December 18th, 2017

Welcome to Copper #74, the second of three December issues, and one of our biggest issues ever. We hope that those who celebrate it had a pleasant Hanukkah, and wish a very merry Christmas to those who celebrate. We've got a lot of great articles to keep you occupied while you're off work---so, onward!

We wrap up  John Seetoo's Copper Interview with Tom Fine, discussing Tom’s remastering of Mercury Living Presence recordings for release on vinyl. Part one of the interview was in Copper #73.

From our usual gang of geniuses: Larry Schenbeck provides suggestions for musical holiday giftsDan Schwartz is back, and tells us about a performance of Handel's Messiah; Richard Murison has a fascinating cloak-and-dagger tale of the lost, final score by Beethoven; Jay Jay French tells us how Keith Richards will outlive us all (better living through chemistry?);  Roy Hall  remembers trade shows gone bad; Anne E. Johnson brings us lesser-known cuts from The PoliceChristian James Hand deconstructs the powerful "Killing in the Name" by Rage Against the MachineWoody Woodward brings us memories of Christmases past;  and I have a Christmas wish for the world of audiophilia, and wrap up the series on phono playback---for now.

Industry News has what we hope will be the last negative mention of Gibson Brands; In My Room concludes the story of  Ken Fritz’s massive speaker/listening room project.

Anne is back with a Something Old/Something New look at recent recordings of Couperin; Woody is also back with a holiday short story; and our friend Tom Methans is back with a celebrity close encounter of the canine kind.

Copper #74 wraps up with winter warmth from Charles Rodrigues, and a Parting Shot from way out west.

Enjoy, and we’ll see you at the end of the year!

Cheers, Leebs.

Oboe Quartets

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What Is a Bass? Part 2: Jack’s $4,000 Revolution

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Charley Hansen: RIP

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An Embarrassment of Riches

Leave it to an indy hipster musician with several different…

Brainz The Size of a Planet, Part 2

In the last edition of Copper, I introduced MusicBrainz, a…

Brit Psychedelics, Continued

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“It was the Armani coat that sealed the deal,” said…

Matthew and the Atlas

In the 1960s, the folk music revival opened up a…

What If Christmas Sucks?

Old Joke.  There are 10 kinds of people in the…

Everybody’s a Critic

So This is Christmas…

“So this is Christmas”, sings John Lennon, “And what have…

Cables: Time is of the Essence, Part 1

[If there’s a name that’s synonymous with wire and cables…

Dan’s 100 Best Albums of 2017!

[If you’re looking for yet another remaster of Kind Of…

“Go Tell Veronica…” – A Brief, Superficial Glimpse into Hanukkah Music

Adam Sandler, in his impish introduction on Saturday Night Live…

The Stories that Just Wouldn’t Go Away in 2017

The end of the year is often a time to…

Toronto Skyline

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