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Steve Hackett – Bay Of Kings (1983) (24-Bit/96Khz + 16-Bit/44.1Khz) (Vinyl Rip)

Steve Hackett – Bay Of Kings (1983)
Vinyl | LOG | CUE | FLAC | Tags | Full LP Cover (1:1)
24bit/96kHz: 758mb – 16bit/44kHz: 193mb
Genre: Symphonic-Rock | Chrysalis PV 41572 | Release: 1983

To Steve Hackett, I will following his career from his beginnings in ‘Genesis’ and his subsequent career as a soloist. Contrary to what one might think Hackett is one of those artists-geniuses who have managed to reinvent themselves, risking his reputation after proposing and out of inertia, in short a very complete artist and honest. In one example: this great and unknown album ‘Bay of Kings’, which boasts its potential as a learned composer, accompanied by various guitars out of the electric field: acoustic guitar, classical guitar and various string guitars nylon in stereo.
If I start analyzing his music, jump to hear the influences of various composers for stringed instruments of all time. From Baroque, Renaissance, Impressionist and contemporary (little reminiscent of Eric Satie and Joaquín Rodrigo).
Album is a must for any fan of the great Steve Hackett.

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Shocking Blue – The Best Of Shocking Blue (1986) (24-Bit/96Khz) (Vinyl Rip)

Shocking Blue – The Best Of Shocking Blue (1986)
24bit/192Khz Vinyl Rip | Flac(Image) + Cue | Scans | 2.02 Gb
Rock / Blues Rock | Victor Records, VIL-6211

Formed in 1967 by former Motions guitarist Robbie van Leeuwen, the Dutch quartet Shocking Blue originally had a lineup of VanLeeuwen on guitar, lead vocalist Fred DeWilde, bass player Klaasje Van der Wal, and drummer Cornelius Van der Beek, and the initial configuration of the band had a minor homeland hit with “Lucy Brown Is Back in Town” a year later in 1968. Things really got moving, though, when DeWilde was replaced by sultry singer Mariska Veres, whose sexy presence and solid singing brought the band a second Netherlands hit, “Send Me a Postcard,” and then a huge international smash with “Venus” in 1970 after the group had signed to Jerry Ross’ Colossus Records imprint. Although Shocking Blue’s albums (1968’s Shocking Blue, 1969’s At Home, 1970’s Scorpio’s Dance, 1971’s 3rd Album, 1972’s Inkpot, 1972’s Attila, 1973’s Dream on Dreamer, and 1974’s Good Times) featured progressive rock elements and inventive arrangements thanks to VanLeeuwen’s writing and production skills, the band was essentially marketed as a pop singles unit, and while they scored several subsequent hits in their homeland, none of the group’s releases approached the massive saturation success of “Venus.” Veres left Shocking Blue in 1974 to pursue a solo career, and while there have been various reunions and different touring incarnations of the band over the years (including a version fronted by Veres in the ’90s), its creative history ended then. VanLeeuwen later re-surfaced in the folk/jazz group Galaxy-Lin, while his most famous composition, “Venus,” continued to see play on oldies stations. Veres died of cancer in 2006 at the age of 59.

by Steve Leggett

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Scientist v Prince Jammy – Big Showdown (1980) (24-Bit/96Khz + 16-Bit/44.1Khz) (Vinyl Rip)

Scientist v Prince Jammy – Big Showdown (1980)
Vinyl rip @ 24/96 | FLAC | Artwork | 768mb
Reggae, Roots, Dub | 1980 UK LP | Greensleeves GREL 10

Scientist burst onto the reggae scene in the early 80s with a reckless mixing style that seemed to outdo even King Tubby’s wildest extravaganzas. He began his career as an engineer at King Tubby’s Studio. Shortly afterwards he became a protégé of King Tubby, and swiftly gained a reputation with his fresh mixing style. In 1980 the UK-based record company Greensleeves began to release the productions of top Jamaican producer Henry ‘Junjo’ Lawes. Lawes, finding success with new singing sensation Barrington Levy, used Tubby’s studio for his voicing and final mix-downs and offered Greensleeves a couple of dub albums mixed by Tubby’s sensational young engineer. Scientist v Prince Jammy (1980), mostly consisting of dub mixes of Barrington Levy tracks, was presented as a ‘Big Showdown’ between the two dub-masters. The combination of heavyweight Roots Radics rhythms pitted against one another. Greensleeves followed this with an album proclaiming Scientist to be the Heavyweight Dub Champion, a similar brew of Roots Radics/Barrington Levy rhythms Dub albums mixed by The Scientist soon began to appear with bewildering regularity from various sources. Greensleeves, in particular, continued to issue album after album. From the introduction to an interview with Hopeton Brown (Scientist) which can be found here.

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Scientist – Heavyweight Dub Champion (1980) (24-Bit/96Khz) (Vinyl Rip)

Scientist – Heavyweight Dub Champion (1980)
Vinyl rip @ 24/96 | FLAC | Artwork | 684mb
Reggae, Roots, Dub | 1980 UK LP | Greensleeves GREL 13

If maybe you’re already into reggae and finding yourself drawn more into the ‘roots & culture’ area of dub, then there can’t be a better place to start than with Scientist. This is an awesome collection of dubs from 1980, done in the Scientist way. Tracks 1 and 8 are just sublime but in my opinion, track 4 is the ‘Kidney Punch’ that will knock you out ! If your hi-fi can handle these basslines, you should be into furniture-moving territory. Secure your crockery and glassware and turn it up ! D. Williams,

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Renaissance – Turn Of The Cards (1974) (24-Bit/96Khz + 16-Bit/44.1Khz) (Vinyl Rip)

Renaissance – Turn Of The Cards (1974)
Vinyl Rip in 24 Bit-96 kHz | Redbook 16 Bit-44 kHz | FLAC | Cue | No Log | Scans | 854 MB + 234 MB
1974 / Genre: Prog-Rock – Symphonic Rock / BTM Records – UK

Those who happen to enjoy Classical music almost as much as Prog-Rock will find joy out of “Turn Of The Cards” “This is one of their best albums with great compositions, that will give you much listening pleasure; enjoy this attractive album!”

Note > No silence was deleted; please burn this album gapless..

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Renaissance ‎- Ashes Are Burning (1973) (1st UK Gatefold Pressing) (24-Bit/96Khz + 16-Bit/44.1Khz) (Vinyl Rip)

Renaissance ‎- Ashes Are Burning (1973)
Vinyl | LOG | CUE | FLAC | Tags | Full LP Cover (1:1)
24bit/96kHz: 852mb – 16bit/44kHz: 244mb
Genre: Symphonic-Rock | Label: Sovereign ‎/ SVNA 7261 | 1st UK Gatefold Pressing | Release: 1973

Rennaissance are a group formed in England in 1969 by former Yardbirds members Keith Relf and Jim McCarty with the goal of experimentation between rock, folk, and classical forms. Over the next few years, the group would go through several line-up changes until they completed what most fans regard as the classic five-piece line-up, which would remain together through six studio albums including this one “Ashes Are Burning”. It was the first of several Renaissance albums to feature an orchestra playing along with the band on some songs, with a symphonic template similar to the sounds produced by Genesis, and a focus on haunting and beautiful female vocals. Andy Powell (of the group Wishbone Ash) guests as electric guitar soloist on the final title track, which became the band’s anthem piece. The album became the band’s first to chart in the US, and is regarded as the most fully formed and best album by the classic five-piece band line-up.

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Neil Diamond – Jonathan Livingston Seagull (1973) (24-Bit/96Khz + 16-Bit/44.1Khz) (Vinyl Rip)

Neil Diamond – Jonathan Livingston Seagull – 1973
Vinyl Rip in 24 Bit-96 kHz | Redbook 16 Bit-44 kHz | FLAC | Cue | No Log | Scans | 857 MB + 229 MB
1973 / Genre: Soundtrack – Soft-Rock / CBS – DE

Neil Diamond puts himself into the shoes of a character, Jonathan Livingston Seagull, writing and singing music beautiful and rich in texture and melody, to fit the portrait perfectly in a movie under the same name.
This 40 years old album may should not be missed in your collection; compelling music and wonderful recorded.. Perfectly suited for the late evening and in a romantic mood 😉 . Enjoy this n.m. vinyl version!

Note > No silence was deleted; please burn this album gapless..

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Mellow Candle – Swaddling Songs (1972) (24-Bit/96Khz) (Vinyl Rip)

Mellow Candle – Swaddling Songs (1972)
Vinyl rip @ 24/96 | FLAC | Artwork | 913mb
Folk-Rock | 2004 UK re-issue, white label – test pressing | Acme ADLP1040

Filled with multi-layered harmonies and complex arrangements, this, unfortunately overlooked, album of beautiful, flowing, and wonderfully recorded Irish folk-rock (originally released in 1972) has been a favourite of record collectors for years. Luckily, the strength of the music holds up beyond its scarcity.
Not merely electric updates of lost traditional numbers, the album works because it establishes a voice and a sound that is truly compelling. The arrangements range from the zigzagging light progressive bent of the opener, “Heaven Heath,” to the more storming tempo changes of “Dan the Wing.” Strewn across the record is some truly remarkable guitar work, with the blanks filled in with lush violin and piano fills. The high-toned, occasionally strained interplay of Alison Williams and Clodagh Simonds may not always reach the notes as they ought to be reached (this rings especially true on the bombastic “The Poet and the Witch,” an otherwise fine song), but their voices have their own peaceful rewards. The vocals see most of their limitations during the more up-tempo numbers — which is fine, seeing that this record is able to soar on the quieter moments. On “Silversong” (the one track that was actually released as a single with “Dan the Wing” during Mellow Candle’s short tenure at Decca’s Deram Records offshoot), the band falls into a mid-paced ethereal haze, within which it finds its strongest points. Gliding guitars and equally haunted vocals wrap around each other in a fog of vaguely mystical lyrics. The crystal clear recording and the lack of reliance on overly fantastical lyrics make Swaddling Songs sound remarkably current. Anyone who is able to track down the CD or LP reissue will be more than pleased with this lost treasure. Jon Pruett, allmusic.

Please note: this Acme white-label, test-pressing, came without a cover. I have photographed the cover of a late 80s counterfeit copy also in my collection.

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Lindisfarne – Nicely Out of Tune (1970) (24-Bit/96Khz) (Vinyl Rip)

Lindisfarne – Nicely Out of Tune (1970)
Vinyl rip @ 24/96 | FLAC | Artwork | 874 mb
Folk-Rock | 1970 UK LP | Charisma CAS 1025

Easily the best album the group ever recorded, Nicely Out Of Tune is one of the prettiest folk-rock albums of the late 1960s. If Lindisfarne had never recorded anything else, they’d be one of the most fondly remembered acts of their era just for this album. “Lady Eleanor” is a very pretty tune that manages to incorporate elegant mandolin over some heavy rock riffing. “Road To Kingdom Come” is closer in spirit to the group’s usual pub-rock sound, a singalong-type number with lots of really crunchy harmonica, mandolin, and fiddle, and a really catchy chorus — “Jackhammer Blues” is pretty nearly as good a rocker. But “Winter Song” is one of the gentlest, most haunting folk ballads of its period, almost too pretty to have come from a rock band, and “Alan In The River With Flowers” isn’t far behind. The rest is in the same class and league. Bruce Eder, allmusic.

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Jack Bruce Band – How’s Tricks (1977) (24-Bit/96Khz) (Vinyl Rip)

Jack Bruce Band – How’s Tricks (1977)
Vinyl Rip in 24 Bit-96 kHz | Redbook 16 Bit-44 kHz | FLAC | Cue | No Log | Scans | 877 MB + 247 MB
1977 / Genre: Jazz-Rock-Blues / RSO Records – NL

Jack Bruce’s fifth studio album, How’s Tricks, is a masterpiece, and it ranks with “Songs for a Tailor” and “Harmony Row”.

“This is a strong album with great instrumental work, attractive compositions and the very special magnetic voice of Jack Bruce himself. The clear recording (36 years old) has a big, open and warm soundstage.. Enjoy!”

Note > No silence was deleted; please burn this album gapless..

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