Guitar International has recently posted a new interview with Eric Johnson where he talks about the new album, including what caused the album to be delayed a month:
The CD has been done for four months. It’s a subjective way in which they make CD duplication. In my opinion they do it quicker with a different type of material and press the sound in quicker to the medium. I heard two test pressings and I said, “Wow what happened to the sound?” I was compelled to go back to back to the old school type of pressings they did 5 or 6 years ago. It sounds much more like my mastered CD now. It took us a while to figure what was going on.
It seems that our reference point of high quality of audio is changing with our technology. There is a lot of music that can prevail. It’s not saying that those types of music are not as good. There are certain types of electronic music or music with heavy drums where it’s not as noticeable. It shows up more on jazz or symphonic music that have different tonality. It’s an interesting point that depends on the music.