The Best Blues Albums of the 2000s

by Reverend Keith A. Gordon Updated November 19, 2017 Thousands of blues albums were released in the years between 2000 and 2009, and the decade not only brought us exciting, late-career masterpieces from blues veterans like B.B. King and Buddy Guy but also introduced us to fresh young talents like Nick Moss and Watermelon Slim […]

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The outside edge

Reader Tom Richard writes “As a long-time bass player, I’ve always used cymbals to judge music reproduction. The worst systems give you white noise; the best present so much information. Can you hear the difference between standard wood tip drumsticks and nylon-tipped? The amazing differences between cymbals struck near their edge, in the middle and […]

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Paddy Milner & Marcus Bonfanti Interview

Blues In Britain magazine write: One of our favourite line-ups is Earl Thomas with Paddy Milner & the Big Sounds, comprising nine very talented musicians. Two of them, Paddy Milner and Marcus Bonfanti, came in to Blues In Britain to talk to Fran Leslie and made her day. Here is their unexpurgated conversation from Issue […]

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Tibo: Smart Amp test review

What Hi-Fi? write: Tibo claims to have invented the world’s first smart amp, which in itself sounds impressive, though it’s not always exclusively an accolade. For example, someone must once have had the world’s first nosebleed, and for them it was probably quite distressing. So what is a Smart Amp, and why is Tibo so […]

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The Legend & The Legacy (CD) by Sneaky Pete Kleinow

We are told ….. Peter E. “Sneaky Pete” Kleinow (August 20, 1934 – January 6, 2007) was an American country-rock musician, songwriter, and a motion picture special effects artist. He is best known as a member of the band the Flying Burrito Brothers and as a session musician for such artists as Joan Baez, Jackson […]

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It’s why so many legitimate reviews of equipment today express an opinion on sound and ignore the details of performance.

And continuing our thought from a recent post, only this time in reverse, isn’t it obvious that just because something has all the right stuff it doesn’t necessarily qualify as great itself? And doesn’t this observation help explain one of the age old mysteries in audio about how something can measure great and sound poor? […]

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JAZZ: Don Glanden – remembering Clifford Brown

Victor L. Schermer writes:  Benny Golson’s timeless ballad, “I Remember Clifford” is but one measure of the reverence and love with which Clifford Brown was regarded by musicians, friends, family, and fans. The affection in which he was held during his lifetime was made all the more poignant by his untimely death at the peak […]

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Fly Translove Airways (5CD Limited Box) by Jefferson Airplane

We are told ….. Limited edition 5CD Box Set featuring live FM broadcasts from 1966 to 1970 Doyens of the lysergically charged San Francisco Ballroom scene, Jefferson Airplane reigned supreme at their home turf clubs; The Matrix, Fillmore, Avalon, Winterland. Witness these classic WOUR, KSAN, KMPX broadcasts bringing the sonic tapestry of the band, in […]

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‘Maria Callas Live’ box-set of remastered live recordings to be released in September

The live recordings from 1949 to 1964 are being reissued to mark 40 years since Callas’s death. The 40th anniversary of Maria Callas’s death in Paris will be marked by the release of a new 42-disc box-set from Warner Classics called ‘Maria Callas Live: Remastered Live Recordings 1949-1964’. The box-set will be released on September […]

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Blast from the past: Exactly the way it happened folks: Syrinx PU2. the Mass Ring and Mr. Scott Strachan

Scott Strachan, the inventor and constructor of the Syrinx arm was a very likeable chap. His enthusiasm was infectious. His tonearms looked, frankly, terrible. Not quite as bad as the original Hadcock, but not far off. They were, until the Ittock, the only intelligent and sonically acceptable alternative to the Grace G707 arm on a […]

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Stravinsky: Violin Concerto, Works for Violin & Piano CD review – power and poetry

Fiona Maddocks writes ….. Stravinsky’s Violin Concerto remains puzzlingly underplayed, a neoclassical masterpiece dating from 1931. The composer worried that, as a non-violinist, he wasn’t equipped to write idiomatically. It’s certainly fiercely hard, opening with big, strident chords and exploiting the instrument’s staccato brilliance. The inner movements, Arias I and II, are more song-like, mysterious […]

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But I got to thinking about how anyone could have nominated such tripe for best anything and it occurred to me this happens a lot, even in our industry.

I am mindlessly working out at the gym on the elliptical trainer, watching the many TV’s and there it appeared. Out of nowhere. I nearly fell off the machine. It was an ad for The Wolf Of Wall Street, proclaiming it’s been nominated for Best Picture. This in the face of actually having watched the […]

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Mains extension block; he heard the difference, but were his ears deceiving him?

  I’ve never been the type to worry about cables, power chords or separate spurs and that malarkey. Mainly because the system generally sounds fine as it is, I’m not made of money and I also don’t have the time to be constantly ABX testing these things to make sure I’m not getting ‘snake-oiled’. However […]

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Buying from Hong Kong……?

  I’ve been looking at various items on ebay, valve amps etc, for stupidly low prices. What exactly is the deal with this. Is the price doubled or tripled with import duty? Is the case work filled with pebbles instead of transformers? My head tells me to avoid but am I wrong. There must be […]

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Joe Satriani – The Complete Studio Recordings Box Set (15CD) by

All 14 studios albums, starting with 1986′s Not Of This Earth, are included in this 15CD box set, with the final disc being made of a selection of rarities specially curated by Satriani himself (Added Creations and Bonus Tracks). Everything has been newly remastered under the supervision of engineer John Cuniberti who has a history […]

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PS Audio factory tour

We absolutely love it when audiophiles and music lovers drop by to visit us in Boulder. Folks are treated to the nickel tour of the factory, engineering labs, admin areas, even the ping pong room, and then the grand prize. Music Room One. Just after January’s Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas, Stereophile Editor John Atkinson […]

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