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John M

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  1. It is interesting to think back to those times in 1975-77. None of my close friends saw Zep until 1977. We knew some older friends who saw them in 1975. They just said they were blown away and it was the greatest concert ever - no comments about Plant's voice. I do recall wondering about the vocals on some of HOTH in 1973 thinking what is that? NQ - I get the atmospherics. But TSRTS vocals? Did not seem right to me. Still don't. But I digress. When PG came out it was just so overwhelming. I never really thought about the vocal change. Every Zep album was different so I just thought he is singing this way to fit the mood of the song. I loved the dark vibe to his voice in things like Kashmir, Trampled, Dying Time, Sick again. So much of that album had a dark and mysterious vibe to it. Same thing for Presence. Loved every bit of it and thought Plant was perfect for the songs. I was not thinking his voice changed or was shot - I was thinking these songs and lyrics and delivery are so great and so different. Then the movie and soundtrack came out in fall 1976 and again, none of us thought "oh his voice is shot". We just loved the music. One thing I really noticed was how much better I liked the vocals in TSRTS track compared to the album version. And the Rain Song - so much better vocals live on that soundtrack than on HOTH. Then I finally saw them in 1977 and was blown away by Plant's vocals, and of course all the rest of it. I did not hear my first bootleg til around 1979 - the BBC 1971 session. I guess I was so involved in digging the music and the newness of PG and Presence, I never really thought his voice changed. I thought he just changed his approach to fit the songs and lyrics. Looking back now and hearing so many live shows over the years it is all so obvious, but back in 75-76 I was not thinking about his voice may have changed, and none of my friends ever said anything about that - we just all loved every bit of Zeppelin. Maybe because I was 16 and it was all so overwhelming to get a double album like PG after waiting 2 years from HOTH. Or maybe because his voice could sound so different from album to album and track to track anyway across all the albums.
  2. Yes indeed. Thanks for the reminder. Great stuff. "Listen carefully to Jones" is always excellent advice.
  3. Such a cool transition from WLL to Black Dog at the end of the show. I can still remember the day I first saw the Chicago 75 footage. Oh the days of trading VHS tapes through snail mail.
  4. I can see that, as others have commented in other threads, the blues/boogie jams did not fit well with the overall feel of NQ. I like those jams though because they are so different, unexpected, and fun. NQ is always special, and so different from tour to tour. In 75 there was typically a long piano/drums jam in a jazzy, funky mode before the guitar came in. For 1977 the piano only section was one that evolved from late 19th century Romantic style to early 20th century then to jazz, then boogie-woogie when Bonham and Page entered together. It did change the mood entirely, but when it was done well it was very cool. I even like when they play Nutrocker even that was over the top crazy, but again, a nice fun bit of levity.
  5. I first heard this song about a year after the single was released. In early 1970 my older brother brought home the US album release called "Hey Jude". Back then we had no idea it was a mashed up fake album. We marvelled at this track, Rain, Paperback Writer, Hey Jude, Lady Madonna, Don't Let Me Down, Old Brown Shoe. We didn't wonder why it had two really old songs on it either. I was 10 and I was just digging the Beatles. Of course we had no idea that this track was just John and Paul. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hey_Jude_(Beatles_album)#Track_listing
  6. If the soundboard CD has No Quarter I will be happy. Any LA 75 NQ is great but 3/27/75 is my favorite. And if the CD has NQ it may likely have Trampled which would also be amazing. That one-two punch of the second disc of most 75 shows is fantastic. NQ and Trampled.
  7. Too bad they stopped touring. As Jagger told them, they stopped just as concert sound was getting better so that they could be heard above the crowd. That, and if they had toured in 1968-70 the fans were getting older and would not have been constantly screaming like in 1963-66. It would have been unreal to hear stuff like this in a place like Madison Square Garden with a huge sound system. This would have made quite a show opener in 1968-69.
  8. I really like the way Page joins in with Bonham for the opening in this version. Too bad he did not play the opening that way more often.
  9. How I wish that this were on the recent new soundboard release. Celebration Day in 1971 was something extra special, and this one is really out of this world.
  10. Did not get to listen to this yesterday so I missed it by a day. 46 years and 1 day ago. I always liked the closing solo on Celebration Day here. Thank you. Good evening. It seems so early really to do a concert, you know? Cause we only got out of bed about two thirty. So you see, I just finished me bacon and egg, and here we are. Well this might, what's the name of this place?
  11. Another superb performance! I saw this the other day through my Subscription. You guys are hitting on all cylinders.
  12. Just about every song she sang with Fairport was special. This one she wrote while in the Strawbs was much better with Fairport and is perhaps her finest moment.
  13. In the late 70s a friend bought big Advent speakers with their own powered amp built in for extra power. We set them up outside and decided to use this track to break them in and try them out.
  14. I am confident the result will be great given the John Paul Jones quote in the Guardian article: Announcing the project, bassist John Paul Jones said: “The time was right for us to tell our own story for the first time in our own words, and I think that this film will really bring that story to life.” I am also happy to hear "no outside voices or conjecture". Many music documentaries are ruined by critics or hangers on saying stupid things. Sometimes in these documentaries the outsider commentary is good and insightful but many times it is insipid, even in the great episodes like Rush or Deep Purple Classic Albums series on AXS TV. The Machine Head episode had a minimum of stupidity from critics, but the Rush episode was ruined by the worst imaginable on air commentary by non band members.
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