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Dire Straits - Sultans of Swing: The Very Best of Dire Straits (1998) Japanese SHM-CD 2012 [Re-Up]

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Dire Straits - Sultans of Swing: The Very Best of Dire Straits (1998) Japanese SHM-CD 2012 [Re-Up]

Dire Straits - Sultans of Swing: The Very Best of Dire Straits (1998) Japanese SHM-CD 2012
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 483 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 181 Mb | Scans ~ 203 Mb
Label: Vertigo / USM Japan | # UICY-25236 | Time: 01:18:59
Classic Rock, Country-Rock, Roots Rock, Blues-Rock

Exactly ten years after Dire Straits' first compilation, Money for Nothing, appeared in the stores, their second, Sultans of Swing: The Very Best of Dire Straits, was released. A decade is a significant span of time, and the average band would have produced enough material for an entirely different collection, one that shared no similarities with its predecessor. Dire Straits is not the average band, however, and during those ten years, they released exactly two albums – 1991's On Every Street, their first studio album since Brothers in Arms in 1985, and 1993's On the Night, a live album culled from tapes of the record's supporting tour. Not quite enough new material for a new greatest-hits album, but it had been years since Dire Straits had released an album of any sort (a compilation of BBC sessions snuck into the stores in 1995) – hence the birth of Sultans of Swing.

The Doobie Brothers - Southbound (2014)

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The Doobie Brothers - Southbound (2014)

The Doobie Brothers - Southbound (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 386 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 152 Mb | Scans included
Label: Sony Music/Arista Nashville | # 88843098812 | Time: 00:49:24
Classic Rock, Boogie Rock, Soft Rock, Country Rock, Country, Soul

Four-time Grammy-winning band The Doobie Brothers (with Michael McDonald) have teamed up with some of country music’s biggest stars for ‘Southbound’, an album of all-new recordings of the band’s classic hits. The studio lineup harkens back to the Doobie Brothers’ earliest days. Fellow singer-songwriter-guitarist-lead-vocalists Patrick Simmons and Tom Johnston continue to front the group, while multi-instrumentalist John McFee’s history with the Brothers dates back to 1978, after his stint with Southern Pacific. Michael McDonald returns to The Doobie Brothers for this project, which invites fans to once again “Listen to the Music” in a whole new way. Country stars Blake Shelton, Casey James, Charlie Worsham, Johnnyswim’s Amanda Sudano Ramirez, and Tyler Farr were among the first roster of artists choosing their favorite Doobie songs to record with the band, with selected tracks featuring special instrumental contributions from Hunter Hayes and Vince Gill. Other collaborators include Toby Keith, Brad Paisley, Zac Brown Band, Sara Evans, Chris Young, Jerrod Niemann, and Love and Theft. In choosing the album title, The Doobie Brothers’ Tom Johnston remarked, “Southbound seemed like the perfect name of this collaboration project with all these dynamic country artists. The band has a lot of roots, both musically and lyrically, from the South such as blues, country, R&B, and folk. To us it was a natural fit that it be called Southbound.”

Matthews Southern Comfort - Matthews Southern Comfort '69 + Second Spring '70 (1996) 2 LP in 1 CD

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Matthews Southern Comfort - Matthews Southern Comfort '69 + Second Spring '70 (1996) 2 LP in 1 CD

Matthews Southern Comfort - Matthews Southern Comfort '69 + Second Spring '70 (1996) 2 LP in 1 CD
XLD | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 453 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 174 Mb | Scans ~ 83 Mb | 01:16:06
British Folk Rock, British Folk, Psychedelic, Country-Rock | Label: BGO | # BGOCD313

Matthews Southern Comfort is a transitional album for Matthews. Having recently exited Fairport Convention, this record pays tribute to that period of his career in both material ("A Castle Far") and in the choice of musicians who back him (many of them from Fairport Convention). At the same time, songs like "A Commercial Proposition" indicate where Matthews' future work is headed. With Second Spring, the other album included on this two-fer, Southern Comfort is a real band, and in addition to Matthews also includes Roger Swallow (ex-Marmalade) and Marc Griffiths (ex-Spooky Tooth). Although there is really nothing that makes this a memorable record, it's still quite nice overall.

Ry Cooder - Boomer's Story (1972) [MFSL Remastered 2017]

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Ry Cooder - Boomer's Story (1972) [MFSL Remastered 2017]

Ry Cooder - Boomer's Story (1972) [MFSL Remastered 2017]
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 208 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 105 Mb | Scans included
Label: Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab | # UDSACD 2154 | Time: 00:39:09
Roots Rock, Slide Guitar Blues, Country-Rock

Ry Cooder's development as a peerless musician capable of grasping virtually any style began with his time spent with Taj Mahal and Captain Beefheart, but for all intents and purposes reaches epic proportions on Boomer's Story. With two ambitious albeit uneven studio albums behind him, the California native plunged into roles that still define him today – that of sonic archeologist and cultural historian, shaping his 1972 Reprise effort with enlightened selections carved into the bedrock of America's folk, blues, and soul landscapes. Inspired, virtuosic, and poignant, Boomer's Story endures as a ravishing portrait of inspired translation and inventive craftsmanship that after years of neglect finally boasts sonics deserving of the performances.

Michael Nesmith - Silver Moon (2002) [Audiophile SBM Gold Disc]

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Michael Nesmith - Silver Moon (2002) [Audiophile SBM Gold Disc]

Michael Nesmith - Silver Moon (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 467 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 198 Mb | Scans included
Label: Audiophile Legends | # APH 102.821 | Time: 01:17:39
Country-Rock, Folk-Rock, Singer/Songwriter

Although the cover art might suggest that this compiles, features, or in some way includes material from Michael Nesmith's four-year (1966-1970) tenure as a Monkee, this isn't the case at all. Additionally confusing matters is that the same 25 tracks on this collection are replicated – right down to the exact running order – on the unimaginatively titled Best Of: Original Hits. Regardless, the contents of both have been culled from Nesmith's first half-dozen post-Monkees long-players. The tune stack is well represented by the First National Band LPs Magnetic South (1970), Loose Salute (1970), and Nevada Fighter (1971) – plus, to a much lesser extent, Tantamount to Treason (1972), And the Hits Just Keep on Comin' (1972), as well as Pretty Much Your Standard Ranch Stash (1973).

John Fogerty - Revival (2007)

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John Fogerty - Revival (2007)

John Fogerty - Revival (2007)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 292 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 94 Mb | Scans ~ 124 Mb
Label: Fantasy | # 0888072300019 | Time: 00:40:49
Rock, Country Rock, Roots Rock, Heartland Rock, Rock & Roll

The self-referential title of Fogerty's first album in three years is no mere play on words; this is as close as he's gotten in a long while to duplicating the loose swamp blues, country, folk, soul and rock that he so memorably created a template for in Creedence Clearwater Revival. Thankfully the advertisement for downloaded ringtones in the disc's booklet is the only contemporary influence creeping into this stripped-down set of rootsy rockers and ballads. Fogerty's voice sounds great throughout; passionate, more committed and comfortable with these songs than he has seemed in years.

John Fogerty - Premonition (1998) Reissue 2004

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John Fogerty - Premonition (1998) Reissue 2004

John Fogerty - Premonition (1998) [Reissue 2004]
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 506 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 173 Mb | Scans included
Label: Geffen Records | # 0602498634943 | Time: 01:08:31
Heartland Rock, Swamp Rock, Roots Rock, Rock & Roll

Upon its release in the spring of 1997, John Fogerty's long-awaited comeback album Blue Moon Swamp was lavished with praise – it didn't become the crossover hit that Centerfield was, but it earned great reviews and a solid cult audience. Furthermore, his tour – his first ever to feature classic Creedence material – was, if anything, even better received than Blue Moon Swamp, so it made some sense that he quickly released Premonition, his first solo live album, in 1998. Premonition is frighteningly good – Fogerty doesn't sound like a veteran rocker, he sounds nearly as powerful as he did on old Creedence live shows. He also sounds more mature, bringing increased depth to his older songs as he energizes recent material, from "The Old Man Down the Road" to "Swamp River Days." Premonition is essentially the province of dedicated Fogerty fans – there's only one new song, and the differences in the live performances are things only the hardcore will spot – but they'll be delighted with the quality of the music.

Neil Young - Decade (1977) 2CDs [Re-Up]

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Neil Young - Decade (1977) 2CDs [Re-Up]

Neil Young - Decade (1977) 2CD
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 813 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 347 Mb | Scans included | 02:24:31
Folk Rock, Country Rock, Classic Rock, Psychedelic | Label: Reprise | # 7599-27233-2

Given the quirkiness of Neil Young's recording career, with its frequent cancellations of releases and last-minute rearrangements of material, it is a relief to report that this two-disc compilation is so conventional and so satisfying. A 35-track selection of the best of Young's work between 1966 and 1976, it includes songs performed by Buffalo Springfield, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, and the Stills-Young Band, as well as solo work. In addition to five unreleased songs, Decade offers such key tracks as the Springfield's "Mr. Soul," "Broken Arrow," and "I Am a Child"; "Sugar Mountain," a song that had appeared only as a single before; "Cinnamon Girl," "Down by the River," and "Cowgirl in the Sand" from Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere; "Southern Man" and the title track from After the Gold Rush; and "Old Man" and the chart-topping "Heart of Gold" from Harvest. This is the material that built Young's reputation between 1966 and 1972, although he is more idiosyncratic with the later material, including the blockbusters "Like a Hurricane" and "Cortez the Killer" but mixing in more unreleased recordings as the set draws to a close.

Crosby, Stills & Nash - Greatest Hits (2005)

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Crosby, Stills & Nash - Greatest Hits (2005)

Crosby, Stills & Nash - Greatest Hits (2005)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 434 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 178 Mb | Scans ~ 307 Mb
Label: Atlantic, Rhino Records | # 8122765372 | Time: 01:17:07
Folk-Rock, Country-Rock, Soft Rock, Pop/Rock

When David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash created this pop super trio in 1968 after their splits from the Byrds, Buffalo Springfield and The Hollies, respectively, it would have been a pipedream that a hits package released 37 years later would sound as eternal and essential as this one. The 19 songs straddle the four-album, landscape-altered timeframe between 1969's post-Woodstock debut Crosby, Stills & Nash and 1982's Daylight Again, which helped inaugurate the MTV era. Unbalanced sequencing–which randomly bounces 12 years ahead and five years back–is rescued by the superb harmonies, unique songwriting and divergent personalities of the three members. With politics and culture always at the forefront, Stills bookends the band's trademark canon with "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes" and "Southern Cross," Nash incorporates Eastern influences to "Marrakesh Express" and folk timber to "Just a Song Before I Go" and "Teach Your Children," and the ever-capricious Crosby leads the way lyrically with the lingering "Delta" to the Robert Kennedy tribute "Long Time Gone".

Tony Joe White - Lake Placid Blues (1995)

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Tony Joe White - Lake Placid Blues (1995)

Tony Joe White - Lake Placid Blues (1995)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 406 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 149 Mb | Scans ~ 151 Mb
Label: Remark Records | # 527 530-2 | Time: 01:05:02
Singer/Songwriter, Blues, Swamp Blues, Country Rock

Tony Joe White's albums from the 1990's are all more stripped down and blues-oriented than his more well-known material from his "Polk Salad Annie"/"Rainy Night In Georgia" heyday. But although blues has been his main idiom for the past decade or so, "Lake Placid Blues" is mainly distinguished by two of the finest rockers of White's career, the title track and "The Beach Life". This set also includes "Let The Healing Begin", which had been covered to fine effect by Joe Cocker, but I like Cocker's version much better. Other highlights include "Louisiana Rain", "Down Again", and "The Guitar Don't Lie". Another fine set by a woefully underappreciated talent.

16 (Sixteen) Horsepower - Albums Collection 1996-2002 (5CD)

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16 (Sixteen) Horsepower - Albums Collection 1996-2002 (5CD)

16 (Sixteen) Horsepower - Albums Collection 1996-2002 (5CD)
FLAC | Image/Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 1.46 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 604 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Alernative Country, Alternative Country-Rock | Time: 03:53:44

Denver alt-country band known for brooding songs reminiscent of Nick Cave and the Gun Club. Their music often invoked religious imagery dealing with conflict, redemption, punishment, and guilt through David Eugene Edwards's lyrics and the heavy use of traditional bluegrass, gospel, and Appalachian instrumentation cross-bred with rock. Collection includes: Sackcloth 'n' Ashes (1996); Low Estate (1997); Hoarse (1998); Secret South (2000); Folklore (2002).

Bob Mosley (ex-Moby Grape) - Albums Collection 1972-2005 (4CD)

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Bob Mosley (ex-Moby Grape) - Albums Collection 1972-2005 (4CD)

Bob Mosley (ex-Moby Grape) - Albums Collection 1972-2005 (4CD)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 1.21 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 469 Mb | Scans ~ 185 Mb
Folk-Rock, Country-Rock, Psychedelic Rock | Time: 03:17:38

Bob Mosley is principally known as the bass player and one of the songwriters and vocalists for the band Moby Grape. Collection includes: 'Bob Mosley' (1972); 'Mosley Grape Live at Indigo Ranch' (1989); 'Never Dreamed' (1999); 'True Blue' (2005).

Moby Grape - Live: Historic Live Moby Grape Performances 1966-1969 (2010)

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Moby Grape - Live: Historic Live Moby Grape Performances 1966-1969 (2010)

Moby Grape - Live: Historic Live Moby Grape Performances 1966-1969 (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 319 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 175 Mb | Scans included
Label: Sundazed Music | # SC 11210 | Time: 01:13:51
Psychedelic Rock, Folk-Rock, Country-Rock, Blues-Rock

Moby Grape Live is a 2010 album, released by Sundazed Records, of previously unissued live recordings of the band Moby Grape. Included are recordings of the band in its prime in 1966 and 1967, as well as 1969 recordings, subsequent to the 1968 collapse and departure of founding member Skip Spence. A particularly notable inclusion is the band's performance at the historic Monterey International Pop Festival. According to critic Mark Deming, "While Moby Grape's studio work might offer a clearer picture of the strength of their songs, Historic Live Moby Grape does a brilliant job of revealing what made them great as a band, and the best tracks here should prompt any serious fan of late-'60s rock to reaffirm Moby Grape's status as one of the finest acts of their time." According to another reviewer, "After the essential debut record, this is the Moby Grape record I would recommend next."

Moby Grape - 20 Granite Creek (1971) Reissue 1990

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Moby Grape - 20 Granite Creek (1971) Reissue 1990

Moby Grape - 20 Granite Creek (1971) Reissue 1990
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 190 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 77 Mb | Scans included | 00:32:58
Classic Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Country-Rock | Label: Linea (Line) | # LECD 9.00886 O

The story of Moby Grape has been told and re-told countless times, with its tales of excess, mismanagement, and record company screwups. By the end of the '60s the Grape was all but finished – or so everyone thought. After an aborted attempt at a Peter Lewis solo album, producer David Rubinson was able to help engineer this re-formation of all five original members, along with extra member Gordon Stevens on various stringed instruments. Written and recorded at the Grape's communal house in the Santa Cruz mountains, the results of the experiment rendered 20 Granite Creek, an album that is rightfully the successor to the first album (1967's Moby Grape). One of the most shining examples is Peter Lewis' funky and fast "Goin' Down to Texas," which clearly illustrates the power Moby Grape had in this, one of the original three-guitar lineups. Skip Spence, who was one of the more interesting writers in the band, contributes one song, the delicate and gorgeous oriental-sounding "Chinese Song." The whole record is quite similar in feel to the Doors' L.A. Woman, another truly great, homemade comeback album.

Tony Joe White - Uncovered (2006)

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Tony Joe White - Uncovered (2006)

Tony Joe White - Uncovered (2006)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 303 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 122 Mb
Label: Swamp Records | # 7707243-2 | Time: 00:53:28 | Scans ~ 159 Mb
Singer/Songwriter, Blues, Swamp Blues, Country Rock

Tony Joe White says he always saw the friends he invited to play on this album–Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler, J.J. Cale, Michael McDonald, and the late Waylon Jennings–as "keepers of the fire." They're also premier custodians of loneliness and despair, the two emotions that lie at the heart of this hypnotic submersion into country/swamp blues. From the kickoff track, "Run for Cover," with Wayne Jackson of the Memphis Horns, these meditations on mourning–lost lovers, spiritual struggles, anxiety that knows no name and no bottom–grab the listener fast and pull him down into swirling dark waters.