16 November 2011
“Whole Lotta Love” for Blues Rock
Blues rock is a hybrid musical genre which developed in the 1960s, which combines elements of blues music—12-bar blues, extended boogie jams and a heavy, riff-oriented sound and feel—with the loud, overdriven electric guitar-driven sound of rock and roll. (Wikipedia) Blues rock bands often emphasize lead guitar solos and blues-style improvisation. Here are some famous bands that incorporated this style of music in their music: Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Cream, The Doors, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, The Black Keys, Queen, The Rolling Stones, and of course the most famous of them all Led Zeppelin. Led Zeppelin were the main engineers of this great transformational change in the history of music alongside Jimi Hendrix and The Rolling Stones. I would have to say “Bring it on Home” – Led Zeppelin”, “Sunshine of Your Love” – Cream, “Cocaine” – Eric Clapton, “Voodoo Chile” – Jimi Hendrix, are a few of the most influential pieces of blues rock music that has been composed to date.
The song “Whole Lotta Love” by Led Zeppelin describes absolutely everything blues rock is all about. It starts off with a simple but extremely powerful rock riff blaring through Jimmy Paige’s tube amps with an intense amount of distortion. Shortly after the riff is played for two bars you have Robert Plant’s high and majestic voice piercing your ear drums. The lyrics are about giving away all of his love. Most blues rock songs follow this pattern, often singing about love and heartbreak. After about thirty seconds you hear John Bonham building up the drums with great use of dynamics (Loud/Quite, and vice-versa) and feel the song getting ready to take full flight, and then the crash starts the whole groove. Jon Paul Jones takes “Whole Lotta Love” to the next level with his groovy bass riffs, showing that the bass can actually be a vital part to making the sound full and...