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VA - Rock Instrumental Classics, Vol. 5: Surf (1994)

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VA - Rock Instrumental Classics, Vol. 5: Surf (1994)

VA - Rock Instrumental Classics, Vol. 5: Surf (1994)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 237 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 100 Mb | Scans ~ 49 Mb
Genre: Surf, Instrumental Pop/Rock | Label: Rhino | # R2 71605 | Time: 00:42:11

Rhino closes its five-volume rock instrumentals series with an 18-track outing devoted to surf guitar. This fast-paced, prickly, and frequently exciting form may not be among the most diversified structurally, but if does offer some surging playing from its practitioners. They range from founding father Dick Dale to its most popular bands, the Surfaris, Belairs, Ventures, and Chantays. While not particularly a hardcore surf collection, this disc certainly outlines its virtues, and the tunes were long enough to display guitar proficiency, but short enough to prevent self-indulgence and repetition.

101 Strings Orchestra - Moon River: The Music of Henry Mancini (2024)

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101 Strings Orchestra - Moon River: The Music of Henry Mancini (2024)

101 Strings Orchestra - Moon River: The Music of Henry Mancini (2024)
FLAC (tracks), Lossless / MP3 320 kbps | 59:57 | 343 / 135 Mb
Genre: Instrumental, Easy Listening, Jazz

If the recognition of one's peers is the true measure of success, then few men are as successful as composer, arranger, and conductor Henry Mancini. In a career that spanned 40 years, writing for film and television, Mancini won four Oscars and twenty Grammys, the all-time record for a pop artist. For 1961's Breakfast at Tiffany's alone, Mancini won five Grammys and two Oscars. Breakfast at Tiffany's includes the classic "Moon River" (lyrics by Johnny Mercer), arguably one of the finest pop songs of the last 50 years.

Ronnie Aldrich - Soft & Wicked (1973) + Come to Where The Love Is (1972) 2LP in 1CD, 2004

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Ronnie Aldrich - Soft & Wicked (1973) + Come to Where The Love Is (1972) 2LP in 1CD, 2004

Ronnie Aldrich - Soft & Wicked (1973) + Come to Where The Love Is (1972) 2LP in 1CD, 2004
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 448 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 196 Mb | Scans included
Easy Listening, Instrumental Pop, Piano | Label: Decca | # 475 6147 DM | 01:21:10

"Beautiful Music" used to be a genre in the realm of popular music. It's also been called "easy listening" and then morphed into "adult contemporary". But today's adult contemporary is really just soft rock (albeit today's soft rock is harder than a lot of Top 40 was in the late 70s and early 80s). There used to be stations that played "beautiful music" exclusively: Stanley Black, Ray Conniff, Percy Faith, Frank Chacksfield, etc. Most of the playlist would be recent contemporary hits covered by choral groups, pianists, and orchestras. During that time, London Records sold a lot of their patented Phase 4 Stereo LP records and reel-to-reel tapes. The series was renowned for it's technical brilliance, using state of the art recording, mixing and mastering techniques. Ronnie Aldrich was among London's best selling artists and Tony D'Amato produced many albums using Aldrich's twin pianos backed by The London Festival Orchestra. These albums were not only known for their technical brilliance (which is still quite impressive even in the 21st century) but also for their glossy, gatefold covers featuring colorful artwork and graphics and maybe a sexy model or two. The two LPs featured on this CD were originally released in 1973 and 1972, respectively.

Chris Botti - When I Fall In Love (2004)

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Chris Botti - When I Fall In Love (2004)

Chris Botti - When I Fall In Love (2004)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 328 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 156 Mb
Label: Columbia | # 518841 2 | Time: 00:58:49 | Scans included
Smooth Jazz, Trumpet Jazz, Instrumental Pop, Easy Listening

Trumpeter Chris Botti drops the synthesizers and drum loops of his previous effort, Thousand Kisses Deep, for a more elegant and traditional sound on When I Fall in Love. While Thousand Kisses Deep maximized Botti's penchant for mixing perfect pop songs with his Miles Davis-influenced jazz style, it nonetheless featured many of the electronic and processed sounds predictable on modern smooth jazz releases. By eschewing such "go to" pop-jazz production techniques as drum machines and synthesized strings in favor of the real instruments here, Botti ironically sounds utterly groundbreaking on what is ultimately a straight-ahead orchestral jazz album. While nowhere near as improvisationally adventurous as its predecessors, When I Fall in Love is still a revelation in the tradition of Sketches of Spain, Clifford Brown With Strings, and Wynton Marsalis' Hot House Flowers. Mixing standards and contemporary pop tunes all in a straight-ahead style, Botti gives his minimalist Miles-ian horn sound a chance to breath and be enjoyed on its own.

VA - Instro-Hipsters A Go-Go! British & European Instrumentals, Volume 4 (2003)

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VA - Instro-Hipsters A Go-Go! British & European Instrumentals, Volume 4 (2003)

VA - Instro-Hipsters A Go-Go! British & European Instrumentals, Vol. 4 (2003)
25 Of The Coolest Instrumentals Of The Late 1960s & Early 70s

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 530 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 205 Mb | Scans included | 01:12:35
Instrumental Pop/Rock, Psychedelic, Mod, Jazz, Easy Listening | Past & Present | # PAPRCD2055

And so the series continues - Groovy Hammond sounds, swingin, horn sections, spacey sitars, jangling guitars, jazzy flute excursions. From the spy movie chic of The Reg Guest Syndicate to The Gabrieli Brass. Dig the mellow eastern vibe of Andy Summers & Zoot Money's 'Soma', move to the cool soul of Music Through Six. Evocative, smooth, rocking, eminently danceable and very cool.

VA - Instro-Hipsters A Go-Go! British & European Instrumentals, Volume 3 (2003)

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VA - Instro-Hipsters A Go-Go! British & European Instrumentals, Volume 3 (2003)

VA - Instro-Hipsters A Go-Go! British & European Instrumentals, Volume 3 (2003)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 494 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 167 Mb | Scans ~ 78 Mb
Label: Past & Present | # PAPRCD2045 | Time: 01:12:58
Instrumental Pop/Rock, British Invasion, Psychedelic

The success of the Austin Powers movies rekindled an interest in everything groovy, swinging and mod. The Instro Hipsters a Go-Go responded in kind, serving up fun but mostly forgotten instrumentals from the '60s and early '70s that sound equally good in a bachelor pad or discotheque. Instro Hipsters a Go-Go, Vol. 3 is a Wall of Sound made up of twangy surf guitars, tumbling drums, flourishes of strings and brass, and funky organs, especially on classic instrumentals like "Cherokee" and "Raunchy," which have been given mod makeovers here by the Mitch Murray Clan and the Ray McVay Sound. Harry Stoneham's "Mogul/I Spy/The Avengers" nods to the spy movie and TV show fetish of the time, while Shocking Blue's "Ackla Ragh"'s trippy sitars allude to the '60s and '70s fascination with Indian music. Though it's more eclectic than some other volumes in this series, this collection makes for very entertaining mood music that still conjures up this swinging, stylish era.

VA - Instro-Hipsters A Go-Go! British & European Instrumentals, Volume 2 (2001)

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VA - Instro-Hipsters A Go-Go! British & European Instrumentals, Volume 2 (2001)

VA - Instro-Hipsters A Go-Go! British & European Instrumentals, Vol. 2 (2001)
26 Of The Coolest Instrumentals From The 60s & Early 70s

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 439 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 165 Mb | Scans ~ 48 Mb | 01:11:31
Instrumental Pop/Rock, Rock & Roll, British Invasion, Psychedelic | Past & Present | # PAPRCD2038

The success of the Austin Powers movies rekindled an interest in everything groovy, swinging and mod. The Instro Hipsters a Go-Go responded in kind, serving up fun but mostly forgotten instrumentals from the '60s and early '70s that sound equally good in a bachelor pad or discotheque. Instro Hipsters a Go-Go, Vol. 2 is a Wall of Sound made up of twangy surf guitars, tumbling drums, flourishes of brass, and funky organs, exemplified by Excursion's "Switched On," St. Louis Union's "English Tea" and Zoot Money's "Zoot Suite." The Ray McVay Sound's "Revenge" and the Reg Guest Syndicate's "Underworld" sound like gritty spy movie themes, while Purple Fox's "Git Some" and Salon Band's "Disco 2" take things in a mellower direction, but the entire collection makes for very entertaining mood music that still conjures up that swinging, stylish era.

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Louis Clark - Hooked On Classics: Albums Collection 1981-1983, Vol. 1-3 (3CD)

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The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Louis Clark - Hooked On Classics: Albums Collection 1981-1983, Vol. 1-3 (3CD)

Hooked On Classics: Albums Collection 1981-1983, Vol. 1-3 (3CD)
The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Louis Clark

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 843 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 306 Mb | Scans ~ 193 Mb
Genre: Classical Crossover, Orchestral Pop, Easy Listening | Time: 02:13:24

The original, genuine and best selling Pop-Classical crossover. Hooked on Classics was the first of a series of albums first released in 1981 and featuring the worldwide hit single that bears the same nomenclature. ELO arranger Louis Clark conducts a moonlighting Royal Philharmonic Orchestra playing hooks from well-known classical pieces set to an up-tempo dance beat. Features not only the original 'Hooked On Classics' album but also the two follow ups 'Can't Stop The Classics' and ' Journey Through The Classics'.

Three Suns - Ding Dong Dandy Christmas (1959) Remastered 2015

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Three Suns - Ding Dong Dandy Christmas (1959) Remastered 2015

Three Suns - Ding Dong Dandy Christmas (1959) Remastered 2015
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 227 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 85 Mb | Scans included | 00:35:34
Easy Listening, Lounge, Instrumental Pop, Christmas | Label: Real Gone Music | # RGM-0395

The instrumental trio The Three Suns had been around for about two decades, capturing fans as far-ranging as First Lady Mamie Eisenhower and the Platters (who took their Twilight Time to the top of the charts), when they cut this record for RCA s famed Living Stereo series in 1959. And, no doubt inspired by the new-fangled recording technology in RCA s Studio A, they turned in one of the most wacky and entertaining Christmas albums of the era, adding rock and roll guitar and instrumentation as varied as chimes, bells, oboes and two (!) tubas to create a Space Age stereophonic spectacular suitable for the Jetsons next holiday party. This record s long been cherished by Christmas music devotees, and our Real Gone worldwide CD debut reissue features a sparkling remastering job by Maria Triana at Sony s Battery Studios and liner notes by Joe Marchese. Every bit as fizzy as the champagne you re going to open to toast the season!

Richard Bennett - Albums Collection 2004-2021 (6CD)

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Richard Bennett - Albums Collection 2004-2021 (6CD)

Richard Bennett - Albums Collection 2004-2021 (6CD)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 1.46 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 615 Mb | Scans ~ 300 Mb
Instrumental Pop/Rock, Easy Listening, Guitar Jazz, Country | Time: 04:27:42

Richard Bennett is an American guitarist, sideman, session musician, and record producer. As a touring sideman, he performed with Neil Diamond for 17 years, and Mark Knopfler since 1994. As a session player, he has worked with artists ranging from Billy Joel and Barbra Streisand to Rodney Crowell and Vince Gill. He has produced Grammy award winning artists like Steve Earle, Emmylou Harris, and Marty Stuart.

Duane Eddy - The Very Best Of Duane Eddy (2015) 3CD Set

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Duane Eddy - The Very Best Of Duane Eddy (2015) 3CD Set

Duane Eddy - The Very Best Of Duane Eddy (2015) 3CD Set
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 969 Mb | Scans included
Label: Not Now Music | # NOT3CD200 | Time: 02:57:39
Genre: Rock & Roll, Instrumental Pop/Rock

Now well into his eighth decade, Duane Eddy is still on the road and continues to make records with a new generation of players; these include Richard Hawley, who produced the 'Road Trip' album for him in 2011, the same year he played Glastonbury. Enjoy this unique individual back in his heyday with this 3CD set, and, as the opening track so eloquently puts it, dance with the guitar man!

Bert Weedon - The Very Best Of Bert Weedon (2002)

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Bert Weedon - The Very Best Of Bert Weedon (2002)

Bert Weedon - The Very Best Of Bert Weedon (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 307 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 150 Mb | Scans ~ 46 Mb
Label: EMI Gold | # 7243 5 42426 2 5 | Time: 01:05:40
Instrumental Pop/Rock, Jazz Pop, Rock & Roll

Bert Weedon is one of Britain's most accomplished instrumental stars. He was the first British guitarist to have a hit record in the UK Singles Chart, in 1959, and his best-selling tutorial guides, Play in a Day, were a major influence on many leading British musicians, such as Eric Clapton, Brian May, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, John Lennon, Dave Davies, Keith Richards, Pete Townshend, Tony Iommi and Jimmy Page. His early days in show business found him playing with all the top bands of the day, including Django Reinhardt, Ted Heath, Mantovani & many others. This album features a wealth of material from his hugely successful LPs & singles, it is quite literally packed with thirty recordings from Bert Weedon, the man who has become the living legend of guitar.

Raymond Lefevre - Albums Collection 1965-1976 (11CD) Japanese Limited Mini LP, SHM-CD

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Raymond Lefevre - Albums Collection 1965-1976 (11CD) Japanese Limited Mini LP, SHM-CD

Raymond Lefèvre - Albums Collection 1965-1976 (11CD) Japanese Limited Mini LP, SHM-CD
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 2.56 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 1.1 Gb | Complete Scans
Genre: Easy Listening, Instrumental, Soundtrack | Label: Victor/Riviera | Time: 06:52:31

Collection includes 11 albums by French easy listening orchestra leader, arranger and composer Raymond Lefèvre. The instrumental smash "Ame Câline" vaulted conductor and arranger Raymond LeFevre to the front ranks of the easy listening renaissance that followed the commercial vogue for stereophonic sound.

VA - Roaring Blue: Return Of The Instro-Hipsters Vol. 3 (2009)

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VA - Roaring Blue: Return Of The Instro-Hipsters Vol. 3 (2009)

VA - Roaring Blue: Return Of The Instro-Hipsters Vol. 3 (2009)
20 Groovy Instrumentals From The '60s & '70s

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 366 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 134 Mb
Label: Psychic Circle | # PCCD7028 | Time: 00:58:25 | Scans ~ 82 Mb
Instrumental Pop/Rock, British Psychedelia, R&B

The seemingly bottomless record collection of Nick Saloman from the Bevis Frond has spawned the third in an ongoing series of albums collecting obscure instrumental tracks from the '60s and '70s, and while many of these songs support the popular notion that the hipper and more interesting rock artists of the day were fond of vocal numbers, there are some fun and exciting tunes to be found on this set. Roaring Blue draws its title from the lead-off track, a swinging dance tune by the Sound of Jimmy Nicol, featuring the drummer who briefly replaced an ailing Ringo Starr during a tour in 1964 (this may explain why Nicol's drums are so far up in the mix), while members of the long-running U.K. pop band Blue Mink appear on the track "Beat Party" under the pseudonym the Underground, and John McLaughlin adds guitar licks to "Trans-Love Airways" by Big Jim Sullivan.

VA - Return Of The Instro-Hipsters, Vol. 2: Groovy Instrumentals From The UK 1965-1973 (2007)

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VA - Return Of The Instro-Hipsters, Vol. 2: Groovy Instrumentals From The UK 1965-1973 (2007)

VA - Return Of The Instro-Hipsters, Volume 2 (2007)
Groovy Instrumentals From The UK 1965-1973

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 344 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 128 Mb
Label: Psychic Circle | # PCCD7013 | Time: 00:56:06 | Scans ~ 64 Mb
Instrumental Pop/Rock, Jazz Pop, Lounge, Early R&B

Nick Saloman of the Bevis Frond once again invites us to join him in the obscure pleasures of little-known pop, R&B, and jazz instrumental sides of the '60s and '70s with this collection. A number of the selections featured on Return of the Instro-Hipsters are so obscure that even Saloman isn't sure just who is responsible for them (though he offers some educated guesses on the artists behind such names as Sharks, Oliver Bone, and the Masked Phantom), but there are a good share of solid grooves and kicky melodies to be found here from a number of gifted little-knowns. If you went to the movies in the '70s, "Soul Thing" by Tony Newman will sound familiar, while flautist Harold McNair solos over a Dave Brubeck-influenced piano groove on "The Hipster," Jerry Allen demonstrates new uses for game calls on "Fuzzy Duck," Thunder Road's synthesized version of "Peter Gunn" beats Art of Noise's variation on the theme by more than 15 years, "The Brooke Bond Beat" by Cliff Adams may be the most swingin' tea commercial ever, and the Outer Limits serve up some tough, moody rock, appropriately titled "Black Boots".