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Michael Fremer  |  Nov 05, 2018  |  5 comments
AnalogPlanet editor Michael Fremer appears at Ovation A/V Indianapolis on Friday evening November 9th starting at 6PM as part of the two-day 31st Anniversary event. The store's website calls Fremer a 'sell-out', but that's okay. He'll show up anyway. Ovation's site promises big 31st A
Michael Fremer  |  Nov 02, 2018  |  7 comments
The Eagles' seven studio albums, three live albums plus a collection of rare singles and B-sides are included in the 15 LP vinyl edition of Eagles Legacy along with a 54 page hard-bound book all in a lavish slipcase package costing $349.98 It includes "Hell Freezes Over" and for the first time
Michael Fremer  |  Nov 01, 2018  |  1 comments
AnalogPlanet editor Michael Fremer makes an in-store appearance at Audio Advisors, 2271A Palm Beach Lakes Blvd. West Palm Beach, Florida 33409 on the evening of November 8th along with Richard Vandersteen, Mat Weisfeld (who's bringing the new VPI HW 40 Direct Drive turntable) and Audio Research's Aldo Fillipelli.

Michael Fremer  |  Oct 30, 2018  |  7 comments
The by-subscription Newvelle jazz label just launched season four of its unique original LP series. The vinyl-only 6 LP series consists of original productions, all recorded and mixed at East Side Sound in New York by Marc Urselli with lacquers mastered by Alex DeTurk. Pressing has moved from MPO to Chad Kassem's QRP in Salina, Kansas.

Michael Fremer  |  Oct 26, 2018  |  20 comments
Tom Fine, re-mastering producer of the first two soon-to-be-released Analogue Productions Mercury "Living Presence" titles talks with AnalogPlanet editor Michael Fremer about the all-analog mastering process, with lacquers cut by Ryan K. Smith from the original 3 track master tapes.

Michael Fremer  |  Oct 24, 2018  |  26 comments
Here's a video in which AnalogPlanet editor Michael Fremer "unboxes" the 4 LP and and Deluxe 6 CD+Blu-ray boxes containing Giles Martin's The Beatles remixes, the Esher Demos and in the case of the Deluxe set, a great deal more!

Michael Fremer  |  Oct 15, 2018  |  6 comments
Nonesuch email blast just now announces 50% off "everyday low prices" for the next 24 hours on all vinyl, CDs, MP3s, FLAC, HD merchandise. Just enter promo code AUTUMN at checkout. Nonesuch is one of the only labels that does not sent reviewers any vinyl promos so I'll be shopping too. Sale ends 1PM Tuesday October 16th (the 2000 Year Old Man's birthday).

Michael Fremer  |  Oct 07, 2018  |  7 comments
Here's the poop directly from Rega:
"The Planar 8 was inspired by the ultimate Rega turntable, the 'Naiad'. We decided early on that instead of an evolution of the previous RP8, the new Planar 8 was to be developed and engineered to encapsulate the essence of 'Naiad' at an affordable price. Our aim was to deliver a level of performance far beyond what has been achieved at this price point before.

Michael Fremer  |  Sep 30, 2018  |  8 comments
Ortofon celebrated its 100th anniversary September 28th and 29th, inviting approximately 60 of its sales and technology partners from around the world to a hotel in Maribo, Denmark and to its factory in nearby Nakskov.

AnalogPlanet editor Michael Fremer was invited to observe the celebration and to participate by presenting to the guests and company executives a ½ hour PowerPoint presentation outlining where the vinyl record and analog playback gear market has been for the past 30 or so years, and to where he thought it was headed in the future.

Malachi Lui, Michael Fremer  |  Sep 26, 2018  |  71 comments
November 9, November 9, November 9: On November 9, Apple Corps/UMe will release multiple deluxe editions of The Beatles, the seminal self-titled double album affectionately known, due to its stark packaging, as “The White Album.”

Michael Fremer  |  Sep 20, 2018  |  6 comments
The Blood on the Tracks story is familiar to Dylan fans: the album was recorded in New York City in four days, September, 1974. It was mastered and review copies circulated. Months later (late December) Dylan decided the approach was wrong and re-recorded five tracks at Minneapolis Sound 80 Studios. Bootleggers circulated outtakes from the New York sessions but they’ve never been available legitimately until now.

Michael Fremer  |  Sep 12, 2018  |  5 comments
Sad to report the passing of legendary loudspeaker designer/innovator Siefried Linkwitz. Mr. Linkwitz had been suffering with prostate cancer for some time and had been receiving home hospice care.

Michael Fremer  |  Sep 09, 2018  |  46 comments
There seems to be an epidemic of this kind of radial scratch marks on new vinyl from various pressing plants. Have you noticed it? Just curious. This is a brand new record pressed overseas at a well-respected pressing plant, but I recently got same from an equally well-respected domestic source.

Michael Fremer  |  Sep 03, 2018  |  10 comments
Imagine, the follow up to John Lennon’s raw, at times vitriolic and still packing a punch Plastic Ono Band 1970 solo debut—an album heavily influenced by primal therapy and coming to grips with personal childhood issues—is considered by many observers today to be his most enduring, though when originally released some of the overt and impossibly idealistic political posturing was wrongly thought by many critics to doom the album’s long term artistic viability.

Michael Fremer  |  Aug 15, 2018  |  3 comments
Your editor hadn't looked in a while at the "drop down" menu under "Shows". When he did he was kind of shocked to see how few shows were there compared to how many have been covered.

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