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Michael Fremer Posted: Oct 02, 2012 6 comments
Conceptually, Harry Belafonte singing the blues probably strikes some as inauthentic. After all, Belafonte's introduction to American audiences was as "the king of calypso" singing "Matilda" and "The Banana Boat Song" that much later was used by The New York Yankees and Ray Davies as a crowd rouser.
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Jon Iverson Posted: Oct 01, 2012 818 comments
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Michael Fremer Posted: Oct 01, 2012 7 comments
To continue the discussion of whether or not using a USB microscope to set stylus rake angle is a good or bad idea, please look at the drawing accompanying this post.

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Michael Fremer Posted: Oct 01, 2012 9 comments
We have a copy to give away of Paul Simon's new concert Blu-ray disc "Live in New York City," courtesy Concord Music. WARNING: It will not play on your turntable!
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Michael Fremer Posted: Sep 28, 2012 15 comments
Follow me on Twitter. Just signed up (succumbed is more like it) so it will take a while to get up to speed but now when I visit a used record store of something interesting happens in the vinyl world (or whatever else) you'll be the first to know!
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Randy Wells Posted: Sep 27, 2012 6 comments
It was the summer of 1978. The Cars were moving in stereo. They let the good times roll and were just what I needed.

As it turns out, The Cars were just what another million music fans needed too. Recorded at London’s AIR studios, their debut record was so fresh and appealing that it instantly became an AM radio favorite and went Platinum in six months.

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Michael Fremer Posted: Sep 25, 2012 12 comments
UMG/MCA recently announced a new 14 LP The Who studio recordings box set featuring 11 titles (Tommy and Quadrophenia were double LPs).
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Michael Fremer Posted: Sep 24, 2012 19 comments
Have we opened a digital can of worms recommending using a USB microscope to set SRA (Stylus Rake Angle)?
Michael Fremer Posted: Sep 23, 2012 18 comments
I'm in New Orleans this weekend at the Annual National Cardigan Welsh Corgi Board Meeting. No, I don't show dogs but my wife does and she's on the board so like a good hubby I tagged along.
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Randy Wells Posted: Sep 22, 2012 8 comments
When Diamond Life burst onto the scene in 1984/1985 it provided a calm oasis. This was not post-punk or techno-pop. This was an album of lush and lovely music with smooth jazz moods and world beat underpinnings. Superficially cool, the Latin tempos trapped in the grooves simmered with a passion just waiting to explode.