|All Artists: Led Zeppelin|
Title: BBC Sessions
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Atlantic / Wea
Original Release Date: 11/18/1997
Release Date: 11/18/1997
Album Type: Live
Genres: Pop, Rock, Classic Rock, Metal
Styles: Blues Rock, Folk Rock, Rock Guitarists, British Invasion, Album-Oriented Rock (AOR), Supergroups, Arena Rock, British Metal
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaCD Credits: 2
Japanese reissue of 2000 compilation is packaged in a miniature heavy quality LP gatefold sleeve. 24 tracks including the 13-minute plus 'Whole Lotta Love' (Medley) featuring 'Boogie Chillun'/Fixin' To Die/That's Alright Mama/A Mess Of Blues'. Includes credits & lyric booklet. Atlantic. 2003.
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(jroc) from ARBOR VITAE, WI
Reviewed on 8/25/2006...
Disk 1 is sort of jam session stuff, like they're trying to work out the finished product. Disk 2 is pretty much polished stuff.
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The Mighty Zeppelin
MRT | 03/09/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The 1969 sessions on disc 1 are gritty and powerful, sometimes even more so than the studio recordings of the same material. Zeppelin performs originals like the fine folkish "What Is And What Should Never Be", the fiery rave-up "Communication Breakdown", and the psychedelic "Dazed And Confused", but the majority of the 14 songs are blues covers.
The Otis Rush-hit "I Can't Quit You Baby" gets the Zeppelin treatment, along with Sleepy John Estes' "The Girl I Love She's Got Long Black Wavy Hair" (one of the highlights of the album), and Willie Dixon's all-time classic "Whole Lotta Love".
Robert Johnson's "Traveling Riverside Blues" is another highlight; a tremendous electric rendition burning with Jimmy Pages' urgent slide guitar playing. And Zep's piano-driven blusn n' boogie version of Eddie Cochran's "Somethin' Else" is pure rock n' roll fun.
You will note that a couple of songs are here in two different versions...the two renditions of "Communication Breakdown" are quite similar, while the second takes of "I Can't Quit You Baby" is two minutes longer than the first.
Disc 2 is highlighted by a tight, muscular "Immigrant Song", a swaggering "Heartbreaker", and a crushing rendition of the tough blues "Black Dog". Well, I could go on and on, really. A beautiful, evocative "Stairway To Heaven", a great take on the acoustic folk-ballad "That's The Way", and a 14-minute medley of "Whole Lotta Love", John Lee Hooker's "Boogie Chillun", Bukka White's "Fixin' To Die", Arthur Crudup's "That's All Right", and the wonderful R&B-stomper "A Mess Of Blues" (Pomus/Shuman).
The sound and mixing on both discs is excellent, and the performances are almost uniformly great...rough and tough but by no means sloppy. Robert Plant is in fine form all the way through, and Jimmy Page completely fulfills the listener's expectations, playing crunchy rhythm guitar and creative, bluesy solos.
The ten-to-twenty minute versions of "Dazed And Confused", "You Shook Me", and "How Many More Times" are perhaps something of an acquired taste, and this is not really the place for newcomers to start, but fans will be delighted by these fiery, energetic live-in-the-studio recordings by Led Zeppelin in their prime.