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The 100 Most Expensive CDs Ever Sold on Discogs

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What’s the most money you’ve forked over for a CD? These lovable silver discs can go for as much as $20 for a new album, but some collectors are dropping a lot more than that on desirable CDs and treasured box sets. And by “a lot,” we mean over $1,000. Below is a ranking of […]

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The 100 Most Expensive Cassettes Ever Sold on Discogs

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Cassettes are making a comeback. No, really. Vinyl as a way of collecting and sharing music is beyond novelty in 2021. Now, the very tangible return of cassettes to the mainstream is fueled by one-part nostalgia and one-part affordability. Unlike their waxy counterparts, cassettes are pretty cheap to produce (as an artist) and purchase (as a […]

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Al Green’s Most Popular Albums by the Numbers

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Although all of the numbers in the Discogs Database can’t verify this claim, “Let’s Stay Together” is probably the No. 1 song from Al Green in most people’s hearts — it was, after all, his only No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 single. This soul hit can also be found in Discogs’ No. 1 most-wanted Al […]

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Karl “Tuff Enuff” Brown Talks Starting Out, ’90s Clubland, and What’s Next

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Karl “Tuff Enuff” Brown is a founding father of underground garage, a true heavyweight of the United Kingdom’s dance scene, and, last but not least, a Discogs Seller supremo. From an early love of music to cutting his teeth in the studio backroom to seminal productions, he played a pivotal role in evolving garage from […]

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The Best Beginner Phono Preamps for Any Budget

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As vinyl rose from the grave like the coolest zombie ever in the early-2000s, there came a wave of affordable new turntables. They were designed for people who had never known anything other than compact discs and MP3s, or for those who had sold their records and turntable at a yard sale for $30 and […]

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Fault Radio Fosters Modern Electronic Music and DJ Culture

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Fault Radio is a grassroots non-profit organization dedicated to creating a center for modern electronic music and DJ culture in the San Francisco Bay Area. Originally conceived as a pop-up live video streaming platform, it has grown and evolved with the needs of the community to include the production of podcasts, articles, documentaries, music television, […]

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How Drugs and Experimentation Became the Main Ingredients for Black Sabbath’s Vol. 4

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Heavy metal and experimentation have always made for odd bedfellows. Part of what endears the genre to its disciples is the way it doesn’t conform to the mainstream. Yet while some fans like bands going out on a limb musically, others prefer them to stick to their classic sound because that’s what they fell in […]

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40 Years Ago, They Told Us Home Taping Was Killing Music

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My parents had the coolest stereo set up in our living room when I was growing up. Two huge hi-fi speakers, an amp, a receiver, a turntable with an arm that allowed you to stack about five records so a new LP could drop down as the one before another ended. The pièce de resistance […]

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10 Albums That Wouldn’t Be the Same Without Questlove

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On the cusp of the new millennium, at Electric Lady Studios, three of the brightest lights in modern R&B made their masterpieces simultaneously. D’Angelo conjured Voodoo in Studio A. In Studio B, Common concocted Like Water for Chocolate. Erykah Badu polished up Mama’s Gun in Studio C. The common thread between these three artists? They […]

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How Do I Listen to Bebop and Hard Bop? This Author, Composer, and Saxophonist Can Help

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When it comes to learning the mechanics of bebop, there’s no more monumental tome than the Charlie Parker Omnibook, which Jamey Aebersold and Ken Slone compiled in 1978. One educator described this 60-page landmark in Charlier Parker transcription as “the Bible for anyone serious about learning improvisation.” However, given its subject, the Omnibook isn’t for […]

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