Veress nurtured that same spirit when sociopolitical upheaval exacerbated his emigration to Switzlerland in 1949. Whereas Kodály in particular saw cultural preservation as central to the musical act, Veress saw it as an incision to be teased open and unraveled.

The The - Infected (1986) Remastered 2002 [Re-Up]

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The The - Infected (1986) Remastered 2002 [Re-Up]

The The - Infected (1986) Remastered 2002
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 300 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 101 Mb | Artwork included
Post-Punk, New Wave, Alternative Rock | Label: Epic, Lazarus | # 5044662000 | 00:41:08

Infected's sound still suggests dance-pop, especially on the title track. But don't get the impression that it's made for dancing. Instead of the light fare displayed on Soul Mining, Infected's songs seethe instead of preen, and Matt Johnson's lyrics are laced with tension. Thematically, he plunges a lance into the exposed midsection of Great Britain, analyzing the state of modern urban life in the country. "This is the land where nothing changes," Johnson sings on the World Party-ish "Heartland." "A land of red buses and blue bloody babies/This is the place where the hearts are being cut from the welfare state." "Angels of Deception" matches rain-slicked verses to a powerful chorus flavored with gospel backup singers and enormous reverb percussion. With production tricks like this, Infected aligns itself with the dance-pop sound of its predecessor (and the prevailing sound of British pop music at the time). But there's no denying the record's acerbic lyricism or dark-toned instrumentation.

Monk-Gillespie-Stitt-Blakey - Bop Fathers Completed (2014)

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Monk-Gillespie-Stitt-Blakey - Bop Fathers Completed (2014)

Monk-Gillespie-Stitt-Blakey - Bop Fathers Completed (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 222 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 178 Mb | Scans included
Jazz, Bop, Hard Bop | Label: Studio Songs | # YZSO-10045 | Time: 01:09:41

'Bop Fathers' is a live album of an Paris concert by Art Blakey (drums), Dizzy Gillespie (trumpet), Al McKibbon (bass), Thelonious Monk (piano), Sonny Stitt (alto & tenor sax) and Kai Winding (trombone), who were collectively billed as The Giants of Jazz. Recorded live at Paris, 1971.

Jose Luis Bieito - Astor Piazzolla: Oblivion (2001)

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Jose Luis Bieito - Astor Piazzolla: Oblivion (2001)

José Luis Bieito - Astor Piazzolla: Oblivion (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 155 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 106 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Chamber, Tango, Guitar | Label: Ars Harmonica | # AH097 | 00:44:55

Astor Piazzolla belongs to Buenos Aires and to the whole world as well. His music has that secret, that intangible charm and that dose of magic it takes to fascinate musicians and non-musicians alike, whatever their own styles and wherever they come from. His sharply-accented melodies and his lively, persistent rhythms with their ferocious attacks capture you and sweep you along. Then suddenly all that sonic aggression calms down in a slow section and his lyricism, his inexorable melodies, hit you inside. It's the tango, and it goes straight to the soul.

VA - Dubnology: Journeys Into Outer Bass (1995) 2CDs

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VA - Dubnology: Journeys Into Outer Bass (1995) 2CDs

VA - Dubnology: Journeys Into Outer Bass (1995) 2CDs
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 877 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 335 Mb | Scans ~ 148 Mb
Label: Middle Earth Recordings | # MIDDLE 04 CD | Time: 02:26:25
Electronic, Dub, Ambient Techno, Trance, IDM, Alternative Dance-Rock, Trip-Hop

The Dubnology compilation is a two-disc, 21-track collection of spacy late-'90s electronic dub, heavy on the bass, demonstrating that the music has become more techno-influenced and reliant on electronics and technology. Highlights include tracks by System7, Loop Guru, Zion Train, Meat Beat Manifesto, and Banco de Gaia; the booklet includes biographies and photos of all the artists.

Grateful Dead - In The Dark (1987) [Non-Remastered]

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Grateful Dead - In The Dark (1987) [Non-Remastered]

Grateful Dead - In The Dark (1987) [Non-Remastered]
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 306 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 139 Mb | Scans included
Classic Rock, Jam Bands, Country-Rock | Label: Arista | # ARCD 8452 | 00:40:50

In the Dark is the 12th studio album by the Grateful Dead. It was recorded in one week in January 1987, and originally released on July 6, 1987. In the Dark was the band's first album in six years, and its first studio album since 1980's Go to Heaven. It became unexpectedly popular, achieving double platinum certification in the U.S. It reached #6 on the Billboard 200 chart, the Grateful Dead's only top ten album. The peppy "Touch of Grey" peaked at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100, the band's only top forty single; it also became a frequently played music video on MTV. "Hell in a Bucket" and "Throwing Stones" (for which videos were also made) also achieved significant album-oriented rock radio airplay.

Alexei Lubimov - Dedication: Silvestrov, Suslin, Martynov, Karmanov, Ustvolskaya (2004) [Re-Up]

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Alexei Lubimov - Dedication: Silvestrov, Suslin, Martynov, Karmanov, Ustvolskaya (2004) [Re-Up]

Alexei Lubimov - Dedication: Silvestrov, Suslin, Martynov, Karmanov, Ustvolskaya (2004)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 327 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 179 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Contemporary | Label: SoLyd Records | # SLR 0361 | Time: 01:12:29

Alexei Liubimov performs piano and harpsichord pieces written specially for and/or dedicated to him by Galina Ustvolskaya, Pavel Karmanov, Victor Suslin, Valentin Silvestrov and Vladimir Martynov.

VA - Compact Jazz: Best of the Jazz Vocalists (1992)

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VA - Compact Jazz: Best of the Jazz Vocalists (1992)

VA - Compact Jazz: Best of the Jazz Vocalists (1992)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 390 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 196 Mb | Scans included
Jazz, Vocal Jazz | Label: Verve/Polygram | # 845 466-2 | Time: 01:08:27

From a label with no shortage of first-rate jazz material come this very attractive vocal sampler. Staying true to the Compact Jazz ethos, Best of the Jazz Vocalists favors quality over hits and comes with a budget price tag. The majority of songs are from the label's prime '50s and '60s run, including a cloud-bound "Summertime" by Helen Merrill and one of the all-time great versions of "If You Could See Me Now," compliments of Billy Eckstine. Continuing with this balancing act between the sexes, the collection also includes fine work by Bill Henderson, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Abbey Lincoln, Jon Hendricks, Shirley Horn, and Anita O'Day; latter-day entries include Lincoln's "I've Got Thunder and It Rings" from her 1990 Verve debut and Horn's "I Got Lost in His Arms" from 1988's Close Enough for Love. Nicely wrapped up with Nina Simone's Afro-percussion clarion call "Come Ye," this Verve roundup works as the perfect primer for more adventurous trips through the label's fertile stores of essential jazz.

Caravan - The World Is Yours: The Anthology 1968-1976 (2010) 4 CD Box Set [Re-Up]

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Caravan - The World Is Yours: The Anthology 1968-1976 (2010) 4 CD Box Set [Re-Up]

Caravan - The World Is Yours: The Anthology 1968-1976 (2010) 4 CD Box Set
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 1.75 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 700 Mb | Scans ~ 363 Mb
Label: Decca Records, Universal Music | # 532 459-5 | Time: 05:03:20
Art Rock, Prog-Rock, Jazz-Rock, Canterbury Scene, Psychedelic Rock

The World Is Yours - The Anthology 1968-1976 is an exhaustive remastered four CD box set from Canterbury sound band Caravan. The set includes previously unreleased studio recordings, album tracks, rare single mixes, BBC recordings and out-takes,a s well as a lavish book featuring an essay and previously unseen photographs plus sleeve notes by Mark Powell.

Billy Preston - That's The Way God Planned It (1969) Reissue 1991 [Re-Up]

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Billy Preston - That's The Way God Planned It (1969) Reissue 1991 [Re-Up]

Billy Preston - That's The Way God Planned It (1969) Reissue 1991
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 360 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 160 Mb | Scans included
Soul, Funk, Pop-Soul | Label: Apple/EMI | # CDP 7975802/CD SAPCOR 9 | 00:51:37

Billy Preston’s debut album for Apple Records was his vocal album debut too. Before this Billy was renowned merely as a wizard instrumentalist. Here, his impassioned vocals help create one of the best soul records of the 1960s. Produced by George Harrison, That’s The Way… expands Billy’s palette of gospel and R&B to embrace rock elements brought in by A-list players Keith Richards, Ginger Baker and Eric Clapton.