Jeff Lybarger's Song OF The Day

Subj: Song of the day XII
Date: 96-12-10 07:16:00 EST
From: OUTRIDERJL@AOL.COM (Jeff Lybarger)

Good morning, see, I'm already getting used to saying that. Anyway, today we will revisit the "Presence" album, track 5, clocking in at 4:10, "Candy Store Rock".

Now this is one of those songs that non Zepheads like ourselves just don't get. They hear this and they look at us like we must be joking. Ah, but therein lies the beauty. See, with Zeppelin you don't have a few great songs and a bunch of filler, no way, with Zep we get great hidden moments like this.

A truly "left of heaven" riff kicks this baby off, and by the time Jimmy is into full riffness, Bonham and Jonesy are all over this like only they could do. Once again John Bonham is superb, and John Paul is playing funky, precise licks that completely lift us out of our chair. A somewhat ' 50's flavour, but with a twist. (Is that a lemon twist?)

Robert is showing that early influence, from Elvis to Eddie Cochran, and shows how well he could do this type of music. (Re: Honeydrippers) The lyrics are fun, funny, tongue-in-cheek and yet he pulls it off very nicely.

     "Well, oh baby baby,
      don't you want a man like me?
      Oh baby baby,
      I'm just as sweet as anybody can be
      Oh baby baby,
      I want to look into your eyes I do
      Oh baby baby
      it's more than anybody ask of you"

"Candy Store Rock" is one of my favourite songs, of course it also happens to be on my favourite album. That Zep never performed this live is a downer. There has been some talk on the list lately that they should have cut the solos down and introduced more songs in their concerts. I couldn't agree more, but when you consider the times, the ' 70's was a solo happy era. Perhaps Page/Plant will reinvestigate some of these choice songs.

This is one of the more upbeat moments on "Presence", and Robert has said it is one of his personal favourites on the album. One could argue that this set the table for some of his later solo work: ( Shaken n Stirred). It also shows Jimmy fully honouring his own rockabilly idols, most notably Scotty Moore, guitarist for Elvis. A fun moment in the Zeppelin catalog. Check it out and enjoy.

Till tomorrow,


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