Timo Lassy – Moves (2018)
WEB FLAC (Tracks) – 472 MB | Cover | MP3 CBR 320 kbps – 160 MB | 01:09:00
Jazz | Label: Membran Rights Management
This 6th album is the most personal one from my releases this far. The songs have emerged from a process which combines friends, love and life. Also the style is more spread as I wanted to try and experiment new things and broaden my expression. At the same time I was sort of cleaning the table which gives me the opportunity to take new directions and moves.
The Lea Riders Group – The Singles 1966 – 68 (2018)
WEB FLAC (Tracks) – 218 MB | Cover | MP3 CBR 320 kbps – 73 MB | 00:30:58
Psychedelic Rock, Pop Rock, Oldies | Label: Universal Music AB
The Lea Riders Group weren’t the best Swedish band of the ’60s, but in a field crowded by imitators of British Invasion acts, they were one of the most original. Their shining moment was their 1968 single Dom Kallar Oss Mods, one of the standouts on the psychedelic volume of the original Pebbles series, with a grinding guitar riff and birdcall blasts of guitar distortion backing the garbled English-Swedish lyrics of failure and alienation. Nothing else they did was nearly up to that level of inspired psychedelic madness, although they did release five singles between 1966 and 1968 (all of their other songs were entirely in English). Guitarist and singer Hawkey Franzen wrote virtually all of their material, which pursued a jagged rock-blues line and some petulantly rebellious lyrics (But I Am and Who Cares and The Forgotten Generation were a couple of his more memorable titles). A pretty strange group in the context of mid-’60s Sweden, they nonetheless didn’t have the vocal or compositional talents of the best (if more conventional) Swedish rock bands. Their records weren’t bad, but are now mostly notable for their curiosity value.
Steve Ellis – Boom! Bang! Twang! (2018)
WEB FLAC (Tracks) – 259 MB | Cover | MP3 CBR 320 kbps – 95 MB | 00:39:44
Rock | Label: Sony Music
Steve Ellis is the quintessential rock & soul artist. As lead singer with the 1960’s chart-topping Mod-Soul outfit Love Affair, Steve’s vocals had the kind of powerhouse range that made you sit up and notice. He was one third of the holy trinity of Steve’s’- the other two being Marriott and Winwood who emerged out of the mid-1960s UK rhythm & blues scene and became three of the best blue-eyed soul vocalists of the entire decade, and there’s no better example than Love Affair’s Everlasting Love’ which went to number one in February 1968 and in 2018 celebrates its 50th birthday. 50 years further down the line and Steve Ellis releases a new album Boom Bang Twang!’ this year with an expertly crafted mix of new songs and some heartfelt covers with guests and long-time friends Paul Weller, COW, Manfred Mann’s Mike D’Abo, Kev Wallbank, Andy Crofts and Ben Gardelier (The Moons) all along for the ride.
Rod Stewart – Handbags and Gladrags: The Essential Rod Stewart (2018)
WEB FLAC (Tracks) – 1.2 GB | Cover | MP3 CBR 320 kbps – 424 MB | 03:00:41
Classic Rock, Pop Rock, Soft Rock | Label: UMC (Universal Music Catalogue)
Over the course of his career, Rod Stewart has had it all. He’s been lauded as the finest singer of his generation, he’s written several songs that turned into modern standards, he sang with the Faces, who rivaled the Rolling Stones in their prime, he had massive commercial success. Stewart also saw his critical respect slip away during the ’80s, when he recorded lightweight pop and although he did record some terrible albums and he would admit that freely Stewart will always be remembered as one of rock & roll’s best interpretive singers as well as an accomplished, innovative songwriter, creating a raw combination of folk, rock, blues, and country that sounded like no other folk-rock or country-rock material. Instead of finding the folk in rock, he found how folk rocked like hell on its own. After Stewart became successful, he began to lose the rootsier elements of his music, yet he remained a superb singer, even as he abandoned his own artistic path in favor of following pop trends.
Pierre Marcus Quartet – Pyrodance (2018)
WEB FLAC (Tracks) – 322 MB | Cover | MP3 CBR 320 kbps – 126 MB | 00:53:42
Jazz | Label: jazz family
The younger generation of jazz deserves all your attention! After a first CD, Long wait, released in 2015, double bassist Pierre Marcus returns with a new CD, Pyrodance. We find the saxophonist Baptiste Herbin, which we hear – rightly – more and more… Also noteworthy is a distinguished guest on tracks 9 and 10, tenor saxophonist Irving Acao, formerly spotted by Chuco Valdes and honored with an Award! The tone is given … this album is not to be taken lightly.
Pierre Marcus’ compositions are jubilant, lively and rhythmic, leaving room for each musician to express themselves, which allows us to appreciate just as much the work of Fred Perreard on piano as Thomas Delor’s on drums.
Pierre Marcus comes from Nice, and undoubtedly things are happening in Nice in the field of jazz in recent years, to mention only the excellent pianist Tony Paeleman, or the singer Yael Angel … Again, it will be necessary to count with Pierre Marcus, and considering the style of this artist, I will not be surprised to see him leave one of these four towards the USA, and more particularly towards the New York jazz scene, to to rub artists who could push him even further.
This album is certainly an indispensable, because it is one of these CDs that you will like to come out and listen again for years, so much its richness and its joy of life grabs the brain of the listener.
Marike Van Dijk – The Stereography Project (2018)
WEB FLAC (Tracks) – 233 MB | Cover | MP3 CBR 320 kbps – 98 MB | 00:41:27
Jazz | Label: Hert Records
What I wanted to do with Stereography, was to bring a couple of incredible singers to Europe, says Marike van Dijk, the Dutch-born saxophonist, composer and arranger behind this wild, beautiful and emotionally challenging cinematic chamber music, who has lived all over New York over the last few years. Marike van Dijk went all over the city in search of singers and songs, until she found Jeff Taylor and Katell Keineg. Both of these singers are also songwriters and highly praised, with credits from Iggy Pop via Trixie Whitley to Donny McCaslin or Mark Giuliana. Played by a rather large and really fantastic ensemble, this music will open your ears and your heart to a new musical world.The instrumentalists on this sophomore Stereography -album (#1 was released in 2015) are an amazing bunch of very individualistic players.
Lefty Frizzell – Columbia Sessions (1950-1972) (2018)
WEB FLAC (Tracks) – 1.76 GB | Cover | MP3 CBR 320 kbps – 864 MB | 06:08:58
Country, Oldies | Label: Legacy Recordings
Lefty Frizzell was the definitive honky tonk singer, the vocalist that set the style for generations of vocalists that followed him. Frizzell smoothed out the rough edges of honky tonk by singing longer, flowing phrases essentially, he made honky tonk more acceptable for the mainstream without losing its gritty, bar-room roots. In the process, he changed the way country vocalists sang forever. From George Jones, Merle Haggard, and Willie Nelson to George Strait, John Anderson, Randy Travis, and Keith Whitley, hundreds of artists have emulated and expanded Lefty’s innovations. Frizzell’s singing became the foundation of how hard country should be sung.
Hoyt Axton – The Jeremiah Records Collection (2018)
WEB FLAC (Tracks) – 1.38 GB | Cover | MP3 CBR 320 kbps – 500 MB | 03:31:25
Country, Folk, Americana, Singer-Songwriter | Label: Demon Music Group
Few composers could list an array of artists as diverse as BB King, Steppenwolf, Elvis Presley, Joan Baez, Arlo Guthrie, John Denver, Waylon Jennings, The Crusaders, The Kingston Trio and Ringo Starr who have covered their songs. Hoyt Axton’s best-known song Joy To The World’, a # 1 hit for the American vocal band Three Dog Night in 1971, starts with the line Jeremiah was a bullfrog, was a good friend of mine. Hence, after many albums with the Vee-Jay, Capitol, A&M and MCA labels through the 60s and 70s, when Axton started his own record label in 1979 he named it Jeremiah Records. This set features all five Jeremiah Records albums in facsimile wallets, and along with a 32 page booklet featuring the lyrics, musician credits, and annotation. The first album Rusty Old Halo features Della And The Dealer’, a hit in both the US and the UK, as well as three more US country hits. Follow-up album Where Did The Money Go (1980) featured more hits, while 1981’s Live featured renditions of his songs made famous by others, like No No Song’, Lion In The Winter’, Never Been To Spain’ and Joy To The World’. Released in 1982 and 1990, Pistol Packin’ Mama and Spin Of The Wheel bookended Axton’s TV and film career in the 80s, most notably in Gremlins. Axton’s music al guests across the albums include Dr John, Stephen Stills, James Burton, Glenn D. Hardin, Jeff Baxter, Garth Hudson, Paul Butterfield, Bill Kirchen, and Byron Berline.
Heidi Talbot and John McCusker – Love Is the Bridge Between Two Hearts (2018)
WEB FLAC (Tracks) – 153 MB | Cover | MP3 CBR 320 kbps – 58 MB | 00:24:31
Folk | Label: Under One Sky Records
Two of folk music’s most highly regarded and celebrated musicians, John McCusker and Heidi Talbot, are joining forces for the first time as a duo. 2018 will see Heidi and John celebrate their tenth year as musical partners with a new EP released on Under One Sky Records and an extensive UK & European tour. John has produced Heidi’s last 3 albums, they have both toured all over the globe in each others live bands but this will be the first time the pair collaborate exclusively as a duo. Between them they have shared the stage with among others – Paul Weller, Mark Knopfler, Alison Krauss, James Taylor, Teenage Fanclub, Graham Coxon, Eddi Reader, King Creosote, Tim O’Brien and Jerry Douglas. One of the UK’s most gifted and versatile musicians in any genre, John McCusker is equally in demand as a multi-instrumentalist, producer and composer. – The Guardian Simply vocal heaven – The Sunday Times A voice that’s both awestruck and tender – The New York Times
Dave Hole – Goin’ Back Down (2018)
WEB FLAC (Tracks) – 314 MB | Cover | MP3 CBR 320 kbps – 107 MB | 00:45:55
Blues Rock | Label: Dave Hole Music
Somewhat like a fine wine, singer/guitarist Dave Hole keeps getting better with age. Born in 1948 in the UK, Dave and his family moved to Perth when he was four years old and young Dave became interested in music shortly after he first heard Muddy Waters. At the age of 12, Dave got his first guitar and taught himself to play by listening to Hendrix, Eric Clapton and Robert Johnson.
Famous for playing a weird overhand style of slide guitar interspersed with finger-picking, Dave began to build a following playing small local gigs, eventually forming the band Broken Habits in 1965. A few years later, he formed the Dave Hole Blues Band, various versions of which he played with for the next 30 years.
Often acclaimed as one of the best blues guitarists in Australia, Hole has the rare talent of making blues sound fresh and interesting; there is something timeless about Goin’ Back Down. At age 69, Dave decided to play most of the instruments himself, along with self-producing and engineering the album, ensuring it sounded exactly as he wanted it to.
If you’re a fan of blues, or indeed any of the many genres inspired by blues, I suggest giving Dave Hole a listen – odds are that he’s being doing his thing longer than many of us have been alive