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srijeda, 30.09.2009.

Whitesnake - Slide It In (1984)

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Following up the splendid Saints & Sinners album was no easy task, but 1984's Slide It In turned out to be an even greater triumph for David Coverdale's Whitesnake. From the boisterous machismo of "Spit It Out" and "All or Nothing" to the resigned despair of "Gambler" and "Standing in the Shadow," and the embarrassingly silly title track, everything seems to click. For hit singles, look no further than the twin guitar attack of "Guilty of Love" and the sheer poetry and emotion of "Love Ain't No Stranger," one of the decade's greatest power ballads, bar none. Not to be outdone, "Slow an' Easy" is a masterpiece of sexual tension and the kind of power-blues which no one does as well as Whitesnake. On a quirky historical note, Coverdale fired most of the band soon after the album's release, replacing them with younger, prettier faces with which to better conquer America. For that purpose, Geffen Records even released a re-recorded version of Slide It In with flashy soloing from new guitarist John Sykes, sparking an ongoing debate as to which version is better. [The 25th Anniversary Edition of Slide It In is a deluxe, two-disc (CD/DVD) package. In addition to an edition of the album completely remixed for a U.S audience (the sound is terrific and is tighter than the slicker Brit mix). the CD contains a whopping ten bonus cuts. They include "Need Your Love So Bad," the B-side of "Give Me More Time," and U.K. mixes of all but two of the original album tracks; only "Hungry for Love" is left off. Also "Love Ain't No Stranger," is taken from the live, 1998 Starkers in Tokyo album. The DVD contains promo videos for "Guilty of Love," "Slow & Easy," and "Love Ain't No Stranger," as well as performances from Castle Donington in 1983, a television appearance of "Give Me More Time," from Top of the Pops in 1984, and other sundry concert videos. The set is packaged in a deluxe slipcase with a 24-page booklet featuring rare photos, album outtake shots, lyrics, and an interview with Whitesnake frontman and founder David Coverdale.]... T. Jurek

Whitesnake - Slide It In (1984) (25th Anniversary Deluxe 2009)

Codec: mp3
Bitrate: 320 kB/s
Size: 178 MB
Genre : Rock
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Tracklist:

01 Gambler U.S. Remix 3:57
02 Slide It In U.S. Remix 3:19
03 Slow & Easy U.S. Remix 6:00
04 Love Ain't No Stranger U.S. Remix 4:14
05 Give Me More Time U.S. Remix 3:42
06 Standing in the Shadow U.S. Remix 3:38
07 Hungry for Love U.S. Remix 3:29
08 All or Nothing U.S. Remix 3:40
09 Spit It Out U.S. Remix 4:28
10 Guilty of Love U.S. Remix 3:24
11 Need Your Love So Bad 45 B-Side 3:16
12 Gambler Bonus / UK Mix 3:50
13 Slide It In Bonus / UK Mix 3:17
14 Standing in the Shadow Bonus / UK Mix 3:29
15 Give Me More Time Bonus / UK Mix 3:39
16 Slow & Easy Bonus / UK Mix 6:02
17 Spit It Out Bonus / UK Mix 4:10
18 All or Nothing Bonus / UK Mix 3:31
19 Guilty of Love Bonus / UK Mix 3:18
20 Love Ain't No Stranger (Starkers in Tokyo) Bonus 3:16

30.09.2009. u 02:08 • 1 KomentaraPrint#

utorak, 29.09.2009.

The Beatles - A Hard Day's Night (1964)

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Originally billed as a 10,000 copy limited edition The Beatles Mono Box Set was compiled as a special interest package for the hard-core fan. It presents the first ten albums in re-mastered mono (the final 3 albums made their debuts in stereo only), and a double album of singles and EPs, called "Mono Masters". At the time of writing, the mono albums are not available individually. Why would anyone want a newly minted mono collection? The final mono songs were sometimes different. Stereo mixes were usually done days, if not weeks after the original mono mix, and could include different takes when the engineers made the overdubs. Stereo mixes, particularly for the first five albums, did not include as much critical listening from George Martin, and almost none from the Fab' Four. Also, stereo in early 60's England was not broadcast over the air, and the format was largely the preserve of the hi-fi snob. For more than half The Beatles recorded repertoire, the most affordable "weapon of choice" for the twisting, shouting teenage market was the mono mix. Ironically - this box set is the best The Beatles have ever sounded. Like the stereo sibling these are re-mastered, not re-mixed, but unlike the stereo, they have not been clipped or limited to push levels closer to current music ingested through our MP3 players. These albums are cleaner than ever before and compared to the 1980s CD editions you're taken aback by how much dynamic range is on those original tapes. Nothing in this box sounds like a 45 year old recording. Each disc is presented as if it were a miniature "33", replete with plastic anti-scratch sleeve, inner paper sleeve, original album cover, inserts and all original text rendered frustratingly small for anyone old enough to have bought the LPs the first time around...H. Munday

The Beatles - A Hard Day's Night (1964) (Mono Box Set Remaster 2009)

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Size: 121 MB
Genre : Rock
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Tracklist.:

01 A Hard Day's Night 2:32
02 I Should Have Known Better 2:44
03 If I Fell 2:22
04 I'm Happy Just to Dance With You 1:58
05 And I Love Her 2:31
06 Tell Me Why 2:10
07 Can't Buy Me Love 2:14
08 Any Time at All 2:13
09 I'll Cry Instead 1:47
10 Things We Said Today 2:38
11 When I Get Home 2:18
12 You Can't Do That 2:37
13 I'll Be Back 2:20

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29.09.2009. u 00:49 • 1 KomentaraPrint#

ponedjeljak, 28.09.2009.

George Harrison - Let It Roll

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George Harrison had two periods of great commercial success, separated by 15 years and two record labels. This extended gap is the chief reason there hasn't been a career-spanning Harrison collection until 2009's Let It Roll: Songs By George Harrison, the first-ever disc to gather songs from George's stints at both Apple and Dark Horse, and only his third-ever hits collection, following 1976's Beatles-heavy The Best of George Harrison and The Best of Dark Horse, released in 1989 in the afterglow of Cloud Nine's comeback success. Let It Roll balances these two periods, swapping any Beatles-era song ("Something," "Here Comes the Sun," "While My Guitar Gently Weeps") for a live version from The Concert for Bangladesh, then mixing it all up chronologically, so the set starts with the pristine bounce of "Got My Mind Set on You" before giving way to "Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth)" If anything jars, it's the sounds of times, as Jeff Lynne's clean, manicured arrangements don't necessarily fit with Phil Spector's lush, magisterial productions, but that's a minor quibble about a useful compilation that consolidates all of Harrison's signature tunes on one very enjoyable disc...S. Erlewine

George Harrison - Let It Roll (2009)

Codec: mp3
Bitrate: 320 kB/s
Size: 177 MB
Genre : Rock
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Tracklist:

01 Got My Mind Set on You 3:52
02 Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth) 3:35
03 Ballad of Sir Frankie Crisp (Let It Roll) 3:48
04 My Sweet Lord 4:40
05 While My Guitar Gently Weeps Live 4:46
06 All Things Must Pass 3:46
07 Any Road 3:52
08 This Is Love 3:47
09 All Those Years Ago 3:46
10 Marwa Blues 3:41
11 What Is Life 4:24
12 Rising Sun 5:27
13 When We Was Fab 3:51
14 Something Live 3:10
15 Blow Away 3:59
16 Cheer Down 4:06
17 Here Comes the Sun Live 2:54
18 I Don't Want to Do It 2:54
19 Isn't It a Pity 7:07

28.09.2009. u 19:30 • 1 KomentaraPrint#

Dire Straits - Dire Straits (1978) (1996 Remaster Edit)

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By the mid-'80s Dire Straits were a platinum band dismissed in their native England as safe, yuppie rockers, yet the original quartet's lean, guitar-driven music strled to find a label home when first recorded in 1978. Mark Knopfler offers craggy vocals, literate blues-based songs, and sinuous, virtuosic guitar work. He melds keening solo lines and rapidly picked fills and dodges the synth washes and postpunk power chords of then-competing new wavers; he relies on atmosphere, character, and pure musicianship intead of heavy irony or pop fashion. "Sultans of Swing," codifies this stance, a galloping paean to aging jazz musicians playing for the sheer love of the music. This became a major hit and has endured as a radio classic. The album itself has proven equally sturdy thanks to cinematic imagery and the tightly wound arrangements of "Down to the Waterline," "Six Blade Knife," and "Water of Love." ...S. Sutherland

Dire Straits' minimalist interpretation of pub rock had already crystallized by the time they released their eponymous debut. Driven by Mark Knopfler's spare, tasteful guitar lines and his husky warbling, the album is a set of bluesy rockers. And while the bar band mentality of pub-rock is at the core of Dire Straits — even the group's breakthrough single, "Sultans of Swing," offered a lament for a neglected pub rock band — their music is already beyond the simple boogies and shuffles of their forefathers, occasionally dipping into jazz and country. Knopfler also shows an inclinationmore… toward Dylanesque imagery, which enhances the smoky, low-key atmosphere of the album. While a few of the songs fall flat, the album is remarkably accomplished for a debut, and Dire Straits had difficulty surpassing it throughout their career...R. Hoffnung


Codec: mp3
Bitrate: 320 kB/s
Size ca.: 95 MB
Genre : Rock
Cover: Front

Tracklist:

01. Down To The Waterline (4:01)
02. Water Of Love (5:24)
03. Setting Me Up (3:20)
04. Six Blade Knife (4:11)
05. Southbound Again (2:59)
06. Sultans Of Swing (5:36)
07. In The Gallery (6:16)
08. Wild West End (4:44)
09. Lions (4:54)

28.09.2009. u 17:08 • 1 KomentaraPrint#

nedjelja, 27.09.2009.

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27.09.2009. u 23:54 • 5 KomentaraPrint#

The Beatles - With The Beatles (1963)

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Originally billed as a 10,000 copy limited edition The Beatles Mono Box Set was compiled as a special interest package for the hard-core fan. It presents the first ten albums in re-mastered mono (the final 3 albums made their debuts in stereo only), and a double album of singles and EPs, called "Mono Masters". At the time of writing, the mono albums are not available individually. Why would anyone want a newly minted mono collection? The final mono songs were sometimes different. Stereo mixes were usually done days, if not weeks after the original mono mix, and could include different takes when the engineers made the overdubs. Stereo mixes, particularly for the first five albums, did not include as much critical listening from George Martin, and almost none from the Fab' Four. Also, stereo in early 60's England was not broadcast over the air, and the format was largely the preserve of the hi-fi snob. For more than half The Beatles recorded repertoire, the most affordable "weapon of choice" for the twisting, shouting teenage market was the mono mix. Ironically - this box set is the best The Beatles have ever sounded. Like the stereo sibling these are re-mastered, not re-mixed, but unlike the stereo, they have not been clipped or limited to push levels closer to current music ingested through our MP3 players. These albums are cleaner than ever before and compared to the 1980s CD editions you're taken aback by how much dynamic range is on those original tapes. Nothing in this box sounds like a 45 year old recording. Each disc is presented as if it were a miniature "33", replete with plastic anti-scratch sleeve, inner paper sleeve, original album cover, inserts and all original text rendered frustratingly small for anyone old enough to have bought the LPs the first time around...H. Munday

The Beatles - With The Beatles (1963) (Mono Box Set Remaster 2009)

Codec: flac
Size: 138 MB
Genre : Rock
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Tracklist.:

01 It Won't Be Long 2:13
02 All I've Got to Do 2:02
03 All My Loving 2:07
04 Don't Bother Me 2:28
05 Little Child 1:46
06 Till There Was You 2:13
07 Please Mister Postman 2:34
08 Roll over Beethoven 2:45
09 Hold Me Tight 2:31
10 You've Really Got a Hold on Me 3:01
11 I Wanna Be Your Man 1:59
12 Devil in Her Heart 2:26
13 Not a Second Time 2:06
14 Money (That's What I Want) 2:51

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27.09.2009. u 23:38 • 3 KomentaraPrint#

subota, 26.09.2009.

The Beatles - Rubber Soul (1965)

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Originally billed as a 10,000 copy limited edition The Beatles Mono Box Set was compiled as a special interest package for the hard-core fan. It presents the first ten albums in re-mastered mono (the final 3 albums made their debuts in stereo only), and a double album of singles and EPs, called "Mono Masters". At the time of writing, the mono albums are not available individually. Why would anyone want a newly minted mono collection? The final mono songs were sometimes different. Stereo mixes were usually done days, if not weeks after the original mono mix, and could include different takes when the engineers made the overdubs. Stereo mixes, particularly for the first five albums, did not include as much critical listening from George Martin, and almost none from the Fab' Four. Also, stereo in early 60's England was not broadcast over the air, and the format was largely the preserve of the hi-fi snob. For more than half The Beatles recorded repertoire, the most affordable "weapon of choice" for the twisting, shouting teenage market was the mono mix. Ironically - this box set is the best The Beatles have ever sounded. Like the stereo sibling these are re-mastered, not re-mixed, but unlike the stereo, they have not been clipped or limited to push levels closer to current music ingested through our MP3 players. These albums are cleaner than ever before and compared to the 1980s CD editions you're taken aback by how much dynamic range is on those original tapes. Nothing in this box sounds like a 45 year old recording. Each disc is presented as if it were a miniature "33", replete with plastic anti-scratch sleeve, inner paper sleeve, original album cover, inserts and all original text rendered frustratingly small for anyone old enough to have bought the LPs the first time around...H. Munday

The Beatles - Rubber Soul (1965) (Mono Box Set Remaster 2009)

Codec: flac
Size: 155 MB
Genre : Rock
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Tracklist.:

01 Drive My Car 2:30
02 Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) 2:05
03 You Won't See Me 3:22
04 Nowhere Man 2:44
05 Think for Yourself 2:19
06 The Word 2:43
07 Michelle 2:42
08 What Goes On 2:50
09 Girl 2:33
10 I'm Looking Through You 2:27
11 In My Life 2:27
12 Wait 2:16
13 If I Needed Someone 2:23
14 Run for Your Life 2:18

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26.09.2009. u 23:46 • 0 KomentaraPrint#

petak, 25.09.2009.

The Beatles - Revolver (1966)

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Originally billed as a 10,000 copy limited edition The Beatles Mono Box Set was compiled as a special interest package for the hard-core fan. It presents the first ten albums in re-mastered mono (the final 3 albums made their debuts in stereo only), and a double album of singles and EPs, called "Mono Masters". At the time of writing, the mono albums are not available individually. Why would anyone want a newly minted mono collection? The final mono songs were sometimes different. Stereo mixes were usually done days, if not weeks after the original mono mix, and could include different takes when the engineers made the overdubs. Stereo mixes, particularly for the first five albums, did not include as much critical listening from George Martin, and almost none from the Fab' Four. Also, stereo in early 60's England was not broadcast over the air, and the format was largely the preserve of the hi-fi snob. For more than half The Beatles recorded repertoire, the most affordable "weapon of choice" for the twisting, shouting teenage market was the mono mix. Ironically - this box set is the best The Beatles have ever sounded. Like the stereo sibling these are re-mastered, not re-mixed, but unlike the stereo, they have not been clipped or limited to push levels closer to current music ingested through our MP3 players. These albums are cleaner than ever before and compared to the 1980s CD editions you're taken aback by how much dynamic range is on those original tapes. Nothing in this box sounds like a 45 year old recording. Each disc is presented as if it were a miniature "33", replete with plastic anti-scratch sleeve, inner paper sleeve, original album cover, inserts and all original text rendered frustratingly small for anyone old enough to have bought the LPs the first time around...H. Munday

The Beatles - Revolver (1966) (Mono Box Set Remaster 2009)

Codec: flac
Size: 140 MB
Genre : Rock
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Tracklist.

01 Taxman 2:38
02 Eleanor Rigby 2:07
03 I'm Only Sleeping 3:01
04 Love You To 3:01
05 Here, There and Everywhere 2:25
06 Yellow Submarine 2:40
07 She Said She Said 2:37
08 Good Day Sunshine 2:09
09 And Your Bird Can Sing 2:01
10 For No One 2:01
11 Doctor Robert 2:15
12 I Want to Tell You 2:29
13 Got to Get You into My Life 2:30
14 Tomorrow Never Knows 2:57

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25.09.2009. u 23:21 • 1 KomentaraPrint#

AC/DC - Back In Black (1980) (Japan Mini LP 2008)

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AC/DC Ultimate Mini LP Collection containing a total of 186 tracks across 19 digitally remastered CD albums with every official studio and live album from the 1976 debut 'High Voltage' through to their 2000 release 'Stiff Upper Lip', each disc is housed in a mini-LP style card picture sleeve complete with individual inserts & lyric sheets plus sticker-strips which create the band logo when placed together in chronological order.

These Australian hooligans could have folded up their tent and skulked off into oblivion after the death of charismatic frontman Bon Scott, but they chose option B, which meant downing a few bottles of "sustenance," enlisting an even more over-the-top singer, and recording this balls-out disc. New recruit Brian Johnson wasted no time in letting people know that he intended to stay the debauched course, yowling through anthem after hedonistic anthem, including "You Shook Me All Night Long," "Let Me Put My Love into You," and, of course, the massive title track. Yes, there's a nod to their fallen comrade -- the mournfully tolling bell and jagged guitar intro to "Hell's Bells" -- but AC/DC apparently figured that Scott would be best remembered by carrying his torch (as well as his libido and liquor stash) on and on. Two decades later, that decision seems wiser than ever. A pure trash-rock classic.. D. Sprague

Codec: flac
Size: 309 MB
Genre : Rock
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Tracklist:

01 Hells Bells 5:12
02 Shoot to Thrill 5:17
03 What Do You Do for Money Honey 3:35
04 Givin the Dog a Bone 3:31
05 Let Me Put My Love into You 4:15
06 Back in Black 4:15
07 You Shook Me All Night Long 3:30
08 Have a Drink on Me 3:58
09 Shake a Leg 4:05
10 Rock and Roll Ain't Noise Pollution 4:26

25.09.2009. u 17:18 • 1 KomentaraPrint#

The Beatles - Mono Masters (1988)

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All non-album tracks in the original mono mixes, remastered 2009.

Originally billed as a 10,000 copy limited edition The Beatles Mono Box Set was compiled as a special interest package for the hard-core fan. It presents the first ten albums in re-mastered mono (the final 3 albums made their debuts in stereo only), and a double album of singles and EPs, called "Mono Masters". At the time of writing, the mono albums are not available individually. Why would anyone want a newly minted mono collection? The final mono songs were sometimes different. Stereo mixes were usually done days, if not weeks after the original mono mix, and could include different takes when the engineers made the overdubs. Stereo mixes, particularly for the first five albums, did not include as much critical listening from George Martin, and almost none from the Fab' Four. Also, stereo in early 60's England was not broadcast over the air, and the format was largely the preserve of the hi-fi snob. For more than half The Beatles recorded repertoire, the most affordable "weapon of choice" for the twisting, shouting teenage market was the mono mix. Ironically - this box set is the best The Beatles have ever sounded. Like the stereo sibling these are re-mastered, not re-mixed, but unlike the stereo, they have not been clipped or limited to push levels closer to current music ingested through our MP3 players. These albums are cleaner than ever before and compared to the 1980s CD editions you're taken aback by how much dynamic range is on those original tapes. Nothing in this box sounds like a 45 year old recording. Each disc is presented as if it were a miniature "33", replete with plastic anti-scratch sleeve, inner paper sleeve, original album cover, inserts and all original text rendered frustratingly small for anyone old enough to have bought the LPs the first time around...H. Munday

The Beatles - Mono Masters (1988) (Mono Box Set Remaster 2009)

Codec: flac
Size: 344 MB
Genre : Rock
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Tracklist.:

CD 1

01 Love Me Do 2:23
02 From Me to You 1:57
03 Thank You Girl 2:04
04 She Loves You 2:21
05 I'll Get You 2:05
06 I Want to Hold Your Hand 2:26
07 This Boy 2:16
08 Komm, Gib Mir Deine Hand 2:26
09 Sie Liebt Dich 2:19
10 Long Tall Sally 2:03
11 I Call Your Name 2:09
12 Slow Down 2:56
13 Matchbox 1:58
14 I Feel Fine 2:19
15 She's a Woman 3:03
16 Bad Boy 2:20
17 Yes It Is 2:42
18 I'm Down 2:31

CD 2

01 Day Tripper 2:49
02 We Can Work It Out 2:15
03 Paperback Writer 2:18
04 Rain 3:02
05 Lady Madonna 2:17
06 The Inner Light 2:36
07 Hey Jude Consoling a friend 7:08
08 Revolution 3:24
09 Get Back 3:14
10 Don't Let Me Down 3:34
11 The Ballad of John and Yoko 3:00
12 Old Brown Shoe 3:18
13 Across the Universe Version 3:49
14 Let It Be 3:50
15 You Know My Name (Look up the Number) / Brian Jones 4:19

25.09.2009. u 00:04 • 0 KomentaraPrint#

srijeda, 23.09.2009.

The Beatles White Album (1968)

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Originally billed as a 10,000 copy limited edition The Beatles Mono Box Set was compiled as a special interest package for the hard-core fan. It presents the first ten albums in re-mastered mono (the final 3 albums made their debuts in stereo only), and a double album of singles and EPs, called "Mono Masters". At the time of writing, the mono albums are not available individually. Why would anyone want a newly minted mono collection? The final mono songs were sometimes different. Stereo mixes were usually done days, if not weeks after the original mono mix, and could include different takes when the engineers made the overdubs. Stereo mixes, particularly for the first five albums, did not include as much critical listening from George Martin, and almost none from the Fab' Four. Also, stereo in early 60's England was not broadcast over the air, and the format was largely the preserve of the hi-fi snob. For more than half The Beatles recorded repertoire, the most affordable "weapon of choice" for the twisting, shouting teenage market was the mono mix. Ironically - this box set is the best The Beatles have ever sounded. Like the stereo sibling these are re-mastered, not re-mixed, but unlike the stereo, they have not been clipped or limited to push levels closer to current music ingested through our MP3 players. These albums are cleaner than ever before and compared to the 1980s CD editions you're taken aback by how much dynamic range is on those original tapes. Nothing in this box sounds like a 45 year old recording. Each disc is presented as if it were a miniature "33", replete with plastic anti-scratch sleeve, inner paper sleeve, original album cover, inserts and all original text rendered frustratingly small for anyone old enough to have bought the LPs the first time around...H. Munday

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The Beatles White Album (1968) (Mono Box Set Remaster 2009)

Codec: flac
Size: 341 MB
Genre : Rock
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Tracklist.:

CD 1

01 Back in the U.S.S.R. 2:43
02 Dear Prudence 3:56
03 Glass Onion 2:17
04 OB-La-Di, OB-La-Da 3:08
05 Wild Honey Pie 0:52
06 The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill 3:14
07 While My Guitar Gently Weeps 4:45
08 Happiness Is a Warm Gun 2:43
09 Martha My Dear 2:28
10 I'm So Tired 2:03
11 Blackbird 2:18
12 Piggies 2:04
13 Rocky Raccoon 3:32
14 Don't Pass Me By 3:50
15 Why Don't We Do It in the Road? 1:41
16 I Will 1:46
17 Julia 2:54

CD 2

01 Birthday 2:42
02 Yer Blues 4:01
03 Mother Nature's Son 2:48
04 Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey 2:24
05 Sexy Sadie 3:15
06 Helter Skelter 4:29
07 Long, Long, Long 3:04
08 Revolution 1 / Nicky Hopkins 4:15
09 Honey Pie 2:41
10 Savoy Truffle 2:54
11 Cry Baby Cry 3:01
12 Revolution 9 8:22
13 Good Night 3:11

23.09.2009. u 21:41 • 1 KomentaraPrint#

utorak, 22.09.2009.

The Beatles - Sgt Pepper (1967)

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The Beatles always stood apart from their peers, a self-evident statement that sadly extended to the treatment of their catalog in the digital age. Where all their peers from the Byrds to the Who have had their catalogs remastered and reissued in deluxe editions, sometimes several times, the Beatles remained stuck in the early days of digital, their 14 albums plus Past Masters singles collection remaining untouched since 1987. Anniversaries came and went, but no remasters arrived until the release of the video game The Beatles Rockband pushed a long-overdue revamping of the band's entire catalog into the stores on 9-9-09. This reissue campaign corrects almost all the problems of the original 1987 CDs: the sound and artwork are improved, and all the original mono and stereo mixes finally see the light of day. Naturally, it's possible to quibble about some details of the presentation, particularly the decision to split the reissue into two separate box sets, one covering the stereo mixes and one the mono mixes, with only the stereo mixes available as individual discs (it's still possible to complain that the albums do not add era-specific singles or outtakes, but such expansions were never really in the cards), but both boxes still constitute the best Beatles by far. Crucially, it's also inarguably the best-sounding Beatles music ever released, robust and rich even on the earliest rock & roll. None of the albums have been remixed -- although Help! and Rubber Soul retain Martin's 1987 mixes, the original stereo mixes are bonuses on the mono set -- so this doesn't shock the way the Yellow Submarine soundtrack did with its reimagined stereo mixes. Nevertheless, these remasters surely do surprise with their clarity and depth, with each album feeling bigger and fuller than the previous CD incarnation, but not artificially so. It's not that these are pumped up on digital steroids; it's that the veil has been lifted, so everything seems full and fresh. Appropriately, there's more to savor from Help! onward, as the Beatles' productions grew ambitious, but Please Please Me, With the Beatles, and A Hard Day's Night all have a strong punch, while Beatles for Sale is warmer than the previous disc.

The stereo set may be the official canon, but what Beatlemaniacs have really craved is the mono box. This limited-edition box is laden with new-to-CD mixes, including the genuine rarities of the previously unreleased mono mixes of the four new songs from Yellow Submarine, and its packaging is gorgeous, filled with mini-LP replicas with stiff cardboard sleeves of every album from Please Please Me to The Beatles, complete with replicated gatefolds and packaging inserts, all protected in resealable plastic sleeves. As pure physical product, this satisfies any collector itch, but this also is arguably the better-sounding of the two sets, providing ample evidence that the Beatles did spend more time on mono mixes during much of their career. For generations of listeners raised on stereo mixes, there are plenty of surprises here, from the faster versions of "She's Leaving Home" and "Don't Pass Me By" to the numerous little differences that pop up on Pepper, The White Album, and Revolver, all adding up to dramatically different experiences. Sometimes, the density of mono just has more force -- "Lady Madonna" rolls like a freight train, "I'm Down" hits to the gut -- and sometimes the colors just seem more vibrant; in either case, there's enough emotional difference to make this worthwhile for the dedicated, and depending on taste, it may even be preferable. But there's no question of one thing: of the two sets, as a package, the mono box is a thing to behold. And there's also no question that those who waited 22 years to hear a better version of the Beatles will not be disappointed (although they may still wonder why it took so long for the Fabs to be treated as they deserve)...S.Erlewine

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The Beatles - Sgt Pepper (1967) (Mono Box Set Remaster 2009)

Codec: flac
Size: 149 MB
Genre : Rock
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Tracklist.

01 Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band 2:02
02 With a Little Help from My Friends 2:44
03 Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds 3:28
04 Getting Better 2:47
05 Fixing a Hole 2:36
06 She's Leaving Home 3:35
07 Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite! 2:37
08 Within You Without You 5:05
09 When I'm Sixty-Four 2:37
10 Lovely Rita 2:42
11 Good Morning Good Morning 2:41
12 Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise) 1:18
13 A Day in the Life 5:33

22.09.2009. u 22:51 • 0 KomentaraPrint#

ponedjeljak, 21.09.2009.

The Beatles - Magical Mystery Tour (1967)

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The Beatles always stood apart from their peers, a self-evident statement that sadly extended to the treatment of their catalog in the digital age. Where all their peers from the Byrds to the Who have had their catalogs remastered and reissued in deluxe editions, sometimes several times, the Beatles remained stuck in the early days of digital, their 14 albums plus Past Masters singles collection remaining untouched since 1987. Anniversaries came and went, but no remasters arrived until the release of the video game The Beatles Rockband pushed a long-overdue revamping of the band's entire catalog into the stores on 9-9-09. This reissue campaign corrects almost all the problems of the original 1987 CDs: the sound and artwork are improved, and all the original mono and stereo mixes finally see the light of day. Naturally, it's possible to quibble about some details of the presentation, particularly the decision to split the reissue into two separate box sets, one covering the stereo mixes and one the mono mixes, with only the stereo mixes available as individual discs (it's still possible to complain that the albums do not add era-specific singles or outtakes, but such expansions were never really in the cards), but both boxes still constitute the best Beatles by far. Crucially, it's also inarguably the best-sounding Beatles music ever released, robust and rich even on the earliest rock & roll. None of the albums have been remixed -- although Help! and Rubber Soul retain Martin's 1987 mixes, the original stereo mixes are bonuses on the mono set -- so this doesn't shock the way the Yellow Submarine soundtrack did with its reimagined stereo mixes. Nevertheless, these remasters surely do surprise with their clarity and depth, with each album feeling bigger and fuller than the previous CD incarnation, but not artificially so. It's not that these are pumped up on digital steroids; it's that the veil has been lifted, so everything seems full and fresh. Appropriately, there's more to savor from Help! onward, as the Beatles' productions grew ambitious, but Please Please Me, With the Beatles, and A Hard Day's Night all have a strong punch, while Beatles for Sale is warmer than the previous disc.

The stereo set may be the official canon, but what Beatlemaniacs have really craved is the mono box. This limited-edition box is laden with new-to-CD mixes, including the genuine rarities of the previously unreleased mono mixes of the four new songs from Yellow Submarine, and its packaging is gorgeous, filled with mini-LP replicas with stiff cardboard sleeves of every album from Please Please Me to The Beatles, complete with replicated gatefolds and packaging inserts, all protected in resealable plastic sleeves. As pure physical product, this satisfies any collector itch, but this also is arguably the better-sounding of the two sets, providing ample evidence that the Beatles did spend more time on mono mixes during much of their career. For generations of listeners raised on stereo mixes, there are plenty of surprises here, from the faster versions of "She's Leaving Home" and "Don't Pass Me By" to the numerous little differences that pop up on Pepper, The White Album, and Revolver, all adding up to dramatically different experiences. Sometimes, the density of mono just has more force -- "Lady Madonna" rolls like a freight train, "I'm Down" hits to the gut -- and sometimes the colors just seem more vibrant; in either case, there's enough emotional difference to make this worthwhile for the dedicated, and depending on taste, it may even be preferable. But there's no question of one thing: of the two sets, as a package, the mono box is a thing to behold. And there's also no question that those who waited 22 years to hear a better version of the Beatles will not be disappointed (although they may still wonder why it took so long for the Fabs to be treated as they deserve)...S. Erlewine

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The Beatles - Magical Mystery Tour (1967) (Mono Box Set Remaster 2009)

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Tracklist.

01 Magical Mystery Tour 2:51
02 The Fool on the Hill 3:00
03 Flying 2:16
04 Blue Jay Way 3:56
05 Your Mother Should Know 2:29
06 I Am the Walrus 4:37
07 Hello Goodbye 3:31
08 Strawberry Fields Forever 4:10
09 Penny Lane 3:03
10 Baby You're a Rich Man 3:03
11 All You Need Is Love 3:48

21.09.2009. u 22:45 • 1 KomentaraPrint#

nedjelja, 20.09.2009.

The Beatles - Help! (1965)

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The Beatles always stood apart from their peers, a self-evident statement that sadly extended to the treatment of their catalog in the digital age. Where all their peers from the Byrds to the Who have had their catalogs remastered and reissued in deluxe editions, sometimes several times, the Beatles remained stuck in the early days of digital, their 14 albums plus Past Masters singles collection remaining untouched since 1987. Anniversaries came and went, but no remasters arrived until the release of the video game The Beatles Rockband pushed a long-overdue revamping of the band's entire catalog into the stores on 9-9-09. This reissue campaign corrects almost all the problems of the original 1987 CDs: the sound and artwork are improved, and all the original mono and stereo mixes finally see the light of day. Naturally, it's possible to quibble about some details of the presentation, particularly the decision to split the reissue into two separate box sets, one covering the stereo mixes and one the mono mixes, with only the stereo mixes available as individual discs (it's still possible to complain that the albums do not add era-specific singles or outtakes, but such expansions were never really in the cards), but both boxes still constitute the best Beatles by far. Crucially, it's also inarguably the best-sounding Beatles music ever released, robust and rich even on the earliest rock & roll. None of the albums have been remixed -- although Help! and Rubber Soul retain Martin's 1987 mixes, the original stereo mixes are bonuses on the mono set -- so this doesn't shock the way the Yellow Submarine soundtrack did with its reimagined stereo mixes. Nevertheless, these remasters surely do surprise with their clarity and depth, with each album feeling bigger and fuller than the previous CD incarnation, but not artificially so. It's not that these are pumped up on digital steroids; it's that the veil has been lifted, so everything seems full and fresh. Appropriately, there's more to savor from Help! onward, as the Beatles' productions grew ambitious, but Please Please Me, With the Beatles, and A Hard Day's Night all have a strong punch, while Beatles for Sale is warmer than the previous disc.

The stereo set may be the official canon, but what Beatlemaniacs have really craved is the mono box. This limited-edition box is laden with new-to-CD mixes, including the genuine rarities of the previously unreleased mono mixes of the four new songs from Yellow Submarine, and its packaging is gorgeous, filled with mini-LP replicas with stiff cardboard sleeves of every album from Please Please Me to The Beatles, complete with replicated gatefolds and packaging inserts, all protected in resealable plastic sleeves. As pure physical product, this satisfies any collector itch, but this also is arguably the better-sounding of the two sets, providing ample evidence that the Beatles did spend more time on mono mixes during much of their career. For generations of listeners raised on stereo mixes, there are plenty of surprises here, from the faster versions of "She's Leaving Home" and "Don't Pass Me By" to the numerous little differences that pop up on Pepper, The White Album, and Revolver, all adding up to dramatically different experiences. Sometimes, the density of mono just has more force -- "Lady Madonna" rolls like a freight train, "I'm Down" hits to the gut -- and sometimes the colors just seem more vibrant; in either case, there's enough emotional difference to make this worthwhile for the dedicated, and depending on taste, it may even be preferable. But there's no question of one thing: of the two sets, as a package, the mono box is a thing to behold. And there's also no question that those who waited 22 years to hear a better version of the Beatles will not be disappointed (although they may still wonder why it took so long for the Fabs to be treated as they deserve). Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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The Beatles - Help! (1965) (Mono Box Set Remaster 2009)

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Tracklist.

01 Help! 2:21
02 The Night Before 2:36
03 You've Got to Hide Your Love Away 2:11
04 I Need You 2:31
05 Another Girl 2:08
06 You're Gonna Lose That Girl 2:20
07 Ticket to Ride 3:12
08 Act Naturally 2:33
09 It's Only Love 1:58
10 You Like Me Too Much 2:38
11 Tell Me What You See 2:39
12 I've Just Seen a Face 2:07
13 Yesterday 2:07
14 Dizzy Miss Lizzy 2:54

20.09.2009. u 15:21 • 2 KomentaraPrint#

subota, 19.09.2009.

The Beatles - With the Beatles (1963)

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The classic albums of the Beatles have been digitally remastered for the first time. Engineers at Abbey Road Studios in London worked for four years to restore the full Beatles catalog to the highest fidelity since its original release on vinyl. These new Beatles reissues supersede the initial set of CD reissues from the 1980s. Each CD comes with the original UK album art and includes an expanded booklet with new liner notes and photos. For a limited period, each CD will also be embedded with a brief documentary film about the album.

With the Beatles is a sequel of the highest order -- one that betters the original by developing its own tone and adding depth. While it may share several similarities with its predecessor -- there is an equal ratio of covers-to-originals, a familiar blend of girl group, Motown, R&B, pop, and rock, and a show tune that interrupts the flow of the album -- With the Beatles is a better record that not only rocks harder, it's considerably more sophisticated. They could deliver rock & roll straight ("I Wanna Be Your Man") or twist it around with a little Latin lilt ("Little Child," one of their most underrated early rockers); Lennon and McCartney wrote sweet ballads (the achingly gorgeous "All I've Got to Do") and sprightly pop/rockers ("All My Loving") with equal aplomb; and the propulsive rockers ("It Won't Be Long") were as richly melodic as slower songs ("Not a Second Time"). Even George Harrison's first recorded song, "Don't Bother Me," is a standout, with its wonderfully foreboding minor-key melody. Since the Beatles covered so much ground with their originals, their covers pale slightly in comparison, particularly since they rely on familiar hits (only "Devil in Her Heart" qualifies as a forgotten gem). But for every "Roll Over Beethoven," a surprisingly stiff reading of the Chuck Berry standard, there is a sublime moment, such as Lennon's soaring interpretation of "You Really Got a Hold on Me," and the group always turns in thoroughly enjoyable performances. Still, the heart of With the Beatles lies not in the covers, but the originals, where it was clear that, even at this early stage, the Beatles were rapidly maturing and changing, turning into expert craftsmen and musical innovators...S. Erlewine

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The Beatles - With the Beatles (1963) (Stereo Box Set Remaster 2009)

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Tracklist.

01 It Won't Be Long 2:13
02 All I've Got to Do 2:02
03 All My Loving 2:07
04 Don't Bother Me 2:28
5 Little Child 1:46
06 Till There Was You 2:13
07 Please Mister Postman 2:34
08 Roll over Beethoven 2:45
09 Hold Me Tight 2:31
10 You've Really Got a Hold on Me 3:01
11 I Wanna Be Your Man 1:59
12 Devil in Her Heart 2:26
13 Not a Second Time 2:06
14 Money (That's What I Want) 2:51

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19.09.2009. u 15:54 • 1 KomentaraPrint#

The Beatles - Please Please Me (1963)

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The classic albums of the Beatles have been digitally remastered for the first time. Engineers at Abbey Road Studios in London worked for four years to restore the full Beatles catalog to the highest fidelity since its original release on vinyl. These new Beatles reissues supersede the initial set of CD reissues from the 1980s. Each CD comes with the original UK album art and includes an expanded booklet with new liner notes and photos. For a limited period, each CD will also be embedded with a brief documentary film about the album.

Once "Please Please Me" rocketed to number one, the Beatles rushed to deliver a debut album, bashing out Please Please Me in a day. Decades after its release, the album still sounds fresh, precisely because of its intense origins. As the songs rush past, it's easy to get wrapped up in the sound of the record itself without realizing how the album effectively summarizes the band's eclectic influences. Naturally, the influences shine through their covers, all of which are unconventional and illustrate the group's superior taste. There's a love of girl groups, vocal harmonies, sophisticated popcraft, schmaltz, R&B, and hard-driving rock & roll, which is enough to make Please Please Me impressive, but what makes it astonishing is how these elements converge in the originals. "I Saw Here Standing There" is one of their best rockers, yet it has surprising harmonies and melodic progressions. "Misery" and "There's a Place" grow out of the girl group tradition without being tied to it. A few of their originals, such as "Do You Want to Know a Secret" and the pleasantly light "P.S. I Love You," have dated slightly, but endearingly so, since they're infused with cheerful innocence and enthusiasm. And there is an innocence to Please Please Me. The Beatles may have played notoriously rough dives in Hamburg, but the only way you could tell that on their first album was how the constant gigging turned the group into a tight, professional band that could run through their set list at the drop of a hat with boundless energy. It's no surprise that Lennon had shouted himself hoarse by the end of the session, barely getting through "Twist and Shout," the most famous single take in rock history. He simply got caught up in the music, just like generations of listeners did. Stephen Thomas Erlewine,

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The Beatles - Please Please Me (1963) (Stereo Box Set Remaster 2009)

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Tracklist.

01 I Saw Her Standing There 2:53
02 Misery 1:48
03 Anna (Go to Him) 2:57
04 Chains 2:25
05 Boys 2:26
0Ask Me Why 2:26
07 Please Please Me 2:00
08 Love Me Do 2:21
09 P.S. I Love You 2:04
10 Baby It's You 2:40
11 Do You Want to Know a Secret 1:57
12 A Taste of Honey 2:03
13 There's a Place 1:50
14 Twist and Shout 2:37

19.09.2009. u 15:46 • 3 KomentaraPrint#

četvrtak, 17.09.2009.

The Beatles - Beatles For Sale (1964)

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The classic albums of the Beatles have been digitally remastered for the first time. Engineers at Abbey Road Studios in London worked for four years to restore the full Beatles catalog to the highest fidelity since its original release on vinyl. These new Beatles reissues supersede the initial set of CD reissues from the 1980s. Each CD comes with the original UK album art and includes an expanded booklet with new liner notes and photos. For a limited period, each CD will also be embedded with a brief documentary film about the album.

It was inevitable that the constant grind of touring, writing, promoting, and recording would grate on the Beatles, but the weariness of Beatles for Sale comes as something of a shock. Only five months before, the group released the joyous A Hard Day's Night. Now, they sound beaten, worn, and, in Lennon's case, bitter and self-loathing. His opening trilogy ("No Reply," "I'm a Loser," "Baby's in Black") is the darkest sequence on any Beatles record, setting the tone for the album. Moments of joy pop up now and again, mainly in the forms of covers and the dynamic "Eight Days a Week," but the very presence of six covers after the triumphant all-original A Hard Day's Night feels like an admission of defeat or at least a regression. (It doesn't help that {|Lennon|}'s cover of his beloved obscurity "Mr. Moonlight" winds up as arguably the worst thing the group ever recorded.) Beneath those surface suspicions, however, there are some important changes on Beatles for Sale, most notably Lennon's discovery of Bob Dylan and folk-rock. The opening three songs, along with "I Don't Want to Spoil the Party," are implicitly confessional and all quite bleak, which is a new development. This spirit winds up overshadowing McCartney's cheery "I'll Follow the Sun" or the thundering covers of "Rock & Roll Music," "Honey Don't," and "Kansas City/Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey!," and the weariness creeps up in unexpected places -- "Every Little Thing," "What You're Doing," even George's cover of Carl Perkins' "Everybody's Trying to Be My Baby" -- leaving the impression that Beatlemania may have been fun but now the group is exhausted. That exhaustion results in the group's most uneven album, but its best moments find them moving from Merseybeat to the sophisticated pop/rock they developed in mid-career...S. Thomas

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The Beatles - Beatles For Sale (1964) (Stereo Box Set Remaster 2009)

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Tracklist:

01 No Reply 2:16
02 I'm a Loser 2:30
03 Baby's in Black 2:04
04 Rock and Roll Music 2:31
05 I'll Follow the Sun 1:48
06 Mr. Moonlight 2:38
07 Kansas City/Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey! [Medley] 2:38
08 Eight Days a Week 2:43
09 Words of Love 2:04
10 Honey Don't 2:57
11 Every Little Thing 2:03
12 I Don't Want to Spoil the Party 2:34
13 What You're Doing 2:30
14 Everybody's Trying to Be My Baby 2:27

17.09.2009. u 21:40 • 6 KomentaraPrint#

The Beatles - Help! (1965)

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The classic albums of the Beatles have been digitally remastered for the first time. Engineers at Abbey Road Studios in London worked for four years to restore the full Beatles catalog to the highest fidelity since its original release on vinyl. These new Beatles reissues supersede the initial set of CD reissues from the 1980s. Each CD comes with the original UK album art and includes an expanded booklet with new liner notes and photos. For a limited period, each CD will also be embedded with a brief documentary film about the album.

Considering that Help! functions as the Beatles' fifth album and as the soundtrack to their second film -- while filming, they continued to release non-LP singles on a regular basis -- it's not entirely surprising that it still has some of the weariness of Beatles for Sale. Again, they pad the album with covers, but the Bakersfield bounce of "Act Naturally" adds new flavor (along with an ideal showcase for Ringo's amiable vocals) and "Dizzy Miss Lizzy" gives John an opportunity to flex his rock & roll muscle. George is writing again and if his two contributions don't touch Lennon and McCartney's originals, they hold their own against much of their British pop peers. Since Lennon wrote a third more songs than McCartney, it's easy to forgive a pair of minor numbers ("It's Only Love," "Tell Me What You See"), especially since they're overshadowed by four great songs. His Dylan infatuation holds strong, particularly on the plaintive "You've Got to Hide Your Love Away" and the title track, where the brash arrangement disguises Lennon's desperation. Driven by an indelible 12-string guitar, "Ticket to Ride" is another masterpiece and "You're Going to Lose That Girl" is the kind of song McCartney effortlessly tosses off -- which he does with the jaunty "The Night Before" and "Another Girl," two very fine tunes that simply update his melodic signature. He did much better with "I've Just Seen a Face," an irresistible folk-rock gem, and "Yesterday," a simple, beautiful ballad whose arrangement -- an acoustic guitar supported by a string quartet -- and composition sested much more sophisticated and adventurous musical territory, which the group immediately began exploring with Rubber Soul...S. Erlewine

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The Beatles - Help! (1965) (Stereo Box Set Remaster 2009)

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Tracklist:

01 Help! 2:21
02 The Night Before 2:36
03 You've Got to Hide Your Love Away 2:11
04 I Need You 2:31
05 Another Girl 2:08
06 You're Gonna Lose That Girl 2:20
07 Ticket to Ride 3:12
08 Act Naturally 2:33
09 It's Only Love 1:58
10 You Like Me Too Much 2:38
11 Tell Me What You See 2:39
12 I've Just Seen a Face 2:07
13 Yesterday 2:07
14 Dizzy Miss Lizzy 2:54

17.09.2009. u 00:47 • 1 KomentaraPrint#

utorak, 15.09.2009.

The Beatles - Past Masters (1988)

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The classic original Beatles studio albums have been re-mastered by a dedicated team of engineers at Abbey Road Studios in London over a four year period utilising state of the art recording technology alongside vintage studio equipment, carefully maintaining the authenticity and integrity of the original analogue recordings. The result of this painstaking process is the highest fidelity the Beatles catalogue has seen since its original release.

When Capitol decided to release the original British editions of the Beatles' albums instead of the bastardized American versions, they were left with a bit of a quandary. Since the Beatles had an enormous number of non-LP singles, some of their greatest hits — from "I Want to Hold Your Hand" through "Hey Jude" — would not be included on disc if Capitol simply served up straight reissues. They had two options: they could add the singles as bonus tracks to the appropriate CDs, or they could release a compilation of all the non-LP tracks. It should come as no surprise that they chose the lattermore…. In fact, they took it one further, issuing two separate compilations of non-LP tracks, which is fairly appropriate since the Beatles released far more singles and EPs in the first two years of their recording career than they did in the last five. Past Masters, Vol. 1 covers those first two years and, to be fair, there are some cuts that are unnecessary for anyone outside of the hardcore — only a handful of people will be able to spot the difference in the alternate "Love Me Do," while German versions of "I Want to Hold Your Hand" and "She Loves You" aren't even good for a chuckle. Still, the sheer number of astounding singles makes this essential, even with its faults. These 17 songs capture the exuberance of Beatlemania while confirming their talents as popcraftsmen ("This Boy," "Yes It Is") and proving that they could rock really, really hard ("I Feel Fine," "She's a Woman," the peerless "I'm Down"). Apart from the cuts that are merely rarities, this is a near-perfect compilation that captures the energy and spirit of the Beatles' early years.

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The Beatles - Past Masters (1988) (Stereo Box Set Remaster 2009)

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Size: 566 MB
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Tracklist:

CD 1

01 Love Me Do 2:23
02 From Me to You 1:57
03 Thank You Girl 2:04
04 She Loves You 2:21
05 I'll Get You 2:05
06 I Want to Hold Your Hand 2:26
07 This Boy 2:16
08 Komm, Gib Mir Deine Hand 2:26
09 Sie Liebt Dich 2:19
10 Long Tall Sally 2:03
11 I Call Your Name 2:09
12 Slow Down 2:56
13 Matchbox 1:58
14 I Feel Fine 2:19
15 She's a Woman 3:03
16 Bad Boy 2:20
17 Yes It Is 2:42
18 I'm Down 2:31

CD 2

01 Day Tripper 2:49
02 We Can Work It Out 2:15
03 Paperback Writer 2:18
04 Rain 3:02
05 Lady Madonna 2:17
06 The Inner Light 2:36
07 Hey Jude Consoling a friend 7:08
08 Revolution 3:24
09 Get Back 3:14
10 Don't Let Me Down 3:34
11 The Ballad of John and Yoko 3:00
12 Old Brown Shoe 3:18
13 Across the Universe Version 3:49
14 Let It Be 3:50
15 You Know My Name (Look up the Number) / Brian Jones 4:19

15.09.2009. u 21:08 • 2 KomentaraPrint#

ponedjeljak, 14.09.2009.

Steve Miller - Book of Dreams (1977) (Remaster DCC CD 2001)

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Steve Miller - Book of Dreams (1977) (Remaster DCC CD 2001)

It is here, on this 1977 blockbuster, that Steve Miller shored up his "Space Cowboy" moniker and cosmic persona: from the winged horse on the album cover to a judicious smattering of synthesizers in the music, Book of Dreams bridged the gap between blues-rock and the indulgences of prog rock. Things do go awry when Renaissance Faire whimsy takes over clunkers like "Wish Upon a Star" and "Babes in the Wood," but luckily the balance of the record offers a satisfying blend of meaty blues and country riffs and tasteful atmospherics. The well-known suspects include "Swingtown," "Winter Time," and "Threshold," with relatively straightforward rock & boogie highlights coming by way of "True Fine Love," "Jet Airliner," and "Jungle Love." The non-hit cuts, "Sacrifice" and "My Own Space," do stand up to these FM favorites but fall short of making the album something the casual fan should consider with Miller's Greatest Hits 1974-1978 in hand (that collection includes seven tracks off of Book of Dreams, plus all the hits from The Joker and Fly Like an Eagle). Still, this is a highlight of the '70s classic rock era and one of Miller's finest releases. Stephen Cook

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Bitrate: 320 kB/s
Size: 86 MB
Genre : Rock
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Tracklist:

01 Threshold 1:06
02 Jet Airliner 4:25
03 Winter Time 3:12
04 Swingtown 3:56
05 True Fine Love 2:39
06 Wish upon a Star 3:39
07 Jungle Love 3:07
08 Electro Lux Imbroglio 0:57
09 Sacrifice 5:20
10 The Stake 3:58
11 My Own Space 3:04
12 Babes in the Wood 2:32

14.09.2009. u 20:04 • 0 KomentaraPrint#

nedjelja, 13.09.2009.

Status Quo - Don't Stop (1996) (Remaster 2006)

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Remastered UK 19 track CD album including guest appearances from The Beach Boys, Brian May & Maddy Prior featuring 4 Bonus Tracks including 'Tilting At The Mill', 'Mortified', 'Temporary Friend' & 'I'll Never Get Over You', picture booklet complete with extensive liner notes by esteemed rock writer Dave Ling, rare photographs and memorabillia. Polydor. 2006.

Thirty years into their career, and with plenty of cover versions under their belts, Quo celebrated their anniversary by releasing an album of cover versions. The twist here is that you'll find Quo taking their unique rock approach to songs that you wouldn't expect them to cover such as Men Without Hats' "The Safety Dance," the Move's "I Can Hear the Grass Grow," Timbuk 3's "The Future's So Bright (I Gotta Wear Shades)," Fleetwood Mac's "Don't Stop," and more. Though not all of it is successful, there are some fine moments to be had including "When You Walk in the Room" with Francis Rossi wrapping his smooth, wounded vocals over an extraordinary version of this classic. Robert Palmer's "Johnny and Mary" sounds just as grand as the original, though Rossi's vocals are more personal than Palmer's. Buddy Holly's "Raining in My Heart" features Queen's Brian May (and rumor says that most of the track is actually May with Rossi guesting) and is touching and sweet. There are some duds, including "Lucille," "Get Back," and "Proud Mary," but overall, this is a refreshing and very listenable collection of covers by a band that tends to renew rock & roll every time they enter the studio...S. Schnee

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Bitrate: 320 kB/s
Size: 160 MB
Genre : Rock
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Line-up

Francis Rossi - Vocals / Lead Guitar
Rick Parfitt - Vocals / Guitar
Andy Bown - Keyboards
John 'Rhino' Edwards - Bass Guitar
Jeff Rich - Drums / Percussion

Tracklist:

01. Fun, Fun, Fun - performed with The Beach Boys 4:03
02. When You Walk in the Room (Del Shannon) 4:05
03. I Can Hear the Grass Grow (Roy Wood) 3:27
04. You Never Can Tell (It Was A Teenage Wedding) (Chuck Berry) 3:50
05. Get Back (John Lennon/Paul McCartney) 3:23
06. The Safety Dance (Doroschuk) 3:56
07. Raining in My Heart (Felice and Boudleaux Bryant) - performed with Brian May 3:32
08. Don't Stop (McVie) 3:40
09. Sorrow (Feldman/Goldstein/Gottehrer) 4:14
10. Proud Mary (John Fogerty) 3:30
11. Lucille (Albert Collins/Little Richard) 2:58
12. Johnny and Mary (Palmer) 3:35
13. Get Out Of Denver (Seger) 4:09
14. The Future's So Bright (I Gotta Wear Shades) (MacDonald) 3:36
15. All Around My Hat (Traditional) 3:56
16. Tilting At The Mill (Bonus) (3:27)
17. Mortified (Bonus) (3:22)
18. Temporary Friend (Bonus) (4:13)
19. I'll Never Get Over You (Bonus) (2:49)

13.09.2009. u 20:19 • 3 KomentaraPrint#

subota, 12.09.2009.

Prefab Sprout - Steve McQueen (1985) (2CD Legacy Edit 2007)

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Prefab Sprout - Steve McQueen (1985) (2CD Legacy Edit 2007)

2007 Digitally Remastered Double Disc Expansion of the Popular UK Band's Second Album that was Originally Released in 1985. Original Producer Thomas Dolby Accomplished the Remastering Job, Insuring that all the Band's Original Artistic Sound Remains Intact in the Digital Age. The Set Includes Second Disc with Eight Tracks of Arranged Acoustic Versions by Band Leader Paddy Mcaloon. This Version Packaged in a Digipak.

Prefab Sprout was their name, and despite considerable critical acclaim, the British band's creative seedlings never quite sprouted into mainstream success. They debuted in 1982 with the album Swoon, and through the decade remained purveyors of fine, literate pop, led by chief songwriter/vocalist Paddy McAloon.
Their high point was 1985's Steve McQueen (confusingly, the album was retitled Two Wheels Good in the U.S. after McQueen's representatives threatened legal action). Now, Steve McQueen is back in an expanded, remastered two-disc edition from Sony/Legacy. The big draw here is an entire CD of eight of the album's songs recorded in solo acoustic versions by McAloon in 2006.
More than 20 years on, Steve McQueen remains a dreamy slice of 1980's pop, evocative of Squeeze or Crowded House. On first listen, the tunes are romantic rock, but they're filled with layers. A song like "Faron Young" is an intentionally vague, yet gorgeously grand, piece of music. The brooding "When Love Comes To Town" was the album's biggest hit. While it was the '80s, in a lot of ways Prefab Sprout's true inspirations were the orchestrated epics of Burt Bacharach or The Beach Boys. McAloon lends a dark underside to his often cheery compositions – or as "Desire As" puts it, “I've got six things on my mind you're no longer one of them."
Particularly on the British side of the pond, the album remains a classic – It has subsequently featured in a number of polls for best album ever, including #47 in a poll by The Times in 1993, #90 in a poll by Mojo in 1995 and #61 in a 1997 poll by The Guardian.
How fresh the album sounds to you in 2007 might depend on your tolerance for '80s excess. Some of the tunes have dated badly, with Dolby's overly glossy production now feeling rather plastic to me – tinkly keyboards, crashing drums – so it's a real treat to hear "naked" versions of the tunes in the set's bonus disc. Re-recording old tracks often smacks of creative desperation, but not here. Frankly, some of the stripped-down versions sound better than the originals, with more room for McAloon's lonesome lyrics to bloom. "Desire As" receives a particularly strong reinvention, and generally the songs get a more melancholy, thoughtful air as dictated by the passage of time.
It is a bummer there's no real rarities, demos, or live tracks included in this set, despite the existence of several B-sides out there (and two songs fans were long used to on the American edition are no longer here). The Sony/Legacy Edition sets are usually stunningly comprehensive. The new acoustic versions are still a must for any fan of Prefab Sprout.
Some of Steve McQueen's more '80s flourishes may be dated, true, but it still stands up as some of the more elegant songcraft of that decade....G. Agflow

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Bitrate: 320 kB/s
Size: 183 MB
Genre : Altern. Rock
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Tracklist:

CD 1

01 Faron Young 3:50
02 Bonny 3:45
03 Appetite 3:56
04 When Love Breaks Down 4:08
05 Goodbye Lucille #1 (Johnny Johnny) 4:31
06 Hallelujah 4:21
07 Moving the River 3:58
08 Horsin' Around 4:40
09 Desire As 5:20
10 Blueberry Pies 2:24
11 When the Angels 4:29

CD 2

01 Appetite (Acoustic Version) 3:56
02 Bonny (Acoustic Version) 3:57
03 Desire As (Acoustic Version) 7:08
04 When Love Breaks Down (Acoustic Version) 4:24
05 Goodbye Lucille (Acoustic Version) 3:54
06 Moving The River (Acoustic Version) 3:38
07 Faron Young (Acoustic Version) 3:46
08 When The Angels (Acoustic Version) 4:08

12.09.2009. u 23:00 • 0 KomentaraPrint#

Prefab Sprout - Let's Change the World With Music

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Let's Change the World with Music sees the first Prefab Sprout album in 8 years and contains eleven unique tracks. This album should have been the follow up to 1990's Jordan The Comeback but finally sees the light of day in 2009.

Prefab Sprout were formed in 1978 as a four-piece band based in Co. Durham and went on to be arguably one of the most beloved British pop bands of the 80s and 90s. Their biggest top ten album, From Langley Park To Memphis featured Pete Townsend and Stevie Wonder and included their biggest hit, "The King of Rock n Roll". They followed this album with Jordan, The Comeback which was hugely acclaimed and Brit-nominated. After various line up changes, the rest of the band released one album in 2001 and Paddy released a solo album, Trawl The Megahertz in 2003. Singer-songwriter Paddy McAloon is regularly hailed one of the greatest songwriters of his era. Let's Change the World with Music sees the first Prefab Sprout album in 8 years and contains twelve unique tracks.

Prefab Sprout - Let's Change the World With Music (2009)

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Size: 106 MB
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Tracklist:

01. Let there be music 3:44
02. Ride 4:04
03. I love music 4:49
04. God watch over you 4:33
05. Music is a princess 3:31
06. Earth: The story so far 5:01
07. Last of the great romantics 4:39
08. Falling in love 3:10
09. Sweet gospel music 4:23
10. Meet the new Mozart 4:13
11. Angel of love 4:23

12.09.2009. u 22:57 • 2 KomentaraPrint#

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Alan Parsons - Gaudi (1987) (14-track Remaster 2008)

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Inspired by architect Antonio Gaudi, the Alan Parsons Project's Gaudi from 1987 has a leaner, edgier sound that is best represented on "Standing on Higher Ground." The last track, "Paseo de Graciad," is a finely orchestrated instrumental done exquisitely in full Parsons style. The usual lineup of Miles, Woolfson, Zakatek, and Rainbow share the singing duties, with Geoff Barradale taking over on "Standing on Higher Ground." [The 2008 Sony BMG reissue included bonus tracks.]...M.DeGagne

The idea that 1987's "Gaudi" would prove to be the final album by the Alan Parsons Project might have been more than a little surprising to the admirers of the band. After all, this is a concept album about a relatively obscure Spanish architect who had been dead for almost exactly sixty years before this album was released. Project songwriter, lyricist and the man responsible in the most part for managing the "concept" aspect of the APP, Eric Woolfson, sings lead on nearly half of the album's songs, leaving the other songs to the band's usual vocalists. Upon reading the remastered edition's liner notes, one comes to believe that this particular album was pretty much Woolfson's baby, with Parsons lurking about in the back providing his always near-perfect sound and arrangements. No song in particular stands out; even the obligatory instrumental seems to fade away into the ether of the whole. After the underwhelming sales of this album, the APP entered the studio to make another album, centered around Sigmund Freud. However, conflict between Woolfson and Parsons over songs, lyrics and production led to a double album, "Freudiana", being released with no artist's name listed. It was an APP album in all but name, with all of the usual suspects appearing, but it proved to be the end of the line. The Alan Parsons Project name was retired, and both principals went their own ways. This sad, sputtering end is regrettable, considering that the APP had flown the prog rock flag throughout the '70s and '80s, long after such music had fallen far from grace. It is also sad that the official end should have come with such a weak album. Still, if you're a completist, here "Gaudi" is in all its remastered glory (Parsons IS a studio wizard, and is seemingly incapable of making an album which doesn't astound the listener with pure sonic achievement), with bonus tracks that fail to really add anything to the package as a whole. Enjoy the APP's official swan song, or rue the day. Or both...D. Jellinc

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Bitrate: 320 kB/s
Size: 150 MB
Genre : Rock
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Tracklist:

01 La Sagrada Familia 8:47
02 Too Late 4:30
03 Closer to Heaven 5:53
04 Standing on Higher Ground 5:48
05 Money Talks 4:26
06 Inside Looking Out 6:26
07 Paseo de Gracia / Alan Parsons Instrumental 3:52
08 Too Late / Alan Parsons Eric Woolfson Rough Guide Vocal 4:13
09 Standing on Higher Ground / Alan Parsons Vocal Experiments 3:58
10 Money Talks / Alan Parsons Overdubs 0:37
11 Money Talks / Alan Parsons Rough Mix Backing Track 4:28
12 Closer to Heaven / Alan Parsons Sax / Overdub Section 0:50
13 Paseo de Gracia / Alan Parsons Rough Mix 3:46
14 La Sagrada Familia / Alan Parsons Rough Mix 7:25

11.09.2009. u 20:44 • 2 KomentaraPrint#

The Beatles - Yellow Submarine: Songtrack (1999)

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The Beatles - Yellow Submarine: Songtrack (1999)

Thirty years after the first invasion of Pepperland by the Blue Meanies, the irrepressible Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band has resurfaced from the loam to save us from the gray, loveless world of the greedy gloved establishment. Well, all right! But the big question is this: Are the Fab Four hitching a ride in a brand new Yellow Submarine, or are they towing the same old boat in a new (wet) suit? The answer: A little of both. Unlike the original '69 release, this "songtrack" contains all the Beatles songs used in the film -- five of which were exclusive to the movie, plus ten that original appeared on Sgt. Pepper's, Magical Mystery Tour, and Revolver. Missing are the seven original (and quite stuffy) George Martin orchestrations. Of the five Yellow Sub exclusives, only the salty, Lennon-driven "Hey Bulldog" rises to usual Beatle standards, though aficionados will enjoy the film version of "It's All Too Much," with its extra verse. Digitally re-mastered to create "wraparound" sound (a novel change from the extreme left-right stereo separation typical of Beatle records) and the song score does succeed as it was intended -- as a cool trip for groovy kids. Fans will also want to revisit the film, now on DVD, which stands as a brilliant vestige of the era's best psychedelic art. Steph Paynes

To the horror of their most obsessive fans, the surviving Beatles have proven more than willing to tamper with their pop legacy, as witnessed by the various facets of their massive, occasionally myopic mid-1990s Anthology projects (and the suspect notion of its faux techno-marvel "reunions"). In boldly revamping the soundtrack to their 1968 Heinz Edelmann-designed animated fable Yellow Submarine, the Fabs have shown they're not immune to the irony of the age either: their original involvement in the project was both tentative and minimal. This new version completely excises Beatles-producer Sir George Martin's charming, if sometimes maudlin, orchestral score, offering instead a new "songtrack" containing all the Beatles songs (standout cuts from Rubber Soul, Revolver, and Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, in addition to the four originals unique to the project) featured in the film. The pre-announced "unreleased song" on the set turns out to be the original album's rollicking "Hey Bulldog", one of the last true Lennon-McCartney collaborations. "Hey Bulldog" was also the subject of both a previously excised sequence in the film and a newly edited in-studio video cobbled together from footage shot in early 1968 and previously used in vintage promos for "Lady Madonna". Though it may further upset purists, the band has allowed these tracks to be digitally remixed and remastered into 5.1 surround sound, imparting both a stunning clarity and a new perspective (as well as restoring a "missing" verse and the original six-minute plus playing time to "It's All Too Much") on some of the greatest--if obviously overexposed--songs and recordings in the history of rock...J. McCulley

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Tracklist:

01 Yellow Submarine 2:39
02 Hey Bulldog 3:11
03 Eleanor Rigby 2:05
04 Love You To 2:58
05 All Together Now 2:10
06 Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds 3:28
07 Think for Yourself 2:18
08 Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band 2:01
09 With a Little Help from My Friends 2:45
10 Baby You're a Rich Man 3:00
11 Only a Northern Song 3:24
12 All You Need Is Love 3:46
13 When I'm Sixty-Four 2:39
14 Nowhere Man 2:42
15 It's All Too Much 6:25

11.09.2009. u 00:17 • 2 KomentaraPrint#

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The Beatles - Let It Be (1970)

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The classic albums of the Beatles have been digitally remastered for the first time. Engineers at Abbey Road Studios in London worked for four years to restore the full Beatles catalog to the highest fidelity since its original release on vinyl. These new Beatles reissues supersede the initial set of CD reissues from the 1980s. Each CD comes with the original UK album art and includes an expanded booklet with new liner notes and photos. For a limited period, each CD will also be embedded with a brief documentary film about the album.

The only Beatles album to occasion negative, even hostile reviews, there are few other rock records as controversial as Let It Be. First off, several facts need to be explained: although released in May 1970, this was not their final album, but largely recorded in early 1969, way before Abbey Road. Phil Spector was enlisted in early 1970 to do some post-production mixing and overdubs, but he did not work with the band as a unit. And, although his use of strings has generated much criticism, by and large he left the original performances to stand as is: only "The Long and Winding Road" and (to a lesser degree) "Across the Universe" and "I Me Mine" get the Wall of Sound treatment. The main problem was that the material wasn't uniformly strong, and that the Beatles themselves were in fairly lousy moods due to intergroup tension. All that said, the album is on the whole underrated, even discounting the fact that a substandard Beatles record is better than almost any other group's best work. McCartney in particular offers several gems: the gospel-ish "Let It Be," which has some of his best lyrics; "Get Back," one of his hardest rockers; and the melodic "The Long and Winding Road," ruined by Spector's heavy-handed overdubs. The folky "Two of Us," with John and Paul harmonizing together, was also a highlight. Most of the rest of the material, by contrast, was going through the motions to some degree, although there are some good moments of straight hard rock in "I've Got a Feeling" and "Dig a Pony." As flawed and bumpy as it is, it's an album well worth having, as when the Beatles were in top form here, they were as good as ever. [In November 2003, the Beatles released an alternate version of Let It Be called Let It Be... Naked, which mixed out Spector's contributions and deleted snippets of conversation scattered throughout the album. "Dig It" and "Maggie Mae" were cut from the record in favor of "Don't Let Me Down," which was placed in the middle of an album that now had a considerably different sequencing than the originally released version of Let It Be.]... R. Unterberger

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The Beatles - Let It Be (1970) (Stereo Box Set Remaster 2009)

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Tracklist:

01 Two of Us 3:36
02 Dig a Pony 3:54
03 Across the Universe 3:48
04 I Me Mine 2:25
05 Dig It 0:50
06 Let It Be 4:03
07 Maggie Mae 0:40
08 I've Got a Feeling 3:37
9 One After 909 2:55
10 The Long and Winding Road 3:37
11 For You Blue 2:32
12 Get Back 3:07

10.09.2009. u 21:19 • 6 KomentaraPrint#

The Beatles - A Hard Day's Night (1964)

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The classic albums of the Beatles have been digitally remastered for the first time. Engineers at Abbey Road Studios in London worked for four years to restore the full Beatles catalog to the highest fidelity since its original release on vinyl. These new Beatles reissues supersede the initial set of CD reissues from the 1980s. Each CD comes with the original UK album art and includes an expanded booklet with new liner notes and photos. For a limited period, each CD will also be embedded with a brief documentary film about the album.

A Hard Day's Night not only was the de facto soundtrack for their movie, not only was it filled with nothing but Lennon-McCartney originals, but it found the Beatles truly coming into their own as a band. All of the disparate influences on their first two albums had coalesced into a bright, joyous, original sound, filled with ringing guitars and irresistible melodies. A Hard Day's Night is where the Beatles became mythical, but this is the sound of Beatlemania in all of its giddy glory. Decades after its original release, its punchy blend of propulsive rhythms, jangly guitars, and infectious, singalong melodies is remarkably fresh. There's something intrinsically exciting in the sound of the album itself, something to keep the record vital years after it was recorded. Even more impressive are the songs themselves. Not only are the melodies forceful and memorable, but Lennon and McCartney have found a number of variations to their basic Merseybeat style, from the brash "Can't Buy Me Love" and "Any Time at All" through the gentle "If I Fell" to the tough folk-rock of "I'll Cry Instead." It's possible to hear both songwriters develop their own distinctive voices on the album, but, overall, A Hard Day's Night stands as a testament to their collaborative powers -- never again did they write together so well or so easily, choosing to pursue their own routes. John and Paul must have known how strong the material is -- they threw the pleasant trifle "I'm Happy Just to Dance With You" to George and didn't give anything to Ringo to sing. That may have been a little selfish, but it hardly hurts the album, since everything on the record is performed with genuine glee and excitement. It's the pinnacle of their early years...T. Erlewine

The Beatles - A Hard Day's Night (1964) (Stereo Box Set Remaster 2009)

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Tracklist:

01 A Hard Day's Night 2:32
02 I Should Have Known Better 2:44
03 If I Fell 2:22
04 I'm Happy Just to Dance With You 1:58
05 And I Love Her 2:31
06 Tell Me Why 2:10
07 Can't Buy Me Love 2:14
08 Any Time at All 2:13
09 I'll Cry Instead 1:47
10 Things We Said Today 2:38
11 When I Get Home 2:18
12 You Can't Do That 2:37
13 I'll Be Back 2:20

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10.09.2009. u 21:15 • 2 KomentaraPrint#

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The Beatles - Rubber Soul (1965)

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The classic albums of the Beatles have been digitally remastered for the first time. Engineers at Abbey Road Studios in London worked for four years to restore the full Beatles catalog to the highest fidelity since its original release on vinyl. These new Beatles reissues supersede the initial set of CD reissues from the 1980s. Each CD comes with the original UK album art and includes an expanded booklet with new liner notes and photos. For a limited period, each CD will also be embedded with a brief documentary film about the album.

Paul McCartney crooning in French, George Harrison playing a sitar, Ringo Starr crafting innovative drum parts, and John Lennon singing movingly about his childhood -- no rock album had ever sounded like Rubber Soul (1965). For that matter, the Beatles themselves were hardly recognizable as the energetic bar band that had recorded its debut effort barely three years earlier. Beach Boy Brian Wilson called Rubber Soul the first rock album without filler, and it certainly was the Beatles' first album with a consistent, organic sound and feel, despite its enormous stylistic range. There were nods to Dylan, the Byrds, and folk rock ("If I Needed Someone," "Nowhere Man"); early Elvis ("Run for Your Life"); and bluegrass ("I've Just Seen a Face"). But the glue, helped along by George Martin's intimate production gloss, was the uniformly first-rate songwriting by Lennon and McCartney, which still seems fresh as new paint today...S. Simels

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The Beatles - Rubber Soul (1965) (Stereo Box Set Remaster 2009)

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Size: 225 MB
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Tracklist:

01 Drive My Car 2:30
02 Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) 2:05
03 You Won't See Me 3:22
04 Nowhere Man 2:44
05 Think for Yourself 2:19
06 The Word 2:43
07 Michelle 2:42
08 What Goes On 2:50
09 Girl 2:33
10 I'm Looking Through You 2:27
11 In My Life 2:27
12 Wait 2:16
13 If I Needed Someone 2:23
14 Run for Your Life 2:18

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09.09.2009. u 23:05 • 4 KomentaraPrint#

The Beatles - Revolver (1966)

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The classic original Beatles studio albums have been re-mastered by a dedicated team of engineers at Abbey Road Studios in London over a four year period utilising state of the art recording technology alongside vintage studio equipment, carefully maintaining the authenticity and integrity of the original analogue recordings. The result of this painstaking process is the highest fidelity the Beatles catalogue has seen since its original release.

An almost unbearably gorgeous album, crafted in the white heat of creativity at a time when the pressure of simply being the Beatles had almost destroyed the group, Revolver represents the first mature flowering of the Beatles' songwriting and instrumental prowess. Nearly every track here amazes: the austere, lovely ballads "Here There and Everywhere" and "For No One"; the proto-psychedelia of "I'm Only Sleeping" and "Tomorrow Never Knows," by turns poignant and frightening; the R&B groove of "Got to Get You into My Life" and its wonderfully concise guitar solo; and even hints of the metal to come in the otherwise sad and despairing "She Said, She Said." Next stop was the greatest two-sided single of all time ("Penny Lane"/"Strawberry Fields") and Sgt. Pepper, the album that would change the world for several highly interesting minutes...S.Simels

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The Beatles - Revolver (1966) (Stereo Box Set Remaster 2009)

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Tracklist:

01 Taxman 2:38
02 Eleanor Rigby 2:07
03 I'm Only Sleeping 3:01
04 Love You To 3:01
05 Here, There and Everywhere 2:25
06 Yellow Submarine 2:40
07 She Said She Said 2:37
08 Good Day Sunshine 2:09
09 And Your Bird Can Sing 2:01
10 For No One 2:01
11 Doctor Robert 2:15
12 I Want to Tell You 2:29
13 Got to Get You into My Life 2:30
14 Tomorrow Never Knows 2:57

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09.09.2009. u 23:00 • 6 KomentaraPrint#

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The Beatles - Yellow Submarine (1969)

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The only Beatles album that could really be classified as inessential, mostly because it wasn't really a proper album at all, but a soundtrack that only utilized four new Beatles songs. (The rest of the album was filled out with "Yellow Submarine," "All You Need Is Love," and a George Martin score.) What's more, two of the four new tracks were little more than pleasant throwaways that had been recorded during 1967 and early 1968. These aren't all that bad; "All Together Now" is a cute, kiddieish McCartney singalong, while "Hey Bulldog" has some mild Lennon nastiness and a great beat and central piano riff, with some fine playing all around -- each is memorable in its way, and the inclusion of the Lennon song here was all the more important, as the sequence from the movie itself in which it was used was deleted from the original U.S. release of the movie (which had no success whatever in the U.K. and quickly disappeared, thus making the U.S. version the established cut of the film for decades, until the late-'90s restoration and DVD re-release of the movie). George Harrison's two contributions were the more striking of the new entries -- "Only a Northern Song," a leftover from the Sgt. Pepper's sessions, generated from a period in which the guitarist became increasingly fascinated with keyboards, especially the organ and the Mellotron (and, later, the synthesizer), and is an odd piece of psychedelic ersatz, mixing trippiness and some personal comments; its lyrics (and title) on the one hand express the guitarist/singer/composer's displeasure at being tied in his publishing to Northern Songs, a company in which John Lennon and Paul McCartney were the majority shareholders; and, on the other, they present Harrison's vision of how music and recording sounded, from the inside out and the outside in, during the psychedelic era -- the song thus provided a rare glimpse inside the doors of perception of being a Beatle (or, at least, one aspect of being this particular Beatle) circa 1967. And then there was the jewel of the new songs, "It's All Too Much"; coming from the second half of 1967, the song -- resplendent in swirling Mellotron, larger-than-life percussion, and tidal waves of feedback guitar -- was a virtuoso excursion into otherwise hazy psychedelia, that was actually superior in some respects to "Blue Jay Way," Harrison's songwriting contribution of The Magical Mystery Tour; the song also later rated a dazzling cover by Steve Hillage in the middle of the following decade. The very fact that George Harrison was afforded two song slots and a relatively uncompetitive canvas for his music shows how little the project meant to Lennon and McCartney -- as did the cutting of the "Hey Bulldog" sequence from the movie, apparently with no resistance from Lennon, who had other, more important artistic fish to fry in 1968. What is here, however, is a good enough reason for owning the record, though nothing rates it as anything near a high-priority purchase.
The album would have been far better value if it had been released as a four-song EP (an idea the Beatles even considered at one point, with the addition of a bonus track in "Across the Universe" but ultimately discarded). And the original soundtrack was partly supplanted by the release at the end of the 1990s of the Yellow Submarine (Songtrack), which marked the first of the remastered Beatles albums, thus reducing the appeal of the original. No one would argue that there's a huge amount more than meets the eye (or ear) there, but listening to the original album anew 40 years on, one is still struck by how mostly second-rate, and recycled and rejected Beatles material still sounds so good. And while George Martin's instrumental music from the film wasn't what a lot of Beatles fans were looking for, it was relegated safely to side two if one wished to ignore it. And even that material offered a pleasant surprise or two -- first, over how much more enjoyable it was than the Ken Thorne-arranged background music for Help! (could one imagine a full side of that on an album?); and, second, the fun that Martin has as an orchestrator with some of George Harrison's recent Hindustanti music excursions on "Sea of Time"; the latter is doubly interesting, as Martin in later years, in his autobiography All You Need Is Ears, admitted to regretting some of the antipathy he showed to Harrison and his music and songwriting during their time together with the Beatles. And, finally, as a Beatles-lite release, Yellow Submarine does have its moments of welcome on the turntable or the CD player -- it's not every time that calls for listening as ambitious and demanding as The White Album, Abbey Road, or Sgt. Pepper's...R. Unterberger

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The Beatles - Yellow Submarine (1969) (Stereo Box Set Remaster 2009)

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Tracklist:

01 Yellow Submarine 2:42
02 Only a Northern Song 3:27
03 All Together Now 2:13
04 Hey Bulldog 3:14
05 It's All Too Much 6:28
06 All You Need Is Love 3:52
07 Pepperland 2:23
08 Sea of Time 3:00
09 Sea of Holes 2:20
10 Sea of Monsters 3:39
11 March of the Meanies 2:22
12 Pepperland Laid Waste 2:15
13 Yellow Submarine in Pepperland 2:10

08.09.2009. u 21:08 • 4 KomentaraPrint#

The Beatles - Magical Mystery Tour (1967)

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The album feels even more like a collection of singles (instead of an actual movie soundtrack) than Help! or A Hard Day's Night, but maybe that's because every song sounds like it could have been a hit single--with the natural exception of the goofy/weird instrumental "Flying." Even George's "Blue Jay Way" paints a vivid sound-portrait in fascinating detail. (I consider Joni Mitchell's "Car on the Hill" from Court and Spark to be a companion piece about sitting in the Hollywood Hills, waiting for somebody to show up.) And although the goofy TV movie may have been mostly Paul's baby, this album features the two 45 rpm masterpieces that sum up the quintessential best of Lennon and McCartney at this stage of their development: Paul's "Penny Lane" and John's "I Am the Walrus." --Jim Emerson

No one has ever claimed it's the Beatles best album, but it undeniably contains some of their most magnificent music. That seeming conundrum exists because Magical Mystery Tour isn't really an album per se, but rather a cobbled together mix of the soundtrack to the wildly uneven 1967 made for TV movie of the same name (released as a 45 RPM double EP in England) and single hits from earlier in the year. The soundtrack songs, perhaps because they were written as incidental music (including "Flying," the band's only instrumental and the only track credited to all four Beatles) are mostly slight, if charming, with the lovely if sentimental "Fool on the Hill" being the standout. But the meat of the album are the just-pre and just-post Sgt. Pepper singles - "Strawberry Fields Forever," "Penny Lane," "Hello Goodbye," and "I Am the Walrus," all of which are either incredibly innovative or masterpieces or both. Sublime bonus: "All You Need is Love," an ode whose message may or may not be true, but whose self-referential montage finale (ending with a chorus of "She Loves You") is unquestionably the precise moment when a rock-and-roll record first flirted with post-modernism. Steve Simels

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The Beatles - Magical Mystery Tour (1967) (Stereo Box Set Remaster 2009)

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Tracklist:

01 Magical Mystery Tour 2:51
02 The Fool on the Hill 3:00
03 Flying 2:16
04 Blue Jay Way 3:56
05 Your Mother Should Know 2:29
06 I Am the Walrus 4:37
07 Hello Goodbye 3:31
08 Strawberry Fields Forever 4:10
09 Penny Lane 3:03
10 Baby You're a Rich Man 3:03
11 All You Need Is Love 3:48

08.09.2009. u 21:02 • 6 KomentaraPrint#

The Beatles - The Beatles (White Album ) (1968)

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A legendary Beatles recording that defies the very pop music conventions they themselves created, this album is the longest effort by the Fab Four, clocking in at a wild and wonderful 93 minutes. By 1968, the Beatles were less a band than an amalgamation of four rapidly diverging personalities who still made incredible music together. From the airplane sample in "Back in the U.S.S.R." to the musique concrčte experimentation of "Revolution 9," The White Album is never less than striking. Despite the presence of sweet tunes like "Blackbird," "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" (which, yes, featured Eric Clapton), and "Dear Prudence," this is a bitter, caustic, and often sardonic recording. "Glass Onion" rips those who misread their songs, "Back in the U.S.S.R." sends up the Beach Boys, and many a self-proclaimed freedom fighter was skewered by "Revolution 1." Even the internal friction is evident: When Harrison, the most serene of the four, wrote, "We all know Obla-Di-Bla-Da/But can you show me, where you are?" in the gourmet-savvy "Savoy Truffle," it was clear that the party was all but over...M. Johnson

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Tracklist:

CD 1

01 Back in the U.S.S.R. 2:43
02 Dear Prudence 3:56
03 Glass Onion 2:17
04 OB-La-Di, OB-La-Da 3:08
05 Wild Honey Pie 0:52
06 The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill 3:14
07 While My Guitar Gently Weeps 4:45
08 Happiness Is a Warm Gun 2:43
09 Martha My Dear 2:28
10 I'm So Tired 2:03
11 Blackbird 2:18
12 Piggies 2:04
13 Rocky Raccoon 3:32
14 Don't Pass Me By 3:50
15 Why Don't We Do It in the Road? 1:41
16 I Will 1:46
17 Julia 2:54

CD 2

01 Birthday 2:42
02 Yer Blues 4:01
03 Mother Nature's Son 2:48
04 Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey 2:24
05 Sexy Sadie 3:15
06 Helter Skelter 4:29
07 Long, Long, Long 3:04
08 Revolution 1 / Nicky Hopkins 4:15
09 Honey Pie 2:41
10 Savoy Truffle 2:54
11 Cry Baby Cry 3:01
12 Revolution 9 8:22
13 Good Night 3:11

part 8

08.09.2009. u 02:25 • 10 KomentaraPrint#

ponedjeljak, 07.09.2009.

The Beatles - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)

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The classic albums of the Beatles have been digitally remastered for the first time. Engineers at Abbey Road Studios in London worked for four years to restore the full Beatles catalog to the highest fidelity since its original release on vinyl. These new Beatles reissues supersede the initial set of CD reissues from the 1980s. Each CD comes with the original UK album art and includes an expanded booklet with new liner notes and photos. For a limited period, each CD will also be embedded with a brief documentary film about the album.

In 1967, John Lennon and Paul McCartney were the biggest stars in the world. But Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys had just released Pet Sounds and in the process created a new landmark in ambition and beauty in rock. What were the British pair to do? They responded with Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, by turns a dred-out, merry, intoxicating, funny, sad, nostalgic, psychedelic, obscure, and crystal-clear song cycle that sometimes played like a concept album (there's this band, see, that introduces this big star named Billy Shears...) and sometimes played more abstractly. In the latter case, the album reads as a personal odyssey through the windmills of a generation's mind: a mind full of music, ambition, societal pressures, childhood, dreams good and bad-and thoughts about getting to first base with a girl named Rita. More than 30 years after its release, the record still impresses any number of ways. There's McCartney's effortless mastery of all manner of pop styles, including the music-hall cameo "When I'm Sixty-Four," the ballad "She's Leaving Home," and the rock classic that is the title song; as well as Lennon's wild excursions into psychedelia ("Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds," "Good Morning, Good Morning"); George Harrison's mystical, dramatic sitar composition, "Within You Without You" -- even Ringo Starr's steady drumming and his timeless, everyman vocals on "A Little Help from My Friends." And to conclude the record is "A Day in the Life," arguably rock music's most empathetic, sublime creation: a suicide, a ringing alarm clock, and the chord to end all chords...B. Wyman

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The Beatles - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967) (Stereo Box Set Remaster 2009)

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Tracklist.

01 Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band :02
02 With a Little Help from My Friends 2:44
03 Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds 3:28
04 Getting Better 2:47
05 Fixing a Hole 2:36
06 She's Leaving Home 3:35
07 Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite! 2:37
08 Within You Without You 5:05
09 When I'm Sixty-Four 2:37
10 Lovely Rita 2:42
11 Good Morning Good Morning 2:41
12 Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise) 1:18
13 A Day in the Life 5:33

Full art with booklet

07.09.2009. u 19:48 • 4 KomentaraPrint#

nedjelja, 06.09.2009.

The Beatles - Abbey Road (1969)

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The classic albums of the Beatles have been digitally remastered for the first time. Engineers at Abbey Road Studios in London worked for four years to restore the full Beatles catalog to the highest fidelity since its original release on vinyl. These new Beatles reissues supersede the initial set of CD reissues from the 1980s. Each CD comes with the original UK album art and includes an expanded booklet with new liner notes and photos. For a limited period, each CD will also be embedded with a brief documentary film about the album...D. Jellinc

The classic original Beatles studio albums have been re-mastered by a dedicated team of engineers at Abbey Road Studios in London over a four year period utilising state of the art recording technology alongside vintage studio equipment, carefully maintaining the authenticity and integrity of the original analogue recordings. The result of this painstaking process is the highest fidelity the Beatles catalogue has seen since its original release. Within each CD's new packaging, booklets include detailed historical notes along with informative recording notes. For a limited period, each CD will also be embedded with a brief documentary film about the album. The newly produced mini-documentaries on the making of each album, directed by Bob Smeaton, are included as QuickTime files on each album. The documentaries contain archival footage, rare photographs and never-before-heard studio chat from The Beatles, offering a unique and very personal insight into the studio atmosphere...m. Mandel

The last Beatles album to be recorded (although Let It Be was the last to be released), Abbey Road was a fitting swan song for the group, echoing some of the faux-conceptual forms of Sgt. Pepper, but featuring stronger compositions and more rock-oriented ensemble work. The group was still pushing forward in all facets of its art, whether devising some of the greatest harmonies to be heard on any rock record (especially on "Because"), constructing a medley of songs/vignettes that covered much of side two, adding subtle touches of Moog synthesizer, or crafting furious guitar-heavy rock ("The End," "I Want You (She's So Heavy)," "Come Together"). George Harrison also blossomed into a major songwriter, contributing the buoyant "Here Comes the Sun" and the supremely melodic ballad "Something," the latter of which became the first Harrison-penned Beatles hit. Whether Abbey Road is the Beatles' best work is debatable, but it's certainly the most immaculately produced (with the possible exception of Sgt. Pepper) and most tightly constructed...R. Unterberger

The Beatles - Abbey Road (1969) (Stereo Box Set Remaster 2009)

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Size: 283 MB
Genre : Rock
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Tracklist:

01 Come Together 4:20
02 Something 3:02
03 Maxwell's Silver Hammer 3:27
04 Oh! Darling 3:26
05 Octopus's Garden :51
06 I Want You (She's So Heavy) 7:47
07 Here Comes the Sun 3:05
08 Because 2:45
09 You Never Give Me Your Money 4:02
10 Sun King 2:26
11 Mean Mr. Mustard 1:06
12 Polythene Pam 1:12
13 She Came in Through the Bathroom Window 1:57
14 Golden Slumbers 1:31
15 Carry That Weight 1:36
16 The End 2:19
17 Her Majesty 0:23

06.09.2009. u 19:42 • 7 KomentaraPrint#

Allman Brothers Band - Win, Lose or Draw (1975) (Japan Mini LP 2003)

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Despite a good cover of Muddy Waters' "Can't Lose What You Never Had" -- highlighted by a great Dickey Betts solo -- the Allman Brothers Band sounds lethargic at times on Win, Lose or Draw, although they still play decently. The title track and Dickey Betts' instrumental, "High Falls," are among the few highlights, decent but unexceptional performances sparked by Betts' playing (which is engaging even on the weaker tracks like "Louisiana Lou"). The album's main fault lies not with what it is (it's a fairly decent outing, actually), but what it could have been, and who it's from -- as a debut album from a new band, it would be excusable and acceptable. B. Eder

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Bitrate: 320 kB/s
Size: 89 MB
Genre : Rock
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Tracklist:

01 Can't Lose What You Never Had 5:49
02 Just Another Love Song 2:44
03 Nevertheless 3:32
04 Win, Lose or Draw 4:45
05 Louisiana Lou and Three Card Monty John 3:45
06 High Falls 14:28
07 Sweet Mama 3:32

06.09.2009. u 01:58 • 3 KomentaraPrint#

Michael Rother - Süssherz Und Tiefenschärfe (1985) (1994)

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On his sixth album, Michael Rother entered deeply into the ambient side of his music. Released in 1985, Suessherz and Tiefenschärfe is the first solid, intentional release of Rother's in the ambient trance realm, even though it wasn't being called that yet. His signature use of synthesizers to texturize spaces and silence with long, looping grooves, his trademark guitar style now slowed to a crawl to wring the maximum atmosphere from every note, and his pacing and hypnotic repetition are all evident. Perhaps the most startling thing about this recording is how much it echoes the earlier intentions of Rother's former band, Kraftwerk, by getting the very sounds that they had been striving for years before and abandoning because they were too warm, too amniotic, too human. The masterpiece track here is the 13-minute "Tiefenschärfe." With bubbling sounds, warm, glissando keyboards, a steady pulse that is mixed into the backdrop of the soundscape, and a purposeful five-note pulsing melody that weaves and loops through the glissandos, drops in seemingly found sounds form the ether, and pushes the beat through the middle so seductively, it's as if the listener is brain dancing and not even aware until she or he is halfway through. There is a slight break in the movement with "Glitzerglanz," a spare, minimal soundscape of keyboard layers without a rhythmic pulse. This small dreamscape is short-lived, however, in that it is followed by the careening Euro-trance of "Rapido," which pits guitars and keyboards against a steady but quickening motorik beat to create the illusion of quickly paced mind travel. The album ends two tracks later with the beautiful ambient soundscape called "Blaues Licht." It's a haunting keyboard drone interwoven with a minimal set of notes covering its frame with grace and elegance; it's almost an electronic hymn. The CD reissue is added to with two excellent tracks from 1994 called "Weserwellen" and "Weltes Land...T. Jurek

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Bitrate: 320 kB/s
Size: 124 MB
Genre : Electronic, Ambient, Krautrock
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Tracklist:

01 Süßherz 5:40
02 Tiefenschärfe 13:38
03 Glitzerglanz 4:52
04 Rapido 7:01
05 Daisy 6:37
06 Blaues Licht 5:36
07 Weserwellen 4:55
08 Weites Land 6:05

06.09.2009. u 01:10 • 0 KomentaraPrint#

subota, 05.09.2009.

Nazareth - The Anthology (2CD Remaster)

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Deluxe two CD set from the British Hard Rockers includes 28-page booklet, a fine array of photos and memorabilia and informative sleeve notes by Classic Rock's Dave Ling. One of Britain's hardest working bands, Nazareth are road warriors par excellence. For nigh on four decades they have performed in front of fervent audiences across the globe. 38 tracks. Salvo.

O.K. I Know there are a few Nazareth compilations available,the main difference with this one is it not only contains all the major singles,but it also includes some album tracks which otherwise may of been missed by anyone wanting an introduction to one of the greatest bands ever to walk this earth.One of the great bonus's of this cd are the album tracks featured are included in their uncut versions where as tracks like "Telegram" has appeared before but in edited versions.The real bonus is the inclusion of the awesome "No Mean City" in its complete version. The only minor gripe with the cd ismore… the fact the running order, all the well known tracks ie singles are on cd 1,why not mix the track listing up so some of the better known tracks are mixed in with the later material on cd 2.But don't let that put you off buy the cd and turn the volume up to full and listen to a truly brilliant band at the peak of their power...D. Jellinc

Nazareth - The Anthology (2CD Remaster 2009)

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Bitrate: 320 kB/s
Size: 360 MB
Genre : Rock
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Line-Up:

Dan McCafferty - Vocals
Jimmy Murrison - Guitar
Pete Agnew - Bass
Lee Agnew - Drums

Tracklist:

CD 1

01. Razamanaz 03:50
02. Bad Bad Boy 03:57
03. Broken Down Angel 03:44
04. Woke Up This Morning 03:53
05. Go Down Fighting 03:06
06. Turn on Your Receiver 03:19
07. Teenage Nervous Breakdown 03:43
08. This Flight Tonight 03:24
09. Sunshine 04:15
10. Shanghai'd in Shanghai 03:44
11. Hair of the Dog 04:12
12. Love Hurts 03:52
13. My White Bicycle 03:26
14. Holy Roller 03:25
15. Telegram 07:49
16. Expect No Mercy 03:27
17. Gone Dead Train 03:44
18. Place in Your Heart 03:02
19. No Mean City 06:31

CD 2

01. Just to Get into It 04:22
02. May the Sunshine 04:55
03. Whatever You Want Babe 03:42
04. Holiday 03:38
05. Heart's Grown Cold 04:14
06. Moonlight Eyes 03:37
07. Cocaine Live 04:38
08. Little Part of You 03:31
09. Dream On 03:27
10. Where Are You Now 03:56
11. Ruby Tuesday 03:28
12. This Month's Messiah 05:18
13. Piece of My Heart 04:26
14. Winner on the Night 04:11
15. Every Time It Rains 04:12
16. Thinkin' Man's Nightmare 04:02
17. Steamroller 04:30
18. When the Lights Come Down 03:30
19. Goin' Loco9 05:25

05.09.2009. u 01:28 • 1 KomentaraPrint#

The Hollies - Write On (1976) (15-track Digipack Remaster 2003)

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1999 anthology of recordings from '76 plus five bonus tracks 'Boulder to Birmingham', 'Samuel', 'Star' (live), 'My Island' (live) and 'Born to Run' (rare track). 15 tracks.Digipak.

This was a very poorly received Hollies release around 1976. It never got properly released in the U.S. This time the CD mastering is outstanding. The sound quality really brings out the excellence of some nice compositions. The title song jumps out of the speakers and demands attention. This might possibly be the best ever application of the 2nd generation Hollies harmonies. Other great songs like the ballads "My Island", "I Wont Move Over" and "There's always goodbye", one of the best Hollies rockers ever, "Crocadile Woman" add up to a diverse collection of memorable songs. Unfortunately, there are some weaker songs that just don't hold up over the years. Some, such as the opener, "Star" are decent, but just a bit dated. Bonus tracks are a big attraction on this one. The 2 live versions are better than the studio versions, though they can also be found on the Hollies Live CD. The other 3 songs are gems. "Boulder to Birmingham" is remade in the great Hollies tradition, achingly beautiful Allan Clarke vocal with soaring harmonies. "Samuel" is too good to have not been released originally. The most surprising song is the previously unavailable on CD version of Bruce Springsteens "Born to Run". Done in the vein of "Long Cool Woman", it would have been interesting to see how it would have done as a single if released earlier. The combination of great sound quality and some excellent songwriting make this an unexpected Hollies listening pleasure. I don't understand the apathy at the time of its release. It probably has more to do with it being out of place at the time of its release. But for me, it is further evidence of the ability of the latter day Hollies to produce very good long players at a time when the top 40 hits had all dried up. All in all, a solid 3-1/2 to 4 star release superbly enhanced by the sound quality...J. Thde

Codec: mp3
Bitrate: 320 kB/s
Size: 133 MB
Genre : Rock
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Tracklist:

01. Star 3.39
02. Write On 4.50
03. Sweet Country Calling 3.06
04. Love Is The Thing 3.45
05. I Won't Move Over 3.31
06. Narida 3.58
07. Stranger 3.29
08. Crocodile Woman (She Bites) 3.35
09. My Island 4.22
10. There's Always Goodbye 4.15
11. Boulder To Birmingham (Bonus)
12. Samuel (Bonus)
13. Star (Live) (Bonus)
14. My Island (Live) (Bonus)
15. Born To Run (Bonus)

05.09.2009. u 00:19 • 0 KomentaraPrint#

petak, 04.09.2009.

Procol Harum - Procol Harum (1967) (Anniversary Collectors Edit)

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Digitally remastered and expended deluxe edition of the British band's 1967 debut album including 11 bonus tracks. Procol Harum's eponymous long-playing debut is here augmented by the inclusion of the timeless 'A Whiter Shade of Pale', the follow-up smash 'Homburg' and a variety of rare and previously unreleased cuts selected by Gary Brooker. If any song can be said to encapsulate an era - to immediately conjure up the sights, sounds and smells of a particular time - then 'A Whiter Shade Of Pale' is surely that song. For a whole generation 'AWSOP' remains the emblematic anthem of that Summer of Love. And even now, 40 years on, the song remains a haunting tale of mystery and imagination. 21 tracks. Salvo.

Their music was a particularly majestic hybrid. Keith Reid’s expansive, highly cinematic lyrics crowned an instantly identifiable sound. Strong R ‘n’ B influences were integrated with classical themes. Gary Brooker’s blue-eyed soul vocals were accompanied by a hallmark dual keyboard sound (a Steinway grand piano and a Hammond organ), bluesy guitar playing, rock-inspired percussionand melodic bass lines, forming the essence of a uniquely British ensemble. Salvo, in association with Fly Records, have enlisted the assistance of songwriters and band mainstays Gary Brooker and Keith Reid in presenting the Procol Harum’s early albums as a part of their meticulously produced 40th Anniversary Series. Procol’s classic recordings are to be collated chronologically for the first time accompanied by copious bonus tracks - including previously unreleased masters - and generous, highly detailed booklets. A wonderful album that built on the lavish promise of their first two singles, which weren’t originally included, and proved very influential in its own right, Procol Harum’s eponymous long-playing debut is here augmented by the inclusion of the timeless A Whiter Shade Of Pale, the follow-up smash Homburg and a variety of rare and previously unreleased cuts selected by Gary Brooker.
If any song can be said to encapsulate an era - to immediately conjure up the sights, sounds and smells of a particular time - then ‘A Whiter Shade Of Pale’ is surely that song. For a whole generation AWSOP remains the emblematic anthem of that Summer of Love. And even now, 40 years on, the song remains a haunting tale of mystery and imagination.
Thanks to the extraordinary success of AWSOP, the recording of the album had to be staggered, slotted in between a hectic round of one-nighters all over the UK. And when it hit No.5 in the US during the summer of 1967, transatlantic travel had to be factored in too. After such an interrupted gestation it would not have been at all surprising if the LP had lacked continuity, but in fact Procol Harum is a remarkably cohesive record. The foundations for a whole school of specifically English rock music were laid by AWSOP and by the tracks on this album. Even the album’s cover managed to capture the spirit of the times. Drawn in the style of Aubrey Beardsley, the illustration was perfectly in keeping with the faux-Victorian flavour established by Sgt Pepper and here we have used the rare pink Italian version...D. Jellinc

Procol Harum - Procol Harum (1967) (40th Anniversary Collectors Edit 2009)

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Bitrate: 320 kB/s
Size: 168 MB
Genre : Prog. Rock
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Tracklist:

01. Conquistador 2.38
02. She Wandered Through the Garden 3.26
03. Something Following Me 3.37
04. Mabel 1.56
05. Cerdes (outside the gates of) 5.08
06. A Christmas Camel 4.48
07. Kaleidoscope 2.58
08. Salad Days (are here again) 3.38
09. Good Captain Clack 1.30
10. Repent Walpurgis 5.05
11. A Whiter Shade Of Pale 4.07
12. Lime Street Blues 2.53
13. Homburg (single version) 3.57
14. Good Captain Clack (single version) 1.36
15. Il Tuo Diamante (Italian single promo version) 3.32
16. Understandably Blue (stereo) 3.32
17. Pandora s Box (version 1: backing track) (stereo) 3.46
18. Alpha (stereo) 3.50
19. Conquistador (stereo) 2.40
20. She Wandered Through The garden Fence (stereo) 3.27
21. Homburg (album version) (stereo) 3.54

04.09.2009. u 00:30 • 2 KomentaraPrint#

četvrtak, 03.09.2009.

Pacific Gas and Electric - Are You Ready/Pacific Gas and Electric (1969-1970) (2CD Digipack Remaster 2005)

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This 2005 German remastered release contains Pacific Gas & Electric's second and third albums, 1969's Pacific Gas & Electric and 1970's Are You Ready, were their two most popular LPs, and are reissued together as a two-CD package with historical liner notes.

The history of Pacific Gas and Electric can be traced back to 1967 in Los Angeles. Self-taught guitarist Tom Marshall met bassist Brent Block at a party thrown by Block's former art teacher. The band they started was called "Pacific Gas and Electric Blues Band", one of the first, if not the first interracial band to hit the LA music scene. One of the early members was a drummer from the east coast named Charlie Allen. Charlie's vocal abilities were so great that he was relieved of his drum sticks, and became lead singer and front man, to be replaced on drums by Canned Heat's former drummer, Frank Cook, who had earlier signed on to manage the band. By 1968, the band name was shortened to Pacific Gas and Electric, and included Allen, Cook, Marshall, Block, and guitarist Glenn Schwartz. They released their first album, "Get It On", that year on the Kent label (it was subsequently released on Big Orange and Power Records as well). Although it only reached #159 on the album charts, someone at Columbia Records was listening, as they signed the band to a recording contract shortly after their appearance at the Miami Pop Festival in December of 1968. The band did countless concerts, often appearing with other big musical acts of the era. On April 25, 1970, racists in Raleigh, North Carolina heckled the band off the stage. When the members were driving away, they came under gunfire. Despite four shots hitting their van, no one was hurt. It was at one P G & E show that writer and film producer Lawrence Schiller filmed his documentary "The Lexington Experience". Disagreements with the owners to the rights to the music caused the film to be shelved after only a few showings, and the only copies known to exist are in Schiller's vault. They made more movie history when they appeared in and provided music to the Otto Preminger film "Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon" starring Liza Minnelli. After 1972, the group's lineup became unstable, resembling more of a Charlie Allen solo project. One more album was forthcoming "...Starring Charlie Allen" in 1973 on the Dunhill label, featuring Charlie and a host of studio musicians..D. Jellinc

Pacific Gas & Electric's second and third albums, 1969's Pacific Gas & Electric and 1970's Are You Ready, were their two most popular LPs, and are reissued together as a two-CD package with historical liner notes (in English) on this German release. On most of Pacific Gas & Electric, they play soul-rock with some dash and verve, though the songwriting isn't up to the level of musicianship or Charlie Allen's genuinely soulful vocals. Pacific Gas & Electric are really a band that would be better served by a selective compilation than any of their individual LPs, and strong candidates for such an anthology would include "Death Row #172" and "Bluesbuster," which are a little like early Blood, Sweat & Tears with more blues-rock and less bluster. Some of the other songs are closer to average period blues-rock workouts, like "Miss Lucy" and the live cover of John Lee Hooker's "She's Long and She's Tall," though the group original "My Women" finds them getting into a slow blues-funk groove with graceful style. The four-part, 17-minute "PG&E Suite" is typical of the highs and lows of many such psychedelic rock experiments of the late '60s, starting off promisingly with the cinematic jazz-rock instrumental "The Young Rabbits." But it runs off the rails with too much drum soloing, and the momentum utterly drains when the suite peters out into poor white-boy blues that's obviously trying to be drolly humorous, yet ends up being painfully lame. The closing blues-soul-rock stomper "Redneck" restores the energy level somewhat, but it's an erratic record on the whole, as would be its follow-up, 1970's Are You Ready. Anchored by their sole hit, "Are You Ready?," it treads a thin line between eclecticism and confusion, and is actually weaker on the whole than its predecessor. Certainly the ominous yet inspirational gospel-funk-psychedelia of "Are You Ready?" was the strongest track, and to this day the only one that most casual rock fans remember. Yet other cuts on the album indicated they couldn't decide whether to be a heavy blues-rock group ("Hawg for You"), a more soul-dipped version of the Band ("Staggolee"), a swampy soul-rock outfit (a cover of the Isley Brothers' "The Blackberry"), or, least convincingly, cry-in-your-beer honky tonk balladeers ("Mother, Why Don't You Cry?"). This wouldn't have been such a handicap if the material wasn't as mediocre as it was, and any song titled "Love, Love, Love, Love, Love" is a warning that lyrical imagination wasn't in abundance on the day it was composed. They do play the James Brown-psychedelic rock fusion card with some gusto on "Elvira," and Charlie Allen's vocals are pretty soulful, though it's only on a cover of Percy Sledge's "When a Man Loves a Woman" that they come to the fore in a no-nonsense manner...R. Unterberger

Line-up:

*Charlie Allen - Vocals
*Frank Cook - Drums
*John Hill - Piano, Organ
*Glenn Schwartz - Lead Guitar
*Brent Block - Bass
*Tom Marshall - Rythm Guitar

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Bitrate: 320 kB/s
Size: 186 MB
Genre : Rock
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Are You Ready (3nd album - 1970)

01 Are You Ready? 5:46
02 Hawg for You 4:42
03 Staggolee 3:49
04 The Blackberry 5:31
05 Love, Love, Love, Love, Love 3:51
06 Mother, Why Don't You Cry? 5:06
07 Elvira 1:58
08 Screamin' 4:27
09 When a Man Loves a Woman 4:31

Pacific Gas & Electric (2nd album - 1969)

01 Bluesbuster 2:55
02 Death Row #172 3:55
03 Miss Lucy 2:28
04 My Women 5:35
05 She's Long and She's Tall 6:18
06 Pacific Gas & Electric Suite - Medley 16:41
07 Redneck 3:30

03.09.2009. u 17:32 • 1 KomentaraPrint#

It's a Beatiful Day - Its a Beatiful Day (1969) (Remaster 2001)

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The Classic Band of the Sixites Embraced by San Francisco and the Love Generation, the Legendary First Album featuring White Bird. One of the Original Ten San Francisco Groups Produced by Matthew Katz who Produced Jefferson Airplane.

Yes, the original version of that FM oldie "White Bird" is included on this CD. Formed in 1967 by former symphony violinist David LaFlamme, this popular group plowed through all of the San Francisco Sound's clichés at once: organ, fiddle and drum solos; epigrammatic sayings about love, time, and dreams that are so cheesy they would make a Hallmark hack blush; the soft-part-that-heads-steadily-toward-the-crescendo part; incongruously pieced-together prog-rock songs that plod on for way too long; off-kilter male and female singing; and a near-total lack of soul. This 1969 recording, then, is a clear blueprint of what not to do in psychedelic rock--with the exception of "White Bird," which retains a sheen of innocence and melodic oomph despite its daft, repeated utterance that "she must fly!" This reissue has a bright, clear sound and excellent separation; it will more than please fans of the original LP. However, those looking for an equal to the best works of Moby Grape, Quicksilver, and the Dead are encouraged to seek elsewhere...Mike McGonigal

One of the leading second-generation San Francisco bands, this group's music was dominated by the excellent violin playing of classically-tutored La Flamme, who also produced their records. Their debut album made an enormous impact and contained the stand out song White Bird. This was one of the classic albums of the era and the twin vocals of La Flamme and Pattie Santos blended together beautifully on tracks like White Bird, Hot Summer Day and Girl With No Eyes. Side Two is dominated by the sleepy, drug-influenced Bulgaria and the Eastern-influenced Bombay Calling, it is slightly marred, however, by a rather tedious drum solo on the final track Time Is...V. Joynson

Line-up:

David LaFlamme (violin, vocals)
Linda LaFlamme (organ, piano, electric piano, celesta, harpsichord)
Hal Wagenet (guitar)
Mitchell Holman (bass)
Val Fuentes (drums)
Pattie Santos (vocals, tambourine, bells, block, gourd)
Bruce Steinberg (harmonica on "Hot Summer Day")

Codec: mp3
Bitrate: 320 kB/s
Size: 93 MB
Genre : Rock
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Tracklist:

01 White Bird 6.11
02 Hot Summer Day 5.51
03 Wasted Union Blues 4.09
04 Girl With No Eyes 3.51
05 Bombay Calling 4.28
06 Bulgaria 6.14
07 Time Is 9.38

03.09.2009. u 00:49 • 2 KomentaraPrint#

srijeda, 02.09.2009.

Grand Funk Railroad - Survival (1971) (12-track Remaster 2002)

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Remastered reissue of their Top Ten-charting album from 1971 includes the hits, 'Feelin' Alright' & 'Gimme Shelter', plus five previously unreleased bonus tracks, 'I Can't Get Along With Society' (2002 Remix), 'Jam (Footstompin' Music)', 'Country Road' (unedited original version), 'All You've Got Is Money' (unedited original version), & 'Feelin' Alright' (unedited original version). Capitol. 2002.

In his annotations to this expanded reissue of Grand Funk Railroad's fifth album, Steve Roeser quotes producer Terry Knight as saying that the band regarded Survival as their "studio album," a curious remark considering that they had made three previous albums in the studio. But those albums, recorded at Cleveland Recording, were rushed affairs and had been criticized for muddy sound. By the time Grand Funk came to make Survival in January 1971, that studio had moved to new quarters, and the group had become a national phenomenon, its last two albums Top Ten million-sellers. They spent a relatively luxurious six weeks or so on the record, and the results showed; Survival was the best-sounding and the best-played album they had yet made. Such assessments are, of course, relative, however. The group's playing remained rudimentary, especially in the rhythm section, and its sense of song construction was simple and repetitious. Singer/songwriter/guitarist Mark Farner sang in a strained, limited tenor lyrics that yearned for basic satisfactions ("Comfort Me," "I Want Freedom"), then led the lengthy instrumental passages with either simple guitar patterns or simple organ patterns. The band's choice of covers, Traffic's "Feelin' Alright" and the Rolling Stones' "Gimme Shelter," indicated taste (and that they were short of material), but their interpretations were inferior. This may have been Grand Funk's first real studio album, but they still sounded like they hadn't quite figured out how the studio differed from the stage and what added dynamics might be necessary to make a recording successful. The 2002 reissue adds a studio outtake, "I Can't Get Along With Society," that should have made the album; an early version of "Footstompin' Music" (which would turn up on the next album); and extended takes of "Country Road," "All You've Got Is Money," and "Feelin' Alright."...W. Ruhlmann

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Genre : Rock
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Tracklist:

01 Country Road 4:22
02 All You've Got Is Money 5:16
03 Comfort Me 6:48
04 Feelin' Alright 4:27
05 I Want Freedom 6:19
06 I Can Feel Him in the Morning 7:15
07 Gimme Shelter 6:29
08 I Can't Get Along With Society- Bonus 5:41
09 Jam (Footsompin' Music) - Bonus 4:40
10 Country Road - Bonus / Unedited Original Version 7:38
11 All You've Got Is Money - Bonus / Unedited Original Version 8:19
12 Feelin' Alright - Bonus / Unedited Original Version 5:57

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