Opening Salvo

    Here Comes the Sun

    Issue 165

    As a bandmate likes to say, a day without the Beatles is like a day without sunshine. Saturday, June 25 is Global Beatles Day (yes, it’s a thing) and was founded in 2009 by Beatles fan Faith Cohen. To celebrate, the website advises us to listen to the Beatles, spread love and popularity, and watch a Beatles movie.

    We are saddened to learn that Peter Breuninger, founder of audio website AV Showrooms, passed away on June 14. Peter was an indefatigable presence at audio shows and industry events, seemingly everywhere at once, well-known to everyone in the industry. His videos of exhibit rooms had become, in my mind, a kind of audio tradition. I met Peter and his wife Terry countless times at over the decades and we always had a good time talking about all things audio at shows and events. Our deepest condolences to Peter’s family and friends.

    In this issue: Anne E. Johnson gives us eight great tracks from saxophone legend Zoot Sims, and covers the career of soul originators the Staple Singers. J.I. Agnew checks out classic Scully record cutting lathes. Tom Gibbs listens to high-resolution reissues from pop iconoclasts XTC. Jay Jay French has warm memories of summer songs. B. Jan Montana keeps riding on. Ken Kessler offers Part Two of his coverage of the recent UK Tonbridge AudioJumble. Craig Burgess follows up on his experiences with aging ears. Our Mindful Melophile Don Kaplan wants to play it again, Sam. Tom Methans digs the poetry of John Cooper Clarke.

    John Seetoo reports on some interesting findings at the Audio Engineering Society’s Europe Spring 2022 convention. Steven Bryan Bieler uncovers further secrets of tribute albums. Jack Flory continues his series on favorite concert venues, taking in some noteworthy Colorado music stops. Ray Chelstowski talks with Colin Blunstone, singer for British Invasion Hall of Famers the Zombies. Rich Isaacs has a fond look at cats and dogs…well, mostly cats. Rudy Radelic continues his series on A&M Records with a look at some of the label’s R&B and funk releases. Andrew Daly ponders the perennial question: who’s better, the Beatles, or the Stones? Russ Welton concludes his interview with vinyl mastering engineer Lewis Hopkin. We wrap up the issue with reincarnation, deflation, millinery, and patience.

    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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     – FD

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