Since I’ve Been Loving You // Led Zeppelin
Covering two matchups at once in the bracket today. Need to get this show on the road.
First, we have the #2 seed “Black Dog” advancing past the #7 “In The Evening” fairly comfortably. I’ve posted about “In The Evening” before, even recently, though I can’t find it because tumblr’s search features are useless. (Remember how Yahoo! was going to fix that?) It’s a solid tune, one of a handful of Zeppelin songs that I’ve actually performed live. It’s super hard to cover this band, obviously, mostly because no normal human can sing like Robert. Truth is, the closest vocal approximation to him that I’ve ever heard was done by a woman. He’s almost more of an alto than a tenor.
Which takes us to today’s other contest, #3 “Ten Years Gone” squeaking past #6 “Since I’ve Been Loving You.” This is one of those reminders that this band, at its core, is really about the blues. Each of the four of them digs way down deep into the most broken parts of their souls for the performances here. From that first five-note guitar lick, to the snare that follows, and the bass, it’s obvious we are in for a slow burn. They are so far behind the beat they are almost playing the previous song. JPJ throws in some wonderful B3 for texture throughout. There are some really sideways, dissonant chords in those turnarounds, causing tension enough to make my shoulders tight, but then they all get back to the C-minor and we’re just back to the heartbreak.
The most brilliant bit, though, is the vocal performance. Listen to the man. I can’t do it justice. Especially near the end when he goes up to that high G, it feels like he is summoning Death himself to just come and end the misery. Chills. Every time. Hang in there, Robert.
BTW: if you listen very carefully, you can hear Bonham’s kick pedal squeaking during some of the quietest parts.
There are several great versions of this on the live records where they really stretch it out, all worth checking out. But this is still my favorite. I hate that it had to leave the tournament, but so it goes.
The final four is now set.