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  1. I remember a listing for Robert Plant's math homework once. No, there weren't song lyrics scribbled in the margins. It was just his math homework from when he was a kid.
  2. I think the way Zeppelin used Tolkien was pretty good. They were able to make allusions without losing a wider audience. A lot of metal bands today will record whole concept albums about the Silmarillion which to be honest seems a bit cheesy. "Ramble On" is not a song just about Frodo or Bilbo, it's a "wandering" song, and it uses allusions to strengthen that theme instead of JUST being a song about hobbits.
  3. It's missing Houses of the Holy. I presume you would have added that back onto the Houses of the Holy album so that the title would make sense.
  4. I beg to differ. The fantasy sequences were grade-A cheese.
  5. I consider greatest hits albums to be something of a necessary evil, usually good as an introduction or crash course to a band, but they often leave off under-appreciated tracks. Sometimes the track listing of a Greatest Hits album can distill a band's career into the most absolutely indispensable, but sometimes it feels slapdash. For a best and worst in my opinion, "Love" by the Beatles is one of the best compilations I have heard. It's more properly a remix album, but it hits all the major notes of their career, and the remixes make the old songs sound new again, so even people who already had all of their albums would want to get it. In the "worst" column, I found "The Best of Both Worlds" by Van Halen to be a confusing mess. It was supposed to have Disc 1 cover the David Lee Roth era, and Disc 2 cover the Sammy Hagar era, but infighting ultimately produced a confusing mess of a track list. "Eruption" opens the album, but "You Really Got Me" isn't until track 7. Hearing those songs separated by several Van Hagar songs just sounds wrong, especially when they flowed so seamlessly into each other on the original album. The new songs recorded for the compilation are also far inferior to those recorded for their other greatest hits album back in the 90's, and the inclusion of songs from the aggressively mediocre "Live: Right Here Right Now" just leaves a bad taste in your mouth. What are your picks for best and worst compilation albums?
  6. Remix Death Magnetic by Metallica so that it isn't so brickwalled, and put songs from "Beyond Magnetic" back onto it. Add in the songs from Coda that were left off of ITTOD Cut down about half of Aerosmith's "Music from Another Dimension" Re-release "Ummagumma" by Pink Floyd as an expanded live album, without Disc 2. Definitely get rid of "Several Species of Small Animals Gathered Together in a Cave and Grooving with a Pict"
  7. The era of digital music sales reduced the need for coherent albums in the eyes of the public. You don't need to listen to the whole album through, you can just get the one or two "good songs" that you heard on the radio and be on your way. It's a shame because so many classic albums are just that...albums. I don't think this can be placed squarely on "mainstream pop" though. Many rock albums I've bought over the last few years have this problem as well. "Music from Another Dimension" by Aerosmith is about 30% too long and has maybe four good songs, the rest being filler. Ditto for pretty much every AC/DC album released since 1990. The era of album-oriented rock is over. I have noticed that bands such as the Black Keys, however, are releasing albums on a consistent basis with few "filler" tracks. Their two most recent albums, in my opinion, have zero filler.
  8. Mine is 160 gb. It may seem like overkill, but my music collection is constantly expanding, and it was annoying to have to go back and delete stuff from my old mp3 player when I got new albums. I have a playlist of about 700 of my favorite songs that I like to put on shuffle just to have in the background sometimes.
  9. The riff from "Legendary Child" is almost exactly the same as the one from "The Wanton Song."
  10. I think Outrider and Walking Into Clarksdale sounded Zeppelin-esque, and Manic Nirvana was the closest thing to Zeppelin sound that Robert did. I'm excited for the possibility of a new JP solo album.
  11. Zeppelin: Black Dog Dazed and Confused How Many More Times Kashmir All My Love I Can't Quit You Baby (Coda version) Immigrant Song Gallows Pole Post-Zeppelin: Through With the Two-Step Ship of Fools 29 Palms I Believe When I Was A Boy Shine It All Around Tin Pan Alley
  12. I believe No Quarter will be most people's answer. Ice Fishing has some great piano playing but it pales in comparison to the masterpiece that is No Quarter.
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