Singer Vanessa Fernandez covers Led Zeppelin tunes in “unplugged” acoustic arrangements.
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 Fernandez. Yes - the album was recorded all analog multi track. 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, the mixing of the all analog 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 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!!
"The result is a spectacularly natural and ultra-dynamic drum sound similar to what Glyn Johns achieved on the latest Eric Clapton album. Tim Pierce’s guitars are equally well-served in a recording by Michael C. Ross that’s nothing short of stupendously transparent, dynamic and natural... I’ll put it to you this way: if you play this record really loud and you don’t enjoy what you hear, blame your system!" - Michael Fremer, www.analogplanet, 9/11 Music, 11/11 Sound
It's a daunting task trying to do legends like Led Zeppelin justice. Working with these few definitely helped. It's been inspiring and humbling to work with Tim Pierce, Jim Keltner, Lius Conte, Jim Cox, Chris Chaney, Mike Ross, and Ying Tan. It took us 4 days to make this record together and while it feels like a tiny blip in the grand scheme of musical moments, I will cherish it for a lifetime. As it now travels through your ears I hope the passion and eneergy we all felt also journeys into your heart.
- Vanessa Fernandez
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