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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.
A chipped cutting stylus - the last one on-hand - forced the release of one side
of this D2D as a tape recording, albeit a very, very good one!
And the music? It's killer! The session was recorded the weekend of the 8th
annual Blues Masters in October 2005.
Born in Prairie Basse, Louisiana, in November 1941, Roscoe Chenier began his
musical career at age 15, singing with Rockin' CD and the Blues Runners. Two
years later, he started his own band after adding guitar playing to his vocals.
Since, he's been a fixture on the southern Louisiana scene. He's also revered in
Europe, as are many American bluesmen, though his national touring has been
Chenier, himself a member of the Louisiana Hall of Fame, is the second cousin of
the late King of Zydeco, Clifton Chenier. Though Roscoe favors blues, he does
include some zydeco flavor in his music. As one reviewer put it, "it sounded
like B.B. King and Clifton Chenier performing together."
• Direct To Disc (D2D)
• 180g Vinyl
1. Come On Home
2. Please Be On That 519
3. Walking With Frankie
4. Find Me A New Love
5. Back To Louisiana
6. Baby Please Come Back
7. If You Ain't Been To Houston