Friday December 13, 2013
Led Zeppelin in 1973 (l-r: Plant, Page, Bonham, Jones)
Photo by Michael Putland/Getty Images
Okay, listen up. This is big news, so pay attention.
Led Zeppelin, one of the last holdouts among classic rock artists in allowing their music to be streamed on the Interwebs, can now be heard via the digital music service, Spotify
. The catalog started being released two at a time on Tuesday (12/11) with the remainder coming today, tomorrow and Sunday. The list of classic rock streaming holdouts is now down to two: AC/DC and The Beatles.
The LZ streaming news came fast on the heels of the announcement that their entire catalog is in the process of being remastered, and will be reissued in 2014. Over the course of 13 years (1969-1982) Led Zeppelin recorded 13 albums (nine in the studio, four live) but that's only part of their musical legacy.
The vast majority of those albums went to #1 on the charts, but that's still not the whole story. They've sold something north of 300-million albums throughout the world, but that, too, is only part of a larger picture. What has really set Led Zeppelin apart is the creative freedom they were granted even at the beginning of their career, and the way that used that freedom to indulge in a broad variety of music styles, most notably, the one that was uniquely their own.
• Classic rock catalog: Led Zeppelin discography
Sunday December 8, 2013
"Woodstock" by Grace Slick, © Area Arts
I don't know about you, but ever since the Internet grew up, got married to big business and gave birth to ecommerce, I've had no desire whatsoever to drag myself out of the house and into the hoard of determined (and often more naughty than nice) shoppers on the day after Thanksgiving. Besides, the desire to find gifts that are a little different from the usual fare makes the leisurely pace of shopping online even more appealing. So, what do you want for Christmas? Perhaps a painting by Grace Slick? Fender guitar refrigerator magnets?
I say let's start thinking outside the box (set) and look for classic rock-related gifts that the recipients didn't even know they wanted until they got it.
45 gift ideas for classic rock fans
Saturday November 23, 2013
You know how hectic things can get during the holidays. Interestingly, it is during the holiday season that Tuesdays (the traditional day of the week on which new albums are released) become quiet. Really quiet. Crickets. But this can be good for artists who don't have to stand out from the crowd of other new classic rock releases.
Hey, wait a minute. Isn't that an oxymoron? Since it has to be really old to be defined as classic rock, how can there be "new" classic rock releases? Read on for the answer to that and other mysteries of the universe.
"New" classic rock releases in December
Cover image courtesy Reprise Records
Wednesday November 20, 2013
Some musical collaborations seem downright odd when you first try to visualize the pairings: David Bowie and Bing Crosby (they performed a Christmas song, "Peace On Earth/Little Drummer Boy" on Crosby's 1977 TV Christmas special); Elton John and Dolly Parton (a duet on the CMA Awards show in 2005); Lou Reed and Metallica (they recorded an album together in 2011.)
And then there are those that had "dream team" written all over them from the start: The Beatles and Eric Clapton ("While My Guitar Gently Weeps" in 1968); Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney ("Say Say Say" in 1983); Traveling Wilburys (George Harrison, Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison).
Classic rock collaborations in 2013 have fallen somewhere between the two extremes. Some crossed genre boundaries, some reunited old friends, some were a little surprising. Here are my favorite five:
My favorite classic rock collaborations in 2013
If you have a minute or two, post a comment and share some of your picks for "best and worst" collaborations of all time.