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Whole Lotta Love in full colour – Olympic triumph for Leona Lewis

14 Mar

leona-lewis-2008-summer-olympics-beijing-closing-ceremony3_150pxA recent documentary about the British promotion for the 2012 Olympics included, at last, a high quality soundtrack for the Jimmy Page and Leona Lewis contribution to the closing ceremony at Beijing. Sound problems during the live broadcast meant a low quality version was all we heard.

Music chief Philip Sheppard together with co-producer Steve Robson worked with Page and Lewis on the preparation of Led Zeppelin’s Whole Lotta Love as being an ideal signature tune for the British bid.

leona-lewis-and-jimmy-page-at-beijing-olympics-august-20082_250pxSheppard was astonished at how technically and musically accomplished Leona Lewis is as an artist. He said, “I’ve not worked with many singers in the pop world who can discuss coloratura technique, and operas by Purcell and Bellini … Leona can really sing with heart and soul, balanced with quite astounding technique.”

They laid down the backing at Olympic Studios ( with as near to an authentic setup as possible, including the use of risers for the drums and correct amplifiers. So while Jimmy and Leona were live, the backing track had been prepared by bass player Guy Pratt and drummer Geoff Dugmore.

As Sheppard says, Leona Lewis is a remarkable singer, and totally at home with huge rock as much as power ballads.

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Aussie Amazons Rule!

14 Aug
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Stephanie Rice picked up her 3rd Gold medal in the Women’s 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay final, along with Bronte Barratt, Kylie Palmer and Linda MacKenzie :: they also set a new World Record and a new Olympic Record.

China, USA and even Italy in fourth also broke the previous records :: so amazon women are powering onwards and upwards in this year’s Olympics – yeah!