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Michael Fremer  |  Sep 11, 2013  |  5 comments
I'll never forget the first time I heard well-recorded vibes on an audio system. It was at an E.J. Korvette's in Douglaston, NY on a pair of their XAM "house brand" speakers playing in the store's record department. I bought a lot of records there. The album was Terry Gibbs Quartet's That Swing Thing (Verve V6-8447) recorded live at Shelley's Mannehole in Los Angeles.

Michael Fremer  |  Sep 10, 2013  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  17 comments
Dear Mr. Fremer:

"21st Century Vinyl" (DVD) was a breath of fresh air. I could feel your passion for your craft. I am 21 years old and have never listened to a properly configured analog system. When i asked myself one day "how do those turntable things even work?"

Michael Fremer  |  Sep 09, 2013  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  4 comments
Some music news transcends formats and this is one that does. The Band's "Rock of Ages" double LP set recently reissued by Mobile Fidelity to great sonic effect has been given a complete "make over" for a new release coming September 17th.

Michael Fremer  |  Sep 09, 2013  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  2 comments
Experience Hendrix LLC and Legacy Recordings Division of Sony Music Entertainment announced today the first ever release of Jimi Hendrix Experience's Miami Pop Festival performance of May, 18th 1968 recorded by long-time Hendrix engineer Eddie Kramer. The album will be a double vinyl set mastered all-analog by Bernie Grundman.

Michael Fremer  |  Sep 09, 2013  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  4 comments
They came to play and boy did they! Led by long time Les Paul Trio member Lou Pallo (Haledon, NJ, age unknown but no "Spring chicken"), and joined by Al Caiola (Jersey, City, NJ age 93!), Bucky Pizzarelli (Paterson, NJ age 87) and Frank Vignola (from Lon Guyland but forgiven and the kid on the block at 47), the quarter produced sublime music and demonstrated throughout guitar virtuosity that was always mesmerizing and occasionally thrilling.

Michael Fremer  |  Sep 08, 2013  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  3 comments
Veteran L.A. used record store owner and more recent character actor "Music Man" Murray Gershenz passed away from a heart attack on August 28th.
Michael Fremer  |  Sep 05, 2013  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  4 comments
Let's clarify a confusing situation once and for all. ORG, which has issued dozens of great double 45rpm titles from the Decca/London and Sony/BMG catalog (among others), including the recently reviewed B,S&T album, and ORG Music are not the same company!
Michael Fremer  |  Sep 04, 2013  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  6 comments
ORG announced today an upcoming series of double 45rpm 180g releases from the Sony/BMG catalog.
 |  Sep 04, 2013  |  18 comments
Probably not by accident was this second Blood, Sweat & Tears album not called Blood, Sweat & Tears 2, even though that’s what it is. Child Is Father to The Man the first BS&T album, a jazz infused production featuring on occasion a string section and heavily under Al Kooper’s influence, including the some would call grotesque album cover, was a critical success and a commercial flop.

Michael Fremer  |  Sep 04, 2013  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  2 comments
Rare Sun Records 45s go on the auction block.

Sell my record collection? You'd have to hit me upside the head with a blunt instrument. That's pretty much what happened to Thomas Margellar Jr., whose collection went on the auction block recently.

The former Motor City DJ, known professionally as Tom Knight, had amassed a 50,000-piece collection of LPs, CDs, 45s, and assorted music-biz ephemera, all stored in his climate-controlled basement. One day two years ago he got into a fight with his wife. Unfortunately for the 47-year-old collector, his brother-in-law was on hand to intercede on his sister's behalf.

Margellar/Knight ended up dead with a crowbar to the head, and his wife and brother-in-law ended up in the klink. The collection ended up at NYC's William Doyle Galleries.

I've always wondered how long it would take before someone in the auction/collectible business got hip to record collecting. How many obits have you read of famous art collectors, stamp collectors, and book collectors? Plenty. How many of record collectors? None. Except for the fact that books have been around longer, there's not much difference between book collecting and record collecting. Yet until now, record collectors have gotten no respect.

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