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September 13th, 2022

A Hip Trip Of A Mose Allison Anthology

From the archives: Steve Guttenberg reviews Rhino's 2CD 'Allison Wonderland: The Mose Allison Anthology'

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(This review, written by Steve Guttenberg, originally appeared in Issue 5/6, Winter 1995/96.)

Is Mose Allison the coolest man alive? Do “cool” people still use that word? Whatever the jargon, Mose Allison defined the whole concept. This groovy 2CD set covers a great deal of ground: the years 1957-1990; 47 tracks from six different labels. This music doesn’t fit easily into any one category—a lot of jazz, plenty of blues, definitely rock, a bit of country—so its appeal...Read More

September 13th, 2022

Jack Pfeiffer: The Last Interview

From the archives: Michael Fremer talks to veteran RCA "Living Stereo" producer Jack Pfeiffer

By: Michael Fremer

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

When I sat down at last January’s Consumer Electronics Show with veteran RCA producer Jack Pfeiffer, I had no way of knowing that I would be conducting the final interview he would ever give. Pfeiffer suffered a fatal heart attack on Thursday, February 8th at his RCA office where he’d worked in the Red Seal division for the past 47 years. He was 75.

Jack Pfeiffer was a pleasant man, soft spoken...Read More

September 13th, 2022

A Conversation With Jimi Hendrix Biographer John McDermott

From the archives: Michael Fremer talks with John McDermott about the state of the Hendrix vault

By: Michael Fremer

(This feature originally appeared in Issue 5/6, Winter 1995/96.)

In my interview with Eddie Kramer, I asked many questions regarding the mastering particulars of the first four records. He was unable to provide the answers, referring me instead to John McDermott, author (with Billy Cox and Eddie Kramer) of Jimi Hendrix Sessions and Hendrix: Setting the Record Straight, two indispensable books for any Hendrix fan—and without which this issue’s cover...Read More

September 13th, 2022

And You’ll Never Hear Surf Music Again: Jimi Hendrix On Record

From the archives: Jimi Hendrix's discography... on vinyl!

By: Michael Fremer

(This feature originally appeared as a cover story in Issue 5/6, Winter 1995/96.)

Contrary to prevailing opinion circa 1967, Jimi Hendrix did not arrive from outer space. He was from Seattle, which probably had a greater effect on his music than if he had come from another planet. For those of us old enough to remember hearing Are You Experienced? when it was first issued in America, summer of 1967, Hendrix was some Black English cat who’d taken...Read More

September 13th, 2022

Palace Music's 'Viva Last Blues'

From the archives: Will Oldham's third record as Palace Music

By: Michael Fremer

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

The question is, how far are you willing to climb to reach a pure source? Do you want the water as it exits from a fissure in the rocks? Or is a filtered five gallon bottle delivered to your back door good enough for you?

Which are you more comfortable with? PJ Harvey? Or Alanis Morissette? Fresh or packaged? What you’ll get here is drawn straight from the pure stream of Will Oldham’s cosmic...Read More