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Yasmin Levy - Sentir (2009)

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Yasmin Levy - Sentir (2009)

Yasmin Levy - Sentir (2009)
EAC Rip | FLAC (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 344 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 197 Mb
Full Scans | 00:45:00 | RAR 5% Recovery
World, Latin, Sephardic, Flamenco | Adama Music #AD20520

In Yasmin Levy’s music there is an undeniable tension between the purity of Ladino (the Judeo-Spanish music of Spain) and the fiery heart of flamenco. For her fourth album Sentir she has finally found a vision that integrates effortlessly these various musical directions. Produced by the acclaimed Javier Limón (who has worked previously with the likes of Portuguese fado star Mariza), the album’s programme draws songs not only from Ladino (’Mi Korason’, ’Londje de Mi’) and flamenco (Javier Limón’s ’Nos Llego El Final’) traditions but also contemporary material (by Javier, Yasmin) and even Leonard Cohen (in a remarkable and fresh version of ’Hallelujah’). An important factor in Yasmin’s life and musical direction has been the legacy of her father Yitzhak Levy, who died when Yasmin was only one year old. ’Una Pastora’ allows Yasmin, by the miracle of modern technology, to duet with him. With Sentir, Yasmin’s music truly becomes ’of the world’.

Julieta Venegas - MTV Unplugged (2008)

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Julieta Venegas - MTV Unplugged (2008)

Julieta Venegas - MTV Unplugged (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 414 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 144 Mb
Label: Sony BMG | # 88697308212 | Time: 00:57:06 | Scans included
Latin Pop/Rock, Alternative Singer/Songwriter, Mariachi

At the height of her decade-long rise to fame, Julieta Venegas released her first live album, MTV Unplugged, a star-studded and meticulously arranged performance recorded before 450 adoring fans in Mexico City. She performs her greatest hits, of course, but she also adds to her set list relatively obscure songs – most delightfully "Esta Vez," a ballad from her debut album, Aquí (1998) – and several new songs, including the international chart-topping lead single, "El Presente." As with many MTV Unplugged albums, guest stars are featured throughout; most noteworthy among them here are Spanish rapper Mala Rodríguez, who performs in the place of Chilean rapper Anita Tijoux on "Eres Para Mí," and Brazilian superstar Marisa Monte, who duets in Portuguese on "Ilusión" (a new song written by Venegas, Monte, and Arnaldo Antunes). Guest star or not, the performances are each interesting in their arrangements, which are generally quite different from their studio original counterparts.

Julieta Venegas - Otra Cosa (2010)

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Julieta Venegas - Otra Cosa (2010)

Julieta Venegas - Otra Cosa (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 266 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 106 Mb | Scans included
Label: Sony Music | # 88697659002 | Time: 00:38:33
Latin Pop/Rock, Alternative Singer/Songwriter, Ranchera

Otra Cosa, the eagerly awaited fifth studio album by Julieta Venegas, is remarkably similar to her previous two, Sí (2003) and Limón y Sal (2006). The similarity is remarkable because both those albums were all-around excellent, loaded with Latin pop hits and first-rate album tracks. There wasn't a bad track on either album, and Otra Cosa is likewise rock-solid, starting off with three fantastic songs in a row, "Amores Platónicos," "Bien o Mal," and "Despedida." Moreover, all three albums are similar in style, produced by Cachorro López and comprised of upbeat pop songs with clever lyrics, rich melodies, and a range of instrumentation (guitar, piano, accordion, and beats, above all). Otra Cosa was eagerly awaited in part because of the four years since Limón y Sal. During that time, Venegas became one of the most popular and critically acclaimed Latin pop artists in the world.

Airto Moreira - Fingers (1973) Japanese Remastered 2002

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Airto Moreira - Fingers (1973) Japanese Remastered 2002

Airto Moreira - Fingers (1973) Japanese Remastered 2002
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 262 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 105 Mb | Scans included
Fusion, Latin Jazz | Label: CTI/PJL | # MTCJ-4001 | Time: 00:35:27

The 1970s were banner years for Airto Moreira – not only because of his association with Chick Corea's Return to Forever and his work on wife Flora Purim's Milestone dates, but also, because of the generally superb work he did under Creed Taylor's supervision at CTI from 1972-74. One of the five-star gems that the Brazilian percussionist recorded for CTI was Fingers, which employs Purim on percussion and vocals, David Amaro on guitar, Hugo Fattoruso on keyboards and harmonica, Jorge Fattoruso on drums and Ringo Thielmann on electric bass. Produced by Taylor and recorded at Rudy Van Gelder's famous New Jersey studio, this LP demonstrates just how exciting and creative 1970s fusion could be. When Moreira and his colleagues blend jazz with Brazilian music, rock and funk on such cuts as "Wind Chant," "Tombo in 7/4" and "Romance of Death," the results are consistently enriching. Fingers is an album to savor.

Buena Vista Social Club - Buena Vista Social Club (1997)

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Buena Vista Social Club - Buena Vista Social Club (1997)

Buena Vista Social Club - Buena Vista Social Club (1997)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 366 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 153 Mb
Label: World Circuit | # WCD 050 | Time: 01:00:06 | Scans included
Son, Bolero, Descarga, Danzón, Guajira, Criolla, Afro-Cuban Jazz

Buena Vista Social Club is the debut album by the eponymous ensemble of Cuban musicians directed by Juan de Marcos González and American guitarist Ry Cooder. It was recorded at Havana's EGREM studios in March 1996 and released on September 16, 1997, on World Circuit. Despite its success, it remains the only standard studio album exclusively credited to the Buena Vista Social Club. Buena Vista Social Club earned considerable critical praise and has received numerous accolades from music writers and publications. In 2003, the album was ranked number 260 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time, one of only two albums on the list to be produced in a non-English speaking country. The album was also included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. The album was awarded the 1998 Grammy Award for Best Traditional Tropical Latin Album and Tropical/Salsa Album of the Year by a Group at the 1998 Billboard Latin Music Awards.

VA - The Story Of Bossa Nova (2000)

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VA - The Story Of Bossa Nova (2000)

VA - The Story Of Bossa Nova (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 355 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 173 Mb | Scans included | 00:55:21
Bossa Nova, Latin Jazz, Samba, Brazilian Pop | Label: EMI | # 7243 5 24335 2 0

The Story of Bossa Nova features 20 remastered original recordings from the late '50s/early '60s combined with a few modern interpretations of the genre, including 14 tracks written by composer Antonio Carlos Jobim. Taken from the vast EMI-Odeon archive of classic Brazilian music, this introductory set includes Marcos Valle's "Samba De Verao," Sylvia Telles' "Dindi," and the pre-Astrud Gilberto version of "Girl From Ipanema" by Pery Ribeiro.

Shakira - The Sun Comes Out (2010) [Japanese Edition]

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Shakira - The Sun Comes Out (2010) [Japanese Edition]

Shakira - The Sun Comes Out (2010) [Japanese Edition]
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 376 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 129 Mb | Scans ~ 135 Mb
Latin Pop, Dance Pop | Label: Sony Music Japan | # EICP 1435 | Time: 00:56:25

The English-titled version of Shakira's seventh studio album, The Sun Comes Out/Sale el Sol, features exactly the same 15 tracks as the Spanish edition, but with a different running order, as the collaborations with Dominican rapper El Cata ("Rabiosa", "Loca") are reduced to bonus track status in favor of the more well-known hookups with Pitbull and Dizzee Rascal, respectively, while the official 2010 World Cup theme, "Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)," swaps places on the track list with the "Esto Es África" version.

Shakira - Shakira (2014) [Japanese Edition]

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Shakira - Shakira (2014) [Japanese Edition]

Shakira - Shakira (2014) [Japanese Edition]
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 384 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 127 Mb | Scans ~ 139 Mb
Pop, Dance Pop, Latin Pop | Label: RCA/Sony Music | # SICP 4098 | Time: 00:55:18

Like many eponymous albums, Shakira's self-titled 2014 set marks a new beginning: a new album for a new label after she got a new job. The new job was as a co-host on the hit American televised musical contest The Voice, the new label was RCA, and the new album was her first full-fledged pop album since She Wolf, the rather brilliant, hard electronic dance record that stiffed in 2009. She bounced back in 2010 with Sale el Sol, but that album wasn't made with the U.S. market in mind, something that certainly can't be said of Shakira. Opening up with a duet with Rihanna, and later finding space for her Voice co-host Blake Shelton, Shakira is determined to appeal to all audiences here: don't like the relentless dance of "Dare (La La La)"? Stick around for the reggae collaboration with Magic! on "Cut Me Deep," or maybe the appealing faux-folk of "23" or the full-bore adult-pop assault of "The One Thing," which may be the best cut here.

Gipsy Kings - Love Songs (1996)

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Gipsy Kings - Love Songs (1996)

Gipsy Kings - Love Songs (1996)
EAC Rip | FLAC (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 404 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 166 Mb
Scans Included | 00:59:20 | RAR 5% Recovery
Latin, Flamenco | Columbia #484395 2 / 01-484395-10

Love Songs is a "best of" album by the French Rumba Catalana band Gipsy Kings, which was released in 1996. It includes the new unreleased song "Gitano Soy". A US release of this album has been released in 1998 for USA audience under the name Cantos de Amor. The Gipsy Kings are a group of flamenco, salsa and pop musicians from Arles and Montpellier in the south of France, who perform in Andalusian Spanish. Although group members were born in France, their parents were mostly gitanos, Spanish gypsies who fled Catalonia during the 1930s Spanish Civil War. They are known for bringing Catalan rumba, a pop-oriented music distantly derived from traditional flamenco music, to worldwide audiences.

Utah SO, Maurice Abravanel - Louis Moreau Gottschalk: A Night in the Tropics; Morton Gould: Latin American Symphonette (1995)

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Utah SO, Maurice Abravanel - Louis Moreau Gottschalk: A Night in the Tropics; Morton Gould: Latin American Symphonette (1995)

Gottschalk: A Night in the Tropics; Morton Gould: Latin American Symphonette (1995)
Reid Nibley, piano; Utah Symphony Orchestra; Maurice Abravanel, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 246 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 120 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Vanguard Classics | # SVC-9 | Time: 00:46:56

This program offers three lively, colorful, and captivating orchestral works by two United States composers, born almost a century apart. These pieces exhibit the fruitful exchange and flow of musical material between North and South America that has long played a role in popular music, apparent not only in commercial song and dance music using Latin American melodies and rhythms but also in early jazz and blues where tango rhythms are so often heard, as in W. C. Handy's St. Louis Blues. And both Gottschalk in the 1850s, close to the beginning of a creative American musical tradition, and Gould in the 1950s, when such a tradition had flowered considerably, show a combination of seriousness of approach with a popular touch.

Santa Esmeralda - The Best (1993)

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Santa Esmeralda - The Best (1993)

Santa Esmeralda - The Best (1993)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 503 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 193 Mb | Scans included
Disco, Pop, Latin | Label: Versailles, Sony | # VER 474233 2 | Time: 01:16:13

As disco became an important part of the international music business, European producers began working in exotic flavors into the disco beat to create unique and competitive recordings. A good example of this trend is Santa Esmeralda, a Spanish-themed studio group that wove elements of flamenco, salsa, and other Latin musical styles into its Euro-disco sound. Although the group's sound was about as genuinely Spanish as Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass (Santa Esmeralda was the brainchild of French record producers), the result was a crossover success that spawned several club-favorite albums and a notable pop hit in the band's Latinized cover of "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood".

Alceu Valenca - Espelho Cristalino (1977) Reissue 1999

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Alceu Valenca - Espelho Cristalino (1977) Reissue 1999

Alceu Valença - Espelho Cristalino (1977) Reissue 1999
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 209 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 76 Mb | Scans included
MPB, Brazilian Rock, Folk-Prog | Label: Gala | # 4202-2 | Time: 00:29:44

This is the CD reissue of the third solo album recorded by Alceu Valença in 1977. Here he had also consolidated his style, a mix of strong references to his northeastern roots and electric pop/rock, and it's swinging and hot throughout. While later albums sometimes slipped to some inexpressive commercial pop effects, this release is fully dedicated to artistic creation, where Valença really achieved important results for the advancement of the tradition. The album brings "Espelho Cristalino," collected and adapted from the folklore of Alagoas, which became a hit.

Chico Buarque - Construcao (1971)

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Chico Buarque - Construcao (1971)

Chico Buarque - Construção (1971)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 227 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 128 Mb | Scans included
Label: EmArcy, Universal Music | # 836 013-2 | Time: 00:31:11
MPB, Samba, Bossa Nova, Brazilian Jazz

Chico Buarque's fifth album for Philips is a classic, where nearly all the songs became hits. Buarque was featured in an acoustic setting, almost completely aloof from the tropicália movement (the courageous orchestration of Construção is very reminiscent of the influential work by Rogério Duprat). He delved into the Brazilian tradition of sambas and romantic or doleful songs, coming up with "Deus Lhe Pague" and "Construção," both having strong lyrics subliminally criticizing the military dictatorship; "Cotidiano," existentially thematic, revolving around the man-woman relationship routine; "Olha Maria" (written with Tom Jobim and Vinícius de Moraes), a sad separation farewell; "Samba de Orly," a reference to the French airport and city that became paradigms of the exiled Brazilians; "Valsinha," a beautiful love story; and other immortal songs in which the genius of the composer meets sensitively and reverently the heart of the Brazilian feel.

Michael Franks - Time Together (2011) Japanese Press

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Michael Franks - Time Together (2011) Japanese Press

Michael Franks - Time Together (2011) Japanese Press
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 399 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 172 Mb | Scans included | 00:56:57
Smooth Jazz, Latin Jazz, Bossa Nova, Vocal Jazz | Label: Shanachie/WHD | # IECP-10243

Jazz singer/songwriter Michael Franks is an artist most jazz fans feel strongly about one way or another. His unique, romantic poet-cum-laid-back hipster approach to jazz signing is breezy, light, and languid. It's also uniquely his own, though deeply influenced by Brazilian jazz, bossa, and samba. Time Together, his first recording of new material in five years – and his debut for Shanachie – is unlikely to change anyone's opinion of him, but that doesn't mean this is a rote recording. Time Together is an airy, groove-ridden summer travelog that ranges from St. Tropez and New York to Paris, France, and Egypt; it journeys through the nostalgic past and finds space in the present moment, with cleverly notated, languorous, ironic observations about life. Franks split the production and arranging duties between Charles Blenzig, Gil Goldstein, Chuck Loeb, Scott Petito, and Mark Egan. The rest of the international cast on this polished 11-song set includes old friends and new faces David Spinozza, Mike Mainieri, David Mann, Eric Marienthal, Till Brönner, Alex Spiagin, Jerry Marotta, Billy Kilson, Romero Lubambo, and backing vocalist Veronica Nunn.

Opa - Goldenwings (1976) + Magic Time (1977) [2 LP on 1 CD, 1997]

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Opa - Goldenwings (1976) + Magic Time (1977) [2 LP on 1 CD, 1997]

Opa - Goldenwings (1976) + Magic Time (1977) [2 LP on 1 CD, 1997]
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 467 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 179 Mb | Scans included
Fusion, Latin Jazz, Jazz-Rock, Candombe | Label: Milestone | # MCD-47074-2 | 01:14:19

In 1997, it came as a quite a surprise when Fantasy reissued Opa's albums Golden Wings (1976) and Magic Time (1977) on a single 74-minute CD – surprising because the fusion trio had only a very small following; its albums were far from big sellers, and the original LP versions were in print for only a few years. If one notices some similarity between the melodic blend of jazz, rock, funk, pop, and Brazilian music heard on this disc and Airto Moreira's CTI dates of the 1970s, it's no coincidence – Moreira produced both Golden Wings and Magic Time and plays percussion on both of them. Opa members Hugh Fattoruso (keyboards, vocals), George Fattoruso (drums, vocals, percussion), and Ringo Thielmann (bass, vocals) often worked with the percussionist and his wife, Flora Purim, in the 1970s, and his influence clearly rubbed off. It's regrettable that Opa were never as commercially successful as either Moreira or Purim, although this CD points to the fact that it wasn't due to a lack of rewarding material.