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Man In The High Castle

Best of 2017

KAPLAN’S KORNER Best Soundtrack LP The Man In The High Castle I was a fan of Man In The High Castle author Philip K Dick from an early, impressionable age, I am a fan of the Amazon series as well which takes place in 1963...
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A Memorial and a Celebration

FAREWELL GAIL ZAPPA Gail Zappa passed away on October 17, 2015. Gail was the wife of Frank Zappa and the trustee of the Zappa Family Trust. In that capacity Gail watched over the numerous records and videos released since Frank...
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Sheltering in Place: Audiophile Edition

By Jim Kaplan So, what have you been up to? More joy than sorrow I hope. I’ve spent my share of time watching YouTube videos with tears running down my face these last three plus months. But no matter how scary and uncertain ...
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Mark Sandman from Morphine, playing at Mississippi Nights in St. Louis, MO, April, 1997

Music Hall, Mazzolini and Morphine

KAPLAN’S KORNER Happy New Year! Hope you’re all enjoying 2017 so far. We had a season’s worth of rain this January. Rainy days working at home…I find it easy to put the Jimi Hendrix on and dream away… Which is...
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It's the PS Audio Sprout 100 integrated amplifier!

Summertime Sprouts with Possibilities

BY JIM KAPLAN THE PS AUDIO SPROUT 100 integrated amplifier showed up at Record Collector News World Headquarters for a visit. It costs a mere $599 and puts out 100 watts into 4 ohms, 50 watts into 8 ohms, has a headphone jac...
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Tom Petty, 2013
WIKIMEDIA COMMONS: Photo by Larry Philpot

Hello to WyWires; Farewell to Petty

KAPLAN’S KORNER Secret Weapon The WyWires phono cable might be the best component in my stereo and you really can’t see it. It’s like a stealth component in the war on noise. The instant I mounted it on the Ortofon 11...
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Taking A Spin

A PRINCE AMONG MEN I saw Prince open for the Rolling Stones at the Los Angeles Coliseum in 1981. He got boo’d off the stage. I couldn’t understand why because to me he was the 2nd coming of Jimi Hendrix. And I’m, a Zappa ...
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Macy, Casey and Charlie Brown

By Jim Kaplan MACY GRAY, STRIPPED I saw Macy Gray live in San Jose at the Usual nightclub in 2001, about two weeks after she won the Grammy for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for “I Try.” Macy Gray showed up at that litt...
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Adventures with eBay

EBay, Oy Vay I don’t do much business on eBay… and now I know why. So, just to see what’s going on I listed two records. While I was there, I bought a record. Something I could have purchased from any number of major onli...
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