All posts tagged: Willie Dixon

Cratedigger: Jeff Beck, “Truth”

Jeff Beck’s sister was responsible for a nice chunk of rock and roll history when she fortuitously introduced him to another young guitarist named Jimmy Page. When Eric Clapton left the Yardbirds in 1965, the band called on Page to replace him. Page, in turn, recommended Jeff Beck. Three months later, in June of 1965, Page joined the band too, but as the bass player. Eventually Beck and Page shared the lead guitar spot from September to November in 1965. Beck only stayed with the Yardbirds long enough to record one album with the band, the Yardbirds album, which is today known as Roger the Engineer. Beck recorded his first solo single, “Beck’s Bolero,” in February, 1967, with a rather strong band that included Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, Nicky Hopkins, and Keith Moon, and he had a couple of other UK hits before forming the Jeff Beck Group. The original lineup had Rod Stewart on vocals, Ronnie Wood on bass, Nicky Hopkins on piano, and after a succession of drummers, Micky Waller won the …

Rock Court, Small Claims Division: Led Zeppelin v. Franz Ferdinand

All rise. The rules of this courtroom are simple. You will be presented with two songs, one by the plaintiff and one by the defendant. It is your task to decide if the defendant’s track is only coincidentally similar to the plaintiffs or, as members of the Bar Association put it, they done screwed the pooch right thar. You have been duly instructed. Today’s docket: Led Zeppelin, plaintiffs vs. Franz Ferdinand, defendant Led Zeppelin – Trampled Underfoot from Physical Graffiti (1975) It’s all about the riffing in the hedgerow, in case you don’t know. The piper says you’re a filthy crook!

Franz Ferdinand – Take Me Out from Franz Ferdinand (2004) Oh, I’m sorry. Willie Dixon just called. He said he’d like the majority of his work returned to him, thank you. It’s not a rip-off of you anyway. If anyone should be pissed off, it should be the Doobie Brothers after you clearly ripped “Long Train Running”!

CD Review: Bob Dylan, “Together Through Life”

This has been a year in which two of rock’s greatest icons have released new studio albums far ahead of their usual schedule. Bruce Springsteen released Working on a Dream in January, a mere 15 months after Magic was released in October, 2007. To show you why this is so unusual, it took Springsteen more than five years to follow 2002’s The Rising with Magic, and going back over his career, that is much closer to the norm. Now we have a brand new studio album from Bob Dylan, Together Through Life, and it makes an appearance a mere 32 months after Dylan’s last studio album, 2006’s Modern Times. The gap between Modern Times and its predecessor, Love and Theft, was very nearly five years, and again, going back over Dylan’s career, at least in recent years, that is much closer to the average. Not to be ungrateful, because I’m very happy when either of these artists releases a new album, but what exactly is going on here? What’s driving these men to speed up …