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CCR Revisited

By | June 12th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

CCR Revisited

All the studio albums by Creedence Clearwater Revival have been reissued on The Studio Albums Collection, Craft Recording’s 7-LP box set spanning the group’s run on the Fantasy label from 1968–1972. Cut by Abbey Road Studio’s Miles Showell using high-resolution transfers from the original analog tapes, these half-speed masters capture in stunning sonic clarity every stinging guitar lick and raspy-throated yowl of the group’s firecracker front man, John Fogerty. The deluxe package includes 180-gram vinyl, replicas of the original jackets, and an 80-page hardbound booklet replete with rare archival photos, CCR memorabilia, and comprehensive liner notes by music journalist Roy …… Read the full article

Unique LP Collection Goes on the Market

By | May 29th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , |

Unique LP Collection Goes on the Market

I know of, and have seen, many extraordinary LP collections over the years, but the one that has just been offered for sale includes rarities that seldom become available—if at all. This collection’s owner, whom I know, provided the description and photographs below for me to share with TAS readers. Although only a handful of individuals in the world have the means and interest to acquire this collection, I thought that readers would enjoy perusing the oddities and seeing the photos.… Read the full article

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Marvin Gaye: What’s Going On

By | May 16th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

Marvin Gaye: What’s Going On

Kudos to Mobile Fidelity for this extraordinary release of Marvin Gaye’s 1971 masterpiece, What’s Going On. A major artistic step, this brilliant psychedelic-soul song-cycle’s themes of social and economic injustice, the horrors of war, displaced veterans, and environmental concerns rings all too clearly to this day. The latest in MoFi’s 1-Step series, this elaborately packaged and pricey reissue also introduces the company’s SuperVinyl technology. Developed by NEOTECH and RTI to lower the noise floor and enhance groove definition, it creates, according to MoFi, LPs “indistinguishable from the original lacquer” and “provides the closest approximation of what we hear in the …… Read the full article

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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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Jeff Tweedy: WARM

By | May 2nd, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

Jeff Tweedy: WARM

It’s hard not to feel a little conflicted about aging in tandem with a musical hero. But Wilco founder Jeff Tweedy, now nearly a rock elder statesperson, aims to soothe his longtime listeners into bittersweet midlife with his latest and aptly named solo album, WARM. Consider it a respite from the cold, cruel realities of the modern world, where Tweedy envelops you with the cozy acoustic ring of his guitars, delivering straightforward sentiments like “I know what it’s like to not feel love” without a hint of triteness.… Read the full article

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Eric Bibb: Global Griot

By | April 16th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

Eric Bibb: Global Griot

Exploring the themes of unity, inclusiveness, and social justice from a spiritual perspective, Eric Bibb delivers a double-disc masterpiece in Global Griot, an album ideally suited to the temper of progressive times, or “challenging times,” in Bibb’s words. Recorded in a dozen studios around the globe, Global Griot finds Bibb immersed in the West African tradition of history and storytelling while addressing issues relevant to all cultures. Singing with deep feeling, commitment, and authority over mostly acoustic soundscapes occasionally fleshed out by horns, background singers (a Griot Choir on “Gathering of the Tribes,” for instance), koras, even pedal steel (on …… Read the full article

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Sonarworks Launches User-Driven Research Project for Sonic Personalization

By | April 3rd, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Sonarworks Launches User-Driven Research Project for Sonic Personalization

The following is a press release issued by Sonarworks. April 3, 2019 | Riga, Latvia – Sonarworks, the European sound calibration software developers, have just announced the launch of a public research project designed to fine-tune the calibration of their award winning apps for individual listener preference. The Sound Preference Research Project, which is currently underway globally, allows users to audition music samples with different sound settings in a simple A/B assessment to choose the sound they prefer most. Based on the user input AI algorithm predicts the best possible sound settings for that user.… Read the full article

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It Didn’t All Suck

By | April 2nd, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , |

It Didn’t All Suck

Utter the words “early digital” and most audiophiles, even younger ones, will know exactly what you’re talking about. The term references sound lacking body and warmth, the fatiguing deficiency of dimensionality and tonal complexity that characterized digital encoding for much of its first commercial decade. This was the era when, invariably, someone would show up at the local audio society meeting wearing a DIGITAL SUCKS T-shirt. But those of us who were practicing audiophiles at the time remember one important exception, Telarc Records, a label that kindled a hope that the new technology would someday go beyond its undeniably impressive …… Read the full article

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David Chesky’s La Farranucci

By | March 22nd, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , |

David Chesky’s La Farranucci

David Chesky’s comic opera, La Farranucci, was performed on March 15th and 16th at the Brooklyn Music School Playhouse and I had the good fortune to be there. Actually, all of us in the auditorium were lucky to be there, as La Farranucci had been designated “offensive” last year and the premiere originally planned for June of 2018 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) had been unceremoniously cancelled. What does it take for an opera to be censored in hipster Brooklyn?… Read the full article

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50th Anniversary Edition of The Beatles

By | March 19th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

50th Anniversary Edition of The Beatles

Something to contemplate: The Beatles, aka The White Album, is now 50 years old and remains a fresh and unlikely masterpiece five decades after its release on November 22, 1968. In celebration of that milestone, The White Album has been given the white glove treatment with special 50th-anniversary editions that include new mixes by Giles Martin and Sam Okell, 50 outtakes from the studio sessions, and perhaps most engaging of all, the bootlegged but never commercially released Esher Demos—27 tracks recorded at George Harrison’s Esher, Surrey home from songs written while the Fabs were studying with the Maharishi in Rishikesh, …… Read the full article

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