Jeff Bridges - Jeff Bridges (2011)

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Jeff Bridges - Jeff Bridges (2011)

Jeff Bridges - Jeff Bridges (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 240 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 114 Mb | Scans included | 00:40:05
Country, Americana, Folk-Rock | Label: Blue Note, Ramp Records | # 509990 71491 2 2

2011 album from the Oscar-winning actor, performer and songwriter. A musician before his acting career took off, Bridges' award-winning and critically acclaimed role in 2009's Crazy Heart introduced his musical talents to a wider audience. Working with producer T-Bone Burnett again, this self-titled album picks up where Crazy Heart left off, proving that Jeff Bridges is a man for all seasons.

Caravan Palace - Caravan Palace (2008) Reissue 2009

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Caravan Palace - Caravan Palace (2008) Reissue 2009

Caravan Palace - Caravan Palace (2008) Reissue 2009
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 378 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 125 Mb | Scans ~ 61 Mb
Electro Swing, Gypsy Jazz | Label: Ministry of Sound | # 02975895734 | Time: 00:54:39

Influenced by artists as diverse as Django Reinhardt and Daft Punk, Caravan Palace is the self-titled debut album from the French six-piece that combines big-band swing and Gypsy jazz with modern electro and hip-hop beats. Produced by Loïc Barrouk, the 2008 release includes the singles "Jolie Coquine" and "Suzy".

Super Furry Animals - Dark Days / Light Years (2009)

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Super Furry Animals - Dark Days / Light Years (2009)

Super Furry Animals - Dark Days / Light Years (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 407 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 152 Mb | Scans included | 01:00:24
Alternative Rock, Experimental, Neo-Psychedelia | Label: Rough Trade | # RTRADCD546

The Welsh psychedelic pop/rock legends Super Furry Animals return with 'Dark Days/Light Years', their ninth studio album. Where previous albums have seen the band experiment with extra instrumentation, this release is full of songs based on grooves rather than ensemble composition. The band's impish sense of humour remains, though, with track titles such as 'The Very Best Of Neil Diamond' and 'Moped Eyes' standing out. Also notable is Franz Ferdinand guitarist Nick McCarthy's guest appearance on the Kraftwerk-inspired 'Inaugural Trams', performing a German-language rap. In keeping with more recent albums, the band also share lead vocal duties between several members.

Johnnie Taylor - Taylored in Silk (1973) Expanded Remastered 2011

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Johnnie Taylor - Taylored in Silk (1973) Expanded Remastered 2011

Johnnie Taylor - Taylored in Silk (1973) Expanded Remastered 2011
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 333 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 152 Mb | Scans included
Soul, Southern Soul | Label: Stax/Concord Music | # 0888072328754 | Time: 00:55:56

Taylored in Silk was Johnnie Taylor's [The Philosopher of Soul] best pure soul release; he was in peak form as a vocalist, and received superb productions, arrangements, compositions and musical backing from the Stax brain trust. The album includes the hits 'We're Getting Careless with Our Love' and 'Cheaper to Keep Her'. Newly remastered with 6 bonus cuts.

Robert Ealey - I Like Music When I Party (1997)

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Robert Ealey - I Like Music When I Party (1997)

Robert Ealey - I Like Music When I Party (1997)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 322 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 115 Mb | Scans ~ 65 Mb
Genre: Texas Blues | Label: Black Top Records | # CD BT-1138 | Time: 00:50:25

Robert Ealey is no spring chicken. After singing in local Texas bands for years, he finally started recording in the '90s – I Like Music When I Party was the fourth album he cut after starting his recording career. Like the others, it's a greasy colleciton of Texas blues, spiked with a bit of soul. Ealey's voice may be gravelly with age, but it's by no means gone, and with the support of his youthful backing band, he can really bring it home. There's nothing deep here – just party music, played good and simple. Sometimes, that's enough.

Hamza El Din - Music of Nubia (1964)

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Hamza El Din - Music of Nubia (1964)

Hamza El Din - Music of Nubia (1964)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 195 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 105 Mb | Scans included | 00:42:29
World Music, Middle Eastern Folk, East African | Label: Vanguard | # VMD 79164

One of the first African musicians to gain widespread international recognition, Hamza El Din is a Nubian master of the oud, or the fretless lute. Western listeners are as likely as not to have been exposed to his work via the Grateful Dead, who played with him on-stage occasionally. (El Din also helped arrange the Dead's tour of Egypt.) He played an integral role in modernizing Nubian music, using his work to both evoke and tell stories of Nubian life. El Din was originally trained to be an engineer, but changed direction and enrolled in the Middle Eastern School of Music, where he began to compose his own songs. On a fellowship to study Western classical music in Rome, he met American Gino Foreman, who exposed Hamza's work to Joan Baez and Bob Dylan. This resulted in a contract with Vanguard. His mid-'60s debut, Al Oud – Instrumental and Vocal Music From Nubia, was one of the first "world music" recordings to achieve wide exposure in the West.

Heidi Louise Williams - Drive American (2011) [Repost]

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Heidi Louise Williams - Drive American (2011) [Repost]

Heidi Louise Williams - Drive American (2011)
works by John Adams, Joan Tower, Daniel Crozier, Chen Yi, Augusta Read Thomas, William Bolcom

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 266 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 208 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Contemporary | Label: Albany | # TROY1298 | Time: 01:18:19

A superlative program of piano music by American composers is offered by pianist Heidi Williams. The oldest work on the program dates from 1988 (William Bolcom) and the most recent was written in 2009 (Daniel Crozier), giving us a snapshot of what American composers have been writing for piano in the past 25 years. Praised by New York critic Harris Goldsmith for her ¨dazzling performances¨ and ¨impeccable solistic authority,¨ American pianist Heidi Louise Williams has appeared in performances across the United States and internationally. Her concert schedule has included solo and chamber music recitals at the Kennedy Center, the Chicago Cultural Center, Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, the Brevard Summer Music Festival, the Peabody Conservatory of Music and a debut recital in St. Louis as winner of its 2000 Artist Presentation Society Auditions, as well as concerto appearances with the Chicago Chamber Orchestra, the Oregon Symphony, and others. Williams is on the piano faculty at the Florida State University College of Music. She completed her BM, MM, and DMA degrees at the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore, Maryland.

Judy Collins - Christmas With Judy Collins (2013)

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Judy Collins - Christmas With Judy Collins (2013)

Judy Collins - Christmas With Judy Collins (2013)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 344 Mb | Artwork included | Time: 01:02:20
Holidays, Christmas, Pop/Rock, Folk | Label: Wildflower/Cleopatra | # CLP 0924

Building on her well-represented holiday catalog, Christmas with Judy Collins is essentially a reissue of the folk artist's 2000 release All on a Wintry Night, padded with two additional songs. All 14 tracks from Wintry Night are featured here in their original sequence with the addition of a new single, the western-tinged "Angels in the Snow" leading off the album, and a stirring, largely a cappella version of "Amazing Grace" closing it out. Fans of Collins' rich, warm voice will enjoy some of the more stripped-down arrangements, which feature her singing to a simple piano accompaniment on lesser-known carols like "In the Bleak Midwinter" and "Cherry Tree Carol." On the other hand, the dated synthesizer sounds on tracks like "Come Rejoice" and "Good King Wenceslas" sound rather homogenous and the spoken intro over the faux-strings of "Away in a Manger" is far too heavy-handed to take seriously. Fortunately, the bulk of the album's 16 tracks favor the more minimalist arrangements keeping Collins' lovely voice at the forefront without much distraction.

Michael Head - The Magical World of the Strands (1997) Expanded Reissue 2015

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Michael Head - The Magical World of the Strands (1997) Expanded Reissue 2015

Michael Head - The Magical World of the Strands (1997) Reissue 2015
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 356 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 133 Mb | Scans ~ 87 Mb | 00:58:04
Alternative Singer/Songwriter, Indie Rock, Chamber Pop | Label: Megaphone | # CDMEGA 24

Michael Head, former frontman of the Pale Fountains and current co-leader along with his brother John – who is also a Strand – of Brit pop outfit Shack, turns in a stellar chamber pop performance with Magical World of the Strands. Head, who is no stranger to either classy, baroque pop or neo-psychedelia, has composed an album of gorgeously illustrated songs that are lushly orchestrated by a standard rock quartet augmented by a flutist (Leslie Roberts) and a string quartet. The result is an album that, while little known, is a classic, a masterpiece of modern chamber pop.

Gautier Capucon & Gabriela Montero - Rhapsody: Cello Sonatas by Rachmaninov & Prokofiev (2008)

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Gautier Capucon & Gabriela Montero - Rhapsody: Cello Sonatas by Rachmaninov & Prokofiev (2008)

Gautier Capuçon & Gabriela Montero - Rhapsody (2008)
Cello Sonatas by Rachmaninov & Prokofiev

XLD | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 324 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 178 Mb | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin Classics | # 00946 385786 2 8 | 01:15:07

The nearly uninterrupted string of strong, successful albums produced by cellist Gautier Capuçon (and indeed his violinist brother, Renaud) demonstrates that the CD debut Face à Face was not just a fluke produced by child prodigies. Rather, Face à Face was a springboard for what has proven to be an enduring career and ever-improving musicianship. On this latest album without his brother, Gautier collaborates with pianist Gabriela Montero on the cello sonatas of Rachmaninov and Prokofiev. Fans of Capuçon's playing will recall that he had previously released a recording of the Rachmaninov sonata with pianist Lilya Zilberstein on the EMI label in 2003. While it may seem questionable to make duplicate recordings when he has recorded so little of the cello repertoire, it offers listeners an opportunity to see how his playing continues to mature even over a short span of five years. While some of the tempos are a little different than the 2003 recording, the most notable difference is that of sound, which has developed impressively with the help of his magnificent 1701 Gofriller cello. His command of sound is most obvious in the solo opening of the Prokofiev sonata.

Otis Rush - Screamin' And Cryin' (1974) Reissue 1992

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Otis Rush - Screamin' And Cryin' (1974) Reissue 1992

Otis Rush - Screamin' And Cryin' (1974) Reissue 1992
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 309 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 148 Mb | Scans included
Electric Chicago Blues | Label: Evidence | # ECD 26014-2 | Time: 00:51:00

Otis Rush's crunching guitar and vocals were never more emphatic than during the '70s when it seemed that he would actually find the pop attention and mass stardom he deserved. These mid-'70s tracks were originally cut for the Black and Blue label, with Rush playing grinding, relentless riffs and creating waves of sonic brilliance through creatively repeated motifs, jagged notes, and sustained lines and licks, while hollering, screaming, moaning, and wailing. Jimmy Dawkins, an outstanding lead artist in his own right, has also long been one of Chicago's great rhythm artists and shows it by adding plenty of tinkling, crackling figures and lines in the backgrounds. While not as consistently riveting as his live Evidence date, this one is also a valuable Rush document.

Cyrus Chestnut - Blessed Quietness: A Collection Of Hymns, Spirituals And Carols (1996)

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Cyrus Chestnut - Blessed Quietness: A Collection Of Hymns, Spirituals And Carols (1996)

Cyrus Chestnut - Blessed Quietness: A Collection Of Hymns, Spirituals And Carols (1996)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 157 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 121 Mb | Covers included
Bop, Post-Bop, Piano Jazz | Label: Atlantic Jazz | # 82948-2 | Time: 00:51:29

Cyrus Chestnut covers a wide range of hymns, carols and spirituals on this outstanding solo piano CD. A very dramatic "Holy, Holy, Holy" would inspire any congregation, while the rich voicings in "We Three Kings" are subtle yet moving. "Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child" is the most compelling track, with a thought-provoking arrangement that makes great use of space.

Bryan Ferry - The Bride Stripped Bare (1978) Japanese Remastered 2007 [Re-Up]

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Bryan Ferry - The Bride Stripped Bare (1978) Japanese Remastered 2007 [Re-Up]

Bryan Ferry - The Bride Stripped Bare (1978) Japanese Remastered 2007
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 271 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 96 Mb | Scans ~ 173 Mb
Pop Rock, Glam Rock, Art Rock | Label: Virgin/EMI Music Japan | # VJCP-68816 | Time: 00:41:48

The Bride Stripped Bare is a 1978 solo album by Bryan Ferry and is his fifth album released independent of Roxy Music. It was recorded after his girlfriend Jerry Hall left him for Mick Jagger in 1977, and appears to contain references to their break-up.

DSO Berlin, Robin Ticciati, Magdalena Kozena - Debussy: La mer; Ariettes oubliees; Faure: Pelleas et Melisande (2017)

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DSO Berlin, Robin Ticciati, Magdalena Kozena - Debussy: La mer; Ariettes oubliees; Faure: Pelleas et Melisande (2017)

Claude Debussy: La mer; Ariettes oubliées; Gabriel Fauré: Pelléas et Mélisande (2017)
Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin; Robin Ticciati, conductor; Magdalena Kožená

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 237 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 159 Mb | Artwork included
Classical, Orchestral, Vocal | Label: Linn Records | # CKD 550 | Time: 01:08:33

This marks the first release with Robin Ticciati leading the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin, and it makes the requisite splash. There's a world premiere: even if you're not on board with the trend of enlarging the repertory through arrangements of works that are perfectly good in their original form, you will likely be seduced by mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kozená's ravishing reading of Debussy's voice-and-piano Ariettes oubliées, inventively arranged by Brett Dean. There's a little-known work: the opening one, Fauré's Prelude to Pénélope (a sparsely performed opera, with a slightly less sparsely performed prelude) is a lush and beautifully controlled arc. Controlled and detailed are two words that come to mind for Ticciati's interpretation of La mer, the warhorse work on the program; it may seem a bit deliberate, but there are many hues in his performance. The two Debussy works are balanced by two of Fauré's: the fourth work is the suite from Fauré's incidental music to Pélleas et Mélisande (in Charles Koechlin's version), also deliberate and lush. Linn recorded the performance in Berlin's Jesus Christus Kirche, which allows the full spectrum of orchestral colors to come through. Worth the money for Kozená fans for her turn alone, and a fine French program for all.

Gerard McChrystal - Aria (2011) works by Handel, Michael Nyman, Villa-Lobos, Debussy, Ravel, Philip Glass, Faure, McGlynn etc

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Gerard McChrystal - Aria (2011) works by Handel, Michael Nyman, Villa-Lobos, Debussy, Ravel, Philip Glass, Faure, McGlynn  etc

Gerard McChrystal - Aria (2011)
with Shiroma de Silva, piano; Craig Ogden, guitar; Smith Quartet
Codetta; Trinity Laban String Ensemble; Nic Pendlebury, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 311 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 197 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Chamber, Saxophone | Label: First Hand | # FHR13 | Time: 01:13:40

This brilliantly devised CD from Gerard McChrystal is a deeply personal album; at times mystical, the music is always beautiful and captivating. Indeed 'Aria' has similar qualities to Jan Gabarek's 'Officium' (which sold 1.4 million copies) and will appeal to this fan-base. Featuring soprano and alto saxophone with a colourful array of different ensemble accompaniments — string orchestra, choir, guitar, piano, solo, string quartet and electronics. Baroque music blends seamlessly with contemporary; Handel resolves into Michael Nyman, Debussy's Syrinx morphs into Ravel's Piece en forme de habanera. All the tracks lead to the next by key or by starting and ending on the same note. Other works include Philip Glass Façades, Faure Les Berceaux, Bozza Aria, as well as original works by Billy Cowie, Karen Tanaka, Andy Scott and Michael McGlynn (from the vocal group Anúna who featured in Riverdance). Accompanying Gerard on this album are some of the UK's finest classical musicians including the Smith Quartet and the No. 1 best-selling classical artist, guitarist Craig Ogden. Gerard McChrystal is a multi-award winning saxophonist who has performed as a soloist in over 30 countries with many of the World's leading orchestras and ensembles.