Reference Recordings - RM-2519 - 180 Gram Virgin Vinyl
Mastered by Paul Stubblebine - Pressed at QRP - Half Speed Mastering
"...an album of great music with great sound." - Jason Kennedy, HiFi+, Music 9/10, Sound 10/10
"Vintage LPs, eg, Muddy Waters' Folk Singer, have been audiophile totems for decades, but rare are new titles. MacLeod's third for Reference ticks all the boxes: higher-speed playback, 180g vinyl and half-speed mastering. It is, as ever, a lesson in the genre; like Messrs Mo', Bibb, Mahal and Cooder, MacLeod's approach to the blues is almost academic, but the set is amply electric rather than primarily acoustic. The benefit, in the context of HFN, is sound that's massive, visceral and weighty. The content? As earthy as it gets, but at times, seriously rocking. The atmosphere throughout? As open as I've ever heard. Check out the title track on YouTube and your next move will be to order this!" - Ken Kessler, HiFi News, Sound Quality: 95%
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2018 Blues Music Awards Acoustic Album of the Year!
New music from Blues Music Awards winner for Acoustic Artist, Doug Macleod
In this release, his third album for Reference Recordings, singer-songwriter Doug MacLeod continues to explore the breadth and depth of the human condition. Recorded by Reference's Grammy-winning engineer 'Prof.' Keith O. Johnson at Skywalker Sound in Marin County, California, Break The Chain brings 12 new MacLeod originals. Each song is extremely personal and at the same time, universal; covering subjects topical, humorous, and soulful; from the satirical to the sublime.
The title work, "Break The Chain," composed and performed with Doug's son Jesse, focuses on breaking the cycle of family violence and abuse. A powerful concern all too many are familiar with, Doug and Jesse confront this pervasive issue directly and personally, bringing it out of the shadows. Together, they share the healing, reconciliation and peace available to all who work to prevent the cycle from repeating and to "Break The Chain."
The album is co-produced by Doug MacLeod and Janice Mancuso. Bassist Denny Croy , drummer Jimi Bott and percussionist Oliver Brown join Doug in duo, trio and quartet settings. Like all ‘Prof.' Johnson's sessions, Break The Chain was recorded live, in realtime, with no overdubs or effects.
A prolific singer, songwriter, engaging storyteller, and masterful guitarist, Doug is a perennial Blues Music Award nominee and multiple Blues Music Award winner including Acoustic Artist Of The Year and Acoustic Album of the Year. An active touring artist, MacLeod supports his beloved St. Louis Cardinals during baseball season and, when at home, enjoys cooking for wife Patti Joy.
Goin’ Down To The Roadhouse
LA – The Siren In The West
One For Tampa Red
Who’s Driving This Bus?
This Road I’m Walking
Church Street Serenade
Break The Chain
What The Blues Means To Me