October 9th, 2022

    We are saddened by the loss of Loretta Lynn (90), one of the most iconic and groundbreaking country music artists of all time. Immortalized in the movie Coal Miner’s Daughter, Lynn worked her way from hardship to becoming the most awarded female country artist ever, with 24 number 1 singles and 11 number 1 albums. RIP to a true legend.

    I recently became a member of Club 19. That, and a couple of other curveballs have meant that I haven’t been writing as much as usual lately. But I’ll be swinging for the fences again soon.

    In this issue: John Seetoo continues his interview with the masterful mastering engineer Piper Payne. Harris Fogel wraps up his NAMM 2022 coverage. B. Jan Montana delves further into his journey. I cover Octave Records’ new speaker setup book and disc, The Audiophile’s Guide: The Loudspeaker, with an interview with PS Audio’s own Paul McGowan. Dan Schwartz remembers instrument maker Rick Turner. Ken Sander evaluates the Best of CES. Russ Welton strives for a good phantom center channel. Ken Kessler visits AudioJumble and sees evidence of a reel-to-reel revival. Rich Isaacs has another installment of Complete Recovery, unusual takes on cover songs.

    J.I. Agnew digs into Lyrec record cutting lathes. Ted Shafran offers Part Two of his desert island classical discs series. Tom Methans considers rock and roll merchandising. The Mindful Melophile Don Kaplan has a scary tale about Dracula. Andrew Daly has some long-term perspective on Neil Young’s Ditch Trilogy. Rudy Radelic continues his 50th Anniversary series of A&M Records with a look at some jazz releases. Ray Chelstowski talks with Jim Kerr of Simple Minds. Larry Jaffee says the music of the 1980s is unfairly maligned. Anne E. Johnson covers the careers of psychedelic rock pioneers Buffalo Springfield and jazz guitar virtuoso Pat Metheny. The issue concludes with clean sound, a geometric progression, good prospecting, and unlikely beauty.

    Staff Writers:

    J.I. Agnew, Ray Chelstowski, Andrew Daly, 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, 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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    The 1980s: The Music Was Unfairly Maligned

    Leave it to an unexpected COVID-driven quarantine to reassess one’s…

    Simple Minds’ Jim Kerr: Following the Direction of the Heart

    Some music sounds as fresh today as it did the…

    Complete Recovery: Unusual Takes on Others’ Songs, Volume Three

    Sometimes a performer is so taken with another artist’s song…

    Phantom of the Stereo: Creating a Convincing Center from Two Speakers

    If, like me, you are truly determined to get the…

    Octave Records Debuts The Audiophile’s Guide: The Loudspeaker (Plus, an Interview With Paul McGowan)

    PS Audio’s Octave Records now offers its latest release, The…

    Instrument Designer Rick Turner: A Life

    These days, I struggle, aside from dealing with my illness,…

    Back to My Reel-to-Reel Roots, Part 24: The R2R Revival Gains Pace

    Ken Kessler assesses the increase in the reel-to-reel presence at…

    Dracula and the Dancing Plagues

    During the 14th, 15th, and 16th centuries a few villains…

    The NAMM Show 2022, Part Two

    Part One of Copper’s NAMM 2022 Show report ran in…

    Buffalo Springfield: Progenitors of Psychedelic Folk-Rock

    There was folk. There was rock and roll. There was…

    Pilgrimage to Sturgis, Part 31

    The Bhagwan hopped off the picnic table and walked around…

    Around the World In 80 Lathes, Part 23

    Having visited Japan and their disk recording lathes in previous…

    Classical Music for a Desert Island, Part Two

    Part One of this series on desert island classical music…

    The Best of CES Awards

    On the top floors of 30 Rockefeller Center sits the…

    Pat Metheny: Versatile Jazz Guitar Virtuoso

    Jazz fusion and contemporary jazz guitarist/composer Pat Metheny is the…

    Long Live Rock

    For a while now, I have been thinking about how…

    The History of A&M Records, Part Eight: Jazz on A&M

    Like almost every well-known record label, A&M Records also made…

    Clean Sound

    Piper Payne: A Mastering Engineer For Next-Generation Music, Part Two

    After establishing her reputation as a mastering engineer over the…

    Neil Young’s Time in the Ditch: A Retrospective

    There is something extraordinary about listening to a legendary artist…

    The Prospects Are Good

    How many of these has anyone seen? It’s a circa…

    Geometric Progression

    Unlikely Beauty

    Solar flare? Cosmic egg? A new image from the James…
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