THE DILLARDS: Back Porch Bluegrass !!! Live!!! Almost!!! Pickin’ And Fiddlin’ (2CD)

The US country/bluegrass band’s first three albums for Elektra, dating from 1963, 1964 and 1965• These albums are a mixture of re-workings of traditional songs plus originals by Doug and Rodney Dillard• Fiddle player Byron Berline had joined the group for ‘Pickin’ And Fiddlin’’• There’s no doubt that The Dillards were highly influential on groups such as The Byrds and […]

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GENTLE GIANT: Three Piece Suite (cd-blu-ray)

We are told: Three Piece Suite follows the highly successful reissues of The Power And The Glory and Octopus, and features Steven Wilson mixes of a specially curated selection of songs taken from the band’s first three albums (Gentle Giant, Acquiring the Taste, Three Friends). The album includes the songs Giant, Nothing At All, Why […]

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White Line Fever – The Record Plant, Hollywood, September 19th,1971 (CD) by The Flying Burrito Brothers

Following Sneaky Pete’s decision to leave the band in April ’71 for a more lucrative day job as a session player in L.A., Al Perkins was drafted in from Texas band ‘Shiloh’.  Their third album ‘The Flying Burrito Brothers’ was released on A & M in June after which, Bernie Leadon departed to join Linda […]

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HELIUS DESIGNS: Their tone arm trade-in policy defined

They say: Occasionally, Helius will acquire some of its past products. There are primarily two reasons, the first is to maintain a stock of older parts for purposes of repairing the classic tonearms. We do this because it is uneconomical in today’s CNC machnining environment to have small numbers of the larger components machined, so […]

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Why should I pay for first pressings?

  All I care about is a great sounding record. I’m just confused why people charge, and people pay for that matter, more for a record just because it’s a 1st press. Does it sound better or is it just more collectible? This same guy also charged more for a Mono version… doesn’t that not […]

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BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN: The Other Band Tour (2CD)

We are told: Following the simultaneous release of his albums Human Touch and Lucky Town in early 1992, the boss embarked on his first ever non-E Street Band tour. The tour was not as commercially or critically successful as past jaunts, partly due to the generally poor receptionreceived by the two recent records. Fans informally […]

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PS AUDIO: No power amplifier is more sensitive to the incoming AC power as a class D

  Paul McGowan writes: No power amplifier is more sensitive to the incoming AC power as a class D and that makes it critical to run it off the best power you can manage whether that’s from a Power Plant or perhaps you’re lucky enough to live out in the country with out any neighbors […]

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R.E.M – REMTV (6DVD Boxset)

Six-DVD Collection Chronicles The Band’s Special Relationship With MTV Through Live Performances, Award Show Highlights, And A New Feature-Length Documentary From the beginning, R.E.M. and MTV have shared a rich history together. In July 1981, the band released its first single, “Radio Free Europe” while a few weeks later the new Music Television network launched […]

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Could you downsize?

I’ve been looking hard and fast at my collection of 2000+ CD’s and 1200 vinyl albums with a view to stripping out what I don’t really need or want. If I purely focus on the items I really couldn’t live without under any circumstances, I’m down to 150 albums and 250 CD’s. Whilst I don’t […]

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Emmylou Harris – Twenty Thousand Roads (2CD)

Grammy award winning artist Emmylou Harris first came to wider commercial attention with a series of albums in the mid-seventies beginning with Pieces Of The Sky an album which also spawned a #4 Billboard Country Chart hit with If I Could Only Win Your Love. Her career however had started in 1969 with the release of her […]

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JJ CALE: One Way Ticket (Limited 3CD)

We are told: Limited edition 3CD set featuring live FM broadcasts from 1975, 1988 and 1993 Please note, we have been advised by manufacturers that Disc 3 is now a recording from El Mocambo, Toronto, Ont, 1st September 1993,CBC – FM Broadcast and not as originally advertised. With his laid-back rootsy style, J.J. Cale was best […]

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Once the homemade power cable was finished I immediately connected it to the preamp. Interesting.

Once the homemade power cable was finished I immediately connected it to the preamp.  Interesting.  The most immediate thing I noticed was an increased openness without brightness that was never in the design before.  Separation of instruments was greater, soundstage deeper, all the good things you’d hope for.  However, there was a tightness to the […]

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CAPTAIN BEEFHEART: The Lost Tapes: 1966-1970 (DVD)

The Lost Tapes is a music documentary film tracing the roots and history of this iconic musical legend. It features rare live and studio performances of The Captain and his Magic Band. Limited collectors edition! Format: Color, NTSC Language: English Region: All Regions Number of discs: 1 Rated: NR (Not Rated) Studio: IMV BLUELINE DVD […]

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Aha! moments

Paul McGowan writes ….. Few things in life are as satisfying as an aha! moment: the solving of a tough problem, the solution to a puzzle, getting your stereo system dialed in. One of the more common aha! moments for people is when they try easing up on speaker toe in. Most speakers don’t want […]

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