Neumann of Sony Corp.,
Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray at Creedence "Green River" SACD mastering
by Rick Hashimoto)
to forum member chrisscross who
won the one-of-a-kind 45 RPM
test lacquer of "Theme From
SHAFT" mastered by Steve!
Congratulations to BeatleTerr,
who won the Peggy Lee 180 gram
LP test pressing of "Latin Ala
Lee". Steve cut this
directly from his new mix of
three-track session masters,
and it sounds fabulous!
Congratulations to Bill Hamlin,
who's won this quarter's Steve
Hoffman drawing - an incredible
test pressing of the Audio Fidelity
DONOVAN - "Storyteller" SACD!
Over nine and a
half million hits since our start
drawing this month is for a rare
test pressing of the new Audio
Fidelity DONOVAN "Storyteller" SACD
compilation as mastered by Steve
Please welcome Andrew
Ashton as the newest
SH Forum Moderator! Andrew
resides in London, and
we now have Gort coverage
from the Thames to the
Rim. As a truly international music forum, we are very pleased that Andrew
has graciously agreed
to join us and we look
forward to his contributions
as a member
of your moderator team.
Seven million hits since our start in 2002! We invite you to join the
SH Forums today!
If you want to find out what interesting CD, vinyl and SACD mastering
projects Steve is working on these days be sure and subscribe to
the SH Newsletter, which will also make you eligible for the quarterly Steve
Speaking of which... the current Steve Hoffman Drawing winner has been chosen!
Larry Naramore who is an SH Newsletter and Forum subscriber has won a one
of a kind 45 RPM lacquer test cutting of the 1962 song "Cast
Your Fate To The Wind" by the Vince Guaraldi Trio! Mastered directly
from the original stereo session tape by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray at
AcousTech Mastering during the cutting of the Acoustic Sounds/Analogue Productions
45 RPM Jazz Series.
Congratulations Larry! Enjoy it - it is a one of a
The latest edition of the SH Newsletter was sent out last week to fill us in
on the interesting CD, vinyl and SACD mastering projects that Steve is working
on right now. If you want to find out what Steve is up to be sure and subscribe to
the SH Newsletter.
The next Steve Hoffman Drawing is coming up; win a one of a kind lacquer test
cutting to be given away to a SH Newsletter subscriber. Details upcoming!
Five million hits! We're growing by leaps and bounds. Thanks everybody.
HAPPY ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY!
Steve's website and Forum is
celebrating it's one year anniversary!
in that one year our Discussion
Forum group has grown to over
1,500 members, with 150,000 posts!
Steve's just mastered three new Blues albums for Audio
Fidelity Records! John Lee Hooker's "Boogie Chillen", Lightnin'
Hopkins "Broken Hearted Blues", and a Blues compilation "O Blues,
Where Art Thou?" featuring John Lee Hooker, Lightnin' Hopkins, Brownie McGee
and much more.
Over three million hits since inception in January! Thanks, all! Happy Holidays
from Steve and SH Forum Moderators Jeff, Dave, Robert & Bob!
We're thrilled (and
chilled!) to announce the winner
of The Zombies Greatest Hits SACD
is: Jeff H.! We know you'll love
the disc - I've heard a copy myself
and it's fantastic!
Announcing the next Steve Hoffman
Drawing: Next up we have a SACD
test pressing (!) of the new The
Zombies Greatest Hits! This
is a CD/SACD Hybrid, and Steve says
this sounds fantastic!
The drawing will be held on - when
else - October 31st! The Zombies...
Halloween.. Get it? :-)
To enter for the drawing, just
sign up for the newsletter.
If you are already signed up, there's
no need to sign up again, you are
Over 1.6 million hits since inception
in January. Thanks, everyone!
For S&P Records,
Steve is remastering a fabulous
Dave Mason CD Two-Fer, with Dave's
2 best Columbia albums on it:
"It's Like You Never Left"
and "Dave Mason". Featuring
radio classics such as "Headkeeper",
"Every Woman", "Baby...Please",
"Show Me Some Affection".
For Audio Fidelity,
Steve is working on a John Lee
Hooker hybrid SACD compilation
called "Boogie Chillen'"
which will use the fabulous 1948-54
Hooker recordings. Featuring the
original versions of Hooker classics
such as "I'm In The Mood,
"Bad Boy", "Hey,
S' The House Rent Boogie"
and many more. Fabulous sound,
Last, and most certainly
not least! Steve is working on
a limited edition 45 RPM series
of 25 classic jazz and blues albums
for Analogue Productions/Acoustic
Sounds. These will be sold in
a strictly limited edition first-come-first-serve
series of 1000 pieces, with the
first 100 ordered being autographed
by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray.
Featuring classic albums by Bill
Monk/Art Pepper/Ben Webster/Count
Basie/Miles Davis/Duke Ellington/John
Coltrane/Coleman Hawkins and many
more. Double sided 45 RPM discs.
For Audio Fidelity,
Steve is working on a dual layer
hybrid "Ritchie Valens Greatest
Hits" SACD. Featuring his hits
"La Bamba", "Donna",
"Come On Let's Go", "Ooh,
My Head" and all the other
great Valens songs from the Gold
Star Studios master tapes. Steve
writes: "Ritchie on SACD is
going to cook! Wait and see!"
Also for Audio Fidelity Hybrid
SACD, Steve is working on two classic
jazz titles from 1959/60:
- "Tommy Turrentine Plus
The Max Roach Quintet, Featuring
Stanley Turrentine". Mastered
from the two-track original mixes.
- "A Session With The Sonny
Clark Trio, featuring Sonny Clark/Piano,
Max Roach/Drums & George Duvivier/Bass".
Sonny Clark, was an amazing player
who had such a tragic life. This
will be Steve's first DSD mastering
directly from the THREE-TRACK
Many outtakes will be included as
Brothers' Best (Original Cadence
Recordings)" dual layer SACD
is in the works, mastered by Steve
from the original master tapes.
This dual layer Audio Fidelity
SACD is slated for release ASAP!
The first three Creedence
Clearwater Revival albums ("Self
Titled", "Bayou Country"
and "Green River") have
just been mastered to dual layer
SACD to be released by Analogue
Productions. Steve is proud of his
mastering work on these SACD's and
thinks you will be quite amazed
at the sound! "Wait until you
hear Susie Q", Steve
Our second Steve
Hoffman Drawing was held today,
and we want to congratulate SH Forum
member Tony Caldwell, who won a
signed vinyl test pressing of the
Creedence Clearwater Revival album:
Thanks to The Absolute
Sound, Stereophile and many other
Audio mags and on line audio reviewers
for the kind words about the Creedence
LP's from Analogue Productions.
More to come, and wait until you
hear the SACD's!
Over 1 MILLION HITS on the SH website
since inception in January. Thanks
one and all!
"The Zombies Greatest Hits"
dual layer SACD is in the manufacturing
stage, and the CD layer sounds amazing.
Can't wait to hear the DSD test
from Sony and Sonopress!
The Zombies "Greatest Hits"
is being mastered by Steve for a
dual layer SACD release by Audio
Fidelity. 20 great tracks!
Lon Neumann of Sony Corp.,
Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray working
Steve's new "The Zombies Greatest
(Photo by Rick Hashimoto)
The first Steve Hoffman mastered
SACD's are on their way! First
up, two great albums from Creedence
Clearwater Revival: "Willie And
The Poor Boys" and "Cosmo's Factory".
Each will be dual layered, with
both stereo High-Resolution SACD
and Redbook CD layers. Steve just
got the test pressings back from
Sonopress, Germany, and is delighted
with the way they turned out.
Soon to be released by Analogue
Productions (Acoustic Sounds).
Over 1/2 million visitors and
counting! Lots of links added
to the "site seeing"
section (see right), and also
two new mastering projects added:
A cd of rarities from The Pixies,
and also a continuation of
the Rural Rhythm compilation cd
series titled "Mountain Guitar
Pickin' (24 Bluegrass Instrumental
Free Album Giveaway!
The next drawing coming soon, so
now's the time to sign up!!
Sign up for the newsletter
and you'll be automatically entered
for a free LP/CD giveaway! (Of course,
if you are already subscribed to
the Newsletter, you are already
entered for the drawing - no need
to sign up a second time). This
will be a recurring event, so join
Hashimoto, RTI's master pressman,
and Steve inspect a new metal stamper
before it's put into service.
(Photo by Peter Bizlewicz)
Many exciting things are in the works,
including the launching of an Audiophile
reissue label that both DCC's Sam
Passamano and Steve will be involved
with: S&P RECORDS. The goal of S&P
Records is to build a tremendous catalog
of CLASSIC Pop, Rock and Jazz titles
by our favorite major artists on 180-gram
Virgin Vinyl LP, stereo and multi-channel
SACD and DVD-A, and 24 Karat Gold
CD. To be nationally distributed by
Ryko Distribution and internationally
by Cisco Music. More details later!
Additionally, be sure to check
out the SH Forums
and join in on our discussions about
music! There's nearly always someone
online that loves to talk music,