Friday, November 30, 2007
Steamboat Springs "Mothership"
"Mothership," a two-disc collection of Led Zeppelin's greatest hits, is about as comprehensive as any of the several other Led Zeppelin greatest hits compilations that have been released.
And that isn't at all a bad thing: every song you might immediately want to hear from one of rock 'n' roll's best bands is here. There's not much of a downside to being able to listen to "Heartbreaker" between "Ramble On" and "Immigrant Song."
"Goin' Home: A Tribute to Fats Domino"
That John Lennon, Elton John, B.B. King, Neil Young, Lucinda Williams, Randy Newman, Robert Plant, Norah Jones and Willie Nelson all contributed tracks to "Goin' Home" a tribute to New Orleans music legend Fats Domino, almost doesn't even matter.
Domino's songs have so much natural swing, such an important place in the American musical vocabulary, it would be close to impossible to mess them up.
It's an easy transition for most of these artists to cover Domino, whose contributions to R&B were essential to giving The Beatles their edge (Paul McCartney also makes an appearance on the tribute), giving Newman the chance to use his wit, introducing piano rock to Elton John and in general pushing a blues structure on to the popular ear.
Part of the proceeds from the compilation go toward rebuilding Domino's longtime home in New Orlean's ninth ward.