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Claudio Arrau, RCO, Christoph von Dohnanyi - Edvard Grieg & Robert Schumann: Piano Concertos (1989)

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Claudio Arrau, RCO, Christoph von Dohnanyi - Edvard Grieg & Robert Schumann: Piano Concertos (1989)

Edvard Grieg & Robert Schumann: Piano Concertos (1989)
Claudio Arrau, piano; Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amsterdam; Christoph von Dohnányi

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 304 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 181 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Philips | # 426 079-2 | Time: 01:06:55

Claudio Arrau recorded these concertos twice for Philips, the present performances in 1963, and then again in 1980 with Colin Davis and the Boston Symphony. There's very little to choose between them. Tempos are almost identical, and contrary to what one might expect, the slow movement of the Schumann concerto is actually a bit faster in the later version. Arrau's way with the music is wholly characteristic of the man: serious, even reverential (at the beginning of the Schumann), and played with drop-dead gorgeous tone. The result enhances the stature of both works, but the Grieg in particular. The climax of the finale has an epic grandeur without a hint of bombast that you simply won't find in any other performance. Dohnányi's accompaniments are also distinguished: he lets Arrau lead but isn't afraid to permit the orchestra to assert itself where necessary; and of course the playing of the Concertgebouw is top-notch. If you haven't heard Arrau in this music, it really doesn't matter which of his recordings you wind up with, but do try to get at least one of them.

VA - Paisà Got Soul: Soul, AOR & Disco In Italy 1977​-​1986 (2022)

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VA - Paisà Got Soul: Soul, AOR & Disco In Italy 1977​-​1986 (2022)

VA - Paisà Got Soul: Soul, AOR & Disco In Italy 1977​-​1986 (2022)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) - 408 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 159 Mb | Scans included | 01:03:29
Soul, Disco, AOR, Funk | Label: Four Flies Records

This summer, dive with us into the often-overlooked sea of late ‘70s/early ’80s Italian Soul, AOR and Disco. Compiled by journalist, producer and digger extraordinaire David Nerattini (with a little help from our own Pierpaolo De Sanctis), PAISA’ GOT SOUL is the smooth and near-danceable soundtrack to a decade that is somehow still with us. A time of gentle grooves, summer loves and sweet escapism – one beautifully captured by Claude Nori in his photographs of Italian beaches and summer holidays. Welcome to the mood of an era.

VA - Wild Style (1983) 25th Anniversary Edition 2007, 2CDs

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VA - Wild Style (1983) 25th Anniversary Edition 2007, 2CDs

VA - Wild Style (1983) 25th Anniversary Edition 2007, 2CDs
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 597 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 213 Mb
Label: Mr Bongo | # MRBCD055 | Time: 01:37:07 | Scans ~ 178 Mb
Soundtrack, Hip Hop, Rap, Old School Rap

Originally released in 1983, Wild Style is a cult movie and its OST is the first and best hip hop movie soundtrack. Tracks from Wild Style have been sampled by artists such as The Wiseguys, De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest, Beastie Boys, Beck, Cyprus Hill, DJ Shadow, Nas and Public Enemy among others. This release is the 25th Anniversary Edition and contains a bonus disc with previously unreleased beats and instrumentals alongside a Lesson-style cut-up by turtablist Kev Luckhurst.

Ron Carter - The Puzzle (1986)

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Ron Carter - The Puzzle (1986)

Ron Carter - The Puzzle (1986)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 330 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 171 Mb | Scans included
Post-Bop, Hard Bop, Latin Jazz | Label: SMS | # MP32-5101 | Time: 01:13:34

The epitome of class and elegance without the stuffiness, Ron Carter has been a world-class bassist and cellist since the '60s. He's among the greatest accompanists of all time, and has made many albums exhibiting his prodigious technique. He's a brilliant rhythmic and melodic player, who uses everything in the bass and cello arsenal; walking lines, thick, full, prominent notes and tones, drones and strumming effects, and melody snippets. His bowed solos are almost as impressive as those done with his fingers. Carter has been featured in clothing, instrument, and pipe advertisements; he's close to being the bass equivalent of a Duke Ellington in his mix of musical and extra-musical interests. Carter's nearly as accomplished in classical music as jazz, and has performed with symphony orchestras all over the world. He's almost exclusively an acoustic player; he did play electric for a short time in the late '60s and early '70s, but he didn't used it for many, many years. "The Puzzle" Recorded Live at Club House 33, Japan in May 28, 1986.

Todd Rundgren - At The BBC 1972-1982 (3CD, 2014) (Repost)

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Todd Rundgren - At The BBC 1972-1982 (3CD, 2014) (Repost)

Todd Rundgren - At The BBC 1972-1982 (3CD, 2014)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 982 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 388 MB | Covers - 108 MB
Genre: Progressive Rock, Classic Rock | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Esoteric Recordings (ECLEC42469)

Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce the first ever official release of Todd Rundgren At The BBC.
This collection comprises three CDs featuring all of the surviving radio and television broadcasts in the BBC archive transmitted on radio and television in the UK between 1972 and 1982. The set features on CD Todd’s solo 1972 BBC Radio One “In Concert” performance, recorded soon after the release of his seminal album “Something Anything”, the classic 1975 performance by Todd Rundgren and Utopia at Hammersmith Odeon, London, (including a previously unreleased track ‘Something’s Coming’) - on the first ever UK concert tour of Todd Rundgren and Utopia, a 1977 performance at the Oxford Polytechnic by Todd Rundgren and Utopia (promoting the “Ra”) album…

The Ravi Shankar Project - Tana Mana (1987)

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The Ravi Shankar Project - Tana Mana (1987)

The Ravi Shankar Project - Tana Mana (1987)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 209 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 108 Mb | Scans included | 00:41:04
Ethnic Fusion, Indian Classical, Modern Classical, Jazz | Label: Private | # 2016-2-P

Tana Mana is an album by Indian musician Ravi Shankar, originally credited to "the Ravi Shankar Project" and released in 1987. The album is an experimental work by Shankar, mixing traditional instrumentation with 1980s electronic music and sampling technology. Tana Mana is an album by Indian musician Ravi Shankar, originally credited to "the Ravi Shankar Project" and released in 1987. The album is an experimental work by Shankar, mixing traditional instrumentation with 1980s electronic music and sampling technology.

Fizzè & Gilles-Vincent "Dizzi" Rieder - Kulu Hatha Mamnua, Manœuvres D' Automne (1986-87/2022)

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Fizzè & Gilles-Vincent "Dizzi" Rieder - Kulu Hatha Mamnua, Manœuvres D' Automne (1986-87/2022)

Fizzè & Gilles-Vincent "Dizzi" Rieder - Kulu Hatha Mamnua, Manœuvres D' Automne (1986-87/2022)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks, cue, log) - 387 MB
1:14:03 | Avantgarde, Experimental | Label: Creel Pone

August 2022; appearing here in the much maligned "199.X" serié is this two-fer single-disc compiles both LPs released on the Swiss "Les Disques De L'Art Gué" label in the mid-80s, collecting the work of a tight-knit cadré of musicians working on & around each other: Victor "Fizzè" de Bros, Gilles-Vincent "Dizzi" Rieder, Laurent "Lorenz" Viennet, & Serge "Djodjo" Baudat, all working out of the former's Mensch studio.

Asia - Astra (1985) {2022, Japanese MQA-CD × UHQCD, Remastered}

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Asia - Astra (1985) {2022, Japanese MQA-CD × UHQCD, Remastered}

Asia - Astra (1985) {2022, Japanese MQA-CD × UHQCD, Remastered}
EAC Rip | FLAC (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 314 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 114 Mb
Covers Included | 00:45:03 | RAR 5% Recovery
Progressive Rock | Geffen Records / Universal Music #UICY-40357

Astra is the third studio album by British rock band Asia, released in late 1985. It was the final studio album to feature original member John Wetton until 2008's reunion album Phoenix. The recording of the album took place at several studios in London during 1984-85. It reached #67 in the US on the Billboard 200 chart and #68 in the UK Albums Chart. Strangely, although Astra itself didn't make the top 50, two songs charted well on the US Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, receiving radio airplay in various markets: "Go" (#7) and "Too Late" (#30), and the video of "Go" (based on the futuristic heroine on the album cover) received airplay on MTV. Allmusic critic Matt Collar gave Astra a three-star rating in a review full of praise. He called the album "a solid prog rock outing", "a truly underrated '80s rock album and a must-hear for fans".

Trio Sonnerie - Dietrich Buxtehude: Trio Sonatas (1987)

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Trio Sonnerie - Dietrich Buxtehude: Trio Sonatas (1987)

Trio Sonnerie - Dietrich Buxtehude: Trio Sonatas (1987)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 249 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 131 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Baroque | Label: ASV Digital / Gaudeamus | # CD GAU110 | Time: 00:46:58

Trio Sonnerie have chosen five of the 14 sonatas by Buxtehude from the 1690s to demonstrate their considerable fluency and rapport. These are witty and elegant works, finely crafted and requiring the skills of virtuoso players. Monica Huggett and Sarah Cunningham capture their essence with happily chosen and neatly articulated tempos—the vivace movements are effortlessly played—and beautifully transparent textures. Mitzi Meyerson provides a stylish and secure accompaniment, particularly in the G major Largo and the B flat major Vivace (which is, in fact, a chaconne).

Joe Henry - Murder Of Crows (1989)

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Joe Henry - Murder Of Crows (1989)

Joe Henry - Murder Of Crows (1989)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 237 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 95 Mb | Scans ~ 66 Mb | 00:41:17
Singer/Songwriter, Alternative Country-Rock, Americana | Label: A&M | # 395210-2

Major label release, a name producer, noted session men, this album couldn't lose, right? Well, not quite. Although time has caught up with Murder of Crows, sometimes Joe Henry gets lost amidst all the busy work and fancy arranging of his songs. True, there are some great songs here, notably "Six Feet in the Country," "Here and Gone" and "Step Across the Mountain" which will remind one a lot of Counting Crows. Here is a glimpse at a young songwriter being pushed too quickly to come up with the goods. Sometimes, the waiting is the hardest part…

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Neeme Jarvi - Max Reger: Bocklin Suite, Hiller Variations (1989)

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Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Neeme Jarvi - Max Reger: Bocklin Suite, Hiller Variations (1989)

Max Reger: Böcklin Suite, Hiller Variations (1989)
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, conducted by Neeme Järvi; Jaap van Zweden, solo violin

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 333 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 184 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHAN 8794 | Time: 01:06:51

This is Reger at his most accessible. In both pieces there is plenty of atmosphere and colour. The Hiller Variations is possibly his greatest and most satisfying orchestral work and is indispensable. Reger was a prolific composer, and it has to be said not all that came from his pen was necessarily memorable. However, the two works on this disc are vintage Reger. He lived his short life as fast as he composed his music. His is a special and unique sound-world which offers great rewards to those who take the time to explore it. Radiant playing from the Concertgebouw under Jarvi and sound to match.

Steve Earle - Guitar Town (1986) [Remastered Expanded Edition 2002]

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Steve Earle - Guitar Town (1986) [Remastered Expanded Edition 2002]

Steve Earle - Guitar Town (1986) [Remastered Expanded Edition 2002]
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 278 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 128 Mb | Scans included
Label: MCA Nashville | # 088 170 265-2 | Time: 00:39:46
Country-Rock, Heartland Rock, Country, Americana

On this 1986 debut, Steve Earle burst on the scene as a fully formed songwriting master, synthesizing effortlessly the finest parts of country-folk troubadours like Townes Van Zandt and the anthemic, working-class rock of Bruce Springsteen. "Someday," a country-rock masterpiece about a kid stuck pumping gas in a dead-end town, remains the perfect realization of this style, and with the exception of the slight and silly "Little Rock 'N' Roller," most everything else here (especially "Hillbilly Highway" and the heartbreaking ballad "My Old Friend the Blues") comes awfully close. The 2002 reissue, overseen by Earle and original producer Tony Brown, offers fresh remastering, new liner notes by Earle, and a bonus live version of Springsteen's "State Trooper."

Whitesnake - Slip Of The Tongue (1989) {2019, 30th Anniversary Edition, Remastered}

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Whitesnake - Slip Of The Tongue (1989) {2019, 30th Anniversary Edition, Remastered}

Whitesnake - Slip Of The Tongue (1989) {2019, 30th Anniversary Edition, Remastered}
EAC Rip | FLAC (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 638 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 236 Mb
Full Scans | 01:17:38 | RAR 5% Recovery
Hard Rock | Rhino Entertainment Company #0190295409807

Any band would have been hard-pressed to follow the success of a multi-platinum album with another one of equal or higher quality both critically and commercially. Needless to say, that's exactly what David Coverdale and Whitesnake were faced with when it came time to record 1989's Slip of the Tongue, the follow-up to their 1987 smash self-titled LP. To complicate matters, Coverdale lost Irish guitarist Vivian Campbell during pre-recording sessions due to artistic differences, and his songwriting partner and lead guitarist, Adrian Vandenberg, injured himself to the degree that he couldn't play; he did some early work that made it on to the final album.

Glenn Frey - The Allnighter (1984)

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Glenn Frey - The Allnighter (1984)

Glenn Frey - The Allnighter (1984)
EAC Rip | FLAC (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 271 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 119 Mb
Full Scans | 00:42:48 | RAR 5% Recovery
Soft Rock, Classic Rock | MCA Records #MCLD 19009 | UK

The Allnighter is the second solo studio album by Glenn Frey, the guitarist and co-lead vocalist for the Eagles. The album was released in mid 1984 on MCA in the United States and the United Kingdom, two years after Frey's modestly successful debut album, No Fun Aloud and four years after the demise of the Eagles. It was and still is Frey's most successful solo album throughout his whole solo career, having reached #22 on the Billboard charts, and releasing two Top 20 singles with "Smuggler's Blues" and "Sexy Girl". The album achieved Gold status in the US. It is generally regarded as the culmination of the smoother, more adult-oriented sound of Frey's solo work.

The Hollies - Butterfly (1967) {1989, Reissue}

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The Hollies - Butterfly (1967) {1989, Reissue}

The Hollies - Butterfly (1967) {1989, Reissue}
EAC Rip | FLAC (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 230 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 89 Mb
Full Scans | 00:33:20 | RAR 5% Recovery
Pop Rock, Psychedelic Rock | EMI Records / BGO Records #BGOCD79

This late 1967 album found the Hollies making some modest adjustments to the psychedelic era: occasionally trippy studio effects, a sitar on their most psychedelic track ("Maker"), songs that didn't always deal with boy-girl relationships. In fact, however, the group's focus remained where it usually was: modest but pleasing, similar-sounding catchy tunes with high harmonies and strumming guitars. It's not remarkable or essential, but it's certainly pleasant enough, and a bit better than their earlier 1967 LP, Evolution, with some of their better album-only cuts ("Postcard," "Pegasus," "Butterfly," "Away Away Away"). With some track alterations, the record was issued in the U.S. as Dear Eloise/King Midas in Reverse; the U.K. edition, as collectors should note, has a few songs that were never released in the States ("Pegasus," "Elevated Observations?," "Try It").