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

Tracklist:

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

Tracklist:
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

Personnel:
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 22

V.A. – Jazz in an R&B Groove, Volume 2 (2006)
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 61:22 minutes | Scans included | 2,47 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 1,14 GB
HighNote Records SACD # HCD 6015 | Genre: Jazz, R&B

Jazz in an R&B Groove is a fine sampling of the jazz artists and vocalists on the 2004 High Note roster. All 11 tracks are cover versions of soul, R&B, and standards including “Let’s Stay Together” (Houston Person), “The Closer I Get to You” (Charles Earland Tribute Band), “What a Difference a Day Makes” (Irene Reid), “Night Life” (Dakota Staton) and “Watermelon Man” (Red Holloway). All of these tracks have been previously released but it’s still a great way to get familiar with the High Note label and audiophiles will be interested in knowing that this title.

Tracklist:
01. Charles Earland – Pick Up The Pieces
02. Melvin Sparks – My Girl
03. Eric Alexander – Where Is The Love
04. Irene Reid – Your Mind Is On Vacation
05. Charles Earland – Put It Where You Want It
06. Ernie Andrews – She’s Got The Blues For Sale
07. Joe Chambers – Tu-Way-Pock-E-Way
08. Winard Harper – Dat Dere
09. Jesse Thomas – Ya-Ya
10. David “Fathead” Newman – Hit The Road Jack

HighNote Records is an American record label based in New York City, specializing in jazz music. HighNote was founded by Joe Fields, who worked for Prestige Records as an executive in the 1960s and founded Muse Records in the 1970s. HighNote also reissues classic jazz recordings, from artists such as Art Tatum, Thelonious Monk and Woody Shaw.

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May 22

V.A. – Jazz in an R&B Groove (2004)
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 64:44 minutes | Scans included | 2,62 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 1,16 GB
HighNote Records SACD # HCD 6012 | Genre:Jazz, R&B

Jazz in an R&B Groove is a fine sampling of the jazz artists and vocalists on the 2004 High Note roster. All 11 tracks are cover versions of soul, R&B, and standards including “Let’s Stay Together” (Houston Person), “The Closer I Get to You” (Charles Earland Tribute Band), “What a Difference a Day Makes” (Irene Reid), “Night Life” (Dakota Staton) and “Watermelon Man” (Red Holloway). All of these tracks have been previously released but it’s still a great way to get familiar with the High Note label and audiophiles will be interested in knowing that this title.

Tracklist:
01. Irene Reid – What A Difference A Day Makes
02. Houston Person – What’s Going On
03. Dakota Staton – Night Life
04. Houston Person – Let’s Stay Together
05. Red Holloway – Watermelon Man
06. Della Griffin – This Bitter Earth
07. Houston Person – At Last
08. Charles Earland Tribute Band – The Closer I Get to You
09. Ernie Andrews – Everybody’s Somebody’s Fool
10. Irene Reid – I Believe I Can Fly
11. Bruce Williams – Our Day Will Come

HighNote Records is an American record label based in New York City, specializing in jazz music. HighNote was founded by Joe Fields, who worked for Prestige Records as an executive in the 1960s and founded Muse Records in the 1970s. HighNote also reissues classic jazz recordings, from artists such as Art Tatum, Thelonious Monk and Woody Shaw.

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May 15

Aretha Franklin – A Bit Of Soul (1965/2011)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 53:58 minutes | 900 MB | Genre: R&B, Soul
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Front Cover | © Columbia/Legacy

Aretha Louise Franklin (born March 25, 1942) is an American singer and musician. Franklin began her career singing gospel at her father, minister C. L. Franklin’s church as a child. In 1960, at age 18, Franklin embarked on a secular career, recording for Columbia Records only achieving modest success. Following her signing to Atlantic Records in 1967, Franklin achieved commercial acclaim and success with songs such as ‘Respect’, ‘(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman’ and ‘Think’. These hits and more helped her to gain the title The Queen of Soul by the end of the 1960s decade.

Franklin eventually recorded a total of 88 charted singles on Billboard, including 77 Hot 100 entries and twenty number-one R&B singles, becoming the most charted female artist in the chart’s history. Franklin also recorded acclaimed albums such as I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You, Lady Soul, Young, Gifted & Black and Amazing Grace before experiencing problems with her record company by the mid-1970s. After her father was shot in 1979, Franklin left Atlantic and signed with Arista Records, finding success with a cameo appearance in the film, The Blues Brothers and with the albums, Jump to It and Who’s Zoomin’ Who?. In 1998, Franklin won international acclaim for singing the opera aria, ‘Nessun Dorma’, at the Grammys of that year replacing Luciano Pavarotti. Later that same year, she scored her final Top 40 recording with ‘A Rose Is Still a Rose’.

Tracklist:
1. Follow Your Heart 02:26
2. Only the One You Love 02:24
3. One Step Ahead 02:34
4. Can’t You Just See Me 02:03
5. How to Murder Your Wife 02:55
6. A Little Bit of Soul 02:21
7. Cry Like a Baby 02:13
8. Her Little Heart Went to Loveland 02:34
9. Remember Me 02:13
10. Land of Dreams 02:14
11. Little Miss Raggedy Ann 02:10

Bonus tracks:
12. Deeper 02:12
13. I Still Can’t Forget 02:55
14. Rose of Washington Square 02:38

Mono Mixes:
15. Take It Like You Give It 01:53
16. Follow Your Heart 02:26
17. Only the One You Love 02:22
18. One Step Ahead 02:27
19. How to Murder Your Wife 02:49
20. A Little Bit of Soul 02:18
21. Cry Like a Baby 02:06
22. Her Little Heart Went to Loveland 02:35

Personnel:
Aretha Franklin, vocals, piano
Belford C. Hendricks, arranger, conductor

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May 15

Aretha Franklin – Runnin’ Out Of Fools (1964/2011)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 39:53 minutes | 683 MB | Genre: R&B, Soul
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Front Cover | © Columbia/Legacy

Runnin’ Out Of Fools is an earlier album by Aretha Franklin and was originally released in 1964. It was produced by Clyde Otis and the music was arranged and conducted by Belford C. Hendricks.

Runnin’ Out of Fools is the seventh studio album by American singer Aretha Franklin. Runnin Out Of Fools is the birth of Aretha Franklin’s soulful sound – a real change from the jazzier sound of her first two albums for Columbia, and a set that really shows some great sides of her talents! Arrangements are by Belford Hendricks, who creates an uptown-styled sort of sound – one that has fuller strings and a bit of backing vocals, but also a nice little groove at the bottom – territory that’s somewhere between the country soul of the early 60s, and some of the tighter New York soul that was on the rise. Aretha’s vocals are great – heartbreaking one minute, proud and righteous the next – and the album’s proof that she was always a wonderful singer, no matter what the setting. Titles include ‘Mockingbird’, ‘Walk On By’, ‘How Glad I Am’, ‘I Can’t Wait Until I See My Baby’s Face’, ‘Runnin’ Out Of Fools’, and ‘One Room Paradise’.

Tracklist:
1. Mockingbird 02:34
2. How Glad I Am 02:32
3. Walk on By 02:47
4. Every Little Bit Hurts 02:46
5. The Shoop Shoop Song (It’s in His Kiss) 02:22
6. You’ll Lose a Good Thing 02:38
7. I Can’t Wait Until I See My Baby’s Face 02:44
8. It’s Just a Matter of Time 02:56
9. Runnin’ Out of Fools 02:33
10. My Guy 03:03
11. Two Sides of Love 02:26
12. One Room Paradise 02:06

Bonus tracks:
13. A General Market Advertisement from Columbia Records 00:40
14. A Special Ad for Christmas 00:53
15. The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire) 02:53
16. Winter Wonderland 02:12

Personnel:
Aretha Franklin, vocals, piano
Belford C. Hendricks, arranger, conductor

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May 15

Aretha Franklin – Take A Look: The Clyde Otis Sessions (1964/2011)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 54:34 minutes | 0,97 GB | Genre: R&B, Soul
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Front Cover | © Columbia/Legacy

Aretha Franklin has simply been one of the greatest singers of the modern generation, and whether bringing her powerful, passionate voice to bear on gospel standards, songs from the Great American Songbook, jazz standards, pop ditties, or deep Southern soul and R&B, she has always had the presence — much like Ray Charles — to make anything she touches unmistakably hers. Franklin began her career in gospel when she was still a teenager, and her amazing vocal talents, coupled with her fine piano playing, marked her as a once-in-a-lifetime kind of artist, qualities very apparent to legendary talent scout John Hammond, who signed her to Columbia Records. The problem Hammond and Columbia immediately ran into, though, was how to best present that spirited voice to the secular pop world. Between 1960 and 1969 (her first release for the label was actually in 1961), Columbia tried Franklin in a variety of styles and settings, and if none of them exactly caught fire the way her legendary later sides for Atlantic Records would, they still allowed Franklin to explore a lot of avenues, and she was too good a singer not to be at least memorable in all of them. This wonderful box set includes CDs of Franklin’s seven full-length albums for the label, two CDs of her work with producers Bobby Scott (in 1963) and Clyde Otis (in 1964), a CD of singles produced by Bob Johnston, plus rarities that were sweetened and released after Franklin left Columbia for Atlantic and a DVD featuring Franklin performing several songs at the piano on The Steve Allen Show in 1964. It’s a tremendous set, and it portrays an artist working her own way toward how to best present herself to the world. We all know she got there. ~~ AllMusic Review by Steve Leggett

Tracklist:
1. I’ll Keep on Smiling 02:53
2. Shangri-La 03:14
3. Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart 02:33
4. People 04:17
5. A Mother’s Love 02:32
6. Friendly Persuasion (Thee I Love) 02:17
7. But Beautiful 02:56
8. That’s Entertainment 01:50
9. Take a Look 02:40
10. (Ah, the Apple Trees) When the World Was Young 04:42
11. Jim 02:28
12. Sweet Bitter Love 02:58
13. Only the Lonely 04:53
14. My Coloring Book 04:07
15. I Wish I Didn’t Love You So 02:54

Mono Mixes:
16. People 04:21
17. A Mother’s Love 02:31

Personnel:
Aretha Franklin, vocals
Belford C. Hendricks, arranger, conductor

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May 15

Aretha Franklin – The Electrifying Aretha Franklin (1962/2011)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 48:45 minutes | 901 MB | Genre: R&B, Soul
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Front Cover | © Columbia/Legacy

The Electrifying Aretha Franklin is the Queen of Soul’s sophomore album for Columbia Records. Produced by Hammond, this intimate outing features hits including “You Made Me Love You,” “Rock-A-Bye Your Baby with a Dixie Melody” and “It’s So Heartbreakin’.” This 1962 classic is an outstanding representation of Franklin’s undeniable power and musicianship. This deluxe reissue version contains seven bonus tracks.

Tracklist:
1. You Made Me Love You 02:17
2. I Told You So 02:41
3. Rock-A-Bye Your Baby with a Dixie Melody 02:22
4. Nobody Like You 02:21
5. Exactly Like You 02:35
6. It’s So Heartbreakin’ 02:38
7. Rough Lover 02:45
8. Blue Holiday 02:52
9. Just for You 02:18
10. That Lucky Old Sun 03:18
11. I Surrender, Dear 02:45
12. Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive 02:16

Bonus tracks:
13. Introduction to Hard Times 00:31
14. Hard Times (No One Knows Better Than I) 03:08
15. When They Ask About You 02:59
16. Operation Heartbreak 02:59

Mono Mixes:
17. I Surrender, Dear 02:46
18. Rough Lover 02:47
19. Kissin’ By the Mistletoe 02:22

Personnel:
Aretha Franklin, vocals, piano

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May 15

Aretha Franklin – Aretha: With The Ray Bryant Combo (1961/2011)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 33:43 minutes | 1,08 GB | Genre: R&B, Soul
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Front Cover | © Columbia/Legacy

On her debut for Columbia Records, the legendary Aretha Franklin demonstrates her ability to evoke a variety of moods from the compelling “All Night Long” through the saucy “Sweet Lover,” to the rocking “Who Needs You?” Produced by John Hammond, the album features all-star musicians including Ray Bryant on piano. This quintessential collection serves as Lady Soul’s first steps and a must for any music connoisseur.

“The word is out. A magnetic new artist, Aretha Franklin, only a short while away from her father’s gospel church in Detroit, has been breaking up audience in theatres and nightclubs throughout the country and on Columbia single records. Combining a completely natural and uninhibited vocal style with an irresistible rhythmic sense, Aretha Franklin has established herself as one of the hottest new performers in show business and one likely to set new standards in the entertainment industry. She doesn’t just open the door – she breaks it down.” –Frank Driggs

Tracklist:
1 Won’t Be Long 03:12
2 Over the Rainbow 02:41
3 Love Is the Only Thing 02:43
4 Sweet Lover 03:25
5 All Night Long 03:00
6 Who Needs You? 02:49
7 Right Now 02:26
8 Are You Sure 02:44
9 Maybe I’m a Fool 03:20
10 It Ain’t Necessarily So 02:56
11 By Myself 02:41
12 Today I Sing the Blues 02:46

Bonus tracks:
13 Are You Sure (Rehearsal) 02:15
14 Who Needs You? (Take 9) 03:05
15 Right Now (Take 1) 02:40
16 Maybe I’m a Fool (Take 4) 03:58
17 By Myself (Mono Mix) 02:41
18 Won’t Be Long (Mono Mix) 02:58
19 All Night Long (Mono Mix) 03:08
20 Love Is the Only Thing (Mono Mix) 02:45
21 Right Now (Mono Mix) 02:23
22 Today I Sing the Blues (Mono Mix) 02:47

Personnel:
Aretha Franklin, vocals, piano
Ray Bryant, John McFarland, Mo Wechsler, piano
Clifton “Skeeter” Best, Chauncey “Lord” Westbrook, Bucky Pizzarelli, Don Armone, guitar
Tyree Glenn, Jimmy Cleveland, Quentin Jackson, trombone
Bill Lee, Milt Hinton, bass
Osie Johnson, Belton “Sticks” Evans, Teddy Somer, drums
Al Sears, Lucky Warren, tenor sax
Stanley Webb, sax
Bernie Privin, trumpet
Unidentified orchestra and chorus

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May 03

Diana Ross – Surrender (1971/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 39:10 minutes | 1,85 GB | Genre: R&B, Soul
Studio Master, Official Digital Download  – Source: AcousticSounds | Artwork: Front cover | © UNI/Motown

The third post-Supremes album from Diana Ross, released in 1971, launched her into the British top 10 and was certified silver, her most successful solo outing in the UK to that point. Both the title track and Remember Me were also top 10 British hit singles, while Remember Me broke into the US top 20.

A nice early-’70s date from Diana Ross, who at that time was unaffected by her diva/show business persona and was sticking to singing. She turned in effective, unadorned, soulful leads on several songs, with the title tune cracking the R&B Top 20 and pop Top 40. Ross would later turn to a more exaggerated, self-conscious, mock-sophisticate style, but on her early Motown albums, she retained the mix of innocence, anguish, and sexiness that made her a legendary vocalist.

Tracklist:
01 – Surrender
02 – I Can’t Give Back The Love I Feel For You
03 – Remember Me
04 – And If You See Him
05 – Reach Out I’ll Be There
06 – Didn’t You Know (You’d Have To Cry Sometime)
07 – A Simple Thing Like Cry
08 – Did You Read The Morning Paper?
09 – I’ll Settle For You
10 – I’m A Winner
11 – All The Befores

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