April 12th, 2021

With Copper’s new format, long “Opening Salvo” intros take up a lot of space when viewed on a phone, so we’ll keep them short from now on.

This line from Gary Wilson from his song “I Wanna Take You On A Sea Cruise” seems appropriate for the times: “Hey baby, there’s only two more days till tomorrow!”

In this issue: Anne E. Johnson offers retrospectives on cinematic storyteller Randy Newman and on troubadours ancient and modern. Tom Gibbs reviews new releases from Frank Zappa, Charles Lloyd and Dr. Lonnie Smith. J.I. Agnew begins a series on historic tape recorders with a look at the Studer A80 and interview with Paul Gold of Salt Mastering. Roy Hall has memories of "Hey Jude.” Wayne Robins digs Rita Indiana. Steven Bryan Bieler realizes it’s all about the bass. Ken Sander celebrates Thanksgiving at the Fillmore East. Jay Jay ponders streaming audio quality.

What’s it like to suffer from electromagnetic hypersensitivity? We ask Dav Bedi of RadiAsian.London to find out. Stuart Marvin interviews groundbreaking music promoter Eppy Epstein of My Father’s Place, Russ Welton interviews Yamaha UK, and Ray Chelstowski wraps up his talk with keyboardist extraordinaire Chuck Leavell. Alón Sagee gets high at Mount Everest. Don Kaplan tells us about more favorite recordings. John Seetoo interviews iconoclastic producer/engineer Sylvia Massy. Adrian Wu continues his series on open reel tape. James Whitworth loses ground, Peter Xeni avoids social stigma, Audio Anthropology is on the beam and our Parting Shot looks further on.

Living With Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity: Davinder Bedi of RadiAsian.London

Electromagnetic fields (EMF) are all around us. We’re constantly bombarded…

Rita Indiana and Her Magic Blender

My obsession with Rita Indiana began when I read a…

Open Reel Tape: The Ultimate Analog Source? Part Three

In Part One and Part Two (Issue 132 and Issue…

Chuck Leavell: World-Class Keyboard Player, Part Two

In Part One (Issue 133) Copper interviewed keyboard player extraordinaire…

Thanksgiving at the Fillmore East

Halloween had just passed and now it was turning cold.…

Our Staff

Staff Writers: J.I. Agnew, Ray Chelstowski, Cliff Chenfeld, Jay Jay…

Streaming Audio and Other Rants

First off, I hope many of you are listening to…

Hey Jude

Music can bring you back to a certain time and…

Getting High, Part Three

In Part One (Issue 132) and Part Two (Issue 133), Alón embarked…

Randy Newman: Cinematic Storyteller

Randy Newman’s uncles Lionel, Andrew, and Emil Newman were all…

The Giants of Tape, Part One

Tape machines have been made in various shapes, sizes, forms…

All About That Bass

When I moved to Seattle in 1980 I lived in…

Troubadours, Trouvères, and Minnesingers

The word “troubadour” gets tossed around in the modern world…

More of My Favorite Things

In addition to the recordings I included in the first…

Small Town Charm, Big Town Music: My Father’s Place

Bruce Springsteen frequently sings about the grit and hardships of…

An Audiophile By Any Other Name

Two Classic Albums from Jazz’s Elder Statesmen, and a Zappa High-Res Remaster

Charles Lloyd & the Marvels – Tone Poem 83-year-old saxophonist Charles…

Sylvia Massy: Pushing Sonic Boundaries With a Rock and Roll Attitude

From her punk and hard rock roots as a musician,…

The Yamaha Influence, Part One

Is a music instrument manufacturer that also makes home audio…

Beam Me Up, Scotty

The chic way to rock out! Circa 1960s ad for…

Thrown for a Loop

For the Forest and Further On

“When the wagons leave the city, for the forest, and…
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