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VA - Joe Meek - The RGM Sound: Twangy Guitars, Reverb and Heavenly Choirs (2013) 2CDs

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VA - Joe Meek - The RGM Sound: Twangy Guitars, Reverb and Heavenly Choirs (2013) 2CDs

VA - Joe Meek - The RGM Sound: Twangy Guitars, Reverb and Heavenly Choirs (2013) 2CDs
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 458 Mb | Scans ~ 68 Mb
Label: Jasmine Records | # JASCD 726 | Time: 02:32:39
Rock & Roll, Rockabilly, R&B, Jazz, Swing, Country, Vocal Pop, Early Pop/Rock, British Invasion

Long before he'd evolved into a fully-fledged cult figure, Joe Meek was the UK's first fully independent record producer. This unique 2CD set traces his career from his earliest sessions, as a sound balance engineer in the mid-'50s, to his emergence as a major songwriter and hit maker in the early '60s. It includes many of Meek's biggest records, including five UK # 1s by, Anne Shelton, Lonnie Donegan, Frankie Vaughan, Emile Ford and John Leyton, plus several other major million selling hits! Indeed, more than half of the sixty sides included herein were significant UK hits. This set also includes several collectors' rarities, previously unavailable on CD, most notably Gary Miller's unfeasibly-rare 'Moby Dick'. John Fraser's 'Golden Cage' and Geoff Goddard's 'Girl Bride'. If you are looking for what is by far the most interesting Joe Meek-related compilation for years then this is it!

Frank Zappa - Them Or Us (1984) [VideoArts, Japan]

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Frank Zappa - Them Or Us (1984) [VideoArts, Japan]

Frank Zappa - Them Or Us (1984)
EAC | Flac(Image) + Cue + Log & MP3 CBR 320Kbps
2002 | VideoArts, VACK-1255 | ~ 497 or 168 Mb | Artwork(jpg) -> 36 Mb
Hard Rock, Avantgarde, Art Rock, Doo Wop

Released in October 1984, Them or Us is Frank Zappa's last studio rock album (unless one counts Thing-Fish). It contains a little of everything for everyone, but most of all it has that cold and dry early-'80s feel that made this and other albums like The Man From Utopia and Frank Zappa Meets the Mothers of Prevention sound dated pretty quickly. The record begins and ends with covers…

Diana Ross & The Supremes - Motown Albums 1964-1969 (10CD) Japanese Mini-LP, SHM-CD Remastered Reissue 2012 [Re-Up]

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Diana Ross & The Supremes - Motown Albums 1964-1969 (10CD) Japanese Mini-LP, SHM-CD Remastered Reissue 2012 [Re-Up]

Diana Ross & The Supremes - Motown Albums 1964-1969 (10CD)
Japanese Mini-LP SHM-CD Remastered Reissue 2012

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 2.2 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 774 Mb | Scans ~ 1.2 Gb
Motown, R&B, Soul, Funk, AM Pop | Label: Motown/Universal Music Japan | Time: 05:38:04

Cardboard sleeve (mini LP) reissue from Diana Ross & The Supremes featuring the high-fidelity SHM-CD format. Part of a ten-album Diana Ross & The Supremes SHM-CD cardboard sleeve reissue series featuring albums "Where Did Our Love Go", "More Hits By The Supremes", "I Hear A Symphony", "The Supremes A Go Go", "Sing Holland Dozier Holland", "Reflections", "Join The Temptaions", "Love Child", "Let The Sunshine In", and "Cream Of The Crop".

VA - Summer Days And Summer Nights: 31 Summertime Beach Nuts (2021)

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VA - Summer Days And Summer Nights: 31 Summertime Beach Nuts (2021)

VA - Summer Days And Summer Nights: 31 Summertime Beach Nuts (2021)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks, cue, log) - 453 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 179 MB
1:18:27 | Vocal, Easy Listening, Rock & Roll, Rhythm & Blues, Doo Wop, Surf | Label: Bear Family Records

Your perfect vintage soundtrack for hot summer days and nights! 1-CD with 20-page booklet, 31 tracks. Total playing time approx. 79 min. • Summer! Heat! Swimming! Nature! Beach parties … and music!!! • This edition mercilessly continues what was started in the predecessors, 'Banana Split' (BCD17513), 'Another Banana Split, Please' (BCD17601) and 'Good Old Summertime' (BCD17528) by Bear Family. • On 31 tracks from 1952-1963, the most beautiful season of the year comes extremely alive, whether as a 'soundtrack' in the car or as a musical enhancement of the garden party! • You’ll hear classics of famous artists, for example songs by Keely Smith, Dinah Washington, Conway Twitty, The Brothers Four or Hank Snow! • On the other hand, we present plenty of recordings from the rarities box, some appear here for the first time on CD! • Instrumentals by the Viscounts or by Tito Puente with a summery Latin flair can be heard as well as early surf sounds by Dave York & The Beachcombers or The Fleetwoods! • The musical range is wide: from pop to jazz, rhythm 'n' blues, doo-wop, country music and lots of rock 'n' roll, with Ricky Dean, Johnny O'Neill, Sammy Salvo, Paul Peek and many others!

Daddy Cool - Daddy Who? Daddy Cool! (1971) 40th Anniversary Edition, Expanded Remastered 2011

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Daddy Cool - Daddy Who? Daddy Cool! (1971) 40th Anniversary Edition, Expanded Remastered 2011

Daddy Cool - Daddy Who? Daddy Cool! (1971) Expanded Remastered 2011
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 331 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 113 Mb | Scans ~ 25 Mb
Rock, Rock & Roll, Doo Wop | Label: Sony Music | # 88697927912 | Time: 00:48:49

Digitally re-mastered and expanded 40th Anniversary edition of this album from the Australian rockers fronted by Ross Wilson. Re-mastered from the original tapes by legendary mastering engineer Don Bartley, it sounds incredible. Ross Hannaford's guitar both grinds and shimmers. Gary Young's drums simultaneously swing and shuffle. Wayne Duncan's bass sounds fat in the best possible way. Wilson's vocals and guitar parts are delivered with such self-assuredness that it's hard to believe that this was a performance by a 23 year old from Melbourne, Australia. It's hard to underestimate the influence these youngsters had on Australian music. In addition to the original tracks re-mastered, the Daddy Who? 40th Anniversary Edition comes with four bonus tracks which were included on the Reprise Records international pressing. The artwork comes with all of the images from the original LP cover as designed by Ross Hannaford and Ian McCausland along with new liner notes by Ross Wilson, plus some vintage images from the Daddy Cool vault.

Frank Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention - Cruising With Ruben & The Jets (1968) [VideoArts, Japan]

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Frank Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention - Cruising With Ruben & The Jets (1968) [VideoArts, Japan]

Frank Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention - Cruising With Ruben & The Jets (1968)
EAC | Flac(Image) + Cue + Log & MP3 CBR 320Kbps
2002 | VideoArts, VACK-1207 | ~ 268 or 98 Mb | Artwork(jpg) -> 40 Mb
Doo Wop, Parody, Experimental Rock

Frank Zappa loved '50s doo wop music. He grew up with it, collected it, and it was the first kind of pop music he wrote ("Memories of El Monte," recorded by the Penguins in 1962). Cruising with Ruben & the Jets, the Mothers of Invention's fourth LP, is a collection of such music, all Zappa originals (some co-written with MOI singer Ray Collins)…

Frank Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention - Freak Out! (1966) [VideoArts, Japan]

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Frank Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention - Freak Out! (1966) [VideoArts, Japan]

Frank Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention - Freak Out! (1966)
EAC | Flac(Image) + Cue + Log & MP3 CBR 320Kbps
2002 | VideoArts, VACK-1203 | Japan | ~ 377 or 115 Mb | Artwork(jpg) -> 76 Mb
Free Jazz, Doo Wop, Psychedelic Rock, Progressive Rock

One of the most ambitious debuts in rock history, Freak Out! was a seminal concept album that somehow foreshadowed both art rock and punk at the same time. Its four LP sides deconstruct rock conventions right and left, eventually pushing into territory inspired by avant-garde classical composers…

Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons - Origins And Early Years 1953-62 (2022)

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Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons - Origins And Early Years 1953-62 (2022)

Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons - Origins And Early Years 1953-62 (2022)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 701 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 350 MB
2:22:15 | Pop, Doo Wop | Label: Acrobat

The Four Seasons, featuring the remarkable and unmistakeable voice of Frankie Valli, were one of the most popular and successful groups of the 1960s on both sides of the Atlantic, and one of the few American groups to withstand the onslaught of the British Invasion to carry their chart career through into the 1970s. When they had their first big hit as The Four Seasons in 1961 with “Sherry”, they were by no means new to the pop scene and both Frankie Valli and the group had paid their dues for the best part of a decade, honing their skills in a variety of guises on an equally bewildering array of record labels. This great-value 58-track 2-CD set features most of Frankie Valli’s early recordings, both solo and with various groups before they became The Four Seasons in 1960, and then presents their early successes under that name. It comprises selected A & B sides as Frankie Valley, Frankie Valley & The Travellers, The Four Lovers, Frankie Valli & The Romans, The Village Voices, Billy Dixon & The Topics, Johnny Halo, Hal Miller and The Rays, and The Four Seasons for the Corona, Mercury RCA, Epic, Okeh, Cindy, Decca, Topix, Gone and Vee-Jay labels. It also features the tracks from The Four Lovers album “Joyride” and the Four Seasons album “Sherry &11 Others”. Quite apart from setting the scene for the rest of their career as the Four Seasons, this collection of doowop and rock ‘n’ roll from the era when Frankie and his colleagues were exploring the potential of their talent, is hugely entertaining and offers a real insight into what lay behind The Four Seasons’ success.

VA - Vic's Fabulous Fifties (De 100 favorieten van Vic van de Reijt) (2009)

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VA - Vic's Fabulous Fifties (De 100 favorieten van Vic van de Reijt) (2009)

VA - Vic's Fabulous Fifties (De 100 favorieten van Vic van de Reijt) (2009)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks, cue, log) - 1.3 GB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 616 MB
4:29:14 | Jazz, Rock, Blues, Pop, Folk, Chanson, Novelty, Rhythm & Blues, Country, Rock & Roll, Doo Wop
Label: Nikkelen Nelis/Universal Music

We got to know music composer Vic Van De Reijt on his previous compilations (with his hundred favorite French, German and 'Suri-Vlame' hits) as a man with an omnivorous taste in music, who managed to forge well-known and obscure hits together into a beautiful whole. The fifties are central to this compilation album. An exciting job, because there are quite a few fifties collectors in circulation. In the accompanying booklet, Van de Reijt defends his choices, especially to opt for the original versions and why he did not choose a Dutch repertoire ('they simply couldn't compete with other countries'). The five CDs are divided into one with instrumental songs, one with male and one with female soloists, one rock and roll CD and, the best, a CD with novelty hits.

Etta James - Hickory Dickory Dock (1998)

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Etta James - Hickory Dickory Dock (1998)

Etta James - Hickory Dickory Dock (1998)
EAC | WV | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 282 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 163 Mb | Scans included
Early R&B, Soul, Blues | Label: Ace | # CDCHM 680 | Time: 00:56:50

The singer in her precocious formative years, headed by her 1955 R&B smash "Roll With Me Henry" (aka "The Wallflower"). James' follow-ups included the driving "Good Rockin' Daddy," a bluesy "W-O-M-A-N," and the New Orleans raveup "Tough Lover," which found her backed by the gang at Cosimo's (notably saxman Lee Allen). Even though her tenure at Modern Records only produced a handful of hits, these 22 cuts are delightful artifacts of the belter's earliest days. The music and liner notes are identical to the previous R&B Dynamite reissue, except that the tracks have been slightly resequenced, and a couple of songs bear different titles ("Number One" has been changed to "My One and Only," "How Big a Fool" to "Call Me a Fool").

James Brown - The 50th Anniversary Collection (2003) 2CD, Japanese SHM-CD [Re-Up]

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James Brown - The 50th Anniversary Collection (2003) 2CD, Japanese SHM-CD [Re-Up]

James Brown - The 50th Anniversary Collection (2003) 2CD, Japanese SHM-CD
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 1 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 377 Mb | Scans ~ 174 Mb
R&B, Soul, Funk | Label: Universal Music | # UICY-91047 8 | Time: 02:37:02

James Brown's two-CD 40th Anniversary Collection gathered 40 of the soul-funk giant's biggest hits, and in keeping with its title, The 50th Anniversary Collection is just that little bit bigger and better, with (could you guess?) 50 of his most famous tracks. From 1956's "Please, Please, Please" to 1988's "Static, Pts. 1 & 2," it has almost all of his biggies, though the absence of the 1986 Top Five hit "Living in America" is puzzling indeed. But that's a minor quibble given the dozens of classics onboard, which taken as a whole not only represent the best Brown compilation on the market, but also make a plain case for the singer as one of the major talents of 20th century American music. It's not wholly redundant on the off-chance that you're willing to replace 40th Anniversary Collection, mopping up a few hits of note ("Bewildered," "Bring It Up," "Let Yourself Go," "I Can't Stand Myself [When You Touch Me], Pt. 1," "It's a New Day, Pt. 1," "The Popcorn") that didn't make the cut the previous time around. If you're keeping score, it does lose a couple minor goodies from 40th Anniversary Collection ("Money Won't Change You," "King Heroin"). Also, the '70s funk years might be given too much emphasis and his R&B-soul beginnings shortchanged, though there are plenty of other reissues of his '50s/'60s material out there if you want to investigate further.

Millie Jackson - Millie Jackson (1972) [Expanded Remastered 2006]

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Millie Jackson - Millie Jackson (1972) [Expanded Remastered 2006]

Millie Jackson - Millie Jackson (1972) [Expanded Remastered 2006]
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 389 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 159 Mb | Scans included
Soul, Funk | Label: Southbound/Ace Records | # CDSEWM 209 | Time: 01:04:24

Continuing our short series of 'Expanded Versions' of classic Millie Jackson albums, the 1972 debut album from one of soul music's greatest talents now gets a well-earned makeover. The set's 10 original offerings are now bolstered by a further nine cuts, including both completely un-issued material - including all four tracks from Millie's first, 1969 studio session - and never before heard, unedited and/or alternate versions of some of the LP's best- known and best loved numbers. Contains several of Millie's 'career hits' including 'A Child Of God', 'Ask Me What You Want' and her UK chart debut 'My Man, A Sweet Man'.

VA - The Ultimate Christmas Album, WCBS-FM 101.1, Vol. 4 (1998)

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VA - The Ultimate Christmas Album, WCBS-FM 101.1, Vol. 4 (1998)

VA - The Ultimate Christmas Album, WCBS-FM 101.1, Vol. 4 (1998)
25 MORE Great Songs for the 25th of December

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 376 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 162 Mb | Scans ~ 45 Mb
Label: Collectables Records | # COL-CD-2517 | Time: 01:10:41
Holidays, Pop/Rock, R&B, Rock & Roll, Vocal Pop, Soul

Another installment in Collectables' The Ultimate Christmas Album series, volume four gathers a mix of well-known and offbeat holiday tunes, including Elvis Presley's "Blue Christmas," the Platters' "Winter Wonderland," and Perry Como's "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas." Brook Benton's "You're All I Want for Christmas," Percy Faith's "Christmas Is," and Otis Redding's "Merry Christmas Baby" are some of the collection's soulful highlights, while Santo & Johnny's "Twistin' Bells" and Stan Freberg's "Christmas Dragnet" add some novelty to the festivities. Though it's a somewhat uneven collection, The Ultimate Christmas Album, Vol. 4: WCBS 101.1 has enough interesting and classic moments to make it worthwhile for anyone looking to go beyond the season's basic music.

VA - The Ultimate Christmas Album, WCBS-FM 101.1, Vol. 2 (1995)

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VA - The Ultimate Christmas Album, WCBS-FM 101.1, Vol. 2 (1995)

VA - The Ultimate Christmas Album, WCBS-FM 101.1, Vol. 2 (1995)
25 MORE Great Songs for the 25th of December

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 385 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 159 Mb | Scans ~ 40 Mb
Label: Collectables Records | # COL-CD-2512 | Time: 01:09:25
Holidays, R&B, Pop/Rock, Vocal Pop, Soul

Volume two of Collectables' Ultimate Christmas Album gathers more classic pop and rock holiday tunes, including the Beach Boys' "Little Saint Nick," Gene Autry's "Here Comes Santa Claus," and Diana Ross & the Supremes' "White Christmas." Most of this volume's best-known tracks are by traditional pop crooners, such as Dean Martin's "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!," Bing Crosby's "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas," and Burl Ives' "Holly Jolly Christmas." However, less-familiar tracks like the Echelons' "A Christmas Long Ago (Jingle Jingle)," Augie Rios' "Donde Esta Santa Claus," and Barry Gordon's "Nuttin' for Christmas" prevent the collection from being too predictable. It's not exactly a straightforward holiday-hits compilation, but The Ultimate Christmas Album, Vol. 2 balances enough standards and obscure tunes to make it a unique collection.

VA - The Ultimate Christmas Album, WCBS-FM 101.1, Vol. 1 (1994)

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VA - The Ultimate Christmas Album, WCBS-FM 101.1, Vol. 1 (1994)

VA - The Ultimate Christmas Album, WCBS-FM 101.1, Vol. 1 (1994)
25 Great Songs for the 25th of December

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 375 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 158 Mb | Scans ~ 57 Mb
Label: Collectables Records | # COL-CD-2511 | Time: 01:08:55
Holidays, Doo Wop, Early R&B, Early Pop/Rock, Vocal Pop, Soul, Swing

Collectables Records' various-artists compilation The Ultimate Christmas Album has been released both on its own and as a tie-in with a series of radio stations. There are identical editions of the album associated with KLUV, K-Earth 101 FM, and WCBS FM-101.1 in addition to this version, WJMK 104.3 Chicago. The word "ultimate" has been overused and misused in record releases to the point that it doesn't mean very much to see it on the cover of an album. Whether or not one considers this album to justify its title will have a lot to do with individual musical taste. If the potential consumer is a listener to one of the radio stations listed above, which are oldies stations devoted to playing pop/rock music of the 1950s, '60s, and '70s, he or she may agree that the album is the ultimate in holiday music of that period.