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  1. Montreal Montreal Montreal. Period. Lightening 1971 speed in DAC. STH solo is better than any EC solo. Heartbreaker is furious. Moby Dick post tympanic part is just incredible. He’s going nuts at the end. Wonderful. TUF has the best solo of 1975. Plant ruins the show with his “flu” but boy are the other three on.
  2. A big NO on that one. On early tour for a short period. You can tell it’s only one pedal.
  3. I believe in the book The Big Beat by Max Weinberg, he interviews Watts. Charlie says something very intriguing about Bonham. He mentions Kashmir and then states that Bonham was good at “ what Bonham does “. Basically he’s saying that every drummer that creates a style needs to own that style. Something like that…if I recall. I read it 30 yrs ago.
  4. The mix is terrific. Bonham snare sound is what every rock drummer tries to emulate. He’s clear in the mix. There are some snare ghost notes he throws in which mimics the guitar and bass hence the tightness and compactness of the song. A 1 second riff turns into a wonderful workout for the band.
  5. I must say sometimes these You Tube reaction videos even make me rethink a song. It is a stellar send off for the band. Maybe take down the JPJ orchestration approach and turn up Jimmy’s guitar and you have a gem of a song with an outstanding solo. However, it’s Robert who takes command here and gives one of his best , most passionate vocal takes. Sounds better with age.
  6. The Rover. You can actually here the drum set breathing through the song.
  7. There will never be a doc on LZ. There is very limited or any real good footage. Solid interviews or even backstage stuff is rarer than Bigfoot sightings. That’s why we love them. The less we know.
  8. This performance , which bests 5/24, proved to me what a fantastic vocalist Robert is. This second vocal break at the end where he just pushes himself to the brink adding some soul and deep blues phrasing. After 4 1/2. 3 hr shows and his voice not exactly in top form how he musters this up is simply amazing. . Along with a smile at the end... Cant seem to get footage on here ..whoever can...a big thanks.
  9. A pivotal time , live playing wise, in their career. I believe this is where the cracks started to show. On the 1972 American tour Robert went to using a very high pitched almost constant falsetto. I believe that was the point where he just blew it out. As you can hear in HTWWW , to me, it lacks any depth and quite annoying. I prefer , believe it or not, TSRTS voice technique as in The Rain Song. It was powerful yet teetering from night to night. He was not going high anymore because he really consistently could not. There are moments like in LA in 1973 where Plant is devastating but he’s moving his voice around finding it’s strongest point because at this point there wasn’t much high register left. 1972 is where the inconsistency started especially in Japan.
  10. Figures , Robert sounds like crap. The only possible doable 8mm and it’s one of the worst nights of 1975. Percy ruined a lot of nights in 1975.
  11. Never enjoyed these shows. Just hated the sound of Jimmy tone and Robert voice. This , to me, was a critical time of a demise of live standards for LZ. This is where they started to get too loose and on the verge of sloppiness. America 1973 was around the corner and they were “pushing it” on this leg of the tour. This was one leg they should have put aside and rested for quite a while...especially Robert. I realize Europe 1973 was also on the horizon and Jimmy was a total a beast during that tour but Robert was pushed way too hard during late 1972 and winter 1973 shows.
  12. Soundboards suck! I don’t get the attraction to SB. Makes the band sound flat. Give me a thunderous audience recording so I can hear what they heard in the 1970s. I read reviews of the heavy “ thunder “ of the live shows but sounds very mean and mild with soundboards.
  13. Just wondering about the delay..or is it no big deal? Foreigner, Aerosmith, and so forth. Is there a reason why these four lads have been declined over and over. I realize they aren’t a “song based “ band like The Who as JPJ has stated. It’s all a puzzle. I’m just surprised they are not in it.
  14. I have always been a huge fan of the Montreal 1975 show. The STH solo is simply astounding and when it hits its peak , it’s Bonzo who just plays off Jimmy that sends chills through my body every time I hear it. I have also come across an HD version of STH Earls Court , solo only, with video and with incredible audience sound. It really gives the band the due they deserve. To hear Bonzo’s drums sounding so powerful and clear with awesome tone against Jimmy’s solo is something that old timers like me will never ever see again with the future of rock n roll. I love Jimmy’s tone in 1975 on STH, especially the solo. I feel the difference from 1973 lies with the solo going into areas of more melody and with John’s added tom tom work and off beat ( he’s playing with Jimmy) playing, it’s just incredible. Jimmy’s face buried in his long hair just adds to the mystic. Do me a favor. Get on You Tube and get the Montreal snow in 1975 ... go to 2:18 ( hrs)....just freakin blast it. Just when you think he’s gonna pack in the solo, he pushes it even more with melodic note bending creating an emotional solo that sends shivers up the spine and John doing magic behind him. My favorite. Any other recommendations ?
  15. The huge difference in the song is Bonham. The live recordings in Japan and Canada in 1971 compared with 1973 are staggering, in my opinion. Bonham and Jones are locked in sync while Jimmy goes off. JB then changed and started playing with Jimmy more and using his foot a lot less and open high and toms more. In the Osaka recordings when Bonham was fighting with Plant and annoying the band , I believe JB left his high hat open deliberately to annoy the band and drown out Plant. You can also pick up while Jimmy is soloing 2nd time around , John just drops the beat I assume to try to piss him off. I could just see Page looking at these two young un schooled Midlands musicians and saying “ would you just get on with it John “!. I hate to say this but the 1971 live versions are far superior since I believe Jimmy was playing much better and kinda left alone while JPJ and JB locked in. Only when Jimmys altered his tone and his soloing began to decline a bit, did Bonham start playing more with him than Jones. I know I’m risking the next statement ( I am a a risk taker ) but I just feel that Bonham over plays a tad to mask some of Jimmys slurred sticky soloing , at times ( anything live circa 1977 ) , especially during the 1973 live versions of this song. The original on SRTS I do enjoy especially the 2nd solo but the remastered I rarely listen to. It lacks a heavy bottom sound and rhythm tightness than 1971 by far. Nothing compares to Toronto 1971. It’s probably the best I have ever heard the band play.
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