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All Blues'd Up: Led Zeppelin

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Led Zeppelin: This Ain't No Tribute Series -- All Blues'd Up! is a collection of songs performed and sometimes written by Led Zeppelin. It seems like the idea of this tribute is to point out the band's obvious blues roots, but the approach isn't the most successful. The problem is that the use of many of the same musicians several times (Eric Gales and James Cotton especially) and the album's very modern approach cause much of the passion and emotion attached to these tunes to simply disappear. The album is too planned-out to evoke the down-and-dirty blues feel, and despite some excellent performances, this is sunk by its smooth production and studio gloss.

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