• Neil Young: Homegrown

    Neil Young: Homegrown

    Better late than never. Neil Young recorded this “lost” album between 1974 and 1975, a period that also spawned On the Beach and Zuma. Young has called the ballad-rich Homegrown “a bridge between Harvest and ...
  • Aurender W20SE Music Server

    Aurender W20SE Music Server

    I’ve used Aurender’s W20 music server as my reference since reviewing it in Issue 258. I chose the W20 for its combination of outstanding sound quality, features, and its superb music-management app. The W20 has ...
  • Marillion's Magically Replaced Childhood

    Marillion's Magically Replaced Childhood

    Follow the muse. It’s a musician’s mantra that’s easy to say, but often hard to do. Some bands continue kowtowing to corporate strategies that override their better creative impulses, while others—like veteran British progressive giants ...
  • Elgar & Beach: Piano Quintets

    Elgar & Beach: Piano Quintets

    Amy Beach (1867–1944) came from the same generation that brought Edith Wharton and Willa Cather to the forefront in American arts. Her impact might have been as great as theirs had her career not been ...
  • Larsen Model 9 Loudspeaker

    Larsen Model 9 Loudspeaker

    I, like everyone else, have had my moments of revelation, what Kenneth Clark calls in art “moments of vision,” where some experience imprints an indelible memory that somehow redefines one’s whole relationship to audio. No ...
  • The Band: 50th Anniversary Edition

    The Band: 50th Anniversary Edition

    What makes an album timeless? I’d argue it’s the ability of the music to constantly reveal more subtleties, delights, surprises, and emotional shadings. Even as the years and decades go by, a timeless album will ...
  • John Scofield: Swallow Tales

    John Scofield: Swallow Tales

    On his ECM debut, the guitar great celebrates pioneering electric bassist and longtime collaborator Steve Swallow, whose tunes have been recorded by the likes of Gary Burton, Chick Corea, Pat Metheny, and Carla Bley. On ...
  • REL Acoustics S/812 Sub-Bass System

    REL Acoustics S/812 Sub-Bass System

    The pursuit of the bottom octave in sound reproduction looms as a sort of final frontier for many enthusiasts. It’s a task that’s generally accomplished in one of two ways—by purchasing a completely new set ...

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