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Encomium: Tribute to Led Zep Compilation


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 15 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Compilation
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B000002J3Y
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #29,728 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Misty Mountain Hop - 4 Non Blondes
2. Hey Hey What Can I Say? - Hootie And The Blowfish
3. D'yer Mak'er - Sheryl Crow
4. Dancing Days - Stone Temple Pilots
5. Tangerine - Big Head Todd And The Monsters
6. Thank You - Duran Duran
7. Out On The Tiles - Blind Melon
8. Good Times Bad Times - Cracker
9. Custard Pie - Helmet With David Yow
10. Four Sticks - Rollins Band
11. Going To California - Never The Bride
12. Down By The Seaside - Robert Plant & Tori Amos

Product Description

LED ZEPPELIN / VARIOUS Encomium - A Tribute To Led Zeppelin (1995 US 12-track CD album featuring versions of Zeppelin classic by the likes of Sheryl Crow Stone Temple Pilots Duran Duran and Robert Plant & Tori Amos picture sleeve)

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2.7 out of 5 stars

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By RGSEDERS42@WEBTV.NET on Dec 28 1998
Format: Audio CD
I think it sucks when no name band, such as 4 Non Blondes and others try to compare themselves to the best. It's an insult to me and other Zeppein fans across the world. I say if somethings not broken, don't fix it. Nobody will ever come close to being as revelutionary as Led Zeppelin at any time in their musical careers. I find it a tribute to the late, great John Bonham that Plant, Page, and Jones called it quits when they did. Its a testament to the loyalty they showed each and every day. Has anybody stopped to think why Led Zeppelin hasn't made any new albums, I wonder. In my eyes Led Zeppelin will always be the greatest rock band ever, even if they never play another note again.
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Encomium not only serves as an alternative tribute to Led Zeppelin, it provides a snapshot of the early 1990's music scene. With the exception of Duran Duran, everybody else was flavor of the month or on the rise.
Some are karaoke version remakes, with only a different vocal style. It's as if the cover artists are playing it safe, staying in a self-asserted comfort zone in deference to Led Zeppelin, so as not to alter the original too much. Hootie and the Blowfish do a near matching cover of the B-side "Hey Hey What Can I Do" and Darius Rucker's deeper voice does this song justice. Stone Temple Pilot's "Dancing Days" echoes the original, with Scott Weiland doing softer vocals in contrast to the rough as sandpaper intonations on his solo debut. Big Head Todd & The Monsters' "Tangerine", Duran Duran's "Thank You", Cracker's "Good Times Bad Times", and Helmet/David Yow's "Custard Pie" are further examples of this play-it-safe stance.
Of the differently styled songs, Sheryl Crow gives "D'yer Mak'er" a nice poppy feel and it's easily the best song here. 4 Non-Blonde's Linda Perry's vocals reflect Robert Plant's own soaring vocals on "Misty Mountain Hop," especially in the "baby baby baby" section. Blind Melon's "Out On The Tiles" is passable, with different styled guitars. Come to think of it, Shannon Hoon does have a high-pitched quasi-Robert Plant register, doesn't he? Henry Rollins' harder guitars and rougher voice gives "Four Sticks" a unique treatment. The harsh Melissa Etheridge/Janis Joplin-ish vocals of Never The Bride's lead singer gives "Going To California" a somewhat abrasive treatment, but it's tolerable.
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Strange, in this time or horrible popular music, I keep going back to the old classics, most classic amongst them, Led Zeppelin. You'll never find a better band or better music. Zeppelin is a band that will be remembered forver, at the top of their game like the Beatles and The Who. Remaking them? Sacreligious. Unless done properly...
And that's where we get Encomuim. Not bands remaking songs for lack of their own talent, but a tribute album. Consequently, each band puts their own spin in the great music of the boys. Although I'd rather listen to Led Zeppelin than the Rollins Band, at least I don't have to listen to them doing their own songs.
Certain performers, even in cover, stand above the rest. Sheryl Crow does a heartfelt performance of D'yer Mak'er and Blind Melon, though a little Blind Melon-y, do a pretty good job of Out on the Tiles. Stone Temple Pilots bring a new life to Dancing Days, and I might, blasphemy, I know, even like to listen to their version more. And of Course Plant returns with Tori Amos, a great combo.
So Encomium is not Led Zeppelin. Sorry to all you purists, but it is a damn fine album. If Page and Plant and Jones and Bonham can't com back and make new music, I'll take other people, with a dose of respect, doing it for them.
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Unlike other legendary rock bands, such as the Beatles or the Who, Led Zeppelin was not particularly renowned for their songwriting skill. Most of Zeppelin's classics are not spectacular as sheet music, yet through Robert Plant's mighty howl, John Bonham's rapid-fire drumming, Jimmy Page's virtuous, versatile guitar-playing and John Paul Jones' steady bass-playing and calculating arranging, they always came to shining life. Zeppelin was more about chemistry than craft. The ways in which they tackled their material made them great, not the material per se.
Thus, an artist who attempts to cover a Zeppelin song is almost doomed to produce a weak echo of the original. Such is certainly the case with the FM radio and alterna-rock lightweights who contribute to 1996's tribute album, Encomium. Take the Rollins Band, who cover "Four Sticks," for example. They may be a somewhat decent punk/metal band when ripping through one of Rollins' own rants, but the punk veteran's vocal abilities, made for a spoken word career, and the band's pitiful shredding fall embarrassingly flat when trying to wield the grinding riff rocking of "Four Sticks," an arrangement that required one of Zeppelin's most graceful performances to capture, twenty five
years hence.
The pattern reoccurs endlessly on Encomium. Sheryl Crow performs a humorless take on Zeppelin's most tongue-in- cheek song, "D'yer Ma'ker," Never the Bride looses the echoing darkness of "Going to California" and produces a wishy-washy ballad; Duran Duran forgets the majesty of the imagery of "Thank You" and records it as if it were one their own glossy love songs; Hootie and the Blowfish render "Hey, Hey What Can I Do?" as banal and boring as their own material. The only artists who provide a worthy tribute are Stone Temple Pilots.
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