Fredric Davies

The Stuttgart State Opera Orchestra & Chorus, Soloists, Dennis Russell Davies Philip Glass: Akhnaten (1987) 2CDs

Philip Glass - Akhnaten: An Opera in Three Acts for Orchestra, Chorus and Soloists (1987)
The Stuttgart State Opera Orchestra & Chorus, Soloists, conducted by Dennis Russell Davies

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 630 Mb | Scans included | Time: 02:08:37
Genre: Classical, Minimalism, Opera | Label: CBS Masterworks | # M2K 42457

The third in the Glass’ trilogy of operas about men who changed the world in which they lived through the power of their ideas, “Akhnaten”‘s subject is religion. The Pharaoh Akhnaten was the first monotheist in recorded story, and his substitution of a one-god religion for the multi-god worship in use when he came to power was responsible for his violent overthrow. The opera describes the rise, reign, and fall of Akhnaten in a series of tableaus. Libretto (Egyptian, Arcadian, Hebrew, and language of the audience) by the composer in association with Shalom Goldman, Robert Israel and Richard Riddell. Vocal text drawn from original sources by Shalom Goldman.

Ray Davies - Jive in the UK (2015)  Music

Posted by v3122 at Aug. 2, 2021
Ray Davies - Jive in the UK (2015)

Ray Davies - Jive in the UK (2015)
EAC | Flac(Image) + Cue + Log & MP3 CBR 320Kbps
MVDaudio, MVD7845A | ~ 229 or 90 Mb | Artwork -> 27 Mb
Classic Rock, Interview

Exclusive 2005 interview the main man behind the Kinks, Ray Davies. Topics include Ray’s song writing process, hearing the Beatles for the first time, Chrissie Hynde and the Pretenders and lots more.
Meredith Davies, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - Delius: A Village Romeo and Juliet (2002)

Meredith Davies, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - Delius: A Village Romeo and Juliet (2002)
dBpoweramp | FLAC | Tracks (Cue & Log) ~ 652 Mb | Total time: 68:10+68:46 | Scans included
Classical | Label: EMI Classics | 5 75785 2 | Recorded: 1971, 1972

Meredith Davies's great quality is his inspired pacing of a score that can easily stagnate. Davies sets the love-duets in dramatic contrast to the vigorous writing…Elizabeth Harwood and Robert Tear are both excellent as Vreli and Sali, winningly characterful and clearly focused…[Shirley-Quirk] is firm and forthright with an apt hint of the sinister.

Iestyn Davies & Fretwork - Lamento (2021)  Music

Posted by delpotro at Aug. 24, 2021
Iestyn Davies & Fretwork - Lamento (2021)

Iestyn Davies & Fretwork - Lamento (2021)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 285 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 149 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:04:37
Classical, Vocal | Label: Signum Classics

Countertenor Iestyn Davies and the viol consort Fretwork present a new recording of works for viol consort and voice, drawn from 17th Century Germany, following their critically praised 2019 album of works by Michael Nyman and Henry Purcell.
Dave Davies - Unfinished Business: Dave Davies Kronikles, 1961-1998 (1999) 2CDs

Dave Davies - Unfinished Business: Dave Davies Kronikles, 1961-1998 (1999) 2CDs
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 712 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 255 Mb | Scans ~ 108 Mb | 01:51:45
British Invasion, Classic Rock, Rock & Roll, Hard Rock | Label: Velvel | # VR2 79718

If this had only been Kronikles, 1963-1972 instead. It's the same problem with all the '60s greats who aren't named Neil Young. Their work rises like comets shot out of cannons in the early, R&B/Merseybeat beginnings, soaring ever higher toward the more expansive psychedelic era. Then they peak, level off around Woodstock, begin to descend in the earliest '70s, and then they plummet with a thud and a plop. To be fair, the Kinks made the tidiest, least offensive mess of it, and thus you could feel affection for them even when they sucked. Like, say, John Lennon or Pete Townshend, Ray Davies and his husky, Mickey Mouse-voiced sibling were capable of the odd later-'70s (or even later) gems that, if nothing like their fabled past, would remind of their prodigious talents in their early-twenties prime. Nevertheless, over a 35-year chronological presentation, the helpless spiral toward crap city is inescapable. All the more so with the junior Davies, who had such a smaller catalog to start. CD one plucks out the one or two songs Dave sang on each Kinks LP – blues-stomp covers, a few melodies Ray wrote for him, and some of Dave's earliest, best tunes. Most significantly, there's two huge vault-uncovered treats for '60s Kinks heads: a rare 1963 acetate of an unknown Dave number, the early-Beatles-like "I Believed You," the band's earliest unearthed recording from its days as the Ravens; and a 1969 Dave-alone eight-track, "Climb Your Wall," a nice piece of post-Dylan, post-Arthur happy shambles.
Kim Kashkashian, Dennis Russell Davies - Kancheli: Vom Winde Beweint; Schnittke: Konzert Fur Viola Und Orchester (1992)

Giya Kancheli: Vom Winde Beweint; Alfred Schnittke: Konzert Für Viola Und Orchester (1992)
Orchester der Beethovenhalle Bonn; Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Saarbrücken
Kim Kashkashian, viola; Dennis Russell Davies, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 298 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 200 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Contemporary | Label: ECM | # ECM New Series 1471, 437 199-2 | 01:07:28

This powerful record brings together two of the most seminal works for viola and orchestra of the twentieth century. Although these pieces are as different as they are similar, together they form a distinct balance of sentiment and execution.

Alun Davies - Daydo (1972) Unofficial Remastered CD Release 2008  Music

Posted by Designol at Feb. 13, 2023
Alun Davies - Daydo (1972) Unofficial Remastered CD Release 2008

Alun Davies - Daydo (1972) Unofficial Remastered CD Release 2008
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 226 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 85 Mb | Scans ~ 63 Mb
Folk, Folk-Rock | Label: Retro Disc International | # RDI 33024 | 00:37:05

Alun Davies (born 1943) is a Welsh guitarist, studio musician, recording artist, and composer who rose to fame primarily with his supporting guitar work and backing vocals as accompanist for English musician Cat Stevens, from early 1970 to 1977. Alun Davies' only solo album as of 2008 was Daydo, released in 1972. Much of the material was written as early as 1970, but this was just prior to Davies' introduction, backup work, and devoted friendship with Cat Stevens. With the intention of releasing the material as soon as possible, Davies bemoaned the fact that he had so little time to debut his own work, but stated that he had no regrets. The LP at last was released in the summer of 1972.
Landestheater Linz; Bruckner Orchester Linz; Dennis Russell Davies - Philip Glass: Kepler (2011) 2CDs + DVD5

Philip Glass - Kepler (2011) 2CDs + DVD5
Landestheater Linz; Bruckner Orchester Linz; Dennis Russell Davies, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 586 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 261 Mb | 01:54:02 | Scans ~ 62 Mb
DVD5 | NTSC | 16:9 (720x480) VBR | German-Latin AC3 5.0, 448 kbps or AC3 2.0, 192 kbps
Subs: English, German | 02:00:31 | ~ 4.1 Gb | Label: Orange Mountain | # 0071/OMM5004
Classical, Minimalism, Opera

Philip Glass' opera from 2009 explores the life of scientist Johannes Kepler though a series of dramatic scenes with two hours of Glass' music. Kepler in many ways hearkens back to Glass' portrait operas of the early 1980s and continues the composers interest in scientists after having also written operas on Einstein and Galileo. The opera premiered at the Landestheater Linz in 2009 as part of Linz 09, the European Cultural Capital, and continues the amazing 30 year collaboration between Glass and the conductor Dennis Russell Davies, the music director of both the Landestheater Linz and its orchestra, the Bruckner Orchester Linz who has also recorded Glass' music extensively for the Orange Mountain Music label including Glass Symphonies 6, 7, and 8, and Glass' large scale opera The Voyage which was originally written for the Metropolitan Opera. Kepler is a refreshing return to large scale symphonic writing for the opera house. Recent Glass operas including Waiting for the Barbarians and Appomattox carry more dialogue and intimate narrative scenes whereas Kepler is a musical dedication to the life of this great scientists - triumphs and human flaws.

Ray Davies - Americana (2017)  Music

Posted by popsakov at Dec. 5, 2020
Ray Davies - Americana (2017)

Ray Davies - Americana (2017)
EAC Rip | FLAC (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 387 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 143 Mb
Full Scans ~ 201 Mb | 00:58:31 | RAR 5% Recovery
Rock, Folk, Country | Legacy #8875102362

Ray Davies published a memoir chronicling his life-long affair with America in 2013. Naturally, it was called Americana, and that's also the title of this 2017 musical adaptation of the book. Davies plays a little fast and loose with his facts, which is perhaps a detriment in an autobiography but suits the condensed nature of songwriting. He doesn't tell a story with Americana – it's not a song cycle along the lines of Arthur (Or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire) – but rather offers a series of vignettes, some torn from the pages of his book, others expanding upon its themes. Images of highways, cowboys, and movies dance through the songs, as do sly allusions to the Kinks. It's not just that there's an echo of "All Day and All of the Night" on "The Man Upstairs," either: "Poetry" recalls the pastoral jangle of Village Green Preservation Society and "The Great Highway" stomps like a Low Budget outtake.

Debbie Davies - All I Found (2005)  Music

Posted by popsakov at Aug. 26, 2021
Debbie Davies - All I Found (2005)

Debbie Davies - All I Found (2005)
EAC Rip | FLAC (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 355 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 133 Mb
Full Scans | 00:52:03 | RAR 5% Recovery
Modern Electric Blues, Blues Rock | Telarc Blues #CD-83626

Debbie Davies doesn't play straight blues on All I Found, her eighth release as a bandleader and her first for Telarc Records, so much as a kind of blues-inflected country-pop somewhat reminiscent of Bonnie Raitt, only without Raitt's distinctive, drop-dead slide guitar technique. Make no mistake, Davies plays some solid guitar on this album (she got her start playing in Albert Collins' Icebreakers, after all), and she has Arthur Neilson on loan from Shemekia Copeland on second guitar to keep things sizzling on three cuts, but somehow under all that stellar guitar work, several of these songs seem a little tired, and "Troughin'," a humorous ditty about overeating, is downright irritating.