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  1. duckman

    Bootlegs with prominent vocals

    Montreux (aud) and Vancouver (SB/FM), March 1970 both feature Robert 'up front'. Both classic early shows.
  2. duckman

    Dragon Telecaster Re-created

    Better...his new album is called Led Zeppelin L (50) with Chris Farlow and Paul Rogers on vocals, Pino Palladino on Bass, Kenny Jones on drums and Rick Wakeman on keyboards. Release date January 2019😉
  3. I don't know if this is the right forum, and being an avid Zep head since 1972, I read quite some books, magazines and fanzines on them. One blind spot remains: Robert's parents. I've seen pics of Jimmy's dad and found his attendance at Knebworth pretty cool. But what about Robert's parents? ...he grew up in a middle class family and they put their high hopes for Robert Anthony to work as a chartered accountant (H.Mylett's first book). That's about it...no photo's, no info on siblings or other tidbits. Anyone? thanks in advance
  4. Thanks a lot, fellow Zep Heads. 🖖
  5. duckman

    Can you list your top 10 LZ songs, in no particular order?

    Good Times Bad Times How Many More Times Whole Lotta Love Heartbreaker Immigrant Song Hey Hey What Can I Do When the Levee Breaks Kashmir Wanton Song No Quarter (Live TSRTS 1976 version)
  6. duckman

    Luis Rey 50th Anniversary Book

    I've visited the Abbotsfordbooks website and tried to contact them via e mail, but to no avail. The e mail adress on that website is not working.
  7. duckman

    Definitive Blueberry Hill

    howde Neil! Brannon (BootLedz) has done a scholarly research on all available sources. I prefer to keep it simple: the old mono source referred to as Blimp/TMOQ. Until 1990 this was the most common and popular version thanks to the Neutral Zone volumes (and the European clones). The (real) stereo version is commonly referred to as the Cobla source (is in fact an amalgam of at least two different tapes) The 'fake' stereo is called Rubber Dubber (issued as a rubber stamped double LP in 1970 the remaining sources have been released after these three and are IMHO slightly inferior sources aimed at completists. Personally I prefer the stereo tape(s), but I know there are a lot of fans of the 'classic' mono version. Releases from the past five years are mostly culled together from more than two source tapes. So it becomes a bit of a gamble to pick the right one.
  8. duckman

    Definitive Blueberry Hill

    Just my two pence, but the Eat a peach was mainly the mono source, I've been told. Golden Eggs is clearly based on the two stereo sources
  9. Fresh on Bootledz, Eelgrass 929 HTEWWW has gaps between the tracks. Missed opportunity, if you ask me. Possibly a result of their incredibly fast reaction, two weeks ago?
  10. I do hope you're wrong. Selecting artwork isn't his prime concern. The designs for HTWWW, Mothership and Celebration Day IMHO were all less than overwhelming compared to the original LZ album art. A pity, but alas. The remaining multitracks have already being transferred to digital, cleaned up and mixed prior to the release of DVD/HTWWW ,.. Cherry picking from the Japan 71, Earl's Court or even Knebworth multi's is not a gargantuan task. So there's no excuse whatsoever to put out either a live compilation (HTEWW, Earl's Court,...) or a live anthology (RAH up to Knebworth) as an anniversary release. The Live LZ experience is something els. I think it will be more 'warts and all' streaming service aimed at fans an casual listeners But the band is still in need of a definitive Live album. Just my pennies worth
  11. John Paul Jones played a lot on his Fender V bass during the US 73 shows. Ever since 1968 he was always very loyal to his trusted Fender Jazz (and occasionally the fifties P-bass and his fretless Precision), so why on earth did he switch to -as he later referred to it- 'the ugly dog' ? The concept behind it was OK (allowing the bass player to reach higher notes without moving up and down on the fretboard), but the execution was terrible. A bastard Mustang/ P bass body and a 15 fret neck 😣 Any bassist around here know the reason why? On live tapes this axe produces a 'Kloing Kloing' sound whereas the J has a much more articulate foundation.
  12. duckman

    Guilty Pleasures

    Enlighten me, John...what or who is GWAR?
  13. Ah the new Zep book will reveal the Fender V mystery...At last. 😀 Amazon shipped my copy yesterday. Expected day of delivery, next Tuesday (together with Dave Lewis' Evenings with Led Zeppelin)
  14. These uncanny and violent illustrations for the Houses of The Holy campaign, where did they come from?
  15. thanks, but what I really wanted to know whether these engravings where specially made for the Houses of the Holy campaign? Seems unlikely
  16. duckman

    Guilty Pleasures

    The Carpenters, I'm afraid. My mom loved them dearly and in the seventies I secretly snugged away her triple gatefold album 'Now and Then' to my room from time time to time. Imagine a young brat full of testosterone listening to an album with MOR pop adorned with a 'weird' cover (airbrushed painting with brother and sister Carpenter driving along in a Ferrari). What a devistating view for my adolescent friends to catch me in such a hazardous position. 😡
  17. it's also on Royal Orleans .A remarkable labour of love. LedSox specifically wishes to praise Winstons contribution (remastering the old stereo source from the best possible sources). I hope someone takes this project a step further and matrix the mono SB with the multitrack dub. Especially the tracks which are complete on both tapes. That would yield a near perfect live album, I think.😛
  18. duckman

    Best Live Bass Solo

    Jonesy wasn't quite prepared for this platform... as much as I dig his bass work, this impromptu solo does not come off that well. Tempo is off and he fails to get into his signature groove; don't get me wrong the solo doesn't irritate me (the BB Hill Organ solo DOES!), but I'd rather recommend his amazing fretwork during Heartbreaker from Berkeley 14 sept.... the closest he got into the John Entwistle 'OX' territory.
  19. After ordering my copy last weekend, Empress Valley's Geisha 2CD HTEWW box was delivered at my doorstep Friday morning... and honestly I can't get over it. Through the years I have listened to dozens of versions of the last Osaka 71 show. The infamous 1974 TAKRL Cellar-full of Noise album, Wild Side (on Toasted Condor CD..."oh, they played 'Friends?") in 1990, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes (Mud Dogs), Fatally Wanderer (Wendy) and Live in Japan (6 CD Wendy). These sets transported me to the stage of Osaka Festival Hall (I can hum it, dream it while awake). But this new potent, punchy and well balanced, mono live album grabbed me by the crutch. The flow is just incredible. Completing this 2CD set with the previously released singles and 'Whole lotta love' (Please, can we have it for X mas , EV?), Celebration Day and Tangerine, will generate the best ever Live album ever. Period. Matrix'ng with the stereo source would yield an even more better representation. (Oh yeah, and the Geisha artwork is spot on.... although I would baptize this Live Album 'Bless your Socks' 🖖)
  20. Good post, Porgie...and a positive one (what a relief!) Compiling a kind of matrix is a real challenge, considering the slight speed variations between the old 'multitrack dub' and the mono SB, but once finished it should turn out very enjoyable with all the chatter and hall ambience installed (in yummy stereo)
  21. ...and they included not only Stairway and Friends, but added the 928 SB Black Dog as a bonus. guess this one will sell like hot biscuits
  22. It seems to me that the SBs from the last decade and a half are pretty exclusive to Empress. And it has been said before, there's someone asking hard cash for these gems. The first glut of SB Revolution releases came out in a time the silver market was still alive and kicking. They could release a nice 3CD aimed at the collector in a digi-pack or a 'XRCD' type hardbound book/folder at 150 USD and everybody was oK (except those who had trouble with their EQ settings). With the decline of the silver market they had to redirect their business strategy. So the initial Deus Ex Machina releases were already combining AUD or other SB tapes with the new Seattle board to justify a higher price setting, before selling 'plain jane' jewel case sets. The Osaka board -which would turn out to be even more expensive-, 'forces' EV to get in to even more bizarre territory....spreading the source over individual singles, 2 CD sets and whatever. There is more. But when the anniversary hype is over, the most diehard 929 collector has invested 400 or 600 bucks. For Empress the only way to recoup their investment, I'm afraid. Just my sentiments, shoot whoever has different ideas.🖖
  23. and ? no cuts on the usual suspects Dazed , Moby Dick? (sorry, too fast)...on the Royal Orleans' track listing only Moby dick suffers from a cut...NICE!
  24. Hi Moby, I was confused as well since two websites mixed up these two versions...;Niwa from Air raid confirmed me the casual one with Robert and the 'geisha' girls is the most expensive one (5CD) and the Woodblock print cover is the Geisha 2CD. So I'm afraid Paul/Pavel mixed things up. (The Yahoo auctions URL doesn't seem to work BTW)