Reference Mastercut Series Recording from "Prof." Keith Johnson!
Half-Speed Mastered by Paul Stubblebine!
Doug MacLeod is a unique, powerful guitarist with a rich and soulful voice, singing original songs based on his own life and experiences. His new album Exactly Like This is his third release with Reference Recordings. This is 'Genuine Original Acoustic Music' at its very best, in a richly detailed recording by Grammy-winning engineer "Prof." Keith Johnson, made at Skywalker Sound in Marin County, CA.
In live performance, MacLeod assures his audience “This song is going to go exactly like this.” It’s presented just for them, not a repeat of any performance he’s ever given or will ever give. He records the same way, each of his original songs are offered with a fresh voice. Exactly Like This contains 11 MacLeod originals reflecting and paying tribute to some of his diverse musical influences: Louis Jordan, Wes Montgomery, Jerry Reed, Tony Joe White, John Lee Hooker, and even a little Duke Ellington.
MacLeod's 19 studio albums, several live recordings, compilations, blues guitar instructional DVD and live performance DVD have consistently earned rave reviews. His songs have been covered by many artists including Albert King, Albert Collins, Joe Louis Walker and Eva Cassidy. He has also co-written songs with Dave Alvin and Coco Montoya.
Doug MacLeod isn’t just a blues guy, he's a singer/songwriter/storyteller and serious guitarist. He is one of the few modern artists doing all original material and traveling the country like a troubadour. Just Doug, headed down the road in his Honda, baseball on the radio, Siri by his side and a trunk full of music!
Doug MacLeod, vocals, guitar
Denny Croy, bass
Jimi Bott, drums
Michael Thompson, piano
• Reference Mastercuts
• 45 rpm 200g 2LP-set
• Half-speed mastered by Paul Stubblebine
• Quality Record Pressings
• Deluxe gatefold jacket
Reference Recordings LPs: The Reference Mastercuts Series
Assembling the Team
Disc mastering is done at half-speed (see note further in this press release) to insure maximum accuracy. The lathe system has custom electronics by Nelson Pass. The simple signal path contains no compression, equalization or unnecessary circuitry. RR Chief Engineer and Technical Director, “Prof.” Keith Johnson consulted on the design of the system and helped with the rebuilding of the lathe and electronics, which is owned and operated by long-time mastering expert Paul Stubblebine. “Prof.” Johnson has pronounced it equal to the challenge of our master tapes!
Once we achieved successful results in disc mastering, we faced the difficult task of choosing the best plating and pressing facility to manufacture our discs. Fortunately, the new Quality Record Pressings plant in Salina, Kansas was coming on line, and we feel that waiting for this plant to open was well worth it. Chad Kassem assembled a crack team of experts to design and run his new plant, employing many unique techniques and features that clearly set QRP apart from all other pressing plants. We believe the 200-gram deluxe vinyl pressings from QRP are truly exceptional.
Multiple Configurations for New Reference Mastercuts
Depending on program lengths, some new releases will be cut at 45 rpm, some at 33-1/3 rpm. Some will be single discs, some double. All will feature deluxe gate-fold jackets crafted by Stoughton Printing An unusual feature of new RR masterings is what we call the "FDS finish”: the end of each side will have a 30-second band of silent grooves before the “pull-away.” No one today uses a record changer, and the silent grooves allow time to lift the arm before the always-somewhat-noisy tie-off. (Some 1950s vintage Capitol Full Dimensional Sound pressings sported this feature.) RR founder, J. Tamblyn (Tam) Henderson deserves special recognition for identifying the value of this unique production feature and reintroducing it with the new Mastercuts.
Half-Speed Mastering involves a capturing process in which the original recording master is played back at exactly half of the recorded speed. A sequenced cutting lathe is then timed at exactly half of the playback speed. This process allows twice as much time to carve a groove that accurately represents the sound on the master tape. Half-speed mastering allows for cleaner reproduction and also permits extended high frequency response, extending into the ultrasonic region.
Doug MacLeod Exactly Like This Track Listing:
1. Rock it Till the Cows Come Home
2. Too Many Misses For Me
3. Find Your Right Mind
4. Ain't It Rough?
5. Serious Doin' Woman
1. Ridge Runner
2. New Morning Road
5. Heaven's the Only Place
6. You Got It Good (And That Ain't Bad)