leejohnson's current selection is:
Whole Lotta Love
by Led Zeppelin


About time I indulged in a bit of Seventies heavy rocking - I've been neglecting things in that direction for a good while. So what better to post than probably the best of the 1970s with their standout track of the decade, though the accompanying article from the "Aaron Krerowicz Flip Side Beatles" website appears to generate some controversy:


Inspiration or Plagiarism?: "You Need Love" vs "Whole Lotta Love"
March 14th 2018

Willie Dixon, probably the foremost 'blues' composer of the mid-20th Century, penned a song titled "You Need Love", which he gave to Muddy Waters to record in 1962. [ I now refer you to Waters' YouTube video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pM8_HuQ0b34 ]. Seven years later, that song's lyrics would be the inspiration for the 'Led Zeppelin' classic track "Whole Lotta Love". Dixon sued 'Zeppelin' for plagiarism in the 1980s, settling out of court for an undisclosed amount. While the lyrical similarities are undeniable, there remains some confusion whether or not the music (independent of the words) is original or not.

Jimmy Page claimed the former: "If you took the lyric out and listened to the track instrumentally, it is clearly something new and different - a completely original piece of music." But 'Zeppelin' biographer Mick Wall claimed the latter: "Even the most memorable part of the song, that punchy B-D-B-D-E riff, was derived from the original guitar refrain of the Muddy Waters original."

Unfortunately, Wall provides no evidence to support his claim. Nor does he appear to understand what a "refrain" is. (It's a lyrical device - not a musical one - so I'm not sure how a "guitar refrain" is even possible, since a guitar can't sing lyrics.) While Waters does use a refrain (corresponding to the title lyrics) three times in the song, each one slightly different in content and duration, the accompanying guitar (which more or less doubles the vocals) is not strongly-related to the 'Zeppelin' riff.

The best example (the closest to "Whole Lotta Love") is heard in the second of those three refrains ... but it's only a superficial resemblance. If this is what Wall has in mind, it's a pretty weak case. It's only heard twice (once in the first refrain, once in the second), and it's not very prominent (you have to really look for it to find it).


I'll let you decide for yourselves - just listen and enjoy the timeless groove.
1969 - Atlantic Records - United Kingdom - From the album "Led Zeppelin II".
Posted: 13th August 2019
Born in 1954, leaving education by 1972, 'glam' was my thing, "Ziggy" Bowie my hero. I was even the only guy in my town with the haircut (though not the carrot red colouring!). Therefore every seventh selection is a Bowie track.
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