Lindsey Buckingham - Law And Order (1981)

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Lindsey Buckingham - Law And Order (1981)

Lindsey Buckingham - Law And Order (1981)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 222 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 83 Mb | Scans ~ 54 Mb
Classic Rock, Pop/Rock | Label: Asylum | # 64561-2 | Time: 00:35:55

Law and Order is the first solo album by Fleetwood Mac guitarist/vocalist/songwriter Lindsey Buckingham, released in 1981. "Trouble", featuring drumming by Fleetwood Mac drummer Mick Fleetwood, reached No. 9 on the U.S. charts; the album itself reached No. 32 on the Billboard 200. Lindsey appeared on Saturday Night Live on February 6, 1982 and performed "Trouble" and "Bwana" with Mick Fleetwood's Zoo.

Sophie Yates - Tombeau: German Harpsichord Music of the Seventeenth Century (1998)

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Sophie Yates - Tombeau: German Harpsichord Music of the Seventeenth Century (1998)

Sophie Yates - Tombeau: German Harpsichord Music of the Seventeenth Century (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 396 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 172 Mb | Artwork included
Classical | Label: Chandos (Chaconne Series) | # CHAN0596 | Time: 01:14:46

A fascinating collection of German harpsichord music from one of the instruments finest exponents, Sophie Yates. The German composer Johann Jacob Froberger is the central figure in this collection and he was probably the most significant influence in the development of a distinctive, German style of writing for keyboard instruments. He wrote some twenty-five toccatas of which the two on this album are of very different character; the earlier one is very contrapuntal in style and makes use of a chromatic theme, whilst the other is written in a feer, more improvisatory style, and is harmonically very daring. Sophie Yates writes in her sleeve notes that she wished to include some of the darker more sensual suites, of which the C minor Suite is one of the most striking. Froberger is a colourful composer, and these varied suites, consisting of the usual dance numbers of the day, are most enjoyable. Johann Kaspar Kerll was similarly an innovator and is represented on this album by an impressive Passacaglia which places great demands on the player, Johann Pachelbel is probably most famous as a composer of sacred works and, of course, the ubiquitous Canon in D. Of his instrumental music, the Hexachordum Apollinis is his most well-known work, which comprises a set of six arias with variations, of which the last one is recorded here. George Böhm is best remembered for his influence on other composers, particularly J S BAch.

Siouxsie And The Banshees - Peepshow (1988) [Non-Remastered] Re-Up

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Siouxsie And The Banshees - Peepshow (1988) [Non-Remastered] Re-Up

Siouxsie And The Banshees - Peepshow (1988) [Non-Remastered]
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 247 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 104 Mb | Scans included
Alternative Rock, Art Rock, Post-Punk, New Wave | Label: Polydor | # 837 240-2 | 00:42:45

Peepshow is the ninth studio album by English alternative rock band Siouxsie and the Banshees, released in September 1988 on Polydor. It was their first record as a quintet. With the arrival of multi-instrumentalist Martin McCarrick, the group recorded a multifaceted album with a variety of influences. Including the singles "Peek-a-Boo" and "The Last Beat of My Heart", the record was a commercial success, peaking at No. 68 on the Billboard 200 chart in the week of 3 December 1988. It spent a total of 20 weeks on that chart. Peepshow was widely acclaimed by critics. Praise centred around the unpredictability of the orchestrations and new nuances in Siouxsie's voice.

Denis Sungho Janssens - Niccolo Paganini: Ghiribizzi - 43 Miniatures for Guitar (2011)

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Denis Sungho Janssens - Niccolo Paganini: Ghiribizzi - 43 Miniatures for Guitar (2011)

Denis Sungho Janssens - Niccolò Paganini: Ghiribizzi (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 205 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 131 Mb | Artwork included
Classical Guitar | Label: Naxos | # 8.572566 | Time: 00:56:40

The ultimate violin virtuoso, Niccolò Paganini also wrote more than 100 pieces for guitar, including these Ghiribizzi (‘whims’). Composed for ‘a little girl in Naples’ who must have been both talented and eager to develop her technique, these whimsical works explore a wide range of musical styles idiomatic to the guitar. Many of the 43 short movements draw on themes by Rossini, Paisiello, Süssmayr, Mozart, Giuliani and, of course, Paganini himself. Praised by Les cahiers de la guitare as ‘inspired’ and Koelner Stadt Anzeiger as a ‘genius’, Denis Sungho Janssens made his 2005 Carnegie Hall début as a Rising Star of the European Concert Hall Organization.

Tommy Castro, Jimmy Hall, Lloyd Jones - Triple Trouble (2003)

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Tommy Castro, Jimmy Hall, Lloyd Jones - Triple Trouble (2003)

Tommy Castro, Jimmy Hall, Lloyd Jones - Triple Trouble (2003)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 349 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 133 Mb | Scans included
Modern Electric Blues, Texas Blues | Label: Telarc | # CD-83585 | Time: 00:52:24

All-star jams can go two ways. They either turn out a muddled mess, or inspire everyone involved to new heights of musical synergy. Fortunately for blues, R&B, and soul fans, Triple Trouble belongs firmly in the latter category. It helps that Castro, Jones (guitar), and Hall (sax, harmonica) have different strengths, which complement one another nicely. It also helps having the renowned Double Trouble on board; one couldn't ask for a tighter, tastier backup band. Together, this group ranges all over the musical map, from traditionally-inflected blues ("Raised in the Country") to James Brown-style funk ("Cold Funk"). With Telarc Records clean, crisp production every note comes out clear, showcasing these three artists to their best advantage. They might not be superstars, but they've got their mojo workin'.

Heaven 17 - The Luxury Gap (1983) [Non-Remastered]

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Heaven 17 - The Luxury Gap (1983) [Non-Remastered]

Heaven 17 - The Luxury Gap (1983) [Non-Remastered]
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 296 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 128 Mb | Scans included
Label: Virgin | # CDV2253, 0777 7 86701 2 4 | Time: 00:37:19
Synthpop, New Wave, Dance-Rock

After creating a marvelous electronic debut, Glenn Gregory, Ian Marsh, and Martyn Ware decided to tamper with their winning formula a bit on Heaven 17's 1983 follow-up to Penthouse and Pavement. The result, which added piano, strings, and Earth, Wind, & Fire's horn section to the band's cool synthesizer pulse, was even better, and The Luxury Gap became one of the seminal albums of the British new wave. The best-known track remains "Let Me Go," a club hit that features Gregory's moody, dramatic lead above a percolating vocal and synth arrangement. But even better is the mechanized Motown of "Temptation," a deservedly huge British smash that got a shot of genuine soul from R&B singer Carol Kenyon.

Otis Rush - Troubles, Troubles (1978) [The Sonet Blues Story Series] Expanded Remastered 2005

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Otis Rush - Troubles, Troubles (1978) [The Sonet Blues Story Series] Expanded Remastered 2005

Otis Rush - Troubles, Troubles (1978) [The Sonet Blues Story Series] 2005
XLD | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 359 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 125 Mb | Scans ~ 202 Mb
Electric Chicago Blues | Label: Universal Music AB | # B0007211-02 | 00:54:09

Troubles, Troubles was originally recorded for Sonet, but is probably better known through its re-release as Lost in the Blues by Alligator. Lost in the Blues was justifiably criticized because of the decision to have Lucky Peterson overdub a bunch of keyboards in order to give it a more "contemporary" (read: more "Alligator") sound. This release is of the original album (with a couple bonus alternate takes) without all the overdubbing, and is a vast improvement over the Alligator version. But how does it stand as an Otis Rush album? It's a very good set – perhaps "comfortable" says it best – recorded with Rush's longstanding band of Bob Levis on rhythm guitar, Bob Stroger on bass, and Jesse Lewis Green on drums (despite what the package says).

Stephen Coombs - Anton Arensky: Piano Music (1998) Reissue 2011

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Stephen Coombs - Anton Arensky: Piano Music (1998) Reissue 2011

Stephen Coombs - Anton Arensky: Piano Music (1998) Reissue 2011
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 211 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 160 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical | Label: Helios (Hyperion) | # CDH55311 | Time: 01:09:24

Teacher of Rachmaninov and Scriabin, Anton Arensky (1861-1906) divided his life between metropolitan St Petersburg and provincial Moscow – during the second half of the 19th century, as Stephen Coombs points out in his excellent notes, ‘a city of sharp contrasts, fiercely religious, noisy and mournful… [of] sober days… followed by riotous nights’. A contemporary recalled him as ‘mobile, nervous, with a wry smile on his clever, half-Tartar face, always joking or snarling. All feared his laughter and adored his talent.’ Rosina Lhevinne remembered him being ‘shy and rather weak’. Tchaikovsky, like Prokofiev and Stravinsky, had time for his art, but Rimsky (whose pupil he’d been) thought he would be ‘soon forgotten’. Maybe Arensky, drunkard and gambler, was no genius, and he was demonstrably lost among the elevated peaks of Brahmsian sonata tradition. But that he could turn a perfumed miniature more lyrically beautiful than most, more occasionally profound too, is repeatedly borne out in the 27 vignettes of this delicate anthology (Opp. 25, 41, 43 and 53 in full and excerpts from Opp. 36 and 52 ).

Jimmy Johnson - Bar Room Preacher (1983)

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Jimmy Johnson - Bar Room Preacher (1983)

Jimmy Johnson - Bar Room Preacher (1983)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 257 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 103 Mb | Scans included
Modern Electric Chicago Blues | Label: Alligator | # ALCD 4744 | Time: 00:41:22

Unlike his Delmark sets, almost everything on this set (first issued in France on Black & Blue) is a cover (only the observant "Heap See" boasts original lyrics). Still, "Barroom Preacher" stands as the Chicago guitarist's most satisfying and consistent album, as he deals out gorgeous, shimmering versions of "Little by Little, " "Cold, Cold Feeling, " and "You Don't Know What Love Is" tailored to his soaring vocals and twisting guitar riffs (ominous minor keys often play a role in his rearrangements).

Barry Douglas - Johannes Brahms: Works for Solo Piano, Volume 2 (2013)

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Barry Douglas - Johannes Brahms: Works for Solo Piano, Volume 2 (2013)

Barry Douglas - Johannes Brahms: Works for Solo Piano, Vol. 2 (2013)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 211 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 164 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHAN10757 | Time: 01:08:36

Following the varied programming of Johannes Brahms: Works for Solo Piano, Vol. 1, Barry Douglas presents a mix of early and late pieces to give the second volume emotional balance, and sets a series of short pieces against a monumental masterpiece. Douglas is a thoughtful and eloquent performer, and his Brahms has the hallmarks of serious consideration and introspection; nothing here is superfluous or simply offered for show. The sensitive selection of three Ballades and three Intermezzi to frame the muscular Rhapsody Op. 119/4, gives the first part of the program an internal unity and feeling of logical organization, even though the shifting moods feel as effortless and unplanned as clouds passing on a sunny afternoon. The Sonata No. 3 is placed at the end of the recital, as befits its stature, and Douglas' interpretation gives it the feeling of gravitas and inevitability. Yet it also partakes of the fleeting moods that were carefully prepared in the early part of the program, so Douglas' shaping of this album shows great care in preparation.

Dead Can Dance - Spiritchaser (1996) [Non-Remastered]

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Dead Can Dance - Spiritchaser (1996) [Non-Remastered]

Dead Can Dance - Spiritchaser (1996) [Non-Remastered]
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 296 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 119 Mb | Scans ~ 125 Mb
Label: 4AD / Rough Trade | # RTD 120.2050.2 | Time: 00:51:57
World Fusion, Ethnic, Dark Wave, Neo-Classical, Dream Pop, Alternative

Spiritchaser is the seventh studio album by Dead Can Dance, and the last before Brendan Perry and Lisa Gerrard went their separate ways. It expands on its exploration of world music, and like Into the Labyrinth, was recorded at Quivvy Church, Perry's personal studio in Ireland. The album was dedicated to Lisa Gerrard's deceased brother, Mark Gerrard. The track "Indus" contains a melody that is very similar to that of "Within You Without You", a Beatles song that George Harrison wrote and recorded with Indian musicians in 1967. Although not deliberate, Perry and Gerrard were asked to contact Harrison for his permission to use it; he granted it, but the record company insisted that they give him partial songwriting credit on "Indus".

Judie Tzuke - Secret Agent (1998) [Re-Up]

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Judie Tzuke - Secret Agent (1998) [Re-Up]

Judie Tzuke - Secret Agent (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 379 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 142 Mb | Scans included
Pop/Rock, Soft Rock, Pop, Singer/Songwriter | Label: Big Moon | # BM003 | 00:57:05

Secret Agent is the eleventh studio album by the British singer-songwriter Judie Tzuke, released in 1998.

Nitin Sawhney - Philtre + Philtre Instrumental (2005) 2CD

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Nitin Sawhney - Philtre + Philtre Instrumental (2005) 2CD

Nitin Sawhney - Philtre + Philtre Instrumental (2005) 2CD
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 681 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 277 Mb | Scans ~ 113 Mb
Label: V2 Records | # VVR 1031272 / VVR 1033272 | Time: 01:54:08
Electronic, Downtempo, Trip-Hop, World Fusion

Not content with DJing his way around the world, writing for symphony orchestras or composing film soundtracks, the workaholic Sawhney returns with another wildly varied selection of global pop songs. In the past he has sometimes sounded too clever for his own good, as with the barrage of archive fragments on his last album, Human, but this is his most assured, relaxed and successful work yet. The starting point may be cool, contemporary pop ballads like Spark, but he soon veers off into a musical travelogue, mixing strings, flute or sitar in with his keyboards and programmed beats. There's a bit of everything in here, from songs like Dead Man, with its seamless switching between an all-American blues-like riff and an Asian theme, through to a dash of gospel and funk, a poem in Hindi read by his mother, or the more urgent, passionate flamenco-influenced songs featuring Ojos de Brujo, with Nitin joining in on guitar as well.

Chris Connor - A Jazz Date With Chris Connor (1958) + Chris Craft (1958) 2 LP in 1 CD, Remastered Reissue 1994 [Re-Up]

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Chris Connor - A Jazz Date With Chris Connor (1958) + Chris Craft (1958) 2 LP in 1 CD, Remastered Reissue 1994 [Re-Up]

Chris Connor - A Jazz Date With Chris Connor (1958) + Chris Craft (1958)
2 LP in 1 CD, Remastered Reissue 1994

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 317 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 185 Mb | Scans included
Vocal Jazz, Cool | Label: Rhino/Atlantic | # R2 71747 | Time: 01:16:57

Two of singer Chris Connor's finest Atlantic albums are reissued in full on this single CD. The laid-back yet coolly emotional jazz singer is heard backed by top-notch rhythm sections (with either Ralph Sharon or Stan Free being the pianist/arranger) and occasional horns (trumpeter Joe Wilder, flutist Sam Most, tenors Al Cohn and Lucky Thompson, flutist Bobby Jaspar and Al Epstein on English horn and bass clarinet) adding some short solos. Connor (then around 30) was in her prime, and her renditions of such songs as "Poor Little Rich Girl," "Lonely Town," "I'm Shooting High," "Moonlight in Vermont," and even "Johnny One Note" are memorable and sometimes haunting.

Delerium - Faces, Forms & Illusions (1989) Reissue 1997 [Re-Up]

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Delerium - Faces, Forms & Illusions (1989) Reissue 1997 [Re-Up]

Delerium - Faces, Forms & Illusions (1989) Reissue 1997
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 320 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 155 Mb | Scans included
Electronic, Dark Ambient | Label: Cleopatra | # CLP 9936-2 | Time: 01:04:29

First released in 1989, much of FACES, FORMS & ILLUSIONS jettisons the rough-hewn bass sequencers of Front Line Assembly mainmen Rhys Fulber and Bill Leeb's previous records for twilight electronic soundscapes that combine the gothic with the modern, the transcendent, and the darkly spiritual. Most of this album is solely the work of Bill Leeb, although Fulber and producer Michael Balch make significant contributions.