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Michael Fremer  |  Aug 21, 2019  |  18 comments
David Bowie's 1999 VH1 Storytellers appearance before invited guests in an intimate setting and recorded August 23, 1999 at The Manhattan Center's Grand Ballroom was first issued on CD/DVD and as a download 10 years later. Now, 20 years later Parlophone will release the most complete version will be released on a limited edition 2-LP set October 11th.

Michael Fremer  |  Aug 20, 2019  |  17 comments
The misaligned stars leading to yesterday's Dolby screening room software malfunction (you know the story), aligned today. I was on 58th and 3rd at Innovative Audio to spin vinyl and Guy Hayden was just finishing up today's three Abbey Road 50th Anniversary Edition demos (which went off without a glitch).

Hayden emailed asking if there was a chance I could return to the screening room on 58th and 6th Avenue for a proper stereo mix listen. He didn't know I was right down the block! Unfortunately time was too tight for me to get up there, listen and return to Innovative for the 5:30PM event start time so Hayden generously offered to bring the set to Innovative so I could listen on a proper hi-fi system, which seemed like the ideal way to listen to any version of Abbey Road.

Michael Fremer  |  Aug 19, 2019  |  31 comments
This morning at mid-town Manhattan's Dolby Theater (1350 6th Avenue) I got a chance to hear excerpts from Giles Martin's new 50th Anniversary Abbey Road remix in the small, 24 seat screening room filled with invited press, SiriusXM Beatles channel people, others, and members of Ringo Starr's band who were in New York, having played there the previous evening.

Michael Fremer  |  Aug 12, 2019  |  16 comments
This coming Tuesday evening August 20th 5:30PM-9PM please join me at New York City's Innovative Audio for an evening of vinyl record spinning on a fine audio system. I'm bringing some great records from my collection including multiple versions of the same recording so guests can hear what good and bad mastering can do to sound quality and musical satisfaction.

Michael Fremer  |  Aug 08, 2019  |  48 comments
The Beatles Abbey Road gets the expected 50th anniversary treatment on September 27th UMe announced today, which coincidentally is the 50th anniversary of the famous walk across the street photo shoot that became the iconic album cover.

Michael Fremer  |  Aug 08, 2019  |  7 comments
Last April, the iconic, innovative and internationally renowned force in avant-garde music The Art Ensemble of Chicago released their 50th anniversary celebratory album We Are On The Edge. Erased Tapes just issued two vinyl editions of this release, one a double LP studio session featuring a newly assembled group of musicians performing new versions of works spanning the past 50 years, some never before recorded, plus new compositions. The second set is a 4 LP special edition that also includes a live set recorded at Ann Arbor, MIchigan's Edgefest, the annual experimental jazz and creative new music festival.

Michael Fremer  |  Aug 06, 2019  |  13 comments
The following is PS Audio's press release for the company's new Stellar phono preamplifier:

Boulder, CO: 8/6/2019-----PS Audio's first product way back in 1974 was a phono preamplifier that outperformed and replaced far more expensive units. Since then, we've offered a number of excellent phono preamps--- but the new Stellar Phono Preamplifier is the best we've ever made.

Michael Fremer  |  Aug 05, 2019  |  4 comments
Acoustic Sounds just announced the acquisition and re-introduction of Disc Doctor record cleaning products (cleaning fluids, applicator brushes, etc.), long considered by both consumers and professionals to be among the finest available.

Michael Fremer  |  Aug 05, 2019  |  0 comments
The by-subscription jazz vinyl-only label Newvelle recently announced "Newvelle Live", a week of music on the stage and in the studio to celebrate Newvelle’s 5th Anniversary. The week-long event features two New York premieres , four world premieres, and five live recording sessions. Alumni from each season of the label’s subscription-based box sets will perform at the legendary Jazz Standard, NYC, Jazz Record’s 2017 “venue of the year.”

Michael Fremer  |  Jul 30, 2019  |  11 comments
One of the greatest of all Kinks albums—and a concept album about emigrating from England to Australia that still resonates, Arthur Or The Decline And Fall of The British Empire gets the l
Michael Fremer  |  Jul 29, 2019  |  12 comments
Do you really need a wrist watch that looks like a record? Of course you don't! Nor do I, but for $24.95 (as I write this but no telling for how long), why not? I ordered one.

Michael Fremer  |  Jul 29, 2019  |  3 comments
Contributing editor Malachi Lui now has his own YouTube channel. Internet on high alert!
 |  Jul 25, 2019  |  1 comments
How many times has the Blue Note label risen from the ashes over its 80 year history? It's been revived and resurrected more than a few times by various owners (not counting founders Alfred Lion and Max Margulis), the first of which was Liberty Records in 1965, which In turn was bought out in 1969 by United Artists Records. In 1979 EMI bought United Artists and put Blue Note out to pasture. Say what?

Michael Fremer  |  Jul 22, 2019  |  5 comments
100 tables filled with vinyl records highlights the New York City Crate Diggers event to be held in Times Square at the Playstation Theater 1515 Broadway, this Saturday, July 27th starting at 10:00 AM. Admission is free! The after-party featuring Roy Ayers, Method Man + Redman and many others is a paid admission event requiring ticket pre-purchase. For details go here.
Michael Fremer  |  Jul 22, 2019  |  5 comments
Hard to believe 50 years have passed (well maybe not that hard to believe), but here we are (well, most of us anyway!). On Thursday, August 15th, theaters nationwide will bring back to movie theaters for the first time since it first opened, March, 1970. However, this will be the 3 hours and 44 minute "Director's Cut" version never before screened in theaters (there will be a single, short intermission).

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