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Stevie Wonder - Someday At Christmas (Expanded Edition) (1967/2013)

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Stevie Wonder - Someday At Christmas (Expanded Edition) (1967/2013)

Stevie Wonder - Someday At Christmas (Expanded Edition) (1967/2013)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 262 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 102 MB
42:29 | Spirituals, Gospel, Vocal, Holiday | Label: UNI - MOTOWN

When it comes to holiday records emitted from the shadows of the mighty Motown hit factory on West Grand Boulevard, few could match the quality and quantity from one of their key artists. This collection from Mr. Wonder dates back to the first golden age of his catalog from the mid-'60s and relies on the successful stomping Motown formula from the first song to the last. A well-balanced mix of traditional and modern standards keeps the disc interesting, with the unquestionable highlight being "What Christmas Means to Me," a vibrant original tune that has undeniably become Motown's finest Christmas anthem and a holiday standard in its own right. Those looking to spice up their musical eggnog during the holiday season would be well served in giving this solid collection a few spins.

The Mascots - Your Mascots (Remastered Expanded Edition) (1965/2014)

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The Mascots - Your Mascots (Remastered Expanded Edition) (1965/2014)

The Mascots - Your Mascots (Remastered Expanded Edition) (1965/2014)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks, cue, log, scans) - 191 MB
43:37 | Beat , Pop Rock | Label: RPM Records

Digitally remastered and expanded edition of this 1965 debut album from the Swedish Beat group. Their unique take on the beat era married melancholy to unforgettable, yearning melodies. RPM International's expanded edition supplements this landmark album with all the non-album singles Mascots issued in the run up to it hitting Sweden's shops, including the withdrawn 'Too Much Monkey Business'. All tracks are drawn from the master tapes in the archive of EMI Sweden. Their debut album is a sought-after rarity and has never before been legally reissued inside or outside Sweden.

The Gun Club - The Las Vegas Story (Remastered Expanded Edition) (1984/2009)

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The Gun Club - The Las Vegas Story (Remastered Expanded Edition) (1984/2009)

The Gun Club - The Las Vegas Story (Remastered Expanded Edition) (1984/2009)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks, cue, log) - 667 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 235 MB
1:42:27 | Alternative Rock, Garage Rock, Indie Rock | Label: Cooking Vinyl

Digitally remastered and expanded edition of this 1984 album from the tribal Psychobilly Blues band fronted by Jeffrey Lee Pierce, including a bonus live CD. The Las Vegas Story was possibly the most complete and unrushed Gun Club LP. Produced by Jeff Eyrich, this LP saw the band experiment more with covering show tunes like Gershwin's 'My Man's Gone Now' and a killer take on Pharaoh Sanders' 'The Creator Has A Master Plan'. Yet another raved about LP in the press, The Las Vegas Story was the icing on the cake in the Gun Clubs early carrier. This release features the album in all its glory plus a bonus CD featuring a complete live show of the band from 1984. Cooking Vinyl. 2009.

Linda Clifford - Let Me Be Your Woman (Remastered & Expanded) (1979/2018)

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Linda Clifford - Let Me Be Your Woman (Remastered & Expanded) (1979/2018)

Linda Clifford - Let Me Be Your Woman (Remastered & Expanded) (1979/2018)
XLD Rip | FLAC (tracks, cue, log) - 517 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 179 MB
1:18:09 | Disco, Soul, Funk | Label: Blixa Sounds

Digitally remastered and expanded edition of this 1979 album by R&B and disco icon Linda Clifford. Let Me Be Your Woman is the third studio album recorded by Clifford, released on the RSO/Curtom label. The album peaked at #19 on the R&B albums chart. It also reached #26 on the Billboard 200. The album features a disco-styled cover version of "Bridge over Troubled Water", which peaked at #49 on the Hot Soul Singles chart and #41 on the Billboard Hot 100. A second single, "Don't Give It Up", also charted at #15 on the Hot Soul Singles chart. In addition, all the cuts of the album peaked at #11 on the Hot Dance/Disco chart.

The Apartments - The Evening Visits....And Stays For Years (Remastered & Expanded) (1985/2015)

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The Apartments - The Evening Visits....And Stays For Years (Remastered & Expanded) (1985/2015)

The Apartments - The Evening Visits….And Stays For Years (Remastered & Expanded) (1985/2015)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks, cue, log) - 530 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 183 MB
1:19:55 | Folk Rock, New Wave, Pop Rock | Label: Captured Tracks

After releasing a brilliant single by the Apartments on their Able label in 1979, the Go-Betweens almost added the band's leader Peter Milton Walsh to their lineup, but ultimately it didn't work out. "Walsh is night," said Grant McLennan. "We are day," added Robert Forster. After some more false starts, Walsh re-formed the Apartments and set about proving the duo right. Signed to Rough Trade after impressing them with a demo, the Apartments' debut album from 1985, The Evening Visits…and Stays for Years is a dark, brooding affair that features Walsh's idiosyncratic vocals and lyrics that hint at major emotional upheavals, or at least some very deep feels. Walsh's biting croon is balanced by layers of jangling acoustic and electric guitars and the occasional strings and horns, with a production style that calls to mind that of his former mate's concurrent work

Mary Hopkin - Earth Song - Ocean Song (Remastered & Expanded) (1971/2010)

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Mary Hopkin - Earth Song - Ocean Song (Remastered & Expanded) (1971/2010)

Mary Hopkin - Earth Song - Ocean Song (Remastered & Expanded) (1971/2010)
XLD Rip | FLAC (tracks, cue, log, full scans) - 295 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 126 MB
48:23 | Folk Rock | Label: Apple Records

Issued in 1971, this is Mary Hopkin's coming-of-age collection, packed with socially-conscious, lyrically-aware anthems from the cream of the era's folk protagonists: Ralph McTell, Gallagher & Lyle, Tom Paxton, Cat Stevens, Harvey Andrews and the relatively unknown Liz Thorsen who wrote the collection’s title songs, ‘Earth Song’ and ‘Ocean Song’. Mary defines her art on this album, co-ordinated by legendary producer and Mary's husband-to-be at the time, Tony Visconti.
This Remastered CD includes three Bonus Tracks, all produced by Tony Visconti: ‘Kew Gardens’ / 1971 B-side to ‘Let My Name Be Sorrow’ ‘When I Am Old One Day’ / from the Earth Song / Ocean Song sessions ‘Let My Name Be Sorrow’ / Mary’s penultimate single for Apple Records, issued in 1971

Madness - Can't Touch Us Now (Expanded Edition) (2016/2024)

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Madness - Can't Touch Us Now (Expanded Edition) (2016/2024)

Madness - Can't Touch Us Now (Expanded Edition) (2016/2024)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 701 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 253 MB
1:49:44 | Ska, Reggae-Pop | Label: BMG

Oui Oui, Si Si, Ja Ja, Da Da will be issued on 10 May 2024 via BMG. A 2CD edition of 2016’s Can’t Touch Us Now will be released on the same day (see tracklistings below).

Methuselah - Matthew, Mark, Luke And John (Expanded Edition) (1969/2024)

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Methuselah - Matthew, Mark, Luke And John (Expanded Edition) (1969/2024)

Methuselah - Matthew, Mark, Luke And John (Expanded Edition) (1969/2024)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 432 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 161 MB
1:05:09 | Psychedelic Rock | Label: Grapefruit

First-ever master-tapes reissue of collectable late 60s UK psychedelic/early progressive LP only issued at the time by Elektra in America. Includes previously unreleased songs and alternative mixes from the December 1968 album sessions. After a single for Decca as mod/soul band The Dimples, the Scunthorpe-based Gospel Garden cut a similarly- fashioned 45 for the Camp label before falling under the spell of emerging underground bands like Family and Jethro Tull. Honing their new sound on the burgeoning college circuit, they were signed by visiting Elektra label boss Jac Holzman and given a new identity: Methuselah. With American songwriter Kenny Young as producer, in December 1968 they recorded a quasi-concept album given the title ‘Matthew, Mark, Luke And John’ after the four-part song suite that dominated Side One. But Elektra failed to give the LP a UK release, and the US issue was delayed until October 1969 – by which time the band had split, with John Gladwin and Terry Wincott turning their backs on electricity to work as Amazing Blondel.

Climie Fisher - Coming In for the Kill (Expanded Edition) (1989/2024)

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Climie Fisher - Coming In for the Kill (Expanded Edition) (1989/2024)

Climie Fisher - Coming In for the Kill (Expanded Edition) (1989/2024)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 1.5 GB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 544 MB
3:54:01 | Electronic, Synth-pop | Label: Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

4CD deluxe edition of ‘Coming In For The Kill’. A beautifully packaged set that includes five songs that appear on CD for the first time, as well as 16 previously unreleased tracks. Four CD deluxe edition of 'Coming In For The Kill'. Includes the TEN songs that appeared on the original album alongside a 38 bonus tracks featuring singles, B-sides, remixes, edits, alternate versions, demo recordings, instrumentals and more. A beautifully packaged set that includes five songs that appear on CD for the first time, as well as 16 previously unreleased tracks. All tracks have been remastered using the original master tapes for a superior sound experience.

Laibach - Nova Akropola (Remastered Expanded Edition) (1986/2023)

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Laibach - Nova Akropola (Remastered Expanded Edition) (1986/2023)

Laibach - Nova Akropola (Remastered Expanded Edition) (1986/2023)
FLAC (tracks) - 916 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 323 MB
2:17:56 | Electronic, Rock, Industrial | Label: Cherry Red Records

The Seminal 1986 Album Revisited And Expanded. Curated, Remastered And Re-Designed By The Laibach Organisation. Complete With 2 X Cds Of Live Versions Of 'Nova Akropola' Songs From The Band's Own Archive. Vital Sleevenotes By Alexei Monroe. Few bands stand apart from the crowd as distinctly as Laibach. Their idiosyncratic outlook and philosophy were formed against the backdrop of post-Soviet socialism in the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, and the band has continued to follow an individual, often controversial path for over forty years, taking them into places few other artists dare to go. Originally released by Cherry Red in 1986, 'Nova Akropola' ('The New Acropolis') remains a masterpiece of politically-informed industrial expression, and signalled the beginning of Laibach's breakthrough onto the international scene, at a time when restrictions imposed on them in their homeland were beginning to be lifted. Curated, remastered and designed by the band and their organisation, this new 3CD edition includes two discs of vital live recordings of 'Nova Akropola' songs spanning the years 1985 to 2021, captured in England, Slovenia, Serbia and Macedonia. Packaged in new artwork and accompanied by brilliant sleevenotes from cultural theorist Alexei Monroe, author of 'Interrogation Machine' and associate of the band, this new edition demonstrates the longevity of both the songs and the philosophy behind them, and is a vital new addition to Laibach's catalogue.

The Durutti Column - Vini Reilly (Remastered and Expanded) (1989/2024)

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The Durutti Column - Vini Reilly (Remastered and Expanded) (1989/2024)

The Durutti Column - Vini Reilly (Remastered and Expanded) (1989/2024)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 430 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 237 MB
1:06:10 | Rock, Acoustic, Avantgarde | Label: London Records (Because Ltd)

Less of an intentionally confusing title than might be thought, Reilly for all intents and purposes is Durutti no matter the changes through the years – Vini Reilly does signal another new phase of the band's work, moving into a full embrace of technological possibilities via an Akai sampler. With Reilly and Mitchell joined by a slew of guests – Swing Out Sister keyboardist Andy Connell; singers Pol, Rob Gray, and Liu Sola; and even former member John Metcalfe on the epic surge "Finding the Sea" – Durutti this time around pursued the organic/machine combination to even more successful conclusions than on The Guitar. Reilly's singing has often come in for criticism (unwarranted, really, considering how his soft approach effortlessly suits the general atmosphere of Durutti's work), so the slew of sampled and borrowed snippets from other vocalists and musicians that pepper the album makes for an intriguing change. "Love No More," the album opener, shows how the approach can work, with acoustic guitar to the fore and echoed, truly haunting snippets of what sound like soul and opera singers wafting through the mix.

Eddy and the Soulband - Eddy and the Soulband (Expanded Edition / Remastered 2024) (1984/2024)

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Eddy and the Soulband - Eddy and the Soulband (Expanded Edition / Remastered 2024) (1984/2024)

Eddy and the Soulband - Eddy and the Soulband (Expanded Edition / Remastered 2024) (1984/2024)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 514 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 172 MB
1:12:31 | Soul, Funk, Disco | Label: Universal Music, a division of Universal International Music BV

b. Eddy Conrad, 1959, Gary, Indiana, USA. Conrad grew up in Indiana obsessed by the sound of Isaac Hayes’ ‘Theme From Shaft’. The first record he ever purchased, Conrad would spend his pocket money continually attending reruns of the film at local cinemas. ‘As a kid you always have heroes but with John Shaft [the film’s protagonist] it was serious. He had that certain macho feeling that every kid wishes he had too.’ In 1985 he fulfilled a long-held ambition by re-recording the track, which became a number 13 UK chart hit. It might well have charted higher had another version of ‘Theme From Shaft’ by Van Twist not been released at the same time. Afterwards, however, Conrad and his band disappeared from view completely.

Flowered Up - A Life With Brian (Remastered and Expanded) (1991/2024)

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Flowered Up - A Life With Brian (Remastered and Expanded) (1991/2024)

Flowered Up - A Life With Brian (Remastered and Expanded) (1991/2024)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 1.04 GB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 377 MB
2:20:57 | Indie Rock | Label: London Records (Because Ltd)

Iconic UK indie band Flowered Up, seen as London’s answer to Happy Mondays and The Stone Roses, reissue their debut album ‘A Life With Brian’ (from 1991) via London Records. The reissue follows a BFI documentary on the video of ‘Weekender’ and it’s legendary status in UK club culture of the time. The album remastering was overseen by Flowered Up keyboard player Tim Dorney.

Orbital - Orbital (The Green Album Expanded) (1991/2024)

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Orbital - Orbital (The Green Album Expanded) (1991/2024)

Orbital - Orbital (The Green Album Expanded) (1991/2024)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 2.2 GB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 827 MB
6:00:48 | Electronic, Techno, Acid House, Leftfield, House | Label: London Records

"Orbital’s exploratory debut album re-wrote the rule book for rave" - DJ Mag
Originally released on September 30, 1991, Orbital’s eponymous debut album became known as “The Green Album” to distinguish it from their second album (known as “The Brown Album”) The Green Album includes the seminal ‘Belfast’ and a live version of ‘Chime’, the landmark dance track that launched their career in 1990.All audio fully remastered, overseen by Orbital

Procol Harum - Grand Hotel (Remastered & Expanded Edition) (1973/2018)

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Procol Harum - Grand Hotel (Remastered & Expanded Edition) (1973/2018)

Procol Harum - Grand Hotel (Remastered & Expanded Edition) (1973/2018)
FLAC (tracks) - 429 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 153 MB
1:06:35 | Prog Rock, Symphonic Rock | Label: Esoteric Recordings

Procol Harum's first album for Chrysalis, Grand Hotel, found the band returning to the grandeur of earlier works such as Shine on Brightly and Salty Dog. Robin Trower's replacement Mick Grabham is capable, even powerful, but not nearly as distinctive as his predecessor; consequently, the material tends to rely more on ornate arrangements than guitar riffs, making this somewhat more dignified than either of their previous studio albums, Home and Broken Barricades. Brooker and lyricist Keith Reid step up with strong material, notably the title track, "Toujours L'Amour," and "Fires (Which Burnt Brightly)." While the keyboard and orchestra-based arrangements harken back to earlier triumphs, the lyrics deal less with whaling stories than with social commentary; "A Souvenir of London" is about social diseases, with "T.V. Caesar" about the pervasive influence of television.