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From earlier comments, I'd assumed this would be Robert impersonating Bonzo for a laugh.

Having heard it, I think Mstork is actually right - it's Robert impersonating Dr. John for a laugh.

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Is it me or does Jimmy Page have a tendency to come off as tight and overly self-defensive in interviews? Even this bit, with someone as friendly to the band as Dave Lewis, and Jimmy seemingly can't relax and have a little fun. Unless the written transcript reads markedly different than what the actual interview sounded like?

Because it reads like Jimmy wanted to bite Dave Lewis' head off when Dave asked if it was someone other than Robert Plant doing the vocals on the reference mix of "Royal Orleans".

It still sounds like Bonham to me.

Well it could be just how we are reading it.. Like if you read Plantations Plant often comes off sounding like he was angry, but when listening it sounds like he's having a good time, but trying to get the audience to move back or to quiet down. Jimmy could have been laughing a little while explaining that it wasn't Bonzo..

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It may be the changing seasons, but I can't stop listening to the Presence companion, especially great when I'm walking.

- Two Ones are Won - sounds mostly like the original to me, but that's ok because this  is one amazing song, so much to love, each member giving it their all.  This song is the picture of WOW WOW WOW!!! 

- For Your Life - while Robert's vocals are a signature sound to the LZ greatness, I usually find myself paying much more attention to the instruments and not so much to the vocals or lyrics.  But not in this song, I give all of my attention to Robert here, love his voice!

- 10 Ribs - I may have posted more about this song than any other LZ song, cannot say enough how much I love this song, and maybe partly because it was such a surprise. When it plays, I want the whole world to stop and listen to every subtly that to me tells a story of pain, hope and pure joy.

- Royal Orleans - just love the vocals (whoever it is!), love it more than the original.

- Hats On For Nowhere - I listen to this song with due respect, but this is the one song on the companion that is just ok to me.  I don't dislike it, but it doesn't have the same effect on me as other songs. I find my mind wandering on this song, wonder how much farther I have to walk, what will I cook for dinner, what's my dog up to, wish I had some water right now, etc. 

 

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Presence at the moment is my fave Companion disc.

Achilles, even though it's in a close to finished state, illustrates the depth of Jimmy's genius in that anybody else would listen to that and go " Bloody hell that's a masterpiece". But Jimmy saw in amazing detail what was needed to help take it even further, to truly Olympian heights.  He saw the need for additional vocal passages to develop the narrative of the song, and tightening of some overdubs and other minor edits.  Lastly, I finally discovered the magic of the intro and outtro guitar sections, why they sounded so cosmic after all these years.  Jimmy is deliberately playing the passages in random time patterns.  Then overdubbing multiple guitars in odd time signatures to create an disorienting effect, true genius.

 

Foy Your Life is great too, because again, it shows Pages studio mastery and trickery.  Listen closely to the middle "When you blow it babe" part, it's totally different sequencing wise.  Jimmy cut and spliced his way to the version we all know and love.

 

10 Ribs I mean come on, what a treat.  Aren't you glad we have this hidden gem?  I listen to this all the time now.

 

Royal Orleans The more I listen the more I think it COULD be Plant.  It is bizarre, and I think we are lucky Jimmy chose to include such an oddity.   I love it, absolutely priceless and shows their great humor.   Someone needs to pin down Robert and ask him definitely, because Jimmy lies about shit.

 

hots on for nowhere nothing special here, but it's a great frickin song.

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Presence at the moment is my fave Companion disc.

Achilles, even though it's in a close to finished state, illustrates the depth of Jimmy's genius in that anybody else would listen to that and go " Bloody hell that's a masterpiece". But Jimmy saw in amazing detail what was needed to help take it even further, to truly Olympian heights.  He saw the need for additional vocal passages to develop the narrative of the song, and tightening of some overdubs and other minor edits.  Lastly, I finally discovered the magic of the intro and outtro guitar sections, why they sounded so cosmic after all these years.  Jimmy is deliberately playing the passages in random time patterns.  Then overdubbing multiple guitars in odd time signatures to create an disorienting effect, true genius.

 

Foy Your Life is great too, because again, it shows Pages studio mastery and trickery.  Listen closely to the middle "When you blow it babe" part, it's totally different sequencing wise.  Jimmy cut and spliced his way to the version we all know and love.

 

10 Ribs I mean come on, what a treat.  Aren't you glad we have this hidden gem?  I listen to this all the time now.

 

Royal Orleans The more I listen the more I think it COULD be Plant.  It is bizarre, and I think we are lucky Jimmy chose to include such an oddity.   I love it, absolutely priceless and shows their great humor.   Someone needs to pin down Robert and ask him definitely, because Jimmy lies about shit.

 

hots on for nowhere nothing special here, but it's a great frickin song.

Somehow, when I listen to 10 ribs I feel it should have been named St.Tristan's sword and sword should have been 10 ribs.  Ribs is so "mature" and Sword has an OTHAFA feel about it. The first solo reminds me of the solo from june 23rd 77. second part harkens all the way back to Killing floor from 4-27-69.

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Somehow, when I listen to 10 ribs I feel it should have been named St.Tristan's sword and sword should have been 10 ribs.  Ribs is so "mature" and Sword has an OTHAFA feel about it. The first solo reminds me of the solo from june 23rd 77. second part harkens all the way back to Killing floor from 4-27-69.

Totally agree, I wonder if the titles got mixed up like Moby Dick (Backing Track) and La La (Intro/Outro Rough Mix) did. 

Edited by Sathington Willoughby

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BC thats one honest review... you working up a mandecello ALS intro for your new cd now that you broke the code? 

haha ya never know!

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Totally agree, I wonder if the titles got mixed up like Moby Dick (Backing Track) and La La (Intro/Outro Rough Mix) did. 

Sorry Sath. I made a mistake, It's the second half of La La that has the second part which sounds like the solo from 4-27-69.

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Sorry Sath. I made a mistake, It's the second half of La La that has the second part which sounds like the solo from 4-27-69.

Good call, you can really hear the delay effect on good audience tapes.

 

Edited by Sathington Willoughby

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How come the last comment is 3yrs ago??? I just listened to the Presence re-issue this morning... Luv the original and luv this... I don't get the lack of respect Presence gets... Every song rocks!  If I have a least fave here its probly NFBM... I know, crazy, right?  Probly just oversaturation when I was 15... Hots on and orleans have always been faves...and Candy Store Rock rocks too!  The only album with no keyboards, no clunkerz in the bunch... Cept the sucotash song

... 10 Ribs with carrots and peas...the title is ad hard to say as the song is to listen to...

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Ribs and all/carrot pod pod, this song is perfect,  i imagine this song played during the No Quarter medley it  would have been perfect :( 

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