May 8th, 2022

    As you might have seen or heard, AXPONA 2022, Audio Expo North America, was a big success. Literally, with more than 7,500 attendees visiting more than 150 rooms. It felt good to see everyone again and be immersed in audio gear, even though we're not out of the pandemic woods yet.

    In this issue: I offer my first AXPONA show report installment. Tom Gibbs searches for information about the reclusive singer/songwriter Nick Drake. Anne E. Johnson triangulates on recordings of Beethoven’s Archduke trios, and the music of Warren Zevon. Ken Kessler not only wants his reel-to-reel tapes, but everything that came with them. Ray Chelstowski interviews legendary songwriter Jack Tempchin, composer of the Eagles’ “Peaceful Easy Feeling” and hundreds of others. The question of hearing loss becomes personal for Russ Welton. J.I. Agnew looks at jewels of the record lathe cutter head world. Alón Sagee has a good-natured look at a really, really budget-friendly turntable.

    Adrian Wu begins a series on favorite monophonic LP recordings. B. Jan Montana enjoys some camaraderie on his long journey. Rudy Radelic continues his series on A&M Records as the label moves into the 1970s. Andrew Daly interviews rocker Mickey Finn of glam-rock survivors Jetboy. John Seetoo covers legendary producer/engineer Phil Ramone’s book, Making Records: the Scenes Behind the Music. We have two readers sitting in this month: Ted Shafran looks at the Pristine Classical label and its restorations of historic recordings, and Jeff Weiner laments the loss of Jerry Garcia, Rick Danko and Richie Havens. Our issue concludes with separation anxiety, sticker shock, crowning achievements, and a tiny dancer.

    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


    The Joys of Monophonic Recordings, Part One

    The development of modern stereophonic recording technique is generally credited…

    How AXPONA Got Its Groove Back, Part One

    One man. More than 150 rooms and 200 exhibitors. 25…

    Phil Ramone: Making Records: The Scenes Behind the Music

    I’ve been reviewing the autobiographies of many of the producer/engineers…

    Jack Tempchin: Songwriter to the Stars

    There are a thousand reasons why Jack Tempchin is in…

    Back to My Reel-to-Reel Roots, Part 14: Original Box and Papers?

    Like vintage watches, pre-owned tapes are best appreciated with mint,…

    Warren Zevon: Exceptional Boy

    Warren Zevon could never have been a standard, mainstream rock…

    Pilgrimage to Sturgis, Part 20

      The early morning sun blasted through the shade of…

    Around the World In 80 Lathes, Part 12

    In our previous episode (Issue 161), we discussed the “lightweight”…

    Beethoven Trios: Beyond Archduke

    One of Ludwig van Beethoven’s most beloved works of chamber…

    Hearing Loss – Now It’s Getting Personal

    After recently interviewing Scott Newnam of Audio Advice (Issue 161…

    The A&M Records Story, Part Three

    Our last installment (Issue 161) found A&M in transition, moving…

    A Pre-Entry-Level Analog MP3 Killer

    This is the first in a series of semi-serious reviews…

    In Search of the Real Nick Drake

    Who exactly was Nick Drake? Nicholas Rodney Drake was born…

    Pristine Classical: Preserving Priceless Historical Recordings, Part One

    Historical performances don’t get a lot of love from audiophiles.…

    95 Tears

    I cried a little bit when Jerry Garcia died. I…

    Paying the Price

    Mickey Finn of Jetboy: Glam Metal Lives!

    The 1980s glam metal scene is retrospectively revered by some…

    Crowning Achievements

    A Fisher 440-T receiver circa 1964. By this time, transistors…

    Separation Anxiety

    Tiny Dancer

    This dashboard hula dancer is a traveling good spirit.
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