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Odetta - Ballads For Americans And Other American Ballads / At Carnegie Hall (1960) 2 LPs on 1 CD, Reissue 2002

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Odetta - Ballads For Americans And Other American Ballads / At Carnegie Hall (1960) 2 LPs on 1 CD, Reissue 2002

Odetta - Ballads For Americans And Other American Ballads / At Carnegie Hall (1960) 2 LPs on 1 CD, 2002
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 462 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 207 Mb | Scans included
Folk, Blues, Folk-Blues, Country Blues | Label: Universe | # UV 039 | Time: 01:19:21

This CD, issued under license from Vanguard by Italy's Universe label (on their Comet imprint), is one of the handsomest re-releases of its kind ever to turn up on CD. The sound is fine – and it's so hard to find an unworn copy of Ballad for Americans and Other American Ballads that anything would be welcome – but the producers have taken special care to re-create the original artwork and annotation in all of it thoroughness in a mini-LP-style gatefold CD package that's neat, handsome, and respectful of the original release, and will probably last for decades on shelves. As for the music, the CD showcases four sides of Odetta's work – her gifts in art-song and conceptual music in "Ballad for Americans," her solo folk and blues singing in the accompanying studio sides, her way with an audience in a live setting with the Carnegie Hall tracks, with her singing in a choral setting on the final four tracks of that LP. It all sounds great, and could arguably be a best of Odetta, even if it isn't an official anthology of that type. It's just sort of a shame – and an enigma – that it takes an Italian-based label to give these recordings their due respect in the 21st century.

VA - Mojo Club presents Dancefloor Jazz Volume Four: Light My Fire (1995) {Verve Germany} **[RE-UP]**

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VA - Mojo Club presents Dancefloor Jazz Volume Four: Light My Fire (1995) {Verve Germany} **[RE-UP]**

VA - Mojo Club presents Dancefloor Jazz Volume Four: Light My Fire (1995) {Verve Germany}
EAC Rip | FLAC with CUE and log | scans | 469 mb
MP3 CBR 320kbps | RAR | 193 mb
Genre: jazz, bossa nova, R&B, soul, funk

Mojo Club presents Dancefloor Jazz Volume Four: Light My Fire is a 1995 compilation CD released through Verve Records in Germany. This is part of a series of discs released through Mojo Club and features a mixture of funk, bossa nova, soul, and a bit more, primarily taken from the Polygram/Universal library.

Maria Muldaur, Women's Voices For Peace Choir ‎- Yes We Can! (2008)

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Maria Muldaur, Women's Voices For Peace Choir ‎- Yes We Can! (2008)

Maria Muldaur, Women's Voices For Peace Choir ‎- Yes We Can! (2008)
feat. Joan Baez, Bonnie Raitt, Phoebe Snow, Jane Fonda, Holly Near, Odetta
Amma, Anne Lamott, Marianne Williamson, Jean Shinoda Bolen

EAC | APE | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 411 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 159 Mb | Scans included | 01:07:10
Blues, Soul, Blues Rock, Folk Blues, Jazz-Blues | Label: Telarc | # CD-83672

There are a number of arguments to be made for and against Maria Muldaur's 2008 antiwar statement Yes We Can! on Telarc (before actually listening to it; remember, we live in a cynical culture). The "perceived" negatives all relate to the intent of the recording and who it's supposed to reach (no doubt an expression of the same set of beliefs rooted in Muldaur's 1960s music), and the fact that it's loaded with guests (in all fairness, these star-studded affairs seldom work). On Yes We Can!, her guests include Muldaur's old friends (Joan Baez, Bonnie Raitt, Phoebe Snow, Jane Fonda, and Holly Near) and influences (Odetta) and new pals (writers/spiritual gurus Anne Lamott and Marianne Williamson, and Indian spiritual teacher Amma). Does it read as if it is yet another exercise in self-referential backslapping? Yep. But don't believe everything you read on the back of a CD jacket. The positives are all musical.