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Linda Lewis - A Tear And A Smile (1983) {Big Break Records}

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Linda Lewis - A Tear And A Smile (1983) {Big Break Records}

Linda Lewis - A Tear And A Smile (1983) {Big Break Records}
EAC 1.3 | FLAC tracks level 8 | Cue+Log+M3U | Scans 200dpi | 405MB + 5% Recovery
MP3 CBR 320 Kbps | 157MB + 5% Recovery
Genre: Funk, Soul

Despite several rough patches at the end of the 1970s, Linda Lewis rebounded with glorious aplomb on her September 1983 album, A Tear and a Smile. More than any of its predecessors, this album finds the singer in complete control of both her songwriting and her remarkable, dynamic vocal range – at the same time continuing down the path she forged during the previous decade. From start to finish, the songs are filled to bursting with soft ballads and wildly far-reaching grooves, helped along by Bert de Coteaux's immaculate production. But, as good as "I Am What I Am" and the haunting "Sweet Heartache" are, where she gathers her force and puts all her strengths together is on the absolutely stunning title track. Self-penned, "A Tear and a Smile" finds Lewis running without any flaws at all. That just leaves room (and barely!) for "Why Can't I Be the Other Woman," a duet between Lewis and Luther Vandross.

VA - Compendium Records (Norway's First Progressive Record Store And Label 1974-1977) (2010)

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VA - Compendium Records (Norway's First Progressive Record Store And Label 1974-1977) (2010)

VA - Compendium Records (Norway's First Progressive Record Store And Label 1974-1977) (2010)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks, cue, log) - 465 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 183 MB
1:19:43 | Jazz, Folk, Rock, Nordic | Label: Plastic Strip

A beautiful tribute to Compendium Records – first a store, then an important label in Norway during the 70s – home to a wicked range of jazz and progressive rock sounds! Compendium's store had a great reputation for bringing in imports from the UK and beyond – especially some of the more important leftfield artists of those crucial early 70s underground years. So when the label got its start, it was actually with a Henry Cow album – before then branching out into work from some local talents, and some important jazz rock material as well. The package is very nicely done – words and images of the store and label at their height – with tracks that include "Oslo" by Henry Cow, "Watching Everybody Else" by Blow Out, "Spanish Knee" by Hugh Hopper, "Street Talk" by Vanessa, "Steam" by Karin Krog & Archie Shepp, "Peace In The World" by Charles Austin & Joe Gallivan, "Come Down" by Saluki, and "Seven Drones" by Hopper, Dean, Tippett, & Gallivan

Johnny Cash - The Rebel Sings (Country Hits & All-Time Favourites) (2019)

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Johnny Cash - The Rebel Sings (Country Hits & All-Time Favourites) (2019)

Johnny Cash - The Rebel Sings (Country Hits & All-Time Favourites) (2019)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks, cue, log) - 733 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 343 MB
2:24:50 | Country | Label: Factory of Sounds

He started out with Elvis Presley on the Sun label and jumped from rockabilly stardom to the status of a country legend. Johnny Cash began performing concerts at prisons starting in the late 1950s. Although Cash cultivated a romantic outlaw image, he never served a prison sentence. Cash's record, "Folsom Prison Blues", made the country Top 5. His "I Walk the Line" became No. 1 on the country charts and entered the pop charts Top 20. "Home of the Blues" followed, recorded in July 1957. That same year, Cash became the first Sun artist to release a long-playing album. His single "Don't Take Your Guns to Town" became one of his biggest hits.

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

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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.

VA - Mozart: Une petite musique de nuit, Serenades & Nocturnes (2023)

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VA - Mozart: Une petite musique de nuit, Serenades & Nocturnes (2023)

VA - Mozart: Une petite musique de nuit, Serenades & Nocturnes (2023)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks, cue, log) - 295 MB
1:04:20 | Scans Included | Classical | Label: Diapason

Three exquisite serenades, six caressing nocturnes and a meditative lied invite you to celebrate with Mozart the “beautiful night, clearer than the day”. Let's leave the Queen of the Night to her devious or furious sparkle, let's leave Don Juan to his mandolin, but let's enjoy with him the "beautiful night, clearer than the day" that Mozart, this great giver of serenades, celebrates. However, the serenata for instrumental ensemble is defined first of all as outdoor music, less necessarily linked to the night than to places of pleasure, real or fantasized – in Così fan tutte, it's in the garden, the after- noon, let the two fake strangers intone their serenata.

VA - Solar - The Ultimate 12'' Collection (2008)

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VA - Solar - The Ultimate 12'' Collection (2008)

VA - Solar - The Ultimate 12'' Collection (2008)
XLD Rip | FLAC (tracks, cue, log) - 814 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 279 MB
2:00:51 | Rhythm & Blues, Soul, Funk | Label: PTG Records

S.O.L.A.R. Records (acronym for Sounds of Los Angeles Records) was an American record label founded in 1977 by Dick Griffey, which quickly became one of the most important disco, R&B, and dance music imprints of the late 1970s and 1980s.
Shalamar would become the fledgling label’s centerpiece. Shalamar were, in fact, the label’s best selling and most influential act; scoring nearly 20 hit singles and classics such as: “Right in the Socket”, “There It Is”, “Second Time Around”, “Make That Move”, “A Night to Remember” and “Dead Giveaway”. The “SOLAR sound” was a collective effort, with artists working on each other’s sessions and artists encouraged to be creative. Sylvers was the producer behind the trademark SOLAR sound: funky, progressive dance music infused with soul and disco.

Julian Bream - Julian Bream plays Dowland & Bach (2008)

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Julian Bream - Julian Bream plays Dowland & Bach (2008)

Julian Bream - Julian Bream plays Dowland & Bach (2008)
EAC | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 02:20:59 | 590 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | Catalog: 4777550

The playing of many professional classical guitarists leaves me cold. Where they flawlessly execute a score, Bream has spaciously conceived the music using something it seems is in short supply- a disciplined imagination. Each note, instead of sounding like part of an automatic process, sounds conceived and executed deliberately. Bream attended conservatory, where he was told not to bring his "gypsy instrument".

Gerald Garcia - Vivaldi, J.S. Bach: Baroque Guitar Favourites (1993)

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Gerald Garcia - Vivaldi, J.S. Bach: Baroque Guitar Favourites (1993)

Gerald Garcia - Vivaldi, J.S. Bach: Baroque Guitar Favourites (1993)
XLD | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:15:23 | 356 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Naxos | Catalog: 550274

Over the last 20 years, the Naxos label has done a great deal to obtain its reputation as one of the leading classical guitar labels. Its very first guitarist was Gerald Garcia, who was not slow to show the way forward by extending the rather limited guitar repertoire by making arrangements of pieces originally written for other instruments. This is what he has done here, too: None of the music on this disc was written for guitar, it is all arranged by Garcia himself, who plays a modern guitar and definitely not a baroque instrument.

VA - Norman Jay Presents - Philadelphia: Underground Anthems of Philadelphia Soul 1973-1981 (1998)

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VA - Norman Jay Presents - Philadelphia: Underground Anthems of Philadelphia Soul 1973-1981 (1998)

VA - Norman Jay Presents - Philadelphia: Underground Anthems of Philadelphia Soul 1973-1981 (1998)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks, log) - 582 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 202 MB
1:27:43 | Soul, Funk, Disco, R&B | Label: Harmless

Compilations from the Philadelphia International archives seem to pop up on a weekly basis, but given the consistent quality of the music, there hasn't been a dud yet. This collection is especially sweet since it contains some outstanding lesser-known tracks. Nice to see the O'Jays' "The Big Gangster," a dynamite track from the forgotten Lets Clean up the Ghetto LP. The group also shines on "Give the People What They Want," "Darlin' Darlin' Baby (Sweet Tender Love)," and the ecological "The Air I Breathe." You'll also like Lou Rawls' funky "See You When I Git There," the Jacksons' "Blues Away," and the Futures' "Ain't No Time Fa Nothing." You may never have heard Anthony White's "Where Would I Be Without You," the Trammps' "Trusting Heart," Norman Harris' "In Good Faith," or "Bump de Bump," by Monk Montgomery, but they're worth a listen. Also included are some ear-pleasing selections from Archie Bell & the Drells, Billy Paul, Teddy Pendergrass, the Jones Girls, M.F.S.B., and Jean Carn.

Gladys Knight & The Pips - Gold (2020)

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Gladys Knight & The Pips - Gold (2020)

Gladys Knight & The Pips - Gold (2020)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks, cue, log) - 1.4 GB | MP3 CBR 320kbps - 528 MB
3:48:12 | Soul, Disco, Funk| Label: Crimson / Sony

Crimson Gold presents Gladys Knight And The Pips ‘Gold’, the only Gladys Knight And The Pips compilation you’ll ever need.
Gladys Knight And The Pips are the legendary soul family from Atlanta, Georgia that performed and recorded together for three decades. Together they created some of the best loved R&B and soul music of the 20th Century and won multiple Grammy Awards as well being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. This definitive 3CD set features 51 tracks from 1973 right up to 1989.

The Dead Daisies - Radiance (2022)

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The Dead Daisies - Radiance (2022)

The Dead Daisies - Radiance (2022)
EAC Rip | FLAC (Image) +CUE, LOG | 330 MB | Scans
Genre: Hard Rock | Label: SPV/Steamhammer Records | Catalog Number: SPV 246222 CD

2022 release. Radiance is the sixth studio album for the Dead Daisies who have gone from strength to strength over the last 10 years. Once again produced by Ben Grosse, the album features 10 standout songs that evoke an energy and shine not known since the golden age of hard rock in the 0s and early 80s. Carried by the muscular drumming of Brian Tichy, fueled by the riffage of David Lowy, refined by the power and glory of Doug Aldrich and brought home by the low end thump and high end wails of Glenn Hughes, it once again shows The Dead Daisies on true form. Put the record on and get lost in time - Radiance is truly here.

Hubert Laws - Family (1980) {Columbia}

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Hubert Laws - Family (1980) {Columbia}

Hubert Laws - Family (1980) {Columbia}
EAC 0.99pb5 | FLAC tracks level 8 | Cue+Log+M3U | Scans 300dpi | 227MB + 5% Recovery
MP3 CBR 320 Kbps | 96MB + 5% Recovery
Genre: Jazz-Funk, Soul, Post-Bop

Wonderful sounds from Hubert Laws – and like some of his best CTI work of a few years before, a set that really goes way beyond any easy expectations! There's moments of ambition here that really link the record to Laws' CTI sides – that mix of fuller arrangements and higher-concept sounds that are a perfect fit for his careful tone on flute – sitting nicely alongside more easygoing fusion number that really flesh out the sound – some of those sparkling Columbia Records grooves from the start of the 80s that mix together acoustic and electric instrumentation! The album features Fender Rhodes and acoustic piano from Bobby Lyle, drums from Leon Ndugu Chancler, and bass from Nathan East – plus a bit of acoustic piano from Chick Corea, and guest vocals on one cut from Deborah Laws!

Martin Roscoe - James MacMillan: Into the Ferment (2003)

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Martin Roscoe - James MacMillan: Into the Ferment (2003)

Martin Roscoe - James MacMillan: Into the Ferment (2003)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:07:54 | 301 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Chandos | Catalog: CHAN 10092

This is Chandos' second disc of James MacMillan's work performed by the BBC Philharmonic, featuring the premiere performance of 'Into the Ferment'. James MacMillan is one of Britain's most successful contemporary composers with a high international profile. As well as appearing as guest conductor with many of the UK's top orchestras, he is currently Affiliate Composer of The Scottish Chamber Orchestra, resident of the USA's Saratoga Festival and Composer/Conductor in Residence with the BBC Philharmonic.

Ensemble Spirale, Marianne Muller - Marin Marais: Les Folies d'Espagne, Suite en mi, Le Labyrinthe (2006)

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Ensemble Spirale, Marianne Muller - Marin Marais: Les Folies d'Espagne, Suite en mi, Le Labyrinthe (2006)

Ensemble Spirale, Marianne Muller - Marin Marais: Les Folies d'Espagne, Suite en mi, Le Labyrinthe (2006)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:01:12 | 338 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Zig Zag Territoires | Catalog: ZZT060801

A veteran of Jordi Savall's Hespèrion XX and XXI, gambaist Marianne Muller makes her Zig Zag Territories debut with this disc of music by the great French Baroque composer Marin Marais. The repertoire is daunting: the ingenious and evocative Le Labyrinthe, the 32 virtuoso variations on Les Folies d'Espagne, and the 12-movement Suite in E minor from Marais' Second Book of Pièces de viole. These are works that require not just virtuosity, stamina, intense expressivity, and soulful beauty of tone.

Angela Hewitt - Robert Schumann: Humoreske Op.20 ; Sonata No.1 in F sharp minor Op.11 (2007)

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Angela Hewitt - Robert Schumann: Humoreske Op.20 ; Sonata No.1 in F sharp minor Op.11 (2007)

Angela Hewitt - Schumann: Humoreske Op.20 ; Sonata No.1 in F sharp minor Op.11 (2007)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 180 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 152 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA67618 | Time: 01:05:53

One of the pleasant surprises of the first decade of the twenty first century was the way pianist Angela Hewitt developed from one of the most celebrated of Bach specialists into an all-around first-class performer in a much wider range of repertoire. Take her 2007 disc with Schumann's Humoreske with his Piano Sonata No.1 in F sharp minor. While one might have expected clarity and drive from Hewitt, who had long mastered those qualities in Bach, the evident passion and fantasy reveal new aspects of her playing, especially in her F sharp minor Sonata, which sounds like an ardent musical bildungsroman. Her Humoreske, similarly, has the poetic imagination and the lyrical fervor characteristic of great German romantic poetry. As on her Bach recordings, Hewitt's tone is pearly, her technique formidable, and her interpretations combine thoughtfulness with spontaneity. Recorded by Hyperion with winning warmth and an uncanny sense of immediacy, this disc will delight Hewitt's fans and enlarge Schumann's discography by one excellent disc.