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<I>IGOR</I>, Tyler, the Creator’s True Masterpiece, is Essential Listening

By | June 24th, 2019|Categories: Analog planet|

Hours before its release, Tyler, the Creator tweeted a set of listening instructions to anxious fans about to hear his new magnum opus IGOR. “This is not Bastard. This is not Goblin. This is not Wolf. This is not Cherry Bomb. This is not Flower Boy. This is IGOR. Pronounced eee-gore. Don’t go into this expecting a rap album. Don’t go into this expecting any album. Just go, jump into it. I believe the first listen works best all the way through, no skips.
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Sumiko’s Songbird is a New, Moderately Priced High Output Moving Coil Cartridge

By | June 21st, 2019|Categories: Analog planet|

Any resemblance between Sumiko’s $899 “Songbird” high output moving coil cartridge and the rest of the Reference line’s “bird” cartridges—the $1249 Blackbird (available in both low and high output versions) and the new $1899 “open architecture” flagship Starling is strictly intentional. Sumiko has been in the cartridge business for decades and these are all made in the same reliably high-quality factory that I visited a few years ago.

“Aretha’s Gold” Is Limited to 4000 Copies and Should Already Be Souled Out!

By | June 18th, 2019|Categories: Analog planet|

Mobile Fidelity’s double 45rpm reissue of IAretha’s Gold (originally issued in 1969 as Atlantic SD 8227) gets off to not such a great sonic start because though “I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You)” and “Do Right Woman-Do Right Man” are musical classics that belong at the head of the hits lineup, the Rick Hall engineered recordings at his Fame Record Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama pale in comparison to everything else in this molten set recorded at Atlantic Studios in New York City.
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Ortofon MC Quintet Black S Follow-Up

By | June 18th, 2019|Categories: Analog planet|

Though my initial February review of Ortofon’s $999 MC Quintet Black S cartridge was quite favorable, one part of my system wasn’t best optimized for the cartridge: the Rega RB330 tonearm’s lack of adjustability meant that my VTA was off by two degrees (90 degrees instead of the preferred 92-93). To combat this issue, AnalogPlanet editor Michael Fremer and I installed Acoustic Signature shims underneath the back of the Rega tonearm. However, with sufficient shims installed to increase the VTA to 92 degrees, unless the tonearm was raised from the record surface, the dust cover wouldn’t close.
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This Story Ran in The New York Daily News January 7th 1992

By | June 8th, 2019|Categories: Analog planet|

The reporter called me “Mitchell” Fremer, and you might not recognize me in the photo taken 27 years ago, but the words will be familiar. I laid it all out in 1992 and I was correct! I had completely forgotten about this story and didn’t even have a copy. I found it among my wife’s aunt’s papers.

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Vinyl Me, Please Reissues Buddy Guy’s “Left My Blues In San Francisco”

By | June 5th, 2019|Categories: Analog planet|

Buddy Guy’s 1967 Chess release—his first— has nothing to do with San Francisco, nor was it recorded July of 1967 though the jacket says it was. No big deal. Someone (probably Leonard Chess) chose to reference San Francisco because “flower power” was happening and it seemed like a good way to grab the white kids’ interest. The recording date was chosen close to the original release date so it would sound current but in fact, this is a compilation that includes tracks recorded between 1962 and 1967.
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EISA (Expert Imaging and Sound Association) 2019 Highlights

By | June 5th, 2019|Categories: Analog planet|

Founded in 1982 by the editors-in-chiefs from five European photography magazines to select the “camera of the year”, EISA has grown to international stature and now includes groups covering Hi-fi, home theater, mobile phones, in-car electronics and other categories

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AMG Viella Forte Turntable Makes U.S. Debut At Audio Connection Saturday June 8th

By | June 4th, 2019|Categories: Analog planet|

Audio Connection in Verona New Jersey welcomes Garth Leerer of Musical Surroundings on Saturday, June 8th from Noon to 5pm for our 9th annual Analog Open House.

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Analog Corner #118

By | June 4th, 2019|Categories: Analog planet|

van den Hul Grasshopper Condor Gold (Photo: Michael Fremer)

On November 17, 2004, Shure Brothers announced the discontinuation of its legendary V15VxMR moving-magnet phono cartridge, bringing to a close 40 years of V15 cartridges, beginning with the original V15, introduced in 1964 at the then-outrageous price of $62.50.

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Dexter Gordon’s “Doin’ Allright” Reissued For Blue Note’s 80th Anniversary

By | May 25th, 2019|Categories: Analog planet|

Following a turbulent decade battling personal demons in the 1950s, tenor saxophonist Dexter Gordon had mostly faded from the jazz scene by the end of that decade; after all, he only recorded three sessions (two of which he led) in the second half of it. By 1961, however, he began a successful relationship with Blue Note that commenced that year with Doin’ Allright.
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Artist: 
Dexter Gordon
Album: 
Doin' Allright
Cred Label: 
Blue Note/Universal 180g LP 7743593/ST-84077
Cred Prod: 
Alfred Lion
Cred Eng: 
Rudy Van Gelder
Cred Mix: 
Rudy Van Gelder
Cred Mast: 
Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio
Following a turbulent decade battling personal demons in the 1950s, tenor saxophonist Dexter Gordon had mostly faded from the jazz scene by the end of that decade; after all, he only recorded three sessions (two of which he led) in the second half of it.
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