Channa Vithana / “Regardless of genre, what really turns me on ……….

Music continues to be within the very structure of my life. Consequently, I use it as non-background direct stimulus when I work, or equally as engrossing and positively mind-massaging pharmaceuticals when I am not. Even an atrocity like a Cliff Richard record must never be in the background – like dinner-party fodder. Dinner-party ‘classics’ sucked […]

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Dr. Feelgood – Gettin’ Their Kicks At The BBC With Wilko Johnson 1973-75 (2CD)

    This 2-disc collection of every single one of Dr Feelgood’s BBC recordings during the Wilko Johnson years is an essential purchase for new and old fans alike. The 42 tracks cover the classic line-up’s seven visits to the BBC and capture the band at their very best throughout. Broadcasting legend Bob Harris championed […]

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Brass And The Blues – Can’t Get No Grindin’ by Muddy Waters

Two Chess Records albums from Blues great Muddy Waters: 1966’s ‘Muddy, Brass And The Blues’ and 1973’s ‘Can’t Get No Grindin’’. ‘Muddy, Brass And The Blues’ was a massive undertaking in direction which a couple of years later John Mayall copied on his ‘Crusade’ album. Digitally remastered and slipcased, and with new notes. Corine, Corina […]

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Ask Mr. H: ATC: Meridian, ATC and Harbeth SHL 5s

Hello Howard, I feel as though i know you although we have never met, having read your articles and comments for some time. Frankness and honesty is a quality i greatly admire. I’m a music and audio enthusiast of 40+ years. Won’t bore you with my hi fi history but in my sitting room is […]

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Lauren Kinsella: In Between Every Line – by Ian Patterson

  “It may be that the voice is the most difficult instrument to improvise with, judging by the relatively small number of improvising vocalists out there. Jazz singers who scat are common enough, but only the best are able to breathe life into a style that has become rather formulaic over the past century. Lauren […]

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Ask Mr. H: Stax “The sound was pretty unimpressive, – dark, slow, and very uninvolving and not very transparent”

  Dear Howard, I hope you are well. Yup – pretty good (but far from pretty!) all things considered. I remember you shut down simply Stax in the late 1990s, and I can remember reading somewhere that one of the reasons for that might have been because the quality control of the Stax equipment you […]

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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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Do Tube Amps go better with QUAD 2805’s Speakers?

I’m very happy with a pair of QUAD 2805’s which I bought new about 1yr ago. I’ve been using a VTL 5.5 Preamp w/phono, LP12, Zeta Arm, BlackBird, Ayre 7E CD, VTL 225 Deluxe Monoblocks converted to 6550c’s w.shunyata Tiapan helix PC’s,Diamond Racing cones on Solid Steel ampstands, Nordost Heimdall speaker cables. Also a Janus […]

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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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Linear tracking vs. Pivoted tracking tone arms.

After searching all 735 existing analog “threads” I only found one short discussion regarding Linear tracking arms vs. tangential tracking arms. I have been a vinyl collector for over 32 years, and beleive that pure analog is still the “gold standard”. In 1984 I purchased a Sony PS-X555ES linear tracking, biotracer, turntable. It is a […]

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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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John Hiatt, Laura Nyro, John Lee Hooker, Emmylou Harris…. – Newport Folk Festival 1989 (3CD)

The Newport Folk Festival takes place at Fort Adams State Park in Newport Rhode Island, a beautiful setting and a favourite of many acts.  This gem saw stunning performances by John Hiatt, Laura Nyro, Emmylou Harris, John Prine, John Lee Hooker, BB King all captured & broadcast by KGNU-FM. Disc 1 01 Radio Intro [0:48] 02 […]

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Ask Mr. H: STAX – deteriorating gauze on vintage earspeakers; ask an expert

  How can I replace the gauze on my old STAX earspeakers? These are the key points: 1.    The gauze is purely cosmetic. It is lightweight and open so as not to influence the sound. However because of this it offers no physical protection nor protection from dust. Or put differently, you can safely use […]

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