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High Fidelity

High Fidelity

High Fidelity was an American publication covering both music, its creators, and the technology with which it was played and recorded.

17 articles

Steely Dan Sans Sarcasm

Profile and Interview by Sam Sutherland, High Fidelity, November 1977

STEELY DAN has been insinuating their mordant, pop-noir sensibility into the American musical mainstream for over five years now, and from the outset they've smartly ...

Etta James, Allen Toussaint: Jerry Wexler: Producer with a Fan's Passion

Interview by Sam Sutherland, High Fidelity, August 1978

ON A BLEAK, sunless afternoon, Jerry Wexler sits comfortably in the shadows of a recording studio control room, listening to the playback of a vocal ...

The Commodores: 'Easy' like $60 Million

Profile and Interview by Steven X Rea, High Fidelity, April 1980

TOMMY McCLARY, his white Adidas pressed up against the sound-booth glass, sits in an insulated cubicle adjoining the studio control room eliciting a succession of ...

John Lennon, Yoko Ono: John Lennon & Yoko Ono: Double Fantasy (Geffen GHS 2001)

Review by Mitchell Cohen, High Fidelity, February 1981

John Lennon's Last ...

Bonnie Raitt: Backbeat: Bonnie Raitt Lightens Up

Interview by Steven X Rea, High Fidelity, June 1982

Her new album is straight-ahead rock & roll. Has the California air gone to her head? ...

Donald Fagen Talks

Interview by Sam Sutherland, High Fidelity, January 1983

From the dark, jaded regions of Steely Dan emerges an intellectual with an album about innocence, by Sam Sutherland ...

Material: One Down (Elektra 60206)

Review by Sam Sutherland, High Fidelity, March 1983

CHARACTERIZING MATERIAL'S work as "new music" could be somewhat misleading, since synthetic pop proponents have recently begun to use the term in lieu of "new ...

Randy Newman: Backbeat: Randy Newman's Coming-Out Party

Interview by Sam Sutherland, High Fidelity, April 1983

Called a recluse and a bigot by some, Newman has more to say than most "confessional" singer/songwriters. ...

New Edition: Candy Girl (Streetwise SWRL 3301)

Review by Mitchell Cohen, High Fidelity, October 1983

NEW EDITION'S hit 'Candy Girl' is an uncanny re-creation of the early Jackson 5's pop-soul effervescence, down to the last vocal inflection. But it's not ...

Tom Waits: Swordfishtrombones (Island ILPS90095-1)

Review by Sam Sutherland, High Fidelity, January 1984

BETWEEN HIS fall from grace at his old record company (due as much to executive shifts as poor sales) and his time-consuming involvement in the ...

Peech Boys: N.Y.C. Peech Boys: Life Is Something Special (Island 7 900941)

Review by Mitchell Cohen, High Fidelity, February 1984

THERE ARE too many dance records that, like werewolves, lose their power in the glare of daylight. They may he frisky enough to get club ...

Paul McCartney: Pipes of Peace (Columbia QC 39149)

Review by Mitchell Cohen, High Fidelity, February 1984

PAUL McCARTNEY just wants everyone to play nice. When he addresses any topic pertaining to the outside world, he takes on the wheedling tone of ...

Was (Not Was): Caught in an Elevator

Interview by Sam Sutherland, High Fidelity, April 1984

The assortment of artists on a Was (Not Was) album appears accidental. But it's not. Really. ...

Prince: Rock 'N' Roll Feels The Fire

Report by John Morthland, High Fidelity, December 1985

The PMRC isn't only out to censor sex and violence. John Denver could be next. ...

LL Cool J: L.L. Cool J: Radio (Del Jam 8FC 40239. Distributed by Columbia.)

Review by RJ Smith, High Fidelity, February 1986

THIS IS A test. Entrepreneurs Rick Rubin and Russell Simmons recently inked a distribution deal with Columbia, heralding potentially the biggest commercial boost to underground ...

The Jesus & Mary Chain: The Jesus And Mary Chain: Psychocandy (Reprise 25383-1, Distributed by Warner Bros.)

Review by RJ Smith, High Fidelity, May 1986

Silly Love Songs ...

Hasil Adkins, Eugene Chadbourne, Bill Frisell, The Mekons, George Strait, Dwight Yoakam: Lost Highway

Essay by RJ Smith, High Fidelity, July 1986

Country used to be a music of the dispossessed. If you look hard enough, you'll find it still is. ...

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