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Janet Jackson - Rhythm Nation 1814 (1989) [Japanese 1st Press]

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Janet Jackson - Rhythm Nation 1814 (1989) [Japanese 1st Press]

Janet Jackson - Rhythm Nation 1814 (1989) Japanese 1st Press
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 457 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 149 Mb | Scans ~ 101 Mb
R&B, New Jack Swing, Pop | Label: A&M | # PCCY-10001 | Time: 01:04:32

After shocking the R&B world with 1986's Control – a gutsy, risk-taking triumph that was a radical departure from her first two albums – Michael and Jermaine Jackson's younger sister reached an even higher artistic plateau with the conceptual Rhythm Nation 1814. Once again, she enlists the help of Time graduates Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis (one of the more soulful production/songwriting teams of 1980s and '90s R&B) with wildly successful results. In 1989, protest songs were common in rap but rare in R&B – Janet Jackson, following rap's lead, dares to address social and political topics on "The Knowledge," the disturbing "State of the World," and the poignant ballad "Living in a World" (which decries the reality of children being exposed to violence). Jackson's voice is wafer-thin, and she doesn't have much of a range – but she definitely has lots of soul and spirit and uses it to maximum advantage on those gems as well as nonpolitical pieces ranging from the Prince-influenced funk/pop of "Miss You Much" and "Alright" to the caressing, silky ballads "Someday Is Tonight," "Alone," and "Come Back to Me" to the pop/rock smoker "Black Cat." For those purchasing their first Janet Jackson release, Rhythm Nation would be an even wiser investment than Control – and that's saying a lot.

Paula Abdul - 10 Great Songs (2011)

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Paula Abdul - 10 Great Songs (2011)

Paula Abdul - 10 Great Songs (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 303 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 103 Mb | Scans included
Pop, Dance-Pop, R’n’B | Label: Virgin | # 5099908324924 | Time: 00:39:14

As far as budget-line compilations are considered, 10 Great Songs is as straightforward as it gets. The disc contains Paula Abdul's first ten charting singles, from “Knocked Out” through “Vibeology.” That means that each one of her six consecutive number one singles – “Straight Up,” “Forever Your Girl,” “Cold Hearted,” “Opposites Attract,” “Rush, Rush,” and “The Promise of a New Day” – is included. “It’s Just the Way That You Love Me” and “Blowing Kisses in the Wind,” both of which reached the Top Ten, are here as well. This is all that most casual Abdul fans could possibly need.

Gloria Estefan - Into The Light (1991)

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Gloria Estefan - Into The Light (1991)

Gloria Estefan - Into The Light (1991)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 426 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 158 Mb | Scans ~ 108 Mb
Adult Contemporary, Dance Pop, Latin Pop | Label: Epic | # 467782 2 | 01:08:50

In early 1990, when she was one of the biggest pop stars in the world, Gloria Estefan suffered a broken vertebrae when her tour bus was struck in an accident, and her miraculous recovery from that near tragedy greatly informed her successive album, Into the Light. Though often noted as a "comeback" album, that descriptor is misleading. Yes, Into the Light is a comeback – a comeback from her accident, that is. It's not a comeback in the sense that her previous album, Cuts Both Ways, had been a failure or even a disappointment. No, Estefan hadn't fallen off, so to speak, with that album. Quite the opposite. It was a monster hit, breaking into the Top Ten and scoring a couple of high-charting ballads: "Don't Wanna Lose You" and "Here We Are." It also marked a drastic shift away from the unabashed dance-pop of her Miami Sound Machine output toward a more respectable adult contemporary appeal. This shift affected not only her image but also her audience as a result, and that shift is even more apparent on Into the Light. In fact, the shift seems complete, as this is full-fledged adult contemporary album with serious themes and toned-down production.

C + C Music Factory - Bang That Beat: Best Of C + C Music Factory (2009)

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C + C Music Factory - Bang That Beat: Best Of C + C Music Factory (2009)

C + C Music Factory - Bang That Beat: Best Of C + C Music Factory (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 578 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 196 Mb | Scans included
Hip House, Dance, Electronic, Funk | Label: Camden/Sony | # 88697634602 | 01:18:20

2009 collection from this late '80s/early '90s Dance/Club project led by producers Robert Clivilles and David Cole. C+C Music Factory earned a total of 35 music industry awards worldwide, including five Billboard Awards, five American Music Awards, and two MTV Video Music Awards. Features 15 tracks including 'Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)', 'Just A Touch Of Love (Everyday)' and 'Things That Make You Go Hmmmm….'.

Blood, Sweat & Tears - Mirror Image (1974) + New City (1975) 2 CD set, Remastered 2010

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Blood, Sweat & Tears - Mirror Image (1974) + New City (1975) 2 CD set, Remastered 2010

Blood, Sweat & Tears - Mirror Image (1974) + New City (1975) 2 CD set, Remastered 2010
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 517 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 186 Mb | Scans ~ 43 Mb
Jazz Rock, Pop Rock, R&B | Label: BGO | # BGOCD1074 | Time: 01:20:55

Digitally remastered two CD set containing a pair of albums from the Jazz/Rock outfit: Mirror Image (1974) and New City (1975). Mirror Image was released in the wake of vocalist David Clayton-Thomas' departure and features three different vocalists. New City saw Clayton-Thomas return full-time for a critically-acclaimed album. Both releases made the U.S. Top 200 Albums chart.

Nina Simone - To Be Free: The Nina Simone Story (2008) 3CD + DVD Box Set

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Nina Simone - To Be Free: The Nina Simone Story (2008) 3CD + DVD Box Set

Nina Simone - To Be Free: The Nina Simone Story (2008) 3CD + DVD Box Set
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 1.21 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 536 Mb | Time: 03:56:31
DVD5 | NTSC | 16:9 (720x480) VBR | Audio: English (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | Time: 00:24:11 | 1.5 Gb
Vocal Jazz, Blues, Gospel, Soul, R&B | Label: Legacy, RCA | # 88697 38192 2 | Scans ~ 608 Mb

To Be Free: The Nina Simone Story is a 3 CD Career Retrospective (1957-1993) including her work for Bethlehem, Colpix, Philips, RCA, CTI and Elektra, PLUS a DVD featuring the 1970 Emmy-nominated never-before-released documentary. This package includes 54 songs, 8 previously unreleased tracks, including some never recorded elsewhere. The box includes all chart hits (U.S. and U.K.) and her most famous signature songs. An added bonus are liner notes which include track-by-track commentary from Simone biographer, David Nathan, and introduction by Ed Ward, NPR's "rock & roll historian", and never-before-seen photos from her family archives, recording sessions and performances.

Level 42 - Level Best (1989)

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Level 42 - Level Best (1989)

Level 42 - Level Best (1989)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 464 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 166 Mb | Scans ~ 53 Mb | 01:12:50
New Wave, Jazz-Funk, Pop/Rock, Sophisti-Pop, Synthpop | Label: Polydor | # 841 399-2

Polydor's Level Best is a thorough, successful overview of the smooth, jazzy British sophisti-pop outfit, containing all of their biggest hits and best material, including the sublime "Something About You." At 18 tracks, it may run a little long, but it still is as comprehensive a summary of Level 42's career as could be hoped.

Beastie Boys - Video Anthology (2000) [The Criterion Collection #100]

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Beastie Boys - Video Anthology (2000) [The Criterion Collection #100]

Beastie Boys - Video Anthology (2000) [The Criterion Collection #100]
2xDVD9 | NTSC | 4:3 (720x480) VBR | AC3 5.1 @ 448 Kbps or AC3 2.0 @ 192 Kbps
Label: Criterion/Capitol | Time: 01:04:52 | ~ 15 Gb
Old-School Hip Hop, Alternative Rap, Hardcore Punk, Alternative Rock

Beastie Boys fans should prepare for a feast with this two-DVD collection from the Criterion collection (Capitol Records had planned a regular collection, but seem to have abandoned it along the way.) The collection is not by any means completely comprehensive (there are 18 videos included), but it does manage to be exhaustive in terms of what it does cover (and offer.) Each disc includes nine videos, with each group presented twice – the first is a sequential presentation that offers a choice of Dolby 2.0, Dolby 5.1, band commentary track, or directors commentary track.

Deborah Coleman - Albums Collection 1994-2007 (8CD)

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Deborah Coleman - Albums Collection 1994-2007 (8CD)

Deborah Coleman - Albums Collection 1994-2007 (8CD)
EAC/XLD | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 2.8 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 1.1 Gb | Scans included
Genre: Modern Electric Blues, Blues-Rock | Time: 06:11:16

Although she was a powerful blues guitarist, songwriter, and singer, Deborah Coleman got her first inspiration from an unlikely place: seeing the pop group the Monkees on TV. Born in Portsmouth, Virginia and raised in a military family, Coleman took to music easily enough, since her dad played piano, two brothers played guitar, and a sister played guitar and keyboards. She picked up the guitar at age eight after seeing the Monkees and began to play professionally at 15, playing bass with a series of Portsmouth-area R&B and rock bands. She later switched to guitar after hearing Jimi Hendrix, also taking to James Brown and the Beatles. Coleman began buying records by blues-rock groups like Cream and Led Zeppelin, and slowly followed the music's origins back to basic blues. Collection includes: Takin' A Stand (1994); I Can't Lose (1997); Where Blue Begins (1998); Soft Place To Fall (2000); Livin' On Love (2001); Soul Be It! (2002); What About Love? (2004); Stop The Game (2007).

Jackie Lomax - Three (1972) Reissue 2005

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Jackie Lomax - Three (1972) Reissue 2005

Jackie Lomax - Three (1972) Reissue 2005
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 324 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 165 Mb | Scans included
Rock, Rhythm & Blues, Pop/Rock, Blue-Eyed Soul | Label: Water | # water 154 | Time: 00:50:40

1972 saw the release of Jackie Lomax's 3rd solo LP (his 2nd for Warner Brothers) entitled Three (III), with stand-out blue-eyed soul tracks including: No Reason and Fever's Got Me Burning and beautiful, slow, sad songs like Last Time Home, which featured members of The Band (Rick Danko, Levon Helm) and Billy Mundi of the Mothers Of Invention. The album was recorded at Bearsville Studios and produced by John Simon who produced the first two albums from The Band and Leonard Cohen's debut album.

Stick McGhee with Brownie McGhee & Sonny Terry - New York Blues and R&B 1947-1955 (2007) 4CD Box Set

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Stick McGhee with Brownie McGhee & Sonny Terry - New York Blues and R&B 1947-1955 (2007) 4CD Box Set

Stick McGhee with Brownie McGhee & Sonny Terry:
New York Blues and R&B 1947-1955 (2007) 4CD Box Set

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 697 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 662 Mb | Scans ~ 53 Mb
Blues, Early R&B | Label: JSP Records | # JSP7763 | Time: 04:49:14

Brownie's brother Stick McGhee had a hit or two to his name, and the two brothers split the 105 tracks on this boxed set between them (with some tracks from Brownie's longtime partner Sonny Terry)! Includes Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee; Tennessee Waltz Blues; Wee Wee Hours Pts. 1 & 2; Little Things We Used to Do Stick McGhee; Mean Ole Frisco; Key to the Highway; C.C. Rider, Where Did She Go Brownie McGhee; Mad Man Blues; Harmonica Train Sonny Terry, and more.

Martika - Martika's Kitchen (1991)

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Martika - Martika's Kitchen (1991)

Martika - Martika's Kitchen (1991)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 392 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 142 Mb | Scans included
Pop, Adult Contemporary, R&B | Label: Columbia | # CK 46827 | Time: 00:57:30

Martika's Kitchen is the second album released by pop singer Martika. Released in 1991, it features four songs written and produced by Prince. The album was a departure in musical styles from Martika's debut album. Martika's Kitchen incorporates elements of gospel, jazz, funk, R&B and traditional Cuban music. The title track cracked the US Billboard Hot 100 and the Prince-penned gospel song "Love… Thy Will Be Done" made the top 10. The four Prince songs (tracks 1, 2, 3 and 10) on the album were recorded by him and then sent to Martika to overdub. Three of those songs were based on a lyrics notebook Martika had given Prince for inspiration.

Leona Lewis - Spirit (2007) [Japanese Edition 2008]

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Leona Lewis - Spirit (2007) [Japanese Edition 2008]

Leona Lewis - Spirit (2007) [Japanese Edition 2008]
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 523 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 178 Mb | Scans ~ 107 Mb
Pop, Soul, Contemporary R&B | Label: Syco Music/BMG Japan | # BVCP-21642 | 01:17:42

Spirit is the debut studio album by British singer-songwriter Leona Lewis, released by Syco Music in November 2007 in the United Kingdom and Ireland, followed by a worldwide release during early 2008. After winning the third series of reality singing contest The X Factor in December 2006, Lewis began recording the album in Sweden, the United Kingdom and United States, working with a variety of writers and producers. The album debuted at number one in nine countries, including the United Kingdom, United States and Germany, and peaked in the top five in a further eight countries.

Nat King Cole - Every Time I Feel The Spirit (1959) Expanded Remastered 2007

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Nat King Cole - Every Time I Feel The Spirit (1959) Expanded Remastered 2007

Nat King Cole - Every Time I Feel The Spirit (1959) Expanded Remastered 2007
Gordon Jenkins conducts First Church Of Deliverance Choir

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 249 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 100 Mb | Scans included
Label: Collectors' Choice/EMI | # CCM-868, 509995-01997-2-3 | Time: 00:42:13
Gospel, Spiritual, Vocal Pop, Vocal Jazz

Every Time I Feel the Spirit is a 1959 studio album by Nat King Cole, of spirituals, arranged by Gordon Jenkins. Cole is accompanied by the First Church of Deliverance Choir of Chicago, Illinois. The album was re-issued by Capitol Records in 1966 under the new title, Nat King Cole Sings Hymns and Spirituals. Several bonus tracks, recorded between 1951 and 1961 and arranged by Nelson Riddle and others, were added to later CD re-issues.

Tab Benoit & Voice Of The Wetlands All-Stars - VOW: Voice Of The Wetlands (2005)

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Tab Benoit & Voice Of The Wetlands All-Stars - VOW: Voice Of The Wetlands (2005)

Tab Benoit & Voice Of The Wetlands All-Stars - VOW: Voice Of The Wetlands (2005)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 329 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 126 Mb | Scans ~ 86 Mb | 00:54:34
Louisiana Blues, Swamp Blues, Modern Electric Blues | Label: Rykodisc | # RCD 10829

Acclaimed blues guitarist Tab Benoit is joined by Louisiana All-Stars including Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, Dr. John, Cyril Neville, bluesman Anders Osborne, the Meters rhythm section of George Porter, Jr. and Johnny Vidacovich, Jumpin' Johnny Sansone, and ace Cajun fiddler Wayne Thibodeaux on this hot and spicy New Orleans blues party! A portion of proceeds from the sale of this CD go to "Voice Of The Wetlands", a non-profit organization battling cultural and coastal erosion.