Friday, January 18, 2008

Day 18: 6/16/1969 London, England

6/16/1969 London, England The Complete BBC Radio Sessions
The Girl I Love She Got Long Black Wavy Hair, Communication Breakdown, Something Else, What is and What Should Never Be

The band's third BBC appearance begins with the only recording of The Girl I Love She Got Long Black Wavy Hair, a funky blues song with a riff similar to that of Moby Dick. There is a false start before Communication Breakdown, followed by an engineer telling Plant not to talk during the intro. The song includes "squeeze my lemon..." lyrics during the breakdown. A raucous version of Something Else features Jones on piano. The first appearance of What is and What Should Never Be finishes the set in a form very close to the version on Led Zeppelin II. After some confusion in the studio, the tape ends with a strange interview with the band conducted by Chris Grant.

The tape is an excellent broadcast master.

1 comment:

Conner said...

1969-06-16, London, England "The Complete BBC Radio Sessions" (EVSD)
Outstanding sound, great performances, with everything except for What Is and What Should Never Be, along with a rather odd interview where it seems like most of the time is spent figuring out how close to be to the mic. By the end of the interview I was in stitches laughing.