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Music Blog – Lesser Led Zeppelin

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.

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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”

Music Blog – Late ’70s Flatland Bands

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

Late ‘70s Flatlands Bands

The Late ‘70s were a strange time in America. The idealism of the ’60 had given way to the indulgences of the early ‘70s. The peace movement had splintered and turned to violence when things didn’t happen quickly enough. Thousands of Vietnam vets were home dealing with memories they didn’t want in a country that didn’t really want them. The second wave of baby boomers were coming of age in a world of economic stagnation, shrinking jobs, and decaying cities. It was as if they arrived late to the party and only found passed out partiers, beer in stale cups, and foul air. Out of this miasma, Punk and Disco were born on the coasts, and the recording studios were full of heavily produced pop. In most of the country, that is. In the flatlands, rock n roll was still flourishing.

I like to think of the late ‘70s as the final flourishing of rock. The bands were the culmination of the trend started with the Beatles, moved along by the Rolling Stones and The Who, then experimented with by Led Zepplin, until we arrived at Boston, Kansas, and finally Journey. I think the Hair Bands and Metal that came after were a different breed, made big by a different age of people, as were the bands in the college rock movement. There are familial traits, but they are a different generation.

Pop Culture changes took three to five years to reach from the coasts to where I grew up in the Flatlands. While the Ramones were jamming at CBGBs, and Studio 54 was awash in cocaine and glitter, the flatlands were reeling from the loss of Lynrd Skynrd and eagerly awaiting the second Boston album. We watched as many of our favorite bands were brought low by drugs or split up due to “creative differences”. All was not lost though. We still have garages, and we could still learn to play. There was enough DIY ethic in those blue collar areas to produce some good music. This week I’m going to share some of the bands that came from Illinois during the late ‘70s. I was too young to see these bands on the way up, but I had the albums and knew all the tunes. For the bigger bands, I’ve tried to find the best songs from before the band was really big, so not the biggest hits from Styx, REO, and Cheap Trick.

Monday: Styx – Crystal Ball, Suite Madam Blue
Tuesday: Head East – Never Been Any Reason, Since You Been Gone
Wednesday: Off Broadway – Stay in Time Boy, The Kind – Loved By You
Thursday: REO Speedwagon – Riding the Storm Out, Roll with the Changes
Friday: Cheap Trick – California Man, Heaven Tonight
Friday Extra Credit: Styx – Lorelei, Head East – Jefftown Creek