Dan Patlansky - Introvertigo (2016)

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Dan Patlansky - Introvertigo (2016)

Dan Patlansky - Introvertigo (2016)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 247 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 86 Mb | Scans ~ 252 Mb
Blues Rock, Modern Electric Blues | Label: Caroline | # 4783661 | 00:35:48

DAN PATLANSKY is ending 2016 on a high note, with his latest album INTROVERTIGO being voted as the #1 Blues Rock Album in the world released in 2016 by BLUES ROCK REVIEW/USA, alongside names such as Joe Bonamassa, Chase Walker Band, Supersonic Blues Machine, Devon Allman, and many more. “Blues Rock Review would like to congratulate Dan Patlansky on being voted the #1 Blues Rock Album of 2016 by the staff and readers of Blues Rock Review… an amazing feat which cements Dan’s status among the modern day blues rock greats. Dear Silence Thieves was Patlansky’s breakout, Introvertigo shows he’s right up there with Bonamassa for modern day blues rock supremacy.” – Pete Francis, Blues Rock Review Editor-in-Chief.

Bruce Cockburn - Dart to the Heart (1994)

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Bruce Cockburn - Dart to the Heart (1994)

Bruce Cockburn - Dart to the Heart (1994)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 314Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 134 Mb | Scans included | 00:48:56
Singer/Songwriter, Contemporary Folk, Folk-Rock | Label: True North | # CTNK 82

Bruce Cockburn is Canada's version of Richard Thompson, a brilliant folk-rock guitarist who also writes smart, acerbic lyrics about the twisted ways of modern society and modern romance. Never as vicious or as funny as Thompson, Cockburn is a more restrained, less obvious talent, but rewarding just the same. Dart to the Heart, free of political abstractions and filled with personal musings on love, is his best since 1985's World of Wonders. The first single, "Listen for the Laugh," is a boisterous hornªpowered rocker that insists good-naturedly that the surest sign of love is not sighing but laughter–and very specific sort of laughter, like "a chain saw in a velvet glove." That's a good description for Cockburn's guitar work, too, for he keeps it buried behind his deep, sleepy vocals, but if you listen closely you can hear just how his picking chews up chords and sends notes flying in all directions.

Stan Getz - Quartet & Quintet 1950-1952 (1992) with Horace Silver, Jimmy Raney, Al Haig, Duke Jordan

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Stan Getz - Quartet & Quintet 1950-1952 (1992) with Horace Silver, Jimmy Raney, Al Haig, Duke Jordan

Stan Getz - Quartet & Quintet 1950-1952 (1992)
with Horace Silver, Jimmy Raney, Al Haig, Duke Jordan

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 287 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 159 Mb | Scans included
Mainstream Jazz, Cool, Bop | Label: Giants Of Jazz | # CD 53137 | Time: 01:08:20

In a three-year period, Stan Getz played with bands featuring either pianist Duke Jordan or a young Horace Silver. This is the boppin' Getz on tenor, playing standards fervently. There are two Gigi Gryce originals, the Getz original "Hershey Bar," and Silver's "Penny" among the 24 tracks. This is a decent introduction to the pre-bossa nova player the world would later know.

The Attaignant Consort, Kate Clark - Madame d'amours: Music for Renaissance Flute Consort (2007)

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The Attaignant Consort, Kate Clark - Madame d'amours: Music for Renaissance Flute Consort (2007)

The Attaignant Consort, Kate Clark - Madame d'amours: Music for Renaissance Flute Consort (2007)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 350 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 184 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical, Renaissance | Label: Ramée | # RAM 0706 | Time: 01:19:57

Madame d'amours is an enchanting and pleasingly varied collection of pieces performed for flute consort by The Attaignant Consort. The Consort was founded in 1998 by four graduates (from Australia, France, the Netherlands and Italy) of the Royal Conservatorium in The Hague. Having studied historical flute performance practice under Barthold Kuijken and/or Wilbert Hazelzet, these experts (they also work with such renowned groups as Les Musiciens du Louvre, Freiburger Barockorchester and Musica Antiqua Köln – amongst others) also pursue their passion for the sound world of the Renaissance flute in collaboration with Italian flute maker, Giovanni Tardino. The premise of all concerned is that such consort music aspired to a closeness to the patterns and intonations of the human voice. This was (and is, here) achieved by careful attention to instrumental articulation, expressiveness and dynamic shading. The Attaignant Consort likes to play with facsimiles of the original parts in preference to scores; and from memory whenever possible. For this recording the Consort is joined by harpist Marta Graziolino, lutanist Nigel North and flautist Mathieu Langlois.

John Lee Hooker - Specialty Profiles (2006) [Re-Up]

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John Lee Hooker - Specialty Profiles (2006) [Re-Up]

John Lee Hooker - Specialty Profiles (2006)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 243 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 139 Mb | Scans included
Delta Blues | Label: Specialty Records | # 0888072301146 | Time: 00:40:41

Specialty Profiles album by John Lee Hooker was released Aug 29, 2006 on the Specialty label. John Lee Hooker recorded for many record labels during his long career. Specialty Profiles songs But this sampling of some of his Specialty sides finds him at his best, on tracks like his much-recorded "Boogie Chillen No.2," the simmering "I'm Mad," the brooding "Nothin' But Trouble," and the risque "Grinder Man." Featuring many solo cuts (the artist's idiosyncratic timing defeated most accompanists), these quality sides display Hooker in his prime.

The Jazz Crusaders - Lookin' Ahead (1962) Reissue 2014 [Re-Up]

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The Jazz Crusaders - Lookin' Ahead (1962) Reissue 2014 [Re-Up]

The Jazz Crusaders - Lookin' Ahead (1962) Reissue 2014
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 171 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 102 Mb | Scans included
Hard Bop, Soul-Jazz | Label: Hallmark | # 715252 | Time: 00:35:39

The Jazz Crusaders second album for Pacific Jazz, Lookin Ahead features the core four members of the group (Joe Sample, Wayne Henderson, Wilton Felder and Stix Hooper), with bassist Jimmy Bond rounding out the sound. Lookin Ahead showcases what was already a signature sound for the group, with the tenor saxophone and trombone leading many of the songs, although Joe Samples piano playing holds much of the material together. The group wrote seven of the albums nine cuts, including The Young Rabbits, which would become something of a staple for the Jazz Crusaders during the 1960s, being much revered at their live shows. The two covers include Tonight, from the musical West Side Story, and Song Of India, a classical piece by Rimsky-Korsakov arranged by Joe Sample. Along with their debut album Freedom Sound (also available on Hallmark as 713822) the Jazz Crusaders were at the forefront of the soul jazz scene in Los Angeles in the early 1960s. Their relevance and importance continued to grow throughout the rest of the decade.

Todd Rundgren - Faithful (1976)

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Todd Rundgren - Faithful (1976)

Todd Rundgren - Faithful (1976)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 304 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 122 Mb | Scans included
Classic Rock, Power Pop, Art Rock, Pop/Rock | Rhino/Bearsville | # R2 70868 | 00:50:26

Todd Rundgren considered 1966 the beginning of his professional musical career, largely because the Nazz formed around that time. As a celebration, he recorded Faithful. Presumably, Faithful celebrates the past and the future by juxtaposing a side of original pop material with a side of covers. Actually, "covers" isn't accurate – the six oldies that comprise the entirety of side one are re-creations, with Rundgren "faithfully" replicating the sound and feel of the Yardbirds ("Happenings Ten Years Time Ago"), Bob Dylan ("Most Likely You Go Your Way and I'll Go Mine"), Jimi Hendrix ("If Six Was Nine"), the Beach Boys ("Good Vibrations") and the Beatles "("Rain," "Strawberry Fields Forever"). All of this is entertaining, to a certain extent, especially since it's remarkable how close Rundgren comes to duplicating the very feel of the originals.

Chilingirian Quartet - Edvard Grieg: String Quartets (1999) Reissue 2007

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Chilingirian Quartet - Edvard Grieg: String Quartets (1999) Reissue 2007

Chilingirian Quartet - Edvard Grieg: String Quartets (1999) Reissue 2007
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 299 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 150 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Helios/Hyperion | # CDH55299 | Time: 01:04:26

Franz Liszt, writing about Grieg's String Quartet No 1, declared: 'It is long time since I have encountered a new composition, especially a string quartet, which has intrigued me as greatly as this distinctive and admirable work by Grieg'. Grieg himself said that his quartet '… aims at breadth; to soar, and above all at a vigorous sound for the instruments for which it is written.' In 1891, Edvard Grieg started his second quartet, but sadly lacked inspiration and time to finish the last two movements. Levon Chilingirian of the Chilingirian Quartet has studied the original manuscripts of the first two movements (which have many clarifying instructions added by Julius Röntgen in preparation for their printing by C F Peters in 1908) and prepared the third and fourth movements especially for this recording. This is therefore a first recording of the completed String Quartet No 2.

Crazy Horse - Crazy Moon (1978) Reissue 1998 [Re-Up]

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Crazy Horse - Crazy Moon (1978) Reissue 1998 [Re-Up]

Crazy Horse - Crazy Moon (1978) Reissue 1998
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 235 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 86 Mb | Scans ~ 145 Mb
Classic Rock, Hard Rock | Label: Camden | # 74321 578212 | Time: 00:37:26

Six years went by between the release of Crazy Horse's third album, At Crooked Lake, and its fourth, Crazy Moon, and a lot of water went under the bridge in the meantime. Crazy Horse was, in effect, three different bands on its first three albums because the only constants were bassist Billy Talbot and drummer Ralph Molina as lead singers, songwriters, guitarists, and keyboardists came and went. The band name seemed to be retired by 1973, but in 1974 Talbot and Molina hooked up with singer/guitarist Frank Sampedro as Crazy Horse, leading to sessions with their erstwhile employer Neil Young that resulted in the Young/Crazy Horse album Zuma. At the same time, they recorded some Crazy Horse tracks that sat around for years, finally being finished off in the summer of 1978 for release here. The result is the first album since their debut, 1971's Crazy Horse, that sounds identifiable as the band that backs Young.

VA - Roots 'N' Culture: 21 Mighty Reggae Cuts (1993) Reissue 1997

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VA - Roots 'N' Culture: 21 Mighty Reggae Cuts (1993) Reissue 1997

VA - Roots 'N' Culture: 21 Mighty Reggae Cuts (1993) Reissue 1997
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 383 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 173 Mb | Scans ~ 93 Mb
Reggae, Roots Reggae | Label: Nascente | # NSCD016 | Time: 01:15:45

This set, with its powerful melodies, brilliant playing (note the superb horns) and all round attitude, is a sparkling reminder of how reggae sounded when it first influenced the world music scene in the Seventies. But it afso bears testimony to the sophisticated consciousness, wisdom and Afrocentric worldview that were the trademarks of the Rasta rebel soul at that time. This music had weight. That 'Roots' and 'Culture' became pilloried cliches at the beginning of the 80s says something about the rot that had set in at the heart of reggae - and just as much about, how times had changed. The idea of Roots - kind of personified by Alex Haley's mid-Seventies book and TV series of the same period - typified the search for an African identity, after centuries of physical and then economic slavery, amongst Jamaican youth.

Billy Strayhorn - Lush Life (1992)

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Billy Strayhorn - Lush Life (1992)

Billy Strayhorn - Lush Life (1992)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 333 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 170 Mb | Scans included
Bop, Cool, Swing, Piano Jazz | Label: Red Baron | # AK 52760 | Time: 01:09:23

Although not initially released until 1992, 25 years after composer Billy Strayhorn's death, this is his definitive CD. Strayhorn is heard singing "Lush Life" while backed by the Duke Ellington Orchestra in 1964 (his voice is not strong but his phrasing is quite sincere), jamming on piano with flügelhornist Clark Terry and Bob Wilbur (on clarinet and soprano) in a quintet, backing singer Ozzie Bailey, and taking a pair of piano solos ("Love Came" and "Baby Clementine"). These are very valuable and intriguing recordings, shedding some new light on a nearly invisible genius.

VA - Chess Blues Guitar: Two Decades Of Killer Fretwork 1949-1969 (1998) 2CD Set [Re-Up]

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VA - Chess Blues Guitar: Two Decades Of Killer Fretwork 1949-1969 (1998) 2CD Set [Re-Up]

VA - Chess Blues Guitar: Two Decades Of Killer Fretwork 1949-1969 (1998) 2CD Set
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 627 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 297 Mb | Scans ~ 97 Mb
Label: Chess/Universal | # 329 393-2, MCD 09393 | Time: 02:09:28
Blues, Chicago Blues, Electric Blues, Rhythm & Blues, Rock & Roll, Soul-Blues

This 45-song, two-disc collection is subtitled "two decades of killer fretwork", and never was a set so aptly described. Chess Records was the home to seemingly every hot guitar player in the Chicago area, and many of them make their appearance here. Besides the usual label guitar hotshots (Muddy Waters, Jimmy Rogers, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Buddy Guy, Lowell Fulson, Earl Hooker, Otis Rush, Robert Nighthawk, Little Milton), space is given to sideman work from legends like Hubert Sumlin and Robert Jr. Lockwood and great one-offs by lesser-known artists like Jody Williams, Danny Overbea, Eddie Burns, Joe Hill Louis, Morris Pejoe, Lafayette Thomas and others. It seems as if everyone recorded for Chess at one time or another, also explaining the inclusion of tracks by John Lee Hooker, Albert King, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, Lonnie Brooks, Hound Dog Taylor and Elmore James. If electric blues guitar's your thing, then look no further than this fine two-disc compilation.

Enigma - Love Sensually Devotion: Greatest Hits & Remixes (2016) 2CDs

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Enigma - Love Sensually Devotion: Greatest Hits & Remixes (2016) 2CDs

Enigma - Love Sensually Devotion: Greatest Hits & Remixes (2016) 2CDs
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 944 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 307 Mb | Scans ~ 60 Mb | 02:14:24
Electronic, Ambient, Ethnic Fusion, Downtempo | Universal | # 06025 5711298 6

LSD: Love, Sensuality and Devotion gathers over a decade's worth of Enigma's definitive tracks, including the song that started it all, "Sadeness, Pt. 1." "Return to Innocence," "Beyond the Invisible," and "Cross of Changes" are all featured as well, and though the collection ranges from the rock-tinged "I'll Love You…I'll Kill You" to atmospheric, electronic fare like "Shadows in Silence," since it's all essentially Michael Crétu's vision, it flows surprisingly well. Since Enigma's sound has varied fairly drastically over the years, LSD: Love, Sensuality and Devotion is the perfect starting point for anyone curious about Crétu's music, and the only Enigma album that casual fans might need.

Ludus Modalis, Bruno Boterf - Paschal de L'Estocart: Deux coeurs aimants (2007)

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Ludus Modalis, Bruno Boterf - Paschal de L'Estocart: Deux coeurs aimants (2007)

Ludus Modalis, Bruno Boterf - Paschal de L'Estocart: Deux coeurs aimants (2007)
- Chansons, Ode, Psalms and Motets with 3 to 7 voices

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 316 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 149 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Choral, Renaissance | Label: Ramée | # RAM 0703 | Time: 01:04:45

Little is known of the life of Paschal de L'Estocart, the French composer of the late Renaissance who was roughly a contemporary of Claude Le Jeune (1528 -1600). He seems to have been sympathetic to the Protestant Reformers – he spent considerable time in Germany and his music was published in Geneva – but later in life he applied unsuccessfully to the French King for a position at an abbey. His collection of psalms and motets, Sacrae Cantiones, 16 of which are recorded here, are mostly in French, along with several in Latin, and was dedicated to Calvinist Count Palatine Johann Casimir in 1582. This collection also includes his Ode in 12 parts, set to religious texts in French. L'Estocart's music is typical of late Renaissance polyphony, eclectic in its use of a cantus firmus, imitative counterpoint, and homophonic writing, with an unusually free use of dissonance. The French mixed a cappella ensemble Ludus Modalis, led by Bruno Boterf, specializes in music of this era and sings with passion and authority. Intonation is immaculate and tone quality is pure and unforced. The recorded sound is clean, but spacious and warm.

Howard Jones - Human's Lib (1984)

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Howard Jones - Human's Lib (1984)

Howard Jones - Human's Lib (1984)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 339 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 139 Mb | Scans included
Label: WEA/Elektra | # 9 60346-2, 2 40335-2 | Time: 00:49:48
Synthpop, New Wave, Dance-Rock

Human's Lib is fueled by the nonstop synth-pop hooks and brightly textured melodies that went on to be a trademark of Howard Jones. His brand of spirited keyboard-and-lyric exuberance lent itself to a large part of the mid-'80s, especially in Britain. The tracks on Human's Lib are energetic and colorful, coming to life the best on "New Song," a number 27 hit for Jones in the U.S., and on the finely structured "What Is Love?," which gave him the number 33 spot on the singles chart four months later. While both of these songs rested at the bottom end of Billboard's Top 40, they went to number three and number two, respectively, in the U.K., with the album going all the way to number one, proving that his techno-pop stylings were better-appreciated on his side of the Atlantic. Outside of the singles, the album still holds well, with efforts like "Hide and Seek," "Conditioning," and "Pearl in the Shell" following through with a buoyant but orderly techno-pop keenness mustered through his clean use of the synthesizer. Although 1985's Dream Into Action is tighter both musically and lyrically, Human's Lib acts as a well-grounded starting point for Jones' future success.