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Balthazor

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About Balthazor

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    Zep Head
  • Birthday 10/05/1969

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    Wisconsin
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    Led Zeppelin
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    Everything Else Sucks. :)

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  1. Gotta show some love for Devin Townsend's excellent new album Empath.
  2. I just watched this movie last night. I usually stay away from Oscar films, since so often they're just dreadful. But this film was really quite good, and Viggo Mortensen was simply outstanding. The funny thing is, watching the movie, I did at one point think that the soundtrack was exactly the kind of stuff Plant would love. I guess I was right about that.
  3. If you're sending out links I'd love one too...pretty please.
  4. I have a coworker friend who has very similar musical tastes as I, but he never liked Zeppelin. He said he couldn't stand them. I found that weird, but ok, to each their own. But it turned out to be the same thing, he'd heard the radio hits enough times to be sick of them, but had never heard anything else. So one day he borrowed all my Zeppelin cds and listened to them, and he was blown away. He said he had no idea all the different stuff they'd play, since all he'd ever heard were things like Heartbreaker. Better late than never.
  5. I first heard Dio when the Holy Diver album came out. It immediately became a favorite of mine and has been ever since. But lately, my favorite stuff from him is his old band Elf. From Rainbow through Sabbath and into his solo career, Dio always sounds like Dio. You could stick Stargazer or Children of the Sea on a Dio solo album and not really notice much difference. But Elf has it's own sound that's nothing like the Dio sound. It's not metal, it's just good old fashioned rock and roll with one of rock's greatest singers at the helm. Lately I've been loving that stuff to death. Finally, and maybe it's just me, but I think Dio's vocals were best back during the various incarnations of his old early 60s group Ronnie and the Redcaps/Prophets/whatever else. Mostly because he's not trying to do his signature Dio metal growl, but instead is singing clean, which to me better shows just how beautiful and powerful his voice was. I'm not a big fan of the music, since I'm just not a fan of that 50s/60s doo wop sound, but his voice on those recordings is just angelic. This one is among my favorites
  6. Hot Dog and Carouselambra. As a teenager, I was not interested in listening to Zeppelin play country music, and anything with synthesizers was practically taboo. Now that I'm older and hopefully wiser, Zeppelin playing country amuses me, and it's just such a catchy tune; and while synthesizers in hard rock are still usually pretty lame, Carouselambra gets a pass for being a flat out awesome song.
  7. I've watched about half the show now and the sound is a definite improvement. I haven't directly compared it to the DVD I've got, but I do remember that one sounding like hell. This one sounds quite good, so that's an improvement right there already. This, along with the excellent Live In New York video, are helping to make the 50th anniversary better than a total bust. Thanks to SteveZ98 for doing the work of bringing us this great video!
  8. I would like a link too, if you don't mind.
  9. Yep that's it. Thanks! Apparently just another tentant at the hotel. I thought she might have been someone's mother or something.
  10. I just got my copy of "Evenings With Led Zeppelin" this morning, and even though I've only merely skimmed through it a bit, it's already primed to become my new favorite Led Zeppelin book.
  11. Overrated: the EC shows. Aside from the inclusion of the acoustic set, these were my least favorite of the '75 shows. I just find them dull. Underrated: Newcastle 11-11-1971. Maybe not underrated as much as it goes largely unmentioned, but I listen to this one a lot. I think Plant's voice is stronger here than any other show I can remember.
  12. I think the Whole Lotta Love that's on the BBC recordings, aside from the guitar solo, is superior to what's on the album, and I always loved the WLL medleys in concert, but I get what you're saying. I feel the same way about Stairway. The studio version, to me, is perfection to the point that any reproduction of it will be less than perfect. I often skip Stairway when listening to concerts since it's always going to sound inferior to what's on the album.
  13. Here's my controversial opinion: all things considered, I don't think their infamous Live Aid performance was all that bad. Considering how last-minute the thing appeared to be thrown together, considering how wasted Page was and how little Plant gave a fuck, and considering how someone thought it was a good idea to wedge Phil Collins into that mess, well it could have been much, much worse. It's definitely not their finest hour, but to me anyhow, it still looked less sad than The Who's superbowl halftime show.
  14. One thing I'm curious about, during OTHAFA there's a couple quick shots of Plant with an old woman, who at one point looks to be messing with his hair. I'm just wondering who that is, the old lady.
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