Thursday, April 24, 2008

Coming down from Robert Plant/Alison Krauss

Led Zeppelin--"Hey Hey What Can I Do" (mp3)

Fortunate enough to get to see the Robert Plant/Alison Krauss show tonight, I offer these highlights (in a night of many, many highlights) in no particular order:

1. The five Zeppelin songs they played: "Black Dog," "Black Country Woman," "Hey Hey What Can I Do," "When The Levee Breaks," and the showstopper, "The Battle of Evermore."

2. Alison singing a solo a capella "Down To the River To Pray," before Plant, Buddy Miller, and another guy joined in.

3. Yes, Buddy Miller was the lead and pedal steel player in the band.

4. How much better the songs on the CD sound live, especially "Fortune Teller," "Rich Woman," and "Let Your Loss Be Your Lesson."

5. The fact that Plant was singing "I got a woman who wants to ball all day" and just a couple of songs later, Krauss was singing the gospel number, "Going up yonder/To live in green pastures."

6. T-Bone Burnett singing "Shut It Tight" from a record probably only I bought in the '80s.

7. Alison Krauss' form-fitting dress.

8. The final song, George Jones' "One Woman Man," with Buddy taking some of the lead lyrics.

9. How much obvious joy musicians with lengthy resumes took in getting to play Led Zeppelin songs with Robert Plant.

"Hey, Hey, What Can I Do" was never on an original Led Zeppelin album, but it did show up on some later compilations and is available at Itunes.

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