R&B

Various Artists – Chicago Hit Factory: The Vee Jay Story 1953-1966 (2013) {10CDs, Box set}

Various Artists - Chicago Hit Factory: The Vee Jay Story 1953-1966 (2013) {10CDs, Box set}

Various Artists – Chicago Hit Factory: The Vee Jay Story 1953-1966 (2013) {10CDs, Box set}
EAC Rip | 10xCD | FLAC Tracks + Cue + Log | Scans Included
Total Size: 3.61 GB | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: Charly Records | Germany | Cat#: Charly 915 MB | Genre: Jazz, R&B

Motown is the black-owned Great Lakes R&B label synonymous with the ’60s but before their reign was Chicago’s Vee-Jay Records, ruling the charts for nearly a decade prior to the rise of the Detroit imprint. The tale of Vee-Jay has been told before in a variety of compilations, but Charly’s 2014 box set Chicago Hit Factory: The Vee-Jay Story 1953-1966 is easily the most comprehensive chronicle, lasting ten discs and encompassing all of the chapters in the label’s wild history.Read More

Ray Charles – Modern Sounds In Country And Western Music, Vols 1 & 2 (2019) {WEB, Remastered, CD-Quality + Hi-Res}

Ray Charles - Modern Sounds In Country And Western Music, Vols 1 & 2 (2019) {WEB, Remastered, CD-Quality + Hi-Res}

Ray Charles – Modern Sounds In Country And Western Music, Vols 1 & 2 (2019) {WEB, Remastered, CD-Quality + Hi-Res}
WEB Download | CD-Quality / FLAC Tracks / 16bit / 44.1kHz | Hi-Res / FLAC Tracks / 24bit / 96kHz
Total Size: 422 MB (CD-Quality) + 1.46 GB (Hi-Res) | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: Concord Records | Genre: R&B

Ray Charles’s Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music, Volumes 1 & 2 are major landmarks in American culture. Charles demonstrated that great songs with signature performances work in all genres. “I Can’t Stop Loving You” was a standard in country, soul and R&B, as he proved. Modern Sounds also brought America together during the Sixties’ civil rights movement. Charles became one of the first recording artists to have ownership and complete control of the masters. Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music has been listed among the greatest albums of all time, along with the Beatles, Dylan, Motown, Springsteen, Hendrix and the Beach Boys.Read More

George Benson – Songs And Stories (2009) {CD + DVD + Hi-Res}

George Benson - Songs And Stories (2009) {CD + DVD + Hi-Res}

George Benson – Songs And Stories (2009) {CD + DVD + Hi-Res}
EAC Rip | FLAC Tracks + Cue + Log
DVD | NTSC 16:9 (720×480) VBR | LPCM (2.0 / 24bit / 96kHz) | DTS (5.1 / 24bit / 96kHz) | AC-3 (5.1)
Hi-Res | FLAC Tracks / 24bit / 96kHz | Stereo & Multichannel
Full Scans Included
Total Size: 442 MB (CD) + 5.58 GB (DVD) + 4.76 GB (Hi-Res) | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: Concord Records | USA / Japan | Cat#: CCD-30364 / UCCO-1085 | Genre: Jazz, R&B

George Benson’s sound is so recognizable that, in its way, it’s quite comforting to hear his voice or his guitar come across on the radio or in a club. His recordings have been polished and extravagant in many cases, but there are those signature elements — his relaxed delivery and silky touch on the strings and his voice, as evocative as a cool breeze floating across a hot summer night. Songs and Stories doesn’t deviate from his formula a great deal, but it doesn’t have to. He’s chosen ten ubiquitous pop tunes from a variety of songwriters (and one by a relatively new kid on the block), and with the help of producers John Burk and Marcus Miller, he puts them across in fine style.Read More

Earl Klugh – Finger Paintings (1977) {1981, MSFL UHQR Remastered, CD-Format + Hi-Res Vinyl Rip}

Earl Klugh - Finger Paintings (1977) {1981, MSFL UHQR Remastered, CD-Format + Hi-Res Vinyl Rip}

Earl Klugh – Finger Paintings (1977) {1981, MSFL UHQR Remastered, CD-Format + Hi-Res Vinyl Rip}
Vinyl Rip | Hi-Res / FLAC Tracks / 24bit / 96kHz | CD-Format / FLAC Tracks / 16bit / 44.1kHz
Full Scans Included
Total Size: 821 MB (Hi-Res) + 294 MB (CD-Format) | 3% RAR Recovery
Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab | Japan JVC Pressed | Cat#: MFQR 1-025 | Genre: Jazz, Funk, Soul
Half-Speed Mastered

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The Isley Brothers – 3 + 3 (1973) {2001, Remastered, Hi-Res SACD Rip}

The Isley Brothers - 3 + 3 (1973) {2001, Remastered, Hi-Res SACD Rip}

The Isley Brothers – 3 + 3 (1973) {2001, Remastered, Hi-Res SACD Rip}
SACD Rip | ISO / DSD / 1bit / 2.8224MHz | FLAC Tracks / 24bit / 88.2kHz | Stereo & Multichannel
Hybrid SACD | Full Scans Included
Total Size: 3.35 GB (ISO) + 1.99 GB (FLAC Mch) + 782 MB (FLAC Stereo) | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: Epic / Legacy | USA | Cat#: ZS 32453 | Genre: Soul, Funk

Recorded in 1973, 3 + 3 was a major turning point for the Isley Brothers. With this album, the Isleys moved their T-Neck label from Buddah to Epic/CBS (which became Epic/Sony in the early ’90s), and it was at Epic that they unveiled their new lineup. Lead singer Ronald Isley and his siblings O’Kelly and Rudolph remained, but the Isleys became a sextet instead of a trio when cousin Chris Jasper and younger brothers Ernie and Marvin were added.Read More

Marvin Gaye – You’re The Man (2019) {CD-Format + Hi-Res Vinyl Rip}

Marvin Gaye - You're The Man (2019) {CD-Format + Hi-Res Vinyl Rip}

Marvin Gaye – You’re The Man (2019) {CD-Format + Hi-Res Vinyl Rip}
2x Vinyl Rip | Hi-Res / FLAC Tracks / 24bit / 192kHz | CD-Format / FLAC Tracks / 16bit / 44.1kHz
Full Scans Included
Total Size: 2.81 GB (Hi-Res) + 746 MB (CD-Format) | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: Tamla / Motown | USA | Cat#: T316L / B0029345-01 | Genre: Funk, Soul

Upon its release in 2019, You’re the Man was billed as a “lost” album — an album intended to appear between Marvin Gaye’s 1971 masterwork What’s Going On and 1973’s Let’s Get It On. The story isn’t quite so simple. Even though Motown slated a release for an album, there’s no real indication that You’re the Man was ever close to completion, and this compilation — available as a double LP or digitally — doesn’t make a convincing case that it was.Read More

The O’Jays – Ship Ahoy (1973) {2001, Remastered, Hi-Res SACD Rip}

The O'Jays - Ship Ahoy (1973) {2001, Remastered, Hi-Res SACD Rip}

The O’Jays – Ship Ahoy (1973) {2001, Remastered, Hi-Res SACD Rip}
SACD Rip | ISO / DSD / 1bit / 2.8224MHz | FLAC Tracks / 24bit / 88.2kHz | Stereo & Multichannel
Single Layer SACD | Full Scans Included
Total Size: 4.24 GB (ISO) + 2.55 GB (FLAC Mch) + 0.98 GB (FLAC Stereo) | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: Epic / Legacy | USA | Cat#: ZS 32408 | Genre: R&B

The “other” O’Jays album masterpiece, Ship Ahoy combined shattering message tracks and stunning love songs in a fashion matched only by Curtis Mayfield’s finest material. From the album cover showing a slave ship to the memorable title song and incredible “For the Love of Money,” Gamble and Huff addressed every social ill from envy to racism and greed. Eddie Levert’s leads were consistently magnificent, as were the harmonies, production and arrangements. “Put Your Hands Together” and “You Got Your Hooks In Me” would be good album cuts, but on Ship Ahoy they were merely icing on the cake.Read More

Michael McDonald – Motown Two (2004) {Hi-Res SACD Rip}

Michael McDonald - Motown Two (2004) {Hi-Res SACD Rip}

Michael McDonald – Motown Two (2004) {Hi-Res SACD Rip}
SACD Rip | ISO / DSD / 1bit / 2.8224MHz | FLAC Tracks / 24bit / 88.2kHz | Stereo & Multichannel
Hybrid SACD | Full Scans Included
Total Size: 3.54 GB (ISO) + 2.97 GB (FLAC Mch) + 1.28 GB (FLAC Stereo) | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: Motown | USA | Cat#: B0003472-36 | Genre: R&B

Michael McDonald’s 2003 album of Motown covers, modestly titled Motown, was his biggest hit in well over a decade, so it only made sense that he returned with a sequel to the record a little over a year later — after all, might as well strike while the iron is hot. Logically titled Motown Two, the album follows the same blueprint as the first record, offering highly polished, professionally produced, expertly performed interpretations of gems from the Motown vaults; it’s the sound of young America in the ’60s reinterpreted for the adults of the new millennium. While the sound is the same, there are a couple of important differences this time around.Read More

Michael McDonald – Motown (2003) {Hi-Res SACD Rip}

Michael McDonald - Motown (2003) {Hi-Res SACD Rip}

Michael McDonald – Motown (2003) {Hi-Res SACD Rip}
SACD Rip | ISO / DSD / 1bit / 2.8224MHz | FLAC Tracks / 24bit / 88.2kHz | Stereo & Multichannel
Hybrid SACD | Full Scans Included
Total Size: 3.84 GB (ISO) + 3.10 GB (FLAC Mch) + 1.22 GB (FLAC Stereo) | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: Motown | USA | Cat#: B0001194-36 | Genre: Soul, R&B

Michael McDonald never disguises what his seventh solo album is: the title Motown makes it clear that this 2003 effort is a tribute to the glory days of Berry Gordy’s Detroit empire. McDonald never strays too far from that thesis, occasionally dipping into the late ’70s for material (he takes on Marvin Gaye’s “I Want You”) and sometimes choosing to wax relatively obscure items from Motown’s vast, rich catalog, but for the most part, this is devoted to the songs that you know by heart, whether you were a kid in the ’60s or raised on oldies radio. Since this is McDonald, not a neo-soul neophyteRead More

Curtis Mayfield – Super Fly (1972) {2018, MFSL Remastered, Hi-Res SACD Rip}

Curtis Mayfield - Super Fly (1972) {2018, MFSL Remastered, Hi-Res SACD Rip}

Curtis Mayfield – Super Fly (1972) {2018, MFSL Remastered, Hi-Res SACD Rip}
SACD Rip | ISO / DSD / 1bit / 2.8224MHz | FLAC Tracks / 24bit / 88.2kHz
Hybrid SACD | Full Scans Included
Total Size: 1.48 GB (ISO) + 693 MB (FLAC) | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: MFSL UltraDisc UHR | USA | Cat#: UDSACD 2204 | Genre: Soul

The choice of Curtis Mayfield to score the blaxploitation film Super Fly was an inspired one. No other artist in popular music knew so well, and expressed through his music so naturally, the shades of gray inherent in contemporary inner-city life. His debut solo album, 1970’s Curtis, had shown in vivid colors that the ’60s optimist (author of the civil-rights anthems “Keep On Pushing” and “People Get Ready”) had added a layer of subtlety to his material; appearing on the same LP as the positive and issue-oriented “Move On Up” was an apocalyptic piece of brimstone funk titled “(Don’t Worry) If There’s a Hell BelowRead More