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Spirit - The Family That Plays Together (1968) [Audio Fidelity, Remastered 2017]

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Spirit - The Family That Plays Together (1968) [Audio Fidelity, Remastered 2017]

Spirit - The Family That Plays Together (1968)
Mastered by Steve Hoffman and Stephen Marsh, 2017
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 301 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 130 Mb | Scans ~ 123 Mb | 00:56:51
Classic Rock, Hard Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Prog-Rock | Label: Audio Fidelity | # AFZ 260

On this, the second Spirit album, the group put all of the elements together that made them the legendary (and underrated) band that they were. Jazz, rock & roll, and even classical elements combined to create one of the cleanest, most tasteful syntheses of its day. The group had also improved measurably from their fine debut album, especially in the area of vocals. The album's hit single, "I Got a Line on You," boasts especially strong harmonies as well as one of the greatest rock riffs of the period. The first side of this record is a wonderful and seamless suite, and taken in its entirety, one of the greatest sides on Los Angeles rock. The CD reissue also boasts some excellent bonus tracks. "So Little to Say" is one of Jay Ferguson's finest compositions ever, and the jazz-inspired instrumentals such as "Fog" and "Space Chile" showcase pianist John Locke as one of the most inspired and lyrical players in the rock idiom to date. All in all, a classic album and a true landmark.

Spirit - Spirit (1968) [Audio Fidelity, Remastered 2017]

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Spirit - Spirit (1968) [Audio Fidelity, Remastered 2017]

Spirit - Spirit (1968) Mastered by Steve Hoffman, 2017
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 353 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 146 Mb | Scans ~ 120 Mb | 01:03:52
Classic Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Prog-Rock | Label: Audio Fidelity | # AFZ 520

Spirit's 1968 debut album spent more than six months on the Billboard album charts and received heavy airplay on underground FM radio. Their music was part of the core, essence, and heartbeat of the the hippie, psychedelic, counter culture movement. The album is timeless, as fresh today as when it first appeared. The band could play more styles than almost any other group. On Spirit they unveiled a mélange of rock, jazz, blues, folk-rock, and even a bit of classical and Indian music. The music is experimental. The vocals flow as easily as the instrumentals. Spirit struck a careful balance between disciplined studio chops, jazz improvisation, and driving rock and roll. Guitar prodigy Randy California is a clear standout, but the other band members are superb as well; John Locke's shimmering keyboards, Mark Andes' subsonic wall of bass, and Ed Cassidy's precision drumming. Big credit has to go to lead singer Jay Fergusson, whose phrasing is always just right with a wonderful spontaneous feel. The Marty Paich string arrangements are sublime.

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.

Fairport Convention - Rosie (1973) Expanded Remastered 2004

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Fairport Convention - Rosie (1973) Expanded Remastered 2004

Fairport Convention - Rosie (1973) Expanded Remastered 2004
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 320 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 139 Mb | Scans included | 00:56:23
British Folk-Rock, Progressive Folk, Psychedelic | Label: Island | # IMCD 309, 982 150-2

"Rosie" is the eighth studio album by folk-rock outfit Fairport Convention, released in 1973. The album was the first to feature Australian singer-songwriter guitarist Trevor Lucas and American lead guitarist Jerry Donahue. Both had previously played with ex-Fairport Sandy Denny, to whom Lucas was married, in the short-lived Fotheringay. Here they had effectively replaced Simon Nicol who had quit Fairport to join another ex-member Ashley Hutchings in The Albion Band, thus leaving the band with no original members until he rejoined in 1976. Remastered reissue includes previously unreleased bonus tracks, 'Matthew, Mark, Luke, & John' (Live), 'The Hen's March Through the Midden…' (Live), 'Rosie' (Live), & 'The Claw' (Live).

Gentle Giant - Acquiring the Taste (1971/2020)

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Gentle Giant - Acquiring the Taste (1971/2020)

Gentle Giant - Acquiring the Taste (1971/2020)
FLAC (tracks) - 175 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 90 MB
39:22 | Prog Rock | Label: Alucard

A high-end, limited edition 180g black vinyl release in a gatefold sleeve featuring original artwork and including all lyrics! To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the release of their debut album, and to meet fans' repeated requests, prog rock icons Gentle Giant are releasing their first four albums as special vinyl editions. Their second album, Acquiring The Taste, was originally released in the summer of 1971, and was produced by Tony Visconti, like their debut album. The tracks on the album are less blues and soul inspired, and more experimental and varied; in the words of the band, more 'unique, adventurous and fascinating'.

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.

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.

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.

Improved Sound Limited - Road Trax (2002)

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Improved Sound Limited - Road Trax (2002)

Improved Sound Limited - Road Trax (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 310 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 138 Mb | Scans included
Soundtracks, Psychedelic Rock, Krautrock | Label: Long Hair | # LHC 00017 | 00:44:07

Improved Sound Limited is a German krautrock group formed in 1961. The band started at Willstätter School in Nuremberg with the name "Pyjamas Skiffle Group". From 1964 to 1966, they changed their name to "Blizzards" and backed pop singer Roy Black at 33 shows. The name "Improved Sound Limited" appears at 1966 and remains, except for a brief period during 1976 when CBS advised them to change to the name "Condor". The band specialized in making soundtracks for German television series and for the films from the directors Michael Verhoeven and Wim Wenders. Properly speaking, Bernd Linstädt wasn't a musician of the group, but he wrote all the lyrics and had a real impact on the band. This CD for traveling, for journeys through the wide, open country. Cues for films by Wim Wenders and Erwin Keusch, specifically: "Kings of the Road", "The Baker's Bread" and "As Far As The Eye Can See". The music was chosen by the band for long trips, the "band's cut" if you will, marked by lots of melancholy, power and the knowledge that even in music, to quote a German proverb, "the journey is the goal".

Soft Machine - NDR Jazz Workshop: Hamburg, Germany 1973 (2010) CD+DVD

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Soft Machine - NDR Jazz Workshop: Hamburg, Germany 1973 (2010) CD+DVD

Soft Machine - NDR Jazz Workshop: Hamburg, Germany 1973 (2010) CD+DVD
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 495 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 181 Mb | Time: 01:18:53
DVD9 | VIDEO_TS | NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | Audio: LPCM 2.0 | 01:14:15 | ~ 5.1 Gb
Label: Cuneiform | # Rune 305/306 | Scans ~ 113 Mb
Canterbury Scene, Jazz Rock, Fusion, Prog-Rock, Art Rock, Psychedelic

Soft Machine were one of the very first groups to fuse Jazz with Rock in the late 60s and were hugely appreciated in Europe for their unique sound. This previously unreleased show was recorded for Germany's famous NDR Jazz Workshop series featuring the line-up of Mike Ratledge, Karl Jenkins, Roy Babbington and John Marshall with Art Themen and Gary Boyle. This long sought-after performance has never been seen since its original broadcast in 1973 and is the highest quality video document that exists of the group, featuring clear and beautiful visuals and superb live stereo sound!

Roger Waters - The Dark Side of the Moon Redux (2023)

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Roger Waters - The Dark Side of the Moon Redux (2023)

Roger Waters - The Dark Side of the Moon Redux (2023)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks, cue, log) - 290 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 139 MB
47:50 | Full Scans Included | Rock, Prog Rock | Label: SGB Music Limited

To celebrate the 50th Anniversary year of ‘The Dark Side Of The Moon’, Roger Waters announces the release of his homage to the original, ‘The Dark Side Of The Moon Redux’ Waters says ‘when we recorded the stripped down songs for the Lockdown Sessions, the 50th anniversary of the release of The Dark Side Of The Moon was looming on the horizon. It occurred to me that The Dark Side Of The Moon could well be a suitable candidate for a similar re-working, partly as a tribute to the original work, but also to re-address the political and emotional message of the whole album. I discussed it with Gus and Sean, and when we’d stopped giggling and shouting ‘You must be ****ing mad’ at one another we decided to take it on.

Scott Walker - Bish Bosch (2012)

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Scott Walker - Bish Bosch (2012)

Scott Walker - Bish Bosch (2012)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 416 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 172 Mb | Scans included
Avant-Garde, Experimental Rock, Art Rock | Label: 4AD | # CAD3220CD | 01:13:04

Bish Bosch is, according to Scott Walker, the final recording in the trilogy that began with 1995’s Tilt and continued in 2006’s The Drift. Its title combines urban slang for the word "bitch" and the last name of Dutch painter Hieronymus Bosch. Like its predecessors, Bish Bosch is not an easy listen initially. It's utterly strange, yet alluring. Musically, Walker is as rangy and cagey as ever. His players have worked with him since Tilt; they know exactly what he wants and how to get it. A string orchestra arranged and conducted by keyboardist Mark Warman, and a full symphony on three cuts are also employed. The lyrics on Bish Bosch are full of obscure historical, philosophical, medical, geographical and cultural allusions. For instance, subatomic science, a dwarf jester in Attila the Hun’s court, St. Simeon, and an early 20th century fad all appear in "SDSS14+3B (Zircon, A Flagpole Sitter)." Elsewhere, Nicolai Ceausescu, Nikita Khrushchev, the Ku Klux Klan, and God himself show up. While Bish Bosch is another exercise in artful pretension, it is the most accessible entry in this trilogy and well worth the effort to get at it. Themes of decay are woven throughout these songs – of empire, of the body, of language and religion – yet they are often complemented and illustrated by wry, pun-like, and even scatological humor.

Celeste - The Complete Recordings 1969-1977 (2010) 4CD Box Set

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Celeste - The Complete Recordings 1969-1977 (2010) 4CD Box Set

Celeste - The Complete Recordings 1969-1977 (2010) 4CD Box Set
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 1.54 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 594 Mb | Scans ~ 371 Mb
Progressive Rock, RPI | Label: AMS | # AMS167CD | Time: 04:19:36

Finally on a 4CD-box, the complete works of Celeste, starting from Il Sistema to Saint Tropez! Many records in this box were out of print for a long time! Stunning bonus tracks included! Apart from the classic and seminal recordings of Il Sistema (including one track that would later become 'Zarathustra' of Museo Rosenbach and originally was featured only on the vinyl version of Viaggio Senza Andata), this deluxe box set features their symphonic magnum opus 'Principe Di Un Giorno', but also the haunting 'Celeste 2' and the follow-up project 'Saint Tropez'. All tracks have been carefully remastered by Celeste's Ciro Perrino. But the most incredible bonus is the original and complete demo recording for the Celeste debut called 'Prince Of One Day', recorded with a female singer and with English lyrics. A stunning historical document! This limited oversized deluxe box-set also features a huge, glossy 44-page book with the complete history of Celeste and the Liguria prog-scene with more than 100 rare pictures, directly from Ciro Perrino's archive.

VA - Music Of The Millennium (2000) 2CDs

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VA - Music Of The Millennium (2000) 2CDs

VA - Music Of The Millennium (2000) 2CD
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 1 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 377 Mb | Scans included
Label: Universal/Polystar | # 560 948-2, 560 949-2 | Time: 02:37:06
Genre: Rock, Pop/Rock, R&B, Disco

2000 2-CD set featuring 39 classic timeless hits from the millennium including Queen, The Rolling Stones, Peter Gabriel, John Lennon, Paul McCartney & Wings, David Bowie, The Who, Elton John, The Beach Boys, Simon And Garfunkel, Derek & The Dominoes, Prince, U2, Bon Jovi, Blondie, Oasis, Lenny Kravitz, Simple Minds, Supertramp, Dire Straits, Tina Turner, Bob Marley, UB40, Kate Bush, Phil Collins, Roxy Music, Rod Stewart, Bee Gees, Michael Jackson, Abba, Janet Jackson, Diana Ross, Marvin Gaye, Barry White, Pet Shop Boys, George Michael, Massive Attack, Texas.

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.