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The Thorens TD402 DD Direct Drive Semi-Automatic Turntable

By | November 20th, 2019|Categories: Analog planet|

Hermann Thorens founded his company in 1883 to manufacture music boxes in Switzerland. Cylinder-based phonograph manufacturing began around the turn of the century. In 1956 the company introduced the TD-124—the company’s first high performance turntable and one that among collectors is still in demand. The company moved to Germany in 1966 and merged with EMT. The classic TD-125 followed in 1968.

Review Explosion Summer/Fall 2019: Earl Sweatshirt, Tool, Rex Orange County, & Liam Gallagher

By | November 20th, 2019|Categories: Analog planet|

(Review Explosion is a new AnalogPlanet feature covering recent releases for which we either don’t have sufficient time to fully explore, or that are not worthy of it. Curated by AnalogPlanet contributing editor Malachi Lui, Review Explosion will focus on the previous few weeks’ new releases as well as archival titles and reissues.)

The Beatles Singles Collection Cut Mostly From Original Singles Tapes

By | November 19th, 2019|Categories: Analog planet|

I have been assured by co-producer Guy Hayden that this 45rpm box was cut directly from TAPE and that whatever transfers were done (hence the credit) was done as they were for the AAA mono album box, to use as a reference before actual cutting in order to preserve the tapes.

A Survey You Can Take From Cleveland, Ohio Based Gotta Groove Records

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

Cleveland, Ohio based Gotta Groove Records pressing plant just sent out an e-survey to its customer base and invite analogPlanet readers to toss in their $29.99 or two-cents. They’ve already received 2400 responses in a little over a day.

Craft Records Reissues on Vinyl Creedence Clearwater Classics <i>Green River</i> and <i>Willy and The Poorboys</i>

By | November 17th, 2019|Categories: Analog planet|

Though you could argue that Bayou Country containing “Proud Mary” and “Born on the Bayou” was a better album, I’m going with Green River as a stronger, more consistent overall album (you remember albums, don’t you?), which also had some hits like “Bad Moon Rising” (with it’s refrain “there’s a bathroom on the right”), “Lodi”, which at the time made me wonder why Fogerty was writing about New Jersey and of course the title tune. In retrospect, despite the New Orleans musical setting, much of what Fogerty wrote was about his life growing up in Berkeley, Calfornia.
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Beethoven Complete Works For Cello and Piano

By | November 16th, 2019|Categories: Analog planet|

How the original single LP of cellist Fournier and pianist Gulda performing Beethoven’s Cello Sonata in D (Deutsche Gramophon SLPM 138 083) ended up in my collection isn’t clear to me but I can narrow it down to either my college Beethoven symphony music appreciation class professor, or to Duane, the classical music expert at Minuteman Records in Harvard Square.

Whichever it was, I remember being told that these two guys made for an unlikely pair and that I should pay attention to the disparate musical sensibilities of the French cellist and the Austrian pianist.

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Analog Corner #119

By | November 16th, 2019|Categories: Analog planet|

Here’s more proof that sound quality—or its factual representation—is no longer on the radar screen of the mainstream press. I recently sent this letter to the Wall Street Journal’s corrections editor:

“Sarah McBride’s assertion in today’s lead story that satellite radio offers ‘higher quality sound’ than FM radio is demonstrably incorrect. This is not a matter of opinion. While satellite radio is ‘digital,’ it is a highly compressed digital format. . . . I believe were you to speak with the chief engineer at Sirius or XM, and were they to be honest and candid, they would agree too that while satellite radio is a fantastic innovation and offers ‘noise free’ sound, FM offers demonstrably better sound than current satellite technology provides.

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Wilson Audio Chronosonic XVX Launch Event at Excel Audio, Newport Beach, CA

By | November 16th, 2019|Categories: Analog planet|

Excel Audio invites everyone to join us Saturday, November 23rd, 6-9 PM to experience Wilson Audio’s latest triumph the Chronosonic XVX. We will be showcasing the XVX’s driven by D’Agostino electronics with digital by dCS and vinyl played on the Clearaudio Statement. Special guests include Dan D’Agostino, Jesse Luna from DCS, and Garth Leerer from Musical Surroundings.

The Beatles <i>The Singles Collection</i> Arrives

By | November 15th, 2019|Categories: Analog planet|

There seems to be an overreaction to this review! Yes, I was disappointed by what I heard. It was not what I was expecting based upon the sound of the EP collection and the World Records box. This box doesn’t sound as good as it should, as described below: flat perspective, dried reverb that doesn’t translate into space and worst of all: a lack of textures to vocals and especially drums: all attack, little sustain, weak decay. Single after single comparisons produced disappointment.
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Impulse!/UMe’s Latest Collection of “Lost” Coltrane Recordings is Surprisingly Great

By | November 15th, 2019|Categories: Analog planet|

In 1964 while working for Canada’s National Film Board (NFB), filmmaker Gilles Groulx set out to make a documentary about winter, but instead used his then $75,000 budget to create Le chat dans le sac (English: The Cat In The Bag), an art house film about two lovers in early-mid ‘60s Montreal. An avid jazz fan as well, Groulx (through Jimmy Garrison) contacted John Coltrane to soundtrack the film. Coltrane agreed, and Groulx supervised the session at Rudy Van Gelder’s Englewood Cliffs, NJ studio.
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