when you hear his version of the Zep classic, you'll understand that it's inclusion on the show was vital! The King is Irishman Jim Brown, and if you didn't know differently, you'd swear that it really was The King you were hearing! For those people who insist that Elvis is still alive, they're right - he's alive in this exceptionally talented singer. His first album, released in 1998, was aptly called "Gravelands". This was a covers album of tracks by artists who are no longer with us, given The King's special touch. There are stunning versions of Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Sweet Home Alabama"( Ronnie Van Zant and the others), AC/DC's "Whole Lotta Rosie" (Bon Scott), Hendrix's "Voodoo Chile" and Thin Lizzy's "Whiskey in the Jar" (Phil Lynott), to name just a few. On this album, also jam packed with covers, he does great versions of tracks by The Stones (Sympathy for the Devil), Stevie Ray Vaughan (The House is Rockin' ), The Beach Boys (Good Vibrations) and The Doors (L.A. Woman), in addition to the toe-tapping "Whole lotta Love". His band of Steve Emney on drums, Ian Gould on bass, Paul Guerin on guitars and Keith Weir on keyboards sound like seasoned professionals and provide an excellent backing to an excellent singer. Both albums are wholeheartedly recommended, and thanks to Cliff at CD Collection for suggesting that I "listen to the best version of Whole lotta Love you've ever heard!". 

The King 
The King - L.A.Woman, from "Return to Splendour" in 2000, his second album. The King, as we've mentioned before in these pages, is Irishman Jim Brown. He's an absolute derringer, voice-wise, for the great Elvis. Both his albums feature a host of well performed covers by bands like Zeppelin, The Beach Boys, AC/DC and, in the case of our featured track, The D oors. A very talented chap, backed by a good band.
  
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The King - 1998 - Gravelands - 3.5/5

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