SCRATCHED CDs: Ideas for best way to repair them?

Hello all. Over the years, I’ve managed to scratch a few cd’s, due to transferring between players, cars, lying around as lots get played on drinking nights etc etc..There are quite a few that are going to be hard or impossible to replace, so I’d like to ask opinions on effective methods / widgets for […]

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VINYL REPLAY: Is record wear over hyped?

Back in the days I followed the trend of aspiring to an SME/Shure V15 as I was told that poor stylus tracking caused significant record wear and groove distortion so ‘trackability’ was king. Now, playing some of my golden oldies which had been played when I was a kid with a Sonotone cartridge of dubious […]

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MUDDY WATERS and FRIENDS: Soundstage – Blues Summit In Chicago 1974 (DVD)

  Muddy Waters (1913-1983) was frequently considered the father of Chicago blues.  Born in Mississippi and discovered there in 1941 by musicologist Alan Lomax, he moved to the Windy City in 1943 and proceeded to refine and redefine the sound of the blues, inspiring not just future artists in the genre but, significantly, those who […]

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ASK ALEX: Why was jazz and blues important to African American culture?

Jazz and Blues was created from the emotional experiences , oppression , poverty , and living conditions that African Americans lived in in the Southern United States. The social and ascetic elements stem from African Americans creating their own styles , sounds , cultures and music. Blues and Jazz represented oppressed voices that would not […]

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BBC Music Jazz

Singer Cerys Matthews and music expert Tristram Penna go back to summer 1898 when The Gramophone Company opened offices in London’s Covent Garden. This was the very first disc record company in the UK, later becoming well known as HMV and EMI, and was the London affiliate of inventor Emile Berliner’s US National Gramophone Company. […]

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