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John M

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  1. John M

    Hats Off

    Hats off indeed!
  2. One of the best concerts I ever saw was Yes in the round 1979 at Madison Square Garden. Here are some clips from the Philly show on that tour.
  3. John M

    What Are You Listening To At This Moment?

    Instrumental version.
  4. John M

    What Are You Listening To At This Moment?

    It is amazing what you can find on YouTube. I remember my brother bringing this album home when I was 6 or 7. At the time all I knew was the Beatles.
  5. John M

    Song recomendations

    There are some real gems on the deluxe editions II - La La Presence - Ten Ribs and All III - Jennings Farm Blues, Key to the Highway Coda - St. Tristan's Sword For LZ III every track is amazing and there is so much variety - Friends, Celebration Day, Out on the Tiles, Gallows Pole
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    An instrumental inspired by "Levee".

    Nice. Is that all you or a band?
  7. Sonny always puts on a great show. Last time I saw him it was just him and Cindy Cashdollar playing dual slide guitars. That was cool but I prefer the shows with his band.
  8. John M

    What Are You Listening To At This Moment?

    This came out the same month as Animals, January 1977. Quite a month. One of my favorite Bowie albums.
  9. John M

    The Led Zeppelin III Story...

    Yes indeed. I always really liked Hats Off and even way back when I thought it was such a different and interesting way to end an album, especially such a diverse album.
  10. John M

    Underrated Band Photo

    I would not call this one below underrated but it is one of my favorites.
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    Underrated Band Photo

    That is excellent.
  12. John M

    Did Presence have a bad mix?

    I think you are overthinking this. I, II, III, IV, Houses and Graffiti all sound completely different. I am not sure what you mean by the "fresh sound" they usually achieved? You Mean like Custard Pie, or Immigrant Song, or TSRTS, or The Crunge, The Ocean, No Quarter, Levee, what? Most of PG sounds dark and dreary compared to Houses, but is still killer and enough tracks have commercial appeal. If you look at Presence in it its actual context it had no broad commercial appeal and I can guarantee you that was not because of the mix. Back in the 70s people mostly listened on the radio, or on a cheap home stereo or on a cheap car 8 track. Nobody in the mass buying pubic thought about the mix. In the summer/fall of 1976 kids were buying Aerosmith Rocks, Wings Over America, Frampton Comes Alive, Heart, Bowie, BOC with Don't Fear the Reaper, Steve Miller Band, Foghat, Bad Company, Skynyrd, Fleetwood Mac, Boz Skaggs, Kansas (Wayward Son) and most of all BOSTON...etc. Every party I went to from the day Boston was released through all of 1977 prominently featured Boston BLASTING at least twice through a night. People mostly wanted good time music in 1976. People did not want to listen to For Your Life or Achilles Last Stand or NBFBM at parties. They would have liked the words to Candy Store Rock (if they wanted something raunchy like Custard Pie - but Custard Pie is so much better - as is Wanton Song) but that is about it - and it was too different at the time in terms of the style. Royal Orleans is funny if you know the story but it is odd in so many ways - it is not the mix. I don't care how this was mixed the album did not fit popular tastes at the time, and the time was the summer of 1976. Tea for One is incredible but so depressing. For Your Life? Antidrug message without being funny, and the music is so unrelentingly heavy. And those casual Zep fans on the fence waited for the live album in Sept - alot of us did not have enough money back then to buy every album we wanted. I knew alot of people who said the heck with Presence I am getting that double live album with the "hits".
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