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Michael Fremer Posted: Nov 15, 2016 Published: Nov 14, 2016 5 comments
The idea was to produce a show exclusively from old, gnarly-sounding 45 played back on a modest turntable to truly reproduce how "Boomers" heard their music at home. "Cleaned up" and sterilized on CD is just not the same. Then came the grim news that both Leonard Cohen and Leon Russell had passed away.

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Michael Fremer Posted: Nov 11, 2016 86 comments
Before you pay $100 for any record you have to ask yourself if you really like the music, right? Then the question becomes is this version that much better than the one you already have, assuming you already have one.

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Michael Fremer Posted: Nov 11, 2016 Published: Nov 10, 2016 10 comments
Just got the news that Leonard Cohen has passed away at the relatively young age of 82 and guitar great Al Caiola at 96.

Michael Fremer Posted: Nov 11, 2016 Published: Nov 10, 2016 21 comments
Way back in 1994 (that's 22 years ago for those of you who forget how quickly time flies by) I was a guest on Gil Gross's radio talk show on the now defunct CBS Radio Network. Gil's show was mostly about politics but he made some room for other topics and on July, 29th, 1994 he had me in the studio for an hour-long show called "CDs vs. LPs: which is better?" Can you guess where I came down here?.

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Michael Fremer Posted: Nov 08, 2016 Published: Nov 07, 2016 15 comments
Today's AnalogPlanet Radio Show makes a great soundtrack for tonight and tomorrow. All of the songs are either obliquely or directly political. Many are Rorschach test type tunes that can be taken "either way" while others are clearly targeted.
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Michael Fremer Posted: Nov 05, 2016 11 comments
More than 12,000 hi-fi fans will crowd three hotels in Warsaw, Poland this weekend. Here in New York, the show is small, limited to three floors of the "petite" Park Lane Hotel plus a few second floor exhibits. It's sad really, though there was an interesting mix of equipment and it was an opportunity to get acquainted with some area dealers.

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Michael Fremer Posted: Nov 04, 2016 Published: Nov 03, 2016 45 comments
(Due to a missing decimal point what was a .2%+ speed error read '2%". However, the published measurements chart is 100% accurate and had anyone done the math it would have revealed the typo. My apologies for the error to Rega, Sound Organization and to you, AnalogPlanet readers).

Can any turntable manufacturer be enjoying the vinyl revival more than Rega? I doubt it. It saw compact discs coming and yet spent a considerable amount of money creating a tool to produce cast pick up arms. I keep mentioning this in Rega reviews but in the face of the digital onslaught it demonstrates their determined commitment to vinyl playback.

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Michael Fremer Posted: Nov 01, 2016 6 comments
This fascinating Record Store Day release last spring probably got lost in a crowd of LPs so you may have missed it. I did. it was recently sent to me for review by Northern Spy Records (NSPY).
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Michael Fremer Posted: Nov 01, 2016 Published: Oct 31, 2016 3 comments
Perfect for playing tonight when the kids come Trick-or-Treating! Includes a tribute to the late John Zacherle and includes excerpts from his Philly and New York television shows. Enjoy! (Picture: John Zacherle and me, meatpacking district 1980 something or other).

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Michael Fremer Posted: Oct 29, 2016 Published: Oct 28, 2016 65 comments
You don’t have to be Phil Spector or Brian Wilson to appreciate mono sound, as anyone who’s purchased the recent mono Beatles box can attest. When these records were originally produced, they were meant to be heard in mono both because they were played on the AM radio, which was mono and because the young people buying the music mostly had monophonic record players. Plus that is how The Rolling Stones wanted to be heard, which is the most important reason of all.