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Azymuth - Butterfly (2008) [Japanese Edition] Re-Up

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Azymuth - Butterfly (2008) [Japanese Edition] Re-Up

Azymuth - Butterfly (2008) [Japanese Edition]
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 331 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 102 Mb | Scans ~ 78 Mb | 00:44:35
Brazilian Jazz, Jazz-Funk, Fusion | Label: Far Out/Victor | # VICJ-61569

Fourteen years is a long time to spend with one label, especially for jazz and fusion groups. Azymuth celebrated 14 years with the United Kingdom's Far Out label in 2008. Butterfly is their eight record for the imprint and their first new studio album in four years. The original trio – Jose Roberto Bertami (keyboards/vocals), Alex Malheiros (bass/guitars/vocals), and Ivan Conti (drums/percussion/vocals) – is still together after 35 years. Here jazz, funk, fusion, and elegant samba are woven together seamlessly. The disc was produced by the trio with David Brinkworth (Harmonic 33). "Butterfly," the album opener, is a sultry, breezy cover of the classic Herbie Hancock track, originally on 1974's Thrust. The elegant sound of gorgeously arranged strings (by Arthur Verocai no less), warm rolling Rhodes piano, Conti's breaking drums that walk the line between lithe funk and samba, and a pronounced but languid bassline gradually and deliberately build the space, stopping at interludes to reinsert the sensuous mood in the melodic line. Certainly it's an auspicious way to begin, but it's only one of the many highlights on this set.

William Clarke - Albums Collection 1992-1999 (4CD)

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William Clarke - Albums Collection 1992-1999 (4CD)

William Clarke - Albums Collection 1992-1999 (4CD)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 1.6 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 636 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Chicago Blues, Electric Chicago Blues, Harmonica Blues | Time: 03:49:32

The heir apparent to Chicago's legacy of amplified blues harmonica, William Clarke was the first original new voice on his instrument to come along in quite some time; he became a sensation in blues circles during the late '80s and early '90s, stopped short by an untimely death in 1996. A pupil and devotee of George Harmonica Smith, Clarke was a technical virtuoso and master of both the diatonic harp and the more difficult chromatic harp (the signature instrument of both Smith and Little Walter). Where many new harmonica players had become content to cop licks from the Chicago masters, Clarke developed his own style and vocabulary, building on everything he learned from Smith and moving beyond it. His four '90s albums for Alligator earned wide critical acclaim and remain his signature showcases.

Chromeo - Albums Collection 2004-2010 (5CD) [Re-Up]

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Chromeo - Albums Collection 2004-2010 (5CD) [Re-Up]

Chromeo - Albums Collection 2004-2010 (5CD)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 1.59 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 573 Mb | Scans ~ 817 Mb
Genre: Electronic, Neo-Disco, Electro-Funk, Alternative Dance-Rock | Time: 04:10:09

Chromeo is a Canadian electro-funk duo from Montreal, formed in 2002 by musicians David "Dave 1" Macklovitch and Patrick "P-Thugg" Gemayel. Their sound draws from blue-eyed soul, dance music, rock, synth-pop, disco and funk. Collection includes: She's In Control (2004); Fancy Footwork (2008) 2CD Edition; DJ Kicks (2009); Business Casual (2010).

T-Bone Walker - T-Bone Blues (1959) Expanded Reissue 1989 [Re-Up]

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T-Bone Walker - T-Bone Blues (1959) Expanded Reissue 1989 [Re-Up]

T-Bone Walker - T-Bone Blues (1959) Expanded Reissue 1989
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 259 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 123 Mb | Scans included
Electric Texas Blues, Early R&B | Label: Atlantic Jazz | # 8020-2 | Time: 00:47:55

The last truly indispensable disc of the great guitar hero's career, and perhaps the most innately satisfying of all, these mid-'50s recordings boast magnificent presence, with T-Bone Walker's axe so crisp and clear it seems as though he's sitting right next to you as he delivers a luxurious remake of "Call It Stormy Monday." Atlantic took some chances with Walker, dispatching him to Chicago for a 1955 date with Junior Wells and Jimmy Rogers that produced "Why Not" and "Papa Ain't Salty." Even better were the 1956-1957 L.A. dates that produced the scalding instrumental "Two Bones and a Pick" (which finds Walker dueling it out with nephew R.S. Rankin and jazzman Barney Kessel).

Azymuth - Brazilian Soul (2004) [Japanese Edition]

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Azymuth - Brazilian Soul (2004) [Japanese Edition]

Azymuth - Brazilian Soul (2004)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 461 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 172 Mb | Scans included
Label: Far Out Recordings | # COCB-53246 | Time: 01:07:48
Brazilian Jazz, Fusion, Jazz-Funk, Bossa Nova

hree decades after Azymuth made their first tentative steps into bossa nova society, Brazilian Soul is a return to their blistering form of the early '80s. The new album sees them borrowing from the musical vocabulary that has always been one of the most exciting narratives of Brazilian music, as well as indulging their enthusiasm for new sounds that still makes them heroes and inspirations to a generation of 21st Century producers, from 4Hero to Masters At Work. They have linked up again with a truly great cast of celebrated Brazilian performers, some who were there at the genesis of Azymuth, and some who hitched a ride during the last 30 years – any history of Brazilian music that didn’t include names featured on the album like Roberto Menescal, Fabiola, Emilio Santiago and Marcio Lott wouldn’t be one to be trusted. Although their sound hails from the tropical funk scene which emerged in Rio in the mid '70s, their music is still as pertinent now as was then – their live shows demonstrate that the percussive furnace which drives their sound is still burning bright.

The Neville Brothers - A Family Affair: A History Of The Neville Brothers (1996) 2CDs

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The Neville Brothers - A Family Affair: A History Of The Neville Brothers (1996) 2CDs

The Neville Brothers - A Family Affair: A History Of The Neville Brothers (1996)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 572 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 345 Mb | Scans ~ 221 Mb
Label: Charly Records | # CPCD 8248-2 | Time: 02:30:47
Funk, Soul, New Orleans R&B, Jazz-Funk

The first family of New Orleans had crossed paths countless times, but banded together in the '70s to play a smooth mix of R&B, jazz, and blues.

The Brand New Heavies - Shelter (1997)

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The Brand New Heavies - Shelter (1997)

The Brand New Heavies - Shelter (1997)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 404 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 133 Mb | Scans ~ 84 Mb
Acid Jazz, Funk, R&B | Label: FFRR | # 828 975-2 | Time: 00:58:23

By the time the Brand New Heavies released Shelter in 1997, urban R&B was shifting toward the more organic grooves that they helped pioneer in the early '90s. Although the Heavies were into acid jazz as well, they smoothed over many of the experimental elements of their music in the mid-'90s, leaving behind a seductive, earthy, and jazzy variation of urban soul. That provided the foundation for Shelter, their first album featuring Siedah Garrett as lead singer. Garrett's smooth voice helps push the band toward more conventional territory, yet their songwriting is stronger than most of the contemporaries, and their sound is funkier and more convincing. While there are no standout singles on Shelter, it's a uniformly engaging listen, illustrating that the Brand New Heavies are one of the great underrated urban R&B bands of the '90s.

Billy Preston - That's The Way God Planned It (1969) Reissue 1991 [Re-Up]

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Billy Preston - That's The Way God Planned It (1969) Reissue 1991 [Re-Up]

Billy Preston - That's The Way God Planned It (1969) Reissue 1991
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 360 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 160 Mb | Scans included
Soul, Funk, Pop-Soul | Label: Apple/EMI | # CDP 7975802/CD SAPCOR 9 | 00:51:37

Billy Preston’s debut album for Apple Records was his vocal album debut too. Before this Billy was renowned merely as a wizard instrumentalist. Here, his impassioned vocals help create one of the best soul records of the 1960s. Produced by George Harrison, That’s The Way… expands Billy’s palette of gospel and R&B to embrace rock elements brought in by A-list players Keith Richards, Ginger Baker and Eric Clapton.

Kellylee Evans - Albums Collection 2006-2013 (3CD)

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Kellylee Evans - Albums Collection 2006-2013 (3CD)

Kellylee Evans - Albums Collection 2006-2013 (3CD)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 921 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 381 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Vocal Jazz, Contemporary Jazz, Neo-Soul, R&B, Pop/Rock | Time: 02:18:01

Kellylee Evans' interest in jazz was accidental. Lost on the campus of Ottawa's Carleton University, where she studied law and English, she mistakenly reached the music department and fell for what she heard. A vocalist who crosses between jazz and mature retro-R&B, her career received a push in 2004 when she finished second in the Thelonious Monk Jazz Competition, judged by the likes of Quincy Jones, Flora Purim, and Al Jarreau. She debuted independently in 2006 with Fight or Flight, which was nominated for a Juno Award and followed the next year by a live version. Nina, a pared-down tribute to Nina Simone, as well as The Good Girl, were released in 2010. The former won a Juno Award in the category of Best Vocal Jazz Album. Collection includes: Fight or Flight? (2006); The Good Girl (2010); I Remember When (2013).

Al Kooper - Naked Songs (1973) Japanese Remastered 2003

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Al Kooper - Naked Songs (1973) Japanese Remastered 2003

Al Kooper - Naked Songs (1973) Japanese Remastered 2003
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 249 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 86 Mb | Scans ~ 103 Mb
Label: Sony Records Int'l | # MHCP 19 | Time: 00:37:00
Classic Rock, Blues-Rock, Rhythm & Blues

Naked Songs represents the other end of Al Kooper's early career from I Stand Alone. Where that first album was recorded very gradually at the outset of his solo career, soon after exiting Blood, Sweat & Tears, Naked Songs was a much more cohesive work (cut in New York and Georgia) from the end of his stay at Columbia Records. Ironically, it was a contractually obligated album, but never one to throw away an opportunity, Kooper embraced soul, gospel, blues, pop, and even country music in the course of filling its two sides. Playing his usual array of instruments, including loud, note-bending blues guitar and gospel-tinged organ on "As the Years Go Passing By," he effortlessly switches gears to the smoother pop-soul sound of "Jolie," then straight country with a blues tinge on "Blind Baby." John Prine's grim and uncompromising "Sam Stone" gets an extraordinary performance, but the real surprise is the presence of Sam Cooke's Soul Stirrers-era gospel classic "Touch the Hem of His Garment".

Gabriela Anders - Wanting (1998)

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Gabriela Anders - Wanting (1998)

Gabriela Anders - Wanting (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 379 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 153 Mb | Scans included
Vocal Jazz, R&B, Bossa Nova | Label: Warner Bros. | # 9 46907-2 | Time: 00:56:50

Gabriela Anders got her big break singing a duet with soft jazz giant Michael Franks, and like that new age patriarch, Anders wraps laid-back vocals around even more tranquil rhythms. It's all very calming and proficient and breezy. Wanting, her debut album, mixes bits of her Argentine heritage with late-'70s California jazz, so Brazilian music coasts along with soft and hazy saxophone fills and tapping percussion leads. It all can be very pretty, as the opening "Fire of Love" represents Anders at her most relaxed and relaxing.

VA - Ultimate... Christmas: 4CDs of Great Christmas Music (2015) 4 CD Box Set

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VA - Ultimate... Christmas: 4CDs of Great Christmas Music (2015) 4 CD Box Set

VA - Ultimate… Christmas: 4CDs of Great Christmas Music (2015) 4 CD Box Set
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 1.55 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 586 Mb | Scans ~ 45 Mb
Label: Sony | # 88875147872 | Time: 04:16:56
Genre: Holidays, Pop, R&B, Disco, Soft Rock, Folk, Country

It really will be the Ultimate Christmas with these 76 Festive tracks across 4CDs housed in a fold out card digipack style case. Includes Wham! Frank Sinatra, Whitney Houston, Bob Dylan, Tony Bennett, Eartha Kitt, Michael Bolton, Johnny Cash, Simon & Garfunkel, Julie Andrews, Andy Williams, Mahalia Jackson, John Denver, Willie Nelson, Duke Ellington & His Orchestra, Susan Boyle, Daryl Hall & John Oates, Christina Aguilera, Leona Lewis, Dido and many more!

VA - The Perfect Blues Collection: 25 Original Albums (2011) 25 CD Box Set [Re-Up]

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VA - The Perfect Blues Collection: 25 Original Albums (2011) 25 CD Box Set [Re-Up]

VA - The Perfect Blues Collection: 25 Original Albums (2011) 25 CD Box Set
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 6.3 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 3 Gb | Scans included
Label: Sony Music | # 886977200922 | Time: 18:49:52
Blues, Rhythm & Blues, Jazz-Blues, Gospel, Blues-Rock

25 CD box set. Following the model of The Perfect Jazz Collection, this format comes in a cube lift off lid box, holding 25 original albums by 25 different artists. All original albums are replicated in mini jacket sleeves. This excellent value package, contains albums by legendary performers from the Blues genre ranging from 1951-2003; across some real classic albums, from Stevie Ray Vaughan, Aretha Franklin, Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, Taj Mahal, Etta James and many others.

Spice Girls - Albums Collection 1996-2007 (4CD)

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Spice Girls - Albums Collection 1996-2007 (4CD)

Spice Girls - Albums Collection 1996-2007 (4CD)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 1.33 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 469 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Dance-Pop, R&B, Female Group | Time: 03:03:20

The Spice Girls are an English pop girl group formed in 1994. The group comprised Melanie Brown, also known as Mel B ("Scary Spice"), Melanie Chisholm, also known as Mel C ("Sporty Spice"), Emma Bunton ("Baby Spice"), Geri Halliwell ("Ginger Spice"), and Victoria Beckham ("Posh Spice"). They were signed to Virgin Records and released their debut single "Wannabe" in 1996, which hit number one in 37 countries and established their global success. Their debut album Spice sold more than 31 million copies worldwide, becoming the best-selling album by a female group in history.

Tony Joe White - Tony Joe White (1971) Reissue 1992 [Re-Up]

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Tony Joe White - Tony Joe White (1971) Reissue 1992 [Re-Up]

Tony Joe White - Tony Joe White (1971) Reissue 1992
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 324 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 153 Mb
Label: Warner Bros. | # 7599-26929-2 | Time: 00:44:49 | Scans included
Singer/Songwriter, Country-Rock, Swamp Rock, Soul, Blues-Rock

Tony Joe White's self-titled third album, Tony Joe White, finds the self-proclaimed swamp fox tempering his bluesy swamp rockers with a handful of introspective, soul-dripping ballads and introducing horn and string arrangements for the first time. The album – White's 1971 debut for Warner Bros. – was recorded over a two-week period in December 1970, in two different Memphis studios (one was Ardent Studios, where Big Star later recorded their influential power pop albums). His producer was none other than London-born Peter Asher, who had just produced James Taylor's early hits for the label (he would continue to produce hits for Taylor and Linda Ronstadt on his way to becoming one of the most successful producers of the '70s). One can surmise that Warner Bros. may have put White and Asher together as a way for the producer to work his magic with an artist who had much promise.