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Dire Straits - Making Movies (1980) [1985, Japan for USA]  Music

Posted by v3122 at Sept. 19, 2017
Dire Straits - Making Movies (1980) [1985, Japan for USA]

Dire Straits - Making Movies (1980)
EAC | Flac(Image) + Cue + Log & MP3 CBR 320Kbps
Warner Bros., 3480-2 | ~ 229 or 91 Mb | Scans(jpg) -> 72 Mb
Blues Rock / Classic Rock

Without second guitarist David Knopfler, Dire Straits began to move away from its roots rock origins into a jazzier variation of country-rock and singer/songwriter folk-rock. Naturally, this means that Mark Knopfler's ambitions as a songwriter are growing, as the storytelling pretensions of Making Movies indicate…
The Running Man - The Running Man (1972) {2005 Reissue, Remastered, Japan}

The Running Man - The Running Man (1972) {2005 Reissue, Remastered, Japan}
EAC Rip | FLAC (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 300 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 136 Mb
Scans Included (JPG, 300 dpi) | RAR 5% Recovery
Psychedelic Rock, Progressive Rock | Air Mail Archive #AIRAC-1114

Ray Russell has had quite the glittering career. Setting off at age 15 with the John Berry Seven, the guitarist went on to play with the Graham Bond Organisation and then Georgie Fame & the Blue Flames. Eventually, Russell would lend his talents on-stage and/or in the studio to a plethora of performers, from Tina Turner to Lulu, the Bee Gees to Phil Collins, and branching out in the '70s to compose for the small screen. Amidst this busy career, Russell also put together the odd band, like the Running Man, whose sole, eponymous album was released with little fanfare in 1972. The core trio of Russell on both guitar and bass, vocalist/organist Alan Greed, and vocalist/drummer Alan Rushton was supplemented by Harry Beckett on trumpet and flügelhorn and the late Gary Windo on tenor sax…

Wishbone Ash - Live Dates (1973) {2001, Remastered, Japan}  Music

Posted by popsakov at Sept. 19, 2017
Wishbone Ash - Live Dates (1973) {2001, Remastered, Japan}

Wishbone Ash - Live Dates (1973) {2001, Remastered, Japan}
2CD | EAC Rip | WV (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 713 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 252 Mb
Scans Included (JPG, 300 dpi) | RAR 5% Recovery
MCA Records / Victor Entertainment / Universal International #UICY-9082/3
Progressive Rock / Hard Rock / Blues Rock / Classic Rock

No surprise – in concert was the best way to hear Wishbone Ash, because the studio was just too sterile an environment, at least for their hardest-rocking stuff to take off. Anyone really into the group should own this record.
Joe Roland - Joltin' Joe Roland (1954) {Savoy Jazz Japan SV-0215 rel 1993}

Joe Roland - Joltin' Joe Roland (1954) {Savoy Jazz Japan SV-0215 rel 1993}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 178 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 102 Mb
Full Artwork @ 600 dpi (jpg) -> 128 Mb | 5% repair rar
© 1954, 1993 Savoy Jazz / Nippon Columbia | SV-0215
Jazz / Bop / Vibes

Other than a Bethlehem album in 1955 and a few obscure titles, all of vibraphonist Joe Roland's recordings as a leader are on this enjoyable CD reissue. Roland, best-known for an early '50s stint with George Shearing's Quintet, was a excellent vibist whose style fell somewhere between Terry Gibbs and Milt Jackson. He is paired in two 1954 quintets with either Freddie Redd (who plays conventional bop) and Wade Legge (sounding at his most eccentric) on piano. However the most memorable set is from 1950 for Roland is joined by guitar (Joe Puma), bass, drums and a string quartet. The writing for the strings (which is uncredited) is quite inventive and, although the strings do not solo, they sound very much like a jazz ensemble. It is particularly interesting to hear this instrumentation playing "Half Nelson," "Dee Dee's Dance" and Roland's original "Sally Is Gone"; guest singer Paula Castle does a fine job on the haunting "Love Is Just a Plaything." Recommended.

The National - Sleep Well Beast (2017) {2CD Japan Edition}  Music

Posted by SERTiL at Sept. 18, 2017
The National - Sleep Well Beast (2017) {2CD Japan Edition}

The National - Sleep Well Beast
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks)+cue, log, m3u, artwork | 78:26 min | 497 MB
Label: 4AD / Beat Records – 4AD0020CDJP | Tracks: 17 | Rls.date: 2017
Indie Rock

Nearly 20 years into the band's career, The National have reached a status attained only by the likes of Radiohead: a progressive, uncompromising band with genuinely broad appeal. Produced by multi-instrumentalist Aaron Dessner in his upstate New York studio (with coproduction from guitarist Bryce Dessner and singer Matt Berninger), Sleep Well Beast captures the band at their moody, majestic best, from the propulsive “The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness” to “Guilty Party,” where Berninger’s portraits of failing marriage come to a sad, gorgeous, and surprisingly subtle head.

Wishbone Ash - Wishbone Four (1973) {2001, Remastered, Japan}  Music

Posted by popsakov at Sept. 18, 2017
Wishbone Ash - Wishbone Four (1973) {2001, Remastered, Japan}

Wishbone Ash - Wishbone Four (1973) {2001, Remastered, Japan}
EAC Rip | WV (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 326 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 110 Mb
Scans Included (JPG, 300 dpi) | RAR 5% Recovery
MCA Records / Victor Entertainment / Universal International #UICY-9081
Hard Rock / Classic Rock

Wishbone Four is the fourth studio album by British rock band Wishbone Ash, released in 1973. It was a departure from their previous album, Argus, in that it lacked that recording's overall cohesion and atmosphere and the loose conceptual framework of a stately, pastoral and warring medieval England. Containing only hints of the extended twin-lead guitar harmonies, Wishbone Four's stylistic variety found its footing in acoustic folk elements in half of the eight-song set ("Ballad of the Beacon", "Everybody Needs a Friend", "Sorrel" and "Sing Out the Song"), two aggressive and melodic starters on each side of the vinyl release (Side 1: So Many Things to Say" and Side 2: "Doctor"), and the band's first use of horns on the semi-autobiographical "rave-up" touring song "No Easy Road"…
Electric Light Orchestra - Eldorado (1974) [Jet 28DP 1076, Japan]

Electric Light Orchestra - Eldorado (1974)
EAC | Flac(Image) + Cue + Log & MP3 CBR 320Kbps
1987 | Jet 28DP 1076 | ~ 242 or 94 Mb | Scans(png) -> 110 Mb
Progressive Rock

This is the album where Jeff Lynne finally found the sound he'd wanted since co-founding Electric Light Orchestra three years earlier. Up to this point, most of the group's music had been self-contained – Lynne, Richard Tandy, et al., providing whatever was needed, vocally or instrumentally, even if it meant overdubbing their work layer upon layer…

Night Ranger - Live In Japan (1990)  Music

Posted by v3122 at Sept. 18, 2017
Night Ranger - Live In Japan (1990)

Night Ranger - Live In Japan (1990)
EAC | Flac(Image) + Cue + Log & MP3 CBR 320Kbps
MCA Records, MCAD-10024 | ~ 371 or 135 Mb | Scans(jpg) -> 15 Mb
Melodic Hard Rock / AOR

Here it is: the Spinal Tap-like, end-of-career live album recorded on that final Japanese tour. Everybody's done it, and Night Ranger certainly doesn't break the mold with this efficient greatest-hits set…

Laura Branigan - Self Control (1984) [1985, Japan, 1st Press]  Music

Posted by BlondStyle at Sept. 17, 2017
Laura Branigan - Self Control (1984) [1985, Japan, 1st Press]

Laura Branigan - Self Control (1984) [1985, Japan, 1st Press]
Pop/Rock, Electronic, Synth-pop | EAC Rip | FLAC, Img+CUE+LOG+Scans (PNG) | 40:06 Min | 576,92 Mb
Label: Atlantic/Warner-Pioneer Corporation (Japan) | Cat.# 32XD-344 | Released: 1985-11-28 (1984, April)

"Self Control" is the third album by American singer Laura Branigan, released in 1984. Two songs from the album were US Top-20 hits, the title song (#4) and "The Lucky One" (#20). The album became Branigan's biggest commercial success, earning her a Platinum certification in the United States for over 1 million confirmed sales, and selling several million copies worldwide. Branigan also enjoyed huge success in some countries with the single "Ti amo" (her second Umberto Tozzi cover, after "Gloria"), which reached #5 in the Canadian singles chart, but most notably reaching #2 in Australia. The album was a huge success internationally, gaining several sales certifications.
Terry Gibbs - Hootenanny My Way (1963) {Time Records Japan CDSOL-45383 rel 2017}

Terry Gibbs - Hootenanny My Way (1963) {Time Records Japan CDSOL-45383 rel 2017}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 258 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 94 Mb
Full Artwork @ 600 dpi (jpg) -> 194 Mb | 5% repair rar
© 1963, 2017 Time Records / Solid Records | CDSOL-45383
Jazz / Bop / West Coast Jazz / Vibes

A hip hootenanny from vibist Terry Gibbs – hardly the folksy set you might guess from the title, and instead a lively batch of small combo tunes that grooves better than most of Gibbs' work from the 60s! Most tracks are of traditional origin – folk tunes, if you will – but the jazz inflections of the group quickly takes them bast their roots, using the core melodies mostly as a framework for improvisation – featuring great vibes from Gibbs, plus tenor and flute from Al Epstein, guitar from Jimmy Raney, and piano from Alicir McLeod. Terry's vibes are nice and bold, and titles include "Michael", "Joshua", "John Henry", "Greensleeves", "Tom Dooley", and "Sam Hall".