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September 22nd, 2022

Numero Group Five Day London Takeover October 5-9 2022

1000s of LPs and "decades of lost sounds" at Shoreditch Pop-up

By: Michael Fremer

Attn U.K TrackingAngle readers:

Deluxe reissue label Numero Group recently announced its return to London for a five-day takeover. From October 5th-9th, for the first time in three years, the Chicago-based record label and rights management organization will bring thousands of LPs, 45s, cassettes and CDs, exclusive t-shirts and hats, test pressings, lavishly packaged box sets and decades' worth of precious lost sounds to a pop-up...Read More

September 21st, 2022

Pro-Ject's Evolution X8 Turntable Throws A Monkeywrench Into the Marketplace

So much turntable for such an agreeable price

By: Michael Fremer

A rough definition of “economies of scale” is the cost advantages produced by increased production. The more you produce, the lower the cost per unit, measured by the amount of output per unit of time. Usually this results in either the same product costing less, or a better product for the same cost as a not as good previous one.

It's not clear how long it takes to assemble, box...Read More

September 21st, 2022

The Influences Of The Grateful Dead

From the archives: Even if this fascinating, eclectic set had nothing whatsoever to do with The Grateful Dead, it's worth picking up

By: Michael Fremer

(This review originally appeared in Issue 7, Spring 1996.)

Even if this fascinating, eclectic set had nothing whatsoever to do with The Grateful Dead, in fact even if you’re not a “Deadhead” it’s worth picking up both for the mix of music and the outstanding sound from Paul Stubblebine, not to mention R. Crumb’s cover art. If you are a Grateful Dead fan, you don’t want to be without this compilation.

Long time Dead writer Blair Jackson twists...Read More

September 20th, 2022

Can Mobile Fidelity Still Cut It?

Mo-Fi's Anadisc 200 Return—What We Were Thinking in 1994

By: Michael Fremer

After making an impressive musical and sonic splash at last winterʼs C.E.S. (1994) with the superlative 200 gram vinyl edition of Muddy Waters Folk Singer (MFSL 1-201) and three less inspired choices: (ELPʼs Tarkus [feh!], Manhattan Transferʼs Extensions [yawn!] and Pink Floydʼs Atom Heart Mother [snooze]), Mobile Fidelityʼs vinyl reissue program sort of dribbled to a stop. In fact, the Pink Floyd didnʼt appear at the show due to a problem MoFi wouldnʼt...Read More

September 20th, 2022

Uhuru Afrika---Randy Weston's Forgotten 1960 Masterpiece

The Records You Didn't Know You Needed #12

By: Joseph W. Washek

In 1960, often referred to as “The Year of Africa,” seventeen former French and British colonies in Africa became free, independent nations. In the U.S., in February 1960, the struggle of Black Americans to attain the civil rights which had been promised them by Brown v. Board of Education in 1954, entered a more aggressive, confrontational phase when in Greenville, North Carolina Black students, frustrated and angered by the slow progress in ending segregation, refused to leave a...Read More