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Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Dazed And Confused

I've never really listened to Led Zeppelin, mainly because all the plagiarism accusations kinda turned me off to them. I know a bunch of their big songs, from Kashmir to Black Dog to Whole Lotta Love, and my favorite, Daze And Confused. But this week (without even knowing about the reunion concert in London) I started digging for Zeppelin albums. I got my hands on every studio album that they recorded and started reading up on them and came across what seems to be common knowledge .. Jimmy Page didn't write, but stole, Dazed And Confused.

While on tour with The Yardbirds, Jimmy Page saw Jake Holmes perform Dazed And Confused, which was released in June 1967 on Jake's The Above Ground Sound Of Jake Holmes (Tower Records). Soon after, Jimmy & The Yardbirds incorporated a reworked version of the song into their live show and it quickly became a staple of their show.

After The Yardbirds disbanded, Jimmy reworked the song for Led Zeppelin and the song became a huge part of their history. The problem was that Jake Holmes was never given any credit (or royalty checks) for writing Dazed And Confused. Holmes never filed a lawsuit against Page or Led Zeppelin but he did contact them about the lack of credit and royalties. Holmes never got a reply from Page or anyone else in the Zeppelin camp.

Just another story of how fucked up this business can be. Thank god the music is amazing ..

Jake Holmes - The Above Ground Sound Of Jake Holmes

The Yardbirds - Live Yardbirds Featuring Jimmy Page

Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin I


donnie jr. said...

Didn't know that.

Call me Mos, but part of me feels the same way about "I Can't Quit You Baby". Music is sick though so...

play on.

Anonymous said...

The Yardbirds have always called Dazed and Confused by it's proper name. Capitol erroneously called it I'm Confused on the original Live Yardbirds featuring Jimmy Page album.

Also if you listen to the Yardbirds version verses Led Zeppelins version they are the same. The credit on Led Zeppelin I should read: Jake Holmes, arrangement The Yardbirds.

freqazoidiac said...

yeah..the arrangement is different no doubt. The lyrics are changed slightly. If it is correct..the lyrics morphed 3 times. First Holmes version, then Relf rewrote it a bit, then finally the zep version. What the f is wrong with Jimmy page? He denies it to this day. (maybe not tomorrow i hope ;) ) hehe All versions are great, due to the great vibe of the original. How can you go wrong when you add a great band like zep, or even greater band IMO the yardbirds, to the music? Sad no credit was ever given, like they credited the old blues masters (usually) like willie dixon..why not one of their contemporaries... here's link about Jake : http://jakeholmesmusic.blogspot.com/ peace for 2008! If anyone is interested in hearing the MONO version of Above ground sound, I have it at my Blog/ server.. from original Mint Promo Tower LP

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