Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Earl Thomas 2008 Soulshine

Genre: Blues
Rate: 320 kbps CBR / 44100
Time: 00:43:53
Size: 100,36 MB

United States

Recorded in Copenhagen, San Diego, and San Francisco with European and American musicians and singers this project represents the cultural diversity that is part of Earl's global vision of contemporary blues. (cdbaby)


01 - Just Another Day 03:17

02 - Feeling All Blue 04:57

03 - One More Day 05:08

04 - Soulshine 04:31

05 - Last Train To Paris 05:24

06 - Lead A Horse To Water 04:13

07 - Don't Be Lyin' 03:24

08 - In The Heat Of The Night 03:19

09 - Git Me Some 05:45

10 - I'll Love You No Less 03:55

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The Hamsters 1990 Condensed Hamsters (LL)

Genre: Blues-Rock
Rate: 265 kbps VBR / 44100 from lossless source!
Time: 01:00:32
Size: 123,10 MB

United Kingdom

Condensed Hamsters (1990) is a Hamsters album that was originally released only as an audio cassette (Music Cassette) compilation of the four original cassette only albums (recordings from 1988–1990) that were only available from the band's gigs. They never received a national distribution. Eventually the band stopped producing the tape albums, including this compilation, when their CD releases started to become popular.

Then in 2000, after years of requests from fans, it was decided to find the master tapes (no one knew where they were!) and remaster the album for a CD release. Eventually the masters were found in the back of a drawer in Slim's office and they were passed along to the band's regular sound guru, Jerry Stevenson. After a lot of audio repairs and 'sonic enhancement' the masters were deemed ready for CD and they were released to the general public, both at gigs, their website and worldwide via the band's official distributor, Pinnacle Records.


01 - Switchboard Susan 03:21

02 - Georgia Slop 03:34

03 - Linda Lu 04:34

04 - Hard Ridin' Papa 04:37

05 - Crazy 'bout An Automobile 03:11

06 - The Walk 04:08

07 - Chevrolet 03:10

08 - They Called It Rock 03:39

09 - Sweet Little Lisa 04:41

10 - Pouring Water On A Drowning Man 03:41

11 - Double Trouble 09:16

12 - Fire Down Below 04:16

13 - Chequebook 03:52

14 - Brother Doctor, Sister Nurse 04:32

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Mike d'Abo 1970 Mike d'Abo

Genre: Pop/Rock
Rate: 213 kbps VBR / 44100
Time: 00:42:41
Size: 61,72 MB

United Kingdom


01 - Let It Roar 02:46

02 - Walk A Million Miles 02:55

03 - As Long As I Have Loving 03:44

04 - Mary, Warm My Bed 03:02

05 - Call My Heart Your Home, Girl 03:28

06 - The Ladder (When The Sun Comes Shining Through) 03:34

07 - Maria, Maria 04:19

08 - Woman In My Life 03:37

09 - Clancy 04:01

10 - California Line 03:22

11 - Oh! What A Day 04:04

12 - Handbags And Gladrags 03:49

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Charles Brimmer 1976 Soulman

Genre: Soul
Rate: 320 kbps CBR / 44100
Time: 00:39:02
Size: 89,41 MB

United States

Although a lot of other LPs on the Chelsea label had more of a pop soul feel, this album (and the other one) by Charles Brimmer is an excellent batch of modern Southern Soul recorded in New Orleans with Senator Jones at the production helm. Brimmer’s in top form, and he lays down a great batch of tracks written by himself, Allen Toussaint and Willie Mitchell. (


01 - I Love Her 03:55

02 - Dedicating My Life To You 07:11

03 - With You In Mind 04:06

04 - My Sweet Thing 03:22

05 - That's How Strong My Love Is 04:06

06 - I Want To Be Your Bread Winner 04:50

07 - Play Something Sweet 03:48

08 - Don't Break My Heart 04:02

09 - Your Man's Gonna Be In Trouble 03:42

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Monday, March 20, 2017

JW-Jones Blues Band 2000 Defibrillatin'

Genre: Blues
Rate: 320 kbps CBR / 44100
Time: 00:58:11
Size: 133,07 MB


Review by Alex Henderson

Like Jimmy Witherspoon, T-Bone Walker, and Dave Specter, J.W. Jones is the sort of person who likes a lot of jazz in his blues.

Defibrillatin', the Canadian guitarist/singer's debut album, doesn't cater to bop snobs -- Jones doesn't spend all of his time trying to show you how fast he can play John Coltrane's "Giant Steps" or Sonny Rollins' "Oleo," but he does sound like the sort of bluesman who has spent a lot of time listening to guys like Jimmy Smith and Jimmy McGriff (not to mention T-Bone Walker). And he plays the sort of jump blues and blues-jazz that comes naturally when you like to blow and improvise; Jones' fondness for jazz comes through on the vocal numbers as well as the instrumentals. The closest that Jones gets to bop on this CD is "Dizzy Spells," an instrumental that was obviously named after trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie. Although likable, the vocal numbers point to the fact that Jones is more of a guitarist than a singer -- in fact, he didn't start singing until he was advised that doing so would increase his commercial appeal.

Defibrillatin' isn't earth-shattering, but it's a decent, if derivative, debut. And to his credit, Jones handles most of the writing himself instead of inundating listeners with overdone blues standards.


01 - Too Many Times 03:58

02 - Sittin' Here Waiting 05:17

03 - Defibrillatin' 05:24

04 - One Night Stand 05:16

05 - Batyology 06:34

06 - Waitin' Around 08:43

07 - Trying So Hard 05:12

08 - Dizzy Spell 05:48

09 - Dino Sammiches & Cornbread 04:21

10 - Studio Out-Takes 07:38

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The Fargone Beauties 1992 It's Hard When You're Ugly

Genre: Bluegrass
Rate: 320 kbps CBR / 44100
Time: 00:40:22
Size: 92,37 MB



01 - Highway To Hell (Ballad Of Jed Clampett) 03:34

02 - Play That Country Music (Rawhide) 03:35

03 - Suspicious Minds 03:26

04 - Sex And Drugs And Rock 'n' Roll 03:08

05 - Single Drop 03:43

06 - Soul Arch 03:08

07 - Hey Good Lookin' 03:03

08 - Lights On The Hill (20th Anniversary Tribute) 03:04

09 - Born To Be Wild 03:23

10 - Rock 'n' Roll 03:53

11 - Let's Make A Move 03:54

12 - Great Balls Of Fire 02:31

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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Chubby Carrier & The Bayou Swamp Band 1991 Boogie Woogie Zydeco

Genre: Cajun-Zydeco
Rate: 256 kbps CBR / 44100
Time: 00:54:24
Size: 99,52 MB

United States

Review by Alex Henderson

After building a resume in zydeco circles playing with Terrance Simien & the Mallot Playboys, singer/accordion player Chubby Carrier struck out on his own in 1990 and soon signed with the Chicago-based Flying Fish label as a solo artist. Boogie Woogie Zydeco may have been recorded in the Chicago suburb of Evanston, but sweaty, exuberant originals like "Allons Dancez," "Hey Barbariba" and "Bernadette" are pure Louisiana. Carrier slows down the tempo for the 1960s-type soul numbers "Be Fair to the People" and "Sherrie," both of which are so appealing that they make one wish he embraced slower tempos more often.

On the whole, however, the Louisiana native favors zydeco that is unrelenting in its energy. Zydeco fans should make a point of hunting for this CD.


01 - Boogie Woogie Zydeco 03:51

02 - Madelaine 03:51

03 - Good For The Goose 04:22

04 - Allons Dancez 02:52

05 - Creole Two Step 04:56

06 - Sherrie 03:39

07 - Bernadette 03:02

08 - Mama 03:54

09 - Young Creole Man 03:37

10 - Josephine 02:57

11 - Hey Barbariba 04:22

12 - Be Fair To The People 04:37

13 - Steppin' Out Zydeco 01:40

14 - Oh My My 03:05

15 - Dog Hill 03:39

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Big Mama Thornton With The Muddy Waters Band 1966 Big Mama Thornton With The Muddy Waters Band

Genre: Blues
Rate: 256 kbps CBR / 44100
Time: 01:03:51
Size: 116,88 MB

United States

review by Al Campbell

In the mid- '60s, Big Mama Thornton was a relatively obscure blues singer known mainly for her original recording of "Hound Dog" in 1953, three years before Elvis had a monster hit with it. Due to a lack of gigs, Thornton had a tough time keeping a steady band on the road and would scramble to gather consistently decent musicians. Fortunately, Arhoolie Records' founder and president Chris Strachwitz had witnessed an amazing performance of the era which had Thornton backed by a group of Chicago musicians who included Buddy Guy on guitar. With that performance in mind, Strachwitz was determined to capture that excellence in the studio. He offered the gig to Muddy Waters, whom he met in San Francisco a few days prior to this session. Muddy accepted and brought with him James Cotton (harmonica), Otis Spann (piano), Sammy Lawhorn (guitar), Luther "Guitar Junior" Johnson (bass), and Francis Clay (drums). What came out at Coast Recorders on April 25, 1966 is presented on this 17-track disc including seven previously unreleased cuts. From the low-down gutbucket blues of "Black Rat," and "Big Mama's Shuffle" (featuring both Thornton and James Cotton engaging in a battle of the harps), to the hazy, late-night atmosphere of "Life Goes On," "Since I Fell for You," and "I Feel the Way I Feel," all of this material is absolutely timeless. One can only imagine what would have happened if Big Mama's hopes of recording a gospel album with this band had been fulfilled.


01 - I'm Feeling Alright 03:02

02 - Sometimes I Have A Heartache 03:50

03 - Black Rat 02:53

04 - Life Goes On 03:29

05 - Everything Gonna Be Alright 05:06

06 - Big Mama's Bumble Bee Blues 04:13

07 - Gimme A Penny 04:38

08 - Looking The World Over 02:13

09 - I Feel The Way I Feel 05:05

10 - Guide Me Home 04:24

11 - Black Rat (Take 2) 02:52

12 - Wrapped Tight 03:19

13 - Gimme A Penny (Take 5) 04:00

14 - Big Mama's Shuffle 03:38

15 - Since I Fell For You 04:33

16 - I'm Feeling Alright (Fast Version) 02:28

17 - Big Mama's Blues (My Love) 04:08

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The Domenic Troiano Band 1977 Burnin' At The Stake

Genre: Jazz-Rock
Rate: 320 kbps CBR / 44100
Time: 00:38:02
Size: 87,02 MB


After the Guess Who disbanded, Troiano regrouped and released a new solo album on a new label. This LP was produced by the Brecker Brothers and I use to condemn the album for its slickness and tacky production. Strip away the studio gloss, however, and you're left with a strong set of songs. It's not nearly as organic-sounding as Bush, for instance, but a performer's true talent will always shine through on an album, regardless of who's turning the knobs.

"Burnin' at the Stake" opens the album with a bang. No horns, no vocals, no B.S... just four minutes worth of virtuoso guitar playing and furious accompaniment by Dom's backing band; somehow they manage to keep up. If you play guitar, it's enough to make you put down your instrument and take up another hobby, because you know you'll never top it. The song after it, "Peace of Mind," is good, melodically reminiscent of Steely Dan. It has a sublime pre-chorus, and this alone makes it worth hearing ("Jesus once said, forgiveness is divine, if so why can't we find our way?") If I could pick just one song from this album to strip down to its base, "Savour the Flavour" would be it. I've heard the live version of it, and the track sounds better to me with a live groove as opposed to a studio-crafted feel. "Lonely Girl" is a breath of fresh air, quite possibly the best song on the album. It's a quiet, relaxing, jazz instrumental, and a song with little studio polish. Domenic's guitar playing speaks for itself on this one. Last on side one is "Willpower," another motivational Troiano song.

"Master of Concealment" is a decent-sounding tune with good lyrics and even better guitar playing. The background singers manage to sneak in at the very end of the song, but only for a short while. "I'd Rather Be Your Lover" is the song on the album that had the most potential to be a hit single. It features Domenic and Roy Kenner sharing the lead vocal, and the result is actually very, very good. "Rock and Roll Madness" is a good song with some great instrumentation from Domenic's band. The song that closes the album, "The Outer Limits of My Soul," is one of Dom's more emotional songs. The lead vocals are sung by Domenic and his then-wife, Shawne Jackson. An unforgettable keyboard line gives the song an almost eerie atmosphere. Luckily, the album ends on a strong note. (


01 - Burnin' At The Stake 04:15

02 - Peace Of Mind 03:35

03 - Savour The Flavour 03:35

04 - Lonely Girl 04:11

05 - Willpower 03:45

06 - Master Of Concealment 03:24

07 - I'd Rather Be Your Lover 03:38

08 - Rock & Roll Madness 04:41

09 - The Outer Limits Of My Soul 06:58

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Saturday, March 18, 2017

Alvaro Assmar & Mojo Blues Band 1995 Standards

Genre: Blues
Rate: 192 kbps CBR / 44100
Time: 00:51:05
Size: 70,09 MB



01 - Stormy Monday 07:26

02 - Driftin' Blues 07:01

03 - The Sky Is Crying 05:46

04 - You Don't Love Me 03:37

05 - Steppin' Out 02:57

06 - Crossroads 03:35

07 - Rambling On My Mind 05:19

08 - Love In Vain 05:09

09 - I'm King Bee 03:17

10 - Samba Reggae Blues 04:07

11 - Leave My Girl Alone 02:51

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