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Rory Block - Hard Luck Child: A Tribute To Skip James (2014) [Official Digital Download 24-bit/96kHz]

Rory Block - Hard Luck Child: A Tribute To Skip James (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 45:35 minutes | 930 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

Rory Block is the most celebrated living female acoustic blues artist. On her fifth release in the acclaimed 'Mentor Series' on Stony Plain, Rory pays tribute to Skip James, one of the most important country blues artists in history. Rory actively tours internationally and each new release is a high profile occasion in the blues community. "Today, she is regarded as the top female interpreter and authority on traditional blues worldwide".
Barclay James Harvest - Barclay James Harvest And Other Short Stories (Remastered & Expanded) (1971/2020)

Barclay James Harvest - Barclay James Harvest And Other Short Stories (Remastered & Expanded) (1971/2020)
XLD Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) - 788 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 319 Mb | 02:19:13
Progressive Rock | Label: Cherry Red Records, Esoteric Recordings

Esoteric Recordings is pleased to announce the release of a newly re-mastered, re-mixed and expanded 3 disc clamshell box edition of the classic album, “Barclay James Harvest and Other Short Stories”. Recorded and released in 1971, the album was the third by BJH and was recorded at Abbey Road studios and was co-produced by the band and ex-Pretty Things member Wally Allen. Widely regarded (along with “Once Again”) as one of the band’s early masterpieces, “…Other Short Stories” featured such classic tracks as ‘Medicine Man’, ‘Ursula (The Swansea Song)’, ‘The Poet’ and the epic ‘After the Day’. The album was critically acclaimed upon its release by Harvest Records and was also issued by Sire Records in the United States with some remixed versions of tracks. The album also featured the Barclay James Harvest symphony orchestra conducted by Martyn Ford and arrangements by Toni Cooke and Martyn Ford.

James Cotton - The Best Of The Verve Years (1995) [Re-Up]  Music

Posted by Designol at Sept. 23, 2020
James Cotton - The Best Of The Verve Years (1995) [Re-Up]

James Cotton - The Best Of The Verve Years (1995)
XLD | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 497 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 213 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Blues | Label: Verve/PolyGram | # 314 527 371-2 | Time: 01:16:21

Taken from the high-energy harpist's first three albums for Verve following his split from Muddy Waters (including the entirety of his fine eponymous 1967 debut), this 20-track anthology is a fine spot to begin any serious Cotton collection. In those days, Cotton was into soul as well as blues – witness his raucous versions of "Knock on Wood" and "Turn on Your Lovelight," backed by a large horn complement. Compiler Dick Shurman has chose judiciously from his uneven pair of Verve follow-ups, making for a very consistent compilation.
Muddy Waters, Johnny Winter, & James Cotton - Breakin' It Up, Breakin' It Down (2007) Recorded 1977

Muddy Waters, Johnny Winter, & James Cotton - Breakin' It Up, Breakin' It Down (2007)
XLD | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 438 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 181 Mb | Scans included
Electric Blues, Chicago Blues | Label: Epic, Legacy | # 88697 07283 2 | 00:59:22

Muddy Waters had his second coming 30 years ago, when longtime friend and disciple Johnny Winter and his Blue Sky label returned him–after a series of listless recordings aimed at the rock audience–to the raw, powerful authenticity of his timeless Chess material with a series of powerful albums. Beginning with 1977's acclaimed Hard Again, a subsequent tour produced Muddy "Mississippi" Waters Live, recorded onstage in Detroit, New York, and Philadelphia with Muddy's band, Winter, and harmonica player/vocalist James Cotton. Enough live material remained for Legacy to release an expanded version with an entire second disc of unissued concert material. It seems even that wasn't the end. This collection returns again to those remarkable concerts, featuring Muddy on five tracks, among them a rousing "I Can't Be Satisfied," "Trouble No More," "Caldonia," and the closing "Got My Mojo Workin'." Winter and Cotton are no less powerful, Cotton redoing Jackie Brenston's hit "Rocket '88'" and Winter ripping up John Lee Hooker's "I Done Got Over It" and "Mama Talk to Your Daughter."

James Hunter - ... Believe What I Say (1996/2006) (Reissue)  Music

Posted by Domestos at Oct. 19, 2017
James Hunter - ... Believe What I Say (1996/2006) (Reissue)

James Hunter - … Believe What I Say (1996/2006) (Reissue)
XLD Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) ~ 259.84 Mb | 43:14 | Covers
Retro Soul-Blues, Rock'n'roll | Country: England | Label: Hepcat (HEP 1178-2)

The singer/songwriter James Hunter introduced his retro blue-eyed soul approach with this 1996 debut. The smooth Sam Cooke/Clyde McPhatter-influenced vocals weren't quite as confident at his career's start, but for the most part, those smitten by People Gonna Talk will find this a terrific addition to their small Hunter collections. To his credit, Van Morrison was an early supporter, and he appears here on two Bobby "Blue" Bland covers.

James Brown - Get On Up The: James Brown Story (2014)  Music

Posted by El Misha at May 14, 2018
James Brown - Get On Up The: James Brown Story (2014)

James Brown - Get On Up The: James Brown Story (2014)
XLD Rip | FLAC (tracks & cue & log) -> 470 MB | Cover | 01:13:29
Genre: Soundtrack, Funk, Soul | Label: Polydor

'The Godfather of Soul.' 'The Hardest Working Man in Show Business.' 'Mr. Dynamite.' 'Soul Brother Number One.' For more than 50 years, these and other honorifics have described American music icon James Brown.

James Bay - Electric Light (2018)  Music

Posted by Domestos at July 28, 2018
James Bay - Electric Light (2018)

James Bay - Electric Light (2018)
XLD Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) ~ 326.81 Mb | 55:10 | Cover+booklet.pdf
Indie Rock, Pop Rock | Country: UK | Label: Republic - B0028082-02

While writing his second album, UK singer/songwriter James Bay adopted a David Bowie quote as his mission statement: “I don’t know where I’m going from here, but I promise it won’t be boring.” Secretly hunkered down in a basement studio when he was supposed to be on a six-month break, Bay felt free to experiment. He reemerged with a questing set of songs that crosses into simmering funk-rock, taut alt-pop, and folky electro-R&B from Bon Iver’s neck of the woods. The risk in diverting from the Americana-tinged pop-rock of his GRAMMY®-nominated debut, Chaos and the Calm, is mitigated by unshakable melodies and Bay’s versatile voice, which continues to crackle with the joy and pain of love. Mission accomplished.
VA - Newport Folk Festival: Best Of The Blues 1959-68 (2001) 3CD Set

VA - Newport Folk Festival: Best Of The Blues 1959-68 (2001) 3CD Set
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 874 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 395 Mb | Scans ~ 35 Mb | 02:52:09
Acoustic Blues, Delta Blues, Country Blues, Folk-Blues | Label: Vanguard | # 193/95-2

This three-CD set documents some historic country-blues performances by the likes of Mississippi John Hurt, Skip James, Bukka White, Mississippi Fred McDowell and Mance Lipscomb. The urban side of things is well represented by Lightnin’ Hopkins, John Lee Hooker, Memphis Slim, Muddy Waters with Otis Spann, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band and The Chambers Brothers turning in a riveting rendition of “See See Rider.” Included here are 11 previously unreleased tracks. A must for acoustic-blues fans.

James Booker - Classified (1982) Remixed And Expanded 2013  Music

Posted by Designol at Oct. 14, 2018
James Booker - Classified (1982) Remixed And Expanded 2013

James Booker - Classified (1982) Remixed And Expanded 2013
XLD | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 408 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 181 Mb | Scans included
Label: Rounder Records | # 11661-9175-2 | Time: 01:13:02
New Orleans Blues, Boogie-Woogie, Rhythm & Blues, Jazz-Blues

One of the great blues albums of the early '80s, Classified captures the legendary New Orleans pianist James Booker not long before his premature death at the age of 43 on November 8, 1983. Recorded in a series of sometimes problematic sessions in 1982 – producer Scott Billington details them in his terrific liner notes on the 2013 reissue of the record, which is remixed and expanded – Classified appeared just a few months before Booker's death, so it's hard not to read it as something of a final statement.
Barclay James Harvest - XII (Deluxe Remastered & Expanded Edition) (1978/2017)

Barclay James Harvest - XII (Deluxe Remastered & Expanded Edition) (1978/2017)
XLD Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) - 705 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 295 Mb | 02:08:55
Progressive Rock | Label: Cherry Red Records, Esoteric Recordings

Esoteric Recordings are proud to announce the release of a newly re-mastered and expanded edition of the classic gold selling 1978 album by Barclay James Harvest,"XII". Originally released in September 1978, the album was another big selling release for the band achieving Silver disc status in the UK and Gold in Germany. The album followed in the wake of “Gone to Earth” and saw BJH consolidate the success they had found in Germany and Europe.