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"Jaw-Dropping Sound." - HiFi+
Michael Fremer Rated 10/11 Music, 11/11 Sound in his October 2014 reviews on www.analogplanet.com!
"The sound quality of this album is truly reference quality ...a must purchase!" - www.thehighnote.com
180g Vinyl 45rpm Double LP!
Pressed at RTI! Cut by Bernie Grundman on All Analogue Tube Cutting System!
Groove Note Records is proud to announce the release of Vanessa Fernandez's
album Use Me. This album of audiophile quality covers of soul and R&B
classics from the '70s and '80s was done in an "unplugged" style with acoustic
instruments and arrangements used on all of the tracks. Vocals are tremendously
dynamic (no compression or limiting used), with superb presence and detail for
all other instruments including the drum set. Resolution is of the highest
order and this is an LP that rewards for both musical performance and
outstanding audio quality.
"...the all-analog pedigree is evident. The sound is smooth, dynamic and big, with massive weight and presence. I listened first to the SACD, thinking that it would be hard to improve upon, but the RTI-pressed 45rpm LPs offered even greater resolution and naturalness, neither to the detriment of everything the SACD does so well. Use Me is demo material in either format, but if your analog rig is up to digging everything out of the groove, you won't hear a better-sounding record this year or next." - Marc Mickelson, The Audio Beat, 4/5 Music, 5/5 Sound!
"Tasty as is the back up band and are the outstanding acoustic arrangements, Ms. Fernandez steals the show with a voice that is as unlikely as her cover photo would have you thinking "funky black chick"...While the cover shot makes her look somewhat academic and perhaps
reserved, trust me, there's no governor on her voice or the rawness of the
emotions she pours forth. When appropriate she dials it down to a simmer as on a
great cover of Al Kooper's BS&T classic "More Than You'll Ever Know". She even
covers the somewhat obscure John Deacon- Freddie Mercury track "Cool Cat" from
Queen's Hot Space album...Ms. Fernandez's performance on this slow simmer will
have to convince you that she's the real deal...Sometimes these "audiophile" productions meet your sonic expectations but disappoint in other ways. In this case, Ms. Fernandez does not disappoint. " -Michael Fremer, analogplanet.com, Music 10/11, Sound 11/11
"Fernandez explodes on the scene with a captivating set of performances covering everything from Barry White to Curtis Mayfield to Al Kooper. Sounding more like she hails from Nashville or Detroit than Singapore, Fernandez easily escapes the 'female vocalist' genre - that dreaded music played at shows to make an audio system sound sweet without disclosing its weaknesses."
"Recorded with a crack group of Los Angeles studio musicians at Oceanway Recording, Use Me combines a truly outstanding set of performances with some of the best sound you could hope for. Recorded analogue to 30 ips 1/4 inch tape and mastered by Bernie Grundman, Al Green's "Simply Beautiful" as sung by Fernandez creates the illusion of having the master tape at home. Jaw-dropping sound." - HiFi+, 10/10 Recording, 10/10 Music
"What a refreshing breath of R&B air; to hear a Singaporean singer cover Curtis Mayfield & Marvin Gaye. What a wonderful change from the usual jazz singers covering the American Songbooks... The sound quality of this album is truly reference quality ...a must purchase!" - Philip O'Hanlon, www.thehighnote.com
"The recording is exemplary high resolution with excellent instrumental detail. Fernandez’s voice is vibrant and not overwhelmed by low-compression. This is an auspicious debut!" - Robbie Gerson, www.audaud.com
"Think Aretha Franklin mixed with Amy Winehouse and you get Vanessa Fernandez! Her strong, soulful voice is deeply rooted in R&B but is equally versatile in pop, alternative or electronic music." - www.19sixtyfive.com.sg
The album introduces and throws the spotlight on the fantastic voice of
Singaporean vocalist Vanessa Fernandez. The song selection includes tunes by
Marvin Gaye, Curtis Mayfield, Isaac Hayes, Earth Wind & Fire, Bill Withers, Al
Green and others. Top musicians playing on the album include the great bassist
Lee Sklar (Phil Collins, Rita Coolidge, Bonnie Raitt, Linda Ronstadt, Lyle
Lovett), acoustic guitars Tim Pierce (Bruce Springsteen, Michael Jackson, Celine
Dion, Roger Waters, Tina Turner, Eric Clapton), electric piano Jim Cox (Willie
Nelson, BB King, Aaron Neville, Ringo Starr, Lyle Lovett), drums Victor Indrizzo
(Macy Grey, Marianne Faithfull, Meatloaf, Emmylou Harris), percussion Rafael
Padillo (Julio Iglesias, Celine Dion, Pavarotti, Gloria Estefan), and harmonica
Stanley Behrens (Willie Dixon, Canned Heat, Ruth Brown).
This is a great group of top LA musicians backing superlative performances by a
great new singer!!!
Test Pressings of the album were demo-ed extensively at the Munich High End Show
as well as at THE Show in Newport Beach and reaction has been overwhelmingly
There are many records and labels who declare themselves to be of "audiophile
quality". Groove Note records all of their albums at the best studios in
Hollywood (Oceanway, Record One, Cello, Sunset Sound) using a top Grammy
nominated recording engineer, Michael C. Ross. All of our albums are
recorded 100% analogue and the production masters are also mixed by 100%
analogue by MC Ross. All albums are cut by one of the greatest mastering
engineers in the world, Bernie Grundman, on an all analogue tube cutting
system using all upgraded and modified vintage Sculley cutting lathes. All LPs
plated and pressed by RTI on 180g audiophile vinyl.
• 180g Audiophile Vinyl
• 45rpm Double LP
• Plated and Pressed at RTI
• Cut by Bernie Grundman on all analogue tube cutting system using all upgraded and modified vintage Sculley cutting lathes
• Mastered directly from the original 30 ips 1/4 inch analogue master
Vanessa Fernandez, vocals
Tim Pierce, guitars
Leland Sklar, electric bass
Victor Indrizzo, drums
Rafael Padilla, percussion
Jim Cox, keyboards
Stanley Behrens, harmonica
|LP 1 - Side A:|
1. I Just Wanna Be With You
2. Be Thankful For What You Got
3. Distant Lover
|LP 1 - Side B:|
1. Hard Times
2. That Loving Feeling
3. Simply Beautiful
|LP 2 - Side C:|
1. Use Me
2. I Love You More Than You'll Ever Know
3. Cool Cat
|LP 2 - Side D:|
1. Here But I'm Gone
2. Be Thankful For What You Got (Alternate Mix)