Han-Na Chang, Antonio Pappano, LSO - Prokofiev: Sinfonia Concertante, Sonata for Cello and Piano (2003) Reissue 2008

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Han-Na Chang, Antonio Pappano, LSO - Prokofiev: Sinfonia Concertante, Sonata for Cello and Piano (2003) Reissue 2008

Sergey Prokofiev: Sinfonia Concertante, Sonata for Cello and Piano (2003) Reissue 2008
Han-Na Chang, cello; London Symphony Orchestra; Antonio Pappano, conductor & piano

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 266 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 160 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: EMI Classics | # 50999 5 18189 2 0 | Time: 01:01:41

This is a fine recording of two vastly under-appreciated works by young cello virtuoso Han-Na Chang. She has the extraordinary technique to play the excruciatingly difficult cadenza in the central movement of the Sinfonia Concertante and the sustained tone to play the long, lyrical melodies in the opening movement of the cello sonata. Antonio Pappano is a faithful accompanist whether he's directing the London Symphony Orchestra in the Sinfonia Concertante or playing the piano in the cello sonata.

Joanna Connor - Believe It! (1989)

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Joanna Connor - Believe It! (1989)

Joanna Connor - Believe It! (1989)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 248 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 95 Mb | Scans included
Blues-Rock, Modern Electric Blues | Label: Blind Pig | # BP 73289 | Time: 00:40:28

On the surface, Believe It! is standard-issue bar-band blues-rock, but it is distinguished by Joanna Connor's passion for the music. Connor believes in the music so much, it can't help but appear in the grooves every once in a while. In particular, her guitar playing is noteworthy – it's tough, greasy, and powerful. Believe It! suffers from a lack of memorable songs – she's still trying to develop a distinctive songwriting voice – but Connor's strong performances carry the album through any weak moments.

Carmel - The Drum Is Everything (1984)

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Carmel - The Drum Is Everything (1984)

Carmel - The Drum Is Everything (1984)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 248 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 104 Mb | Scans included
Soul-Jazz, Neo-Soul, R&B, Acid Jazz | Label: Metronome | # 820 221-2 | Time: 00:40:14

Terrific 80's Jazz-Soul relic. An obscure gem of the first order from the days BEFORE the neo-soul/Acid Jazz movement. Many would say Carmel helped kick start the groovy fun with their throw-back hipster bop and swing style. This 10 track album features the hit "More, More, More" and, well, Stormy Weather and the insanely primal slink of the title track! Produced by Mike Thorn. This collect deserves to be on anyone's top 10 list of the best long players to come out of England in the 80's.

Chris De Burgh - Now And Then (2008)

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Chris De Burgh - Now And Then (2008)

Chris De Burgh - Now And Then (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 544 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 208 Mb | Scans included
Soft Rock, Adult Contemporary Pop/Rock | Label: Universal | # 5307573 | Time: 01:18:43

]Now and Then is the finest collection of de Burgh's greatest hits and also features a brand new track "Live For the Day" featuring Tina Yamout, a young Lebanese singer. Chris met Tina in Beirut last year when he performed on Star Academy, the most popular pan-Arab talent show, on which Tina was a finalist. Now and Then - features classic tracks from his entire career. They include: the hit song "Don't Pay The Ferryman", his number one single "The Lady in Red", which has sold more than 8 million copies worldwide; "Missing You", "High On Emotion", "When I Think Of You", "The Words "I Love You"", "A Spaceman Came Travelling" and many more of his best-known songs.

Roberta Flack - Chapter Two (1970)

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Roberta Flack - Chapter Two (1970)

Roberta Flack - Chapter Two (1970)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 206 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 90 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Soul, R&B, Vocal Jazz | Label: Atlantic | # 1569-2 | Time: 00:38:23

A great album and the release that made Roberta Flack a major soul and R&B artist in the early '70s. She had a soft, compelling, alluring voice, and was able to convincingly switch gears and also convey anger, regret, hurt, or despair. Those who thought Flack was a one-hit wonder, or didn't think she could make the transition from doing mostly jazz to other styles, were convinced otherwise.

Nicholas Isherwood - Aria: Nicholas Isherwood Performs John Cage (2015)

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Nicholas Isherwood - Aria: Nicholas Isherwood Performs John Cage (2015)

Nicholas Isherwood - Aria: Nicholas Isherwood Performs John Cage (2015)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 159 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 104 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Avant-Garde, Vocal | Label: BIS | # BIS-SACD-2149 | Time: 00:44:53

Nicholas Isherwood made his début as Lucifer in Stockhausen’s Donnerstag aus Licht at Covent Garden, at the age of 25, and has since collaborated closely with composers such as George Crumb, Hans Werner Henze, György Kurtág and Iannis Xenakis. His relationship with John Cage soon developed into what he in his liner notes to the disc calls ‘a love affair’. The composer Sylvano Bussotti has remarked that ‘since the passing of Cathy Berberian, Nicholas Isherwood is the singer who best understands the spirit of the music of John Cage’. On ARIA, Isherwood presents most of Cage’s music for solo voice that is not included in the composer’s Song Books, and most pieces are here recorded for the first time by a male singer. The programme covers 43 years, from A Chant with Claps from the early 1940s to Ryoanji and Sonnekus2 of the 1980s, and includes the celebrated Aria, here performed with a new multi-channel tape realization of Cage’s Fontana Mix, by the Italian composer Gianluca Verlingieri.

Rickie Lee Jones - Balm In Gilead (2009)

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Rickie Lee Jones - Balm In Gilead (2009)

Rickie Lee Jones - Balm In Gilead (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 268 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 150 Mb
Label: Fantasy | # 0888072317604 | Time: 00:42:55 | Scans included
Singer/Songwriter, Folk-Rock, Pop/Rock, Folk

This highly anticipated 2009 release features all-new material by the highly regarded and 2-time Grammy Award winning cult heroine Rickie Lee Jones. Includes guest artists Allison Krauss, Ben Harper, Victoria Williams, Bill Frisell, Jon Brion and Vic Chestnut!

Pearl Jam - Vs. (1993) Japanese Press

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Pearl Jam - Vs. (1993) Japanese Press

Pearl Jam - Vs. (1993) Japanese Press
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 333 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 121 Mb | Scans included
Grunge, Alternative Rock, Hard Rock | Label: Sony Music | # SRCS 6827 | Time: 00:46:19

Vs. is the second studio album by the American rock band Pearl Jam, released on October 19, 1993 through Epic Records. After a relentless touring schedule in support of their 1991 debut album Ten, Pearl Jam headed into the studio in early 1993 facing the challenge of following up the commercial success of its debut. The resulting album, Vs., featured a rawer and more aggressive sound compared with the band's previous release. It was the band's first collaboration with producer Brendan O'Brien, and their first album with drummer Dave Abbruzzese. Vs. occupied the number one spot on the Billboard 200 chart for five weeks, the longest duration for a Pearl Jam album. The album has been certified seven times platinum by the RIAA in the United States.

Emily Beynon, BBC SO, Vernon Handley - John McCabe: Symphony No.4 'Of Time and the River'; Flute Concerto (1999)

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Emily Beynon, BBC SO, Vernon Handley - John McCabe: Symphony No.4 'Of Time and the River'; Flute Concerto (1999)

John McCabe: Symphony No.4 'Of Time and the River'; Flute Concerto (1999)
Emily Beynon, flute; BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Vernon Handley

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 200 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 131 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA67089 | Time: 00:56:34

First recordings of two powerful works from the pen of one of our major composers, John McCabe, who is celebrating his sixtieth birthday this year. Of Time and the River (the title is taken from Thomas Wolfe's novel) is actually the published title of McCabe's Fourth Symphony, written in 1993/4 to a commission by the BBC. The Flute Concerto was written for James Galway in 1989/90 and he gave the first performance of it in 1990 with Michael Tilson Thomas and the London Symphony Orchestra who commissioned the work. Here it is played by the outstanding young flautist Emily Beynon in her first recording for Hyperion.

Kenny Neal - Bayou Blood (1992)

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Kenny Neal - Bayou Blood (1992)

Kenny Neal - Bayou Blood (1992)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 339 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 156 Mb
Label: Alligator | # ALCD 4809 | Time: 00:55:57 | Scans included
Modern Electric Blues, Swamp Blues, Louisiana Blues

The multitalented Kenny Neal offers up a real treat with Bayou Blood, which features mostly original songs seasoned with a very few covers. Neal's guitar work is excellent and his smoky voice is a pleasure, but it's his harp playing that really shines, especially on "Howling at the Moon" and "Big City Ways." There's plenty of variety, from the fast-paced shuffle of "Right Train, Wrong Track" to the slower, attitudinal "Gonna Put You out of My Misery" to the smooth "Smoke Signals." "That Knife Don't Cut No More," "Do I Have to Go That Far?" and the title track are especially memorable, and a tasty cover of "You Ain't Foolin' Me" closes this album with style.

Andre Previn - Alone: Ballads For Solo Piano (2007)

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Andre Previn - Alone: Ballads For Solo Piano (2007)

André Previn - Alone: Ballads For Solo Piano (2007)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 159 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 111 Mb | Scans included
Piano Jazz, Standarts | Label: EmArcy/Decca/Universal | # B0009092-02 | Time: 00:45:44

From the start of his intermittent side career as a jazz pianist, esteemed conductor and composer Andre Previn has shown more feeling for the form than most classical artists who cross over. Going beyond a recreational involvement in improvised music, he has deepened his playing since skimming stylistic surfaces on his bestselling My Fair Lady album of nearly 50 years ago. Now 78, he gives us what may be his most satisfying jazz recording in Alone: Ballads for Solo Piano. The solo format allows him to reflect his debt to piano masters including Art Tatum, Erroll Garner, and Bud Powell in ways his work with trios and combos hasn't, while showing off his super-refined lyrical touch with its sophisticated sense of color.

? & The Mysterians (Question Mark And The Mysterians) - The Best Of ? & The Mysterians: Cameo Parkway 1966-1967 (2005)

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? & The Mysterians (Question Mark And The Mysterians) - The Best Of ? & The Mysterians: Cameo Parkway 1966-1967 (2005)

? & The Mysterians - The Best of ? & The Mysterians: Cameo Parkway 1966-1967 (2005)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 368 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 155 Mb | Scans ~ 70 Mb
Garage Rock, Psychedelic Rock | Label: ABKCO | # 001877192322 | Time: 01:07:57

Abkco's 2005 compilation The Best of ? & the Mysterians: Cameo Parkway 1966-1967 is the first official CD release of the Michigan garage rocker's classic Cameo Parkway recordings, but for hardcore garage rock collectors, it might look a little bit similar to a 1995 unofficial release called Original Recordings. The discs not only share 25 tracks but they're presented in the same sequencing. Then again, that shouldn't be a surprise since both discs contain the entirety of the quintet's two full-length LPs – the 1966 96 Tears and its 1967 follow-up Action – plus the "Do Something to Me"/"Love Me Baby (Cherry July)" single. The '95 release contains five tracks that didn't make it to this release, but this has two previously unreleased versions of "Midnight Hour" and "96 Tears," neither of which were as a good as the released versions (the alternate "96 Tears" is surprisingly limp, actually).

Gurzenich-Orchester Koln, Dmitrij Kitajenko - Sergey Prokofiev: The Symphonies (2008) 5CD Box Set, Reissue 2015

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Gurzenich-Orchester Koln, Dmitrij Kitajenko - Sergey Prokofiev: The Symphonies (2008) 5CD Box Set, Reissue 2015

Sergey Prokofiev: The Symphonies (2008) 5CD Box Set, Reissue 2015
Gürzenich-Orchester Köln, conducted by Dmitrij Kitajenko

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 1.21 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 648 Mb | Scans ~ 10 Mb
Genre: Classical | Label: Capriccio | # C7190 | Time: 04:43:11

Following the successful publication on Cappriccio of all Shostakovich’s symphonies on CD, Dmitrij Kitajenko once again collaborates with the Gürzenich-Orchester Köln to perform the complete recording of all of Sergey Prokofiev’s seven symphonies. Together they embark on a very challenging project, both in terms of time and level of technical difficulty, a project that demanded huge efforts and potential from the orchestra conductor alike. Prokofiev’s symphonies could not be more varied. They were written at different times throughout the composer’s life and each one individually reflects the pressure of political dictatorship and forced submission to merciless censorship that was prevalent throughout the Soviet-era. On the other hand, the huge energy, the hopes and desires, emotional and social messages conveyed between the lines could not be vanquished even by dictators and censors. Dimitrji Kitajenko, the Lenningrad born conductor, was a child of the late Russian-socialist period so knows exactly how to decrypt the text and shows us how in every single phase of this new complete recording.

Nina Simone - Original Album Classics (2009) 5 CD Box Set [Re-Up]

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Nina Simone - Original Album Classics (2009) 5 CD Box Set [Re-Up]

Nina Simone - Original Album Classics (2009) 5 CD Box Set
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 1.1 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 489 Mb | Scans Included
Vocal Jazz, Soul Jazz, Blues, Gospel, Soul, R&B | Label: Sony | # 88697569232 | Time: 03:30:06

2009 UK 5-CD album set comprised of the best selling and critically acclaimed album releases 'Nuff Said', 'To Love Somebody', 'Black Gold', 'It Is Finished' and 'Nina Simone And Piano!', each album is housed in a mini LP-style card picture sleeve with the complete set presented in a card slipcase.

Jay Gottlieb - Nikolai Obukhov (Nicolas Obouhow): Piano Works (2010)

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Jay Gottlieb - Nikolai Obukhov (Nicolas Obouhow): Piano Works (2010)

Jay Gottlieb - Nikolai Obukhov (Nicolas Obouhow): Piano Works (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 207 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 189 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Sisyphe/Abeille Musique | # SISYPHE010 | Time: 01:18:05

Nikolai Borisovich Obukhov (Nicolas Obouhow) (1892–1954) was a modernist and mystic Russian composer, active mainly in France. An avant-garde figure who took as his point of departure the late music of Scriabin, he fled Russia along with his family after the Bolshevik Revolution, settling in Paris. His music is notable for its religious mysticism, its unusual notation, its use of an idiosyncratic 12-tone chromatic language, and its pioneering use of electronic musical instruments in the era of their earliest development.