November 8th, 2021

“Sail away, away/Ripples never come back.” – Genesis, “Ripples”

Remember the past, live in the present, welcome the future.

In this issue: Anne E. Johnson has someone to talk about: rock legend Bonnie Raitt and jazz singer extraordinaire Joe Williams. J.I. Agnew continues his examination of direct metal mastering and Stockfisch Records’ DMM Dubplate, Vol. 1. Ivan Berger builds his first stereo system. Russ Welton finds a good value in streaming audio, and has more speaker shopping tips. Octave Records has two new releases: the Audiophile Masters, Volume II compilation disc and a vinyl LP edition of Clandestine Amigo’s Temporary Circumstances. Ken Sander joins the Los Angeles Free Press. Tom Methans hangs out by the stage door.

Ken Kessler has more to say about reel-to-reel listening. B. Jan Montana continues his epic journey. Rich Isaacs says they don’t make ’em like they used to – album covers, that is. Ray Chelstowski talks with Michael Jahnz of Richrath Project 3:13 about rediscovered songs by REO Speedwagon guitar titan Gary Richrath. John Seetoo celebrates more joyful noises from Christian music pioneer Phil Keaggy. Rudy Radelic makes way for more Dionne Warwick. Tom Gibbs simplifies his audio setup. The Copper A/V crew gets to the heart of the matter, a well-oiled rig, really portable audio, and music in hyperspace.

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

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

In Part One (Issue 147) and Part Two (Issue 148),…

Richrath Project 3:13: Bringing Back REO Speedwagon Guitarist Gary Richrath

For some time now I’ve felt that Gary Richrath has…

The Hippies and the Freep, Part One

The Los Angeles Free Press, AKA “The Freep,” was started…

Octave Records Debuts Audiophile Masters, Volume II, and Clandestine Amigo’s Temporary Circumstances on Vinyl

PS Audio’s Octave Records has two new releases: Audiophile Masters,…

Back to My Reel-to-Reel Roots, Part Three

Just so there are no misunderstandings, I have to explain…

They Don’t Make ‘Em Like They Used To…(Part One)

I like physical media. There’s something about having the information…

Burt Bacharach, Part Four: Make Way for More Dionne Warwick

I previously covered a list of some of Dionne Warwick’s…

Building My First System

In the 1950s, TV sets had lousy pictures – but…

Bonnie Raitt: Someone to Talk About

For two decades, Bonnie Raitt was no big star but…

Pilgrimage to Sturgis, Part Seven

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

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

Part One and Part Two of this series were published…

Stage Door Tommy

It’s never too early for a young boy to start…

Choosing New Speakers: Sensitivity and Room Size

In a previous article (Issue 147) we considered the reality…

Phil Keaggy: A Lifetime of Joyful Noises, Part Four

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

Joe Williams: I Just Want to Sing

With a deep, earnest voice that was as sincere as…

Well-Oiled Rig

A Meditation on Ditching My Large Audio Setup with the AudioEngine HD4 Powered Loudspeakers

AudioEngine makes some darn fine powered loudspeakers. Brady Bargenquast, AudioEngine’s…

Portable Audio, 1960s-Style

A classic AR-XA turntable, circa 1960s. As Ivan Berger noted…

The Heart of the Matter

Music In Hyperspace

Beck in concert at the Brooklyn Bowl, Las Vegas, during…
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