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AnalogPlanet October 2015


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Mo-Fi's "KOB": Kind of Blah? (Updated info in boldface)
Donald Rumsfeld once famously said "You go to war with the army you have not the army you want". While reissuing Miles Davis' iconic Kind of Blue is hardly as consequential as invading a country, in context of our little musical and sonic world it probably is.

Analog Planet Radio "Drug" Show Now Available
Analog Planet Radio's "Drug" show is now available for downloading here and on's website archive where it will be available for streaming for two weeks. For those overseas who are having trouble downloading from this site, that might be a better solution.

Guess What Company Norman Pickering Started?
In his ninety-nine years on this earth Norman C. Pickering has seen and done more than most of us would manage were we lucky enough to live to be a hundred and ninety-nine.

Vanessa Fernandez Groove Note Sophomore Effort Coming Spring 2016
Vanessa Fernandez’s first Groove Note release was a terrific record musically and sonically. It must have done well commercially because Groove Note’s (and ORG’s) Ying Tan has planned a follow up extravaganza. When the Levee Breaks (Deluxe Edition) will be a 180g, 45rpm direct-to-lacquer triple LP, triple gatefold set that includes a bonus 12” single.

The David Bowie "Five Years" Box Set Unboxed
The David Bowie box set arrived from Warner Brothers, which distributes it in America, while I was at The Rocky Mountain Audio Festival. A nasty head cold accompanied me home so no point yet to seriously evaluate the sound but it was definitely a good time to unbox the set and having a look.

The Beatles "1+" Video Collection Coming Early November
Had enough Beatles? Then don't read this and whine about it. But if you never have enough Beatles, this new 27 song singles collection on DVD, Blu-ray, CD and eventual double LP (the latter two audio only obviously) is for you. You will fall in love all over again.

RMAF 2015 Show Report!
Michael Fremer reports live from Denver Colorado and audio's biggest public show of the year. If you're only gonna click on one link in this newsletter, click on this one.

The Morrow Audio High-end Interconnects with SSI Technology Sweepstakes
Register to win a set of Morrow Audio High-end Interconnects with SSI Technology (MSRP $49.00) we are giving away.

Analog Planet to Participate in WAX Event at the Capitol Tower
Vinyl, music goods and the record collecting culture will be on the agenda at the "first ever industry event" of its kind taking place on the Capitol Records building lot Saturday and Sunday October 24th and 25th.

1st Edition

For vinyl lovers, it’s important to know that Wilson-Benesch first began in 1989 as a start-up dedicated to building a turntable simply because it felt vinyl was a superior medium compared to CD. For that reason alone, the company should be venerated. W-B argued that new, emerging technologies like carbon fiber could further elevate vinyl playback.

Next Dylan Bootleg Series Release "The Cutting Edge 1965-1966" Offers Multiple Editions
The latest "Bootleg Series" Dylan release covers but fourteen months during which time Dylan released three of his greatest albums: Bringing It All Back Home, Highway 61 Revisited and Blonde on Blonde.

E-Trade's Subliminal War on Vinyl "And So It Begins"
Kevin Spacey stars in an E-Trade TV commercial, the theme of which is spotting trends early. It focuses mostly on "hipster" guys with beards. They are all over the spot until one comes cleanly shaved out of a barber shop.

Mobile Fidelity Sonically Resurrects Mid-Period Miles
If the iconic Miles Davis album Kind of Blue captured an event--an abrupt musical switch from melody to modal, these three mid-period quintet albums, Sorcerer (1967), Nefertitti (1968) and Filles De Kilimanjaro (1969) represent a period of transition as the quintet moves slowly towards Miles’s amplified instrument embrace.

Impassioned Lovers Wrestle As One (Pianist)!
Igor Stravinsky was the original rock'n'roller and if you don't think so, you don't know rock'n'roll or Stravinsky! Stravinsky arranged "Le Sacre Du Printemps" (The Rite of Spring), "Petrouchka" and other ballets for both orchestra and four handed piano.

VAS Introduces Made In New Jersey $1500 MC Cartridge!
I flew down for a few days to Atlanta, Georgia to attend the grand opening of the new HiFi Buys store. Yesterday I conducted three vinyl-related seminars. Today's events included a presentation by VPI's Mat Weisfeld of the new Avenger turntable, which, at this event made its dealer debut.

FLUX HI FI Electronic Stylus Cleaner
Electronic stylus cleaners have been around for decades. Though very popular in the 1970s and 1980s, these vibrating devices rapidly fell out of favor for a very good reason.

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