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John M

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  1. The brief guitar string bending intro to Heartbreaker in 1970, as at Royal Albert Hall January 9.
  2. One of my favorite Steppenwolf tracks. Never got the airplay it deserved.
  3. As with every Zeppelin album, Presence has a mix perfectly suited to the material. Every Zep album is very different in music and sound. They are all superb. Presence blew me away when it was released (I was 16 going on 17) and it still does. So intense in every way. I can still recall the first time I dropped the needle on Achilles and thinking "how are they going to play this live? Will they ever play it live?" The mix and sound of Achilles are very different from Hots On, Nobody's Fault, and For Your Life. All absolute monsters. And as noted above, Tea for One has a wonderful hazy sound. It always reminds me of a hot, humid summer.
  4. superb! Thanks for sharing.
  5. What confuses me is that on Jimmy's website he lists the last Yardbirds US date as Nov 1967 and the last ever date as in March 1968.
  6. You have seen this footage?
  7. Another Tribe Tin Pan Valley The Enchanter Let the Four Winds Blow Mighty Rearranger If I can add a sixth it would be Takamba Mighty Rearranger is by far my favorite Plant album.
  8. I wish we had audio and video like this from Zeppelin at Montreux Casino.
  9. Dig the bass solo.
  10. From the 1977 tour Plant's intro to the drum solo with the echo effects - "Over the top, top, top, top !!!" The new ending to Rock and Roll.
  11. I have been thinking about this. My first thought was instantly June 21, 1977. Then I thought, that is too obvious, I should go back and think this through. I listened to alot of other great choices listed above, but I came back to June 21, 1977. It is the ultimate combination of a song perfectly suited to being an opener, a thrilling, thundering, effervescent, electrifying version of that song, an incredibly lively recording, and an audience going out of their minds. Why is it the perfect opening song? First, it was originally called "The Overture". It starts with a big, bold, single ringing guitar chord all by itself. As the chord repeats in a rapid chiming pattern a thunderous rhythm section enters in single bold blasts, then the bass and drums break free for their own incredible driving, powerhouse onslaught with guitar chords over the top. The drumming picks up speed and then the guitar takes center stage with faster chords as the bass and drums blast away, driving relentlessly. Guitar skips and glides, dancing and swirling, leading up to a dramatic pause, opening space and letting the song breathe as the crowd goes even more bonkers than they were during the initial blast. The band has arrived as the vocals make a very dramatic and effective entrance, delivering a message of just what the song is all about. Absolute perfection as an opener. Then we are off to the races again with guitar, bass and drums. Some of the more intricate and delicate guitar lines were not as clean as versions from 1973, but at this point it does not matter. This is the perfect way to open a show. An overwhelming display of positive energy, exuberant joy, and sheer musicianship. I doubt it will ever be equaled as an opening moment to a concert.
  12. You said it very well. I think anything live by the Dead 1967 - 1977 puts them near the top. Check out the 1977 tour. First rate. Fire on the Mountain was the best jam that year, but many others were superb, and what a set of songs that tour! I first saw them in 78. They were still great, but after they lost Keith and Donna they took a step backwards and were never the same. Yeah, the 80s shows were fun and all but not at the level of the 60s and 70s shows. I think the Allman Brothers up through 1973 were absolutely amazing as a live band, as was Santana up through about the same period. Yes was a fantastic live band until they broke up after the Tormato tour of 1978-79. And of course there was Pink Floyd. They "jammed" in their own way, they were very dynamic, and they played songs sometimes two albums ahead. For example they played songs from Animals in their summer 1975 tour, before Wish You Were Here was even released. To get a sense of them live check out the live disc of Umma Gumma and the Pompei video. I would also mention the Black Crowes. I saw them many times and saw only one less than stellar show. They could jam.
  13. Led Zeppelin II, fall 1971, I was in the 7th grade. A friend's older brother had it - that is how I first heard it. Up to then I was listening to my older brother's albums - the Beatles, the Stones, Hendrix, Cream, Creedence, CSNY Four Way Street, and the radio. I must have heard WLL on the radio but I will never forget the day I listened to the entire second album. It sounded like nothing else I had ever heard.