What happened to Oxford Acoustics?

Q: Hi Neil and crew. What happened to Oxford Acoustics? Great looking gear that apparently sounded really good. A: This is all we have been able to find. Not much, butter better than nothing. Anyway …. A small turntable manufacturer based in Oxfordshire, UK and originally founded by Fraser Shaw and Jon Harker in the […]

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BOB DYLAN: The 1966 Live Recordings (36CD Box Set)

From the archives Following last year’s monumental Cutting Edge release, which covered Dylan’s 1965 and 1966 studio recordings, we are thrilled to announce Bob Dylan: The 1966 Live Recordings, a new box set that will contain every known live recording from the legendary 1966 tour with (what became known as) The Band. Bob Dylan: The […]

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The Ramones – Morrissey Curates The Ramones (Black Friday U.S.RSD 2014 12″ Vinyl)

Morrissey, being a big Ramones fan, particularly of the early years, had always wanted to compile a “best of” album and this year he got his wish. This compilation reflects Morrissey’s experience of listening to the band for the first time. With the sad passing of Tommy recently, both management and Morrissey felt this was […]

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CHARLES MINGUS: Passions Of A Man: The Complete Atlantic Recordings (6CD + Book) Box Set. Track list shown here

  The greatest bassist leader jazz has ever known, Charles Mingus, with his spirited playing and spontaneity, always kept his ears and fingers on the pulse. The albums this giant of music recorded for Atlantic between 1956 and 1961 are rightly considered his best. This lavish collection of the jazz legend’s entire mid-’50s to early […]

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Xhadow Corp?

Hi Howard, what can you tell me about Xhadow Corp please?  Iain. Hi Iain, this is all that I have been able to find online – so far. Neil M. Company founded in 2004 by Chris Sommovigo of The Signals Collection and Stuart Marcus of Sound Connections and was based at the latter company’s headquarters […]

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JAZZ: Frustrations with the music/Harmony

Hello, I’ve had several piano teachers who’ve taught me how to interpret classical music, learned the scales, a few arpeggios, a few things about chords… and I’m pretty advanced technically. However, I feel like I don’t even know a thing. Can’t improvise, can’t analyze, or understand hardly anything about music or what’s necessary to learn. […]

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Yamamura Churchill Limited

Neil – what’s the story re Yamamura Churchill Limited please? First things first – the following is not to be confused with (a) Yamamura Systems S.R.L. nor (b) Yamamura Systems (US) Inc. So, this is what I have discovered online: British company founded in 1994 by Robert William Charles Spencer Churchill and was based in […]

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BLUE HORIZON: The Outer Sanctum

  They say: Blue Horizon’s new Sanctum isolation platform is specifically designed to isolate individual high-performance components such as turntables, DACs, preamplifiers, power amplifiers, CD players and streamers from all sources of unwanted vibration. The platform’s construction brings together a selection of materials from opposite ends of the elasticity spectrum, combining them to reduce resonance. […]

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Essential Listening: Vinyl Collection (Limited Vinyl 180g 5LP + 180g 12″ Box Set)

Eva’s seminal, UK No.1, x6 Platinum Award Songbird album, unavailable in vinyl form for 8 years, returns to the European marketplace in re-sequenced and re-mastered form. The remaining four albums, available on vinyl for the very first time, have similarly been re-sequenced from their CD counterparts to maximise the audio quality. The Platinum Award, UK […]

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SOFT MACHINE: Floating World Live (CD)

Re-issue in digipak with 16-page booklet This CD marks the first release of a live performance by Soft Machine’s Bundles line-up featuring Allan Holdsworth on guitar. This concert, recorded forRadio Bremen in January 1975, consists of most of the Bundles material, which hadn’t been released although in the can since the previous summer, plusa couple […]

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JOE COCKER The Album Recordings 1984-2007 (14CD Box Set)

Born in England in 1944, Joe Cocker undeniably had one of the most distinctive voices in music. He first rose to fame in the late 1960s with his cover of the Beatles’ song “With a Little Help From My Friends”. Cocker made a name for himself after his hypnotic performance at the legendary Woodstock music […]

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MISSION: LX – ‘Luxurious Sound Without the Price Tag’

They say ….. LX-2 and LX-3 are the first speakers to arrive from Mission’s all-new entry-level LX Series, delivering exceptional sound at affordable prices Mission, the legendary British loudspeaker brand, has always had a reputation for delivering compelling musicality at affordable prices. Launching this spring, the LX-2 standmount speaker and LX-3 floorstander are the perfect […]

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Mountains: (CD Remastered Edition) by Steamhammer

New official remastered edition of the classic 1971 album by progressive / blues rock group steamhammer Fully restored artwork and liner notes Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce the release of a newly re-mastered edition of the classic 1971 album by British Progressive / Blues Rock band Steamhammer. Formed in 1968 by Kieran White and […]

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