Reference Recordings - RM-2507 - 45RPM - 200 Gram Vinyl
The Reference Mastercuts Series - Direct To Disc ( D2D )
Limited Edition - Pressed at QRP - Two Disc - Gatefold Sleeve
Cut & Mastered by Kevin Gray on a custom Cutting Lathe designed by Nelson Pass
Half Speed Mastering
Talk about up to audiophile standards!
The immediacy, the dynamics - slam and delicacy alike - are just so startlingly real. There's nothing lost. It's positively lifelike.
"I did compare this double 45 cut half speed by Paul Stubblebine and pressed on 200 gram at QRP to the CD version and even comparing on a relatively inexpensive vinyl set-up and mega buck digital one (names omitted to protect the innocent) the vinyl exudes an openness and resolution of spatial and transient detail muffled by the CD. The opening track tells the story. On the CD MacLeod and the others are 'there.' On the LP they are there!. QRP's 200-gram pressings were dead silent too.
— Michael Fremer (AnalogPlanet.com)
Reference Recordings LPs: The Reference Mastercuts Series, pressed by Quality Record Pressings! Double LP set in a gatefold jacket, 45 RPM, 200-gram vinyl
Doug says: "Making this album was different than any other one I've done in the past. They put Jimi, Denny and me on this huge soundstage at Skywalker Sound in Marin County and we sat around in a circle where we could see each other.
We played live, no overdubs, just three guys playing some music together.
'Prof.' Keith Johnson's first blues recording! 13 new MacLeod originals highlight this richly detailed recording, done at Skywalker Sound in Marin County, CA. by Reference Recordings' Grammy® winning engineer. Also featuring Doug's longtime bassist Denny Croy and Jimi Bott, one of the most recorded, awarded and respected blues drummers in the world.
Doug says: "Making this album was different than any other one I've done in the past," recalls MacLeod about the sessions. "They put Jimi, Denny and me on this huge soundstage at Skywalker Sound in Marin County and we sat around in a circle where we could see each other. We played live, no overdubs, just three guys playing some music together."
MacLeod reminds us of the shared roots of blues, jazz, and folk music. And here on his 19th studio album, he does it in a way that makes you want to pay attention."
• From a Direct To Disc Sessions
• 200g Vinyl
• Cut by Kevin Gray
• Pressed at Quality Record Pressings
• Recorded at Blue Heaven Studios
Recording engineer Keith O. Johnson, best known for the spacious, wide sound stages and thunderous dynamics found on References classical music recordings, shows here that he can capture the enormous Skywalker space without losing the players in a watery reverb grave. Yes, you'll see and feel the vast space referenced in the room's reverb but the images are stable and sufficiently intimate to sound close by. Johnson is well known for capturing an orchestra's lower registers. Here he perfectly gets the string pluck and body of Croy's 1948 Kay double bass as well as the punch of Bott's kick drum. The bottom end of this recording is positively awesome. If it sounds muddy, blame your system not Johnson's recording.
Doug MacLeod, guitar, vocals
Denny Croy, bass
Jimi Bott, drums
1. Rosa Lee
2. Black Nights
3. The Up Song
5. My Inlaws Are Outlaws
6. The Entitled Few
1. A Ticket Out
2. Run With The Devil
3. St. Elmo's Rooms and Pool
4. I'll Be Walking On
5. East Carolina Woman
6. The Night Of The Devil's Road
7. Dubb's Talking Religion Blues