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The Alan Parsons Project - I Robot (1977) [Non-Remastered]  Music

Posted by gribovar at Feb. 12, 2018
The Alan Parsons Project - I Robot (1977) [Non-Remastered]

The Alan Parsons Project - I Robot (1977) [Non-Remastered]
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 234 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 96 MB | Covers - 237 MB
Genre: Progressive/Art Rock | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Arista Records (259 651)

Alan Parsons delivered a detailed blueprint for his Project on their 1975 debut, Tales of Mystery and Imagination, but it was on its 1977 follow-up, I Robot, that the outfit reached its true potential. Borrowing not just its title but concept from Isaac Asimov's classic sci-fi Robot trilogy, this album explores many of the philosophies regarding artificial intelligence - will it overtake man, what does it mean to be man, what responsibilities do mechanical beings have to their creators, and so on and so forth - with enough knotty intelligence to make it a seminal text of late-'70s geeks, and while it is also true that appreciating I Robot does require a love of either sci-fi or art rock, it is also true that sci-fi art rock never came any better than this…
Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco, Joyce DiDonato: Drama Queens (2012)

Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco, Joyce DiDonato: Drama Queens (2012)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 396 Gb | Total time: 77:18 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin | # 5099960265425 | Recorded: 2012

Following the success of her 2011 album, Diva Divo, mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato presents an exciting collection of virtuosic arias in her 2012 release on Virgin, Drama Queens. Drawing on royal roles in Baroque operas by Handel, Monteverdi, and Haydn, as well as selections from such minor composers as Orlandini, Porta, Keiser, Hasse, Cesti, and Giacomelli, DiDonato demonstrates both her impressive vocal abilities and a wide range of characterizations. Supported by the period ensemble Il Complesso Barocco, conducted by Alan Curtis, DiDonato sings with dynamic power and exquisite embellishments, executing runs and ornaments with sparkling brilliance and projecting her voice with ease. But even more important than her technical prowess is her charismatic presentation of these 17th and 18th century opera heroines, whose passionate emotions and exaggerated behavior are wonderfully realized in DiDonato's dramatic interpretations. Since Baroque opera has become something of a specialized interest of early music connoisseurs, DiDonato's album is a welcome introduction for listeners less familiar with this period, and her faithful performances make the era come to life with appealing freshness and vitality.

Alan Bergman - Lyrically, Alan Bergman (2007)  Music

Posted by Designol at Feb. 3, 2018
Alan Bergman - Lyrically, Alan Bergman (2007)

Alan Bergman - Lyrically, Alan Bergman (2007)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 279 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 113 Mb | Scans ~ 66 Mb
Vocal Jazz, Lounge | Label: Verve | # B0008890-02 | Time: 00:49:27

Alan Bergman, along with his wife and partner Marilyn, have written the lyrics to some of the best-loved songs in popular music history. "The Windmills of Your Mind" and "The Way We Were" were awarded both the Academy Award and Golden Globe for Best Song and the latter also won 2 GRAMMY Awards. Their score for Yentl also won an Oscar and their work has received a staggering total of 16 nominations. Lyrically finds Alan in the company of top-notch musicians from the world of jazz, as he turns his Chet Baker-like vocal stylings to a number of his signature tunes including "What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life?" and "You Don't Bring Me Flowers."

Curtis Salgado & Alan Hager - Rough Cut (2018)  Music

Posted by Domestos at Jan. 31, 2018
Curtis Salgado & Alan Hager - Rough Cut (2018)

Curtis Salgado & Alan Hager - Rough Cut (2018)
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue, log) ~ 270.72 Mb | 50:25 | Scans included
Modern Acoustic Blues / Modern Electric Blues | Country: USA | Label: Alligator Records - ALCD 4980

Curtis Salgado's earth-shaking vocals and forceful harmonica playing have been devastating audiences around the world for over 30 years. Alan Hager's guitar expertise has been wowing fellow musicians from his hometown of Portland, Oregon and beyond for decades. Hager has been jamming with Salgado since 2003, and joined his band full-time in 2015. “Alan is the best player in the business, unlike anybody else,” Salgado says.
John Carpenter & Alan Howarth - Big Trouble In Little China: Complete Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (1986) 2CDs

John Carpenter & Alan Howarth - Big Trouble In Little China (1986)
Complete Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, 2CD Limited Edition 2008

EAC | FLAC (Tracks) + cue.+log ~ 455 Mb | Mp3, CBR320 kbps ~ 229 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Soundtrack, Score | Label: La-La Land Records | # LLLCD 1086 | Time: 01:36:29

Presenting John Carpenter & Alan Howarth’s complete score to the legendary 1986 20th Century Fox cult actioner BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA, starring Kurt Russell and directed by John Carpenter. Fully remastered and complete, for the first time anywhere, Carpenter & Howarth’s music demonstrates a mastery of synth composition and performance with an iconic score that is inseparable from the action and fun of the film itself. Truly music to “shake the pillars of heaven!” CD includes a 20-Page booklet with exclusive, in-depth liner notes that include comments from the co-composers.
John Carpenter & Alan Howarth - Escape From New York: Original Film Soundtrack (1981) Remastered Expanded Edition 2005

John Carpenter & Alan Howarth - Escape From New York: Original Film Soundtrack (1981)
Remastered Expanded Edition 2005
EAC | FLAC (Image) + cue.+log ~ 312 Mb | Mp3, CBR320 kbps ~ 155 Mb | Scans included
Soundtrack, Score | Label: Silva Screen | # SILCD3016 | Time: 00:57:31

John Carpenter is a rarity among film directors in that he is also a composer who writes the musical scores for his movies as well. Carpenter's 1981 film Escape From New York was a kind of genre hybrid, a science-fiction crime thriller with suggestions of a spaghetti western thrown in. Set in a near future when Manhattan has been converted into a no-man's-land prison, the movie needed an appropriately futuristic soundtrack, and Carpenter came up with a score for synthesizer that he played with his sound designer Alan Howarth. Despite the instrumentation, however, the composer retained a style familiar from such earlier works as Halloween. He favored simple, repetitive keyboard figures, generally two per sequence, set in a fast-slow counterpoint. The Escape From New York score had a few changes of pace, notably a borrowing from Debussy and an ersatz Broadway show tune, "Everyone's Coming to New York" ("Shoot a cop with a gun/The Big Apple is plenty of fun"), but most of the music sounded like earlier Carpenter scores, similarly creating a tense, ominous tone much of the time.
Booker Ervin - The Freedom Book (1964) [APO Remaster 2017] SACD ISO + Hi-Res FLAC

Booker Ervin - The Freedom Book (1964) [Analogue Productions '2017]
SACD Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 40:08 minutes | Front/Rear Covers | 1,15 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Front/Rear Covers | 824 MB

Booker Ervin's recordings with Charles Mingus and Randy Weston brought him good reviews and a bit of notoriety, but it was his series of Song Books that broadcast the stentorian announcement that a jazz orator of gigantic stature had arrived. The Freedom Book, recorded at the end of 1963, is one of Ervin's masterpieces. His tenor saxophone sound is haunted by the loneliness and spaciousness of the Texas plains where he was raised. That Southwest moan is an integral part of his playing, but his style goes beyond the classic Texas tenor tradition, incorporating the intricacies of bebop and suggestions of free jazz that initiated one of the periods of self-renewal, keeping jazz fresh and interesting.
Janos Starker, Dennis Russell Davies, Alan Hovhaness - Alan Hovhaness: Symphony No. 22 "City of Light" , Cello Concerto (2004)

Janos Starker, Dennis Russell Davies, Alan Hovhaness - Alan Hovhaness: Symphony No. 22 "City of Light" , Cello Concerto (2004)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 60:46 | 273 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Naxos | Catalog: 8.559158

Heard here in a composer-conducted disc-mate to the première recording of Hovhaness’s early Cello Concerto (1936), City of Light (1970) has some lovely ideas, like the surprisingly sweet and simple string melody in the middle of the ‘Angel of Light’ movement (beginning at 1'30"), and the third movement, Allegretto grazioso, which sounds like a minuet in oriental garb. The outer movements, however, outstay their welcome.
Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Vivaldi: Catone in Utica (2013)

Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Vivaldi: Catone in Utica (2013)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 876 Mb | Total time: 69:25+60:11+31:23 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naïve | # OP 30545 | Recorded: 2012

The world of early 18th century opera was very different to that of, say, Mozart. The story was the thing. Librettos were offered to musicians as a means of getting the poetic drama before the public. Thus the great librettists were set multiple times. So it was with Vienna's imperial poet Metastasio's Catone in Utica. This story, set in the ancient Numidian city of Utica - now a ruin in Tunisia - involves the Roman Cato the Younger and his conflict with Julius Caesar. The plot itself is the usual mixture of love and betrayal, but because it was by Metastasio there were at least two settings, by Vinci and Hasse, even before Vivaldi composed the present piece.
David Leisner, Lars Ranch, Gerard Schwarz - Alan Hovhaness: Symphony No. 60, Guitar Concerto, Khrimian Hairig (2006)

David Leisner, Lars Ranch, Gerard Schwarz - Alan Hovhaness: Symphony No. 60, Guitar Concerto, Khrimian Hairig (2006)
EAC | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 73:24 | 323 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Naxos | Catalog: 8.559294

Listening to a work of Armenian-American composer Alan Hovhaness, you recognize his characteristic style in a few measures. His music is often broadly expansive, painting sonorous landscapes that often use brass instruments to blend with and accentuate the strings. Also, while his peers experimented with serialism or highly intellectually challenging styles, Hovhaness maintained his world music-infused neo-Romantic style throughout his life. The result is an enormous body of work that are all a joy to listen to.