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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.

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.

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.

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.

Meli'sa Morgan - I Remember (2005)

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Meli'sa Morgan - I Remember (2005)

Meli'sa Morgan - I Remember (2005)
EAC Rip | FLAC (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 381 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 135 Mb
Full Scans ~ 48 Mb | 00:55:42 | RAR 5% Recovery
R&B, Funk, Soul | Orpheus Music / Lu Ann Records #90249

I Remember is a studio album by American recording artist Meli'sa Morgan, released in 2005 and issued by Lu Ann/Orpheus Records. The album consist of three covers produced by Valerie Simpson and Nickolas Ashford, as well as new songs produced by Morgan and longtime collaborator Lesette Wilson. The album's lead single "Back Together Again" is a ballad duet with R&B singer Freddie Jackson.

Jimmy Witherspoon - Jay's Blues: The Complete Federal Sessions (1997)

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Jimmy Witherspoon - Jay's Blues: The Complete Federal Sessions (1997)

Jimmy Witherspoon - Jay's Blues: The Complete Federal Sessions (1997)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 220 Mb | Scans included | 01:03:07
Jump Blues, Jazz-Blues, Rhythm & Blues | Label: King Records | # KCD 6008

Jays Blues is a fine collection of early-'50s jump blues sides that Jimmy Witherspoon cut for Federal Records. This 23-track collection offers a good retrospective of one of Witherspoon's most neglected – and admittedly, uneven – periods.

Tony Joe White - Homemade Ice Cream (1973) Reissue 2002

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Tony Joe White - Homemade Ice Cream (1973) Reissue 2002

Tony Joe White - Homemade Ice Cream (1973) Reissue 2002
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 201 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 84 Mb | Scans ~ 62 Mb
Label: Warner Bros. | # 7599-26923-2 | Time: 00:36:48
Singer/Songwriter, Blues, Country, Rock & Roll, Soul, Swamp Rock, Blues Rock

Going back and listening again to Tony Joe White's prodigious output from his early years, one is amazed at the depth of his talent as a guitarist, a singer and as a songwriter. After a series of albums that explored his love of deep Southern Blues, TJW took a warmer, more acoustic turn with Home Made Icecream. A lot of this is the back porch music he clearly loves - and here he is surrounded by fine session men who, if I recall from my old vinyl copy, include a drummer who wouldn't play until he'd read the lyrics…which as Tony Joe noted: "Is all right by me." The album flows beautifully, kicking off with a little rocker - Saturday Night in Oak Grove Louisiana (Tony Joe always had a thing about vehicles - little details like fender skirts - and here its the fibreglass mufflers on his pickup truck) and featuring among other things a gorgeous, lightly picked acoustic guitar and harp instrumental: the title track of the album. There's a ballad - Ol Mother Earth - but the standout is the last track which blows in like a cold breeze off a lake. "Did Somebody Make a Fool Out of You" is among his best ever examples of songwriting, singing and guitar playing.

Al Green - Love Is Reality (1992)

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Al Green - Love Is Reality (1992)

Al Green - Love Is Reality (1992)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 292 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 103 MB | Covers - 27 MB
Genre: R&B, Soul, Gospel | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Word/Epic (EK 48860)

After years of refusing to sing anything but gospel, Green decided the time had finally come to fuse the godly and the secular elements of his soul. Love Is Reality made an overt play for the mainstream R&B market. Unfortunately, Christian dance-pop producer Tim Miner works from formulas, while Green runs on inspiration. Green sounded great, but the final result paled in comparison to the rest of his catalog.

Jonathan Butler - Living My Dream (2014)

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Jonathan Butler - Living My Dream (2014)

Jonathan Butler - Living My Dream (2014)
EAC Rip | FLAC (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 318 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 107 Mb
Full Scans ~ 127 Mb | 00:44:27 | RAR 5% Recovery
R&B, Funk, Soul, Crossover Jazz, Jazz-Funk, Smooth Jazz | Artistry Music #ART7041

Jonathan Butler's 22nd studio album, 2014's Living My Dream, showcases the South African-born singer/guitarist/songwriter's distinctive smooth jazz and R&B sound. Joining Butler here are such musical luminaries as bassist Marcus Miller, saxophonist Elan Trotman, guitarist/songwriter Dennis Dodd, Jr., and Butler's daughter, vocalist Jodie Butler, who duets with her father on "Night to Remember." Featured on the album is the song "Be Still," which Butler co-wrote with George Duke prior to the legendary keyboardist's passing in 2013. Also included is the leadoff single "African Breeze," originally written for the 1985 adventure-comedy Jewel of the Nile and reworked with a more contemporary flair by Butler for Living My Dream.