R&B

Chuck Berry – Rock And Roll Music: Any Old Way You Choose It (2014) {Box Set}

Chuck Berry - Rock And Roll Music: Any Old Way You Choose It (2014) {Box Set}

Chuck Berry – Rock And Roll Music: Any Old Way You Choose It (2014) {Box Set}
EAC Rip | 16xCD | FLAC Tracks + Cue + Log | Basic Scans Included
Total Size: 6.42 GB (CDs) + 36.9 MB (Scans) | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: Bear Family | USA | Cat#: BCD 17273 PL | Genre: Rock & Roll, R&B

There have been countless Chuck Berry compilations but never one like Bear Family’s Rock and Roll Music: Any Old Way You Choose It, a mammoth 16-disc box containing his complete recorded works for Chess, Mercury, and Atco. Only the soundtrack to Taylor Hackford’s star-studded 1987 documentary Hail! Hail! Rock ‘n’ Roll is missing and it isn’t missed much, not in the face of this abundance.Read More

Labelle – Nightbirds (1974) {2015, Audio Fidelity, Hybrid SACD Remastered}

Labelle - Nightbirds (1974) {2015, Audio Fidelity, Hybrid SACD Remastered}

Labelle – Nightbirds (1974) {2015, Audio Fidelity, Hybrid SACD Remastered}
EAC Rip | FLAC Image + Cue + Log | Full Scans @600 dpi, JPG, Included
Total Size: 375 MB | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: Audio Fidelity, Austria | Cat#: AFZ5 196 | Genre: R&B

The finest of Labelle’s original albums, Nightbirds was recorded in New Orleans with funkmeister Allen Toussaint handling the production chores and, one assumes, members of the Meters taking care of the session work. Worth the price of admission for the Bob Crewe-written “Lady Marmalade” alone, the album veers between the strutting New Orleans, horn-laden singles and more mainstream pop materialRead More

Earth, Wind & Fire – Open Our Eyes (1974) {2015, Audio Fidelity, Hybrid SACD Remastered}

Earth, Wind & Fire - Open Our Eyes (1974) {2015, Audio Fidelity, Hybrid SACD Remastered}

Earth, Wind & Fire – Open Our Eyes (1974) {2015, Audio Fidelity, Hybrid SACD Remastered}
EAC Rip | FLAC Image + Cue + Log | Full Scans @600 dpi, JPG, Included
Total Size: 394 MB | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: Audio Fidelity, Austria | Cat#: AFZ5 202 | Genre: R&B

Finally, after almost half a decade of serious dues-paying, Earth, Wind & Fire took off commercially with its fifth album, Open Our Eyes. EWF had been delivering great albums since 1971, but it wasn’t until 1974 that the public proved genuinely receptive to Maurice White’s mystical and unorthodox take on soul and funkRead More

Boz Scaggs – Silk Degrees (1976) {1990, MFSL, Remastered}

Boz Scaggs - Silk Degrees (1976) {1990, MFSL, Remastered}

Boz Scaggs – Silk Degrees (1976) {1990, MFSL, Remastered}
EAC Rip | FLAC Image + Cue + Log | Full Scans @300 dpi, JPG, Included
Total Size: 249 MB | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: MFSL UltraDisc, Japan | Cat#: UDCD 535 | Genre: R&B

Both artistically and commercially, Boz Scaggs had his greatest success with Silk Degrees. The laid-back singer hit the R&B charts in a big way with the addictive, sly “Lowdown” (which has been sampled by more than a few rappers and remains a favorite among baby-boomer soul fans) and expressed his love of smooth soulRead More

Aretha Franklin – Aretha’s Gold (1969) {2013, MFSL, Hybrid SACD Remastered}

Aretha Franklin - Aretha's Gold (1969) {2013, MFSL UltraDisc UHR, Hybrid SACD Remastered}

Aretha Franklin – Aretha’s Gold (1969) {2013, MFSL UltraDisc UHR, Hybrid SACD Remastered}
EAC Rip | FLAC Image + Cue + Log | Full Scans @600 dpi, JPG, Included
Total Size: 392 MB | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: MFSL UltraDisc UHR, USA | Cat#: UDSACD 2142 | Genre:R&B

Aretha’s Gold is a greatest hits album by Aretha Franklin, released in 1969 at Atlantic Recording Corporation. The album’s tracks were recorded at Atlantic Studios, New York, except “I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)” and “Do Right Woman, Do Right Man”, which were recorded at the Fame Recording Studios, Muscle Shoals, AlabamaRead More

Various Artists – Early Girls Volume 1-5 (1995-2008)

Various Artists - Early Girls Volume 1-5 (1995-2008)

Various Artists – Early Girls Volume 1-5 (1995-2008)
EAC Rip | 5xCD | FLAC Tracks + Cue + Log | Full Scans @600 dpi, JPG, Included
Total Size: 1.80 GB | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: Ace Records | Genre: Pop, Oldie, R&B

Succulent selection of proto-Philly girls, country queens, Italian-American princesses, doo wop divas, swinging soul sisters, session stalwarts and Brill Building babes, from 1955 to the Beatles invasion of 1964. Five Discs with The Exciters, Betty Everett, Earl Jean, Toni Fisher, The Essex, Janie Grant, The Hearts, The Shirelles, and many othersRead More

Boz Scaggs – Boz Scaggs (1969) {2013, Audio Fidelity, Hybrid SACD Remastered}

Boz Scaggs - Boz Scaggs (1969) {2013, Audio Fidelity, Hybrid SACD Remastered}

Boz Scaggs – Boz Scaggs (1969) {2013, Audio Fidelity, Hybrid SACD Remastered}
EAC Rip | FLAC Image + Cue + Log | Full Scans @300 dpi, JPG, Included
Total Size: 299 MB | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: Audio Fidelity, Austria | Cat#: AF 168 | Genre: R&B

Departing from the Steve Miller Band after a two-album stint, Boz Scaggs found himself on his own but not without support. Rolling Stone publisher Jann Wenner, his friend, helped him sign with Atlantic Records and the label had him set up shop in Muscle Shoals, recording his debut album with that legendary set of studio musicians, known for their down-and-dirty backing work for Aretha Franklin and Wilson PickettRead More

Amy Winehouse – Lioness: Hidden Treasures (2011) {Japanese Edition}

Amy Winehouse - Lioness: Hidden Treasures (2011) {Japanese Edition}

Amy Winehouse – Lioness: Hidden Treasures (2011) {Japanese Edition}
EAC Rip | FLAC Image + Cue + Log | Full Scans @600 dpi, JPG
Total Size: 304 MB (CD) + 415 MB (Scans) | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: Universal Music, Japan | Cat#: UICI-1102 | Genre: R&B

The qualities of a vocal genius don’t always become clear when she’s singing classic material. Often as not, her abilities to both personalize and transcend a lifeless song with a stellar performance reveal the character behind the singer. Both Billie Holiday and Otis Redding excelled no matter what they were recording, whether it was a timeless standard or a studio throwaway. This collection of Amy Winehouse material, released to coincide with the first Christmas season after her death in July 2011Read More

Amy Winehouse – At The BBC (2012) {CD + DVD}

Amy Winehouse - At The BBC (2012) {CD + DVD}

Amy Winehouse – At The BBC (2012) {CD + DVD}
EAC Rip | FLAC Image + Cue + Log | Full Scans @600 dpi, PNG
DVD | VIDEO_TS | Video: NTSC 16:9 (720×480) VBR | Audio: English LinearPCM, 2 ch
Total Size: 309 MB (CD) + 455 (Scans) + 3.70 GB (DVD) | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: Universal Island Records, EU | Cat#: 372 197 3 | Genre: R&B

Amy Winehouse didn’t leave much behind in the vaults, and with her studio recordings already collected on 2011’s Lioness: Hidden Treasures, the only thing left was Amy Winehouse at the BBC, a deluxe set rounding up everything the singer cut for any of the BBC’s programs. This winds up as more of a video set than a CD one, as she had more appearances on televisionRead More

Amy Winehouse – Black To Black (2006) {2007, Deluxe Edition}

Amy Winehouse - Black To Black (2006) {2007, Deluxe Edition}

Amy Winehouse – Black To Black (2006) {2007, Deluxe Edition}
EAC Rip | 2xCD | FLAC Image + Cue + Log | Full Scans @600 dpi, PNG
Total Size: 388 MB (CDs) + 669 MB (Scans) | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: Universal Island Records, EU | Cat#: 175 563 1 | Genre: R&B

A collection of B-sides to Amy Winehouse’s massive Back to Black album, this eight-track set features a range of material (nearly all consisting of covers) and functions at nearly the same high level as the A-sides and album tracks — no small feat. The first track is a slower version of the Zutons’ song “Valerie” that Winehouse had done earlier with Mark Ronson for Ronson’s Version album (and also featured in the film 27 Dresses). The second is Sam Cooke’s “Cupid,” done refreshingly simply, and bolstered most by Winehouse’s expressive voice. The third is Toots & the Maytals’ “Monkey Man,” and here too WinehouseRead More

Amy Winehouse – Frank (2003) {2008, Deluxe Edition}

Amy Winehouse - Frank (2003) {2008, Deluxe Edition}

Amy Winehouse – Frank (2003) {2008, Deluxe Edition}
EAC Rip | 2xCD | FLAC Image + Cue + Log | Full Scans @600 dpi, PNG
Total Size: 805 MB (CDs) + 638 MB (Scans) | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: Universal Island Records, EU | Cat#: 1768122 | Genre: R&B

If a series of unfortunate comparisons (like the ones to follow) cause listeners to equate British vocalist Amy Winehouse with Macy Gray, it’s only natural. Both come on like a hybrid of Billie Holiday and Lauryn Hill who’s had a tipple and then attempted one more late-night set at a supper club than they should have. Despite her boozy persona and loose-limbed delivery, though, Winehouse is an excellent vocalist possessing bothRead More

Whitney Houston – The Greatest Hits (2000)

Whitney Houston - The Greatest Hits (2000)

Whitney Houston – The Greatest Hits (2000)
EAC Rip | 2xCD | FLAC Image + Cue + Log | Full Scans @600 dpi, JPG
Total Size: 1.04 GB (CDs) + 581 MB (Scans) | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: Arista, BMG Japan | Cat#: BVCA-27003-4 | Genre: R&B

Whitney: The Greatest Hits is a compilation album by American singer Whitney Houston, released in May 2000. The set consists of disc one with ballads and disc two with uptempo numbers and remixes. Houston’s performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner” at Super Bowl XXV, and 1988 Olympics tribute “One Moment in Time” are also included in the setRead More

Van Morrison – Duets: Re-working The Catalogue (2015)

Van Morrison - Duets: Re-working The Catalogue (2015)

Van Morrison – Duets: Re-working The Catalogue (2015)
EAC Rip | FLAC Image + Cue + Log | Full Scans @300 dpi, JPG
FLAC: 516 MB | Scans: 39.6 MB | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: RCA Records | Cat#: 88875-06844-2 | Genre: R&B

It’s not hard to wonder if Van Morrison was trying to drive away listeners by titling this album Duets: Re-Working the Catalogue, a name that practically howls this is a work defined by a lack of ambition and a desire to rest on his laurels. The clumsy title is especially strange because this an honestly good album that doesn’t fit those negative expectations. Even though Re-Working the Catalogue finds Morrison reviving songs from his extensive repertoire, he wisely focuses on lesser-known tunes rather than compete with his best-known work, and Morrison is able to generate a genuine enthusiasm for this musicRead More