NO QUARTER - AN ALL STAR TRIBUTE TO LED ZEPPELIN (Mausoleum Records)

 

                          (Review by Patrick De Sloover)

Around May 2012, Mausoleum Records released this ‘All Star Tribute To Led Zeppelin album’, named No Quarter. The name of this all-star project is obvious. Led Zeppelin composed this song and recorded it on their album ‘Houses Of The Holy’, which was released in 1973.  Since that time, it became a centerpiece on all Led Zeppelin concerts thereafter. Secondly, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant released an album with the ‘No Quarter’ title in 1994. What we hold in hands right now, is a compilation album that feature 15 tracks from the grandmasters in a sometimes unique soundscape. Some of the artists that cooperate to record this album added a little of their own, while others tried to equal the original. The quest was to record an ultimate compilation album with a summary of the best Led Zeppelin tracks. This wasn’t an easy task at all, as Led Zeppelin created so much timeless material, that we can fully agree after listening to this tribute album: the Led Zeppelin material stood the test of time! 

Lately, I was talking with some of my friends about this effort and someone made a very good comment: These days, we don’t listen to Led Zeppelin anymore, so this album brings on the good old days in a modern version. I fully agreed with that reaction, and I must say that I really enjoyed the 75 minutes that this album takes.

The All Star company has really big names under its belt. To name a few: Brian Robertson (Thin Lizzy/Motorhead), Steve Morse (Deep Purple), Pat Travers, Walter Trout, Dweezil Zappa, Joe Lynn Turner…etc…. Needless to say that this charismatic persons fully concentrated in delivering the best of their abilities! If you are into outstanding guitars, you will get your dose. If you have a preference for a bluesy approach, you will be stunned, and if you want straight forward (hard) rock’n roll, your head will shiver and shake! This is a timeless album, with timeless songs and real rock monsters!  This is one of the best tribute albums that I have heard in years, and luckily they all pay homage to the real masters: Led Zeppelin.

Those that are into this band, might be anxious to know what songs feature this disc, well this is a brief overview: “Immigrant Song”, “Stairway To Heaven”, “Whole Lotta Love”, “Babe, I’m Gonna Leave You”.  Let’s be honest, this might be the ultimate tribute collection to Led Zeppelin and Mausoleum Records can be proud on what they achieved! http://www.music-avenue.net/mausoleum/ 

My rating: 88 / 100