All Wood And Led

All Wood And Led | James Lee Stanley and Dan Navarro


The long-awaited collaboration of James Lee Stanley and Dan Navarro, ‘All Wood And Led‘, an acoustic treatment of the music of Led Zeppelin, is finally here!

The idea for this project was Dan’s. He loved what I did with the Stones and the Doors and thought that Led Zeppelin would be a great next project. For myself, I had no familiarity with the catalog until Dan sent me their entire set of releases which I listened to only once for reference, after which we went after the reinventions.

Deconstructing and reconstructing the tunes in the manner of the CD’s All Wood and Stones and All Wood and Doors. This is the fourth recording in the series.

We sincerely hope you enjoy listening to this recording as much as we did creating it.

– James

Who Dunnit?

James Lee Stanley – Guitar & Vocals
Dan Navarro – Guitar & Vocals
Chad Watson – Bass
Washington “Smowdown” Tahr
– Drums & Percussion
cello by Phantom Airman

Tool Box

2001 Taylor 810 CE
1996 Martin D28H
1995 Collings D2H (Brasilian Rosewood / Adirondack Spruce)
1974 David Russell Young Dreadnaught
1941 Gibson J-50
1999 Martin Backpacker
1964 Guild Classical Mahogany
Ibanez Bass
Fender Jazz Bass
Various percussion thingies and drums

Universal Audio
Sonic Foundry
TC Electronics

AKG 414 EB ULS (Stephen Paul Mod) Beachwood
AKG 451 condenser
CS15E Cardiod Condenser
Octava MK 219

Espresso Machine:
Solis Crema SL90 / Switzerland

Recorded at Beachwood Recording using Reaper DAW with a Dayner mixing console from D&R of Holland – 48 input, floating subgroups, 8 sends

Track Notes:

  1. Houses of the Holy - Lyrics

    Let me take you to the movies, Can I take you to the show
    Let me be yours ever truly. Can I make your garden grow
    There’s an angel on my shoulder, in my hand a sword of gold
    Let me wander in your garden, and the seeds of love I’ll sow

    From the housed of the holy, we can watch the white doves go
    From the door comes Satan’s daughter and it only goes to show

    So the world is spinning faster, are you dizzy when you’re stoned
    Let the music be your master, will you heed the master’s call
    Said there ain’t no use in crying, it will only only drive you mad
    Does it hurt to hear them lying? Was this the only world you had?

    From the houses of the holy, we can watch the white doves go …

    We wanted to start the recording really simply so that folks would know that this wasn’t going to be just covers of raucous rock and roll, but acoustic reinventions of the tunes. Love when the harmonies kick in. And Dan is singing great.
  2. Good Times Bad Times - Lyrics

    In the days of my youth, I was told what it means to be a man
    Now I’ve reached that age, I’ve tried to do those things the best I can
    No matter how I try, I find my way into the same old jam

    Good times, bad times, you know I’ve had my share
    My woman left home for a brown eyed man,
    I still don’t thing it’s fair

    Sixteen I fell in love with a girl as sweet as could be
    It only took a couple of days til she was rid of me
    She swore that she’d be all mine and love me til the end
    But when I whispered in her ear, I lost another friend

    Good times, bad times…

    I know what it means to be alone
    I sure do wish that I was home
    I don’t care what neighbors say
    I’m gonna love you each and every day

    Good times bad times …

    This was the first one we did. Dan came over and we sat in the studio and put this together and then just recorded it into my phone. Then two years went by and I found the recording but didn’t know who it was at first.
  3. Rock and Roll - Lyrics

    It’s been a long time since I rock and rolled
    It’s been a long time since I did the stroll
    let me get it back, let me get it back, let me get it back now

    ooo baby where I come from
    It’s been a long time, been a long time,
    been a long lonely lonely lonely lonely lonely time

    It’s been a long time since the book of love
    I think you know what I’m thinking of
    Carry me back carry me back carry me back now
    Back to where I came from

    Been a long time been a long lonely …

    The ethereal stinging guitar in the background is actually the guitar from our session at Dan’s home which I recorded on my fon. We recorded each tune on the fon as we figured out what we were doing to it. Upon recording the tune, I missed the way that one guitar sounded, so I recorded it right off my phone and that made it even more other worldly. And then I wove it into the song here and there.
  4. D’yer Mak’er - Lyrics

    Oh, you don’t have to go O
    You don’t have to go O
    You don’t have to go

    I, all those tears I cried I
    All those tears I cried I
    O baby, tell me why

    When I read the letter you sent, it made me so mad
    When I read the words that you wrote, it made me so sad
    But I still love you so, I can’t let you go
    O I still love you so, baby I love you

    O every breath I take O
    O every move I make O
    Don’t go

    Took the title from the notes that Dan made and couldn’t read his writing. Did the best I could with it and we sent it off to mfg. When we got it back we saw the error. So the first run has the typo, but subsequent runs will be correct. Our reggae ganja moment.
  5. The Battle of Evermore - Lyrics

    The queen of light she took her bow and then she turned to go
    The prince of peace embraced the gloom and walked the night alone
    O dance in the dark of night, sing in the morning light
    The Dark Lord rides in force tonight and time will tell us all
    I hear the horses thunder down in the valley below
    Waiting for the Angels of Avalon, waiting for the eastern glow

    The apples of the valley hold the seeds of happiness
    The groud is rich from tender care, repay, do not forget, o o
    Dance in the dark of night, sing in the morning light
    The apples turn to brown and black, the tyrants face is red
    O well, the night is long, the sands of time pass slow
    Tired eyes search for the sunrise, waiting for the eastern glow

    The pain of war cannot exceed the woe of aftermath
    The drums will shake the castle walls, the ringwraiths ride in black
    O war is the common cry, pick up your swords and fly
    The sky is filled with good and bad that mortals never know
    At last the sun is shining clouds of white roll by
    Flames from the dragon of darkness but the sunlight blinds his eyes

    The pain of war cannot exceed the woe of aftermath
    The drums will shake the castle walls, the rignwraiths ride in black
    O Sing as you raise your bow, Ride On!
    No comfort has the fire at night that lights the face so cold
    The magic runes are writ in gold to bring the balance background
    Bring it back bring it back now

    Somehow in the studio, after I had done my lead vocal, Dan said, how about if I put an astenato underneath. So that’s Dan doing his best digeridoo, on the bottom, occasionally aided by a real cello.
  6. Stairway To Heaven - Lyrics

    There’s a lady who’s sure all the glitters is gold
    And she’s buying a stairway to heaven
    When she gets there, she knows, if the stores are all closed
    With a word she can get what she came for
    Ooo ooo oooAnd she’s buying a stairway to heaven

    There’s a sign on the wall but she wants to be sure
    Cause you know sometimes words have two meanings
    In a tree by the brook, there’s a songbird who sings
    Sometimes all of our thoughts are misgivings

    O and it makes me wonder
    O and it makes me wonder

    Stairway to heaven, stairway to heaven

    We decided right off that we were not going to do this one, but somewhere along the line we did, and I went crazy on the guitars. It might be my favorite cut. It seems to have it’s own atmosphere.
  7. Whole Lotta Love - Lyrics

    You need cooling, baby I’m not foolin
    I’m gonna send you, yeah send you back for some schoolin
    Way down deep inside I think I know what you need
    A whole lotta love, a whole lotta love

    You been burning, baby I’ve been learning
    All those good times, I’ve been yearning
    Way down deep inside I think I know what yo want
    A whole lotta love, a whole lotta love

    Every bit of my love, every piece of my heart …

    Way down deep inside every bit of my love
    For you baby, I’ve got a whole lotta love

    The Willie Dixon tune re done as a samba. This was the first thing I ever heard by Led Zepplin. Didn’t ponder it for a second. Just started playing it as if it were written by Antonio Carolo Jobim.
  8. Over The Hills and Far Away - Lyrics

    Hey baby, walk a while with me, maybe you’ve got the love I need
    O darlin, darlin, darlin, in your heart there’s so very much
    O much so much, t’s more than enough
    Many times I’ve loved and many times been smitten
    Many times I’ve lied and often kept my distance

    Wise is the man, who knows what he’s missing
    A man can get lost out on the open road
    Many is a word that only leaves you guessing
    Guessing when you really ought to know
    Many times I’ve turned away, hidden from a heavy load
    Then I lost that love along the open road

    You really ought to know
    Many dreams come true, some have silver linings
    You are my living dreams, my pocket full of gold
    I’ll never let you go …

    I remember when we were coming up with this arrangement, we just kept playing that guitar figure for hours and singing over it. Really a pocket full of gold. Romantic piece.
  9. Hey Hey What Can I Do< - Lyrics

    Wanna tell you bout the girl I love, she looks so fine
    She’s the only one that I’ve been dreaming of
    Maybe someday she’ll be mine all mine

    I wanna tell her that I love her so, thrill with her every touch
    I need to tell her she’s the only one I really love, I really love

    I got a woman, wanna stray all day
    I got a woman, she won’t be true, no
    I got a woman, stay drunk all the time
    I said, I’ve got a little woman and she won’t be true, no

    On sunday morning when we go down to church
    Menfolk standing in line
    Don’t you tell me that they come there to pray
    When my little girl looks so fine (in her sunday suit)

    And in the evening when the sun is sinking low
    Everybody’s with the one they love
    I walk the town, keep searching all around
    Looking for my street corner girl
    She’s walkin on

    I got a woman and she looks so fine
    I got a woman and I wanna make her mine
    I got a woman, think I’m wasting my time
    I got a woman and she looks so fine

    Hey hey, what can I do?
    I got a woman and she won’t be true
    Hey hey, what can I say
    Still wanna be with her night and day

    Dan had written Hey Hey Luck on the top of the lyric sheet and that’s what I thought it was until he corrected me. Lots of harmonies, which I love doing.
  10. Dazed and Confused - Lyrics

    Been dazed and confused for so long, could it be true
    Wanted a woman, never bargained for you
    Lotsa people talking, few of them know
    The soul of a woman created below

    You hurt and abuse, tell all those lies
    Flash those baby blues, how they hypnotize
    Been dazed and confused, don’t know where you’ve been
    How you hurt me baby, here come those tears again

    I work every day, bring home all my pay
    Try to love you darlin but you push me away
    Don’t know where you’re going, don’t know where you’ve been
    I don’t know why I’d ever want to see you again

    Loved the melody on this so much. Tried to invoke something that I hadn’t ever done on a vocal. And Dan and I did all the harmonies, on the whole CD of course, but something special happened here.
  11. Fool In the Rain - Lyrics

    O baby, there’s a light in your eye that keeps shining
    Like a star that can’t wait for the night
    Hate to think that I might have been blinded
    Why can’t I see you tonight?
    The warmth of your smile starts me burning
    And the thrill of your touch in the night
    Yeah I’m shaking so much really yearning
    Why don’t you make it all right

    You swore that you never would leave me
    And you said you would always be true
    You promised you’d love me completely
    Whatever happened to you? Whatever happened to you?

    And you thought it was only in movies
    As you wish all your dreams would come true
    It isn’t the first time believe me
    I’m standing here feeling so blue, without you

    The clock on the wall’s moving slower
    And my heart, it just sinks to the ground
    And the storm that I thought would blow over
    Clouds the light of the love that I’ve found

    The light of the love that I’ve found keeps on shining

    Love the way Dan sings this. Great voice. I put that major guitar figure in the intro and then thought that it might be fun to change it to a minor figure on the tag. Love the drums too.
  12. Ramble On - Lyrics

    Leaves are falling all around, it’s time I was on my way
    Thanks to you, I’m much obliged for such a pleasant stay
    But now it’s time for me to go, the autumn moon lights my way
    For now I smell the rain and it’s heading my way
    Sometimes I grow so tired missing her, just one thing takes the pain away

    (I”ve got to) Ramble on, now’s the time, the time is now to sing my song
    I’m going round the world, I got to find my girl, on my way
    I’ve been like this, ten years to the day
    Ramble on, got to find the queen of all my dreams
    Got to find the queen of all my dreams

    Got not time for spreading roots, the time has come to be gone
    And to our health we drank a thousand times

    Ramble on, now’s the time, the time is now to sing my song
    I’m going round the world, I got to find my girl, on my way
    I’ve been like this, ten years to the day
    Ramble on, got to find the queen of all my dreams
    Let her slip away from me, let her slip away

    Ramble on …

    I remember putting down that first guitar lick and really digging it, and then I remembered a really surprizing figure in a Michale Jackson hit and thought I would try something funky to go along with the Travis picking. We didn’t want to stop playing this puppy, it was such fun.

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