Stephen Layton / Trinity College Choir, Cambridge Bach: Mass in B minor Stephen Layton / Trinity College Choir, Cambridge Bach: Mass in B minor – AllMusic Review by James Manheim

The Bach Mass in B minor, BWV 232, assembled from bits and pieces over some years, coheres in its final form in ways that perhaps only the composer understood. This recording by the Choir of Trinity College Cambridge and Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment under Stephen Layton has been road-tested in performances around Britain […]

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John Wilson / BBC Philharmonic Orchestra Copland: Orchestral Works, Vol. 3 – Symphonies – AllMusic Review by James Manheim

The Chandos label’s cycle of Aaron Copland’s orchestral works is timely and valuable, reminding listeners of where so much contemporary concert music came from (and not only in the U.S.), and bringing neglected works to light. There’s an especially nice example on this third volume by the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra under John Wilson: Statements, which […]

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Erasure World Beyond – AllMusic Review by Marcy Donelson

Following its antecedent by less than a year, World Beyond is a track-by-track orchestrated version of Erasure’s 2017 album, World Be Gone. The band last did something like this in 1987 on a handful of tracks from The Two Ring Circus, a companion LP to their second album, The Circus. A re-recording more than a […]

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Eminent Technology ET-2 Tonearm

Where are you? What mods have you done ? I have been using these ET2’s for over 9 years now. I am still figuring them out and learning from them. They can be modified in so many ways. Bruce Thigpen laid down the GENIUS behind this tonearm over 20 years ago. Some of you have […]

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PS AUDIO “I believe the basic problem is the loudspeaker itself and less so the electronic chain and microphones used to pickup the music.”

Paul McGowan writes: You are walking down the street perfectly happy after a good lunch or so, when suddenly from nowhere you hear music. It could be a sound two blocks away, poor acoustics, noisy background etc. Maybe it’s a street musician, but the thing is that your brain can detect this as live music […]

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B.B KING: ‘you can tell it’s him from one note’

Martin Chilton writes: “You say blues, you gotta say BB.” So remarks Aaron Neville, one of the many leading musicians – including Buddy Guy, Bobby Bland and Dr John – who line up to pay tribute to the man revered as ‘The King Of The Blues’. The Life Of Riley, an exceptionally good documentary about […]

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Learning Lennon: Guitar Master Bill Frisell

Originally published December 2011 Robert Baird writes ….. For the musically prolific, releasing too many records too close together can be problematic or worse. Just because you can make a record every week in your home studio doesn’t mean you should. The impulse to commit every golden thought and performance to tape without self-editing or […]

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Sometimes it feels like a dream

Tim, our warehouse manager, walked into my office loaded with an opened box. “Check this out,” he demanded. Inside were multiple Nipper collection pieces: three 1913 style delivery truck Nipper banks, Nipper serving trays, a Nipper parts bag, etc. There was also a note from the sender, Richard Wiecker, who had just received his BHK […]

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Philip Dukes / James Gilchrist / Anna Tilbrook Vaughan Williams: Songs of Travel – Songs and Chamber Works – AllMusic Review by James Manheim

This Vaughan Williams recital makes an unusually satisfying impression, and it may not be immediately clear why. There’s quite a bit of unfamiliar material, some of it in unusual versions for which there was no pressing need. But the whole thing hangs together, creates a mood of intimacy, and draws you into the composer’s world. […]

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Elton, whose real name is Reggie, and I spent a good hour enjoying lunch together in a Munich Cafe in 1972. I found him to be a sensitive, intelligent, warm-hearted man

In 1972 Elton John and Bernie Taupin released the song Rocket Man on John’s 1972 album Honky Château. The track became a hit single, rising to No. 2 in the UK and No. 6 in the US. The world premiere for Rocket Man was played on Armed Forces Network on my radio program called Underground. I […]

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Jimi Hendrix Both Sides of the Sky – AllMusic Review by Sean Westergaard

Both Sides of the Sky is another collection of high-quality studio recordings, dating from 1968-1970. It might surprise some that, 45-plus years after his death, there’s still good material that hasn’t been previously released, but Hendrix was recording nearly all the time at this point, whether they were demos done in his apartment, late-night jamming […]

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PS AUDIO: The problem with good ideas

  Paul McGowan writes: There are just too many. I have lots of them especially when it comes to new products and new directions for our industry – and I am sure many of you reading this post have them as well.  They are like an itch that cannot be scratched. Perhaps the most difficult […]

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