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1997 (1969 &1971)

 

 
 
 
 
 
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BBC Sessions Review

Led Zeppelin BBC Sessions review

Led Zeppelin's album the BBC Sessions has many of the best songs from their first four albums, which are played in varying stages of development. Many of the songs give the listener plenty of improvisation to enjoy, as opposed to the polished nature of their studio work.

The first disc is a collection of various live performances at the BBC; several tracks are repeated from different venues. Most of the songs are from their first album, plus two tracks from Led Zeppelin II, and two that were not on any of their studio albums. The highlight of this disc is the four songs to close the disc from August 10, 1969, at the Playhouse House Theater in London. All four songs are blistering hot, especially the two Willie Dixon blues pieces; these version far exceed their studio counterparts.

The second disc of the BBC Sessions is from an April 1, 1971, performance at the Paris Theater in London. The disc includes the two songs with the longest instrumentals, "Dazed and Confused" and "Whole Lotta Love," which are certain to satisfy fans that want to hear the band open up and improvise. The rest of the songs are essential live versions of tracks from their second through four albums. The beginning of the disc rocks hard with a great workout on the blues oriented "Since I've Been Loving You," and a rocking "Black Dog." Softer, the band pulls out acoustic instruments for three songs in the middle of the set, which is one of the highlight of the set. Robert Plant really shines on these numbers.

With these two discs packed to the gills with exciting music, the BBC Sessions offers exceptional value with disc one 74:40 minutes and disc 2 at 78:13 minutes. by Barry Small
Grade  A -

   
BBC Sessions Song List
Track List

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Disc 1

Various Live 1969 performances 
1. You Shook Me (Dixon / Lenoir) - 5:14
2. I Can't Quit You Baby (Dixon) - 4:22
3. Communication Breakdown (Bonham / Jones / Page) - 3:12
4. Dazed and Confused (Page) - 6:39
5. The Girl I Love She Got Long Black Wavy Hair 
     (Bonham / Estes / Jones / Page / Plant) - 3:00
6. What Is and What Should Never Be (Page / Plant) - 4:20
7. Communication Breakdown (Bonham / Jones / Page) - 2:40
8. Traveling Riverside Blues (Johnson / Page / Plant) - 5:12
9. Whole Lotta Love (Bonham / Dixon / Jones / Page / Plant) - 6:09
10. Somethin' Else (Cochran / Sheeley) - 2:06
11. Communication Breakdown (Bonham / Jones / Page) - 3:05
12. I Can't Quit You Baby (Dixon) - 6:21
13. You Shook Me (Dixon / Lenoir) - 10:19
14. How Many More Times (Bonham / Jones / Page) - 11:51

Disc 2

Paris Theater, London ~ 4/1/71
1. Immigrant Song (Page / Plant) - 3:20
2. Heartbreaker (Bonham / Jones / Page / Plant) - 5:16
3. Since I've Been Loving You (Jones / Page / Plant) - 6:56
4. Black Dog (Jones / Page / Plant) - 5:17
5. Dazed and Confused (Page) - 18:36
6. Stairway to Heaven (Page / Plant) - 8:49
7. Going to California (Page / Plant) - 3:54
8. That's the Way (Page / Plant) - 5:43
9. Whole Lotta Love (Bonham / Dixon / Jones / Page / Plant)
10. Thank You (Page / Plant) - 6:37

According to Keith Shadwick's book Led Zeppelin 1968-1980 ..." the "Whole Lotta Love" was edited includes a medley from this performance was edited by Page so that he could fit it onto the CD: four rockers were left in - "Boogie Chillun," "Fixin to Die," "That's All Right Mama," and "Mess O'BLues -- and three taken out - "Honey Bee," The Lemon Song," and "For What's It's Worth." 

Not the complete performance, as "What Is And What Should Never Be" and  "Communication Breakdown" are not included, likely due to space constraints.

BBC Sessions Musicians
Musicians:       

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Jimmy Page - Guitar 
Robert Plant - Harmonica, Vocals
John Paul Jones - Keyboards, Bass, Mandolin
John Bonham - Drums

BBC Sessions - Credits
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Released - 1997, and recorded during various dates in 1969 and '71.
Compiled and Mastered by Jimmy Page
Label - Atlantic / BBC World wide Music
The liner notes include the dates for all the tracks, and additional information. 

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