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Michael Fremer Posted: Jul 02, 2014 38 comments
Dylan's previous album Bringing It All Back Home arguably contains the first rap song ("Subterranean Homesick Blues") and is associated with the first rock video—the one where he holds up those cue cards with some of the lyrics—but this album made Dylan a rock star. The cover photo remains iconic and enigmatic: Dylan as The Mona Lisa?

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Michael Fremer Posted: Jul 01, 2014 27 comments
On his posthumous album The Sky Is Crying, Stevie Ray Vaughan covers "Chitlins Con Carne", the opening tune on this seminal 1963 jazz/blues release. The annotation includes a quote from brother Jimmie who said that the album was "...a tribute to Stevie's heroes...." among whom was Burrell. Despite his undeserved reputation as a "note-slinger", SRV's version evokes the delicacy, nuance and open spaces found on the original.

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Michael Fremer Posted: Jun 29, 2014 13 comments
Peter, Paul and Mary brought gospel fervor to the staid folk revival of the early '60s. Though they got their live chops at Paul Colby's Bitter End, the brick wall of which serves as the cover's backdrop, it was this album that propelled them to pop music-like mainstream stardom.

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Michael Fremer Posted: Jun 28, 2014 Published: Jun 27, 2014 25 comments
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Michael Fremer Posted: Jun 27, 2014 4 comments
Michael,

There was a time when I started buying records out of sheer boredom with Compact Discs.

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Michael Fremer Posted: Jun 27, 2014 23 comments
Why has the blues been banished from popular music? Probably because young people today don’t have the blues. For one thing they seem generally more happy and well-adjusted than previous generations—certainly in matters of sex, though recently a youngster who couldn’t get any indulged his self-pity with a mass shooting. Perhaps had he learned to sing or even listen to the blues, some soothing could have stopped him.

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Michael Fremer Posted: Jun 26, 2014 10 comments
In the Led Zeppelin II review Analogplanet.com included two unidentified 96/24 files containing short "needle drop" excerpts, one sourced from the new 96/24 reissue and one sourced from the Classic Records reissue.

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Michael Fremer Posted: Jun 25, 2014 29 comments
Analogplanet received one of the first Ortofon 2M MONO Special Edition cartridges developed by the company in cooperation with Universal Music Group as a tribute to the upcoming Beatles "Back to Mono" box set.

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Michael Fremer Posted: Jun 24, 2014 Published: Jun 23, 2014 50 comments
Swan Song Audio (www.swansongaudio.com), newly arrived in the audiophile electronics market will make its show debut at October’s Rocky Mountain Audio Festival 2014. Earlier this year Anthony Crocker (who I think at this time is Swan Song Audio), emailed and offered for review his Cygnet Phono Preamplifier.

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Michael Fremer Posted: Jun 20, 2014 64 comments
Did you catch Train on The Howard Stern Show last week? The group performed a new, not particularly memorable single from their upcoming album and then at Howard’s request launched into a spectacular cover of “What Is And What Should Never Be” from Led Zeppelin II —an album originally released October 22nd, 1969.

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