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John M

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    Still the greatest rock band!

    I guess I am an old timer since I am 59. It would take a long time for me to write up how I perceived Zep success throughout the 70s, but there are two moments that stick with me. When Black Dog finally hit the radio the new "cool" kid in town from the city played it during homeroom. Most people did not know what it was and he said come on people this is the new song by the coolest band. Everybody wanted to know what it was. In 1975 right after PG was released there was this moment when I knew Zep had conquered all. We were allowed to play rock music in the lunchroom that year. I think the music teacher set up a turntable and sound system. Anyway, the music was chosen by people like top athletes and cheerleaders. One day I heard Custard Pie blasting . I looked up to see the record had been put on by two of the most "popular" cheerleaders who defined fashion for most of the girls in school. One of them was junior class president. There they were, in their finest platform shoes and bell bottoms rocking out and dancing to Custard Pie.
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    Led Zeppelin vs Deep Purple

    Fantastic !! I like how they are developing parts of "Lazy" here. I clearly need to get more live Purple. Thanks.
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    Best version of 6/11/77?

    Mr. Butternubs did a good version
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    Grande Ballroom Detroit '69

    Wikipedia says capacity was 1,837 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grande_Ballroom It is so great to see photos of early shows, especially photos that include the audience, before they hit the big time. Smaller venues, small simple stages, and you can tell they are just starting out.
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    Orlando overlooked

    great show and recording, lots of comments about it in various threads, and a quick search shows me there are 4 previous threads about it, two with over 25 comments each. It also deservedly shows up in lots of comments about must have recordings and favorite shows.
  6. found this on YouTube. Great comments from all of them, especially Jones !!
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    What Are You Listening To At This Moment?

    One of my favorite Blue Oyster Cult tracks. Hard hitting anti drug lyrics. Fantastic soloing from Buck Dharma including the outro. I've opened my veins too many times. Poison's in my bloodstream, poison's in my mind. I'm after rebellion, I'll settle for lies.
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    Led Zeppelin vs Deep Purple

    As fantastic as Made in Japan is, I prefer the playing and sound on the three live bonus tracks on the reissue of the Concerto for Group and Orchestra, from Sept 1969. The bonus disc has only Hush, Wring that Neck, and Child in Time, but they are all superb. I wish there was a full length Purple only concert from that performance but of course it was just an opening before they played the Concerto with the orchestra. If you don't have this double CD seek it out. The whole thing is amazing. This was about 9 months before In Rock was released with Child in Time.
  9. I found this through the miracle of "Recommended for You" on YouTube. I have multiple versions of the show inc the Winston remaster. Today I was on YouTube and this new remaster popped up first in the "Recommended" list. It was just posted on Nov 5. Hats off to Led Zeppelin Rarities!!
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    Christmas Songs

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    Christmas Songs

    First time I heard this on the radio in 1986 I thought now there is a Christmas song. Great live version 20+ years after the original. Michael Sweet is killing it. Check him out at 0:46. I don't like Stryper except for this song.
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    Best Line In Rock & Roll

    And her voice is sore from shouting Cheering winners who are losing And she wonders if their days are few and soon they'll have to go Celebration Day is one of Plant's best lyrics ever. I remember back in the 70s the critics would focus only on the chorus in pointing out how "insipid" Plant's lyrics were. The chorus is brilliant satire in the context of the rest of the lyrics. Critics never bothered to listen.
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    Best Line In Rock & Roll

    Her face is cracked from smiling All the fears that she's been hiding And it seems that pretty soon, everybody's gonna know
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    Robert Plant's recent set lists

    agreed. Another consideration is that the band he is touring with is the band he has been making music with in the recent past, so they are doing songs from the recent albums. Makes sense to me. He did not construct this band to do songs from the 80s and 90s.