Legendary mastering engineer George Marino, who has worked on such multi-platinum projects as METALLICA‘s “Metallica”, AC/DC‘s “Highway To Hell”, GUNS N’ ROSES‘ “Appetite For Destruction” and BON JOVI‘s “Slippery When Wet”, has died after a year-long battle with lung cancer. He has also mastered albums from such hard rock and heavy metal artists as OZZY OSBOURNE, IRON MAIDEN, DEEP PURPLE, DIO, DOKKEN, ANTHRAX, SAXON, SEPULTURA, DANZIG, DEATH ANGEL, OVERKILL, W.A.S.P., EXODUS, FLOTSAM AND JETSAM, HELLOWEEN and KROKUS.
George joined Sterling Sound in the summer of 1973 where he has worked on many of the industry’s most influential albums, including recent Billboard chart toppers like COLDPLAY‘s “Parachutes”, BON JOVI‘s “Lost Highway”, THE OFFSPRING‘s “Rise Fall, Rage Grace”, THREE DOORS DOWN‘s eponymous release and ARCTIC MONKEY‘s “Favourite Worst Nightmare” as well as Billboard classics, including JOURNEY‘s “Frontiers”, CYNDI LAUPER‘s “She’s So Unusual”, eponymous releases by both KISS and THE CARS, and MÖTLEY CRÜE‘s “Dr. Feelgood”.
George started as a musician, playing rock n’ 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. There he quickly established his reputation with projects such as DON MCLEAN‘s “American Pie” and classic albums by the ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND and STEVIE WONDER.