LATEST ADDITIONS

Michael Fremer  |  Dec 19, 2012  |  5 comments
Recorded live at Abbey Road in fewer than ten hours in February of 1963 at a cost of around £400 and issued on March 22 (my Beatles birthday present), Please Please Me captured all of the raw energy of The Beatles playing live at The Cavern Club, though on stage they didn't put the vocals in one P.A. speaker and the instruments in the other!
Jon Iverson  |  Dec 07, 2012  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  606 comments
Register to win a Marantz TT-15 Turntable with the amazing Clearaudio Virtuoso Wood moving magnet cartridge from Music Direct (MSRP $2020.00) we are giving away.

This turntable package will also come with a handful of new Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab LPs, a Mobile Fidelity Record Brush and Mobile Fidelity Record Care Fluids. Music Direct will even throw in a custom made dustcover. This special package has an estimated value of over $2,000. Howís that for a holiday give-away?

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Michael Fremer  |  Nov 28, 2012  |  21 comments
This album stiffed when first released in the Spring of 1970. While it was hyped as the "last Beatles album" everyone knew it was recorded before Abbey Road, even if they didn't know the messy history behind it. And by the time the album was released the Beatles had broken up.
Ariel Bitran  |  Nov 27, 2012  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  23 comments
Congratulations to Nick Wright of Charlotte, North Carolina on winning his brand new Beatles LP box set from our friends at Music Direct. This box set includes all sixteen Beatles albums remastered to vinyl, many of which have already been picked apart by Mikey on this website.
Jon Iverson  |  Nov 27, 2012  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  82 comments
Register to win one of two Donald Fagen Sunken Condos Vinyl LPs (MSRP $39.99/each) we are giving away between now and Thursday night.

Our friends at Warner Brothers/Reprise Records offered us two copies to give away of this double 180g pressed on clear RTI vinyl gatefold set mastered for vinyl (we trust from high resolution files) by Scott Hull at Masterdisk.

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Michael Fremer  |  Nov 16, 2012  |  30 comments
As expected, Rubber Soul, sourced from George Martin's 1987 16 bit, 44.1k remix sounds like a CD. Why should it sound like anything else? That's from what it was essentially mastered.
Michael Fremer  |  Nov 13, 2012  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  41 comments
I spoke today with Sean Magee about the just released Beatles LP box set. Magee's resume is impressive. He's cut both lacquers and DMM and does a great deal of AAA cutting for Pure Pleasure among other labels.
Jon Iverson  |  Oct 31, 2012  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  225 comments
Register to win an AudioQuest DragonFly USB Digital-Audio Converter and Sydney Interconnect (MSRP $478) we are giving away.

DragonFly is an affordable and easy-to-use device that delivers far superior sound by bypassing the poor quality sound card that is built into your computer. DragonFly is a sleek, flash drive sized Digital-Audio Converter that connects to a USB jack on a Mac or Windows PC, turning any computer into a true high- fidelity music source.

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Jon Iverson  |  Sep 30, 2012  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  681 comments
Register to win the Beatles Stereo Albums 180g 16LP Limited Edition Box Set From Music Direct (MSRP $449.99) we are giving away.

Twist and shout, shout, shout: The Beatles are at long last getting the treatment they’ve always deserved on vinyl. The most anticipated catalog reissues in music history have arrived and feature the pristine remastering that fans have craved for decades. Your wishes have come true: Every Beatles album. Every official Beatles song. Faithfully reproduced album jackets. All in this glorious box set.

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Michael Fremer  |  Sep 17, 2012  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  11 comments
While effective isolation from both air and ground borne vibrational energy is important throughout the audio playback chain, it is essential for vinyl playback. It can be built into a turntable in the form of spring or "O" ring suspensions but current thinking downplays that in favor of separate isolation stands rather than incorporating it into the turntable itself.

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