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Jeff Berlin Releases 30th Anniversary Edition 12-inch Vinyl “Joe Frazier – Round 3”

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  1. TalkBass

    TalkBass News Poster

    Mar 12, 2004
    Bass Legend Jeff Berlin To Release 30th Anniversary Edition 12-inch Vinyl “Joe Frazier – Round 3” Feat. Steve Vai & David Sancious!

    Joe Frazier – Round 3 smokes because the players are smoking. They took a wonderful piece of music and lit a fuse under it! – Jeff Berlin

    Nashville – Legendary bassist Jeff Berlin will be releasing on May 11th a 30th Anniversary Edition 12-inch vinyl of his signature song “Joe Frazier.” The EP “Joe Frazier – Round 3” will include a newly remastered version of the original song from his critically acclaimed 1987 album “Pump It!” and a completely re-imagined version, composed and performed by Jeff, Steve Vai (lead guitar), David Sancious (keys), Keith Carlock (drums) and Tom Hemby (rhythm guitar). This limited-edition EP will be available as signed audiophile vinyl, signed CD, or digital release, with collector’s editions including an autographed chart of the new arrangement. Digital “mix minus” tracks of the single will also be offered so you can play along with these iconic musicians.

    Says Jeff, “’Joe Frazier’ is a song that has remained with me throughout my career. No matter where I am in the world, people ask to hear this song. 2017 marks the 30th anniversary of the rendition that I recorded on my second solo record, ‘Pump It!’ While chatting about the tune with producer John McCracken, we thought to come up with a new version, calling it ‘Joe Frazier – Round 3.’ For me, this new song is almost entirely different from the previous two renditions and, quite honestly, I think that this is one of the best tunes I ever wrote.”

    Bass and Keyboards: Jeff Berlin
    Guitar Solo: Steve Vai
    Additional Keyboards: David Sancious
    Drums: Keith Carlock
    Rhythm Guitars: Tom Hemby
    Shakers: Gabriela Sinagra

    Says Jeff, “Steve Vai’s guitar solo was searing. He showed why he is one of the greatest of the great guitarists in the world. David Sancious’ keyboards put color and style into JF. The man is a legend and helped to put the ‘orchestra’ into ‘Joe Frazier.’ Keith Carlock’s drumming is like a train clicking down the tracks. He instantly grabbed the quarter note and never let it go for over seven minutes of musical percolating. Tom Hemby is one of Nashville’s top studio guitarists. But on ‘Joe Frazier,’ he sounded like the guitarist for James Brown and AC/DC.”

    Produced by: John McCracken for Headstrong Media Group
    Engineered and Mixed by: John McCracken @ Studio 225 Brentwood, TN
    Drums Recorded at: Velvet Cinema Studio, Franklin, TN
    Mastered by: Randy Merrill @ Sterling Sound, NYC

    Jeff’s Equipment:
    Markbass “Jeff Berlin” and “Players School” bass cabinets
    Cort Rithimic bass
    Babicz Bass Bridge
    DR Bass Strings

    Release date: May 11, 2018.

    Five options, all accessible for purchase at: Merch

    I. The Collector’s Package
    1. Signed 180g audiophile 12” vinyl EP with a newly remastered version of the original (“Joe Frazier – Round 2”) and a completely re-imagined version (“Joe Frazier – Round 3”) written and performed by Jeff and an all-star group: Steve Vai (guitar), Keith Carlock (drums), David Sancious (keys), and Tom Hemby (rhythm guitar)
    2. Signed CD of both songs, and
    3. A signed and dated print of the full score for “Joe Frazier – Round 3”
    All of Jeff’s signatures will be original!
    Available July 2018 (pre-order bonus!!: digital bundle sent to you FREE on May 11, 2018)
    $39.95 + shipping and handling. International shipping available

    II. “Joe Frazier” 30th-Anniversary Edition CD
    This signed, special-edition CD will include a newly remastered version of “Joe Frazier – Round 2” and the all new “Joe Frazier – Round 3”
    $14.95 + shipping and handling. International shipping available

    III. “Joe Frazier” 30th-Anniversary Digital Bundle
    This packed special-edition digital bundle will include:
    1. the newly remastered “Joe Frazier – Round 2”
    2. the brand new “Joe Frazier – Round 3”
    3. an extra bonus track: the original “Joe Frazier – Round 2” demo
    4. a digital download of the full “Joe Frazier – Round 3” score

    IV. “Joe Frazier – Round 3” “Music Minus One” Alternate Mix Bundle
    This interactive “Music Minus One” digital bundle will include alternate mixes of “Joe Frazier – Round 3” that allow you to play along with Jeff Berlin, Steve Vai, Keith Carlock, David Sancious, and Tom Hemby. This bundle includes the full digital score and 4 alternate mixes:
    1) Minus drums
    2) Minus bass
    3) Minus guitars
    4) Minus bass solos and guitar solos

    Each of these “Music Minus” mixes is available for individual purchase ($4.99) and will also include the full digital score along with the alternate mix.

    Pre-orders accepted now at: jeffberlinmusicgroup.com

  2. Vinny Tomassetti

    Vinny Tomassetti

    Nov 9, 2014
    Artist for: Spector, Markbass, Pigtronix, Walrus Audio, MONO & Daniel Mari Strings
    Absolutely incredible re-imagination of an already amazing song! If you haven't picked it up yet, do it now!!!
  3. Roy Vogt

    Roy Vogt

    Sep 20, 2000
    Endorsing Artist: Kiesel, Carvin, Accuracy, Hotwire, Conklin Basses, DNA, Eden
    Definitely a stellar performance! Don't miss this one!
  4. johnvic


    Mar 15, 2011
    I had a pretty strong reaction to Joe Frazier - Round 3. So I wrote a review on Facebook, this is a shorter version. I'm not quitting my day job to become a writer, but my opinions are real. Here is my review of JF3:

    I have to be honest, a confession so to speak. I’m a big Jeff Berlin fan. I think he is an amazing jazz soloist who happens to play bass. When Jeff posted that he was releasing an updated version of Joe Frazier, I figured why not, I’ll support the cause, maybe I’ll like it. At the very least I’ll hear some great playing, even if it’s not my favorite Jeff Berlin music. Boy was I wrong! I got a lot more than I bargained for.

    This track cooks, constantly. It’s a never ending, high energy ride. Just when you think one section is over, that the music can’t get any higher, then another lift of musical energy happens. JF3 starts with an opening chord that sounds like processed harmonics on the bass and then the music starts percolating. On JF3 the sound of Jeff’s bass is amazing, especially for this track. The bass is clear with just the right amount of growl. Also, Jeff’s playing is smoother than ever. As great as Jeff is as a bassist, his playing has actually improved over the years. It is more fluid and has more swagger than ever. I’m not even talking about the solo, I mean the bass part.

    Jeff’s playing is just incredible. Jeff throws in these licks that are filled with enough *** while the piano and organ come in and out with stabs and riffs. A weird harmonized interlude happens and then the guitar solo happens. I have another confession by the way. Even though I am an amateur bassist, I love screaming, fast guitar. Steve Vai does not disappoint. The band is keeping the pulse going and Vai is like a screaming, distorted, eagle in flight. Guitarists will go nuts for this solo.

    After the Vai flies into the wild blue wonder we come to the part I call the gospel section. This is the part where chills go up my spine. You know what gives me the chills? Beethoven’s 9th, 4th Movement. So when I say that this section of the music music gives me chills, that music is in high company.

    Now we come to Jeff’s solo.This is bass shredding. Jeff is filling the solo space in a way that few can. Jeff screams and howls in the first part of the solo, like a twisting and bending blues guitar on acid. But, next, Jeff does what he does best, playing over the changes. Beautiful! It’s such joyous and carefree thing to hear. Unbelievable bass solo.

    Back to playing over the changes and back to church with the gospel section. Then, the music lifts to the sky for the last sixteen bars like a military jet coming in. I’m spent. The song ends on a low bass note that sounds like it went through every pedal on Earth. JF3 has become my energy song, the sound track to lift me up. Listening is believing.

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