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VA - Screaming and Crying: 75 Masterpieces By 35 Blues Guitar Heroes (2012) 3CD Box Set [Re-Up]

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VA - Screaming and Crying: 75 Masterpieces By 35 Blues Guitar Heroes (2012) 3CD Box Set [Re-Up]

VA - Screaming and Crying: 75 Masterpieces By 35 Blues Guitar Heroes (2012) 3CD Box Set
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 612 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 474 Mb | Scans ~ 144 Mb | 03:27:02
Blues, Rhythm & Blues, Rock & Roll | Label: Fantastic Voyage | # FVTD137, 5055311001371

Rarely has the primal excitement of the electric blues guitar been so voraciously and expertly illustrated on one compilation than on Screaming And Crying, renowned British blues buff Neil Slaven s monumental homage to the music which shaped both his life and a whole generation. Over three discs and 75 tracks, the set straddles the spectrum of the electrified blues which fuelled the British R&B boom of the 1960s and beyond, mixing much-feted names such as Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley with more deliciously obscure outings by the likes of Doctor Ross and Guitar Shorty. Slaven s liner notes outline the story behind the roughshod classics which bust out of the set, whether screaming with the joy of musical release, or crying in a pool of despair, both amplified through jacked-up guitar strings.

Ana Popovic - Still Making History (2007) [Re-Up]

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Ana Popovic - Still Making History (2007) [Re-Up]

Ana Popović - Still Making History (2007)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 448 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 146 Mb | Scans ~ 108 Mb
Label: Eclecto Groove Records | # EGRCD 501 | Time: 01:03:43
Blues-Rock, Modern Electric Blues, Soul-Blues

Originally hailing from Belgrade in the former Yugoslavia, Ana's roots in war-torn Serbia have imbued her with a deep sense of purpose. With years of steady touring throughout Europe and four critically acclaimed CDs under her belt, Ana finally sets her sights on the US. Her debut release for Delta Groove, produced by Grammy Award winning producer John Porter (Los Lonely Boys, Bonnie Raitt, Keb Mo, Buddy Guy, Roxy Music, The Smiths), spotlights her growth and maturity as an artist, emphasizing her songwriting skills alongside her sensual vocals and masterful guitar.

Sly & The Family Stone - The Best Of Sly & The Family Stone (1992) [Re-Up]

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Sly & The Family Stone - The Best Of Sly & The Family Stone (1992) [Re-Up]

Sly & The Family Stone - The Best Of Sly & The Family Stone (1992)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 419 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 165 Mb | Scans included
Psychedelic Soul, Funk, Rock | Label: Epic | # 471758 2 | Time: 01:10:51

Sly Stewart is one of pop and rock's great enigmas. A charismatic performer, full of a boundless, good energy, a wonderful songwriter and, at least when he was in his prime, a man with a sure vision, Sly still somehow managed to throw it all away by the mid-'70s. The classic work he did with Sly & the Family Stone, though, is worth its weight in gold. This 20-track set has all the essential hits, including "Stand," "Everyday People," "Everybody Is a Star," "Family Affair," "Dance to the Music," and "I Want to Take You Higher," among others, and for most casual listeners, it has everything they'll really need.

Kool & the Gang - Something Special (1981) Japanese SHM-CD, 2012

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Kool & the Gang - Something Special (1981) Japanese SHM-CD, 2012

Kool & the Gang - Something Special (1981) Japanese SHM-CD, 2012
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 259 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 102 Mb | Scans included
Funk, Urban, R&B, Post-Disco | Label: Universal/Mercury | # UICY-25311 | 00:36:26

With their long track record, Kool & the Gang have always offered dance-provoking rhythms and Something Special fits that bill, too. Featuring the number one single "Take My Heart (You Can Have It If You Want It)," James "J.T." Taylor approaches the song in a cool, mesmerizing tone, closing out the vamp in his falsetto with a burst of energy while the background vocals chant the subtitle throughout the chorus. Not known to lead a song in falsetto, Taylor further utilizes this talent on the motivated rhythms of the nocturnal scenario of "Steppin' Out." It maintained a steady stride, rising to the number ten spot on the charts. The third single from the album was "Get Down on It." As the title indicates, this is a gritty funk track that worked its way up the charts to claim the number three position, selling more than 500,000 copies. Although there were no more charted singles from this album, the entire collection is deserving of recognition. On a slower note, "Pass It On" and "No Show" received regional airplay.

Nina Simone - Nina Simone Sings The Blues (1967) Japanese Mini-LP, 2004 [Re-Up]

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Nina Simone - Nina Simone Sings The Blues (1967) Japanese Mini-LP, 2004 [Re-Up]

Nina Simone - Nina Simone Sings The Blues (1967) Japanese Mini-LP, 2004
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 215 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 93 Mb | Scans included
Label: BMG/RCA | # BVCJ-37368, 82876-60795-2 | Time: 00:32:35
Blues, Soul-Blues, Vocal Jazz

Nina Simone Sings the Blues, issued in 1967, was her RCA label debut, and was a brave departure from the material she had been recording for Phillips. Indeed, her final album for that label, High Priestess of Soul, featured the singer, pianist, and songwriter fronting a virtual orchestra. Here, Simone is backed by a pair of guitarists (Eric Gale and Rudy Stevenson), bassist (Bob Bushnell), drummer (Bernard "Pretty" Purdie), organist (Ernie Hayes), and harmonica player who doubled on saxophone (Buddy Lucas). Simone handled the piano chores. The song selection is key here. Because for all intents and purposes this is perhaps the rawest record Simone ever cut. It opens with the sultry, nocturnal, slow-burning original "Do I Move You," which doesn't beg the question but demands an answer: "Do I move you?/Are you willin'?/Do I groove you?/Is it thrillin'?/Do I soothe you?/Tell the truth now?/Do I move you?/Are you loose now?/The answer better be yeah…It pleases me…." As the guitarists slip and slide around her husky vocal, a harmonica wails in the space between, and Simone's piano is the authority, hard and purposely slow.

VA - On The Brink: Return Of The Instro-Hipsters (2007)

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VA - On The Brink: Return Of The Instro-Hipsters (2007)

VA - On The Brink: Return Of The Instro-Hipsters (2007)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 360 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 134 Mb
Label: Psychic Circle | # PCCD7003 | Time: 00:56:16 | Scans ~ 74 Mb
Instrumental Pop/Rock, Psychedelic Pop/Rock, Rhythm & Blues

On the Brink is a collection of 20 previously uncomped and absolutely superb UK instrumentals from the '60s and early '70s, assembled by legendary psych musician and Psychic Circle label-head, Nick Saloman (The Bevis Frond). Presenting session men discovering sitars, orchestras getting into the freaky side of things, hip theme tunes, Hammonds, fuzz and brass. Somehow sophisticated and cheesy simultaneously, these acts created their own musical world of Chelsea apartments, mini-mokes, dark velvet bespoke tailoring and the dolliest birds this side of Battersea Bridge. Welcome to the soundtrack of your own unmade Swinging London movie. Artists include: Mike Vickers, the Jim Sullivan Sound, the Shock Absorbers, Wynder K. Frog, Rita, Offside, the Les Reed Orchestra, David Smith, the Keith Mansfield Orchestra, the Dave Davani Four, the Fidd, Ken Woodman's Piccadilly Brass, the John Schroeder Orchestra, Trax Four, the Mike Cotton Sound, Lee Mason and his Orchestra, the Vic Flick Sound, the Chris Barber Soul Band, Brian Bennett and Stanley Myers.

Various Artists - We Got The Funk (1999)

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Various Artists - We Got The Funk (1999)

Various Artists - We Got The Funk (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 456 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 187 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Funk, Soul | Label: Castle Pie | # PIESD 076 | Time: 01:07:52

Funk came of age in the 1970s when a term used in jazz circles for the previous two decades crossed over to the dancefloor. Our 16 slices are served up by acts ranging from Parliament -one of the genre's undisputed trendsetters, led by the irrepressible George Clinton- to Afro-rockers Osibisa and Cymande, taking in acts as diverse as girl group Honeycone and legendary 'Hustle' hitmakers The Fatback Band. Chairmen of the Board are one of five artists featured from the Invictus/Hot Wax stable, founded by the writing/production trio of Holland, Dozier and Holland. They struck out on their own after scoring hits with innumerable Motown acts; you can hear a touch of Stevie Wonder in 'Finders Keepers'. From Detroit we travel to New Jersey for our collection's title track, performed by female vocal duo Positive Force, which wrote their name in the last UK chart of the decade. If it's dance music with a heavy bass line and layered guitar, keyboard and vocals you're after, look no further - 'We Got The Funk'!

Roberta Flack - Chapter Two (1970)

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Roberta Flack - Chapter Two (1970)

Roberta Flack - Chapter Two (1970)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 206 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 90 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Soul, R&B, Vocal Jazz | Label: Atlantic | # 1569-2 | Time: 00:38:23

A great album and the release that made Roberta Flack a major soul and R&B artist in the early '70s. She had a soft, compelling, alluring voice, and was able to convincingly switch gears and also convey anger, regret, hurt, or despair. Those who thought Flack was a one-hit wonder, or didn't think she could make the transition from doing mostly jazz to other styles, were convinced otherwise.

Dionne Warwick - Greatest Hits 1979-1990 (1990) [Japanese Press]

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Dionne Warwick - Greatest Hits 1979-1990 (1990) [Japanese Press]

Dionne Warwick - Greatest Hits 1979-1990 (1990) Japanese Press
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 281 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 111 Mb | Scans ~ 130 Mb
Genre: R&B, Soul, Pop | Label: Arista BMG | # A32D-97 | Time: 00:48:45

Dionne Warwick enjoyed a career revival in the late '70s and 1980s when she teamed with such producers as Barry Manilow, Barry Gibb, and even Luther Vandross. They returned her to the elaborately arranged and structured soul-tinged pop that had marked her finest hits, although the lyrics and compositions weren't as consistent as they were during her Burt Bacharach/Hal David period. This album collects the biggest hits from this second phase of Warwick's career, including such triumphs as "Deja Vu" and "I Know I'll Never Love This Way Again"; it also introduced a new tune, "Take Good Care of You And Me".

Etta James - Queen Of Soul (1964) Expanded Reissue 2012 [Re-Up]

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Etta James - Queen Of Soul (1964) Expanded Reissue 2012 [Re-Up]

Etta James - Queen Of Soul (1964) Expanded Reissue 2012
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 396 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 164 Mb | Scans included
Soul, Blues, R&B | Label: Kent Records | # CDKEND 377 | Time: 00:57:05

This is the third in series of expanded versions of albums by Etta James, one of the greatest and most influential recording artists of our times. The original 10-track album is bolstered with 14 bonus titles recorded between 1962 and 1965. Together they show Etta's many sides, from the punchy soul of Pay Back and Only Time Will Tell to gorgeously orchestrated revivals of jazz standards such as Lover Man (Oh Where Can You Be), with a few Nashville-cut country tunes included for good measure. Track selection by Mick Patrick, with notes by Garth Cartwright.

Tedeschi Trucks Band - Let Me Get By (2016) 2CD Deluxe Edition [Re-Up]

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Tedeschi Trucks Band - Let Me Get By (2016) 2CD Deluxe Edition [Re-Up]

Tedeschi Trucks Band - Let Me Get By (2016) 2CD Deluxe Edition
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 582 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 229 Mb | Scans ~ 184 Mb
Label: Fantasy | # 0666999388408/0666999388392 | Time: 01:39:29
Blues Rock, Rhythm & Blues, Retro Soul, Roots Rock, Modern Blues

Let Me Get By is the third studio album from Tedeschi Trucks Band, featuring ten new, original songs that stand together as a testament to the spirit and commitment of the tightly-knit 12-member ensemble. Driven by Susan's soaring, spiritually charged vocals and Derek's masterfully lyrical slide-guitar, the band's musical talents are on display in full force. From 'Anyhow' - a declaration of devotion highlighting the album's theme of breaking away - to the funky and uplifting title track, Let Me Get By delivers a sonic journey filled with the barnstorming energy, soulful vibes and roots-based rock that no band delivers better. Deluxe version includes 8-track bonus disc that features live recordings from the legendary Beacon Theatre in New York as well as alternate mixes, early song takes and additional studio material, an expanded booklet with exclusive studio and live photos, and a custom-designed vintage amp box.

Bill Conti - Rocky II: Original Motion Picture Score (1979) [Re-Up]

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Bill Conti - Rocky II: Original Motion Picture Score (1979) [Re-Up]

Bill Conti - Rocky II: Original Motion Picture Score (1979)
EAC | FLAC (Tracks) + cue.+log ~ 204 Mb | Mp3, CBR320 kbps ~ 83 Mb | Scans included
Soundtrack, Score | Label: EMI-Manhattan Records | # CDP 7 46082 2 | 00:34:09

The rare sequel that improves upon its predecessor, Rocky II expands on the uplifting approach exemplified by Bill Conti's immortal "Gonna Fly Now" to create a score that's both more cohesive and more emotional. Writer/director/star Sylvester Stallone affords Conti a wider emotional berth this time around, allowing for poignant, melancholy themes like "Vigil" alongside fist-pumping anthems like the climactic "Overture" – as before, Conti employs little more than solo piano, a small string ensemble, and a potent brass section, and it's to the composer's enormous credit that he can forge such larger-than-life music from relatively few instrumental elements. "Gonna Fly Now" even reappears, this time with a children's choir in tow, and sounds better than ever. Not even Frank Stallone's "Two Kinds of Love" can torpedo this one.

Patrick Doyle & VA - Donnie Brasco: Original Soundtrack (1997) [Re-Up]

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Patrick Doyle & VA - Donnie Brasco: Original Soundtrack (1997) [Re-Up]

Patrick Doyle & VA - Donnie Brasco: Original Soundtrack (1997)
EAC | FLAC (Tracks) + cue.+log ~ 378 Mb | Scans included | Time: 00:59:12
Soundtrack, Score, Pop/Rock, R&B, Disco, Jazz-Funk | Label: Hollywood | # 162 102-2

The soundtrack to the period gangster movie Donnie Brasco highlights the music of the film's 1970s milieu, including hits from Electric Light Orchestra, Blondie, the Trammps, Neil Diamond, Dean Martin, The Miracles, Herbie Hancock.

Randy Crawford - The Very Best Of Randy Crawford (1993)

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Randy Crawford - The Very Best Of Randy Crawford (1993)

Randy Crawford - The Very Best Of Randy Crawford (1993)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 453 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 184 Mb | Scans included
Soul, Contemporary R&B | Label: Warner Bros. | # 9548-31891-2 | Time: 01:15:53

Randy (born Veronica Crawford) is a brilliant American soul singer who had a UK top five hit (Street life) as un-credited vocalist with the Crusaders in 1973, then had two UK top five hits (One day I'll fly away, Almaz) in the eighties as a solo singer. Randy never achieved this level of success in her homeland. Apart from those three major hits, Randy had two other UK top twenty hits (You might need somebody, Rainy night in Georgia) and several minor hits, three of which (Imagine, Secret combination, One hello) are included here. Most of the songs here are originals but, with her outstanding voice, Randy is a great interpreter of other people's songs, as this collection shows. This collection truly is the very best of Randy Crawford, one of the finest soul singers there has ever been.

Gloria Estefan - The Essential Gloria Estefan (2006) 2CD [Re-Up]

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Gloria Estefan - The Essential Gloria Estefan (2006) 2CD [Re-Up]

Gloria Estefan - The Essential Gloria Estefan (2006) 2CDs
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 1 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 359 Mb | Scans included
Label: Epic, Legacy | # 82876 89085 2 | Time: 02:33:20
Pop, Dance-Pop, Latin Pop, R&B, Adult Contemporary

The 2006 release of The Essential Gloria Estefan satisfied a long unmet need for a career-spanning English-language retrospective, one that includes the singer's popular hits with Miami Sound Machine in the mid-'80s as well as her subsequent solo recordings. For years, Estefan fans had few best-of choices to choose from – the Spanish-language Exitos de Gloria Estefan (1990), the two-volume Greatest Hits series (1992, 2001), and the latter-day Amor y Suerte: Exitos Romanticos collection (2004) – with no alternatives, not even budget-line knockoffs. The long-overdue release of The Essential Gloria Estefan thankfully resolved this gripe, for it includes the highlights from all aspects of Estefan's varied output, spread generously across two jam-packed discs.