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Harry Pearson, founder of The Absolute Sound, and one of the most vocal and ardent backers of 
high-quality classical music remastering and reissuing, has died:
http://thehighfidelityreport.com/

All of us who enjoy listening to high-quality digital versions of "golden age" recordings, 
especially those from Mercury Living Presence and RCA Living Stereo, should raise a glass to Harry's 
memory. In the pages of The Absolute Sound, Harry celebrated high quality recordings in that dark 
time when LPs were fading out and CDs were new. He lambasted low-budget/lousy-sounding remasters and 
used his small but influential pulpit to cajole and prod the record companies to do the right thing 
by their high fidelity analog recordings. Harry's public shaming and encouragement definitely raised 
the bar on all aspects of remastering old recordings for modern formats. He also positively 
influenced the LP revival, and held hardware and media manufacturers' feet to the fire on issues of 
fidelity, quality and musicality. Finally, Harry moved forward with a language describing audible 
comparisons and contrasts, taking the batton from J. Gordon Holt.

-- Tom Fine