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VA - Everybody Makes A Mistake (Stax Southern Soul Volume 2) (2021)

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VA - Everybody Makes A Mistake (Stax Southern Soul Volume 2) (2021)

VA - Everybody Makes A Mistake (Stax Southern Soul Volume 2) (2021)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 406 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 173 MB
1:15:23 | Soul, Funk, R&B | Label: Kent Records Uk

More southern soul sounds from the mighty Stax Records of Memphis, including unissued tracks from the Soul Children and Eddie Floyd.

The Cranberries - No Need To Argue (1994)

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The Cranberries - No Need To Argue (1994)

The Cranberries - No Need To Argue (1994)
EAC | Flac(Image) + Cue + Log & MP3 CBR 320Kbps
Island, 314-524 050-2 | ~ 329 or 120 Mb | Scans(jpg) -> 115 Mb
Alternative Rock

With their surprise success behind them, the Cranberries went ahead and essentially created a sequel to Everybody Else is Doing It, So Why Can't We with only tiny variations, with mixed results. The fact that the album is essentially a redo of previously established stylistic ground isn't apparent in just the production, handled again by Stephen Street, or the overall sound, or even that one particularly fine song is called "Dreaming My Dreams." Everybody wasn't a laugh riot, to be sure, but No Need to Argue starts to see O'Riordan take a more commanding and self-conscious role that ended up not standing the band in good stead later…

VA - Billboard Top Contemporary Jazz: Rock (Remastered) (1999)

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VA - Billboard Top Contemporary Jazz: Rock (Remastered) (1999)

VA - Billboard Top Contemporary Jazz: Rock (Remastered) (1999)
XLD Rip | FLAC (tracks, cue, log) - 376 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 141 MB
1:00:53 | Jazz-Rock, Jazz-Funk | Label: Rhino

Billboard Top Contemporary Jazz: Rock gathers ten fusion favorites, including Weather Report's "Punk Jazz," Chick Corea's "Armando's Rhumba," and Al Di Meola's "Electric Rendezsvous." Jean-Luc Ponty's "Cosmic Messenger" and Billy Cobham's "Moon Germs" are two of the other highlights from this collection, which does a fine job of showcasing definitive cuts from fusion's heyday in the '60s and '70s.

Pretenders - Last of the Independents (Remastered Deluxe Edition) (1994/2015)

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Pretenders - Last of the Independents (Remastered Deluxe Edition) (1994/2015)

Pretenders - Last of the Independents (Remastered Deluxe Edition) (1994/2015)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks, cue, log) - 672 MB
1:36:18 | Alternative Rock, Blues Rock | Label: Edsel / Rhino

Last of the Independents is the sixth studio album by rock group The Pretenders, released in 1994. For this album, the band is officially credited as being Chrissie Hynde (vocals, guitar), Adam Seymour (guitar), Andy Hobson (bass) and Martin Chambers (drums). However, this line-up only plays together on one track ("All My Dreams"); the rest of the album is performed by Hynde and Seymour in conjunction with a rotating series of musicians on bass and drums. These musicians include Hobson and Chambers, as well as bassists Andy Rourke, Tom Kelly and David Paton, and drummers Jimmy Copley and J.F.T. Hood. A few other session musicians also appear, including Ian Stanley (formerly of Tears for Fears), and one-time Pretenders guitarist Robbie McIntosh, who plays alongside Hynde and Seymour on "I'm a Mother". The album marked the official return of Chambers, who had been fired by Hynde eight years prior.

Filippo Mazzoli, Massimiliano Denti, Ensemble Phainé - Aurore 19th 20th Century French Music for Flute, Bassoon and Harp (2022)

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Filippo Mazzoli, Massimiliano Denti, Ensemble Phainé - Aurore 19th 20th Century French Music for Flute, Bassoon and Harp (2022)

Filippo Mazzoli, Massimiliano Denti, Ensemble Phainé - Aurore 19th 20th Century French Music for Flute, Bassoon and Harp (2022)
FLAC tracks | 59:25 | 248 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Da Vinci Classics

Filippo (flute) Ensemble Phainé: Mazzoli / Massimiliano (bassoon) Denti / Marta (harp) Pettoni (Artista), Joseph Haydn (Compositore)

Was (Not Was) - Boo! (2008)

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Was (Not Was) - Boo! (2008)

Was (Not Was) - Boo! (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 312 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 109 Mb | Scans included
R&B, Funk, Soul-Jazz, Pop/Rock | Label: Rykodisc | # RCD 10943 | Time: 00:41:37

Closing in on 20 years since their last album, the whole gang is here, pretty much – the core of Don and David Was and Sir Harry Bowens and Sweet Pea Atkinson, along with Was (Not Was) vets Luis Resto, David McMurray, Wayne Kramer, Donald Ray Mitchell, and Randy Jacobs, as well as roughly a couple dozen additional accomplices, from Booker T. Jones to (of course) Kris Kristofferson. Mixing and matching funk, rock, and soul with a little jazz and blues, and enhanced on occasion by some seamlessly incorporated electronics, Boo! delivers robust party material with plenty of straight-faced, sidesplitting/head-scratching humor…precisely what you'd expect from them, then. They've remained ageless all along, balancing their adolescent pranksterism with sharp social observations and deliriously random humor, deploying it all over sturdy grooves that roam unselfconsciously across the history of R&B.

Robert Nighthawk - Live on Maxwell Street 1964 (2000)

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Robert Nighthawk - Live on Maxwell Street 1964 (2000)

Robert Nighthawk - Live on Maxwell Street 1964 (2000)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 309 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 162 MB | Covers - 31 MB
Genre: Blues, Chicago Blues | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Bullseye Blues & Jazz (11661-9624-2)

Recorded by Norman Dayron live on the street (you can actually hear cars driving by!) in 1964 with just Robert Whitehead on drums and Johnny Young on rhythm guitar, Robert Nighthawk's slide playing (and single-string soloing, for that matter) are nothing short of elegant and explosive. Highlights include "The Maxwell Street Medley," which combines his two big hits "Anna Lee" and "Sweet Black Angel"; a mind-altering 12-bar solo on "The Time Have Come," which proves that Nighthawk's lead playing was just as well developed as his slide work; and a couple of wild instrumentals with Carey Bell sitting in on harmonica. Nighthawk sounds cool as a cucumber, presiding over everything with an almost genial charm while laying the toughest sounds imaginable…

Frank Sinatra - Point Of No Return (1961) [MFSL Remastered 2013]

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Frank Sinatra - Point Of No Return (1961) [MFSL Remastered 2013]

Frank Sinatra - Point Of No Return (1961) [MFSL Remastered 2013]
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 226 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 97 Mb | Scans included | 00:39:25
Vocal Jazz, Vocal Pop, Easy Listening | Label: Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab | # UDSACD 2112

Though already in business in 1961 with his own record label, Frank Sinatra was contractually obligated to give Capitol one more record before moving on to Reprise. Sinatra gave them the ironically titled Point of No Return, which is hardly the deal-fulfilling throwaway one might expect. Expertly arranged and conducted by longtime Sinatra ally Alex Stordahl, it's an elegant collection of farewell songs (including "I'll See You Again," "As Time Goes By," "There Will Never Be Another You," and "It's a Blue World"), delivered by Sinatra with a profound sense of sadness and loss. Fans of such downbeat Sinatra concept albums as In the Wee Small Hours and Sings for Only the Lonely would do well to pick up on this oft-overlooked gem.

Nicholas McGegan, Freiburger Barockorchester - George Frideric Handel: Ottone (1993)

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Nicholas McGegan, Freiburger Barockorchester - George Frideric Handel: Ottone (1993)

Nicholas McGegan, Freiburger Barockorchester - George Frideric Handel: Ottone (1993)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 950 Mb | Total time: 70:44+64:07+54:56 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMU 907073.75 | Recorded: 1992

With over 30 of Handel’s operas awaiting a first CD recording, it seems indecent luxury to find two splendid new recordings of Ottone, a work in the vanguard of the German Handel opera revival in the 1920s, but long since relegated to obscurity. Both benefit immensely by being based on stage performances, Nicholas McGegan’s from the Göttingen Handel Festival, of which he is artistic director, Robert King’s from a production that successfully toured the UK and Japan. Broadly speaking, McGegan’s reading is distinguished by a compelling sense of drama and a wonderful feeling for Handelian style, sometimes at the expense of tonal beauty; King’s is smoother, occasionally letting the dramatic impetus flag, but offering playing of consistent strength and fine shading.

Susannah McCorkle - Let's Face The Music: The Songs Of Irving Berlin (1997)

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Susannah McCorkle - Let's Face The Music: The Songs Of Irving Berlin (1997)

Susannah McCorkle - Let's Face The Music: The Songs Of Irving Berlin (1997)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 327 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 144 MB | Covers - 9 MB
Genre: Vocal Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Concord Jazz (CCD-4759-2)

Susannah McCorkle, who consistently brings out new meanings in the lyrics she interprets, performs 16 Irving Berlin songs (complete with verses and sometimes lesser-known stanzas) on this delightful set. There is solo space for trumpeter Gregory Gisbert, trombonist Conrad Herwig, young tenor great Chris Potter and altoist Jerry Dodgion; the arrangements by Rich DeRosa are surprisingly modern, and McCorkle is heard in prime form. Among the many highlights are a wistful rendition of "Let's Face the Music and Dance," and a sensuous "Cheek to Cheek," "Let Yourself Go," and a wonderful closer, a version of "Waiting at the End of the Road" on which the singer is accompanied only by the rhythm guitar of Al Gafa…

Warsaw Philharmonic Choir & Orchestra, Antoni Wit - Krzysztof Penderecki: Magnificat; Kadisz (2015)

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Warsaw Philharmonic Choir & Orchestra, Antoni Wit - Krzysztof Penderecki: Magnificat; Kadisz (2015)

Krzysztof Penderecki - Magnificat; Kadisz (2015)
Soloists, Warsaw Boys’ Choir, Warsaw Philharmonic Choir & Orchestra, conducted by Antoni Wit

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 241 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 153 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical, Choral | Label: Naxos | # 8.572697 | Time: 01:05:10

The two works on this recording are separated by 35 years, during which time Penderecki made a decisive break with the post-war European avant-garde. In the Magnificat, chilling instrumental clusters, spectral sounds and impassioned rhetoric unite with tonality and counterpoint to deliver a work of monumental emotional power. Written to mark the 65th anniversary of the end of the Jewish ghetto in Łódź, Kadisz is among the most distinctive of Penderecki’s later choral works in the stark contrasts between drama and sombre reflection of its individual sections.

Bernard Allison - No Mercy (1994)

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Bernard Allison - No Mercy (1994)

Bernard Allison - No Mercy (1994)
EAC | WV | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 357 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 142 Mb | Scans included
Modern Electric Blues, Blues-Rock | Label: in-akustik | # INAK 9029 CD | Time: 00:54:42

When it comes to the blues, it seems like there are two different camps – those who are staunch authentic blues enthusiasts, and those who like their blues amped up with a decidedly rock approach. On his 1994 live release, No Mercy, singer/guitarist Bernard Allison certainly falls under the latter category. As with the majority of modern-day blues-rockers, Allison focuses mostly on covers of vintage blues tunes, with the odd original (or more accurately, one lone original – "Next Generation") thrown in for good measure. With Allison backed by a group of studio pros, No Mercy captures blues at its most well-honed – the complete opposite of the grittiness of the original bluesmen – especially on such tracks as the album-opening "Rock Me Baby" and "Breakin' Up Somebody's Home." Also included are a pair of tributes to Bernard's father, Luther Allison ("Change Your Way of Living" and "Help") as well as a reading of "Tin Pan Alley," which is very reminiscent of Stevie Ray Vaughan's version (on his classic Couldn't Stand the Weather release). If you're an admirer of modern-day blues-rock, then No Mercy is certainly worth a spin.

Claudio Brizi - The 19th Century Salon Music (World Premiere Recordings) (2022)

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Claudio Brizi - The 19th Century Salon Music (World Premiere Recordings) (2022)

Claudio Brizi - The 19th Century Salon Music (World Premiere Recordings) (2022)
FLAC tracks | 1:19:10 | 309 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Da Vinci Classics

World Premiere Recordings Fantasie and of two chamber works like glittering salon pieces of the early 19th century.

Richard Hickox, City of London Baroque Sinfonia - Claudio Monteverdi: L'Incoronazione di Poppea (1990)

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Richard Hickox, City of London Baroque Sinfonia - Claudio Monteverdi: L'Incoronazione di Poppea (1990)

Richard Hickox, City of London Baroque Sinfonia, Arleen Augér, Della Jones - Claudio Monteverdi: L'Incoronazione di Poppea (1990)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 897 Mb | Total time: 72:27+78:32+43:31 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin | # 353 468-234 | Recorded: 1989

There’s not much cruelty, corruption or ruthlessness in Arleen Auger’s exquisitely sung portrayal of the manipulative Poppea, but this hardly detracts from her otherwise radiantly expressive performance. This welcome reissue is not just exhilaratingly played by the City of London Baroque Sinfonia with a spareness and verve that keeps the drama taut, but impressively cast. James Bowman is an elegantly spurned Ottone; Gregory Reinhart a noble Seneca; and the wonderful Della Jones a spirited, quite convincingly masculine Nero. The only snag is Linda Hirst’s unlovely, rather hectoring Ottavia; it doesn’t do, somehow, to sympathise with Nero’s decision to dump her.

John Wetton - King's Road 1972-1980 (1987) (Re-up)

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John Wetton - King's Road 1972-1980 (1987) (Re-up)

John Wetton - King's Road 1972-1980 (1987)
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 412 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 152 MB | Covers - 26 MB
Genre: Progressive Rock, Pop Rock | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: E.G. Records (EGCD 70)

Although John Wetton is at the helm throughout all of these tracks, King's Road, 1972-1980 is really a collaboration of progressive rock artists that have joined Wetton across each of the 13 songs. Wetton's renditions of songs by his former bands King Crimson and UK come off quite clean and refined, especially "As Long As You Want Me Here" from 1979's Night After Night Live album and the opening "Nothing to Lose" off Danger Money. While his efforts at singing the King Crimson tracks lack the magic and fullness they exhibit in their original form, they still maintain a slight electrified feel. The entire 12 minutes of "Starless" from the classic Red album makes for an excellent finishing track, brought marvelously back to life with the steady drumming of Bill Bruford and the sparkling keyboard work of Robert Fripp…