PETE TOWNSHEND: Kanye West, flesh-eating bombs and how the abuse that led to his arrest ended up helping him

Criag McLean (The Independent) writes ….. Mere minutes into our interview, and Pete Townshend is tucking in with the gusto that has stood him well these 70 years: to anecdotes, to philosophies, to past (and future) plans, to the plate of biscuits and pastries that has been placed in front of us in this drowsy […]

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CHRIS FARLOWE: Live At The BBC (CD)

We are told: The complete BBC recordings 1965-1968. Includes extensive linernotes with comments by Chris Farlowe. Chris Farlowe was one of the hottest young British artists to emerge from the Sixties R&B club scene, much admired by Tom Jones and Mick Jagger. Farlowe’s band the Thunderbirds included top class musicians, notably guitarist Albert Lee and […]

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THE FABULOUS THUNDERBIRDS: Taste Of Chicago : Live ’89 (CD)

We are told: Helping to galvanize the early 80’s blues revival, the Fabulous Thunderbirds fusion of R & B, rock & roll and Texas blues saw them attain great popularity & success by the time of this broadcast. Featuring Kim Wilson/vocals, harmonica, Jimmie Vaughan/guitar vocals, Fran Christina/drums, Preston Hubbard/bass and a young Doyle Bramhall Jr/guitar. […]

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Groundhogs ‘Solid’ – is it worth the money?

“On the surface, the Groundhogs could easily have become one of the dozens of British “blooze and boogie” bands that cropped up in the late ’60s and early ’70s in the manner of Savoy Brown or Foghat, but Tony (T.S.) McPhee’s ideas and ambitions were just eccentric enough to push the band into directions too […]

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Bonnie Rait – Dig In Deep (CD)

The record follows Bonnie’s hugely successful 2012 release ‘Slipstream’, which was one of the best-selling independent albums of 2012 and earned Bonnie a GRAMMY for Best Americana Album — her tenth career GRAMMY win. Now, with ‘Dig In Deep’, Raitt returns with her characteristic, incomparable blend of blues, rock, R&B, and pop, and a healthy dose of the signature slide […]

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Diminishing returns with solid state power amps

I notice HiFi World have a respected classical musician writing for them on a regular basis. Rafael Todes is the second violinist with the Allegri String Quartet and seems to be a well informed audiophile. His reviews state that he uses valve monoblock power amps and I am coming to think he’s probably wise to […]

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EMMYLOU HARRIS: The Cincinnati Kid (CD)

We are told ….. EXTRAORDINARY 1985 PERFORMANCE FROM THE QUEEN OF COUNTRY MUSIC An enormously gifted interpreter of the songs of others, Emmylou Harris has perhaps the finest taste in all of country music when it comes to selecting the best tunes. There have however been a number of occasions throughout this Southern belle s […]

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FRANK ZAPPA: Chicago ’78 (2 CD)

We are told ….. This Vaulternative Records concert release finds Zappa & band at the Uptown Theater, Chicago, Ill – September 29, 1978. Of the two shows played that evening, the late show is captured here in its entirety. As you would expect, the concert delivers with a good blend of fan favorites, blistering guitar […]

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Fixing ground loops – a few observations

Paul McGowan:  We’ve been discussing how to identify a ground loop. Now it’s time to fix what we’ve identified as a problem. But let me warn you of a couple of things: reread what I have written about identifying them (make sure it actually IS a ground loop), secondly, the cure can be dangerous if […]

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Cambridge Audio Azur 851D – £1,000

David Price writes: Somewhere around the turn of the millennium, hi-fi started getting interesting again – with DVD-Audio and SACD arriving, MP3 going gangbusters and computer audio taking hold. Then asynchronous USB conferred hi-res capability on Macs and PCs, and now easy wireless has come of age thanks to aptX Bluetooth. Cambridge Audio’s new flagship […]

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Buddy Guy Live at Legends

Thom Jurek writes ….. Live at Legends captures the raging bluesman during a blistering set at his club in early 2010, playing pretty much exactly what you’d expect: “Damn Right I Got the Blues,” “Best Damn Fool,” and medleys of “I Just Want to Make Love to You/Chicken Heads,” “Boom Boom/Strange Brew,” and “Voodoo Chile/Sunshine […]

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MQA One Year Later …… Suddenly, More Questions

Doug Schneider writes …. On April 1, 2016, we published “Myriad Questions About MQA,” my article about Master Quality Authenticated (MQA), a digital music format for high-resolution music files developed by Meridian Audio and now spun off as MQA Limited. (Audiophiles define high-resolution music file as a PCM digital file with a bit depth and/or […]

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