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June Christy - June Christy Sings The Standards (2002)

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June Christy - June Christy Sings The Standards (2002)

June Christy - June Christy Sings The Standards (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 344 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 153 Mb | Scans included
Vocal Jazz, Standards, Vocal Pop, Cool | Label: EMI | # 7243 539399 2 2 | 01:05:53

This solid collection may strike June Christy fans as a little ironic because rather than stock her albums with standards the way that most of her peers did, the West Coast jazz vocalist was known for unearthing new and obscure songs. It's not that Christy neglected standards (in fact she recorded dozens of them over her 12-year run with Capitol Records), it's just that one gets the feeling that when she sang something like "I'm Glad There Is You" it was because she had something fresh or unique to bring to it. And she does put her own personal and idiosyncratic stamp on 20 of the songs here while two tunes haven't been recorded enough to become standards (the undeservedly obscure "Cry Like the Wind" and the swing-era novelty "Bei Mir Bist Du Schon"). So, when you add the song selection to the fact that this disc features the vocalist in orchestral, small-group jazz and big-band settings, the disc not only offers a much more complete portrait of the artist than the title suggests, but this is also one of the strongest entries in EMI's Sings the Standards series.

Mel Torme - The Mel Tormé Collection 1944-1985 (1996) 4CD Box Set

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Mel Torme - The Mel Tormé Collection 1944-1985 (1996) 4CD Box Set

Mel Tormé - The Mel Tormé Collection 1944-1985 (1996) 4CD Box Set
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 1.36 Gb | Scans ~ 230 Mb | Time: 05:08:54
Genre: Vocal Jazz, Swing, Vocal Pop | Label: Rhino | # R2 71589

Up until he suffered a stroke at age 70 in 1996, singer Mel Tormé continued to improve with age and seemed to have inexhaustible energy. This four-CD set from Rhino does a fine job of covering Tormé's pre-Concord output, although the omission of his Concord work of 1986-1995 is unfortunate for that catalog contains many of Tormé's most exciting recordings. In general, the earlier selections (some of which were with his vocal group the Mel-Tones) feature Tormé on hip (for the period) swing tunes and ballads. Things greatly improve once the singer reaches the year 1975 and there are enough high points throughout the set to justify its purchase by Tormé's many fans. Three previously unreleased selections (best is "Walkin' Shoes" with Shorty Rogers in 1962) are a plus and the colorful 84-page booklet is quite definitive.

Billie Holiday - Rare Live Recordings 1934-1959 (2007) 5CD Box Set

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Billie Holiday - Rare Live Recordings 1934-1959 (2007) 5CD Box Set

Billie Holiday - Rare Live Recordings 1934-1959 (2007) 5CD Box Set
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 834 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 751 Mb | Scans ~ 63 Mb
Vocal Jazz, Swing, Standards, Vocal Pop | Label: ESP Disk | # ESP 4039 | Time: 05:28:24

These rare treasures take you all across Billie's career-from '35, the year she debuted at the Apollo and first charted, to '59, the year she died. The stunning early performances include a 20-year-old Billie with Ellington in '35 and a 1937 radio broadcast from the Savoy Hotel in NY with the Basie Orchestra; you'll also hear rare rehearsal tapes, her Monterey '58 performance, songs on The Eddie Condon Show, The Tonight Show, The Steve Allen Show, an impromptu recording of Billie and friends singing My Yiddish Mamma, and more with Art Tatum, Lionel Hampton, Johnny Hodges, Lester Young, Coleman Hawkins and more! Includes 129 tracks: Swing Brother Swing; Fine and Mellow; I'll Get By; Billie's Blues; All of Me; Lover Man; Them There Eyes; You're My Thrill; I Cover the Waterfront; Porgy; Tenderly; God Bless the Child; My Man; Moanin' Low; Ghost of a Chance, and more.

Matt Monro - For The Present (1973) + The Other Side Of The Stars (1975) [2LP on 1CD, 2004]

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Matt Monro - For The Present (1973) + The Other Side Of The Stars (1975) [2LP on 1CD, 2004]

Matt Monro - For The Present (1973) + The Other Side Of The Stars (1975)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 473 Mb | Scans included
Label: EMI | # 7243 5 97176 2 3 | Time: 01:15:05
Vocal Jazz, Vocal Pop, Standards, Easy Listening

Matt Monro was a regular feature of the British singles charts between 1960 and 1965, after which he had only one other UK hit (And you smiled, a top thirty entry in 1973, not released on an original album, only on compilations). Despite the lack of hits, Matt's music remained popular with adult audiences. So there are none of Matt's own hits on the two albums presented here, but you'll find plenty of familiar (and not-so-familiar) songs via Matt's covers of pop songs from the sixties and early seventies, as well as older songs from the Great American Songbook.

Astrud Gilberto - Verve Jazz Masters 9 (1993)

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Astrud Gilberto - Verve Jazz Masters 9 (1993)

Astrud Gilberto - Verve Jazz Masters 9 (1993)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 276 Mb | Scans ~ 58 Mb | Time: 00:50:00
Bossa Nova, Brazilian Jazz, Vocal Pop | Label: Verve | # 519 824-2

Astrud Gilberto's entry in the nicely appointed Verve Jazz Masters compilation series shows exactly why the Brazilian singer is deserving of such an accolade. In her '60s heyday, Gilberto was often derided by jazz purists for her vibrato-less "desafinado" (deliberately slightly off-pitch) singing style and deadpan, childlike voice. But the diminutive bossa nova star has since been a huge influence on dozens of jazz and pop singers. VERVE JAZZ MASTERS is less of a greatest hits package than it is a smartly balanced retrospective of many of Gilberto's best performances. Her biggest hits, "Call Me" and "Summer Samba," are not included, and her signature tune, "The Girl From Ipanema," is only represented by a live take from a 1964 Carnegie Hall concert. The collection places equal emphasis on Gilberto's bossa nova-style interpretations of jazz standards and on her signature Portuguese-language sambas.

VA - Joe Meek - The RGM Sound: Twangy Guitars, Reverb and Heavenly Choirs (2013) 2CDs

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VA - Joe Meek - The RGM Sound: Twangy Guitars, Reverb and Heavenly Choirs (2013) 2CDs

VA - Joe Meek - The RGM Sound: Twangy Guitars, Reverb and Heavenly Choirs (2013) 2CDs
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 458 Mb | Scans ~ 68 Mb
Label: Jasmine Records | # JASCD 726 | Time: 02:32:39
Rock & Roll, Rockabilly, R&B, Jazz, Swing, Country, Vocal Pop, Early Pop/Rock, British Invasion

Long before he'd evolved into a fully-fledged cult figure, Joe Meek was the UK's first fully independent record producer. This unique 2CD set traces his career from his earliest sessions, as a sound balance engineer in the mid-'50s, to his emergence as a major songwriter and hit maker in the early '60s. It includes many of Meek's biggest records, including five UK # 1s by, Anne Shelton, Lonnie Donegan, Frankie Vaughan, Emile Ford and John Leyton, plus several other major million selling hits! Indeed, more than half of the sixty sides included herein were significant UK hits. This set also includes several collectors' rarities, previously unavailable on CD, most notably Gary Miller's unfeasibly-rare 'Moby Dick'. John Fraser's 'Golden Cage' and Geoff Goddard's 'Girl Bride'. If you are looking for what is by far the most interesting Joe Meek-related compilation for years then this is it!

Il Divo - Ancora (2005)

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Il Divo - Ancora (2005)

Il Divo - Ancora (2005)
EAC Rip | FLAC (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 309 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 130 Mb
Full Scans | 00:44:48 | RAR 5% Recovery
Neo-Classical, Vocal Pop | Sony BMG Music / Syco Music #82876738712

Unbearably handsome opera-pop quartet Il Divo deliver another amorous collection of European housecleaning ballads with Ancora, an album so riddled with Cupid's arrows that it requires its own storage unit. Once again, David Miller, Sébastien Izambard, Urs Buhler, and Carlos Marin bring the love in Spanish, English, and Italian, emoting over classical and opera standards, as well as some notable contemporary compositions. They fawn over Celine Dion – who can barely contain her own affections – on "Isabel," and make Mariah Carey's "Hero" sound like the rolling of credits over a Jerry Bruckheimer action/tragedy blockbuster, all the while maintaining the perfect pitch and impeccable showmanship that are their stock-in-trade.

Michael Bublé - Higher (2022)

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Michael Bublé - Higher (2022)

Michael Bublé - Higher (2022)
EAC Rip | FLAC (Tracks) + Cue + m3u + Log ~ 369 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 146 Mb
Scans Included | 00:47:42 | RAR 5% Recovery
Vocal Jazz, Vocal Pop, Standards | Reprise Records #093624874850

Michael Buble’s 2022 album Higher catapults the star’s enormous talent into the stratosphere as he continues his ongoing journey reinventing and interpreting the music of America’s most beloved standards amongst others. Fitting perfectly throughout these gems are a handful of Buble’ originals that further cement his gift for writing and performing great pop tunes and luscious ballads. An irresistible and uplifting collection from the ultimate romantic once again reminds us that the thrill of exploring the subject of love and romance continues inspiring this artist and the world. The definitive Buble’ masterpiece for sure.

Michael Ball - The Musicals (1996)

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Michael Ball - The Musicals (1996)

Michael Ball - The Musicals (1996)
EAC Rip | FLAC (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 336 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 157 Mb
Full Scans | 00:51:14 | RAR 5% Recovery
Vocal Pop, Traditional Pop, Musicals, Soundtrack | Polygram TV #533892 2

There's one thing Michael Ball fans can't stop raving about: his voice. And after some questionable song selections on previous albums that didn't do "the voice" justice, Musicals covers the classics – tunes from Phantom of the Opera, Miss Saigon, Les Miserables, Sunset Boulevard, West Side Story, My Fair Lady, and Cats all make an appearance. As if to further highlight his vocal talents, Ball tackles some songs normally sung by female characters, such as "I Dreamed a Dream" and "With One Look." Purists may object, but Ball's smooth and subtle vocals work just as well here. The mellow "Losing My Mind" is one of the better songs, while the cheesy sax in "Last Night of the World" makes it only tolerable.

Judy Garland - Over The Rainbow (2005) 4 CD Set [Quadromania Series]

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Judy Garland - Over The Rainbow (2005) 4 CD Set [Quadromania Series]

Judy Garland - Over The Rainbow (2005) 4 CD Set [Quadromania Series]
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 866 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 501 Mb | Scans included
Vocal Jazz, Vocal Pop, Show/Musical | Label: Membran | # 222430-444 | Time: 03:38:04

This is an essential package! Whoever put this together obviously knew what they were doing, and all is placed in chronological order. Discs 1-3 are a terrific compilation of material from the MGM years, consisting of commercial recordings of soundtrack materal. If no recording was commercially released, the original soundtrack is used-great for such numbers as "Hoe Down" with Mickey Rooney! But the last disc makes this package essential-here is a pristine soundboard recording of Judy's final performance at the Palace Theater, MYC-2/24/52! She was concluding a 19-week engagement, and the atmosphere is electric. Fantastic stuff!

Nino Tempo & April Stevens - Sweet And Lovely: The Best Of Nino Tempo & April Stevens (1996)

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Nino Tempo & April Stevens - Sweet And Lovely: The Best Of Nino Tempo & April Stevens (1996)

Nino Tempo & April Stevens - Sweet And Lovely:
The Best Of Nino Tempo & April Stevens (1996)

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 265 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 106 Mb | Scans ~ 74 Mb
Label: Varèse Sarabande | # VSD-5592 | Time: 00:46:11
Brill Building Pop, Vocal Pop, Early Pop/Rock

Seventeen-track anthology focuses mostly on their popular 1963-66 recordings, including "Deep Purple," "Whispering," "Stardust," "All Strung Out," several lower-charting items, and some LP tracks. They milked the "Deep Purple" formula too many times, but this is enjoyably frothy pop, and "All Strung Out" is a genuinely soulful, accurate approximation of Phil Spector's work with the Righteous Brothers. The disc also includes Stevens's 1959 solo single "Teach Me Tiger," a bizarre cover of "I Love How You Love Me" (with battling bagpipes and fuzzy guitars), and one undistinguished track each from 1985 and 1996.

The Four Freshmen - Voices in Latin (1958) + The Freshman Year (1961) [2LP in 1CD, 1999]

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The Four Freshmen - Voices in Latin (1958) + The Freshman Year (1961) [2LP in 1CD, 1999]

The Four Freshmen - Voices in Latin (1958) + The Freshman Year (1961) [2LP in 1CD, 1999]
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 385 Mb | Scans included
Label: Collectors' Choice Music | # CCM095-2 | Time: 01:08:00
Vocal Jazz, Vocal Pop, Harmony Vocal Group

In 1999, Collectors' Choice released Voices in Latin/The Freshman Year, which contained two complete albums – Voices in Latin (1958, originally released on Capitol) and The Freshman Year (1961, originally released on Capitol) – by the Four Freshmen on one compact disc.

Merceditas Valdes - Canciones Cubanas de Cuna (2000)

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Merceditas Valdes - Canciones Cubanas de Cuna (2000)

Merceditas Valdés - Canciones Cubanas de Cuna (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 371 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 151 Mb | Time: 01:06:08
Afro-Cuban, Tropical, Santería, Vocal Pop | Label: Virgin/EGREM | # 850823-2

Merceditas Valdés (1928-1996), was a Cuban singer who specialized in Afro-Cuban traditional music. Under the aegis of ethnomusicologists Fernando Ortiz and Obdulio Morales, Valdés helped popularize Afro-Cuban music throughout Latin America. In 1949, she became one of the first female Santería singers to be recorded. Her recording career, which continued until her death in 1996, was especially prolific in the 1950s and 1980s.

Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong - Ella & Louis: The Complete Anthology (2015) 6 CD Box Set [Re-Up]

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Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong - Ella & Louis: The Complete Anthology (2015) 6 CD Box Set [Re-Up]

Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong - Ella & Louis: The Complete Anthology (2015) 6 CD Box Set
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 1.5 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 763 Mb | Scans ~ 97 Mb
Vocal Jazz, Standards | Label: Music Brokers | # MBB7220 | Time: 05:33:19

The voices of Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong are among the most personal and beautiful that the history of music has given us, transcending eras, genres and languages. In this wonderful 6-CD box we can find the legacy of this immortal duet including all their key tracks and also some rarities that connoisseurs will surely appreciate. With remastered sound and beautiful cover art, The Complete Anthology is the definitive album of Ella & Louis, which should be on every music collection.

Al Jarreau - Albums Collection 1975-1994 (12CD) [Re-Up]

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Al Jarreau - Albums Collection 1975-1994 (12CD) [Re-Up]

Al Jarreau - Albums Collection 1975-1994 (12CD)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 3.15 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 1.2 Gb | Scans ~ 1.83 Gb
Genre: Vocal Jazz, Smooth Jazz, Jazz-Funk, Jazz Pop, Soul, R&B | Time: 08:31:07

The only vocalist in history to net Grammy Awards in three different categories (jazz, pop, and R&B, respectively). Collection includes: We Got By (1975); Glow (1976); All Fly Home (1978); This Time (1980); Breakin' Away (1981); Jarreau (1983); High Crime (1984); L Is For Lover (1986); Heart's Horizon (1988); Blue Angel (1992) Single; Heaven and Earth (1992); Tenderness (1994).