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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'.

The New World Ensemble, Ettore Stratta - Hooked On Classics 4: Baroque (1982) Reissue 1999

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The New World Ensemble, Ettore Stratta - Hooked On Classics 4: Baroque (1982) Reissue 1999

The New World Ensemble, Ettore Stratta - Hooked On Classics 4: Baroque (1982) Reissue 1999
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 258 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 108 Mb | Scans ~ 70 Mb
Genre: Classical Crossover | Label: Digimode | # HD 2004 | Time: 00:47:10

Hooked on Classics 4: Baroque is an album by the New World Ensemble, published as part of the Hooked on Classics series. Hooked on Classics 4 - Baroque differs from the previous three Hooked on Classics albums in that it is not performed by the same group or conductor. The first three were released by RCA Records and performed by The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (Louis Clark, conductor).

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.

Justin Hurwitz - Babylon (Music from the Motion Picture) (2022)

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Justin Hurwitz - Babylon (Music from the Motion Picture) (2022)

Justin Hurwitz - Babylon (Music from the Motion Picture) (2022)
FLAC (tracks), Lossless / MP3 320 kbps | 1:37:39 | 531 / 224 Mb
Genre: Soundtrack / Label: Paramount Pictures Interscope Records

From Damien Chazelle, Babylon is an original epic set in 1920s Los Angeles led by Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie and Diego Calva, with an ensemble cast including Jovan Adepo, Li Jun Li and Jean Smart. A tale of outsized ambition and outrageous excess, it traces the rise and fall of multiple characters during an era of unbridled decadence and depravity in early Hollywood.

Thuringer Bach Collegium - Johann Sebastian Bach: Weihnachtsoratorium / Christmas Oratorio BWV 248 (2022)

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Thuringer Bach Collegium - Johann Sebastian Bach: Weihnachtsoratorium / Christmas Oratorio BWV 248 (2022)

Thuringer Bach Collegium - Johann Sebastian Bach: Weihnachtsoratorium / Christmas Oratorio BWV 248 (2022)
FLAC (tracks), Lossless / MP3 320 kbps | 2:18:57 | 319 / 623 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Rondeau Production

The Thuringian Bach Collegium revives the musical gems of the Thuringian residences. The musical state of Thuringia holds a unique treasure of compositions from the time of the Thuringian residences. In the 17th and 18th centuries, with all its courts and residences competing in the arts, Thuringia was at the heart of Germany’s musical landscape, and the »Bache« or Bachs, Johann Sebastian Bach’s ancestors and relatives, became synonymous with it. The name Bach even became the name given to the profession of a musician.

Anne-Lise Polchlopek, Thomas Tacquet - Paul Arma: Chants du Silence (2022)

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Anne-Lise Polchlopek, Thomas Tacquet - Paul Arma: Chants du Silence (2022)

Anne-Lise Polchlopek, Thomas Tacquet - Paul Arma: Chants du Silence (2022)
FLAC (tracks), Lossless / MP3 320 kbps | 1:25:15 | 195 / 257 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: HORTUS

Bien oublié aujourd’hui, Paul Arma – de son vrai nom Imre Weisshaus – fut l’élève de Bartok, dut fuir dès 1926 l’antisémitisme de sa Hongrie natale, voyagea aux États-Unis, puis s’installa en Allemagne où il fut proche du Bauhaus et Hanns Eisler. En 1933, nouvel exil, vers la Suisse puis la France où il sympathise avec l’intelligentsia communiste. À Paris, il travailla pour la radio jusqu’à sa retraite en 1974. C’est pour l’ORTF qu’il composa plusieurs de ses pièces pour piano. Il mourut à Massy en 1987, à 83 ans.

Mats Bergström - Portfolio (2022)

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Mats Bergström - Portfolio (2022)

Mats Bergström - Portfolio (2022)
FLAC (tracks), Lossless / MP3 320 kbps | 4:29:22 | 610 Mb / 1.03 Gb
Genre: Classical / Label: Naxos Sweden - Mats Bergström Musik AB

Mats Bergström has taken guitar performance into so many directions and with such skill, it's a challenge to simply define his career. He is a highly successful soloist, chamber player, accompanist, and arranger, and in most of these roles he has struck out rather imaginative paths. In the chamber realm he has played in duos, trios, and larger ensembles, and in such unusual combinations as vocalist, double bass, and guitar. He has done much accompaniment, particularly with vocal soloists like mezzo-soprano Malena Ernman and soprano Annika Skoglund.

Teo Gheorghiu - Roots (2022)

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Teo Gheorghiu - Roots (2022)

Teo Gheorghiu - Roots (2022)
FLAC (tracks), Lossless / MP3 320 kbps | 66:13 | 1551 / 184 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Claves Records

The opening of this album reflects my initiation to Romania and its musical landscape. It was as a teenager that I first experienced George Enescu’s «Romanian Rhapsody No. 1», at the Enescu Festival in Bucharest no less - an unforgettable whirlwind of joyous tunes arranged in perfect chaos, bouncing off a kaleidoscope of folk colours. Discovering the solo piano version by the composer himself years later, I dived straight in and realised I was missing a third hand. Enescu had squeezed almost all the parts of a symphony orchestra into the ‘reduced’ score and the challenge was to arrange it in a way to make it humanly playable on the piano. Teo Gheorghiu

Elton John - Madman Across The Water (Deluxe Edition) (1971/2022)

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Elton John - Madman Across The Water (Deluxe Edition) (1971/2022)

Elton John - Madman Across The Water (Deluxe Edition) (1971/2022)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks, cue, log) - 928 MB
2:58:32 | Artwork - 561 MB | Pop Rock, Classic Rock | Label: UMC (Universal Music Catalogue)

Elton John before his mid-'70s cloudburst of success is a fascinating aural adventure. After the tentative first step of Empty Sky, the muscular songwriting strength of Elton John, the countrified experimentalism of Tumbleweed Connection and the live energy bursting through 17-11-70, Madman Across The Water, now reissued with demos and live tracks for its 50th anniversary, is the first album in what would become an amazing four-year run of varied, resourceful, and artfully brilliant collaborations between John and Bernie Taupin. The pair's trajectory from this point shot skyward into considerable wealth and ever-expanding notoriety.

Shakespears Sister - Black Sky (Remastered & Expanded) (1992/2022)

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Shakespears Sister - Black Sky (Remastered & Expanded) (1992/2022)

Shakespears Sister - Black Sky (Remastered & Expanded) (1992/2022)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 431 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 154 MB
1:00:25 | New Wave, Pop Rock | Label: London Music Stream

Comprised of Siobhan Fahey and Marcella Detroit (born Marcy Levy), Shakespear's Sister formed in late 1988. Fahey had several hits as a member of Bananarama, and Levy was the backup vocalist for Eric Clapton in the late '70s. After their first single flopped, Shakespear's Sister's second single, "You're History," made it into the U.K. Top Ten. Sacred Heart, their 1989 debut, also made it into the Top Ten. Most of the material on Sacred Heart and the 1991 follow-up Hormonally Yours was written with producer Richard Feldman, who gave the band a polished, synth-laden R&B feel, along the lines of the Eurythmics. "Stay," the first single from Hormonally Yours, was a Top Five hit on both sides of the Atlantic; the follow-up single, "I Don't Care," cracked the U.K. Top 20, yet failed to make the U.S. Top 40. Despite their success, the duo broke up the following year.

Eliot Fisk - Latin American Guitar Music (2022)

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Eliot Fisk - Latin American Guitar Music (2022)

Eliot Fisk - Latin American Guitar Music (2022)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 303 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 210 MB
1:07:07 | Classical, Guitar | Label: Warner Classics

American guitarist Eliot Fisk was mentored by the great Andrés Segovia, who took his last private student under his wing and helped him launch his career. Known for his adventurous repertoire, perfect technique and brilliant sonority, Fisk only recorded a few albums for EMI Germany. His final one is here made available for the first time digitally. It highlights tunes from Latin America, with a focus on Venezuelan works arranged by Fisk’s teacher Alirio Díaz.