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Train – Does Led Zeppelin II (2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Train – Does Led Zeppelin II (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 41:53 minutes | 469 MB | Genre: Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Front Cover | © Crush Music – Atlantic

Multi-platinum and Grammy winning San Francisco band TRAIN is set to pay homage to one of their biggest musical inspirations with the release of the first cover album of their career, LED ZEPPELIN II. The 9-track album follows the original Led Zeppelin II track listing including classic hit songs such as “Ramble On” and “Whole Lotta Love.” The band has famously covered Zeppelin their entire career in live shows. All of the band’s proceeds from this album will go to their charity of record, Family House in San Francisco, of which they’ve been huge supporters for years.

Like many American men of a certain age, Train are fond of Led Zeppelin. Most of these men celebrate their love of Zeppelin by purchasing a spiffy new reissue or perhaps picking up a vintage Les Paul copy so they can finally learn how to play those Jimmy Page riffs, but Train aren’t most men. They have the skill and ability to record their own version of Led Zeppelin II, replicating all the licks and studio tricks of the British band’s 1969 classic. Of all the Led Zeppelin albums to painstakingly re-create, Led Zeppelin II is an odd one because the album was recorded while Zeppelin were on the road, stealing sessions whenever they could; it’s the opposite of the meticulous approach Page used in the studio. Train decide to expend considerable energy copying this casually authoritative majesty, mimicking inflections and solos, even stereo effects. If you’re not listening closely, Does Led Zeppelin II can be mistaken for the original: Pat Monahan approximates Robert Plant’s timbre and the guitar overdubs of Jimmy Stafford and Jerry Becker can pack the wallop of Page. The slight details give away the game — the vocal harmonies are too clean, too precise — but they only reveal themselves with a close listen, which raises the question of what’s the point of this exercise in the first place. For Train, it probably was a lot of fun pretending to be one of their favorite bands, but for an audience the results are so close to the original that there’s not much reason to listen a second time: the first reveals that Train can pull off this stunt but never gives a reason why, other than “because they can.” ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

01 – Whole Lotta Love
02 – What Is and What Should Never Be
03 – The Lemon Song
04 – Thank You
05 – Heartbreaker
06 – Living Loving Maid (She’s Just a Woman)
07 – Ramble On
08 – Moby Dick
09 – Bring It On Home

Pat Monahan – lead vocals
Jimmy Stafford – guitar
Jerry Becker – 12-string electric guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, Hammond B3, harmonica
Hector Maldonado – bass
Drew Shoals – drums, percussion
Nikita Houston – backing vocals


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