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Rainbow - Down To Earth (1979) {1999, Remastered} Re-Up

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Rainbow - Down To Earth (1979) {1999, Remastered} Re-Up

Rainbow - Down To Earth (1979) {1999, Remastered}
EAC Rip | FLAC (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 291 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 116 Mb
Full Scans | 00:36:41 | RAR 5% Recovery
Hard Rock | Polydor #314 547 364-2

The departure of Ronnie James Dio gave Ritchie Blackmore a chance to reinvent Rainbow, which he does to a certain extent on Down to Earth. Adding former Deep Purple colleague Roger Glover as bassist and Graham Bonnet as vocalist, Blackmore tones down some of the excess of the Dio years, particularly in terms of fantastical lyrics, and turns to straight-ahead hard rock, only occasionally adorned by prominent synthesizers. In general, their material is fairly solid, and "Since You Been Gone" easily ranks among the band's best songs, but overall the record is a little generic and sounds very much of its time – namely, the late '70s, when album rock still ruled the arenas.

J.J. Malone - See Me Early In The Morning (1999)

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J.J. Malone - See Me Early In The Morning (1999)

J.J. Malone - See Me Early In The Morning (1999)
EAC Rip | FLAC (Tracks) + Cue + m3u + Log ~ 283 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 127 Mb
Full Scans | 00:49:05 | RAR 5% Recovery
West Coast Blues, Modern Electric Blues | Fedora #FCD 5012

Comping on guitar and piano, West Coast bluesman J.J. Malone displays his chops for traditional blues as well as more modern forms on his second album for Fedora. John Jacob (J.J.) Malone (August 20, 1935 – February 20, 2004) was an American West Coast blues, electric blues and soul blues guitarist, singer and keyboardist. His best-known recordings were "It's a Shame" and "Danger Zone". Malone was a member of the Rhythm Rockers, and he variously worked with other musicians, such as Troyce Key, Jill Baxter, Al Green, Joe Simon, Etta James, Scott McKenzie and Frankie Lee. Malone was born in Pete's Corner, Alabama. He sang in his local church and learned to play the harmonica, guitar and piano.

Arthur Fiedler and The Boston Pops - Bizet-Shchedrin: Carmen Ballet; Shostakovich: Hamlet; Glazunov: Carnaval Overture (1999)

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Arthur Fiedler and The Boston Pops - Bizet-Shchedrin: Carmen Ballet; Shostakovich: Hamlet; Glazunov: Carnaval Overture (1999)

Arthur Fiedler and The Boston Pops - Bizet-Shchedrin: Carmen Ballet; Shostakovich: Hamlet, incidental music; Glazunov: Carnaval Overture (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 354 Mb | Total time: 67:58 | Scans included
Classical | Label: RCA Red Seal | 09026-63308-2 | Recorded: 1968, 1969

Arthur Fiedler's recording of Shchedrin's Carmen Ballet is excellent in every way. The composer's imaginative rescoring of several sections of Bizet's opera for strings and percussion is a superb reorchestration exploiting a full range of percussion timbre that reveals an incredible array of views of the score that continually delight the listener. The Ballet, composed as a vehicle for his celebrated wife- prima ballerina of the Bolshoi Ballet, Maya Plisetskaya - is an extraordinary orchestration which invites the listener to explore new and very different colors with music originally scored for Bizet's classically constituted orchestra of the opera pit. While the disk also includes the Incidental Music to "Hamlet" by Shostakovich and Glazunov's Carnival Overture, it's the Shchedrin performance that makes the disk worth any price for the listener who values discovering new things in music well known in an earlier guise.

Steve Freund - "C" For Chicago (1999)

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Steve Freund - "C" For Chicago (1999)

Steve Freund - "C" For Chicago (1999)
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 359 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 144 MB | Covers - 73 MB
Genre: Blues, Chicago Blues | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Delmark Records (DE-734)

No one will accuse Steve Freund of having the greatest voice in the blues world. While Freund is an impressive guitarist, he is merely adequate as a singer. But when you're evaluating an album, it is important to look at the big picture. Taking different things into consideration - impressive chops, adequate singing, likable songwriting - one concludes that "C" for Chicago, although slightly uneven, has more plusses than minuses. Freund won't blow you away with a great voice, but he still gets his points across on enjoyable (if derivative) Chicago-style blues numbers like "Everytime I Get to Drinking," "Working Man," and "Please Love Me" (which employs Boz Scaggs as a second guitarist). One of the CD's most memorable tracks is "I Love Money," a humorous account of having champagne tastes and a beer budget…

Alvin Lee - Let It Rock (1978)

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Alvin Lee - Let It Rock (1978)

Alvin Lee - Let It Rock (1978)
EAC | Flac(Image) + Cue + Log & MP3 CBR 320Kbps
1999 | Repertoire, REP 4704-DG | ~ 388 or 129 Mb | Scans(png) -> 78 Mb
Blues Rock, Rock & Roll, Classic Rock

Let's make no doubt about this review from the start: Alvin Lee solo is not the same thing as Ten Years After and such comparisons miss the mark entirely…

Elton John & Tim Rice's - Aida (1999)

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Elton John & Tim Rice's - Aida (1999)

Elton John & Tim Rice's - Aida (1999)
EAC | Flac(Image) + Cue + Log & MP3 CBR 320Kbps
Mercury / Квадро Диск, 524628-2 | RU | ~ 435 or 156 Mb | Scans(jpg) -> 15 Mb
Classic Rock

The Lion King proved to be one of Elton John's most successful projects – which is quite an achievement for one of the most successful rockers in history. Given its level of popularity, it's only logical that John would reteam with his Lion collaborator Tim Rice…

Jordi Masó - Frederic Mompou: Piano Music, Volume 2 (1999)

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Jordi Masó - Frederic Mompou: Piano Music, Volume 2 (1999)

Jordi Masó - Frederic Mompou: Piano Music, Volume 2 (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 229 Mb | Total time: 78:58 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naxos | # 8.554448 | Recorded: 1998

Vol 1 of Jordi Masó's Mompou cycle was given the warmest of welcomes and Vol 2 is no disappointment, either. Everything is presented with crystalline clarity, and if the manner is unusually robust it's never less than musicianly.
Directions such as énergiquement and très clair (Prélude No 2), the forte climax of Prélude No 6 or the sudden blaze of anger that erupts in Prélude No 7 are arguably more sympathetically conveyed than Mompou's gentler, more characteristic instructions (con lirica espressione in Prélude No 8 or un peu plus calme in the second 'Gitanes' from Suburbis).

Daniel Barenboim, Chicago Symphony Orchestra - Tchaikovsky: Romeo & Juliet; Francesca da Rimini; Capriccio Italien; 1812 (1999)

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Daniel Barenboim, Chicago Symphony Orchestra - Tchaikovsky: Romeo & Juliet; Francesca da Rimini; Capriccio Italien; 1812 (1999)

Daniel Barenboim, Chicago Symphony Orchestra - Tchaikovsky: Romeo & Juliet; Francesca da Rimini; Capriccio Italien; Ouverture "1812" (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 348 Mb | Total time: 77:51 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # Pt0028946333020 | Recorded: 1982

Romeo and Juliet begins with 4 minutes of an intriguing, mysterious, adagio theme, followed at 5 minutes by an energetic, allegro theme. At 8 minutes we hear a beautiful, adagio melody over rippling French horns. After that, the existing themes are developed to express passion. Francesca da Ramini has an opening theme that evokes a netherworld. Thereafter Tchaikovsky extensively develops a powerful theme. Then at 10 minutes a clarinet begins a beautiful melody to be continued by violins then flute. Near the end the piece builds to a climax.

VA - A Tribute To Accept Vol. I (1999)

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VA - A Tribute To Accept Vol. I (1999)

VA - A Tribute To Accept Vol. I (1999)
EAC | Flac(Image) + Cue + Log & MP3 CBR 320Kbps
Nuclear Blast, NB 394-2 | ~ 614 or 189 Mb | Scans(jpg) -> 2.59 Mb
Heavy Metal, Hard Rock

Nuclear Blast Records managed to get lots of well-known good bands for this tribute to the best rock band ever. One of the best is Steel Prophet's rendition of "Fast As A Shark", which features the "heidi heido heida" intro played on electric guitar & also ends with the intro to "Restless & Wild"…

Albert Cummings and Swamp Yankee - The Long Way (1999)

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Albert Cummings and Swamp Yankee - The Long Way (1999)

Albert Cummings and Swamp Yankee - The Long Way (1999)
XLD Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 260 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 98 MB | Covers - 21 MB
Genre: Blues, Blues Rock | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Self-released (ACSY0199)

Albert Cummings is an extremely talented blues/rock guitarist, somewhat flavored with Stevie Ray, but certainly not a clone. His tone is stinging, the sound clean, and he varies in style but not in quality. His vocals are also above average, something that seems to be the downfall of many guitarists of this level. The band is three piece and both Don Chilson on bass and Ken Pallman on drums are first rate supporting players. Maybe more importantly than that, they are very complimentary to Cumming’s guitar and vocals, as the pieces of this band fit together like finely precisioned watch parts. Six of the nine tracks on the CD are Cummings originals, and again, of very high quality.

Blue Öyster Cult - Blue Öyster Cult / Tyranny and Mutation (1999) [MFSL UDCD 738]

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Blue Öyster Cult - Blue Öyster Cult / Tyranny and Mutation (1999) [MFSL UDCD 738]

Blue Öyster Cult - Blue Öyster Cult / Tyranny and Mutation (1999)
EAC | Flac(Image) + Cue + Log & MP3 CBR 320Kbps
MFSL UDCD 738 | ~ 484 or 177 Mb | Scans(jpg) -> 24 Mb
Hard Rock, Classic Rock

In 1999, Mobile Fidelity reissued Blue Oyster Cult's first two albums, Blue Oyster Cult (1972) and Tyranny and Mutation (1973) on a single 24-karat gold CD that was aimed at audiophiles. Hearing the albums back to back on the same disc, one is reminded how much crisper, tougher and sharper Murry Krugman and Sandy Pearlman's production was on Tyranny and Mutation – it's a production that's more suitable for a heavy metal/hard rock band…

The Beatles - Turn Me On Dead Man: The John Barrett Tapes (1999)

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The Beatles - Turn Me On Dead Man: The John Barrett Tapes (1999)

The Beatles - Turn Me On Dead Man: The John Barrett Tapes (1999)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks, cue, log) - 625 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 275 MB
1:57:28 | Pop Rock | Label: Vigotone

A superb-sounding double CD of alternate mixes and (just a few) actual alternate takes, named after the late Abbey Road engineer John Barrett, who catalogued and copied many Beatles vault tapes in the early '80s. At first glance, this appears to be a goldmine of unreleased Beatles goodies, spanning "From Me to You" to the Let It Be sessions, but read the fine print carefully. Most of the takes are in fact stereo and mono mixes that happen to be rare or commercially unavailable, not performances that are commercially unavailable. To some fans, these different mixes are revelations; to many, however, they are barely or completely indistinguishable from the familiar versions on official Beatles albums.

Alan Stivell - The Best Of (1999)

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Alan Stivell - The Best Of (1999)

Alan Stivell - The Best Of (1999)
FLAC (tracks, scans) - 421 MB
1:08:56 | Celtic, Folk | Label: Mercury / Universal

If there is a single savior of Celtic music, Alan Stivell is probably it. Since the end of the 1960s, he has done more to revive interest in the Celtic (specifically Breton) harp than anyone in the world and, in the process, almost singlehandedly made the world aware of native Breton Celtic music. Since 1971, he has been recording albums of extraordinary beauty and diversity, ranging from ancient Breton and Irish material to modern folk-rock, new age, and progressive rock. He was born Alan Cochevelou, the son of a harp-maker. His father had rediscovered the Breton harp, but young Alan started his musical life on a somewhat more conventional instrument, taking up the piano at age five.

Theodore Kuchar, National Symphony Orchestra of the Ukraine - Prokofiev: L'enfant prodigue, Symphony No. 4 (1999)

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Theodore Kuchar, National Symphony Orchestra of the Ukraine - Prokofiev: L'enfant prodigue, Symphony No. 4 (1999)

Theodore Kuchar, National Symphony Orchestra of the Ukraine - Prokofiev: L'enfant prodigue, Symphony No. 4 (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 332 Mb | Total time: 76:15 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naxos | # 8.553055 | Recorded: 1995

It makes an ideal coupling having the Symphony No. 4 alongside the ballet score from which Prokofiev drew most of the material. The 1947 revision of the symphony, now generally preferred, is richer in both structure and instrumentation. Kuchar’s readings are both powerful and idiomatic, with crisply disciplined playing from the Ukraine Orchestra bringing home the weight and violence of much of the writing. These are performances to mach and eve outshine current rivals at whatever price; the Naxos recording is satisfying full-bodied, not least in vivid brass and percussion sounds, with the piano both clear and well integrated in the Symphony.

Steve Grossman Quartet - Steve Grossman Quartet with Michel Petrucciani (1999)

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Steve Grossman Quartet - Steve Grossman Quartet with Michel Petrucciani (1999)

Steve Grossman Quartet - Steve Grossman Quartet with Michel Petrucciani (1999)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 329 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 140 MB | Covers - 9 MB
Genre: Jazz, Mainstream Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Disques Dreyfus (FDM 36602-2)

In this final recording with pianist Michel Petrucciani, saxophonist Grossman's usually more extroverted tendencies are willingly sublimated in order to play more romantically inclined mainstream jazz. Many of the tunes are ballads, embellished by Petrucciani's languid or forceful pianistics, while solid bassist Andy McKee and drummer Joe Farnsworth keep the flickering flame alive with their steadying rhythms.
Of course the fire has to be stoked on occasion, and Grossman really digs in on the Sonny Rollins evergreen "Why Don't I?" It's perfectly played, a flawless uptempo swinger with head nodding, bluesy elements. Contrasting easy swing with double timed tenor on "Don't Blame Me" shows Grossman as riled up as he gets on this date…