Alina Pogostkina, Sinfonietta Riga, Juha Kangas - Peteris Vasks: Vox Amoris - Works for Violin and String Orchestra (2012)

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Alina Pogostkina, Sinfonietta Riga, Juha Kangas - Peteris Vasks: Vox Amoris - Works for Violin and String Orchestra (2012)

Pēteris Vasks - Vox Amoris: Works for Violin and String Orchestra (2012)
Alina Pogostkina, violin; Sinfonietta Rīga; Juha Kangas, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 326 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 166 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Wergo | # WER 6750 2 | Time: 01:08:41

The music of Peteris Vasks must be considered against the background of the socially and politically turbulent history of his home country Latvia. It frequently shifts through contrasting emotional states, with passages of sumptuous beauty sometimes followed by disjointed and dramatic sounds. According to Vasks, all three of the works for violin and orchestra featured here represent the polarity between optimistic hope for a better future and an anxious concern for the modern world. Included are the fantasia Vox Amoris, the concerto Tala gaisma (Distant Light), Vasks' first and most extensive work for violin and string orchestra and the tone poem Vientulais engelis (Lonely Angel). All are performed by the exceptional violinist Alina Pogostkina, superbly accompanied by the Sinfonietta Riga under the direction of Juha Kangas.

Giorgio Moroder - Deja Vu (2015) 2CD Deluxe Edition [Re-Up]

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Giorgio Moroder - Deja Vu (2015) 2CD Deluxe Edition [Re-Up]

Giorgio Moroder - Déjà Vu (2015) 2CD Deluxe Edition
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 434 Mb | Scans ~ 377 Mb | Time: 00:59:13
Dance-Pop, Electronic, Disco | Label: RCA/Sony | # 88875073132

Déjà Vu is the 17th overall studio album by Giorgio Moroder, and his first album in 30 years, released on 12 June 2015. It features collaborations with Britney Spears, Kylie Minogue, Kelis, Sia, Charli XCX, Mikky Ekko, Foxes and Matthew Koma, among others.

Nicola Benedetti - The Violin (2013) [Re-Up]

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Nicola Benedetti - The Violin (2013) [Re-Up]

Nicola Benedetti - The Violin (2013)
Vivaldi, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Johannes Brahms, Arvo Pärt, Frédéric Chopin, P.I. Tchaikovsky
Jules Massenet, Max Bruch, Vittorio Monti, Nigel Hess, John Williams, Carlos Gardel

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 329 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 176 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Decca | # 478 5338 DH | Time: 01:16:06

Just 26 years old, Nicola Benedetti has been making chart-topping recordings for 10 years. This album celebrates the best of those recordings, and her other successes – from winning the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition in 2004, to her 2012 best-selling album ‘The Silver Violin’, the highest charting classical instrumental album in the UK of the last two decades. A collection of great violin music – from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending to the Tchaikovsky and Bruch violin concertos and Arvo Part’s Spiegel Im Spiegel. Featuring brand new recordings – Brahms’ invigorating Hungarian Dance no. 5, Monti’s ever-popular Czardas, and Chopin’s emotional Nocturne in C# minor. The album includes Nicola performing with leading orchestras and conductors, as well as some of her favorite chamber players. This album showcases the incredible range of Nicola’s playing and demonstrates her wide appeal. In January 2013 Nicola was appointed a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) for her services to music and charity.

Pat Metheny Group - Imaginary Day (1997) [Re-Up]

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Pat Metheny Group - Imaginary Day (1997) [Re-Up]

Pat Metheny Group - Imaginary Day (1997)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 401 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 148 Mb | Scans ~ 59 Mb
Contemporary Jazz, Fusion | Label: Warner Bros. | # 9362-46773-2 | Time: 01:04:39

The album won the 1999 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Jazz Album, while "The Roots of Coincidence", an uncharacteristically aggressive song with hard rock-inspired sections, won Best Rock Instrumental Performance. This album marks the final appearance of longtime drummer Paul Wertico, who would leave in 2001 before the recording of Speaking of Now to work on other projects.

Jonny Lang - Wander This World (1998)

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Jonny Lang - Wander This World (1998)

Jonny Lang - Wander This World (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 365 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 120 Mb | Scans ~ 104 Mb
Label: A&M Records | # 31454 0984 2 | Time: 00:52:53
Blues-Rock, Modern Electric Blues, Rhythm & Blues

When reviewers heard teen-aged Jonny Lang's debut album of 1997, Lie to Me, many of them commented on how mature the blues singer/guitarist sounded for his age. Similarly, Lang's second album, Wander This World, often sounds like it could have been the work of a man of 30. With David Z. (known for his work with Prince) producing, the Midwesterner delivers an exciting sophomore effort that has as much to do with soul, funk, and rock as it does with actual blues. Far from a purist, Lang takes an approach that is best described as Albert Collins, B.B. King, and Luther Allison by way of Otis Redding, Stax Records, and Eric Clapton. While "Angel of Mercy" and the moody "Cherry Red Wine" demonstrate his mastery of the 12-bar format, most of the other selections aren't actual 12-bar blues, but rather Southern-style soul, funk, or rock with a wealth of blues feeling. Lovers of 1960s Memphis soul should appreciate "Walking Away" and "Second Guessing," while "The Levee" and "Still Rainin'" have more of a rock orientation.

Horace Silver - In Pursuit Of The 27th Man (1972) Japanese Reissue, 2012 [Re-Up]

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Horace Silver - In Pursuit Of The 27th Man (1972) Japanese Reissue, 2012 [Re-Up]

Horace Silver - In Pursuit Of The 27th Man (1972) [Japanese Reissue, 2012]
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 231 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 93 Mb | Scans ~ 52 Mb
Hard Bop, Soul Jazz | Label: Blue Note/EMI Music Japan | # TOCJ-50505 | 00:40:51

Recorded in 1972, a decade removed from the last of Horace Silver's classic quintet recordings, In Pursuit of the 27th Man has never been regarded as one of the pianist's prime releases, which likely explains why Blue Note took this long to make it available on CD. But the album, which moves gracefully between quartet performances featuring vibraphonist David Friedman and quintet numbers featuring the young Brecker brothers (Randy on trumpet and Michael on tenor saxophone), has its distinctive charms. While maintaining the crispness and sense of adventure with which he has always signed his music, Silver and bands ease through some of his most appealing melodies. Songs such as Weldon Irvine's "Liberated Brother" have the early '70s written all over them, but even in those cases their light-handed lyricism and boppish vitality keep them fresh. Friedman's idiosyncratic sound adds a sense of mystery to the music, which, with Bob Cranshaw on electric bass and Mickey Roker on drums, never lacks for a solid and soulful center.

Roger Daltrey - Rocks In The Head (1992)

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Roger Daltrey - Rocks In The Head (1992)

Roger Daltrey - Rocks In The Head (1992)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 374 Mb | Scans included | Time: 00:48:19
Classic Rock, Hard Rock | Label: Atlantic | # 82359-2

Crucial to the creation of this album was Daltrey's meeting with guitarist/songwriter Gerard McMahon, since Rocks In The Head, which credits "Musical Direction and Production" to McMahon, also features him as primary backup musician and writer or co-writer of ten out of the 11 tracks. Daltrey himself is co-credited on seven, a new high for him, but it's hard not to feel that he is acting primarily as McMahon's mouthpiece. McMahon updates Daltrey for the '90s, constructing hard-edged tracks based on harsh electric or acoustic guitar textures, suggesting everyone from The Who to The Police. The result is an album that does nothing to diminish Daltrey's reputation.

Michael Brecker - The Very Best of Michael Brecker (2008) [Re-Up]

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Michael Brecker - The Very Best of Michael Brecker (2008) [Re-Up]

Michael Brecker - The Very Best of Michael Brecker (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 534 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 215 Mb | Scans included
Label: Verve/Emarcy/Universal | # UCCV-1104 | Time: 01:17:03
Contemporary Jazz, Post-Bop, Fusion

Japanese exclusive pressing of this collection from the Jazz great. Each of the tracks were chosen by fans and this unique album is released to commemorate the first anniversary of Brecker's death in January, 2007.

Barbara Mandrell - The Best of Barbara Mandrell (1979)

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Barbara Mandrell - The Best of Barbara Mandrell (1979)

Barbara Mandrell - The Best of Barbara Mandrell (1979)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 179 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 80 Mb | Scans included
Country-Pop, Nashville Sound | Label: MCA | # MCAD-31107 | Time: 00:29:50

The Best of Barbara Mandrell collects her biggest hits from the late '70s, including "After the Lovin", "Married But Not to Each Other", "Tonight", "Woman to Woman", and "Sleeping Single in a Double Bed".

Amanda Marshall - Amanda Marshall (1995) EU Release 1996 [Re-Up]

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Amanda Marshall - Amanda Marshall (1995) EU Release 1996 [Re-Up]

Amanda Marshall - Amanda Marshall (1995) EU Release 1996
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 358 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 145 Mb | Scans included
Adult Alternative Pop/Rock | Label: Epic/Sony | # 483791 2, EPC 483791 2 | 00:49:30

Amanda Marshall is the 1995 debut album by Canadian singer Amanda Marshall. The album peaked at number four on the RPM Albums Chart and has also been certified Diamond by the CRIA with over 1,000,000 copies sold in Canada, making it Marshall's best-selling album of her career. In the United States, the album charted at number 156 on the Billboard 200. Seven songs from the album were released as singles: "Let It Rain", "Birmingham", "Fall from Grace", "Beautiful Goodbye", "Dark Horse", "Sitting on Top of the World", and "Trust Me (This Is Love)". "Birmingham" is Marshall's highest-charting song in Canada, peaking at number three.

VA - Joe Meek - The RGM Sound: Twangy Guitars, Reverb and Heavenly Choirs (2013) 2CDs

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VA - Joe Meek - The RGM Sound: Twangy Guitars, Reverb and Heavenly Choirs (2013) 2CDs

VA - Joe Meek - The RGM Sound: Twangy Guitars, Reverb and Heavenly Choirs (2013) 2CDs
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 458 Mb | Scans ~ 68 Mb
Label: Jasmine Records | # JASCD 726 | Time: 02:32:39
Rock & Roll, Rockabilly, R&B, Jazz, Swing, Country, Vocal Pop, Early Pop/Rock, British Invasion

Long before he'd evolved into a fully-fledged cult figure, Joe Meek was the UK's first fully independent record producer. This unique 2CD set traces his career from his earliest sessions, as a sound balance engineer in the mid-'50s, to his emergence as a major songwriter and hit maker in the early '60s. It includes many of Meek's biggest records, including five UK # 1s by, Anne Shelton, Lonnie Donegan, Frankie Vaughan, Emile Ford and John Leyton, plus several other major million selling hits! Indeed, more than half of the sixty sides included herein were significant UK hits. This set also includes several collectors' rarities, previously unavailable on CD, most notably Gary Miller's unfeasibly-rare 'Moby Dick'. John Fraser's 'Golden Cage' and Geoff Goddard's 'Girl Bride'. If you are looking for what is by far the most interesting Joe Meek-related compilation for years then this is it!

Rosamunde Quartett, Thomas Demenga, Christoph Poppen, Andrea Lauren Brown - Thomas Larcher: IXXU (2006)

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Rosamunde Quartett, Thomas Demenga, Christoph Poppen, Andrea Lauren Brown - Thomas Larcher: IXXU (2006)

Thomas Larcher - IXXU (2006)
Rosamunde Quartett; Thomas Demenga, violoncello;
Christoph Poppen, violin; Andrea Lauren Brown, soprano

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 220 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 164 Mb | Scans included
Label: ECM | # ECM New Series 1967, 476 3156 | Time: 00:53:57
Classical, Contemporary, Modern Composition

The four chamber works by Austrian Thomas Larcher recorded here show that's he's a composer to watch out for. His compositional voice is strikingly unencumbered by adherence to any orthodoxy, and his work is direct in its emotional and intellectual communication. My Illness Is the Medicine I Need, for soprano, violin, cello, and piano, is particularly effective; its aphoristic texts come from a Benetton "Colors" magazine that included photographs of psychiatric hospitals and quotations from their patients. Larcher's understated text setting allows the voices of the patients to be heard with unaffected bleakness and it is strongly moving. Even though it uses a contemporary harmonic language, the string quartet Ixxu (1998-2004) is old-fashioned in its emotional clarity. Its last movement, "ruhig," is genuinely peaceful and brings to mind the serenity of Arvo Pärt's Fratres. His 1990 quartet Cold Farmer is similarly direct and generous in inviting the listener in, and here again the slow movement is especially deeply felt and engaging.

James Taylor - October Road (2002) 2CD Limited Edition [Re-Up]

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James Taylor - October Road (2002) 2CD Limited Edition [Re-Up]

James Taylor - October Road (2002) 2CD Limited Edition
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 356 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 148 Mb | Scans ~ 33 Mb
Singer/Songwriter, Soft Rock, Folk Rock | Label: Columbia | # CK 86695 | Time: 01:05:00

There's a comfortable sense of the familiar to James Taylor's first collection of new songs since 1997's Grammy winner Hourglass; such is the curse of being a decades-spanning cultural icon. But, as on his best work, there's also an almost stealthy sense of musical restlessness that seeps into Taylor's songs here, as he colors some with deft jazz and international influences. The reunion with producer Russ Titelman (they last collaborated on 1976's In the Pocket) seems to have gratifyingly inspired as much gentle reassessment as retrenchment. Longtime Titelman compatriot Ry Cooder guests on the title track, a song whose autumnal comforts fit the Taylor canon and other album tracks like "September Grass," "Baby Buffalo," "My Traveling Star," and "On the Fourth of July" (the story of Taylor's romantic meeting with current wife Kim) like an old slipper.

VA - The Original American Folk Blues Festival '1962 (1963) CD Reissue 1991

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VA - The Original American Folk Blues Festival '1962 (1963) CD Reissue 1991

VA - The Original American Folk Blues Festival '1962 (1963) CD Reissue 1991
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 255 Mb | Scans ~ 66 Mb
Label: Polydor | # 825 502-2 | Time: 00:49:12
Blues, Folk-Blues, Country-Blues, Delta Blues

Recorded live in a studio in Hamburg, Germany, in October 1962. Includes artists involved with that year's American Folk Blues Festival tour. With generally relaxed and reflective performances. The artists include Memphis Slim, T-Bone Walker, Shakey Jake, Sonny Terry, Brownie McGhee and John Lee Hooker.

VA - A Tribute To Curtis Mayfield (1994)

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VA - A Tribute To Curtis Mayfield (1994)

VA - A Tribute To Curtis Mayfield (1994)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 493 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 216 Mb | Scans included
R&B, Soul, Funk, Pop/Rock | Label: Warner Bros. | # 9 45500-2 | Time: 01:15:51

A fabulous assortment of artists from different areas of the rock genre give a glorifying tribute to Curtis Mayfield in a sparkling 17-song package. Gladys Knight, Stevie Winwood, Lenny Kravitz, Whitney Houston, Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton, The Isley Brothers, Aretha Franklin, B.B. King, Phil Collins, Stevie Wonder, Rod Stewart, Elton John, Tevin Campbell, Narada Michael Walden, Repercussions, Branford Marsalis.