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The Old Hermit

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  1. Hey Steve... are you saying that, in your considered opinion, that the would-be live album that Jimmy intimated was imminent back in 2017 was Japan '71...? I know you're pretty plugged-in to the grapevine, so I'm just interested where or how you came to this deduction? A Japan '71 live set would be just awesome, and the digital production technology we have now could enhance the multi-track tapes nicely to Jimmy's satisfaction... why did that live release not happen, Steve, did you hear any rumors on the grapevine about a reason? I'm still holding out for an Earl's Court live release; that would be the big one for me... and it would have real commercial cache too, those shows are legendary for a reason!!! If Jimmy really is retired now, having sorted out his recorded legacy over the last decade, then it's time we Zepheads faced the fact it could really, truly be over... the band are finished, not just as an active musical entity (that happened on September 25th, 1980) but as an album-releasing one too. Jimmy could still surprise us yet, but I just feel it's completely over now... hope I'm wrong though...
  2. I'd love to see the miniature stage set-up for the planned October/November 1980 U.S. tour that Dave Lewis was shown by Jimmy Page himself whilst visiting the Swan Song office just a week before Bonzo's fatal bender... was there any photos taken of it, or has anyone ever asked Dave Lewis to draw it from memory? Apparently they were working with Iggy Knight again (who designed the lighting for the 1973 tour)... would just love to see how the stage set-up would have looked had that tour actually taken place, alas...
  3. Probably a break BEFORE Bonzo's death would have been more fitting - the guy really did not want to go back out on tour, that much is obvious - but hey, that's a hindsight issue and they were different (better?) times...it's also clear that both Jimmy and Peter Grant desperately wanted Zeppelin back on the road in the lucrative/high profile U.S. and worked on Percy to achieve that objective... it's just a pity that Bonzo was the weak link they never counted on breaking, alas...
  4. Oh boy... 'Whole Lotta Love' Berlin 1980 is in a class by itself; that freak-out jam session is a thing of beauty, Jonesy playing bass like Jimmy plays guitar, it's magisterial... almost as if they (subconsciously) knew it was the last hurrah for them and they gave it their all one last time... it's magnificent even if the rest of that show was spotty, alas...
  5. Not sure if it's a 'controversial' opinion as such, but I've never heard a live rendition of either 'Whole Lotta Love' or 'Achilles Last Stand' that worked for me, much less equaled the superior studio versions... the strength in those two tracks were how they were produced/mixed, and you just couldn't replicate that onstage. Again, my own humble opinion, of course.
  6. Robert Plant reportedly told a mutual of friend of himself and Barney Hoskyns that the latter's Trampled Under Foot oral bio was the most accurate account of all of them. Make of that what you will...
  7. Really though, what's still left in the vaults live-wise other than Earl's Court '75 and Japan '71 - the latter of which Jimmy has definitively ruled out as a release in the foreseeable future - to warrant a major new release, for the 50th anniversary or otherwise? It will be interesting to finally discover where the forthcoming live album will be from, 'cause I'm at a loss as to what it might be, unless it's from a heretofore unknown multi-track that Jimmy only recently obtained or one he hadn't disclosed the existence of all these years... I'm sure dollars to donuts it isn't Southampton '73 and I never believed the recent rumors of '68 material, so I'm stumped. Guess we'll (hopefully) find out come the new year...
  8. Okayyyy... having just finished HotG recently - read it years ago and literally didn't remember a thing about it, so recently gave it a re-read - I have to say it was rather more tame than it's reputation and infamy suggests; yeah, it's loaded with salacious tales of sex, drugs, and violence, but the book itself didn't seem, to me at least, to be solely focused on that aspect of the band's tenure - certainly both Mick Wall's and Barney Hoskyns' respective Zep bios don't skimp on the mayhem either - it's mostly an historical account of the Zeppelin saga and does sometimes go out of its way to give context and another side to a particular story... I enjoyed it even whilst easily spotting numerous inaccuracies. As to it's supposed 'loose' historical veracity, I would say much of what is written probably did happen but maybe Davis' accounts are a little wonky in timelines and actual specific details of how it all played out at the time... human memory is the least trustworthy of all, more so when booze, birds, and blow enter the equation. If I have an overriding complaint about the book, it does indeed sound like Davis had an agenda against John Paul Jones, who is continually portrayed throughout as difficult, taciturn, and aloof when the actuality of it was he just an all-round professional and a pretty easy-going guy who wasn't phased by all the madness going on around him and who kept his dignity and wits throughout whilst others were losing theirs in a blizzard of increasing and escalating insanity. Would I recommend the book to anyone? Yeah I would, it's a fun read and a good introduction for any Zep newbie (just read it with a pinch of salt at the ready)... but at the same time, I would strongly recommend both Mick Wall's When Giants Walked The Earth and (especially) Barney Hoskyns' Trampled Under Foot... between those three books, you get a pretty complete panoramic picture of what went down (in all senses) for those twelve incredible years.
  9. If I remember that story correctly, the guy's boss told him to get the feck outta there... quickly... 😀
  10. If you're talking about heroin, according to Benji LeFevre - as recounted in Barney Hoskyns' definitive Zep bio Trampled Under Foot - Jimmy didn't finally get the monkey off his back until mid-way through the second Firm U.S. tour in 1986...
  11. Didn't Bonzo allegedly once say to a journalist that "if Jimmy would just stop all that fookin' magick shit, none of this would be happening"...? I remember reading that somewhere, whether or not it's an apocryphal story. He did once ask Jimmy (either on the '75 or '77 tours) "what do you do, hang upside down in the wardrobe all day?" with regards Page's perenially nocturnal activities 😁... and that particular story was true.
  12. I find it ironic that whilst Peter Grant stated years later, and with the benefit of clear-headed hindsight, that Bindon being employed by the band for the infamous '77 tour was the biggest mistake he made as Zeppelin's manager, it was Grant himself who brought him onboard; Bindon was an associate of Richard Cole, often went drinking with him at The World's End pub across the road from Swan Song, and that's how he entered Zeppelin's orbit. Grant found Bindon amusing to be around, more so after his divorce proceedings started when he needed cheering up, and thus when the '77 tour was beginning, the manager turned up in America with Bindon in tow as security detail... much to the surprise and bemusement of many in the band and organization. If there is ever to be a film made about Led Zeppelin, they should focus on the '77 tour, 'cause that traveling insane asylum was a story unto itself...
  13. Bonham was involved in the beating of Jim Matzorkis at that infamous Oakland show in July 1977; it was he who saw the latter push Warren Grant and quickly came over to voice his disapproval by promptly kicking Matzorkis in the groin! But Bonzo wasn't actively involved in the pummeling that Grant and Bindon gave the unfortunate Matzorkis a little later... not that it mattered to the fully-armed SWAT team who arrested all three the morning after the last Oakland show. And I believe Jimmy Page did visit Crowley's abbey in Sicily; during his and Plant's (and families) holiday in Rhodes during August 1975, Page left Charlotte Martin and Scarlet with the Plants to visit Sicily by himself for a couple days to view Crowley's former property there, and that's when the car accident back in Rhodes happened... I'm sure I read that somewhere in the mists of time.
  14. I'm still hoping for a vinyl re-release of the original 1976 album some day... maybe even a limited Record Store Day release or something... c'mon Jimmy, the vinyl masters are already done; by Bernie Grundman back in the early 2000's for the Classic Records reissue... and it sounded amazing!!!
  15. There was nothing petulant about my response; I simply stated the fact that like the fantasy sequences or not, an entire film re-edit of the MSG '73 set sans aforementioned sequences is not going to happen... period... so wishing for such is an exercise in futility when Jimmy Page, upon realizing back in 2006 that he couldn't do just what you are hoping for (and I have no doubt that's exactly what he would have done had legal barriers not prevented him from doing so), pretty much lost interest in the TSRTS remaster/reissue project - according to Kevin Shirley, he only popped into the studio a few times during the remixing process, leaving it largely to Robert Plant's supervision, and it's also obvious he didn't care that much for the remastering of the movie, judging by it's picture quality relative to 2003's DVD release - so he isn't going to do a u-turn, take precious time, money, and effort and spend months in an editing suite compiling a whole 'alternative' movie at this late stage... that was my point, and I stand by it, but sincerest and humblest apologies if you were offended. I'm frankly glad Jimmy wasn't able to re-edit the film in the mid-2000's... we've seen from both Celebration Day and the MSG '73 footage included on both DVD and the 2007 TSRTS DVD/Blu-ray reissue supplemental extras section that he clearly likes the rapid-fire editing style and will do that when given the chance... the 1976 theatrical cut certainly has flaws, but it's an established part of the historical record and should be left intact... just a pity he wasn't also prevented from altering the original accompanying 'soundtrack' album too. One last thing; I stand corrected on the 1977 program included in the upcoming Super Deluxe box set... it's a program for the movie's debut in Japan in '77 not a tour that never happened.
  16. If anything worthwhile could have been done with this new reissue, giving the movie itself a brand new 4K transfer from the original 35mm and 16mm camera negatives would have made it a first-day purchase for me... the 2007 Blu-ray looks good but not nearly as good as it could have been even then; clearly it was remastered but not to the extent as the live material on 2003's DVD, which all looked utterly immaculate (including the MSG '73 footage which itself was ported over to the 2007 release and ironically looks better than the main feature!). Had that happened, and the original 1976 album been given a spanking new 24/96 remaster, I'd be on this new release like flies on poop, alas...
  17. Whilst all tracks were (more or less) filmed, there were numerous gaps throughout as I stated (cameraman reloading film, particular angle not covered, etc) that made for holes in proper editing coverage and which necessitated the re-shoots 13 months later... and like it or not, the 'fantasy' sequences are part and parcel of the movie, for better or worse, we don't always get what we would like in life, so you're stuck with 'em!!!
  18. All of the songs were filmed over the three nights, as far as I'm aware, there were just gaps throughout that necessitated the Shepperton re-shoots in August '74 for editing purposes. As for releasing it as a 3-LP set back in '76, that would have been epic for sure, but I think Jimmy Page saw the album more as a soundtrack than a proper live album per se, and the songs from MSG '73 that didn't make it to the album, either because of vinyl time constraints - the blistering version of 'Since I've Been Loving You' for example - or because they weren't included in the film, he likely purposely held back for the chronological live album he still planned to do at some point. Frankly, this whole new reissue is the very epitome of meh... nothing new, re-remastered, exorbitant price tag... and why a program for a 1977 tour when TSRTS itself is entirely from 1973... and as to that included program for the Japan '77 tour... what Japan '77 tour??? If it had been the original 1976 album remastered and reissued now, it would be a different matter entirely... but seeing as Jimmy isn't bothered to do that, I'll not bother giving him more of my hard-earned dosh ... not until we get something of actual substance and not yet another pointless rehashed reissue. I have the aforementioned original version of the album - Japanese SHM mini-LP textured replica sleeve - plus the 2007 Blu-ray, so I'm more than set with regards this album, thanks anyway Jimmy...
  19. No more live releases from '68-'73... that era is MORE than well covered in the live canon! The only exception that would get me excited would be if the mythic Japan '71 multi-tracks were cleaned up, mixed, and released.... those shows are simply too incendiary to ignore! Other than that... Earl's Court all the way!!! Or both. I'd be more excited about a chronological live album if there was at least one multi-track from '77 to work with, and a lot of great material hadn't already been released separately since 2003. Whatever it is that Jimmy has planned, hopefully it'll be interesting and unexpected...
  20. If it's the original 1976 mix... I WISH HE WOULD... or at least give it a limited AAA vinyl reissue using the terrific Bernie Grundman mastering used for the Classic Records reissue in the 2000's!!! They - and we - would have got one in the mid-1990's... had Percy repeatedly not put the kibosh on it; Jimmy even issued a press release in early '93 announcing that he was finally working on the chronological live album... but nothing ever came of it thereafter! Why would Plant nix such an album through the '80's and '90's yet agree to it now...?
  21. So if we're getting an official deluxe illustrated book, what was the point behind the hardback books that came with the deluxe box sets in 2014-15...?
  22. I believe it was Dave Lewis at Tight But Loose who originated that rumor... not sure if he's either spoken about where he got that 'scoop' from or if someone has ever asked him about it. Was it a multi-track recording... and how do you know?
  23. I posted a link on this site to a 2003 interview with Shirley a couple of years ago - although I believe that interview has since being removed off the 'net - and in that interview, Shirley listed the following as the multi-track tapes he listened to; - Royal Albert Hall, 1970 - Long Beach Arena/L.A. Forum (two nights), 1972 - Southampton University, 1973 - Madison Square Garden (three nights), 1973 - Earl's Court (five nights), 1975 - Knebworth (two nights), 1979 Shirley didn't mention Japan '71 which we know for a fact was multi-tracked, so I'm wondering if there is any in the archives we've never heard of. I'd love anything from '77 (unless it's Tempe), but Shirley stated elsewhere that no 1977 shows were multi-tracked...
  24. I like ITTOD quite a bit, actually; it's a musically more diverse and arguably more adventurous album than Presence, it has some wonderful playing by Bonzo, and it has one of my top five Zep tracks of all time in 'Carouselambra'... I like it, always have done, and the recent remastering was a revelation! It's downsides are; - the the fact it was recorded at the sonically-dead Polar Studios... necessitating the unfortunate need for Jimmy to add artificial reverb, - the aforementioned Jimmy being AWOL as an active creative participant owing to his chemical-induced orbit of Neptune at the time and becoming in essence a session player on his own band's album, - the exclusion of 'Wearing and Tearing' from the released album as it badly needed at least one proper ROCK track to balance out the more esoteric material... and it would have went down a storm live to boot! In all, ITTOD is a poignant, somewhat melancholic, but ultimately gracious end to Zeppelin's active recording days... too much damage was done at that point for them to last much longer - either Plant leaving or Jimmy/Bonzo dying was inevitable, it was just a case of when not if on either - they were a band on their last legs, even if they didn't know it at the time, and ITTOD sounds like it; the flame still burned, but thanks to death, drugs, and overall excess, it burned less bright than before and unbeknownst to all, it was about to be snuffed out for good.
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