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12 January 2023 1,524 views 5 Comments
Jeff Beck – 1944 – 2023…

Like us all, I was so shocked and incredibly saddened on Wednesday night to hear the news of the sudden passing of Jeff Beck aged 78.

Jeff Beck has been a part of my musical heritage for over 50 years.

Initially I discovered his genius lighting up the charts with The Yardbirds – hits such as For Your Love, Shapes Of Things and Over Under Sideways Down were way ahead of their time.

He was of course intrinsically linked with his lifelong friend Jimmy Page and my interest in Led Zeppelin took me on a path through their roots and influences and to the music of Jeff Beck.

I paid a then bank busting £5 in the early 70s to own the seminal Yardbirds single Happenings Ten Years Time Ago/Psycho Daisies –the only time Jeff and Jimmy shared the spotlight on a Yardbirds single

They did hook up for that stomp through Train Kept a Rollin in the Blow Up film and on the wonderful Beck’s Bolero (with John Paul Jones, Keith Moon and Nicky Hopkins) the B side to his massive hit Hi Ho Silver Lining. I discovered the latter on a a Most Of hits compilation during a musical exploration that included those 1960s jams with Jimmy on the Anthology of British Blues Vol I and II and the Guitar Boogie album,  The Yardbirds bootlegs Golden Eggs I and II, The Yardbirds magnificent 1966 Roger The Engineer album, his work with the Jeff Beck group with Rod Stewart on the Beck Ola and Truth albums, in  the  power trio Beck Bogart & Appice and his move into the jazz rock field with Blow By Blow.

Jeff had a unique style all of his own – technically brilliant but equally explosive, able to drift off on a tangent at the flick of the fingers.

I was lucky enough to be in his company on a fair few occasions notably backstage at Earls Court in May 1975  at the 1983 Royal Albert Hall Arms shows with Jimmy Page, at the Classic Rock awards in 2011 when he performed an amazing set after collecting his Living Legend award.

Most memorable of all was the evening of February 14 2007. That was the night Robert Plant reunited with his Honeydrippers line up for a special show at the JBs Club in Dudley.

Before the main event, there was a real surprise. Jeff Beck strolled on the stage, cream and white Telecaster in hand to perform three instrumental jams supported by a two man rhythm section with the Playboys Ian Jennings on bass. Looking for all the world like he’d stepped off the set of that famous Yardbirds club appearance in the Blow Up film, he proceeded to deliver those familiar guitar histrionics that has carved his legend. The total surprise element in viewing one of the pioneering guitarists of all time right there just a few feet away from me was absolutely startling. Scrubbing the axe for all it’s worth, finger picking up the fret- it was a true masterclass of electric guitar playing.
The gig was also a 60th birthday party for long time Robert Plant soundman the late great Roy Williams who had worked with Jeff.
 Jeff attended the after show party and I was lucky enough to spend a few minutes in his company – he was so gracious and welcoming as we talked about his days in The Yardbirds, collaborations with Jimmy and more.
That unscheduled Jeff Beck performance remains one of the most memorable I have ever witnessed and now he has gone and the world of music is a far poorer place.
He will be so sorely missed…
RIP Jeff…
Dave Lewis – January 12 2023.
Jeff Beck at JBs Club photo by Mat Lotus
Jimmy Page Tribute:
Via his Facebook page:
“The six stringed Warrior is no longer here for us to admire the spell he could weave around our mortal emotions, Jeff could channel music from the ethereal. His technique unique. His imaginations apparently limitless. Jeff I will miss you along with your millions of fans.
Jeff Beck Rest in Peace.”
Robert Plant Tribute:
Via his Instagram page

This is tragic news. Hard to take in. Jeff always appeared timeless, ever evolving. He embraced project after project with limitless energy and enthusiasm. He surfaced in an extraordinary time, he took his place side by side with the virtuosos of the period, his mates.

“The scene was on fire, he introduced a cool template moving from Yardbird to Bolero to Truth, Beck Ola with Rod the perfect foil, the singer and guitarist syndrome, plenty of sparks, great results. He cooked up magic through all the passing eras, always up for the next, unknown, unlikely collision, back in time to homage Cliff Gallup, forward to Johnny Depp. His gift was enormous. He was funny, challenging and eager. My feelings are with Sandra today.”

More here via LZ News:
https://ledzepnews.com/2023/01/11/jeff-beck-died-aged-78/?fbclid=IwAR2O7fwN_mfEnFU129EKhnEDLlzQeXsjIUdakf9g9D0lAwp1KHAdLpxyowU
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Deborah Bonham Band ‘Bonham-Bullick’ News 2023
Happy New Year everyone…
Looking forward to next week’s run of concerts that see us in LONDON, SKEGNESS and EMSWORTH Hampshire.
Hoping we’ll see you there, and thanks so much for your support throughout 2022 that included many fabulous ‘Sell-Out’ shows and Festivals in UK and Europe.
2023 opens with accolades including Bonham-Bullick as ‘Blues Matters’ magazine contender for ‘Album of the Year’, No5 in the European Hit Tracks Top 100 Albums of 2022, and ‘Album of the Year’ category of Doc’s Blues Awards on Radio Severn FM. Listen in Monday 9th Jan 10pm UK Time at https://www.severnfm.com/

2023 Live: Deborah Bonham Band ‘Bonham-Bullick’

More Dates To Be Confirmed
For Booking Agent in your territory, please Email: info@deborahbonham.com

BONHAM-BULLICK

Deborah Bonham and Peter Bullick release an inspiring blend of Blues, Rock and Soul with their new 13-track album Bonham-Bullick on USA label Quarto Valley Records, and are out on Tour now.
Produced by Bonham and mixed by Tim Oliver at Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studio, the recording comprises some classic and obscure interpretations spanning seven decades, featuring songs from the greats such as O.V. Wright, Johnnie Taylor, Albert King, Sam Cooke and Ann Peebles together with more modern-day luminaries such as Bernard Fowler (Rolling Stones), Mark Lanegan (Screaming Trees) and Chris Wilson (Australia’s ‘Crown of Thorns’).
The album not only features their long standing live band Gerard Louis, Ian Rowley and Rich Newman (who themselves have played and recorded with Steve Marriott, Rory Gallagher, Robert Plant and along with Bullick, were chosen by Paul Rodgers to tour the UK and USA with him as his Free Spirit backing band culminating in a Billboard Chart #2 ‘Free Spirit Live at The Royal Albert Hall London’) but also special guest musicians who have recorded and performed with Robert Plant, Portishead, Massive Attack, Waterboys, Heart, Bobby Rush and Ann Peebles.

Deborah Bonham: Over the course of an impressive career, Deborah Bonham has established herself as one of the finest Blues, Rock and Soul singers that the UK has produced. A string of critically acclaimed original albums and captivating standing ovation concert performances (Royal Albert Hall, London Palladium and on the extensive 2018 USA ‘Stars Align Tour’ with Paul Rodgers, Jeff Beck and Ann Wilson of Heart) have consistently garnered rave reviews.Peter Bullick: Belfast born guitarist, lauded by the press for his passionate playing and touted by Paul Rodgers as a replacement for Kossoff should Free ever reform, exudes his influences from the world’s greatest Blues Guitarists in every note of his playing.

Press and Radio Quotes:

“The album sounds great. Performances are soulful and moving” Rolling Stone

“Bonham is in fine voice throughout while Bullick’s Kossoff-inspired playing shows why Paul Rodgers values him so highly” Blues In Britain
“A contender for album of the year. It’s magnificent.

 

I really loved every track.” Blues Matters

“Powerfully produced and immaculately played album, Bonham and Bullick

 

do a fine job of making the songs their own.” Classic Rock

“Bonham-Bullick is one heck of a ride from end to end and belongs on every short list of 2022’s most vital new releases. Don’t let it pass you by.” Rock and Blues Muse

“Killer guitar tone from Bullick & soulful power from Deborah Bonham. Blues aficionados will love the new Bonham-Bullick record.” UAWIL/Pantheon USA

“In the tradition of the great Blues-Rock of the 1970s while also being deeply entrenched in classic Blues and Soul.” JJ French Connection USA

“There are only a select few guitar players who can achieve the Paul Kossoff tone and it’s apparent from the first note of the new Bonham-Bullick album, Peter Bullick summons Kossoff’s spellbinding style” Irish News

“Wow is all I got to say after that, and boy can Deborah Bonham sing”
Johnnie Walker’s Rock Show BBC R2

“If David Bowie played the Blues, it might’ve sounded something like this… ACE!”
Cerys Matthews’ Blues Show BBC Radio 2 (‘It Ain’t Easy’ by Bonham-Bullick)

“Deborah Bonham -The best female vocalist and tightest band we should have been hearing for the last 20 years. An arena worthy show in a New York club!”
Carol Miller – ‘Get the Led Out’ Q104.3 FM USA

“Top-flight Blues-Slingers deliver in style. They’re no strangers to entertaining crowds of thousands at international Blues festivals when they’re not backing Paul Rodgers live, so catching the Bonham-Bullick band at an intimate Sold-Out venue on this occasion was an opportunity too good to miss”  Classic Rock Magazine
“I warned you they’d blow you away…” Paul Rodgers
 
The Main Edge USA
Bonham-Bullick album review and chat with Deborah Bonham and Peter Bullick
‘What’s it like to sing in front of Heart’s Ann Wilson and play guitar in front of Jeff Beck?’

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Bonzo Bash to Celebrate His 75th Birthday

“Get ready to party!” – that’s the message from the organisers of this year’s John Bonham A Celebration III. The biennial live music event, usually held in September, has been brought forward to Saturday 27th May to celebrate the 75th birthday of Redditch born Led Zeppelin drummer, John Henry Bonham, aka Bonzo.

John was born on 31st May 1948 at 84 Birchfield Road, Headless Cross, the home of Nurse Violet Jones, a local midwife, after 26 hours of labour, and weighing in at 10lbs 4oz. A blue plaque unveiled in 2017 commemorates the occasion.

This year’s main live music stage will be under The Canopies, just yards from the John Bonham Memorial which was installed on his 70th Birthday in May 2018, and officially unveiled by his sister, successful blues singer-songwriter, Deborah Bonham, in September at the launch of the inaugural John Bonham Celebration festival.

“The JBMF Team are currently finalising the line-up for this year’s special celebration” says Event Director, Ros Sidaway. “We’re again expecting fans from all over the UK, Europe, US and Canada to descend on Redditch to celebrate what would have been John’s 75th birthday”

Tickets for the event, in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust, will go on sale in late February via www.JohnBonhamAC.com

Organisations interested in advertising or sponsorship opportunities please email ros@johnbonhammemorial.com

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Remembering  the late great Mick Bonham – RIP…

Remembering the late great Mick Bonham – 23 years gone …

January 14 marks the passing of Mick Bonham in 2000.

Back in early 1980, I first contacted Mick to request some of his amazing photos he had taken of Led Zeppelin at Knebworth to use in the then forthcoming TBL issue 4. He was more than generous in supplying a whole batch of previously unpublished shots. From then on he was always very supportive of my work and we often met at Zep related events.

His generosity and great spirit was certainly well in evidence when along with other members of the wonderful Bonham family, Mick attended the 1992 Led Zeppelin Celebration Days Convention the late much missed Andy Adams and I staged in London…here’s a great pic taken by Jan Mulder from that weekend of Mick on stage with Deb and the band. RIP Mick…

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Led Zeppelin News Update:

Here’s the latest round up from LZ News:

Led Zeppelin

  • An updated and expanded edition of Luis Rey’s seminal Led Zeppelin live recordings book “Led Zeppelin Tape Documentary” will be published and made available through Amazon later this month, according to a post by Rey on Facebook.

Jimmy Page

  • The release date for the Death Wish 2 box set that includes Jimmy Page’s soundtrack for the film has been delayed to February 28.

Robert Plant

Upcoming events:

2023 – The second Band Of Joy album titled “Band Of Joy Volume 2” will be released, an expanded edition of the Honeydrippers album “The Honeydrippers: Volume One” will be released and the remastered and expanded thirtieth anniversary edition of “Coverdale–Page” may be released.
January – An updated and expanded edition of Luis Rey’s “Led Zeppelin Tape Documentary” book will be published.
February 5 – The 2023 Grammy Awards ceremony will be held. Robert Plant and Alison Krauss are nominated for three awards.
Spring/Summer – Robert Plant will tour the US.

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TBL Archive Special: A look back to the second date of the Led Zeppelin 1975 touring campaign:

TBL LED ZEPPELIN JANUARY 1975 SNAPSHOT…

DATE: SUNDAY JANUARY 12 1975:

VENUE: BRUSSELS, BELGIUM

VORST NATIONAAL

Setlist: Rock And Roll/Sick Again/Over The Hills And Far Away/When The Levee Breaks/The Song Remains The Same/The Rain Song/Kashmir/The Wanton Song/No Quarter/Trampled Underfoot/In My Time Of Dying/Stairway To Heaven/Whole Lotta Love – Black Dog/Communication Breakdown.

Snapshot Notes: The second warm up date for their forthcoming US tour – the previous night they had played Rotterdam. Before the show Robert conducted an interview backstage with Bob Harris for broadcast the following Friday (January 17th) on BBC2’s Old Grey Whistle Test.

There were five previews aired from the forthcoming Physical Graffiti set – Sick Again, Kashmir, The Wanton Song (which would only be performed on a few of the opening US dates), Trampled Underfoot and In My Time Of Dying. They also included an arrangement of the never before played live When The Levee Breaks – this again did not last for too many performances on the US tour. With Page possibly dealing with a recently damaged finger (see more on this below), the set was less than two hours in length with little improvisation – Dazed And Confused and Moby Dick were both absent – rare omissions for the time. Robert Plant was also beginning to struggle with an oncoming cold. Presentation wise these two warm up warm-up dates were performed with a relatively simple stage set up for the final time.– the US tour will see John Bonham’s drums mounted on a rostrum and a major new light and laser show.

These dates were announced in the UK press at the end of 1974, but I somehow missed this info – – in fact I did not know the gigs  had taken place until a week later such was the low key nature of the gigs – oh for the internet back then! If I had known, I would have made an effort to go for sure!

Snapshot Listen – how it sounded today:

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It’s Time To Travel Again (Diagrams of Led Zeppelin)

The January 12th Brussels show exists on a fair to good audience recording that I have on the Diagrams of Led Zeppelin CD It’s Time To Travel Again.

Here’s my overview of how it sounded today:

Given the physical frailties of Robert’s voice and (possibly!) Jimmy’s injured finger, once they get in their stride there are some fine performances. The set is a quant one with the notable omission of Dazed And Confused – along with the Rotterdam gig the night before, it was the first time this Zep I standard had not been played live in a Zep performance since their inception. There’s no Moby Dick either making for a much shorter performance than was the standard.

Sick Again kicks in after Rock And Roll and Robert plays it safe on the vocal histrionics. Jimmy is equally tentative on Over The Hills And Far Away with none of the expansive solo improvisation that will be a highlight on the US tour and Earls Court shows.

Their onstage rustiness is evident early on – amply demonstrated by Bonzo going into the intro of When The Levee Breaks when he should have been readying for Over The Hills – where’s that confounded written set list!

When The Levee is duly performed (‘’here’s one we always enjoyed and we’ve finally got around to playing’’). Bonzo is spot on but it’s a rather ponderous plodding arrangement – it will not last too many outings on the US tour. ‘’Jimmy Page steel guitar’’ proclaims Robert at the close.

The Song Remains The Same/The Rain Song are fairly perfunctory performances while the new Kashmir is initially a little hap-hazard. Robert loses the lyrics early on but they recover well for the final ‘’Let me take you there’’ sequence which prompts both Page and Plant to up their game.

‘’Another song of lust, a little habit I picked up after meeting Phil Carson (NB: Atlantic Records exec)– one of my idols’’ is Plant’s tongue in cheek intro into The Wanton Song – this works really well with Page now suitably animated in his playing – it’s a shame it was to fall off the setlist after a few performances in the US.

No Quarter is very much a 1973 arrangement with no extended grand piano section – which might be just as well as the crowd seem impatient and slow hand clap as the chorus comes back in. Before that, Jimmy gets into some very delicate and pleasing wah wah effects.

Two back to back Physical Graffiti previews follow: Trampled Underfoot is fast and furious and In My Time Of Dying is a valiant performance given the physical restraints. Both of these of course will come good with a few more performances

Finally…’’A song from not too long ago …what you might call a permanent favourite ‘ as Plant explains.

So come in Stairway To Heaven – now elevated to the main setlist closer. From the slightly extended strummed intro though to the crescendo ending, this performance strongly hints at the majesty this piece will attain ahead. It’s a great performance and worth the price of admission alone with Plant adlibbing away (note he still sings ‘’Dear lady’’ and ‘’Your Stairway’’ tonight – this will change to ‘’Dear people’ and ‘’Our Stairway’’ during the US tour). As for Jimmy, he delivers that long and winding jittering solo with sheer intent – a solo that will further develop and extend in the coming months and reach something of a zenith in Earls Court come May. It’s already very evident how much they have moved this piece on from the 1973 tour.

Encores: A brief Whole Lotta Love that segues into Black Dog and a strident Communication Breakdown with a chugging mid-section (‘’I don’t need…I don’t want’’) and gig number two of 1975 is over.

In the coming weeks in America , Plant’s voice will initially become weaker and Page’s finger injury will deem that How Many More Times temporarily replaces Dazed as the violin bow showcase. The stage setting will become more extravagant and the light and laser show ever striking. The audiences will become increasingly crazy, and a double album called Physical Graffiti will create a fervent rush at record stores across the land.

This night in Brussels is a quint and fascinating transitory performance – the health problems may be evident but inspired by their new material, this slightly tentative Led Zeppelin are very keen to make their mark in 1975.

And make their mark they will do as you will read in the next TBL Led Zep 1975 Snapshot…

To be continued…

Dave Lewis – January 13,2022. 

Jimmy s Injured Finger:

It was well documented that Jimmy injured his finger – shutting it in a train door in early 1975 – it’s difficult to pin point the actual date it happened – I was under the impression it was just before the Rotterdam and Brussels dates but I could well be wrong. here are some thoughts on the topic from TBL contributor Andy Crofts

The 1975 finger thing, I couldn’t resist a quick word about that. It is frustrating, because it’s very hard to square all the reported facts.

You are right that it is simplest to assume that it happened pre-Brussels, but the Rolling Stone interview from March 75 is equally clear that it happened ‘just a week’ before the US tour started, and JP had only one rehearsal to work out how to play everything. Both Keith Shadwick and Mick Wall back this up in their books, although neither gives a proper reference, maddeningly.

The Brussels gig is weird, because they don’t play Dazed And Confused  and How Many More Times -or Moby Dick for that matter, which I’d have thought ideal if the guitarist is unwell! But… JP plays very well in Brussels (this initially surprised me when I started listening), RP doesn’t make any mention of fingers onstage (which he does do on later US gigs), and the Bob Harris interview with him the same day doesn’t touch on it either. I also can’t help shake the feeling that they would just have cancelled those warm-ups had JP done his finger in immediately prior.

My take is that initially they never intended to play Dazed And Confused in 1975. They had other stuff in the set, like Levee and Wanton, and potentially others too; the setlist from the disputed Minneapolis rehearsal tape is an indicator here (I don’t believe this can be from 1973, but that’s a whole other argument!). So that’s why it’s not played in Brussels. They get to the US and realise they don’t like Levee, and need more material to fill the gap. This needs to be familiar to the audience, which won’t have heard the new stuff yet. The unrehearsed Dazed And Confused is considered a stretch too far, given the by-now broken finger, so they have a go at How many More Times for a few nights… equally unrehearsed, but it worked quite well when they did it impromptu in Southampton in 1973. Putting my guitarist’s hat on, I don’t see how a shortish Dazed And Confused is necessarily harder on the fingers than How Many More Times (something else that’s always bothered me about that part of the story), but the latter is certainly easier to pick up if you haven’t played it for a while.

All this squares the known and reported facts, and also makes sense of Jimmy’s other comment in Rolling Stone, that he wants Dazed And Confused back in the set ASAP… he preferred playing that to How Many More Times , which was probably a bit old-fashioned for him by 1975.

There’s another possibility of course, which is that the Brussels tape is incomplete, and other songs were played… it does seem very short. But I don’t think so. It’s maddening not to have anything from Rotterdam or indeed Minneapolis to compare it with.

Oops, I’ve written an essay. These nitpicking things are interesting in an ubergeek kind of way, and I think it’s fascinating how things which may not be quite right become accepted fact, just through repetition. I think Led Zeppelin simply started with one set list in 1975 and abandoned it in the face of their US audience. A shame. I’ve recently been reading about Cream’s experiences in the US, and they were the same; lots of parallels actually. Jimmy’s finger is ultimately a red herring, because – painful or otherwise – he plays very well throughout Jan 75.

Many Thanks Andy for those comments.


More TBL Archive:

It was 42 years ago: DL Life with the stars…. 

It was 41 years ago this month in January 1981 that the local Bedford paper The Bedford Record published a centre page feature piece on the Tight But Loose magazine and my affinity for Led Zeppelin (the first of a number of such stories that would appear over the next three decades – I discovered that local newspaper editors love this stuff).

This all grew out of some quotes I gave to then local journalist Andy Bull at the time about the sales hike experienced after John Lennon’s death. When I mentioned I published a magazine on Led Zeppelin he was very keen to interview me for the paper. A photographer was dispatched to the Dents Road shrine (my bedroom) and next thing I knew my name was in lights (sort of).

Coming home on my bike from working at WH Smiths (where the talk of the day had been my inclusion in the paper) that evening of January 6th 1981, I noticed the billboard outside the local newsagents shop previewing the papers content. It read (I kid you not!)  ‘’ Bedford Record : Bedford man’s life with the stars’’. I got off my bike, calmly walked in showed the shopkeeper the paper and my picture in it and asked  for said billboard. He kindly offered it to me and I still have it  – here’s a pic of me with it from about eight years back –  I really should get it framed.

 

Bedford mans life with the stars then: The young DL in the Dents Road shrine with TBL 5 – as seen in the Bedford Record January 6th, 1981.

 

 

 

 

 

 


It was 51 years ago today – a triple album changed my life:
This one from my Facebook page on Saturday and extracted from my work in progress memoirs…
It was 51 Years Ago Today…a triple album record changed my life…
On this day in 1972 I went into town and made what was my first really significant album purchase.
Prior to this moment, I had indulged in some budget sampler albums such as Island’s You Can All Join In, and I had the then recently released Led Zeppelin IV for Christmas – now I was ready to make a substantial fresh purchase…
The album I desperately wanted was The Concert For Bangla Desh by George Harrison & Friends. This was the live album of the two benefit concerts George had staged the previous August at Madison Square Garden to aid relief in Bangla Desh. The first big charity event of its kind.
I had followed all this diligently in the music press –and excitedly so. Led Zeppelin were my number one musical passion but close behind were The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. The Beatles of course had imploded the year before but anything Beatle related interested me greatly. Now came the opportunity to by a Beatle related release as it was shipped.
At the time this was big news indeed. Two ex- Beatles on stage George and Ringo, guests including Eric Clapton, Billy Preston, Leon Russell and a performance by Bob Dylan – his first major live appearance in two years.
All this was to be released as a triple album and the asking price was a bank busting £5.50 (£58 in today’s money) – not that I had a bank account back then being just age 15 and still at school.
I did however, have a job at the local newsagents delivering newspapers. For this I earnt 75p a week and I had been saving for weeks knowing the Concert For Bangla Desh was being released early in the year.
So it was on Saturday January 8 1972 ( the details of which are all recorded in the diary I kept that year and continued to thereafter) I went into the WH Smith record department – the only local Bedford record shopl that had it in stock –it had been released the previous day and was well in demand. Thankfully they had it out in the racks and there it was in the distinct orange box set and I excitedly handed over my £5.50.
Quick aside – in a strange quirk of fate little did I know that within three years I would actually be working in this record department myself – the start of a 35 year career in music retail.
Back on January 8 1972, I hurried home and set up my record player – a fairly standard portable one but at the time it did me proud.
I now had living breathing aural evidence of this landmark show. George performing tracks from the massive selling All Things Must Pass such as My Sweet Lord, Awaiting On Your All and Beware Of Darkness, Beatle classics While My Guitar Gently Weeps, Here Comes The Sun and Something, Billy Preston wailing out That’s The Way God Planned It, the big roar for Ringo as he performed his big solo hit It Don’t Come Easy, Leon Russell ripping through a medley of Youngblood and Jumpin’ Jack Flash and a whole side of Bob Dylan.
I had read and kept in a scrapbook all the reviews of the show in the music press ( which I still have as can be seen in this pic) and also cut all the reviews of the accompanying triple album. ‘’If you only buy one album in 1972 make it this one’’ was one memorable headline.
Well I heeded that advice but it was certainly not the only album I purchased that year.
From June 1972, I had a regular income from my first job at British Home Stores .This allowed me to indulge in a long and winding path of musical exploration and my collection began to build with albums from the likes of Led Zeppelin (I had been a fan since late 1969 but with money in my pocket I backtracked and got my own copies of the first three albums), Hendrix, Dylan, Zappa, Alice Cooper, Janis Joplin, Jefferson Airplane, the Glastonbury and Woodstock Festival triple sets and more – all records that opened up a whole new musical spectrum for this particular youngster finding new delights with every purchase.
It was The Concert For Bangla Desh though that really set me on the way and developed a musical passion for buying records that of course is as fervent today as it was 50 years ago.
Playing that triple album for the first time I knew I had truly discovered the sheer wonder to be had in appreciating these things of beauty. I wanted that feeling and thrill of investing in a new record again as soon as possible and it would be repeated countless times in the ensuing years.
I do of course still have this copy of The Concert For Bangla Desh – the box is a little worn but the records play great and yes it will be on today in celebration.
Very quaintly back then I customised the inner sleeves by hand writing out all the track listing of who played what and when. Even back then my quest for the finer details of the recording process was developing. Putting pen to paper to chronicle such detail was something I loved doing.
Such passion would lead me on a path of much fulfilment as I began writing about music and principally Led Zeppelin. This would subsequently flower into the publication of my books and TBL magazine.
Back at school in early 1972 where the pop trends amongst my friends was led by Marc Bolan & T. Rex and Slade (both of whom I also loved) my enthusiasm for what might be termed more grown up music was eyed with some fascination.
Soon though I was being asked what this Banlga Desh lark was all about and for that matter the appeal of Led Zeppelin – and I was more than happy to elaborate and educate on these subjects.
So thank your dear George for staging this monumental event of 51 years back – and Happy 51st anniversary to a record release that I can honestly say changed my life
Postscript:
A while back I came across the 2005 Concert For Bangla Desh 2 CD reissue in the local Oxfam charity shop and was more than happy to hand over the £12.99 asking price -the set being in mint condition. It felt like history was repeating itself and the rush I got from investing again in this pivotal set was exactly the same as I had experienced when I made that original triple album purchase back in 1972.
In an ever changing world (and not for the better currently) – that is a constant worth hanging on to…
Dave Lewis – January , 2023.
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LP/CD box set re-issues for 2023 – the DL wish list:

Some thought’s on my wish list for anniversary box set re issues for 2023

There’s plenty of scope for a fair few various anniversary re issues this year so here’s some contenders…

50th anniversary potential releases:

The Faces – Ooh La La

Plenty of scope here to extend the original album as it only came in at around 33 minutes. There was a fair few outtakes on The Faces box set and their are BBC live recordings from this era.

Beck Bogart and Appice – Beck Bogart and Appice

There’s live recordings around including a live album released in Japan that could add to this superb album. (Note: I wrote this before the very sad passing of Jeff was announced – it would be a fitting tribute to see this album back in the spotlight.)

David Bowie  Aladdin Sane/Pin Ups

Aladdin Sane is being officially re issued as a remastered half speed album and picture disc. What I would like to see is a multi disc package marked Bowie ’73 rather like last year’s  Marc Bolan Marc ’72 box set release. This could cover both the Aladdin Sane and Pin Ups albums with outtakes, B sides etc  plus an official release of the Bowie 1980 Floor Show Midnight Special as shot at the Marquee in late 1973 – audio and DVD please!

Elton John – Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only The Piano Player /Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

Similar to the above how about an Elton ’73 than encompasses both these albums originally released in 1973. Plenty of Elton footage from this period.

There’s a crop of possible ex Beatle albums 50th album reissues:

George Harrison – Living in the Material World

Ringo Starr – Ringo 

John Lennon – Mind Games

There’s been plenty of outtakes and demos issued on bootlegs of  the above albums – expanded sets would therefore be easy to compile.

Paul McCartney and Wings –Band On The Run

Another one that could be suitably extended – and a platform for a complete release of the One Hand Clapping film shot at Abbey Road in 1974.. There’s also been talk of expanded  editions of London Town and Back To The Egg..

Nick Drake – Pink Moon

Not too much in extra material here but one that would be nice to see re-issued to coincide with Richard Morton Jack’s forthcoming autorised biography due this summer.

The Who – Whos Next/ Lifehouse

Not a 50th anniversary release but a delayed one – according to reports, this is happening this year with Pete keen to present the whole Lifehouse saga including the 1971 Young Vic rehearsals and more – Steven Wilson has created a Dolby Atmos Mix  so expect a multi disc extensive package.

It’s worth noting that some  albums celebrating their 50th anniversary have already been well served in the re-issue department notable Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side Of The Moon,The Who Quadrophenia  and The Rolling Stones Goats Head Soup

The next one is unlikely to happen  but it’s one to wish for…

Led Zeppelin –Houses Of The Holy

A reconfiguration of the original album to include the outtakes Black Country Woman, The Rover and Walters Walk.

Also to include an official release of the known to exist and much bootlegged Southampton University January 22 1973 soundboard recording. I would welcome doing the sleeve notes for such a package – I come cheap Jimmy!

Other albums celebrating their 50th anniversary include Roxy Music’s For Your Pleasure and Stranded, Stevie Wonder’s Innervisions, Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells ,Lou Reed’s Berlin and John Martyn’s Solid Air.

40th anniversary potential releases:

David Bowie –Let’s Dance

His biggest seller and scope for extra tracks and Serious Moonlight tour footage.

Robert Plant – Principle of Moments

Outtakes, B sides and an official release of the Dallas 1983 soundboard would be most welcome plus the various promo videos.

The Honeydrippers /Band of Joy 2

Robert Plant’s official end of year review revealed that  RP has been busy working in the studio refining new work from the Honeydrippers collection and reviewing the progress that was made with Band of Joy Vol 2. So there looks to something coming from these projects – perhaps an extended edition of the 1984 Honeydrippers album – and material from the Band Of Joy 2 sessions with Buddy Miller from 2011.

35th Anniversary releases:

Jimmy Page – Outrider   

It would be great to see Jimmy turn his hand to this one to extend it with outtakes and one of the US 1988 Outrider tour soundboards.

30th anniversary potential releases:

Coverdale Page – Coverdale Page 

This has already been mooted by David Coverdale though there’s no official word on this as yet.  Outtakes B sides, promo videos and an official release of one of the Japan 1983 performances – their only live dates.

Robert Plant – Fate Of Nations 

Again scope for outtakes, acoustic performances  and promo videos – plus an official release of the 1993 Montreux soundboard.

25th anniversary potential releases: 

Jimmy Page & Robert Plant – Walking Into Clarksdale  

It would be great to hear a remixed version of this as it’s always felt a bit lacking in dynamics – scope too for outtakes and an official release of the brilliant March 1998 Shepherds Bush performance and footage.

20th anniversary potential release:

Led Zeppelin – DVD:

It’s now 20 years since the five hour expansive Zep DVD appeared -an updated version with further footage would be most welcome on Blu-ray and DVD.

Finally – The Beatles Rubber Soul:

Not an anniversary release as such but this is being tipped as the next Giles Martin re- mix with added outtakes.

The Beatles  – Get Back

Another on the wish list – a proper DVD release of the Peter Jackson with expanded content and an official release of the complete Beatles rooftop performance.

Summary:

So there’s a wish list of some of the albums I’d like to see expanded and revised – many of them are of course highly speculative and as ever it will be interesting to see what surfaces in the coming months…

Dave Lewis – January 11 2023

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DL Diary Blog Update:
Friday January 6:
First Zep collectables to come my way in 2023 via my record collecting comrade John Parkin is a very welcome batch of Led Zeppelin cassette releases from overseas.
This version of Houses Of The Holy is on the 747 Rock label that came of Saudi Arabia in the 1980s – all unauthorized of course. Not only that, the track listing is all mixed up and adds I Can’t Quit You Baby and Communication Breakdown –very random…
Finally the sleeve design – a censored version, you gotta love those black trousers! Not something designers Hipgnosis had in mind when they spent months on the sleeve design back in 1972!
Saturday January 7:

Saturday is platterday – ahead of his Birthday tomorrow –on the player the rather brilliant David Bowie album Young Americans…

Saturday January 7:

It was 50 Years Ago Today…

Loading up the double CD Oxford Blues, a soundboard recording of Led Zeppelin’s rather splendid performance at the New Theatre Oxford on this day in 1973. I wish I could have been at this one and many others on that tour (I did attend the Dec 23 Ally Pally show)…I would make up for it in 1975…

This is from the superb bootleg CD box set Ascension In The Wane – The January 1973 Soundboards. This chronicles various performances from their 1972/3 UK tour. I will be revisiting these excellent shows from this box set throughout the month…providing a much needed Led Zep fix…

Sunday January 8:
Saturday is platterday – on the player – marking his Birthday today the brilliant Elvis Presley Sun Collection album
A quick Led Zep story:
This album was compiled by NME writer Roy Carr in the late 1970s. There were a couple of versions of this and one of them features sleeve notes by Roy plus a back cover credit that reads ‘’Dedicated to Percy,Pagey, Jonesy, Bonzo and Big G” – a reference to the members of Led Zeppelin and manager Peter Grant. Roy had a good relationship with them all and knew they were big Elvis fans so it was an affectionate acknowledgement.
When I was in their record company Swan Song office in April 1980 I mentioned this album and their credit on it to office supremo and press officer Unity Mclean. It was evident Unity had passed this info on to Peter as the next time I visited, I was called upon by Unity to run an errand. My task was to get a taxi into central London and buy a copy of the Elvis Sun Collection album for Peter Grant.
So I ventured into town and purchased the said record at the Virgin Megastore in Oxford Street and returned with it to their Kings Road office.
For this errand I was rewarded with a set of the new 10x 8 Led Zep promo photos and posters they had just had delivered. Whenever I look at the sleeve of my copy of this Elvis album which I purchased for myself at WH Smith soon after I am reminded of that memorable day in the Swan Song office back in 1980…
Sunday January 8:
Great to hand over belated Birthday presents to Pete Burridge at the BowieJam at Esquires …
Sunday January 8:
Bowie Jam at Esquires ……remembering David Bowie for me the single most important solo artist of all time
Monday  January 9: 
Sunday is Jimmy Page Birthday platterday – on the player the 3 LP bootleg box set package Led Zeppelin London Royal Albert Hall January 9 1970 –one of the all time great Led Zep gigs on the night of Jimmy Page’s 26th Birthday…Happy Birthday Jimmy…
Monday January 9:
On the occasion of Jimmy Page’s Birthday…
As Julie Felix introduced him ‘A very talented and special musician’’ the quality of this clip from her BBC 2 show in 1970 is not pristine but his acoustic guitar playing certainly is – just awesome…
The much missed late Andy Adams and I showed this clip for the first time at the 1992 Led Zeppelin UK Convention we staged thanks to Tim Davies…it was an incredible moment when we first watched it and Andy and I often reminisced about it… great memories.
See YouTube clip here:

Sunday January 9:

 

In the light of Jimmy’s Birthday – here’s a piece of TBL history:

This is a limited edition cassette in a run of about 40 I compiled and handed out at a special TBL gathering at the Camden Record Fair staged at the Electric Ballroom venue on Saturday January 8 1994 to celebrate Jimmy Page’s 50th Birthday …all of 29 years ago … it’s been a lifetime but a second…

 

Sunday January 9:
On the occasion of Jimmy Page’s Birthday…
In a career that has spanned seven decades, Jimmy Page has written the rule book on the art of rock guitar. From monolithic riffing to blistering solos, through acoustic beauty to vast instrumental guitar orchestration.
Here are ten examples of some of his best solos from the Led Zeppelin catalogue…
10: COMMUNICATION BREAKDOWN (1969)
An early Zep anthem and a prime example of the economy Page can bring to the table. The song itself has the sort of frantic quality that the likes of Johnny Rotten and the punk rock movement would attempt to replicate a decade later. As for the solo – short, sharp and incisive. A mimed performance for Swedish TV in March 1969 was a rare small screen appearance.
9: RAMBLE ON (1969)
Page brings grace, finesse and style to the proceedings with a smooth tonal run at one minute 47 that perfectly complements the upbeat chorus. The ripple of notes he churns out for the second solo around two minutes 25 is also mighty fine.
8: FOR YOUR LIFE (1976) ..
This Presence track found a physically impaired Plant (he was recovering from a car smash) questioning their dubious on the road life style. Page’s solo is as vicious as some of the lyrical observations. A venomous affair that spirals out of the speakers. Never performed live in the Zep era, they bravely attempted it at the 2007 reunion show – and absolutely nailed it.
7: THE ROVER (1975)
He can do bombastic, he can do blues, he can do 50’s rock’n’roll – he can damn near doing anything, and he can definitely do guitar melody as well as anyone. The solo on this under-rated gem is ample proof.
6: IN THE EVENING (1979)
Jimmy may have been taken something of a back seat to Plant and John Paul Jones in the recording of their final studio album In Through the Out Door – however on this strutting opening track, he impressively stamps his authority on proceedings. The slamming door effect of the solo is yet another innovation. Washed up in 1979? Not on this evidence.
5: BLACK DOG (1971)
Page cleverly interweaves the riff across a series of accapella vocal lines and what a riff it is – a monster affair played in a manner that would baffle copyists for years to come. The solo he saves for the close – a beautifully constructed cascade of rippling notes.
4: WHOLE LOTTA LOVE (1969)
Time has done nothing to diminish the pure adrenalin rush of the riff that ate the world. It leads on into a simply scintillating solo played out against Bonzo’s hammerings . For their 1979 Kenbworth appearances it was given a new lease of life – recharged, revamped and re-modeled for the post punk era. How joyous they all look on the clip from the official 2003 DVD release. Crunching through it all again and again
3: SINCE I’VE BEEN LOVING YOU (1970)
Drama, dynamics and dexterity are the ingredients for this flawless performance. An excited cry of ”Watch out!” from Plant is the signal for Page to let loose with a solo of awesome
artistry. Always a live stage favourite, this was one of the undoubted highlights of their Song Remains The Same movie.
2: ACHILLES LAST STAND (1976)
It was Page’s determination to turn adversity into triumph that ignited the entire Presence album. At the helm of it all, is this extraordinary opening ten minute lament. The guitar orchestration is pure a genius and the final outpouring of overdubbed majesty quite breathtaking. The defining studio statement of a defining guitar hero.
1: STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN (LIVE AT EARLS COURT 1975)
Much maligned, in truth rarely bettered. As impressive as the studio version is, the live rendering from their Earls Court performance in 1975 is even better. Marvel at the entry of that solo as Page goes from madrigal to maelstrom with the switch of a guitar neck. Masterful.
Happy Birthday to the Lord Of The Strings..
Sunday January 9:
Some thoughts on Jimmy Page – on the occasion of his Birthday…
In a career that has spanned seven decades Jimmy Page has constantly taken the art of guitar playing to new levels – from his session days through The Yardbirds to Led Zeppelin and beyond. From monolithic riffing to blistering solos, through acoustic beauty to vast instrumental guitar orchestration. His ability to channel his undoubted genius in a studio setting has also made him a ground breaking producer.
Other aspects of his work include the deft remastering of the Zep catalogue and the visual flair he has brought to the large format books he has overseen.
I have been very fortunate to be in his presence on a fair few occasions. This has included interviewing him twice for the TBL magazine and liaising with him when I wrote the sleeve notes to the updated official Led Zeppelin BBC Sessions set in 2016.
I have always found him to be a man of exceptional integrity and wisdom – and he has been very supportive of my work over many years…
I have a lot to thank him for…
Happy Birthday Jimmy …
Dave Lewis, January 9, 2023
Tuesday January 10:
I read the news six years ago today oh boy……
Tuesday January 10:
Remembering David Bowie six years gone…I love this tribute to David Bowie by Ian Hunter…
Dandy – you’re the prettiest star
There ain’t no life on Mars
But we always thought there might be
Dandy – you opened up the door
You left us wanting more
And then we took the last bus home
Dandy – the world was black ‘n’ white
You showed us what it’s like
To live inside a rainbow
Dandy – you thrilled us to the core
You left us wanting more
And then we took the last bus home

Tuesday January 10:

David Bowie – six years gone today but of course never forgotten –
Certainly not around this house as can be seen via a few of my favourite Bowie things from the DL collection…

 

Thursday January 12:

It’s a Happy 62nd birthday today to our very good friend of 40 plus years Mr Alan Stutz, one of the first to buy TBL issue number one in 1979, gig going companion of many a memorable concert – Robert Plant, David Bowie, Status Quo, Queen Prince and New Order among them, author of one of the funniest books I’ve ever read namely his memoirs Diary of A Nearly Man (Wymer Publishing), life and soul of any public house gathering, great support to Janet and I over many years (he took fab pics at our wedding) and all round top man – Happy Birthday Alan from Janet and I  – have a great day mate…

Thursday January 12:

It was 54 years ago today…

The release of the debut Led Zeppelin album in the US…you can never have too many copies of Led Zeppelin I….

Update here:

The shocking and terribly sad news of the passing of Jeff Beck compounded what has been a difficult start to the year here.

Selections from these albums featuring the late great Jeff will be providing some much needed inspiration…

Thanks for listening 

Until next time…

Dave  Lewis –  January 12 2023 

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  • Larry said:

    I respectfully submit that Page’s solo on Achilles Last Stand from Presence is, as we might say in the States, the GOAT (Greatest of All Time)

    Larry

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  • Tim Coffey said:

    There are so many great Page solos. “Presence” has a lot of them — “Hots on for Nowhere” and “Tea for One” are just two. “Fool in the Rain” has another great one with the MXR Blue Box. The leads on “Ten Years Gone” and “I’m Gonna Crawl” are super good, too.

  • Hiroshi said:

    So sudden. So shocking. So sad.

    And so grateful that I caught his last tour. I saw him numerous times since 1970s.

    Farewell, Jeff the axeman.

  • Charles Tattersall said:

    Dave

    I share your feelings about Jeff Beck, this has been a great shock to the whole musical community. I was lucky enough to see the original Jeff Beck Group lineup (Beck, Rod Stewart, Ron Wood, Mickey Waller and I think Nicky Hopkins) at the 1968 Jazz and Blues Festival held at Kempton Park. It remains one of the best live performances I have ever seen.

    All the best

    Charles

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