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The Temptations - All Directions (1972/2016) [Official Digital Download 24/192]

The Temptations - All Directions (1972/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time - 35:56 minutes | 1,38 GB
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A monster album, the one that put them back in the spotlight and signaled that Norman Whitfield had saved the day. Damon Harris had replaced Eddie Kendricks, and there were many doubters convinced the band was finished. Instead, Whitfield revitalized them via the majestic single, "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone." Despite its length, Whitfield's decision to open with an extensive, multi-layered musical suite and tease listeners was a master stroke. By the time Dennis Edwards' voice came rushing in, no one would dare turn it off. The single, as well as "Law of the Land" and others, ended the funeral arrangements that had been prepared for the Temptations.
The Temptations - Psychedelic Shack (1970/2016) [Official Digital Download 24/192]

The Temptations - Psychedelic Shack (1970/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time - 37:08 minutes | 1,55 GB
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With everything the Temptations released pretty much guaranteed to turn to gold, not to mention platinum, even their tripped-out forays into sweet '60s psychedelic experimentation were sure to fire a string of hits. 1970's Norman Whitfield-produced Psychedelic Shack while perhaps a system shock to those fans who grooved to the band's lame-suited, Motown dance-routined R&B classics was a magnificent stretch into an epic that ultimately emerged as another in a long line of enduring sets.
The Sidekicks - Fifi the Flea (1966/2016) [Official Digital Download 24/192]

The Sidekicks - Fifi the Flea (1966/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time - 29:45 minutes | 1,17 GB
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In August-September 1966 the Pop quartet calling themselves The Sidekicks (John Spirt, Mike Burke and brothers Zack (vocalist) and Randy Bocelle) - not to be confused with a Punk Rock band of the same name - scored their only nationally charting single when Suspicions (written by Spirt and Burke) managed to make it to # 55 Billboard Pop Hot 100, b/w a nice cover of The Drifters' huge 1963 hit Up On The Roof, as RCA Victor 47-8864. That modest success earned them the album you see covered here titled "Fifi The Flea".
Bob Dylan - Triplicate (2017) [Official Digital Download 24/192] RE-UP

Bob Dylan - Triplicate (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time - 95:56 minutes | 3,68 GB
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"Triplicate", is the three disc studio album from Bob Dylan. The collection features 30 brand-new recordings of classic American tunes and marking the first triple-length set of the artist's illustrious career. With each disc individually titled and presented in a thematically-arranged 10-song sequence, Triplicate showcases Dylan's unique and much-lauded talents as a vocalist, arranger and bandleader on 30 compositions by some of music's most lauded and influential songwriters.
Oscar Peterson - Oscar Peterson Plays The Jerome Kern Song Book (1959/2015) [Official Digital Download 24/192]

Oscar Peterson - Oscar Peterson Plays The Jerome Kern Song Book (1959/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time - 34:26 minutes | 1,46 GB
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Within a one-month period the Oscar Peterson Trio (with bassist Ray Brown and their new drummer Ed Thigpen) recorded nine different Songbook, 108 selections in all. Not too surprisingly, this music had a minimum of prior planning and few arranged passages, putting it on a lower level than the typical music played by Peterson's prior trio with guitarist Herb Ellis. The 12 numbers performed for the Jerome Kern album are given melodic and consistently swinging treatments with such songs as 'I Won't Dance,' 'The Song Is You,' and 'Pick Yourself Up' among the better selections heard on this pleasing program.
Nancy Ames - Latin Pulse (1966/2016) [Official Digital Download 24/192] RE-UP

Nancy Ames - Latin Pulse (1966/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time - 25:20 minutes | 1021 MB
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Nancy Ames is an American folk singer and songwriter. This LP released by Epic Records in the mid-'60s, remained out of print for many years until being reissued on CD, features romantic melodies of the era are explored with Latin overtones including "La Sombra de Tu Sonrisa (The Shadow of Your Smile)" and "Un Gusto a Miel (A Taste of Honey), along with several pop hits made famous by the Four Tops, the Beatles, and the Association.
Lionel Hampton & His All-Star Alumni Big Band - Newport Uproar (1968/2017) [Official Digital Download 24/192]

Lionel Hampton & His All-Star Alumni Big Band - Newport Uproar! (1968/2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time - 43:36 minutes | 1,79 GB
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This album features Lionel Hampton's first concert at the Newport Jazz Festival and overall is quite exciting. Hampton gathered together an all-star alumni band that, in addition to trombonist Al Grey, Frank Foster on tenor and a couple of appearances by pianist Milt Buckner, boasts the extraordinary trumpet section of Snooky Young, Jimmy Nottingham, Joe Newman and Wallace Davenport. The climax is provided on Hamp's perennial "Flying Home" which finds Illinois Jacquet reprising and then extending his famous solo.
Andre Previn - All Alone (1967/2017) [Official Digital Download 24/192]

André Previn - All Alone (1967/2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time - 36:26 minutes | 1,35 GB
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Prolific German jazz pianist André Previn may be best known as a conductor of symphony orchestras and as a film soundtrack composer, but he's a well-established jazz pianist as well. Previn's style is melodious and easygoing (influenced by piano masters Bud Powell and Oscar Peterson), but he can swing up a storm when he wants to. This a wonderful solo piano album from Andre Previn from 1967.
Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals - Lifeline (2007/2017) [Official Digital Download 24/192]

Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals - Lifeline (2007/2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time - 41:19 minutes | 1,7 GB
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Recorded direct to analogue tape in one week at the end of a long world tour, Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals's top 10 release Lifeline was an effort to recreate the energy of their acclaimed live show. Many of these songs were written on the road and worked out in sound checks before being committed to tape in a Paris studio. The instrumental track Paris Sunrise #7 garnered a Grammy nomination for Best Pop Instrumental Performance.
Ben Harper - Welcome To The Cruel World (1994/2016) [Official Digital Download 24/192]

Ben Harper - Welcome To The Cruel World (1994/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time - 50:41 minutes | 2,1 GB
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"Welcome To The Cruel World" introduced Ben Harper, his voice, his songs and his trademark Weissenborn guitar, kicking off a long, acclaimed and multifaceted career. The songs are mainly acoustic and folk-tinged, a sound Harper would return to over the years. An impressive, thoroughly enjoyable first effort.