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  1. True story no bs... it was about the time the Stones album Dirty Work came out. I was in Staten Island NY. My sisters best friend happened to be Keith Richard's wife's niece. She eventually became their nanny or something like that but my sister also got close with Keith and Patty. I was delivering food as a young teenager and somehow ( no cell phones ? ) she got in touch with me and said Keith was in town for a family party should you like to meet him. Hell yeah!!! Me and my Chinese food delivery partner bolted over to the hall smelling like egg rolls and wanton and strutted into the party. I was met by my sister who excitingly took me over to Mr. Richards who was standing against a stage like one would see in a school. He had his skull ring on and everything. " Keith Keith this is my brother Dan and his friend John "... All I can say is that Keith Richards ( I met him after that again) is a gentleman and very kind to my sister too. Here is the kicker .. I was and still am a huge Zep head back then . I knew Jimmy played on Dirty Work so I had the gall to ask Keith about working with him . This was his exact answer to me- in of course his British accent - " Jimmy Jimmy is a lovely Guitar player just lovely , he has his problems but just a lovely guitar player." So here I am meeting Keith Richards ( photo to prove ) and i'm asking him about Jimmy Page.!! Proof that I was hardcore fan. I'm a huge fan of the Stones also. All I can say about Keith is that he didn't get the hard bombastic sound that Zep had. He also wasn't a fan of Planty and his golden locks look and all the strutting around. Which always baffled me since Keith's partner wore eye shadow, as did Keith , and strutted around stage like a feminine chicken. Jagger had a more professional point and opinion about Zep I feel. Richard's wore everything on his sleeve and if he didn't like you he would tell you. Jagger was more polite I believe and respected Led Zeppelin as also Queen did. It was the music, yes, but it was how they carried themselves and did business as Brian May eluded to once before. Getting back to Keith. I don't think he liked a lot of people in the industry.
  2. Why In Through The Out Door is a GREAT album

    I personally believe that 2 of the bands most played songs on mainstream radio come from this album. All my Love and Fool in the Rain. FITR I believe gets no respect. Who would of thought that type of beat and tempo would come out of the mighty Zep. Bonham's Purdue Shuffle is pure genius and never tires during the song. The insane samba soccer chant beat in the middle is brilliant followed by what I think is one of Jimmy's best solos. Robert is as clear as ever with one if his best vocal performances ever. All my Love should have stuck with the original Jimmy solo ending. I'm Gonna Crawl has cheesy keyboard intro but has a wonderful Jimmy solo and Robert singing his balls off with heavy echo. Hot Dog is fun In The Evening - pure Zep. A little over produced with Robert coming in too heavy on the reverb. Live is better. Carouselambra- take away the keyboards a bit and raise Roberts vocals and it's a gem. The ending fade had Bonham in top form coming off and on the rider cymbal and floor toms with breakneck speed but it fades too fast. The song should have ending with just Bonham and that beat. South Bound Suarez sounds like a Plant solo album song. Has a great riff though and Bonzo is holding a great pocketed beat. Happy Holiday
  3. What next? AGAIN

    Guys / Gals - there is nothing else. Let's be clear. Zeppelin didn't spend a lot of time in the studio and when they were in the studio , it was Jimmy's show. Aside from recording and touring , they went there own way. There is nothing else. Zeppelin songs came out of the studio and from the stage most of the time and the songs were written almost impromptu. That's why we love them. That gave the songs the energy and freshness that still survives today in 2017. A lot of bands spend time in the studio individually with members surrounded by session guys , managers, different producers , engineers and assistants. They mange to pull together a song here and there and later the band would fill in the remaining and it would become a b-side or a vaulted song. Zeppelin traveled in a tight group with Jimmy and Peter calling the shots. What the band did as a unit is what you got and it ain't much with 8 studio albums. Springsteen has a ton of stuff as does Dylan, The Stones, U2, Lennon, Petty, ... These bands spent a lot of time in the studio , amongst other musicians and the industry itself. They were in the mix so to speak. Ideas come along and you put it on tape , case closed. Led Zeppelin kept to themselves. It was a tight almost tense filled group. When not in the studio or touring , it was the countrtyside with family away from the studio, hence the lack of publicity and photos. I just don't think, besides live stuff , there is anything out there. Seriously , was the Zep 4 additional cd with the songs in there scaled down versions really a revelation ?!!. If one didn't give a sharp listen besides the instrumentals , it would seem the as the released version. Is this all Jimmy has to offer us ? I think it is...
  4. Led Zeppelin's best live performance

    Osaka Osaka Osaka 1971 - The intro - Jimmys outro solo on IS is serious shit..the acoustics ..Tangerine - the Percy banter - the group infighting w a drunk Bonzo- Moby Dick marching snare patterns -Pennies from heaven in middle of DAC- all systems full throttle- no drugs !!!
  5. Best LIVE VERSION of Ten Years Gone?

    Yes yes !! Copenhagen is terrific with that solo. It baffles me why Jimmy couldn't nail the solo most of the time. It always seemed like a struggle until the solo days with Robert. He sounds like a 10 th grader with his first guitar at times. I cringe when I hear it. The 1977 boots had JPJ very low with no bottom and i'm assuming it sounded better if one were in the audience. I also like Robert in the 1977 versions on the bridge after the solo. He comes in strong. Studio wise, one of his best lyrical solos.
  6. Favorite/Best version of Since I've Been Loving You

    Hands down without going any further - Pure Blues Live boot - Plant is incredible. This version really made me realize how good he his as he rephrases portions of the verse intros. He also gives it a different key when the second - " to eleven every night " comes and and so forth during the song. Page is low in the mix but Percy and JB are up front. This is Plant reaching or near his peak. Powerful. Play it real loud !!!
  7. Plant's vocals on I'm Gonna Crawl

    I don't think it gets respect because of the cheesy keyboard sound in the intro. Why Pagey doesn't re- release ITTOD and take down the keyboard sound and add guitar is beyond me. This song is wonderful and had it blasting in my car just the other day. I was thinking the same thing as everyone else on this topic.- what a great solo by Page and vocal by Percy. Robert is highly reverbed but it adds to the deep tone of the song. He sings his balls off especially at the end. Would have been great to see them do this in 2007 also at reunion. Again, from what I recall reading about this song, the intro is the weakness but Pagey and Plant its strengths. Would be great at the end of a movie credits rolling ...
  8. Yes , his sweating and drooling did not help the visuals either.
  9. It's not nonsense, but you bring up valid points. Plant had to be begged repeatedly on all three reunion shows while each performance was horredous. Jimmy could barely play the intro without rushing or getting his fingers crossed. Plant didn't want to play STH even in 1977 tour. It was getting old to him and the only way you can expand the song onstage is with the solo. A lot of their songs were expanded live with success but STH sounding tired by 1975 due to pants voice and 1977 due to lackluster solos. Yes you are right , Percy could not handle the ending mid way through 1972 and it also hurt the song but what made the song tired was Jimmy all the way. As far as not playing it as a solo artist , the song only withholds it's integrity when all 4 Zep members nail it. That was lost in somewhere between 1972- 75 with highs and lows. I think 1973 LA Forum Three Days After boot, Plant has never sounded higher at the end. One of the last great performances of STH. I don't know how he pulled that one off. I guess it's a combo of many factors. Cheers
  10. Plant started to dislike the song when Pagey started to struggle with the soloing and his overall performance. There is not , in my opinion , one real good version post 1975. The song relies on the solo break to build up the tempo into the hard rock ending then to the soft close. If the solo isn't well paced or lyrical along with Plant not holding up his end , then it suffers. That song also relies on sheer musical performance by all members. I think that seriously after 1973 , there was always a weakness somewhere and that small weakness takes away the impact of the song. Percy knew that. I think it's Robert's way of saying, politely , we can't do it like we did in 1970 thru 1973. 1975 had great Page solos , 1977 Everyone except Jimmy , 1970 - 1971 all cylinders go, 1972 had Plant except for the US tour , starting to suffer, 1973 Europe tour Plant is terrible while 3 other lads are at the peak of their talents, 1971 BBC had Pagey getting sticky with the solo , 1979- 1980 was horrendous except for Copenhagen . You see what i'm saying- there is always a weakness and Plant knew that after 1975.
  11. Hey I am happy for you , truly. Zep is a always around for the holidays for me ( Sinatra also ). I am in the US also and frankly Pagey stunk up the show. However , there were moments aside from any lead solo , where he is as good as 1977. He is rail thin and trust me whenever he breaks out a cigarette while playing, he is usually stoned out. Take a look at photos from 1977 tour except in Pontiac when Jimmy is out of it smoking and just playing completely disjointed solos like he just picked up the guitar 5 years prior. Thanks to the rhythm section in Knebworth for carrying him . Plant seemed uncomfortable during both shows not showing the warmest he did at EC in 1975. He was only 2 years past the loss of his son Karac along with the recording of ITTOD which had studio tension. The warmup shows in Copenhagen school these shows. Jimmy tends to get nervous in big media driven shows even in 2007. Copenhagen was low key with no press. The band is tight but loose. Getting back to Knebworth. One needs to hear the sound with a heavy bottom so Jimmy's soloing is guarded. He struggles as if his fingers are glued together. Not a great show but I can understand the nostalgia. Happy Holiday
  12. Unpopular opinions re live shows

    WLL never worked for me live. Getting that studio bottom sound was quite difficult live. Plant I thought at his strongest was in SRSame Rain Song. The final hard part I feel was devastating. At that tender age of 24 and to have a voice filled with that thickness and head voice is tremendous. I personally feel that it's the most powerful he has ever sounded. Having said that- if Percy just started to harnis this during this tour and protect it, the future tours would have been better. Too many distractions on tour. It's funny how I once read that Zep was so critical of the the performances. I could only imagine how the conversation went or it was probably privately spoken between each member or each member just kept it to themselves . Serously, how could anyone not say to Percy - hey you sound lousy !!
  13. Tokyo 10-3-72 8mm Rare Footage

    I keep telling my kids " there is better footage of Bigfoot than there is of Zeppelin Live" as they wonder why i'm always on You Tube searching. The Japan footage is great but please there has to be something out there ( Pontiac ?) where's it's not some re synced video mash of unfinished songs. We are all searching for that Holy Grail of footage. I thought the DVD release was good but I had already had most of that just not as cleaned up. I just recently saw a documentary on the Doors and Jim Morrison and the video footage is astounding. They had them in the studio, in private , with fans, concert footage ect.. Hey, maybe we better watch what we wish for since it's the mystery of Zeppelin that is part of the allure.
  14. Live better than Studio

    I guess you mean songs that the band would stretch out but not lose the integrity of the song - No quarter pre 1977 ( except 79 Copenhagen ); 1977 were way too long Sick Again especially 1977 versions in LA Heartbreaker - there were times especially in 1970 Pure Blues boot when Percy just adds some slight rephrasing hesitation and power to his vocals Rain Song- HOTH can sound sterile in my opinion on vinyl. Song Remains The Same - pre 1975 for Planty - 1975 - 79 for Page heavier tone and just overall bottom of the sound live. The Ocean - 73 versions the best especially on SRTS Stairway - tricky - everything pre 1977. The 1975 versions were Jimmy's best probably making up for Plant in poor voice. The solos were lyrical , well paced , and Jonsey had that foot going adding the root chord bottom sound you can hear on the audience recordings ( listen to Montreal ). The 1973 versions , especially in LA Three Days After have Robert in unbelievable high voice ( unless it was pitched post recording ). I thought Jimmy could be sloppy at times in the 1973 American tour getting caught on where he wanted to go in the solo. Sometimes he gets ahead of himself due to nerves or just plain old carelessness. 1977 STH was getting tired 1979- Copenhagen only The overall best versions of the song were without even more conversion - 1971 Tour especially Japan, Orlando and Canadian shows. That's when all cylinders were firing ( as Cameron Crowe would elude to). Robert in full voice , rhythm section hanging tight with Jimmys exploration of the solo. All acoustic stuff was better live pre 1977. Plant was very nasal during the acoustic sets American tour. The 5/24 EC shows were Zep at its warmest most personal during the acoustic sets. The best I have ever heard were the 1971 Japan with Bonham abandoning Tangerine. Plant says "fuck You mate !" to him and Page improvises a great acoustic solo. On the audience recording of Tangerine Plant is in the clearest voice you will ever hear on a boot. It's like he's standing next to you. My dream song live - Carouselambra. Of course with scaled down keyboards and more Jimmy. Sorry to carry on on so much....