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Mel Brown - The Wizard (1968) & Blues For We (1969) [Reissue 2011]

Posted By: gribovar
Mel Brown - The Wizard (1968) & Blues For We (1969) [Reissue 2011]

Mel Brown - The Wizard (1968) & Blues For We (1969) [Reissue 2011]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 405 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 149 MB | Covers - 17 MB
Genre: Jazz, Soul Jazz, Jazz Blues | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Impulse!/Universal Music (06025 2780945)

This remastered two-fer combines guitarist Mel Brown's second Impulse release from 1968, The Wizard, with Blues for We released the following year. The Wizard is a straight-ahead soul-jazz date picking up where Chicken Fat left off with a few originals alongside funky renditions of “Ode to Billie Joe” and Pee Wee Crayton’s R&B hit of the late '40s “Blues After Hours.” Blues for We relies more on an interesting selection of cover versions ranging from “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da” and “Son of a Preacher Man” to the bubblegum staple by the 1910 Fruitgum Company “Indian Giver” and Acker Bilk’s “Stranger on the Shore,” which was the theme of a BBC television drama. Brown’s guitar work on both sessions is fluid and greasy, as are the funky drum licks, but occasionally, the arrangements drift into superior background music. New liner notes are absent, but the original packaging - front and back cover art and liner notes - remain intact.

The Zombies - Odessey And Oracle (1968) {2004, Japanese Reissue}

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The Zombies - Odessey And Oracle (1968) {2004, Japanese Reissue}

The Zombies - Odessey And Oracle (1968) {2004, Japanese Reissue}
EAC Rip | FLAC (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 369 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 193 Mb
Full Scans | 01:13:31 | RAR 5% Recovery
Psychedelic Rock, Classic Rock, Pop Rock | Imperial Records #TECI-21220

Odessey and Oracle is the second studio album by English rock band The Zombies. Mainly recorded between June and August 1967 at Abbey Road and Olympic Studios, it was released on 19 April 1968 by CBS Records. "Time of the Season" was released as a single and became a surprise hit in early 1969. The album was received indifferently on release, but has since become critically acclaimed. It ranked #100 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

Steppenwolf - Steppenwolf (1968) [MFSL, 1997]

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Steppenwolf - Steppenwolf (1968) [MFSL, 1997]

Steppenwolf - Steppenwolf (1968) [MFSL, 1997]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 299 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 112 MB | Covers - 41 MB
Genre: Hard Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Blues Rock | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab (UDCD 714)

Steppenwolf entered the studio for their recording debut with a lot of confidence - based on a heavy rehearsal schedule before they ever got signed - and it shows on this album, a surprisingly strong debut album from a tight hard rock outfit who was obviously searching for a hook to hang their sound on. The playing is about as loud and powerful as anything being put out by a major record label in 1968, though John Kay's songwriting needed some development before their in-house repertory would catch up with their sound and musicianship. On this album, the best material came from outside the ranks of the active bandmembers: "Born to Be Wild" by ex-member Mars Bonfire, which became not only a chart-topping high-energy anthem for the counterculture (a status solidified by its use in Dennis Hopper's movie Easy Rider the following year)…

Bee Gees - Horizontal (1968) {2006, Remastered & Expanded}

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Bee Gees - Horizontal (1968) {2006, Remastered & Expanded}

Bee Gees - Horizontal (1968) {2006, Remastered & Expanded}
2CD | EAC Rip | FLAC (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 537 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 262 Mb
Full Scans ~ 310 Mb | 01:13:20 + 00:34:59 | RAR 5% Recovery
Pop Rock, Psychedelic Rock | Reprise Records #8122-741119-2

The group's second album, cut late in 1967 amid their first major British success, is less focused than their first, but also presents a more majestic sound than its predecessor. The opening track, "World," is a poignant, even somber yet gorgeous ballad filled with clever lyrics, and highlighted by a quavering Mellotron accompaniment, a very close grand piano sound (anticipating elements of the Odessa album), and twangy fuzz-tone guitar. "And the Sun Will Shine" is an even more serious, regretful ballad that is bearable because it is also prettier than "World." The enigmatically titled "Lemons Never Forget" breaks up the mood with a harder rocking sound, just the group without any orchestra, dominated by a pounding piano and volume-pedal guitar.

Keith Jarrett - Somewhere Before (1968) {Atlantic}

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Keith Jarrett - Somewhere Before (1968) {Atlantic}

Keith Jarrett - Somewhere Before (1968) {Atlantic}
EAC 0.95b3 | FLAC tracks level 8 | Cue+Log+M3U | Full Scans 300dpi | 230MB + 5% Recovery
MP3 CBR 320 Kbps | 99MB + 5% Recovery
Genre: Jazz, Avant-Garde Jazz, Post Bop

While still a member of the Charles Lloyd Quartet, Keith Jarrett did some occasional moonlighting with a trio, anchored by two future members of Jarrett's classic quartet, Charlie Haden (bass) and Paul Motian (drums). On this CD, Jarrett turns in a very eclectic set at Shelly's Manne-Hole in Hollywood, careening through a variety of idioms where his emerging individuality comes through in flashes. He covers Bob Dylan's "My Back Pages" – which actually came out as a single on the Vortex label – in an attractive, semi-funky style reminiscent of Vince Guaraldi. "Pretty Ballad" delivers a strong reflective dose of Bill Evans, while "Moving Soon" is chaotic free jazz. By the time we reach "New Rag," we begin to hear the distinctive Jarrett idiom of the later trios, but then, "Old Rag" is knockabout stride without the stride. As an example of early, unfocused Jarrett, this is fascinating material.

Bee Gees - Idea (1968) {2006, Remastered & Expanded}

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Bee Gees - Idea (1968) {2006, Remastered & Expanded}

Bee Gees - Idea (1968) {2006, Remastered & Expanded}
2CD | EAC Rip | FLAC (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 555 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 258 Mb
Full Scans ~ 273 Mb | 01:11:42 + 00:35:23 | RAR 5% Recovery
Pop Rock | Reprise Records #8122-74121-2

The Bee Gees' third album is something of a departure, with more of a rocking sound and with the orchestra (apart from a few well-placed harp arpeggios) somewhat less prominent in the sound mix than on their first two LPs. The two hits, "I've Gotta Get a Message to You" and "I Started a Joke," are very much of a piece with their earlier work, but on "Kitty Can," "Indian Gin and Whisky Dry," and "Such a Shame" (the latter written by the group's then lead guitarist, Vince Melouney), among other cuts, they sound much more like a working band with a cohesive group sound, rather than a harmony vocal group with accompaniment.

The Steve Miller Band - Sailor (1968)

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The Steve Miller Band - Sailor (1968)

The Steve Miller Band - Sailor (1968)
EAC Rip | WavPack (image+.cue+log) - 188 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 81 MB | Covers - 24 MB
Genre: Psychedelic Rock, Blues Rock | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Capitol Records (0777 7 94449 2 2)

Most definitely a part of the late-'60s West Coast psychedelic blues revolution that was becoming hipper than hip, Steve Miller was also always acutely aware of both the British psychedelic movement that was swirling in tandem and of where the future lay, and how that would evolve into something even more remarkable. The result of all those ideas, of course, came together on 1968's magnificent Sailor LP. What was begun on Children of the Future is more fully realized on Sailor, most notably on the opening "Song for Our Ancestors," which begins with a foghorn and only gets stranger from there. Indeed, the song precognizes Pink Floyd's 1971 opus "Echoes" to such an extent that one wonders how much the latter enjoyed Miller's own wild ride…

Lightnin' Hopkins - Lightnin' Strikes Twice [Recorded 1967-1968] (2005)

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Lightnin' Hopkins - Lightnin' Strikes Twice [Recorded 1967-1968] (2005)

Lightnin' Hopkins - Lightnin' Strikes Twice [Recorded 1967-1968] (2005)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 676 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 322 MB | Covers - 47 MB
Genre: Blues, Texas Blues, Country Blues | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Little Darlin/KOCH Records (KOC-CD-9850) (DBCD 52)

Aubrey Mayhew, founder of the maverick country label Little Darlin' Records, sought out taciturn bluesman Sam "Lightnin'" Hopkins in Houston in 1967 and persuaded him to make some casual field recordings for him at nearby Gold Star Studio and, as it turned out, at two small local bars. The results of these extremely loose and casual sessions were issued as a series of five short albums under the blanket title of The Lost Texas Tapes, and it is those five releases that are collected here into one double-disc set. Intimacy is the operative word for these tracks, as Hopkins (playing solo electric guitar) sounds relaxed and at ease, and while these recordings are hardly the place to start with Lightnin', die-hard fans will find them indispensable for the insight they give into his creative process…

Lightnin' Hopkins & Billy Bizor - Wake Up the Dead! [Recorded 1968-1969] (2015)

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Lightnin' Hopkins & Billy Bizor - Wake Up the Dead! [Recorded 1968-1969] (2015)

Lightnin' Hopkins & Billy Bizor - Wake Up the Dead! [Recorded 1968-1969] (2015)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 669 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 352 MB | Covers - 20 MB
Genre: Blues, Texas Blues | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Cicadelic Records (2CD Set-CICD-6869)

Lightnin' Hopkins woke up The Dead when he played San Francisco in the 1960's and his song 'Wake Up The Dead' is the centerpiece of this two and a half hour journey into the electrified world of Texas blues. Accompanying Lightnin' on this journey is his long time harmonica player, Billy Bizor. While Lightnin' had a prolific recording career, Bizor's stature is relatively obscure due to the lack of solo recordings he released during his lifetime. Fortunately, 'Wake Up The Dead' seeks to rectify that situation by including the complete June 17, 1968 session with Lightnin' and Bizor, plus all of Bizors' 1969 solo recordings. As an added bonus, the rest of the April 11,1969 session that could not fit onto Lightnin's 'Shootin Fire' album is included on 'Wake Up The Dead'…

John Patton - Understanding (1968) [Reissue 1995]

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John Patton - Understanding (1968) [Reissue 1995]

John Patton - Understanding (1968) [Reissue 1995]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 227 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 92 MB | Covers - 14 MB
Genre: Jazz, Soul Jazz, Hard Bop | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Blue Note (CDP 7243 8 31223 2 5)

Organist John Patton is featured on this set in a stripped-down trio with Harold Alexander (on tenor and flute) and drummer Hugh Walker. Patton's one-chord funky vamps are fine in small doses, but the endless repetitions on these rather simplistic originals may drive alert listeners batty after awhile.

Jethro Tull - This Was: The 50th Anniversary Edition (1968/2018) *PROPER*

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Jethro Tull - This Was: The 50th Anniversary Edition (1968/2018) *PROPER*

Jethro Tull - This Was: The 50th Anniversary Edition (1968/2018)
3CD | EAC Rip | FLAC (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 1,01 Gb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 490 Mb
Full Scans ~ 651 Mb | 03:14:27 | RAR 5% Recovery
Art Rock, Progressive Rock, Blues Rock, Folk Rock | Chrysalis #0190295611484

Jethro Tull was very much a blues band on their debut album, vaguely reminiscent of the Graham Bond Organization only more cohesive, and with greater commercial sense. The revelations about the group's roots on This Was – which was recorded during the summer of 1968 – can be astonishing, even 30 years after the fact. Original lead guitarist Mick Abrahams contributed to the songwriting and the singing, and his presence as a serious bluesman is felt throughout, often for the better: "Some Day the Sun Won't Shine for You," an Ian Anderson original that could just as easily be credited to Big Bill Broonzy or Robert Johnson; "Cat's Squirrel," Abrahams' big showcase, where he ventures into Eric Clapton territory; and "It's Breaking Me Up," which also features some pretty hot guitar from Abrahams.

Carmen McRae - The Sound of Silence (1968) [Japanese Edition 1991]

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Carmen McRae - The Sound of Silence (1968) [Japanese Edition 1991]

Carmen McRae - The Sound of Silence (1968) [Japanese Edition 1991]
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 244 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 106 MB | Covers - 6 MB
Genre: Vocal Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: MMG Inc. (AMCY-1069)

The Sound of Silence is a 1968 studio album by Carmen McRae, produced by Joel Dorn. Carmen McRae was at her absolute peak when signed to Atlantic Records in the sixties. Every song is tremendous in this classic set featuring the magical voice of Carmen McRae in rich and powerful sublime form with glorious tones, easily making her one of the best of the greatest ever while earning that "Singer's Singer" title.

George Benson - Goodies (1968) Japanese SHM-CD Remastered Reissue 2016

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George Benson - Goodies (1968) Japanese SHM-CD Remastered Reissue 2016

George Benson - Goodies (1968) Japanese SHM-CD Remastered Reissue 2016
XLD | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 242 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 90 Mb | Scans ~ 77 Mb
Crossover Jazz, Guitar Jazz, Soul | Label: Verve | # UCCV-9614 | Time: 00:39:04

Goodies is the sixth album by jazz guitarist George Benson recorded in 1968 and released on the Verve label.

Free - Tons Of Sobs (1968) [Japanese Edition 2010]

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Free - Tons Of Sobs (1968) [Japanese Edition 2010]

Free - Tons Of Sobs (1968) [Japanese Edition 2010]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 441 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 166 MB | Covers - 29 MB
Genre: Blues Rock | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Universal Music (UICY-20029)

Although Free was never destined to scrape the same skies as Led Zeppelin, when they first burst out of the traps in 1968, close to a year ahead of Jimmy Page and company, they set the world of British blues-rock firmly on its head. The band was a blistering combination of youth, ambition, and, despite those tender years, experience that across the course of their debut album, did indeed lay the groundwork for all that Zeppelin would embrace. The fact that Free and Zeppelin were cut from the same cloth is immediately apparent, even before you start comparing the versions of "The Hunter" included on both bands' debut albums. Where Free streaks ahead, however, is in their refusal to compromise their own vision of the blues. Even at its most commercial ("I'm a Mover" and "Worry"), Tons of Sobs has a density that makes Zeppelin and the rest of the era's rock contemporaries sound like flyweights by comparison. 8 Bonus tracks.

Orchester Der Deutschen Oper Berlin, Karl Böhm - Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro (1968/2023)

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Orchester Der Deutschen Oper Berlin, Karl Böhm - Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro (1968/2023)

Orchester Der Deutschen Oper Berlin, Karl Böhm - Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro (1968/2023)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 839 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 433 MB
2:52:23 | Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon

Libretto enclosed. Il Conte di Almaviva: Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Tatiana Troyanos as Cherubino, and others. Karl Bohm, Conductor. This is The Originals (Original-Image Bit-Processing, Added presence and brilliance, greater spatial definition) by Deutsche Grammophon.