ENCOMIUM - A Tribute to Led Zeppelin...
Written by Jimmy Page and Robert Plant
Produced by Theo Van Rock
Engineered by Peter Rave
Mixed by David Bianco at Can-Am
If you are a Zeppelin fan and like the Rollins Band, you can't miss with this one.
This is a nice cover of the song that preserves the original's musical structure
and flavour. Nonetheless, the treatment is uniquely Rollins Band with its excellent
musicianship and Rollins' intense vocals. Listening to Rollins perform
this song, one might imagine that he wrote it himself: He remains true to the original
lyrics while delivering them with the feeling and pace that gives the listener the feeling
that he's really into the song's sentiments.
Here's a quote from the disc's packaging that sheds some light on Rollins' feelings about
Led Zeppelin: "I saw Led Zeppelin. I had great seats. From a break in the curtain I
saw Robert Plant come out and shake his hair. It was at this point that I believed I was
actually going to see the band play. Until then, even seated with my ticket stub in my
pocket, it seemed to good to be true. Seconds later, the curtain opened. The crowd
roared. White lights hit eighteen thousand people like a tidal wave. And then...`Kashmir'.
I think I forgot to breathe. It was the single most powerful moment I ever experienced as
an audience member at a rock show. The rest of the gig was perfect. 2-plus hours later
when they left the stage the audience was drained. It was a complete experience. There is
no band playing today that could stand up to them. No way. Forget it." - Henry Rollins
David Tenenbaum (02.06.98)