Tag: Led Zeppelin

Thursday 9/15/21 12am ET: Feature LP: Led Zeppelin – In Through The Out Door (1979)

In Through the Out Door is the eighth and final studio album by the English rock band Led Zeppelin. It was recorded in three weeks in November and December 1978 at ABBA’s Polar Studios in Stockholm, Sweden, and released by Swan Song Records on August 15, 1979. It was the last album released before drummer John Bonham died in 1980, leading the group to disband.

The album was a huge commercial success, particularly in the United States where it reached the No. 1 slot on Billboard’s chart in just its second week on the chart. It hit No. 1 in the UK, Canada and New Zealand, and the Top 10 or 15 in several other countries. In Through the Out Door was the band’s final studio release to reach the top of the charts in America.

A remastered version of In Through the Out Door, along with Presence and Coda were reissued on July 31, 2015. The reissue comes in six formats: a standard CD edition, a deluxe two-CD edition, a standard LP version, a deluxe two-LP version, a super deluxe two-CD plus two-LP version with a hardback book, and as high resolution 24-bit/96k digital downloads. The deluxe and super deluxe editions feature bonus material containing alternative takes and alternatively titled tracks, “Southbound Piano”, “The Epic”, “The Hook”, and “Blot”. The reissue was released with a black and white version of the original album’s artwork as its bonus disc’s cover. A replica of the brown bag and the colorable line drawing are included in this edition.

The reissue was met with generally positive reviews. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the album received an average score of 73, based on eight reviews. Q magazine said “it’s aged remarkably well and ‘All My Love’ is breathtakingly beautiful”, while Tim Batcup from Classic Rock observed in the bonus material “a scruffier, rambunctious ‘Hot Dog’ and a sparser ‘In the Evening’, the drone intro truncated and Jones’s synths high in the mix”.[36] PopMatters reviewer Andrew Doscas was more critical, especially of the bonus disc: “While In Through the Out Door does have some merit, it’s cruel of Led Zeppelin to think that anyone, even a dedicated fan, could muster the strength to listen to the album twice in a row.”

  1. “In the Evening” 6:48
  2. “South Bound Saurez” 4:11
  3. “Fool in the Rain” 6:08
  4. “Hot Dog” 3:15
  5. “Carouselambra” 10:28
  6. “All My Love” 5:51
  7. “I’m Gonna Crawl” 5:28
  8. “In the Evening” (Rough mix) 6:53
  9. “Southbound Piano” (“South Bound Saurez”) (Rough mix) 4:15
  10. “Fool in the Rain” (Rough mix) 6:08
  11. “Hot Dog” (Rough mix) 3:16
  12. “The Epic” (“Carouselambra”) (Rough mix) 10:48
  13. “The Hook” (“All My Love”) (Rough mix) 5:51
  14. “Blot” (“I’m Gonna Crawl”) (Rough mix) 5:33

John Bonham – drums, percussion
John Paul Jones – bass guitar, keyboards
Jimmy Page – guitars, gizmotron, production
Robert Plant – lead vocals

Thursday 7/8/21 12am ET: Feature LP: Led Zeppelin – IV (1971)

The untitled fourth studio album by the English rock band Led Zeppelin, commonly known as Led Zeppelin IV, was released on November 8, 1971 by Atlantic Records. It was produced by guitarist Jimmy Page and recorded between December 1970 and February 1971, mostly in the country house Headley Grange. The album is notable for featuring “Stairway to Heaven”, which has been described as the band’s signature song.

The informal setting at Headley Grange inspired the band, and allowed them to try different arrangements of material and create songs in a variety of styles. After the band’s previous album Led Zeppelin III received lukewarm reviews from critics, they decided their fourth album would officially be untitled, and would be represented instead by four symbols chosen by each band member, without featuring the name or any other details on the cover. Unlike the prior two albums, the band was joined by some guest musicians, such as Fairport Convention vocalist Sandy Denny on “The Battle of Evermore”, and Rolling Stones pianist Ian Stewart on “Rock and Roll”. As with prior albums, most of the material was written by the band, though there was one cover song, a hard rock re-interpretation of the Memphis Minnie blues song “When the Levee Breaks”.

The album was a commercial and critical success and is Led Zeppelin’s best-selling, shipping over 37 million copies worldwide. It is one of the best-selling albums in the US, while critics have regularly placed it highly on lists of the greatest albums of all time.

  1. “Black Dog” 4:54
  2. “Rock and Roll” 3:40
  3. “The Battle of Evermore” 5:51
  4. “Stairway to Heaven” 8:02
  5. “Misty Mountain Hop” 4:38
  6. “Four Sticks” 4:44
  7. “Going to California” 3:31
  8. “When the Levee Breaks” 7:07

John Bonham – drums
John Paul Jones – bass, electric piano, mandolin, recorders, synthesizer
Jimmy Page – electric and acoustic guitars, mandolin on “The Battle of Evermore”, production, mastering, digital remastering
Robert Plant – vocals, harmonica
Sandy Denny – vocals on “The Battle of Evermore”
Ian Stewart – piano on “Rock and Roll”

Monday 6/21/21 2pm ET: Sounds of The 70’s (Actual start 1:30)

The best music from 1970 – 1979 featuring tunes from: Billy Paul, Bonnie Pointer, Outlaws, Paper Lace, Diana Ross, Andy Gibb, Don McLean, Led Zeppelin, Eric Clapton and more . . .

Monday 6/14/21 2pm ET: Sounds of The 70’s

The best music from 1970 – 1979 featuring tunes from: Raspberries, Elton John, Cheap Trick, Dave Mason, Van Halen, Billy Joel, Jackson 5, Jefferson Airplane, Kinks, Joe Hinton and more . . .

Monday 5/24/21 10pm ET: Feature LP: Led Zeppelin – Houses of The Holy (1973)

Houses of the Holy is the fifth studio album by the English rock band Led Zeppelin. It was released on March 28, 1973 by Atlantic Records.

The album benefited from two band members installing studios at home, which allowed them to develop more sophisticated songs and arrangements and expand their musical style. Several songs subsequently became fixtures in the group’s live set, including “The Song Remains the Same”, “The Rain Song” and “No Quarter”. Other material recorded at the sessions, including the title track, was shelved and released on the later albums Physical Graffiti and Coda. All instruments and vocals were provided by the band members Robert Plant (vocals), Jimmy Page (guitar), John Paul Jones (bass, keyboards), and John Bonham (drums). The album was produced by Jimmy Page, and it was mixed by Eddie Kramer.

The cover was the first by the band to be designed by Hipgnosis and was based on a photograph taken at Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland.

Although critical response was mixed, Houses of the Holy became a commercial success later receiving a Diamond (over 10-million albums sold) certification by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in 1999. In 2020, the album was ranked at number 278 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

  1. “The Song Remains the Same” 5:32
  2. “The Rain Song” 7:39
  3. “Over the Hills and Far Away” 4:50
  4. “The Crunge” 3:17
  5. “Dancing Days” 3:43
  6. “D’yer Mak’er” 4:23
  7. “No Quarter” 7:00
  8. “The Ocean” 4:31
  9. “The Song Remains the Same” (Guitar overdub reference mix) 5:29
  10. “The Rain Song” (Mix minus piano) 7:45
  11. “Over the Hills and Far Away” (Guitar mix backing track) 4:22
  12. “The Crunge” (Rough mix – Keys up) 3:16
  13. “Dancing Days” (Rough mix with vocal) 3:46
  14. “No Quarter” (Rough mix with JPJ keyboard overdubs – No vocal) 7:03
  15. “The Ocean” (Working mix) 4:26

Robert Plant – lead vocals
Jimmy Page – guitars, production
John Paul Jones – bass guitar, piano, electric piano, Mellotron, organ, synthesizer, synthesized bass, backing vocals on “The Ocean”
John Bonham – drums, backing vocals on “The Ocean”

Tuesday 11/24/2020 6:30pm ET: Feature LP: Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin Boxed Set (1990)

Led Zeppelin is a boxed set by English rock band Led Zeppelin. It was the first compilation of songs by the group and the selection and remastering of the tracks were supervised by Jimmy Page. Atlantic Records released it on September 7, 1990 on several formats: four compact discs, six vinyl records, or four cassette tapes. A 36-page booklet was also included with the release.

Disc one
1. “Whole Lotta Love” 5:34
2. “Heartbreaker” 4:14
3. “Communication Breakdown” 2:29
4. “Babe I’m Gonna Leave You” 6:42
5. “What Is and What Should Never Be” 4:47
6. “Thank You” 4:50
7. “I Can’t Quit You Baby” (Live at the Royal Albert Hall) 4:15
8. “Dazed and Confused” 6:27
9. “Your Time Is Gonna Come” 4:14
10. “Ramble On” 4:23
11. “Travelling Riverside Blues” (Live at the BBC) 5:11
12. “Friends” 3:55
13. “Celebration Day” 3:29
14. “Hey, Hey, What Can I Do” 3:55
15. “White Summer/Black Mountain Side” 8:01

Disc two
1. “Black Dog” 4:55
2. “Over the Hills and Far Away” 4:50
3. “Immigrant Song” 2:27
4. “The Battle of Evermore” 5:52
5. “Bron-Y-Aur Stomp” 4:20
6. “Tangerine” 2:57
7. “Going to California” 3:31
8. “Since I’ve Been Loving You” 7:24
9. “D’yer Mak’er” 4:23
10. “Gallows Pole” 4:58
11. “Custard Pie” 4:13
12. “Misty Mountain Hop” 4:38
13. “Rock and Roll” 3:41
14. “The Rain Song” 7:39
15. “Stairway to Heaven” 8:02

Disc three
1. “Kashmir” 8:32
2. “Trampled Under Foot” 5:37
3. “For Your Life” 6:24
4. “No Quarter” 7:00
5. “Dancing Days” 3:43
6. “When the Levee Breaks” 7:07
7. “Achilles Last Stand” 10:25
8. “The Song Remains the Same” 5:32
9. “Ten Years Gone” 6:32
10. “In My Time of Dying” 11:05

Disc four
1. “In the Evening” 6:49
2. “Candy Store Rock” 4:11
3. “The Ocean” 4:31
4. “Ozone Baby” 3:35
5. “Houses of the Holy” 4:02
6. “Wearing and Tearing” 5:31
7. “Poor Tom” 3:03
8. “Nobody’s Fault but Mine” 6:27
9. “Fool in the Rain” 6:12
10. “In the Light” 8:46
11. “The Wanton Song” 4:07
12. “Moby Dick/Bonzo’s Montreux” 3:50
13. “I’m Gonna Crawl” 5:30
14. “All My Love” 5:51

Wednesday 9/23/2020 12pm ET: Feature Artist – Led Zeppelin

Led Zeppelin were an English rock band formed in London in 1968. The group consisted of vocalist Robert Plant, guitarist Jimmy Page, bassist/keyboardist John Paul Jones, and drummer John Bonham. With their heavy, guitar-driven sound, Led Zeppelin are regularly cited as one of the progenitors of heavy metal, although their style drew from a variety of influences, including blues and folk music.

After changing their name from the New Yardbirds, Led Zeppelin signed a deal with Atlantic Records that afforded them considerable artistic freedom. Although the group were initially unpopular with critics, they achieved significant commercial success with eight studio albums released over ten years, from Led Zeppelin (1969) to In Through the Out Door (1979). Their untitled fourth studio album, commonly known as Led Zeppelin IV (1971) and featuring the song “Stairway to Heaven”, is among the most popular and influential works in rock music, and it helped to secure the group’s popularity.

Page wrote most of Led Zeppelin’s music, particularly early in their career, while Plant generally supplied the lyrics. Jones’s keyboard-based compositions later became central to the group’s catalogue, which featured increasing experimentation. The latter half of their career saw a series of record-breaking tours that earned the group a reputation for excess and debauchery. Although they remained commercially and critically successful, their output and touring schedule were limited during the late 1970s, and the group disbanded following Bonham’s death from alcohol-related asphyxia in 1980. In the decades that followed, the surviving members sporadically collaborated and participated in one-off Led Zeppelin reunions. The most successful of these was the 2007 Ahmet Ertegun Tribute Concert in London, with Jason Bonham taking his late father’s place behind the drums.

Many critics consider Led Zeppelin to be one of the most successful, innovative, and influential rock groups in history. They are one of the best-selling music artists in the history of audio recording; various sources estimate the group’s record sales at 200 to 300 million units worldwide. With RIAA-certified sales of 111.5 million units, they are the third-best-selling band and fifth-best-selling act in the US. Each of their nine studio albums placed in the top 10 of the Billboard album chart and six reached the number-one spot. They achieved eight consecutive UK number-one albums. Rolling Stone magazine described them as “the heaviest band of all time”, “the biggest band of the Seventies”, and “unquestionably one of the most enduring bands in rock history”. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995; the museum’s biography of the band states that they were “as influential” during the 1970s as the Beatles were during the 1960s.

Monday 8/24/2020 1pm ET: Feature Artist – Robert Plant

Robert Anthony Plant CBE (born August 20, 1948) is an English singer, songwriter, and musician, best known as the lead singer and lyricist of the rock band Led Zeppelin.

Plant enjoyed great success with Led Zeppelin throughout the 1970s and developed a compelling image as the charismatic rock-and-roll front man, similar to contemporaries such as Roger Daltrey of the Who, Freddie Mercury of Queen, Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones and Jim Morrison of the Doors. With his mane of long blond hair and powerful, bare-chested appearance, Plant helped to create the “god of rock and roll” or “rock god” archetype. Although Led Zeppelin dissolved in 1980, Plant occasionally collaborated with Jimmy Page on various projects through this period, including forming a short-lived all-star group with Page and Jeff Beck in 1984, called the Honeydrippers. They released an album called The Honeydrippers: Volume One, and the band had a No. 3 hit with a remake of Phil Phillips’ tune “Sea of Love”, plus a follow-up hit with a cover of Roy Brown’s “Rockin’ at Midnight”.

A powerful and wide vocal range (particularly evident in his high-pitched vocals) has given him a successful singing career spanning over 50 years. In 2008, Rolling Stone editors ranked him number 15 on their list of the 100 best singers of all time. In 2011, Rolling Stone readers ranked Plant the greatest of all lead singers. In 2006, Hit Parader magazine named Plant the “Greatest Metal Vocalist of All Time”. In 2009, Plant was voted “the greatest voice in rock” in a poll conducted by Planet Rock.

Saturday 5/30/20 12am ET: Feature LP: Led Zeppelin – Celebration Day (2007)

Celebration Day is a concert film by the English rock band Led Zeppelin, recorded at the Ahmet Ertegun Tribute Concert on 10 December 2007, in The O2 Arena, London. The film was given a limited theatrical release starting on 17 October 2012, and was released on several home audio and video formats on 19 November 2012. The performance, the film, and album releases have been widely praised.

“Good Times Bad Times” – 3:45
“Ramble On” – 5:53
“Black Dog” – 5:53
“In My Time of Dying” – 11:41
“For Your Life” – 6:50
“Trampled Under Foot” – 6:28
“Nobody’s Fault but Mine” – 6:49
“No Quarter” – 11:22
“Since I’ve Been Loving You” – 8:52
“Dazed and Confused” – 13:04
“Stairway to Heaven” – 8:49
“The Song Remains the Same” – 5:57
“Misty Mountain Hop” – 5:38
“Kashmir” – 10:00
“Whole Lotta Love” – 9:16
“Rock and Roll” – 4:55

Saturday 5/30/20 3pm ET: Celebration Day To Stream On YouTube This Saturday

Celebration Day To Stream Exclusively On YouTube For A Limited Time Beginning At 3PM ET On Saturday, May 30

Acclaimed Concert Film Of The Band’s Legendary 2007 Performance Will Be Available For Three Days Only On The Official Led Zeppelin YouTube Channel

Led Zeppelin has partnered with YouTube for an exclusive streaming event of Celebration Day, the concert film chronicling the band’s historic live performance from the 2007 tribute concert for dear friend and Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun. Celebration Day will be streamed in its entirely for three days only on the official Led Zeppelin YouTube channel, premiering this Saturday, May 30, at 3PM ET.

Led Zeppelin took the stage at London’s O2 Arena on December 10, 2007 for the band’s first headline show in 27 years and one of the most wildly anticipated concerts in rock ‘n’ roll history, with 20 million people applying for tickets through a worldwide lottery. Founding members John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant were joined by Jason Bonham, the son of late Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham, for a 16 song, two-hour-plus tour de force of the band’s signature blues-infused rock ’n’ roll. The concert included now legendary performances of landmark tracks such as “Whole Lotta Love,” “Rock And Roll,” “Kashmir,” “Black Dog,” and “Stairway To Heaven.” (Full set list below.) Both video and audio of the concert were released in 2012, earning both critical acclaim and commercial success around the globe and winning a Grammy® Award for Best Rock Album.

LED ZEPPELIN Celebration Day
Set List

1. Good Times Bad Times
2. Ramble On
3. Black Dog
4. In My Time Of Dying
5. For Your Life
6. Trampled Under Foot
7. Nobody’s Fault But Mine
8. No Quarter
9. Since I’ve Been Loving You
10. Dazed And Confused
11. Stairway To Heaven
12. The Song Remains The Same
13. Misty Mountain Hop
14. Kashmir
15. Whole Lotta Love
16. Rock And Roll

In 1968, Jimmy Page formed Led Zeppelin, one of the most influential, innovative and successful groups in modern music, having sold more than 300 million albums worldwide. The band rose from the ashes of The Yardbirds, when Page brought in Robert Plant, John Bonham and John Paul Jones. In 1969, Led Zeppelin released its self-titled debut which was produced by Jimmy Page, as were all the subsequent albums. It marked the beginning of a 12-year reign, during which the group was widely considered to be the biggest and most innovative rock band in the world.

Led Zeppelin continues to be honored for its pivotal role in music history. The band was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1995, received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005, and a year later was awarded the Polar Music Prize in Stockholm. The band was honored for its lifetime contribution to American culture at the Kennedy Center Honors in 2012. In recent years, the group embarked upon an unprecedented reissue campaign of the band’s studio and live albums, along with their BBC sessions, which achieved Top 10 chart status around the globe whilst also garnering 5-star reviews and other critical accolades along the way.

Led Zeppelin Celebration Day

Friday 12am ET: Feature LP: Led Zeppelin X Led Zeppelin – 50th Anniversary (2018)

LED ZEPPELIN X LED ZEPPELIN is a comprehensive, career-spanning 30-track collection traversing all eight of the band’s landmark studio albums including definitive tracks such as “Immigrant Song,” “Whole Lotta Love,” “Kashmir,” “Ramble On,” and “Stairway To Heaven.” The set also includes the “Sunset Sound Mix” of “Rock And Roll,” making its digital debut here after being released for the first time earlier this year on Record Store Day as a limited edition 7-inch vinyl single, which is now the best-selling release in Record Store Day history.

AN INTRODUCTION TO LED ZEPPELIN, serves as a 10-track entry point to one of the most essential catalogs in rock ‘n’ roll and features all the previously mentioned classic songs along with “Black Dog,” “Good Times Bad Times,” “Going To California,” and “Over The Hills And Far Away.”

The final release is the digital version of the band’s first ever Record Store Day release, which was produced by Page and previously available earlier this year as a limited edition 7-inch vinyl single. The two-track set features the digital debut of the “Olympic Studios Mix” of “Friends,” a stripped down version without the orchestration of the final mix, along with the aforementioned “Rock And Roll” (Sunset Sound Mix).

Led Zeppelin x Led Zeppelin
Track Listing

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 Mak’er”
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”

Wednesday 4pm ET: Sounds of The 70s

This week on the Sounds of The 70s we feature music from: Led Zeppelin, Van Morrison, KC & The Sunshine Band, Bad Company, Aerosmith, Henry Gross, Doobie Brothers, Thelma Houston, Grass Roots and more. . .