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Les Fradkin Hallmark Signature Guitar Now Available!

 

The Hallmark Les Fradkin Custom 60 guitar is the first guitar to carry the name of this award winning guitarist. It builds on Hallmark's Custom 60 model with custom wound pickups and Les Fradkin's choice of 500K pots to provide its signature sound without any electronic noise.The guitar has a 24-3/4" scale length. 

It features a bound alder body with a set maple neck with bound rosewood fingerboard and a Shade Roller Bearing Vibrato and vintage style tuners. The pickups are a pair of Shade Custom Wound  High Fidelity pickups controlled by a 3 way switch and a master volume and master tone control. The guitar has a zero fret and a Hallmark locking saddle bridge for perfect intonation and exact pitch return. 

A Custom hardshell case is included.


 The guitar is only available in Hallmark's Surf Pearl finish. Only 25 guitars will be available. A Certificate of Authenticity signed by Les Fradkin and Bob Shade of Hallmark guitars comes with each guitar. 

https://reverb.com/item/2350250-hallmark-custom-60-les-fradkin-signature-model-2016-surf-pearl

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2016 Indie Music Channel Awards - Les Fradkin gets 14 Nominations!

 

Excitement abounds at RRO Entertainment today! Les Fradkin has received 14 Nominations across

five categories for the 2016 Indie Music Channel Awards.  Including 6 Classical, 3 Instrumental 3 Rock,

1 Video AND 2016 Album of the Year for his latest release "Mr. Midi Guitar". 

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.theindiemusicchannel.tv/imca5bestalbumnoms.html

 

Rehearsals For Retirement Anthology at Amazon!

 

You want Jangle? You got it! And it's $2 cheaper at Amazon!!! It's here! "Rehearsals For Retirement", my new Best Of Anthology-at Amazon! 45 years of Jangleholic 12 string sounds. 2 discs. 30 songs. Surprise Guest Artists. Rare Tracks.

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http://www.amazon.com/Rehearsals-Retirement-Fradkin/dp/B016N0YL50/ref=sr_1_1?s=dmusic&ie=UTF8&qid=1445029167&sr=1-1-mp3-albums-bar-strip-0&keywords=les+fradkin


 

"Rehearsals For Retirement" Best Of Anthology released.

 

You can Pe Order my "Rehearsals For Retirement" Anthology at Amazon!!! 2 discs-30 songs. The best of Les Fradkin. Includes "Song Of A Thousand Voices", "You Can Cry If You Want To", "Jangleholic", "God Bless California" plus previously unreleased demos, rare tracks and Guest appearances by Mick Ronson, The Left Banke and many more.

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New Single release: "Disintegration"

 

Catch a wave and buy my new single release "Disintegration".

Surf's Up!

 

Les Fradkin: Disintegration
 

New Gear for stage

 

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Just acquired a Digitech Vocalist Live 5 and a Boss RC-30. This changes up the whole game for my live

performances and now allows me to double track live guitar, do loops and backing tracks on stage with no

computer at all. It's a beautiful thing.

 

The Beatles- Trending

 

The Beatles as re-Imagined by MIDI Guitarist Les Fradkin- "Ticket To A Remix Universe":

 https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/ticket-to-a-remix-universe/id524694749

 

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Ticket To A Remix Universe

 

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Les Fradkin Teams up with Michael Brown

 

What have I been up to? Click over to our Reverb Nation page to hear an exclusive preview of the Les Fradkin & Michael Brown first single "As Eagles Fly In The Night"(Promo Version): http://www.reverbnation.com/lesfradkinmichaelbrown

 

Best Classical Recording-2014

 

2014 Indie Music Channel Award Winner Best Classical Recording "Canon In D":

Les Fradkin has just been awarded the award for Best Classical Recording in the

2014 Indie Music Channel Awards. Check out the video at You Tube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mdSLLx1Bw0U

 

"I Want You" makes the Amazon Charts!

 

I've just made the amazon charts with The Beatles tune "I Want You (She's So Heavy)" Download this astonishing new arrangement and help me push this to the Top!!!  

http://www.amazon.com/Want-You-Shes-So-Heavy/dp/B0080E9A54/ref=sr_1_1?s=dmusic&ie=UTF8&qid=1388699549&sr=1-1&keywords=les+fradkin

 

Skope Magazine Interview

 

New Interview today from Skope Magazine.... "Renowned MIDI guitarist Les Fradkin continues to WOW the critics and audience by bringing innovative music-making techniques to the forefront".http://www.skopemag.com/2013/10/25/king-of-midi-guitars-les-fradkin-strums-along-with-jimmy-rae

 

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Tour Dates

 

Les Fradkin Tour dates

 

Live on Google Hangout

 

MID TENN LISTENS: C. Bret Campbell Interviews Dr. Midi - Les Fradkin

Come participate in a Live Interview on Google Hangout with me.

July 9, 2013 (2PM PT, 3PM MT, 4PM CT, 5PM ET)

https://plus.google.com/events/clv3av8vt0011tr4th36orptq6k?cfem=1

 

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Ticket To A Remix Universe

 

New solo Beatles Instrumental CD!!!!

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Les Fradkin- "Ticket To A Remix Universe" (RRO-1038)

Buy a Ticket To A Remixed Universe-where "nothing is real" and The Beatles music is heard as never before.... Produced by Les Fradkin and Loretta Fradkin

Tracks:

1. Ticket To A Remixed Universe

2. Ticket To Ride

3. Across The Universe

4. The Inner Light

5. Rain

6. Strawberry Fields Forever

7. I Want You (She's So Heavy)

8. Things We Said Today

9. Eleanor Rigby

10. Any Time At All

11. I'll Be Back

 

Now available at Apple iTunes:

http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/ticket-to-a-remix-universe/id524694749

Available soon at Amazon.com and other fine stores!

 

2nd Annual Indie Music Channel Awards

 

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2nd Annual Indie Music Channel Awards

We have lift off to the 2nd Annual Indie Music Channel Awards April 28th 2013! I've been Nominated for Best Classical Artist of 2013 for my song "Lift Off". A unique moment for Classical Crossover, Rock AND Electronic Music.

Lift Off features my brand new "discard the chromatic scale" tuning, using the Starr Labs Ztar to inaugurate FUTURISTIC musical performance!

I will be heading to Hollywood, California to attend the awards pre-party on April 27 and the awards ceremony on Sunday April 28 taking place at the House of Blues Foundation Room in West Hollywood, Los Angeles to celebrate the 2nd Annual Indie Music Channel Awards!

On Sunday April 28, 2013 HOB Foundation Room: Red Carpet Arrivals at 6PM. Awards Show at 7PM. And the "After Party"at 8PM. Thank you all for your kindness & support! See you there!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

"Lift Off on YouTube": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bvc6u5t1yG0

 

Nomination for Best Classical Artist of 2013

 

Les has just received a nomination on the Indie Music Channel for Best Classical Artist of 2013 for Lift Off!

http://www.theindiemusicchannel.com/IMCA2nomineesclassical.htm

http://youtu.be/Bvc6u5t1yG0

 

Les Fradkin Interviewed on WHOA 100 Online!

 

 

Les is Interviewed by Anthony "Train" Caruso. Anyone can tune in by going to the website www.whoamagazine.co and click on the WHOA 100 Banner right side....
Les will talk about his new single "Magic Attic" from his "Reality-The Rock Opera" CD. And he'll talk about Molland Weissman & Fradkin. 
Thursday, January 31st, 2013 at 9:15AM EST
http://tunein.com/radio/WHOA-100-s183009/

Les is Interviewed by Anthony "Train" Caruso.

Anyone can tune in by going to the website www.whoamagazine.co and click on the WHOA 100 Banner right side....

Les will talk about his new single "Magic Attic" from his "Reality-The Rock Opera" CD.

And he'll talk about Molland Weissman & Fradkin. 

Thursday, January 31st, 2013 at 9:15AM EST


http://tunein.com/radio/WHOA-100-s183009/

 

 

Eric Clapton - Play Crossroads

 

 

Rediscovering Roland

 

Been doing a project locally that brings my Roland VG-8EX and GR-1 setup back into action.

Also seeing action is my Fender Jimmie Vaughn Stratocaster with Roland GK-Kit Internal Pickup.

This is lots of fun and presents new challenges with old familar gear.

 

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A Night at The Museum

 

I've just been added to the Television Producers Music Museum Site:

http://www.tvpmm.com

 

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Respecting Copyright

 

I've had it with mega corporations who advertise their products and services on Pirate websites which hawk illegal bootleg copies of my music for profit without a license or offering to pay me a dime for their theft.

I've had it with endless DMCA takedown requests only to be greeted days later with a repeat of the same offenses in the name of Technological progress. And as for Emily, the DJ, perhaps, if she keeps up her "I deserve music for free" attitude, she'll wake up in a world one day with NO MUSIC, because, by then, no creator will have the financial incentive to create.

Keep it up Corporate America. You're destroying the very economic base which put you where you are. One day, perhaps, you'll wake up and realize that you, too, are "Obsolete". 

 

Messages from copylike.org

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Les Fradkin Twitter Newsfeed

 
 

The River Canyon Gallery After show report

 

This was a very successful show for myself as well as over 100 fans who attended the 2nd Anniversary of the River Canyon in Bailey, CO on the evening of May 19, 2012.

One thing was obvious, they had never seen anything like what was presented ever before, save for my YouTube videos. Lots of curiosity about the Starr Labs Ztar and how it worked. I presented this show in two 45 minute sets:

Set #1:

1. Canon Rocks! (Canon In D)

2. Lift Off 

3. Across The Universe

4. I'll Be Back

5. Caravan

6. Strawberry Fields Forever

7. Rain

8. Liberty

Set #2:

1. Ticket To Ride

2. Things We Said Today

3. Classical Gas

4. Key West Sunset

5. A Day At The Beach

6. Apache

7. Walk Don't Run '64

8. The Bridge Across Forever

9. Joy Of Man's Desiring

10. Telstar

 

The new arrangements of Beatles songs from "Ticket To A Remix Universe" were very warmly received. It seems that everyone is a Beatles fan.

The highlight of the evening as far as audience response were "Lift Off" and "Joy Of Man's Desiring" which got a huge response of recognition. Presented with something new and "out of the box", this audience was engaged and "present".

Equipment setup was as follows:

Starr Labs Ztar Z7s with AirPower Wireless

Akai APC40 Ableton Live Controller

MacBook Laptop running Ableton Live 8.3 with Propellerhead Reason 6. Soft synths for this show included Native Instruments Kore 2, Reaktor, Arturia Moog Modular V2.5, the MOTU Symphonic Instrument and Reason's Thor, Malstrom and Subtractor. Amplification was a Roland KC350.

As for the River Canyon Gallery, they provided a successful celebration of their second Anniversary and sold many many works of art. Director Ellen Campa was a gracious hostess and MC and all were thrilled with the turnout.

A splendid time was had by all.

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Available for Sessions

 

Les has played Mellotron, 12 and 6-string Guitar, Bass and Piano on dozens of Top 40 hit records throughout the early 1970's , scoring many US and UK chart placings throughout his career. He continues to be an in demand session musician. 

 

His influences include: Jeff Beck, Steve Vai, Rick Wakeman, Yes, King Crimson, The Moody Blues, Boston, Procol Harum, Bach, Vivaldi, Yngwie Malmsteen, Niccolo Paganini, Electric Light Orchestra, Renaissance, Jean Michel Jarre, The Yardbirds, The Beatles, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Ritchie Blackmore, Deep Purple, Cream, Led Zeppelin.

 

Les is available for all Session work on Guitar, Ztar, Bass, Mellotron, Synthesizer and Keyboards at reasonable rates. Fast, reliable, musical, punctual, astonishing. Available by the Song or for entire album projects. Can also work remotely with Clients on The Internet, no matter where you are in the World. Mixing and Mastering services available upon request. Contact him at:  lfradkin@mac.com  

 

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New CD in the works!

 

Busy recording a new Instrumental CD. Stay tuned!

 

Christmas Joy Single Released!

 

Les Fradkin - Christmas Joy, ©2011 RRO Entertainment All rights reserved.

 

Les Fradkin's new single, "Christmas Joy" is now available at Apple iTunes:

http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/christmas-joy-single/id486687203

 

Featuring:

Joy Of Man's Desiring  (A new take on Johann Sebastian Bach)

O Come All Ye Faithful

 

MIDEM Competition

 

I'm entered in the MIDEM Showcase Competition. Vote for me and the Ztar will set MIDEM free!

 

http://www.midem2012.sonicbids.com/BandDetails.aspx?b=29604&sr=false&bn=Les+Fradkin

 

 

 

New Photos!

 

Check out many new photos from my career at this site at:

http://ats.lesfradkin.com/photos.html

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Album Sleeves, Rare Single Pix and more!

 

Les Fradkin at Songpier

 
Mobilize your life with Les Fradkin "Lift Off" at Songpier
 

Starr Log - Captain's Journal

 

Les Fradkin now featured on the Starr Labs Starr Log Blog!

http://starrlabs.blogspot.com/

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On the Japanese Charts!

 

Hey folks:

Canon In D is #9 on the Amazon Japan Charts today!

Let's get it to #1!!!!

http://www.amazon.co.jp/Canon-in-D/dp/B003K70B1I/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=dmusic&qid=1302143118&sr=1-1

 

Vivaldi's Birthday Again!

 

It's Antonio Vivaldi's birthday today! And what better way to celebrate than to listen to Les Fradkin's Vivaldi interpretations on his "Baroque Rocks! CD.

 

LES FRADKIN- "Baroque Rocks!" Les' CD which combines the sensibility of Baroque music with the drive of rock! 

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Featuring themes from Vivaldi, Handel, Bach, Pachelbel, Mason Williams and Les Fradkin Track Listing: 1. The Myth of El Cid 2. Handel Rocks 3. All The King's Men 4. Spring (from Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons") 5. Summer (from Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons") 6. Autumn (from Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons") 7. Winter (from Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons") 8. Classical Gas 9. Canon In D 10. Air On A G String 11. Baroque and Roll 12. Anthem For All Nations

http://cdbaby.com/cd/lesfradkin20

 

Les Fradkin on Chart Attack

 

Les Fradkin appears in a News Story Feature on the blog/News Feed called Chart Attack!

http://www.chartattack.com/features/2011/mar/03/les-fradkins-canon-in-d

 

 

The Les Fradkin Paperback Book

 

Beatlemania MIDI Guitar George Harrison

 

Available at Amazon.com and Flipkart.com is a new book from the collection of Wikipedia....

The story from the beginning. Plus how Les impacted various famous Instruments in Rock

such as theGuitar Synthesizer, Mellotron and Rickenbacker 12 string guitar.

 

Les Fradkin [Paperback]

Frederic P. Miller (Editor), Agnes F. Vandome (Editor), John McBrewster (Editor)

 

Canon Rocks on YouTube!

 

Les Fradkin returns with an Exclusive new Single version of

"Canon In D (Canon Rock for Ztar)".

A brand new self composed melody on top of Johan Pachelbel's world famous "Canon In D"

Single Version Preview now available on YouTube: 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mdSLLx1Bw0U

 

 

Full Version of "Canon In D" available on Les Fradkin - "Baroque Rocks" at Apple iTunes!

http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/baroque-rocks/id318427737

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Canon Rocks!

 

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Canon In D from "Baroque Rocks!" is selling at Apple iTunes!

A unique new arrangement.......  Canon Rocks!!!

http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/baroque-rocks/id318427737

 

Baroque Rocks Review

 

Lee Gaskins has posted a very nice review of "Baroque Rocks!" at:

http://progrock.homestead.com/BaroqueRocksLesFradkinMINI.html

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Together For The World

 

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Les Fradkin announces the release of his new EP: "Together for The World"

3 stirring themes for bringing the World together.

The featured theme song of Artists for America - a grass roots "Organizing for America" Campaign for 2010. "Together" is featured on the Hart Radiothon presented by John David Hart.

"Together", featuring guest harmony vocals from RRO Entertainment artist Amber Gomez (formerly of Venus In Bluejeans), offers a potent message for today: "Together, we'll all be one one day". You'll be singing along with this "Give Peace A Chance" and "We Are The World" of the 21st Century. This track features Les on Lead Vocals, Rickenbacker 12 string Guitar, Mellotron and Ztar Orchestrations-new for this special wide stereo single mix version. The inventor of Rock Opera, Mark Wirtz, declares: "Bloody brilliant!"

"The Rebirth Of Hope"- the first of two instrumentals on this special EP, features a very emotional theme. Les features on Hammond Organ, lead guitar and Starr Labs Ztar Orchestrations.

"Anthem For All Nations" is a Ztar featured instrumental which was inspired by a Georg Handel Minuet from his Concerto Grosso 6 Opus Number 5. Les' treatment of this piece, which heavily features his Starr Labs Ztar, has been described by Malcolm Campbell: "This is the closing movement of Op.6 No.5, a typically elegant minuet dazzlingly transformed into an anthem of truly Handelian majesty (note the striking evocation of an ethereal choir from 2:45)."

Campbell continues: "Les deploys four Mellotron dubs to create an awesomely ample soundstage recalling the huge musical resources mustered by the maestro himself in the anthems he composed for the wonderfully reverberant acoustics of Westminster Abbey. Full of clever touches, it constantly surprises, and furnishes an object lesson in the skilful use of modern technology to create an illusion of large-scale musical forces — a sleight of hand that brilliantly re-interprets shining compositions sourced from what an eminent writer on the period has termed ‘a fascinating cast of musical magicians'." "Anthem" conjures up a peaceful but stirring feeling... "Together for The World".

On sale now at:

The Les Fradkin Reverb Nation Store

http://www.reverbnation.com/store/artist_183574

On sale now at CD Baby:

http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/LesFradkin1

And visit the new Les Fradkin Official Merchandise Zazzle Store

http://www.zazzle.com/lesfradkin

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Man Of A Thousand Voices

 

Dr. John v. Kampen, an expert writer in electronics, science and music, has just blogged

a new article about me and the Ztar. 

http://my.opera.com/nepmak2000/blog/les-fradkin-man-of-a-thousand-voices-weekend-music


 

Hyper Midi Guitar is Released!

 

Hyper Midi Guitar Now at Apple iTunes!

http://tinyurl.com/yz4o58f

Hyper Midi Guitar Now at CD Baby!

http://cdbaby.com/cd/lesfradkin22

 

Hyper Midi Guitar Preview!

 

Les Fradkin - Hyper Midi Guitar

I've got a new CD which will be released this month. 

"Hyper Midi Guitar"

To hear "Sabre Dance" click the link below:

http://www.myspace.com/lesfradkin

This is available NOW! Features covers of songs by guitarists/groups such as Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin), Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Dave Edmunds (Love Sculpture), Robert Fripp (King Crimson), Steve Howe (Yes), Ritchie Blackmore (Deep Purple), Tom Scholz (Boston), Jimi Hendrix, and Pete Townshend (The Who).

Hyper Midi Guitar Track list:

1. Sabre Dance

2. All Along The Watchtower

3. 21st Century Schizoid Man

4. Immigrant Song

5. Situation

6. Layla

7. Roundabout

8. Highway Star

9. More Than A Feeling

10. Pinball Wizard / See Me Feel Me Medley

 

As many of you know, music critics have called

me a one man band. And yes, it's true- I play

all the instruments on this new CD, as I have

many times in the past on most of my recordings.

 

I've always looked for new ways to make electronic

MIDI Guitar a more expressive instrument. As always,

I've strived to take MIDI Guitar to the next level.

 

My newest recording, "Hyper MIDI Guitar" is the

first where I play ALL the guitar and bass parts

from my Starr Labs Ztar. triggering a completely

custom made sample library, which was assembled

for this project. With admirable restraint, I can say

I did not pick up any of my guitars or basses to record

this CD. Enjoy! And stay tuned for the official worldwide

release of "Hyper MIDI Guitar".

 

Vivaldi's Birthday!

 

It's Antonio Vivaldi's birthday today! And what better way to celebrate than to listen to Les Fradkin's Vivaldi interpretations on his "Baroque Rocks! CD.

 

LES FRADKIN- "Baroque Rocks!" Les' CD which combines the sensibility of Baroque music with the drive of rock! 

Les Fradkin- "Baroque Rocks! 

Featuring themes from Vivaldi, Handel, Bach, Pachelbel, Mason Williams and Les Fradkin Track Listing: 1. The Myth of El Cid 2. Handel Rocks 3. All The King's Men 4. Spring (from Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons") 5. Summer (from Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons") 6. Autumn (from Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons") 7. Winter (from Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons") 8. Classical Gas 9. Canon In D 10. Air On A G String 11. Baroque and Roll 12. Anthem For All Nations

http://cdbaby.com/cd/lesfradkin20

 

Reaktor with The Ztar

 
Native Instruments Reaktor and The Finger Category: Music Have just added Native Instruments Reaktor to my sonic arsenal. Although I've owned the program for years, it seldom saw action till now since I've lately learned to design my own instruments to do certain jobs for my next CD. In addition, I bought Tim Exile's Reaktor program- "The Finger". This software gets some quite unusual MIDI effects, which, when controlled from a Ztar, sound amazing and different from what Tim gets when controlling them from a keyboard. Reaktor 5-1 Reaktor User Library
 

The Les Fradkin Video Widget Is Here!

 

Ever heard and seen a Starr Labs Ztar? The Ultimate MIDI Guitar Curious? Be in the know and check out the Les Fradkin Video Collection! Featuring "Lift Off"- The Rock Television Winner of the Month!

 

Baroque Rocks! at Amazon.com and Apple iTunes

 
"Baroque Rocks!", the new Les Fradkin Ztar album, is now available for preview and purchase at amazon.com and Apple iTunes! Les Fradkin- It's a blend of Progressive neo classical rock and baroque music featuring Vivaldi, Handel, Bach and new composers. If you like Yngwie Malmsteen, ELO, Vivaldi, Steve Vai and great Baroque music, this is for you. And the main attraction is Les Fradkin and his remarkable Starr Labs Ztar. STRESS SOLUTION: Next time job stress has you gnashing your teeth, try listening to Vivaldi, Handel or Bach. These composers are all covered on "Baroque Rocks!" A just released study reveals that listening to music composed during the 17th Century (Baroque Period) can boost your mood! http://www.amazon.com/Baroque-Rocks/dp/B002BB0VDM/ref=sr_1_10?ie=UTF8&s=dmusic&qid=1243448154&sr=1-10 Amazon.com: Baroque Rocks!: MP3 Downloads: Les Fradkin Source: www.amazon.com Amazon.com: Baroque Rocks!: MP3 Downloads: Les Fradkin by Les Fradkin Baroque Rocks! Track Listing: 1. The Myth of El Cid 2. Handel Rocks 3. All The King's Men 4. Spring (from Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons") 5. Summer (from Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons") 6. Autumn (from Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons") 7. Winter (from Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons") 8. Classical Gas 9. Canon In D 10. Air On A G String 11. Baroque and Roll 12. Anthem For All Nations
 

Les on TDFZ Radio August 8, 2009

 
Les Fradkin makes an appearance on TDFZ Radio this Saturday, August 8, 2009. Host Chris Newman will feature his Ztar opus "Summer" from Les' "Baroque Rocks!" CD release. TDFZ Radio Show: http://soundfuturesdirect.com/blog Listen to the weekly Tangerine Dream Fans Zone Radio show. (New shows available each & every Saturday 12 noon GB-BST)
 

System Crash Video at YouTube!

 

Les Fradkin, the virtuoso of MIDI Guitar,presents "System Crash", from his CD "Reality-The Rock Opera".

Les continues to innovate with his self developed Ztar technique which combines two handed tapping, finger picking and Ableton Live Clip triggering control. This video is long (over 7 minutes). Be patient. Watch the whole thing if you can!

Robert Fripp once remarked in Guitar Player Magazine: "There is a new music to go with this new instrument. Therein lies my interest in the guitar synthesizer. That something entirely new will appear." This COULD be it!

Come have a look and listen to the MIDI Guitar sound of the future. Featuring the amazing sound of the Starr Labs Ztar! The Ztar can be strummed with string triggers or tapped with one or both hands as seen in this video. The main lead sound is the M-Tron (Mellotron) Flute and Oboe and the Roland XV-5080 Lead Guitar. Background sounds are from Reason 4, GForce M-Tron, Roland XV-5080 and Arturia Soft Synths.

 

Warp Drive - Impossible Fast Ztar

 

IMPOSSIBLE FAST ZTAR! Les Fradkin, the virtuoso of MIDI Guitar, presents "Warp Drive" from his "One Link Between Them" CD featuring the revolutionary new instrument- The Starr Labs Ztar!

Robert Fripp once remarked in Guitar Player Magazine: "There is a new music to go with this new instrument. Therein lies my interest in the guitar synthesizer. That something entirely new will appear." This COULD be it!

Come have a look and listen to the MIDI Guitar sound of the future. This album has received wide acclaim in publications such as Keyboard Magazine and across the Internet. Les, who is classically trained, is moving at Hyper speed. In this video, he's playing the Starr Labs Ztar MIDI Guitar in a Tangerine Dream and Jean Michel Jarre meets Bach and Vivaldi influenced style on his own composition.

The Ztar can be strummed with string triggers or tapped with one or both hands as seen in this video. The main lead sound is the Reason Thor and the Logic ES2. Background sounds are from Reason 4, GForce M-Tron, Roland XV-5080 and Arturia Soft Synths. The sounds at the intro are made with Propellerhead Reason.

Take a Journey To The Stars!

Buy "Warp Drive" at Apple iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?id=276863281&s=143441

 

"Baroque Rocks!" Released

 

LES FRADKIN- "Baroque Rocks!"

Les' new released CD which combines the sensibility of Baroque music with the drive of rock!

Les Fradkin- "Baroque Rocks!

Featuring themes from Vivaldi, Handel, Bach, Pachelbel, Mason Williams and Les Fradkin

Track Listing: 1. The Myth of El Cid 2. Handel Rocks 3. All The King's Men 4. Spring (from Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons") 5. Summer (from Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons") 6. Autumn (from Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons") 7. Winter (from Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons") 8. Classical Gas 9. Canon In D 10. Air On A G String 11. Baroque and Roll 12. Anthem For All Nations

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Harvey Starr Explains The Ztar

 

Harvey Starr, the inventor of the Starr Labs Ztar, offers a two part brief discussion of the basic features of the Ztar MIDI guitar controller. Covering the basic hardware and connections, the main software features and some of the basic modes of operation.

 

 

 

 

Les Fradkin on TDFZ Radio!

 
It's a very special forthcoming Dream Of Peace Special podcast taking place on April 25th. This exclusive show plus all of the TDFZ (Tangerine Dream Fan Zone) music programs are free for everyone to download and enjoy from the TDFZ radio podcast site each and every Saturday from 12 noon (GB-BST), and are all available permanently there for your continued musical enjoyment. The TDFZ weekly friends music editions expose some of the very best of world electronica currently being produced. Les Fradkin has been featured several times on the program and April 25th has him joining Yoko Ono, Tangerine Dream, Michel Sanchez and others for a special Dream Of Peace Program. Come and join TDFZ and their ongoing musical journey of discovery each weekend with resident dreamer and host Chris Newman. TDFZ Radio Show site: http://soundfuturesdirect.com/blog See it at You Tube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T7tMIoKlmkE TDFZ Poster-April 2009
 

Les Fradkin - "The White Single" (RRO-1030)

 

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For Beatles fans, I've just released a special limited edition 5 song EP called "The White Single." 5 instrumental versions of White Album songs: featuring my Starr Labs Ztar and my Fender "Rocky" Stratocaster.

Titles: Back In The USSR The Continuing Story Of Bungalow Bill Birthday Savoy Truffle Good Night

Link for Apple iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?id=313632622&s=143441

Link for Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/The-White-Single/dp/B0027BI0OI/ref=sr_1_12?ie=UTF8&s=dmusic&qid=1240849167&sr=1-12

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Les Fradkin - Orbiter Video

 

Les Fradkin, from the Original Cast of Beatlemania, presents "Orbiter" from his "One Link Between Them" CD.

Robert Fripp once remarked in Guitar Player Magazine: "There is a new music to go with this new instrument. Therein lies my interest in the guitar synthesizer. That something entirely new will appear." This COULD be it!

Come have a look and listen to the new MIDI Guitar sound of the future. This album has received wide acclaim in publications such as Keyboard Magazine and across the Internet. Les, who is classically trained, is moving at Hyper speed. In this video, he's playing the Starr Labs Ztar MIDI Guitar in a Jean Michel Jarre meets Robert Fripp influenced style on his own composition. The Ztar can be strummed with string triggers or tapped with one or both hands as seen in this video.

The main lead sound is the Les Fradkin Lead Guitar Sample and the Logic ES2. Background sounds are from an M-Tron, Roland XV-5080 and Arturia Soft Synths. The sounds at the intro are made with The GForce M-Tron Pro and Propellerhead Reason. Take a Journey To The Stars! MIDI Guitar.... as you've never seen it before!

 

Liberty Video

 
Yes, a MIDI Guitar can sound like a guitar, not just a synthesizer. The Les Fradkin Liberty Video is out!! This is a cover of the Steve Vai classic guitar instrumental "Liberty" which was originally recorded by Steve Vai on his "Passion & Warfare" album. In this video, Les Fradkin is playing the Starr Labs Ztar MIDI Guitar in his Neo Classical Bach influenced style - two handed tapping of the famous Steve Vai composition with a shred guitar sample with feedback that has to be heard and seen to be believed! Perfectly in sync with 4th of July fireworks. This video clip was recorded LIVE on July 4, 2008 at Rhyolite National Park in Castle Rock, Colorado at Les' July 4th live concert. MIDI Guitar.... as you've never seen it before! The sound is a shred guitar sample with feedback on aftertouch: Have fun checking it out and thanks for your continued support!
 

"Lift Off" Video

 
Les Fradkin, from the Original Cast of Beatlemania, presents "Lift Off" from his "One Link Between Them" CD. This album has received wide acclaim in publications such as Keyboard Magazine and across the Internet. Les is moving at Hyper speed. In this video, he's playing the Starr Labs Ztar MIDI Guitar in a Neo Classical Shred meets Bach influenced style on his own composition. The Ztar can be strummed with string triggers or tapped with one or both hands as seen in this video. The main lead sound is the Arturia Moog Modular V. Background sounds and sound at the intro are made with Propellerhead Reason. MIDI Guitar.... as you've never seen it before!
 

The REAL Original Cast of Beatlemania

 

For those of you who might be confused or misled who the original four members of Beatlemania actually were: Mitch Weisman, Joe Pecorino, Les Fradkin and Justin McNeill

Here's a video excerpt available at YouTube:

 

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A Day At The Beach Video

 
New from You Tube- Les Fradkin "A Day At The Beach" Video Promo
 

Like A Rolling Stone Tribute Book Out!

 
Steven Kurutz's new book "Like A Rolling Stone" (The Strange Life Of A Tribute Band) is out and doing real well. Although the book is about tribute bands in general and specifically about the Rolling Stones tribute band "Sticky Fingers", there is quite a bit of backstory devoted to Beatlemania and specifically, the four original cast members. In addition, Les Fradkin is featured prominently in two sections of the book dealing with Beatlemania on Broadway as well as his current activities as an original cast member. From RANDOM HOUSE: http://www.randomhouse.com/catalog/display.pperl?isbn=9780767929189 From Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/Like-Rolling-Stone-Strange-Tribute/dp/0385518900/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1212977660&sr=8-1
 

Les Fradkin in Keyboard Magazine!

 
Les' CD "One Link Between Them" receives a rave review from Keyboard Magazine columnist Robbie Gennet:
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"To say that Les Fradkin’s album One Link Between Them is synth-intensive is like saying the sun is kinda hot. Fradkin layers his tunes with inspiring levels of synthesizer sounds and melodies, mixed for optimal keyboard impact. The opening synth salvos on “Lift Off” are in your face and stereo-riffic, as are the big buzzing sawtooth waves and lively percussion on his far-out cover of Duke Ellington’s “Caravan.” Fradkin makes great use of the Roland GR-1 guitar synth throughout, and there is ample usage of Arturia’s Moog Modular V and Jupiter-8V soft-synths, as well as the GForce M-Tron and, evidently, a real Mellotron as well! Fradkin has sequenced and shredded his way into 2008 with one of the most adventurous digital recordings we’ve heard in a while. Get your synth freak on and lift off with Les Fradkin!" http://www.keyboardmag.com/this-month/reviews
 

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"One Link Between Them" Released!

 
Now available at Apple iTunes!:
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What happens when you combine elements of Progressive Rock, Space Rock, Electronic and Neo Classical? All controlled by the amazing and expressive sound of the Starr Labs Ztar? "ONE LINK BETWEEN THEM." How the album came to be: After recording and releasing several successful Guitar Synthesizer Instrumental CD's since 2005, featuring Guitar Pitch to MIDI Technology, Les felt the need to break through existing barriers he had experienced since the dawn of MIDI. Although he once owned and used a SynthAxe MIDI Controller, the company had long ceased doing business and there seemed to be very little to choose from in the way of advanced MIDI control that a virtuso guitarist could play in real time with reliable and predictable results with modern music technology. Always on the lookout for a MIDI Guitar that could track as fast as he could play, he discovered the Starr Labs Ztar in the Summer of 2007 which, unexpectedly, opened up a whole new Universe of performance and expressive possibilities for him as a composer, musician and guitar synthesist. As a result of acquiring this new instrument, Les has chosen to gravitate away from traditional guitar based pop music and his current work involves the music and dynamic of Electronic sound as realized from the performance control of the Ztar. Searching for a means that could transport the listener to new realms of experience, he found himself now able to single-handedly orchestrate entire new worlds of sonic tapestry in real time with perfect tracking which were never before possible from previous MIDI Guitar technology. An entirely new merging of mind, heart, and computer technology resulting in new music was now posssible. Using a blend of Rock, Electronic, Progressive and Neo Classical signposts, Les' new CD "One Link Between Them" opens up a new door to a sound which has thrilled music fans the world over. "ONE LINK BETWEEN THEM" Composition Notes: This CD was originally conceived as a conceptual trip thru the Solar System in the distant future when manned space travel will be commonplace. If you'd like to hear these songs as individual unrelated nuggets, great. If you're into linking things together to form a larger picture, here goes. 1. "Lift Off" (Composed by Les Fradkin): This super charged opening number begins with the sound of our astral traveler being "beamed" up to the space station to rendezvous with his spacecraft. Once on board, he's confronted with weightlessness which is suggested by the "wobbly" synth sounds which follow. Then, he fires the ignition and heads off into space at great velocity. 2. "Orbiter" (Composed by Les Fradkin): This one finds him orbiting the planet Venus as his first stop (guess it's just too hot on Mercury). The 5/8 time signature bridge section connotes the off axis orbit Venus has (it rotates clockwise). Mellotron Violins establish the opening chord. The piece begins and ends with a signature blipping sound of his spacecraft. 3. "From Venus With Love" (Composed by Les Fradkin & Loretta Fradkin): The Astral Traveler decides to land on Venus and investigate. Of course, it's way too hot there to really do this but this is science fiction. :-) Once there, he meets the race of Venusian women who great him with a progressive tribal chant. The sound is a woman's heartbeat mixed with Mellotrons and drum loops. The main theme, as played by the Ztar controlling Moog Modular and Mellotron MK II Violins is his expression of attraction to one of these women. The middle section-well, they get together. You know, "hook up." What else is there to do on Venus? At the end, he has to depart and the main theme restates with the woman in a very high soprano voice pleading with him not to leave. This piece closes with him blasting off and fading into the distance. 4. "Liberty" (Composed by Steve Vai): On his way to Mars, the Astral Traveler has to pass by the Earth. "Liberty" was chosen to celebrate the multi nationalism present on our planet. And to remind us that freedom is too precious to lose. "Liberty" features the Ztar a shred guitar voice for this tune. 5. "Caravan" (Composed by D. Ellington, J.Ticol, I.Mills): "Caravan" has been covered many times by many artists but never quite like this! Taking this Jazz chestnut into outer space, the Middle Eastern feel (Mellotron MKII Violins) merges with a space rock backing to evoke the red planet. 6. "Warp Drive" (Composed by Les Fradkin): To speed past the asteroids and reach Jupiter safely, our astral traveler has to engage Warp Drive speed. After firing the command to do so, the computer on board says- :"We'll take you." This composition fires on all cylinders at Warp Drive. Thor Polysonic Synthesizer, Mellotron MKII and Moog Modular Synthesizers all triggered by the Ztar, combine to give this track great speed and expressiveness. 7. "Sailing All Alone" (Composed by Les Fradkin): Saturn looms ahead as our astral traveler's thoughts look back to the woman he's left behind. Very melancholic and evocative of King Crimson from "In The Court Of The Crimson King." The opening theme is stated on a Moog Modular Synthesizer. The main theme is played with a theremin-like sound from the Logic ES-2. Various Mellotrons (MKII Violins, M300 Violins, M400 Cello) evoke an icy atmosphere. At the conclusion, his memories of her meld together with the image of her face in the spaceship window. The high soprano human voice at the end is courtesy of Tara Coker-Lewis. 8. "Longing To Return" (Composed by Les Fradkin): By the time our hero is out past the orbit of Uranus, he's feeling quite alone. This beautiful piece is meant to connote those complex feelings way out in space where you arte utterly alone. The Ztar allowed Les to perform the orchestration is one take as a live overdub totally tapped on the Ztar fingerboard. 9. "A Dim Twilight" (Composed by Les Fradkin & Loretta Fradkin) : As the Astral Traveler salils past Neptune and out to the Kuiper Belt towards Pluto, Eris, Quonar and Sedna, out astral hero decides it's time to make the long journey home. The various phases of this composition connote those points passed and the trip back towards Earth. Opens with Mellotron Flute and Oboe over an exotic electronic backing. This version is different from the version on the Telstar single. This track is over 7 minutes long and the 2 minute preview clip here only offers a brief glimpse to what's in store. 10. "Telstar" (Composed by Joe Meek): What better way to achieve Earth re-entry than with the original Earth/Outer Space anthem. Features the Ztar triggering a glorious sample of a Clavioline which was the lead sound of the original recording.
 

Les Fradkin on TDFZ Radio!

 
Tune in on March 8th! Hear the worldwide radio debut of Les' new CD "One Link Between Them." The Progressive Space Rock release so many have been waiting for! Hear it at: http://tdfanszone.com/tdfz_radioshow.html TDFZ Radio Poster-1
 

RRO Goes Green

 
For Immediate Release: RRO Entertainment, an Indie leader in Digital Download Music Sales across the Internet, announces today that, as of March 1, 2008, RRO Entertainment will no longer manufacture it's music catalog in Compact Disc physical format. All physical Compact Disc inventory will be sold out of remaining stock from CD Baby and Amazon.com. All RRO titles will remain available as Digital Downloads 24/7 at fine stores everywhere worldwide. Always in stock. Always available! Les Fradkin, CEO of RRO Entertainment,said today: "In this challenging new era of global consciousness with our rapidly changing environment, RRO believes it is time to make our small contribution to saving Planet Earth from further plastic and paper waste."
 

New Single Available

 
Les has a new pilot single out: "Telstar" (The Single): Featuring the amazing sound of the Starr Labs Ztar. Songs: "Telstar" "Bohemian Rhapsody" "A Dim Twilight" Telstar and A Dim Twilight are both included on his upcoming DPD release: "One Link Between Them." Hear/buy at: www.cdbaby.com/lesfradkin16
 

Les at Winter 2008 NAMM Show

 
Les will make appearances at this January's NAMM Show in Anaheim, California. He'll be demonstrating the Starr Labs Ztar Z7S at the Starr Labs Booth 2764 Hall D at 1 PM on January 17, 18, & 19th. Come out, if you're at the show and see the potential of this incredible instrument in the hands of Les.
 

Guitar Revolution

 
Les has a brand new CD which is about to be released. Entitled "Guitar Revolution", it's 11 Beatles guitar instrumentals- a worthy follow up to "Pepper Front To Back" and "While My Guitar Only Plays." From Classic Rock sounds to neo-classic surf guitar textures and Ztar MIDI guitar innovations,"Guitar Revolution" delivers! Tracks: 1. Revolution (45 Version) 2. Jet 3. Live And Let Die 4. Within You Without You (Surf Version) 5. I'll Be Back (Surf Version) 6. Free As A Bird 7. Ever Present Past 8. Dance Tonight 9. I Am The Walrus 10. Imagine 11. Rockestra Theme Available Now!
 

Les endorses Starr Labs Ztar

 
Les has just endorsed the new Starr Labs Ztar Z7S which Harvey Starr of Starr Labs has custom built for him. His new Ztar includes special electronic and cosmetic modifications. Quoting from the Starr Labs website: "The Z-tar is an electronic musical instrument that you connect via a MIDI cable to synthesizers, samplers, sequencers, and computers. The main difference between the Z-tar and other MIDI guitar controllers is that there are no strings on the neck. Instead, the fingerboard is actually a specialized keyboard with a touch-sensitive key each note position. You can play the Z-tar like a guitar where you fret with one hand and strum with the other hand, or you can tap the fingerboard keys to play them as you would a keyboard, only you’re playing the same scales and fingerings that you use on guitar. The Ztar is not a guitar. It does not replace a guitar. It helps a guitarist play synthesizers and play into computers." Les and Harvey are very excited about this alliance of musician and high technology. Les says: "I'm thrilled with this instrument. It's allowing me to play music that's quite impossible to acheive on a conventional electric guitar or even a Pitch To MIDI Guitar Synthesizer. With both two handed tapping and guitar strumming techniques, it opens the gate to musical infinity!" Les has already put this instrument into service on his guitar instrumental CD: "Guitar Revolution."
 

Les Fradkin and his Customized Wilson Bros. Ventures Guitar

 
Years ago, Les Fradkin established himself as one of the earliest and most enthusiastic endorsers of Wilson Bros. Ventures Model Guitars. A life long Ventures fan and an Original Cast Member of the Broadway Show "Beatlemania", he has become one of the most successful Indie artists on the Internet with over 300,000 downloads sold to date. Over 230,000 of these have featured Les as a 21st Century Hi-Tech Guitar Instrumental Artist. He has been featured on the cover of 20th Century Guitar Magazine. His CD "A Day At The Beach" was named Album of The Year by New Gandy Dancer Magazine in 2004. In addition, his Guitar Instrumental CD "Pepper Front To Back" has received rave reviews from New Gandy Dancer Magazine and already holds the distinction of being the most requested "Cover Album" in the history of the "Breakfast With The Beatles" radio show. For years, Les has endorsed and played the Ventures Model VM-65 and VM-10 "Strat Style" guitars. It's his heavily modified VM-10 that shows how perfect a platform this guitar can be for the Hi-Tech guitar stylings that Les specializes in. He first featured this instrument live at Louiefest 2004 and his VM-10 continues to be at the heart of every CD he records. In fact, it graced the cover art for his 2006 CD "If Your Memory Serves You Well." His VM-10 has been custom wired to include a Roland GK-KIT pickup package with a 13 Pin output jack as well as a power booster for solos all hidden underneath the pick guard of his VM-10. This allows Les to drive Roland products such as his VG8EX V-Guitar System, Roland GR-33 Guitar Synthesizer, Roland GR-1 Guitar Synthesizer and Roland GI-20 Guitar/MIDI Interface. On the guitar side, his custom power booster gives him 10db of gain for his trademark solos without having to step on any sort of foot pedal. The guitar is set up so that it can double track guitar sounds live in concert and this continues to astound and baffle his fans worldwide. Les is looking forward to continuing his Hi-Tech innovations with Wilson Bros. Guitar Company in the future and promises to keep 'em guessing while he continues to blaze a Hi-Tech trail. See the Wilson Bros Ventures Model Guitars at: http://www.wilsonguitarventures.com/wgv.html
 

New Les Fradkin Video

 
Les Fradkin has collaborated with Director Charlemagne Fezza to bring you a Sim/Cartoon video of his composition "I Could Make It Last Forever" which features Mike Brown, Tom Finn, Steve Martin Caro and George Cameron of The Left Banke. Les Fradkin Video on You Tube!
 

Les Fradkin "12"

 
Les' brand new CD is entitled "12". It's his 12th solo CD and he takes the Rickenbacker 12 string and his voice on new journeys-Jangle Pop with his covers of "Mr. Tambourine Man " and "Four Strong Winds", folk rock meets Tom Petty stylings on "A Hard Rain's A Gonna Fall", Psychedelic folk rock with his electric version of "I Know You Rider" and several originals including the lyrically rich "Down On My Luck" and his new definitive anti war rallying cry "Lay Down Your Arms." Guest musicians on "12" include: Warren Odze-Drums (Judy Collins) Paul Harris- Keyboards (Manassas, Souther Hillman Furay, John Sebastian, Al Kooper, Roger McGuinn) Buddy Cage- Pedal Steel Guitar (New Riders, Great Speckled Bird, Bob Dylan) Dave Santos- Bass (Crosby Stills & Nash, Billy Joel) John Ford- Bass, Vocals (Strawbs, Hudson & Ford) Greg Witchel-Harmonica (One Too Many) These great musicians appear on "I Know You Rider", "The Ballad Of Belle Starr", "Down On My Luck" , "A Hard Rain's A Gonna Fall" and "Lay Down Your Arms." John Ford & Buddy Cage appear on "Lay Down Your Arms." Available soon as a CD and at download outlets everrywhere.
 

Sgt. Pepper Anniversary Special

 
Les Fradkin appears as a special guest on Archer's "Breakfast With The Beatles" radio show this Sunday (June 3,2007) at 9AM MDT. In addition to answering questions about "Pepper Front To Back", Les will discuss the impact of "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" album over the last 40 years with DJ Archer. A don't miss interview! Link: http://archer2000.tripod.com/beatles/highlights.html
 

#1 at "Breakfast With The Beatles"

 
Les Fradkin's new CD "Pepper Front To Back" has proven two things that Industry pundits believed impossible: 1) It has jsut set the mark of being the #1 most requested cover album in "Breakfast With The Beatles" history at 99.5 The Mountain KQMT in Denver, Colorado! 2) Simultaneously, it has proven the viability of the art of Guitar Instrumentals! Along with the great Jeff Beck, Les is blazing new trails for this approach which is seldom heard on mainstream commercial radio. Read about it at: http://archer2000.tripod.com/beatles/highlights.html
 

Les at Forefront of Beatles Download Market!

 
These days, when folks go on Apple iTunes, Rhapsody, Napster, Music Now and other great download sites to get music by The Beatles, they think of Les Fradkin. With over 280,000 internet downloads and thousands more each month, Les is in the forefront on the Beatles download front. With several Beatles oriented releases to his credit, including "Something for George", "Love You 2", and his two guitar instrumental classics-"While My Guitar Only Plays" and "Pepper Front To Back", when people want to hear Beatles in their iPod, they think of Les Fradkin.
 

Pepper Front To Back Shows off The Guitar Synthesizer

 
Les Fradkin's newest CD, "Pepper Front To Back", is the first Beatles oriented CD to completly feature the Roland Guitar Synthesizer and Roland VG8 Virtual Guitar System. Les' new and innovative use of this technology offers Beatles fans something new while paying tribute to this most iconic of recordings. http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/lesfradkin13
 

Pepper Front To Back World Premiere on 99.5 The Mountain!

 
Archer, host of "Breakfast With The Beatles" held the World Premiere of Les Fradkin's new CD "Pepper Front To Back" on Sunday April 1, 2007 on Radio 99.5FM (KMQT) Denver, Colorado. A splendid time was had by all! http://archer2000.tripod.com/beatles/highlights.html
 

Pepper Front To Back

 
Les Fradkin has a brand new CD- "Pepper Front To Back." 14 Guitar Instrumentals. RELEASED NOW!!! The entire Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album PLUS "All You Need Is Love" PLUS a special hidden track. All in time for the 40th Anniversary of The Summer Of Love and the 30th Anniversary of the opening of Beatlemania on Broadway which Les starred in as "George Harrison." What's different here? A new sound for the guitar, courtesy of Les' Roland VG-8 V-Guitar Technology and heavily modified Fender "Rocky" Stratocaster and Wilson Bros. Ventures Guitars. The Beatles, George Martin and Giles Martin started a mash up of Beatles tracks for The Cirque du Soleil and Love albums. Les takes things one step further with a virtual mash-up of guitar technology resulting in guitar sounds never heard before and sonic possibilities only dreamed of till now. On sale at CD Baby, Amazon.com and iTunes. CD Baby: http://www.cdbaby.comlesfradkin13
 

Under The Covers- An Amazaon.com HIT!

 
"Under The Covers", Les Fradkin's newest release, has been named one of the Amazon.com top 15 hot new releases and a Best of 2006.
 

"Christmas Vacation" is an iTunes Hit!

 
Les' new CD "Spirit Of Christmas" has spawned a new hit single at iTunes AND Rhapsody: "Christmas Vacation." Perfect for that mental getaway while you wait for your favorite holiday.
 

The Spirit Of Christmas

 
FEATURES THE iTUNES HIT: "Hello Christmas, Goodbye Year" Every year, so many people say they wish they could hear sone brand new Christmas songs. Well, here they are.... and as a bonus, you'll get new covers of George Harrison's "Ding Dong, Ding Dong", John Lennon's "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)" and Roy Wood and Wizzard's "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday." Les' Rickenbacker 12-String Guitar jangles and chimes throughout this holiday disc. Les' new songs for Christmas include some done in a Byrds meets Phil Spector style ("Say You Love Me For Christmas", "Jangle Bells", "Hello Christmas, Goodbye Year"), a Byrds meets Roy Orbison styled "The Spirit Of Christmas", an Edison Lighthouse and White Plains British Pop styled "My Baby Loves Christmas", a Jangleholic meets Jimmy Buffett exploration on "Christmas Vacation", the Les Fradkin and Raven Kane collaboration and Procol Harum influenced "A Christmas Gone Too Soon" and the song Les and collaborator Diana Haig originally wrote for The Drifters- "There Won't Be Christmas This Year....an anthem for the men and women in the Armed Forces of the USA. For those people who love "A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector" and Rickenbacker jangle, here's Something new for Christmas!
 

Under The Covers

 
Les Fradkin's Jangle Rickenbacker 12-String Pop returns with a new release! This new CD gives everyone a look at some of his newest music- drenched in hooks galore for fans of Beatles Pop and 70's AM radio Pop. You'll also get to hear brand new versions of his origional MGM/Sunflower single "Song Of A Thousand Voices" and "You Can Cry If You Want" which has been a must have for 45RPM collectors for years. These songs have been unavailable for 35 years. New songs this time out include "Under The Covers", an autobiographical followup to "Jangleholic." Other newies include "Through The Looking Glass" and "Take A Chance" which are slices of 60's & 70's Pop ear candy with hooks galore. His latest tune, "I Cry" promises to be one of his most covered compositions. Co-written with Amber Gomez of Venus In Bluejeans, this tune will grab you every time you hear it. All with Les' famous Rickenbacker 12-String guitar stylings mixed with his "sonic signature" production stamp. Covers this time round include: "Reflections Of My Life" (The Marmalade), "Here Comes That Rainy Day Feeling Again" (The Fortunes) "Montego Bay" (Bobby Bloom), and "I'd Love You To Want Me" (Lobo). And as a surprise bonus, Les sings his famous French Mireille Mathieu hit.... in French! Arranged with a nod to the original Paul Mauriat ("Love Is Blue")arrangement in mind, Les brings his self-composed Mathieu classic into modern sound. This release is pressed on special edition BLACK Colored CD's which reflect crimson burgundy in bright light. One time Under The Covers and you'll be hooked. http://www.cdbaby.com/lesfradkin12
 

The Party was GREAT!

 
Quite a premier for the opening night of "Accidental Icon:The Real Gidget Story." Met Jorjia Fox (CSI)! Movie was wonderful and was especially elated at the great use of the music throughout the film.
 

"Accidental Icon"-The Real Gidget Story

 
Les Fradkin has placed 4 (that's right-4) songs in the new documentary: "Accidental Icon"- The Real Gidget Story. Les' Surf rock guitar instrumentals- "A Day At The Beach" "Kick Sand" "Key West Sunset" and "Hurricane Warning" all from his CD "A Day At The Beach" are all featured in the One hour movie. In a press release revealed today by the documentary Producers: “ACCIDENTAL ICON: THE REAL GIDGET STORY,” A Documentary Writer/Director/Producer: Brian L. Gillogly Executive Producer: Robert Masters (Master Communication) World Premier: 6:30 pm, October 8, 2006, Malibu Celebration of Film Venue: Smothers Theatre, Pepperdine University Contact: Brian L. Gillogly / 310.832.3336 / briangillogly@cox.net Oscar-winning actress Sally Field admits that Gidget was “my beginning and I loved her!” Former Motion Picture Academy President Frank Pierson calls Gidget as “a proto-feminist figure.” And says former U.S. Surf Champion Jericho Poppler Bartlow, “I remember thinking, `Gidget could do it…I know I can.’” “ACCIDENTAL ICON: THE REAL GIDGET STORY,” a new one-hour documentary, will world premier on October 8, 2006, at the Malibu Celebration of Film festival. (Closing night film.) Visit www.MCOF.org for screening information and to reserve tickets. Narrated by Jorja Fox (“CSI”) and produced by Brian L. Gillogly and Master Communication, the project explores the largely untold story of the real “Gidget,” Kathy Kohner Zuckerman, and how her account of surfing Malibu in the mid-50’s became the basis for a best-selling novel by her father Frederick Kohner. A half century later, “Gidget” is celebrated as an enduring Hollywood movie/TV franchise and a slice of Americana, with considerable impact on popular culture and the sport of surfing. Surf legends and present-day “surfer girls” set the stage and take the Gidget story full circle. Prominent actors, writers and directors, many of whom brought Gidget to the big and small screen, provide an often enlightening behind-the-scenes perspective. Some of them include: Sally Field-Oscar winning actor (TV’s “Gidget”) Cliff Robertson-Oscar winning actor (“Kahuna”) James Darren-Actor/Singer (“Moondoggie”) Gregory Harrison- Actor (“Ed,” “North Shore”) Caryn Richman-Actor (“The New Gidget” TV series) Paul Wendkos-Prolific director ( “Gidget,” “Gidget Goes Hawaiian”) Layne Beachly-Five-time World Surf Champion Summer Romero-Current Women’s Longboard Surf Champion Jericho Poppler Bartlow-Former US Surf Champion Kassia Meador-Top Longboard Surfer/Roxy Model Belen Kimble-Top Longboard Surfer Carla Rowland-Malibu Surf Champion Lance Carson-Surf Legend (”Endless Summer”) Mike Doyle-Surf Legend/Former US Champion Mickey Munoz-Surf Legend Together with Kathy Kohner Zuckerman, a raconteur like her father, they weave an entertaining and ultimately life-affirming true account of a young girl coming of age amongst the waves at Malibu’s fabled Surfrider Beach—and how a somewhat idealized vision of that girl became a true American icon. Perhaps former NBC VP Lin Bolen Wendkos says it best: “It’s a blast from the past! A story showcasing an eclectic group of surfers, then and now—and Kathy `Gidget’ Zuckerman, the surfer who spawned a whole movement of Surfer Girls and liberated a whole generation of young women. The film has cross-over demographics and charms audiences of all ages.” You can buy these tunes at: DISC COLLECTOR- http://www.discol.com CD BABY- http://www.cdbaby.com/lesfradkin2 AMAZON http://www.amazon.com/Day-Beach-Les-Fradkin-Get/dp/B00030MAH8/sr=1-7/qid=1157739703/ref=sr_1_7/104-1722877-9539921?ie=UTF8&s=music You can download them across the internet. For the iTunes link: http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?playListId=18947501
 

"If Your Memory Serves You Well"

 
It's out! Les Fradkin's newest CD-"If Your Memory Serves You Well" is a tribute to Bob Dylan and is now available at CD Baby, Amazon.com and other fine music stores across the Internet. It's "Jangle Pop" for Modern Times. With times changin at today's speeds, Bob Dylan fans can now hear something new from Les Fradkin, who has found great success with "Single" download sales across the Internet. In this new Jangle Pop 2006 release, the "Jangleholic" and his trusty Rickenbacker 12-String guitar are at it again! Les takes more than just a common tribute approach and reveals a unique perspective in the diverse influences that form the basis of a new sound for Bob Dylan's music. Byrds, Beatles, George Harrison, The Hollies, Phil Spector, Manfred Mann, Tom Petty and Dylan all blend together for a distinct journey through the Bob Dylan catalog. "This Wheels On Fire", "The Times They Are-A-Changin" will impress Byrds fans and Les' reading of "One Of Must Know" is a must hear as it takes Dylan into new sonic territory. Tom Petty fans will delight to his approach on "Absolutely Sweet Marie" and his fresh take on "Just Like A Woman" will suprise even those overly familiar with this Dylan hit. This release is pressed on special edition PURPLE Colored CD's which reflect luminous violet in bright light.
 

"Jangleholic" Lyrics

 
Lot's of folks have been asking what the lyric is to the song "Jangleholic": "There was a group from England had this sound, it took me on a trip, spun my head around, it was the chime, of the jangle in my mind... Was flown further down the road by Byrds, who took some ageless rock and gave it words, it was the chime, of a new folk rock in rhyme Turned me into a 12-string guy, with sounds so good it made me cry, set me up with an inspiration trick, became a Jangleholic.... Now in the 70's it was my time, I had a Broadway gig and made the climb, it was the chime, of the jangle in it's prime... And then the Heartbreakers came along, they used the Jangle sound with a different song, they changed the chime, to a rockin' sound so fine..... I got known for my 12-string shoes, with Beatle licks that made the news, set me up with a trip to stardom quick, for the Jangleholic.... In the 80's it passed out of phase, the music synthesized for endless days, it was the time, of a jangle with no chime.... A new millenium has come to pass and now the jangle sound has got some class, it's now the time, for a drink of jangle wine... Found a way to a happy heart, a music digitized in part, a hundred songs on iTunes you can pick, from the Jangleholic... Yeah I'm the Jangleholic.... Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah!" Words & Music by Les Fradkin and Loretta Fradkin ©2006 RRO Enteertainment OBO Fradkin 2000 Music Used and reprinted by permission.
 

"Goin' Back", "Jangleholic" and "Love You 2" at iTunes!

 
Les' two new CD's- "Goin' Back" featuring guest appearances from Richie Furay, The Left Banke and Mick Ronson (guitarist for Bob Dylan's Rolling Thunder Review),"Jangleholic" featuring "You Were On My Mind" and "Love You 2" (a brand new George Harrison tribute) are now all available for download at Apple iTunes. So get your iPod's ready cause several songs from these releases are essential adds to your download collection. See the Products page for diect links to these downloads.
 

Downloads!

 
Les' music can be downloaded at over 50 sites across the Internet. Check out the Products page for direct links!
 

Jangleholic

 
Take a new trip with the Jangle Pop release you'll want as a must have for 2006. This all new CD features Les' renowned Rickenbacker 12-String Guitar stylings with some special surprises! On this CD, he offers a selection of great Jangle covers from songs that influenced him as a 12-string guitarist: "I Want You" ( Bob Dylan ), "You Were On My Mind" ( by The We Five ), "I'll Never Find Another You" ( by The Seekers ) and TWO Paul Simon songs from the Simon & Garfunkel Songbook- "A Hazy Shade Of Winter" and his electrfying cover of "The Dangling Conversation." Les' original compositions on this CD range from brand new tunes such as "Arrow Thru Your Heart" to gems from his past such as "Still On My Way" (co-written with Raven Kane of Neil Diamond touring fame) and "Sometimes A Girl Must Carry On" which dates back all the way to his 1971 unreleased MGM/Sunflower album. The title track, "Jangleholic" gives the listener a humorous account of Les' history with both the 12-string guitar and his days in Beatlemania. This release is pressed on special edition GOLD Colored CD's which reflect lemon yellow in bright light.
 

Love You 2

 
Out Now! New for 2006! Les' newest George Harrison tribute CD entitled "Love You 2" featuring all of George Harrison's Beatles hits from 1962 through 1966. This landmark CD which will also be available for download wordwide, includes a brand new arrangement of "You Know What To Do" (a song which was featured by The Beatles only as a George demo on their "Anthology, Volume 1" as well as well known hits such as "Taxman", "If I Needed Someone", "Do You Want To Know A Secret", "I'm Happy Just To Dance With You" plus new vocal versions of "Taxman", "I Need You", "If I Needed Someone" and "Think For Yourself."
 

Goin' Back

 
New for 2006, Les has released "Goin' Back" which covers Les' Rickenbacker 12 string guitar stylings in Pop and Rock. Beatles, Byrds, Dylan and Jangle music fans will love the sound of this release. "Goin' Back" features many famous hits as well as originals that cover the history and importance of the 12-string both in music and Les' career. This CD includes guest appearances by: Richie Furay (Buffalo Springfield, Poco) on Richie's brand new song "Only To You" in a vocal and instrumental duest with Les! Mike Brown, Tom Finn, Steve Martin & George Cameron (The Left Banke) on Les' song "I Could Make It Last Forever"- a historic session from 1972 remixed for today. Mick Ronson ( former member of Bob Dylan's Rolling Thunder Review, David Bowie's Spiders from Mars and The Ian Hunter Band ) on "Spare Change", a historic track from 1980 Covers include: "Goin' Back", "So You Want To Be A Rock and Roll Star", "Have I The Right?","I Can't Let Go", "When You Walk In The Room" ,"Walk Away Renee" plus Les' brand new Byrds-like cover of the seldom heard Bob Dylan song "I Don't Want To Do It." This track introduces a new sound for covering Bob Dylan's material which should thrill all Dylan and Byrds fans alike. Available Now!
 

"Something for George" George Harrison Tribute CD

 
RRO Entertainment announces the release of Les Fradkin's new tribute to George Harrison CD- "Something for George" Featuring 9 songs including a guest appearance from Richie Furay and Lon Van Eaton on "My Sweet Lord", this new release also includes: "What Is Life", "This Is Love", "Awaiting On You All", "You", "Isn't It A Pity", "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" (Vocal Version), "Here Comes The Sun" (Vocal Version)" plus a live in concert version of "Something" which Les performed at The Boulder Theater this past summer. This CD is available at CD Baby and Amazon.com See it at: http://www.cdbaby.com/lesfradkin7