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B.B. King - Do The Boogie! Early 50s Classics (1988) [Re-Up]

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B.B. King - Do The Boogie! Early 50s Classics (1988) [Re-Up]

B.B. King - Do The Boogie! Early 50s Classics (1988)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 389 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 181 Mb | Scans included
Early R&B, Electric Blues | Label: Virgin | # 7243 8 39654 2 7 | Time: 00:56:17

20 killer tracks from B.B. King's 1950s heyday, including quite a few alternate takes and a few tough-to-locate items ("Bye Bye Baby," "Dark Is the Night," "Jump with You Baby"). Many of the titles are familiar ones – "Woke Up This Morning," "Every Day (I Have the Blues)," "Please Love Me," "Whole Lotta Love" – but often as not, compiler Ray Topping unearthed contrasting versions from the same sessions that shed new, fascinating light on King's studio techniques.

B.B. King - Live in Japan (1971) Reissue 1999 [Re-Up]

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B.B. King - Live in Japan (1971) Reissue 1999 [Re-Up]

B.B. King - Live in Japan (1971) Reissue 1999
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 550 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 212 Mb | Scans included
Label: MCA | # 111 810-2, MCD-11810 | Time: 01:16:39
Modern Electric Blues, Soul-Blues

Recorded in 1971, but unreleased in the U.S. until 1999, B.B. King's Live in Japan deserves high marks for exuberance alone. Had Live in Cook County Jail not just jumped into the charts, this live album might have been released long ago. The recording opens with a swelling of enthusiastic cheers, as King launches into an uptempo "Every Day I Have the Blues." There are plenty of other classics here as well, including "How Blue Can You Get?", "Sweet Sixteen," and "The Thrill Is Gone" (which elicits another round of cheering from the opening notes). Live in Japan may not have the long-standing reputation of Cook County Jail or Live at the Regal, but it's an excellent album, with a decidedly different feel from these two classics.

Downliners Sect - Sectuality (2002) 2CDs [Re-Up]

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Downliners Sect - Sectuality (2002) 2CDs [Re-Up]

Downliners Sect - Sectuality (2002) 2CDs
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 720 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 317 Mb | Scans included | Time: 02:16:24
British Invasion, Garage Rock, Rhythm & Blues, Rock & Roll, Freakbeat | Label: Charly | # SNAD 536

This double-CD set is essential listening – not just for Downliners Sect fans, but for anyone who's ever worn out copies of any of the first three Rolling Stones albums or owns anything by the Yardbirds, the Pretty Things, Them, the Graham Bond Organisation, the Animals, early John Mayall, the Shadows of Knight, or any of countless blues-inspired American garage bands. In content, it's approximately equivalent to Charly's Yardbirds Ultimate Collection, encompassing the complete contents of the Downliners Sect's three original LPs, from the bluesy "Baby, What's Wrong" to the pounding, proto-psychedelic "Glendora." Thus, listeners don't get the EP and demo tracks "Cadillac," "Roll Over Beethoven," "Beautiful Delilah," or "Shame Shame Shame," and "I Can't Get Away from You" and "Roses" are also missing from the other end of their history – all of which are present, along with a lot else, on See for Miles' Definitive Downliners Sect: The Singles A's & B's, which is the perfect complement to this set.

Manfred Mann - Down The Road Apiece: Their EMI Recordings 1963-1966 (2007) 4CD Set [Re-Up]

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Manfred Mann - Down The Road Apiece: Their EMI Recordings 1963-1966 (2007) 4CD Set [Re-Up]

Manfred Mann - Down The Road Apiece: Their EMI Recordings 1963-1966 (2007) 4CD Set
EAC | APE | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 1.55 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 625 Mb | Scans ~ 42 Mb | 04:31:42
British Invasion, Pop/Rock, Beat, Rock & Roll, Rhythm & Blues | Label: EMI | # 0946 3 97215 2 8

2007 four CD retrospective that highlights their years spent with EMI Records, 1963-66 featuring seven previously unreleased recordings. The band was started by Mike Hugg and Manfred. They were Jazz musicians but it didn't pay the bills so they decided to form an R&B band. They recruited a group of similarly under-employed Jazz players and then held auditions for a singer or "shouter" as it was described to Paul Jones who eventually got the job. The line up was completed by Mike Vickers and Tom McGuiness. Jones's harmonica gave the group their distinct sound and they soon became one of Britain's leading bands of the '60s. They hit the top 10 regularly with hits like '5-4-3-2-1', 'Do Wah Diddy Diddy', 'Sha La La', Come Tomorrow, 'If You Gotta Go, Go Now' and 'Pretty Flamingo'. Booklet contains sessionography and illustrated discography. 97 tracks.

Al Kooper - I Stand Alone (1969) Japanese Remastered 2003

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Al Kooper - I Stand Alone (1969) Japanese Remastered 2003

Al Kooper - I Stand Alone (1969) Japanese Remastered 2003
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 276 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 96 Mb | Scans ~ 97 Mb
Label: Sony Records Int'l | # MHCP 14 | Time: 00:41:33
Classic Rock, Psychedelic, Rhythm & Blues, Blues-Rock

I Stand Alone is American singer-songwriter Al Kooper's 1969 debut album issued on Columbia Records. It was recorded after his collaboration with Michael Bloomfield and Stephen Stills on the 1968 album Super Session. After ten years of session playing, collaborations and playing in other bands, Kooper released his first solo album in February, 1969. It is an eclectic mix of country, soul, blues, and rock with a dose of psychedelia mixed throughout. It is a continuation of Super Session in its mix of disparate covers from the likes of Bill Monroe, Harry Nilsson and Traffic, and with originals running the gamut of feelings.

Tony Joe White - The Shine (2010)

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Tony Joe White - The Shine (2010)

Tony Joe White - The Shine (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 253 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 121 Mb | Scans ~ 206 Mb
Label: Swamp Records | # 8572202 | Time: 00:52:47
Singer/Songwriter, Swamp Blues, Blues-Rock, Country-Rock, Soul

The 21st century saw Tony Joe White resume his recording and performing career, and experience a resurgence of critical interest in his older music as well. Since 2002, "the Swamp Fox" has recorded sporadically for his own Swamp imprint, and also had his back catalog remastered and reissued. Earlier in 2010, Rhino Handmade made available That On the Road Look, a previously unreleased live date. The Shine is a (mostly) low-key, basic affair. White wrote or co-wrote everything here with his wife, Leann. The band is a quintet: White plays guitars and harmonica with drummer Jack Bruno, cellist John Catchings, bassist George Hawkins, and Tyson Rogers on piano, organ, and Wurlitzer. The sound is warm and raw; the album feels like it was cut mostly live from the floor (with guitar and vocal overdubs added) and it's full of natural atmospherics. White's acoustic nylon-string guitar is prevalent, sometimes more so than his quavering, downright spooky baritone. His electric six-string work paints the backdrop.

Corey Harris - Albums Collection 1995-2012 (10CD) [Re-Up]

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Corey Harris - Albums Collection 1995-2012 (10CD) [Re-Up]

Corey Harris - Albums Collection 1995-2012 (10CD)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 3.43 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 1.23 Gb | Scans ~ 580 Mb
Genre: Blues, Reggae, Delta Blues, Desert Blues, R&B, African Folk | Time: 09:03:14

Corey Harris is an American blues and reggae musician. Along with Keb' Mo' and Alvin Youngblood Hart, he raised the flag of acoustic guitar blues in the mid-1990s. Collection includes: Between Midnight And Day (1995); Fish Ain't Bitin' (1997); Greens from the Garden (1999); Vü-Dü Menž (2000) with Henry Butler; Downhome Sophisticate (2002); Mississippi to Mali (2003); Daily Bread (2005); Zion Crossroads (2007); blu.black (2009); Fulton Blues (2012).

Cathy Jean - Albums Collection 1996-2010 (5CD)

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Cathy Jean - Albums Collection 1996-2010 (5CD)

Cathy Jean - Albums Collection 1996-2010 (5CD)
EAC/XLD | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 1.95 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 703 Mb | Scans ~ 731 Mb
Genre: Blues, Electric Blues, Blues-Rock, R&B, Rock & Roll | Time: 05:06:00

Cathy Jean is an American Blues singer, songwriter and musician known for her powerful and soulful vocals. She has collaborated with many well-known local and national musicians. She has released several EPs and full-length albums, and has toured in North America and abroad. Jean has been nominated for three Washington Area Music Association (WAMA) awards. Cathy plays guitar, piano, violin and harmonica. Collection includes: Tear Me Apart (1996); I Want (1998); Marshall Road Apocalypse (2001); Little Sick Twist (2005); In The Remains (2010).

James Booker - New Orleans Piano Wizard: Live! (1977) CD Reissue 1992

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James Booker - New Orleans Piano Wizard: Live! (1977) CD Reissue 1992

James Booker - New Orleans Piano Wizard: Live! (1977) CD Reissue 1992
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 235 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 105 Mb | Scans included
Label: Rounder Records | # ROUNDER CD 2027 | Time: 00:37:42
New Orleans Blues, Boogie-Woogie, Rhythm & Blues, Jazz-Blues

Why so much of what pianist/vocalist James Booker recorded in the 1970s didn't surface until the '90s is a mystery, but that's secondary compared to the greatness routinely presented on this CD. It contains nine Booker selections that he performed at the 1977 Boogie Woogie & Ragtime Piano Contest held in Zurich. His relentless, driving style, ability to switch from a hard-hitting tune to a light, soft one without skipping a beat, and his wild mix of sizzling keyboard licks and bemused, manic vocals are uniformly impressive. Piano Wizard a bit short for a CD at 37 minutes, but it has so much flamboyant music and singing that it shouldn't be missed.

Albert King - I Wanna Get Funky (1974) [Remastered 1990]

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Albert King - I Wanna Get Funky (1974) [Remastered 1990]

Albert King - I Wanna Get Funky (1974) [Remastered 1990]
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 270 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 110 Mb | Scans included
Label: Stax Records | # SCD-8536-2 (STS-5505) | Time: 00:45:23
Modern Electric Blues, Soul-Blues, Funk/Soul

This 1974 release has King using his upside-down Flying V to slash a blues path through the Memphis Horns, the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, and the dawn-of-disco funk rhythm players. He half-sings with one eye on B. B. King and Bobby Bland and the other fixed on hot-buttered soul crooner Isaac Hayes. "Crosscut Saw" best captures the album title, with the leader and astounding drummer, Al Jackson, charbroiling a song the two had soul basted back in the mid 1960s with Booker T. Jones.

Bobby Rush with BlindDog Smokin' featuring The Legendary Dr. John - Decisions (2014)

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Bobby Rush with BlindDog Smokin' featuring The Legendary Dr. John - Decisions (2014)

Bobby Rush with BlindDog Smokin' featuring The Legendary Dr. John - Decisions (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 381 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 147 Mb | Scans included
Blues, Soul-Blues, R&B, Retro-Soul | Label: Silver Talon | # STF-393 | Time: 00:50:47

Bobby Rush got dirty on 2013's Down in Louisiana but with 2014's Decisions, he returns to his slick blues-funk ways, but this doesn't mean it's a rote affair by any means. He has teamed up with the band Blinddog Smokin' and, for the first time in his career, recorded with fellow Louisiana legend Dr. John. Mac Rebennack shows up on the opening "Another Murder in New Orleans," a deeply soulful and searching portrait of the violence that often plagues the Big Easy but, really, that's the only instance when good times aren't on Rush's mind. He leers about being a "Funky Old Man" and winks about what happens on "Bobby Rush's Bus," two songs that set the pace and attitude for much of the rest of Decisions.

Willie Dixon & VA - Giant of the Blues (2008) 2CDs

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Willie Dixon & VA - Giant of the Blues (2008) 2CDs

Willie Dixon & VA - Giant of the Blues (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 687 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 361 Mb | Scans ~ 63 Mb | 02:37:55
Chicago Blues, Rhythm & Blues | Label: Blues Boulevard/Music Avenue | # 250196

When Willie Dixon left his native Mississippi and traveled north to Chicago, he almost single-handedly dragged the blues with him into the modern era, giving the country blues a hard, new sheen with his deft songwriting, sturdy bass playing, and his considerable talents as a producer and arranger. This two-disc, 47-track set catches Dixon wearing all of his hats, with the first disc featuring him in the studio and in concert (including several live tracks with Johnny Winter) and the second spotlighting his bass playing and production work with the likes of Robert Nighthawk, Eddie Boyd, Muddy Waters, Little Walter, Lowell Fulson, Bo Diddley, Willie Mabon, and Howlin' Wolf. What emerges is a well-rounded portrait and introduction to one of the major architects of the modern blues sound.

Van Morrison - Down The Road (2002)

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Van Morrison - Down The Road (2002)

Van Morrison - Down The Road (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 395 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 146 Mb
Label: Polydor, Exile | # 589 661-2 | Time: 01:02:05 | Scans included
Blues, Rock, Celtic, Rhythm & Blues, Folk-Rock

Down the Road is the twenty-ninth studio album by Northern Irish singer Van Morrison. The album has a nostalgic tone, lyrically and musically, and its arrangements mix R&B and blues with country and folk, and with a few exceptions, like "Georgia on My Mind," the music is most often rooted in 1950s and early 1960s popular music.

Little Richard - The Specialty Sessions (1989) 6CD Box Set

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Little Richard - The Specialty Sessions (1989) 6CD Box Set

Little Richard - The Specialty Sessions (1989) 6CD Box Set
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 1.66 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 751 Mb
Label: Ace Records | # ABOXCD 1 | Time: 05:27:25 | Scans ~ 46 Mb
Rhythm & Blues, Rock & Roll, Gospel, Blues, Soul, Early Pop/Rock

For the hardcore Little Richard fan – the kind that has to hear every recording the architect of rock & roll ever made – there's little question that Ace's Specialty Box Set is the motherlode. Spanning six discs and over a hundred tracks, this is for serious listeners. Since Specialty's condensed, three-disc version of this set also included numerous working versions, alternate takes and commercials, it was also targeted for dedicated listeners, but this set – which is twice as large – is for fans who love to immerse themselves in minute details and unfinished takes. For those listeners, this set is certainly worth the money, since it is lavishly produced and boasts every single thing Little Richard recorded at the label.

Van Morrison - A Sense Of Wonder (1985) Expanded Remastered 2008

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Van Morrison - A Sense Of Wonder (1985) Expanded Remastered 2008

Van Morrison - A Sense Of Wonder (1985) Expanded Remastered 2008
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 341 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 123 Mb
Label: Exile, Polydor | # 5305448 | Time: 00:53:41 | Covers included
Singer/Songwriter, Pop/Rock, R&B, Blue-Eyed Soul, Jazz-Rock, Celtic

A Sense of Wonder is the fifteenth studio album by Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison released in 1985. On first release, original pressings had to be recalled when the W. B. Yeats estate refused to allow Morrison's musical version of the poem "Crazy Jane on God" to be included, as they believed his poems should only be set to classical music. Morrison substituted "If You Only Knew" for the Yeats' recording. (Later, perhaps due to Morrison's efforts, Yeats poems would be put to rock settings on a whole album). The 29 January 2008 reissued and remastered version of the album contains an alternative take of "Crazy Jane on God" and "A Sense of Wonder".