Dread Zeppelin - A retrospective from outerspace !
Dread Zeppelin... a retrospective from outerspace
The 90's didn't suck that bad eventually, especially if you had some kind of bad taste humor... and these dudes really had the kind needed to dare landing on our planet! Because yes, created by aliens and modelled on the most popular person on earth, Tortelvis is the grandmaster of a ceremony delivered with high class & goof by his fellow musicians all along the years.
I never get tired of listening to Dread Zeppelin and will purchase all their dvds when I can afford it, but for now I will try to convince you to do the same by offering y'all a few selected ones of their fine releases covering most of their 'reign in error', or thereabout. Some have their fave line-up, I do too but support the band no matter what through the years. The king must live on!
Audio rips first, all encoded at 224~320kbps VBR Mp3 including scans.
By the way, mind "Un-Led-Ed" is a vinyl rip and does sound excellent.
Then the Live video of their 2003 show at Jah-La-Palooza that was included with the "Chicken & Ribs" Ep.
Alright, here useful links of the band, the hot & spicy rib(p)s follow right below, just click & enjoy the Jahdness but don't forget the magical pass so you can unzip them all: deathburger! (what else?)
Dread Zeppelin - Un-Led-Ed
IRS records 1990 LP
1. Black Dog (Jones, Page, Plant) 5:21
2. Heartbreaker (Bonham, Jones, Page, Plant) 4:46
3. Living Loving Maid (She's Just a Woman) (Page, Plant) 3:45
4. Your Time Is Gonna Come (Jones, Page) 5:09
5. Bring It on Home (Page, Plant) 4:34
6. Whole Lotta Love (Bonham, Dixon, Jones, Page) 4:34
7. Black Mountain Side (Page) 2:01
8. I Can't Quit You Baby (Dixon) 6:02
9. Immigrant Song (Page, Plant) 2:53
10. Moby Dick (Bonham, Jones, Page) 4:19
Review (by Ed Rivadavia):
Despite singer Tortelvis' reputed propensity for gas, there is no denying that, initially, DreadZeppelin was a breath of fresh air in a stale music scene which oftentimes took itself way too seriously.
Anyone jaded enough to think they had seen it all in rock & roll was forced to think again when faced with the band's improbable reggae renditions of Led Zeppelin classics, performed by an overweight caricature of the King himself, the aforementioned Tortelvis.
Together, these disparate elements provided an aural and visual cocktail of Spinal Tap proportions -- but in this case, it was all for real.
Of course, none of it could possibly have worked had it not been so cleverly well thought out in advance, and then expertly executed.
Make no mistake, behind the sextet's comedic facade lies a highly competent group, featuring solid musicianship, great arranging talent, and, face it -- sheer balls and audacity.
Having said that, the sextet's first album, 1990s Un-Led-Ed, is a gag-infested tour de force where almost every dubious musical moment is safeguarded by a healthy dose of humor -- and vice versa.
Instantly catchy, and often hilarious renditions of such Zeppelin staples as "Black Dog" and "Heartbreaker" (cleverly spliced with "Hound Dog" and "Heartbreak Hotel" for added flavor) are, for the most part, perfectly valid interpretations from a musical standpoint. (Just listen to guitar player Carl Jah as he peels off scorching leads that would make Jimmy Page proud during "Whole lotta Love" for further proof.) And ultimately, what greater endorsement could one hope for, then the one bestowed by Zep vocal legend Robert Plant, who claimed that he actually preferred DreadZeppelin's take on "You're Time Is Gonna Come" over the original.
In the end, there is a very fine line between "sexy clever" and "sexy stupid," and though they would soon cross that line never to regain their way, at least with Un-Led-Ed, Tortelvis and company were taking care of business.
Dread Zeppelin - Hot & Spicy Beanburger
Birdcage records 1993 CD
1. Good Times Bad Times
2. Going to California (Page, Plant)
3. Good Rockin' Tonight
4. Kashmir (Bonham, Jones, Page, Plant)
5. Ballad of Charlie Haj
6. Unchained Melody (North, Zaret)
7. Stairway to Heaven (Page, Plant)
8. Hot & Spicy Beanburger
10. All of My Love (Page, Plant)
11. Wot Happened? (The Sl@ppy Shuffle)
Review (By John A.Wilcox):
"Hot & Spicy Beanburger" Dreadifies the Zep classics "Good Times Bad Times," "Going To California," "Kashmir," "Stairway To Heaven," "Hot Dog," and "All Of My Love" as well as Elvis faves "Good Rockin' Tonight" and "Unchained Melody."Tortelvis turns in consistently miraculous vocals and the guitar work is smmmmmmokin'! It's amazing how well these songs take to a reggae beat. Far from a "gimmick" band, Dread Zeppelin play with fire and conviction with tongues firmly in cheeks. If you like to party and like to laugh while you groove, pick up these bad boys. A little raunchy, a little paunchy (thanks to Tortelvis), and fun as shit! Throw them in your CD player for instant summer any day of the year. The King is arm wrestling with John Bonham in heaven and this is what's on their boom box!
Dread Zeppelin - The Fun Sessions
(Tortelvis sings the classics) Imago records 1996 CD
1. Baba O'Riley (Townshend) 4:06
2. Sunshine of Your Love (Brown, Bruce, Clapton) 5:43
3. Born on the Bayou (Fogerty) 4:22
4. Light My Fire (Densmore, Krieger, Manzarek, Morrison ) 4:31
5. Smoke on the Water (Blackmore, Gillan, Glover, Lord, Paice) 5:19
6. Free Bird (Collins, VanZant) 6:11
7. Feel Like Making Love (Paul Rodgers, Mick Ralphs) 4:21
8. BBWAGS (Putman, Tortell, Johnson, Burke, Boerin) 4:00
9. Suite: Judy Blues Eyes (Stephen Stills) 7:09
10. Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/The End (Lennon, Mc Cartney) 5:3
Shortly after *Hot & Spicy Beanburger* Dread Zeppelin made a cameo in the 1994 film comedy National Lampoon's Last Resort, Carl Jah and Ed Zeppelin then left the lineup, with the latter's brother Bruce and bassist Derf Nasna-Haj signing on for 1995's No Quarter Pounder.
Jah Paul Jo's subsequent departure preceded 1996's The Fun Sessions, the group's lone recording for the Imago imprint.
Dread Zeppelin has always been about change. Anyone who has followed the group from the beginning has seen this change in just about everything: drummers, Charlies, rastamen, even its lead singer and musical format.
But a lot of fans, myself among them, consider Joe's departure not merely a change, but a loss of the group's creative soul. I've seen the post-Joe lineup twice and readily admit they still put on a good show, lending some credibility to the "Fun Sessions" material they feature.
Greg Tortell now sports a moustache and goatee and has taken to wearing neon-coloured stage suits, the total effect adds little to the Elvis image he is supposed to be projecting. Gary plays a confident, metal-edged lead guitar, but it too is a compromise - the group may never be able to fill the hole left in their sound by the departure of Carl and Joe.
Bruce Fernandez's return in 1997 has helped restore some focus to the group (no one toasts "Stairway To Heaven" like Ed Zeppelin), but as Joe has pointed out "for the group to be real (you) got to release stuff, (you) gotta have new material. Things have to come out. (extract of article by Michael Hockinson)
Dread Zeppelin - Chicken & Ribs
Cash Cow Records 2005 CD
1. Kung Fu Fighting
2. Viva Las Vegas
3. Chicken & Ribs
4. Kashmir ( Spice Remix)
5. Viva Las Vegas (TV Edit)
6. Rock'n'Roll (Bob K Remix)
7. Immigrant Song (Spice Remix)
The audio portion of Chicken and Ribs adds up to an EP's worth of music with one track repeated, but it hangs together well and offers a couple sounds you won't hear in the band's live show. "Kashmir" gets an ambient house-influence mix while "Immigrant Song" is tranced out.
X's Billy Zoom contributes some guitar to the title track, the band does a loose and laid-back take on "Kung Fu Fighting," and "Viva Las Vegas" appears twice, once in its version for the television show American Casino.
Dread Zeppelin - Live at Jah*La*Palooza 2003
1.The Song Remains The Same
2. Immigrant Song
3. I Can't Quit You Babe
4. Hey Hey What Can I Do
6. Smoke On The Water
7. Question & Answer
8. Long Black Wavy Hair
9. Whole Lotta Love
10. Misty Mountain Hop
11. Viva Las Vegas
12. Stairway To Heaven
13. Moby Dick
14. Big Ole Gold Belt
15. My Way
Captured live at the Milwaukee Summerfest of 2003 (on the too-appropriate Piggly Wiggly stage) the band rattles off all their best Zeppelin-inna-reggae-Elvis style with extra oomph and some seriously shredding guitar.
It's great to watch the audience respond as lead singer Tortelvis gives them "the claw," and while the backstage footage is hilarious, one wishes the audio quality for the concert was a notch better.
It's passable, and with so much Dread Zeppelin mischief in one little package, Chicken and Ribs is an easy recommendation. ~ David Jeffries
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