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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Why was Paul McCartney knighted, but not John Lennon or George Harrison?

TODD B writes … All four Beatles were made Members of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in 1965. There are five classes to the Order of the British Empire (Member, Officer, Commander, Knight Commander, and Knight Grand Cross) and MBE is the lowest level with the highest being Knight. But in Lennon’s case […]

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192kHz: What’s this fuss about it?

Have you ever wondered why there are so many different sample rates and why? The compact disc samples at 44.1kHz/16 bits. But then there’s these other rates like 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz. Wow, that’s a lot and the spacing doesn’t seem to make a lot of sense. How did we get to these numbers […]

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TIDAL versus SPOTIFY: Is there a noticeable difference?

The least complicated answer we have found, so far, is … “No two platforms are as different as Spotify and TIDAL; where Spotify prioritizes social features and personalized algorithms, TIDAL HiFi Plus prioritizes sound quality and puts artists first.”

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PARADOX: Why do we enjoy listening to sad music?

A study by Japanese researchers that Sad music might actually evoke positive emotions. Sad music might actually evoke positive emotions reveals a new study by Japanese researchers published in the open-access journal Frontiers in Psychology. The findings help to explain why people enjoy listening to sad music, say Ai Kawakami and colleagues from Tokyo University […]

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LENNON / RUNDGREN: Why did they have a feud?

Joseph Charles, Musician It wasn’t what I’d call a feud; they each took swipes at each other in 1974, and that was it. Rundgren criticized Lennon rather harshly in an interview with Melody Maker magazine. A few choice quotes: “John Lennon ain’t no revolutionary. He’s a fucking idiot, man. Shouting about revolution and acting like […]

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PROGRESSIVE ROCK: Why is it so unpopular?

Alexander Musarra writes … Let me first generalize pop music. Popular music generally focuses on having a good, danceable groove, and a simple, melodic hook. Popular music is also relatively short, 3 minutes being average. Harmonically they are generally diatonic (within the major scale) with little, if any modulations (change of key). Progressive rock, on […]

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MOZART: What would he have thought of Chopin’s music?

Rodney Chin, former Student of Musicology I’d like to think that Mozart would have enjoyed Chopin’s music; after all, it’s no secret that the latter held the former in the highest esteem, and Chopin was not in the habit of issuing compliments to others (and if he did, only grudgingly). However, he did genuinely enjoy […]

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GINGER BAKER: Is correct to say that Mitch Mitchell, the drummer in the Jimi Hendrix Experience, was a hopeless journeyman?

MICHAEL PAULL writes … Before getting into this, a few facts to consider: -Ginger Baker is a drummer who is deeply admired by many of the most iconic drummers in the business. The guy could play. So for what it’s worth, when he, on a rare occasion, happens to say someone else is good, he’s […]

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OUTPUT IMPEDANCE: What is the effect of an amplifier’s output impedance on the sound of speakers?

FM writes: this is a brilliant question. The majority of audiophiles know nothing about output impedance. Since the question is specifically about the effect on Sound, I’m going to try not to get too technical. A solid state amplifier will have an almost unmeasurably low output impedance, close to zero, i.e. .0001 ohms or thereabouts. […]

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THE WALL: Did David Gilmour dislike “The Wall” album by Pink Floyd because it had too many lyrics from Roger Waters and not enough from him?

MDM writes: Gilmour spoke about The Wall in an interview. He stated that he really liked entire album, except for the “Vera Lynn stuff.” I assume he was referring to all the theatrical songs, including Nobody Home, Vera, Bring the Boys Back Home, etc. As for Waters writing all the lyrics and most of the […]

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BLUES-ROCK: The six most overlooked Blues-Rock guitarists?

Reverend Keith A. Gordon / ThoughtCo writes: Let be honest here, shall we? Blues-rock fretburners like Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, and Stevie Ray Vaughan typically receive all the love while other talented guitarists are too often forced to wait in line to gather up whatever crumbs of critical acclaim remain. These skilled musicians bring plenty […]

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REVOLVER: Why was this so much more clear sounding and better mixed then any of their other albums?

AP writes: I’m not sure you can say it’s much better mixed than their other albums, but it certainly sounds better than most contemporary albums and that’s largely down to Geoff Emerick. The Beatles changed engineer after Rubber Soul – Norman Smith left EMI and became the manager of Pink Floyd. Geoff Emerick replaced him […]

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What’s the most disappointing Classic Rock album you’ve ever bought and why pick that one?

TR writes: For me it is George Harrison’s Somewhere In England. The studio album prior to that, George Harrison featured 5 tunes that even today are a joy to listen to, including “Blow Away”, “Not Guilty”, and the terrific “Love Comes To Everyone”. Somewhere in England was bland. Felt like Harrison was on automatic. No […]

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VINTAGE AND / OR JUST NOSTALGIA: Do modern speakers sound better than vintage?

CF writes: On balance, I’d say yes. But it’s not an easy question to answer because it depends on so many factors. Which speakers are we comparing? Are we taking the used price of old speakers against what can be bought new for the same amount, or are we inflation adjusting the old price for […]

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