Lizz Wright - Salt (2003)

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Lizz Wright - Salt (2003)

Lizz Wright - Salt (2003)
EAC | APE (image+.cue, log) - 321 MB | MP3 (CBR 320 kbps) - 129 MB | Covers Included | 50:30
Genre: Vocal Jazz | Label: Verve | Catalog: 5899332

Vocalist Lizz Wright delivers jazz that harks back to such luminaries as Nina Simone and Abbey Lincoln on her debut Verve release, Salt. Still in her early twenties, Wright has a warm, dusky voice reminiscent of Cassandra Wilson and similarly to Wilson seems interested in tackling an eclectic mix of jazz standards, traditional folk, and R&B. Early on, a folky afterglow-Latin version of "Afro Blue" takes center stage followed by the gorgeous "Soon as I Get Home," which betters the version from The Wiz.

Mary Chapin Carpenter - The Essential (2003)

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Mary Chapin Carpenter - The Essential (2003)

Mary Chapin Carpenter - The Essential (2003)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 490 MB | MP3 (CBR 320 kbps) - 177 MB | 01:09:40
Genre: Americana, Contemporary Folk, Singer-Songwriter | Label: Sony Music

The Essential Mary Chapin Carpenter takes hits from six albums she recorded for Columbia, omitting material from her first album, Hometown Girl. Since the majority of these songs appealed to both pop and country audiences, they achieved wide crossover popularity. The 16 cuts include the original versions of Carpenter's Top Ten hits "I Feel Lucky," "Passionate Kisses," "Down at the Twist and Shout," "Quittin' Time," and her first number one hit, "He Thinks He'll Keep Her."

Rigmor Gustafsson - Live (2000)

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Rigmor Gustafsson - Live (2000)

Rigmor Gustafsson - Live (2000)
EAC | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) - 387 MB | MP3 (CBR 320 kbps) - 155 MB | Covers Included | 56:46
Genre: Vocal Jazz | Label: Prophone Records | Catalog: PROCD 054

In 1989, after working as a freelance singer in Sweden, Rigmor Gustafsson left her homeland to try the New York City scene. There she started working in local jazz clubs, performed with Fred Hersch, and recorded alongside Randy Brecker and Bob Mintzer. But most of her activity was with her own quintet of New York players, with whom she recorded two albums. Returning to Sweden in 1996, she continues to perform and teach at the Royal Academy of Music.

Judy Collins - Live at the Metropolitan Museum of Art at the Temple of Dendur (2016)

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Judy Collins - Live at the Metropolitan Museum of Art at the Temple of Dendur (2016)

Judy Collins - Live at the Metropolitan Museum of Art at the Temple of Dendur (2016)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 308 MB | MP3 (CBR 320 kbps) - 126 MB | 49:10
Genre: Soft Rock, Folk Rock | Label: Wildflower Records

This live set was recorded in the Temple of Dendur at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York with a full band and a stellar array of guests to celebrate Judy Collins' 50th anniversary as a recording artist. (This is the audio version of the performance – there is another package that includes the full concert on DVD as well as the disc.) For starters, none of Ms. Collins' elegant, mysterious, sophisticated charm has worn off over the decades. In fact, it feels less studied and more organic now.

Tom Jones - The Complete Tom Jones (1992)

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Tom Jones - The Complete Tom Jones (1992)

Tom Jones - The Complete Tom Jones (1992)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) - 438 MB | MP3 (CBR 320 kbps) - 173 MB | Covers Included | 01:08:55
Genre: Pop | Label: London Records | Catalog: 844 286-2

The Complete Tom Jones is a highly enjoyable set which collects most of Tom Jones' hit recordings, beginning with his first major success, 1965's "It's Not Unusual," and ending with his 1988 hit collaboration with the Art of Noise, "Kiss." Most of Tom Jones' major hits are included, among those "Delilah," "What's New, Pussycat?," "Love Me Tonight," "I'll Never Fall in Love Again," "Without Love (There Is Nothing)," "Daughter of Darkness," "I (Who Have Nothing)," "She's a Lady," and "The Green Green Grass of Home."

Marianne Faithfull - The Rarities Collection (2015)

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Marianne Faithfull  - The Rarities Collection (2015)

Marianne Faithfull - The Rarities Collection (2015)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 496 MB | MP3 (CBR 320 kbps) - 185 MB | 01:09:08
Genre: Pop, Rock | Label: Universal Music Catalogue

Few stars of the '60s reinvented themselves as successfully as Marianne Faithfull. She began her career as a pop thrush who scored an international hit with her version of "As Tears Go By," which was released well before the Rolling Stones recorded it, and a string of successful singles followed in the U.K. Initially, Faithfull was known as much for her blonde beauty and her relationship with Mick Jagger as she was for her gentle voice and talent as an interpretive vocalist, though she recorded a fine folk album, 1966's North Country Maid, that showed her gifts stretched beyond polished pop.

Sparks - Mael Intuition: The Best of Sparks 1974-76 (1990)

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Sparks - Mael Intuition: The Best of Sparks 1974-76 (1990)

Sparks - Mael Intuition: The Best of Sparks 1974-76 (1990)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 457 MB | MP3 (CBR 320 kbps) - 153 MB | 61:31
Genre: Pop Rock, New Wave | Label: Island Records

A well-chosen, 20-track compilation derived from the group's three best albums (Kimono My House, Propaganda, and Indiscreet), released during their brief, productive tenure with Island Records. Producers Muff Winwood (for the first two, harder-rocking albums) and Tony Visconti (the more varied and elaborately arranged Indiscreet) both provide the Mael brothers with solid, sympathetic settings for their witty, rapid-fire lyrics and manic delivery.

Marianne Faithfull - The Collection (2005)

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Marianne Faithfull - The Collection (2005)

Marianne Faithfull - The Collection (2005)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 680 MB | MP3 (CBR 320 kbps) - 275 MB | 01:46:49
Genre: Folk Rock, Pop Rock | Label: Universal Distribution

Any Marianne Faithfull collection from her Decca years that doesn't include "As Tears Go By" is of special interest, as some listeners have never been convinced of her version's merits, regardless of its chart position. In this case, there are 40 songs here in a distinctly folk and pop/cabaret vein, mastered in state of the art sound, that capture some of Faithfull's best moments on various singles and her LPs, alas not in chronological order – she became a better, less self-conscious singer as she went on, and the material here, running right up to her 1967 Decca single "Is This What I Get for Loving You," embodies some of her best work, nicely annotated and well mastered, and the price is definitely right as a budget double-CD set.

Shelby Lynne - Just A Little Lovin' (2008)

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Shelby Lynne - Just A Little Lovin' (2008)

Shelby Lynne - Just A Little Lovin' (2008)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) - 226 MB | MP3 (CBR 320 kbps) - 100 MB | Covers Included | 39:20
Genre: Pop Rock, Folk Rock, Country | Label: Lost Highway | Catalog: 1744825

Shelby Lynne has followed her own sometimes reckless, always adventuresome muse throughout her career. Just a Little Lovin' is her personal homage to the late, legendary Dusty Springfield. Nine of its ten cuts are inextricably linked to the late British vocalist whose sway Lynne came under years ago, but a chance conversation with Barry Manilow – of all people – led to the making of this record. Lynne doesn't attempt to sound like Springfield.

Shelby Lynne - Suit Yourself (2005)

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Shelby Lynne - Suit Yourself (2005)

Shelby Lynne - Suit Yourself (2005)
EAC | APE (image+.cue, log) - 267 MB | MP3 (CBR 320 kbps) - 114 MB | Covers Included | 44:45
Genre: Pop Rock, Folk Rock, Country | Label: Capitol | Catalog: 73464

Shelby Lynne has been seeking the place inside her music where everything cracks and opens for over a decade. From her Columbia Records debut, she has been writing and singing songs that seek to get underneath themselves and communicate something of the wildness, ambiguity, and emotional depth that is in the grain of her voice. Suit Yourself is a self-produced, loose, organic set of 12 new songs, ten of them originals.

Anouk - Update (2003)

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Anouk - Update (2003)

Anouk - Update (2003)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 367 MB | MP3 (CBR 320 kbps) - 136 MB | 51:42
Genre: Pop Rock | Label: Dino Music

Update is a 2004 live album by the Dutch singer Anouk. It contains acoustic versions of many of her then recent songs, including many tracks from her Graduated Fool album.

Allison Moorer - The Ultimate Collection (2008)

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Allison Moorer - The Ultimate Collection (2008)

Allison Moorer - The Ultimate Collection (2008)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 516 MB | MP3 (CBR 320 kbps) - 190 MB | 01:15:32
Genre: Folk, Country, Americana | Label: Hump Head Records

Sie ist eine Power-Frauen der Country Music, vergleichbar mit einer Rhonda Vincent. Zwar steht Allison Moorer nicht so sehr im kommerziellen Rampenlicht, beeindruckt aber in vielleicht noch stärkerem Maße mit ihrem künstlerischem Durchsetzungsvermögen. Sie hat eine eigene Art entwickelt, ungewöhnliche Geschichten auf ebenso ungewöhnliche Art zu erzählen. Allison Moorer schreibt ihr Songs fast ausnahmslos selbst und trägt sie mit einer unter die Haut gehenden abwechslungsreichen Stimme vor.

Shawn Colvin - The Best Of (2010)

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Shawn Colvin - The Best Of (2010)

Shawn Colvin - The Best Of (2010)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 451 MB | MP3 (CBR 320 kbps) - 163 MB | 01:04:30
Genre: Folk, Pop, Rock, Singer-Songwriter | Label: 101 Distribution

Shawn Colvin is a contemporary folk/pop artist best known for her 1997 hit 'Sunny Came Home' from the album 'A Few Small Repairs'. She released her debut album in 1989 and was one of the leading lights of the 'new folk' movement (her peers include the likes of Sarah McLachlan, Toni Childs, Mary Chapin-Carpenter, Lisa Loeb & Sheryl Crow). She continues to tour and release albums regularly with much critical acclaim.

Tok Tok Tok - Reach Out And Sway Your Booty (2007)

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Tok Tok Tok - Reach Out And Sway Your Booty (2007)

Tok Tok Tok - Reach Out And Sway Your Booty (2007)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 779 MB | MP3 (CBR 320 kbps) - 286 MB | 01:51:57
Genre: Jazz, Funk, Soul | Label: BHM Productions

With their first ever live recording, TOK TOK TOK fulfil their audience s longtime wish. For years, TOK TOK TOK fans from all over have repeatedly requested a live album, craving a memento of TOK TOK TOK s unique live performance. TOK TOK TOK (alias Tokunbo Akinro and Morten Klein plus Band) have always made a strong distinction between their recorded and live performance, and Reach out and sway your Booty gives us a taste of the live sensation.

Tra Nguyen, Roland Kluttig - Joachim Raff: Suite for piano & orchestra, Overtures & preludes (2010)

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Tra Nguyen, Roland Kluttig - Joachim Raff: Suite for piano & orchestra, Overtures & preludes (2010)

Tra Nguyen, Roland Kluttig - Joachim Raff: Suite for piano & orchestra, Overtures & preludes (2010)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:17:46 | 404 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Sterling | Catalog: CDS 1085

Fans of Joachim Raff should be interested in this disc, which includes four overtures and his Suite for piano and orchestra, all of which are recorded here for the first time. The orchestral performances with Roland Kluttig leading the Symphony Orchestra of Norrlands Opera are easily as fine as those of the complete symphonies by Stadlmair and the Bamberg Symphony, and pianist Tra Nguyen's performance of the suite is impressive both for its virtuosity and sensitivity.