Marilyn McDonald & James Howsmon - Mozart Among Friends (2017)

Marilyn McDonald & James Howsmon - Mozart Among Friends
Classical, High Classical, Chamber Music | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 61:39 min | 258 MB
Label: Oberlin Music | Tracks: 08 | Rls.date: 2017

After performing the complete set of Mozart Sonatas for pianoforte and violin together, pianist James Howsmon and violinist Marilyn McDonald longed to relive three lesser-known gems. Perhaps smaller in scope but not in creativity, the sonatas that make up Mozart Among Friends wonderfully reveal the full range of Mozart's genius. The recording opens with the tempestuous Sonata in G major, K. 379, with its turbulent minor-key Allegro movement bookended by a florid Adagio in G major and a set of variations on a cheerful theme.
John Lill, Halle Orchestra, James Loughran - Brahms: Piano Concertos 1 & 2 (2006)

John Lill, Halle Orchestra, James Loughran - Brahms: Piano Concertos 1 & 2 (2006)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:39:41 | 398 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Sanctuary Classics | Catalog: CD RSB 204

Despite a career spanning more than 50 years and a gold medal at the Tchaikovsky Piano Competition (among others), pianist John Lill may be an artist sadly missing from many CD collections. Heralded as an intellectual musician, his approach to the instrument is decidedly academic and straightforward. This is not to say that his music-making is not impassioned or thoughtful anymore than the same could be said of Starker or Gingold simply because they are master technicians at their instruments.
Sufjan Stevens, Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly & James McAlister - Planetarium (2017)

Sufjan Stevens, Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly & James McAlister - Planetarium (2017)
MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 01:16:16 | 178 Mb
Ambient, Electronic | Label: 4AD

Planetarium is a concept album that occasionally gives way to ambient interludes and majestic brass chorales, buttressed by a percussive drive that keeps the momentum skyward. In spite of all the experimentation in sound and style, Sufjan’s vocals provide a clear and coherent center of gravity. The album includes some of his most diverse vocal performances to date (from soft hush to guttural scream), and whether he’s singing through effects pedals, vocoders, auto-tune or not, his voice delivers an ambitious flight map through the cosmos.

Etta James - At Last: The Best Of Etta James (2010)  Music

Posted by Designol at May 23, 2017
Etta James - At Last: The Best Of Etta James (2010)

Etta James - At Last: The Best Of Etta James (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 462 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 203 Mb | Scans included
Early R&B, Soul, Blues | Label: Decca | # 5330843 | Time: 01:15:47

In many ways Etta James resembled a female Ray Charles in her unerring ability to tackle (and sometimes combine) all of the strands of American popular music, from rock & roll to R&B, blues, country, gospel, jazz, and pure pop and soul, while still maintaining a distinct feel and sound that was all her own, and she did this throughout a five-decade career that is impressive for its consistency. This 25-track set (mostly drawn from her time with Chess Records) is hardly definitive (it doesn't have classic James' tracks like "Anything to Say You're Mine," "Don't Cry Baby," "Something's Got a Hold on Me," or the girl group pop of "Two Sides (To Every Story)," for instance, or any of her late-career blues tracks), but it does do a good job of spotlighting James' range and versatility by collecting sides like her signature "At Last," the soul-pop masterpieces "Tell Mama" and "I'd Rather Go Blind," and saucy versions of Willie Dixon's "Spoonful" and Randy Newman's "You Can Leave Your Hat On," all of which offer ample proof that James was one of the best singers of her generation – in any style.

James Brown - Motherlode (1988) {Polydor}  Music

Posted by TestTickles at May 21, 2017
James Brown - Motherlode (1988) {Polydor}

James Brown - Motherlode (1988) {Polydor}
EAC Rip | FLAC with CUE and log | scans | 318 mb
MP3 CBR 320kbps | RAR | 134 mb
Genre: R&B, soul, funk

Motherlode is a 1988 compilation album by the hardest working man in show business, James Brown. This collection came about when Brown's music was getting renewed attention through its use as samples in hip-hop. All of the songs were previously unreleased in 1988 except for the two remixes which close the CD. This is a Polydor sureshot.

Etta James - All The Way (2006)  Music

Posted by popsakov at May 19, 2017
Etta James - All The Way (2006)

Etta James - All The Way (2006)
EAC Rip | FLAC (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 362 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 124 Mb
Scans (PNG, 300 dpi) ~ 88 Mb | RAR 5% Recovery
Jazz, Blues, R&B, Soul-Blues | RCA Victor / Sony BMG Music #82876 82950 2

After her tough blues and R&B records in the early years of the 21st century – 2003's Let's Roll and 2004's Blues to the Bone – Etta James throws a quiet storm changeup. All the Way's 11 tracks are pop songs – indeed, a few are standards – written between the 1930s and the 1990s. James song choices are curious. The Great American Songbook tunes include the title track (written by Samuel Kahn and Jimmy Van Heusen), Leonard Bernstein's and Stephen Sondheim's "Somewhere" from West Side Story, and even Bob Telson's "Calling You" from the score to the 1987 film Baghdad Cafe – it's been recorded by everyone from Barbra Streisand and Celine Dion to Jeff Buckley and Gal Costa…

James Place - Voices Bloom (2017)  Music

Posted by aasana at May 19, 2017
James Place - Voices Bloom (2017)

James Place - Voices Bloom (2017)
Experimental, Ambient, Techno, Minimal | 40:46 mins | MP3, 320 kbps | 95 MB
Label: Umor Rex US

How do you reply to techno music with a deconstructionist bent towards society? The lyrics on James Place’s ‘Voices Bloom’ act in this way, like candy to a baby they create a hyperactive drive for the sweet soul sensations of taste and plunder. With an opening track narrated on samples involving brotherhoods of people, and how everyone is figuratively your ‘brother’, the music takes on a less solipsist, lonely quality from the start. We fly into a cybernetic wildfire, and the mental hemisphere contracts…

James Brown - The CD Of JB & CD Of JB II (1985/1987)  Music

Posted by TestTickles at May 19, 2017
James Brown - The CD Of JB & CD Of JB II (1985/1987)

James Brown - The CD Of JB & CD Of JB II (1985/1987)
EAC Rip | FLAC with CUE and log | scans | 298 mb/421 mb
MP3 CBR 320kbps | RAR | 144 mb/172 mb
Genre: R&B, soul, funk

The CD Of JB is a compilation CD Polydor did for James Brown in 1985. Due to its success, Polydor did a second one in 1987, which also sold very well.

Verdi - Falstaff (James Levine) (2015) [Blu-Ray]  Music

Posted by Vilboa at May 17, 2017
Verdi - Falstaff (James Levine) (2015) [Blu-Ray]

Verdi - Falstaff (James Levine) (2015) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 26996 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 127 min | 35,2 Gb
Audio1: Italian / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3964 kbps / 24-bit

BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 127 min | 6,89 Gb
Audio: Italian / DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | DECCA | Sub: English, French, German, Korean, Chinese

Verdi's brilliant final masterpiece Falstaff, in its first new Met production in 50 years – and conducted by Met Music Director James Levine in his first new production since his return to his podium at the Met. When it comes to theatrical flair, captivating costumes, stage antics and imagination, there are not many shows on Broadway to rival the Met s new Falstaff. “Ambrogio Maestri is made for the title role, with the apt physique, nimble acting and superb vocal presence that make him the leading Falstaff of the day. There is no weak link in a finely balanced, comically-attuned cast (the women are especially impressive) and Levine’s conducting is pitch-perfect. The show fizzles from start to finish and is tremendous fun” (Classical Music).

Barclay James Harvest ‎- BBC In Concert 1972 (2002)  Music

Posted by v3122 at May 12, 2017
Barclay James Harvest ‎- BBC In Concert 1972 (2002)

Barclay James Harvest ‎- BBC In Concert 1972 (2002)
EAC | Flac(Image) + Cue + Log & MP3 CBR 320Kbps
2CD | EMI, 07243 538980 2 1 | ~ 534 or 271 Mb | Scans(jpg) -> 51 Mb
Progressive Rock

BBC in Concert is one of those miraculous archival finds that one just can't anticipate and dares not hope for. Apart from Yes (always the exception to a lot of rules), very few progressive rock bands managed to get themselves recorded live under optimum conditions, much less so early in their careers…