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Michael Fremer  |  Sep 20, 2018  |  1 comments
The Blood on the Tracks story is familiar to Dylan fans: the album was recorded in New York City in four days, September, 1974. It was mastered and review copies circulated. Months later (late December) Dylan decided the approach was wrong and re-recorded five tracks at Minneapolis Sound 80 Studios. Bootleggers circulated outtakes from the New York sessions but they’ve never been available legitimately until now.

Michael Fremer  |  Sep 12, 2018  |  2 comments
Sad to report the passing of legendary loudspeaker designer/innovator Siefried Linkwitz. Mr. Linkwitz had been suffering with prostate cancer for some time and had been receiving home hospice care.

Michael Fremer  |  Sep 09, 2018  |  52 comments
There seems to be an epidemic of this kind of radial scratch marks on new vinyl from various pressing plants. Have you noticed it? Just curious. This is a brand new record pressed overseas at a well-respected pressing plant, but I recently got same from an equally well-respected domestic source.

Michael Fremer  |  Sep 03, 2018  |  10 comments
Imagine, the follow up to John Lennon’s raw, at times vitriolic and still packing a punch Plastic Ono Band 1970 solo debut—an album heavily influenced by primal therapy and coming to grips with personal childhood issues—is considered by many observers today to be his most enduring, though when originally released some of the overt and impossibly idealistic political posturing was wrongly thought by many critics to doom the album’s long term artistic viability.

Michael Fremer  |  Aug 15, 2018  |  3 comments
Your editor hadn't looked in a while at the "drop down" menu under "Shows". When he did he was kind of shocked to see how few shows were there compared to how many have been covered.

Michael Fremer  |  Aug 01, 2018  |  1 comments
(This is more of a heads-up for manufacturers considering submitting product for review, but it's probably useful for readers to understand some of the issues faced by audio review magazines and websites including this one, which is owned by AV Tech Media—ed.)

Michael Fremer  |  Jul 31, 2018  |  14 comments
Capitol/UMe releases on August 31st a newly remixed and remastered 50th Anniversary edition of The Band's epic 1968 debut Music From Big Pink.Bob Clearmountain re-mixed from the original 4 track tapes in both stereo and 5.1 channel surround mixes. The release will be available in various iterations including 2 180g black vinyl LPs, and a limited edition 2LP pink vinyl edition. There will also be a "Super Deluxe CD/Blu-ray/2LP/7-inch box set as well as a CD edition and a digital download.

Michael Fremer  |  Jul 17, 2018  |  2 comments
ECM recently sent an email blast containing a link to the label's vinyl catalogue, which you can "thumb" through to see all that's available.

Michael Fremer  |  Jul 10, 2018  |  5 comments
The unidentified file comparisons posted in the Rolling Stones Studio Album Collection review are revealed here.

Michael Fremer  |  Jul 02, 2018  |  18 comments
(Gothenburg Sweden, 6-25-2018)— SAT (Swedish Analog Technologies) last week announced that it's begun shipping its next-gen series of pickup arms, the LM-09 and LM-12 and the CF1-09 and CF1-12, both of which went into production last April.

Michael Fremer  |  Jul 02, 2018  |  1 comments
Switzerland-based HiFiction AG best known for its line of Thales turntables and tangential tracking pivoted pickup arms, announced today that it has assumed control of EMT Tontechnik and is now manufacturing in Switzerland the full line of EMT cartridges.

Michael Fremer  |  Jun 26, 2018  |  41 comments
And this is how you do it correctly!: Supervised by the ZFT, the record was specially mastered for this release by Bernie Grundman with all analog production and cut directly from the 1970 ¼” stereo safety master tape in 2018.

Michael Fremer  |  Jun 07, 2018  |  9 comments
Heading home after addressing the San Francisco Audiophile Society last April, your editor noticed and video'd this cool exhibition of old radios on display at SFA. He's always got you on his mind. Well often anyway.

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