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Run Out Groove Issues Expanded Delaney & Bonnie And Friends "Motel Shot"
I always wondered what motel in the real world had a room big enough to produce the spectacularly spacious sound on the ATCO original (ATCO SD-33-358) released in 1971. This is a live, spontaneous white gospel album featuring D&B plus Leon Russell, Gram Parsons, Bobby Whitlock, Jim Keltner, Dave Mason, Duane Allman and many others. The concept was to give listeners the touring musicians' post concert informal jam session experience--whether in a motel, airport, or even onboard the airplane.

From the Archives: Analog Corner #78
Every fall and spring, Groovy Productions runs a giant record convention at the New Jersey Convention and Expo Center at the Raritan Center in Edison, New Jersey. In 2001, despite September 11 and an unusually warm, sunny day that saw temperatures close to 80°, vinyl fanatics turned out in gratifying numbers.

The Cranberries' "everybody else is doing it, so why can't we?" First Time on Vinyl in 24 Years
What a voice, what a loss. Dolores O'Riordan, lead singer of the Irish group The Cranberries died suddenly in London January 15th, 2018 at age 46. She was in town for a recording session. O'Riordan wrote lyrics and on some of the group's songs, the music as well, including three on this, the group's 1993 debut album.

Which $10,000+ Cartridge Do You Prefer?
In a recent issue of Stereophile, Analog Corner covered a number of products including two very expensive cartridges: the Transfiguration Proteus D ($10,500) and the Kuzma CAR-60 ($12,995). Both feature diamond cantilevers but that doesn't mean they sound at all alike.

New Jimi Hendrix Album "Both Sides of the Sky" Just Released (All Analog)
March 9 - Experience Hendrix and Legacy Recordings have released Jimi Hendrix's new album Both Sides of the Sky today on CD, digital, and as a numbered 180-gram audiophile vinyl 2 LP set sourced from tape and cut from tape by Bernie Grundman. NPR Music recently declared, "No rock figure before or since could breathe fire like Hendrix does, on his beloved well-known albums and on the assortment that is Both Sides of the Sky."

Love Those Vintage British Pressings? Consider The OXFAM Online Record Store
You can shop by genre and/or price and a variety of other filters, which is a good thing because the store is loaded with great records! The Oxfam people know their vinyl and so don't expect collectibles for $1 but if you're looking for U.K. originals there are many there and the prices seem fair. Also, they know the lingo and show you labels and even give you matrix numbers.

"Concert For George" Beautifully Packaged, Released on 4 180g LP Box Set
Let's get directly to the point: the packaging of this almost $100 set is inversely proportional to the sound quality. The packaging is deluxe. Live concerts first seen on DVD and Blu-ray and later released on audio-only formats can bring surprises. Sometimes what was musically compelling when seen turns out to be somewhat boring without picture.

The Last Word (For Now) on the Technics SL-1000R Tonearm
The amount of faux "controversy" surrounding the 10" arm Technics will supply with its upcoming SL-1000R turntable bordered on the absurd. Much of it centered on the pivot to spindle distance and effective length. It all began when the 'table arrived and the spec sheet listed the effective length as 239mm. That didn't make sense to me because that would be the effective length of a 9" arm!

Steep Canyon Rangers "Out in the Open"
Bluegrass non-traditionalists Steep Canyon Rangers recently released this, the group's 12th album, without part time "front man" Steve Martin but with producer Joe Henry helming an exquisitely conceived and executed set of modern originals (plus one Bob Dylan cover) that preserves the traditional bluegrass sound while moving the genre into the contemporary musical world.

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