Saturday, February 14, 2015

2/13/15: GET THE LED OUT!


Just when you thought a dead of February, bone-chilling 11 degree night in the less than bustling metropolis of Vineland, New Jersey couldn't get any lonelier..A RoCK N Roll band of great skill and familiar repertoire rode into town: GET THE LED OUT!

A band of traveling gypsies from nearby Philadelphia, normal guys actually who just love the music of Led Zeppelin and possessing great skill performing it, GTLO rocked a packed house at the newly opened Landis Theater in Vineland.

From the opening statement of The Immigrant Song to great renditions of classic staples like Going To California, Kashmir and All Of My Love, the band sounded nothing short of a breathtaking time warp to 1975!

"Led" by the high powered vocal prowess of front man Paul Sinclair who resembled more a young, bad boy Jim Morrison, the band brought intense emotion to a filled auditorium and to all our delight. Paul's stage presence was very convincing and powerful as we watched in awe of songs that have been heard for 40 plus years and given a present day flair! A++

Songs that I have favored and heard on the radio for decades brought new chills. Favorites like In The Evening, In My Time Of Dying and When The Levee Breaks were dead-on performances! A++

Moby Dick: Talk about a mesmerized sold out audience! Drummer Adam Ferraioli had jaws dropping for his "jet engine power" and natural beat in this infamous John Bonzo Bonham work of art solo. Ferraioli, a veteran player with previous success in Philly based rockers, "Britney Fox" and "Tangier" brought the original power of Bonzo' to life one more time. There is nothing like hearing Moby Dick live performed by a top notch player! WOW! A++++

The Players:  Paul Sinclair, Andrew Lipke, Jimmy Marchiano, Adam Ferraioli, Billy Childs, Paul Hammond
The real deal. Passionate, Prideful, Powerful. Truth be told, while surviving Led Zeppelin originals have resisted a revival and reunion, fans may prefer the early youthful Led Zeppelin as heard in their prime. 
GET THE LED OUT does this. They hit every note and brought it home, making all of us feel as youthful as our days with the albums. A+++

ENCORE: TOP notch. When The Levee Breaks, Stairway To Heaven and a RoCKIN' close with A Whole Lotta Love! A minor snafu during Stairway' was an in house fire alarm which brought the authorities to the house. An apparent stage effect or smoke machine had set off the sensors but the band did not miss a beat. As some audience members were instructed to exit the auditorium, the band did not miss a beat. Stairway To Heaven sounded better than the original recording. A+   

AUDIENCE: Fans from 17 to 70, wearing various threads from Get The Led Out to the original quartet, enjoyed a great night in the time machine! An appreciative crowd, knowledgeable of the songs and history were captivated.  The players delivered. A crowd always buys into the passion. The passion drove my time machine at warp speed! The Good news: The band will be back live on stage in South Jersey soon!

April 10th-11th: The Scottish Rite Auditorium in Collingswood   



Friday, November 21, 2014

INTERVIEW: Recording Engineer/Producer and Author Glyn Johns

November 21, 2014: Glyn Johns, Author of Soundman

Glyn Johns average work day? How about in the studio, behind the controls and managing the sound and recording of: Let It Be, Abby Road, Led Zeppelin 1, Beggars Banquet,; Sticky Fingers, Eagles, On The Border; The Kinks, You Really Got Me, The WHO, Quadrophenia, Who's Next, WHO Are You, Eric Clapton's Slowhand, Rod Stewart/FACES, Paul McCartney & Wings and most recently Ryan Adams and Nora Jones sessions. This man was there for ALL of it….

AND he tells me his thoughts on the burning controversies of the day: DID Yoko break up the Beatles? Who hasn't he worked with that he wish he had?  Will Led Zeppelin regroup and tour?

We can only read and speculate about it, Glyn tells it like it is......... 

“Glyn Johns was there. He was there at some of the most important recording sessions in Rock and Roll. Reading his book, you are standing beside him as he sets up the studio in readiness for the arrival of groups like Led Zeppelin, The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. For me it is a fantastic romp through the pages of Rock and Roll history.”
—Sir Paul McCartney

“Glyn Johns has been a very important person in my recording life (and also his brother Andy).  Glyn was the first recording engineer who helped me to understand recording and through that he was very supportive in introducing me to a lot of sessions with important people such as Ben Sidren, Leon Russell, Ronnie Lane, Pete Townshend and Howling Wolf. This together, of course, with many of the great recordings he did with us. He is one of the best.”
—Charlie Watts

Sound Man will make readers aware of the many sides of Glyn Johns, a giant of a man and one of my best friends from the moment we met in 1963 to present day. Apart from his genius behind the faders and success as the producer of myriad hits, his humor comes through here, together with his unfailing desire to do the very best work he could in the face of some frighteningly egotistical artists.”—Bill Wyman

“If you remember the sixties then you probably weren't there, unless of course your name is Glyn Johns. Sound Man is an intimate, humorous journey through the corridors of the music industry, as told by one of the greatest record producers of all time. I'm proud to be mentioned here and there, and to have worked with Johns on so many memorable occasions. A great read!”
—Eric Clapton

Monday, October 13, 2014

NEW Bob Seger release: RIDE OUT

Bob Seger: Ride Out CD Review

Cut 2: RoCKS! akin to Stevie Ray Vaughan's Look At Little Sister!

Cut 1, 3-13 slow, twangy, classic country feel on some, couldn't sit through em.

Conspicuously Absent:  Patented Seger SAX!??

Voice: Trademark raspy Seger tone! Still got it, NOT tired yet in my opinion.

Songs: Overall weak stories, slow, dragging tempos.

Theory: He has solid $$ in the bank and wants to DO the CD he wants? FAIL

Did Not Know: Capitol Records was still in business?