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VA - Massive Hits! Sixties (2011) 3CD Set

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VA - Massive Hits! Sixties (2011) 3CD Set

VA - Massive Hits! Sixties (2011) 3CD Set
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 1.07 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 466 Mb
Label: EMI | # 50999 0 94519 2 6 | Time: 03:18:53 | Scans included
Rock, Rock & Roll, Psychedelic, AM Pop, Rhythm & Blues

3 CD Set, 75 great tracks. The Animals, The Lovin' Spoonful, Gerry & The Pacemakers, Sly & The Family Stone, Manfred Mann, The Beach Boys, The Hollies, Fleetwood Mac, The Band, Jeff Beck, The Seekers, Elvis Presley, Neil Sedaka, Fats Domino, Cher, Paul Jones, Lulu, Jose Feliciano, Peter And Gordon, Johnny Nash, Bedrocks, P. J. Proby, The Dubliners and more, and more…

Earth, Wind & Fire - Head to the Sky (1973) [Audio Fidelity, Remastered 2016]

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Earth, Wind & Fire - Head to the Sky (1973) [Audio Fidelity, Remastered 2016]

Earth, Wind & Fire - Head to the Sky (1973) [Remastered 2016]
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 208 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 104 Mb | Scans included
Funk, Soul, Jazz-Funk | Label: Audio Fidelity | # AFZ5 236 | 00:37:02
Mastered by Stephen Marsh & Steve Hoffman

As phenomenally popular as Earth, Wind & Fire was from the mid-'70s to the early '80s, it's easy to forget that the band was hardly an overnight success. With Head to the Sky – EWF's fourth album overall, second with Philip Bailey, and second for Columbia – Maurice White's very spiritual and ambitious brand of soul and funk was starting to pay off commercially. The Latin-influenced "Evil" became the soulsters' biggest hit up to that point, and material ranging from the hauntingly pretty title song (which boasts one of Bailey's finest performances ever) to the jazz fusion gem "Zanzibar" is just as rewarding. The lineup White unveiled with Last Days and Time was working out beautifully; Bailey was clearly proving to be a major asset. Also worth noting is the presence of singer Jessica Cleaves, who left after this album and, several years later, resurfaced in George Clinton's eccentric female group the Brides of Funkenstein.

Janis Joplin - Joplin In Concert (1972)

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Janis Joplin - Joplin In Concert (1972)

Janis Joplin - Joplin In Concert (1972)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 452 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 203 Mb | Scans included
Blues-Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Rock & Roll | Label: Columbia | # 466838 2 | 01:16:57

About half of this two-record set features Janis Joplin with Big Brother & the Holding Company in 1968, performing songs like "Down on Me" and "Piece of My Heart." The rest, recorded in 1970, finds her with her backup group, Full Tilt Boogie, mostly performing songs from I Got Dem Ol' Kozmic Blues Again Mama! Joplin puts herself out on-stage, both in terms of singing until her voice is raw and describing her life to her audiences. Parts of this album are moving, parts are heartbreaking, and the rest is just great rock & roll.

Duke Robillard - Exalted Lover (2003)

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Duke Robillard - Exalted Lover (2003)

Duke Robillard - Exalted Lover (2003)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 302 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 111 Mb
Label: Stony Plain | # SPCD1293 | Time: 00:41:51 | Scans included
Contemporary Blues, Blues Rock, Roots Rock

Duke Robillard’s won a reputation as one of finest guitarists in blues, but this disc also displays his command of rock ‘n’ roll, country, and jazz balladry. The latter drives his duet with country star Pam Tillis, "I’ll Never Be Free," which plays off their easy vocal interplay, Robillard’s classic picking, and his band’s swinging drive. It’s also a pleasure to hear him singing and slinging guitars with blueswoman Debbie Davies on the chugging shuffle "How Long Has It Been." But the best moments may be Robillard’s incendiary solos, like when he uncorks his Stratocaster in the middle of "Deep Inside," matching his lyrics’ cry of aching devotion with a hailstorm of quivering bent notes and brightly snapped strings in sharp, stinging phrases. Three songs later he’s playing in a twang and tremolo style like a Texas roadhouse veteran. In any context, what comes from Robillard’s nimble fingers and open mind is the sound of a master at work.

Maggie Bell - Suicide Sal (1975) Reissue 1997

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Maggie Bell - Suicide Sal (1975) Reissue 1997

Maggie Bell - Suicide Sal (1975) Reissue 1997
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 241 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 88 Mb | Scans ~ 46 Mb
Classic Rock, Blues-Rock, Soul | Label: Repertoire | # REP 4663-WY | Time: 00:38:11

"Suicide Sal"(1975) was the second solo album by white, soul /blues belter, Glasgow-born Maggie Bell, sometimes called the Scottish Janis Joplin. Bell, formerly lead singer of the well-known Scottish group "Stone the Crows," has a voice unrivaled for its passion and power.

Maggie Bell - Queen Of The Night (1974) Expanded Reissue 2006

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Maggie Bell - Queen Of The Night (1974) Expanded Reissue 2006

Maggie Bell - Queen Of The Night (1974) Expanded Reissue 2006
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 311 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 133 Mb | Scans ~ 97 Mb
Blues Rock, Soul-Rock, Blues, R&B | Label: Angel Air | # SJPCD200 | Time: 00:58:05

Maggie Bell was lead singer of the Scottish rock band Stone the Crows, who broke up after their guitarist was fatally electrocuted onstage. Managed by Peter Grant (Led Zeppelin) and produced by Jerry Wexler (Aretha Franklin), Bell made a staggeringly good solo debut that seemed to position her as the heir to Janis Joplin (even covering "A Woman Left Lonely"). But she never broke through commercially, not even when Jimmy Page played guitar on her followup album — the only way she surpassed Joplin was by staying alive.

Eden Brent - Ain't Got No Troubles (2010)

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Eden Brent - Ain't Got No Troubles (2010)

Eden Brent - Ain't Got No Troubles (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 250 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 105 Mb | Scans ~ 42 Mb
Blues, Boogie-Woogie, Jazz-Blues | Label: Yellow Dog Records | # YDR 1716 | 00:45:51

Eden Brent hails from Greenville, MS, a place steeped in the Delta blues, but she's only 300 miles from New Orleans, and it's that city's carefree rhythms and happy-go-lucky attitude that informs the music on Brent's second album. Brent is a piano player with an impressive groove anchored by a strong rhythmic left hand and a playful way with the high end of the keyboard. Her vocals are just as strong, with a smoky, sultry feel that often brings to mind Janis Joplin, but a mellower Joplin who doesn't have to strain for the high notes or growl to get her point across. She's also a first-class songwriter, using the blues as a jumping-off place for her ironic musings on the familiar subjects of good times and no-good men. She cut this album in New Orleans and is joined by some remarkable players, including ex-Meter George Porter on bass, producer Colin Linden on guitar, and ace Americana drummer Bryan Owings.

Eric Bibb - Painting Signs (2001)

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Eric Bibb - Painting Signs (2001)

Eric Bibb - Painting Signs (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 315 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 128 Mb | Scans ~ 82 Mb
Contemporary Blues, Folk-Blues | Label: EarthBeat! | # R2 74382 | 00:56:09

With Painting Signs, Eric Bibb makes a fine case for blues as a music of introspection, warmth, and supreme nuance. Easily his most mature album to date, Painting Signs continues Bibb's formula of socially aware songs performed from an acutely personal point-of-view; standout tracks "Don't Ever Let Nobody Drag Your Spirit Down" and a cover of "Hope in a Hopeless World" hammer home his message of individual freedom and the responsibilities that accompany it. (It's no coincidence that Pops Staples, to whom Bibb dedicates this album, once recorded the latter song.) That's not to say Painting Signs is overly didactic or, indeed, "heavy" in any way; even the most serious songs here, like the plea for peace and unity "Got To Do Better," are leavened by a musical backdrop that's soulful and immediately accessible. Gospel-leaning backing vocals by Linda Tillery and her Cultural Heritage Choir help flesh out several cuts, and robust accordion fills by Bibb's longtime accompanist Janne Petersson add a subtle Louisiana flavor to the rolling, propulsive "Kokomo" and, to surprisingly good effect, the deep-grooved version of Jimmy Reed's "Honest I Do."

Eric Bibb - Me To You (1997) Reissue 2014

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Eric Bibb - Me To You (1997) Reissue 2014

Eric Bibb - Me To You (1997) Reissue 2014
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 330 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 128 Mb | Scans ~ 89 Mb | 00:55:27
Contemporary Blues, Rhythm & Blues, Folk-Blues | Label: Manhaton | # HATMAN 2032

Originally released in 1997, Eric Bibb's Me To You album was seen as a major stepping stone in the New York born Bluesters career. After many years of hard work releasing albums and a near constant touring schedule, Me To You finally and deservedly gave Bibb the recognition that he truly deserved. For the release Bibb gathered together some of his personal heroes, including Pops and Mavis Staples, and Taj Mahal to contribute. The results proved to be one of Bibb s most popular and best selling albums.

VA - Power Of Soul: A Tribute To Jimi Hendrix (2004)

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VA - Power Of Soul: A Tribute To Jimi Hendrix (2004)

VA - Power Of Soul - A Tribute To Jimi Hendrix (2004)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 505 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 177 Mb | Scans included | 01:13:19
Blues-Rock, Classic Rock, Blues, R&B, Funk, Soul | Label: Direct Video | # DVDUK069C

This star-studded musical tribute to Jimi Hendrix is highlighted by contributions by artists from rock, R&B, blues and funk. Each of these artists bears witness to Hendrix’s imprint on their own music. From the contemporary R&B stylings of Musiq to the deep country blues of John Lee Hooker, Jimi’s creative spirit-the pure inventive freedom he drew upon to originate these signature songs-stands undiminished. This special project features new interpretations of Hendrix’s classics from a host a music’s biggest stars including Lenny Kravitz, Sting, Prince, Santana, Eric Clapton, John Lee Hooker, Stevie Ray Vaughan, George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, Earth Wind & Fire, and numerous others.

The Jimmy Rogers All-Stars - Blues Blues Blues (1999)

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The Jimmy Rogers All-Stars - Blues Blues Blues (1999)

The Jimmy Rogers All-Stars - Blues Blues Blues (1999)
Eric Clapton, Jeff Healey, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, Keith Richards, Mick Jagger
Lowell Fulson, Johnnie Johnson, Taj Mahal, Ted Harvey, Carey Bell, Stephen Stills

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 381 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 128 Mb | Scans ~ 34 Mb
Chicago Blues, Electric Blues | Label: Atlantic | # 7567-83148-2 | Time: 00:55:53

Jimmy Rogers was very much a musician's musician – the kind of guitarist that earned accolades from contemporaries and successors alike – yet one who never wins a wide, mainstream audience. Blues Blues Blues was designed as the album that would find Rogers a larger audience, and as such, it has all the bells and whistles of a big-deal blues album. It has the classics ("Trouble No More," "Bright Lights, Big City," "Sweet Home Chicago," "Don't Start Me to Talkin'"), remakes of Rogers standards ("Ludella," "That's All Right"), cult covers (Muddy Waters' "Blow Wind Blow," which kicks off the album on just the right note) and an astounding number of guest appearances, including cameos from (get ready): Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, Keith Richards and Mick Jagger, Lowell Fulson, Johnnie Johnson, Eric Clapton, Taj Mahal, Ted Harvey, Carey Bell, Stephen Stills, and Jeff Healey.

Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown - Timeless (2004)

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Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown - Timeless (2004)

Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown - Timeless (2004)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 340 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 132 Mb
Label: HighTone | # HCD8174 | Time: 00:57:36 | Scans ~ 71 Mb
Modern Electric Texas Blues, Rock & Roll, Swing

Journeyman blues icon vocalist/guitarist/violinist Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown delivers another solid mix of electric Texas blues, country, and swing on Timeless. At this point in his career, Brown essentially represents all that is "roots" music, which is another way of saying he has nothing to prove and the listener has everything to gain. To these ends, Brown's impassioned wail fills the sky on the slow blues "For Now So Long," he reworks "Unchained Melody" into an atmospheric John Coltrane-inspired piece, and he delivers a funny yet compelling Sun Ra-esque spoken word intro on "The Drifter." Featuring a full complement of horns and a rhythm section, Timeless showcases all that makes Brown a living national treasure.

Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown - Back To Bogalusa (2001)

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Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown - Back To Bogalusa (2001)

Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown - Back To Bogalusa (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 375 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 126 Mb | Scans ~ 61 Mb
Label: Blue Thumb/Universal | # 549 785-2 | Time: 00:54:51
Modern Electric Blues, Texas Blues

In 1995, septuagenarian Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown moved from the independent blues label Alligator to Verve, then to the jazz division of PolyGram, part of Universal. In his five albums for the label (the last two of them released on the Blue Thumb subsidiary) – The Man (1995), Long Way Home (1996), Gate Swings (1997), American Music, Texas Style (1999), and now Back to Bogalusa – he has been able to pursue his eclectic inclinations more fully than he did when his label bosses were trying to emphasize his blues guitar playing. The center of Brown's taste is post-World War II jump blues and R&B with a distinctly Southwestern feel. Tasty as his guitar playing is, he likes to add horns and even a bit of country fiddle to the mix. As its title indicates, Back to Bogalusa particularly investigates the Louisiana influences on this Pelican State native, notably on the tracks "Going Back to Louisiana," "Breaux Bridge Rag," "Bogalusa Boogie Man," and the Cajun-styled "Louisian'".

Bootsy Collins - Back in the Day: The Best of Bootsy (1994)

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Bootsy Collins - Back in the Day: The Best of Bootsy (1994)

Bootsy Collins - Back in the Day: The Best of Bootsy (1994)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 478 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 175 Mb | Scans ~ 62 Mb
Funk, P-Funk, Psychedelic Soul, Disco | Label: Warner Bros. | # 7599-26581-2 | 01:16:38

Can it get any better? If aliens came down needing to know what funk was all about, in all its talented, embrace-anything-and-everything, screw with your head and get your butt down glory, then this is a prime candidate for what to give them. The man, his voice, his bass, the backing of a prime core band including his guitarist brother Catfish, Fred Wesley, and Maceo Parker leading the brass – beautiful, hilarious, and just plain great. This one-disc collection could easily be a two-disc or more if one wanted to include every last highlight from Collins' up-down-all-around career – his work with James Brown alone is beyond the bomb – but when it comes to solo work, this is as perfect a place to start as any. Drawing mostly on the albums done with the active help of George Clinton in the late '70s, Back in the Day is a model for what a good compilation should be. Sound is excellent throughout, while full details on who plays what and where, along with where everything came from in the first place, all appear in exhaustive detail. The liner notes, meanwhile, come from longtime funk road manager (Brown, Prince, plenty of others) Alan Leeds, explaining every step of Collins' wonderful story.

VA - On The Corner: Fantastic Fusion Grooves From The Jazz Funk Masters (2008) 2CDs

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VA - On The Corner: Fantastic Fusion Grooves From The Jazz Funk Masters (2008) 2CDs

Various Artists - On The Corner (2008) 2CDs
Fantastic Fusion Grooves From The Jazz Funk Masters

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 691 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 253 Mb | Scans ~ 33 Mb
Label: EMI, Blue Note | # 50999-521428-0-2 | Time: 01:51:12
Jazz-Funk, Fusion, Soul-Jazz

On the Corner is yet another excellent Blue Note U.K. compilation of absolutely killer cuts from Blue Note's prime jazz-funk years in the wake of the soul-jazz explosion of the 1960s and Miles Davis' electric innovations in the late '60s and '70s. Typical of Blue Note in the period, these tracks all came from albums that were, in one sense, birds of a feather. In other words, whatever was "happening," Blue Note recorded it almost exclusively and forced even established artists to fit into that mold. While there were some mixed results, obviously, there is also a wealth of great material to choose from, as this funk-centric compilation makes very clear. One can already judge where the set is headed when it begins with Gene Harris' truly grooving "Losalamitoslatinlovesong." Harris cut three terrific electric jazz-funk sets for the label in the 1970s, only one of which has ever been available on CD. But other selections – such as Eddie Henderson's "Kumquat Kid," Ronnie Foster's "Cheshire Cat," Ronnie Laws' "Always There," and Moacir Santos' "Route" – offer funky fusion delights as well. There are 20 tunes on two discs, each of them jam-packed with gems.