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VA - Blue Note Plays Prince (2015)

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VA - Blue Note Plays Prince (2015)

VA - Blue Note Plays Prince (2015)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 404 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 143 Mb | Scans ~ 86 Mb
Label: Blue Note | # 7243 8 63827 2 6 | Time: 01:03:58
Tribute, Jazz, R&B

2006 collection that contains Jazz musicians performing the classic, unforgettable music of R&B/Rock icon Prince. Prince has been among the most original and influential artists to emerge in the second half of the 20th century. Jazz musicians have always had a keen ear for Pop tunes of lasting quality since Coleman Hawkins covered 'Body And Soul'. Blue Note celebrates the work of Prince with this collection of tracks that features cover versions of Prince classics by the Bob Belden Project featuring guest vocals by Cassandra Wilson, Venus de Milo, Phil Perry, Holly Cole and Jimi Tunnell.

Maria Muldaur - Meet Me At Midnite (1994) Reissue 2005 [Re-Up]

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Maria Muldaur - Meet Me At Midnite (1994) Reissue 2005 [Re-Up]

Maria Muldaur - Meet Me At Midnite (1994) Reissue 2005
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 353 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 159 Mb | Scans included
Blues, R&B, Soul | Label: Shout! Factory | # DK 34344 | Time: 00:50:27

Wisely, Shout! Factory has picked up Maria Muldaur's two early-'90s recordings – this one and Louisiana Love Call – from the defunct Black Top label for reissue. While both these recordings are excellent, it's Meet Me at Midnite that offers a portrait of the artist as a hardcore R&B singer of the highest order. Produced by John Porter, Muldaur surrounds herself with crack studio players including Rick Vito, Johnny Lee Schell, Hutch Hutchinson, Bill Payne, and a slew of others. Where Louisiana Love Call focused on the music of New Orleans, Meet Me at Midnite digs deep into various dimensions of the Memphis sound – soul, R&B, and blues – and concentrates on the myriad stages and phases of love. While it's true that the set opens with "Trouble With My Lover" by the Crescent City's Allen Toussaint, its vibe is pure Memphis: funky, dirty grooves, packed in a tight cut-time beat and Muldaur shouting the blues with a big, clear ringing voice that wrenches emotion from every syllable. Likewise, the title cut by Vito and John Herron crawls down into the blues alley with killer slide guitar riffs winding their way around Muldaur's seductive vocals.

Prince - Ultimate (2006) 2CDs [Re-Up]

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Prince - Ultimate (2006) 2CDs [Re-Up]

Prince - Ultimate (2006) 2CD
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 1.1 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 392 Mb | Scans included | 02:36:33
R&B, Funk, Pop, Dance-Rock, Funk-Rock, New Wave | Label: Warner Bros. | # R2 73381

Ultimate Prince is a 2006 greatest hits compilation album featuring the work of Prince. The two-disc set contains a disc of some previously released hits (some in single edit form; only "My Name Is Prince" has not been on a previous hits collection), and another of extended remixes of hits and a B-side, most of which have only been previously released as vinyl 12-inch singles.

Barbara Lynn - Here Is Barbara Lynn (1968) Reissue 2009

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Barbara Lynn - Here Is Barbara Lynn (1968) Reissue 2009

Barbara Lynn - Here Is Barbara Lynn (1968) Reissue 2009
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 194 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 86 Mb | Scans included
New Orleans R&B, Northern Soul | Label: Water | # water239 | Time: 00:30:19

To be a woman singing your own blues and soul songs in 1960s Texas was a rare thing. To do so while brandishing a left-handed Stratocaster and bashing out hard-edged licks was even rarer. Yet that’s just what Barbara Lynn did, inspired by Guitar Slim, Jimmy Reed, Elvis Presley and Brenda Lee. And it was a hit: her 1962 debut single, “You’ll Lose A Good Thing,” recorded with session musicians including Dr. John, gave her an R&B chart Number One and a Billboard chart Top 10 hit.

Van Morrison - A Period Of Transition (1977) Remastered Reissue 1997

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Van Morrison - A Period Of Transition (1977) Remastered Reissue 1997

Van Morrison - A Period Of Transition (1977) Remastered Reissue 1997
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 209 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 78 Mb
Label: Exile, Polydor | # 537457-2 | Time: 00:36:07 | Scans ~ 74 Mb
Singer/Songwriter, Pop/Rock, Rhythm & Blues, Blue-Eyed Soul

A Period of Transition is the ninth studio album by Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison, released in 1977. It was his first album in two-and-a-half years, largely forgotten or overlooked by most casual fans. At the time of its release it was received with some disappointment by critics and fans: "Most were hoping for a work of primeval vocal aggression that would challenge the emerging élite of Morrison pretenders, whose ranks included Bruce Springsteen, Bob Seger, Phil Lynott, Graham Parker and Elvis Costello." However, the album is still notable for several major compositions, including "Heavy Connection", "Flamingos Fly", "The Eternal Kansas City" and "Cold Wind in August".

Joe Armon-Jones - Starting Today (2018) Japanese Release

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Joe Armon-Jones - Starting Today (2018) Japanese Release

Joe Armon-Jones - Starting Today (2018) Japanese Release
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 331 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 144 Mb | Scans included
Fusion, Jazz-Funk, Funk, Soul, Dub | Label: Brownswood/Beat | # BRC-572 | 00:54:32

2018 debut album, by prodigious keys player, composer and producer Joe Armon-Jones, is buoyant, celebratory and welcoming. With a background in jazz, he draws from influences in dub, hip-hop and soul. Different traditions are infused and commingled together. Soulful brass arrangements are colored with carefully-tuned atmospherics; individual flashes of brilliance are bound into the album's bigger picture. He's part of London's young, jazz-influenced music scene. Drawn from that same close-knit circle, the album features the likes of Moses Boyd, Nubya Garcia and Oscar Jerome. It's playing with those - along with Ezra Collective, which he co-founded, and touring with the likes of Ata Kak and Pharoahe Monch - which has honed his playing and grown his ideas. It's made for a record with an unmistakable depth. He draws on deep musical understanding, making music which is warm and has a feeling of joy. A document of his vision for bringing together his different influences, it's also a testament to hard-earned, head-turning musical virtuosity.

Millie Jackson - 21 Of The Best (1971-1983) (1994)

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Millie Jackson - 21 Of The Best (1971-1983) (1994)

Millie Jackson - 21 Of The Best (1971-1983) (1994)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 482 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 191 Mb | Scans included
R&B, Soul, Quiet Storm, Disco | Label: Ace/Southbound | # CDSEWD 100 | 01:19:14

Included here are all of the songs that made the lascivious Millie Jackson an item on R&B stations as one of the hottest live performers. From her debut "Child of God" to later R&B/country fusions like her hankie-wringing remake of "If You're Not in Love by Monday," Jackson's throaty voice demands your full attention. She rarely crossed over significantly, but "Ask Me What You Want," "My Man, a Sweet Man," "All the Way Lover," and her popular "It Hurts So Good," all made noticeable bangs on Billboard's R&B Singles Chart. 21 of the Best is a good introduction for Millie Jackson neophytes, and a grand collection of her greatest hits for those who purchased the original 45s and the occasional album.

Marvin Gaye - Midnight Love & The Sexual Healing Sessions (1982) 2CDs Deluxe Edition, Remastered Reissue 2007

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Marvin Gaye - Midnight Love & The Sexual Healing Sessions (1982) 2CDs Deluxe Edition, Remastered Reissue 2007

Marvin Gaye - Midnight Love & The Sexual Healing Sessions (1982)
2CDs Deluxe Edition, Remastered Reissue 2007

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 734 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 260 Mb | Scans ~ 49 Mb
Soul, Funk, Quiet Storm | Label: Columbia/Legacy | # 88697 07557 2 | 01:53:54

Midnight Love is the seventeenth and final studio album (that is not a posthumous one) by Marvin Gaye. He signed with the label Columbia in March 1982 following his exit from Motown. The final album to be released before his death, it ultimately became the most successful album of Gaye's entire career. The disc was certified triple platinum in the United States, selling well over six million copies worldwide. It was nominated for a 1984 Grammy for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance, spawning the two-time Grammy Award-winning smash, "Sexual Healing". It was ranked number 37 on the Rolling Stone list of the best albums of the 1980s decade and the NME named the album as its Album of the Year in 1983. In 1998, Sony Music re-released the album as a two-CD "Legacy" edition set titled Midnight Love and the Sexual Healing Sessions. The same edition would be re-released in 2007, to celebrate the album's 25th anniversary since its release.

Gino Vannelli - Albums Collection 1974-1987 (7CD) Non-Remastered Releases [Re-Up]

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Gino Vannelli - Albums Collection 1974-1987 (7CD) Non-Remastered Releases [Re-Up]

Gino Vannelli - Albums Collection 1974-1987 (7CD)
XLD | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 1.7 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 754 Mb | Complete Scans
Genre: Soft Rock, Pop/Rock, Jazz-Rock, Jazz-Pop, Fusion, Blue-Eyed Soul | Time: 04:29:09

Gino Vannelli (born June 16, 1952) is a Canadian virtuoso pop/rock vocalist, singer and songwriter who had several hit songs in the 1970s and 1980s. His best-known singles included "I Just Wanna Stop" (1978) and "Living Inside Myself" (1981). Collection includes: Powerful People (1974); Storm At Sunup (1975); The Gist Of The Gemini (1976); A Pauper In Paradise (1977); Brother To Brother (1978); Nightwalker (1981); Big Dreamers Never Sleep (1987).

Was (Not Was) - What Up, Dog? (1988) [Universal Music Archive Collection 2004] Re-Up

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Was (Not Was) - What Up, Dog? (1988) [Universal Music Archive Collection 2004] Re-Up

Was (Not Was) - What Up, Dog? (1988) Reissue 2004
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 385 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 157 Mb | Scans included
Label: Universal/PolyGram | # 80100996 | Time: 00:57:10
Pop/Rock, Funk, Soul, Dance-Rock, College Rock

What Up, Dog? is a 1988 album by Was (Not Was). It became the US group's breakthrough album worldwide and was ranked #99 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 100 Best Albums of the 1980s. Success of What Up, Dog? was propelled by the group's two biggest hits: "Walk the Dinosaur" and "Spy in the House of Love" and four other singles. The former was promoted by a popular music video in which the band performed while a group of girls in campy cave girl costumes danced.

Howlin' Wolf - The London Howlin' Wolf Sessions (1971) [Japanese Edition 2006] Re-Up

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Howlin' Wolf - The London Howlin' Wolf Sessions (1971) [Japanese Edition 2006] Re-Up

Howlin' Wolf - The London Howlin' Wolf Sessions (1971) Japanese Edition 2006
featuring Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, Bill Wyman & Charlie Watts

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 320 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 129 Mb | Scans ~ 59 Mb
Chicago Blues, Electric Blues, Blues-Rock | Label: Universal | # UICY-3475 | 00:56:30

The London Howlin' Wolf Sessions is an album by blues musician Howlin' Wolf, released in the summer of 1971 on Chess Records. It was one of the first of the super session blues albums, setting a blues master among famous musicians from the second generation of rock and roll, in this case Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, Charlie Watts, and Bill Wyman. It peaked at #79 on the Billboard 200.

Steve Winwood - Back In The High Life (1986)

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Steve Winwood - Back In The High Life (1986)

Steve Winwood - Back In The High Life (1986)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 271 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 104 Mb | Scans ~ 88 Mb
Label: Island Records | # CID 9844, 830 148-2 | Time: 00:45:33
Classic Rock, Pop/Rock, Blue-Eyed Soul, Adult Contemporary

Turning to involved percussion tracks and horns, Winwood turns another musical corner on this sophisticated album, which contains echoes of everything from gospel to Caribbean music. Contains the number one hit "Higher Love".

Curtis Mayfield - Back To The World (1973) Japanese Remastered 2014 [Re-Up]

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Curtis Mayfield - Back To The World (1973) Japanese Remastered 2014 [Re-Up]

Curtis Mayfield - Back To The World (1973) Japanese Remastered 2014
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 216 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 89 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Funky Soul | Label: Curtom/WEA | # WPCR-27751 | Time: 00:36:10

Back To The World is a powerful concept album dealing with America's social issues, the aftermath of the Vietnam War, the environment (years before it became fashionable), as well as Curtis' optimism for the future. It peaked at number 16 on the Billboard 200 chart, as well as number 1 on the Top R&B Albums chart.

VA - Funky Stuff: The Best of Funk Essentials (1993)

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VA - Funky Stuff: The Best of Funk Essentials (1993)

VA - Funky Stuff: The Best of Funk Essentials (1993)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 423 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 154 Mb | Scans ~ 70 Mb
Funk, Disco, Quiet Storm, Soul | Label: Mercury, Chronicles | # 514 821-2 | 01:07:21

For those looking to find a crash course in "the funk" – a quick introduction to the fusion of R&B, soul, jazz, blues, good old rock & roll, and all-out outrageousness that creates the ultimate good groove – you can't do much better than the Funk Essentials compilations. Funky Stuff: The Best of Funk Essentials is the perfect portrait. With its contents drawn from the single-band Funk Essentials compilation albums, this clean, clear set provides incredible diversity while keeping the vibe connected. In other words, Funky Stuff is not only an introduction to the heaviest of hitters, but also a nifty, smooth ride for the already initiated.

Roxanne Potvin - The Way It Feels (2007)

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Roxanne Potvin - The Way It Feels (2007)

Roxanne Potvin - The Way It Feels (2007)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 256 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 104 Mb | Scans included
Blues, Folk, Roots Rock, Adult Contemporary | Label: RUF | # RUF 1128 | 00:40:19

The bilingual multi-instrumentalist (guitar/piano) and vocalist will likely be lumped with fellow Canadian blues women such as Sue Foley (who was instrumental in bringing her to Ruf's attention), but on the basis of this sophomore release, that's misleading. Rather, the Ottawa raised musician infuses blues into a variety of singer/songwriter styles. The Way It Feels, which was released in Canada almost a year before it came out in the States, revels in different musical set pieces that display Roxanne Potvin's sultry voice and eclectic stylings. The guest roster of Daniel Lanois, John Hiatt, Bruce Cockburn and Memphis Horns veteran Wayne Jackson indicates that Potvin is comfortable in styles besides the blues and R&B that characterize, but doesn't monopolize, this album. Terrific, even revelatory covers of Joe Tex's "I Want To (Do Everything for You)" and Freddie King's "Your Love Keeps Working on Me" find Potvin immersed in the soul aspects of the blues, and her own compositions that dominate this set occasionally follow suit. The lovely solo piano ballad "Don't Pay Attention" is clearly aimed at the Norah Jones crowd, as is the waltz time, French-sung "La Merveille".