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Jimmy Page & Robert Plant – Back in the USA – 28 years gone

28 years ago this spring , Jimmy Page & Robert Plant were on the first leg of their Unledded No Quarter tour. The tour opened in Pensacola and ran through until Vancouver on May 26 before moving into Europe, going back to America and eventually ending in Australia and Japan in early 1996

Given all that has happened since, not least the 02 reunion, the Celebration Day film and the Zep reissues, it’s easy to forget the impact this reunion had at the time. 15 years on from their last tour together, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant recaptured the imagination of Zep fans around the world. On stage they extended the creative edge of the MTV Unledded shows and combined it with the dynamic rock foundation that Led Zeppelin built their reputation on. The deployment of the Egyptian ensemble and orchestra added a unique exotic edge. I was lucky enough to see two shows at the Brendan Byrne Arena Meadowlands on April 6th and 7th. Along with thousands of other fans, it was massively exciting to be given the opportunity to see and hear the Zeppelin catalogue re interpreted with such  panache and viguor by the principal songwriters of much of the original material.

To mark the 28th anniversary here’s my on the spot report from Meadowlands Arena that first appeared in a TBL Newsletter in May 1995..and some posts from my Facebook page:

It was 28 years ago today…

28 years ago today on April 6 ,1995, I was lucky enough to be in New York to attend the April 6 and 7 1995 performances by Jimmy Page & Robert Plant at the Meadowlands Arena in New Jersey. Gary Foy and I travelled on a group trip from a company in Rotherham – it was all very well organised.

We also hooked up with a fair few fans including Dardo Simone and photographer Larry Ratner who published the Led Zeppelin Live Dreams photo book.

This was my only trip to the US and it was absolutely mind blowing. The crowd reaction on both nights was truly remarkable.

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Here’s my review that appeared in Mojo…

It was 28  years ago today…

28 years ago today I was lucky enough to be in New York for the second performance by Jimmy Page & Robert Plant at the Meadowlands Arena in New Jersey.

During the day Gary Foy and I were taken around the Greenwich Village area by our very gracious hosts Larry Ratner and Kim.

We visited Electric Lady Studios and the offices of Atlantic Records. Here’s a pic taken inside Electric Lady Studios in front of the studio console and by the Jimi Hendrix backdrop mural. It was incredible to be inside the very studio Hendrix had created his magic…and where Led Zeppelin visited in June 1972…such great memories from this New York visit all of 26 years ago today..

From my Facebook page …

28  years ago today I was lucky enough to be in New York for the second performance by Jimmy Page & Robert Plant at the Meadowlands Arena in New Jersey. The very kind folks at Atlantic Records secured us second row centre seats.

In this photo taken I think by Christophe Le Pabic behind the stage – I can be seen in the second row looking up at Jimmy,Robert and the late great Michael Lee just above Jimmy’s guitar neck.

Unsurprisingly, this occasion is right up there in my all-time fave gigs…they were simply astonishing that night all of 28 years ago…what a memory…

And more Page & Plant…

TBL Archive :Jimmy Page & Robert Plant: US Tour 1995.

Here is a piece that originally ran in TBL 11:

With the MTV film in the can, the next logical move was to take the show out on the road.,

The pair decided to extend the formula used for the MTV shows, employing the Egyptian string and percussion ensemble led by Hossam Ramzy and dubbed The Egyptian Pharaohs. Under the direction of Ed Shearmur they enlisted the assistance of local orchestras in each area they performed, thus enabling them to repeat the successful formula used for the Unledded filming which allowed fresh interpretations of the Zeppelin catalogue.

Just prior to the tour opening in February, Page and Plant reunited with John Paul Jones and Jason Bonham for an appearance at New York’s Waldorf hotel to accept Led Zeppelin’s induction into the Rock’n’Roll Hall Of Fame. Jonesy’s comment – “Thanks for my friends for remembering my phone number” – during his speech was a curt acknowledgement of his displeasure at being ignored.

Rehearsals for the Page Plant tour took place in London, and a preview of what was in store occurred when the pair did a live link up for the American TV Awards, performing ‘Black Dog’.

In early April I was lucky enough to catch their two day stint at the Meadowlands Arena in America (see my review for Mojo below). The second night where they strolled on to the stage and moved into ‘Thank You’ remains a defining memory. Further shows in Paris, Glasgow, Sheffield, St Austell, Poole, Birmingham and London proved conclusively that despite their advancing years the duo’s ability to recreate the power and grace of Zeppelin was without question.

It was a glorious period as long time fans and those too young to have seen Zep in their prime revelled in what was all in name the Zeppelin reunion we had all hoped for. By the tour’s end it was evident that Jimmy Page was playing better than at any time during the previous fifteen years. Indeed for a project that began as a request to strum a few Zep tunes unledded style for MTV’s acoustic showcase, when played live night after night this reappraisal of the Zeppelin catalogue developed into a fully ledded experience. A trend that would continue when they returned to the live action in 1998.

With so many tapes at our disposal, there is ample scope to take a retrospective view of the tour. Having listened to hours of material drawn from the many tapes of the tour, I have compiled an imaginary four-CD compilation that takes in all the major developments along the way. It includes the one-off gems slotted in, the stand-out performances, the offbeat sequences and all the historic moments building into a true overview of the entire tour. It features 53 extracts drawn from 26 different locations spread over 28 shows; nearly five hours of musical Page and Plant highlights that capture the often barely believable events that thousands of fans were privileged to enjoy during those 370 days.

So this is Page and Plant on tour together at last in 1995 and 1996. Proving conclusively that the evolution of Led Zeppelin continues…

Part One

CD1: US Tour First Leg:

Intro: Tales of Bron – Robin Williamson poem

‘Immigrant Song’ intro/’The Wanton Song’

(Thompson Bowling Arena, Knoxville, Tenessee, March 3 1995)

The previous date in Atlanta had seen the amalgamation of ‘Immigrant Song’into ‘Wanton Song’ as the set opener. On that occasion they had some trouble sorting out the ending (it was after all the first live airing of ‘Wanton Song’ in 20 years!). In Knoxville it all came together with Page leading the way with some dexterous runs. The atmospheric opening introduction poem that proceeded became a familiar opening ritual to a majority of the US first leg and some European dates. The choice of the little known Incredible String Band album extract recalled Plant’s fondness for this Sixties outfit, and by the time Robin Williamson had got to the line “There is the flavoured haunt of pleasure, no haunt or threat or malediction, but sweet of music strikes the air” the fans knew what was coming next as the silhouettes on stage burst into life.

‘Wanton Song’ went on to become the favoured set opener, clocking over 80 performances during the tour.

Achilles Last Stand’

(The Omni, Atlanta, Georgia, February 28 1995)

‘Achilles’ was always a prime contender for reworking on this tour so it was no real surprise when it turned up in the set lists of the two opening dates in Pensacola and Atlanta. More baffling was the fact it was never played again. On the evidence of the passion they brought to this performance there appears no logical reason why. It was a more than competent display that kicked along with all the verve of the best Zep deliveries circa 1977.  Robert introduced it as “One of the first songs Jimmy and I wrote relating to travel” – a similar spiel would be given over to introducing The Song Remains The Same which effectively took over the Achilles slot the next night.

Watching the video shot from the show, it’s clear they were enjoying reliving this crucial Zep track – the pair could be seen clustered together in a classic pose during the “Aha… Aha” refrain.

At times the February 28 delivery of ‘Achilles Last Stand’ recreated the spirit of Led  Zeppelin better than any other single performance on the tour. Maybe that’s why they decided to drop it. Perhaps they both felt it was just a little too close to what went before…

‘House Of The Rising Son’/‘Good times Bad Times’

( UNO Lakefront Arena, New Orleans, Louisanna, March 11 1995)

From the moment Plant casually walked up to the mic and oozed into the traditional local blues standard ‘House Of The Rising Sun’, this second night in New Orleans was destined to be special.

They then switched straight into ‘Good Times Bad Times’, the only performance of the rarely played Led Zep I opener. And it was a joy to hear them rumble through the familiar stops and starts of the track with Michael Lee on drums proving his worth.

‘Lullaby’

(UNO Lakefront Arena New Orleans Louisanna March 11 1995)

When the first set lists were posted on the Internet many presumed this was a new song and listed it as ‘Spiderman’. In actual fact  it was a revivial from Porl Thompson’s Cure days. It worked as an offbeat interlude amongst the Zep numbers with Plant immersed in the lyric and Page cutting fine precise lines against Porl’s rhythm work. ‘Lullaby’ survived in the set until the early part of the Europran dates before being deleted.

‘The Song Remains The Same’

(UNO Lakefront Arena, New Orleans, Lousinna, March 11 1995)

“There’s a ….”

At the beginning of this mid-period Zep classic, Plant twice taunted the crowd with the opening line from the well known Rolf Harris cover. Instead Page led them into a powerful rendition of the Houses Of The Holy opener. This was a definite highlight of the US leg with Page and Porl Thompson trading licks most effectively, with the latter’s speed on the Gibson jumbo guitar really pushing the song along. Plant reached the high notes with ease as it led it into a glorious finale. “Can you feel it?” asked the singer afterwards. Absolutely.

Tangerine’/’Hey Hey What Can I Do’

(US Air Arena, Landover, Washington, March 23 1995)

Two superb performances lined up back to back during this show. ‘Tangerine’ made its only appearance on this leg performed in a full band arrangement. The crowd reaction as Page hit the familiar notes was nothing less than euphoric. Porl played some suitably laid back electric parts against Page’s Ovation acoustic strumming. A nostalgic first outing for the Zep III standard that was last performed live twenty years back at Earls Court.

The underrated Zep III leftover (and subsequent US B side to ‘Immigrant Song’) ‘Hey Hey What Can I Do’ was another revelation with the crowd egarly joining in the chorus. Videos from the tour of this track show Page beaming with pride and duck walking along the stage.

Boogie Chillun’ sequence

(Skydome Arena, Toronto, March 27 1995)

“One night I was laying down”… The John Lee Hooker standard was an integral part of the ‘Whole Lotta Love’ medley in the Zeppelin era. This was its only appearance on the tour, emerging during the ‘Calling To You’ medley. The way it developed out of a lengthy Page solo was invigorating and for those in attendance a rare revival for another part of the Zep live canon.

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‘Calling To You’ including ‘Break On Through’/’As Long As I Have You’/

Dazed And Confused’ inserts

(Brendan Byrne Arena, Meadowlands, East Rutherford, New Jersey, April 6 1995)

‘Calling To You’ had previously been a highlight of Plant’s Fate Of Nations tour. With Jimmy on board it quickly developed into an extended piece that included a compelling guitar battle with Porl, a seminal riff exercise and then into an anything-could-happen medley sequence in the grand Zep tradition. This night in Meadowlands was exceptional for the inclusion of Garnett Mimms ‘As Long As I Have You’, a staple of the first two Zeppelin American tours but not performed by Page or Plant since. It followed the now customary delivery of The Doors’ ‘Break On Through’ and then merged with a few lines from ‘Dazed And Confused’. Another  memorable sequence.

‘Shake My Tree’

(Great Western Forum, Inglewood, Los Angeles, California, May 17 1995)

On the face of it this was a rather bizarre choice for inclusion on the tour. A highlight of the 1993 Coverdale Page album, it says much of Plant’s compatibility with Page at the time that he agreed to sing the Coverdale lyrics, albeit in a slightly amended form. ‘Shake’ was actually a great riff exercise which allegedly was first conceived during the Zep In Through The Out Door sessions. On stage it gave Plant the chance to pull out the old “Suck it!” refrain at appropriate moments and for Page to weave those weird sounds from the theremin.

‘Kashmir’

(Great Western Forum, Inglewood Los Angeles, California, May 17 1995)

When Page and Plant breezed back into the Forum some 17 years after the night of Listen To This Eddie, a tradition of spontaneity was upheld. During ‘Kashmir’ they were joined by guest violinist Lili Hayden who brought a impulsive virtuoso feel to the end section as she pitted her talents against the Egyptian Pharaohs. “Ladies and gentlemen Lili Hayden appears at the Viper Room in Holly wood every Sunday night,” Plant informed the audience at the close.

Dave Lewis

Part 2 to follow


It was 54 years ago….54 years of DL musical passion:

It was 54 years ago around the April Easter period, The Beatles released their first single of 1969. Get Back coupled with Don’t Let Me Down – these tracks had been recorded in January during the infamous Get Back sessions.

This is a significant release for me as this is the record that attracted me back to music – an attraction that has grown manifold over the past 54 years.

 

I say ‘back to’ as aged 7 I did have a brief flirtation with music mainly focused on The Dave Clark Five. I was pretty obsessed with Dave Clark’s drumming skills and replicated his drum kit in our garden using old paint tin cans. Glad All Over remains one of my all time fave singles. The first live concert I ever saw was a package night at the Granada Cinema featuring The Dave Clark Five, The Kinks and The Hollies and more on April 10,1964.

However this passion was eroded somewhat by other distractions such as Thunderbirds, The Man From Uncle, James Bond and from 1966 Tottenham Hotspur and football in general. My love of music took a back seat and remained somewhat dormant until that Easter of 1969.

Back then in the local café there was a juke box – sixpence for two goes. My gang were often in there and one of the records that was played constantly from the moment it was released was Get Back. Now this I liked – really liked. I liked its driving rhythm, bustling drumming ,cool vocal with talk of ‘’Sweet Loretta martin thought she was a woman’’ and Billy Preston’s rolling keyboards.

I also loved the B side Don’t Let Me Down which was also often played on the juke box. The pleading vocal of John Lennon hit the mark every time.

I was well aware who The Beatles were of course. I had been to see both the Hard Days Night and Help films at the cinema. Anyone growing up in the 60s could not really avoid them – they were everywhere. My interest in them though had been from afar.

That all changed when I heard Get Back. A little over a month after this release The Beatles had another single in the charts titled The Ballad of John And Yoko. I loved this one too.

One of the distinctive aspects of these Beatles records was that the label depicted a green apple, while the B side was the core of an Apple. I quickly learned that the Beatles now released records on their own Apple label. I thought this design was a deft touch – it ignited something in me that would lead to a deep fasciation for actual record labels, designs and sleeves. It all went hand in hand with the affinity I developed for the long playing record and 45 RPM single.

I could not get enough of all this. As the song goes music was now my first love – big time. I wanted to hear it, read about it, and talk about it. Remarkably, in a matter of five years I would be selling it.

From that moment of hearing and admiring Get Back grew an intense passion. I avidly read the NME and other music papers, I listened to Alan Freeman’s Pick of the Pops chart show every weekon Radio One. I kept right up to date with all the weekly chart happenings and my appreciation of so much music grew and grew – The Rolling Stones, Elvis Presley, The Who, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Fleetwood Mac, Free, Family, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Crosby Stills, Nash & Young, Jethro Tull to name but a few, all appeared on my musical radar during the next few months – and stayed there.

Of course there was one other act  of much importance as all this would lead me to the biggest passion of all – Led Zeppelin. And anyone reading this will realise the immense consequence of all that. For me, this was not just a band…it was a way of life.

When I could afford it I began buying singles and albums – The Who’s Pinball Wizard and the Island Records sampler LP You Can All Join In being amongst my first purchases in this new era. Many more would follow.

The Beatles Get Back single was announced via a very clever press advert. It described this new record with a series of incisive phrases.

It carried the headline The Beatles as nature intended. It read as follows:

‘’Get Back’’ is The Beatles new single. It’s the first Beatles record which is as live as can be in this electronic age.

There’s no electric watchamaclit.

‘’Get Back’’ is a pure springtime number.

On the other side there’s an equally live number ‘’Don’t let me down.’’

Paul’s got this to say about Get Back…

‘’we were sitting in the studio and we made it up out of thin air. We started to write words there and then …when we finished it we recorded it at Apple Studios and made it into a song to rollercoast by’’.

P.S. John adds its john playing the fab live guitar solo.

An now John on Don’t Let Me Down.

John says don’t let me down about ‘’Don’t let me down’’

In ‘’Get Back’’ and’’ Don’t let me down’’ you’ll find The Beatles as nature intended.

I could easily apply my then new found enthusiasm with the same statement because it rely did feel like I had found redemption in music – as nature intended.

54 years on nothing has changed – music is the DNA that defines who I am and what I do. In sharing it over the years, it has built friendships and created much camaraderie. As of now I am officially celebrating 54 years of music passion.

So thank you dear Beatles for opening the music floodgates for me that Easter all of 54 years ago.

Oh and John…I did not let you down about Don’t let me down – and you never let me down either….

Dave Lewis – April 14 2023 

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LZ News:

Led Zeppelin News Update:

Here’s the latest round up from LZ News:
Upcoming events:

2023 – The second Band Of Joy album titled “Band Of Joy Volume 2” will be released and an expanded edition of the Honeydrippers album “The Honeydrippers: Volume One” will be released.
April 25 – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will perform in Shreveport, Louisiana.
April 26 – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will perform in The Woodlands, Texas.
April 28 – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will perform at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in New Orleans, Louisiana.
April 29 – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will perform in Pelham, Alabama.
April 30 – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will perform in Huntsville, Alabama.
May 2 – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will perform in Louisville, Kentucky.
May 3 – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will perform in Huber Heights, Ohio.
May 5 – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will perform in Kansas City, Missouri.
May 7 – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will perform at the Beale Street Music Festival in Memphis, Tennessee.
May 9 – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will perform in Asheville, North Carolina.
May 10 – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will perform in Wilmington, North Carolina.
May 12 – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will perform in St. Augustine, Florida.
May 13 – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will perform in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
May 15 – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will perform in Charlotte, North Carolina.
May 18 – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will perform in Charlottesville, Virginia.
May 27 – The latest John Bonham celebration event will be held in Redditch.
June 14 – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will perform in Las Vegas, Nevada.
June 15 – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will perform in Tucson, Arizona.
June 17 – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will perform in Taos, New Mexico.
June 18 – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will perform at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival in Telluride, Colorado.
June 20 – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will perform in Bonner, Montana.
June 23 – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will perform on Willie Nelson’s Outlaw Music Festival Tour in Somerset, Wisconsin.
June 24 – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will perform on Willie Nelson’s Outlaw Music Festival Tour in East Troy, Wisconsin.
June 25 – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will perform on Willie Nelson’s Outlaw Music Festival Tour in St. Louis, Missouri.
June 28 – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will perform in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.
June 29 – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will perform in Vienna, Virginia.
July 1 – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will perform in Bethel, New York.
July 2 – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will perform in Lenox, Massachusetts.
July 3 – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will perform in Portland, Maine.
July 5 – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will perform in Toronto, Ontario.
July 8 – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will perform at RBC Bluesfest in Ottawa, Ontario.
August 24 – Robert Plant will perform with Saving Grace in Portorož, Slovenia.
August 26 – Robert Plant will perform with Saving Grace in Lignano Sabbiadoro, Italy.
August 28 – Robert Plant will perform with Saving Grace in Macerata, Italy.
August 30 – Robert Plant will perform with Saving Grace in Taormina, Sicily, Italy.
September 1 – Robert Plant will perform with Saving Grace at the Locus Festival in Bari, Italy.
September 3 – Robert Plant will perform with Saving Grace in Ostia, Italy.
September 5 – Robert Plant will perform with Saving Grace in Milan, Italy.
September 6 – Robert Plant will perform with Saving Grace at the Vicenza in Festival in Vicenza, Italy.

Many thanks to James Cook

For all the latest Zep and related news check out the Led Zeppelin news website at:

http://ledzepnews.com/

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STOP PRESS:

The new Casino Records bootleg release is in the house…it’s a fabulous package…
Here’s how it lines up
LED ZEPPELIN “STORMING THE BIG APPLE” 3LP
Recorded live at Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY, September 19th, 1970.
Afternoon Show (2pm)
For the first time on vinyl, complete audience recording
including tour concert poster replica and liner notes.
200 NUMBERED COPIES
LIMITED EDITION 3LP YELLOW VINYL 180 Gr. TRIFOLD SLEEVE
200 NUMBERED COPIES
LIMITED EDITION 3LP TURQUOISE VINYL 180 Gr. TRIFOLD SLEEVE
Mine is the turquoise vinyl run number 41 of 200
The two 1970 Madison Square Garden shows occurred the day after Jimi Hendrix passed and this referenced by Robert Plant.
This is the familiar audience tape much bootlegged and available on various CD sets notably the two gig presentation of the same name on the eat a peach label
Sound quality wise it’s a good for the time audience tape though nowhere near Blueberry Hill levels.
As for the show it’s a stormer though the evening show is even better with various one off performances. Maybe Casino Records are lining up that one ahead.
These multi LP limited vinyl bootleg sets are always a bit of a collector novelty and not for all – but as a visual package this is well up to the previous Casino standard -and I am very much looking forward to wading through this three LP’s worth of prime 1970 live Led Zep…
Dave Lewis – April 14 2023

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DL Diary Blog update:

Friday April 7:

DL Charity Shop Find:
Very pleased to find this one today – The Lost Acetates 1965 – 1966 by The Misunderstood…
The Misunderstood were a renowned 1960’s US psychedelic rock band – John Peel was a big fan and their 1969 single on Fontana Never Had a Girl (Like You Before) is one of my all time faves.
This CD is a collection of their early recordings complete with informative sleeve notes. I’ve never seen it before so for it to turn up in a local charity shop is a right result and I was more than happy this afternoon to lay out the £3.99 asking price…

Friday April 7:

You can never have too many Rolling Stones singles…I have a few…

Saturday April 8:

Bedford Embankment looking rather splendid in the mist this morning …

Saturday April 8:

Saturday is platterday – on the player marking the great Roger Chapman’s Birthday – the excellent Best of Family compilation…

Saturday April 8:

Remembering Chris Robinson – Three Years Gone…

I’ll be pausing for thought today to remember the much missed local musician Chris Robinson who passed away three years ago today aged 58.
Chris was a regular at Pete Burridge’s Record Club at the Castle in Bedford. He was always great to chat to and conversations about Pink Floyd albums were often on the agenda – he was a big Floyd fan.
I cherish this pic of taken at the Record Club in early 2020 – Chris is second on the right with myself and Pete Burridge and Mat Roberts
Chris is sorely missed by the whole Bedford musical fraternity –and will always be much loved and remembered…
Tuesday April 10:
It was eight years ago…
Compiling the original Five Glorious Nights Led Zeppelin at Earls Court May 1975 book at Mick Lowe’s Studio Mix back in 2015 – what fun we had putting that one together.
The revised and expanded edition which came out late last year is readily available…
More details at:
Thursday April 13:
Latest DL LP acquisition – Chico Arnez serves up a whole lotta kitsch…
I am always on the look out for quirky Led Zeppelin cover versions so I am well pleased to acquire an album issued in the UK in 1972 on the budget priced Contour label.
New Sounds Of Chico Arnez profiles the big band arrangements of one Chico Arnez and his fellow musicians.
The sleeve notes highlight his association with the Latin -American sound. However, this album is very much in the James Last mode as he takes on standards of the day such as The Look Of Love, Do You Know The Way To San Jose, Aquarius and Delilah.
So far so safe, but hey what is this? A big band instrumental delivery of Fleetwood Mac’s 1969 mover and shaker Oh Well.
Oh yes – the acapella parts are all trumpet led and there’s some nifty drum work by a certain Alf Bigden in the style of Buddy Rich.
Turn it over and side two opens with another surprise for here comes Led Zeppelin’s Whole Lotta Love. This instrumental blockbuster version sticks firmly to the arrangement that gave CCS a top 20 UK hit in 1970 – an arrangement that was then adapted for the opening title sequence of BBC TV’s long running weekly pop showcase Top Of The Pops.
Following this rip roaring attack on the Led Zep catalogue, normal service is resumed with a typically easy listening rendering of Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head – the brass interjections sounding not unlike the On The Buses TV theme which is alright by me.
All in all, New Sounds Of Chico Arnez serves up a whole lotta kitsch and a whole lotta fun..
Thanks to Paul Stanton for putting this one my way…
Update here…
With the good lady Janet on the Easter break from preschool, it’s been good to catch up with various things. We have not ventured out that far – we had our grandson Ollie stay overnight last weekend for the first time which was a joy.
Still suffering from the hay fever I get around this time of year and it’s been particularly bad this week.
Writing wise I’ve been working on the DL memoirs and some other bits. Here’s the sounds that have been and will be inspiring…
DL Playlist:
 Led Zeppelin – Storming The Big Apple –  3LP bootleg
(just received)

Led Zeppelin – Live at the Forum Inglewood June 27 1977 – 4LP bootleg

Jimmy Page & Robert Plant – The Second Coming Live at Glastonbury 2LP bootleg
Paul McCartney & Wings – Red Rose Speedway – 2CD reissue
Paul McCartney – Pure McCartney -2CD compilation
(The above pair inspired by the utterly brilliant The McCartney Legacy 1969-1973 book -highly recommended!)
Graham Nash – Over The Years – 2CD compilation
(I’m looking forward to his new album out next month)
Roxy Music – Siren CD
Mott The Hoople – Greatest Hits LP
The Dave Clark Five – Catch Us If You Can LP
(Marking my first ever gig 58 years ago this week)
Family –  Anyway LP
Miles Davis – Bitches Brew 2CD
Linda Hoyle – Pieces of Me CD
David Bowie – The Aladdin Sane Companion LP bootleg
(Marking the Aladdin Sane 50th anniversary)
Thanks for listening

Until next time…

Dave  Lewis –  April 14, 2023

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4 Comments »

  • ANDREW A MARCUS said:

    Hey Dave, I was also at those Meadowlands shows and it was truly a great experience, & I saw the MSG shows in 77. Thanks for bringing it all back to me!

  • VHP said:

    Dave,

    I was disappointed to read recently that the re mastered release of the Coverdale Page project hasn’t happened as yet as David Coverdale said he hasn’t had the time to do anything with it yet. Shame.

    But as its now ben 12 months since Jimmy said he was ‘working on a number of things’ but gave little else in the form of actual detail of what was? I wonder if the possibility of that now happening now is somewhat remote given the last decade (plus) of un fulfilled promises of new music and Jimmy playing live again?

    I also see his name still isn’t on th list for the 2 Jeff Beck concerts at the Albert Hall next month. Dave – are you going to any of the 2 nights on the off chance that Jimmy may turn up?

    Anyway, as ever Dave – keep up the excellent work.

  • Rich Farquhar said:

    Dave excellent update as usual! Your Page/Plant 1995 trek to and experience at The Meadowlands in New Jersey reminded me of another Meadowlands show….10 years earlier in 1985. I believe the show I am referring to was right after Live Aid. Robert Plant with the Honeydrippers (with the great Richie Hayward on drums)…with special guest…Jimmy Page! I was there with friends, an absolute epic appearance by Page. I believe they played 2 songs together. A fun summer night!

    All the best,
    Rich from Atlanta

  • Ian D said:

    Dave – your continued success in Charity Shop finds and photographic exploits (particularly top right) inspire. Meanwhile Get Back is for me one of the Toppermost of The Poppermost, and as a Beatles single, still under-rated. Shout out too for the Peter Jackson series of the same name. For those of us without streaming, Ebay can usually provide. Billy Preston’s contribution to the project cannot be praised enough.

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