John Paul Jones – Big Ears Festival March 2024

Ep. 259 – The Heart of Markness Led Zeppelin Podcast

This is an absolute joy of a gig from John Paul Jones, who appeared at the Big Ears Music Festival in Knoxville, TN on March 22, 2024. He played all three days of the event. One night with Sons of Chipotle, one night solo (which is what I’m playing), and one night with Thurston Moore from Sonic Youth. Our boy gets around.

I play a few tracks from his solo set, an isolated bass rendition of Ramble On (just a couple of minutes long), Since I’ve Been Loving You on the grand piano, an already legendary performance of Your Time is Gonna Come on a 1928 Wurlitzer organ, and a haunting, elegiac Down to the River to Pray, off of his solos album Zooma.

This is a master class in virtuosity and humility. He’s a genius and a very lovely man, who completely holds the torch for Led Zeppelin magick in this moment. Enjoy.

You can download this complete set right here:

Led Zeppelin Knebworth August 11, 1979 (AUD)

Ep. 258 – The Heart of Markness Led Zeppelin Podcast

This episode is a request from long time friend and Patron, Other David. Second Knebworth holds a special place in his heart, and he requested I cover this show, which I happily did.

We hear the last performance of No Quarter by the original 4 members, with some smooth and jazzy runs by Jimmy, and some almost chaotic chops by Jonesy. It’s a unique performance, vibe-wise, and I like it.

We also hear a fairly pensive Achilles Last Stand with Jimmy deep in thought during the solo, and it also has a unique vibe, which is helped by the audience recording (Galactic Messiah from EVSD). We finish up with Whole Lotta Love with the new arrangement, as well as a rollicking boogie section. Good stuff. Great Band.

You can download this audience recording right here:

Led Zeppelin NYC Feb 12, 1975 Source 1

Ep. 257 – The Heart of Markness Led Zeppelin Podcast

This is an absolutely delightful 1975 Led Zeppelin concert. 2/12/75 in New York City we hear an excellent audience recording from Jerry Moore, who made a great recording. Jimmy is pretty on top of his game, broken finger notwithstanding. Robert is in great spirits, and Jonesy and Bonzo are locked in tighter than a tourniquet.

We hear Sick Again (super tight and Robert has a good time), Over the Hills (super awesome with a unique solo from Jimmy with him stretching out with some great licks). We finish up with a badass performance of Kashmir. Sounds like the Les Paul to me, too, so it’s extra meaty. Jimmy has some really nice riffs and licks in this. The wings are still wet on this song, so it’s nice to hear them groove around a little as they work out the final form.

As always you can download this show for free right here:

Led Zeppelin 6/22/77 Remastered

Ep. 256 – The Heart of Markness Led Zeppelin Podcast

I circle back to this amazing show, because in episode 249 I had the raw recording not the DADGAD remaster as I’d thought. This show fixes that and highlights this great show in all its glory.
My absolute favorite performance of In My Time of Dying, along with Nobody’s Fault But Mine, and Over the Hills.
This show is so so so good.

You can grab the proper remaster right here: