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Album Review

John Paul Jones stayed quiet for years after the disbandment of Led Zeppelin, performing the occasional arranging, soundtrack, or production gig, or collaborating with such avant garde musicians as Diamanda Galas. Throughout it all, he never released a full-fledged solo album — until the fall of 1999, when he unleashed Zooma. Anyone that was following who Jones worked with in the '90s — including Galas, the B******e Surfers, and R.E.M. — shouldn't be entirely surprised by the depth, range, and gleeful strangeness on Zooma, but those expecting something like Led Zeppelin IV will be disappointed. That's not to say that there's no Zeppelin here at all. Jones was a key member of Zep, contributing heavily to their sonic majesty and experimental bent, all things that are apparent throughout the album. The difference is, Jones frees himself and his collaborators — including Paul Leary and members of the London Symphony Orchestra — to push the envelope hard by making Zooma an instrumental effort. Freed from the boundaries of songs, but not compositions, Jones crafts a series of nine truly impressive songs, blending together blues, worldbeat, heavy rock, jazz, and the avant-garde into a distinctive, unpredictable, and original sound. It may have been a long wait to receive the first solo album from Jones, but the end result makes it all worthwhile.

Customer Reviews

Disappointed. Very disappointed.

Sure, I'm a Led Zeppelin fan, and sure, I was kind of hoping to hear some of that from this album, but that's not primarily why I didn't like this.

First of all, these are all instrumental pieces. This is not a bad thing in and of itself, but there are good and bad instrumental songs. These just felt like regular songs that were missing a lead guitar and a vocal line. They felt incomplete. He should have just called the entire CD 'Bass 'N Drums' instead of just track 5, because that's what it is. Sure, there's a little colour thrown in here and there, but it sounds like backing tracks.

There are some moments that are pretty heavy duty, but then it just gets repetative, and the momentum is lost.

zooma john paul jones

Let me say first that I did purchase the complete album name zooma, some time on your bill they put it by songs, how ever I am so please to see that john paul Jones is doing so good, I was a teen when led zeppelin was around and all the member had a moment of fame, now it is his time, it is a great album. very heavy and alternative

play on John Paul

This guy still rocks my airship. Good songs, the musicianship impeccable, if your’e a Zeppelin fan you will definitely find this worthwhile, and maybe more, I did.


Born: January 03, 1946 in London, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

One of the founding members of the legendary group Led Zeppelin, John Paul Jones started life on January 3, 1946, in London, England. In the turbulent years since then, he has left his mark on rock & roll music history as an innovative musician, arranger, and director. In 1960, when Jones was only 14 years old, he became a member of his father's dance band. This time under his father's watchful eye gave him a chance to gain experience and confidence. A year later Jones formed his first band, and...
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