Thelonious Monk with John Coltrane
Thelonious Monk with John Coltrane

For decades these sessions remained tantalising evidence of what might have been. In 1957, Coltrane was trying to reconcile the world of the junkie with the world of a successful musician in the most high-profile sideman gig in jazz as … Continued

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Sale! Thin Lizzy – Jailbreak
Thin Lizzy – Jailbreak
Thin Lizzy found their trademark twin-guitar sound on 1975's Fighting, but it was on its 1976 successor, Jailbreak, where the band truly took flight.
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Sale! Tim Buckley – Blue Afternoon
Tim Buckley – Blue Afternoon
Blue Afternoon was Tim Buckley's first self-produced record and his debut for Herb Cohen and Frank Zappa's Straight label. Buckley's first two albums were very much of their time and place, with their psychedelically tinged folk-rock compositions; naïve, romantic lyrical content; and moments of earnest protest.  
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Tina Brooks – Back To The Tracks
Tina Brooks – Back To The Tracks
AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine The music that comprises Back to the Tracks was recorded in September 1960, months after the sessions for True Blue, but it sat on the shelves until Mosaic reissued it as part of their Complete Blue Note Recordings box, even though it was penciled in for release. Like Minor Move, Tina Brooks first session that stayed unreleased for over 20 years, Back to the Tracks is an excellent hard bop set, and it's hard to understand why it wasn't released at the time. Brooks leads a fantastic band featuring alto saxophonist Jackie McLean, trumpeter Blue Mitchell, pianist Kenny Drew, bassist Paul Chambers and drummer Art Taylor through three originals and two standards. Each musician has opportunity to shine, but Brooks remains the center of attention. His style is remarkably fluid, capable of graceful, elegant turns on the ballads and clean, speedy improvisations on the up-tempo bop. Each of the five songs have breathtaking moments, confirming Brooks talents as a saxophonist, composer and leader. Listening to Back to the Tracks, it's impossible to figure out why the record wasn't released at the time, but it's a hard bop gem from the early '60s to cherish.  
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Tina Brooks – True Blue
Tina Brooks – True Blue
True Blue is down home but neither Tina or Freddie are self conscious or put their audience on.  There are some nice little commas and apostrophes in the line.  Tina has gone his own way.  To do this within an already established framework is, in some senses, as much of an accomplishment as forming a completely new style".
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Toni Childs – Union
Toni Childs – Union
Union’s release in 1988 announced a bold, incendiary new voice in the singer/songwriter sweepstakes in Toni Childs.
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Tschaikowsky – Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op.74(Pathetique)
Tschaikowsky – Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op.74(Pathetique)
Not even the man behind the microphone, Werner Wolf, can recall making this recording – although a yellowed recording protocol discloses carefully noted details about the recording venue and date. No wonder that the tapes never got made into records. It is not with a little pride and much joyful anticipation that the announcement can be made: the record is spinning on the turntable at last! And at long last a gap in Fricsay’s repertoire can be closed. Specially recommended: listen to the wonderful clarity of the upper strings which is preserved even in the softest passages.
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Sale! U2 – Boy
U2 – Boy
U2's Boy is one of those very special records from my teenage years. The sound of this new edition beats the pants off of my stock copy of my youth. The super quiet vinyl makes for a great listen. The 16 page booklet features pictures from the period and a nice little essay by English journalist Paul Morley.
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Sale! U2 – October
U2 – October
U2's most openly spiritual album, in which Bono wrestles with faith, doubt and devotion and does it all live on the microphone, calling out to the Lord like a preacher speaking in tongues, the Holy Spirit coursing through his veins. It was a high wire act, a white knuckle affair, a musical Rorschach test. There is little polish and finesse about the lyrics on October but they are extraordinarily alive and revealing, a genuine example of Van Morrison's much vaunted "inarticulate speech of the heart."
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Vacuum Tube Power Amplifier : A-08S 45single
Vacuum Tube Power Amplifier : A-08S 45single
A-08 that is the antecedent of this A-08S was evaluated very highly among the mania of the single amplifier of the vacuum tube, for instance, receive high evaluation since the launching and receive the SOTA prize in Internet audio magazine 6moons of U.S.A There are many one that are combined with the high efficiency speaker such as the ALTEC and LAWTHER into one of the user, although it was becoming the bestseller of No.1 among the product of our company and be desiring and be making lower the remaining noise and was receiving the request a lot. The quality of the sound at the time of the small signal is important' in a high efficiency speaker it is thought that it was the vacuum tube that 45' of the tone quality were suited to those request most. There is the characteristic that the high efficiency speaker appears largely as it is even the noise not only the music signal. Therefore the noise level needs to be held down over a general amplifier.
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Van Halen – Van Halen
Van Halen – Van Halen
He makes sounds that were unimagined before this album, and they still sound nearly inconceivable. But, at least at this point, these songs were never vehicles for Van Halen's playing; they were true blue, bone-crunching rockers, not just great riffs but full-fledged anthems, like "Jamie's Cryin'," "Atomic Punk," and "Ain't Talkin' Bout Love," songs that changed rock & roll and still are monolithic slabs of rock to this day. They still sound vital, surprising, and ultimately fun -- and really revolutionary, because no other band rocked like this before Van Halen, and it's still a giddy thrill to hear them discover a new way to rock on this stellar, seminal debut.  
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Sale! Van Morrison – Astral Weeks
Van Morrison – Astral Weeks
Mastered from the original analog master tapes by Kevin Grey at AcousTech Mastering and pressed on 180-gram vinyl. "…it obsoletes the original in almost every way…When you hear the new reissue, even if you've heard the original 100 times since it first came out, which would easily be me, you will almost jump out of your seat when you hear these familiar elements move from the shadows to the foreground…Astral Weeks, one of the great records of the rock era, is destined to become one of the great reissues of the post-CD/analog revival era." Music = 11/11, Sound = 10/11 – Michael Fremer, www.musicangle.com 1968's Astral Weeks remains not only Morrison's masterpiece but one of the greatest records ever made. A haunting, deeply personal collection of impressionistic folk-styled epics recorded by an all-star jazz backing unit including bassist Richard Davis and drummer Connie Kay, its poetic complexity earned critical raves but made only a minimal commercial impact.
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