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Minnie Riperton - Les Fleurs: The Minnie Riperton Anthology (Remastered) (2001)

Posted By: Rtax
Minnie Riperton - Les Fleurs: The Minnie Riperton Anthology (Remastered) (2001)

Minnie Riperton - Les Fleurs: The Minnie Riperton Anthology (Remastered) (2001)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks, cue, log) - 405 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 153 MB
1:09:39 | Soul, Funk, R&B, Jazz, Smooth Soul, Disco | Label: EMI

Minnie Ripeton's voice was one of the most versatile and rich instruments ever heard. Her range, as showcased in 'Lovin You' was incredible, but it's the seductive tones of songs like 'Inside my Love' that really shine. 'Les Fleurs' and 'I Am the Black Gold of the Sun' are a triumphant and joyous psychedelic treat. Also included is a duet of 'Light my Fire' with Jose Felliciano. 14 tracks in all. EMI.

Billy Cobham - Drum 'n' Voice (2001) {Just Groove}

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Billy Cobham - Drum 'n' Voice (2001) {Just Groove}

Billy Cobham - Drum 'n' Voice (2001) {Just Groove}
EAC 0.95b3 | FLAC tracks level 8 | Cue+Log+M3U | Full Scans 300dpi | 362MB + 5% Recovery
MP3 CBR 320 Kbps | 126MB + 5% Recovery
Genre: Fusion

Electric studio project with Billy Cobham and group of Italian musicians with guest appearances by Michael and Randy Brecker, Eddie Gomez, and even Gregg Brown from Osibisa. Billy lays down a solid groove and the musicians solo over and around the beat, through instrumental and vocal tracks. The group perform original jazz/funk/fusion material, and a new version of Billy Cobham's 'Red Baron' with vocals.

Lynyrd Skynyrd - One More From The Road (1976) {2001, 25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition, Remastered}

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Lynyrd Skynyrd - One More From The Road (1976) {2001, 25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition, Remastered}

Lynyrd Skynyrd - One More From The Road (1976) {2001, 25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition, Remastered}
2CD | EAC Rip | FLAC (Tracks) + Cue + m3u + Log ~ 1,07 Gb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 362 Mb
Full Scans ~ 176 Mb | 01:12:42 + 01:17:31 | RAR 5% Recovery
Blues Rock, Southern Rock, Hard Rock | MCA Records #D242727

Double live albums were commonplace during the '70s, even for bands that weren't particularly good in concert. As a travelin' band, Lynyrd Skynyrd made their fame and fortune by being good in concert, so it made sense that they released a double-live, entitled One More from the Road, in 1976, months after the release of their fourth album, Gimme Back My Bullets. That might have been rather quick for a live album – only three years separated this record from the group's debut – but it was enthusiastically embraced, entering the Top Ten (it would become one of their best-selling albums, as well). It's easy to see why it was welcomed, since this album demonstrates what a phenomenal catalog of songs Skynyrd accumulated.

BoDeans - The Best Of BoDeans - Slash And Burn (2001)

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BoDeans - The Best Of BoDeans - Slash And Burn (2001)

BoDeans - The Best Of BoDeans - Slash And Burn (2001)
XLD Rip | FLAC (tracks, cue, log) - 489 MB | MP3 CBR 320kbps - 166 MB
1:12:26 | Rock, Roots Rock, Heartland Rock | Label: London Records / Slash / Rhino

The BoDeans may have to play second-fiddles to guitar great Les Paul as Waukesha, Wisconsin's favorite musical sons, but their rootsy, unpretentious rock & roll carved them a comfortable niche and loyal following from the late 1980s on. This 17-track anthology spans a decade of the band's history, eschewing strict historical chronology for a running order that's both more artistically interesting and listener friendly. Indeed, fully a third of the tracks issue from the band's 1995 live album Joe Dirt Car, a gambit that helps underscore their spare, straightforward musical charms. The twin talents of singer-songwriters Sammy Llanas and Kurt Neumann form the band's core, and the close harmonies of early hits "She's a Runaway" and "Fadeaway" set the band's tone, recalling rough-hewn takes on a vocal tradition that stretches back to the Everlys and Lennon-McCartney. But it's a collection that also reveals the band's range, from the U2-like drama of "You Don't Get Much" to the pop-savvy Party of Five theme "Closer to Free" and a passionate live take of "Feed the Fire" that recalls John Mellencamp at his best. –Jerry McCulley

Eric Alexander - The Second Milestone (2001)

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Eric Alexander - The Second Milestone (2001)

Eric Alexander - The Second Milestone (2001)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 395 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 137 MB | Covers - 5 MB
Genre: Jazz, Mainstream Jazz, Post-Bop | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Milestone Records (MCD-9315-2)

Tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander is reunited with his former teacher Harold Mabern on this outstanding studio session. The young man's talent has grown immensely since his 1992 debut as a leader, developing a distinct sound that doesn't overly rely on any one influence. The opener "Matchmaker, Matchmaker" (from Fiddler on the Roof) is hardly a jazz standard, but the imaginative arrangement by Alexander and Mabern may prompt others to explore it as well. The emotional rendition of "Moment to Moment" is another joint collaboration between the two. Trumpeter Jim Rotundi sits in during several numbers, including Mabern's "The Man From Hyde Park" (a snappy reworking of "The Song Is You"), Alexander's hypnotic samba "Luna Naranja," and the leader's "The Cliffs of Asturias," which sounds as if it was influenced by the early compositions of Herbie Hancock…

Aldo Ceccato, London Philharmonic Orchestra - Victor de Sabata: La Notte di Plàton, Gethsemani, Juventus (2001)

Posted By: ArlegZ
Aldo Ceccato, London Philharmonic Orchestra - Victor de Sabata: La Notte di Plàton, Gethsemani, Juventus (2001)

Aldo Ceccato, London Philharmonic Orchestra - Victor de Sabata: La Notte di Plàton, Gethsemani, Juventus (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 258 Mb | Total time: 62:57 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA67209 | Recorded: 2000

This CD is going to provide unexpected delight for lovers of the Late-Romantics. Victor de Sabata is remembered as a remarkably dynamic conductor who made some stunning records with the London Philharmonic Orchestra for Decca in the 1940s and 50s. It is not so well known that he was also a composer. Here are three ravishing symphonic poems from the early 1920s, substantial in length and gorgeously scored for an enormous orchestra. Everybody who responds to Respighi, Rachmaninov, Scriabin, Strauss and Busoni is going to love this disc. The conductor, Aldo Ceccato, is de Sabata's son-in-law and has long championed these scores around the world. Here he directs de Sabata's 'own' orchestra, the LPO, in their first commercial recordings. Sonically, this disc is state-of-the-art.

VA - Best Of Ska (2001)

Posted By: Rtax
VA - Best Of Ska (2001)

VA - Best Of Ska (2001)
CD Rip | FLAC (tracks, no cue, no log) - 899 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 376 MB
2:39:41 | Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady | Label: Disky

Amazon Review by Gavin B.
The "Best of Ska" issued by the British import label Disky Records is a unique collection of Jamaican influenced ska. There are few collections of ska that include a good cross section of the earliest ska classics from Jamaica in the Sixties in the same collection as music of the Great Ska Revival in the United Kingdom in the Eighties.
The "Best of Ska" may disappoint the ska purists but the consistent quality of this massive 3 disc cd is the best argument for musical pluralism I've ever heard. Hard core music collectors often develop tunnel vision and dismiss innovation, simply on the basis of its "inauthenic" origins and end up missing a lot of great music in the process. As such, the music of younger generation of UK ska players should be judged on it's own merits, and not a set of "a priori" standards established by musical snobs.

V.A. - Beyond Me (2001)

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V.A. - Beyond Me (2001)

V.A. - Beyond Me (2001)
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 377 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 169 MB | Covers - 22 MB
Genre: Electronic, Berlin School, Ambient | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Neu Harmony (NH021)

The sleevenotes read like a veritable "who's who" of current synth artists: Paul Ellis, Nemesis, Free System Projekt, Robert Carty, Rudy Adrian, Kubusschnitt, Dave Fulton, Synthetic Block, Paul Nagle, Arcane, John Christian (from AirSculpture) and Ramp. This project was borne from the internet chat group "beyond_em", a thriving source of news, information and general gossip which has hundreds of subscribers, including the artists here and many more. 'Beyond Me' is the result, a virtual embarrassment of riches. There is so much tempting music on this album you really won't know where to start. The majority of tracks are new, only the Arcane piece has appeared previously on the 'Alterstill' CDR, and Paul Nagle's track has appeared in remixed form on 'Blue Book'.

Double Trouble - Been A Long Time (2001)

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Double Trouble - Been A Long Time (2001)

Double Trouble - Been A Long Time (2001)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 303 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 102 MB | Covers - 10 MB
Genre: Blues Rock, Classic Rock | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Tone-Cool Records (TC 34047-1180-2)

You have to give the late guitar legend Stevie Ray Vaughan's rhythm section credit for perseverance. Mitch Mitchell and Noel Redding, the rhythm section of the Jimi Hendrix Experience, never took it upon themselves to continue as a recording entity after their leader's passing. Of course, Double Trouble is buoyed on Been A Long Time by a host of famous friends who offer impassioned performances to occupy Vaughan's vacated frontman spot.
Bassist Tommy Shannon and drummer Chris Layton are as rock-solid here as they ever were backing up their erstwhile leader. They don't spend much time looking back, either. Been A Long Time isn't really a blues album - rather, it's a bluesy rock album with a decidedly contemporary edge that owes little to Vaughan's sound…

Kenneth Weiss - Johann Sebastian Bach: 6 Partitas (2001)

Posted By: ArlegZ
Kenneth Weiss - Johann Sebastian Bach: 6 Partitas (2001)

Kenneth Weiss - Johann Sebastian Bach: 6 Partitas (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 886 Mb | Total time: 67:33+69:47 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Satirino Records | # SR011 | Recorded: 1999

This Bach stretches, overflows, dares unexpected slow tempi and explores new territory. the first Partitas are exceptionally poetic. The fourth explodes in a multi-coloured fireworks display.. The sixth reaches zeniths of inspiration.

Camel - The Paris Collection (2001) {2007, Japanese Reissue}

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Camel - The Paris Collection (2001) {2007, Japanese Reissue}

Camel - The Paris Collection (2001) {2007, Japanese Reissue}
EAC Rip | WavPack (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 473 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 177 Mb
Covers Included | 01:11:08 | RAR 5% Recovery
Progressive Rock | WHD Entertainment, Inc. #IECP-10131

The Paris Collection is a live album by progressive rock band Camel released 30 October 2001. Keyboardist Guy LeBlanc took vocal duties from Andy Latimer due to the latter's illness. The album features 10 live tracks, including the bonus track 'Slow Yourself Down' (Rehearsal Version) from Camel Productions.

The Five Stairsteps - The First Family of Soul: The Best of The Five Stairsteps (Remastered) (2001)

Posted By: Rtax
The Five Stairsteps - The First Family of Soul: The Best of The Five Stairsteps (Remastered) (2001)

The Five Stairsteps - The First Family of Soul: The Best of The Five Stairsteps (Remastered) (2001)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 294 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 111 MB
00:46:38 | R&B, Soul, Pop | Label: Buddha Records

Five African-American kids from the Midwest, managed by their father, vault to stardom with hit after hit. Nope, it's not the Jacksons-it's the Five Stairsteps! Here are 17 of their best: 11 hits plus B-sides including O-o-h Child; World of Fantasy; Come Back; Something's Missing; Baby Make Me Feel So Good; We Must Be in Love , and more.

Liza Minnelli - Ultimate Collection (2001)

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Liza Minnelli - Ultimate Collection (2001)

Liza Minnelli - Ultimate Collection (2001)
XLD Rip | FLAC (tracks, cue, log) - 436 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 160 MB
1:09:38 | Jazz, Pop, Stage & Screen, Vocal | Label: Hip‐O Records

Ultimate Collection Review by Jose F. Promis
Creating a single-disc Ultimate Collection for a superstar like Liza Minnelli is a daunting task because to call any single-disc collection on this artist "ultimate" is misleading at best. There are way too many omissions, and pleasing the die-hard fans of the singer/actress with a single-disc set is close to impossible. That said, this collection will most likely please the casual and the curious. However, the folks at Hip-O succeed in assembling material from different eras and labels associated with Liza's career (and certainly provide informative liner notes), including a youthful and sweet "Try to Remember," which opens the album, and the wonderful 1989 Pet Shop Boys-produced dance hit "Losing My Mind," the album closer. Highlights in between include the rare "Come Saturday Morning" and "Simon," available for the first time on CD. Check out her smoldering versions of "The Look of Love," "MacArthur Park/Didn't We," "Come Rain or Come Shine," and "The Man I Love," the countrified signature hit "Maybe This Time," her electric, sassy rendition of "Love for Sale," and the amazing wallop of "The Singer." But why not a studio or film version of "Cabaret"? And the omissions – "Stepping Out," "A Quiet Thing," "A Matter of Time," nothing from Tropical Nights or Gently – all of this only illustrates that a two-disc set (at least) is needed to accurately represent Liza Minnelli's recording career.

Shakira - Laundry Service (2001)

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Shakira - Laundry Service (2001)

Shakira - Laundry Service (2001)
EAC Rip | FLAC (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 355 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 119 Mb
Full Scans ~ 163 Mb | 00:49:27 | RAR 5% Recovery
Pop, Dance, Pop Rock, Latin | Epic #498720 2

The Latin pop and rock en español fields are full of talented artists who would probably be huge in the English-language market if they didn't sing in Spanish exclusively. Some non-Spanish-speaking listeners don't mind listening to lyrics they don't understand – the beat and the melody are enough for them – but many others insist on understanding every word that is coming out of an artist's mouth. Thus, Latin stars usually don't cross over to English-speaking audiences until they start singing in English, which is what Shakira does on 2001's Laundry Service. "Whenever, Wherever," this album's infectious lead single, is to Shakira what "Livin' la Vida Loca" was to Ricky Martin: the major hit that brought her to English-speaking audiences in a big way.

Massimiliano Carraro, Orchestra Sinfonica di Savona - Nicolo Porpora: Arianna in Nasso (2001)

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Massimiliano Carraro, Orchestra Sinfonica di Savona - Nicolo Porpora: Arianna in Nasso (2001)

Massimiliano Carraro, Orchestra Sinfonica di Savona - Nicolò Porpora: Arianna in Nasso (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 706 Mb | Total time: 74:42+72:04 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Bongiovanni | # GB2250/51 | Recorded: 1999

Speaking in general about Porpora, and in particular his Ariadne, in 1910 the French musicographer Romain Rolland wrote ""Histor didn't do him justice. He was fit to compete with Handel, and the comparison between Handel's Ariadne and Porpora's, staged a few weeks apart, is not at all in favour of the former. Handel's music is elegant; but doesn't have the strength of certain arias in Porpora's Ariadne in Naxos. These arias' form has an excessively classical regularity; but powerful inspiration circulates through these Roman temples."" The common place of Porpora, a singing teacher ready to subordinate everything to his pupils' voices, must be reflected upon in the light of the vocal writing in these pages: in which belcanto flourishes are generally administered abundantly and in each case almost always justified by musial and expressive reasons and immersed in the character's specific dimension.