Essential Listening: Soft Machine – Live In 1970 (Limited edition/1000 deluxe 4CD set digi-pack)

A limited edition(1000 only), deluxe four CD set in digi-pack format, re-mastered with extensive liner notes. These live recordings feature the band in a transitional stage from the darlings of the London Underground scene of the late sixties to the jazz rock outfit they became. The line up is MIKE RATLEDGE, ROBERT WYATT, HUGH HOPPER, […]

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Tony Besgrove’s pick of the day: Lindsey Buckingham; 2003 concert in Boston

Tony writes as follows: Every few years, the music and guitar magazines run their ‘best guitar solo’ poll, and every year it is topped by either Dave Gilmour’s ‘Comfortably Numb’ or Don Felder’s & Joe Walsh’s ‘Hotel California’ solos – all magnificent pieces of guitar artistry. However, here’s one that seems to have been forgotten, […]

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Channa Vithana / The triumph of marketing over mediocrity? Sinead O’Connor. My view, and the supporting evidence.

Sinéad O’Connor is an outstanding singer as she has a vocal range that is beyond most other mainstream female pop singers. I first knew of her when she was doing a series of TV interviews and features for ‘The Lion And The Cobra’ (1987). Here was a stunningly beautiful woman, even sporting a shaved head, […]

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Essential Listening: Mike Oldfield – The Studio Albums: 1992-2003 (8CD)

This new box set, supported by Mike Oldfield, contains 8 albums from the Warner years: –          Tubular Bells II –          The Songs Of Distant Earth –          The Voyager –          Tubular Bells III –          Guitars   –          The Millennium Bell –          Tr3s Lunas   –          Tubular Bells 2003   After leaving Virgin Records, Oldfield joined the […]

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Channa Vithana / Synth-Aesthesia

Synthesiser Music (SM) has been one constant that I am always fond of keeping. For a long while I didn’t really understand why certain musical pieces made with or containing SM affected me so, until recently when I had a conversation with an established artist and friend concerning synaesthesia (see footnote #1) Synaesthesia is an […]

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PS Audio: Building a new Music Room Part 2

Calculating the room. Paul walks us through the now empty music room at PS Audio. We understand his rule of thirds, slap echo and ceiling traps and watch the progress on building the listening room. Detailed instructions on how to measure your own room. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E33LzO5UknA

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Hi Neil. Want to pass this thought to you “Think Soft Machine versus Motown.”

Really? Re Soft Machine, I sat through too many of their live tedious ramblings at too many 1960’s free gigs waiting for Pink Floyd as the headline act. There were murmuring that some hapless audience members would sooner bite their own heads off rather than sit through another experience. Mind you, the same was said […]

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Keith Howard and the sort of thoughtful writing that’s rarer than it used to be

The audio diaspora is split on the subject of bass. Some audiophiles—surely the majority—consider the reproduction of low frequencies purely in terms of the weight and drama it adds to sounds with significant bass content. Others—the generalists—take a much wider view of the significance of extended bass response, noting that an audio system’s ubiquitous high-pass […]

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Accounting for Differences of Opinion Among Reviewers – by Mr Galen Carol

“Reviewer “A” loves this preamp, reviewer “B” thinks it mediocre. Reviewer “A” finds this speaker atrocious, reviewer “B” pronounces it state of the art. Why is this, can’t these people hear? Shouldn’t the reviewers always agree? The answer is no. An audio system represents a complex conglomeration of sophisticated electronic components. These components interact with […]

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Howard Popeck (Stereonow Ltd) feels no shame in saying ‘I just don’t know’

I read recently the following: “I think most died-in-the-wool audiophiles have two distinct goals: We want a system that bathes us in glorious, unadulterated sonic bliss that washes away our troubles and soothes us emotionally and inspires us intellectually and…. We want a system that’s as true as possible to the live performance. As owner […]

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Pressed to the Edge: Why vinyl hype is destroying the record

FACTMAG.COM: We have a problem. The music industry has been celebrating a surge of interest in one of its most beloved artifacts: the vinyl record. Major labels are returning to their old business model and are quickly saturating clothes stores, online shops, electronics outlets and international vinyl-themed holidays with reissues of old classics. It’s easy […]

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Blast from the recent past: A Digital Companion for Concert Fans

“Eight American orchestras have filed for bankruptcy in the last year. With classical concert attendance in decline, or at best, holding steady, orchestras are looking for new audiences, and considering new ways to attract those audiences. One possibility is a high tech device called the “Concert Companion.” NPR’s Fred Child had the opportunity to test-drive […]

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Why I don’t exhibit at UK audio shows

Howard Popeck writes: I wrote this in 2008 and unearthed it today. My views haven’t changed. It’s not just the many £1,000s exhibitors pay for a decent room, nor the standing up for hours on end talking happily to (in the main) very receptive, enthusiastic decent folk, nor the hernia-inducing activity of lifting, unpacking and […]

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Essential Listening: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – The New York Shuffle – My Father’s Place, Roslyn 1977 (CD)

After gaining local popularity in Gainesville, Florida with his band Mudcrutch, Tom Petty hooked up with The Heartbreakers (Mike Campbell, guitar; Benmont Tench, keyboards; Stan Lynch, drums; Ron Blair, bass), went to L.A., signed to Leon Russell s Shelter Records, and cut Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, the debut album released in 1976. Although Petty, […]

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