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Roger Taylor - Best (2014)

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Roger Taylor - Best (2014)

Roger Taylor - Best (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 502 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 188 Mb | Scans included
Label: Omnivore Recordings/Hollywood | # OVCD-105, 816651016587 | Time: 01:12:52
Classic Rock, Prog-Rock, Art Rock, Pop/Rock, Dance-Rock, New Wave

The first-ever single-disc anthology of Queen drummer Roger Taylor's solo material, 2014's Best brings together tracks off all five of his studio albums. The collection follows-up the more exhaustive 2013 box-set, The Lot, and features cuts from 1981's Fun in Space, 1984's Strange Frontier, 1994's Happiness?, 1998's Electric Fire, and 2013's Fun on Earth. While primarily known for his commanding drum presence with Queen, Taylor is also a strong rock singer and talented songwriter, responsible for penning such Queen hits as "Radio Ga Ga," "Breakthru," "These Are the Days of Our Lives," and others. Vocally, Taylor has a throatier, more gravelly presence on the microphone than Queen's highly resonant, operatic frontman Freddie Mercury. In that sense, he often brings to mind the sound of such similarly inclined contemporaries as the Who's Roger Daltrey, Mott the Hoople's Ian Hunter, and Deep Purple's Ian Gillan. Perhaps not surprisingly, many of the cuts here sound like they could easily have ended up on a Queen album, and tracks like "Let’s Get Crazy," "Man on Fire," and "Strange Frontier" showcase the same synth-driven, pop/rock approach Queen was championing in the '80s.

Roger Taylor (Queen) - Solo Studio Albums Collection 1981-1998 (4CD) Japanese Releases

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Roger Taylor (Queen) - Solo Studio Albums Collection 1981-1998 (4CD) Japanese Releases

Roger Taylor (Queen) - Solo Studio Albums 1981-1998 (4CD) Japanese Releases
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 1.23 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 445 Mb | Scans ~ 186 Mb
Classic Rock, Hard Rock, Prog-Rock, Art Rock, Dance-Rock | Time: 03:14:11

Drummer and songwriter best known as a member of million-selling album hard rock/glam band Queen. Collection includes: Fun In Space (1981); Strange Frontier (1984); Happiness? (1994); Electric Fire (1998).

Emerson, Lake & Palmer - Fanfare For The Common Man: The Anthology (2001)

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Emerson, Lake & Palmer - Fanfare For The Common Man: The Anthology (2001)

Emerson, Lake & Palmer - Fanfare For The Common Man: The Anthology (2001) 2CDs
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 901 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 322 Mb | Scans ~ 81 Mb
Art Rock, Progressive Rock, Fusion | Label: Castle/Sanctuary | # CMEDD110 | Time: 02:21:08

24 track anthology for one of the most phenomenally successful acts of the early to mid 1970s. Digitally remastered from original tapes and compiled in conjunction with the band. Highlights include, 'Fanfare For The Common Man', 'The Barbarian', 'Take A Pebble' and 'Lucky Man'.

Spooky Tooth - The Best Of Spooky Tooth (1975)

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Spooky Tooth - The Best Of Spooky Tooth (1975)

Spooky Tooth - The Best Of Spooky Tooth (1975)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 325 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 140 Mb | Scans included
Label: Island Masters | # 842688-2, IMCD 74 | Time: 00:56:46
Classic Rock, Hard Rock, Blues-Rock, Prog-Rock

Four of the 13 tracks on Island's The Best of Spooky Tooth come from 1969's Spooky Two album, while the remaining tracks represent the band's less celebrated material. Spooky Tooth's mellow, easy blues-rock sound is experienced from the first track, a slick rendition of John D. Loudermilk's "Tobacco Road." Most of the band's peak material is included here, like "Better by You, Better by Me" and "Evil Woman." The dreamy, psychedelic-tinged "It's All About a Roundabout" is one of the album's best songs, proving the band could be adventurous at will. Much in the same manner is "As Long as the World Keeps Changing," with its hippie-like hallucinatory feel. Versions of the Beatles' "I Am the Walrus" and the Band's "The Weight" are covered peculiarly, but not terribly, chock full of Spooky Tooth's own laid-back formula. Missed is the greyish "Hangman Hang My Shell on a Tree" from Spooky Two, which would have made a nice addition to the set. Nevertheless, this best-of does present listeners with Spooky Tooth's most worthwhile songs. The band's unconventional sound and eased style is prevalent on each of the tracks offered here.

Mike Oldfield - The Complete Mike Oldfield (1985) 2CD, Japanese Press

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Mike Oldfield - The Complete Mike Oldfield (1985) 2CD, Japanese Press

Mike Oldfield - The Complete Mike Oldfield (1985) 2CD
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 640 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 270 Mb | Scans ~ 133 Mb
Art Rock, Prog-Rock, Progressive Electronic | Label: Virgin | # VJD-1001~2 | 01:58:04

In 1973, Mike Oldfield burst onto the British music scene with his debut album Tubular Bells, two long instrumental suites in which Oldfield stitched together a series of melodies into a grandly scaled work in which he played the many instruments himself. The album was an audacious beginning to a career than saw him become one of the most respected artists in progressive rock, as well as a successful film composer. The Complete Mike Oldfield is a collection released in 1985 which features selections from his first ten solo albums, as well as highlights from his score for the film The Killing Fields.

The Alan Parsons Project - The Essential Alan Parsons Project (2007) 2CD Japanese Release

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The Alan Parsons Project - The Essential Alan Parsons Project (2007) 2CD Japanese Release

The Alan Parsons Project - The Essential Alan Parsons Project (2007) 2CDs
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 966 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 351 Mb | Scans ~ 86 mb
Art Rock, Prog-Rock, Pop/Rock | Label: BMG Japan | # BVCM-35558/9 | Time: 02:33:32

2007 digitally remastered two CD compilation from the outfit formed by producer Alan Parsons. The Alan Parsons Project was originally launched 30 years ago as a studio-only band, and through the vinyl age, they where held in high esteem as real music innovators. This double disc set is a 34 track collection coming at a time when concept albums and progressive rock are experiencing a major resurgence. All tracks are newly remastered from the original tapes, and in full co-operation with Alan Parsons and main vocalist Eric Woolfson. Feature 'Time', 'Eye In The Sky', 'Games People Play', 'I Robot' and many others.

VA - Ultimate ROCK: 4CDs Of Great Rock Music (2015)

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VA - Ultimate ROCK: 4CDs Of Great Rock Music (2015)

VA - Ultimate ROCK: 4CDs Of Great Rock Music (2015)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 2 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 648 Mb | Scans ~ 42 Mb
Rock (variety of styles) | Label: Sony Music | # 88875085792 | Time: 04:43:44

Ultimate Rock: 72 of the biggest rock anthems and harder to find rarities across 4 CDs, all housed in a fold out cardboard digi-pack sleeve. Alice Cooper, Argent, Blue Oyster Cult, Kansas, Judas Priest, Mott The Hoople, David Bowie, Primal Scream, Meat Loaf, The Stranglers, Santana, Manic Street Preachers, Jeff Buckley, Ted Nugent, Joe Satriani, Al Stewart, Cheap Trick, Spirit, Johnny Winter, The Guess Who, Fleetwood Mac and more, and more…

Kitaro - Albums Collection 1979-1993 (13CD) [Geffen Records Releases]

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Kitaro - Albums Collection 1979-1993 (13CD) [Geffen Records Releases]

Kitaro - Albums Collection 1979-1993 (13CD) [Geffen Records Releases]
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 3.3 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 1.55 Gb | Scans included
New Age, Ambient, Progressive Electronic, World Fusion, Prog-Rock | Time: 10:51:40

Kitaro's universally acknowledged as the founding architect of new age music. The Grammy and Golden Globe Award-Winning Kitaro has achieved global acclaim over a more than three decade long career with a signature sound and a pioneering fusion of cultures, techniques and spheres of consciousness that are truly his own.

VA - Rock Classics Top 100 (2007) 6CD Box Set

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VA - Rock Classics Top 100 (2007) 6CD Box Set

VA - Rock Classics Top 100 (2007) 6CD Box Set
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 2.68 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 947 Mb | Scans ~ 16 mb
Label: Universal Music | # 984 534-4 | Time: 06:53:19
Classic Rock, Hard Rock, Blues-Rock, Prog-Rock, Soft Rock

100 tracks. Status Quo, Uriah Heep, Slade, The Allman Brothers Band, Thin Lizzy, The Guess Who, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Atomic Rooster, The Moody Blues, Steppenwolf, Blue Oyster Cult, Santana, Rainbow, Lou Reed, Kiss, Toto, Ted Nugent, Electric Light Orchestra, Iggy Pop, Rush, Motorhead, Cheap Trick, Judas Priest, REO Speedwagon, Yngwie Malmsteen, Soundgarden, Accept, Alice Cooper, Dio and more, and more…

Gong - Best Of Gong (1996)

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Gong - Best Of Gong (1996)

Gong - Best Of Gong (1996)
EAC | XLD | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 486 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 188 Mb | Scans ~ 68 Mb | 01:18:18
Prog-Rock, Canterbury Scene, Art Rock, Psychedelic, Space Rock | Mantra | # 111-9611

French exclusive 13-track CD album compiling the best work from the legendary progressive freaksters including key cuts from Camembert Electrique Flying Teapot and Angels Egg; sealed digipak sleeve. Anarchic, experimental, and whimsical ensemble originally led by guitarist Daevid Allen, a founding member of the Soft Machine.

Journey - Time3 (aka Time Cubed) (1992) 3CD Box Set

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Journey - Time3 (aka Time Cubed) (1992) 3CD Box Set

Journey - Time3 (aka Time Cubed) (1992) 3CD Box Set
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 1.43 Gb | Time: 03:48:32 | Scans ~ 35 Mb
Classic Rock, Hard Rock, AOR, Soft Rock, Prog-Rock | Label: Columbia | # CXK 65159

Time3 (also known as Time Cubed) is a 1992 three-CD box set by the American rock band Journey. The tracks are arranged chronologically and include both studio and live tracks. A booklet documenting the band's history and song details is included. With the box set can be heard the progression of the band from the early days with heavy influences from Gregg Rolie, Aynsley Dunbar, and Neal Schon (1974–1977), to the changes the band made with the addition of Jonathan Cain and Steve Perry (1978–1983), to the differences of the band after 1983, including Neal's Jazz influences and the album Raised on Radio. The box also features several unreleased Journey songs, alternate versions or even demos such as "Velvet Curtain", the very early (incomplete) version of "Feeling That Way" before Perry rebuilt the whole song structure.

Magna Carta - Songs from Wasties Orchard (1971) Reissue 1994

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Magna Carta - Songs from Wasties Orchard (1971) Reissue 1994

Magna Carta - Songs from Wasties Orchard (1971) Reissue 1994
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 220 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 103 Mb | Scans included
Folk-Rock, Prog-Rock, Art Rock | Label: Repertoire | # REP 4447-WP | 00:35:36

Magna Carta's third album was the first with guitarist Davey Johnstone on board, one reason for its subsequent immortality in collecting circles. Another is the extravagant packaging that accompanied the original Vertigo release – the gatefold sleeve was designed to open up like a box, with a layer of apples (from Wasties Orchard, of course) within. Add a crystalline Gus Dudgeon production and, of course, the popularity among collectors of the original swirly Vertigo label design, and Songs from Wasties Orchard emerges a seldom seen but much sought-after gem. For anybody familiar with the group's first two albums, Magna Carta's own style remained constant, a collection of beautifully stylized folk ballads sung and gently strummed with a warmth and versatility that saw the group endure (and, presumably, enjoy) constant comparisons to mid-period Simon & Garfunkel. The addition of Johnstone to the original duo does little to derail those remarks – indeed, his own musical versatility puts one firmly in mind of the Americans' more ambitious moments, as mandolins, sitars, and harpsichords dance behind Glen Stewart and Chris Simpson's magically melded vocal harmonies.

Harmonium - Albums Collection 1974-1980 (6CD)

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Harmonium - Albums Collection 1974-1980 (6CD)

Harmonium - Albums Collection 1974-1980 (6CD)
EAC | FLAC (Cue&Log) ~ 1.5 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 630 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Progressive Rock, Progressive Folk, Folk Rock | Time: 04:21:58

Collection includes all three studio albums and one live album by Canadian progressive folk-rock band Harmonium. In 2007, all three of Harmonium's studio albums were named among the 100 greatest Canadian albums of all time in Bob Mersereau's book The Top 100 Canadian Albums.

Styx - The Grand Illusion (1977)

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Styx - The Grand Illusion (1977)

Styx - The Grand Illusion (1977)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 226 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 89 Mb | Scans ~ 47 Mb
Classic Rock, Progressive Rock, Hard Rock | Label: A&M | # CD-3223 | Time: 00:39:01

Other than being their first platinum-selling album, The Grand Illusion led Styx steadfastly into the domain of AOR rock. Built on the strengths of "Come Sail Away"'s ballad-to-rock metamorphosis, which gained them their second Top Ten hit, and on the high harmonies of newcomer Tommy Shaw throughout "Fooling Yourself," The Grand Illusion introduced Styx to the gates of commercial stardom. The pulverized growl of "Miss America" reveals the group's guitar-savvy approach to six-string rock, while De Young pretentiously struts his singing prowess throughout the title track. Shaw's induction into the band has clearly settled, and his guitar work, along with James Young's, is full and extremely sharp where it matters most. Even the songwriting is more effluent than Crystal Ball, which was released one year earlier, shedding their mystical song motifs for a more audience-pleasing lyric and chord counterpoise. Reaching number six on the album charts, The Grand Illusion was the first to display the gelled accomplishments of both Tommy Shaw and Dennis De Young as a tandem.

California Guitar Trio - A Christmas Album (2002)

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California Guitar Trio - A Christmas Album (2002)

California Guitar Trio - A Christmas Album (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 171 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 83 Mb | Scans ~ 37 Mb
Label: Inside Out Music | # IOMCD 114, IOMACD 2050, 6 93723 65422 5 | Time: 00:34:12
Acoustic Guitar, Neo-Classical, Christmas, Holidays, Instrumental Rock

Not that there is an abundance of progressive rock-tinged acoustic guitar trios among the ranks, but this aggregation stands tall among its peers as the guitarists' inventiveness surges forward with this altogether warmhearted reckoning of Christmas carols and other pleasantries. The guitarists' nimble yet at times forceful approach is wholly evident during their highly rhythmic spin on "Jingle Bells." They perform the classic "Greensleeves" with a sensitive, chamber-like approach while also tackling the Lennon/Ono favorite "Happy X-Mas (War Is Over)." However, part of the magic resides within the trio's ability to delve into the inherent frameworks of each song, while also reformulating themes and rhythms into personalized statements. Essentially, the artists have produced a rather poignant Christmas outing, awash with interweaving lines and lilting harmonies, as they complement their superior artisanship and forward-thinking deployments with a cheerfully rendered collection of holiday favorites.