Darrell Johnson

Darrell Johnson

Real Name:
Darrell W. Johnson
Profile:
Mastering Engineer
Darrell began his recording career at Sunset Sound in 1966 while a film student at UCLA. He started mastering at DCT Recorders in 1967, cutting many hit records early in his career. Darrell and former Capitol Records A&R Executive Jack Chartoff launched Great Mandella Productions in January of 1968. With Johnson serving as President and Chartoff as Vice-President they built a multi track recording studio and opened offices in Studio City on the site of Foto Kem, a motion picture film laboratory and post production facility. Great Mandella setup BMI and ASCAP affiliated publishing and brought on Wayne Dailey to head music production. The group signed several artist to publishing and record deals and began releasing singles, EP's and LP's on the Great Mandella, Quaint, Peace, and Gloryland Records labels. Following Chartoff's untimely death a couple of years later Darrell sold off the publishing catalogue and artist agreements with the exception of Gloryland Records and returned to mastering at Sunset Sound. At Sunset in December of '69 one of his early Top 10 mastering projects was James Taylor (2) - Sweet Baby James for a 1970 release on Warner Bros. Records to be followed shortly by Loretta Lynn - Coal Miner's Daughter on Decca and then Elton John - Elton John on UNI Records making 1970 his break out year. By mid 1970 he was working full time for Decca where he spent several years at MCA Recording Studios. While at MCA Darrell did extensive mastering work for MCA/Decca's famed country producer Owen Bradley. In addition to cutting many country hits he also mastered pop material including first releases for Elton John and Lynyrd Skynyrd. All of the early inscriptions bore his scribe "DJ" or "DWJ". Darrell went on to become the first Mastering Engineer and Director of Engineering at JVC Cutting Center. It was JVC's special half speed mastering system used to cut CD-4 Quad records and later modified for stereo audiophile half-speed disc mastering that lead him to use the "DWJ/2" inscription. In 1977 he founded Precision Lacquer/Precision Mastering with Larry Emerine and Stephen Marcussen. Darrell is also a Commercial Pilot with Multi Engine and Instrument Ratings and is passionate about General Aviation and light planes. He was a Vice President and principal partner in Southland Aviation a Southern California private aircraft charter operation for more than two decades. The advent of stereo audio for television in the 80's took Darrell away from the recording studio to work in systems engineering for broadcasting where he remained until his retirement in 2010. He currently resides in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.

Darrell's Professional Affiliations include: The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS); Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE); Society of Broadcast Engineers (SBE); Audio Engineering Society (AES); Hollywood Sapphire Group; Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA); Baja Bush Pilots. He is also a Lifetime Fellow of the Hollywood Sapphire Group and the John Edwards Memorial Foundation at UCLA.
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SD 33-250 Iron Butterfly Iron Butterfly - In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida(LP, Album, CT) ATCO Records SD 33-250 US 1968 Sell This Version
Deep Purple Deep Purple - The Book Of Taliesyn (Album) Tetragrammaton Records US 1968 Sell This Version
Steppenwolf Steppenwolf - Steppenwolf (Album) Dunhill US 1968 Sell This Version
Fats Domino Fats Domino - Fats Is Back (Album) Reprise Records US 1968 Sell This Version
T-102 Deep Purple Deep Purple - Shades Of Deep Purple(LP, Album, Dar) Tetragrammaton Records T-102 US 1968 Sell This Version
Stereo S1, BTS 1 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* - Strictly Personal(LP, Album, Bev) Blue Thumb Records, Blue Thumb Records Stereo S1, BTS 1 US 1968 Sell This Version
SPC 21029 Camarata* Conducting The Kingsway Symphony Orchestra Camarata* Conducting The Kingsway Symphony Orchestra - The Romantic Rachmaninoff(LP) London Records SPC 21029 US 1968 Sell This Version
3958, ST-3958 Jimmy Johnson (10) Jimmy Johnson (10) - The Little Engine That Could! And The Submarine Streetcar(LP, Album, RE) Disneyland 3958, ST-3958 US 1969 Sell This Version
GMP 100 Otis Lee Otis Lee - Hard Row To Hoe / They Say I'm A Fool(7", Single) Quaint Record Co. GMP 100 US 1969 Sell This Version
Ella Fitzgerald Ella Fitzgerald - Ella (Album) Reprise Records US 1969 Sell This Version
DS-5048 Three Dog Night Three Dog Night - Three Dog Night(LP, Album) ABC/Dunhill Records DS-5048 US 1969 Sell This Version
Sam Cooke With The Soul Stirrers Sam Cooke With The Soul Stirrers - The Gospel Soul Of Sam Cooke With The Soul Stirrers Vol. 1 (Comp) Specialty US 1969 Sell This Version
Joe Cocker Joe Cocker - Joe Cocker! (Album) A&M Records US 1969 Sell This Version
SD 33-324 Blue Mountain Eagle Blue Mountain Eagle - Blue Mountain Eagle(Acetate, LP, Album, Ref) ATCO Records SD 33-324 US 1969 Sell This Version
T-131 Deep Purple / The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Deep Purple / The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - Concerto For Group And Orchestra(LP, Album, RM, TP, Gat) Tetragrammaton Records T-131 US 1969 Sell This Version
GMP 102 Bobby Marlatt Bobby Marlatt - This Feeling(7") Quaint Record Co. GMP 102 US 1969 Sell This Version
ST-3958 Jimmy Johnson (10) Jimmy Johnson (10) - The Little Engine That Could! And The Submarine Streetcar(LP, Album, Mono, Med) Disneyland ST-3958 US 1969 Sell This Version
GL-101 Russell County Trio Russell County Trio - One God To Serve(7", EP) Gloryland Records (3) GL-101 US 1969 Sell This Version
GMP 101 Mississippi & The Lower Depth Mississippi & The Lower Depth - Get A Haircut(7") Great Mandella Records GMP 101 US 1969 Sell This Version
GMP 104 Sea Sea - Goodbye Sunny Days(7") Quaint Record Co. GMP 104 US 1969 Sell This Version
GMP 103 Rosetta Taylor Rosetta Taylor - Never Go Away(7") Peace Records (15) GMP 103 US 1969 Sell This Version
Pete Fountain Pete Fountain - Something / Misty (Album) Decca US 1970 Sell This Version
Billie Holiday Billie Holiday - Billie Holiday's Greatest Hits! (Comp) Decca US 1970 Sell This Version
The Pilgrim Travelers The Pilgrim Travelers - The Best Of The Pilgrim Travelers (Comp) Specialty US 1970 Sell This Version
DL 75254 Bill Anderson (2) Bill Anderson (2) - Where Have All Our Heroes Gone(LP, Album) Decca DL 75254 US 1970 Sell This Version