The White Stripes Album That Joe Perry Likened To Led Zeppelin
It is usually highly interesting and enjoyable to read various famous musicians’ choices of their best albums, songs, or favorite artists of all time because they give us a chance to learn more about their taste in music. We tend to think that their music preferences also say something about their personality and their perspective on life. Some of their choices are expected, but others may surprise us.
We often expect the musicians to go for acts or artists closer to their genre, but most enjoy listening to different sounds and styles. Listening to different music genres is surely a positive thing as it encourages us to be more open-minded and expand our horizons. Aerosmith lead guitarist Joe Perry also made an interesting best albums list in which he appreciated a variety of genres and styles.
What Is Joe Perry’s Favorite White Stripes Album?
In 2004, Joe Perry gave an interview to Best Life magazine and revealed his eight favorite albums of all time by explaining why he chose them. His list was interesting because it circled around various genres like blues, garage rock, and glam rock and also included some lesser-known albums.
Joe Perry selected Howlin’ Wolf’s ‘The Chess Box’ as his first choice and described Wolf’s voice as one of the most distinctive ones in the music industry. His second choice was ‘Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton’ by John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers. Perry explained that it was an important record for him while growing up, and he still listens to it. He likes the classical blues sounds within the album, and also, the song ‘All Your Love’ was one of the first songs Aerosmith learned to play together.
Aerosmith guitarist named the album ‘Elephant’ from the White Stripes as his third favorite one. ‘Elephant’ was released on April 1, 2003, and it is featured in the band’s fourth studio album. The album was a huge commercial success, and it received a nomination for Album of the Year and won Best Alternative Music Album at the 2004 Grammys.
The record is generally referred to as the White Stripes’ best work and one of the best albums of the 2000s. When it comes to explaining why he chose it, Joe Perry made an interesting comparison between that album and Led Zeppelin’s albums. Perry stated that listening to ‘Elephant’ from beginning to end is like listening to Led Zeppelin records.
Joe Perry highlighted that when you listen to a Led Zeppelin record, you don’t know the names of the songs, but still, you want to hear it over and over. You just go with the flow while listening to them and follow how they play. For Perry, this White Stripes album also had a similar effect, and he highly enjoyed listening to it repeatedly.
Here are Joe Perry’s words on the album, ‘Elephant’:
“This album is like listening to a Led Zeppelin record—you just put it on and listen to it and don’t know any of the names of the songs, but you just listen to it over and over. You’re entertained by the stream of consciousness in how they play. They speed up, they slow down. They know their blues roots. They got chops.”
You can listen to the full album below.