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  1. Favorite version(s) of The Ocean?

    A shame this great song wasn't played more often. Fun time signature in that song, too.
  2. Nitpicking Page (The quest for the best performance of 1975)

    Well, from a singers perspective, Plant's part after the solo is an abolute embarrasment.
  3. Elvis vs. Plant

    I have to agree with that. Freddie was maybe the greatest studio vocalist ever. The songs he recorded from 1986 until his death are some of his best vocal performances ever (and maybe some of the best ever made in popular music). On the other hand, Plant didn't brink his best in the studio on some songs. Some songs he sang better live than on the record, because the studio recording was out of tune at times (like "That's the way). Re Elvis: I think he was very gifted technically. Otherwise he wouldn't be able to sing songs like "An American Trilogy" or "My Way" live the way he did.
  4. Elvis vs. Plant

    Troll detected.
  5. Elvis vs. Plant

    It's hard to draw the line between differen genres. In general, I think Elvis was the greatest singer ever in popular music. He could sing every genre with taste, feeling and power. He even could've become an opera singer (Listen to "An American Trilogy" for example). But more important he could sing live even better than in the studio and sang in tune. For singers that sing mostly rock/hard rock, I can't tell you an exact no. 1. My favourite singers there for live performance AND ability are Bruce Dickinson, Eric Adams and Ronnie James Dio. Singers, who rarely have an off-day (well, Bruce struggled a lot in the 80's but recovered very well form that) and who have a very strong chest voice. Eric Adams is more a metal singer for a spinal tap- kind band, but his voice is incredible. His screams are Ian Gillan like and if you listen to the ballads he sings, you'll hear how much feel he has (Master of the Wind, Courage are examples). Then there are singers who have an incredible voice but can't sing their studio stuff live in the right pitch. The best example is Freddie Mercury. I would rate his timbre the 2nd best next to Elvis'. Freddie's problem was that he often had voice problems during live performances and sang almost every line that went above A4 different than on the record, because he couldn't hit the high notes live. For example, he usually didn't sing songs like "We are the champions" as they were recorded (with few exceptions). His studio stuff often contained head voice or falsetto, which he very rarely used during live performances (usually only during "Impromtu"). The 5 octave thing is a myth. At best he had 2 octaves in a live context and more than 3 octaves in studio situation. I also like John Fogerty a LOT. He is over 70 now and lost the rawness and range a bit, but until the early 2010's he used to sing great. Don Henley from the Eagles is another singer I admire. Both are singers that could really sing the songs like they were recorded/composed. I could make the list even longer. However, #1 belongs to the king himself, the greatest voice ever - Elvis.
  6. Elvis vs. Plant

    Just for those who know Elvis only from his movies:
  7. Elvis vs. Plant

    I blame Parker for that. He had too much control over Elvis in general, it's just sad. He needed Elvis to pay his Vegas gambling obligations. The whole Elvis story from the early 1970's is just sad. He could have done so much better and more interesting things with better health care. Regarding his voice, he was in his prime during that period. I myself don't think that Plant is the greatest rock vocalist of all time, but he sang in the greatest rock band
  8. Elvis vs. Plant

    Oh yes. I have that show on DVD. Elvis looks awful and can barely breathe, but he sings like a god.
  9. Next Soundboard Release

    Everyone who pays that much is stupid.
  10. Looking back at Grant's decision regarding TV performances, it sucks that he didn't allow the band to be filmed more often. There is so much more video material of other bands from that time. Queen is one of these bands that was filmed quite often. There is at least one profesionally filmed concert from each year starting in 1974. Now we are happy that so much footage of them exists. Imagine HTWWW was filmed, or something from 71.... Is there any chance film footage of a festival gig from 1969 exists? There is so much festival footage of Hendrix for example. Or was Grant always there to prevent them from filming, even at such events?
  11. Nitpicking Page on 3/21/75

    Funny Version Except for the slow tempo and the messy begining of The Rover it doesn't too bad IMO. He keeps time quite well.
  12. Nitpicking Page on 3/21/75

    Yes, very true. He is an amazing player and a down to earth guy. I met him once after a guitar clinic. His solo stuff/Dixie Dregs is crazy. Unfortunately he suffers wrist problems these days. It seems practicing for 8 hours a day took its toll.
  13. Nitpicking Page on 3/21/75

    Funny story for sure, haha Yeah I heard he is quite arrogant. Guys like Paul Gilbert can play circles around Malmsteen and still sound musical. Funny enough, I watched bits of his Leningrad 89 concert just yesterday. I like "Rising force" or "You don't remember". Nice hard rock/metal songs. But overall, shredders impress you only when you start playing guitar. After a bit of time you realize that guitar playing is so much more than just playing scale after scale at 300 bpm. Concerning shredders: What I find amusig is that Satriani is always supposed to be a shredder but he isn't anything like that. Just because he plays instrumental music doesn't make him a shredder. I liked his short time with Deep Purple a lot and always thought he would've fitted much better than Steve Morse.
  14. Nitpicking Page on 3/21/75

    What always amazed me is that Page and Plant had so much more off-nights compared to Bonzo and JPJ, yet they get/got all the attention. Is there one concert where Bonzo or JPJ are really off? I'm not the biggest bootleg expert, but from the 30-40 boots that I have, I don't remember one bad night from them.

    Yes we will get alternate mixes from LZ I. "Babe I'm gonna leave you" without guitar overdub, "Communication Breakdown" with a louder hi hat, "Good Times Bad Times" with a louder bass. Stuff like this. My high hopes for amazing live releases just went from 100 to 0 today.