Tuesday, October 9, 2018

No Led Zeppelin on Record Store Day

The Black Friday Record Store Day list has just been released and at a casual glance there is no Led Zeppelin related items this time round.

In April, of course, we got the Sunset Studio remix of Rock and Roll, with Friends on the b/side. Other years we have had Jimmy Page era Yardbird releases, a Jimmy Page and the Black Crowes release and others. This Christmas, however, the list looks light on Led Zeppelin items.

Here's the list for your perusal.

It should be noted that some items do get added after the list is first release, and furthermore there has been some items in the past that had either Jimmy Page or John Paul Jones on the sessions for the recording, so a connection is still possible. But it looks as though a Led Zeppelin Christmas song will have to wait for another year.





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The Led Zeppelin Podcast Episode 144

Dave Lewis has been on the show three times now, stretched over 4 episodes. This first time in April 2014 covered the then freshly announced remasters program, his book Then as it Was and Tight But Loose #33.  It appeared in episode 56 which is not currently available to listen to.

The second time was in July 2015, and the interview was long enough that I spread it out over both episode 100 and 101. In that interview we discussed, among other things Earls Court and Dave's book, Over Europe 1980.

Last week I talked to Dave for the third time, where we discussed the new the Led Zeppelin downloads and The Song Remains the Same remaster.  However, what we really talked about was Dave's two new books, Evenings with Led Zeppelin: The Complete Concert Chronicle 1968-1980, with co-author Mike Tremaglio which was released in July. His new photobook, Led Zeppelin Live ’75-‘77 (UK Amazon link only), features the photography of Terry O'Neill, Michael Brennan and Baron Wolman. You can hear the interview on Episode 144.




You can get more information on all things Dave Lewis at his website Tight But Loose.









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Thursday, September 27, 2018

And it Begins

Led Zeppelin today announced three digital releases in conjunction with the bands 50th anniversary celebrations. The three releases are a comprehensive career spanning collection, an introduction to Led Zeppelin and a digital release of last years Record Store Day single.

Here they are one by one.

The career spanning retrospective titled Led Zeppelin X Led Zeppelin is a 30-song retrospective covering the majority of their catalogue. Click to buy or stream here.

The track listing is:

1.“Immigrant Song”
2.“Rock And Roll” (Sunset Sound Mix)
3.“Whole Lotta Love”
4.“Black Dog”
5.“Stairway To Heaven”
6.“Good Times Bad Times”
7.“Going To California”
8.“Ramble On”
9.“Kashmir”
10.“Over The Hills And Far Away”
11.“Hey Hey What Can I Do”
12.“D’Yer Maker”
13.“When The Levee Breaks”
14.“All My Love”
15.“Babe I’m Gonna Leave You”
16.“Heartbreaker”
17.“Dazed And Confused”
18.“The Song Remains The Same”
19.“Fool In The Rain”
20.“The Ocean”
21.“What Is And What Should Never Be”
22.“Houses Of The Holy”
23.“Since I’ve Been Loving You”
24.“Misty Mountain Hop”
25.“Communication Breakdown”
26.“Thank You”
27.“No Quarter”
28.“Trampled Under Foot”
29.“I Can’t Quit You Babe”
30.“In The Evening”

Note, I mentioned the majority of their catalogue, as their is no songs from Presence on the list. 


An introduction to Led Zeppelin features the first ten songs on the Led Zeppelin X Led Zeppelin collection, complete with Sunset Sound mix of Rock and Roll.  Click to buy or stream here.

Finally we get the Sunset Sound mix of Rock and Roll with the Olympic Studio mix of Friends. This set was available as a 45 RPM single on Record Store Day on April 21st this year. This is, as are all releases announced today, digital download only. You can buy or stream it here.









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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Why the 50th Anniversary is Important

In an interview with Planet Rock Magazine, Jimmy Page has stated that new live material will be released in 2018 and "...that they'll be coming out over the next 10 years. There's more to come for sure.” (h/t LedZepNews)

Speculation is now running as to what to expect for 2018 and beyond. Shows from the 1971 Japanese tour or Southampton on Jan 22, 1973 seem be the most expected.* Both the Japanese tour and the Southhampton show are known to have been recorded, so they are the natural expectations.

But pay heed to Page's ten year plan.

In 2002 a European Union wide copyright law was brought into effect that harmonized copyright across the EU. That law gave a 70-year copyright to sound performances from the "date of release." However:
"if a recording is not published or communicated to the public, copyright lasts for 50 years from when the recording was made"
Anything not protected by "making the recording available for sale, both physically and online, in sufficient quantity," (emphasis mine) are subject to "use to or lose it" provisions within the Copyright Act.

Led Zeppelin started performing in 1968, their first show being September 7, 1968. A recording of that show would have to be released by September 7th of this year to secure copyright. While it's not expected that anything from the first European tour was recorded in sufficient quality for a release (or at all), it is possible something exists from 1968. Furthermore, it is known that some shows from early 1969 do exist.

If your betting on what's coming, bet on something that is in imminent danger from the "use it or lose it" provision. When Jimmy Page says 10-years, that means Knebworth in 2019, not now. Expect both Japan and Southhampton University to be released, but not until closer to 2021.

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*I originally wrote the Southampton show that is known to exist in multitrack format was the Southampton University show on March 11, 1971. This has been corrected.




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Monday, February 12, 2018

Ramble on Radio: The Led Zeppelin Podcast, Episode #138

It has been available for audio download almost two weeks, but I finally tamed my video software and got the 138th episode of Ramble on Radio up to YouTube.

In Episode 138, I talk with Yardbirds drummer Jim McCarty. You can read an excerpt from the interview, in which McCarty explained how the Yardbirds '68 album came about, here: Yardbirds '68 re-release goes back 12-years.

Here's the video version of the podcast.



And the audio:



You can download Ramble on Radio at Podbean, or stream the podcast through the Podbean app.

You can also listen to and stream The Led Zeppelin Podcast at Stitcher Radio, or listen through the Stitchers app.

You can subscribe on iTunes. If you subscribe via iTunes, be sure to leave a review.  Ramble on Radio is now also available on “Google Play

Listen on Google Play Music


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Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters opened up their North American tour Saturday in Raleigh, North Carolina. The setlist was heavy with songs from the two Sensational Space Shifters album.

There was some Zeppelin mixed in, however, including Gallows Pole.






  • New World… 
  • Turn It Up 
  • The May Queen 
  • Rainbow 
  • That’s the Way 
  • All the King’s Horses 
  • Please Read the Letter 
  • Gallows Pole
  • Carry Fire 
  • Babe, I’m Gonna Leave You 
  • Little Maggie 
  • Fixin’ to Die Misty 
  • Mountain Hop 

  • I’m in the Mood 
  • Whole Lotta Love



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Thursday, February 1, 2018

Led Zeppelin Official Book Coming in October

The first release of the Led Zeppelin 50th anniversary celebrations has been announced.  Although previously reported, todays news of Led Zeppelin by Led Zeppelin, a photographic book along the lines of  Jimmy Page by Jimmy Page, is the first official announcement.
From LedZeppelin.com:


Led Zeppelin by Led Zeppelin is the first and only official illustrated book to be produced in collaboration with the members of the band. Celebrating 50 years since their formation, it covers the group’s unparalleled musical career and features photographs of Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and John Bonham on and offstage, in candid moments and in the recording studio. This definitive 368-page volume includes unseen photographs and artwork from the Led Zeppelin archives and contributions from photographers around the world.
Available to pre-order now.




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