Kate Bush - 50 Words for Snow (2011) [Re-Up]

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Kate Bush - 50 Words for Snow (2011) [Re-Up]

Kate Bush - 50 Words for Snow (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 293 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 149 Mb | Scans ~ 114 Mb
Art Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock | Label: Fish People | # FPCD007 | Time: 01:05:09

50 Words for Snow is the tenth studio album by English singer-songwriter Kate Bush. It is the second album to be released on her own label, Fish People. It is her first all-new studio album since Aerial from 2005, and marks the first time since 1978 that she has released two new albums in one year.

Jimi Hendrix - The Jimi Hendrix Concerts (1982) Remastered Reissue 1989 [Re-Up]

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Jimi Hendrix - The Jimi Hendrix Concerts (1982) Remastered Reissue 1989 [Re-Up]

Jimi Hendrix - The Jimi Hendrix Concerts (1982) Remastered Reissue 1989
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 502 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 213 Mb | Scans included
Label: Castle Communications | # CCSCD235 | Time: 01:17:41
Classic Rock, Blues-Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Acid Rock

Out of several live Hendrix albums, The Jimi Hendrix Concerts stands as one of the very best. Taken from shows at Winterland, The Royal Albert Hall, and from various venues in New York, Berkeley, and San Diego, the set includes hits like "Fire," "Voodoo Chile," and "Hey Joe," as well as fine blues like "Red House," "Bleeding Heart," and "Hear My Train a Comin'." Highlights include a definitive version of "Little Wing" and one of the most assured and driving versions of "Voodoo Chile" (these and four other stellar tracks come from what must have been an amazing concert at Winterland in the fall of '68). Another standout is "I Don't Live Today," which features a fine mix of jazz-inspired soloing and various feedback and distortion "tricks" (tricks that figure into Hendrix's way of "playing with the electronics," and which make up one of the more innovative aspects of his guitar playing). Hendrix gets adept and sympathetic support throughout from bassist Noel Redding and drummer Mitch Mitchell (Band of Gypsies' bassist Billy Cox replaces Redding on "Red House" and "Hey Joe").

Herbie Mann - Super Mann (1978) Japanese Remastered 2014

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Herbie Mann - Super Mann (1978) Japanese Remastered 2014

Herbie Mann - Super Mann (1978) Japanese Remastered 2014
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 273 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 111 Mb | Scans included
Crossover Jazz, Jazz-Pop, Jazz-Funk, Disco | Atlantic/Warner | # WPCR-28081 | Time: 00:37:46

In 1978, Herbie Mann came out with two very different LPs. The more improvisatory Brazil: Once Again fulfilled his need to record a serious Brazilian jazz-pop album, while Super Mann is a commercial disco effort that finds Patrick Adams doing most of the producing. The two LPs aren't anything alike – while the instrumental Brazil: Once Again makes extensive use of the flutist's jazz chops, Mann doesn't do any improvising on Super Mann. This album isn't about his virtuosity as a soloist – it's all about the beat and the groove. So naturally, Super Mann was trashed in the jazz press by critics who made the mistake of judging it by jazz standards and wouldn't have known a good disco record from a bad one. Judging Super Mann by disco standards, one hears an LP that is uneven and isn't in a class with Chic, Gloria Gaynor, Donna Summer, or Sister Sledge but has its moments. While "Jisco Dazz" and "Rock Freak" are mechanical, stiff, and forgettable, Mann gets into a nice samba/disco groove on "Etagui" and demands attention with a speeded-up version of the haunting "Body Oil" (which he had previously recorded for 1975's Waterbed).

Hughes de Courson - O'Stravaganza: Fantasy on Vivaldi and the Celtic music of Ireland (2001)

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Hughes de Courson - O'Stravaganza: Fantasy on Vivaldi and the Celtic music of Ireland (2001)

Hughes de Courson - O'Stravaganza: Fantasy on Vivaldi and the Celtic music of Ireland (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 359 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 149 Mb | Scans included
Celtic Fusion, Classical Crossover | Label: Virgin Classics | # VC 545494-2 | Time: 00:42:24

This is not such a bizarre cross-over as one might imagine for in the 18th century the great Irish musician Turlough O’Carolan, a blind harpist, met the Italian musician Geminiani in Dublin, and through him encountered the music of, yes, guess who, Antonio Vivaldi. So here we have a case of substituting Irish instruments for baroque ones, using baroque instruments to accompany Irish themes, by creating dialogues between Celtic and baroque instruments, or by letting all the musicians improvise. One moment we appear to be listening to a ‘straight’ baroque concerto, then all of a sudden the conventional string continuo/ripieno of the baroque ensemble (Le Orfanelle della Pieta) gives way to celtic musicians playing a jig or reel on anything from a Irish bouzouki to a fiddle. The baroque group consists of three each of first and second violins, one viola, two cellos, a bass and harpsichord while the Irish musicians play Irish fiddle, an Irish flute (like a baroque flute), tin and low whistles, Uileann pipes, Irish bouzouki, mandolins, bodhran, bones, and the Celtic harp (played here with metal strings to resemble its harpsichord counterpart in the other group).

Art Pepper & Conte Candoli - Mucho Calor (1957) Reissue 1987 [Re-Up]

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Art Pepper & Conte Candoli - Mucho Calor (1957) Reissue 1987 [Re-Up]

Art Pepper & Conte Candoli - Mucho Calor (1957) Reissue 1987
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 260 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 118 Mb | Scans included
Bop, Cool, Latin Jazz | Label: V.S.O.P./Andex | # 47CD, A 3002 | Time: 00:44:48

This recording brings back an obscure session from the long defunct Andex label that was probably recorded around 1956. The emphasis is on Latin jazz with altoist Art Pepper, trumpeter Conte Candoli, tenor saxophonist Bill Perkins, pianist Russ Freeman, bassist Ben Tucker, and drummer Chuck Flores interacting with the percussion of Jack Costanza and Mike Pacheko. With arrangements by Bill Holman, Johnny Mandel, Benny Carter, and Pepper, the music is quite jazz-oriented if a touch lightweight. Worth investigating by fans of the idiom.

The Neville Brothers - A Family Affair: A History Of The Neville Brothers (1996) 2CDs

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The Neville Brothers - A Family Affair: A History Of The Neville Brothers (1996) 2CDs

The Neville Brothers - A Family Affair: A History Of The Neville Brothers (1996)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 572 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 345 Mb | Scans ~ 221 Mb
Label: Charly Records | # CPCD 8248-2 | Time: 02:30:47
Funk, Soul, New Orleans R&B, Jazz-Funk

The first family of New Orleans had crossed paths countless times, but banded together in the '70s to play a smooth mix of R&B, jazz, and blues.

Moloko - Do You Like My Tight Sweater? (1995)

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Moloko - Do You Like My Tight Sweater? (1995)

Moloko - Do You Like My Tight Sweater? (1995)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 378 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 154 Mb | Scans ~ 106 Mb
Label: Roadrunner Records, Echo | # RR 8603-2, 8086032RR | Time: 01:03:35
Electronic, Alternative Dance, Trip-Hop, Downtempo

The aptly named Do You Like My Tight Sweater? slinks and bounces on a funky backbone of fat basslines and innovative beats that support singer Roisin Murphy's sly, theatrical vocals and lyrics. Part catwoman, part droid, her singing ranges from a knowing purr to an androgynous growl and creates characters like party weirdos, dominatrixes, killer bunnies, and ghosts. As dramatic as her vocals are, however, Murphy is an antidiva; her musical surroundings equal her singing in importance. The other half of Do You Like My Tight Sweater?'s individuality comes from Mark Brydon's arrangements, which combine fluid tempos, sudden breakbeats, witty sound effects, and unearthly keyboards in sci-fi grooves that appeal to the brain and body. Standout tracks like "Fun for Me," "I Can't Help Myself," "Lotus Eaters," and "Party Weirdo" mix sensuality, technology, funk, and electronica in a unique and stylish blend. While some of the sillier songs like "On My Horsey" and "Dirty Monkey" disrupt the flow of Do You Like My Tight Sweater?, the danceable creativity of Moloko's debut overrides its quirks.

Joe Dolan - Legends Of Irish Music (2007) 3CD Box Set

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Joe Dolan - Legends Of Irish Music (2007) 3CD Box Set

Joe Dolan - Legends Of Irish Music (2007) 3CD Box Set
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 1.48 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 559 Mb | Scans included
Label: Castle Pulse/Sanctuary | # PBXCD 381 | Time: 03:58:36
AM Pop, Vocal Pop, Easy Listening, Pop Rock

The most successful singer to emerge from the vibrant Irish showband scene, Joe Dolan was a regular hitmaker on the Irish charts throughout the '60s to the '90s. Features all his UK hits including the No.3 smash "Make Me An Island", which went to No.1 in 14 countries. Dolan has toured the UK & Ireland extensively as well as Israel, South Africa and South America and in 1978 was the first Western pop singer to perform in pre-perestroika Russia.

Ricercar Consort, Philippe Pierlot - J.S. Bach - In Tempore Nativitatis: Christmas Cantatas BWV 110, 151, 63 (2013) [Re-Up]

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Ricercar Consort, Philippe Pierlot - J.S. Bach - In Tempore Nativitatis: Christmas Cantatas BWV 110, 151, 63 (2013) [Re-Up]

Johann Sebastian Bach - In Tempore Nativitatis: Christmas Cantatas BWV 110, 151, 63 (2013)
Maria Keohane (soprano), Carlos Mena (alto), Julian Pregardien (tenor), Stephan MacLeod (bass)
Ricercar Consort; Philippe Pierlot, direction

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 355 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 171 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Choral, Sacred | Label: Mirare | # MIR243 | Time: 01:07:54

Just in time for Christmas, Philippe Pierlot and the Ricercar Consort present a collection of Cantatas for the season by Johann Sebastian Bach. In these evergreen holiday favorites, flutes, oboes, trumpets, timpani and voices are used to express the comfort and joy inspired by the Nativity. The result is nothing short of magical. The Ricercar Consort was founded in 1980 by harpsichordist and director Philippe Pierlot. They have made a significant discography, especially on the Mirare label, where their recordings have met with consistent acclaim and respect, in particular for their exceptional Bach Magnificat.

Rosemary Tuck, English CO, Richard Bonynge - Carl Czerny: Grand Concerto in A minor; Grand Nocturne Brillant (2016)

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Rosemary Tuck, English CO, Richard Bonynge - Carl Czerny: Grand Concerto in A minor; Grand Nocturne Brillant (2016)

Carl Czerny - Grand Concerto in A minor; Grand Nocturne Brillant;
Variations de Concert de l'Opéra "Le Siège de Corinthe" (2016)
Rosemary Tuck, piano; English Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Richard Bonynge

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 256 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 165 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Naxos | # 8.573417 | Time: 01:06:13

Carl Czerny, one of Vienna’s most illustrious musicians, was Beethoven’s student and devoted friend. Renowned today for his piano treatises, he was also a prolific composer in almost every genre, but it is the music for his own instrument that has aroused the most curiosity. The Grand Concerto in A minor, a work both serene and spirited, is historically important as one of the first romantic concertos ever written. The lyricism and playful bravura of the Grand Nocturne Brillant is balanced by the delicious Rossini Variations de Concert.

Berlin - Count Three & Pray (1986)

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Berlin - Count Three & Pray (1986)

Berlin - Count Three & Pray (1986) Japanese Press for USA
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 348 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 143 Mb | Scans included
New Wave, Dance-Rock, Synthpop | Label: Geffen | # 9 24121-2 | Time: 00:47:09

A major change of direction for Berlin, Count Three & Pray was an artistic triumph but a commercial disappointment. After making a name for itself playing very European-sounding synth pop, the L.A. trio recruited producer Bob Ezrin (known for his work with Alice Cooper and others) and unveiled a more hard-edged, guitar-oriented sound. From the rockin' "Trash" (which features none other than Ted Nugent – the last person one would expect to work with Berlin!) to the ballad "Pink and Velvet" (a tale of two heroin addicts' romance that is as poignant as it is disturbing), Count Three & Pray leaves no doubt just how much lead singer Terri Nunn and her colleagues were enjoying this radical change. But sadly, record buyers weren't ready for it. Despite the inclusion of the hauntingly pretty number one hit "Take My Breath Away" (included in the film Top Gun) the album didn't sell nearly as well as Pleasure Victim or Love Life. Geffen was bitterly disappointed, and Berlin soon broke up.

Bruce Cockburn - Bruce Cockburn (1970) Japanese Mini-LP 2007 [Re-Up]

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Bruce Cockburn - Bruce Cockburn (1970) Japanese Mini-LP 2007 [Re-Up]

Bruce Cockburn - Bruce Cockburn (1970) Japanese Mini-LP 2007
EAC | WV | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 244 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 125 Mb | Scans Included
Label: Air Mail/True North | # AIRAC-1412 | Time: 00:37:12
Singer/Songwriter, Folk Rock, Progressive Folk

Bruce Cockburn's self-titled debut's blend of diversity, enthusiasm, and innocence never quite resurfaced again in his work, especially in his more clinical, politically inclined tracts of later decades. The opening number, "Going to the Country," still evokes that hippie-esque, back-to-the-earth movement as well as any song ever recorded, complete with a sly wink that keeps it fresh to this day. And since this was 1970, the album also comes equipped with some of those quaint excesses of the period; try the nasal tone poem gracing "The Bicycle Trip." "Musical Friends" remains a lively, happy-go-lucky classic with piano signature lifted from Paul McCartney's playbook; it's difficult to picture the dour Cockburn of more recent years ever having this much fun. In contrast, "Thoughts on a Rainy Afternoon" offers a trance-like, introspective atmosphere reminiscent of British folkie legend Nick Drake.

Eric Johnson - Tones (1986) [Re-Up]

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Eric Johnson - Tones (1986) [Re-Up]

Eric Johnson - Tones (1986)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 275 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 110 Mb
Label: Reprise | # 9 25375-2 | Time: 00:45:34 | Scans included
Guitar Virtuoso, Rock, Instrumental Rock, Fusion

Tones, Eric Johnson's first solo album, is an exceptionally strong debut, and a record that is just as good as the guitarist's breakthrough 1990 release Ah Via Musicom. Grouped with long-time compatriots Roscoe Beck and Tommy Taylor, Johnson's trademark composing voice and so-sweet electric guitar are already on full display. True to the album's title, Johnson showcases many different guitar tones, from the violin-like sustain of his trademark distortion to the bell-like timbre of his clean-toned rhythm work. Johnson also sings on five of the nine songs on Tones, and his voice is as competently expressive as ever. The second half of this record is really where it moves from being simply "good" to "great." Emerging from Stephen Barber's almost new-agey Fairlight CMI vamp, "Trail of Tears" kicks into a driving groove punctuated by Johnson's chordal stabs and arpeggios and carried by one of the guitarist's best vocal melodies.

Calexico - Albums & EPs Collection 1997-2018 (15CD) [Re-Up]

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Calexico - Albums & EPs Collection 1997-2018 (15CD) [Re-Up]

Calexico - Albums & EPs Collection 1997-2018 (15CD)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 3.7 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 1.5 Gb | Time: 09:34:12
Americana, Indie Rock, Alternative Country, Folk Rock, Tex-Mex | Complete Scans

15 CD collection includes: Spoke (1997); The Black Light (1998); Hot Rail (2000); Even My Sure Things Fall Through (2001) EP; Feast Of Wire (2003); Convict Pool (2004) EP; Black Heart (2004) Maxi Single; In the Reins (with Iron And Wine) (2005) EP; Garden Ruin (2006); Carried To Dust (2008); Algiers (2012); Edge of the Sun (2015); The Thread That Keeps Us (2018).

Gipsy Kings - Rare & Unplugged (2003) [Re-Up]

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Gipsy Kings - Rare & Unplugged (2003) [Re-Up]

Gipsy Kings - Rare & Unplugged (2003)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 203 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 83 Mb | Scans included
Label: New Sound 2000 | # NFM015 | Time: 00:29:03
Flamenco, Rumba Catalana, World Fusion

The Gipsy Kings are largely responsible for bringing the joyful sounds of progressive pop-oriented flamenco to the world. The band started out in Arles, a village in southern France, during the '70s when brothers Nicolas and Andre Reyes, the sons of renowned flamenco artist Jose Reyes, teamed up with their cousins. Their eponymous 1988 album sold tremendously in France and appeared on the Top Ten album charts in 12 European countries, including England; in 1989, it spent 40 weeks on the U.S. charts and went gold, becoming one of the few Spanish albums to do so.