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Christopher Lees

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  1. Christopher Lees

    Had my eyes closed listening to The Rain Song...

    I looked for you but couldn’t find it.
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    Had my eyes closed listening to The Rain Song...

    One of my favorite versions is from 2-14-75, and my favorite boot of that show is from TDOLZ. On that recording, the sound of the guitar and the atmosphere of the show, which the audience recording allows you to hear so nicely, make the Rain Song especially wistful, in my opinion.
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    Original Celebration Day on TSRTS Cassette

    That's the only thing I could come up with, but it's a shame the other solos are so mediocre while the original solo is A+ quintessential Page shredding in all its glory.
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    Original Celebration Day on TSRTS Cassette

    I am one of those who think the original cassette version (the full version that is) solo on NQ is one of his very best! I haven't found another live NQ solo that's better than that one. It's so clean, dark, moody, soulful, fluid and coherent. It's so friggen powerful. What an atmosphere it helps to convey. It's full of contrasts of all different kinds too. As far as the CD solo goes it's a terrific mix of major and minor pentatonic in A, as you said. I think the original cassette version has more balanced phrasing and the solo is built up to a more coherent climax. It' just flows so well. The one we are stuck with now seems to truncated and incomplete, and even ad hoc, if I can put it that way. The cassette version's has quite a bit of the phrasing built around the old call and response idea, and I think it makes a powerful statement.
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    Original Celebration Day on TSRTS Cassette

    Thanks for laying this out! The old solo is way better. I don't know what Jimmy was smoking when he decided to substitute the B version when the A+ version was, well, the A+ version!
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    Original Celebration Day on TSRTS Cassette

    30 years ago I noticed the CD version was different from the movie version, but what I'm discovering now is that there and even CD versions that differ. A. The original movie version B. The original tape version C. This new version that I'm not sure where it came from, but the solo was transcribed in a guitar mag about 10 years ago. In my opinion, the original cassette version of Celebration Day has by far the best solo. I'm just not sure where this other version comes from, and why guitar mag transcribed that one. Also, when I go to youtube I can't find the original tape version solo anywhere, except for this guy playing a guitar cover of the song.
  7. Christopher Lees

    Jimmy Page Vs Robbie Williams

    The first comment on the article above is rather witty. "Sounds like a Communication Breakdown to me. Or maybe the guy is just being a Moby Dick. I don't know, but it doesn't sound like there's a Whole Lotta Love there. I'm sure Jimmy would rather he play that music Over the Hills and Far Away. If he persists, Jimmy might pick up Four Sticks and start a Rock and Roll war....or worse yet, sick a Black Dog on him. In which case he might consider moving to Kashmir and sing an Immigrant Song to the authorities there once he crosses The Ocean. In any event, I hope they work out their differences before someone gets Trampled Under Foot."
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    Jimmy Page Vs Robbie Williams

    "Call it “Stairway to Headache” or maybe just a “Whole Lotta Loud.” Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page, famous across the world for making loud, rock music over the years, is now reportedly being blasted at his home in west London, England, with high-volume tunes by the likes of Black Sabbath, Pink Floyd, and Deep Purple." https://www.wnd.com/2019/01/stairway-to-headache-led-zeppelin-star-tormented-by-neighbors-rock-music/?fbclid=IwAR0Wq3cgJxlJFNu9vrMqDFmZgtw5sTahEDLicCJem82PromWjAgimw8lPHU
  9. Christopher Lees

    The Cigar Wrappers "Illegal Immgrant Song"

    Quit being a crybaby tattletale snowflake!
  10. I noticed the solo on Celebration Day from TSRTS is different or edited from how it was on tape years ago, and the cassette version was much better. I was going through some old guitar magazines and I came across a transcription of Celebration Day Live. I couldn't believe it. When reading the solo, I knew it was missing parts. With all the remasters and reissues and all that, I'm totally lost. Can someone give me the skinny on what the deal is with this? I can't even search for it on youtube as it just returns results relate to all kinds of live Celebration Days or it just brings me the "modern" version, with the edited solo. What gives?
  11. Christopher Lees

    Long Live Led Zeppelin

    Hunter, your site is the best! I really appreciate the tremendous effort you put into this and your generosity.
  12. Christopher Lees

    Berkeley (Going to California)

    The two shows from Berkeley are fantastic. The Heartbreaker solo from 9-14-71 is, I think, the cleanest one I've ever heard. So when someone tells you Jimmy is sloppy, play them that one!
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    Guitar TAB books

    Thanks for sharing. The excerpts you posted look really good. I'm going to pick these up. I see them on Amazon listed at different prices. Some, listed under paperback, start at just $10 while the others listed under sheet music start at $45. I wonder what the difference is?
  14. Christopher Lees

    1977 SHOWS RANKED INTO 3 CATEGORIES

    When it comes to Plant, I basically have him in two categories: before he lost his voice and after he lost his voice. In the later years, after his voice broke, he had better nights and worse nights, but neither are even in the same realm as Plant before he lost his voice. That's what I'm trying to say. Put it this way, when it comes to post 73 (even much of 73, frankly), I had to *learn* to like Plant's style. I had to learn how to make the best of it and see it in as positive a manner as possible, whereas in the era of 69-72, no such effort is required. You just listen with your mouth hanging open. I know these things aren't really welcome on a fan site, but I've been reading the comments here for a while, and you guys aren't a bunch of fanboy kids, so I know you can handle it. I'm not bashing Plant. I'm just being open and honest about how I see it.
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    1977 SHOWS RANKED INTO 3 CATEGORIES

    This is a good observation and I agree. The closest I heard Page to 73 form was May 18, 1975 at EC. Over the Hills and some other tunes had him playing surprisingly well! No Quarter from 2-14-75 is fantastic too and there are others to choose from, but they definitely lack the fluidity, clarity and precision of, say, Europe 73, Japan 71 and others. Sometimes I'll listen to a whole bunch of 77 gigs without listening to anything else. I'll get on a kick like this and it will last a few weeks. My ears get accustomed to the sound and style of 77 and it sounds pretty good. Then I'll put 3-22-73 on and it's just mind blowing. Immediately I can tell that Jimmy was on another level. Maybe a few levels better, not just one level. Thinking back, my first two boots were Blueberry Hill and BBC. Both shows were devastating! I had them for a long time before I finally got a copy of their final show in 1980. I was reading Hammer of the Gods at the time and was so into Zeppelin. I couldn't wait to get home from school and put the tape in and give it a listen. I was shocked. I wondered what happened to the band! The Stairway solo was terrible. The tone was terrible. The black dog solo was horrible. Everything sounded like shit, but I wouldn't admit it until years later, to be honest. Now I'm able to be honest about this stuff, because I'm getting old lol
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