Review: ‘A Day In The Life’ by the Quentin Collins All Star Quintet – the latest release from Chasing the Dragon

Between them, Dave Denyer and Neville Roberts have clocked up quite a few visits to London’s AIR Studios in the past year or so. And why wouldn’t you, given the opportunity! In this case the opportunities have been offered by Mike Valentine of audiophile record label Chasing the Dragon, whose live studio recording sessions are … More Review: ‘A Day In The Life’ by the Quentin Collins All Star Quintet – the latest release from Chasing the Dragon

Contemporary music on tape: discovering Djabe – along with ex-Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett

In my ongoing search for great music on tape that’s legitimately and legally produced, I’ve come across several very interesting niche labels and artists. In fact, by its very nature, music on tape is niche – or, to quote Michael Fremer, “a niche within a niche within a niche”. Still, the best things in life … More Contemporary music on tape: discovering Djabe – along with ex-Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett

Recording the Bach Cello Suites: behind the scenes and a free sample download

Making high-quality audio recordings in a recording studio is one thing but making audiophile recordings at a remote venue has its own particular challenges.  Neville Roberts visits London’s Temple Church to attend one such recording session featuring two of the Bach Cello Suites, performed by the renowned and award-winning cellist, Justin Pearson. I’ve been fortunate … More Recording the Bach Cello Suites: behind the scenes and a free sample download

Open Reel Records’ Christmas Concert album: it’s not just for Christmas!

“A tape is for life, not just for Christmas.” Okay, a tape’s not quite a dog, but still… Sorry, those of you outside the UK probably have no idea what I’m rambling on about now! “A dog is for life, not just for Christmas,” was a famous advertising slogan from the charity The Dog’s Trust, … More Open Reel Records’ Christmas Concert album: it’s not just for Christmas!

View Lyn Stanley’s full presentation for the Rambler at Hi-Fi Show Live, captured by PursuitPerfectSystem.com

Enormous thanks to Terry Ellis at online audiophile webzine http://www.pursuitperfectsystem.com for capturing and sharing this excellent video footage from the Reel-to-Reel Rambler room at Hi-Fi Show Live 2019. Lyn’s a highly successful LA-based jazz singer who’s been working with some of the world’s greatest sound engineers (think Bernie Grundman, Al Schmitt) to create audiophile-quality recordings … More View Lyn Stanley’s full presentation for the Rambler at Hi-Fi Show Live, captured by PursuitPerfectSystem.com

The full English breakfast: Dave Denyer listens to Chasing the Dragon’s Live Beethoven Series on master tape

UK-based audiophile label Chasing The Dragon’s latest addition to their reassuringly-expanding catalogue is the classical equivalent of the full English breakfast: music that’s been performed and recorded countless times, that extends far beyond the usual reach of classical music and that’s sure to be immensely popular. (Okay so the breakfast analogy may be stretching it … More The full English breakfast: Dave Denyer listens to Chasing the Dragon’s Live Beethoven Series on master tape

The High-End Show 2019: the rambler reports on some exciting reel-to-reel happenings in Munich

The Munich High-End Show always seems to go from strength to strength and for me 2019 was the best year yet – not least because of a number of enticing developments in the niche-but-growing world of audiophile tape. I had a brilliant few days catching up with a range of tape movers and shakers. Here’s … More The High-End Show 2019: the rambler reports on some exciting reel-to-reel happenings in Munich

Review: a classical musical masterclass from UltraAnalogue Recordings

About six months ago I penned my first review of a tape from Toronto-based UltraAnalogue Recordings, Shostakovich Cello Sonata & Elgar’s Salut d’Amour. To say that I enjoyed myself would be an understatement (have I mentioned how much I love my job?) and so it was only a matter of time before I went back … More Review: a classical musical masterclass from UltraAnalogue Recordings