A daily dose of Hughes; Jimmy Hughes aka James Michael Hughes – Decca Get It RIGHT!

Throughout the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s, Decca, in my opinion, had the happy knack of making recordings that sounded great on the hi-fi of the day. Their classical LPs sounded amazingly vivid and highly detailed, with wide stereo and impressive dynamics. Decca’s engineers had a somewhat proactive approach to recording. Rather than just setting up […]

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A daily does of Hughes: Jimmy Hughes and his (sometimes) contrary views / Taking a step back”

Some years back I saw a TV programme about the Turin Shroud – a holy relic believed by some to be the burial cloth used to wrap Jesus Christ after He was taken down from the Cross. The Shroud carries what is in effect a ‘negative’ image of Christ’s body, and only fully reveals itself […]

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Lost Immortals: Truly great music that ‘disappeared’ and needs recognition

This great idea comes from the intellectually fertile mind of Mr. Roy Stannard and his acolyte Howard Popeck. That’s (almost) all there is to say because the group title says it all. However ….. Anyone is welcome to post contributions for consideration BUT moderation is tough (always) but fair – usually. Only the truly musically […]

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A daily dose of Hughes; Jimmy Hughes aka James Michael Hughes – “Are valves returning from the dead?”

Despite a few dissenting voices, Valves were History. Indeed, the ‘comeback’ of the valve amplifier (which in the UK started with the Michaelson and Austin TVA-1 integrated) was something quite remarkable and virtually without precedent. For while there were a few diehard listeners who preferred 78s to LPs, or Mono to Stereo, there was never […]

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A daily dose of Hughes; Jimmy Hughes aka James Michael Hughes

The Keen Collector (RIP). As a species, the ‘collector’ is, I think, a dying breed. This is not only reflected in the reduced sales of classical LPs and CDs, but also things like Cameras, Books, and other collectibles. My wife notices it with vintage Jewellery. People don’t collect the way they once did. The ‘value’ […]

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A daily dose of Hughes; Jimmy Hughes aka James Michael Hughes – “I was shocked! I mean, as anyone who heard the Perlman / Ashkenazy Decca LP when …..”

I was shocked! I mean, as anyone who heard the Perlman/Ashkenazy Decca LP when it was first released has to agree, this recording set new standards at the time. When I first encountered it, it quite literally blew my socks off. A new era in recorded sound had arrived. At least, that’s how it seemed. […]

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AUDIO NOTE: Zero System test review – by Jimmy Hughes

Audio Note’s Zero system is a great advertisement for the benefits of partnering a good low-powered amp with sensitive loudspeakers. It’s a winning combination of cohesiveness and integration; brilliance and detail; dynamics and attack. With each individual component being very well matched, the overall result is superb and, as we’ve already indicated, as separates they […]

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Tony Besgrove’s pick of the day: Lindsey Buckingham; 2003 concert in Boston

Every few years, the music and guitar magazines run their ‘best guitar solo’ poll, and every year it is topped by either Dave Gilmour’s ‘Comfortably Numb’ or Don Felder’s & Joe Walsh’s ‘Hotel California’ solos – all magnificent pieces of guitar artistry. However, here’s one that seems to have been forgotten, but in my view […]

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Tony Besgrove’s You Tube Pick of the Day ‘The Unguarded Moment’ by The Church.

The Church were (and still are) a relatively unknown Australian band – at least outside of their home country. In 1981 they released their debut album, ‘Of Skins And Heart’. One track on that album became their first Australian top ten 45 – ‘The Unguarded Moment’. The Los Angeles Times described the band’s music as […]

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From the archives: Channa Vithana / “I grew out of Clapton and the Stones as my twenties faded because I can’t stand their bland dinner-party classic status, after one too many of their “

Previously published on September 17, 2012Channa’s (formerly of Hi-Fi World and now of Hi-Fi Choice joins us as guest writer for a short series of contributions. Prologue 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 […]

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PRINCE: Tony Besgrove’s Pick of the Day – Purple Rain – Prince

Updated with new links 21/06/18 Many Prince You Tube videos get taken down pretty quickly, but for the moment you can view the performance at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h8raPqu-6Gw and for those in a hurry a crudely edited truncated version of the guitar solo may be seen at:- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ANn8Y1p-DfA. —//— The first time I saw this performance on […]

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Tony Besgrove …… and then there were none!

I couldn’t let the passing away of the last remaining member of the original Ramones lineup go by without putting pen to paper (well, fingers to keyboard, then). On July 11th. Tommy Ramone, drummer, died from cancer. He followed in the footsteps of Joey (vocals, d.2001), Dee Dee (bass/vocals d.2002), and Johnny (guitar, d.2004) More […]

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