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R.E.M. - Reckoning (1984) Expanded Reissue 1992

Posted By: Designol
R.E.M. - Reckoning (1984) Expanded Reissue 1992

R.E.M. - Reckoning (1984) Expanded Reissue 1992
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 376 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 161 Mb
Label: I.R.S. | # 0777 7 13159 2 3 | Time: 00:52:38 | Scans included
Alternative Rock, College Rock, Jangle Pop

R.E.M. abandoned the enigmatic post-punk experiments of Murmur for their second album, Reckoning, returning to their garage pop origins instead. Opening with the ringing "Harborcoat," Reckoning runs through a set of ten jangle pop songs that are different not only in sound but in style from the debut. Where Murmur was enigmatic in its sound, Reckoning is clear, which doesn't necessarily mean that the songs themselves are straightforward. Michael Stipe continues to sing powerful melodies without enunciating, but the band has a propulsive kick that makes the music vital and alive. And, if anything, the songwriting is more direct and memorable than before – the interweaving melodies of "Pretty Persuasion" and the country rocker "(Don't Go Back To) Rockville" are as affecting as the melancholic dirges of "Camera" and "Time After Time," while the ringing minor-key arpeggios of "So. Central Rain," the pulsating riffs of "7 Chinese Bros.," and the hard-rocking rhythms of "Little America" make the songs into classics. On the surface, Reckoning may not be as distinctive as Murmur, but the record's influence on underground American rock in the '80s was just as strong.

Chris Rea - God's Great Banana Skin (1992)

Posted By: Designol
Chris Rea - God's Great Banana Skin (1992)

Chris Rea - God's Great Banana Skin (1992)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 333 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 128 Mb | Scans ~ 45 Mb
Soft Rock, Blues Rock | Label: EastWest | # 4509-90995-2 | Time: 00:55:55

God's Great Banana Skin is the twelfth studio album by Chris Rea, released in 1992. The album wasn't released in the USA, though some tracks later appeared on the US release of Rea's following album Espresso Logic. The song "Too Much Pride" was featured in the 1993 Erotic Thriller Cold Sweat.

Susanne Kujala - Johann Sebastian Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier I (2023)

Posted By: ArlegZ
Susanne Kujala - Johann Sebastian Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier I (2023)

Susanne Kujala - Johann Sebastian Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier I (2023)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 625 Mb | Total time: 02:22:04 | Scans included
Classical | Label: BellowsArt | # BACD001 | Recorded: 2020, 2021

Susanne Kujala is a German organist and classical accordionist living in Finland. She studied accordion, coaching, and organ at the HfM "Hanns Eisler" in Berlin and at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. She graduated with a Doctor of Music Degree from the Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts Helsinki in 2013.

Herbert von Karajan - The Christmas Album (2014)

Posted By: ArlegZ
Herbert von Karajan - The Christmas Album (2014)

Herbert von Karajan - The Christmas Album (2014)
XLD | FLAC | Image (Cue & no Log) ~ 329 Mb | Total time: 69:44 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 479 3926 | Recorded: 1961-1977

This compilation draws Christmas music from several recordings conducted by the late Herbert von Karajan, but emphasizes two of them, both from the 1960s: a collection of Baroque Christmas pieces in a mostly pastoral vein, and an LP on which he and the Vienna Philharmonic backed the great African American soprano Leontyne Price. Neither of these recordings is easy to obtain these days, and Karajan aficionados may well be pleased to have them in a single package. Beyond that, the Price pieces, from her heyday, are gorgeous.

Van Morrison - Blowin' Your Mind! (1967) [Reissue 1998]

Posted By: gribovar
Van Morrison - Blowin' Your Mind! (1967) [Reissue 1998]

Van Morrison - Blowin' Your Mind! (1967) [Reissue 1998]
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 323 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 123 MB | Covers - 59 MB
Genre: Folk Rock, Blue-Eyed Soul, Pop Rock | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Sony/Epic (ZK 65751)

Although Van Morrison's first solo album is remembered for containing the immortal pop hit "Brown Eyed Girl," Blowin' Your Mind! is actually a dry run for his masterpiece, Astral Weeks. Songs like "Who Drove the Red Sports Car" look to that song cycle, even as "Midnight Special" nods to Morrison's R&B past. But it's the agonizing "T.B. Sheets" - all nine-plus minutes of it - that dominates this record and belies its trendy title and pop association. "T.B. Sheets" takes the blues and reinvents it as noble tragedy and humiliating mortality. It's where Van Morrison emerges as an artist.

Jodie Devos, Adèle Charvet, Julien Chauvin, Le Concert de la Loge - Giovanni Battista Pergolesi: Stabat Mater (2022)

Posted By: ArlegZ
Jodie Devos, Adèle Charvet, Julien Chauvin, Le Concert de la Loge - Giovanni Battista Pergolesi: Stabat Mater (2022)

Jodie Devos, Adèle Charvet, Julien Chauvin, Le Concert de la Loge - Giovanni Battista Pergolesi: Stabat Mater; Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 49 (2022)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 244 Mb | Total time: 53:22 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Alpha Classics | # ALPHA784 | Recorded: 2021

Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater has enjoyed enormous fame ever since the eighteenth century – Rousseau called its first movement ‘the most perfect and touching that has ever come from the pen of any composer’. There were many arrangements of the work, by Bach or Hiller among others. It was performed more than eighty times at the Concert Spirituel in Paris between 1753 and 1790, in multiple versions, probably also with the participation of a choir. After consulting several manuscripts and editions held at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Julien Chauvin has chosen to record it with soprano and mezzo soloists (the equivalent of the French dessus and bas-dessus) and a two-part children’s choir: ‘The choir can play a real role in the narration of so powerful and poignant a text’, he says.

Premiata Forneria Marconi - Photos of Ghosts (1973) [Japanese Edition 2014] (Repost)

Posted By: gribovar
Premiata Forneria Marconi - Photos of Ghosts (1973) [Japanese Edition 2014] (Repost)

Premiata Forneria Marconi - Photos of Ghosts (1973) [Japanese Edition 2014]
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 472 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 174 MB | Covers - 276 MB
Genre: Progressive Rock | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Victor (VICP-78004)

PFM were already Italy's premiere progressive rock band when Emerson, Lake & Palmer signed them to the British trio's own Manticore label in 1972 and turned to King Crimson alumnus Peter Sinfield to write English-language words (sung phonetically) for this, the Italian group's debut international release. A phantasmagorical creation, Photos of Ghosts is filled with lush melodies and rich musical textures, all wrapped around Sinfield's frequently surreal lyrics, which seem an extension of some of his better work from King Crimson's Lizard and Islands albums. In contrast to ELP's music of the same period, PFM's music still retains some loud echoes of psychedelia, and the music has a refreshingly airy, open sound, free from the thick, heavy-handed Germanic textures generated by most of the rival U.K. classical rock bands of the period - this album can stand next to competing works by Genesis, Yes, et al. from the same period…

Paul Ellis - Three Trajectories (2024)

Posted By: gribovar
Paul Ellis - Three Trajectories (2024)

Paul Ellis - Three Trajectories (2024)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 316 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 158 MB | Front cover
Genre: Electronic, Berlin School, Ambient | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Cyclical Dreams

This is an album of three trilogies. (Or three pieces with three distinct sections each). A tapestry of sound. Ethereal and robust. The album seamlessly blends colorful ambient textures with pulsating rhythms, creating an ecstatic sonic landscape that opens internal worlds. Each track is a sonic exploration into the unknown, inviting you to drift within the hypnotic melodies and celestial harmonies. Each track is carefully crafted with layers that evoke glimpses of the vastness of space and the mysteries that lie beyond.

Cameron Crozman, Les Violons du Roy & Nicolas Ellis - Haydn: Cello Concertos - Hétu: Rondo (2024)

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Cameron Crozman, Les Violons du Roy & Nicolas Ellis - Haydn: Cello Concertos - Hétu: Rondo (2024)

Cameron Crozman, Les Violons du Roy & Nicolas Ellis - Haydn: Cello Concertos - Hétu: Rondo (2024)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 249 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 131 Mb | Digital booklet | 00:56:32
Classical | Label: ATMA Classique

Cellist Cameron Crozman returns with a new recording of Joseph Haydn’s Cello Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 and Jacques Hétu’s Rondo for Cello and String Orchestra, Op. 9. He joins Les Violons du Roy conducted by Nicolas Ellis.

LOWLIVES - FREAKING OUT (2024)

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LOWLIVES - FREAKING OUT (2024)

LOWLIVES - FREAKING OUT (2024)
WEB FLAC (Tracks) 307 MB | Cover | 40:00 | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 99 MB
Rock | Label: Spinefarm

Lowlives isn’t so much about carefully stoking the embers as pouring on gasoline with merry impetuosity. With vocalist Lee Downer and drummer Luke Johnson soon joined by guitarist Jaxon Moore and bassist Steve Lucarelli, the nascent band was founded on a shared love of ‘90s alternative and grunge, and a shared desire to make music once more for little more than the love of doing so.

Aphex Twin - Digeridoo (Expanded Edition) (1992/2024)

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Aphex Twin - Digeridoo (Expanded Edition) (1992/2024)

Aphex Twin - Digeridoo (Expanded Edition) (1992/2024)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 492 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 159 Mb | 01:08:35
Electronic, Breakbeat, Acid Techno | Label: R&S Records

“It’s just too easy to make a standard dance track,” Aphex Twin said of his mindset back in 1992. “You’ve got to put a bit of thought into it to get something a bit different.”

John Lee Hooker - More Real Folk Blues: The Missing Album (1991) [Reissue 1997]

Posted By: gribovar
John Lee Hooker - More Real Folk Blues: The Missing Album (1991) [Reissue 1997]

John Lee Hooker - More Real Folk Blues: The Missing Album (1991) [Reissue 1997]
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 250 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 101 MB | Covers - 326 MB
Genre: Blues, Electric Blues, Delta Blues | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: MCA Records (MCD 09329)

Produced by Ralph Bass in 1966 but not issued by Chess at the time, More Real Folk Blues was unearthed by MCA only a few years back. It's no masterpiece maybe, but certainly deserved release in its day - backed by Burns and a Chicago rhythm section that copes as well as can be expected with Hooker's singular sense of timing, the Boogie Man answers Sir Mack Rice with his "Mustang Sally & Gto" and keeps things way lowdown on several other cuts.

Herbert von Karajan - Karajan A-Z Schubert - Shostakovich (2024)

Posted By: ciklon5
Herbert von Karajan - Karajan A-Z Schubert - Shostakovich (2024)

Herbert von Karajan - Karajan A-Z Schubert - Shostakovich (2024)
FLAC (tracks), Lossless | 6:23:46 | 1.66 Gb
Genre: Classical

Herbert von Karajan was the most renowned conductor to emerge from Europe in the post-World War II era – and through fortuitous timing throughout his career, and in spite of controversy that dogged his early years, he was the most recorded conductor of the 20th century, and is likely to remain one of the most visible (and biggest-selling) conductors well into the 21st century.

Constantin Macherel, London Mozart Players & Jonathan Bloxham - Ravel - Schnittke - Prokofiev (2024)

Posted By: ciklon5
Constantin Macherel, London Mozart Players & Jonathan Bloxham - Ravel - Schnittke - Prokofiev (2024)

Constantin Macherel, London Mozart Players & Jonathan Bloxham - Ravel - Schnittke - Prokofiev (2024)
FLAC (tracks), Lossless | 1:19:58 | 317 Mb
Genre: Classical

THE THOUSAND AND ONE LIVES OF THE CELLO IN THE 20TH CENTURY
Alfred Schnittke made a name for himself internationally in 1977 with the world premiere of his Concerto grosso No. 1. The composer’s aesthetic is defined in this work, which blends serious and popular music, jazz and tango, where baroque accents coexist with micro-intervals, and in which heterogeneous elements and quotations are inserted or even pasted into the musical discourse. For Schnittke, this polystylism is a means of broadening his art’s expressive possibilities, of overcoming the divisions and rigidity of specific schools, and a desire to question and modify the language and forms borrowed from the past.

Charles Earland - Living Black! (1971) [Reissue 1997]

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Charles Earland - Living Black! (1971) [Reissue 1997]

Charles Earland - Living Black! (1971) [Reissue 1997]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 176 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 131 MB | Covers - 3 MB
Genre: Jazz-Funk, Soul Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Prestige Records (PRCD-24182-2)

Recorded in 1970 at the Key Club, Living Black! is notable for many reasons, not the least of which is that it showcased Earland in a live setting at his most inspired. From choosing his sidemen to material to reading the audience to pure instrumental execution, there isn't a weak moment on this date, nor a sedentary one. Earland makes the band roll on all burners from the git and never lets up. Consisting of four extended tunes, there's the burning rhythm and stomp of "Key Club Cookout," which blazes with wisdom and rhythm fire. Earland's own soloing is revelatory, but it is the way he drags absolutely unexpected performances from his sidemen that makes him so special as a bandleader. In this case, Grover Washington never played like this again on a record; deep in the soul groove on his tenor, he turned it inside out, looking for new embouchures in which to get the sounds out of the horn…