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Michael Fremer  |  Aug 20, 2021  |  12 comments
Shakey Pictures Records and Reprise Records announced today The Neil Young Official Bootleg Series, which will commence with an official release of Neil's legendary December 4th, 1970 Carnegie Hall debut show available now for pre-order at The Greedy Hand Store at Neil Young Archives. A bootlegged version of the later midnight show helped make the evening among Neil's most fabled appearances, but according to the press release the earlier show, not captured by bootleggers, was the better one.

Michael Fremer  |  Aug 11, 2021  |  11 comments
AnalogPlanet's "sister publication" Sound&Vision the other day published "The Making of All Things Must Pass" a comprehensive feature by Matt Hurwitz complete with outstanding studio and other photos.

Michael Fremer  |  Aug 11, 2021  |  17 comments
Don't know how we missed this but Bryan Ferry's first six solo albums are about to be released on vinyl, "...re-mastered from the original tapes at Abbey Road Studios and cut by Frank Arkwright." It's unfortunate that today we can't be sure if that means an AAA cut or if Arkwright used the original tapes and digitized before cutting. Hence the question mark in the headline.

Michael Fremer  |  Aug 09, 2021  |  4 comments
Vinyl Me, Please (VMP) announced today The Story of Vanguard anthology, limited to 1000 copies on six 180g colored vinyl box set pressed at GZ Media. The mono box set was cut by Ryan K. Smith at Sterling Sound, Nashville from original master tapes.

Michael Fremer  |  Aug 03, 2021  |  9 comments
Based upon six years of electro-mechanical analysis EMT's new "Novel" moving coil cartridge line features a new multi-layer core transducer that includes a sapphire cantilever inserted within a coated high-strength titanium structure and a double-layer core designed to reduce eddy current loss. The stylus is a "multi-radial diamond.

Michael Fremer  |  Aug 03, 2021  |  18 comments
SME Loricraft recently announced upgraded versions of its PRC4i and PRC6i "thread type" vacuum record cleaning machines.

Michael Fremer  |  Aug 02, 2021  |  37 comments
When Rhino released in 2016 John Coltrane—The Atlantic Years—in Mono box set, one LP was missing: My Favorite Things. The set did include a 7" 45rpm single of the title track. The long thought destroyed in the Atlantic fire (yes, they had one too) has been found, according to The Electric Recording Company's Pete Hutchison.

Michael Fremer  |  Jul 27, 2021  |  4 comments
"Today, Ghostly International, Numero Group and Secretly Group record labels Dead Oceans, Jagjaguwar and Secretly Canadian all join forces to announce Paved Paradise, a traveling expo bringing their music to parking lots this fall. Over the course of September 9th-26th, a 24-foot Penske truck helmed by several of Secretly's sonic specialists will visit 15 cities in the eastern United States. From the birthplaces of Secretly, Ghostly and Numero in Bloomington, Detroit and Chicago, to Third Man Records in Nashville, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, and a community of breweries, flea markets and independent venues in between, Paved Paradise will take the record store experience outdoors, with special guests and local collaborations set for every stop."

Michael Fremer  |  Jul 27, 2021  |  2 comments
The Los Angeles & Orange County Audio Society just announced AUDIOcon—a new "world-class" international high-end audio show at the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach Hotel, January 14th-16th, 2022, organized under the direction of Sarah Tremblay and Michel Plate, the duo behind the successful and long-running Montreal and Toronto Audiofests.

Michael Fremer  |  Jul 27, 2021  |  3 comments
Third Man Records recently announced this 4 LP box set containing 42 tracks not available on the Sony/Legacy 2 LP set edition of Bob Dylan-Springtime In New York: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 16 (1980-1985) (the tracks will be included in the deluxe 5 CD box set). To purchase this set you must subscribe to Third Man Records Vault ($65/quarter) and you'll automatically receive it.

Michael Fremer  |  Jul 19, 2021  |  31 comments
Run Out Groove Records Announce today the upcoming release of More of The Monkees (Deluxe Edition) cut by Kevin Gray and Andrew Sandoval from the original analog tapes, complete with gatefold "tip on" jacket, expanded to a double LP with the addition of "debut vinyl" rarities.

Michael Fremer  |  Jul 17, 2021  |  21 comments
Sumiko and Pro-Ject USA just introduced the handsome new Debut PRO turntable. Cosmetics are based around a satin black and brushed-nickel color scheme. Beyond the clearly great looks, there's a new 8.6" arm featuring a one-piece carbon fiber wrapped aluminum arm tube said to produce excellent rigidity and to reduce resonances.

Michael Fremer  |  Jul 02, 2021  |  0 comments
Vinyl Me, Please, no doubt the most adventurous and prolific reissue label celebrates the release of Abbey Lincoln's It's Magic, its 50th "Classic" record of the month with an incredible contest.

Dan Schwartz  |  Jul 01, 2021  |  7 comments
JFH.

Jon F..king Hassell.

That’s what (guitarist) Gregg Arreguin and I called him. I realize as I write this that it sounds like we were always annoyed with him – and we certainly were, at times – but actually we said it in order to build him up, to encourage him. As in, “Hey! You’re Jon Fucking Hassell! You don’t have to put up with this shit!”

Thirty years on, it’s even more true. The coverage of his death is worldwide – so many languages, so many obituaries. The reach of his voice, his music, his trumpet, is across generations and without borders, and I think fully as he intended. He did it.

Michael Fremer  |  Jun 24, 2021  |  1 comments
The Erroll Garner Project in cooperation with the University of Pittsburgh (where Octave Music in 2015 archived Garner’s physical assets) and in partnership with Mack Avenue Music Group celebrate what would have been Garner’s 100th birthday with three forthcoming vinyl releases due September 17th: Liberation in Swing: Centennial Collection is a Deluxe Limited Edition Box Set, Liberation in Swing: The Octave Records Story & Complete Symphony Hall Concert (Standard Edition Box Set) and Symphony Hall Concert (single 180g LP, CD and digital editions).

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