EphBlog’s Oxford correspondant Noah Smith-Drelich ’07 sent in a link to this New York Times article (still available here) on Ward Marston ’73.

Ward Marston shut down his turntable, pulled off the record and said, “I’ll be singing ‘Night and Day’ for the rest of the week.” Mr. Marston’s compliment was for Cole Porter, who wrote the song, and for Fred Astaire, who recorded it in 1932. But not for the recording itself, one track on a remastered CD. “The sound is thin and the surface scratchy,” he said.

And Ward Marston should know. By almost any measure, he is considered one of the best in the small but worldwide group of music lovers and sound engineers dedicated to finding new life in old phonograph records.

Previous EphBlog posts on Marston here. Why not Marston as a Commencement speaker?

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