According to the pop-rock band Train, the legendary group Led Zeppelin was one of their biggest musical influences. In fact, Train just announced that to prove that, they are putting out a new album–due out June 3–which covers Led Zeppelin II in full. The album (which is entitled Train Does Led Zeppelin II) will be on Crush Music and the remake will follow the original album’s tracklist. Train’s remake will also be available in vinyl and CD editions. Furthermore, in a gesture of good faith, all proceeds will go to Family House, a charity organization that supports families of kids suffering from cancer.
Led Zeppelin II was released in the United States on October 22, 1969. The original tracklisting was as follows:
1) Whole Lotta Love
2) What Is And What Should Never Be
3) The Lemon Song
4) Thank You
6) Living Loving Mail (She’s Just A Woman)
7) Ramble On
8) Moby Dick
9) Bring It On Home
Undoubtedly, covering Led Zeppelin for anyone is a tall order. This album in particular is especially difficult because of the epic tracks which represented Zeppelin at their finest including Whole Lotta Love, Heartbreaker, and Bonzo’s classic, Moby Dick.
In fact, frontman Pat Monahan has this to say about it: “They are so hard to record, especially when you are trying to get as close a version as you can to the original. The mixes, the time that they put in, it’s crazy how great they were as a band. They were virtuosos at what they did. I would love it if people get a dose of what’s hiding underneath Train’s songs, our influences, but we basically did this for the fun of it.”
Even critics regard Led Zeppelin II as one of the greatest rock albums ever made. Furthermore, the album sold phenomenally well so don’t expect that even the most minor detail (i.e., Bonzo’s squeaky “Speed King” pedal at the end of The Lemon Song) will be missed by Zeppelin fans. Therefore, Train has indeed set the bar high in terms of honoring Zeppelin. However, we feel that despite the lambasting that the band has taken in some media outlets for choosing to cover this great album, we are confident that Monahan and gang won’t let it develop into a Train-wreck.