Iconic Mastering Engineer George Marino Dies

George Marino

This blows a dozen dills.

Legendary mastering engineer George Marino has died. Why should you care? Chances are, this man had a hand in some of your favorite fucking records.

He worked on such albums as Metallica’s Black Album, and AC/DC’s Highway To Hell. Marino brought Guns N’ Roses’ Appetite For Destruction to life and was involved with Bon Jovi’s Slippery When Wet.

Marino died after a year-long battle with lung cancer.

He also had mastered albums for Ozzy Osbourne, Deep Purple, Danzig, Dio, Iron Maiden, Death Angel, Dokken, Anthrax, Exodus, Krokus, and Sepultura.

George joined Sterling Sound in the summer of 1973 where he has worked on many of the industry’s most influential albums, the studio’s site says.

George started as a musician, playing rock and roll guitar in New York City bands. His first job in the industry was as a librarian and assistant at Capitol Studios in 1967.

He then apprenticed in the mastering department, helping cut rock, pop, jazz and classical albums. When Capitol shut down its New York studio, and before heading to Sterling Sound, George joined the fledgling Record Plant, eventually becoming a partner in the recording-mastering studio.

Rest in peace, George. And thank you for sharing your talents with us all.

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