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Encomium: A Tribute to Led Zeppelin

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  • I rarely enjoy tributes. I’m more of a purist when it comes to my music. So, when I heard about this, a tribute album of Zeppelin greats I was very skeptical.

    Well I listened to this at a listening station at a local bookstore. I was immediately hooked.

    The selection of thse groups to play each of these songs were very well matched to the songs that they’ve played.

    Misty Mountain Hop – 4 Non Blondes. One of the most criticized songs in Zep’s collection is played fairly well by this eclectic collection of souls. They hit the feel of the song.

    Hey Hey What Can I do – Hootie And The Blowfish. Darius Rucker’s voice and the style of the Blowfish, one of the most mis-understood, under-rated groups take on a song that’s so perfectly suited to their style of playing. Rather enjoyable.

    D’yer Maker – Sheryl Crow.Love her or hate her. She’s decent on this Zep Great. I’ve never really liked Sheryl Crow. But, doing D’yer Maker she carries the song well.

    Four Sticks – Rollins Band Once again, not one of my favorite groups. But, this album was a break out for them.

    It’s nice to see that these groups decided to take on some real classics from a bygone era. So often you hear groups these days just play their own music without having the nerve to take on an older style of Rock N Roll. Well I hand it to:

    4 Non Blondes
    Hootie & The Blowfish
    Sherly Crow
    Big Head Todd and the Monsters
    Duran Duran
    Blind Melon
    Rollins Band
    Never the Bride
    and of course Robert Plant getting together with Tori Amos.

    They looked past their own fears and took on some classic Zep tunes. I’m also glad that they took songs like Down By The Seaside, and Out On The Tiles, songs you almost never hear played anywhere.

    So stop all the crying and complaining about this collection. Listen to it for what it is. It’s modern groups that people know here playing songs that were written before many of the artists featured here were born.

    Posted on February 12, 2010