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The Dark Lord

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  1. I’d hang it on my wall for sure. Nice work.
  2. I like the LZ III artwork better too, but here is the case against that model: 1) The debut album artwork is the most iconic, and instantly recognizable to the super fan and the casual fan. Should you ever sell your machine, the debut art will likely see stronger demand and / or recognition. 2) The LZ III model lacks some really key game play and accessory features, that will certainly detract from future value and collectibility, not to mention current enjoyment. 3) When you are spending multiple thousands of dollars on a game, it’s important to treat it as an investment as much as a an entertainment source. I look at this in the same manner as the 1965 V6 Mustang as compared to the V8 Mustang. The V6 is worth a fraction of the price of a factory V8 Mustang, and the V8 is head and shoulders more desirable. For that reason, I’m focussed on the LZ Premium model with the debut artwork, as opposed to the decontented Pro model with the LZ III artwork I still have to decide whether I’m going to buy after Xmas, but with each day I lean more toward a “yes” answer. Good luck with your decision.
  3. I’m close to pulling the trigger on one of these. I spoke to the western Canada distributor today for about 30 minutes, and now I’m just mulling things over to ensure that I’m not just getting caught up in the moment. The 500 Limited Edition (LE) machines are gone and accounted for (Icarus model). They are exactly the same as the Premium model, but with different artwork, and are numbered / autographed. The Led Zeppelin III model is the Pro model, and it is entry level. It lacks many of the features of the Premium and Limited Edition models. The Premium model is the one I’m looking at. It’s the same as the LE model of 500 units, apart from the art. The Premium model has multiple added features over the Pro model, and has the debut album artwork as its theme. Anyway, I’m on a cooling off period until after Xmas, and will either buy, or not, at that time. These machines will be produced as long as there is demand, which is estimated to be 2 years. I’ve got the LZ Converse sneakers, so I might as well get a pinball machine to keep them company. I kinda hope that I talk myself out of this idea, but then again, you only live once. 😉
  4. Yes, I met the three of them in Vancouver when they were touring the Walking into Clarksdale album. It seems like yesterday, although many years have passed since then.
  5. Nice story. I met him too (and Robert Plant, and Michael Lee). I spent a fair bit of time with Jimmy, and we had a nice conversation about a number of topics, including his Yardbirds days and concert locations. He was remarkably kind, humble, and pleasant, and was genuinely interested in asking me questions as well. He definitely was not a self centered person from what I could tell, and I cannot say enough good things about him, and the lasting impression he made on me. People rag on Jimmy about various things, and some of it is well deserved, but I can say without any doubt that he is a gentleman if you are respectful to him. Thanks for sharing your story.
  6. I believe, and have said it before, that the 50th Anniversary has come and gone in any meaningful way. The fact that Record Store Day came and went on Saturday, without a contribution from Zeppelin, really belies a significant missed opportunity, especially considering that Page is such a vinyl enthusiast. Had anything been in the pipeline, then RSD would have been a perfect vehicle to prime the fan base and keep the enthusiasm alive. I mean, we still might see a 50th Anniversary Beanie Baby or perhaps a Zeppelin Starship LEGO model, but other than that, I firmly believe that the anniversary is done in any meaningful way, and Zeppelin, unfortunately, screwed it up beyond all reason given the initial statements by Page.
  7. One comment I would make for those thinking of buying, is that the promo images of the shoes that have been released by VANS, and which are all over the net, show the 4 symbols strongly debossed on the side trim of the shoe sole. However, in actual fact, the shoes have crummy little decal transfers applied, which you can barely see and which will rub off in no time. Cheapo.
  8. Got my VANS Sk8 HI shoes today. I was at work and my wife managed to order her size on line and bought both pairs. My size was sold out. She drove to the mall, went into a store, and they had them in a shipping box in the back. None had been put out or displayed yet. She bought my pair and they were waiting for me when I got home, which was a pleasant surprise. Pretty nice shoes, and nice to have, but I have to admit that the Black Sabbath Converse shoes I bought 5 years ago were much better in terms of their overall execution. Anyway, nice way to start the weekend with some geek quotient. The wife was told that all authorized retailers were allowed to order 1 pair of each size only, and nothing more. She got my 10.5s and that’s it for that size at that store. Fleabay is already flooded of course.
  9. Sneakers are not what I was hoping for or expecting, but I’ll buy them anyway. They look nice and I bought 4 pairs of the Black Sabbath Converse runners several years ago, and I enjoy having them. The VANS have nice detail work including on the bottom sole trim.
  10. I doubt they will as I have seen other rock movies at this theatre, and they just use the house system. Nonetheless, it’ll be a hoot. I swear that I saw TSRTS and the Jimi Hendrix double bill at least 30 times as a teenager, as it made the rounds from Indy theatre to Indy theatre. It drove my parents bonkers, but at least they knew where I was and what I was doing.
  11. For those in the Pacific North West, and Vancouver in particular, The Song Remains the Same is playing at The Rio Theatre in Vancouver on July 21 at 8:00PM. Mrs TDL and I have pre-purchased our tickets, and this will be a blast from our past, having seen the movie in the theatre many times in the 1980’s. The Rio is a great privately owned theatre and could use the support to fight being bulldozed and replaced by commercial interests. Hope to see some of you there. Tickets are available on line.
  12. I’ve always seen this song as a reference to the drugs in the band, and in particular with Page. The most poignant line is: So don’t you let her, oh, get under your skin (ie: heroine via a needle) I could well be wrong, but the song has those undertones in my mind.
  13. Wrong. An excellent album from soup to nuts. One of my faves and a solid 10/10.
  14. Few people declare Presence as their favourite album when they first discover the band. I think most people gravitate toward Presence later, as they look for a break from the obvious crowd pleasers. It's an album of deep cuts, and it has less diversity than other albums, but it's still fantastic, in a different kind of way. It's probably their most technically perfect album, and as luck would have it, I listened to Presence while driving in my car today. Oh, it's so good.
  15. Totally agree with Lpman's assessment of the situation. Excluding Coda, for obvious reasons, I give both Presence and In Through the Out Door 10/10. Perhaps the fact that I participated in these albums at the time when they were released helps me to better understand their context within the broader musical landscape, but I wouldn't change a note on either.
  16. I still have a very vivid memory of buying this album on a sunny Saturday afternoon, the week of its release. Once out of the record store, I had to pull the LP out of the bag and have a good study of the cover. I like the album a lot and I was intrigued by the nod to Led Zeppelin IV, by the use of symbols that represent each member of the band. Where does time go? Some would call me an old man now. I was nearly 20 then.
  17. Got mine too. No distortion as described above. A real nice collectible, with only 4000 released.
  18. 50th anniversary........now you know why a couple of obvious nuggets, such as Swan Song, were kept in the vaults and not included in the recent remasters. Perhaps a special RSD release, or something like that.
  19. He may not be, but he looks pretty blotto to me. Look at the beginning when he is sitting on the couch and Ahmet is talking to Robert. Jimmy is slouched back, looking dazed. His eyes are looking in two different directions, as he shoves his hand down his pants and in to his underwear. Then he mumbles something relatively incoherent. I'd say he seems relatively blotto at this point. Although this is shown at the beginning of the video, I suspect it was filmed after the recording session, when Page had a few under his belt (not just his hand). Who knows, I could be wrong and it doesn't really matter if Jimmy's had a few. It's a cool video nonetheless.
  20. Sorry my friend. Pretty sure it doesn't exist on vinyl. I have UK vinyl copies and US vinyl copies of the album, but I've never seen a Japanese copy with "Whiskey...". The U.K. Mercury vinyl issue is way better than the U.S. Atlantic vinyl pressing. If you want a neat little vinyl collectible, buy the U.K. 45 RPM pressing on Mercury of "The Window". It's an awesome tune and a beautiful little accoutrement to the Walking Into Clarksdale album. I still give that album a 9/10. I love it.
  21. I'd never seen this before, so I thought I'd leave it here. Supposedly from 2001, it's a nice little ditty. Jimmy's wasted and wearing one of his ugly tiger shirts, but it's still a neat little video. For those like me, who haven't seen it before, enjoy:
  22. Plant sang a lot about his experiences and observations. He was pretty frustrated with the world post '75, and I would think this song reflects his observations of someone that he and / or the band knew. He is so metaphoric in his writing that it's hard to figure out what he's on about, but there's often a moral to the story.
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