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Michael McDonald: Takin’ it to the Seats on a Co-Headlining Summer Tour With Chaka Khan

By | June 12th, 2019|Categories: Sound + Vision|

Keyboardist/vocalist Michael McDonald called us to discuss his upcoming summer tour with Chaka Khan, the true secret to his well-respected background-vocal prowess, the compositionally related reason why he was genuinely surprised at the chart-topping success of The Doobie Brothers classic “What a Fool Believes,” and what his real-time reaction was when he watched Rick Moranis pay, er, homage to him on a vintage episode of SCTV.
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Keyboard Maestro Howard Jones Transforms Once Again

By | May 29th, 2019|Categories: Sound + Vision|

Keyboard maestro Howard Jones got on the line with us from his homebase in Somerset, England to discuss the genesis and evolution of his new studio album Transform, his love of vintage gear and surround sound, and why he’s all-in when it comes to mastering his music for vinyl.
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Miles Davis Quintet: Miles Smiles

By | May 23rd, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

Miles Davis Quintet: Miles Smiles

“Who’s kidding who? . . . Miles smiles?” So queried Anthony Tuttle in the original 1967 liner notes to Miles Smiles, but the sophomore outing from Davis’s second prodigious quintet configuration is anything but a laughing matter. Indeed, Miles Smiles is the apex of post-bop intuitive interplay, and Mobile Fidelity’s SACD brings out the best sonic detail of Teo Macero’s top-shelf production for this modal-exploratory master class. The handoff from Davis’s feverish trumpet to Wayne Shorter’s left-channel tenor saxophone response and Herbie Hancock’s subsequent piano answering on the opening track “Orbits” sets the stage for all the round-robin tempo tampering …… Read the full article

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Kiefer Sutherland Plays It Reckless & Free

By | May 15th, 2019|Categories: Sound + Vision|

Kiefer Sutherland called us before heading out to a band rehearsal to discuss the songwriting process for his fine new album Reckless & Me, his love of vinyl, how playing music live has informed his subsequent acting choices, and what kind of music Jack Bauer and Tom Kirkman might have on their personal playlists.
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David Bowie: Loving the Alien (1983–1988)

By | May 8th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

David Bowie: Loving the Alien (1983–1988)

Following his creatively rewarding experimental late-1970s Berlin period collaborating with Brian Eno, David Bowie pulled up his tent to once again recalibrate his sonic milieu in the wake of the burgeoning 1980s MTV era. Not only that, Bowie did it in such a way as to dominate the charts like he never had before—at least during the early portion of the decade, that is. The 11-disc Loving the Alien box set, the fourth such chronological collection in Parlophone’s exhaustive and extensive Bowie catalog-reclamation campaign, chronicles the man’s key mid-80s output from the apex of his popularity to the exact moment …… Read the full article

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Remaster Class: Queen: A Night at the Opera

By | May 1st, 2019|Categories: Sound + Vision|

Queen’s fourth studio effort, November 1975’s A Night at the Opera, was a masterstroke of mid-1970s multitrack recording. We dissect the ins and outs of the groundbreaking album’s fair share of multiple-format releases over its 44-year lifespan (and counting).
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Review: Aerosmith Soars with THX-Certified Wings at Las Vegas Residency

By | April 17th, 2019|Categories: Sound + Vision|

On April 8, Aerosmith delivered a 90-minute performance for the ages inside the THX Certified Park Theater at the Park MGM in Las Vegas during their Deuces Are Wild residency. Our exclusive VIP section review shows how the combined powers of THX, L-Acoustics’ L-ISA Immersive Hyperreal Sound technology, the MIXhalo live-audio mixing platform, and 1MORE THX Certified triple-driver in-ear headphones all helped make it happen.
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The Retro-Cool Analog Vibes of Nick Waterhouse

By | April 3rd, 2019|Categories: Sound + Vision|

We called retro-cool singer/guitarist Nick Waterhouse at his homebase in Southern California to discuss his finely soulful new self-titled album and how an artist’s name can come to define their personal brand of sound, how he reconciled his mono tendencies with making an album in stereo, and the clever but logical way he mixes his passion for both 45s and 33s.
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Reese Wynans: A Consummate Sideman Fronts His First, Sweet Solo Release

By | March 20th, 2019|Categories: Sound + Vision|

Keyboard maestro Reese Wynans called us from his homebase in Nashville to discuss how he and producer/partner Joe Bonamassa decided where his organ should appear in the final mixes of his first ever solo album Sweet Release, why he began listening to vinyl again, and how he had to instantly be on his A-game when he first joined up with Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble.
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Dido: A Vocal Ingenue Who’s Still on Our Minds

By | March 13th, 2019|Categories: Sound + Vision|

Celebrated British chanteuse Dido called us to discuss her new album Still on My Mind and how her best song mixes are meant to draw you in as a listener, when and when not to use reverb, and why sequencing remains critical to the arc of an album.
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