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Grateful Dead July 1978: The Complete Recordings

Working on these July 1978 Grateful Dead shows was a treat. They have the consumate “Betty Board” audio quality and the performances are exceptional. We used Plangent Processes for transfer and time base correction and they sound terrific. Three of the shows in the box set (7/1,7/3, and 7/5) have never been available in soundboard format, and the other two shows (7/7 and 7/8) are the Grateful Dead at their finest, heard here like they’ve never sounded before.

Atmospherics 1: Urbania, from Munich Syndrome

After an almost three year gap from 2013’s album, Robotika, Atmospherics 1: Urbania, is the first release in Munich Syndrome's Atmospherics series. Urbania is a detour into moodier, atmospheric soundscapes, a soundtrack to a night out in the city, be it Berlin, London, San Francisco or Paris. Utilizing older analog synths, vintage guitar amps and a mixed bag of filters, Urbania offers a variety of moods from dark and quiet, slinky to sensual, and upbeat to euphoric. Exploring moods and space, as well as melody and rhythm, Urbania has no rules, preconceptions, and no expectations on where the song will take you or where you'll arrive.

The CD is limited to 300 copies world wide.
Mastered by Jeffrey Norman in HDCD® audio.

The County Well, Future Country

Produced by a wealth of diverse contributors drawn from across Marin County, CA, and the San Francisco Bay Area, The County Well is a genuinely unique and sometimes truly strange blend of voices, instruments, and styles.! At its core is a sort of "southern-ness" that ranges geographically from Tennessee, down to New Orleans, west through Texas, along the Mexican border, and into Southern California.! Instrumentally, this southern-ness is evoked by dobro, pedal steel, slide guitar, flute, trombone, nylon string guitar picked in both Bluegrass and Spanish styles, and piano and organ.! Stylistically, one hears the influences of Little Feat, J.J. Cale, Jerry Douglas, Marshall Tucker, Reba McEntire, Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Daniel Lanois; and, more contemporarily, Hot Buttered Rum String Band and Moses Guest, which stands to reason because Eric Yates of HBR and Graham Guest of Moses Guest are all over the record.! Here is the complete list of musicians and music-makers who are The County Well:

  • Tracy Blackman -Backing Vocals on Mrs. Soul and Hollywood

  • Eric Eisenberg - Backing Vocals on Light

  • Graham Guest - Nylon Guitar on all songs. Electric Guitar on Subtle and Serene. Lead Vocals on Everything except Subtle and Serene

  • Joel Jaffe - Pedal Steel on Alabama, Baby and Hollywood. Lap Steel on Extra Heavy

  • Sophie Meiers - Backing Vocals on Alabama

  • Steve Moore - Bass on Everything

  • Sean Nelson - Drums and Percussion on Hollywood, Ship You Can’t Steer, Mrs. Soul, Light, and Empty Hall

  • Amy Nordstrom - Backing Vocals on Baby, Extra Heavy and Ship You Can’t Steer

  • Sandy Stadtfelt - Trombone on Mezzanine

  • Erik Yates - Flute on Mrs. Soul, Subtle and Serene and Ship You Can’t Steer. Dobro on Baby. Backing Vocals on Light

  • Steven Younger - Keyboards on Hollywood, Empty Hall and Extra Heavy. Backing Vocals on Hollywood and Mrs. Soul

  • Don Zimmer - Acoustic Guitar on all songs except Baby. Snare Drum on Alabama

Produced by Graham Guest and Don Zimmer

Mixed by Joel Jaffe, Buddy Saleman and Don Zimmer

Mastered by Jeffrey Norman

Jeffrey Norman @ Tri Studios San Rafel mixing Sunshine Daydream
Jeffrey Norman
Tri Studios, San Rafel California
Mixing Sunshine Daydream Jan-Feb 2012

Mockingbird Mastering was created by longtime Bay Area engineer Jeffrey Norman. Located in Petaluma, California, the studio is a beautiful 40 minute drive north of the Golden Gate. Through the last 30 years, Jeffrey has engineered, mixed, and mastered recordings for a variety of clients including the Grateful Dead, Huey Lewis and the News, and John Fogerty. “It’s gotten to the point where I want to concentrate on mastering and that’s what Mockingbird Mastering is all about”, says Norman. “Through the years I’ve had a chance to work with a lot of top-of-the line equipment, and I’ve kept what I feel is the best. I have a great room, and I love providing this service”.

Although many of Norman’s clients are well known artists, it is the desire of Mockingbird Mastering, Inc. to make this top professional service available and affordable to the upcoming artist and independent record company. With so much music being produced on relatively inexpensive digital equipment, sometimes the warmth and depth is sacrificed along the way. Current digital workstations and music programs are incredibly sophisticated and flexible for the artist and producer, but just because it’s digital doesn’t always mean that it sounds as good as it can. Professional mastering, by effecting subtle volume and tonal changes with state-of-the-art equipment, can bring back much of the intended musical emotion.

Not a large room, Mockingbird Mastering, Inc. is an acoustically accurate environment (thanks to Sam Berkow of SIA Acoustics, NY). Using state-of-the art monitors (Meyer HM-1s), digital and analog compression (Z-Systems and Fairman) and equalization (Sontec, Millennia, and NTI) in conjunction with Sonic soundBlade and ProTools HD workstations, Mockingbird Mastering can produce the finest possible stereo CD master from most analog and digital sources. In addition, Mockingbird Mastering has a number of digital problem solving plug-ins (Waves, Sonic No-Noise, and Cube-Tec) to cure unwanted source noise and artifacts.


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