Masterdisk Presents Choice Cuts with Andy VanDette

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Choice Cuts is a new blog series where we ask the question all music obsessives love to answer: “What is your essential music?” We kick off the series with our music-obsessed and ever affable Chief Engineer: Andy VanDette.

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King’s X – Gretchen goes to Nebraska
There is a soft spot in my heart for great three-piece bands. I remember the first time I heard “Over My Head” blasting out of Tony Dawsey’s studio. I have been hooked ever since. I love to see them live every chance I get. I keep hoping Alien Bean burns to the ground (in the friendliest, most non-violent way) so that I might have a chance to work with them again. I had the pleasure of creating a stereo crossfade on “Ear Candy” when they were mastering with Tony…

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Go Radio – Close The Distance
Because who wouldn’t love to sing “Go To Hell” to a former loved one at one time or another. A great melodic rock record.

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Metallica – Metallica
I have seen them live soooo many times. Nothing grabs me like this pre-loudness-wars album, although I wonder where in the production chain the first note of “Enter Sandman” got clipped.

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Tony C and the Truth – Demonophonic Blues
My biggest hit album, that never was. 🙁 But I still love it!

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Metric – Live It Out
I love the way Emily Haines goes from calm to crazed. She is one of the sexiest women alive today — besides my wife, of course.

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Porcupine Tree – In Absentia
What can I say? Hands down the best sounding album I have ever mastered. Tim Palmer is a mix god.

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Seal – “Kiss from a Rose”
Not the album that it came from — JUST “Kiss From A Rose.” I think it is one of the most perfect recordings of all time. Great song. Great arrangement, Great recording and production. It is soooo compressed but still musical. It was on the 1996 Grammy nominees CD, and they had to turn it down -4dB just so it didn’t obliterate all the other tracks. I use this and Porcupine Tree to check out different studios and monitoring environments.

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Toto – Farenheit
Great songs; great production. I sing along with it when driving home late at night to help keep me awake…. Because you’ve never fallen asleep while singing, have you?

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Rush – Moving Pictures
High school favorite (showing my age here) that always brings back momories of selling everything I owned to buy an Electro Harmonix Bass Microsynth pedal so I could make a WOOOOOSH at the beginning of “Tom Sawyer.” Richard Chycki did an awesome job on the surround mix. You MUST hear it.

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Max Webster – Universal Juveniles
Saw them open for Rush in high school, and I must say I didn’t “get” Kim Mitchell jumping around on stage in a gold spandex jumpsuit yelling “Check! Check this out!”. It wasn’t until I got to college that I realized what killer players they were and how cool “CHECK!” really is. “In The Land of Giants” is my ringtone.

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Tubes – The Completion Backward Principle
Fee Waybill is God.

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