Essential Listening: The Standells – Live On Tour – 1966 (CD)

Besides releasing two classic longplayers and many more singles (including the smash, “Gloria”), touring/behaving badly all across America and appearing on TV shows like ‘Upbeat’ and ‘Where The Action Is’, the Shadows of Knight also ruled at suburban Chicago’s hands-down hippest teen club, The Cellar. Over the decades, their Cellar performances have become the stuff […]

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The death of the home stereo system

Todd Leopold writes: For many years, it was a rite of fall. You moved into your dorm room or new apartment. You started unpacking the car. And the first thing you set up in your new place was the stereo system: receiver, turntable or CD player, tape deck and speakers. The wires could get tangled, […]

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The chaos and joy of John Cage’s Musicircus

Hannah Nepil writes:  Taking part in Musicircus at Aldeburgh was a bewildering musical experience. They never told me that music journalism could be like this: that one day I’d be playing the violin at the Aldeburgh festival, at the mercy of the elements and the judgement of professional, bona-fide musicians who, on another occasion, I […]

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From the 2006 archive – Linn CD 12

  Hello Howard The Linn demo I mentioned must have occurred at the time of the CD 12, (I think it was called) launch. It was in rooms in the Park lane Hotel, and it’s sole purpose was to demonstrate that a £12,000 CD player was the equal at least, of six grand’s worth of […]

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HP’s PERFECT VINYL COLLECTION #011: Smokey Robinson and The Miracles – ‘Anthology’

Out of my thousands of vinyl pressings the thought struck me that it might be interest, for me and perhaps for some of you to try and list my favourite 100. A big task, but not an unpleasant one. But for sanity’s sake I have to set a few limits. First, an era restriction. So, […]

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