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Michael Fremer  |  May 01, 2018  |  2 comments
SME Limited announced today that it had acquired Garrard from Gradiente Electronics of Brazil, which in 1979 had acquired the brand name. In addition, SME announced it had acquired Loricraft Audio founded by Terry O'Sullivan who set up shop in Lambourn, West Berkshire close to Garrard's original Swindon manufacturing site.

Michael Fremer  |  May 01, 2018  |  10 comments
Shure Statement Regarding the Discontinuation of Phono Products

For more than 90 years, Shure has been committed to manufacturing and delivering products of the highest quality, reliability, and value. This commitment requires consistency in materials, processes, and testing, as well the capacity to react to fluctuations in demand.

Michael Fremer  |  May 01, 2018  |  6 comments
Rhino releases on June 29th What's That Sound? The Complete Albums Collection Buffalo Springfield's three studio albums newly remastered, sourced from the original analog tapes under Neil Young's "auspices". The boxed set will be available on five CDs, or as a limited to 5000 copies 180g LP edition. Though the group released but 3 LPs, the set includes the mono editions of Buffalo Springfield and Again. The date celebrate's the group's final live concert 50 years ago.

Michael Fremer  |  Apr 26, 2018  |  4 comments
After a more than 30 year absence SAEC's double knife-edged bearing tone arm is once again in production and will be available through DS Exports, DS Audio's new export division. DS Audio, of course manufactures a line of "optical" cartridges and dedicated phono preamplifiers.

Michael Fremer  |  Apr 25, 2018  |  6 comments
Jerome Sabbagh's upcoming album is not yet pressed but will be shortly, with lacquers cut by Bernie Grundman from the original master tapes and pressed at QRP.

Michael Fremer  |  Apr 24, 2018  |  6 comments
Thanks to an anonymous source, here's one record store's RSD story: Comeback Vinyl opened 2014 in Atlanta and just recently moved to its current Alpharetta, GA. location. These photos, showing the line stretched around the block, are from last week's Record Store Day. Clearly customers did "Comeback" to Comeback Vinyl!

Michael Fremer  |  Apr 20, 2018  |  4 comments
"Life in 12 Bars" the Showtime documentary directed by Lili Fini Zanuck available now streaming and on demand gets a 2 CD, 4LP original soundtrack album that includes a total of 32 tracks by The Yardbirds, John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, Cream, Blind Faith, Derek and the Dominoes, The Beatles, Aretha Franklin, Muddy Waters and Clapton's solo work.

Michael Fremer  |  Apr 19, 2018  |  3 comments
Just going to publish the press release verbatim so if you have any friends in that part of the U.K.:

Immediate Records Presents “Humble Pie On 79th Street” Limited Edition Vinyl LP - A Secret Release For Record Store Day UK April 21

Michael Fremer  |  Apr 05, 2018  |  3 comments
The high drama of Elvis Presley's god-like 1950's rise, followed by his '70s era musical death and resurrection is probably second only to that of his savior (who was not Colonel Tom Parker). Sadly the only Elvis some younger music fans know is the overweight Las Vegas has-been and not the man who single-handedly created the musical template for all who followed—from the biz created wannabes like Fabian and Frankie to the next-gen real deals like Bruce Springsteen and yes, Justin Bieber.

Michael Fremer  |  Apr 02, 2018  |  2 comments
UMe celebrates the centenary of Leonard Bernstein's birth with a late career "completist" agenda of his DGG and DECCA catalogs as both a conductor and composer. The series includes for the first time his complete works as a composer.

Michael Fremer  |  Apr 02, 2018  |  1 comments
Rhino Records' RSD offerings include three items David Bowie fans probably will want. They are Welcome to the Blackout (Live London 1978), "Let's Dance" (demo) and, available for the first time commercially, the rare Berlin-era U.S. promo album Bowie Now.

Michael Fremer  |  Apr 02, 2018  |  10 comments
Here's another interesting recording project from Berlin Philharmonic Records: a "one-point" microphone Beethoven Symphonies box set with Sir Simon Rattle conducting, on 10 180g LPs, priced reasonable at $299 (plus shipping) including a hardcover 52 page book as well as a download card for the original 192/24 bit files. It's available directly from the Orchestra's online music store.

Michael Fremer  |  Mar 31, 2018  |  29 comments
This video was produced by Acoustic Sounds. It skirts the "advertisement/useful information" divide but AnalogPlanet editor Michael Fremer felt it was worth posting for a few reasons.

Michael Fremer  |  Mar 28, 2018  |  3 comments
Before donating to Good Will an old Hitachi mini DVD recorder that was so "high-tech" in 2005, it was necessary to transfer all of the useful footage. So here are the "highlights" culled from hours of stuff including the 2006 Stereophile show at the New York Hilton—Stereophile's final sponsored show.

For some reason there's not much footage from the show but there is some from an "ask the editors" panel (but not enough).

Michael Fremer  |  Mar 26, 2018  |  7 comments
Saxophonist Jerome Sabbagh's 2014 Kickstarter funded release The Turn was a musical and sonic success. It got great reviews here, in the Boston Globe, Stereophile and the L.A. Times. Now Sabbagh is back with another Kickstarter funded project but this time instead of recording analog and cutting from digital because of the extra expenses involved, he's going for an all-analog production.

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