Jul 14

The Smashing Pumpkins – Pisces Iscariot (1994/2012)
Remastered 2CD Deluxe Edition 2011 + Original Cassette Demo
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 159:04 minutes | 1,57 GB | Genre: Alternative Rock
Official Digital Download – Source: WEB | Digital booklet

Digitally remastered and expanded deluxe edition of the Alt-Rock quartet’s third album. 1994’s platinum-certified disc that reached #4 on the Billboard Top 200 albums chart–receives the fully remastered for the first time from the original master tapes by Bob Ludwig. The bonus content and special features were curated from the band s archives by Corgan.

Although the Smashing Pumpkins had only released two studio albums by 1994 (1991’s Gish and 1993’s Siamese Dream), they had an overflow of songs that were either relegated to B-sides on European singles or remained unreleased. Billy Corgan proved to be one of rock’s most prolific songwriters of the 1990s alt rock movement — as the quality of these early leftovers were often just as strong as the songs that were officially released. Since nearly all of these songs were never issued domestically, the B-side/rarity collection Pisces Iscariot was issued alongside their first long-form home video, Vieuphoria. The collection proved to be a feast for fans — it’s inexplicable why such exceptional rockers (“Plume,” “Hello Kitty Kat,” “Frail and Bedazzled,” “Blue”) and ballads (“Obscured,” “La Dolly Vita”) weren’t featured on albums. Also included is the long and winding, 11-minute epic jam fest “Starla,” which proves that Corgan was one of the finest (and most underrated) rock guitarists of the ’90s, as well as a pair of unlikely covers — Fleetwood Mac’s gentle “Landslide” and the Animals’ psychedelic “Girl Named Sandoz.” Also included are insightful liner notes (strewn with typos) from Corgan. While it’s not the definitive B-sides collection of pre-Mellon Collie Pumpkins (such tracks as “Bullet Train to Osaka,” “Purr Snickety,” “Apathy’s Last Kiss,” “My Dahlia,” “Jackie Blue,” “Glynis,” and others are nowhere to be found), Pisces Iscariot contains some of Corgan and company’s finest moments.

Tracklist:

Deluxe edition – disc 1:
01 – Soothe (Demo)
02 – Frail & Bedazzled
03 – Plume
04 – Whir
05 – Blew Away
06 – Pissant
07 – Hello Kitty Kat
08 – Obscured
09 – Landslide
10 – Starla
11 – Blue
12 – A Girl Named Sandoz
13 – La Dolly Vita
14 – Spaced

Deluxe edition – disc 2:
01 – By June (Ignoffo Sessions/2012 Mix)
02 – My Dahlia (Ignoffo Sessions/2012 Mix)
03 – Jesus Loves His Babies (Gish Sessions Rough Mix)
04 – Cinnamon Girl (Ignoffo Sessions/2012 Mix)
05 – Glynis (2012 Mix)
06 – Crawl (Gish Sessions Outtake)
07 – Cinder Open (Eddy St. Demo/2012 Mix)
08 – Blissed (Sadlands Demo/2012 Mix)
09 – Slunk (Live) (2012 Remaster)
10 – Jackie Blue
11 – Venus In Furs (Live)
12 – Translucent (Sadlands Demo/2012 Mix)
13 – French Movie Theme (Siamese Sessions Outtake)
14 – Purr Snickety (Gish B-Sides Session Outtake)
15 – There It Goes (Demo/2012 Mix)
16 – Vanilla (Ignoffo Sessions)
17 – Why Am I So Tired (Live In Studio Demo)

Bonus – Original Smashing Pumpkins Cassette Demo:
01 – Jennifer Ever
02 – East
03 – Nothing And Everything
04 – Sun (Remix)
05 – She (Live)
06 – Spiteface

from the official site:
“Thank you for purchasing Pisces Iscariot in high fidelity. We know there was some confusion with the sample rate, but due to the nature of the recordings, the highest quality possible is 24-bit/44.1KHz. It was mistakenly listed as 24-bit/96KHz during the pre-sale, which was incorrect and it has since been changed. We apologize for the confusion this may have caused.”
## – Original Cassette Demo presented as 16bit/44,1 kHz only.

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Jul 14

The Smashing Pumpkins – Oceania (2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 60:09 minutes | 1,34 GB | Genre: Alternative rock
Official Digital Download – Source: smashingpumpkins.com | Digital booklet

The Smashing Pumpkins have created one of the most acclaimed bodies of work in musical history having sold more than 30 million albums, and won multiple Grammy awards in the process. Formed in Chicago in 1988, they released Gish, their influential and platinum debut in 1991, which was followed by albums including the nine-time platinum Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness and the four-time platinum Siamese Dream, as well as the platinum certified 1998 album Adore. The pivotal group s many hits defined the alternative music era and continue to resonate on modern rock radio, influencing a whole new generation. The PUMPKINS returned in 2007 with their acclaimed sixth album Zeitgeist. They have since remained on the cutting edge of music and technology with various online releases.

Following up on, and in many ways amending, much of the bombastic overcompensation of 2007’s Zeitgeist, Smashing Pumpkins 2012 release Oceania is an exuberant, gloriously melodic, fluid return to form for Billy Corgan. While Zeitgeist certainly contained many of the elements that make for a classic Smashing Pumpkins release — including slabs of distorted guitars, passionate vocals, and poetic lyrics, not to mention drummer Jimmy Chamberlin, who was the sole remaining original member besides Corgan and who subsequently left the band — there was something cold and perhaps a bit too calculated about the production. Ultimately, Zeitgeist didn’t do much to dissuade audiences that Corgan, undeniably the mastermind behind the best Pumpkins work, was now overvaluing his abilities in an attempt to recapture fans disillusioned by his various side projects. Thankfully, none of these concerns are applicable to Oceania. Ostensibly an “album within an album” of the greater 44-track Teargarden by Kaleidyscope concept project, Oceania works as a stand-alone album. Conceptual conceits aside, these are some of the most memorable and rousing songs Corgan has delivered since 1993’s Siamese Dream, the album that Oceania most closely mirrors in tone and aesthetic. Which isn’t to say that Corgan is treading old ground; on the contrary, there is something fresh and inspired about the songs on Oceania. Admittedly, kicking the album off with the heavy psychedelic acid rock groove of “Quasar” — in which Corgan croons several EST-era-style affirmations including, “God right on! Krishna right on! Mark right on!” — is a move that almost begs comparisons to Smashing Pumpkins’ euphoria-inducing 1991 single “Siva.” A similar sentiment comes to mind with the latter album rocker “The Chimera,” a classic rock-sounding groover that sparkles with crisscross laser-beam guitar lines recalling the jewel-toned guitar heroics of Queen’s Brian May. But these are welcome comparisons, born out of Corgan finally delivering a gorgeous and cohesive set of songs that balance some his more arch, cerebral inclinations with his generously romantic and sweepingly cinematic gift for revelatory guitar rock. Elsewhere, we get the soaring “Panopticon” and the minor-key, prog rock-inflected drama of “Violet Rays.” However, Oceania is perhaps best represented by the euphoric mid-album ballad “Pinwheels.” Starting with a repeated keyboard line and building to swells of acoustic and electric guitar before settling into one of the most swoon-worthy melodic anthems Corgan has ever written, “Pinwheels,” much like the rest of Oceania, is a masterpiece of pop songcraft and rock production. As Corgan croons on the song’s chorus, “Sister soul, lovers of the tune, sing!/I got you/I got you.” On Oceania, the Smashing Pumpkins definitely have us.

Tracklist:
01 – Quasar
02 – Panopticon
03 – The Celestials
04 – Violet Rays
05 – My Love Is Winter
06 – One Diamond, One Heart
07 – Pinwheels
08 – Oceania
09 – Pale Horse
10 – The Chimera
11 – Glissandra
12 – Inkless
13 – Wildflower

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Jul 14

The Smashing Pumpkins – Gish (1991/2011) {Remastered 2CD Deluxe Edition 2011}
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 125:42 minutes | 2,65 GB | Genre: Alternative Rock
Official Digital Download – Source: WEB | w/o Artwork

Digitally remastered and expanded deluxe edition of the Alt-Rock quartet’s 1991 debut album. Features the original album remastered plus a bonus CD consisting of 15 previously unreleased or alternate versions of Gish era songs.

Upon the release of Gish–the group’s debut–in the summer of 1991, more than one rock aficionado hailed the Smashing Pumpkins as the best band to come out of Chicago since Ministry. A bold statement, yes, but one backed up by Billy Corgan’s Hendrix-like riffs and searing signature guitar tone. Intriguing songwriting is evidenced from the start as well, with the driving, amped-up rock of “I Am One,” “Siva,” and “Tristessa” contrasted with the soothingly eerie psychedelic flavor of “Rhinoceros” and “Window Paine.” Gish predates the band’s movement toward the loop-based electronic sounds heard in their late-’90s works, yet the seeds for this transition are definitely apparent. Electro guru Tricky even sampled the backbeat from “Suffer” in the tributary “Pumpkin” on his sex-soaked Maxinquaye. Butch Vig shows off his chops as producer and cultivates signature dramatic moods on Gish, which helped put the Smashing Pumpkins on the map as one of the most important alt-rock bands of the ’90s–much to the delight of the decade’s disenfranchised youth.

Arriving several months before Nirvana’s Nevermind, the Smashing Pumpkins’ debut album, Gish, which was also produced by Butch Vig, was the first shot of the alternative revolution that transformed the rock & roll landscape of the ’90s. While Nirvana was a punk band, the Smashing Pumpkins and guitarist/vocalist Billy Corgan are arena rockers, co-opting their metallic riffs and epic art rock song structures with self-absorbed lyrical confessions. Though Corgan’s lyrics fall apart upon close analysis, there’s no denying his gift for arrangements. Like Brian May and Jimmy Page, he knows how to layer guitars for maximum effect, whether it’s on the pounding, sub-Sabbath rush of “I Am One” or the shimmering, psychedelic dream pop surfaces of “Rhinoceros.” Such musical moments like these, as well as the rushing “Siva” and the folky “Daydream,” which features D’Arcy on lead vocals, demonstrate the Smashing Pumpkins’ potential, but the rest of Gish falls prey to undistinguished songwriting and showy instrumentation.

Tracklist:

CD1:
01 – I Am One
02 – Siva
03 – Rhinoceros
04 – Bury Me
05 – Crush
06 – Suffer
07 – Snail
08 – Tristessa
09 – Window Paine
10 – Daydream

CD2:
01 – Starla (2011 Mix)
02 – Siva (Peel Sessions)
03 – Honeyspider (Reel Time Demos/2011 Mix)
04 – Hippy Trippy (“Crush” Music Box Demo)
05 – Snail (Live Radio Performance)
06 – Plume (2011 Mix)
07 – Bury Me (Reel Time Demos/2011 Mix)
08 – Daydream (Old House Demo)
09 – Tristessa (Sub Pop Single/2011 Mix)
10 – Girl Named Sandoz (Peel Sessions)
11 – Jesus Is The Sun (Apartment Demo)
12 – Blue (Gish Sessions Demo)
13 – Smiley (Gish Sessions Demo)
14 – I Am One (Reel Time Demos/2011 Mix)
15 – Seam (“Suffer” Apartment Demo)
16 – La Dolly Vita (2011 Mix)
17 – Pulseczar (Gish Sessions Demo)
18 – Drown (Alternate Guitar Solo)

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Jul 13

The Doobie Brothers – Takin’ It To The Streets (1976) [MFSL 2010]
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 38:38 minutes | Scans included | 1,60 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 811 MB
Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab # UDSACD 2043 | Genre: Rock

Takin’ It to the Streets is the sixth studio album by American rock band The Doobie Brothers, released in 1976. It was the first to feature Michael McDonald on lead vocals.

The group’s first album with Michael McDonald marked a shift to a more mellow and self-consciously soulful sound for the Doobies, not all that different from what happened to Steely Dan — whence McDonald (and Jeff Baxter) had come — between, say, Can’t Buy a Thrill and Pretzel Logic. They showed an ability to expand on the lyricism of Patrick Simmons and Baxter’s writing on “Wheels of Fortune,” while the title track introduced McDonald’s white funk sound cold to their output, successfully. Simmons’ “8th Avenue Shuffle” vaguely recalled “Black Water,” only with an urban theme and a more self-consciously soul sound (with extraordinarily beautiful choruses and a thick, rippling guitar break). “Rio” and “It Keeps You Runnin’” both manage to sound like Steely Dan tracks — and that’s a compliment — while Tiran Porter’s hauntingly beautiful “For Someone Special” was a pure soul classic right in the midst of all of these higher-energy pieces. Tom Johnston’s “Turn It Loose” is a last look back to their earlier sound, while Simmons’ “Carry Me Away” shows off the new interplay and sounds that were to carry the group into the 1980s, with gorgeous playing and singing all around.

Tracklist:
01 – Wheels of Fortune
02 – Takin’ It to the Streets
03 – 8th Avenue Shuffle
04 – Losin’ End
05 – Rio
06 – For Someone Special
07 – It Keeps You Runnin’
08 – Turn It Loose
09 – Carry Me Away

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Jul 13

The Doobie Brothers – What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits (1974) [MFSL 2011]
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 45:05 minutes | Scans included | 1,81 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 903 MB
Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab # UDSACD 2060 | Genre: Rock

What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits, the follow-up to the Doobies’ massive commercial breakthrough, The Captain and Me, boasts one of the great album titles in rock history. The album also features a strong bunch of songs in the same stylistic vein as its immediate predecessors. The big hit here, of course, is “Black Water,” an infectious piece of jazzy folk rock with a killer a cappella gospel-chorus section. “Song to See You Through” is the Doobies’ version of a ’60s soul ballad, with the Memphis Horns adding a deep, Southern-fried feel.

The Doobies team up with the Memphis Horns for an even more Southern-flavored album than usual, although also a more uneven one. By this time, Tom Johnston, Patrick Simmons, and company had pretty well inherited the mantle and the core (and then some) of the audience left behind by Creedence Clearwater Revival and John Fogerty, with Johnston songs like “Pursuit on 53rd Street,” “Down in the Track,” and “Road Angel” recalling pieces like “Travelin’ Band,” while Simmons’ “Black Water” (their first number one hit) evoked the softer side of the “swamp rock” popularized by CCR. Actually, in some respects, given the range of instruments employed here, including an autoharp (courtesy of Arlo Guthrie) and viola, the songs on the original LP’s first side suffer somewhat from a sameness that makes What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits a little less interesting than the albums that preceded it. The original side two had a lot more variety, which is as good as any full album the band ever recorded: Simmons’ “Tell Me What You Want (And I’ll Give You What You Need)” and Johnston’s “Another Park, Another Sunday,” which both outdo the Eagles and Poco at their respective country-rock games (and keep a certain soulful edge, too), Simmons’ lyrical, ethereal, slightly spacy “Daughters of the Sea,” and the very spacy, shimmering instrumental “Flying Cloud” (written by bassist Tiran Porter). In all, despite the weakness of its original first side, it’s got a lot more to offer than the single hit, and has at least six numbers (out of 12) that rate with the better album tracks the group has ever done.

Tracklist:
01 – Song to See You Through
02 – Spirit
03 – Pursuit on 53rd St.
04 – Black Water
05 – Eyes of Silver
06 – Road Angel
07 – You Just Can’t Stop It
08 – Tell Me What You Want
09 – Down in the Track
10 – Another Park, Another Sunday
11 – Daughters of the Sea
12 – Flying Cloud

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Jul 13

The Doobie Brothers – Stampede (1975) [MFSL 2013]
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 41:09 minutes | Scans included | 1,65 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 813 MB
Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab # UDSACD 2061 | Genre: Rock

Talk about greatness — the Doobie Brothers, with Jeff “Skunk” Baxter added to their lineup, delivered their best album to date helped by a fairly big hit, though “Take Me in Your Arms” never did anything close to its predecessors despite some chords and modulations that recalled “Black Water” ever so slightly. Stampede’s virtue was its musicianship, which, in addition to new member Baxter, was also showcased in the guises of some impressive guests. the Doobie Brothers’ rootsiest album to date, Stampede was virtuoso soulful countrified rock of a gritty nature, crossing over into blues as well as reaching back to a raw, traditional rock & roll sound that wouldn’t have sounded too out of place 20 years earlier. That was the opener, the searing “Sweet Maxine,” which just might’ve made a good single with an edit or two to bring it down to three and a half minutes; the record gets better with the bouncing “Neal’s Fandango,” which is highlighted by lyrical as well as instrumental acrobatics on the verses and a delicious guitar and piano break. “Texas Lullaby” is one of the prettiest pieces of country rock (though it’s a little more “Western rock”) to come out of the genre since the Byrds and the Beau Brummels had treaded into it eight years earlier, and gets a magnificently soulful performance from Tom Johnston. And speaking of soul, Curtis Mayfield is the arranger on Johnston’s hard-driving “Music Man.” The group strips down to its acoustic basics for “Slat Key Soquel Rag,” which could have been an outtake from the group’s self-titled debut album; Maria Muldaur is the guest vocalist on “I Cheat the Hangman,” representing Patrick Simmons’ songwriting at its most ethereal. Baxter’s “Précis” was the group’s nod to classical and Spanish guitar technique, and “Rainy Day Crossroad Blues” provides guest artist Ry Cooder with a gorgeous canvas on which to paint his slide guitar licks. And the album lands with its feet firmly in 1970s-style roots rock on “I’ve Been Workin’ on You” and “Double Dealin’ Four Flusher”.

Tracklist:
01. Sweet Maxine
02. Neal’s Fandango
03. Texas Lullaby
04. Music Man
05. Slack Key Soquel Rag
06. Take Me In Your Arms (Rock Me A Little While)
07. I Cheat The Hangman
08. Precis
09. Rainy Day Crossroad Blues
10. I Been Workin’ On You
11. Double Dealin’ Four Flusher

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Jul 13

The Doobie Brothers – The Captain And Me (1973) [Japanese SACD 2011]
PS3 Rip | ISO | DST 64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 42:05 mins | Scans included | 2,79 GB
or FLAC 2.0 (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 900 MB
SACD Hybrid reissue release from The Doobie Brothers. Features 2.0 Stereo and 5.1 multichannel surround. | Genre: Rock

The Doobie Brothers’ third long-player was the charm, their most substantial and consistent album to date, and one that rode the charts for a year. It was also a study in contrasts, Tom Johnston’s harder-edged, bolder rocking numbers balanced by Patrick Simmons’ more laid-back country-rock ballad style. The leadoff track, Johnston’s “Natural Thing,” melded the two, opening with interlocking guitars and showcasing the band’s exquisite soaring harmonies around a beautiful melody, all wrapped up in a midtempo beat — the result was somewhere midway between Allman Brothers-style virtuosity and Eagles/Crosby & Nash-type lyricism, which defined this period in the Doobies’ history and gave them a well-deserved lock on the top of the charts. Next up was the punchy, catchy “Long Train Runnin’,” a piece they’d been playing for years as an instrumental — a reluctant Johnston was persuaded by producer Ted Templeman to write lyrics to it and record the song, and the resulting track became the group’s next hit. The slashing, fast-tempo “China Grove” and “Without You” represented the harder side of the Doobies’ sound, and were juxtaposed with Simmons’ romantic country-rock ballads “Clear as the Driven Snow,” and “South City Midnight Lady.” Simmons also showed off his louder side with “Evil Woman,” while Johnston showed his more reflective side with “Dark Eyed Cajun Woman,” “Ukiah” and “The Captain and Me” — the latter, a soaring rocker clocking in at nearly five minutes, features radiant guitars and harmonies, soaring ever higher and faster to a triumphant finish.

Tracklist:
01. Natural Thing
02. Long Train Runnin’
03. China Grove
04. Dark Eyed Cajun Woman
05. Clear As The Driven Snow
06. Without You
07. South City Midnight Lady
08. Evil Woman
09. Busted Down Around O’Connelly Corners
10. Ukiah
11. The Captain And Me

Surround Sound Remix Produced, Engineered & Mixed by Elliot Scheiner.
Surround Sound & Stereo Mastering: Denny Purcell at Georgetown Masters.

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Jul 13

The Doobie Brothers – The Captain And Me (1973) [MFSL 2010]
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 41:45 minutes | Scans included | 1,69 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 841 MB
Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab # UDSACD 2042 | Genre: Rock

The Captain and Me is the third studio album by American rock band The Doobie Brothers, released in 1973. It features some of their most popular hits including “Long Train Runnin’ “, “China Grove” and “Without You”. The album is certified 2x Platinum by the RIAA.

The Doobie Brothers’ third long-player was the charm, their most substantial and consistent album to date, and one that rode the charts for a year. It was also a study in contrasts, Tom Johnston’s harder-edged, bolder rocking numbers balanced by Patrick Simmons’ more laid-back country-rock ballad style. The leadoff track, Johnston’s “Natural Thing,” melded the two, opening with interlocking guitars and showcasing the band’s exquisite soaring harmonies around a beautiful melody, all wrapped up in a midtempo beat — the result was somewhere midway between Allman Brothers-style virtuosity and Eagles/Crosby & Nash-type lyricism, which defined this period in the Doobies’ history and gave them a well-deserved lock on the top of the charts. Next up was the punchy, catchy “Long Train Runnin’,” a piece they’d been playing for years as an instrumental — a reluctant Johnston was persuaded by producer Ted Templeman to write lyrics to it and record the song, and the resulting track became the group’s next hit. The slashing, fast-tempo “China Grove” and “Without You” represented the harder side of the Doobies’ sound, and were juxtaposed with Simmons’ romantic country-rock ballads “Clear as the Driven Snow,” and “South City Midnight Lady.” Simmons also showed off his louder side with “Evil Woman,” while Johnston showed his more reflective side with “Dark Eyed Cajun Woman,” “Ukiah” and “The Captain and Me” — the latter, a soaring rocker clocking in at nearly five minutes, features radiant guitars and harmonies, soaring ever higher and faster to a triumphant finish.

Tracklist:
01 – Natural Thing
02 – Long Train Runnin’
03 – China Grove
04 – Dark Eyed Cajun Woman
05 – Clear As The Driven Snow
06 – Without You
07 – South City Midnight Lady
08 – Evil Woman
09 – Busted Down Around O’Connelly Corners
10 – Ukiah
11 – The Captain And Me

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Jul 13

The Doobie Brothers – Toulouse Street (1972) [MFSL 2009]
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 35:25 minutes | Scans included | 1,44 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 717 MB
Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab # UDSACD 2041 | Genre: Rock

As one of the most popular California pop/rock bands of the ’70s, the Doobie Brothers evolved from a mellow, post-hippie boogie band to a slick, soul-inflected pop band by the end of the decade. Toulouse Street is their second studio album. Toulouse Street is the name of a street in the French Quarter of New Orleans.

Toulouse Street was the album by which most of their fans began discovering the Doobie Brothers, and it has retained a lot of its freshness over the decades. Producer Ted Templeman was attuned to the slightly heavier and more Southern style the band wanted to work toward on this, their second album, and the results were not only profitable — including a platinum record award — but artistically impeccable. Toulouse Street is actually pretty close in style and sound at various points to what the Eagles were doing during the same period, except that the Doobies threw jazz and R&B into the mix, as well as country, folk, and bluegrass elements, and (surprise!) ended up just about as ubiquitous as the Eagles in peoples’ record collections, especially in the wake of the singles “Listen to the Music” and “Jesus Is Just Alright.” But those two singles represented only the tip of the iceberg in terms of what this group had to offer, as purchasers of the album discovered even on the singles — both songs appear here in distinctly longer versions, with more exposition and development, and in keeping with the ambitions that album cuts (even of popular numbers) were supposed to display in those days. Actually, “Listen to the Music” (written by Tom Johnston) offers subtle use of phasing and other studio tricks that make its seemingly earthy, laid-back approach some of the most complex and contrived of the period. Johnston’s “Rockin’ Down the Highway” shows the band working at a higher wattage and moving into Creedence Clearwater Revival territory, while “Mamaloi” was Patrick Simmons’ laid-back Caribbean idyll, and the title tune (also by Simmons) is a hauntingly beautiful ballad. The band then switches gears into swamp rock for “Cotton Mouth” and takes a left turn into the Mississippi Delta for a version of Sonny Boy Williamson II’s “Don’t Start Me Talkin’” before shifting into a gospel mode with “Jesus Is Just Alright.” Johnston’s nearly seven-minute “Disciple” was the sort of soaring, bluesy hard rock workout that led to the group’s comparison to the Allman Brothers Band, though their interlocking vocals were nearly as prominent as their crunching, surging double lead guitars and paired drummers. And it all still sounds astonishingly bracing decades later; it’s still a keeper, and one of the most inviting and alluring albums of its era.

Tracklist:
01 – Listen To The Music
02 – Rockin’ Down The Highway
03 – Mamaloi
04 – Toulouse Street
05 – Cotton Mouth
06 – Don’t Start Me Talkin’
07 – Jesus Is Just Alright
08 – White Sun
09 – Disciple
10 – Snake Man

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Jul 09

Joe Sherman and The Arena Brass – Promise Her Anything (1966/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 23:09 minutes | 912 MB | Genre: Pop, Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: AcousticSounds | Artwork: Front cover | © Epic/Legacy

Joe Sherman & The Arena Brass’ soul-jazz album Promise Her Anything. The album features covers of “Fever”, “Breakfast At Tiffany’s”, “Band of Gold” and more.

Tracklist:
01 – Fever
02 – Breakfast at Tiffany’s
03 – A String of Pearls
04 – Makin’ Whoopee!
05 – Kiss of Fire
06 – Paradise
07 – Marriage Italian Style
08 – Baubles, Bangles, and Beads
09 – Band of Gold
10 – More

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