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AnalogPlanet June 2018

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Zappa Family Trust Releases AAA Edition of Frank's "Burnt Weeny Sandwich"
And this is how you do it correctly!: Supervised by the ZFT, the record was specially mastered for this release by Bernie Grundman with all analog production and cut directly from the 1970 1/4" stereo safety master tape in 2018. 'Tis the season for "White Port and Lemon Juice"!

From The Archives: Analog Corner #86
Was I spoiled by the proliferation of analog gear at the High End 2002 show in Frankfurt, Germany? Nah. Home Entertainment 2002 just wasn't a very analog show. Some new and exciting gear appeared, and there were plenty of turntables playing vinyl. But the agenda of HE2002 was multichannel sound and home theater. That's what the organizers wanted, and, at least on the surface, that's what they got.

A Visit to Angie's Audio Corner In Toronto, Canada For The Store's Annual Party
Angie's Audio Corner owner Angela Lisi throws an annual party for friends, customers, manufacturers and the press around the time of the summer solstice, this year to celebrate her store's 40th anniversary. She also runs a successful distribution business. There was live music and food trucks.

Graham Nash Talks About the Release of "Over the Years" - A Retrospective With A Twist (Corrected)
AnalogPlanet last spoke with Graham Nash in 2016 upon the release of This Path Tonight, his latest collection of new songs. On June 29th RHINO will issue Over the Years a new 30 track, 15 song CD retrospective also available on vinyl as a 15 song double LP set.

From The Archives: Analog Corner #85
"I was worried about doing it," Speakers Corner's Kai Seemann told me. "If it didn't sell, I'd be out a substantial sum, but I took a chance and pressed 1500 copies, figuring if I did manage to sell them all, it would probably take three years."

"On the Radio" Exhibit at San Francisco International Airport
Heading home after addressing the San Francisco Audiophile Society last April, your editor noticed and video'd this cool exhibition of old radios on display at SFA. He's always got you on his mind. Well often anyway.

Analog "Guru" Wally Malewicz R.I.P.
Analog expert and my friend and mentor Wally Malewicz passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, June 6th after suffering a heart attack and being rushed to a Minneapolis area hospital where he later died. Wally had just returned home from a successful month-long European trip during which he gave turntable set-up seminars at High End Munich and later visited the Clearaudio factory to give the company the benefit of his expertise.

Cocteau Twins "Head Over Heels" Reissued by 4AD
Sounding more like the recording engineer accidentally fed only the reverb buss to the 2 channel master instead of the intended mix of "dry and wet", the Cocteau Twins' ethereal, reverb drenched Head Over Heels released in 1983 became a much imitated template for "wave", "shoe gazing" and other musical genres that followed in its wake.

Spinroad Vinyl Factory, A New Pressing Plant, Opens in Gothenburg, Sweden
Spinroad Vinyl Factory just opened within Spinneriet (The Cotton Mill), an old textile factory located in the outskirts of Gothenburg, Sweden. It's currently Sweden's only pressing plant. Currently the facility has two presses. Of course they are the new Pheenix Alpha presses made in Solna, Sweden.

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Graham Nash Talks About the Release of "Over the Years"— A Retrospective With A Twist (Corrected)
AnalogPlanet last spoke with Graham Nash in 2016 upon the release of This Path Tonight, his latest collection of new songs. On June 29th RHINO will issue Over the Years a new 30 track, 15 song CD retrospective also available on vinyl as a 15 song double LP set. Over the Years includes songs originally released on CSN and CSN&Y albums as well as songs from the records he made with David Crosby and of course from his solo albums beginning with 1971's "Songs For Beginners".

Analog Corner #85
"I was worried about doing it," Speakers Corner's Kai Seemann told me. "If it didn't sell, I'd be out a substantial sum, but I took a chance and pressed 1500 copies, figuring if I did manage to sell them all, it would probably take three years."

"On the Radio" Exhibit at San Francisco International Airport
Heading home after addressing the San Francisco Audiophile Society last April, your editor noticed and video'd this cool exhibition of old radios on display at SFA. He's always got you on his mind. Well often anyway.

Analog "Guru" Wally Malewicz R.I.P.
Analog expert and my friend and mentor Wally Malewicz passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, June 6th after suffering a heart attack and being rushed to a Minneapolis area hospital where he later died. Wally had just returned home from a successful month-long European trip during which he gave turntable set-up seminars at High End Munich and later visited the Clearaudio factory to give the company the benefit of his expertise—something he generously offered to just about anyone who asked.

Cocteau Twins "Head Over Heels" Reissued by 4AD
Sounding more like the recording engineer accidentally fed only the reverb buss to the 2 channel master instead of the intended mix of "dry and wet", the Cocteau Twins' ethereal, reverb drenched Head Over Heels released in 1983 became a much imitated template for "wave", "shoe gazing" and other musical genres that followed in its wake.

Spinroad Vinyl Factory, A New Pressing Plant, Opens in Gothenburg, Sweden
Spinroad Vinyl Factory just opened within Spinneriet (The Cotton Mill), an old textile factory located in the outskirts of Gothenburg, Sweden. It's currently Sweden's only pressing plant. Currently the facility has two presses. Of course they are the new Pheenix Alpha presses made in Solna, Sweden. For now lacquer cutting and plating is done in The Netherlands (probably at Record Industry) but the company hopes to eventually add that to the in-house mix.

"Buddy Holly" Sounding Better Than Ever on This Analogue Productions 200g Reissue
Buddy Holly's last album before "the day the music died" released in 1958 belongs in every rock-based record collection. It's not even a close call. And this reissue sourced from the original analog tapes still in superb condition and cut by Kevin Gray is by far the best sounding edition ever.

Katie Mahan Plays Gershwin (Direct-to-Disc)
It takes nerves of steel and a healthy serving of humility to agree to record direct-to-disc a solo piano recital but that's what Katie Mahan signed on for here. The results are both musically and sonically rewarding. Mahan gave her first piano recital at age 6, having decided at age 4 that she wanted to be a concert pianist after attending a performance of Gershwin's "American in Paris".

Analog Corner #84
Sign of the times: My local Compact Disc World store in Paramus, New Jersey, now has a vinyl section—a good one. The LPs are selling well enough that some folks I know shop there often so they don't miss out. Even Burger King is in on the action. If the artwork on its new soft-drink cup is any indication, the fast-food franchise has transferred its familiar "Have it your way" slogan from hamburgers to music carriers...

Gold Note Adds Outboard PSU For Its PH-10 MM/MC Phono Preamplifier
FIRENZE, Italy: Italian High-End manufacturer Gold Note – just introduced the PSU-10 external power supply developed to enhance the performance of the PH-10 phono stage.

Audio Fidelity's Marshall Blonstein Calls It "A Side"
Marshall Blonstein, owner/founder of both the DCC Compact Classics and Audio Fidelity labels and a record industry veteran revealed in a recent email that he was retiring and closing down the Audio Fidelity label (the photo L-R is of Blonstein, AnalogPlanet editor Michael Fremer and legendary mastering engineer Kevin Gray taken during the TRON double LP mastering sessions).

If Charles Kirmuss's Record Cleaning Machine and Regimen Are Correct, Are Everyone Else's Wrong?
Mr. Kirmuss insists that the vinyl residue seen in his cavitation tank in this video is not damage caused by his device. Rather, he insists, it is vinyl residue "locked" into the grooves by soapy residue from other machines that his process has removed.)
We first encountered at AXPONA 2018 Mr. Charles Kirmuss and his "In The Groove" Ultrasonic Vinyl Record Restoration System. The system is based upon an ultrasonic bath-type cleaning machine from China, another of which that looked identical was being sold but a few feet away.

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