"Mud Slide Slim" Prepared for 24K Gold CD Audiophile Release
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Audio Fidelity, leader in audiophile remastering of classic rock and pop, has completed James Taylor's "Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon" at Marsh Mastering in Hollywood. Working from the original 1971 analog master tapes, Audio Fidelity engineer Steve Hoffman joined mastering engineer Stephen Marsh for the critical remastering sessions in preparation for a limited edition of 5,000 numbered 24K Gold CDs.
"Our goal at Audio Fidelity is to deliver the optimum remastered Compact Disc from an analog recording that was done a long time ago," said Steve Hoffman, who has tens of thousands followers in his online audiophile forums. "We are maintaining all of the integrity of the original sound, while creating a recording that sounds exceptional on good listening systems."
"Mud Slide Slim" marks the fourth James Taylor album remastered by Audio Fidelity at Marsh Mastering. Other limited edition titles already available are "Sweet Baby James" (1970), "One Man Dog" (1972), and "Walking Man" (1974).
"We are trying to create today's definitive version of the record," explained mastering engineer Stephen Marsh, "to get as close as you could possibly get to the master tape and honestly capture the artist's original vision, using modern technology to present the music in an unadulterated fashion."
"It's a very delicate process," added Steve Hoffman. "In some cases we have to carefully dehydrate or 'bake' the analog tapes that are unplayable otherwise." Stephen Marsh adds, "Every particle of oxide that falls off is part of a song that you will never hear again."
"Luckily, all the James Taylor analog master tapes have been in fantastic shape," says Hoffman, "well stored by the archival folks at Warner Bros. Audio Fidelity is in contact with James Taylor before these reissues and he is very pleased with our work. That's the ultimate compliment -- if he's happy, we are happy."
"Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon" will be available as an Audio Fidelity 24K Gold CD in Spring 2012.
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About Audio Fidelity
Audio Fidelity's 24K+ compact discs reproduce the optimum sound of classic recordings, delivering classic music in deluxe packaging with see-through slip cases. Audio Fidelity only uses the original vintage mixes played back on specially constructed playback decks to capture the warm sound of the original analog master tape combined with a genuine 24 karat gold surface free of any type of physical defect, making the 24K Gold CD series truly one of a kind. http://www.audiofidelity.net
About Marsh Mastering
Marsh Mastering is a unique, purpose-built mastering boutique located in the heart of Hollywood, CA. The studio is known worldwide for an exceptional customized processing chain, accurate clocking and conversion, and a finely tuned critical listening environment. Owner and chief engineer Stephen Marsh, alongside fellow mastering engineers Stephanie Villa and Fernando Lee, provides experience, talent, and musical passion, while offering custom-tailored masters, exceptional customer service and superlative sound. http://www.marshmastering.com