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Carrie Rodriguez & The Sacred Hearts - Lola (2016)

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Carrie Rodriguez & The Sacred Hearts - Lola (2016)

Carrie Rodriguez & The Sacred Hearts - Lola (2016)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 291 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 110 Mb | Scans ~ 119 Mb
Folk-Rock, Folk, Tex-Mex, Mexican | Label: Luz Records | # LR001 | Time: 00:48:08

Carrie Rodriguez is a Texan singer-songwriter and violinist whose repertoire includes country, folk and rock, but is at her best when she explores her Mexican roots. Her great aunt Eva Garza, a Spanish-language singing star in the 1940s, inspired Rodriguez to “create my own blend of Tex-Mex music”. It’s a mix of classic Mexican songs, many slow and unashamedly emotional, and her own compositions, which are often in the ranchera tradition. The opener, Perfidia, shows how well Rodriguez has succeeded. She revives this tuneful, well-worn song of betrayal with pained, attacking vocals, helped by strong harmony work by Raul Malo and glorious twanging guitar by the great Bill Frisell. Elsewhere, there’s a powerful treatment of the 30s love song Noche de Ronda. Rodriguez’s compositions have a dash of country-blues and include a tribute to the ranchera star Lola Beltrán. This is a fresh, confident set.

Joni Mitchell - Court And Spark (1974) Remastered by Steve Hoffman, DCC 24 Karat Gold Disc, 1992 [Re-Up]

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Joni Mitchell - Court And Spark (1974) Remastered by Steve Hoffman, DCC 24 Karat Gold Disc, 1992 [Re-Up]

Joni Mitchell - Court And Spark (1974)
Remastered by Steve Hoffman, DCC 24 Karat Gold Disc, 1992
EAC | WV | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 216 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 102 Mb | Scans included
Label: DCC Compact Classics/Asylum Records | # GZS 1025 | Time: 00:37:03
Singer/Songwriter, Folk-Rock, Folk-Jazz, Jazz-Rock

Joni Mitchell reached her commercial high point with Court and Spark, a remarkably deft fusion of folk, pop, and jazz which stands as her best-selling work to date. While as unified and insightful as Blue, the album – a concept record exploring the roles of honesty and trust in relationships, romantic and otherwise – moves away from confessional songwriting into evocative character studies: the hit "Free Man in Paris," written about David Geffen, is a not-so-subtle dig at the machinations of the music industry, while "Raised on Robbery" offers an acutely funny look at the predatory environment of the singles bar scene. Much of Court and Spark is devoted to wary love songs: both the title cut and "Help Me," the record's most successful single, carefully measure the risks of romance, while "People's Parties" and "The Same Situation" are fraught with worry and self-doubt (standing in direct opposition to the music, which is smart, smooth, and assured from the first note to the last).

Stephen Stills - Stills (1975) + Illegal Stills (1976) + Thoroughfare Gap (1978) [Remastered Reissue 2007, 3 LPs on 2 CDs]

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Stephen Stills - Stills (1975) + Illegal Stills (1976) + Thoroughfare Gap (1978) [Remastered Reissue 2007, 3 LPs on 2 CDs]

Stephen Stills - Stills (1975) + Illegal Stills (1976) + Thoroughfare Gap (1978)
Remastered Reissue 2007, 3 LPs on 2 CDs

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 692 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 252 Mb
Label: BGO Records | # BGOCD748 | Time: 01:50:09 | Scans ~ 43 Mb
Genre: Classic Rock, Folk Rock, Country Rock, Soft Rock

2007 digitally remastered double CD featuring CSN' Stephen Stills' three mid-'70s studio albums. Stills was released in 1975, followed one year later by Illegal Stills. Fans had to wait another two years until the release of Thoroughfare Gap (1978). This two disc set comes in a slimline double jewelbox housed in a slip case featuring extensive liner notes.

Oysterband - Here I Stand (1999)

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Oysterband - Here I Stand (1999)

Oysterband - Here I Stand (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 386 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 136 Mb | Scans ~ 51 Mb
British Folk-Rock, Celtic Rock | Label: Omnium | # OMM2023 | Time: 00:58:57

It's a simple truism of rock & roll that, as bands get older, they tend to insist more on competent production. Sometimes this works in their favor, and sometimes it doesn't. In general, it's worked well for Oysterband, whose feverish fusion of English traditional song, ceilidh-ready instrumentals, and old-time rock & roll sounded great when they were young and relatively sloppy and still sounds great now that they're greying and tight. And some of their best moments on tape have been the most lushly produced ones. Here I Stand finds them taking unabashed advantage of the opportunities afforded them by a modern studio, where artful multitracking can make it sound as if John Jones has a good voice (and make no mistake: he doesn't, though he's a fine singer) and where the careful manipulation of gain levels can allow the cello to cut through a mix that includes accordion, trumpet, guitars, bass, and drums.

Van Morrison - Days Like This (1995) [Re-Up]

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Van Morrison - Days Like This (1995) [Re-Up]

Van Morrison - Days Like This (1995)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 369 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 133 Mb
Label: Exile/Polydor | # 527 307-2 | 00:58:09 | Scans ~ 140 Mb
Singer/Songwriter, Folk Rock, Soft Rock, Celtic, Soul

Days Like This is the twenty-third studio album by Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison, released in 1995. It is a diverse group of songs offering a variety of moods and styles. It ranked No. 5 on the UK album charts and was nominated for the Mercury Prize. His daughter, singer-songwriter Shana Morrison performed duets with her father on two tracks, "You Don't Know Me" and "I'll Never Be Free". "Ancient Highway" was nine minutes long and contained the words "praying to my higher self/Don't let me down". It is said to be the one song on the album where he comes closest to following his muse. The title track has continued to be a popular song in concert to the present day.

The Albion Dance Band - The Prospect Before Us (1977) Expanded Reissue 2000

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The Albion Dance Band - The Prospect Before Us (1977) Expanded Reissue 2000

The Albion Dance Band - The Prospect Before Us (1977) Expanded Reissue 2000
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 274 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 122 Mb | Scans included
British Folk, Celtic, British Folk-Rock | Label: BGO | # BGOCD486 | 00:48:15

One thing is certain in this uncertain world – you can trust Ashley Hutchings to do interesting things with various areas of British folk and rock music. In the case of the Albion Dance Band, under its various names, the focus was on mutating traditional English dance and folk music, which led to escapades involving traditional tunes, Morris dancers, double drummers, dance callers, Philip Pickett's entire collection of medieval instruments, and serious rock guitar front lines that tend to leap onto the hay cart and start blazing away. The Prospect Before Us is particularly unusual, even for Hutchings and the Albions – a number of the tracks were recorded live in the studio, complete with dancing by the Albion Morris Men, an effort that resulted in some especially raucous moments: the bonus version of "Merry Sherwood Rangers" is far more staid than the live rendition that made it to the original version of this album. An essential purchase, we think.

Mungo Jerry - Baby Jump: The Definitive Collection (2004) 3CD Box Set

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Mungo Jerry - Baby Jump: The Definitive Collection (2004) 3CD Box Set

Mungo Jerry - Baby Jump: The Definitive Collection (2004) 3CD Box Set
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 1.45 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 536 Mb | Scans ~ 27 Mb
Label: Sanctuary Midline | # SMETD 134 | Time: 03:52:08
Rock, Pop Rock, Folk-Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Blues-Rock, Skiffle

Three CD set for act who shot to prominence in the summer of 1970 with the all time classic 'In the Summertime'. This is the definitive cross-career collection. 65 tracks.

Simon & Garfunkel - Sounds Of Silence (1966)

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Simon & Garfunkel - Sounds Of Silence (1966)

Simon & Garfunkel - Sounds Of Silence (1966)
EAC | Flac(Image) + Cue + Log & MP3 CBR 320Kbps
2007 | Columbia-Legacy, 88697134662-2 | ~ 235 or 101 Mb | Scans(jpg) -> 24 Mb
Folk-Rock | Remastered

Simon & Garfunkel's second album, Sounds of Silence, was recorded 18 months after their debut long-player, Wednesday Morning, 3 AM – but even though the two albums shared one song (actually, one-and-a-half songs) in common, the sound here seemed a million miles away from the gentle harmonizing and unassuming acoustic accompaniment on the first record. In between, there had been a minor earthquake in the pop/rock world called "folk-rock," which resulted in the transformation of their acoustic rendition of "The Sound of Silence" into a classic of the new genre, complete with jangling electric guitars and an amplified beat that helped carry it to the top of the charts…

VA - Singers & Songwriters 1970-1971 (2000) 2CDs, Reissue 2010

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VA - Singers & Songwriters 1970-1971 (2000) 2CDs, Reissue 2010

VA - Singers & Songwriters 1970-1971 (2000) 2CDs, Reissue 2010
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 535 Mb | Scans included
Label: Time-Life/Universal | # 25912-D 3145458912 INO2 | 01:30:39
Classic Rock, Folk Rock, Soft Rock, Pop/Rock, Psychedelic, Soul, Folk

For the compilers of Time-Life Music's Singers & Songwriters series, which – more or less – chronicles the 1970s singer/songwriter movement, the 24-month period 1970-1971 marked the real birth of that trend, with the popular emergence of such defining figures as James Taylor, Carole King, Carly Simon, John Denver, and Cat Stevens, all of whom had their first big hits in the style included here.

Heidi Berry - Albums Collection 1991-2000 (4CD)

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Heidi Berry - Albums Collection 1991-2000 (4CD)

Heidi Berry - Albums Collection 1991-2000 (4CD)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 1.17 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 575 Mb | Scans included
Singer/Songwriter, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Folk-Rock, Dream Pop | Time: 03:22:21

Heidi Berry cut a stark contrast to the prevailing musical mentality of the early '90s – despite releasing records on both Creation and 4AD, together the leading lights of the shoegazing and dream pop movements, her haunting, luminous folk-inspired sound instead harked back to the work of Sandy Denny and Nick Drake, complete with an earnestness and raw honesty far removed from her irony drenched times. Collection includes: Love (1991); Heidi Berry (1993); Miracle (1996); Pomegranate: An Anthology (2000).

Natalie Merchant - Retrospective 1990-2005 (2005) 2CD Deluxe Edition [Re-Up]

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Natalie Merchant - Retrospective 1990-2005 (2005) 2CD Deluxe Edition [Re-Up]

Natalie Merchant - Retrospective 1990-2005 (2005) 2CD Deluxe Edition
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 721 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 292 Mb | Scans ~ 211 Mb
Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Folk Rock | Label: Elektra | # R2 73122 | Time: 02:07:40

Retrospective 1995–2005 is Natalie Merchant's first greatest hits album, featuring her most popular songs. It was released on 27 September 2005 on Elektra Records. This deluxe edition version included a second disc with B-sides and rarities.

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.

Christian Kiefer & Sharron Kraus - The Black Dove (2006)

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Christian Kiefer & Sharron Kraus - The Black Dove (2006)

Christian Kiefer & Sharron Kraus - The Black Dove (2006)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 244 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 115 Mb | Scans included
Label: Tompkins Square | # TSQ1124 | Time: 00:44:53
Singer/Songwriter, Folk, Folk-Rock, Alt-Country, Lo-Fi

A mixture of utterly trad folk and country tunes with some hipsterish indie touches, The Black Dove is uneven, but it works more often than it doesn't. The songs sung by Sharron Kraus, a British folksinger whose voice bears comparison both to U.K. folk icons like June Tabor and American country singers like Gillian Welch, fit uneasily against those featuring Christian Kiefer's hushed bedroom-rock murmur. Imagine Norma Waterson collaborating with Elliott Smith and the parameters of the project's influences will become clear, as well as its flaws. However, the songs featuring Kraus are uniformly excellent, as are the atmospheric instrumental interludes between songs, which occasionally recall Dolly Collins' fantasias for harmonium on her albums with sister Shirley. Kiefer's whispery material, which works better on his solo records, simply sounds out of place in these surroundings.

Loggins & Messina - The Best: Loggins & Messina Sittin' In Again (2005)

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Loggins & Messina - The Best: Loggins & Messina Sittin' In Again (2005)

Loggins & Messina - The Best: Loggins & Messina Sittin' In Again (2005)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks, cue, log) - 482 MB | MP3 CBR 320kbps - 178 MB
01:17:48 | AM Pop, Soft Rock, Folk Rock, Southern Rock | Label: Sony

After eight successful albums together between 1972 and 1977, including two live sets, the duo went their separate ways, touring for the last time in 1976. The Best: Loggins & Messina Sittin' in Again," featuring such hits as 'Your Mama Don't Dance', 'Danny's Song' and 'Angry Eyes'. Sony. 2005.

Joan Baez - Vol. 2 (1961) Reissue 2001 [Re-Up]

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Joan Baez - Vol. 2 (1961) Reissue 2001 [Re-Up]

Joan Baez - Vol. 2 (1961) Reissue 2001
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 263 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 121 Mb | Scans ~ 241 Mb
Singer/Songwriter, Folk, Folk-Rock | Label: Vanguard | # VMD 79595 | Time: 00:51:35

Joan Baez's second album, recorded when she was 20 years old, is a hearty helping of folk masterpieces that give ample evidence to exactly how she was established as a leader of the contemporary folk scene of the day. In August of 2001, Joan Baez, Vol. 2 was reissued in an audiophile remastered edition, with new annotation and containing three additional songs from the same sessions – all are a match for anything on the original album, and "I Once Loved a Boy" and "The Longest Train I Ever Saw" count among the saddest, most emotionally enveloping songs of Baez's early career.