April 24th, 2022

    AXPONA, Audio Expo North America, is happening as you are reading this and we’ll be reporting on it in upcoming issues.

    A drug that reverses hearing loss? I haven’t dug deeply into it yet, but for now, this article in SciTechDaily about biotech company Frequency Therapeutics certainly caught my attention. The regenerative treatment is said to stimulate the growth of hair cells in the inner ear – the cells that enable us to hear.

    In this issue: Rich Isaacs went to a lot of concerts in 1977. Tom Gibbs reviews some outstanding high-res music downloads. Larry Jaffee attends the Fest for Beatles Fans. Ken Kessler gets re-educated about reel-to-reel tape. Tom Methans considers the current and future state of vacuum-tube availability. Ray Chelstowski discovers Bonnie Pointer’s lost-and-found Like a Picasso album. J.I. Agnew takes a close look at record-cutting lathe cutter heads. B. Jan Montana looks for the right tools for the journey. Jay Jay French finds happiness in a surprisingly modest audio system. Don Kaplan, The Mindful Melophile, enjoys more singing, talking and dancing.

    John Seetoo reviews Geoff Emerick and Howard Massey’s book on recording the Beatles. Anne E. Johnson covers the careers of progressive rock giants Emerson, Lake & Palmer, and the President of Jazz, saxophonist Lester Young. Russ Welton talks speaker setup with Audio Advice’s Scott Newnam. Rudy Radelic continues his survey of A&M Records. Andrew Daly interviews singer/songwriter Chris Haddox, who proves that perseverance pays off. Our A/V department flies with the Pilot, has a wardrobe malfunction, takes a reality check, and grazes in the grass.

    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, Stuart Marvin, Tom Methans, B. Jan Montana, Rudy Radelic, Tim Riley, Wayne Robins, Alón Sagee, Ken Sander, John Seetoo, Dan Schwartz, Russ Welton, Adrian Wu

    Contributing Editors:
    Ivan Berger, Steven Bryan Bieler, Andrew Daly, Jack Flory, Harris Fogel, Steve Kindig, Ed Kwok, David Snyder, Bob Wood

    “Cartoon Bob” D’Amico

    James Whitworth, Peter Xeni

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

    Audio Anthropology Photos:
    Howard Kneller, Steve Rowell

    Frank Doris

    Paul McGowan

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     – FD

    Like a Picasso: Bonnie Pointer’s Lost Album, Rediscovered

    The Pointer Sisters were a musical force of nature. Across…

    More Speaker Setup Tips From Audio Advice’s Scott Newnam

    In Issue 160 we covered the useful Home Theater Designer…

    Geoff Emerick’s Here, There and Everywhere: Recording the Music of the Beatles

    Artistic geniuses at a young age are not entirely uncommon,…

    Back to My Reel-to-Reel Roots, Part 13: Re-Education

    After the last two issues’ litanies of sins, by both…

    Still Singing! A Bit of Talking! A Little More Dancing!

    This month’s article, Part Two of “All Singing! Some Talking!…

    From Small Things, Big Things One Day Come

    No, this is not a review of the great Springsteen-penned…

    Fest for Beatles Fans Gets Back

    I recently attended my first Fest for Beatles Fans in…

    Emerson, Lake & Palmer: Lucky Men

    It was called progressive rock, but when Emerson, Lake &…

    Pilgrimage to Sturgis, Part 19

      Chip’s 2-1/2-car garage was a corrugated steel building facing…

    Around the World In 80 Lathes, Part 11

    Cutter heads for record-cutting lathes have come in various shapes…

    Lester Young: President of Jazz

    In 1909, a jazz master was born, one whose legacy…

    The Global Supply of Vacuum Tubes: What Happens Now?

    Several weeks back, Jay Jay French discussed in his article,…

    The Year Was 1977

    In 1976, I began using an engagement calendar as a…

    The A&M Records Story, Part Two

    In our last article (Issue 160), I presented some of…

    Outstanding Digital Downloads, Recently Added to My Collection from Qobuz

    This issue, I’m taking a listen to some digital downloads…

    Reality Check

    Chris Haddox: A Decades-in-the-Making Debut

    Chris Haddox’s journey through music is like no other. Having…

    Take Me to the Pilot

        A late 1950s or early 1960s Pilot Radio…

    Wardrobe Malfunction

    Grazing in the Grass

    This was an amazing moment. We had just arrived at…
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