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Michael Fremer  |  May 28, 2020  |  12 comments
Blue Note yesterday announced six upcoming jazz titles that will be issued on vinyl. We haven't an image for the Frisell album at this time.

Michael Fremer  |  May 27, 2020  |  0 comments
Crosley Radio recently announced it had renewed its license for Beatles-branded accessories including the ones in the lead photo. The Beatles remain at or near the top of new vinyl sales 57 years after the group released its first single.

Michael Fremer  |  May 20, 2020  |  0 comments
dCS (Data Conversion Systems, Ltd.) announced earlier this month an expansion of its "Legends" program that acknowledges recording, mixing and mastering greats who have brought all of us so much listening pleasure through great recorded sound. The initial recipient, Bob Ludwig (third from the left after engineering greats Elliot Scheiner and Chuck Ainlay) was the first recipient at an awards ceremony in New York last October.

Michael Fremer  |  May 20, 2020  |  5 comments
Mack Avenue Music Group and Octave Music are proud to announce a partnership with Vinyl Me, Please on Erroll Garner’s Magician as their May Classics Record of the Month. The record is also featured as the 11th release of the critically acclaimed year-long 12-album Octave Remastered Series featuring newly restored and expanded editions of classical Garner albums from the 1960s and ‘70s. Vinyl Me, Please’s package includes 180g black audiophile vinyl and an exclusive listening notes booklet by Ted Gioia.

Michael Fremer  |  May 19, 2020  |  6 comments
Neil Young describes Homegrown as "The One That Got Away". Recorded in 1974 and '75, the album should have been released a few years after Harvest, but the sad side of a love affair was too much for Young to deal with after recording it, so he "...kept it to myself, hidden away in the vault, on the shelf, in the back of my mind….but I should have shared it. It’s actually beautiful. That’s why I made it in the first place. Sometimes life hurts. You know what I mean. This is the one that got away."

Michael Fremer  |  May 18, 2020  |  17 comments
Denver CO—Vinyl Me, Please today announced The Story of the Grateful Dead, a limited-edition 8 album, 14-disc set deluxe box set featuring 4 studio albums and four "essential" live albums all cut by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering using the original analog master tapes, housed in "Tip-on" jackets and pressed at QRP on colored vinyl.("Acid Flashback" color characterization, AnalogPlanet's description, not VMP's).

Michael Fremer  |  May 14, 2020  |  39 comments
Music Direct's Josh Bizar asked if Malachi and I to contribute short reviews to his website feature "Notes From My Listening Room" so we did.
Michael Fremer  |  May 11, 2020  |  31 comments
This morning I received an email from Simon Brown designer and manufacturer of the innovative The Wand tonearm and new The Wand turntable telling me that Jelco tonearm's parent company Ichikawa Jewel Co. Ltd had announced it would be shutting down the business.

Michael Fremer  |  May 05, 2020  |  11 comments
Few analogPlanet readers know the name but no doubt some do and I feel compelled to say a few words about my friend Victor Goldstein, shown here with Stereophile writer Jonathan Scull probably back in the late '80s when Victor was working with speaker manufacturer B&W (photo used without permission but I'm sure J10 will not mind). Goldstein passed away last night, a victim of the Covid-19 Pandemic.

Michael Fremer  |  May 01, 2020  |  71 comments
The Electric Recording Company announced today that it would release a limited edition version of Sonny Rollins' Way Out West cut as always using the original master tape.

Michael Fremer  |  Apr 30, 2020  |  10 comments
AXPONA 2020 has been canceled. CEO and Founder of show organizer JD Events just released the following letter:

Michael Fremer  |  Apr 29, 2020  |  0 comments
Mack Avenue Music Group launches an all-sales-go-directly to-the artist event starting Thursday, April 30th, which is also International Jazz Day, running through May 3rd. Mack Avenue Senior Director of A&R Will Wakefield says, "Almost everyone I know—musicians, managers, venue owners and booking agents—are facing unemployment or worse for an unknown amount of time. We are keenly aware of what that means and wants to be there to help in whatever way we can and I think this is good start."

Michael Fremer  |  Apr 29, 2020  |  7 comments
"Tone Poet" Joe Harley sent this photo taken today at a Kevin Gray mastering session. Analog life goes on at Cohearent Audio during the Pandemic.

Michael Fremer  |  Apr 28, 2020  |  5 comments
Hi-res streaming service qobuz just announced a now through May 15th offer of 21 CD resolution and hi-res titles you can download free. The music includes classical, jazz and "world".

Michael Fremer  |  Apr 24, 2020  |  19 comments
Amoeba Music with record stores in Hollywood, Berkeley and San Francisco says that due to the Covid-19 virus it faces an "uncertain future" as all three stores since mid-March have been shut down. Savings are running out and while the company is paying staff salaries it cannot continue much longer without help from customers and friends.

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