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Michael Fremer Posted: Feb 19, 2013 3 comments
"Record Cleaning Made Difficult", Michael Wayne's definitive and fanatical record cleaning article originally published in The Tracking Angle back in the mid '90s includes use of Allsop's no long in production Orbitrac™, which was a pad based cleaning system that fit over the turntable spindle, allowing you to easily rotate it around the record.
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Michael Fremer Posted: Feb 16, 2013 5 comments
Everything from Nevermind to Damn the Torpedoes was recorded at Sound City. Everyone from Fleetwood Mac to Neil Young recorded there. Now analog tape based Sound City is gone. What a shame.
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Michael Fremer Posted: Feb 16, 2013 10 comments
If you didn't buy the deluxe Pink Moon box set reviewed here by Randy Wells, you are in luck: the upcoming domestic UMG standard reissue, selling for far less, will still be pressed at Optimal in Germany, mastered AAA at Abbey Road, just like the deluxe box set's LP.
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Michael Fremer Posted: Feb 16, 2013 4 comments
Ella's lushly orchestrated songbook albums were popular when first issued in the '50s and '60s and again more recently as reissues. They were not just popular. They were transformational, whether she was re-interpreting Cole Porter, the Gershwins, Ellington, Irving Berlin or Jerome Kern.
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Posted: Feb 15, 2013 5 comments
Analog expert Jim Hagerman's (Hagtech.com) new second generation Bugle2 MM/MC phono preamplifier is a Kickstarter project. That means you put up the money now to support the project and if enough people contribute to fund it, you get yours. If it fails to attract the requisite number—in this case $16,000 total—you get your money back. The Kickstarter URL
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Michael Fremer Posted: Feb 14, 2013 10 comments
I was alerted to a terrific BBC documentary currently on YouTube about the "golden age" of vinyl.
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Michael Fremer Posted: Feb 12, 2013 5 comments
The long awaited announcement came today of VH1 Classic's new television series "For What It's Worth" starring Gary Dell'Abate and Jon Hein. The series premiers Thursday February 10th, 2013 and will continue weekly on Thursday evenings through March.
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Michael Fremer Posted: Feb 12, 2013 2 comments
Yes, yet another Thelonious Monk reissue review. What can I tell you? Love that Monk. Criss-Cross with the same quartet (and in serious need of a reissue) was the second jazz record I ever bought and it made an even bigger impression than Coltrane's My Favorite Things, which was my first.
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Michael Fremer Posted: Feb 11, 2013 14 comments
While his solo career is littered with covers, on this new Bryan Ferry album, the covers are of his own songs performed instrumentally with "The Bryan Ferry Orchestra", a 1920's style emulation.
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Matthew Greenwald Posted: Feb 08, 2013 1 comments
Van Dyke Parks: singer, songwriter, arranger, session musician, producer, creator of soundtracks, music video audio-visual pioneer...raconteur, (I'm sure I'm missing a few)...and above all, an artist. I can't think of another figure in recorded music for whom the title "Renaissance Man" would be more fitting.

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