• The Band FAQ

    The Band FAQ

    The latest in Backbeat’s FAQ series, The Band FAQ: All That’s Left to Know about the Fathers of Americana, fills 400 pages, making it clear there’s still plenty left to learn about this iconic and ...
  • Bob Dylan: Nashville Skyline

    Bob Dylan: Nashville Skyline

    Released in 1969, Nashville Skyline features ten tracks that dance on a cloud of country charm and homespun, roots-tinged warmth. Dylan’s crooner vocals—controversial, but said to be the result of having given up smoking—are ladled ...
  • Not Your Father’s Big Band

    Not Your Father’s Big Band

    To some, big bands will always be relegated to the realms of nostalgia, defined by the swinging sounds of the vintage Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Woody Herman, and Benny Goodman bands of the 30s and ...
  • Cowboy Junkies: The Trinity Sessions

    Cowboy Junkies: The Trinity Sessions

    A critical as well as audiophile darling upon its release in 1988, Trinity Sessions has been given a deluxe makeover by Analogue Productions. Trinity Sessions’ master tape is digital, recorded with an R-Dat fed by ...
  • Jane Ira Bloom: Early Americans

    Jane Ira Bloom: Early Americans

    Jane Ira Bloom is among the still-small number of jazz saxophonists to have concentrated primarily on the soprano (though many play it as a second or third horn), and she has been at it for ...
  • Chasing the Dragon Records

    Chasing the Dragon Records

    The audiophile world involves a staggering amount of minutia. Everything leads, however, to an emotional payoff, as you’re constantly reminded while rubbing shoulders with people devoted to good sound. So while, if you study the ...
  • Santana: Abraxas

    Santana: Abraxas

    I’ll get right to the point: Abraxas fans, do not miss Mobile Fidelity’s astonishing new reissue of Santana’s 1970 Latin-spiced, blues-rock masterpiece. It will blow your mind. Never before have I heard such inner detail, ...

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