JT’s Ultimate Mixtape: Led Zeppelin edition

There has never been and never will be a hard rock band like Led Zeppelin. Many have tried to imitate the thunderous sound, but none have accomplished the feat for more than a handful of songs. Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, and John Bonham combined for such a creative powerhouse that they are still revered today, more than four decades after their formation.

This is the Led Zeppelin edition of JT’s Ultimate Mixtape. If you have missed our previous installments, there are some rules that make this more of a challenge than you might think. It’s not simply a collection of greatest hits or favorite songs.

    • Every studio album must be represented by one and only one song. Led Zeppelin has made this rule more of a challenge than any other band.
    • That song does not have to be an official “single” released by the band to promote said album.
    • Compilation albums can be included, but only songs that are new, previously unreleased, or remixes of songs from prior albums are eligible for the list.
    • Live albums are a waste of time. There are exceptions to this rule, and the concert recordings of Led Zeppelin allow us to sneak in a few songs that were knocked out of consideration by rule #1.

Click play on this video, then start reviewing my selections for this Ultimate Mixtape:

JT’s Ultimate Mixtape: Led Zeppelin edition…
“Dazed and Confused” (Led Zeppelin, 1969)
“Whole Lotta Love” (Led Zeppelin II, 1969)
“Gallows Pole” (Led Zeppelin III, 1970)
“Stairway to Heaven” (Led Zeppelin IV, 1971)
“Over the Hills and Far Away” (Houses Of The Holy, 1973)
“In The Light” (Physical Graffiti, 1975)
“Nobody’s Fault but Mine” (Presence, 1976)
“Rock and Roll” (The Song Remains The Same, 1976)
“In The Evening” (In Through the Out Door, 1979)
“Ozone Baby” (Coda, 1982)
“The Girl I Love She Got Long Black Wavy Hair” (BBC Sessions, 1997)
“What Is and What Should Never Be” (How The West Was Won, 2003)
“Good Times Bad Times” (Celebration Day, 2012)

Every “Ultimate Mixtape” needs some bonus tracks. The surviving members of Led Zeppelin went on to release solo albums and collaborated with others in supergroups. Before the death of John Bonham, he participated in several session recordings. This is just a small sampling of the members’ works outside the group.

Bonus Tracks:
Lulu (feat. Bonham) “Everybody’s Got To Clap” (single, 1971)
Wings (feat. Jones & Bonham) “Rockestra Theme” (Back To The Egg, 1979)
Robert Plant “In The Mood” (The Principle of Moments, 1983)
The Honeydrippers (with Plant) “Rockin’ at Midnight” (Volume One, 1984)
The Firm (with Page) “Radioactive” (The Firm, 1985)
John Paul Jones “Crackback” (Scream for Help, 1985)
Jimmy Page “Wasting My Time” (Outrider, 1988)
Coverdale/Page “Shake My Tree” (Coverdale / Page, 1993)
Page & Plant “The Battle of Evermore” (No Quarter, 1994)
Jimmy Page and the Black Crowes “Mellow Down Easy” (Live at the Greek, 2000)
Foo Fighters (feat. Page & Jones) “Ramble On” (Live At Wembley Stadium, 2008)
Them Crooked Vultures (with Jones) “Gunman” (Them Crooked Vultures, 2009)
Seasick Steve (with Jones) “Keep On Keepin’ On” (Hubcap Music, 2013)

Diversity was a key aspect of Led Zeppelin, and even after the band dissolved, diversity continued among the members’ solo works. Use your time wisely this February, purchase some Zep and crank it.

About JT

Christian. Husband. Dad. 911 dispatcher. Baseball fan. Horror nut. Music nerd. Bookworm. Time Magazine's 2006 Person of the Year.

Posted on February 4, 2014, in music and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Good choices, one and all. When I saw the rule about each album being represented, I immediately said “Oooh, what did he pick from ‘Presence’ ?”

    I’ve always liked “Nobody’s Fault” but felt it went on way too long… So I took advantage of the frequent breaks in the song, used some audio editing software and created my own “Single Version” that clocks in under 3 minutes. Danger Mouse got nothin’ on me.

    You and other Led Zeppianados may be shouting “STONE THE HERETIC!” right now, but I think the song benefits greatly from the editing.

    N- n- n- n- n- n- n- n- n- nooooooooooooooooooooobody’s fault!

This is where you talk...

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: