2016 Japan Secrets

Barry Gibb - In The Now (2016) [Japan 1st Press, Blu-spec CD2]  Music

Posted by Andi_Deris at Dec. 1, 2016
Barry Gibb - In The Now (2016) [Japan 1st Press, Blu-spec CD2]

Barry Gibb - In The Now (2016) [Japan 1st Press, Blu-spec CD2]
EAC Rip | FLAC: Image+Cue+Log | 473 Gb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 175 Mb | Scans | 139 Mb | Time: 01:05:17
Sony Music Labels Inc. | SICP-30889
Soft Rock, Pop Rock, R&B, Country, Singer-songwriter

IN THE NOW is the second solo album by British singer-songwriter Barry Gibb, released on 7 October 2016 by Columbia Records. Although his second solo album (since 1984's Now Voyager), it is the first of all new material since the Bee Gees' final studio album This Is Where I Came In (2001). Gibb said of the album: "This is a dream come true for me. It's a new chapter in my life. I always hoped one day that The Bee Gees would be with Columbia or indeed Sony so, it's a great joy for me to start again this way with such great people."
Phil Woods And His European Rhythm Machine - At The Montreux Jazz Festival (1969) {2016 Japan Verve 60th Rare Albums Series}

Phil Woods And His European Rhythm Machine - At The Montreux Jazz Festival (1969) {2016 Japan Verve 60th Rare Albums SHM-CD Reissue Series UCCV-9612}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 250 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 95 Mb
Full Artwork @ 600 dpi (png) -> 171 Mb | 5% repair rar
© 1969, 2016 Verve / Universal Japan | UCCV-9612
Jazz / Post Bop / Progressive Jazz / Saxophone

Verve 60th Anniversary Rare Albums SHM-CD Reissue Series. Reissue with SHM-CD format. Phil Woods' recordings with his short-lived European Rhythm Machine are among the most adventurous of his career, though few of them have been available in the CD era. This 1969 concert at the Montreux Jazz Festival features the alto saxophonist with pianist George Gruntz, bassist Henri Texier and drummer Daniel Humair in a wide ranging set.
Phil Woods - Round Trip (1969)  {2016 Japan Verve 60th Rare Albums SHM-CD Reissue Series UCCV-9611}

Phil Woods - Round Trip (1969) {2016 Japan Verve 60th Rare Albums SHM-CD Reissue Series UCCV-9611}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 259 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 88 Mb
Full Artwork @ 600 dpi (png) -> 193 Mb | 5% repair rar
© 1969, 2016 Verve / Universal Japan | UCCV-9611
Jazz / Post Bop / Modern Big Band / Progressive Jazz / Saxophone

Verve 60th Anniversary Rare Albums SHM-CD Reissue Series. Reissue with SHM-CD format. Hip and groovy work from Phil – very different than both his earlier bop-heavy sides, and his freer European recordings – recorded with some great backings by Johnny Pate, the excellent Chicago soul arranger who also did some great soundtrack work! Pate's come up with some tight short tracks that have a nice groovy late 60s Verve feel – over which Woods solos angularly on alto, working amidst woodwinds by Jerome Richardson and Jerry Dodgion, piano by Herbie Hancock, trumpet by Thad Jones, and some light strings that trickle in and out from time to time.
Hey! Hello! - Hey! Hello! Too! (2016) {Japan Vinyl Junkie Recordings ‎VJR-3197}

Hey! Hello! - Hey! Hello! Too! (2016) {Japan Vinyl Junkie Recordings ‎VJR-3197}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 363 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 114 Mb
Full Artwork @ 300 dpi (png) -> 107 Mb | 5% repair rar
© 2016 Vinyl Junkie Recordings / Round Records | VJR-3197
Rock / Hard Rock / Punk Rock / Pop Rock

Make no mistake about it….. Of all the bands – let not call them side projects, as they are worth more than that – Ginger has been in whilst in The Wildhearts and without, MV has long held the suspicion that Hey! Hello! is the one he liked best. Originally emerging as part of a three album Pledge project a few years back, the shimmering, sunny completely unashamed rock n roll vibe of the record was at odds with the lyrics (in the way that Ginger’s best songwriting always was) and it spawned the quite fantastic “How I Survived The Punk Rock Wars”. All was set, then, for album number two.

Niva - Atmospherical (2016) [Japan Edition]  Music

Posted by hill0 at Nov. 1, 2016
Niva - Atmospherical (2016) [Japan Edition]

Niva - Atmospherical (2016) [Japan Edition]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks & cue & log) | 323 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 104 MB | Artwork (JPG) | 84 MB | 44:31
Genre: Melodic Hard Rock / AOR | Country: Sweden | Label: Avalon Marquee | MICP-11322

One of Heavy Paradise's favorite bands is without any doubt NIVA. Tony Niva (Lion's Share) is back with a brand record with the title "Atmospherical". For me, Niva is one of today's best shouter out there with a vocal range that covers from AOR to Melodic Metal and"Magnitude", that was released in 2014. was and still is a damn fine piece of Melodic Hard Rock heaven and it's among my personal favorite albums over the last decade.
Terumasa Hino - Double Rainbow (1981) {2016 Japan Crossover & Fusion Collection 1000 Series SICJ 218}

Terumasa Hino - Double Rainbow (1981) {2016 Japan Crossover & Fusion Collection 1000 Series SICJ 218}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 312 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 109 Mb
Full Artwork @ 600 dpi (png) -> 276 Mb | 5% repair rar
© 1981, 2016 Columbia / Sony Music Japan | SICJ 218
Jazz / Fusion / Jazz Funk / Cornet

Reissue with the latest DSD remastering. Comes with liner notes. Beautiful work from trumpeter Terumasa Hino – an early 80s date that was issued in the US, but one that's got as much bold power and freewheeling soul as his Japanese releases from a decade before! The album's surprisingly open for the time – not in the slicker mode that Columbia was hitting as they crossed over some of their 70s fusion players, but in spacious territory that has Hino blowing cornet, in larger arrangements from keyboardist Masabumi Kikuchi and Gil Evans – the latter of whom seems to contribute a strong sense of color and tone to the album! The lineup is great, too – and features both Herbie Hancock and Kenny Kirkland on keyboards, Steve Grossman on reeds, Harvey Mason and Lenny White on drums, Anthony Jackson on bass, and Airto on percussion.
Masabumi Kikuchi - One Way Traveller (1982) {2016 Japan Crossover & Fusion Collection 1000 Series SICJ 170}

Masabumi Kikuchi - One Way Traveller (1982) {2016 Japan Crossover & Fusion Collection 1000 Series SICJ 170}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 285 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 97 Mb
Full Artwork @ 600 dpi (png) -> 296 Mb | 5% repair rar
© 1982, 2016 Columbia / Sony Music Japan | SICJ 170
Jazz / Fusion / Electric Jazz / Jazz Funk / Keyboards

Reissue with the latest DSD remastering. Comes with liner notes. A gem of a record from Japanese keyboardist Masabumi Kikuchi – one of those massive Japanese fusion classics that was partly recorded overseas, partly here in the US – with a sound that brings together all the best soulful aspects of both scenes! Kikuchi can create some really weird, wonderful sounds when he wants – but can also slide into a groove with the best of them – and, given the vintage of the record, may well be more inventive than Herbie Hancock ever was at this point in his career! The lineup's filled with great talents – trumpeter Terumasa Hino, reedman Steve Grossman, and guitarist James Mason – coming together wonderfully on titles that include "Sky Talk", "Madjap Express", "Alacalder", and "Sum Dum Fun".
Johnny Smith Trio - Easy Listening (1958) {2016 Japan SHM-CD Jazz Masters Collection 1200 Series WPCR-29084}

Johnny Smith Trio - Easy Listening (1958) {2016 Japan SHM-CD Jazz Masters Collection 1200 Series WPCR-29084}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 179 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 74 Mb
Full Artwork @ 600 dpi (jpg) -> 56 Mb | 5% repair rar | 24bit remaster
© 1958, 2016 Roost / Parlophone / Warner Music Japan | WPCR-29084
Jazz / Cool / Guitar

SHM-CD reissue. Comes with a mini-description. Features new remastering if it comes from Parlophone. The gentle genius of guitarist Johnny Smith – perfectly captured in this late nite trio session from the 50s! There's a lot more jazz here than you might guess from the "easy listening" title – and Johnny's working with drummer Charlie Mastropaolo and bassist George Roumanis, in a style that's very much in keeping with his other best Roost work at the time. Smith has this way on the strings that's like few other players of his time – a style of playing the guitar that's so gentle, so spacious, the notes come off the instrument almost by themselves – with a lightly ringing quality that's the best part of the unique Johnny Smith tone.
Masabumi Kikuchi - Susto +2 (1981) {2016 Japan Crossover & Fusion Collection 1000 Series SICJ 169}

Masabumi Kikuchi - Susto +2 (1981) {2016 Japan Crossover & Fusion Collection 1000 Series SICJ 169}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 411 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 131 Mb
Full Artwork @ 600 dpi (png) -> 289 Mb | 5% repair rar
© 1981, 2016 Columbia / Sony Music Japan | SICJ 169
Jazz / Fusion / Jazz Funk / Keyboards

Reissue with the latest DSD remastering. Comes with liner notes. A great album of funky Japanese fusion – one of the few sets from the Japanese scene of the late 70s that got any sort of wider release in the US – and a treasure that we've loved for years! The set's got a really great sound – soulful and funky, but sharp too – in a lineup that features a variety of keyboards from Masabumi Kikuchi, plus work by Terumasa Hino on trumpet, Steve Grossman and Dave Liebman on saxes, and James Mason on guitar! The best cuts have a funky feel that's in the CTI/Kudu mode – perhaps mixed with a bit of Herbie Hancock keyboard jamming – and the album's a surprisingly lost funky gem in the Columbia catalog of the early 80s, with a much harder edge than some of the other work on the label at the time!
Johnny Smith - The New Johnny Smith Quartet (1956) {2016 Japan SHM-CD Jazz Masters Collection 1200 Series WPCR-29025}

Johnny Smith - The New Johnny Smith Quartet (1956) {2016 Japan SHM-CD Jazz Masters Collection 1200 Series WPCR-29025}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 154 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 90 Mb
Full Artwork @ 600 dpi (jpg) -> 47 Mb | 5% repair rar | Mono | 24bit remaster
© 1956, 2016 Roost / Parlophone / Warner Music Japan | WPCR-29025
Jazz / Cool / Guitar / Vibes

SHM-CD reissue. Comes with a mini-description. Features new remastering if it comes from Parlophone. A Johnny Smith album with a real difference, and that difference is vibes – handled her by a young John Rae, whose tones make a perfect accompaniment to Smith's chromatic style of guitar! The balance of vibes and guitar is beautiful – handled with all that sense of space that both Johns could bring to their 50s work – with just a bit of extra help from George Roumanis on bass and John Lee on drums – players who can come in strong when needed, but often lay back and let the chromes take over!