Crackin' - Makings Of A Dream (1977) [2015, Japan SHM-CD] {Remastered Reissue}

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Crackin' - Makings Of A Dream (1977) [2015, Japan SHM-CD] {Remastered Reissue}

Crackin' - Makings Of A Dream (1977) [2015, Japan SHM-CD] {Remastered Reissue}
R&B, Pop/Rock, AOR, Jazz-Funk, Disco | EAC Rip | FLAC, Tracks+CUE+LOG+Scans (JPG) | 37:24 | 256,83 Mb
Label: Warner Music Japan Inc. (Japan) | Cat.# WPCR-16782 | Released: 2015-10-07 (1977)

Japanese reissue of this AOR outfit's 1977 debut for Warner Brothers (and second album overall). Contains all nine tracks from the original release. David Sanborn & Nick De Caro both guest.

Crackin' - Special Touch (1978) [2016, Japan SHM-CD] {Remastered Reissue}

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Crackin' - Special Touch (1978) [2016, Japan SHM-CD] {Remastered Reissue}

Crackin' - Special Touch (1978) [2016, Japan SHM-CD] {Remastered Reissue}
R&B, Pop/Rock, Jazz-Funk, Disco | EAC Rip | FLAC, Tracks+CUE+LOG+Scans (JPG) | 01:13:32 | 293,49 Mb
Label: Warner Music Japan Inc. (Japan) | Cat.# WPCR-17404 | Released: 2016-09-21 (1978)

Crackin’ was an R&B group tinged with a little jazz who had four albums in the mid-1970s, three on the Warner Brothers label and one on the Polydor label.

The Temptations - The Temptin' Temptations (1965) [1998, Remastered Reissue]

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The Temptations - The Temptin' Temptations (1965) [1998, Remastered Reissue]

The Temptations - The Temptin' Temptations (1965) [1998, Remastered Reissue]
R&B, Soul, Doo-Wop, Motown | EAC Rip | FLAC, Img+CUE+LOG+Scans (TIF) | 33:42 | 248,07 Mb
Label: Motown (USA) | Cat.# 314 530 931-2 | Released: 1998-10-20 (1965-11-01)

"The Temptin' Temptations" is the 3rd studio album by The Temptations for the Gordy (Motown) label released in 1965. The album includes several of the group's hits from 1965, and also includes a handful of singles that were not included on the Temptations' first 1965 album, The Temptations Sing Smokey. Among these are the 1964 singles "Girl (Why You Wanna Make Me Blue)" and "I'll Be in Trouble"; and the 1965 singles "Since I Lost My Baby", and "My Baby". Seven of the album's 12 tracks had previously been released as singles and their B-sides, though "My Baby" preceded the album only by a month.

Elvis Presley - That's The Way It Is (1970) [2014, 2CD Legacy Edition]

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Elvis Presley - That's The Way It Is (1970) [2014, 2CD Legacy Edition]

Elvis Presley - That's The Way It Is (1970) [2014, 2CD Legacy Edition]
Pop/Rock, AM Pop, Rock'N'Roll | EAC Rip | FLAC, Img+CUE+LOG+Scans (JPEG) | 02:28:43 | 893,86 Mb
Label: RCA/Legacy/Sony Music (EU) | Cat.# 88843077792 | Released: 2014-08-05 (1970-11-11)

This 2 CD Legacy Edition of "Elvis: That's The Way It Is" features an expanded version of the original RCA album. Added is four single sides from the period and a selection of "fly-on-the-wall" outtakes from the June Nashville sessions that produced the majority of tracks for the LP. Disc 2 features a previously unreleased concert from Elvis' 1970 "Summer Season" recorded on August 12. The 24-page booklet features an insightful essay, photos and memorabilia. This new 2-CD Legacy Edition of the album Elvis: That's The Way It Is that accompanied the film directed by Denis Sanders celebrates this memorable era in the career of Elvis Presley with an expanded version of the original Gold-certified RCA release.

Kenny Rogers - The Gambler (1978) & Kenny (1979) [2CD] [2009, Reissue]

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Kenny Rogers - The Gambler (1978) & Kenny (1979) [2CD] [2009, Reissue]

Kenny Rogers - The Gambler (1978) & Kenny (1979) [2CD] [2009, Reissue]
Country, Pop/Rock, Disco | EAC Rip | FLAC, Img+CUE+LOG+Scans (JPEG) | 01:17:57 | 510,63 Mb
Label: Edsel Records (EU) | Cat.# EDSD 2041 | Released: 2009-07-14 (1978/1979)

2009 two CD set containing a pair of albums from the Country superstar, originally released on the United Artists and Liberty labels at the height of his worldwide popularity. Though Rogers achieved success at the tail end of the '60s with his band the First Edition, it wasn't until he fully crossed over into the Country market that international fame came calling. Ironically, his move away from the Pop charts actually brought him more success once Country Music began to crossover into the same market he had initially given up on. Contains Kenny's fifth and sixth United Artists albums, from 1978 and 1979. "The Gambler" sold five million copies in the US alone and features the #1 hit title song as well as 'She Believes In Me'. It was also the Country Music Association's 1979 Album Of The Year, while "Kenny" was voted Male Vocalist of 1979.

The Temptations - Bare Back (1978) [2013, Japan]

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The Temptations - Bare Back (1978) [2013, Japan]

The Temptations - Bare Back (1978) [2013, Japan]
R&B, Soul/Funk, Disco | EAC Rip | FLAC, Img+CUE+LOG+Scans (PNG) | 35:02 | 464,42 Mb
Label: Atlantic/Warner Music Japan Inc. (Japan) | Cat.# WPCR-27635 | Released: 2013-03-20 (1978-09-20)

Produced by Brian Holland, and he's imitating the Ohio Players blatantly, from the album cover on down. But the funk's not nearly as fiery as the Players' (title track), and it comes off as a failed attempt to keep up with trends - ditto for the overproduced disco numbers ("Mystic Woman"). The Tempts are at their best here when they stick with their earlier smooth balladeering (the lovely "Ever Ready Love"); the uptempo "I Just Don't Know How To Let You Go" is also enjoyable but slight. Not surprisingly, this was a commercial catastrophe, failing to even chart as a pop record and falling short of the Top 40 on the R&B chart.

Taana Gardner - Taana Gardner (1979) [2013, Remastered & Expanded Edition]

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Taana Gardner - Taana Gardner (1979) [2013, Remastered & Expanded Edition]

Taana Gardner - Taana Gardner (1979) [2013, Remastered & Expanded Edition]
R&B, Soul/Funk, Electronic, Disco | EAC Rip | FLAC, Tracks+CUE+LOG+Scans (JPEG) | 01:19:07 | 524,18 Mb
Label: Big Break Records (UK) | Cat.# CDBBR 0213 | Released: 2013-07-15 (1979)

Digitally remastered and expanded edition of this 1979 album from the under-appreciated Disco dynamo. Taana Gardner was born in Newark, New Jersey and as a precocious young girl always knew she wanted to sing and perform. Influenced initially by her mother (who played piano in the Gardner home), and grandmother (who was an opera singer) Taana wrote several plays from the tender age of 11 and first appeared on stage as an actress in one of her own plays. This reissue contains the original album's five tracks plus an additional five remixes.

Betty Lavette - Souvenirs: The Complete Atlantic/Atco Recordings (2001)

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Betty Lavette - Souvenirs: The Complete Atlantic/Atco Recordings (2001)

Betty Lavette - Souvenirs (2001)
R&B, Soul, Northern Soul | EAC Rip | FLAC, Img+CUE+LOG+Scans (JPEG) | 57:23 | 368,71 Mb
Label: Art & Soul (France) | Cat.# 851012 | Released: 2001-01-09

If the Billboard charts were sufficient to tell the complete story of an artist's career, you'd write off Betty Lavette in a heartbeat after scoring a Top Ten R&B hit with her 1963 Atlantic debut "My Man - He's a Loving Man," Lavette never again returned to the same commercial heights, and the label soon terminated her contract. But she went on to make a series of devastatingly powerful deep soul records for a number of small independent labels, capped off by the 1965 cult classic "Let Me Down Easy," and by 1972 she was back in the Atlantic fold, this time signing to Atco to record a cover of Neil Young's "Heart of Gold" followed by an album's worth of material cut at Muscle Shoals with producer Brad Shapiro. But after the first single "Your Turn to Cry" flopped, the planned LP Child of the 70s was shelved, and Lavette was once again dropped.

Pleasure - Glide: The Essential Selection 1975-1982 [2CD] (2013)

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Pleasure - Glide: The Essential Selection 1975-1982 [2CD] (2013)

Pleasure - Glide: The Essential Selection 1975-1982 [2CD] (2013)
R&B, Soul/Funk, Disco | EAC Rip | FLAC, Img+CUE+LOG+Scans (TIF) | 02:05:59 | 946,73 Mb
Label: Fantasy/RCA/Decision Records (USA) | Cat.# DEC-CD-1102 | Released: 2013-09-23

Only nine of Pleasure's songs hit Billboard's R&B chart - none higher than the #10 "Glide" but anyone who has spent some time with the studio albums knows the band released a large quantity of great material. The 24-track Glide: The Essential Selection compiles most of the group's highlights. Six of those charting A-sides, including "Ghettos of the Mind," "Joyous," and, of course, "Glide" made the cut. Often-sampled deep cuts like "Bouncy Lady," "Let's Dance," and the brilliant "Thoughts of Old Flames," along with another perfect sweet-soul ballad, "Tune In," are contained as well. Stylistically, the band fit somewhere between the Blackbyrds and Slave and should be as well-known as either group. This sharp package should help a little. In-depth liner notes come from A. Scott Galloway.

T-Connection - Everything's Still Cool: The Best Of T-Connection (1997)

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T-Connection - Everything's Still Cool: The Best Of T-Connection (1997)

T-Connection - Everything's Still Cool: The Best Of T-Connection (1997)
R&B, Soul/Funk, Disco | EAC Rip | FLAC, Tracks+CUE+LOG+Scans (JPEG) | 01:07:32 | 499,08 Mb
Label: EMI Records (USA) | Cat.# E2-55333 (7243 8 55333 2 7) | Released: 1997-01-28

The title is misleading: this has none of what they did for TK in the 1970s, and is entirely composed of material from the first half of the 1980s. In fact, all but one of the 14 tracks is taken from two albums (1981's "Everything is Cool", 1982's "Pure & Natural"). The music is caught somewhere between disco, urban contemporary, and soul - which is another way of saying that it's pretty lacking in personality.

T-Connection - Magic (1977) [2019, Japan]

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T-Connection - Magic (1977) [2019, Japan]

T-Connection - Magic (1977) [2019, Japan]
R&B, Soul/Funk, Disco | EAC Rip | FLAC, Tracks+CUE+LOG+Scans (JPEG) | 36:59 | 299,90 Mb
Label: Dash/Solid/T.K. Records/Ultra-Vybe (Japan) | Cat.# CDSOL-5672 | Released: 2019-04-10 (1977)

In the late 1970s, T-Connection was one of those bands that had one foot in funk and the other in disco. The Miami residents weren't nearly as gritty as Parliament/Funkadelic or Cameo, but they had more grit and toughness than glossy Euro-disco acts like Silver Convention, Love & Kisses, and the Munich Machine. T-Connection's albums were uneven, but the band could be exciting when it came up with the right groove. Released in 1977, their first American album, Magic, isn't perfect but has more plusses than minuses.

T-Connection - On Fire (1977) [2019, Japan]

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T-Connection - On Fire (1977) [2019, Japan]

T-Connection - On Fire (1977) [2019, Japan]
R&B, Soul/Funk, Disco | EAC Rip | FLAC, Tracks+CUE+LOG+Scans (JPEG) | 37:58 | 372,33 Mb
Label: Dash/Solid/T.K. Records/Ultra-Vybe (Japan) | Cat.# CDSOL-5673 | Released: 2019-04-10 (1977)

An album featuring disco and light pop tunes. T-Connection, more than anything else, had a knack for disco. The only single to chart from this outing was the title track "On Fire." Flavored with electric guitar solos, percussion solos and hyped vocals, this brisk number cracked the Billboard R&B Top 30 at #27 after 15 weeks. Other disco cuts also include "Let Yourself Go," "Cush" and "Playing Games." With the exception of being tagged a disco unit, their music is more pop-oriented than R&B.

T-Connection - T-Connection (1978) [2014, Japan]

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T-Connection - T-Connection (1978) [2014, Japan]

T-Connection - T-Connection (1978) [2014, Japan]
R&B, Soul/Funk, Disco | EAC Rip | FLAC, Tracks+CUE+LOG+Scans (JPEG) | 36:35 | 376,70 Mb
Label: Parlophone/Warner Music Japan Inc. (Japan) | Cat.# WPCR-27743 | Released: 2014-02-26 (1978)

T-Connection was willing to try anything for a hit, and though previous albums were hit-and-miss affairs, this one is even more so. It has the six-piece band emulating the Commodores on some songs, especially "Don't Stop the Music," which sounds like "Too Hot to Trot." The best track "At Midnight" features timbales and steel drums, and has more to do with T-Connection's Bahamian roots. The other tracks are more rock-oriented. If nothing else, this self-titled album displays their versatility.

John Denver - Favourites (1992)

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John Denver - Favourites (1992)

John Denver - Favourites (1992)
Pop/Rock, Soft Rock, Country | EAC Rip | FLAC, Tracks+CUE+LOG+Scans (JPEG) | 01:14:29 | 507,01 Mb
Label: RCA/BMG (Australasia) | Cat.# VPCD0855 | Released: 1992-06-15

This disc will have you singing and dancing to great wholesome country songs that will make you laugh and make you cry. This collection is essential for any John Denver fan, and includes all those songs that you remeber. Duets with Olivia Newton-John and Placido Damingo are also here.

Nik Kershaw - Then & Now: The Very Best Of Nik Kershaw (2005)

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Nik Kershaw - Then & Now: The Very Best Of Nik Kershaw (2005)

Nik Kershaw - Then & Now: The Very Best Of Nik Kershaw (2005)
Pop/Rock, Electronic, Synth-pop | EAC Rip | FLAC, Img+CUE+LOG+Scans (JPEG) | 01:19:21 | 608,22 Mb
Label: Universal Music TV (EU) | Cat.# 9829338 | Released: 2005-06-20

One of the 80s' best and most enduring songwriters returns with an album of greats and new material. Then & Now represents a tour through Nik's career to date including the huge hits "I Won't Let The Sun Go Down", "The Riddle", and "Wouldn't It Be Good"; it features the songwriting skills which have lead him to write for the likes of Elton John, Phil Collins and even Boyzone; it also includes three new, exclusive songs along with the track he recently recorded with dance legend Les Rythmes Digitales.