• The Rebirth of Quad

    The Rebirth of Quad

    I have fallen in love—again—with quadraphonic sound. In 1972, I purchased a state-of-the-art Sylvania CR2743W stereo amp with built-in Phase Q4 Matrix four-channel circuitry. In stereo quadraphonic systems (SQ), four sound channels were converted down ...
  • Ronstadt Rules!

    Ronstadt Rules!

    Linda Ronstadt: Live in Hollywood. Linda Ronstadt: Just One Look: Classic Linda Ronstadt. Both: HDtracks.com and SuperHiRez.com (24/96) It’s funny how, when you think of a song by one of today’s female pop stars—Katy Perry, ...
  • Divine Art Recordings Group

    Divine Art Recordings Group

    Simonburn is a “small human settlement” in Northeastern England, as Wikipedia phrases it. There is a church there named for St. Mungo, and in the early 1990s, its organ needed restoration. Stephen and Edna Sutton ...
  • Joe Lovano: Trio Tapestry

    Joe Lovano: Trio Tapestry

    On his ECM debut as a leader and his first studio album in six years, tenor saxophone titan Joe Lovano lays out a fertile 12-tone improvisational soundscape for him, pianist Marilyn Crispell, and drummer Carmen ...
  • CCR Revisited

    CCR Revisited

    All the studio albums by Creedence Clearwater Revival have been reissued on The Studio Albums Collection, Craft Recording’s 7-LP box set spanning the group’s run on the Fantasy label from 1968–1972. Cut by Abbey Road ...
  • Nathan Davis Live

    Nathan Davis Live

    For some midcentury American jazz musicians touring Europe, the experience was so inspiring they ended up moving there. The attraction made sense. Back in the States even some A-list jazz players scuffled to find steady ...
  • Miles Davis Quintet: Miles Smiles

    Miles Davis Quintet: Miles Smiles

    “Who’s kidding who? . . . Miles smiles?” So queried Anthony Tuttle in the original 1967 liner notes to Miles Smiles, but the sophomore outing from Davis’s second prodigious quintet configuration is anything but a ...
  • Marvin Gaye: What’s Going On

    Marvin Gaye: What’s Going On

    Kudos to Mobile Fidelity for this extraordinary release of Marvin Gaye’s 1971 masterpiece, What’s Going On. A major artistic step, this brilliant psychedelic-soul song-cycle’s themes of social and economic injustice, the horrors of war, displaced ...

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