What elements of your system make you happy? The sheer pleasure of listening to music or the quest to make it better?

Paul McGowan Some of us are looking for perfection though we aren’t happy when we find it. This is because we’re not really perfection bound. Instead, we love the process of building to a goal, then tearing down and starting again. Still others reach a point with their system of sheer bliss and this stays […]

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How to achieve system synergy?

System synergy between cables, amps, speakers, and the room are essential elements in the proper setup of a high-end audio system. How can you decide what goes together well and what works together within a system? Watch Now

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Long or short?

Paul McGowan As our three new listening rooms take shape in the new building it’s time to meet with the electricians to design our equipment feeds. Of course we’re going with dedicated lines: 10 gauge wire with separated ground, neutral and hot. I’ve scheduled 6 runs in each of the two main rooms but already […]

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Rush – R40 Live (3CD+Blu-ray)

All roads have led to this. Forty-one years in the making, theR40 Live tour took a very real journey back through time. Beginning with the grand design: a state-of-the-art stage set that pivots, rolls and dives, and brings Clockwork Angels in to bombastic, colorful life before marching stridently back in time (through theatre stages, a panoply of band […]

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As an aspiring author, I understand the mechanics of evoking emotion through well-crafted stories or poems

Paul McGowan We relate to collections of words because their meaning often generates empathy encouraging emotion: a smile for the happy ending, sadness at the loss of a friend. Music too can evoke emotion: inspiration from Stars and Stripes Forever, melancholy to Moonlight Sonata, a laugh from Yankee Doodle Dandy. But how? How do collections of […]

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THE DOORS: Backdoor Man: Seattle 1970 (CD)

We are told ….. Recorded in Seattle on the Doors’ final tour, just over a year before front man Jim Morrison’s untimely death, one of the most influential groups of the 1960s rolled into Seattle for what would become a legendary show. Morrison is in fine form, a perfect blend of controlled brilliance and unhinged […]

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NEIL YOUNG: Hitchhiker (Limited Edition CD)

The unreleased solo acoustic album recorded in 1976, which includes includes solo, acoustic songs recorded in 1976 at the Indigo Ranch Studios in Malibu, California and featuring 2 previously unreleased songs! 1. Pocahontas 2. Powderfinger 3. Captain Kennedy 4. Hawaii 5. Give Me Strength 6. Ride My Llama 7. Hitchhiker 8. Campaigner 9. Human Highway […]

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Black Light (CD) – John McLaughlin

Expansive, emotionally charged album ‘Black Light’ showcases guitar legend John McLaughlin’s virtuoso 4th Dimension band. As a musician, composer, and bandleader, John McLaughlin’s vast contributions to contemporary improvisational music are only just beginning to be fully understood, appreciated, and absorbed by artists and enthusiasts alike. From Mahavishnu Orchestra, Shakti and his collaboration with Paco De […]

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We’re Sisters Under The Skin – Female Blues & Boogie Woogie 1944-1949 (CD)

Accordionist, pianist, singer and band leader, Christine Chatman was popular around New York and was given a recording session in 1944. Christine played a mean boogie piano and Decca probably had high hopes of good sales at the height of the boogie woogie craze. Her vocals were rousing rather than mellifluous with echoes of Big […]

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Chuck Prophet – Night Surfer (CD+LP)

  “Night Surfer” was recorded in Prophet’s beloved San Francisco and in Nashville.  Earlier this year, he told WSJ Speakeasy he was working with a familiar team. “It’s much of the same cast of characters from the last album,” said Prophet, a linchpin in the legendary cowpunk group Green on Red. “Brad Jones is producing […]

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22 Songs – The Moore Theater,Seattle 1974 (CD) by Randy Newman

The Moore Theater,Seattle, WA KISW-FM Broadcast 1974 Superb Live performance of Randy Newman from the Moore Theater, Seattle in 1974. Touring in support of the critical & commercial success of the just released ‘Good Old Boy’s’ album. The show captures him at his laconic & pithy best mixing dry mordant satire with concise observational musings […]

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Dave Davies and Russ Davies ,Open Road (CD)

They tell us…. Open Road is an album by Dave Davies & Russ Davies, two musicians coming from different eras and backgrounds in music fusing their collective experience into a deeply honest and inspiring LP. Together they have crafted a beautiful pop rock album, bringing together their own personal history and experience into a molten […]

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Bruce Springsteen – Live At My Father’s Place In Roslyn, July 31, 1973 (CD)

  A stellar radio broadcast from the Greetings From Asbury Park, NJ tour. Bruce and the E Street Band are in particularly fine form and perform some rather experimental and drawn out versions of some of their nicest tunes, most notably, a gorgeous performance of “New York City Serenade”. Remastered in audiophile quality and presented beautifully in […]

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Ry Cooder – Ditty Wah Ditty (CD)

Ry Cooder was exploring bygone musical genres at the time – blues, country, folk, ragtime, Tex-Mex, RnB, RocknRoll et al – and found old-time recordings which he then personalised and updated. On his breakthrough album, released a few months before this gig, Into the Purple Valley, he chose unusual instrumentation and arrangements of blues, gospel, […]

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