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Don Covay - Funky Yo-Yo (1977) Expanded Reissue 2006  Music

Posted by Designol at Oct. 11, 2018
Don Covay - Funky Yo-Yo (1977) Expanded Reissue 2006

Don Covay - Funky Yo-Yo (1977) Expanded Reissue 2006
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 243 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 146 Mb | Scans included
Soul, Deep Soul, Rhythm & Blues | Label: Shout! | # SHOUT 25 | Time: 00:52:10

One of the most obscure albums Covay cut, Funky Yo Yo slipped out in 1977 on the tiny Versatile label, with such little notice that it's even escaped getting listed in some discographies. It's a strange record, too, with production so sparse (and some dull muffle to the sound fidelity, though it's not a serious impediment) that one suspects these might be demos, or perhaps not even 1977 recordings. Yet in a way that very rootsy, stripped-down feel makes it appealing, particularly as it was appearing at a time when many fellow soul greats of Covay's generation were issuing bloated, hopeless attempts to jump on the disco bandwagon. Far from emulating Barry White, Covay sounds rather like Van Morrison on much of this material, though the similarity's probably coincidental. Particularly on the more bare-bones arrangements, these actually have a cool intimate feel, as if they're songwriter demos intended for pitches to '60s Atlantic recording artists.

Don Covay - Mercy (1965) + See-Saw (1966) 2 LP on 1 CD, 2000  Music

Posted by Designol at Aug. 8, 2018
Don Covay - Mercy (1965) + See-Saw (1966) 2 LP on 1 CD, 2000

Don Covay - Mercy (1965) + See-Saw (1966) 2 LP on 1 CD, 2000
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 379 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 145 Mb | Scans ~ 93 Mb
Southern Soul, Deep Soul, Rhythm & Blues | Label: Koch | # KOC-CD-8186 | 01:03:09

In 2000, Koch reissued Don Covay's two classic mid-'60s albums, Mercy and See-Saw, on one tremendous CD. The term "classic" is thrown around haphazardly in pop music, but these are two sublime records that earn the term, even if they're not as roundly celebrated as platters from Otis Redding or even cult favorite James Carr. Though he racked up a number of singles on the R&B charts, he never had a huge crossover hit, but his music stands as some of the most effervescent, infectious soul of the '60s (not to mention that his vocal style was a clear inspiration to Mick Jagger). What makes his music so remarkable is how it's earthy Southern soul, kicking really hard in its rhythms and with plenty of growl in Covay's voice, but is as nimble, tuneful, and sunny as the sounds coming out of Chicago and Detroit during the mid-'60s. Perhaps that's why he never quite got a huge single – he straddled the two popular sounds without fully being part of either. It may have not resulted in big singles, but it resulted in splendid music. If there's not much difference stylistically between Mercy and See-Saw – they're both pretty much cut from the same cloth – there's also little difference in quality. It's all tremendous, enjoyable, sweet Southern soul. Razor & Tie's Mercy Mercy: The Definitive Don Covay provides the definitive overview, but for a pure concentration of Covay at his peak, this is irresistible and essential.
Don Covay & The Jefferson Lemon Blues Band - The House of the Blue Lights (1969/2012) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Don Covay & The Jefferson Lemon Blues Band - The House of the Blue Lights (1969/2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 43:07 minutes | 927 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

This is not the vintage Don Covay sound that many of his fans may know about and you won't find any of his big hits on this CD but this 1969 album sounds like a labor of love, something that Covay was dying to record for a long, long time. You can hear the sincerity, vitality and enthusiasm on every track. Wonderful album. As other reviewers have noted. this is a bit of a hybrid. Not a traditional blues album by any means, but one that mixed blues with soul and a dash of rock too. Very satisfying results. There are times when Covay is singing, that I swear it's Mick Jagger. The vocal inflections are that similar sometimes. But the real highlights are the songs themselves, plus the guitar playing. Something to savor.

Don Covay - See Saw (1966/2012) [Official Digital Download 24/96]  Vinyl & HR

Posted by Pisulik at Jan. 5, 2018
Don Covay - See Saw (1966/2012) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Don Covay - See Saw (1966/2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 31:31 minutes | 694 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

Don Covay rides his most creative crest as a solo artist with this hearty collection of songs. The settings are simplistic for Atlantic Records, which recorded similar artists in lusher settings. But rawness is what makes these recordings arresting. A guitarist as well as a singer, Covay's pickings aren't buried in the mix, and you don't need a Geiger counter to detect the grooves. Most impressive are "See Saw," "Mercy Mercy," "Sookie, Sookie," and "Boomerang," a call to dance with the feeling of Major Lance singing a Curtis Mayfield song. On "Fat Man," you wonder if he's singing about his old Washington, D.C., buddy Billy Stewart. The two began their careers with the Rainbows.

VA - Big Funk Soul (2019)  Music

Posted by ciklon5 at Feb. 1, 2019
VA - Big Funk Soul (2019)

VA - Big Funk Soul (2019)
FLAC (tracks) | 1:52:25 | 583 Mb
Genre: Soul, R&B, Funk / Label: Eastmill

Big Funk Soul contains the definitive Artists & Soul, R&B, Funk. The Best hits from Al Wilson, Amuzement Park, Cissy Houston, Don Covay and many more.
Wilson Pickett - I'm In Love (1968/2012) [Official Digital Download 24-bit/96 kHz]

Wilson Pickett - I'm In Love (1968/2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 25:50 minutes | 588 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

Influential soul icon, Wilson Pickett, soared with his stunning 1968 classic, "I’m In Love". A collection of his strongest material, the album highlights Pickett’s expressive vocals and maturing musicianship. The record features the beloved cuts, “Jealous Love”, “I’m In Love” and “She’s Lookin’ Good”. The recording is yet another milestone in an always-consistent career.
Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa - Seesaw (2013) CD + DVD, Limited Edition

Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa - Seesaw (2013) CD + DVD, Limited Edition
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 312 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 113 Mb | 00:49:22
DVD5 | PAL | 16:9 (720x576) VBR | AC3, 2ch, 192 kbps | 01:02:24 | ~ 3.6 Gb
Blues-Rock, Blues, Soul | Label: Provogue | # PRD 7414 5 | Scans ~ 91 Mb

CD+DVD deluxe edition of the powerhouse blues duos second album of soulful covers. Featuring classics made famous by Etta James, Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner, Lucinda Williams and many more. In 2014 Hart was nominated for a Grammy Award for Seesaw and she was also nominated for a Blues Music Award in the category 'Best Contemporary Blues Female Artist'. The DVD includes 48 minutes making of footage with exclusive interviews and 3 Studio music videos.
Various Artists - The Sue Records Story: New York City - The Sound of Soul (1957-1966) {4CD Box Set EMI Records rel 1994}

Various Artists - The Sue Records Story: New York City - The Sound of Soul (1957-1966) {4CD Box Set EMI Records rel 1994}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 820 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 540 Mb
Full Artwork @ 300 dpi (jpg) -> 130 Mb | 5% repair rar
© 1957-66, 1994 Sue Records / EMI Records | 7243 8 28093 2 6
Rhythm & Blues / Soul / Jazz / Early R&B / Soul Jazz

This four-CD, 100-song set is the best representative body of work ever assembled (or ever likely to be assembled) of the R&B and soul releases from Henry "Juggy Murray" Jones' Sue Records. The range of sounds runs the gamut from ex-Drifter Bobby Hendricks' first hit for the company ("Itchy Twitchy Feeling") in 1959, through the string of hits by Ike & Tina Turner, to the company's last hits some seven years later. Not only is every chart single that the label ever had represented, but so are club hits from the mid-'60s and solo sides by uniquely New York-associated figures. The contents of the box are almost ideal, along with their arrangement – in contrast some other box sets, this one follows strict release order, which is a great way to follow the history of the label (though not ideal for anyone, apart from owners of multi-disc players, who simply wants to hear the label's best-known tracks in one sitting).

VA - Atlantic Soul 1959-1975 (2007)  Music

Posted by ciklon5 at May 30, 2016
VA - Atlantic Soul 1959-1975 (2007)

VA - Atlantic Soul 1959-1975 (2007)
MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 04:10:58 | 578 Mb
Genre: Funk, Soul, Gospel, Rhythm & Blues, Pop Rock / Label: Atlantic, Rhino Handmade

Way back in 1985, before the CD revolution truly kicked in, Atlantic released the monumental archival project Atlantic Rhythm & Blues: 1947-1974, a seven-volume set of double-albums chronicling the label's crucial role in the development of R&B and soul. Over the course of that set (later condensed to eight CDs) it was possible to hear the music develop from blues into a soul – an impressive feat as a sheer compilation, one that is even more stunning when it's considered that it all came from one label and its subsidiaries. Atlantic Rhythm & Blues did the job so well that the 2007s set Atlantic Soul: 1959-1975 can't help but pale a little in comparison, as it lacks both the scope and historical heft of its predecessor.

Jeff Lynne - Long Wave (2012) {Japan 1st Press}  Music

Posted by popsakov at May 29, 2019
Jeff Lynne - Long Wave (2012) {Japan 1st Press}

Jeff Lynne - Long Wave (2012) {Japan 1st Press}
EAC Rip | FLAC (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 209 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 91 Mb
Full Scans ~ 126 Mb | RAR 5% Recovery
Pop Rock, Progressive Rock | Avalon #MICP-30034

When Jeff Lynne was growing up, he listened to music on longwave radio, soaking up all the sounds coming through the big radio in the living room. His 2012 tribute to these days, appropriately called Long Wave, is a far-reaching salute to the glory days of pop in the years before the Beatles. It's too easy to peg this as a standards album, a designation that isn't quite accurate. Lynne may cover many show tunes along with '50s favorites of big-band vocalists but he spends nearly as much time with rock & roll, and not just the operatic pop of his fellow Traveling Wilbury Roy Orbison, either. He cranks through Chuck Berry's "Let It Rock," slides into the silken harmonies of the Everly Brothers on "So Sad," and grooves through Don Covay's "Mercy, Mercy." These are the cuts that stick the closest to the original hit recordings.