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Album Review: Yes – Tales from Topographic Oceans

Posted on September 18th, 2017 by Harrison Murray

A beautiful and visionary album marred by tedious filler sections. Genre: Progressive rock Country: United Kingdom Release date: December 7, 1973 Label: Atlantic Records (reissued on Blu-Ray by Panegyric) Format: Blu-Ray Catalog number: GYRBD80001 Personnel: Jon Anderson – vocals Chris Squire – bass Steve Howe – guitar Rick Wakeman – keyboards Alan White – drums […]

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MIDIPhile: How to Get Audiophile-Quality MIDI Playback with a Hardware Synthesizer

Posted on August 22nd, 2017 by Harrison Murray

MIDIPhile: How to Get Audiophile-Quality MIDI Playback with a Hardware Synthesizer A MIDI file made for a Doom level, played on my Roland SC-55 MkII. Most computer users are familiar with the Windows GS MIDI synthesizer that comes with Windows. Perhaps you might even think that’s what “MIDI” sounds like—terrible, tinny, badly sampled instruments little […]

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Album review: Fritz Reiner/Chicago Symphony Orchestra – The Reiner Sound

Posted on August 9th, 2017 by Harrison Murray

A multi-course feast of death. Genre: Classical (late Romantic) Country: United States Release date: 1958 (reissued 2014) Label: RCA Victor (reissued on vinyl by Analogue Productions) Format: 12” vinyl Catalog number: AAPC 2183 Personnel: Fritz Reiner – conductor with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra   1. Rapsodie espagnole I: Prelude a la nuit (Maurice Ravel) 5:30 […]

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Album review: Vaudou Game – Apiafo

Posted on May 23rd, 2017 by Harrison Murray

Solid Afro-funk, but the Vodoun influence doesn’t integrate very well.   Genre: Afrobeat/funk/traditional music crossover Country: Togo/France Release date: September 12, 2014 Label: Hot Casa Records Format: 12″ vinyl (tracks 1-10)/streamed (tracks 11-12) Catalog number: HC 32 Personnel: Peter Solo – vocals, electric guitar, composition Roger Damawuzan – vocals (tracks 2 and 7) David Kiledjian […]

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Album review: Eberhard Weber – The Colours of Chloë

Posted on April 8th, 2017 by Harrison Murray

Romantic, wistful, and melancholic—the definitive ECM record   Genre: Jazz fusion with classical influences Country: Germany Release date: 1974 Label: ECM Format: 12” vinyl Catalog number: ECM 1042 ST Personnel: Eberhard Weber – electric and acoustic bass, cello, ocarina, backing vocals Rainer Brüninghaus – keyboards and vibraphone Ack van Rooyen – flugelhorn (track 3 and […]

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How To Choose The Right Record Sleeve

Posted on April 5th, 2017 by admin

So you have bought some used records at your local record shop or on the internet, and you have carefully cleaned them.  Now you need to put your spotless record in an equally spotless record sleeve for protection.  Which sleeve is right for you?  To help direct you to the right purchase, we are offering […]

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Album review: Bolt Thrower – Those Once Loyal

Posted on February 1st, 2017 by Harrison Murray

Formula music, to be sure, but it’s a good formula well-executed. Genre: Death metal Country: United Kingdom Release date: November 14, 2005 (reissued on vinyl November 25, 2016) Label: Metal Blade Records Format: 12” vinyl Catalog number: 3984-14506-1 Personnel: Karl Willetts – vocals Gavin Ward – rhythm guitars Barry Thompson – lead and rhythm guitars […]

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Album review: The Silk Road Ensemble – Sing Me Home

Posted on December 24th, 2016 by Harrison Murray

Beautiful and often transcendent music—when it sticks to its core values. Genre: World fusion/classical crossover/roots music Country: USA Release date: April 22, 2016 Label: Sony Masterworks (vinyl release by Music on Vinyl) Format: 12” vinyl Catalog number: MOVCL025 Personnel: Kinan Azmeh – clarinet Cameron Beauchamp – vocals Jeffrey Beecher – bass Michael Ward Bergeman – […]

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Album Review: Fela Kuti – Live!

Posted on November 23rd, 2016 by Harrison Murray

The addition of Ginger Baker makes this slab of Afrobeat a bit more “beat” than “Afro”. Genre: Afrobeat Country: Nigeria Release date: August 30, 1971 (reissued 2012) Label: Regal Zonophone (reissued on vinyl by Knitting Factory Records) Format: 12” vinyl Catalog number: KFR-003

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Album review: Magma – Mëkanïk Dëstruktïẁ Kömmandöh

Posted on September 30th, 2016 by Harrison Murray

A jazz fusion ensemble interprets Verdi’s Requiem in the original Klingon. Genre: Zeuhl (progressive rock/jazz fusion/contemporary classical/avant-garde) Country: France Release date: December 1973 (reissued 2013) Label: A&M (reissued on vinyl by Jazz Village) Format: 12” vinyl Catalog number: JV33570070

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