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  1. Tom Petty

    Sigh...now it's official...RIP Tom! http://www.cbc.ca/news/entertainment/tom-petty-dead-1.4317148
  2. What's the worst live performance of a song?

    Give 'em a listen. Like i said, other than "Achilles" Tempe isn't that bad of a performance (Plant's voice is the real wink link on the night), Greensboro is half decent as well. Let's put it this way: there are worse performances on the 1980 tour IMO than Tempe or Greensboro.
  3. What's the worst live performance of a song?

    Yeah, I think it's pretty safe to say that the Tempe "Achilles" is the blue ribbon winner for Zeppelin's single worst live performance (the rest of the gig- at least based on the incomplete audience tape we have- isn't that bad) That flash pot going off near Jimmy must have been one helluva bang. It sounds like the entire band was thrown off kilter by it, not just Page. They do bounce back nicely for a good long version of "Stairway" right after though.
  4. Fucking amazing how stuff like this can still pop up out of the blue fourty years after the fact, eh? Listening to this source now...it doesn't seem to sound that bad...I mean, if this was one of the missing seven '77 shows instead, based on the sound quality we'd all be happier than pigs in poop right now! And, yeah, the audience sounds absolutely fuckin' bonkers. No wonder Zeppelin considered L.A. a second home.
  5. I want to say that there's a bootleg of the June 22 show -done before the actual June 22 "Ten Years Gone" tape source appeared- that used the entire track from that June 21 alternate. Undoubtedly more of that source exists, but why would anyone want to listen to it more than once? It sounds like shit IMO, good only for patching the cut in Millard's source, like Winston did.

    Walter Becker's final performance, Greenwich CT, 27 May 2017:

    If you liked 70's Dan -particularly Aja and Gaucho- you'd probably like The Nightfly, Fagen's first solo album. It's basically a Becker-less Steely Dan album (same musicians, sound, producer etc). As for the two SD "reunion" albums, they're alright, a little bit too smooth in places maybe- you can lash together an album on par with their 70's stuff by taking the best songs off of Two Against Nature and Everything Must Go.
  8. Best matrices aside from Four Blocks in the Snow?

    I swear by Sound Forge when it comes to tweaking audio.
  9. The Rest in Peace Thread

    ^^^ Absolutely irreplaceable. This means the end for Steely Dan once and for all. Fagen on his own is one thing (The Nightfly is a classic just as good as any of the actual Steely Dan albums) but Becker gave the music a certain edge.

    This is fucking devastating...my wife and I both love the Dan. Becker was a great guitarist- in spite of all the great Skunk, Carlton, Randall etc guitar solos on the albums Becker still got his licks in- "Black Friday", "Bad Sneakers", "Home At Last" to name a few. It was sad to see how he'd deteriorated near the end there, waddling to the microphone, noodling guitar solos all over the place. Hate to say it, but when I got the news (no pun intended) today about Walter's passing I wasn't really surprised. Shit, like so many others the fuckin' guy shoulda been dead fourty years ago... RIP Walter Becker. RIP Steely Dan, 'cos you can't have the Dan without Becker. Becker and Fagen were the American Lennon/McCartney.
  11. Best White Summers?

    It's funny 'cos it's true!
  12. Montreal 2/6/75 Underrated?

    In spite of the decidedly iffy quality of the recording, the taper commentary alone makes the bootleg worthwhile
  13. Best White Summers?

    Except, of course for the fact that in 1980 Jimmy Page didn't have the chops to play the piece without sounding like a kid who's just picked up a DADGAD tuned guitar for the first time! As much as I despise Stephen Davis and Hammer Of The Gods, his assessment in the book that by 1980 "White Summer" "Sounded more Spanish than Eastern" is just about spot on. Indeed- the way it was done a the '77 Tempe gig (48 seconds). Simple but effective.
  14. Would Only One Knebworth Show Have Been Better?

    Man, you should do the entire fucking show if you had the time...yer matrixing work is the real shit!
  15. Would Only One Knebworth Show Have Been Better?

    It wouldn't work 100% of course, but somebody should try syncing the audio from the 24 July Copenhagen gig to the 4 August Knebworth video The Barney Hoskyns Trampled Under Foot bio goes into some pretty good detail about how fucked up things were behind the scenes as well. Peter Grant allowed his ego and cocaine hubris to basically fuck over Freddie Bannister to the point where Bannister had to cut his losses and, if memory serves, actually file for bankruptcy. Not one of Grant's better moments for sure. I think Page spent a bit too much time hanging out and partying with Keith Richards and Ron Wood (The New Barbarians) before the show. All that pure Merck coke Keith and Ronnie liked...mixed with smack and booze it's no wonder Jimmy wasn't in that great of shape once Zeppelin hit the stage. After about half a dozen songs he looks like someone who stepped into the shower with their clothes on, a total wreck. Judging from the amount of guitar strings he broke on the night as well he might have considered using a heavier gauge...