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Kronos Quartet - Bob Ostertag: All the Rage (1992)

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Kronos Quartet - Bob Ostertag: All the Rage (1992)

Kronos Quartet - Bob Ostertag: All the Rage (1992)
EAC | APE (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 16:15 | 101 MB
Genre: Modern Classical | Label: Nonesuch | Catalog: 7559793322

This stirring release was written by acclaimed composer/sampler artist Bob Ostertag, and performed alongside the Kronos Quartet. A stark response to the AIDS epidemic (with the proceeds of all sales of this disc going to AIDS research), the quartet follows an opening sing-spiel narrative before diving into a section of Ostertag's cut-up loops of crowds cheering, and intense string work from the quartet.

Queen - Queen I (1973) {1992, Reissue}

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Queen - Queen I (1973) {1992, Reissue}

Queen - Queen I (1973) {1992, Reissue}
EAC Rip | FLAC (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 259 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 114 Mb
Full Scans | 00:38:49 | RAR 5% Recovery
Art Rock / Progressive Rock / Glam Rock / Hard Rock / Arena Rock
EMI Records / Parlophone #CDP 7 46204 2 / CD-FA 3040

Like any patchy but promising debut from a classic rock group, it's often easy to underrate Queen's eponymous 1973 debut, since it has no more than one well-known anthem and plays more like a collection of ideas than a cohesive album. But what ideas! Almost every one of Queen's signatures are already present, from Freddie Mercury's operatic harmonies to Brian May's rich, orchestral guitar overdubs and the suite-like structures of "Great King Rat." That rich, florid feel could be characterized as glam, but even in these early days that appellation didn't quite fit Queen, since they were at once too heavy and arty to be glam and – ironically enough, considering their legendary excess – they were hardly trashy enough to be glam.

Fantasy - Beyond The Beyond (1974) {1992, Reissue}

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Fantasy - Beyond The Beyond (1974) {1992, Reissue}

Fantasy - Beyond The Beyond (1974) {1992, Reissue}
EAC Rip | FLAC (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 257 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 107 Mb
Full Scans | 00:39:20 | RAR 5% Recovery
Progressive Rock | Audio Archives #AACD 001

The British band Fantasy released two albums in the early '70s of predominantly pastoral progressive rock. Originally called FireQueen, the group was comprised of Paul Lawrence (vocals, guitar), David Metcalfe (keyboards), and Dave Read (bass). Their first album was Paint a Picture (1973), a mellow and imaginative collection of song-based material that featured a heavy use of acoustic guitars, Hammond organs, and pianos. In 1974, the band recorded Beyond the Beyond, which was not released until 1992. The album saw the group expanding their sound into more quintessential progressive material while remaining true to the pastoral sound of their debut.

Blue Knights - Blue Night (1992)

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Blue Knights - Blue Night (1992)

Blue Knights - Blue Night (1992)
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 339 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 131 MB | Covers - 83 MB
Genre: Smooth Jazz, New Age | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Innovative Communication (IC 720.158)

The music for Blue Night was inspired by the lively, colorful, elegant world of fashion designers, models, photographers and beautiful locations, like Miami Beach, where today's photos are being shot…The music thrives on rhythms and a very jazz-influenced groove piano. Arrangements, programming and keyboards are the work of the composers Jay Heye and Curtis McLaw. They've added guitar and saxophone to produce some rich sounds and some very tight arranging. Sensual jazz, light house grooves and some fine piano playing turn this into a first-rate CD debut.

Martin Haselböck, Wiener Akademie - Johann Joseph Fux: La Deposizione dalla Croce di Gesù Cristo (1992)

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Martin Haselböck, Wiener Akademie - Johann Joseph Fux: La Deposizione dalla Croce di Gesù Cristo (1992)

Martin Haselböck, Wiener Akademie - Johann Joseph Fux: La Deposizione dalla Croce di Gesù Cristo (1992)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 416 Mb | Total time: 46:00+61:00 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Novalis | # 150 089-2 | Recorded: 1992

Fux was a prolific composer of vocal and instrumental music. His works include 19 operas, of which Costanza e fortezza (1723) is notable; 29 partitas, including the Concentus musico-instrumentalis (1701); 10 oratorios; and about 80 masses, of which the Missa canonica, (1708), written in canon. His book Gradus ad Parnassum" (1725; Steps to Parnassus) attempted to systematize contrapuntal practices. It was long the standard textbook on counterpoint and was studied by Wolfgang A. Mozart, Joseph Haydn, and other 18th-century composers.

Jordi Savall, Wieland Kuijken - Jean de Sainte-Colombe: Concerts à deux violes esgales, Tome II (1992)

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Jordi Savall, Wieland Kuijken - Jean de Sainte-Colombe: Concerts à deux violes esgales, Tome II (1992)

Jordi Savall, Wieland Kuijken - Jean de Sainte-Colombe: Concerts à deux violes esgales, Tome II (1992)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 280 Mb | Total time: 61:20 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Astrée Auvidis | # E 8743 | Recorded: 1992

Nothing or next to nothing was known about Monsieur de Sainte-Colombe – not even his first name – and the mystery surrounding his person only intensified the mystery of his music: the Concerts à deux violes, which are the only pieces that have come down to us. He was known to violists as the inventor of the seventh string that was added to the bass viol of the Baroque era in France. It was gathered that he had two daughters because he was known to have given concerts with them. And Titon du Tillet had recounted the pleasing story of Marin Marais coming to listen to his master in secret, hidden under the hut in a mulberry tree where the latter “played the viol more peacefully and more delectably”.

Alexei Lubimov, Ivan Monighetti - Valentin Silvestrov: Three Sonatas for Piano, Sonata for Violoncello and Piano (1992)

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Alexei Lubimov, Ivan Monighetti - Valentin Silvestrov: Three Sonatas for Piano, Sonata for Violoncello and Piano (1992)

Alexei Lubimov, Ivan Monighetti - Valentin Silvestrov: Three Sonatas for Piano, Sonata for Violoncello and Piano (1992)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:09:57 | 204 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Erato | Catalog: 2292-45631-2

The pianist Alexei Lubimov has championed the music of those Soviet composers who explored an avant-garde style in the 1960s under the influence of the West, but then retreated from high modernism and sought a new style that could both offer a way forward and still allude to the sentimentality of the Classical and Romantic eras. The Ukrainian composer Valentin Silvestrov is a famous example of such a career arc, and here Lubimov performs his first three sonatas for solo piano, followed by a sonata for cello and piano where Ivan Monighetti appears.

Isaac Stern, Jaime Laredo, Yo-Yo Ma, Emanuel Ax - Gabriel Faure: Piano Quartets (1992)

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Isaac Stern, Jaime Laredo, Yo-Yo Ma, Emanuel Ax - Gabriel Faure: Piano Quartets (1992)

Isaac Stern, Jaime Laredo, Yo-Yo Ma, Emanuel Ax - Gabriel Faure: Piano Quartets (1992)
EAC | APE (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 66:54 | 284 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Sony Classical | Catalog: SK 48 066

Gabriel Faure (1845-1924) inhabits a "sound world" uniquely his own: moody, harmonically complex, sometimes neurotically so, melodically elusive. Less readily accessible than either of his French contemporaries, Debussy and Ravel, Faure's chamber music, nonetheless, is infinitely rewarding and certainly should be more widely recorded and available.
This remarkably rich offering of Faure's only two piano quartets (in C Minor, Op. 15 and G Minor, Op. 45) will, no doubt, go a long way in re-energizing interest in this coupling of the composer's most "popular" ensemble works.

Yes - 9012 Live: The Solos (1985) {1992, Japan 1st Press}

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Yes - 9012 Live: The Solos (1985) {1992, Japan 1st Press}

Yes - 9012 Live: The Solos (1985) {1992, Japan 1st Press}
EAC Rip | FLAC (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 227 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 86 Mb
Covers Included | 00:33:55 | RAR 5% Recovery
Progressive Rock | ATCO Records / MMG Inc. #AMCY-375

9012 Live: The Solos is the third live album by English rock band Yes, released as a mini-LP on 7 November 1985 by Atco Records. Recorded during their 1984 world tour in support of their eleventh studio album, 90125 (1983), the album features a selection of solo tracks performed by each of the five band members, plus live versions of two songs from 90125. The album was an accompany release to the band's 1985 concert film, 9012 Live. "Si", "Solly's Beard", and "Soon" were recorded on 24 June 1984 at Westfalenhalle in Dortmund, Germany. All other tracks were recorded on 28 September 1984 at Northlands Coliseum in Edmonton, Alberta. "Hold On", "Changes", "City of Love", and "It Can Happen" are part of the soundtrack to the movie 9012 Live.

Leonard Slatkin, Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5; The Tempest (1992)

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Leonard Slatkin, Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5; The Tempest (1992)

Leonard Slatkin, Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5; The Tempest (1992)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 285 Mb | Total time: 72:29 | Scans included
Classical | Label: RCA Victor Red Seal | # RD60425 | Recorded: 1984

Leonard Slatkin has a special affinity for Russian music, and he conducts these Tchaikovsky performances with great authority and passion. The Fifth Symphony, despite its popularity, has proved an elusive piece to record really well. The problem lies with the finale, which can sound inflated and artificial after the moody music that precedes it. Slatkin paces the music to perfection, keeping up momentum and allowing time to savor the music's many attractive details. The slow movement rises to a climax of great intensity, without a trace of false hysteria. The Tempest is a gorgeous tone poem that ought to be better known that it is. Its inclusion here adds to the disc's attractions.

Love/Hate - Wasted In America (1992) {Japan 1st Press}

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Love/Hate - Wasted In America (1992) {Japan 1st Press}

Love/Hate - Wasted In America (1992) {Japan 1st Press}
EAC Rip | FLAC (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 360 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 146 Mb
Full Scans | 00:44:09 | RAR 5% Recovery
Garage Rock, Hard Rock, Glam Rock | Sony Records #CSCS 5809

Kicking off with perhaps their best single yet, Wasted in America's title track propels Love/Hate into what initially promises to be another amphetamine-fueled romp through hard-rock excess. This promise soon turns to disappointment, however, as the subsequent songs lack the focus of the band's once fabulously straightforward sound. If anything, Love/Hate is guilty of trying to cover too much ground, and pieces like "Spit," "Happy Hour," and "Yucca Man" alternate reliably catchy choruses with strangely jagged, off-kilter verses. The result is more disjointed than exciting, and further attempts at creepy atmospherics ("Cream," "Don't be Afraid") and acoustic forays "Don't Fuck With Me," "Social Sidewinder" are more amusing than interesting.

Pentwater - Out Of The Abyss [Rec. 1973-1976] (1992)

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Pentwater - Out Of The Abyss [Rec. 1973-1976] (1992)

Pentwater - Out Of The Abyss [Rec. 1973-1976] (1992)
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 409 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 147 MB | Covers - 14 MB
Genre: Progressive Rock | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Syn-phonic (SYNCD 7)

Not a proper album, more of a collection of rare live recordings and previously unreleased demos from the band's past. That said, it's surprisingly good. Like most American prog obscurities of the 70's, not a lot of originality, but these guys do blend their influences a lot better than most. Gentle Giant and Focus seem most in evidence here. At times, this seems almost like Spock's Beard in embryo, but without the sappy, clichéd or AOR-ish touches.
Stylistically, this is all over the map, with lush symphonic numbers, jazzy-tinged tunes, Gentle Giant-like contrapuntal vocal pieces and jam-oriented music. The sound quality likewise varies from tune to tune, further divorcing this from any sort of continuity…

Marc Minkowski, Les Musiciens du Louvre - Jean-Joseph Mouret: Les Amours de Ragonde (1992)

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Marc Minkowski, Les Musiciens du Louvre - Jean-Joseph Mouret: Les Amours de Ragonde (1992)

Marc Minkowski, Les Musiciens du Louvre - Jean-Joseph Mouret: Les Amours de Ragonde ou la Vieillée de Village (1992)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 289 Mb | Total time: 55:44 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato | # 2292-45823-2 | Recorded: 1991

Les amours de Ragonde (The Loves of Ragonde, original title: Le mariage de Ragonde et de Colin ou La Veillée de Village) is an opera in three acts by Jean-Joseph Mouret with a libretto by Philippe Néricault Destouches. It was first performed at the Château de Sceaux in December, 1714. It is one of the first French comic operas.

Megadeth - Countdown To Extinction (1992) [Japanese Edition]

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Megadeth - Countdown To Extinction (1992) [Japanese Edition]

Megadeth - Countdown To Extinction (1992) [Japanese Edition]
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 408 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 131 MB | Covers - 16 MB
Genre: Thrash Metal, Heavy Metal | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Toshiba-EMI (TOCP-7164)

Megadeth guns for arena thrash success and gets it on Countdown to Extinction. Following the lead of 1991's Metallica, Megadeth trades in their lengthy, progressive compositions for streamlined, tightly written and played songs more conducive to radio and MTV airplay. Cries of "sellout" seem pointless when the results are artistically (as well as commercially) successful; songs like the mega-hit "Symphony of Destruction," "Skin O' My Teeth," "Foreclosure of a Dream," and "Sweating Bullets" are among the band's best.

Gary Moore - Spanish Guitar: Best (1992) {Japan 1st Press}

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Gary Moore - Spanish Guitar: Best (1992) {Japan 1st Press}

Gary Moore - Spanish Guitar: Best (1992) {Japan 1st Press}
EAC Rip | WavPack (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 353 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 138 Mb
Covers Included | 00:55:21 | RAR 5% Recovery
Blues Rock, Classic Rock, Jazz Rock, Hard Rock | MCA Victor #MVCM-311

This compilation CD has material recorded by Gary Moore between 1977 and 1979, when he was signed under MCA label, and issued on albums and singles either as a solo artist as well as a member of Colosseum II. Four songs: Back On The Streets, Fanatical Fascists, Don't Believe A Word and Parisienne Walkways come from his second solo album titled Back On The Streets, originally issued in december 1978. All these four songs fwature Phil Lynott of Thin Lizzy in a way or another. Back On The Streets has Phil Lynott on backing vocals, Fanatical Fascists was written by Lynott, Don't Believe A Word (a Lizzy song played here in a slower tempo) and Parisienne Walkways have both Lynott on lead vocals.