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Prazak Quartet - Dmitri Shostakovich: String Quartets Nos. 14 & 15, Two Pieces, Op. 36 (2014)

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Prazak Quartet - Dmitri Shostakovich: String Quartets Nos. 14 & 15, Two Pieces, Op. 36 (2014)

Prazak Quartet - Dmitri Shostakovich: String Quartets Nos. 14 & 15, Two Pieces, Op. 36 (2014)
FLAC (tracks), Lossless | 1:09:30 | 313 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Praga Digitals

The Prazak Quartet is not only one of the leading string quartets from Czechoslovakia, but among the longest-lived from any country. Although most of the original membership is gone, all the current personnel has been in place since 1986, and two of the three replacements have served since the early or mid-'70s. Not surprisingly, the ensemble has shown a preference for Czech repertory, focusing particularly on Dvorák, Smetana, Janácek, and Martinu. But the group has also demonstrated an affinity for the string quartets of Haydn, Mozart, Schubert, Brahms, and other composers in the Germanic sphere. The repertory extends to the twentieth century as well, encompassing Zemlinski, Schoenberg, Berg, Schulhoff, and many others. The ensemble has made numerous recordings for a variety of labels, pirmarily on Praga, but including Harmonia Mundi, Supraphon, Orfeo, and Nuovo Era. The Prazak Quartet was founded in 1972 by cellist Josef Prazák and violist Josef Kluson, the only current original member. All of the original members were Prague Conservatory students. The makeup of the group changed often in its early years: Vaclav Remes (first violinist) joined the ensemble in 1973; Vlastimil Holek (second violinist) became the next replacement, in 1976; and then in 1986 cellist Michal Kanka replaced Prazák.

Tommy Castro And The Painkiller - The Devil You Know (2014)

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Tommy Castro And The Painkiller - The Devil You Know (2014)

Tommy Castro And The Painkiller - The Devil You Know (2014)
EAC Rip | FLAC (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 447 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 166 Mb
Full Scans | 00:52:09 | RAR 5% Recovery
Blues Rock, Modern Electric Blues, Soul-Blues | Alligator Records #ALCD 4958

San Francisco's Tommy Castro has been at this roots and blues-rock thing for some 20 years now, and while at one time he was heralded as the next great guitar slinger, such claims only last until the next guy comes down the line with good tone and flashy technique, and since that seems to happen every other week, it's probably good that Castro brings a whole lot more to the plate than just his guitar playing. There's his voice, for one thing, a soulful and versatile blue-collar growl that sounds like Bob Seger working his way through the Stax/Volt catalog, and he's also turned into a pretty good meat-and-potatoes songwriter, too, although yes, it's his guitar playing that keeps the pot boiling.

Boris Blank - Electrified (2014)

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Boris Blank - Electrified (2014)

Boris Blank - Electrified (2014)
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 788 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 302 MB | Covers - 485 MB
Genre: Electronic, Synth-pop, Ambient | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Polydor/Universal (4708870)

One of the founders of the Swiss synth-pop band Yello, Boris Blank empties his solo vaults on Electrified, an archival set that came into being with some help from online crowd-funding. The 40 tracks here are mostly instrumental, some of them simple sketches, while others sound complete. Blank's trademarks - gurgling synths, deep bass, Latin rhythms - are all present, and while this quirky, infectious set will likely please all as cheeky audio wallpaper, Yello fans will get the most out of all these peeks behind the curtain.

Slade - Wall Of Hits (1991) {2014, Reissue}

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Slade - Wall Of Hits (1991) {2014, Reissue}

Slade - Wall Of Hits (1991) {2014, Reissue}
EAC Rip | FLAC (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 477 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 195 Mb
Full Scans | 01:16:37 | RAR 5% Recovery
Glam Rock, Classic Rock | Polydor #460502670643

By no means the first (or last) ever Slade hits collection, Wall of Hits is nevertheless the only one you truly need, a solid roundup of every British Top Ten smash the band ever scored, plus a smattering of lesser-rated (but equally deserving) Top 20 entries, and only one track – 1991's "Universe" – that really doesn't belong. Neither has time taken any toll on the quality of the music. Whether causing roaring traffic to grind to a halt or bearing their souls in a ballad, the members of Slade not only made great records, they also tapped emotions – wild and wacky, reflective and raw – that make fans never tire of singing their songs.

James Levine, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Luciano Pavarotti, Louis Quilico - Verdi: Rigoletto (2014/1981)

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James Levine, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Luciano Pavarotti, Louis Quilico - Verdi: Rigoletto (2014/1981)

James Levine, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Luciano Pavarotti, Louis Quilico - Verdi: Rigoletto (2014/1981)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 7.38 Gb (DVD9) | 126 min
Classical | DECCA | Sub: Italiano, English, Deutsch, Francais

Decca is proud to present this unique recording of Rigoletto. The only Rigoletto stage production on film featuring Luciano Pavarotti, this performance of one of Verdi's best-loved operas was discovered in the Metropolitan Opera Archives and is available here for the first time. Recorded in 1981, it presents Pavarotti at the peak of his career, supported by an outstanding cast that includes Louis Quilico in the title role, Christine Eda-Pierre as Gilda, Ara Berberian as Sparafucile, and Isola Jones as Maddalena, with Met Music Director James Levine on the podium.

Claudia Brucken - Where Else… (2014)

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Claudia Brucken - Where Else… (2014)

Claudia Brucken - Where Else… (2014)
EAC Rip | WavPack (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 301 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 163 Mb
Full Scans | 00:39:48 | RAR 5% Recovery
Pop, Synth-Pop, Ballad, Acoustic | Cherry Red #CDBRED634

Claudia has enjoyed enormous popularity since the 1980s when she fronted the synthpop bands Propaganda and Act. The new solo album follows Cherry Reds expanded 2CD re-issue of Claudias debut solo album Love: And A Million Other Things. 'Where Else' is a collaboration with co-writer and producer John Williams (Housemartins, Proclaimers, Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott, Blancmange, Petula Clark). 'Where Else' follows the lyrical thread of Claudias debut solo album 'Love And A Million Other Things'. The album is not only a collection of moods and styles but a further examination of the vagaries of love; exploring emotion, beginnings, endings, past life and future hopes.

Hans Zimmer & Rupert Gregson-Williams - Winter's Tale: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (2014)

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Hans Zimmer & Rupert Gregson-Williams - Winter's Tale: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (2014)

Hans Zimmer & Rupert Gregson-Williams - Winter's Tale: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (2014)
EAC | FLAC (Tracks) + cue.+log ~ 276 Mb | Mp3, CBR320 kbps ~ 146 Mb | Scans ~ 60 Mb
Soundtrack, Score | Label: WaterTower Music | # WTM39501 | Time: 01:04:00

No matter the lack of critical popular acclaim for director Akiva Goldsman's adaptation of Mark Helprin's novel Winter's Tale, the Hans Zimmer/ Rupert Gregson-Williams score is utterly worthy of the film, and also the novel itself. Full of classical and electronic textures, ambiences, and melodies that wed both the lyric themes of 19th century folk and classical music to the early 20th, these 14 cues are, by turns, delicate and dramatic, melancholy and romantic, spare and elegant. As a piece of music it stands on its own. The final track here is singer/songwriter K.T. Tunstall's "Miracle," written with A.R. Rahman specifically for the film. While it is dramatically different from the rest of the score, since it is the final track, it sums up the transcendent nature of the narrative.

Bruce Springsteen - Storytellers Uncut (2014)

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Bruce Springsteen - Storytellers Uncut (2014)

Bruce Springsteen - Storytellers Uncut (2014)
FLAC (tracks), Lossless | 1:38:37 | 914 Mb
Genre: Rock / Label: Videosmash

Bruce Springsteen in 2005 of “VH1 Story Terazu” appeared in 2 Disc was also officially released but unedited uncut edition after being at that time TV broadcast!The recorded pattern of this time, which has been editing a TV broadcasting and official of the contents to show off the studio live with the production untold story of music respectively Unplugged style such as acoustic guitar and piano playing talking in 2 hours uncut full version.

Skyy - Skyyhigh: The Skyy Anthology 1979-1992 (Remastered) (2014)

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Skyy - Skyyhigh: The Skyy Anthology 1979-1992 (Remastered) (2014)

Skyy - Skyyhigh: The Skyy Anthology 1979-1992 (Remastered) (2014)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks, cue, log) - 1 GB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 353 MB
2:34:25 | Soul, R&B, Funk, Disco, Dance | Label: Big Break Records

2014 two CD set. SKYYHIGH: THE Skyy ANTHOLOGY gathers together the best singles and album cuts credited to the group from a chart career spanning three decades and including many bone-fide classics such as 'First Time Around,' 'High,' 'Here's to You,' 'Let's Celebrate,' 'Movin' Violation,' and 'Show Me the Way' as well as their biggest R&B hit, the #1 'Call Me.' SKYYHIGH: THE Skyy ANTHOLOGY, is presented as a double CD package inside a super jewel case complete with extensive liner notes, archive pictures and full credits for every track. Featuring all of the groups R&B charted singles from their Salsoul period - SKYYHIGH: THE Skyy ANTHOLOGY, is a definitive anthology of an incredible group who became one of the leading lights of the Disco and Dance scene in the 1970's and 1980's making this a must have for all R&B, Soul, Funk, Disco and Dance fans out there!

Stone Machine - Rock Ain't Dead (2014)

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Stone Machine - Rock Ain't Dead (2014)

Stone Machine - Rock Ain't Dead (2014)
EAC Rip | FLAC (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 406 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 146 Mb
Full Scans | 00:45:21 | RAR 5% Recovery
Heavy Blues Rock, Hard Rock | Grooveyard Records #GYR123

Killer 3rd studio disc by this excellent, blues-based, hard rock band from West Virginia featuring 11 tracks of awesome, dynamic, retro 70s, Southern-inspired guitar rock mojo that lands down hard on solid ground. Stone Machine features the incredible Jason Mays on vocals & Dirk "Riffmaster" Blevins on guitar. Both of these good musical brothers bring & deliver a righteous set of kick-ass, vintage Rock n' Roll on the essential "Rock Ain't Dead" disc. An authentic, old-school, powerful slice of way-kool, Classic Rock music that is Highly recommended to fans of Bad Company, Free, Humble Pie, Cactus, Led Zeppelin, Montrose, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Foghat, James Gang, Foreigner, Whitesnake, Badlands & Cry Of Love. Real Rock Ain't Dead, people…it Lives and Breathes Sonic Fire in the form of the Grooveyard Records-approved, bad-ass, retro-fied Stone Machine riff:rockers.

Mike Bloomfield, Al Kooper, Stephen Stills - Super Session (1968) Japanese Blue-spec CD 2, Expanded Remastered Reissue 2014

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Mike Bloomfield, Al Kooper, Stephen Stills - Super Session (1968) Japanese Blue-spec CD 2, Expanded Remastered Reissue 2014

Mike Bloomfield, Al Kooper, Stephen Stills - Super Session (1968)
Japanese Blue-spec CD 2, Expanded Remastered Reissue 2014

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 488 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 178 Mb | Scans ~ 157 Mb | 01:17:13
Electric Chicago Blues, Blues-Rock | Label: Sony Records Int'l | # SICP 30453

As the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967) had done a year earlier, Super Session (1968) initially ushered in several new phases in rock & roll's concurrent transformation. In the space of months, the soundscape of rock shifted radically from short, danceable pop songs to comparatively longer works with more attention to technical and musical subtleties. Enter the unlikely all-star triumvirate of Al Kooper (piano/organ/ondioline/vocals/guitars), Mike Bloomfield (guitar), and Stephen Stills (guitar) – all of whom were concurrently "on hiatus" from their most recent engagements. Kooper had just split after masterminding the groundbreaking Child Is Father to the Man (1968) version of Blood, Sweat & Tears. Bloomfield was fresh from a stint with the likewise brass-driven Electric Flag, while Stills was late of Buffalo Springfield and still a few weeks away from a full-time commitment to David Crosby and Graham Nash. Although the trio never actually performed together, the long-player was notable for idiosyncratically featuring one side led by the team of Kooper/Bloomfield and the other by Kooper/Stills.

VA - Walk On The Wild Side - The Jazz Side Of Mod (2014)

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VA - Walk On The Wild Side - The Jazz Side Of Mod (2014)

VA - Walk On The Wild Side - The Jazz Side Of Mod (2014)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks, cue, log) - 712 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 261 MB
1:52:45 | Bossa Nova, Latin Jazz, Mod, Soul-Jazz | Label: Not Now Music

Not Now's 2014 compilation Walk on the Wild Side: The Jazz Side of Mod gathers 32 tracks recorded primarily between 1960 and 1962. Although R&B ravers Booker T. & the MG's and Bill Doggett show up, and there are a couple of cuts that have a bit of splashy Hollywood swing to them, this is primarily grooving soul-jazz from the likes of Jimmy Smith, King Curtis, Herbie Hancock, Jimmy McGriff, and Brother Jack McDuff, music that makes for a cool swinging party.

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Stephen Cleobury - Fauré: Requiem, Messe Basse (2014)

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Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Stephen Cleobury - Fauré: Requiem, Messe Basse (2014)

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Stephen Cleobury - Fauré: Requiem, Messe Basse (2014)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 51:33 | 226 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: King's College, Cambridge | Catalog: KGS0005

This is a fine recording of the requiem although shorter than norm due to it's revised construction. Nevertheless, it is very pleasing and well suited to the smaller ensemble. It hardly requires me to remark on the excellence of the King's College choir which adds considerably to the listening pleasure. In addition, this is a Super Audio CD (SACD) ensuring a high quality of sound recording.

VA - Voodoo Voodoo: Feisty Fifties Females (2014)

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VA - Voodoo Voodoo: Feisty Fifties Females (2014)

VA - Voodoo Voodoo: Feisty Fifties Females (2014)
XLD Rip | FLAC (tracks, cue, log, booklet) - 763 MB
3:52:32 | Rock & Roll, Swing, Rhythm & Blues, Jump Blues | Label: Fantastic Voyage

Compiled by R&B and rock & roll authority Dave Penny, the 90-track 3CD set Voodoo Voodoo pays tribute to the distaff side of 1950s R&B music that would inform the rock ’n’ roll explosion of the latter half of the decade, from the last shout of the 1940s big band “thrushes” such as Ella Johnson and Dinah Washington, through the fearsome vocal power of the likes of R&B trailblazers such as Big Maybelle, Ruth Brown, LaVern Baker and Big Mama Thornton, to the early experiments of the mainstream pop singers such as Ella Mae Morse, Kay Starr, Peggy Lee, Lillian Briggs and Jaye P. Morgan.

Pieter-Jan Belder, Musica Amphion, Gesualdo Consort Amsterdam - Bach in context: Actus Tragicus (2014)

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Pieter-Jan Belder, Musica Amphion, Gesualdo Consort Amsterdam - Bach in context: Actus Tragicus (2014)

Pieter-Jan Belder, Musica Amphion, Gesualdo Consort Amsterdam - Bach in context: Actus Tragicus (2014)
dBpoweramp | FLAC | Tracks (Cue & Log) ~ 389 Mb | Total time: 71:14 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Etcetera | # KTC 1489 | Recorded: 2014

Actus Tragicus The words ‘art of dying’ sound strange to modern ears, perhaps. Although there are related philosophical, religious and ‘end of life’ health care, and much-debated legal concerns today surrounding the subject of dying, we moderns probably rarely, if ever, think of preparing for death as an art form. A central topic in sermons, hymns and contemplative literature, death and dying was a chief pastoral concern of the church of Johann Sebastian Bach’s day. Finding consolation and facing fears and anxieties near the time of death, and also as a part of everyday living, are arguably at the heart of the sacred vocal works of Bach, who is regarded by many as a kind of theologian in music.