(for those who require one)
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather
Behind The Scenes #1
George Marino Is Dead
George Marino, arguably the world's finest mastering engineer, has died. Marino, a stalwart of Sterling Sound in New York, began cutting records for Capitol in their New York studios in the late 1960s. He moved to The Record Plant when Capitol ceased its New York operation, and finally settled in at Sterling Sound, working there from 1973 until his death.
If your collection has more than ten records [whether on vinyl or CD] recorded after 1968, you've almost certainly got some of Marino's work on your shelf. From Don McLean's American Pie to John and Yoko's Double Fantasy, from AC/DC to Hendrix to Coldplay, his masterful finishing touch brought life to countless sterile mixes. And, of course, brought sparkle and sheen to some real dogs.
A brief obituary, of sorts, can be found at the Hollywood Reporter.