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  1. It seems that most soundboards give more prominence to Bonham's drums than Jonses' bass. It was the best rhythm section in rock, but whenever I listen to the band live, I'm usually straining to hear the bass. And the interplay with Bonham is muted. A few exceptions - such as Millard's 77/06/21 recording, where I can hear the dynamic melody of the bass. And the best interplay with the drums. Some people might not like the Alembic, but at least it's not a "second fiddle" so to speak, in the mix. When I hear other bands' recordings - I'm thinking of Phil Leah with the Grateful Dead - I can clearly hear his excellent bass line through years of live music. It's almost like Jones' bass is snubbed, even by the professional engineers. Any thoughts? Thanks.
  2. Thanks! I'll check them out.
  3. Hello. Any books on how Zeppelin wrote their songs? Something like "Paul McCartney: Many Years From Now"? Thank you.
  4. Nicely said!
  5. Agreed. But hoping for a better recording some day. Maybe revise my opinion. For now, Blueberry Hill and 09/19 second show are my 1970 favorites. Thanks.
  6. I'll say the drum solo/guitar "noise experience" for 06/21. If someone just listened to that, having never heard the whole show, it wouldn't be clear what the fuss was all about. I know some like these drum/guitar sections, but for me, no, I've clipped them off my recording when I drive. Enjoy your posts!
  7. Yes, I like your comparison of Shakespeare to Zeppelin, the Bards of Heavy Metal! But we do have recorded performances of Shakespeare and do compare Hamlets, say Olivier to Branagh, and find points to praise one actor, or one show, over another. I think the litmus test for great performances is a set of well-written criticisms over time, such as those you've given, and our desire for repeated hearings of favorite shows. When the critics and audience agree, it's an interesting indication of the strength of the show. And it helps newcomers decide which 2 to 3.5 hour sets they should go to. The "go-to" lists may be one of the best results of these discussions. You write: "Live performance is about the moment, nothing more, nothing less." But when live becomes a permanent record, we help each other know which show falters, which excels, and which is supreme. Thanks for your posts.
  8. My favorite this month is LA June 21 1977. There is no best. I've tried to tackle the same question and always change my mind. Our tastes shift, mixes improve, and new soundboards come out yearly. The best we can hope for is to keep up with the new releases and add to our collection. And share our thoughts with fans. Without them, their recommendations, I would have never learned so much, or re-listened to concerts I'd forgotten. Let's hope we're never sent to that desert island where we can only listen to one bootleg every day. And miss the news that a new pristine concert just came out. Cheers!
  9. 6/27 used to be one of my favorites of that June LA run but now I listen to the 6/25 more. And for a single desert island disc, to listen to over and over, I'd still take 6/21/77. Or 9/29/71, depending on my mood. My choice changes each year. So I'd probably sneak in 9/29 and listen to both. Enjoy your posts.
  10. Oops. Now I see the topic already started in the following: ""Starting 2019, will Jimmy open the vaults?". Hope he does. Cheers!
  11. How will the European copyright law speed up the release of new and previously unheard Zeppelin recordings? It looks like the group may be encouraged to release a whole catalog of live material to keep their rights to the music. See below. This may be what we, Zeppelin fans, need to open up a back log in the vaults. Any lawyers/soothsayers out there please comment.
  12. I want to update my list with a post 2015 release. And I hope. I'm hoping for hidden sound boards, still in pristine condition, for release. For example, March 21 1975, the Seattle show. I think the soundboard is out there. That would go straight to number 1 on any list. Some people have commented that a top must listen to should be a most listened to, an official release, or an historic rarity, appreciated from a long time zep fan. All those qualities are important. I think though for a Zep newbie 3 things are tops. A good sound quality, many familiar hits, and performance greatness start to finish are of first importance. As I've listened over the past year, my taste has changed and I listen to more 73, 75, 77 recordings. They are often uneven but there is a maturity in their selection and improvisation I like. Perhaps a newbie's age should be considered for recommendations. I remember the first time I heard Led Zeppelin, at least the first time that I knew it was Led Zeppelin, and it was The Song Remains the Same from the Houses of the Holy. On vinyl. And that was just after the album was released. And I thought it was like pots and pans falling down in a kitchen hitting the house cat in an earthquake. Obviously my taste has changed over the years. Thanks to everyone for all their posts.
  13. Also interested! Thanks.
  14. 1972. Sydney Stairway. Top rock improv. And audience/taper reaction. Just waiting for the soundboard. 2nd place Offenberg STH. How can a top recorded moment not be STH? Thanks.