"The Above Ground Sound" of Jake Holmes

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"The Above Ground Sound" of Jake Holmes
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Studio album by Jake Holmes
Released June 1967
Genre Folk rock
Label Tower
Jake Holmes chronology
"The Above Ground Sound" of Jake Holmes
A Letter to Katherine December

"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.[1] Holmes played guitar. Tim Irwin also played guitar with Rick Randle on bass.

"Dazed and Confused"[edit]

The album is best known for the song "Dazed and Confused" because Jimmy Page wrote a song with the same title, which was released on Led Zeppelin's 1969 debut album Led Zeppelin. Page was familiar with Holmes' song because his previous band, The Yardbirds, had covered the song.[1][2][3] The Led Zeppelin song 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.[4] 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.[5] The lawsuit was settled out of court, and the case was "dismissed with prejudice".

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by Jake Holmes

Side one[edit]

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

Side two[edit]

  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"


  1. ^ a b Hodgkinson, Will (2008). Song Man: A Melodic Adventure, Or, My Single-Minded Approach to Songwriting. p. 129. 
  2. ^ The Above Ground Sound" of Jake Holmes at AllMusic
  3. ^ Schinder, Scott. Icons of Rock. p. 385. 
  4. ^ Robert Cochrane (September 17, 2008). "Theft As Ownership". hippy.com. Archived from the original on 30 May 2009. Retrieved 10 Mar 2009. 
  5. ^ Led Zeppelin sued by folk singer for alleged plagiarism. New York Post. Retrieved 6 July 2010.