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JACK RUSSELL's GREAT WHITE Great Zeppelin II

JACK RUSSELL’s GREAT WHITE Great Zeppelin II
Deadline Music/Cleopatra [Release date 13.08.21]

There can be few reasons for revisiting Zeppelin back catalogue unless you can bring something new to the party.  And, in truth, something more radical and it might provoke backlash and if it’s too flattering what does it offer?

The opening track says it all really.  ‘Whole Lotta Love’ is almost a dead ringer in authenticity.  I can only think this tribute album will appeal to fans of Jack Russell and he does his very best Percy impression.  Back in 1998 Great White released a similar live tribute. Now we get the follow-up.  Superbly played throughout (especially guitarists Michael Oliveri and Robby Lochner) but what’s the point?  ***

Review by David Randall

VARIOUS Legends Play The Beatles Cleopatra Records [Release date 06.08.21]

This compilation is a selection of work from the great, the good and the gone.  So John Wetton’s ‘Penny Lane’ and Andrew Gold’s ‘Norwegian Wood’ rub shoulders with Ann Wilson ‘Across The Universe’ and Glenn Hughes ‘Let It Be’.

Also featured are Molly Hatchet, Air Supply, Jack Bruce and Judy Collins.  With three exceptions, all tracks have appeared on the previous releases ‘Abbey Road – A Tribute To the Beatles (2009) and Keep Calm & Salute The Beatles (2015) so this is shameless recycling.  But for fans of the artists or Beatles completists maybe, just maybe, an essential purchase.  ***1/2

Review by David Randall






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