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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.

Don Covay - Travelin' In Heavy Traffic (1976) [CD 1998]  Music

Posted by JET 1 at Jan. 16, 2015
Don Covay - Travelin' In Heavy Traffic (1976) [CD 1998]

Don Covay - Travelin' In Heavy Traffic (1976) [1998]
EAC Rip | FLAC (Tracks) +CUE, LOG | 333 MB | Covers Included
Soul | Label: Sony Records | Catalog Number: n/a

Don Covay – a singer who started out as a fairly straightforward soul performer, then got a bit bluesier in the early 70s, then shifted back to a more pop-oriented groove. This one's got Don working with arrangements by Bobby Martin and Dexter Wansel that still keep the bluesy quality in his voice, but go for sort of a Philly modern mode in the arrangements, in the mode that was used on Bobby Rush's one album for Philly.

Bobby Womack - Albums Collection (7CD) [Re-Up]  Music

Posted by Designol at Nov. 19, 2018
Bobby Womack - Albums Collection (7CD) [Re-Up]

Bobby Womack - Albums Collection [7 CD]
EAC | FLAC | Image/Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 3 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 1.2 Gb
Genre: Funk, Soul, Quiet Storm | Time: 07:17:21 | Scans included

Robert Dwayne "Bobby" Womack is an American singer-songwriter and musician. An active recording artist since the early 1960s where he started his career as the lead singer of his family musical group The Valentinos and as Sam Cooke's backing guitarist, Womack's career has spanned more than 50 years and has spanned a repertoire in the styles of R&B, soul, rock and roll, doo-wop, gospel, and country. In 2009, Womack was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

VA - 101 Northern Soul (5CD, 2018)  Music

Posted by ciklon5 at Sept. 26, 2018
VA - 101 Northern Soul (5CD, 2018)

VA - 101 Northern Soul (5CD, 2018)
Mp3 320 kbps / FLAC (tracks+.cue,log,scans) | 04:41:17 | 1,7 Gb / 638 Mb
Genre: Funk, Soul, RnB, Disco / Label: Spectrum Music

• A collection dominated by Motown recordings this is excellent. The compilation is jam packed with great music. For anyone who loves 60s Motown or Northern Soul it's a great addition to any collection •
VA - Atlantic Records: The Time Capsule [9CD Limited Edition] (2009)

VA - Atlantic Records: The Time Capsule [9CD Limited Edition] (2009)
EAC Rip | FLAC (Tracks) +CUE, LOG | 4.35 GB | No Scans
Genre: Electronic, Future Jazz | Label: Atlantic Records | Catalog Number: 512743

Founded in 1947 by avid jazz fans and record collectors Ahmet Ertegun and Herb Abramson with a $10,000 loan from Ertegun’s dentist, Atlantic Records ended up being one of the most successful independent labels in the history of recorded music, and a litany of the label’s artists over the past 60-plus years is stunning in its diversity, ranging from John Coltrane and Big Joe Turner to Kid Rock and Gnarls Barkley and several points in-between. This “time capsule” – nine discs of music, one DVD documentary, and a 45 rpm 7" of Sticks McGee's “Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-Oh-Dee,” plus several little bits of flare and memorabilia and a book of photographs, all of it housed in a sturdy metal box – simply confirms what most pop music fans already knew: Atlantic Records is one hell of a record company.

VA - Top Of The Pops 1974 (2018)  Music

Posted by delpotro at May 29, 2018
VA - Top Of The Pops 1974 (2018)

VA - Top Of The Pops 1974 (2018)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) | 02:37:52 | 1,01 Gb
Pop, R'n'B, Rock | Label: Universal Music, Spectrum Audio

Universal Music presents Top Of The Pops 1974 - 50 hits including such artists as Abba, Sparks, Barry White, Status Quo, Mike Oldfield and many others.
Etta James - Tell Mama (1968) [The Original Chess Masters, 1987]

Etta James - Tell Mama (1968) [The Original Chess Masters, 1987]
XLD | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 138 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 71 Mb | Scans included
Soul, Rhythm & Blues, Soul-Blues | Label: Chess | # CHD-9269 | Time: 00:30:10

Leonard Chess dispatched Etta James to Muscle Shoals in 1967, and the move paid off with one of her best and most soul-searing Cadet albums. Produced by Rick Hall, the resultant album boasted a relentlessly driving title cut, the moving soul ballad "I'd Rather Go Blind," and sizzling covers of Otis Redding's "Security" and Jimmy Hughes' "Don't Lose Your Good Thing," and a pair of fine Don Covay copyrights. The skin-tight session aces at Fame Studios really did themselves proud behind Miss Peaches.