Darrell Johnson

Real Name:
Darrell W. Johnson
Profile:
American 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. Darrell and former Capitol Records A&R Executive Jack Chartoff launched Great Mandella Productions in January of 1968. They built a multi-track recording studio and offices in Studio City on the site of Foto Kem, a major motion picture film laboratory, and production facility. Great Mandella established BMI and ASCAP affiliated publishing and signed several artists releasing singles, EP's and LP's on the Great Mandella, Quaint, Peace, and Gloryland Records labels. Following Chartoff's untimely death he returned to studio engineering and mastering at Sunset Sound. At Sunset in December of '69, he mastered 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. By mid-1970 he was under contract to Decca where he spent several years at MCA Recording Studios. While at MCA Darrell did extensive mastering work with 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 developed to cut CD-4 Quad records and later modified for stereo audiophile half-speed disc mastering that leads him to use the "DWJ/2" inscription. In 1977 he founded Precision Lacquer with Larry Emerine and Stephen Marcussen. Darrell is also a Commercial Pilot and was Vice President and principal partner in Southland Aviation a Southern California private aircraft charter operation for more than two decades. The advent of music video and stereo audio for television in the 1980'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); Lifetime Fellow of the Hollywood Sapphire Group; Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA); Baja Bush Pilots; Member of the Board of Directors of the John Edwards Memorial Foundation at UCLA.
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Darrell Johnson - Billie Holiday's Greatest Hits! album art Billie Holiday Billie Holiday - Billie Holiday's Greatest Hits! (Comp) Decca, Decca US 1968 Sell This Version
SD 33-250 Darrell Johnson - In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida album art Iron Butterfly Iron Butterfly - In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida(LP, Album, CT ) ATCO Records SD 33-250 US 1968 Sell This Version
Stereo S1, BTS 1 Darrell Johnson - Strictly Personal album art 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 Darrell Johnson - The Romantic Rachmaninoff album art 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
T-102 Darrell Johnson - Shades Of Deep Purple album art Deep Purple Deep Purple - Shades Of Deep Purple(LP, Album, Dar) Tetragrammaton Records T-102 US 1968 Sell This Version
1-1 Darrell Johnson - Hard Row To Hoe / They Say I'm A Fool album art Otis Lee Otis Lee - Hard Row To Hoe / They Say I'm A Fool(7", Single) Quaint Record Co. 1-1 US 1968 Sell This Version
Darrell Johnson - The Book Of Taliesyn album art Deep Purple Deep Purple - The Book Of Taliesyn (Album) Tetragrammaton Records US 1968 Sell This Version
Darrell Johnson - Steppenwolf album art Steppenwolf Steppenwolf - Steppenwolf (Album) Dunhill, Dunhill, Dunhill US 1968 Sell This Version
Darrell Johnson - Fats Is Back album art Fats Domino Fats Domino - Fats Is Back (Album) Reprise Records US 1968 Sell This Version
SPC 21027 Darrell Johnson - The Heart Of Tchaikovsky album art Tutti Camarata, The Kingsway Symphony Orchestra Tutti Camarata, The Kingsway Symphony Orchestra - The Heart Of Tchaikovsky(LP, Album, gat) London Records SPC 21027 US 1968 Sell This Version
EKS-74022 Darrell Johnson - David Ackles album art David Ackles David Ackles - David Ackles(LP, Album, Mon) Elektra EKS-74022 US 1968 Sell This Version
Darrell Johnson - The Little Engine That Could! And The Submarine Streetcar album art Jimmy Johnson (10) Jimmy Johnson (10) - The Little Engine That Could! And The Submarine Streetcar (Album) Disneyland US 1969 Sell This Version
Darrell Johnson - Ella album art Ella Fitzgerald Ella Fitzgerald - Ella (Album) Reprise Records US 1969 Sell This Version
SLP-130, 130 Darrell Johnson - Natchez Trace album art Papa George Lightfoot* Papa George Lightfoot* - Natchez Trace(LP, Album) Vault, Vault SLP-130, 130 US 1969 Sell This Version
DS-50048 Darrell Johnson - Three Dog Night album art Three Dog Night Three Dog Night - Three Dog Night(LP, Album) ABC/Dunhill Records DS-50048 US 1969 Sell This Version
Darrell Johnson - The Gospel Soul Of Sam Cooke With The Soul Stirrers Vol. 1 album art 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
45-4191 Darrell Johnson - One / Chest Fever album art Three Dog Night Three Dog Night - One / Chest Fever(7") ABC/Dunhill Records 45-4191 US 1969 Sell This Version
SP-4224 Darrell Johnson - Joe Cocker! album art Joe Cocker Joe Cocker - Joe Cocker!(LP, Album) A&M Records SP-4224 US 1969 Sell This Version
SD 33-324 Darrell Johnson - Blue Mountain Eagle album art 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 Darrell Johnson - Concerto For Group And Orchestra album art 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 Darrell Johnson - This Feeling album art Bobby Marlatt Bobby Marlatt - This Feeling(7") Quaint Record Co. GMP 102 US 1969 Sell This Version
GL-101 Darrell Johnson - One God To Serve album art Russell County Trio Russell County Trio - One God To Serve(7", EP) Gloryland Records (3) GL-101 US 1969 Sell This Version
GMP 101 Darrell Johnson - Get A Haircut album art Mississippi & The Lower Depth Mississippi & The Lower Depth - Get A Haircut(7") Great Mandella Records GMP 101 US 1969 Sell This Version
2-2 Darrell Johnson - Baby I Love You album art Otis Lee Otis Lee - Baby I Love You(7", Single) Quaint Record Co. 2-2 US 1969 Sell This Version
GSD 226 Darrell Johnson - One / Nobody album art Three Dog Night Three Dog Night - One / Nobody(7", Single) Stateside GSD 226 Greece 1969 Sell This Version