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M u s i c . G e a r . S t y l e . N o . 7 8 A u g u s t 2 0 1 6

Guns N ’Roses

Spin the Black Circles: In-Depth Reviews of New LPs from Bat for Lashes, Dinosaur Jr., Neil Young, Steve Gunn,
Lucy Dacus, Sarah Jarosz, Colvin & Earle, Jack DeJohnette, Pat Metheny, Brad Mehldau, and More

Who Needs Normalcy? An Interview With the Melvins

Audio Prizes from Audioengine and Quad l Mini Miracle: Totem Acoustics Minis
Pure Power: Torus AVR 15 Plus l Solid-State Spectacular: Conrad-Johnson CA150SE
Audio Classics Resurrects a Jewel: The Classic 9b Amp l Pass Labs Redefines Mini Might: The XA30.8 Amp

Axl, Slash, Duff, and Co.
Get Back in the Ring

Not in This Lifetime Tour

http://www.wireworldcable.com

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Listen to Your Speakers
In A New Way
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streaming audio. Paradigm’s new PW AMP delivers 200-Watts of
Ultra Class-D power and lets you wirelessly stream high-resolution audio

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T O N E S T Y L E

here else would you go for a
Star Trek Communicator but
Amazon? I suspect you can

even get dilithium crystals there, too. For
just under twenty bucks, the audio quality
is surprisingly good and this looks like a
great gift for that special nerd in your life.

Star Trek
Communicator
Net Phone
$19.95 www.amazon.com

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http://www.nagraaudio.com
http://www.nagraaudio.com
http://www.amazon.com

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M U S I C

e know what you’re
thinking: 120 bucks for Adam and the
Ants? Only if you have to have every
molecule of information surrounding this
quirky bit of new wavery. In addition to a
gold LP that sounds like it was sourced
from a cassette tape, the remastered
gold CD rivals the sound of original LP.
But you never bought an Adam and the
Ants record for the damn soundstage,
did you? Honestly, the CD sounds very
good, with dynamics not present on the
original 1A pressing we have on hand.
Want a smoother listening experience?
You can probably find an LP copy in
your local record store for a few dollars.
Do you want the goodies? Bend over
and put your credit card down for this
deluxe box.

All kidding aside, the level of care
paid to each facet of this special Legacy
edition is exceptional in every way.
Where most fancy reissues add some
postcards and related paraphernalia,
their quality often borders on lackluster.
Not here. Everything inside this set has
been reproduced in excruciating detail,
right down to the application for the
Adam and the Ants official fan club and
handful of cool stickers.

W As mentioned above, the remastered
CD sounds great. But the additional
discs that offer plenty of booty put it all
over the top. The second CD features
the band’s April 1981 performance at
Chicago’s Park West while the DVD con-
tains the videos for “Kings of the Wild
Frontier,” “Dog Eat Dog,” and “Antmusic”
that ruled MTV for a few months during
Reagan’s first term. Several BBC perfor-
mances and a 1981 Tokyo concert offer
further insights into touring exploits, a
theme rounded out by Ant Invasion, a
documentary of the ensemble’s first US
jaunt.

If that’s not enough for the Ant peo-
ple in our audience, a 36-page booklet
written by the Antmeister himself tells the
proverbial “Story of the Album”—an in-
depth discussion of the creative process
behind this Grammy-nominated classic
as well as of the struggles leading up to
record’s finish, plus personalized impres-
sions of the first US tour. It’s more than
enough persuasion to turn off Eric Clap-
ton and turn up Adam and the Ants.

M U S I C

audiophile
Pressings
By Jeff Dorgay

Adam and the Ants
Kings of the Wild Frontier
Sony Legacy, 180g LP + 2CD +
DVD deluxe box set

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L I N K S

Jazz

n an effort to help you

find the albums we’ve

been reviewing, we’ve

started this handy

index at the back of the

magazine. This issue, we

have a listing of all the

albums available, and as

we go forward, we will try

and link to all of the music

that our gear reviewers

use in their hardware

reviews, in an effort to

help you listen for the

same things we are.

Wherever possible, each

title will have a link to

directly purchase the vinyl

from Music Direct, as we

have done in the past.

To make the game even

more interesting, we also

have links to Tidal’s digital

music service, allowing

you to stream if that’s the

way you prefer, or just to

take a good listen or two

before plunking down

your hard earned cash

for physical media.

Either way, we hope

this helps expand your

musical enjoyment.M
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Where to find the music you’ve seen in this issue. Sponsored by Music Direct and Tidal

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Joe Jackson
Night and Day

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Carly Simon
Anticipation

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Carly Simon
No Secrets

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BJ Barham
Rockingham

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Bat for Lashes
The Bride

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Shawn Colvin & Steve Earle
Colvin & Earle

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Lucy Dacus
No Burden

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Dinosaur Jr. 
Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not

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The Gotobeds
Blood // Sugar // Secs // Traffic

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Steve Gunn
Eyes on the Lines

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The Highwaymen
The Highwaymen Live - American
Outlaws

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George Coleman
A Master Speaks

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Audiophile
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Pop, Rock & Country
Sarah Jarosz
Undercurrent

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Beth Orton
Kidsticks

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William Tyler
Modern Country

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Neil Young
Earth

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https://www.musicdirect.com/vinyl/bat-for-lashes-the-bride-vinyl-2lp
https://www.musicdirect.com/vinyl/colvin-and-earle-colvin-and-earle-vinyl-lp
https://www.musicdirect.com/vinyl/lucy-dacus-no-burden-vinyl-lp-ldd11511
https://www.musicdirect.com/vinyl/dinosaur-jr-give-a-glimpse-of-what-yer-not-vinyl-lp
https://www.musicdirect.com/vinyl/the-gotobeds-blood-sugar-secs-traffic-vinyl-lp
https://www.musicdirect.com/vinyl/steve-gunn-eyes-on-the-lines-vinyl-lp
https://www.musicdirect.com/optical-disc/the-highwaymen-live-american-outlaws-3cd-43-blu-ray
https://www.musicdirect.com/vinyl/sarah-jarosz-undercurrent-vinyl-lp
https://www.musicdirect.com/vinyl/sarah-jarosz-undercurrent-vinyl-lp
https://www.musicdirect.com/vinyl/william-tyler-modern-country-vinyl-lp
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Anthem: www.anthemav.com

Arcam: www.soundorg.com

Auralic: www.auralic.com

AudioVision SF: www.audiovisionsf.com

Audio Research: www.audioresearch.com

AudioQuest: www.audioquest.com

BAT: www.balanced.com

The Cable Company: www.thecableco.com

Cambridge: www.audioplusservices.com

Dali: www.soundorg.com

dCS: www.dcsltd.co.uk

Dynaudio: www.dynaudio.com

Echo Audio: www.echohifi.com

GamuT: www.gamutaudio.com

Graham Audio: www.grahamaudiousa.com

Focal: www.audioplusservices.com

MartinLogan: www.martinlogan.com

Mobile Fidelity: www.mofi.com

Mystere: www.mystere-usa.com

Music Direct: www.musicdirect.com

Music Matters: www.musicmattersjazz.com

Nagra: www.nagraaudio.com

Naim: www.audioplusservices.com

Nordost: www.nordost.com

OCTAVE: www.octave.de

Oppo: www.oppodigital.com

Paradigm: www.paradigm.com

Pass Labs: www.passlabs.com

Plinius: www.pliniusaudio.com

PrimaLuna: www.primaluna-usa.com

Primare: www.vanaltd.com

Rega: www.soundorg.com

Simaudio: www.simaudio.com

SPL: www.audioplusservices.com

Upscale Audio: www.upscaleaudio.com

Wireworld: www.wireworldcable.com

Vandersteen: www.vandersteen.com

VPI: www.vpiindustries.com

Where to find the gear you’ve seen in this issue.

http://www.anthemav.com
http://www.soundorg.com
http://www.auralic.com
http://www.audiovisionsf.com
http://www.audioresearch.com
http://www.audioquest.com
http://www.balanced.com
http://www.thecableco.com
http://www.dagostinoinc.com
http://www.soundorg.com
http://www.dcsltd.co.uk
http://www.dynaudio.com
http://www.echohifi.com
http://www.gamutaudio.com
http://www.gamutaudio.com
http://www.audioplusservices.com
http://www.martinlogan.com
http://www.mofi.com
http://www.mystere-usa.com
http://www.musicdirect.com
http://www.musicmattersjazz.com
http://www.nagraaudio.com
http://www.nagraaudio.com
http://www.nagraaudio.com
http://www.octave.de
http://www.oppodigital.com
http://www.paradigm.com
http://www.passlabs.com
http://www.pliniusaudio.com
http://www.primaluna-usa.com
http://www.vanaltd.com
http://www.soundorg.com
http://www.simaudio.com
http://www.upscaleaudio.com
http://www.wireworldcable.com
http://www.vpiindustries.com

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