Michael Fremer

Michael Fremer  |  Mar 02, 2021  |  First Published: Mar 02, 2021  |  2 comments
Excrutiatingly tuneful (I mean that in a most positive way) Scottish rock band Travis's 1997 debut album Good Feeling returns to vinyl for the first time in decades April 2nd, via Craft Recordings. The packaging duplicated the original independiente release with lacquers cut at Metropolis Studios, London, though at this time the source has not been provided (working on it).

Michael Fremer  |  Mar 02, 2021  |  First Published: Mar 02, 2021  |  16 comments
Audio Intelligent recently introduced "Ultra-Low Foaming Formula No.27" enzymatic record cleaning fluid designed specifically for vacuum-type cleaning machines that include a fluid dispensing feature.

Michael Fremer  |  Mar 01, 2021  |  First Published: Mar 01, 2021  |  9 comments
Those who can’t tour, release. That’s what Neil Young has been up to. The latest in his ongoing 2021 series of archival releases is the just announced Young Shakespeare set for March 26th release. It’s a previously unreleased January 22nd, 1971 solo acoustic show recorded at the Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford, Connecticut, mixed from the original 50 year old master tapes “in the highest possible resolution”.

Michael Fremer  |  Feb 24, 2021  |  First Published: Feb 24, 2021  |  4 comments
George Harrison would have turned 78 today but this George Harrison themed Pro-Ject turntable spins at 33 1/3 and 45. It's a special edition Essential III featuring stainless steel bearing, aluminum pulley, new DC motor speee controller, acrylic platter, 8.6" one piece aluminum tonearm featuring sapphire bearings and an Ortofon OM10 cartridge.

Michael Fremer  |  Feb 23, 2021  |  First Published: Feb 23, 2021  |  11 comments
Readers skeptical of the Kirmuss Vinyl Restoration process should examine the above photo. Lately Mr. Kirmuss has been using it to restore Edison cylinders. The results are easier to see here than on a vinyl record.

Michael Fremer  |  Feb 23, 2021  |  First Published: Feb 23, 2021  |  17 comments
Sun Bear Concerts, documents five complete solo performances by Keith Jarrett in Japan. First released in 1978, it is considered a milestone achievement in the history of jazz recording. "Rich in incident and detail, the music is beautifully produced, illustrated, and presented in this ten-LP set".

Michael Fremer  |  Feb 18, 2021  |  First Published: Feb 18, 2021  |  49 comments
SOTA turntable co-founder David Fletcher recently passed away at age 81. The experimental physicist left the U.C. Berkeley Particle Lab to be his own boss. In 1972 he co-founded Sumiko. Both companies remain in business though Fletcher long ago sold his shares.

Michael Fremer  |  Feb 18, 2021  |  First Published: Feb 18, 2021  |  6 comments
“Steven Wilson has a new solo album, "The Future Bites." We discuss this as well as his work with Porcupine Tree but even if you're not a fan of his music, even if you've never heard of him, you need to listen to hear Wilson's stories of remixing King Crimson, Jethro Tull, Chic….”

Michael Fremer  |  Feb 17, 2021  |  First Published: Feb 17, 2021  |  8 comments
The press release announcing this record out March 26th on Luaka Bop is more coy and less informative, though that will probably change closer to the release date. However, I have a test pressing sent by a friend. Chris Bellman cut lacquers, RTI pressed, I don't care the source
Michael Fremer  |  Feb 16, 2021  |  First Published: Feb 16, 2021  |  11 comments
Impulse! Records, founded in 1960 by Creed Taylor and home to some of the greatest jazz artists of all time including John Coltrane, Charles Mingus, Archie Shepp, Alice Coltrane, Pharoah Sanders and Quincy Jones, among many others, this year celebrates its 60th anniversary.

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