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Michael Fremer  |  Dec 04, 2019  |  22 comments
SME press release (December 3):

SME will exit the tonearm retail and OEM business with immediate effect shifting our focus on our core turntable and tonearm combination business. The decision to leave the tonearm business was not taken lightly, especially as we have played a key role in the design and development of the world’s best tonearms. The growth of our turntable business and commitment to higher production levels means that we cannot continue both streams.

Michael Fremer  |  Dec 03, 2019  |  14 comments
"What happens in Memphis stays in Memphis"—at least until you get these home (unless you live in Memphis!) might be Craft Recordings' slogan for this all-analog pair of Big Star reissues, probably the first all-analog reissues of these two ignored when first released but now highly regarded early '70s albums since Classic Records released them in 2009 AAA on Clarity vinyl.

Michael Fremer  |  Nov 27, 2019  |  0 comments
Newvelle’s Season Five Box is ready, but sorry, we’re behind so here’s coverage of Season Four’s box just in time for the subscription-based label’s Black Friday Record Store Day “open box” specials.

First the specials: eleven individual albums from the label’s first four years, including two from Season Four’s box, will be available exclusively from Wednesday, November 27th to Monday December 2nd, on the Newvelle website. There are albums from familiar names like the late Don Friedman and Ben Allison and others as well including from season four, Billy Lester’s From Scratch and Kenny Werner’s Church on Mars.

In addition, the label is offering during this Wednesday-Monday Black Friday RSD promotion, free shipping when you purchase the full Season Four box set.

Michael Fremer  |  Nov 23, 2019  |  0 comments
Craft Records just announced three all-analog reissues cut from original tape by Kevin Gray: (Chet Baker Sings) It Could Happen to You, originally released in 1958 on Riverside, Willie Colon's Asalto Navideño a 1971 Christmas album originally released on Fania, and Buffy Sainte-Marie's Illuminations a Vanguard release from 1969 that's achieved "cult" status due to its early use of synthesizers to produce an eerie backdrop.
Michael Fremer  |  Nov 23, 2019  |  0 comments
This is great news! On December 27th Motown/UMe will release 5 mono Motown albums cut by Kevin Gray from the original analog master tapes, pressed on 180 gram vinyl and packaged in deluxe Stoughton tip-on jackets. The titles are: The Miracles' You've Really Got A Hold On Me (1963), The Temptations' (1965), The Four Tops' Reach Out (1967), Diana Ross & The Supremes' Reflections (1968), And The Marvelettes' Sophisticated Soul (1968).

Michael Fremer  |  Nov 23, 2019  |  7 comments
Intervention's reissue of Gene Clark's classic White Light sold out, but it's currently being re-pressed and the company is taking orders. Don't miss out the second time!
Michael Fremer  |  Nov 19, 2019  |  23 comments
I have been assured by co-producer Guy Hayden that this 45rpm box was cut directly from TAPE and that whatever transfers were done (hence the credit) was done as they were for the AAA mono album box, to use as a reference before actual cutting in order to preserve the tapes.
Michael Fremer  |  Nov 18, 2019  |  7 comments
Cleveland, Ohio based Gotta Groove Records pressing plant just sent out an e-survey to its customer base and invite analogPlanet readers to toss in their $29.99 or two-cents. They've already received 2400 responses in a little over a day.

Michael Fremer  |  Nov 16, 2019  |  1 comments
Excel Audio invites everyone to join us Saturday, November 23rd, 6-9 PM to experience Wilson Audio’s latest triumph the Chronosonic XVX. We will be showcasing the XVX’s driven by D’Agostino electronics with digital by dCS and vinyl played on the Clearaudio Statement. Special guests include Dan D’Agostino, Jesse Luna from DCS, and Garth Leerer from Musical Surroundings.

Michael Fremer  |  Nov 14, 2019  |  7 comments
On Friday evening November 22nd at Audio Advisors, West Palm Beach, Florida, Wilson Audio Specialties' Peter McGrath will present a demonstration of the WAMM Master Chronosonic loudspeaker with the WAMM Master Subsonic Subwoofers using some of his own superb recordings—some readers might not know that McGrath has had a long career as a recording engineer, including for Harmonia Mundi among other labels.

Michael Fremer  |  Nov 02, 2019  |  1 comments
Audio Concepts,11661 Preston Rd, Dallas, TX, is excited to announce an evening of analog listening with partners AMG (Analog Manufaktur Germany) and Boulder Amplifiers. In addition to spinning vinyl on the AMG beauty shown in the photo, the event will debut in America Boulder's new 866 integrated amplifier.

Michael Fremer  |  Nov 02, 2019  |  0 comments
Thursday, November 14th 5-9PM Innovative Audio, NYC, 150 E. 58th St. hosts the east coast debut of the new Spectral Audio DMA-300SV Reference Stereo Amplifier presented by Spectral's legendary founder and president Richard Fryer

Michael Fremer  |  Oct 25, 2019  |  21 comments
Rainbo Records' President Steve Sheldon announced the other day that after pressing records for 80 years the company would close and liquidate its assets—and not because of a business slowdown. Quite the opposite as everyone knows.

Michael Fremer  |  Oct 23, 2019  |  2 comments
At the San Francisco Audiophile Society meeting late September where I appeared and played records for a few hours (and had a blast), J.R. Boisclair was selling what remained of Wally Malewicz's "Wally Tools".

Michael Fremer  |  Oct 21, 2019  |  69 comments
* (Not now convinced these were cut from tape).The Beatles just announced The Beatles: The Singles Collection, a limited edition, collectible box set containing 23 180-gram vinyl singles cut by Sean Magee from the original mono and stereo singles mix tapes. Between 1962 and 1970 The Beatles released 22 singles. Of the 44 A and B sides, 29 were not included on the group's British albums—singles were usually omitted in Britain, though the released albums contained more tracks than were issued per album in The United States (you probably already knew that!).

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