Monday, February 8, 2016

On This Day 08 February

Please listen to the song. And I don't mean the "popular" version.
2009 08 February On This Day a Grammy for Please Read The Letter
AUDIO: Please Read The Letter (Soundcloud)

  • 1969 Led Zeppelin - Chicago at Kinetic Playground
  • 1975 Led Zeppelin - Philadelphia at The Spectrum
  • 1996 Page & Plant Unledded Tour - Tokyo at Nippon Budokan 

1969 Led Zeppelin at Kinetic Playground, Chicago

1975 Jimmy Page / Led Zeppelin at The Spectrum, Philadelphia

Jimmy Page kind of bumbled his way into the two songs I've linked to below from the Tokyo show on this day. As Robert Plant said, though, about Tea for One it wasn't a song that Led Zeppelin had every played live in its entirety, and it was the first time that Robert Plant had performed it with Jimmy Page on guitar. 

Back in 1976 when Tea for One was recorded for Presence, Robert Plant's leg was still in a cast. Two versions were recorded at that session, one with a guitar solo and one without. I'm soooo glad that the one with the solo is the one that ended up on the album.  

I've provided links below to two versions of Please Read the Letter.  I fail to see why the Plant/Krauss version was the one that got the acclaim, but then, I am into rock music not syrupy folk love songs. No accounting for taste.

2010 January Ross Halfin and Jimmy Page

♪  Rain Song (Led Zeppelin, Houses of the Holy 1973/2014) YouTube
♪  Rain Song (Page & Plant, Tokyo 08 February 1996) YouTube
♪  Tea For One (Led Zeppelin, Presence 1976)  YouTube
♪  Tea For One  (Page & Plant, Tokyo 08 February 1996) YouTube
♪  Please Read the Letter (Page & Plant, Walking into Clarksdale 1998) YouTube
♪  Please Read the Letter (Robert Plant & Alison Krauss) YouTube

♪ Mage Music 1 playlist at YouTube
♪ Mage Music 2 playlist at YouTube

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