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Mikael Helasvuo, Rantatie Quartet - Kraus: Flute Quintet; Crusell: 2 Flute Quartets (2008)

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Mikael Helasvuo, Rantatie Quartet - Kraus: Flute Quintet; Crusell: 2 Flute Quartets (2008)

Mikael Helasvuo, Rantatie Quartet - Kraus: Flute Quintet; Crusell: 2 Flute Quartets (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 341 Mb | Total time: 72:45 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Alba Records | # ABCD257 | Recorded: 2007

Nordic classicism and excellent performances by Mikael Helasvuo and the Rantatie Quartet. Kraus's lush and sensual flute quintet turns out to be like Mozart's flute quartets.

Jack Bruce - Can You Follow? [Recorded 1962-2003, 6CD Box Set] (2008)

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Jack Bruce - Can You Follow? [Recorded 1962-2003, 6CD Box Set] (2008)

Jack Bruce - Can You Follow? [Recorded 1962-2003, 6CD Box Set] (2008)
XLD Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 2,58 GB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 1,06 GB | Covers - 775 MB
Genre: Blues Rock, Jazz Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Classic Rock | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Esoteric Recordings (ECLECBOX 1)

Released just after Jack Bruce's 65th birthday, the six-disc box set from Esoteric Recordings chronicles the astounding journey of this eclectic, gifted singer/bassist/songwriter, from 1962 to 2003. Covering pretty much every phase of his career, it includes his work with early British bluesmen like Alexis Korner, Graham Bond, and John Mayall; his psychedelic milestones with Cream; the art-rock-troubadour sounds of his early solo albums; and much more. Collaborating with everyone from P-Funk keyboard wizard Bernie Worrell to British blues-rocker Robin Trower and jazz drummer extraordinaire Tony Williams, Bruce effortlessly bounded back and forth from rock to blues to jazz and beyond, and "Can You Follow?" shows you just how these impressive feats were accomplished. The box set includes a 68 page book featuring Jack's recollections and many photographs.

Tangerine Dream - The Anthology Decades - The Space Years Volume One (2008)

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Tangerine Dream - The Anthology Decades - The Space Years Volume One (2008)

Tangerine Dream - The Anthology Decades - The Space Years Volume One (2008)
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 468 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 186 MB | Covers included
Genre: Progressive Electronic, Berlin School | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Eastgate (026 CD)

The Anthology Decades is a compilation of older studio material which has been previously unreleased, though some of the tracks seem to be remixed ('tangentized') or alternate versions of some well-known material: Sunset In The Fifth System obviously bases on an excerpt from Alpha Centauri, Exit To Heaven is very similar to Edinburgh Castle, and Landing On 51 essentially overlays Astral Voyager with some new melody lines. On the other hand, official information from the Tangerine Dream Forum state: "Speculations on so-called 'tangentized' material or the use of some 'overwashed' production methods are completely false. They are compositions out of the 70ies and 80s which have been recorded for the first time or have been taken from Edgar's personal sound library"…

Bob van Asperen - Louis Couperin edition, Vol. 2: Passacaille de Mr. Couperin (2008)

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Bob van Asperen - Louis Couperin edition, Vol. 2: Passacaille de Mr. Couperin (2008)

Bob van Asperen - Louis Couperin edition, Vol. 2: Passacaille de Mr. Couperin (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 615 Mb | Total time: 69:11 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Aeolus | # AE10114 | Recorded: 2006

AEOLUS presents the second volume of the Louis Couperin Edition with Bob van Asperen. The recording was made on the 1681 Vaudry harpsichord in London’s Victoria and Albert Museum and is currently the only audio document available of this famous instrument. The SACD contains harpsichord suites composed by Louis Couperin, who lived in Paris in the 17th century. Among the pieces is the famous "Tombeau de Mr Blancrocher".

Van Morrison - Van the Man (2008)

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Van Morrison - Van the Man (2008)

Van Morrison - Van the Man (2008)
FLAC (tracks), Lossless | 1:26:24 | 506 Mb
Genre: Rock, Folk, Blues

Equal parts blue-eyed soul shouter and wild-eyed poet-sorcerer, Van Morrison is among popular music's true innovators, a restless seeker whose incantatory vocals and alchemical fusion of R&B, jazz, blues, and Celtic folk produced what is regarded as perhaps the most spiritually transcendent body of work in the rock & roll canon. Having penned iconic songs such as "Gloria," "Brown-Eyed Girl," and "Moondance," Morrison has, from the very beginning – as frontman for Irish blues rockers Them during the early 1960s to a solo career that has lasted more than 50 years – been subject only to the whims of his own muse. His solo recordings, beginning with the mystical, jazzy folk of Astral Weeks in 1968, cover extraordinary stylistic ground, yet retain a consistency of vision and purity of execution unmatched among his contemporaries. His swinging meld of jazz, pop, folk, blues, and Celtic soul fueled the albums of his Warner Bros. period from the late '60s (Moondance) to the early '80s (Common One).

VA - Pickin & Singin The Ultimate Bluegrass Collection (2CD, 2008)

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VA - Pickin & Singin The Ultimate Bluegrass Collection (2CD, 2008)

VA - Pickin & Singin The Ultimate Bluegrass Collection (2008)
FLAC (tracks), Lossless / MP3 320 kbps | 2:26:35 | 891 / 339 Mb
Genre: Blues, Country

The most beautiful country & western songs by The Osborne Brothers, Arthur Smith, Paul Warren & Lester Flatt's Nashville Grass and many more on one compilation!

Wishbone Ash - Time Was (The Live Anthology) (2008)

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Wishbone Ash - Time Was (The Live Anthology) (2008)

Wishbone Ash - Time Was (The Live Anthology) (2008)
FLAC (tracks), Lossless | 152 min | 1.05 Gb
Genre: Classic Rock

Time Was, Wishbone Ash's two CD-live anthology, was assembled by the band and the labels Castle and Sanctuary. Consisting of two previously released live recordings, only half of this is even worth hearing. The first disc, Live: Time Line, sounds like a bunch of geezers on their last legs and features only guitarist Andy Powell and bassist Martin Turner from the original lineup. Poorly recorded, tiredly played and utterly boring, it sounds more like a corner bar Wishbone Ash tribute band than the real thing – which of course it's not. In fact, the only case that ever needs to be made for bands not reuniting is this one. Disc two, originally issued as King Will Come: Live, is prime Ash. Recorded in the U.S. and Canada from 1973 through '76, at the height of their powers, this date showcases a restless, hungry, fully adventurous unit with Powell, Turner, drummer Steve Upton, keyboardist Graham Maitland and guitarist Laurie Wisefield. While the recording itself isn't stellar it's far more than passable and will be a welcome addition to the catalog for punters who didn't get it the first time around. The title track, "Blowin; Free," "The Warrior," "Balled of the Beacon," "Doctor," and "Moonshine" are all here, as well as nine others. This set makes plain the reason they ordered the performances in reverse: if King Will Come: Live had been first, no one would have ever even played Live: Time Line. As it is, folks who encounter Live: Time Line first may feel so ripped off by its horror, they may never stumble upon the treasure that is King Will Come: Live.

Marilyn - Despite Straight Lines: The Very Best Of (2008)

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Marilyn - Despite Straight Lines: The Very Best Of (2008)

Marilyn - Despite Straight Lines: The Very Best Of (2008)
FLAC (tracks) - 494 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 183 MB
1:16:42 | Pop, Vocal, Synth-pop, Gospel | Label: Cherry Pop

Released 27/11/08. At long last, 23 years after its original release, Marilyn’s one and only album “Despite Straight Lines” is finally reissued. This is the first time on CD for this album. The album features Marilyn’s four best selling singles including the number 4 smash “Calling Your Name”. The album has 8 bonus tracks that include 2 mixes of “Calling Your Name” 12″ promo mixes of “Cry And Be Free” (Gospel and Streisand styles) and the extended version of “Baby U Left Me In The Cold”.
The CD booklet includes a UK Discography with all the accompanying sleeves and a biography of Marilyn’s career. Marilyn emerged from the New Romantic movement in London at the end of the 1970’s. As a face on the scene he forged a strong friendship with Boy George. An appearance in a Eurythmics video brought Marilyn extensive press attention and he soon signed a deal with Phonogram. Success was to follow with a string of self and co-written tunes but all too soon problems set in and Marilyn’s career was over prematurely. His songwriting and artistic style means he’ll always enjoy the status of being an 80’s icon.

Creedence Clearwater Revival - Bayou Country (1969) {2008, 40th Anniversary Edition, Remastered}

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Creedence Clearwater Revival - Bayou Country (1969) {2008, 40th Anniversary Edition, Remastered}

Creedence Clearwater Revival - Bayou Country (1969) {2008, 40th Anniversary Edition, Remastered}
EAC Rip | FLAC (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 415 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 175 Mb
Full Scans | 00:56:32 | RAR 5% Recovery
Roots Rock, Swamp Rock, Southern Rock, Blues Rock | Fantasy Records #0888072308770

Opening slowly with the dark, swampy "Born on the Bayou," Bayou Country reveals an assured Creedence Clearwater Revival, a band that has found its voice between their first and second album. It's not just that "Born on the Bayou" announces that CCR has discovered its sound – it reveals the extent of John Fogerty's myth-making. With this song, he sketches out his persona; it makes him sound as if he crawled out of the backwoods of Louisiana instead of being a native San Franciscan. He carries this illusion throughout the record, through the ominous meanderings of "Graveyard Train" through the stoked cover of "Good Golly Miss Molly" to "Keep on Chooglin'," which rides out a southern-fried groove for nearly eight minutes.

Cream - Gold (2005) {2008, Japanese Reissue}

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Cream - Gold (2005) {2008, Japanese Reissue}

Cream - Gold (2005) {2008, Japanese Reissue}
EAC Rip | FLAC (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 1,03 Gb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 402 Mb
Full Scans | 01:13:20 + 01:17:33 | RAR 5% Recovery
Blues Rock / British Blues / Psychedelic Rock / Hard Rock / Classic Rock
Polydor / Universal Music K.K. #UICY-90899/900

There has been no shortage of Cream compilations over the years – as a matter of fact, they far outnumber the group's actual albums, of which there were merely four (true, they were recorded during an insanely productive two-year lifespan) – but 2005's Gold is arguably the best of the lot. Released as part of Universal's ongoing Gold series, Cream's installment spans 29 tracks over the course of two discs, with the first CD being devoted to their studio work (it weighs in at 21 tracks) and the second devoted to live recordings (it runs only eight songs, which illustrates how much they improvised in concert).

Wishbone Ash - Rocked Up Beyond Belief (2CD, 2008)

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Wishbone Ash - Rocked Up Beyond Belief (2CD, 2008)

Wishbone Ash - Rocked Up Beyond Belief (2CD, 2008)
FLAC (tracks), Lossless / MP3 320 kbps | 2:13:05 | 933 / 309 Mb
Genre: Rock, Classic Rock, AOR & Prog Related

During the early and mid-'70s, Wishbone Ash were among England's most popular hard rock acts. The band's sound was rooted in energetic hard rock, with a strong progressive rock influence in their extended compositions, inventive melodic sense, and the epic-scale soloing from their various guitarists (most notably Andy Powell, the group's sole constant member). Despite extensive personnel changes throughout their existence, Wishbone Ash maintained a distinct sound and a prolific longevity that earned them a lasting following. The group's most popular and best-regarded work came in the early '70s with their first four studio albums (1970's Wishbone Ash, 1971's Pilgrimage, 1972's Argus, and 1973's Wishbone Four), while they enjoyed a popular resurgence with 1987's all-instrumental Nouveau Calls, took a detour into electronic music with 1999's Trance Visionaries, and delivered a strong late-career effort with 2014's Blue Horizon.

VA - Theme Time Radio Hour With Your Host Bob Dylan (2008)

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VA - Theme Time Radio Hour With Your Host Bob Dylan (2008)

VA - Theme Time Radio Hour With Your Host Bob Dylan (2008)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks, cue, log) - 683 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 345 MB
2:28:53 | Rock & Roll, Blues Rock, Country, Punk, Soul, Doo Wop, Rocksteady, Rhythm & Blues, Ska, Swing | Label: Ace

50 songs and 75 years of musical dreams, schemes and themes drawn from the first series of the highly acclaimed Theme Time Radio Hour with your host, Bob Dylan. This fully authorised release is packaged with a 48 page booklet.
What, I wonder, do we dream of when we dream of Bob Dylan? And, more intriguingly, what does Bob Dylan dream of when he dreams of us? This is what I think: he dreams of a small boy called Robert who lives in a small city, an industrial centre in a rural landscape. It’s a nowhere town that was once called Alice but had its name changed when an enormous hole was dug where its new name used to be. That giant hole was – and still is – the biggest of its kind in the world, an open-cast iron mine.

Colin Davis, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks - George Frideric Handel: Messiah (2008)

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Colin Davis, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks - George Frideric Handel: Messiah (2008)

Colin Davis, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks - George Frideric Handel: Messiah (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 728 Mb | Total time: 150:39 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Decca | # 480 0120 | Recorded: 1984

In November 1984 Sir Colin Davis conducted a performance of Messiah in Munich which, says the booklet which comes with these records, ''was a revelation to public and performers alike''. The surprising fact is that Messiah was previously almost unknown there. Enthusiasm was such that a recording was quickly organized with the same soloists. At rehearsal Sir Colin told the chorus to forget the B minor Mass; ''this is the world of Italian opera'', and as a result many of the choruses ''dance with a vitality born of freshness and discovery''.

VA - This Record Is Not To Be Broadcast: 75 Records Banned By The B.B.C. 1931-1957 (2008)

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VA - This Record Is Not To Be Broadcast: 75 Records Banned By The B.B.C. 1931-1957 (2008)

VA - This Record Is Not To Be Broadcast: 75 Records Banned By The B.B.C. 1931-1957 (2008)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks, cue, log, scans) - 860 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 523 MB
3:37:52 | Jazz, Blues, Pop, Classical, Folk, Country, Stage & Screen | Label: Acrobat

This fascinating and thoroughly entertaining 3CD set is now available!
Here's what I had to say about it on All Music Guide:
"The idea of ‘banning’ a song from being broadcast over the airwaves is a familiar story here in the U.S., especially when it comes to offensive lyrics. Many of the decisions made by the FCC have been no-brainers and have met with some resistance but were, for the most part, justifiable. But in the UK (especially during the years covered on this three CD set), the BBC’s judgments on what was inappropriate for airplay made U.S. radio sound like a crowded brothel during happy hour!

Pink Floyd - Dying Of Boredom (2CD, 2008)

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Pink Floyd - Dying Of Boredom (2CD, 2008)

Pink Floyd - Dying Of Boredom (2CD, 2008)
FLAC (tracks), Lossless +Booklet / MP3 320 kbps | 1:26:18 | 441 / 186 Mb
Genre: Rock

The Refectory Hall at Leeds University is, judging by the wealth of talented band who have played there, an important venue in northern England. Pink Floyd played there three times. The first time was on November 8th, 1969 and doesn’t have a tape source. The February 28th, 1970 show, which is featured on Dying Of Boredom, is complete and the final appearance in Leeds, which was on January 23rd, 1971, has a fragmentary tape with “A Saucerful Of Secrets” and the blues encore. A previous commercial release of this tape can be found on Leeds 1970 (Ayanami-243) but Sigma is the first silver release of this tape. It is very good and clear but a bit “flat” and lacking in dynamics. It contains all of the music played the taper paused between songs cutting off many of the song introductions. Despite these limitations it is still a very nice document from the first couple months of the new decade.