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TBL38-CoverWeb TBL ISSUE 38:


The forthcoming TBL issue 38 is now in progress with a shipping date planned for late October. Once again the TBL magazine offers an outpouring of Zep related text with news, views and features to provide you with an ongoing tangible Zep fix.

Here’s a summary of the contents:

Led Zeppelin 2014: The First Reissues: Then and Now

Personal recollections and thoughts on the first Led Zeppelin reissues

Plus the next in line: Led Zep IV and Houses Of The Holy

Exclusive insight on the contents of the forthcoming reissues

Robert Godwin – on a musical odyssey

The long time Zep chronicler and space flight author recalls his initiation to the band’s music in the light of the first three reissues

Led Zeppelin Remastered: The Audio Audacity

Richard Grubb investigates the history of the digital transferring of the Zep catalogue and reveals an audacity in the process that has culminated in the success of the newly remastered reissues.

Led Zeppelin 1969: Club dates and TV studios –The TBL 45 year Retrospective

Mike Tremaglio logs the spring of ’69 activity that included visits to Sweden and Denmark, BBC sessions, TV appearances and one off club dates

Led Zeppelin 1975: Improvised Graffiti

In the third part of his tape analysis of Led Zeppelin’s 1975 tour dates, Andy Crofts tracks the final shows of the US tour from late Feb to late March – some of the longest and most compelling of the era with on stage improvisation at a new high.

Robert Plant: Bringing on the Ceaseless Roar

Latest SSS happenings and lullaby and The Ceaseless Roar album dissected

John Bonham Memorial Fund Concert Featuring Deborah Bonham

Full report from an emotional Bonham family inspired night at St Stephen’s Church Redditch

preview one Nick Anderson Collectors Column

The first three reissues collector’s promos round up, Led Zep eBay –o meter, and more

Joe Jammer TBL Interview Part 2

The former Led Zep roadie and still very active musician on his post Zep years and current activities

Plus John Paul Jones with Dave Rawlings,latest news and more.

Further updates on the magazine content to follow -note cover is work in progress and subject to amendment : watch this space for further exciting TBL 38 developments… 

This is another unmissable issue – so how do you get your hands on it…?

Frstly if you were a previous TBL subscriber and received the latest issue TBL 37 …



Many previous subscribers have already done so but there are still many more out there who have yet to re – subscribe – so do it now – your support is vital in keeping the TBL operation in all its guises on track. The same applies if you have yet to indulge in the world of TBL – Subscribe now for the 2014/15 TBL magazines and never miss a future issue!

With the Led Zeppelin reissue programme underway, there has never been a better time to come aboard the world of Tight But Loose. The TBL magazines will be a constant companion to get you right in the zone as the reissues are released…

PLUS EXCLUSIVE OFFER! Once again every subscriber will receive a free 10×8 individually numbered print of a unique Led Zeppelin image – perfect for framing! This will be sent out with TBL 38 – the first issue of the 201/15 subscription due in the autumn.

Each issue will be individually signed and numbered creating a collectable issue every time.

The Tight But Loose magazine offers physical Led Zeppelin collectable content and presents unique essential Led Zeppelin reading… all pleasingly presented in an all colour format that can be stored, and re- read time and time again flyer one It rekindles that old fashioned thrill of actually waiting for something…and knowing when that package lands on your doorstep – the waiting will be worthwhile.

Here is just a sample of many satisfied TBL reader feedback comments:

‘I’m an avid reader of Mojo, Q, Uncut, Record Collector and Rolling Stone but my subscription to the Led Zeppelin Tight But Loose is far and away the best value for money.’’ Michael Rae, Victoria Australia ‘’TBL is a great balance of serious in depth analysis and handy sized chunks to keep you fully up to date of what’s going on in the Zep world. If you are a Zep fan there really is no excuse not to get subscribed!’’ Richard Grubb, Cardiff, Wales.

The TBL magazine consistently provides interesting and highly entertaining commentary and photographs in every issue. If you’re a Zep fan and haven’t subscribed yet, don’t wait another day.’’ Bill McCue, USA

‘’Without Dave Lewis. so much Zep folklore would be scattered – his infectious enthusiasm makes us all become the young Zeppelin fans we used to be once again!’’ Kevin Hewick, Leicester UK


Here is the link to subscribe to the TBL magazine… don’t miss out – do it now!

Many thanks for all your support in advance… Dave Lewis September 18th 2014


TBL T Shirt – On sale now…

The new TBL T shirt is on sale now – if you have yet to indulge -here’s the info:

tee one Be seen in the coolest Led Zep T-Shirt around The new TBL T-Shirt:

This unique TBL design is available in a strictly limited edition – most sizes are in stock now!

This special TBL T-shirt is a two colour black Gildan heavy cotton T-shirt  depicting the new TBL Mag logo and slogan ‘’Not just a band…more a way of life…’’ –  white and gold print on black T-shirt .

Men’s and ladies sizes available – ordering  link below:


Robert Plant on the Jo Whiley BBC Radio two show:

Robert appears on the Jo Whiley show on BBC Radio Two on Thursday September 18th– see link below  


lullaby…and The Ceaseless Roar in at number 2 on UK album chart:

The new Robert Plant album entered the UK album chart at number 2 matching his previous best solo album chart position with Pictures at Eleven some 32 years ago…


Robert Plant on stage with Patty Griffin:

patti and robert 2014 On September 17th, Robert was in attendance at the 13th Annual Americana Music Association Honors staged at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. He performed Ohio with Patty Griffin – Ohio was nominated in the  Song of The Year category but lost out to Jason Isbell.


Miley Cyrus Covers Led Zeppelin’s ‘Babe I’m Gonna Leave You’

Plenty of coverage for this story…and see You tube clip below…  


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DL Diary Update: Jimi Hendrix Remembered:

I can remember exactly where I was when the news of Jimi Hendrix death came through on September 18th 1970 – 44 years ago today. I was listening to the late great Tommy Vance Friday What’s New programme as I did most Fridays back then eager to hear the latest single releases. Around 5pm the announcement was made on the BBC Radio One news and Tommy went on to provide a fitting tribute to the guitar legend noting the inconsistencies of his performances over the past year.

hendrix west

Across the water the next day Led Zeppelin were performing two shows at Madison Square Garden and Robert Plant paid his respects in the evening show. ”Before we go any further …yesterday a rather uncomfortable thing happened for everybody and a great loss for the music world…and we’d like to think that you as well as us are very sorry that Jimi Hendrix went. I spoke to a close friend of his about half an hour ago and he said probably he would have preferred everybody to get on and have a good time rather than talk about it. So we’d like to get on and try and make everybody happy”.

I’ve been listening to that extract of that speech on the bootleg of the evening show. They go on to perform an absolute steller version of That’s The Way with Plant’s vocals sounding absolutely incredible. ‘’I wonder how we’re gonna tell you’’ he sings slightly changing the lyrics. Behind him Jimmy strums away sweetly and JPJ adds mandolin totally complimenting the mood. That’s The Way performed by Led Zeppelin one day after the death of Jimi Hendrix is an awesome performance.

Check it out on the You tube clip below……

I also know exactly where I was on the sixth anniversary of Jimi Hendrix death in 1976 all of 38 years ago.. That was the day our gang pitched up in Hyde Park ready to watch the free concert featuring Queen. One of the flags in the crowd that day proclaimed ‘’Jimi Hendrix lives.’’

His music certainly does. I had a real Hendrix fascination around 1972-3 and brought a fair few of his albums. I went to see the Joe Boyd documentary film in London and loved the soundtrack. Have to say haven’t really played much Hendrix for a good while – today I’ve been picking out a few choice Jimi faves, including the excellent Cry Of Love album and the brilliant Hendrix In The West live album in tribute to this 44th anniversary of his passing.


All Time Top Ten Singles:

singles one I was nominated on Facebook by my esteemed ex fellow music retail supremo Robert Owen Jones to list my all time top ten favourite singles – here they are as of now – it of course could change!


Whole Lotta Love – Led Zeppelin

The riff that ate the world – I quite like them…

You Can Make Me Dance Sing or Anything – Faces/Rod Stewart

Ultimate good time record

Friends – Arrival

1970 vocal tour de force written by Terry Reid – takes me right back to the days when I religiously followed the charts and Top of the pops

Shaft – Isaac Hayes

Magnificent arrangement. First heard it when it was played over the PA before I first saw Zep at Wembley in ’71

I Want You Back – The Jackson Five

The sound of unabashed euphoria

Going Underground – The Jam

The sound of not putting up with it

Stay Young (B side) – Oasis

Evokes memories of great mid 90s retail times for me and the lyrical sentiment is spot on too

Metal Guru – T. Rex

He was a wizard and a true star…

Hey Jude/Revolution – The Beatles

Two sides of exceptional creativity

Because The Night – Patti Smith

Towering performance of a towering Bruce song

Bubbling Under: Won’t Get Fooled Again The Who /Speak Like A Child – The Style Council – Brown Sugar – The Rolling Stones /Theme from Fireball XL5 – Don Spencer ( first record I owned) Chestnut Mere ,The Byrds /Robert Plant – Big Log/Born To Run – Bruce Springsteen/ To Sir With Love – Lulu/ Ceremony – New Order /The Universal – Blur/ Paperback Writer – The Beatles You Make Lovin’ Fun –Fleetwood Mac/One of These Nights –The Eagles/Human Nature –Michael Jackson/Haitian Divorce –Steely Dan/Your Song –Elton John/This Charming Man – The Smiths/Bus Stop –The Hollies/Baby I love Your way –Peter Frampton/ If I Can’t Have You –Yvonne Elliman/Far Far Away –Slade/Going back –Dusty Springfield/ Glad All Over – The Dave Clark Five/The Jean Genie – David Bowie/Billy Jean –Michael Jackson/For Your Eyes Only –Sheena Easton and loads more!


We had a splendid night out for the good lady Janet’s birthday at the T.Rextasy gig at the 02 in Islington. The long running tribute band led by the excellent Danielz, were absolutely spot on – the set list was well presented with lesser known numbers such as One Inch Rock and King of The Rumbling Spires mixing with the expected hits. As the bopping elf put it…’’We love to boogie on a Saturday night’’ And we did.

danielz one The bopping and celebrations have well and truly now subsided and it’s been down to solid work on TBL 38 this week as you will have read above. There’s some great stuff evolving and more on all that soon. Again may I re iterate the fact that if you received TBL issue 37 that was the last of your subscription and it is time to re subscribe.  You will not want to miss this issue – of that I am sure!

I watched the first part of the Cilla Black bio series on ITV earlier this week – far from the expected cheesefest, it was very well done –very authentic and brilliantly acted. Long before the Saturday entertainment roles, Cilla was a class act and one of the great female singers of the 196s as this very watchable series portrays.

On the playlist: Lullaby..and the Ceaseless Roar (which gets better with every play), Led Zeppelin Going To California –still sounding like one of their best ever nights…Jimi Hendrix In the West, and The Free Story and Faces Long Player (US pressing) LP’s as acquired last Saturday at the Spitalfields market record fair. I’ve also had on The Who By Numbers –the intensely personal Pete Townshend lyrics on some of those songs resonate with me now as they did when I first listened to it in 1975 – also on heavy rotation – Nick Drake’s Five Leaves Left and Bryter Later.

Nick Drake’s albums perfectly capture the melancholy feel in keeping with the onset of autumn – with my diabetes check due soon and doc visits ahead, the boy Adam leaving shortly for university at the end of the month and other stuff going on, that air of melancholy will be prevalent in the coming days as the challenges of a new season emerge. Summer already seems a long way away…

There are of course always silver linings to be found and none more so than the impending release of the Led Zeppelin IV and Houses of The Holy reissues…I hope to have more news on that subject soon…

Dave Lewis, September 18th 2014.

You tube clip: Jimi Hendrix tribute:

And finally a bit of Miley…

Until next time…

Have a great weekend

Keep listening, keep reading…

Dave Lewis/Gary Foy – September 18th, 2014.

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