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Columbia Records/Legacy Recordings Announces Bob Dylan “More Blood, More Tracks—The Bootleg Series Vol. 14”

By | September 20th, 2018|Categories: Analog planet|

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.

Malachi’s Mat Mishegas: Felt Mats From Rega, Pro-Ject and Audio-Technica

By | September 19th, 2018|Categories: Analog planet|

Felt mats have never been known for audiophile-grade sound, but how do they fare against each other? Can you hear differences among them?

Analog Corner #95

By | September 17th, 2018|Categories: Analog planet|

Whether it’s to offer a “relaxed fit” to make life easier for analog lovers, or because both Scan-Tech and Immutable Music believe that they’ve found a way to offer better performance with higher output, the Lyra Titan ($5000) and Transfiguration Temper W ($4000) offer considerably higher output than the “statement’ models they replace.

“Listen” to SAT’s Original Pickup Arm And Compare It to the new LM-09 and CF1-09

By | September 13th, 2018|Categories: Analog planet|

In a July 2nd story, we announced four new costly arms from SAT(Swedish Analog Technologies): two models each available in 9″ and 12″ versions. The least expensive of the four, the LM-09 was reviewed in the just shipped October, 2018 Stereophile.

Siegfried Linkwitz RIP

By | September 12th, 2018|Categories: Analog planet|

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.

Analog Corner #94

By | September 12th, 2018|Categories: Analog planet|

I first spotted this chrome-trimmed beauty in the UK a few years ago, when Avid still had no American importer. The opportunity to review it finally arose last January, right after CES, and while I still had the SME 30/2 turntable. The $10,000 Avid Acutus is every bit as deserving of a full review as the 30/2—I am reviewing it in “Analog Corner” only because this is my best chance of getting a review into print so soon after my March 2003 report on the SME.
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Elgar Cello Concerto in E Minor, Du Pré, Barbirolli, LSO Reissued By Electric Recording Company

By | September 11th, 2018|Categories: Analog planet|

It’s difficult to believe that British born cellist Jacqueline Du Pré was but 20 years old on August 19th, 1965 when she delivered this recorded performance in famed Kingsway Hall with Sir John Barbirolli conducting the London Symphony Orchestra.

The original E.M.I. His Masters Voice pressing (ASD 655) doesn’t fetch the huge amounts some ERC reissues manage (around $100-$125), but that’s in part due to the record’s great popularity. Until then, Elgar’s contemplative piece written in the aftermath of World War I (and sounding every bit as tragic) languished.

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Gillian Welch’s 2003 “Soul Journey” on AAA Vinyl For the First Time

By | September 9th, 2018|Categories: Analog planet|

Gillian Welch’s fourth album originally released in 2003 on CD-only finally gets an AAA release, cut by Stephen Marcussen on the Ortofon VMS-80 cutting system Welch and partner Dave Rawlings bought and restored. Now that’s progress!

It’s an intensely melancholic album that does not shift mood for even one song. If you enjoy getting down in the deep weeds of sadness and regret you’ll have a party. I did. While two songs are traditional, the subject matter of the others is contemporary, though the music is deeply embedded “rootsy” Americana played mostly on acoustic instruments.

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Have You Seen Much of This On Your New Records?

By | September 9th, 2018|Categories: Analog planet|

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.

Analog Corner #93

By | September 7th, 2018|Categories: Analog planet|

If you’d asked me 10 years ago to predict where a purveyor of mostly analog gear would be throwing a party at the 2003 Consumer Electronics Show, I probably would have said Denny’s—not the the elegant Presidential Suite atop the Mandalay Bay, the Las Vegas strip’s most formal hotel. Yet that’s where Jerry Raskin’s Needle Doctor shared the analog wealth with the press and the industry during one cocktail hour at last January’s Show.

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