Brian Tarquin is doing a great job as the head of New York
based BHP Music. BHPs Guitar Masters series promises
to continue featuring sampler albums with both established and new,
cutting edge instrumental guitar sounds. In 2007, Tarquin and BHP
released Get The Led Out!a sonically astute 16 track
rock instrumental tribute album to early 70s hard rock pioneers
Led Zeppelin and the results make for an ear-opening experience. Purists
who say the only way to hear Zeppelin is to play the original albums,
should hear Get The Led Out! Sure theres some legends
on handnotably rock icon Leslie Westbut theres
also a range of Led Zeppelin covers from gifted lesser known artists
from far and wide. Following a dozen instrumental Zeppelin covers,
Get The Led Out! closes out the CD with four bonus tracks from
1968 and 1970 featuring Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones
and John Bonham from the fabled Lord Sutch album. The
sound quality of the new instrumentals and the vintage tracks is superb.
A safe bet for guitar fans and Zeppelin fans, Get The Led Out!
offers both tributes and modern revelations.
MWE3.COM SPEAKS WITH BRIAN TARQUIN AND CHRIS INGRAM
ABOUT Get The Led Out!
What was the concept behind and the events that inspired your producing
the Get The Led Out CD?
Brian: I had come up with the idea of doing a instrumental Led Zeppelin
CD before the reunion tour. Thou I must admit, when I heard of the
reunion I thought, perfect timing. To me Jimmy Page is the backbone
of Led Zeppelin and their songs are truly instrumental in and of itself.
The way Robert Plant sings is very bluesy and lends itself very well
for instrumental guitar.
How did you obtain the rights to the historic bonus tracks with
Brian: I have a good working relationship with Brian Perera, president
of Cleopatra Records and was able to obtain the Jimmy Page tracks
directly from him.
Which tracks standout among your favorites on the CD?
Chris: Clearly, Chris Mahoney - "Whole Lotta Love," - Howard
Hart "Four Sticks" and the one we did in the studio, "Dazed
and Confused." It was an honor to represent a Zeppelin track
in an instrumental format.
Brian: My favorite track is Steve Bingham's violin version of "The
Battle of Evermore." A wonderful arrangement with pizzicato violins
of rhythm excitement. It was also, very interesting to work with Randy
Coven and Leslie West on "Moby Dick" and see their interpretation
of the classic. Most enjoyable was recording George Hooks' drum solo
take on the John Bonham iconic solo.
What do you think long time fans and newcomers alike will experience
after hearing the CD?
Chris: First, how great the compositions are and how well they stand
up to new interpretations.
Brian: I think new listeners will enjoy the modern production of the
songs and old listeners will dig their classics done instrumentally
with the respect they deserve without the fromage, that so many tribute
albums of today have.