Gerald Veasley – Velvet (2002) [Hi-Res SACD Rip]

Gerald Veasley - Velvet (2002) [Hi-Res SACD Rip]

Gerald Veasley – Velvet (2002) [Hi-Res SACD Rip]
SACD Rip | ISO / DSD / 1bit / 2.8224MHz | FLAC Tracks / 24bit / 88.2kHz | Stereo & Multichannel
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Total Size: 3.86 GB (ISO) + 4.20 GB (FLAC) | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: Heads Up International | USA & Canada | Cat#: HUSA 9072 | Genre: Jazz, Funk, Soul

On Velvet, bass player extraordinaire Gerald Veasley is as smooth as the title of his sixth solo effort for the Heads Up label implies. After one listen, his audience will know that the soul he plays is legendary. Veasley blends a richly textured mix of urban funk, the Philly sound, and his unique bass perspectives to give listeners his rendition of the sounds and sensibilities of the neo-soul movement. Continue reading “Gerald Veasley – Velvet (2002) [Hi-Res SACD Rip]”

Al Green – Give Me More Love: The Orchestral Greatest Hits (2021) [WEB, CD-Quality + Hi-Res]

Al Green - Give Me More Love: The Orchestral Greatest Hits (2021) [WEB, CD-Quality + Hi-Res]

Al Green – Give Me More Love: The Orchestral Greatest Hits (2021) [WEB, CD-Quality + Hi-Res]
WEB Download | CD-Quality / FLAC Tracks / 16bit / 44.1kHz | Hi-Res / FLAC Tracks / 24bit / 48kHz
Total Size: 533 MB (Hi-Res) + 276 MB (CD-Quality) | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: Fat Possum | Genre: R&B, Funk, Soul

Produced by Darren Tate and mixed by Boo Mitchell (Willie Mitchell’s son) and Clay Jones, Give Me More Love: The Orchestral Greatest Hits was mixed at Royal Studios in Memphis – where it all began. For this recording, the innovative and award-winning FAME’s Macedonian Symphony Orchestra went into a studio to record orchestral arrangements to some of Al Green’s most cherished hits while retaining the 70s soulful essence and feel of the original recordings. Continue reading “Al Green – Give Me More Love: The Orchestral Greatest Hits (2021) [WEB, CD-Quality + Hi-Res]”

Marlena Shaw – Lookin’ For Love (2003) [Hi-Res SACD Rip]

Marlena Shaw - Lookin' For Love (2003) [Hi-Res SACD Rip]

Marlena Shaw – Lookin’ For Love (2003) [Hi-Res SACD Rip]
SACD Rip | ISO / DSD / 1bit / 2.8224MHz | FLAC Tracks / 24bit / 88.2kHz | Stereo & Multichannel
Hybrid SACD | No Scans
Total Size: 4.26 GB (ISO) + 2.25 GB (FLAC MCH) + 1.01 GB (FLAC STEREO) | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: Eighty-Eight’s | Japan | Cat#: VRCL 18814 | Genre: Vocal Jazz, Funk, Soul

Shaw sings with the ease of absolute mastery, and each feeling she expresses rings true: she’s been there, and more than once. But this doesn’t mean her music is heavy. Her voice is warm and inviting, her time and phrasing impeccable, and where others might communicate pain and despair, she offers wisdom and hope Continue reading “Marlena Shaw – Lookin’ For Love (2003) [Hi-Res SACD Rip]”

Quincy Jones – You’ve Got It Bad Girl (1973) [1983, MFSL Remastered, CD-Quality + Hi-Res Vinyl Rip]

Quincy Jones - You've Got It Bad Girl (1973) [1983, MFSL Remastered, CD-Quality + Hi-Res Vinyl Rip]

Quincy Jones – You’ve Got It Bad Girl (1973) [1983, MFSL Remastered, CD-Quality + Hi-Res Vinyl Rip]
Vinyl Rip | Hi-Res / FLAC Tracks / 24bit / 96kHz | CD-Quality / FLAC Tracks / 16bit / 44.1kHz
Full Scans Included
Total Size: 982 MB (Hi-Res) + 267 MB (CD-Quality) | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab | Pressed In Japan | Cat#: MFSL 1-078 | Genre: R&B, Soul
Half-Speed Mastered

Quincy Jones followed up Smackwater Jack and his supervision of Donny Hathaway’s Come Back Charleston Blue soundtrack with this, a mixed bag that saw him inching a little closer toward the R&B-dominated approach that reached full stride on the following Body Heat and peaked commercially with The Dude. Continue reading “Quincy Jones – You’ve Got It Bad Girl (1973) [1983, MFSL Remastered, CD-Quality + Hi-Res Vinyl Rip]”

B.B. King – Albums Collection [WEB Hi-Res]

B.B. King - Albums Collection [WEB Hi-Res]

B.B. King – Albums Collection [WEB Hi-Res]
WEB Download | Hi-Res | FLAC Tracks / 24bit / 88.2kHz & 96kHz & 192kHz
16 Discs | 3% RAR Recovery
Modern Electric Blues / Soul-Blues / Early R&B
UPDATE: Midnight Believer (1978) & Take It Home (1979) have been added
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Kelly Rowland – Simply Deep (2002) [Hi-Res SACD Rip]

Kelly Rowland - Simply Deep (2002) [Hi-Res SACD Rip]

Kelly Rowland – Simply Deep (2002) [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: 3.53 GB (ISO) + 2.94 GB (FLAC MCH) + 1.10 GB (FLAC STEREO) | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: Columbia | US | Cat#: CS 86516 | Genre: Hip-Hop, R&B

It seems hard to believe now, but at the beginning of 2003, it appeared that underdog Kelly Rowland might usurp her fellow Destiny’s Child member Beyoncé in the solo career stakes, having scored a U.S. chart-topper and a U.K. number one album shortly after her bandmate’s Austin Powers-related “Work It Out” failed to even make it into the Billboard Hot 100. Continue reading “Kelly Rowland – Simply Deep (2002) [Hi-Res SACD Rip]”

Elvis Presley – From Elvis In Memphis (1969) [1981, MFSL Remastered, CD-Quality + Hi-Res Vinyl Rip]

Elvis Presley - From Elvis In Memphis (1969) [1981, MFSL Remastered, CD-Quality + Hi-Res Vinyl Rip]

Elvis Presley – From Elvis In Memphis (1969) [1981, MFSL Remastered, CD-Quality + Hi-Res Vinyl Rip]
Vinyl Rip | Hi-Res / FLAC Tracks / 24bit / 96kHz | CD-Quality / FLAC Tracks / 16bit / 44.1kHz
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Total Size: 793 MB (Hi-Res) + 218 MB (CD-Quality) | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab | Pressed In Japan | Cat#: MFSL 1-059 | Genre: Country, Soul
Half-Speed Mastered

After a 14-year absence from Memphis, Elvis Presley returned to cut what was certainly his greatest album (or, at least, a tie effort with his RCA debut LP from early 1956). The fact that From Elvis in Memphis came out as well as it did is something of a surprise, in retrospect — Presley had a backlog of songs he genuinely liked that he wanted to record and had heard some newer soul material that also attracted him, and none of it resembled the material that he’d been cutting since his last non-soundtrack album Continue reading “Elvis Presley – From Elvis In Memphis (1969) [1981, MFSL Remastered, CD-Quality + Hi-Res Vinyl Rip]”

Prince – Welcome 2 America (2021) [WEB, CD-Quality + Hi-Res]

Prince - Welcome 2 America (2021) [WEB, CD-Quality + Hi-Res]

Prince – Welcome 2 America (2021) [WEB, CD-Quality + Hi-Res]
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Total Size: 329 MB (CD-Quality) + 1.07 GB (Hi-Res) | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: Legacy | Genre: Funk

Recorded in the spring of 2010 and then mysteriously abandoned by Prince before its release, the statement album Welcome 2 America documents Prince’s concerns, hopes, and visions for a shifting society, presciently foreshadowing an era of political division, disinformation, and a renewed fight for racial justice. Continue reading “Prince – Welcome 2 America (2021) [WEB, CD-Quality + Hi-Res]”

Donald Byrd – Street Lady (1973) [2020, Remastered, Hi-Res SACD Rip]

Donald Byrd - Street Lady (1973) [2020, Remastered, Hi-Res SACD Rip]

Donald Byrd – Street Lady (1973) [2020, Remastered, Hi-Res SACD Rip]
SACD Rip | ISO / DSD / 1bit / 2.8224MHz | FLAC Tracks / 24bit / 88.2kHz | Stereo & 4.0 Quadraphonic
Hybrid SACD | No Scans
Total Size: 2.08 GB (ISO) + 1.78 GB (FLAC MCH) + 829 MB (FLAC STEREO) | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: Vocalion | UK | Cat#: CDSML 8576 | Genre: Jazz, Soul, Funk

Not so much a fusion album as an attempt at mainstream soul and R&B, Street Lady plays like the soundtrack to a forgotten blaxploitation film. Producer/arranger/composer Larry Mizell conceived Street Lady as a concept album to a spirited, independent prostitute, and while the hooker with a heart of gold concept is a little trite, the music uncannily evokes an urban landscape circa the early ’70s. Continue reading “Donald Byrd – Street Lady (1973) [2020, Remastered, Hi-Res SACD Rip]”

Donald Byrd – Black Byrd (1973) [2019, Remastered, Hi-Res SACD Rip]

Donald Byrd - Black Byrd (1973) [2019, Remastered, Hi-Res SACD Rip]

Donald Byrd – Black Byrd (1973) [2019, Remastered, Hi-Res SACD Rip]
SACD Rip | ISO / DSD / 1bit / 2.8224MHz | FLAC Tracks / 24bit / 88.2kHz | Stereo & 4.0 Quadraphonic
Hybrid SACD | No Scans
Total Size: 1.99 GB (ISO) + 1.66 GB (FLAC MCH) + 837 MB (FLAC STEREO) | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: Vocalion | UK | Cat#: CDSML 8559 | Genre: Jazz, Funk, Soul

Purists howled with indignation when Donald Byrd released Black Byrd, a full-fledged foray into R&B that erupted into a popular phenomenon. Byrd was branded a sellout and a traitor to his hard bop credentials, especially after Black Byrd became the biggest-selling album in Blue Note history. What the elitists missed, though, was that Black Byrd was the moment when Byrd’s brand of fusion finally stepped out from under the shadow of his chief influence, Miles Davis, and found a distinctive voice of its own. Continue reading “Donald Byrd – Black Byrd (1973) [2019, Remastered, Hi-Res SACD Rip]”

War – Platinum Jazz (1976) [1995, Remastered]

War - Platinum Jazz (1976) [1995, Remastered]

War – Platinum Jazz (1976) [1995, Remastered]
EAC Rip | FLAC Tracks + Cue + Log | Full Scans Included
Total Size: 474 MB | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: Avenue | US | Cat#: ASR 10606-2 | Genre: Jazz, Funk, Latin Jazz

An often overlooked and underrated part of War’s legacy was their instrumentals, many of which were quite imaginative. War’s members loved jazz, and they expressed that passion not because they had any illusions of trying to compete with Miles Davis or Joe Henderson, but simply for the enjoyment of it. Released as a two-LP set, Platinum Jazz gathered War’s previously released instrumentals (plus one vocal, “Deliver the Word”) with fine results. Continue reading “War – Platinum Jazz (1976) [1995, Remastered]”

War – War (1971) [1992, Remastered]

War - War (1971) [1992, Remastered]

War – War (1971) [1992, Remastered]
EAC Rip | FLAC Image + Cue + Log | Full Scans Included
Total Size: 253 MB | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: ARG Records | EU | Cat#: 74321 30737 2 | Genre: R&B, Funk

War’s first album without Eric Burdon was a strange, imposing, and beautiful hybrid — a bridge between their then-current work with Burdon and their roots, going back to the early ’60s and their origins as the Creators and the Nightshift. Although it was never a hit — topping out at number 190 on the charts — or yielded any substantial AM radio hits, the album is musically imposing in its sheer breadth, and its boldness Continue reading “War – War (1971) [1992, Remastered]”

Earl Klugh – Finger Paintings (1977) [1980, MFSL Remastered, CD-Quality + Hi-Res Vinyl Rip]

Earl Klugh - Finger Paintings (1977) [1980, MFSL Remastered, CD-Quality + Hi-Res Vinyl Rip]

Earl Klugh – Finger Paintings (1977) [1980, MFSL Remastered, CD-Quality + Hi-Res Vinyl Rip]
Vinyl Rip | Hi-Res / FLAC Tracks / 24bit / 96kHz | CD-Quality / FLAC Tracks / 16bit / 44.1kHz
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Total Size: 770 MB (Hi-Res) + 208 MB (CD-Quality) | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab | Pressed In Japan | Cat#: MFSL 1-025 | Genre: Jazz, Funk, Soul
Half-Speed Mastered

This 1977 release was the third studio album by Earl Klugh. The album hit the Billboard 200 at number 84. The guitarist was inspired at the age of 13 during a performance by Chet Atkins on the Perry Como Show. He mae his first recording at age 15 and later played on George Benson’s White Rabbit album. Continue reading “Earl Klugh – Finger Paintings (1977) [1980, MFSL Remastered, CD-Quality + Hi-Res Vinyl Rip]”