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  1. Probably Coverdale/Page and the Page/Plant No Quarter album and subsequent tour.
  2. It's a a great album with it's own character. I generally only find myself listening to "Since I've Been Loving You" from that album with any frequency, but, the second side with Tangerine and the other acoustic work is a great listen on a rainy day or just relaxing.
  3. This is going to be a long one since I can't sleep. I look at it this way, how do we create music? Deep in the grey matter of the brain a sound sticks and never leaves. Maybe a sound you heard many years ago, could be from a movie, another song or someone just drumming on a table. Your brain might not even remember it entirely as you heard it, but you somehow piece together a similar sound when you are constructing your own riff. Whether it's guitar work, drumming, the tone of ones singing, it is a combination of experience, sometimes classical training, that mystical spark that originated from the heavens, and/or an influence from somewhere. As an example. So many Led Zeppelin stuck in my head when I was kid, I heard the songs before but it they were before my time, so I didn't listen to their music organically as a new band. However, they of course were played often on radio, I just never listened to rock music that often, other than my dads tapes and none of it was Zeppelin. So, the slide and follow through in the song When the Levee Breaks comes to mind. When I started getting into Zeppelin and my buddy told me "this is the album you need to listen to" and he put on the Levee Breaks, it immediately sparked that memory, I knew it was the sound I had always remembered and enjoyed, I just hadn't heard it in years, nor did I know the source. It didn't sound exactly as I remembered it from God knows when as a kid, but I knew without question, it was the song. Same goes for Kashmir, even Whole Lotta Love. Ironically, it wasn't the now famous riff I remembered, but what I could have described as the "airplane sound" (the slide guitar) in the song, and also, I thought Plant was just mumbling indiscernible lyrics, when he was in fact saying "you wanna whole lotta love". Now, for arguments sake, let's say I became a guitarist, completely self taught and not educated on well known guitarists and their work. I could have constructed similar sounds, some from my own magical of creation, others, from those same riffs I heard years earlier. You might listen to my stuff and say, "that sounds like when the Levee Breaks", you could even play it for me and I would remember that source. I suppose, some of their work with the blues, especially Plants lyrics, was a direct carbon copy. Some of it impossible to trace back the source, others, just a rip off. I have to think, when Page in particular, was sitting at home trying to come up with some new material, the spark will strike and he might come up with something similar to a sound he heard in a movie or some other source many years earlier. Might be obscure, might be more well known, but it will conjure up somehow in his brain. Ditto for music he heard when travelling the world. I think of songs like Friends or Four Sticks. They have that Eastern sound to their body. I can't say it's theft, it's just an influence and they expanded and applied it to rock music. Bottom line I suppose, creation is a magical process. We are amazed at not just the technical structure, but more importantly the creativity. Which, in my opinion is never more pronounced then when I hear Pages solos. When he plays without predetermined structure and just let's the notes rip from somewhere in within him, to me they are the best part of their catalog. Since I've Been Loving You, 10 years Gone, Heartbreaker, Dazed and Confused, Stairway to Heaven, on and on, just solo work without proper words to describe. Those solos are just raw God like creations, the likes we have not seen outside of Hendrixs work, which was different, but outstanding in it's own way. Thanks for your time
  4. They certainly have surpassed their longevity. Though in a recent poll of Americans, the greatest rock group was the Beatles, I imagine many new rock fans probably gravitate to Led Zeppelin. Music that will stand the test of time.
  5. No weak points. They are Final Boss. The top level of the game. You need Godmode to beat them and it will end in a draw.
  6. When asked, I deliver Yes, all very talented musicians obviously, but without Pages talent, vision, producing, they would make a great band together, but not the Legend they are. Consider that Plant and Bonham were in the Band of Joy together prior to Zeppelin. Page was just on another planet.
  7. Most controversial? - I'd have to say I assume that in their Prime, like many great talents be they athletes or businessmen, I probably wouldn't have personally enjoyed any of their company save for JPJ who seemed the most grounded (or maybe the best actor). Who knows how well known people are when you really know them, we only vie them from afar and through stories, and much of the negative stories came from the alcohol and youth, but, just from early interviews, they were arrogant, maybe even outright A-Holes. Musically they had earned that Right I suppose and they certainly weren't alone in the industry. - Another somewhat controversial concept is that I think they stole LESS from the Blues than they are accused of. It was due to Plants lazy writing efforts of these blues songs early that caused their bad reputation. Songs like When the Levee Breaks are nothing like the originals, save for lyrics. - Without Page there is no Led Zeppelin. Before, during or even today with the reissues. Everyone agrees nobody could be replaced and still be called Led Zeppelin, I always felt any of the other three could be replaced with lesser talent and they would still be a great band, Page was irreplaceable, without him you had little to nothing. - Grant was the 5th member of the group, a major part of their success, even as he was probably also responsible for much of their bad press and reputation
  8. All of their albums are unique from one another, but HoTH might be the most unique for them musically. It's the one album where if you just heard the instrumentals, and didn't know; you couldn't say for sure it was Jimmy Page. I don't know how to explain it, maybe he used different gear for that album but it's entirely progressive, upscale constructions, with insanely tight timing even by their standards. No blues rock at all on that album, it almost sounds anti-rock, if that were possible. PG is my favourite album, but HoTH really to me showed how broad their talents, creativity and influences were. Of all the stand alone albums they made, it might be it's own genre.
  9. ..., just heading off to sleep. This band Led Zeppelin, they are pretty good.
  10. If you want to consider When the Levee Breaks blues (I think only the lyrics were borrowed, the music and arrangement are drastically different, even non-comparable), than this is your winner in my opinion.
  11. Damn I never thought of this, you've given me some motivation to eat healthier and try to survive to that age so I can enjoy the celebrations!
  12. Get back to us when they play No Quarter, Tea for One or really anything from Presence, or gasp CODA! Then you know you are dealing with a station that takes their Zeppelin seriously.
  13. I think Eddie Van Halen was mesmerized by this solo too, (or Jack White, I forget now). It is said to have influenced his tapping style and the song Eruption).
  14. Summer is here, and I reminisce today about one of those "moments". So many songs obviously followed over time but that moment for me came when listening to Going to California. Which is why I am quite happy that there is an instrumental on the remastered as I really appreciated it all over again as I did when I first heard it, in many ways I enjoy it more. Allows me to just hear Jimmy and JPJ put it together for 3 and a half minutes. Anyways, something about the way the song melded so perfectly, just an angelic harmony of sound. I felt the same way when I heard Little Wing for the first time, just a characteristic that one can't always put their finger on, but when you hear it you just shake your head and say "its just beyond what I could even fathom anyone else constructing. Pure genius". Just twists and turns but always making sense and never losing the overall feel of the song. Perfection. I've felt the same of other songs, and they each have that moment for me in some form, but Going to California was that initial moment when I knew Jimmy was from another planet. Any of you have that realization after hearing a particular song?
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