December 7, 2010 by esarsea
Here’s a few from one of the greatest rock bands of all time. Filmed in 1969, all these songs appeared on their debut self-titled album, which without question remains my favorite Zep recording.
Category: Music, Turn It Up Tuesday!
| Tags: Hammer of the Gods, Jimmy Page, John Bonham, John Paul Jones, Led Zeppelin, Music, Robert Plant, Turn It Up Tuesday
Gotta agree with ya, the first Zep was and still remains my fav as well. Dazed and Confused was a tune that literally broke into new avenues not previously traveled. And at a time when psychadelia was totally prevalent, it was magical.
Even though Zep was technically a 4 piece band, I still consider them to be a 3 piece, again validating my love of that format.
I’ve been on a bit of a Zep resurgence lately. I found copies of Presence and In Through The Out Door while sorting through those music store CDs, and added them to my ipod. I remember I didn’t really care for those 2 albums when they came out, but going back now I have gained a new appreciation for them.
Back in the day Zep was my favorite band, and they still rank very highly on my list of all-time greats.
Honestly, I thought they were running out of steam when those last two albums came out. I was disappointed, frankly. It was hard for me to find anything to really like. There are a few nuggets between the two. By that time, Bonham was an alcohol-fueled bomb waiting to explode and Page was shootiong heroin.
First heard them in 1969 fresh out of high school and what an impact it had! When I heard “Communicaiton Breakdown,” I thought it was one of the wildest pieces of music I had ever heard. Then I attended a screening at the U of U one night in 1970 and they were showing the Led Zep BBC shows that consisted of the tunes off that first album. Violin bows and all!
Why the 3-piece thing? I’m misunderstanding something. They were a 4-piece band and John Paul Jones played bass and organ (ex: “Your Time Is Gonna Come”) and involved as much as Page would allow in the recording side of things.
3 musicians and a lead vocalist. Yeah, I know…….. a singer is a musician in their own right but other than stretching their vocal chords, they don’t really play any instrument to speak of.
Maybe I shoulda said instrumental trio instead?
Let me add that when performing onstage it’s an instrumental trio with a singer.
I see where you’re coming from and normally I might agree but aren’t you forgetting that Plant blew the harp? “Bring It On Home?”
And his voice is an instrument, one that he gleefully experimented with, like filling his mouth with marbles to sing the intro to “Bring It On Home.”
And finally, his unique voice worked with what the others were puttin’ down or they might have been Led So What?
The power trios that KILL are those that have a great singer as one of the three and that is so rare.
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