DSD: Jared Sacks interview

Jason Victor Serinus writes: Some months back, SACD and DSD champion Jared Sacks, founder of Channel Classics, stopped by Casa Bellecci-Serinus in Oakland for an extended chat about the history of his label, recording in DSD, and his new NativeDSD.com download site. I started our conversation by asking Jared to share his history with music […]

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Q&A: DIRTY WORK: What’s the meaning of the Steely Dan song “Dirty Work”?

James O’Connor: The song, “Dirty Work,” is from Steely Dan’s 1972 debut album Can’t Buy A Thrill and is likely the most pop feeling song on the record, featuring an almost Philly Soul sound that stood in contrast to the more Jazz/Rock style of the rest of the LP. David Palmer was the lead vocalist […]

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Q&A: What is the sound at the beginning of “I Put a Spell on You” by Creedence Clearwater Revival?

BOB SMITH: Oooh good question as the sounds are very hard to identify, but thankfully John Fogerty explained this and more in his 2015 autobiography. The song is a cover of a “Screamin’ Jay” Hawkins song from 1956 done by Creedence ClearWater for their self titled album in 1968. In an attempt to create a […]

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ALBERT: He got it right

  “Everything that can be counted doesn’t necessarily count.  Everything that counts cannot necessarily be counted.”  Albert Einstein must have had high-end audio and measuring in mind when he spoke those words oh so many years ago – but probably not since high-end audio didn’t exist.  🙂 However, it sure does apply today when we […]

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MUSIC: Every once in a while I am transported somewhere else when I listen to music – even if I know it isn’t real

Paul McGowan writes: In Stereophile Magazine  John Atkinson opines about the goals and challenges of reviewing audio equipment: a challenging task to do it as well and as thoroughly as does John.  I have always admired his measurements plus listening approach to high-end audio as being really down to earth and informative. At one point […]

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MUSIC NEWS: The Soul Crusaders (2CD) by Bruce Springsteen

We are told: CLASSIC 1977 BROADCAST FROM TORONTO At 3 a.m. on 28th May 1977, after ten months of legal battles, and nearly two years after Born to Run had catapulted him to national celebrity, Bruce Springsteen and his former manager, Mike Appel, settled their differences and parted ways forever. The move finally enabled Springsteen […]

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OPENESS: What does the term REALLY mean?

Gentlemen – I read this term frequently in the paper magazines and on this site too. Usually it is expressed by listeners, and not very well either and from ‘professional writers’ in a somewhat unconvincing way. I rarely here the term defined or at least clarified by a maker. Why is this? Thank you for […]

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DIGITAL: Regardless of the delivery method – transport or streaming – identical digital audio bits received at the DAC should sound the same

In yesterday’s post, I made the point that regardless of the delivery method—transport or streaming—identical digital audio bits received at the DAC should sound the same. They do not. Why? Let me first start with a little story. When we had the opportunity to listen to the PerfectWave SACD Transport (PST) for the first time, we […]

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BOB DYLAN: Finjan Club

  They tell us…. At the time this legendary Bob Dylan gig was performed, his debut record had been in the shops just four months, and Dylan was still a virtual unknown in circles outside of the Greenwich Village folk community. But in the summer of 1962, Terri van Ronk, wife of the late great […]

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OSIBISA: Howard Popeck interviews Gregg Kofi Brown: Lead vocals, bass, guitar, compos. Part 1 of 3 – in the recording studio

Hi Gregg. Thank you so much for agreeing to this. So jumping right in … Q: Where do your affections lie; is it vinyl, CD, Radio, live gigs? A. Playing live is my passion. It’s the one thing I missed during the pandemic, although I was able to record some live performances for social media. […]

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Q&A / LITTLE RICHARD: What was he referencing in his song, ‘Tutti Frutti’?

NEIL ANDERSON … To fully understand the song you need to scrutinise the lyric. Now, there’s a lot of repetition, but the verses are: Tutti frutti, oh rootieTutti frutti, oh rootieTutti frutti, oh rootieTutti frutti, oh rootieTutti frutti, oh rootieA wop bop a loo bop a lop ba ba I got a gal, named Sue, […]

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BEETHOVEN: Why Beethoven tugs at the heart strings: The rhythms of the German composer’s music may have been prompted by a …

Roger Dobson writes: Beethoven’s music may really have come from the heart. The composer may have been suffering from a heart rhythm disorder, arrhythmia, which is reflected in his works, researchers say. And the irregular heartbeat sensations he felt – and his increased sensitivity due to deafness – could be literally at the heart of […]

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