The Original vs. The Cover – “Dazed & Confused”

For this month’s version of The Original vs. the Cover, we are going to discuss the Jake Holmes song “Dazed and Confused” that was later covered (or stolen) by Led Zeppelin.  The Jake Holmes song was released in 1967. Jimmy Page heard this song when Jake’s band and Jimmy Page’s band The Yardbirds were on the same bill.  Jimmy took the song and made several changes to it and performed it with the Yardbirds.  However, it didn’t get recorded until 1968 with Pages new band Led Zeppelin.

I say stole, because Page didn’t credit Holmes as the songwriter with the Led Zeppelin release.  Page felt he had made enough changes to the song that he didn’t need to credit Mr. Holmes.  And for the longest time Holmes did nothing until 2010 when he finally filed suit against Page.  The lawsuit never made it to court as it was eventually settled out of court.  Now, when the song is on an album that is newly released from Zeppelin it says…inspired by Jake Holmes.

Enough of the dirty music business.  Let us focus on the song and which version is better.  We will start as we usually do with the Original and then discuss the Cover ending with a wonderful Verdict of which one I like more.  And away we go…

 

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The song was recorded in 1967 for Jake’s debut album, ‘The Above Ground Sound”. It was recorded as a trio with only an acoustic guitar, an electric guitar and a bass.  No drums!!  And honestly, you don’t miss them.  The song is a trippy, psychedelic wonder.  The song feels like a bad acid trip, full of paranoia and god knows what.  Holmes at one time said it was about a girl and that can be true because women have dazed and confused men for centuries.

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My Sunday Song – “Beck’s Bolero” by Jeff Beck

For My Sunday Song #129, we are tackling the Jeff Beck classic, “Beck’s Bolero”.  The song was recorded back in 1966 and released by Beck in 1967.  This was the first release after Beck left the Yardbirds in hopes of quieting everyone that were upset about him leaving the band.  The song would wind up on his 1968 debut album ‘Truth’.

Now, before we get in to the song, I think we need to discuss the musicians that were on this track. The songwriter is said to be a guitarist by the name of Jimmy Page with contributions to it by Beck himself.  The line-up was Jeff Beck (of course), Jimmy Page, Keith Moon, John Paul Jones and Nicky Hopkins.  Damn!!  That is a line-up.  It was later confirmed that was the early incarnations of a little band you might have heard of called Led Zeppelin!!  Pretty dang cool.

Okay, back to the song…the song is inspired in part by Ravel’s “Bolero” obviously.  The song is made up of three parts.  The first is Page giving us that Bolero sound and then Beck bringing in the melody and almost spiritual, spacey sound going.  Part two kicks in with a scream and Keith Moon beating the crap out of the drums.  The tempo picks up with some distorted guitar sounds and the song rocks out with some slamming keyboard as well.  And part three brings us back to the earthy sounds of the beginning with some added fills and more melody.  It is a sensational journey.

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Tuesday’s Memes – Led Zeppelin

YES!!!  It is time for the Led Zeppelin Memes!!  I figured I would keep it old school since I just did The Rolling Stones last week.  No matter how bad your day might be going, a little Zeppelin will always make it better.  Sit back and enjoy!!

What is that makes their songs so damn sexy??

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