This morning on the radio I heard a live performance where the guitar playing just slayed me, so I had to share it with you guys:
For this Neil Young cover, the Dave Matthews Band brought on stage an incredible guitar player I hadn’t heard of before: Warren Haynes. I’ve looked up some information about him, and apparently he was asked to join the Allman Brothers Band when they reunited in the 80’s. He’s definitely got the blues in his bones. When he covers a song, he does it justice! Another old soul keeping it alive.
This song by Scott McKenzie from 1967, hate it or love it, has become an immortal classic. Led Zeppelin covered a small part of this hippie anthem during their live performance of Dazed and Confused. I just love that moment from 5:50 on when the song goes into a different chapter, and the lines to this song come on- totally lifts you up and sends you out of space… The entire half an hour performance is simply mesmerizing!
Another artist I’ve discovered on my mission to learn all about the history of my favorite bands, is the singer-songwriter Roy Harper. Not only has he provided the vocals on the Pink Floyd track Have a Cigar (1975), Led Zeppelin has a song on their 3rd album called Hats Off To (Roy) Harper (1970). Jimmy Page contributed to Harper’s album Stormcock (1971), which is my favorite album of his! I bought it on vinyl, it has such a smooth vibe to it, it is so complete and sounds like a story. It is really worth a listen, but my favorite track on there is this one:
I have a great live version on my computer, but can’t seem to find it online anymore…
Harper was kind of a goof and he always stayed true to himself in his music, never giving in to commercial pressure from the music industry, which made him a much respected artist. He sure is very talented, still.
I’ve JUST found out they actually made an album together, need to get my hands on it!!
It’s not all rock ‘n blues. YES IT IS. No, here are some funky 70’s songs I really like that are a bit different from my usual taste in music. So upbeat and happy, like a quick shot of positive energy. Go ahead; listen, and feel good!
Thank you for creating this song in 1956, dear Screamin’ Jay, but I love love love the cover by CCR! They just nail it, that first scream is electrifying!
Shoving some more Terry Reid down your throat; but his live performance of the song is worth a listen:
How I love a singer with a good scream.
I can’t believe I haven’t talked about the Stones yet! Someone once told me that, back in the 60’s, you were either a fan of the Beatles or a fan of The Rolling Stones. I would have been the latter. Mick is not the greatest singer in my opinion, but that never stopped them from recording album after album, hit after hit. Neither did the drugs or alcohol, because they are still rocking it after all these years. I’ve seen them live in 2014 and they performed as lively as back in their twenties. My favorite track has always been Miss You (1978), but they have so many great songs, I tried to choose the ones I enjoy the most:
goosebumps, every time
Hard to believe this last one was released in 2013, they just remain amazing.
No need to introduce Sniff ‘n’ The Tears, but just in case; they’re the group behind the famous song Driver’s Seat (1979). But there’s more to this band than the one hit, listen to my favorite tracks:
Can’t seem to find Like Wildfire online anymore, but it’s worth a listen! (maybe Spotify?)
During the 80’s the glam factor certainly was higher than ever and some bands were just really really wrong. Of course a few timeless treasures were produced as well, songs that are just too good to be bad!
You love them too, admit it!
It’s no secret I absolutely love Terry Reid. I was amazed by his take on this ’66 Nancy Sinatra song, it is so energetic and his ‘superlungs’ really bring across the pain and emotion in the story. Nancy was more soft on it, but her version is haunting.
The live version on the documentary ‘Groupies’ (1969) is also bang on, if only I’d have that version without the talking… Gonna share it anyway, because I dropped dead at 4:09!!
If it was possible to be even more in love with Zeppelin than I was before, that’s what I’d be right now. I’ve finished their biography, and it made me understand everything so much better. Why each album represents a different time in their career and lives, the greatness and destructiveness of it all, and why they are not going to get back together. Bonham’s death really was the true end of something that was already ending.
These artists have been very fortunate though, to be able to form this band and become that big. Thank you Terry Reid for suggesting Plant to Page (Nice to know another hero of mine had more to do with it than I thought). Thank you Peter Grant for being the big business man you were and for doing whatever you could to get these guys out there. And thank you to the band members, who also acknowledge what an exceptional magic they had going on between them, and how there could never be a replacement for any of them.
I always thought I liked their first album the best, but the book also made me recognize why Physical Graffiti (1975) may just be their greatest record. And so, some of my favorite, maybe lesser known tracks from that one: