No Quarter appears on the 1973 Led Zeppelin album Houses Of The Holy. Clocking in at 7:00, the title is a reference to showing no clemency or mercy for your opponent.
Artist: The Brew
Live Show: 7-16-2010
The Skinny: Leading off this week is a fantastic recording fro The Brew recorded live at Showcase Live in Foxboro, MA.
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Artist: Brothers Past
Live Show: 9-9-2006
The Skinny: Only one recording on The Live Music Archive of Brother’s Past playing No Quarter and it’s from Bell’s Brewery in 2006. Though not the strongest vocally, the ensemble does a good job with the instrumental portions.
Artist: Dread Zeppelin
Album: No Quarter Pounder
The Skinny: Every time we pick a Led Zeppelin tune, I always seem to include the cover from Dread Zeppelin because I just find their existence (Elvis impersonator and reggae arrangements) rather hilarious, and Robert Plant seems to enjoy them as well.
Artist: Garage A Trois
Live Show: 4-19-2011
The Skinny: What you would think was going to be an instrumental rendition turns out to have a whole batch of new lyrics inspired by The Hobbit. Interesting take.
Artist: Gov’t Mule
Live Show: 8-18-2010
The Skinny: Gov’t Mule definitely has the best history with this tune in this week’s covers because they had the honor of performing No Quarter with a little help from Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones at Bonnaroo 2007.
Artist: Great White
Album: Great Zeppelin – A Tribute to Led Zeppelin (Great White)
The Skinny: In addition to Dread Zeppelin, I always seem to include a cover from Great White because I think they just absolutely nail all of the Zeppelin covers on this tribute album.
Live Show: 6-1-2011
The Skinny: Phish debuted their cover of No Quarter, last week during their show in Holmdel, NJ. It segued beautifully out of Tweezer and featured some great live vocal effects on the voice of keyboardist Page McConnell. Will it stick around or will it go the way of Phish’s cover of The Rover which was played only once?
Artist: Sly & Robbie
Album: The Rhythm Remains The Same – Sly & & Robbie Greets Led Zeppelin
The Skinny: Dread Zeppelin probably deserves the honors of most unique cover, but this cover from Sly & Robbie will have to come in second place in that category. The lyrics really take on a different flavor when sung over this type of arrangement.
The Skinny: Tool recorded this studio cover for their 2000 box set release Salival. As you might imagine, it is quite good.
Looking back on last week’s Cover Wars featuring Landslide by Fleetwood Mac, Smashing Pumpkins have emerged victorious.