TAJ MAHAL: The Hidden Treasures of Taj Mahal 1969-1973 (2CD)

Legacy Recordings UK & Sony CMG are celebrating the groundbreaking and unique Taj Mahal with a major catalog reissue project beginning with the release of the newly-curated The Hidden Treasures of Taj Mahal 1969-1973, an extraordinary two-disc collection of previously unreleased studio and live performances. A two-disc sonic portrait chronicling the early stirrings of Taj […]

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MERIDIAN: 101/105 / Revisited

Background: At Subjective Audio, we were the most successful Meridian retailers for six years commencing in 1977 and thus arguably have sold more pairs of Meridian 105 power amps and 101 pre amps than anyone else. We have very happy memories of that era, the reliability of the equipment, the value and indeed the outstanding […]

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The Debussy Edition – review Various Artists (Deutsche Grammophon, 18 CDs)

From the archives Of the compilations released to mark the 150th anniversary of Claude Debussy’s birth this year, this is the most treasurable. As a survey of the music of perhaps of the greatest 20th-century composer it could hardly be bettered, especially within recordings from a single label, or rather, a single group of labels, […]

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ARCAM: FMJ A19 test review

FOR Big, room-filling sound Open, dynamic and cohesive Subtle and revealing detail Deep and authoritative sound Remarkable composure and control Good build and connections AGAINST Requires careful system matching Its strengths might not be immediately apparent The Arcam FMJ A19 is a new integrated stereo amplifier that joins the ranks of Arcam’s high-end FMJ series – and […]

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Pierre Perrone: Prog – a genre that still has a firm grip on the British psyche

“As someone whose mind was blown by the theatre of Peter Gabriel’s Genesis and Pink Floyd performing with the Ballet de Marseille choreographed by Roland Petit in the early 70s, I always enjoyed the ambition within prog. Forty years on, that spirit is still at large in the musical land. Radiohead’s fondness for playing Roman […]

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CD review: A tale of two sopranos

Joel Kasow writes: Two recital albums on Decca have recently come our way featuring two “house”singers. Renée Fleming’s Poèmes shows off the soprano, highlighting the extraordinary vocal beauty in exotic repertoire, thus demonstrating the soprano’s eagerness to lead her fans outside the customary paths. The most familiar item, Ravel’s Shéhérazade, is given one of the […]

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Are You Experienced : Jaco Pastorius Live

AudiophileReview.com / Mark Smotroff writes …. I’ll admit up front that there are some of you out there who really know Jaco Pastorius’ own music and playing inside and out. Dare I say, there are probably more of us who know Jaco’s sound from his amazing, fruitful and important collaborations with other artists and bands. […]

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