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The Old Hermit

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  1. Transferred to digital files, yes... but mixed already? I doubt it...
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    The Trouble with Bonham. 1978-80

    If I remember that story correctly, the guy's boss told him to get the feck outta there... quickly... 😀
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    The Trouble with Bonham. 1978-80

    If you're talking about heroin, according to Benji LeFevre - as recounted in Barney Hoskyns' definitive Zep bio Trampled Under Foot - Jimmy didn't finally get the monkey off his back until mid-way through the second Firm U.S. tour in 1986...
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    New Jimmy Page Biography Released

    Didn't Bonzo allegedly once say to a journalist that "if Jimmy would just stop all that fookin' magick shit, none of this would be happening"...? I remember reading that somewhere, whether or not it's an apocryphal story. He did once ask Jimmy (either on the '75 or '77 tours) "what do you do, hang upside down in the wardrobe all day?" with regards Page's perenially nocturnal activities 😁... and that particular story was true.
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    New Jimmy Page Biography Released

    I find it ironic that whilst Peter Grant stated years later, and with the benefit of clear-headed hindsight, that Bindon being employed by the band for the infamous '77 tour was the biggest mistake he made as Zeppelin's manager, it was Grant himself who brought him onboard; Bindon was an associate of Richard Cole, often went drinking with him at The World's End pub across the road from Swan Song, and that's how he entered Zeppelin's orbit. Grant found Bindon amusing to be around, more so after his divorce proceedings started when he needed cheering up, and thus when the '77 tour was beginning, the manager turned up in America with Bindon in tow as security detail... much to the surprise and bemusement of many in the band and organization. If there is ever to be a film made about Led Zeppelin, they should focus on the '77 tour, 'cause that traveling insane asylum was a story unto itself...
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    New Jimmy Page Biography Released

    Bonham was involved in the beating of Jim Matzorkis at that infamous Oakland show in July 1977; it was he who saw the latter push Warren Grant and quickly came over to voice his disapproval by promptly kicking Matzorkis in the groin! But Bonzo wasn't actively involved in the pummeling that Grant and Bindon gave the unfortunate Matzorkis a little later... not that it mattered to the fully-armed SWAT team who arrested all three the morning after the last Oakland show. And I believe Jimmy Page did visit Crowley's abbey in Sicily; during his and Plant's (and families) holiday in Rhodes during August 1975, Page left Charlotte Martin and Scarlet with the Plants to visit Sicily by himself for a couple days to view Crowley's former property there, and that's when the car accident back in Rhodes happened... I'm sure I read that somewhere in the mists of time.
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    New "Song Remains The Same" 2CD/4LP/3DVD Deluxe Set

    I'm still hoping for a vinyl re-release of the original 1976 album some day... maybe even a limited Record Store Day release or something... c'mon Jimmy, the vinyl masters are already done; by Bernie Grundman back in the early 2000's for the Classic Records reissue... and it sounded amazing!!!
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    New "Song Remains The Same" 2CD/4LP/3DVD Deluxe Set

    There was nothing petulant about my response; I simply stated the fact that like the fantasy sequences or not, an entire film re-edit of the MSG '73 set sans aforementioned sequences is not going to happen... period... so wishing for such is an exercise in futility when Jimmy Page, upon realizing back in 2006 that he couldn't do just what you are hoping for (and I have no doubt that's exactly what he would have done had legal barriers not prevented him from doing so), pretty much lost interest in the TSRTS remaster/reissue project - according to Kevin Shirley, he only popped into the studio a few times during the remixing process, leaving it largely to Robert Plant's supervision, and it's also obvious he didn't care that much for the remastering of the movie, judging by it's picture quality relative to 2003's DVD release - so he isn't going to do a u-turn, take precious time, money, and effort and spend months in an editing suite compiling a whole 'alternative' movie at this late stage... that was my point, and I stand by it, but sincerest and humblest apologies if you were offended. I'm frankly glad Jimmy wasn't able to re-edit the film in the mid-2000's... we've seen from both Celebration Day and the MSG '73 footage included on both DVD and the 2007 TSRTS DVD/Blu-ray reissue supplemental extras section that he clearly likes the rapid-fire editing style and will do that when given the chance... the 1976 theatrical cut certainly has flaws, but it's an established part of the historical record and should be left intact... just a pity he wasn't also prevented from altering the original accompanying 'soundtrack' album too. One last thing; I stand corrected on the 1977 program included in the upcoming Super Deluxe box set... it's a program for the movie's debut in Japan in '77 not a tour that never happened.
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    New "Song Remains The Same" 2CD/4LP/3DVD Deluxe Set

    If anything worthwhile could have been done with this new reissue, giving the movie itself a brand new 4K transfer from the original 35mm and 16mm camera negatives would have made it a first-day purchase for me... the 2007 Blu-ray looks good but not nearly as good as it could have been even then; clearly it was remastered but not to the extent as the live material on 2003's DVD, which all looked utterly immaculate (including the MSG '73 footage which itself was ported over to the 2007 release and ironically looks better than the main feature!). Had that happened, and the original 1976 album been given a spanking new 24/96 remaster, I'd be on this new release like flies on poop, alas...
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    New "Song Remains The Same" 2CD/4LP/3DVD Deluxe Set

    Whilst all tracks were (more or less) filmed, there were numerous gaps throughout as I stated (cameraman reloading film, particular angle not covered, etc) that made for holes in proper editing coverage and which necessitated the re-shoots 13 months later... and like it or not, the 'fantasy' sequences are part and parcel of the movie, for better or worse, we don't always get what we would like in life, so you're stuck with 'em!!!
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    New "Song Remains The Same" 2CD/4LP/3DVD Deluxe Set

    All of the songs were filmed over the three nights, as far as I'm aware, there were just gaps throughout that necessitated the Shepperton re-shoots in August '74 for editing purposes. As for releasing it as a 3-LP set back in '76, that would have been epic for sure, but I think Jimmy Page saw the album more as a soundtrack than a proper live album per se, and the songs from MSG '73 that didn't make it to the album, either because of vinyl time constraints - the blistering version of 'Since I've Been Loving You' for example - or because they weren't included in the film, he likely purposely held back for the chronological live album he still planned to do at some point. Frankly, this whole new reissue is the very epitome of meh... nothing new, re-remastered, exorbitant price tag... and why a program for a 1977 tour when TSRTS itself is entirely from 1973... and as to that included program for the Japan '77 tour... what Japan '77 tour??? If it had been the original 1976 album remastered and reissued now, it would be a different matter entirely... but seeing as Jimmy isn't bothered to do that, I'll not bother giving him more of my hard-earned dosh ... not until we get something of actual substance and not yet another pointless rehashed reissue. I have the aforementioned original version of the album - Japanese SHM mini-LP textured replica sleeve - plus the 2007 Blu-ray, so I'm more than set with regards this album, thanks anyway Jimmy...
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    LED ZEPPELIN'S 50th ANNIVERSARY PLANS?

    No more live releases from '68-'73... that era is MORE than well covered in the live canon! The only exception that would get me excited would be if the mythic Japan '71 multi-tracks were cleaned up, mixed, and released.... those shows are simply too incendiary to ignore! Other than that... Earl's Court all the way!!! Or both. I'd be more excited about a chronological live album if there was at least one multi-track from '77 to work with, and a lot of great material hadn't already been released separately since 2003. Whatever it is that Jimmy has planned, hopefully it'll be interesting and unexpected...
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    Jimmy Page confirms 2018 release(s)

    If it's the original 1976 mix... I WISH HE WOULD... or at least give it a limited AAA vinyl reissue using the terrific Bernie Grundman mastering used for the Classic Records reissue in the 2000's!!! They - and we - would have got one in the mid-1990's... had Percy repeatedly not put the kibosh on it; Jimmy even issued a press release in early '93 announcing that he was finally working on the chronological live album... but nothing ever came of it thereafter! Why would Plant nix such an album through the '80's and '90's yet agree to it now...?
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    LED ZEPPELIN OFFICIAL ILLUSTRATED BOOK - COMING 2018

    So if we're getting an official deluxe illustrated book, what was the point behind the hardback books that came with the deluxe box sets in 2014-15...?
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    Jimmy Page confirms 2018 release(s)

    I believe it was Dave Lewis at Tight But Loose who originated that rumor... not sure if he's either spoken about where he got that 'scoop' from or if someone has ever asked him about it. Was it a multi-track recording... and how do you know?
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