Monday, April 18, 2011

4 Non Blondes: Misty Mountain Hop

If someone would have said in the early 1970s that there would be a vocalist that could rival Robert Plant, I would have laughed. But then again, I hadn’t heard of Linda Perry and 4 Non Blondes. Today we feature their cover recording of “Misty Mountain Hop.”

The song starts off with the opening piece from another Zep tune – “Black Dog” and moves into the characteristic electric piano part. The sound is a little different than the piano on “Led Zeppelin IV,” and I believe that is because it appears to be a Wurlitzer Electric Piano with the tremolo turned up part way, while the instrument played by John Paul Jones (according to the live videos and its bell like sound) was a Rhodes Piano.

4 Non Blondes released their cover on Atlantic Records’ 1995 album: “Encomium: A Tribute to Led Zeppelin.” “Misty Mountain Hop” was also released as a single for this short lived San Francisco band, but the single failed to chart.



Led Zep Original

Kicking off side two of Led Zeppelin’s best selling fourth album is their version of “Misty Mountain Hop.” Need I say anything more?



2 comments:

  1. love 4 non blondes version, her voice is fantastic and the music so powerful.

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    1. That it is. Glad you liked it Pam.

      Jim

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