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IpMan

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  1. Another great, underrated tune is Night Flight as it shows the band in such a different light. It also sports what is, IMO, the most difficult vocal performance of Plant's career. It is not just the register but how he phrases the lyrics which makes this song a real bitch to sing. He sings in what would be considered contralto which is actually more difficult to sing vs. soprano even though it is a wee bit lower. I am primarily a guitar player however I also sing and I just cannot nail this song even though I have no problem with Four Sticks or Immigrant Song. I get about halfway through and the vocal chords are just shred. I have asked REAL singers with serious range and they concur. This song is just an amazing and underrated Plant performance.
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    THANK YOU AUSTRALIA, FOR....

    I used to hang out in that bar back in my college days. Pretty sweet place for a gin-mill.
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    THANK YOU AUSTRALIA, FOR....

    Vegemite?
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    Source of Jimmy Picture (JP IN CAIRO)

    Yeah, funky heh. He was likely able to play the guitar much better from that position compared to his typical silly ass low slung posture. Sure, playing the guitar that high may look weird but you can sure as hell play it better from that angle. Jimmy should have struck a compromise and wore the guitar where most players do, midway between. I would love to hear Jimmy's playing during this session as I suspect his playing was excellent due to the other musicians he was playing with (would not wish to look like a fool) were the very best. Plus, he likely would have been clean due to the harsh Egyptian drug laws and the muslim prohibition on alcohol. We may have found our true holy grail if a recording exists.
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    Five Places You Would Like To Visit

    I too have traveled extensively however have never been to the far east: Taktsand Dong, Tibet Mahabodhi Temple at Bihar, India Angor Wat, Cambodia Kyoto, Japan St. Petersburg, Russia Shout out to Hokitika Gorge, New Zealand
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    What are you watching on TV now?

    Ray Donovan coming back on the 28th. I love that damn show. Until then, the new season of Madame Secretary and since this is October, re-watching all of Millennium.
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    Bier

    Skull Splitter from the Orkney Isle is my favorite. Quite tasty with a slight malty finish but not overpowering.
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    The Bonham Theory

    Plant is scat-singing, just gibberish words however to be precise he is saying, "bah-da." Kinda like when Mel Torme' sings, "shooby doo do do wah" he is not singing "Scooby Do, do do, what."
  9. I have that show on DVD and it is a killer show without a doubt. the 14+ minute dueling solo Jimmy does with Porl, sandwiched between two songs is my favorite moment from this show and there are many. What is truly incredible here is how much it shows Jimmy still developing and expanding as a guitarist. His playing during this solo is quite different and unique compared to anything he had done in the past. I really love this show...can you dig it man...Far Out daddy-O!!!
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    Current Mood In Song

  11. Probably all of us if this shit keeps up...
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    Random Thoughts v.3

    Only in the most broad sense of the description. That is, he sent castor beans, no actual Ricin. But hey, I guess you could claim it was Ricin since Ricin is made from a chemical found and extracted from castor beans, kinda like selling a junkie a bag of poppy seeds is akin to trafficking in heroin. However, the guy is mentally ill. Too bad he chose to serve instead of getting a sweet job in IT or a related field, if he chose the latter his insurance package would have likely covered mental health vs. having to go to the broken VA and wait two years to be seen. Lucky he only sent some stupid beans and not actual poison. Not justifying anything but the fact is obvious here, the chickens have come back to roost. If you sow the wind, you will reap the whirlwind.
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    The O2 In Retrospect...

    JSJ is spot on Andy. IMO Page was frigging amazing from the fall of 95' - 98', easily at 73' level playing ability but with the eclecticism and dissonance of 75' on as a bonus. This is what Page WOULD have sounded like in 77' had he been somewhat sober, off the H, and chose to practice on occasion. I cannot say it enough that this era for Page's playing is my favorite, even better than his Zeppelin performances at times but easily on par with 73' for sure. Plant's vocals always seem to vary from show to show but I thought he was stronger in 98' than 95' however in general he gave a better performance at the O2 since he sang as mentioned above, in the original style of the songs vs. his newer style he did on the P&P tours. So, because I am a guitar wank and prefer Michael Lee to Jason (just barely, no offense), I prefer the P&P tours to the O2 performance. Jimmy played well but was too restrained and way too safe. Maybe it was because of the broken finger, maybe because he was afraid to screw up but he was nowhere near as ballsy, badass, fluent, on fire, and confident as he was during P&P, especially from fall 95' on.
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    The O2 In Retrospect...

    Jesus Christ, what a bunch of cackling little bitches. Give it a rest, Robert nor anyone else owes you a damn thing. We are all lucky as hell we even got the O2. Shit, I still cannot believe Page & Plant did two tours in the 90's, that alone was a biblical level miracle if there ever was one yet some "people" are still not satisfied. FFS, I guess there is a certain type of person who could get with the partner of their dreams, have the most perfect chemistry and the most mind blowing sex ever and when their mate tells them how lucky they are, all they can say is, "Meh, it's ok but she does not tickle my balls enough nor does she cook me Boeuf Bourguignon afterward...SAD."
  15. You and me both, southside boy from 33rd & Damien Ave born 1968. A damn fine year if you ask me, after all, we were both born
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    Random Thoughts v.3

    That is a ridiculous statement as everyone knows the best soundtrack ever is Halloween. John Carpenter is a jam master on the keys!
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    Lawsuit over Stairway to Heaven

    The answer is an extremely obvious yes, that is, Zeppelin would not have sued. My basis for this conclusion is that Dolly Parton wrote a song in 1974 (released in 75') called We Used To which reached #9 on the Country charts. The first 10 seconds are a virtual match to the beginning of STH and the arrangement of the song, including the pacing of the lyrics, is the same. Did Zeppelin sue Parton for this obvious lift. Nope. It was actually a pretty huge deal in 75' when Parton released the song and both Page & Plant were asked what they thought, Plant's response, " We love Dolly Parton, it's a great song." Next
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    The O2 In Retrospect...

    You know, since you mention it, I believe ALL the remaining members were selfish pricks for not playing the O2 in Turkey, Ahmet's country of birth. I mean, why would the lads want to play this incredible one-off (it was always supposed to be a one-off per the contract, Page, Jones, and Bonham wanted to change the terms after the gig) in the UK of all places? C'mon, just because it was their home country, just because they rarely toured there compared to North America is NO EXCUSE not to have performed in Turkey...maybe the Hagia Sophia? Talk about the Hammer of the Gods, or at least the Mallet of Allah
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    Lawsuit over Stairway to Heaven

    Really? I would think both, statistically speaking would hold equal merit, but the again I don't hate women and tend to trust people who come forward with nothing to gain and everything to lose.
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    Lawsuit over Stairway to Heaven

    If Zeppelin loses this than the Beatles are fucked, the stones are fucked, and so is every goddamned musician who has written a song since 1960. Page has said and is on record as saying as early as 1969 that his biggest influences on acoustic guitar were Bert Jansch and DAVEY GRAHAM. and that Graham was the most underrated guitarist ever in that he influenced EVERYONE on the British music scene. The question should not be if Zeppelin were influenced by Spirit, but was Spirit influenced by Graham? Or more accurately, why is anyone giving a good shit about a chromatic progression which Graham himself (a music expert) has said is public domain as it goes back to at least the 17th century. What I truly find ironic is how, or rather why Randy California never brought the case in his lifetime but his estate waited over 40 years but yet the courts find this is worthy of merit. A man can claim a priest fondled him 40 years ago and he is a survivor, a hero who was abused by evil authority, yet a woman comes forward 36 years later regarding a sexual assault and she is obviously a liar. Too bad Spirit was not L7 or the Slits and their accuser either Donita Sparks or Ari Up for if that were the case, since they are women, they would have immediately been called liars and laughed out of court. This whole case, or rather the whole of the judicial system is complete bullshit. What a joke!
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    Tea For One

    I wish I could but that was 42 years ago, I figure she is in her early 70's now and I only remember her first name. However there is the possibility that if the apartment complex is still around (Hinsdale, IL on Echo Lane) that a good PI could track her down from utility records which should still exist. You might be on to something. I think I will check around this weekend to see if anything will come of it. Thanks for the encouragement
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    Tea For One

    Presence is my favorite Zep album and Tea for One is blues perfection IMO. Of course it is no coincidence as to the why. Presence was my first Zep album purchased just one year after release. !976 I was in third grade and the times that they were kids grew up very quickly. Though I was only 8 years old I had a very diverse group of people I considered friends, from those my age to my beautiful Sue who was 16 and took me everywhere on the back of her Yamaha, to the 20 something couple who lived two apartment buildings down, and the 30 year old childless free lance photographer another building down who would jet around the world photographing the 1973 Arab-Israeli War and then off to LA to document Bowie at the Coliseum. It was this photographer who truly introduced me to Zeppelin in December 1976 with the Presence album. She was amazing. I would frequently hang out at her apartment, just the two of us, listening to music and her teaching me of the world. Today her ass would be locked up as innuendo and accusations would fly, though in 76' this was the norm and just to be clear, this amazing woman was a matronly yet very hip figure in my life. There was nothing inappropriate outside of a childless woman wanting to impart some wisdom and enjoy some proxy semblance of motherhood, while giving me the most amazing kindness, the gift of curiosity and music. By 76' I was already a huge Bowie & Elton John fan through my cousins and a passing Zeppelin & Floyd fan via my older brother. It was this woman however who truly opened the door to Zeppelin and music in general for me. Presence was a watershed moment for me akin to Madman Across the Water but in a different vein. The musical dynamics of Zeppelin was something new as I was used to most albums simply being variances of similar themes and melodies. Ziggy Stardust sounded like Ziggy Stardust from beginning to end, as did the Doobies, the Eagles, even Little Feat but Zeppelin varied their sound with each track. Presence was without a doubt their most straightforward album which says volumes as Zeppelin's most direct was more diverse than most bands most eclectic works. Which brings me to Tea for One. Though direct, this album is without a doubt a musical journey. From the constant movement and urgency of ALS to the contemplation and danger of FYL to the humor and playfulness of RO. Then off to metal regret and rebirth with NFBM, psycho-billy machismo of CSR, to the brilliant and perfect sarcasm, self-doubt, and warning (in a very funky-jazzy-and subtle complex) HOFN. Then to end it all with one of the most emotive and heart wrenching blues in TFO ever put on record. When TFO would play, all the doubt and regret would become evident in Cindy's eyes. I have no clue as to her past or what she was thinking as I was only 8 and she would never burden a child with such revelations but looking back I now understand. That song, and that album represent a perfect time in my life, but a time of discovery, friendship, and constant change as well. Presence is my album, and Tea for One is my portal back to a woman who gave me the greatest gift any child could ask for. The gift of unconditional kindness and friendship.
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    The True King of Rock and Roll

    BULLSHIT!!! The TRUE Kings' of Rock n' Roll...
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    Random Thoughts v.3

    Special hugs and kisses issue for sure
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