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AnalogPlanet September 2015

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"Vinyl Frenzy" Leads to New, New Jersey Pressing Plant!
My sources had told me "off the record" about a new pressing plant opening in New Jersey by Epitaph Records or principles of that company, but I was asked not to write anything so I didn't.

Allnic Speednic Sweepstakes
Register to win an Allnic Speednic universal turntable speed verification system (MSRP $399) we are giving away.

Jack Tempchin's Fourth Quarter Romance
When I interviewed singer/songwriter Jack Tempchin recently I joked about why older songwriters often lose their creativity. Imagine the song titles compared to when the writer was young, I quipped. "My wife got fat", "She forgot the lube" (etc.).

Bob Ludwig Issues Statement Re: "Queen Studio Collection" Box Set
(An analogplanet.com exclusive): Bob Ludwig today issued a statement about the Queen "Studio Collection vinyl box set. News that Queen's vinyl box set had been produced using Bob Ludwig's 96k/24bit master files rather than directly from analog tape created speculation about the condition of the tapes as well as why the choice was made to cut from digital.

A D2D "Four Seasons" That Hits All of the Right Notes
If you've already got a version of Vivaldi's "Four Seasons" that you like, I'm not suggesting you need a "second opinion" though in my world any well-produced, good-sounding musically worthwhile and well-performed D2D record is a treasure worth owning.

Amused To Death is A Singular Sonic Spectacular
Grand scale examinations of the human condition tend to be preachy, didactic and obvious. The more interesting observations tend to be small scale and personal--in other words, how individuals deal with human foibles and circumstances beyond individual control generally are more compelling and interesting.

Previously Unreleased John Renbourn "Attic Tapes" To Get Double Gatefold Vinyl Release
On October 16th, 2015 Riverboat Record will release on CD The Attic Tapes a "vintage" collection of John Reborn recordings made two or three years before his Transatlantic Records debut. The double gatefold edition with exclusive tracks will be released early in 2016.

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Analogplanet Radio's Labor Day Special Now Available For Downloading
The Labor Day holiday didn't stop Analogplanet Radio from broadcasting live today at noon. It was a special Labor Day broadcast with a holiday-appropriate musical theme.

Amused To Death is A Singular Sonic Spectacular
Grand scale examinations of the human condition tend to be preachy, didactic and obvious. The more interesting observations tend to be small scale and personal--in other words, how individuals deal with human foibles and circumstances beyond individual control generally are more compelling and interesting.

Previously Unreleased John Renbourn "Attic Tapes" To Get Double Gatefold Vinyl Release
On October 16th, 2015 Riverboat Record will release on CD The Attic Tapes a "vintage" collection of John Reborn recordings made two or three years before his Transatlantic Records debut. The double gatefold edition with exclusive tracks will be released early in 2016.

Channel D Updates Seta Piccola Phono Preamplifier to Mk2
Pure Vinyl™ and Pure Music® developer Channel D recently announced an update to its Seta Piccola phono preamplifier. The new Mk2 features a series of component improvements aimed it further improving its moving coil cartridge performance.

Walker Audio Pivots on Tone Arm Design In New Procession Turntable
Walker Audio, best known for its Proscenium air bearing turntable and air bearing tangential tracking tone arm recently announced the new Procession turntable featuring a pivoted arm.

Analog Spark: A New Vinyl Reissue Label
Mr Piro is doing things the way analogplanet readers prefer. The label's latest release is Dave Brubeck's Jazz Goes to College cut from the original mono master tapes by Ryan K. Smith at Sterling Sound, pressed and plated at RTI and packaged in a Stoughton Press "tip on" jacket.

Simon and Garfunkel: The Complete Columbia Albums Collection (Copy Corrected 9-3-15)
The story that has been handed down through the decades goes like this: Simon and Garfunkel’s vinyl LPs were originally produced using master tapes. Because S&G became so popular, over time the tapes would show signs of wear, so Columbia engineers would make a copy, toss the original, and begin cutting lacquers using the copy.

Sticky Fingers File Identities Revealed
Let's not drag this out. Here are the file identities:

Your Stereo Was Made For Ciaramella’s Dances on Movable Ground
I’ll tell you how I got into medieval era dance music similar to what’s on this record and on la Spagna: back in 1969 when I worked in the downstairs record store division of Minuteman in Harvard Square, a salesman named Duane who worked upstairs selling audio gear I could not at the time afford, insisted I buy a record on Deutsche Grammophone’s Archive Production label.

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