In 1962, Muddy Waters recorded “You Need Love” written for him by peer Willie Dixon. In 1966 British mod band the Small Faces recorded the song as “You Need Loving” for their début Decca LP. Some of the lyrics of Led Zeppelin’s (aanvullende opmerking van mij: “Whole Lotta Love”) version were borrowed from the Willie Dixon song, a favorite of Plant’s. Plant’s phrasing is particularly similar to that of Steve Marriott’s in the Small Faces’ version. Similarities with “You Need Love” would lead to a lawsuit settled out of court in favour of Dixon in 1985. Strangely, the Small Faces were never sued by Dixon, even though “You Need Loving” still only credits Ronnie Lane and Steve Marriott.
When the Yardbirds disbanded in 1968, the song “Dazed and Confused” was re-worked by Page yet again, this time while as a member of Led Zeppelin. Page took the title, came up with a new set of lyrics, and changed enough of the melody to escape a plagiarism lawsuit from Jake Holmes. The Led Zeppelin version was not credited to Jake Holmes, and they also had a different ASCAP code asigned to it. While Holmes took no action at the time, he did later contact Jimmy Page in regards to the matter. Page has not yet replied.
Morgen zal ik voor de SAE, School of Audio Engineering, in Amsterdam een 2 uur durende masterclass geven over het onderwerp The Art of Sampling. Niet alleen zal ik inzoomen op de rariteiten rondom copyright, ook probeer ik vanuit een artistiek oogpunt het samplen te benaderen. Via audio software laat ik zien hoe het in elkaar zit. Met voorbeelden van The Beatles tot aan Squarepusher.
The Art of Sampling is toegankelijk voor een breed publiek.