West Los Angeles, CA (May 21, 2007)–It’s May madness at The Village Recorder, where numerous artists who have been ensconced at the facility finally see the fruits of their labors released to the public. Artists as diverse as Satellite Party, Meat Loaf, Scorpions and The Smashing Pumpkins all have projects released through May and into early June.
Ultra Payloaded, to be released on May 29.’ border=’1′> Pictured (l-r): film producer Robert Evans stopped by to chat with Satellite Party’s Nuno Bettencourt, Etty Farrell and Perry Farrell at The Village, where the band worked on their album Ultra Payloaded, to be released on May 29.Satellite Party, the latest band assembled by former Porno For Pyros and Jane’s Addiction frontman Perry Farrell, release their full length, Ultra Payloaded, on May 29. The band, which includes Farrell’s wife, Etty, and former Extreme guitarist Nuno Bettencourt, took over several private rooms at The Village while they wrote, and tracked, overdubbed, mixed and mastered the project on the Neve consoles in Studios B and D. Ultra Payloaded was produced by Perry Farrell and co-produced and engineered by Bettencourt, with executive producer Steve Lillywhite. Satellite Party guests include Flea and John Frusciante (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Fergie (Black Eyed Peas), Peter Hook (New Order), Hybrid, Thievery Corporation, Peter DiStefano (Porno For Pyros), composer/orchestrator Harry Gregson Williams, and one of the last vocal performances–previously unreleased–by Jim Morrison.
Meat Loaf’s old parking spot was still available when he returned to The Village, where he worked on his “Bat Out of Hell III: The Monster is Loose” album during 2006, to record the voiceover for the History Channel’s two-part series, “History Rocks,” airing May 30 and 31.”Cry Over Me,” the second single from Meat Loaf’s latest album, was released on May 7. Meat Loaf spent many weeks at The Village working on his Bat Out of Hell III: The Monster is Loose album during 2006. He returned to his old haunt this year to record the voiceover for “History Rocks,” a two-hour special for the History Channel, on the AMS Neve 88R console in Studio D. The show airs in two parts on May 30 and 31.
Steve Churchyard (striped shirt) engineered a video shoot for German rockers Scorpions, who tracked and mixed their new concept album, Humanity Hour 1, released during May, at The Village.German heavy rock legends Scorpions were in Studio F on the Digidesign ICON system working on a new concept album, Humanity Hour 1, which will be released worldwide through the end of May. James Michael produced the project and also co-wrote some material. The album was co-produced by songwriter Desmond Child, and also features writing contributions by John 5, former guitarist for Marilyn Manson. Jules Gondar engineered the sessions with assistance from Noel Zancanella. Steve Churchyard, who engineered Meat Loaf’s Bat Out of Hell III sessions, also stopped by to engineer a video shoot with Scorpions in The Village’s Studio D.
Zeigeist, in stores June 10.’ border=’1′> (l-r) Brooke Boyle, Studio Manager, The Village Recorder; Smashing Pumpkins main man Billy Corgan; Village CEO Jeff Greenberg; and Smashing Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlin celebrated the completion of the band’s reunion album, Zeigeist, in stores June 10.According to online news reports, Smashing Pumpkins singer/guitarist Billy Corgan joined Scorpions on their new track, “The Cross.” Smashing Pumpkins spent a couple of months at The Village in Studios A and D tracking and mixing their reunion album, Zeitgeist, with producer Roy Thomas Baker. Baker also leant his engineering expertise alongside Bjorn Thorsrud. Second engineers Chris Owens, Vanessa Parr and Noel Zancanella assisted. The band also brought in producer Terry Date to work on separate tracks. The reunion album is released June 10, three days after the band plays the U.S. leg of Al Gore’s worldwide Live Earth concerts.