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December 6th, 2022

High End 2023 is Fully Booked As of December 6th

Munich show dates are May 18-21

By: Michael Fremer

Press release: Following the registration deadline for the HIGH END 2023 on 30th November 2022, the company HIGH END SOCIETY Service GmbH is pleased to announce that the international audio show is yet again fully booked. According to the event organiser, the demand for the popular atrium rooms in particular far exceeded the capacities available. The continued interest in the event among exhibitors is extremely positive and demonstrates how trade shows will continue... Read More

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December 6th, 2022

Listen to Neil Young’s Music with the Best Audio Fidelity on ‘Neil Young Radio High-Res’

Hi-res on Sirius/XM? Yes. Through December 16th: 96K or 192K, Both 24 Bit

By: Michael Fremer

You have to log into your Sirius/XM account and then you can hear: "...decades of Neil’s classics, tracks from his new World Record LP, and songs from his recently released Harvest 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition featuring outtakes, demos, alternate versions and live tracks."The "Harvest" link takes you to where you can order the deluxe bundle for $149.00. The most interesting thing there is a previously unseen two hour 1971 documentary film shot... Read More

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December 6th, 2022

A near Garbarek experience

Excerpt from Jan Omdahl's new book on «Afric Pepperbird», ECM jazz touchstone by the Jan Garbarek Quartet

By: Jan Omdahl

Jan Omdahl is the author of a new book in Norwegian on «Afric Pepperbird» by the Jan Garabrek Quartet, an early ECM jazz touchstone. The book is being considered for publication in English. This excerpt chronicles Jan’s attempts to convince his reclusive namesake to talk to him, ending up instead with Garbarek’s personal collection of test pressings. 




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December 6th, 2022

P's Quirky And Curious Self-Titled Album

From the archives: 'P' presents a wide range of musical variety and coarse, crude humor

By: Tracking Angle

(This review, written by Carl E. Baugher, originally appeared in Issue 7, Spring 1996.)P is Gibby Haynes (Butthole Surfers), Johnny Depp (Edward Scissorhand), Bill Carter and Sal Jenco. Also, as it says on the back of the LP jacket, “P is a land, not a liquid or a fruit.” Uh, ok. Not by any means the discordant thrash you might expect from this Gibby-led bunch, this quirky, curious album is consistently engaging, with a wide range of musical variety and coarse, crude... Read More

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December 2nd, 2022

The Last (and Least) of Columbia Legacy’s Miles Davis “Bootleg Series”

Miles Gets Freaky Deaky

By: Fred Kaplan

I saw Miles Davis’ pop-rock band a half dozen times in the 1980s and loved the music each time. The concert-recordings from that period—"Miles Live Around the World" and the relevant discs from the 20-CD "Complete Miles Davis at Montreux", both released posthumously on Warner Brothers—were also wondrous, a departure from his discography (as every new phase of his was from the phase before) but still ranking high. His famous covers of Michael... Read More

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December 1st, 2022

It's a great, big 'Vacant World'

Mesh-Key records and Kevin Gray ressurect an obscure 60s psych classic

By: Michael Johnson

In 1966 The Beatles came to Japan, playing the 15,000-seat Nippon Budokan in Tokyo, firmly planting the flag of western rock and roll in the island nation. What followed were a series of Beatles and Rolling Stones-esq copycat bands, often assembled by various record labels, playing everything from covers of American blues hits, to sparkly pop ballads written by in-house composers supplied by the record label. As the Japanese had difficulty pronouncing the term ‘Rock... Read More

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