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In Through The Swing Door: Swing Cover Versions Of Led Zeppelin Classics

Gerald "Jezz" Woodroffe was Robert Plant's keyboard player from 1982 until late 1985. He was featured in three Robert Plant solo albums, Pictures at Eleven, The Principle of Moments and Shaken 'n' Stirred. He toured with Robert Plant, Robbie Blunt, Paul Martinez and others from June 1983 until September 1985 and co-wrote some of the more memorable Robert Plant solo tracks, such as Burning Down One Side, Stranger Here... Than Over There and Big Log.

Since then, Woodroffe has teamed up with vocalist/guitarist Sally Hope and has put out five albums, Squaw Peak, Purusha Cover Me (1997), Manna From Heaven (1998), Medicine (2002) and Pearl (2007) and a new album Retrospective is set to be released later in 2010.

In 2004, Woodroffe released an album of Led Zeppelin covers, with double bassist Iona Mackintosh and drummer Ivor Roland, entitled In Through The Swing Door: Swing Cover Versions Of Led Zeppelin Classics. The idea was not originally Woodroffe's, but of former Robert Plant guitarist, Robbie Blunt, who mentioned it in a phone call conversation. Since I've Been Loving You was the first track that was reconstructed.

There was enough interest in this album to have Woodroffe revisit it in July 2010, have it remastered and add a new track -- Big Log, from the 1983 album The Principle of Moments.

This album rocks, er swings! From start to finish it does not fail to captivate my attention. It conjures up thoughts of West Coast jazz clubs in the 1950s and 1960s, with dimly lit, smoky small rooms, with Cal Tjader, Dave Brubeck, Joe Marello and Stan Getz playing until the sun came up. Woodroffe stays true to the original tunes, while still taking alternative improvisational journeys into the sonic unknown.

Most every musical genre has been applied by various artists to the music of Led Zeppelin over the years, some with good success and others that might be summed up with the Led Zeppelin track What Is And What Should Never Be (an excellent track itself... Volume 2, Jezz?) however In Through The Swing Door: Swing Cover Versions Of Led Zeppelin Classics has got to be one of the finest-sounding versions available today.

In Through The Swing Door: Swing Cover Versions Of Led Zeppelin Classics
Track Listing:
1. Moby Dick - 1:30
2. Kashmir - 5:39
3. The Rain Song - 5:36
4. No Quarter - 4:56
5. Dazed And Confused - 5:03
6. That's The Way - 3:54
7. Four Sticks - 4:51
8. Since I've Been Loving You - 6:04
9. Stairway To Heaven - 6:46
10. Big Log - 7:04

In Through The Swing Door: Swing Cover Versions Of Led Zeppelin Classics is available at http://www.sallyhope.col.uk/shop.php
Jeff Strawman, August 2010

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August xx, 1968 - Page, Plant, Jones and Bonham hold their first rehearsals in Gerrard Street, London
August xx, 1968 - Page, Grant and Chris Dreja go see Robert Plant perform at a Birmingham Teachers College. Page invites Plant to his Pangbourne house and offers him the vocalist position
August xx, 1969 - Peter Grant starts enforcing the 90/10 split in favor of the band
August 31, 1969 - The third US tour ends at the Texas International Festival in Dallas
August xx, 1970 - Zeppelin earn no less than $25,000 per show
August 17, 1970 - Page completes mixing of the Led Zeppelin III in Memphis
August 19, 1971 - The seventh North American tour opens in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
August xx, 1972 - Jimmy Page purchases Plumpton Manor in Sussex
August xx, 1973 - Jimmy starts arranging ideas for the next album
August xx, 1974 - Film maker Peter Clifton has the band re-enact scenes at Shepperton Studios
August 31, 1974 - John Paul Jones appears with David Gilmour and Steve Broughton as Roy Harper’s backing band for the night
August 04, 1975 - Robert Plant and his family are seriously injured as their car veers off the road on the island of Rhodes
August 08, 1975 - Rehearsal for Zeppelin’s Eleventh North American tour postponed after Robert is involved in a serious car accident
August xx, 1976 - Arrangements are made to show the upcoming Zep film in theaters
August xx, 1976 - Jimmy Page finishes mixing the soundtrack for the movie The Song Remains The Same
August 14, 1977 - Jimmy jams with Ron Wood at a charity golf tournament for underprivileged children
August xx, 1978 - Robert plays with Dr. Feelgood and Phil Carson in Ibiza, Spain while on holiday
August 11, 1979 - Led Zeppelin perform a second show at Knebworth due to overwhelming ticket demands
August xx, 1980 - Jimmy moves into his new Windsor home, which was purchased from Michael Caine
August 14, 2009 - It Might Get Loud opened in select theatres in NY, WA & CA.
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