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Rolling Stones, Cream and Free Classics Remastered At Half-Speed

02/12/2016
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(Classic Rock) Iconic albums by the Rolling Stones, Cream and Free have been re-cut at Abbey Road using a vinyl "half-speed mastering" process. The Stones' Exile On Main Street, Disraeli Gears by Cream, Free's Fire And Water, Ghost In The Machine by The Police, John Martyn's Solid Air and Simple Minds album New Gold Dream have been pressed on 180g vinyl and come with deluxe packaging that includes a certificate of authenticity from Abbey Road.

The half-speed mastering process is said to bring "a superior listening experience with a new level of depth and clarity."Miles Showell, one of the world's leading exponents of half-speed cutting, was in charge of the process at Abbey Road. He says: "Anything recorded in a professional studio that still sounds good, is going to benefit from being half-speed mastered. That's the beauty of it.

"You don't need the world's greatest turntables, and with a moderately reasonable hi-fi deck, something you order for about 200 or up from there, you'd easily hear the difference between a normal cut and a half-speed cut.

"If the source isn't good enough, I won't be doing it. I'm not here to try to make a silk purse out of a sow's ear. I want to make sure that everything I've got is good. So, if there's no high quality source to work from, there's not a lot of point." Read more here.

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