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AnalogPlanet May 2020

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2nd Edition

Crosley Radio Renews Beatles LicensedAccessories
Crosley Radio recently announced it had renewed its license for Beatles-branded accessories including the ones in the lead photo. The Beatles remain at or near the top of new vinyl sales 57 years after the group released its first single.

Mack Avenue Music Group & Octave Music Partner With Vinyl Me, Please For Erroll Garner's Magician
Mack Avenue Music Group and Octave Music are proud to announce a partnership with Vinyl Me, Please on Erroll Garner's Magician as their May Classics Record of the Month.

Analog Corner #122
Records? You want to talk about records? I have at least 7000 and you can have them! But you can't come over and cherry-pick what you want. You have to take them all," said the gent who's sat next to me at Avery Fisher Hall for the past four years.

The Great Cable "Unmasking"
Well, here we go. More than 125 people have participated in the It's Just Wire "blind test", so thank you all. Certainly, we've dispelled the ridiculous notion that "wire is wire" and that all wire sounds the same.

Reprise Drops June 19th Neil Young's 1974/'75 "Lost Album" Homegrown
Neil Young describes Homegrown as "The One That Got Away". Recorded in 1974 and '75, the album should have been released a few years after Harvest, but the sad side of a love affair was too much for Young to deal with after recording it, so he "...kept it to myself, hidden away in the vault, on the shelf, in the back of my mind....but I should have shared it."

"Experiential" Grateful Dead 14 LP All-Analog Box Set in "Acid Flashback" Colors From Vinyl Me, Please
Vinyl Me, Please today announced The Story of the Grateful Dead, a limited-edition 8 album, 14-disc deluxe box set featuring 4 studio albums and four "essential" live albums all cut by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering.

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Is Tonearm Manufacturer JELCO a Covid-19 Victim?
This morning I received an email from Simon Brown designer and manufacturer of the innovative The Wand tonearm and new The Wand turntable telling me that Jelco tonearm's parent company Ichikawa Jewel Co. Ltd had announced it would be shutting down the business.

It's Just Wire (REVISED FILES)
Someone on a Facebook group was asking for some help with new phono cables. One of the responses really annoyed. The guy dismissively wrote "It's just wire". And "do you think anyone in a recording studio uses $400 wire?".

Victor Goldstein R.I.P.
Few analogPlanet readers know the name but no doubt some do and I feel compelled to say a few words about my friend Victor Goldstein, shown here with Stereophile writer Jonathan Scull probably back in the late '80s when Victor was working with speaker manufacturer B&W. Goldstein passed away last night, a victim of the Covid-19 Pandemic.

Mastering in the Time of Covid-19
"Tone Poet" Joe Harley sent this photo taken today at a Kevin Gray mastering session. Analog life goes on at Cohearent Audio during the Pandemic.

Sam Records and Saga Launch new ARTISAN Record Series Aimed at Jazz and Art Lovers
By the late 1940s, the emergence of vinyl records created new opportunities for graphic artists to express their talent. The new 12'' square format seemed particularly suitable for experimentation and many labels became reputed for their innovative designs.

WallyTools Are Back From The New WAM Engineering
WAM Engineering's new universal WallyTractor is now available from the newly formed company, a partnership between the late Wally Malewicz's son Andrzej, himself a mechanical engineer and Wally's former production assistant J.R. Boisclair.

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