Ken Kessler

Ken Kessler  |  Dec 01, 2018  |  0 comments
This month we review: Doug MacLeod, Ruth Brown, The Minx Soundtrack, and Matthew Sweet
Ken Kessler  |  Dec 01, 2018  |  Published: Aug 01, 1985  |  0 comments
Ken Kessler investigates control units from Musical Fidelity and Deltec

By 1985 standards, preamps selling for between £500 and £1000 are thought of as 'upper mid-fi' and not really expected to match the standards of the Krell PAM-3/Audio Research SP-10 variety. But they should bring you close enough to the state-of-the-art that you have to think long and hard about justifying an expenditure of double their prices – or even more. Aah, diminishing returns...

Ken Kessler  |  Nov 01, 2018  |  0 comments
This month, we review: Eleanor Mcevoy, The Flying Burrito Bros, Glenn Frey, and Spirit.
Ken Kessler  |  Nov 01, 2018  |  0 comments
This month we review: Buffalo Springfield, Paul Rodgers, Ultimate Spinach, and Sonny Boy Williamson.
Ken Kessler  |  Oct 01, 2018  |  0 comments
This month, we review: Supertramp, Gene Clark, Jethro Tull, and The Who.
Ken Kessler  |  Oct 01, 2018  |  0 comments
This month we review: Michael Nesmith, John Butler, Carmen McRae, and Nina Simone.
Ken Kessler  |  Sep 01, 2018  |  0 comments
This month, we review: Love, Bob Dylan, Phil Ochs, and Linda Ronstadt
Ken Kessler  |  Sep 01, 2018  |  0 comments
This month we review: Slim Harpo, Lynyrd Skynyrd, A Sea For Yourself, and The Rising Storm.
Ken Kessler  |  Aug 01, 2018  |  0 comments
As one of Quad's longest-serving employees hangs up his soldering iron, Ken Kessler talks with Ken Bunting about a lifetime working on iconic kit

It was 15 years since I had interviewed Ken Bunting, in charge of Quad's service department, but back then it was to pick his brains about the company's history. Early this May, I had the privilege of repeating the interrogation, on the occasion of Ken's retirement. Off to the wilds of Cambridge, where I found him on his last day, in a busy-as-ever service area with everything from Quad ESL63s to valve units being repaired – contrary to any rumours or worries that the company had abandoned its legendary back-up division.

Ken Kessler  |  Dec 10, 2010  |  0 comments
Humble Pie embodies a genre yet to find a name, the division of ‘stadium rock’ that seemed to consist entirely of ex-pat British bands who did better in the USA than they ever could back home. Amusingly, as Smokin’ – their biggest-seller – shows, they were simply feeding back to America what Yanks rockers invented: southern-fried HM boogie, only now with an Essex twang. But when the line-up included ex-Small Faces frontman Steve Marriott, one of the best hard-rock vocalists ever, the results were miles away from the pedestrian. Marriott’s mod roots are evident, with covers of ‘Road Runner’ and ‘C’mon Everybody’, but elevated to a tougher, harder level.

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