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Blazier

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  1. fyi I can't quit you babe was an early staple. Out on the tiles, NYC 9-70. I reckon good times bad times, I have yet to hear a live rendition. If JB Jr can bang out the drum track on fool in the rain accurately, let 'em at it. It is really one of the best drum tracks ever, both in terms of applicability to the song, technical prowess, and bonzo riffic ness...
  2. Rubbish. The second (or third?) 'best of' was still in the planning stages in '03. And certainly no one foresaw the passing Ahmet Ertegun's (RIP, you are the kingpin) and the reunion gig in his honour. So I'd say this is coincidence but I know nothing about numberology (DVD <> 4+4+4, does it? How so?). If this were true then I suppose we should start planning on a new album in 2015 since it will be 47 years since LZ formed and there are 10 letters in 'mothership' and 47 + 10 = 57 and 5+7 = 12 new tracks? A better question would be: How Many More Times?
  3. Thanks for the info- I will seek out the QUIEX discs and give'em a listen. The trouble with ebay etc is that many of the vendors will call an 'unscratched' record mint, or shrink wrap them and say brand new, or a host of other deceptions and its a pain to return them. The crappy records are whatever was new on the shelves during most of the 80s up to the end of the new vinyl sections in record stores, and any of that music club (BMG etc) stuff. Avoid these -- readily identifiable by wafer thinness and/or the selection number embossed on the jacket and/or disc label. If somebody has a link to a reliable vendor of said QUIEX pressings, my credit card is starting to burn a whole in my pocket....
  4. So my friend's older sister gave us (her brother and I were like 13) a ride in her truck and a Zep II 8 - track was in the deck. It was one of those life changing events where everything was so fu_in' cool, and I will never forget the feeling. I would have gottin into LZ anyway by hearing them on the radio or something, but that day was like yeeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaah.....
  5. Exactly -- I remember seeing that LP cover and going Huh? cause I was like 14. Later I thought to myself: "Its 1971: I am the lead guitarist in the most explosive Rock band the world has ever seen, we're bigger than Elvis and the Beatles, and we've got a shit-hot album ready to go. What do we call it? What's the cover going to look like?" And Jimmy just played with some images, made a collage, and presto... Find an old magazine and pretend yer makin an album cover with images only, cut and paste a collage, and you can't help putting in a Theme; it's what people (artists especially) do.
  6. So I have spent a lot of time listening to mint & near mint LPs of LZ. With initial pressings, on a proper turntable (pref. with a tube amp and properly set up midrange crossover on yer speakers), the sound is beyond comparison with any subsequent digital iterations of the recordings. Apart from clarity (i.e., squeaking drum pedal on "Since I've Been Loving You", and various pick noises, mic squeaks, etc.), the sound is better; the music is heavier, it rumbles, there is more there, especially on I, II, & III. I believe this is more how the band wanted to sound than what CDs sound like (especially theirs!) and why they didn't want to further sully their sound with '.mp3' and similar rubbish. Just Listen. Sadly later pressings of vinyl are pretty poor, especially by the eighties, which is what most people will have heard since a cherry 1970 record is an expensive item which loses value with each beautiful rotation. Try to get a listen to Tangerine or What is and What Should Never Be on a well-preserved first run copy, it is pure Zep bliss. My question is, does the label, group, or associates plan to re-press and re-release the analog-only (or remixed using modern analog gear) back catalog to heavy (180+ gram) vinyl, so that the true brilliance of the music and Page's production and engineering wizardry can again be enjoyed? My kids will hear my records; will yours hear the real deal? Thanks JP, RP, & JPP; RIP JB (+ PG, SD, AE ... )
  7. Says Led Zeppelin on the outer box three times only -- 3 dudes still playing music we can hear (thunderstorms not included). Says Led Zeppelin four times on the pull-out box, once for each musician recorded on the product. Works for me! Back to the interesting stuff: Any thing after the LZ III vinyl come with Crowley quotes or similar intrigue? That was the best way to get hippie chicks to dig zep with you when you flipped the record. Sorry new school digital people, you won't get laid as much, and you will hear pixels instead of music. All this remastered stuff is sacrificing fidelity for clarity; there is a difference between accuracy and precision...
  8. Used to be 'The Rover' was the one. When I was 18 I bought a rusty '66 Land Rover so I could call it The Rover and I mounted a stereo on the metal frame behind the front seats -- no dash on those things [no power either!] -- and blasted zep for everyone around whether they liked it or not. Later I realized sometimes 'Down By The Seaside' can sound just as sweet, depends on a lot of things. Lying in a sleeping bag with yer lady under the stars as dawn comes in is one of those. At 77 mph on the freeway, I feel Jimmy's riffs in the Rover, but at 17 mph behind a tractor and combine, I am damn good with Down by the Seaside.
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