Blue Cheer – Vincebus Eruptum [Mini LP SHM-CD Universal Japan 2017] (1968) [CD FLAC]

Blue Cheer - Vincebus Eruptum [Mini LP SHM-CD Universal Japan 2017] (1968) [CD FLAC] Download

Artist: Blue Cheer
Album: Vincebus Eruptum [Mini LP SHM-CD Universal Japan 2017]
Genre: Rock
Year: 1968
Size: ~ 302 mb
Source: CD
Format: FLAC (image + .cue)
Quality: lossless
Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz / 16 Bit

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Rock & roll had grown louder and wilder by leaps and bounds during the ’60s, but when Blue Cheer emerged from San Francisco onto the national rock scene in 1968 with their debut album, Vincebus Eruptum, they crossed a line which most musicians and fans hadn’t even thought to draw yet. Vincebus Eruptum sounds monolithically loud and primal today, but it must have seemed like some sort of frontal assault upon first release; Blue Cheer are often cited as the first genuine heavy metal band, but that in itself doesn’t quite sum up the true impact of this music, which even at a low volume sounds crushingly forceful. Though Blue Cheer’s songs were primarily rooted in the blues, what set them apart from blues-rock progenitors such as the Rolling Stones and the Yardbirds was the massive physical force of their musical attack. Jimi Hendrix, the Who, and the MC5 may have anticipated the sound and fury of this music, but Blue Cheer’s secret was not just being louder than anyone else, but staying simple enough to give each member the space to do damage both as individuals and as a group. Paul Whaley’s drumming combined a crashing dustbin tone with a constant, rolling pummel that suggested Ginger Baker with less finesse and more bludgeoning velocity. Dickie Peterson’s basslines were as thick as tar and bubbled like primordial ooze as he bellowed out his lyrics with a fire and attitude that compensated for his lack of vocal range. And guitarist Leigh Stephens may have been the first genius of noise rock; Lester Bangs once wrote that Stephens’ “sub-sub-sub-sub-Hendrix guitar overdubs stumbled around each other so ineptly they verged on a truly bracing atonality,” and though that doesn’t sound like a compliment, the lumbering chaos of his roaring, feedback-laden leads birthed a more glorious monster than many more skillful players could conjure. Put them together, and Blue Cheer’s primal din was an ideal corrective for anyone who wondered if full-on rock & roll was going to have a place in the psychedelic revolution. From the opening rampage through Eddie Cochran’s “Summertime Blues” (which miraculously became a hit single), to the final one-two punch of “Parchment Farm” and “Second Time Around,” Vincebus Eruptum is a glorious celebration of rock & roll primitivism run through enough Marshall amps to deafen an army; only a few of Blue Cheer’s peers could come up with anything remotely this heavy (the MC5’s Kick Out the Jams and side two of the Velvet Underground’s White Light/White Heat were its closest rivals back in the day), and no one could summon so much thunder with just three people. If you want to wake the neighbors, this is still the album to get, and it was Blue Cheer’s simplest and most forceful musical statement. – AllMusic Review by Mark Deming

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Blue Cheer – Outsideinside [Mini LP SHM-CD Universal Japan 2017] (1968) [CD FLAC]

Blue Cheer - Outsideinside [Mini LP SHM-CD Universal Japan 2017] (1968) [CD FLAC] Download

Artist: Blue Cheer
Album: Outsideinside [Mini LP SHM-CD Universal Japan 2017]
Genre: Rock
Year: 1968
Size: ~ 452 mb
Source: CD
Format: FLAC (image + .cue)
Quality: lossless
Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz / 16 Bit

Description:

Blue Cheer’s debut album, Vincebus Eruptum, was widely and accurately described as “the loudest record ever made” when it first appeared in early 1968, and the band seemingly had the good sense to realize that for sheer brutal impact, there was little chance they could top it. So for their second LP, Outsideinside (which appeared a mere seven months later), rather than aim for something bigger and more decibel intensive, Blue Cheer decided to see how much polish they could add to their formula without blunting the skull-crushing force of their live attack. While Vincebus Eruptum was cut in simple and straightforward form with minimal overdubs, Outsideinside found Blue Cheer embracing the possibilities of the recording studio; Leigh Stephens overdubbed multiple guitar parts on several tunes, while the mix sends his leads flying around the room, though aggressive use of panning and the monstrous, fuzzy growl of his tone gets cleaned up on some tunes (check out the wah-wah solos on “Gypsy Ball”), though the results are still as gentle as a chainsaw. The engineering is friendlier to Paul Whaley’s drumming; his traps don’t sound as much like trash cans on these sessions, though the crude, phase shifting on “Just a Little Bit” remains gloriously amateurish. And if Dickie Peterson’s bass sounds just about the same, he got to spend more time on his vocals here, and his blustery howl communicates better this time. The opening cut, “Feathers from Your Tree,” also added a piano to the mix (which is somehow audible through the dozens of amps), while “Babylon” is almost funky in its lead-footed approximation of an R&B groove, and “The Hunter” is a broad but playful exercise in sexual swagger that, if nothing else, provided a lyrical conceit Kiss could use to more profitable effect nine years later. But if Outsideinside is cleaner, tighter, and more ambitious than Vincebus Eruptum, it’s still clearly the work of the same band, and Blue Cheer sound every bit as thunderous on their sophomore effort. If anything, this LP captures the psychedelic side of their musical personality with greater clarity than the blunt approach of the debut; Outsideinside doesn’t sound trippy so much as righteously buzzed, and the speedy roar of this the music is big enough that the legend that parts of this were so loud they had to be recorded outside seems not just plausible, but perfectly reasonable. – AllMusic Review by Mark Deming

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Bonfire – Byte The Bullet (2017) [CD FLAC]

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Artist: Bonfire
Album: Byte The Bullet
Genre: Hard Rock
Year: 2017
Size: ~ 554 mb
Source: CD
Format: FLAC (image + .cue)
Quality: lossless
Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz / 16 Bit

Description:

After the release of their long desired double-album “Pearls” and the super successful 30th BONFIRE Anniversary 2016 Tour “Burnin’ Tales ‘n’ Pearls”, BONFIRE have been busy recoding the material for their brand new studio album “Byte The Bullet”, which will be released through UDR Music on March 24th, 2017. The album will contain 13 tracks with the focus single “Locomotive Breath” available to download and to stream worldwide on album pre-order launch, January 20th. To mark this event in pure Rock ‘n’ Roll style, Bonfire will host the inauguration party of their very own personalised-locomotive, which will ride on this day from Augsburg to Ingolstadt (via Munich) and back. Hold on tight for the ride of your life! BONFIRE is: Hans Ziller (Guitar) Alex Stahl (Vox) Frank Pan (Lead Guitar) Ronnie Parkes (Bass) Tim Breideband (Drums)

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Brad Paisley – Love and War (2017) [WEB FLAC]

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Artist: Brad Paisley
Album: Love and War
Genre: Country
Year: 2017
Size: ~ 386 mb
Source: Digital Download
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Quality: lossless
Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz / 16 Bit

Description:

The first thing to grab you about Brad Paisley’s 11th album is the guest list. Skip to track four and you’ll find Mick Jagger living out some Grand Ole Opry fantasies on the gloriously louche “Drive of Shame.” Timbaland adds some down-home beats to the anarchic “Grey Goose Chase” and the introspective “Solar Power Girl,” while a Johnny Cash poem is adapted for the affecting “Gold All Over the Ground.” Despite the A-list help, this is still the sort of rollicking, relatable, and unmistakably good time that Paisley always delivers.

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Maximo Park – Risk to Exist [Deluxe Edition] (2017) [WEB FLAC]

Maximo Park - Risk to Exist [Deluxe Edition] (2017) [WEB FLAC] Download

Artist: Maximo Park
Album: Risk to Exist [Deluxe Edition]
Genre: Alternative
Year: 2017
Size: ~ 407 mb
Source: Digital Download
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Quality: lossless
Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz / 16 Bit

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Deluxe two CD edition including a bonus CD with seven additional tracks. 2017 release, the sixth studio album from Newcastle alt-indie icons Maximo Park. The album follows up from the band’s 2014 offering Too Much Information, which hit #7 in the UK Chart. The band have sold 600k albums in the UK during their 16 year career, including the mercury nominated A Certain Trigger.

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Robyn Hitchcock – Robyn Hitchcock (2017) [WEB FLAC]

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Artist: Robyn Hitchcock
Album: Robyn Hitchcock
Genre: Alternative
Year: 2017
Size: ~ 224 mb
Source: Digital Download
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Quality: lossless
Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz / 16 Bit

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Robyn Hitchcock is the follow up to 2014’s critically acclaimed The Man Upstairs. The new record was recorded in Nashville, Robyn’s new home base in the US, and was produced by Robyn and Brendan Benson (The Raconteurs). This is the first time Robyn has made a full band album in the studio since 2008 and the record features a lot of key players, including Gillian Welch, Emma Swift, Pat Sansone (Wilco, The Autumn Defense), and Grant-Lee Phillips. The psych-rock influence is a callback to his days with The Soft Boys and his early solo albums.

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Ron Sexsmith – The Last Rider (2017) [WEB FLAC]

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Artist: Ron Sexsmith
Album: The Last Rider
Genre: Rock
Year: 2017
Size: ~ 294 mb
Source: Digital Download
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Quality: lossless
Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz / 16 Bit

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2017 release from the Canadian singer/songwriter. Ron Sexsmith’s status as one of the greatest songwriters of his generation has never been in doubt, even from the moment he released his self-titled major-label debut album in 1995. His career arc since then has in some ways been a study in how that pure ability has been handled in the studio. On his 12 albums, Sexsmith has worked with some of music’s most celebrated producers – Daniel Lanois, Mitchell Froom, Tchad Blake, Ray Kennedy, Martin Terefe, Bob Rock and Jim Scott. With all of that experience, it would stand to reason that Sexsmith has learned a thing or two over the years about how to make a record. The Last Rider features 15 new Sexsmith original songs that are by turns happy, sad, romantic, bittersweet, uplifting, spiritual and witty. Recorded at The Bathouse studio on Lake Ontario near Toronto, sessions for the record were a marked change in approach from Sexsmith’s previous albums, as he recorded it with the musicians he knows best, his touring band – Don Kerr (drums), Jason Mercer (bass), Dave Matheson (keyboards) and Kevin Lacroix (guitar). The album was produced by Ron and Don Kerr, who have been friends and musical collaborators since they worked together as couriers in the late eighties. “I think my sound has always been a combination of the folk singers and British invasion artists I’ve always admired,” says Ron. “At this point, it’s just second nature for me to write short, melodic songs that say everything you want to say. But having my band totally involved on this album maybe brought out more in the songs than on other recent albums. It felt special, anyway.” Although Ron Sexsmith has more music to come that is sure to inspire us, for now The Last Rider is the latest addition to a body of work as impressive as any produced in the past quarter-century. Through truth and simplicity, Sexsmith’s songs help us get closer to the things that make us better people, meaning that an album like The Last Rider is as necessary now as anything he has ever done.

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Various Artists – BBC Radio 2: Folk Awards 2017 (2017) [WEB FLAC]

Various Artists - BBC Radio 2: Folk Awards 2017 (2017) [WEB FLAC] Download

Artist: Various Artists
Album: BBC Radio 2: Folk Awards 2017
Genre: Folk
Year: 2017
Size: ~ 558 mb
Source: Digital Download
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Quality: lossless
Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz / 16 Bit

Description:

The annual double CD signature release from Proper presenting a selection of tracks from the nominated artists for the prestigious BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2017 (now in their 18th year) plus 4 bonus tracks from the Young Folk Awards nominees.

The annual event, taking place on April 5th 2017 at the Royal Albert Hall, London and presented by Mark Radcliffe and Julie Fowlis, is one of the biggest dates in the folk music calendar, with some of the biggest names in folk music celebrating the UK’s thriving folk music scene.

Nomination categories include : Folk Singer of the Year, Best Duo, Best Group, Best Album, Horizon Award, Musician of the Year, Best Original Track, Best Traditional Track and the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award.

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