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Malia & Boris Blank - Convergence (2014)

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Malia & Boris Blank - Convergence (2014)

Malia & Boris Blank - Convergence (2014)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 295 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 107 MB | Covers - 247 MB
Genre: Electronic, Pop, Synth-pop, Future Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Universal Music (374 186-2)

This collaboration with Yello mastermind Boris Blank displays the dark timbred voice of Malia in a set of pop titles created by the glitzy synths and sultry dancable rhythms of Blank, who uses the singer's voice like a solo instrument in the very front of a mix made by his tasteful synthetic soundscapes.
Convergence is one of the most sensual and elegant album we have heard in a long time. Its almost timeless aesthetics avoid clichés mostly associated with electronic soul music and seamlessly bring together two artists with a unique approach to their work - but most important of all: it’s got soul and sensuality, both in a very elegant and airy way but still has enough artistic weight to carry the promise of becoming a long term companion.

David Axelrod - Songs of Experience (1969) Remastered Reissue 2000

Posted By: Designol
David Axelrod - Songs of Experience (1969) Remastered Reissue 2000

David Axelrod - Songs of Experience (1969) Remastered Reissue 2000
XLD | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 191 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 79 Mb | Scans included
Label: Stateside/EMI | # 7243 5 21589 2 8, 521 5892 | Time: 00:32:05
Jazz Fusion, Jazz-Funk, Baroque Pop, Psychedelic R&B, Easy Listening

Songs of Experience is the second studio album by American composer and producer David Axelrod, released in October 1969 by Capitol Records. It was composed, arranged, and produced by Axelrod, who worked with session musicians such as guitarist Al Casey, drummer Earl Palmer, and conductor Don Randi. As with his 1968 debut album Song of Innocence, Axelrod composed musical interpretations of English poet William Blake's Songs of Innocence and of Experience, an 18th-century illustrated collection of poems. A jazz fusion album, Songs of Experience explores darker sounds than its predecessor, as the poems Axelrod drew on for inspiration dealt with the darker side of humanity. Its music was partly inspired by composer Gunther Schuller's Third Stream concept. Axelrod composed Baroque orchestrations with rock, R&B, pop, and folk music elements. Songs of Experience received retrospective acclaim from music critics, who found Axelrod's compositions musically varied and innovative. Contemporary musicians praised it as a source for sampling in hip hop production. Some of its songs have been sampled frequently by hip hop artists and producers. In 2000, the album was reissued by EMI.

The Hollies - Here I Go Again (1964) + Hear! Here! (1965) 2 LP on 1 CD, 2011

Posted By: Designol
The Hollies - Here I Go Again (1964) + Hear! Here! (1965) 2 LP on 1 CD, 2011

The Hollies - Here I Go Again (1964) + Hear! Here! (1965) 2 LP on 1 CD, 2011
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 210 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 153 Mb | Scans included | 00:58:56
British Invasion, Merseybeat, Early Pop/Rock, Rock & Roll | Label: BGO | # BGOCD973

This set collects the Hollies' first two U.S. albums, 1964’s Here I Go Again and 1965’s Hear! Here!, on a single disc. Both LPs were originally released in the States by Imperial Records, a label founded in 1947 by Lew Chudd, who had sold his rights in the imprint to Liberty Records in 1963. Liberty began leasing material by popular U.K. artists for U.S. distribution that same year, which led to the Hollies' initial single in the American market, a cover version of Maurice Williams & the Zodiacs' 1960 hit “Stay.” Although several of the cuts found here got extensive radio airplay in the U.S. at the time, “Just One Look” and “Here I Go Again” from 1964 and “I’m Alive” and “Look Through Any Window” from 1965 among them, the Hollies didn’t really break through on the continent until a year later in 1966 with the hits “Bus Stop” and “Stop Stop Stop,” and neither of those songs is found here. Aside from the singles, most of the cuts on these two albums are covers of American R&B tunes that are done capably but without a whole lot of originality. The end result is a portrait of a promising band just beginning to come into its own.

Chad & Jeremy - The Very Best of Chad & Jeremy (2000)

Posted By: Designol
Chad & Jeremy - The Very Best of Chad & Jeremy (2000)

Chad & Jeremy - The Very Best of Chad & Jeremy (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 269 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 104 Mb | Scans ~ 68 Mb
Label: Varèse Sarabande | # 302 066 098 2 | Time: 00:45:38
British Invasion, Folk-Rock, Pop/Rock, Baroque Pop

Although this 18-song best-of duplicates much of what was on the best previous Chad & Jeremy CD compilation (One Way's The Best of Chad & Jeremy), this release is definitely the superior option. Its most crucial edge is the inclusion of four songs from 1965-1966 Columbia singles, as the One Way disc was limited to the material they released on World Artists. In addition, the Varese Sarabande anthology has comprehensive liner notes, songwriting credits, and original release date info, whereas the One Way disc had none of those things at all. This CD still concentrates on the World Artists sides from 1964-1965, including all of the hit singles. Some of the inessential covers of hits and standards from the One Way compilation are axed, but decent original tunes like "My How the Time Goes By" are retained. The four Columbia sides include the three Top 40 hits "Before and After" and "I Don't Wanna Lose You Baby" (both written by Van McCoy), and "Distant Shores" (by future Chicago and Blood, Sweat & Tears producer James Guercio).

VA - Singers & Songwriters 1972-1973 (2000) 2CDs, Reissue 2010 [Re-Up]

Posted By: Designol
VA - Singers & Songwriters 1972-1973 (2000) 2CDs, Reissue 2010 [Re-Up]

VA - Singers & Songwriters 1972-1973 (2000) 2CDs, Reissue 2010
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 569 Mb | Scans included
Label: Time-Life Music/Rhino | # 25913-D OPCD-2779B | Time: 01:38:37
Classic Rock, Folk Rock, Soft Rock, Pop/Rock, Psychedelic, Soul, Folk

The two-year interval covered in this volume of Time-Life Music's Singers & Songwriters series was one of consolidation for the many singer/songwriters who had emerged in the early '70s. Carole King followed up Tapestry, the album that established her as a performer after years as a songwriter, with Music, which spawned the hit "Sweet Seasons." James Taylor was on his second follow-up to his commercial breakthrough Sweet Baby James with One Man Dog, which produced "Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight." His new wife Carly Simon released her third album, No Secrets, which gave Simon her biggest hit yet with "You're So Vain." John Denver, too, hit new sales peaks with Rocky Mountain High and its title single. And Cat Stevens had followed the success of Tea for the Tillerman with Teaser and the Firecat and its second single "Morning Has Broken." Meanwhile, several new singer/songwriters were crowding the field, among them Don McLean with the epic allegory "American Pie," America with its Neil Young sound-alike "A Horse With No Name," and Seals & Crofts with the lilting "Summer Breeze".

VA - Now 100 Hits The Legends (2020)

Posted By: Rtax
VA - Now 100 Hits The Legends (2020)

VA - Now 100 Hits The Legends (2020)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks, cue, log) - 2.5 GB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 824 MB
5:56:41 | Full Scans Included Pop, Rock | Label: Sony Music

An icon, transcending through popular music creates a true legend. Here are 5 CDs packed full of none other than the best musical legends of the past 40 years. This is not one to miss. NOW Legends features an all-star cast including Elton John, Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, Amy Winehouse, Tom Jones and many more.

Gerry & The Pacemakers - The Best Of Gerry & The Pacemakers (2005) 2CDs

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Gerry & The Pacemakers - The Best Of Gerry & The Pacemakers (2005) 2CDs

Gerry & The Pacemakers - The Best Of Gerry & The Pacemakers (2005) 2CDs
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 510 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 221 Mb | Scans ~ 66 Mb
British Invasion, Merseybeat, Pop/Rock | Label: EMI | # 7243 4 74839 2 9 | 01:35:29

There are already so many "best-of" collections of Gerry & the Pacemakers – including previous releases from EMI, Capitol, and Collectables – that this double-CD set from EMI's U.K. division probably won't seem very impressive or important. Actually, very little of the band's history is left out, at least in terms of the various facets of their music – the hits are all present, along with a brace of engaging B-sides and LP and EP tracks that greatly broaden the range of music at hand. The quartet's best-known songs are well-crafted pop/rock in a Merseybeat mode, but they had a harder side as well, and even traded in some R&B and country sounds, and those aspects are represented here in between the hits. Some listeners who like their more rocking sides, such as "Jambalaya," "Maybellene" or "Pretend," may not appreciate the presence of such string-laden pop as "Walk Hand in Hand" or "Girl on a Swing," but this is a valid representation of their sound. And the sound is optimal, to put it mildly, with lots of presence on all of the instruments.

David Axelrod - Song Of Innocence (1968) Remastered Reissue 2000

Posted By: Designol
David Axelrod - Song Of Innocence (1968) Remastered Reissue 2000

David Axelrod - Song Of Innocence (1968) Remastered Reissue 2000
XLD | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 168 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 70 Mb | Scans included
Label: EMI/Stateside | # 7243 5 21588 2 9, 521 5882 | Time: 00:27:01
Jazz Fusion, Jazz-Funk, Baroque Pop, Psychedelic R&B, Easy Listening

Song of Innocence is the debut album of American composer and producer David Axelrod. It was released in October 1968 by Capitol Records. Axelrod sought to capitalize on the experimental climate of popular music at the time and composed the album as a suite-like tone poem based on Songs of Innocence, a 1789 illustrated collection of poems by William Blake. It was recorded at Capitol Studios in Los Angeles with an orchestra and a variety of studio musicians, including keyboardist and conductor Don Randi, guitarist Al Casey, bassist Carol Kaye, and drummer Earl Palmer. Song of Innocence is an instrumental jazz fusion record that incorporates elements of classical, rock, funk, pop, and theatre music. It is arranged for bass, drums, and string instruments, written in the rock idiom with tempos centered on rock-based patterns by Palmer. Axelrod used contrast in his orchestral compositions and interspersed the album's euphoric psychedelic R&B form with dramatic, harrowing arrangements to reflect the supernatural themes found in Blake's poems. The music's reverent, psychedelic overtones evoke their themes of innocence and spirituality.

Elvis Costello & Burt Bacharach - Painted from Memory (1998) [MFSL Remastered 2017]

Posted By: Designol
Elvis Costello & Burt Bacharach - Painted from Memory (1998) [MFSL Remastered 2017]

Elvis Costello & Burt Bacharach - Painted from Memory (1998)
Mastered by Rod LoVerde, Ultradisc UHR, Hybrid SACD 2017, Audio CD Layer
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 292 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 135 Mb | Scans included
Label: Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab | # UDSACD 2193 | Time: 00:52:38
Baroque Pop, Ballad, Easy Listening

Elvis Costello and Burt Bacharach first collaborated on "God Give Me Strength," a sweeping ballad that functioned as the centerpiece in Allison Anders' Grace of My Heart. It was a stunning song in the tradition of Bacharach's classic '60s work and it was successful enough that the composers decided to collaborate on a full album, Painted from Memory. Wisely, they chose to work within the stylistic parameters of Bacharach's '60s material, but Painted from Memory never sounds like a stylistic exercise. Instead, it's a return to form for both artists. Bacharach hasn't written such graceful, powerful melodies since his glory days, and Costello hasn't crafted such a fully realized album since King of America. It's a testament to both that even if the album is clearly in Bacharach's territory, it feels like a genuine collaboration.

Blake Shelton - Original Album Series (2012) 5CD Box Set

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Blake Shelton - Original Album Series (2012) 5CD Box Set

Blake Shelton - Original Album Series (2012) 5CD Box Set
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 1.26 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 455 Mb | Scans included | 03:09:14
Contemporary Country, Country-Pop, Country-Rock | Label: Warner Bros. | # R2-532553

This 2012 box set rounds up Blake Shelton's first five albums – Blake Shelton, The Dreamer, Blake Shelton's Barn & Grill, Pure BS, and Startin' Fires – presenting them as mini-LPs in a slipcase. There are no bonus tracks but this is an easy, affordable, and handsome way to get Shelton's prime.

Grateful Dead - Madison Square Garden, New York, NY 3-9-81 (2022)

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Grateful Dead - Madison Square Garden, New York, NY 3-9-81 (2022)

Grateful Dead - Madison Square Garden, New York, NY 3-9-81 (2022)
FLAC (tracks), Lossless | 2:53:11 | 986 Mb
Genre: Rock / Label: Rhino

Three CDs. Madison Square Garden, the world-famous New York City arena, was a home away from home for The Grateful Dead, a reliable sanctuary where the band would ultimately play 52 shows, a record at the time. The venue's fine acoustics combined with the fans' unbridled energy consistently brought out the best in the Dead. At the band's 2015 induction ceremony into Madison Square Garden's Walk Of Fame, Bobby Weir said "This place was both horrifying and titillating with an audience that was discerning but ravenous. We had to rise to the occasion every time."

Kirsty MacColl - Galore: The Best Of Kirsty MacColl (1995)

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Kirsty MacColl - Galore: The Best Of Kirsty MacColl (1995)

Kirsty MacColl - Galore: The Best Of Kirsty MacColl (1995)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 492 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 164 Mb | Scans included
Label: Virgin | # CDV2763, 7243 8 39982 27 | Time: 01:07:38
Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, College Rock, Folk-Rock

UK 'Best Of' for the late lamented singer songwriter who sang with The Smiths, Talking Heads, the list goes on and on. This 18 track collection (long out of print in the U.S.) gives an overview of her eclectic career, highlighting her skills as an interpreter of classic songs and a talented songwriter in her own right. Tracks include her first hit for Stiffrecords, 'There's A Guy Down The Chipshop Swears He's Elvis', 'They Don't Know' (Kirsty's own composition, later a hit for Tracy Ullman), the Brian Wilson inspired, 'He's On The Beach', the Christmas classic, 'Fairy Tale Of New York' feat.The Pogues, and covers of The Smiths' 'You Just Haven't Earned It Yet Baby', The Kinks' 'Days' and Lou Reed's 'Perfect Day' feat. Evan Dando. 1995 release.

Joni Mitchell - The Asylum Albums (1972-1975) (2022 Remaster) (2022)

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Joni Mitchell - The Asylum Albums (1972-1975) (2022 Remaster) (2022)

Joni Mitchell - The Asylum Albums (1972-1975) (2022 Remaster) (2022)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 1.1 GB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 499 MB
3:20:58 | Folk, Rock, Jazz, Pop | Label: Rhino - Elektra

'The Asylum Albums (1972-1975)', the next instalment in the Joni Mitchell archive series, explores the beginning of that prolific era. The collection features newly remastered versions of 'For the Roses' (1972), 'Court and Spark' (1974), the double live album 'Miles of Aisles' (1974), and 'The Hissing of Summer Lawns' (1975). All four were remastered by Bernie Grundman.

Philip Catherine - 75 (Live at Flagey) (2022)

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Philip Catherine - 75 (Live at Flagey) (2022)

Philip Catherine - 75 (Live at Flagey) (2022)
FLAC (tracks), Lossless | 1:18:38 | 451 Mb
Genre: Jazz / Label: Outnote Records

Philip Catherine is one of those musicians who, throughout a prolific career, has developed a unique and authentic sound. He only needs to play a single note to be instantly recognized. He is certainly one of the greats of Belgian and European jazz. The relationship between Philip and Flagey began almost twenty years ago. It was therefore only natural that the institution should organize a concert to celebrate his seventy-fifth birthday. Given carte blanche, he decided to propose a surprising line-up: two pianists, two drummers, a trumpet player, and of course a guitar, played by himself. The selection of pieces is just as original: he revisits the numbers that appeared on his very first recording, as well as more recent works and some cover versions. Listening to the album, one is struck by the youthful spirit that immediately makes us forget the generation to which he belongs. Here is Philip Catherine in all his authenticity, endearing, unpretentious, generous, witty and inspiring. A past master in the art of refined emotion.

VA - 12"/80s Classics (2010) 3CD Set

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VA - 12"/80s Classics (2010) 3CD Set

VA - 12''/80s Classics (2010) 3CD Set
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 1.54 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 557 Mb | Scans included
Label: Universal | # 00600753273869 | Time: 03:47:06
New Wave, Dance-Rock, Synthpop, Electronic, Post-Punk, Disco

The 80s was the decade of the 12 inch. In the UK, all previous instalments of this series sold extremely well and received widespread critical acclaim. The Guardian called the series a "genuine act of music archaeology". From the pop dance genius of Frankie Goes To Hollywood's Relax and Donna Summer's I Feel Love through to the more alternative Lullaby by The Cure, and onto classics such as Teardrops by Womack & Womack… This 3CD compilation has it all, in its full 12" glory.