September 27th, 2021

“Writers write.” – Dave Kindred.
“Nuff said.” – Stan Lee.

Ken Kessler is back! He started with Copper Issue 2 and returns after a long absence with the beginning of a series on the open-reel tape revival.

We are proud to welcome two new contributors. David Snyder plays a leading role in the Atlanta Audio Club and Arizona Audio/Video Club and co-leads the Digital Audio Focus Group for the San Francisco Audiophile Society. David describes himself as a "network audiophile." He is excited about helping others to navigate this relatively new aspect of high-performance audio.

Steve Kindig recently concluded a 36-year career at electronics retailer Crutchfield. He wrote and edited articles and product descriptions for their catalogs and website. Steve has also been a DJ for more than 30 years at radio station WTJU in Charlottesville, Virginia, where he’s the host of an American folk program as well as a world music show.

In this issue: J.I. Agnew wraps up his interview with Martin Theophilus and the Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording. I interview Jay Jay French about his brand-new book, Twisted Business: Lessons from My Life In Rock ‘n’ Roll, and cover Octave Records’ latest release, Clandestine Amigo’s Things Worth Remembering. Tim Riley reviews a new disc of Leoš Janáček music by pianist Lars Vogt. Rudy Radelic begins a series on the music of Burt Bacharach. John Seetoo continues his in-depth look at Christian rock innovator Phil Keaggy. B. Jan Montana keeps riding to Sturgis. Ray Chelstowski interviews former Spirit band member-turned-lawyer Al Staehely about some rediscovered recordings.

Anne E. Johnson gives insight into the music of soul icon Isaac Hayes and 18th century French composer Jean-Philippe Rameau. Ken Kessler begins a series on getting back to his reel-to-reel roots. Tom Gibbs reviews Bob Dylan’s new Springtime in New York: The Bootleg Series Vol. 16/1980-1985 set. Russ Welton concludes his interview with dazzling guitarist and film composer Michael Baugh. Ken Sander revisits the 1973 Summer Jam at Watkins Glen. David Snyder demystifies Roon. Steve Kindig gets into music from the Analog Africa label. We wrap up the issue with a groovy guy, a praiseworthy achievement, some questionable system upgrades, and a wizened tree.

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, 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, Steve Kindig, Ed Kwok, Stuart Marvin, David Snyder, Bob Wood

Cover:
“Cartoon Bob” D’Amico

Cartoons:
James Whitworth, Peter Xeni

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

Audio Anthropology Photos:
Howard Kneller, Steve Rowell

Editor:
Frank Doris

Publisher:
Paul McGowan

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 – FD

Clandestine Amigo Releases Its Second Album, Things Worth Remembering

Things Worth Remembering is the second album by pop/rock band…

Twisted Business: Jay Jay French’s Lessons Learned from Rock and Roll…and Life

Jay Jay French was the lead guitarist and is the…

Roon Done Right: A User Guide

Many people think of Roon as a media player or…

Summer Jam at Watkins Glen

For a variety of reasons, we left in the late…

Al Staehely: Spirit and the Letter of the Law

In rock and roll you always take the wins where…

Back To My Reel-to-Reel Roots, Part One

Returning after a long absence, Contributing Editor Ken Kessler –…

Global Groovin’ with Analog Africa

“Greetings, funky friends.” So began a recent email announcing the…

Isaac Hayes: Soul Chef

Isaac Hayes had an inauspicious start. Born in 1942 in…

Pilgrimage to Sturgis, Part Four

The first installments of this series appeared in Issues 143,…

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

Martin Theophilus is the Executive Director of the Museum of Magnetic…

Phil Keaggy – A Lifetime of Making Joyful Noises, Part Two

Part One of this series (Issue 145) covered Phil Keaggy’s…

Jean-Philippe Rameau: A New Take on French Opera

If Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683 – 1764) had not embarked on…

Alternate Realities – Janácek: Piano Works

Janácek: Piano Works Lars Vogt, piano Ondine ODE1382-2 With his…

Burt Bacharach, Part One – The Early Years

Burt Bacharach is one of those composers who I’ve listened…

Sow, How’s It Sound?

Bob Dylan – Springtime in New York: The Bootleg Series Vol. 16/1980-1985

This issue, I’m focusing on a single release, Bob Dylan’s…

The Man with No Name? Michael Baugh Interview, Part Two

In Part One (Issue 145) we talked to multifaceted guitar…

Praiseworthy Achievement

A stunning Harman Kardon Citation II B power amplifier. Designed…

Workin’ on a Groovy Thing

Wizened Tree

Near The Valley of Rocks in Lynton, England is a…
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