Wednesday, October 26, 2011

The Smittens - The Coolest Thing About Love [2008]

The Smittens, with three primary vocalists, are a veritable twee pop variety show. Max Andrucki's baritone resembles that of Stephin Merritt and contrasts dramatically with the whisper-soft vocals of Dana Kaplan and indie pop veteran Colin Clary. The group is at its best when singing about love and nature, but branches out occasionally; "It's a Saturday" humorously adapts the Bay City Rollers' "Saturday Night" into a Smittens theme song, while the oblique social commentary of "H&M (+A)" seems out of place on a collection of mostly hearts-and-flowers ditties. The Coolest Thing About Love is the Smittens' third album and their most accomplished to date -- the ensemble vocal performances are tighter than ever and the songs easily rate among the group's best.

Track list:

01.the interstate
02.half my heart beats
04.c'mon! (when the grass grows tall and green)
05.Baby Don't You Know
06.something sassy
07.Good To Go
08.magpies and eccles cakes hundred roses
10.All The Love In The World's a saturday!
12.h&m (+a)
14.The One For Me

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Michael Kiwanuka - I'm Getting Ready EP [2011]

Track list:
01.I'm Getting Ready
02.I Need You By My Side
03.Any Day Will Do Fine

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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Mavis Staples - Live from Newport 2009

Mavis Staples at George Wein's Folk Festival 50 at Newport, Rhode Island, recorded live in August, 2009.

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Michael Kiwanuka - Tell Me A Tale [EP]

Track list:

01.Tell Me A Tale
02.I Need Your Company
03.Worry Walks Beside Me

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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

The Vaselines – 3 singles

The Vaselines – Son Of A Gun 7" (1987)

53rd & 3rd (AGARR 6)

1. Son Of A Gun
2. Rory Rides Me Raw

The Vaselines – Dying For It 7" (1988)

53rd & 3rd (AGAAF 17)

1. Dying For It
2. Molly’s Lips

The Vaselines – Seminal Twang 7" (1991)

Seminal Twang (TWANG 4)

1. Dying For It
2. Bitch

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Shop Assistants - 6 singles

Shop Assistants – Big E Power 7" (1990)

Avalanche Records (AGAP 003)

1. Big E Power
2. One More Time

Shop Assistants – Here It Comes 7" (1989)

Avalanche Records (AGAP 001)

1. Here It Comes
2. I’d Rather Be With You

Free flexidisc.

1. You Trip Me Up
2. The Other One

Shop Assistants – I Don’t Wanna Be Friends With You 7" (1986)

Blue Guitar/Chrysalis (AZUR 2)

1. I Don’t Wanna Be Friends With You
2. Looking Back

Shop Assistants – Safety Net 7" (1986)

53rd & 3rd (AGARR 1). 1986.

1. Safety Net
2. Almost Made It
3. Somewhere In China

Shop Assistants – Shopping Parade 7" EP (1985)

The Subway Organisation (SUBWAY ONE)

1. All Day Long
2. Switzerland
3. All That Ever Mattered
4. It’s Up To You

Buba & The Shop Assistants – Something To Do 7" (1984)

Villa 21 Records (002)

1. Something To Do
2. Dreaming Backwards

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Monday, March 28, 2011

Cults - Cults 7''

released 23 December 2010

1.Go Outside 03:21
2.Most Wanted 02:58
3.The Curse 02:24

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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Razorcuts - R is for... Razorcuts

Combining classic songcraft, chiming guitars and heartfelt vocals to create a prototypical indie sound, The Razorcuts were one of the best and most influential groups to come out of the UK-based C86 scene of the mid-'80s. They recorded the obligatory flexi-disc tracks, a batch of singles for Subway Organisation and two wonderful LPs for Creation, all of which were impossible to find on CD until now. The fine folks at Matinee have put together a compilation that gathers tracks from throughout their career and makes a strong case for the Razorcuts as one of the great British bands of the 1980s. Starting off with the beautiful "I'll Still Be There," the disc charts the Razorcuts (who consisted of Gregory Webster on guitar and vocals, Tim Vass on bass and vocals, and a revolving cast of other musicians) as their sound progressed from lo-fi indie pop to full and majestic folk-rock-tinged balladry by the end of their career. Along the way are such classic songs as the aching "Sorry to Embarrass You," "Brighter Now," "Contract With God" (a tune the Byrds would have been glad to call their own), and Tim Vass' fave, "I Won't Let You Down." A nice inclusion at the end of the disc are three bonus-track rarities: the 1986 flexi-disc track "Sad Kaleidoscope"; the surf pastiche demo from 1985, "The Horror of Party Beach"; and the single version of "I'll Still Be There." The liner notes are another treat, with reminiscences from both Webster and Vass as well as essays by Bob Stanley of Saint Etienne and the Legend (aka Everett True). The disc is a wonderful exercise in nostalgia for fans lucky enough to have heard the Razorcuts when they were active and is a must-have for anyone who is a fan of the current crop of indie pop groups who use the Razorcuts as one of the blocks their sound is built on. Many, many thanks to Matinee for telling the Razorcuts' story.


01 - I'll Still Be There
02 - Big Pink Cake
03 - Summer In Your Heart
04 - Mary Day
05 - Sorry To Embarrass You
06 - A Is For Alphabet
07 - 8 Times Around The World
08 - I Heard You The First Time
09 - Jade
10 - A Contract With God
11 - Brighter Now
12 - Storyteller
13 - Everyday Eyes
14 - Try
15 - Across The Meadow
16 - I Won't Let You Down
17 - The World Keeps Turning
18 - The Last Picture Show
19 - Sad Kaleidoscope
20 - The Horror Of Party Beach (1985 Demo)
21 - I'll Still Be There (Single Version)

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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

V.A. - Take Me to the River: A Southern Soul Story 1961-1977 (3CD BoxSet) [2008]

Release Date: Oct 14, 2008
Southern soul really was natural as rain, a mixture of blues, R&B, gospel and country that somehow managed to sound exactly like, well, soul, no matter how many ways it was spun, and from its first stirrings in the early 1960s until disco and synthesizers officially killed it off in the mid-'70s, a case could be made that there was no more exciting music coming out of America. This wonderful three-disc, 75-track set traces that very arc in mostly chronological order, beginning with William Bell's "You Don't Miss Your Water" from 1961 and ending with Geater Davis' last-gasp "I'll Play the Blues for You " from 1977. In between is some very exciting music indeed, including Otis Redding's stunning "These Arms of Mine," Charlie Rich's "When Something Is Wrong with My Baby" (who says soul and country aren't two sides of the same coin?), James Carr's stark and desperate "The Dark End of the Street," Etta James' powerful "I'd Rather Go Blind," Chuck Brooks' brilliant and dangerous-sounding "Love's Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down," and a pair of Al Green classics, "Tired of Being Alone" and the title tune, "Take Me to the River," and that's just a quick list of the gems found in this delightful set. Released by labels like Stax, Goldwax, Excello, Fame,
and Dial, southern soul was all about emotion and groove and always sounded rougher, sexier, and more dangerous than what northern labels like Motown were doing in the same time period. Truthfully, southern soul was what it was because of the high mixture of passionate gospel in its DNA, as if these artists hoped to sing their way out of hell and into heaven. The subject was love, in all of its guises, and much like country, soul carried every bit as much sadness as it did joy. Love doesn't always work out right, whether you make it to heaven or not. That's the bottom line, and no genre has ever celebrated a more adult approach to such matters, or filled the world with so much passion for it, than southern soul. The story is here.

Track list:

1.William Bell - You Don't Miss Your Water 3:01
2.Arthur Alexander - Go Home Girl 2:20
3.Otis Redding - These Arms of Mine 2:33
4.Jimmy Hughes - Steal Away 2:26
5.Joe Simon - My Adorable One 2:46
6.O.V. Wright - You're Gonna Make Me Cry 3:23
7.Percy Sledge - When a Man Loves a Woman 2:51
8.Eddy Giles - Losin' Boy 3:18
9.Otis Redding - Try a Little Tenderness [Take 1] 4:02
10.Jarvis Jackson - Something I Never Had 3:24
11.Wilson Pickett - Ninety-Nine and a Half (Won't Do) 2:42
12.Eddie Floyd - Got to Make a Comeback 2:39
13.Charlie Rich - When Something Is Wrong with My Baby 2:49
14.James Carr - The Dark End of the Street 2:34
15.Toussaint McCall - Let's Do It Over 2:18
16.Aretha Franklin - Do Right Woman, Do Right Man 3:17
17.Sam & Dave - I Can't Stand Up for Falling Down 2:41
18.June Edwards - You Ain't Woman Enough (To Take My Man) 2:51
19.Masqueraders - Let's Face Facts 3:23
20.Purify, James & Bobby - She Ain't Gonna Do Right 2:47
21.Al Johnson - Bless Your Sweet Soul 3:01
22.Laura Lee - Dirty Man 2:53
23.Eddie Hinton - Cover Me 2:55
24.Beltones, Reuben Bell - You're Gonna Miss Me 2:43
25.Etta James - I'd Rather Go Blind 2:37
26.Toney, Oscar Jr.- Without Love (There Is Nothing) 3:50
1.Maurice & Mac - You Left the Water Running 2:43
2.Don Bryant - I'll Go Crazy 2:03
3.Bill Brandon - Rainbow Road 2:59
4.Shirley Walton - The One You Can't Have (All by Yourself) 2:51
5.William Bollinger - Tell Him Tonight 2:40
6.Ollie & The Nightingales - A Smile Can't Hide (A Broken Heart) 2:50
7.Spencer Wiggins - Uptight Good Woman 2:43
8.William Bell - I Forgot to Be Your Lover 2:21
9.Clay Hammond - I'll Make It Up to You 3:40
10.Clarence Carter - Slip Away 2:30
11.James Carr - That's the Way Love Turned out for Me 3:16
12.Tony Borders - Polly Wally 2:20
13.Candi Staton - Another Man's Woman, Another Woman's Man 2:31
14.Joe Tex - Buying a Book 3:27
15.Doris Duke - To the Other Woman (I'm the Other Woman) 2:59
16.Paul Kelly - Stealing in the Name of the Lord 3:37
17.Z.Z. Hill - Faithful and True 2:38
18.Chuck Brooks - Love's Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down, Pts. 1-2 6:40
19.Kip Anderson - I Went off and Cried 3:03
20.Barbara & The Browns - If I Can't Run to You I'll Crawl 2:41
21.Paul Thompson - What I Don't Know Won't Hurt Me 2:59
22.Johnnie Taylor - Jody's Got Your Girl and Gone 3:01
23.Thomas Bailey - Wish I Was Back 2:53
24.Jimmy Braswell - I Can't Give You My Heart 3:10
25.Gwen McCrae - Lead Me On 2:11
1.Marcell Strong - Mumble in My Ear 3:23
2.Denise LaSalle - Breaking Up Somebody's Home 3:28
3.Al Green - Tired of Being Alone 2:50
4.Spencer Wiggins - I Can't Be Satisified 3:35
5.King Floyd - Groove Me 3:01
6.Freddie North - She's All I Got 2:41
7.Bobby Newsome - Jody, Come Back and Get Your Shoes 3:17
8.Mel & Tim - Starting All Over Again 3:50
9.Sam Dees - We Always Come Back Strong 2:26
10.Frederick Knight - I've Been Lonely for So Long 3:21
11.Luther Ingram - (If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don't Want to Be Right 3:35
12.Ann Peebles - I'm Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down 2:43
13.Bobby Womack - I'm Through Trying to Prove My Love to You 3:49
14.Millie Jackson - It Hurts So Good 3:12
15.Quiet Elegance - You've Got My Mind Messed Up 2:50
16.Bobby Patterson - I Get My Groove from You 3:27
17.Tommie Young - Take Time to Know Him 3:16
18.George Jackson - How Can I Get Next to You 3:37
19.Soul Children - I'll Be the Other Woman 3:35
20.Clarence Carter - Heartbreak Woman 3:14
21.Chet Davenport - Take One Step (I'll Take Two) 4:03
22.Al Green - Take Me to the River 3:44
23.Tommy Tate - If You Got to Love Somebody 3:18
24.Geater Davis - I'll Play the Blues for You 3:29

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Jack Nitzsche - The Lonely Surfer [1963_2001]

Collector's Choice Music 2001 release COLC195

Track list:

01.The Lonely Surfer
02.Puerto Vallarta
03.Stranger On The Shore
04.Theme From "Women Of The World"
05.Old Town
06.Ebb Tide
07.Theme From "Mondo Cane"
08.The Magnificent Seven
10.Theme From A Broken Heart
11.Beyond The Surf
12.Da Doo Ron Ron

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Thursday, November 4, 2010

Erma Franklin & Lavern Baker - Brunswick's Super Soul Sisters [1998]

21 tracks from the late '60s by these two soul divas. Erma'sinclude 'Son Of A Preacher Man', 'Higher & Higher' and 'HoldOn, I'm Coming'; Lavern's include 'One Monkey Don't Stop No Show', 'Wrapped, Tied & Tangled' and 'Think Twice', her duetwith Jackie Wilson. 1998 Brunswick Record Corporation/ Edselrelease.

1. Gotta Find Me A Lover - Erma Franklin
2. Pledging My Love - LaVern Baker
3. Son Of A Preacher Man - Erma Franklin
4. I Need You So - LaVern Baker
5. You've Been Cancelled - Erma Franklin
6. Love Is Ending - LaVern Baker
7. Higher And Higher - Erma Franklin
8. Let Me Belong To You - LaVern Baker
9. Saving My Love For You - Erma Franklin
10. I'm The One To Do It - LaVern Baker
11. Hold On I'm Coming - Erma Franklin
12. One Monkey (Don't Stop The Show) - LaVern Baker
13. By The Time I Get To Phoenix - Erma Franklin
14. Wrapped, Tied & Tangled - LaVern Baker
15. (I Get The) Sweetest Feeling - Erma Franklin
16. Baby Don't You Do It - LaVern Baker
17. Baby I Love You - Erma Franklin
18. Play It Fair - LaVern Baker
19. Can't See My Way - Erma Franklin
20. I'm Gonna Get You - LaVern Baker
21. LaVern Baker & Jackie Wilson Think Twice - LaVern Baker/Jackie Wilson

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Monday, November 1, 2010

George Harrison and Friends - The Concert For Bangladesh (Remastered) [2005]

Release Date: Dec 20, 1971
Recording Date: Aug 1, 1971
The Concert For Bangladesh was the event title for two benefit concerts organized by George Harrison and Ravi Shankar,
held at noon and at 7:00 p.m. on August 1, 1971, playing to a total of 40,000 people at Madison Square Garden in New
York City. Organized for the relief of refugees from East Pakistan (now independent Bangladesh) after the 1970 Bhola
cyclone and during the 1971 Bangladesh atrocities and Bangladesh Liberation War, the event was the first benefit
concert of this magnitude in world history. It featured an all-star supergroup of performers that included Ravi Shankar,
Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Billy Preston, Leon Russell, Badfinger, and Ringo Starr.
An album was released later in 1971 and a concert film was released in 1972, with later releases for home video. In 2005,
the film was re-issued on DVD accompanied by a new documentary.
CD covers included

Track list:


01 Ravi Shankar; George Harrison - Introduction
02 Ravi Shankar - Bangla Dhun
03 George Harrison & Friends - Wah-Wah
04 George Harrison & Friends - My Sweet Lord
05 George Harrison & Friends - Awaiting On You All
06 Billy Preston - That's The Way God Planned It
07 Ringo Starr - It Don't Come Easy
08 George Harrison & Leon Russell - Beware Of Darkness
09 George Harrison & Friends - Band Introduction
10 George Harrison & Eric Clapton - While My Guitar Gently Weeps


01 George Harrison & Leon Russell - Medley: Jumpin' Jack Flash / Young Blood
02 George Harrison - Here Comes The Sun
03 Bob Dylan - A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall
04 Bob Dylan - It's Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry
05 Bob Dylan - Blowin' In The Wind
06 Bob Dylan - Mr. Tambourine Man
07 Bob Dylan - Just Like A Woman
08 George Harrison - Something
09 George Harrison - Bangla Desh
10 Bob Dylan - Love Minus Zero / No Limit (additional track)

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Thursday, October 28, 2010

V.A. - Lost Deep Soul Treasures, Vol. 1-5

01.Sam Dees - It's All Wrong (It's All Right)
02.Nelson Sanders - Tired of Being Your Fool
03.Clay Hammond - No One Else Would Do
04.Dicky Williams - Oh Dreamy Me
05.James K-Nine - Counting Teardrops
06.Willie Small - Say You Will
07.Bobby Thomas & the Afros - Darling Don't Come Back
08.Winfield Parker - Oh My Love
09.Betty Bibbs - First Come First Served
10.Valentine Adams - I Found a Love (The Falcons)
11.Lee Mitchell - Where Does Love Go
12.New Bloods - Found a Love, Where It's at (Eddie & Ernie)
13.Don Hollinger - I Had a Nightmare
14.Eddie Billups - No Love Have I
15.Otis Clay - You Hurt Me for the Last Time
16.Ronnie Mitchell - I Don't Want to Go On Without You
17.Billy Young - Still My Life Through
18.Bobby Parker - Don't Drive Me Away
19.Jimmy Garland - Baby One More Time
20.Gene Allison - If I Ever Needed Your Love
21.Willie McDougal - I Can't Wait
22.Curtis Blandon - Young, Dumb
23.Tommy Collins - Oh What I'd Give
24.Bell Brothers - Throw Away the Key
25.Lee Moses - I'm Sad About It

01.Marvin L. Sims - Dangers
02.Jarvis Jackson - Something I Never Had
03.Little Dooley - Just Like a Child
04.Bobby Womack - I Wonder
05.Syl Johnson - The Love I Found in You
06.Don Hart & James Shorter - I Shed a Tear
07.Sam Williams - Miracle Worker
08.Sandra Phillips - When Midnight Comes
09.Betty Green - He's Down On Me
10.Sisters Love - Do It Right Now
11.Moody Scott - Darling Please Don't Take My Love
12.James Chapman - In Memory of Martin Luther King
13.Jeb Stuart - Dreamers Hall of Fame
14.Oscar Perry - I Found a True Love
15.Willie James - Down On My Knees
16.Terry & Tyrants - Weep No More
17.Virgil Griffin - A Forgotten Lover
18.David Robinson - I Care for You
19.Them Two - Am I a Good Man
20.Ray Lewis - Getting Over You
21.Louis Jones - That's Cuz I Love You
22.Billy Mack - I Can't Sleep
23.Claudia Whitten - Bring Me All the Love You Got
24.Little Scotty - Slow That Disco Down

01.Ben Wiggins - I Love You So Much
02.Jimmy Robinson - Don'take It So Hard
03.Bobby Sheen - Love Stealing
04.Donald Height - If I Can
05.Inex Foxx - Talk to Me
06.Urel Thomas - Pain Is the Name of Your Game
07.Lorraine Randolph - It's Over Between Us
08.O.V. Wright - To You I Shall Cling
09.Don Thomas - Please Come Back Home
10.Chet Davenport - What Would I Do
11.Tommy Louis - I've Been Crying
12.George Jackson - I Don't Understand
13.Sam & Dave - Living It Up
14.Reuben Bell - Asking for the Truth
15.Jim Coleman - Cloudy Days
16.Kim Tolliver - Standing Room Only
17.Bobby Taylor - It's Funny
18.Joe Hughes - Where There's a Will
19.Benny Johnson - Give It Up
20.Delilah - Packin' Up
21.Pete Cook - I Won't Cry
22.Mary Holmes - After I Shed a Tear
23.King Diamond - That's All She Wrote
24.Clarence Ashe - Only Time Will Tell

01.Sam Dees - My World
02.George Freeman - I'm Like a Fish
03.Al Gardner - Just the Touch
04.Bobby Harris - Lonely Intruder
05.Charles Lattimore - We Try Harder
06.Wilson Williams - I Have a Whole Lot to Be Thankful For
07.Ada Ray - I No Longer Believe in Miracles
08.Bobby Williams - Try Love
09.Blues Brothers No. 1 - Letter of Regret
10.Eddie Billups - Hard Headed Woman
11.Freddie Watson - It's All Over Now
12.Barbara & Gwen - I Love My Man
13.Lee Mitchell - I Come a Long Way
14.Jimmy Ponder - Sometime You Win
15.Ike Lovely - You're My Bad Habit
16.Lavorn Smith - Without Your Love I'll Be Nothing
17.Sloan Bey - Tenderness
18.Leonard Lee - Since You've Been Gone
19.Tommy Dodson - You Don't Know
20.King Louie - I've Been Down So Long
21.Lord Luther - Two of a Kind
22.Ronnie North - Try Me
23.Tommy Ridgley - Did You Tell Him

01.Bobby Lee - I'm Just a Man
02.Johnny Steele - Can't Go One
03.Claude 'Baby' Huey - Just Won't Believe
04.Sonny Rhodes - Finding Out for Myself
05.Billy 'Guitar' Davis - As I Grow Old
06.Internationals - Push Button Love
07.Billy Dearborn - Friday's Child
08.Rudy Stewart - A Strong Man's Tears Fall Dry
09.Jimmy Richards - My New Found Joy
10.Reggie Taylor - Anna
11.Superiors Band & Their Soul Sisters - Amateur Lover
12.Nate Holmes - So Am I
13.Helene Smith - True Love Don't Grow On Trees
14.Dynamic Adam - She's Gone
15.Hesitations - That's Where It's At
16.Johnny Sayles - Nothing But Hard Rocks
17.Marcell Strong - Mumble in My Ear
18.Isonics - He Needs Her
19.Lou Pride - We're Only Fooling Ourselves
20.Exciting Changes - Falling in Love Again
21.Billy Woods - If I Could Only See
22.Andre Williams - I Can't Stop Crying
23.Major Lance - I Have No One
24.Bob & Earl - Deep Down Inside

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The White Stripes - Get Behind Me Satan (FLAC LOSSLESS)

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Get Behind Me Satan is the fifth album by American alternative rock band The White Stripes, released on June 7, 2005 on V2 Records. Though still basic in production style, the album marked a distinct change from its guitar-heavy 2003 predecessor, Elephant. With its reliance on piano-driven melodies and experimentation with marimba on "The Nurse" and "Forever For Her (Is Over For Me)", Get Behind Me Satan downplays the punk, garage rock and blues influences that dominated earlier White Stripes albums. Frontman Jack White plays with different technique than in the past, trading in his electric guitar for piano, mandolin, and acoustic guitar on all but a handful of tracks, as his usual riff-conscious lead guitar style is overtaken by a predominantly rhythmic approach.

Track list:

1. "Blue Orchid" – 2:37
2. "The Nurse" – 3:47
3. "My Doorbell" – 4:01
4. "Forever for Her (Is Over for Me)" – 3:15
5. "Little Ghost" – 2:18
6. "The Denial Twist" – 2:35
7. "White Moon" – 4:01
8. "Instinct Blues" – 4:16
9. "Passive Manipulation" – 0:35
10. "Take, Take, Take" – 4:22
11. "As Ugly as I Seem" – 4:10
12. "Red Rain" – 3:52
13. "I'm Lonely (But I Ain't That Lonely Yet)" – 4:19

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Joe Tex - This Is Gold [2003]

3CD compilation

Track list:

101.Hold What You Got
102.I Want To Do Everything For You
103.Together Again
104.At The Dark End Of The Street
105.Takin' A Chance
106.I Believe I'm Gonna Make It
107.One Monkey Don't Stop No Show
108.Green Green Grass Of Home
109.I'll Never Fall In Love Again
110.Set Me Free
111.Detroit City
112.Hungry For Your Love
113.Baby It's Raining
114.That's The Way
115.Woman Stealer
116.All The Heaven A Man Really Needs
117.By The Time I Get To Phoenix
118.Papa's Dream
119.Just Out Of Reach
120.A Sweet Woman Like You
201.Buying A Book
202.You Got What It Takes
203.Time Brings About A Change
204.Show Me
205.Woman Like That
206.A Woman's Hands
207.I'll Never Do You Wrong
208.When Johnny Comes Marching Home
209.We Can't Sit Down
210.The Love You Save (May Be Your Own)
211.Don't Make Your Children Pay (For Your Mistakes)
212.This Time We'll Make It All The Way
213.Funny How Time Slips Away
214.Let's Go Somewhere And Talk
215.Make The World Go Away
216.For My Woman
217.Grandma Mary
218.You Need Me Baby
219.Men Are Getting Scarce
220.Anything You Wanna Know
301.Papa Was Too
302.Loose Caboose
303.Who Gave Birth To The Funk
304.Ain't Gonna Bump No More (With No Big Fat Woman)
305.Give The Baby Anything That The Baby Wants
306.I Gotcha
307.Heartbreak Hotel
308.King Of The Road
310.Skinny Legs And All
311.Trying To Win Your Love
312.I've Got To Do A Little Better
313.I Can See Everybody's Baby (But I Can't See Mine)
315.Take The Fifth Amendment
316.When A Woman Stops Loving A Man
317.Sweet Sweet Woman
318.Ode To Billie Jo
319.Engine, Engine No. 9
320.Rain Go Away

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Van Morrison - Live!: Live Performances On CD Singles [2010]

A single disc collection of Van Morrison live performances released on CD singles.

Track list:

01.It Must Be You
02.And The Healing Has Begun
03.See Me Through

04.Whenever God Shines His Light
05.It Fills You Up
06.Star Of The County Down

FROM VAN MORRISON CD SINGLE "Perfect Fit", POLYDOR 577 015-2, 1995.
07.Cleaning Windows

08.That's Life

09.Jackie Wilson Said (I'm In Heaven When You Smile)
10.Call Me Up In Dreamland
11.Naked In The Jungle
12.Give Me A Kiss

13.These Dreams Of You

FROM VAN MORRISON CD SINGLE "Meet Me In The Indian Summer", POLYDOR 570 902-2, 2002
15.In The Afternoon > Raincheck
16.In The Midnight

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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

The White Stripes - Elephant [2003] (FLAC LOSSLESS)

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Elephant is the fourth album by the American alternative rock band The White Stripes. Released on April 1, 2003 on V2 Records, the album marks the band's major label debut.
White Blood Cells may have been a reaction to the amount of fame the White Stripes had received up to the point of its release, but, paradoxically, it made full-fledged rock stars out of Jack and Meg White and sold over half a million copies in the process. Despite the White Stripes' ambivalence, fame nevertheless seems to suit them: They just become more accomplished as the attention paid to them increases. Elephant captures this contradiction within the Stripes and their music; it's the first album they've recorded for a major label, and it sounds even more pissed-off, paranoid, and stunning than its predecessor. Darker and more difficult than White Blood Cells, the album offers nothing as immediately crowd-pleasing or sweet as "Fell in Love With a Girl" or "We're Going to Be Friends," but it's more consistent, exploring disillusionment and rejection with razor-sharp focus. Chip-on-the-shoulder anthems like the breathtaking opener, "Seven Nation Army," which is driven by Meg White's explosively minimal drumming, and "The Hardest Button to Button," in which Jack White snarls "Now we're a family!" -- one of the best oblique threats since Black Francis sneered "It's educational!" all those years ago -- deliver some of the fiercest blues-punk of the White Stripes' career. "There's No Home for You Here" sets a girl's walking papers to a melody reminiscent of "Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground" (though the result is more sequel than rehash), driving the point home with a wall of layered, Queen-ly harmonies and piercing guitars, while the inspired version of "I Just Don't Know What to Do With Myself" goes from plaintive to angry in just over a minute, though the charging guitars at the end sound perversely triumphant. At its bruised heart, Elephant portrays love as a power struggle, with chivalry and innocence usually losing out to the power of seduction. "I Want to Be the Boy" tries, unsuccessfully, to charm a girl's mother; "You've Got Her in Your Pocket," a deceptively gentle ballad, reveals the darker side of the Stripes' vulnerability, blurring the line between caring for someone and owning them with some fittingly fluid songwriting.
The battle for control reaches a fever pitch on the "Fell in Love With a Girl"-esque "Hypnotize," which suggests some slightly underhanded ways of winning a girl over before settling for just holding her hand, and on the show-stopping "Ball and Biscuit," seven flat-out seductive minutes of preening, boasting, and amazing guitar prowess that ranks as one the band's most traditionally bluesy (not to mention sexy) songs. Interestingly, Meg's star turn, "In the Cold, Cold Night," is the closest Elephant comes to a truce in this struggle, her kitten-ish voice balancing the song's slinky words and music. While the album is often dark, it's never despairing; moments of wry humor pop up throughout, particularly toward the end. "Little Acorns" begins with a sound clip of Detroit newscaster Mort Crim's Second Thoughts radio show, adding an authentic, if unusual, Motor City feel. It also suggests that Jack White is one of the few vocalists who could make a lyric like "Be like the squirrel" sound cool and even inspiring. Likewise, the showy "Girl, You Have No Faith in Medicine" -- on which White resembles a garage rock snake-oil salesman -- is probably the only song featuring the word "acetaminophen" in its chorus. "It's True That We Love One Another," which features vocals from Holly Golightly as well as Meg White, continues the Stripes' tradition of closing their albums on a lighthearted note. Almost as much fun to analyze as it is to listen to, Elephant overflows with quality -- it's full of tight songwriting, sharp, witty lyrics, and judiciously used basses and tumbling keyboard melodies that enhance the band's powerful simplicity (and the excellent "The Air Near My Fingers" features all of these). Crucially, the White Stripes know the difference between fame and success; while they may not be entirely comfortable with their fame, they've succeeded at mixing blues, punk, and garage rock in an electrifying and unique way ever since they were strictly a Detroit phenomenon. On these terms, Elephant is a phenomenal success.

Track List

01. White Stripes - Seven Nation Army
02. White Stripes - Black Math
03. White Stripes - There's No Home For You Here
04. White Stripes - I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself
05. White Stripes - In The Cold, Cold, Night
06. White Stripes - I Want To Be The Boy To Warm Your Mother's Heart
07. White Stripes - You've Got Her In Your Pocket
08. White Stripes - Ball And Biscuit
09. White Stripes - The Hardest Button To Button
10. White Stripes - Little Acorns
11. White Stripes - Hypnotize
12. White Stripes - The Air Near My Fingers
13. White Stripes - Girl, You Have No Faith In Medicine
14. White Stripes - Well It's True That We Love One Another

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Joe Tex - Happy Soul [1969]

Track list:

01.Go Home And Do It
02.That's Your Baby
03.Baby Be Good
04.You Need Me Baby
05.Chicken Crazy
06.You've Come A Long Way
07.Sweet Sweet Woman
08.You Can Tell
09.Take The Fifth Amendment
10.Keep The One You Got

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Joe Tex - Buying A Book [1969]

Track list:

01.We Can't Sit Down Now
02.Sure Is Good
03.That's The Way
04.Anything You Wanna Now
05.It Ain't Sanitary
06.The Only Way
07.Grandma Mary
08.Get Your Lies Together
09.The Same Things You Did To Get Me
10.Buying A Book

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Aretha Franklin & King Curtis - Live At Fillmore West Don't Fight The Feeling [2005] (4CD)

Release Date: Jun 21, 2005
Recording Date: Mar 5, 1971-Mar 7, 197.
The four CDs in this Rhino Handmade set -- available only over the Internet unfortunately -- contains the complete concerts of Aretha Franklin and King Curtis' stand at the Fillmore West in March of 1971 (not February as identified on the original LPs). Franklin's performances at the Fillmore were her first, and producer Jerry Wexler came up with the idea of using studio players in lieu of her regular band. Franklin had worked with Curtis previously in the studio and the players he brought to the table included Cornell Dupree, drummer Bernard Purdie, Pancho Morales on congas, bassist Jerry Jemmont, and electric pianist Truman Thomas. In addition, the band enlisted Billy Preston to play organ and also enlisted the aid of the Memphis Horns. In other words, this was a group that could actually push the Queen of Soul out onto a ledge and was a match for her vocal power. The Mermphis Horns introduced the shows each night and then brought Curtis and his band out for an opening set. And from night one, as compiled and heard on his Live at Fillmore West album, these sets were smoking, in the pocket, and greasy, with highlights like "Whole Lotta Love," "Them Changes," "Whiter Shade of Pale," and a burning cover of "Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I'm Yours)." When Franklin does walk onto the stage, she struts and goes into high gear with "Respect." Her performance on that opening night includes amazing renditions of "Spirit in the Dark" (with Ray Charles guesting), "Bridge Over Troubled Water," "Love the One You're With" (also with Charles), and "Dr. Feelgood." The original album is augmented with tunes that didn't make the cut, including the oft-bootlegged "Call Me." In listening to these shows, what is striking is realizing that the majority of the Live at Fillmore West LP was taken from the last night of performances. The previous two evenings here then are startling in contrast, often in intensity and sometimes in sheer grit. The opening night's read of "Bridge Over Troubled Water" is superior to either of the others, though sonically it's a bit thinner. Another gem is the version of Bobby Bland's "Share Your Love With Me." That was left off the original album. In all there are 42 unreleased performances! In addition to wonderful between-song banter and inside jokes, the true flow of the shows, the enthusiasm of the audiences, and raw, in-your-face performances put this set in a league of its own. There are also a few decent photographs and an authoritative yet friendly liner essay by British critic David Nathan. This is a limited edition and most likely won't be on the Rhino Handmade shelves long. Aural history can be dry at times and of interest to those who have a penchant for such things. Aretha Franklin and King Curtis' Don't Fight the Feeling is as saucy as it gets.

Track list:

102.Knock On Wood
103.Whole Lotta Love
104.Them Changes
105.A Whiter Shade Of Pale
106.My Sweet Lord
107.Ode To Billie Joe
108.Mr Bojangles
109.Soul Serenade
110.Memphis Soul Stew
111.Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I'm Yours)
113.Call Me
114.Mixed-Up Girl
115.Love The One You're With
116.Bridge Over Troubled Water
117.Eleanor Rigby
118.Make It With You

201.You're All I Need To Get By
202.Dr. Feelgood
203.Spirit In The Dark
204.Spirit In The Dark (Reprise)
205.Knock On Wood
206.Them Changes
207.Whole Lotta Love
208.A Whiter Shade Of Pale
209.I Stand Accused
210.Soul Serenade
211.Memphis Soul Stew
213.Call Me
214.Love The One You're With
215.Bridge Over Troubled Water

301.Share Your Love With Me
302.Eleanor Rigby
303.Make It With You
304.You're All I Need To Get By
305.Don't Play That Song
306.Dr. Feelgood
307.Spirit In The Dark
308.Spirit In The Dark (Reprise)
309.Knock On Wood
310.Them Changes
311.A Whiter Shade Of Pale
312.Ode To Billie Joe
313.Soul Serenade
314.Memphis Soul Stew

402.Call Me
403.Love The One You're With
404.Bridge Over Troubled Water
405.Share Your Love With Me
406.Eleanor Rigby
407.Make It With You
408.Don't Play That Song
409.You're All I Need To Get By
410.Dr. Feelgood
411.Spirit In The Dark
412.Spirit In The Dark (Reprise)
413.Reach Out and Touch (Somebody's Hand)

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