Aretha Sings The Blues

Aretha Franklin - The Early Years (2008)  Music

Posted by Designol at June 8, 2018
Aretha Franklin - The Early Years (2008)

Aretha Franklin - The Early Years (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 355 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 150 Mb | Scans included
R&B, Soul, Gospel, Soul-Jazz | Label: Blue Label/SPV | # SPV 305712 CD | 00:56:30

These days she's known as the Queen of Soul, and indeed has been since she came to the fore belting out such well known hits as 'Respect', 'Chain Of Fools' and 'Say A Little Prayer' in the late '60s, scoring no less than ten Top 10 hits over an 18-month period from 1967-68. The rarely heard but strikingly effective recordings on 'The Early Years' come from a period when Franklin was signed to Columbia Records and offer a unique insight into the development of this amazing artist. Unlike SPV's companion piece, 'Aretha Sings The Blues', which as the title implies concentrates on a selection of blues-based recordings, 'The Early Years' is notable for the range of styles, from pop, blues, jazz, gospel and soul, that the young Franklin was able to instil into her music with the air of a seasoned veteran.

Billie Holiday - Lady Sings The Blues (1956/2007)  Music

Posted by Domestos at June 6, 2018
Billie Holiday - Lady Sings The Blues (1956/2007)

Billie Holiday - Lady Sings The Blues (1956/2007)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) ~ 127.84 Mb | 38:22 | Cover
Vocal Jazz | Country: USA | Label: Verve - B0009401-02

Taken from a pair of sessions taped during 1955-1956, Lady Sings the Blues finds Holiday in top form and backed by the sympathetic likes of tenor saxophonist Paul Quinichette, trumpeters Charlie Shavers and Harry Edison, pianist Wynton Kelly, and guitarists Kenny Burrell and Barney Kessel. And while these autumnal sides bear some of the frayed vocal moments often heard on Holiday's '50s Verve sides, the majority here still ranks with her best material. This is especially true of the cuts from the June 1956 date, which produced unparalleled versions of "No Good Man," "Some Other Spring," and "Lady Sings the Blues." See why many fans prefer the "worn out" Holiday heard here to the more chipper singer featured on those classic Columbia records from the '30s.
Ray Charles - The Genius Sings The Blues (1961) [MFSL, 2010] (Repost)

Ray Charles - The Genius Sings The Blues (1961) [MFSL, 2010]
EAC Rip | APE (image+.cue+log) - 120 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 94 MB | Covers (12 MB) included
Genre: Piano Blues, R&B, Soul | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab (UDSACD 2049), Mono

The Genius Sings the Blues began as a simple compilation. Comprised of a dozen songs Ray Charles made between 1952 and 1960, the collection was released in 1961 by Atlantic Records to counter the singer’s migration to rival ABC Paramount. What Atlantic originally underestimated is that the album contained many of Charles’ greatest works, all unified by their bluesy emotions and stirring arrangements. A classic of the soul and R&B canon, The Genius Sings the Blues is a snapshot of the evolution of timeless American music captured by the pianist’s indelible rhythmic pace, gospel roots, jazz backgrounds, and Southern-styled accents…

Grover - Grover Sings the Blues (1974)  Music

Posted by TestTickles at Nov. 26, 2017
Grover - Grover Sings the Blues (1974)

Grover - Grover Sings the Blues (1974)
MP3 CBR 320kbps | RAR | 72 mb
Genre: children's

Grover Sings the Blues is the 1974 album by Grover Monster, who is better known under his first name, Grover. This is his debut album after spending four years on the PBS children's TV show Sesame Street, where he continues to live to this day. This was released by the Children's Television Workshop and is brought to you by the letters G and M and by the number 1.
Carmen Gomes Inc - Carmen Gomes Sings The Blues (2017) [Official Digital Download 24-bit/192kHz]

Carmen Gomes Inc. - Carmen Gomes Sings The Blues (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time - 51:58 minutes | 2,32 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Small front

Carmen Gomes has won many awards in the Netherlands and surrounding areas. Like so many new European singers, she sings in English. Her style is bluesy and intimate with a sexy voice that's sweet as dark tupelo honey, and her interpretations are unerring. Idea of this album would take on the challenge of reinterpreting Harry Belafonte's "Belafonte Sings the Blues" was originally suggested by Harry van Dalen, owner of the eminent High End audio shop Rhapsody. He thought that Carmen’s band would be perfect for reinterpreting the mood and the sound of the classic album.
Juanita Hall - Juanita Hall Sings The Blues (1958) DCC Reissue 1996

Juanita Hall - Juanita Hall Sings The Blues (1958) Mastered by Steve Hoffman
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 245 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 119 Mb | Scans included
Blues, Vocal Jazz, Swing | Label: DCC Compact Classics | # DJZ-623 | 00:37:42

Juanita Hall is best-known for being a stage actress, playing Bloody Mary in South Pacific. However on this 1958 set for Counterpoint, she shows that she could effectively sing blues. Mostly sticking to songs from the Bessie Smith songbook (including "You've Been a Good Old Wagon," "Gimme a Pigfoot" and "Nobody Wants You When You're Down and Out"), Hall's extroverted and shouting style fit the music quite well. Pianist Claude Hopkins arranged for the sextet and gathered quite an all-star backup group that includes tenor-saxophonist Coleman Hawkins, clarinetist Buster Bailey and trumpeter Doc Cheatham. Well worth getting.
Tony Bennett - Playin' With My Friends: Bennett Sings The Blues (2001) Repost / New Rip

Tony Bennett - Playin' With My Friends: Bennett Sings The Blues (2001)
EAC Rip | FLAC (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 326 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 138 Mb
Full Scans (PNG, 400 dpi) ~ 163 Mb | RAR 5% Recovery
Vocal Jazz, Blues | RPM Records / Columbia #CK 85833

Tony Bennett's latter-day albums tend to have themes, and this one has two, as indicated by its double-barreled title: It is both a duets album and a blues album. The duet partners include ten singers who range from his recent touring partners Diana Krall and k.d. lang to fellow veterans Ray Charles, B.B. King, and Kay Starr, and younger, but still mature pop stars Stevie Wonder, Bonnie Raitt, and Billy Joel. All sound happy to be sharing a mic with Bennett. Not surprisingly, the singer's conception of the blues does not extend to the Mississippi Delta or the South Side of Chicago; rather, he is interested in the blues as filtered through the sound of the Swing Era, particularly from around Kansas City, and as interpreted by Tin Pan Alley and show tunes…
John Lee Hooker - Sings The Blues (1961) & Sings Blues (1960) {Soul Jam Records 600843 rel 2014}

John Lee Hooker - Sings The Blues (1961) & Sings Blues (1960) {Soul Jam Records 600843 rel 2014}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 359 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 180 Mb
Full Artwork @ 300 dpi (png) -> 47 Mb | 5% repair rar | 24bit remastered
© 1960-61, 2014 Crown / King / Soul Jam Records | 600843
Blues / Electric Blues / Delta Blues / Acoustic Blues / Detroit Blues / Blues Revival

John Lee Hooker developed a “talking blues” style that became his trademark. Though similar to the early Delta tradition, his metrically free approach and unique sound would make him a staple of Detroit blues. Often called the “King of the Boogie,” Hooker's driving, rhythmic approach to guitar playing has become an integral part of the blues. This quintessential release includes two albums from the beginning of his career: Sings the Blues (Crown 1961) and Sings Blues (King 1960). Although the two records share nearly identical titles, each contains a different and excellent track list. The former LP features great electric numbers such as “Hug and Squeeze (You),” “Good Rockin' Mama,” and “The Syndicate,” while the latter contains Hooker's solo recordings originally issued on the Modern label. Both albums have been remastered and packaged together in this very special collector's edition, which also includes 5 bonus tracks from the same period.
John Lee Hooker - Burnin' & Plays And Sings The Blues (1961-62) {The Definitive Remastered Edition - Hoodoo Records rel 2014}

John Lee Hooker - Burnin' & Plays And Sings The Blues (1961-62) {The Definitive Remastered Edition - Hoodoo Records 263481 rel 2014}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 425 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 178 Mb
Full Artwork @ 300 dpi (png) -> 59 Mb | 5% repair rar | 24bit remastered
© 1961-62, 2014 Vee Jay / Chess / Hoodoo Records | 263481
Blues / Electric Blues / Delta Blues / Acoustic Blues / Detroit Blues / Blues Revival

John Lee Hooker developed a “talking blues” style that became his trademark. Though similar to the early Delta tradition, his metrically free approach and unique sound would make him a staple of the Detroit blues tradition. Often called the “King of the Boogie,” Hooker's driving, rhythmic approach to guitar playing has become an integral part of the blues. His thunderous electric guitar sounded raw, while his basic technique was riveting.
Nina Simone - Nina Simone Sings The Blues (1967) Japanese Mini-LP, 2004

Nina Simone - Nina Simone Sings The Blues (1967) Japanese Mini-LP, 2004
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 226 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 98 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Blues, Soul-Blues, Vocal Jazz | Label: BMG/RCA | # BVCJ-37368, 82876-60795-2 | Time: 00:32:35

Nina Simone Sings the Blues, issued in 1967, was her RCA label debut, and was a brave departure from the material she had been recording for Phillips. Indeed, her final album for that label, High Priestess of Soul, featured the singer, pianist, and songwriter fronting a virtual orchestra. Here, Simone is backed by a pair of guitarists (Eric Gale and Rudy Stevenson), bassist (Bob Bushnell), drummer (Bernard "Pretty" Purdie), organist (Ernie Hayes), and harmonica player who doubled on saxophone (Buddy Lucas). Simone handled the piano chores. The song selection is key here. Because for all intents and purposes this is perhaps the rawest record Simone ever cut. It opens with the sultry, nocturnal, slow-burning original "Do I Move You," which doesn't beg the question but demands an answer: "Do I move you?/Are you willin'?/Do I groove you?/Is it thrillin'?/Do I soothe you?/Tell the truth now?/Do I move you?/Are you loose now?/The answer better be yeah…It pleases me…." As the guitarists slip and slide around her husky vocal, a harmonica wails in the space between, and Simone's piano is the authority, hard and purposely slow.