The Lion Sleeps Tonight

  • Artist: The Tokens
  • Label: RCA Records
  • Year: 1961
  • Producer: Hugo Peretti, Luigi Creatore
  • Studio: RCA (East 24th St. New York)


Natural, acoustically generated reverb is featured on this sound recording created in the spacious rooms of the no longer extant RCA Recording Studios on East 24th Street in New York City.
Fundamentally, this reverb supports the vocals -- a common recording gesture, particularly on falsetto vocals like the opening line. The reverb sits in the mix louder than usual, giving the tune a unique, attention-getting sound. It takes a strong creative vision to do this, but you can give a mix a rather distinct flavor through your use of effects.


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