Carolyn Coletti Jablonski, known professionally as C.C. Coletti, first came to my attention in Cardiff back in January 2004 when Meat Loaf was touring to promote the “Couldn’t Have Said It Better” album and C.C. was part of the Neverland Express as backing vocalist / acoustic guitarist.
Since then, as well as appearing on two Meat Loaf studio albums and some live DVDs C.C. has released three albums under her own name.
The second of these, 2013’s “Bring It In Home”, is a tribute to rock legends Led Zeppelin – indeed it is subtitled “Sings The American Roots Of Led Zeppelin”. Working together with producer Anthony Krizan on guitar, second guitarist John Korba, drummer Tony Beard and bassist Todd Lanka, C.C. has crafted an impressive spin on classic Zeppelin tunes.
Taking an acoustically based-back porch blues vibe, C.C. and her band have breathed new life into the classics tackled here. Vocally, there are traces of the likes of Janis Joplin to be found in C.C.’s voice and it fits perfectly with the arrangements and instrumentation on this record.
Some of these tracks are very different to the Zeppelin versions, such as opener “In My Time Of Dying” and “Black Dog” whilst others, “Rock And Roll” included, are closer in spirit to the originals. Nonetheless, the whole album underlines both the quality of the musicians involved and, crucially, that the material is strong enough to withstand the re-imagining and still come out sounding strong and vital. If you didn’t know this was a covers album you could be forgiven for thinking it was a collection of originals, such is the coherence of style and sound.
My personal favourite tracks on this record are “Bron-Y-Aur Stomp”, “I Can’t Quit You Babe”, “You Shook Me” and “When The Levee Breaks”.
I’ve heard plenty of Zeppelin covers (such as this year’s Mojo magazine cover-mounted “Physical Graffiti Redrawn”) as well as tracks influenced by the Zeppelin sound (e.g. Kingdom Come’s “Get It On”, Whitesnake’s “Still Of The Night”) and have to say that I think C.C.’s album is one of the most convincing in terms of approaching the material in a different way whilst retaining a consistent standard from start to finish. Good stufff…
1. In My Time Of Dying / 2. When The Levee Breaks / 3. Bring It On Home / 4. You Shook Me / 5. Black Dog / 6. I Can’t Quit You Babe / 7. Killing Floor / 8. Bron-Y-Aur Stomp / 9. Nobody’s Fault But Mine / 10. Whole Lotta Love / 11. Rock And Roll
1 originally from “Physical Graffiti” (1975) / 2, 5 and 11 originally from “Led Zeppelin IV” (1971) / 3,7 and 10 originally from “Led Zeppelin II” (1969) / 4 originally from “Led Zeppelin I” (1969) / 6 originally from “Coda” (1982) / 8 originally from “Led Zeppelin III” (1970) / 9 originally from “Presence” (1976)