Vivaldi : The Four Seasons
Vivaldi : The Four Seasons
That the work can be beautifully performed without resorting to venturesome experiments is shown by the PCPO and soloist Daniel Gaede, who focus on authenticity and straightforwardness in their reading, without pledging themselves to a scholastic performance practice as preached by some Baroque gurus. The colourful constant change from good-humoured playing together to 'contesting' with one another is filled with the sheer joy of music-making that is free of mannerisms and whims. These performers demonstrate just how smoothly a four-wheeled Baroque motor can run: it purrs, sings, murmurs, accelerates and slackens without juddering in the least. This recording’s forte is found in the light-hearted simplicity and naturalness of the playing and the finely balanced analogue sound recording.
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Walton – Facade / Lecocq – Mamzelle Angot
Walton – Facade / Lecocq – Mamzelle Angot
The Light Ballet has always been among the most popular of genres, and more than any other form of ballet it is dependent upon its musical score.
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Warne Marsh – Jazz of Two Cities
Warne Marsh – Jazz of Two Cities
Warne Marsh and Ted Brown playing tenor saxes are joined by Ronnie Ball on piano, Ben Tucker on bass and Jeff Morton on drums on this Classic Imperial Series reissue. The original full-track mono master tape was used on Classic's all-tube mono cutting system (including mono tape head, cutting hear and cutter head) at Bernie Grundman Mastering with Bernie Grundman doing the set-up and cutting.
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Sale! Warren Zevon – Warren Zevon s/t
Warren Zevon – Warren Zevon s/t
At the time Warren Zevon cut his first self titled album in 1976, he was not considered an average member of "LA's Mellow Mafia." Zevon's music was full of blood, bile, and mean spirited irony, and the glossy surfaces of Jackson Browne's production failed to disguise the bitter heart of the songs on Warren Zevon. But for all their darkness, Zevon's songs also possessed a steely intelligence, a winning wit, and an unusually sophisticated melodic sense. Warren Zevon may not have been the songwriter's debut but it was the album that confirmed he was a major talent, and it remains a black-hearted pop delight.  
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Weather Report – Tale Spinnin’
Weather Report – Tale Spinnin’
The heart-stopping mix of motivic fixed points and exciting improvisations, "the sketchy melodies, all that a synthesizer and other similar electronic devices could offer, combined with a Milky Way of rhythms" (Der Spiegel) was the pathway down which the group went – without ever becoming pure routine. The fifth album, "Tale Spinnin’", is captivating for its wealth of distinctive, often warm, synthesized sounds, which are further enhanced by Wayne Shorter’s bright, twangy soprano saxophone, lending it a jazzy aura. To be sure, this gripping jazz fusion never progresses steadily all the time, but takes up snatchy, though seemingly familiar, melodic ingredients and combines them to produce a new mixture. "Badia", however, is completely different: a quietly flowing and totally rhythmic ethnic work, which today would be classified as World Music.  
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Weldon Irvine : Cosmic Vortex
Weldon Irvine : Cosmic Vortex

After two visionary LPs for his own tiny Nodlew label, Weldon Irvine signed to RCA for “Cosmic Vortex (Justice Divine)”, exploring the deeply spiritual and political terrain of his previous efforts on the kind of grand musical scale that major-label … Continued

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Wendell Harrison : An Evening With The Devil
Wendell Harrison : An Evening With The Devil

“The compositions we play are reflective of the music of our times whereby we play Jazz, Rock, and African music with its poly or many rhythms. I wrote all the tunes on this particular LP and it is written as … Continued

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Wes Montgomery – Down Here On The Ground
Wes Montgomery – Down Here On The Ground
Sales figures of the first two LPs for World Pacific Records were minimal at the time when Wes Montgomery’s first band was purely a family affair called The Montgomery Brothers. From California, Wes travelled eastwards, and the Riverside label produced his first jazz recordings. But it was with the label Verve and Creed Taylor, who had risen to the position of producer, with whom he made his true success story.
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Willie Nelson – Red Headed Stranger
Willie Nelson – Red Headed Stranger
Willie's 1978 concept album, with its mystic and religious overtones, broke all of the traditional rules of country music and helped establish Austin, Texas as ground zero of the "Outlaw" movement. Nelson's self-financed, surprise double-platinum smash helped him reach by far his largest audience and yielded the No. 1 country single "Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain."
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Willie Nelson – Stardust
Willie Nelson – Stardust
“Why be predictable?,” Willie Nelson asked Columbia Records executive Nick Blackburn, after the latter resisted the Red Headed Stranger’s decision to make an album of classic pop tunes. Talk about outlaw country. Cutting against the genre’s traditions and Music Row conventions, Nelson’s Stardust remains a genius-level creation as well as the icon’s most commercially successful release, a truly gorgeous record infused with ultimate respect for composers and lyrics and many of the finest performances of his career. It is a quintessential part of any catalog.  
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Sale! Willie Nelson : Stardust
Willie Nelson : Stardust
Arranged by Booker T. Jones of Green Onions fame and recorded in Nelson's inimitable style in Emmylou Harris' house.
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