The Absolute Sound Top New Vinyl Release of 2016!
Michael Fremer Rated 9/11 Music, 11/11 Sonics!
A Big Hit at Axpona 2016 in Chicago! Exceptional Sound & Performance!
AAA 100% All Analogue Recording! Numbered, Limited Edition 180g Vinyl 45rpm Triple LP Cut by Bernie Grundman!
First-Rate Sonics & Exceptional Arrangements of Classic Led Zeppelin tunes!
Don't you wish all rock albums sounded this good!!!
Vanessa Fernandez covers Led Zeppelin tunes in unplugged acoustic arrangements.
"The result is a spectacularly natural and ultra-dynamic drum sound similar to what Glyn Johns achieved on the latest Eric Clapton album. Tim Pierces guitars are equally well-served in a recording by Michael C. Ross thats nothing short of stupendously transparent, dynamic and natural... Ill put it to you this way: if you play this record really loud and you dont enjoy what you hear, blame your system!" - Michael Fremer, www.analogplanet, 9/11 Music, 11/11 Sound
Brilliant rhythm guitar and solos from arranger-guitarist Tim Pierce including an extended electric guitar solo on the rock version of "Whole Lotta Love" as well as killer vintage slide work on "When The Levee Breaks;" awesome drumming and majestic kick drum work from Jim Keltner on "Kashmir," "Babe" and "Immigrant Song;" driving electric bass lines from Chris Chaney on many of the tracks; memorable B3 and Wurlitzer fills and runs from keyboardist Jim Cox; audacious violin solos and fills from Charlie Bisharat on "Kashmir" and "Immigrant Song;" and, last but in no way least, stirring percussion backing from the great Luis Conte on "When The Levee Breaks," "Black Dog" and "Whole Lotta Love" (acoustic). And throughout every song the magnificent incomparable vocals of Vanessa. Yes - the album was recorded all analogue multi track but several of the vocal tracks are the complete original live track used without any overdubs or fixes. The vocal performance on "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You" is gonna leave some listeners breathless!!
Engineered by Michael C. Ross, mixing of the all analogue album, "When the Levee Breaks" by Vanessa Fernandez, was completed at United Recordings (formerly known as Oceanway Recordings). The mixing was done in the legendary studio A with it's great sounding custom built mixing board. The album was mixed down to 1/4 inch 30 ips tape and delivered to Bernie Grundman Mastering where the mastering and lacquer cutting was done.
All the above elements combined to create memorable and immensely satisfying versions of several well known Led Zeppelin songs and the results are in - an album of epic musical and spectacular sonic quality!!
"Much of the album, spread onto three 180g 45rpm records, is acoustic, but songs like "Kashmir" with Jim Keltner on drums, rocks out big time. These are fresh arrangements by guitarist Tim Pierce whose playing credits include session work with Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi, Johnny Van Zant, Meat Loaf, Patty Smith, Joe Cocker, Michael Jackson, Joan Armatrading, Madonna, Tina Turner, Rod Stewart, Roger Waters, Eric Clapton, The Doobie Brothers, Elton John, Alice Cooper and others. The instrumental performances add new luster to the old chestnuts. Old fans will enjoy the new musical environment and some non-Led Zep fans will be won over."
"Most importantly, Ms. Fernandez, a long time Led Zep fan, has the vocal chops and the sensibility to wrap her cords tightly around the lyrics and wring new meaning from them. From what I got to hear later on a lacquer, the performances and the sonics will drop your jaws and maybe even your pants!" - Michael Fremer, analogplanet.com
"This album boasts top-notch production quality, including an all-analog recording, mastering by Bernie Grundman, and an all-star cast of studio musicians. Engineer Michael C. Ross claim that the LPwhich boasts remarkably clean, transparent, and realistic soundechoes the golden age of audio seems reasonable, but in theory these pristinely-recorded and mostly-acoustic performances move into dangerous territory by reshaping some old-school raunch n roll. Actually, though, thats part of the funtake a huge, billowing sound, scale it down, have a woman sing some very male-centric songs, and see what happens. The best cuts succeed for different reasons. Drummer Jim Keltner and bassist Chris Chaney lay down a killer groove on Kashmir, where violinist Charlie Bisharat adds a wild streak; he also brings some edginess to Immigrant Song. Instead of swagger, Fernandez uses sly seduction to state her case on Black Dog. At the beginning of Babe Im Gonna Leave You she sounds emotionally drained, like shes been waiting all night to break the news to her lover. As the song progresses she gains strength but not conviction, as if the person shes really trying (and failing) to convince is herselfa fine reading of a great song." - Jeff Wilson, The Absolute Sound, December 2016, 3.5/5 Music, 5/5 Sonics
"As with its predecessor, When the Levee Breaks is all analog; engineer Michael Ross recorded to 30ips 1/4" tape. In every sonic sense, it is an extraordinary recording, with vast dynamic range along with inherent smoothness, weight and presence. All of this applies to the hybrid SACD, but the the RTI-pressed 45rpm LPs are even better -- more resolved and natural -- and they include a couple of extra cuts not on the SACD. This is demo material in either format, but I haven't heard an LP that sounds as good since Use Me."
"On its face, When the Levee Breaks has some huge obstacles to overcome, especially among audiophiles who are familiar with great-sounding recordings of questionable music worth. Because of this, its achievement is even more impressive. It defies expectations in so many ways; you'll want to play it for friends and family, in order to show off your system, and you'll want to listen to it yourself when only some Zeppelin in vivid state-of-the-art sound will do." - Marc Mickelson, The Audio Beat, 4/5 Music, 5/5 Sound!!! Read more!
First 2500 Copies Numbered!
AAA 100% All Analogue Recording!
180g Audiophile Vinyl
45rpm Triple LP
Cut by Bernie Grundman
Mastered directly from the original 30 ips 1/4 inch analogue master
Features two exclusive LP only tracks
Vanessa Fernandez, vocals
Tim Pierce, guitars
Jim Keltner, drums
Chris Chaney, bass
Jim Cox, keyboards
Charlie Bisharat, violin
Luis Conte, percussion
1. Immigrant Song
2. Black Dog
4. Trampled Underfoot
5. When the Levee Breaks (acoustic)
6. The Lemon Song
7. Ramble On
8. Whole Lotta Love
9. Babe I'm Gonna Leave You
10. Immigrant Song
Side F: (LP only exclusive)
11. Babe I'm Gonna Leave You (alternate mix - LP only bonus cut)
12. Whole Lotta Love (full rock mix - LP only bonus cut)