RUSH — Clockwork Angels = クロックワーク・エンジェルズ (2012) FLAC (image+.cue), lossless

Clockwork Angels has been a long time coming. Rush foreshadowed it in 2010 by releasing "BU2B," and "Caravan" to radio. The next single, "Headlong Flight," didn't appear until 2012. Co-produced with Nick Raskulinecz (who also worked on 2007's Snakes & Arrows), Clockwork Angels is a return to the concept album by the band that perfected it on 2112 in 1976. It centers on a loose narrative about a young man following his dreams. He struggles with inner and outer forces of order and chaos; he encounters an expansive world where colors, images, territories, and characters are embodied by pirates, strange carnivals, rabble-rousing anarchists, and lost cities. His enemy is the Watchmaker, a ruthless authoritarian presence who attempts to rule the universe and all aspects of everyday life with fascistic precision. Neil Peart's lyrics embrace notions of alchemy and steampunk sci-fi in his thematics. (The album is due to be novelized by Peart and sci-fi author Kevin J. Anderson.) Musically, Rush step up the prog from Snakes & Arrows without losing the blistering riffs or hooks. Alex Lifeson's acoustic guitars have an established place here, but his electric axes roar over them throughout. Geddy Lee's bass is mixed further up-front than it has been in some time -- which makes his mind-blowing chops resound: there are amazing pizzicatos interspersed in driving hard rock fills and edgy, off-kilter funk riffs. His voice is more nuanced and more emotionally expressive. Peart's drumming is the catalyst: his technical mastery makes his playing sound purely instinctive. CA is full of dynamic surprises, wild rhythmic variations, and expansive textures. This set sprawls, embracing everything from metal and prog to electric jazz to flamenco touches -- and more. Varied musical shades jostle up against one another, keeping the listener not only engaged, but delightfully surprised. "BU2B" and "Caravan" are slightly different than their single incarnations -- more was added and for the better. There are nods to the band's past in the blistering intro to "Seven Cities of Gold" and the snarling rampage in "The Anarchist." Lifeson breathes fire on both. The title track is nearly a concept album by itself. It contains a grand Townshend-esque overture, punishing twists and turns, bluesy acoustic interludes, and a grand finish. "Halo Effect" is destined to be among the band's classic power ballads with a dramatic middle and end. The album's seven-minute tour de force, "Headlong Flight," careens across musical genres with ceaseless intensity. "Wish Them Well" is an anthemic hard-edged pop song, while closer "The Garden" is an intricate seven-minute ballad with numerous odd angles and labyrinthine sonic corridors. Ultimately, Clockwork Angels demonstrates why, after 36 years, Rush's fan base continues to grow. Its musical athleticism and calisthenic discipline are equaled only by its relentless creative drive and its will to express it in a distinct musical language.
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Tracklist :
1    Caravan 5:39
Geddy Lee / Alex Lifeson / Neil Peart

2    BU2B 5:10
Geddy Lee / Alex Lifeson / Neil Peart
3    Clockwork Angels 7:31
Geddy Lee / Alex Lifeson / Neil Peart
4    The Anarchist 6:51
Geddy Lee / Alex Lifeson / Neil Peart
5    Carnies 4:51
Geddy Lee / Alex Lifeson / Neil Peart
6    Halo Effect 3:13
Geddy Lee / Alex Lifeson / Neil Peart
7    Seven Cities of Gold 6:34
Geddy Lee / Alex Lifeson / Neil Peart
8    The Wreckers 5:00
Geddy Lee / Alex Lifeson / Neil Peart
9    Headlong Flight 7:20
Geddy Lee / Alex Lifeson / Neil Peart
10    BU2B2 1:27
Geddy Lee / Alex Lifeson / Neil Peart
11    Wish Them Well 5:25
Geddy Lee / Alex Lifeson / Neil Peart
12    The Garden 6:59
Geddy Lee / Alex Lifeson / Neil Peart
Credits :
Arranged By [Arrangements] – Nick Raskulinecz, Rush
Arranged By [Strings], Conductor [Strings] – David Campbell (tracks: 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12)
Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Keyboards [Bass Pedals], Vocals – Geddy Lee
Drums, Cymbal [Cymbals], Tambourine – Neil Peart
Guitar [Guitars], Keyboards – Alex Lifeson

BILL CONNORS — Theme To The Gaurdian (1975) APE (tracks+.cue) lossless

The blazingly explosive and technically precise legato guitarist in Return to Forever left after one release with RTF to pursue a solo career and much quieter, acoustic guitar path. This is the first in a trio of acoustic guitar releases Bill Connors put out in the 1970s on the famous ECM label. Theme to the Gaurdian features some truly excellent acoustic guitar work, with some unique compositions and playing styles. Connors dubs one track as a sort of complex and exotic chordal progression-based structure of strummed rhythms and/or a tapestry of three-finger rolling. He solos over this landscape of dreamy, moody, surreal, and frenetic design. The effect is a ghostly dance of melancholy angst and passionate wailings. John W. Patterson
Tracklist :
1    Theme To The Gaurdian    5:15
 Bill Connors
2    Childs Eyes    4:22
 Bill Connors
3    Song For A Crow    4:12
 Bill Connors
4    Sad Hero    4:26
 Bill Connors
5    Sea Song 5:02
 Glenn Cronkhite
6    Frantic Desire    2:52
 Bill Connors
7    Folk Song    6:33
 Bill Connors
8    My Favorite Fantasy    4:23
 Bill Connors
9    The Highest Mountain    3:25
 Bill Connors
Credits :
Guitar – Bill Connors

MARILYN MAZUR'S FUTURE SONGS — Small Labyrinths (1997) FLAC (image+.cue), lossless

Tracklist :
1    A World Of Gates 2:12
Composed By – M. Mazur
2    Drum Tunnel 2:24
Composed By – A. Kleive, M. Mazur
3    The Electric Cave 1:43
Composed By – E. Aarset, M. Mazur, N. P. Molvær
4    The Dreamcatcher 5:45
Composed By – Marilyn Mazur
5    Visions In The Wood 5:30
Composed By – A. Kleive, K. Hovman, M. Mazur
6    Back To Dreamfog Mountain 6:03
Composed By – M. Mazur
7    Creature Talk 1:11
Composed By – A. Kleive, M. Mazur
8    See There 7:18
Composed By – M. Mazur
9    Valley Of Fragments 1:21
Composed By – Future Song
10    Enchanted Place 3:12
Composed By – Future Song
11    Castle Of Air 4:20
Composed By – M. Mazur
12    The Holey 7:13
Composed By – M. Mazur
Credits :
Bass [Basses] – Klavs Hovman
Drums – Audun Kleive
Guitar – Eivind Aarset
Percussion – Marilyn Mazur
Piano, Keyboards – Elvira Plenar
Producer [Album Produced By] – Manfred Eicher
Saxophone [Saxophones] – Hans Ulrik
Trumpet – Nils Petter Molvær
Voice – Aina Kemanis

ANNETTE PEACOCK — An Acrobat's Heart (2000) FLAC (image+.cue), lossless

Annette Peacock has been a defining influence on the music of ECM for many years, but An Acrobat's Heart is the first album she has made for the label as a leader. Here Peacock turns away from her previous work with electronic elements to produce a spare, ethereal set of compositions for voice, piano, and strings echoing the style of her early '80s album Skyskating. An Acrobat's Heart also marks the first time that Peacock has composed for strings, and the Cikada String Quartet's seamless accompaniment almost breathes with her. Silence and minimalism play major roles in this work, and both Peacock's voice and the accompanying instrumentation seem to bloom up from the quiet background and then dissipate again as quickly they appeared. The tones are clear and precise, but occasionally veer into dissonance as Peacock's wistful lyrics are fleshed out into holograms of sound, transparent but fully realized. Elements of jazz, blues, and torch songs ebb and flow throughout the album, adding to the nostalgic themes of romance and longing embodied by the lyrics. While seeming deeply personal, the lyrics are the weakest element of An Acrobat's Heart, lacking in the kind of poetic imagery and rhythm that would place them on a par with the quality of the surrounding music. Overall, however, this album proves that after over three decades as a performer, Annette Peacock still has the skill to compose and execute truly beautiful music. Stacia Proefrock
Tracklist :
1    Mia's Proof    5:24
2    Tho    5:24
3    Weightless    4:42
4    Over.    3:52
5    As Long As Now    3:49
6    U Slide    4:17
7    B 4 U Said    4:42
8    The Heart Keeps    3:08
9    Ways It Isn't    3:50
10    Unspoken    2:59
11    Safe    3:29
12    Free The Memory    4:36
13    , Ever 2 B Gotten.    2:53
14    Camille    4:50
15    Lost At Last    2:18
Credits :
Ensemble – Cikada String Quartet :
Viola – Marek Konstantynowicz
Violin – Henrik Hannisdal, Odd Hannisdal
Violoncello – Morten Hannisdal
Words, Music, Vocals, Piano – Annette Peacock

HAMPTON HAWES — I'm All Smiles (1966-1993) RM | FLAC (tracks+.cue), lossless

 Pianist Hampton Hawes led a trio during the 1960s and '70s that remained popular without compromising its sound or musical integrity. His phrasing and voicings could entice or amaze, and he displays great range, rhythmic vitality, and harmonic excellence during the five selections featured on this 1966 live date now reissued on CD. Hawes moves from the Afro-Latin feel of "Manha de Carnaval" to the brilliant chordal exposition on "Spring Is Here" and "The Shadow of Your Smile," before concluding with a flourish on "Searchin." Hawes is backed by wonderful bassist Red Mitchell and steady drummer Donald Bailey, who had both been with him for over a decade. They are not just a cohesive unit, but an intuitive team, maintaining a communication with him that is amazing even within a genre that demands it. Ron Wynn
Tracklist :
1. I'm All Smiles (7:39)
 Michael Leonard / Herbert Martin
2. Manha De Carnaval (5:36)
 Luiz Bonfá / Antônio Maria
3. Spring Is Here (5:14)
 Lorenz Hart / Richard Rodgers
4. The Shadow Of Your Smile (10:07)
 Johnny Mandel / Paul Francis Webster
5. Searchin' (10:31)
 Hampton Hawes
Credits :
Bass – Red Mitchell
Drums – Donald Bailey
Piano, Liner Notes – Hampton Hawes

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RUSH — Clockwork Angels = クロックワーク・エンジェルズ (2012) FLAC (image+.cue), lossless

Clockwork Angels has been a long time coming. Rush foreshadowed it in 2010 by releasing "BU2B," and "Caravan" to radio. ...