I was fooled when I first heard this song, I thought it had been recorded a few decades ago, turns out it was only a few months ago! There are plenty of covers out there but it is hard to get it right, do you copy like-for-like, or do you completely change the whole sound…personally I’m a fan of the latter. With this cover, however, the ‘original’ (or at least the version most people know – check out the real original below!) is not a far cry away and it works a treat… Take one strong blues male voice and replace it with the relentlessly powerful vocals of a woman and what you get is a striking cover of Led Zeppelin’s, Dazed and Confused.
This version still possesses the dirty bluesy elements of Led Zeppelins cover, but a generous dose of heavy soul has been injected into the mix, alongside a lively horn-section and a crisp, upbeat rhythm. Not forgetting this voice, this is definitely a voice more than fit for this song and the lady behind these mighty, soulful vocals is UK artist, Hannah Williams.
After the success of her debut album, A Hill of Feathers in 2012, Hannah Williams and her band toured all over Europe, attracting a growing following along the way. Whilst touring they supported and gained a great deal of praise from, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, Cat Power, Charles Bradley, Giles Peterson and Craig Charles; not to mention collecting over a million views on YouTube for their song Work It Out.
The band released second album, Late Nights & Heartbreak in November last year and had Malcolm Catto of the Heliocentrics on production. Malcolm Catto has produced great albums such as Inspiration Information by Mulatu Astatke, Jaiyede Afro by Orlando Julius and The Last Transmission‘ by Melvin Van Peebles.
Taken from this album is the mighty Dazed and Confused, a fantastic cover which you can check out above. Order your copy of Late Nights & Heartbreak from here.
Check out the original version of Dazed And Confused below: