Errol Garner Remastered

After hearing the dramatic sonic differences between the original pressing of Errol Garner’s Concert by the Sea, (one of my father’s favorite records, I still have his LP copy) and the new reissue reviewed by David Sokol in the October issue of Stereophile, I thought a further demonstration of what was done to improve the sound would be instructive. Thanks to Jim Merlis of Big Hassle Media and Sony/Legacy, here’s an A/B link that is fairly dramatic. Steve Rosenthal who worked on the project at Magic Shop New York explains: “The Concert By The Sea tapes were transferred and remastered at The Magic Shop on an AMPEX ATR102 using the Plangent playback system. Employing a wideband tape head, preamp and DSP package to capture and track the original recorder’s ultrasonic bias remnant, the Plangent Process then removes the wow and flutter and FM/IM distortion from the recorded audio. The original single mic (likely an Altec M11 “lipstick” model) was recorded flat to tape, and needed some careful mastering equalization to bring out the details of the hall and the performance. The results are quite remarkable, as can be heard in this comparison between the original LP master and the 192/24 digital version archived in April of 2015.”

You can stream the differences by clicking on this link.

Allen Fant's picture

Life is good indeed- RB!
2015 is turning out to be another excellent year for Jazz re-issues.

dalethorn's picture

The sound is improved in most ways, but the noise that accompanies the high frequency sounds (wire brushes, etc.) is much louder. Could it be that there was no after-the-fact noise suppression applied?

monetschemist's picture

Are You Experienced?
Led Zeppelin II, III?

Based on the improvements I hear in this recording, anyway - less congested, less of that "60s tape overloaded sound"...