Posts Tagged ‘Moby Dick’

led zeppelin led zeppelin_IIThe album that I chose for this week’s album of the week was inspired by the trailer for the new Thor: Ragnarok film which features the track The Immigrant Song. Now before you jump to any conclusions, I know that The Immigrant Song is not on Led Zeppelin II but rather on Led Zeppelin III. It’s just that you can’t review III before II considering we already reviewed one before. That is why for this week we are reviewing the band’s second album which was aptly titled with a II and it once again featured the classic and only line up that matters in Jimmy Page (Guitars), Robert Plant (Vocals), John Paul Jones (Bass), and John Bonham (Drums). The album was probably one of the most successful albums for the band and it helped them avoid the sophomore jinx as it went number one in seven countries that included the UK, United States, West Germany, Australia, Canada, Denmark, and Spain with three other top three finishes as well. The album has been certified platinum in the United States 12 times meaning that it has sold 12 million records (it went 4X platinum in the UK, 9X Platinum in Canada, etc.).

Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin 2-Back1.Whole Lotta Love– One of the most popular and probably overplayed song on the radio from the band that is about what you think it’s about. Using the AABA formula, Jimmy came up with the track on his houseboat that sees the track go from a blues feel right into a free jazz like break complete with a theramin solo and a bad ass drum solo from Bonham as well. 5/5

2. What Is And What Should Never Be– One of the first tracks that Page recorded with a Gibson Les Paul that contains that cool effect where it pans back and forth on the channels. There is also a cool effect used on Plant’s vocals during the verses. It has that cool effect where it changes in tempo from a cool bluesy tune into a full on rock track. It’s also the first Zeppelin song that Plant received writing credit for in this track that is about a romance he had with his wife’s sister. 5/5

3. The Lemon Song– A very sexual bluesy track in nature, but the song was inspired by Howlin Wolf’s song Killing Floor (Both first verses are indentical). In fact in 1972, the band was sued by the handlers of Howlin Wolf to which they settled out of court and Howlin Wolf is given credit on the track. 4.5/5

4. Thank You– One of my favorite Led Zeppelin songs that was for the first time completely written by Plant. It was the track that showed Page that Plant could handle himself in the lyrics department. A very cool power ballad from the band that everyone should check out. 5/5

5. Heartbreaker– A bad ass bluesy rock track with huge balls is the best way I can describe this track because it has that feel to it. Page told Guitar World in 1998 once that, “The interesting thing about the guitar solo is that it was recorded after we had already finished “Heartbreaker” – it was an afterthought. That whole section was recorded in a different studio and it was sort of slotted in the middle. If you notice, the whole sound of the guitar is different.” 5/5

II6. Living Loving Maid (She’s Just a Woman)– A cool hard rock track from the band that Page recorded with a Vox 12 string guitar and just to let you know, it’s Page’s least favorite song which is why it has never been played live. I definitely approve of the track. 4.5/5

7. Ramble On– If there was ever a track back in the day that made it cool to read The Lord Of The Rings, it was this track from the band. The song starts off with an acoustic feel which is just Page using regular open chords, but played a little higher on the fret board. It’s also a track that Jones and Bonham shined on showing how unique their relationship was in the band. 5/5

8. Moby Dick– For all the John Bonham lovers in the world, this is definitely your track as it was basically Jimmy Page recording all of Bonham’s jam sessions in the studio. The only thing is that in the beginning and the end, Page and Jones lead the way for him and end the track with him. 5/5

9. Bring It On Home– This is the last track on the record and it’s a cover of blues legend Sonny Boy Williamson II’s track that was written by Willie Dixon. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– It is almost the perfect album by the band and one that is considered to be one of the most influential rock albums of all time. Who in their right minds then did not want to be Led Zeppelin. The band’s sound which change however as they went for a more folkier sound with the next album. This is definitely must listen album for any fan off Zeppelin. I am going to give the album 4.7 stars out of five for a final grade.

John BonhamOn September 25, 1980, the rock world lost John Bonham of Led Zeppelin, who was arguably the greatest rock drummer to have ever lived. During his time in Led Zeppelin, Bonham had appeared on all nine Zeppelin albums which include the great Led Zeppelin 1, 2, 3, and 4 as well as other classics such as Houses Of The Holy, Physical Graffiti, and so much more. The man was known for his hard hitting style as well as his feel for the groove which influenced so many rock drummers all over the world. John Bonham was the reason a lot of kids wanted to become a rock drummer back in the day and he still should be influencing people. Unfortunately, on this day in 1980, he would be found dead in Jimmy Page’s house by John Paul Jones and Benji LeFevre, who was Zeppelin’s tour manager. According to a report, in a 24 hour period he consumed, “40 shots (1–1.4 litres) of 40% ABV vodka.” Nevertheless, the man left a legacy in his work and if you want to hear some of his hard hitting smash sound, check out the tracks Immigrant Song (Led Zeppelin III), When The Levee Breaks (Led Zeppelin IV), Kashmir (Physical Graffiti), The Ocean (Houses Of The Holy), and Achilles Last Stand (Presence). He also appeared on other songs from all sorts of different artists like Lulu (Everybody Clap), Screaming Lord Sutch (Lord Sutch And Heavy Friends), Jimmy Stevens (Don’t Freak Me Out), and more.

Bonhams-630x420In a recent interview with Train Singer Pat Monahan’s podcast, Jason Bonham reflected on the day he was told his father passed away, “I was 14, he was 32. It was like, wham! — I remember not knowing really what the hell was going on. When you don’t know anything about death, and no one close to you has died […] I can play that day back perfectly clear in my head. I went to the back door — knock on the back door. There was Robert Plant and Maureen were there, which was strange, because they were supposed to be at rehearsals. I’m in my school uniform. He says, ‘Is your mom here?’ And I went, ‘Yeah, hold on.’ ‘Robert’s here? What’s he doing here? Where’s your dad?’ […] I remember seeing family arrive out of the corner of my eye and getting upset, and I didn’t know why I was upset, but I knew something was up. My mom came in and said ‘Your father’s passed away.’ I remember going, ‘Oh, okay. Am I still going to school tomorrow?’ You’re just — life goes on.” I am going to share with you, two of my favorite Zeppelin songs below with one being Bonzo’s legendary drum solo Moby Dick and the second being my favorite Zeppelin song Immigrant Song. Long Live the legacy and legend of John Bonham.

wolf creek 2 titleWe all remember just how awesome Wolf Creek was when it was first released in 2005 with my only argument being that there wasn’t enough of Mick Taylor (played by John Jarratt), the backpack traveller killer. Well, it took eight years for a sequel and now we have it and it definitely didn’t disappoint. Some people complained that movie was way too graphic with Australian film critic David Stratton calling the film, “incredibly sadistic,” “foul” and “thoroughly nasty.” Mr. Stratton, you haven’t seen anything yet my friend. The film sees pig shooter Mick Taylor return to Wolfe Creek where he is at it again stalking some backpackers and even an unsuspecting Brit. The film also stars Ryan Corr (Where The Wild Things Are) as Paul Hammersmith, Shannon Ashlyn (Inside) as Katarina Schmidt, Philippe Klaus (Devil’s Dust) as Rutger Enqvist, Shane Connor (Moby Dick) as Snr. Sergeant Gary Bulmer Jnr, Ben Gerrard (Outland) as Constable Brian O’Connor, and the film was once again directed by Greg Mclean. This film is definitely not suitable for children, I just want to throw that out there before you read on.

wolf creekThis film is so graphic that it borders on the idea of torture porn and there were scenes that grossed me out. Mclean definitely did his job very well if that was what he was going for. There’s a scene in the film where he has the German tourist girl tied up and he is cutting her boyfriend into pieces literally on the screen as if he were a pig being gutted for food. I could not believe me eyes when they showed that scene because all of the other scenes I could definitely handle, but that was a little much. The film isn’t scary in my opinion, but it is definitely a thrill ride because the film borrows elements of other films in history. The film gets intense when an unsuspecting Brit named Paul Hammersmith (Corr) stops and picks up an injured Schmidt (Ashlyn). What Hammersmith doesn’t realize is that Mick Taylor is on the hunt and he begins to put on the chase that will remind you of the film Duel. One of the other elements that will be sure to scare you is the fact that the films are all based off of real stories. The films borrow elements from the serial backpacker murderer Ivan Milat of the 90’s and the Peter Falconio murder case. If you want to read how brutal those stories are, check out this article. It’ll blow your mind and definitely make you afraid of travelling to Australia much like how Jaws made me afraid of oceans. The only thing is that nothing new is brought to the table meaning we still don’t find out what makes him tick besides the fact that he feels that he is cleaning up Australia from pesky tourists. I can’t give away the ending, but it won’t make sense as it pertains to his ideals in the first film. If you’re a fan of gruesome horror, then you should definitely check this film out. I am giving it a B for a final grade.

drive in copyI honestly questioned my sanity for watching this film, but hey I do love the cheesy stuff hence the reason I watched this monster movie about a megalodon taking on a robot shark. It also so happens that since the release of Sharknado that more and more cheesy monster movies are starting to spawn which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. So, a ship near the waters of Egypt is carrying some serious cargo that I don’t know if it knows exactly what it is carrying, but it splits in half and it releases a megalodon into the ocean. The megalodon starts to create havoc in the world as it takes down everything from ships to battleships in the ocean. So, a team made up of a husband and wife science team decides to get involved in an attempt to save the world from the giant shark before it’s too late with a giant mechanical shark. The movie stars  Christopher Judge (Stargate SG-1) as Jack, Elisabeth Röhm (American Hustle) as Rosie, Matt Lagan (Moby Dick) as Admiral Engleberg, Pop singer Deborah Gibson as Emma McNeil, Paul Anderson (Hell: A Cyberpunk Thriller) as the voice of Nero, Steve Hanks (Jailbait) as Captain Reynolds, and the film was directed by Emile Edwin Smith (the visual effects director for Sharknado 2).

mega shark vsOne of the elements of the film that drove me nuts for most of the movie was the relationship between our two main characters because it was a little too over the top. Every second he has he is calling Rosie, “hey baby” or “I Love You” a little too much. I kept thinking to myself, “Ok I get it, you love her and don’t want to lose her.” I hope that I can blame the screenwriter and not the actor for that. They also tried a little too much to be over the top action with those shots that are suppose to be the badass shots. The acting for the most part was cheesy, but I loved the scenes they had with the Megalodon because that was what kept me hooked and I felt they didn’t cheap out on that department. I loved how the film was set in Sydney, Australia for most of the land scenes, but shot in LA. That is why we have b-roll people!!! I just can’t wait to see what’s in store for us when Sharknado 2 comes out which features our director as the visual director for that film. On a scale of 1 being close to an A-List Hollywood film and 5 being the cheesiest film of all time I will give this film a 3.8 on the scale.