Led Zeppelin History – Feb 11

This is a little post-Led Zeppelin history…

Today in 1985 the debut album from The Firm was released, featuring Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin) on guitar, Paul Rodgers (Free, Bad Company) singing, Chris Slade (Uriah Heep, Manfred Mann’s Earth Band) on drums, and English musician Tony Franklin on bass. [Franklin is generally credited with introducing the fretless bass to heavy metal and hard rock music, as its sound is not something commonly heard in these genres.]

Supposedly both Page and Rodgers refused to bring any material from their former bands, and instead opted for new tracks, a cover or two (“You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling”), and selections from previous solo work. However, according to Cameron Crowe (who wrote the essay booklet for Zeppelin’s 1990 box set), the last track on the album, “Midnight Moonlight”, is a fleshed-out version of an unreleased Led Zeppelin instrumental track called “Swan Song”, which is supposedly an outtake from Zep’s 1975 Physical Graffiti album.

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