BBC Music Jazz

Singer Cerys Matthews and music expert Tristram Penna go back to summer 1898 when The Gramophone Company opened offices in London’s Covent Garden. This was the very first disc record company in the UK, later becoming well known as HMV and EMI, and was the London affiliate of inventor Emile Berliner’s US National Gramophone Company. […]

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Live New York, PBS Critique, Apr 28/29 1969 (CD) by The Doors

The Doors, Live New York, PBS Critique, April 28/29 1969 . Embroiled in legal problems following the previous month’s so-called ‘Miami incident’, The Doors suffered a spate of gig cancellations in April 1969. Their appearance on the National Educational Television network’s Critique programme in New York, broadcast on WNDT Channel 13, was their first public performance since. Perhaps surprisingly, given the turmoil they were undergoing, […]

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Georgie Fame & The Last Blue Flames: Swan Songs (CD)

‘Swan Songs’ as the title implies, is intended to be the final album from the legendary Georgie Fame, bringing an illustrious recording career to a very satisfactory conclusion. Georgie is an iconic R&B, jazz and blues star, responsible for an unrivalled back catalogue of pop hits, from 1964 onwards, including three number 1 hits during […]

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ROLLING STONES: From The Vault Live At The Tokyo Dome 1990 (Blu-ray)

From The Vault series continues with Live at the the Tokyo Dome a Japanese performance from 1990 during the Steel WheelsWorld Tour. Remarkably, the ten shows in February of that year were the first concerts the band ever performed in Japan. This audio was previously available for download in 2012 via the Stones Archive but this is the first physical release. As with previous […]

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CABASSE: Audiophile interview with Delphine Dall

STEREOLIFE ….. Cabasse is recognized as one of the best known loudspeaker manufacturers, and one which gives us very interesting products, especially in the high end segment. Founded in 1950 by Georges Cabasse, the firm inherited not only its creator’s name, but also his genius as his special gift, a memory for sounds led him […]

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HELIUS DESIGNS: VTA – “As a starting point, when people refer to Vertical Tracking Angle, VTA -they usually mean Stylus Rake Angle, SRA – in other words, the perpendicularity of the stylus with respect to the groove”

Geoffrey Owen: Somewhat like Terry Wogan and his listener, I feel my first article secured one noble reader. My hope now is to double that number in this follow-up. In my last piece, I suggested the audio industry was populated by three distinct stereotypes, these being gods, gurus and mystics; the first two I’ve covered […]

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Bob Dylan – Hard Times & Ramblin’ Round – The 1960s Broadcasts (Limited Clear 140g Vinyl 3LP Box Set)

This Bob Dylan live broadcast triple LP set features performances from six different dates and locations from the early to mid sixties containing over 30 classic tracks! Performances featured are Riverside Church, July 1961, The Gaslight Cafe, September 1961, Carnegie Chapter Hall, November 1961, Minneapolis Hotel Tape, December 1961, Folksinger’s Choice, January 1962 and Quest CBC-TV, February 1964. […]

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Jimi Hendrix: The Guitar Hero (2DVD)

We are told: Rather than drudging up scandal and outworn hypothesis about his lifestyle and ultimate death, this new film looks at Hendrix as the master of electric guitar, as told by a selection of the world’s greatest musicians in all new and exclusive interviews. Contributors include Dave Mason, Eric Clapton, Mick Taylor, Eric Burdon, […]

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His Master’s Voices

Singer Cerys Matthews and music expert Tristram Penna go back to summer 1898 when The Gramophone Company opened offices in London’s Covent Garden. This was the very first disc record company in the UK, later becoming well known as HMV and EMI, and was the London affiliate of inventor Emile Berliner’s US National Gramophone Company. […]

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Essential Listening: The Beatles – Work In Progress – Outtakes 1963 (Limited Coloured Vinyl 2LP)

Collection of outakes, 2LP in gatefold sleeve. Limited edition of 1000 Record 1 Transparent Red With Glitter Record 2 Transparent Blue With Glitter Record 1 All Tracks Recorded 11th February, 1963 Record 2 Side 1 Recorded 5th March, 1963 Record 2 Side 2 Tracks 1-6 Recorded 12th September, 1963 Record 2 Side 2 Track 7 Recorded […]

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Arnie Nudell – From Here to Infinity

Imagine a speaker firm with an introductory product that pushes the outside of the performance envelope while tearing the pricing envelope to shreds. A reviewer in an audio journal that tilts toward the high end deems this speaker “appallingly expensive,” notes he would have bought the test sample if he’d had the money, and confesses […]

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The End of Love (2CD) by Leonard Cohen

We are told …. EXCEPTIONAL LIVE RECORDING FROM LEONARD COHEN IN ZURICH 1993 Leonard Cohen’s 1993 world tour may well have been the man’s last had he not discovered in 2004 that his manager had been embezzling his earnings – leaving him with little from his long career in music and publishing to assist in […]

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Amperage alchemy

Paul McGowan writes ….. We’ve briefly discussed getting the digital audio stream into the DAC and then decoding those bits back into a form of analog that gets us a lot closer to being able to play it on our systems. At the output of the DAC chip we have a series of current steps […]

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Fairport Convention with Sandy Denny – Live 1974 At My Father’s Place (CD)

Recorded live at My Father’s Place, Old Roslyn, New York, USA on 8th May 1974. Dave Swarbrick: Violin, Vocals Trevor Lucas: Guitar, Vocals Sandy Denny: Vocals, Piano Dave Pegg Bass: Guitar Dave Mattacks: Drums Jerry Donahue: Guitar Track list: Matty Groves Solo It’ll Take a Long Time Dirty Linen Brilliancy Medley-Cherokee Shuffle Like an Old Fashioned Waltz Ballad of Ned […]

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How good is old?

Paul McGowan writes: Good memories sweeten with time. My first experience with a pair of exceptional loudspeakers was in the home of radio station engineer Jim Mussel in 1973. He and I worked for the same FM rock and roll radio station, KXFM in Santa Maria, California. We were both interested in good sound but […]

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