Essential Listening: ZZ Top – Lowdown: Live at The Capitol Theatre, New Jersey, NY – June 15, 1980 (CD)

This epic live radio broadcast captures ZZ Top at the very cusp of their worldwide success, recorded during the East coast leg of their 1980 breakthrough tour at the Capitol Theater in Passaic, New Jersey. Available on remastered CD and audiophile quality LP. 1. I Thank You 2. Waitin’ For The Bus 3. Jesus Just […]

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Playing here right now

Tuesday morning. No demos. Catching up on paperwork. Got a few calls to make. So what music do I reach for? Not Green Day, “American Idiot” Although I love it. Just too early. So this morning it’s Peter Green with Nigel Watson/Splinter Group “Hot Foot Powder”. Damn good choice I have to say.After that? Well […]

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Essential Listening: Mark Knopfler – Tracker (Deluxe CD)

Mark Knopfler releases his eighth solo album on March 9th 2015. Entitled TRACKER the new album features 11 new Knopfler songs inspired by a wide range of subjects including Beryl Bainbridge and Basil Bunting. The songs contain Mark’s usual wryly but accurately observed vignettes of real life wrapped up in a musical accompaniment of distinctive […]

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Essential Listening: Grateful Dead Live at Winterland (5/30/1971) 2x180G Vinyl LP

  Recorded live at Winterland on 5/3/1971. All the music has never before released in any format and is mastered from original 2 track reels. With new liner notes from noted Grateful Dead scholar Blair Jackson Rhino will release 180-gram vinyl LPs of the Grateful Dead’s WINTERLAND 5/30/71 and Love’s Forever Changes for Record Store […]

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Fake hi-fi an issue?

The thread starts: Just reading on the Luxman website “It has come to our knowledge that unknown LUXMAN products are being imitated and widely sold in certain areas of the world by unauthorised vendors, bearing the same “LUXMAN’ trademark and all other visual attributes of the authentic LUXMAN product, deceiving the general consumer public into […]

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Essential Listening: The Beatles – Work In Progress – Outtakes 1963 (Limited Coloured Vinyl 2LP)

Collection of outakes, 2LP in gatefold sleeve. Limited edition of 1000 Record 1 Transparent Red With Glitter Record 2 Transparent Blue With Glitter Record 1 All Tracks Recorded 11th February, 1963 Record 2 Side 1 Recorded 5th March, 1963 Record 2 Side 2 Tracks 1-6 Recorded 12th September, 1963 Record 2 Side 2 Track 7 Recorded […]

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Why Your Dad’s $300 1980 Receiver Still Sucks

Steven Stone: Back in the “golden age” of high-end audio hardly a month went by that you couldn’t find and read a negative review in The Absolute Sound or Stereophile which excoriated a particular manufacturer’s newest offering. Nowadays it’s hard to find an equipment review that doesn’t describe its subject in glowing terms. What’s changed? […]

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Essential Listening: Brian Wilson – No Pier Pressure (Limited Deluxe Edition CD)

Brian Wilson’s new album No Pier Pressure is set for release on via Capitol Records. The legendary songwriter has also revealed the album—his 11th solo record—features guest appearances by She & Him, Sebu Simonian, Kacey Musgraves, his old Beach Boys bandmates Al Jardine, David Marks and Blondie Chaplin, among others. No Pier Pressure will be released in standard […]

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His Master’s Voices

Singer Cerys Matthews and music expert Tristram Penna go back to summer 1898 when The Gramophone Company opened offices in London’s Covent Garden. This was the very first disc record company in the UK, later becoming well known as HMV and EMI, and was the London affiliate of inventor Emile Berliner’s US National Gramophone Company. […]

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BBC Music Jazz

Singer Cerys Matthews and music expert Tristram Penna go back to summer 1898 when The Gramophone Company opened offices in London’s Covent Garden. This was the very first disc record company in the UK, later becoming well known as HMV and EMI, and was the London affiliate of inventor Emile Berliner’s US National Gramophone Company. […]

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