Roots of Led Zeppelin

Performers Various Artists

The Great American Music Company | April 21, 2009 | Compact Disc

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Liner Note Author: Russell Beecher.
It's not much of a secret that Led Zeppelin (and the whole heavy metal genre that arose in the group's wake) had their roots deep in the blues, and there are several sets like this on the market that explore those roots, collecting source 78s and performances that influenced the band, whether they were acknowledged or not (anyone who thinks that Robert Plant and Jimmy Page actually wrote that line about lemons and squeezing them really needs to check out a set like this one). The Zep had collective good taste, though, and any compilation that has old blues classics like Booker White's "Fixin' to Die Blues," Leadbelly's "Gallis Pole," Memphis Minnie's "When the Levee Breaks," and Sleepy John Estes' "Girl I Love, She Got Long Curly Hair," as this one does, is well worth a listen. But the real highlights of this disc are the final two tracks, "Psycho Daisies" and "Dazed & Confused." The former was the B-side of the Yardbirds' single "Happenings Ten Years Time Ago," recorded late in that group's legacy when both Page and Jeff Beck were members (Beck actually takes a rare vocal turn on the track), and it exhibits a fun, hard sound that somewhat prefigures where Zeppelin would do on their debut album in 1969. The version included here of "Dazed & Confused" is from 1968 and it is fascinatingly sung and performed by the man who wrote it, Jake Holmes. In Zeppelin's hands it morphed a bit, pumped up on metal DNA, but Holmes' version is the obvious blueprint. Play this set and then listen to Zeppelin's Atlantic debut immediately after it. It's all clear. Nothing comes out of thin air. ~ Steve Leggett

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: April 21, 2009

Genre: British Invasion

Style: Oldies

Number of Discs: 4

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Label Name: The Great American Music Company

UPC: 805520021494

Found in: British Invasion

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Roots of Led Zeppelin

Roots of Led Zeppelin

Performers Various Artists

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: April 21, 2009

Genre: British Invasion

Style: Oldies

Number of Discs: 4

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Label Name: The Great American Music Company

UPC: 805520021494


Title Track Time
0.DISC 1: --
1.Jesus Make Up My Dying Bed - Blind Willie Johnson --
2.Nobody's Fault But Mine - Blind Willie Johnson --
3.Stealin' Stealin' - Memphis Jug Band --
4.When the Levee Breaks - Memphis Minnie --
5.That's No Way to Get Along - Robert Wilkins --
6.Girl I Love, The - Sleepy John Estes --
7.I Can't be Satisfied - Big Bill Broonzy --
8.Drop Down Mama - Sleepy John Estes --
9.Lone Wolf Blues - Oscar Woods --
10.Travelin' Riverside Blues --
11.Got the Bottle Up and Gone - Sonny Boy Williamson --
12.Shake 'Em on Down - Bukka White --
13.Sugar Mama Blues - Sonny Boy Williamson --
14.Sweet Home Chicago --
15.Good Morning School Girl - Sonny Boy Williamson --
16.Trucking Little Woman - Big Bill Broonzy --
17.I Want Some of Your Pie - Blind Boy Fuller --
18.Fixin' to Die - Bukka White --
19.Gallis Pole - Leadbelly --
20.Goin' Down Slow --
0.DISC 2: --
1.Honeydripper - Joe Liggins --
2.That's Alright Mama - Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup --
3.Rockin' at Midnight --
4.Down by the Riverside - Sister Rosetta Tharpe --
5.Boogie Chillen --
6.I'm Movin' On - Hank Snow --
7.Rollin' and Tumblin' - Muddy Waters --
8.Three O'Clock Blues --
9.Long Distance Call - Muddy Waters --
10.I'm in the Mood --
11.How Many More Years - Howlin' Wolf --
12.Honey Bee - Muddy Waters --
13.Dust My Broom - Elmore James --
14.I Got a Woman - Ray Charles --
15.No Place to Go - Howlin' Wolf --
16.Rock Island Line - Lonnie Donegan --
17.Baby Let's Play House - Elvis Presley --
18.I'm a Man - Bo Diddley --
19.Baby I Don't Care - Elvis Presley --
20.Be Bop a Lula - Gene Vincent --
0.DISC 3: --
1.Blueberry Hill - Fats Domino --
2.Girl Can't Help It, The - Little Richard --
3.Twenty Flight Rock - Eddie Cochran --
4.I Can't Quit You Baby - Otis Rush --
5.Lawdy Miss Clawdy - Elvis Presley --
6.Susie Q - Dale Hawkins --
7.Train Kept a Rollin' - Johnny Burnette --
8.Long Tall Sally - Little Richard --
9.Roll Over Beethoven - Chuck Berry --
10.Smokestack Lightnin' - Howlin' Wolf --
11.Cotton Song - Chas McDevitt --
12.Keep-A-Knockin' - Little Richard --
13.Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On - Jerry Lee Lewis --
14.Stroll, The - The Diamonds --
15.Book of Love, The - The Monotones --
16.Kisses Sweeter Than Wine --
17.Rave On - Buddy Holly --
18.Johnny B Goode - Chuck Berry --
19.Smoke Gets in Your Eyes - The Platters --
20.C'Mon Everybody - Eddie Cochran --
0.DISC 4: --
1.Long Distance Call - Muddy Waters --
2.Sweet Home Chicago --
3.How Many More Years - Howlin' Wolf --
4.Country Blues J - Muddy Waters --
5.Rock Island Line - Leadbelly --
6.My Mama Don't Allow - Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup --
7.Bonus Material --

Editorial Notes

Liner Note Author: Russell Beecher.
It's not much of a secret that Led Zeppelin (and the whole heavy metal genre that arose in the group's wake) had their roots deep in the blues, and there are several sets like this on the market that explore those roots, collecting source 78s and performances that influenced the band, whether they were acknowledged or not (anyone who thinks that Robert Plant and Jimmy Page actually wrote that line about lemons and squeezing them really needs to check out a set like this one). The Zep had collective good taste, though, and any compilation that has old blues classics like Booker White's "Fixin' to Die Blues," Leadbelly's "Gallis Pole," Memphis Minnie's "When the Levee Breaks," and Sleepy John Estes' "Girl I Love, She Got Long Curly Hair," as this one does, is well worth a listen. But the real highlights of this disc are the final two tracks, "Psycho Daisies" and "Dazed & Confused." The former was the B-side of the Yardbirds' single "Happenings Ten Years Time Ago," recorded late in that group's legacy when both Page and Jeff Beck were members (Beck actually takes a rare vocal turn on the track), and it exhibits a fun, hard sound that somewhat prefigures where Zeppelin would do on their debut album in 1969. The version included here of "Dazed & Confused" is from 1968 and it is fascinatingly sung and performed by the man who wrote it, Jake Holmes. In Zeppelin's hands it morphed a bit, pumped up on metal DNA, but Holmes' version is the obvious blueprint. Play this set and then listen to Zeppelin's Atlantic debut immediately after it. It's all clear. Nothing comes out of thin air. ~ Steve Leggett
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