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The Rankins - Souvenir: 1989-1998 (2002) 2CDs

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The Rankins - Souvenir: 1989-1998 (2002) 2CDs

The Rankins - Souvenir: 1989-1998 (2002) 2CDs
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 661 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 230 Mb | Scans included
Country-Folk, Celtic, Folk-Rock | Label: Capitol | # 72435-38923-2-6 | 01:38:29

EMI's two-disc collection Souvenir: 1989-1998 rather nicely chronicles the decade when the Rankin Family rose to prominence in the Canadian pop/folk scene and opened a floodgate of likeminded musicians who brought Celtic influences into the contemporary scene. The collection is evenly focused on their entire career, with a bit of emphasis on the albums North Country and Uprooted, but also properly serves as an end cap to an impressive career (the Rankins disbanded in 1999) and as a memorial to the late John Morris Rankin (1959-2000). It is the perfect place to start for the curious and a fine set for those looking for a comprehensive retrospective.

Emmylou Harris - Portraits (1996) 3CD Box Set

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Emmylou Harris - Portraits (1996) 3CD Box Set

Emmylou Harris - Portraits (1996) 3CD Box Set
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 1.25 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 538 Mb | Scans ~ 101 Mb
Label: Reprise Records, Reprise Archives | # 9362-45308-2 | Time: 03:42:09
Country, Country Pop, Progressive Country, Country Rock

Portraits is a three-disc, 61-track box set covering Emmylou Harris' entire career for Reprise and Warner Records, which spans from 1974 to 1992. Not only does the box select highlights from classic albums like Luxury Liner, Roses in the Snow, and Blue Kentucky Girl, but it also features her early duets with Gram Parsons and selections from the Trio album she recorded with Dolly Parton and Linda Ronstadt. Portraits doesn't dwell too long on unreleased material – there are only five unearthed tracks on the entire set – preferring to sketch out a full overview of her career. While there might be a few favorite tracks missing, the box nevertheless fulfills its goals quite nicely – anyone looking for a comprehensive compilation of Emmylou's career will not be disappointed.

Fairport Convention - Nine (1973) Expanded Remastered 2005

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Fairport Convention - Nine (1973) Expanded Remastered 2005

Fairport Convention - Nine (1973) Expanded Remastered 2005
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 333 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 134 Mb | Scans ~ 230 Mb
British Folk-Rock, British Folk, Country Folk | Label: Island | # 982 796-6, IMCD 310 | 00:55:42

Nine is the ninth album by the British folk rock group Fairport Convention, released in 1973. 2005 Remastered re-issue. Bonus Tracks include 'The Devil in the Kitchen' (Fiddlestix), 'George Jackson' (Live), 'Pleasure and Pain' (Live) and 'Six Days on the Road' (Live).

VA - Look Again To The Wind: Johnny Cash's Bitter Tears Revisited (2014)

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VA - Look Again To The Wind: Johnny Cash's Bitter Tears Revisited (2014)

VA - Look Again To The Wind: Johnny Cash's Bitter Tears Revisited (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 299 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 130 Mb | Scans included
Country-Folk, Americana | Label: Sony Masterworks | # 88843060672 | 00:52:27

Tribute albums frequently betray their subject, but not this homage to Johnny Cash’s Bitter Tears, the country giant’s 1964 salute to Native Americans. A concept album about a discomfiting cause – the US’s treatment of its indigenous people – Tears was a radical statement resisted, to Cash’s fury, by the Nashville establishment. For its 50th anniversary, producer Joe Henry gathers a stellar house band that takes turns to lead. Gillian Welch delivers an entrancing As Long As the Grass Shall Grow; Emmylou does likewise with Apache Tears. Steve Earle drawls: “I ain’t no fan of Custer” and instrumentals evoke North America’s haunted plains. Very fine.

Gordon Lightfoot - Summer Side Of Life (1971)

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Gordon Lightfoot - Summer Side Of Life (1971)

Gordon Lightfoot - Summer Side Of Life (1971)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 280 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 136 Mb | Scans included
Label: Reprise Records | # 9362-45686-2 | Time: 00:38:50
Singer/Songwriter, Country-Folk, Folk-Rock

Summer Side of Life is Canadian singer Gordon Lightfoot's seventh album. It was released in 1971 on the Reprise Records Label. The album marked a radical departure from the sound Lightfoot had established on Sit Down Young Stranger in its use of drums and electronic instrumentation, to which he would later return in the second half of the decade. “Redwood Hill” contains elements of bluegrass music.

VA - Best Country Album in the World... Ever! (1994) 2CDs

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VA - Best Country Album in the World... Ever! (1994) 2CDs

VA - Best Country Album in the World… Ever! (1994) 2CD
XLD | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 800 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 300 Mb | Scans included
Label: EMI | # 7243 8 44484 2 4 (7243 8 31646 2 2) | Time: 02:08:47
Country, Country-Pop, Country-Folk

Almost all of country music's heavies contribute to this two-disc set, and many of the greatest anthems are all present. Forty tracks in all, including 'Rhinestone Cowboy' by Glenn Campbell, Kenny Roger's 'Coward of the County', 'Ring of Fire' by Johnny Cash, 'Me & Bobby McGee' by Kris Kristofferson, Tammy Wynette's 'Stand by Your Man', Patsy Cline's 'Crazy', 'Achy Breaky Heart' (Billy Ray Cyrus), The Charlie Daniels Band's 'Devil Went Down to Georgia', 'I Will Always Love You' by Dolly Parton and Much More.

Townes Van Zandt - Texas Troubadour (2005) 4 CD Box Set

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Townes Van Zandt - Texas Troubadour (2005) 4 CD Box Set

Townes Van Zandt - Texas Troubadour (2005) 4 CD Box Set
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 1.47 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 655 Mb | Scans ~ 549 Mb
Label: Charly Records | # SNAJ 729 CD | Time: 04:45:44
Singer/Songwriter, Country, Country-Folk, Country-Rock

Texas Troubadour is a four-disc box set that packages the late songwriter Townes Van Zandt's first seven studio albums for the Poppy and Tomato labels: For the Sake of the Song (1968); Our Mother the Mountain (1969); Townes Van Zandt (1970); Delta Momma Blues (1971); High, Low and In Between (1972); The Late Great Townes Van Zandt (1972), and Flyin' Shoes (1978). In addition, there are four studio outtakes from 1972-73 and a decent portion of Live at the Old Quarter, Houston issued in 1973. Charly reproduces the original cover art in miniature, two covers to each CD. Sound is the same as on the original CD issues, so fans who already own these albums will not be served by purchasing them again in this format. Musically, the work is superb, and since many of Van Zandt's recordings are out of print, this is a fine argument for getting them altogether. Another plus is Adam Komorowski's extensive biographical essay included in the 36-page color booklet that's loaded with photos.

Guy Clark - Somedays The Song Writes You (2009)

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Guy Clark - Somedays The Song Writes You (2009)

Guy Clark - Somedays The Song Writes You (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 263 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 119 Mb | Scans included
Country-Folk, Alt-Country | Label: Dualtone | # 80302-01471-26 | Time: 00:39:09

Texas singer-songwriter Guy Clark has been a patriarchal figure to many in the Nashville songwriting community for decades. Artists like Rodney Crowell and Steve Earle studied under the watchful eye of Clark during their early years. Like friend Townes Van Zandt before him, Clark is a master storyteller, a dream weaver blessed with the ability to match ear-catching melodies with poetic lyrics that aim for the deepest part of the listener's soul. Somedays the Song Writes You, Clark's eleventh studio album, is a well-crafted collection of compositions that rank among some of his best. Clark's tobacco-and-whiskey-stained voice has never sounded better than it does on such tracks as "The Guitar," a fiery number about a wayward musician and the pawnshop guitar that causes an unexpected awakening in him, and "Hollywood," a slow-grooving cut that takes a sideways look at the world-famous district of Los Angeles, CA. Clark, as he has on previous albums, covers a Townes Van Zandt tune on Somedays the Song Writes You.

Elvis Costello - Secret, Profane & Sugarcane (2009) Japanese Edition

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Elvis Costello - Secret, Profane & Sugarcane (2009) Japanese Edition

Elvis Costello - Secret, Profane & Sugarcane (2009) Japanese Edition
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 377 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 162 Mb
Label: Hear Music | # UCCO-3012 | Time: 00:59:36 | Scans included
Singer/Songwriter, Americana, Country-Folk, Country-Rock

Secret, Profane & Sugarcane is the 2009 studio album by Elvis Costello. It was recorded in Nashville with American songwriter and producer T Bone Burnett, and released on 9 June 2009 on the Hear Music label. The album features bluegrass, Americana and country music along with Costello's familiar garrulous lyrics.

Jerry Garcia & David Grisman - Garcia / Grisman (1991) [MFSL Remastered 2014]

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Jerry Garcia & David Grisman - Garcia / Grisman (1991) [MFSL Remastered 2014]

Jerry Garcia & David Grisman - Garcia / Grisman (1991) [MFSL Remastered 2014]
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 308 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 141 Mb | Scans included
Label: Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab | # UDSACD 2140 | Time: 00:58:28
Bluegrass, Folk, Country-Rock

This Grammy-nominated disc heralds the origins of the highly acclaimed acoustic duo of Jerry Garcia (guitar/vocals) and David "Dawg" Grisman (mandolin). They had been chums for years by the time they began their direct partnership in earnest on December 7, 1990, with a nine-song set at the Sweetwater in Mill Valley, CA. Over half of that material would be reworked the following spring – for inclusion on this disc – at Grisman's newly appointed, plush, and well-lit Dawg Studios. Along with David Grisman Quintet members Jim Kerwin (bass) and Joe Craven (percussion/fiddle), Garcia and Grisman revive a few familiar tunes covering every dimension of popular music, ranging from the blues ("The Thrill Is Gone") to folk-rock ("Friend of the Devil"), as well as pop music standards such as Irving Berlin's "Russian Lullaby" – which Garcia had previously covered on his 1974 Garcia (Compliments) album – and Hoagy Carmichael's "Rockin' Chair." They also examined the origins of authentic traditional folk ("Walkin' Boss"/"Two Soldiers").

Waylon Jennings - Original Album Classics (2008) 5CD Box Set

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Waylon Jennings - Original Album Classics (2008) 5CD Box Set

Waylon Jennings - Original Album Classics (2008) 5CD Box Set
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 2 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 462 Mb | Scans ~ 56 Mb
Label: RCA, Legacy, Sony BMG Music | # 88697234812 | Time: 03:20:36
Outlaw Country, Progressive Country, Country-Folk, Country-Pop

Waylon Jennings spent 20 years with RCA Records, signing with the label in 1965 and remaining with them until 1985, when he moved on to record for MCA Records. Needless to say, his key creative years were with RCA, particularly after 1972, when Jennings renegotiated his deal to give him more artistic control over what he produced. This box set package includes five of the resulting RCA albums that Jennings produced between 1973 and 1978, including 1973's Lonesome, On'ry and Mean, 1974's This Time and The Ramblin' Man, 1977's Ol' Waylon, and 1978's Waylon & Willie (with Willie Nelson), with whatever bonus tracks that were included on RCA's individual CD reissues of each album. It's a whole lot of Waylon, probably more than the casual listener would need and serious fans would most likely already have all of, but a big chunk of Jennings' legacy is here, so it makes an easy way to connect with his most creative period as an artist in one simple swoop.

Iris Dement - The Way I Should (1996)

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Iris Dement - The Way I Should (1996)

Iris Dement - The Way I Should (1996)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 328 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 134 Mb | Scans included
Singer/Songwriter Country-Folk | Label: Warner Bros. | # 9 46188 2 | Time: 00:50:35

The introspective scope of DeMent's first two records expands to tackle global topics like religion, sexual abuse and war on the tough-talking The Way I Should Be, a more rock-influenced offering including cameo appearances from Mark Knopfler, Lonnie Mack and Delbert McClinton (who duets on "Trouble").

Kris Kristofferson - Original Album Classics (2009) 5CD Box Set

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Kris Kristofferson - Original Album Classics (2009) 5CD Box Set

Kris Kristofferson - Original Album Classics (2009) 5CD Box Set
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 1.17 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 528 Mb | Scans included | 03:18:39
Singer/Songwriter, Country, Country Rock, Folk | Label: Sony/Columbia | # 88697574442

5 disc box set includes the albums: Me And Bobby McGee (aka Kristofferson), Jesus Was a Capricorn (out-of-print in the US), Spooky Lady's Sideshow, Shake Hands With the Devil and The Silver Tongued Devil and I. The albums are packaged in mini-LP sleeves.

Gordon Lightfoot - Gord's Gold, Volume II (1988)

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Gordon Lightfoot - Gord's Gold, Volume II (1988)

Gordon Lightfoot - Gord's Gold, Volume II (1988)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 381 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 150 Mb | Scans ~ 97 Mb
Label: Warner Bros. Records | # 9 25784-2 | Time: 01:05:46
Folk-Rock, Country Folk, Country, Singer-Songwriter

Gord's Gold, Vol. 2 is a compilation album released by Canadian singer Gordon Lightfoot in 1988. Like the first Gord's Gold collection, Vol. 2 features re-recordings of earlier hits alongside the contemporary material. On Gord's Gold only the early songs that didn't match Lightfoot's 1970s sound (and whose original masters were owned by Lightfoot's former label, United Artists) were re-recorded. However, on Vol. 2 all tracks, apart from "Make Way (For the Lady)," "Ghosts of Cape Horn," Baby Step Back," and "It's Worth Believin'" were re-recorded. The album also contains the first appearance of "If It Should Please You," a previously unrecorded song that the band often performed in concert. Some tracks on Vol. 2 that had been released during the 1980s sound almost identical to their original recording. Additionally, the re-recorded tracks were recorded live in the studio.

Nanci Griffith - Albums Collection 1978-1994 (5CD)

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Nanci Griffith - Albums Collection 1978-1994 (5CD)

Nanci Griffith - Albums Collection 1978-1994 (5CD)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 1.3 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 598 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Singer/Songwriter, Country-Folk, Progressive Country | Time: 03:47:44

One of the most celebrated singer/songwriters of her generation, Nanci Griffith had a gift for writing songs that were literate and emotionally complex while also sounding thoroughly universal, even when they most often reflected small-town Texas life. A proud daughter of the Lone Star State, Griffith liked to call her music "folkabilly," reflecting her influences in folk, country, early rock & roll, and the Texas songwriting community that for her was both an inspiration and a home base. Though her music was steeped in tales of ordinary lives, she wasn't afraid to speak her mind about social and political matters, and injected a progressive sound and feeling into music that embraced traditionalism. 1984's Once in a Very Blue Moon, her third album, was the creative breakthrough where she hit her stride as a songwriter and performer, 1993's Other Voices, Other Rooms was a celebration of her influences and was a critical and commercial success, and 2004's Hearts in Mind was an ambitious collection of politically oriented songs. Collection includes: There's A Light Beyond These Woods (1978), Poet In My Window (1982), The Last of the True Believers (1986), Other Voices, Other Rooms (1993), Flyer (1994).