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Michael Fremer  |  Nov 23, 2016  |  10 comments
Here are some of the RSD Black Friday 2016 Limited Edition offerings:

Michael Fremer  |  Nov 23, 2016  |  42 comments
Sir Simon Rattle conducts Brahms: The Berlin Philharmonic performs the four Brahms symphonies conducted by Rattle and recorded live at the Berlin Philharmonie direct to disc September, 2014 using a One-Point microphone set-up.

Michael Fremer  |  Nov 10, 2016  |  14 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  |  Nov 10, 2016  |  19 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?.

Michael Fremer  |  Oct 27, 2016  |  15 comments
According to mastering engineer Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering, all of the albums in both box sets were massacred from the analog master tapes with the following exceptions:

Michael Fremer  |  Oct 27, 2016  |  3 comments
The famous high-tech Swedish Toolex Alpha record presses are again being manufactured as Pheenix Alpha in a Stockholm suburb by former employees of the original company using the original blueprints. This according to a recent article in a Swedish newspaper.

According to the story, the last Toolex Alpha left the factory in 1990 bound for Melodiya in the then Soviet Union, though it was believed to have been manufactured a few years earlier.

Michael Fremer  |  Oct 26, 2016  |  10 comments
The email began "My name is Ray Ullmer and I host a monthly vinyl listening club at my home in Mahwah, NJ".

Michael Fremer  |  Oct 25, 2016  |  18 comments
In a cross-label move similar to the Stones stereo box sets from ABKCO and UMe, Tom Petty's complete vinyl catalog will be issued in two 180gram box sets: one featuring his MCA output (1976-1991) and one covering his later Warner Brothers catalog (1994-2014).

Michael Fremer  |  Oct 25, 2016  |  2 comments
The jazz subscription vinyl-only label Newvelle, which had a successful first year, releasing albums by Frank Kimbraugh, Jack DeJohnnette, Noah Preminger, Don Friedman, Ben Allison and Leo Genovese (feauturing Esperanza Spalding and Jack DeJohnette), just announced its second year kickstarter launch.

Michael Fremer  |  Oct 21, 2016  |  2 comments
LIVE IN CUBA/i>—the acclaimed album from the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis—comes out as a deluxe vinyl box set next week.

Michael Fremer  |  Oct 19, 2016  |  3 comments
Veteran jazz record dealer Jeff Barr, who I've known since the 1980s, has opened Euphoria, a new record store in Palm Desert, California.

Michael Fremer  |  Oct 18, 2016  |  26 comments
A "Kinks in Mono" box set is due for release overseas shortly and in America on December 16th.

Michael Fremer  |  Oct 13, 2016  |  12 comments
I am so sorry to report the passing of Basis Audio's Armando ("A.J.") Conti, one of the audio industry's nicest, most interesting and talented turntable and tone arm designers.