The Two Albums That Gene Simmons Considers As Better Than Led Zeppelin’s
There is always a competition between bands and musicians formed in the same era or later from one another if they are in the same genre. They mostly follow and examine the works that other artists created, recorded, and released in detail, but generally, they don’t prefer to resemble his music to them.
Regardless of their original material, fans love to pick a side when their favorite artists release music around the same time. Moreover, many people compare celebrated bands and musicians’ works in retrospect to see which one did a better job. While these people are usually fans, KISS’ Gene Simmons once praised one rocker over Led Zeppelin and had bold opinions about the matter.
Which Musician Gene Simmons Put Above Led Zeppelin?
After leaving The Yardbirds in late 1966, Jeff Beck focused on his solo works and different projects. So, Jeff Beck and his backing band, the Jeff Beck Group, released their debut studio album named ‘Truth’ on July 29, 1968. He introduced the most outstanding talents from the band, such as Rod Stewart, Ronnie Wood, and Micky Waller. The album got critical acclaim and became commercially successful worldwide.
The popularity and well-crafted lyrics and sounds were followed by the second studio album entitled ‘Beck-Ola,’ dropped in June 1969. As one of the musicians that Beck influenced, Gene Simmons highlighted that these two albums killed anything that Led Zeppelin and other bands released at that time. Probably the bassist referred to the band’s first two albums, ‘Led Zeppelin’ and ‘Led Zeppelin II.’
In Simmons’ words, he said:
“For anyone wanting to get better, I’d recommend picking up the first two Jeff Beck records, which in my estimation, kills anything that Zeppelin and other folks put out in the same period. So much of it was live and came from jamming in the studio.”
Apart from releasing records simultaneously, both bands covered the same song named ‘You Shook Me’ for their albums. Initially, the track belonged to Chicago blues artist Muddy Waters dropped in 1962, but Beck recorded his version for his first album with the Jeff Beck Group. Almost one year later, Led Zeppelin also covered the classic song that took place in their self-titled debut studio. Apparently, Simmons believes Beck’s entire album, including this same song, was way better than Zeppelin’s, and he recommended everybody look up to his records as examples.
You can listen to both versions of ‘You Shook Me’ below.