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Van Morrison - What's Wrong With This Picture? (2003)

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Van Morrison - What's Wrong With This Picture? (2003)

Van Morrison - What's Wrong With This Picture? (2003)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 419 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 146 Mb | Scans ~ 161 Mb
Label: Blue Note Records | # 7243 5 93651 2 1 | Time: 01:03:43
Jazz-Blues, Vocal Jazz, Blues, Blues-Rock, Celtic, Blue-Eyed Soul

While 2002's Down the Road was the best Van Morrison release in ages – with its autobiographical allusions, cultural critiques, and new band – it could not have prepared listeners for the jolt of this, his Blue Note Records debut What's Wrong With This Picture? While the album is hardly a straight jazz record, it does take the territory he explored on Down the Road another step further into the classic pop music of the 20th century filtered through his own Celtic swing, R&B, vocal jazz, and blue-eyed soul. The title track that opens the album is as close to an anthem as Morrison's ever written; he states with an easy, swinging, jazzy soul groove that he is not the same person he once was and wonders why that was so difficult for others to accept. There is no bitterness or bite in his assertions. If anything, the question is asked with warm humor and amusement as if it is indeed the listener's hangup if he/she can't accept Morrison "living in the present time." He asks, "Why don't we take it down and forget about it/'Cause that ain't me at all," as the song whispers to a close.

Leon Russell - Retrospective (1997)

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Leon Russell - Retrospective (1997)

Leon Russell - Retrospective (1997)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 400 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 162 Mb | Scans ~ 87 Mb
Label: The Right Stuff | # 7243 8 59785 2 4 | Time: 01:10:28
Classic Rock, Blues-Rock, Country-Rock, Rhythm & Blues

Retrospective is an 18-track collection that features the bulk of Leon Russell's greatest hits ("Tight Rope," "Roll in My Sweet Baby's Arms," "Lady Blue," "Back to the Island"), plus many key album tracks. Since Russell was primarily an album artist, this approach doesn't necessarily do him justice, but for listeners who only want the hits, this will do.

J.J. Cale - Special Edition (1984)

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J.J. Cale - Special Edition (1984)

JJ Cale - Special Edition (1984)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 212 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 90 Mb
Label: Mercury | # 818 633-2 | Time: 00:39:20 | Scans ~ 119 Mb
Blues-Rock, Southern Rock, Folk Rock, Country Blues

Sinuous rhythms, conversational singing, and, most of all, intricate, bluesy guitar playing characterize Cale's performances of his own songs. This compilation, covering 11 years of recording, includes the songs Eric Clapton, who borrowed heavily from Cale's style in his 1970s solo work, made famous: "After Midnight" and "Cocaine".

Van Morrison - Enlightenment (1990) Remastered & Expanded 2008

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Van Morrison - Enlightenment (1990) Remastered & Expanded 2008

Van Morrison - Enlightenment (1990) Remastered & Expanded 2008
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 378 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 141 Mb
Label: Polydor, Exile | # 5308763 | Time: 00:58:49 | Covers included
Singer/Songwriter, Pop/Rock, Blues-Rock, Blue-Eyed Soul

2008 newly remastered sound and expanded packaging including lyrics of Enlightenment, an album by Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison, released in 1990. It reached No. 5 on the UK charts. Exile/Polydor releases this album as part of a batch of two of the four catalogue reissues of Morrison's albums dated from 1971 through 2002. In "Enlightenment" Van once again ruminates on spiritual matters, but this is probably the most sober and matter-of-fact expression of his personal struggle toward understanding that he has ever offered. "I'm in the here and now and I'm meditating / But still I'm suffering," Morrison admits, "But that's my problem."

Guitar Shorty - Albums Collection 2001-2010 (4CD)

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Guitar Shorty - Albums Collection 2001-2010 (4CD)

Guitar Shorty - Albums Collection 2001-2010 (4CD)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 1.5 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 625 Mb | Scans included
Modern Electric Blues, West Coast Blues, Blues-Rock | Time: 03:20:12

When he's not turning somersaults, doing backward flips, and standing on his head – all while playing, of course – Guitar Shorty is prone to cutting loose with savagely slashing licks on his instrument. Live, he's simply amazing – and after some lean years, his latter-day albums for Black Top, Evidence, and Alligator have proven that all that energy translates vividly onto tape. Collection includes: I Go Wild! (2001); Watch Your Back (2004); We The People (2006); Bare Knuckle (2010).

Cathy Jean - Albums Collection 1996-2010 (5CD)

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Cathy Jean - Albums Collection 1996-2010 (5CD)

Cathy Jean - Albums Collection 1996-2010 (5CD)
XLD | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 1.95 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 703 Mb | Scans ~ 731 Mb
Genre: Blues, Electric Blues, Blues-Rock, R&B, Rock & Roll | Time: 05:06:00

Cathy Jean is an American Blues singer, songwriter and musician known for her powerful and soulful vocals. She has collaborated with many well-known local and national musicians. She has released several EPs and full-length albums, and has toured in North America and abroad. Jean has been nominated for three Washington Area Music Association (WAMA) awards. Cathy plays guitar, piano, violin and harmonica. Collection includes: Tear Me Apart (1996); I Want (1998); Marshall Road Apocalypse (2001); Little Sick Twist (2005); In The Remains (2010).

The Allman Brothers Band - Brothers And Sisters (1973) MFSL Remastered 2014

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The Allman Brothers Band - Brothers And Sisters (1973) MFSL Remastered 2014

The Allman Brothers Band - Brothers And Sisters (1973) [MFSL Remastered 2014]
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 259 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 103 Mb | Scans included | Time: 00:38:33
Classic Rock, Southern Rock, Blues Rock | Label: Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab | # UDSACD 2103

Brothers and Sisters is significant for myriad reasons. It’s the first album the Allman Brothers Band made in its entirety after Duane Allman’s death. It also came after bassist Berry Oakley’s spookily similar passing, yet he appears on two of the songs. The 1973 set also marks the emergence of guitarist Dickey Betts as the collective’s leader. And pianist Chuck Leavell’s arrival. But more than anything else, the record remains noteworthy for its incredible soulfulness and completeness. Having stayed at the top of the Billboard charts for five consecutive weeks, Brothers and Sisters constitutes the Allman Brothers Band’s biggest commercial triumph. Given the circumstances surrounding its creation, such an accomplishment hardly seemed possible. Fresh from licking their wounds over Duane’s tragic motorcycle accident, the group experienced déjà vu when Oakley met the same fate just blocks away from where his mate was killed. Rather than collapse, the Allman Brothers Band tightened up and mellowed out, inviting Leavell to join instead of recruiting another guitarist.

Ry Cooder - Paradise and Lunch (1974) [MFSL Remastered 2017]

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Ry Cooder - Paradise and Lunch (1974) [MFSL Remastered 2017]

Ry Cooder - Paradise and Lunch (1974) [MFSL Remastered 2017]
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 189 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 95 Mb | Scans included
Label: Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab | # UDSACD 2159 | Time: 00:37:27
Roots Rock, Blues, Country Rock, Folk

Ry Cooder's exceptional Paradise and Lunch takes a popular precept – music as the common denominator across all languages and styles – to extremes few artists have envisioned let alone fulfilled. Considered by many diehards to be the California native's finest hour, the 1974 set unfurls with rarified levels of joyousness, ingenuity, and sophistication. A prime contender for any Desert Island list and an album that repeatedly restores your faith in the inimitable effects experienced upon listening to special performances, Paradise and Lunch is an eternal "musicians' musician" record – an adventurous, ambitious, soulful leap down roads well-traveled and paths less known. Such eclecticism, virtuosity, and ebullience resonate with unmatched verve on our hybrid SACD. Mastered from the original master tapes and strictly limited to 2000 numbered copies, this audiophile reissue boasts dead-quiet surfaces, superb transient response, front-to-back soundstaging, and an organic immediacy that heightens the enjoyment, character, and craft of the arrangements.

Stone The Crows - Studio Albums (1969-1972) 4CD [1996-1997 Repertoire Reissue]

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Stone The Crows - Studio Albums (1969-1972) 4CD [1996-1997 Repertoire Reissue]

Stone The Crows - Studio Albums (1969-1972) 4CD [1996-1997 Repertoire Reissue]
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 1 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 372 Mb | Scans ~ 390 Mb
Blues-Rock, Hard Rock, Boogie Rock | Label: Repertoire | Time: 02:42:05

Stone the Crows was a tough-luck, working class, progressive soul band that came out of the pubs of Scotland in the early '70s. They had everything going for them at the start: not one, but two gritty singers, a talented guitarist, a rhythm section that had played with John Mayall, and the name recognition of having Led Zeppelin manager Peter Grant as their producer. Despite favorable reviews by the critics, however, they never managed to sell their hybridized soul music to a large audience. In addition, they lost two of their key members early on, one of whom was tragically electrocuted, and the group broke up after four albums. Their biggest contribution to rock was the immense vocal talent of one Maggie Bell. Winner of several Top Girl Singer awards in Britain, Bell had a raunchy, gutbucket voice that, although it fell short of the naked emotion and range of Janis Joplin's, came probably closer to her style than any other female singer.

Ronnie Earl And The Broadcasters - Peace Of My Mind (1990)

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Ronnie Earl And The Broadcasters - Peace Of My Mind (1990)

Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters - Peace Of My Mind (1990)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 265 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 110 Mb | Scans ~ 65 Mb
Modern Electric Blues | Label: Black Top | # CD BT 1060 | Time: 00:48:20

One of the finest blues guitarists to emerge during the '80s, Ronnie Earl often straddled the line between blues and jazz, throwing in touches of soul and rock as well. His versatility made him one of the few blues guitarists capable of leading an almost entirely instrumental outfit, and his backing band the Broadcasters became one of the more respected working units in contemporary blues over the course of the '90s, following Earl's departure from Roomful of Blues. In 1988, Earl formed his own band which he called The Broadcasters. The band was named after one of the first Fender guitars, distributed in 1950, which originally had been labeled The Broadcaster. The first group of Broadcasters included Darrell Nulisch (vocalist), Jerry Portnoy (harmonica), Steve Gomes (bass), and Per Hanson (drums). In 1988 they released their first album, Soul Searchin, followed by Peace of Mind in 1990.

John Lee Hooker - Mr. Lucky (1991)

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John Lee Hooker - Mr. Lucky (1991)

John Lee Hooker - Mr. Lucky (1991)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 293 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 138 Mb | Scans included
Delta Blues, Blues-Rock | Label: Pointblank/Charisma | # 0777 7 86237 2 4 | Time: 00:47:21

Released in 1991 on Pointblank, this audiophile treat finds the 'Hook in some very special company. Co-producers Roy Rogers, Ry Cooder and Carlos Santana (who all contribute musically on this title as well) persuaded the likes of Albert Collins, Robert Cray, John Hammond, Johnnie Johnson, Van Morrison, Keith Richards, Nick Lowe and Johnny Winter among others to join in and the result is one terrific record. This original analog recording is beautifully recorded and a highlight to the ump-teenth rejuvenation in the 'Hooks career.

Robben Ford - A Day In Nashville (2014)

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Robben Ford - A Day In Nashville (2014)

Robben Ford - A Day In Nashville (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 283 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 102 Mb | Scans ~ 91 Mb | 00:44:12
Modern Electric Blues, Blues-Rock, Jazz-Blues | Label: Provogue | # PRD 7432 2

2014 release from the Blues/Jazz/Rock guitarist. A Day In Nashville was recorded live in a single session. Robben chose to record the album in a controlled environment but treat it like a live performance. The album features news songs by Ford along with 'Cut You Loose' by harmonica great James Cotton and 'Poor Kelly Blues' by Maceo Merriweather.

Sonny Landreth - The Road We're On (2003)

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Sonny Landreth - The Road We're On (2003)

Sonny Landreth - The Road We're On (2003)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 314 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 110 Mb | Scans ~ 248 Mb
Label: Sugar Hill Records | # SUG-CD-3964 | Time: 00:48:03
Modern Electric Blues, Louisiana Blues, Slide Guitar

Following a few years after Levee Town, an album tightly focused on a specific place and time, Landreth dedicates The Road We're On to the more intangible magic of the blues. The music this time scans a vast panorama, from the Texas shuffle of "All About You" and zydeco pulse of "Gone Pecan" through the tub-thump beat of some Bayou dive on "Juke Box Mamma." Aside from a couple of cuts on which he plays standard guitar, Landreth fills this album with wizardly slide work: A shimmering lick at the end of "A World Away" provides the most gorgeous sonic moment, though his extended jam on the environmental call to arms "Natural World" sustains a high level of intensity through several choruses. On most of these tracks Landreth performs in a raw trio setting, almost all the time recording live; on "Hell at Home" he even keeps the scratch vocal, rather than overdub a fresh version, because the four-beat groove, reminiscent of "Walking Blues" on Paul Butterfield's East-West, is so in-the-pocket.

Joe Cocker - Joe Cocker! (1969) [Audio Fidelity, Remastered 2017]

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Joe Cocker - Joe Cocker! (1969) [Audio Fidelity, Remastered 2017]

Joe Cocker - Joe Cocker! (1969) [Audio Fidelity, Remastered 2017]
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 216 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 92 Mb | Scans included
Blues-Rock, Soul, Pop Rock | Label: Audio Fidelity, A&M | # AFZ 249 | Time: 00:35:23

Joe Cocker! is Joe Cocker's second studio album, released in November 1969. Following the template of his first LP, this album features numerous covers of songs originally performed by Bob Dylan ("Dear Landlord"), The Beatles ("She Came in Through the Bathroom Window" and "Something" - both released almost simultaneously with original versions; "Let It Be" was also recorded and released as a B-side), Leonard Cohen ("Bird on the Wire"), and future touring partner Leon Russell ("Delta Lady"). Cocker also co-wrote one song, "That's Your Business Now", Chris Stainton, who was also his writing partner in later years.

Cream - I Feel Free: Ultimate Cream (2005)

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Cream - I Feel Free: Ultimate Cream (2005)

Cream - I Feel Free: Ultimate Cream (2005)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 515 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 193 Mb
Label: Polydor | # 987 136-2 | Time: 01:19:56 | Scans included
Classic Rock, British Psychedelia, Hard Rock, Blues-Rock

Coinciding with the Cream reunion of all the three original members, I Feel Free–Ultimate Cream collects the best of Cream's work. Cream–Eric Clapton (guitar, vocals), Jack Bruce (bass, vocals) and Ginger Baker (drums)–formed in 1966 and disbanded in 1968. In a little over two years, they released four groundbreaking albums, played over 300 gigs and secured worldwide acclaim and success with their unique take on electrified blues. They produced some of the most enduring rock anthems including Sunshine of Your Love, I Feel Free, Strange Brew and Crossroads. This career-spanning collection spotlights both sides of the Cream catalogue–the wildly experimental studio outfit and the stripped-down live trio–combining newly re-mastered studio classics along with eight historic live performances.