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Balthazor

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  1. I prefer TSRTS 1987 CD release

    I got the Heywood version, but I don't think I've ever actually listened to it. I made my own version with Dazed, No Quarter and Celebration Day (and maybe another, not quite sure) from the original and the rest from the 2007 version. I boosted the volume on the original tracks a bit so they match the 2007 versions better. One of these days I'll actually listen to the Heywood one, but I always preferred the original Dazed and Confused because that's what I'm used to hearing, so any of the more complete versions just sound wrong to me.
  2. Take of the Fruit but Guard the Seed

    I have a completely different interpretation of those lines. "How keen the storied hunter's eye prevails upon the land to seek the unsuspecting and the weak" I think the "storied hunter" here is a reference to the Wild Hunt of Celtic mythology. The huntsman of the wild hunt was in many respects similar to the grim reaper. I think this line is a reference to Karac, he being the "unsuspecting and weak" that the huntsman apparently sought. "And powerless the fabled sat, too smug to lift a hand toward the foe that threatened from the deep" I think the "fabled" does refer to Page, but I think it's a comment towards Page's apparent lack of response or concern regarding Karac's death. The "foe" in this line could be another reference to the hunter i.e. death, or I like to see it as Plant's sadness and depression welling up from deep inside, and that Page did little to offer any condolence or comfort. But I'm not rock solid on that one.
  3. John Bonham's Model-T hot rod pics

    I found this article today about the Model T http://www.antimusic.com/news/17/June/12Piece_Of_Led_Zeppelin_History_Being_Sold_Online.shtml
  4. New EV DVD collection

    One more thing I would add is that I've seen several videos now where this set has more complete versions of the video than I've seen online. Examples are the video of Page playing skiffle in 1958, it's longer than any other version I've seen, and includes two songs. Another is the interview with Page and Plant in New York 1970. It's more complete than other versions I've seen. I figured I'd mention that as another plus to this set.
  5. New EV DVD collection

    Indeed, for me anyhow, having everything in one nice package is worth spending some money for. It's really too bad it has to be a bootleg enterprise like EV to put something like this out, and not the band itself.
  6. How did led Zeppelin change music?

    I think the Beatles "boy band" thing is all about the notion that their early fan base seemed to be squealing teenage girls who were almost undoubtedly more interested in the Beatles as personalities than in the music they created. I wouldn't try to make a direct comparison between the Beatles and, say, the Backstreet Boys, for any number of a million obvious reasons, some of which have already been mentioned. But there's no denying that the Beatles appeal to throngs of squealing teenage girls was no different than the appeal of the Backstreet Boys to their throngs of squealing teenage girls. The fact that the Beatles were talented musicians and songwriters was almost irrelevant to that equation, but was certainly relevant to the ability of the Beatles to outgrow and outlive their "boy band" phase and become recognized for their musical talents and accomplishments, something which can't be said for the Backstreet Boys or any of the other cookie-cutter boy bands that keep infecting the pop music scene.
  7. Good music can get you out of a ticket...

    One night over two decades ago I got out of a possible DUI thanks to NWA. A friend and I were leaving the bar one night, but instead of doing the smart thing and heading straight home, we decided to drive over to the 24 hour store to get a frozen pizza. We had been drinking all night, and I was probably well over the legal limit, but this was 1990 or 91 and nobody really cared much about drunk driving at that time. Anyhow, we came to a red light and there was a cop car sitting there. This was summer, so everyone had their windows open. Being an idiot, I apparently started yelling obscenities at this police car, which I honestly don't remember doing. The cop pulled us over and started giving me grief about the things I'd yelled at him, and I argued and insisted that I hadn't yelled anything (because I had no memory of yelling anything). Then my friend, who was usually good at getting me into trouble not out of it, leaned over and told the cop that I had been singing along to the NWA song "Fuck the Police", and turned on the CD player to demonstrate. We had been listening to that song prior to going into the bar, so sure enough "Fuck the Police" was playing. The cop grumbled a bit but let us go.
  8. New EV DVD collection

    Don't get me wrong, what's here is awesome, and well worth the cost to get such high quality clips, at least compared to the YouTube rips on The Film Archive. I'm not sure how EVSD promoted this set, but everywhere I've seen it listed, it says "all known footage," and that's clearly not the case. It's not so much a complaint about this set, that it lacks the Seattle and Earls Court stuff, but more a complaint about a missed opportunity. This could so easily have been as set that had all known footage, but instead it's all known footage minus this and this and that. I mean, I'd love to tell my friends "hey, I got this awesome Zeppelin DVD set that has all known footage of the band!" But instead I have to say "hey, I got this awesome Zeppelin DVD set that has all known footage of the band...minus several complete concerts." Just doesn't have the same ring to it. You're right about the 6/21/77, I was thinking of the footage that plays during one of the menus on the official DVD, since it includes audio from the 21st. But apparently the footage itself is not from the 21st, it looks like the footage is from 5/18/77, so my mistake there. Which I'm actually happy about, it's nice to find out that something I thought was missing isn't missing. But that could be the next thing EVSD does, take this set, add a few more disks with the the Seattle show, the Earl's Court shows, etc. and charge an extra $100 for the Extra Special Truly Complete Collection. I haven't gotten to the bonus disk with the Yardbirds stuff, I'll probably throw that one in tonight.
  9. Led Zeppelin and the Plagiarism Charges

    It's a complicated issue that the "haters" sift down to simply "they're thieves!!!" But really, where does one draw the line between inspiration and plagiarism? Between homage and plagiarism? For starters, copyright as it's perceived and applied these days is ridiculous. If today's standards for what constitutes plagiarism were in effect throughout history, music would have literally amounted to nothing more than one caveman banging on a drum, because the second caveman who tried banging on a drum would've been sued for plagiarism. The very existence of music today is based on thousands of years of people taking what had been done before them and evolving it into something new. It's absurd that the standard today, as shown by both the "Stairway to Heaven" and the "Blurred Lines" cases, appears to be "your song sounds kinda sorta similar to my song!!!" Which, again, is a ridiculous standard. That aside, I don't think Zeppelin ever really tried to steal other people's music and pass it off as their own. I mean, for example, are we really supposed to believe that Zeppelin figured nobody would notice that "The Lemon Song" is "Killing Floor?" Everyone did covers of "Killing Floor." It's not like people weren't familiar with the song. It would be like someone playing "Back in Black" and trying to claim it's their own. Nobody's that stupid. Besides that, it's not as if Plant wasn't out there introducing these songs with a sometimes lengthy history lesson on them. If they were trying to hide the fact that these were other people's songs, they did a horrible job of it. The issue, in most of these cases, is with their lack of proper crediting. Which I'm going to guess probably had more to do with Grant than with the band itself, though I could be wrong there. Either way, the lack of proper credit was an issue. But you know what, that's all been resolved. Decades ago. The people who should have been credited have been credited. The people who should have been paid have been paid. That people still bellyache about it says more about them than it does about Led Zeppelin. Mostly that they're just jealous fanboys of some other band, upset that their favorite band wasn't as good or as successful as Zeppelin. They were big and successful and that makes them a target. You never hear anyone whining about Small Faces ripping off Willie Dixon for "You Need Love," but the torches and pitchforks come out over "Whole Lotta Love." And as far as ripping off the blues is concerned, I still contend that these blues musicians would have slipped into total obscurity were it not for Zeppelin and others using their stuff. I think Willie Dixon would have sold far, far fewer records had it not been for Zeppelin and others exposing that material to new audiences. I'd bet that if you took a poll asking "Who is Robert Johnson" probably 99% of respondents would say "hey, isn't that the blues guy that Zeppelin ripped off?" Without Zeppelin, probably the same number of people would respond "is that a porn star? Kinda sounds like a porn star."
  10. New EV DVD collection

    I got this in the mail yesterday, and so far I am impressed. I haven't watched it all, I just skimmed through a few of the disks, but the video quality is the best I've seen. Way better than "The Film Archive." While much of this material I've already seen in one form or another, I've been surprised at the number of things I haven't seen before. But it's definitely not YouTube rips, much to my delight. The packaging is nice, I love the picture on the box, very cool. So far I have only a couple complaints. First, the list of content, which was posted above, doesn't actually fit into the box. It's a minor thing, but still, how hard would it have been for them to make the list fit into the box. Also, I don't believe the list is accurate. I'm not certain of it, it could have just been me being confused, but I swear there were times when the list said I was watching something that I clearly wasn't. Unless there actually is a city called Vancouver in Iceland. But again, I could have just been mixed up about which video I was on. The only other complaint is not really about what is here but rather what is missing. For it to be a truly all-inclusive set, it should have had all of the Seattle '77 show, and the two Earl's Court videos that are out there. Plus there are some other clips that appear to be missing, such as the audience footage of 6/21/77. While it may be the most complete collection to date, it isn't complete. But what is there is as high a quality as you're going to find, so I'm still pleased with it.
  11. How did led Zeppelin change music?

    I agree. It reminds me of a quote from the booklet of a Yardbirds compilation I have: "Depending on your perspective, the Yardbirds were either a footnote in the history of Led Zeppelin and the careers of three superstar guitarists, or one of the most important bands of the 1960's, second only to the Beatles and the Rolling Stones."
  12. Did They Paint Themselves Into A Corner?

    I don't know, drum solos seemed to still be a thing well into the 80's hair band days.
  13. Survey: What are the 5 greatest guitarists and drummers?

    In no particular order... Guitarists: Jimmy Page Dave Mustaine Devin Townsend Mikael Akerfeldt/Peter Lindgren - maybe it's cheating to sneak two in, but I don't know offhand who plays what solo, I just know I love their work together. Jack White Drummers: John Bonham Keith Moon Dave Lombardo Martin Lopez Bill Ward Edit: I suppose these are more my favorites than who I consider the greatest.
  14. I have nothing really to add, but it's just that what you've said here can't be said enough. WTF were they thinking?
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