MARS - MagicShop Archive & Restoration Studios

MARS - MagicShop Archive & Restoration Studios GRAMMY-winning archive and restoration studios.

From unmarked boxes to a fully realized Archive: The archiving specialists at MARS offer full service consultation, restoration, mastering, mixing, producing, preservation and development of historic and archival audio recordings. We can also provide individualized assessment of materials and facilitate with the budgeting and production of commercial and non-commercial pathways to sharing and preserving audio archives for wide audiences.

Erroll Garner Jazz Project
06/15/2019
Erroll Garner Jazz Project

Erroll Garner Jazz Project

Happy Birthday, Erroll! Today would have been Erroll's 98th birthday. In celebration, we are doing a special giveaway of 2018's Nightconcert on vinyl, a limited edition Nightconcert poster, and an original 1976 printing of the Congressional Happy Birthday Declaration to Erroll Garner. Plus, everyone that enters the giveaway will receive a download of "More", available in its entirety for the first time ever, exclusively for EGJP newsletter subscribers!

Click here to enter: https://www.errollgarner.com/news/98th-birthday

A must read for anyone who cares about music. The fire, the coverup, the cost, the impact, and where we go from here.
06/11/2019
The Day the Music Burned

A must read for anyone who cares about music. The fire, the coverup, the cost, the impact, and where we go from here.

It was the biggest disaster in the history of the music business — and almost nobody knew. This is the story of the 2008 Universal fire.

Thanks for the lovely post! The feelings are Mutual!!
06/09/2019

Thanks for the lovely post! The feelings are Mutual!!

A NOTE FROM NORA ~

"HAPPY BIRTHDAY STEVE ROSENTHAL - Producer and My Comrade in the Recording Studio!

Over the last 20 years, Steve has worked with me on so many Woody projects - including a number of them that were either Grammy nominees or Grammy winners – that I think it’s about time that I introduce him to all you Woody friends out there. Because without him, I don’t think I could have carried off the bounty of work we’ve done. He’s my partner. And Woody’s greatest producer.

I first met Steve around 1994, when Anna Lomax, Alan Lomax’s daughter, brought him over to meet me. He played me a short audio clip of one of Woody’s 1940 Library of Congress recordings which he had been working on. One of Steve’s specialties is restoring old audio, and he had used some innovative technology on Woody’s recording.

It was different from anything I had previously heard on his recordings. I started to cry. It was the first time that I heard (and for some strange reason recognized) my father’s young and healthy voice. It was so clear and crisp and clean.

My second reaction was “I gotta work with this guy!” So that’s how we met.

Over the years, we co-produced and worked on The Klezmatics album “Wonder Wheel”, “The Live Wire; Woody Guthrie in Performance 1949”, Rob Wasserman’s album “Note of Hope”, “My Name Is New York; Ramblin’ Around Woody Guthrie’s Town” the NYC walking tour, “The Woody Guthrie Tributes” Bear Family box set, the recent PBS “Woody Guthrie All-Star 1970 Hollywood Bowl concert”, and more.

Simply put, our “his” and “hers” towels are hanging in the studio.

Now I’m going to full on brag about him! I’m gonna yank him into the spotlight because he’s the master behind so much of the work I’ve been doing.

For 28 years Steve owned and operated the Magic Shop Recording Studio down on Crosby Street in Soho where he produced and engineered, among others, Lou Reed, Natalie Merchant, Suzanne Vega, Dave Van Ronk, Laura Nyro, Charles Brown and Ollabelle. The studio was home to hundreds of recording artists like David Bowie, Foo Fighters, Sonic Youth, Ramones, Blondie, Coldplay, Arcade Fire and many more. Steve is a four time GRAMMY Award winner having produced, mixed and restored archival projects for Alan Lomax, Jelly Roll Morton, Harry Nilsson, Billy Joel, Sam Cooke, Frank Sinatra and The Rolling Stones. Last year he was nominated for his work on the “Complete Concert by the Sea” by Errol Garner.

I mean, really…. Steve is a studio legend.

One more thing, if you can take it! For 17 years, Steve and his wife Jennifer Gilson owned and operated THE LIVING ROOM, New York’s iconic singer-songwriter venue where musicians like Norah Jones got their start. This fall he opened MARS - MagicShop Archive & Restoration Studios, to continue his preservation and archiving work.

So, as I said at the top, it’s about time I formally introduce you to my dearest friend, studio comrade, and Woody Guthrie’s best producer! Just in time to wish him a HAPPY BIRTHDAY TODAY!!!" ~ Nora Guthrie

Mars is so happy to have digitized the audio for the Lou Reed Archive which is now available for listening and viewing a...
03/16/2019

Mars is so happy to have digitized the audio for the Lou Reed Archive which is now available for listening and viewing at New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. Last night we got our special edition library card. Special thanks to Laurie Anderson and Don Fleming for having us be on the team!

WOODY GUTHRIE ALL- STAR TRIBUTE CONCERT 1970Premieres March 2019 on PBSAn All-Star Tribute From 1970 Featuring Arlo Guth...
03/06/2019

WOODY GUTHRIE ALL- STAR TRIBUTE CONCERT 1970
Premieres March 2019 on PBS

An All-Star Tribute From 1970 Featuring Arlo Guthrie, Joan Baez, Pete Seeger, Country Joe McDonald, Odetta, Richie Havens, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Peter Fonda, Will Geer and More! See It For The First Time Ever On PBS!

The Woody Guthrie All Star Tribute at the Hollywood Bowl in 1970 celebrated the work of America's greatest folk singer. Woody's son, Arlo Guthrie, is joined by Joan Baez, Pete Seeger, Country Joe McDonald, Odetta, Richie Havens, Ramblin' Jack Elliott and others in this historic tribute concert, which was hosted by Peter Fonda and Will Geer. House band includes members of Linda Ronstadt's band Swampwater and Ry Cooder.

Although filmed in 1970, the footage was missing and un-edited until a few months ago when Nora Guthrie was able to track down and acquire this long-lost, raw concert film footage. After transfering the unedited footage, Nora brought in producer 4-Time Emmy Award winner Jim Brown and multiple GRAMMY Award winner, producer Steve Rosenthal, to create this tremendous concert experience. Mixed by the always briliant Kabir Hermon and Chris Shurtleff.

03/01/2019
Eventide

Watch me Babble about one of my favorite Eventide effects boxes

"Right away the Phaser was a unique tool in the studio, and nothing else in the studio sounded like it" - Steve Rosenthal, MARS - MagicShop Archive & Restoration Studios

Try out the new Instant Phaser Mk II plug-in for FREE at etide.io/IPMkII

Please join us tomorrow, Monday 12/3 at Club DROM 85 Ave. A NYC, to celebrate decades of music and memories of my dear f...
12/02/2018

Please join us tomorrow, Monday 12/3 at Club DROM 85 Ave. A NYC, to celebrate decades of music and memories of my dear friend Jimi Zhivago. Live performances, film clips and photos begin at 6 PM. If you can't make it in person, we will live-stream all night at The Living Room page.

Steve Rosenthal, Scott Norton and Jimi Zhivago in the basement of Sine' 1996. Photo by Jennifer Gilson

This new history of Heart of Glass was produced at MARS - MagicShop Archive & Restoration Studios by Steve Rosenthal, Ke...
11/23/2018
Hear Six Alternate Versions of Blondie’s “Heart Of Glass” From Numero Group’s New Deluxe EP

This new history of Heart of Glass was produced at MARS - MagicShop Archive & Restoration Studios by Steve Rosenthal, Ken Shipley of Numero Group and Tommy Manzi. Mastered by Jeff Lipton and Maria Rice at Peerless Mastering. Many thanks to Debbie, Chris and Clem of Blondie along with original producer Mike Chapman for creating this timeless classic.

Blondie is joining forces with Numero Group to release a new "Heart of Glass" deluxe 12" EP with six alternate versions of the song.

11/18/2018
Last night we lost an irreplaceble part of the Magic Shop family. My good friend, producer/guitarist, East Village Icon,...
11/09/2018

Last night we lost an irreplaceble part of the Magic Shop family. My good friend, producer/guitarist, East Village Icon, Jimi Zhivago passed. Through the years at the studio and The Living Room as well, he was the link to the music we loved and the New York City we wanted to live in. There are too many stories, too many calls, too many texts, too much life to share here. We have set up a special page to post memories.
"Friends of Jimi Zhivago" https://www.facebook.com/groups/1410343195735806/

Here is a nice look back at The Magic Shop on Crosby Street posted today by Universal Audio
08/27/2018

Here is a nice look back at The Magic Shop on Crosby Street posted today by Universal Audio

#MondayMotivation - MARS - MagicShop Archive & Restoration Studios

Read the Sound On Sound studio story here: https://bit.ly/2PIt26f

Two Five Star reviews for #Nightconcert !https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/jazz-erroll-garner-nightconcert-6w5m3h6rvhtt...
07/31/2018
Jazz: Erroll Garner: Nightconcert

Two Five Star reviews for #Nightconcert !

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/jazz-erroll-garner-nightconcert-6w5m3h6rv

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2018/jul/29/erroll-garner-nightconcert-review-live-amsterdam-concertgebouw-1964

Produced by Peter Lockhart, Steve Rosenthal, Christian Sands with the Erroll Garner Jazz Project . Mastered by Vic Anesini at Battery Sound NYC. Mixed by Kabir Hermon and Peter Lockhart at Studio E, Brooklyn

#7 on Billboard Jazz Chart
https://www.billboard.com/charts/jazz-albums

★★★★★For many the jazz excavation of the summer was Both Directions at Once, the “lost” album of John Coltrane. Yet it has a serious rival in Erroll Garner’s newly discovered Nightconcert. It may...

Here's some cool holiday reading and listening. A new Lou Reed Archive release. Tape preservation by Steve Rosenthal. So...
05/26/2018
Lou Reed - Do Angels Need Haircuts? - Outpost

Here's some cool holiday reading and listening. A new Lou Reed Archive release. Tape preservation by Steve Rosenthal. Sound restoration by Alex Slohm at MARS. Featuring a new foreword by Anne Waldman, archival notes by Don Fleming, and an afterword by Laurie Anderson

05/25/2018

Here's a great way to start the holiday weekend! Newly discovered and freshly mixed Erroll Garner, from the upcoming album #Nightconcert. Produced by Peter Lockhart, Steve Rosenthal and Christian Sands. Mixed by Kabir Hermon at @Studio E in Brooklyn. http://bit.ly/greendolphinst

John Lurie...Once upon a time brought the elusive Marvin Pontiac to the Magic Shop. Today RecordStoreDay 2018, I found a...
04/21/2018

John Lurie...Once upon a time brought the elusive Marvin Pontiac to the Magic Shop. Today RecordStoreDay 2018, I found a record to prove it was real. Or was it?

New BBC-radio-drama- on the making of David Bowie's #Blackstar. Set in New York’s ‘The Magic Shop’ studio in 2015,...
12/10/2017
New BBC radio drama to dramatise the making of David Bowie's 'Blackstar' - NME

New BBC-radio-drama- on the making of David Bowie's #Blackstar. Set in New York’s ‘The Magic Shop’ studio in 2015, The Final Take: Bowie In The Studio, will utilize dialogue constructed from Bowie’s own words.

Who plays Kabir Hermon? Who plays Christopher Shurtleff? Will they order from Olive's Restaurant? Tune In!

'Dead Ringers' star Jon Culshaw will portray the late artist in the forthcoming programme, which will air next month

Produced by the always cool  Roger Moutenotat House of David In Nashville. Mixing took place at Big House and Magic Shop...
10/30/2017
Yo La Tengo: I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One

Produced by the always cool Roger Moutenot
at House of David In Nashville. Mixing took place at Big House and Magic Shop NYC. Released April 1997.

Twenty years on from its original release, Yo La Tengo’s finest album still sparkles with wit and charm, an album so cozy you forget about its musical eclecticism.

A Splendid time was had by Woody Guthrie Gotye Osiris Studio Plangent Processes - The Finest Tape Playback System On The...
10/23/2017

A Splendid time was had by Woody Guthrie Gotye Osiris Studio Plangent Processes - The Finest Tape Playback System On The Planet @Rebecca Feynberg, @Jessica Thompson Audio,@Sommer aka Tape Girl at our Audio Engineering Society Archive and Restoration Panel, "Is there Life on MARS". Thanks to my gifted friends who made it a special day.

Released Sept.1, 1992... what a blast to see the Ramones in action. Great job by Ed Stasium and Jumpin Joe Warda.
09/02/2017

Released Sept.1, 1992... what a blast to see the Ramones in action. Great job by Ed Stasium and Jumpin Joe Warda.

A new Gear Club Podcast episode with John Agnello and Stewart Lerman, about Preservation and Archiving techniques.
08/19/2017
#20: MARS - Baking Tapes with Steve Rosenthal

A new Gear Club Podcast episode with John Agnello and Stewart Lerman, about Preservation and Archiving techniques.

This week, John and Stewart are joined by Steve Rosenthal, owner of the iconic (but defunct) Magic Shop Studios. (Check out Episodes 3 & 4) Currently, Steve owns MARS (MagicShop Archive & Restoration Studios), which provides restoration, mastering, mixing, producing, preservation and

It was my great pleasure to work with and get to know this warm and brilliant pianist through the Erroll Garner Jazz Pro...
06/29/2017
Geri Allen, Brilliantly Expressive Pianist, Composer and Educator, Dies at 60

It was my great pleasure to work with and get to know this warm and brilliant pianist through the Erroll Garner Jazz Project. I will miss her tone, her honesty and her advice. Find her music today....Play on Geri....

Geri Allen, a widely influential jazz pianist, composer and educator who defied classification while steadfastly affirming her roots in the hard-bop

Father's Day 2017Sorry to say, my Dad, Murray Rosenthal passed away on Monday. If yours is still here, remember to give ...
06/18/2017

Father's Day 2017

Sorry to say, my Dad, Murray Rosenthal passed away on Monday. If yours is still here, remember to give him a call or text today. Your time together is a gift.

So, What was my Dad like?

He was funny, present, noncomplaining, musical, inquisitive, loyal, liberal, extremely hard working and confident. He was a medic during WWII and he helped in the liberation of two concentration camps. He was also at times spoiled, selfish and at his worst unable to care how his actions affected those around him. In others words, he was human. And on Monday, he proved that again, by showing me how to fight hard for life and then accept death when surrounded by those that love you.

My Dad's effect on my life is fundamental. So much of what I do, what I like, how I act, how I love, who I hate, is an imitation or a reaction to him. I feel really lucky to have had him as my Dad, and I miss talking to him already.

During one of our last conversations, I asked him for some wisdom he could give me after being around for more than 95 years, and he thought for a moment and then flashed that Murray smile and said.
"Just keep hanging with the cool people"

Ok, Dad, I will. But let's face it "cool" lost an expert when you closed your eyes for the last time.

04/19/2017
Alan Lomax Recordings Are Digitized in a New Online Collection

The world of music at your fingertips!
http://theglobaljukebox.org
More than 6,000 songs from over 1,000 cultures are now available digitally and for free thanks to Alan Lomax’s Association for Culture Equity and their Global Jukebox project. Congrats to Anna Lomax Wood and her team at ACE. MARS engineers Eric Gorman Alex Slohm and Matt Boynton digitized and restored hours of recordings.

The project, the Global Jukebox, has more than 6,000 songs from 1,000 cultures — including many songs from Lomax’s personal collection.

Our friend John Agnello produced. His last of many amazing Magic Shop records. A brand new Alyeska track for your listen...
03/11/2017
L.A. Dream-Pop Outfit Alyeska Premiere Replacements-Inspired Track 'Motel State of Mind'

Our friend John Agnello produced. His last of many amazing Magic Shop records. A brand new Alyeska track for your listening pleasure!

Alyeska is readying its debut EP 'Crush,' a heavenly cluster of songs produced by John Agnello at New York’s legendary Magic Shop studio. On this New Music Friday, we venture out of lower Manhattan into the memories of frontwoman Alaska Reid, bringing you their latest single.

MARS is digitizing the Audio Tapes from the Lou Reed Archive. The collection contains more than 500 tapes, including stu...
03/03/2017

MARS is digitizing the Audio Tapes from the Lou Reed Archive. The collection contains more than 500 tapes, including studio sessions, live concerts, demos, unreleased recordings, and interviews. Yesterday it was announced that the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts has acquired the collection.
Lou, who would have been 75 yesterday recorded the albums "Set The Twilight Reeling" and "Magic and Loss" at the original Magic Shop Recording Studio on Crosby Street. Below is a photo Steve Rosenthal took while making Twilight with Lou in 1995 - along with some newly discovered tapes we just transferred.
Special thanks to Laurie Anderson Jason Stern and Don Fleming from Lou's Archive team for all their help. MARS engineers Kabir Hermon, Ed McEntee, Gabe "V" Wilhelm, Eric Gorman, Greg Teves and Alex Slohm have been working on the project non-stop.

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