Doug MacLeod is a bona fide living breathing Blues Legend! The Blues is so totally in his veins I have played his music for people then when they asked showed em the album and then watched their reaction when they saw he's a white guy. Because such killer down home blues, got to be black. Ha! Talent knows no color. The Blues knows no color. We all get the blues.
His AudioQuest records are fantastic, marred only slightly by their trick of using all AudioQuest wire in the recording chain. So it has that slightly thin leading edge hyped lack of warmth and palpable feel and overall HiFi sound that is so AudioQuest. Which of course means some will love it. And anyway is pretty cool, as the albums are a heck of a lot cheaper than the cables and a whole lot easier to hook up too! Lol!
Sound quality-wise, and maybe music quality as well, my favorite is the Reference Recordings double-LP 45 Exactly Like This. One night browsing UTube found myself listening to Serious Doin' Woman. Now most songs I need to hear a couple times to really get into it. Very seldom come across one where the first time it really grabs me. Even on a high end system. Just hardly ever happens. Serious Doin' Woman though, the conversational intro, the beautifully paced story-telling, that gorgeous National (?) guitar, craftsmanship positively oozing out of it as if the man is fine tuned down to his fingerprint ridges effect on the strings, man it just draws me in and holds me in its spell.
This was around this time last year and put me on a mad scramble trying to buy the last copy as the combination of low-volume pressing and Christmas shopping had them running out everywhere. Very long story but I wound up with two copies! Did I send one back? No way!
The man is some kind of musical genius. Totally feels it, and the feeling comes through in the performance. Find Your Right Mind, that last note for some reason, the way it holds off or something, who knows but that one freaking note it just tears at the heart.
So anyway yeah, great idea for a thread!