"The Above Ground Sound" of Jake Holmes

"The Above Ground Sound" of Jake Holmes is the debut album of American singer songwriter Jake Holmes, released in June 1967 on Tower Records. The album consists of songs played on bass and two electric guitars with no drummer. Both this record and Holmes' subsequent record, A Letter to Katherine December, were not well received and neither made the charts.[1] Holmes played guitar. Tim Irwin also played guitar with Rick Randle on bass.

"The Above Ground Sound" of Jake Holmes
Studio album by
ReleasedJune 1967
GenreFolk rock
Length29:57
LabelTower
Jake Holmes chronology
"The Above Ground Sound" of Jake Holmes
(1967)
A Letter to Katherine December
(1968)

"Dazed and Confused" edit

The album is best known for the song "Dazed and Confused" because Led Zeppelin released their interpretation of the song on their 1969 debut album Led Zeppelin. Page was familiar with Holmes' song because his previous band, The Yardbirds, had covered the song.[1][2][3] The Led Zeppelin song was not credited to Jake Holmes. While Holmes took no action at the time, he did later contact Jimmy Page in regards to the matter but received no reply.[4] In June 2010, Holmes filed a lawsuit against the guitarist for copyright infringement in a United States District Court, claiming Page knowingly copied his work.[5] The lawsuit was settled out of court, with future Led Zeppelin releases crediting "Dazed and Confused" to "By Page – Inspired by Jake Holmes.", and the case was permanently closed.

Track listing edit

All tracks composed by Jake Holmes

Side one edit

  1. "Lonely" – 2:38
  2. "Did You Know" – 2:52
  3. "She Belongs to Me" – 2:15
  4. "Too Long" – 2:47
  5. "Genuine Imitation Life" – 4:00

Side two edit

  1. "Dazed and Confused" – 3:53
  2. "Penny's" – 2:39
  3. "Hard to Keep My Mind on You" – 2:01
  4. "Wish I Was Anywhere Else" – 2:50
  5. "Signs of Age" – 4:02

Personnel edit

  • Jake Holmes - guitar, vocals
  • Tim Irwin - guitar (uncredited)
  • Rick Randall - bass (uncredited)

References edit

  1. ^ a b Hodgkinson, Will (2008). Song Man: A Melodic Adventure, Or, My Single-Minded Approach to Songwriting. p. 129.
  2. ^ The Above Ground Sound" of Jake Holmes at AllMusic
  3. ^ Schinder, Scott (2008). Icons of Rock. p. 385. ISBN 9780313338472.
  4. ^ Robert Cochrane (September 17, 2008). "Theft As Ownership". hippy.com. Archived from the original on May 30, 2009. Retrieved March 10, 2009.
  5. ^ Led Zeppelin sued by folk singer for alleged plagiarism. New York Post. Retrieved July 6, 2010.