This direct-to-disc release, recorded in the church sanctuary of Blue Heaven
Studios, is so fresh and pure... 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.
Cutting engineer Kevin Gray, using Blue Heaven's Neumann VMS 70 lathe with an
Ortofon cutter head and amplifiers, and recording engineer Katsu Naito have made
available for your playback the closest thing possible to a live, in-person
performance. With direct-to-disc recording, the signal from the microphone is
transmitted directly to the cutter head, which then cuts the grooves into a raw
lacquer. There's no middleman. No tape. No tape hiss. No distortion or other
artifacts inherent in any other type of recording.
And the music? It's killer! The session was recorded the weekend of the 12th
annual Blues Masters at the Crossroads in October 2009.
Diunna Greenleaf and her band Blue Mercy returned to Blue Heaven Studios in 2009
for the 12th annual Blues Masters at the Crossroads and to make this D2D
recording. She'd closed the 2006 Blues Masters and absolutely floored the Blue
Heaven Studios congregation. So powerful and dynamic and soul-stirring was her
performance that many concert regulars have commented that Greenleaf remains
their favorite act through all the years. To say she was back in 2009 by popular
demand is a wild understatement.
Greenleaf, of Houston, Texas, has a background steeped in both blues and gospel. She's been influenced by the likes of Koko Taylor, Aretha
Franklin, Rosetta Thorpe, Sam Cooke and Charles Brown, and she includes
intricate patches of jazz and soul in her performances.
"Texan songstress Greenleaf and her band Blue Mercy exhibit precisely the kind of fire and grit that exemplifies the great blues and (southern) soul belters of the 1960s and 1970s. Greenleaf acknowledges gospel inspiration and cites Koko Taylor and Aretha Franklin amongst her muses, so you can expect and do receive earthy, powerful interpretations of five tracks that suffer no sonic restraint. If the modernity of the recording’s crystal clarity jars with what is a genre of elderly vintage, think of this as you would a b/w movie filmed in high-def. This is shake your booty stuff. I think I’m in love." - Ken Kessler, Hi-Fi News, Sound Quality Rating: 88%
• Direct To Disc (D2D)
• 180g Vinyl
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