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Exclusive Preview: An Oral History Of The 1968 Elvis Comeback Special

There are a handful of moments in Elvis Presley’s career that stand out as pop culture milestones. One is his 1968 “comeback special,” which saw the King return to live performance after years of being unhappy with his film career. To celebrate the comeback special’s 50th anniversary, Sony Legacy will release a deluxe box set […]

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How Bob Dylan Made ‘You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome…’ Sound Just Lonesome Enough

Bob Dylan - More Blood, More Tracks

Since Sony’s official Bob Dylan Bootleg Series began in the early ’90s, fans have hoped and prayed for one set in particular: the fabled “New York sessions.” Dylan intended them to become Blood On The Tracks, before shelving half the record at the last minute and replacing it with songs recorded three months later in […]

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Believe In Mavis Staples

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By Andrew Winistorfer This article originally appeared in the Vinyl Me, Please magazine. For its December record of the month, VMP is reissuing Mavis Staples’ self-titled solo debut. You can sign up now. Here are brand-new digital notes for the record: There’s a moment, 2 minutes and 25 seconds into Mavis Staples’ version of Hal […]

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How Spin-Clean Became An Overnight Success, 30 Years In The Making

When you talk to Mark Mawhinney, one thing quickly becomes clear: He cares about sound. The Pittsburgh-based businessman is an audiophile, and all his endeavors support that concern. He operates a high-end home audio company (Northern Audio) and the only record store in the US that carries the entire Mobile Fidelity catalog (Music To My […]

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Sound Investment: What We Know About The High-End Vinyl Market

In the last 12 months of sales, a handful of downright eye-popping transactions happened in the Discogs Marketplace. Five records broke the $10,000 plateau, which happened only once before in the site’s history! There were two promo copies of The Beatles’ Love Me Do, an unreleased Sex Pistols single, a Japanese Pink Floyd album (surprisingly […]

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Jimi Hendrix Finally Got His Way For 50th Anniversary Of ‘Electric Ladyland’

Open the booklet for the Jimi Hendrix Experience’s Electric Ladyland 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition, and you’ll find a curious image on the first page. It’s a handwritten note from Hendrix to Reprise Records. “Here are the pictures we would like for you to use anywhere on the LP cover,” writes Hendrix on a Cosmopolitan Hotel […]

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Discogs Q3 2018 Marketplace Analysis and Database Highlights

Today we’re revealing quarterly reporting from three categories within the Discogs Database and Marketplace. We break down the increasing growth of user collections based on new (2017/2018, inclusive of reissues) and catalog releases. We then take a look at the Most Expensive Items Sold via Discogs over the course of the third quarter of 2018. […]
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After 10 Years, The AT-LP120 Is Still The Best Bang For Your Turntable Buck

Audio-Technica AT-LP120 Turntable

By Jeffrey Lee Puckett Choosing vinyl as a way of life means making a lot of decisions, from which turntable to buy to which pressing of Abbey Road sounds more like 1969. For many, the turntable part is easy: The Audio-Technica LP120. Even a cursory tour through vinyl-related forums will turn up endless mentions of […]

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A Guide To Vinyl Me, Please Classics

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When some folks think about Vinyl Me, Please, a very specific image is conjured: A twentysomething who buys their vinyl from Urban Outfitters and immediately rips it up on their suitcase turntable. “Oh yeah, we’re aware of that perception,” admitted VMP head of editorial Andrew Winistorfer during a recent call. “But it’s not like that […]

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We Sold Our Soul For Rock And Roll: A Guide To Rocktober

This month, Rhino Records unleashed its third annual Rocktober campaign, which celebrates rock albums and independent record stores. They’ve been trickling out limited-edition vinyl reissues exclusively at indie shops all month long. From punk progenitors to parody acts to metal mainstays, the offerings are all over the board. With so many LPs on the docket […]

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