Eddy Arnold - Songs of the Young World (1969/2019)

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Eddy Arnold - Songs of the Young World (1969/2019)

Eddy Arnold - Songs of the Young World (1969/2019)
WEB FLAC (Tracks) - 204 MB | Cover | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 84 MB | 00:35:22
Country | Label: RCA/Legacy

Eddy Arnold's evolution from a hillbilly singer to a middle-of-the-road pop balladeer was gradual enough that he continued to be identified with country music even when his albums contained not a whit of country. His late-'60s singles often appeared simultaneously on the pop, country, and adult contemporary charts, and his repertoire came to include some surprisingly modern pop songs. His 1969 album Songs of the Young World contains his Top Ten hit "They Don't Make Love Like They Used To" and inevitable versions of the country-pop hits "Witchita Lineman" and "Little Green Apples."

Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds - Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds (1971/2019)

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Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds - Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds (1971/2019)

Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds - Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds (1971/2019)
WEB FLAC (Tracks) - 216 MB | Cover | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 82 MB | 00:33:27
Pop Rock | Label: Geffen Records

Dan Hamilton, Joe Frank Carollo, and Tommy Reynolds went Top Five in 1971 under the guidance of Grass Roots co-producer Steve Barri and on the strength of the Dennis Lambert/Brian Potter hit "Don't Pull Your Love Out." Two minutes and 40 seconds of adult contemporary rock, a bit more of an edge than the Happenings could muster, but not as hip as the Mamas & the Papas. The lead vocalist on the song, Danny Hamilton, was around 25 years of age when this went Top Five, he was 19-ish when, as a member of the T-Bones, the group went Top Three with an Alka Seltzer jingle.

Slade - Slade On Stage (Live) [Expanded] (1982/2019)

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Slade - Slade On Stage (Live) [Expanded] (1982/2019)

Slade - Slade On Stage (Live) [Expanded] (1982/2019)
WEB FLAC (Tracks) - 486 MB | Cover | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 158 MB | 01:06:09
Classic Rock, Glam Rock | Label: BMG Rights Management

Believe it or not, Slade on Stage is the most intense recording Slade has ever made. That's heavy. This live album, recorded circa Till Deaf Do Us Part, shows the band playing faster, harder, and better than ever. Slade on Stage contains five of the band's new songs and four of their classic hits, along with an audience singalong to end the show. The first three songs set the stage. Slade comes out of the gate so fast with "Rock and Roll Preacher," "When I'm Dancin'," and "Take Me Bak Ome" that if they didn't follow those three up with a ballad, you'd almost have to take the record off. It's that intense.

Slade - Rogues Gallery (Expanded) (1985/2019)

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Slade - Rogues Gallery (Expanded) (1985/2019)

Slade - Rogues Gallery (Expanded) (1985/2019)
WEB FLAC (Tracks) - 589 MB | Cover | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 182 MB | 01:18:01
Classic Rock, Glam Rock | Label: BMG Rights Management

Thanks to a pair of Quiet Riot cover versions of early Slade songs, Slade was brought to the attention of a new generation of hard rock fans, who turned around and made their first album in ten years a fair-sized hit. Aiming to capitalize on their resurgence, the boys went back into the studio to record the follow-up, Rogues Gallery, even going so far as to give opening track, "Hey Ho Wish You Well," the same galloping beat and Celtic string work that made "Run Runaway" such a great comeback. Unfortunately for everyone (most notably the band), the decision was made to lay on a whole pile of keyboards this time out, perhaps trying to tap into the success Van Halen had achieved with breakthrough album 1984

Slade - Sladest (Expanded) (1973/2019)

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Slade - Sladest (Expanded) (1973/2019)

Slade - Sladest (Expanded) (1973/2019)
WEB FLAC (Tracks) - 400 MB | Cover | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 139 MB | 00:57:35
Classic Rock, Glam Rock | Label: BMG Rights Management

Falling somewhere between the glam of T.Rex and the hard rock of Nazareth, Slade's finest moments came with arena rockers "Cum on Feel the Noize," "Mama Weer All Crazee Now," and "Gudbye t' Jayne," songs specifically written to be strong live numbers that would get kids up off their seats. Sladest is a "best-of" collection that includes all of the material that helped the band sell tons of records and fill arenas in the U.K. in the early '70s. When Slade stray from their successful formula of catchy guitar riffs and big choruses with soft rockers like "Coz I Luv You" and "Pouk Hill" they tend to fall flat.

Slade - Whatever Happened to Slade (Expanded) (1976/2019)

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Slade - Whatever Happened to Slade (Expanded) (1976/2019)

Slade - Whatever Happened to Slade (Expanded) (1976/2019)
WEB FLAC (Tracks) - 510 MB | Cover | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 169 MB | 01:09:05
Classic Rock, Glam Rock | Label: BMG Rights Management

By 1977, the world had passed Slade by. At that point, they had been concentrating exclusively on cracking the U.S.A. for several years, without much success, and punk rock happened in Great Britain and literally blew hitmakers like Slade off the map. Whatever Happened to Slade? had the misfortune of following what was easily the band's worst album at that point, Nobody's Fools, which did squat in England and not much more in the U.S.A. The record was released only on band manager Chas Chandler's Barn Records, since no one else would touch it in the U.S. or Europe.

Slade - Nobody's Fools (Expanded) (1976/2019)

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Slade - Nobody's Fools (Expanded) (1976/2019)

Slade - Nobody's Fools (Expanded) (1976/2019)
WEB FLAC (Tracks) - 394 MB | Cover | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 135 MB | 00:57:16
Classic Rock, Glam Rock | Label: BMG Rights Management

Slade in Flame is a tough album to judge. It marks the end of Slade's rule over the British charts the album went to number six (the band's previous four LPs reached number one), but it would be nearly ten years before the band would return to the top of the pops. Made as an accompanying piece to the movie of the same name, Slade in Flame was different than the group's other records. It's an artistic tour de force for a band that was looked on as "just a good time." Although Slade was that, the band had a lot more in its bag of tricks, and this album shows it. Most folks (if not all) were expecting Slade to come out with a Monkees-type movie: lots of slapstick and a funny, lighthearted good time.

Bill Evans - Quiet Now: Never Let Me Go (1999/2019)

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Bill Evans - Quiet Now: Never Let Me Go (1999/2019)

Bill Evans - Quiet Now: Never Let Me Go (1999/2019)
WEB FLAC (Tracks) - 287 MB | Cover | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 154 MB | 01:04:54
Jazz | Label: Verve Label Group

Call this Evans Lite, or the Vanillification of Bill. Following in the footsteps of the showcase treatments afforded Verve labelmates Joe Henderson and Shirley Horn, this collection culls some of the more reflective solo moments with the exception of "Turn Out the Stars" and "Angel-Face," which feature guitarist Jim Hall from post-bop pianist Evans' '60s catalog. The usual caveat regarding thematically skewed samplings applies here, i.e., without the hard swinging yang of a One for Helen to complement the yin of the more treacly fare, the uninitiated may come away from this nine-track compilation convinced that Evans is only a gifted purveyor of pleasant, if innocuous, dinner music. Strictly for the musical dilettante for whom time, and/or interest in the genre, is at a premium.

Bill Evans - The Best Of Bill Evans Live (1997/2019)

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Bill Evans - The Best Of Bill Evans Live (1997/2019)

Bill Evans - The Best Of Bill Evans Live (1997/2019)
WEB FLAC (Tracks) - 342 MB | Cover | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 144 MB | 01:01:20
Jazz | Label: Verve Label Group

While on the surface it may seem like a quixotic task to choose a single disc as a sampler for something like Verve's elephantine 18-disc The Complete Bill Evans On Verve box, in this specialized case, the concept does work. Evans' primary live vehicle was the piano trio, with the post-bop approach and format rarely varied, and this collection of mid-'60s tracks drawn from four live albums catches an intelligent cross-section of his usual palette of standards with a handful of originals thrown in. Among the best choices are a particularly well-structured "Turn Out the Stars" from the Village Vanguard from 1967 (drummer Philly Joe Jones could light an especially hot fire underneath Evans) and a lovely solo "I Loves You Porgy" from Montreux.

The Moody Blues - Octave (Expanded) (1978/2019)

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The Moody Blues - Octave (Expanded) (1978/2019)

The Moody Blues - Octave (Expanded) (1978/2019)
WEB FLAC (Tracks) - 441 MB | Cover | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 168 MB | 01:12:36
Pop Rock, Prog Rock, Classic Rock| Label: UMC (Universal Music Catalogue)

The Moody Blues' resumed work together after a four-year hiatus and delivered Octave in 1978, which quickly became a hit but has also proved to be a very problematic album. Picking up where he left off on Seventh Sojourn, bassist/singer John Lodge generated a hit single (and also a solid album opener) with the surprisingly edgy (for this band) rocker "Steppin' in a Slide Zone." And Justin Hayward's "Had to Fall in Love," "Driftwood," and "The Day We Meet Again" the latter their best album closer since "Watching and Waiting" are also up to the standard one would wish for (and a bit of a surprise, coming in the wake of two major solo projects that should have depleted his song bag).

Max Romeo & The Upsetters - War Ina Babylon (Expanded Edition) (1976/2019)

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Max Romeo & The Upsetters - War Ina Babylon (Expanded Edition) (1976/2019)

Max Romeo & The Upsetters - War Ina Babylon (Expanded Edition) (1976/2019)
WEB FLAC (Tracks) - 374 MB | Cover | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 147 MB | 01:02:39
Reggae, Dub, Roots | Label: Island Records

Like the epochal Police & Thieves by Junior Murvin, which also originated at Lee "Scratch" Perry's Black Ark Studio and thus shares with this album Perry's trademark dark, swampy ambience, War ina Babylon is something of a mountain on the reggae landscape. But what makes it so remarkable is not just the consistently high quality of the music indeed, by 1976 one had come to expect nothing but the finest and heaviest grooves from Perry and his studio band, the Upsetters rather, it's the fact that Max Romeo had proved to be such a convincing singer of cultural (or "conscious") reggae after several years of raking it in as a purveyor of the most abject slackness.

Roland Kirk - Domino (Expanded Edition) (1962/2019)

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Roland Kirk - Domino (Expanded Edition) (1962/2019)

Roland Kirk - Domino (Expanded Edition) (1962/2019)
WEB FLAC (Tracks) - 540 MB | Cover | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 189 MB | min
Jazz | Label: Verve Label Group

The expanding musical universe of Rahsaan Roland Kirk continues its orbit on Domino. While always true to his exceptional talents, Kirk's previous efforts are somewhat derivative when compared to his later and more aggressive sound. On Domino, the genesis of his more assertive presence is thoroughly evident. Additionally, this disc features several impressive originals, as well as the most distinctly branded cover tunes to date, including the intense bop of the title track. As evidenced throughout the album, Kirk's compositions are becoming denser and more involved. "Meeting on Termini's Corner" an ode to the legendary Five Spot club mimics the off-kilter rhythms of Thelonious Monk.

Marvin Gaye - A Tribute To The Great Nat King Cole (Expanded Edition) (1965/2019)

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Marvin Gaye - A Tribute To The Great Nat King Cole (Expanded Edition) (1965/2019)

Marvin Gaye - A Tribute To The Great Nat King Cole (Expanded Edition) (1965/2019)
WEB FLAC (Tracks) - 242 MB | Cover | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 193 MB | 01:20:44
Soul, RnB, Vocal Jazz | Label: Uni/Motown

A wonderful album that got buried when it was initially released. Nat "King" Cole was a primary influence on Marvin Gaye for Gaye's entire career, and he got a chance on this album to display his affection for sentimental, romantic fare and his skill in singing it.

Coleman Hawkins - Hawkins! Alive! At The Village Gate (Live, 1962 - Expanded Edition) (1963/2019)

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Coleman Hawkins - Hawkins! Alive! At The Village Gate (Live, 1962 - Expanded Edition) (1963/2019)

Coleman Hawkins - Hawkins! Alive! At The Village Gate (Live, 1962 - Expanded Edition) (1963/2019)
WEB FLAC (Tracks) - 315 MB | Cover | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 123 MB | 00:53:05
Jazz | Label: Verve Label Group

The great Hawkins (who debuted on records 40 years earlier) gets to stretch out on this live outing by his 1962 quartet (which also features pianist Tommy Flanagan). This CD, which as a former LP had lengthy versions of "All the Things You Are," "Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho" "Mack the Knife" and "Talk of the Town," is augmented by previously unreleased versions of "Bean and the Boys" and "If I Had You," all of which show that Coleman Hawkins in his late 50s was still a powerful force.

Thunder - The Thrill of It All (Expanded) (1996/2019)

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Thunder - The Thrill of It All (Expanded) (1996/2019)

Thunder - The Thrill of It All (Expanded) (1996/2019)
WEB FLAC (Tracks) - 622 MB | Cover | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 210 MB | 01:29:18
Classic Rock, Hard Rock | Label: Sanctuary Records

How fast things change in rock & roll. In the span of just a few years during the early '90s, Thunder went from favored saviors of British hard rock thanks to their triumphant 1990 debut, Backstreet Symphony, to strife-ridden not-quite-stars when 1992's strong follow-up, Laughing on Judgement Day, almost saw guitarist Luke Morley joining a then still relevant Whitesnake, to borderline untouchables thanks to the advent of grunge and a bitter, disillusioned third album in 1995's Behind Closed Doors. So, come 1996 and their fourth album, The Thrill of It All, two details were evident: first, that Thunder was never going to become the next Whitesnake or Def Leppard (not that they'd want to, by that stage) and, second, that the only way for their fortunes was up, even if their latest material showed only marginal improvement over their latest effort.