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Led Zeppelin Furthers 50th Anniversary With RSD Issue of 7″ Mix Single of “Rock And Roll”

Led Zeppelin has been in the news quite a bit lately. So much so, I would NOT be surprised if they officially announced a tour, maybe even record another album. And while the album might be far-fetched, the tour thing might not be. Jason Bonham has been asked to quit using the name ‘The Led Zeppelin Experience‘. And with Jimmy Page going off on a secretive series of upcoming releases, but starting with a new version of How The West Was Won, and hinting at another valued live set. And then this:

On Record Store Day (April 21), Atlantic Records will be releasing a I’m sure to be sold out and become a collector’s item 7″ vinyl single of “Rock and Roll” in a Sunset Sound mix, backed with an Olympic Studios mix of “Friends“.

The “Rock and Roll” Sunset Sound mix was recorded during the IV period while the “Friends” Olympic Studios mix was recorded during the Led Zeppelin III sessions in 1970. The 7″ vinyl single will be pressed on yellow color vinyl.

13CD Foghat Complete Bearsville Albums Collection In April

Foghat The Complete Bearsville Albums Collection 13CDIf you were a Savoy Brown fan, and were fortunate to enjoy the lineup that contained “Lonesome” Dave Peverett, Tone Stevens, and Roger Earl, then it wasn’t long before you began to enjoy the power and grace of an upstart Blues/Rock band by the unlikely name of Foghat. Foghat is the band that the three bandmates formed after leaving Kim Simmonds’ great band. Their first album featured a strong cover of Chuck Berry’s “Maybelline”, and their unmatched electric cover of Willie Dixon’s timeless “I Just Want To Make Love To You”.

By the time their reached their second album, the picture-titled Rock and Roll, they were on a row towards their inevitable fame. They managed a strong eight year run that peaked with their Live album from 1977.

On April 15, Bearsville Records will present a 13CD Boxed set of all their label issues of Foghat albums. This starts at their 1972 self-titled debut and finishes with Zig Zag Walk from 1983. The original band released a phenomenal album eleven years later called Return Of The Boogie Men. (If you do not have or heard this album, you should hunt it down as it’s a worthy slot to the other Foghat material.

The 13CD Foghat Box is being called The Complete Bearsville Albums Collection and will feature completely new 2016 remastering to freshen the audio up. Compelling enough? I think so!


Internet In The Early Years Of Rock And Roll

Internet and MusicBack in the early days of Rock and Roll, many of us resorted to the six week old “news” of our favorite artists and their upcoming releases, who were “currently” in the studio, and pictures and such, all found in favorite Rock publications like Rolling Stone, Crawdaddy!, Trouser Press, Creem, Circus, Hit Parader, and the seemingly endless stream of varied Rock magazines that proliferated then. Of course, most of them went bye-bye eventually, due to what ever reasons that ate their guts out. These days, any of the left standing rock and roll print magazines have also disappeared, leaving precious few to resort to.

I bring this up because I had a thought. What if there was internet back in the infancy of Rock and Roll? We all know the results of internet on Rock and Roll in our current time. It can be considered a boon by some, and a killer by others. Many of today’s bands that could have been huge Rock stars, usually aren’t as well off as they might have been given the propensity of the fans to use the internet to acquire their music freely rather than in carefully thought out purchases.

But, I wonder what the state of Rock and Roll might have been back in the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s had the internet been as widely available as it is today? Of course, we all know that Trouser Press, Crawdaddy!, Creem, etc would likely not have gotten off the ground. But more interesting is where bands like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Grateful Dead (whom I think might have thrived better in an internet-powered world, if it had existed freely back then), T. Rex, Mott The Hoople, The Band, Bad Company, and, of course, a whole lot more than these, might have ended up. Would they have become as popular? Would we still speak about them in the same measure of awe as we do now?

Now, I’ve never been one to think that any of the artists made any REAL money off their million-seller release, much less the lower selling bands. In that, I think little is changed there.

I don’t propose to solve the business of a changing Rock and Roll world. I don’t know what happened. I got into doing MusicTAP largely to build my own music magazine-like structure. I wanted to know what was coming out when, a desire that drove me incessantly in those Billboard-ruled years. Even now, that sought after info is becoming a moot point, driving a lot of us to rethink the time allotments needed to keep such info timely. Who really cares these days anyway? Not many, I wager.

Still, I wonder just how impacted our business models, the bands and their upcoming popularity, and all the adored albums that they made, might be had the internet been as widespread available as it is now.

Is THIS Era Of Rock And Roll Greater Than Them All?

LongLiveRock And RollI’ve been doing some thinking. (Dangerous, I know!) And I’ve come to a conclusion that might not sit well with some of you.

I actually believe that the music of today has come to equal the music output of our deliriously excellent past. It’s just that many of us do not realize it yet. You see, there are many things going on here in this time that we haven’t had before. The amount of available music has mushroomed to the point that it has become impossible to follow it all. That wasn’t so much true in the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s (with apologies to ’90s producers. Not that there wasn’t great music coming from there. It’s just that the state of flux during the ’90s was too great for the era.)

These days, there are so many genres to choose from.  The level of quality has risen from the bland periods leading up to this time frame. If you need music that reminds you of the past, there are many retro bands doing original music that pay homage to those styles these days. So many of those now could have risen to stardom had they existed during the time frames they emulate. Truth!

I’m loving the quality of this new era of psychedelic music, all sprung from the short period of it during the late ’60s. The recent formation of the Austin Psych Festival underscores this note. Its success underscores the rising popularity of it amongst the young crowd.

The blues/rock efforts from bands like LA’s Rival Sons show that the interest it there for the ’70s-styled rock that many of us love so well.

Ambient music is at an all time high. Folk-styled music is absolutely extraordinary these days. And if your style is the current music of Pop/Punk, well, that’s getting much, much better too.  And I can’t deny the R&B, Jazz, and other genre styles that have sprung up.

I surmise the key component to be that of people in charge schooling their kids in genres, styles, and instrumental prowess. You see, kids of the ’60s and ’70s, grew up to dip their toes into the music of early ’80s. Many didn’t like what they heard. Their younger brothers and sisters took to that period, eventually producing the music of the ’90s. What happened there was simply the three chord influence rather than the deeper appreciations of blues and jazz that their older siblings grew up on. But that majority seems to be a thing of the past now.

If you haven’t really explored the music out there these days, I highly recommend it. You’ll be surprised.

In essence – and here it comes, folks – this era may be the greatest period of Rock and Roll thus far!