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14 February 2018 2,502 views 9 Comments

John Bonham – YouTube Channels:

George Fludas has been in touch to inform me about his John Bonham YouTube Channel – here’s the info:

This from George…

I am a drummer based in Chicago. I’m a jazz musician by profession but I am a lifelong Zeppelin fanatic and John Bonham maniac. I was recently in correspondence with Andy Crofts when he was writing his piece on the ’77 tour for the TBL magazine. I thought he did a great job on the piece and he was the one who recommended I get in touch with you regarding something I am doing .  I’ve enjoyed your writing and diligent work in the Zeppelin fan community, and I wanted to let you know about a new YouTube channel that my friend Terry Keating and I started. Terry already has a channel called BONZOLEUM, which has a pretty large following.  You may have seen some of his videos.

He and I have been talking for a while about co-hosting a youtube channel devoted to analyzing and demonstrating Bonzo’s playing, particularly his live performances. We just started the channel , it is called BONZOLOGY with Terry and George. We are planning to take requests about topics , and I have started to do a series of solo performances of each song from a typical 77 tour setlist. So far I have done the first three tunes, and we have done several other instructional a topical videos.  I have a lot of knowledge on the subject and in my humble opinion I think it’s going to be one of the best Bonham drumming channels on YouTube.

I have attached a couple of links to videos.

George Fludas

Many thanks to George for getting in touch – here’s the links…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EPDw4kSVfa0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9748miVGfc0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ulA_FH40i4E

Bonzology – a collaboration between Terry Keating and jazz drummer George Fludas.
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyPPcUtsiLoagS62b4qkYtg
 
Bonzoleum – instructional videos by Terry Keating
https://www.youtube.com/user/bonzoleum
Many thanks George.

Having watched their work on these clips, I have to say these guys are absolute class and have the John Bonham technique well and truly nailed – be sure to check out these highly entertaining and informative YouTube channels. In assessing the John Bonham craft, they are just awesome viewing.

Coincidentally, long time TBL supporter Bill McCue was also in touch about the John Bonham YouTube Channels – he has already been in correspondence with both Terry and George. Bill sent down a list of very interesting John Bonham related questions for them both – here’s the results – over to Bill…

Firstly my questions to Terry:

  1. Bnzo’s performance on the studio version of IMTOD is quite different from what he did on stage when the band performed the song live. Do you have a theory as to why Bonzo chose to simplify his approach to it live?

Besides the Earl’s Court performance, I’ve only heard a couple renditions of them doing it live. I do know it was played pretty early in the set (fourth in position, often), so I suspect Bonham wanted to possibly and/or probably conserve energy for the rest of the ZEP ONSLAUGHT!

I’m certain that if theoretically Zep had recorded/released IMTOD on the first couple records, he would have KILLED IT live in shows from the 1969-1972 period…

  1. What is your favorite live Bonzo performance? Any favorite bootleg recordings?

That’s a tough one. I saw George put NO QUARTER from The Song Remains The Same soundtrack (the original 1976 release’s arrangement, mind you!) That is actually the song/recording that truly made me a full-fledged, card carrying Zeppelin/Bonhamite, and that would be in my top 3, but I’d have to say SINCE IVE BEEN LOVING YOU from BBC Sessions (Paris Theatre April 1 1971). Bonham was truly possessed by his JOHN BONHAMNESS for that show.

  1. Favorite Bonzo studio performance and why?

I would say TRAMPLED UNDERFOOT followed by I’M GONNA CRAWL,  and in third place,  ACHILLES LAST STAND.  The attitude of the first, the beauty and mastery of the second, and the power of the last.

  1. Jimmy, Robert and JPJ have played Led Zeppelin songs with a wide variety of drummers after Bonzo passed away. Any favorites among them and their approaches to certain/specific songs?

I’m going to sound like a snob, but only Zeppelin with John Bonham drumming was truly Zeppelin. No favorites.

  1. Do you think Bonzo and JPJ rushed the tempo when Achilles was performed live?

I think Bonham did a bit in what Achilles live I’ve heard. I think it was such a workout, and he was a little older; I think you reach ‘harder’ in that instance. Bonham suffered from nerves too, and we drummers know that nerves often equal RUSHING.

  1. What did you think of Jason Bonham’s performances of Led Zep songs at the Atlantic 40th Anniversary Party and the O2 gig in 2007?

I really, really respect Jason Bonham, as he always appeared to me to be a guy that wanted to be his own drummer. I was shocked when I first heard the BONHAM band, and that he (Jason) wasn’t laying it down JUST LIKE HIS DAD. It dawned on me that he didn’t want to copy his dad-he wanted to be his own guy. And he is! I think as time went by, he saw for himself just how much his dad meant/means to so many people, and decided to shore up on his dad’s licks a bit more over the years, especially for the JBLZE. He’d be the first to tell you, too, that he doesn’t naturally play the way his dad did. He’s had to in the last decade or so, really explore and study his dad’s playing, from the perspective of a ‘dyed in the wool’ Bonhamite.

  1. Along the same lines as the first question, Zep performed Levee in concert only a handful of times, and when they did, Bonzo chose to change the intro beat – any theory as to why he did that?

My theory is that: he wanted to properly convey the ABSOLUTE BEEFCAKE POWER PRESENCE (for lack of a better term) of the studio recording, and I think when he found himself at a show with 20,000+ fans, and a tinny monitor blaring of his kit at him, and the way often your drums sound when you’re sitting behind them on a big stage, your compensate-consciously or unconsciously!

I posed the same questions to George:

  1. Bonzo’s performance on the studio version of IMTOD is quite different from what he did on stage when the band performed the song live. Do you have a theory as to why Bonzo chose to simplify his approach to it live?

He played the sections where Jimmy solos more simply as far as the groove goes by playing a straight 8th note right hand pattern on the hihat live vs the two handed 16th note pattern he played on the studio track. However, he played more actively with regard to fills and interaction in those sections live. It may simply be because the straighter eighth note way sounds a little clearer live and it was easier to hold things together, or maybe he just liked the more conventional beat better over time.

  1. What is your favorite live Bonzo performance? Any favorite bootleg recordings?

I have many favorites for different reasons because his playing evolved very quickly and there are differences in his sound, vocabulary, and approach to playing the songs every tour. I’d have to say a top contender – a song that I never tire of hearing,  is the soundtrack version of No Quarter from TSRTS. His drumming on the Europe winter 73 tour is some of my favorite , because it’s so wildly creative and interactive, probably more so than any time . The Moby Dick solo he played in Raleigh NC in 70 is just devastating in terms of his technical brilliance and speed. I also listen over and over to the Playhouse Theatre 69 performances, because his groove on every tune is just so clear, fat and funky . Dazed and Confused from HTWWW is just monstrous… TSRTS version is too, despite all the editing.   It’s just too difficult to choose one favorite.

  1. Favorite Bonzo studio performance and why?

Again, too hard to choose a favorite but Kashmir embodies everything that was so unique and influential about him. Then again so does Achilles, or Stairway, or When The Levee Breaks. Actually, in some ways Good Times Bad Times is my favorite because it’s his musical greeting to the world and it’s simply astounding. To debut with that groove – with that bass drum work, that had never really been heard before is still incredible to me. Innovation from the first track of the first album. “Hello world, take this! ”

  1. Jimmy, Robert and JPJ have played Led Zeppelin songs with a wide variety of drummers after Bonzo passed away. Any favorites among them and their approaches to certain/specific songs?

Not really, to be honest…though I liked Mike Lee’s approach. Jason I think has the best overall feel for their music, and I think he did a wonderful job at the 02 concert.

  1. Do you think Bonzo and JPJ rushed the tempo when Achilles was performed live?

Not always , but sometimes yes. I think as time went on and Bonzo became more affected by his substance abuse, he would rush certain tempos or phrases, though not consistently. I feel it sometimes on versions of No Quarter from 77. Trampled Underfoot too.  Achilles has a pretty busy drum part, and it seems like when he is playing more fills , he tends to push ahead a bit.

  1. What did you think of Jason Bonham’s performances of Led Zep songs at the Atlantic 40th Anniversary Party and the O2 gig in 2007?

Very well played, with good feeling! I think he retained his own sound and personality while referencing his dad’s iconic drum parts , without it sounding like he was simply mimicking his dad.

  1. Along the same lines as the first question, Zep performed Levee in concert only a handful of times, and when they did, Bonzo chose to change the intro beat – any theory as to why he did that?

Hmm, that’s a tough one to speculate about. Perhaps because there was so much time lapsed since the recording was made that he just felt a different thing. It’s not much different though, basically he played a kind of echo himself by adding a snare and bass drum note here and there, and he adds some fills. He often would add more in his live renditions than he played in the studio. The interesting thing about this question is , the fact that live there was the natural huge reverberation of the venue which would make it very easy to replicate the big open sound captured at Headly Grange. All he had to do was play the beat as it was originally played and the stadium would enhance the huge sound. I think maybe he just experimented, he was a very spontaneous drummer!

Many thanks to George, Terry and Bill.

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Led Zeppelin News Update:

In conjunction with the Led Zep news site, each week I will be re- producing highlights from their weekly email update news summary. This goes out every Sunday. Sign up details are below. Many thanks to James Cook.

Led Zeppelin

Jimmy Page

  • Photographer Ross Halfin posted a photograph he took of Jimmy Page in Holland Park in London on February 1. See the photo here.

Robert Plant

  • Robert Plant performed two shows in the US to kickstart his US and Canada tour. He performed in Raleigh, North Carolina on February 9, then Charlotte, North Carolina on February 11. Here’s the setlist for the Raleigh show, click through for videos of each song:

February 9 – Raleigh, North Carolina
New World…
Turn It Up
The May Queen
Rainbow
That’s the Way
All the King’s Horses
Please Read the Letter
Gallows Pole
Carry Fire
Babe, I’m Gonna Leave You
Little Maggie
Fixin’ to Die
Misty Mountain Hop
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In the Mood
Whole Lotta Love

Upcoming events:

February 12 – Robert Plant will perform in Norfolk, Virginia.
February 14 – Robert Plant will perform in New York.
February 16 – Robert Plant will perform in Boston, Massachusetts.
February 17 – Robert Plant will perform in Toronto, Ontario.
Late February/early March – New Led Zeppelin photo book “Led Zeppelin Live Times” will be released.
February 20 – Robert Plant will perform in Chicago, Illinois.
February 22 – Robert Plant will perform in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
February 24 – Robert Plant will perform in Denver, Colorado.
February 26 – Robert Plant will perform in Phoenix, Arizona.
February 28 – Robert Plant will perform in Oakland, California.
March 2 – Robert Plant will perform in Los Angeles, California.
March 13 – Robert Plant will be interviewed on “The Big Interview with Dan Rather” on AXS TV at 9pm ET.
March 23 – The remaster of How The West Was Won will be released and Robert Plant will perform in Sydney, Australia.
March 26 – Robert Plant will perform in Sydney, Australia.
March 27 – Robert Plant will perform in Sydney, Australia.
March 30 – Robert Plant will perform at the Byron Bay Bluesfest in Australia.
April 1 – Robert Plant will perform in Melbourne, Australia.
April 2 – Robert Plant will perform in Melbourne, Australia.
April 5 – Robert Plant will perform in Adelaide, Australia.
April 8 – Robert Plant will perform in Perth, Australia.
May 17 – An updated version of Stephen Davis’ Led Zeppelin biography “Hammer of the Gods” will be released.
May 26 – Robert Plant will perform at the Bearded Theory Spring Gathering Festival in the UK.
May 27 – Robert Plant will perform at the Bath Festivals in Bath, UK.
May 31 – The statue of John Bonham in Redditch is planned to be unveiled.
June 27 – “Led Zeppelin Live,” a photo book edited by Dave Lewis, will be released.
July 22 – Robert Plant will perform at the Vielles Charrues Festival in Carhaix, France.
July 23 – Robert Plant will perform in Paris, France.
July 25 – Robert Plant will perform at the Festival de Carcassonne in France.
July 29 – Robert Plant will perform at the Stimmen Festival in Lörrach, Germany.
July 31 – Robert Plant will perform in Pardubice, Czech Republic.
August 1 – Robert Plant will perform in Dresden, Germany.
October – The official Led Zeppelin photo book will be released.
October 16 – “Bring it on Home,” a new biography of Led Zeppelin manager Peter Grant, will be released.

Many thanks to James Cook

The complete Led Zeppelin News email goes out every weekend. To receive it each week sign up here:http://tinyletter.com/LedZepNews

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

http://ledzepnews.com/

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New Jimmy Page Interview in Planet Rock magazine:

There’s a new Jimmy Page interview conducted by Phil Alexander with new photo by Ross Halfin in the new issue of Planet Rock magazine – see link here:

https://www.greatmagazines.co.uk/planet-rock-print-single-issues/eplrespi/planet-rock-issue-6-cover1

 

 

 

 

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TBL ARCHIVE 1975 – VALNTINES SPECIAL :

This is where things really get going…

TBL Led Zep 1975 Snapshot:

WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 12th, 1975

NEW YORK, NEW YORK

MADISON SQUARE GARDEN 

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/Dazed And Confused (inc. San Francisco)/Stairway To Heaven/Whole Lotta Love – Black Dog/Heartbreaker (inc. That’s Alright Mama).

Background Details:

Whilst in New York, for recreation, Jimmy went to see Linda Ronstadt in New Jersey with ex-James Gang member Joe Walsh.

Writer and future film director Cameron Crowe is travelling with the band with a view to arranging a cover story for Rolling Stone magazine. Crowe builds up a good rapport with the group (he later contributes the sleeve notes to The Song Remains The Same soundtrack album) and interviews all four members, finally capturing Page at the Plaza Hotel during their Madison Square stint. Page, though none too happy with the paper’s previous coverage of the group, reluctantly agrees to a group photo session after much persuasion.

Cameron Crowe remembers: “Time was running out but I got Ben Fong Torres at the magazine’s office to hold the cover. Photographer Neal Preston reserved a room at the Plaza and set up a backdrop. It was the band’s day off (February 11). The members were informed of the afternoon shoot but mysteriously that morning Page disappeared from the hotel. Plant was first to arrive at 4PM, his shirt ‘accidentally’ open, his hair ‘accidentally’ perfect, then Jones and Bonham. Joe Walsh was there with his then manager Irving Azoff to help their friend Jimmy through this most tender ordeal. Page was still nowhere to be seen.

“Finally, Page arrived. In his arms were two bouquets of dead roses – his defiant statement for the cover of Rolling Stone. He explained his delay: ‘I was looking for black roses. They exist you know!’ He looked around the room. ‘Let’s do this quickly!’

“The session began. Three of the four members of Led Zeppelin struck a conciliatory pose, but the fourth Jimmy Page – held roses and stared through the camera. It was his chilling look that made the photo. The film was rushed to the lab and I flew home to San Francisco to write up the story. I had decided it would be a question and answer feature – that’s how good the interviews were.

“The call came early next day. There had been an equipment malfunction. The film was unusable; barely exposed was a dark silhouette of what might have been a Rolling Stone cover to rival the best. The cover was hastily switched to a tinted live Preston shot. That turned out nicely – and the issue with Zeppelin on the cover was a huge seller. It’s just a shame Page’s defiant stance was never seen.”

Snapshot Listen: How it sounded today:

I’ve had this show for some years on the audience recording Can’t Take Your Evil Ways (Diagrams Of Led Zeppelin). In 2001 it then surfaced on the Empress Valley label as Flying Circus as a very well balanced soundboard recording. This was a revelation at the time and I recall a very excited Mark Harrison ringing me to tell me how good it was. And it is good -very good indeed and playing it today the whole thing sounded great. This is the point where the US tour really began to take off.

Robert is quick to comment on the snow that was surrounding the city at the time: “We came four blocks in the snow to get here… you realise that? People were calling me on the telephone today and saying ‘Is it gonna be on?’ For a minute I was wondering about my anatomy, then I realised there was some discrepancy about the weather. Isn’t it good though that it snows? Doesn’t it change the vibe of the city? I think it’s great!”

No Quarter expands with a lovely electric piano sequence and a wah wah fest from Page that has the feel of the electric fusion Miles Davis pioneered on the likes of Bitches Brew. Trampled Underfoot has a particularly expressive solo from Page.  Dazed And Confused continues to extend with the San Francisco sequence sounding very spaced out and brief section from Walter’s Walk which would eventually surface on Coda. The outro features those West Side Story licks.

Thee final encore of Heartbreaker is preceded by some lines from You Shook Me- during the solo they move into an impromptu version of That’s Alright Mama’ A perfect end to a perfect party. Plant: “Ladies and gentlemen of New York… you’re too much… and we ain’t so bad ourselves!”

Indeed they were not….

TBL Led Zep 1975 Snapshot:

THURSDAY FEBRUARY 13th, 1975

nass 1

UNIONDALE , NEW YORK

NASSAU VETERANS MEMORIAL COLISEUM

THURSDAY FEBRUARY 13TH, 1975

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/Dazed And Confused (inc. San Francisco)/Stairway To Heaven/Whole Lotta Love – Black Dog/Roll Over Beethoven/Communication Breakdown.

Snapshot Listen: How it sounded today:

I have this on the Throwing The Wild Sees box set. Another fine performance. Dazed And Confused contains much improvisation. Page’s injured finger is causing less problems now. Whole Lotta Love tonight includes the theremin for the first time on the tour during a funky interlude prior to leading into ‘Black Dog’.

Ronnie Wood then on tour with The Faces, comes on for the final encore of ‘Communication Breakdown’. Robert sings a few lines of Chuck Berry’s Roll Over Beethoven while the guitars are being sorted out. Communication Breakdown itself is greatly extended and clocks in at over nine minutes with both guitarists taking solos. One of the all time great Zep jams.

 TBL Led Zep 1975 Snapshot:

FRIDAY FEBRUARY 14 1975

UNIONDALE, NEW YORK

NASSAU VETERANS MEMORIAL COLISEUM

Set: Rock And Roll/Sick Again/Over The Hills And Far Away/In My Time Of Dying/Since I’ve Been Loving You/The Song Remains The Same/The Rain Song/Kashmir/No Quarter/Trampled Underfoot/Moby Dick/Dazed And Confused (inc. San Francisco)/Stairway To Heaven/Whole Lotta Love – Black Dog/Heartbreaker.

Background Info: Mike Tremaglio recalled: One of my friends saw this show from the 14th row.Unfortunately he could not score tickets for my brother and I – not that I held it against him as I got him tickets for the June 7 1977 New York show. We asked him to log down all the details of the Nassau show  and we  did get a blow by blow account of the new songs from Physical Graffiti a full two weeks before it was released in the U.S. His recall was tremendous and I can remember him describing  In My Time of Dying and Kashmir in real detail.

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Snapshot Listen: How it sounded today:

I have this on the Nassau 1975 (TheDiagrams Of Led Zeppelin) audience version. I’ve been listening to this show today via the soundboard recording that surfaced a few years back as released on the Scorpio label and as part of the Godfather Throwing The Wild Seeds box set .

It’s one of my favourite performances of the 1975 US tour.

Plant is just about regaining his vocals strength after the problems of the past weeks. He is also on his spieling best form developing one of those band to audience rapports he was so good at.

Witness his opening statements:

“Today is one of the last of the pagan traditions that is carried on into the 20th Century. It’s the day for throwing the wild seeds. In fact, now they call it St. Valentine’s Day… so, happy St. Valentine’s Day! I think we should dedicate this whole show to St. Valentine.”

nas 2“Tonight, we intend to take a knife and cut right through the glorious ice cream of Led Zeppelin. You get a little bit of vanilla, a little bit of chocolate, a little bit of colour and a little bit of everything”

And more..

“We came here in a state of ah, Jimmy managed to get to sleep at three o’clock this afternoon, and he was up again at four thirty. So we didn’t really know whether we had the strength to walk on the stage, but we have, and it’s feeling good. We were, we spent a few hours with St. Valentine last night, you see?”

The playing throughout is wonderfully loose and informal and there’s another great moment as Plant is introducing No Quarter” Page plays the opening notes to Train Kept A-Rollin.  “We’re going through our whole live history here, just flashing on different numbers” Plant adds.

The set list is notable for the inclusion of Since I’ve Been Loving played live for the first time since the 1973 US tour. Plant: “Who knows what it’s gonna sound like, but it’s something we really used to dig playing”. There’s a masterful ad-lib during the song where he sings the ‘I’m about to lose my worried mind” refrian and adds ”I seem to remember I used to say for five minutes”

”This is one that regulars that come here know quite well…but you’ve still yet to hear the recorded version…this is a track about another of life’s journeys that never end..this time in Kashmir”

Kashmir was a number that they were obviously itching to play live and with Plant’s voice suitably recovered they turned in a majestic Valentines’ Day performance in Nassau. Page strumming down relentlessly on the Gibson behind Bonham’s castinet like drumming.

Plant showing renewed confidence to throw in the echoed vocal nuances that became such an Earls Court trademark. Listening to this delivery re emphasis my opinion that the best live versions of Kashmir  were all played in the year it was released on record.

No Quarter features John Paul Jones at his best tonight and his improvisation takes the number to 20 minutes in duration.

Dazed And Confused is a marathon 30 minute plus excursion and the encore delivery of Heartbreaker leads into an impromptu version of Elvis’Mess Of Blues

Tangerine was of course a surprise inclusion at the Earls Court shows performed as a four part harmony. However perhaps they were already toying with the idea of bringing it back during the American tour. For on this night prior to Stairway To Heaven Plant let out a few lines from the long deleted Zep 3 stage fave. ”Measuring a summers day”…adding ”I’ve forgotten the words”. It was a brief teaser for a song that would again light up those memorable May days to come.

The prelude to Earls Court was on – and the course was a very favourable one …

DL – February 14th, 2018

To be continued…

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Led Zeppelin’s McLaren Racecar:

Robert A. Rutt has been in touch to relay a little known story from a back copy of Guitar Player – over to Robert…

I picked up the magazine at the publishing company in NYC yesterday while there on a business call, they are a client. This article was in the March 2017 issue. They publish a variety of music mags including Music Week, a U.K. Publication. They offered me some samples and by random choice I happen on this issue that had the Zep article. I was fairly certain I hadn’t see this before. I sent it on. I like the feeling when you find a new piece of history! All the best and again thanks for all you do to keep it going.

Best Regards,

Robert A. Rutt

In 1974, a Led Zeppelin–sponsored McLaren M8E/D racecar spent one impressive season on the racetrack before disappearing from history. Here is its untold story

By Mike Daly

Read more at:

https://www.guitarplayer.com/guitaraficionado/led-zeppelins-mclaren-racecar-an-untold-story-from-rock-history

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DL Diary Blog Update:

Friday treats at the Vinyl Barn. At the always excellent Vinyl Barn in Bedford last week, I was well pleased to find a copy of the Sandy Denny and Johnny Silvo album – recorded and released in 1967 on the Saga Records label. A piece of pre-fame Sandy Denny history. Her delivery of Tom Paxton’s The Last Thing On My Mind on this album is early indication of Sandy’s rare vocal talent – a talent that would further develop in Fairport Convention and beyond. ..great stuff – thanks Darren!

There’s been some intensive work on the Evenings With book this week – alongside more text checking and design, we have began some important work on the photo research for the book. We have a fair few gaps to fill with photos and it’s a fiddly process searching out the appropriate photos to match the text. We are also at the stage of making some difficult decisions in terms of the production. The quest goes on…

 

 

Last Saturday, I ventured out to watch Spurs v Arsenal down the local Fox and Hounds – a very pleasing 1-0 win with that man Harry Kane again in the right spot at the right time netting with a powerful header. They were also very impressive in last night’s Champions League encounter with Juventus – coming back from 2-0 down to earn a valuable first away leg 2-2 draw. It’s the FA Cup fifth round this weekend with Spurs away to Rochdale – here’s hoping they do not slip up on Rochdale’s rather notoriously sand filled muddy pitch.

It’s been half term week here with the good lady Janet off from the Pre-school she is deputy leader at for a few days. Our Sam is also on her travels again – she flew yesterday to India for a four week yoga course which is followed by a two week visit to Vietnam. An amazing opportunity of course – though having just got used to her being back we are going to miss her again.

Valentines Day is upon us…

 

frank valentine

Here’s some perfect Valentines Day albums that will be echoing around these parts today and the rest of the week: All these albums are full of romance and melancholy longing…

Frank Sinatra – In The Wee Small Hours

Frank Sinatra – My Funny Valentine

Burt Bacharach –  Hitmaker

Otis Redding – Otis Blue

Elvis Presley – From Elvis In Memphis

Dusty Springfield – Dusty In Memphis

David Bowie –  Young Americans

Elton John – Friends Soundtrack

Bob Dylan – Nashville Skyline

Sandy Denny – Rendezvous

Roy Harper – Valentine

Carly Simon – No Secrets (this one has to be in as You’re So Vain is one of the good lady Janet’s all time fave songs!)

Derek & The Dominos -Layla and other Assorted Love Songs

And in keeping with that theme – here’s the DL Valentines Day playlist –  some of the most romantic and deeply touching love songs ever written in the view of your TBL editor:

Ten Years Gone – Led Zeppelin

Lay Lady Lay – Bob Dylan

I’ve Been Loving You Too Long – Otis Redding

Northern Sky –Nick Drake

Oh My Love –John Lennon

Come In To My Life – Robert Plant

Our House – Crosby Stills Nash & Young

Full Moon – Sandy Denny

Tangerine –Led Zeppelin

Have I Told You Lately That I Love You – Rod Stewart

Roberta Flack – The First Time Ever I Saw You’re face

How Deep is Your Love – The Bee Gees

God Only Knows – The Beach Boys

Do What You Gotta Do – The Four Tops

Nobody Loves You Like I Do – Greg Lake

Loving You is The Right Thing To Do – Carly Simon

Layla – Derek & the Dominos

Ship Of Fools – Robert Plant

The Rain Song – Led Zeppelin

Here, There And Everywhere – The Beatles

I’m Gonna Crawl – Led Zeppelin

Word On A Wing – David Bowie

The Greatest Gift – Robert Plant

Something – The Beatles

Wonderful One – Jimmy Page & Robert Plant

Headstart To Happiness – The Style Council

Tiny Dancer – Elton John

Thank You – Led Zeppelin

Little Wing – Jimi Hendrix

Lets Get It On -Marvin Gaye

Still In Love With You – Thin Lizzy

Help Me – Joni Mitchell

One For My Baby –Frank Sinatra

Just a Little Lovin – Dusty Springfield

You Do Something To Me -Paul Weller

All My Love – Led Zeppelin

Let music be the food of love….

Dave Lewis – February 14, 2018

Until next time, have a great weekend

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YouTube clips:

Some Valentines Day words from Robert Plant:

This is pretty awesome….
Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters perform “Carry Fire,” the title track to his 2017 album, live at the O2 Apollo Manchester on November 30, 2017:

 

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9 Comments »

  • Dave Lewis (author) said:

    A pleasure George!

  • George A Fludas said:

    Dave,

    thanks so much for the shout here! I really appreciate you spreading the news about the YouTube channel. Seems like we are getting a lot of positive feedback about it!

    Cheers, and thanks again…

    George Fludas

  • Dave Lewis (author) said:

    Andrew that is a story!

  • Andrew said:

    Feb 12 was not only my first Zep show but my first concert. I went with my brother and 2 friends. We had Lodge stage left seats. Needless to say it changed my life. I have seen countless other great bands and great shows but there is nothing to compare to Led Zep on a good night and an impressionable 14 year old at his first concert.

  • Dave Lewis (author) said:

    Good choices ED!

  • Dave Lewis (author) said:

    Many thanks Ray!

  • Ray said:

    Hi Dave,

    Thanks for the link to the Bonzoelum Channel on YouTube, I watched a few of Terry’s video’s and he really does live the part. We all know what John’s drumming was to the Band, he was the Fourth element. And i totally agree with Terry’s answer to one of your questions, No “BONZO” and it ain’t Led Zeppelin. It is the same with most bands we all see what is going on at the front, and don’t really appreciate what is happening at the back. Out of the video’s i watched i really liked Hots on For Nowhere with all the time changes most be a killer to nail that one. A song that is not always high up in the ratings of the Zeppelin cannon of songs, but is possibly one of my favourites because i feel Page’s guitar solo is in the top three of his best. Thanks again for all your efforts they really are appreciated.

    Cheers
    Ray

  • Ed-Washington DC said:

    Nobody quite does love songs like the great Van Morrison. To wit:

    Steal My Heart Away
    Queen of the Slipstream
    Orangefield
    Let It Rhyme
    Oh the Warm Feeling (as I sat by you)
    Indian Summer
    Carrying a Torch
    Tupelo Honey

    I could go on but those are some sparkly Valentine gems.

  • Dave M said:

    Dave, great that you picked up on the Bonzoelum YouTube channel.
    I’ve followed him for a good few years now.
    I’d recommend the channel to any drummer – or Zep fan in general.
    Terry has a brilliant insight into Bonham’s drum parts and approach.
    His videos are highly watchable – always humorous and self-deprecating, but his sheer love of Zep and his masterly knowledge of the subject shines through.
    Absolutely recommended.

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