Let’s say you are a die-hard Led Head who loves nothing more than the mighty Led Zeppelin throughout your Stuart real estate. You must be excited that vocalist Robert Plant has a new album that will be released next week, October 10th, featuring “The May Queen.” Despite Plant’s spectacular talent and gift for making music, most homeowners agree that his solo catalog simply doesn’t stand up to any Zeppelin.
Released in 1997, Led Zeppelin BBC Sessions is as good as it gets. The first live release since The Song Remains the Same in 1976, the two-disc compilation features sessions and a live concert recorded by the giant rock stars. While the first disc of the 1997 release consists of three different BBC recordings in 1969, the second contains an electrifying concert held at the Paris Theatre in London on April 1st, 1971.
Listeners in homes for sale in Stuart agree that the sound and mixing on both discs are superb. Plant’s unmatched vocals are in fine form, while Jimmy Page completely fulfills listeners’ expectations with his screaming blues solos. The majority of the fourteen songs are blues covers, mixed in with the classic anthems. Zeppelin performs the folk-like “What Is and What Should Never Be” and “I Can’t Quit You Baby,” along with Sleepy John Estes’ “The Girl I Love She’s Got Long Black Wavy Hair.” The extended versions of the psychedelic the fiery “Dazed and Confused,” “You Shook Me,” “How Many More Times,” a swaggering “Heartbreaker,” and the fourteen-minute long “Whole Lotta Love.”
The previously unreleased piano-driven “Something Else,” “Sugar Mama” and an intense take on Robert Johnson’s “Traveling Riverside Blues” are just as notable. BBC Sessions is fiery, energetic, and amazing. What else would you expect from Jimmy Page?
Speaking of Page, a handful of homeowners still appreciate The Firm, the English supergroup that comprised Zeppelin’s guitarist, vocalist Paul Rodgers from Free and Bad Company, bass guitarist Tony Franklin, and drummer Chris Slade. Since getting together in 1984, the band members were disappointed in their overall sales, despite selling out stadiums regularly.
The two enormous rock stars from the Firm refused to play any material from the musicians’ former groups. Rather, they recreated new work and solo material onstage. In interviews throughout the media, Page indicated that The Firm was never meant to last more than two collections. After the boys broke up, both Page and Rodgers returned to creating tunes by themselves while Chris Slade joined AC/DC and Franklin became part of a group known as Blue Murder.
In 1985, The Firm cut its first studio effort. The self-titled LP includes numbers ranging from the epic “Midnight Moonlight,” a single based on a Zeppelin’s “Swan Song.” The cover version of “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling” is exceptionally noteworthy, and helped the record climb to #17 on the Billboard chart. Mean Business from 1986 is made up of the good ol’ blues, such as “Live in Peace.” It peaked at #22 on the Billboard’s Pop Albums chart. But Stuart luxury homeowners still agree, nothing compares to the Zeppelin.
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