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Down The Tracks: The Music That Influenced Led Zeppelin DVD


10/17/2008
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(Kayos) Most 1960s British bands were heavily influenced by the blues. Fleetwood Mac, Jethro Tull, The Animals, Savoy Brown, Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin were no exception. Led Zeppelin's vocalist Robert Plant and guitarist Jimmy Page, particularly, loved the urban Chicago blues of Muddy Waters and Howling Wolf. Now, for the first time, these two late masters can be seen performing along with other blues greats when Eagle Media releases the second installment in a new series: Down The Tracks: The Music That Influenced Led Zeppelin on November 18. (The series debuted with the July 15 release of Down The Tracks: The Music That Influenced Bob Dylan.)

Additional legends showcased are those who the real music aficionado hardly ever gets to see: Davey Graham, Charley Patton, Son House, John Renbourne, Bukka White and many others (including Waters and Wolf). This very special DVD creates a tapestry, a mosaic, where the viewer can understand the whys and wherefores of just how this one-in-a-million band put its loves together to create a sound that will live on forever.

Plant, Page, bassist John Paul Jones, and drummer John "Bonzo" Bonham were a curious lot to team up. Page was already famous. Plant and Bonham were toiling in obscurity. Jones was a studio mastermind. When they originally got together as The New Yardbirds, the notion of success was so slim that one of them, as the legend goes, said they'll probably go over like a lead balloon. Manager Peter Grant picked up on it and famously tweaked it.

Known, along with Deep Purple and Black Sabbath, as Godfathers of Heavy Metal, the Page/Plant/Bonham/Jones chemistry proved eclectic and groundbreaking enough to incorporate folk, rockabilly, reggae, funk, Celtic, classical and country to its heady mix of soul vocals, guitar histrionics and bludgeoning drums. Their journey traversed all of these genres and this DVD makes one truly understand their genesis.



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