Train cover Led Zeppelin's 'The Lemon Song'
Earlier this month, mellow rockers Train announced plans for their full album cover of Led Zeppelin’s famed 1969 blues-rock LP Led Zeppelin II. Along with the announcement they shared their version of the dreamy “What Is and What Should Never Be,” and now they’ve released their take on the record’s frenetic set piece “The Lemon Song.”
Like many of Zeppelin’s most famous early tunes, “The Lemon Song” draws heavily on classic blues influences — specifically Howlin’ Wolf’s “Killing Floor” and Robert Johnson’s “Travelling Riverside Blues” — and Train preserve the jam’s spirit. In fact, guitarist Jimmy Stafford’s fiery licks are barely differentiable from Jimmy Page’s shredding on the original. (Totally fair considering how well-known Zeppelin’s version is.) And singer Pat Monahan keeps pace with Robert Plant at every turn, proving Train can mirror Zep’s wild side as well as its more mystical one.
“They are so hard to record, especially when you are trying to get as close a version as you can to the original. The mixes, the time that they put in, it’s crazy how great they were as a band,” Monahan said in a release when the band announced Train Does Led Zeppelin II. “They were virtuosos at what they did.”
Proceeds from the album will benefit Family House, a charity that helps the families of children suffering from cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. Check out “The Lemon Song” below and hear Train’s versions of other Zeppelin II classics like “Whole Lotta Love” and “Heartbreaker” when the full collection drops on June 3.