Wednesday, March 26, 2008

The Changeling (1980)

"Did you die in this house? Why do you remain?"

Director Peter Medak's THE CHANGELING is a highly entertaining and very creepy old-fashioned ghost story. It stars award-winning actor George C. Scott as John Russell, a musical composer who still grieves over the tragic deaths of his wife and young daughter (the film opens with the accident in which they are killed). In an attempt to put the loss behind him and move on with his life, Russell accepts a teaching position and moves to another town, where he also rents a rather dilapidated old mansion. It doesn't take long for him to realize that his new domicile is haunted, and when he learns that the ghost is that of a young boy who was stealthily murdered in the early 1900s, he throws himself wholeheartedly into the task of solving the mysterious crime. He is assisted in the endeavor by the real-estate agent who arranged his rental contract, played by Scott's wife Trish Van Devere.

This film follows the old-school, Hitchcockian method of sucking the unwitting audience into the fantasy and thereby creating a genuine visceral horror. Unlike a lot of more contemporary genre fare, THE CHANGELING subtly builds tension by first concentrating on character development. Then, once the audience has some empathy for the protagonists, the details of the haunting and the related crime slowly unfold as the film's atmosphere becomes more & more eerie and more & more unsettling. So when the film's scariest events finally take place, the audience has been psychologically primed for being genuinely spooked.

The acting in this film is superb. In contrast to the arrogant, flamboyantly self-assured characters that Scott is generally famous for playing, his John Russell is a sensitive and vulnerable man who seems truly concerned with the plight of others, and Scott delivers an exceptional performance that is just this side of stupendous. It's a shame that he wasn't offered more roles such as this. The always beautiful Trish Van Devere does a great turn as the real-estate agent who assists Russell, and she does an especially good job and exuding terror when she is confronted vis-à-vis by things that go bump in the night. Also turning in a wonderful performance is the highly revered Melvyn Douglas, here portraying a rather smarmy politician in one of his last roles. Genre fans will recognize Mr. Douglas from an early performance as Roger Penderel in another spook-house film, James Whale's classic THE OLD DARK HOUSE.

Like some of its notable predecessors, this old-fashioned ghost story creates lots of gooseflesh and increases the heart rate without resorting to lots of gratuitous gore or stomach-churning make-up effects. So keep in mind, then, that fans who prefer only blood-and-guts horror may find THE CHANGELING a bit slow going. However, anyone who enjoys great acting, great story-telling, and deep-in-the-pit-of-your-stomach psychological scares will really enjoy watching this oft-overlooked gem. By Michael R Gates

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Looking for the soundtrack:

VERY RARE movie soundtrack to a VERY SCARY haunted house movie! Only 1000 copies were made! This was never meant to be sold as a soundtrack but to be played in stores to promote the movie.

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Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Ladyhawke (1985)

Rutger Hauer .... If only their was a movie of this caliber today.

Rutger Hauer shines as Captain Etienne Navarre, a medieval knight and his petite l'amour Michelle Pfeiffer as Isabeau his wonderful Lady Hawk. John Wood plays an utterly nasty Bishop of Aquila. With Mathew Broderick as the little thief and Leo McKern the priest who betrays the two lovers.

This movie stands out for music score, knights and fair ladies in distress, and characters that you can fall in love with. It will have you rooting for the good guys and yelling at the screen for them to vanquish their enemies.

This romantic fantasy is an escape for the real world to a place where love, honor, and courage are rewarded. Where true love is possible, and two people love each other more than life itself. A love like this is almost impossible today.

I adored this film so much that I have three copies of the movie and two of the soundtrack by Alan Parsons Project. I think the background music goes so well with what is happening on the screen. Each of the main characters has their own musical composition, and will make you cheer or cry. By Hunter-27 from Detroit, MI

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Sunday, March 23, 2008

Powder (1995)

Beyond everything that makes him different, is everything that makes him human.

For all its flaws, Powder is still worthwhile for attempting to be unique and well intentioned. The film's qualities were overshadowed after its 1995 release when it was revealed that writer-director Victor Salva had served 15 months in prison for molesting a child actor during production of the 1988 TV movie Clownhouse. Controversy aside, Powder is a welcome step off the beaten path with sufficient strengths to balance its weaknesses. Fantasy and drama combine in the story of a teenager known as Powder for his snow-white skin. Powder is introduced into a tiny Texas community after spending his entire life in his grandparents' basement. He's a wise genius, but an outcast, alienated by those who misunderstand and fear him. When a schoolmaster (Mary Steenburgen) and science teacher (Jeff Goldblum) discover that Powder has a capacity for empathic insight and possesses the power to control electricity, the unusual boy becomes a tragic Christ-like figure--peaceful, prophetic, and perhaps too good to survive in the real world. In telling this heartfelt story, Powder struggles to be all things to all viewers--equal parts E.T. and The Elephant Man--which compromises its overall impact. But even though it's not a great movie, it sincerely tries to accomplish something original and wonderful, and that's more than most movies can claim. --Jeff Shannon



You've never experienced anything quite like POWDER -- the uplifting, must-see hit that audiences and critics loved! Harassed by classmates who won't accept his shocking appearance, a shy young man known as Powder struggles to fit in. But the cruel taunts stop when Powder displays a mysterious power that allows him to do extraordinary things. This phenomenon changes the lives of all those around him ... in ways they never could have imagined. Hollywood stars Jeff Goldblum (JURASSIC PARK) and Mary Steenburgen (PHILADELPHIA) lead a top-notch cast in this unforgettable story of hope and wonder.

Powder is an in depth film that shows just how cruel people can be to people that are different from themselves. It takes place in a small town in Texas where Powder was locked in his grandparents basement for most of his life. They die when hes a teen (he's 16 i think?) and he is picked up by the local sheriff and brought to a school for him to learn. The shock is that he is pure white and bald so immediately he stands out and since hes not really had any interactions with people except in the books he read, he is a total outcast. He befriends a girl that doesn't think hes too different until he gets just a little too close to electricity. What happens next is phenominal. This is definately a movie that will touch your heart in one way or another. All you guys out there, if you want a date movie this is one to check out since it mixes all the elements to be a "chick flick", but no it isn't one. Its just a touching story that will leave you wondering how society treats people that are different and that in a way, we know it'll never change but we at least know it does happen. By J. Corsi

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Saturday, March 22, 2008

Stephen Fry: The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive (2006) (TV)

A remarkable documentary by a remarkable person.

The laughter and tears of manic depression. Stephen Fry takes us on his journey into manic depression and compares notes with others whose lives have also been touched by the condition including: Carrie Fisher, Richard Dreyfuss and Rick Stein.
Combining hilarious manic tales with tragic ones of debilitating depression, Fry also turns to experts to examine current thinking on diagnosis, potential causes and how best to treat it. With a perceived link between the condition and creativity, Stephen questions this claim looking to the long list of artists, comedians and high flyers who have and have had it.

Seriously funny and heart rending this is an powerful and empathetic look at manic depression from all angles.

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Manic depression is a disease that's little talked about and little understood. This two part documentary series, presented by Stephen Fry, sets out to explore the highs and the lows, and the causes and the treatments of a condition that may effect as many as 2% of the population.

Motivated by his own personal battle, the series will follow Stephen Fry on an emotional but entertaining journey that takes him into the homes of stars such as Carrie Fisher, Richard Dreyfuss, Robbie Williams and Rick Stein; into the lives of ordinary people who juggle this illness with their working lives; and into the surgeries of psychiatrists and the labs of researchers who are trying to help control the condition.

Winner of Best Documentary at the International Emmy Awards 2007

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Dead Man Walking (1995)

Of monsters, murder and divine mercy...

"Sister, I won't ask for forgiveness; my sins are all I have," sings Bruce Springsteen in this movie's title song while the end credits roll over the screen - giving voice once more to Matthew Poncelet and the men portrayed in Sister Helen Prejean's nonfiction account on which this movie is based; that angry "white trash," those men who are "God's mistake," as one victim's father says, inconsolable over the loss of his daughter; those men locked up in high security prisons for unspeakable crimes which many of them claim they didn't commit. And Matt Poncelet (Sean Penn) is just such a guy; locked in bravado and denial, he proclaims his innocence and would rather take a lie detector test on the day of his execution "so my momma knows I didn't do this" than own up to his responsibility.

With Sister Helen Prejean (Susan Sarandon), we first learn about the crime which landed Poncelet on death row - the rape-murder of a couple on lovers' lane - from the account she receives when she starts writing to him and eventually agrees to visit him in prison. It is, as she will soon learn, a story that anti-death penalty advocates are all too familiar with; a story of unequal access to lawyers and of two defendants, each blaming all guilt for their crime exclusively on the other, regardless what truly happened. And as long as she is assured that even if Poncelet would have a new trial he wouldn't go free (as an accomplice, under Louisiana state law he would receive a lifetime prison sentence), Sister Helen is willing to help him find a lawyer and, when the date for his execution is set, try to obtain a reprieve.

But it does not end there, as she soon finds out; and one of this movie's greatest strengths is the way in which it portrays all sides of the moral issues involved in the death penalty. There are the victims' families, a stunning 70% of which break up after the murder of a child, and who are forever stuck with the unloving last words spoken to their loved ones and the memory of all the little homely details reminding them of their loss. There are the prison guards and nurses, trying to see executions as "part of their job" - with varying success. There are the politicians, barking slogans on TV; promising to "get tough on sentencing, get tough on lenient parole boards, get tough on judges who pass light sentences." There are the convicts' families, marginalized as a result of their brothers' and sons' acts, particularly if they refuse to condemn them publicly. ("Now I'm famous," Poncelet's mother comments bitterly on the dubious celebrity status she has attained as a result of a TV show about Matt. "A regular Ma Barker!") And there is the death penalty itself, shown in all its chilling, graphic, clinical detail, here in its allegedly most humane form: lethal injections, which tranquilize the muscles while the poison reaches the convict's lungs and heart - "his face goes to sleep while his inside organs are going through Armageddon," Poncelet's attorney says at his pardon board hearing. "It was important to us to show all sides of the issue," explains director Tim Robbins on the DVD's commentary track, "not to be satisfied with soundbites, and to present the reality ... Ultimately, the question is not who deserves to die, but who has the right to kill."

At the heart of the story are two radically different individuals: Sister Helen, who has grown up in an affluent, loving family; and Matthew Poncelet, the convicted killer. And their portrayal is this movie's other great strength: without either of them, this film would not have been half as compelling. Both Sarandon and Penn deliver Academy Award-worthy performances. (Sarandon did win her long overdue Oscar, Penn lost to Nicolas Cage for "Leaving Las Vegas" - this would have been an occasion where I would have favored a split award.) Gradually, very gradually we see them get to know each other; and as they do, the visual layers separating them in the prison visiting room are peeled away. Yet, even after he has learned to accept Sister Helen as a human being (not without attempting to come on to her as if she were not a nun - director Tim Robbins's way of dispelling the notion that they might fall in love, as is so often the case in the more cliched versions of this type of story), Poncelet insists that his participation was limited to holding one of the victims down, but that it was his accomplice who raped and killed them both. And even days before his execution, he is still looking for "loopholes" in the bible, as Sister Helen admonishes him, seeing redemption as a free ticket into heaven instead of a means of owning up to his responsibility. ("I like that," he comments when she quotes Jesus's "the truth shall make you free." "So I pass that lie detector test, I'm home free.") Only in his final hour, he slowly, gradually gives up the protective layers of his bravado and lays bare his raw nerve and innermost anguish. And while he speaks, finally, in a complete flashback, we, the viewers, see what really happened that dark and lonely night in the woods, and what all the previous partial flashbacks have not revealed.

"It is easy to kill a monster, but hard to kill a human being," Poncelet's attorney once explains; and Tim Robbins echoes that sentiment on the commentary track. Yet, this movie is not about romanticizing a brutal killer, any more than it is about demonizing his victims. It is, first and foremost, an attempt to bring a complete perspective to one of contemporary America's most pressing problems, and to find a way past sorrow and hate and move towards the future. And even if you're still for the death penalty after having watched it - don't claim ignorance as to what is involved. By Themis-Athena

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Music and Lyrics (2007) OST

Hugh can sing for me anytime!

Writer-director Marc Lawrence's romantic comedy gently satirizes the music industry's past and present via Hugh Grant's Alex Fletcher, a has-been Rock of the '80s icon given another shot at the charts by young pop diva Cora Corman (newcomer Haley Bennett). Grant gives some surprisingly credible--if often gently tongue-in-cheek--performances in his musical debut; indeed, he carries better than half the soundtrack with his earnest vocal charms. The production gets key help from Fountain of Wayne's Adam Schlesinger, who contributes a delicious, loving send-up of Wham! courtesy of "Meaningless Kiss," the emotive piano confessional "Don't Write Me Off," and two versions of "Way Back into Love," the comeback ballad/duet that drives the story line. A playful demo version of the latter pairs Grant with co-star Drew Barrymore (playing the florist who becomes Fletcher's unlikely songwriting foil), while Grant's ultimate duet with young Bennett evokes contemporary pop conceits with a keen, affectionate flair that also graces the young singer's Britney-esque "Buddha's Delight," "Slam," and the more obviously snarky "Entering Bootytown." Rounding out the collection are a pair of complimentary tracks by Swedish pop acts: The Sounds' bouncy "Tony the Beat" and the club-slinky groove of Teddybears' "Different Sound." Highlighted by Grant's sympathetic vocals and a knowing musical sensibility that never quite lapses into mere parody, it's a pop-lover's delight from start to finish. --Jerry McCulley

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1. Pop! Goes My Heart - Hugh Grant
2. Buddha's Delight - Haley Bennett
3. Meaningless Kiss - Hugh Grant
4. Entering Bootytown - Haley Bennett
5. Way Back Into Love - Hugh Grant And Drew Barrymore
6. Tony The Beat - The Sounds
7. Dance With Me Tonight - Hugh Grant
8. Slam - Haley Bennett
9. Don't Write Me Off - Hugh Grant
10. Way Back Into Love - Hugh Grant And Haley Bennett
11. Different Sound Featuring Malte - Teddybears
12. Love Autopsy - Hugh Grant

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~ Don't Write Me Off ~

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Five great movies you can download for free (and legally) right now

Looking for some free content to watch on your media player or PC? How about some great movies that you can legally download free-of-charge right now?

Contrary to what some people think, there are a lot of entertaining old movies, some of which have fallen into the public domain, and can now be downloaded from Internet Archive completely free of charge.

The only problem is that like now, back in the 1930s, 1940s, 1950s and 1960s when many of these films were made, there were also many poor films made as well.

The challenge for the online film buff is to pick the gems, and not waste time with movies that have not aged well, or just weren’t very good to start with.

So here are five great movies that were great in their day, and still offer the modern viewer entertainment. Don’t be put off by the fact that they’re in black and white. What makes these movies entertaining are their tight scripts and good stories (some thing that’s missing from many modern movies).

The movies are available as 64Kb MPEG4 or 245Kb MPEG4 streams or downloads, or as MPEG1 or MEG2 downloads.

Just click on the titles to go their download page.

The 39 Steps

Year: 1935
Duration: 81 minutes
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock, starring Robert Donat, Madeleine Carroll
Rating: Excellent

A man is suspected of murdering a spy. As police pursue him across Scotland, the real murderers become apparent.

While there have been two other movie versions of this story (based on a novel by John Buchan), Hitchcock’s version stands as the most acclaimed.

His Girl Friday

Year: 1940
Genre: Comedy
Duration: 92 minute
Directed by Howard Hawks, starring Carry Grant (pictured) and Rosalind Russell.
Rating: Excellent

Russell plays a reporter who is planning on getting out of the newspaper game after divorcing her publisher husband played by Grant. Just about as she is about to make her exit, Grant asks her to cover breaking news.

Described by one reviewer as one of the “fastest of all movies, from line to line, and from gag to gag”.

Night of the Living Dead

Year: 1968
Genre: Horror
Duration: 98 minutes
Directed by George A Romero, starring Judith O’Dea and Duane Jones.

Rating: Very good

One of the most influential horror films of all time. The heroine finds herself trapped in a farmhouse with an assortment of characters as flesh eating zombies attack.

A lot of old horror movies haven’t really stood the test of time. This one does, and many argue that it’s better than the 1990 remake.

Interestingly, this movie was made on a budget of $114,000, but had managed to make $30 million within ten years.

By the way, the opening scene gets my nomination for “just deserts for a real jerk” award — you’ll know what I mean when you see it.

D.O.A. (Dead on arrival)

Year: 1950
Genre: Film noir drama
Duration: 83 minutes
Directed by Rudolph Mate, starring Edmond O’Brien
Rating: Good

A man tries to find out who has poisoned him, and why, with slow acting Radium.

D.O.A is considered by many to be a classic film noir movie.

Panic In The Streets

Year: 1950
Genre: Action
Duration: 96 minutes
Directed by Elia Kazan, starring Richard Widmark, Jack Palance
Rating: Very Good

In this semidocumentary film, Heath officials attempt to find a carrier of Bubonic plague on the New Orleans waterfront.

Why are some commercial films in the public domain?

Movies made before 1923 are generally in the public domain (but not restored versions, which usually contain their own updated copyright notices).

Movies made after 1923 may be in the public domain unless their copyright has been renewed. So why doesn’t every studio simply renew the copyright of its movies?

In the case of D.O.A, for example, the producer Leo C Popkin made the film for his short-lived studio Cardinal Pictures, but then didn’t renew the copyright when he had the chance in 1977.

Other times, movies fall into the public domain because someone screwed up.

In the case of Night of the Living Dead, the original theatric distributor, the Walter Reade Organization, forgot to place a copyright notice on the title of the film prints when it changed the name of the movie from Night of the Flesh Eaters to Night of the Living Dead. In 1968 copyright laws in the US required that proper notice be given.

Oh well, their loss, our gain.

By John Pospisil

Mystery Case Files: Madam Fate

Hidden Object Game of 2007
Madame Fate™, a mysterious fortune teller, has foreseen her own demise at midnight this very day. She has asked for your help in investigating each quirky carnival worker to determine their whereabouts at midnight. Your investigation will include a multitude of fascinating personalities, from Art the Carny to Lucy the Bearded Beauty, while exploring the magical world of Fate`s Carnival. Each suspect has a motive, but only a Master Detective can discover the secrets hidden within Madame Fate`s™ crystal ball.
  • More areas than ever before!
  • Multiple brain-bending puzzles.
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Friday, March 14, 2008

Herman van Veen - You Take My Breath Away (1992)

Herman van Veen (born 14/3/1945 in Utrecht) is a Dutch singer, songwriter and author. He was the creator of Alfred Jodocus Kwak, an animationserie that received worldwide fame. Up to this day, he has produced 138 albums sung in English, Dutch and German. At the Utrecht Conservatory he studied the violin, singing and theory of musical education. He is ambassador for UNICEF Nederland, and a founding member of Colombine, Stichting Alfred Jodocus Kwak, Stiching Roos, and the Herman van Veen Foundation.
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Folder icon Herman van Veen - You Take My Breath Away (1992)
  • Icon for sound filetype 01. You Take My Breath Away
  • Icon for sound filetype 02. The Fool On The Hill
  • Icon for sound filetype 03. Suzanne
  • Icon for sound filetype 04. Your Song
  • Icon for sound filetype 05. Guigui
  • Icon for sound filetype 06. Blackbird
  • Icon for sound filetype 07. Hey Thats No Way To Say Goodbye
  • Icon for sound filetype 08. Paranoid Eyes
  • Icon for sound filetype 09. Old And Wise
  • Icon for sound filetype 10. Voir Un Ami Pleurer
  • Icon for sound filetype 11. Isnt She Lovely
  • Icon for sound filetype 12. Let It Grow
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Herman Van Veen - LPs (Mania Collectie)

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Alfred J. Kwak - LP - 1978
Alles - LP - 1973
Amsterdam Carré III - 2LP - 1976
Anne - LP - 1986
Blauwe Plekken - LP - 1990
Bloesem - LP - 1972
Carré Amsterdam I - 2LP - 1971
De Wondere Avonturen - LP - 1979
De Zaal Is Er (Carré V) - LP - 1987
Een Voorstelling (Carré IV) - 2LP - 1979
En Nooit Weerom - LP - 1974
Goed Voor Een Glimlach - LP - 1971
Herman En De Zes - LP - 1980
Herman Van Veen I - LP - 1967
Herman Van Veen II - LP - 1969
Het Een En Ander - 2LP - 1984
Het Verhaal Van De Clowns - 2LP - 1988
Iets Van Een Clown - LP - 1981
Jukebox 2008 - LP - 1976
Kerstliederen - LP - 1979
Op Handen - LP - 1978
Overblijven - 2LP - 1977
Pol - LP - 1988
Suzanne - LP - 1973
Tien Jaar - 2LP - 1975
Toegift Antwerpen - LP - 1980
Uit Elkaar - LP - 1979
Voor Een Verre Prinses - LP - 1970
Zo Leren Kijken (Carré II) - LP - 1973
Zolang De Voorraad Strekt - LP - V1 - 1982
Zolang De Voorraad Strekt - LP - V2 - 1983

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Thursday, March 13, 2008

Bliss - A hundred thousand Angels (2004)

The debut Bliss album (Blissful Music (UK) BLISS001, 2000) is a twelve track collection of meditative and more accessible tunes with lush vocal work and superb instrumental arrangements. The title track opens the album with slow yet rich keyboard washes underscoring Lucinda's soaring vocal work. "Come Into The Light" is a contemplative and tender acoustic number sung by Lucinda and Andy together.

The acoustic trend continues with "Farewell To Music," an instruemntal performed entirely on harp. And it blends perfectly into the Enyaesque and standout track "Sunrise" where Lucinda's vocals are so layered as to almost be vocalise. Acoustic guitar and standup bass work perfectly as accompaniment. "I'll Be Waiting" returns to acoustic singer songwriter style, Lucinda's solo vocal atop gentle acoustic guitar--listen for the solo in the bridge--throughout.

The arrangements thicken in "This Love" with keyboard washes and Andy's lead vocals taking over with layers of Lucinda's work serving to effectively back. The first of two Yoga-inspired tracks is "Shiv Sakti," an extended meditative piece blending powerful keyboard textures with mood-inspiring percussion to underscore Lucinda's powerful vocal work. The upbeat, multi-layered, chorus is inspirational.

The second part of the album opens with "Naked" a short yet tenderly and sensually sung ballad accompanied by acoustic guitar, lovely strings and keyboard washes. The evocative texture of Lucinda's soaring voice blends perfectly with the arrangements in this album standout. Powerful orchestral new age textures open the meditative "Say Goodbye," where Lucinda's voice significantly contrasts the rich instrumental arrangements. The violin solo blends everso well with vocalise during the bridge.

"Grace" is a piano-based instrumental with only occasional light percussion and keyboard wash added for texture. It is a lovely yet light track with a tremendous melody. Accompanied by harp with orchestral keyboards supporting, Lucinda's evocative vocals tenderly deliver the lyrical message of "One Wish," a tremendous piece and album standout. The album concludes with the powerful and Yoga-inspired tune, "One Shanti." This standout blends rich arrangements--listen for the bass especially--with an accessible tune and layers of lovely vocals. Tremendous.

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  • Folder icon Bliss - A hundred thousand Angels (2004)
    • Icon for sound filetype 01. Hundred Thousand Angels
    • Icon for sound filetype 02. Come into the light
    • Icon for sound filetype 03. Farewell to music
    • Icon for sound filetype 04. Sunrise
    • Icon for sound filetype 05. I'll be waiting
    • Icon for sound filetype 06. This love
    • Icon for sound filetype 07. Shiv Shakti
    • Icon for sound filetype 08. Naked
    • Icon for sound filetype 09. Say Goodbye
    • Icon for sound filetype 10. Grace
    • Icon for sound filetype 11. One Wish
    • Icon for sound filetype 12. Om Shanti

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