Vitamin String Quartet

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Vitamin String Quartet (VSQ) is a musical group from Los Angeles, California that is widely known for its series of tribute albums to rock and pop acts. Their albums are released through Vitamin Records and primarily performed by a string quartet, though other instruments have been used. "Vitamin String Quartet is about applying rock n' roll attitude to classical technique," says Tom Tally,[1] a violist and arranger who has performed on and produced over fifty Vitamin String Quartet albums.

Their albums honor a wide variety of genres, including pop and rock, metal, techno, country, and hip-hop, and a wide variety of groups, such as Queen, Led Zeppelin, Michael Jackson, The Beatles, Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Bruce Springsteen, Jimi Hendrix, The Smashing Pumpkins, Radiohead, System of a Down, The Killers, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Coldplay, Muse, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Slayer, Adele, Lady Gaga and many more. Their discography includes 261 albums.

The group began in 1999 "as an experiment in transforming rock songs with classical instruments." [2] It later expanded to include a variety of popular music.[2]

Their music was played 24 hours a day on FM broadcast station WWHK in Concord, NH.

In 2008, VSQ contributed a recording of "Jack and Sally Montage" to Nightmare Revisited, on which the Tim Burton's Nightmare Before Christmas original score was reinterpreted by bands like Tiger Army, All-American Rejects, Plain White Ts, Rise Against, and DeVotchKa.

Songs by Vitamin String Quartet were featured on the Fox television show So You Think You Can Dance[3] twice in 2008. "Control" from Vitamin String Quartet Tribute To Janet Jackson appeared on an episode that aired 7/30/08 and "Hallelujah" from Vitamin String Quartet Tribute To Paramore appeared on an episode that aired 7/31/08. Songs appeared again on the show in Season 6 2009. Legacy Perez used Flashing Lights as a track for a solo elimination dance which aired 9/12/2009. Yellow originally by Coldplay featured on the show as guest dancers on the Top 10 elimination show, The Legion of Extraordinary Dancers. This episode aired 2/12/2009

In June 2009, they branched out by including a few original songs on their album Per_Versions, which also included covers of bands such as Broken Social Scene, No Age and Sigur Rós.[4]

Two songs from Vitamin String Quartet Tribute to Coldplay, "Yellow" and "Clocks," were used in an episode of TV show The Vampire Diaries on April 22, 2010.[5]

Vitamin String Quartet covered INXS's "Never Tear Us Apart" and Pat Benatar's "We Belong" in the 100th episode of Gossip Girl.[6][7][8]

Vitamin String Quartet's cover of "Home" by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros was featured in the finale of the fifth season of Modern Family on May 21, 2014.

Partial discography[edit]

0–9[edit]

  • The String Quartet Tribute to 3 Doors Down
  • The String Quartet Tribute to 311

A[edit]

B[edit]

C[edit]

D[edit]

E[edit]

F[edit]

  • String Quartet Tribute to Fall Out Boy
  • String Quartet Tribute to Fall Out Boy Vol. 2
  • Strung Out on Fiona Apple: A String Quartet Tribute
  • String Quartet Tribute to Finger Eleven
  • String Quartet Tribute to The Flaming Lips
  • String Quartet Tribute to Fleetwood Mac
  • Rumours: The String Quartet Tribute to Fleetwood Mac
  • Vitamin String Quartet Performs the Tribute to Flyleaf
  • The Magnificent Seven Series: Strung Out on Foo Fighters [EP]
  • Shape and Colour of My Heart: The String Quartet Tribute to Foo Fighters
  • Unravel: The String Quartet Tribute to The Fray

G[edit]

H[edit]

I[edit]

  • Vitamin String Quartet Performs Imogen Heap
  • String Quartet Tribute to Incubus
  • New Skin: The String Quartet Tribute to Incubus Vol. 2
  • Vitamin String Quartet Tribute to Incubus Vol. 3
  • Anatomy of Evil - The String Quartet Tribute to Iron Maiden
  • Interstellar: The String Quartet Tribute to Interpol
  • Strung Out on INXS: The String Quartet Tribute

J[edit]

K[edit]

  • The String Quartet Tribute to Kanye West
  • String Quartet Tribute to Kasabian : Processed Strings
  • The String Quartet Tribute to The Killers
  • String Quartet Tribute to KISS
  • Hurt Inside: A String Quartet Tribute to KoЯn

L[edit]

M[edit]

N[edit]

O[edit]

P[edit]

  • Strung Out on Panic! at the Disco: A String Quartet Tribute
  • String Quartet Tribute to Panic at the Disco's Pretty. Odd.
  • Perfect Murder: Strung Out on Papa Roach
  • String Quartet Tribute to Passenger (singer)'s Let Her Go
  • The Magnificent Seven Series: The String Quartet Tribute to Paramore [EP]
  • Strung Out on Paramore: String Quartet Tribute to Paramore
  • Vitamin String Quartet Performs Paramore's Brand New Eyes
  • The String Quartet Tribute to Pearl Jam
  • Mad World: Strung Out on Pearl Jam: A String Quartet Tribute
  • Vitamin String Quartet: Per_Versions
  • Fervent: String Quartet Tribute to A Perfect Circle
  • The String Quartet Tribute to A Perfect Circle
  • The String Quartet Tribute to Phish
  • String Quartet Tribute to Pink Floyd
  • More Bricks: The String Quartet Tribute to Pink Floyd's The Wall
  • String Quartet Tribute to Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon
  • Vitamin String Quartet Performs Weezer's Pinkerton
  • String Quartet Tribute to Pixies
  • Revolution: The String Quartet Tribute to P.O.D.
  • Symphonic Tribute to Prince's Purple Rain

Q[edit]

  • String Quartet Tribute to Queen
  • Strings For The Deaf: The String Quartet Tribute to Queens of the Stone Age
  • String Quartet Tribute to Queens of the Stone Age Vol.2

R[edit]

S[edit]

T[edit]

U[edit]

V[edit]

W[edit]

  • Dad Get Me Out Of This!: The String Quartet Tribute to Warren Zevon
  • Come On And Kick Me!: The String Quartet Tribute to Weezer
  • Pull This String: String Quartet Tribute to Weezer (Re-Release)
  • String Quartet Tribute to The White Stripes
  • The String Quartet Tribute to The Who's "Tommy"
  • Vitamin String Quartet Performs We Belong

Y[edit]

  • Olympus: The String Quartet Tribute to Yanni
  • String Quartet Tribute to Yellowcard
  • Rusted Moon: The String Quartet Tribute to Neil Young

Miscellaneous and compilations[edit]

  • Blood Curdling Strings: VSQ Pays Tribute To Horror Classics (2011)
  • The Gay Wedding Collection (2008)
  • The Gothic Wedding Collection (2008)
  • Modern Wedding Collection
  • Modern Wedding Collection Vol. 2
  • My Metal Valentine (2008)
  • The Rock 'n' Roll Wedding Collection (2008)
  • The Rock 'n' Roll Valentine's Day Collection (2008)
  • Songbirds: A VSQ Tribute to the Women of Modern Rock
  • The String Quartet Tribute to Valentine's Day (2008)
  • Strung Out Volume 1: The String Quartet Tribute to Modern Rock Hits
  • Strung Out Volume 2: The String Quartet Tribute to Modern Rock Hits
  • Strung Out Volume 3: The String Quartet Tribute to Alternative Rock Hits
  • Strung Out Volume 4: The String Quartet Tribute to Hard Rock Hits
  • Strung Out Volume 5: The String Quartet Tribute to 2007's Best Songs
  • Strung Out Volume 6: The String Quartet Tribute to Music's Biggest Hits
  • Strung Out Volume 7: The String Quartet Tribute
  • Vitamin String Quartet Presents Strung Out Volume 8
  • Vitamin String Quartet Presents Strung Out Volume 9
  • Strung Out Vol. 10
  • Strung Out Vol. 11: VSQ Tribute to Modern Rock Hits
  • Strung Out on Indie Rock Vol. 1: The String Quartet Tribute (2008)
  • The Tribute to Guitar Hero: Killer Tracks! (2008)
  • Valentine's Day Massacre: The Emo Anti-Valentine's Day Collection (2008)
  • The Vitamin String Quartet: The Tribute to Guitar Hero (2008)
  • Vitamin String Quartet Performs the Hits of 2012 Vol. 1
  • Vitamin String Quartet Performs The Hunger Games
  • Vitamin String Quartet Performs Music from the Films of John Hughes
  • Vitamin String Quartet Performs Music from the Films of Wes Anderson
  • Vitamin String Quartet Performs the Songs from Glee (2009)
  • Vitamin String Quartet Performs Music from Twilight (2009)
  • Vitamin String Quartet Performs Power Ballads
  • Vitamin String Quartet Tribute to Harry Potter (2010)
  • Vitamin String Quartet Tribute to The Nightmare Before Christmas
  • Vitamin String Quartet Tribute to Twilight: New Moon (2009)
  • Vitamin String Quartet Tribute to Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2 (2012)
  • Vitamin String Quartet Tribute to Star Wars (2010)
  • Vitamin String Quartet Tribute to the Ladies of 90s Alt Rock
  • VSQ Tribute: 90s Rock Hits
  • VSQ Tribute to Alternative Hits of the 90s
  • Vitamin String Quartet Performs Modern Rock Hits 2011 Vol. 1
  • Vitamin String Quartet Performs Modern Rock Hits 2011 Vol. 2
  • VSQ Performs Modern Rock Hits 2012 Vol. 1
  • VSQ Performs Modern Rock Hits 2012 Vol. 2

References[edit]

  1. ^ Vitamin String Quartet (2009). "VSQ Biography". Vitamin String Quartet. Vitamin String Quartet. Retrieved 2010-03-22. 
  2. ^ a b Vitamin String Quartet (2013). "VSQ: A Brief History". Vitamin String Quartet. Vitamin String Quartet. Retrieved 2013-09-10. 
  3. ^ So You Think You Can Dance 2008: Top 6 PERFORMANCE SHOW Recap
  4. ^ "Vitamin String Quartet: Per_Versions". Vitamin Records. 
  5. ^ Vampire Diaries Music – Episode 19 – Miss Mystic Falls | Vampire Diaries Spoilers and News
  6. ^ "Gossip Girl Music - Season 5, Episode 13". The CW. January 2012. Retrieved April 2, 2012. 
  7. ^ Marsi, Steve (January 31, 2012 10). "Gossip Girl Music From "G.G."". TV Fanatic. Retrieved April 2, 2012. 
  8. ^ Eckstein, David (January 25, 2012). "'Gossip Girl' EP: We've been 'planning Blair's wedding since the pilot'". Zap2it. Retrieved April 2, 2012. 
  9. ^ Download The String Quartet Tribute to Alice in Chains by Vitamin String Quartet | eMusic
  10. ^ Top Videos | Popular Videos
  11. ^ The first run of the album was printed with incorrect album art, as well as listing in the wrong order the tracks— which were hand picked by Mike Portnoy and covered the band's history from When Dream And Day Unite to Train Of Thought. This was corrected in later prints of the album. People with the incorrect art could contact Vitamin Records for a replacement copy. James Curtiss, the Project Coordinator of Vitamin Records, said that the incorrect packaging should be called "a collector's item and leave it at that", as well as stating that "sonically we nailed the sucker, but on the manufacturing side of things, we dropped the ball." (see the official Dream Theater site here and here.)

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