Limited Production Run! Master Quality Reel To Reel Tape featuring Exceptional Audiophile Sound as close to the Original Master Reference Quality as possible!
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Original Direct-To 2-Track Recording made at Oceanway Studios in Hollywood by Joe Harley and Mike Ross. Dubs are made by Bernie Grundman using the Original 30 ips 1/4" 2-Track Masters. The masters are played back off of Bernie's customised and rebuilt Studer A80, then run through his EQ board, and straight into a series of Ampex ATR102 tape machines.
These Groove Note Master Quality Reel To Reel Tapes are made at 15 ips and EQ are NAB. Included are 2 Reels, a 1kHz alignment tone along with repros of the original cover art.
Since the actual session masters are run to make these copies, there is a limit to the number of times this can be done.
Roy Gaines is the greatest living blues guitarist that you probably dont know anything about. Not only is Mr. Gaines a sizzling blues guitarist, he also possesses one of the most magnificent blues voices around. The real tragedy is that until very recently this supremely talented musician was almost forgotten by blues fans in the U.S.
Born in Houston in 1937, Roy started playing the guitar as a teenager and soon developed a reputation as an instrumental prodigy. By fourteen, he was actually being invited on stage to play with the legendary T-Bone Walker during the latters live gigs in Houston and became known as T-Bone Jr. By his early 20s, Roy was playing and recording with Roy Miltons band in LA but returned to Houston to join the Duke / Peacock blues label as a full time session guitarist on such seminal blues recordings as Bobby Blands Its My Life Baby and Junior Parkers Driving Me Mad. He was also the featured guitarist on a whole bunch of singles recorded by Big Mama Thorton for the same label.
After going on the road with Joe Turner, Roy joined forces with the blues great, Chuck Willis. Roy stayed with Willis until the latter passed away in the late 50s. He then moved to NYC and recorded with Jimmy Rushing, as well as doing a jazz album with Coleman Hawkins on Prestige. Roy returned to LA and during the 60s became one of the citys leading session guitarists, playing with the Crusaders, Earl Grant, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder as well as continuing his pure blues work with the likes of Bobby Bland, Albert King and Lightning Hopkins for the Jewel label.
The focus of this album is on the music and spirit of the late and very great T-Bone Walker, Roys earliest mentor and inspiration as a guitar player. T-Bones body of work includes such timeless blues standards as Stormy Monday, Dreamgirl, West Side Baby, T-Bone Blues and Im in An Awful Mood and many others. This album focuses on the classic tunes and styles from the period of the 40s and 50s.
Produced by Joe Harley and recorded at Ocean Way Studios in Sherman Oaks, CA. by engineer Mike Ross. All mastering was done from the original master tapes by Bernie Grundman.
** It is standard practice in all recording studios to keep the tape "tail out". This reduces "pre-echo" and it means that the tape should be placed on the right hand side of the recorder, re-wound and then played.Features:
1st Generation Reel to Reel Tape made from the Original Master Tape
Limited Production Run!
Original Direct-To 2-Track Recording
Dubs made by Bernie Grundman using the Original 30 ips 1/4" 2-Track Masters
Repros of Original Cover Art Included
Made at 15 ips and EQ are NAB
2 Reels, 1/4 inch High Quality Tape, 10 1/2" reels
1kHz alignment tone
Roy Gaines, guitar, vocals
Will Miller, trumpet
Clifford Solomon, tenor sax
Andy Kaulkin, piano
Bill Stuve, acoustic bass
Steve Magulian, drums
Brently Kearns, violin
Al Velasco, pedal steel guitar
|1. Stormy Monday|
|2. T-Bone Shuffle|
|4. I Got A Break Baby|
|5. That Old Feeling Is Gone|
|6. I'm In An Awful Mood|
|7. The Hustle Is On|
|8. T-Bone Blues|
|9. Honky Tonk Blues|
|10. Westside Baby|
|11. Stormy Monday - acoustic version|