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Dr. John - The ATCO Albums Collection 1968-1974 (2017) Remastered 7CD Box Set

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Dr. John - The ATCO Albums Collection 1968-1974 (2017) Remastered 7CD Box Set

Dr. John - The ATCO Albums Collection 1968-1974 (2017) 7CD Box Set
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 1.79 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 883 Mb | Scans included
Label: ATCO Records/Rhino | # 081227933876 | Time: 04:21:46
Louisiana Blues, Rhythm & Blues, Bayou Funk, Blues-Rock, Psychedelic

Dr. John, a six-time Grammy® Award winner and a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee (2011) began his solo career in 1968 on ATCO Records, where he released seven albums that introduced classics like “Iko Iko”, “Right Place, Wrong Time”, and “Such A Night”. Rhino will explore Dr. John’s early days with a new seven-CD set that follows his evolution from a psychedelic, voodoo witch doctor to a celebrated interpreter of New Orleans standards. All seven studio albums have been remastered for the first time. The set features: Gris-Gris (1968), Babylon (1969), Remedies (1970), The Sun, Moon & Herbs (1971), Dr. John’s Gumbo (1972), In The Right Place (1973), and Desitively Bonnaroo (1974).

Ofra Haza - Albums & Singles Collection 1987-2008 (8CD) [Re-Up]

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Ofra Haza - Albums & Singles Collection 1987-2008 (8CD) [Re-Up]

Ofra Haza - Albums & Singles Collection 1987-2008 (8CD)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 2.46 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 1 Gb | Complete Scans
Genre: Worldbeat, Ethnic Pop, Middle Eastern Traditions | Time: 05:42:29

Collection includes: Im Nin 'alu (Played In Full Mix) (1987) Maxi-Single; Shaday (1988); 5 Tracks (1989) Japan Only EP; Desert Wind (1989); Kirya (1992); Ofra Haza (1997); Forever Ofra Haza: Her Greatest Songs Remixed (2008).

Tab Benoit - Wetlands (2002)

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Tab Benoit - Wetlands (2002)

Tab Benoit - Wetlands (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 341 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 131 Mb | Scans ~ 94 Mb | 00:56:56
Louisiana Blues, Swamp Blues, Modern Electric Blues | Label: Telarc | # CD-83530

Recorded during a month in Louisiana and sounding it, Tab Benoit's sixth album is a swampy example of the best of that state's music. Rocking, bluesy, and filled with soul, guitarist/vocalist Benoit keeps his sound stripped down to just a three-piece, giving his voice and greasy guitar plenty of room to maneuver. From obscure Professor Longhair second-line tunes ("Her Mind Is Gone") to a cover from zydeco king Boozoo Chavis ("Dog Hill") to a version of Otis Redding's "These Arms of Mine" that makes it seem like a lost New Orleans classic, Benoit traverses a lot of territory over this hour of music. Like his influences, Benoit never overdoes his approach, preferring to keep the focus on his gritty voice, lean guitar, and stark accompaniment of his backing duo. This is music caught between rootsy rock, funk, R&B, and blues, but far from sounding schizoid, it revels in its multiple inspirations. Benoit is in wonderful voice and spirits throughout, sounding loose yet in control regardless of what style he's playing. His guitar solos are taut and succinct, capturing the essence of the atmosphere without reverting to needless showboating. This is music from the heart, played with class, subtlety, and a reverence for its past squeezed into every spirited groove.

Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown - Down South In The Bayou Country (1974) Remastered Reissue 2006 [Re-Up]

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Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown - Down South In The Bayou Country (1974) Remastered Reissue 2006 [Re-Up]

Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown - Down South In The Bayou Country (1974) Reissue 2006
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 342 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 118 Mb | Scans ~ 65 Mb | Time: 00:48:50
Electric Texas Blues, Swamp Blues, Country Soul, Southern Rock | Maison De Blues | # SSC 3046

Like everything on Memphis Slim's album Goin' Back to Tennessee or Alvin Youngblood Hart's "Tallacatcha" (a Western swing performance worthy of Bob Wills), Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown's 1975 Barclay album Down South in the Bayou Country completely transcends any and all attempts to confine this diverse artist within the artificial parameters of blues or any other preordained category. Consisting mostly of songs written by Hoyt Garrick, Jr., Charles Gressett, and David Craig with additional tunes by J. Loyd and Joe Stampley, this pretty parfait of country & western, Southern rock, cowboy hoedown, and electric Cajun soul music was recorded during February and March 1974 in Bogalusa, LA. Gatemouth, fresh from his tenure as Deputy Sheriff of San Juan County, NM, sounds particularly pleased to be active at the center of a project so completely infused with authentic Southern sensibilities. Perhaps the most satisfying track off of the original album is "Loup Garou." This hoodoo funk ritual with background vocals by Geraldine "Sister Gerry" Richard sounds as if it might have been influenced by Dr. John's "Loop Garoo," which had appeared on that artist's Atco album Remedies in 1970.

Linda Ronstadt, Ann Savoy - Adieu False Heart (2006)

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Linda Ronstadt, Ann Savoy - Adieu False Heart (2006)

Linda Ronstadt, Ann Savoy - Adieu False Heart (2006)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 268 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 116 Mb | Scans included
Folk, Cajun, Folk-Rock | Label: Vanguard | # 79808-2 | Time: 00:42:11

Adieu False Heart is a Grammy-nominated 2006 album by American singer, songwriter, and producer Linda Ronstadt featuring Cajun music singer Ann Savoy. This was Ronstadt's last studio album before her retirement in 2011 and the revelation of her affliction with Parkinson's disease in 2013, which has left her unable to perform or sing. The recording earned two Grammy Award nominations, including Best Traditional Folk Album and Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical.

Tab Benoit - Medicine (2011)

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Tab Benoit - Medicine (2011)

Tab Benoit - Medicine (2011)
XLD | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 303 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 115 Mb
Label: Telarc | # TEL-32823-02 | Time: 00:50:17 | Scans ~ 220 Mb
Louisiana Blues, Swamp Blues, Modern Electric Blues, Blues-Rock

A first-class guitarist and a singer with a repertoire that ranges from gritty versions of swamp-pop classics to original blues, Tab Benoit is about as authentic as it gets. He is also a driving force behind Voice of the Wetlands, a grass-roots organization working to save Louisiana's wetlands. Benoit's latest Telarc recording features songwriter singer Anders Osborne on guitar, along with Brady Blade on drums, Ivan Neville on keyboards and Michael Doucet of Beausoleil on fiddle.

Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown - No Looking Back (1992)

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Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown - No Looking Back (1992)

Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown - No Looking Back (1992)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 231 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 117 Mb | Scans included | 00:41:33
Modern Electric Texas Blues, Jazz-Blues, Cajun | Label: Alligator | # ALCD 4804

Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown was one of the most jazz-oriented of bluesmen, a colorful guitarist and a primitive but swinging fiddler. On this release he includes many instrumental sections in his performances including four all-out boppish jazz jams ("Digging New Ground," "C-Jam Blues," "The Peeper" and the stomping "We're Outta Here"). Brown's vocals, which feature consistently intelligent lyrics ("Better Off With The Blues" is particularly memorable), are part of the music rather than the entire show; he even gives his obscure backup horns chances to solo. The set is a particularly strong example of Gatemouth Brown's music with each of the 11 selections (except perhaps for "I Will Be Your Friend," a poppish vocal duet with Michelle Shocked) being well worth hearing.

Dr. John - The Very Best Of Dr. John (1995)

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Dr. John - The Very Best Of Dr. John (1995)

Dr. John - The Very Best Of Dr. John (1995)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 441 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 202 Mb | Scans included
Label: Rhino | # 9548-33553-2 | Time: 01:09:58
New Orleans R&B, Louisiana Blues, Bayou Funk, Blues-Rock, Psychedelic

Dr. John has recorded many great albums, but it's difficult to argue with such a perfect distillation of his catchy, grooving, slapdash pop work as this Rhino set. Coming out of the R&B studio subculture of New Orleans, the former Mac Rebennack possessed songwriting smarts and reams of recording expertise, each of which had reached their peak by the early '70s. Focused squarely on that prime era, 1970 through 1974, the collection begins with his only Top Ten hit, 1973's irrepressibly fatalistic "Right Place, Wrong Time." Two others come from his best album (1973's In the Right Place), the jaunty "Such a Night" and "Qualified." 1972's Dr. John's Gumbo also rates three tracks: the New Orleans classics "Iko Iko" and "Tipitina," plus "Junko Partner." The compilers were also wise to choose three songs from Gris-Gris, his unjustly neglected psychedelic debut, including "Mama Roux" and "I Walk on Guilded Splinters" (but unfortunately, not the glorious "Gris-Gris Gumbo Ya Ya"). A version of Jimmy Liggins' jump-blues classic "Honeydripper," from 1981's Dr. John Plays Mac Rebennack, spotlights his sparkling boogie-woogie piano, and the set closes with a pair of standards from his latter-day Warner Bros. years (one of which is the unofficial Mardi Gras theme "Goin' Back to New Orleans"). Whether it's for a first listen or the perfect road-trip disc, The Very Best of Dr. John has all of the New Orleans master's best recordings in one spot.

Tony Hall - Fieldvole Music (1977) Expanded Remastered Reissue 2007

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Tony Hall - Fieldvole Music (1977) Expanded Remastered Reissue 2007

Tony Hall - Fieldvole Music (1977) Expanded Remastered Reissue 2007
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 472 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 206 Mb | Scans included | 01:18:48
Traditional British Folk, Irish Folk, Celtic | Label: Free Reed | # FRRR 03

The 1977 classic "FIELDVOLE MUSIC" continued the trend of bizarre titles for Free Reed's LPs - this one taken from the nickname of cartoonist and melodeon maestro TONY HALL. Tony was the accompanist of choice for many 70s folk stars - he was on June Tabor & Maddy Prior's 'Silly Sisters' tour in 1976 - and for this exquisite Free Reed LP, he was joined by Nic Jones & Johnny Moynihan to create possibly the greatest selection of classic melodeon tunes & songs ever recorded. Once again, the production was in the hands of Nic Kinsey, and we include 7 extra tracks from the 1977 sessions. Booklet notes are by the shanty man & historian STAN HUGILL.

C.J. Chenier - Too Much Fun (1995)

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C.J. Chenier - Too Much Fun (1995)

C.J. Chenier - Too Much Fun (1995)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 335 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 111 Mb | Scans ~ 107 Mb
Zydeco, Cajun, Blues, R&B | Label: Alligator | # ALCD 4830 | Time: 00:48:19

From the title of this CD, the listener can guess where zydeco artist C.J. Chenier is going with this one. Recorded in 1995, Too Much Fun features a big sound filled with multiple electric guitars, saxophones, trumpet, and percussion instruments, along with the more traditional accordion and rub boards that distinguish the genre of zydeco. C.J. Chenier contributes to the party spirit by playing the accordion, alto saxophone, and providing vocals on the CD. The rest of the Red Hot Louisiana Band gears up for an album of party music meant for dancing. It would be unthinkable in the zydeco tradition to have too much fun without dancing being on the agenda, so dance tunes rule the record. Especially hot dance tunes include "Zydeco Cha Cha," "Louisiana Two Step," "Squeaky Wheel," and "Give Me Some of That," along with the title cut. There is a humorous and admiring nod to the ladies in "Man Smart (Woman Smarter)," as well as some gritty blues on "Louisiana Down Home Blues" and "Lost in the Shuffle." The CD goes out with one last lively dance number, "Louisiana Two-Step," so that no one can ever say that C.J. Chenier kept the dancers from having too much fun.

Sonny Landreth - The Crazy Cajun Recordings (1999)

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Sonny Landreth - The Crazy Cajun Recordings (1999)

Sonny Landreth - The Crazy Cajun Recordings (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 405 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 174 Mb | Scans included | 01:07:08
Louisiana Blues, Slide Guitar Blues, Cajun, Zydeco, Blues-Rock | Label: Edsel | # EDCD 585

These are Landreth's earliest known recordings, half of them made in a single afternoon 1973 when he was just 22 years old, the other half recorded in 1977. They display Landreth in the wine of his youth, looking outward for inspiration, sounding more generally Southern than uniquely Louisianan. If you are seeking an album of Louisiana music, I suggest you look elsewhere. But if it is the long-lost first album of an acknowledged slide guitar king you seek, perhaps the finest of his generation, look no further. It is in your hands.

Tab Benoit - The Sea Saint Sessions (2003)

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Tab Benoit - The Sea Saint Sessions (2003)

Tab Benoit - The Sea Saint Sessions (2003)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 321 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 124 Mb | Scans ~ 122 Mb
Modern Electric Blues, Louisiana Blues | Label: Telarc | # CD-83573 | 00:54:31

Soulful singer and guitarist Tab Benoit has never made secret his devout allegiance to the Louisiana music tradition. With The Sea Saint Sessions, Benoit, ably assisted by several Crescent City stalwarts, takes his music back to the source, setting up shop at the famed hit factory to cook up a sonic gumbo that successfully recaptures the spontaneity of the classic Sea Saint sound. Benoit's guests conjure up some of the studio's old musical magic as "Big Chief" Monk Boudreaux infuses Mardi Gras Indian spirit into "Monk's Blues," Meter man George Porter Jr. funkifies "Making the Bend," and Cyrille Neville sings on his own "Plareen Man". But it is Benoit's distinctive guitar lines–somehow both supple and hard-edged–and the impeccable elasticity of his regular rhythm section that makes the music work. Most of the material is Benoit's own, although he pays tribute to Louisiana legend Guitar Slim with a take on the classic "Sufferin' Mind" and dips into the Howlin' Wolf songbook for a rendition of "Howlin' for My Darling".

Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown - Gate Swings (1997)

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Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown - Gate Swings (1997)

Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown - Gate Swings (1997)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 377 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 171 Mb | Scans included
Label: Verve, Gitanes Blues Productions | # 314 537 617-2 | Time: 00:56:46
Modern Electric Texas Blues, Jump Blues, Jazz-Blues, Swing

Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown's tough-minded approach to the blues, country, Cajun, and jazz insures a minimum of nonsense and a maximum of variety, while his virtuosity on the guitar and fiddle insures the highest standards. Nonetheless, Brown's 1997 album is a landmark for the 73-year-old picker who won a Rhythm & Blues Foundation Pioneer Award. All 13 tunes on Gate Swings find Brown working with his regular road quartet plus a 13-piece horn section, enabling him to prove that Duke Ellington, Count Basie, and Lionel Hampton have been as important to his music as any bluesman or Creole fiddler. Gate Swings includes tunes by all three of those big-band leaders as well as compositions by Buddy Johnson, Percy Mayfield, Louis Jordan, and Brown himself, and they all swing with the massive force that only a big horn section can muster. Brown has leaned in this direction before, but Gate Swings is special, because it features the horn arrangements of Wardell Quezergue, an alumnus of the Dave Bartholomew band who arranged many of the best New Orleans R&B hits in the '60s and '70s.

Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown - Pressure Cooker (1985) [Re-Up]

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Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown - Pressure Cooker (1985) [Re-Up]

Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown - Pressure Cooker (1985)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 243 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 116 Mb | Scans included
Modern Electric Texas Blues | Label: Alligator | # ALCD 4745 | 00:41:31

Before Gate was able to rebuild a following stateside, he frequently toured Europe. He recorded the contents of this inexorably swinging set in France in 1973 with all-star backing by keyboardists Milt Buckner and Jay McShann, saxists Arnett Cobb and Hal Singer, among others. Brown indulges his passion for Louis Jordan by ripping through "Ain't That Just like a Woman" and "Ain't Nobody Here but Us Chickens" and exhibits his immaculate fretwork on the torrid title item.

Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown - Bogalusa Boogie Man (1975) Expanded Remastered Reissue 2007

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Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown - Bogalusa Boogie Man (1975) Expanded Remastered Reissue 2007

Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown - Bogalusa Boogie Man (1975) Expanded Reissue 2007
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 323 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 166 Mb | Scans included | Time: 00:50:18
Electric Texas Blues, Swamp Blues, Country Soul, Southern Rock | Maison De Blues | # SSC 3060

A sort of a sequel to Gatemouth's 1974 Cajun country & western cowboy album Down South in the Bayou Country, the originally issued Bogalusa Boogie Man consists of 12 tracks performed in more or less that same vein. "Bogalusa Boogie Man" was recorded in Bogalusa, LA, during March of 1975, almost exactly one year after Bayou Country. Material for this project was composed by Danny Morrison, Red Lane, Hoyt Garrick, David Craig, Jerry Hubbard, Pat Rush, Fred Martin, and Little Feat founder Lowell George, whose "Dixie Chicken" features "vocals by everyone around in the studio, including friends and neighbors and the one and only Woody Lee Lewis." George is said to have singled out this version as his all-time favorite.