January 15th, 2023

    Sadly, we’ve lost a lot of great artists, but this one hit particularly hard for a lot of us: Jeff Beck passed away on January 10, 2023 at the age of 78. His prominence as one of the greatest rock guitarists of all time cannot be overstated: no one else sounded like him or ever will in his ability to effortlessly and astoundingly bend the electric guitar to his musical wishes.

    We’re also saddened by the death of singer/songwriter Lisa Marie Presley at 54. The only child of Elvis and Priscilla Presley, Lisa Marie had worked in the music industry and released three albums. RIP to someone who left us far too soon.

    In this issue: Jay Jay French remembers Jeff Beck. Anne E. Johnson enjoys new interpretations of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion and the men behind the masks of Daft Punk. Wayne Robins re-listens to Stephen Stills’ Manassas. Andrew Daly talks with influential indie label producer and Garbage drummer Butch Vig. J.I. Agnew reads Passion for Vinyl as he goes around the world in 80 (record-cutting) lathes. I cover the launch of Octave Records’ new The Art of Hi-Fi series and its first release, Volume 01: Bass. Harris Fogel makes the scene at Capital Audiofest. Howard Kneller checks out xDuoo’s MT-604 headphone amplifier. Ken Kessler continues his 50th anniversary look at the fabled Linn LP12 turntable, and has a tense encounter with founder Ivor Tiefenbrun.

    Rudy Radelic continues his exploration of CTI Records with a look at some of the label’s subsidiaries. Ken Sander puts a borrowed Porsche through the paces and encounters Miles Davis. Tom Methans covers Philly’s record store scene. Ray Chelstowski talks with Wicked Cool Records rocker Ryan Hamilton. Larry Jaffee looks at home entertainment formats over the past 50 years. John Seetoo interviews “(I’ve Had) the Time of My Life” Academy award-winning songwriter John DeNicola. Russ Welton begins a series on in-ear headphones. Tom Gibbs gets his new listening rooms in order. We conclude the issue with ephemeral music, naming a newborn, a tough decision, and a message from the street.

    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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    Miles and Miles, Part Two

    My thinking was that since I made it from NY…

    Ryan Hamilton: A Wicked Cool Rocker

    When Huey Lewis and The News sang “the heart of…

    Octave Records Debuts The Art of Hi-Fi Series with Volume 01: Bass (And We Interview Paul McGowan)

    PS Audio’s Octave Records’ has introduced an all-new series called…

    Stephen Stills’ Manassas: An Album, A Band, A Way of Life

    I came to praise Manassas, or Manassas, but now I’m…

    Celebrating the Linn Sondek LP12 Turntable, Part Two

    Ken Kessler recounts anecdotes from the LP12’s heyday to create…

    Lounging with In-Ear Monitors, Part One

    If one of the greatest limitations to getting good stereo…

    Jeff Beck: In Memoriam

    No, there is no cute way to begin this one.…

    Capital Audiofest 2022: Up Close and Personal, Part One

    My wife, Nancy Burlan, editor and reporter for Mac Edition…

    Daft Punk: They Were the Robots

    When Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo were in high…

    Around the World In 80 Lathes, Part 30

    Having pretty much completed our journey around the world in…

    Bach’s St. Matthew Passion: New Interpretations of a Masterwork

    There have been some great creative duos in music history.…

    Exploring CTI Records, Part 2: The Subsidiaries

    CTI Records had been an independent label for only a…

    Dig This: Philadelphia’s Vibrant Vinyl Scene

    I spent a lot of time in Philadelphia when I…

    Home Entertainment Formats Over the Past 50 Years and How They Influenced Each Other

    Technological advances in the 1970s brought unprecedented conveniences for consumer…

    Highway 61 Revisited — And a New Beginning In the Lowcountry!

    I have a long history with the Charleston, South Carolina…

    You Don’t Own Me

    Back to Analog – Academy Award-Winning Songwriter John DeNicola is Having The Time of His Life

    “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” was the Billboard…

    Talking With Producer/Musician Butch Vig of Garbage, Part One

    It’s safe to say that the landscape of alternative music…

    Checking Out xDuoo’s Affordable MT-604 Headphone Amplifier

      Earlier this year, I received a sample of xDuoo’s…

    Decisions, Decisions

        Here are a few stunning shots of a…

    What’s In A Name?

    Lord Knows I Try

    Photographed in Manhattan on 15th Street between Second and Third…
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