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Michael Fremer Posted: Jun 27, 2014 24 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 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 31 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 (, 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 66 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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Michael Fremer Posted: Jun 19, 2014 33 comments
Jack White's new Third Man/Columbia album Lazaretto opened at #1 on Billboard's album charts, selling 138,000 copies, 40,000 of which were the "ultra" vinyl edition, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It was the biggest vinyl seller since the beginning in 1991 of Nielsen SoundScan's music tracking service.
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Michael Fremer Posted: Jun 17, 2014 50 comments
June 17th, 2014—Ortofon today announced the development of the 2M Mono SE cartridge intended as a "tribute" to the upcoming Beatles mono box set.

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Michael Fremer Posted: Jun 16, 2014 Published: Jun 15, 2014 187 comments
Apple Corps and Universal Music Group today announced the September 8th release date (September 9th in North America) of the long-anticipated Beatles’ mono vinyl reissue series, cut to lacquer using the original analogue master tapes.

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Michael Fremer Posted: Jun 14, 2014 Published: Jun 13, 2014 31 comments
Where are the Led Zeppelin reviews?
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Michael Fremer Posted: Jun 12, 2014 Published: Jun 11, 2014 30 comments
These handmade dry record brushes of natural cashmere goat hair are a cooperative effort between Levin Designs and a traditional brushmaker located in the restored Schloss Burg (palace castle) located in Solingen, Germany.


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