John Lee Hooker - Get Back Home (1969) Reissue 1999 [Re-Up]

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John Lee Hooker - Get Back Home (1969) Reissue 1999 [Re-Up]

John Lee Hooker - Get Back Home (1969) Reissue 1999
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 367 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 196 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Delta Blues | Label: Black & Blue | # BB 423.2 | Time: 01:13:24

John Lee Hooker's greatness lies in his ability to perform the same songs the same way yet somehow sound different and memorable in the process. He operates at maximum efficiency in minimal surroundings with little production or assistance. That was the case on a 1969 session for Black and Blue; it was just Hooker and his guitar moaning, wailing, and narrating on 10 tracks which included familiar ditties "Boogie Chillen," "Love Affair," "Big Boss Lady," and "Cold Chills." Evidence has now not only reissued these 10 but has added another six bonus cuts, bringing the CD total to 16. If you have ever heard any Hooker, you will not be surprised or stunned by these renditions; you will simply enjoy hearing him rework them one more time, finding a new word, phrase, line, or riff to inject.

Robert Randolph & The Family Band - Got Soul (2017)

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Robert Randolph & The Family Band - Got Soul (2017)

Robert Randolph & The Family Band - Got Soul (2017)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 324 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans ~ 141 Mb | Time: 00:45:06
Blues-Rock, Jam Bands, Rhythm & Blues | Label: Masterworks | # 88985369472

Robert Randolph is one of the rare artists who's been able to convince a sizable audience that the pedal steel guitar has a place outside country music. This is partly due to his over-the-top skills on the instrument, but just as importantly, Randolph and his Family Band have consistently shown their ability to launch a soul shakedown party of major proportions whenever they take the stage or set up in the studio. 2017's Got Soul, Randolph's fifth studio album, seems designed to capture the energy and power of Randolph and his band in full flight, and producer Matt Pierson has gone out of his way to give this material a big, rollicking sound that makes the most of the muscle and sweat of this music. While the tough, funky report of the rhythm section and the call of the organ provide the backbone of these songs, it's Randolph's pedal steel that gives Got Soul its unique sound, as the wailing peals of his instrument tear through the mix and lend this as much of a vocal presence as any instrumentalist can provide. While vintage soul and funk figures play a big role in these arrangements, Randolph's background in gospel is never entirely out of the picture, and there's a churchy passion at the heart of this music that adds plenty to the emotional resonance, especially on tracks like "Be the Change" and "Heaven's Calling".

Doug Webb - Bright Side (2016)

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Doug Webb - Bright Side (2016)

Doug Webb - Bright Side (2016)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 424 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included | Time: 01:02:44
Contemporary Jazz, Post-Bop, Saxophone Jazz | Label: Posi-Tone | # PR8155

The sky is the limit when tenor saxophone virtuoso Doug Webb turns his attention toward the "Bright Side" on his seventh release for Posi-Tone. Everything swings steadily as Webb plays with remarkable technical precision and a manifest knowledge of his materials. His tone is robust and extraordinarily well-centered, his articulation sharp, and his command of the tenor saxophone complete. Nevertheless, he is more than a mere technician, for his artistry is also considerable and this album is a crowning achievement for an artist who is as substantial a musician as jazz has ever produced. Along with the able assistance of an all-star group of label mates – who are of course all leaders in their own right – including organist Brian Charette, guitarist Ed Cherry, drummer Steve Fidyk, and special guest trumpet sensation Joe Magnarelli, Webb has fashioned a shining diadem of melodic jewels across a wide spectrum of styles and sounds! Critical listeners and casual fanatics everywhere will shine with intense delight as Webb soars onward and upward to new heights with "Bright Side".

Kansas - Masque (1975) [Non-Remastered]

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Kansas - Masque (1975) [Non-Remastered]

Kansas - Masque (1975) [Non-Remastered]
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 237 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 103 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Progressive Rock, Art Rock, Classic Rock | Label: CBS/Kirshner | # ZK 33806 | Time: 00:40:49

Kansas' third album, Masque, is a lyrically dark effort courtesy of guitarist/keyboardist Kerry Livgren's brooding songwriting. Musically, Masque foreshadows the tight melodies and instrumental interplay on the next two albums, Leftoverture and Point of Know Return, which together serve as the peak of Kansas' vision. The band deserves more respect than it gets for incorporating British hard rock and progressive rock to become the only U.S. progressive rock band of note during the genre's 1970s heyday. Robbie Steinhardt's violin work certainly helped give Kansas a distinctive sound. The liner notes indicate Masque is a "concept album" thanks to the title's definition: "A disguise of reality created through a theatrical or musical performance." Vocalist/keyboardist Steve Walsh's "It Takes a Woman's Love (To Make a Man)" is the leadoff track, and it's atypical of the rest of the album. The song is a fairly basic yet groovy pop/rock tune about musicians' loneliness on the road, but it is spiced up with some saxophone lines.

Robert Plant - Dreamland (2002) Japanese Press

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Robert Plant - Dreamland (2002) Japanese Press

Robert Plant - Dreamland (2002) Japanese Press
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 409 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 171 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Classic Rock, Hard Rock, Psychedelic Rock | Label: Mercury | # UICR-1024 | Time: 00:59:15

At their best, cover albums have a strange way of galvanizing an artist by returning to the songs that inspired them; the artists can find the reason why they made music in the first place, perhaps finding a new reason to make music. Robert Plant's Dreamland – his first solo album in nearly ten years and one of the best records he's ever done, either as a solo artist or as a member of Led Zeppelin – fulfills that simple definition of a covers album and goes beyond it, finding Plant sounding reinvigorated and as restless as a new artist. Part of the reason why this album works so well is that he has a new band – not a group of supporting musicians, but a real band whose members can challenge him because they tap into the same eerie, post-folk mysticism that fueled Led Zeppelin III, among other haunting moments in the Zep catalog. Another reason why this album works so well is that it finds the band working from a similar aesthetic point as classic Zeppelin, who, at their peak, often reinterpreted and extrapolated their inspirations, piecing them together to create something startlingly original.

Melvin Taylor & The Slack Band - Bang That Bell (2000)

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Melvin Taylor & The Slack Band - Bang That Bell (2000)

Melvin Taylor & The Slack Band - Bang That Bell (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 369 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 118 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans ~ 80 Mb
Contemporary Blues, Electric Blues, Blues-Rock | Label: Evidence | # ECD 26107-2 | 00:48:44

For something less traditional but no less killing, try Melvin Taylor & The Slack Band’s Bang That Bell. A post-Hendrix exercise in funky-blue wah-wah wailing, this one has more allusions to Prince and the Isley Brothers than Muddy and the Wolf. In the course of a single tune (“Another Bad Day”) he can blend jazzy, Wes Montgomery-styled octaves with over-the-top wah-wah work and metalesque speed picking. But in spite of all the virtuosic six-string technique, Taylor can also get up into some nasty real-deal shuffles and earthy funk, as he proves so convincingly on “It’s Later than You Think,” which features some brilliant harmonica playing by Sugar Blue, and on a super-funky updating of the Earl King classic “Trick Bag.” And he digs into a slow blues, “A Quitter Never Wins,” with fangs bared. The closer, “Even Trolls Love Rock & Roll,” is a wild fretboard scorcher featuring guest guitar slinger Eric Gales. A tremendous guitarist and soulful singer, Taylor is a major versatile talent on the crossover blues-rock circuit that includes the likes of Robert Cray, Jonny Lang and Kenny Wayne Shepherd.

Joshua Bell, Steven Isserlis, Jeremy Denk, Academy of St Martin in the Fields - For the Love of Johannes Brahms (2016)

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Joshua Bell, Steven Isserlis, Jeremy Denk, Academy of St Martin in the Fields - For the Love of Johannes Brahms (2016)

Johannes Brahms: Double Concerto in A Minor & Piano Trio in B Major (2016)
Robert Schumann: Violin Concerto in D Minor (coda by Benjamin Britten)
Joshua Bell, violin & music director; Steven Isserlis, cello
Academy of St Martin in the Fields; Jeremy Denk, piano

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 358 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included | Time: 01:16:35
Genre: Classical | Label: Sony Classical | # 88985321792

Violinist Joshua Bell and cellist Steven Isserlis are joined by two acclaimed musical forces - pianist Jeremy Denk and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, of which Bell is Music Director – in a landmark joint recording, For the Love of Brahms (Sony Classical). Available September 30, 2016, the new album is a unique project that features works of Brahms and Schumann that Bell calls “music about love and friendship.” Bell, Isserlis and Denk unite here in Brahms’s first published chamber work, the Piano Trio in B Major, Op. 8 in its rarely performed original 1854 version. Isserlis also joins Bell – as violin soloist and director – and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields in Brahms’s last orchestral work, the celebrated Double Concerto (for Violin and Cello) in A Minor, Op. 102. Bell, Isserlis and members of the Academy also offer the first recording of an unusual coupling: the slow movement of Schumann’s rarely heard Violin Concerto, in a version for string orchestra made by Benjamin Britten, who also added a short coda.

Kraftwerk - Expo Remix (2001)

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Kraftwerk - Expo Remix (2001)

Kraftwerk - Expo Remix (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 295 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 129 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Electronic | Label: Astralwerks | # ASW 38768, 7243 8 38768 2 2 | Time: 00:52:56

After finally releasing a new track, commissioned by Expo 2000 in Hanover, Germany, Kraftwerk proceeded to open it up to a whole new set of remixers. Featuring four remixes by Detroit's influential Underground Resistance, one from British electronic musicians Orbital, one from seminal DJ/producer François Kevorkian, and several from Kraftwerk themselves, this ten-track CD shows what Kraftwerk can sound like in the modern world. Considering that Kraftwerk is often quoted as a major influence on Detroit techno, its unsurprising that the remixes by the Underground Resistance far surpass either of the other two mixes. Revamping the songs in a "Kraftwerk living in Detroit" sort of way, UR pay homage to one of the forefathers of their art. Fortunately, none of the mixes mimics another, a relatively difficult feat when working with material as sparse as a Kraftwerk song. All of the remixes are worthwhile additions to the vast canon of Kraftwerk material.

Pearl Jam - Live On Two Legs (1998) Japanese Press

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Pearl Jam - Live On Two Legs (1998) Japanese Press

Pearl Jam - Live On Two Legs (1998) Japanese Press
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 540 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 199 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Alternative Rock, Hard Rock, Grunge | Label: Sony | # SRCS-8851 | Time: 01:11:17

Seventy-one minutes of live Pearl Jam plus an unreleased song? It's aural nirvana for fans of the reclusive, integrity-driven Seattle quintet. Pearl Jam are nothing if not passionate and unabashedly rocking, and this 16-track offering, recorded during their Yield tour, illustrates why the mumbly voiced rock deity and his band of merry men inspire such ardor in their followers. Eddie Vedder's emotive vocals, Mike McCready and Stone Gossard's raw and raging fretwork and edgy, catchy, whisper-to-a-scream dynamics are deftly and inspiringly captured. Though a few staples (including "Jeremy") are missing, songs running the gamut of the band's seven-year career–from "Corduroy" to "Nothingman" to the Neil Young-penned "F*ckin' Up"–more than make up for any exclusions. The breadth and scope found on Live on Two Legs (a take on the Queen song, "Death on Two Legs"?) proves the once über-"alternative" Pearl Jam have struck a loud chord in the mainstream…and that's not a bad thing.

Ben Webster & Tete Montoliu Trio - Gentle Ben (1972) Remastered Reissue 2015

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Ben Webster & Tete Montoliu Trio - Gentle Ben (1972) Remastered Reissue 2015

Ben Webster & Tete Montoliu Trio - Gentle Ben (1972) Remastered Reissue 2015
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 328 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 135 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans ~ 178 Mb
Genre: Mainstream Jazz | Label: Discmedi | # DM5182-02 | Time: 00:56:22

This aptly named set was recorded on November 28, 1972, in Barcelona, Spain. Although many of Ben Webster's European sessions suffered when compared to his American ones, this outing is one of the exceptions, due in no small part to the fluid piano work of Tete Montoliu. Supported by a rhythm section of Eric Peter on bass and Peer Wyboris on drums, both Webster and Montoliu have plenty of room to breathe, and the result is a wonderful and pleasant set highlighted by the opening track, "Ben's Blues," and an easy, elegant version of "Sweet Georgia Brown." Webster's trademark breathy tenor sax tone is in full supply here, but the real revelation is Montoliu, who proves to be a marvelous jazz pianist, making Gentle Ben somewhat of an overlooked gem.

John Lee Hooker - Jealous (1986) CD Release 1996

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John Lee Hooker - Jealous (1986) CD Release 1996

John Lee Hooker - Jealous (1986) CD Release 1996
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 257 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 91 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans ~ 86 Mb
Genre: Blues | Label: Pointblank Classic/Virgin | # 7243 8 41763 2 7, VPBCD 46 | 00:37:42

Hooker was already being hailed as a living legend in the '60s, but by the time of this 1986 release he was a larger-than-life figure, his iconic stature unquestioned. From his earliest collaborations with Canned Heat and on through the '70s and '80s, the rock world never got tired of trying to endear Hooker to a crossover audience. JEALOUS is an attempt to adapt Hooker's lonesome blues to full-band arrangements. Unlike his band recordings of the '50s, though, there's a decided rock edge to his accompaniment here, providing a sharp contrast to the down-home, earthy sound of Hooker's voice and guitar. Organ, electric guitar, and a forceful rhythm section baked in reverb back Hooker on JEALOUS. Instead of overpowering Hooker, though, these new arrangements place the bluesman on a sonic pedestal, from which he sounds like the voice of God dispensing wisdom through the blues.

Jackson Browne - Standing In The Breach (2014)

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Jackson Browne - Standing In The Breach (2014)

Jackson Browne - Standing In The Breach (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 374 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 155 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Singer/Songwriter, Soft Rock, Folk Rock, Country Rock | Label: Inside | # INR14107-1 | 00:56:15

Standing In The Breach, Jackson's fourteenth studio album, is a collection of ten songs, at turns deeply personal and political, exploring love, hope, and defiance in the face of the advancing uncertainties of modern life.

Alicia de Larrocha, London PO; Fruhbeck de Burgos - Falla: Nights in the Gardens of Spain; Albeniz; Turina (1984)

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Alicia de Larrocha, London PO; Fruhbeck de Burgos - Falla: Nights in the Gardens of Spain; Albeniz; Turina (1984)

Manuel de Falla: Nights in the Gardens of Spain;
Isaac Albéniz: Rapsodia Española; Joaquín Pérez Turina: Rapsodia sinfonica
Alicia de Larrocha, piano; London Philharmonic Orchestra; Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 224 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 140 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Decca | # 410 289-2 | Time: 00:52:05

This was Alicia de Larrocha’s finest account of Nights in the Gardens of Spain, fully capturing the Andalusian atmosphere of this evocative score. After all, it’s not a work about landscapes and flowers – it’s about love. Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos does a superb job of drawing perfume and color out of an English orchestra.

Demis Roussos - Souvenirs (1975) Expanded Remastered Reissue 2016

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Demis Roussos - Souvenirs (1975) Expanded Remastered Reissue 2016

Demis Roussos - Souvenirs (1975) Expanded Remastered Reissue 2016
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 366 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 128 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Vocal Pop, Greek Pop, Disco, Chanson | Label: Universal | # 536 972-4 | Time: 00:48:27

Singer Demis Roussos, known for his dramatic, operatic vocal stylings, was born Artemios Ventouris Roussos in Alexandria, Egypt, on June 15, 1946, to Greek expatriate parents. In the early '60s, however, the family decided to return to their homeland, and once there, the young Roussos (who had studied trumpet and sung in the church choir in Egypt) began playing in local bands. One of these was Aphrodite's Child, which also featured Vangelis Papatanassiou and Lucas Sideras. A huge hit in Europe, especially France, the band released a handful of albums before breaking up in 1971. With his label contacts in place, however, Roussos was able to secure a deal as a solo recording artist, and later that same year issued the single "We Shall Dance," also included on the album On the Greek Side of My Mind. The 1970s were a prolific time for Roussos, and he released a number of singles and albums that charted highly on the European and Latin American charts. In 1978 the singer decided to retire, and moved to Malibu Beach, where he kept a lower profile.

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Leroy Carr - Whiskey Is My Habit, Good Women Is All I Crave: The Best Of Leroy Carr (2004) 2 CDs

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Leroy Carr - Whiskey Is My Habit, Good Women Is All I Crave: The Best Of Leroy Carr (2004) 2 CDs

Leroy Carr - Whiskey Is My Habit, Good Women Is All I Crave: The Best Of Leroy Carr (2004)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 470 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 291 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans ~ 80 Mb
Piano Blues, Minstrel, Folk-Blues, Pre-War Blues | Label: Columbia | # CK 92431 | Time: 02:01:17

The 40 tracks compiled on this two-disc set represent the entire span of pianist and singer Leroy Carr's recording career that spanned a brief seven years, from 1928-1935. The material represented here – all but one of these tracks were recorded for the Vocalion label – features accompaniment by guitarist Scrapper Blackwell on all but one selection, and Josh White on a handful as well. Carr's material here ranges from the classic piano blues of the era that spawned Ma Rainey and Bessie Smith to vaudeville and hokum tunes made popular by artists like Tampa Red and Georgia Tom. Carr's voice is the haunting thing here; it's higher and very clear, sweet almost, as evidenced by most of these sides. But there was an edge, too; one that belied a kind of pathos underneath even the most cheery material – check "Mean Mistreater Blues" or "Bread Baker." But the darker material such as "Suicide Blues" (one of six previously unissued performances), "Straight Alky Blues," or "Shinin' Pistol," is strange and eerie given Carr's smooth approach. Carr may not be the most well-known bluesman of the era, but his contribution is profound and lasting. This collection puts to shame almost all others with the exception of the multi-volume complete recordings on Document.