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The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Louis Clark - Hooked On Classics: Albums Collection 1981-1983, Vol. 1-3 (3CD)

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The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Louis Clark - Hooked On Classics: Albums Collection 1981-1983, Vol. 1-3 (3CD)

Hooked On Classics: Albums Collection 1981-1983, Vol. 1-3 (3CD)
The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Louis Clark

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 843 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 306 Mb | Scans ~ 193 Mb
Genre: Classical Crossover, Orchestral Pop, Easy Listening | Time: 02:13:24

The original, genuine and best selling Pop-Classical crossover. Hooked on Classics was the first of a series of albums first released in 1981 and featuring the worldwide hit single that bears the same nomenclature. ELO arranger Louis Clark conducts a moonlighting Royal Philharmonic Orchestra playing hooks from well-known classical pieces set to an up-tempo dance beat. Features not only the original 'Hooked On Classics' album but also the two follow ups 'Can't Stop The Classics' and ' Journey Through The Classics'.

Rolf Lislevand, Ensemble Kapsberger - Alfabeto (2002)

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Rolf Lislevand, Ensemble Kapsberger - Alfabeto (2002)

Rolf Lislevand, Ensemble Kapsberger - Alfabeto (2002)
Music by Giovanni Paolo Foscarini, Domenico Pellegrini, Giovanni Battista Granata, Francesco Corbetta

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 255 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 132 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Baroque Guitar | Label: Astrée/Naïve | # E 8852 | Time: 00:54:08

Alfabeto is a system of notation used in music for the five­course (‘Baroque’) guitar. Letters of the alphabet indicated chords and the precise left­hand fingering required; the direction in which they were to be strummed was also shown. The relationship of the alfabeto letter to the musical identity of the chord was arbitrary. There was some freedom of interpretation‚ dependent on the degree of knowledge of the player. The alfabeto system also underwent ‘mixed marriage’ with the notation of the more sophisticated ‘lute­like’ punteado style in which melodic passages were plucked with the individual fingers of the right hand – and which existed separately in its own right. The choice of instrumentation and manner of performance here stem‚ the booklet tells us‚ from ‘years of work on 17th­century repertoire‚ the result of a synthesis of musicological research and instinctive musicianship’. Lislevand is an exceptionally gifted performer and‚ as his recent recording of Bach suites shows (Naïve‚ 7/01)‚ he does not hesitate to add his own excellent embellishments.

Kenny Rogers - Once Again It's Christmas (2015)

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Kenny Rogers - Once Again It's Christmas (2015)

Kenny Rogers - Once Again It's Christmas (2015)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 303 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 100 Mb | Scans ~ 55 Mb
Label: Warner Bros. Records | # 549143-2 | Time: 00:43:44
Adult Contemporary, Country Pop, Soft Rock, Holidays

Country music icon Kenny Rogers offers up his first Christmas collection since 1998's Christmas from the Heart. His sixth holiday-themed album overall, Once Again It's Christmas features a number of guest performers including Alison Krauss, Sugarland singer Jennifer Nettles, vocal group Home Free, pianist Jim Brickman, and country-pop duo Winfield's Locket. The festive collection marks Rogers' return to recording holiday music, a genre he's been quite close to over the years both sentimentally and commercially.

Freddy King - Blues Guitar Hero Volume 2: More Influential Federal Recordings (2002)

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Freddy King - Blues Guitar Hero Volume 2: More Influential Federal Recordings (2002)

Freddy King - Blues Guitar Hero Volume 2: More Influential Federal Recordings (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 267 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 179 Mb | Scans included
Blues, Rock & Roll, Early Blues-Rock | Label: Ace Records | # CDCHD 861 | Time: 01:12:43

This is something of a sequel to the 1993 Ace compilation of early King sides titled Blues Guitar Hero: The Influential Early Sessions, though it took Ace nearly a decade to unleash the companion volume. All of the 24 tracks were recorded between 1961 and 1966, though some of the songs weren't released until after 1966, in a few cases not for decades; indeed, four alternate takes make their first appearance here. All of King's chart records occurred in 1961, and all were included on the prior Blues Guitar Hero: The Influential Early Sessions, so this couldn't qualify as the first-choice early King; there's no "Hide Away" or "San-Ho-Zay" here. On a musical level, though, this isn't much different in nature or quality than what you'll find on the earlier anthology. Split between vocals and instrumentals, it's top-notch R&B-blues-rock & roll crossover with stinging guitar and soulful vocals, even if the similarity of some of the songs might turn off non-aficionados.

Mémoriance - Et Après... (1976) [Reissue 2015]

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Mémoriance - Et Après... (1976) [Reissue 2015]

Memoriance - Et Apres… (1976) [Reissue 2015]
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 196 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 82 MB | Covers - 73 MB
Genre: Progressive Rock | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Paisley Press (PP 112)

Mémoriance is a unique sounding French symphonic progressive band from the 1970s who released 2 studio albums. Their debut album, "Et Après…", is a fine blend of styles, ranging from fellow French symphonic bands like Ange, Atoll and Carpe Diem, but also with a blend of Steve Hackett style guitar playing, as well as a hint of "Wish You Were Here", era Pink Floyd.
Overall, they're never over-the-top or heavy, but they always manage to stay interesting, due to their songs having several movements.

Lisa Franco - Romantic Dreams (1993)

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Lisa Franco - Romantic Dreams (1993)

Lisa Franco - Romantic Dreams (1993)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 239 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 128 MB | Covers - 39 MB
Genre: New Age, Harp | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Innovative Communication (IC 2180-2)

Lisa Lynne Franco has recorded some brilliant material under five different guises. Her earliest work was as Lisa Franco. She recorded three CDs for the German Innovative Communications label. Romantic Dreams might be her best CD. The entire album speaks greatness with every note. Peter Seiler produced the CD and co-wrote four of the nine original pieces. He wrote one of the two bonus tracks. He also accompanies Franco's harp with his keyboards. This CD represents his best work, too. His gentle atmospheres surround her aggressive style like billowing clouds and fluffy pillows. The beauty of the atmospheres is breathtaking. There are no appropriate comparisons for this masterwork. It stands alone - a true sign of greatness.

Nat King Cole - The Christmas Song (1967) [Audio Fidelity, Remastered 2015]

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Nat King Cole - The Christmas Song (1967) [Audio Fidelity, Remastered 2015]

Nat King Cole - The Christmas Song (1967) [Remastered 2015]
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 189 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 72 Mb | Scans ~ 89 Mb
Vocal Pop, Vocal Jazz, Christmas | Label: Audio Fidelity | # AFZ 225 | Time: 00:31:27
Mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio

Nat King Cole's flawless vocals combined with ever so sweet orchestrations and choral backings, provide a collection of standard Christmas carols, hymns and songs that gloriously captures the spirit of the season. Without fireworks, improvisations, catchy rhythms, or unusual variations, Cole sings songs full of love in his relaxed and unpretentious style. The orchestra and chorus under the direction of Ralph Carmichael are used to highlight Cole's vocal interpretations, instead of making their own statements, and the use of bells, bell lyre, flutes, and harp add depth to the background while adding emphasis to the lyrics. The title track, beautifully sung to an accompaniment of piano and strings, has always been Cole's biggest Christmas hit, it has remained a perinnial and is possibly his most widely heard record.

Nikolai Demidenko - Domenico Scarlatti: 20 Keyboard Sonatas (2005)

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Nikolai Demidenko - Domenico Scarlatti: 20 Keyboard Sonatas (2005)

Nikolai Demidenko - Domenico Scarlatti: 20 Keyboard Sonatas (2005)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 262 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 216 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: AGPL München | # AGPL 1-009 | Time: 01:10:22

Nikolai Demidenko is a celebrated piano virtuoso, considered a leading exponent of the Russian school of playing. His blend of technical brilliance and musical vision have earned him consistent raves since he first emerged on the international scene in the mid-1980s, and he has become a musical fixture in his adopted home of Great Britain, where he gained citizenship in 1995. Demidenko began playing before the age of five, learning on his grandfather's old, beaten-up piano. By the age of six, he was a student of Anna Kantor (Evgeny Kissin's teacher) at the Gnessin School of Music. An obstinate student who disliked scales and technique, Demidenko still made swift progress, and he eventually entered the Moscow Conservatory. There, he studied with Dmitri Bashkirov, whom Demidenko credits with fostering his more individual qualities as a player, as well as ironing out the remaining wrinkles in his technique. Reaching the finals of both the 1976 Montreal competition and the 1978 Tchaikovsky competition in Moscow (where he played through an acute case of the flu) served as a final springboard to professional recognition.

Albert King / Otis Rush - Door To Door (1969) [Chess Legendary Masters Series, Remastered Reissue 1998]

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Albert King / Otis Rush - Door To Door (1969) [Chess Legendary Masters Series, Remastered Reissue 1998]

Albert King / Otis Rush - Door To Door (1969)
Chess Legendary Masters Series, Remastered Reissue 1998
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 181 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 103 Mb | Scans included | 00:39:26
Electric Blues, Chicago Blues, Soul-Blues | Label: Chess/Universal | # MCD 09322, 329 322-2

Although Albert King is pictured on the front cover and has the lion's share of tracks on this excellent compilation, six of the fourteen tracks come from Rush's shortlived tenure with the label and are some of his very best. Chronologically, these are his next recordings after the Cobra sides and they carry a lot of the emotional wallop of those tracks, albeit with much loftier production values with much of it recorded in early stereo. Oddly enough, some of the material ("All Your Love," "I'm Satisfied [Keep on Loving Me Baby]") were remakes – albeit great ones – of tunes that Cobra had already released as singles! But Rush's performance of "So Many Roads" (featuring one of the greatest slow blues guitar solos of all time) should not be missed at any cost.

Abbey Lincoln - That's Him! (1957) Japanese Remastered Reissue 1999

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Abbey Lincoln - That's Him! (1957) Japanese Remastered Reissue 1999

Abbey Lincoln - That's Him! (1957) Japanese Remastered Reissue 1999
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 268 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 166 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Jazz, Vocal Jazz | Label: Riverside/Victor | # VICJ-60354 | Time: 00:52:03

Singer Abbey Lincoln's second recording, and her first for Riverside, finds her accompanied by quite an all-star roster: tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins, trumpeter Kenny Dorham, pianist Wynton Kelly, bassist Paul Chambers, and drummer Max Roach. Even this early, she was already a major jazz singer with a style of her own. Lincoln was careful from this point on to only interpret lyrics that she believed in. Her repertoire has a few superior standards (including several songs such as "I Must Have That Man!" and "Don't Explain" that are closely associated with Billie Holiday) plus Oscar Brown, Jr.'s "Strong Man" and Phil Moore's "Tender as a Rose"; she takes the latter unaccompanied. "Don't Explain" is slightly unusual in that Paul Chambers is absent and Wynton Kelly makes an extremely rare appearance on bass. All three of Abbey Lincoln's Riverside albums are well worth the listen.

The Ray Conniff Singers - Christmas With Conniff (1959)

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The Ray Conniff Singers - Christmas With Conniff (1959)

The Ray Conniff Singers - Christmas With Conniff (1959)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 207 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 77 Mb | Scans included
Easy Listening, Vocal Pop, Christmas | Label: Columbia | # CK 8185 | Time: 00:31:01

Christmas with Conniff is Ray Conniff's first holiday record, and it remains one of his very best efforts in that genre. His light, pretty, signature touch is perfectly suited to Christmas music, and he and his singers make such carols and holiday songs as "Frosty the Snowman," "Here Comes Santa Claus," "Jingle Bells," "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer," "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town," and "Silver Bells" irresistible easy listening. Perfect background music for any holiday event.

Tamas Laboratorium - Brain Machine (1990)

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Tamas Laboratorium - Brain Machine (1990)

Tamas Laboratorium - Brain Machine (1990)
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 338 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 168 MB | Covers - 28 MB
Genre: Electronic, Berlin School, Ambient | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Innovative Communication (IC 710.100)

Without any effort Andrzej Slawinski was signed to an artist contract to IC. In 1990 first CD "Brain Machine" was released. At the same time his own label was selling thousands of copies of the tapes. From time to time there were joint projects with other musicians. As a Hemi-Sync specialist in Europe Andrzej received many invitations to perform seminars. A small biofeedback lab was built in studio with EEG devices and mind machines.

Toe Fat - 2 Studio Albums (1970) [Reissue 1994]

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Toe Fat - 2 Studio Albums (1970) [Reissue 1994]

Toe Fat - 2 Studio Albums (1970) [Reissue 1994]
EAC Rip | WavPack (image+.cue+log) - 540 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 204 MB | Covers - 109 MB
Genre: Hard Rock, Blues Rock | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Repertoire Records

At the end of 1969, Cliff Bennett had seemingly run out his string as a British Invasion-era star. Seeking a new sound and image, he hooked up with keyboard player/singer Ken Hensley, bassist John Glascock, and drummer Lee Kerslake, all of whom had previously played with a group called the Gods (who later became known for having Greg Lake, in his pre-King Crimson days, as a member). For unknown reasons, they christened themselves Toe Fat and managed to get signed to Parlophone and then to Regal Zonophone in England, with their albums appearing in America on the Rare Earth label. Their mix of blues and progressive rock wasn't the most commercial of sounds in any case, and the grotesque cover art on the group's two LPs seemed to repel potential purchasers…

Tom Waits and Crystal Gayle - One From The Heart [OST] (1982) [Reissue 2004]

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Tom Waits and Crystal Gayle - One From The Heart [OST] (1982) [Reissue 2004]

Tom Waits & Crystal Gayle - One From The Heart [OST] (1982) [Reissue 2004]
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 256 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 118 MB | Covers - 6 MB
Genre: Jazz, Soundtrack | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music Soundtrax (515130 2)

One From the Heart is the score to the most misunderstood of Francis Ford Coppola's films. Far ahead of its time in terms of technology, use of color, montage, and set design, its soundtrack is the only thing that grounds it to earth. Coppola's movie is a metaphorical retelling of the exploits of Zeus and Hera set in Las Vegas. Coppola claims to have been taken with the male-female narrative implications of the track "I Don't Talk to Strangers," off Tom Waits' Foreign Affairs album. That cut was a duet with Bette Midler. Midler wasn't available for One From the Heart, however, so Waits chose Crystal Gayle as his vocal foil. The result is one of the most beautifully wrought soundtrack collaborations in history. Along with producer Bones Howe, Waits and Gayle cut their duets largely from the studio floor, live with the small combo-style studio band that included the saxophonist Teddy Edwards, drummer Shelly Manne…

Alpha Ralpha - Alpha Ralpha (1977) [Reissue 2016]

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Alpha Ralpha - Alpha Ralpha (1977) [Reissue 2016]

Alpha Ralpha - Alpha Ralpha (1977) [Reissue 2016]
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 215 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 95 MB | Covers - 69 MB
Genre: Progressive Rock | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Paisley Press (PP 114)

Alpha Ralpha were a short-lived band with Michel Mareska on electric guitar, Claude Alvarez-Peryre on electric and acoustic guitars, Jean Alain Gardet on keyboards, Charlie Charriras on bass and Emmanuel Lacordaire on percussion. On their only album, four more musicians appeared: Francois Breant on piano and synth, Jean de Anthony and Claude Samard on guitars, and Jean-Jaques Goldman on vocals. Alvarez-Peryre, a co-founder of the group was a member of Malicorne, while Gardet and Goldman were the members of Tai Phong. The band released only one album, the self-titled LP released for Warner in Canada and France in 1977. Their music could be described as a mixture of jazz rock and French symphonic, where guitars are keyboards are carrying the melodies for the most part, with occasional usage of vibraphone and marimba, and vocal harmonies.