REVIEW: 'Un-led-Ed'

METAL HAMMER Magazine: August, 1990
By Andy Bradshaw

Tracks: Black Dog, Heartbreaker (At The End Of Lonely Street), Living Loving Maid, Your Time Is Gonna Come, Bring It On Home, Whole Lotta Love, Black Mountain Side, I Can't Quit You Baby, Immigrant Song, Moby Dick.

Producer(s): Rasta Li-Mon and Jah Paul Joe.

Studio: Chapel and Studio 56, California.

Country Of Origin: U.S.A.

Hey fellas have you heard the news? The Dread is back in town...

Dread Zeppelin Group Photo If someone had said to me at the beginning of the year that I would be giving a five star review to a Led Zep covers band playing with reggae arrangements, led (or un-led) by a huge Elvis impersonator, I wouldn't have believed it. At all. Ever. But Tortelvis, guitarists Jah Paul Joe and Carl Jah, drummer Fresh Cheese, percussionist Ed Zeppelin and bassist Put-Mon have convinced me otherwise.

The fact that I am a big Zep fan should dampen my enthusiasm, but it doesn't. I only enjoy it more as a result. I could ruin your pleasure of hearing this album by giving away all the little ad-lib lines by Tortelvis. But I won't...well maybe just the one. My favourite of these is during 'Moby Dick' when Tortelvis begins reading extracts from the book itself before turning to his 'towel-roadie' Charlie Haj: "I've read this damn book twenty-two times Charlie, and I still don't understand anythin'!"

This is no piss-take. Tongue-in-cheek yes, but not intended to ridicule either Zeppelin or Elvis for that matter. The arrangements for the songs for example are far too musical and at times faithful to the original (guitar solo on 'Heartbreaker (At The End Of Lonely Street)' by Carl Jah). Sometimes the combination of Elvis and Zep is inspired and makes you wonder what Elvis could have done in real life with a Zep tune before death set in.

This is immense fun, at times hilarious, musically brilliant, superbly scored and performed and is actually worthy of the hype because it really is good. Enjoy.

And remember, 'Don't mess with Ed.'

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