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VA - The Get Easy! Sunshine Pop Collection (2003)

Posted By: Rtax
VA - The Get Easy! Sunshine Pop Collection (2003)

VA - The Get Easy! Sunshine Pop Collection (2003)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks, cue, log) - 668 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 261 MB
1:51:21 | Scans Included | Pop Rock, Sunshine Pop | Label: Boutique

The fifth volume in the perennially excellent Get Easy! series is arguably the strongest retrospective of sunshine pop ever compiled – spanning two CDs and 40 cuts, the set combs the vaults of labels like A&M, Verve, Philips, and MGM to capture the essence of late-'60s pop at its most musically ambitious. Inspired and arguably birthed by the Beach Boys, in particular their landmark Pet Sounds album, sunshine pop married radiant vocals harmonies and lush orchestral arrangements that wonderfully evoked a beatitude and poignancy often forgotten amidst the political and cultural turbulence of its era. There were some major hits of note from acts like the Association, the Turtles, and the Cowsills, but by and large sunshine pop remains largely a cult fascination, and this wonderful collection is the perfect place to hop aboard for both its hits and its rarities – virtually every song's a winner, but standouts include the Hobbits' "Sunny Day Girl," Spanky & Our Gang's "I'd Like to Get to Know You," the Twinn Connexion's "Oh What a Lovely Day," Van Dyke Parks' "Number Nine," and the The Fun and Games' "Topanga Canyon Road."

The Chieftains - Further Down The Old Plank Road (2003)

Posted By: popsakov
The Chieftains - Further Down The Old Plank Road (2003)

The Chieftains - Further Down The Old Plank Road (2003)
EAC Rip | FLAC (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 367 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 159 Mb
Full Scans | 00:55:04 | RAR 5% Recovery
Victor / Arista Associated Labels #82876-52897-2
Celtic Folk / Country / Bluegrass / Folk Rock

The Chieftains are a traditional Irish band formed in Dublin in 1963, by Paddy Moloney, Sean Potts and Michael Tubridy. Their sound, which is almost entirely instrumental and largely built around uilleann pipes, has become synonymous with traditional Irish music and they are regarded as having helped popularise Irish music across the world. They have won six Grammys during their career and they were given a Lifetime Achievement Award at the prestigious BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2002. Some music experts have credited The Chieftains with bringing traditional Irish music to a worldwide audience, so much so that the Irish government awarded them the honorary title of 'Ireland's Musical Ambassadors' in 1989. Further Down the Old Plank Road is a 2003 album by The Chieftains. It is a collaboration between the Irish band and many top country music musicians including Rosanne Cash, Chet Atkins, John Hiatt, Emmylou Harris, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Ricky Skaggs, and Patty Loveless.

Andrew Parrott, Taverner Choir & Players - George Frideric Handel: Israel in Egypt (2003)

Posted By: ArlegZ
Andrew Parrott, Taverner Choir & Players - George Frideric Handel: Israel in Egypt (2003)

Andrew Parrott, Taverner Choir & Players - George Frideric Handel: Israel in Egypt (2003)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 595 Mb | Total time: 68:38+66:36 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato | # 5 62155 2 | Recorded: 1989

Using some of the finest early-music soloists of the day, Parrott and his forces give posterity a recording that welds tightly focused emotion to a laudable and uncommon feel for the music. The soloists produce appropriately light but well-focused tone and display an ability to negotiate the intricacies of Handel’s notes evenly and with an exceptional grasp of the phrasing required for successful performance. The choral lines are carefully etched and meticulously balanced, resulting in a superlative overall sound that—in spite of the small choir—is rich and capable of exceeding power when required.

Peter Kopp, Dresden Instrumental Concert - Johann Gottlieb Naumann: Zeit und Ewigkeit (2003)

Posted By: ArlegZ
Peter Kopp, Dresden Instrumental Concert - Johann Gottlieb Naumann: Zeit und Ewigkeit (2003)

Peter Kopp, Dresden Instrumental Concert - Johann Gottlieb Naumann: Zeit und Ewigkeit (2003)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue & Log) ~ 279 Mb | Total time: 67:15 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CPO | # 999 955-2 | Recorded: 2001

The German composer Johann Gottlieb Naumann is mostly known for his operas. One of them, Gustav Wasa, which he composed in Sweden in 1786 and which he considered his best work, even became a Swedish national opera. This recording shows a lesser known aspect of Naumann's output: his sacred compositions. It contains three works: a large-scale cantata and two short pieces, which are much more modest in scoring and style.

Vanni Moretto, Orchestra da Camera Milano Classica - Niccolò Jommelli: L'Uccellatrice (2003)

Posted By: ArlegZ
Vanni Moretto, Orchestra da Camera Milano Classica - Niccolò Jommelli: L'Uccellatrice (2003)

Vanni Moretto, Orchestra da Camera Milano Classica - Niccolò Jommelli: L'Uccellatrice (2003)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 221 Mb | Total time: 55:20 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Dynamic | # CDS 436 | Recorded: 2003

This delightful intermezzo per musica in two acts - recounting the old story of a naïve young nobleman and of a sly girl who, after a series of squabbles and pranks, following the best of traditions, declare eternal love to each other and decide to get married - has pleased audiences ever since its first performance at the San Samuele theatre in Venice in 1750, and is here recorded for the first time. At that time the intermezzo was already a well-defined and self-standing music form, detached from opera seria, with which, originally, it had been combined. It was also, however, in a declining phase and nearing its disappearance. And yet L'uccellatrice by Niccolò Jommelli enjoyed many performances (Leipzig, 1751; Bologna, Ravenna and Vicenza, 1753; Parma, 1756; Florence, 1760; Pescia, 1772) and was even translated into French, with the score adapted and enlarged.

L'Archibudelli, Roberta Invernizzi - Luigi Boccherini: Stabat Mater & String Quintet Op.42.1 & 42.2 (2003)

Posted By: ArlegZ
L'Archibudelli, Roberta Invernizzi - Luigi Boccherini: Stabat Mater & String Quintet Op.42.1 & 42.2 (2003)

L'Archibudelli, Roberta Invernizzi - Luigi Boccherini: Stabat Mater & String Quintet Op.42.1 & 42.2 (2003)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 326 Mb | Total time: 73:10 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Sony | # SK 89922 | Recorded: 2002

The ensemble L`Archibudelli and the cellist Anner Bylsma, together with the wonderful soprano Roberta Invernizzi, have once again recorded the exceptionally well-rehearsed Mass by Luigi Boccherini in a fantastic recording. Despite minimal use without choir and winds, the listener is captivated by the drama of each movement. Rberta Invernizzi brings out in a clear and fine voice every single twist of this interesting work and the string ensemble shines with powerful, gripping sound and wonderful slow movements. The Stabat Mater is supplemented by the String Quintet op. 42.

The Mars Volta - Live (2003)

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The Mars Volta - Live (2003)

The Mars Volta - Live (2003)
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 296 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 100 MB | Covers - 13 MB
Genre: Progressive/Psychedelic Rock | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Universal Records (B0001844-02)

A four-track, 40-minute EP of live material recorded in London, Live illustrates the art rock and jam-band underpinnings of avant metal's most intriguing act, the Mars Volta. The EP begins with two tracks recorded live at BBC studios in Maida Vale, including a version of "Roulette Dares" with copious echo and some testifying organ work. "Drunkship of Lanterns" appears with all the stop-start action expected from heavy rockers ranging from King Crimson to Fugazi. The final two tracks are live in concert and prove that Mars Volta function just as well in traditional live venues as in the controlled surroundings of the studio.

Yes - Classic Yes (1981) {2003, HDCD, Remastered, Japan}

Posted By: popsakov
Yes - Classic Yes (1981) {2003, HDCD, Remastered, Japan}

Yes - Classic Yes (1981) {2003, HDCD, Remastered, Japan}
EAC Rip | FLAC (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 511 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 191 Mb
Full Scans | 01:04:56 | RAR 5% Recovery
Progressive Rock, Art Rock | Atlantic / East West Japan #AMCY-6326

Compiled by Chris Squire (in case you're wondering how "The Fish" made it this far upstream), Classic Yes was Atlantic's initial attempt to distill the band's best music. The key to this collection is in the title: this is the band's "classic" music. Anything prior to The Yes Album is cut out, no attempt is made to salvage snippets from Relayer or Tales from Topographic Oceans; Drama and Tormato are dispensed with. What remains is what made this band great: the science fiction and fantasy-laced epics, the tangible wizardry of their arrangements, moments that crystallized the magical power of music, and two unreleased live tracks from 1978 that find the band tethered to the realm of mortals."

Alberto Zedda, The Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, Jennifer Larmore - Rossini: Il Barbiere di Siviglia (2003)

Posted By: ArlegZ
Alberto Zedda, The Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, Jennifer Larmore - Rossini: Il Barbiere di Siviglia (2003)

Alberto Zedda, The Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, Jennifer Larmore - Rossini: Il Barbiere di Siviglia (2003)
PAL 4:3 (720x576) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | 154 min | 7,46 Gb (DVD9)
Classical | Label: Arthaus Musik | Sub: English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Italiano | Recorded: 1992

For his first opera production, Dario Fo, the theatre director known for his brilliant wit, chose to stage Rossini's Il barbiere di Siviglia for the Netherlands Opera. First mounted in 1987, it was a huge success and a live recording of its revival in May 1992, the 200th anniversary of Rossini's birth, has been made. Fo has said that 'Rossini is the musician of eating and love. He composes music rich in herbs and aromas, in which you find olives, tomatoes, fish, grapes, roses and rosemary, sheets and tablecloths, dry wine and the laughter of girls.' His 'Barbiere' is a joyful carnival. During the overture he fills the stage with carnival revellers and immediately the commedia dell'arte origins of opera buffa are restored.

Beth Orton - Pass in Time: The Definitive Collection (2003)

Posted By: Rtax
Beth Orton - Pass in Time: The Definitive Collection (2003)

Beth Orton - Pass in Time: The Definitive Collection (2003)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks, cue, log) - 756 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 279 MB
2:01:47 | Full Scans - 61 MB | Folk Rock, House, Trip Hop, Big Beat, Acoustic | Label: Heavenly / BMG UK

BMG UK gathered nearly all of Beth Orton's brightest moments for Pass in Time: The Definitive Collection. This double-disc set does a decent job presenting Orton's undeniable gift as an artist, and those who are introduced to her for the first time here will be thoroughly impressed. Those longtime fans who already own her first three albums and the Best Bit EP might be puzzled at Pass in Time's unfashionably early arrival; however, the 24-song compilation merits the same consideration given to Orton's previous work.

B.B. King - Completely Well / Live In Cook County Jail (2003)

Posted By: popsakov
B.B. King - Completely Well / Live In Cook County Jail (2003)

B.B. King - Completely Well / Live In Cook County Jail (2003)
EAC Rip | FLAC (Tracks) + Cue + m3u + Log ~ 564 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 214 Mb
Full Scans ~ 118 Mb | 00:49:52 + 00:38:52 | RAR 5% Recovery
Blues | BGO Records #BGOCD602

Digitally remastered 2 five star albums on a single CD from the King of the Blues from 1969 and 1971 and both are home to King's signature song "The Thrill Is Gone". The original studio version was on "Completely Well" and the live version on "Cook County Jail". Both records on their own are simply two of the brightest highlights of the master's career, but this coupling makes this disc a double-your-pleasure affair!

Billy Bragg - Must I Paint You A Picture? The Essential Billy Bragg (Remastered) (2003)

Posted By: Rtax
Billy Bragg - Must I Paint You A Picture? The Essential Billy Bragg (Remastered) (2003)

Billy Bragg - Must I Paint You A Picture? The Essential Billy Bragg (Remastered) (2003)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks, cue, log) - 1.01 GB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 388 MB
2:47:43 | Alternative Rock, Folk Rock | Label: Rhino/Elektra

Must I Paint You a Picture is a generous, two-disc, 40-track survey of Bragg's career to date (this limited edition has a third disc of 10 rarities). The tracklisting was apparently assembled with the help of Bragg's fans, who were asked to vote for their favourites on Bragg's website, but this democratic initiative has only been taken so far: while "Little Time Bomb", for example, was a more popular choice than, say, "The Boy Done Good", the latter is included and the former isn't. It would, of course, be uncharitable to suggest that this is reflective of the authoritarian instincts that lurk inside most socialists.

VA - Superfly Soul: Dynamite Funk And Bad-Assed Street Grooves (Remastered) (2003)

Posted By: Rtax
VA - Superfly Soul: Dynamite Funk And Bad-Assed Street Grooves (Remastered) (2003)

VA - Superfly Soul: Dynamite Funk And Bad-Assed Street Grooves (Remastered) (2003)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks, cue, log) - 746 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 309 MB
2:12:44 | Jazz-Funk, Soul, Funk | Label: Metro Doubles

SUPERFLY SOUL, superb 2-CD compilation at an affordable price, contains 37 of the best funk tracks of the 70s, including rarities and cult gems! More than 2 hours of music compiled by the English specialist CHAS CHANDLER. All remastered.

Kronos Quartet - Peteris Vasks: String Quartet No. 4 (2003)

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Kronos Quartet - Peteris Vasks: String Quartet No. 4 (2003)

Kronos Quartet - Peteris Vasks: String Quartet No. 4 (2003)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 32:09 | 163 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Nonesuch | Catalog: 79695

Peteris Vasks has contemplated the passing of the twentieth century – its violence and tragedy balanced against its more benign aspects – and made his String Quartet No. 4 a spiritual summary of the times. Yet the work's success can be judged without relying too much on the composer's subjective program. As pure music, the quartet is effective and striking in its contrasts. The Elegy, a pensive and austere opening, bears a strong resemblance to John Tavener's Last Sleep of the Virgin, especially in its chains of trills and subdued ambience.

John Coltrane - John Coltrane Plays For Lovers (2003) {Remastered}

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John Coltrane - John Coltrane Plays For Lovers (2003) {Remastered}

John Coltrane - John Coltrane Plays For Lovers (2003) {Remastered}
EAC Rip | FLAC (Tracks) + Cue + m3u + Log ~ 334 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 188 Mb
Full Scans | 01:12:12 | RAR 5% Recovery
Jazz | Prestige #PRCD-6020-2

Few would deny John Coltrane's genius or his substantial influence on an entire generation of jazz musicians. That said, however, his is not necessarily the name that comes immediately to mind when you're thinking about a soundtrack for romance – Coltrane's trademark "sheets of sound" approach to modal improvisation and his sometimes harsh tone may get listeners in the mood for many things, but love might not be one of them. However, this collection of ballad recordings originally issued on various albums between 1957 and 1958 makes a good case for Trane as a bedroom minstrel.