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The Ten Greatest  John Paul Jones Led Zeppelin Performances with Led Zeppelin for Classic Rock Website:

Here’s a top ten listing of some of John Paul Jones’ greatest Led Zeppelin performances I’ve just written and compiled for the Classic Rock website.

It’s of course impossible to choose just ten and I am sure you will have your own faves but these are right up there in showcasing his amazing talent…

Here’s the intro:

John Paul Jones Top Ten Led Zeppelin Performances:

By Dave Lewis

Not quite the quiet one – 10 songs that demonstrate the pivotal role John Paul Jones played in creating the Led Zeppelin legacy…

With a pedigree in studio sessions and arranging – working with the likes of The Rolling Stones and Dusty Springfield plus influences ranging from Miles Davis to Motown, John Paul Jones was always going to bring something special to the role of bassist and keyboards when he teamed up with Messrs Page, Plant and Bonham to form Led Zeppelin. Such was his multi instrumental talent, he was able to bring a unique musicality to the group adding synths, mellotron, mandolin and much more to their sound. He may have been the quiet unassuming one, but his vast contributions echo loudly across their ten album legacy. Here are ten of John Paul Jones’ greatest Led Zep moments…

Read on at this link:

Led Zeppelin 1 – it was 53 years ago this week.. to mark the 53rd anniversary of the debut Led Zeppelin here’s some facts, figures and thoughts on it all…

January 20, 1969 – Led Zeppelin debut album released:

Despite often being attributed to either Sunday, January 12, 1969 or Friday, January 17, 1969, the correct “official” release date of the debut album might well have been Monday, January 20, 1969. As Mike Tremaglio flagged to me – this release date was referenced in an Atlantic Records memo accompanying white label advance LPs issued to radio stations by June Harris on December 30, 1968.

The album debuted on the Billboard charts at #99 on February 15, 1969 and peaked at #10 on May 17, 1969. It managed to stay in the top twenty LPs for 30 consecutive weeks, from March 8, 1969 through September 27, 1969

Many thanks Mike for that info.

Here’s one of the first reviews of the album:

January 25, 1969 – Press Review:

Go magazine (first album review):

Led Zeppelin (Atlantic): This is the new group that Jimmy Page has formed after the demise of The Yardbirds. Their first album is a blockbuster. The sound centers around hard, tough blues. You can’t help getting caught up in its excitement and drive. The one track on the album which really spotlights the group and what it’s going to do is Babe I’m Gonna Leave You. It’s a beautiful hard blues piece which has a mesmerizing quality. Led Zeppelin is something you shouldn’t miss.




On on the player…

…thoughts on listening to Led Zeppelin I:

At two minutes, 43 seconds, this is a perfectly compact overture to set the scene. Bonham and Jones hold down a powerful and inventive rhythm section, and when the time comes, Jimmy flexes the Telecaster (played through a Leslie speaker to create that soaring effect) in a late Yardbirds-era fashion. From the onset though, it’s Robert Plant’s vocal that strikes home instantly. He executes all manner of vocal somersaults with the lyric but never loses control. Bonham’s intricate bass drum patterns, the rolling bass lines from Jones and Page’s fluttering guitar solo were all applied with a gusto that still completely overwhelms. Memories of the 02…

Within three minutes of this album playing we have an acoustic guitar – proof that this band were not going to be all about Marshall amplifiers. The tension here is tangible – the first flowering of light and shade – there would be much more to come…


Willie Dixon’s’ blues played with what was then a new found dynamism. The expansiveness of the whole sound here is still incredible. An early example of Jimmy’s mastery of the studio. From Jones’ swirling organ through Plant’s harmonica wailing to the point where Jimmy’s solo cascades around Bonzo’s stereo panned tom-tom attack, this is prime vintage Zeppelin. And the final incessant by-play between Page and Plant that leads out of the track is a another masterful production technique, and one that would be further emphasized on stage.

Straight into Dazed…based on Jake Holmes original composition. As we all know Jimmy and co were not adverse to borrowing a few licks here and there as much as they were often derivative it always came out sounding completely fresh. Again the interplay amongst them all is just breathtakingly….flippin heck they were good….

Turn over…side two…


Electric guitars, acoustic guitars and then church like Hammond organ and what an intro…

This showcases how important John Paul Jones was going to be – beautiful acoustic guitar overtones, incredible vocal, John Bonham so inventive in his playing…and that heavy chorus – not to mention some sublime pedal steel guitar – they just had everything….


The fade into this is another stunning moment. The melody on this Page virtuoso acoustic guitar instrumental owes more than a passing nod to a traditional folk song sung in the folk clubs by Anne Briggs. It was recorded by both John Renbourn, and Bert Jansch, The piece also featured a rare cameo appearance from tabla player Viram Jasani.

Bang….Communication Breakdown – the energy is just phenomenal – come on! Punk Rock before it was invented..
I will never ever forget them performing this in front of my very eyes as a surprise encore on the final night at Earls Court….

Crystal clear ambient sound here – John Bonham right upfront in the mix… Jimmy is just incredible …


That jazz intro is another moment as is Jimmy’s slashing wah wah – and then it’s off into all manner of fun…Oh Rosie ,The Hunter..phew!.


52 years on this album has lost none of its unique power. Led Zeppelin would go on to make more inventive and adventurous records but this first recorded statement is a blueprint for what would follow.


You can never have too much of a great thing:

Some of the Led Zeppelin I pressings I’ve accumulated over the years.

A truly iconic sleeve design and a truly iconic album – now all of 52 years old and sounding as fresh as ever…go and play it now and I think you will agree….

Dave Lewis – January 27 2022





LZ News:

Here’s the latest round up from LZ News:

Led Zeppelin

  • Whatever happened to “Becoming Led Zeppelin,” the authorised documentary film about the origins of Led Zeppelin? It was premiered at the Venice and Telluride film festivals in September and no word has emerged since on when the film will be released. A film industry source informs LedZepNews that there’s no sign of the film at this month’s Sundance film festival.

Robert Plant

  • Tight But Loose editor Dave Lewis is working on his Robert Plant photo book “A Life In Vision” and has asked for people to contribute photographs of Plant. You can find out more here.

Upcoming events:

2022 – “Robert Plant: A Life In Vision,” a photo book edited by Dave Lewis, will be published.
March – Jimmy Page’s two new fine art photo prints will be released.
Spring – Robert Plant’s career is set to be included in the Black Country Beats exhibition at the Wolverhampton Art Gallery.
June 1 – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will perform in Canandaigua, New York.
June 3 – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will perform in Saratoga Springs, New York.
June 4 – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will perform in Forest Hills, New York.
June 6 – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will perform in Clarkston, Michigan.
June 7 – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will perform in Chicago, Illinois.
June 9 – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will perform in Indianapolis, Indiana.
June 11 – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will perform in Columbia, Maryland.
June 12 – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will perform in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
June 14 – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will perform in Cary, North Carolina.
June 16 – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will perform in Atlanta, Georgia.
June 17 – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will perform at the Bonnaroo music festival in Manchester, Tennessee.
June 26 – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will perform at BST Hyde Park in London, England.
July 1 – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will perform in Hamar, Norway.
July 2 – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will perform in Bergen, Norway.
July 5 – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will perform in Rättvik, Sweden.
July 8 – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will perform at Cactusfestival in Bruges, Belgium.
July 10 – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will perform at the Royal Park Live festival in Baarn, Netherlands.
July 14 – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will perform at the Lucca Summer Festival in Lucca, Italy.
July 16 – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will perform at JazzOpen Stuttgart 2022 in Stuttgart, Germany.
July 18 – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will perform in Sopot, Poland.
July 20 – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will perform in Berlin, Germany.
October 5 – The French translation of “Led Zeppelin By Led Zeppelin” will be published.
Early 2023 – “A Whole Lotta Music: Life To My Ears,” the memoirs of Tight But Loose editor Dave Lewis, will be published.
2023 – A remastered and expanded 30th anniversary edition of “Coverdale–Page” will be released.

Many thanks to James Cook.

The complete Led Zeppelin News email goes out periodically. To receive it sign up here:

Led Zeppelin News Website: Check out the Led Zeppelin news website at


Sandi Chapman RIP…

I was very sad to hear the passing of Sandi Chapman. Back in the mid 1980s, along with fellow Zep fan Freda Hyatt, Sandi produced the excellent Led Zeppelin fanzine Winds Of Thor. I have many a warm memory of communicating with them during this time – their enthusiasm for all things Led Zep was always infectious.



Here’s Freda’s post from her Facebook page on January 16:

Yesterday I heard the sad news that my dear friend Sandi Chapman had passed away on Friday. She had not been well for some time and had been in hospital since before Christmas.

We first met in the early 1980s as part of the Starsky and Hutch fandom and in fact found ourselves running one of the conventions more by accident than anything. We must have done something right as we then ran another one. We then discovered we shared a mutual interest in Led Zeppelin and produced the Winds of Thor fanzine back in the days when they were photocopied and stapled by hand. I have memories of taking issue 4 on holiday in Wales with us to hand finish the cover with highlighters.

Sandi was a talented artist and writer and will be greatly missed by all of those who knew and worked with her.

My loving thoughts are with her husband Derek and children Jen and Rob.

Freda Hyatt

Robert Plant A Life In Vision – From Zen To Now: A photographic collection written and compiled by Dave Lewis (Wymer Publishing)

This is a project I am working on – the plan is to produce a large format chronological photo book covering Robert Plant’s entire career from 1966 to 2022 with accompanying text. I have already collated a fair amount of material from various sources including several long term TBL contributors and there’s already some great stuff lined up.

This is all very much work in progress and a way off yet but I am chipping away at collating potential material and to that end….

Call out for contributions to the book:

I am currently on the look out for contributions to the book – if you have good quality photos (preferably hi res) you have taken of Robert at any point during his career  (or know of anybody that has) from the Zep era, Honeydrippers, solo, Page & Plant, Priory of Brion etc. and would like them to be considered for use in the book, please get in touch with the details via my email address below:

I am also looking for recent shots from the late 2021 Saving Grace gigs and also any photos of Robert on stage with Fairport Convention – also anything that’s a bit unusual – anything considered – if you think you have pics that could fit the bill I look forward to hearing from you.

More on this project as it unfolds…

Dave Lewis – January  27, 2022

Facebook Q and A via Sean Atkinson’s Richard Cole Appreciation Society Facebook group…
Here’s the link to read the online Q and A I took part in on January 27 for Sean Atkinson’s Richard Cole Appreciation Society Facebook group.
Here’s the info via Sean:



TBL Archive Special: 

TBL Led Zep 1975 Snapshot: Number Three & Four

TBL Led Zep 1975 Snapshot Three:




Set: Rock And Roll/Sick Again/Over The Hills And Far Away/In My Time Of Dying/The Song Remains the Same/The Rain Song/Kashmir/No Quarter/Trampled Underfoot/Moby Dick/How Many More Times/Stairway To Heaven/Whole Lotta Love – Black Dog/Communication Breakdown.

Something of lacklustre performance. The strain was showing with Jimmy, John Paul and Bonzo having risen very early and flown coast to coast (against the time changes) from Los Angeles to reach Greensboro in time. Robert, who flew in from Chicago, would probably have benefited from another day in bed. The show is now condensed even further by the removal of ‘The Wanton Song’ from the set list. Levee has also been dropped.

Chris Charlesworth remembers the aftermath:  “About five hundred fans attempted to storm the rear of the building, throwing broken bottles, stones and pieces of scaffolding. Three of the group’s five limousines were severely damaged, and the drivers of the other two – which were parked inside the building – wanted to take their cars away. Peter Grant wasn’t having that… oh no! He actually offered to buy them on the spot for cash, but after a ‘discussion’ the drivers had no alternative but to let him have them.

“The group and entourage had to make a very quick getaway within seconds of the final encore. Grant took the wheel of the first limo with the band and Richard Cole inside, and everybody else piled into the second. With a Police escort, sirens blazing, at speeds of up to 70 mph in a heavily built-up area, Grant led the way, driving through red lights and on the wrong side of the road.

“It was incredible to be involved in scenes like that… Peter was just unflappable. When we got to the plane he got out and kicked the car really hard. ‘Fucking useless pile of junk!’ he shouted. ‘Way off tune… my old Bently goes twice as fast!’ We all just stood there laughing… totally exhilerated by it all. Then we flew back to New York and the band checked in the Plaza. It was a very tiring day. Unforgettable!”

Snapshot Listen – how it sounds now: 

I have this recording on the Footstomping Graffiti double CD (No label). Noisy but fairly clear audience tape.

Lacklustre at times but still some inspired moments. Robert is clearly struggling which is evident in his between song patter -his voice is straining even when talking.  Jimmy takes a while to get in the swing but is well on it by No Quarter which now running at 16 minutes and heading for greatness (Jimmy’s finger is cool” says Plant defiantly at one point).

The new material goes down well with Trampled particularly vibrant. At 18 minutes, Moby Dick provides a rest for Page and Plant (”John Bonham Moby Dick – Mr Physical Graffiti!” How Many More Times has a few elements of Dazed creeping in. Stairway again proves it’s worth and is something of a saving grace. Whole Lotta Love/Black Dog and Communication Breakdown ( the latter with Jimmy thrashing the hell out of the wah wah pedal) provide a valiant encore finale…and valiant is a good description overall for another challenging performance, given the physical drawbacks they were experiencing.

TBL Led Zep 1975 Snapshot Four:




Set: Rock And Roll/Sick Again/Over The Hills And Far Away/In My Time Of Dying/The Song Remains The Same/The Rain Song/Kashmir/No Quarter/Trampled Underfoot/Moby Dick/How Many More Times (inc. The Hunter – The Lemon Song)/Stairway To Heaven/Whole Lotta Love – Black Dog.

“Good evening! It’s our great pleasure to be just about back!” Plant’s opening comment sums up the gig quite accurately. The band were slowly returning to form.

”Tonight we intend to cover the spectrum of a lot of the varying music that we’ve been doing for the last seven years. As we go though this spectrum we want to include some of the new stuff from Physical Graffiti, the LP that comes out soon” (love Robert’s use of the word LP – so quaint).

Plant explains the problem with Jimmy’s finger and joked that… “The bone on his wedding ring finger is bust and that’s a real drag because if he was to get married now, he couldn’t get a ring on”. Bonzo was introduced tonight, as he would be many times on the tour, as “Mr Ultraviolence!”, a reference to the Clockwork Orange style suits that both he and his assistant Mick Hinton wore throughout the tour. This is preceded by Plant’s claim that John is ”The man who made Led Zeppelin a legend.”

Snapshot Listen – how it sounds now: 

From the double CD Just About Back – a slightly muffled audience tape but good for the time. The title deriving from Plant’s opening comments ”It’s our great pleasure to be just about back”. Just about back they are with the similar problems from Greensboro in evidence. This though is an altogether livelier showing – Page is particularly inventive on Over The Hills and despite the vocal range shortcomings, Plant attacks In My Time Of Dying and Kashmir with much verve. How Many More Times has it’s final delivery and it’s a solid free flowing performance. All roads would now lead back to the Garden as New York was the next stop off – and when it came to New York, well they were all no doubt aware that they had a reputation to maintain…


Summary: I’m with TBL contributor Andy Crofts view that the January 1975  Zep shows, though far from perfect, offer some quirky unusual set lists and performances. Here’s what Andy said in his piece on the tour in TBL 36- plus his ten notable moments listing from this period:

In my opinion Led Zeppelin’s  January 1975 performances have had a lot if unfair bad press. Musically the band  are fine, and they show us the kind of gig the band had in mind before the reality of touring the US in 1975 got the better of them. If they are rusty, they are also working hard, to put on a professional show each night. To my ear, these shows ‘cut the crap’ in the same way that they band would do – and stick to – in 1980. It makes for a refreshing listen and a fine contrast to the grandstanding that begins to take over once they reach Madison Square Garden in February….of which more next time.

Meanwhile, my advice is that you search out some of these January 1975 performances and prepare to be surprised that far from being overly sick again…Led Zeppelin were often on a very favourable night flight

Ten Notable Moments from January 1975:

Here are ten notable performances from January 1975 that demonstrate the band striving to give it their all after a lengthy period away from the stage……and despite some physical restrictions.

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January 12th (Brussels): When The Levee Breaks.

Ok, it doesn’t quite work, but this is by far the best chance to hear this song live.

January 12th (Brussels): The Song Remains The Same

The drums are off at the beginning, but it soon settles down into a fast-paced and well-controlled version.

January 12th (Brussels): The Wanton Song

Another rare one. It’s a shame they dropped it. This version is strongly played and sung, and the solo – while varying from the album version – gets better the more I listen.

January 22nd (Chicago): How Many More Times

Probably the best version of this for 1975, and certainly the best sounding. Jimmy and Robert work together well here, just like the old days, a fact acknowledged by Robert at the end.

January 22nd (Chicago): Stairway To Heaven

The recording has a few glitches, but this is a fine version, with Plant making a big effort and a scorching guitar solo.

January 22nd (Chicago): Communication Breakdown

They didn’t play this much after January, replacing it with the more complex Heartbreaker. This is a strong, fun version with a funky Crunge-like middle section.

January 24th (Cleveland): No Quarter

I’ve picked this one because I really like the guitar solo; inventive and in places quite Floyd-like. The shorter versions of this song always pack more punch for me.

January 29th (Greesnboro): Whole Lotta Love/Black Dog

I couldn’t resist one from Greensboro. Whole Lotta Love is still a mere intro, but Black Dog is well sung, and Jimmy’s guitar is spot on.

January 31st (Detroit): Over The Hills And Far Away

Any version of this from 1975 is on the money, to be honest. I like this one for the solo; Jimmy isn’t flawless but he is energetic and inventive.

January 31st (Detroit): The Rain Song

A beautifully clear version, well played and sung.

Sources: these are the underground titles used as sources – note there are a fair few variations and differing versions of these dates on CD.

January 12th (Brussels) :  Belgian Triple

January 22nd (Chicago): Windy City Tapes Vol.3

January 24th (Cleveland): Ultravilence

January 29th (Greesnboro):. A Quick Getaway

January 31st (Detroit): Tune Up

Compiled by Andy Crofts – extract from TBL 36.

TBL Led Zep ’75 Snapshot – To be continued…

TBL Archive Special:

My Seven nights with Led Zep in 1977


Led Zeppelin (on film) at the Granada Bedford January 1977.

The young DL gazes adoringly at the poster outside the Granada Cinema Bedford January 1977 – no prizes for guessing where this poster ended up – you got it – on my bedroom wall…

45 years ago this week  I was about to commence a seven night stint in the company of Led Zeppelin….or to be more specific their film The Song Remains The Same.

The newly released celluloid masterpiece was on general release and doing the rounds nationally and cue fanfare…had rolled into my home town of Bedford.

Yes Led Zeppelin alive on film in the quaint market town of Bedford for seven nights only and I needed to be there every night. Simple as that.

Now this event in the life of this then 20 year old Zep fanatic was big news. I’d already seen the film six times before Christmas, the first three nights in London including the premiere plus screenings in Cambridge.

Now I had the luxury of walking from my home in Dents Road to Bedford High Street every night for seven days to view it at the local Granada cinema. This long since knocked down theatre was a grand old building that alongside its cinema presentations was a stop off for the many pop group package shows of the 1960s. It played host to The Beatles twice and Jimi Hendrix. In April 1964 the seven year old DL witnessed his first ever gig there featuring The Dave Clark Five.

The whole week was a total blast as various friends and relations joined my then girlfriend Fiona (who I have kept in contact with over the years and met up with twice in the past year) and me in seeing just what all this Zeppelin film fuss was about. My good friends (and past Earls Court and future Knebworth companions) Tom Locke and Dec came along on the opening Sunday where we stayed for the 4pm and 7pm shows. Luckily there was no Wallbangers football match that day to get in the way.

No Monday morning feeling that week either. Absolutely not. A day in the WH Smith shop selling the records and tapes of choice to the Bedford public and then the nightly prospect of 137 minutes of Zep up on the big screen. It was pure heaven. Bedford Earls Court/Knebworth crew member Phil Harris was with us on the Tuesday night and another Bedford Zep fan and Wallbanger player Nick Crawley  came along as well. Dec was back on Wednesday and again on the Friday where we sat through the afternoon and evening screenings.

Dec was also with me a year later when we made two bus rides in driving snow to see the film at Western Favell in Northampton. Now that’s what I call comradeship!

Here’s the line up on the local cinema circuit for that memorable week of January 23,1977. With all the Zep screenings, there was no time to check out the double X sex bill!

On the Thursday my late Mum and late sister came along to find out just exactly what it was that so inspired the junior one of the family. A lovely touch. This week of weeks ended on the Saturday and not even a family marriage could get in the way. My cousin was getting married that day but we still managed to sneak out of the reception for two hours to attend the final showing (viewing number nine for the week!) By then the manager of the Granada had seen our many visits and gave us free tickets. We even made the local press putting the record straight about some errors in the local review.

It was an incredible week looking back and it set the year up a treat. I did actually go down with glandular fever not long afterwards which is another story for another day. What we all wanted of course, was to see Led Zeppelin back onstage –the nearest I got to them was the hour I spent at Heathrow Airport on May 17 as they flew out for the second leg of the US tour.

It was to be another two years before the glory of Knebworth.

In between all that I went on to see The Song Remains film around 30 times in UK cinemas from 1976 to 1979. It was the next best thing during their enforced absence. These excursions to see the film included the aforementioned bus ride out with Dec to Western Favell shopping centre near  Northampton on a snowy January night in 1978 and a late night showing in Luton when it followed a porn film – I kid you not!  I also saw it a fair few times at a small cinema near Wardour Street in London called The Essential. This was an art house cinema that regularly aired rock films of the day.

The arrival of the video age of course would soon make it much easier to view. I  invested in a bootleg copy in early 1981 – not of brilliant quality but it had to be had!

It can now be viewed at the click of a YouTube link – the thought that one day the footage would be easily accessible on a mobile phone would have seen astonishingly futuristic back in that memorable week of January 1977.

As much as it’s great to have such easy access to it – it will never be quite as rewarding or exciting as those seven trips I made into Bedford St Peters Street  during that week way back in 1977. It was like having the band live down the road available at will for a nightly fix. Seven nights in 1977…what a week that was…

Dave Lewis – January 27, 2022


Astute observations as ever by Chris Charlesworth on the recently published Searching For Jimmy Page novel…


DL Diary Blog Update:

Thursday January 20:

Remembering our dear much missed friend Alan Johnston who so sadly passed away ten years ago today…
These two photos inspire just a couple of many memories of Alan.
The one of Robert Plant was taken by Alan when he was on holiday in Carcassonne in France in July 2007. He excitedly rang me to say that Robert Plant and Strange Sensation playing down the road at Le Chateau – before the gig Alan took some great photos of Robert arriving and signing autographs.
The other photo of Alan his wife Emily and myself was taken at the TBL meet before Robert Plant and The Band Of Joy show at Birmingham Symphony Hall in October 2010 – a fantastic night in their company.
Lovely memories of a man always remembered and loved by all who knew him…
RIP Alan…





Thursday January 20:

Rolling Stones stamps out today and in the house with some more to follow…and looking rather splendid…

Thursday January 20:

Out today…
Some more splendid Rolling Stones stamps in the house including the limited edition 5,000 only Rolling Stones Prestige Stamp Book in a rather fetching replica flight case box …
You gotta love Rolling Stones Royal Mail stamps…

Thursday January 20:

The arrival of the superb Rolling Stones stamps has prompted this one on the player– the brilliant Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out! live album…
’’Charlie’s good tonight innee’’ – Yes Mick he most certainly is …


Friday January 21:

A few years back at a record fair I was well pleased to come across this demonstration promo album – a US advance Demonstration Not For Sale promo of an album by the then relative unknown singer Meat Loaf.
The cover sticker proclaims ”Order Watch For (crossed through) Meat Loaf! On Epic Records.” It does not state the title of the album which is Bat Out of Hell
These copies would have been distributed ahead of its official release of October 21 1977 to key music industry personnel.
Little did any of the record industry reviewers and DJ’s who received this album imagine the impact this record would have and still has some 45 years on.
This is therefore a piece of history on record and I will be coveting it even more now the great man has sadly passed away aged 74.
It will be on the player here over the weekend for sure..
RIP Meat Loaf…a true original rock character who will be forever remembered for many great moments on record – not least the eternally amazing Bat Out Of Hell……

Saturday January 22:

Saturday is platterday – had to start with this one – the US advance Demonstration Not For Sale promo pressing I have of Meat Loaf’s Bat Out Of Hell and after 45 years still sounding great…RIP….

Saturday January 22:

Saturday is platterday…

It was 49 years ago today…

On the player…

The rather brilliant bootleg double album One More Night -Live at Southampton. As recorded on this day at Southampton University.

It includes a rare for the era live performance of How Many More Times…my they were good that night –this is one I would have loved to have been at…

Thankfully it was all captured on this superb soundboard recording and it’s right up there in my all time fave Zep concerts listing…


Some particular inspirations this past week…

Rolling Stones Royal Mail stamps in the house…

The arrival of the new issue of Record Collector…

The arrival of Arrival – Friends Complete Recordings 1969 -1973 – the new 3 CD compilation of the early 70s vocal harmony group who I love…

A phone call catch up with my old retail music colleague Pat O’ Reilly…

A splendid Saturday night at our very good friends Anne Marie and Steve L to celebrate Anne Marie’s Birthday…

A visit from the beautiful baby Ollie last Friday…

Update here:

A very busy week with a quick turnaround on the piece about John Paul Jones for Classic Rock plus more collation for the Robert Plant book project – many thanks to all who have sent in contributions – keep them coming. I also had an appointment to visit the Doctor to discuss my mental health issues.

As ever there has been some musical salvation – here’s some particular albums that have been getting us through…

Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin I LP

Bob Dylan – Desire LP

David Bowie – Young Americans CD

Graham Nash -Songs For Beginners LP

Thanks for listening – stay safe and well you very lovely people…

Dave  Lewis – January 27, 2022

Until next time, stay safe and stay well…

Website updates written and compiled by Dave Lewis

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  • Jonny said:

    jpj is the perfect “squad player”. shines on some of those great bass runs, but keeps things steady. wd on the top 10!
    lemon song’s my highlight!

  • IanD said:

    Hi Dave and all who sail the good ship TBL

    At the risk of inflaming the entire interweb, and as much as I love Taylor era Stones I have always struggled with Ya Yas, almost as much as with Exile, but that’s another story. For me the bonus tracks on Sticky Fingers 2CD and Leeds Lungs tapes really show them as (one of) The Best Rock N Roll bands in the world. Am I missing a trick here?

  • Kevin curry said:

    Where is Ramble On in this top 10 brilliant bass runs

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