Issue 48

Opening Salvo: Happy Holidays!
It's hard to know what to say under most circumstances these days, but especially at this time of year. Good...
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Too Much Tchaikovsky: Oboe Quartets
What does an oboe sound like? If you fancy yourself a connoisseur of yin/yang balancing acts, oboes might well provide...
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Music, Audio, and Other Illnesses: What Is a Bass? Part 2: Jack's $4,000 Revolution
Last issue I started writing about what made an electric bass a bass. I wrote a bit about the background;...
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The Audio Cynic: Charley Hansen: RIP
Ayre Acoustics posted the following on the company Facebook page and website on Wednesday, November 29: "Charles Hansen 1956 -...
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Quibbles and Bits: Brainz The Size of a Planet, Part 2
In the last edition of Copper, I introduced MusicBrainz, a crowd-sourced, free-to-use database of metadata for recorded music. From a...
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Twisted Systems: Brit Psychedelics, Continued
Cream’s Disraeli Gears is being moved to a later issue. Here then are more UK contenders: The Move, Traffic, Procol...
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Vintage Whine: An Embarrassment of Riches
Nearly five dozen issues of The Absolute Sound landed on our doorstep from a generous Australian reader, Ian Lobb. You...
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Music'al Notes: Oppportunities
“It was the Armani coat that sealed the deal,” said Mike Creek. “What Armani coat?” I asked. Act One. Music...
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... And Indie for All: Matthew and the Atlas
In the 1960s, the folk music revival opened up a place for artists who loved traditional British song as much...
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Music to My Ears: What If Christmas Sucks?
Old Joke.  There are 10 kinds of people in the world.  Those who understand binary and those who don’t. But...
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Something Old / Something New: Dan's 100 Best Albums of 2017!
[If you're looking for yet another remaster of Kind Of Blue or SPLHCB 50---this is not your list. If, however,...
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Industry News: The Stories that Just Wouldn't Go Away in 2017
The end of the year is often a time to look back at the significa of the preceding 365 days....
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Featured: So This is Christmas...
“So this is Christmas", sings John Lennon, "And what have you done? Another year over.  And a new one just...
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Featured: Cables: Time is of the Essence, Part 1
[If there's a name that's synonymous with wire and cables for electrical connections, it's that of Belden. Belden is a...
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Featured: "Go Tell Veronica…" – A Brief, Superficial Glimpse into Hanukkah Music
Adam Sandler, in his impish introduction on Saturday Night Live to the original "Hanukkah Song", quips, "There's a lot of...
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