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VA - Return Of The Instro-Hipsters, Vol. 2: Groovy Instrumentals From The UK 1965-1973 (2007)

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VA - Return Of The Instro-Hipsters, Vol. 2: Groovy Instrumentals From The UK 1965-1973 (2007)

VA - Return Of The Instro-Hipsters, Volume 2 (2007)
Groovy Instrumentals From The UK 1965-1973

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 344 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 128 Mb
Label: Psychic Circle | # PCCD7013 | Time: 00:56:06 | Scans ~ 64 Mb
Instrumental Pop/Rock, Jazz Pop, Lounge, Early R&B

Nick Saloman of the Bevis Frond once again invites us to join him in the obscure pleasures of little-known pop, R&B, and jazz instrumental sides of the '60s and '70s with this collection. A number of the selections featured on Return of the Instro-Hipsters are so obscure that even Saloman isn't sure just who is responsible for them (though he offers some educated guesses on the artists behind such names as Sharks, Oliver Bone, and the Masked Phantom), but there are a good share of solid grooves and kicky melodies to be found here from a number of gifted little-knowns. If you went to the movies in the '70s, "Soul Thing" by Tony Newman will sound familiar, while flautist Harold McNair solos over a Dave Brubeck-influenced piano groove on "The Hipster," Jerry Allen demonstrates new uses for game calls on "Fuzzy Duck," Thunder Road's synthesized version of "Peter Gunn" beats Art of Noise's variation on the theme by more than 15 years, "The Brooke Bond Beat" by Cliff Adams may be the most swingin' tea commercial ever, and the Outer Limits serve up some tough, moody rock, appropriately titled "Black Boots".

Lee Ritenour - Rit/2 (1982) [2014, Japan] {24-bit Digitally Remastered}

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Lee Ritenour - Rit/2 (1982) [2014, Japan] {24-bit Digitally Remastered}

Lee Ritenour - Rit/2 (1982) [2014, Japan] {24-bit Digitally Remastered}
Jazz, Pop/Rock, Jazz-Rock, Fusion | EAC Rip | FLAC, Img+CUE+LOG+Scans (PNG) | 40:14 | 403,74 Mb
Label: Elektra/Warner Music Japan Inc. (Japan) | Cat.# WPCR-28053 | Released: 2014-07-23 (1982)

Released in 1982 "Rit/2" made the Top 5 in the jazz charts, and stayed on the Billboard chart for 14 weeks, "Cross My Heart" was the debut single from the album that featured vocals by Eric Tagg, who is also prominent on "Rit". "Rit" and "Rit/2" were the only albums Ritenour was to record for Elektra, as he moved to Dave Grusin's GRP label where he picked up a Grammy award for an album he released with Dave Grusin titled "Harlequin".

Chris Botti - When I Fall In Love (2004) [Re-Up]

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Chris Botti - When I Fall In Love (2004) [Re-Up]

Chris Botti - When I Fall In Love (2004)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 328 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 156 Mb
Label: Columbia | # 518841 2 | Time: 00:58:49 | Scans included
Smooth Jazz, Trumpet Jazz, Instrumental Pop, Easy Listening

Trumpeter Chris Botti drops the synthesizers and drum loops of his previous effort, Thousand Kisses Deep, for a more elegant and traditional sound on When I Fall in Love. While Thousand Kisses Deep maximized Botti's penchant for mixing perfect pop songs with his Miles Davis-influenced jazz style, it nonetheless featured many of the electronic and processed sounds predictable on modern smooth jazz releases. By eschewing such "go to" pop-jazz production techniques as drum machines and synthesized strings in favor of the real instruments here, Botti ironically sounds utterly groundbreaking on what is ultimately a straight-ahead orchestral jazz album. While nowhere near as improvisationally adventurous as its predecessors, When I Fall in Love is still a revelation in the tradition of Sketches of Spain, Clifford Brown With Strings, and Wynton Marsalis' Hot House Flowers. Mixing standards and contemporary pop tunes all in a straight-ahead style, Botti gives his minimalist Miles-ian horn sound a chance to breath and be enjoyed on its own.

VA - On The Brink: Return Of The Instro-Hipsters (2007)

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VA - On The Brink: Return Of The Instro-Hipsters (2007)

VA - On The Brink: Return Of The Instro-Hipsters (2007)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 360 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 134 Mb
Label: Psychic Circle | # PCCD7003 | Time: 00:56:16 | Scans ~ 74 Mb
Instrumental Pop/Rock, Psychedelic Pop/Rock, Rhythm & Blues

On the Brink is a collection of 20 previously uncomped and absolutely superb UK instrumentals from the '60s and early '70s, assembled by legendary psych musician and Psychic Circle label-head, Nick Saloman (The Bevis Frond). Presenting session men discovering sitars, orchestras getting into the freaky side of things, hip theme tunes, Hammonds, fuzz and brass. Somehow sophisticated and cheesy simultaneously, these acts created their own musical world of Chelsea apartments, mini-mokes, dark velvet bespoke tailoring and the dolliest birds this side of Battersea Bridge. Welcome to the soundtrack of your own unmade Swinging London movie. Artists include: Mike Vickers, the Jim Sullivan Sound, the Shock Absorbers, Wynder K. Frog, Rita, Offside, the Les Reed Orchestra, David Smith, the Keith Mansfield Orchestra, the Dave Davani Four, the Fidd, Ken Woodman's Piccadilly Brass, the John Schroeder Orchestra, Trax Four, the Mike Cotton Sound, Lee Mason and his Orchestra, the Vic Flick Sound, the Chris Barber Soul Band, Brian Bennett and Stanley Myers.

VA - Rock Instrumental Classics, Vol. 5: Surf (1994)

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VA - Rock Instrumental Classics, Vol. 5: Surf (1994)

VA - Rock Instrumental Classics, Vol. 5: Surf (1994)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 237 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 100 Mb | Scans ~ 49 Mb
Genre: Surf, Instrumental Pop/Rock | Label: Rhino | # R2 71605 | Time: 00:42:11

Rhino closes its five-volume rock instrumentals series with an 18-track outing devoted to surf guitar. This fast-paced, prickly, and frequently exciting form may not be among the most diversified structurally, but if does offer some surging playing from its practitioners. They range from founding father Dick Dale to its most popular bands, the Surfaris, Belairs, Ventures, and Chantays. While not particularly a hardcore surf collection, this disc certainly outlines its virtues, and the tunes were long enough to display guitar proficiency, but short enough to prevent self-indulgence and repetition.

The Shadows - Memories 36 Guitar Moods (2005) 2 CDs [Re-Up]

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The Shadows - Memories 36 Guitar Moods (2005) 2 CDs [Re-Up]

The Shadows - Memories 36 Guitar Moods (2005) 2CDs
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 881 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 339 Mb | Scans ~ 36 Mb
Instrumental Guitar Pop/Rock | Label: Music Club Deluxe | # MCDLX014 | Time: 02:28:10

The Shadows are easily the most popular and influential British instrumental group of all time. Their career started in the late 50's as Cliff Richard's backing band and they consistently hit the singles charts well into the 80's. Lead guitarist Hank Marvin is cited by many modern pickers as a major influence. Throughout the latter part of their career, they released many instrumental covers and interpretations of classic themes. This 2 disc set brings together many of those recordings Including the two top 10 hits 'Don't Cry For Me Argentina' & 'Theme From The Deer Hunter (Cavatina)' & the top 50 hit 'The Third Man'.

David Wilson - Café Europa (2000)

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David Wilson - Café Europa (2000)

David Wilson - Café Europa (2000)
EAC Rip | FLAC (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 296 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 128 Mb
Full Scans ~ 43 Mb | 00:53:04 | RAR 5% Recovery
Instrumental Pop, Easy Listening | Swallowtail Records #ST-8006

David Wilson lives and performs in the Los Angeles area. He has been perfecting his craft on the violin for many years. His work can be heard on several recordings by Henry Mancini including a featured performance on the soundtrack to the movie "Switch". Cafe Europa is David's fifth recording for Swallowtail Records. David Wilson is an American-born violinist and recording artist, known for his stylized arrangements of popular music and original compositions. Wilson began his professional recording career in 1987, performing nightly in Beverly Hills, California. Here he performed for Hollywood celebrities and political figures.

Duane Eddy - The Very Best Of Duane Eddy (2015) 3CD Set

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Duane Eddy - The Very Best Of Duane Eddy (2015) 3CD Set

Duane Eddy - The Very Best Of Duane Eddy (2015) 3CD Set
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 969 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 415 Mb | Scans included
Label: Not Now Music | # NOT3CD200 | Time: 02:57:39
Genre: Rock & Roll, Instrumental Pop/Rock

Now well into his eighth decade, Duane Eddy is still on the road and continues to make records with a new generation of players; these include Richard Hawley, who produced the 'Road Trip' album for him in 2011, the same year he played Glastonbury. Enjoy this unique individual back in his heyday with this 3CD set, and, as the opening track so eloquently puts it, dance with the guitar man!

Werner Müller and His Orchestra - Learn To Love (1973) & Sentimental Journey (1977) [Reissue 2011]

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Werner Müller and His Orchestra - Learn To Love (1973) & Sentimental Journey (1977) [Reissue 2011]

Werner Muller and His Orchestra - Learn To Love (1973) & Sentimental Journey (1977) [Reissue 2011]
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 413 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 181 MB | Covers - 16 MB
Genre: Easy Listening, Instrumental Pop | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Vocalion (CDLK 4432)

Werner Müller (1920-1998) was an orchestra conductor and popular music arranger during the 1950s and 1960s. In 1946 Müller joined the orchestra of Kurt Widmann, one of the most successful bands in Berlin. In 1949 Müller, age 30, started his musical activities in radio at the RIAS Berlin. He was concertmaster for RIAS radio and of Hans-Georg Arlt Tanzorchesters with 18 radio channels. After almost two decades in Berlin, he moved to Cologne, where he conducted performances of the WDR orchestra on radio and television.
He also contributed numerous albums to London's Phase Four label, the longest-running of the Space Age Bachelor Pad series.

Ronnie Aldrich - Reflections (1976) & With Love & Understanding (1977) [Reissue 2005]

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Ronnie Aldrich - Reflections (1976) & With Love & Understanding (1977) [Reissue 2005]

Ronnie Aldrich - Reflections (1976) & With Love & Understanding (1977) [Reissue 2005]
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 459 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 215 MB | Covers - 66 MB
Genre: Easy Listening, Instrumental Pop | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Vocalion (CDLK 4288)

With his famous two pianos and his orchestra, the great British arranger brings you sets of vintage standards as well as contemporary themes. Dating from 1976 and 1977, these two LPs feature "Spanish Eyes", "How Insensitive", "Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing", "On Days Like These", "All by Myself", and many more.

Mantovani - Mr. Music... Mantovani (1966) & More Mantovani Film Encores (1959) [Reissue 2010]

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Mantovani - Mr. Music... Mantovani (1966) & More Mantovani Film Encores (1959) [Reissue 2010]

Mantovani - Mr. Music… Mantovani (1966) & More Mantovani Film Encores (1959) [Reissue 2010]
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 325 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 176 MB | Covers - 32 MB
Genre: Easy Listening, Instrumental Pop | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Vocalion (CDLK 4412)

This two-fer from Dutton Vocalion features a pair of out of print LPs by easy listening artist Mantovani: Mr. Music… Mantovani and More Mantovani Film Encores, originally issued in 1966 and 1959. These 24 tracks find the conductor/musician/arranger interpreting such traditional material as "Spanish Flea," "Strangers in the Night," and "When You Wish Upon a Star." This is an enjoyable reissue chosen from Mantovani's numerous London albums.

Mantovani - Songs To Remember (1960) & The Incomparable Mantovani (1964) [Reissue 2007]

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Mantovani - Songs To Remember (1960) & The Incomparable Mantovani (1964) [Reissue 2007]

Mantovani - Songs To Remember (1960) & The Incomparable Mantovani (1964) [Reissue 2007]
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 357 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 183 MB | Covers - 29 MB
Genre: Easy Listening, Instrumental Pop | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Vocalion (CDLK 4347)

Conductor, composer, violinist, and pianist Mantovani was one of the most popular and prolific easy listening artists of all time. His trademark "cascading strings" (or "tumbling strings") effect gave him an instantly recognizable sound, and his heavy reliance on the string section in general helped map out the blueprint for much of the light orchestral music that followed in his wake. His repertoire did feature original compositions, but was built chiefly on lush adaptations of familiar melodies: TV and movie themes, show tunes, pop hits (chiefly of the MOR variety), classical material, and the like. Starting his career in the '20s, Mantovani was very much a product of the recording age: he focused almost entirely on recording, instead of live performance…

Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass - Albums Collection 1962-2015 (18CD)

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Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass - Albums Collection 1962-2015 (18CD)

Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass - Albums Collection 1962-2015 (18CD)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 4.28 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 1.68 Gb | Scans ~ 3.78 Gb
Easy Listening, Instrumental Pop, Jazz Pop, Latin Jazz, Jazz-Funk, Trumpet

Known for his mariachi-inspired easy listening sound, trumpeter Herb Alpert is one of the most successful instrumental performers in pop history. He is also one of the entertainment industry's canniest businessmen, having co-founded A&M Records – a label that ranks among the most prosperous artist-owned companies ever established – with partner Jerry Moss. Collection includes: The Lonely Bull (1962); South Of The Border (1964); Whipped Cream & Other Delights (1965); !!Going Places!! (1965); What Now My Love (1966); S.R.O (1966); The Beat Of The Brass (1968); Rise (1979); Fandango (1982); Bullish (1984); Keep Your Eye On Me (1987); Classics, Volume 1 (1987); Steppin' Out (Featuring Lani Hall) (2013); In The Mood (2014); Come Fly With Me (2015).

Henry Mancini - The Ultimate Pink Panther (2004)

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Henry Mancini - The Ultimate Pink Panther (2004)

Henry Mancini - The Ultimate Pink Panther (2004)
EAC | FLAC (Tracks) + cue.+log ~ 457 Mb | Mp3, CBR320 kbps ~ 209 Mb | Scans included
Label: RCA / BMG Heritage | # 82876 59882 2 | Time: 01:11:26
Soundtracks, Easy Listening, Instrumental Pop, Jazz

Digitally remastered 2004 compilation of Henry Mancini scores 1964-1993… 24 tracks from 6 movies. First collection to gather the best movie music and themes from the entire Pink Panther franchise on one CD, The CD booklet contains extensive liner notes and rare photos. Digitally remastered from the original master tapes.

Brian Bennett - Shadowing John Barry (2016) [Re-Up]

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Brian Bennett - Shadowing John Barry (2016) [Re-Up]

Brian Bennett - Shadowing John Barry (2016)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 330 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 126 Mb | Scans included | 00:46:55
Soundtracks, Instrumental Pop/Rock, Orchestral | Label: Dramatico | # DRAMCD0108

Brian Bennett, drummer of the Shadows; Brian Bennett: triple Ivor Novello Award winning film and TV score composer; Brian Bennett, member of the SODS (Society Of Distinguished Songwriters, and former “King Sod”) - writer of hits such as “Summer Holiday”, Brian Bennett whose barn burned down recently destroying his studio and irreplaceable collection of antique drum kits. He’s a busy man, Brian Bennett, and he’s had a long and interesting life so far. Once the young resident drummer at the famous “Two 1’s” coffee bar in Old Compton Street, his stellar career has now brought him to the point when his new instrumental album – a tribute to his friend and idol, John Barry – is being released on Dramatico Records. This is a powerful and impressive album, superbly produced and orchestrated – with the assistance of his son Warren Bennett.