Eartha Kitt - 'Miss Kitt', To You (1992)

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Eartha Kitt - 'Miss Kitt', To You (1992)

Eartha Kitt - 'Miss Kitt', To You (1992)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 243 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 134 Mb
Label: RCA | # 07863 66022-2 | Time: 00:45:12 | Scans included
Traditional Pop, Cabaret, Vocal Jazz, Swing

On this smoky 16-track compilation of classics, legendary temptress Eartha Kitt tells it like it is on "Je Cherche Un Homme (I Want a Man)", and W.C. Handy's "St. Louis Blues", Cole Porter's "My Heart Belongs to Daddy" and "Let's Do It", and a dozen others.

Harper - Down To The Rhythm (2005)

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Harper - Down To The Rhythm (2005)

Harper - Down To The Rhythm (2005)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 310 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 110 Mb | Scans included
Harmonica Blues, Blues-Rock | Label: Blind Pig | # BPCD 5096 | Time: 00:43:13

Part harmonica wizard and part rhythmic explorer, Harper is a fiery artist who blurs the lines between rock, folk and blues. His use of the didgeridoo, an indigenous wind instrument of his native Australia, along with his compelling original songwriting and sublime vocals, gives Harper a distinctive sound entirely his own. Harper's music is instantly memorable, with a deeply soulful groove.

Paul Mauriat - Love Is Blue (1986) Japanese Release [Re-Up]

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Paul Mauriat - Love Is Blue (1986) Japanese Release [Re-Up]

Paul Mauriat - Love Is Blue (1986) [Japanese Release]
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 355 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 154 Mb | Scans included
Easy Listening, Instrumental Pop | Label: Philips | # 30PD-187 | Time: 00:48:44

French composer/conductor Paul Mauriat is a classically trained musician who decided to pursue a career in popular music. His first major success came in 1962, as a co-writer of the European hit "Chariot." In 1963, the song was given English lyrics, renamed "I Will Follow Him," and became a number one American hit for Little Peggy March. Mauriat is best remembered for his 1968 worldwide smash "Love Is Blue".

Emil Gilels, Berliner Philharmoniker, Eugen Jochum - Johannes Brahms: The Piano Concertos; Fantasies, Op 116 (1996) 2CD [Re-Up]

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Emil Gilels, Berliner Philharmoniker, Eugen Jochum - Johannes Brahms: The Piano Concertos; Fantasies, Op 116 (1996) 2CD [Re-Up]

Johannes Brahms: Die Klavierkonzerte; Fantasien Op. 116 (1996) 2CDs
Emil Gilels, piano; Berliner Philharmoniker; Eugen Jochum, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 500 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 316 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 447 446-2 | Time: 02:05:20

Gilels had immense physical power and impeccable control, but he was also capable of exquisitely refined poetry and had an acute perception of the lyrical impulse lying behind even the most assertive of Brahms's writing. The firmness of attack and the depth of sound that make his (and the Berlin Philharmonic's) playing so thrillingly dynamic can be offset by the most poignant of delicate gestures. There is undeniable grandeur to these readings, but with those additional qualities of wise thinking, generous expression and artistry of great subtlety, these performances are in a class of their own.

Miles Davis - Live-Evil (1971) 2 CDs, Japanese Press 1987 [Re-Up]

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Miles Davis - Live-Evil (1971) 2 CDs, Japanese Press 1987 [Re-Up]

Miles Davis - Live-Evil (1971) 2 CDs, Japanese Press 1987
XLD | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 602 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 243 Mb | Scans included
Jazz Fusion, Jazz-Funk, Jazz-Rock | Label: CBS/Sony | # 50DP 707~8 | Time: 01:42:16

This is where Miles Davis turned funk into jazz, rock into soul, and chaos into Beauty. With a rotating cast of bands featuring keyboardists Keith Jarrett and Chick Corea, guitarist John McLaughlin, percussionist Airto Moreira, saxophonists Gary Bartz and Wayne Shorter, and myriad other explorers, Davis kept up with the times…and surpassed them. He rocked harder than Sly, got funkier than J.B., and turned jazz inside out, slicing the music open till blood spilled on to the floor. More focused than Bitches Brew, which is all the more surprising since it's actually a piecemeal recording from various dates and venues–some in the studio, some on stage, but all very much l-i-v-e.

Foreigner - Unusual Heat (1991) [Re-Up]

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Foreigner - Unusual Heat (1991) [Re-Up]

Foreigner - Unusual Heat (1991)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 350 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 118 Mb | Scans ~ 58 Mb
Rock, AOR, Hard Rock | Label: Atlantic | # 7 82299-2 | Time: 00:51:29

With Rick Willis on bass, Dennis Elliot playing drums, Mick Jones on guitar/keyboards, and the debut of Johnny Edwards from King Kobra and Buster Brown on vocals, the 1991 version of Foreigner actually was better than one would expect. Ten of the 11 songs on the Unusual Heat CD were written by co-producer Terry Thomas, new singer Johnny Edwards, and band mainstay Mick Jones, and they still had that bombast and brash appeal of the group which once featured so many textures brought to life by the voice of Lou Gramm. The unusual thing about Unusual Heat is that it is actually a good product and quite listenable.

Tony Joe White - One Hot July (1998) [Re-Up]

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Tony Joe White - One Hot July (1998) [Re-Up]

Tony Joe White - One Hot July (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 397 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 149 Mb
Label: Mercury Records | # 558 894-2 | Time: 01:05:05 | Scans ~ 175 Mb
Singer/Songwriter, Swamp Rock, Blues, Blues-Rock, Country-Rock

Tony Joe's first U.S. release since 1983 finds the swamp-rocker in rare form. Produced by Roger Davies – Tina Turner's manager/producer, and the one responsible for her '80s breakthrough – this is the most cohesive album he's made since his early Monument LPs with Billy Swan. Tony Joe is kept tightly focused with a small combo (Hammond organ, bass, drums), and the rest of the space in the mix is occupied by the star's funky guitar, harmonica, and breathy vocals, recorded so close he sounds like he's two inches from the listener's face. It also helps that Tony Joe's songwriting skills have only sharpened over the years; the disc is simply loaded with great songs, including "Crack the Window Baby," "Gumbo John," "I Want My Fleetwood Back," and the moody "Cold Fingers," "I Believe I've Lost My Way," and "Across From Midnight." One of his very best, and as highly recommended as they come.

Martha Argerich, Gidon Kremer, Mischa Maisky - Dmitri Shostakovich, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Trios (1999) [Re-Up]

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Martha Argerich, Gidon Kremer, Mischa Maisky - Dmitri Shostakovich, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Trios (1999) [Re-Up]

Dmitri Shostakovich, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky - Trios (1999)
Martha Argerich, piano; Gidon Kremer, violin; Mischa Maisky, violoncello

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 330 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 208 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 459 326-2 | Time: 01:19:18

Wow! This is music making on a cosmic scale. You may hear some jaded critic offer up the following generic comment about this release: "These three players, gathered together for only the second time, naturally can't equal the subtle give and take of more established chamber ensembles." Bull. All three artists rank among the most inspirational and experienced chamber players of our time, and here they set the notes on fire in performances of shattering intensity, improvisational spontaneity, and (in the Tchaikovsky) Herculean grandeur. Argerich's performance of the concerto-like piano part of the Tchaikovsky Trio is especially impressive; she seems to know instinctively when to dominate the proceedings and when to let her partners take over; and the final "Theme and Variations"–a huge movement half an hour in length–seldom has sounded so cohesive and meaningful. As to the Shostakovich, well, what can I say? This is one of the most profoundly moving experiences in music, and how well this trio knows it! The three players find the perfect tempo for the third movement Passacaglia, then build the tragic finale as inexorably as fate itself.

10cc - Two Classic Albums: '10cc' (1973) & 'Sheet Music' (1974) 2LP on 1CD, Remastered By Steve Hoffman, 1990 [Re-Up]

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10cc - Two Classic Albums: '10cc' (1973) & 'Sheet Music' (1974) 2LP on 1CD, Remastered By Steve Hoffman, 1990 [Re-Up]

10cc - Two Classic Albums: '10cc' (1973) & 'Sheet Music' (1974)
2LP on 1CD, Remastered By Steve Hoffman, 1990

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 457 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 181 Mb | Scans included
Classic Rock, Soft Rock, Art Rock | Label: DCC Compact Classics | # DZS-053 | 01:16:51

10cc's first two albums, recorded under the sponsorship of entrepreneur and one-time pop star Jonathan King, are combined on one disc for this CD reissue. 1973's 10cc shows that from the start, the group had an uncommon command of recording studio technique; the performances are polished, the harmonies superb, and the production flawless and often witty (all the more remarkable from a new band producing themselves, albeit one comprised of music-biz vets). However, the group was still getting up to speed in terms of their songwriting at this point, and while the craft is fine, there isn't a lot of inspiration on hand. Except for the sardonic "Rubber Bullets" and sarcastically sprightly "The Dean and I," the '50s-inspired parodies on side one don't wear well, and most of side two is clever but not terribly distinguished. 1974's Sheet Music was where 10cc truly hit their stride; the album is full of effective barbed humor buffered by the superbly polished production, which leans toward pretension without quite falling into the pool.

Jackson Browne - Lawyers in Love (1983) [Re-Up]

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Jackson Browne - Lawyers in Love (1983) [Re-Up]

Jackson Browne - Lawyers in Love (1983)
EAC | WV | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 222 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 94 Mb | Scans included
Label: Elektra/Asylum | # 9 60268-2 | Time: 00:35:19
Singer/Songwriter, Rock, Soft Rock

Lawyers in Love is the seventh album by American singer/songwriter Jackson Browne, released in 1983. It reached number 8 on the Billboard Pop album chart and number 30 on the Billboard 200.

Jon Hassell - Power Spot (1986) [Re-Up]

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Jon Hassell - Power Spot (1986) [Re-Up]

Jon Hassell - Power Spot (1986)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 234 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 130 Mb | Scans included
Label: ECM Records | # ECM 1327, 829 466-2 | Time: 00:48:27
Ambient, Ethnic Fusion, Tribal, Minimalism

Power Spot is an album by American trumpet player and composer Jon Hassell recorded in 1983 and 1984 and released on the ECM label. The Allmusic review by Mark Kirschenmann awarded the album 4 stars stating "While not as stunning as Possible Musics, Power Spot is nonetheless one of the most significant recordings from this utterly unique musician".

Yo-Yo Ma - Soul of the Tango: The Music of Astor Piazzolla (1997) [Re-Up]

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Yo-Yo Ma - Soul of the Tango: The Music of Astor Piazzolla (1997) [Re-Up]

Yo-Yo Ma - Soul of the Tango: The Music of Astor Piazzolla (1997)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 338 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 156 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Crossover, Tango | Label: Sony Classical | # SK 63122 | Time: 01:03:41

Inspired by a general love of the tango, and more specifically the tango of Astor Piazzolla, on the part of Yo-Yo Ma, the Soul of the Tango album is a masterful work of the nuevo tango, played by Ma's cello and many of Piazzolla's former associates. Piazzolla's old guitarists Sergio and Odair Assad even showed up to work on a pair of tracks arranged by Sergio: the Tango Suite (consisting of Andante and Allegro). The sheer beauty of one of Piazzolla's tangos is generally enough to warrant the purchase of an album involving them. An album such as this one, where all of the songs (save one: Tango Remembrances, where Ma plays along with outtakes from Piazzolla's recording of The Rough Dancer and the Cyclical Night album) are compositions by Piazzolla is even better. Add to this the masterful playing of Ma, and the surprising facility in which the cello fits into the tango, and you've got what could become a classic album, if only it weren't on the classical label from Sony.

Stan Getz - Stan Getz in Warsaw (1991)

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Stan Getz - Stan Getz in Warsaw (1991)

Stan Getz - Stan Getz in Warsaw (1991)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 302 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 131 Mb | Scans included
Cool, Saxophone Jazz | Label: Polskie Nagrania | # PNCD 148 | Time: 00:48:28

Stan Getz was invited to perform a concert with a local rhythm section in Warsaw, Poland, in 1960; he was sufficiently impressed with the trio to join them for a brief studio session afterwards. While this five-song set isn't flawless, as Getz has some problems with repeated reed squeaking in the rendition of "Cherokee," the all-standards program is otherwise very enjoyable, with excellent sound. Getz is in total control with the lush take of "Darn That Dream," as he makes a delayed entrance following pianist Andrzej Trzaskowski, who proves himself to be a thoughtful accompanist and soloist. Bassist Roman Dylag and drummer Andrzej Dabrowski also get high marks. This compilation is rounded out with two tracks from a 1974 concert in Warsaw by a working edition of the Stan Getz Quartet, with pianist Albert Dailey, bassist George Mraz, and drummer Billy Hart. The tenor saxophonist again gets a little sloppy with atypical reed squeaks in both tracks, which include an extended, exciting workout of Chick Corea's "La Fiesta" and an old favorite, Jobim's "Desafinado." Getz fans will definitely want to acquire this obscure Polish CD.

Yevgeny Mravinsky, Leningrad PO - 20th Century's Philosophies: Bela Bartok, Arthur Honegger, Igor Stravinsky (2015)

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Yevgeny Mravinsky, Leningrad PO - 20th Century's Philosophies: Bela Bartok, Arthur Honegger, Igor Stravinsky (2015)

Béla Bartók: Music for Strings, Percussion & Celesta, Sz. 106;
Arthur Honegger: Symphony No. 3, H186 'Liturgique'; Igor Stravinsky: Agon 'Ballet for Twelve Dancers'
Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Yevgeny Mravinsky

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 428 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 209 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Praga Digitals | # 350 087 | Time: 01:18:28

This release in Praga's Reminiscences series features Yevgeny Mravinsky leading the Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra in a programme that includes one of Béla Bartók's best-known compositions: 'Music for Strings, Percussion and Celeste'. It is coupled with Honneger's Symphony No.3, composed in the aftermath of World War II, and music from Stravinsky's modernist ballet 'Agon'.

Mink DeVille - Where Angels Fear To Tread (1983)

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Mink DeVille - Where Angels Fear To Tread (1983)

Mink DeVille - Where Angels Fear To Tread (1983)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 237 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 111 Mb | Scans included
Rock, New Wave, Punk, R&B, Latin | Label: Atlantic | # 7567-80115-2 | Time: 00:35:40

After Le Chat Bleu, this Mink DeVille record foretold the depth and dimension of Willy DeVille's talent and the lengths he would go to as a vocalist and songwriter to get the right mix of emotion, drama, and rock & roll attitude. Featuring the core band from Coup de Grace – Louis Cortelezzi on sax; Kenny Margolis on keyboards, including accordion; DeVille and Rick Borgia on guitars; and Tommy Price on drums – the seam in the album comes on the second track, "River of Tears," with its stunning soprano saxophone lines, marimbas, accordions, and howling, raw, Gato Barbieri-like tenor lines in the choruses. When DeVille sings, "Every night lonely, empty dreams/Here comes that tide washing over me/Not again/Oh no/Not again/I don't want to cry/But there's tears in my eyes/I don't want to cry/That river of tears," the horns and accordion swirl around him until the final 16 measures, when the guitars and marimbas envelop all his loss in their warmth. His voice is the grain of every rock & roll lothario's Waterloo. DeVille follows this with a scorching Cuban son called "Demisado Corazon," featuring full salsa horn and percussion sections.