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Roots & Influences - The World of Led Zeppelin

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Elvis Presley  Baby, Let's Play House   buy on itunes
Lonnie Donegan  Rock Island Line (Arranged By Lonnie Donegan)   buy on itunes
Chuck Berry  Johnny B. Goode   buy on itunes
Muddy Waters  You Need Love   buy on itunes
Howlin' Wolf  Smokestack Lightning   buy on itunes
Robert Johnson  Traveling Riverside Blues   buy on itunes
Memphis Minnie  When the Levee Breaks   buy on itunes
Otis Rush  I Can't Quit You Baby   buy on itunes
Sonny Boy Williamson II  Bring It On Home   buy on itunes
Jake Holmes  Dazed and Confused   buy on itunes
Bert Jansch  Black Water Side   buy on itunes
Roy Harper  Another Day   buy on itunes
The Yardbirds  Smokestack Lightning (Live)   buy on itunes
The Yardbirds  For Your Love   buy on itunes
The Jimi Hendrix Experience  Purple Haze   buy on itunes
Andrés Segovia  Seis Pavanas: Pavana No. 1 in A Minor   buy on itunes
The Master Musicians of Jajouka  55 (Hamsa oua Hamsine)   buy on itunes
Woody Guthrie  Pastures of Plenty   buy on itunes


Led Zeppelin's been called the godfathers of heavy metal, and with good reason: they took the blues and cranked 'em up to [i]godhead[/i] proportions. But they were always far more than that, summoning mystic winds and gathering a globe's worth of music into their classic rock arsenal. Scotty Moore's rockatwangy solo on Elvis Presley's "Baby, Let's Play House" persuaded a 12-year-old Jimmy Page to pick up the guitar and join Moore in string-bending sorcery. But Led Zeppelin would've sounded positively [i]tinny[/i] without Robert Plant's banshee wail, and where better to cop a howl than from Howlin' Wolf himself, in "Smokestack Lightnin'." Bert Jansch's folky finger-flinging in "Black Water Side" was reproduced almost note-for-note in Zep's "Black Mountain Side," with a side serving of the type of tabla that booms and bops through Ravi Shankar's "Dhun (Folk Airs)." (Shankar-style sitar also makes an appearance in Zeppelin's "The Battle of Evermore," and Page imitates its droning tones with his 12-string on "Kashmir.") From Robert Johnson to Ricky Nelson, from Andrés Segovia to Jimi Hendrix, we've got all the licks that shaped one of rock's greatest bands.
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