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  1. 8/23/71 in Fort Worth, TX. Just a scorching version. The unbalanced recording helps in this case, as the taper was in front of Jimmy's side and the guitar is very prominent in the tape. Blazing playing by Jimmy and Robert in very strong and high voice.
  2. Absolutely, Jimmy was a mess. Bonzo was a drunk, he died of a self-inflicted mishap. But Jimmy was in much worse shape overall. He was just lucky he didn't die.
  3. Their live shows pretty much lived and died with Jimmy. JPJ and Bonzo were pretty much always solid. The difference between a great show, a decent show, and a bad show pretty much laid with the state of Jimmy and his playing. If you were to graph Jimmy's playing ability, fluency, speed, and accuracy from '73-'80, it would pretty much be a straight line downward. I don't think there's any reason to believe that trend would have reversed in the fall of '80. If you look at how frail and sickly he looked in '83 at the ARMS shows, you get a good idea of where he was trending. The America '80 shows would have been shorter, more compact, no jamming, with Jimmy doing a bad to decent job, depending on the night. I doubt you would have had much of the "old fire" from him in many shows.
  4. Yes, March '73 definitely finds the band at their hottest ever instrumentally. Bonham especially did things that month that he never did before or after. Just listen to Dazed & Confused from each of the German shows and see Page vs Bonham at its peak. The starts and stops, call and response games, and general jamming were something to behold. They were on fire.
  5. This is the weirdness people are talking about. Who in the world cares that Led Zeppelin's manager visited an antique store in 1976? But not only does Steve have "notes" about it, but there aren't enough details for his liking and he's avidly searching more out. That's the stalker-y thing at work. Sadly, Steve is NOT the heart of this place. All the members who made up the true heart of this place were driven away or left long ago. As far as why he's leaving, seems like Stevie's mad that his "image" and his "mystery" that he cultivates has been blown open, and he's been revealed to be an average Joe, albet one with OCD.
  6. Mattmc1973


    Ah, the infamous Black Albert! I had it a few years ago, very good. I'm drinking a Russian River Blind Pig IPA right now.
  7. Well, that's quite a backhanded and sarcastic review by Rolling Stone!
  8. 3/21/75 Seattle, arguably the best show of the '75 tour and today's the anniversary!
  9. I've always thought Jonesy's acoustic didn't add much to the live version, it's too thin sounding. His normal bass work would have filled out the sound much better, imo. If Jimmy can handle all of Achilles Last Stand's guitar parts on one guitar, he would've been fine on Ten Years Gone.
  10. I've gotta say, though I was skeptical this new album rocks pretty hard. Reminiscent of 'Women and Children First' era VH. Songs like 'As Is' and 'honeybabysweetiedoll' definitely show Eddie with his 70's chops back in full force.
  11. Nothing rocks harder than watching Diamond Dave dance around 1920's-style. Also, I had a seizure watching it.
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