Big Star Complete Third reviews

Omnivore Recordings' latest deluxe release, Big Star Complete Third, is out and getting some big attention.  Amidst the praise for the overall album and the herculean task that the team at Omnivore took on to produce this package, several critics are noticing the mastering and restoration.

"Michael Graves has remastered all three discs to great effect." - The Second Disc
"Thanks to Michael Graves' audio restoration, those nuances come through with largely impeccable clarity." - All About Jazz
"The sound is remarkable (the 1993 Rykodisc release always sounded a little thin and tinny) and the thread of the songs is taut and tight so that, to me, the coherency that was lacking is now there. Disc 3 is the presentation of the final mixes and sounds much cleaner, crisper and buoyant here than before." - Pop Dose
"Massive praise must be heaped on Cheryl Pawelski, Adam Hill, and Michael Graves for wrangling this material into sequence and restoring it in such as a way that listening to this set feels like you're hearing so much for the first time."
"The success of Complete Third really hinges not on how much material the folks at Omnivore Recordings managed to dig up but, instead, by how they made Third sound. The verdict is, quite simply, that you've never heard the album like this before. Whatever Hill and Graves did to clean up these recordings might be the stuff of alchemy 'cause I very nearly ran my car off the road while I got transfixed by how sharp and clear album tracks like "Blue Moon" and "Take Care" now sounded."
"Disc 3 is so fundamentally sharper than any you've heard and loved before that I can say that you should offer up a massive thanks to these folks for attempting this." - A Pessimist Is Never Dissapointed

Audio Restoration at the 141st AES convention

Archiving and restoration were the topics in the early hours of the first day at the AES Convention in Los Angeles, CA.  9:00 AM is not typically the best time for audio engineers to gather, but we had a nice, enthusiastic crowd!  Thanks to Jessica Thompson (Coast Mastering) for inviting me, Cheryl Pawelski (Omnivore Recordings), Steve Rosenthal (The Magic Shop), and Jamie Howarth (Plangent Processes) to talk about what we love to do!

(L-R: Michael Graves, Cheryl Pawelski, Jessica Thompson, Steve Rosenthal, Jamie Howarth)

(L-R: Michael Graves, Cheryl Pawelski, Jessica Thompson, Steve Rosenthal, Jamie Howarth)

8.9 for Music of Morocco

Dust-to-Digital's Music of Morocco: Recorded by Paul Bowles, 1959 get's some love from Pitchfork:

"If either you’ve lost sight of or continue to lament the disappearance of the physical object in recorded music, you couldn’t dream of a better reminder than this set. Words just don’t do justice to how it feels holding Music of Morocco in your hands, or to its stately elegance sitting on your shelf. And if you’re looking for an entry point into the soul of a people via its music, you simply can’t do better than Music of Morocco. Consider it essential regardless of your musical tastes or background."

Ostinato Records Debut Release: Haiti 1960-1981

Roads and Kingdoms recently posted an adapted excerpt taken from the liner notes of Ostinato Records' outstanding debut release: Tanbou Toujou Lou: Meringue, Kompa Kreyol, Vodou Jazz, and Electric Folklore from Haiti 1960-1981. There are some great photos and sound clips in the article.  I'm happy to say that all the tracks were transferred, restored and mastered here at Osiris Studio and I enjoyed every minute of it.

Winfield Parker at Ru-Jac

Ru-Jac Records, one of the nation’s first African-American owned record labels, was formed in Baltimore in the early 1960s by Rufus Mitchell, who booked east coast entertainment venues including Carr’s Beach, a segregated summer resort near Annapolis. Ru-Jac was active through the beginning of the 1970s and featured R&B, jazz and even rock acts. One of the most soulful was Winfield Parker.

Release date: March 25, 2016