November 6th, 2022

    You go through changes, it may seem strange
    Is this what you're put here for?
    You think you're happy and you are happy
    That's what you're happy for

    – Love, “You Set the Scene”

    In this issue: Ray Chelstowski interviews rock legend Dave Mason. Russ Welton deals with small-room acoustics. B. Jan Montana learns from senior citizens on his pilgrimage to Sturgis. John Seetoo interviews singer/songwriter Lori Lieberman 50 years after “Killing Me Softly With His Song,” and reviews her Truly album. Ken Kessler sees reel-to-reel hope in a younger generation of audio enthusiasts. Larry Jaffee considers the Compact Disc’s 40th birthday. Harris Fogel wraps up his coverage of the New York Audio Show 2022. I talk with Elliot Goldman of audio distributor Bending Wave USA, and cover Octave Records’ latest album, Shelter by singer/songwriter Megan Burtt. Anne E. Johnson looks at the careers of country music hitmakers the Chicks, and soulful jazz saxophonist Stanley Turrentine.

    Tim Riley reviews new classical recordings from pianist Igor Levit, and Beethoven for Three from Emmanuel Ax, Leonidas Kavakos and Yo-Yo Ma. Our Mindful Melophile Don Kaplan finds much to like in Lyn Stanley’s holiday album. Andrew Daly indulges in Modern Adult Kicks with Hayley and the Crushers. Rudy Radelic remembers jazz great Ramsey Lewis. Stuart Marvin takes a trip to the Museum of Pop Culture. J.I. Agnew notes that if you want to do something right when it comes to record cutting lathes, do it yourself. Audio-Technica celebrates its 60th anniversary. The issue wraps up with remote possibilities, DIY audio, owning up, and fast and bulbous lighting.

    Staff Writers:

    J.I. Agnew, Ray Chelstowski, Andrew Daly, Harris Fogel, 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, 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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    Dave Mason: Timeless Music in a World of Changes

    One of the first albums that my older brother Brian…

    Dealing With Small-Room Acoustics, Part One

    Does this complaint sound familiar? “I have a small room…

    Talking With Elliot Goldman of Bending Wave USA, Part One

    Elliot Goldman is a partner in Bending Wave USA, distributor…

    Octave Records Releases Shelter by Singer/Songwriter Megan Burtt

    The newest release by Octave Records, Shelter by singer/songwriter Megan…

    Considering CD’s 40th Birthday

    I did not want the Compact Disc’s 40th anniversary to…

    Back to My Reel-to-Reel Roots, Part 26: Half Full – Not Half Empty, Redux

    Back to the Future: despite his glass always being half-empty…

    And Now For Something Completely Different: Singer Lyn Stanley’s Christmas Album

    Christmas songs. You've heard them before. You'll hear them again.…

    Analog Recording is Alive and Well: Audio-Technica’s 60th Anniversary Event

    On the eve of the 153rd Audio Engineering Society convention…

    Lori Lieberman’s Truly Dives Into Jazz (and Audiophile Sound)

    In 1971, the critical acclaim and double platinum sales of…

    The New York Audio Show 2022, Part Three

    Previous installments of our New York Audio Show 2022 reporting…

    Pilgrimage to Sturgis, Part 33

      After a long trip from Minneapolis, a long session with…

    The Chicks: Country Music Chart-Toppers

    They may have shortened their name, but the Chicks are…

    Around the World In 80 Lathes, Part 25

    After visiting Denmark over the last couple of episodes (Issue…

    There’s No Flop in MoPOP

    On a long-ago eighth grade school trip to New York…
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    New Classical Recordings: Igor Levit's Tristan, and Beethoven for Three from Ax, Kavakos and Ma

    Igor Levit – Tristan (Sony, 2022) Emanuel Ax, Leonidas Kavakos, Yo-Yo Ma…

    In Memory of Ramsey Lewis

    Three Grammy Awards. 80 albums. Five gold records. A National…

    Saxophonist Stanley Turrentine: Soulful Jazz

    They called him “Mr. T” and “Sugar Man.” Stanley Turrentine…


    Modern Adult Kicks With Hayley Cain of Hayley and the Crushers

    They’ve been described as "poolside glitter punks." L.A.-turned-Midwest transplants Hayley…

    Interview: Lori Lieberman Returns To “Killing Me Softly” 50 Years Later

    In 1972, Lori Lieberman’s self-titled debut album was released on…

    Remotely Possible

    Spotted at Angry Mom Records in Ithaca, New York, a…

    Owning Up

    Fast and Bulbous

    Attention car buffs: these have to be the coolest lamps…
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