ALISON KRAUSS: Interview

Martin Chilton, The Daily Telegraph’s Digital Culture Editor writes as follows: Alison Krauss has won more Grammy awards than any woman in history (26) and is third in the all-time winner’s list. Her voice is ridiculously good but the one thing she doesn’t worry about is songwriting. In an interview before the release of her […]

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REGA: Roy Gandy – 40 Years of Reganomics

Steve Harris / Stereophile writes: It’s not easy to get Roy Gandy to look back. “I’m not a past person, I don’t reminisce,” he says. “But right at this moment I’m feeling very happy. We’ve not quite completed the launch of a whole new range of turntables and a new range of electronics, and I’m […]

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DESIGNe: Digging below the superficial with Ian Webster

  Design e The first time I came across Design e loudspeakers was at hi-fi dealership, Phonography, in Ringwood, Hampshire (see www.phonography.co.uk). Phonography has integrity, as in the recent past, formerly very lucrative manufacturers have been taken off their roster when their latest products failed the musicality test. So it was with shock as I […]

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‘I don’t feel like some old fogey talking to these kids’ – Bob Harris

“Bob Harris is describing his idea of hell. Presenters on commercial radio, he says, tell him stories “of being instructed to give a station ident [its slogan] coming out of the record they’re playing, to spend no more than six seconds of music-free speech-time before they go into the next track, another station ident… And […]

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JONI MITCHELL: ‘I have many melodies in my mind’ – a classic interview from the vaults

From The Guardian / Rolling Stone: Folk music, which pushed rock’n’roll into the arena of the serious with protest lyrics and blendings of Dylan and the Byrds back in 1964, has re-entered the pop music cycle. Once again, with a new crop of guitar-toting composer-singers at the vanguard, folk is “in”. As with country, jazz, […]

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LINDI ORTEGA: Country’s woman in black A tough childhood and a passion for outlaw singers give Lindi Ortega’s songs a darker edge.

Ben Walsh writes as follows: She was bullied at high school, dumped by her boyfriend before the prom and ditched again just before moving from Toronto, her hometown, to Nashville last year. It’s no small wonder, then, that Lindi Ortega favours heartbreak material, although the eloquent country singer doesn’t appreciate being pigeon-holed. MORE

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LINDA THOMPSON: A special voice that keeps disappearing

Like great rivers, some voices go further, deeper, wider than others. Wrap them around a great song and they’ll take you places you don’t ever quite return from. Once heard, the voice of British folk-rock icon Linda Thompson is not forgotten. And like a river half-underground, half in spate, Thompson’s voice is all the more […]

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From our archives: The amplifier designer hall of fame (part #1) – “… gifted at self promotion and bullshit and …”

Editor McCauley in conversation with Howard Popeck: Hi Howard. I’ll start if I may with I hope an inoffensive comment that you’ve been around the audiophile ‘block’ a few times. You are I guess a survivor from the old school. Would you care to comment? Okay, that’s true. I started in the business in October […]

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From our archives: The amplifier designer hall of fame (part #2) – “They were the ones that saw the market niches …”

Editor McCauley in conversation with Howard Popeck: So there are more figureheads than gifted designers. Is that what you’re saying? Not quite like that. In my direct personal experience I’ve met more figureheads than gifted designers. But that’s not to say that my experiences are representative of the entire industry. One has to take into […]

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PETE TOWNSHEND: The TVD Interview

Jennifer Carney writes: The way I see it, there was rock music before Pete Townshend got hold of it, and rock music after he got hold of it, smashed it to pieces, rebuilt it, and smashed it again. Townshend spent his musical life wresting respectability from critics, pushing the boundaries of convention, and simultaneously giving […]

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From the archives: The amplifier designer hall of fame (part #3) – Mark Levinson, Antony Michaelson, Dr. Richard Bews, Bob Stuart, Roger Modeski.

Editor McCauley in conversation with Howard Popeck: Yes. But can you expand on this a bit? Okay. In my direct personal experience many of the finest amplifier designers are first and foremost gifted in their field and are not entrepreneurs through choice. They become entrepreneurs through force of circumstance i.e. there was no other intelligent […]

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DSD: Jared Sacks interview

Jason Victor Serinus writes:  Some months back, SACD and DSD champion Jared Sacks, founder of Channel Classics, stopped by Casa Bellecci-Serinus in Oakland for an extended chat about the history of his label, recording in DSD, and his new NativeDSD.com download site. I started our conversation by asking Jared to share his history with music […]

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From our archives: The amplifier designer hall of fame (part #4) – Antony Michaelson (again), Mark Levinson (again)

Editor McCauley in conversation with Howard Popeck: From that standpoint then, is Antony Michaelson a UK version of Mark Levinson? Yes, possibly. Antony is a very unusual man and again is the sole occupant of a rare and special ‘box’. He’s very gifted in many ways and yes he’s an audio designer as well as […]

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GINGER BAKER: He has described his former Cream bandmate Jack Bruce as “a problem”

  “Ginger Baker has described his former Cream bandmate Jack Bruce as “a problem” Baker and Bruce take us through their two-year whirlwind, from forming the ‘supergroup’, to creating enduring classics such as “White Room” and “Sunshine Of Your Love” and touring the US, all while seemingly loathing each other from the start. Asked whether […]

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