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  1. living loving wreck on remastered vinyl led zeppelin 2

    I don't have the standalone vinyl, only the Super Deluxe box. I just checked mine, and it says "Maid" not "Wreck" on the label of both the original album and the companion disc. That's very interesting! Perhaps they did it intentionally as an Easter Egg on a few copies. Are you 100% sure you don't have a bootleg/unofficial copy? I know Russian pressings of the reissues are all over the place and they have some small variations from the true official pressings. If you could post the runout matrix info scratched into the runout groove of your LP, that would help. Thanks!
  2. Jimmy Page interviews,2018.

    I would love a full-length Earls Court audio release, and aside from Japan '71, Earls Court would be #1 on my wish list for full-length concert releases later this year. However, I am wondering how folks are getting Earls Court from Page's comments - "it's so different to all the other things that are out there. It's another view..." - doesn't that describe Japan, or Southampton, far more accurately than Earls Court?
  3. 1979: Copenhagen v Knebworth

    They were multi tracked - that’s what appears on the LZ DVD. But as far as I know, the multis never leaked; all bootleg versions are from soundboard sources only.
  4. 1979: Copenhagen v Knebworth

    Since I made my quoted-above comment in 2014, I realized that the horrid clackety-clack isn't anything to do with Bonham's kit. It's the dreaded upper registers of Jones' Alembic bass, which also sounds awful on all the '77 tapes. On a more positive note, the other change since 2014 is that a fan remaster of this great 7/24/79 show popped up that is best of breed (it's called the pseudonym remaster FYI). It's quite tastefully done, not processed-sounding or overbaked, provides some much-needed presence to counter the excess reverb/distance, adds just the right amount of bass impact, and smooths out the mids and highs nicely (in the process somewhat reducing the Alembic clackety clack, and making the irritating nearby whistling fan's whistles a bit less piercing). I'd say this remaster finally brings the sound quality of the show closer to what folks have been claiming for it for years.

    I agree 100% as well - best that there was no reunion tour, reputation/legacy intact.
  6. Yeah, as you know very well, I don't subscribe to your take on this. So as long as we're both willing to be civil about it, we can agree to disagree, yes?
  7. What live song do you skip or endure?

    Missed this thread when it first started - it's an interesting one though. To each their own of course. But I'm a little surprised that In My Time of Dying even was mentioned, let alone the impetus for the entire thread. It's one of my very favorite Zep tracks, and on the available recordings the band plays it well most of the time - in fact, of all the longer tracks they played from '75 onwards, it might be the most consistently well-performed. As for which tracks I tend to skip, I must admit that I skip Moby Dick a lot, and often the Noise Solo too. Sometimes I also skip partway into the '77 versions of White Summer if Page is having an off night, although I don't skip it entirely because the final couple of minutes are a really cool intro to Achilles. And while some of those very long 1977 No Quarters are cool, a lot of them are... not so much. So I skip those if it's not a strong night for that song. I also tend to skip Kashmir, Hot Dog, and White Summer when listening to the 1980 shows, because they f*** up Kashmir with alarming frequency on that tour, and by my count Page nails the Hot Dog solo exactly once (6-21 Rotterdam), and White Summer exactly never, out of the 14 shows on that tour .
  8. I think Plant feels far more established and secure with himself now, post-Dreamland and particularly post-Raising Sand. So while he still will likely not participate much in the promotion of any Zep live releases, I think he doesn't feel the same need he did in the '80s and '90s to run away from his legacy with Zep, or to keep Zep stuff out of the marketplace. Having 45-50 year-old Zep shows come out while he's touring as a Grammy winning, R&R HOF'er, critical darling with a band he loves, in venues to his liking, and doing some Zep stuff in his setlists, likely is little more than a minor annoyance (if that) for him. But 30 years ago, Zep had been gone for less than 10 years, much of the rock world was still in a state of semi-insanity trying to fill the void left by Zep, and Plant was trying to promote Shaken n Stirred while refusing to play Zep songs at his shows. A live Zep collection then probably seemed like a torpedo shot right into the hull of his emerging solo career.
  9. Yes, "Welsh singer" is a pretty basic mistake, although probably a well-intentioned one: the famous Bron-Yr-Aur cottage trip with Page is always narrated as a return for Plant to place he had lived in and love in the past. There's also the mis-dating of the Bombay trip to '71 when those sessions took place in early '72. I imagine the writer simply took Plant's slightly off recollection as fact. But I still think it's a great little piece. I just love reading almost whatever Plant says. His interviews are a lot like his musical direction: He touches on the same general themes and circles back to certain things, but every interview is a bit different and he's always changing up what he focuses on and how he says stuff.
  10. That's very interesting, and I think it actually illustrates why 10 or so years' worth of chronological releases is not likely to be how Page/Zep does it. I say this because after the first 6 years filled with potentially amazing stuff, the final 7 years represent a massive fall-off: 3 of the 7 would have no release at all; 2 of the 7 (1977 and 1980) would have to rely (as far as we know) on soundboard sources that generally are not up to snuff sonically or performance-wise for official release; and 1 of the 7 (1979) likely has available in official-release sound quality relatively few quality song performances not already released on the DVD (and from the rumors already planned to be updated this year or soon after with a Blu-Ray version of the DVD). So for all years after 1973, that leaves only one year - '75 - with a significant number of unreleased live tracks, well-performed, available in official-release quality. To put it another way, if Page and the band were willing to dip into soundboard sources and release a bunch of shows as the Dead have done for years and as some other acts have more recently begun doing (Stones, The Who, etc.), then they wouldn't make it chronological by year, but rather would just roll out the best shows (combo of good performances and good sound quality). But I just don't see Zep doing that. So if they're not just going to throw a bunch of soundboards out there, then they don't have nearly enough stuff for 10 years. So I would not take Page's recent reference to 10 years' worth of releases literally, especially in light of Plant's recent comment in an interview that the 50th anniversary doesn't start until September, so there's still time for the surviving members to get together and talk about what to put out (meaning it's possible nothing has been agreed upon yet aside from maybe one or two releases in the pipeline for the beginning of the anniversary). So I would guess that we will see one year's worth of releases to commemorate the 50th anniversary year, from Sep 2018 to Sep 2019. If the 2014/15 reissue pattern holds, that would mean they'd do 1 to 3 releases per cycle, and one release cycle approximately every 4-5 months, for a total of 3 or 4 release cycles - meaning a minimum of 3 releases and a max of 12, with the most likely number being between 3 and 6 total releases. This is all rank speculation of course - I could be completely, comically wrong - and it certainly doesn't rule out sporadic releases later on, perhaps keyed to the 50th anniversary of the particular concert.
  11. Planet Rock interview: 50th celeb Page

    I'm content to let others judge our exchanges for themselves.
  12. Planet Rock interview: 50th celeb Page

    Sorry, but no. My comment above is based on an observation of what you've written here and how you've responded (and not responded) to others' expressions of their points of view. Anyone can review the thread for themselves and decide for themselves if my assessment of your recent comments seems right or wrong. Now if you want to see what a personal attack looks like, try this: "this forum is full of page apologists who are happy with anything he says or the substandard releases he puts out, and defend him to the hilt no matter what." That's what you wrote, and it was very clear that you were tarring several recent other commenters with a broad, nasty (and inaccurate) brush. If you want to be the "I tell the unvarnished truth and don't pull any punches" guy who equates rudeness with veracity, then expect to get a response when you make overgeneral, absolutist statements that take zero notice of what the people you're responding to actually have written. (As for the other thread you're referring to, I'll only note that I'd made a comment agreeing with someone else, and it was you who jumped back in to resume the argument, making the same kind of dismissive comment you'd already made repeatedly in the thread. Again, anyone can check out that thread ("Companion Discs Are Rubbish" thread) and see for themselves if I'm right or wrong.)
  13. Planet Rock interview: 50th celeb Page

    I agree with this, but I would say - and I am not criticizing you here - that it's not accurate to say this thread is deteriorating in general. Based on recent comments, it's basically just @Boleskinner, making his usual abrasive and absolutist comments. The only mistake others are making is in trying to respond to him with a type of courtesy and civility that is laudable but not what he's interested in. He has zero interest in reaching consensus with anyone or shifting his position in light of others' perspectives. I do think his comments have had a useful effect, which is that folks like you have been prompted to post thoughtful replies. But beyond that, it's best just to ignore the vitriol in his comments.
  14. Best FLAC to WAV converter for Mac?

    XLD, hands down: http://tmkk.undo.jp/xld/index_e.html https://sourceforge.net/projects/xld/ It's free, easy to use, and will convert pretty much any audio file format to any other audio file format. It also burns CDs, so you can just load up your FLAC files and burn them to CD from XLD without converting them to WAV (or anything else) first. XLD also can convert the files so you can put them in iTunes, and then burn them from there. (Though for iTunes you'll be better off converting them to Apple Lossless than to WAV - smaller file size, and better tagging/artwork functionality.) XLD also can rip CDs, and it can do so securely, guaranteeing 100% bit-accurate rips (or notifying you when there's an error), something iTunes cannot do. Hope this helps!