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AnalogPlanet Mar 2017


2nd Edition

Cracking the Columbia Records Code
You can find a great deal of information online about matrix codes and their meaning. Unfortunately some of it is incorrect. For example a post on the often useful Steve Hoffman Forums claims that Columbia "cuttings" are A-1st, B-2nd, C-3rd through L-11th and then AA is 12th "cutting" with AB being 13th. AA through AL would be cuttings 12-22, BA through BL would be 23-33, and so on.

AnalogPlanet Radio's WFDU HD2 "Spring is Here" Radio Show Streams Now
Today's playlist is all about spring, with a short detour to celebrate Chuck Berry and Larry Coryell.

The "Chirping Crickets" Is Rock'n'Roll's DNA
When The Crickets' "That'll Be the Day" exploded on the radio in 1957 and the absolutely geeky looking 21 year old Buddy Holly and group appeared December 1st on The Ed Sullivan Show, a generation of kids were moved the way the next one was by The Beatles. You didn't have to look like Elvis.

Nick Culp's "The Culprit's Blues" Goes Back to The Future
You've probably seen or at least heard about Damien Chazelle's musical "La La Land", about a musician (Ryan Gosling) whose less than fully expressed mission was to "save jazz". He brings his turntable and retro-record collection to Los Angeles where he lives in a crummy apartment and makes ends meet by playing in a piano bar.

Roy Orbison "Black&WhiteNight 30" Blu-ray Has it All (And More)
Thirty years after the stars came out in an unprecedented outpouring of love and respect to back Roy Orbison at L.A.'s Cocoanut Grove Ballroom, fans can finally see it all and hear it as never before in the original running order in which it was performed.

Fans Demand More Blue Notes From Music Matters!
A group of determined fans of both the Blue Note jazz catalog and the Music Matters reissues, which are always done from tape and done correctly recently started a drive to convince the label to issue more of Blue Notes after the label apparently decided it had released a sufficient number.

Judith Owen's "Somebody's Child" Will Move You
It doesn't slight this well-produced, thoroughly engaging record to write that singer/songwriter/pianist/raconteur Judith Owen is best experienced live in concert.

Shinola's "Plug'n'Play" Runwell Turntable
It's no secret that when Shinola decided to add a turntable to its product roster, the Detroit, Michigan based manufacturer chose to consult for the design with New Jersey based VPI Industries.

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Shinola's "Plug'n'Play" Runwell Turntable
It's no secret that when Shinola decided to add a turntable to its product roster, the Detroit, Michigan based manufacturer chose to consult for the design with New Jersey based VPI Industries.

Third Man Pressing Plant Party Was a "Ya'Alta" Like Event
Jack White marked the opening of his new Third Man Pressing plant in a reinvigorated Detroit neighborhood by throwing a grand, festive, sometimes rowdy rock'n'roll (semi-formal attire requested) party. Among the invited "F.O.V.s" (Friends of Vinyl) were most of the owners of America's major and minor pressing plants.

"The Royal Ballet" Re-pressed And Immediately Sells Out!
Originally licensed in 1959 from British Decca and issued by RCA Victor in America on its lavish Soria series as LDS-6065, the "Gala Performances" performed by The Royal Opera House Orchestra, Covent Gardens conducted by Ernest Ansermet continues to draw new enthusiasts to what many consider one of legendary engineer Kenneth Wilkinson's most spectacular recordings.

High Drama at Chasing the Dragon's AIR Studios Direct-to-Disc Recording Session Part 2
The orchestra rehearses downstairs while upstairs the mastering room engineers record and play back a test lacquer. Finally, it's time for a recorded take of the "Carmen" excerpts with Mezzo-Soprano Rosie Middleton.

Behind the Scenes at a Chasing the Dragon Direct-to-Disc AIR Studios Recording Session Part 1
Chasing the Dragon record producer Mike Valentine's business is underwater but he's not complaining. The reknowned underwater cinematographer's work can be seen in James Bond movies like "Casino Royale" and "Skyfall" as well as in "Star Wars Episode 1.

AnalogPlanet Radio's WFDU HD2 "Funny Music" Radio Show Streams Now
President's Day seemed like the ideal day for a "funny music" show, so do your patriotic duty and listen and hopefully laugh at it all. All but one song is vinyl-sourced.

AnalogPlanet Visits Rega Research Finale (Part 5)
What goes into a Rega drive belt? What does Rega have planned for the new Planar 6? What about the Naiad-- the upcoming "ultimate Rega" turntable? What does it look like?

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