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S. Flavius Mercurius

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  1. Great picks by pretty much everyone in this thread.

    I'd say Mobile 5-13 is perhaps the most underrated (or, more accurately, overlooked) - the SBD is very good and the band are super-tight. [A certain fan's] remaster of this is definitive IMHO.

    Also, [a certain label] has a boot called A Soundboard Platter that contains all the soundboard fragments from March '73 Europe (plus one SBD fragment from Jan). If you just want the SBDs, this release is excellent - everything in one place, and the best or second-best sounding version of every show (some fan remasters of some of the shows arguably sound slightly better).

    Finally, I'd have to say 3-24 Offenburg is probably the very best of the AUD-only shows (and for some folks this is the best of all the '73 shows - though I sometimes wonder if there isn't a certain romance among some folks for the AUD shows, esp. since they tend not to reveal the "warts" that a SBD can).

    And I'd bet the house that some hoarder has the SBD of Offenburg.

    Yeah, you have to wonder about the SBD of Offenburg. Given that quite a few other shows seem to have been recorded on that tour, it seems likely it (as well as the others missing) exists. I'd love to see some actual full shows from that tour surface as boards. And I agree that it is definitely the best of the AUD-only shows, especially if you can get your hands on the low-gen to DAT version that's out there. The sound quality is great and the playing is unbelievable!! And as far as the "Soundboard Platter", I just recently got that and I agree that it is a great thing to have all of those partial boards in one place (plus you get the 3/19/73 snippet, which doesn't seem to be circulating quite as much as the others). And finally, you are spot-on about Mobile 5/13/73. I think it's easily one of the best shows from 1973, and thankfully most of it is preserved in a beautiful soundboard tape. It a tight performance, and Plant's voice is still pretty fresh and energized....but it's Bonham's drumming on this show that's the real clincher. Anybody ever notice he has this one drum fill that he keeps playing in different songs in different tempos, yet it's always the same fill? Absolutely brilliant!

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    For at least the fifth time! Not only is this a truly great biography of Bob Marley, it's also a very detailed and in-depth book about the long and fascinating history of Jamaica. A must-read for any Marley fan.

  3. Ooh, I forgot Mobile 5/13/73!! What a scorcher that show is. I love No Quarter on that one - it has a unique jazzy little jam in it. Bonzo's drumming is so inventive, too. It's obvious he had some ideas in his head and was exercising them in different ways in different songs. Good call, hwkn. I have to drag that show out now!

  4. Exactly right, March '73 found them playing insanely well, their best ever performances. You can't go wrong with any of those shows. The soundboard tracks from Hamburg are crazy good.

    Hamburg is my favorite of the "snippet boards." It has a brighter sound than the others and the playing is just outrageous! Cheers, Mattmc1973 - great to see a fellow Zeppelin freak who knows the deal (not a dig on anyone else, by the way).

  5. 3/16/73 from Vienna and 3/17/73 from Munich are worth mentioning as well. Both are available as very good AUD tapes, and there's even a soundboard snippet of 3/16 out there as well (about 60 minutes or so). Any of the European shows from March and early April of '73 are worth having(although of course quality varies soundwise)- it was a small window in time when the band were playing on a ridiculously high level, with Page and Bonham at their absolute best. The versions of Dazed And Confused from that tour were amazing!!

  6. I haven't heard it but I agree about Stephen. I like some of what I've heard by Ziggy but a lot of it (especially his early material) is little more than "bubblegum" reggae. A few years back he did that album produced by Dave Matthews which was pretty much devoid of any reggae influence. Some people may have liked it but I didn't care for it at all. Stephen is definitely the real deal.

    Haha, no bubblegum with Stephen. Iron Lion for sure!!

  7. Nowdays I watched "It Might Get Loud" and I haven't really known Jack White's music so far. I hear in his music influence of classic rock and blues, I like it.

    Anyway, by the film, I can imagine that he's a frendly guy. But it's all the same, I'll never meet him or anyone else of those musicians, who I've mentioned.

    (And my English is terrible, sorry.)

    Haha, your English is better than half the people who send me e-mails for work on a daily basis! Yeah - check out Jack White's stuff for sure. The White Stripes and The Raconteurs are both just great.

  8. I've heard Jack White is a very cool and accomodating guy when he meets fans. A friend of mine literally bumped into him in an airport and they started talking. Jack opened up a suitcase and gave him all kinds of promo discs and some signed pictures. I'm a little, tiny bit jealous of said friend because of that!!

  9. I'll have to check that one out....summer is on the way!!


    Yes, do! It's a little hip-hop in a few places, but nothing ridiculous. It's practically all I listened to last summer! And part 2 is on the way sometime this year. Oh, and if you ever get a chance to see him, do it. I caught him last summer and it was a transcendent experience to say the least. The best show I've seen by any of Marley's kids - and I've seen all of them!!

  10. Stephen Marley won Best Reggae Album for Revelation Part 1: The Root of Life.

    As well he should have. The minute I got this cd I was blown away by it and knew he had yet another Grammy on the way. I imagine people see the name "Marley" and assume he's a shoo-in because of the family name, but trust me: Stephen is the real deal! I think he's by far the most talented of Bob Marley's many talented offspring.

  11. Hmmm... brave choices, Mr. Flavius. I admire Jack White, Bob Dylan & Pete Townshend - i think one would need to be lucky enough to catch them in an accomodating mood or look out. Jack is so physically imposing that I wouldn't want to piss him off. The latter 2 would probably just say something withering.

    What was your impression of Robby Krieger?

    Robby was really nice. VERY soft-spoken, almost shy, which I found interesting. I stuck with questions (not that I asked him a whole bunch) about guitar technique and some sounds he's gotten over the years both in and out of The Doors. How he got the sound for the solo of "You're Lost Little Girl", for instance, which I always found to be a very innovative tone. I remember asking him how the hell The Doors got that sound in the break of "Hello, I Love You" because my band had been doing it and we were going crazy trying to emulate it. He told me how they did it, but I can't remember now! (This was in 1990). I think he said Ray had some synthesizer in the studio that they used for it. We talked for about 10 minutes. Nice guy. And Dylan...he'd be the guy I'd be worried about catching in an accomodating mood. I don't even know what I'd say to him, lol. His body of lyrics alone could make even the smartest guy feel pretty dumb face-to-face.

  12. I'm a huge hockey fan. When the Boston Bruins won the Stanley Cup last year, I couldn't believe it. I was way too young to remember their previous championship and certainly never expected to see them win it in my lifetime given the way things had been going. This year has been up and down to say the least, but I guess they can't be counted out, because when they play well, they're hard to beat.

  13. First and foremost, Jimmy Page. He has been my favorite guitarist/musician for about as long as I can remember. Any other Zep member, too. Others:

    Jack White

    Bob Dylan

    Stephen Marley (I had the chance last summer but my friend was in a hurry and didn't want to hang on the bus with him and his band...and he was my ride home, so I had no choice!)

    Pete Townshend

    Doug Dillard (he is to the banjo what Jimmy Page is to the guitar)

    Chris Robinson*

    *I use the asterisk on him because he is the only member - past or latest pre-hiatus lineup - of The Black Crowes I haven't met yet. The rest I have met numerous times and they're all extremely cool. I would've included Eric Burdon and Robby Krieger, but I've met both of them as well.

  14. Unfortunately, rednecks and redneck behavior can be found everywhere, not just in the Southern U.S.

    You sure got that right, Jahfin! I lived in Virginia -which I guess some would call redneck country - for a long time and the people down there are cooler than a lot of the folks up in the Northeast (where I was born and have returned to live). As far as this story goes, I laughed when I read it. A little extreme perhaps, but Facebook is a joke anyway and therefore I found it sort of amusing.

  15. I bought Walking Into Clarksdale the day it came out - had to drive a pretty long ways to get it, because I was living in VERY rural Virginia at the time. When I popped it into my cd player, I really enjoyed it for the most part. Still do. My take on it was that it was a pretty solid representation of where Page and (more so) Plant were at the time. Like many before me said, the absence of a lot of guitar solos stuck out to me, but the fact that really shone through to me was that it really seemed that they weren't trying to be Led Zeppelin all over again, and that was a bold move. A move that I would've expected from them one hundred percent. And where Jimmy wasn't soloing as much, there was still a lot of intriguing things happening guitar-wise on that album. I love the spooky sound he gets on Heart In Your Hand. Sure, any guitarist can get that effect, but Page is the only one who can bring that feel, that spooky sort of sound to it. Burnin' Up - wow, can the grand sorcerer of the magic guitar still play! Incredible Page handiwork there. Most High is hypnotic and very powerful. Great lyrics and vocals from Robert. I still skip Upon A Golden Horse every time. But for the most part, I like Walking Into Clarksdale. It was exciting to hear new music from two members of my favorite all time band at the time, and it's great to pull and listen from time to time now.

  16. Scorpio.

    Chinese: Dog ("Metal" Dog)

    THE METAL DOG 1910 AND 1970

    "Metal Dogs have extremely high standards and expect a lot of themselves and of others. They are loyal and hold a strong outlook about the direction they want their life to take. They choose their friends and causes with care, as they do not plan to ever not support these people and things again. Once they have committed themselves, there is little to no turning back. They are bold, unafraid to disagree out loud about anything they feel is unjust or unfair. Metal Dogs are easily stressed if a plan does not go accordingly. They find it difficult to relax when there are things to be done."

    Close enough. :)

  17. It's been a long time since I heard Jonesy's material from Scream For Help (I have an LP of it and haven't had a turntable for a long while - do the math, lol) - however I do remember it being good stuff. Zooma was good but I enjoyed The Thunderthief a little more. His live show was just a powerhouse! I saw him on the Zooma tour and was quite surprised at the force of the music hitting me. I could instantly get a sense of how heavy Led Zeppelin must have sounded in concert during their heyday from Jones' performance. And I'll never forget the very portly fellow directly in front of JPJ in the very front row playing air keyboards with a Page/Plant "No Quarter" t-shirt on. Ouch. Jones seemed annoyed at the guy's constant banter at him between songs. But I digress...JPJ's solo work is some nice, very complex material that gives the listener a unique glimpse into the power and sheer technical genius of all things Jones.

  18. I like Outrider quite a bit. It has some great Page moments and some fine playing. I'll tell ya, I saw his show on the Outrider tour in Worcester, MA 10/29/88 (with Plant wearing a Celtics cap in the audience) and his guitar playing was incredibly good. Better than some of the 1975 shows and certainly more fluid and dynamic than most of 1977 on. He was really amazing!!

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