Chris Spheeris – Crystal Dream

16 01 2009

ibqre12jcaChris Spheeris – Crystal Dream
MP3 @ 160 Kbps | 1:02:24 min | 77.3 MB | 10% Recovery Record

Another very early Chris Spheeris release.  A masterpiece of pure inspiration.

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Chris Spheeris – Allura

16 01 2009

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MP3 @ 160 Kbps | 47:28 min | 59.5 MB | 10% Recovery Record

One of Chris Spheeris’ earliest albums.  Beautiful flamenco flavored mastery.

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Chris Spheeris – The Best Of Chris Spheeris (1990 – 2000)

16 01 2009

sph_frontChris Spheeris – The Best Of Chris Spheeris (1990 – 2000)
MP3 @ 320 Kbps | 1:08:50 min | 174 MB | 10% Recovery Record

The Best of Chris Spheeris: 1990-2000 is an exciting look back at his extraordinary musical achievements over the past decade. For the 13 previously released tracks, Spheeris drew from his popular 1990s releases Culture (1993), Desires (1994), Europa (1995), Mystic Traveler (1996), Eros (1997), and Dancing With the Muse (2000). Every tune is a completely different expression, coming from a unique place melodically, rhythmically, and spiritually. Among the highlights are “Lovers & Friends,” “Enchantment,” and “Dancing With the Muse,” which captures this experience perfectly. The two new Spheeris compositions are the Celtic-flavored (and appropriately titled) “Looking Back” — which pays homage to the styles and feelings of many of the other works on the collection — and the graceful solo piano piece “Rendezvous.”

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Chris Spheeris – Eros

16 01 2009

superd_1072276Chris Spheeris – Eros
MP3 @ 192 Kbps VBR | 48:21 min | 66.9 MB | 10% Recovery Record

Listening to Chris Spheeris’ gently rhythmic but ultimately sleepy flamenco guitar based Eros, you might think you’ve stumbled upon outtakes from Jesse Cook or today’s current master of easygoing pop flamenco, Ottmar Liebert. But those two usually have the keen sense to vary the tempo just enough to avoid each tune from bleeding into the next they’d never create a whole album of lullabies. A noted new age multi-instrumentalist who plays everything here himself, Spheeris’ intention seems to be not to excite much passion, just to go with the flow and create some charming, acoustic guitar based bedroom music. An insert photo of him playing a secondary instrument, accordian, as a couple chats at an outdoor café bears this out. Taken individually, tunes like “The Arrow” and “Mediterraneo” are graceful and gorgeously textured, with subtle piano harmonies and light percussion accents behind crisply played melodies. And he uses the real accordian quite effectively on the trance-inducing “Juliette.” It’s just that overall, it comes across much like the atmosphere at a French café – lovely enough to put you in the mood, but ultimately too easy to forget when morning comes.

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Chris Spheeris – Desires Of The Heart

16 01 2009

cover3Chris Spheeris – Desires Of The Heart
MP3 @ 192 Kbps | 46:03 min | 67.7 MB | 10% Recovery Record

Desires of the Heart is a balanced collection of ten instrumentals whose common attribute is beautiful melodic writing and excellent production. The emotional coherence, warmth and heart in this music makes for a combination that works great.

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Chris Spheeris – Europa

16 01 2009

europaChris Spheeris – Europa
MP3 @ 192 Kbps | 51:47 min | 78.0 MB | 10% Recovery Record

While the title Europa may have you expecting some sort of connection to the Santana masterpiece, what guitarist Chris Spheeris and keyboardist Paul Voudouris achieve is stirring in its own right. Often when artist credit is billed to two equals, one winds up playing all the melodies while the other provides some supportive harmonic structure. Here, there is an even trade off. Spheeris takes command acoustically before his partner slinks in for an extended solo, and vice versa on the next track. As is typical of artists associated with the gray area between jazz and new age, the two aim for a soothing vibe rather than a chops explosion. The effect of the exotic if understated percussion is gorgeously hypnotic, like a hang glider soaring into a fertile terrain of clear sky and wind. Despite the soft veneer, Spheeris stands out as a surprisingly plucky guitar master. In time, some of the pieces run calmly together. But for all intents and purposes, it’s a conceptual project, so it must be part of the grand design.

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Chris Spheeris – Pathways to Surrender

15 01 2009

15Chris Spheeris – Pathways to Surrender
MP3 @ 256 Kbps | 41:58 min | 85.9 MB | 10% Recovery Record

On Pathways Spheeris takes us through pieces that are distinctly Greek, electric, choral and ethereal, finishing off this heartfelt, romantic album with graceful sounds that allow one to drift off in a new feeling of completion, a true “rite of passage” toward an unnamed peace. For an album that has lasting appeal and depth of expression which invites intimate, serious exploration, Pathways to Surrender offers a vocal and instrumental mix which are a perfect match, as he excels on guitar, keyboards and emotional expression.

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