GRAND FUNK LOST IMMORTALS: Did this ’70s rock group disappear in the realm of mediocrity?

Bob Smith writes … The band began as a trio back in 1969 and took their name from a railroad company that had a line running through their home town of Flint, Michigan. The band saw tremendous popularity in the early 1970’s quickly becoming a well recognized band. By 1971 the band was selling out […]

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JUSTIN FAULKNER: Serving the Music

Paul Naser writes: The rare balance of passionate ambition and mature dedication that are the hallmark of young professionals puts them in a category all their own. More often than not they began honing their skills at an early age and it seems as if life conspired to help them succeed. Justin Faulkner, the young […]

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READERS’ LETTERS: Long interconnects or speaker cables?

A member writes: My speaker cables are 2.5m and XLR interconnects are 1m. With a minimal stacked “two component” floor height of 12″ (set between the speakers-CD source variable outputs driving power amp inputs) and wide dispersion stand monitor baffles centered at 40″ listening height, there is no sonic deterioration of imaging or soundstage holographics […]

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Early Blues Interview John Anderson, singer/arranger/multi-instrumentalist

I had the pleasure of talking with John Anderson, latterly joined by Alan Draisey, over a jar during their virtuoso performance as The Ragtime Jug Orchestra at the Upton Blues Festival. Alan:   Thank for agreeing to do the interview John.  What are your first musical memories growing up in deepest Gloucestershire? John:   I’m a Londoner […]

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FUNK FIRM: News

The Funk Firm’s revolutionary phonostage for Moving Magnet cartridges! Having installed the Isolation Bubble, there is more work that needs to be done. Improve problems from the Cartridge.  Our ultimate goal is to reproduce all the sounds of the recording at the same level, no one being louder or softer than in the recording. A […]

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NAIM RECORDS

Naim Records was created by Naim founder Julian Vereker in 1993. The label combines his love for music with his quest to deliver the best sound quality, from the studio to the listening room. Naim Recs has traditionally given a voice to musicians whose music may not have had the chance to be heard by […]

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PODCAST: Our pick of the day – Bach and Stravinsky

Ryan Wigglesworth conducts the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Singers in a carefully curated concert of music by Stravinsky and Bach. Live from City Halls Glasgow. Presented by Kate Molleson Bach/Stravinsky: Chorale Variations ‘Vom Himmel hoch da komm’ ich her’Bach: Komm, Jesu, kommStravinsky: Symphony of Psalms 8.30 Interval, Kate introduces recent recordings which […]

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FRAN: News

TIMOTHY MONGER / allmusic.com On their second outing as Fran, Chicago-based singer/songwriter Maria Jacobson and her small cadre of collaborators create intimate indie pop that is smart, poignant, and deeply reflective. Much has changed in the three years since their debut, 2019’s A Private Picture. That album introduced Jacobson’s literate, confessional style, which, when sung […]

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BOB DYLAN: His 20 greatest albums … the long read

THE INDEPENDENT It’s a tantalising thought that even at 80, Dylan may still have great work left in him, writes Graeme Ross Bob Dylan, the rock era’s greatest and most influential poet, celebrates his 80th birthday on 24 May. It is also 60 years since Dylan recorded his debut album and began a career that […]

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BOWERS and WILKINS: Are they owned by Harman?

HARMAN’s leading brands and cutting-edge audio systems include JBL®, Harman Kardon®, Mark Levinson®, AKG®, Lexicon®, Infinity®, and Revel®. The company also licenses Bowers & Wilkins® and Bang & Olufsen® brands for automotive. SEE ALL OUR B&W posts at https://www.hifianswers.com/tag/bw/  

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YAMAMURA CHURCHILL: What happened?

Neil – what’s the story re Yamamura Churchill Limited please? First things first – the following is not to be confused with (a) Yamamura Systems S.R.L. nor (b) Yamamura Systems (US) Inc. So, this is what I have discovered online: British company founded in 1994 by Robert William Charles Spencer Churchill and was based in […]

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BIAS FEEDING: Ever notice how the more you become convinced of something the more you feed that belief?

Paul McGowan / PS AUDIO If we believe analog is superior to digital or vice versa, we tend to gravitate toward other groups that believe the same thing. It seems true in politics, stereos, cars, and perhaps even stamp collecting. We’re looking for affirmational support that we made the right choice. Newbies to our hobby […]

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JAZZ: Karrin Allyson fares better at the microphone than the piano

  Howard Reich:  The pleasant, thoroughly intelligent, often-engaging, sometimes frustrating show set that Karrin Allyson played Friday night at the Green Mill Jazz Club started out strongly and ended that way, too. In between, it lost some steam when Allyson headed to the piano to accompany herself. A voice as distinctive and a stage presence […]

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