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Michael Chapman - Fully Qualified Survivor (1970) {2011, Remastered}

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Michael Chapman - Fully Qualified Survivor (1970) {2011, Remastered}

Michael Chapman - Fully Qualified Survivor (1970) {2011, Remastered}
EAC Rip | FLAC (Tracks) + Cue + m3u8 + Log ~ 298 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 113 Mb
Full Scans ~ 198 Mb | 00:46:29 | RAR 5% Recovery
Folk Rock, Folk, Psychedelic Rock, Singer-Songwriter | Light In The Attic Records / Harvest #LITA 060

After the critical acclaim Michael Chapman received for Rainmaker in 1969, he followed up quickly in early 1970 with Fully Qualified Survivor, a record more adventurous and haunting than its predecessor, with added production flourishes and equally strong songs. Fully Qualified Survivor is the album that established Chapman as a folk troubadour. Leaving the guitar pyrotechnics largely locked in a shed, Chapman concentrated instead on his songwriting skills, and the sacrifice—for this record anyway—paid off. Leaving the lead guitar credits to a fellow Hull-man, Mick Ronson (who got his gig with David Bowie as a result of his playing on this album), with Rick Kemp making a return as bassist and Barry Morgan on drums, Chapman relied on no less than Paul Buckmaster—then beginning to work with Elton John, among others—to employ and arrange a small string section to fill out the songs.

Solar Fields - Until We Meet The Sky (2011)

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Solar Fields - Until We Meet The Sky (2011)

Solar Fields - Until We Meet The Sky (2011)
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 412 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 186 MB | Covers - 132 MB
Genre: Downtempo, Ambient | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Ultimae Records (inre 053)

A stunning masterpiece from Swedish composer Magnus Birgersson who once again takes us by surprise and delivers a wide, lush and electric 10th album. Until We Meet The Sky has a an intensely cinematic sound; from introspective, wispy and intimate ambient electronica it slowly builds up to a shoegazing spirit engulfing the listener in an ethereal dreamworld.An album of dizzying beauty composed by Solar Fields as a one track story in twelve phases from nightscapes to the sky. Deep and addictive.

Kristian Bezuidenhout, Gottfried von der Goltz - Felix Mendelssohn: Concerto for Piano, Concerto for Piano and Violin (2011)

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Kristian Bezuidenhout, Gottfried von der Goltz - Felix Mendelssohn: Concerto for Piano, Concerto for Piano and Violin (2011)

Kristian Bezuidenhout, Gottfried von der Goltz, Freiburger Barockorchester - Felix Mendelssohn: Concerto for Piano, Concerto for Piano and Violin (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue & Log) ~ 293 Mb | Total time: 71:40 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMC 902082 | Recorded: 2010

Three years before the Midsummer Night’s Dream Overture, Felix Mendelssohn wrote this amazing Concerto for (forte)piano and violin, built on the Classical model but brimming with new, even iconoclastic ideas. And yet, when it had its first performance in May 1823, the composer was aged just 14! By then he had already written around 100 works, including a Piano Concerto premiered a year earlier. It was not until the late 20th century that they appeared in a critical edition, on which this recording is based.

Johannes Moesus, Prague Singers La Gioloa, Camerata Filarmonica Bohemi - Antonio Rosetti: Requiem für Mozart (2011)

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Johannes Moesus, Prague Singers La Gioloa, Camerata Filarmonica Bohemi - Antonio Rosetti: Requiem für Mozart (2011)

Johannes Moesus, Prague Singers La Gioloa, Camerata Filarmonica Bohemi - Antonio Rosetti: Requiem für Mozart (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 339 Mb | Total time: 61:51 | Scans included
Classical | Label: ARS Produktion | # ARS38095 | Recorded: 2008

Despite the Requiem for Mozart album title, the main attraction here is a work begun as early as 1776 and expanded and repurposed several times, including, in early 1792, a memorial service for Mozart in the city where he achieved some of his greatest triumphs. Those who argue for the historical authenticity of chamber-sized performances of Classical-era choral works should note the total forces of 120. Actually, it is interesting to contemplate what might have happened if the work had really been written as a requiem for Mozart, perhaps even with Mozart's own grim Requiem in D minor torso, K. 626, in mind. As the work stands now, it's an illustration of the breezy quality of so much sacred music of the late 18th century.

Kenny G - The Moment (1996) {2011, K2HD Mastering CD, Japan}

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Kenny G - The Moment (1996) {2011, K2HD Mastering CD, Japan}

Kenny G - The Moment (1996) {2011, K2HD Mastering CD, Japan}
EAC Rip | FLAC (Tracks) + Cue + m3u + Log ~ 385 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 153 Mb
Full Scans ~ 279 Mb | 01:03:40 | RAR 5% Recovery
Smooth Jazz, Crossover Jazz | Sony Music #88697978962

Although The Moment followed four years after Kenny G's blockbuster Breathless, the saxophonist didn't change his approach at all during his time off. Kenny G remains a sweet, melodic instrumentalist, who works entirely in lush, slick adult contemporary pop settings. His playing has improved somewhat in those four years – he soars and dives with effortless skill, and his vibrato remains fleet and elegant – yet after The Moment is finished, you wish that he had tried some new musical territories. That said, it is true that The Moment ranks second to only Breathless in terms of sheer consistency in Kenny G's catalog, thanks to the sustained vision of producer Babyface. Of particular note are the two vocal collaborations (Babyface's "Everytime I Close My Eyes," Toni Braxton's "That Somebody Was You"), which are the best duets to yet appear on any of Kenny G's records.

Voces Intimae - Robert Schumann: Piano Trios Op. 63 & 110 (2011)

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Voces Intimae - Robert Schumann: Piano Trios Op. 63 & 110 (2011)

Voces Intimae - Robert Schumann: Piano Trios Op. 63 & 110 (2011)
XLD | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 58:38 | 258 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Challenge Classics | Catalog: CC72520

The historical-performance movement has extended its reach into much of the 19th century, but this is the world-premiere recording of Robert Schumann's trios on historical instruments. Actually only the piano dates from Schumann's lifetime, but it's especially the violin and cello that differ markedly from their contemporary counterparts with their gut strings. The result is a pair of Schumann chamber music performances of a quieter cast than the common run, yet also moody and full of strong affect and characterization.

Jeff Bridges - Jeff Bridges (2011)

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Jeff Bridges - Jeff Bridges (2011)

Jeff Bridges - Jeff Bridges (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 240 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 115 Mb | Scans included | 00:40:05
Country, Americana, Folk-Rock | Label: Blue Note, Ramp Records | # 509990 71491 2 2

2011 album from the Oscar-winning actor, performer and songwriter. A musician before his acting career took off, Bridges' award-winning and critically acclaimed role in 2009's Crazy Heart introduced his musical talents to a wider audience. Working with producer T-Bone Burnett again, this self-titled album picks up where Crazy Heart left off, proving that Jeff Bridges is a man for all seasons.

Nth Ascension - 3 Albums (2011-2016)

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Nth Ascension - 3 Albums (2011-2016)

Nth Ascension - 3 Albums (2011-2016)
3CD | EAC Rip | FLAC (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 1,35 Gb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 523 Mb
Full Scans | RAR 5% Recovery
Progressive Rock | Sonic Vista Records / Melodic Revolution Records

UK band Nth Ascension was formed in 2009, originally using the moniker Nth Degree, and solidified as a band unit in 2010. An initial demo was released in 2011, and in 2014 they signed to UK label Sonic Vista for the release of their official debut album "Ascension of Kings". In 2016 they left their former label to sign up for US label Melodic Revolution Records, who released their sophomore production "In Fine Initium". Nth Ascension is very much an English band, exploring landscapes and sounds that were invented and developed on the British Isles. Melodic, powerful progressive rock is the name of the game here, and then by and large explored inside a neo progressive general context. Their take on the genre is one that relies heavily on alternating, contrasting arrangements and a striking lead vocalist further enhancing the dramatic aspects of the compositions.

Tom Waits - Bad As Me (2011) [2CD Limited Edition]

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Tom Waits - Bad As Me (2011) [2CD Limited Edition]

Tom Waits - Bad As Me (2011) [2CD Limited Edition]
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 309 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 127 MB | Covers - 97 MB
Genre: Blues, Blues Rock, Alternative Rock, Singer-Songwriter | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Anti (7177-2)

Bad as Me is Tom Waits' first collection of new material in seven years. He and Kathleen Brennan - wife, co-songwriter, and production partner - have, at the latter's insistence, come up with a tight-knit collection of short tunes, the longest is just over four minutes. This is a quick, insistent, and woolly aural road trip full of compelling stops and starts. While he's kept his sonic experimentation - especially with percussion tracks - Waits has returned to blues, rockabilly, rhythm & blues, and jazz as source material. Instead of sprawl and squall, we get chug and choogle. For "Chicago" - via Clint Maedgen's saxes, Keith Richards' (who appears sporadically here) and Marc Ribot's guitars, son Casey Waits' drums, dad's banjo, percussion and piano, and Charlie Musselwhite's harmonica (he appears numerous times here, too) - we get a 21st century take on vintage R&B…

François-Xavier Roth, Cédric Tiberghien - Franck: Le Chasseur maudit, Les Djinns, Les Éolides, Variations symphoniques (2011)

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François-Xavier Roth, Cédric Tiberghien - Franck: Le Chasseur maudit, Les Djinns, Les Éolides, Variations symphoniques (2011)

François-Xavier Roth, Cédric Tiberghien, Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège - César Franck: Le Chasseur maudit, Les Djinns, Les Éolides, Variations symphoniques (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 226 Mb | Total time: 53:16 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Cypres Records | # CYP 7612 | Recorded: 2009

François-Xavier Roth, not this time with his ‘period’ ensemble Les Siècles but with the Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège, conducts a performance of César Franck’s Le chasseur maudit that has dramatic thrust, demonic intensity and clearly defined textural detail as well. There is a very real sense, in listening to this performance, that Roth and his orchestra have the dark narrative in their very blood, so that its frenzy, its tensions and the cursed hunter’s wild chase towards death come vividly before the mind’s eye.

Brainticket - The Vintage Anthology 1971-1980 [4CD Box Set] (2011) (Re-up)

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Brainticket - The Vintage Anthology 1971-1980 [4CD Box Set] (2011) (Re-up)

Brainticket - The Vintage Anthology 1971-1980 [4CD Box Set] (2011)
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 1,52 GB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 693 MB | Box Covers - 60 MB
Genre: Progressive Rock, Krautrock, Ambient, Experimental | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Purple Pyramid/Cleopatra Records (CLP 5948-2)

The fist ever Brainticket box set featuring 4 discs of these krautrock genius’s critically adored early ‘70s albums plus rare singles and live recordings, some of which have never been available on the commercial market - until now!
This box set on Cleopatra's Purple Pyramid imprint assembles their first three studio recordings (leaving out the early-'80s Voyage and Adventure) - in a sense, since it splits part of them up on the latter half of disc three. Brainticket's bona fide hippie classic, Cottonwoodhill from 1971, is here in its entirety, paired with a disc from a Vandroogenbroeck side project called Drum Circus and the album Magic Theater from the same period, which juxtaposed his organ, piano, flute, and sitar in the company of three drummers, two vocalists, a bassist, and a saxophonist…

Candy Dulfer - Crazy (2011)

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Candy Dulfer - Crazy (2011)

Candy Dulfer - Crazy (2011)
EAC Rip | FLAC (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 411 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 158 Mb
Full Scans | 00:55:15 | RAR 5% Recovery
Soul-Jazz / Smooth Jazz / Contemporary Jazz / Electronic / Dance
in-akustik #INAK 9104 CD

If you think of funk and sax, Candy Dulfer is one of the first names that comes to mind. Her breakthrough came in the late 80s and early 90s, initially with her 1989 single Lily Was Here from the soundtrack of the film of the same name, which she recorded with Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics, reaching number 6 in the UK singles charts. Ever since then, this charming Dutch lady has been an ambassador for funk all over the world. And having worked with the greats such as Prince, Van Morrison, Maceo Parker, Dave Stewart, Beyoncé, Pink Floyd, Aretha Franklin, Jimmy Cliff, Tower Of Power, Angie Stone and Alan Parsons, she can quite rightly call herself a star. On the album Crazy, Candy Dulfer once again shows her creativity and ambition as a musician.

Don McLean - Don McLean: Audiophile Gold Series (Remastered) (2011)

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Don McLean - Don McLean: Audiophile Gold Series (Remastered) (2011)

Don McLean - Don McLean: Audiophile Gold Series (Remastered) (2011)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks, cue, log) - 412 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 159 MB
1:08:18 | Folk Rock, Soft Rock | Label: PolyEast Records

Don McLean released his debut album, Tapestry, at the dawn of the 1970s when the hangover haze of the 1960s still lingered strongly in the air. McLean specialized in that netherworld between '60s coffeehouse folk and '70s introspection, navigating the distance between confessional singer/songwriter and MOR pop. He'd never abandon this aesthetic, crafting a handsome, modest body of work over the course of nearly five decades, but he'd always be known for "American Pie," his fluke 1971 chart-topper.

Jeffrey Tate, Staatskapelle Dresden - Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann (2011)

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Jeffrey Tate, Staatskapelle Dresden - Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann (2011)

Jeffrey Tate, Staatskapelle Dresden - Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 724 Mb | Total time: 68:12+60:54+45:34 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Decca | # 00289 478 2675 | Recorded: 1987-89

Offenbach's Les contes d'Hoffmann is among those operas with most textual problems, since the composer did not live to its premiere, leaving an incomplete score. The traditional text, bringing in extra material, much of it unauthentic, and leaving out alot, was only established in the 20th century. This Dresden recording sessions were held (June 1987-June 1989) borrowed much from Michael Kaye's 1991 Schott Edition.

Mud - Mud Rock (1974) {2011, Remastered}

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Mud - Mud Rock (1974) {2011, Remastered}

Mud - Mud Rock (1974) {2011, Remastered}
EAC Rip | WavPack (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 411 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 1465 Mb
Full Scans ~ 79 Mb | 01:00:37 | RAR 5% Recovery
Glam Rock | 7T's Records / Cherry Red Records #Glam CD 117

Mud's debut album is one of those records that truly sums up a time and a place – in this instance, England in 1974, as glam rock flirted increasingly gregariously with a similarly ongoing rock & roll revival. It was a period, after all, in which Bill Haley returned to the Top 20, Showaddywaddy was threatening to dominate it, and Mud itself had been launching some remarkably convincing Elvis impersonations into the upper echelons of the chart. Mud's producers and songwriters, Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman, certainly encouraged their charges' retro pretensions, conceiving both Mud Rock and its successor, Mud Rock, Vol. 2, as all-out party albums, with the band the greatest jukebox in the land.