The twenty sonatas on this recording show Handel writing for the professional musicians of his London opera orchestra; they demand considerable skill and stamina both from the soloist and the continuo. Prominent bass parts give the sonatas a contrapuntal strength and vitality, and Handel keeps the elements of display and purely musical argument in admirable balance in these works. For this reason, they are among the most attractive Baroque solo sonatas and deserve their lasting popularity.
ESOTERIC RECORDINGS imprint Cocteau Discs, the home of BILL NELSON’s catalogue between 1971 and 2001, continues their series of on-going releases with the newly remastered and expanded release of his 1986 album "GETTING THE HOLY GHOST ACROSS”. Released in 1986, the record was Bill’s sole album for the Portrait label, and was a superbly realised work. Previously released on CD as strictly limited edition of 500 copies on Bill’s Sonolux label, the album is hugely sought after on CD by collectors.
From now on, the likes of H.E.A.T. or Eclipse, Sweden's finest in terms of Melodic Rock/Hard Rock, do have a serious competitor by the name of Miss Behavior. The new album "Ghost Play", the fourth in the band's history, takes great advantage of new producer Patrik Magnusson (Crash Diet) as well as of the way more dynamic collection of songs which at times are reminiscent of current Europe. Therefore, at the end of the day, there is more classic rock than pure AOR. But keyboards still rule on "Ghost Play". Check out "Friendly Fire", "Savage Heart" and "Save The Word" basically covering the different sounds of the album from uptempo rock to mid tempo groover to a fantastic ballad. That's how melodic rock should sound like!
While organist Johnny "Hammond" Smith never attained the status of Jimmy Smith, he nonetheless fronted first-rate bands and accumulated a fine discography. Recorded in 1961, Opus de Funk brings together two Smith albums in one package, Stimulation and Opus de Funk. Since the same band – vibraphonist Freddie McCoy, guitarist Eddie McFadden, bassist Wendell Marshall, and drummer Leo Stevens – played on both sets, and since both albums aren't very long by contemporary standards, the pair fit snuggly on the same CD. The really unusual element here is the presence of McCoy, because one doesn't usually associate vibes with jazz organ combos.
It's very hard to write a bio of band that has such a long history but only one official release, the story OPUS EST is full of situations that could had lead o the development of a real and prolific band, but the circumstances were against them, starting with the fact that the idea of the band was formed around 1977 when Prog Rock was dying due to the pressure imposed by Punk from the alternative musical spectrum and Disco from the mainstream side, so it was hard for a new band to appear in such a chaotic moment…
30 years after their sensational debut album, Scratch and Bite, Swedish melodic rock legends TREAT are back! Ghost of Graceland is the album that every melodic rock fan has hoped for: a classic rock masterpiece with thunderous guitars, powerful yet seductive melodies and hook-laden songs, all wrapped up in a production that combines the best of now and then!
Eponymous is the first greatest hits and the second compilation album by American alternative rock band R.E.M., released in 1988. It was their last authorized release on I.R.S. Records, to whom they had been contracted since 1982, having just signed with Warner Bros. Records. Eponymous is notable for its inclusion of several rare or alternative versions of known tracks, most notably the soundtrack contribution "Romance", which had not previously appeared on an R.E.M. record. Spanning from the initial single release of "Radio Free Europe" to the previous year's breakthrough hit album Document, Eponymous provides a fair overview of R.E.M.'s early work. Released in October 1988, just a month before R.E.M.'s Warner Bros. debut Green appeared, Eponymous reached #44 in the US and #69 in the UK…