Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band - Wrap This! - A Big Phat Christmas (2015)

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Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band - Wrap This! - A Big Phat Christmas (2015)

Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band - Wrap This! - A Big Phat Christmas (2015)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 341 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 138 Mb | Scans included
Label: Wingood Music/Music Of Content | # MOC2001 | Time: 00:49:00
Genre: Jazz, Big Band, Holidays

Four-time Grammy® winners turn their attention to a very unique take on Holiday Favorites. Big Band Jazz, with some very special guests, will make your Holidays especially Merry! Carol of the Bells (feat. Eric Marienthal, soprano sax) Do You Hear What I Hear? (feat. Take 6) Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let it Snow (feat. Jeff Driskill, tenor sax) Hark The Herald Angels Sing (feat. Trey Henry, bass, Gordon Goodwin, piano, Andy Martin, trombone) The Little Drummer Boy (feat. Jay Mason, baritone sax, Andrew Synoweic, guitar) A Christmas arol (feat. Wayne Bergeron, trumpet, Francisco Torres, trombone) I Heard the Bells On Christmas Day (feat. Dan Fornero, trumpet, Gordon Goodwin, tenor sax) Somewhere in my Memory (feat. Gordon Goodwin, soprano sax) Santa Baby (feat. Brian Scanlon, tenor sax, Willie Murillo, trumpet) Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.

Piers Lane, Bergen PO, Andrew Litton - Eyvind Alnaes & Christian Sinding: Piano Concertos (2007)

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Piers Lane, Bergen PO, Andrew Litton - Eyvind Alnaes & Christian Sinding: Piano Concertos (2007)

The Romantic Piano Concerto, Vol. 42: Eyvind Alnæs & Christian Sinding (2007)
Piers Lane, piano; Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra; Andrew Litton, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 233 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 152 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA67555 | Time: 01:05:10

You're going to love this disc. It does everything this wonderful series of "Romantic Piano Concertos" is supposed to: present captivating repertoire in excellent performances. Christian Sinding was a notoriously spotty composer when working in large forms. After all, if you live well into your 80s writing tons of music along the way, but remain famous for one three-minute piano miniature ("Rustle of Spring"), then something's not right. That said, this youthful concerto offsets its tendency to ramble with an abundance of fresh, enjoyable tunes and fistfuls of pianistic fun and games. When the melodies are so attractive it's impossible to deny Sinding his right to dwell on them at length.

Carole King and James Taylor - Live At the Troubadour (2010) Audio CD [Re-Up]

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Carole King and James Taylor - Live At the Troubadour (2010) Audio CD [Re-Up]

Carole King and James Taylor - Live At the Troubadour (2010) Audio CD
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 430 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 154 Mb | Scans included
Label: Hear Music | # 0888072320536 | Time: 01:03:52
Genre: Singer/Songwriter, Soft Rock, Folk-Rock

”Live at the Troubadour” is a live album by Carole King and James Taylor released in 2010. The album was recorded at The Troubadour in West Hollywood in November 2007 to celebrate the venue's 50th anniversary. It was also the first venue that King and Taylor played together in November 1970. The album debuted at #4 in the United States with first-week sales of 78,000. This gives James Taylor a top 10 album in every decade since the 1970s and Carole King her first top 10 album since 1976.

Netherlands Wind Ensemble, Thierry Fischer - Igor Stravinsky: Mavra; Symphonies of Wind Instruments; Octet; Concertino (1998)

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Netherlands Wind Ensemble, Thierry Fischer - Igor Stravinsky: Mavra; Symphonies of Wind Instruments; Octet; Concertino (1998)

Igor Stravinsky: Mavra; Symphonies of Wind Instruments; Octet; Concertino (1998)
Netherlands Wind Ensemble, conducted by Thierry Fischer; Soloists of the Kirov Opera

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 222 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 141 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHAN 9488 | Time: 00:59:44

This CD offers a rare opportunity to hear Igor Stravinsky's opera buffa, 'Mavra.' At only 28 minutes, the opera is short, but interesting. By scoring the orchestra with full winds and just a handful of strings, Stravinsky molded the usually romantic opera genre into his cool, neoclassical form. Both the singing and the playing are highly energetic, and contain a certain wittiness. Conductor Thierry Fischer does something quite amazing: instead of the usual separation between voice and pit orchestra, Fischer puts the orchestra in direct dialogue with the stage action, creating an incredible integration. The 'Octet' and 'Concertino', more standard works, are also well played. Attacks and articulations are so very clean, and it was this cleanliness that attracted Stravinsky to wind instruments in the first place. Unlike other Stravinsky recordings, this one has the vitality and moodiness that make the notes sparkle. One always feels a sense of propulsion. In the 'Concertino', this rhythmic drive is contrasted beautifully with eerie string lines. The 'Octet' manages to achieve a perfect chamber music feel. The ensemble never forces the sound, and the result is an elegant, interesting and contagious performance. The same could be said for the whole album.

Aretha Franklin - Aretha Gospel (1956) Reissue 1991 [Re-Up]

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Aretha Franklin - Aretha Gospel (1956) Reissue 1991 [Re-Up]

Aretha Franklin - Aretha Gospel (1956) Reissue 1991
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 113 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 86 Mb | Scans included
Gospel, Deep Soul | Label: MCA | # CHMD-91521 | Time: 00:31:38

Debut studio album by Great Aretha Franklin, Released in 1956 by JVB/Battle Records. The album was recorded live when Franklin was aged 14 at New Bethel Baptist Church, the church of her father Reverend C. L. Franklin. The album was originally issued on JVB LP 100 and Battle LP 6105. It is always known on Checker Records as Checker LPS-10009. Songs of Faith has been reissued many times under various names. It is known also as The Gospel Soul of Aretha Franklin, Aretha's Gospel, Precious Lord, You Grow Closer, Never Grow Old, and The First Album.

John Butt - Johann Pachelbel: Hexachordum Apollinis; Chaconnes in D and in F (1990) Reissue 1997 [Re-Up]

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John Butt - Johann Pachelbel: Hexachordum Apollinis; Chaconnes in D and in F (1990) Reissue 1997 [Re-Up]

John Butt - Johann Pachelbel: Hexachordum Apollinis; Chaconnes in D and F (1990)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 280 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 162 Mb | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi USA | # HMT 7907029 HM76 | Time: 01:05:07

Arguably Pachelbel's masterpiece, "Apollo's Lyre" is a series of six arias, each of which consists of a set of highly contrasted variations on the initial theme. As a composer, Pachelbel was perhaps most interested in the variation principal, in direct contrast to his great successor, Bach, who used the form only rarely (but then typically wrote the greatest variation work ever–the "Goldberg Variations"). The musical argument is easy to follow, and the tunes themselves simple and memorable. John Butt frames the work with two mighty chaconnes. A chaconne is basically the same thing as a passacaglia, namely a series of variations over a constantly repeating bass line. Try this disc. You're in for a pleasant surprise.

Alvin Lee - The Last Show (2013)

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Alvin Lee - The Last Show (2013)

Alvin Lee - The Last Show (2013)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 569 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 234 Mb | Scans included
Blues-Rock, British Blues, Rock & Roll | Label: Rainman | # RM13022 | 01:19:07

Most famous for his vocal and guitar work in the group Ten Years After, Alvin Lee had a long solo career after the band dispersed, still working in the hard rock, rockabilly, and British blues style that TYA did until his sudden death in Spain in the spring of 2013. This set captures his last live show, a concert held in Raalte, Holland, on May 28, 2012, with a crisp rhythm section of Pete Pritchard on bass and Richard Newman on drums. The show was recorded, and although it wasn't recorded to be an official release, Lee was pleased with the performance and authorized its release, not knowing, of course, that it would be his swan song.

IRCAM, Ensemble Intercontemporain; Susanna Mälkki - Luca Francesconi: Etymo; Da Capo; A fuoco; Animus (2008)

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IRCAM, Ensemble Intercontemporain; Susanna Mälkki - Luca Francesconi: Etymo; Da Capo; A fuoco; Animus (2008)

Luca Francesconi: Etymo; Da Capo; A fuoco; Animus (2008)
IRCAM, Ensemble Intercontemporain; Susanna Mälkki, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 284 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 161 Mb | Artwork included
Classical, Contemporary | Label: Kairos | # 0012712KAI | Time: 01:09:15

Luca Francesconi is one of the most prominent Italian composer of his generation with a substantial and varied output to his credit. The release under review provides a good idea of his output although all the works recorded here are already some ten or twenty years old. Da Capo (1986) for small ensemble is the earliest work here and is probably one of Francesconi’s best-known and most popular. It is not difficult to understand why. It is a brilliantly scored, colourful piece full of nice instrumental touches and lively rhythms, although it opens and ends in a rather subdued manner. The other works were all composed at about the same time: between 1994 and 1995. They, too, display a considerable variety of means and moods. Etymo is the most substantial both in length and in content. The title, Etymo (as in etymology) is about the search for the origin and development of language. It sets texts from various poems from Baudelaire’s Les Fleurs du Mal for soprano, large ensemble and electronics. The final words are drawn from Baudelaire’s Carnets intimes.

David Lee Roth - Skyscraper (1988) [Re-Up]

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David Lee Roth - Skyscraper (1988) [Re-Up]

David Lee Roth - Skyscraper (1988)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 338 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 132 Mb | Scans included
Hard Rock | Label: Warner Bros. | # 7599-25824-2 | Time: 00:48:56

Skyscraper is the second full-length studio album by David Lee Roth, the original and current lead vocalist of Van Halen. It was released in 1988 on Warner Bros. Records. Skyscraper was issued shortly after the commercially and critically successful Eat 'em and Smile World Tour of 1986–1987. Skyscraper hit No. 6 on the Billboard Top 200 U.S. album chart during February 1988, en route to selling two million copies in the United States. The album features one of Roth's most popular singles, "Just Like Paradise", which reached No. 6 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart. Additionally, it features the acoustic ballad "Damn Good," which reached No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Rock chart.

Leon Russell - Snapshot (2013)

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Leon Russell - Snapshot (2013)

Leon Russell - Snapshot (2013)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 300 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 128 Mb | Scans included
Label: Young Carney/Leon Russell | # 679433102249 | Time: 00:38:44
Classic Rock, Rhythm & Blues, Blues-Rock, Country Rock

Leon Russell's CD "Snapshot" comes unheralded. There are no musicians listed, no writers' credits for the songs. But the music has delightful gems. The double-entendre titled "Come for You" bounces joyfully with romantic bliss as the background singers, stinging electric guitar and Russell's growl-sing make the track shine. "Honey & Eli" is another of my favorites with Russell's signature piano – his fingers seem to bounce along the keyboards – and soul horns to create an intoxicating mix, "I see sweet love there in your eyes; true love cannot be denied." Another gem that should not be confused with the Hank Williams' classic by the same title is the religious but not preachy "I See the Light." Russell is in reflective mood here on the Almighty and the afterlife with a slower beat and his vocals soulful and passionate, "I see a place there in the distance now, a sweet delight, his precious love abounds, I hear his words and then I feel alright; I speak his name; I see the Light." The rest of the CD is a mix with some predictable melodies, but also some joyful surprises. "Lost Inside the Blues" is a strong track. The CD concludes with a Russell instrumental "Friendly Fire." "Snapshot" is a strong set, well worth exploration by fans of Russell and heartfelt roots music. Enjoy!

Carole King - Original Album Classics (2008) 5CD Box Set

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Carole King - Original Album Classics (2008) 5CD Box Set

Carole King - Original Album Classics (2008) 5CD Box Set
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 1.1 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 489 Mb | Scans included
Label: Sony BMG, Legacy, Epic | # 88697313842 | Time: 03:23:05
Singer/Songwriter, Soft Rock, Folk-Rock

2008 five CD box. The Original Album Classics series, courtesy of Sony/BMG, packages together five classic albums from one of the most popular artists on the label's roster, housing them in an attractive slipcase. This set from the American singer/songwriter features the albums Writer (1970), Music (1971), Rhymes And Reasons (1972), Fantasy (1973) and Wrap Around Joy (1974).

Howard Jones - Dream Into Action (1985)

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Howard Jones - Dream Into Action (1985)

Howard Jones - Dream Into Action (1985)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 368 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 165 Mb | Scans included
Label: WEA/Elektra | # 240 632-2, 9 60390-2 | Time: 00:55:45
Synthpop, New Wave, Pop/Rock, Dance-Rock

Dream into Action is the second studio album by the British pop musician Howard Jones. It was released in March 1985 and reached No.2 in the UK Album Charts. The album also reached the top ten in the US. The album went gold and platinum in many countries including the US and UK. The album contained the hit singles "Things Can Only Get Better" (UK #6, US #5), "Look Mama" (UK #10), "Life in One Day" (UK #14, US #19), and "Like to Get to Know You Well" (UK #4).

Bobby "Blue" Bland - "Live" On Beale Street (1998)

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Bobby "Blue" Bland - "Live" On Beale Street (1998)

Bobby "Blue" Bland - "Live" On Beale Street (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 375 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 146 Mb | Scans included
Electric Texas Blues, Soul-Blues, Rhythm & Blues | Label: Malaco | # MCD 7489 | 00:59:37

Recorded live at the New Daisy Theater with Bland's regular working road band, this captures him in fine form, bringing together old favorites with some other numbers for a heady blend. When called for, the old Joe Scott heavy horn-laden arrangements are summoned up on tunes like "St. James Infirmary," "Farther on Up the Road," "That's the Way Love Is," "I Pity the Fool," and "I'll Take Care of You" with consummate ease. But even more telling is how effortlessly and seamlessly material like Buddy Ace's "Love of Mine," "Members Only," "Soon as the Weather Breaks," and Bill Withers' "Ain't No Sunshine" and "Get Your Money Where You Spend Your Time" meshes with the old standbys. A lengthy slow blues medley brings guest appearances from Johnnie Taylor and Bobby Rush on "Stormy Monday," but the real star here is Bland himself. He's in good voice and good humor, and this makes a fine addition to his stack of latter-day recordings.

Jarvis Cocker - Jarvis (aka The Jarvis Cocker Record) (2006) Japanese Edition

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Jarvis Cocker - Jarvis (aka The Jarvis Cocker Record) (2006) Japanese Edition

Jarvis Cocker - Jarvis (aka The Jarvis Cocker Record) (2006) Japanese Edition
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 330 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 159 Mb | Scans ~ 130 Mb
Label: Rough Trade Japan, Fiveman Army | # POCE-15009 | Time: 01:09:30
Genre: Alternative/Indie Rock, BritPop

Jarvis (also known as The Jarvis Cocker Record) is the debut solo album by Pulp vocalist and musician Jarvis Cocker, released in the UK on 13 November 2006. Initial critical response to Jarvis was very positive. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album has received an average score of 82, based on 30 reviews.

B.B. King - A Christmas Celebration Of Hope (2001)

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B.B. King - A Christmas Celebration Of Hope (2001)

B.B. King - A Christmas Celebration Of Hope (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 306 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 110 Mb | Scans ~ 32 Mb
Modern Electric Blues, Soul-Blues, Holidays | Label: MCA | # 112 756-2 | Time: 00:48:21

A Christmas Celebration of Hope is the thirty ninth studio album by American blues guitarist and singer-songwriter B.B. King released in November 2001 through MCA Records. It is a holiday album. The album earned King two Grammy Awards at the 45th Grammy Awards (2003): he, Anthony Daigle and John Holbrook were presented the award for Best Traditional Blues Album and the track "Auld Lang Syne" earned King the award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance.