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donald

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  1. Don't think they'll ever tour again, but IF they did, the one song they should finally perform every night is THE ROVER! IMO, this is one of their best songs ever. I would love to hear live versions of it, even if they were forced to tune it down a bit, due to Robert's present range. Further songs I'd love to hear live: - For Your Life (worked well at the o2) - Out on the Tiles (tuned down, of course) - When the Levee breaks - Custard Pie - Night Flight - Tea for one - Wearing & Tearing - Ozone Baby and of course, - Living Loving Maid
  2. Get HTWWW first. Both are great, but HTWWW is the best live album of all time IMO. It's my favorite official LZ album of them all (studio and live). Brief comparison off the top of my head: Immigrant Song, Black Dog and Heartbreaker are very good on both albums, but I prefer the HTWWW versions of all three of them. Over The Hills And Far Away is a killer version on HTWWW. Of course, it's not on BBC Sessions (song didn't exist yet in 71). Further great previews of the Houses of the Holy album like The Ocean and Dancing Days are available on HTWWW, but not on BBC Sessions. Stairway to Heaven is better on BBC Sessions IMO. And Thank You on BBC Sessions is simply amazing (the drumming is unbelievable). On BBC Sessions you also get some rare covers (like Something Else or The Girl I Love), raw early versions of Whole Lotta Love, Communication Breakdown (3 different versions!) and a few other songs which all sound great. Whole Lotta Love (medley) and Dazed and Confused are on both albums, but they are better (and much longer) on HTWWW IMO. Great versions of Rock and Roll and Bring it on Home are only offered on HTWWW. Plus, HTWWW is overall much better sounding than BBC Sessions. So, all in all, I think HTWWW is no. 1.
  3. For Your Life! This song alone would be reason enough for me to buy any official DVD/CD of the O2 concert.
  4. I think the closest Plant ever got again to his early 70s range and power was in 1983, on his first solo tour. There are a few bootlegs out there of this tour and Plant's singing is unbelievably powerful. I have recordings of most later Plant solo tours and of the Page/Plant tours, but IMO, he never topped 83 again.
  5. Now please, let's get real. No matter how much some of you worship Robert Plant, anyone who's not completely deaf or unmusical will notice that Plant can NOT hit the high notes the way he did in the early 70s. He can hit some high notes here and there (very rarely), but not with the same power he had behind even the highest notes in the past. Listen to New York 70, Hampton 71, Japan 71, or even LA 72, and then listen to the O2 show. Plant is still a great singer, but why can't you admit the obvious, that he's lost part of his range? It's not his fault, but it's a fact. I would agree that his current range and power is much better than in 1975 though.
  6. YES, that's it!! Page finally remembered that the Japan 71 tour wasn't only multitracked but also professionally filmed. And now a 5 DVD / 10 CD set is on the way containing all 5 concerts from this tour, complete in audio and video . The weird thing is: I really (seriously) hope that something like this will happen
  7. I've always thought Page should consider working with Chris Cornell when he was talking for years and years about his upcoming solo album (that never came). Of course, they shouldn't call it Zeppelin, without Robert Plant and John Bonham, that wouldn't work. But under a new name, with some newly written music, I think Page, Cornell, Jones and Jason B. could make a great band! Today, I prefer Cornell anyway over Plant as a singer of hard rock songs. Plant still sounds fine on the subtle, mellower tunes, perhaps even better than in Zeppelin's early days. But the sheer power and range for the heavier stuff is long gone. And yes, I have several O2 bootlegs and I think Plant was quite good, but only a shadow of the Plant from 71 on heavier tracks like WLL or Black Dog.
  8. Mothership certified Gold in Germany (= more than 100,000 copies sold).
  9. Mothership has been certified Gold in Switzerland. Platinum should follow in a couple of weeks. In Germany (where the album is still in the top 10, at #8), Gold certification is due very soon. And in Italy, the album is climbing up the album charts again (this week #15, last week #20, week before #21; peak #9). LZ DVD is currently #12 in Italy's music video charts.
  10. Please tell me about the Oakland Dancer, never heard of this before.
  11. I'm sure there's enough footage for another DVD, but the question is will Page (and the others) consider it good enough for another release? The known Earls Court and Knebworth footage alone would be sufficient for another release, not to speak of Bath or possible further footage that is not known. I hope Jimmy Page will not be too picky when considering possible footage for another DVD. He could perhaps fear that it wouldn't quite live up to the high expectations after the excellent first DVD set from 2003. But compared to all the other major bands, there is so little official footage of Led Zeppelin available, they should definitely put out at least one further DVD set, even if it wasn't quite as spectacular as the first one.
  12. Thanks again! I'm beginning to understand a few things...
  13. Thanks, your website is incredible! Bookmarked it immediately. Must have taken a lot of time and work to compile this!
  14. Thanks. Sorry if this sounds stupid, I don't know much about these things, but I always thought TSRTS was shot on 35mm film. Wouldn't that be a perfect basis for extremely high resolution? Shouldn't this enable 1080P video mode? Not merely through digital optimization but through the use of higher resolution source material?
  15. Understand, thanks. Didn't know that image quality was limited that much by compression. So I guess sooner or later a Blue-ray version of Led Zeppelin DVD will be released.
  16. A question for people with some technical knowledge: Would a high definition re-release of Led Zeppelin DVD (from 2003) on Blue-Ray disc make any sense? Would it actually enhance the visual quality and sharpness? Or would it be pointless because much of the material is video and probably not very high resolution anyway (Earls Court, Knebworth)? On the other hand, some of the material was shot on film (Albert Hall, MSG, perhaps Denmarks radio) and should enable higher resolution. Or am I totally mixing things up here? Knebworth looks partly clearer than Albert Hall, so perhaps the assumption film > video is not necessarily true? Anyway, would a high definition release bring a significant improvement?
  17. Several shows are rumored to be filmed, but I think the Bath footage is the one most likely to exist. Question is, is it still intact, in good shape and usable for release? Other than Bath, there were rumors of various footage like Texas Pop Festival 1969, Paris Olympia 1969 (which was recorded for a radio broadcast that was aired again recently), Holland 1969, Japan 71, several shows from 1977, etc. I have no idea if there's any truth in these rumors since I haven't seen any of these. Hope at least one or two will turn out to be true. Japan 71 footage would be incredible. But probably, it was just a rumor. As for Bath, I hope they'll put something out soon if quality is sufficient. Then again, there could be footage that none of us is aware yet. Who says they didn't film any of the shows in 1980? Or, any other 1970 shows, apart from Royal Albert Hall? As long as Jimmy Page is still interested in Zep archive releases, there's hope he'll come up with a surprise.
  18. I just thought it would be a good idea to compile a comprehensive wish list of footage we'd like to see on a follow-up to Led Zeppelin DVD, that will hopefully be released sometime in the near future. Just in case someone close to the band takes a look into this forum from time to time I'll start with a couple of (mostly obvious) wishes that are (probably) available and pro shot, but not yet officially released. I think DVD 2 should be a 3 disc set including footage from various years. Disc 1: Main highlight should be all available footage from Bath 1970. If necessary, gaps in the footage could be filled with stills. Hope there's at least 30 minutes of usable footage available, as rumored for a long time on the web. Then there should be a lot of Extras available, mainly from the early years, such as - the Amsterdam 71 footage (with a full Immigrant Song, please) - the Plant / Bonham interview from 1970 - the complete footage and Robert Plant interview from Iceland 1970 - the Japanese promo video for Communication Breakdown - the German Beatclub video for Whole Lotta Love - Let's have a party from Australia 1972 (don't know why they left this off LZ DVD in 2003) - some of the cool backstage footage from Montreux 1971 - the 1997 promo video for Whole Lotta Love - the Kashmir promo video from Latter Days - plus, there should be at least a few selected songs from 1977 (if necessary, from Seattle, if possible from Houston or another show). If there's no multitrack audio available, soundboard recordings would do. I'm sure there's even more stuff in the vaults of various TV stations, in particular footage from the early years. Disc 2: Best of Earls Court 75. A complete concert made of the best versions of the songs played during the (at least, as far as I know) 3 nights that were filmed. On LZ DVD from 2003, we only got 6 songs, so most of the concert is still missing. And the bootleg releases available suffer from inferior sound (and the visual quality isn't first rate either). As for the 6 tracks already released in 2003, there should be alternative versions from different nights on DVD 2. Disc 3: Best of Knebworth 79. A complete concert made of the best versions of the songs performed on both nights. Obviously, most songs will be from the 4th. These are my suggestions. Any other wishes / ideas?
  19. No, I don't think so. Official release date for TSRTS CD and DVD in Germany and central Europe was November 23rd (two weeks after Mothership which was released on November 9th in Germany). End of November, TSRTS CD and DVD were promoted by Warner with full page ads in several German music magazines, always mentioning November 23rd as official release date. And a few weeks later, you can't find the DVD in the stores anymore. Weird stuff.
  20. Plus, it seems the DVD has never been released in France at all. Germany and France are the two biggest markets in Europe, so it's safe to say there is an issue with the availability of TSRTS DVD in Europe. But, as mentioned before, it doesn't necessarily mean the DVD was pulled (though it is possible, perhaps even likely), it could also be a poor distribution job by Warner.
  21. Did that before, don't think it's an American issue. In Germany, there's something wrong with the availability of the DVD as well. And I'm speaking of the standard DVD which is almost impossible to find in stores now. Never ever saw any high definition versions here. Quote: "In Germany, TSRTS DVD was selling well in the first few weeks, but it suffered from very bad distribution. Of course, it could only sell in stores where it was actually available. It was #5 on the Music DVD charts of "Mediamarkt", the biggest retail chain store in the country. But countrywide, distribution was weak from the start. In many other (chain) stores, the DVD never ever arrived. Currently, there are no separate official Music DVD charts in Germany, Music DVDs chart in the regular album charts (and TSRTS didn't, whereas LZ DVD from 2003 charted at #18 in the regular German album charts). So it's difficult to say how much was sold outside the "Mediamarkt" stores, but I guess it wasn't that much, mainly because of lack of availability. Now, since about 4 weeks, it's very difficult to find the TSRTS DVD at all. In my region, it was sold out or not even in stock in 9 out of 10 stores. And it wasn't made available again, even in big stores there was no new shipment, even after several weeks. In the meantime, it seems that even the "Mediamarkt" chain stores are running out of stock and I'm not sure the DVDs will be reordered soon. Amazon.de still have it in stock though. Perhaps, the release has actually been pulled from retailers by Warner, who knows? Or, it could just be the usual, poor distribution job of Warner Home Video."
  22. I understand. But I was thinking of the second disc, not the film itself. Why shouldn't they be able to add a complete Heartbreaker to disc 2, just as they did with OTHAFA, CD, MMH and TO?
  23. Does anybody know why they didn't include a complete version of Heartbreaker on disc 2? It was played all 3 nights, so there should be enough footage of it. Even if they didn't have enough live footage, they could have filled the gaps with the robbery footage or some other stuff. I think Heartbreaker is really missing on the bonus DVD.
  24. In Germany, TSRTS DVD was selling well in the first few weeks, but it suffered from very bad distribution. Of course, it could only sell in stores where it was actually available. It was #5 on the Music DVD charts of "Mediamarkt", the biggest retail chain store in the country. But countrywide, distribution was weak from the start. In many other (chain) stores, the DVD never ever arrived. Currently, there are no separate official Music DVD charts in Germany, Music DVDs chart in the regular album charts (and TSRTS didn't, whereas LZ DVD from 2003 charted at #18 in the regular German album charts). So it's difficult to say how much was sold outside the "Mediamarkt" stores, but I guess it wasn't that much, mainly because of lack of availability. Now, since about 4 weeks, it's very difficult to find the TSRTS DVD at all. In my region, it was sold out or not even in stock in 9 out of 10 stores. And it wasn't made available again, even in big stores there was no new shipment, even after several weeks. In the meantime, it seems that even the "Mediamarkt" chain stores are running out of stock and I'm not sure the DVDs will be reordered soon. Amazon.de still have it in stock though. Perhaps, the release has actually been pulled from retailers by Warner, who knows? Or, it could just be the usual, poor distribution job of Warner Home Video.
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