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VA - Best Of Reggae & Ska (2CD, 2020)

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VA - Best Of Reggae & Ska (2CD, 2020)

VA - Best Of Reggae & Ska (2CD, 2020)
FLAC tracks | 1:49:23 | 437 Mb
Genre: Reggae, Pop / Label: ZYX Records

The bass-centered good mood sound from Jamaica has been inspiring people for generations. The tropical-exotic flair and the easy going feeling make Reggae and Ska that kind of popular! On this double CD you will find some carefully selected pearls from the island focusing especially on the transition between ska and reggae.

Mighty Sam McClain - Time And Change: Last Recording (2016)

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Mighty Sam McClain - Time And Change: Last Recording (2016)

Mighty Sam McClain - Time And Change: Last Recording (2016)
EAC Rip | FLAC (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 309 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 129 Mb
Full Scans | 00:49:35 | RAR 5% Recovery
Soul Blues, Rhythm & Blues | Kirkelig Kulturverksted #FXCD 424

Mighty Sam McClain never experienced the release of this, his final album, 'Time and Change', which contains his last 11 produced tracks. The legendary blues and soul performer passed away in New Hampshire June 15, 2015 by the age of 72. The songs on this album were all written and produced by Sam himself (except for one song, written by Sam's friend and mentor Melvin Underwood) in cooperation with the multi-instrumentalist Pat Herlehy, his musical partner through many years. This isn't one of those somber 'memorial' albums. Sam would not have wanted that. He wanted to be remembered with the same kind of spirit and energy he put into his music, on countless stages and recording sessions around the world.

Aretha Franklin - A Deeper Love: The Best Of Aretha Franklin [2CD] (2009)

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Aretha Franklin - A Deeper Love: The Best Of Aretha Franklin [2CD] (2009)

Aretha Franklin - A Deeper Love: The Best Of Aretha Franklin [2CD] (2009)
R&B, Soul/Funk, Electronic, House | EAC Rip | FLAC, Tracks+CUE+LOG+Scans (PNG) | 02:30:59 | 1,19 Gb
Label: Sony Music/Camden Deluxe (EU) | Cat.# 88697536552 | Released: 2009-06-15

Aretha Franklin is the Queen of Soul because, well, that's exactly what she is, and her legacy is built on the amazing late-'60s hits she had with Atlantic Records, a run of undisputed classics like "Respect," "I Never Loved a Man," "Chain of Fools," "Baby I Love You," and "Think." She had a few chart hits here and there most notably "Who's Zoomin' Who" and "Jump to It" after her contract with Atlantic ended in the late '70s, and she's never been less than a simply astounding singer, but her 1960s sides are easily the high-water mark of her long career, so it's disappointing to find none of those classic tracks here in this two-disc set, and one could therefore argue convincingly that this package isn't at all "the best of Aretha Franklin." What it is, actually, is a nice survey of the key tracks from her post-Atlantic years, and it's impressive, sure, but one still wants to hear those amazing Atlantic sides. They're that good, and truth be known, they eclipse most of what's presented here.

Various Artists - Motown Anthems [4CD] (2012)

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Various Artists - Motown Anthems [4CD] (2012)

Various Artists - Motown Anthems [4CD] (2012)
R&B, Soul/Funk, Doo Wop, Pop-Soul | EAC Rip | FLAC, Tracks+CUE+LOG+Scans (TIF) | 05:18:38 | 2,25 Gb
Label: Universal Music TV (UK) | Cat.# 5341396 | Released: 2012-11-27

With almost 100 tracks, this massive compilation of some of Motown's biggest hits serves as an awesome reminder of the enormity of the talent on the label and its far-reaching popularity. Going in a loosely chronological order, Motown Anthems begins with ubiquitous hits from the label's golden age from the Supremes, the Four Tops, Marvin Gaye, and the like, but soon branches into later hits from the '70s and '80s, including chart-toppers from Lionel Richie and Rockwell. The collection is rounded out nicely by Boyz II Men, representing the label's activity in the '90s, still making waves in soul, R&B, and the sound of young America.

LaVern Baker - La Vern (1956) Expanded Reissue 1997

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LaVern Baker - La Vern (1956) Expanded Reissue 1997

LaVern Baker - La Vern (1956) Expanded Reissue 1997
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 150 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 112 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Early R&B, Jump Blues | Label: Sequel/Atlantic | # RSA CD 909 | Time: 00:45:36

A pioneering figure in the fusion of R&B and rock 'n' roll in the 1950s, with a remarkably powerful voice. This 1956 album reissue including five bonus tracks.

VA - Southern Funkin': Louisiana Soul 1967-1979 (2020)

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VA - Southern Funkin': Louisiana Soul 1967-1979 (2020)

VA - Southern Funkin': Louisiana Soul 1967-1979 (2020)
FLAC tracks | 52:77 | 276 Mb
Genre: Soul, Funk, R&B / Label: Ace Records

None of these Louisiana funk/soul obscurities (none of which postdate 1975) were on big labels. And almost none of the performers have any name recognition value among general listeners, with the possible exception of "Count" Rockin' Sidney (better known as the zydeco artist of "My Toot Toot" fame) and Katie Webster. That doesn't mean that such material isn't of possible interest, of course. But the questions that arise are: is it good, and does it have a distinct regional identity? Those are hard to answer with authority. This soul-bleeding-into-funk crossover is solid, but nothing to make the Meters sweat, being more derivative of national trends (particularly James Brown) than innovative of their own paths; some passing traces of Stevie Wonder, Bill Withers, Jean Knight (of "Mr. Big Stuff" fame), and other major soulsters of the time can also be whiffed from time to time.

The O'Jays - 50th Anniversary Concert at the Bergen (2019)

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The O'Jays - 50th Anniversary Concert at the Bergen (2019)

The O'Jays - 50th Anniversary Concert at the Bergen (2019)
FLAC tracks | 45:18 | 278 Mb
Genre: Funk, Soul, R&B / Label: San Juan Music

The O'Jays are an American R&B group from Canton, Ohio, formed in 1958. The O'Jays made their first chart appearance with "Lonely Drifter" in 1963, but reached their greatest level of success once Gamble & Huff, a team of producers and songwriters, signed them to their Philadelphia International label in 1972. With Gamble & Huff, the O'Jays (now a trio after the departure of Isles and Massey) emerged at the forefront of Philadelphia soul with "Back Stabbers" (1972), and topped the Billboard Hot 100 the following year with what some consider to be the first disco hit song, "Love Train." Numerous other hits followed through the 1970s and into the 1980s and 1990s, and The O'Jays were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2004, and The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005 and in 2013 they were inducted into National Rhythm and Blues Hall of Fame.

George Benson - Good King Bad (1976) Japanese Blu-Spec 2013 [Re-Up]

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George Benson - Good King Bad (1976) Japanese Blu-Spec 2013 [Re-Up]

George Benson - Good King Bad (1976) Japanese Blu-Spec 2013
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 237 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 112 Mb | Scans included
Jazz-Funk, R&B, Guitar Jazz | Label: King Records/CTI | # KICJ 2314 | Time: 00:36:51

The R&B elements get stronger, the sound and mix are more attuned to the dancefloor, yet this brings out the best in George Benson's funky side. Thanks in part to the more rigid beat, Benson pares down his style to its rhythmic essentials, refusing to spray notes all over the place at random, and as a result, the record cooks and dances. His treatment of Vince Guaraldi's "Cast Your Fate to the Wind," hugely complemented by Joe Farrell's wistfully prancing flute, is a mini-masterpiece in the use of space, of hitting exactly the right stabbing note right in the pocket. Again, Creed Taylor turns to a James Brown alumnus, David Matthews, for arrangements, and he discreetly and wisely stays out of Bad George's way. Buy this one for "Cast Your Fate," but there is plenty more to savor here.

Tony Joe White - Closer To The Truth (1991)

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Tony Joe White - Closer To The Truth (1991)

Tony Joe White - Closer To The Truth (1991)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 343 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 132 Mb | Scans ~ 125 Mb
Singer/Songwriter, Swamp Rock, Blues | Label: Remark | # 511 386-2 | Time: 00:57:59

You'll recognise the wonderful Steamy Windows (covered by good friend Tina Turner with TJW backing her) but the awesome opening track Tunica Motel which tells of Tony Joe's return to his blues roots sets the stage for the whole album. Tunica Motel has it all - strong hooks and TJW's strong songwriting which starts as a song about getting away from it all, and becomes, gradually, a gut-spilling account. "I'm so tired of fighting with myself…" confesses TJW. Later, when he's contemplating his musical direction, he "sees the ghost of Robert Johnson" and for me the line brings an involunatary tingle down my spine every time I hear it, which is often. Tony Joe is Back! In this album he reintroduces us to his warm Stratocaster blues in gorgeous tracks: Ain't Going Down This Time and You're Gonna Look in Blues. In some ways these marked a new sound that he'd develop on subsequent albums - moving us closer to his use of Spanish guitar.

VA - Country Legends: The Guys (3CD, 2020)

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VA - Country Legends: The Guys (3CD, 2020)

VA - Country Legends: The Guys (3CD, 2020)
FLAC tracks | 2:42:42 | 745 Mb
Genre: Country, Rock & Roll / Label: Big 3

As the title suggests these 3 CDs are crammed with some of the greatest Country singers ever, performing their best known songs. This survey includes the finest examples of Country, Western, the Nashville Sound, Western Swing, Hillbilly and so much more.

VA - Country Legends: The Gals (3CD, 2020)

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VA - Country Legends: The Gals (3CD, 2020)

VA - Country Legends: The Gals (3CD, 2020)
FLAC tracks | 2:34:01 | 685 Mb
Genre: Country, Blues, Rock, Pop / Label: Big 3

3 CDs packed with some of the best known Country singers from the 1930s through to the 1960s, including so many memorable songs that have become standards and are being covered by the new breed of Country stars of today.

The Isley Brothers - Best Of The Isley Brothers (1995)

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The Isley Brothers - Best Of The Isley Brothers (1995)

The Isley Brothers - Best Of The Isley Brothers (1995)
EAC Rip | FLAC (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 203 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 101 Mb
Full Scans | 00:27:24 | RAR 5% Recovery
Rhythm & Blues, Soul | LaserLight #12 725

The Isley Brothers are an American musical group originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, originally a vocal trio consisting of brothers O'Kelly Isley, Jr., Rudolph Isley and Ronald Isley. The group has been cited as having enjoyed one of the "longest, most influential, and most diverse careers in the pantheon of popular music". The inclusion of younger brothers Ernie Isley (lead guitar, drums) and Marvin Isley (bass guitar), and Rudolph's brother-in-law Chris Jasper (keyboards, synthesizers) in 1973 turned the original vocal trio into a self-contained musical band. For the next full decade, they recorded top-selling albums including The Heat Is On and Between the Sheets.

Mariah Carey - Rainbow (1999)

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Mariah Carey - Rainbow (1999)

Mariah Carey - Rainbow (1999)
EAC Rip | FLAC (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 411 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 134 Mb
Full Scans ~ 88 Mb | 00:55:47 | RAR 5% Recovery
R&B, Soul, Dance, Hip Hop | Columbia / Sony BMG Music #88697 00501 2

Mariah Carey claims Rainbow, her first album since divorcing Tommy Mottola, "chronicles my emotional roller coaster ride of the past year," but less subjective listeners could be forgiven for viewing it as simply another Mariah Carey album. After all, all the elements are in place – the crossover dance hits, the ballads, the cameos, the hip producers, the weird cover choice from the early '80s. But dig a little deeper, and her words ring true. Rainbow is the first Carey album where she's written personal lyrics, and allusions to her separation from Mottola are evident throughout the album, even if it doesn't really amount to the "story" she mentions in the liner notes.

Sade - Lovers Live (2002)

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Sade - Lovers Live (2002)

Sade - Lovers Live (2002)
DVD-9: NTSC 16:9 (720x480) VBR | Dolby AC3, 2 & 6 ch
R&B, Soul, Pop, Vocal | 116 min | ~ 7.86 Gb

Nearly doubling the amount of tracks and running time of the similarly titled album, this video of one date on Sade's 2001 world tour serves as a handy greatest-hits package as well as documenting one of the classiest and highest-grossing tours of that year. Anyone who thinks Sade's music is too ethereal or plush to make an impact on a concert stage instead of the bedroom needs only to watch this to understand how the creative lights, imaginative set, rear projection films, and her impeccable band combine to create a performance every bit as exciting as Madonna's and far less ostentatious…

Horace Silver - In Pursuit Of The 27th Man (1972) [Remastered, RVG Edition 2002] Re-Up

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Horace Silver - In Pursuit Of The 27th Man (1972) [Remastered, RVG Edition 2002] Re-Up

Horace Silver - In Pursuit Of The 27th Man (1972) [RVG Edition 2002]
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 248 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 93 Mb | Scans ~ 60 Mb
Hard Bop, Soul Jazz | Label: Blue Note | # 7243 5 35758 2 3 | Time: 00:40:48

Recorded in 1972, a decade removed from the last of Horace Silver's classic quintet recordings, In Pursuit of the 27th Man has never been regarded as one of the pianist's prime releases, which likely explains why Blue Note took this long to make it available on CD. But the album, which moves gracefully between quartet performances featuring vibraphonist David Friedman and quintet numbers featuring the young Brecker brothers (Randy on trumpet and Michael on tenor saxophone), has its distinctive charms. While maintaining the crispness and sense of adventure with which he has always signed his music, Silver and bands ease through some of his most appealing melodies. Songs such as Weldon Irvine's "Liberated Brother" have the early '70s written all over them, but even in those cases their light-handed lyricism and boppish vitality keep them fresh. Friedman's idiosyncratic sound adds a sense of mystery to the music, which, with Bob Cranshaw on electric bass and Mickey Roker on drums, never lacks for a solid and soulful center.