Mike Mettler

Mike Mettler  |  Dec 01, 2022  |  First Published: Dec 01, 2022  |  4 comments

Christine McVie, vocalist/keyboardist and one of the principal songwriters in Fleetwood Mac, passed away in her native England yesterday, November 30, at age 79, following a brief illness. McVie — who made her initial impact on Britain’s blues-centric concert and recording circuit in the late 1960s under her given name, Christine Perfect — was perhaps best known for chart-ready singalong Fleetwood Mac hits like “Don’t Stop,” “Little Lies,” and “Over My Head,” but her musical legacy runs much, much deeper than that. It seems only fitting that we here at AnalogPlanet salute such a stellar six-decade recording and performing career with highlights of McVie’s work on vinyl — some, if not many LPs and 45s of which are likely in your own collections. Read on to get our take on the legacy of this truly unique songbird on LP. . .

Mike Mettler  |  Nov 30, 2022  |  First Published: Nov 30, 2022  |  2 comments

A man needs to harvest a heart of gold, and Neil Young’s groundbreaking February 1972 album Harvest provides all the aural goods on wax to do just that. (Yes, I mashed up a few album titles there, but you get the point.) To wit: A new box set celebrating the 50th anniversary of Harvest is coming via Reprise on December 2 that will include the original album on one 180g LP, plus another LP comprised of an unreleased of-era live BBC solo performance, and a 7-inch EP with a trio of unreleased Harvest outtakes. Read on to find out what appears in this must-have box set. . .

Mike Mettler  |  Nov 28, 2022  |  First Published: Nov 28, 2022  |  17 comments

Who doesn’t like German design and manufacturing when it comes to turntables? It’s certainly hard to argue with the pedigree behind Rekkord turntables, which have been handcrafted in the company’s factory/facility in the Black Forest for close to a half-century. Read on to find out more about the company’s all-new North American distribution deal with VANA, and then check out all the specs you’d want to know about Rekkord’s reasonably affordable lines of automatic and manual turntables alike. . .

Mike Mettler  |  Nov 23, 2022  |  First Published: Nov 23, 2022  |  6 comments

Bryan Adams is a consummate and restless performer, so when the lockdown happened, he got right down to work in his home studio to keep himself busy. Not only did he come up with an album of all-new material — March 2022’s So Happy It Hurts, a 180g 1LP offering via BMG — but he also took a long, hard look at the four-plus decades of his recording career and decided to recut over a dozen of his favorite tracks under the umbrella of Classic. Initially, these classic Adams songs, with all the vocals sung anew and essentially all the instrumentation played by the man himself, were released digitally in two increments as Classic and Classic Pt. II, and they will soon enough be combined into a 180g 2LP set in January 2023. Adams got on Zoom with AP editor Mike Mettler to discuss why he not-so-secretly always wanted to be a drummer, why vinyl remains such an important touchstone to him to this day, and what songs of his might make the cut for the next installment of Classic — and, of course, much, much more. . .

Mike Mettler  |  Nov 21, 2022  |  First Published: Nov 21, 2022  |  13 comments

Capital Audiofest 2022 was held in Rockville, Maryland on November 11-13, 2022, and our man Ken Micallef was on hand to take in all things analog. Check out his video package to see the best sights and sounds of the show. . .

Mike Mettler  |  Nov 17, 2022  |  First Published: Nov 17, 2022  |  13 comments

The opening salvo ahead of our upcoming holiday gift guides is here! To wit: Paul McCartney recently announced the limited-edition release of The 7″ Singles Box, which features 80 (count ’em!) 7-inch Paul McCartney singles culled from all across the full wingspan of his long and winding solo career, for December 2. The preorders have already been fast and furious, so read on to see if you can secure your own copy now in advance, and/or need to get all buddy-buddy with the retailer of your choice ASAP. . .

Mike Mettler  |  Nov 08, 2022  |  First Published: Nov 08, 2022  |  4 comments

Who’d want to stream vinyl playback to other rooms? Well, if you’re in a living situation where multiple listeners are constantly involved in the decisions behind what’s being played and where, it’s something you have to consider, regardless of your own individual sweet-spot-only listening proclivities. Juke Audio understands the inclusionary inclinations for modern multiple-member household scenarios, which is why the burgeoning company is now offering the Juke-6, a multiroom streaming amplifier as a possible gateway device to get other listeners involved, and interested, in what we analog lovers listen to. We peek under the hood of Juke Audio’s philosophy to find out if the Juke-6 is something you can apply to your own home listening setup in order to get and/or entice other household listeners into enjoying the benefits of our preferred aural playback choices. . .

Mike Mettler  |  Nov 04, 2022  |  First Published: Nov 04, 2022  |  6 comments

Jim Kerr, lead singer of Simple Minds, is one of us. As a kid growing up in Glasgow, Scotland in the early 1970s, collecting vinyl was of paramount importance, and he got himself a day job just so he could buy records and go see concerts. (Sound familiar?) Read on to find out all the things he said, he said about how important buying vinyl was (and still is) to both him and his Simple Minds songwriting partner, guitarist Charlie Burchill, why it was crucial to shape their new LP Direction of the Heart specifically as a two-sided record, and how important an influence David Bowie albums remain as part of his creative life to this day, and more. . .

Mike Mettler  |  Nov 01, 2022  |  First Published: Nov 01, 2022  |  8 comments

Considering how well the original Andover Audio SpinBase all-in-one turntable system fared in our hands-on review, we figured the company’s updated SpinBase MAX was worthy of bringing to your attention. Read on to learn more about this updated all-in-one playback system that becomes available in mid-November. . .

Mike Mettler  |  Oct 26, 2022  |  First Published: Oct 26, 2022  |  12 comments
The test begins — now! To wit: Oklahoma’s favorite weird sons The Flaming Lips have announced a massive 180g 5LP box set to commemorate the 20th anniversary of their landmark July 2002 album Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots. The deluxe LP box features 40 tracks never before available on vinyl, and it will arrive like a rocket ship on April 14, 2023. Read on to find out more about all the cool B-sides, demos, outtakes, live material, and, of course, the pressing details. . .

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