Bessie Smith Complete Recordings

Bessie Smith - Expensive Bling (2016)  Music

Posted by mark70 at April 20, 2016
Bessie Smith - Expensive Bling (2016)

Bessie Smith - Expensive Bling (2016)
MP3 320 kbps CBR | 72:36 min | 169 MB
Genre: Blues, Jazz | Label: Cappo Digital

The first major blues and jazz singer on record and one of the most powerful of all time, Bessie Smith rightly earned the title of "The Empress of the Blues." Even on her first records in 1923, her passionate voice overcame the primitive recording quality of the day and still communicates easily to today's listeners (which is not true of any other singer from that early period).
Bessie Smith - The Complete Recordings Vol. 5 The Final Chapter (1996)

Bessie Smith - The Complete Recordings Vol. 5 The Final Chapter (1996)
Blues, Jazz, Vocal Blues | MP3 320 kbps CBR | Artworks | 122 min | 307 MB
Label: Columbia / Legacy | Rel: 1996

The last two-CD set in this five-volume collection contains a lot of curiosities, and several pieces of required listening as well: "Need a Little Sugar in My Bowl," "Do Your Duty," and "Gimme a Pigfoot" are all here. For curiosities, there's the St. Louis Blues soundtrack, from a film short that contains the only footage of Smith. The second CD consists entirely of interviews with Smith's niece, Ruby Smith, which, while of secondary interest to the music, make for fascinating listening. In a gradual, rambling way, Ruby constructs an image of her famous aunt that reveals additional facets of the Empress of the Blues.

Bessie Smith - The Complete Recordings Vol. 4 (1928-1931) (1993)  Music

Posted by TmanHome at March 14, 2016
Bessie Smith - The Complete Recordings Vol. 4 (1928-1931) (1993)

Bessie Smith - The Complete Recordings Vol. 4 (1928-1931) (1993)
Blues, Jazz, Vocal Blues | MP3 320 kbps CBR | Artworks | 125 min | 319 MB
Label: Columbia / Legacy | Rel: 1993

These recordings reaching from the height of Bessie Smith's fame into her decline in popularity are required listening, covering the years 1928 through 1931. Not only was her voice stronger than ever, but her control over the material was topnotch; she balanced on the fine line between seductive charm and overt sexuality with apparent ease. Some of her best material ever appears on volume 4 of this 5-volume set, including "Standin' in the Rain Blues," "Empty Bed Blues" (speaking of overtness…), "Devil's Gonna Git You," "I'm Wild About That Thing," "Blue Spirit Blues"… but it's useless to even try to list favorites. Smith's voice is so rich and expressive despite the primitive recording technology of the day, one can only imagine what it must have been like to hear her live. And trombonist Charlie Green and pianist James P. Johnson are featured prominently here as well.

Bessie Smith - The Complete Recordings Vol. 2 (1924-1925) (1991)  Music

Posted by TmanHome at March 11, 2016
Bessie Smith - The Complete Recordings Vol. 2 (1924-1925) (1991)

Bessie Smith - The Complete Recordings Vol. 2 (1924-1925) (1991)
Blues, Jazz, Vocal Blues | MP3 320 kbps CBR | Artworks | 121 min | 321 MB
Label: Columbia / Legacy | Rel: 1991

Bessie Smith, even on the evidence of her earliest recordings, well deserved the title "Empress of the Blues" for in the 1920s there was no one in her league for emotional intensity, honest blues feeling, and power. The second of five volumes (the first four are two-CD sets) finds her accompaniment improving rapidly with such sympathetic sidemen as trombonist Charlie Green, cornetist Joe Smith, and clarinetist Buster Bailey often helping her out. However, they are overshadowed by Louis Armstrong, whose two sessions with Smith (nine songs in all) fall into the time period of this second set; particularly classic are their versions of "St. Louis Blues," "Careless Love Blues," and "I Ain't Goin' to Play Second Fiddle." Other gems on this essential set include "Cake Walkin' Babies From Home," "The Yellow Dog Blues," and "At the Christmas Ball."

Blues Legends - Bessie Smith (2005)  Music

Posted by robi62 at Nov. 14, 2014
Blues Legends - Bessie Smith (2005)

Blues Legends - Bessie Smith (2005)
Video: NTSC, MPEG-2 at 5 179 Kbps, 720 x 480 at 29.970 fps | Audio: AC-3 6ch. at 448 Kbps, AC-3 2ch. at 384 Kbps
Genre: Blues | Label: Navarre Corporation | Copy: Untouched | Release Date: 23 Aug 2005 | Runtime: 49 min. | 1,93 GB (DVD5)

The first major blues and jazz singer on record and one of the most powerful of all time, Bessie Smith rightly earned the title of "The Empress of the Blues." Even on her first records in 1923, her passionate voice overcame the primitive recording quality of the day and still communicates easily to today's listeners (which is not true of any other singer from that early period). At a time when the blues were in and most vocalists (particularly vaudevillians) were being dubbed "blues singers," Bessie Smith simply had no competition.
Johnnie Pate Trio - Complete Recordings 1955-1956 (2013) {Fresh Sound FSR-CD 814}

Johnnie Pate Trio - Complete Recordings 1955-1956 (2013) {Fresh Sound FSR-CD 814}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 328 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 158 Mb
Full Artwork @ 600 dpi (jpg) -> 83 Mb | 5% repair rar | 24-bit remastering
© 1955-56, 2013 Fresh Sound Records | FSR-CD 814
Jazz / Bop / Cool / Soul Jazz / Bass

John W. Johnnie Pate (born December 5, 1923, Chicago Heights, Illinois) enjoyed a notable career as a bassist from the late 40s up until the early '60s in the Chicago area, gaining a solid reputation as a strong player in the Oscar Pettiford mold and enlightened composer. On these 1954-1956 sessions for the Talisman and Gig labels, he leads a trio featuring Ronnell Bright, who was a swift, resourceful young pianist whose style recalls the early Oscar Peterson. With drummer Charles Walton, this bright, polished and swinging trio began to be recognized while working first at the London House and then at the Blue Note, where they were the house band in 1954-1955 accompanying great singers such as Lurlean Hunter, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Audrey Morris and Carmen McRae.
Gustav Mahler - Leonard Bernstein - Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon, Volume I: Symphonies Nos. 1-4 (2005) (REPOST)

Gustav Mahler - Leonard Bernstein - Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon, Volume I: Symphonies Nos. 1-4, Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, Des Knaben Wunderhorn (2005)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | Artwork | 1669 mb | MP3 CBR 320kbps | RAR | 956 mb
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon - 00289 477 517

It is all too easy to take Gustav Mahler's symphonies and orchestral songs for granted in the 21st century's first decade. More than ever before, concert performances and recordings of these works abound, and at a level of proficiency that reveals the remarkable extent to which musicians worldwide have assimilated the composer's idiom. Given the music's primacy in today's central orchestral repertoire, we forget how the great Mahler advocates of the past had to champion his music in the face of adversity. "Who can bear those monstrous symphonies, those over-blown, out-of-date horrors," asked one leading music critic when the New York Philharmonic launched a Mahler Festival to celebrate the composer's 1960 centenary.
One Thousand Violins - Halcyon Days: Complete Recordings 1985-1987 (2014)

One Thousand Violins - Halcyon Days: Complete Recordings 1985-1987 (2014)
EAC Rip | FLAC (Tracks) +cue, log - 575 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 189 MB | 01:19:43
Indie Rock, Indie Pop | Label: Cherry Red | Release Year: 2014

One Thousand Violins were one of my favourite ever indie bands. Not a lot of people, however, saw them live, and success never greeted them overnight, so that they became 'NME' front page stars. 'Halcyon Days' covers everything the band recorded and officially released in their better original line-up, who were together between 1985 and 1988. They were fronted by the rather shy John Wood, which was something to be admired in that era when the Smiths were a top-selling act. He captured the words written by guitarist Colin Gregory and keyboardist Dave Walmsley (the latter of whom died of cancer in 1992), and sung in the style of Scott Walker, backed by a band which had elements of the the Smiths but added the psychedelia of Echo & The Bunnymen to the mix.
Classical Jazz Quartet - Complete Recordings (2004) 2CDs, Reissue 2015

Classical Jazz Quartet - Complete Recordings (2004) 2CDs, Reissue 2015
XLD | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 990 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 375 Mb | Scans included | Time: 02:31:45
Neo-Bop, Contemporary Jazz, Classical Crossover | Label: Kind Of Blue/Recording Arts | # 2X645

The names of Johann Sebastian Bach, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and Sergei Rachmaninoff do not necessarily conjure images and sounds of jazz in one's mind, that is until one has listened to recordings by the Classical Jazz Quartet. Although these musicians utilize the same instruments as the Modern Jazz Quartet, they are in no way clones or copycats of that groundbreaking group. They have very much their own sound and style. This is not surprising given the huge talent of the musicians involved; all four are virtuosos on their respective instruments. The themes, although composed in a different time and place, become excellent vehicles for complex, sometimes, bluesy, often swinging and always fresh improvisations in the hands of these musicians. And although one might think of any recording billed as "classical meets jazz" as background music, this music definitely is not. The double CD consists of the group's three previously released recordings, plus one bonus track featuring their interpretation of Handel's Hallelujah.
The David Oistrakh Edition: Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon, Decca, Philips & Westminster (2016) [22 CD, APE]

The David Oistrakh Edition: Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon, Decca, Philips & Westminster (2016) [22 CD, APE]
EAC Rip | APE (Image+.cue, log) | Covers included | 4,87 Gb
Genre: Classical / Label: Deutsche Grammophon

To celebrate the legendary David Oistrakh, for many, one of the greatest violinists ever, Deutsche Grammophon presents a 22-CD box set which brings together for the first time all his recordings for DG, Decca, Philips & Westminster/Melodiya.