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CD review LED ZEPPELIN "The Complete BBC Sessions"

Veröffentlicht am 21. September 2016 von Markus W. in Led Zeppelin, Rock, Hardrock, Classic Rock, News, CD Review, BBC Session

(9/10) This album is a kind of surprise and a gift for fans of the legendary Led Zeppelin. Everybody that is interested in rock music will cherish this release since it comes with some extra treats.

It was in 1997 when a Led Zeppelin compilation album was published that featured the BBC sessions the guys did. It was a two-disc release that included four different sessions on disc one while the second one contained most of a show the guys did in 1971 in the Paris Theatre in London. This two discs are also, in a remastered version, part of the 'complete sessions'.

Already such an output caused pretty much of an excitement in the hardrock community since it shows the band at a stage before entering the 'hall of fame of rock music'. Focussing on the first four albums means songs like "Communication Breakdown", "Whole Lotta Love" and "Dazed and Confused" ending up on the tracklist, partly in different versions.

19 years later a new version of this compilation inflames even more euphoria among rock fans. The new version, that comes in various formats, includes an additional third disc that unveils unreleased material out of Jimmy Page's treasure box. The thrilling core of this third disc are the songs that haven been recorded in 1969 for 'Alexis Korner's Rhyhtm and Blues'. "I Can't Quit You Baby" and "You Shook Me" are taken from this session with a real pearl coming at the end. "Sunshine Woman" is an upbeat bluesy piano based rocker that presents Led Zeppelin in a deeply rooted blues mood. Just awesome stuff to listen to with a sound that reflects the time of recording very well. Today I would say that it's bootleg quality, however it has this warm vibe of the end of the 60's / beginning of the 70s' that makes this recording authentic and cool.

The rest of the songs are from various session, all recorded between 1969 and 1971, including two extra versions of "Communication Breakdown", number four and five on this triple header.

All in all I must say that this release is a comprehensive summary of highlights, written and performed by one of the most influential bands in rock history, at a time when things have been still very much down-to-earth. This album, with its exciting third disc, is a 'must' for Led Zeppelin fans. But it's also great summary of Led Zeppelin's musical highlights which could act as a door opener for younger rock enthusiast that might not have heard many songs of the band before.





Disc 1:

  1. You Shook Me
  2. I Can't Quit You Baby
  3. Communication Breakdown
  4. Dazed and Confused
  5. The Girl I Love She Got Long Black Wavy Hair
  6. That Is and What Should Never Be
  7. Communication Breakdown
  8. Travelling Riverside Blues
  9. Whole Lotta Love
  10. Somethin' Else
  11. Communication Breakdown
  12. I Can't Quit You Baby
  13. You Shook Me
  14. How Many More Times 

Disc 2:

  1. Immigrant Song
  2. Heartbreaker
  3. Since I've Been Loving You
  4. Black Dog
  5. Dazed and Confused
  6. Stairway to Heaven
  7. Going to California
  8. That's the Way
  9. Whole Lotta Love
  10. Thank You

Disc 3:

  1. Communication Breakdown
  2. What Is and What Should Never Be *
  3. Dazed and Confused *
  4. White Summer
  5. What Is and What Should Never Be *
  6. Communication Breakdown *
  7. I Can't Quit You Baby *
  8. You Shook Me *
  9. Sunshine Woman *

* unreleased



CD review LED ZEPPELIN "The Complete BBC Sessions"

Details on ACE FREHLEY's new album "Origins Vol.1"

Veröffentlicht am 13. Februar 2016 von Markus W. in Ace Frehley, Kiss, Hardrock, News, Rock, Heavy Metal, Classic Rock, Slash, Led Zeppelin, Lita Ford

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Ace Frehley will release a new album on April 15th which comes with 12 new recorded cover songs that are all favorites of the iconic guitarist.

Remarkable in this context is the long list of guest musicians of which Paul Stanley's contribution is the most outstanding one. This collaboration between the two guitar players is the first one since the 1998 Kiss record "Psycho Circus".

Next to Stanley's contribution also Slash, Lita Ford and John 5 supported Frehley on this longplayer that got the name "Origins Vol. 1".


Here is the entire tracklist of the album:

1. White Room (original by Cream) 5:04
2. Street Fighting Man (original by The Rolling Stones) 4:00
3. Spanish Castle Magic (original by Jimi Hendrix, feat. John 5) 3:34
4. Fire and Water (original by Free, feat. Paul Stanley) 4:11
5. Emerald (original by Thin Lizzy, feat. Slash), 4:28
6. Bring It On Home (original by Led Zeppelin) 4:25
7. Wild Thing (original by The Troggs, feat. Lita Ford) 3:44
8. Parasite (Kiss, feat. John 5) 4:04
9. Magic Carpet Ride (original by Steppenwolf) 3:43
10. Cold Gin (Kiss, feat. Mike McCreedy) 5:17
11. Till The End Of The Day (original by The Kinks) 2:26
12. Rock N Roll Hell (Kiss) 6:32



Details on ACE FREHLEY's new album "Origins Vol.1"

CD review RIVAL SONS "Great western valkyrie"

Veröffentlicht am 2. Juni 2014 von Markus W. in Rival Sons, Led Zeppelin, Classic Rock, Rock, Hardrock, CD Review, News

(9/10) Retro rock is trendy in these days. More and more bands discover the sound of the 60's/70's and make it their own. The result is an amazing amount of bands which combines the early day rock feeling with the modern sound of today.

Rival Sons from California is one of those bands. Probabaly one of the most successful and best ones. Already the predecessor "Head down" was a big milestone in the band's history. The record could show chart entires in 10 European countries. Next to that, Rival Sons became Classic Rock's "Breakthrough artist" in 2012.

That means that the expectations have been quite high, when it comes to the new album. I could imagine that this also put some pressure on the four guys from Long Beach, California. And they succeeded in meeting the expectations. "Great Western Valkyire" includes ten great classic rock influenced songs - all recorded and produced LCS studios in Nashville, Tennessee. The sound of the album is fresh, warm and organic. Exactly what this kind of music needs and deserves. Well done.

"Good things" is one of my faves on the album. The tune has a huge blues expression which I really like. Next to that the melody is awesome and you could get addicted to the song. Next to that "Great Western Valkyrie" presents also tracks that remind you to The Doors and Led Zeppelin. "Good luck" is one of those. What I appreciate with the song is the quite relexed The-Doors-alike verse, which explodes in the chorus. Classic rock at it's best. The first single release of the new album is called "Open my eyes". It's a very cool groove monster which you can't resist. It's the hypnotic beat which puts a spell on you. The longest track on the album is at the same time the last one too. "Destination on course" is an epical tune which starts quite silent and the vocals from Jay Buchanan sound almost a bit fragile. But also the lead guitar by Scott Holiday is just awesome throughout the entire track. A treat for your ears. The tune slowly builds up and it could become Rival Sons "Stairway to heaven". Yes, maybe the comparision is a bit out of scale, but only a bit. However, the closer is a thrilling track. Just listen to it. 

"Great Western Valyrie" is a must for all fans of blues based classic rock. It's an album for the older generation to think back in time and it's for the younger generation who wants to explore new/old sounds. Can't be done much better.





  1. Electric man
  2. Good luck
  3. Secret
  4. Play the fool
  5. Good things
  6. Open my eyes
  7. Rich and the porr
  8. Belle starr
  9. Where I've been
  10. Destination on course


Label: Earache Records

Genre: Classic Rock

CD review RIVAL SONS "Great western valkyrie"