Elvis Presley – Collectors Gold (1991)
APE (img+cue+artwork) | 02:09:56 | 667 Mb
Genre: Pop, Rock & Roll, Soft Rock / Label: RCA
Three different collectors in 1 box. Part 1 is the film music. Usually not my favorite songs, but they made the right selection. Part 2 is Nashville. We get a look behind the scenes here again. Again a successful selection of best songs with different takes, also make this enjoyable. Part 3 Live in Las Vegas. Elvis went over the top in Vegas, but he also shows that he is a good singer and entertainer. The world famous Are You Lonesome Tonight where Elvis gets the soft laugh, is also here. All in all, therefore, a well-chosen box that keeps listening.
Ella Fitzgerald – The Great American Songbook (2007)
FLAC (track+cue+covers) | 02:32:25 | 556 Mb
Genre: Jazz, Big Band, Vocal, Swing / Label: Not Now Music
A career that resulted in more than 250 recordings and 25 million records sold is just part of the Ella Fitzgerald story. Bing Crosby once famously called her the greatest singer of them all – man, woman or child, confirming that she overcame a lack of formal musical training to establish herself as a singer of true stature, respected by her peers. Featured here are 49 of her greatest recordings from the American Songbook.
Dave Bartholomew: Jump Children! – Imperial Singles Plus 1950-1962 (2CD, 2017)
MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 2:14:17 | 305 Mb
Genre: Soul, RnB / Label: Jasmine Records
His highly distinctive trumpet playing and his remarkable achievements as one of the chief architects of New Orleans R&B during the late ’40s and early ’50s as a producer (notably of Fats Domino) and his prolific song writing attracted a considerable amount of attention. However what is often neglected when discussing his career are his own recordings and this 2CD set from Jasmine attempts to collect together all of these recordings for Imperial records between 1950 and 1962.
Bill Haley And His Comets – Rock Around The Clock The Very Best (2015)
MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 02:06:37 | 305 Mb
Genre: Rockabilly, Rockn’Roll / Label: One Day Music
Bill Haley may have hailed from the United States, but to Britain s Fifties teenagers he was the man of the moment. The million-selling Rock Around The Clock single won the man from Michigan the first ever British gold disc. He carried on storming the charts with tracks such as Mambo Rock , Rock A Beatin Boogie and Don t Knock The Rock , all included here on this 50 track compilation that will transport you to another era at express speed. So Dim, Dim The Lights and turn the music up…
Bert Kaempfert – The Wonderful World Of Bert Kaempfert (2012)
MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 02:12:01 | 315 Mb
Genre: Jazz, Easy Listening / Label: Jasmine
As the ’50s moved into the ’60s, Bert Kaempfert was one of the most successful conductors, arrangers and recording artists and through his great talent and ability he forged a distinctive sound of his own.
Here we have four of his earliest albums: ‘Wonderland by Night’ (which kick started his career in the States and was No. 1 for 5 weeks); ‘Dancing in Wonderland’; ‘The Wonderful World of Bert Kaempfert’ and ‘With a Sound in My Heart’.
We are fortunate that the likes of Glenn Miller, Ray Conniff, Billy Vaughn and the prodigious Bert Kaempfert put so much music on to disc that new collections of their music can still be issued – and even 50 years or more on be still sought after.
Yes – Fly From Here – Return Trip (2018)
MP3 CBR 320kbps | 00:53:22 | 127.38 Mb | Covers
Prog Rock | Country: United Kingdom | Label: Yes ’97 LLC
On March 25, prog icons YES will release a brand-new mix of their album Fly From Here – Return Trip, featuring the Drama lineup and new lead vocals by Trevor Horn, to coincide with their 50th-anniversary celebrations. Fly From Here – Return Trip can be exclusively pre-ordered via Pledge Music. The original 2011 release of Fly From Here featured the band members who appeared on Drama: Chris Squire, Steve Howe, Alan White, Geoff Downes, plus Benoit David on lead vocals with Trevor Horn in the role of producer.
The addition of Trevor’s lead vocals has produced a genuine sequel to Drama. Fly From Here – Return Trip was developed as a labor of love for all involved and the new vocals were recorded over the last two years amidst other commitments. Trevor began re-recording the lead vocals the day after he guested with YES at the Royal Albert Hall in 2016 and within 24 hours the rest of the band had joined him at his studio. Additional overdubs by other members have also been added.
In addition to remixing parts of the album, Trevor has added personal liner notes and the sleeve design features the painting by Roger Dean originally used on the inside of the 2011 edition.
Trevor Horn says: I really enjoyed listening to Alan and Chris playing together again. Finishing off the album was a labor of love.
Fly From Here – Return Trip also contains a previously unreleased song, Don’t Take No For An Answer recorded in 2011, with Steve Howe on lead vocals. Additionally, the full-length version of Hour Of Need is included. This has previously only been included as a Japanese bonus track.
It is great to have the original ‘Drama’ lineup playing ‘Fly From Here’ plus several other songs Trevor had a big part in writing, comments Steve Howe.
Geoff Downes adds: It’s quite amazing what Trevor has done with the album and the way it has turned out. It is most refreshing and adds a whole new dimension to the original recordings from 2011. I think the fans will appreciate it as a genuine sequel to the ‘Drama’ album, and embrace it as a valuable part of our YES50 celebrations.
The album is a long-awaited treat for all YES fans and following Chris Squire’s passing in 2015, represents the last chance for fans to hear a follow-up to the classic YES release Drama, which reached No. 2 in the U.K. album charts in 1980.
The album is available to pre-order now exclusively via Pledge Music, plus some extra Roger Dean images and Pledge offers, and fans will be able to collect their orders, or buy direct for the first time, when YES attends the 50th Anniversary Fan Convention at the London Palladium on March 25 as part of their eagerly anticipated March 2018 U.K. tour. Trevor Horn will be guesting with YES at the London Palladium (both shows) and Paris.
Wild Evel And The Trashbones – Digging My Grave (2018)
MP3 CBR 320kbps | 00:30:54 | 72.00 Mb | Cover
Rock & Roll | Country: Austria (Wien) | Label: Wild Evel & The Trashbones
Being a feral child lost in an era of uninspiring music, the frontman of The Staggers, Wild Evel, decided to team up with members of former teenbeaters the Roadrunners to form a supergroup, with the intention of providing serious garage punk at its best.
Take some of Billy Childish’s trashy guitar solos, some of the Miracle Workers’ and The Stomachmouths’ catchy melodies, add some three-finger organ, combine them with invisible monsters and cavemen, in the spirit of the late great Screaming Lord Sutch, and you’ll have the gist of what these guys are up to. The Trashbones have their roots in 1960s US garage punk, a time when teenagers started playing their own music, delivering their own ideas and ideals through tight and catchy lyrics telling the conservative society, Here we are!
The sound that those ’60s proto-punks created is the same sound the four Austrian freaks play succinct fuzz-guitars, farfisa organ, furious drumming, and wild, howling vocals that represent a one hundred per cent high-voltage rock’n’roll attitude.
Apart from the actual sound that they create, Wild Evel & the Trashbones stand out with their untamed live performance, for which each member pushes his plan through. On hearing
the drums you might be tempted to look for the reincarnation of Keith Moon seated at the drum stool! The overdriven fuzz guitars will blaring. And the recent addition of Fernando Terror taking over keyboard duties will fully unleash Evel to higher levels of on-stage insanity.
Since their formation in February 2009, the Trashbones have toured all across Europe, from England to Russia and from Norway to Spain, where their distinctive sound, look, and furious live performances continue to astonish people at club gigs and major festivals alike.
Universe Infinity – Rock Is Alive (2018)
MP3 CBR 320kbps | 00:43:27 | 111.21 Mb | Cover
Melodic Hard Rock | Country: Sweden | Label: Pride & Joy Music
Swedish hard rock band Universe Infinity (formerly known as Universe) will release their comeback album Rock Is Alive on Pride & Joy Music on April 13, 2018. On the same day, Pride & Joy will (in co-operation with Universal Music) also reissue the classic, self-titled Universe album from 1985 on CD. The reissue will be remastered and come with an expanded booklet.
Universe started in 1982 in Upplands Vsby, Sweden, where hard rock ruled the streets. The members hailed from several different local bands. After leaving the band Moon, lead guitarist Michael Kling, who founded the band WC in the late 70s with John Norum, became one of Universe’s founding members. Bassist Hasse Hagman, who played in Joey Tempest’s first band, along with drummer Anders Wetterstrm and guitarist Per Nilsson, all came from the band Twilight. Once Universe got their hands on keyboard player Fredrik Kristrm and singer Kjell Wallen, the band was complete. They played diligently for a couple of years all over Sweden, opening for Nazareth, among many other gigs. In 1985, the band released its self-titled debut album with songs like Rollin’ On, Stories From The Old Days and Strong Vibrations. In 1986, Kjell Wallen left the band on good terms following creative differences and was subsequently replaced by Janne strm. With Janne as the new frontman, the band focused fully on a follow-up to their debut album. Several demos were recorded but never ended up in the right hands. The band dissolved early 1988 and then had a short reunion for a final show in the ice hall in Upplands Vsby later that year.
The band members went their separate ways, each showing up here and there in different contexts with connections to music. Everyone maintained occasional contact and eventually Per Nilsson reached out to the others to see if they were interested in playing together again. In 2002, all the members met up together for the first time in 14 years. They immediately knew they wanted to play again and became convinced that the old material still had potential. Everyone agreed that a new album had to be released, but also that they were being pulled in different directions. For several years they kept continuous contact, waiting for the time when recording an album became inevitable. At first, Universe lacked a singer, but suddenly one day he was just there. Andreas Eklund (ex-House Of Shakira) became the new frontman, his narrative lyrics and tasteful melodies opening the door to another dimension, so the band could take a bigger step into the galaxy. Now, finally, Universe is back as Universe Infinity with Rock Is Alive, a powerful album that is a tribute to the music of the 70s and 80s, and to their youth in Upplands Vsby.
Rock Is Alive was produced by Michael Kling and Per Nilsson at Kling Studios and mixed and mastered by Stefan Helleblad. Drums were recorded in Standstraight Studio One Scandinavia. The artwork was created by Sylvain Lucchina at Razor Images.
Twink – Think Pink III (2018)
WEB FLAC (tracks) ~ 170.12 Mb | 25:43 | Cover
Psychedelic Folk, Psychedelic Rock | Country: UK | Label: Blue Mountain Music
In the decades that follow an artist’s introduction into the musical world, it is not an easy task to remain exceptionally adept when it comes to making songs. More often than not, it can be a struggle to listen to an artist’s creation that has been made generations after they initially rose to fame. However, Twink defeats the odds here, making an album that is not only absorbing, but compelling as well
After first recording for The Fairies in 1964, Twink joined R&B based band The In-Crowd, which evolved into Tomorrow, whose self-titled album is one of those legendary 60’s psychedelic albums that has stood the test of the time. When the short-lived Tomorrow broke up, Twink replaced Skip Allan during The Pretty Things’ infamous S.F. Sorrow album, before releasing his solo debut in 1969. This would be followed by The Pink Fairies debut album Never Never Land in 1971
After creating a sequel to his fantastic 1969 album Think Pink in 2015, Twink decided to create a third instalment in the series. Think Pink III’ is brimming with ideas that make the album sound fresh and invigorating, as well as having fantastic guitar playing throughout. This is a record that knows how to pull the listener in, and to keep them there until every second of it has finished.
Take a song such as Lydia Ladybird for example. With Twink’s stutter induced chorus, echo filled verses, and a melody to die for, the song takes the listener on a trip into wonderland, with no tolls in sight. There is also the vocally hypnotic Fountain which contains compulsively intriguing backing vocals that are an excellent companion to Twink’s own vocals. It finishes with a dynamite guitar part that could have gone on for an eternity and nobody would complain.
The infectious Firelight will have you humming the song’s title in your head for days and days. Repetitive in a favorable way, Twink’s commanding vocals guides the song in upward direction, all the way to Jupiter, and maybe even Saturn. The Shaitan is a psychedelic trip to the land of the forgotten, with a circulating guitar sound that refuses to let up even an ounce of fascination. Additionally, the acoustic guitar that is here really adds exuberance to an already exciting track.
The album has a romantic element to it as well, as heard in the beautifully made I Miss You. The swirling guitar sound found in The Shaitan is here, only this time it adds an affectionate element to the sound, as opposed to the darker feeling it gave on the other. This would be the perfect song to show an ex that you really miss, since this displays the regret one has after a breakup, or even the loss of a loved one.
Elsewhere, Planet 39 actually does sound like it was made 39 planets away from Earth with its trippy atmosphere and hallucinatory effects on the vocals. Twink’s assertive vocal delivery makes it feel as though he is the ambassador to this Planet 39, and is trying to convince us all to join him there. I do have to admit, he does make a strongly convincing case, and definitely makes me want to take a journey there myself.
The album finishes with the menacing Sundown, an instrumental that sounds like a snake crawling through the desert, with no creature around it because everything is so absolutely afraid to go near it. Dark and threatening, it is an excellent piece of enthralling music that just gives his fans even more to rave about.
What Twink manages to do is create impressive sounding music that will have newcomers become enticed by it, as well as keeping his longtime fans pleased and satisfied. There is this overwhelming sense of confidence found all over the album, which is no surprise, since Twink has every right to feel that way with such a remarkable career.
Acoustic guitars – Twink, Ed Sykes
Lead acoustic guitar – Andrew McCulloch
Bass guitar – Ed Sykes
Snare drum & brushes on ‘I Miss You’ – Matthew Abbott
Synth – Ed Sykes
Tore Brunborg & Steinar Raknes – Backcountry (2017)
XLD Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) ~ 181.15 Mb | 49:13 | Covers
Contemporary Jazz | Label: Reckless Records – RR511
Den norske bassisten Steinar Raknes og landsmannen, saksofonisten Tore Brunborg, har sltt seg sammen for lage platen Backcountry med lter de to har laget i fellesskap, pluss noen lter de har laget hver for seg. I utgangspunktet er dette to relativt forskjellige jazzmusikere, som befinner seg litt p forskjellige plasser i jazzen. Med Raknes helt p grensen til den amerikanske amerikanaen, og Brunborg i den litt typiske nordiske formen.
Men sammen fungerer de to strlende sammen. Raknes som hele kompet, pluss at han gjr noen strlende solier, og Brunborg som den som holder det nordiske inne i duoen. Og med to spass bra musikere, trenger man hverken piano eller trommer. Her fr vi en ytterst vakker duo, som jeg ikke kan huske ha hrt noe lignende av tidligere. Brunborgs veldig typisk nordiske, og norsske tone i saksofonen, som man ofte altfor ofte kaller norsk, fr man kommer med alle flosklene, og Raknes, som kunne spilt hvor som helst i verden, og publikum ville sagt han spilte deres musikk.
Sammen gjr de ni stykker som er litt kjlige, spesielt p grunn av Brunborgs litt lyse tenorsaksofon, over Raknes ypperlige lek p bassen. Og hele veien lter dette pent og fint. De gir plass til at pausene skal spille en rolle i musikken, og sammen lager de usigelig vakker musikk.
Brunborg har sin egen tone i saksofonen, som er nordisk, og kall den gjerne at den kommer fra Voss. Noen har beskyldt Brunborg for vre en kopi av Jan Garbarek, men bde p denne nnspillingen, og flere av hans tidligere, synes jeg han holder seg et godt stykke unna norges jazzikon, og lagser sin egen stemme i hornet, mens Raknes’ bass-spill kunne vrt hentet hvor som helst fra. Jeg tenker umiddelbart p den amerikanske bassisten David Friesen nr jeg hrer han p denne platen, og hele veien lter han som om han har den komplette kontrollen p bassen og hva han vil ha ut av den. Og det er det bare gode bassister som har.
Backcountry er blitt en vakker plate, hr bare p det ttende sporet, Now, s forstr du hva jeg mener, fra to av Norges ledende jazzmusikere, og en duo man gjerne vil hre i andre deler av Skandinavia ogs. Hint-hint! ~ review by Jan Granlie