Encomium: A Tribute to Led Zeppelin by Various Artists
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1. Misty Mountain Hop - 4 Non Blondes
2. Hey Hey What Can I Do - Hootie & the Blowfish
3. D'Yer Mak'er - Sheryl Crow
4. Dancing Days - Stone Temple Pilots
5. Tangerine - Big Head Todd & the Monsters
6. Thank You - Duran Duran
7. Out on the Tiles - Blind Melon
8. Good Times Bad Times - Cracker
9. Custard Pie - David Yow/Helmet
10. Four Sticks - Rollins Band
11. Going to California - Never the Bride
12. Down by the Seaside - Robert Plant/Tori Amos
Producers include: Linda Perry, Dave Navarro, Don Gehman, Bill Bottrell, Brendan O'BrienEngineers include: Eddie Delena, Don Gehman, Bill Bottrell, Nick Didia, Andy Torri.Includes liner notes by Tori Amos, Blind Melon, Helmet, Big Head Todd And The Monsters, Never The Bride, Duran Duran, Cracker, Stone Temple Pilots, 4 Non Blondes, Rollins Band and Sheryl Crow.Portions of the proceeds from ENCOMIUM will benefit various children's charities.Personnel: Todd Park Mohr (vocals, guitar); Brian Nevin (vocals, drums); Darius Rucker, David Lowery, David Yow, Henry Rollins, Linda Perry, Scott Weiland, Shannon Hoon, Sheryl Crow, Brad Smith (vocals); Mark Bryan (guitar, background vocals); Chris Haskett, Christopher Thorn, Dave Navarro, Rob Echeverria, Johnny Hickman, Page Hamilton, Rogers Stevens (guitar); Dean DeLeo (acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Robert DeLeo (acoustic guitar, bass guitar); Nick Forster (slide guitar); Peter Holsapple (mandolin, organ); Catherine Feeney (strings, piano); Michael Sherwood (keyboards); Eric Kretz (drums, percussion); Glenn Graham, Dawn Richardson, John Stanier, Terry Bozzio, Charlie Quintana (drums); Dean Felber (background vocals).Audio Mixers: Dave Jerden; David Bianco; Don Gehman; Eddie DeLena; Jason Corsaro; Mike Gregovich; Bill Bottrell; Brendan O'Brien ; Butch Vig.Photographer: Katrin Thomas.Unknown Contributor Roles: Catherine Feeney; Stephen Marcussen; Tori Amos.Arranger: Duran Duran.Slightly amended, tribute albums have become the sincerest form of flattery. ENCOMIUM: A TRIBUTE TO LED ZEPPELIN is way overdue, in light of the onslaught of tribute albums that have flooded the marketplace since the late '80s. Although Led Zeppelin was an English band, their influence on American music was inescapable. Thus, of the twelve groups to appear on ENCOMIUM, it's fitting that the only Brits included are Duran Duran, who, along with their American guitarist, do a reverential rendition of "Thank You."Most of the chosen covers come from the earlier part of Zeppelin's catalog, weighing heavily towards LED ZEPPELIN III and LED ZEPPELIN IV. 4 Non Blondes kick off the festivities with a by-the-numbers-reading of "Misty Mountain Hop" with a riff or two from Santana's "Gypsy Queen" thrown in for good measure. Sheryl Crow wraps her raspy vocals around a rock-steady "D'yer Mak'er," while Rollins Band strong-arms "Four Sticks" to the floor and infuses it with a fair amount of rage. Adding pedal steel and slide guitar to "Tangerine," Big Head Todd & The Monsters gild its essence with a dreamy haze. The most drastically reworked arrangement goes to Tori Amos' reading of "Down By The Seaside." Joined by Robert Plant, Amos slows the tempo, extending the song to eight minutes, while painting it with varying tones never traversed by the original.
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