Hank Marvin - Heartbeat (1993) Reissue 2010

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Hank Marvin - Heartbeat (1993) Reissue 2010

Hank Marvin - Heartbeat (1993) Reissue 2010
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 408 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 158 Mb | Scans included
Instrumental Guitar Pop/Rock | Label: EMI Gold | # 50999 6 4645 2 1 | 01:03:52

Digitally remastered reissue of this 1993 album from the British guitarist and Shadows member. Heartbeat features guest appearances from Cliff Richard, who sings on four tracks, and Dire Straits main man Mark Knopfler. This album features Hank playing some classic tunes including 'Heartbeat', 'Mrs. Robinson', 'Wonderful Land', 'Oxygene', 'Take Five' and 'Live And Let Die' amongst others.

Quatuor Diotima - George Onslow: String Quartets Op. 54-56 (2009)

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Quatuor Diotima - George Onslow: String Quartets Op. 54-56 (2009)

Quatuor Diotima - George Onslow: String Quartets Op. 54-56 (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 370 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 188 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical, Chamber Music | Label: Naïve | # V 5200 | Time: 01:17:42

Fans of the string quartets by Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, and Mendelssohn should by all means try this disc of string quartets by George Onslow. British-born and Bohemian-trained composer spent most of his career in France, and aside from their tonal language and their four-movement structure, his quartets have little in common with his German contemporaries. In fact, they have little in common with the music of his French contemporaries, who concentrated mostly on stage works. But in these overwhelming persuasive performances by the Quatuor Diotima, Onslow's quartets come across as fully formed, wholly confident, and enormously expressive works. There is tremendous power in the fast movements: the rip-roaring Scherzo, from his D minor Quartet, Op. 55; immense pathos in the slow movements: the heartbreaking Andante con variazioni from the E flat Quartet, Op. 54; and awesome intensity in the opening movements: the monumental Allegro maestoso ed espressivo from the C minor Quartet, Op. 56.

The Idle Race - The Best of Idle Race featuring Jeff Lynne (1990)

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The Idle Race - The Best of Idle Race featuring Jeff Lynne (1990)

The Idle Race - The Best of Idle Race featuring Jeff Lynne (1990)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 424 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 171 Mb | Scans included
Psychedelic Rock, Psychedelic Pop | Label: See For Miles | # SEE CD60 | Time: 01:10:49

See for Miles' 1990 compilation The Best of Idle Race contains a generous 25 tracks – just over half of what the Idle Race recorded. This means that it does have the great majority of the best material the band recorded, and it would satisfy everyone outside of the rabid collectors who need anything. The catch is, if you're into the Idle Race, you need everything, so this collection is essentially a stopgap until you can track down (or afford) EMI's 1996 complete collection, Back to the Story. Even then, this may be a little more listenable, since it boils the group's interesting but erratic career to its very best – which is obscure British psych at its best (in other words, it's for the collectors who will seek it out, not anyone else).

Michael Nyman - War Work: Eight Songs with Film (2015)

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Michael Nyman - War Work: Eight Songs with Film (2015)

Michael Nyman - War Work: Eight Songs with Film (2015)
Michael Nyman Band; Hilary Summers, contralto

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 397 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 181 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical, Minimalism | Label: Michael Nyman | # MNRCD138 | Time: 01:07:40

The 'Eight Songs' are essentially a song cycle presented in two groups of 4: the first group preceded by 4 instrumental movements and the second by 6. The texts were written by World War 1 poets all of whom, apart from the English painter-poet David Bomberg, lost their lives during the war. The songs take their starting point from the title of a series of poems by the French poet Gaston de Ruyter (who was shot down in his planes as late as 7 October 1918): ‘Chansons vieilles sur d’autres airs’ (‘Old songs to other tunes’). The ‘chansons vieilles’ are the poems by English, French, German and Hungarian poets (all sung in their original languages apart from ‘Csak Egy Eiszkara…..’ and the ‘autres airs’ are by English, French, German, Austro-Hungarian, Polish and Italian composers of the 17th and 19th centuries.

Judy Garland - Judy At Carnegie Hall: 40th Anniversary Edition (2001) 2CDs

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Judy Garland - Judy At Carnegie Hall: 40th Anniversary Edition (2001) 2CDs

Judy Garland - Judy At Carnegie Hall, 1961: 40th Anniversary Edition (2001) 2CDs
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 630 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 280 Mb | Scans ~ 44 Mb
Label: Capitol Records | # 7243 5 27876 2 3 | Time: 02:02:29
Vocal Jazz, Traditional Pop, Easy Listening, Show Tunes

The late 1950s were tough on Judy Garland, but this live recording, cut on April 23, 1961, at Carnegie Hall, would (rightfully) bring the legendary icon back into the spotlight. Live would go on to win five Grammys, be Garland's bestselling record, and confirm that, yes, on certain levels, she still had it. Her vocals are as strong as ever on these tunes, and Garland has fun with an audience obviously enraptured by her charms. She's self-deprecating where necessary–on "You Go to My Head" she "forgets" the lyrics but pretends to improvise. Mostly she just shines, especially on tunes she made famous, such as "Come Rain or Come Shine," "Stormy Weather," and "Over the Rainbow." This is easily one of pop music's greatest live recordings and a fine testament to Garland's recorded legacy. This two-CD set has been remastered for EMI's 40th-anniversary reissue to coincide with the ABC film based on daughter Lorna Luft's memoir Me and My Shadows.

Bonnie Raitt - The Glow (1979)

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Bonnie Raitt - The Glow (1979)

Bonnie Raitt - The Glow (1979)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 198 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 186 Mb | Scans ~ 51 Mb
Blues-Rock, Blues, Classic Rock | Label: Warner Bros. | # 7599-27403-2 | 00:37:40

Bonnie Raitt enjoyed critical success and blues/folk credentials with her self-titled debut, Give It Up, and Takin' My Time. By 1975, Raitt's style began to be defined by producer Paul Rothchild. Home Plate and Sweet Forgiveness were uncomfortable overtures to commercial propositions where Raitt's persona and sense of fun got lost. Produced by Peter Asher, The Glow was released in 1979 and includes great players like Danny Kortchmar, Bill Payne, and Waddy Wachtel. During this time, sales might have been a consideration as well as Raitt's tough image. If anything, Asher accentuated Raitt's rough edges and provided his customary production polish. Like many Asher productions of the period, The Glow gets its strength from its covers. Raitt takes on "I Thank You," "Your Good Thing (Is About to End)," and "Bye Bye Baby," and struts through them all with ease. "The Boy Can't Help It" doesn't fare as well. Robert Palmer's "You're Gonna Get What's Coming" makes for a great fit. Surprisingly, her take on Jackson Browne's "Sleep's Dark and Silent Gate" doesn't dig as deep as the great original.

Bruce Brubaker - Inner Cities: Music for Piano by John Adams and Alvin Curran (2003)

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Bruce Brubaker - Inner Cities: Music for Piano by John Adams and Alvin Curran (2003)

Bruce Brubaker - Inner Cities: Music for Piano by John Adams and Alvin Curran (2003)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 243 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 181 Mb | Scans ~ 56 Mb
Classical, Contemporary, Minimalism | Label: Arabesque | # Z6776 | Time: 01:19:06

Bruce Brubaker artistic skill and understanding of this music is beyond reproach and will thrill any fan of the collected composers work on this CD. The sound quality is outstanding as well. Bruce Brubaker has recorded two CDs on the Arabesque label in a continuing series exploring modern American piano music. The most recent, Inner Cities, was released in September 2003, and includes Brubaker's transcription of Pat Nixon's aria from Adams's opera, Nixon in China. The previous CD, Glass Cage , with pieces by Glass and Cage, was named one of the ten best releases of 2000 by The New Yorker magazine.

Ike Quebec - Blue & Sentimental (1961) [Analogue Productions, Remastered 2011]

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Ike Quebec - Blue & Sentimental (1961) [Analogue Productions, Remastered 2011]

Ike Quebec - Blue & Sentimental (1961) [Remastered 2011]
Mastered by Kevin Gray and Steve Hoffman at AcousTech Mastering
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 453 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 119 Mb | Artwork included
Hard Bop, Soul Jazz | Label: Analogue Productions, Blue Note | # CBNJ 84098 SA | 00:50:45

Blue & Sentimental is an album by American saxophonist Ike Quebec recorded in 1961 and released on the Blue Note label. The album features a sparse quartet of Quebec (occasionally doubling on piano), guitarist Grant Green, and a rhythm section of Paul Chambers on bass and Philly Joe Jones on drums. The album features some rare rhythm guitar accompaniment by Green, who was more typically a soloist. The Allmusic review by Steve Huey awarded the album 5 stars and calling it "a superbly sensuous blend of lusty blues swagger and achingly romantic ballads… a quiet, sorely underrated masterpiece".

John Butt - Johann Pachelbel: Hexachordum Apollinis; Chaconnes in D and in F (1990) Reissue 1997

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John Butt - Johann Pachelbel: Hexachordum Apollinis; Chaconnes in D and in F (1990) Reissue 1997

John Butt - Johann Pachelbel: Hexachordum Apollinis; Chaconnes in D and F (1990)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 280 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 162 Mb | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi USA | # HMT 7907029 HM76 | Time: 01:05:07

Arguably Pachelbel's masterpiece, "Apollo's Lyre" is a series of six arias, each of which consists of a set of highly contrasted variations on the initial theme. As a composer, Pachelbel was perhaps most interested in the variation principal, in direct contrast to his great successor, Bach, who used the form only rarely (but then typically wrote the greatest variation work ever–the "Goldberg Variations"). The musical argument is easy to follow, and the tunes themselves simple and memorable. John Butt frames the work with two mighty chaconnes. A chaconne is basically the same thing as a passacaglia, namely a series of variations over a constantly repeating bass line. Try this disc. You're in for a pleasant surprise.

John Martyn - The Island Years (2013) 17 CD Box Set

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John Martyn - The Island Years (2013) 17 CD Box Set

John Martyn - The Island Years (2013) 17 CD Box Set
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 5.98 Gb | Scans ~ 891 Mb
Label: Universal-Island | # 374 228-8 | Time: 19:46:03
Singer/Songwriter, British Folk, Psychedelic, Folk-Rock, Folk Jazz, Guitar Virtuoso

The Island Years is the most exhaustive career retrospective from one of Britain’s most original and enduring singer/songwriters. Housed in an LP size hard-back slip case, this lavish box set including: 17 CDs featuring 12 key studio albums, recorded for Island between 1967 and 1987, now with previously unreleased mixes, Out-Takes, unheard songs and 2 complete, previously unreleased live solo concerts from 1972 and 1977 and the complete demos for The Apprentice, the last album Martyn delivered to Island. A hard-back book featuring a new essay by The Island Years compiler and researcher John Hillarby plus rare and previously unseen photographs and extensive memorabilia.

Stuff - Albums Collection 1976-1980 (5CD) [Japanese SHM-CD 2012]

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Stuff - Albums Collection 1976-1980 (5CD) [Japanese SHM-CD 2012]

Stuff - Albums Collection 1976-1980 (5CD) [Japanese SHM-CD 2012]
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 1.36 Gb | Scans included | Time: 03:25:40
Jazz-Funk, Fusion, Funk, R&B | Label: Warner | # WPCR-14403~14407

Stuff was an American, New York City-based jazz-funk band active in the late 1970s and early 1980s. The members were Gordon Edwards (bass), Richard Tee (keyboards), Eric Gale (guitar), Cornell Dupree (guitar), Chris Parker (drums), and later Steve Gadd (drums). Collection includes: Stuff (1976); More Staff (1977); Live Staff (1978); Staff It (1979); Live in New York (1980).

Belinda Carlisle - The Very Best Of Belinda Carlisle (2015) 2CDs

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Belinda Carlisle - The Very Best Of Belinda Carlisle (2015) 2CDs

Belinda Carlisle - The Very Best Of Belinda Carlisle (2015) 2CD
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 1 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 338 Mb | Scans ~ 89 Mb
New Wave, Pop, Pop/Rock | Label: Music Club Deluxe | # MCDLX203 | Time: 02:27:10

2015 two CD collection from the pop princess and lead vocalist of The Go-Go's. Belinda Carlisle is the voice of a generation. From her early days with pioneering power-pop/punk girl band the Go-Go's to nearly three decades' worth of solo hits defying stylistic boundaries, the Los Angeles-born singer/songwriter has provided the soundtrack for a generation. "Heaven Is A Place On Earth," "Leave A Light On," "Live Your Life Be Free," and "Big Scary Animal" are just a few of her international smashes contained within this two-disc package showcasing her inimitable vocal style and unforgettable singles from the 1980s and '90s.

Lynyrd Skynyrd - All Time Greatest Hits (2000)

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Lynyrd Skynyrd - All Time Greatest Hits (2000)

Lynyrd Skynyrd - All Time Greatest Hits (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 488 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 172 Mb | Scans ~ 42 Mb
Southern Rock, Blues Rock, Classic Rock | Label: MCA | # 088 112 229-2 | 01:15:02

Lynyrd Skynyrd's 2000 compilation All Time Greatest Hits suffers from the same ailments that plague many compilations of its time, but there is one problem in particular that hurts it: instead of offering all of the "all time greatest hits" on one disc, the compilers pulled their punches, overlooking a few big songs while occasionally substituting live or acoustic versions for the original studio versions. That means that this is a Skynyrd compilation without the famed original recording of "Free Bird" – a live version is here instead. It doesn't really matter that it's a good version, taken from 1976's One More from the Road, or that the live version actually charted in the Top 40; nor does it matter that "All I Can Do Is Write About It" is a good acoustic version originally released on the eponymous 1991 box set, because this is a collection made for a general audience. It should, therefore, have the versions that a general audience knows best. Apart from that, and the usual nitpicking over songs that should have been included ("Workin' for MCA," "Don't Ask Me No Questions," etc.), this remains a solid collection, containing most of the Skynyrd material that a casual follower could want.

Jacques Brel - Infiniment (2003) 2CDs

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Jacques Brel - Infiniment (2003) 2CDs

Jacques Brel - Infiniment (2003) 2CDs
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 831 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 321 Mb | Scans ~ 152 Mb
Label: Barclay, Universal | # 980 839-6 | Time: 02:20:40
Chanson, French Pop, Cabaret, Vocal Pop

Infiniment (Infinitely) is a 2-CD compilation of Jacques Brel's best known songs. This compilation of remastered songs also contains 5 unpublished titles from the recording session of the album Les Marquises: "La cathédrale", "L'amour est mort", "Mai 40", "Avec élégance", and "Sans exigences". A booklet is included with the lyrics of the 5 new titles. Infiniment was released on 30 September 2003 to mark the 25th anniversary of Brel's death.

Alberto Iglesias - Todo Sobre Mi Madre: Banda Sonora Original (1999) (All About My Mother: Original Soundtrack)

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Alberto Iglesias - Todo Sobre Mi Madre: Banda Sonora Original (1999) (All About My Mother: Original Soundtrack)

Alberto Iglesias - Todo Sobre Mi Madre: Banda Sonora Original (1999)
(All About My Mother: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 226 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 120 Mb | Scans included
Soundtrack, Score, Modern Classical | Label: Universal Spain | # 676 208-2 | 00:46:01

The score to this beautiful movie (released as All About My Mother in the U.S.) was composed by Alberto Iglesias and recorded with the City of Prague Philharmonic under the production of Lucio Godoy. The haunting music leads the perfect mood to the film, which received critical acclaim at the Cannes Film festival and elsewhere.