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Vinyl Record Review, Blues, Various Artists, Direct to disk, Label APO RecordsPublished 2014-09-25
We would be remiss, arguably criminal, having a record store this close to one of the top three Blues towns - Soulard Missouri, if we did not throw up some Blues reviews; So to satisfy our legal, moral, and ethical obligations; Here’s a bucket a blues reviews
Now, just for the record (no pun intended), when I audition new vinyl for both performance quality and recorded quality, I’m using one of our entry level high end tables, not an ultra high end table, i.e. Our lovely Music Hall 2.2, our Denon, or Sota Moonbeam, the last of which I may favor just a smidge, but regardless, the results I’m getting should be fairly representative of the results you would get with a average turntable and properly set up good quality cartridge. I say this, because the first batch of blues records I have to recommend are stupid good! These were done by a unique recording process “direct to disc”. Now long time vinyl fans may know exactly what “direct to disc” means, others may be able to just get the idea from what It sound like – the record cutting instrument is attached directly to the recording instruments, so instead of (you see on the back of a CD ADD or AAD) the music going analog to analog (master tape to record), or in the case of CD, master tape, to secondary tapes, to disc, it goes from (musicians to master record), so needless to say, this limits the amount of copies which can be made, but also retains the most detail and ambient information.
There are 21 Direct to Disc recordings in this series on Blue Haven Studio’s APO records. I auditioned four of these, Clinton Broussard - APO 025, Joe Beard - APO 026, Doug MacLeod - APO 022, and Little Freddie King – APO 023. If you are a fan of original Delta Blues (reminiscing of Muddy Waters), these records will put you right in the Delta, you can hear the saliva in the reed, you can feel the sweat on the harp, you can hear the ring of the glass slide on the guitar strings – these records make you feel that “you are there” during the recording session. I highly recommend these original one-of-a-kind recordings to not just blues fans, but young musicians who want a window into the magic of the artist’s technique.
--Mark, Uptown Audio