Willie Dixon – I Am The Blues (1969/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 43:56 minutes | 1,45 GB | Genre: Blues
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover | © Columbia
Willie Dixon sings his originals on this album, even though many were written for other artists to perform previously. The album offers a unique perspective in comparing how Dixon interprets his music to how other performers (Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf for example) have interpreted it.
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The Velvet Underground – Live At Max’s Kansas City (1972/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 01:19:47 minutes | 1,67 GB | Genre: Rock
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This album is regarded as one of the final appearances of Lou Reeds with The Velvet Underground.
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The Swallow Quintet – Into The Woodwork (2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 56:19 minutes | 1,07 GB | Genre: Jazz
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Praising a previous incarnation of Steve Swallow’s quintet, The Times described the band “as near a perfect display of small-group jazz – robust yet exquisitely poised”. The description holds true for the latest edition of the bassist’s quintet and its album Into the Woodwork. Swallow leads the group – including his longtime partner in music and life, Carla Bley, on organ – in multi-hued performances of a dozen original compositions from his pen. Recorded in the south of France, the album accommodates atmospheric grace and loping grooves, wry humour and understated virtuosity.
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The Smithereens – The Smithereens Play Tommy (2009)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 45:12 minutes | 937 MB | Genre: Alternative
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The Smithereens decided to make a proper, all-out studio version of one of the albums that inspired their rock dreams of becoming a band in the first place for this 40th anniversary tribute. The Who’s unique sound will never be duplicated, but then again neither will The Smithereens’ sound that has made them enduring rock icons over the past 25 plus years. The result is part Who, part Smithereens. Part totally familiar, and part unexpectedly unique… and 100% tour de force. The Smithereens’ “musical dreams ain’t quite what they seem” – the result is more than a loving tribute and much more like an inspired re-imagining. After listening to this album a few times, you may never hear any of The Who’s versions of Tommy the same way again.
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The Modern Jazz Quartet – Live At The Lighthouse (1967/2011)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 38:04 minutes | 1,52 GB | Genre: Jazz
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Live at the Lighthouse is an emotionally-charged live set featuring bold improvisations and new material from the historic quartet. The album bursts with vibraphonic innovations, rousing piano runs and bluesy moods. The seasoned players perform deeply moving renditions of “The Shadow Of Your Smile” and “What’s New.” Wonderfully spaced and perfectly timed, it is impossible not to be intrigued by this remarkable album.
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Tamaryn – Cranekiss (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 44:26 minutes | 529 MB | Genre: Rock
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With Cranekiss, Tamaryn emerges from her past efforts in a way that’s inviting, warm-blooded, and shockingly direct. She’s made a big record, loaded with samples, synth triggers and processing that was missing from her previous efforts, pressed into service of a post-adolescent love letter to all the music that she and her collaborators (Jorge Elbrecht of Violens and Lansing-Dreiden, Shaun Durkan of Weekend) hold dear. Her most personal collection of songs to date, Cranekiss represents a long journey, and a new phase in Tamaryn’s music unfolding before you, a blood-red kaleidoscope of desire and late night abandon.
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Taj Mahal – Taj Mahal (1968/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 33:07 minutes | 698 MB | Genre: Blues
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Taj Mahal brings old and new sounds to blues in his 1968 debut. Taj Mahal embraces his virtuosity on the guitar and sets the foundation for the future of his unique interpretations of the genre.
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Simon & Garfunkel – The Graduate OST (1968/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 37:08 minutes | 1,33 GB | Genre: Pop
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The Graduate is an album of songs from the soundtrack of Mike Nichols’ movie The Graduate, featuring many songs from the folk-rock duo Simon & Garfunkel as well as several instrumental pieces by Dave Grusin. The music meshed perfectly with the themes of the film, the album topped the charts, and it introduced Simon & Garfunkel to a wider audience.
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Rachel Z – Grace (2005)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 1:02:09 minutes | 1,31 GB | Genre: Jazz
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On Grace Rachel selects songs by U2, Nirvana, Kate Bush, Björk and John Lennon to mix with her own compositions binding the ten tracks of the album with spare arrangements and universal themes encompassing love, pain and growth. The simplicity of a trio consisting of Rachel’s piano, long-time collaborator Bobbie Rae’s signature drums/percussion and Chris J. Luard on bass, recorded with Chesky’s renowned minimalist miking techniques, creates a most intimate environment for such eloquent material.
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Tomasz Stanko New York Quartet – Wislawa (2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 1:39:28 minutes | 1,78 GB | Genre: Jazz
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Like his early hero Miles Davis, acclaimed trumpeter Tomasz Stanko has a knack for shaping great bands, and this one, formed in the world’s jazz capital, overflows with promise. Thomas Morgan, Gerald Cleaver and David Virelles join Stanko for this breathtaking masterpiece. This must-have audiophile download is filled with brooding darkness and sophisticated ballads. In the uptempo pieces, all four players enter new territory with exciting results. The double-album program of Stanko compositions is inspired by the poetry of Wislawa Szymborska, the Nobel Laureate.
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