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Top 500 SuperSonic List – Part 16 (Made in the U.K.)

By | November 19th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

This is an ongoing project by Claude Lemaire of Soundevaluations

116. The Cure, Three Imaginary Boys. Fiction Records – FIX 1 (UK) (1979), 33 1/3 rpm. Genre: new wave, post-punk.

Just as British art director, designer, and photographer Bill Smith crafted the iconic imaginative cover art of their debut album, so did the boys bring a billowing breath of fresh air curating a musical new wave on their own terms. Briefly running as Easy Cure—the remaining trio consisting of Robert Smith on guitar and vocals, Michael Dempsey on bass and back vocals, and Lol Tolhurst on drums—dropped the first name out of the equation in April 1978, before soon signing to Chris Parry’s Polydor-distributed Fiction Records, with their debut LP released in May the following year.… Read the full article

The Audiophile Socialites | CAF 2019

By | November 12th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

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WASHINGTON DC (PTA) — Most of the things I love about attending an audio show seldom have anything to do with audio. As for Capital Audiofest 2019, it has proven itself to be one of the most exhilarating and welcoming audio shows in America. This year especially, CAF 2019 pulled in a record crowd of exhibitors and attendees from around the globe.

Capital Audiofest 2019 brought to you in part by Verdant Audio!

From what seemed like sunrise to sunset, and those dark hours in between, this festival of sound was equal parts “High-End Audio Show” and “Dinner Club.” Invigorating the mind and inspiring the soul, it is definitely the people who make up the American audio show circuit that keep me returning for more.… Read the full article

10 for 10 – The Best Sounding Compact Discs

By | November 1st, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

Have you ever wondered which CDs to use when assessing your system? Or maybe you’d like to impress your friends? If so, this text is for you. It covers 10 best sounding COMPACT DISCS and some information about what to expect from them.

It was a coincident—if there is such a thing – ask mathematicians about long series of numbers—but within a short time I heard two very similar opinions. The first of them was expressed by Janusz, the host of the meetings of the Krakow Sonic Society, and the second from Bartosz, who runs our News  column.… Read the full article

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GONG – Love From The Planet Gong

By | October 31st, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , |

GONG Love From The Planet Gong

GONG, Love From The Planet Gong12 CD 1 DVD Audio box set. The Virgin Years 1973-75. UNIVERSAL MUSIC 675 890-1.

At last, after years of waiting for the Radio Gnome Invisible Trilogy (translation: Flying Teapot, Angels Egg, and You albums) to be released in superior sound quality, Universal Music has gone one better and combined those albums with the hard-to-find album 1976 studio album Shamal, as well as 1973 BBC sessions and seven (yes, 7!) discs of live material, lyric book, and accompanied it with a beautiful 64-page book chock-full of amazing photos and various band-member recollections.… Read the full article

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Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky – Hymn of the Cherubim (from the Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, op. 41)

By | October 28th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

Herein the latest from dear audio friend and brother John Marks, he who writes and edits The Tannhauser Gate blogging site. Sacred choral music from Tchaikovsky…a true delight for spirit and soul!

Enjoy!

Dr. David W. Robinson, Ye Olde Editor

This YouTube music video has been viewed more than 5 million times (and there have been more than 3,500 comments posted), both of which indicate that people find that this music engages their emotions to a remarkable extent. Of course, I am speaking in the context of a genre (sacred classical music) that is a subset of a genre (classical music) that is, at best, a minority enthusiasm.… Read the full article

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IMPEX Records Legrand Jazz – A Wonderful New 45 RPM LP Reissue

By | October 28th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

All components in BOLD are loaned; all components in standard face are owned by me.

LOUDSPEAKERS

Sonus Faber Stradivari Speakers. REL No. 25 Reference Subwoofers.

ELECTRONICS

VAC Signature Mk IIa SE Preamplifier w/Phono Section. Pass Labs XA100.5 Monoblock Amplifiers

SOURCES

Analog: VPI Avenger Plus Turntable. VPI Unipivot Fatboy Tonearm w/Nordost Reference Phono Cable. van den Hul Crimson XGW Stradivarius Moving Coil Cartridge.

Digital: dCS Bartók DAC and the Aurender N10 Music Server.

CABLES

Synergistic Research Element CTS Cables throughout.

ACCESSORIES

Synergistic Research PowerCell 12 UEF SE Power Conditioner. … Read the full article

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Miki Purnell, Midnight Bloom | The Vinyl Anachronist

By | October 28th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

I’ve been struggling lately to find the suitable adjectives for jazz singers such as Miki Purnell. I used to employ words such as girlish or kittenish or coquettish, and possibly words far more embarrassing than that, to describe voices I consider sexy and alluring in a still somewhat innocent manner. In this day and age, that’s opening up a Pandora’s Box of hurtin’. But there has to be a way to express a voice that sends chills down my spine, a voice that makes me think a woman has just walked past me and oh my, what perfume is that?… Read the full article

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Miguel Zenon, Sonero | The Vinyl Anachronist

By | October 25th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , |

When I last heard the music of Puerto Rican composer and saxophone player Miguel Zenon, he and his horn were backed by a string quartet in an interesting and somewhat avant-garde piece called Yo Soy La Tradicion. A year later we have Sonero, which is a tribute to legendary singer Ismael Rivera. Rivera lived not too far from where Miguel Zenon grew up, a place where “Maelo,” as Rivera is called, was considered a local hero. More than 30 years after Maelo’s death, Zenon has composed and arranged this album for one specific reason: “I want everyone to know about him.”

Miguel Zenon is far from a typical saxophone player from the Caribbean.… Read the full article

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This Could Go Boom! and The OSYX | The Vinyl Anachronist

By | October 24th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

This Could Go Boom! believes in the potency of unheard, under-promoted musical narratives and their potential to spark action and cultural change.”

It’s certainly a noble idea, starting your own record label when you’re sick and tired of the status quo in the recording industry. This record label, started by members of a “fierce, all femxle band out of DC,” is certainly taking an active role in changing that landscape. That band, named The OSYX, has gradually evolved into a powerful and dynamic group of business people who also offer “record label services, workshops, performance opportunities and community outreach programming focused on womxn and non-binary musicians, sound engineers, music business professionals, students, and music lovers.”

This Could Go Boom!… Read the full article

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Fitted, First Fits | The Vinyl Anachronist

By | October 23rd, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

A CD arrives in the mail today, a debut from a band named Fitted called First Fits. It’s from ORG Music, which means it can be anything from jazz to classic rock to everything in between. I stick the CD in my player because I got nothing else going on at the minute. The first song is crunchy, with muffled and distant vocals, and from the droning guitars and the copious feedback and reverb I start to think about English space rock from the ’90s.… Read the full article

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