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VA - Lightning In a Bottle: Original Soundtrack Recording (2004) 2CDs [Re-Up]

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VA - Lightning In a Bottle: Original Soundtrack Recording (2004) 2CDs [Re-Up]

VA - Lightning In a Bottle: A One Night History Of The Blues (2004) 2CD
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 707 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 256 Mb | Scans ~ 75 Mb
Label: Columbia/Legacy | # C2K 92860 | Time: 01:51:54
Blues, Country-Blues, Electric Blues, Blues-Rock, Soul-Blues, R&B

This soundtrack to the movie features an astonishing array of blues artists from three generations. Recorded during one long night at NYC's Radio City Music Hall on Feb. 7, 2003, the electricity is in the air and on stage. While it may not have been the finest blues show in history, the collection of founding fathers such as David "Honeyboy" Edwards, Buddy Guy, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, Larry Johnson, Hubert Sumlin, Solomon Burke, and the ubiquitous B.B. King along with their spiritual offspring (Gregg Allman, John Fogerty, and Steven Tyler) and some usual suspects like Bonnie Raitt, Robert Cray, and Keb' Mo', makes it arguably the most significant blues session ever captured on film. Beginning acoustic, the double disc builds momentum and volume as we hear the blues mutate to electric and finally hip-hop with Chuck D. exploding on a rap version of John Lee Hooker's "Boom Boom".

Mahsa Vahdat & Mighty Sam McClain - Scent Of Reunion: Love Duets Across Civilizations (2010)

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Mahsa Vahdat & Mighty Sam McClain - Scent Of Reunion: Love Duets Across Civilizations (2010)

Mahsa Vahdat & Mighty Sam McClain - Scent Of Reunion: Love Duets Across Civilizations (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 285 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 126 Mb | Scans ~ 88 Mb
Label: Valley Entertainment | # 2-VLT-15227 | Time: 00:55:11
World, Ethnic Fusion, Soul, Soul-Blues, Persian

A mighty American soul master, Mighty Sam McClain, and a lioness of Persian music, Mahsa Vahdat, meet a Norwegian human rights activist / producer, and sing a song of freedom.

The Fast Hands Band - Headful of Vices (2020)

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The Fast Hands Band - Headful of Vices (2020)

The Fast Hands Band - Headful of Vices (2020)
WEB FLAC (tracks) ~ 144.86 Mb | 24:48 | Cover
Rockabilly, Blues-Rock | Country: USA | Label: The Fast Hands Band

Since its inception in 2013, the Fast Hands Band has morphed from a blues trio into one of West Michigan’s best live music outfits focused on getting audiences out of their seats and onto the dance floor. Pulling inspiration from the greats of blues, rock, jazz, funk and soul, these talented musicians have a genre-bending attitude which they bring to every rendition of well-known classics and more obscure deep tracks. The group is passionate about honoring bygone eras while bringing a fresh and exciting sound to timeless grooves and heart wrenching ballads.

The Robert Cray Band - In My Soul (2014)

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The Robert Cray Band - In My Soul (2014)

The Robert Cray Band - In My Soul (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 287 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 112 Mb | Scans ~ 84 Mb
Modern Electric Blues, Soul-Blues | Label: Provogue | # PRD 7436 2 | 00:48:56

Sometimes even the most consistent artists need to shake things up a bit. In Robert Cray's case, that means shuffling his lineup – he retained longtime bassist Richard Cousins but brought in drummer Les Falconer and keyboardist Dover Weinberg – and bringing in producer Steve Jordan, who last worked with Cray on 1999's Take Your Shoes Off. There's a reason this record is called In My Soul: Jordan assists Cray in moving toward Memphis soul, dedicating the entire record to slow, sultry burners that emphasize his mellow vocals and dexterous grooves. This may primarily be a mood record but the individual songs are also quite strong, whether it's the originals ("Fine Yesterday" is so gorgeous it makes heartbreak seem welcome) or sharply chosen covers. Among the latter is a cleanly funky reading of Otis Redding's "Nobody's Fault But Mine," which features Falconer on co-lead vocals, an unusual change of pace for Cray that also signals how the veteran guitarist has been revitalized by his change in companions.

Ellis Hooks - Up Your Mind (2003)

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Ellis Hooks - Up Your Mind (2003)

Ellis Hooks - Up Your Mind (2003)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 336 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 129 Mb | Scans included
Soul-Blues, Contemporary Blues | Label: Evidence | # ECD 26129-2 | Time: 00:47:33

Up Your Mind is the American debut by soul-blues singer/songwriter Ellis Hooks. Originally hailing from Mobile, AL, he was an itinerant musician, scrambling and scuffling across the globe, often as a busker. His debut album, Undeniable, garnered a slew of attention on the other side of the Atlantic and has afforded him the notoriety and critical acclaim to play the Montreux Jazz Festival and the esteemed Poretta Festival in Italy. Hooks resides in New York and is remaking music in his own image by using and fusing traditional elements from soul, rock, and the Mississippi Delta played in a direct, gritty manner. Hooks doesn't sift and he doesn't blend, he sculpts and shapes, leaving the rough grain on the surface to admire. Hooks and veteran producer Jon Tiven offer a streetwise, passion-filled toughness in their deep, sensual mix. Hooks has a voice that owes a great debt to Otis Redding first and Wilson Pickett second (who Tiven produced for many years), and an approach in his songwriting that is eclectic, knotty, and groove-solid.

B.B. King - Live At The Regal (1964) Remastered 1997 [Re-Up]

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B.B. King - Live At The Regal (1964) Remastered 1997 [Re-Up]

B.B. King - Live At The Regal (1964) [Remastered 1997]
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 241 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 97 Mb | Scans included
Label: MCA | # MCD 11646, 111 646-2 | Time: 00:35:03
Electric Blues, Soul-Blues, Early R&B

B.B. King is not only a timeless singer and guitarist, he's also a natural-born entertainer, and on Live at the Regal the listener is treated to an exhibition of all three of his talents. Over percolating horn hits and rolling shuffles, King treats an enthusiastic audience (at some points, they shriek after he delivers each line) to a collection of some of his greatest hits. The backing band is razor-sharp, picking up the leader's cues with almost telepathic accuracy. King's voice is rarely in this fine of form, shifting effortlessly between his falsetto and his regular range, hitting the microphone hard for gritty emphasis and backing off in moments of almost intimate tenderness. Nowhere is this more evident than at the climax of "How Blue Can You Get," where the Chicago venue threatens to explode at King's prompting. Of course, the master's guitar is all over this record, and his playing here is among the best in his long career. Displaying a jazz sensibility, King's lines are sophisticated without losing their grit. More than anything else, Live at the Regal is a textbook example of how to set up a live performance.

Amy Winehouse - Albums Collection 2003-2012 (6CD) [Re-Up]

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Amy Winehouse - Albums Collection 2003-2012 (6CD) [Re-Up]

Amy Winehouse - Albums Collection 2003-2012 (6CD)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 1.71 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 644 Mb | Scans ~ 732 Mb
Genre: R&B, Soul, Vocal Jazz, Vocal Pop, Soul-Blues | Time: 04:41:11

Much can be said about the late Amy Winehouse, one of the U.K.'s flagship vocalists during the 2000s. The British press and tabloids seemed to focus on her rowdy behavior, heavy consumption of alcohol, and tragic end, but fans and critics alike embraced her rugged charm, brash sense of humor, and distinctively soulful and jazzy vocals. Her platinum-selling breakthrough album, Frank (2003), elicited comparisons ranging from Billie Holiday and Sarah Vaughan to Macy Gray and Lauryn Hill. Interestingly enough, despite her strong accent and vernacular, one can often hear aspects of each of those singers' vocal repertoires in Winehouse's own voice. Nonetheless, her allure had always been her songwriting – almost always deeply personal but best known for its profanity and brutal candor.

Etta James - Come a Little Closer (1974) Reissue 1996

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Etta James - Come a Little Closer (1974) Reissue 1996

Etta James - Come a Little Closer (1974) Reissue 1996
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 294 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 130 Mb | Scans included
Soul, Funk, Rhythm & Blues, Soul-Blues | Label: MCA/Chess | # CHD-9363 | 00:43:26

Come a Little Closer is a surprisingly effective mating of a distinctive singer with seemingly incongruous material and production. Helmed by Gabriel Mekler, who'd produced Steppenwolf and Three Dog Night, the record features Etta James supported by a slew of hotshot L.A. session men (including Little Feat's Lowell George). The song selection ranges from "St. Louis Blues" to Randy Newman's perverse "Let's Burn Down the Cornfield" to the dramatic, melismatic "Feeling Uneasy," in which the junk-hungry James improvised wordlessly over an otherwise blues progression. Here's more evidence that Etta is one of the most versatile vocalists of her era.

The Robert Cray Band - Shoulda Been Home (2001)

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The Robert Cray Band - Shoulda Been Home (2001)

The Robert Cray Band - Shoulda Been Home (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 356 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 121 Mb | Scans ~ 69 Mb
Modern Electric Blues, Soul-Blues | Label: Rycodisc | # RCD 10611 | Time: 00:52:50

Perhaps the most telling tune on Shoulda Been Home is the T-Bone Walker-influenced "Renew Blues," not because of the style, but because the slow blues fades out after just one tiny minute. By contrast, the mellow soul sway of "Out of Eden" stretches out to over nine minutes. Robert Cray has been heralded as a savior of modern blues, but the truth is Cray's music is much closer to the vintage soul of O.V. Wright and Otis Redding than the 12-bar form of B.B. King or Albert King. Granted, his punctuating Stratocaster guitar riffs borrow from the books of all the blues masters, but his songwriting and arranging don't. Often backed by arpeggiated guitar chords, Cray's vocals are front and center here, passionately leaning into these predominantly slow or mid-tempo tunes. By contrast, only a couple of cuts are upbeat enough to really get the knees a-shakin'. The infectious opening cut "Baby's Arms" – the best tune on the record – could have been a hit single for Stax Records, and Sir Mack Rice's upbeat "Love Sickness" was a hit for Stax Records. Meanwhile, "Help Me Forget," with its mellow, candlelight mood, could have been a hit for Barry White.

B.B. King - Live & Well (1969) Reissue 1994 [Re-Up]

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B.B. King - Live & Well (1969) Reissue 1994 [Re-Up]

B.B. King - Live & Well (1969) Reissue 1994
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 294 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 109 Mb | Scans ~ 61 Mb
Modern Electric Blues, Soul-Blues | Label: BGO | # BGOCD 233 | Time: 00:47:54

Although Live & Well wasn't a landmark album in the sense of Live at the Regal, it was a significant commercial breakthrough for King, as it was the first of his LPs to enter the Top 100. That may have been because recognition from rock stars such as Eric Clapton had finally boosted his exposure to the White pop audience, but it was a worthy recording on its own merits, divided evenly between live and studio material. King's always recorded well as a live act, and it's the concert tracks that shine brightest, although the studio ones (cut with assistance from studio musicians like Al Kooper and Hugh McCracken) aren't bad.

B.B. King - Live in Japan (1971) Reissue 1999 [Re-Up]

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B.B. King - Live in Japan (1971) Reissue 1999 [Re-Up]

B.B. King - Live in Japan (1971) Reissue 1999
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 550 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 212 Mb | Scans included
Label: MCA | # 111 810-2, MCD-11810 | Time: 01:16:39
Modern Electric Blues, Soul-Blues

Recorded in 1971, but unreleased in the U.S. until 1999, B.B. King's Live in Japan deserves high marks for exuberance alone. Had Live in Cook County Jail not just jumped into the charts, this live album might have been released long ago. The recording opens with a swelling of enthusiastic cheers, as King launches into an uptempo "Every Day I Have the Blues." There are plenty of other classics here as well, including "How Blue Can You Get?", "Sweet Sixteen," and "The Thrill Is Gone" (which elicits another round of cheering from the opening notes). Live in Japan may not have the long-standing reputation of Cook County Jail or Live at the Regal, but it's an excellent album, with a decidedly different feel from these two classics.

The Robert Cray Band - Take Your Shoes Off (1999)

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The Robert Cray Band - Take Your Shoes Off (1999)

The Robert Cray Band - Take Your Shoes Off (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 416 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 137 Mb | Scans ~ 81 Mb
Modern Electric Blues, Soul-Blues | Label: Rykodisc | # RCD 10479 | Time: 00:59:31

It's evident right from the start that Robert Cray's aiming for a Memphis soul groove on Take Your Shoes Off. Willie Mitchell of Hi Records fame co-wrote and did the horn arrangements for the lead-off cut, "Love Gone to Waste," and Jim Pugh's burbling organ would have fit snugly into the mix of an early '70s Al Green record. The blues is not missing from this effort, but is most present in Cray's usual assertive blues guitar lines. Otherwise, this is far more appropriately pegged as a blues-soul album, or even just a retro-soul album, than a straight blues one. Cray, indeed, only writes about half of the songs, covering soul classics identified with Mack Rice's "24-7 Man" and Solomon Burke's "Won't You Give Him (One More Chance)," as well as Willie Dixon's "Tollin' Bells." No one would be claiming that this disc plows new territory, but to Cray's credit, he fits the quasi-Hi and (less frequently) Stax-type grooves with an unforced ease.

Albert King - I Wanna Get Funky (1974) [Remastered 1990]

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Albert King - I Wanna Get Funky (1974) [Remastered 1990]

Albert King - I Wanna Get Funky (1974) [Remastered 1990]
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 270 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 110 Mb | Scans included
Label: Stax Records | # SCD-8536-2 (STS-5505) | Time: 00:45:23
Modern Electric Blues, Soul-Blues, Funk/Soul

This 1974 release has King using his upside-down Flying V to slash a blues path through the Memphis Horns, the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, and the dawn-of-disco funk rhythm players. He half-sings with one eye on B. B. King and Bobby Bland and the other fixed on hot-buttered soul crooner Isaac Hayes. "Crosscut Saw" best captures the album title, with the leader and astounding drummer, Al Jackson, charbroiling a song the two had soul basted back in the mid 1960s with Booker T. Jones.

Bobby Rush with BlindDog Smokin' featuring The Legendary Dr. John - Decisions (2014)

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Bobby Rush with BlindDog Smokin' featuring The Legendary Dr. John - Decisions (2014)

Bobby Rush with BlindDog Smokin' featuring The Legendary Dr. John - Decisions (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 381 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 147 Mb | Scans included
Blues, Soul-Blues, R&B, Retro-Soul | Label: Silver Talon | # STF-393 | Time: 00:50:47

Bobby Rush got dirty on 2013's Down in Louisiana but with 2014's Decisions, he returns to his slick blues-funk ways, but this doesn't mean it's a rote affair by any means. He has teamed up with the band Blinddog Smokin' and, for the first time in his career, recorded with fellow Louisiana legend Dr. John. Mac Rebennack shows up on the opening "Another Murder in New Orleans," a deeply soulful and searching portrait of the violence that often plagues the Big Easy but, really, that's the only instance when good times aren't on Rush's mind. He leers about being a "Funky Old Man" and winks about what happens on "Bobby Rush's Bus," two songs that set the pace and attitude for much of the rest of Decisions.

Big Apple Blues - Manhattan Alley (2018)

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Big Apple Blues - Manhattan Alley (2018)

Big Apple Blues - Manhattan Alley (2018)
EAC Rip | FLAC (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 277 Mb | Full Scans | 00:37:17 | RAR 5% Recovery
Funky Blues, Soul-Blues, Instrumental | Stone Tone Records #ST20181

In 2015, Big Apple Blues released the album ENERGY, which described day in a life of New York City. Boasting entirely original material, ENERGY marked a departure from the well-trodden blues genre towards a fusion of instrumental blues, soul, funk, and rock. Unable to assign the album to a pre-defined genre, the critics labeled it as the “Big Apple Blues Sound.” MANHATTAN ALLEY builds on ENERGY and presents more of the feel-good Big Apple Blues Sound. Like its predecessor, MANHATTAN ALLEY tells its own story, aiming to draw from a well of energy and philosophical, utterly positive reflections on life and creativity. It is inspired by New York City itself - NYC with a nod to Tin Pan Alley - the collection of New York City music publishers and songwriters that dominated popular music in America in the late 19th and early 20th century.