Of Led Zeppelin's nine stellar (OK, Presence was just all right) studio albums, it's hard to pick the five best. There are no dogs in the bunch, and unlike the Duran Duran Top 5 we did last week, it's harder and more heart-wrenching to limit them to just five. We can chop up the Durannies like liver, when it comes to Page, Plant, JPJ, and Bonzo, it gets impossible.
Friday night at Jones Hall, Led Zeppelin's canon of hits gets the symphonic treatment as the Houston Symphony Orchestra takes on the band's best songs, with Zebra singer Randy Jackson filling in for Robert Plant. We can only imagine what hearing "Kashmir" will be like with a full orchestra. Our rock-nerd sense is tingling.
The same night, the Hard Rock Cafe a few blocks away is also offering a Zep-themed menu, with dishes named after Zep songs, like "The Lemon Song" which features grilled lemon-caper chicken. Spring for dessert with the "Stairway To Heaven," a "sinful" hot fudge sundae. Luckily, the chefs shied away from the "Sick Again" sandwich.
In lieu of picking the five best Zep albums for this blog, we instead picked the ten best Zep songs you will more than likely never hear on terrestrial radio, unless Rocks Off is the DJ, or you live in the listening area of a really bad-ass college radio station with an open-minded "Get The Led Out" programmer.
So this is basically a list of songs that aren't "Rock and Roll", "Black Dog," "Immigrant Song," "Dancing Days," "Communication Breakdown" or even "Fool In the Rain."
What? It's catchy.
"Wearing & Tearing" (Coda )
"The Rover" (Physical Graffiti)
"The Wanton Song" (Physical Graffiti)
"Out On the Tiles" (Led Zeppelin III)
"Bron-Y-Aur Stomp" (Led Zeppelin III)
"Carouselambra" (In Through the Out Door )
"That's The Way" (Led Zeppelin III)
"Sick Again" (Physical Graffiti)
"Achilles' Last Stand" (Presence )
(Yes, it's ten minutes long, but play it anyway!)
"Bring It On Home" (Led Zeppelin II)
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