7/27/2008

Untitled Zeppelin post (take 2)

Part 2 of my temporarily recurring feature here at the Licorice Pizza: The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Sessions disks.

Disk 2 features music from the Led Zeppelin III sessions, which took place between January and August 1970. Many of the songs on the album were conceived in mid-1970 at Bron-Yr-Aur, an 18th century cottage in Gwynedd, Wales. There, Plant and Page spent time writing and playing new music. This remote setting had no running water or electric power, which encouraged a slight change of direction for the band towards an emphasis on acoustic arrangements.

After preparing the material that would emerge on the album, Page and Plant were joined by John Bonham and John Paul Jones at Headley Grange, a run-down mansion in East Hampshire, to rehearse the songs. With its relaxed atmosphere and rural surroundings, Headley Grange proved to be the favored alternative to the discipline of a conventional studio.

*Some programming notes: The first 12 tracks – various takes of “Jennings Farm Blues” – would ultimately become “Bron-Y-Aur Stomp.” Most of these takes are electric instrumentals, as opposed to the acoustic version that would become the final version.
The “Feel So Bad” medley bears a lot of stylistic similarity to the III’s “Hats Off to (Roy) Harper.”

(Tracks 1-12: Olympic Sound Studio, Barnes, London, England; Nov. 1969)
Jennings Farm Blues (take 1).mp3
Jennings Farm Blues (take 2).mp3
Jennings Farm Blues (take 3).mp3
Jennings Farm Blues (take 4).mp3
Jennings Farm Blues (take 5).mp3
Jennings Farm Blues (take 6).mp3
Jennings Farm Blues (take 7).mp3
Jennings Farm Blues (take 8).mp3
Jennings Farm Blues (take 9).mp3
Jennings Farm Blues (take 10).mp3
Jennings Farm Blues (take 11).mp3
Jennings Farm Blues (take 12).mp3
(Tracks 13-23: Unclear recording place and date. Notes that came with the recordings say Bron-Yr-Aur Cottage, Machynlleth Gwynedd, Wales Apr.-May '70 not Olympic Sound Studios, London, England May 5 '70)
Feel So Bad medley, incl. Fixin’ to Die and That’s Alright Mama.mp3
That’s the Way (first note cut).mp3
Since I’ve Been Loving You.mp3
Since I’ve Been Loving You (vocal track).mp3
Friends.mp3
Out on the Tiles.mp3
Immigrant Song.mp3
Bron-Yr-Aur.mp3
Poor Tom.mp3
Hey Hey What Can I Do.mp3
Friends.mp3
(Track 24: Olympic Sound Studios, London, England May 5 1970)
Poor Tom.mp3
And, since there are so many tracks involved here, I thought it’d be nice to put the whole thing in a zip file for you. You're very welcome.

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6 Comments:

At 1:24 AM , Blogger a Tart said...

gosh, i must be a total geek cause i love this stuff! thanks ever so much for sharing it.

 
At 5:10 PM , Blogger aikin said...

I'm sure you're not the only "geek."
I know I'm fascinated by it too

 
At 12:55 AM , Blogger Matt said...

I'm kind of geeking on this too. Much thanks, again!
(And thanks for zipping it. You rock.)

 
At 3:18 PM , Blogger Serene said...

Made my day, thanks :D

 
At 6:39 PM , Blogger aikin said...

matt & serene: thanks! glad you enjoyed the post. Stay tuned - more to come.

 
At 10:53 PM , Blogger Chesher Cat said...

Hey Aiken,

Cool blog!

I'm guessing you'd be interested in my book and my blog.

Keep Rockin'

 

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