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Michael Fremer  |  Mar 25, 2013  |  11 comments
VPI's Harry Weisfeld demonstrated a new one piece "3D printer" version of the long-running JMW Memorial Tonearm last Saturday, March 23rd at an open house attended by member of The New York Audio Society.
Michael Fremer  |  Mar 22, 2013  |  9 comments
Legacy announced a full slate of vinyl for this April 20th's Record Store Day. Titles include newly mastered from the original tapes 180 gram versions of Aerosmith, Get Your Wings and Toys In the Attic, a double 180 gram of Cypress Hill's Black Sunday and three Miles Davis monos: Round About Midnight, Milestones and Someday My Prince Will Come.
Michael Fremer  |  Mar 21, 2013  |  19 comments
Record Store Day is April 20th and Rhino will be ready with its biggest limited edition release yet. Included are The Band's 3 LP set The Last Waltz, a limited to 5000 copies $49.98 edition and the rare mono edition of Van Dyke Parks' epic Song Cycle that mostly went to radio stations for some odd reason
Michael Fremer  |  Mar 19, 2013  |  8 comments
The Ukranian pianist Valentina Lisitsa, who has more than 30 million YouTube channel views (and you thought classical music was 'dead'?) and is currently signed to Decca Records, will soon issue a collection of Liszt pieces recorded two different ways: digitally and all-analog with no edits, recorded from the same set of microphones.
Michael Fremer  |  Mar 18, 2013  |  41 comments
Howard Stern crapped all over me today on his radio show. The opening salvo came just after he admitted that he really doesn't listen to music anymore, couldn't care less and couldn't bring himself to play David Bowie's new album.
Michael Fremer  |  Mar 15, 2013  |  14 comments
Oh well. My segment on Gary Dell'Abbate's and Jon Hein's VH-1 Classic TV show "For What It's Worth" aired last night. I thought it was next Thursday evening.
Michael Fremer  |  Mar 12, 2013  |  2 comments
Whether or not you appreciate the mono "old 78rpm" sound of Bryan Ferry's re-imagining of songs from his catalog as "jazz age" singles (I do so far), I came upon a serious pressing problem on side two track three that I brought up to Bob Ludwig, who gets mastering credit because I honestly wasn't sure if it was part of the " retro-plan" or a genuine pressing problem. In part that's because there's absolutely nothing visible to indicate a problem.
Michael Fremer  |  Feb 27, 2013  |  1 comments
We often talk about "cross-pollination" opportunities in the high performance audio world, like putting a cool system in a high-end furniture store or at trade-shows not associated with audio. It's a good way to interest a different demographic to the hobby.

I was just alerted to this event by a friend who is the oleologist (olive oil specialist) at New York's Eataly, the world's largest artisanal Italian food and wine marketplace, organized along similar lines, at Del Posto, one of New York's premier Italian restaurants—the first Italian restaurant in forty years to receive a four star review from The New York Times (in 2010).

Michael Fremer  |  Feb 22, 2013  |  1 comments
The first 27 of the hundreds of Analog Corners written for Stereophile have now been published on this site with many new accompanying photos courtesy of Ariel Bitran, Stereophile's hard working editorial assistant.
Michael Fremer  |  Feb 20, 2013  |  7 comments
Here's a company that fell well below my radar screen for years until a reader alerted me to its website. The Electric Recording Company and its founder Pete Hutchison is dedicated to reissuing on vinyl much sought after classical music fare from the early LP era, including those of legendary violinist Johanna Martzy as well as recordings by violinists, Leonid Kogan and Gioconda De Vito, ‘French School’ pianists Yvonne Lefébure and Germaine Thyssens-Valentin and cellist János Starker.. Or as the website describes the musical choices "...iconic 'Holy Grail' recordings by the most revered classical performers."
Michael Fremer  |  Feb 15, 2013  |  4 comments
Everything from Nevermind to Damn the Torpedoes was recorded at Sound City. Everyone from Fleetwood Mac to Neil Young recorded there. Now analog tape based Sound City is gone. What a shame.
Michael Fremer  |  Feb 15, 2013  |  6 comments
If you didn't buy the deluxe Pink Moon box set reviewed here by Randy Wells, you are in luck: the upcoming domestic UMG standard reissue, selling for far less, will still be pressed at Optimal in Germany, mastered AAA at Abbey Road, just like the deluxe box set's LP.
Michael Fremer  |  Feb 13, 2013  |  10 comments
I was alerted to a terrific BBC documentary currently on YouTube about the "golden age" of vinyl.
Michael Fremer  |  Feb 12, 2013  |  5 comments
The long awaited announcement came today of VH1 Classic's new television series "For What It's Worth" starring Gary Dell'Abate and Jon Hein. The series premiers Thursday February 10th, 2013 and will continue weekly on Thursday evenings through March.
Michael Fremer  |  Feb 10, 2013  |  12 comments
While his solo career is littered with covers, on this new Bryan Ferry album, the covers are of his own songs performed instrumentally with "The Bryan Ferry Orchestra", a 1920's style emulation.