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  1. Blaize86

    The O2 In Retrospect...

    This Zep material is not easy to play for one guitarist. We all know that. When Clapton plays, he has assistance, Townsend has a second guitarist, Richards always had. If you notice Jimmy at the 02 he played a lot of heavy distorted rhythms because the modern sound made it sound monumental. When it came to his fine picking leads, he was much better in 88 through 96. The only one that’s gets away with it is Beck. However , Jeff plays totally different type of music where the other musicians play for him as Jimmy needs to play for the song. There is a lot of stuff gong on and one guitar player at seventy something years old today cannot handle. When he first came on with the blistering GTBT solos ( best of night ) , I thought , wow holy hell does he sound good. But he went back and resorted to some apprehension and sloppiness by the time SIBLY was played. What made Jimmy stand out that night is that it seemed like he had some real pro audio techs for a change not like the stoned out ones back in the day that would hand him a guitar ( techs) that was out of tune in front of 25000 fans.
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    New Book.....new thread ?

    Agree to all. The book is extraordinarily in depth. It’s over 500 pages. Great companion in the when sitting alone needing privacy haha. Seriously, one thing about it is the detail with Bonzo. These authors really bring him out in each song with rarely a criticism. Also, Percy gets notoriety in every piece. Basically all members get their share ( of criticism too ) but you expect most attention going to Page, but they spread the love to all.
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    New Book.....new thread ?

    Hey yeah I saw something about the Lewis book. That's on my radar. I just got the LZ on LZ for the 50th Anniversar also. Enough spending for now. Both were about 50-65 bucks each. The real gem would be the Luis Rey book. I had the original and wore it out. Didn't realize how valuable that would be now.
  4. Just saw in New Jersey USA. Barnes and Noble. Not a big picture book fan. Who cares what they looked like at a certain time. This mysterious band is all about the songs. As Ray Davies said " like one big jam "...I really like this 600 page book. I just wish they included some more live stuff. Is this old news ? Don't see a thread on it.
  5. Pittsburg 1973. Good show
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    The O2 In Retrospect...

    Hated the whole production. No backstage footage. No audience footage even though it was filled w rock stars. Most of all I hated Bonhams snare sound. Sounded more like Alex Van Halen. SRTS I thought was real good but didn't get much fanfare on this site. Page came out of gate in great shape but I personally think he tires fast. His finger work on the guitar was sloppy at times towards TUF and especially STH. How the guy who wrote the damn solo cannot play the damn solo is beyond me. Plant was fantastic. Jones wonderful. Jason stellar all the way through. Jimmy killer tone , pacing and overall played very well. Camera work a bit dodgy and scattered but overall ok.
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    Pick em . . Japan 1971 or 1972?

    Good question. I thought we were running out on this site. I would take 1971. I just hate the Dancing Days versions of 1972. Jimmy is out of tune and band seems sloppy. Pieces are played a tad slower and hinting toward the lumbering American live approach ( ala Celebration Day ) in the 1973 tour. To be quite honest and of course the subsequent years speak for themselves , the band was probably tired.
  8. I love Jimmy but he needs to show he is a musician first. By Plant not doing Zep doesn't mean Robert doesn't like the fans. He's just on his own trip as a musician. Jimmy on the other hand to boast album sales releases a 240.00 package of Song Remains The Same where only a sharp ear would really hear the difference in the recording. Plus leaving the butchered NQ just shows you that Jimmy can give a crap about what the fans want. Jimmy, please act like a true musician and not like a manager ....of the past. McCartney still makes music, Clapton, Plant, Daltrey, Neil Young, Springsteen, Gilmour. Musicians are always creating. Jimmy's best way to show that he gives a crap about the fans is too release some new stuff or go to live archives and release some hard to find stuff. Robert is mature enough to move on, All the amateur fans out there ( in public ) think that Plant coming back would heal all their breakup wounds. Zeppelin music is physical and tiresome performed live. It's asking Mike Tyson to come back to fight. Or even George Foreman. It's impossible. It's actually incredible to read fans reaction in 2007 that Plant can't sing like he used to.....???? Of course not!!!. No one can. Especially in his vocal register. Do you think now it would sound good..?? Acoustic is the answer but Planty would probably sprinkle it with his Arabic beats and chants like PP of the 90s. Rubbish. At least Robert is not living in the past 100% likemJimmy is. Jimmy is always been aloof in the British rock guitar scene. Not the most highly regarded by his English peers ( Americans , yes ) and I think a lot has to do with his ability to keep to himself, away from the crowd ( which is fine ) and really not creating new material. You would think that the documentary with The Edge and JBlck would have done it. Instead he charges fans an enormous amount of money for "upgraded " sounding past recordings with no real true " finds ". Really, LZ 4 special edition? Wow !! an alternate " Rock n Roll" without 1 overdubbed guitar. An acoustic GTC with no vocal...??? Please guys let's get real here...
  9. Achilles Last Stand or The Rover. I'm leaning towards The Rover since ALS has been accused for being too long. Short and sweet, powerful yet almost humble in a way is - The Rover. The band is tight. There is a very strong melody Plant sings in a very very tough register and as a singer myself I know not many can sing that. Page and the the band give a heavy , heavy intro with a blistering melody with Bonzo and Jones tight as ever in 1974. Jimmy and Bonzo are locked in and this is a great example of how John plays with Jimmy and not Jones most of the time. . It's like a B- side song where not many typical radio listeners have heard it but when they do they realize why Zeppelin is so good. The bottom sound on this, being recorded in 1974 , is beyond incredible feat for Jimmy. It could have been recorded in 2017. I remember the day after John died , Carol Milller played Ten Years Gone- STH- The Rover on the 26th of Sept , day after , in 102.7 in NYC. I had just become s fan and this song means so much to me. His solo is somewhat short and precise for Jimmy's standards and to the point using remarkable tone and phrasing. The killer is the end of the song leaning towards the outdo when Bonzo and Jones add some spontaneous off timing accents showing off the funk of the band. Now it's them two playing together while Page takes off into a improvisation of classic like riffs as Planty fades as his job is well done. A little bit of everything with no domination. A pure band effort. Short powerful melodic pure hard rock Zeppelin. Sorry to on so long but it was a great question.
  10. It's sad that Jimmy has lost all connection to fan base. What he should REALLY do is release the show , even with Philly or Pittsburg inserts in its entirety. This film with the fantasy sequences to me is the only mistep the band ever took. Jimmy taking away that solo from the fans, to me , is another. Seems like Robert has more of a connection.
  11. Blaize86


    I've said it before, there is better Bigfoot footage than there is a Zeppelin on video. Earls Court is from the video screen as is Seattle 1977. Knebworth video screen. SRTS is a bunch of posing. However, there is real good footage of 1975 in NYC and Philly but incomplete as usual. Sound has no bottom but it's good. As far as 1977.. LA and NYC is the only footage I know of with snippets here and there of other venues. Now Pontiac remastered, to me, would be the Holy Grail. Jimmy owes us fans new discovered stuff. You can't increase your record sales by remastering.
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    The Ocean

    No way HTWWW...Seattle 73 ( I know it's not 72) is the champ. The last verse after the aceppella is killer with Robert hitting the highs with emotion and Jimmy throwing in some interesting licks here and there. I think 73 was better than 72 because they mastered it live and Jimmy's tone is much better on the Les Paul.
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    New "Song Remains The Same" 2CD/4LP/3DVD Deluxe Set

    As far as the Plant and Terry Reid stuff. Robert to me is still underrated. The heavy part of the Rain Song in SRTS is the strongest vocal I have ever seen him deliver and to me one of the greatest live vocal performances I have ever heard. He never gets credit for his softness and even a baritone at times -" trying to find s woman who's never never never been ...born". Tery Reid and these other guys couldn't pull that off. Jimmy came in with the tone of the song and Robert would adjust his voice to fit. As a singer myself, very difficult to do. Live Robert was fantastic at times, rearranging verses , using different keys ( dazed and confused ) , phrasing differently , adding lyrics and blending verses form one song into another while scatting ( Gallows Pole in TUF Earls Court). Robert had a swagger and swing that Jimmy needed, that Bonzo needed also. Robert can sing Elvis , Fats Domino and push 3 octaves higher like Chris Cornell in his prime in the next verse. Just listen to Blue Berry Hill in LA 1970. It's frightening. Robert only gets credit for wailing and I think he realizes that criticism and I bet it bugs him a bit. He could be nasal - acoustic 1977 tour - and he could be outstanding- The Ocean SRTS. I've been listening to a lot of 1975 live stuff and Robert had to change his phrasing a lot to adjust for his ...flu?...but I think it made him a better singer overall. It was a lesson for the young lad and he had to dig deep and sing differently. Yes he fckd up and didn't nurture his vocal chords like a good musician, but that was the seventies. Only Paul Rodgers did that...but I heard he was a dick anyway!! I hope Pagey put Robert voice and tone in a good spot on these reissues. I hated his voice in HTWWW. I actually thought it was mixed high. Jimmy mixed it and made Robert sound like Minny Mouse , with no bottom. I really hardly listen. I mean compare the Ocean in HTWWW to The Ocean in SRTS. No contest that 1973 was a better mix for Robert. I love Planty in SRTS. He's raw at times- Heartbreaker- yet has that swagger and Jagger like looseness which to me has been lost in current music for a long time. Long live the Frontman!!! Hard to find these days....sorry off topic at times !!! Blaize nyc
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    Tea For One

    I love Tea For One. I might be the only one to say I never compared it to SIBLY. Never! They are completely coming from 2 different places. Tea for One is Roberts pain and anguish. The guitar emotion and tension is from the master himself. Both men coming to terms of personal anguish and addiction. The band leadership was possibly shifting and changes were coming. Its a wonderful tension filled song. SIBLY has more blues ,yearning and lust. It's not as personal. Crtitcs only listen to the timing and beat where the similarities are evident. One must dig deep.
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    Does 'Coda' Count?

    Only Poor Tom