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VA - The Ultimate Christmas Album, WCBS-FM 101.1, Vol. 2 (1995)

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VA - The Ultimate Christmas Album, WCBS-FM 101.1, Vol. 2 (1995)

VA - The Ultimate Christmas Album, WCBS-FM 101.1, Vol. 2 (1995)
25 MORE Great Songs for the 25th of December

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 385 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 159 Mb | Scans ~ 40 Mb
Label: Collectables Records | # COL-CD-2512 | Time: 01:09:25
Holidays, R&B, Pop/Rock, Vocal Pop, Soul

Volume two of Collectables' Ultimate Christmas Album gathers more classic pop and rock holiday tunes, including the Beach Boys' "Little Saint Nick," Gene Autry's "Here Comes Santa Claus," and Diana Ross & the Supremes' "White Christmas." Most of this volume's best-known tracks are by traditional pop crooners, such as Dean Martin's "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!," Bing Crosby's "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas," and Burl Ives' "Holly Jolly Christmas." However, less-familiar tracks like the Echelons' "A Christmas Long Ago (Jingle Jingle)," Augie Rios' "Donde Esta Santa Claus," and Barry Gordon's "Nuttin' for Christmas" prevent the collection from being too predictable. It's not exactly a straightforward holiday-hits compilation, but The Ultimate Christmas Album, Vol. 2 balances enough standards and obscure tunes to make it a unique collection.

VA - The Ultimate Christmas Album, WCBS-FM 101.1, Vol. 1 (1994)

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VA - The Ultimate Christmas Album, WCBS-FM 101.1, Vol. 1 (1994)

VA - The Ultimate Christmas Album, WCBS-FM 101.1, Vol. 1 (1994)
25 Great Songs for the 25th of December

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 375 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 158 Mb | Scans ~ 57 Mb
Label: Collectables Records | # COL-CD-2511 | Time: 01:08:55
Holidays, Doo Wop, Early R&B, Early Pop/Rock, Vocal Pop, Soul, Swing

Collectables Records' various-artists compilation The Ultimate Christmas Album has been released both on its own and as a tie-in with a series of radio stations. There are identical editions of the album associated with KLUV, K-Earth 101 FM, and WCBS FM-101.1 in addition to this version, WJMK 104.3 Chicago. The word "ultimate" has been overused and misused in record releases to the point that it doesn't mean very much to see it on the cover of an album. Whether or not one considers this album to justify its title will have a lot to do with individual musical taste. If the potential consumer is a listener to one of the radio stations listed above, which are oldies stations devoted to playing pop/rock music of the 1950s, '60s, and '70s, he or she may agree that the album is the ultimate in holiday music of that period.

Renee Fleming - Christmas in New York (2014) [Re-Up]

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Renee Fleming - Christmas in New York (2014) [Re-Up]

Renée Fleming - Christmas in New York (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 286 Mb | Scans included | Time: 00:56:18
Holidays, Vocal Jazz, Vocal Pop, Classical Crossover | Label: Decca | # B0021104-02

American soprano Renee Fleming's first-ever holiday album celebrates the beloved and iconic Christmas season in New York City. From the holiday windows lining 5th Avenue to the red and green-lit spire of the Empire State Building, the essence of the city at the most wonderful time of year is captured on Christmas in New York. Pop, Broadway and jazz greats Chris Botti, Kurt Elling, Wynton Marsalis, Brad Mehldau, Kelli O Hara, Gregory Porter and Rufus Wainwright join Renée as she lends her sublime voice to hits like "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," "Silver Bells" and other gems, including "Central Park Serenade" a brand new duet by songwriting legend Diane Warren. In total, Renee Fleming and her guests have won 16 Grammy awards across multiple categories.

Dean Martin - This Time I'm Swingin'! (1960) [MFSL Remastered 2013]

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Dean Martin - This Time I'm Swingin'! (1960) [MFSL Remastered 2013]

Dean Martin - This Time I'm Swingin'! (1960) [MFSL, Mastered by Rob LoVerde 2013]
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 197 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 85 Mb | Scans included | 00:34:16
Vocal Jazz, Swing, Vocal Pop | Label: Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab | # UDSACD 2135

Dean Martin finally got access to conductor/arranger Nelson Riddle for an album project, and the result was an easy swinging collection with appealing horn charts and a series of comfortable readings of recent and vintage standards. Especially notable were the two songs borrowed from My Fair Lady, "On the Street Where You Live" and "I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face," which Martin and Riddle re-imagined as straight-forward love songs; "You're Nobody 'til Somebody Loves You" (which Martin would try again in a more contemporary arrangement four years later for one of his biggest hits); and a solo version of "Just in Time," which the singer had recently done with Judy Holliday in the film version of the musical Bells Are Ringing. This Time I'm Swingin'! was a good, confident set by an artist who had figured out how to make competent albums without expending a lot of effort, which was a key to his charm.

Astrud Gilberto - The Silver Collection: The Astrud Gilberto Album (1991)

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Astrud Gilberto - The Silver Collection: The Astrud Gilberto Album (1991)

Astrud Gilberto - The Silver Collection: The Astrud Gilberto Album (1991)
XLD | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 346 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 144 Mb | Scans included | 01:02:11
Bossa Nova, Brazilian Jazz, Lounge, Vocal Pop | Label: Verve | # 823 451-2

Astrud Gilberto has never been properly anthologized by Verve Records; although they've released a number of compilations over the years, none of them have been definitive, and most of them have been rather skimpy. 1987's The Silver Collection, originally released only in Europe but later imported to North America, is an idiosyncratic selection. It omits "The Girl From Ipanema," her biggest hit, includes all 11 tracks from her 1965 release The Astrud Gilberto Album, and adds on a selection of singles and album tracks recorded from 1965 to 1970 with no particular logic. All that said, however, it's still one of the best compilations available of this idiosyncratic but brilliant singer's '60s material. Jazz purists turn up their noses at Gilberto, correctly pointing out her near total lack of technical ability. However, the Brazilian songbird's appealingly plain voice, with its deliberately wobbly pitch (the "desafinado" style celebrated in Antonio Carlos Jobim's song of that title), total lack of vibrato, and deadpan phrasing, is a delight for those attuned to its charms.

Barbra Streisand - Simply Streisand (1967) [1993, Reissue]

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Barbra Streisand - Simply Streisand (1967) [1993, Reissue]

Barbra Streisand - Simply Streisand (1967) [1993, Reissue]
Vocal, Jazz Pop, AM Pop, Stage&Screen | EAC Rip | FLAC, Img+CUE+LOG+Scans (PNG) | 29:37 | 316,02 Mb
Label: Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment Inc. (Europe) | Cat.# 473698 2 | Released: 1993-05-24 (1967)

"Simply Streisand" is the 9th studio album released by Barbra Streisand. The album was released simultaneously with "A Christmas Album" and was Streisand's first that failed to chart in the Top 10 of the Billboard 200 when it peaked at #12. "Simply Streisand" was recorded March 14, 15 and 20th, 1967. According to Billboard magazine, Columbia Records reports a sale of nearly 250,000 in its first two weeks on the market. The album was certified Gold by RIAA in April 24, 2002.

Harry Belafonte - To Wish You A Merry Christmas (1958) Reissue 1989 [Re-Up]

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Harry Belafonte - To Wish You A Merry Christmas (1958) Reissue 1989 [Re-Up]

Harry Belafonte - To Wish You A Merry Christmas (1958) Reissue 1989
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 251 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 129 Mb | Scans included
Vocal Pop, Holidays | Label: RCA | # ND 89108 | Time: 00:44:09

To Wish You a Merry Christmas is an album by Harry Belafonte Recorded May 27, 31, June 1, 3 and 8 of 1958 in Hollywood. Conducted by Bob Corman. Millard Thomas and Laurindo Almeida, guitarists. Produced and directed by Ed Welker.

VA - The Wonderful Sounds of Christmas (2015) [Analogue Productions] Re-Up

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VA - The Wonderful Sounds of Christmas (2015) [Analogue Productions] Re-Up

VA - The Wonderful Sounds of Christmas (2015)
Mastered by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 390 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 186 Mb | Scans included | 01:11:10
Holidays, Vocal Jazz, Vocal Pop, Rhythm & Blues | Label: Analogue Productions | # CAPP 094 SA

Worthy of audiophile treatment. Not every Christmas tune meets that high standard. But each song on this SACD, with each song chosen by Acoustic Sounds owner and CEO Chad Kassem, sound better than it ever has before. These are some of the most familiar - and well-recorded - Christmas tracks ever. We feel we're bringing you a record that you and your family will enjoy every year forevermore. These truly are The Wonderful Sounds Of Christmas. From the peaceful solemnity of Harry Simeone Chorale's "The Little Drummer Boy" to the festive spirit of Jose Feliciano's "Feliz Navidad," The Wonderful Sounds Of Christmas brings you the very best examples of holiday songs ever recorded. With wonderful music in abundance, this Christmas compilation offers a celebration of the season's most joyous and cherished songs. Truly, Christmas has never sounded better!

Jerry Vale - The Collection (2004) 3CD Box Set [Re-Up]

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Jerry Vale - The Collection (2004) 3CD Box Set [Re-Up]

Jerry Vale - The Collection (2004) 3CD Box Set
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 1 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 435 Mb | Scans included
Vocal Pop, Traditional Pop, Vocal Jazz | Label: Sony Music | # 513765 2 | 03:00:47

2004 compilation for artist whose beautiful high-tenor voice graced many of the most enchanting pop songs of the '50s & '60s. This three disc, 60-track collection covers his entire recording career with all the hits & more. Three standard jewelcases housed in a slipcase.

Frank Sinatra - The Sinatra Christmas Album (1994) [Re-Up]

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Frank Sinatra - The Sinatra Christmas Album (1994) [Re-Up]

Frank Sinatra - The Sinatra Christmas Album (1994)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 257 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 116 Mb | Scans included
Holidays, Christmas, Vocal Pop, Vocal Jazz | Label: Reprise | # 9362-457443-2 | 00:41:26

Christmas probably sounded a lot like this in Hoboken, circa the late 1930s: A skinny kid with a huge voice leading friends through favorite carols like "The Little Drummer Boy" and "Greensleeves." Fast forward and that skinny kid is no longer just another voice in the crowd. All ears are turned his way as he croons through a whole new set of Christmas standards, from "The Christmas Waltz" to "I Wouldn't Trade Christmas." Sinatra is in fine voice on this 13-song set, which boasts some of the better arrangements you'll hear on a seasonal album.

Dionne Warwicke (Warwick) - Then Came You (1975) Japanese Reissue 2008

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Dionne Warwicke (Warwick) - Then Came You (1975) Japanese Reissue 2008

Dionne Warwicke (Warwick) - Then Came You (1975) Japanese Reissue 2008
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 248 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 90 Mb | Scans ~ 91 Mb
R&B, Vocal Pop, Soul | Label: Warner Bros. | # WPCR-75430 | Time: 00:38:17

After being a premier vocalist in the '60s, Warwick seemed to have hit a stylistic wall by the early '70s. By the time she signed with Warner Bros. in 1970, Warwick attempted many styles and producers. Then Came You, released in 1975, has her teaming with both Jerry Ragovoy and, for one track, Thom Bell. Jerry Ragovoy was a successful producer who had Garnet Mimms and Howard Tate among his credits. For this effort, Ragovoy assembled a strong New York session band, including John Tropea, Leon Pendarvis, and Bob Babbitt. The first track, "Take It From Me," has Warwick getting a more R&B styled production rather than MOR. That was perfect since her voice had matured, attaining an effortless warmth and ease. Here she wasn't so much an interpreter of "great material," her voice and charm were the primary draw. Ragovoy's track "Move Me No Mountain" has a Barry White-styled backing, and Warwick got a chance to be more sensual.

Matt Monro - The Greatest (2010) [Re-Up]

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Matt Monro - The Greatest (2010) [Re-Up]

Matt Monro - The Greatest (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 471 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 207 Mb | Scans included
Vocal Jazz, Vocal Pop, Standarts, Easy Listening | Label: EMI | # 600 7642 | 01:16:12

The home-grown British answer to Frank Sinatra, Matt Monro's hugely successful career spanned three decades and 100 million record sales, and, twenty-five years after his death Matt Monro's music resounds as strongly as ever. Matt Monro died on 7th February 1985, and to mark the 25th anniversary EMI are releasing The Greatest containing Matt's most notable songs, from the classic "Portrait of My Love" to the hauntingly beautiful "Softly as I Leave You". Also included are "Walk Away", "Born Free", "My Kind of Girl" and "Yesterday" as well as the previously unreleased "I’ll Never Fall In Love Again".

VA - American Pop: An Audio History, From Minstrel To Mojo: On Record 1893-1946 (1998) 9CD Set [Re-Up]

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VA - American Pop: An Audio History, From Minstrel To Mojo: On Record 1893-1946 (1998) 9CD Set [Re-Up]

VA - American Pop: An Audio History, From Minstrel To Mojo: On Record 1893-1946 (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 2.17 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 1.46 Gb | Booklet Scans ~ 46 Mb | 10:53:44
Oldies, Vocal Pop, Ragtime, Early Jazz, Folk, Pre-War Blues, Country Blues, Gospel | Label: West Hill

An outstanding nine CD collection of rare jazz, blues, country, pop, cowboy, march, ragtime, vaudeville and gospel recordings that form our musical legacy, compiled by jazz historian Allen Lowe. More than10 hours of music in a presentation slipcase with a 127 page booklet containing many photos and a wealth of interesting information about the music. Space here only permits artist and song title listings of the first 4 CD's in the 9 CD set.

The Ray Conniff Singers - Christmas With Conniff (1959)

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The Ray Conniff Singers - Christmas With Conniff (1959)

The Ray Conniff Singers - Christmas With Conniff (1959)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 207 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 77 Mb | Scans included
Easy Listening, Vocal Pop, Christmas | Label: Columbia | # CK 8185 | Time: 00:31:01

Christmas with Conniff is Ray Conniff's first holiday record, and it remains one of his very best efforts in that genre. His light, pretty, signature touch is perfectly suited to Christmas music, and he and his singers make such carols and holiday songs as "Frosty the Snowman," "Here Comes Santa Claus," "Jingle Bells," "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer," "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town," and "Silver Bells" irresistible easy listening. Perfect background music for any holiday event.