June 19th, 2022

    As a bandmate likes to say, a day without the Beatles is like a day without sunshine. Saturday, June 25 is Global Beatles Day (yes, it’s a thing) and was founded in 2009 by Beatles fan Faith Cohen. To celebrate, the website advises us to listen to the Beatles, spread love and popularity, and watch a Beatles movie.

    We are saddened to learn that Peter Breuninger, founder of audio website AV Showrooms, passed away on June 14. Peter was an indefatigable presence at audio shows and industry events, seemingly everywhere at once, well-known to everyone in the industry. His videos of exhibit rooms had become, in my mind, a kind of audio tradition. I met Peter and his wife Terry countless times at over the decades and we always had a good time talking about all things audio at shows and events. Our deepest condolences to Peter's family and friends.

    In this issue: Anne E. Johnson gives us eight great tracks from saxophone legend Zoot Sims, and covers the career of soul originators the Staple Singers. J.I. Agnew checks out classic Scully record cutting lathes. Tom Gibbs listens to high-resolution reissues from pop iconoclasts XTC. Jay Jay French has warm memories of summer songs. B. Jan Montana keeps riding on. Ken Kessler offers Part Two of his coverage of the recent UK Tonbridge AudioJumble. Craig Burgess follows up on his experiences with aging ears. Our Mindful Melophile Don Kaplan wants to play it again, Sam. Tom Methans digs the poetry of John Cooper Clarke.

    John Seetoo reports on some interesting findings at the Audio Engineering Society’s Europe Spring 2022 convention. Steven Bryan Bieler uncovers further secrets of tribute albums. Jack Flory continues his series on favorite concert venues, taking in some noteworthy Colorado music stops. Ray Chelstowski talks with Colin Blunstone, singer for British Invasion Hall of Famers the Zombies. Rich Isaacs has a fond look at cats and dogs…well, mostly cats. Rudy Radelic continues his series on A&M Records with a look at some of the label’s R&B and funk releases. Andrew Daly ponders the perennial question: who's better, the Beatles, or the Stones? Russ Welton concludes his interview with vinyl mastering engineer Lewis Hopkin. We wrap up the issue with reincarnation, deflation, millinery, and patience.

    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

    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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    The Zombies: As Alive as Ever

    In 2019 when the Zombies took the stage at the…

    Back to My Reel-to-Reel Roots, Part 17: Stalking the Wild Revox II

    In the wake of the AudioJumble – see my article…

    Play it Again, Sam

    This is the third list of preferred recordings that started…

    The Lasting Memories of Hit Summer Songs

    Another summer is now here, and I’m reminded about how,…

    The History of A&M Records, Part Four: R&B and Funk!

    A&M Records had success with rock, pop and easy listening…

    AES Europe Spring 2022, Part One

    AES Europe Spring 2022 was held at The Hague in…

    Pilgrimage to Sturgis, Part 23

      “Willie G. Davidson will be at the local Harley…

    The Staple Singers: Soul Originators

    When Roebuck “Pops” Staples was growing up on a plantation…

    Around the World In 80 Lathes, Part 15

    At this point in our lathe appreciation journey, I feel…

    The Secret History of Tribute Albums, Part Two

    The news occasionally carries a story about the World’s Worst…

    Cats and Dogs…Well, Mostly Cats (Part One)

    (Cat haters might want to hit the “Next” button, but…

    John Cooper Clarke: Bard of the People

    Poets are not exactly part of mainstream culture these days.…

    My Favorite Venues, Part Two: Colorado

    In my article “My Favorite Venues, Part One” (Issue 164),…

    Zoot Sims: A Saxophonist’s Saxophonist

    He had the coolest name to go with his cool…

    XTC: Steven Wilson Remix/Remasters on CD and Blu-ray

    You probably all realize by now that I’ve been trying…

    Musical Realism and the Performance of Our (Aging) Ears, Part Two

    It appears my earlier essay on declining hearing (in Issue…

    Deflation

    The Beatles or the Stones: Who’s Better?

    It’s a debate we’ve all heard before: “Who’s better? The…

    How Does a Vinyl Record Even Sound Good at All? Talking With Lewis Hopkin, Vinyl Mastering Engineer, Part Two

    We began our interview with Lewis Hopkin of Stardelta Audio…

    She Had a Hat

    Classic elegance: a circa 1960s KLH Model 24 loudspeaker, from…

    Reincarnation

    Your Move

    Actually, the photo is of Alón Sagee and his metal…
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