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Blue Knights - Tropical Night (1996)

Posted By: gribovar
Blue Knights - Tropical Night (1996)

Blue Knights - Tropical Night (1996)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 342 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 123 MB | Covers - 50 MB
Genre: Smooth Jazz, New Age | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Innovative Communication (IC 2262-2)

Here’s a musical excursion in the best Blue Knights tradition - eclectic, evocative and firmly anchored in the urban American groove. Come along with Curtis McLaw, Jay Heye and friends as they cruise down a California highway, greet a steamy night in the tropics, stroll a city street and comb a remote Far Eastern beach.
The excursion begins with an uptempo “Wake Up Call,” featuring Heye’s bluesy piano over McLaw’s keyboard rhythms and harmonies. They’re joined by Bill Joseph Flynn on guitar and Mr. P.T. on sax. That’s George Bishop doing the plaintive soprano work on “Nightfall” and Flynn in a similar vein on acoustic guitar in “Missing You.” And all hands show major-league chops in the driving, staccato counterpoint of “Tropical Night”…

Praying Mantis - Captured Alive In Tokyo City (1996) {2013, Japanese Reissue}

Posted By: popsakov
Praying Mantis - Captured Alive In Tokyo City (1996) {2013, Japanese Reissue}

Praying Mantis - Captured Alive In Tokyo City (1996) {2013, Japanese Reissue}
EAC Rip | WavPack (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 543 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 183 Mb
Covers Included | 01:14:02 | RAR 5% Recovery
Hard Rock | Pony Canyon #PCCY-01975

Recorded live in Tokyo in 1996. 'Captured' features ex-IronMaiden guitarist Dennis Stratton along with ex-Michael Schenker Group and Statetrooper vocalist Gary Barden and ex-IronMaiden drummer Clive Burr. 12 tracks including 'Victory' and 'A Cry For The New World'. England's Praying Mantis was one of the more melodic bands to emerge from the New Wave of British Heavy Metal scene. They combined a Thin Lizzy-style twin guitar approach with Def Leppard-like vocal harmonies, resulting in a sound not unlike later-day Rainbow. Originally named Junction, the band was formed in the late '70s by brothers Tino (vocals/guitar) and Chris Troy (bass/vocals), later adding Steve Carroll (guitar/vocals) and Dave Potts (drums).

Shakira - Pies Descalzos (1996)

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Shakira - Pies Descalzos (1996)

Shakira - Pies Descalzos (1996)
EAC Rip | WavPack (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 289 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 101 Mb
Full Scans ~ 123 Mb | 00:41:29 | RAR 5% Recovery
Latin Pop, Pop Rock | Sony Latin #CD-81795 / 2-473320

Shakira's 1996 debut album, Pies Descalzos set the stage for one of the international community's most celebrated and exciting stars. The album took a while to gain momentum, but once it did, the young chanteuse ascended to dizzying commercial heights that were only magnified with her more electrifying later releases. The more tranquil Pies Descalzos, however, finds the young singer/songwriter balancing heartfelt, earnest ballads (such as "Te Necesito") with catchy, jangly pop/rock. The album opens with the infectious and melodic pop/rocker "Estoy Aqui" and continues with the ballad "Antologia" before breaking into the dancehall-lite of "Un Poco de Amor."

Nicholas McGegan, English Bach Festival Singers & Baroque Orchestra - Jean-Philippe Rameau: La Princesse de Navarre (1996)

Posted By: ArlegZ
Nicholas McGegan, English Bach Festival Singers & Baroque Orchestra - Jean-Philippe Rameau: La Princesse de Navarre (1996)

Nicholas McGegan, English Bach Festival Singers & Baroque Orchestra - Jean-Philippe Rameau: La Princesse de Navarre (1996)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 300 Mb | Total time: 55:47 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato | # 0630-12986-2 | Recorded: 1979

Although nowadays Jean-Philippe Rameau is considered the greatest French baroque composer, he only came to real fame when he was already fifty years old. Then, in 1733, his first 'tragédie en musique', Hippolyte et Aricie, was performed in public. This was followed later that decade by Castor et Pollux (1737) and Dardanus (1739) and two 'opéra-ballets', Les Indes galantes (1735) and Les Fêtes d'Hébé (1739). By the 1740s his reputation was such that there was no other composer who could be invited to write the main music to be performed during the festivities at the occasion of the marriage of Dauphin Louis, son of King Louis XV, to Marie-Thérèse of Spain in February 1745. The festivities in Versailles, which lasted a month, started and ended with music by Rameau.

Claudio Ferrarini, Francesco Tasini, Claudio Piastra - Tomaso Albinoni: Le 6 sonate ritrovate (1996)

Posted By: ArlegZ
Claudio Ferrarini, Francesco Tasini, Claudio Piastra - Tomaso Albinoni: Le 6 sonate ritrovate (1996)

Claudio Ferrarini, Francesco Tasini, Claudio Piastra - Tomaso Albinoni: Le 6 sonate ritrovate (1996)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 298 Mb | Total time: 62:45 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Mondo Musica | # SK 66288 | Recorded: 1996

Not much is known about the life of Tomaso Albinoni. He was the eldest son of a wealthy Venetian paper merchant. The family was very well off, and in his adult life Albinoni was financially independent. He thought of himself as an amateur musician. Although completely trained in his art, he did not seek professional employment in music. He was a fine performer on the violin, and one of the most prolific writers of the violin concerto in the high Baroque. Initially Albinoni attempted to compose church music, but did not meet with much success. However in 1694, with the publication of 12 trio sonatas and the production of his opera Zenobia, Regina de Palmireni, Albinoni had found his milieu.

Gil Shaham - Romances (1996)

Posted By: tirexiss
Gil Shaham - Romances (1996)

Gil Shaham - Romances (1996)
EAC | APE (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 57:32 | 272 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | Catalog: 449 923-2

Gil Shaham es uno de los más renombradas luminarias del violín de nuestro siglo y en este cd, avalado por Deutsche Garammophon, nos entrega una selección de romanzas y hermosas partituras para el violín acompañada por la excelente Orphues Chamber Orchestra (que trabajan sin director) y acompañan de manera maravillosa a este gran solista.

George Michael - Older (1996) {2014, Limited Edition, K2HD Mastering} Repost

Posted By: popsakov
George Michael - Older (1996) {2014, Limited Edition, K2HD Mastering} Repost

George Michael - Older (1996) {2014, Limited Edition, K2HD Mastering}
EAC Rip | FLAC (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 420 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 142 Mb
Full Scans ~ 405 Mb | 00:58:58 | RAR 5% Recovery
Pop, Pop Rock, Synth-Pop, R&B, Soul, Jazz Fusion | Sony Music #88875022562

Older is the third studio album by English singer-songwriter George Michael, released on 13 May 1996 in Europe by Virgin Records and Aegean Records one day later in the United States. The American release was the first album released by DreamWorks Records. It was Michael's first studio album since 1990's Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1 – the five-and-a-half-year gap was due to the legal battle that Michael experienced with his former record company Sony Music. Michael dedicated three years to the recording of Older, and the album found him exploring new musical territories in a more serious fashion compared to his previous work. At the time of release, the album was a huge commercial hit, particularly in Europe, but was received in America with lukewarm commercial approval. In the UK, the album was particularly notable for producing a record six top three hit singles in a two-year span.

Aerosmith - Aerosmith (1973) {1996, 20-Bit Remastered, Japan}

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Aerosmith - Aerosmith (1973) {1996, 20-Bit Remastered, Japan}

Aerosmith - Aerosmith (1973) {1996, 20-Bit Remastered, Japan}
EAC Rip | FLAC (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 231 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 86 Mb
Full Scans ~ 53 Mb | 00:35:52 | RAR 5% Recovery
Blues Rock, Classic Rock | Sony Records #SRCS 9045

In retrospect, it's a bit shocking how fully formed the signature Aerosmith sound was on their self-titled 1973 debut – which may not be the same thing as best-executed, because this album still sounds like a first album, complete with the typical stumbles and haziness that comes with a debut. Despite all this, Aerosmith clearly showcases all the attributes of the band that would become the defining American hard rock band of the '70s. Here, the Stones influences are readily apparent, from the Jagger-esque phrasing of Steven Tyler to the group's high-octane boogie, but the group displays little of the Stones' deep love of blues here.

The Pete Jolly Trio - Yeah! (1996)

Posted By: gribovar
The Pete Jolly Trio - Yeah! (1996)

The Pete Jolly Trio - Yeah! (1996)
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 392 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 151 MB | Covers - 3 MB
Genre: Jazz, Bop, Cool Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: V.S.O.P. Records (V.S.O.P. #98)

Pete Jolly and his sidemen (bassist Chuck Berghofer and drummer Nick Martinis) celebrated their 21st year as a regularly working trio with this fine V.S.O.P. CD. The musicians sound quite enthusiastic and creative within the boundaries of straight-ahead jazz, showing that they had not run out of ideas yet. Jolly alternates hot pieces with ballads, standards with obscurities. It is a particular pleasure to hear the powerful pianist interpret such rarely performed songs as George Wallington's "Variations," "Crazeology," Al Cohn's brooding ballad "Ah-Moore" and Shorty Rogers' "Diablo's Dance." Other highlights of the enjoyable set include Horace Silver's "Yeah," "Lullaby of the Leaves" and Zoot Sims' "The Red Door." All those years of playing together have definitely paid off.

René Jacobs, Concerto Köln - Carl Heinrich Graun: Cleopatra e Cesare (1996)

Posted By: ArlegZ
René Jacobs, Concerto Köln - Carl Heinrich Graun: Cleopatra e Cesare (1996)

René Jacobs, Concerto Köln - Carl Heinrich Graun: Cleopatra e Cesare (1996)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 939 Mb | Total time: 79:01+57:12+62:14 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # 901561.63 | Recorded: 1995

Carl Heinrich Graun was court composer to Frederick the Great of Prussia, and this opera was chosen to open the new opera house in Berlin in 1742. It was a great success, but Handel's opera on the same subject had appeared less than two decades before, and had anyone been familiar with that one, Graun's might have come as a disappointment. Handel gets under his characters' skins–Cleopatra's eight arias tell us everything we have to know about her, for instance–while Graun (merely) offers some beautiful, well-orchestrated, at-times exciting music. Any composer would have been proud to compose Cesare's heart-stoppingly vengeful last-act aria "Voglio strage", and any Read more mezzo (or castrato or countertenor) would be happy to sing it. Here, Iris Vermillion is spectacular, and elsewhere in the opera she's as heroic, romantic, and colorful as our hero ought to be.

Lin Cho-Liang, Paul Grossley - Poulenc, Ravel, Debussy: Works for Violin & Piano (1996)

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Lin Cho-Liang, Paul Grossley - Poulenc, Ravel, Debussy: Works for Violin & Piano (1996)

Lin Cho-Liang, Paul Grossley - Poulenc, Ravel, Debussy: Works for Violin & Piano (1996)
EAC | APE (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 77:04 | 332 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Sony Classical | Catalog: 66839

The Poulenc Violin Sonata is still a relative rarity on record. I'm baffled by this, as it is one of Poulenc's most unique and musically rewarding works. This performance by Lin and Crossley is excellent; indeed they nearly match the superlative recording made by Kolja Blacher and Eric Le Sage for RCA. The brighter, more lively RCA recording adds a little extra sparkle and energy to the latter. However, in both instances, each violinist has the benefit of being joined by pianists who have made a specialty of Poulenc.

Belinda Carlisle - A Woman & A Man (1996) {Japan 1st Press}

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Belinda Carlisle - A Woman & A Man (1996) {Japan 1st Press}

Belinda Carlisle - A Woman & A Man (1996) {Japan 1st Press}
EAC Rip | FLAC (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 362 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 123 Mb
Full Scans ~ 101 Mb | 00:50:48 | RAR 5% Recovery
Pop, Pop Rock | Chrysalis / Toshiba-EMI Ltd. #TOCP-50002

In a sense, Belinda Carlisle's A Woman & a Man is a companion record to her first solo album. It arrived in 1996, ten years after Belinda, and it also functioned as something of a break from the Go-Go's, as it was her first album after the group's mid-'90s reunion. That's not where the similarities end: the title track has some Motown propulsion, Charlotte Caffey comes in to co-write "Kneel at Your Feet," and instead of Tim, Carlisle covers Neil Finn. All these echoes are somewhat buried underneath the studio gloss created by producer David Tickle, a veneer that can get too thick on the ballads but nevertheless is often pleasingly expensive.

Bathold Kuijken, Wieland Kuijken, Robert Kohnen - Telemann: Sonate Metodiche 1728/1732 (1996)

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Bathold Kuijken, Wieland Kuijken, Robert Kohnen - Telemann: Sonate Metodiche 1728/1732 (1996)

Bathold Kuijken, Wieland Kuijken, Robert Kohnen - Telemann: Sonate Metodiche 1728/1732 (1996)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 02:19:31 | 842 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Accent | Catalog: ACC 94104/5

Give each instrument what suits it best, thus is the player content and you well entertained.’ In these pieces, unenticingly called ‘Methodical Sonatas’, Telemann is as good as his word. These are delightful works, full of humour, very skilfully written and never dull. There are two sets of six sonatas each. All are played on a Baroque flute, though certain keys suggest a violin, with fluency and impeccable taste by Barthold Kuijken. His tone is alluring and his ornamentation, mainly based on Telemann’s own suggestions, faultlessly executed. A programme for performers and listeners alike. Outstanding.

The Grainger Edition, Volume 3 - Works for Chorus and Orchestra 1 (1996)

Posted By: ArlegZ
The Grainger Edition, Volume 3 - Works for Chorus and Orchestra 1 (1996)

The Grainger Edition, Volume 3 - Works for Chorus and Orchestra 1 (1996)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 262 Mb | Total time: 60:44 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHAN 9499 | Recorded: 1996

The CD's title slightly misleads. Not all of these pieces are for chorus and orchestra. Some are for orchestra alone. Nevertheless, the CD gives us Grainger at his most characteristic. Grainger always considered himself primarily a choral composer who occasionally dabbled in short works for orchestra and chamber ensemble. For far too long, almost everybody dismissed Grainger as a lightweight, but, happily, that seems about to change. For one thing, more works have come to light and, more importantly, to performance and recording. Chandos' Grainger Edition counts, in my opinion, as one of the most significant projects in British music.

Vangelis - Portraits (So Long Ago, So Clear) (1996) (Re-up)

Posted By: gribovar
Vangelis - Portraits (So Long Ago, So Clear) (1996) (Re-up)

Vangelis - Portraits (So Long Ago, So Clear) (1996)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 412 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 176 MB | Covers - 154 MB
Genre: Electronic, New Age | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Deutsche Grammophon (531 151-2)

Portraits (So Long Ago, So Clear) is a set of 15 pieces covering approximately 20 years of Vangelis' career. He is, undoubtedly, the most commercial electronic musician ever. He has recorded dozens of major motion picture soundtracks and dozens of delightful albums. This CD is an accurate cross section of those efforts. Contains two unreleased tracks.