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

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

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 | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 291 Mb | Scans ~ 80 Mb
Label: Columbia | # CK 92431 | Time: 02:01:17
Piano Blues, Minstrel, Folk-Blues, Pre-War Blues

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.

Patsy Cline - 50 Golden Greats: The Complete Early Years (2006) 2CDs

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Patsy Cline - 50 Golden Greats: The Complete Early Years (2006) 2CDs

Patsy Cline - 50 Golden Greats: The Complete Early Years (2006) 2CDs
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 532 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 281 Mb | Scans ~ 70 Mb
Label: Empire Musicwerks/Universal | # 545 450 815-2 | Time: 02:02:53
Traditional Country, Nashville Sound, Rockabilly

Perhaps the greatest voice that ever graced a country record, Patsy Cline left her unique impression on the music world and inspired reverence in her millions of adoring fans. Her popularity has only grown over the years - new artists have covered the songs that she made famous and each year more music lovers of all genres are turned on by her incredible voice. Presented here are the legendary Everest / Four Star recordings in their un-altered entirety finally available on a superbly remastered 2 CD set. These classic recordings will also be a big hit among the alt-country set as they are the rootsiest recordings Patsy ever made.

Li-Wei Qin, London PO, Zhang Yi - Edward Elgar, Benjamin Britten, William Walton: Cello Concertos (2014)

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Li-Wei Qin, London PO, Zhang Yi - Edward Elgar, Benjamin Britten, William Walton: Cello Concertos (2014)

Edward Elgar: Cello Concerto; Benjamin Britten: Four Sea Interludes
William Walton: Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra (2014)
Li-Wei Qin, cello; London Philharmonic Orchestra; Zhang Yi, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 315 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 173 Mb | Scans ~ 92 Mb
Genre: Classical | Label: Decca | # 8896661 | Time: 01:15:26

An offering of two iconic British cello concertos, recorded with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and distinguished cellist Li-Wei Qin, separated by an atmospheric and musically detailed recording of Britten’s Four Sea Interludes conducted by Zhang Yi.

Anastacia - Not That Kind (2000) Japanese Edition

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Anastacia - Not That Kind (2000) Japanese Edition

Anastacia - Not That Kind (2000) Japanese Edition
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 532 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 178 Mb | Scans ~ 73 Mb
R&B, Soul, Dance-Pop | Label: Epic | # ESCA 8129 | Time: 01:17:36

Not That Kind is the debut studio album by American singer Anastacia. It was released on June 16, 2000, by Epic Records and Daylight Records. The album features production by Sam Watters, Louis Biancaniello, Ric Wake, Evan Rogers, Carl Sturken, Rickey Minor, and The Shadowmen. Not That Kind failed to make an impact in the United States, where it peaked at number 168 on the Billboard 200. Nevertheless, it was commercially successful overseas, reaching the top 10 on the majority of the charts in Europe and Oceania. By May 2002, the album had sold over seven million copies worldwide.

Charlie Watts & Jim Keltner Project (2000)

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Charlie Watts & Jim Keltner Project (2000)

Charlie Watts & Jim Keltner Project (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 411 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 145 Mb | Scans included
Jazz, World Fusion | Label: CyberOctave/Virgin | # VHOCD69/7243 8 48695 2 6 | 00:54:50

Those fans with more than a passing knowledge of the Rolling Stones will be aware of drummer Charlie Watts' longtime interest in traditional jazz. Some might even be aware that Watts has assembled and fronted a British big band, and has also led a solid jazz quintet with several CDs to its credit. Still, it comes as something of a surprise initially that Watts would produce what appears to be a solo drum CD, with song titles named after various jazz master drummers – "Max Roach," "Art Blakey," "Shelley Manne," and so on. Superficially, this might suggest an ego trip for Watts wherein he sets out to demonstrate his dazzling technique and versatility, but Watts' characteristic modesty would never allow him to attempt such a thing. Instead, what he has done – with the assistance of drummer, producer, and idea man Keltner – is to distill some sort of personal essence of each of the nine drummers featured on this CD, and then put together what amounts to a series of musical portraits.

Bachman-Turner Overdrive - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Bachman-Turner Overdrive (2001) [20th Century Masters]

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Bachman-Turner Overdrive - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Bachman-Turner Overdrive (2001) [20th Century Masters]

Bachman-Turner Overdrive - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Bachman-Turner Overdrive (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 403 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 146 Mb | Scans included
| Label: Mercury, The Island Def Jam Group | # 3145480962 | Time: 00:53:49
Classic Rock, Hard Rock, Boogie Rock

Their biggest hits from the '70s like 'You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet', 'Takin' Care of Business', 'Roll On Down The Highway', 'Let it Ride', 'Hey You', 'Take It Like A Man', 'Blue Collar', 'I'm in Love', and four more!

Bill Wyman - Monkey Grip (1974) Japanese Mini-LP, 2005

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Bill Wyman - Monkey Grip (1974) Japanese Mini-LP, 2005

Bill Wyman - Monkey Grip (1974) [Japanese Mini-LP, 2005]
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 318 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 133 Mb | Scans included
Classic Rock, Pop Rock, Rock & Roll | Label: Imperial | # TECL-24300 | Time: 00:43:17

The great thing about a solo album from someone like Bill Wyman, of the Rolling Stones, is that quality musicianship and high-profile guest appearances are all but a given. The unfortunate aspect, though, is that the Stones bassist was never known for his songwriting. In the case of Monkey Grip, the first claim holds true (with guest appearances by Dr. John, Lowell George, and Leon Russell, the album is a solid affair musically), while the issue of Wyman's songwriting ability leaves the listener pleasantly surprised. Granted, there aren't any moments where you ask yourself, "why didn't this song appear on a Stones album?" but tracks such as "I Wanna Get Me a Gun," "White Lightnin'," and "I'll Pull You Thro'" are propelled with a laid-back groove that is surprisingly catchy. And, unlike Wyman's famous stone-faced stage demeanor, his singing is loose and joy-filled.

Stephen Stills - Manassas (1972) Remastered Reissue 1996

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Stephen Stills - Manassas (1972) Remastered Reissue 1996

Stephen Stills - Manassas (1972) Remastered Reissue 1996
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 452 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 165 Mb | Scans ~ 115 Mb
Classic Rock, Country Rock, Roots Rock | Label: Atlantic | # 7567-82808-2 | Time: 01:11:58

A sprawling masterpiece, akin to the Beatles' White Album, the Stones' Exile on Main St., or Wilco's Being There in its makeup, if not its sound. Rock, folk, blues, country, Latin, and bluegrass have all been styles touched on in Stephen Stills' career, and the skilled, energetic musicians he had gathered in Manassas played them all on this album. What could have been a disorganized mess in other hands, though, here all gelled together and formed a cohesive musical statement.

Flora Purim - That's What She Said (1978) Remastered 2001

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Flora Purim - That's What She Said (1978) Remastered 2001

Flora Purim - That's What She Said (1978) Remastered 2001
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 250 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 88 Mb | Scans included
Label: Original Jazz Classics, Milestone | # 00025218705721 (OJCCD-1057-2)
Jazz Fusion, Brazilian Jazz, Vocal Jazz | Time: 00:35:39

This Fusion gem puts one of the most underated vocalist together with a few 70's fusion heavyweights and out comes a very enjoyable recording. George Duke, Alphonso Johnson, Airto and friends put out some of the hippest fusion in the 70' & 80's. Flora uses their musical abilities to the max on "That's What She Said." Using a variety of wordless vocal technics layered over electric keyboards and driving rhythms, these songs capture the fun and freedom that fusion later lost as it grew more commercial. Flora's entire catalog is ripe with music like this.

Guadalupe Lopez Iniguez - Domenico Gabrielli & Alessandro Scarlatti: Complete Cello Works (2018)

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Guadalupe Lopez Iniguez - Domenico Gabrielli & Alessandro Scarlatti: Complete Cello Works (2018)

Domenico Gabrielli & Alessandro Scarlatti - Complete Cello Works (2018)
Guadalupe López Íñiguez, baroque cello; Markku Luolajan-Mikkola, baroque cello
Olli Hyyrynen, baroque guitar, archlute; Lauri Honkavirta, harpsichord

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 363 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 179 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Alba | # ABCD412 | Time: 01:14:53

Guadalupe López Íñiguez’s debut recording includes complete cello works from Gabrielli and Scarlatti, Recorded with the best baroque musicians in Finland. "I have included music that played an important role in my desired transformation from a “contemporary-trained” cellist to a “historically inspired” one. The reasons for such a desire are numerous and span several years and different experiences in my life,” (Guadalupe). Doctor of Psychology and Master of Music Guadalupe López Íñiguez is a Spanish academic– musician based at the Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts Helsinki. Guadalupe has performed as a soloist on period cellos in different festivals. She is especially grateful for the encouragement received from artists Rafael Ramos, Markku Luolajan- Mikkola, and Ciro Rodríguez Perelló. Her artistic and scientific research comprises all her areas of expertise—namely psychology, sociology, research methodology, education, and musicology—in understanding the holistic performance of classical music.

Embrace - Fireworks (Singles 1997-2002) (2002)

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Embrace - Fireworks (Singles 1997-2002) (2002)

Embrace - Fireworks (Singles 1997-2002) (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 420 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 133 Mb | Scans ~ 31 Mb | 00:58:17
Alternative Rock, Britpop, British Trad Rock | Label: Hut/Virgin | # CDHUT74, 724381208328

Released in 2002, before the band broke from Hut and moved to Indepediente, Fireworks: Singles 97-02 is, as the title indicates, 13 of Embrace's singles during that time period. Culled from three albums, The Good Will Out, Drawn from Memory, and If You've Never Been, the compilation is a good collection of what the group offered and a nice look back into late-'90s British rock. With cuts like "All You Good Good People," "I Wouldn't Wanna Happen to You," "One Big Family," and "Wonder" (plus a cover of the Schoolhouse Rock! track "Three Is a Magic Number"), Fireworks is a good choice for Embrace fans who want to relive the band's glory years without having to invest in the full albums.

Jimmy Rogers - Feelin' Good (1994)

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Jimmy Rogers - Feelin' Good (1994)

Jimmy Rogers - Feelin' Good (1994)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 234 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 91 Mb | Scans ~ 42 Mb
Electric Chicago Blues | Label: Blind Pig | # BPCD 5018 | Time: 00:39:44

This Blind Pig CD reissues material from 1983-84. The legendary veteran Jimmy Rogers (taking most of the vocals and occasional guitar solos) is heard teamed up with the talented harmonica player Rod Piazza and his jumping group. The results are consistently exciting. Piazza's harmonica serves as a perfect foil to Rogers' voice, and the impressive backup band (which also features Honey Piazza on piano) clearly enjoys jamming on the basic blues changes. The many strong solos and the superior material make this an easily recommended set.

Suzanne Vega - Close-Up: Vol 3, States of Being (2011)

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Suzanne Vega - Close-Up: Vol 3, States of Being (2011)

Suzanne Vega - Close-Up: Vol 3, States of Being (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 237 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 109 Mb | Scans included
Label: Amanuensis/Cooking Vinyl | # COOKCD523 | Time: 00:44:09
Singer/Songwriter, Folk Rock, Pop/Rock

In 1985, singer/songwriter Suzanne Vega released her stunning self-titled debut album. 25 years and 7 million albums sold later, Suzanne is widely regarded as one of the most brilliant songwriters of her generation. Now Suzanne is reinterpreting a majority of her catalog in a close and personal manner, creating 4 new thematic albums that will be released over 2010-2011. States of Being has Suzanne revisiting her most haunting songs. Suzanne used to call these the "Mental Health" songs. They express a state of mind, but also more than that; Suzanne says, "they are descriptions of a place deep inside. Anyone can feel like the narrator in Penitent, or Cracking, depending on your mood". Vol. 3 also includes a brand new song, a collaboration with Duncan Sheik from Suzanne's upcoming play, "Carson McCullers Talks About Love".

New World Symphony, Michael Tilson Thomas - Morton Feldman: Coptic Light; Piano and Orchestra; Cello and Orchestra (1998)

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New World Symphony, Michael Tilson Thomas - Morton Feldman: Coptic Light; Piano and Orchestra; Cello and Orchestra (1998)

Morton Feldman: Coptic Light; Piano and Orchestra; Cello and Orchestra (1998)
New World Symphony, conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas
Alan Feinberg, piano; Robert Cohen, cello

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 260 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 163 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Argo | # 448 513-2 | Time: 01:13:38

Overlapping textures and soft, shifting timbres are the most recognizable features of Morton Feldman's music, and his attractive sonorities draw listeners in ways other avant-garde sound structures may not. This music's appeal is also attributable to its gentle ambience, a static, meditative style that Feldman pioneered long before trance music became commonplace. The three works on this disc are among Feldman's richest creations, yet the material in each piece is subtly layered and integrated so well that many details will escape detection on first hearing. In Piano and Orchestra, the piano is treated as one texture among many, receding to the background and blending with muted brass and woodwinds in a wash of colors. Cello and Orchestra might seem like a conventional concerto movement, especially since the cellist is centrally placed on this recording and plays with a rather lyrical tone. However, Feldman's orchestral clusters are dense and interlocked, which suggests that the cello should be less prominent and blend more into the mass of sounds behind it. No such ambiguity exists in the performance of Coptic Light, which Michael Tilson Thomas and the New World Symphony Orchestra play with even dynamics and careful attention to the work's aggregate effect, which is mesmerizing.

Pearls Before Swine - The Wizard Of Is (2004) 2CDs

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Pearls Before Swine - The Wizard Of Is (2004) 2CDs

Pearls Before Swine - The Wizard Of Is (2004) 2CDs
XLD | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 580 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 283 Mb | Scans ~ 38 Mb
Psychedelic, Folk-Rock, Acid Folk, Obscuro | Label: Water | # water136 | 02:03:08

This is a 2-CD set of all previously unreleased vintage Pearls Before Swine recordings. Disc one features '60s and '70s home demos, out-takes, various studio recordings, works in progress – many songs that never appeared on any Pearls Before Swine albums, various cover songs, experiments, and just an amazing view of Tom Rapp's personal tape archives. Disc two features a complete early '70s live concert performance, as well as other vintage '70s live recordings and radio sessions.