• Oscar Versus the Music

    Oscar Versus the Music

    This year’s Academy Award for Best Musical Score went to Ennio Morricone for The Hateful Eight, which provides a good starting point for a discussion of the checkered history of the Music Branch of the ...
  • RMAF 2016 Show Report – Andrew Quint

    RMAF 2016 Show Report – Andrew Quint

    Due to the incomplete state of the extensive renovations undertaken at the Marriott Denver Tech Center, a number of loudspeaker manufacturers were disadvantaged by rooms that were less than ideal—that is, too small—to demonstrate their ...
  • The Cutting Edge of ECM

    The Cutting Edge of ECM

    Could 1969 have been any more of a momentous year in popular music? Rock festivals reached their apex—and their nadir—at Woodstock, the Isle of Wight, and Altamont. Led Zeppelin, CSN, King Crimson, and Blind Faith ...
  • New Old Ways

    New Old Ways

    A couple of years ago, I asked Emmylou Harris her opinion of Steve Earle’s music and the state of country music in general. The Nashville-based singer-songwriter, known for shooting from the hip, didn’t mince words. ...
  • 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 ...
  • M3 Loudspeaker: Magico Makes Things Better

    M3 Loudspeaker: Magico Makes Things Better

    After complaining about the (un)availability of Magico’s superb, limited-edition, $129k M Project loudspeaker (see my review in Issue 255 or online at http://www.theabsolutesound.com/articles/magico-m-project-loudspeaker/), I am happy to report that Alon Wolf has done something to ...
  • 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 ...

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