Altered Images - I Could Be Happy: The Best of Altered Images (1997)

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Altered Images - I Could Be Happy: The Best of Altered Images (1997)

Altered Images - I Could Be Happy: The Best of Altered Images (1997)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 376 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 130 Mb | Scans ~ 52 Mb
Genre: Post-Punk, New Wave | Label: Epic/Legacy | # EK 65182 | Time: 00:56:53

I Could Be Happy: The Best of Altered Images is an excellent, thorough collection covering all of the highlights from the band's three albums, adding several non-LP singles for good measure. All of the group's hits – "Happy Birthday," "I Could Be Happy," "See Those Eyes," "Love and Kisses" – are presented, usually in their single versions, plus many fine album tracks, making I Could Be Happy a definitive retrospective.

6 Blues Giants Live, Vol. 1 (2007) 6 CD Box Set [Re-Up]

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6 Blues Giants Live, Vol. 1 (2007) 6 CD Box Set [Re-Up]

6 Blues Giants Live, Vol. 1 (2007) 6 CD Box Set
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 1.6 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 700 Mb | Scans Included
Genre: Blues, Blues Rock | Label: Last Call | # 3126342 | Time: 04:55:43

2007 six CD box set featuring just some of Blues' greatest performers. Disc One featuring Jimmy Reed and Johnny Winter live at Liberty Hall, Houston, Texas in 1972. Disc Two contains Hound Dog Taylor live at Joe's Place. Disc Three, finds Howlin' Wolf live in Cambridge MA 1966. Disc Four features J.B. Hutto's High and Lonesome. Disc Five contains Eddie Clearwater live at the Kingston Mines 1978. Finally, Disc Six includes Luther ''Snakeboy'' Johnson's They Call Me The Snake.

Nick Drake - Way To Blue: An Introduction To Nick Drake (1994)

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Nick Drake - Way To Blue: An Introduction To Nick Drake (1994)

Nick Drake - Way To Blue: An Introduction To Nick Drake (1994)
EAC | WV | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 312 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 142 Mb | Scans ~ 129 Mb
Label: Island Masters | # IMCD 196/524 007-2 | Time: 01:02:10
Singer/Songwriter, British Folk, Folk-Rock

Released in 1994 and curated by Joe Boyd, the 16-track collection Way to Blue held true to its claim as An Introduction to Nick Drake. Though largely unknown during his lifetime and brief career, the beguiling English folksinger ascended to a kind of romantic cult hero in the two decades following his 1974 death. His name was known among artists and hardcore record collectors and thanks to Boyd's Hannibal Records label, his three lone albums along with the essential 1986 rarities disc Time of No Reply were all back in print. Artists like R.E.M., the Cure, and the Dream Academy had all cited him as an influence in the mid-'80s, but it really wasn't until the '90s that his gentle, austere music began to achieve the legendary status that it would enjoy well into the 21st century. A handful of other Nick Drake compilations had existed before this one, but Way to Blue remains the definitive primer for aspiring and casual fans.

Andras Schiff - Johann Sebastian Bach: 6 French Suites, Italian Concerto, French Overture (1993) 2CDs [Re-Up]

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Andras Schiff - Johann Sebastian Bach: 6 French Suites, Italian Concerto, French Overture (1993) 2CDs [Re-Up]

András Schiff - J.S. Bach: 6 French Suites, Italian Concerto, French Overture (1993) 2CDs
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 460 Mb | Scans ~ 62 Mb | Time: 02:09:15
Genre: Classical | Label: Decca | # 433 313-2 DH2

András Schiff is one of the best Bach players among Gould, Rosalyn Tureck and Wanda Landowska. On Schiff's French Suites, every part from every suite has a different color and gives you different feeling. Every harmony is taken to its end with care, and dynamic balance is always delightful to listen. Articulation of the notes is excellent, full of humour, and in some places you surely start to smile and you feel very happy when you listen to Schiff. He also plays the slow parts very deeply and warmly, which is for some artists a big problem when playing Bach. There are also Italian Concerto and French Overture on the CD's, played brilliantly, so this set is really worth buying. Recommended for everyone.

Becky Kilgore & Nicki Parrott - Two Songbirds Of A Feather (2015)

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Becky Kilgore & Nicki Parrott - Two Songbirds Of A Feather (2015)

Becky Kilgore & Nicki Parrott - Two Songbirds Of A Feather (2015)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 329 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 154 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Vocal Jazz | Label: Arbors Records | # ARCD 19447 | Time: 00:53:36

A unique recording by two seasoned jazz vocalists and musicians, Rebecca Becky Kilgore and Nicki Parrott, beautifully showcasing their original style and flair with the American popular songbook.

Chris Botti - When I Fall In Love (2004) [Re-Up]

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Chris Botti - When I Fall In Love (2004) [Re-Up]

Chris Botti - When I Fall In Love (2004)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 328 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 156 Mb
Label: Columbia | # 518841 2 | Time: 00:58:49 | Scans included
Smooth Jazz, Trumpet Jazz, Instrumental Pop, Easy Listening

Trumpeter Chris Botti drops the synthesizers and drum loops of his previous effort, Thousand Kisses Deep, for a more elegant and traditional sound on When I Fall in Love. While Thousand Kisses Deep maximized Botti's penchant for mixing perfect pop songs with his Miles Davis-influenced jazz style, it nonetheless featured many of the electronic and processed sounds predictable on modern smooth jazz releases. By eschewing such "go to" pop-jazz production techniques as drum machines and synthesized strings in favor of the real instruments here, Botti ironically sounds utterly groundbreaking on what is ultimately a straight-ahead orchestral jazz album. While nowhere near as improvisationally adventurous as its predecessors, When I Fall in Love is still a revelation in the tradition of Sketches of Spain, Clifford Brown With Strings, and Wynton Marsalis' Hot House Flowers. Mixing standards and contemporary pop tunes all in a straight-ahead style, Botti gives his minimalist Miles-ian horn sound a chance to breath and be enjoyed on its own.

Status Quo - The Frantic Four Reunion, Live at Hammersmith - Back 2 SQ.1 (2013) 2 CDs

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Status Quo - The Frantic Four Reunion, Live at Hammersmith - Back 2 SQ.1 (2013) 2 CDs

Status Quo - The Frantic Four Reunion, Live at Hammersmith - Back 2 SQ.1 (2013) 2 CDs
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 564 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 196 Mb | Scans ~ 112 Mb
Label: Fourth Chord/Abbey Road | # 05099961585928 | Time: 01:25:34
Classic Rock, Boogie Rock, Hard Rock, Rock & Roll

R.I.P. Mr. Alan Charles Lancaster (7 February 1949 – 26 September 2021)

When the original line-up of Status Quo reunited for a 9-dates UK tour in March of 2013 the outpouring of approval and raw emotion from the fans was incredible. Rossi, Parfitt, Lancaster and Coghlan received a rapturous response; the band clicked straight back into their groove, the chemistry obvious, the music stunning and the volume almost overpowering. Now the band are delighted to announce the release of "The Frantic Four Reunion 2013" a range of live material recorded on the tour.

Chet Baker & Stan Getz - West Coast Live (1997) 2CDs [Re-Up]

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Chet Baker & Stan Getz - West Coast Live (1997) 2CDs [Re-Up]

Chet Baker & Stan Getz - West Coast Live (1997) 2CDs
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 727 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 312 Mb | Scans included
Label: Pacific Jazz | # 7243 8 35634 2 5 | Time: 02:04:54
Cool, West Coast Jazz, Mainstream Jazz

One of the most infamously acrimonious musical unions transpired between two of the leading purveyors of West Coast cool jazz: Chet Baker (trumpet) and Stan Getz (tenor sax). Their paths crossed only a handful of times and West Coast Live captures two of their earliest encounters in Los Angeles at the Haig on June 12, 1953, and the Tiffany Club on August 17, 1953. These recordings have been issued in Europe and Japan ad infinitum in varying degrees of quality, completeness, and often sporting erroneous data. However, enthusiasts should note that West Coast Live is the only release derived from producer/engineer Dick Bock's own master reels. For two men who purportedly would rather not be in the same room at the same time, Baker and Getz are able to create some legitimately brilliant improvisation. For the Haig set, Getz had been brought in to co-lead a quartet with Baker for an incarcerated Gerry Mulligan.

Quatuor Diotima - American Music: Steve Reich, Samuel Barber, George Crumb (2011)

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Quatuor Diotima - American Music: Steve Reich, Samuel Barber, George Crumb (2011)

Quatuor Diotima - American Music: Steve Reich, Samuel Barber, George Crumb (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 366 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 197 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical, Chamber Music | Label: Naïve | # V 5272 | Time: 01:07:18

For all the agony as to the status of classical music in the modern musical landscape, the three 20th century string quartets on this fine French release can be said to have entered the repertory, with a reach that extends far beyond the U.S. They go quite well together, which is the first point in favor of France's Quatuor Diotima here; both Steve Reich's Different Trains, for string quartet and tape, and George Crumb's Black Angels for electric quartet feature an artificially enhanced string quartet, and even Samuel Barber elected to "enhance" his String Quartet in B minor, Op. 11, by orchestrating its central movement and making it into the famous Adagio for strings. Highly recommended.

Terry Gibbs - The Exciting Terry Gibbs Big Band + Swing Is Here! (2011) 2LP on 1CD [Re-Up]

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Terry Gibbs - The Exciting Terry Gibbs Big Band + Swing Is Here! (2011) 2LP on 1CD [Re-Up]

Terry Gibbs - The Exciting Terry Gibbs Big Band + Swing Is Here! (2011) 2LP on 1CD
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 515 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 172 Mb | Scans ~ 69 Mb
Big Band, Swing, Vibraphone/Marimba Jazz | Label: Poll Winners | # PWR 27261 | Time: 01:15:11

Digitally remastered two-fer containing a pair of albums from the Jazz great on one CD. Contains the complete original album the Exciting Big Band of Terry Gibbs, presenting an outstanding formation that includes such stars as Joe Maini, Richie Kamuca, Bill Perkins, Conte Candoli and Frank Rosolino. As a bonus, the complete LP Swing Is Here! Presenting nearly the same band. Includes 16-page booklet.

Cockney Rebel - The Psychomodo (1974) [Expanded Reissue 1991, Japanese Press] Re-Up

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Cockney Rebel - The Psychomodo (1974) [Expanded Reissue 1991, Japanese Press] Re-Up

Cockney Rebel - The Psychomodo (1974) Expanded Reissue 1991, Japanese Press
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 304 Mb | Scans ~ 59 Mb | Time: 00:50:16
Glam Rock, Classic Rock | Label: Toshiba EMI Ltd | # TOCP-6791

If The Human Menagerie, Cockney Rebel's debut album, was a journey into the bowels of decadent cabaret, The Psychomodo, their second, is like a trip to the circus. Except the clowns were more sickly perverted than clowns normally are, and the fun house was filled with rattlesnakes and spiders. Such twists on innocent childhood imagery have transfixed authors from Ray Bradbury to Stephen King, but Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel were the first band to set that same dread to music, and the only ones to make it work. The Psychomodo was also the band's breakthrough album. The Human Menagerie drew wild reviews and curious sales, but it existed as a cult album even after "Judy Teen" swung out of nowhere to give the band a hit single in spring 1974. Then "Mr Soft" rode his bloodied big top themes into town and Rebelmania erupted. The Psychomodo, still possessing one of the most elegantly threatening jackets of any album ever, had no alternative but to clean up. Harley's themes remained essentially the same as last time out – fey, fractured alienation; studied, splintered melancholia, and shattered shards of imagery which mean more in the mind than they ever could on paper.

VA - Screaming and Crying: 75 Masterpieces By 35 Blues Guitar Heroes (2012) 3CD Box Set [Re-Up]

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VA - Screaming and Crying: 75 Masterpieces By 35 Blues Guitar Heroes (2012) 3CD Box Set [Re-Up]

VA - Screaming and Crying: 75 Masterpieces By 35 Blues Guitar Heroes (2012) 3CD Box Set
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 612 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 474 Mb | Scans ~ 144 Mb | 03:27:02
Blues, Rhythm & Blues, Rock & Roll | Label: Fantastic Voyage | # FVTD137, 5055311001371

Rarely has the primal excitement of the electric blues guitar been so voraciously and expertly illustrated on one compilation than on Screaming And Crying, renowned British blues buff Neil Slaven s monumental homage to the music which shaped both his life and a whole generation. Over three discs and 75 tracks, the set straddles the spectrum of the electrified blues which fuelled the British R&B boom of the 1960s and beyond, mixing much-feted names such as Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley with more deliciously obscure outings by the likes of Doctor Ross and Guitar Shorty. Slaven s liner notes outline the story behind the roughshod classics which bust out of the set, whether screaming with the joy of musical release, or crying in a pool of despair, both amplified through jacked-up guitar strings.

Falco - Greatest Hits (1999) [Re-Up]

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Falco - Greatest Hits (1999) [Re-Up]

Falco - Greatest Hits (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 468 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 164 Mb | Scans included
Label: Buddha Records | # 7446599653 2 | Time: 01:08:07
Dance-Pop, Synthpop, New Wave, Dance Rock

Buddha's Greatest Hits is the first definitive collection of the Austrian new wave dance-popster's hits, containing his two great singles – "Rock Me Amadeus" and "Der Kommissar" – plus such other hits as "Jeanny" and "Vienna Calling," album tracks, and Jason Nevins' bonus remix of "Der Kommissar." Of course, Falco's music hasn't dated particularly well and was always lightweight Euro-dance, but it can be a guilty pleasure, and this is the best place to find out why.

Halle Orchestra & Choir, Kent Nagano - Gustav Mahler: Das klagende Lied. Original version in 3 parts (1998)

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Halle Orchestra & Choir, Kent Nagano - Gustav Mahler: Das klagende Lied. Original version in 3 parts (1998)

Gustav Mahler - Das klagende Lied. Original version in 3 parts (1998)
Soloists, Hallé Orchestra & Choir, conducted by Kent Nagano

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 226 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 145 Mb | Scans ~ 96 Mb
Genre: Classical, Choral | Label: Erato | # 3984-21664-2 | Time: 01:02:27

This unbelievably exciting record is actually a Mahler world premiere! Das klagende Lied was Mahler's first great work–he was only 18 when he wrote it–but he later removed its first part and extensively revised the remaining two. The original versions of the second two parts, then, have never been performed until their release in 1997 as part of the new critical edition. The music is, as might be expected, less polished than the revision, but it's also wilder and even more powerful in many respects. Hopefully it will gain new attention for this neglected but totally characteristic work. This performance is nothing short of spectacular, and makes the best possible case for Mahler's original thoughts.

VA - Disco Not Disco: Leftfield Disco Classics From The New York Underground (2000)

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VA - Disco Not Disco: Leftfield Disco Classics From The New York Underground (2000)

VA - Disco Not Disco: Leftfield Disco Classics From The New York Underground (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 539 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 194 Mb | Scans included
Label: Strut Records | # STRUTCD 008 | Time: 01:19:34
Leftfield, Avant-Garde, Disco, Jazz-Funk, Electro, Dub, Post-Disco

Disco Not Disco is a compilation album from the Disco Not Disco series released by Strut Records in 2000. The album is a probe for both the experimental side of disco and punk genres, as well as underground music scene in general. The first volume is more rock and funk oriented and features three experimental studio projects by Arthur Russell, namely Dinosaur, Indian Ocean and Loose Joints, British new wave musician Ian Dury, and even musicians like Yoko Ono, Steve Miller Band or jazz trumpeter Don Cherry. It was compiled by Joey Negro, a British DJ and producer.