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The Band - Music From Big Pink (1968) {2018, Japanese MQA-CD x UHQCD, Limited Edition, Remastered}

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The Band - Music From Big Pink (1968) {2018, Japanese MQA-CD x UHQCD, Limited Edition, Remastered}

The Band - Music From Big Pink (1968) {2018, Japanese MQA-CD x UHQCD, Limited Edition, Remastered}
EAC Rip | FLAC (Tracks) + Cue + Log ~ 259 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 109 Mb
Covers Included | 00:42:02 | RAR 5% Recovery
Folk Rock, Roots Rock, Country Rock | Universal Music #UICY-40184

None of the Band's previous work gave much of a clue about how they would sound when they released their first album in July 1968. As it was, Music from Big Pink came as a surprise. At first blush, the group seemed to affect the sound of a loose jam session, alternating emphasis on different instruments, while the lead and harmony vocals passed back and forth as if the singers were making up their blend on the spot. In retrospect, especially as the lyrics sank in, the arrangements seemed far more considered and crafted to support a group of songs that took family, faith, and rural life as their subjects and proceeded to imbue their values with uncertainty.

Yes - Going For The One (1977) {2022, Japanese MQA-CD x UHQCD, Limited Edition}

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Yes - Going For The One (1977) {2022, Japanese MQA-CD x UHQCD, Limited Edition}

Yes - Going For The One (1977) {2022, Japanese MQA-CD x UHQCD, Limited Edition}
EAC Rip | FLAC (Tracks) + Cue + Log ~ 287 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 104 Mb
Covers Included | 00:38:58 | RAR 5% Recovery
Progressive Rock | Atlantic / Rhino Records / Warner Music Japan Inc. #WPCR-18569

Going for the One is perhaps the most overlooked item in the Yes catalog. It marked Rick Wakeman's return to the band after a three-year absence, and also a return to shorter song forms after the experimentalism of Close to the Edge, Tales from Topographic Oceans, and Relayer. In many ways, this disc could be seen as the follow-up to Fragile. Its five tracks still retain mystical, abstract lyrical images, and the music is grand and melodic, the vocal harmonies perfectly balanced by the stinging guitar work of Steve Howe, Wakeman's keyboards, and the solid rhythms of Alan White and Chris Squire.

Yes - Relayer (1974) {2023, Japanese MQA-CD x UHQCD, Limited Edition}

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Yes - Relayer (1974) {2023, Japanese MQA-CD x UHQCD, Limited Edition}

Yes - Relayer (1974) {2023, Japanese MQA-CD x UHQCD, Limited Edition}
EAC Rip | FLAC (Tracks) + Cue + Log ~ 306 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 113 Mb
Front Cover | 00:40:32 | RAR 5% Recovery
Progressive Rock | Atlantic / Rhino Records / Warner Music Japan Inc. #WPCR-18568

Yes had fallen out of critical favor with Tales from Topographic Oceans, a two-record set of four songs that reviewers found indulgent. But they had not fallen out of the Top Ten, and so they had little incentive to curb their musical ambitiousness. Relayer, released 11 months after Tales, was a single-disc, three-song album, its music organized into suites that alternated abrasive, rhythmically dense instrumental sections featuring solos for the various instruments with delicate vocal and choral sections featuring poetic lyrics devoted to spiritual imagery. Such compositions seemed intended to provide an interesting musical landscape over which the listener might travel, and enough Yes fans did that to make Relayer a Top Ten, gold-selling hit, though critics continued to complain about the lack of concise, coherent song structures.

Yes - Yessongs (1973) {2022, Japanese MQA-CD x UHQCD, Limited Edition}

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Yes - Yessongs (1973) {2022, Japanese MQA-CD x UHQCD, Limited Edition}

Yes - Yessongs (1973) {2022, Japanese MQA-CD x UHQCD, Limited Edition}
2CD | EAC Rip | FLAC (Tracks) + Cue + Log ~ 895 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 326 Mb
Front Cover | 01:06:24 + 01:03:52 | RAR 5% Recovery
Progressive Rock | Atlantic / Rhino Records / Warner Music Japan Inc. #WPCR-18564/5

Yessongs is the first live album by the English progressive rock band Yes, released as a triple album in May 1973 on Atlantic Records. After completing their Close to the Edge Tour in April 1973, the band selected live recordings between February and December 1972 on their tours supporting Fragile (1971) and Close to the Edge (1972) for a live album release. They were then edited and remixed with their producer and live sound mixer Eddy Offord. Three tracks feature original Yes drummer Bill Bruford while the remaining tracks feature his replacement, Alan White. Yessongs received a mostly positive reception from music critics, though much of its criticism was directed at its sound quality. However, the album was a commercial success for the band, reaching number 7 on the UK Albums Chart and number 12 on the US Billboard 200. In 1998, the album was certified platinum in the United States. In 2015, recordings of seven shows from late 1972, including ones that were used in the original album, were released in their entirety as Progeny: Seven Shows from Seventy-Two.

Yes - Tales From Topographic Oceans (1973) {2022, Japanese MQA-CD x UHQCD, Limited Edition}

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Yes - Tales From Topographic Oceans (1973) {2022, Japanese MQA-CD x UHQCD, Limited Edition}

Yes - Tales From Topographic Oceans (1973) {2022, Japanese MQA-CD x UHQCD, Limited Edition}
2CD | EAC Rip | FLAC (Tracks) + Cue + Log ~ 556 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 210 Mb
Front Cover | 00:41:05 + 00:40:17 | RAR 5% Recovery
Progressive Rock | Atlantic / Rhino Records / Warner Music Japan Inc. #WPCR-18566/7

Four decades after its release, this is still the most controversial record in Yes' output. Tales from Topographic Oceans was the place where Yes either fulfilled all of the promise shown on their previous five albums or slid off the rails in a fit of artistic hubris, especially on the part of lead singer Jon Anderson and guitarist Steve Howe, who dominated the composition credits here. Actually, the group probably did a bit of both here across 80 minutes of music on a fully packed double-LP set; the group's musical ambitions were obvious on its face, as it consisted of four long songs (really suites) each taking up a side of an album, and each longer than the previous album's side-long "Close to the Edge."

Yes - Close To The Edge (1972) {2022, Japanese MQA-CD x UHQCD, Limited Edition}

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Yes - Close To The Edge (1972) {2022, Japanese MQA-CD x UHQCD, Limited Edition}

Yes - Close To The Edge (1972) {2022, Japanese MQA-CD x UHQCD, Limited Edition}
EAC Rip | FLAC (Tracks) + Cue + Log ~ 299 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 102 Mb
Front Cover | 00:37:46 | RAR 5% Recovery
Progressive Rock | Atlantic / Rhino Records / Warner Music Japan Inc. #WPCR-18563

With 1971's Fragile having left Yes poised quivering on the brink of what friend and foe acknowledged was the peak of the band's achievement, Close to the Edge was never going to be an easy album to make. Drummer Bill Bruford was already shifting restlessly against Jon Anderson's increasingly mystic/mystifying lyricism, while contemporary reports of the recording sessions depicted bandmate Rick Wakeman, too, as little more than an observer to the vast tapestry that Anderson, Steve Howe, and Chris Squire were creating. For it was vast. Close to the Edge comprised just three tracks, the epic "And You and I" and "Siberian Khatru," plus a side-long title track that represented the musical, lyrical, and sonic culmination of all that Yes had worked toward over the past five years.

Yes - Fragile (1971) {2022, Japanese MQA-CD x UHQCD, Limited Edition}

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Yes - Fragile (1971) {2022, Japanese MQA-CD x UHQCD, Limited Edition}

Yes - Fragile (1971) {2022, Japanese MQA-CD x UHQCD, Limited Edition}
EAC Rip | FLAC (Tracks) + Cue + Log ~ 305 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 113 Mb
Front Cover | 00:41:15 | RAR 5% Recovery
Progressive Rock | Atlantic / Rhino Records / Warner Music Japan Inc. #WPCR-18562

Fragile is the fourth studio album by the English progressive rock band Yes, released in November 1971 by Atlantic Records. After touring in support of their previous album, The Yes Album (1971), the band entered rehearsals in London in preparation for their next studio album. Early into the sessions, keyboardist Tony Kaye was fired over his reluctance to utilize more electronic synthesizers. He was quickly replaced with Rick Wakeman of the Strawbs, whose experience with various instruments helped expand the group's sound with the addition of the electric piano and harpsichord, Mellotron, and Minimoog synthesiser. Four tracks are group compositions; the remaining five are solo pieces written by each member.

Yes - The Yes Album (1971) {2022, Japanese MQA-CD x UHQCD, Limited Edition}

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Yes - The Yes Album (1971) {2022, Japanese MQA-CD x UHQCD, Limited Edition}

Yes - The Yes Album (1971) {2022, Japanese MQA-CD x UHQCD, Limited Edition}
EAC Rip | FLAC (Tracks) + Cue + Log ~ 297 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 115 Mb
Front Cover| 00:41:40 | RAR 5% Recovery
Progressive Rock | Atlantic / Rhino Records / Warner Music Japan Inc. #WPCR-18561

The Yes Album is the third studio album by the English progressive rock band Yes, released on 19 February 1971 by Atlantic Records. It is their first album with guitarist Steve Howe, who replaced Peter Banks in 1970, and their last in the 1970s to feature keyboardist Tony Kaye. The album was the first by the group not to feature any cover versions of songs. The band spent mid-1970 writing and rehearsing new material at a farmhouse at Romansleigh, Devon, and the new songs were recorded at Advision Studios in London in the autumn.

The Allman Brothers Band - The Allman Brothers Band At Fillmore East (1971) {2018, Japanese MQA-CD x UHQCD, Remastered}

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The Allman Brothers Band - The Allman Brothers Band At Fillmore East (1971) {2018, Japanese MQA-CD x UHQCD, Remastered}

The Allman Brothers Band - The Allman Brothers Band At Fillmore East (1971) {2018, Japanese MQA-CD x UHQCD, Limited Edition, Remastered}
EAC Rip | FLAC (Tracks) + Cue + Log ~ 495 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 206 Mb
Covers Included | 01:20:22 | RAR 5% Recovery
Southern Rock, Blues Rock, Boogie Rock | Mercury / Universal Music # UICY-40186

Whereas most great live rock albums are about energy, At Fillmore East is like a great live jazz session, where the pleasure comes from the musicians' interaction and playing. The great thing about that is, the original album that brought the Allmans so much acclaim is as notable for its clever studio editing as it is for its performances. Producer Tom Dowd skillfully trimmed some of the performances down to relatively concise running time (edits later restored on the double-disc set The Fillmore Concerts), at times condensing several performances into one track.

Lee Morgan - The Sidewinder (1964) {2020, Japanese MQA-CD x UHQCD, Limited Edition}

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Lee Morgan - The Sidewinder (1964) {2020, Japanese MQA-CD x UHQCD, Limited Edition}

Lee Morgan - The Sidewinder (1964) {2020, Japanese MQA-CD x UHQCD, Limited Edition}
EAC Rip | FLAC (Tracks) + Cue + Log ~ 278 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 109 Mb
Covers Included | 00:40:58 | RAR 5% Recovery
Jazz, Hard Bop | Blue Note / Universal Music #UCCU-40139

Carried by its almost impossibly infectious eponymous opening track, The Sidewinder helped foreshadow the sounds of boogaloo and soul-jazz with its healthy R&B influence and Latin tinge. While the rest of the album retreats to a more conventional hard bop sound, Morgan's compositions are forward-thinking and universally solid. Only 25 at the time of its release, Morgan was accomplished (and perhaps cocky) enough to speak of mentoring the great Joe Henderson, who at 26 was just beginning to play dates with Blue Note after getting out of the military. Henderson makes a major contribution to the album, especially on "Totem Pole," where his solos showed off his singular style, threatening to upstage Morgan, who is also fairly impressive here. Barry Harris, Bob Cranshaw, and Billy Higgins are all in good form throughout the album as well, and the group works together seamlessly to create an album that crackles with energy while maintaining a stylish flow.

The Police - Outlandos D'Amour (1978) {2021, Japanese MQA-CD x UHQCD, Limited Edition, Remastered}

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The Police - Outlandos D'Amour (1978) {2021, Japanese MQA-CD x UHQCD, Limited Edition, Remastered}

The Police - Outlandos D'Amour (1978) {2021, Japanese MQA-CD x UHQCD, Limited Edition, Remastered}
EAC Rip | FLAC (Tracks) + Cue + Log ~ 288 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 125 Mb
Scans Included | 00:38:13 | RAR 5% Recovery
New Wave, Post-Punk, Alternative Rock, Reggae | A&M Records / Universal Music #UICY-40347

While their subsequent chart-topping albums would contain far more ambitious songwriting and musicianship, the Police's 1978 debut, Outlandos d'Amour (translation: Outlaws of Love) is by far their most direct and straightforward release. Although Sting, Andy Summers, and Stewart Copeland were all superb instrumentalists with jazz backgrounds, it was much easier to get a record contract in late-'70s England if you were a punk/new wave artist, so the band decided to mask their instrumental prowess with a set of strong, adrenaline-charged rock, albeit with a reggae tinge.

Creedence Clearwater Revival - Green River (1969) {2020, Japanese MQA-CD x UHQCD, Limited Edition}

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Creedence Clearwater Revival - Green River (1969) {2020, Japanese MQA-CD x UHQCD, Limited Edition}

Creedence Clearwater Revival - Green River (1969) {2020, Japanese MQA-CD x UHQCD, Limited Edition}
EAC Rip | FLAC (Tracks) + Cue + Log ~ 214 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 79 Mb
Covers Included | 00:29:22 | RAR 5% Recovery
Roots Rock / Blues Rock / Country Rock / Psychedelic Rock / Classic Rock
Universal Music / Fantasy / Craft Recordings #UCCO-40045

If anything, CCR's third album Green River represents the full flower of their classic sound initially essayed on its predecessor, Bayou Country. One of the differences between the two albums is that Green River is tighter, with none of the five-minute-plus jams that filled out both their debut and Bayou Country, but the true key to its success is a peak in John Fogerty's creativity. Although CCR had at least one cover on each album, they relied on Fogerty to crank out new material every month. He was writing so frequently that the craft became second-nature and he laid his emotions and fears bare, perhaps unintentionally.

Steely Dan - Pretzel Logic (1974) {2018, Japanese MQA-CD x UHQCD, Limited Edition}

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Steely Dan - Pretzel Logic (1974) {2018, Japanese MQA-CD x UHQCD, Limited Edition}

Steely Dan - Pretzel Logic (1974) {2018, Japanese MQA-CD x UHQCD, Limited Edition}
EAC Rip | FLAC (Tracks) + Cue + Log ~ 259 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 115 Mb
Covers Included | 00:33:55 | RAR 5% Recovery
Soft Rock, Pop Rock, Jazz Rock, Classic Rock | Universal Music #UICY-40199

Pretzel Logic is the third studio album by American rock band Steely Dan, released on February 20, 1974, by ABC Records. It was written by principal band members Walter Becker and Donald Fagen, and recorded at The Village Recorder in West Los Angeles with producer Gary Katz. It was the final album to feature the full quintet lineup of Becker, Fagen, Denny Dias, Jim Hodder, and Jeff "Skunk" Baxter (who left to join The Doobie Brothers) and also featured significant contributions from many prominent Los Angeles-based studio musicians and the last to be made and released while Steely Dan was still an active touring band. The album was a commercial and critical success. Its hit single "Rikki Don't Lose That Number" helped restore Steely Dan's radio presence after the disappointing performance of their 1973 album Countdown to Ecstasy. Pretzel Logic was reissued on CD in 1987 and remastered in 1999 to retrospective critical acclaim.

Cream - Disraeli Gears (1967) {2018, Japanese MQA-CD x UHQCD, Limited Edition, Remastered}

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Cream - Disraeli Gears (1967) {2018, Japanese MQA-CD x UHQCD, Limited Edition, Remastered}

Cream - Disraeli Gears (1967) {2018, Japanese MQA-CD x UHQCD, Limited Edition, Remastered}
EAC Rip | FLAC (Tracks) + Cue + Log ~ 487 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 207 Mb
Covers Included | 01:22:50 | RAR 5% Recovery
Blues Rock, Psychedelic Rock | Polydor / Universal Music #UICY-40172

Cream teamed up with producer Felix Pappalardi for their second album, Disraeli Gears, a move that helped push the power trio toward psychedelia and also helped give the album a thematic coherence missing from the debut. This, of course, means that Cream get further away from the pure blues improvisatory troupe they were intended to be, but it does get them to be who they truly are: a massive, innovative power trio. The blues still courses throughout Disraeli Gears – the swirling kaleidoscopic "Strange Brew" is built upon a riff lifted from Albert King – but it's filtered into saturated colors, as it is on "Sunshine of Your Love," or it's slowed down and blurred out, as it is on the ominous murk of "Tales of Brave Ulysses." It's a pure psychedelic move that's spurred along by Jack Bruce's flourishing collaboration with Pete Brown.

Yes - Yes (1969) {2022, Japanese MQA-CD x UHQCD, Remastered}

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Yes - Yes (1969) {2022, Japanese MQA-CD x UHQCD, Remastered}

Yes - Yes (1969) {2022, Japanese MQA-CD x UHQCD, Remastered}
EAC Rip | FLAC (Tracks) + Cue + Log ~ 283 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 108 Mb
Covers Included | 00:41:15 | RAR 5% Recovery
Atlantic / Warner Music Japan Inc. #WPCR-18559
Art Rock / Progressive Rock / Psychedelic Rock

Yes' debut album is surprisingly strong, given the inexperience of all those involved at the time. In an era when psychedelic meanderings were the order of the day, Yes delivered a surprisingly focused and exciting record that covered lots of bases (perhaps too many) in presenting their sound. The album opens boldly, with the fervor of a metal band of the era playing full tilt on "Beyond and Before," but it is with the second number, a cover of the Byrds' "I See You," that they show some of their real range. The song is highlighted by an extraordinary jazz workout from lead guitarist Peter Banks and drummer Bill Bruford that runs circles around the original by Roger McGuinn and company.