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September 17th, 2022

The Most Powerful Rock Album of 1995

From the archives: Carl E. Baugher reviews Alice In Chains' self-titled album

By: Tracking Angle

(This review, written by Carl E. Baugher, originally appeared in Issue 5/6, Winter 1995/96.)Here’s the most powerful rock album of the year. Not necessarily the best, mind you, but definitely the most powerful. Alice In Chains has long been the heaviest of the hard n’ heavy bands out of Seattle. This eponymously titled release is their most ambitious and, arguably best in a string of excellent albums. It combines the range and creativity of "Jar Of Flies"... Read More

September 17th, 2022

Cassandra Wilson Destroys Artificial Musical Boundaries And Celebrates Good Tunes

From the archives: Michael Fremer reviews Cassandra Wilson's superb 'New Moon Daughter'

By: Michael Fremer

(This review originally appeared in Issue 7, Spring 1996.)Joni Mitchell may have written “The Circle Game,” but it took Cassandra Wilson to grab pop by the throat and drag it around in one of the widest, deepest grooves of an unlikely circle you’ll ever hear, reconfiguring it as simmering, steamy jazz/blues. If you start this disc on the third track, “Solomon Sang”—a Wilson original—you might even be fooled into thinking it was Joni in her most recent smoky... Read More

September 16th, 2022

Analogue Productions Announces Steely Dan Catalog UHQR/SACD Series

Seven 45rpm UHQR, two non-UHQR 45rpm titles, all titles on SACD

By: Tracking Angle

Full disclosure is but one welcomed feature of this ambitious and exciting Steely Dan catalog reissue roll-out from Analogue Productions. All titles remastered from the original analog tapes with the exceptions of Aja and Gaucho. Aja will be mastered from an analog, non-EQ'd tape copy and Gaucho from a 1980 analog tape copy originally EQ'd by Bob Ludwig (who cut the original Gaucho lacquers). According to the press release, it's likely that original... Read More

September 16th, 2022

Giles Martin Introduces "Revolver" Newly Mixed and Expanded Special Edition

Plays examples of track separation technology and entire album in Dolby Atmos—original mono mix LP cut AAA from tape

By: Michael Fremer

Unlike Sgt. Pepper's… producer Giles Martin explained to an invited group at New York's Republic Studios, the Revolver recorded assets, despite all of the record's innovative studio trickery (mostly done on tech "shoe-string"), did not include pre-mix "stems" that he could use to create a better stereo spread. The album had been recorded to 4 tracks and elements were permanently "married”. Director Peter Jackson's Beatles... Read More

September 16th, 2022

Producer/Engineer Eddie Kramer Talks 'In From The Storm' (And Other Things)

From the archives: Michael Fremer interviews Eddie Kramer about Jimi Hendrix, digital audio, and more

By: Michael Fremer

(This feature originally appeared in Issue 5/6, Winter 1995/96.)“Eddie Kramer/Olympic Studios.” A magical combination. Kramer engineered Traffic’s debut album and had his hands all over the group’s second effort. Both are among the finest sounding rock records of the decade. He also is credited on The Rolling Stones’ Beggars Banquet second to Glyn Johns. Kramer also worked with The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Buddy Guy, and Kiss, among others, but his best known... Read More

September 16th, 2022

Score One For Analog: An Interview With Soundtrack Recording Engineer Shawn Murphy

From the archives: Michael Fremer interviews Shawn Murphy

By: Michael Fremer

(This feature originally appeared in Issue 5/6, Winter 1995/96.)Ever hear an LP copy of Maurice Jarré’s soundtrack to Dr. Zhivago? It was released by MGM during the label’s “Sounds Great In Stereo” era. They’d put that statement on the record jacket whether or not what was inside was really recorded in stereo. “It would sound great if it had been recorded in stereo, but unfortunately, it wasn't” is what MGM meant to put on the cover, I’m sure, but they probably... Read More