Recording legend Engelbert Humperdinck’s brand new album The Man I Want To Be is billed as “a love-letter to his wife of 53 years”, and includes songs from Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars, Willie Nelson, Jon Allen, Richard Marx, and more.
The album’s been getting positive buzz, with the Associated Press saying “Humperdinck has created a heartfelt album anchored in archetypal orchestrations and honest, unspoiled performances of well-chosen songs.”
To help him complete the album, Humperdinck’s team reached out to a fellow longstanding industry legend, Vlado Meller, who had previously worked with producer Jurgen Korduletsch.
“I’d worked with Jurgen in the early 1980s at CBS Records, when he was independent producer/engineer and chose me as his mastering/cutting engineer,” Vlado said. “He now has his own label and wanted me to master his new big project – and here we are with a brand new album from the legend himself, Engelbert Humperdinck.”
Yombe’s aptly titled GOOOD, featuring icy soul singles “Nothing New To Me” and “Tonight” was recorded and mixed by the duo themselves, and has been garnering a great deal of buzz around its November release.
For GOOOD, its first full-length album, the up-and-coming electro-pop duo from Napoli sought out Vlado Meller Mastering – specifically mastering engineer Jeremy Lubsey, who previously worked on their 2016 EP.
“GOOOD is mostly influenced by black music, soul and R&B, and that’s why we chose Vlado Meller Mastering to finalize the album,” YOMBE said. “We love Jeremy’s touch, he always knows what to do with our songs! Every time he works on our music, we feel a huge improvement.”
Yombe’s eclectic stew of styles was particularly appealing to Jeremy.
“I always enjoy working with Cyen and Alfredo of YOMBE on their new material,” Jeremy said. “Their production style – synthesizing R&B, electro-pop, and dance music – is always refreshing. My initial play through of their tracks is always full of sonic surprises both texturally and arrangement-wise. To this day, I’m still finding elements I love about their tracks and this group.”
When it came to mastering their new album Holomráz , Rising Czech Republic pop duo Slza – consisting of Lukáš Bundil on guitar and Petr Lexa on vocals – decided to recruit a music legend who hailed from their neck of the woods.
Vlado Meller, who grew up in Czechoslovakia before moving to New York City in the 1960s to begin his career in the music industry, put his mastering expertise to work (along with assistant engineer Jeremy Lubsey) on the group’s bouncy, richly textured pop anthems.
” When listening to Vlado’s work I can feel the experience, expert knowledge and the sense of putting the right finishing touches, which enhance my mix ,” said Dalibor Cindlinský Jr ., who produced and mixed Holomráz . “I like the fact that the final master is dynamic and doesn’t ruin my artistic intention. Vlado’s approach is very inspirational to me. I’m really looking forward to our next collaboration. ”
Vlado shared Dalibor’s enthusiasm on the music, and the bond that he felt over the region they both have called home.
“For me it was a kind of special mastering project, since it originated from the country where I was born,” Vlado said. “Prague is where the band is from and where I attended college before emigrating to the US. I was happy to hear an exciting Czech pop album and honored that they discovered and asked me to master it. In recent years there have been a few more albums coming my way from this area, including Slovakia and even one from the town where I grew up. After all these years I learned that my hometown listens to my work, and that really felt special.”
This week marks the 20th anniversary of Celine Dion’s much heralded fifth album Let’s Talk About Love, which featured mastering work from Vlado Meller. The 1997 album featured the smash hit “My Heart Will Go On” (popularized in the film Titanic) as well as other hit singles “Be The Man,” “The Reason” and more.
“My Heart Will Go On” went on to win numerous Grammy Awards including Record of the Year, and the album was nominated for Best Pop Album. Let’s Talk About Love also became one of the biggest-selling albums in history – more than 31 million sold worldwide.
In addition to Let’s Talk About Love, Vlado also worked on additional Celine Dion albums including One Heart, Taking Chances, Falling Into You, and These Are Special Times.
“Celine is an extraordinary talent and it was a true privilege to work on Let’s Talk About Love and many other projects of hers throughout my career,” Vlado said.