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Michael Fremer Posted: Sep 02, 2014 0 comments
Back in 1964 American buyers of the mono "A Hard Day's Night" Soundtrack album (United Artists UAL 3366) got a better deal than did the ones who bought the "stereo" version. While the latter's instrumentals were in true stereo the Beatles songs were mangled by UA engineers into versions that were electronically reprocessed for stereo.

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Michael Fremer Posted: Sep 02, 2014 3 comments
Though the two originals have plenty of "mileage", they don't sound "chewed" and a great deal of high frequency energy remains in the grooves. Nonetheless, this new AAA reissue sounds tonally identical to the original.

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Michael Fremer Posted: Sep 02, 2014 Published: Sep 01, 2014 3 comments
Eric Leefe got his new stereo installed last weekend. He wanted to thank readers and acknowledge the outpouring of generosity from analogplanet.com readers so with his permission I pointed the iPhone camera at him.

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Michael Fremer Posted: Aug 31, 2014 22 comments
On the afternoon of September 4th, 1962 The Beatles arrived at Abbey Road for their first official session. They rehearsed, had dinner, returned to the studio and recorded “How Do You Do it” chosen for them as their first single by George Martin.

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Michael Fremer Posted: Aug 30, 2014 Published: Aug 29, 2014 49 comments
The Beatles in Mono arrived today. This evening listening will begin but this afternoon analogplanet.com editor Michael Fremer opened the box and physically inspected.
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Michael Fremer Posted: Aug 27, 2014 Published: Aug 26, 2014 24 comments
Designing a turntable (or pretty much anything) with no budgetary constraints is far easier than is designing one to a specific price point, especially a low one.

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Michael Fremer Posted: Aug 27, 2014 Published: Aug 26, 2014 7 comments
Original tape sources, including "many found only recently" of Bob Dylan's legendary "Basement Tape" sessions have been meticulously restored and will be released on November 4th by Columbia Records/Legacy Recordings in a complete 6 disc CD set (The Basement Tapes Complete:The Bootleg Series Vol. 11 and in a 2 CD/3 LP 180g highlights edition (The Basement Tapes Raw: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11.

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Michael Fremer Posted: Aug 26, 2014 22 comments
A visit to Czech Republic-based GZ Media recently published on a website includes an un-captioned photo of a large stack of the upcoming Beatles Mono box sets. This has flooded analogplanet.com's "inbox" with emails from readers, some inquisitive, some hysterical and a few spewing expletives.

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Michael Fremer Posted: Aug 26, 2014 Published: Aug 25, 2014 8 comments
Last winter analogplanet.com editor Michael Fremer attended a Music Matters event at Denver's Listen Up! retailer. Retailers throughout the country hold these "meet and greet" events for their regular customers and to attract new ones to the store.

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Michael Fremer Posted: Aug 22, 2014 8 comments
Today we mostly think of Tony Bennett as a jazz singer but back in 1962 Tony Bennett was one of Columbia Records' pop music stars. He had his first #1 hit for the label in 1951 with "Because of You". In 1953 Bennett's "Rags to Riches" topped the Billboard charts for 8 weeks. "Stranger In Paradise" only made it to #2 that year but you couldn't avoid it on the radio and few back then wanted to.

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