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Modern Meditations to the Rock Classics

Modern Meditations - Rock goes Zen : The Rock Classics

When I was asked to review a new CD entitled Modern Meditations to the Rock Classics, I was hesitant. I have heard most every interpretation of a Led Zeppelin song, from Jazz-based to classical to death metal and everything in between. I give every one of them credit for originality as they all had certainly opened my eyes. Some of the interpretations were outstanding and others were... well, just lacking.

With that said, I jumped at the chance to get a copy of Modern Meditations to the Rock Classics. This CD was performed and produced by multi-instumentalist and 2000 graduate of the Berklee School of Music, Dan Mylette. The first track fades in very slowly, with some rich chords from the Hammond organ, then adds layers of strings and finally some echoed guitar. All of the different textures of instruments compliment each other very well.

The effectiveness of music labelled as being meditative is no joke either. I listened to this on two different occasions while driving the car and both times I had to cut my trips short due to wanting to fall asleep, being so relaxed. These interpretations of rock classics are not hard on the ears at all. In fact, they are extremely soothing. I wonder, however, that other people may do what I did, which was trying to listen too hard to the melody of each song instead of the letting the tracks have it's desired effect. A minor inconvenience, I'm sure.

Included are interpretations from songs by Bob Dylan (Knockin' On Heaven's Door), The Beatles (Across The Universe), David Bowie (Changes), The Rolling Stones (You Can't Always Get What You Want), John Lennon (Imagine), Van Morrison (Into The Mystic), U2 (I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For), The Police (Message in a Bottle), Pink Floyd (Wish You Were Here), Bob Marley (One Love), Led Zeppelin (Stairway To Heaven) and a Modern Meditations' original track entitled Infinity.

This has to be one of the most exciting and entertaining collections of music I have ever seen. I think that most people would enjoy this CD in their collection.

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This Month in
Led Zeppelin History

March 17, 1969 - A four-song performance is filmed for TV Byen in Denmark (aired on May 19, 1969)
March 21, 1969 - Zeppelin’s debut TV appearance on "How It Is"
March 25, 1969 - Filming session for the Supershow
March xx, 1970 - The band turns down many TV offers worth large sums
March 05, 1971 - Led Zeppelin started a 12-date "Thank You" tour for British fans, appearing at the clubs from their early days and charging the same admission prices as in 1968. The first show was at Ulster Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland where they played songs from their upcoming fourth album, including the first public performances of Black Dog, Stairway To Heaven, Going To California and Rock And Roll.
March 12, 1972 - Page and Plant rehearse some songs with the Bombay Orchestra
March 25, 1973 - Led Zeppelin finally release Houses of the Holy after production issues with the album cover
March 28, 1973 - Led Zeppelin released Houses Of The Holy in the UK. The album title was a dedication by the band to their fans who appeared at venues they dubbed "houses of the holy". Houses Of The Holy has now been certified 11 times Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for US sales in excess of 11 million copies.
March xx, 1974 - The band decide to release a double album due to the amount of left over studio material
March 29, 1975 - Led Zeppelin saw all six of their albums in the US Top 100 chart in the same week, alongside their latest album Physical Graffiti at No.1. Physical Graffiti has now been certified 16 times Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for US sales in excess of 16 million copies.
March 15, 1975 - Tickets for the Earls Court shows sellout within four hours
March xx, 1976 - Jimmy speaks with reporters mentioning the new album due out called Presence
March 31, 1976 - Presence is released
March 28, 1977 - Zeppelin arrive in Dallas, Texas to rehearse before opening the eleventh tour of the US
March xx, 1978 - Robert and John spend some time hanging around the Midlands
March 26, 1979 - Robert takes lead vocal at a Bad Company gig in Birmingham
March 04, 1980 - John Bonham makes a TV appearance on "Alright Now" with Bill Connolly
March 26, 2006 - Readers of Total Guitar magazine voted the guitar solo by Jimmy Page in Led Zeppelin’s Stairway To Heaven as the greatest guitar solo of all time. The 1971 track was voted ahead of tracks by Van Halen, Queen, Jimi Hendrix and The Eagles. On the 20th anniversary of the original release of the song, it was announced via US radio sources that the song had logged up an estimated 2,874,000 radio plays - back to back, that would run for 44 years solid.
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