Doric String Quartet - William Walton: String Quartets (2011)

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Doric String Quartet - William Walton: String Quartets (2011)

Doric String Quartet - William Walton: String Quartets (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 256 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 146 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHAN10661 | Time: 01:02:16

The Doric gives outstanding, virtuoso performances of William Walton’s two string quartets. The first of them, formidable in its technical demands and harmonic language, is virtually unrecognisable from the Walton of maturity, embracing as it does the avant-garde ideas he flirted with in his youth. Walton said it was “full of undigested Bartók and Schoenberg”, but, when played with such panache, it provides a pungent contrast to the clarity and spry rhythmic sparring of the later A minor Quartet.

Roy Harper - Albums Collection 1966-2013 (16CD) [Re-Up]

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Roy Harper - Albums Collection 1966-2013 (16CD) [Re-Up]

Roy Harper - Albums Collection 1966-2013 (16CD)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 5 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 1.9 Gb | Scans ~ 3.5 Gb
Genre: British Folk-Rock, Folk, Psychedelic, Art Rock, Singer/Songwriter | Time: 14:02:18

Collection includes: Sophisticated Beggar (1966); Folkjokeopus (1969); Flat, Baroque and Berserk (1970); Stormcock (1971); Valentine (1974); HQ (1975); Bullinamingvase (1977); The Unknown Soldier (1980); Once (1990); Death or Glory? (1992); The Dream Society (1998); Green Man (2000); Counter Culture (2005); The Death of God (2005); Man & Myth (2013).

Tracy Nelson & Mother Earth - Albums Collection 1969-2011 (12CD) [Re-Up]

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Tracy Nelson & Mother Earth - Albums Collection 1969-2011 (12CD) [Re-Up]

Tracy Nelson & Mother Earth - Albums Collection 1969-2011 [12CD]
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 2.96 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 1.25 Gb
Blues, Soul, Blues Rock, Country-Rock | Time: 08:32:50 | Scans included

A very versatile and talented vocalist, Tracy Nelson is better known for her role as lead singer of Mother Earth. Collection includes four studio albums by Mother Earth feat. Tracy Nelson and nine solo studio albums by Tracy Nelson.

Erich Kunzel, Cincinnati Pops Orchestra & VA - Christmastime Is Here (2006)

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Erich Kunzel, Cincinnati Pops Orchestra & VA - Christmastime Is Here (2006)

Erich Kunzel, Cincinnati Pops Orchestra - Christmastime Is Here (2006)
Indiana University Singing Hoosiers, School for Creative and Performing Arts Chorale
King's Singers, Ann Hampton Callaway, Tony Desare, Tierney Sutton, John Pizzarelli

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 308 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 139 Mb
Label: Telarc | # CD-80538 | Time: 00:58:06 | Scans included
Holidays, Christmas, Orchestral, Choral, Easy Listening, Vocal Jazz

Dubbed the "Prince of Pops" by the Chicago Tribune nearly 30 years ago, Erich Kunzel – one of the most successful classical crossover artists of all time – has recorded over 70 albums for Telarc; one of the most popular of those is 1990s Christmas with the Pops. The warm and wonderful Christmastime Is Here, named for the Vince Guaraldi classic from A Charlie Brown Christmas that's given a spirited reworking here, is something of a sequel to that collection. With the exception of a punchy Dixieland arrangement of "Jingle Bell Rock," Kunzel and the orchestra – working with the Indiana University School of Music Singing Hoosiers, under the direction of Dr. Michael Schwartzkopf – play most of the classics here very straightforwardly. That is to say, charming, elegant and engaging, just not overly innovative. Telarc's true stroke of genius is having some of its top jazz vocalists perform on lush but smartly restrained arrangements of various classics – like Tierney Sutton on "I'll Be Home for Christmas" and John Pizzarelli on "Silver Bells." The disc also showcases two of the label's newest artists, Ann Hampton Callaway (a haunting "I Wonder as I Wander") and Tony DeSare (doing Mel Tormé proud on a dreamy version of "The Christmas Song"). This is 2006's premier holiday disc for lovers of jazz, pop and classical music.

Tony Bennett - The Classic Christmas Album (2011) [Re-Up]

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Tony Bennett - The Classic Christmas Album (2011) [Re-Up]

Tony Bennett - The Classic Christmas Album (2011)
XLD | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 345 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 155 Mb | Scans included
Label: Columbia/Legasy | # 88697980842 | Time: 00:52:40
Traditional Pop, Vocal Jazz, Christmas, Holidays

This collection features a sampling of four Tony Bennett Christmas albums – Snowfall: The Tony Bennett Christmas Album, Our Favorite Things, Christmas with Tony Bennett, and A Swingin’ Christmas – released between 1968 and 2008. Highlights include such traditional holiday standards as "Silver Bells," "Silent Night," and "Winter Wonderland," plus “Christmas in Herald Square” taken from the album The Playground. This is a nice addition to any Christmas collection.

Martha Davis - Policy (1987) Mini LP, Vinyl Replica Collection, Remastered 2013 [Re-Up]

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Martha Davis - Policy (1987) Mini LP, Vinyl Replica Collection, Remastered 2013 [Re-Up]

Martha Davis - Policy (1987) [Mini LP, Vinyl Replica Collection, Remastered 2013]
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 345 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 130 Mb | Scans included
Label: Culture Factory/Capitol | # CFU0304, 850703003040 | Time: 00:47:03
New Wave, Contemporary Pop/Rock

"Policy" was the first solo album by Martha Davis, the lead singer in the Motels. Like many of the Motels' moody hits, most of the songs on "Policy" have a melancholic feel. Standing in contrast, however, is the hopeful and climactic "My Promise". Deluxe Vinyl Replicas by Culture Factory constitute high quality reissued compact-discs which reproduce all the components of the original LPs and are their exact replicas in compact-disc size (5.3 x 5.3 inches), with authentic single or gatefold cardboard jackets and paper sleeves. In addition to the above, each compact-disc Deluxe Vinyl Replica includes a black finish CD complete with the original label to give it the look and feel of the original record album. Culture Factory strives to achieve an authentic sound with the highest possible fidelity to the original studio masters. Our remastering process brings out the music's true dynamics and original clarity with low levels of noise. In the remastering studio the audio tracks are handled in the form of high-definition, 96Kz / 24-bit digital files for greatest preservation of fidelity.

Keith Jarrett Trio - Bye Bye Blackbird (1993) Reissue 2008 [Re-Up]

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Keith Jarrett Trio - Bye Bye Blackbird (1993) Reissue 2008 [Re-Up]

Keith Jarrett Trio - Bye Bye Blackbird (1993) Reissue 2008
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 344 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 166 Mb | Scans included
Post-Bop, Piano Jazz, Standards | Label: ECM | # ECM 1467, 177 6230 | 01:07:55

This is the Keith Jarrett Trio's – featuring bassist Gary Peacock and drummer Jack DeJohnette – elegy for their former employer Miles Davis, recorded only 13 days after the maestro's death. The lonely figure in shadow with a horn on the cover contrasts with the joyous spirit of many of the tracks on this CD, yet there is still a ghostly presence to deal with – and in keeping with Miles' credo, Jarrett's choice of notes is often more purposefully spare than usual. There is symmetry in the organization of the album, with "Bye Bye Blackbird" opening and the trio's equally jaunty "Blackbird, Bye Bye" closing the album, and the interior tracks immediately following the former and preceding the latter are "You Won't Forget Me" and "I Thought About You." The centerpiece of the CD is an 18-and-a-half-minute group improvisation, "For Miles," which after some DeJohnette tumbling around becomes a dirge sometimes reminiscent of Miles' own elegy for Duke Ellington, "He Loved Him Madly." As an immediate response to a traumatic event, Jarrett and his colleagues strike the right emotional balance to create one of their more meaningful albums.

Miles Davis - My Funny Valentine (1965) [MFSL Remastered 2014] Audio CD Layer

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Miles Davis - My Funny Valentine (1965) [MFSL Remastered 2014] Audio CD Layer

Miles Davis - My Funny Valentine (1965) [MFSL Remastered 2014]
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 366 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 158 Mb | Scans included | 01:03:53
Hard Bop, Cool, Trumpet Jazz | Label: Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab | # UDSACD 2141

Miles Davis' concert of February 12, 1964, was divided into two LPs, with all of the ballads put on My Funny Valentine. These five lengthy tracks (specifically, "All of You," "Stella by Starlight," "All Blues," "I Thought About You," and the title cut) put the emphasis on the lyricism of Davis, along with some strong statements from tenor saxophonist George Coleman and freer moments from the young rhythm section of pianist Herbie Hancock, bassist Ron Carter, and drummer Tony Williams. This hour-long LP complements the up-tempo romps of Four & More.

Renee Fleming - Christmas in New York (2014) [Re-Up]

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Renee Fleming - Christmas in New York (2014) [Re-Up]

Renée Fleming - Christmas in New York (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 286 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 133 Mb
Label: Decca | # B0021104-02 | Time: 00:56:18 | Scans included
Holidays, Vocal Jazz, Vocal Pop, Classical Crossover

American soprano Renee Fleming's first-ever holiday album celebrates the beloved and iconic Christmas season in New York City. From the holiday windows lining 5th Avenue to the red and green-lit spire of the Empire State Building, the essence of the city at the most wonderful time of year is captured on Christmas in New York. Pop, Broadway and jazz greats Chris Botti, Kurt Elling, Wynton Marsalis, Brad Mehldau, Kelli O Hara, Gregory Porter and Rufus Wainwright join Renée as she lends her sublime voice to hits like "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," "Silver Bells" and other gems, including "Central Park Serenade" a brand new duet by songwriting legend Diane Warren. In total, Renee Fleming and her guests have won 16 Grammy awards across multiple categories.

The Soulful Strings - Magic Of Christmas (1968) Remastered Reissue 2015

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The Soulful Strings - Magic Of Christmas (1968) Remastered Reissue 2015

The Soulful Strings - Magic Of Christmas (1968) Remastered 2015
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 242 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 91 Mb | Scans included | 00:37:22
Easy Listening, Soul-Jazz, Holidays | Label: Real Gone Music | # RGM 0402

The Soulful Strings were without a doubt the hippest project ever to emerge from the 60s with the word Strings in its name. Brainchild of producer/arranger/bassist/songwriter (and genius) Richard Evans, the group was a far cry from the interchangeable outfits that flourished during the beautiful music era; instead, The Soulful Strings were actually composed of members of the Chess/Cadet label house band, including flautist Lennie Druss, guitarist Phil Upchurch, bassist/cellist Cleveland Eaton and harpist Dorothy Ashby, who laid down a tasty electric groove into which Evans stirred lush strings and unusual instrumentation like the kalimba and sitar. The result was a sound that resided at the crossroads of easy listening, jazz, R&B and exotica and, as one might expect from that description, every Soulful Strings release (they made seven albums) is treasured by cratediggers worldwide. This 1968 release was their highest-charting record at #35 on the charts, and appears on CD for the first time anywhere in the world, with liner notes by Gene Sculatti. The soundtrack to many a swingin 60s Christmas party.

Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown - Pressure Cooker (1985) [Re-Up]

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Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown - Pressure Cooker (1985) [Re-Up]

Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown - Pressure Cooker (1985)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 243 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 131 Mb | Scans included
Modern Electric Texas Blues | Label: Alligator | # ALCD 4745 | 00:41:31

Before Gate was able to rebuild a following stateside, he frequently toured Europe. He recorded the contents of this inexorably swinging set in France in 1973 with all-star backing by keyboardists Milt Buckner and Jay McShann, saxists Arnett Cobb and Hal Singer, among others. Brown indulges his passion for Louis Jordan by ripping through "Ain't That Just like a Woman" and "Ain't Nobody Here but Us Chickens" and exhibits his immaculate fretwork on the torrid title item.

Sir Colin Davis - Hector Berlioz: L'Enfance du Christ, La Mort de Cleopatre, etc (1994) 2CDs [Re-Up]

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Sir Colin Davis - Hector Berlioz: L'Enfance du Christ, La Mort de Cleopatre, etc (1994) 2CDs [Re-Up]

Hector Berlioz: L'Enfance du Christ; Méditation religieuse;
La Mort d'Ophélie; Sara la baigneuse; La Mort de Cléopâtre
English Chamber Orchestra; Goldsborough Orchestra; conducted by Sir Colin Davis
Elsie Morison, John Cameron, Joseph Rouleau, Peter Pears, Anne Pashley

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 620 Mb | Scans included | Time: 02:20:15
Genre: Classical, Choral | Label: Decca | # 443 461-2

This is a delightful recording from a conductor more closely allied than any other to Berlioz's music. With Berlioz the devil is always in the detail; he was an extraordinary orchestrator and capable of writing unidiomatically for instruments–especially the woodwinds–in order to get exactly the sound he wanted. Or rather, sounds, for the whole texture is made up of many layers. Davis understands this as if by instinct, and draws some beautiful playing from the instrumentalists without ever losing sight of the whole picture. It has been said that the French style of phrasing is all foreplay and no climax: the singers bring this teasing quality to their long, flowing lines but with a charmingly English home-counties blush too. Elsie Moris's light tone is a perfect match for Peter Pears' cool, silvery voice in this respect - and the choir too makes a good full sound without ever getting too heavy. The two discs also include some other gems from the pen of this most idiosyncratic of composers.

Paolo Fresu - Birth Of The Cool (2012)

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Paolo Fresu - Birth Of The Cool (2012)

Paolo Fresu - Birth Of The Cool (2012)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 322 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 112 Mb | Scans included
Jazz, Cool, Mainstream | Label: Musica Jazz | # MJCD 1249 | Time: 00:48:31

A prolific, award-winning Italian trumpet and flügelhorn player known for his warm tone and lyrical style. His style is based on the classic Miles Davis sound of the '50s, and the very lineup of his quintet is reminiscent of Davis' group, with excellent tenor Tino Tracanna. They mostly play originals and the music flows fresh and engaging, never a mere imitation.

B.B. King - A Christmas Celebration Of Hope (2001)

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B.B. King - A Christmas Celebration Of Hope (2001)

B.B. King - A Christmas Celebration Of Hope (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 306 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 110 Mb | Scans ~ 32 Mb
Modern Electric Blues, Soul-Blues, Holidays | Label: MCA | # 112 756-2 | Time: 00:48:21

A Christmas Celebration of Hope is the thirty ninth studio album by American blues guitarist and singer-songwriter B.B. King released in November 2001 through MCA Records. It is a holiday album. The album earned King two Grammy Awards at the 45th Grammy Awards (2003): he, Anthony Daigle and John Holbrook were presented the award for Best Traditional Blues Album and the track "Auld Lang Syne" earned King the award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance.

Frank Sinatra - The Sinatra Christmas Album (1994) [Re-Up]

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Frank Sinatra - The Sinatra Christmas Album (1994) [Re-Up]

Frank Sinatra - The Sinatra Christmas Album (1994)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 257 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 116 Mb | Scans included
Holidays, Christmas, Vocal Pop, Vocal Jazz | Label: Reprise | # 9362-457443-2 | 00:41:26

Christmas probably sounded a lot like this in Hoboken, circa the late 1930s: A skinny kid with a huge voice leading friends through favorite carols like "The Little Drummer Boy" and "Greensleeves." Fast forward and that skinny kid is no longer just another voice in the crowd. All ears are turned his way as he croons through a whole new set of Christmas standards, from "The Christmas Waltz" to "I Wouldn't Trade Christmas." Sinatra is in fine voice on this 13-song set, which boasts some of the better arrangements you'll hear on a seasonal album.