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Bailey's Bundles

The Led Zeppelin Papers - Physical Graffiti, Deluxe Edition

Read "The Led Zeppelin Papers - Physical Graffiti, Deluxe Edition" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

It may just be coincidence, but there seems to have existed a phenomenon in classic rock recording where prominent artists begin a creative evolution on a single LP release, chronologically following it up with a definitive artistic statement as a double album set, creating a sort of lopsided diptych of certain brilliance. Notable examples include: Bob Dylan--Highway 61 Revisited (Columbia, 1965) and Blonde on Blonde (Columbia, 1966) The Beatles --Magical Mystery Tour (Capitol, 1967) and The Beatles ...


Book Review

Led Zeppelin by Led Zeppelin

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Led Zeppelin by Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin 400 Pages ISBN: # Reel Art Press 2018 It was 50 years ago when a group of four people gathered in the basement in Central London for a rehearsal in order to fulfill touring obligations from the band they were assembled to replace. Built on the rubble of the seminal band Yardbirds and with ideas of pursuing a more dynamic and adventurous music, ...


Book Review

Brit Lit: The British Invasion & Led Zeppelin

Read "Brit Lit: The British Invasion & Led Zeppelin" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

While “rock & roll" music had its genesis in the United States, most particularly in the American South, its subsequent (and essential) evolution occurred elsewhere, specifically in the United Kingdom. What is called “the British invasion" has been one of the most important and least studied and discussed elements in the ultimate development of the music. Simon Philo's British Invasion: The Crosscurrents of Musical Influence address this in the broadest terms, while Gregg Akkerman's Experiencing Led Zeppelin: A Listener's Companion ...


Extended Analysis

Led Zeppelin: Physical Graffiti (Deluxe Edition)

Read "Led Zeppelin: Physical Graffiti (Deluxe Edition)" reviewed by John Kelman

After nearly five years that saw the group release five albums--from 1969's earth-shattering eponymous debut to 1973's less consistent Houses of the Holy (all on Atlantic Records)--and incessant touring that saw the group break numerous attendance records and reach the top of the charts worldwide, Led Zeppelin finally took a much-needed break in 1974. Still, while singer Robert Plant, guitarist Jimmy Page, bassist/keyboardist/multi-instrumentalist John Paul Jones and drummer John Bonham took some downtime to spend with family and friends, the ...


Book Review

Jimmy Page by Jimmy Page

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Jimmy Page by Jimmy Page Jimmy Page 512 ISBN: 1905662327 Genesis Publications 2014 Of the truly talented musicians of our lifetimes, very few can rival the accomplishments and the stature of guitarist Jimmy Page. This enigmatic music genius and mastermind behind one of the best, if not the best, rock and roll bands of all time, Led Zeppelin, has had a storied career like no other. He has been renowned for many things ...


Multiple Reviews

Led Zeppelin Remastered: The Second Batch (IV & Houses of the Holy)

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I, II, III | IV, Houses of the Holy Following the 1-2-3 punch of its first three albums--first released between January 1969 and October 1970 and reissued in June, 2014 as the first batch of a year-long series of overdue (and expanded) remasters of its entire nine-album catalog--Led Zeppelin continued on an upward trajectory, touring extensively and beginning to introduce songs that would ultimately appear on the British rock band's fourth album, one that bucked all marketing conventions ...


Bailey's Bundles

The Led Zeppelin Papers: Houses of the Holy, Deluxe Edition

Read "The Led Zeppelin Papers: Houses of the Holy, Deluxe Edition" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Led Zeppelin Houses of the Holy, Deluxe Edition (Atlantic Records) 1973/2014 “For me, Led Zeppelin began as the epitome of everything good about rock: solid guitar work, forceful vocals and rhythmic backing, devotion to primal blues forms, and most of all, thunderous excitement on stage and vinyl. But as superstardom came to them, so too came the gradual evaporation of those qualities from their sound.... Even after a hundred listenings I'm still ...


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