NICO: The End (2CD)

Nico’s 1974 album remastered and expanded into a 2CD set with the inclusion of five tracks from two John Peel sesions, two tracks from the Old Grey Whistle Test in 1975 and two tracks from the Rainbow Theatre Allmusic.com review by Dave Thompson: “It is one of the most entrenched visions in the rock critic’s […]

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NICK CAVE: Morose? I’m just getting started’ – Nick Cave loses patience during Twitter Q&A with fans

Nick Clark writes ….. Many musicians see social networking sites as an ideal way to get closer to fans and drum up publicity for albums and concerts. Nick Cave is not one of those musicians. The 55-year old, described as having “one of the most extraordinary careers in the annals of pop music,” was dragged […]

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THE CARS: Heartbeat City [Expanded Edition]

Coming off the less-than-classic Shake It Up, the Cars decided again to change things up, this time moving from their home studio in Boston to London to record with Mutt Lange. The producer was coming off a string of sleek modern hits, most recently Def Leppard’s Pyromania, and the Cars put themselves in Lange’s capable […]

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Louis Armstrong – his genius lives on

Louis Armstrong’s biographer John Chilton enjoys a new 10-CD boxset that showcases a musical master. Louis Armstrong’s reputation as the greatest of all jazz musicians will be consolidated by the issue of a ten-CD box set covering much of his recording career. The 165 racks range from his first recorded solo (Chimes Blues in 1923) […]

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ARCAM: FMJ A19 integrated amplifier test review

Stereophile Magazine ….. It was fall 2000. I’d just begun working at Stereophile, and I clearly remember sheepishly, innocently putting this question to former senior editor Jonathan Scull. I think the question confused him—not because he didn’t know the answer, but because the answer seemed so obvious, the question itself should have been unnecessary. How […]

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In polite conversation with our editor Neil McCauley

Neil, As a listener, a civilian if you like and not an editor how important, in your view, is it for a speaker design to sound full bodied and detailed at low sound pressure levels? Well I think it’s rather important that, because so many people live in our overcrowded island in restrictive circumstances where […]

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HEYBROOK: The TT in as few words as possible.

Pitch stability rhythm and timing were all very good while the bass was a strong point with welcome firmness coupled with good extension to lower bass frequencies. Solo singing focused well in the stereo sound stage, the latter exhibiting good space and depth. One cannot help but be impressed by the fine finish and construction […]

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JAMES TAYLOR: Feel The Moonshine :The Classic 1976 Radio Broadcast

  This delightful James Taylor concert from 1976, broadcast live in FM stereo from Pennsylvanias legendary Syria Mosque in Pittsburgh, admirably displays the cream of the artists sublime songwriting abilities in the early-to-mid 1970s, as well as highlighting his skills as one of the most consummate performers around at the time. Sharing the stage with […]

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