LINN: Uphorik test review

Jimmy Hughes writes ….. The Uphorik is an outstanding phono stage (suitably partnered) to make you fall in love with vinyl. It delivers a sound that’s neutral and natural, yet colourful and full of incident. If you’re able to use it via its balanced outputs, we think you’ll find the results very hard to better. […]

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What we do in high-end audio isn’t always logical

In yesterday’s post about the fluidity of my stereo system, I mentioned upgrading from the amazing BHK300 monoblock amplifiers to the newer BHK600s. More than a few people emailed me asking why. Why would I upgrade what is already an overkill amplifier to one with even more wattage? It’s a good question. Let’s look at some of […]

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BADFINGER: What happened to them

HAROLD PHILLIP BENSON … Badfinger was a Welsh/Irish group that started out as the Iveys in 1961. They became the first group signed by Apple in 1968 and renamed themselves “Badfinger” after an earlier incident when John Lennon was in the studio, recording with his mates on piano the song “With a Little Help from […]

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OVERBLOWN: The first time we experience something new, it’s always going to be a bit overblown

Paul McGowan: Just for grins I pulled out a 30 year old preamplifier from PS Audio and gave it a listen.  I was stunned at just how good it sounded. At first I was depressed because it immediately said to me that we can’t have made much progress over the last three decades.  But then […]

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Can you think of a musician or band that went 30+ years without a loss in the quality of their music?

LELAND SHENFIELD … OK, A lot of these answers are individuals. Let’s try a BAND that plays one of the HIGHEST QUALITY and most DIFFICULT styles of music: Progressive Rock. Let’s talk: RUSH. Rush 1976. Double doublenecks. Crazy, I know, but needed for the songs that they used them on, because they are crazy. Rush […]

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SPRINSTEEN: WGOE Radio, Alpha Sound Studios, Richmond VA, 31st May 1973

Unique WGOE-FM Performance at the Alpha Sound Studios, Richmond VA, 31st May 1973 • Includes the entire broadcast • Digitally remastered for greatly enhanced sound quality • Background liners Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band provide a snapshot session for WGOE-FM at the Alpha Studios in Richmond, VA, to unveil a taster of their […]

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FAIRPORT CONVENTION: Access All Areas (CD+DVD)

The story of Fairport Convention is the story of British folk-rock. Founded in mid 1967 as a British counterpart to Jefferson Airplane, they combined the talents of guitarist Richard Thompson with singers Ian Matthews and Sandy Denny.After losing their drummer in a fatal motorway crash in 1969, Fairport decided to carry on with a completely […]

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6 really great guitar-based albums

John Cahill writes: While reading Channa Vithana article about Joe Satriani I was inspired to write about some of my favourite guitar based albums. I enjoy listening to a wide variety of music, but my biggest passion is the guitar. I guess somehow for the guitar is a instrument that is able to capture a […]

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Sons Of Champlin – Welcome To The Dance / The Sons Of Champlin / A Circle Filled With / Love Loving Is Why (2CD)

The band’s Columbia album from 1973 coupled with the three Ariola Records albums from 1975, 1976 and 1977 Three of these albums made the US Top 200 but the writing was on the wall and the group split in 1977, with Bill Champlin pursuing a solo career before joining Chicago In recent years the Sons […]

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GEORGE SAWA: Master of Arabic music

George Sawa was born in Alexandria, Egypt. He studied piano with Irene Drakides, a student of Alfred Cortot, and at the Higher Institute of Arabic Music he studied voice, theory, and qanun (Arabic psaltery). His qanun teachers are Muhammad al-Sa‘duni (a student of Mustapha Bey Reda), Milad Mansur (a student of Abdel-Hamid al-Addabi), Amin Fahmi […]

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Psychology of Music

Psychology of Music publishes peer reviewed papers directed at increasing the scientific understanding of any psychological aspect of music. These include studies on listening, performing, creating, memorising, analysing, describing, learning, and teaching, as well as applied social, developmental, attitudinal and therapeutic studies. MORE

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STUDIO: How To Become A Recording Engineer – Tips & Techniques

“Do you want to engineer top acts in top studios? Are you prepared to devote your entire life to music recording? In this new series, David Mellor explains how you can become a professional music recording engineer. This is the first article in a four-part series. Read Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4. Project studio equipment is becoming ever more […]

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