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Mike Mettler  |  Sep 13, 2022  |  5 comments

Our man about town, Ken Micallef, attended the New York Audio Show 2022 last week, and he was ever-so-gracious enough to share the following video footage with us, which shows some of the coolest gear he saw and heard at the show. Read on to see what he saw. . .

Mark Smotroff  |  Sep 09, 2022  |  9 comments

There’s a fine new acoustic blues album by an artist some of you may not have heard of: Duwayne Burnside. Acoustic Burnside was made in the style of classic field recordings from a half-century or so ago using a vintage microphone and a monaural analog reel-to-reel tape machine. Burnside, who has an established electric blues career, also happens to be the son of the late, great R. L. Burnside. Read on to discover why this sweet field-recording LP bridges the generations. . .

Mike Mettler  |  Sep 08, 2022  |  11 comments

British guitar iconoclast Steve Hackett, a key member of Genesis during their 1970s heyday, has since forged a formidable solo career after he left that progressive-leaning group 45 years ago. In Part I of this interview series, Hackett tells AnalogPlanet exclusively about the aural differences between his new 4LP/2CD release Genesis Revisited: Seconds Out & More and Genesis’ original October 1977 Seconds Out 2LP set, which guitar solo of his he considers to be the most well-known Genesis guitar moment, and the challenges Genesis faced in the 1970s when they pushed the boundaries of just how much music could fit on one side of an LP. Read on to find out why the vinyl path is clear. . .

Mike Mettler  |  Sep 07, 2022  |  32 comments

Turn off your mind, relax, and drop the needle. If you’ve been wondering which Beatles album would next get the mega-deluxe treatment following last year’s Let It Be Super Deluxe 180g 4LP/1EP box set, wonder no more. On October 28, Apple Corps Ltd./Capitol/UMe will release August 1966’s seminal Revolver in a 180g 4LP/1EP Special Edition Super Deluxe box set. Read on to find out all the details, and what sources are being used. . .

Mike Mettler  |  Sep 06, 2022  |  0 comments

Andover Audio is pleased to announce a price reduction for its SpinDeck belt-drive turntable, and we’re equally pleased to share it with you. Not only that, but Andover has also partnered with Vinyl Moon to offer a free month option in their subscription series for anyone who purchases a SpinDeck and/or other Spin series gear between now and December 1. Read on to find out more about the lower price point, and the free month sub tie-in. . .

Mark Smotroff  |  Sep 02, 2022  |  9 comments

In January 1993, Elvis Costello spearheaded a fascinating album inspired by a newspaper article about a professor from Verona, Italy who had taken it upon himself to write replies to letters that were addressed to Shakespeare’s tragic — and imaginary — character, Juliet Capulet. Called The Juliet Letters, Elvis’ song cycle imagined and brought these letters to life, as backed by a highly talented string quartet known as The Brodsky Quartet. It may be a good time for reconsidering this wondrous recording, now that The Juliet Letters is available on 180g 1LP limited-edition purple vinyl. Read on to discover more about this new vinyl edition of one of Elvis Costello’s most ambitious musical works. . .

Mike Mettler  |  Aug 31, 2022  |  4 comments
U-Turn Audio has just announced the September launch of the Orbit Theory Turntable, the next-gen upgrade in the company’s popular Orbit series of ’tables. Read on to see why the Orbit Theory is worthy of our attention. . .
Mike Mettler  |  Aug 30, 2022  |  9 comments

This past Saturday, vinyl mastering gurus Bernie Grundman and Ryan K. Smith, together with Acoustic Sounds founder and CEO Chad Kassem, all partook in a fascinating livestream event during which they discussed the mastering process and its role in creating a “perfect” vinyl LP. Read on to find out more of what they said, and how you can check it out firsthand. . .

Mark Smotroff  |  Aug 26, 2022  |  20 comments
In May 1969, The Who’s Tommy was a near instantly iconic release which — in a make-or-break moment — stabilized the then-precarious career of Britain’s now legendary rockers. As one of the first rock operas — and still one of the best and most successful of them — Tommy caused quite a sea-change in the pop/rock music world by opening new doors and possibilities for composers, producers, and fans alike, and its impact is still felt to this day. The good news is, Tommy has just been reissued by Polydor/UMC in a quite wonderful half-speed-mastered 180g 2LP edition. Read on to find out exactly why this version of Tommy belongs in your collection and on your turntable, post-haste. . .

Mike Mettler  |  Aug 25, 2022  |  15 comments

Freedom is 73 minutes of prime 21st century Journey, whether it’s the affecting balladry that made the band a household name or the more adventurous, progressive-leaning epics that hearken back to the band’s early/mid-’70s roots. Founding guitarist Neal Schon speaks exclusively to AnalogPlanet about the challenges of sequencing Freedom for double vinyl, how listening to jazz and blues records growing up influenced his playing and arranging skills, and what vintage deep cut he’d like to pull out of the vaults to play during Journey’s upcoming 50th anniversary celebrations. Don’t stop readin’ . . .

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