October 25th, 2021

"A dream goes on forever." – Todd Rundgren

I've been dreaming more than usual lately, especially after seeing Todd Rundgren in concert the other week and being taken into musical dreamland. At times, especially these days, it can be tough to keep the flames of a dream alive, but ultimately, I agree with Rundgren. After all, a dream doesn't have to be shackled by reality. And reality is often born from dreams.

In this issue: WL Woodward offers Part Three of his series on Tom Waits. Don Kaplan is thrilled by some appropriate music for Halloween. Stuart Marvin asks: are musicians’ brains wired differently? Wayne Robins reviews It’s a Good, Good Feeling: The Latin Soul of Fania Records: The Singles. J.I. Agnew digs more deeply into direct metal mastering and the DMM Dubplate, Vol. 1. Tom Gibbs reviews the new Johnny Cash at the Carousel Ballroom, recorded by none other than Owsley “Bear” Stanley. Ken Kessler continues his personal journey into reel-to-reel tape. I wrestle with an engineering inferiority complex. Anne E. Johnson profiles under-recognized composer Louise Ferrenc, and new folk revivalists Mumford & Sons.

Dan Schwartz ponders the role of imagination in listening to audio systems. Tom Methans finds an audio component he’ll never part with. John Seetoo continues his series on Christian music icon Phil Keaggy, and Andy Schaub wonders what audiophile heaven would be like. Ray Chelstowski investigates the case of the return of NRBQ and talks with guitarist Scott Ligon. B. Jan Montana moves on ahead towards Sturgis. Russ Welton continues his quest for better computer audio without spending a lot. Rudy Radelic looks at Burt Bacharach’s music for the big and little screens. We close out the issue with noise reduction, the need for speed, stereosonic sound, and Halloween spirits.

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, 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, Andy Schaub, 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

The Case of the Return of NRBQ

I first caught “the Q” in college on a whim.…

Are Musicians’ Brains Wired Differently?

It’s not unusual for musicians to be characterized as strange,…

Confessions of a Setup Man, Part 13: Engineering Complex

I’m not a degreed engineer. True, I understand and can…

It’s A Good, Good Feeling: The Latin Soul of Fania Records: The Singles

I recently left a music journalism group on social media…

The Role of Imagination

Sitting here listening to a Steinway recording – literally, a…

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

Ken Kessler recounts the hardware phase of his re-entry into…

Thriller!

Here’s an eclectic collection of music appropriate for Halloween you…

Heaven

What will the audiophile section of heaven be like? You’ll…

You’ll Never Take the Amp Away From Me

I know I’m not the only one who gets that…

Mumford & Sons: New Folk Revivalists

The term “folk revival” usually conjures up images of Joan…

Pilgrimage to Sturgis, Part Six

[The first installments of this series appeared in Issues 143, 144, 145, 146 and 147…

The DMM Dubplate, Vol. 1 and the Art of Pushing the Boundaries, Part Two

In the previous episode (Issue 147) we dived into my…

Tom Waits – Our Beat Storyteller, Part Three

I must apologize to my valiant readers (all four of…

Stream of Consciousness: Better Sound From My Computer Audio, Part Two

In Part One (Issue 147), we looked at the value…

Phil Keaggy: A Lifetime of Joyful Noises, Part Three

In Part One (Issue 145), we looked at Phil Keaggy’s…

Burt Bacharach Part Three: Big Screen, Little Screen

Like many prolific composers, Burt Bacharach was called upon to…

Louise Farrenc: Pride of the Paris Conservatory

Born in Paris in 1804, Louise Farrenc grew up in…

Johnny Cash – Bear’s Sonic Journals: Johnny Cash at the Carousel Ballroom, April 24, 1968

Once again, I’m focusing on a single outstanding record; this…

Noise Reduction

On the Case

We couldn’t find any information on this Telefunken Musikkoffer (music…

The Need for Speed

Halloween Spirits

For Halloween, some street art: these ghostly fellas are painted…
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