Sunday, June 27, 2010

Stevie Wonder - Songs in the Key of Life
Stevie Wonder - Songs in the Key of Life
Genre: Soul, R&B
Size: 145.15 MB (3 Parts)
Good morn or evening friends, here's your friendly music man. I have an amazing album to share, which I want to pass on to everybody.
John Kreicbergs: "... Songs in the Key of Life is the sprawling vision of a man whose sight has been rendered infinite by the power of love and faith. Sculpted from Wonder's unique amalgam of jazz, pop and R&B, it is a bold effort that flirts with genius. In terms of Wonder's career, it stands as the pinnacle of his prolific output. And, as the cliché goes, it was afflicted with the curse of being decades before its time. Yet like any true work of art its value and impact transcends the circumstances of its own creation and the intent of its creator to be blessed with an ability to find a constant tenor in any given time of need."

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Monday, October 12, 2009

Marshall Tucker Band - Marshall Tucker Band
Marshall Tucker Band - Marshall Tucker Band
Genre: Southern Rock
Size: 72.81 MB

The Marshall Tucker Band is another Southern Rock band of the late 60s / early 70s that is often overlooked. The two big bands of the same genre, the Allman Brothers Band and Creedence Clearwater Revival make it somewhat understandable. But this doesn't mean that Marshall Tucker should be underestimated.

The Marshall Tucker Band shares a sound that resembles, in a way, that of CCR. However, there is enough Allman Brothers thrown in where Marshall Tucker becomes a mix of this. It has the twangy guitars of CCR, but has the jam songs of the Allmans. This creates a different, perhaps even more country, sound than the bands mentioned.

Marshall Tucker shows it's country roots through "Hillbilly Band," "See You Later, I'm Gone," and "My Jesus Told Me So." The band mixes acoustics with southern rock and flute in "Can't You See," and "Take the Highway" to remind us that Marshall Tucker can still knock heads with CCR and the Allmans. "Losing You" feels to be a mix of country and southern rock, mostly because of the the singing. This album finally ends with the solo acoustic piece "AB's Song," which can reming a listener of the Allman Brothers song at the end of Eat a Peach "Little Martha."

In all, the Marshall Tucker Band is one the bands that doesn't get as near publicity as it should. Being overshadowed by the two other southern rock giants, they didn't really have a chance at recieving critical success. But, of course, they should not be ignored. These guys are still touring, and are still sounding good.


Sunday, September 20, 2009

Three Latin American Albums!

I've been pretty lazy with updates for quite a while, so what better way to make it up than with three albums from Latin America? Good Deal!
Colombia!- The Golden Years of Discos Fuentes (1960-1976)
Genre: Cumbia
Size: 149.94 MB

Herein lies a compilation of the most popular of Colombian record company: Disco Fuentes. This 20-song set is composed of, if you haven't read the title, music from 1960-1976. Soundway did a terrific job putting this album together to show the better side of Colombia before the drug wars got out of hand.

But I'm not going to focus on that. What I'm going to focus on however, is this album. Every damn song on here is a classic. Every damn song on here makes you want to get and start dancing to the mesmerizing beats. Get this album!


Panama! Latin, Funk and Calypso on the Isthmus 1965-1975
Genre: Calypso, Funk
Size: 128.34 MB

Looking at Panama, the first thing that comes to mind is the Panama Canal. Ask about the music scene, and it's generally unheard of outside of Panama. But once again, Soundway to the rescue! Here's another compilation by this record company, once again done perfectly.

Panama! Latin, Funk and Calypso on the Isthmus is another album that makes you want to get up and move your feet, but possibly in a slower fashion than Colombia. This album has it's bangin' funk, and then it slows down to a latin-jazz tempo that can still rock.


Roots of Chicha- Psychedelic Cumbias from Peru
Genre: Psychedelia, Cumbia
Size: 117.72 MB

Here's the last Latin American piece of the day, this time by Barbés Records. This album shares the same feel of the previous two albums, with with a distinct Peruvian sound and,of course, Psychedelia!

This is another great party album, complete with beautiful moog synthesizers and organs. Throw in some wah-wah magic, and you have a crazy album. This album oozes with good vibes, so pick it up!


Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Blind Melon - Soup

Blind Melon - Soup
Genre: Alternative Rock / College Rock
Size: 103.92 MB

If Blind Melon's self-titled was the epitome of the 90's hippie, then Soup is the complete opposite. No more happy, optimistic lyrics. No more upbeat sounds. This album right here shows the darker side of Blind Melon, with a bit of humor thrown in just for fun.

Soup opens with "Galaxie," containing various brass instruments, as well as a snare drum playing to a marching beat. This lasts for a good minute, and then busts into their signature laid back, but still rockin' sound.

The albums continues with the punchy "2x4," a song about Shannon Hoon's drug detox. After that it's "Vernie," a slow, mesmerizing sound mixed with distorted guitars and funky bass. It goes to the darker, but in a way humorous, song "Skinned." Concerning infamous Wisconsin serial killer Ed Gein, it disturbing lyrics mixed with banjo, and later on kazoo sets an eerie and makes you want to look over your shoulder for Mr. Gein.

On we go to "Toes Across the Floor," which goes from quiet and brooding, to loud and jammin'. "Walk" once again has the funky bass, and great acoustic guitar work. "Dump Truck" starts off as a hard, funky beat but suddenly goes quiet, only to be picked up again.

And now, I don't feel like writing anymore. (:P) It's too bad, too, the rest of the album is probably the best part.So I'll just say this: this is an amazing album by an amazing band, and it's too bad they couldn't make any more.


Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Louis Armstrong & Duke Ellington - Complete Sessions

Louis Armstrong & Duke Ellington - The Complete Sessions
Genre: Jazz
Size: 44.66 MB

Not much can be said about Louis and Duke which hasn't already been said. The two were amazing artists, some of the most creative musicians then and even now. It was a blessing, then, that these two decided to meet on this great collection and record a beautiful album together. Although not as great as the multiple times Louis and Ella Fitzgerald shared the spotlight, this album has a special place in my collection as being a perfect example of when two jazz greats come together and make something beautiful.


Thursday, July 16, 2009

The Temptations - Psychedelic Shack

The Temptations - Psychedelic Shack
Genre: Soul, R&B, Psychedelic
Size: 68.13 MB

This is the album that changed The Temptations forever. Gone are songs like "My Girl" and "Since I Lost My Baby." Now there is a more relaxed, dark mood formed by these songs. There is still a feeling of hopelessness in some of the songs, but it's not caused by a woman. It's caused by themselves, through what they did. Coming into the psychedelic culture created the eerie "Take A Stroll Through Your Mind" with it's echoing repetition of lyrics. "It's Summer" still has the feel of early Temptations, but at the same time it's different. Whatever it is, this is definitely not an album to miss.

1. Psychedelic Shack
2. You Make Your Own Heaven and Hell Right Here on Earth
3. Hum Along and Dance
4. Take a Stroll Thru Your Mind
5. It's Summer
6. War
7. You Need Love Like I Do (Don't You)
8. Friendship Train


Sunday, July 12, 2009

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band - Will The Circle Be Unbroken Vol.1

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band - Will The Circle Be Unbroken Vol.1
Genre: Bluegrass
Size: Part1: 51.73MB, Part 2: 54.98 MB

I'm about to go to bed, so I'm going to make this short...
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band - Will The Circle Be Unbroken Vol.1 is the quintessential bluegrass album for any curious music lover wanting to immerse themselves in bluegrass. It mixes old with new, from famous artists playing at the Grand Ole Opry for years to up and coming bluegrass stars who would help lead to the newgrass form of music.

Disc One:
1. "Grand Ole Opry Song" (Hilo Brown) – 2:59 with Jimmy Martin
2. "Keep on the Sunny Side" (A.P. Carter, Gary Garett) – 3:35 with Maybelle Carter
3. "Nashville Blues" (Earl Scruggs) – 3:10
4. "You Are My Flower" (A.P. Carter) – 3:35
5. "The Precious Jewel" (Roy Acuff) – 3:30 with Roy Acuff
6. "Dark as a Dungeon" (Merle Travis) – 2:45 with Merle Travis
7. "Tennessee Stud" (Jimmie Driftwood) – 4:22 with Doc Watson
8. "Black Mountain Rag" (Traditional) – 2:10
9. "Wreck on the Highway" (Dorothy Dixon) – 3:24 with Roy Acuff
10. "The End of the World" (Fred Rose) – 3:53
11. "I Saw the Light" (Hank Williams) – 3:45 with Roy Acuff
12. "Sunny Side of the Mountain" (Byron Gregory, Harry McAuliffe) – 2:14
13. "Nine Pound Hammer" (Merle Travis) – 2:14
14. "Losin' You (Might Be the Best Thing Yet)" (Edria A. Humphrey, Jimmy Martin) – 2:44 with Jimmy Martin
15. "Honky Tonkin'" (Hank Williams) – 2:19
16. "You Don't Know My Mind" (Jimmie Skinner) – 2:45 with Jimmy Martin
17. "My Walkin' Shoes" (Jimmy Martin, Paul Williams) – 2:02 with Jimmy Martin

Disc Two:
1. "Lonesome Fiddle Blues" (Vassar Clements) – 2:41
2. "Cannonball Rag" (Merle Travis) – 1:15 with Merle Travis
3. "Avalanche" (Millie Clements) – 2:50
4. "Flint Hill Special" (Earl Scruggs) – 2:12
5. "Togary Mountain" (Walter McEuen) – 2:25
6. "Earl's Breakdown" (Earl Scruggs) – 2:34
7. "Orange Blossom Special" (Ervin T. Rouse) – 2:14 with Vassar Clements
8. "Wabash Cannonball" (A.P. Carter) – 2:00
9. "Lost Highway" (Leon Payne) – 3:37
10. Doc Watson & Merle Travis First Meeting (Dialogue) – 1:52
11. "Way Downtown" (Traditional, Doc Watson) – 3:30 with Doc Watson
12. "Down Yonder" (Doc Watson) – 1:48 with Doc Watson
13. "Pins and Needles (In My Heart)" (Floyd Jenkins) – 2:53 with Roy Acuff
14. "Honky Tonk Blues" (Hank Williams) – 2:22
15. "Sailin' on to Hawaii" (Beecher Kirby) – 2:00 with Bashful Brother Oswald
16. "I'm Thinking Tonight of My Blue Eyes" (A.P. Carter) – 4:25
17. "I am a Pilgrim" (Traditional) – 2:55
18. "Wildwood Flower" (A.P. Carter) – 3:34 with Maybelle Carter
19. "Soldier's Joy" (John McEuen, Earl Scruggs) – 2:05
20. "Will the Circle Be Unbroken" (A.P. Carter) – 4:50
21. "Both Sides Now" (Joni Mitchell) – 2:19 with Randy Scruggs
22. "Foggy Mountain Breakdown" (Earl Scruggs) – 2:39
23. Warming Up for "The Opry" – 2:43
24. Sunny Side – 4:06
25. "Remember Me" (Scotty Wiseman) – 1:32

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