October 19th, 2020

    The music world has lost an icon with the passing of Eddie Van Halen at 65. The man was one of the greatest and most influential rock guitarists of all time and burst upon the scene with his technical brilliance, swagger, oft-overlooked sense of rhythm and swing, influencing generations to come. Tom Methans and Jay Jay French offer tributes.

    Our Name That Column Contest goes through October 31. We’ll be running a new column about PS Audio’s Octave Records label, and we need a name. The winner will receive a 16 x 24 photo on canvas of Copper photographer James Schrimpf’s photo of musicians Dale Watson and Chris Crepps, used as Issue 105’s Parting Shot. Please submit your suggestions for the column name to [email protected].

    In this issue: Larry Schenbeck returns! Have things changed for him? John Seetoo review’s Neil Young and Phil Baker’s book about the rise and fall of the Pono hi-res music player. Tom Methans and Jay Jay French remember Eddie Van Halen. We have interviews with Krell Industries’ Walter Schofield (Part One) and Eikon Audio’s Gayle Sanders (Part Two; these guys have a lot to say). Anne E. Johnson looks at the career of Dame Ethel Smyth and deep cuts from Echo & the Bunnymen. Ken Sander gets big attitude from Little Esther.

    Tom Gibbs covers new releases from Roger Waters, Drive-By Truckers and Sufjan Stevens. Wayne Robins goes crate digging...for MP3s? Steven Bryan Bieler has fond musical memories of his dad. Roy Hall visits a dude ranch and WL Woodward revisits Frank Zappa. J.I. Agnew ponders the dynamic range of records. Ray Chelstowski has an inside look at the making of Bob Seger’s Against the Wind (he had some unexpected help). Rudy Radelic offers some suggested demo recordings. Readers Adrian Wu and Stuart Marvin tell us about an Olympian listening experience and a close encounter with the Rolling Stones. Our audio/visual department encounters a hair-raising experience, gets testy with tubes and visits the Badlands.

    Little Esther: Long Days With the Diva

    It's 1977 and we are waiting on Doheny Drive in…

    Neil Young and Phil Baker’s To Feel the Music

    To Feel the Music: A Songwriter’s Mission to Save High-Quality…

    Crate-Digging for MP3s? No Joke

    Like many of us, I've been looking for bargain records,…

    Gayle Sanders of Eikon and MartinLogan, Part Two

    In Part One, Gayle talked about his formative years in…

    Sunset Marquis: When Bob Met Bruce

    I was talking with singer/songwriter Ryan Hamilton the other day…

    Two Violas and a Cello

    Dear Reader, Hi there! Yes, I’m back from a self-imposed…

    The Legacy of Eddie Van Halen

    There are millions of guitar players. There are thousands of…

    Dude Ranch

    “Great recovery Roy,” yelled the wrangler as I tightly pulled…

    Reflections on Echo & the Bunnymen

    When his Liverpool-based band called the Crucial Three broke up…

    How Loud Is a Record?

    In this article, I shall attempt to shed light on…

    Giraffes and Whipped Cream Return: Frank Zappa

    This article originally appeared in Issue 18. We decided to…

    John, Paul, George, Ringo and Irving

    Irving Bieler was one step away from joining the Swinging…

    An Assortment of Favorite Demo Recordings

    Many audiophile magazines and internet sites compile lists of what…

    Dame Ethel Smyth: Knight of the Musical Realm

    In 1922, when she became the first female composer ever…

    Val and Eddie, Amy and Tom Revisited

    Note: this article originally appeared in Copper Issue 74. In…

    Close Encounter With The Rolling Stones

    As music lovers, we all have our most favorite concert…

    Three Great New Records...and Waters Can Still Play Pink Floyd

    Roger Waters - Us + Them Us + Them documents…

    An Olympian Experience

    I. It was the Sunday after Thanksgiving in 2016. My…

    A Talk With Walter Schofield of Krell Industries

    Well-known industry veteran Walter Schofield has been part of the…

    Tube Tester

    I'm afraid to even turn this thing on. Jennings Model…

    Hair Conditioner

    Above These Badlands

    Badlands National Park, South Dakota, July 2019. The nearby town…
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