• Mini LP Replica CD Series From Gearbox

    Mini LP Replica CD Series From Gearbox

    The following is a press release issued by Gearbox Records, a UK-based record label that has focused on audiophile vinyl since its inception in 2009…and is now adding compact discs to the mix. Gearbox’s discography ...
  • Lyn Stanley

    Lyn Stanley

    In the middle of Saturday afternoon at AXPONA 2016 in Chicago, I witnessed what is surely the most demanding test of an audio system there can be—an A/B showdown with The Real Thing. A crowd ...
  • Frank Sinatra: A Voice on Air

    Frank Sinatra: A Voice on Air

    If Frank Sinatra were alive today he would have celebrated his 100th birthday on December 12, 2015. Round-number decades inspire celebrations; centennials erect monuments. Last year witnessed the Grammy Museum’s exhibition Sinatra: An American Icon ...
  • Norman: Play

    Norman: Play

    What would the music sound like if the composer thought of the orchestra not as an ensemble of carefully balanced instrumental voices, but rather as a marvelous noise-making toy? Andrew Norman’s three-movement, three- quarter-hour-long Play ...
  • Paul Simon: So Beautiful or So What

    Paul Simon: So Beautiful or So What

    Simon’s jubilant release—his best since Graceland—brims with the joy of music-making and the wit of a wizened poet. But here is the secret other reviews don’t mention: This album is a killer demo disc (demo ...
  • Seven Years of Plenty

    Seven Years of Plenty

    For our most recent buyer’s guide (Issue 257), I focused on releases by Celtic bands from the 1960s and 70s, especially the acoustic, traditional bands. That meant, unfortunately, leaving out all the folk rock bands ...
  • Tom Harrell: First Impressions

    Tom Harrell: First Impressions

    Trumpet and flugelhorn player, bandleader, composer, and arranger Tom Harrell picked up rave reviews for 2014’s Trip, an ambitious, bluesy concept album built around Don Quixote. He returns with a gorgeous album of Third-Stream gems ...
  • Peter Cooper: Depot Light

    Peter Cooper: Depot Light

    Nanci Griffith was once married to singer- songwriter Eric Taylor and likens him to William Faulkner; Joan Baez speaks of him in hushed tones; a bedazzled Lyle Lovett produced some demos for him. Now Peter ...
  • Lehman: Chamber Music Vol. 1

    Lehman: Chamber Music Vol. 1

    Mark Louis Lehman is one of us, and I mean that quite literally. Lehman has long been on the TAS masthead and was this magazine’s music editor from 2008 to 2014; as an audiophile, former ...
  • Natalie Merchant: Paradise Is There

    Natalie Merchant: Paradise Is There

    “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” can be solid advice when it comes to revisiting beloved albums. Artists risk tinkering with their classic songs till they’re unrecognizable, or sticking note-for-note to the originals so ...
  • Gone But Not Forgotten

    Gone But Not Forgotten

    They’re the Loch Ness Monsters of the record world, those great “lost” projects—the Beach Boys’ Smile, Prince’s Black Album, Mick Jagger’s blues collaboration with the Red Devils. After years of anticipation, the hype often outweighs ...

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