August 30th, 2021

    I and so many of us are saddened by the passing of Nanci Griffith at 68. Some singers are good, some are truly great, and the rare few can move you to tears. Nanci Griffith was one of the rare few.

    Charlie Watts is no longer with us. To say we lost a giant (at age 80) would be to seriously understate the man’s titanic talent and influence. Watts was the Rolling Stones' driving force, a rock-steady powerhouse, yet one who also played with an inimitable sense of jazz-informed swing. The rock world will never again be the same.

    We are honored to announce a new contributor: Ed Kwok. Ed spent his formative years taking things apart. He subsequently trained as an electrical engineer at Imperial College London in the 1980s, and got caught up in the high-end wave. His early ambition was to be an analog audio designer, but he ended up in digital military electronics. Ed then retired from engineering and relocated back to Hong Kong to concentrate on a financial career. He enjoys the computer audio space, considering it partly science and partly high-end art.

    Ed founded the Asia Audio Society ( with some like-minded friends, with the aim of crystallizing the essence of high-end audio reproduction.

    In this issue: Ray Chelstowski interviews Stephen Duffy, whose post-Duran Duran band the Hawks has been an undiscovered gem – until now. J.I. Agnew begins an interview series with Martin Theophilus and the remarkable Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording. Michael Walker offers a tribute to Nanci Griffith. I interview the members of rock band Augustus about Ragtime World, their new Octave Records album. Anne E. Johnson can’t get enough J.S. Bach, or Creedence Clearwater Revival. Russ Welton delves deeper into subwoofer placement. John Seetoo considers the record-at-home revolution of multitrack cassette recorders.

    Ken Sander works at The Psychedelic Supermarket. B. Jan Montana continues his pilgrimage to Sturgis. Jay Jay French and Joe Rock wrap up the question: what do radio stations consider classic rock? Stuart Marvin ponders the future of jazz clubs. Adrian Wu continues his series on notable analog recordings. Tom Gibbs reviews new SACD releases. Rudy Radelic begins a series on keyboardist and composer extraordinaire Lyle Mays. Ed Kwok gives us the first part of a comprehensive overview of computer audio. The Copper A/V squad hits home with some Uber upgrades, gets no respect, makes a splash, and sits in the cheap seats.

    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 Editors:
    Ivan Berger, Steven Bryan Bieler, Harris Fogel, Robert Heiblim, Ken Kessler, Ed Kwok, 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

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     – FD

    Ragtime World by Augustus: New Rock from Octave Records

    Octave Records’ latest release, Ragtime World by Augustus, offers the…

    Moving to Computer Audio: A Comprehensive Overview, Part One

    An Individual Approach to Computer Audio Mention the words “computer…

    Cassette Multitrack Recorders: the Original DIY Studios in a Box

    During the 1960s and 1970s the notion of a personal…

    The Psychedelic Supermarket

    In issue 141, Issue 142 and Issue 143 Ken wrote about his late…

    Finding a Place for Bass

    In our previous article, “The Audio Butterfly Effect” (issue 143),…

    Stephen Duffy: Flying Beyond Duran Duran With the Hawks and Lilac Time

    “Rock royalty” is perhaps an overused term these days. But…

    What Exactly is Classic Rock? Part Two

    In Part One (Issue 143), Jay Jay talked with FM…

    Pilgrimage to Sturgis, Part Two

    Part One of the story appeared in Issue 143. Recap…

    Creedence Clearwater Revival: Kings of Swamp Rock

    They’re known for singing about the bayou with a Louisiana…

    Martin Theophilus of The Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording, Part One

    Martin Theophilus is the Executive Director of the Museum of…

    Singing His Praises: Bach Cantatas

    Among the 95 suggestions for improving Catholicism that Martin Luther…

    The Future of Jazz Clubs: a Crossroads and a Conundrum

    For some time, many music industry critics and pundits have…

    Lyle Mays – Composer, Arranger, Producer and Keyboardist, Part One

    It’s been a year and a half since we lost…

    Some Notable Analog Recordings, Part Three

    As I mentioned in my previous article (Issue 142), I…

    More SACD Reviews of New Releases

        The Doobie Brothers – What Were Once Vices Are…

    Nanci Griffith: Sometimes a Rare Music

    A master of songcraft is silent now, passing on Friday,…

    Uber Upgrades

    Diamonds and Rust

    Point taken: yes, you could get a Grado XTE+1 cartridge…

    No Respect

    Up In the Cheap Seats

    The Coronado Performing Arts Center, Rockford, Illinois, Row NN, Seat…
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