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Pleasure - Joyous (1977) Remastered Reissue 2010

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Pleasure - Joyous (1977) Remastered Reissue 2010

Pleasure - Joyous (1977) Remastered Reissue 2010
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 286 Mb | Scans included | Time: 00:41:10
Funk, Jazz Funk, Quiet Storm, Soul | Label: Fantasy/BGP | # CDBGP 211

The 1970s saw a plethora of great funk and jazz albums that for somewhat mystifying reasons have failed to be reissued. Sitting at home one night it occurred to me that we had better get a move on and get them out. With this in mind we are launching BGP Funk and Soul Classics: long out-of-print albums on CD featuring the very best mastering, great packaging and some nifty sleeve notes to let you know where the album fits into the scheme of things. Our first batch of releases come from the extensive catalogue of Fantasy Records and feature a host of albums that are sought after by collectors the world over.

Maceo Parker - Funk Overload (1998)

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Maceo Parker - Funk Overload (1998)

Maceo Parker - Funkoverload (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 356 Mb | Scans included | 00:48:18
Funk, Jazz-Funk, Soul | Label: What Are Records? | # WAR 60032

Having steered the mothership and worked as a triggerman for the Godfather of Soul, storied sax man Maceo Parker now brings his own tight rhythm and soul sound to vinyl (er, plastic) in undeniable proof that he's still "got it." Combining his smoking horn with the backing of fellow legends such as trombonist Fred Wesley and new bloods such as son Corey (whose intermittent raps colorfully enhance the album's youthful vibrance), Maceo works through the familiar funk and soul lines of his Parliament and JB days and adds new twists to such classics as Marvin Gaye's "Let's Get It On" and "Inner City Blues," Stevie Wonder's "Tell Me Something Good," and Sly Stone's "Sing a Simple Song," while offering a number of his own well-orchestrated and well-seasoned compositions. "Youth of the World" features Maceo on a lead vocal reminiscent of Kool Moe Dee or Kurtis Blow, while "Do You Love Me" rises like Tower of Power before the sultry Chicago lines of closer "Going in Circles".

David Sanborn - Albums Collection 1976-1982 (6CD) [Japanese Remastered 2013-2014]

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David Sanborn - Albums Collection 1976-1982 (6CD) [Japanese Remastered 2013-2014]

David Sanborn - Albums Collection 1976-1982 (6CD) [Japanese Remastered 2013-2014]
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 1.55 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 694 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Crossover Jazz, Fusion, Jazz Funk, Smooth Jazz | Time: 03:44:46

David William Sanborn (born July 30, 1945) is an American alto saxophonist. Though Sanborn has worked in many genres, his solo recordings typically blend jazz with instrumental pop and R&B. He released his first solo album Taking Off in 1975, but has been playing the saxophone since before he was in high school. One of the most commercially successful American saxophonists to earn prominence since the 1980s, Sanborn is described by critic Scott Yannow as "the most influential saxophonist on pop, R&B, and crossover players of the past 20 years." He is often identified with radio-friendly smooth jazz, but he has expressed a disinclination for the genre and his association with it. Collection includes: Sanborn (1976); Promise Me The Moon (1977); Heart To Heart (1978); Hideaway (1980); Voyeur (1981); As We Speak (1982).

Candy Dulfer - Sax-A-Go-Go (1993)

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Candy Dulfer - Sax-A-Go-Go (1993)

Candy Dulfer - Sax-A-Go-Go (1993)
EAC Rip | FLAC (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 372 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 127 Mb
Full Scans ~ 58 Mb | 00:52:32 | RAR 5% Recovery
Jazz Funk, Smooth Jazz | RCA Records / BMG Music #07863 66248-2

Sax-a-Go-Go is the second album by Dutch alto saxophonist Candy Dulfer. It entered the Billboard Top Contemporary Jazz Album chart at #5 in February 1994, remaining in the chart for 31 weeks. The album "is dedicated to the loving memory of Beppie" and includes a version of Eugene McDaniels' Vietnam War protest song "Compared to What", first recorded by Roberta Flack on her debut album First Take (1969). "I Can't Make You Love Me" was a hit for Bonnie Raitt on her album Luck of the Draw (1991).

Jean-Paul Bourelly - Jungle Cowboy (1987)

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Jean-Paul Bourelly - Jungle Cowboy (1987)

Jean-Paul Bourelly - Jungle Cowboy (1987)
EAC Rip | FLAC (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 295 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 116 Mb
Scans Included | 00:45:48 | RAR 5% Recovery
Jazz Funk / Free Jazz / Fusion / Funk Rock / Blues Rock / Guitar Virtuoso
JMT Productions #JMT 872 009 / 834 409-2

This was Bourelly's debut recording that took place one year after his impressive appearance on Cassandra Wilson's debut Point of View for JMT. The feeling is urgent but fluid and the cast of musicians show the first glimpse into Bourelly impulse of seamlessly mixing desperate styles. Here he embraces his connection to the free jazz music scene with the selection of alto great Julius Hemphill and the innovative drummer Andrew Cyrille yet in the context chartering a modern funk style. However Bourelly is clearly at center stage here with a tone that ventures into jazzy overdrive, clean as well one that leads into into warped dimensions. The performance of drummer Kevin K-dog Johnson stands out as well with his highly energetic and eclectic funk grooves.

Al Jarreau - Albums Collection 1975-1994 (12CD) [Re-Up]

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Al Jarreau - Albums Collection 1975-1994 (12CD) [Re-Up]

Al Jarreau - Albums Collection 1975-1994 (12CD)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 3.15 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 1.2 Gb | Scans ~ 1.83 Gb
Genre: Vocal Jazz, Smooth Jazz, Jazz-Funk, Jazz Pop, Soul, R&B | Time: 08:31:07

The only vocalist in history to net Grammy Awards in three different categories (jazz, pop, and R&B, respectively). Collection includes: We Got By (1975); Glow (1976); All Fly Home (1978); This Time (1980); Breakin' Away (1981); Jarreau (1983); High Crime (1984); L Is For Lover (1986); Heart's Horizon (1988); Blue Angel (1992) Single; Heaven and Earth (1992); Tenderness (1994).

Gil Scott-Heron And His Amnesia Express - Tales Of Gil Scott-Heron (1990) 2CD

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Gil Scott-Heron And His Amnesia Express - Tales Of Gil Scott-Heron (1990) 2CD

Gil Scott-Heron And His Amnesia Express - Tales Of Gil Scott-Heron (1990) 2CD
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 678 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 275 Mb | Scans included | 01:54:37
Jazz Funk, Soul Jazz, Poetry, Spoken Word | Label: Peak-Top/Castle/Essential | # ESDCD 021

Gilbert "Gil" Scott-Heron was an American soul and jazz poet, musician, and author, known primarily for his work as a spoken word performer in the 1970s and '80s. His collaborative efforts with musician Brian Jackson featured a musical fusion of jazz, blues, and soul, as well as lyrical content concerning social and political issues of the time, delivered in both rapping and melismatic vocal styles by Scott-Heron. His own term for himself was "bluesologist", which he defined as "a scientist who is concerned with the origin of the blues." His music, most notably on Pieces of a Man and Winter in America in the early 1970s, influenced and helped engender later African-American music genres such as hip hop and neo soul.

Carmel - Everybody's Got a Little... Soul (1987) [Re-Up]

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Carmel - Everybody's Got a Little... Soul (1987) [Re-Up]

Carmel - Everybody's Got a Little… Soul (1987)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 303 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 112 Mb | Scans ~ 57 Mb | 00:48:53
Sophisti-Pop, Jazz Pop, Vocal Jazz, Soul-Jazz, Blue-Eyed Soul | Label: London | # 828 067-2

Manchester-based jazzy pop group who scored hits in the 1980s, but remained relevant for decades.

Neville Brothers - Yellow Moon (1989)

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Neville Brothers - Yellow Moon (1989)

Neville Brothers - Yellow Moon (1989)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 295 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 157 Mb | Scans included
New Orleans R&B, Funk, Soul, Jazz-Funk | Label: A&M | # CD5240 | Time: 00:53:02

The Neville Brothers made a bid for pop/rock stardom with this well-produced album for A&M, their first under a new pact with the label inked in the late '80s. It was certainly as solid as any they cut for A&M; the vocals were both nicely arranged and expertly performed, the arrangements were basically solid, and the selections were intelligently picked and sequenced. The album charted and remained there for many weeks, while the Nevilles toured and generated lots of interest. It didn't become a hit, but it did respectably and represents perhaps their finest overall pop LP.

VA - (I Got No Kick Against) Modern Jazz: A GRP Artists' Celebration Of The Songs Of The Beatles (1995)

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VA - (I Got No Kick Against) Modern Jazz: A GRP Artists' Celebration Of The Songs Of The Beatles (1995)

Various Artists - (I Got No Kick Against) Modern Jazz:
A GRP Artists' Celebration Of The Songs Of The Beatles (1995)

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 430 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 186 Mb | Scans included
Jazz, R&B, Tribute | Label: GRP | # GRD-9827 | Time: 01:11:50

(I Got No Kick Against) Modern Jazz is a 1995 tribute album by various jazz artists and bands (George Benson, Diana Krall, Lee Ritenour, Chick Corea, David Benoit, Arturo Sandoval, Dave Grusin, and many others) from the GRP Records label. It consists of jazz cover versions of songs originally by The Beatles. The album's title comes from the lyrics of the Beatles's cover of the Chuck Berry song, "Rock and Roll Music", which was originally released on the studio album Beatles for Sale. Dave Grusin was nominated for a Grammy for Best Pop Instrumental Performance for his cover of "Yesterday" on the album.

Jamaaladeen Tacuma - Renaissance Man (1984) {1985, Japan 1st Press}

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Jamaaladeen Tacuma - Renaissance Man (1984) {1985, Japan 1st Press}

Jamaaladeen Tacuma - Renaissance Man (1984) {1985, Japan 1st Press}
EAC Rip | FLAC (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 332 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 129 Mb
Scans Included | 00:51:26 | RAR 5% Recovery
Jazz Rock, Jazz Funk, Free Funk, Fusion | Gramavision / Canyon Records, Inc. #D32Y0015

Jamaaladeen Tacuma's second free funk effort for Gramavision is almost the equal of his first (Show Stopper). Once again the first four songs feature his regular band (a quintet with guitarist Rick Iannacone and altoist James Watkins) while the second half of the program showcases his electric bass in diverse groups. "Dancing in Your Head" has some of the members of Ornette Coleman's Prime Time (including the innovative altoist); Tacuma often played with Ornette during this period. The lengthy "The Battle of Images" features Tacuma with the Ebony String Quartet and a percussionist, "There He Stood" has the leader joined by percussionists and a poet. Best is "Sparkle," a jam with tenor saxophonist David Murray and guitarist Vernon Reid. Alththugh a bit of a mixed bag, this set should appeal to listeners open to both the avant-garde and eccentric funk.

Earth, Wind & Fire - Head to the Sky (1973) [Audio Fidelity, Remastered 2016] Audio CD Layer

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Earth, Wind & Fire - Head to the Sky (1973) [Audio Fidelity, Remastered 2016] Audio CD Layer

Earth, Wind & Fire - Head to the Sky (1973) [Remastered 2016]
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 208 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 104 Mb | Scans included
Funk, Soul, Jazz-Funk | Label: Audio Fidelity | # AFZ5 236 | 00:37:02
Mastered by Stephen Marsh & Steve Hoffman

As phenomenally popular as Earth, Wind & Fire was from the mid-'70s to the early '80s, it's easy to forget that the band was hardly an overnight success. With Head to the Sky – EWF's fourth album overall, second with Philip Bailey, and second for Columbia – Maurice White's very spiritual and ambitious brand of soul and funk was starting to pay off commercially. The Latin-influenced "Evil" became the soulsters' biggest hit up to that point, and material ranging from the hauntingly pretty title song (which boasts one of Bailey's finest performances ever) to the jazz fusion gem "Zanzibar" is just as rewarding. The lineup White unveiled with Last Days and Time was working out beautifully; Bailey was clearly proving to be a major asset. Also worth noting is the presence of singer Jessica Cleaves, who left after this album and, several years later, resurfaced in George Clinton's eccentric female group the Brides of Funkenstein.

Stevie Wonder - Albums Collection 1966-1985 (14CD) Japanese SHM-CD Reissue 2012 [Re-Up]

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Stevie Wonder - Albums Collection 1966-1985 (14CD) Japanese SHM-CD Reissue 2012 [Re-Up]

Stevie Wonder - Albums Collection 1966-1985 (14CD) Japanese SHM-CD Reissue 2012
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 3.7 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 1.35 Gb | Scans ~ 615 Mb
Label: Universal Music Japan | # UICY-20346-20359 | Time: 10:05:00
Funk, Soul, R&B, Pop/Rock, Jazz-Funk, Disco

Collection includes: 'Up-Tight' (1966); 'Down To Earth' (1966); 'My Cherie Amour' (1969); 'Where I'm Coming From' (1971); 'Music Of My Mind' (1972); 'Talking Book' (1972); 'Innervisions' (1973); 'Fulfillingness' First Finale' (1974); 'Songs In The Key Of Life' 2CD (1976); 'Journey Through The Secret Life Of Plants' 2CD (1979); 'Hotter Than July' (1980); 'In Square Circle' (1985).

Herbie Hancock - Possibilities (2005)

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Herbie Hancock - Possibilities (2005)

Herbie Hancock - Possibilities (2005)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 335 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 135 Mb | Scans ~ 161 Mb
Label: Hancock Music/Hear Music/Vector/Warner | # 50-51011-0111-2-2 | 00:58:32
Genre: Jazz-Pop, Jazz-Funk, Soul-Jazz, Vocal Jazz, R&B

Possibilities is a Herbie Hancock adventure record. This ten-cut smorgasbord features the ever restless pianist, composer, and arranger in the company of literally dozens of artists, from pop singers like Christina Aguilera, Sting, and Annie Lennox to rock legends such as Santana and Paul Simon to relative newcomers like John Mayer, Jonny Lang, and Joss Stone, as well as some renowned international performers, such as Angélique Kidjo and Raul Midón in a wide range of songs, styles, and moods. Hancock cut the record in studios all over the world, all the collaborations were done face to face, not long distance. Session musicians here include everyone from Stevie Wonder (who plays the harmonica solo on the cover of his tune "I Just Called to Say I Love You"), to Santana to Cyro Baptista, Willie Weeks, John Pattitucci, Steven Jordan, and Gina Gershon (the actress)! The standout cuts are the sensual read of Leon Russell's "A Song for You," sung by Aguilera, Simon's jazzed-up revisioning of his "I Do It for Your Love," and Lennox's read of "Hush, Hush, Hush," written by Paula Cole (whatever happened to her?).

George Benson - Good King Bad (1976) [Japanese Blu-Spec 2013]

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George Benson - Good King Bad (1976) [Japanese Blu-Spec 2013]

George Benson - Good King Bad (1976) Japanese Blu-Spec 2013
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 237 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 112 Mb | Scans included
Jazz-Funk, R&B, Guitar Jazz | Label: King Records/CTI | # KICJ 2314 | Time: 00:36:51

The R&B elements get stronger, the sound and mix are more attuned to the dancefloor, yet this brings out the best in George Benson's funky side. Thanks in part to the more rigid beat, Benson pares down his style to its rhythmic essentials, refusing to spray notes all over the place at random, and as a result, the record cooks and dances. His treatment of Vince Guaraldi's "Cast Your Fate to the Wind," hugely complemented by Joe Farrell's wistfully prancing flute, is a mini-masterpiece in the use of space, of hitting exactly the right stabbing note right in the pocket. Again, Creed Taylor turns to a James Brown alumnus, David Matthews, for arrangements, and he discreetly and wisely stays out of Bad George's way. Buy this one for "Cast Your Fate," but there is plenty more to savor here.