The official Maiden website has announced that April 7 sees the release of a batch of remastered Maiden albums, exclusively through iTunes. The mastering process known as Mastered For iTunes has been utilized to create a more faithful digital sound (or so the press release says) for those who buy music through iTunes.
All the 15 Iron Maiden studio albums are included, and band chief Steve Harris also selected two live records and two compilation albums for inclusion in the project – Live After Death, Rock In Rio, Somewhere Back In Time, and From Fear To Eternity.
Harris and engineer Tony Newton converted the original masters to the new format, and Harris says: “The iTunes process involves a different approach and it’s great to finally deliver the music to our fans in as close to a pure and accurate sound as we could possibly achieve.” Newton was excited to be part of the project and claims that “I honestly feel that there is a massive improvement in the quality of these classic albums.”
If you’re curious about this, you can buy the remasters through iTunes.com/IronMaiden starting today, or read more about the Mastered For iTunes process.
So, is this what you always wanted? Is this process known to be good for mastering music “properly”? Or should Maiden do something else entirely, in the land of remastering?