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Jimmy's Dragon Suit

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  • Birthday 12/30/1976

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    Page, JPJ, Bonzo, Vinyl, Vintage Audio, Chicks.

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  1. I saw one Led Zeppelin tribute band in the late 90's... I believe the band is called No Quarter and they are based in Milwaukee. They were good but I could not get into the music. They took a little break/intermission so I bolted to my car and left listening to some of the 2nd show from Mannheim 1980 toking a a fat spliff which made me feel a whole lot better. One day, My Dad suggested we check this cool band he discovered on Facebook called Led Zeppelin 2... obviously another Zep tribute band that had no affect on me whatsoever. He plays a promo video for their upcoming appearance at Rosemont theater (how the fuck they can play a venue that big for a cover band is beyond me) and he is telling me how cool it would be to see these guys and they we should go together. I immediately flashed back to my experience to my one and only admission to a Zep tribute act and cringed at my split-second of reliving the whole thing. I never ever seen any tribute band since and while it may be fun to play Zep songs live in front of an audience, Zeppelin should charge some insane licensing fee to cover bands playing their songs so eventually the band could not afford to play them live ever again.
  2. Everytime I listen to Darlene, I focus on Bonham. He's the reason why I enjoy the track.
  3. The Earl's Court shows are great but I am always compelled to listen to the US shows from 75. There is a certain magic in those US shows that wasn't quite captured in Earl's Court.
  4. We all have problems. I just thought a better way for you to alleviate your stress from the election would be to "wank off" to a bro mold Michelle.
  5. Or you could "wank off" to the current first lady who has more dude like qualities than the current President.
  6. My favorite live version.
  7. I was just listening to the 3/25/75 first show in LA on Saturday night and Jimmy's playing on No Quarter is so fast and fluid it has flashes of his form from the March 1973 European tour. Your top 10 is very similar to mine. The No Quarter from 3/25 is neck-and-neck with the 3/21 Seattle spectacle.
  8. Presence is my favorite album of all-time and so it's possible for me to leave that song out of my mental playlist.
  9. WOW! I am blown away by the number of people that skip the live versions of In My Time of Dying. Bonzo and JPJ are getting down with their bad selves! So fucking funky!
  10. All the New York 77 shows are imperative.
  11. Lately, I have been on a 1975 West Coast kick and JPJ is astonishing in his attack and dexterity. His thunderous playing out rattles "The Ox" at times. I think its the tone he gets from that 1962 Fender Jazz. Damn! I wish he never retired that bass. Also some of the funky shuffling he pulls out of his ass on "In My Time of Dying" captivates me to a full hypnotic trip to where if a bullet would strike me through the heart, I don't think I could feel a thing and my soul would stick it out until JPJ stops playing. I can't get enough of that shit!. I can go on with his thick funky grooves and his fluid jazzy overtones that he injects in "The Song Remains the Same, Dazed and so on... I think Jaco Pastorius was taking notes.
  12. I remember buying HTWWW and excited to hear a '72 soundboard of a legendary show. I couldn't even get passed the first two songs it sounded so compressed to hell. I still listen and enjoy the audience recordings. Re-release HTWWW on vinyl with no edits or cuts.
  13. I was just listening to that show this weekend trying to visualize what the concert was like. Thanks. I can't believe I never seen this footage before. Great fucking show!
  14. The preferred pressing plants are Monarch's (MO), Presswell (PR) and Specialty (SP). Some of the Columbia (CTH and CP) pressed albums used an inferior copy of masters or it had to do with the formulation of the vinyl itself. I had a LZ II Ludwig that was pressed at CTH and to my ears sounded outstanding but I have heard other albums pressed at Columbia that were so-so. I'll give you the lowdown of the rest. Houses of the Holy - 1st US press with Sterling stamped in the deadwax on both sides sounds pretty good just difficult to find one without surface noise. 1st UK press A2/B2 matrices with Sterling stamped in the deadwax on both sides is better sounding than the US but... there is another UK 1st press that was manufactured in Ireland. It has the A1/B1 matrices and was mastered by George Peckham ("Porky" and "Pecko" etched on both sides). That one is very hard to get and to find reasonably priced. That one will blow all the pressings away. Peckham got JPJ's bass to sound like it should on that pressing and it has all the instruments coming out on attack. Stay away from the Classic Records pressings. Physical Graffiti - The US and UK pressings have both their strengths and weaknesses that if you picked either one, you would be satisfied. For the US, the Monarch, Presswell and Specialty all sound great. For the UK, A1/B4/C1/D1 matrices is the preferred pressing but will cost you some bones. A lot of people prefer the Classic Records 200g pressing. I heard the 200g and thought it sounded uneven. Kind of like the instruments were tame for one minute and then suddenly in your face the next. It could of been a faulty pressing. Presence - My favorite record. I have a US Monarch, a UK 1st press A1/B1 matrices and the Classic Records 200g pressing. I recommend either one but if I had to pick, I really like the UK and the 200g so I can't decide between the two. If you have a decent system, this record will rattle your walls. In Through the Outdoor - Not a great sounding record to begin with but there are pressings that present better detail and separation. The US and the UK pressings both sound the same but I don't listen to them to anymore. The Classic Records 200g is the superior pressing. Better mastering and vinyl. Also, the instruments sound like they are given more space to move around creating a better listening experience. This one will cost you north of $100. Surprisingly, the Canadian is my go pressing (sounds just like the Classic) and can be had for a lot cheaper. Coda - Uhhhh... I don't think it matters which one you get. I never liked the way it was mastered to begin with. Please note I have not heard the reissues from 2014 and 2015. From what I read, LZ II, III, ITTOD and Coda are the highest rated albums from the reissue campaign so take it for what it's worth. Those reissues I mentioned I would love to get just for the bonus tracks alone but I have so many LZ records, the studio reissues would take up space and I would never listen to them. In my opinion, the original pressings (outside some of the Classic Records pressings) cannot be beat.
  15. I have at least 4 or 5 different pressing of each of the LZ studio albums (UK, US, Canadian, Classic Records you name it!) I wanted to find the best sounding Zeppelin albums because I was not satisfied with the CD's. I love going through the Hoffman forums. There is so much info on various pressings of Zeppelin and many other band's albums I get lost in the whole madness of it all. I will give you my two cents on the best LZ pressings: LZ I - Mid 70's George Piros US repress with ST-A6814616CC in the deadwax on both sides. Also the Classic Records 180g or 200g is phenomenal. The UK 1st press (A1/B1) is pricey and it sounds great, but the ones I just mentioned are far better. LZ II - US 1st pressings mastered by Robert Ludwig (RL with tiny ss etched in deadwax). Very pricey and very difficult to find in great condition but even a crappy copy will sound good because it was cut so loud it can overpower any crackle or pops. UK 1st press A2/B2 matrices. Pricey as a Ludwig and sounds very similar but since you live in the US the Ludwig will be easier to find. The MFSL pressing is great too with lots of detail but has less balls. The Canadian red label with T.G in the deadwax is great too and cheaper than a Ludwig. The 75 US repress mastered by Piros is another athat sounds great and cheaper! Stay away from the Classic Records pressings. LZ III - US 1st press with Mastercraft and "Do What Thou Wilt" on side A and "So Mote Be It" on side B etched in the deadwax with "MO" initials (Monarch pressing plant) after the catalog number at the bottom of the label. Sounds great but it's hard to find a pressing without crackle; even a mint pressing. UK 1st press A5/B5 matrices with same quotes in the deadwax. Very pricey but sounds best to my ears. Canadian red label with T.G in the deadwax. Reasonably priced and a sounds a lot better than a US press. Great bass and detail! Classic Records 200g sounds great but its very bright especially played on my tube amp. LZ IV - UK 1st press George Peckham ("Porky" and "Pecko" in etched in deadwax) mastered with either A3/B3 or A3/B4 matrices. They both sound identical so it doesn't matter. Pricey and hard to find without inner groove distortion on Stairway and Levee but man once you find a decent copy it cannot be topped. Any of Peckham US mastered pressings vary in sound quality from pressing plant but there are subtle differences between a 1st press and any repressing so it will be easier find a cheaper and good sounding copy. Haven't heard the Classic Records pressings. Stay away from any US press that doesn't have "Porky" and Pecko" in the deadwax. That's only the first four albums without going into too much detail just to give you an idea. If you want, I can give my opinions on the rest.