Baiba Skride, City of Birmingham SO, Andris Nelsons - P.I. Tchaikovsky: Souvenir Russe (2008) [Re-Up]

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Baiba Skride, City of Birmingham SO, Andris Nelsons - P.I. Tchaikovsky: Souvenir Russe (2008) [Re-Up]

Baiba Skride (violin) - P.I. Tchaikovsky: Souvenir Russe (2008)
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra; Andris Nelsons, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 286 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 161 Mb | Scans included
Classical | Label: Sony Classical | # 88697214232 | Time: 01:07:47

Latvian violinist Baiba Skride proffers a collection of works for violin and orchestra by Tchaikovsky, the composer for which she feels the greatest affinity. Featuring the Violin Concerto, the album also includes Skride's interpretation of Tchaikovsky's triptych Souvenir d'un lieu cher, Op.42 in this rarely-heard version for violin and orchestra. She completes her musical souvenir album of the great Russian composer with two pieces from Swan Lake.

John Farnham - The Box Set Series (2014) 4CD Box Set

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John Farnham - The Box Set Series (2014) 4CD Box Set

John Farnham - The Box Set Series (2014) 4CD Box Set
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 1.78 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 614 Mb | Scans included
Adult Contemporary Pop, Pop/Rock | Label: Sony Music | # 88843069662 | 04:26:35

The BOX SET SERIES is a range of brand new 4 CD releases packed with original hit recordings by the biggest artists in music history, For the first time, the classic recordings of these household names are now packaged in affordable box sets. This package has been created locally especially for this series release, highlighting one of our own iconic artists alongside global icons. The collection features 64 classic John Farnham hits from nearly five decades of hits, from his teen pop idol days through his late-'80s/early-'90s peak and on through his charity-driven later years. From early classics, such as 'Playing To Win' and 'Don't You Know It's Magic', through to seminal Farnham classics, such as 'Pressure Down' and 'You're The Voice,' and 'That's Freedom', this collection is a must-have album for any music fan, young and old!

Badfinger - Head First (2000) 2CDs [Re-Up]

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Badfinger - Head First (2000) 2CDs [Re-Up]

Badfinger - Head First (2000) 2CDs [Recorded in 1974-1975]
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 350 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 138 Mb | Scans ~ 77 Mb
Classic Rock, Power Pop, Pop/Rock | Label: Snapper Music | # SMADD 829 | 01:00:32

Badfinger completed their best album in 1975, then had it pulled from the shelves in a haze of managerial misdeals and contractual screw-ups. They were good soldiers, at least for a while, heading into the studio (without Joey Molland, who bailed at the last minute) to bash out another album for Warner, completing it in two weeks. Warner rejected the effort, lead songwriter Pete Ham committed suicide not long afterward, and the album sat in the vaults until late 2000, when Artisan/Snapper released Head First as a double-disc set (the second disc consisting of demos and outtakes). Head First confirms that Badfinger had settled into a groove with Wish You Were Here, finding an effective middle ground between their pop gifts and hard rock inclinations, with both Ham and Tom Evans contributing equally strong works.

Stan Getz - Highlights (1990) 2CDs [Re-Up]

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Stan Getz - Highlights (1990) 2CDs [Re-Up]

Stan Getz - Highlights (1990) 2CDs
EAC | WV | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 691 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 317 Mb | Scans included | 02:15:42
Swing, Cool, Bop, Hard Bop, Bossa Nova, Mainstream Jazz | Label: Verve | # 847 430-2

This two-CD sampler is most highly recommended for listeners not familiar with Stan Getz's recordings of the 1950s and '60s. Starting with a version of "Stella by Starlight" that co-stars guitarist Jimmy Raney, this set matches Getz's cool tenor with such artists as trumpeters Dizzy Gillespie and Conte Candoli, trombonist J.J. Johnson, baritonist Gerry Mulligan, pianists Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans and Chick Corea, valve trombonist Bob Brookmeyer and vibraphonist Gary Burton. Also included are his two main bossa nova hits "Desafinado" and "The Girl from Ipanema" along with a couple of tracks from Getz's highly-rated Focus album. It's a fine overview of the great tenor's middle years.

Eugene Istomin: The Concerto And Solo Recordings (2015) 12CD Box Set [Re-Up]

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Eugene Istomin: The Concerto And Solo Recordings (2015) 12CD Box Set [Re-Up]

Eugene Istomin: The Concerto And Solo Recordings (2015) 12CD Box Set
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 2.4 Gb | Scans ~ 17 Mb
Classical | Label: Sony Classical | # 88875026172 | Time: 10:30:14

Eugene Istomin (1925–2003), one of America’s most respected pianists, was highly esteemed by audiences and colleagues alike for his mindful virtuosity and unusually wide-ranging repertoire. 2015 marks Istomin’s 90th birthday year, a milestone that Sony Classical celebrates with the first-ever release of his complete Columbia Masterworks concerto and solo recordings in a limited original-jacket collection including 10 previously unreleased studio recordings. Many of these performances appear in their first authorized CD editions, including the 19-year-old pianist’s recorded debut in Bach’s D minor Concerto led by Adolf Busch; his youthful concerto collaborations with Pablo Casals; Chopin’s complete Nocturnes; Brahms’s Handel Variations; Schubert’s D major D 850 Sonata, plus the long-out-of-print Rachmaninoff 2nd, Tchaikovsky 1st, Brahms 2nd, and Beethoven 4th and 5th (“Emperor”) Concertos with Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra. Newly remastered from the original analogue tapes, the discs are presented in facsimile sleeves and labels corresponding to the original LP releases. An enclosed booklet offers full discographical information, an essay by Jed Distler, and a photographic retrospective.

Roxette - The Rox Box: Roxette 86-06 (2006) 4 CD + 2 DVD Box Set [Re-Up]

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Roxette - The Rox Box: Roxette 86-06 (2006) 4 CD + 2 DVD Box Set [Re-Up]

Roxette - The Rox Box: Roxette 86-06 (2006) 4 CD + 2 DVD Box Set
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 2.16 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 709 Mb | Time: 05:09:11
DVD10 (2xDVD5) | PAL | 720x576 (4:3) VBR | AC3 192 Kbps or DTS (only MTV) | 03:23:17 | ~ 9 Gb
Pop/Rock, Adult Contemporary | Label: EMI | # 0946 3 67972 2 9 | Scans ~109 Mb

The Roxbox (Roxette 86-06) is a boxed set compilation by Swedish pop duo Roxette, released on 18 October 2006 by Roxette Recordings and Capitol. It is an expanded companion piece to the single-disc greatest hits album A Collection of Roxette Hits - Their 20 Greatest Songs!, which was also released on the same date. The box set consists of four CDs containing singles, album tracks, non-album singles and b-sides, as well as previously unreleased outtakes, alternate versions and demos. It also includes two DVDs: the first is of their previously unreleased 9 January 1993 performance at the Cirkus arena in Stockholm for MTV Unplugged; the second contains every music video ever recorded by the duo.

Jimmy Thackery & The Drivers - Wild Night Out! (1995)

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Jimmy Thackery & The Drivers - Wild Night Out! (1995)

Jimmy Thackery & The Drivers - Wild Night Out! (1995)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 414 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 155 Mb | Scans included
Modern Electric Blues, Blues-Rock | Label: Blind Pig | # BPCD 5021 | 01:01:03

1994 live recording from one of the most exciting contemporary blues-rock bands today. Jimmy and the gang unleash over 60 minutes of high-powered, unrelenting guitar pyrotechnics, finally capturing their thrilling live performances. Thackery became widely known as the innovative guitarist with the Nighthawks, one of the hardest-working and most popular blues bands of the '70's and '80's. Starting in 1974, the group recorded over twenty albums and constantly toured the U.S., Europe, Canada and Japan. Jimmy was the heart, soul, and adrenaline of the Nighthawks sound during his fourteen year tenure with the Washington, D.C.-based band, creating a distinctively raw, powerful guitar style and establishing a reputation as a spectacular soloist.

Capella Alamire, The Woodman Consort of Viols, Peter Urquhart - Nicolas Gombert: Motets; Chansons; Magnificat (2006)

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Capella Alamire, The Woodman Consort of Viols, Peter Urquhart - Nicolas Gombert: Motets; Chansons; Magnificat (2006)

Nicolas Gombert: Motets; Chansons; Magnificat (2006)
Capella Alamire; The Woodman Consort of Viols; Noël Bisson, soprano; Peter Urquhart, director

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 290 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 160 Mb | Artwork included
Classical, Choral, Renaissance | Label: Naxos | # 8.570180 | Time: 01:08:15

It's always great to encounter the recording that can "crack" a composer open, making his or her music accessible to a general listening public. And it's all the better when such a recording comes from beyond the usual quarters, as, for example, with this American recording of Renaissance polyphony. Nicolas Gombert was a Flemish Renaissance composer, a successor (and possibly a student) of Josquin who entered the service of Holy Roman Emperor Charles V. His music, especially in his masses, tends to present itself as a dense, unbroken flow of polyphony. Gombert is one of the composers music history students tend to slog through in hopes of getting to the good stuff. One noted Renaissance scholar used to refer to him, Adrian Willaert, and Giaches de Wert as "the Ert brothers." All that could change with this disc of Gombert motets and chansons. These works are less dense than his masses, but not by much, and they are considerably less limpid than Josquin's pieces in the same genres. But here it is the performances that clarify them. The Massachusetts ensemble Capella Alamire (the name is a pun on an aspect of an old solmization system) under director Peter Urquhart, recording in a church in Portsmouth, NH, slows the motets down slightly and addresses them with a group of eight singers – the black belt of choral singing.

Don Covay - Funky Yo-Yo (1977) Expanded Reissue 2006

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Don Covay - Funky Yo-Yo (1977) Expanded Reissue 2006

Don Covay - Funky Yo-Yo (1977) Expanded Reissue 2006
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 216 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 119 Mb | Scans ~ 81 Mb
Soul, Deep Soul, Rhythm & Blues | Label: Shout! | # SHOUT 25 | Time: 00:52:10

One of the most obscure albums Covay cut, Funky Yo Yo slipped out in 1977 on the tiny Versatile label, with such little notice that it's even escaped getting listed in some discographies. It's a strange record, too, with production so sparse (and some dull muffle to the sound fidelity, though it's not a serious impediment) that one suspects these might be demos, or perhaps not even 1977 recordings. Yet in a way that very rootsy, stripped-down feel makes it appealing, particularly as it was appearing at a time when many fellow soul greats of Covay's generation were issuing bloated, hopeless attempts to jump on the disco bandwagon. Far from emulating Barry White, Covay sounds rather like Van Morrison on much of this material, though the similarity's probably coincidental. Particularly on the more bare-bones arrangements, these actually have a cool intimate feel, as if they're songwriter demos intended for pitches to '60s Atlantic recording artists.

Peter Schreier, Staatskapelle Dresden, Otmar Suitner - Mozart: Arien (1967) Remastered Reissue 2016 [Re-Up]

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Peter Schreier, Staatskapelle Dresden, Otmar Suitner - Mozart: Arien (1967) Remastered Reissue 2016 [Re-Up]

Peter Schreier - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Arias (1967) Remastered Reissue 2016
Staatskapelle Dresden; Otmar Suitner, conductor; Walter Olbertz, cembalo

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 270 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 119 Mb | Scans ~ 180 Mb
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: Berlin Classics | # 0300754BC | Time: 00:51:51

Peter Schreier is unquestionably one of the greatest tenors of the twentieth century. For over 40 years he was known above all for his embodiment of Mozart tenor roles, and dazzled as a lieder singer in songs by Schubert, Schumann and Hugo Wolf. The sacred works of Johann Sebastian Bach, his oratorios and passions, formed another key element in the repertory of this native Saxon. He sang at all the world’s major opera houses – at the New York Met, at La Scala in Milan, in Buenos Aires, Vienna and Paris – and needless to say on his “home turf” of Dresden and Berlin. Not forgetting his many years of guest appearances at the Bayreuth and Salzburg Festivals. It was in Salzburg, in 1967, that he sprang into the breach as Tamino in place of Fritz Wunderlich, who died so tragically young. The successes that followed thick and fast upon that were to make Peter Schreier into the opera world’s Mozart tenor of choice in the course of the following decades.

Doric String Quartet, RSNO, Peter Oundjian - John Adams: Naive and Sentimental Music; Absolute Jest (2018)

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Doric String Quartet, RSNO, Peter Oundjian - John Adams: Naive and Sentimental Music; Absolute Jest (2018)

John Adams: Naive and Sentimental Music; Absolute Jest (2018)
Doric String Quartet; Royal Scottish National Orchestra; Peter Oundjian, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 322 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 173 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHSA5199 | Time: 01:11:23

As part of his final year as Music Director and following a two-season celebration of the Orchestra’s 125th anniversary, Peter Oundjian and the RSNO here present their second recording of music by John Adams, with the exceptional participation of the Doric String Quartet. Written for a large orchestra including six percussionists, keyboard sampler, and amplified steel-string guitar, Naive and Sentimental Music is a sweepingly symphonic masterpiece, full of contrasts and clashes. It reflects the dichotomy between ‘naive’ and ‘sentimental’ poetry as analysed by Friedrich Schiller in his 1795 essay Über naive und sentimentalische Dichtung, as well as the ‘bipolar’ musical life of Esa-Pekka Salonen, the dedicatee of this piece, who conducted the first performance with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 1999. Absolute Jest is a large-scale scherzo for amplified string quartet and orchestra, heavily inspired by the music of Beethoven, which Adams has always deeply admired. The quartet of soloists, a late addition to the score, emphasises the echoes of Beethoven’s music (mainly his string quartets) and facilitates a ‘hyperspace rate’ of virtuosity, which the Doric String Quartet here perfectly demonstrates.

Van Morrison - The Healing Game (1997) Expanded Remastered 2008 [Re-Up]

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Van Morrison - The Healing Game (1997) Expanded Remastered 2008 [Re-Up]

Van Morrison - The Healing Game (1997) Expanded Remastered 2008
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 339 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 133 Mb | Scans ~ 172 Mb
Label: Exile Productions Ltd., Polydor | # 5308757 | Time: 00:58:24
Singer/Songwriter, Pop/Rock, Folk-Rock, Blues, Blue-Eyed Soul

Van Morrison never stopped recording during the 1990s, but for a little while it seemed as if he was disconnected from his muse. It wasn't so much his series of jazz cover albums – he'd return to this vein often in subsequent decades – but his songwriting that showed signs bitterness, particularly on 1995's Days Like This, where he seemed dismissive of the very notion of being a songwriter. In that light, it's hard not to see 1997's The Healing Game as a rejuvenation. Indeed, the album's very title suggests that Morrison is in the process of mending fences and reconnecting with a sense of joy, a process that began during his deep dive into Mose Allison and other bluesy jazz artists in the mid-'90s. Morrison retains that sense of swing on The Healing Game – he also retains keyboardist Georgie Fame, who would become a fixture on Morrison's albums over the next two decades – and it invigorates a set of songs that aren't necessarily all that different from what he's been writing as of late; he's still specializing in ballads, blues, and folk-rock colored by R&B.

Peter Cetera - You're The Inspiration: A Collection (1997)

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Peter Cetera - You're The Inspiration: A Collection (1997)

Peter Cetera - You're The Inspiration: A Collection (1997)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 292 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 105 Mb | Scans ~ 71 Mb
Pop/Rock, Soft Rock | Label: River North Records | # 51416 1250 2 | 00:45:24

You're the Inspiration: A Collection is the second album released by Peter Cetera for River North Records and the sixth album released as a solo artist. While labeled as a 'collection', the album is not really a compilation of 'Greatest Hits' but rather a collection of previously recorded duets, a few new songs and a few re-recordings of old Chicago hits.

Otis Rush - Ain't Enough Comin' In (1994)

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Otis Rush - Ain't Enough Comin' In (1994)

Otis Rush - Ain't Enough Comin' In (1994)
XLD | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 345 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 134 Mb | Scans ~ 111 Mb
Electric Chicago Blues | Label: This Way Up, Mercury | # 314 518 769-2 | 00:58:06

Otis Rush and Buddy Guy were hot young Chicago guitar slingers in the 1950s, when legends like Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf ruled the Second City. Rush was renowned for his nasty, over-amplified guitar sound, and songs like "All Your Love" and "Double Trouble" were seminal touchstones for such `60s British guitarists as Eric Clapton and Peter Green. Rush has lately been known more for live shows than records, and 1994's Ain't Enough Comin' In succeeded because it was programmed like a great concert set, with fat guitar solos that suggested Albert King in a sweat, and songs that drew from both the blues and soul songbooks. Rush sounds great singing Sam Cooke's good-news gospel ("Somebody Have Mercy" and "Ain't That Good News") and pays his propers to Ray Charles on "A Fool for You." Exciting takes on epic tunes associated with B.B. King ("It's My Own Fault") and Albert King ("As the Years Go Passing By") also leave no doubt that Rush hasn't forgotten how to burn down the house.

Himekami - Albums Collection 1981-1989 (10CD) [Re-Up]

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Himekami - Albums Collection 1981-1989 (10CD) [Re-Up]

Himekami - Albums Collection 1981-1989 (10CD)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 2.2 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 1 Gb | Scans included
Label: Pony Canyon | # PCCR-00091 - PCCR-00100 | Time: 06:42:20
New Age, Ethnic Fusion, Progressive Electronic

Himekami (姫神) is a Japanese musical group. The name is derived from Mount Himekami in Morioka, Iwate Prefecture. The group was founded in 1980 by composer Yoshiaki Hoshi as Himekami Sensation (姫神せんせいしょん Himekami Senseishon), and includes synthesizer player Yoshiki Hoshi (星吉紀) and vocalists Wakako Nakajima, Tomoko Fujii, Junko Shiwa, and Yoriko Sano. The group changed its name to Himekami in 1984.