Vanessa Fernandez - When The Levee Breaks

 (Numbered Limited Edition)


Groove Note



Product No.:
AGRN 1088-45
UPC: 660318108814
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45 RPM Vinyl Record

No. of Discs: 3
Note: 180 Gram

45 RPM

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Three LPs, 45 RPM 180-gram black vinyl, numbered edition

Mastered by Bernie Grundman from the analog tape mixed by Michael C. Ross

"This was a grand musical experiment, risky and costly for the producer Ying Tan, recorded all-analog by Michael C. Ross at United Recording (formerly Ocean Way). ... The arrangements and the playing, especially Tim Pierce's acoustic guitars and Keltner's drumming, are, for the most part, musically rewarding and Fernandez delivers the goods most of the time. ...This is an 'audiophile' production that aims for a certain 'absolute sound' of a band and a singer playing in a space and in that regard it is 100% successful but it also produces a 'literalness' not found on 'commercial' recordings. 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." — Music = 9/11; Sound = 11/11 — Michael Fremer, Read the whole review here.

When the Levee Breaks (Deluxe Edition) is a 180-gram, 45 RPM triple LP, triple gatefold set that includes a bonus 12" single, from the Groove Note label.

As the title suggests, vocalist Vanessa Fernandez covers Led Zeppelin tunes but in "unplugged" acoustic arrangements. The tunes include, among others: "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You," "Immigrant Song" "Kashmir" "Ramble On." And of course "Whole Lotta Love."

The 12" bonus single features hard rock versions of "Whole Lotta Love" and "When the Levee Breaks," for a total of 11 tracks spread over six sides.

The recording is 100% pure analog engineered by Michael C. Ross at United Recordings (the former Ocean Way), one of the world's top recording venues.

Players on the set include Use Me guitarist/arranger Tim Pierce, Jim Keltner on drums, ex-Jane's Addiction bassist Chris Chaney, percussionist Luis Conte (James Taylor, Santana, Eric Clapton, Al Di Meola) and keyboardist Jim Cox (Mark Knopfler, Lyle Lovett, Willie Nelson, Alison Krauss).





Ratings from Michael Fremmer @



LP 1
Side A:
1. Immigrant Song
2. Black Dog
Side B:
3. Kashmir
4. Trampled Underfoot

LP 2
Side C:
5. When the Levee Breaks (acoustic)
6. The Lemon Song
Side D:
7. Ramble On
8. Whole Lotta Love

LP 3
Side E:
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)

Customer Reviews (5.00 Stars) 3 person(s) rated this product.


posted on 07/08/2016
5 Stars
Reviewer: Ian C.
This album is fantastic. The music is wonderful. It's got atmosphere, groove and while it's laid back, it's still true to the spirit of the songs.

The recording quality (all analog) is fantastic and the pressing is wonderful.

Expensive but worth it!

Stellar -Sounding LP

posted on 06/30/2016
5 Stars
Reviewer: audiofan
These are reference-quality, flawless LPs with warm, natural, wide-open, live-in-the-room sonics. This costly 3-LP set is worth it if you enjoy Vanessa's voice & delivery. Even the packaging is superb.


posted on 05/16/2016
5 Stars
Reviewer: Randy
Congrats to both Vanessa and Bernie for an excellent recording

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