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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Boz Scaggs & Band 1971 Boz Scaggs & Band




Genre: Rock
Rate: 192 kbps CBR / 44100
Time: 00:34:22
Size: 47,19 MB

United States

review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine

After the burnished, mellow Moments, Boz Scaggs put some grit back into his music with this third album, Boz Scaggs & Band. Not that he got down and dirty -- his blue-eyed soul and funk is still sleek and stylish, music for uptown parties, not downtown juke joints. But Scaggs gave his band equal billing on the title here because they carry equal weight on Boz Scaggs & Band. It's a true band album, showcasing the group's tight interplay as much as it does Scaggs' vocals.

Sometimes, the band almost dominates the proceedings too much, as they do on "Runnin' Blue," where they're as splashy as a Vegas big band. Such excesses are balanced by the nimble "Up to You," this album's irresistible foray into country -- something that was a regular Boz feature at this point -- and the brief, breezy "Here to Stay," which helps keep things light and casual. But the best thing about Boz & Band is hearing that band play, particularly on "Flames of Love" and "Why Why," where they get down low, playing funky rock and soul that holds its own with Little Feat's Meters-inspired grooves.



Tracklist:

01 - Monkey Time 03:00



02 - Runnin' Blue 03:55

03 - Up To You 03:35



04 - Love Anyway 03:29

05 - Flames Of Love 04:30

06 - Here To Stay 02:33

07 - Nothing Will Take Your Place 03:43

08 - Why, Why 05:31

09 - You're So Good 04:06





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Monday, April 29, 2013

Ibro Lolov & His Gypsy Orchestra 1998 Gypsy Music From Bulgaria, Vol. 1




Genre: Gypsy
Rate: 320 kbps CBR / 44100
Time: 00:57:24
Size: 131,28 MB

Bulgaria

The liner notes state that it is difficult to tell Bulgarian gypsy music from Bulgarian music in general. This adds further confirmation to an observation that wherever they go, the gypsies tend to assimilate to the music of the locals -- which they then proceed to play with great verve and proficiency.

This album consists of instrumentals with a few vocal numbers mixed in. The instruments include the accordion (which is generally the lead and which is played by Lolov), the violin (which occasionally takes over the lead), guitar, bass, and drums. The pace is fast but usually not frenetic like that of other Eastern European gypsy bands. A good example of this is "Sofiyski Tantz (Dance From Sofia)," an instrumental which, like a couple of the other numbers, sounds a little bit Middle Eastern and a little bit like a fast tango. Another fun instrumental is "Koshnitcharka (Basket Maker)," which has a real lilt to it and provides variety. The vocalists would not pass muster on American Idol, but they impress with their sincerity. This disc can be recommended to any fan of gypsy or Bulgarian music.

Artists:

Ibro Lolov: accordion
Angelina Lolova, Boris Marinovich: vocals
Traicho Lolov: guitar
Georgi Nochev: violin



Tracklist:

01 - Vecheren Tantz 04:21



02 - Tziganski Tantz 03:44

03 - Gelem, Gelem 04:51



04 - Bogati Tzigani 03:22

05 - Sofiyski Tantz 03:21

06 - Njama S Kakvo Da Svirja 03:48

07 - Filipovski Tantz 03:38

08 - Koshnitcharka 03:11

09 - Svatbarski Tantz 04:32

10 - Tcai Shukarie 04:31

11 - Bogati Tzigani Svatba Pravyat 03:55

12 - Gotzedelchevski Tantz 03:54

13 - Zeleni Ochi 05:59



14 - Varnenski Tantz 04:17





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Sunday, April 28, 2013

Adam Scone 2005 High As A Rocket


Genre: Jazz
Rate: 255 kbps VBR / 44100
Time: 00:40:54
Size: 74,61 MB

United States

An extremely funky, unique, and motivated organ record complete with a real string section. (cdbaby)



Tracklist:

01 - High As A Rocket 06:18



02 - Country Squire 11:36

03 - Allright For Tonight 04:51

04 - Tryin' To Be That Man 04:29

05 - Leave Me Be 03:48

06 - So It Feels Good 05:37

07 - Waitin' For That Juice 04:15







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SBB 2006 Silesian Blues Band




Genre: Blues
Rate: 192 kbps CBR / 48000
Time: 01:19:15
Size: 108,83 MB

Poland


Tracklist:

01 - I'm Going Home 06:37



02 - Kapelusz 38:01

03 - Go-Go-Lowiec 04:54

04 - Swingulec 07:39

05 - Improv 11:58

06 - Boogie 03:41

07 - Blues 06:25







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Saturday, April 27, 2013

Backwater Blues Band 2004 Live At The Smoking Dog


Genre: Blues
Rate: 128 kbps CBR / 44100
Time: 00:51:11
Size: 46,83 MB

United States

Tracklist:

01 - T-Bone Shuffle 06:09

02 - Nice And Warm 10:43

03 - Mary Had A Little Lamb 03:29

04 - Killin' Floor 05:35

05 - Hey Bartender 03:14

06 - Funky Bitch 06:05



07 - Chuck Berry Medley 05:57

08 - It Aint No Use 04:52



09 - Barnyard Boogie 02:39

10 - Dancing All Night Long 02:28





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Friday, April 26, 2013

The Medley Brothers 1978 The Medley Brothers






Genre: Southern Rock
Rate: 320 kbps CBR / 44100
Time: 00:57:44
Size: 120,11 MB

United States

In 1975, in the mountains of Roanoke, VA, Randy and Chuck Murphy created The Medley Brothers named after a very cheap brand of whiskey they had just completed. The brothers included guitar wizard Milton Swing and, in 1976, Randy Perkins to front the band on vocals and rhythm guitar.

The style of the band began as a kind of tribute to the “country-rock” sounds of the day including Gram Parsons, J.D. Souther, Merle Haggard and others. However, as the quartet began to write songs, the band took on its own very distinct identity. It was southern-rock, to be sure, but the songs offered catchy, accessible hooks. The Medley Brothers (some called them The Deadly Mothers because of their intimidating appearance) soon became local favorites. At one Roanoke show in 1977, a New York music enthusiast became a believer in The Medley Brothers and began bringing the band to New York City and its surrounding New York and New Jersey towns. Randy Perkins remembers, “The more we talked with a southern draw up north, the more we went over. So, when we first started playing New York, we would slow our speech down on purpose. They loved it because they considered us the real McCoy in southern-rock music, and they were right”. The band quickly became popular until they were in the New York area three weeks out of every month. The Red Rail in Nanuet became their “hot spot”, packing the place until they ended their shows at 3:00 or 4:00AM.

Various producers and studios became interested in the band, but it was Quad Studios in Pennsauken, NJ that gelled best and offered the most. In 1978, Quad brought the band in to record demos and produced surprisingly good takes of several songs written by Perkins, Swing and bassist Chuck Murphy. Through Quad’s many contacts with industry “big-wigs”, the demos were used to shop The Medley Brothers to a label. CBS/Columbia Records in New York took a real interest, sending their A&R reps to live shows. In 1978, the band auditioned for CBS in their 52nd Street studios.

Timing is everything, as they say, and The Medley Brothers were turned down because the label correctly felt a shift in what was the current musical trend and the story goes that Cheap Trick was signed, instead. After this let-down, The Medley Brothers continued to play frequently in New York and up and down the Eastern US, but the typical excesses of “the road” began to take their toll and the band dissolved on January 2, 1980 after a New Year’s Eve show. Swing and Perkins still play music regularly, though not together. Brother Chuck Murphy tragically died in a car crash and his brother and Medley Brother drummer, Randy, no longer plays.



Tracklist:

01 - All For You 04:39



02 - Surprise 03:49

03 - Rock Salt (Boy You're Gonna Learn) 04:29

04 - Watch Your Eyes 03:59

05 - It's Alright 04:39

06 - Bad Woman Blues 04:42



07 - Time Will Take It's Toll 04:04

08 - All For You (Alternate Version) 03:15

09 - Surprise (Alternate Version) 03:46

10 - Rock Salt (Boy You're Gonna Learn) (Alternate Version) 04:10

11 - Nobody's Fool (Live) 06:19

12 - Down To Me (Live) 04:06

13 - I'll Be Waiting (Live) 05:47





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Breakout 1979 Zol (Zidentyfikowany Obiekt Latajacy)




Genre: Blues
Rate: 265 kbps VBR / 44100
Time: 00:37:37
Size: 69,79 MB

Poland

Tracklist:

01 - Poki Usmiech Ma Twarz Dziecka 03:59



02 - Pozegnalny Blues 03:03

03 - Dzien Zwegla Sie 04:54



04 - Idzie Wenus 02:11

05 - Ona Odeszla Stad 03:40

06 - Gdy Masz Przyjsc 04:59

07 - Oslepil Mnie Deszcz 03:59

08 - Co Tam Za Mgla 04:56

09 - W Cieniu Bluesa 05:56





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Thursday, April 25, 2013

The Rich Fabec Band 2006 Name Your Poison


Genre: Blues-Rock
Rate: 320 kbps CBR / 44100
Time: 00:45:03
Size: 103,01 MB

United States

Blues basted in funk sauce with a side of Jam topped with OHHH YEEEAAAAHHH. (cdbaby)



Tracklist:

01 - One Day 02:35

02 - Name Your Poison 03:43



03 - We'll See 04:49



04 - Can't Miss Wat Ya Never Had 04:08

05 - Walk Me Home 03:40

06 - Lew's Blooz 04:10

07 - Runaway 02:52

08 - King Of The World 03:28

09 - One Tear Fall 05:10

10 - Tears In The Rain 05:42

11 - Midnight Train 04:46





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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

George Benson 1977 Weekend In L. A.




Genre: Jazz
Rate: 320 kbps CBR / 48000
Time: 01:09:28
Size: 159,08 MB

United States

review by Richard S. Ginell

Recording live at Los Angeles' Roxy club -- then a showcase for many of the hottest acts in pop -- was just the tonic that George Benson and his Breezin' band needed on this often jumping album. With unusually lively crowds (for a record-industry watering hole) shouting encouragement, the band gets deep into the four-on-the-floor funk and Benson digs in hard, his rhythmic instincts on guitar sharp as ever. The balance between vocals and instrumentals is about even -- George's voice sounds more throaty and soul-oriented than before -- and amid the new material, there is a revisit to a favored CTI-era instrumental, the lovely "Ode to a Kudu." This album also introduced "On Broadway," an extended stomping version of the Drifters' hit that would become Benson's climactic showstopper for years. The only superfluous element is the after-the-fact addition of Nick DeCaro's string synthesizer backdrop; the real Claus Ogerman-arranged thing would have been preferable if strings are a must.



Tracklist:

01 - Weekend In L. A. 07:29

02 - On Broadway 10:08



03 - Down Here On The Ground 04:55

04 - California P. M. 07:04

05 - The Greatest Love Of All 05:44



06 - It's All In The Game 03:55

07 - Windsong 06:13

08 - Ode To A Kudu 07:27

09 - Lady Blue 03:40

10 - We All Remember Wes 05:48

11 - We As Love 07:05





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The Scotty Bratcher Band 2007 Scotty




Genre: Blues-Rock
Rate: 320 kbps CBR / 44100
Time: 00:53:33
Size: 122,45 MB

United States



Tracklist:

01 - All Your Love (I Miss Lovin) 06:50



02 - My Way Down 04:04

03 - Don't Give Up On Me 05:17

04 - Southbound 04:49

05 - Shame Shame Shame 07:24

06 - Meridian 05:27

07 - Current Situation 04:25

08 - A Quitter Never Wins 06:05



09 - Further On Up The Road 04:25

10 - Ground Hog Day 04:47





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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Boz Scaggs 1971 Moments




Genre:
Rate: 294 kbps VBR / 44100
Time: 00:41:50
Size: 80,04 MB

United States

review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine

If his 1969 eponymous debut found Boz Scaggs digging down deep and creating some gritty soul-rock, highlighted by Duane Allman's extended work-out on "Loan Me a Dime," his 1971 follow-up Moments -- his first album for CBS -- found him sketching out the blue-eyed soul that would eventually bring him fame when he streamlined it for 1976's Silk Degrees. Boz Scaggs was a Southern record, but Moments is thoroughly Californian, sun-bleached and brightly colored, easily gliding along smooth surfaces.

In the hands of producer Glyn Johns, Scaggs doesn't have any rough edges, and the change suits him well, as his soft, soulful croon almost cries out for a setting this lush, one that's just this side of being louche. Although Scaggs would go that down the gauche road in the '70s, Moments is far from the glitzy disco of Silk Degrees and its spawn. This is thoroughly a '60s hangover, right down to how the country shuffle of "Alone, Alone" slides between the warm soul grooves of the rest of the album. Most of this is decidedly laid-back -- the casually funky grind of "I Will Forever Sing (The Blues)" and slyly funny boogie of "Hollywood Blues" callbacks to the Southern strut of the debut, are the exception, not the rule -- and while this is mellow, it's not lazy: it's a relaxed exploration. By the time "Can I Make It Last (Or Will It Just Be Over)" quietly drifts away on extended instrumental coda, setting like a sun into the ocean, Scaggs has started down the path toward his signature blue-eyed soul.



Tracklist:

01 - We Were Always Sweethearts 03:28

02 - Downright Women 04:36

03 - Painted Bells 04:00

04 - Alone, Alone 03:38

05 - Near You 04:49

06 - I Will Forever Sing (The Blues) 05:12



07 - Moments 04:30

08 - Hollywood Blues 02:40



09 - We Been Away 03:41

10 - Can I Make It Last (Or Will It Just Be Over) (Instrumental) 05:16





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Monday, April 22, 2013

Boris Kovac & Ladaaba Orchest 2001 The Last Balkan Tango


Genre: Gypsy
Rate: 192 kbps CBR / 44100
Time: 01:09:27
Size: 95,20 MB

Serbia

Boris Kovac & Ladaaba Orchest are from Yugoslavia. Ladaaba stands for La Danza Apocalypsa Balcanica.

The songs, as a whole, have a feeling of last moment, a feeling of something important terminating. This is the music of the last party. On "Begin-ing", we are asked "to imagine there is only one starry night left till the end of the world... What would we do?" Really, I don't know. What would I do? What would you do? Something did terminate but not everything. The last song takes us on a new journey to a vague destination. Maybe for the better, maybe for the worse, but all is not terminated.

These Balkan tangos are, I don't know how to say it otherwise, they are important. They got here just in time. They have tastes of tango, gypsy music, avant-garde jazz and rumba. There is a good measure of energy and hope, along with the bittersweet sadness. (Charles-Antoine Caron)



Tracklist:

01 - The Last Balkan Tango 08:56

02 - Begin-Ing 07:58

03 - Octoberburrekfest 04:04

04 - Balkatino 04:11



05 - Slow For Julia 06:00

06 - Begin For Julia 03:56

07 - Rumbatto 04:15

08 - The Last Waltz In Budapest 05:04

09 - What Life Offers 01:19

10 - Tango Apocalypso 06:08

11 - Shadows Of Reminiscence 05:39

12 - Ending 04:52



13 - Orient Express 07:05





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Roberto Ciotti 2007 Unplugged




Genre: Blues
Rate: 253 kbps VBR / 44100
Time: 00:45:46
Size: 83,03 MB

Italy

Tracklist:

01 - Blue Square 03:46



02 - Hell Boogie 02:50

03 - When's My Time 04:49



04 - No More Blue 04:39

05 - Hey Joe 03:58

06 - Road 'n' Rail 04:18

07 - Me And The Wind 03:37

08 - Cool Man 03:18

09 - You Can Change The Weather 02:59

10 - Bella Chica 04:08

11 - Magic Years 03:32

12 - Castles Of Sand 03:52





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Sunday, April 21, 2013

Buckwheat Zydeco 1992 On Track






Genre: Blues
Rate: 320 kbps CBR / 44100
Time: 00:43:56
Size: 100,67 MB

United States

review by Roch Parisien

When Stanley "Buckwheat" Dural laces on the accordion, you can bet that it's well past Lawrence Welk's bedtime. On Track is party-time zydeco, the indigenous dance music of southwest Louisiana's black Creoles spiced with contemporary rock, soul, and blues. Dural throws just about everything into the gumbo, from the funky bass and driving horns of "Won't You Let Me Go?" to the bayou lullaby "There Will Always Be Tomorrow." The most soulful version ever of "The Midnight Special" is also well worth checking out. Lovers of down-to-earth, good-time music will find themselves right On Track with Buckwheat's latest.



Tracklist:

01 - Won't You Let Me Go 04:30



02 - Cooking With Pierre 03:46

03 - Cry To Me 02:57

04 - The Midnight Special 04:26



05 - Everything Hurt (Tout Que 'Qu Chose Fait Mal) 03:23

06 - There Will Always Be Tomorrow 05:16

07 - Funky Filly 03:35

08 - You Lied To Me 04:22

09 - On Track 03:33

10 - Hey Joe 08:08





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Silver Creek 2008 About Time


Genre: Southern Rock
Rate: 128 kbps CBR / 44100
Time: 00:46:12
Size: 42,33 MB

Canada

Silver Creek's debut record is an ambitious full length journey into a the nostalgic realm of Southern rock and roll. Drawing heavily from influences that include The Marshall Tucker Band, The Black Crowes, The Rolling Stones and Canada's own Blue Rodeo, About Time is a warm and heartfelt attempt to capture a modern look at classic sound.

The songs on the record are simple compositions that convey fundamental truths of the human experience. Topics of love, heartache, soulful summertime musings, and the cold foreboding Canadian winter mix with heartfelt lyrics and catchy melodies to shape what the Ottawa Citizen called "a solid and rollicking debut."



Tracklist:

01 - The Devil Loves Rock And Roll 03:41



02 - Time On You 03:40

03 - Cherry Pie (She's My Baby) 03:17

04 - Lost Souls And Losers 05:58

05 - February Frontier 04:48

06 - Come Home 06:05

07 - Brown Hair Beautiful 03:16



08 - Stay 05:32

09 - Twist Pull Tear 04:15

10 - Tyler's Intro 00:33

11 - Something Like A Change 05:07





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