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Mike Mettler  |  Oct 04, 2017  |  0 comments
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These days, when it comes to surround sound mixing, most in-the-know producers and musicians’ respective collective first thought inevitably turns to the maxim, What would Steven Wilson do? Indeed, the man also known as the once and future king of hi-res and 5.1 production has long staked his claim as the No. 1 go-to guy for any artist interested in obtaining a top-shelf mix that takes full advantage of the vaunted six-channel, 96-kilohertz/24-bit (and sometimes higher!) audio spectrum offered via DVD and/or Blu-ray. (And yes, a hi-res download option is on the master main menu as well.)
Billy Altman  |  Jul 30, 2008  |  0 comments
Rack 'Em
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Rather than wondering what's in the water, it's probably more fitting to wonder what's in the wind that m

Mike Mettler  |  Dec 04, 2020  |  0 comments
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I always viewed John Winston Ono Lennon as an inveterate seeker—an artist who was forever searching low and high to find both his ballast and his balance. During his time in The Beatles, Lennon was able to connect with listeners on an interpersonal level ("In My Life") while he also remained unafraid to address his own fears and insecurities ("Help!"), was eager to embrace the free-associative nature of the Sixties ("I Am the Walrus"), and was wholly game to confront the depths of his pain ("Julia").
Brett Milano  |  Mar 02, 2009  |  0 comments
Red House
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Jorma Kaukonen as a grizzled old bluesman doesn't seem too far-fetched.
Billy Altman  |  Feb 28, 2011  |  0 comments
 
Roc-A-Fella
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Rob O'Connor  |  Jul 30, 2008  |  0 comments
Zoe/Rounder
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For Album No.

Jeff Perlah  |  Mar 02, 2011  |  0 comments
 
Top Dog/Atlantic
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Parke Puterbaugh  |  Mar 02, 2011  |  0 comments
 
Discipline
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The latest reissues in King Crimson’s 40th Anniversary Series capture the band at difficult junctures in Phase 1 of its quixotic history.

Parke Puterbaugh  |  Mar 03, 2011  |  0 comments
 
Discipline
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Porcupine Tree's Steven Wilson's multichannel mix of Islands detangles some of their album In the Wake of Poseidon's

Mike Mettler  |  Jan 02, 2014  |  0 comments
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Pressure: It can get to anyone. Just ask the four members of the Followill clan, a.k.a. Nashville’s first family of deep-roots rock, Kings of Leon. The three brothers (Caleb, Jared, and Nathan) and one cousin (Matthew) comprising KoL were anointed rock saviors when they burst onto the scene with the guitar-driven Southern-fried primal-blues mash of 2003’s Youth & Young Manhood. And their arena-rocking prowess was cemented with the one-two punch of the yearning “Sex on Fire” and the anthemic “Use Somebody” on 2008’s best-selling Only by the Night.
Mike Mettler  |  Aug 13, 2014  |  1 comments
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“The best way to listen to Led Zeppelin is off of the analog tapes, but unfortunately, I can’t invite you around to listen to them.” That’s Jimmy Page, answering my question about whether vinyl is still the benchmark for experiencing Led Zeppelin music at a press conference following a listening event he hosted in New York City back in May. But now that Page has personally remastered all nine of Zep’s formidable studio albums in 96-kHz/24-bit, high-resolution digital audio appears to be the ideal format for hearing every detail and nuance put forth from the collective hammer of the gods.
Mike Mettler  |  Oct 30, 2015  |  1 comments
And as we wind on down the road, we have now officially arrived at the home stretch of Led Zeppelin mastermind Jimmy Page’s master plan of reissuing all nine of the mighty Zep’s studio offerings in Super Deluxe Edition box set form. Not only has the studio wizard’s magic remastering wand gifted us with a plethora of bonus tracks—mainly consisting of fascinating works-in-progress outtakes and alternate mixes, as opposed to troves of unreleased songs—but Page has been adamant about going the full-on 96-kHz/24-bit route in order to “future-proof” the catalog for whatever audiophiliac upgrades are yet to come. (Knowing how audio formats tend to go, however, that song may not remain the same as time marches onward.)
Josef Krebs  |  Jun 23, 2017  |  0 comments
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The heart of I’m Your Man is a celebratory concert of the recently passed Leonard Cohen’s songs performed by an oddball assortment of top talent at the Sydney Opera House. Between each number come interviews with performers telling of the inevitable life-changing moment of hearing Cohen for the first time. In addition, the poet/singer-songwriter/Jewish Zen Buddhist monk himself delivers anecdotes on personal history, his long, arduous working process, and meaning behind certain ballads illustrated and illuminated by archive poetry recitations, artwork, and photos and footage from childhood and career.
Mike Mettler  |  Feb 26, 2014  |  0 comments
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The term supergroup gets a bad rap—but with good reason. Often, it’s applied to a collective of hot-shot all-star musicians who look pretty good together on paper, but the resulting music usually proves the individual parts are actually greater than the sum. Discerning listeners tend to cast a wary eye, er, ear toward such lineup mashups—unless the pedigree is an impeccably progressive one intent on exploring the cosmos of composition to achieve a common sonic goal.
Jaan Uhelszki  |  Feb 26, 2009  |  0 comments
Capitol
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Lily Allen gives bad girls a good name.

On her flashy debut, Alright, Still (

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