JACO PASTORIUS: Truth, Liberty and Soul – Live in NYC: The Complete 1982 NPR Jazz Alive! Recording (RSD 2017 Limited Vinyl 3LP)

Deluxe 3LP Boxed Set. Resonance Records presents a previously unreleased gem from the NPR Music vaults, ‘Truth, Liberty & Soul’ captures the iconic bass innovator Jaco Pastorius leading a 22-piece big band on June 27, 1982 at Avery Fisher Hall in New York City. Featuring a congregation of the top jazz musicians on the New […]

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Tough decisions

Paul McGowan writes …… My son Scott loves music; perhaps more than I.  He’s willing to listen even if the recording is awful and is able to turn off the rejection mechanism so ingrained in my head as an Audiophile.  Part of me wishes I was just as able to be that selective – because […]

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NEWS: NEWS: FALCON ACOUSTICS INTROS R.A.M. SERIES SPEAKERS A new range from the most quintessential of British speaker brands…

We are told ….. Falcon offers dedicated audio purists a fabulous mix of the most revered and modern speaker designs, hand-building the world-famous LS3/5a monitor exclusively to the original BBC spec alongside its new Reference Audio Monitor (R.A.M.) range. There are three models in the new R.A.M range: the Studio 10, a 5″ 2-way bookshelf; […]

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The New York Contemporary Five: Consequences (Limited Colour Vinyl LP)

We are told: The New York Contemporary Five barely lasted a year all told, but they recorded five albums that shaped the jazz to come. They were a supergroup after the fact – the stellar frontline of Don Cherry, Archie Shepp, and John Tchicai all being relative newcomers at the time. Cherry had recently left […]

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Tuning out problems

Paul McGowan …… If you had a chance to read yesterday’s post you’ll remember we’re in the process of setting up Music Room number Two, where we have a pair of floor standing 2-way Thiel loudspeakers.  That room is considerably smaller than Music Room One, measuring 12 x 15 feet, compared to Music Room One’s […]

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Roger Modjeski (Beveridge RM1 preamp and more)

Gentlemen – what can you tell me about this legendary engineer and was he the guy that built the RM1 preamp? Yes, he is the designer of that legendary unit He struck me as seriously grumpy No way does he want to supply the European market with anything, apparently. He has a most interesting history […]

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SANTANA: Live at The Woodstock Music & Art Fair, August 16, 1969 (Vinyl – LP/RSD 2017 Limited)

We are told: When Santana took the stage at the Woodstock Music & Art Fair on August 16, 1969, they were unknown outside of the thriving Bay Area music scene. By the time they triumphantly walked off the stage, they were one of the festival’s biggest surprises. Santana delivered a career-making performance melding Latin rock […]

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A POINT OF VIEW: Each separated player has her own space and you can plainly “see” the individual and their space they are allotted.

Paul McGowan ….. After a recent post I was thinking about the term Separation as it applies to the instruments and singers on a soundstage.  I spoke of how the elements in the recording were rounded and separate such that they seemed as if I could reach out and touch them.  They were palpable. It […]

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Stevie Ray Vaughan & Bonnie Raitt – North of the Great Divide (CD)

This performance, live from the Bumbershoot Arts Festival in Seattle and originally broadcast by local radio station KISW captures Stevie Ray Vaughan in the month that ‘Soul to Soul’ was released. It is a fascinating document of a key turning point in his career, at the height of his fame before the addictions took over, […]

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Your mileage may vary …..

Paul McGowan ….. A recent’s post on subwoofer placement certainly got some disagreement from folks.  So, let me start off by saying if something you’re doing works, then that’s great!  Secondly, let me suggest that while my manner of speaking and writing is one of absolutes (sorry, others are driven crazy by this as well) […]

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