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Lyn Collins - Think (about it) (1972) Reissue 2014

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Lyn Collins - Think (about it) (1972) Reissue 2014

Lyn Collins - Think (about it) (1972) Reissue 2014
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 198 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 80 Mb | Scans included
Funk, Soul | Label: Polydor | # UICY-76200 | Time: 00:30:39

At the time of the release of Think (About It) in 1972, Lyn Collins had been a member of James Brown's performing revue for about two years. Her full-throated voice had earned her the nickname "the Female Preacher" and a shot to record her own album. Of course, the Godfather was in the producer's chair, writing four of the nine tracks, directing the J.B.'s as they laid down their usual funky grooves, and liberally adding vocals throughout. The title track is the main point of interest here; from Collins' throat-ripping vocals to the track's nasty groove to Brown's background interjections, this is a killer. (Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock later sampled the track for their rap classic "It Takes Two"). The rest of the record is a little uneven: "Just Won't Do Right" is a good doo wop-ish ballad with some churchy organ and great vocals by Collins and Brown, "Wheels of Life" is a nice little groover that sounds like vintage Aretha Franklin, and "Women's Lib" is a very slow ballad that lets Collins show off her anguished yowl of a vocal to its fullest.

Earth, Wind & Fire - The Best of Earth, Wind & Fire, Vol. II (1988)

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Earth, Wind & Fire - The Best of Earth, Wind & Fire, Vol. II (1988)

Earth, Wind & Fire - The Best of Earth, Wind & Fire, Volume 2 (1988)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 290 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 108 Mb | Scans included
Funk, Quiet Storm, Disco, Soul | Label: Columbia | # CK 45013 | Time: 00:43:28

The second collection covering hit singles from the '70s top funk and soul band, Earth, Wind & Fire. This anthology has recently been supplanted by a box set covering virtually all of their big Columbia singles and some early Warners material. If you enjoyed their disco and late '70s cuts more than the early tracks, this anthology is worth getting.

Amy Winehouse - Albums Collection 2003-2012 (6CD)

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Amy Winehouse - Albums Collection 2003-2012 (6CD)

Amy Winehouse - Albums Collection 2003-2012 (6CD)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 1.71 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 644 Mb | Scans ~ 732 Mb
Genre: R&B, Soul, Vocal Jazz, Vocal Pop, Soul-Blues | Time: 04:41:11

Much can be said about the late Amy Winehouse, one of the U.K.'s flagship vocalists during the 2000s. The British press and tabloids seemed to focus on her rowdy behavior, heavy consumption of alcohol, and tragic end, but fans and critics alike embraced her rugged charm, brash sense of humor, and distinctively soulful and jazzy vocals. Her platinum-selling breakthrough album, Frank (2003), elicited comparisons ranging from Billie Holiday and Sarah Vaughan to Macy Gray and Lauryn Hill. Interestingly enough, despite her strong accent and vernacular, one can often hear aspects of each of those singers' vocal repertoires in Winehouse's own voice. Nonetheless, her allure had always been her songwriting – almost always deeply personal but best known for its profanity and brutal candor.

Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown - Bogalusa Boogie Man (1975) Expanded Remastered Reissue 2007

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Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown - Bogalusa Boogie Man (1975) Expanded Remastered Reissue 2007

Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown - Bogalusa Boogie Man (1975) Expanded Reissue 2007
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 273 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 116 Mb | Scans ~ 50 Mb | Time: 00:50:18
Electric Texas Blues, Swamp Blues, Country Soul, Southern Rock | Maison De Blues | # SSC 3060

A sort of a sequel to Gatemouth's 1974 Cajun country & western cowboy album Down South in the Bayou Country, the originally issued Bogalusa Boogie Man consists of 12 tracks performed in more or less that same vein. "Bogalusa Boogie Man" was recorded in Bogalusa, LA, during March of 1975, almost exactly one year after Bayou Country. Material for this project was composed by Danny Morrison, Red Lane, Hoyt Garrick, David Craig, Jerry Hubbard, Pat Rush, Fred Martin, and Little Feat founder Lowell George, whose "Dixie Chicken" features "vocals by everyone around in the studio, including friends and neighbors and the one and only Woody Lee Lewis." George is said to have singled out this version as his all-time favorite.

Lisa Stansfield - Albums Collection 1989-2001 (4CD) [Japanese Releases]

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Lisa Stansfield - Albums Collection 1989-2001 (4CD) [Japanese Releases]

Lisa Stansfield - Albums Collection 1989-2001 (4CD) [Japanese Releases]
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 1.6 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 612 Mb | Scans ~ 150 Mb
Adult Contemporary, Vocal Pop, R&B, Urban, Soul, Funk, Disco | Time: 04:27:15

English soul-influenced pop singer and actress who mixed modern dance grooves with vintage-style R&B. Collection includes: 'Affection' (1989); 'Real Love' (1991); 'So Natural' (1993); 'Face Up' (2001).

George Benson - Goodies (1968) Japanese SHM-CD Remastered Reissue 2016

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George Benson - Goodies (1968) Japanese SHM-CD Remastered Reissue 2016

George Benson - Goodies (1968) Japanese SHM-CD Remastered Reissue 2016
XLD | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 242 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 90 Mb | Scans ~ 77 Mb
Crossover Jazz, Guitar Jazz, Soul | Label: Verve | # UCCV-9614 | Time: 00:39:04

Goodies is the sixth album by jazz guitarist George Benson recorded in 1968 and released on the Verve label.

Koko Taylor - Albums Collection 1969-1990 (7CD)

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Koko Taylor - Albums Collection 1969-1990 (7CD)

Koko Taylor - Albums Collection 1969-1990 (7CD)
EAC | FLAC | Image/Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 1.84 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 777 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Chicago Blues, Electric Blues, Rhythm & Blues

Accurately dubbed "the Queen of Chicago blues" (and sometimes just the blues in general), Koko Taylor helped keep the tradition of big-voiced, brassy female blues belters alive, recasting the spirits of early legends like Bessie Smith, Ma Rainey, Big Mama Thornton, and Memphis Minnie for the modern age. Taylor's rough, raw vocals were perfect for the swaggering new electrified era of the blues, and her massive hit "Wang Dang Doodle" served notice that male dominance in the blues wasn't as exclusive as it seemed. After a productive initial stint on Chess, Taylor spent several decades on the prominent contemporary blues label Alligator, going on to win more W.C. Handy Awards than any other female performer in history, and establishing herself as far and away the greatest female blues singer of her time. Collection includes: Koko Taylor (1969); South Side Lady (1973); I Got What It Takes (1975); The Earthshaker (1978); From The Heart Of A Woman (1981); Queen of the Blues (1985); Jump For Joy (1990).

Stevie Wonder - Albums Collection 1966-1985 (14CD) Japanese SHM-CD Reissue 2012

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Stevie Wonder - Albums Collection 1966-1985 (14CD) Japanese SHM-CD Reissue 2012

Stevie Wonder - Albums Collection 1966-1985 (14CD) Japanese SHM-CD Reissue 2012
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 3.7 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 1.35 Gb | Scans ~ 615 Mb
Label: Universal Music Japan | # UICY-20346-20359 | Time: 10:05:00
Funk, Soul, R&B, Pop/Rock, Jazz-Funk, Disco

Collection includes: 'Up-Tight' (1966); 'Down To Earth' (1966); 'My Cherie Amour' (1969); 'Where I'm Coming From' (1971); 'Music Of My Mind' (1972); 'Talking Book' (1972); 'Innervisions' (1973); 'Fulfillingness' First Finale' (1974); 'Songs In The Key Of Life' 2CD (1976); 'Journey Through The Secret Life Of Plants' 2CD (1979); 'Hotter Than July' (1980); 'In Square Circle' (1985).

Erykah Badu - Albums Collection 1997-2010 (7CD)

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Erykah Badu - Albums Collection 1997-2010 (7CD)

Erykah Badu - Albums Collection 1997-2010 (7CD)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 2.66 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 1.11 Gb | Scans Included
Neo-Soul, Contemporary R&B, Funk, Soul-Jazz | Time: 07:56:48

A neo-soul singer with some of the finest interpretive gifts since the swing era, and an uncompromising innovator who dug deep into experimental R&B. Collection includes: 'Baduizm' (1997); 'Baduizm Live' (1997); 'Mama's Gun' (2000); 'Worldwide Underground' EP (2003); 'New Amerykah Part One (4th World War)' (2008); 'Live' (2009); 'New Amerykah Part Two (Return of the Ankh)' (2010).

94 East (feat. Prince) - Minneapolis Genius: The Historic 1977 Recordings (1987)

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94 East (feat. Prince) - Minneapolis Genius: The Historic 1977 Recordings (1987)

94 East (feat. Prince) - Minneapolis Genius: The Historic 1977 Recordings (1987)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 211 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 77 Mb | Scans ~ 66 Mb
Funk, Jazz-Funk, Disco | Label: Castle | # CLACD 132 | Time: 00:33:35

Minneapolis Genius is the first collection of studio recordings by 94 East, the band name given to a number of tracks recorded by Pepé Willie and Prince with occasional other musicians (it is misleading to consider it an "album", as the tracks have been rearranged many times for reissues under different titles). The collection contained one song with writing input by Prince, Just Another Sucker, and Prince appeared as a musician on all tracks, stemming from recording sessions between 1975 and 1979 (the cover subtitle incorrectly labels the sessions as "the historic 1977 recordings"). Prince had no input into the final release, however, and was upset at its release, leading to a heated discussion between Prince and Pepé Willie in First Avenue in Minneapolis upon its release.

David Sanborn - Albums Collection 1976-1982 (6CD) [Japanese Remastered 2013-2014]

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David Sanborn - Albums Collection 1976-1982 (6CD) [Japanese Remastered 2013-2014]

David Sanborn - Albums Collection 1976-1982 (6CD) [Japanese Remastered 2013-2014]
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 1.55 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 694 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Crossover Jazz, Fusion, Jazz Funk, Smooth Jazz | Time: 03:44:46

David William Sanborn (born July 30, 1945) is an American alto saxophonist. Though Sanborn has worked in many genres, his solo recordings typically blend jazz with instrumental pop and R&B. He released his first solo album Taking Off in 1975, but has been playing the saxophone since before he was in high school. One of the most commercially successful American saxophonists to earn prominence since the 1980s, Sanborn is described by critic Scott Yannow as "the most influential saxophonist on pop, R&B, and crossover players of the past 20 years." He is often identified with radio-friendly smooth jazz, but he has expressed a disinclination for the genre and his association with it. Collection includes: Sanborn (1976); Promise Me The Moon (1977); Heart To Heart (1978); Hideaway (1980); Voyeur (1981); As We Speak (1982).

Marcos Valle - Marcos Valle (1983) Japanese Remastered 2008

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Marcos Valle - Marcos Valle (1983) Japanese Remastered 2008

Marcos Valle - Marcos Valle (1983) Japanese Remastered 2008
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 303 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 114 Mb | Scans included
Latin Jazz, Funk, Soul, MPB | Label: Verita Note/Som Livre | # VQCD-10062 | 00:41:58

This album has prominent boogie, soul and funk influences. These had been present in Valle's work since the beginning of the 1970s and would be permanent influences on his music, also being solidified by his work with Leon Ware and Chicago.

Santana - Shaman (2002)

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Santana - Shaman (2002)

Santana - Shaman (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 575 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 176 Mb | Scans ~ 154 Mb
Latin Pop/Rock, Guitar Virtuoso | Label: Arista | # 74321959382 | Time: 01:16:31

Shaman is the eighteenth studio album by Santana. Shaman was released on October 22, 2002 and debuted at number 1 on the Billboard 200. Like the previous album, Supernatural, Shaman featured various famous rock, hip hop, and pop artists, as well as Spanish opera star, Plácido Domingo.

Melvin Taylor & The Slack Band - Rendezvous With The Blues (2002)

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Melvin Taylor & The Slack Band - Rendezvous With The Blues (2002)

Melvin Taylor & The Slack Band - Rendezvous With The Blues (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 374 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 128 Mb | Scans ~ 58 Mb
Label: Evidence Records | # ECD 26123-2 | Time: 00:55:38
Electric Blues, Chicago Blues, Blues-Rock, Jazz-Blues

Rendezvous With the Blues marks another step in the normalization of Melvin Taylor. With Lucky Peterson on keyboards, Taylor is much more the featured lead guitarist in a straight-band context that too often finds him fighting for room to move in the full arrangements. He takes a jazzy lead on the opening "Coming Home Baby," but that runs counter to the measured, mid-tempo groove that dominates the first three tracks and seems like a move to court the contemporary rock-blues audience. So does some of the material – no originals, with ZZ Top, Stephen Stills, and Carlos Santana's tribute to John Lee Hooker in the songwriter credits on one side and Charles Singleton and Prince for contemporary black funk/rock relevance on the other. Horns kick in to punctuate the slinky, clavinet-anchored funk on "I'm the Man Down There," but Taylor's solo gets cluttered up by a duel with Peterson (on guitar here). Taylor is better-served when he escapes the rock beat straitjacket on "Tribute to John Lee Hooker" – the Latin-tinged rhythms give his guitar more freedom to float and sting.

VA - Chess Blues Guitar: Two Decades Of Killer Fretwork 1949-1969 (1998) 2CD Set

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VA - Chess Blues Guitar: Two Decades Of Killer Fretwork 1949-1969 (1998) 2CD Set

VA - Chess Blues Guitar: Two Decades Of Killer Fretwork 1949-1969 (1998) 2CD Set
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 627 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 297 Mb | Scans ~ 97 Mb
Label: Chess/Universal | # 329 393-2, MCD 09393 | Time: 02:09:28
Blues, Chicago Blues, Electric Blues, Rhythm & Blues, Rock & Roll, Soul-Blues

This 45-song, two-disc collection is subtitled "two decades of killer fretwork", and never was a set so aptly described. Chess Records was the home to seemingly every hot guitar player in the Chicago area, and many of them make their appearance here. Besides the usual label guitar hotshots (Muddy Waters, Jimmy Rogers, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Buddy Guy, Lowell Fulson, Earl Hooker, Otis Rush, Robert Nighthawk, Little Milton), space is given to sideman work from legends like Hubert Sumlin and Robert Jr. Lockwood and great one-offs by lesser-known artists like Jody Williams, Danny Overbea, Eddie Burns, Joe Hill Louis, Morris Pejoe, Lafayette Thomas and others. It seems as if everyone recorded for Chess at one time or another, also explaining the inclusion of tracks by John Lee Hooker, Albert King, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, Lonnie Brooks, Hound Dog Taylor and Elmore James. If electric blues guitar's your thing, then look no further than this fine two-disc compilation.