• Come Go with Me: The Stax Collection

    Come Go with Me: The Stax Collection

    In the 1930s, a Mississippi share-cropper named Roebuck “Pops” Staples moved to Chicago for work, taking his wife, daughter, and son—Oceola, Cleotha, and Pervis—with him, along with his blues-influenced guitar and easygoing, twangy voice. He ...
  • In a Sentimental Mood

    In a Sentimental Mood

    Prior to the pandemic I was already feeling the allure of beautiful new music that wears its heart on its sleeve, and that impulse has grown stronger now that I’m spending more time at home. ...
  • Reversal of Fortune

    Reversal of Fortune

    For virtually the entire existence of the audio hardware and music industries, consumers who most valued sound quality (you know, us) were at the mercy of the hardware formats created for the mass market. Audiophiles ...
  • Yes: Fragile

    Yes: Fragile

    Yes, indeed—here’s yet another vinyl remaster of Yes’ seminal, identity-defining fourth studio album, November 1971’s Fragile. This time, it’s Mobile Fidelity’s turn, resulting in two 180-gram, 45rpm UltraDisc One-Step LPs making up a 7,500-piece limited ...
  • The Alt-Pop Artistry of XTC

    The Alt-Pop Artistry of XTC

    Let’s begin!” These two seemingly innocent words gleefully open the 1992 Nonsuch track “The Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead,” yet another notch in the sonically pleasing crown of the British new-wave collective known as XTC. Vocalist/guitarist ...
  • The Mosley Brothers: The Mosley Brothers

    The Mosley Brothers: The Mosley Brothers

    A young quartet of old souls, the Mosley Brothers—Joey and Jacob Mosley with Johnny Calamari and Dean Phillips—step squarely into the vanguard of bluegrass music’s new generation with a sensibility rooted in solid bluegrass tradition ...
  • RCA Classic Film Scores on SACD

    RCA Classic Film Scores on SACD

    The RCA Classic Film Score Series has no equal among film music recordings, musically or sonically. Yet, despite the consistently high sound quality of the series, RCA butchered its initial release on CD in Dolby ...
  • Billy Strings: Home

    Billy Strings: Home

    Yes, Billy Strings is a real person’s name, and a more apt moniker would be difficult to find. This is Mr. Strings’ first album and he’s a young guy, but he’s already a seasoned pro ...
  • A Good Time to Buy Music

    A Good Time to Buy Music

    I live within walking distance of the Ludlow Garage, a small Cincinnati music venue that, in the late 60s and early 70s, hosted Santana, Frank Zappa, BB King, and countless other artists. Live at Ludlow ...

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