Angela Hewitt - Jean-Philippe Rameau: Keyboard Suites (2007)

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Angela Hewitt - Jean-Philippe Rameau: Keyboard Suites (2007)

Angela Hewitt - Jean-Philippe Rameau: Keyboard Suites (2007)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 256 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 192 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA67597 | Time: 01:18:16

Rameau on the piano? It's not altogether unheard of – there were a handful of classic recordings made by Robert Casadesus back in 1952 – but, despite many recordings of Bach, Handel, and Scarlatti on the piano in the digital age, there's been precious little Rameau on the piano until this Angela Hewitt recording of three complete suites from 2006. By choosing the Suite in E minor from the Pièces de clavecin of 1731 plus the Suites in G minor and A minor from Nouvelles suites de pièces de clavecin, Hewitt has for the most part stayed away from the more evocatively titled works and stuck to the standard stylized Baroque dance forms of the allemande, courante, and gigue. Justly celebrated for her cool and clean Bach recordings, this strategy works well for Hewitt. Without seeming to resort to the sustain or the mute pedal, she floats Rameau's lines and melodies, and without seeming to exaggerate the accents or dynamics, she gives Rameau's rhythms a wonderful sense of lift. In the deliberately evocative movements from the G minor Suite – "La poule," "Les sauvages," and especially "L'egiptienne" – Hewitt seems to bring less to the music – her interpretations are remarkably straight – and to get less out of it – her performances are remarkably bland.

Ralph Sharon Trio - The Magic of George Gershwin (2000)

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Ralph Sharon Trio - The Magic of George Gershwin (2000)

Ralph Sharon Trio - The Magic of George Gershwin (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 245 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 145 Mb | Scans included
Classic Jazz, Standarts, Piano Jazz | Label: Avid | # AMSC 712 | Time: 00:55:28

Wonderful CD by legendary pianist, arranger and band leader Ralph Sharon constitute exciting additions to Avid’s Essential Collection series. Born in London in 1926 Ralph Sharon is arguably one of the great unsung heroes of British popular music. Playing with such British greats as Ted Heath, Ronnie Scott and Victor Feldman before leaving for the USA where after becoming an American citizen he went on to become musical director and accompanist to Buddy Rich, Rosemary Clooney, Mel Torme, Carmen McCrae, Peggy Lee and most famously Tony Bennett. On these delightful recordings Ralph is joined for the first time in 40 years by old sparring partners Jack Parnell on drums and Lennie Bush on bass to pay tribute to some of the greatest songwriters America has ever produced. All three musicians play as if they had just left off all those years before as they tip their hats to the music of George Gershwin, offering us music of the very highest standard.

VA - Nuggets From The Golden State: The Berkeley EP's 1966-1968 (1995)

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VA - Nuggets From The Golden State: The Berkeley EP's 1966-1968 (1995)

VA - Nuggets From The Golden State: The Berkeley EPs 1966-1968 (1995)
Country Joe & The Fish; Frumious Bandersnatch; Mad River; Notes From The Underground

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 243 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 148 Mb | Scans included
Label: Big Beat Records / Ace Records | # CDWIKD 153 | Time: 01:01:31
Psychedelic Rock, Garage Rock, Folk-Rock

Compiling the "Nuggets From The Golden State" series has been a lot of fun and a true labour of love, but right from the start there's one volume I've been itching to put together: 'The Berkeley EPs'. A compilation of four prized artefacts from the mid-1960s West Coast rock renaissance, this CD hopes to make a case for the town of Berkeley as the real birthplace of psychedelic music.People in the UK tend to view the whole of the Bay Area as just "San Francisco" whereas Berkeley, a twenty minute drive east across the Bay Bridge, is a completely separate area, both geographically and intellectually. And it shows.

Piers Lane - Eugen d'Albert: Solo Piano Music (1997)

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Piers Lane - Eugen d'Albert: Solo Piano Music (1997)

Piers Lane - Eugen d'Albert: Solo Piano Music (1997)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 213 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 184 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA66945 | Time: 01:19:31

Here is a superb recital following Piers Lane’s earlier Hyperion release of d’Albert piano concertos (4/96) and, once again, provoking astonishment that music of such quality could have lain neglected for so long. Variety is, indeed, the spice of d’Albert (1864-1932), the legendary, six times married pianist so greatly admired by Liszt. Tending to leave his wives as soon as they bore him children (one for the Freudians), his occasional sense of confusion – including an outburst to Teresa Carreno, his second conquest, “Come quickly, my child and your child are fighting with our child” – hardly detracted from a dazzling career and a series of compositions of a special richness.

Mike Bloomfield And Al Kooper - The Live Adventures Of Mike Bloomfield And Al Kooper (1969) Japanese Blue-spec CD 2, 2014

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Mike Bloomfield And Al Kooper - The Live Adventures Of Mike Bloomfield And Al Kooper (1969) Japanese Blue-spec CD 2, 2014

Mike Bloomfield And Al Kooper - The Live Adventures Of Mike Bloomfield And Al Kooper (1969) 2CDs
featuring Carlos Santana and Elvin Bishop. Recorded in 1968
Japanese Blue-spec CD 2, Remastered Reissue 2014

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 553 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 198 Mb | Scans ~ 173 Mb | 01:25:31
Blues-Rock, Electric Chicago Blues | Label: Sony Records Int'l | # SICP 30453

The Live Adventures of Mike Bloomfield and Al Kooper is a double album recorded at the Fillmore West venue; the album is a successor to the studio album Super Session, which included both Bloomfield and Kooper in addition to Stephen Stills, and had achieved commercial and critical success earlier in 1968. The performances, recordings and production cannot be described as flawless; in his sleeve notes, Kooper describes the difficulties of finding rehearsal space, Bloomfield's insomnia, and the failure of a vocal microphone during "Dear Mr Fantasy"; the track "I Wonder Who" is faded during a Bloomfield solo for no apparent reason. Nevertheless, the album remains an important, if raw, document of a live blues-rock performance of the period and, apart from its intrinsic qualities, is notable not only for one of the earliest live recordings by Carlos Santana but also for Bloomfield's debut as a vocalist. Whilst he is not historically noted in this role, in "Don't Throw Your Love on Me So Strong", according to Kooper, "he displays consummate homage to the traditional guitar-voice trade-offs; a lesson in phrasing and understanding."

Mike Bloomfield, Al Kooper, Stephen Stills - Super Session (1968) Japanese Blue-spec CD 2, Expanded Remastered Reissue 2014

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Mike Bloomfield, Al Kooper, Stephen Stills - Super Session (1968) Japanese Blue-spec CD 2, Expanded Remastered Reissue 2014

Mike Bloomfield, Al Kooper, Stephen Stills - Super Session (1968)
Japanese Blue-spec CD 2, Expanded Remastered Reissue 2014

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 488 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 178 Mb | Scans ~ 157 Mb | 01:17:13
Electric Chicago Blues, Blues-Rock | Label: Sony Records Int'l | # SICP 30453

As the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967) had done a year earlier, Super Session (1968) initially ushered in several new phases in rock & roll's concurrent transformation. In the space of months, the soundscape of rock shifted radically from short, danceable pop songs to comparatively longer works with more attention to technical and musical subtleties. Enter the unlikely all-star triumvirate of Al Kooper (piano/organ/ondioline/vocals/guitars), Mike Bloomfield (guitar), and Stephen Stills (guitar) – all of whom were concurrently "on hiatus" from their most recent engagements. Kooper had just split after masterminding the groundbreaking Child Is Father to the Man (1968) version of Blood, Sweat & Tears. Bloomfield was fresh from a stint with the likewise brass-driven Electric Flag, while Stills was late of Buffalo Springfield and still a few weeks away from a full-time commitment to David Crosby and Graham Nash. Although the trio never actually performed together, the long-player was notable for idiosyncratically featuring one side led by the team of Kooper/Bloomfield and the other by Kooper/Stills.

Idlewild - Scottish Fiction: Best Of 1997-2007 (2007) CD + DVD Limited Edition

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Idlewild - Scottish Fiction: Best Of 1997-2007 (2007) CD + DVD Limited Edition

Idlewild - Scottish Fiction: Best Of 1997-2007 (2007) CD + DVD Limited Edition
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 451 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 156 Mb | Time: 00:59:55
DVD9 | VIDEO_TS | PAL, 4:3 (720x480) VBR | AC3 2.0, 192 kbps | 02:34:15 | ~ 7.6 Gb
Alternative/Indie Rock | Label: Parlophone | # 50999 5 06427 2 4 | Scans included

2007 compilation from the Scottish Alternative rockers led by the oddly-named (but enormously talented) Roddy Woomble. A complete career overview, from the Noise-Punk of their debut album Hope Is Important to the softer, Alt-Rock sound of Warnings/Promises, this album is a fine introduction to the band's sound. Includes the tracks 'When I Argue I See Shapes', 'Little Discourage' and 'American English'. A limited edition version of the album was released which included a DVD. The DVD featured a documentary on the band, a live concert recorded in Aberdeen during 2007's Make Another World tour, and all the band's promotional videos.

Rogers Covey-Crump, Jakob Lindberg - John Dowland: The First Booke of Songes or Ayres (1990)

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Rogers Covey-Crump, Jakob Lindberg - John Dowland: The First Booke of Songes or Ayres (1990)

Rogers Covey-Crump, Jakob Lindberg - John Dowland: The First Booke of Songes or Ayres (1990)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 358 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 182 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Renaissance, Vocal | Label: BIS | # BIS-CD-430 | Time: 01:15:37

John Dowland (1563–1626) was an English Renaissance composer, lutenist, and singer. He is best known today for his melancholy songs such as "Come, heavy sleep" (the basis of Benjamin Britten's 1963 composition for solo guitar, Nocturnal after John Dowland), "Come again", "Flow my tears", "I saw my Lady weepe" and "In darkness let me dwell", but his instrumental music has undergone a major revival, and with the 20th century's early music revival, has been a continuing source of repertoire for lutenists and classical guitarists. Dowland published his The First Booke of Songes or Ayres in London in 1597. It was one of the most influential and important musical publications of the history of the lute. This collection of lute-songs was set out in a way that allows performance by a soloist with lute accompaniment or various combinations of singers and instrumentalists.

James Armstrong - Guitar Angels (2014)

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James Armstrong - Guitar Angels (2014)

James Armstrong - Guitar Angels (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 303 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 107 Mb | Scans included
Modern Electric Blues, Soul-Blues | Label: Catfood | # CFR-20 | Time: 00:45:27

One of the most time-honored blues legends is that of how Robert Johnson gained his mastery of the guitar: he sold his soul to the Devil for it. Los Angeles native and now Springfield IL resident, James Armstrong, however, communes with a different source for musical inspiration – four “Guitar Angels,” namely his father James Armstrong, Sr., Coco Montoya, Joe Louis Walker, and Mike Ross. On this second release through Catfood Records (his fifth CD overall), the incredible Armstrong pulls out all the stops when it comes to contemporary electric and soul-influenced blues. Armstrong’s veteran guitar work is consistently lively, creative, and interesting. He has crafted along with his fellow artists ten stellar original songs and two covers (The Eagles’ “Take It to the Limit” and a stellar and Soulful take on Johnny Copeland’s “Blues Ain’t Nothin’”), their upbeat and crowd-pleasing energy never fails to uplift listeners. At Armstrong’s side are seventeen remarkable musicians, including producer Michael Ross on guitar and percussion, Dan Ferguson on keyboards, and drummers Richy Puga, Rick King, and Warren Grant.

Angela Hewitt - Frederic Chopin: The Complete Nocturnes & Impromptus (2004) 2CDs [Re-Up]

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Angela Hewitt - Frederic Chopin: The Complete Nocturnes & Impromptus (2004) 2CDs [Re-Up]

Angela Hewitt - Frédéric Chopin: The Complete Nocturnes & Impromptus (2004) 2CDs
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 365 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 305 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA67371/2 | Time: 02:12:53

Angela Hewitt has applied the same intense study to Chopin's Nocturnes and Impromptus as she does to any composer's keyboard works. The result is a set of pieces lovingly played and appreciated, with personally felt emotion. The most outwardly emotional displays, as in the Nocturnes, Op. 15, are never wildly loud and always return to an introverted state afterward. In the Nocturnes she uses little touches of rubato so frequently as to almost stretch the melodies out of shape, as in Op. 9/1, but she plays many of the Nocturnes a tick faster than other pianists so that they stand up to that kind of manipulation better, and she never slows down to fit in ornaments. Her ornaments always fit right into the melody, both in her timing and her phrasing, and are feathery soft.

Broken Social Scene - Albums Collection: 2001-2010 (7CD)

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Broken Social Scene - Albums Collection: 2001-2010 (7CD)

Broken Social Scene - Albums Collection: 2001-2010 (7CD)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 2.43 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 956 Mb | Scans ~ 197 Mb
Genre: Indie Rock, Post-Rock, Dream Pop, Noise, Shoegaze, Experimental | Time: 06:44:51

As much a creative collective as an indie rock band, Broken Social Scene is a Toronto-based ensemble whose flexible lineup has included some of the best and best-known musicians from the city's left-of-center music community. Emerging in 2001 with Feel Good Lost, the group, whose membership has been as small as two and as large as 15, has created an eclectic body of work that's explored many stylistic avenues, from film music and ambient minimalism to brightly orchestrated Baroque pop, with highlights arriving via the Juno Award-winning You Forgot It in People (2003) and Broken Social Scene (2005), and the chart-topping Hug of Thunder (2017). Artists and acts associated with the group include Feist, Metric, Do Make Say Think, Amy Millan, Stars, Emily Haines & the Soft Skeleton, Jason Collett, K.C. Accidental, and Apostle of Hustle. Collection includes: Feel Good Lost (2001); You Forgot It in People (2002); Bee Hives (2004); Broken Social Scene (2005); Broken Social Scene Presents Kevin Drew - Spirit If… (2007); Broken Social Scene Presents Brendan Canning - Something For All Of Us (2008); Forgiveness Rock Record (2010).

Simple Minds - New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84) (1982) [UK Press, Nimbus]

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Simple Minds - New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84) (1982) [UK Press, Nimbus]

Simple Minds - New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84) (1982) [UK Press, Nimbus]
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 257 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 107 Mb | Scans ~ 63 Mb | 00:46:10
New Wave, Post-Punk, Synthpop, Alternative Rock | Label: Virgin | # CDV 2230

New Gold Dream (81–82–83–84) is the fifth studio album by Scottish rock band Simple Minds. The album was released in September 1982 by record label Virgin, and was a turning point for the band as they gained critical and commercial success in the UK and Europe. When creating their 1984 album The Unforgettable Fire, the Irish rock band U2 saw New Gold Dream as an influence. The album was included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.

Third Coast Percussion - Steve Reich: Mallet Quartet; Sextet; Nagoya Marimbas; Music for Pieces of Wood (2016)

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Third Coast Percussion - Steve Reich: Mallet Quartet; Sextet; Nagoya Marimbas; Music for Pieces of Wood (2016)

Third Coast Percussion - Steve Reich:
Mallet Quartet; Sextet; Nagoya Marimbas; Music for Pieces of Wood (2016)

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 322 Mb | Scans included | Time: 01:02:27
Classical, Minimalism | Label: Cedille | # CDR 90000 161

GRAMMY WINNER, 59TH AWARDS: Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance. Third Coast Percussion has been saluted by the Washington Post for its virtuosity and precisely timed wit, and was called by the New York Times a commandingly elegant ensemble. The group, which is ensemble-in-residence at the University of Notre Dame, teaches and performs a concert series in Chicago, and has commissioned dozens of new works. This album is the ensembles Cedille label debut, and is an 80th birthday acknowledgement to American composer Steve Reich, the founding father of musical minimalism. This recording features four of Reichs most notable percussion works.

David Ruffin - "David" Unreleased LP & More (2004)

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David Ruffin - "David" Unreleased LP & More (2004)

David Ruffin - "David" Unreleased LP & More (2004)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 502 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 185 Mb | Scans included
Motown, Soul, Funk | Label: Hip-O Select/Motown | # B0002509-02 | Time: 01:16:02

David Unreleased LP & More includes the 12 tracks originally scheduled for release in 1971 as LP Motown 733, plus seven amazing bonus tracks from the album sessions and four mono single mixes. It's the great David Ruffin and Motown's Funk Bothers band, directed by several of the company's best producers including Smokey Robinson, Johnny Bristol, Henry Cosby, Clay McMurray and Ivy Jo Hunter. Ruffin, former lead singer of the Temptations, had started his solo career with a bang, as his 1969 album and single, My Whole World Ended, were smash hits. At age 28, entering his prime, he cut his third album while also recording duet tracks with his brother, Jimmy. David watched as the duet album, Jimmy's solo album and the solo debut from Eddie Kendricks, another former Temptations lead singer, were all released.

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy - Whatchu' Want For Christmas? (1995)

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Big Bad Voodoo Daddy - Whatchu' Want For Christmas? (1995)

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy - Whatchu' Want For Christmas? (1995)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 190 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 95 Mb | Scans included
Swing, Big Band, Holidays, Christmas | Label: Big Bad | # BBR1108 | 00:22:48

A rare find, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy's release Whatchu' Want for Christmas gives the listener a peek back @ one of todays original, 'classically fresh' and unique swing bands. This album is a mix of early recordings of their current hits, You and Me and the Bottle Makes Three Tonight (baby), Go Daddy-O, The Jungle Book favorite, I Wanna be Just Like You and, three Christmas tunes that promise to get you in a swingin' holiday mood. If there is one thing this album lacks it is the presence and "finishing touch" Josh Levy (piano, vocals) and Karl Hunter (alto, tenor & baritone saxophones, clarinet) provide in the band's current self titled release. Amidst all of the '90's swing' being thrown our way, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy offers an original yet classic swing sound that will leave you Jumpin' Jack… Go-Daddy-O!!