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James Brown - The 50th Anniversary Collection (2003) 2CD, Japanese SHM-CD [Re-Up]

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James Brown - The 50th Anniversary Collection (2003) 2CD, Japanese SHM-CD [Re-Up]

James Brown - The 50th Anniversary Collection (2003) 2CD, Japanese SHM-CD
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 1 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 377 Mb | Scans ~ 174 Mb
R&B, Soul, Funk | Label: Universal Music | # UICY-91047 8 | Time: 02:37:02

James Brown's two-CD 40th Anniversary Collection gathered 40 of the soul-funk giant's biggest hits, and in keeping with its title, The 50th Anniversary Collection is just that little bit bigger and better, with (could you guess?) 50 of his most famous tracks. From 1956's "Please, Please, Please" to 1988's "Static, Pts. 1 & 2," it has almost all of his biggies, though the absence of the 1986 Top Five hit "Living in America" is puzzling indeed. But that's a minor quibble given the dozens of classics onboard, which taken as a whole not only represent the best Brown compilation on the market, but also make a plain case for the singer as one of the major talents of 20th century American music. It's not wholly redundant on the off-chance that you're willing to replace 40th Anniversary Collection, mopping up a few hits of note ("Bewildered," "Bring It Up," "Let Yourself Go," "I Can't Stand Myself [When You Touch Me], Pt. 1," "It's a New Day, Pt. 1," "The Popcorn") that didn't make the cut the previous time around. If you're keeping score, it does lose a couple minor goodies from 40th Anniversary Collection ("Money Won't Change You," "King Heroin"). Also, the '70s funk years might be given too much emphasis and his R&B-soul beginnings shortchanged, though there are plenty of other reissues of his '50s/'60s material out there if you want to investigate further.

Aretha Franklin - The Early Years (2008)

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Aretha Franklin - The Early Years (2008)

Aretha Franklin - The Early Years (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 355 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 150 Mb | Scans included
R&B, Soul, Gospel, Soul-Jazz | Label: Blue Label/SPV | # SPV 305712 CD | 00:56:30

These days she's known as the Queen of Soul, and indeed has been since she came to the fore belting out such well known hits as 'Respect', 'Chain Of Fools' and 'Say A Little Prayer' in the late '60s, scoring no less than ten Top 10 hits over an 18-month period from 1967-68. The rarely heard but strikingly effective recordings on 'The Early Years' come from a period when Franklin was signed to Columbia Records and offer a unique insight into the development of this amazing artist. Unlike SPV's companion piece, 'Aretha Sings The Blues', which as the title implies concentrates on a selection of blues-based recordings, 'The Early Years' is notable for the range of styles, from pop, blues, jazz, gospel and soul, that the young Franklin was able to instil into her music with the air of a seasoned veteran.

The "5" Royales - Monkey Hips & Rice (1994) {2CD Set Rhino R2 71546 rec 1952-1962}

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The "5" Royales - Monkey Hips & Rice (1994) {2CD Set Rhino R2 71546 rec 1952-1962}

The "5" Royales - Monkey Hips & Rice (1994) {2CD Set Rhino R2 71546 rec 1952-1962}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 567 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 255 Mb
Full Artwork @ 300 dpi (jpg) -> 41 Mb | 5% repair rar
© 1952-62, 1994 King/Gusto Records / Rhino Records | R2 71546
Rhythm & Blues / Rock & Roll / Early R&B / Doo Wop / Jump Blues

The 5 Royales are legendary, primarily in the sense that their legend grew over the years, as the status of what they achieved began to be realized. Like many trailblazing groups, the 5 Royales made music that wasn't fully appreciated at the time and is pigeonholed into the influential but not heard category. This makes their list of accomplishments seem academic – they pushed through gospel and doo wop, incorporating jump and urban blues and, eventually, rock & roll, paving the way toward the soul of the '60s. Led by guitarist/songwriter Lowman Pauling, the group was remarkably versatile, stretching the accepted limits of what a vocal group could do, particularly because Pauling's guitar and earthy, soulful songwriting ignored boundaries and let the group follow suit.

VA - The Time for Peace Is Now - Gospel Music About Us (2019)

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VA - The Time for Peace Is Now - Gospel Music About Us (2019)

VA - The Time for Peace Is Now - Gospel Music About Us (2019)
FLAC tracks / MP3 320 kbps | 47:08 | 106 Mb / 233 Mb
Genre: R&B, Soul, Blues / Label: Luaka Bop

Let us just suppose, for a moment, that you are a person with a day job of some kind, let’s say one like mine – I write books and am a university professor – or one like yours, whatever it might be. Butcher, baker, social worker, tire-regroover – or let us say you work in a bank, or robbing banks. Perhaps you even work in a church; maybe you’re the janitor, or perhaps even the pastor of a church. It doesn’t matter. What if one day you woke up with a message burning through you, like a piece of mental lightning, one that went beyond the brain, to electrify your senses, and pulse in your limbs. Perhaps it felt as though this electrical message ran straight from your ears and your throat, so that you found yourself humming with it, subvocalizing. As though this electrified message wanted to come out of you and find its way into the world.

VA - Greatest Gospel Gems (1991) {Specialty} **[RE-UP]**

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VA - Greatest Gospel Gems (1991) {Specialty} **[RE-UP]**

VA - Greatest Gospel Gems (1991) {Specialty}
EAC Rip | FLAC with CUE and log | scans | 263 mb
MP3 CBR 320kbps | RAR | 139 mb
Genre: gospel, R&B

Greatest Gospel Gems is a compilation CD of gospel music, released in 1991 by Specialty Records. The series was originally released as two separate volumes on vinyl but were gathered onto one compact disc. This was remastered by Kirk Felton.

Chad Roland - Tired Hungry Homeless Poor (2019)

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Chad Roland - Tired Hungry Homeless Poor (2019)

Chad Roland - Tired Hungry Homeless Poor (2019)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 285 MB | Tracks: 11 | 44:44 min
Style: Country | Label: Chad Roland

Tired Hungry Homeless Poor is Chad's first album as a recording artist. Growing up in a loving church environment, Chad found his relationship with Christ at a very young age. It has been the most important transformation of his life. His faith has permeated not only his music, but also the way he approaches all things. Along with Grammy Award Winning Producer Chris Lathem, they have crafted an expressive blend of Country, Singer/Songwriter and Gospel Blues that is sure to stir the soul.

Various Artists - Chicago Hit Factory: The Vee-Jay Story 1953-1966 (2014) {10CD Set Charly Records CHARLY 915 B}

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Various Artists - Chicago Hit Factory: The Vee-Jay Story 1953-1966 (2014) {10CD Set Charly Records CHARLY 915 B}

Various Artists - Chicago Hit Factory: The Vee-Jay Story 1953-1966 (2014) {10CD Set Charly Records CHARLY 915 B}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 3.39 Gb | MP3 @320 -> 1.64 Gb
Full Artwork @ 300 dpi (jpg) -> 59 Mb | 5% repair rar
© 1953-66, 2014 Charly Records / Vee-Jay | CHARLY 915 B
Rhythm & Blues / Doo-Wop / Blues / Soul / Gospel / Jazz

Celebrating sixty years since the launch of one of the most successful independent record labels in US Popular music. Received wisdom would have us believe that before Motown, no black-owned record company had made a significant impact on the US mainstream. However, the actuality is something else entirely. Way back in the early 50s, long before Berry Gordy had written his first song, VEE-JAY RECORDS - a black, family owned and run, Chicago-based label - was establishing itself via a steady stream of Blues, R&B, DooWop and Gospel hits.

Marvin Gaye - What's Going On (1971) [Japanese Platinum SHM-CD]

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Marvin Gaye - What's Going On (1971) [Japanese Platinum SHM-CD]

Marvin Gaye - What's Going On (1971)
EAC | Flac(Image) + Cue + Log & MP3 CBR 320Kbps
2013 | Universal Music, UICY-40010 | ~ 284 or 127 Mb | Artwork(png) -> 301 Mb
Funk, Soul, Gospel, Rhythm & Blues

What's Going On is not only Marvin Gaye's masterpiece, it's the most important and passionate record to come out of soul music, delivered by one of its finest voices, a man finally free to speak his mind and so move from R&B sex symbol to true recording artist. With What's Going On, Gaye meditated on what had happened to the American dream of the past – as it related to urban decay, environmental woes, military turbulence, police brutality, unemployment, and poverty…

Gregg Allman - Laid Back (1973) {2019, Deluxe Edition, Remastered}

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Gregg Allman - Laid Back (1973) {2019, Deluxe Edition, Remastered}

Gregg Allman - Laid Back (1973) {2019, Deluxe Edition, Remastered}
2CD | EAC Rip | FLAC (Tracks) + Cue + m3u + Log ~ 917 Mb | Full Scans ~ 188 Mb | RAR 5% Recovery
Southern Rock, Blues Rock | Mercury #B002972502

Recorded in the same year as the Brothers and Sisters album, this solo debut release is a beautiful amalgam of R&B, folk, and gospel sounds, with the best singing on any of Gregg Allman's solo releases. He covers his own "Midnight Rider" in a more mournful, dirge-like manner, and Jackson Browne's "These Days" gets its most touching and tragic-sounding rendition as well. Although Chuck Leavell and Jaimoe are here, there's very little that sounds like the Allman Brothers Band – prominent guitars, apart from a few licks by Tommy Talton (Cowboy, ex-We the People), are overlooked in favor of gospel-tinged organ and choruses behind Allman's soulful singing.

Kid Rock - Rebel Soul (2012)

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Kid Rock - Rebel Soul (2012)

Kid Rock - Rebel Soul (2012)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 437 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 168 Mb | Scans included
Southern Rock, Hard Rock, Blues-Rock, Soul | Label: Atlantic | # 532558-2 | 01:05:35

Rebel Soul is Kid Rock's ninth studio album and sixth studio album with Atlantic Records. The album was released on November 19, 2012. Kid Rock is the producer on the album and Twisted Brown Trucker returns after Rick Rubin placed in an all-star band for 2010's Born Free. "Redneck Paradise" was written by The Young Brothers in 2007; they sent it to Kid Rock's representatives hoping he'd use the song. The album was described as a mixture of Southern rock, soul, blues, gospel and Motown Sound.

The Persuasions - Spread The Word (1972/2019)

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The Persuasions - Spread The Word (1972/2019)

The Persuasions - Spread The Word (1972/2019)
WEB FLAC (Tracks) - 175 MB | Cover | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 70 MB | 00:29:10
Soul, RnB, Gospel | Label: Capitol Records

Why The Persuasions were never able to generate much action while on commercial labels is a mystery. They made fine albums for A&M and Capitol, but just couldn't get any hits. While it was true that '70s tastes were geared more toward funk, "sweet" soul, and vocal groups with elaborate arrangements and production, there still should have been room for The Persuasions' classic harmonizing. At any rate, this was one of a couple of fine albums they made in the early '70s for Capitol. It's long out of print, and probably won't be reissued any time soon, if ever.

Otis Clay - Walk A Mile In My Shoes (2007)

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Otis Clay - Walk A Mile In My Shoes (2007)

Otis Clay - Walk A Mile In My Shoes (2007)
EAC Rip | FLAC (Tracks) + Cue + m3u + Log ~ 414 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 149 Mb
Full Scans ~ 52 Mb | RAR 5% Recovery
Rhythm & Blues, Soul, Gospel | Echo Records #ECCD 357

Walk a Mile in My Shoes is Otis Clay's first set of gospel studio material since the Blind Pig release The Gospel Truth in 1993. Clay freely mixes the unbridled showmanship and bittersweet soul balladry of the secular with his religious conviction, and his intensely honest vocal delivery appeals to both audiences regardless of lyrical content. With horn-laden arrangements reminiscent of his recordings for Hi Records in the '70s, these tracks include "A Soul Stirrers Medley," featuring Soul Stirrers Leroy and Arthur Crume. There is a duet with Carla Thomas ("If I Could Reach Out and Help") performed live at the Chicago Gospel Festival along with new interpretations of O.V. Wright's "On Jesus Program," Stevie Wonder's "Love's in Need of Love Today," and Joe South's modern standard "Walk a Mile in My Shoes."

Solomon Burke - Don't Give Up On Me (2002)

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Solomon Burke - Don't Give Up On Me (2002)

Solomon Burke - Don't Give Up On Me (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 291 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 132 Mb | Scans included | 00:51:40
Soul, Deep Soul, Soul-Blues, Gospel | Label: Fat Possum, Anti- | # 0358-2

Don't Give Up on Me is a studio album by R&B/Soul singer Solomon Burke, recorded and released in 2002 on Fat Possum Records. The album won the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Blues Album. It is noteworthy for the contributions of original and previously unreleased compositions by top-rank songwriters, the effect of which placed Burke back in the public eye for a time. Guest stars are Daniel Lanois, who plays electric guitar on "Stepchild", and The Blind Boys of Alabama, who feature on backing vocals for "None of Us Are Free".

Maria Muldaur - Steady Love (2011) [Re-Up]

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Maria Muldaur - Steady Love (2011) [Re-Up]

Maria Muldaur - Steady Love (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 417 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 157 Mb | Scans included | 00:56:40
Contemporary Blues, R&B, Blues-Rock | Label: Stony Plain | # SPCD 1346

The sounds of New Orleans have always been in Maria Muldaur's blood and catalog. Dr. John appeared on her first solo album back in 1974 and she arguably hit a career high point on her first full-fledged love letter to the city, 1992's Louisiana Love Call. She returns to the Crescent City for this 2011 release, employing veteran New Orleans keyboardist Dave Torkanowsky as musical director and "facilitator" and returning to the swampy "Bluesiana music" sound that includes heavy doses of gospel and blues along with touches of jazz, soul, and funk. This is a major shift from her past two acoustic jug band releases and plays to her sultry strengths as a vocalist who can convincingly sing any style of music she feels passionate about. Muldaur revisits a few tracks she has previously recorded (an earlier version of "As an Eagle Stirreth in Her Nest" was included on 1976's Sweet Harmony) but with a band that features guitarist Shane Theriot and Subdudes bassist Johnny Allen, they and the rest of the handpicked material boil with fresh enthusiasm.

Avery R. Young - Tubman. (2019)

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Avery R. Young - Tubman. (2019)

Avery R. Young - Tubman. (2019)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 254 MB | Tracks: 14 | 43:52 min
Style: R&B, Soul, Funk, Pop | Label: FPE Records

Crossing the genres of House, Blues, Jazz and Rock, poet, singer and songwriter avery r. young has been on the scene in Chicago for decades, lending his pipes to albums by Catfish Haven, Marvin Tate, and many others. His debut album booker t. soltreyne: a race rekkid (2013) examined race relations in the Obama-Era and featured crowd favorites such as resurrec(t) fred (for slain Black Panther leader Fred Hampton Sr.) & ham sammich(es). This work led him to be co-writer and background vocalist on JC Brooks's Red, Black and Blue EP (2018) and featured vocalist on visionary composer and flutist Nicole Mitchell's Mandorla Awakening II: Emerging Worlds (FPE Records, 2017), which was named #1 jazz album of the year in the New York Times and placed in the top 5 of the NPR Jazz Critics Poll.