In honor of the legacy of the late Les Paul, immergent Records will be offering five free downloads from the very last official CD that featured the playing of Les Paul – LES PAUL AND FRIENDS-A TRIBUTE TO A LEGEND beginning on the same day as his memorial service in Waukesha, Wisconsin. After a funeral service Wednesday in New York City, Paul will be buried at a private ceremony on Friday, August 21, at the Prairie Home Cemetery in his hometown of Waukesha, WI. There will be a free public tribute and viewing from 10am to 2pm CT at Discovery World in Milwaukee. While other members of Paul’s family are buried in this cemetery, his plot will be larger and separate to allow for the public to easily visit. On Friday, the museum will also host a screening of Les Paul’s final Wisconsin concert, at Milwaukee’s Pabst Theater from 2008, and the guitar he used every week at the Iridium Jazz Club in New York City will also be on display.
The free downloads will be available from the immergent Les Paul Tribute site at http://www.immergent.com/
In addition to the songs, fans can also leave their own tribute on the website as well as stream the album and listen to The Les Paul Radio Program, a tribute special produced by music historian Denny Somach, which originally aired last year when the album was first released. This program includes a stunning cover of U2’s "All I Ever Want Is You," a brand new recording by Slash, and “The Good Luck You’re Having,” a mesmerizing blues performance with Les trading licks with guitar virtuoso Joe Bonamassa (named Best Blues Guitarist by Guitar Player magazine. Also included is a rundown of some of the top rock songs that feature the Les Paul guitar from Led Zeppelin, Cream, Jeff Beck, Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, Guns & Roses, ZZ Top and more.
Originally released September 30, 2008, LES PAUL AND FRIENDS-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 Bonamassa’s blues-shredding guitar, to the fluid, ethereal, guitar groove provided by Slash, this CD covers the gamut of guitar and recording techniques. Superb music performances are also turned in by , 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 protégés on several tracks. For all of his amazing accomplishments, Les Paul might be best 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 to the many guests that appear on this recording.
Here are the five free download songs which will be available this weekend:
“The Good Luck You’re Having” featuring Joe Bonamassa and Les Paul
“The Walls Came Tumbling Down” featuring Hiram Bullock and Les Paul
“I Don’t Want Be With Nobody But You” featuring Joan Osborne and Les Paul
“All I Want Is You” featuring Johnny Rzeznik, Peter Frampton and Les Paul
“Slipping Into Darkness” featuring Lisa Fischer and Les Paul