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    The space before the live decline

    I've always felt that the band was at its performance peak during the years 1969 - 1972. Especially the early tours of America in 1969 and 1970. I never really cared for the live shows after 1972. After 1972, that's where the slow decline and rot set in, IMO. I blame the decline in Page's guitar playing on his heavy drug use that allegedly began in 1973.
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    Today In Led Zeppelin History

    Led Zeppelin plays first, & only, Iowa show in Iowa City 50 years ago today https://www.press-citizen.com/story/entertainment/2019/01/15/led-zeppelin-plays-first-only-iowa-show-iowa-city-50-years-ago/2579105002/ vv
  3. HarperCollins released a new biography detailing the life of Jimmy Page. More details here: https://www.gigwise.com/features/3264960/chris-salewicz-biography-author-jimmy-page-essay https://www.ripongazette.co.uk/news/harrogate-chris-salewicz-s-new-led-zeppelin-book-1-9283761
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    The Lemon Song (studio)

    The song was cut "live" in the studio, so I presume that the recording reflects the tempo chosen by the band. It sounds pretty close to the live versions from the second American tour of 1969. But my ears could be deceiving me. LOL.
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    Dragon Telecaster Re-created

    I've always liked Page's tone that he had with the Telecaster and Tonebender, particularly during the early Zeppelin period. I always thought that the acquisition of the Les Paul from Joe Walsh led Page to step away from the heavy overdriven sound of the 2nd American tour to a gradually cleaner tone.
  6. I think Jimmy Page runs the risk of losing credibility for suggesting too much. In interviews, he spoke about all manner of surprises (or something to that effect) for the 50th anniversary of the band. The anniversary has been underwhelming and disappointing, in my opinion. The re-release of TSRTS, and a photo album weren't much to get too excited about, and fell a bit short in terms of what Page implied in his earlier statements. Maybe it's just me. I think the Fall of 2018 was a missed opportunity, I was hoping for a live recording from 1968, but that seems like a pipe dream, but then again, perhaps Page will surprise the fans in January 2019 with something that truly can be called a "surprise" for the band's anniversary.
  7. Details here: https://www.uncut.co.uk/news/led-zeppelins-john-bonham-honoured-hometown-festival-106306 I wonder if Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, or Robert Plant will participate in any of these activities.
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    Survey: What are the 5 greatest guitarists and drummers?

    Guitarist: 1- Jimi Hendrix 2-Harvey Mandel 3-Randy California 4-Jimmy Page 5-David Gilmour Drummers: 1-John Bonham 2-Mitch Mitchell 3-Keith Moon 4-Stuart Copeland 5-Ginger Baker
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    The Best blues song ever made by Zeppelin.

    I'm a fan of the live versions of "I Can't Quit You" performed during the second America tour (i.e., the run of San Francisco shows at the Fillmore/Winterland), and the live versions of early 1970 European tour.
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    Led Zeppelin 50th Anniversary

    I thought that Wall's claim that Plant was turned off from considering further shows with the band as a result of Page requiring privacy backstage at the O2 arena was kind of ridiculous. I recently read somewhere that Plant refused to participate in a meet & greet with fans at one of his recent 2018 shows, so it kind of sounds a bit hypercritical on Plant's part to have condemned Page.
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    Led Zeppelin 50th Anniversary

    It's not a very good article, however, the comments about the 2007 reunion are interesting: https://www.express.co.uk/entertainment/music/1036362/led-zeppelin-drugs-sex-rocknroll-stairway-to-heaven
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    Best opening song

    The version of "Train Kept A-Rollin" that the band opened shows with in 1969. But "We're Gonna Groove" was a great opening tune because it certainly stated the band's intentions.
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    Has anyone heard of ten years after?

    Two of my favorite tunes by the band. Enjoy! Love Like A Man: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XBM6wdMq8CI I'd Love To Change The World: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2o7KLrjS3JA
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    Best Live Bass Solo

    JPJ's masterful bass playing in the live versions of "Killing Floor/Lemon Song" during the second American tour in 1969.
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    The O2 In Retrospect...

    In terms of Plant's vocal used for the 2007 reunion, a number of songs were performed in a lower key because of Plant's diminished vocal range. To say that Plant sang the songs performed that night in the vocal style he had when Zeppelin was touring / recording in the late '60s and 1970s isn't accurate. In my opinion, although the 3 original members were on stage that night in 2007, the show had a different vibe / feel to it, and all though it was great to see the first full performance of the band (minus John Bonham) in 27 years, the show was oddly unsatisfying and something definitely was missing from it. Nevertheless, I think it was a good show overall.
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    Lawsuit over Stairway to Heaven

    Being a fan of the band's music doesn't mean that I have to feel some sense of blind devotion towards the band. And that's about as much as I'm going to say about the situation.
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    Lawsuit over Stairway to Heaven

    It's well known that Randy California didn't pursue the lawsuit because of the legal cost. He wasn't sitting on a pile of money like Zeppelin and company. Randy California stated in a number of interviews that he was well aware that the song was borrowed from Taurus. That's the reason that he's spinning in his grave over this.
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    Lawsuit over Stairway to Heaven

    I doubt anyone on a Led Zeppelin forum is likely to be objective about the lawsuit. Judging from the posts here, there's really no point in discussing the lawsuit against the band, because it seems that Zeppelin can do no wrong.
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    Led Zeppelin to do a Live streaming service

    Why not just issue these recordings as CD releases and digital downloads? I'd rather have physical copies of these recordings anyway.
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    I don't think that's entirely true... If the Yardbirds didn't have much of a following with bootleggers, then what about the existence of the audience recordings that exist of the Yardbirds from the spring of 1968? And the early Zeppelin recordings from 1969 that were captured when the band was still unknown? I have a substantial number of audience recordings of various bands from the mid-1960s circa 1966/1967, and I think that's when people really became serious about capturing recordings of rock concerts. The point is, it's highly likely that at least some type of recording of the band exists from the Fall of 1968. And why such a recording hasn't surfaced - is anybody's guess.
  21. Here's an interesting perspective on the subject: http://theconversation.com/plagiarists-or-innovators-the-led-zeppelin-paradox-endures-102368 What are your thoughts?
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    Led Zeppelin - Plagarists Or Innovators? Article

    Thank you. My question is related to the notion of re-purposing or refashioning the music of others, and is it innovation or something else? And what do people think? I'm not interested in opening the proverbial "can of worms" over the Taurus/STH debate. But I'll say this, it's also not about which is the better song, because that is a subjective thing. But in my case, I'm a long-time fan of the band, Spirit, and I enjoy their music as much as I enjoy Zeppelin and the Yardbirds.
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    Led Zeppelin - Plagarists Or Innovators? Article

    Agreed, the point is that "Taurus" by Spirit was Page's point of musical reference - not Davey Graham or Bach. Just as in my other post referring to "Think" by Jame Brown, the Saxophone riff was obviously restructured by Page to become the guitar riff for "Bring It On Home", which is (as you stated) another example of what he's done many times, take another musician's riff (or motif) and make it his own to varying degrees. So the question is, is it innovation or something else? What do people think?
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    Led Zeppelin - Plagarists Or Innovators? Article

    Just for fun, the Saxophone riff on James Brown "Think" certainly sounds like it was re-purposed for a certain tune on Led Zeppelin II. Can anyone guess what tune that is? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-bqK7meoDCs
  25. Ramble On. I think its the epitome of the blend of "light & shade" and acoustic/electric guitar that Jimmy Page strove for. And the bass line by John Paul Jones is one of the finest that he committed to record.