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Bryden Thomson - Britten: Les Illuminations; Quatre Chansons Françaises; Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings (1989)

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Bryden Thomson - Britten: Les Illuminations; Quatre Chansons Françaises; Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings (1989)

Bryden Thomson, Royal Scottish National Orchestra - Benjamin Britten: Les Illuminations, Quatre Chansons Françaises, Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings (1989)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 232 Mb | Total time: 58:55 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHAN 8657 | Recorded: 1988

Les Illuminations was premiered by Sophie Wyss in 1939, but, as with much of Britten's work, has been colonised since by tenors. Here, it is a joy to hear Felicity Lott singing a soprano version. Her voice is in the full bloom of youth, and she sings with a thrilling freshness and verve, entirely in keeping with the mood of excitement. There are many delicious moments – how wittily she confides "Des drôles trés solides" in Parade, and explodes with an ecstatic "J'ai seul la clef de cette parade sauvage !" echoing the sole phrase in the opening fanfare, but with a completely different tone. When the same phrase appears again, in Interlude, she sings it in yet another way, echoing the instrumental colouring around it.

Motörhead - Nö Sleep at All (1988) [1988, Canada, GWR, ACDM 1358]

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Motörhead - Nö Sleep at All (1988) [1988, Canada, GWR, ACDM 1358]

Motörhead - Nö Sleep at All (1988)
EAC | Flac(Image) + Cue + Log & MP3 CBR 320Kbps
GWR, ACDM 1358 | ~ 383 or 122 Mb | Artwork(jpg) -> 34 Mb
Heavy Metal, Hard Rock, Rock & Roll

Nö Sleep at All is the third live album by the band Motörhead, released 15 October 1988, on the GWR label, their only live album and last release with the label as legal matters continued between the parties…

Deep Purple - Purpendicular (1996)

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Deep Purple - Purpendicular (1996)

Deep Purple - Purpendicular (1996)
EAC | Flac(Image) + Cue + Log & MP3 CBR 320Kbps
BMG, 74321338022 | ~ 444 or 147 Mb | Scans(jpg) -> 60 Mb
Hard Rock

Twenty-eight years after the band's inception, Deep Purple venture into the most adventurous album of their storied career. With guitar virtuoso Steve Morse, of ex-Dixie Dregs and Kansas fame, replacing the legendary Ritchie Blackmore (his second departure from the band), fans get the breadth of Morse's influences…

Richard Hickox, BBC Philharmonic - The Grainger Edition, Vol.1: Orchestral Works 1 (1996)

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Richard Hickox, BBC Philharmonic - The Grainger Edition, Vol.1: Orchestral Works 1 (1996)

Richard Hickox, BBC Philharmonic - The Grainger Edition, Vol.1: Orchestral Works 1 (1996)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 289 Mb | Total time: 72:28 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHAN 9493 | Recorded: 1996

A genuine tonic, this, and an auspicious start to Chandos’s ambitious Grainger Edition. Richard Hickox evidently has a deep affection for this intoxicatingly colourful repertoire and he draws a consistently alert and superbly stylish response from the BBC Philharmonic.

Jimi Hendrix - Kiss The Sky (1984)

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Jimi Hendrix - Kiss The Sky (1984)

Jimi Hendrix - Kiss The Sky (1984)
EAC | Flac(Image) + Cue + Log & MP3 CBR 320Kbps
1989 | Polydor KK, P20P 22017 | Japan | ~ 290 or 116 Mb | Covers
Blues Rock / Psychedelic Rock

At the start of the 1980s, it dawned on somebody in charge of Jimi Hendrix's musical legacy that a whole generation of new listeners had come of age since the guitarist's demise. That meant it was time for a fresh raid on the vaults and a fresh, authorized album release to fly the flag of the Hendrix estate, amid the steady stream of bootleg, gray market, and other unauthorized collections of his early work starting to fill up record store bins and browsers…

Jethro Tull - Songs From The Wood (1977) [MFSL, UDCD 734]

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Jethro Tull - Songs From The Wood (1977) [MFSL, UDCD 734]

Jethro Tull - Songs From The Wood (1977)
EAC | Flac(Image) + Cue + Log & MP3 CBR 320Kbps
1998 | Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab, UDCD 734 | ~ 256 or 98 Mb | Scans(jpg) -> 18 Mb
Progressive Rock

Far and away the prettiest record Jethro Tull released at least since Thick as a Brick and a special treat for anyone with a fondness for the group's more folk-oriented material. Ian Anderson had moved to the countryside sometime earlier, and it showed in his choice of source material…

Johannes Moser, Alasdair Beatson - Felix & Fanny Mendelssohn: Works for Cello and Piano (2019)

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Johannes Moser, Alasdair Beatson - Felix & Fanny Mendelssohn: Works for Cello and Piano (2019)

Johannes Moser, Alasdair Beatson - Felix & Fanny Mendelssohn: Works for Cello and Piano (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 300 Mb | Total time: 75:54 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Pentatone | # PTC 5186 781 | Recorded: 2018

German-Canadian cellist Johannes Moser and Scottish pianist Alasdair Beatson present a moving portrait of the Mendelssohn family with this recording of pieces by the siblings Felix and Fanny. Once composed for the popular Sunday Sessions at the Berlin Mendelssohn family house, these works fit into the typically nineteenth-century tradition of domestic music-making, albeit at the highest thinkable level. Beatson plays an 1837 Érard fortepiano, identical to the instrument that belonged to the Mendelssohn household when these pieces were composed. Besides Felix Mendelssohn’s two sonatas for cello and piano, his Variations concertantes, op. 17, Lied ohne Worte, op. 109 and Albumblatt in B Minor are featured. Fanny Hensel-Mendelssohn’s Fantasia in G Minor and Capriccio in A-flat Major show what could have become of this talented female composer if societal conventions had not restricted her musical activities to the private salon.

Steven Rickards, Dorothy Linell - John Dowland: Flow my tears and other Lute Songs (1997)

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Steven Rickards, Dorothy Linell - John Dowland: Flow my tears and other Lute Songs (1997)

Steven Rickards, Dorothy Linell - John Dowland: Flow my tears and other Lute Songs (1997)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 273 Mb | Total time: 74:08 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naxos | # 8.553381 | Recorded: 1995

Steven Rickards has a light, precise counter-tenor voice which he uses very imaginatively in this sequence of 19 madrigals, including many of Dowland’s finest. So a lively number like Fine knacks for ladies has a crispness and spring to bring out its lightness; even more impressively Rickards, with tone rock-steady and little or no hooting, superbly sustains the long legato lines of such great madrigals as Flow my tears, I saw my lady weep and Come, heavy sleep. There are also well-chosen lute solos from Dorothy Linell, supplementing her excellent accompaniments. The recording, made in New York, is clear and well balanced. Full texts and good notes are provided.

Elliot Lawrence - Music of Elliot Lawrence (1995) [MFSL, UDCD 636]

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Elliot Lawrence - Music of Elliot Lawrence (1995) [MFSL, UDCD 636]

Elliot Lawrence - Music of Elliot Lawrence (1995)
EAC | Flac(Image) + Cue + Log & MP3 CBR 320Kbps
Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab, UDCD 636 | ~ 154 or 124 Mb | Scans(jpg) -> 12 Mb
Jazz, Big Band, Swing

This Audiophile CD release is comprised of 22 brief performances (generally 2-2 1/2 minutes apiece) that were originally recorded as radio transcriptions (rather than commercial records). Altoist Gene Quill and tenorman Al Cohn (one of the main arrangers) are the main soloists on the big-band selections while Lawrence (on piano) is also featured in a sextet with guitarist Mary Osborne and Tyree Glenn (who doubles on trombone and vibes)…

Jeremy Summerly, Oxford Camerata - Lassus: Masses for Five Voices, Infelix ego (1993)

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Jeremy Summerly, Oxford Camerata - Lassus: Masses for Five Voices, Infelix ego (1993)

Jeremy Summerly, Oxford Camerata - Lassus: Masses for Five Voices, Infelix ego (1993)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 263 Mb | Total time: 68:24 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naxos | # 8.550842 | Recorded: 1993

Kyrie, the Missa Entre vous filles is Lassus at this freshest and most telling, and the Sanctus is particularly beautiful. The Missa Susanne un jour, however, is more ambitious, based on what Jeremy Summerly describes as ‘the most famous song of the 16th century—the l’homme arme of its day’. Moreover, as it deals with the Apocryphal Susanna who was accused of wanton behaviour by two elders after she had spurned their sexual advances, this was just the sort of parody model that had caused the Council of Trent to be upset, two decades earlier. However, it inspired Lassus to his richest polyphony, and many of his celebrants may not have been aware of the implications of the original chanson’s text.

Elton John - The Fox (1981)

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Elton John - The Fox (1981)

Elton John - The Fox (1981)
EAC | Flac(Image) + Cue + Log & MP3 CBR 320Kbps
1989 | Rocket Records, 800 063-2 | ~ 275 or 108 Mb | Scans(png) -> 51 Mb
Pop Rock / Classic Rock

The early '80s were not a particularly focused time in Elton John's career. The Fox (1981) is a reflection of the tentative regrouping that began on his previous effort, 21 at 33 (1979). In fact, a third of the material was left over from the same August 1979 sessions. This results in dithering musical styles and ultimately yields an uneven and at times somewhat dated sound…

Ayreon - The Source (2017) [4CD + DVD Box Set]

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Ayreon - The Source (2017) [4CD + DVD Box Set]

Ayreon - The Source (2017)
EAC | Flac(Image) + Cue + Log & MP3 CBR 320Kbps
Mascot Label Group, MTR 75156 | ~ 1232 or 535 Mb | Artwork(jpg) -> 263 Mb
DVD9: NTSC 16:9 (720x480) VBR | Dolby AC3, 2 & 6 ch -> 8.17 Gb
Progressive Rock, Progressive Metal, Symphonic Metal

The concept is as bombastic as ever and its tropes are properly secured, though the emphasis on the project’s heavier side may make this album a highlight for fans of Star One and Stream of Passion…

Metal Church - Hanging In The Balance (Limited Edition) (1993)

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Metal Church - Hanging In The Balance (Limited Edition) (1993)

Metal Church - Hanging In The Balance (Limited Edition) (1993)
EAC Rip | FLAC (Image) +CUE, LOG | 519 MB | Scans
Genre: Heavy Metal | Label: Blackheart Records | Catalog Number: SPV 084-62170

This is the album that so many bands are trying to sound like, whether they know it or not. They try to be "atmospheric" and "emotional" and for the most part, end up sucking greatly, because they don't know shit about songwriting (see: Dream Theater, Savatage when they try too hard, Blopeth, even later-era Metallica, etc etc …). If someone is looking for a very well-done atmospheric power-metal album, this is the one to find. No, this doesn't have 47 riffs in 35 seconds, and is not quite the followup everyone expected to "The Human Factor" (though if you heard "In Harms Way" enough, you'd understand), and also the cover art blows serious donkeys, but the songwriting on this album is absolutely impeccable.

Vassily Sinaisky, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra - Anton Arensky: Symphony No. 2 etc. (2003)

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Vassily Sinaisky, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra - Anton Arensky: Symphony No. 2 etc. (2003)

Vassily Sinaisky, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra - Anton Arensky: Symphony No. 2 etc. (2003)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 256 Mb | Total time: 66:33 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHAN10024 | Recorded: 2002

'There is plenty to delight ear here, in the delicate dances and variations of the Suite No. 3, in the dramatic vigour of the introduction to the opera Nal and Damayanti, and in the charming little Intermezzo.' (The Telegraph)

Valeri Polyansky, Russian State Symphony Orchestra - Anton Arensky: Symphony No. 1 etc. (2003)

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Valeri Polyansky, Russian State Symphony Orchestra - Anton Arensky: Symphony No. 1 etc. (2003)

Valeri Polyansky, Russian State Symphony Orchestra - Anton Arensky: Symphony No. 1 etc. (2003)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 304 Mb | Total time: 73:04 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHAN10086 | Recorded: 2001

Polyansky continues to record some great off the beaten track repertoire for Chandos with this latest version of Arensky's First Symphony. The disc also includes a number of rarities that are making it onto disc as first recordings.
I don't recall that Svetlanov's thrilling Melodiya version of this work was ever issued on CD so I believe this has the field to itself, at least for the moment. Polyansky directs with a firm hand and his knowledge of the score is palpably evident in the beautiful First movement with its quirky 'Allegro patetico' tempo.