Fiona Boyes - Professin' The Blues (2LP, 45RPM, Half-speed Mastering)

Fiona Boyes - Professin' The Blues (2LP, 45RPM, Half-speed Mastering)

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Vocals, Guitar – Fiona Boyes

Bass – Denny Croy

Drums – Jimi Bott

Percussion – Jimi Bott

Written by Fiona Boyes (A1-D2), Gary Vincent (C1), Nick Charles (C3), Big Joe Williams (D3), Jones (D4), Wilson (D4), Palmer (D4), Rogers (D4), Waters (D4)


2LPs, gatefold jacket

Original analog Master tape : YES

Half-Speed Mastering

Heavy Press : 180g

Record color : black

Speed : 45RPM

Size : 12'’



Record Press : Quality Record Pressings

Label : Reference Recordings

Original label : Reference Recordings

Recorded February 25-26, 2016 at Skywalker Sound, a Lucasfilm Ltd company, Marin County, California

Produced by Fiona Boyes and Janice Mancuso

Recorded by Sean Royce Martin and Keith O. Johnson

Half-speed mastered by Keith O. Johnson

Originally released in 2016 (as an SACD).

Reissued in Sept 2017 (first time on LP)



Side A:

  1. Can't Stay Here No More
  2. Devil You Know
  3. Lay Down With Dogs
  4. Angels and Boats

Side B:

  1. One Rule For You
  2. Card Sharp
  3. Old And Stiff
  4. Kiss Me Darling

Side C:

  1. Love Me All The Way
  2. Stubborn Old Mule
  3. Catfish Fiesta
  4. If I Should Die

Side D:

  1. At The Crossroads
  2. Love Changing Blues
  3. Baby Please Don't Go
  4. Face In The Mirror


Awards :

2017 Blues Blast Music Awards Acoustic Blues Album of the Year and Best Acoustic Artist

2018 Blues Music Award Nominee! Instrumentalist-Drums: Jimi Bott


Reviews :

“Australian singer/songwriter/guitarist Fiona Boyes is an earthy force of nature. Her gravelly vocal timbre is straight out of the red dirt of the Outback. No swishy Blues affectation, here. You’ll be getting as honest a voice as you’ve heard in a long time. ‘So bloody refreshing’, as the Aussies might say. … ‘s very intimate, very personal. Like Bille Holiday and Bessie Smith, Boyes takes you on her journey. … You’ll enjoy the ride. … Now, to the recording. Equally brilliant and honest. The instrumentation is so unique — cardboard box as a drum, tambourines, children’s bongos, shakers, and other unique percussive instruments — Johnson has a field day. The recording captures in flawless detail the myriad of colours of all the instruments. … It’s not only a technical tour de force, it’s one of the most musical albums it has been my pleasure to review this year. Very highly recommended.” Anthony Kershaw, Audiophilia

“Crafted with technical skill, wit and deep feeling, Fiona Boyes’ Professin’ the Blues effectively showcases her acoustic mastery.” Living Blues

Professin’ The Blues proclaims Fiona Boyes passion for the Blues as she celebrates the unique contribution of recording and mastering engineer ‘Professor’ Keith O. Johnson, Reference Recording’s Technical Director and audio legend. In her self-penned and illustrated liner notes Fiona makes the declaration, “’Professor’ Keith’s amazing approach to capturing sounds, mostly with his own hand built equipment, is nothing short of sonic alchemy”.

Australian Blues guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter Fiona Boyes has been recording and performing for more than 25 years, building a career that has taken her to major festivals and stages around the world. A veteran recording artist with 13 releases, she has received 7 Blues Music Award nominations in 4 different categories from the Blues Foundation in Memphis, more than 30 Australian music awards, worldwide accolades and legions of supporters. She has 2 BMA nominations in 2017; Best Acoustic Album for Professin’ The Blues and for Best Acoustic Artist. Fiona’s immersion in the rich musical and historical traditions that make up the Blues lend conviction and authenticity to both her guitar-work and songwriting. Her abundant talent, artistic sincerity and musical integrity are a beacon.

In solo, duo and trio settings, Fiona presents 16 tunes (14 originals and 2 covers), employing a traditional acoustic guitar, two different metal body resonators and a unique 4-string cigar box guitar. Joining her are two highly respected instrumentalist; drummer Jimi Bott and bassist Denny Croy.


Half-speed mastering

In half-speed mastering, the whole mastering process is slowed down to half of the original speed. A typical 33 1/3 rpm record is cut at 16 2/3 rpm. The source material is also slowed down (reducing the pitch in the process) meaning the final record will still sound normal when played back. Slowing the whole process down allows more time, which means the end result sounds better and is more efficient — allowing engineering to minimize the effects of inherent limitations within the vinyl format. The result is a more accurate and more open high-frequency response in the half speed vinyl when compared with a normal speed recording.


Ratings :

Discogs : 4.75 / 5

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