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Mike Mettler Posted: Apr 10, 2014 0 comments
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“Best guitar player I ever heard.” Some hip muso waxing on about the next Hendrix? Nope, that’s Bob Dylan on the late Michael Bloomfield, and the Bard’s ears are some damn fine arbiters. This three-CD/one-DVD Bloomfield box set reclaims a master guitarist’s legacy that’s as deep as the Delta, by way of the Windy City and the City by the Bay. Disc 1, subtitled Roots, sets the tap. The instrumental take on Dylan’s iconic “Like a Rolling Stone” is revelatory, keeping the focus on the as-it’s-happening creation of the now-familiar melody via Bloomfield’s chiming Telecaster riffs intermingling with Al Kooper’s wheedling Hammond B3.
Steve Guttenberg Posted: Aug 16, 2006 0 comments
It's not just cables anymore.

It was in the late 1970s when Noel Lee, a laser-fusion design engineer, started a little company, Monster Cable, which soon spawned, well, the entire high-end audio-cable industry. Over the decades, Monster maintained their dominance in the cable market as it branched into power conditioners and M•Design home theater furniture. Now, with Monster Music, they're jumping into the record business with a line of High Definition Surround SuperDiscs. Noel Lee's passion for multichannel music—and frustration with the stillborn SACD/DVD-Audio formats—pushed him to extract the best sound from Dolby- and DTS-encoded music. Monster Music claims that the SuperDiscs are the first music releases certified by THX for sound quality.

Mike Mettler Posted: Nov 25, 2013 0 comments
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How do you make a perfect album even more perfect? In the case of Van Morrison’s seminal 1970 neo-rock Caledonian masterpiece Moondance, you compile a 70-track deluxe edition that includes three discs of sessions, outtakes, and alternate mixes, in addition to a separate Blu-ray Audio disc with a long-lost surround sound mix done by one of the album’s original engineers. Yes, as any good Van the Man fan knows, it’s too late to stop now.
Rob O'Connor Posted: Mar 10, 2009 0 comments
Attack/Lost Highway
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Okay, one of the labels involved with releasing this new Morrissey album is the alt-country leader Lost Highway,
Mike Mettler Posted: Nov 26, 2007 0 comments

Parke Puterbaugh Posted: Jul 21, 2008 0 comments
Reprise
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This is the first Tom Petty album that doesn't have his name on the cover.

Brett Milano Posted: Jun 09, 2006 0 comments
The Boxing Mirror Back Porch/EMI
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This is exactly the album you'd expect from an already thoughtful so
Brett Milano Posted: Sep 04, 2006 0 comments
Getting Somewhere Sugar Hill
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Allison Moorer's first collaboration with producer/husband Stev
Rob O'Connor Posted: Mar 04, 2007 0 comments
Neon Bible Merge
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Whether the seven members of the Arcade Fire ever perform in arenas, they've got their music prim
Brett Milano Posted: Apr 03, 2006 0 comments
Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not Domino
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Gotta love those Brits: They get their hands o
Billy Altman Posted: Oct 05, 2006 0 comments
Revelations Epic/Interscope
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On its third album, Audioslave sounds well settled into life as th
Rob O'Connor Posted: Jan 03, 2007 0 comments
The Information Interscope
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Beck recycles everything (his beats, his raps), and that includes his sonics,
Mike Mettler Posted: Feb 06, 2007 0 comments

Billy Altman Posted: Nov 09, 2006 0 comments

Steve Simels Posted: Nov 09, 2006 0 comments

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