Bystander - Not So Innocent (1987)

Bystander - Not So Innocent (1987)

Bystander - Not So Innocent (1987)
Rock | 1cd | EAC Rip | Flac + Cue + Log | covers
Long Island LIRC 00052 | rel: 1995 | 565Mb

Although coming from New Jersey, for the most part "Bystander" had not the AOR style and sound typical from the States. They were more stylized, akin Canadian bands like Haywire or Honeymoon Suite, with two lead vocalists adding variation to the music. Anyway, in their debut album “Not So Innocent” the keyboard infusion on some tracks recall American acts such as Dakota, while on more calmer numbers Mr.Mister and Stan Meissner come to mind. Originally released in 1987 by an US indie label, “Not So Innocent” was rescued years after by the great German label Long Island Records with the addition of 3 bonuses.

Pascal Roge - Crystal Dream: Erik Satie & Takashi Yoshimatsu Piano Works (2009)

Pascal Roge - Crystal Dream: Erik Satie & Takashi Yoshimatsu Piano Works (2009)

Pascal Rogé - Crystal Dream: Erik Satie & Takashi Yoshimatsu Piano Works (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 260 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 215 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Triton/Octavia Records Inc. | # OVCT-00052 | Time: 01:14:49

Japanese label Triton has released a Pascal Rogé album with a rather remarkable program; Crystal Dream features the eminent French pianist in a program that interweaves short piano pieces by Erik Satie with others written by contemporary Japanese composer Takashi Yoshimatsu, mostly pieces drawn from his Pleiades Dances. Both composers employ relatively simple melodic concepts harmonized with elegant, though elemental, kinds of accompaniments, so perhaps the combination makes sense. On the other hand, Satie never lived into the age of rock-based pop music, his engagement with the popular consisting mainly of French music hall tunes, and later in life, a sort of half-understood perception of ragtime rhythm. Yoshimatsu, however, would not be Yoshimatsu if it weren't for his strong connection to pop, though admittedly in Satie's case the pop group Blood, Sweat & Tears' adaptation of his Gymnopédie No. 1 once earned Satie a Grammy-winning single. Either way, one might wonder "how does this combination-slash-conversation work?"

Asterix a Gótové

Asterix a Gótové

Asterix a Gótové
Czech | CBR | 46 pages | 12.5 Mb