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Michael Fremer  |  Apr 01, 2014  |  25 comments
Worldwide distributors, key retailers, representatives of Fine Sounds Group-associated companies McIntosh and Audio Research as well members of the audio press gathered at Sonus Faber’s Vicenza Italy factory March 26th throu the 29th to celebrate in grand Italian style the speaker company’s 30th anniversary.

The celebration’s focal point was the all new X3ma loudspeaker, which was developed over the past year and a half by Sonus Faber’s design team using as its inspiration the original 1991 Extrema, a legendary stand mounted design that extracted maximum and at the time seemingly impossibly performance from a two-way loudspeaker.

Michael Fremer  |  Aug 10, 2016  |  20 comments
ABKCO today announced the long expected Rolling Stones16 LP MONO box set, due September 30th.

Michael Fremer  |  Feb 26, 2017  |  17 comments
Jack White marked the opening of his new Third Man Pressing plant in a reinvigorated Detroit neighborhood by throwing a grand, festive, sometimes rowdy rock'n'roll (semi-formal attire requested) party. Among the invited "F.O.V.s" (Friends of Vinyl) were most of the owners of America's major and minor pressing plants. The gathering was probably the first time all of these once battered, now thriving survivors of the fading CD era assembled in one place to celebrate the unlikely resurgence of vinyl records.

Michael Fremer  |  Aug 01, 2016  |  21 comments
"All Things Must Pass", the must-see documentary on the rise and fall of the Tower Records chain, comes to DVD September 13th through MVD

Michael Fremer  |  Nov 11, 2014  |  5 comments
No doubt it was digitally sourced and resolution unknown, but sometimes tunes trump source format. The 2 LP American Hustle-Original Motion Picture Soundtrack album from Madison Gate Records and Legacy Recordings (the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment) includes six songs not included on the CD version (there's a switch).

Michael Fremer  |  Oct 24, 2017  |  2 comments
Cross "Goodfellas" with the hippest Ken Burns PBS mid-sixties New York music business documentary you've never seen and then anchor it with a songwriter, producer, record label executive biography that were it not true would have been difficult for any fiction writer to invent. That's the heart of "Bang! The Bert Berns Story".

Michael Fremer  |  Oct 06, 2017  |  3 comments
Sometimes the press release says it all. This is one of those times:

"Music meets the mob in this biographical documentary, narrated by Steven Van Zandt, about the life and and career of Bert Berns, "the most important songwriter and record producer from the ‘60s that you’ve never heard of."

Michael Fremer  |  Aug 26, 2014  |  10 comments
Original tape sources, including "many found only recently" of Bob Dylan's legendary "Basement Tape" sessions have been meticulously restored and will be released on November 4th by Columbia Records/Legacy Recordings in a complete 6 disc CD set (The Basement Tapes Complete:The Bootleg Series Vol. 11 and in a 2 CD/3 LP 180g highlights edition (The Basement Tapes Raw: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11.

Michael Fremer  |  Nov 10, 2016  |  20 comments
Way back in 1994 (that's 22 years ago for those of you who forget how quickly time flies by) I was a guest on Gil Gross's radio talk show on the now defunct CBS Radio Network. Gil's show was mostly about politics but he made some room for other topics and on July, 29th, 1994 he had me in the studio for an hour-long show called "CDs vs. LPs: which is better?" Can you guess where I came down here?.

Michael Fremer  |  May 07, 2015  |  4 comments
Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words. The above one (that's my wife) is a good example of that. It was taken just after Eric sang his encore "(I Found My Thrill On) Blueberry Hill" and the crowd was still cheering.

Michael Fremer  |  Mar 02, 2015  |  58 comments
Quality Record Pressing (QRP) announced today that thirteen additional presses will soon go online at its Salina, Kansas facility after discovering them recently lying dormant in a Chicago warehouse.

Michael Fremer  |  Jan 24, 2017  |  8 comments
Pro-Ject recently announced the availability of the George Harrison turntable shown at the recent C.E.S..

Michael Fremer  |  Sep 08, 2013  |  3 comments
Veteran L.A. used record store owner and more recent character actor "Music Man" Murray Gershenz passed away from a heart attack on August 28th.

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