Song of the Moment: Led Zeppelin – “I Can’t Quit You Baby”
June 17, 2011 § Leave a comment
For the past few months, I’ve been listening to a lot of blues-rock (both classic and modern). The one band that has been in constant rotation is the legendary Led Zeppelin. When I first delved into rock music back in ’04, the British-bred group was high on my list of bands to look into. After a few years of research (watching interviews & countless live performances, reading biographies, and listening to their discography) Led Zeppelin has become a band that I love and respect. When it comes to rock music, I enjoy it most when it’s blues-ey, stripped down, steamy, and raw. All of these factors are why “I Can’t Quit You Baby” is my song of the moment.
“I Can’t Quit You Baby” is actually a cover from Chicago blues musician Otis Rush. The song is featured on Led Zeppelin’s debut 1969 album Led Zeppelin. But I prefer the 1970 Royal Albert Hall performance edit version off their final studio album Coda (released in 1982). This version speaks to my soul; it is grimy, heart wrenching, and tainted with all things wrong about love. It’s downright beautiful.
I love it because it is a slower tempo than the original, which adds to the classic blues feel. “I Can’t Quit You Baby” is a song about someone struggling in a relationship and trying to find the energy to get out. The stretched-out stomp of John Bonham’s drums, the pain-dripped wail of Robert Plant, and the incredible cries of Jimmy Page’s & John Paul Jones’s guitar burns so slowly, and it feels so good. If you are a fan of good, classic rock music I recommend this song to you. It takes you to a place where you may be hesitant to go, but when you reach there you’ll be glad you stayed.
*If you have any favorite blues-rock band or musician (old-school or modern) leave it in the comment box. I love to find out about new music!