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Annihilator - Criteria For A Black Widow (1999) [Reissue 2010]

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Annihilator - Criteria For A Black Widow (1999) [Reissue 2010]

Annihilator - Criteria For A Black Widow (1999) [Reissue 2010]
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 437 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 145 MB | Covers - 41 MB
Genre: Thrash Metal, Heavy Metal | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Earache Records (MOSH396CD)

With Criteria for a Black Widow, Jeff Waters reunites most of the original Annihilator lineup - including vocalist Randy Rampage and drummer Ray Hartmann - and keeps the '80s thrash-metal torch burning with surprising effectiveness. Having resolved various personal problems, and having scored a distribution deal in the U.S. for the first time since 1993, Waters sounds rejuvenated by the presence of his old bandmates, who turn in exciting performances. The lyrics aren't quite as personal as on some of the more recent Annihilator albums, but there's a sense of over-the-top fun instead, which makes it overall a triumphant return - no matter how far out of style Waters' favorite music might be.

Jack Bruce - A Question Of Time (1989) [Reissue 2011]

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Jack Bruce - A Question Of Time (1989) [Reissue 2011]

Jack Bruce - A Question Of Time (1989) [Reissue 2011]
EAC Rip | WavPack (image+.cue+log) - 333 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 125 MB | Covers - 162 MB
Genre: Blues Rock, Progressive Rock | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Esoteric Recordings (ECLEC 2270)

Esoteric Recordings is pleased to announce the release of the classic 1989 album A Question Of Time by Jack Bruce. The album was a marked return to prominence of Jack Bruce and featured a collection of marvellous material. With an impressive cast of guest musicians such as Ginger Baker, Tony Williams, Allan Holdsworth, Bernie Worrell, Vernon Reid & Albert Collins, Jack produced an album which is regarded as one of his finest. This Esoteric reissue has been re-mastered from the original master tapes, features a new essay and restores the original album artwork.

Kenny Burrell & The Jazz Heritage All-Stars - Live at the Blue Note (1996)

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Kenny Burrell & The Jazz Heritage All-Stars - Live at the Blue Note (1996)

Kenny Burrell and The Jazz Heritage All-Stars - Live at the Blue Note (1996)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 383 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 151 MB | Covers - 35 MB
Genre: Jazz, Bop, Post-Bop | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Concord Jazz (CCD-4731)

Always one of the most tasteful of musicians, guitarist Kenny Burrell is in fine form on this set from 1996. He is joined by a rhythm section led by pianist Sir Roland Hanna, trumpeter Jimmy Owens (who is in excellent form), either Steve Turre or Benny Powell on trombone and the underrated tenor-saxophonist and flutist Jerome Richardson. Burrell sings a heartfelt "Dear Ella" (his voice is just average) and there is a vocal apiece by Jeannie Bryson (a sensuous "I've Got A Crush On You") and Vanessa Rubin ("All Blues"). Other highlights of this relaxed bop set include Scott Joplin's "The Entertainer," Richardson's "Groove Merchant" and a medley of "Embraceable You" and Charlie Parker's "Quasimodo."

Emma Myldenberger - Discography [3 Albums] (1978-1981) [Reissue 2006-2007]

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Emma Myldenberger - Discography [3 Albums] (1978-1981) [Reissue 2006-2007]

Emma Myldenberger - Discography [3 Albums] (1978-1981) [Reissue 2006-2007]
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 1,13 GB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 461 MB | Covers - 61 MB
Genre: Progressive Folk Rock | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Garden of Delights

Emma Myldenberger have a unique sound, essentially acoustic, mixing various elements from authentic pagan folk to medieval and psych-progressive rock. Their first album was released in 1978. Musical themes are closed to ancient music, ritualistic in nature. The instrumentation essentially refers to a nice orchestration made of guitars, oboe, ocarina, mandolin, crumhorn, hand percussions, with addition of a fragile female voice and an almost eastern-like exoticism. Their second album called "Tour de trance" is considered to be one of the most achieved psych-folk listenings. A very ambitious effort made of high quality kraut-folk improvisations. After two releases the band formed the Radio Noisz Ensemble (Third Ear Band, Between similar musical experiences). Garden of Delight reissues contain some precious informations about the band short history. An important document.

Baltes & Erbe - S-Thetic (2015)

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Baltes & Erbe - S-Thetic (2015)

Baltes & Erbe - S-Thetic² (2015)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 444 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 178 MB | Covers - 7 MB
Genre: Progressive Electronic, Berlin School | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Erbemusic (CD 921-1)

S-thetic has become a great album. It lives from its tension, the musical contrast various electronic styles and the incredible interplay of two exceptional artists. It spans endlessly deep ambience elements with contemporary synthetic pop culture, combines modern and retrospective sounds to a 75 minute acoustic event and completed the step of traditional EM to the present day. That is why the success of the album and the artist is unstoppable and it just seems as if Baltes and Erbe are just at the succesful beginning of an incredible story.
S-thetic based on a record of the 2014 concert at the planetarium Bochum. They finished the album with some extended studio works, new amthospheres and special leads, giving the tracks a never ending deepless sound…

Jade Warrior - Last Autumn's Dream (1972) [Reissue 2007] (Repost)

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Jade Warrior - Last Autumn's Dream (1972) [Reissue 2007] (Repost)

Jade Warrior - Last Autumn's Dream (1972) [Reissue 2007]
EAC Rip | WavPack (image+.cue+log) - 210 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 92 MB | Covers - 31 MB
Genre: Progressive/Psychedelic Rock | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Repertoire Records (REPUK 1104)

Jade Warrior never scored a hit single and it seems bizarre to think that anyone ever dreamed it could. Buried away on side two of its third album, however, "The Demon Trucker" not only has unexpected smash written all over it, but the words were large enough that the band's U.K. label Vertigo clearly felt the same way. One must sincerely regret there never came a day when a nation's pop kids were ordered to "throw their hands up to the ceiling, get out on the floor and stamp your feet with feeling." Or maybe they were, but only when Slade told them to. Coming from a band better-known for weird flute solos and complicated time signatures, the demand was possibly less compulsive. It's still a great song, though, one of the finest rock & rolling dance numbers of the age and, if the remainder of Last Autumn's Dream doesn't quite match those same pounding, resounding peaks…

Lightnin' Hopkins - Smokes Like Lightning (1963) [Reissue 1992]

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Lightnin' Hopkins - Smokes Like Lightning (1963) [Reissue 1992]

Lightnin' Hopkins - Smokes Like Lightning (1963) [Reissue 1992]
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 187 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 85 MB | Covers - 3 MB
Genre: Blues, Acoustic Blues, Texas Blues | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: OBC/Prestige/Bluesville Records (00025218055123)

One of the most weirdly compelling elements of Smokes Like Lightnin' is Mack McCormick's liner notes, reproduced from the original 1963 LP. Almost breathtaking in their ferocity, McCormick's notes characterize Hopkins as a spoiled crybaby whose only redeeming quality is his ability to make music. The album, recorded in three 1962 sessions, consists simply of Hopkins and his guitar, except for three songs that are performed with a full band. The sound is spare and very loose, with a re-recording of "T Model Blues" and the dance song "Let's Do the Susie-Q," a musical exhortation that seems unlikely to inspire dancing. A brief and uneven album, Smokes Like Lightnin' is less compelling than Hopkins' '50s recordings, but strikes an appealingly lazy acoustic groove.

Malachi Thompson - New Standards (1994)

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Malachi Thompson - New Standards (1994)

Malachi Thompson - New Standards (1994)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 449 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 170 MB | Covers - 4 MB
Genre: Jazz, Hard Bop, Post-Bop | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Delmark Records (DE-473)

A very nice disc from Thompson and his Freebop group. New Standards takes on a nice variety of material, from "If I Only Had a Brain" to a couple of pieces by Thompson himself, including a drastic rearrangement of "Dyhia Malika" that freshens it up and expands it musically. The playing is entertainingly upbeat, keeping the music interesting even when Thompson and the band go off into improvisational wilds. Thompson's trumpet work is outstanding, entertaining and listenable without condescending to the production of light and fluffy jazz.

Lotus - Discography [2 Studio Albums] (1974-1976) [Japanese Editions 2021]

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Lotus - Discography [2 Studio Albums] (1974-1976) [Japanese Editions 2021]

Lotus - Discography [2 Studio Albums] (1974-1976) [Japanese Editions 2021]
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 766 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 281 MB | Covers - 19 MB
Genre: Progressive/Jazz Rock | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Arcàngelo

The style of this little-known Swedish quartet from the mid-70's is hard to describe as it escapes most comparisons; the closest would be Finnforest, and perhaps Danish fusion band Secret Oyster. This is fusion at its best: energetic instrumental jazz-rock featuring dual guitars, electric piano/Hammond organ, bass and drums, and stunning musicianship all around. After the release of their second album in 1976, the band, alas, split up.
Although the tracks on their first album are rather short, each one is chock full of ideas and beautiful catchy melodies based on tight, 70ish-like jazzy grooves, all charmingly and distinctively Swedish. Their second album, "Vera O'Flera", which features a guest musician on sax, is in the same vein but much more fusion oriented.

Edward Artemyev - The Odyssey (OST) (1998)

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Edward Artemyev - The Odyssey (OST) (1998)

Edward Artemyev - The Odyssey (OST) (1998)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 381 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 169 MB | Covers - 51 MB
Genre: Modern Classical, Soundtrack | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Electroshock Records (ELCD 008)

The two features that make a good film soundtrack composer are a personal style and the flexibility to adapt. Therefore, it seems unfair to compare Edward Artemiev's score for the Hollywood-financed television production The Odyssey and his classic music for Andrei Tarkovsky's science-fiction films of the 1970s. All Artemiev did was adapt to the needs of the production, starting with the setting. The action of Andrei Konchalovski's film (following Homer's The Odyssey) takes place in Greece, so the composer borrowed bouzouki melodies and included a couple of Greek folk-style singing episodes. Each piece has been tailored to suit the action of a specific scene, including orchestral cues, percussive outbursts, and horn section buildups. The London Philarmonic Orchestra go through the motions and in the end one gets the impression that the music stands closer to that of John Williams than Artemiev's more personal works.

Chicken Shack - Imagination Lady (1972) [Reissue 2012]

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Chicken Shack - Imagination Lady (1972) [Reissue 2012]

Chicken Shack - Imagination Lady (1972) [Reissue 2012]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 273 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 104 MB | Covers - 96 MB
Genre: Blues Rock | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Esoteric Recordings (ECLEC2333)

Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce a newly re-mastered edition of the classic 1972 album by Chicken Shack. "Imagination Lady" was the fifth album by the group and the band had undergone changes to the line-up, instigated by band leader, guitarist Stan Webb, prior to the recording of the album. Now a trio featuring John Glascock (Bass) and Paul Hancox (Drums), the album saw Stan Webb head in a hard rock direction, albeit with Blues influences, resulting in a fine album featuring such classic tracks as ‘Crying Won’t Help You Now’, ‘Daughter of the Hillside’ and the epic ‘Telling Your Fortune’. This Esoteric Recordings reissue has been newly re-mastered from the original master tapes and includes two bonus tracks, previously unreleased on CD, taken from two respective singles. The reissue features a booklet that fully restores all original album artwork with a new essay.

Type O Negative - World Coming Down (1999) [Japanese Edition]

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Type O Negative - World Coming Down (1999) [Japanese Edition]

Type O Negative - World Coming Down (1999) [Japanese Edition]
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 543 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 174 MB | Covers - 302 MB
Genre: Gothic Metal | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Roadrunner Japan (RRCY-1110)

Three full years after their last album, Type O Negative finally returned with World Coming Down, a record that might alienate some fans brought on board with October Rust but which actually stands with the best of their work. Many of the songs most closely resemble the dirgier parts of Bloody Kisses – still melodic, but not as immediately accessible, and taken at crawling tempos that would give Black Sabbath on downers a run for their money. So even if the songs do catch on after a couple of listens, they aren't as bright (relatively speaking, of course) as a great deal of October Rust, in terms of both music and subject matter. That's fine, because World Coming Down seems like more natural territory; even in spite of its many fine moments, October Rust felt like a move toward accessibility that worked in fits but didn't quite achieve everything it wanted to…

Kenny Burrell - When Lights Are Low (1979) [Reissue 1997]

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Kenny Burrell - When Lights Are Low (1979) [Reissue 1997]

Kenny Burrell - When Lights Are Low (1979) [Reissue 1997]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 175 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 95 MB | Covers - 14 MB
Genre: Jazz, Bop, Guitar Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Concord Jazz (CCD-4083)

This session is so relaxed and tasteful as to be rather dull. Guitarist Kenny Burrell (featured on five standards and a pair of basic originals in a trio with bassist Larry Gales and drummer Carl Burnette) seems so intent on every note being appropriate that the results are overly safe and predictable.

Premiata Forneria Marconi - Storia Di Un Minuto (1972) [Japanese Edition 2014] (Repost)

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Premiata Forneria Marconi - Storia Di Un Minuto (1972) [Japanese Edition 2014] (Repost)

Premiata Forneria Marconi - Storia Di Un Minuto (1972) [Japanese Edition 2014]
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 263 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 105 MB | Covers - 133 MB
Genre: Progressive Rock | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Sony Music (SICP 30611)

The debut recording from Italy's favorite sons of progressive rock. The band had been appearing as special guests in support of bands such as Procol Harum, Deep Purple, and Yes, in addition to playing several festivals. Their hard work paid off, and the result is this excellent recording. Recorded live in the studio, PFM proved they were every bit as creative and talented as the U.K. bands of the time. Their symphonic prog rock commingles elements of folk, classical, and jazz in a genuine manner. This is achieved by their transcendent and pliant level of musicianship. "Impressioni di Settembre" and the two-part "Dove…Quando" demonstrate the band's ability to create rich harmonies with pop-like melodies. The band can also lay it down pretty heavy, as can be heard on the rocking "È Festa," which turned out to be one of their most requested songs…

David Lynch - The Air Is On Fire (2007)

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David Lynch - The Air Is On Fire (2007)

David Lynch - The Air Is On Fire (2007)
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 142 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 137 MB | Covers - 5 MB
Genre: Dark Ambient | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Strange World Music (SWM001)

This master release groups versions of the sound installation created for the David Lynch exhibition "The Air Is On Fire" held at Fondation Cartier Pour L'Art Contemporain, Paris, in 2007.
Part of what makes it so cinematic is the way it balances the narrative and the abstract, much like Lynch’s films. There are clear steps and turns, obvious moves forward and significant retreats. But there are also moments of pure texture, in which creating an indefinite feeling is more important than painting a specific picture. There are points in between, too, and those are the most fascinating: a section that sounds like a slowed-down show tune underwater, a rumble that could either be the echo of a cave or the ghosts of human voices, a dramatic turn that’s like a symphonic string section shot into space…