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Michael Fremer  |  Sep 24, 2021  |  14 comments
Los Angeles – September 24, 2021 – Released in October 1971, Frank Zappa’s “200 Motels” was a miraculous feat, a cinematic collision of the venerated musician and composer’s kaleidoscopic musical and visual worlds that brought together Zappa and his band, The Mothers, Ringo Starr as Zappa – as “a large dwarf” – Keith Moon as a perverted nun, Pamela Des Barres in her acting debut, noted thespian Theodore Bikel, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and an incredible assortment of characters (both on screen and off) for a “surrealistic documentary” about the bizarre life of a touring musician.
Michael Fremer  |  Sep 23, 2021  |  7 comments
Blue Note today announced an extensive list of upcoming Classic Vinyl Reissue Series titles launching October 1st, 2021 through April 15th, 2022. All reissues mastered by Kevin Gray cut directly from the original analog master tapes, with the exception of two titles, as noted, cut from the digital masters, and pressed on 180g vinyl at Optimal in Germany.

Michael Fremer  |  Sep 23, 2021  |  41 comments
To celebrate the 70th anniversary of the legendary "Mercury Living Presence" series, Decca Classics just announced this new audiophile vinyl series half-speed mastered by Miles Showell at Abbey Road Studios using brand new from the original first generation 3 track analog master tapes high definition digital transfers made by Abbey Road Studios' Jared Hawkes (the one mono release used a full track 1/4" tape).

Michael Fremer  |  Sep 16, 2021  |  9 comments
Mack Avenue Records' new deluxe limited to 300 copies Erroll Garner box set drops September 17th. The set arrived this afternoon, September 16th so I dropped everything to open it on camera to show you what's inside.

Michael Fremer  |  Sep 15, 2021  |  6 comments
Blue Note releases November 5th First Flight To Tokyo: The Lost 1961 Recordings a recently uncovered Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers 1961 live recording at Tokyo's Hibiya Public Hall featuring the classic lineup of Lee Morgan, Wayne Shorter, Bobby Timmons and Jymie Merritt.

The set includes mostly crowd pleasing staples like Parker's "Now's the Time", Monk's "Round About Midnight" and Timmons' "Moanin'", which you can stream or download at that link.

Michael Fremer  |  Sep 15, 2021  |  7 comments
Thorens today announced two new turntables: the TD1500 and the TD403. The 1500 takes its design cues from the iconic TD 150 introduced in 1965 that according to Thorens's press release featured for the first time in a mass produced turntable a spring suspended sub-chassis with a flat belt driven inner platter. However, the AR-XA introduced in 1961 had this design feature and sold 100s of 1000s so must be considered "mass produced". The TD403 is the "big brother" of the recently introduced TD 402.

Michael Fremer  |  Sep 09, 2021  |  2 comments
This gets complicated so please bear with me: days after the January 8th, 2011 politically motivated shooting that took the lives of six people and injured nineteen others including Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, members of the Tucson, AZ community formed an organization called Luz de Vida (Light of Life) to benefit survivors. More than $20,000 was raised to help victims and their families.

Michael Fremer  |  Sep 07, 2021  |  15 comments
The 21st anniversary of Radiohead's 2000 releases Kid A and Amnesiac will see the release of a multiple format triple-album featuring 1/2 speed re-masters of both Nigel Godrich produced albums and a third album of "never-before-heard "If You Say the Word" and a previously unreleased studio recording of "Follow Me Around".

Michael Fremer  |  Sep 07, 2021  |  2 comments
The 2-LP Set, CD and digital album features Herbie Hancock, Wallace Roney, Buster Williams, Jimmy Heath, Albert “Tootie” Heath,Joshua Redman, Christian McBride, IRMA and LEO (Esperanza Spalding & Leo Genovese), Cécile McLorin Salvant, Charles Lloyd, Hiromi, Kenny Garrett, Jon Batiste, and Other Jazz Greats.

Michael Fremer  |  Aug 26, 2021  |  23 comments
As expected, The Beatles' post-break up Let It Be album gets a Giles Martin re-mix and will be available worldwide October 15th 2021 in multiple editions. For the new release Martin and engineer Sam Okell produced stereo, 5.1 surround DTS and Dolby Atmos mixes. The new stereo mix sourced directly from the original session and rooftop performance 8 track tapes were "guided by the original "reproduced for disc" Phil Spector version.

Michael Fremer  |  Aug 22, 2021  |  26 comments
The Rolling Stones just announced a series of 40th anniversary, expanded editions of Tattoo You, the group's multi-platinum 1981 release from Polydor/Interscope/UMe.

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  |  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 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.

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