May 24th, 2021

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We warmly welcome our newest staff member, Tim Riley. He’s an NPR critic, Emerson College professor of journalism, and author. Tim reviews music for NPR’s Here and Now and On Point. His reviews appear in The New York Times and the Los Angeles Review of Books. In 2016, he won the LA Press Club's award for Best Book Critic for his essays. As a popular presenter, he's given hundreds of multimedia lectures on censorship in the arts, and on rock history. His most recent book, with Walter Everett, is What Goes On: The Beatles, Their Music, and Their Time (2019).

In this issue: Rudy Radelic concludes his series on the jazz music of Henry Mancini. Ken Sander hits the road with the touring company of Superstar. John Seetoo interviews Dr. Fang Bian of HIFIMAN and Russ Welton talks with producer, film composer and musician C.J. Vanston. Tim Riley offers a definitive take on the new John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band – The Ultimate Collection. J.I. Agnew continues his The Giants of Tape series with a look at the Ampex ATR-104 at David Glasser’s Airshow Mastering. B. Jan Montana has a strategy for accomplishment.

Are you a hard-core record collector? I begin a series that asks the question. Anne E. Johnson covers the careers of the Doobie Brothers and reed man Illinois Jacquet. Tom Gibbs digs deeper into streaming audio. Ray Chelstowski talks with pop songwriter extraordinaire Richard X. Heyman, and Rich Isaacs concludes his interview with synthesizer pioneer Dr. Patrick Gleeson. Russ Welton looks at subwoofer setup. We conclude the issue with orchestral manoeuvres, vertical integration, a head trip and some reflection.


Staff Writers:

J.I. Agnew, Ray Chelstowski, Cliff Chenfeld, Jay Jay French, Tom Gibbs, Roy Hall, Rich Isaacs, Anne E. Johnson, Don Kaplan, Don Lindich, Tom Methans, B. Jan Montana, Rudy Radelic, Tim Riley, Wayne Robins, Alón Sagee, Ken Sander, Larry Schenbeck, John Seetoo, Dan Schwartz, Russ Welton, WL Woodward, Adrian Wu

Contributing Writers:
Ivan Berger, Steven Bryan Bieler, Robert Heiblim, Ken Kessler, Stuart Marvin, Bob Wood

“Cartoon Bob” D’Amico

James Whitworth, Peter Xeni

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

Frank Doris

Paul McGowan

Advertising Sales:
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The X Factor: Richard X. Heyman

I discovered Richard X. Heyman by chance, really. Upon release,…

Confessions of a Record Collector, Part One

I wonder if a lot of Copper readers are record…

Sub Missive

Optimizing the bass response of an audio system is well…

Superstar: The Long Tour

Beginning in 1972, I was involved in the production of…

The Doobie Brothers: Long, Slow Burn

Sometimes a goofy gag turns out to be a brilliant…

The Giants of Tape, Part Four

This time we’re going to have a look at another…

The Jazz Side of Henry Mancini, Part Three

In our last installment (Issue 136; Part One appeared in…

Illinois Jacquet: Reed Man

Sometimes a career is all about meeting the right people…

White-Knuckling It: John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band – The Ultimate Collection

The 1970s dawned with a blistering hangover as the 1960s…


Despite no record of accidents ever, or tickets for the…

Ditching the Digital Disc Player and Embracing the Stream

I do intend to get back to the normal record…

Orchestral Manoeuvres

C.J. Vanston – Producer, Film Composer, Musician, Part One

Record producer to the stars and Hollywood film composer C.J.…

Dr. Patrick Gleeson: The Interview, Part Three

Musician, engineer, producer,  professor of 18th Century English literature?! You…

Dr. Fang Bian of HIFIMAN

HIFIMAN manufactures high-end headphones, headphone amps, portable music players, headphone…

Vertical Integration

Courtesy of Paul’s Posts reader Joseph Pickel: “My grandmother worked…

Head Trip


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