• Chris Smither: Still on the Levee

    Chris Smither: Still on the Levee

    This 2-CD 25-song set is a unique retrospective: instead of reissuing previous recordings, roots singer, songwriter, and guitarist Chris Smither puts a fresh spin on songs from throughout his 50-year career. The sound is clean ...
  • The HP Super LP List

    The HP Super LP List

    BEST OF THE BUNCH: Classical Arnold: English, Scottish, & Cornish Dances Lyrita SRCS-109 Gerhard: The Plague Decca Head 6 Gershwin: Porgy & Bess complete/Maazel Decca SET 609-11¯† Herold/Lanchbery: La Fille Mal Gardée Decca SXL-2313¯ Hi-Fi ...
  • Visiting A Musical El Dorado

    Visiting A Musical El Dorado

    The voice was gruff, impassioned, and avuncular: “When you’re in New York, let’s get together and you can look through my records.” It was Jerry Gladstein, the former publisher of FI magazine and former proprietor ...
  • Somi: The Lagos Music Salon

    Somi: The Lagos Music Salon

    The daughter of immigrants from Rwanda and Uganda, Somi recently moved from New York City to Lagos, Nigeria, for 18 months, an experience that inspired this major label debut. She’s lived in Africa before, and ...
  • Bluesound Adds Murfie and HDTracks

    Bluesound Adds Murfie and HDTracks

    Pickering, Ontario, October 15, 2014 — Bluesound, the first wireless digital multi-room system to fully support highres audio, announced two more notable names to its ever-expanding network of music services: Murfie and HDTracks. The latest ...
  • The Beatles Get Back to Mono

    The Beatles Get Back to Mono

    In his article “The Beatles Remastered” that appeared back in Issue 198, Neil Gader reviewed the stereo and mono remixes that had recently come out on compact disc. Comparing that batch to an earlier CD ...
  • Impressed to Death

    Impressed to Death

    If, circa 1971, you and I had been hanging out in my college dorm room and you had said to me “Man, I’ll bet that, 43 years from now, you’ll be attending an academic conference ...
  • Keb' Mo': Bluesamericana

    Keb' Mo': Bluesamericana

    Three-time Grammy winner Keb' Mo’ returns with another trophy-worthy exploration of the human condition (notably his own) in various iterations of the blues as only he seems to imagine them. Consider the deftly executed archetypal ...
  • Sunday Morning Hi Fi #3

    Sunday Morning Hi Fi #3

    Welcome to Sunday Morning Hi Fi #3! Sorry about the delay this week, I had some technical issues and this one didn’t post on time. The main picture is Jack White with one of his ...
  • Sunday Morning Hi Fi #2

    Sunday Morning Hi Fi #2

    Welcome back to Sunday Morning Hi Fi, a weekly blog that celebrates high-end audio, discusses new gear, and seeks to discover great music. One of the pleasures I take on a Sunday morning is throwing ...
  • Kathleen Grace: No Place to Fall

    Kathleen Grace: No Place to Fall

    Shortly after Kathleen Grace established herself as a jazz vocalist, country music started to lure her away, and on her fourth album, No Place to Fall, this stylistic turn fits her so well that there ...
  • Download Roundup - Beck: Morning Phase

    Download Roundup - Beck: Morning Phase

    Morning Phase finds Beck, the ever-restless singer/songwriter/producer/ instrumentalist, in the same mellow, thoughtful mood he unveiled on 2002’s Sea Change. The songs unfold at unhurried tempos—there’s not an upbeat number in the batch—forcing you yourself ...

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