Welcome to my music blog. In these entries I will highlight a particular genre, time period, or artist and give you a week’s worth of listening as examples. You can go to Pandora, Spotify, or your favorite music site to listen to or download the music.
I wish I could say each list was the result of years of research, my own musical experience, and critical consensus of critics, but they aren’t. They are just things I find interesting. I listen to many types of music, but I tend to love to find overlooked bands/songs or bands that were big but that history has kind of forgotten.
There will be glaring omissions, egregious inclusions, and outright mistakes. If you agree or disagree, want to clue me into other possibilities, or explain some odd point of music history, please leave a comment.
Otherwise, sit back and enjoy the music.
Much of my musical taste was formed by the music of the ‘70s, despite being in high school in the early ‘80s. Part of it was that I started seriously listening to music around ’77 or so, a few years before most of my peers. Another explanation would be that I grew up in the Midwestern flatlands – anything of any cultural consequence took three to five years to filter in from the coasts. Anyway, I have a deep and abiding love for the huge pre-arena rock sounds of the ‘70s. I have already professed my love for UFO, and April Wine on these pages, and have very fond memories of the first Aerosmith album, early Foreigner, Boston and Kansas. All these bands I consider second generation Rock bands, after the Big Four – The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who, and Led Zeppelin.
The Big Four each shaped and defined Rock music. The Beatles all but invented the concept of the album (Rubber Soul is possibly the first real album, argue at will). The Stones create made rock big with their tours and the made it bad with their behavior. The Who gave us the rock opera and the early concept album. Led Zeppelin gave us, well I like to think they gave us everything else.
Zeppelin is my all-time favorite band. I have all of their songs on my playlist, I have all of their albums. I have bought the first album 4 times, changing formats or replacing worn out ones. I could go on and on, but I won’t. Suffice it to say that they loom large in the formation of my musical tastes. They also figure heavily as a musical influence for all the Hair Bands of the ‘80s (Great White is often considered a flea market knock off of Zeppelin) as well as for Grunge in the early ‘90s.
You have probably heard their music if you are over 30, or have spent time with classic rock radio. My selections this week feature some of their lesser known, lesser played songs from the first three albums. Three albums recorded in less than 18 months that changed music, and set the stage for one of the most influential albums of all time, Zeppelin 4. I hope you enjoy these bluesy, folky tracks that didn’t make it on the radio much then and won’t ever make it now.
Monday – “Babe I’m Gonna Leave You”, “Your Time is Gonna Come”
Tuesday – “How Many More Times”, “I Can’t Quit You Baby”
Wednesday – “What is and What Should Never Be”, “Thank You”
Thursday – “The Lemon Song”, “Bring It on Home”
Friday – “That’s the Way”, “Since I’ve been Loving You”