“A dream goes on forever.” – Todd Rundgren

    I’ve been dreaming more than usual lately, especially after seeing Todd Rundgren in concert the other week and being taken into musical dreamland. At times, especially these days, it can be tough to keep the flames of a dream alive, but ultimately, I agree with Rundgren. After all, a dream doesn’t have to be shackled by reality. And reality is often born from dreams.

    In this issue: WL Woodward offers Part Three of his series on Tom Waits. Don Kaplan is thrilled by some appropriate music for Halloween. Stuart Marvin asks: are musicians’ brains wired differently? Wayne Robins reviews It’s a Good, Good Feeling: The Latin Soul of Fania Records: The Singles. J.I. Agnew digs more deeply into direct metal mastering and the DMM Dubplate, Vol. 1. Tom Gibbs reviews the new Johnny Cash at the Carousel Ballroom, recorded by none other than Owsley “Bear” Stanley. Ken Kessler continues his personal journey into reel-to-reel tape. I wrestle with an engineering inferiority complex. Anne E. Johnson profiles under-recognized composer Louise Ferrenc, and new folk revivalists Mumford & Sons.

    Dan Schwartz ponders the role of imagination in listening to audio systems. Tom Methans finds an audio component he’ll never part with. John Seetoo continues his series on Christian music icon Phil Keaggy, and Andy Schaub wonders what audiophile heaven would be like. Ray Chelstowski investigates the case of the return of NRBQ and talks with guitarist Scott Ligon. B. Jan Montana moves on ahead towards Sturgis. Russ Welton continues his quest for better computer audio without spending a lot. Rudy Radelic looks at Burt Bacharach’s music for the big and little screens. We close out the issue with noise reduction, the need for speed, stereosonic sound, and Halloween spirits.

    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, Tom Methans, B. Jan Montana, Rudy Radelic, Tim Riley, Wayne Robins, Alón Sagee, Ken Sander, John Seetoo, Dan Schwartz, Russ Welton, WL Woodward, Adrian Wu

    Contributing Editors:
    Ivan Berger, Steven Bryan Bieler, Harris Fogel, Robert Heiblim, Steve Kindig, Ed Kwok, Stuart Marvin, Andy Schaub, David Snyder, Bob Wood

    Cover:
    “Cartoon Bob” D’Amico

    Cartoons:
    James Whitworth, Peter Xeni

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

    Audio Anthropology Photos:
    Howard Kneller, Steve Rowell

    Editor:
    Frank Doris

    Publisher:
    Paul McGowan

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     – FD

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