NEIL YOUNG: On The Farm (CD)

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Farm Aid, Down on the Farm brings together highlights from Young s performances at Farm Aid IV, V and VII, all broadcast live on FM radio for the benefit of audiences across America. Held at the Hoosier Dome in Indianapolis, Farm Aid IV took place on April the 7th […]

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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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SPOTIFY: Early international launches

In February 2009, Spotify opened public registration for the free service tier in the United Kingdom.[11] Registrations surged following the release of the mobile service, leading Spotify to halt registration for the free service in September, returning the UK to an invitation-only policy.[14] Spotify launched in the United States in July 2011 and offered a […]

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CHUCK BERRY: Rock And Roll Music – Any Old Way You Choose It – The Complete Studio Recordings (16CD Box Set (LP-size) with 2 hardcover books (356-pages)

The Complete Studio Recordings, plus 16-CD Box Set (LP-size) with 2 hardcover books (356-pages) in clothbound slipcase (28 x 28 x 6 cm) If you tried to give rock and roll another name, you might call it ‘Chuck Berry.'” (John Lennon) Every single and LP track, starting with a rare pre-CHESS single with Joe Alexander […]

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J.J. CALE: One Way Ticket (Limited 3CD)

Limited edition 3CD set featuring live FM broadcasts from 1975, 1988 and 1993 Please note, we have been advised by manufacturers that Disc 3 is now a recording from El Mocambo, Toronto, Ont, 1st September 1993,CBC – FM Broadcast and not as originally advertised. With his laid-back rootsy style, J.J. Cale was best known for […]

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OUR OFFICE PLAYLIST: 005

From a long while ago! The hard (but fun) work behind the scenes in our editorial office becomes more enjoyable through listening to music in the background. Our playlist varies of course, depending on the prevailing mood. Sometimes it’s predominantly blues, rarely jazz, occasionally Mozart, and so on. And sometimes like today, a bit of […]

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GENDER: Confessions of a female audiophile

Steve Guttenberg writes: Women sometimes buy quality audio, but that doesn’t make them audiophiles. With rare exceptions, all the audiophiles I’ve known are men. The unifying mantra for audiophiles is that there’s always something, maybe an amplifier or speaker just out a reach that might get them a little closer to the music. Audiophiles are […]

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OUR OFFICE PLAYLIST: 008

“Amelia” – Joni Mitchell / Hejira “Perpetual Blues Machine” – Keb’ Mo’ / Just Like You “One Foot On The Path” – Kenny Wayne Shepherd / Ledbetter Heights “Set Me Free” – The Kinks / Kinks the Singles Collection “The Mermaid And The Seagull” – Ralph McTell / Eight Frames A Second “What Is And […]

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THE FABULOUS THUNDERBIRDS: Taste Of Chicago: Live ’89 (CD)

Helping to galvanize the early 80’s blues revival, the Fabulous Thunderbirds fusion of R & B, rock & roll and Texas blues saw them attain great popularity & success by the time of this broadcast.  Featuring Kim Wilson/vocals, harmonica, Jimmie Vaughan/guitar vocals, Fran Christina/drums, Preston Hubbard/bass and a young Doyle Bramhall Jr/guitar. Aired by WXRT-FM […]

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STAN GETZ: The Complete Columbia Album Collection (8CD Mini-LP Style Sleeve + Booklet) Box Set

The most complete package to date of Stan Getz’s Columbia albums 8 great albums! covering the period 1972-1979, most produced by Stan himself. Each individual album is packaged in a replica mini-LP sleeve reproducing that album’s original cover art. Booklet with full discographical info., photos, and liner notes It was not long after tenor saxophonist […]

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SCHUBERT: Ferocious, tender, sublime

From the archive; Tom Service writes: The simple facts of Franz Schubert’s life shed little light on the enormous emotional range of his music, and the seismic effect his work has had. Living almost entirely in his home town of Vienna, he was a loyal but occasionally cantankerous and drunk friend to a tight-knit groups of […]

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OPINION: Why do many audiophiles prefer vinyl to digital in terms of sound?

John Mellor, Freelance Audio Editor for Film. Audio Engineer writes ….. Because of the Loudness War. Its as simple as that. Forget things you’ve been told about analogue warmth, and how digital is harsh sounding because it’s sampled ect. 44100 samples every second is enough. It’s enough to capture audio accuratley, its enough to capture […]

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