Playboy Magazine's Iconic Alcohol Advertising in the 1980s

Playboy Magazine, a hallmark of 20th-century popular culture, was known for many things - its groundbreaking interviews, in-depth articles, and iconic centerfolds. But, often overlooked, was its strategic and stylish portrayal of alcohol advertising, particularly during the exuberant decade of the 1980s.

Playboy Magazine's Iconic
Alcohol Advertising in the 1980s

Wepro - Wepro (2023)

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Wepro - Wepro (2023)

Wepro - Wepro (2023)
WEB FLAC (Tracks) 296 MB | Cover | 43:41 | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 105 MB
Italian Pop, Rock | Label: Forward Music Italy

Prepare to be swept away by the irresistible energy and infectious rock anthems of Italian rock band Wepro's self-titled album. Bursting with raw passion and relentless drive, this record is a testament to the band's undeniable talent and unwavering dedication to their craft. From the exhilarating guitar riffs to the pulsating rhythm section, Wepro's self-titled album is a whirlwind of electrifying sound that leaves you craving more.

Gianandrea Noseda, London Symphony Orchestra - Shostakovich: Symphonies Nos 6 & 15 (2023)

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Gianandrea Noseda, London Symphony Orchestra - Shostakovich: Symphonies Nos 6 & 15 (2023)

Gianandrea Noseda, London Symphony Orchestra - Shostakovich: Symphonies Nos 6 & 15 (2023)
WEB FLAC (Tracks +Digital Booklet) 232 MB | Cover | 01:16:48 | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 179 MB
Classical, Symphonies | Label: LSO Live

Following the success of his Fifth Symphony, all eyes were on Shostakovich to create a work that would measure up to its predecessor. The Sixth was originally intended as an immense musical monument to Lenin, to be woven with heroic melodies and folk songs. Instead his audiences were surprised to hear a quite different result—a contemplative, restrained first movement that morphs puzzlingly into a ferocious ending.

Elizabeth Sombart, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos 20, 21, 23, 27 (2023)

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Elizabeth Sombart, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos 20, 21, 23, 27 (2023)

Elizabeth Sombart, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos 20, 21, 23, 27 (2023)
WEB FLAC (Tracks) 449 MB | Cover | 02:04:02 | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 287 MB
Classical Period, Concerto, Christian | Label: RUBICON

Much to our good fortune, Mozart composed a number of concertos for piano and orchestra throughout his life, every page of which reads like a ‘unique and privileged’ musical entry in his personal diary. His compositional talents elevated these concertos to an unrivalled perfection.

Crucchi Gang - Fellini (2023)

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Crucchi Gang - Fellini (2023)

Crucchi Gang - Fellini (2023)
WEB FLAC (Tracks) 235 MB | Cover | 39:32 | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 92 MB
Rock, Indie, Pop | Label: Vertigo Berlin

Nein, so richtig hatte keiner mit dem Erfolg von „Crucchi Gang“ gerechnet. Das Mitte 2020 erschienene Debütalbum des gleichnamigen Bandprojekts basierte schließlich nicht auf irgendeinem ausgeklügelten Business-Plan, sondern auf einer spontanen Idee von Musikmanagerin Charlotte Goltermann, Element of Crime-Sänger und Autor Sven Regener sowie Francesco Wilking (Die höchste Eisenbahn, Tele). Deutschsprachige Musiker und Musikerinnen singen ihre eigenen Songs auf Italienisch. Mit auf der ersten Platte waren Von Wegen Lisbeth, Faber, Sophie Hunger und viele mehr.

Taylor Swift - Midnights (The Til Dawn Edition) (2023)

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Taylor Swift - Midnights (The Til Dawn Edition) (2023)

Taylor Swift - Midnights (The Til Dawn Edition) (2023)
WEB FLAC (Tracks) 482 MB | Cover | 01:20:35 | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 185 MB
Pop | Label: Taylor Swift

Midnights isn't a retreat so much as a return, a revival of the moody electro-pop that kept Reputation roiling. Where that 2017 record carried a measure of defiance, the vibe of Midnights is contemplative even when beats are insistent, as they are on occasion. Despite these fleeting moments of urgency, the record is clearly a soundtrack to be played in the wee hours of the morning. In that sense, Midnights is a kindred spirit to Folklore and Evermore, the twin 2020 albums Swift released during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, yet those records felt like collections of short stories where these songs – whether in their standard 13-song variation or the lengthy "3 AM Edition" which runs an additional seven tracks – all feel like confessions, even if they display the sense of exacting lyrical detail she's honed since Lover.

The Ramsey Singers & Mark Fenton - Men and Angels: 21st Century Choral Works (2023)

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The Ramsey Singers & Mark Fenton - Men and Angels: 21st Century Choral Works (2023)

The Ramsey Singers & Mark Fenton - Men and Angels: 21st Century Choral Works (2023)
WEB FLAC (Tracks) 222 MB | Cover | 01:04:07 | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 147 MB
Classical | Label: Ulysses Arts

The first two decades of the 21st Century witnessed an exciting new wave of compositions - many from women - which have rejuvenated the great choral music tradition with a huge range of individual styles. The Ramsey Singers have performed many of these album pieces on their visits to English cathedrals during the past 20 years, as well as commissioning significant additions to the repertoire. This album brings together some of the best works from this new tradition, mostly recorded for the first time, including music by Philip Stopford, Kerena Briggs, James Lavino, Lucy Walker, Alec Roth, Ben Ponniah, Jeremy Woodside, Sarah MacDonald and Jonathan Rathbone.

Duncan Hopkins - Who Are You? The Music of Kenny Wheeler (2023)

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Duncan Hopkins - Who Are You? The Music of Kenny Wheeler (2023)

Duncan Hopkins - Who Are You? The Music of Kenny Wheeler (2023)
WEB FLAC (Tracks) 251 MB | Cover | 45:25 | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 106 MB
Jazz | Label: TPR Records

Who Are You? is British/Canadian bassist Duncan Hopkins’ seventh album as a leader. While his past recordings have consisted almost entirely of original material, his latest offering is a celebration of his mentor, the trumpeter and composer Kenny Wheeler (1930-2014.)

Ute Lemper - Time Traveler (2023)

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Ute Lemper - Time Traveler (2023)

Ute Lemper - Time Traveler (2023)
WEB FLAC (Tracks) 248 MB | Cover | 40:50 | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 94 MB
Jazz, Pop, Vocal Jazz | Label: Jazzhaus Records

Ute Lemper, the New York-based German singer and dancer, is renowned for her interpretations of Brecht Weill songs; she slipped into the skin of Marlene Dietrich and has made a name for herself worldwide as a musical performer and specialist for the repertoire of the 1920s.

Greg Chako - A Place for Bass - Chamber Jazz Duets (2023)

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Greg Chako - A Place for Bass - Chamber Jazz Duets (2023)

Greg Chako - A Place for Bass - Chamber Jazz Duets (2023)
WEB FLAC (Tracks) 176 MB | Cover | 58:27 | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 135 MB
Jazz | Label: Mint 400 Records

Greg Chako is a very skilled jazz guitarist and composer who performs music in his own individual voice with consistent creativity. But because he has spent long periods living overseas, he is not as well-known as his talents deserve. The release of his latest album, A Place For Bass – Chamber Jazz Duets should help improve the situation. The collaborations with bassist Mason Daugherty, which feature the duo operating as equals, is the latest accomplishment in his very productive career.

Lucia Cadotsch - AKI (2023)

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Lucia Cadotsch - AKI (2023)

Lucia Cadotsch - AKI (2023)
WEB FLAC (Tracks) 166 MB | Cover | 36:43 | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 84 MB
Vocal Jazz | Label: Heartcore Records

Prominent bandleader in contemporary jazz Lucia Cadotsch presents her new quartet with pianist/organist Kit Downes, bassist Phil Donkin and drummer James Maddren.

Eydís Evensen - The Light (2023)

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Eydís Evensen - The Light (2023)

Eydís Evensen - The Light (2023)
WEB FLAC (Tracks) 143 MB | Cover | 40:26 | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 93 MB
Classical | Label: XXIM Records

Icelandic pianist and composer will release her second album, The Light on, May 26. Following on her album debut Bylur and EP Frost, The Light further expands on Evensen’s expression, presenting her not only as a pianist, arranger, and lyricist but also for the first time as a vocalist.

Víkingur Ólafsson - From Afar (Reworks) (2023)

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Víkingur Ólafsson - From Afar (Reworks) (2023)

Víkingur Ólafsson - From Afar (Reworks) (2023)
WEB FLAC (Tracks) 101 MB | Cover | 26:14 | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 60 MB
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

Víkingur Ólafsson’s latest album, From Afar, was met with widespread acclaim, praised for its evocative and contemplative beauty. Recorded on both upright and grand pianos, From Afar reflects on the pianist’s childhood memories in Iceland and features works by Bach, Mozart, Schumann, Brahms, Bartók, Thomas Adès and György Kurtág, alongside Icelandic and Hungarian folk songs.

David Hazeltine, Joe Farnsworth & Peter Washington - Blues for Gerry (2023)

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David Hazeltine, Joe Farnsworth & Peter Washington - Blues for Gerry (2023)

David Hazeltine, Joe Farnsworth & Peter Washington - Blues for Gerry (2023)
WEB FLAC (Tracks) 398 MB | Cover | 01:02:09 | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 143 MB
Jazz, Post-Bop | Label: Criss Cross Jazz

Pianist David Hazeltine has a history with Criss Cross. To be specific, between 1995 and 2010, Gerry Teekens, the label’s founder, presented eight albums on which Hazeltine led trios, quartets and quintets featuring his impeccable, individualistic pianism, original compositions and arrangements; another five with the cooperative all-star sextet One For All (tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander, trombonist Steve Davis, trumpeter Jim Rotondi, bassists Peter Washington or John Webber, and drummer Joe Farnsworth), whose grooving, harmonically acute charts bear his stamp; and another 17 as a sideman with the aforementioned luminaries, trumpeter Brian Lynch, alto saxophonist Jim Snidero, and other high-level jazzfolk who now hold pride of place in the hardcore jazz ecosystem.

Nico Santos - Ride (2023)

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Nico Santos - Ride (2023)

Nico Santos - Ride (2023)
WEB FLAC (Tracks) 282 MB | Cover | 42:17 | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 97 MB
Pop, Schlager | Label: Virgin

Nico Santos meldet sich nach mehr als 1 Milliarde globaler Streams mit seinem dritten Album zurück: „Ride“ ist nicht nur eine faszinierende, sich an keine Regeln haltende Songsammlung, ein Werk, dessen Bestandteile wie Puzzlestücke ineinander greifen. Nico: „»Ride« beschreibt perfekt meine letzten Jahre. Mein Leben war ein unglaublicher Ritt. Die Hochzeit, die Höhen und die Tiefen… Es gab große Momente, aber nur wenig Zeit, in der umso mehr passierte. In diesem Sinne ist mein Album autobiografisch. Ich habe mein Leben Revue passieren lassen, es ist eine Bestandsaufnahme.

Tesla (Band) - Full Throttle Live (Live) (2023)

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Tesla (Band) - Full Throttle Live (Live) (2023)

Tesla (Band) - Full Throttle Live (Live) (2023)
WEB FLAC (Tracks) 309 MB | Cover | 43:37 | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 101 MB
Rock | Label: Tesla Electric Company Recordings, Inc.

Veteran rockers TESLA will release their new live album, "Full Throttle Live", on May 26. The LP will include the band's latest single, "Time To Rock!", plus other songs, all recorded last August at Full Throttle Saloon in Sturgis, South Dakota.