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Andrew Lloyd Webber - The Phantom of the Opera (2004) The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, Two CD Deluxe Collector's Edition

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Andrew Lloyd Webber - The Phantom of the Opera (2004) The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, Two CD Deluxe Collector's Edition

Andrew Lloyd Webber - The Phantom of the Opera (2004)
The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, Two CD Deluxe Collector's Edition

EAC | FLAC (Tracks) + cue.+log ~ 597 Mb | Mp3, CBR320 kbps ~ 275 Mb | Scans ~ 527 Mb
Soundtrack, Score, Musical | Label: Sony Classical | # S2K 93522 | 02:00:25

For better or worse, Andrew Lloyd Webber's adaptation of Gaston Leroux's gothic horror/romance novel has done for stage musicals what Spielberg's Jaws did for fish stories, with worldwide sales of its original cast album approaching 25 million. While director Joel Schumacher's film turns on his typically ambitious visual verve, its new film soundtrack recording has been paradoxically focused in scope, yet beefed up dynamically via the brawny presence of a hundred piece orchestra and The London Boys Choir. This double-disc version showcases all of Phantom's songs, with Gerard Butler imparting a welcome, youthful sensuality to his Phantom, making a fine foil for Emily Rossum's ever-conflicted Christine. Original show orchestrator David Cullen has fashioned compelling new contemporary arrangements to frame Webber's songs–which now conclude with the lilting, upbeat new ballad he wrote for the film, "Learn to Be Lonely," sung by Minnie Driver's Carlotta.

Ennio Morricone - Once Upon A Time In America: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (1984) [Non-Remastered]

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Ennio Morricone - Once Upon A Time In America: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (1984) [Non-Remastered]

Ennio Morricone - Once Upon A Time In America: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (1984)
EAC | FLAC (Image) + cue.+log ~ 236 Mb | Mp3, CBR320 kbps ~ 127 Mb | Scans included
Soundtrack, Score | Label: Mercury | # 822 334-2 | Time: 00:49:33

Once Upon a Time in America is a 1984 epic crime drama film co-written and directed by Italian filmmaker Sergio Leone and starring Robert De Niro and James Woods. The musical score was composed by Leone's long-time collaborator Ennio Morricone. The film's long production resulted in Morricone finishing the composition of most of the soundtrack before many scenes had been filmed. Some of Morricone's pieces were played on set as filming took place, a technique that Leone had used for Once Upon a Time in the West. "Deborah's Theme" was written for another film in the 1970s but rejected; Morricone presented the piece to Leone, who was initially reluctant to include it, considering it too similar to Morricone's main title music for Once Upon a Time in the West. The score is also notable for Morricone’s incorporation of the music of Gheorghe Zamfir, who plays a pan flute.

Mark Atkins & Michael Riesman - Philip Glass: Voices for Didgeridoo and Organ, Organ Suite (2013) [Re-Up]

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Mark Atkins & Michael Riesman - Philip Glass: Voices for Didgeridoo and Organ, Organ Suite (2013) [Re-Up]

Philip Glass: Voices for Didgeridoo and Organ, Organ Suite (2013)
Mark Atkins, didgeridoo; Michael Riesman, organ

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 297 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 162 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Minimalism | Label: Orange Mountain Music | # 0094 | Time: 00:56:16

The origins of Philip Glass' Voices, for didgeridoo and organ was specific: a commission from the city of Melbourne, Australia, in 2001. Yet the instrumental combination works so well that it seems almost foreordained, and Glass went on to write further music for the soloist here, Mark Atkins. In this performance, the didgeridoo and organ tracks were recorded separately, in Australia and upstate New York, respectively, and in Glass' metronomic world this works well enough. Yet one hopes that this release on Glass' Orange Mountain Music label is enough to spur future live performances with both players in the same room. The addition of the didgeridoo to the relatively homogeneous texture of Glass' organ writing is dramatic, but it doesn't disturb the basic shifting fields of the composer's music. It just deepens their color and variety in an immensely attractive way.

The Corrs - Original Album Series (2011) 5CD Box Set [Re-Up]

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The Corrs - Original Album Series (2011) 5CD Box Set [Re-Up]

The Corrs - Original Album Series (2011) 5CD Box Set
XLD | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 1.84 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 607 Mb | Scans included
Celtic Pop/Rock, Folk Rock | Label: Atlantic/Rhino | # 5052498531929 | 04:19:54

2011 issue 68-track 5-CD box set comprised of the best selling and critically acclaimed album releases 'Borrowed Heaven', 'Forgiven Not Forgotten', 'Home', 'In Blue' and 'Talk On Corners'; each album is housed in a mini LP-style card picture sleeve with the complete set presented in a sealed card slipcase.

VA - The Ultimate Christmas Album, WCBS-FM 101.1, Vol. 2 (1995)

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VA - The Ultimate Christmas Album, WCBS-FM 101.1, Vol. 2 (1995)

VA - The Ultimate Christmas Album, WCBS-FM 101.1, Vol. 2 (1995)
25 MORE Great Songs for the 25th of December

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 385 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 159 Mb | Scans ~ 40 Mb
Label: Collectables Records | # COL-CD-2512 | Time: 01:09:25
Holidays, R&B, Pop/Rock, Vocal Pop, Soul

Volume two of Collectables' Ultimate Christmas Album gathers more classic pop and rock holiday tunes, including the Beach Boys' "Little Saint Nick," Gene Autry's "Here Comes Santa Claus," and Diana Ross & the Supremes' "White Christmas." Most of this volume's best-known tracks are by traditional pop crooners, such as Dean Martin's "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!," Bing Crosby's "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas," and Burl Ives' "Holly Jolly Christmas." However, less-familiar tracks like the Echelons' "A Christmas Long Ago (Jingle Jingle)," Augie Rios' "Donde Esta Santa Claus," and Barry Gordon's "Nuttin' for Christmas" prevent the collection from being too predictable. It's not exactly a straightforward holiday-hits compilation, but The Ultimate Christmas Album, Vol. 2 balances enough standards and obscure tunes to make it a unique collection.

Danny Elfman - Scrooged: Original Motion Picture Score (1988) Expanded Limited Edition 2011 [Re-Up]

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Danny Elfman - Scrooged: Original Motion Picture Score (1988) Expanded Limited Edition 2011 [Re-Up]

Danny Elfman - Scrooged: Original Motion Picture Score (1988) Expanded Edition 2011
EAC | FLAC (Tracks) + cue.+log ~ 241 Mb | Mp3, CBR320 kbps ~ 115 Mb | Scans ~ 49 Mb
Soundtrack, Score | Label: La-La Land Records | # LLLCD 1195 | Time: 00:49:41

La-La Land Records, Universal Music and Paramount Pictures present the world premiere release of acclaimed composer Danny Elfman’s (BATMAN, EDWARD SCISSORHANDS, WANTED, ALICE IN WONDERLAND) original score to Paramount Pictures’ 1988 holiday comedy SCROOGED, starring Bill Murray, Karen Allen, David Johansen and Bobcat Goldthwait, and directed by Richard Donner. An important score in Elfman’s cannon, SCROOGED was the composer’s first big-budget Hollywood score-and one that clearly anticipates his next, and most iconic work, BATMAN. For this wickedly funny and inventive update of the immortal Dickens Christmas classic, Elfman fashions a robust, sophisticated musical tapestry that expertly weaves together the film’s varied tones, which runs the gambit from wildly broad comedy and holiday cheer to gothic horror and emotional drama. Produced by Dan Goldwasser and mastered by Mike Matessino, this special release features bonus tracks, source cues and exclusive liner notes from film music writer Jeff Bond, with new comments from Director Richard Donner and others.

Jamie Saft - Solo a Genova (2018)

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Jamie Saft - Solo a Genova (2018)

Jamie Saft - Solo a Genova (2018)
XLD | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 225 Mb | Scans included
Label: RareNoise Records | # RNR088 | Time: 01:03:59
Post-Bop, Contemporary Jazz, Piano Jazz

One of the most prolific artists in the RareNoise roster, Jamie Saft has appeared on recordings by such groups as Metallic Taste of Blood, Slobber Pup, Plymouth, Red Hill, The Spanish Donkey and Berserk! As well as on collaborations with Steve Swallow and Bobby Previte (New Standard / Loneliness Road, which also featured Iggy Pop, Bill Brovold (Serenity Knolls), Roswell Rudd (Strength & Power) and his own New Zion album (Sunshine Seas). And yet, over all those sessions he has never recorded a solo piano album. Solo A Genova is Saft's highly emotive take on jazz standards and other uniquely American compositions. Recorded at the beautiful Teatro Carlo Felice in Genova, Italy in an acoustically marvellous space, Solo A Genova showcases Saft on a 9-foot Steinway Model D piano in the service of a number beguiling piano arrangements of tunes by Curtis Mayfield, Jimmy Jam/Terry Lewis, John Coltrane, ZZ Top, Stevie Wonder, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Charles Ives, Miles Davis and Bill Evans.

Maxfield Parrish - It's A Cinch To Give Legs To Old Hard-Boiled Eggs (1972) Expanded Remastered Reissue 1999

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Maxfield Parrish - It's A Cinch To Give Legs To Old Hard-Boiled Eggs (1972) Expanded Remastered Reissue 1999

Maxfield Parrish - It's A Cinch To Give Legs To Old Hard-Boiled Eggs (1972)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 335 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 136 Mb | Scans ~ 55 Mb
Label: Taxim Records | # TX 2051-2 TA | Time: 00:59:32
Psychedelic, Country-Rock, Folk-Rock

Maxfield Parrish's sole album, It's a Cinch to Give Legs to Old Hard-Boiled Eggs, is a perfect example of the direction that many West Coast rockers were taking in the late '60s, incorporating country stylings into adventurous rock songs. In this respect, It's a Cinch… falls neatly between the Grateful Dead at their rootsiest and cosmic cowboys like the New Riders of the Purple Sage. The high, lonesome melodies and lead singing and three- to four-part harmonies connect the band's inspirations and mentors, such as Jerry Garcia (who taught some members guitar) and the Beatles, to early-1900s mountain music that was so influential to all of the Californian country-rockers. However, the songs on It's a Cinch… are not nearly as explicitly country as NRPS, often owing as much to the adventurous mid-period music of the Byrds, and even Middle Eastern drones. This latter effect was probably most prominent due to the presence of the several members of Kaleidoscope who played on and produced the record.

Clannad - The Essential Clannad (2012) 2CDs

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Clannad - The Essential Clannad (2012) 2CDs

Clannad - The Essential Clannad (2012) 2CDs
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 727 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 280 Mb | Scans ~ 172 Mb
Label: RCA/Legacy | # 88691957752 | Time: 02:01:45
New Age, Celtic, World Fusion, Pop/Rock

Clannad bridged the gap between traditional Celtic music and pop, and the results were an entrancing, enchanting form of pop that managed to fuse the disparate elements together rather seamlessly, creating an invigorating blend of Irish traditional folk with modern influences. Such fusions have earned the band an international cult of fans. Clannad are at their best when unleashing gargantuan choruses against Moya Brennan's hushed leads, and the inclusion of the beautiful "Newgrange," a mystical ode to one of Britain s famous stone circles, and "Caislean Oir," the leadoff track from the band's excellent 1985 release, Macalla, are prime examples. With 30 tracks on 2 CDs, The Essential Clannad touches on fan favorites, collaborations, and songs from films. The material is quite varied in scope, and the arrangements and vocals are vastly pretty and melodic. The full range of the band's styles are presented here, from gorgeous a cappella to slick pop/rock, acoustic guitar ballads, Irish folk strains, and sophisticated power pop crunch.

Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim & VA - West Side Story: Original Broadway Cast Recording (1957) Expanded Remastered 1998

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Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim & VA - West Side Story: Original Broadway Cast Recording (1957) Expanded Remastered 1998

Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim & VA - West Side Story:
Original Broadway Cast Recording (1957) Expanded Remastered 1998

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 406 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 179 Mb | Scans ~ 117 Mb
Label: Sony Classical, Columbia, Legacy | # SMK 60724 | Time: 01:18:20
Musical, Show Tunes, Orchestral, Jazz, Symphonic

What is there left to say about this musical, deservedly one of the most famous in the canon? Created by what lyricist Stephen Sondheim described as "a unique concatenation of people" (Leonard Bernstein, Sondheim, Arthur Laurents, Jerome Robbins), the show remains as explosively vibrant, daring, and modern as it was decades ago. Bernstein integrated Latin percussion and jazz into his electrifying score, dazzlingly translating New York's unique vitality into a musical idiom. West Side Story has been adapted for jazz and interpreted by pop and opera singers, but you owe it to yourself to check out the original version to see what the fuss was all about. This new reissue adds over 20 minutes of "symphonic dances" as well as liner notes and production photos.

VA - Broke, Black & Blue: An Anthology Of Blues Classics And Rarities (2005) 4CD Box Set

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VA - Broke, Black & Blue: An Anthology Of Blues Classics And Rarities (2005) 4CD Box Set

VA - Broke, Black & Blue: An Anthology Of Blues Classics And Rarities (2005) 4CD Box Set
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 1.28 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 684 Mb | Scans ~ 271 Mb
Label: Proper Records | # PROPERBOX 7 | Time: 04:59:19
Pre-War Blues, Country Blues, Delta Blues, Piedmont Blues, Boogie-Woogie

Broke, Black & Blue delivers multiple surprises within its 100 songs of prewar blues. Arranged chronologically by Joop Visser, the set admirably covers the first 22 years of recorded blues, 1924 to 1946, from vaudeville and Delta to boogie-woogie and jump blues. It's a swell gift for anyone wanting to learn more about the history of blues. But old-timers will be pleased, too, as special attention has been paid to culling rare and idiosyncratic tracks by the well-known and the obscure. The first three discs present single tracks by artists as diverse as the Memphis Jug Band, De Ford Bailey, Tommy Johnson, Son House, Skip James, Peetie Wheatstraw, Lonnie Johnson, and Bukka White, alongside unknowns such as Isaiah "The Mississippi Moaner" Nelson, Barbecue Bob and Laughing Charley, Ed Andrews, Chicken Wilson, and Bumble Bee Slim. On the fourth disc, this convention is jettisoned to luxuriate in a series of very rare sides of lovely, oddly subdued boogie-woogie and jump blues by Jimmie Gordon, Johnny Temple, and Lee Brown.

Judy Dyble - The Whorl (2006) [Re-Up]

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Judy Dyble - The Whorl (2006) [Re-Up]

Judy Dyble - The Whorl (2006)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 330 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 154 Mb | Scans included
Label: Talking Elephant | # TECD094 | Time: 00:45:46
British Folk, Folk-Rock, Folk-Prog, Prog-Rock, Ambient

The final instalment of Judy’s entrancing trilogy of albums for Talking Elephant is a perfect continuation of the second (Spindle), notably in the consistency of both its poetic lyrical invention and its adopted sound-world. It brings eight more new songs to the table, resplendent in beautiful aural clothing that’s smooth but edgy, refined but somehow quite primeval. The dominant timbre is, as before, intelligent prog-ambient keyboard texturings, which are all down to the wizardry of Judy’s chief collaborator Mark Swordfish (of Astralasia); however, such is the excellence of the recording that neither is Judy’s vocal ever in danger of being drowned in a sea of synths nor are the key instrumental lines or "voices" held anywhere but in exemplary balance.

La Stagione, Michael Schneider, Soloists - Alessandro Scarlatti: Cinque Profeti (Christmas Cantata) (1993) [Re-Up]

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La Stagione, Michael Schneider, Soloists - Alessandro Scarlatti: Cinque Profeti (Christmas Cantata) (1993) [Re-Up]

Alessandro Scarlatti: Cinque Profeti (Christmas Cantata) (1993)
Heike Hallaschka (Soprano), Barbara Schlick (Soprano), Kai Wessel (Alto)
Christoph Prégardien (Tenor), Michael Schopper (Bass)
La Stagione; Michael Schneider, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 280 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 175 Mb | Scans included | 01:05:43
Classical, Choral, Baroque | Label: Deutsche Harmonia Mundi | # 05472-77291-2

Cinque Profeti is a little known Christmas cantata by Alessandro Scarlatti. It has a power and subtlety redolent of Handel coupled with touches of early Monteverdi. Sung here to great effect by the five soloists with sensitive instrumentalists, they play together to bring the gentle and subtle melodies - surely written to confer a sense of the special nature of the Christmas season - to life. It’s a recording which is sure to please. Opera was not performed in Rome for much of Alessandro Scarlatti's lifetime; that's why his vocal church music mostly comprised oratorios and cantatas, of which he wrote three for the Palazzo Apostolico. Only one survives: to a libretto by Silvio Stampiglia. Cinque Profeti takes the inventive form of a conversation between the five old testament prophets, Daniel, Ezekiel, Isaiah, Jeremiah and Abraham (the cinque profeti) about the birth of Christ – which was about to be celebrated on the occasion of the cantata’s first performance, in 1705 at the Papal Palace in Rome.

Horace Parlan - Seven Classic Albums (2012) 4CD Set

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Horace Parlan - Seven Classic Albums (2012) 4CD Set

Horace Parlan - Seven Classic Albums (2012) 4CD Set
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 1.7 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 670 Mb | Scans ~ 15 Mb
Label: Real Gone Jazz | # RGJCD340 | Time: 04:53:17
Hard Bop, Post-Bop, Mainstream Jazz, Piano Jazz

Real Gone Jazz reissued seven classic albums from the early '60s by hard bop pianist Horace Parlan, Movin' and Groovin', Us Three, Speakin' My Piece, Headin' South, On the Spur of the Moment, Up and Down, and Doin' Alright (with Dexter Gordon). Even though this set does not contain any bonus tracks, this isn't a bad way to pick up these sessions if you don't already own them.

VA - The Ultimate Christmas Album, WCBS-FM 101.1, Vol. 1 (1994)

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VA - The Ultimate Christmas Album, WCBS-FM 101.1, Vol. 1 (1994)

VA - The Ultimate Christmas Album, WCBS-FM 101.1, Vol. 1 (1994)
25 Great Songs for the 25th of December

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 375 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 158 Mb | Scans ~ 57 Mb
Label: Collectables Records | # COL-CD-2511 | Time: 01:08:55
Holidays, Doo Wop, Early R&B, Early Pop/Rock, Vocal Pop, Soul, Swing

Collectables Records' various-artists compilation The Ultimate Christmas Album has been released both on its own and as a tie-in with a series of radio stations. There are identical editions of the album associated with KLUV, K-Earth 101 FM, and WCBS FM-101.1 in addition to this version, WJMK 104.3 Chicago. The word "ultimate" has been overused and misused in record releases to the point that it doesn't mean very much to see it on the cover of an album. Whether or not one considers this album to justify its title will have a lot to do with individual musical taste. If the potential consumer is a listener to one of the radio stations listed above, which are oldies stations devoted to playing pop/rock music of the 1950s, '60s, and '70s, he or she may agree that the album is the ultimate in holiday music of that period.