Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Ike & Tina Turner - The Hunter (Great Soul'n Funk US 1969)

Size: 80.6 MB
Bitrate: 320
Ripped by: ChrisGoesRock
Artwork Included
Source: Japan SHM-CD Remaster

Released just a few years after the epochal Phil Spector-produced River Deep Mountain High and close to six years before their breakup, Ike and Tina Turner's Hunter often gets lost in the duo's long and stormy existence. 

And while the album certainly is not on the same plane as the Spector album or later work like Workin' Together, Hunter still boasts several fine blues workouts in the inimitably electrifying Ike and Tina mode. The Stax sound figures prominently here, with producer Bob Krasnow (Captain Beefheart) keeping things nice and uncluttered to better frame Tina's intense vocal workouts.

The Hunter is an Ike & Tina studio album with a very strange cover art. The title track and the song I Know were released as singles - both with the song „Bold Soul Sister“ on the b-side. The duo  performed some songs live in their concerts, released on different live albums like Live In Paris from 1971.

Released originally in October 1969 from Blue Thumb Records in America and Harvest Records in Germany on vinyl, The Hunter reached #49 (R&B) and #176 (Pop) in America.

Billboard Magazine - October 18, 1969: Blue Thumb's "Outta Season" LP brought the much-recorded duo high and heavy on the charts, and their latest, featuring "l Know," should outrace all competitors for the lke & Tina Turner laurels. Bob Krasnow’s strong production sets the stage for this raucous rock 'n' blues session, as Tina rips up the vocals and lke provides the rhythm. "The Hunter" and "I Smell Trouble" should score.

A pretty sweet little album from Ike & Tina Turner – recording during a period when it seemed like they had contracts with just about every soul label on the market! This one's definitely got that hip "play it for the Fillmore crowd" sound that you'd expect from Blue Thumb – with less of the raw soul of earlier albums, and more of that "studio rootsy" feel that was sure to be big with the kids. 

There is a great little funk number, though – the incredible "Bold Soul Sister", which has great funky drumbeats, chicken scratch guitar, dipping basslines, and screaming vocals by Tina Turner that make the number sound like a lost little funky 45! Other tracks are more bluesy, and include "The Hunter", "Early In The Morning", "You're Still My Baby", "You Got Me Running", and "The Things I Used To Do".

01. The Hunter 6:37
02. You Don’t Love Me No More (Yes I Know) 3:02
03. You Got Me Running 3:04
04. Bold Soul Sister 2:38
05. I Smell Trouble 3:48
06. The Things I Used To Do 3:16
07. Early In The Morning 3:03
08. You’re Still My Baby 2:50
09. I Know (You Don’t Want Me No More) 2:34


Sunday, October 28, 2018

ThumbsPlus Professional

ThumbsPlus is a photo and graphics organizing and searching database and application for Microsoft Windows. It creates thumbnails and views images, vector files, fonts, videos, and metafiles. It also includes editing, batch editing and format conversion, searching and sorting by image similarity, image filters and processes, creating contact sheets, printing images and catalogs, displaying slide shows, changing wallpaper, launching external editors, installing and removing fonts, managing offline media, and automatically saving screen and window captures.

ThumbsPlus is the perfect solution for anyone with lots of photos, movies, metafiles, fonts, and other digital assets to organize, manage, and edit.

The professional and network editions support all common digital camera raw image formats, including Canon, Nikon, Kodak, Fuji, Ricoh, Minolta, Sony, Pentax, Leica, and Foveon. It also supports several scientific file formats.

ThumbsPlus is built around a relational database, which can be shared over a network. It directly supports Microsoft Access (default) and SQLite databases. True client/server databases are also supported in network configurations. Both SQLite3 and Client/Server databases can store as many thumbnails as you have disk space for! Even using a default Access JET (.tpdb8) database, you can store millions of thumbnails by moving the thumbnail data to external files.

File formats supported
ThumbsPlus can read and display over 100 file formats, including raster (image), metafile (vector), movies, and fonts. Many additional types are configurable using OLE or filter, including Adobe Photoshop import filters.

ThumbsPlus can write and convert to these image and metafile formats:

• JPEG (.jpg)
• JPEG 2000 (.jp2)
• GIF (Graphics Interchange Format)
• PNG (Portable Network Graphic)
• TIFF (.tif)
• BMP (Microsoft Windows Bitmap)
• CMP LEADTOOLS compressed)
• ICO (Microsoft Windows Icon)
• WMF (Windows Metafile)

Image organization, management, and searching
ThumbsPlus stores its information in a relational database, allowing enormous flexibility in searching for files. Each tab on the Find window allows for searching for different kinds of information, and the Advanced tab allows you to enter SQL directly.

You can search for files in hundreds of different ways, combining any of the following:

• User Defined Fields
• Keywords
• Partial and full file names
• Duplicate and similar images
• Annotation contents

You can append advanced SQL to search by just about anything, including date ranges, file types, paths, galleries, and more.

• Searching for a partial filename and photographer (using a user defined field)
• Find all .CRW and .NEF files taken last month
• Finding images most similar to a specific image
• Find all images with all of the keywords beach, children,taken during 2016
• Find all .PSD files on network disks
• Find all files on local disks taken this month

Viewing and editing images
Most editing features can be done in a batch mode.

Batch processing is one of the most useful and powerful capabilities of ThumbsPlus. A "batch" is a group of files, and batch processing performs a set of operations on each file in the batch. Here are just a few examples of the numerous batch processes that you can do:

• Convert a group of files from one format to another.
• Convert several files of varying types, including metafiles, rasterizing to 800x800, sharpening a bit, cropping to 800x600, then resampling to 640x480  and saving as JPEG to a different folder.
• Create a bunch of thumbnail-sized JPG files for the Web (for complete Web page building, you can use the Web Page Wizard as well).
• Convert a group of GIF or LZW-compressed TIFF files to PNG.
• Rasterize several PICT or CGM files, with anti-aliasing, and storing as LZW-compressed TIFF.
• Convert a bunch of files to a 256-color common optimum palette ("Super palette") for use in a GIF or other animation.

You can save defined batch sets and reuse them later on different sets of files. You can even call a batch set from within another batch set! (This can be useful, for example, to write two files — for example, a GIF and a JPEG — from each input file.)

Image editing functions
■ Color adjustment (hue, saturation, lightness, brightness, contrast, gamma            curve)
■ Change color depth (1, 4, 8-bit indexed, 16 and 32 bit grayscale, RGB (24 and        48 bit), RGBA (32 and 64 bit)
■ Color balancing
■ Resize (downsample, bilinear, bicubic interpolation)
■ Rotate (.01 degree increments)
■ Rotate to match a drawn line horizontally or vertically
■ Assign and convert color profiles
■ Replace colors
■ Swap red and blue channels
■ Invert colors
■ Histogram equalization
■ Histogram stretching
■ Set image resolution (dpi, dpc)
■ Crop, including autocrop (remove solid borders)
■ Create alpha channel using selection (with feathering)
■ Remove or render alpha channel
■ Image stamping (overlay text or image)
■ Fading any prior operation
■ Rectangular, elliptical, and freehand selection
■ Cut, copy, paste
■ Combine images (add, subtract, multiply, divide, and, or, xor, etc.)
Image processes:
 ○ Auto Color Balance
 ○ Improve Video Capture
 ○ Fluorescent Lighting
 ○ General Enhancement
 ○ Contrast Enhancement
 ○ Cleanup Jpeg
 ○ Digital Camera Cleanup
 ○ Sepia Tone
 ○ Semi-Sepia Tone
 ○ Photo Negative
 ○ Equalize Channels
 ○ Stretch Channels
Image filters:
 ○ 6 Blur filters, including Gaussian blur
 ○ 11 Edge Detection, including morphological gradient
 ○ 11 Sharpen filters, including edge enhancement and unsharp mask
 ○ 22 Effects filters, including etch, drawing, oil posterize, mosaic, emboss, and      glowing edges
 ○ 9 Noise filters, including despeckle and edge-sensitive median
 ○ 6 Edge processing filters

Additional features:
Printing images and catalogs
Digital Contact sheets
Slide shows
Acquire scans using TWAIN, including multiple TWAIN acquire
Movie thumbnail and viewing options
Quick convert menu for converting multiple files
Computes image metrics for finding similar and duplicate images
OLE and Filter support for file formats not handled internally
Thumbnail creation for proprietary formats
Windows Still Image support
Web Page Wizard
Optimized palettes can be generated from multiple image files.
Extensive DDE commands
Extensive search capabilities with named search sets.
Folder operations (copy, move, and rename)
Many file sort options
Multiple customizable thumbnail views
Plugins are available for raw formats as well as EPS/PDF
Synchronized image scrolling, panning and zooming (for comparing images)
Image galleries for custom ordered slide shows and quick organization
Multiple monitor support
Photo printing options with print preview
Favorite locations for quick access to folders
Automatic file renaming (numbering)
Multiple background tasks are supported
Tagging images
Batch metadata Editor
Loupe Display (magnifier)
Metafile functions, including converting vector to true wmf files

The data input and search capabilities are professional and advanced while at the same time ThumbsPlus is very intuitive and easy to use for beginners in the graphic world.

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Fire Down Below - Hymn of the Cosmic Man (Belgium Heavy 2018)

Size: 103 MB
Bitrate: 320
Ripped by: ChrisGoesRock
Some Artwork Included

Belgium desert rock band Fire Down Below will release its new album, Hymn of the Cosmic Man, on June 8 via Ripple Music (Mothership, BANG!). The surging quartet -- once hailed as "a stoner version of Tool" -- created the LP as an outer space concept album detailing "a single soul against an unnamed threat to mankind." Hymn of the Cosmic Man was mixed for maximum trajectory by Brad Boatright (Windhand, SUNN O))), Bell Witch) and is the follow up to Fire Down Below's 2016 debut, Viper, Vixen, Goddess, Saint. 

On Hymn of the Cosmic Man, Fire Down Below trades the hot desert winds of its debut for the cold desolation of outer space. "Saviour of Man", the first track released from the album, debuts in the form of a music video which builds on the album's cosmic concept. See and hear "Saviour of Man" at this location. 

"Rock n’ roll ain’t dead…stoner, classic, psyche, late 60s/early 70s style, etc., you just gotta look for the good stuff. Fire Down Below is pound for pound one of the best the style has to offer in current times."

Belgium's Fire Down Below refer to themselves as "amp-hugging, hard-hitting, fuzz-loving, ear-splitting, riff-worshipping rock 'n rollers", it is a bold claim but one the band, Sam Nuytens (drums)Jeroen Van Troyen (rhythm guitar and vocals), Kevin Gernaey (lead guitar) and Bert Wynsberghe (bass guitar), can more than back up, as can be witnessed by giving their latest release "Hymn of the Cosmic Man" (Ripple Music) a spin.

The word "cosmic" is well used in this albums title as the album has very much a space related theme running through its songs, titles like "Red Giant", "Ignition/Space Cruiser", "The Cosmic Pilgrim", "Nebula" and "Adrift in a Sea of Stars" are scattered liberally over the album length and even those songs with no reference to the vast Cosmos in their titles, " Saviour of Man" and "Ascension", are lyrically concerned with the great unknown and our place within it. 

What we all come to an album for however is the music and even if you have the most mind blowing concept for your album if the music does not match the integrity of your themes/concepts then you are more or less sunk before you have begun. Thankfully Fire Down Below's grooves are more than a match for their lofty conceptual aspirations and deliver both musically and lyrically within their spacial structures, the band rocking and vibrant on "Ignition/Space Cruiser", tranquil and trippy on "Nebula" and even a little prog(ish) and Tool like on the superb "Ascension". 

Fire Down Below:
Bert Wynsberghe - bass 
 Jeroen Van Troyen - guitar, vocals 
 Kevin Gernaey - guitar
 Sam Nuytens - drums

01. Red Giant 02:10
02. Ignition-Space Cruiser 07:47
03. Saviour of Man 03:08
04. The Cosmic Pilgrim 09:16
05. Nebula 02:34
06. Ascension 07:46
07. Adrift in a Sea of Stars 11:08

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