Steve Cropper - With A Little Help From My Friends (1969) [Reissue 1990]

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Steve Cropper - With A Little Help From My Friends (1969) [Reissue 1990]

Steve Cropper - With A Little Help From My Friends (1969) [Reissue 1990]
XLD Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 265 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 107 MB | Covers - 16 MB
Genre: R&B, Soul, Blues | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Stax/Fantasy (CDSXE 008)

After years of being a team player, Steve Cropper got to make a solo album for the label he helped put on the map, Stax Records (actually their Volt subsidiary). As you might figure, it turned out as an instrumental soul album, and a darn good one, too. It's a bona fide Telecaster-soaked dance workout, with Cropper turning in signature versions of "Land of a Thousand Dances," "99 1/2," (which features a particularly nasty period fuzz guitar), "Funky Broadway," "Boo-Ga-Loo Down Broadway," "In the Midnight Hour," and original instrumentals like "Crop Dustin'" and the closer "Rattlesnake." A solid and soulful little side project that holds up quite well years later.

The Cars - Heartbeat City (1984) [Audio Fidelity, 24 KT + Gold CD, 2009]

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The Cars - Heartbeat City (1984) [Audio Fidelity, 24 KT + Gold CD, 2009]

The Cars - Heartbeat City (1984) [24 KT + Gold CD, 2009]
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 257 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 91 MB | Covers - 8 MB
Genre: New Wave, Pop Rock | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Audio Fidelity (AFZ 033)

A classic album by a group that helped rock music find its new direction. The Cars, Heartbeat City, was released in 1984 and immediately shot up the charts to Number 3. The album produced several songs instantly recognizable as classics that will forever be among the greatest pop songs ever recorded. Heavy beats. Cool lyrics. Lots of keyboards. This album represents 80's music at its peak, and was a forerunner of New Wave becoming pop and pop becoming New Wave.

Lee Morgan - Candy (1958) [RVG Edition 2007]

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Lee Morgan - Candy (1958) [RVG Edition 2007]

Lee Morgan - Candy (1958) [RVG Edition 2007]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 278 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 99 MB | Covers - 46 MB
Genre: Jazz, Hard Bop, Cool Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Blue Note (0946 3 93176 2 2)

Recorded when he was only 19, Candy was one of the first albums (along with The Cooker, recorded the same year) where Lee Morgan showed his own unique style. His prodigal technical virtuosity had already been proven at this time in the Dizzy Gilliespie band, but Morgan's first solo ventures had been remarkable only because of his young age. Here, the influence of some of Morgan's mentors can be seen, but instead of just emulating the style of older trumpeters like Clifford Brown, he has begun absorbing bits and pieces of the phrasing and style of a wide range of musicians, from Gillespie to Miles Davis, then using them to forge his own sound. Morgan places himself front and center here - there are no other horns to carry the melodic lines, leaving him quite exposed, but he manages to perform beautifully…

Jakszyk, Fripp and Collins (A King Crimson Projekt) - A Scarcity Of Miracles (2011)

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Jakszyk, Fripp and Collins (A King Crimson Projekt) - A Scarcity Of Miracles (2011)

Jakszyk, Fripp and Collins (A King Crimson Projekt) - A Scarcity Of Miracles (2011)
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 251 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 102 MB | Covers - 29 MB
Genre: Progressive Rock | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Discipline Global Mobile (DGM1101)

Reading the full name of this release - Jakszyk, Fripp And Collins With Levin And Harrison - A Scarcity Of Miracles - A King Crimson ProjeKct - leads to one central and almost unbelievable thought: this must be a new King Crimson album after all these years (the last album was released in 2003). But it is just like Robert Fripp, King Crimson’s mastermind and guitarist, wrote in the album’s liner notes: listening to A Scarcity Of Miracles is “like meeting a close member of the (King Crimson) family for the first time”. The music on this album is consistently mellow, sophisticated prog, similar, but smoother than the soft tunes from the Belew era, perhaps closer in tone to the Sylvian/Fripp albums.

Moby - Go: The Very Best Of Moby (2006) [Japanese Edition]

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Moby - Go: The Very Best Of Moby (2006) [Japanese Edition]

Moby - Go: The Very Best Of Moby (2006) [Japanese Edition]
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 370 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 129 MB | Covers - 121 MB
Genre: Electronic, Downtempo, House | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Toshiba-EMI (TOCP-66629)

Go: The Very Best of Moby is not the career-spanning compilation implied by its title. Instead, it's based around 1999's Play, 2002's 18, and 2005's Hotel. With the exception of Everything Is Wrong's ambient epic "God Moving Over the Face of the Waters," Anders Trentemøller's fresh mix of "Go," and a rough-sounding live version of "Feeling So Real," nothing here references Moby's output prior to Play. The one new track, "New York, New York," is a fun Giorgio Moroder-inspired throwaway featuring Debbie Harry.

The Bonzo Dog Band - The History of the Bonzos (1974) [Reissue 1997]

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The Bonzo Dog Band - The History of the Bonzos (1974) [Reissue 1997]

The Bonzo Dog Band - The History of the Bonzos (1974) [Reissue 1997]
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 649 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 244 MB | Covers - 44 MB
Genre: Psychedelic Rock, Pop Rock, Comedy Rock | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: BGO Records (BGOCD376)

Originally released in 1974, two years after the greatest comedy rock band in history discovered that, contrary to the title of their reunion album, they couldn't make up and be friendly, The History of the Bonzos has long been one of the most fondly remembered compilations of the age. Like the Beatles' red and blue collections, the Rolling Stones' Hot Rocks, and the Who's Meaty Beaty Big and Bouncy, albums that so effortlessly absorbed the oeuvre that a discography seems incomplete without them, the two-album History of the Bonzos was conceived, designed, and universally lauded for delivering precisely what it promised, a seamless history and a priceless artifact…

V.A. - Blues Piano Orgy (1972) [Reissue 1996]

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V.A. - Blues Piano Orgy (1972) [Reissue 1996]

V.A. - Blues Piano Orgy (1972) [Reissue 1996]
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 238 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 143 MB | Covers - 10 MB
Genre: Blues, Piano Blues | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Delmark Records (DE-626)

Thanks in part to the luridly alluring title and the enthusiastically informative liner notes by Bob Koester, this solid collection was many a young musician's introduction to the men who pioneered blues piano in the first half of the 20th century. Roosevelt Sykes is the best represented artist here, and his leering vocals are hard to resist: After hearing the ribald metaphor of "Dresser Drawers," you'll never view furniture quite the same way again. His "Kickin' Motor Scooter" is truly a marvel of smiling euphemism, with the song devoted to boasts of how he's "A dangerous motor scooter…A tricky motor scooter!" Other artists, while not always as inventive lyrically, show a wide range of piano styles, from the bouncing syncopated jazz of "Stendahl Stomp" to the trickling upper registers and restrained bass coaxed by Curtis Jones from a battered old piano in "Tin Pan Alley Blues #2"…

Toots Thielemans - Blues Pour Flirter (1961) [Reissue 2000]

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Toots Thielemans - Blues Pour Flirter (1961) [Reissue 2000]

Toots Thielemans - Blues Pour Flirter (1961) [Reissue 2000]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 204 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 86 MB | Covers - 28 MB
Genre: Jazz, Bop, Mainstream Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Universal Music (549 403-2)

Although Toots Thielemans is far better-known for his virtuoso harmonica playing, he sticks exclusively to guitar on this pair of studio dates, initially taped in 1961 for Polydor. Accompanied by pianist Georges Arvanitas, bassist Roland Lobligeois, and drummer Philippe Combelle, Thielemans leads a primarily laid-back session with the focus on the leader, covering standards ("Willow Weep for Me" and "We'll be Together Again"), adding a soft wordless background vocal to "Satin Doll," and giving a loping treatment to Milt Jackson's "Bags' Groove." No matter that none of Thielemans' compositions have come close to matching the widespread popularity of his huge hit, "Bluesette"; two blues he wrote for this date, "Le Trottoir" and "Flirt" (the latter of which is the only track to feature his famous whistling), are very enjoyable.

Iris - Crossing The Desert (1996)

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Iris - Crossing The Desert (1996)

Iris - Crossing The Desert (1996)
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 272 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 118 MB | Covers - 25 MB
Genre: Neo-Progressive Rock | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Sylvain Gouvernaire (IRIS CD1)

Having a solid line up, 2 members from Marillion, the drumer Ian Mosley and bassist Pete Trewasvas and the main man of the band the guitarist and keybordist from Arakeen Sylvain Gouvernaire. The music is all instrumental with various atmospheres from mellow to more up tempo, imagine the instrumental side of Marillion, Gouvernaire guitar sound most of the time like Rothery with some Pink Floyd moments.

Lisa Franco - Silken Wings (1994)

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Lisa Franco - Silken Wings (1994)

Lisa Franco - Silken Wings (1994)
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 203 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 126 MB | Covers - 63 MB
Genre: New Age | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Innovative Communication (IC 2223-2)

Lisa Franco, aka Lisa Lynne Franco and Lisa Lynne, recorded four albums for Innovative Communications, a progressive German label. Silken Wings is the fourth and strongest of those discs. This set features Franco's gentle - yet aggressive - harp with very subtle accompanying instruments and atmospheric recording techniques. Those extras, especially the atmospheric enhancements, courtesy of producer and keyboardist Peter Seiler, frame the acoustic timbres of the harp and enhance its exotic - and erotic - textures. This sensuous music is dreamy and seductive. This CD, like all of her discs, is essential. And, like all of the discs on the IC label, it is hard to find. The atmospheric enhancements make this CD just a little extra special and worth the effort to find.

Paul Simon - Paul Simon (1972) [Japanese Edition 2011] (Repost)

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Paul Simon - Paul Simon (1972) [Japanese Edition 2011] (Repost)

Paul Simon - Paul Simon (1972) [Japanese Edition 2011]
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 255 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 101 MB | Covers - 137 MB
Genre: Folk Rock, Pop Rock, Singer-Songwriter | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Sony Music Japan (SICP 20342)

If any musical justification were needed for the breakup of Simon & Garfunkel, it could be found on this striking collection, Paul Simon's post-split debut. From the opening cut, "Mother and Child Reunion" (a Top Ten hit), Simon, who had snuck several subtle musical explorations into the generally conservative S&G sound, broke free, heralding the rise of reggae with an exuberant track recorded in Jamaica for a song about death. From there, it was off to Paris for a track in South American style and a rambling story of a fisherman's son, "Duncan" (which made the singles chart). But most of the album had a low-key feel, with Simon on acoustic guitar backed by only a few trusted associates (among them Joe Osborn, Larry Knechtel, David Spinozza, Mike Manieri, Ron Carter, and Hal Blaine, along with such guests as Stefan Grossman, Airto Moreira, and Stephane Grappelli)…

Annihilator - Ballistic, Sadistic (2020)

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Annihilator - Ballistic, Sadistic (2020)

Annihilator - Ballistic, Sadistic (2020)
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 323 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 107 MB | Covers - 50 MB
Genre: Thrash Metal, Heavy Metal | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Silver Lining Music (SLM066P06)

When you're 36 years and 17 albums deep into your career, it's a pretty safe assumption that you've achieved veteran status. Likewise, the stumbling block of sticking to what one knows becoming self-plagiarism looms all the more, yet for some reason Jeff Waters' flagship thrash metal enterprise Annihilator repeatedly manages to walk that tightrope with few incidents. With the days of 90s groove metal experimentation now two decades in the rearview, it can be safely stated that this outfit, which has tended to flirt with being a two person project with Waters doing it all minus the drums, is poised to make the 2020s a reprise of the consistent foray of technically-charged speed thrashing mayhem that defined the 2010s, at least insofar are Ballistic, Sadistic, Annihilator's 17th studio LP is concerned…

Jimmy Smith - Back at the Chicken Shack (1963) [RVG Edition 2007]

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Jimmy Smith - Back at the Chicken Shack (1963) [RVG Edition 2007]

Jimmy Smith - Back at the Chicken Shack (1963) [RVG Edition 2007]
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 284 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 103 MB | Covers - 15 MB
Genre: Jazz, Soul Jazz, Hard Bop | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Blue Note (0946 3 92777 2 8)

Back at the Chicken Shack is one of organist Jimmy Smith's classic Blue Note sessions, and the first to draw attention to tenor saxophonist Stanley Turrentine. Recorded in 1960 with Kenny Burrell on guitar, Donald Bailey on drums, and Turrentine, the group reaches the peak of funky soul jazz that all other challengers of the genre would have to live up to. Included on this uptempo session is a reworking of "When I Grow Too Old to Dream" (a feature for Turrentine), Turrentine's "Minor Chant," two Smith compositions, "Messy Bessie" as well as the set's notable title cut. Smith's Midnight Special album was recorded at these same sessions, and is also exceptional.

Esperanto - Danse Macabre (1974) [Japanese Edition 2016]

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Esperanto - Danse Macabre (1974) [Japanese Edition 2016]

Esperanto - Danse Macabre (1974) [Japanese Edition 2016]
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 367 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 144 MB | Covers - 188 MB
Genre: Progressive Rock | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Belle Antique (BELLE 162511)

This Belgo-English band of the same name at the beginning of the 70s had a short but intense career and produced an extremely varied musical repertoire thanks to the many different nationalities, origins and outlooks of its members.
"Danse Macabre" (1974) is a natural evolution from the first album "Esperanto Rock Orchestra" (1973). The dramatic theme running though this second album reflects all aspects of Esperanto and shows a willingness to look for a definitive approach to contemporary music. Much of this direction has come from Peter Sinfield, who has produced this album following work with King Crimson, ELP and PFM and his influence can be clearly heard throughout.

Nik Tyndall - Trance In Space (1996)

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Nik Tyndall - Trance In Space (1996)

Nik Tyndall - Trance In Space (1996)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 329 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 151 MB | Covers - 7 MB
Genre: New Age, Ambient | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: New Earth Records (NE 9606-2)

As a designer of sound units and amplifiers in the '70s, this German artist (real name is Jurgen Krehan) made a natural progression into composing for electronic instruments at the end of the decade when he formed the avant-garde duo Tycoon with Rudolf Lager. In the mid-'80s, he struck out on his own and released a number of recordings on the German Sky label, in addition to composing soundtracks for film and television. His style combines primarily lush environmental soundscapes with the delicate percussive textures of bamboo, gongs, and windchimes.