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Bill M.

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  1. I think it's largely due to the number of heavy metal bands that cite Led Zeppelin as a main influence. That was the case with most of the hard rock/metal bands that were popular in the 80s. And around that time, every magazine article and interview seemed to unquestionably call Led Zeppelin the starters of heavy metal. Fast forward to the 90s, where most of the newer heavy metal bands were constantly citing Black Sabbath as their main influence. And shortly after, every magazine article and interview seemed to unquestionably call Black Sabbath the starters of heavy metal. Coincidence?
  2. I hate to say it, but the use of different names for different music genres is largely a byproduct of marketing. New genres never happen over night, nor do they ever start with one particular band. Bands just play the music they want to play. Inevitably, you get a generation of bands who share some of the same influences and thus sound similar. It's only after you have enough of these bands with enough similarities that people attach a category name for them. That's not to say I don't use such labels myself. Labels can be very useful. I LIKE knowing that I can find Ravel in the "Class
  3. If I could throw out a more specific suggestion along these lines: you could trace the history of American blues upon British hard rock bands of the late 60s (not just Zeppelin, but also the Rolling Stones, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Cream, etc.) and how this movement in turn ended up influencing American hard rock music. It might be interesting to see why such a blues influence seemed to happen more in the UK than it did in the US. Segregation and the state of the economies after WWII might both have something to do with it. As long as you have a good point to make with your paper tha
  4. I'm here to collect information from knowledgeable individuals, not sugar-coat things for the pathetically over-sensitive and stupid. Speaking of helpful individuals: thanks to Stargroves, Gigi, and Eternal light! Again, there seems to be some mystery as to what is truly "authorized" but you've all given me some good leads to check out.
  5. I'm seeing a lot of songs on this thread that DID make it on to two or more compilations of theirs. Out of curiosity, I went through the list of the tracks from the original releases of the studio albums, and weeded out what's showed up on other compilations before. For the record, here's a list of the only songs from the studio albums that NEVER made it on to any of the official compilations (excluding Box Set II, for obvious reasons) or live albums. So nothing from The Song Remains the Same, the 1990 box set, the Remasters box set, the Early Days or Latter Days discs, The BBC Sessions,
  6. Does anybody know if there's ever been a definitive, AUTHORIZED source set of Led Zeppelin lyrics? Please note that I am NOT asking for a random link to some spyware-filled lyrics page you found at the top of your favorite search engine's search results. Yes, I already know how to use a search engine. The key word here is "authorized". When it comes to any band, most of the lyrics you find on the web and even in sheet music books are purely the results of fans, guessing by ear. Sometimes these seem correct, sometimes they're ridiculously wrong. But you can usually find the "real" l
  7. I admittedly read and write comments on YouTube. Sometimes it's helpful when clueless people upload things with incorrect descriptions (e.g., I saw one guy who uploaded Brownsville Station's "Smokin' in the Boys Room" and said was Alice Cooper!) But when it comes to my own stuff that I upload on my channel, I typically disable all comments and ratings. The way I see it, I'm there to share video clips, not to make each clip a new message board for bored whiners.
  8. Here's one I remember. Rather than trying to type it out from memory, I'll just copy and paste the example written on imdb.com: In 1973 Elvis Presley met with Led Zeppelin members Robert Plant and John Paul Jones in Los Angeles. An idol to the members of Led Zeppelin, Elvis wanted to meet "who was outselling him" at concerts (Zeppelin was in the midst of a record-breaking tour that year). Plant was so awestruck at meeting his idol in person that he could barely speak to him. Jones, nearly as awestruck as Plant, made small talk with the "King," and mentioned what a beautiful watch Elvis wor
  9. This begs the question then of how exactly you'd be listening to your records. Obviously you need a record player to play them, but you need to have speakers or headphones at some point. Most turntables do not have any sorts of speakers built into them, and are designed so that they have cables that plug into a speaker system. Do you have an entertainment center in your living room, with a main receiver that you plug your DVD players and X-Box and what not into? If so, then you can just plug into a free channel there (again, providing that either the turntable or the receiver has a pre
  10. I use multiple media simply because there isn't one single medium on which I can find every recording I want. Some titles I can only find on vinyl, some stuff I can only buy on-line as mp3s, plus I have personal recordings I made years ago on cassette tape, concert videos that were only released on VHS whose audio content I want to rip, etc. Personally I don't complain about the fact that I've replaced albums on new media formats; I'm thankful that technology has provided me with more and more convenient ways to listen to the music I love. Technology just gets better as science marche
  11. You know you're a Zep-freak when... ...you've rewound the middle of "Gallows Pole" 50 times to try and figure out what the hell Robert Plant is singing at the start of the fourth verse. ...you had "Ramble On" stuck in your head as you watched the first half hour of Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings. ...you actually own the second Bonham album. ...you even know who the band Bonham is. ...you've lectured somebody on the proper title of the fourth album. ...you're confused when you hear John Paul Jones being mentioned regarding the American Revolutionary War. ...
  12. Welcome, Mich! I just started here myself last week.
  13. No, arrangements for a CD also demand ordering all those the songs in the middle so that the flow seems listenable. If anything, this can be more demanding than arranging the songs for a vinyl record or cassette tape, because you have to think of it as one continuous entity instead of two distinct entities (two sides). So the challenge is there; it's just different. I agree though that many albums that were originally arranged WITH vinyl and cassette in mind, make more sense if you put them in that context. They assume the listener has a pause in between what would have been the last tra
  14. Actually "when CDs were new" in the early 80s, it was only audiophiles who were buying them. And they were praising them in the same way that you're praising vinyl now. Strange how things have come full circle, and the self-proclaimed audiophiles are the very same nit-pickers we've always known them to be. By the mid 80s, the overwhelmingly popular medium of choice wasn't vinyl; it was the cassette tape. I owned hundreds of them myself. Tapes were small, convenient for travel, didn't scratch, and could hold more music than a record. They could be used to record songs off the radio, m
  15. Personally, I've never bought this argument. It seems to largely be just a subjective illusion. I'd very much like to see a controlled experiment conducted to see if self-proclaimed audiophiles could tell the difference between a vinyl recording and a digital recording that has changes to the EQ and distortion levels, maybe snaps and pops added too. I've personally done side by side comparisons to some titles that I had on both vinyl and CD, using an A/B switch on the same entertainment center, and found the CD to sound a lot better. Sometimes CD mastering is done well, sometimes it's do
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