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Aretha Franklin - Original Album Series (1967-1971) [5CD Box Set] (2009)

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Aretha Franklin - Original Album Series (1967-1971) [5CD Box Set] (2009)

Aretha Franklin - Original Album Series (1967-1971) [5CD Box Set] (2009)
EAC log Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 1,11 GB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 420 MB | Covers - 112 MB
Genre: Soul, R&B | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Atlantic/Rhino (8122 79827 9)

5CD box set mini LP replica sleeves, containing a quintet of original albums from the legendary Soul diva: "Aretha Now", "I Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You", "Lady Soul", "Live At The Fillmore" and "Spirit In The Dark".
Aretha Franklin (March 25, 1942) is a Memphis, Tennessee-born but Detroit, Michigan-reared American iconic gospel, soul, and R&B singer. Many have called her "The Queen Of Soul" and "Lady Soul".
She is renowned for her soul and R&B recordings (on many, of which, she accompanies herself on keyboards and piano - a skill she learned at an early age, learning to play by ear, according to lifetime friend Smokey Robinson) but is also adept at jazz, rock, blues, pop, and gospel…

Carmen - Discography [4 Studio Albums] (1973-2007)

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Carmen - Discography [4 Studio Albums] (1973-2007)

Carmen - Discography [4 Studio Albums] (1973-2007)
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 1,16 GB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 451 MB | Covers - 82 MB
Genre: Progressive Rock | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Line Records, Angel Air Records

In the early seventies, the British-American group Carmen broke new ground in rock music, combining the British flair for progressive rock with traditional Spanish folk themes into a very fresh, energetic and powerful new mix. The sound is centered around guitar, keyboards are used subtly but to good effect. On the whole, they are a rather hard band to describe… Some vague comparisons could be made to Jethro Tull, Mezquita (some of the Spanish themes), and Triana (the flamenco/prog combination).

Steve Davis Sextet - Crossfire (1997)

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Steve Davis Sextet - Crossfire (1997)

Steve Davis Sextet - Crossfire (1997)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 364 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 139 MB | Covers - 5 MB
Genre: Jazz, Post-Bop | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Criss Cross Jazz (Criss 1152)

Steve Davis is one of the breed of young boppers whom have mastered the idiom. Here, the trombonist leads a group mostly culled from One for All, a conglomeration of extraordinary musicians who perform regularly together in the Big Apple. Veteran pianist Harold Mabern joins them, adding experience and depth. Davis plays a mean 'bone, strongly indebted to Curtis Fuller. Like Fuller, he sticks to the middle range of the horn, boasts a somewhat nasal tone, and plays smoothly at almost any tempo. He is also a good, if cautious, composer. Tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander continues to grow both in stature and skill, and contributes solidly with strong solos. While there is nothing revolutionary or new in the group's playing, there is a strong sense of camaraderie and precision that lifts this performance to a higher level.

Klaus Schulze - Silhouettes (2018)

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Klaus Schulze - Silhouettes (2018)

Klaus Schulze - Silhouettes (2018)
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 402 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 176 MB | Covers - 126 MB
Genre: Electronic, Berlin School, Ambient | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: SPV (SPV 267202 CD)

Electronic music pioneer Klaus Schulze has released Silhouettes, his first album of new music in 5 years. “In the wake of your 70th birthday, you naturally find yourself looking back at the past,” notes Schulze. “So the result is a reorientation, a renewed awareness of what is really important.” With this album, Schulze says that he has tried to reduce his music to its essential elements. “No great distractions, nothing to force your attention in a certain direction, no major effects or gimmicks, no frills or dominant rhythms,” he explains. “ It was important to me to paint the pictures in the depth of the space, the sonic fields of tension and atmosphere.”

Bad Company - Here Comes Trouble (1992)

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Bad Company - Here Comes Trouble (1992)

Bad Company - Here Comes Trouble (1992)
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 372 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 124 MB | Covers - 28 MB
Genre: Rock, Hard Rock | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: ATCO (7 91759-2)

Down to a trio of Mick Ralphs, Simon Kirke, and Brian Howe, the band that called itself Bad Company relies on studio musicians to fill out the sound and Howe and producer Terry Thomas to write most of the material on this anonymous-sounding fourth album by the second edition of the group. Even those willing to tolerate Ralphs/Kirke/Howe calling themselves "Bad Company" didn't show much interest, so the band fell off from the platinum showing of 1990's Holy Water to much more modest sales this time around, despite the chart singles "How About That" (number 38) and "This Could Be the One" (number 87).

Supertramp - Live '88 (1988)

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Supertramp - Live '88 (1988)

Supertramp - Live '88 (1988)
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 378 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 141 MB | Covers - 78 MB
Genre: Rock, Pop Rock | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: A&M Records (396 982-2)

Live '88 is the second live album by the English rock band Supertramp released in October 1988 on A&M Records. Originally recorded on two track cassette direct from the sound board for Rick Davies' use, Live '88 features the 4 piece lineup of the group augmented by additional players including Mark Hart (later a permanent member of the group and a future member of Crowded House) playing guitar and singing songs originally sung by Roger Hodgson. Live '88 was initially not intended for a commercial release, but Davies was so pleased with the vibe of the performances he authorized A&M to put it out.
Live '88 was only available in print very briefly. The album features two cover songs, "Hoochie Coochie Man" by Willie Dixon and "Don't You Lie To Me (I Get Evil)"…

Big Jack Johnson - The Oil Man (1987) [Reissue 1993]

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Big Jack Johnson - The Oil Man (1987) [Reissue 1993]

Big Jack Johnson - The Oil Man (1987) [Reissue 1993]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 253 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 100 MB | Covers - 20 MB
Genre: Blues, Modern Electric Blues | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Earwig Music (EARWIG 4910CD)

With his barbed-wire guitar work and hearty vocal on a marathon rendition of "Catfish Blues," Johnson hauls the time-honored Delta tradition into contemporary blues. The entire album is an eminently solid, doggedly down-home affair, though nothing else quite measures up to the powerhouse attack of that one vicious workout.

Keely Smith - The Essential Capitol Collection [Recorded 1956-1959] (2007)

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Keely Smith - The Essential Capitol Collection [Recorded 1956-1959] (2007)

Keely Smith - The Essential Capitol Collection [Recorded 1956-1959] (2007)
XLD Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 463 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 185 MB | Covers - 53 MB
Genre: Vocal Jazz, Traditional Pop | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Capitol Records (509995-00013-23)

There's no way Keely Smith will ever be able to escape the long shadow of Louis Prima, whose fourth wife she was and who led the band where she found her greatest fame. Heard apart from Prima, she was a fantastic vocalist, the equal of more respected singers like Chris Connor or Helen Merrill, who were working a much different circuit than Smith during the late '50s and early '60s. The Essential Capitol Collection is an excellent way to survey Keely Smith's early career; it includes 27 songs, including much of her several LPs for the label, as well as her most popular duets with Prima and two with Frank Sinatra.

Nektar - Recycled (1975) [Japanese Edition 2013]

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Nektar - Recycled (1975) [Japanese Edition 2013]

Nektar - Recycled (1975) [Japanese Edition 2013]
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 453 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 173 MB | Covers - 203 MB
Genre: Progressive/Psychedelic Rock | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Belle Antique (BELLE 132138)

While the instrumental alliances that take place throughout Recycled aren't nearly as solid as on Journey to the Center of the Eye or Remember the Future, the album still harbors some of Nektar's intergalactic progressive rock penchants, although a slight decline in the band's cohesion is apparent. Guitarist Roy Albrighton lacks his usual gusto on most of the tracks, but tends to show signs of earlier days on both "Flight to Reality" and "Automatic Horrorscope." What does hold strong is Nektar's ability to conjure up a science-fiction atmosphere through the unorthodox application of percussion, guitar, and keyboards. Tracks like "Unendless Imagination" and "Cybernetic Consumption" wallow in a futuristic amalgam of strings and synth, with Larry Fast working the keyboards this time around…

Steve Roach and Mark Seelig - Nightbloom (2010)

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Steve Roach and Mark Seelig - Nightbloom (2010)

Steve Roach and Mark Seelig - Nightbloom (2010)
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 328 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 173 MB | Covers - 12 MB
Genre: Ambient | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Projekt (PROJEKT248)

Prolific ambient innovator Steve Roach teams with Ph.D. shamanic practitioner / musician Mark Seelig to create a long-form piece of space-opening sound magic. Like the many fragrant and beautiful night-blooming plants which are host to mind-altering qualities, this 70-minute experience slowly blooms outwards with Mark’s vocal harmonic and Tuva-style overtoning intertwining within Steve’s zones and “terra” grooves. A slow motion magical blend is created in this nocturnal mist-filled realm. The power of the human voice is drawn forth in a primordial understanding and finds a perfect fusion with subterranean heartbeats, drones and zones swelling from the harmonic soil, gently urging the Nightblooming to increase its potency and allure…

Therion - Leviathan III (2023) [Producer's Edition]

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Therion - Leviathan III (2023) [Producer's Edition]

Therion - Leviathan III (2023) [Producer's Edition]
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 451 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 149 MB | Covers - 144 MB
Genre: Symphonic Metal | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Adulruna (Adul 050)

A perfect collision of Metal and Classical Music! Swedish symphonic metal legends Therion have returned to deliver another masterpiece - fulfilling the Leviathan trilogy. With more than 35 years under their belts, the band around mastermind Christofer Johnsson was one of the first to combine metal with symphonic and orchestral elements back in the 90s, and are considered one of the most style-defining founders of symphonic metal today. Now, the band continues their legacy by releasing the third installment of the Leviathan trilogy, Leviathan III. The band continues with their versatile and style-combining musical journey, which is also formed by the fundamental line of its predecessors Leviathan and Leviathan II.

V.A. - The Complete Verve Remixed [4CD Deluxe Box Set] (2005)

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V.A. - The Complete Verve Remixed [4CD Deluxe Box Set] (2005)

V.A. - The Complete Verve Remixed [4CD Deluxe Box Set] (2005)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 1,68 GB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 601 MB | Covers - 33 MB
Genre: Electronic, House, Downtempo, Nu Jazz, Vocal Jazz, Electro Swing | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Verve (B0005434-02)

Only six months after the third volume of Verve Remixed was released, Verve issued this, a box combining the three volumes of the series with an additional disc of extra remixes.
Though variously rooted in hip-hop, rave and dance clubs sensibilities, the art of mixology has evolved into a potent staple of contemporary pop music. That mainstreaming reached a new zenith with the release of the first installment of Verve Remixed in 2002 and continued to expand via two subsequent collections of eclectic Jazz/R&B-rooted remixes that found a growing, enthusiasitc audience at public radio and other adult-oriented radio outlets. This set compiles those three savory, largely Downtempo anthologies of Jazz-DJ Fusion, from the reworked takes on classic vocalists like Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan and Billie Holiday that dominated the first set to the follow-up editions' more expansive palette…

Happy Family - Discography [3 Studio Albums] (1995-2014)

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Happy Family - Discography [3 Studio Albums] (1995-2014)

Happy Family - Discography [3 Studio Albums] (1995-2014)
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 1,07 GB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 383 MB | Covers - 273 MB
Genre: Avant-Prog, Zeuhl | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Cuneiform Records

Fans of King Crimson, Univers Zero and Magma, pay attention: Happy Family is one of the best bands currently happening in Japan right now. Furious riffing, noisy angular drumming, intense energy and top-notch musicianship is what they're about. Their guitar work is in the vein or Robert Fripp; the keyboards recall either Univers Zero or Magma (depending on what passages you're hearing); the fretless bass work will no doubt remind you of the Magma/Zeuhl fusion sound; and the drumming will instantly recall Bill Bruford or Daniel Denis of Univers Zero. Throw in a bit of heavy metal, some Japanese goofiness and you're in for quite a sonic ride.

Antonio Carlos Jobim - One Note Samba [Recorded 1963-1987] (2006)

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Antonio Carlos Jobim - One Note Samba [Recorded 1963-1987] (2006)

Antonio Carlos Jobim - One Note Samba [Recorded 1963-1987] (2006)
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 339 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 136 MB | Covers - 3 MB
Genre: Latin Jazz, Bossa Nova | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Universal Music (4605026710528)

Verve finally made a good remaster of the old Carlos Jobin classics. All the original songs like the famous "The Girl From Ipanema", "Wave", "Triste", "Desafinado" and many other are very well restored giving full frequency and dynamic range to the music.
It has been said that Antonio Carlos Brasileiro de Almeida Jobim was the George Gershwin of Brazil, and there is a solid ring of truth in that, for both contributed large bodies of songs to the jazz repertoire, both expanded their reach into the concert hall, and both tend to symbolize their countries in the eyes of the rest of the world. With their gracefully urbane, sensuously aching melodies and harmonies, Jobim's songs gave jazz musicians in the 1960s a quiet, strikingly original alternative to their traditional Tin Pan Alley source.

Klaus Schulze - Shadowlands (2013) [2CD Limited Edition]

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Klaus Schulze - Shadowlands (2013) [2CD Limited Edition]

Klaus Schulze - Shadowlands (2013) [2CD Limited Edition]
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 801 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 351 MB | Covers - 70 MB
Genre: Progressive Electronic, Berlin School | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: SPV/Synthetic Symphony (SPV 2CD 260070)

Shadowlands contains just five tracks over 2 CDs, and as we've come to expect from Schulze, look for plenty of mind expanding explorations into space and loads of calming tranquility. The near 57 minute "The Rhodes Violin" offers up soothing, at times fluttering synth washes, brief spoken word vocals, and a myriad of ethnic Middle Eastern instruments. The epic title track opts for more menace, and will remind some of the early Tangerine Dream material, complete with ominous synth & Mellotron sounds plus those Middle Eastern influences. You'll even find some intriguing space rock mixed with programmed dance rhythms on the intriguing "In Between". With well over 2 hours of material on Shadowlands, there's a lot too digest, and unless you are a real fan of electronic/ambient/space rock, some of this will wear out its welcome pretty quickly, but for those who have followed Schulze throughout this career and don't mind some well executed exploratory sounds, there's plenty to dig into here.