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James Taylor - The Collection: 3 Original Album Classics (2000) 3CD Box Set [Re-Up]

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James Taylor - The Collection: 3 Original Album Classics (2000) 3CD Box Set [Re-Up]

James Taylor - The Collection: 3 Original Album Classics (2000) 3CD Box Set
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 714 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 280 Mb | Scans included
Label: Columbia, Sony Music | # 517865 2 | Time: 01:58:19
Singer/Songwriter, Pop/Rock, Soft Rock, Folk-Rock

James Taylor is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. A five-time Grammy Award winner, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000. He is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, having sold more than 100 million records worldwide. 3-disc box set includes classic albums: 'JT' (1977), 'That's Why I'm Here' (1985), and 'Never Die Young' (1988).

Mahsa & Marjan Vahdat - Songs From A Persian Garden (2008)

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Mahsa & Marjan Vahdat - Songs From A Persian Garden (2008)

Mahsa & Marjan Vahdat - Songs From A Persian Garden (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 333 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 135 Mb | Scans ~ 88 Mb
Ethnic, World Fusion, Persian | Label: Valley Entertainment | # 2-VLT-15217 | 00:59:04

This (mostly) live album from a pair of Iranian sisters is an absolute melodic feast. Sampling the range of music – from the classical modes of "Saghi Nameh" to the opening lush Kurdish theme of "Mina" – is a joy, and nowhere more than on "Dorna," where their voices shine, largely unaccompanied, on a more contemporary piece that manages to sound timeless. There are some fascinating little diversions, as when the lullaby "Gole Laleh" morphs into the spiritual "She's Got the Whole World in Her Hands" (note the gender change!) sung softly by guitarist Knut Reiersrud, who also brings a lot to this CD instrumentally. Apart from the lovingly sinuous voices, what impresses most is the rich, loving variety of sensual and exotic melodies filling the disc. It's close to a sensory overload – but stops short, just at the perfect point.

Vienna Art Orchestra - The Minimalism of Erik Satie (1989) [Re-Up]

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Vienna Art Orchestra - The Minimalism of Erik Satie (1989) [Re-Up]

Vienna Art Orchestra - The Minimalism of Erik Satie (1989)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 275 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 177 Mb | Scans included
Experimental Big Band, Creative Orchestra | Label: Hat Hut | # hat ART CD 6024 | 01:15:11

Mathias Rüegg's Vienna Art Orchestra had always been an eclectic bunch, working in the odd jazz or classical cover into its repertoire with some regularity, but for this release, the ensemble went whole hog, leaping into the oeuvre of that grandfather of minimalism, Erik Satie. Originally issued as a two-LP set, every track (save one evocative Gil Evans-y piece by Rüegg) is a Satie composition rearranged, often brilliantly, and generally highlighting two or three individual VAO members. This reductionist technique serves the band well, as it has often had a tendency toward weighty ponderousness. Here, the arrangements are light and linear, affording a supple but transparent platform for the soloists, who are clearly encouraged to venture out into jazzy territory.

The Prodigy - Albums Collection 1992-2009 (9CDs) [Japanese Editions] Re-Up

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The Prodigy - Albums Collection 1992-2009 (9CDs) [Japanese Editions] Re-Up

The Prodigy - Albums Collection 1992-2009 (9CDs) [Japanese Editions]
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 3.8 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 1.26 Mb | Complete Scans
Rave, Big Beat, Breakbeat, Techno, Hardcore, Synthpunk | Time: 09:05:32

Fierce rave-into-hardcore collective that became one of the best-selling dance acts ever thanks to the incendiary "Firestarter". Collection includes: 'Experience' (1992); 'Music For The Jilted Generation' (1994) 2CDs; 'The Fat of the Land' (1997); 'Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned' (2004); 'Their Law: The Singles 1990-2005' (2005) 2CDs; 'Invaders Must Die' (2009) 2CDs.

John Scofield - The Best Of John Scofield: The Blue Note Years (1996) [Re-Up]

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John Scofield - The Best Of John Scofield: The Blue Note Years (1996) [Re-Up]

John Scofield - The Best Of John Scofield: The Blue Note Years (1996)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 414 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 147 Mb | Scans included | 01:03:00
Contemporary Jazz, Post-Bop, Guitar Jazz | Label: Blue Note | # CDP 7243 8 53330 2 6

Many highlights of Scofield's work from his late 1980s-early 1990s tenure on Blue Note are included in this collection, which features cameos from Pat Metheny, Joe Lovano, Randy Brecker, and Bill Frisell among many other all stars. Also included is material from Hand Jive, Scofield's collaboration with Eddie Harris, and an unreleased take on Wayne Shorter's "Tom Thumb".

Bill Frisell - Nashville (1997)

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Bill Frisell - Nashville (1997)

Bill Frisell - Nashville (1997)
XLD | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 300 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 144 Mb
Label: Nonesuch | # 79415-2 | Time: 01:03:03 | Scans ~ 107 Mb
Modern Creative, Guitar Jazz, Folk Jazz, Progressive Bluegrass

The vague country elements long dwelling on the fringes of Bill Frisell's music rise to the forefront on Nashville, an exquisitely atmospheric collection recorded in Music City with the aid of dobro legend Jerry Douglas, Union Station members Adam Steffey and Ron Block, and Lyle Lovett & His Large Band's bassist Viktor Krauss. Produced by Wayne Horvitz, the record is both genuine and alien – while played with real affection for the country form and without any avant posturing, its sound is original and distinct, a cinematic variation on C&W tenets. While primarily instrumental and comprised largely of Frisell originals, Nashville does welcome vocalist Robin Holcomb for a pair of more traditional numbers – Hazel Dickens' "Will Jesus Wash the Bloodstains from Your Hands" and the Skeeter Davis hit "The End of the World" – as well as a cover of Neil Young's "One of These Days."

Ryuichi Sakamoto - Thousand Knives of Ryuichi Sakamoto (1978) Remastered 2016, Audio CD Layer [Re-Up]

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Ryuichi Sakamoto - Thousand Knives of Ryuichi Sakamoto (1978) Remastered 2016, Audio CD Layer [Re-Up]

Ryuichi Sakamoto - Thousand Knives of Ryuichi Sakamoto (1978) Remastered 2016
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 300 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 144 Mb | Scans included | 00:45:47
Experimental Electronic, Experimental Rock | Label: Nippon Columbia | # COGQ-87

Thousand Knives (also known as Thousand Knives of Ryuichi Sakamoto) is Ryuichi Sakamoto's first solo album. The album is named after Henri Michaux's description of the feel of using mescaline in Misérable Miracle. It was recorded in about 500 hours, and Sakamoto would spend whole days without sleeping working on it. The album's title track is one of Sakamoto's most famous compositions.

Corey Stevens - Albums Collection 1995-2010 (4CD) [Uprade + 1st Album]

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Corey Stevens - Albums Collection 1995-2010 (4CD) [Uprade + 1st Album]

Corey Stevens - Albums Collection 1995-2010 (4CD)
EAC/XLD | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 1.3 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 463 Mb | Scans ~ 413 Mb
Genre: Blues-Rock, Country Blues, Modern Electric Blues | Time: 03:22:48

Corey Stevens is an American blues guitarist from Centralia, Illinois. Stevens began playing guitar at age 11 and moved to Los Angeles after graduating from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale to pursue a career in the music business. Stevens worked as a school teacher for the Los Angeles Unified School District for ten years before signing a recording contract with the independent label, Eureka Records. He released his debut album in 1995, garnering comparisons to Stevie Ray Vaughan and Eric Clapton, and scored a rock radio hit with the single, "Blue Drops of Rain." "One More Time" from his 1997 follow up, Road To Zen, was his highest charting single. It reached the top ten in Radio & Records and #22 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart. Collection includes: Blue Drops of Rain (1995); The Road To Zen (1997); Albertville (2007); The Dreaming Man (2010).

Clannad - 3 Originals: 'Sirius', 'Anam', 'Banba' (2002) 3CD Box Set [Re-Up]

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Clannad - 3 Originals: 'Sirius', 'Anam', 'Banba' (2002) 3CD Box Set [Re-Up]

Clannad - 3 Originals (2002) 3CD Box Set
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 840 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 411 Mb | Scans included
Celtic Fusion, Folk, New Age, Folk-Rock | Ariola/BMG/RCA | # 74321 95071 2 | 02:08:35

This box-set combines three of the Celtic folk-rock/new age act's albums, Sirius (1987), Anam (1990) & Banba (1994). 31 tracks. Three standard jewelcases with individual artwork housed together in a slipcase.

Thom Brennan - Mountains (1987) CD Release 1993

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Thom Brennan - Mountains (1987) CD Release 1993

Thom Brennan - Mountains (1987) CD Release 1993
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 302 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 169 Mb | Scans included
Ambient, New Age, Electronic | Label: Rubicon/Musicor | # GBC 2312 | 01:11:59

Thom Brennan's Mountains is one of the finest and most ambient offerings that Thom Brennan had made thus far. Thom Brennan's Mountains explores deep and profoundly resonant sonic atmospheres that evoke the beauty of moonlight shining down upon a mountainous peak as one watches from miles away. This is an excellently consonant recording and one that is firmly based in the sounds of beautiful synthesizer music, along the lines of Steve Roach's quieter stuff, including Quiet Music-Complete and The Dream Circle. This recording is interesting because it's as if all of the sequenced beats and drumming have been removed from Thom Brennan's beautiful work and listeners are left instead with these slowly evolving sonic timbres. In places Thom Brennan's sequenced rhythms do come into play, but they are not as prominent as they are in some of his other works. Mountains is a fantastic recording, and one that is very accessible to fans of space, new age, electronic, and ambient music alike. This is a great recording, and one that is highly recommended.

Ry Cooder - Paradise And Lunch (1974) [Re-Up]

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Ry Cooder - Paradise And Lunch (1974) [Re-Up]

Ry Cooder - Paradise And Lunch (1974)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 218 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 110 Mb | Scans included
Roots Rock, Blues, Country Rock, Folk | Label: Reprise | # 2179-2 | Time: 00:37:22

Ry Cooder understands that a great song is a great song, whether it was written before the Depression or last week. Still, at the same time he isn't afraid to explore new avenues and possibilities for the material. Like his three previous records, Paradise and Lunch is filled with treasures which become part of a world where eras and styles converge without ever sounding forced or contrived. One may think that an album that contains a traditional railroad song, tunes by assorted blues greats, and a Negro spiritual alongside selections by the likes of Bobby Womack, Burt Bacharach, and Little Milton may lack cohesiveness or merely come across as a history lesson, but to Cooder this music is all part of the same fabric and is as relevant and accessible as anything else that may be happening at the time. No matter when it was written or how it may have been done in the past, the tracks, led by Cooder's brilliant guitar, are taken to new territory where they can coexist. It's as if Washington Phillips' "Tattler" could have shared a place on the charts with Womack's "It's All Over Now" or Little Milton's "If Walls Could Talk".

Camille - Music Hole (2008)

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Camille - Music Hole (2008)

Camille - Music Hole (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 303 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 139 Mb
Label: EMI | # 5099920787028 | Time: 01:01:02 | Scans ~ 56 Mb
Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, French Pop, Nouvelle Chanson

Camille and her enthusiastic supporters in the French musical press may be tired of the Björk comparison but, frankly, it is impossible to imagine a record such as Music Hole without the trailblazing work of the tiny Icelandic wonder. Time has abundantly proven than Björk's conception of pop music was a lot more than quirky novelty. Her boundless imagination, particularly in the mixing of organic and inorganic sounds and in the liberation of the human voice as a creative tool (rather than as a lyric broadcaster, or even as a singer), has provided the seeds for some of the most interesting – or at the very least idiosyncratic – acts to emerge in recent years. And this is a truly global influence, one that seems particularly attuned to independent spirits the world over, many of multi-ethnic origins: Bat for Lashes, Animal Collective, Panda Bear, Stina Nordenstam, Emiliana Torrini, Cocorosie, Juana Molina, and of course, Camille. Compared to Molina's much acclaimed Un Día, Camille's project of the same year Music Hole is less hypnotic, but certainly more fun.

Johnny Clegg & Savuka - Heat, Dust & Dreams (1993)

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Johnny Clegg & Savuka - Heat, Dust & Dreams (1993)

Johnny Clegg & Savuka - Heat, Dust & Dreams (1993)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 347 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 117 Mb
Label: EMI | # 0777 7 98795 2 6 | Time: 00:50:48 | Scans ~ 113 Mb
World Fusion, World Beat, Afro Pop, Mbaqanga, Folk Rock, Pop/Rock

Heat, Dust And Dreams is a studio album by South African artist Johnny Clegg and his band Savuka, released in 1993, produced by Hilton Rosenthal, co-produced by Bobby Summerfield. The album received a 1993 Grammy Award nomination for Best World Music Album. The album would be the final work of the band Savuka. It was made in honor of member Dudu Zulu, who had been assassinated in the last years of the apartheid. Most songs of album are heavily influenced by the end of this dark period of South African history. "These Days", "When the System has Fallen", "In My African Dream" and "Your Time Will Come" all express hope for the future, while songs like "The Promise" and "Foreign Nights" talk of the problems people still have to face. "Emotional Allegiance" turns the attention to the Indian influence featuring Ashish Joshi on Tablas. It is the only Savuka album to receive the same degree of critical acclaim as the Juluka albums such as Universal Men, African Litany, Work for All and Scatterlings.

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.

Wishbone Ash - Tough (2008)

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Wishbone Ash - Tough (2008)

Wishbone Ash - Tough (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 375 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 134 Mb | Scans included
Classic Rock, Hard Rock, Prog-Rock | Label: Talking Elephant | # TCD125 | 00:46:15

The companion release to the quiet-moments compilation TENDER, Wishbone Ash collection TOUGH represents the more hard-rocking side of this stalwart British band. Wishbone Ash made their name in the 1970s with their dueling guitars and epic tunes, but TOUGH features a number of latter-day selections from the long-lived band, proving that as the decades went on, they managed to retain that hard-rock bite that had always endeared them to their legions of fans.