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VA - Random: A Tribute to Gary Numan (1997) 2CDs

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VA - Random: A Tribute to Gary Numan (1997) 2CDs

VA - Random: A Tribute to Gary Numan (1997) 2CD
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 772 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 266 Mb | Scans ~ 45 Mb | 02:00:29
Electronic, Rock, Pop, Synthpop, Industrial | Label: Beggars Banquet | # BBQCD 195

Gary Numan is known for robotic, stylized singing. His primitive electronics and pre-"new romantic" sound did nothing for me. A myriad, zealous voices will tell you that Numan was sings "good songs." Now, in this 2-CD collection of Numan interpretations you can hear those good songs without Numan's idiosyncratic delivery. The known and the unknown join to make proto-dance music out of mechanical master's material. Matt Sharp (Weezer) and Damon Albarn (Blur) cover "We Have a Technical." Also on the compilation are Gravity Kills, EMF, The Magnetic Fields, Jesus Jones, the out-of-place hip hop group Underdog (but, there's only one of them), Sukia, The Orb, Pop Will Eat Itself. One of my favorite cuts is "Metal" by Towering Inferno. Brian Eno described their Kaddish album as "frightening" and they are here joined by Eddie Reader. I also am very fond of the two versions of "Are 'Friends' Electric?" Techno rockers Republicaare joined by Numan himself for one version and Belgian discovery An Pierle offers another.

The Warren Vache-John Allred Quintet - Top Shelf (2010)

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The Warren Vache-John Allred Quintet - Top Shelf (2010)

The Warren Vaché-John Allred Quintet - Top Shelf (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 452 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 192 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Jazz | Label: Arbors Records | # ARCD 19399 | Time: 01:12:32

Warren Vaché and John Allred have played numerous times together, working at jazz parties and club dates, as well as making an earlier CD for Arbors. Accompanied by pianist Tardo Hammer, bassist Nicki Parrott, and drummer Leroy Williams, they explore more than a few forgotten gems that have plenty of potential, starting with the snappy rendition of trumpeter Blue Mitchell's "Top Shelf," a breezy bop vehicle with on-the-money ensembles and tight solos all around. Thelonious Monk's "Ba-lue Bolivar Ba-lues" is one of his less frequently performed works, but the quintet plays it with the wry sense of humor that is a part of many of the jazz legend's pieces. Cannonball Adderley's sassy, loping blues "Spontaneous Combustion" is full of fire, while Parrott's bop vehicle "Aussieology" crackles with energy as well. There are a number of familiar songs as well. The interplay between the leaders is the highlight of the standard "By Myself".

VA - BAR Tokyo: Classic & New Japanese Flavours (2008) 2CDs

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VA - BAR Tokyo: Classic & New Japanese Flavours (2008) 2CDs

VA - BAR Tokyo: Classic & New Japanese Flavours (2008) 2CD
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 756 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 310 Mb | Scans ~ 36 Mb | 02:15:16
Genre: Japanese Traditions, J-Pop | Label: Demon Music/Nascente | # NSBARCD 028

2008 two CD set. From its humble beginnings as the small fishing village of Edo, to the megacity of Tokyo with a population of over 12 million, Japan's capital city is one of the world's most exciting cultural epicenters. Musically the Japanese are cultural magpies, but they also have their own rich traditions. This compilation celebrates a mix of the two and includes everything from the exciting ska rock of The Beaches, the twisted electronic dub of Oki and the Ryukyu Underground to meditative Buddhist chants. 30 tracks.

Reinbert de Leeuw, Marianne Kweksilber - Erik Satie: Piano Music & Melodies (2006) 3CD + Bonus DVD 'Satie & Suzanne'

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Reinbert de Leeuw, Marianne Kweksilber - Erik Satie: Piano Music & Melodies (2006) 3CD + Bonus DVD 'Satie & Suzanne'

Erik Satie - Piano Music & Melodies (2006) 3CD + Bonus DVD 'Satie & Suzanne'
Reinbert de Leeuw, piano; Marianne Kweksilber, soprano

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 509 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 432 Mb | Time: 03:08:39
DVD5 | VIDEO_TS | NTSC 16:9 (720x480), VBR | LPCM 2.0, 1536 kbps | 00:52:48 | ~ 3.6 Gb
Genre: Classical | Label: Philips | # 475 7706 | Scans ~ 44 Mb

This box collects several recordings of Satie's piano music by Dutch pianist Reinbert de Leeuw, going back as far as 1977, with an English-language DVD (not reviewed, but the idea is attractive) including a fictionalized presentation of Satie's relationship with artist Suzanne Valadon (after they broke up, he hung in his window cataloging her faults, but the film apparently doesn't get to the fun stuff). The provenance of the music on the third CD, consisting mostly of songs and featuring soprano Marjanne Kweksilber, is unclear from the booklet, and it's a poor choice for the non-Francophone – no song texts are provided at all. The piano music from de Leeuw is another matter, however. It is immediately distinctive in its slow tempos and dreamy, rather lugubrious tone.

The Style Council - Cafe Bleu (1984)

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The Style Council - Cafe Bleu (1984)

The Style Council - Café Bleu (1984)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 286 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 133 Mb
Label: Polydor | # 817 535-2 | Time: 00:44:06 | Scans included
Sophisti-Pop, New Wave, Soul, Alternative Pop/Rock

Style Council's first proper album Cafe Bleu was one of their better efforts, but it indicated the group's fatal flaw – a tendency to be too eclectic and overambitious. Amidst the lazy jazz instrumentals, many of them courtesy of Mick Talbot, Paul Weller inserted several solid soul-tinged pop songs, including "My Ever Changing Moods," "Headstart for Happiness," "You're the Best Thing," and "Here's One That Got Away." However, that doesn't excuse the rap experiment, "A Gospel." The album was later released with a slightly different running order as My Ever Changing Moods in the U.S.; the American edition included the U.K. hit "A Solid Bond in Your Heart".

Kim Carnes - Checkin' Out the Ghosts (1991)

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Kim Carnes - Checkin' Out the Ghosts (1991)

Kim Carnes - Checkin' Out the Ghosts (1991)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 272 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 106 Mb | Scans included
Pop/Rock, Soft Rock, Adult Contemporary | Label: Teichiku | # TECP-28767 | Time: 00:39:57

Checkin' Out the Ghosts is the twelfth studio album by Kim Carnes, released in Japan only. Two years later, in 1993, the song "Gypsy Honeymoon" would be re-recorded and released as a single in Europe only. The track would be included on and become the title of an internationally released hits compilation, Gypsy Honeymoon: The Best of Kim Carnes.

Martin Roscoe - Erno Dohnanyi: The Complete Solo Piano Music, Vol.3 (2015)

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Martin Roscoe - Erno Dohnanyi: The Complete Solo Piano Music, Vol.3 (2015)

Martin Roscoe - Ernő Dohnányi: The Complete Solo Piano Music, Vol.3 (2015)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 218 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 185 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA 68033 | Time: 01:19:06

The penultimate volume in Hyperion’s four-part survey of the complete solo piano music of Ernő Dohnányi focuses on music from the period when the composer’s pre-eminent position was being assured. The titles of the largest works here, Ruralia hungarica and the Variations on a Hungarian Folksong, mask in their nationalistic ostentation the skill of a true master of piano composition. Martin Roscoe inhabits the world of Dohnányi’s music like no other—appraisals of the earlier volumes attest to this—and this new recording is a joy.

The Chris Cain Band - Cuttin' Loose (1990)

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The Chris Cain Band - Cuttin' Loose (1990)

The Chris Cain Band - Cuttin' Loose (1990)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 278 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 115 Mb | Scans included
Modern Electric Blues, Jazz-Blues | Label: Blind Pig | # BP-74090 | Time: 00:45:40

This is a wonderful, big-voiced, contemporary West Coast bluesman and superb guitar player. There are several horns in the band, giving it a great, huge sound. Even better things will be coming.

Hiroshi Suzuki - Cat (1975) Remastered Reissue 2014

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Hiroshi Suzuki - Cat (1975) Remastered Reissue 2014

Hiroshi Suzuki - Cat (1975) Remastered Reissue 2014
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 255 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 100 Mb | Scans included
Jazz Fusion, Jazz Funk | Label: Columbia | # COCB-54118 | Time: 00:40:20

Hiroshi Suzuki is probably the best know japanese jazz trombonist with Hiroshi Fukumura. Hiroshi started his professional career in the Nobuo Hara' Sharps & Flats big band, played for various jazz artists as well as Sadao Watanabe, Takeshi Inomata, Yuji Ohno or Shungo Sawada. In 1969, he recorded for Takt Jazz Series, the japanese jazz masterpiece Variation with the Masahiko Togashi Quintet, and Up Up And Away with his big band, The Happy Cats. Later, Hiroshi joined the new super Jazz combo formed by Akira Ishikawa & Hiromasa Suzuki, the Freedom Unity, featuring saxophonist Takeru Muraoka & bassist Kunimitsu Inaba, all present on this recording. Titles include the familiar Jazz standard Walk Tall composed by Joe Zawinul for Cannonball Adderley, Cat by Takeru Muraoka and Romance by Hiromasa Suzuki plus two original compositions by Hiroshi Suzuki, Shrimp Dance & Kuro To Shiro.

Dave Jorgenson - Then And Now (2002)

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Dave Jorgenson - Then And Now (2002)

Dave Jorgenson - Then And Now (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 234 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 76 Mb | Scans ~ 56 Mb
Traditional Country, Honky Tonk | Label: Ferguson Road Music | Time: 00:33:23

This blend of traditional country, modern country, and lots of Texas honky tonk, written and sung by one of Country Music's finest new voices, is something no lover of Country Music will want to miss.

Queens Of The Stone Age - Lullabies To Paralyze (2005) 2CDs Limited Tour Edition

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Queens Of The Stone Age - Lullabies To Paralyze (2005) 2CDs Limited Tour Edition

Queens Of The Stone Age - Lullabies To Paralyze (2005) 2CDs Limited Tour Edition
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 656 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 222 Mb | Scans ~ 150 Mb
Label: Interscope Records, Rekords Rekords | # 0602498844434 | Time: 01:36:34
Hard Rock, Stoner Rock, Alternative Metal

2005 European tour edition of the album will be available as a limited 2 CD format with wraparound sleeve. The bonus disc includes six exclusive tracks recorded live in Atlanta this year. The disc showcases tracks from all the last three albums, including 'The Lost Art of Keeping a Secret', 'No One Knows', 'Little Sister', 'In My Head', 'Regular John' and 'Song for the Dead'.

Robyn Hitchcock And The Egyptians - Fegmania! (1985)

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Robyn Hitchcock And The Egyptians - Fegmania! (1985)

Robyn Hitchcock And The Egyptians - Fegmania! (1985)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 316 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 113 Mb | Scans included | 00:47:30
Jangle Pop, Neo-Psychedelia, Aternative Rock | Label: Midnight Music | # CHIME 00.08 CD

After the stripped-back collection I Often Dream of Trains, Robyn Hitchcock slowly formed a backing band called the Egyptians with ex-Soft Boys Andy Metcalfe and Morris Windsor, and keyboardist Roger Jackson over the course of the next year. Fegmania!, the Egyptians' first album, was a distinct departure from both the Soft Boys and Hitchcock's previous solo work, featuring layered, intertwining guitars and keyboards that created lush and thick sonic textures. Even with the more detailed arrangements, the songs remained twitchy and off-kilter, with melodies that usually went in willfully unpredictable directions, yet remained catchy all the while. Fegmania! was Hitchcock's most consistent work to date, featuring such highlights as the Eastern-tinged "Egyptian Cream", and the creepy "My Wife & My Dead Wife", and the relatively straightforward "The Man with the Lightbulb Head".

VA - Blue Brazil, Vol. 1: Blue Note In A Latin Groove (1994)

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VA - Blue Brazil, Vol. 1: Blue Note In A Latin Groove (1994)

VA - Blue Brazil, Vol. 1: Blue Note In A Latin Groove (1994)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 346 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 126 Mb | Scans ~ 58 Mb | 00:55:18
Brazilian Jazz, Latin Jazz, Samba, Bossa Nova, MPB | Label: Blue Note | # 7243 8 29196 2 9

Finally Blue Note issues a Latin collection from its Italian (Italiana SPA) and Brazilian (EMI-Odeon) vaults that reveals the true diversity of its catalog and exploits some of the serious sensuous grooves that DJs have been spinning for over a decade. This is the first of three volumes, all of which feature the rarest most representative tracks from the various trends in jazz that grew out of Brazilian pop in the '60s, '70s, and even '80s. For starters, there's the mean brass swagger of Luis Amuda Perez on "Upa Neguinho," which was written by Edu Lobo. Besides being a popular dance tune (you can hear that in the opening measures), it is a masterpiece of Brazilian big band arrangement. Also featured is the stellar "Noa Noa," a trademark of Sergio Mendez. This is a tough bossa nova trio jam, with arpeggiated piano figures cutting right through the rhythms in the tune. In addition, Mandrake Som's "Beriambu" was the first to utilize in a swinging pop jazz context the use of the one string percussion instrument – there's also a very soul-jazzy sax solo in the break. This set's full of warm, frighteningly good examples of bossa, samba, and even the MPB and Joven Guarda rhythms as they inform folk and jazz melodies and modal figures.

Mark Lanegan Band - Phantom Radio (2014) 2CDs Deluxe Edition

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Mark Lanegan Band - Phantom Radio (2014) 2CDs Deluxe Edition

Mark Lanegan Band - Phantom Radio (2014) 2CDs Deluxe Edition
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 427 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 152 Mb | Scans ~ 39 Mb
Alternative Rock | Label: Heavenly Records | # HVNLP106CDX | Time: 01:04:57

Mark William Lanegan (November 25, 1964 – February 22, 2022) was an American singer-songwriter, author, and musician. First becoming prominent as the lead singer for early grunge band Screaming Trees, he was also known as a member of Queens of the Stone Age and The Gutter Twins. He released twelve solo studio albums, as well as three collaboration albums with Isobel Campbell and two with Duke Garwood. Lanegan was known for his baritone voice, which was described as being "as scratchy as a three-day beard yet as supple and pliable as moccasin leather."

Florence + the Machine - Lungs (2009)

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Florence + the Machine - Lungs (2009)

Florence + the Machine - Lungs (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 327 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 118 Mb | Scans included
Label: Universal-Island | # 00602527112398 | Time: 00:46:15
Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Art Pop, Neo-Soul

2009 debut album from the hotly tipped UK outfit fonted by Florence Welch. Lungs, produced by Paul Epworth, James Ford and Steve Mackay, is an intoxicating mix of delicate fragility, dark humor and twisted Tim Burton style fairy-tales. From the live favourite 'You've Got The Love' to the raw Blues-tinged 'Girl With One Eye' to the beautifully painful 'Between Two Lungs', the album is crammed with crowd pleasers. Also boasting fresh tracks like new single 'Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)', 'Drumming' - with its epic denseness, the terrifyingly brilliant 'Howl' and 'Hurricane Drunk' with it's paradoxical charms of heartbreak, love and loss, Lungs promises to leave us wanting more of the insanely captivating Florence Welch.