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Michael Fremer  |  Mar 02, 2013  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  4 comments
In the June "Analog Corner" I wrote written that "Baby You're A Rich Man" on the US release of the Beatles' Magical Mystery Tour LP was originally issued in electronically reprocessed stereo because "Capitol back then didn't really give a shit." (MMT was first issued in the UK as a double 7" EP, Parlophone MMT/SMMT-1) Reader Preston Reese responded in a letter ("Letters," September '97 p.17) that while "the original 1967 US LP release [of MMT] was a combination of stereo mixes and mono mixes re-channeled for stereo," the master of "Baby You're a Rich Man" was a processed stereo version "provided to [Capitol] by the Beatles and their producer George Martin in 1967...It wasn't until four years later, in October 1971, that 'Baby You're a Rich Man' got around to its first stereo mix, created for the German LP release of Magical Mystery Tour."
Jon Iverson  |  Feb 28, 2013  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  235 comments
Register to win a set of V-Moda M-80 Headphones (MSRP $230) we are giving away.

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Michael Fremer  |  Feb 27, 2013  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  2 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 21, 2013  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  16 comments
Our intrepid reporter had no idea why 650,000 records were in a warehouse in York, or who owned them, but he took the bait nevertheless. Photos by Michael Fremer.

I heard this story from a manufacturer whose car broke down somewhere in a rundown Queens neighborhood one afternoon: He went into a bodega to make a phone call and struck up a conversation with the owner. Their talk led to audio, then to a trip to the basement of the former record store, where thousands of Living Stereos and other audiophile treasures had been sitting for decades, gathering dust and value. The manufacturer would visit each week and walk out with a few hundred unplayed gems, for which he'd pay a few bucks each.

True story? Audiophile wet dream? Who knows? Who cares? We love this stuff. So when I got a call from Rick Flynn (proprietor of Quality Vinyl, a mail-order, audiophile-oriented record dealer) about 650,000 records—every one of them stone-cold mint—locked in a warehouse in York, Pennsylvania since 1973, and would I like to have a look...I bit.

Michael Fremer  |  Feb 19, 2013  |  4 comments
A record label forensic specialist might be required to trace how The Allman Brothers Band ended up an Island/Def Jam property issued on Mercury Records, all now owned by Universal Music Group. The original was issued in 1969 on the ATCO division of Atlantic Records. Perhaps it had to do with the sale of the late Phil Walden's Capricorn imprint, through which the ATCO deal had been made.
Michael Fremer  |  Feb 19, 2013  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  3 comments
"Record Cleaning Made Difficult", Michael Wayne's definitive and fanatical record cleaning article originally published in The Tracking Angle back in the mid '90s includes use of Allsop's no long in production Orbitrac™, which was a pad based cleaning system that fit over the turntable spindle, allowing you to easily rotate it around the record.
Michael Fremer  |  Feb 05, 2013  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  1 comments
On March 12, 2013 Reference Recordings will release a CD version and then sometime later a double 45rpm 1/2 speed mastered 200 gram Quality Record Pressings edition of a new recording by Piedmont blues specialist Doug MacLeod.
Ariel Bitran  |  Jan 28, 2013  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  2 comments
longlivethequeen, our randomly selected winner in the AudioQuest Dragonfly and Sydney interconnect sweepstakes seemed let down by our offer at first.
Ariel Bitran  |  Jan 23, 2013  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  8 comments
Thom Osburn, a record store owner living in of Norcross, Georgia, is the lucky winner of the deluxe holiday sweepstakes package sent by Music Direct. For Thom, this was surely a holiday to remember.
Ariel Bitran  |  Jan 22, 2013  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  16 comments
Remember our bud Jeff L. from Daly City, California? The one who wasn't home to receive his LP of Donald Fagen's Sunken Condos?

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