December 4th, 2022

    We’ve lost another one of the greats with the passing of Christine McVie at 79. As singer, keyboardist and songwriter for the monumentally popular Fleetwood Mac, her voice has been heard around the world. She shared vocals with Stevie Nicks beginning in the 1970s, and wrote many of Fleetwood Mac’s hits including “Over My Head,” “Say You Love Me,” and “Don’t Stop.” She was also a session musician, played with the British group Chicken Shack, and released a number of solo albums. We tip our hats to a legend.

    In this issue: Ray Chelstowski interviews John Lodge of the Moody Blues. J.I. Agnew’s worldwide look at record cutting lathes takes him to England. Jay Jay French talks with producer Giles Martin about the new Beatles Revolver remixes. John Seetoo continues his report on the 2022 New York Audio Engineering Society convention. Russ Welton opens the curtains on small-room acoustics. I attend the grand opening of the Long Island Music and Entertainment Hall of Fame. Ted Shafran picks his favorites from specialty label Opera Depot. Rudy Radelic takes on the Great River Road Lemons Rally. Ken Kessler returns to his reel-to-reel roots, high-tech style. B. Jan Montana finds that help is on the way in his long journey.

    Rich Isaacs tells the story of Joe Bussard, a most dedicated record collector. Andrew Daly talks with Dean Ortega of should-have-made-it rockers Neverland, and Revolution Child. Stuart Marvin revisits Klooks Kleek, a Sixties British music breeding ground. Adrian Wu enjoys Ravel’s works for orchestra. We revisit the Mindful Melophile Don Kaplan’s article on Native American music (he’s on holiday but didn’t want to miss his regularly scheduled appearance). Anne E. Johnson finds the perfect song with Diana Krall, and has her finger on the pulse of electronic pop and the Pet Shop Boys. We conclude the issue with a safe bet, money for nothing, the heart of the matter, and water works.

    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, Ted Shafran, 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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    John Lodge: Days of Future Passed and Present

    When the Moody Blues released their follow-up to their 1965…

    The Grand Opening of the Long Island Music and Entertainment Hall of Fame

    Long Island has always been a fertile musical breeding ground,…

    Small-Room Acoustics, Part Three

    There are many reasons why recording studios exist – aside…

    Back to My Reel-to-Reel Roots: Noodge and Ye Shall Receive, Part Two

    If you recall my installment in Issue 171, I recounted…

    Opera for Operaphiles

    Opera is definitely not everyone’s cup of tea. My own…

    The Revolver Remix Project: Producer Giles Martin Talks to Jay Jay French

    Jay Jay’s review of the Revolver remixes appeared in Issue…

    AES Fall 2022 New York – The Live Event Returns, Part Two

    After two years of only streaming of their biannual New…

    Pet Shop Boys: The Pulse of Electronic Pop

    Together, Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe have a distinct, even…

    Pilgrimage to Sturgis, Part 35

    A group of seven boisterous young cowboys all wearing Western…

    The Great River Road Lemons Rally

    The Great River Road Lemons Rally was one that I…

    Around the World In 80 Lathes, Part 27

    Following one of the usual routes taken on several of…

    Diana Krall: Finding the Perfect Song

    Everybody sings the standards. That’s why they’re called standards. But…

    The Earth’s Heartbeat: Native American Music, Redux

    All plants are our brothers and sisters, they talk to…

    A Most Dedicated Record Collector

    If someone offered you $30,000 for just one out of…

    A Look At Ravel’s Works for Orchestra

    One of the popular mantras in audiophilia is “garbage in,…

    London’s Klooks Kleek: A Sixties Music Breeding Ground

    1960s British music aficionados are likely familiar with many of…

    Money for Nothing

    Never Say Never: Rocker Dean Ortega of Neverland and Revolution Child

    The glam metal era is loaded with memorable personalities from…

    A Safe Bet

    A Dynaco SCA-35 vacuum tube integrated amplifier, a budget audiophile…

    The Heart of the Matter

    Water Works

    Street scene from Silver City, New Mexico. It borders the…
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