ELLA FITZGERALD: Sings Duke Ellington (2CD)

  This release contains Ella Fitzgerald’s complete small group studio sides from her celebratedalbum devoted to the music of Duke Ellington. Complementing them, CD2 of this set presents a selection of small-group live performancesshowcasing Ella singing Ellington tunes at a wide variety of venues between 1950 and 1961. Includes 16-page booklet with memorabilia and the […]

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JOHN MAYALL: Talk About That (CD)

They tell us ….. Iconic musician and Blues Hall of Fame member John Mayall releases his latest CD, Talk About That. Joining Mayall (vocals, keyboards, harmonica and guitar) and Greg Rzab (bass), Jay Davenport (drums) and Rocky Athas (guitar) as special guest is legendary guitarist Joe Walsh, who plays on two tracks, “The Devil Must […]

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THE GRATEFUL DEAD: Pandora’s Box 1966 – 1995 Is A Miscellany Volume #1 (Limited Edition 3CD 1000 Only)

New series of 3CD limited edition sets, brimming with rarities and unreleased music from 1966 through 1995. Impromptu radio session jams, television performances, interviews and solo obscurities will all feature on these four hours, 3CD releases. What a long strange trip it’s been……. Highlights in volume one to include, Garcia & Grisman radio session at […]

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STAX: SRA-14S

Dear Howard. Grateful for your views as to whether the captioned extension cable (6-pin in/female & 5-pin out/male) will work with a pair of SR-3 earspeaker into the normal socket of a SRA-14s. Many thanks in advance. I am finding this a very difficult question to answer with any confidence. First, despite many years of […]

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For me it solves a long-time dilemma and I am enjoying it more – says Howard Popeck

My topic today (and I apologise if it might seem like a sermon; not my intention I assure you) is the problem of extremes. By this I mean the high-end system which extends the extremes with, as a consequence, better sounding better AND, worse sounds worse. You must have experienced this surely? In a nutshell, […]

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JOHN COLTRANE: European Tour 1961 (7CD Box Set)

We are told ….. To mark the 50th anniversary of his death, theFrench Le Chant du Monde label release the mostcomplete set so far of the much-bootlegged 1961European Tour. The box set contains all extant material from the shows in Paris, Copenhagen, Helsinki and Stockholm and also includes (unlike other sets onthe market) the 27th […]

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STELLAVOX SP8. Ten recent images plus a few useful links!

Does anyone have one of these – in full working order – for sale? Thanks. HP     https://en.audiofanzine.com/analog-multitrack/stellavox/SP8/user_reviews/   http://www.audio-ideas.com/reviews/analog-sources/analog-recorders.html http://museumofmagneticsoundrecording.org/ManufacturersStellavox.html https://www.radiomuseum.org/r/stellavox_portable_tape_recorder_sp8.html Thousands more ads like this HERE REEL TO REEL: BUY / SELL / TRADE

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Guest writer and contributing editor Howard Popeck get interviewed by Neil McCauley. Part 1 of 3

Editor’s introduction Mr. P has been around the block in this industry since 1976. Behind his occasionally abrasive stance he’s got a treasure trove of memories, anecdotes and opinions. I managed to prise a few of these out of him in this 3-part series. I hope you enjoy the ride. Thank you / Neil McCauley […]

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JOHN LEE HOOKER: The Real Blues’ Live in Houston 1979

Emporio Records EMPRCD 805 There isn’t a great deal left to be written about albums by John Le Hooker so settling down to listen to this selection of seven tunes, all Hooker songs with the exception of Curtis Mayfield’s ‘It Serves You Right to Suffer’ felt a little predictable. And it’s a recording of a […]

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VINYL REPLAY: How do you determine when an LP is worn ?

As per title,played a Steve Hacket LP the other night,this would have been played to death back in the 70’s with many different cartridges including Decca’s.First track has a couple of Acoustic guitars playing,I could usually locate where they were in the mix,but it sounded all jumbled up with little separation.Another track had a guitar […]

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Verdi or Wagner?

Ivan Hewitt writes:  It’s apt that Wagner and Verdi were born in the same year. They are romantic opera’s two great antipodes, united in stature, but divided in almost everything else. They embody two completely different outlooks on life and art, which are rooted in the cultures of their respective nations. That’s why every German […]

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