Artiest: Les Paul & Friends
Titel: A Tribute To A Legend
Release datum: oktober 2008
Immergent Records is proud to announce the release of Les Paul & Friends – A Tribute To A Legend. This “tribute” to the beloved living music legend Les Paul, produced by Bob Cutarella (Eric Clapton, Sting, Joss Stone, Alison Krauss, Jeff Beck), includes performances from Slash, Joe Bonamassa, Richie Sambora, Joe Perry, Peter Frampton, Jeff Golub, as well as vocalists Joan Osborne, Edgar Winter, Mick Hucknall from Simply Red, Johnny Rzeznik, Lisa Fischer, and many others. Notably Les Paul himself plays alongside his protege’s on several tracks. Sadly, it was during the post production of this CD that famed barefoot guitarist Hiram Bullock passed away making this his last official recording.
Les Paul can still be found playing his legendary namesake guitar at his standing Monday night gig in Manhattan, a further testament (if any was needed) to the fact that he has given his life over to music. A Tribute To A Legend is a fitting honor to the genre-crossing icon with an eclectic collection of musicians spanning the musical spectrum. From the hard hitting thunder of Joe Bonammassa’s blues-shredding guitar, to the fluid, ethereal, quasi-Blow By Blow guitar groove provided by six-string icon Slash, this CD covers the gamut of guitar and recording techniques. Solid tributes, most of which also include the 93-year old Les Paul are turned in by Johnny Rzeznik covering U2’s All I Ever Want Is You; Joan Osborne’s smoky rendition of “I Don’t Wanna Be With Anybody But You”; and even Richie Sambora’s spiritual vocal on “Great Hall Of Fame.” Fans of instrumental music will marvel at tracks by noted guitarist Jeff Golub, Chieli Minucci and Steve Lukather’s fluid work on the Todd Rundgren classic “I Saw The Light”, and much more.
For all of his amazing accomplishments, Les Paul might be most well known to the current generation as the name atop the headstock of the world’s most popular electric guitar, The Gibson Les Paul. What they likely do not know about the man behind the infamous name is that without Les Paul the modern world of recording as we know it would never have existed. In addition to his status as one of the greatest jazz guitar virtuosos, Les Paul is responsible for inventing the multi-track recording process, the reverb and delay effects, and the solid body electric guitar itself. Paul’s contributions have forever changed the landscape of music and defined the sound of Rock ‘N Roll. This CD serves as a tribute, not only to the man, but also to these techniques that Les Paul invented as well as to the Les Paul guitar and the inspiration he provided the many guests that appear on this release.
Here’s the complete track listing:
01. The Good Luck You’re Having – featuring Joe Bonamassa & Les Paul
02. The Walls Came Tumbling Down – featuring Hiram Bullock & Les Paul
03. I Don’t Wanna Be With Nobody But You – featuring Joan Osborne & Les Paul
04. All I Want Is You, featuring Johnny Rzeznik – Peter Frampton & Les Paul
05. Slipping Into Darkness – featuring Lisa Fischer & Les Paul
06. 69 Freedom Special – featuring Les Paul & Friends
07. Vocalise – featuring Slash
08. I Love You More Than You’ll Ever Know – featuring Mick Hucknall, Joe Perry & Les Paul
09. How Long – featuring Jeff Golub
10. Great Hall Of Fame – featuring Richie Sambora
Bonus Tracks (offered as download at various Internet download sites):
01. Dying To Live – featuring Edgar Winter
02. Children Of The Future – featuring C, C, & C
03. I Saw The Light – featuring Chieli Minucci & Steve Lukather