Eleanor McEvoy Naked Music on 180g Import LP + CD
All Analogue Mastering by Miles Showell at Abbey Road
Naked Music is the title of Irish star Eleanor McEvoy's new album, recorded alone in the studio to create an intimate collection of her music at its most raw – one instrument, one voice, performed live. Best known for her songs "Sophie" and the Irish standard "Only A Woman's Heart," Eleanor's new album features exclusive artwork by the famed painter Chris Gollon.
She asked Chris to do a painting for the cover in this solitary context. Chris was so taken with the songs he completed four paintings in response – two on the ‘Naked' theme, and two related to song titles and lyrics. The seeds for Eleanor and Chris' artist collaboration were sown after Eleanor bought Chris' painting ‘Champagne Sheila' after spotting it in a London gallery.
As with all Eleanor McEvoy releases on Diverse Records, the label put a lot of effort into making it the ultimate audiophile listening experience. Miles Showell mastered the LP at Abbey Road and describes the methods he used: "This record is the product of an all analogue signal path. It was cut exactly as all records used to be cut in the days prior to the advent of digital techniques and processing.
"The original stereo masters were mixed to 1/2″ analogue tape running at 30 inches per second. The vinyl master cuts were made directly from these stereo master tapes using the advance head method via a custom designed and built (and subsequently modified and improved) analogue mastering transfer console feeding directly to the disc cutting lathe.
"The replay tape machine I used was a STUDER A80, the console was an EMI TG 12410 disc transfer console and the disc cutting lathe was a Neumann VMS 80, the cutter-head was a Neumann SX-74 fed by customised Neumann SAL 74B transformer-less cutting amplifiers. The master lacquers used for this album were made by Transco in California. This method was employed in order to completely avoid any digital processing.
"Any processing applied to the master tapes for this vinyl release is entirely different from that applied to the corresponding digital formats and is unique to the vinyl release only. I hope you have as much fun listening to this record as I had mastering and cutting the masters the original way."