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(Guitar World)   Now here's the album Led Zeppelin recorded before they recorded Led Zeppelin   (guitarworld.com) divider line 25
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2013-09-18 08:08:06 AM
Amazing guitar tone on the first one. This P.J. Proby fellow called it right when he called it like he saw it and said he'd never see [Zep] again.  His voice and style aren't as suited for these instruments voices as Plant's would be in a matter of a few months.  Proby sounds like a Southern (American) televangelist, especially in videos 2 and 3.

I like how the reverb tails are mixed with each other, although, they seem a tad long now  I know that was a style of the time; it does suit the music well.  The hard panning sounds dated as well, though I don't know what the limitations of their equipment may have been.  The second video/song is mixed more to my liking, though the first is favored stylistically by a small margin.

John Bonham sounds as mature here as he did by III and IV.  And Proby calls him fat in the third video/song.  Awesome.

Zeppelin I is all over these tracks.  The third one has an "I Can't Quit You, Baby" vibe to it.  I don't know who is on the organ, I'm guessing it's JPJ.

This is a great find/submission, submitter.  Thank you!
 
2013-09-18 09:49:18 AM
Were there any original songs on it?
 
2013-09-18 10:20:15 AM
The New Yardbirds?  Just saw this movie a few weeks ago... it was pretty fun.

http://www.ledzeppelinplayedhere.com/
 
2013-09-18 10:21:05 AM
Wow. That's incredibly cool.

/Damien Fanelli got a fark thread?!
//Good on him!
///Press-Republican newspaper, represent!
 
2013-09-18 10:25:05 AM
What did Plant do on it? Backing vocals?
 
2013-09-18 10:28:58 AM

95BV5: What did Plant do on it? Backing vocals?


Harmonica. And presumably gratuitous crotch-stuffing.
 
2013-09-18 10:30:12 AM
That first song does sound exactly like early Led Zeppelin.
 
2013-09-18 10:31:13 AM
Tons of Sobs by Free came out a year before Led Zeppelin. It is better than LZ's debut album. If you have never heard it, listen to it and you will see where LZ got got most of their ideas.
 
2013-09-18 10:41:51 AM

wiseolddude: Tons of Sobs by Free came out a year before Led Zeppelin. It is better than LZ's debut album. If you have never heard it, listen to it and you will see where LZ got got most of their ideas.


Strange thing about Free for me - I liked all the individual musicians including some of their work in Free, but Free as a band never did it for me. I even saw one of their frenetic shows in '72 and wasn't as impressed as I had been with a Humble Pie show that same year (yeah, I know, sue me).

No doubt that Paul Kossoff was one hella guitarist, though.
 
2013-09-18 10:55:56 AM

wiseolddude: Tons of Sobs by Free came out a year before Led Zeppelin. It is better than LZ's debut album. If you have never heard it, listen to it and you will see where LZ got got most of their ideas.


According to Wikipedia, Led Zeppelin I was recorded in October of '68 and released on Jan. 12, '69 in the U.S and March 31,'69 in the UK (which I find interesting). Tons of Sobs was recorded Sept.- Oct. '68 and released in the UK on March 14, '69. I'm listening to Tons of Sobs right now based on your recommendation. It's good, but it's no Zep, and there's no way they "got most of their ideas" from it.
 
2013-09-18 11:22:24 AM

Tyrone Slothrop: Were there any original songs on it?


I don't know. Why don't you ask PJ Proby, the guy whose album they were performing on.
 
2013-09-18 11:22:42 AM

wiseolddude: Tons of Sobs by Free came out a year before Led Zeppelin. It is better than LZ's debut album. If you have never heard it, listen to it and you will see where LZ got got most of their ideas.


Unlikely. Led Zeppelin were playing a lot of their material for LZI a year before they recorded it, when they were still the New Yardbirds. IIRC, they had a standing gig/rehersal space at a pub in London where they played regularly before recording, and lots of people (including Keith Moon, who named the band, and Jimi Hendrix) came to see them. It's more likely that it was just the Blues sound in the air in London in 1968-69

You see the same thing happening with American Bands who sound like The Band all popping up in 1970-71.
 
2013-09-18 11:46:56 AM

Dwight_Yeast: You see the same thing happening with American Bands who sound like The Band all popping up in 1970-71.


Same thing in the late 80s/early 90s when everyone was copying Vanilla Ice.

/runs from thread
 
2013-09-18 12:56:45 PM

wiseolddude: Tons of Sobs by Free came out a year before Led Zeppelin. It is better than LZ's debut album. If you have never heard it, listen to it and you will see where LZ got got most of their ideas.


I didn't know Free was a bunch of old black blues musicians from the South.
 
2013-09-18 12:58:18 PM

amindtat: wiseolddude: Tons of Sobs by Free came out a year before Led Zeppelin. It is better than LZ's debut album. If you have never heard it, listen to it and you will see where LZ got got most of their ideas.

According to Wikipedia, Led Zeppelin I was recorded in October of '68 and released on Jan. 12, '69 in the U.S and March 31,'69 in the UK (which I find interesting). Tons of Sobs was recorded Sept.- Oct. '68 and released in the UK on March 14, '69. I'm listening to Tons of Sobs right now based on your recommendation. It's good, but it's no Zep, and there's no way they "got most of their ideas" from it.


Ha, and I get the feeling he's one of those guys that tells his little anecdote whenever Zeppelin comes up in conversation.
 
2013-09-18 01:30:01 PM

wiseolddude: Tons of Sobs by Free came out a year before Led Zeppelin. It is better than LZ's debut album. If you have never heard it, listen to it and you will see where LZ got got most of their ideas.


As opposed to most of "their" songs, which were from dead blues guys.

Still like Zep, but their greatest talent was plagiarism.
 
2013-09-18 01:34:00 PM

Dr. Kefarkian: wiseolddude: Tons of Sobs by Free came out a year before Led Zeppelin. It is better than LZ's debut album. If you have never heard it, listen to it and you will see where LZ got got most of their ideas.

I didn't know Free was a bunch of old black blues musicians from the South.


And those old black blues guys, in turn, took the lyrics and melodies out of old slave work chants. Whats your point?
 
2013-09-18 02:24:42 PM
Were there any original songs on it?

you're joking right?  Led NEVER had any original songs, they ripped them all off of Blind Lemon Pie
 
2013-09-18 02:32:45 PM
Led Zeppelin stole everything from Bill Hicks.
 
2013-09-18 02:35:27 PM
"I want my rock stars dead."

Bill said that and at the time I agreed with it and then I grew up and thought more and decided it was an awful and boorish comment.  After growing up some more and hearing folks like Keith do their thing and let their light just burst out of themselves for whatever reason... and realizing we are just enjoying something at about 18% of what they were experiencing it at the same time...  well, I realized that I actually do like the comment.
 
2013-09-18 02:37:54 PM
Keith Moon...
 
Bf+
2013-09-18 03:30:21 PM

Tyrone Slothrop: Were there any original songs on it?


Done in two.
 
2013-09-18 04:56:56 PM
And somewhere is maybe, hopefully the Led Zeppelin\Fairport Convention jam session tape.
http://www.oldbuckeye.com/prox/onenight.html
 
2013-09-19 07:48:00 AM

E_Henry_Thripshaws_Disease: Were there any original songs on it?

you're joking right?  Led NEVER had any original songs, they ripped them all off of Blind Lemon Pie


No, you're thinking of the Beatles, who ripped off Blind Willie Grunt.
 
2013-09-19 09:39:26 AM

Pentaxian: And somewhere is maybe, hopefully the Led Zeppelin\Fairport Convention jam session tape.
http://www.oldbuckeye.com/prox/onenight.html


They should release it! It sounds like it was an epic show.  It's sad you've got all these tapes of great performances languishing away in vaults. (Frank Zappa's a great example.) Release the damn things and let us hear it! Otherwise, why'd you record it in the first place?
 
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