• Traffic Returns to Vinyl

    Traffic Returns to Vinyl

    In 1967 four musicians left the city in order to hole up in an English country cottage, where they immersed themselves in music. Far from the madding crowd, the artists created a fresh new sound ...
  • Evosound

    Evosound

    Since its first release in 2004, the Evosound music label has experienced considerable success in the Asian market, but it hasn’t had as much of an impact elsewhere. That should change, however. An effort by ...
  • Over the Rhine: Love & Revelation

    Over the Rhine: Love & Revelation

    For their 13th LP, the Ohio-based husband-and-wife team of bassist Linford Detweiler and vocalist Karin Bergquist offer 11 meditations on love and loss. The sparse arrangements—marked by Bergquist’s aching vocals, chiming acoustic guitar, and Greg ...
  • The Music Industry Responds

    The Music Industry Responds

    The recorded music industry has seen a steep decline in profits over the last 20 years, and we all know why. It’s not that people stopped listening to music—no, but they found a way to ...
  • Ranagri: Playing for Luck

    Ranagri: Playing for Luck

    This is soulful music played by gifted artists who bring vision and virtuoso chops to their work. The contemporary-folk group Ranagri enchants while living up to the promise of the SACD stereo format, putting the ...
  • 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, ...
  • 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 ...

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