RUSH – The Studio Albums 1989-2007 – Mastered by Andy VanDette

This week marks the release of Rush “The Studio Albums 1989-2007″ box set, which includes every studio album from that period (duh) — REMASTERED — with the added bonus of the (in)famous 2002 “Vapor Trails” album remixed!

Photo of Andy VanDetteThe remastering was engineered by Andy VanDette, and the remix of Vapor Trails was by David Bottrill. It’s a great time to be a Rush fan!

We had the foresight to have cameras ready at a few of the mastering sessions (unfortunately not all of them). But we’ll share some of the behind-the-scenes shots with you here and a few comments from Andy about the mastering process.

Q: Can you compare the experience of re-mastering the Mercury catalog to the Atlantic albums?

Andy: Being the cutting edge technology band that Rush is, they were one of the first to embrace digital recording. Pushing the envelope to record 44.1 Khz 16 bit in the late 80′s seems a little short sighted today, but that probably felt pretty close to the cutting edge then. Early digital sounded very clear, but also very thin. I wish there had been analog safety copies of “Test for Echo”.

Q: Which of the Atlantic albums was the most significant for you?

Andy: “Vapor Trails”. I remember hearing it before it came out, and thinking “Wow, I guess this is why I will never work with Rush.” The snare and vocal were so overshadowed by low end.

Q: Do you have a personal favorite out of the Atlantics?

Andy: I have always loved “Snakes and Arrows”. The songs are fantastic. I can see how it turned on a whole new generation of fans. On the “Vapor Trails” tour, their fan base was guys like me. The shows I have seen the last four years have been increasingly diverse. Lots of families at the shows now. Last year I saw my first female air drummer!

Q: Which do you think improved the most?

Andy: Well… “Vapor Trails” of course. I see why they had a hard time remastering the original mixes. So much of their energy is in the bottom octave 20-40Hz. You can roll it off, but so much of the mixes’ punch came from that. It was just mixed that way. The David Bottrill remixes are very well balanced and musical.

Andy discussed remastering the first 15 Rush albums in 2011 here.

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Sting’s New Album “The Last Ship” Released Today

Sting’s new album, “The Last Ship,” his first full-length album of new material in ten years, is released today on Cherrytree / Interscope / A&M Records. The album was produced by Rob Mathes, and mastered by Scott Hull. Here’s Sting and Scott at the mastering session.

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The album is inspired by Sting’s forthcoming play of the same name, scheduled to debut on Broadway in 2014. It will explore the themes of homecoming and self-discovery, drawing upon Sting’s memories of growing up, with reminiscences of universal truths – the complexity of relationships, the passage of time and the importance of family and community. (Wikipedia)

Artwork of Sting The Last Ship

The album is available in multiple formats: a standard 12 song version (also on vinyl — get it at Elusive Disc), a 2-disc version with 5 extra tracks, and a super-deluxe edition with special packaging and 20 tracks available from Amazon.

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Lou Pallo’s “Thank You Les” Gets a 10 for Sound at Analog Planet

Michael Fremer at Analog Planet gave Lou Pallo’s “Thank You Les – A Tribute To Les Paul” vinyl a “9″ for musical content and a “10″ for sound in his recent review. Here’s what Michael had to say:

“The production was all-analog on vintage tube gear that warmed up the CD reviewed here a few months ago, but on vinyl? OMG! Anyone who thinks CDs are “transparent to the source” will surely change their minds hearing this AA recording in its most pure AAA state…”

Read the full review here.

“Thank You Les” was mastered by Alex DeTurk at Masterdisk.

Lou Pallo Thank You Les Album Cover

In addition to the great review from Michael Fremer, “Thank You Les” has earned the titles of “Best Tribute Album” and “Best Long Form Video” in the artist and industry judging portion of the Independent Music Awards, in addition to “Best Tribute Album” in the world-wide voting Vox Populi (People’s Choice).

Here’s an interview with Lou Pallo at The Independent Music Awards site.

Get the vinyl at Elusive Disc.

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New Linda Thompson Album “Won’t Be Long Now” Set for October 15 Release

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British folk-rock legend Linda Thompson’s new album, “Won’t Be Long Now” is set for release on October 15.

Photo of Linda Thompson, Scott Hull, and Ed HaberThe album features Martin Carthy, Dave Swarbrick, Eliza Carthy, Sam Amidon, Amy Helm and a host of Thompsons. All three of her children and one grandchild form the group on a cover of Anna McGarrigle’s “As Fast As My Feet.” Ex-husband Richard Thompson provides lovely guitar accompaniment on Linda’s “Love’s for Babies and Fools,” a song that can stand with the best of their classic output.

Produced with her long-time collaborator, Edward Haber, mixed by Tom Schick (Wilco, Mavis Staples, Ryan Adams), and mastered by Scott Hull, “Won’t Be Long Now” is not to be missed.

(The photo of Linda, Scott, and producer Ed Haber is from the mastering session for “Won’t Be Long Now.”)

Coincidentally, it was 7 years ago today that Linda’s last album, “Versatile Heart” (also mastered by Scott Hull), was released!

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