Latin Superstar Celebrates 40 Years of Music & 90 Million Records
Pictured at Bernie Grundman Mastering are (L-R) recording engineer Dan Moore, assistant engineer Arturo Martinez-Caceres, producer Gustavo Farias, and mastering engineer Paul Grundman. Photo by David Goggin.
Producer Gustavo Farias has mastered the 40th Anniversary album of Latin superstar Juan Gabriel with engineer Paul Grundman at Bernie Grundman Mastering. As one of the most famous living representatives of Mexican ranchera, ballad, mariachi and pop music, Gabriel has sold over 90 Million records in his 40-year career.
"There are a lot of surprises here for Juan's fans -- different styles, different rhythms," commented producer Gustavo Farias, who has also helmed hit projects with such artists as Rocio Durcal, Akwid and Melissa Etheridge. "His writing and performance is very mature, yet very inventive,
and Juan gave me a lot of freedom. Engineer Dan Moore and I recorded the Slovakia State Symphony Orchestra in Eastern Europe, vocals at Juan's studio in Cancun, and the rest at my studio in LA."
"It was a great honor and a thrill to work on this landmark record," remarked Paul Grundman, who is one of the up-and-coming mastering engineers at the renowned Hollywood facility.
In addition to producing hit albums for a wide variety of artists, Farias has written themes and music for many TV shows, including the most watched Hispanic show in the U.S., "The Cristina Show. " Of particular note, Farias was the recipient of the Silver Lion at the 2009 Cannes Festival, the most prestigious award in the advertising world.
"Paul Grundman has great energy and he understands what we are trying to achieve with this album,"added Farias. "Good mastering makes an album sound like a complete, cohesive work and becomes a totally pleasing experience. He brought out details that only the mastering guy's ears can discover and bring to the final recording."
The new album will be released later this year by Universal Music.
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