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War - The Very Best of War (2003) 2CD

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War - The Very Best of War (2003) 2CD

War - The Very Best of War (2003) 2CD
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 908 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 347 Mb
Label: Avenue/Rhino | # 8122-73895-2 | Time: 02:25:47 | Scans included
Genre: Funk, Soul, Funk Rock, Latin Rock

There really are more War best-of packages than the situation warrants, and while the double-CD The Very Best of War is a fine compilation if you don't already have one in your collection, it's questionable whether it was a necessary addition to the band's discography. For one thing, it doesn't differ all that much from the previous two-CD War best-of on Rhino, Anthology (1970-1994). Sure, each has a few tracks not on the other, but both are built around their lengthy string of big hits. Even Barry Alfonso's accompanying essay was adapted from the liner notes to Anthology (1970-1994). Still, this does have all of the big chart hits and a few minor ones, as well as standout album tracks from throughout the 1970s and early '80s that illustrate the band's versatility. Reading the small print on the track listings, it's revealed that half a dozen of these cuts are edits that either appear here for the first time or were only available on previous anthologies or imports.

Laura Nyro - Live in Japan (1994) [Re-Up]

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Laura Nyro - Live in Japan (1994) [Re-Up]

Laura Nyro - Live in Japan (1994)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 167 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 87 Mb | Scans included
Label: EMI Music Special Markets | # 72435-81183-2-2 | Time: 00:30:22
Soft Rock, Folk, AM Pop, Singer/Songwriter

This ten-track budget-priced collection, excerpted and resequenced from a longer version released in Japan, presents Laura Nyro at the piano along with a female vocal trio, performing a combination of the hit songs she penned, some 1950s and '60s hits of others she loved, and some of her newer material of the early 1990s. Four rock & roll oldies, the Shirelles' "Dedicated to the One I Love," the Miracles' "Ooh Baby Baby," Dionne Warwick's "Walk On By," and the Everly Brothers' "Let It Be Me," are interrupted by three of Nyro's own oldies, "And When I Die," "Save the Country," and "Wedding Bell Blues." This abbreviated version of the set then concludes with three then-recent songs, "Light a Flame (The Animal Rights Song)," "Louise's Church," and "Woman of the World," songs that continue to seem more preachy and less personal than her earlier work.

ZAZ - Recto Verso (2013)

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ZAZ - Recto Verso (2013)

ZAZ - Recto Verso (2013)
EAC Rip | FLAC (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 298 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 120 Mb
Full Scans | 00:41:20 | RAR 5% Recovery
Pop, Folk, Pop Rock, Chanson | Play On / Sony Music Russia #88883725652

Recto Verso is the second studio album by French singer Zaz, released on 10 May 2013 under the label Play On. The album was Zaz's first album in three years, after her eponymous début, released in 2010. It débuted on the French Album Chart at #2 and to date has spawned three singles, "On ira", "Si" and "Gamine". Musically, it is largely in a similar style to Zaz's début album. The title refers to the two sides of Zaz's personality, which she wished to express in the music of the album. Recto Verso went on to spend ten weeks in the top 10 albums and has been certified Double Platinum as of December 2013.

Raphael - Canciones De Amor (2009)

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Raphael - Canciones De Amor (2009)

Raphael - Canciones De Amor (2009)
EAC Rip | FLAC (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 396 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 132 Mb
Full Scans ~ 67 Mb | 00:54:57 | RAR 5% Recovery
Latin Pop, Ballad | Sony Music Latin #8869 763037 2

Spanish pop star Rafael Martos (born Miguel Rafael Martos Sánchez and globally as "Raphael") is one of Spain's best-known singers. His multi-octave range and flamboyant stage persona have entertained and engaged people worldwide since 1959. He is also a movie and television actor, and the father of Spanish movie director Jacobo Martos. Raphael is perhaps known best in his homeland for dramatically acting out his songs while on-stage. His record company, Hispavox, awarded him with the world's one and only "Uranium Disc" for his compilation album Ayer, Hoy y Siempre due to the impossibility of presenting him with 300 platinum discs – it sold 50 million copies.

Marc Miralta - Flamenco Reunion (2013)

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Marc Miralta - Flamenco Reunion (2013)

Marc Miralta - Flamenco Reunion (2013)
EAC 1.0b3 | FLAC tracks level 8 | Cue+Log+M3U | Full Scans 300dpi | 343MB + 5% Recovery
MP3 CBR 320 Kbps | 151MB + 5% Recovery
Genre: Jazz, Flamenco, Fusion

The new album of Catalan drummer Marc Miralta, entitled 'Flamenco Reunion' (Contrabaix / Karonte) is simply very good, one of those albums worth hearing several times because all the music contained therein excellence rubs and it is always outstanding. Yes, jazz, flamenco and flamenco jazz, enjoys an enviable health. Fifteen years ago Miralta edited 'New York Flamenco Reunion', a great drummer disk where acknowledged his debt to flamenco music that (re) discovered while in the United States. Are those paradoxes of life: Miralta had to go outside to see the value of flamenco for your own music.

Marc Miralta - New York Flamenco Reunion (2000)

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Marc Miralta - New York Flamenco Reunion (2000)

Marc Miralta - New York Flamenco Reunion (2000)
EAC 1.0b2 | FLAC tracks level 8 | Cue+Log+M3U | Full Scans 600dpi | 364MB + 5% Recovery
MP3 CBR 320 Kbps | 116MB + 5% Recovery
Genre: Jazz, Flamenco, Fusion

Like it happens so often, catalan drummer Marc Miralta discovered that he was a flamenco aficionado while living outside of Spain. He gathered his favourite musicians from both sides of the Atlantic and projected this recording which is another proof of flamenco's influence in contemporany jazz.

Lisa Gerrard & Patrick Cassidy - Immortal Memory (2004)

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Lisa Gerrard & Patrick Cassidy - Immortal Memory (2004)

Lisa Gerrard & Patrick Cassidy - Immortal Memory (2004)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 283 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 131 Mb | Scans included | 00:57:07
Modern Classical, Vocal Music, World Fusion, Ambient | Label: 4AD | # CAD 2403 CD

Immortal Memory is a collaboration between vocalist Lisa Gerrard and Irish composer Patrick Cassidy. Billed as a cycle of life and death and rebirth, Immortal Memory is better described as an orphaned film score. Cassidy's warm arrangements allow the former Dead Can Dance singer to step out of the dark medieval world that she's called home for nearly 20 years – though there is much of that world within these castle walls – and focus on the simplicity of love, faith, and loss with a grace that's bereft of the icy perfection of her previous work. Gerrard, whose voice has aged like the finest oak, displays an almost supernatural mastery of the material. Her effortless contralto wraps itself around the ten Gaelic, Latin, and Aramaic spirituals like an evening prayer, making each stunning entrance the equivalent of audio comfort food.

Richard Galliano - French Touch (1998) [Re-Up]

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Richard Galliano - French Touch (1998) [Re-Up]

Richard Galliano - French Touch (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 288 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 122 Mb | Scans included | 00:47:37
Post-Bop, Tango, Modern Composition | Label: Disques Dreyfus | # FDM 36596-2

Tango accordion has a clear icon in the late Astor Piazzolla, but these days Richard Galliano is making a strong case for being the premier jazz accordionist. He's as lyrical as one needs, swings like mad, or brings tempos down to a sensual jog with passion and soul. When called upon, he can play a gut-wrenching tango or two himself. For this effort he's joined by two different crack rhythm sections, the brilliant Jean-François Jenny-Clark and Daniel Humair (seven tracks), or the slightly cut below Remi Vignolo and Andre Ceccarelli (four tracks), bass and drums respectively. It's not hard to hear a distinctly French but improvisationally Americanized sound. The lone standard, "You Must Believe in Spring", is one of many waltzes, but this one jumps from second to fifth gear, Galliano rapidly flying through the changes. The title track is also quick, with "Augusta" more a sprightly 3/4, while "L'Envers du Décor" is an easier modal three beat. Nods to Brazilian Hermeto Pascoal are heard on his composition "Bébé" and the mallets on drums and heavy conga beat-based fanfare and theme of "Passarinho".

Paul Brady - Primitive Dance (1987)

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Paul Brady - Primitive Dance (1987)

Paul Brady - Primitive Dance (1987)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 276 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 127 Mb | Scans included
Singer/Songwriter, Pop/Rock, Folk | Label: Mercury | # 832 133-2 | Time: 00:44:21

Primitive Dance is a 1987 album by Irish singer/songwriter Paul Brady. The song "The Awakening" features the vocals of Irish singer Moya Brennan. Mark Knopfler guests on guitar on one track.

Ruth Moody feat Mark Knopfler - These Wilder Things (2013) [Re-Up]

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Ruth Moody feat Mark Knopfler - These Wilder Things (2013) [Re-Up]

Ruth Moody feat Mark Knopfler - These Wilder Things (2013)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 238 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 116 Mb | Scans included | 00:46:20
Contemporary Folk, Folk-Rock, Singer/Songwriter | Label: True North | # TND577

These Wilder Things is full of timeless tunes from the haunting gospel sounds of Trouble and Woe to the bluegrassy One Light Shining (featuring Jerry Douglas) to the Irish-flavored Life Is Long. This recording delves deeper into darker, indie-pop sounds, especially on songs like the moody title track or Pockets, featuring iconic roots-rocker Mark Knopfler on guitar and vocals. The nine originals on this record prove Ruth is a first-rate songwriter along the lines of Gillian Welch, while her stunning makeover of Bruce Springsteen s Dancing in the Dark would even leave The Boss s jaw on the floor. Appealing to indie fans as well as lovers of folk and Americana music, These Wilder Things confirms that Ruth Moody is indeed one force to be reckoned with.

Wolfe Tones - 25th Anniversary (1989) 2CDs

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Wolfe Tones - 25th Anniversary (1989) 2CDs

Wolfe Tones - 25th Anniversary (1989) 2CDs
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 635 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 259 Mb | Scans included
Irish Rebel Folk, Celtic, Folk Pop | Label: Harmac | # HMCD 50 | Time: 01:51:17

Just as the title implies, 25 Years of Greatness is a career-spanning 32-track compilation covering most of the highlights of the Wolfe Tones' first quarter of a century. There is the important caveat, however, that like many folk groups, the Wolfe Tones have recorded many of their most popular songs several times, and this collection tends to favor more recent and/or more arranged versions of the Spartan originals that graced early albums like Let the People Sing. That's not as much of a problem as it would be with some groups, however, as the Wolfe Tones have wisely resisted any temptation to "update," "modernize," or otherwise ruin a traditional Irish folk style that has worked for them for so long; even the Fairport Convention-like electric track of the new "Rock On Rockall" has a bracingly traditional feel to it. This is the Wolfe Tones set to have if you're having just one, but there's plenty more where this came from.

Olivia Ruiz - La femme chocolat (2005)

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Olivia Ruiz - La femme chocolat (2005)

Olivia Ruiz - La femme chocolat (2005)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 366 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 156 Mb
Label: Polydor | # 983 367-2 | Time: 00:53:29 | Scans included
Nouvelle Chanson, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Folk, French Pop

Olivia Ruiz rose to fame in 2001 as a contestant on the first edition of the TV reality show Star Academy, the French equivalent of American Idol. Subsequently, Ruiz exploited her popularity to secure a record deal and pursue a solo career. Certainly, her Star Academy background has been both a curse and a blessing for Ruiz. On the one hand it allowed her to become a recording artist; on the other it made her immediately suspicious to critics and music lovers, because of the dubious musical merits of such shows. It is thus an unexpected and pleasant surprise to realize than in her solo albums Ruiz is firmly bent in disowning the Star Academy stigma, enthusiastically embracing instead the French chanson genre. More surprising still is the fact that she actually fully succeeded in her goals with the release of her second album, La Femme Chocolat. A marked improvement, both artistically and commercially, over her 2003 debut, J'aime Pas l'Amour, La Femme Chocolat sold over a million copies and turned Ruiz into one of the best-paid French female singers of her generation.

Chucho Valdés - Tumi Sessions (2007) {Tumi}

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Chucho Valdés - Tumi Sessions (2007) {Tumi}

Chucho Valdés - Tumi Sessions (2007) {Tumi}
EAC 0.99pb4 | FLAC tracks level 5 | Cue+Log+M3U | Covers 300dpi | 365MB + 5% Recovery
MP3 CBR 320 Kbps | 144MB + 5% Recovery
Genre: Latin Jazz

These are tracks taken from several records by different Cuban bands in which Chucho Valdés took part. The pieces range from bolero and salsa to cumbia and jazz. There is even a touch of unofficial mini Irakere with "Blues 1080." The recordings were done by UK label Tumi.

Rickie Lee Jones - Naked Songs: Live and Acoustic (1995) [Re-Up]

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Rickie Lee Jones - Naked Songs: Live and Acoustic (1995) [Re-Up]

Rickie Lee Jones - Naked Songs: Live and Acoustic (1995)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 365 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 175 Mb | Scans included
Singer/Songwriter, Folk Rock, Soft Rock, Folk | Label: Reprise/WEA | # WPCR-281 | 01:09:26

Rickie Lee Jones "unplugged" – in fact, solo with an acoustic guitar or piano on all but a couple of tunes – Naked Songs is otherwise a retrospective concert album on which Jones cherry-picks songs from her five studio albums, including the hits "Chuck E.'s in Love" and "Young Blood," and others from her breakthrough debut record. The studio album arrangements always tried to support and augment Jones' idiosyncratic writing and playing style, which sounds less unusual when she is simply accompanying herself, and in many ways more effective. "Altar Boy," a previously unreleased song, strays into Leonard Cohen territory, mixing religion with eroticism.

Cafe Quijano - Origenes El Bolero (2012) {Warner Music Spain 2564655183}

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Cafe Quijano - Origenes El Bolero (2012) {Warner Music Spain 2564655183}

Cafe Quijano - Origenes El Bolero (2012) {Warner Music Spain 2564655183}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 247 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 86 Mb
Full Artwork @ 300 dpi (png) -> 40 Mb | 5% repair rar
© 2012 Warner Music Spain | 2564655183
Latin / Pop / Bolero

What a delight this album is! The talented Quijano brothers, who were famously known as Cafe Quijano, are now presenting beautiful original love songs in the traditional bolero style of yesteryear. Romantic lyrics are alive and well in this collection showcasing heartfelt sentiments and excellent musicality that draw you into each song. The arrangements are very reminiscent of the latin boleros and the vocal interpretations convey romance at every turn (pay close attention to "Como Siempre" and the more rhythmic "Prometo"). Manuel Quijano composed the music and lyrics and his deep understanding and love for this genre is reflected in each selection.