The fifth

by: Electric beethoven


What would happen if Beethoven were to present lead sheets to an all-star lineup of the heaviest hitters on today’s jam scene? Reed Mathis conquers the task in his fresh approach to tackling Beethoven’s 5th Symphony aptly titled “The Fifth.” Dubby textures pave the way for blissful organ fills and canonic improvisation. The true beauty in Mathis’ interpretation lies in both spatial and textural awareness of all moving parts—all musicians are free to craft their role within the song without ever “soloing” or blandly noodling over the rhythm section. Tension and release is epitomized in a pensive breakdown before pivoting back to the iconic “A” section that simmers down with the intent to make the audience resonate with a brand new sonic experience unlike anything else. "Fate knocking at your door"....that's how the iconic opening notes of Beethoven's 5th were described when they were first heard 200 years ago. No one could have known that fate would lead to the irresistible groove of Electric Beethoven.


Produced by Reed Mathis



Reed Mathis - Electric Bass, Keyboards
Todd Stoops - Electric Organ, Keyboard
Clay Welch - Electric Guitar
Josh Raymer - Drums, Drum Machine


Recorded by Mike Tallman
Color Red Studios


Mixed by Jeff Franca


Mastered by Doug Krebs
Doug Krebs Mastering


Electric Beethoven - The Fifth - Color Red Music

Artwork by: Mike Tallman