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Steely Dan - Can't Buy A Thrill (1972) {1999, Remastered}

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Steely Dan - Can't Buy A Thrill (1972) {1999, Remastered}

Steely Dan - Can't Buy A Thrill (1972) {1999, Remastered}
EAC Rip | FLAC (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 270 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 99 Mb
Full Scans ~ 241 Mb | 00:41:01 | RAR 5% Recovery
Classic Rock, Soft Rock, Jazz Rock, Fusion | MCA Records #MCD-11886

Walter Becker and Donald Fagen were remarkable craftsmen from the start, as Steely Dan's debut, Can't Buy a Thrill, illustrates. Each song is tightly constructed, with interlocking chords and gracefully interwoven melodies, buoyed by clever, cryptic lyrics. All of these are hallmarks of Steely Dan's signature sound, but what is most remarkable about the record is the way it differs from their later albums. Of course, one of the most notable differences is the presence of vocalist David Palmer, a professional blue-eyed soul vocalist who oversings the handful of tracks where he takes the lead. Palmer's very presence signals the one major flaw with the album – in an attempt to appeal to a wide audience, Becker and Fagen tempered their wildest impulses with mainstream pop techniques.

Candy Dulfer - Girl Night Out (1999) {Japan 1st Press}

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Candy Dulfer - Girl Night Out (1999) {Japan 1st Press}

Candy Dulfer - Girl Night Out (1999) {Japan 1st Press}
EAC Rip | FLAC (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 464 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 157 Mb
Full Scans ~ 115 Mb | 01:05:10 | RAR 5% Recovery
Crossover Jazz, Jazz-Funk, Smooth Jazz | BMG #BVCP-21074

Candy Dulfer is a Dutch smooth jazz, funk alto saxophonist and occasional singer who began playing at the age of six. She founded her band, Funky Stuff, when she was fourteen years old. Her debut album Saxuality (1990) received a Grammy nomination. Dulfer has released eleven studio albums, two live albums, and one compilation album. She has performed and recorded songs with musicians including her father Hans Dulfer, Prince, Dave Stewart, Van Morrison, and Maceo Parker, and has performed live with Alan Parsons (1995), Pink Floyd (1990), and Tower of Power (2014). She hosted the Dutch television series Candy meets… (2007), in which she interviews fellow musicians. In 2013 she became a judge in the fifth season of the Dutch version of X Factor.

Lurrie Bell - Blues Had a Baby (1999)

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Lurrie Bell - Blues Had a Baby (1999)

Lurrie Bell - Blues Had a Baby (1999)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 395 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 155 MB | Covers - 2 MB
Genre: Blues, Chicago Blues | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Delmark Records (DE-736)

The blues of Lurrie Bell comes from a turbulent place, but there's no denying the man can play. This album brings together tracks from three different sessions, the bulk being held in 1997. Supported by a spartan rhythm section, Bell sprays kamikaze guitar licks over a bevy of old standards like "Five Long Years," "Who Do You Love," "Mean Old Frisco," and "You're the One." The last four songs on the album are the real treat; cut in 1995 at the Mercurial Son sessions, this is just Lurrie and his electric guitar running through raw, soulful, and sometimes whacked-out versions of everything from "Rollin' and Tumblin'" to "If I Had a Hammer." If you've wondered what all the fuss is about, grab this CD and turn on to the blues world of Lurrie Bell.

David Zinman, Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich - Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2 (1999)

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David Zinman, Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich - Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2 (1999)

David Zinman, Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich - Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2 (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 210 Mb | Total time: 64:05 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Arte Nova Classics | # 74321 63645 2 | Recorded: 1998

David Zinman and his Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra have all but completed what is without question one of the most invigorating Beethoven cycles to appear in the last few years. True to form, Zinman takes the latest Beethoven scholarship on board, which in this case includes some novel emendations to the opening of the Second Symphony.

Sarah McLachlan - Mirrorball (1999)

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Sarah McLachlan - Mirrorball (1999)

Sarah McLachlan - Mirrorball (1999)
EAC Rip | FLAC (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 454 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 159 Mb
Full Scans ~ 212 Mb | 01:06:03 | RAR 5% Recovery
Pop, Pop Rock, Singer-Songwriter | Arista Records #ARCD 9049

Released at the front end of 1999's Lilith Fair, Mirrorball is a take-home sampler of the live performances that catapulted Sarah McLachlan into the modern rock stratosphere. Over half of the album's 14 songs are radio hits (including four of the first five), proving McLachlan's worth as a pop songstress bar none, but also hinting at an underlying stagnation in her recent musical output. Though fans of McLachlan and folks who missed her Lilith performances will likely enjoy Mirrorball, it's a little too by-the-book to win any converts or please critical listeners. There is little dialogue between songs, for example, and the sound quality is so pristine that if it weren't for the occasional hoot and holler from the audience, one would never know it's a live album.

Mariah Carey - Rainbow (1999) {Japan 1st Press}

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Mariah Carey - Rainbow (1999) {Japan 1st Press}

Mariah Carey - Rainbow (1999) {Japan 1st Press}
EAC Rip | FLAC (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 411 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 135 Mb
Full Scans ~ 98 Mb | 00:55:47 | RAR 5% Recovery
R&B, Soul, Dance, Pop, Hip Hop | SME Records #SRCS 2222

Mariah Carey claims Rainbow, her first album since divorcing Tommy Mottola, "chronicles my emotional roller coaster ride of the past year," but less subjective listeners could be forgiven for viewing it as simply another Mariah Carey album. After all, all the elements are in place – the crossover dance hits, the ballads, the cameos, the hip producers, the weird cover choice from the early '80s. But dig a little deeper, and her words ring true. Rainbow is the first Carey album where she's written personal lyrics, and allusions to her separation from Mottola are evident throughout the album, even if it doesn't really amount to the "story" she mentions in the liner notes.

Clan Of Xymox - Creatures (1999)

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Clan Of Xymox - Creatures (1999)

Clan Of Xymox - Creatures (1999)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 439 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 149 MB | Covers - 93 MB
Genre: Synth-pop, New Wave, Post-Punk | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Pandaimonium (Pan-5)

Xymox - once again known as the Clan of Xymox - continue their late-'90s recording comeback with Creatures, an album of gloomy, goth-tinged electronics flavored with guitars and dance beats.

Nik Kershaw - Albums Collection 1984-2006 (6CD)

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Nik Kershaw - Albums Collection 1984-2006 (6CD)

Nik Kershaw - Albums Collection 1984-2006 (6CD)
EAC | FLAC (Cue&Log) ~ 2.07 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 787 Mb | Scans included
New Wave, Synthpop, Pop, Pop Rock | Time: 05:11:21

During the mid-'80s, Nik Kershaw managed to score a handful of pop hits and, in doing so, establish himself as a profitable commercial songwriter. Kershaw began his musical career by learning to play guitar when he was a teenager. In 1974, he joined his first band, Half Pint Hogg, which played nothing but Deep Purple covers. However, his musical ideas were not limited to heavy metal; after he left school, he joined a jazz-funk band called Fusion. Fusion released one album, 'Til I Hear From You, in the late '70s. Once the group broke up, Kershaw signed to MCA Records with the help of Nine Below Zero's manager, Micky Modern. Kershaw released his first solo single, "I Won't Let the Sun Go Down on Me," in 1983; it peaked at number 47 on the U.K. charts. His next single, "Wouldn't It Be Good," hit number five in the U.K. and charted at number 46 in the U.S. Its success led to stardom in Britain for Kershaw; "I Won't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" was re-released in summer of 1984 and charted at number two, leading to a series of hit singles. Collection includes: Human Racing (1984); The Riddle (1984); 15 Minutes (1999); You've Got To Laugh (2006).

Hopper, S. Klossner - Different (1999)

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Hopper, S. Klossner - Different (1999)

Hopper, S. Klossner - Different (1999)
EAC Rip | WavPack (image+.cue+log) - 292 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 121 MB | Covers - 137 MB
Genre: Progressive Rock/Canterbury Scene | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Blueprint (BP303CD)

1999 solo album from Soft Machine's former bassist, with vocals supplied by Lisa S. Klossner. The release is a collection of strange & haunting songs of swirling dreams & psychedelic voyages through the past, present and future, all done in Hugh Hopper's signature style.

Rick Wakeman - Return To The Centre Of The Earth (1999) {Japan 1st Press}

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Rick Wakeman - Return To The Centre Of The Earth (1999) {Japan 1st Press}

Rick Wakeman - Return To The Centre Of The Earth (1999) {Japan 1st Press}
EAC Rip | WavPack (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 503 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 185 Mb
Scans ~ 118 Mb | 01:16:51 | RAR 5% Recovery
Progressive Rock, Symphonic Rock | EMI Classics / Toshiba-EMI Ltd. #TOCP-65164

Return to the Centre of the Earth is a studio album by the English keyboardist Rick Wakeman, released on 15 March 1999 on EMI Classics. The album is a sequel to his 1974 concept album Journey to the Centre of the Earth, itself based on the same-titled science fiction novel by Jules Verne. Wakeman wrote a new story of three unnamed travellers who attempt to follow the original journey two hundred years later, including the music which features guest performances from Ozzy Osbourne, Bonnie Tyler, Tony Mitchell, Trevor Rabin, Justin Hayward, and Katrina Leskanich. The story is narrated by Patrick Stewart. Upon release, the album reached number 34 on the UK Albums Chart.

John Wetton - Nomansland: Live In Poland May 1998 (1999) {Japan 1st Press}

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John Wetton - Nomansland: Live In Poland May 1998 (1999) {Japan 1st Press}

John Wetton - Nomansland: Live In Poland May 1998 (1999) {Japan 1st Press}
EAC Rip | WavPack (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 506 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 175 Mb
Covers Included | 01:11:00 | RAR 5% Recovery
Progressive Rock | Avalon #MICY-1149

Former Asia front man John Wetton has released more than his share of live albums in recent years. The performance, recorded in Poland on the Arkangel tour, is strong and nearly perfect.

Manfred Mann's Earth Band - Somewhere In Afrika (1982) {1999, With Bonus Tracks, Remastered}

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Manfred Mann's Earth Band - Somewhere In Afrika (1982) {1999, With Bonus Tracks, Remastered}

Manfred Mann's Earth Band - Somewhere In Afrika (1982) {1999, With Bonus Tracks, Remastered}
EAC Rip | FLAC (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 402 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 164 Mb
Full Scans | 00:55:57 | RAR 5% Recovery
Art Rock, Pop Rock, Progressive Rock, African | Cohesion #MANN 013

Somewhere in Afrika, an ode to Mann's home country of South Africa, contains a formula that is atypical of Manfred Mann's Earth Band sound. With rhythms that combine an African flavor with a modern rock feel, vocalist Mick Rogers takes over on vocals with the number 22 hit "Runner," released as the album's only single. Tracks such as "Demolition Man" and "Eyes of Nostradamus" are model Earth Band efforts, but the compelling material lies in songs such as "Lalela," "Koze Kobenini," and the title track, which conveys Mann's love for his birthplace without sounding overly pretentious or manufactured. The instrumentation is solid and free-flowing, with drums and other percussion work coming to the forefront while maintaining the group's atmosphere as a rock band.

Rita Peiretti, Accademia dei Solinghi - Baldassarre Galuppi: Complete Harpsichord Concertos (1999)

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Rita Peiretti, Accademia dei Solinghi - Baldassarre Galuppi: Complete Harpsichord Concertos (1999)

Rita Peiretti, Accademia dei Solinghi - Baldassarre Galuppi: Complete Harpsichord Concertos (1999)
EAC | APE | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 470 Mb | Total time: 49:51+40:58 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Dynamic | # CDS215 | Recorded: 1998

In his lifetime, Baldassare Galuppi was a well-known and popular composer across Europe. He wrote a hundred and ten operas for performance in the London theatre and at the court of Catherine II in Saint Petersburg, as well as in Florence and Venice in his native Italy. He was also a noted harpsichordist and kapellmeister. These two CDs are the first complete recording of his harpsichord concertos.

Maria Cristina Kiehr - Monteverdi: Pianto della Madonna (1999)

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Maria Cristina Kiehr - Monteverdi: Pianto della Madonna (1999)

Maria Cristina Kiehr - Monteverdi: Pianto della Madonna (1999)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 62:47 | 274 MB
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: Harmonia Mundi | Catalog: 901680

Monteverdi's larger choral pieces are so masterly that they tend to overshadow his chamber scale sacred music the solo works in particular. Occasionally one or two of these exquisite motets will appear on a collection such as Paul McCreesh's Venetian Vespers, but rarely do they become the focus of an entire recording as they are here. The much-admired early-music diva Maria Cristina Kiehr has a slightly constricted quality to her voice that won't appeal to everyone, but her very narrow vibrato colors her sound without affecting her accuracy of pitch, spotless coloratura, or blend with period instruments (played beautifully here by Concerto Soave).

Gary Moore - A Different Beat (1999) {Japan 1st Press}

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Gary Moore - A Different Beat (1999) {Japan 1st Press}

Gary Moore - A Different Beat (1999) {Japan 1st Press}
EAC Rip | FLAC (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 473 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 194 Mb
Full Scans | 01:04:49 | RAR 5% Recovery
Blues Rock, Hard Rock, Electronic, Big Beat | Victor #VICP-60921

All credit to Gary Moore for having the courage to leap into the relative unknown with A Different Beat. It is indeed greatly removed from anything he had released prior to 1999. Perhaps it was the new-found freedom from the guitarist's contract with Virgin that fuelled the change of direction–that and Moore's obvious affinity with outfits along the lines of Apollo 440 and Fatboy Slim (to whom "Fatboy" is a tribute). There's still opportunity for some trademark axe solos, thankfully, and hearing Moore's fretwork gymnastics over contemporary dance beats is a totally unique experience. Most impressive are "Lost in Your Love," given an impassioned vocal and instrumental performance, and the blissed-out "Surrender," the other end of the emotional scale entirely.