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Igor Zhukov - Alexander Scriabin: Piano Sonatas (2010) 2CDs

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Igor Zhukov - Alexander Scriabin: Piano Sonatas (2010) 2CDs

Igor Zhukov - Alexander Scriabin: Piano Sonatas (2010) 2CDs
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 567 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 341 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Melodiya | # MEL CD 10 01806 | Time: 02:26:08

Russian pianist and conductor Igor Zhukov studied at the Moscow Conservatory, where two outstanding pianists influenced his talent: Heinrich Neuhaus and Emil Gilels. Alexander Scriabin's musical legacy ranks high among Zhukov s concert repertoire. From his first concert performances, the pianist turned to the works of this distinguished master, receiving great critical acclaim. The ten sonatas included on this Melodiya release are milestones of the composer's piano works.

Julie London - The Ultimate Collection (2014) 3 CD Set [Re-Up]

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Julie London - The Ultimate Collection (2014) 3 CD Set [Re-Up]

Julie London - The Ultimate Collection (2014) 3 CD Set
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 1 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 467 Mb | Scans included
Vocal Jazz, Standarts, Vocal Pop | Label: Not Now Music | # NOT3CD170 | 03:11:31

Actress and singer Julie London is best remembered in pop terms for her much-covered classic ‘Cry Me A River’ a Number 9 US hit in 1955 and a Number 22 UK success two years later. But as this compilation shows, there was much more to the girl than one impressive song.

Ralph van Raat, Hakon Austbo - Olivier Messiaen: Visions de l'Amen; Claude Debussy: En blanc et noir (2012)

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Ralph van Raat, Hakon Austbo - Olivier Messiaen: Visions de l'Amen; Claude Debussy: En blanc et noir (2012)

Olivier Messiaen: Visions de l’Amen; Claude Debussy: En blanc et noir (2012)
Ralph van Raat (piano), Håkon Austbø (piano)

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 195 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 144 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical | Label: Naxos | # 8.572472 | Time: 01:02:38

Both the works on this recording were written during wartime. Debussy’s 1915 En blanc et noir, composed during a late creative burst, is his musical response to the horrors of World War I. Messiaen’s revolutionary Visions de l’Amen from 1943, written to be performed by the composer and his teenage pupil, Yvonne Loriod, is a profound religious meditation whose emotional intensity is overwhelming. The role of the two pianos is clearly divided. Melodic and expressive elements are confined to the second piano, Messiaen’s part, whereas all that is percussion, brilliance and rhythmic development is heard in the first piano, Loriod’s part.

VA - Buddha-Bar: Best Of By Ravin (2013) 3CD Box Set

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VA - Buddha-Bar: Best Of By Ravin (2013) 3CD Box Set

VA - Buddha-Bar: Best Of By Ravin (2013) 3CD Box Set
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 1.3 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 482 Mb | Scans ~ 92 Mb | 03:30:48
Lounge, Chillout, Ethnic, Ambient | Label: George 5 Records | # 3285232 - WAG377

Buddha-Bar, creator of Lounge music, is releasing its first Best Of album. Born in 1996, Buddha-Bar has become a Lounge temple of excellence. It is the first restaurant to blend gastronomy and music thus setting itself as THE creator of Lounge Music. Now with more than 30 references in its catalogue, a wealth of 20 years of experience and around twenty venues worldwide, Buddha-Bar unveils its first Best Of compilation of the Buddha-Bar music series, beautifully wrapped and signed by Ravin. Carefully selected over the years, this triple album cd takes us to a bold journey to various musical cultures. From Middle East, India, passing by Africa and South American, the master “Ravin” promises hours of escape and serenity. Listen to all the classics that have set Buddha-Bar as a world leading reference in Lounge & Electronic music: Karunesh, Arno Elias, Koop, Nickodemus, Laidback, Parov Stellar, Hess is more… “Buddha-Bar Best Of” by Ravin, beyond a cd, is already a must-have reference.

VA - Newport Folk Festival: Best Of The Blues 1959-68 (2001) 3CD Set

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VA - Newport Folk Festival: Best Of The Blues 1959-68 (2001) 3CD Set

VA - Newport Folk Festival: Best Of The Blues 1959-68 (2001) 3CD Set
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 874 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 395 Mb | Scans ~ 35 Mb | 02:52:09
Acoustic Blues, Delta Blues, Country Blues, Folk-Blues | Label: Vanguard | # 193/95-2

This three-CD set documents some historic country-blues performances by the likes of Mississippi John Hurt, Skip James, Bukka White, Mississippi Fred McDowell and Mance Lipscomb. The urban side of things is well represented by Lightnin’ Hopkins, John Lee Hooker, Memphis Slim, Muddy Waters with Otis Spann, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band and The Chambers Brothers turning in a riveting rendition of “See See Rider.” Included here are 11 previously unreleased tracks. A must for acoustic-blues fans.

The Purcell Quartet with Elizabeth Wallfisch - Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber: Harmonia artificiosa ariosa (1994) 2CDs

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The Purcell Quartet with Elizabeth Wallfisch - Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber: Harmonia artificiosa ariosa (1994) 2CDs

Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber: Harmonia artificiosa ariosa (1994) 2CDs
The Purcell Quartet with Elizabeth Wallfisch (viola d`amore)

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 429 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 216 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Baroque | Label: Chandos | # CHAN0575/6 | Time: 01:30:22

Like many of his German and Austrian contemporaries, Bohemian-born composer Heinrich von Biber was strongly influenced by the Italian school of violin composition that included Biagio Marini (1587-1665) and Marco Uccellini (1603-1680). A noted virtuoso himself, Biber and his teacher Johann Heinrich Schmelzer (1621-1680) were two of the most important figures of the late seventeenth-century Viennese violin style. Biber's keen understanding of the technical and expressive possibilities of the instrument is evident in his innovative use of pizzicato (plucking of the string with the finger), double and triple stops (more than one note played at once creating "chords"), col legno (stick of the bow on the string), sul ponticello (played close to the bridge), and, especially, scordatura (intentional "mistuning" of the strings). Scordatura allowed the performer to play chords in particular keys more easily, extended the range of notes, and provided more open strings in order to negotiate the difficulty of polyphonic writing for a single instrument. Biber's imaginative and original use of these techniques or special effects brought violin virtuosity to an entirely new level of musical expression in the Baroque period. It can be argued that J. S. Bach's masterful Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin, written in 1720, are direct descendants of Biber's grounding breaking Mystery or Rosary Sonatas, composed nearly a quarter of a century earlier.

Tony Bennett - Viva Duets (2012)

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Tony Bennett - Viva Duets (2012)

Tony Bennett - Viva Duets (2012)
EAC | XLD | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 314 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 113 Mb | Scans ~ 77 Mb | 00:49:27
Vocal Pop, Latin, Vocal Jazz, Swing | Label: RPM/Columbia | # 88765411852

The dean of American pop vocalists took a different and exciting fork in the road for his third Duets album, recruiting the best Latin vocalists in the world, and rejuvenating classic material like "The Best Is Yet to Come" (featuring Chayanne), "For Once in My Life" (featuring Marc Anthony), "Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me)" (featuring Gloria Estefan), "The Way You Look Tonight" (featuring Thalía), and "Return to Me" (featuring ranchera legend Vicente Fernández). Most of the charts are big band – one of the exceptions being the highlight, his duet with Fernández – but crossover fans will note that Bennett's English gives way to his duet partners' Spanish, an intriguing and successful choice.

The Yardbirds - 25 Greatest Hits (1992)

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The Yardbirds - 25 Greatest Hits (1992)

The Yardbirds - 25 Greatest Hits (1992)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 290 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 204 Mb | Scans included
Label: Repertoire Records | # REP 4258-WG | Time: 01:05:35
British Invasion, British Psychedelia, Blues-Rock, Blues, Rock & Roll

The Yardbirds are certainly one of the most unstable British rock groups of all time, reflected by the fact that it produced three of the greatest guitarists in history: Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Jimmy Page. It is mostly because all three started out with the Yardbirds that the group is regarded so highly even though they only had a half-dozen Top 40 hits in 1965-1966: "For Your Love" (#6), "Heart Full of Soul" (#9), "I'm A Man" (#17), "Happening Ten Years Time Ago" (#30), "Over Under Sideways Down" (#13), and "Shapes of Things" (#11). I provide the list to show the shortcomings of this 25 track collection from Repertoire. You get only four of their top six hits and there are several "hits" collections which rectify this problem. True, most of those are multi-disc collections, but we are talking about one of the pivotal rock 'n' roll groups of the Sixties.

Heidi Berry - Love (1991)

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Heidi Berry - Love (1991)

Heidi Berry - Love (1991)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 253 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 130 Mb | Scans included | 00:45:56
Singer/Songwriter, Folk, Folk-Rock, Dream Pop, Indie Pop | Label: 4AD | # CAD 1012 CD

Hooking up with 4AD wasn't the only new move Berry made with Love. She also recruited a wide number of musicians to help her flesh out her songs. Christopher Berry again played guitar on most of the tracks; avant-garde saxophonist Lol Coxhill popped up here and there; cellists Martin McCarrick and Audrey Riley similarly stepped in; and Levitation members Terry Bickers and Laurence O'Keefe guested on guitar and bass, respectively. Meanwhile, Berry didn't return to the straightforward pop/rock of Firefly, instead letting the ghostly arrangements of Below the Waves be her guide. Peter Walsh worked behind the boards as engineer, though it sounds like Berry clearly had final say regarding the album's production. A singular example of Berry's talent is her radical reworking of Bob Mould's Hüsker Dü nugget "Up in the Air," which is transformed here into a serene, beautiful reflection on regret; Coxhill's soft sax contributions quietly add to the haunting beauty of the performance.

Robert Lockwood Jr. - Ramblin' On My Mind (1982) Expanded Remastered 2000

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Robert Lockwood Jr. - Ramblin' On My Mind (1982) Expanded Remastered 2000

Robert Lockwood Jr. - Ramblin' On My Mind (1982) Expanded Remastered 2000
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 312 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 163 Mb | Scans included
Label: Black And Blue (Blues Reference) | # BB 438.2 | Time: 00:58:55
Delta Blues, Acoustic Blues, Chicago Blues

This album is an exception in Robert Lokwood Jr's , as it's the only one on which he accompanies himself, from beginning to end, on his acoustic twelve-string guitar. This is the only time he allowed himself to go back to the repertory of Rober Johnson!

Damien Jurado - Rehearsals For Departure (1999)

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Damien Jurado - Rehearsals For Departure (1999)

Damien Jurado - Rehearsals For Departure (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 205 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 184 Mb | Scans ~ 88 Mb
Singer/Songwriter, Indie Folk, Folk Rock | Label: Sub Pop | # SPCD 440 | Time: 00:36:44

In the rush to embrace the latest next-big-things, it's artists like Damien Jurado who much too often get lost in the shuffle. Once upon a time, a singer/songwriter of Jurado's depth and grace would have been anointed "the new Dylan," but today he's lucky if his brand of darkly beautiful folk-pop gets noticed at all. Rehearsals for Departure, Jurado's second full-length effort for Sub Pop, deserves a much better fate. A gifted lyricist with a comparable knack for melody, his songs are simple but remarkably affecting, with an uncanny knack for unlocking the deeper meaning in the mundane details of everyday life. Highlights like the opening "Ohio" and "Letters and Drawings" are evocative portraits of urban malaise, while the rollicking "Honey Baby" sounds like nothing so much as a long-lost honky tonk classic.

Piers Lane; Goldner String Quartet - Edward Elgar: Piano Quintet & String Quartet (2011)

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Piers Lane; Goldner String Quartet - Edward Elgar: Piano Quintet & String Quartet (2011)

Piers Lane; Goldner String Quartet - Edward Elgar: Piano Quintet & String Quartet (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 291 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 179 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA 67857 | Time: 01:17:58

GRAMOPHONE CRITICS' CHOICE 2011. BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE DISC OF THE MONTH. Inspired by the rural beauty of the surroundings at his country retreat in 1917, Edward Elgar embarked on the composition of some of his most inspired and imaginative chamber works. Both the String Quartet and the Piano Quintet are works of great depth and elegance. Their conservative style disregards the compositional trends of the time and displays an unabashed late-romanticism. Elgar wrote: ‘It is full of golden sounds and I like it. But you must not expect anything violently chromatic or cubist.’ The disc features sumptuous playing from the acclaimed Goldner String Quartet, who are joined by pianist Piers Lane for Elgar’s sublime Piano Quintet, a large-scale work of almost orchestral sonority. These masterpieces are accompanied by four previously unrecorded works for solo piano, the last of which was written by Elgar at the age of 72. They are intimate, charming rarities, superbly performed by Lane.

Herbie Hancock - Possibilities (2005)

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Herbie Hancock - Possibilities (2005)

Herbie Hancock - Possibilities (2005)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 335 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 135 Mb | Scans ~ 161 Mb
Label: Hancock Music/Hear Music/Vector/Warner | # 50-51011-0111-2-2 | 00:58:32
Genre: Jazz-Pop, Jazz-Funk, Soul-Jazz, Vocal Jazz, R&B

Possibilities is a Herbie Hancock adventure record. This ten-cut smorgasbord features the ever restless pianist, composer, and arranger in the company of literally dozens of artists, from pop singers like Christina Aguilera, Sting, and Annie Lennox to rock legends such as Santana and Paul Simon to relative newcomers like John Mayer, Jonny Lang, and Joss Stone, as well as some renowned international performers, such as Angélique Kidjo and Raul Midón in a wide range of songs, styles, and moods. Hancock cut the record in studios all over the world, all the collaborations were done face to face, not long distance. Session musicians here include everyone from Stevie Wonder (who plays the harmonica solo on the cover of his tune "I Just Called to Say I Love You"), to Santana to Cyro Baptista, Willie Weeks, John Pattitucci, Steven Jordan, and Gina Gershon (the actress)! The standout cuts are the sensual read of Leon Russell's "A Song for You," sung by Aguilera, Simon's jazzed-up revisioning of his "I Do It for Your Love," and Lennox's read of "Hush, Hush, Hush," written by Paula Cole (whatever happened to her?).

Hubert Sumlin - My Guitar And Me (1975) Expanded Remastered Reissue 2003

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Hubert Sumlin - My Guitar And Me (1975) Expanded Remastered Reissue 2003

Hubert Sumlin - My Guitar And Me (1975) Expanded Remastered Reissue 2003
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 315 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 153 Mb | Scans included
Electric Chicago Blues | Label: Black And Blue | # BB 458.2 | Time: 00:55:19

Loose jam feel offers Sumlin plenty of space. This 1975 set was his first as leader. Quiet and extremely unassuming off the bandstand, Hubert Sumlin played a style of guitar incendiary enough to stand tall beside the immortal Howlin' Wolf. The Wolf was Sumlin's imposing mentor for more than two decades, and it proved a mutually beneficial relationship; Sumlin's twisting, darting, unpredictable lead guitar constantly energized the Wolf's 1960s Chess sides, even when the songs themselves (check out "Do the Do" or "Mama's Baby" for conclusive proof) were less than stellar. Sumlin started out twanging the proverbial broom wire nailed to the wall before he got his mitts on a real guitar. He grew up near West Memphis, Arkansas, briefly hooking up with another Young Lion with a rosy future, harpist James Cotton, before receiving a summons from the mighty Wolf to join him in Chicago in 1954. Sumlin learned his craft nightly on the bandstand behind Wolf, his confidence growing as he graduated from rhythm guitar duties to lead. By the dawn of the '60s, Sumlin's slashing axe was a prominent component on the great majority of Wolf's waxings, including "Wang Dang Doodle," "Shake for Me," "Hidden Charms" (boasting perhaps Sumlin's greatest recorded solo), "Three Hundred Pounds of Joy," and "Killing Floor." Although they had a somewhat tempestuous relationship, Sumlin remained loyal to Wolf until the big man's 1976 death.

Lowell George & The Factory - Lightning-Rod Man (1993) Recorded 1966-1967

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Lowell George & The Factory - Lightning-Rod Man (1993) Recorded 1966-1967

Lowell George & The Factory - Lightning-Rod Man (1993) Recorded 1966-1967
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 214 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 94 Mb | Scans included
Psychedelic Rock, Folk-Rock, Blues-Rock | Label: Edsel | # EDCD377 | 00:37:37

Before emerging as a cult star in the 1970s, Lowell George was a presence on the L.A. folk-rock/psychedelic scene in the 1960s. With his group the Factory, he only managed to release one single during this time. Lightning-Rod Man rescues 15 tunes cut by this unit, including the single and over a dozen outtakes and demos. Almost exclusively original material, most of these tracks were recorded in 1966 and 1967. They show the group pursuing a slightly eccentric folk-rock vision that neither bears much similarity to George's more famous work nor matches the best work done in this genre by their L.A. peers. At times they echo Kaleidoscope in their vaguely spacy, good-natured folkish rock; just as often, they take cues from Captain Beefheart and Frank Zappa in their skewed blues-rock and obtuse songwriting. In fact, Zappa himself produced and played on a couple of the demos, and one-time Mothers of Invention members Elliot Ingber and Roy Estrada show up on a few others. A few songs cut toward the end of the decade feature a heavier, bluesier sound that show George edging in a different direction. An enjoyable vault find, but not a major revelation.
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