2/28/2009

Yes - Tormato (1978) (Remaster Edit 2004)

Yes - Tormato (1978) (Remaster Edit 2004)

This album was to be titled Tor, but the reason it was changed to Tormato, because Rick Wakeman did'nt really like the cover, so out of his frustration he threw a tomato at the cover, and the album cover was cleaned off, but stilled left the remains of the tomato, and that's how Tormato was titled. This album is great all the way through, even through the bonus tracks. "Some Are Born" which appear as one of the bonus tracks would be featured on Jon Anderson's 1980 solo album Song of Seven. "Everybody's Song" is actually an early demo of "Does It Really Happen" which would later be on Yes' 1980 album Drama, which meant later, that Trevor Horn who would in fact replace Jon Anderson on vocals for the album Drama, and keyboardists Geoffrey Downes who would be Steve Howe's bandmate in Asia, replaced Rick Wakeman. As for Jon Anderson, his departure from Yes was only temporary, because he would return in 1983 for the 90125 album, which Jon Anderson's replacement Trevor Horn who later became a successful producer on that album as well. Symphonic pops fans would indeed enjoy this album as well, because some of the songs have orchestral tracks as well like on songs "Onward" and "Madrigal" which was arranged and orchestrated by Andrew Pryce Jackman, and every Yes fan would indeed enjoy it too.

320 @
182 MB

Tracklist:

01 Future Times/Rejoice 6:46
02 Don't Kill the Whale 3:58
03 Madrigal 2:27
04 Release, Release 5:48
05 Arriving UFO 6:08
06 Circus of Heaven 4:32
07 Onward 4:05
08 On the Silent Wings of Freedom 7:52
09 Abilene Bonus 4:02
10 Money Bonus 3:14
11 Picasso previously unreleased / Bonus 2:12
12 Some Are Born previously unreleased / Bonus 5:42
13 You Can Be Saved previously unreleased / Bonus 4:20
14 High previously unreleased / Bonus 4:30
15 Days previously unreleased / Bonus / Demo Version 1:00
16 Countryside previously unreleased / Bonus 3:11
17 Everybody's Song previously unreleased / Bonus 6:48
18 [Untitled Hidden Track] 3:06

Bad Company - Bad Company (1973) (Remaster Edit 2006)

Bad Company - Bad Company (1973) (Remaster Edit 2006)

Bad Company is the eponymous debut album by hard rock band Bad Company. The album was recorded at a mansion known as Headley Grange with The Ronnie Lane Mobile Truck in November of 1973. The album peaked at #1 on the Billboard's Pop Albums chart (North America). The singles "Can't Get Enough" and "Movin' On" peaked at #9 and #14 respectively.
In 2006 a limited edition CD of 24K Gold was released. It had taken over a year to find the original master tapes then the analog masters were put through proprietary A/D converter which adds true "breath of life" to the music.

Bad Company's self-titled 1974 debut release was the first album to come out on the Swan Song label other than Led Zeppelin. Fortunately it proved to be one of the better debut albums of the decade representing good old fashioned back to the basics rock 'n' roll. "Can't Get Enough" with its catchy guitar lick was the big hit off of the album, but my fav track is still the moody title track (i.e., "Bad Company" off of Bad Company's "Bad Company" album). Bad Company was a supergroup, with singer Paul Rodgers and drummer Simon Kirke coming from Free, guitarist Mick Ralphs from Mott the Hoople, and Boz Burrell from King Crimson and having more success than all of those groups put together with this first album. Following the Led Zeppelin model, strong vocalist Rodgers and blues-based guitarist Ralphs provide the heart and soul of the music, giving Bad Company its signature sound. Meanwhile, do you think AC/DC got their idea for the cover of "Back in Black" from this one? Unfortunately it was all downhill for the group from this first effort, with "Straight Shooter" being a step down and "Run with the Pack" continuing the slide. If you pick up their hits collection "10 from 6" (which ignores one of the first six albums anyhow) you will get the four best tracks from this one, which is the only album from Bad Company that really stands alone...L. M. Nernabo

Line-up

Mick Ralphs– guitar, keyboards
Boz Burrell – bass
Paul Rodgers – guitar, piano, accordion, vocals
Simon Kirke – drums

320 @
80 MB

Tracklist:

01. Can't Get Enough 04:16
02. Rock Steady 03:50
03. Ready for Love 05:01
04. Don't Let Me Down 04:23
05. Bad Company 04:48
06. The Way I Choose 05:15
07. Movin' On 03:27
08. Seagull 04:05

2/27/2009

Electric Light Orchestra - The Harvest Years 1970-1973 (2006)

Electric Light Orchestra - The Harvest Years 1970-1973 (2006)

Three CD set, spotlighting the early experimental years of this hugely successful British pop band. Initially formed as s a side project for The Move's Roy Wood and Jeff Lynne, they eventually abandoned that band and concentrated on this project. Taking their inspiration from the Beatles, Wood and Lynne wanted to create the perfect mix of Rock and Classical, succeeding on many levels before Wood decided to move on and Lynne took ELO to worldwide success later in the decade. This 38 track collection features tracks from their first two ELO albums as well as singles, alternate mixes, quad mixes, etc. Includes '10538 Overture', 'Roll Over Beethoven', 'Showdown', 'Mr. Radio' and many more...Dhar Jellinc

EMI's 2006 triple-CD set The Harvest Years 1970-1973 is a more limited -- yet also somewhat expanded -- vault exploration covering some of the same territory as the U.K.-issued double-CD editions of the Electric Light Orchestra and ELO 2 albums. There are no project "leftovers" such as fragments from "Lost Planet," or any BBC tracks -- everything is confined to surviving studio outtakes from the two completed albums that they did for Harvest, so in that sense this is a more restricted survey of that history, the virtues being the sensational sounding remastering of the two albums (the same remasterings heard on those double-CD editions), relevant session outtakes, and the single mixes and edits of the 45s generated by the group during this period. But the makers have also included the complete alternate quadraphonic mix of the self-titled debut album (of which only four tracks, "Look at Me Now," "Nellie Takes Her Bow," "The Battle of Marston Moor" and "Queen of the Hours," had ever previously shown up on CD). To make it clear, it's not in quad here -- its been remastered to stereo while keeping the mix intact; the alternate mix places considerably different emphasis on various instruments, suppressing some in favor of others that were pushed into the background on the original stereo mix, and moving the vocals around as well. It isn't better -- and someday it might be interesting to use that quad mix intact, in quadraphonic, on an SACD -- but it is very different and it does tie up one loose-end among official ELO releases from this period. Hardcore fans who already own the double-disc reissues of the two albums may resent the idea of having to buy the same upgraded remasterings (and the same outtakes) for a second time, in order to get that alternate mix of Electric Light Orchestra (known in the U.S. as No Answer); but others, who are just discovering the joys of this band's early history, may well welcome the chance to probe deeper into that history, and will use this as a jumping-off point for plunging into the two double-CD reissues, with their wider-ranging explorations of the band's work...B. Eder

320 @
390 MB

Tracklist:

CD 1

01 10538 Overture 5:37
02 Look at Me Now 3:20
03 Nellie Takes Her Bow 6:02
04 The Battle of Marston Moor (July 2nd 1644) 6:05
05 First Movement (Jumping Biz) 3:03
06 Mr. Radio 5:06
07 Manhattan Rumble (49th Street Massacre) 4:25
08 Queen of the Hours 3:25
09 Whisper in the Night 4:49
10 10538 Overture Take 1 / Alternate Take 5:50
11 Battle of Marston Moor Take 1 / Alternate Take 0:59
12 Whisper in the Night Take 1 / Alternate Take 5:01
13 Mr. Radio Take 9 / Alternate Take 5:16


CD 2

01 In Old England Town (Boogie, No. 2) 6:58
02 Mama 7:00
03 Roll Over Beethoven 7:03
04 From the Sun to the World (Boogie, No. 1) 8:18
05 Kuiama 11:19
06 In Old England Town (Boogie, No. 2) Take 1 / Alternate Take 6:54
07 Roll Over Beethoven Take 1 / Alternate Take 8:18
08 Mambo (Dreaming of 4000) Take 1 / Alternate Take 5:03
09 Wilf's Solo Instrumental 3:05
10 Baby I Apologise 3:43
11 Showdown Take 1 / Alternate Take 4:15

CD 3

01 10538 Overture Single Version 4:03
02 Mr. Radio Withdrawn Single Edit 3:54
03 Roll Over Beethoven Single Version 4:38
04 Showdown 4:11
05 In Old England Town (Boogie, No. 2) Instrumental 2:46
06 10538 Overture Alternate Album Mix / Mix 5:32
07 Look at Me Now Alternate Album Mix / Mix 3:22
08 Nellie Takes Her Bow Alternate Album Mix / Mix 6:02
09 The Battle of Marston Moor (July 2nd 1644) Alternate Album Mix / Mix 5:58
10 First Movement (Jumping Biz) Alternate Album Mix / Mix 3:03
11 Mr. Radio Alternate Album Mix / Mix 5:04
12 Manhattan Rumble (49th Street Massacre) Alternate Album Mix / Mix 4:24
13 Queen of the Hours Alternate Album Mix / Mix 3:20
14 Whisper in the Night Alternate Album Mix / Mix 4:46

Bob Marley and The Wailers - Catch A Fire (1972) (2CD Deluxe Edit 2001)

Bob Marley and The Wailers - Catch A Fire (1972) (2CD Deluxe Edit 2001)

This two-disc set heralds the beginning of the overdue reassessment of Bob Marley & the Wailers' Island Records/Tuff Gong CD catalog -- and where better to begin than the beginning? Catch a Fire (Deluxe Edition) actually goes one better -- issuing the original as well as a non-overdubbed (aka "Jamaican") version of the album. Disc one contains the latter version -- which has been previously unissued until this point. It also tends to overshadow the brilliant sonic restoration done on the standard issue -- featured on disc two. The early "Jamaican version" of Catch a Fire consists of the album as it was first delivered to Chris Blackwell -- talent scout/owner/operator of Island Records. While pleased with the results, Blackwell convinced Marley & the Wailers that sonic enhancements might be in order. The "Jamaican version" was then remixed with added lead guitar work by Nashville cat Wayne Perkins, as well as various keyboards textures from John "Rabbit" Bundrick. The ironic thing is that the changes and augmentations made by the session pros ultimately suppressed the organic and otherwise uncomplicated nature of Marley & the Wailers music. This very quality became the thing that propelled Marley -- and ultimately his message -- globally as well as spiritually, allowing him to join the ranks of John Lennon, Bob Dylan, and Marvin Gaye. Also included on the "Jamaican version" are two additional tracks: "High Tide or Low Tide" and "All Day All Night" recorded for inclusion on the original Catch a Fire. While they have been released in various forms over the years, they have been returned to their place in the Catch a Fire running order. The second disc contains Catch a Fire the way it was originally issued. While not as historically significant, it has never sounded better...V. Iyengar

320 @
165 MB

Tracklist:

CD 1

01 Concrete Jungle 4:16
02 Stir It Up 3:39
03 High Tide or Low Tide 4:44
04 Stop That Train 3:55
05 400 Years 3:02
06 Baby We've Got a Date (Rock It Baby) 4:05
07 Midnight Ravers 5:09
08 All Day All Night 3:29
09 Slave Driver 2:56
10 Kinky Reggae 3:44
11 No More Trouble 5:16

CD 2

01 Concrete Jungle 4:14
02 Slave Driver 2:54
03 400 Years 2:46
04 Stop That Train 3:56
05 Baby We've Got a Date (Rock It Baby) 3:58
06 Stir It Up 5:34
07 Kinky Reggae 3:39
08 No More Trouble 4:00
09 Midnight Ravers 5:08

disc one - track 6 / disc two - track 5

2/26/2009

Warren Zevon - Warren Zevon (1976) (2CD Collector's Edit 2008)

Warren Zevon - Warren Zevon (1976) (2CD Collector's Edit 2008)

Warren Zevon was a ten-year music industry veteran who had written songs for the Turtles, backed up Phil Everly, done years of session work and been befriended by Jackson Browne by the time he cut his self-titled album in 1976 (which wasn't his debut, though the less said about 1969's misbegotten Wanted Dead or Alive the better). Even though Warren Zevon was on good terms with L.A.'s Mellow Mafia, he sure didn't think (or write) like any of his pals in the Eagles or Fleetwood Mac; Zevon's music was full of blood, bile, and mean-spirited irony, and the glossy surfaces of Jackson Browne's production failed to disguise the bitter heart of the songs on Warren Zevon. The album opened with a jaunty celebration of a pair of Old West thieves and gunfighters ("Frank and Jesse James"), and went on to tell remarkable, slightly unnerving tales of ambitious pimps ("The French Inhaler"), lonesome junkies ("Carmelita"), wired, hard-living lunatics ("I'll Sleep When I'm Dead"), and truly dastardly womanizers ("Poor Poor Pitiful Me"), and even Zevon's celebrations of life in Los Angeles, long a staple of the soft rock genre, had both a menace and an epic sweep his contemporaries could never match ("Join Me in L.A." and "Desperados Under the Eaves"). But for all their darkness, Zevon's songs also possessed a steely intelligence, a winning wit, and an unusually sophisticated melodic sense, and he certainly made the most of the high-priced help who backed him on the album. Warren Zevon may not have been the songwriter's debut, but it was the album that confirmed he was a major talent, and it remains a black-hearted pop delight. [Rhino Records released a remastered and expanded version of Warren Zevon in late 2008, with the original album accompanied by a bonus disc of demos, alternate takes, and live performances. The early demos confirm that Zevon's creative vision was clearly in place long before he had the budget to make a "real" album, and the 1974 recording of "Carmelita" boasts an extra verse that didn't make it to its "official" recording. Otherwise, the alternate material is often rougher and less precise than what made the final cut, which sometimes works in its favor and occasionally does not, though even the weakest of the archival performances are intriguing -- especially when he invites a lady friend to "geeze some Octomol" during " Join Me in L.A." -- and Zevon is in fine voice. The remastered version of the original album sounds excellent -- clear enough that you can hear the workings of the piano's pedals on "Frank and Jesse James" -- and the new liner notes by Bob Mehr are smart and revealing. Warren Zevon still ranks with the artist's best and most lasting work, and this new edition treats it like the landmark it truly is.]... M. Deming

320 @
210 MB

Tracklist.

CD 1

01 Frank and Jesse James 4:33
02 Mama Couldn't Be Persuaded 2:53
03 Backs Turned Looking Down the Path 2:27
04 Hasten Down the Wind 2:58
05 Poor, Poor Pitiful Me 3:04
06 The French Inhaler 3:44
07 Mohammed's Radio 3:40
08 I'll Sleep When I'm Dead 2:56
09 Carmelita 3:32
10 Join Me in L.A. 3:13
11 Desperados Under the Eaves 4:45


CD 2 (Bonus)

01 Frank and Jesse James Solo Piano Demo 4:38
02 The French Inhaler Solo Piano Demo 3:23
03 Hasten Down the Wind Band Demo 2:49
04 Carmelita 1974 Demo 3:58
05 Mohammed's Radio Solo Piano Demo 2:52
06 Backs Turned Looking Down the Path Take 1 2:33
07 Join Me in L.A. Take 2 4:22
08 Poor Poor Pitiful Me Alternate Version 3:23
09 Frank and Jesse James Alternate Version 4:41
10 Mohammed's Radio Take 2 4:01
11 The French Inhaler Take 1 3:48
12 Carmelita Alternate Version 3:38
13 Desperados Under the Eaves Take 2 4:13
14 Mama Couldn't Be Persuaded Live 2:01
15 I'll Sleep When I'm Dead Alternate Version 3:06

2/25/2009

Electric Light Orchestra - A New World Record (1976)(Remaster Edit 2006)

Electric Light Orchestra - A New World Record (1976)(Remaster Edit 2006)

This brilliant newly re-mastered edition of "A New World Record" makes a strong case for it being simply the best art-pop album of the 1970s--or maybe ever. Featuring a dynamic, fresh, big sound and updated graphics with many rare band photos and artifacts. Written and recorded in record time after the US tour for "Face the Music" "A New World Record" cemented ELO's reputation as making great records. Recorded in Germany (again)the album featured 8 Lynne originals and a remake "Do Ya" his tune from his days in The Move (which also became a hit single). This reissue sounds terrific (particularly when compared to the original CD release). There's sharper detail throughout the CD.
The bonus tracks are a great addition. The best bonus track is the rocking "Surrender" which should have been on the album (although it's lack of orchestral overdubs would have made it stand out a bit). It's a terrific slice of rock that wouldn't have sounded out of place on The Move's last album. We also get rough instrumental mixes of "Tightrope", "Above the Clouds", "So Fine" and "Telephone Line". Additionally we get an alternate version of "Telephone Line" (which became the band's biggest single to date world wide with a UK Gold record the result)with a different vocal take (and without the filter effect at the beginning where it sounds Lynne is singing over the phone). The keyboards are a bit more prominent here as are the backing vocals while the orchestration is a bit further back in the mix (Bevan's drums also sound a bit distorted and fuller here).
We get liner notes on the making of the album how it charted and Lynne briefly commenting on the various songs on the album. This is a terrific reissue that fans have been waiting for. The only thing missing is a replica of the original embossed sleeve (they could have done that to the cover artwork)...W. Klein

320 @
135 MB

Tracklist:

01 Tightrope 5:06
02 Telephone Line 4:40
03 Rockaria! 3:12
04 Mission (A World Record) 4:25
05 So Fine 3:55
06 Livin' Thing 3:32
07 Above the Clouds 2:17
08 Do Ya 3:45
09 Shangri-La 5:40
10 Telephone Line previously unreleased / Bonus/ Different Vocal 4:41
11 Surrender previously unreleased / Bonus 2:37
12 Tightrope previously unreleased / Bonus/ Instrumental Early Rough Mix 4:55
13 Above the Clouds previously unreleased / Bonus/ Instrumental Rough Mix / Mix 1:14
14 So Fine previously unreleased / Bonus/ Instrumental Early Rough Mix 4:16
15 Telephone Line previously unreleased / Bonus Instrumental 4:51

2/24/2009

The Byrds - Ballad of Easy Rider (1969)(Remaster Edit 1997)

The Byrds - Ballad of Easy Rider (1969)(Remaster Edit 1997)

If Dr. Byrds & Mr. Hyde found Roger McGuinn having to re-create The Byrds Iafter massive personnel turnovers (and not having an easy time of it), Ballad of Easy Rider was the album where the new lineup really hit its stride. Gracefully moving back and forth between serene folk-rock (the title cut, still one of McGuinn's most beautiful melodies), sure-footed rock & roll ("Jesus Is Just All Right"), heartfelt country-rock ("Oil In My Lamp" and "Tulsa County"), and even a dash of R&B (the unexpectedly funky "Fido," which even features a percussion solo), Ballad of Easy Rider sounds confident and committed where Dr. Byrds & Mr. Hyde often seemed tentative. The band sounds tight, self-assured, and fully in touch with the music's emotional palette, and Clarence White's guitar work is truly a pleasure to hear (if Roger McGuinn's fabled 12-string work seems to take a back seat to White's superb string bends, it is doubtful that any but the most fanatical fans would think to object). While not generally regarded as one of the group's major works, in retrospect this release stands alongside Untitled as the finest work of the Byrds' final eriod...M.Deming

320 @
128 MB

Tracklist:

01. Ballad Of Easy Rider 2:06
02. Fido (Alternate Mix) 2:43
03. Oil In My Lamp 3:15
04. Tulsa County 2:52
05. Jack Tarr The Sailor 3:34
06. Jesus Is Just Alright 2:13
07. It'S All Over Now, Baby Blue (Alternate Mix) 4:54
08. There Must Be Someone (I Can Turn To) 3:32
09. Gunga Din 3:07
10. Deportee (Plane Wreck At Los Gatos) 3:52
11. Armstrong, Aldrin And Collins 1:40
12. Way Behind The Sun 3:06
13. Mae Jean Goes To Hollywood 2:47
14. Oil In My Lamp (Alternate Version) 2:05
15. Tulsa County (alternate version) 3:42
16. Fiddler A Dram (Moog Experiment) 3:13
17. Ballad Of Easy Rider (Long Version) 2:29
18. Build It Up (Instrumental) 5:36

2/23/2009

U2 - No Lines On The Horizon (2009)

U2 - No Lines On The Horizon (2009)

Marx's famous dictum about history held that its repetitions degenerate from tragedy to farce. Apparently no one told Bono and company, whose phoenix-like rebirth since 2000's All That You Can't Leave Behind has been heavily indebted to sonic reproductions of the band's back catalog. Indeed, like seasoned jazz performers, U2 have opted to trade headlong exploration for refinement of technique, and there's nothing farcical about it. Even an album like No Line On the Horizon, which owes its more searching sound to the itchy period that began with 1991's Achtung Baby carries itself with a maturity and, yes, world-weariness that speaks to experience, not repetition. Much as Achtung fed off the energy of post-wall Berlin, No Line draws inspiration from Fez, Morocco, with its mix of arid desert vista and teeming, chintzy souk. "Magnificent," with its synths echoing a Cairo soundtrack orchestra, and "Moment of Surrender," whose looped percussive hiccups recall Gnawa trance music, seem particularly indebted to North African aural architecture. This richness comes courtesy of classic collaborators Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois, who make a peace with the kicky garage-rock ("Get on Your Boots") and the more spacious vibes of '80s U2. (Steve Lillywhite, credited with additional production, completes the Achtung reunion - but where's Flood?) The result is simultaneously new and vintage as a pair of distressed blue jeans...M.Schwartz

320 @
121 MB

Tracklist:

01 No Line On The Horizon 4.08
02 Magnificent 5.20
03 Moment of Surrender 7.20
04 Unknown Caller 5.59
05 I'll Go Crazy If I Don't Go Crazy Tonight 4.10
06 Get On Your Boots 3.23
07 Stand Up Comedy 3.46
08 Fez: Being Born 5.13
09 White As Snow 4.37
10 Breathe 4.57
11 Cedars Of Lebanon 4.09

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Cheap Trick - Next Position Please (1983) (1990)

Cheap Trick - Next Position Please (1983) (1990)

On VH1's countdown of the 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock (Cheap Trick landed at #25), respected sound engineer and recent CT producer Rob Albini described the group's music as having "moments of rage and ugliness and power...but there are also things about it that are genuinely very pretty and elegant." This album is their "elegant" side (or as elegant as a blistering power-pop band can get anyway).
Like all of their string of commercially-failed 80s albums, "Next Position Please" is a real gem, and a worthwhile reward for anyone who gives panned albums a chance. Renowned pop producing expert Todd Rundgren was brought on board to man the switches, a move that many say is to be given credit for the album's accessibility. On Cheap Trick's previous "failed" album, "One On One," there were subtle hints that their commercial slide was interfering with the confidence in their music, but that's certainly not the case with "Next Position Please." Cheap Trick sounds determined and focused, despite what shows up in many CT bios. The title track sounds like it was written during the band's glory days of the late 70s, and Rundgren's glossy production actually works on 'Y.O.Y.O.Y.', 'I Can't Take It' (Trick at their most sincere), and the album's best track, 'I Don't Love Here Anymore' (which is complete with Beatles-like backing vocals). It's also obvious that the group were trying to regain a younger, modern audience with songs like 'You Talk To Much' and 'Heaven's Falling.' A wildly left-center version of 'Dancing the Night Away' meanwhile, can be seen as only Cheap Trick being their erratic, oddball selves.
Many complain that "Next Position Please" is much too pop-oriented to sound like vintage Cheap Trick; but whoever thinks that can compare this record to their 1988 'comeback' "Lap of Luxury," an album the band members themselves criticize, in which the group was forced to bring in outside songwriters. So in that light, "Next Position Please" is the more Cheap Trick-sounding substitute for "Lap of Luxury." As for this album's commercial stance, the next position for Cheap Trick would be a disappointing peak at number 61...B. Sturguess

320 @
117 MB

Tracklist:

01. I Can't Take It 3:28
02. Borderline 3:34
03. I Don't Love Her Anymore 3:51
04. Next Position Please 2:51
05. Younger Girls 3:14
06. Dancing The Night Away 4:58
07. You Talk Too Much 1:55
08. 3-D 3:37
09. You Say Jump 2:06
10. Y.O.Y.O.Y. 5:54
11. Won't Take No For An Answer 3:13
12. Heaven's Falling 3:48
13. Invaders Of The Heart 4:00
14. Don't Make Our Love A Crime 3:45

2/22/2009

The Byrds - Live at the Fillmore West February 1969 (2000)

The Byrds - Live at the Fillmore West February 1969 (2000)

This previously unreleased, stand-alone live recording of the Byrds at the Fillmore West in 1969 is a testament to the band at the height of its musical prowess. The amalgam of Roger McGuinn, John York, Gene Parsons, and Clarence White -- with only McGuinn remaining from the original fivesome that launched the group in 1965 -- is so imbued with the dusty twang of Nashville that it isn't until McGuinn's Rickenbacker 12-string kicks in on the energetic power medley of "Turn! Turn! Turn!"/"Mr. Tambourine Man"/"Eight Miles High" that we realize, ah, hippies! Guitarist White's luminous and enterprising riffing infuse the band's flower-power California sound with bluegrass virtuosity on McGuinn's "King Apathy III," a Who-infused rocker that cuts to a country break, as well as on "So You Want to Be a Rock and Roll Star" and the Bob Dylan/Rick Danko composition "Wheels On Fire." The concert closes on a political note with a jangly version of Dylan's "Chimes of Freedom" and McGuinn's pognant "He Was a Friend of Mine," which appropriately captures that self-reflective American moment that followed the '68 assassinations of John Kennedy and Martin Luther King...S. Paynes

320 @
118 MB

Tracklist:

01 Nashville West 1:57
02 You're Still on My Mind 1:57
03 Pretty Boy Floyd 3:12
04 Drug Store Truck Drivin' Man 2:27
05 Medley: Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is a Season)/Mr ... 9:46
06 Close up the Honkey Tonks 2:59
07 Buckaroo 2:01
08 The Christian Life 2:09
09 Time Between 2:08
10 King Apathy III 3:14
11 Bad Night at the Whiskey 3:50
12 This Wheel's on Fire 4:17
13 Sing Me Back Home 3:07
14 So You Want to Be a Rock 'n' Roll Star 2:36
15 He Was a Friend of Mine 2:32
16 Chimes of Freedom 3:23

Electric Light Orchestra - Discovery (1979) (Remaster Edit 2001)

Electric Light Orchestra - Discovery (1979) (Remaster Edit 2001)

Electric Light Orchestra continued on their winning Top 40 ways with the release of Discovery. Now pared down to the basic four-piece unit, Jeff Lynne continued to dominate the band and they still got their hits (this time around it was the smash "Don't Bring Me Down"). Elsewhere on the disc there was, of note, "Last Train to London" and "Confusion." Though Discovery charted well, it was becoming obvious that ELO were starting to run themselves out of useful Beatles hooks with which to fuel their hit-making machine. [The 2001 CD reissue on Epic/Legacy adds three previously unreleased bonus tracks: a home demo of "On the Run," a home demo of "Second Time Around" (a song Lynne never finished for the album), and a cover of Del Shannon's "Little Town Flirt."] James Chrispell

320 @
102 MB

Tracklist:

01 Shine a Little Love 4:43
02 Confusion 3:42
03 Need Her Love 5:11
04 The Diary of Horace Wimp 4:17
05 Last Train to London 4:32
06 Midnight Blue 4:19
07 On the Run 3:55
08 Wishing 4:13
09 Don't Bring Me Down 4:02
10 On The Run 1:01
11 Second Time Around 0:42
12 Little Town Flirt 2:53

2/21/2009

Pretenders - Learning To Crawl (1984) (Remaster Edit 2007)

Pretenders - Learning To Crawl (1984) (Remaster Edit 2007)

“Learning To Crawl” is the third album by the Pretenders. Released after a two-year hiatus during which the band lost half its members, guitarist James Honeyman-Scott and bassist Pete Farndon both who died of drug overdoses, the music in “Learning To Crawl” has a completely different sound and style than the punk and new wave music on their first two albums. “Learning To Crawl” was extremely popular, rising to #5 on The Billboard 200 and had two top ten hits, “Back on the Chain Gang” and “My City Was Gone”

This remastered and expanded reissue of “Learning To Crawl” contains seven bonus tracks including the b-side single “Fast Or Slow (The Law’s The Law)”, one of Hynde’s earliest songs “Tequila” (that didn’t make it on Pretenders I), unreleased live versions of “My City Was Gone” and the Motown staple “Money”, plus unreleased pre-LP demos of “I Hurt You”, “When I Change My Life”, and “Ramblin’ Rob”.

Chrissie Hynde took a long, hard road to rock & roll stardom, but when her band, the Pretenders, finally broke through in 1979, they wasted no time, growing from promising newcomers on the British music scene to major international stardom with a pair of smash albums to their credit in a mere three years. But the Pretenders' meteoric rise came to a crashing halt in 1982, when drug abuse claimed the life of guitarist James Honeyman-Scott and forced Hynde and drummer Martin Chambers to dump bassist Pete Farndon, who would also succumb to an OD in April 1983. Hynde was forced by circumstance to reinvent the Pretenders for their third album, 1984's Learning to Crawl, but if the new edition of the group lacked some of the spark of the band that made the first two LPs, through sheer force of will Hynde created a masterpiece. While Hynde hardly held back in her emotionally potent songwriting in the Pretenders' early work, on Learning to Crawl there's a gravity to her lyrics that blended with her tough but wiry melodic sense and streetwise intelligence to create a set of truly remarkable tunes. "Back on the Chain Gang" is a touching tribute to her fallen comrades that still sounds bitterly rueful, "Middle of the Road" is a furious rocker that explores the emotional and physical toll of a musician's life, "Time the Avenger" is a taut, literate examination of a businessman's adulterous relationship, "My City Was Gone" deals with the economic and cultural decay of the Midwest in a manner both pithy and genuinely heartfelt, and "2000 Miles" is a Christmas number that demonstrates Hynde can be warm without getting sappy. As a guitarist, Robbie McIntosh brought a simpler and more elemental style to the Pretenders than Pete Farndon, but his tough, muscular leads fit these songs well, and bassist Malcolm Foster's solid punch fits Chambers' drumming perfectly. Three albums into her recording career, Chrissie Hynde found herself having to put the past to bed and carve out a new beginning for herself with Learning to Crawl, but she pulled it off with a striking mixture of courage, strength, and great rock & roll; with the exception of the instant-classic debut album, it's the Pretenders' finest work. In 2007, Rhino Records released an expanded and remastered edition of Learning to Crawl featuring seven bonus tracks. "Fast or Slow (The Law's the Law)" and "Ramblin' Bob" are two unreleased cuts that (respectively) give Martin Chambers and Robbie McIntosh a chance to show off their songwriting chops (and they both sound better than many folks would expect), while "Tequila," a country-influenced number from Hynde's pen recorded for the album but cut from the running order, finally surfaces on this disc, along with demos of "I Hurt You" and "When I Change My Life" (the latter of which would be re-recorded for 1986's Get Close). The disc closes out with two great live tunes from the Pretenders' set at the 1983 US Festival, "My City Was Gone" and a witty cover of Barrett Strong's "Money." Add Ben Edmonds' fine new liner notes and crisp new mastering and this is a near-definitive presentation of one of the great albums of the '80s...M. Deming

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160 MB

Line-up

Chrissie Hynde (vocals, guitar)
Robbie McIntosh (guitar)
Malcolm Foster (bass)
Martin Chambers (drums, background vocals)

Tracklist:

01. Middle of the Road 4:14
02. Back on the Chain Gang 3:51
03. Time The Avenger 4:56
04. Watching the Clothes 2:52
05. Show Me 4:16
06. Thumbelina 3:17
07. My City Was Gone 5:25
08. Thin Line Between Love and Hate 3:40
09. I Hurt You 4:37
10. 2000 Miles 3:46
11. Fast or Slow (The Law's the Law) (bonus) 3:15
12. Tequila (bonus) 3:35
13. I Hurt You (Denmark Street Demo) 4:06
14. When I Change My Life (Denmark Street Demo) 4:43
15. Ramblin' Rob (Denmark Street Demo) 3:32
16. My City Was Gone (Live) 4:53
17. Money (Live) 4:39

2/20/2009

Yes - The Yes Album (1971) (Remaster Edit 2003)

Yes - The Yes Album (1971) (Remaster Edit 2003)

The Yes Album was remastered and reissued in 2003 by Rhino Records with several bonus tracks, including a studio version of "Clap." The original LP and CD version of The Yes Album refer to the song as "The Clap," given Jon Anderson's erroneous introduction of the song on the original release (although it may merely be the case that by strongly emphasizing the d in "this is a song called clap" it gives the impression of an extra syllable such as could be interpreted as the word 'the.') The Rhino reissue clears this matter up and correctly refers to the song as "Clap" on the tray card, as Steve Howe intended.

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120 MB

Tracklist:

01 Yours Is No Disgrace 9.40
02 Clap 3.16
03 Starship Trooper: Life Seeker / Disillusion / Wurm 9.28
04 I've Seen All Good People: Your Move / All Good People 6.55
05 A Venture 3.20
06 Perpetual Change 8.57
07 Your Move (Single Version) (Bonus) 2.59
08 Starship Trooper: Life Seeker (Single Version) (Bonus) 3.27
09 Clap (Studio Version) (Bonus) (Previously Unissued) 4.01

2/19/2009

Procol Harum - A Whiter Shade of Pale (1967) (2001)

Procol Harum - A Whiter Shade of Pale (1967) (2001)

German digipak reissue of 1967 album includes four bonus tracks, 'Lime Street Blues', 'Homburg', 'Monsieur Armand' & 'Seem To Have The Blues All The Time'. All tracks on this CD are in Mono as originally released in 1967.

The year of 1967 was an incredible year for music. You had Disraeli Gears, Sgt. Peppers, The Doors, and many other amazing albums. Oh and you also get "A Whiter Shade of Pale" released by Procol Harum. Procol Harum is one of those forgotten bands of the 60's, lost in the big names of the Beatles, Stones, and The Who. But they should not be forgotten and what better way to commemorate them by picking up "A Whiter Shade of Pale" which happens to be one of the finest albums, dare i say, ever made.
It starts off with the classic song "A Whiter Shade of Pale" which sounds like church with all the organs played beautifully by Matthew Fisher. And those lyrics, simply majestic, Keith Reid ( who wrote all of Procol's material ) is one of the finest lyricist of all time. His words are pure poetry.
After the majestic "A Whiter Shade of Pale" we dive into the rest of the album which is also incredibly good and not just filler as some people tend to think. "Conquistador" is probably the second best track behind the opener. I also love the bass on that song. "She Wandered Through the Garden Fence" is alot of fun to listen to with lyrics that are really catchy. "Something Following Me" is more serious in tone but the lyrics once again are incredible as is the arrangement. "Mabel" is definetly a nod to Bob Dylan, "Cerdes ( Outside the Gates ) is probably the darkest song on the album but still magnificent. "A Christmas Camel" has a tone very similiar to Bob Dylan's "Ballad of a Thin Man". If there were any throwaways on this album it would be the next three "Kaleidoscope", "Salad Days", and "Good Captain Clack" but none of these songs are terrible and still manage to be listenable. The album closes on the instrumental "Repent Walpurgis" which is eerie but magnificent.
But that's not all. You also get 4 bonus songs which include two okay ones ( Limestreet Blues and Monseigneur Armand ) and two fantastic ones ( Homburg and Seem To Have The Blues All The Time.) The latter of the two includes my favorite lyric of the album "Well I owed a lot of money/I was weak and easily led/I tried to rob a bank/ The cashier shot me dead".
You may have not heard of this album, this group, or even the title song but if you like classic rock or just good music in general. Give this band a try. They might suprise you...O. Josh

320 @
117 MB

Tracklist:

01 A White Shade Of Pale 4.09
02 Conquistador 2.40
03 She Wandered Through The Garden Fence 3.27
04 Something Following Me 3.40
05 Mabel 1.55
06 Cerdes (Outside The Gates Of) 5.05
07 A Christmas Camel 4.51
08 Kaleidoscope 2.56
09 Salad Days (Are Here Again) 3.40
10 Good Captain Clack 1.33
11 Repent Walpurgis 5.03
12 Lime Street Blues (Bonus) 3.01
13 Homburg (Bonus) 3.56
14 Monsieur Armand (Bonus) 2.25
15 Seem To have The Blues All The Time (Bonus) 2.46

2/18/2009

Arthur Brown - The Crazy World Of... (1968) (Remaster Edit 1998)

Arthur Brown - The Crazy World Of... (1968) (Remaster Edit 1998)

1998 reissue of the 1968 debut by the theatrical rock singer's band, featuring both mono and stereo versions of five tracks, including the #2 smash 'Fire'. 15 tracks

An Excellent album from the most unsung singer in musical history (If you'll excuse the pun). One of the best albums of the 60's especially from the progressive side of music. On the first side we have a conceptual rock record that is concerned with damnation, hell-fire and the soul. Then on side two their are more standard but still brilliant covers with some excellent psychedelia. Rather unusually for a record in my collection this album features very little guitar instead the lead instrument is Vincent Crane's (later of Atomic Rooster) excellent organ. The vocals here are of course some of the best ever as Arthur sings with a range and emotion that few can match. So if your interested in great music from the 60's give this a try.

Line-up

Arthur Brown - Vocals
Vincent Crane - Keyboards
Drachen Theaker - Drums

320 kB/s
133 @
Genre : Psychedelic rock, Rock and roll, Shock rock

Teacklist:

01 Prelude - Nightmare 3:28
02 Fanfare - Fire Poem 1:51
03 Fire 2:54
04 Come and Buy 5:40
05 Time / Confusion 5:11
06 I Put a Spell on you 3:41
07 Spontaneous Apple Creation 2:54
08 Rest Cure 2:44
09 I've Got Money 3:09
10 Child of My Kingdom 7:01
11 Prelude - Nightmare [Mono Version] 3:49
12 Fanfare - Fire Poem [Mono Version] 2:01
13 Fire [Mono Version] 3:01
14 Come and Buy [Mono Version] 5:05
15 Time / Confusion [Mono Version] 4:57

2/17/2009

The Byrds - Mr. Tambourine Man (1965) (Remaster Edit 2006)

The Byrds - Mr. Tambourine Man (1965) (Remaster Edit 2006)

Rockers who invent an entire sound are scarce in any era -- think Chuck Berry's guitar intros or the Ramones' monomaniacal three-chord attack -- but the Byrds can be counted among those few. Their 1965 debut album, MR. TAMBOURINE MAN, is the one that launched a million 12-string guitarists, in the process influencing bands from the Beatles to R.E.M. The title track and debut single featured a studio rhythm section (at the insistence of nervous producer Terry Melcher), but once the song became a worldwide smash and engendered a folk-rock boom, the group insisted on playing and singing every note from then on. The resulting album is one of rock's most accomplished debuts, a fully realized collection of songs held together by Jim (who later renamed himself Roger) McGuinn's majestic Rickenbacker and the group's stunning choir-boy harmonies. High points: singer Gene Clark's proto-power-pop classic "Feel a Whole Lot Better," "Chimes of Freedom," perhaps their best ever Dylan cover, and "The Bells of Rhymney," a mesmeric adaptation of a traditional folk song about a Welsh mining disaster. More than just an album, this was a watershed event...S. Simels

320 @
103 MB

Tracklist:

01 Mr. Tambourine Man 2:21
02 I'll Feel a Whole Lot Better 2:34
03 Spanish Harlem Incident 2:00
04 You Won't Have to Cry 2:09
05 Here Without You 2:38
06 The Bells of Rhymney 3:33
07 All I Really Want to Do 2:05
08 I Knew I'd Want You 2:16
09 I'ts No Use 2:25
10 Don't Doubt Yourself, Babe 2:57
11 Chimes of Freedom 3:53
12 We'll Meet Again 2:10
13 She Has a Way previously unreleased / Bonus 2:27
14 I'll Feel a Whole Lot Better previously unreleased / Bonus/ Alternate Version 2:30
15 It's No Use previously unreleased / Bonus/ Alternate Version 2:26
16 You Won't Have to Cry previously unreleased / Bonus/ Alternate Version 2:10
17 All I Really Want to Do Bonus/ Single Version 2:05
18 You and Me previously unreleased / Bonus/ Instrumental 2:12

Foreigner - Head Games (1979) (Remaster Edit 2002)

Foreigner - Head Games (1979) (Remaster Edit 2002)

Expanded & remastered reissue of their 1979 release. Features the previously unreleased bonus track 'Zalia'. Includes new liner notes written by Jerry McCulley.

With their third album, 1979's "Head Games," and with new bassist Rick Wills onboard, Foreigner responded to their critics who claimed that the band's first pair of albums sounded too "polished" by getting tougher. "Head Games" is easily the most hard-edged, guitar-heavy album in the band's catalog, but, thankfully, the band didn't completely abandon their keyboards, or their knack for melody either. "Head Games" is a leaner, meaner-sounding Foreigner, but it's still Foreigner all the same, with ace guitarist Mick Jones & the powerful vocal chops of Lou Gramm leading the way. The rockin' hit title song is an all-time Foreigner classic, and the band also fire on all cylinders on tracks like "Dirty White Boy" (the other hit from the album), "Love On The Telephone," "Women," "Seventeen," and the killer finale, "Rev On The Red Line." Mick Jones' "The Modern Day" is excellent guitar-fueled pop-rock, and the CD bonus track, the previously-unreleased "Zalia," is a very lovely song, indeed, a true buried treasure. I happen to like Foreigner's so-called "polished" sound, as that's always been part of their appeal. But it was definitely the lack of studio shine that contributed to the disappointing sales---by Foreigner standards---of "Head Games" (not to mention the controversial album cover). But it still managed to go platinum, and it cleared the way for Foreigner to enter the 80's in a big, BIG fashion, with 1981's "4," their biggest album to date. "Head Games" may be a departure of sorts, but it's still a very strong Foreigner album...A. Caylowe

320 @
95 MB
2000mustangs

Tracklist:

01 Dirty White Boy 3.38
02 Love On The Telephone 3.17
03 Women 3.24
04 I'll Get Even With You 3.39
05 Seventeen 4.35
06 Head Games 3.37
07 The Modern Day 3.26
08 Blinded By Science 4.55
09 Do What You Like 3.58
10 Rev On The Red Line 3.41
11 Zalia (Bonus Track) 2.34

2/16/2009

The Who - Who's Next (1971) (2CD Deluxe Edit 2003)

The Who - Who's Next (1971) (2CD Deluxe Edit 2003)

This 2003 Deluxe Edition of the Who's classic 1971 album finds all nine original tracks newly remastered and features a treasure trove of bonus material -- live versions of the songs that Pete Townshend had intended to use as part of his shelved Lifehouse project. The six tracks appear on Disc 1, after the original nine from Who's Next, were recorded in New York with guest musicians including Leslie West and Al Kooper; two were previously unreleased ("Getting in Tune" and "Won't Get Fooled Again"). The second CD features 14 tracks recorded in 1971 at London's Young Vic Theatre by the Stones Mobile recording unit; all were previously unreleased. Additionally, this new package includes new updated liner notes by Townshend along with John Atkins original reissue notes and is housed in an eight-panel digipak...S. T. Erlewine

320 @
353 MB

Tracklist:

CD 1: The Original Album

01 Baba O'Riley 5:01
02 Bargain 5:33
03 Love Ain't for Keeping 2:10
04 My Wife 3:35
05 The Song Is Over 6:17
06 Getting in Tune 4:49
07 Going Mobile 3:43
08 Behind Blue Eyes 3:42
09 Won't Get Fooled Again 8:35
10 Baby Don't You Do It 8:21
11 Getting in Tune (previously unreleased) 6:36
12 Pure and Easy 4:33
13 Love Ain't for Keeping 4:06
14 Behind Blue Eyes 3:30
15 Won't Get Fooled Again (previously unreleased) 8:48

CD 2: The Young Vic - Live

01 Love Ain't for Keeping (previously unreleased) 2:57
02 Pure and Easy (previously unreleased) 6:00
03 Young Man Blues (previously unreleased) 4:47
04 Time Is Passing (previously unreleased) 3:59
05 Behind Blue Eyes (previously unreleased) 4:49
06 I Don't Even Know Myself (previously unreleased) 5:42
07 Too Much of Anything (previously unreleased) 4:20
08 Getting in Tune (previously unreleased) 6:42
09 Bargain (previously unreleased) 5:46
10 Water 8:19
11 My Generation (previously unreleased) 2:58
12 (I'm A) Road Runner (previously unreleased) 3:14
13 Naked Eye 6:21
14 Won't Get Fooled Again (previously unreleased) 8:50

2/15/2009

Fleetwood Mac - Rumours (1977) (Deluxe Edition - 2 CD) (2004)

Fleetwood Mac - Rumours (1977) (Deluxe Edition - 2 CD) (2004)

I have owned Rumours before, both in the LP format and the original CD format. Obviously this album has been a favourite of mine for a long time, with a slight more understanding of the tension involved in making it as the years have passed by.What struck me, however, by hearing this new re-mastered version was the immense sound quality. Listening to Dreams the bass becomes so vibrant and alive with Stevie Nick's voice backed up with incredible harmonies with the addition of crisp guitar sounds and thumping drumming. On the next track, Never Going Back Again the guitar is spread in the mix givingmore… the listener a feeling of actually being involved with the playing. Much of the same can be described by most of the other songs on the album, making me for my part re-discovering it again. Never before had I noticed how great the production was, not only in regards of the sound quality but also how it was mixed, both simple but yet innovative.I took my old CD to compare the two versions, the hypothesis being that maybe this great sound had simply eluded me some years ago. The difference was, however, similar to hearing a worn cassette tape and a regular CD. The separation of instruments was not to be heard, a lack of depth was evident and the mix was muffled as if one were listening to a worn LP.There is also added material. Silver Springs, a single not included on the original version, has been tacked between what before was side A and B. A fine song and its odd inclusion actually does keep the flow of the album intact (I believe having it at the end would spoil the fine ending of the original). There is also a bonus disk consisting of demos of the songs. It is interesting hearing these demos, one can hear how good the simple versions are but yet how delicately Fleetwood Mac improved them in the studio. Of particular note is Brushes which is only the guitar playing of what became Never Going Back Again. One must, however, make sure to press the stop button before some jam session at the end of the disc begin, those are only for the most devoted. Thus from the standpoint of sound quality, this re-mastered version of Rumours is in my view a great buy. The bonus CD is a welcome addition and the artwork accompanying this version does this great album justice.

In 1975, a pair of hard-living, hard-rocking British blues rockers went eye-to-eye with a pair of sensitive L.A. singer-songwriter types -- and the rockers blinked. The bluesmen were Mick Fleetwood and John McVie, whose band, Fleetwood Mac, had first recorded in 1967. The Californians were Lindsay Buckingham and Stevie Nicks, a couple romantically and musically, who'd recorded an album as Buckingham Nicks. The two pairs, along with McVie's wife, Christine (a respected singer and songwriter in her own right who joined Fleetwood Mac in 1970 and then married John), teamed up and produced an album far more California sunshine rock than British blues. Following the grand success of their debut, Fleetwood Mac, the McVies broke up, as did Buckingham and Nicks, and the resulting romantic pressure-cooker -- coupled with Buckingham's flowering production talents -- produced Rumours, a tour de force that became one of the biggest-selling records ever made. "Here you go again," breathed Stevie Nicks near the start of the record, "you say you want your freedom." The emotional weariness captured in that line suffuses the album, notwithstanding the upbeat melodies and pristine, daring production. You also get Christine McVie's hit "Don't Stop" -- later a campaign theme song for Bill Clinton -- and arguably Buckingham's greatest track, a drum-driven cry at the death of love called "Go Your Own Way." Bill Wyman

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242 MB

Tracklist:

CD 1

01 Second Hand News 2:56
02 Dreams 4:17
03 Never Going Back Again 2:14
04 Don't Stop 3:13
05 Go Your Own Way 3:43
06 Songbird 3:20
07 Silver Springs 4:48
08 The Chain 4:30
09 You Make Loving Fun 3:36
10 I Don't Want to Know 3:16
11 Oh Daddy 3:56
12 Gold Dust Woman 4:55

CD 2

01 Second Hand News Bonus 2:47
02 Dreams Bonus 4:21
03 Brushes (Never Going Back Again) Bonus 2:50
04 Don't Stop Bonus 3:33
05 Go Your Own Way Bonus 3:06
06 Songbird Bonus 3:11
07 Silver Springs Bonus 6:07
08 You Make Loving Fun Bonus 4:56
09 Gold Dust Woman #1 Bonus 5:02
10 Oh Daddy Bonus 3:58
11 Think About It Bonus 2:55
12 Never Going Back Again Bonus / Demo Version 1:56
13 Planets of the Universe Bonus / Demo Version 3:18
14 Butter Cookie (Keep Me There) Bonus / Demo Version 2:11
15 Gold Dust Woman Bonus / Demo Version 5:01
16 Doesn't Anything Last Bonus / Demo Version 1:10
17 Mic the Screecher Bonus / Jam Session 0:59
18 For Duster (The Blues) Bonus / Jam Session 4:26

2/14/2009

The Troggs - Archeology (1966-1976) (Remaster Box Set 1992)

The Troggs - Archeology (1966-1976) (Remaster Box Set 1992)

The Troggs deserve to live on in the history of pop, because of their unique sound that makes them different. They were playing songs in styles people gave a name for years later.Here we are talking about punk and hardrock. The Troggs provided examples of songs that gave later groups inspiration and their direct driving beat and sexy style was copied throughout the years.
They made some nice ballads and The Troggs will make you happy with their 52 best songs collected here.The booklet is worth while to read. The photos are nice and Reg Presley is the important frontman of the group. He wrote a lot of songs and his performance gave an extra to the fame of this group.The Troggs combine simplicity with melody. Listen and you will discover that they are not only the group of Wild Thing. Many of the songs will stay in your head and you can play the cd's whenever you want to give yourself a great time.
...P. Rooij

The Troggs are very underrated, they are known for "Wild Thing" & "Love Is All Around", maybe "A Girl Like You" (A number 1 hit in the U.K.) All the Troggs songs are very sexual and have a distintive sound. The highlights being "Cousin Jane", "Feels Like A Woman", "Strange Movies", "I Can't Control Myself", "Give It To Me"...J. Meehan

320 @
335 MB
Genre : Rock, Garage rock. Proto punk

Tracklist:

CD 1

01 Lost Girl (2:34)
02 The Yella In Me (2:42)
03 Wild Thing (2:38)
04 From Home (2:21)
05 With A Girl Like You (2:10)
06 Jingle Jangle (2:19)
07 I Want You (2:31)
08 Our Love Will Still Be There (3:12)
09 I Just Sing (2:12)
10 I Can't Control Myself (3:07)
11 Gonna Make You (2:51)
12 Any Way That You Want Me (2:59)
13 66-5-4-3-2-1 (2:37)
14 Give It To Me (2:17)
15 I Can Only Give You Everything (3:27)
16 You Can't Beat It (2:25)
17 Last Summer (2:58)
18 I Want You To Come In My Life (2:27)
19 Cousin Jane (2:28)
20 Night Of The Long Grass (3:10)
21 Girl In Black (2:04)
22 Too Much Of A Good Thing (2:50)
23 Seventeen (2:42)
24 Her Emotion (2:32)
25 My Lady (3:01)
26 All Of The Time (2:11)
27 Somewhere My Girl Is Waiting (2:50)

CD 2

01 Love Is All Around (3:01)
02 When Will The Rain Come (2:43)
03 Little Girl (2:59)
04 Maybe The Madam (2:14)
05 Surprise, Surprise (I Need You) (2:50)
06 You Can Cry If You Want To (2:53)
07 Hip Hip Hooray (2:19)
08 You Can Cry If You Want To (2:26)
09 Heads Or Tails (3:44)
10 Evil Woman (2:57)
11 That's What You Get Girl (2:02)
12 I Don't Know Why (2:53)
13 Easy Loving (3:01)
14 Lover (2:28)
15 Come Now (2:22)
16 The Raver (2:49)
17 Everything's Funny (2:14)
18 Feels Like A Woman (3:34)
19 Queen Of Sorrow (2:43)
20 Strange Movies (2:57)
21 I'm On Fire (2:15)
22 Good Vibrations (3:12)
23 Summertime (3:23)
24 I'll Buy You An Island (3:12)
25 Get You Tonight (2:48)

2/13/2009

Allman Brothers Band - Eat A Peach (2CD Deluxe Edition) (2006)

Eat a Peach Deluxe Edition features a remastered version of the classic album on Disc One, while Disc Two showcases the complete performance of the Allman Brothers Band at the final June 27, 1971 Fillmore East concert.

Allman Brothers fans are a hardy lot. For years, make that decades, they have been inundated with reissues of the same material with teasers thrown in, or have been given truly bizarre compilations such as the Madacy ripoff entitled Essential, which didn't include many of the band's biggest hits and on its second disc provided a straight reissue of Enlightened Rogues. The Deluxe Edition of Eat a Peach is something different, however. For those who have been in the depths of confusion about the various Fillmore East reissues — whether the straight At Fillmore East album or the Fillmore Concertsmore… set — this version of Eat a Peach, fully and beautifully remastered, does hold a bit of a treasure trove, though the word is that the second disc has been oft bootlegged. While the album is on disc one, in all its pieces and in proper order, disc two stands as a virtually unreleased concert of the ABB's final performance at the Fillmore on June 27, 1971 — with Duane, who was killed in October of that year. Two of the disc's tracks had been previously released — "Midnight Rider" (on Duane Allman Anthology, Vol. 2) and "One Way Out" (on the original Eat a Peach, which means the track shows up on both discs here). The rest of these performances — "Statesboro Blues," "Don't Keep Me Wonderin'," "Done Somebody Wrong," "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed" (12:51 in length), "Hot 'Lanta," "Whipping Post" (20:17 in length), and "You Don't Love Me" (clocking in at a whopping 17:24) — have never been officially released. Sure, it's a standard Allman Brothers set — if there ever was a such a thing. The playing is very inspired and adventurous, Gregg's singing is better than on the original Fillmore dates, and the interplay between Duane and Dickey Betts is symbiotic. And it rocks like a mother. Real fans of the original band have something to be happy about for a change, as this hidden bit of Allman memorabilia with the beloved Duane is finally on the shelves — it might have been nice if Universal had issued the second disc as its own album so you didn't have to buy Eat a Peach again, but oh well.

320 kB/s
370 MB

Tracklist:

CD 1

01. Ain't Wastin' Time No More – 3:40
02. Les Brers In A Minor – 9:03
03. Melissa – 3:54
04. Mountain Jam – 33:38
05. One Way Out – 4:58
06. Trouble No More – 3:43
07. Stand Back – 3:24
08. Blue Sky – 5:09
09. Little Martha – 2:07

CD 2

The Final Fillmore East Concert 1971

01. Statesboro Blues – 4:28
02. Don’t Keep Me Wonderin – 3:46
03. Done Somebody Wrong – 3:38
04. One Way Out – 5:08
05. In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed – 12:51
06. Midnight Rider – 3:11
07. Hot ’Lanta – 5:51
08. Whipping Post – 20:06
09. You Don’t Love Me – 17:24
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2/12/2009

UFO - Force It (1975) (Remaster Edit 2007)

UFO - Force It (1975) (Remaster Edit 2007)

Michael Schenker and Phil Mogg really started to find their groove as a songwriting team with their second album together (and fourth UFO release overall), Force It. In fact, the last remaining folk and space rock tendencies that had stolen much of Phenomenon's thunder are summarily abandoned here, as the group launches itself wholeheartedly toward the hard rock direction that would make them stars. The first step is taken by Schenker, of course, who confidently establishes the aggressive, biting guitar tone that would define all the releases of the band's glory years. "Let It Roll" and "Shoot Shoot" kick off the album in rousing fashion, and while holding them under a microscope might reveal them as rather disposable slabs of hard rock, they would remain concert favorites for the band nonetheless. The punchy single "Love Lost Love" sounds tailor-made for the American market and acoustic ballad "High Flyer" is quite good, despite taking a dip in energy. But things only really start to gell on the album's second half. Schenker and Mogg wheel out their most mature composition yet with the piano-led "Out in the Street," whose softer sections truly highlight Mogg's highly disciplined, understated vocal style and make the guitar player's more restrained soloing all the more memorable. Schenker is soon back in charge, however, on the stuttering riffs and blistering fretboard work of "Mother Mary" and the downright vicious stop-start strut of "This Kids" -- both UFO anthems. One of the band's best albums, Force It will not disappoint lovers of '70s English hard rock...E. Riva

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150 MB

Tracklist:

01 Let It Roll 3.57
02 Shoot Shoot 3.39
03 High Flyer 4.08
04 Love Lost Love 3.21
05 Out In The Street 5.18
06 Mother Mary 3.49
07 Too Much Of Nothing 4.02
08 Dance Your Life Away 3.35
09 The Kid's/ Between The Walls 6.17
10 A Million Miles (Bonus) 4.49
11 Mother Mary (Bonus) 4.04
12 Out In The Streets (Bonus) 5.12
13 Shoot Shoot (Bonus) 3.48
14 Let It Roll (Bonus) 4.59
15 This Kid's (Bonus) 4.19

2/11/2009

Pat Benatar - Crimes Of Passion (1980) (Remaster Edit 2006)

Pat Benatar - Crimes Of Passion (1980) (Remaster Edit 2006)

With Crimes of Passion, Pat Benatar escaped the dreaded sophomore slump, thanks in no small part to the song that would become the most well-known song of her career, "Hit Me with Your Best Shot." The rest of the album is mildly hit or miss, with a few moments of filler. Thankfully, Benatar avoids the synth-happy trends of the early '80s and delivers a hard rocking ten-song session of power pop tempered with a few ballads for balance. And while "Hit Me with Your Best Shot" was one of her most praised moments, her version of Kate Bush's "Wuthering Heights" is probably one of the most underrated songs of her entire catalog...R. Theakston

320 @
86 MB

Tracklist:

01. Treat Me Right 3:25
02. You Better Run 3:05
03. Never Wanna Leave You 3:10
04. Hit Me With Your Best Shot 2:51
05. Hell Is For Children 4:55
06. Little Paradise 3:33
07. I'm Gonna Follow You 4:29
08. Wuthering Heights 4:29
09. Prisoner Of Love 3:08

2/10/2009

T.Rex - Tanx (1973) (Remaster Edit 2002)

T.Rex - Tanx (1973) (Remaster Edit 2002)

Remastered and expanded reissue of 1973 release. CD digipak in plastic slipcase, featuring the original album plus 7 bonus tracks.

By 1973's Tanx, the T. Rex hit-making machine was beginning to show some wear and tear, but Marc Bolan still had more than a few winners up his sleeve. It was also admirable that Bolan was attempting to broaden the T. Rex sound — soulful backup singers and horns are heard throughout, a full two years before David Bowie used the same formula for his mega-seller Young Americans. However, Tanx did not contain any instantly recognizable hits, as their past couple of releases had, and the performances were not quite as vibrant, due to non-stop touring and drug use. Despite an era of transitionmore… looming on the horizon for the band, tracks such as "Rapids," "Highway Knees," "The Street & Babe Shadow," and "Born to Boogie" contain the expected classic T. Rex sound. The leadoff track, "Tenement Lady," is an interesting Beatlesque epic, while "Shock Rock" criticizes the early-'70s glam scene, which T. Rex played a prominent role in creating. Other highlights include one of Bolan's most gorgeous and heartfelt ballads, "Broken Hearted Blues," as well as the brief, explosive rocker "Country Honey." Tanx marked the close of what many consider T. Rex's golden era; unfortunately, the bandmembers would drift off one by one soon after, until Bolan was the only one remaining by the mid-'70s.

This album to me represents the last great T. Rex album. This was Marc Bolan's attempt at breaking big in America after having conquered the UK charts. It ranks as my favorite T. Rex album, (actually, my favorite album of all time) with some of Marc's most melodic songs.
After the phenomenal success of "Electric Warrior" and "The Slider," Marc's record company expected big things. What Marc gave them was "Tanx;" an album very different from its predecessors. Unfortunately, the critics and many of the fans didn't like the direction Marc took and the album was deemed a disappointment.
Why is this my favorite album of all time? When I first came upon this album several years ago, after all the bad critical press it got, I was expecting the worst. My thought was, Heck, I loved Electric Warrior and The Slider, how bad could this be? I put the needle down on the turntable and was captivated for the next 40 minutes or so.
"Oh, my darling there are many ways..." The album opens with the guitar boogie and spacey lyrics of "Tenement Lady," a combination of two songs. You'll note on disc 2, it's listed as "Tenement Lady/Darling". Two songs fused together into one great one. Lots of great production work on this one.
"Your mama said, clean out your head, boy..." Next is "Rapids," with lots of guitar slide overdubs. Again, lots of spacey lyrics in a Bolan boogie mind poem.
"I'm just lookin' for a change in my luck.." "Mister Mister" is great light acoustic song with a great sing-a-long at the end. Excellent orchestration by Tony Visconti.
"This is a song that I wrote when I was young..." "Broken Hearted Blues" is, to me, one of the most beautiful songs Marc Bolan ever wrote. Beautiful lyrics, beautiful orchestration, Marc in perfect voice... poetry set to music. Possibly the best song Marc ever put on an album. The only complaint I have it that it was too short.
The rest of the album just flows beautifully. From start to finish, I never skip a song. Plus you get the added bonus of the Marc's singles from '73: "Children of the Revolution," "Jitterbug Love," "Sunken Rags," "Solid Gold Easy Action," "20th Century Boy," and the beautiful "Free Angel"...j. Choma

320 @
118 MB

Tracklist:

01. Tenement Lady 2.55
02. Rapids 2.49
03. Mister Mister 3.30
04. Broken Hearted Blues 2.02
05. Shock Rock 1.43
06. Country Honey 1.47
07. Electric Slim And The Factory Hen 3.06
08. Mad Donna 2.16
09. Born To Boogie 2.04
10. Life Is Strange 2.30
11. The Street And Babe Shadow 2.17
12. Highway Knees 2.34
13. Left Hand Luke And The Beggar Boys 5.17
14. Children Of The Revolution (Bonus)
15. Jitterbug Love (Bonus)
16. Sunken Rags (Bonus)
17. Solid Gold Easy Action (Bonus)
18. Xmas Riff (Bonus)
19. 20th Century Boy (Bonus)
20. Free Angel (Bonus)

Sergio Mendes - Timeless (2006)

Sergio Mendes - Timeless (2006)

Timeless is a 2006 album by Sergio Mendes. It features neo-soul and alternative hip hop guest artists, most prominently will.i.am of The Black Eyed Peas. The first track off this HEAT, "Mas Que Nada", was featured on commercials of Joga Bonito/Nike Football; EA Sports' NBA Live 07 and 2006 FIFA World Cup video games. The album reaches across styles, combining Neo-Soul, with Bossa Nova, with Samba, with Hip Hop, even with flavors of reggaeton.

320 @
142 MB
Genre: Alternative hip hop, neo-soul

Tracklist:

01 Mas Que Nada feat. The Black Eyed Peas 4:23
02 That Heat feat. Erykah Badu and Will I Am 4:13
03 Berimbau feat. Stevie Wonder 4:22
04 The Frog feat. Q-Tip and Will I Am 3:49
05 Let Me feat. Jill Scott and Will I Am 4:14
06 Bananeira feat. Mr. Vegas 3:12
07 Surfboard feat. Will I Am 4:31
08 Please Baby Don't feat. John Legend 4:09
09 Samba De Bencro feat. Marcelo D2 4:38
10 Timeless feat. India Arie 3:53
11 Loose End feat. Justin Timberlake 5:33
12 Fo Hop feat. Cuinga 3:13
13 Lamento feat. Maogani Quartet 3:21
14 Hey Girl 3:31
15 Yes, Yes Y'all feat. Black Thought, Chali 2na 5:09

2/09/2009

Al Stewart - Year Of The Cat (1976) (25th Anniversary Edit 2001)

Al Stewart - Year Of The Cat (1976) (25th Anniversary Edit 2001)

Year of the Cat is the seventh album by Al Stewart, released in 1976 and engineered by Alan Parsons. It features the hit single (and one of his best-known songs) also called "Year of the Cat", which runs for six and a half minutes and was co-written by Peter Wood. The other single from the album is "On the Border", which is another of Stewart's most well-known songs.

Al Stewart had found his voice on Past, Present & Future and found his sound on Modern Times. He then perfected it all on 1976's Year of the Cat, arguably his masterpiece. There is no overarching theme here, as there was on its two immediate predecessors, but the impossible lushness of Alan Parsons' production and Stewart's evocative continental narratives give the record a welcome feeling of cohesion that keeps the record enchanting as it moves from "Lord Grenville" to "Midas Shadow" to "Broadway Hotel," before it ends with the haunting title track. Along the way, Stewart doesn't dwell too deeply in any area, preferring to trace out mysteries with his evocative lyrical imagery and a spinning array of self-consciously sophisticated music, songs that evoke American and European folk and pop with a deliberate grace. This could be unbearably precious if it didn't work so well. Stewart is detached from his music, but only in the sense that he gives this album a stylish elegance, and Parsons is his perfect foil, giving the music a rich, panoramic sweep that mimics Stewart's globe-trotting songs. The result is a tremendous example of how good self-conscious progressive pop can be, given the right producer and songwriter -- and if you're a fan of either prog or pop and haven't given Al Stewart much thought, prepare to be enchanted...S. Thomas

320 @
131 MB
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Tracklist:

01 Lord Grenville 5.03
02 On The Border 3.22
03 Midas Shadow 3.11
04 Sand In Your Shoes 3.05
05 If It Doesn't Come Naturally, Leave It 4.32
06 Flying Sorcery 4.22
07 Broadway Hotel 3.58
08 One Stage Before 4.41
09 Year Of The cat 6.49
10 On The Border (LIVE) (Bonus) 3.49
11 Belsize Blues (Bonus) 3.30
12 Story Of The Songs (Bonus) 9.43

Kings Of Leon - Only By The Night (2008)

Kings Of Leon - Only By The Night (2008)

Kings Of Leon are a rock band made up of three brothers and a cousin, from Columbia, Tennessee, U.S.A. Their influences range from Southern rock, indie, to blues styles. Their critically acclaimed first and second albums have given them a devoted following, especially in Europe. The group's name is derived from Nathan, Caleb, and Jared Followill's father and grandfather, both named Leon.
'Only By The Night' is the fourth album by Kings Of Leon. It was released on September 19th 2008 in the Republic of Ireland, Germany, Australia and Belgium and September 22/23rd 2008 in the UK and U.S.A. This fourth album from the Followill's finds them re-connecting with their Southern roots. In a similar vein to 2003's 'Youth And Young Manhood', Kings Of Leon reaffirm their country origins while still writing powerful rock numbers that sit comfortably next to some revealing down-tempo numbers. Although this is the Kings Of Leon's heaviest to date, fans won't find it to be a huge departure from the band's already impressive back catalogue. To date the album has peaked at No.1 in the charts in the UK, Australia and Ireland.

With 2007's Because of the Times, Kings of Leon ventured out of the garage and into the arena. Tracks like "Black Thumbnail" and "Camaro" were bold anthemic rock songs that built upon the barnyard stomp of Youth & Young Manhood, and Because of the Times topped the U.K. charts upon its debut, officially crowning the Kings as rock & roll royalty in the process. Only by the Night arrives one year later, marking the band's fastest turnaround between albums; it also furthers the epic sound that Times introduced, flaunting a set of ringing guitars and radio-ready melodies that push the band away from the Allman Brothers' camp. If anything, much of this album takes up residence in U2's cathedral, particularly during the one-two-three punch of "Sex on Fire," "Use Somebody," and "Manhattan." Caleb Followill doesn't adopt Bono's political agenda, but the same sort of uplift exists throughout the record, which -- during its best moments -- rivals Aha Shake Heartbreak as the band's best work to date.

Like many big-sounding albums, Only by the Night is a polarizing piece of work, one that targets new fans at the expense of those who wish Kings of Leon had never shaved their beards or discovered post-'70s rock. To rope in the skeptics, the strongest tracks are pushed toward the album's first half. "Crawl" flexes the band's rock & roll muscle, melding Led Zeppelin-styled crunch with the experimental guitar buzz of U2's Achtung Baby, while "Sex on Fire" makes up for its goofy title with a meteoric chorus tailored to Caleb's voice. (He sounds fantastic throughout the record, even if his vocals continue to be garbled by some untraceable accent, as if he's auditioning for the Jodie Foster role in a Broadway adaptation of Nell.) Rounding out the hit-filled segment are "Use Somebody" and "Manhattan," where Matthew Followill cloaks his guitar riffs in reverb and bassist Jared Followill takes the spotlight sporadically, popping up for quick melodic fills before ducking back into the mix. While past Kings of Leon albums concerned themselves with alcohol, women, and other hedonistic themes, those two songs are nothing but pop/rock grandeur, and Caleb howls their hopeful lyrics like Bono's American-born cousin. Only by the Night focuses on textures and experimentation during the album's latter half, but most songs still deliver some sort of Technicolor melody, from "Notion" (one of the only tracks featuring piano) to the unexpected chorus of "Be Somebody." Taken as a whole, Only by the Night targets the audience that approved Kings of Leon's sonic shift in 2007, leaving older fans free to damn these tracks for their consciously grand approach. Yes, the album is indebted to U2. Yes, it briefly veers close to the same territory occupied by Meat Loaf and Journey, if only in the passion of Caleb's voice. But Only by the Night is still a potent Kings of Leon record, and the guys have never defined their ambition so clearly before...Andrew Leahey

320 @
99 MB

Tracklist:

01. Closer 3:57
02. Crawl 4:06
03. Sex On Fire 3:23
04. Use Somebody 3:50
05. Manhattan 3:24
06. Revelry 3:21
07. 17 3:05
08. Notion 3:00
09. I Want You 5:07
10. Be Somebody 3:47
11. Cold Desert 5:34

Kings of Leon - Because of the Times (2007)

Kings of Leon - Because of the Times (2007)

Leaning even further toward a kind of post-punk meets prog rock aesthetic than on their first two albums, Nashville-based Kings of Leon have crafted a darker, less pop-oriented and somewhat cerebral affair with 2007's Because of the Times. In fact, if Alan Parsons lent the Allman Brothers his spaceship, Because of the Times would be the resulting space odyssey. While that leads to some intriguing moments, the general move away from strong, hooky choruses to a focus on expansive, intricate and percussive arrangements may challenge casual and even some longtime fans of the band's catchy, Southern garage rock twang. That said, cuts like the atmospheric and brooding lead-off track "Knocked Up" showcase lead-singer Caleb Followill's growing maturity as a singer and lyricist and bring to mind favorable comparisons to such artists as Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen. Similarly, the moody single "On Call" as well as the roiling, dramatic "McFearless," while not immediately hummable, do sink into your memory revealing layers of melody and emotion on repeated listens...Matt Collar

320 @
118 MB

Tracklist:

01. Knocked Up 07:10
02. Charmer 02:56
03. On Call 03:21
04. McFearless 03:09
05. Black Thumbnail 03:59
06. My Party 04:10
07. True Love Way 04:02
08. Ragoo 03:01
09. Fans 03:36
10. The Runner 04:16
11. Trunk 03:57
12. Camaro 03:06
13. Arizona 04:50

2/08/2009

Led Zeppelin - How The West Was Won - 3CD (2003)

Led Zeppelin - How The West Was Won - 3CD (2003)

How the West Was Won has been a long time coming. For a band with such an overarching legacy, the official record of Led Zeppelin's legendary--and unpredictable--live act has previously been poorly represented by the disappointing, scattershot soundtrack to The Song Remains the Same. But this triple-disc live set (culled from 1972 Long Beach/LA shows in advance of Houses of the Holy) addresses history with a vengeance, if a few decades late. These shows have rightfully assumed cult status in the bootleg market, showcasing a band at the peak of its creative and performing powers. The Zep faithfulmore… will welcome this belated release as evidence for enduring loyalty, but younger fans may find its diversity and dynamics even more enlightening--indeed, whole careers have since been built on the musical ideas Jimmy Page and company throw out here as decorative filler. Crucially rooted in the amped-and-hammered American blues of the guitarist's former band, the Yardbirds, the marathon work-outs of "Dazed and Confused" and "Whole Lot a Love" (which consume nearly an hour all by themselves) somehow encompass Ricky Nelson, Morocco, James Brown, Holst, Elvis Presley and Muddy Waters amidst their trademark sturm und drang, while the acoustic set that closes out Disc One showcases the band's--and particularly Robert Plant's--good-natured, crypto-Celtic folk appeal with energetic aplomb. Bigger and brasher than just about any rock act that followed in its historic wake, yet ever fan-loyal to its myriad influences, Led Zeppelin's live juggernaut finally gets the monument it deserves...Pepe Panzer

320 @
345 MB

Tracklist:

CD 1

01. LA Drone – 0:14
02. Immigrant Song – 3:42
03. Heartbreaker – 7:25
04. Black Dog – 5:41
05. Over the Hills and Far Away – 5:08
06. Since I've Been Loving You - 8:02
07. Stairway to Heaven – 9:38
08. Going to California – 5:37
09. That's the Way – 5:54
10. Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp - 4:55

CD 2

01. Dazed and Confused – 25:25
02. What Is and What Should Never Be – 4:41
03. Dancing Days – 3:42
04. Moby Dick – 19:20

CD 3

01. Whole Lotta Love - 23:08
02. Rock and Roll – 3:56
03. The Ocean – 4:21
04. Bring It On Home (inkl. Bring It On Back) – 9:30

J.J. Cale - Collected (3CD Remaster Set 2006)

J.J. Cale - Collected (3CD Remaster Set 2006)

Three CD collection by the influential Blues/Rock great best known for writing 'After Midnight' and 'Cocaine', two tracks that Eric Clapton brought to the masses with successful cover versions. Cale's own recordings are rootsy, laid-back affairs that are exciting, spine-tingling and filled with rough world-weary honesty. 60 tracks including the original versions of the afore-mentioned tracks plus many more including live tracks and radio essions.

Anybody who hasn't heard of JJ Cale MUST buy his first solo album. Absolutely every track on "Naturally" is a gem. For all others, this remastered compilation from Australia "Collected" is a decent buy. It does have most of JJ's best tracks and it even has a handful of previously unreleased live tracks...D. Oliver

320 @
434 MB

Tracklist:

CD 1

01 After Midnight 02:23
02 Crazy Mama 02:22
03 Call Me The Breeze 02:35
04 Magnolia 03:23
05 Crying Eyes 03:13
06 Lies 02:54
07 I'll Kiss The World Goodbye 01:46
08 If You're Ever In Oklahoma 02:04
09 Changes 02:25
10 Crying 02:36
11 Cajun Moon 02:16
12 Okie 01:55
13 Anyway The Wind Blows 03:21
14 Cocaine 02:48
15 Travelin' Light 02:50
16 Hey Baby 03:11
17 Cherry 03:21
18 You Got Something 04:00
19 I'll Make Love To You Anytime 03:11
20 Don't Cry Sister 02:12

CD 2

01 Sensitive Kind 05:07
02 Thirteen Days 02:48
03 Mona 03:15
04 Carry On 02:18
05 Mama Don't 03:48
06 If You Leave Her 02:41
07 City Girls 02:49
08 Don't Wait 03:09
09 Downtown L.A. 02:25
10 Devil In Disguise 02:01
11 Grasshopper 01:36
12 Money Talks 04:18
13 Hard Times 03:55
14 Teardrops In My Tequila 02:15
15 Trouble In The City 03:28
16 Change Your Mind 02:25
17 Lady Luck 02:40
18 Lonesome Train 03:09
19 Jailer 02:50
20 Borrowed Time 04:13

CD 3

01 Low Down 02:48
02 Guitar Man 04:01
03 Stone River 03:42
04 The Problem 04:31
05 Midnight In Memphis 04:24
06 Woke Up This Morning 03:27
07 Durango 05:20
08 Things Ain't Simple 02:48
09 Wish I Had Me A Dollar 03:05
10 Santa Cruz 04:40
11 Cocaine 03:07
12 After Midnight 03:05
13 Call Me The Breeze 05:36
14 Traveling Light 03:32
15 Tiajuana 03:59
16 Hold On 02:35
17 Rose In The Garden 02:53
18 After Midnight 03:39
19 Ride Me High 03:14
20 Devil In Disguise 03.05

2/06/2009

Golden Earring - Live (1977) (Remaster Edit 2001)

Golden Earring - Live (1977) (Remaster Edit 2001)

Import remastered reissue of the long running Dutch rock act's 1977 album.
25 years have passed since this double live performance from the Netherlands premier rock band, still going strong today. Great guitar & bass soloing with my favorite Radar Love version. Remaster sounds fine, except for 2 serious glitches in the recording process: a 1 second "drop-out" at 1:06 on track 2 and a "scratch" in the mix at 8:45 on track 8.
Overall, my favorite live Golden Earring ahead of "Something Heavy Going Down" and "Last Blast Of The Century". ..D. Bumann

320 @
199 MB
2000mustangs

Tracklist:

CD 1

01. Candy's Going Bad 5.06
02. She Flies on Strange Wings 8.10
03. Mad Love's Comin' 9.53
04. Eight Miles High 10.01
05. Vanille Queen 11.44

CD 2

01. To the Hilt 6.55
02. Fightin' Windmills 8.26
03. Con Man 9.09
04. Radar Love 11.17
05. Just Like Vince Taylor 6.24

2/05/2009

Queen - The Platinum Collection (3CD Box Set) (2002)

Queen - The Platinum Collection (3CD Box Set) (2002)

UK exclusive compilation includes all three 'Greatest Hits' compilations in one package.

320 @
477 MB

Tracklist:

CD 1:

01 Bohemian Rhapsody 5:58
02 Another One Bites the Dust 3:36
03 Killer Queen 3:02
04 Fat Bottomed Girls 3:24
05 Bicycle Race 3:03
06 You're My Best Friend 2:52
07 Don't Stop Me Now 3:31
08 Save Me 3:48
09 Crazy Little Thing Called Love 2:43
10 Somebody to Love 4:57
11 Now I'm Here 4:15
12 Good Old-Fashioned Lover Boy 2:55
13 Play the Game 3:33
14 Flash 2:48
15 Seven Seas of Rhye 2:50
16 We Will Rock You 2:02
17 We Are the Champions 3:01

CD 2:

01 A Kind of Magic 4:22
02 Under Pressure 3:56
03 Radio Ga Ga 5:43
04 I Want It All 4:01
05 I Want to Break Free 4:18
06 Innuendo 6:27
07 It's a Hard Life 4:09
08 Breakthru 4:09
09 Who Wants to Live Forever 4:57
10 Headlong 4:33
11 The Miracle 4:54
12 I'm Going Slightly Mad 4:07
13 The Invisible Man 3:58
14 Hammer to Fall 3:40
15 Friends Will Be Friends 4:08
16 The Show Must Go On 4:23
17 One Vision 4:02

CD 3:

01 The Show Must Go On / Elton John 4:35
02 Under Pressure / David Bowie Rah Mix 4:08
03 Barcelona / Freddie Mercury 4:25
04 Too Much Love Will Kill You 4:18
05 Somebody to Love / George Michael 5:07
06 You Don't Fool Me 5:22
07 Heaven for Everyone 4:37
08 Las Palabras de Amor (the Words of Love) 4:29
09 Driven by You / Brian May 4:09
10 Living on My Own / Freddie Mercury 3:37
11 Let Me Live 4:45
12 The Great Pretender / Freddie Mercury 3:26
13 Princes of the Universe 3:31
14 Another One Bites the Dust / Prakazrel "Pras" Michel 4:20
15 No One But You 4:11
16 These Are the Days of Our Lives 4:22
17 Thank God It's Christmas 4:19