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About Strider

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    Blue-Eyed Merle
  • Birthday 07/29/1962

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    Livin' long enough to see Pontiac Silverdome 1977 released on DVD. 1970 Bath, 1971 Japan soundboards, 1968 Europe and UK tours are also ones I hope to live long enough to see.

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  1. Haha. As they are bootleg labels, I don't trust any of them. I haven't since one of my first bootlegs was an album labeled as being recorded at the LA Forum in 1971 but was actually Berkeley '71...the infamous "Going to California" boot. But I will say that overall, Godfatherecords has given me the highest rate of satisfaction, especially when we factor in the cost/pleasure ratio. Next would be Eat-a-Peach! The Genuine Masters DVD-A releases are also high on the satisfaction guaranteed scale. The above labels all get an A grade from me. In the B- to B grade level are Wendy, Badgeholders, and the original TMOQ label of the 1970s. Next comes EVSD and Scorpio. Boogie Mama, Red Devil, eelgrass, Beezlebub, Power Chord, Totonka, TDOLZ, Tarantura, and other labels are either too substandard to rate or I don't have enough of their titles to objectively rate them.
  2. Is the '1' key on your keyboard stuck?
  3. ^^^Hmmm, would you like to work on my tapes? I need someone who knows what they are doing and someone I can trust. You seem to fit the bill. I'd ask Sue but her plate already seems overloaded. it's now the 40th anniversary of the Landover, Maryland shows and I am dutifully slogging thru May 25 and 26 right now. As is the band. Actually, the band is pretty on form for most of the 25th. It's the show on the 26th that is dismal and dull compared to the best of '77. Bonham really seems out of it..."In My Time of Dying" never gets going and the "Achilles" is infamous by now. The sludgy sound of the '77 soundboards doesn't help matters, making the band sound worse than they did to the audience that was there. Maybe someone forgot to clean the tapeheads on the deck Showco used to record the board tapes. The tapes don't capture Jimmy's guitar correctly...especially the 12-string double-neck and the Danelectro. You can barely tell he is playing slide on "In My Time of Dying". Compare the IMTODs from the '75 boards to the '77 boards. Night and day...they sound like two completely different guitars. The same thing happens when you compare "The Song Remains the Same". True confession: I have never heard any of the audience tapes from Landover, save the brief patches used to fill in gaps on the soundboards. They never seem to be at the swaps and nobody has uploaded them on YouTube. It's always the soundboards. All that said, it really matters not a whit to the people who were there. Unlike most soundboards, the sheer enthusiasm of the '77 Landover crowds shines through loud and clear. For whatever nitpicking we discern on the tapes 40 years later, the evidence is clear that the audience is having the time of their lives. They are enjoying the concert. That is what is important in the long run. Not what the soundboards sound like to us trainspotters in hindsight, or what bass rig Jonesy used or what notes were flubbed as Jimmy executed his electro-stagger jack-knife pirouette. No, the only important thing is that for three hours, Led Zeppelin gave Landover the night of their lives.
  4. I knew you were safe because, well because why in hell would you be at an Arianna Grande concert? 😜 But I was sickened and repulsed when I finally heard the news (I tend to employ a "news-blackout" when I'm on vacation). Manchester is your city so anything that happens there effects you, and heaven forbid one of your friends or younger relatives who are into that kind of pop music was there and caught in the destruction. How many chances do we give these hateful maniacs before going to a zero-tolerance policy? When are we going to stop giving billions of dollars to Saudi Arabia, who do a large share of fomenting this extreme brand of hateful Islam around the world and still have blood on their hands from 9/11.
  5. Part of my road trip involved taking the I-45 from Houston to Dallas. Alas, it was a day later on Monday. If it had been on the night of the Black Angels show I would have joined you in the front row.
  6. Same here. But my freezer is empty. So what's the worst-sounding tape you have polished up, Nutrocker?
  7. Sorry Bozoso73, I have been on a road trip for the past week with unreliable wifi and pretty much away from this forum. But as you can see, duckman answered even better than I could have. Good job, duckman. I knew there were two Scorpios but had no idea about a third more recent one doing EVSD knockoffs. I'll be wary of those if I see them at the swaps.
  8. Ummm...the date on the picture is July 17, 2017. Definitely my preference, too, Sue. Or Pontiac '77 video. No matter how greatly improved the video image on a Kingdome release, it's not a show that I would want to watch regularly, whereas Pontiac is such a show.
  9. And Jimmy will still edit the life and fun out of it by removing all the Plantations and his banter with the band and the audience...not to mention the extraordinary encores. What really needs to see a stand-alone audio CD and vinyl release is the 1970 Jimmy Page Birthday Show at Royal Albert Hall. It's not always convenient to stick the dvd in when I want to listen to that concert. How the West Was Won? Ehh, when I desire to listen to that 6.25.72 show my instinct is to put on the bootleg "Burn That Candle". I have rarely played HTWWW lately. Right now I am listening to the audience recording of Earls Court May 18, 1975 and it strikes me as a more enjoyable and lively-sounding recording than the congested pro-mix of HTWWW.
  10. Now that I am back in the land of dependable cellphone reception, your report on your first Black Angels concert was my first priority, Dave. I am pleased, and not in the least surprised, that they blew you away. I have witnessed their live magic for years and have been telling people to get on board with this band before it's too late. Holy hell! THAT set list rules! I couldn't have drawn it up any better myself. I love how they still find room for early nuggets such as "Sniper at the Gates of Heaven" and "Black Grease". Man, I'm really drooling for their October show now.
  11. I didn't forget you. It's just that PC is more ritualistic about posting Rush songs in the "What Are You Listening To At This Moment?" thread.
  12. Not a good day to be in Phoenix. Crikey, it's over 100° here!
  13. Oy vey.
  14. Good for him and Chris, I suppose. But I've got a bottle of Dom Perignon champagne that I've been saving for a special occasion and I swear I won't open it until Jimmy announces news that he is releasing music that has actually been recorded in the 21st century...preferably after 2010.