Copper


Issue 142

Is there a reader among us who doesn’t dig ZZ Top? We mourn the passing of Joseph Michael “Dusty” Hill (72), bassist, vocalist and keyboardist for the tres hombres. Blending...

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Tom Waits: Our Beat Storyteller, Part Two

In the late 1960s Tom Waits decided he wanted a career in music because he couldn’t think of anything else he could be good at. I believe that to be...

A Southern California Musical Primer – Your Tou...

This morning I woke up with an earworm that just won’t let go. Fortunately, it is a pleasant one: the song “Sail On, Sailor.” It was originally on the Beach...

Jo Quail: An Eclectic Approach to the Cello, Pa...

Classical, rock and progressive music influences, percussive, looping and other ingenious cello techniques, as well as unusual collaborations are just some of the eclectic approaches Jo Quail takes to the cello. Jo’s...

AES Show Spring 2021, Part Four: Gaming Sound, ...

As a result of COVID-19, the Audio Engineering Society’s AES Show Spring 2021, appropriately named “Global Resonance,” was conducted online from Europe. This afforded me the rare opportunity to view...

The Giants of Tape, Part Nine: The Telefunken M...

Part One and Part Two of J.I. Agnew’s look at the Telefunken M15A tape machine ran in Issue 140 and Issue 141. The series continues here. The Telefunken M15A could...

Newly-Released SACD Discs Worth Checking Out

I’ve been on this converting SACDs to DSD files binge as of late, and in addition to the 400 or so discs I currently have in my library, I’ve been...

The Alternative Coast (Back in the World, Part ...

Ken’s article, “Back in the World,” about events in 1966 that led up to this story, ran in Issue 141. In a few minutes Pete Johnson arrived at the downtown...

The Best Tracks of 2021 (So Far)

We are more than halfway through 2021 and its been a great year for new music. Today, I’ll highlight a few of the best tracks of 2021. Some are by...

Cal Tjader, Part Five: The Concord Recordings

In our last installment (Issue 141), Cal Tjader had wrapped up his final album for Fantasy. He had rejoined Fantasy in 1970, but by 1974 he was already anxious to move on...

The Immediate Family: Studio Legends, Together ...

Back in the 1980s when I was a teenager, I spent countless nights with headphones on, playing the music of artists like Jackson Browne, James Taylor, and Warren Zevon. While...

Facing the Music

Oliver: Wanna shot of single malt, Terry? Terry: Still got some of that Bunnahabhain? O: Here. I wonder why some of our friends don’t show up to our music gatherings anymore; I know...

Some Notable Analog Recordings, Part Two

In Part One (Issue 141), Adrian looked at vinyl versus tape playback, the record-manufacturing process, and one of his favorite recordings, the Lyrita Recorded Edition LP of Malcolm Arnold and...

The Animals: Don’t Let Them Be Misunderstood

In the town of Newcastle upon Tyne in northeast England, keyboardist Alan Price invited the energetic and big-throated Eric Burdon to sing with his Alan Price Rhythm and Blues Combo....

In Rare Form

Astounding finds: a JBL Metregon speaker system alongside a JBL Paragon system. Currently located at Audio Classics, owner Steve Rowell noted, "finding either of these is extremely rare. To have...

William Byrd: English Musical Inspiration

During the early Renaissance, European composers gushed over what they called the contenance angloise (English style) of polyphonic composition, which featured an acoustical richness that others tried to copy. Maybe it’s something...

Organ Donation

The Spreckels Organ Pavilion houses the open-air Spreckels Organ in Balboa Park, San Diego, California. It's the world's largest pipe organ in a fully outdoor venue. John D. and Adolph...

Sustaining Creativity

Many years ago, I owned and ran a UK guitar shop, which my family and I had purchased as a going concern. It was a very successful and happy business...

Some Notable Analog Recordings, Part Two

In Part One (Issue 141), Adrian looked at vinyl versus tape playback, the record-manufacturing process, and one of his favorite recordings, the Lyrita Recorded Edition LP of Malcolm Arnold and the London...

Confessions of a Record Collector, Part Two

In Part One (Issue 137) I noted that many of us have made the transition from mere purchasers of record albums to hopelessly hooked vinyl collectors. For example, my friend Alex, who...