Written by Frank Doris

As you might have seen or heard, AXPONA 2022, Audio Expo North America, was a big success. Literally, with more than 7,500 attendees visiting more than 150 rooms. It felt good to see everyone again and be immersed in audio gear, even though we're not out of the pandemic woods yet.

In this issue: I offer my first AXPONA show report installment. Tom Gibbs searches for information about the reclusive singer/songwriter Nick Drake. Anne E. Johnson triangulates on recordings of Beethoven’s Archduke trios, and the music of Warren Zevon. Ken Kessler not only wants his reel-to-reel tapes, but everything that came with them. Ray Chelstowski interviews legendary songwriter Jack Tempchin, composer of the Eagles’ “Peaceful Easy Feeling” and hundreds of others. The question of hearing loss becomes personal for Russ Welton. J.I. Agnew looks at jewels of the record lathe cutter head world. Alón Sagee has a good-natured look at a really, really budget-friendly turntable.

Adrian Wu begins a series on favorite monophonic LP recordings. B. Jan Montana enjoys some camaraderie on his long journey. Rudy Radelic continues his series on A&M Records as the label moves into the 1970s. Andrew Daly interviews rocker Mickey Finn of glam-rock survivors Jetboy. John Seetoo covers legendary producer/engineer Phil Ramone’s book, Making Records: the Scenes Behind the Music. We have two readers sitting in this month: Ted Shafran looks at the Pristine Classical label and its restorations of historic recordings, and Jeff Weiner laments the loss of Jerry Garcia, Rick Danko and Richie Havens. Our issue concludes with separation anxiety, sticker shock, crowning achievements, and a tiny dancer.

Staff Writers:

J.I. Agnew, Ray Chelstowski, Cliff Chenfeld, Jay Jay French, Tom Gibbs, Roy Hall, Rich Isaacs, Anne E. Johnson, Don Kaplan, Ken Kessler, Don Lindich, Stuart Marvin, Tom Methans, B. Jan Montana, Rudy Radelic, Tim Riley, Wayne Robins, Alón Sagee, Ken Sander, John Seetoo, Dan Schwartz, Russ Welton, Adrian Wu

Contributing Editors:
Ivan Berger, Steven Bryan Bieler, Andrew Daly, Jack Flory, Harris Fogel, Steve Kindig, Ed Kwok, David Snyder, Bob Wood

“Cartoon Bob” D’Amico

James Whitworth, Peter Xeni

Parting Shots:
James Schrimpf, B. Jan Montana, Rich Isaacs (and others)

Audio Anthropology Photos:
Howard Kneller, Steve Rowell

Frank Doris

Paul McGowan

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