Mike’s pick of the new releases. 13 Rivers (CD) by Richard Thompson

We are told: The 13-song set is the Grammy nominated artist’s first self-produced album in over a decade and was recorded 100% analogue in just ten days. It was engineered by Clay Blair (The War On Drugs) and features Thompson’s regular accompanists Michael Jerome (drums, percussion), Taras Prodaniuk (bass), and Bobby Eichorn (guitar). 13 Rivers […]

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Mike’s pick of the new releases. Plays Well With Others (4CD Jewel Case w/ 80p Booklet Box set) by Phil Collins

We are told: He has been a member one of one of Britain’s most significant rock bands and one of the world’s biggest male solo stars, but Phil Collins was always eager to collaborate with an eclectic range of artists. Spanning drums, vocals, production, songwriting and more, Phil Collins’ many talents have been employed by […]

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Mike’s pick of the new releases. Live Radio – Quebec Broadcast 1987 (Ltd Ed. 140gm Clear Vinyl LP) by Roger Waters

We are told: Live 1987 Broadcast recording from ex Pink Floyd man – Roger Waters. Captured at the Colisée de Québec in Canada on 7th November 1987, and broadcast simultaneously over FM radio, Roger Waters here proves that despite his difficulties, his reputation as one of the finest performers in progressive rock remained unchallenged. The […]

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Mike’s pick of the new releases. An American Treasure (Deluxe Edition 4CD) by Tom Petty

We are told: This is the first posthumous release from Tom Petty and is a career-spanning box set that focuses on Petty as a great songwriter. The compilation includes 8 unreleased songs plus many of Petty’s hits, usually as alternate or live versions. The set also includes some of his lesser known songs – especially […]

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Mike’s pick of the new releases. DAVID BOWIE: Loving The alien 1983 > 1988

We are told: The CD box set will include faithfully reproduced mini-vinyl versions of the original albums, and the CDs will be gold coloured rather than the usual silver. CD Box Set: 128 Page hardback book Let’s Dance (remastered) (1CD) Serious Moonlight (Live ’83) (previously unreleased) (2CD) Tonight (remastered) (1CD) Never Let Me Down (remastered) […]

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A glimpse into the dark side of hi-fi forums / fora #01

Guest contributor Michael Vronsky writes: This is the first of an occasional series shining a light on some of the more unpalatable facets of some (predominantly, but not exclusively) UK-based hi-fi forums / fora. Both covert and overt homophobia, obscene language, anti-semitism ridicule of opinions, bullying, fanatical brand-loyalty, brand denigration and ridicule and more. Fortunately […]

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Female audiophiles; an oxymoron perhaps?

Michael Vronsky writes: Joke, truism or what? It’s a standard joke and also to some extent a truism that female classical composers are extremely rare and in quizzes, at best some people can only ‘point’ to two, possibly three. For myself, I can’t even point to one! This doesn’t mean that women in general are […]

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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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IF: If Neil McCauley was a speaker designer (which he plainly isn’t!)

Michael Vronsky writes: Neil; if you were, say, a speaker designer then what would be more important to you when designing , the final subjective sound or the measurements? Oh, I’m afraid very much the sound. I don’t despise or ignore measurements which are essential in the course of designing the thing. They give you […]

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