I have found myself rather addicted to these informative and entertaining means of consuming words

Podcast is a linguistic blend of two words: iPod and broadcast. It was first coined by British technologist Ben Hammersley and it’s since become somewhat of a household name in the same way tissues became Kleenex. I have found myself rather addicted to these informative and entertaining means of consuming words. My favorites are NPR’s […]

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Ask an expert: Arm Effective Mass and Resonant Frequency

Gentlemen. I have recently upgraded my Goldring 1042 moving magnet (MM) cartridge to a MC and was originally considering Denon DL-103R or Audio-Technica AT-OC9ML/II. After deeper investigation into Arm Effective Mass and Resonant Frequency due reports that the Denon only being suitable for med to high mass arms I found that my Roksan Tabriz (standard […]

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Essential Listening: I’m Walking, Complete Streetwalkers 1974-77 (15CD + Book Box Set) by Streetwalkers

Following on from its award winning Family box set Once Upon A Time, Snapper Music has created a new box of wonder on its Madfish imprint guaranteed to reinvigorate the reputation of one of the 1970s most underrated and ageless Rock bands. I’m Walking, Complete Streetwalkers 1974-77 is a gloriously packaged 15 CD collection of Streetwalkers entire […]

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Were you ever ‘blown away’ by sound?

Steve Guttenberg writes: Before multitasking, sound was a big deal, so it was easier to be blown away by it. CNET’s Geoff Morrison used the above image from a Maxell tape ad in his “Music multitasking: How ‘background’ listening enhances life” blog post a few weeks ago, and that image really took me back. Maxell’s […]

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BOB HEIL: The Master of Game-Changing Microphone Technology, interviewed

Marty Paule writes:  Highly opinionated and fiercely independent in his views about pro sound, Bob Heil builds mics and possesses a professional resume to back up his often out-of-the-box attitude. And speaking of boxes, it was Bob who invented one of the most memorable guitar effects of all time: the Heil Talk Box that made […]

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Roy Wood – Original Album Series (5CD)

The Move – Message From The Country (CD1) Message From The Country Ella James No Time Don’t Mess Me Up Until Your Moma’s Gone It Wasn’t My Idea To Dance The Minister Ben Crawley Steel Company The Words Of Aaron My Marge The Electric Light Orchestra – The Electric Light Orchestra (CD2) 10538 Overture Look […]

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RICHARD and LINDA THOMPSON: Shoot Out The Lights (2CD Deluxe)

They tell us…… Lock and load with a high-powered chronicle of one couple’s failed marriage. Shoot Out The Lights is Richard and Linda Thompson’s final album together and, ironically, the folk-rock couple’s most artistically acclaimed and commercially successful. The album was recorded, scrapped, and rerecorded before finally emerging in 1982, arriving just around the time […]

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Essential Listening: Fripp & Eno – The Equatorial Stars (Vinyl 200g LP)

Brian Eno is usually credited with the claim that everyone who originally bought a Velvet Underground album subsequently formed a band. It’s no less valid to suggest that many of those involved in electronic music might not have been but for “No Pussyfooting” and “Evening Star”. Indeed few contemporary albums can claim as much lasting […]

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HERBIE HANCOCK: (4CD Book Set)

A 4CD, 34-track career retrospective set that examines the totality of Hancock’s work on the Columbia label, presented in a hardback book format case. CD1 and CD2 draw on the late 70s/early 80s work done with V.S.O.P, CD3 focuses more heavily on Hancock’s electric work and the final disc is represents the music of Hancock […]

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NEIL YOUNG: Piece of Crap: Live at Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, CA, October 1st 1994 (CD)

We are told: Recorded live in California on 1st October, 1994, this is classic grunge-era Neil and Crazy Horse. Recorded less than two months after the release of his great late era album, Sleeps With Angels, this live broadcast focuses on some of the finer tracks from that album, including an epic 18 minute version […]

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Essential Listening: The Band – Carter Barron Amphitheater, Washington DC, July 17th 1976 (Vinyl 180g 2LP) Track titles included

‘This show runs through nearly every great song the Band ever wrote and recorded since their original inception… remarkably fresh and exciting’ – concertvault.com Classic live show Recorded shortly before The Last Waltz Superb audio fidelity Background notes included First time on Vinyl 2x 180g Vinyl w/ insert in sleeve After more than 15 years […]

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SIMON and GARFUNKEL: Massachusetts 1967 (Ltd Japanese Digpak CD)

We are told: Recorded valuable concerts at Massachusetts’ prestigious big tufts on March 11, 1967! Eternal Ballad ‘Sound of Silence’, Pop Sense ‘Red Rubber Ball’, ‘Emily Emily’ In addition to unreleased mega · rare song “Tineei · Moron” added bonus track 3 songs including masterpieces on parade, masterpieces on parade etc. Existing masterpiece album “parsley […]

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SOFT MACHINE: Burden Of Proof CD (FIRST 2000 as DIGIPAK)

THE BRAND NEW STUDIO ALBUM FROM SOFT MACHINE LEGACY FEATURING JOHN ETHERIDGE, JOHN MARSHALL, THEO TRAVIS & ROY BABBINGTON FEATURES IN “PROG” & “JAZZWISE” This wonderful new studio album was recorded in Italy in the closing months of 2012 and features JOHN ETHERIDGE (Electric Guitar), THEO TRAVIS (Tenor Sax, Flute, Fender Rhodes), ROY BABBINGTON (Bass Guitar) and JOHN MARSHALL (Drums and […]

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Jesse Winchester – A Reasonable Amount Of Trouble (CD)

When Southern-based singer-songwriter Jesse Winchester died in April 2014 after the cancer that had threatened his life in 2011 fatally recurred, he left behind a legacy of much-covered songs, awards, grieving musicians and thousands of fans – and A Reasonable Amount of Trouble, a 12-song CD containing nine new Winchester compositions written and recorded while his cancer was […]

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ED MEITNER: The audio maverick interviewed

Robert Harley (Stereophile magazine) writes: Ed Meitner is one of those rare individuals who charts his own course in audio product design. From his platterless turntable of the mid-1980s to his new Intelligent Digital Audio Translator (IDAT, reviewed elsewhere in this issue), Ed Meitner’s products have been distinguished by original thinking and innovative engineering. Although […]

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