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  1. woz70

    Tower House

    Jimmy's not looking terribly steady on his legs, especially going up the stairs. This is not a man who is going to be appearing onstage again, I feel.
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    Learning to Play

    How much do you want to learn how to play? The hungrier you are to learn, the quicker you will learn! It all comes down to how much time and effort you put into it. Anyone, at any age, can learn to play. And the great thing is it's good for you. Learning an instrument has great positive cognitive benefits, helps hand-eye coordination and can be very relaxing too. Plus the sense of achievement you get when you are finally able to play something that felt impossible to start with is immense.
  3. He's done 'something to do with music' that isn't Led Zeppelin, or his dim and distant past. That's pretty incredible😉
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    Mic-ing every piece of a drumkit in the studio didn't really start happening until the late '70's. The early recordings would have had 3/4 mics max - this is why the room that the drums were recorded in was absolutely essential to the sound. The 3/4 mics would have been mixed in the studio (and processed by a series of compressors/limiters) to get the required sound, and sent to either 1 track (mono) or 2 tracks (possibly stereo, or to give you a little bit of room to play about with balance in mono). The Drum sound in Levee, for example, relies heavily on one single microphone dangling above a well tuned, brilliantly played drum kit in an obviously fabulous sounding room, and stuck through a great sounding compressor/limiter. This article gives a brief overview of some of these techniques which were made popular by Glyn Johns and still get used today with great results: https://www.recordingrevolution.com/the-glyn-johns-drum-recording-method/ As I said before, it's not the number of mics, or tracks, that determine the drum sound. It's how they're played and recorded - or in the case of Japan, premixed - before they get to tape. With some of the post-processing available today a great deal can still be done with a less-than-optimal pre-mix - again I point you at the Beatles Hollywood Bowl recordings, which George Martin thought were pretty much unusable back in 1964/5. If the Japan tapes were recorded too hot and distorted, then very much less can be done with them.
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    Absolute rubbish. Have you heard 'The Beatles at The Hollywood Bowl'? That's a Three track recording. The Drums on Led Zeppelin II (for example) are ALL on only two tracks. It's far from impossible to get a good drum sound with only two tracks, in fact some of the best ever recorded drum sounds have used only two tracks. It all depends on HOW they were recorded.
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    It Makes Me Wonder

    Dancing Days is played in an open tuning (DGBDGE I think, if memory serves) so it would have required either a re-tune or yet another guitar. Probably considered too much hassle for such a short song.
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    Trivia On Led Zeppelin (31 Questions)

    The Kenneth Anger answer is definitely wrong. And.... there is an acoustic guitar on Presence. It's really difficult to hear, but if you listen very hard you can hear one strumming away in Candy Store Rock.
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    Page’s amp

    It's not Jimmy's, it's John Paul Jones's. It says so quite clearly in the description. Still, interesting to see how much people are trying to sell these things for.
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    What next? AGAIN

    You mean this: And you fell for it???? Wow. Those 'unpronounceable symbols' are Greek letters (it's kymeia 3 in the roman alphabet, which means 'chemistry 3' when translated from Greek to English). It was a blatant hoax, and I have to agree with original post on the topic - it was awful.
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    Why In Through The Out Door is a GREAT album

    True. But from the perspective of the buying public Let It Be was the final album of newly recorded music. I think Phil Spector's production set it aside from the rest of The Beatles' canon anyway.... but it was still the last album. Much as, like or loathe it, CODA was Zep's last album.
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    John Paul Jones @ the unveiling of The Adoration Trilogy

    Fixed that for you.
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    John Paul Jones @ the unveiling of The Adoration Trilogy

    He's only 2 years younger than Page, but looks at least a decade younger and is still out there playing amazingly well, being creative and obviously loving it.
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    What next? AGAIN

    There is one isolated drum track from the ITTOD sessions doing the rounds on YouTube etc. that doesn't fit with anything that's been released so far. But I agree - they won't touch it with a barge pole. If the song wasn't finished at the time, there must have been a pretty good reason - most likely it just wasn't up to snuff or one of them didn't like it enough to contribute. Free As A Bird was awful really. It was a nice idea, in that it got all three surviving Beatles to work together again briefly, but it didn't add anything to the existing catalogue and the sound quality of the demo (from cassette tape I think) was very poor.