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"The Above Ground Sound" of Jake Holmes

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June 1967

Release date
June 1967

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"The Above Ground Sound" of Jake Holmes "The Above Ground Sound" of Jake Holmes

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"The Above Ground Sound" of Jake Holmes is the debut album of American singer songwriter Jake Holmes, released in June 1967 on Tower Records. The album consists of songs played on bass and two electric guitars with no drummer. Both this record and Holmes' subsequent record, A Letter to Katherine December, were not well received and neither made the charts. Holmes played guitar. Tim Irwin also played guitar with Rick Randle on bass.


"Dazed and Confused"

The album is best known for the song "Dazed and Confused" because Jimmy Page of the rock band Led Zeppelin took the title, came up with a new set of lyrics, and changed enough of the melody to initially escape a plagiarism lawsuit. Page was familiar with the song because his previous band, The Yardbirds, had covered the song. "Dazed and Confused" was included in Led Zeppelin's 1969 debut album Led Zeppelin. The Led Zeppelin version was not credited to Jake Holmes. While Holmes took no action at the time, he did later contact Jimmy Page in regards to the matter but received no reply. In June 2010, Holmes filed a lawsuit against the guitarist for copyright infringement in a United States District Court, claiming Page knowingly copied his work.

Track listing

All tracks composed by Jake Holmes

Side one

  1. "Lonely"
  2. "Did You Know"
  3. "She Belongs to Me"
  4. "Too Long"
  5. "Genuine Imitation Life"

Side two

  1. "Dazed and Confused"
  2. "Penny's"
  3. "Hard to Keep My Mind on You"
  4. "Wish I Was Anywhere Else"
  5. "Signs of Age"


2Did You Know2:48
3She Belongs to Me2:10


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