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John M

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  1. Presence Success

    Strider - great point about Aerosmith's "Rocks". Where I was that album was huge - blasted at every party and in every car, along with Boston (debut album summer 76 I think?), and of course the omnipresent Frampton Comes Alive which was EVERYWHERE 24/7. And of course there was also Skynyrd which everyone was suddenly listening too with the release of their live album. I can recall trying to get people to play Presence at parties (I know, it seems silly to play Presence at a feel good high school party), but it was a steady diet that year of Rocks, Boston, Live Skynryd, and Frampton live. Another release that hit big in my high schools was Kansas' Leftoverture in fall 1976. I also agree with your points about TSRTS LP. When that came out a lot of people who liked Zeppelin quickly forgot about Presence and got totally into that album. To hear Live Zep jamming, stretching out, playing some of the "hits" - and we had Black Dog in the movie. Can you imagine how big that album would have been if it had included all the songs it does in the remastered version?
  2. Presence Success

    Aside from Royal Orleans (very funny if you can get the lyrics and you know the story) and Candy Store Rock (one of their weakest tracks ever in my opinion), it is just so relentlessly intense. Most of it is gloomy, while Achilles points toward the light at times, but Achilles is so big and overwhelming. It is one of my favorite albums but for the casual fan it is just too much intensity. Hots on for Nowhere sounds a bit "fun" but the production is so heavy and brittle at the same time. I love it, one of my favorite tracks,and it has some of the best lyrics Plant ever wrote - but again, hard to follow, dense, obtuse, and not upbeat. I guess I agree with all the posts above about the combination of the sound, the instrumentation (almost no acoustic and no keyboards), and the lack of anything approaching a "popular hit". To me it is one of their best albums, and as the band have said it really captures a moment in time. Tea For One is so brutally intense, yet so hazy and druggy. Again, I love it but it is not for the more casual fan. The release of Ten Ribs and All shows they could have had the light and shade. That is an incredible track. With lyrics it could have been a great other side to the album. If they had left off Candy Store Rock and closed the album with a completed Ten Ribs, that would have been even better.
  3. favorite band (besides zeppelin)?

    Depending on my mood any of these could be my favorite band after Zeppelin. No particular order. I go through phases with all of these. Beatles Yardbirds (both the Beck and Page Yardbirds) Cream Yes Pink Floyd Jethro Tull Rush Black Crowes Renaissance (once Annie Haslam joined) Santana (really only the first three albums and live shows from that period) Allman Brothers (up through Brothers and Sisters) Going beyond bands, I also go through phases where my favorite music is Beethoven, Franz Liszt, Chopin, Prokofiev, or Rachmaninoff.
  4. I searched for a thread like this and did not find one. I found a thread on music your parents liked. What comments do you remember your parents making about Led Zeppelin? There is one I will never forget. I had just bought the original vinyl release of TSRTS soundtrack in fall 1976 and was blasting out the ending boogie part of Whole Lotta Love. My dad walked into my room and said "Who is this? That rhythm section is pretty good. The walking bass line - the oldest trick in the book."
  5. Holiday 2017

    I know it's corny but this is a fun holiday song. I like this live version from 2007 better than the 80s original studio version. Michael Sweet's voice got better with age. Check him out at 0:46 - 0:51. Merry Christmas to all.
  6. Yardbirds '68 out Nov 5th

    I don't think my copy has a fault - the only thing I hear is an obvious cut where Page cut out Relf saying "Nostalgia". It is the only really jarring or obvious cut that I can hear so far. Was the defect something else?
  7. Yardbirds '68 out Nov 5th

    Have listened to the live disc multiple times. The fog has finally been lifted. I compared it to my old vinyl Epic release copy. I can finally hear Dreja and McCarty properly and they are terrific. Relf is Relf but when he gets into it - it works ! And Page is a MONSTER all over this set. That Telecaster tone is fabulous. The leads are so clear and biting - the rhythm parts are full and so powerful. The whole things shimmers with life and energy. Often it is barely controlled chaos - dancing on the precipice as Jimmy used to say. It sounds so powerful and so immediate, like you are right there. I know there are better shows but the sound here is so good and the performance is plenty good. This release is a treasure. Looking forward to hearing the studio sketches next.
  8. New Orleans

    And stop by the Rib Room at the former Royal Orleans Hotel. I wonder if 10 Ribs and All is named after the Rib Room! The piano player has a brandy glass so you can pop a dollar in there as Plant used to say.
  9. New Orleans

    Try the Absinthe at this place which was apparently a haunt of Jimmy's. It is on Bourbon Street.
  10. One bit I really liked was when he was so enthusiastic describing how he wanted to learn everything he could about recording and producing while he was a session player. His love of sound comes through and his focus and intensity to key aspects of sound and recording are part of what set Zeppelin apart. I know he has talked about this at length before but it was great to see the fire and spark today when he spoke about it.
  11. Such a pity they never did this one on later tours. This would have been so great in a 1971 - 73 set, or even 1977 !
  12. Finally had time to listen to the whole thing. I was intrigued when he said, in response to the question about composing vs improvisation, he had just been listening to Dazed and Confused from January 1973 and how different it was July 1973. He was so positive talking about how they were so good they owed it to themselves to push it every night and do something special and different. It made me think - is he listening to live tapes for a forthcoming release? We can hope.
  13. Fantastic ! This recording really captures the bass and drums. It shows what a juggernaut the 1977 tour was. And Trampled is a great bonus.
  14. I like the new album more the more I listen to it. Interesting, creative, diverse, some great lyrics. Robert has a passion for creating new music in a variety of styles and approaches. At first I was not playing it loud enough, because it did not seen like "loud" music. But when I crank it up some of the tracks are really transformed, especially May Queen. So many great tracks. Hard to choose a single favorite track at this point. New World, May Queen, Carry Fire, and Bones of Saints are probably my top four at this point. I have not enjoyed a Plant album this much since Mighty Rearranger. I hope that the album is a success for Robert. He continues to show his adventurous spirit and his keen social/political commentary in songs like New World, Carving up the World Again, and Bones of Saints.
  15. What next? AGAIN

    Even if Plant wanted to do it there is no way he could sing most of the material. He made an incredible, Herculean effort to pull it off in 2007. It worked well enough and it was a great show, a fitting end. They all know that anything now would only tarnish the reputation unless it were all new music tailored to their current states. Another thing - after seeing and hearing Plant at the O2 show in 2007 it is clear that there was no way he could have done any more dates, even then. That was a once a year or every other year effort for him at that age.
  16. Live better than Studio

    I can think of one song that I much prefer in the studio version - Babe I'm Gonna Leave You - because the acoustic guitars and atmospheric production are such a key part of the track for me. It certainly was powerful live, but I really like the studio version better.
  17. What Are You Listening To At This Moment?

    That is Tony Kaye, the original keyboard player. He played on the first three albums. This is an amazing album, one of their best, and it does not have Wakeman. Steve Howe was new for this album, as Peter Banks had left. Banks was good but Howe fit in better with Squire and Anderson's vision.
  18. What Are You Listening To At This Moment?

    Composed in 1960, the inspiration for Keith Emerson's "Toccata" on Brain Salad Surgery. The story goes that Emerson met Ginastera and asked him what he thought of the ELP version. He responded "diabolique!" which Keith took as a compliment. Ginastera's original is amazing.
  19. The first time I ever heard Rush was when this album was released. A friend had just bought it. Fall 1976. The Song Remains the Same had just come out. Presence, Wired, and Rocks were still "new albums" from that spring. Leftoverture had just been released. Then I heard this and said "who is this???!!!". I had never even heard of Rush til that moment. From that moment I knew Rush was something special. I can still remember when that needle dropped on Bastille Day - "Won't you please welcome home - Rush!" Then Anthem - I was floored. Then the rest of this incredible album. It was quite a bit to take in.
  20. Current music recommendations

    Thanks for posting this! Fantastic stuff. I see on YouTube that they have a new album out in 2017 and it is also very good.
  21. Magpie Salute - Rich Robinson's new band with original Crowes guitarist Marc Ford.