Stephen Fearing THE SECRET OF CLIMBING 33 U/min 180g Vinyl LP AnalogueRecording on Tape by Roy Gandy
REGA STEPHEN FEARING - THE SECRET OF CLIMBING
Stephen Fearing - Voice and Guitar
180g Vinyl LP Analogue Recording on Tape by Roy Gandy and Gary Bennett at Roy´s Place, Essex
- 33 U/min 180g Vinyl Schallplatte mit 8 Tracks
- Produced by Roy Gandy, Gery Bennett and Stephen Fearing
- neu - ungeöffnet - original verpackt
Stephen Fearings Musik ist eine faszinierende Mischung aus Roots, Folk und Pop. Er ist Mitbegründer der kanadischen Roots-Rock-Supergruppe Blackie und The Rodeo Kings und ein verführerischer Geschichtenerzähler und Meistergitarrist, der das Publikum in ganz Nordamerika, Großbritannien und Europa begeistert. Sein neuntes Soloalbum Every Soul's a Sailor, ein mehrfacher Gewinner des JUNO und der kanadischen Volksmusik, wurde von Blues & Roots Radio zum weltweiten Album des Jahres 2017 gekürt.
Diese 180 g Audiophile LP ist die beste, die Sie erleben können, wenn Stephen in Ihrem Wohnzimmer singt und für Sie spielt.
Long Walk To Freedom
Inspired by the writings of Nelson Mandela, the song is the lead track from The Secret of Climbing, a limited edition, vinyl-only release that captures the subtle emotions of Stephen’s mesmerizing voice and masterful guitar work in their purest form, recorded off the floor and unobscured by computers or studio wizardry.
- Johnny’s Lament (4:50)
- Just in Time to Say Goodbye (5:05)
- The Things We Did (3:32)
- Every Soul’s a Sailor (3:57)
- Time (5:28)
- When My Baby Calls My Name (3:39)
- Red Light in the Rain (4:58)
- Long Walk to Freedom (3:56)
Produkt Details vom Hersteller
Because this is what actually happened
Rega’s founder Roy Gandy had suggested Stephen record his guitar and vocal separately in the traditional studio manner. Stephen felt the quality of his performance depended on the authenticity of him playing and singing simultaneously.
For this process to work it would be usual to use a Stereo pair of microphones positioned a distance from the singer. However, good room acoustics are crucial for this method to be successful. And Roy’s front room was hardly ideal! Another solution was necessary to capture Stephens virtuosity.
Roy experimented prior to the recording session using two separate microphones close to the voice and guitar. To avoid acoustic bleed between the two, a simple shelf was constructed between the two microphones giving promising results. However, the difficulty of performing in such a restricted environment was a serious concern for Gary Bennett who co-produced the album. This concern was promptly dismissed by Stephens confidence and experience as he immediately sat down, made himself comfortable and began to play and sing.
Tape running…the initial results were astounding, and excitement filled the room. This enthusiasm immediately fuelled the first three songs which were recorded within half a day. By the end of the second day a miraculous eleven tracks had been laid down, of which eight made this incredible album.
Incidentally, well-recorded acoustic guitar nearly always needs some form of enhancement such as added reverb and/or EQ. Stephen plays a guitar handmade by the legendary luthier Linda Manzer which allowed a rare recording without the use of effects.
This album was created with a little luck, a great deal of hard work, iconic tape machines and two days of faultless performances by Stephen.
Capturing the sound
The voice and guitar were directly recorded onto two tracks of a meticulously restored 8-Track one-inch Studer A-80. No mixer was used.
The two microphones were directly interfaced into the Studer via a custom-designed Rega microphone pre-amplifier. This was loosely based on the fully symmetrical design of the exceptional Rega Ios / Aura Moving Coil pre-amplifiers.
The guitar microphone was a Pearl CC22. A uniquely configured microphone using a rectangular diaphragm chosen for its natural characteristics.
Two different voice microphones were used during the sessions, the Pearl CC22 and an Audio Technica AT-4040
Using a Rega custom-built, all discrete, 8 track mixer (designed by Regas Terry Bateman and based on Rega hi-fi amplifiers) the two original tracks were then mixed down onto a two-track quarter-inch Studer A-80.
This process was particularly critical. Roy used PPM meters to ensure every track was laid down at a similar volume level. This level of care eliminated the need for any further mastering in the cutting studio and a cable was run from the studio tape machine directly to the Neuman cutting lathe.
All the tracks were recorded at 15 IPS on 80R tape. Finally, Ray Staff conducted the tape splicing of the recorded tracks but crucially no studio mastering was necessary or used.
- Without a shadow of a doubt, one of the best songsmiths on the planet. Quality albums… stunning shows. BBC UK
- Long-heralded in Canada for his articulate songwriting, immense guitar skills, and dusky baritone. Billboard Magazine
- Fearing’s music crackles with ideas and collaborative energy… masterful guitar work from acoustic rock rhythm to elegant finger style. Acoustic Guitar Magazine
- A master of the finely-turned phrase and the perfectly-pitched line. Maverick Magazine