The Soul Crusaders (2CD) by Bruce Springsteen

We are told: CLASSIC 1977 BROADCAST FROM TORONTO At 3 a.m. on 28th May 1977, after ten months of legal battles, and nearly two years after Born to Run had catapulted him to national celebrity, Bruce Springsteen and his former manager, Mike Appel, settled their differences and parted ways forever. The move finally enabled Springsteen […]

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A Lone Star State Of Mind (CD) by Johnny Cash

We are told: CLASSIC 1994 BROADCAST, LIVE FROM MUSIC CITY USA In April of 1994, Johnny Cash released American Recordings, his first collaboration with Rick Rubin, who would serve as Cash’s producer until his 2005 death. Under Rubin’s stewardship, Cash would reinvent himself for the final time, and later cover, among others, Soundgarden’s ‘Rusty Cage’, […]

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Best DAC deals 2018

What Hi-Fi write: Digital-to-analogue conversion is perhaps the most critical process you system undertakes – all those ones and zeros are brilliantly easy and convenient to package, but they don’t mean anything to your ears until they’ve been turned into analogue information. Which is where your DAC comes in. But that doesn’t mean you have to break the […]

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The Incense and Peppermints (Limited Edition blotter blue Vinyl) by Strawberry Alarm Clock

We are told: The Strawberry Alarm Clock made musical history with its first single, the infectiously psychedelic “Incense and Peppermints,” which topped the singles charts in December 1967. It remains one of the Aquarian Age’s most enduring anthems. And as the California combo’s debut LP demonstrates, there was a lot more to the Strawberry Alarm […]

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Essential Power Metal Albums

Dan Marsciano / ThoughtCo write: The power metal genre as a whole really took off in the late ’80s with help from bands such as Helloween and Gamma Ray. The ’90s continued this momentum, thanks to Iced Earth, Blind Guardian, Hammerfall, and Dragonforce. Metal fans became infatuated with the speedy solos and soaring vocals, along […]

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7 Types of Bass Lines

Jonathan Feist (for ThoughtCo) writes: There are a number of different types of bass parts, but the primary role of the bass in a rhythm section is the same: defining the harmonic structure by emphasizing the chord roots, generally on the first beat of the measure. Beyond that, the different types of bass line help […]

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Worst Taylor Swift Songs… Ever

Robert Silva (for ThoughtCo) writes: Taylor Swift’s Five Worst Songs Taylor Swift is talented. And she’s won every country music award there is. But her elfin charms and precocious musical ability don’t make the singer immune from writing some pretty bad songs. It’s enticing to jump on the Taylor Swift bandwagon, but let’s keep it […]

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Profile of the Ramones

Bill Lamb writes: One of the very first punk bands, the Ramones (1974 – 1996) distilled the core of rock and roll and pop music that came before them in short, fast, loud songs two minutes or less in length. Armed with a distinctive visual style and trademark musical approach, they changed the history of […]

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Pressed to the Edge: Why vinyl hype is destroying the record

  Thaddeus Herman writes: We have a problem. The music industry has been celebrating a surge of interest in one of its most beloved artifacts: the vinyl record. Major labels are returning to their old business model and are quickly saturating clothes stores, online shops, electronics outlets and international vinyl-themed holidays with reissues of old […]

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A One-click iTunes Alternative to Transfer Music/Video/Photo from iPhone to Mac

There’s no getting around it: transferring content between your iPhone and your Mac can be an effort. It’s also a necessity. iPhone storage doesn’t come cheap, and the more we shoot 12 megapixel photos and 4K video, download high-resolution audio or play graphically-intensive games, the faster it’s going to run out. Some events, like a […]

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Open Reel Tape Machine built like a Swiss Watch. Metaxas & Sins GQT Portable Recording Device No.1

We are told ….. There is no doubt that the absolute best “source” for reproduced music is analogue tape recorded on 10″ reels at 15ips. The same analogue tape reel-to-reel recorders are also the absolute best way to record and capture music [concert recording]. This is a fact not open for discussion and is responsible […]

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Which amp and how much power?

Guest writer from Germany, Lothar Kissinger writes: Well, most of us had to decide this at some time; it remains one of the most discussed topics at many, many fora and blogs. My advice ­– as so many have said before me is to just trust your ears and don’t let anybody tell you what […]

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