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VA - Livin' The Night Life (80s New York Garage Classics) (2009)

Posted By: Rtax
VA - Livin' The Night Life (80s New York Garage Classics) (2009)

VA - Livin' The Night Life (80s New York Garage Classics) (2009)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks, cue, log) - 499 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 180 MB
1:18:29 | Disco, House, Soul, Garage House, Electro, Funk | Label: Harmless

Livin' the Night Life: '80s New York Garage Classics Review by Andy Kellman
Here's an unexpected complement to the compilations that celebrate Paradise Garage DJ and remixer Larry Levan – such as Journey into Paradise: The Larry Levan Story and Classic West End Records Remixes. Released by the Harmless-affiliated Backbeats label, Livin' the Night Life: '80s New York Garage Classics does not contain any of the tracks from either previous set and boasts some of best post-disco/pre-house singles from the decade, including Young & Company's "I Like (What You're Doing to Me)," Cultural Vibe's "Ma Foom Bay [Love Chant Mix]," Sleeque's "One for the Money," and the Class Action version of "Weekend" (more electronic-oriented than the Phreek version heard on Journey into Paradise). Serious collectors likely have most of what's here, but newcomers will be knocked out by just about everything.

Erik Seifert - Core (2009)

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Erik Seifert - Core (2009)

Erik Seifert - Core (2009)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 413 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 177 MB | Covers - 159 MB
Genre: Progressive Electronic, Berlin School | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Pleasure Sound Music (PSCD-6469-01)

This CD from 2009 offers 75 minutes of intellectually stimulating electronic music. The focus of these compositions is CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research) and their work with particle accelerators. Using crystalline electronics in conjunction with snappy e-perc, Seifert has done a superb job capturing the soul of these scientific apparatus. The tunes (each one dealing with different machines) evoke sophisticated equipment in tandem with mankind's thirst for quantum knowledge. The electronics are smooth and slick. Dreamy texturals establish lush backdrops that serve as platforms for electronics that glisten with chromium luster. Clever mechanical traces exist as auxiliary expressions amid an undulating bevy of very accessible melodies…

Riccardo Muti, Orchestra of the Teatro alla Scala - Verdi: Otello (2009/2001)

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Riccardo Muti, Orchestra of the Teatro alla Scala - Verdi: Otello (2009/2001)

Riccardo Muti, Orchestra of the Teatro alla Scala - Verdi: Otello (2009/2001)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Italiano | LinearPCM, 2 ch | Dolby AC3, 6 ch | 7.15 Gb (DVD9) | 140 min
Classical | Arthaus Musik | Sub: English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Italiano, Chinese

The Milan „Otello“ traditionally opens the Scala season and did so in 2001 on 7 December, but at the same time it was the farewell production before the start of the three-year renovation of the house and not least a brilliant end to the Verdi Year. The audience as well as the press cheered Barbara Frittoli as a youthfully charming Desdemona, Leo Nucci as cleverly self-controlled Iago and Plácido Domingo as a thrilling Otello, both from the dramatic and the singing point of view. Domingo had been the leading Moro di Venezi for a quarter of a century, and in Milan he said farewell to this role – “in triumph”, according to ‘The Herald Tribune’.

Charnett Moffett - The Art Of Improvisation (2009)

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Charnett Moffett - The Art Of Improvisation (2009)

Charnett Moffett - The Art Of Improvisation (2009)
EAC 0.99pb5 | FLAC Image level 8| Cue+Log | Full Scans 300dpi | 345MB + 5% Recovery
MP3 CBR 320 Kbps | 150MB + 5% Recovery
Genre: Jazz, Fusion, Post-Bop

The Art Of Improvisation, Moffett showcases his extraordinary virtuosity on the upright bass - creating his own universe of singular sounds through innovative bowing techniques and electronic manipulation - while seamlessly switch hitting to fretless electric bass and electric piccolo bass, both of which he plays to beautiful melodic and rhythmic effect.

Wiener Philharmoniker - Haydn: Symphonies (2009)

Posted By: tirexiss
Wiener Philharmoniker - Haydn: Symphonies (2009)

Wiener Philharmoniker - Haydn: Symphonies (2009)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 02:46:23 | 880 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Wiener Philharmoniker | Catalog: 2009

It's an interesting idea to have seven symphonies by Franz Joseph Haydn performed by the Wiener Philharmoniker, but led by five different conductors. This recording offers Christoph von Dohnányi's No. 12 from 1991, Zubin Mehta's No. 22 from 1972, Franz Welser-Möst's No. 26 from 1998 and No. 98 from 2009, Nikolaus Harnoncourt's No. 93 and No. 103 from 2009, and Pierre Boulez's No. 104 from 1996.

Michael Bolton - Greatest Hits (2009) {Steel Box Collection}

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Michael Bolton - Greatest Hits (2009) {Steel Box Collection}

Michael Bolton - Greatest Hits (2009) {Steel Box Collection}
EAC Rip | FLAC (Tracks) + Cue + m3u + Log ~ 311 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 109 Mb
Full Scans ~ 90 Mb | 00:45:26 | RAR 5% Recovery
Pop Rock, Soft Rock, Adult Contemporary | Sony Music #88697458652

Singer/songwriter Michael Bolton emerged in the mid-'80s as a major soft rock balladeer. Originally, he recorded under his real name, Michael Bolotin, turning up on RCA Records in the mid-'70s singing cover tunes and his own blue-eyed soul songs in a voice reminiscent of Joe Cocker. He then became the lead singer of Blackjack, a heavy metal band that made two albums for Polydor before splitting up in the early '80s. Looking to relaunch his career, he changed his name to Michael Bolton and signed to Columbia Records as a solo artist in 1983. Bolton's achievements include selling more than 75 million records, recording eight top 10 albums and two number-one singles on the Billboard charts, as well as winning multiple American Music Awards and Grammy Awards.

The Robert Cray Band - This Time (2009)

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The Robert Cray Band - This Time (2009)

The Robert Cray Band - This Time (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 340 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 157 Mb | Scans included
Modern Electric Blues, Soul-Blues | Label: Nozzle Records/EMI | # 79960-2 | 00:48:08

2009 release from the five-time Grammy award-winning singer/songwriter and world-renowned American blues guitarist. Since his 1980 album debut Who's Been Talkin, Cray's unique playing style and distinct sound has become the bridge between traditional and contemporary: a signature blend of Rhythm and Blues, Pop, Rock, Soul and traditional Blues helping introduce old and new fans to a more contemporary Blues sound. Robert Cray has already released 17 award-winning multi-platinum albums, received 13 Grammy nominations and performed thousands of sold-out shows worldwide.

Nigel North - John Dowland: Complete Lute Music (2009)

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Nigel North - John Dowland: Complete Lute Music (2009)

Nigel North - John Dowland: Complete Lute Music (2009)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 04:17:20 | 1,23 Gb
Genre: Classical | Label: Naxos | Catalog: 8.504016

Naxos has collected its four volume traversal of the lute music into a handy slipcase. All the volumes are available singly, but you can also buy the four together as a quartet of excellence, presided over by Nigel North, the acknowledged hero of the hour. What follows is a reprise of two volumes already reviewed - volumes 1 and 3 - and a look at volumes 2 and 4.

Amorphis - Skyforger (2009) [Japanese Edition]

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Amorphis - Skyforger (2009) [Japanese Edition]

Amorphis - Skyforger (2009) [Japanese Edition]
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 430 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 135 MB | Covers - 56 MB
Genre: Progressive Metal, Heavy Metal | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Victor (VICP-64710)

In melodic death metal and symphonic black metal, the contrast between extreme and non-extreme elements is a lot like the contrast between what jazz musicians call "inside" and "outside" playing. Some avant-garde jazz favors an inside/outside approach; some avant-garde jazz favors outside playing from start to finish - and similarly, whether a melodic death metal or symphonic black metal album makes greater use of extreme elements or greater use of non-extreme elements depends on the artist. Skyforger, it turns out, is a melodic death metal album that keeps the extreme elements to a bare minimum and is greatly influenced by progressive metal and power metal as well as folk metal. This late 2008/early 2009 recording isn't just slightly melodic - it is very melodic - and while Skyforger rocks aggressively much of the time, it is never flat-out vicious…

Alice in Chains - Black Gives Way To Blue (2009)

Posted By: gribovar
Alice in Chains - Black Gives Way To Blue (2009)

Alice in Chains - Black Gives Way To Blue (2009)
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 395 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 128 MB | Covers - 64 MB
Genre: Alternative Rock, Grunge | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Virgin (509993 08264 2 7)

It's hard not to feel for Alice in Chains - all the guys in the band were lifers, all except lead singer Layne Staley, who never managed to exorcise his demons, succumbing to drug addiction in 2002. Alice in Chains stopped being a going concern long before that, all due to Staley's addictions, and it took guitarist Jerry Cantrell, bassist Mike Inez, and drummer Sean Kinney a long time to decide to regroup, finally hiring William DuVall as Staley's replacement and delivering Black Gives Way to Blue a full 14 years after the band's last album. To everybody's credit, Black Gives Way to Blue sounds like it could have been delivered a year after Alice in Chains: it's unconcerned with fashion; it's true to their dark, churning gloom rock; and if you're not paying attention too closely, it's easy to mistake DuVall for his predecessor…

Camesina Quartet - Jan Ladislav Dussek: String Quartets (2009)

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Camesina Quartet - Jan Ladislav Dussek: String Quartets (2009)

Camesina Quartet - Jan Ladislav Dussek: String Quartets (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 375 Mb | Total time: 75:32 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Musikmanufaktur Berlin | # MMB-CD 476 | Recorded: 2008

Bohemian-German composer Jan Ladislav Dussek, 10 years older than Beethoven and a major influence upon him in the realm of keyboard music, is known mostly for that keyboard music and for his chamber music with keyboard. This set of three string quartets from late in his career has apparently never been recorded before. Dussek confidently asserted to an English publisher that "they are neither in the Stile of Mozart, of Haydn, nor that of Pleyel, they are in the Stile of Dussek, and I hope will make some noise in the Musical World."

Strawbs - Dancing To The Devil's Beat (2009)

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Strawbs - Dancing To The Devil's Beat (2009)

Strawbs - Dancing To The Devil's Beat (2009)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 302 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 106 MB | Covers - 39 MB
Genre: Progressive Folk Rock | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Withwood Media (WMCD 2045)

Few bands from the classic rock era that had some commercial success, yet never attained true stardom, have maintained such a steady release schedule in the 21st century as the Strawbs have. About 40 years on from the release of their debut, Dancing to the Devil's Beat finds them still at it, with a lineup in which all but one of the members served with the group back in its heyday. It would be quite unusual for a band with such a long career to be making major stylistic departures at this point, and the record has the kind of bittersweet, somber, narrative songs for which the Strawbs are known, as well as their characteristic mixture of folk and progressive rock. Both wistful regret and muted anger at the vagaries of war and conflict are voiced in the lyrics…

Fleetwood Mac - The Very Best Of Fleetwood Mac (2002) {2009, Remastered}

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Fleetwood Mac - The Very Best Of Fleetwood Mac (2002) {2009, Remastered}

Fleetwood Mac - The Very Best Of Fleetwood Mac (2002) {2009, Remastered}
2CD | EAC Rip | FLAC (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 975 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 339 Mb
Full Scans ~ 93 Mb | 01:06:08 + 01:15:07 | RAR 5% Recovery
Soft Rock, Pop Rock, Classic Rock | Reprise Records / Rhino #8122798316

There's a certain relief that this 2009 Rhino reissue of 2002's double-disc set The Very Best of Fleetwood Mac doesn't even attempt to dabble in the early blues work of the Peter Green band, and treats the addition of Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks as ground zero. The two eras of the band don't sit well together, and it's best to isolate them, since those who want the hits don't need to hear the blues. Here, it's the prime of the platinum years, with almost all of the big songs in their original hit versions (the one real exception is a live version of "Big Love" from 1997, but most listeners aren't going to be too upset with the substitution).

VA - Boogie's Gonna Getcha (80s New York Boogie) (2009)

Posted By: Rtax
VA - Boogie's Gonna Getcha (80s New York Boogie) (2009)

VA - Boogie's Gonna Getcha (80s New York Boogie) (2009)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks, cue, log) - 525 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 177 MB
1:16:35 | Funk, Disco | Label: Harmless

2009 collection, an installment in the Backbeats series, which has been designed to offer some of the best music in the world from some of the greatest independent labels over the last 50 years. Each Backbeats collection only uses the full original twelve inch or album versions from the original artists, offering maximum musical value. This installment features 12 original '80s New York Boogie tracks from the likes of The Affair, Vicky D, Glen Adams, Kreamcicle and many others. Backbeats.

Irvine Arditti, Gunhild Ott, Bernhard Wambach, Robert HP Platz - Toshio Hosokawa: Solo Concertos, Vol.1 (2009)

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Irvine Arditti, Gunhild Ott, Bernhard Wambach, Robert HP Platz - Toshio Hosokawa: Solo Concertos, Vol.1 (2009)

Irvine Arditti, Gunhild Ott, Bernhard Wambach, Robert HP Platz - Toshio Hosokawa: Solo Concertos, Vol.1 (2009)
EAC | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 50:35 | 232 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Neos | Catalog: 10716

Toshio Hosokawa is a Japanese composer born in Hiroshima. This release brings together three concertos written by Hosokawa since his first mature works in the late eighties. They range over a period of roughly ten years, and are each marked by similar musical concerns, concerns treated in different ways according to the particular instrumental forces utilised.