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Classic Album Sundays with Loud & Clear at Glasgow Jazz Festival 26th – 29th June

5th June 2014

We are joining up with our friends at Classic Album Sundays again at this year’s Glasgow Jazz Festival.

There will be five sessions from Thursday 26th June – Sunday 29th June.

There’s a Jamaican theme on the Saturday to celebrate the Commonwealth, so we’re straying a little and having some Bob Marley too!

Last year’s sessions were a lot of fun, so we are looking forward to bringing them back to the festival again at the end of June. We’ll also enjoying checking out some live jazz too.

Thursday 26th June – 8pm
Miles Davis – ‘Round About Midnight
Presented by Keith Loxam (BBC Radio 3 Producer)
Click for more info and to book tickets >>

Friday 27th June – 8pm
Kenny Burrell – Midnight Blue
Presented by Keith Bruce (Herald Arts Editor)
Click for more info and to book tickets >>

Saturday 28th June – 6pm
Duke Ellington & Johnny Hodges – Back To Back
Presented by Stephen Duffy (BBC Radio Scotland)
Click for more info and to book tickets >>

Saturday 28th June – 9pm
Bob Marley – Exodus
Presented by Neil Murray (National Theatre of Scotland)
Click for more info and to book tickets >>

Sunday 29th June – 6pm
Etta James – At Last
Keith Moore (Herald)
Click for more info and to book tickets >>

We will be using Linn‘s new Klimax Exakt System with their iconic Sondek LP12 turntable ,all updated to the very latest specification, for vinyl replay of all the albums.

For more information on Classic Album Sundays >>

For more information on Glasgow Jazz Festival 2014 >>

Classic Album Replay – Neil Young "Harvest", Thursday 29th May

14th May 2014

This month’s Classic Album Replay is Neil Young “Harvest”

Thursday 29th May, 2014

Album plays at 7pm

Loud & Clear Glasgow, 520 St Vincent Street, Glasgow, G3 8XZ

Free entry

Please don’t feel intimidated in coming to the shop!! There is no sales pressure. Simply come along, grab a glass of wine or beer, and listen to this classic on a fabulous hi-fi system – taking you closer to the performance!

If you could get here 10 minutes before that would be great!

Inspired by Cosmo’s Classic Album Sundays:
http://classicalbumsundays.com/

And Greg Wilson’s Living To Music:
http://www.gregwilson.co.uk/2010/06/living-to-music

Classic Album Replay – Herbie Hancock "Head Hunters", Thursday 27th February

30th January 2014

This month’s Classic Album Replay is Herbie Hancock “Head Hunters”

Thursday 27th February, 2014
Album plays at 7pm
Loud & Clear Glasgow, 520 St Vincent Street, Glasgow, G3 8XZ
Free entry

We’ll be using our Linn Sondek LP12 turntable, with Linn’s reference Klimax Kontrol pre-amplifier and Akubarik fully aktiv loudspeakers.

This is one of the best selling jazz records of all time. Not strictly a jazz, it’s a major funk record, where the influences of Sly and The Family Stone, Stevie Wonder, Donald Byrd and Curtis Mayfield shining through. It’s been highly influential to a whole host of musicians and been sampled by the likes of Nas and 2Pac.

Please don’t feel intimidated in coming to the shop!! There is no sales pressure. Simply come along, grab a glass of wine or beer, and listen to this classic on a fabulous hi-fi system – taking you closer to the performance!

If you could get here 10 minutes before that would be great!

Inspired by Cosmo’s Classic Album Sundays:
http://classicalbumsundays.com

And Greg Wilson’s Living To Music:
http://www.gregwilson.co.uk/2010/06/living-to-music

Classic Album Sundays – Lou Reed "Transformer", Sunday 26th January, The Berkeley Suite, Glasgow

4th January 2014

Classic Album Sundays with Loud & Clear Hi-Fi Present

Lou Reed – “Transformer”

The Berkeley Suite, 237 North Street, Glasgow, G3 7DL
Sunday 26th January 2014
£6 on the door or online:
http://loudandclear.eventbrite.co.uk
5.30pm – 8.30pm (album plays at 7.30pm)
0141 221 0221

Facebook Event >>

“One of the world’s great albums, played on one of the world’s finest hi-fi systems in conjunction with one of the world’s best hi-fi stores.”

Classic Album Sundays: A Communal and Audiophile Listening Experience is joining forces with Loud & Clear Hi-Fi again for this now semi-regular event in Glasgow.

Listed as one of the Top 20 Trends of 2012 by London’s ES Magazine, Classic Album Sundays has become a media sensation in a little over a year. With features on BBC Breakfast, BBC 6 Music, NME, Elle, The Word, The Independent, The Evening Standard and more. Why all the fuss?

The concept is to enable people to experience music as close as possible to the way the artist intended, to treat music as a precious commodity and a classic album as a work of art which should be appreciated in its entirety. Classic Album Sundays’ use audiophile hi-fi equipment to ensure an awe inspiring listening experience. Visitors are invited to switch off their phones and refrain from unnecessary conversation: just sit back, listen and immerse themselves in the experience.

Music fans have enthusiastically responded en masse as Classic Album Sundays’ monthly listening sessions in London and New York have been selling out, with festival sessions featuring at The Vintage Festival at the Royal Festival Hall in London (for which Loud & Clear put together a £130,000 hi-fi system), plus Camp Bestival and Bestival amongst others.

Here is what some visitors had to say:

Joni Mitchell’s “Blue” was our first visit, and it was excellent. Sounded as if Joni was playing live, and heard in reverential silence by a deeply appreciative audience.” – David Lye, CAS attendee

“Hearing that fabulous cello line in ‘Eleanor Rigby’ – I could’ve wept with the sheer beauty of it.” – Annette Corbette, CAS attendee

The event format:

Join us from 5.30pm to get in the mood by listening to some of the music that inspired Lou Reed, along with tracks from his musical contemporaries around the release of the album in 1972. The bar will be open, and you can grab some lunch/dinner beforehand at Chinaski’s next door, to ease yourself in, and then hang out with a great soundtrack.

At 7.30pm the lights go down, the volume goes up and we play the album from beginning to end on a reference Linn hi-fi system. We’ll be using Linn’s iconic Sondek LP12 turntable with a reference Klimax Kontrol pre-amplifier and Linn’s very own “black ops” custom made fully active PA system featuring 12 channels of their Akurate power amplifiers.

Listening to “Transformer” on a fabulous hi-fi system will let you hear it as never before; taking you closer to the performance.

We should have brand new copies of the Music On Vinyl reissue for sale on the night too.

More info:
http://classicalbumsundays.com/

http://www.loud-clear.co.uk

Glasgow Christmas Opening Hours

24th December 2013

The Glasgow shop will be open the following hours only over the holiday period Tues 24th Dec 10-4 Fri 27th Dec 10-5 Sat 28th Dec 10-5 Fri 3rd Jan 10-6 Sat 4th Jan 10-6 Wishing you a Merry Christmas & very Happy New Year!

Classic Album Replay – Bob Marley & The Wailers "Uprising", Thursday 28th November, Glasgow

7th November 2013

This month’s Classic Album Replay is Bob Marley & The Wailers “Uprising”

Thursday 28th November, 2013
Album plays at 7pm
Loud & Clear Glasgow, 520 St Vincent Street, Glasgow, G3 8XZ
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/416679238458882

This was the last studio album released in Bob Marley’s lifetime, he died the following year. Many believe it to be the most musically accomplished of all the Wailers albums, and includes the classics, Could You Be Loved and Redemption Song.

Please don’t feel intimidated in coming to the shop!! There is no sales pressure. Simply come along, grab a glass of wine or beer, and listen to this classic on a fabulous hi-fi system – taking you closer to the performance!

If you could get here 10 minutes before that would be great!

Inspired by Cosmo’s Classic Album Sundays:
http://classicalbumsundays.com

And Greg Wilson’s Living To Music:
http://www.gregwilson.co.uk/2010/06/living-to-music

Classic Album Sundays Glasgow – Jimi Hendrix "Electric Ladyland", Sunday 13th October

28th August 2013

Classic Album Sundays with Loud & Clear Hi-Fi Present

The Jimi Hendrix Experience “Electric Ladyland”

The Berkeley Suite, 237 North Street, Glasgow, G3 7DL
Sunday 13th October 2013
£6 on the door or online:
http://loudandclear.eventbrite.co.uk
5.30pm – 9pm (album plays at 7.30pm)
0141 221 0221

Facebook Event >>

We’ll have copies of the Music on Vinyl reissue double vinyl for sale, and a specially commissioned poster. See the bottom for all the info.

“One of the world’s great albums, played on one of the world’s finest hi-fi systems in conjunction with one of the world’s best hi-fi stores.”

Classic Album Sundays: A Communal and Audiophile Listening Experience is joining forces with Loud & Clear Hi-Fi again for this now semi-regular event in Glasgow.

Listed as one of the Top 20 Trends of 2012 by London’s ES Magazine, Classic Album Sundays has become a media sensation in a little over a year. With features on BBC Breakfast, BBC 6 Music, NME, Elle, The Word, The Independent, The Evening Standard and more. Why all the fuss?

The concept is to enable people to experience music as close as possible to the way the artist intended, to treat music as a precious commodity and a classic album as a work of art which should be appreciated in its entirety. Classic Album Sundays’ use audiophile hi-fi equipment to ensure an awe inspiring listening experience. Visitors are invited to switch off their phones and refrain from unnecessary conversation: just sit back, listen and immerse themselves in the experience.

Music fans have enthusiastically responded en masse as Classic Album Sundays’ monthly listening sessions in London and New York have been selling out, with festival sessions featuring at The Vintage Festival at the Royal Festival Hall in London (for which Loud & Clear put together a £130,000 hi-fi system), plus Camp Bestival and Bestival amongst others.

Here is what some visitors had to say:

Joni Mitchell’s “Blue” was our first visit, and it was excellent. Sounded as if Joni was playing live, and heard in reverential silence by a deeply appreciative audience.” – David Lye, CAS attendee

“Hearing that fabulous cello line in ‘Eleanor Rigby’ – I could’ve wept with the sheer beauty of it.” – Annette Corbette, CAS attendee

The event format:

Join us from 5.30pm to get in the mood by listening to some of the music that inspired Jimi Hendrix, along with tracks from his musical contemporaries around the release of the album in 1968. The bar will be open, and you can grab some lunch/dinner beforehand at Chinaski’s next door, to ease yourself in, and then hang out with a great soundtrack.

At 7.30pm the lights go down, the volume goes up and we play the album from beginning to end on a reference Linn hi-fi system. We’ll be using Linn’s iconic Sondek LP12 turntable with a reference Klimax Kontrol pre-amplifier and Linn’s very own “black ops” custom made fully active PA system featuring 12 channels of their Akurate power amplifiers.

There will be a short interval between discs in the playback.

Listening to “Electric Ladyland” on a fabulous hi-fi system will let you hear it as never before; taking you closer to the performance.

We should have brand new copies of the Music On Vinyl reissue for sale on the night too.

Vinyl

We’ll have brand new copies of the Music On Vinyl reissue for sale on the night. They are £25, which is a little cheaper than you’ll find online. This version is remastered from the original 2-track master tapes by the session’s engineer, Eddie Kramer. It also features an 8 page LP sized booklet with liner notes and pictures. This is the version we’ll be playing on the night.

Poster

We also have a fabulous screen printed poster for sale too. This was specially designed by Godmachine for The Flood Gallery to celebrate the Classic Album Sundays sessions in Glasgow, London, New York and Portland. These are £30.

 

More info:
http://classicalbumsundays.com/

http://www.loud-clear.co.uk

Loud & Clear Glasgow Vinyl Weekend with Diverse Vinyl Pop Up Shop – Friday 9th & Saturday 10th August

23rd July 2013

Our favourite record shop comes to town

STOP PRESS:

Diverse Records are reissuing Eddi Reader – Songs of Robert Burns at the end of August on vinyl. We’ll be having an LP playback of the album from beginning to end on Saturday, 10th August at 4pm. You’ll also be able to pre-order the LP on the day too.

We’ve just heard that John Burns from Pear Audio, who are the Dynavector distributor, will in the shop on Saturday. Dynavector are one of our very favourite cartridge brands.

For two days at the start of August Diverse Vinyl is open for business at Loud & Clear in Glasgow.

All of us at Loud & Clear are very excited to be hosting Diverse Vinyl’s very own pop up record shop in our Glasgow store at 520 St Vincent Street on Friday 9th and Saturday 10th August.

Paul and the crew plan to bring a wide selection of new vinyl, covering rock, pop, classical and jazz as well as a special selection of audiophile recordings all available for you to purchase and take home.

Within the store we will also have a range of turntable based systems where you can hear your new purchases or feel free to bring along some of your own vinyl and hear how it can really sound.

Paul Darwin from Rega will be in store to help with any Rega turntable queries; there’ll also be turntables from VPI and Linn. John Nilsen from Audio Origami will be servicing turntables on the Saturday as well.

If you love vinyl as much as we do, you’ll sure to find something to tickle your fancy: some pristine audiophile vinyl, a new cartridge, turntable, or just a humble record brush.

We look forward to seeing you.

Friday 9th August, 3pm – 7pm
Saturday 10th August, 11am – 5pm

Linn Akubarik Launch Event – Thursday 18th July

4th July 2013

The Glasgow store will be having a launch event for Linn’s new Akubarik loudspeakers on Thursday 18th July, from 2pm till 8pm.

These are fully Aktiv, with a 5 way system than includes 6 channels (2 channels are bridges for the bass system) of built in Chakra power amplification, which are powered by Linn’s latest Dynamic power supply.

There are lots of technological advancements that have gone into the making of these; including trickle down from the reference Klimax design. All with 40 years of Linn expertise.

These can be partnered simply with an Akurate DSM, or you can go all the way up to using a Klimax Kontrol and DS.

We have been very impressed with the Akubariks and think that they are one of the best products in the Linn range. With such competition, that is high praise!

Retail price is £15,600

Come in on the 18th July and hear why we are so taken with them! We think you will be too.

Refreshments will be provided.

Linn Akubarik Launch
Thursday 18th July
Loud & Clear Glasgow
2pm – 8pm

For more on Akubarik, click here >>

To say you are attending, click here >>

 

 

 

Classic Album Sundays at the Glasgow Jazz Festival, 26th – 30th June, 2013

28th June 2013

Loud & Clear are joining up with Classic Album Sundays again to host 7 sessions at this year’s Glasgow Jazz Festival.

We will be taking over the Club Room on the top floor of The City Halls on Candleriggs between the 26th and 30th June.

The system we’ll be using is from two of our main suppliers: Meridian and Linn.

Meridian are supplying the beautiful and spectacular reference 40th Anniversary System: comprising the DSP8000 Digital Active Loudspeakers and 808 CD which incorporates their digital control. We’ll also have a Control 15 digital playback system.

The albums themselves will all be played on vinyl with Linn’s seminal Sondek LP12, which is also celebrating its 40th anniversary. Our LP12 is fully spec’d with all Linn’s latest updates.

The full line up with links to buy tickets:

Wednesday 26th June – 7.30pm:
Sonny Rollins – Way Out West

Thursday 27th June – 7.30pm:
Ella Fitzgerald – Ella at Duke’s Place

Friday 28th June – 7.30pm:
The Dave Brubeck Quartet – Time Out

Saturday 29th June – 6pm:
John Coltrane – A Love Supreme

Saturday 29th June – 9.30pm:
Lambert, Hendricks and Ross – Sing a Song of Basie

Sunday 30th June – 3pm:
Herbie Hancock – Head Hunters

We’ll be playing Head Hunters on a brand new Music on Vinyl 180g pressing.
Click for more info on this release >>

Sunday 30th June – 6pm:
Stan Tracey – Under Milk Wood

For more information:
http://www.jazzfest.co.uk
http://classicalbumsundays.com

 

Loud & Clear and Linn Lounge Present Nile Rodgers and Chic at WEST Brewery, Thursday 11th July, Glasgow

The Glasgow store are joining up with Linn again on Thursday 11th July to present another Linn Lounge. This month the featured artist is Nile Rodgers and Chic.

We’ll be telling the story behind the band, playing their tracks and watching live performances through a Linn Klimax system. Linn’s custom build PA speaker system will be coming out to ensure that you feel every bassline of Chic’s disco groove!

Free tickets are available for the 8.30pm sitting.

Get them here >>

dCS Vivaldi Special Listening Sessions on Thursday 23rd May in the Glasgow Store

20th May 2013

Special Event Invitation to hear “The most exquisite digital front end “ – The dCS Vivaldi

Thursday 23rd May, 2013
Loud & Clear Glasgow
10am – 6pm By appointment only
6pm – 8pm Open to all

Please join us at Loud & Clear’s Glasgow showrooms for a unique opportunity to hear the ultimate in digital audio replay – the dCS Vivaldi.

The dCS Vivaldi range redefines state of the art in digital playback representing the pinnacle of dCS’s ‘no compromise’ approach to product design and setting a new standard for the future of digital audio by delivering an unrivalled in-home musical experience.

This £66,696 four box digital behemoth comprises DAC, Upsampler, Master Clock, CD/SACD Upsampling Transport and will be playing through the Moon 740P preamplifier (£7750) and 870A (£16275) power amplifier.

Click here for more information on dCS Vivaldi >>

Private demonstrations can be booked during the day starting at 10am by contacting Ian Pirie on 0141 221 0221 or
ian.p@loud-clear.co.uk
– with an open listening and product demonstration session from approx 6pm – 8pm.

RSVP

Linn Lounge Present Led Zeppelin with Loud & Clear Glasgow at West Brewery, Thursday 13th June

Linn Lounge Present Led Zeppelin

Thursday 13th June
West Brewery
, Templeton Building, Glasgow Green, Glasgow, G40 1AW
7pm

Join Linn and Loud & Clear at Glasgow’s stunning West Brewery for Linn Lounge presents Led Zeppelin on Thursday 13th June at 7pm.

We’ll be listening to Led Zeppelin in the best quality available – on a Linn system in Studio Master. Hear each song exactly as it was recorded and discover the incredible legacy of a band that redefined rock with sweat-drenched guitar riffs and thundering rhythm section.

Plus there will be tasty snacks and drinks too!

Entry is free, but you can guarantee entry by booking beforehand:

Click here to book >>

A little info on Linn Lounge:

Come along to a Linn Lounge event, where we’ll be listening to iconic artists at their best — on a Linn system in Studio Master — the highest quality available, anywhere.

Each month we’ll play music from a different artist and embark on a musical journey, uncovering the story behind their masterpieces.

After the event you can also choose some of your own favourite music to hear on a selection of Linn systems. Whether it’s the latest Studio Master download, a track from Spotify or even a movie, Linn gets the best sound from everything you listen to at home.

Click here for more info on Linn Lounge >>

Classic Album Replay – New Order "Power, Corruption & Lies" Thursday 16th May

3rd May 2013

This month’s Classic Album Replay is New Order’s “Power, Corruption & Lies”

Thursday 16th May, 2013
Album plays at 7pm
Loud & Clear Glasgow, 520 St Vincent Street, Glasgow, G3 8XZ

It’s 30 years ago since PCL was released, and it still sounds as fresh today as it did then; come along and judge for yourself.

Please don’t feel intimidated in coming to the shop!! There is no sales pressure. Simply come along, grab a glass of wine, and listen to this classic on a fabulous hi-fi system – taking you closer to the performance!

If you could get here 10 minutes before that would be great!

Inspired by Cosmo’s Classic Album Sundays:
http://classicalbumsundays.com/

And Greg Wilson’s Living To Music:
http://www.gregwilson.co.uk/2010/06/living-to-music/

Linn Factory Visit 30th May 2013

30th April 2013

Linn Factory Visit
Thursday 30th May, 2013

Thanks to everyone who came along to our last Linn factory visit at the end of March.

It was a huge success, and the feedback we had back was phenomenal.

Unfortunately we could not accommodate everyone who wanted to come along, so we are arranging another factory tour at Linn’s HQ in Eaglesham, Glasgow at the end of May.

The format will be he same as last time. Starting at 10am, the event will include a guided factory tour, and a range of product and system listening sessions.

Everything bearing the Linn name is designed and manufactured under one roof, so you can see every stage of the process.

Places again will be limited, to check availability and book, email john morrison: john.m@loud-clear.co.uk

Classic Album Sundays Glasgow with Loud & Clear – Talking Heads "Remain in Light" Sunday 28th April

23rd April 2013

Classic Album Sundays with Loud & Clear Hi-Fi Present

Talking Heads “Remain in Light”

The Berkeley Suite, 237 North Street, Glasgow, G3 7DL
Sunday 28th April 2013
£6 on the door or online:
http://loudandclear.eventbrite.co.uk
5.30pm – 8.30pm (album plays at 7.30pm)
0141 221 0221


“One of the world’s great albums, played on one of the world’s finest hi-fi systems in conjunction with one of the world’s best hi-fi stores.”

Classic Album Sundays: A Communal and Audiophile Listening Experience is joining forces with Loud & Clear Hi-Fi again for this now semi-regular event in Glasgow.

Listed as one of the Top 20 Trends of 2012 by London’s ES Magazine, Classic Album Sundays has become a media sensation in a little over a year. With features on BBC Breakfast, BBC 6 Music, NME, Elle, The Word, The Independent, The Evening Standard and more. Why all the fuss?

The concept is to enable people to experience music as close as possible to the way the artist intended, to treat music as a precious commodity and a classic album as a work of art which should be appreciated in its entirety. Classic Album Sundays’ use audiophile hi-fi equipment to ensure an awe inspiring listening experience. Visitors are invited to switch off their phones and refrain from unnecessary conversation: just sit back, listen and immerse themselves in the experience.

Music fans have enthusiastically responded en masse as Classic Album Sundays’ monthly listening sessions in London and New York have been selling out, with festival sessions featuring at The Vintage Festival at the Royal Festival Hall in London (for which Loud & Clear put together a £130,000 hi-fi system), plus Camp Bestival and Bestival amongst others.

Here is what some visitors had to say:

Joni Mitchell’s “Blue” was our first visit, and it was excellent. Sounded as if Joni was playing live, and heard in reverential silence by a deeply appreciative audience.” – David Lye, CAS attendee

“Hearing that fabulous cello line in ‘Eleanor Rigby’ – I could’ve wept with the sheer beauty of it.” – Annette Corbette, CAS attendee

The event format:

Join us from 5.30pm to get in the mood by listening to some of the music that inspired Talking Heads, along with tracks from their musical contemporaries around the release of the album in 1980. The bar will be open, and you can grab some lunch/dinner beforehand at Chinaski’s next door, to ease yourself in, and then hang out with a great soundtrack.

At 7.30pm the lights go down, the volume goes up and we play the album from beginning to end on a reference Linn hi-fi system. We’ll be using Linn’s iconic Sondek LP12 turntable with a reference Klimax Kontrol pre-amplifier and Linn’s very own “black ops” custom made fully active PA system featuring 12 channels of their Akurate power amplifiers.

Talking Heads’ “Remain in Light” saw the band melding African poly-rhythms, music-making methodologies and mythologies, with their own distinctive funk-rock. They attempted to collaborate more as a band, jamming long instrumental sections which producer Brian Eno would then loop and use to further spur the creative process. The album is also a great time capsule of downtown New York City circa 1980 uniting the downtown dance music, new wave, hip hop and experimental music scenes.

Listening to “Remain in Light” on a fabulous hi-fi system will let you hear it as never before; taking you closer to the performance.

More info:
http://classicalbumsundays.com/

http://www.loud-clear.co.uk

Linn Weekend at Loud & Clear Glasgow

9th April 2013

To celebrate Linn’s 40th anniversary and the Glasgow store’s 10th year as a Linn dealer; we’re hosting a number of special Linn events throughout March and April.

STOP PRESS: We will be presenting the Scottish debut for Linn’s new reference cartridge, Kandid, on Saturday. More information on Kandid >>

Linn DS at Loud & Clear
Friday 12th April 2013

This Friday we focus on Linn’s fantastic and extensive range of digital streaming products.
We will be demonstrating everything from the brand new Sneaky DSM to the awesome Klimax DS system.

With a Linn system playing in every room, John Ian Allan and Kevin will all be available to answer any questions from connection to cabling and NAS drives to networking.

So, if you’re a newcomer to streaming, looking to add another zone to you’re existing Linn DS set up, or want to hear just how good your favourite albums can really sound, come along and enjoy a day of music in the store.

email john morrison: john.m@loud-clear.co.uk for more details.

 

Linn Sondek LP12 at Loud & Clear
Saturday 13th April 2013

Saturday is all about vinyl – and our very own turntable wizard John Nilsen from Audio Origami will be on hand to help you get the most from your record collection.
As a special for the event, half price turntable servicing will be available on the day if you book your LP12 in advance.

If you have questions about tweaks, upgrade paths or cartridges the guys will be on hand to guide you to vinyl heaven!

We will have a variety of LP12’s on demonstration throughout the store on the day, so come along and bring some of your favourite albums too.

 

Celebrate Linn's 40th Anniversary at the Glasgow Store – March and April

9th March 2013

To celebrate Linn’s 40th anniversary and the Glasgow store’s 10th year as a Linn dealer; we’re hosting a number of special Linn events throughout March and April.

Linn Factory Visit
Thursday 21st March, 2013

We’re hosting a factory tour at Linn’s HQ in Eaglesham, Glasgow.

Starting at 10am, the event will include a guided factory tour, and a range of product and system listening sessions.

Everything bearing the Linn name is designed and manufactured under one roof, so you can see every stage of the process.

Places are limited, to check availability and book, email john morrison: john.m@loud-clear.co.uk

Linn at Loud & Clear Glasgow
Friday 12th April, 2013

Friday focuses on digital; with listening sessions on Linn’s range of DS network music players – from the brand new Sneaky DSM to the awesome Klimax DS.

Saturday 13th April, 2013

Saturday is all about vinyl. Our very own turntable wizard, John Nilsen, will be on hand to help you get the most from your record collection. Half price turntable servicing* will be available on the day, please book in advance.

Click for more information on Linn >>

We look forward to seeing you at some of these events.

 

*Excluding parts. Subject to availability.

 

Classic Album Replay – Prince and the Revolution "Purple Rain", Thursday 28th March, Glasgow Store

7th March 2013

This month’s Classic Album Replay is Prince and the Revolution “Purple Rain”

A total classic that we’ve had lots of requests for, so it would be rude not to!

Please don’t feel intimidated in coming to the shop!! There is no sales pressure. Simply come along, grab a glass of wine, and listen to this classic on a fabulous hi-fi system – taking you closer to the performance!

If you could get here 10 minutes before that would be great!

Inspired by Cosmo’s Classic Album Sundays:
http://classicalbumsundays.com/

And Greg Wilson’s Living To Music:
http://www.gregwilson.co.uk/2010/06/living-to-music/

Classic Album Sundays Glasgow – Miles Davis "Kind of Blue", Sunday 24th February

1st February 2013

Classic Album Sundays with Loud & Clear Hi-Fi Present

Miles Davis “Kind of Blue”

The Berkeley Suite, 237 North Street, Glasgow, G3 7DL
Sunday 24th February 2013
£6 on the door or online:
http://loudandclear.eventbrite.com
5.30pm – 8.30pm (album plays at 7.30pm)
0141 221 0221


“One of the world’s great albums, played on one of the world’s finest hi-fi systems in conjunction with one of the world’s best hi-fi stores.”

Classic Album Sundays: A Communal and Audiophile Listening Experience is joining forces with Loud & Clear Hi-Fi again for this now semi-regular event in Glasgow.

Listed as one of the Top 20 Trends of 2012 by London’s ES Magazine, Classic Album Sundays has become a media sensation in a little over a year. With features on BBC Breakfast, BBC 6 Music, NME, Elle, The Word, The Independent, The Evening Standard and more. Why all the fuss?

The concept is to enable people to experience music as close as possible to the way the artist intended, to treat music as a precious commodity and a classic album as a work of art which should be appreciated in its entirety. Classic Album Sundays’ use audiophile hi-fi equipment to ensure an awe inspiring listening experience. Visitors are invited to switch off their phones and refrain from unnecessary conversation: just sit back, listen and immerse themselves in the experience.

Music fans have enthusiastically responded en masse as Classic Album Sundays’ monthly listening sessions in London and New York have been selling out, with festival sessions featuring at The Vintage Festival at the Royal Festival Hall in London (for which Loud & Clear put together a £130,000 hi-fi system), plus Camp Bestival and Bestival amongst others.

Here is what some visitors had to say:

Joni Mitchell’s “Blue” was our first visit, and it was excellent. Sounded as if Joni was playing live, and heard in reverential silence by a deeply appreciative audience.” – David Lye, CAS attendee

“Hearing that fabulous cello line in ‘Eleanor Rigby’ – I could’ve wept with the sheer beauty of it.” – Annette Corbette, CAS attendee

The event format:

Join us from 5.30pm to get in the mood by listening to some of the music that inspired Miles Davis, along with tracks from his musical contemporaries and collaborators around the release of the album in 1959. The bar will be open, and you can grab some lunch/dinner beforehand at Chinaski’s next door, to ease yourself in, and then hang out with a great soundtrack.

At 7.30pm the lights go down, the volume goes up and we play the album from beginning to end on a reference Linn hi-fi system. We’ll be using Linn’s iconic Sondek LP12 turntable with a reference Klimax Kontrol pre-amplifier and Linn’s very own “black ops” custom made fully active PA system featuring 12 channels of their Akurate power amplifiers.

Miles Davis “Kind of Blue”

“Miles often surprised everybody. He craved change, and never thought twice about how it would affect anything or anybody, but the music…I think he enjoyed hearing the consequences.” – Drummer Jimmy Cobb in the liner notes for the album “Miles Davis and John Coltrane: The Complete Columbia Recordings 1955-1961”

Going Modal

Ever the musical chameleon who continuously challenged himself with new musical forms, Miles wanted to move away from the hard bop sound he had been championing in his live performances and on albums like 1954’s “Walkin’”. Inspired by French composers Maurice Ravel and Claude Debussy, performances by Les Ballets Africains de la Republique de Guinea and George Russell’s 1953 book “The Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization”, Miles wanted to abandon traditional harmonies and experiment with modes. Instead of harmonizing over quick chord changes in the style of Charlie Parker and John Coltrane, Davis wanted to pursue a music where the musicians improvised over a series of “church modes”, eight modes (or scales) that were used in ancient Gregorian chants. Traditional harmonies were abandoned and the players were set free.

Legendary Sextet

From 1955-1958, Miles had the “first great quintet” with a line-up that included John Coltrane on tenor saxophone and Paul Chambers on bass. Cannonball Adderley joined on alto sax in ’58 and Bill Evans replaced Red Garland on piano. Plagued by a nasty drug habit, drummer Philly Joe Jones was fired numerous times and eventually left, replaced by Jimmy Cobb. Master blues accompanist Wyton Kelly (Evans replacement when he left to pursue his own solo career) was brought in to play on one song, “Freddie Freeloader” as Evans felt he had nothing to contribute.

Simplicity and Spontaneity

Miles wanted to record quickly and with very little rehearsal as he wanted to capture the spontaneity. Very little was written out and instead Miles would “speak” the charts, giving sketches of the scales over which the players would solo and sometimes telling the musicians which note to play and how to play it. They aimed to capture the songs in first takes and aside from false starts, they managed a final take relatively quickly. “Flamenco Sketches” was recorded in one take. Modal jazz is organised in a scalar (horizontal) way whereas bebop is organised a chordal (vertical) way and Miles wanted the space and simplicity that was in stark contrast to the density and fast forward motion of bebop.

The Most Successful Jazz Album Ever Made

Despite the quick and improvisational manner in which it was composed and recorded, “Kind of Blue” has become one of the blueprints for jazz. It is often cited as a great introduction to jazz as it is extremely beautiful and listenable while embracing the tenets of experimental free jazz. It is has been named as the best-selling jazz album of all time and has influenced a host of musicians from many different disciplines. Pink Floyd keyboardist Rick Wright said the album influenced his chords on “Breathe”, soul musician/producer Quincy Jones said he played “Kind of Blue” everyday and it was his “orange juice”, and experimental pioneer Terry Riley reworked and manipulated “So What” (albeit Chet Baker’s version) for one of his first compositions. “Kind of Blue” is often named as one of the most influential albums of all time.

Listening to “Kind of Blue” on a fabulous hi-fi system will let you here it as never before; taking you closer to the live performance.


More info:
http://classicalbumsundays.com/

http://www.loud-clear.co.uk

Classic Album Replay – Kraftwerk "Autobahn", Thursday 24th January, Glasgow Store

14th January 2013

This month’s Classic Album Replay in the Glasgow shop is Kraftwerk “Autobahn”

Inspired by Kraftwerk’s upcoming live shows where they are playing an album a night in Dusseldorf and London, in January and February, we thought we’d give you a taster of a full Kraftwerk LP!

The album plays at 7pm, on Thursday 24th January.

Please don’t feel intimidated in coming to the shop!! There is no sales pressure. Simply come along, grab a glass of wine, and listen to this classic on a fabulous hi-fi system – taking you closer to the performance!

If you could get here 10 minutes before that would be great!

Inspired by Cosmo’s Classic Album Sundays:
http://classicalbumsundays.com/

Festive Opening Hours at Loud & Clear

29th December 2012

Loud & Clear wish all of our customers and friends a very happy Christmas and a great new year!
We’re sure 2013 will continue where 2012 left off and bring more exiting products and innovative discoveries for your home hifi and home cinema systems.

Friday 28th December 2012          10am – 6pm
Saturday 29th December 2012     10am – 6pm
Sunday 30th December 2012          CLOSED
Monday 31st December 2012          CLOSED

Tuesday 1st January  2013               CLOSED
Wednesday 2nd January 2013        CLOSED
Thursday 3rd January 2013           10am – 6pm
Friday 4th January 2013                10am – 6pm
Saturday 5th January 2013           10am – 6pm
Sunday 6th January 2013                CLOSED
Monday 7th January 2013               CLOSED

Tuesday 8th January 2013            10am – 6pm

Classic Album Sundays Glasgow – The Blue Nile "A Walk Across The Rooftops", Sunday 25th November

26th October 2012

Classic Album Sundays with Loud & Clear Present

The Blue Nile “A Walk Across The Rooftops”

Since we sold out so quickly we have added a second session. Album plays at 9pm.

The Berkeley Suite, 237 North Street, Glasgow, G3 7DL
Sunday 25th November 2012
£6 on the door or online:
http://loudandclear.eventbrite.com
8.45pm –10.00pm (album plays at 9.00pm)

 

“One of the world’s great albums, played on one of the world’s finest hi-fi systems in conjunction with one of the world’s best hi-fi stores.”

 

Classic Album Sundays: A Communal and Audiophile Listening Experience is joining forces with Loud & Clear again for this now semi-regular event in Glasgow.

Listed as one of the Top 20 Trends of 2012 by London’s ES Magazine, Classic Album Sundays has become a media sensation in a little over a year. With features on BBC Breakfast, BBC 6 Music, NME, Elle, The Word, The Independent, The Evening Standard and more. Why all the fuss?

The concept is to enable people to experience music as close as possible to the way the artist intended, to treat music as a precious commodity and a classic album as a work of art which should be appreciated in its entirety. Classic Album Sundays’ use audiophile hi-fi equipment to ensure an awe inspiring listening experience. Visitors are invited to switch off their phones and refrain from unnecessary conversation: just sit back, listen and immerse themselves in the experience.

Music fans have enthusiastically responded en masse as Classic Album Sundays’ monthly listening sessions in London and New York have been selling out, with festival sessions featuring at The Vintage Festival at the Royal Festival Hall in London (for which Loud & Clear put together a £130,000 hi-fi system), plus Camp Bestival and Bestival amongst others.

Here is what some visitors had to say:

Joni Mitchell’s “Blue” was our first visit, and it was excellent. Sounded as if Joni was playing live, and heard in reverential silence by a deeply appreciative audience.” – David Lye, CAS attendee

“Hearing that fabulous cello line in ‘Eleanor Rigby’ – I could’ve wept with the sheer beauty of it.” – Annette Corbette, CAS attendee

The event format:

Join us from 8.45pm to get in the mood by listening to some of the music that inspired The Blue Nile, along with tracks from their musical contemporaries around the release of the album in 1984.

At 9.00pm the lights go down, the volume goes up and we play the album from beginning to end on a reference Linn hi-fi system. We’ll be using Linn’s iconic Sondek LP12 turntable with a reference Klimax Kontrol pre-amplifier and Linn’s very own “black ops” custom made fully active PA system featuring 12 channels of their Akurate power amplifiers.

The Blue Nile “A Walk Across The Rooftops”

To coincide with The Blue Nile’s seminal debut album being re-issued in November; we thought it was the perfect time to play this classic album from Glasgow.

Both “A Walk Across The Roof Tops” and its follow up “Hats” have been remastered as a double CD, featuring unreleased versions and b-sides selected by the band.

Formed in 1981, the three piece Blue Nile had released one single on their own, Peppermint Records, before they were introduced to hi-fi manufacturer, Linn Products, by their friend, and soon to be long term producer and engineer, Calum Malcolm.

Linn were looking for a band to record a track that would showcase “the fidelity and versatility” of their high-end hi-fi components, like the Sondek LP12 turntable. Having heard a demo of “Tinseltown In The Rain” while visiting Castlesound Studios, they approached the band to fund the recording of a full album, and formed a record label especially to release it.

The rest of the album followed the laidback style of the opening “A Walk Across The Rooftops”, though the pace is picked up with the homage to Glasgow in the anthemic single, “Tinseltown in The Rain”. It garnered positive reviews, but only sold modestly at the time. Interest in the band has continued to increase over the years with their ethereal, spacious sound, prolonged periods of inaction and lack of “profile” from the band all adding to the mystique.

We’ll be able to listen to “A Walk Across The Rooftops” as it was supposed to be heard: on a fabulous hi-fi system, showing off the fantastic production, but most of all, taking you closer to the performance and the heartfelt emotion of the songs.


More info:
http://www.classicalbumsundays.com

http://www.loud-clear.co.uk

Put a Sparkle Into Your Christmas

25th October 2012

Exclusive Event

Thursday 22nd of November
from 6pm – 9pm

Iain Baird of jewellery designers Lugh would like to invite you to an exclusive preview of his autumn collection. Also on the evening, award-winning jewellery designer Ishbel Watson will be exhibiting her latest designs.
Both designers will be available to talk about their work and discuss bespoke commissions.
The show will be held in Loud & Clear in St. Vincent Street in Glasgow
And of course refreshments will be provided.

Classic Album Replay – Donald Byrd "Places and Spaces", Thursday 25th October.

4th October 2012

This month’s Classic Album Replay in the Glasgow shop is Donald Byrd “Places and Spaces”

This is a jazz funk masterpiece produced and written by the wonderful Mizell Brothers. Find out more information about it on Classic Album Sundays’ website.

The album plays at 7pm, on Thursday 25th October.

Please don’t feel intimidated in coming to the shop!! There is no sales pressure. Simply come along, grab a glass of wine, and listen to this classic on a fabulous hi-fi system – taking you closer to the performance!

If you could get here 10 minutes before that would be great!

Inspired by Cosmo’s Classic Album Sundays:
http://classicalbumsundays.com/

and Greg Wilson’s Living to Music Blog:
http://www.gregwilson.co.uk/2010/06/living-to-music

Classic Album Sundays Glasgow – Pink Floyd "The Dark Side of the Moon", Sunday 30th September

23rd September 2012

Classic Album Sundays with Loud & Clear Hi-Fi Present

Pink Floyd “The Dark Side of the Moon”

The Berkeley Suite, 237 North Street, Glasgow, G3 7DL
Sunday 30 September 2012
£6 on the door
Online:  http://loudandclear.eventbrite.com
5pm – 8.30pm (album plays at 7.30pm)
0141 221 0221


One of the world’s great albums, played on one of the world’s finest hi-fi systems in conjunction with one of the world’s best hi-fi stores.”

Classic Album Sundays: A Communal and Audiophile Listening Experience is joining forces with Loud & Clear Hi-Fi again for this now semi-regular event in Glasgow.

Listed as one of the Top 20 Trends of 2012 by London’s ES Magazine, Classic Album Sundays has become a media sensation in a little over a year. With features on BBC Breakfast, BBC 6 Music, NME, Elle, The Word, The Independent, The Evening Standard and more. Why all the fuss?

The concept is to enable people to experience music as close as possible to the way the artist intended, to treat music as a precious commodity and a classic album as a work of art which should be appreciated in its entirety Classic  Album Sundays’ use audiophile hi-fi equipment to ensure an awe inspiring listening experience. Visitors are invited to switch off their phones and refrain from unnecessary conversation just sit back, listen and immerse themselves in the experience.

Music fans have enthusiastically responded en masse as Classic Album Sundays’ monthly listening sessions in London and New York have been selling out, with festival sessions featuring at The Vintage Festival at the Royal Festival Hall in London (for which Loud & Clear put together a £130,000 hi-fi system), plus Camp Bestival and Bestival amongst others.

Here is what some visitors had to say:

Joni Mitchell’s “Blue” was our first visit, and it was excellent. Sounded as if Joni was playing live, and heard in reverential silence by a deeply appreciative audience.” – David Lye, CAS attendee

Hearing that fabulous cello line in ‘Eleanor Rigby’ – I could’ve wept with the sheer beauty of it.” – Annette Corbette, CAS attendee

 

The event format:

Join us from 5pm to get in the mood by listening to some of the music that inspired Pink Floyd, along with tracks from their musical contemporaries around the release of the album in 1973. The bar will be open, and you can grab some lunch/dinner beforehand at Chinaski’s next door, to ease yourself in, and then hang out with a great soundtrack.

At 7.30pm the lights go down, the volume goes up and we play the album from beginning to end on a reference Linn hi-fi system. Linn produce world class hi-fi from their factory in Glasgow. We’ll be using the classic Sondek LP12 turntable, Klimax DS, Klimax Kontrol pre-amplifier, Klimax Solo mono block power amplifiers, Klimax 350p Loudspeakers, all cabled with Nordost. This is a SERIOUS high-end system!

 

Pink Floyd “The Dark Side of the Moon”

How did an album about mental illness, mortality and the need for human empathy become one of the most classic, iconic albums of all time staying on the US Billboard Charts for 741 weeks (14 years)?

With their album “Meddle” and the side-long masterpiece “Echoes”, Pink Floyd had established themselves as an anonymous super-group in an age of flamboyant rockers like Led Zeppelin and The Who. After the departure of Syd Barrett, Roger Waters had increasingly asserted himself as musical director and “The Dark Side of the Moon” was the first album for which he dictated all the themes and wrote all the lyrics.

Written in a direct way, Waters reflected, “Its driven by emotion. There’s nothing plastic about it, nothing contrived” and called it “an expression of political, philosophical, humanitarian empathy that was desperate to get out.”

The album was recorded and engineered by Alan Parsons at Abbey Road Studios where the band liked to play cricket matches against the staff. The band pushed the limits of 16-track analogue studio technology and used keyboards, sequencers and sound effects which were groundbreaking at the time.

The sonics on the album are just as important as the lyrics and each reinforce the other as David Gilmour explains, “Roger and Nick tend to make the tapes or effects like the heartbeat on the LP… The heartbeat alludes to the human condition and sets the mood for the music, which describes the emotions experienced during a lifetime. Amid the chaos there is beauty and hope for mankind. The effects are purely to help the listener understand what the whole thing is about.”

Waters described the urgent message behind the album: “This is not a rehearsal. As far as we know – and I know there are some Hindus that would disagree with this – you only get one shot, and you’ve got to make choices based on whatever moral, philosophical or political position you may adopt…If ‘The Dark Side of the Moon’ is anything, it is an exhortation to join the flow of the river of natural history in a way that’s positive…”

More info:
http://www.classicalbumsundays.com
http://www.loud-clear.co.uk

Loud & Clear with Classic Album Sundays at the National Audio Show, 22nd & 23rd September

19th September 2012

Loud & Clear are teaming up with Classic Album Sundays to host listening sessions at the UK’s most popular hi-fi show, The National Audio Show on 22nd & 23rd September. Attendees can take a break from perusing the hi-fi on offer to get back to what it is all about – the music.

We will be presenting some seminal albums by artists like Joni Mitchell and Led Zeppelin on a stellar hi-fi which will feature a Lyra Atlas Cartridge, JMW Classic 10.5 Tone Arm, VPI Classic 3 Turntable, Moon 810 LP Phono Stage, Moon 850P/880M Amplification, ProAc Carbon Pro 8 Loudspeakers and cabling by Nordost and Studio Connections.

We will also be screening a new film documentary called “Last Shop Standing” which goes behind the counter to discover why nearly 2000 record shops have disappeared across the UK.


Saturday, 22nd September

Albums presented by Colleen “Cosmo” Murphy of Classic Album Sundays

12:00 – 1:15 Joni Mitchell “Blue”

1:30 – 2:45 The Beatles “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” in mono

3:00 – 4:15 Pink Floyd “Wish You Were Here”

4:45 Film Screening of “Last Shop Standing”

Sunday, 23rd September

Albums presented by Allan Boyd and John Carroll of Loud & Clear

12:00 – 1:15 Bob Marley “Catch A Fire”

1:30 – 2:45  David Bowie “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars”

3:00 – 4:15  Led Zeppelin “Led Zeppelin II”

National Audio Show
Whittlebury Hall Hotel & Spa
Whittlebury
Nr Towcester
Northamptonshire
NN12 8QH

Classic Album Replay – Parliament "Mothership Connection", Thursday 23rd August

20th August 2012

This month’s classic album at the Glasgow shop is Parliament “Mothership Connection”.

For more information on this seminal p-funk album check out Greg Wilson’s Blog on it.

The album plays at 7pm, on Thursday 23rd August

Please don’t feel intimidated in coming to the shop!! There is no sales pressure. Simply come along, grab a glass of wine, and listen to this classic on a fabulous hi-fi system – taking you closer to the performance!

If you could get here 10 minutes before that would be great!

Facebook Event

Inspired by Greg Wilson’s Living to Music Blog:
http://www.gregwilson.co.uk/2010/06/living-to-music/

and Colleen “Cosmo” Murphy’s Classic Album Sundays:
http://classicalbumsundays.com/

Music & Vinyl Fest 2012

13th August 2012

All spaces for the Sunday event are now booked! Due to the massive response we will be holding another CAS event at The Mill very soon. Many thanks, the Loud & Clear and CAS team. Please come along on Saturday for plenty of great kit, records and live music set at 4.00pm, free entry

The Mill at Loud & Clear are hosting a full weekend of live and vinyl replay music

Here is the diary of events taking place at the Edinburgh store

Friday 17 August

5pm–8.30pm

An evening preview of the very best records from Diverse Vinyl, with live music from Mark Corbett and some refreshments.

Free event

Limited numbers

Saturday 18 August

10am–5pm

Diverse Vinyl, the UK’s best record shop is back in town. Come along and chose from thousands of new vinyl albums and experience their sound on the world’s best hi fi equipment and at the ultimate headphone bar.

Live music from Emily-Rose Conlon at 4.00pm.

Free open day

Sunday 19 August

12 noon–4pm

Classic Album Sundays present

Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon, hosted by Colleen “Cosmo” Murphy.

Join us from noon and enjoy the contemporaries and influences of Pink Floyd before the LP plays at 2.30pm.

Ticketed event £6 (2 for 1)

Tickets available online from:
http://loudandclear.eventbrite.com/

or through the Edinburgh shop.

More details on this part of the event

 

Hear Your Records As You Have Never Heard Them Before – Thursday 26th July – John Coltrane Album Replay

20th July 2012

The Glasgow shop is having a couple of jazz based events at the end of July.

Thursday 26th July from 4pm – 8pm

This second event focuses on vinyl replay on various turntables from the likes of Rega and Linn.

Bring your favourite jazz LP and hear how it can really sound on turntable based systems from £1,000 – £70,000.

We’ll also have a record cleaner set up (hopefully our beautiful new Keith Monks!), so we’ll give your record a clean and put it in a new anti-static sleeve for free!

Entrance is free and refreshments will be provided.

Audiophile listening session with John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme  at 7pm on the night.

 

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