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Michael Fremer Posted: Feb 06, 2013 21 comments
On March 12, 2013 Reference Recordings will release a CD version and then sometime later a double 45rpm 1/2 speed mastered 200 gram Quality Record Pressings edition of a new recording by Piedmont blues specialist Doug MacLeod.
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Michael Fremer Posted: Feb 02, 2013 14 comments
Disc mastering veteran Larry Boden released the first edition of his book "Basic Disc Mastering" back in 1978. He self-published the fifty page book because he was so often asked about the disc mastering process he figured a book made sense.
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Randy Wells Posted: Jan 31, 2013 14 comments
Nick Drake was born June 19, 1948 in Rangoon, Burma. Such unusual beginnings for a shy singer-songwriter who would die of a drug overdose twenty-six years later might seem exotic to some. But the gentle music he created sounded quite ordinary to most, if they heard it at all.
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Michael Fremer Posted: Jan 31, 2013 4 comments
A few months ago my friend and fellow Stereophile writer (not to mention Pulitzer Prize winner, author of a new book "Insurgents" about General Patraeus, etc.) Fred Kaplan and I were lamenting the absence of reissues of Thelonious Monk's Columbia catalog.
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Michael Fremer Posted: Jan 31, 2013 9 comments
Analogue Productions will have for sale on February 5th a deluxe box set edition of its six double 45rpm 180g Doors reissues. The magnetic door front opening box (there must be a tech-packaging name for it that I don't know) is beautifully and ruggedly manufactured inside and out. It feature a gray cast covering containing a ghostly iconic image of Jim Morrison on the front cover and the group on the back.
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Michael Fremer Posted: Jan 30, 2013 3 comments
Atoms For Peace is a Thom Yorke side project collaboration with producer Nigel Godrich, Red Hot Chili Pepper bassist Flea, drummer Joey Waronker (son of former WB Records exec Lenny), and Brazilian percussionist Moro Rofosco.
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Michael Fremer Posted: Jan 30, 2013 5 comments
Baritone saxophonist Gerry Mulligan's 1959 major label debut features his self-penned liner notes advocating putting the fun back in jazz and not worrying about hipness. Mulligan states that the album is all about fun and he's not kidding.
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Ariel Bitran Posted: Jan 29, 2013 2 comments
longlivethequeen, our randomly selected winner in the AudioQuest Dragonfly and Sydney interconnect sweepstakes seemed let down by our offer at first.
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Michael Fremer Posted: Jan 25, 2013 30 comments
The issue here isn't Norah Jones, it's the amount. While Jones "burst upon the scene" more than a decade ago while still in her early thirties with her debut album come away with me, she was hardly an overnight sensation. What's heard on that memorable debut is the result of years of live playing at The Living Room, an intimate, lower Manhattan club that encourages artistic growth over headliners.

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Michael Fremer Posted: Jan 24, 2013 3 comments
No one has ever accused Franc Kuzma of designing glamorous audio jewelry. His turntables and tonearms are industrial strength examples of engineering know-how and machining excellence.

For those appreciative of such things his products are truly beautiful—even if they are not festooned with chrome, wood and sleekly polished surfaces.