Abbey Road Studios announced Aug. 31 that senior mastering engineer Peter Mew, who worked with a wide range of artists including the Beatles during a 48-year career, is retiring. His work at the studio since 1965 when he joined the Studios included, notably, the Beatles “1” album and Paul McCartney's “Wingspan: Hits and History.”
According to his official biography, Mew had a number of key roles at the studio. He mastered audio for CD, DVD and SACD and his recent work was mostly on back catalogue mastering projects. “Having been involved in some of the original recordings in the 1970s at Abbey Road and subsequent back catalogue mastering projects, his knowledge and expertise is second-to-none,” his biography said.
Mew worked in a wide variety of music from classical to pop, opera and rock and worked with artists from the Beatles to Cliff Richard and Pink Floyd. Besides the albums for the Beatles and Paul McCartney, his discography included the “Produced By George Martin” CD box set, and releases by Peter & Gordon, the Hollies, David Bowie, Free, Hawkwind, Shirley Bassey, Bob Marley, Barclay James Harvest, Hawkwind, Syd Barrett, Ten Years After, Deep Purple, Queen, Freddie Mercury, Herman's Hermits, Duran Duran, Gary Numan, Marillion, Helen Shapiro, Nancy Wilson, Kevin Ayers, the Shadows and the Searchers.
"Peter has been at Abbey Road so long that he is officially employee number '001' on our payroll," the studio's announcement of his retirement said.
We wish him the best of luck.
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