Jun 02

Julio Iglesias – 1100 Bel Air Place (1984/2015) 
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 40:27 minutes | 1,25 GB | Genre: Pop
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Front Cover | @ Sony Music Latin

1100 Bel Air Place is a 1984 album of love songs performed by Julio Iglesias, and released by Columbia Records. It was the first of Iglesias’ albums to be sung largely in English, and it is generally considered his breakthrough album in English speaking markets.

The album features Julio’s only Pop Top 40 hits, “To All the Girls I’ve Loved Before”, with Willie Nelson, and “All of You” with Diana Ross. The Beach Boys sang back-up on “The Air That I Breathe”, a tune that the British band The Hollies previously made famous.

The album’s title is the address, 1100 Bel Air Place — Iglesias’ former home in Los Angeles, California, which was owned by music producer Quincy Jones until September 2005.

1100 Bel Air Place was designed as Julio Iglesias’ breakthrough to the American audience, finding the Latin superstar recording with producer Richard Perry — the architect behind blockbusters by Barbra Streisand, Ringo Starr and Harry Nilsson — and duetting with such established American superstars as Diana Ross, Stan Getz, the Beach Boys and Willie Nelson. The latter, of course, provided Iglesias with the key to his crossover with a duet on Hal David and Albert Hammond’s “To All the Girls I’ve Loved Before,” a song that became ubiquitous in 1984. If 1100 Bel Air Place is a bit too tied to that year — not just through the presence of its blockbuster hit, but also through Perry’s cavernous ’80s production, a brittle affair where even studio pros sound like synthesizers — it is nevertheless a testament to the commercial savviness of all involved. Perry captured the sound of adult contemporary radio circa 1984 just perfectly, creating the ideal vehicle for Iglesias’ smooth vocals, which skirted just on the edge of being schmaltzy but never went over that edge. The material was well selected — heavy on Hammond songs, including his other signature song “The Air That I Breathe” and “Moonlight Lady,” and it was expertly executed according the conventions of mid-’80s soft rock. As a matter of fact, apart from “Me Va, Me Va” (also written by Hammond) and the accent in Iglesias’ voice, this could pass as a straight-up adult contemporary record from the ’80s — which is why it was a hit, turning Iglesias into a true star in America, the one market he hadn’t conquered — but it’s also why 1100 Bel Air Place may sound a little too dated to some ears: it is truly, thoroughly, an artifact of its time. But according to those standards, it works very well, and even if the sound of the record don’t necessarily hold up, it’s still easy to listen to this and realize exactly how it made Julio Iglesias a star in 1984. –AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine

1 All of You (feat. Diana Ross) 04:02
2 Two Lovers 04:22
3 Bambou Medley: Il Tape Sur Des Bambous / Jamaica 03:53
4 The Air That I Breathe (feat. The Beach Boys) 03:55
5 The Last Time 03:39
6 Moonlight Lady 04:13
7 When I Fall in Love 03:33
8 Me Va, Me Va 06:07
9 If (E Poi) 03:12
10 To All the Girls I’ve Loved Before (feat. Willie Nelson) 03:31

Julio Iglesias – main artist, vocals
Mike Landau, David Williams – guitars
John Barnes, Michael Boddicker, Robbie Buchanan, Michel Colombier, Rafael Ferro, David Foster, Nicky Hopkins, James Newton Howard, Randy Kerber, Steve Mitchell, Greg Phillinganes, John Van Tongeren – keyboards
Arnold Belnick, Isabelle Daskoff, Assa Drori, Henry Ferver, Joe Goodman, Reg Hill, Bill Hymanson, Kathy Lenski, Bill Nuttycombe, Stanley Plummer, Bob and Sheldon Sanov, Haim Shtrum, Marshall Sosson, Bob Sushel, Mary Tsumura, Gerald Vinci, Shari Zippert – violin
Stan Ackerman, Marilyn Baker, Myer Bello, Pamela Goldsmith, Allan Harshman, Virginia Majewski, Garey Nuttycombe, Dave Schwartz – viola
Ron Cooper, Larry Corbett, Douglas Davis, Ray Kelley, Jacqueline Lustgarten, Fred Seydora, David Speltz – cello
Charles Davis, Chuck Findley, Gary Grant, Larry Hall, Jerry Hey – brass
Erich Bulling – horns
Richard Todd, Brad Warnaar – French horn
Les Benedict, Dick Hyde, Charles Loper, Lew McCreary, Dick Nash, Bill Reichenbach – trombone
Alexandra Brown, Kenny Cetera, Steven George, Tom Kelly, Richard Marx, Richard Page, Stephanie Spruill, Julia and Maxine Waters – backing vocals
Abraham Laboriel, Nathan East, Neil Steubenhaus, Mike Porcaro – bass
Carlos Vega – drums
Stan Getz- Saxophone
Luis Conte, Michael Fisher, Paulinho da Costa – percussion

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Jun 02

Julio Iglesias – En el Olympia (1976/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 01:06:12 minutes | 767 MB | Genre: Pop, Latin Pop
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Julio Iglesias is the best selling international artist in Brazil with over 12.4 million records sold and also one of the best-selling artists worldwide, with 100 million records sold in 14 languages and released 80 albums, and more than 2,600 gold and platinum records certified.

1 Introducción/Vivencias 5:35
2 Por El Amor De Una Mujer 3:40
3 Dicen 3:15
4 Solamente Una Vez 2:05
5 Corazón, Corazón 1:37
6 María Bonita 2:16
7 El Amor (La Tendresse) 3:30
8 A Veces Tu, A Veces Yo 3:00
9 Abrázame 3:40
10 Un Canto A Galicia 3:53
11 Manuela 3:15
12 Así Nacemos 6:30
13 Feelings 3:10
14 Quiero 3:05
15 Candilejas 4:10
16 Quien 4:05
17 La Mer (El Mar) 3:37
18 Minueto 5:48

Julio Iglesias – vocals
Rafael Ferro – arranger, conductor

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Jun 02

Julio Iglesias – Moments (1982)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 38:37 minutes |1,22 GB | Genre: Latin, Pop
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Front Cover | © Columbia

Released in 1982, MOMENTS is an outstanding example of Julio Iglesias’s considerable charm. With their sweeping, synth-laden arrangements, these songs, particularly “Nathalie” and “Esa Mujer,” provide the perfect format for Iglesias’s expressive croon, which effortlessly conjures up romantic scenarios. Paired with 1100 BEL AIR PLACE, this album reveals the Spanish performer at the peak of both his vocal abilities and his popularity.

1 Nathalie 3:57
2 Momentos 3:35
3 La Paloma 4:56
4 Las Cosas Que Tiene La Vida 3:32
5 Amor 3:21
6 Quijote 4:03
7 No Me Vuelvo A Enamorar 3:51
8 Con La Misma Piedra 3:59
9 Esa Mujer 4:05
10 Si El Amor Llama A Tu Puerta 3:37

Julio Iglesias – Vocals
Ramón Arcusa – Arranger, Conductor

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Jun 02

Julio Iglesias – A Mexico (1975)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 33:31 minutes | 402 MB | Genre: Latin, Pop
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Front Cover | © Columbia

A México is a 1975 album by Julio Iglesias. It was released on the Alhambra label.

1. Cucurrucucú paloma   3:28
2. No me amenaces   3:12
3. Ella   3:24
4. Cuando vivas conmigo   2:37
5. Noche de ronda   3:58
6. Sólamente una vez   3:37
7. Amanecí en tus brazos   3:19
8. Corazón, corazón   3:44
9. De un mundo raro   3:12
10. María Bonita   3:00

Julio Iglesias, vocals
Rafael Ferro, arranger, conductor

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Jun 01

Marty Gold And His Orchestra – The Broadway Soundaroundus (1967/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 29:25 minutes | 1,1 GB | Genre: Pop
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Front Cover | © RCA/Legacy
Recorded: 1967, Webster Hall, New York City

Marty Gold and his Orchestra play The Broadway Soundaroundus in this 1967 release.

Space-age pop arranger and composer Marty Gold was born December 26, 1915 in New York City; after spending the early decades of his career as a big-band pianist, during the early 1950s he became a studio arranger at Decca Records, and also authored the Four Aces’ 1951 smash “Tell Me Why.” Gold later jumped to RCA, where he collaborated on a series of LPs by the Three Suns; he also arranged and conducted numerous sessions for Peter Nero. For RCA and its affiliates Vik and X, Gold and his orchestra recorded a series of LPs — among them Organized for Hi-Fi, Stereo Action Goes Hollywood, Soundpower! Music to the Limits of Audibility and Soundaroundus — much prized by today’s collectors of space-age lounge-pop. —Artist Biography by Jason Ankeny

1 The Sound Of Music (From “The Sound Of Music”)    2:46
2 Holly Golightly (From “Holly Golightly”)    2:43
3 Try To Remember (From “The Fantasticks”)    2:39
4 Cabaret (From “Cabaret”)    2:00
5 I Do, I Do (From “I Do, I Do”)    2:58
6 Hello Dolly (From “Hello Dolly”)    2:15
7 Breakfast At Tiffany’s (From “Holly Golightly”)    2:53
8 Fiddler On The Roof (From “Fiddler On The Roof”)    2:25
9 If He Walked Into My Life (From “Mame”)    3:10
10 (He Is) Very Close To Wonderful (From “Walking Happy”)    2:20
11 Get Me To The Church On Time (From “My Fair Lady”)    2:24

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Jun 01

Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell ‎- United (1967/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 33:15 minutes | 1,64 GB | Genre: R&B, Pop
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Digital Booklet | © Motown

“United” is a studio album by soul musicians Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell, released August 29, 1967 on the Motown-subsidiary label Tamla Records. Harvey Fuqua and Johnny Bristol produced all of the tracks on the album, with the exception of “You Got What It Takes” (produced by Motown CEO Berry Gordy, Jr.) and “Oh How I’d Miss You” (produced by Hal Davis). Fuqua and Bristol produced “Hold Me Oh My Darling” and “Two Can Have a Party” as Tammi Terrell solo tracks in 1965 and 1966, and had Gaye overdub his vocals to them in order to create duet versions of the songs. United yielded four Top 100 Billboard chart hits, including the two Top 10 singles “Your Precious Love,” “If I Could Build My Whole World Around You,” the Top 20 single, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” and “If This World Were Mine”. “United” peaked at #69 on the U.S. Billboard 200 album chart and #7 on the U.S. Billboard R&B albums chart upon its release. The album was the first of two collaborative albums by Gaye and Terrell.

United was the first of Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell’s three LPs, and quite possibly the best of the lot. Harvey Fuqua and Johnny Bristol handled the productions and gave the photogenic duo a slightly harder edge than subsequent productions by Valerie Simpson and Nickolas Ashford. Three blockbusters — “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” “If I Could Build My World Around You,” and “Your Precious Love” — propelled the album to number 29 on the pop charts, the highest rating of any of the duo’s LPs. Plus, you had treats like “Little Ole Boy, Little Ole Girl,” a remake of Loe & Joe’s little-known release on Fuqua’s Harvey Records in 1962. “Two Can Have a Party” grooves from start to finish and could have been the fourth hit, but Motown thought otherwise. I like the duo’s rendition of “Hold Me Oh My Darling,” a song Tammi first recorded on her solo album; the stuttering chorus and bass backing voice makes it unique. You won’t find two better ballads than “Give a Little Love” or the often-recorded “If This World Were Mine”; written by Marvin Gaye, the starry-eyed proclamation has become an R&B standard, and rightfully so. ~~ AllMusic Review by Andrew Hamilton


01. “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” (02:28)
(Nickolas Ashford, Valerie Simpson)
02. “You Got What It Takes” (02:55)
(Berry Gordy, Jr., Gwen Gordy, Tyran Carlo)
03. “If I Could Build My Whole World Around You” (02:21)
(Harvey Fuqua, Johnny Bristol, Vernon Bullock)
04. “Somethin’ Stupid” (02:41)
(C. Carson Parks)
05. “Your Precious Love” (03:03)
(Nickolas Ashford, Valerie Simpson)
06. “Hold Me Oh My Darling” (02:47)
(Harvey Fuqua)
07. “Two Can Have a Party” (02:14)
(Johnny Bristol, Harvey Fuqua, Thomas Kemp)
08. “Little Ole Boy, Little Ole Girl” (02:41)
(Harvey Fuqua, Etta James, Brook Benton)
09. “If This World Were Mine” (02:42)
(Marvin Gaye)
10. “Sad Wedding” (03:23)
(Johnny Bristol, Jackey Beavers)
11. “Give A Little Love” (02:57)
(Johnny Bristol, Harvey Fuqua, Clyde Wilson)
12. “Oh How I’d Miss You” (02:33)
(Hal Davis, Frank Wilson, Vance Wilson)

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May 27

Eumir Deodato – Motion (1984/2011)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 36:40 minutes | 1,34 GB | Genre: Electronic, Pop, R&B
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Front Cover | © Rhino/Warner Bros.
Recorded: Duplex Sound, NYC, January, February, March, 1984

Motion, released in 1984, is an invigorating work that finds Deodato delving into the realms of electro-inspired music. The futuristic project presents Deodato combining Linn and DMX drums with more traditional instruments highlighting his compelling keyboard skills. Singer Katreese Barnes lends refreshing vocals to this urban funk-disco album. The mind-bending record is vital for any music library.

Motion, released in 1984, is an electronic affair. Deodato fully engaged the keyboard-drenched production of the 1980s and it is in full flower here, with Linn and DMX drums programmed all over the place to further enhance the multiple layers of synthesizers that coat every cut. In fact, the very notion of song takes a back seat to the terrain of sound itself. This is music for the dance club, but it has little to do with disco — its rhythms are looped and linked but remain utterly uninteresting, and the sonics, while bright and silvery, are paper thin. The album’s single was “Never Knew Love,” a characteristic bit of urban pop-funk tossed into the mix for balance. Katreese Barnes’ lead vocals are a breath of fresh air after the futuristic funk catastrophe of “S.O.S., Fire in the Sky.” The funky disco fusion of “Bus Stop” is catchy but utterly unimaginative. In fact, most of this record sounds like it could have been cranked out in Deodato’s sleep. ~~ AllMusic Review by Thom Jurek

1 S.O.S., Fire In The Sky 6:18
2 Never Knew Love 5:47
3 Bus Stop 7:05
4 Motion 6:13
5 Are You For Real 5:10
6 Make You Feel Good 6:07

Eumir Deodato – Arranger, Composer, Keyboards, Linn Drum, Programming
Jerry Barnes – Bass, Composer, Drum Programming, Guitar, Synthesizer Bass, Vocals (Background)
Katreese Barnes – Composer, Keyboards, Programming, Vocals, Vocoder Programming
Camille – Vocals
Norman Durham – Composer, Programming, Synthesizer Bass
Earl Gardner – Trumpet
Juicy – Vocals
Bob Malach – Sax (Tenor)
Keith O’Quinn – Trombone
Alan Palanker – Composer, Keyboards, Programming
Nelson Rangell – Sax (Alto)
Rick Suchow – Composer, Programming, Synthesizer Bass

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May 26

Ellie Goulding – Delirium (2015) 
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 01:22:12 minutes | 0,97 GB | Genre: Pop
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: PonoMusic | Front Cover | © Polydor Records UK

Delirium is the third studio album by English singer and songwriter Ellie Goulding, released on 6 November 2015 by Polydor Records. Music critics were generally impressed by the overall production of the record, although they were ambivalent in regards to its originality. It debuted at number three on the UK Albums Chart and the US Billboard 200, earning Goulding her highest-charting record in the latter country and her highest first-week sales figures in both territories. The album has spawned three singles: “On My Mind”, “Army” and “Something in the Way You Move”.

British chanteuse Ellie Goulding returns with her highly anticipated third studio album, 2015’s expertly produced Delirium. Goulding’s previous effort, 2012’s Halcyon, was a hypnotically ambient, lightly experimental album that balanced catchy pop hooks with textural electronic soundscapes. While Delirium isn’t devoid of this electronic atmosphere, it’s somewhat more mainstream in its tone, and finds Goulding expanding her sonic palette with a melodically catchy set of more R&B-infused songs. Helping Goulding to achieve this are a handful of uber-pop producer/songwriters, including Sweden’s Max Martin (Britney Spears, Taylor Swift) and Carl Falk (One Direction, Nicki Minaj), Savan Kotecha (Ariana Grande, One Direction), Greg Kurstin (Sia, P!nk), and others. Halcyon also benefited from a similarly collaborative approach, but Delirium feels less distinctly personal, bigger in scope, and brimming with a pressurized commercial energy. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Whereas Halcyon may have required several listens to grow on you, Delirium grabs you with immediately hooky, danceable tracks like “Something in the Way You Move,” “Keep on Dancin’,” and “Don’t Need Nobody.” Some of the more R&B-leaning cuts like the Police-meets-Rihanna single “On My Mind” seem at first like an odd fit for Goulding’s highly resonant, throaty chirp of a voice. That said, Goulding’s voice has always fit well in the contemporary pop landscape and even when you get the sense that she’s trying on someone else’s sound, as in the CeeLo-esque “Around U” and the swoon-worthy “Codes” with its ’90s Brandy-meets-M83 vibe, the sheer craftsmanship of the material alone keeps you listening. There are also enough passionately heartfelt EDM anthems, like the effusive “Army” and bubbly, Ibiza-ready “Devotion,” to please longtime Goulding fans. Ultimately, it’s the unexpectedly appealing combination of Goulding’s distinctive voice and the melismatic R&B bent of the songs on Delirium that makes for such an ecstatic listen. ~~ AllMusic Review by Matt Collar

1. Intro (Delirium) 01:54
2. Aftertaste 03:46
3. Something In The Way You Move 03:47
4. Keep On Dancin’ 03:46
5. On My Mind 03:33
6. Around U 03:17
7. Codes 03:16
8. Holding On For Life 04:15
9. Love Me Like You Do (From “Fifty Shades Of Grey”) 04:12
10. Don’t Need Nobody 03:33
11. Don’t Panic 03:16
12. We Can’t Move To This 03:28
13. Army 03:57
14. Lost And Found 03:36
15. Devotion 03:46
16. Scream It Out 03:09
17. The Greatest 03:31
18. I Do What I Love 02:51
19. Paradise 03:44
20. Winner 03:20
21. Heal 04:52
22. Outside 03:47
23. Powerful 03:26

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May 26

Harry Belafonte, Miriam Makeba – An Evening With Belafonte-Makeba (1965/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 00:34:22 minutes | 720 MB | Genre: Pop
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Front Cover | © RCA/Legacy
Recorded: 1965, RCA Victor’s Studio A, New York City

An Evening With Belafonte/Makeba is Harry Belafonte and Miriam Makeba’s 1965 Grammy Award-winning album for Best Folk Recording. The recording features five songs sung by Belafonte, five by Makeba and two duets with the two vocalists. An Evening With Belafonte/Makeba delves into the political plight South Africans were facing under apartheid.

Since Harry Belafonte and Miriam Makeba had appeared together in concert frequently in the early ’60s, customers spying an LP called An Evening with Belafonte/Makeba might reasonably have assumed that the record would contain a joint live performance by the two, and that might help explain why this album charted in the Top 100 despite its challenging material. To begin with, it is not a live album, but rather a studio recording. And it isn’t so much a duo album, for the most part, as a joint album; Belafonte and Makeba perform together on only two tracks, “Train Song” and “Cannon.” Otherwise, they split up the selections, each appearing on five. The real point of this album is to present a group of South African songs in more or less authentic fashion. They are sung mostly in either Xhosa or Zulu, with one song in Sotho and another in Swahili. Despite the English song titles (with the original titles following in parenthesis), there is only one moment on the album when the English language is spoken; that is when Makeba explains the meaning of “Khawuleza” (the Xhosa title of “Hurry, Mama, Hurry!”) as referring to situations in which children alert their mothers that the authorities are coming. Both Belafonte and Makeba are frequently accompanied by a choir for some wonderful effects. This is a powerful album of traditional South African music, and anyone buying it realizing that will be well satisfied. Just don’t think the disc is what it appears to be from the title. ~~ AllMusic Review by William Ruhlmann

1. Train Song (Mbombela) 03:10
2. Kwazulu (In the Land of the Zulus) 02:32
3. Hush, Hush (Thula, Thula) 03:03
4. Nongqongqo (To Thos We Love) 02:17
5. Give Us Our Land (Mabayeke) 02:27
6. Beware, Verwoerd! (Ndodemnyama) 02:05
7. Gone Are My Children (Baile Banake) 02:47
8. Hurry, Mama, Hurry! (Khawuleza) 03:25
9. My Angel (Malaika) 03:12
10. Cannon (Mbayi, Mbayi) 02:47
11. Lullaby (Thula Sthandwa Same) 02:46
12. Show Me The Way, My Brother (Iph’Indlela) 03:10

Harry Belafonte – vocals (#1,3,5,7,9,11,12)
Miriam Makeba – vocals (#1,2,4,6,8,9,10)
Sam Brown, Eddie Diehl, Marvin Falcon, Ernie Calabria, Jay Berliner – guitar
William Salter, John Cartwright – bass
Auchee Lee, Solomon Ilori, Chief Bey, Ralph MacDonald, Percy Brice – percussion
Conducted by Jonas Gwangwa and Howard Roberts

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May 26

Harry Belafonte – Jump Up Calypso (1961/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 00:41:45 minutes | 910 MB | Genre: Pop
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Front Cover | © RCA/Legacy
Recorded: June 3-6, 1961 at Webster Hall, New York, New York

Jump Up Calypso is Harry Belafonte’s second studio album originally released in 1961. The record went on to sell over a million copies and made it to the number 3 spot on Billboard‘s Pop chart.

Belafonte was an established all-around entertainer and actor by the time of this album, so it could be seen in a sense as a return to “roots” styles. In any case, it’s all-out calypso, with backing by the Trinidad Steel Band, and qualifies as one of his most energetic albums, even getting rambunctious at times. ~~AllMusic Review by Richie Unterberger

1. Sweetheart From Venezuela 03:32
2. Go Down Emanuel Road 03:11
3. The Baby Boy 03:22
4. Gloria 03:08
5. Land of the Sea and Sun 02:59
6. Goin’ Down Jordan 03:35
7. Jump in the Line 03:44
8. Kingston Market 03:17
9. Monkey 03:58
10. These Are The Times 03:14
11. Bally Mena 03:25
12. Angelina 03:58

Harry Belafonte – vocals
The Trinidad Steel Band
Ernie Calabria – guitar, quatro
Millard Thomas – guitar
Norman Keenan – bass

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