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John M

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  1. Great version - thanks for posting. That is the show I attended. One of the comments in YouTube is that the crowd was bonkers. The crowd was totally bonkers indeed.
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    What Are You Listening To At This Moment?

    We did this classic at my bluegrass jam this week. Well, we didn't do it quite like this, but we had fun. Bela Fleck is amazing on banjo of course, but check out the guitar break starting at 0:39. Most bluegrassers don't like electric bass but I think it adds punch and drive. This has shades of I Know You Rider and I could imagine the Grateful Dead doing a great job with it.
  3. How the East Was Won. Dig Bonham's intro "Louder ! Louder ! Zeppelin ! Zeppelin !" Another little nugget in this show is the guitar licks Page plays during the drum intro to Rock and Roll. I wish he had kept that for more shows. It fits perfectly yet throws you off because you are expecting just drums there.
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    Holy Grails

    YES ! Even if we could just get Celebration Day from that show in the quality of How the East Was Won. Another one - Celebration Day Orlando 71 in the same quality as the beginning of that show.
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    Holy Grails

    Yes indeed. For me that track pretty much defines 1977. It is the first live version I ever heard and what struck me at first was all the killer guitar. Only knowing the studio track I was not expecting so much guitar. A very different style for Jimmy compared to other live material and so cool. The other thing that struck me was Plant - he is so magnificent in this version. In particular, 13:48- 13:55 in the clip below. (Also 14:40-14:45) And of course Jones and Bonham are beyond compare .
  6. I trust it was a great show. I have seen the Rangers 10 times, but most recently way back in 2012. I started seeing them when they had just released their first CD. So the first show I saw they still had the original fiddle player. He was okay but nothing like the "new" guy, Nicky. One time at a festival they were doing "Bluegrass Blues" and Woody broke a string. He just kept right on singing while he reached into his pocket, got a string, and changed it. So there was no acoustic guitar for a bit but he did not miss a word.
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    Current music recommendations

    This is one of the more straight bluegrass originals by Billy Strings and it cooks. All the instrumental breaks are good and Billy kills it starting at 2:30
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    Random Newspaper Articles

    I love that quote "the kids in the band". Says something about the times. Page was 31 and Jones was 29. I also get a kick out of the reference to "the Led" but maybe that is just a misquote or a typo.
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    How do the latest Zeppelin Books stack up

    Evenings with Led Zeppelin by Dave Lewis and Mike Tremaglio is fantastic. It is all about the concerts with great details on venues, capacity, recordings, etc. Alot of venue photos and historical information on the venues. Gives you a sense of the times. Lots of photos of tickets, flyers, posters, and ads. .An amazing amount of press reviews from the time. Be forewarned, many of the press reviews are negative but they are very interesting and telling in their own right. The positive press reviews are terrific. There is nothing about road stories or rumors. I am glad for that. This book has one focus and the authors nailed it. One of the more fascinating things is all the detail on groups that Zeppelin opened for, or who opened for Zeppelin, or who shared the stage with them at festivals. The festival information often includes day by day and hour by hour schedules. Helps us to see what an amazing time it was in 1969-70. So it depends what type of book you want. This book is a treasure trove of documented facts that tell the story of every Zeppelin concert, including interesting details on cancelled show as well. A high quality hardback publication that is well worth the money.
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    What Are You Listening To At This Moment?

    1972 The acoustic guitars sound great on this one.
  11. Another 50th anniversary coming up in a few days.
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