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Jiri

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  1. Jiri

    What no bids yet?!

    I´ve always thought Jimmy used the Orange solely for his theremin. If so....30 k for a Jimmy Page theremin amp...it´s like buying the guitar amp owned by Billy Joel
  2. Good point, Dirigible! However, what about the shows that sounded right to the audience AND sounded good on "thin tape"? There are tons of them...pre 77 that is...;-)
  3. Does it really matter if they played or not? Reading about enthusiastic Zep heads hollering, experts who don´t remember but don´t rule it out, women pointing out where in an anonymous gym Jimmy Page performed his magic 40 years ago...fantastic! So yes, they played...no matter where they were this very night. Somebody please make a movie about it!
  4. I think Robert is at his best right now! Check out youtube for the clips with Mrs. Krauss. Of course he´s not screaming and moaning like he used to do. He´s using his voice in a very sweet, mature way. Not like all those Metal granddads trying to be 25 again. Urgh. Robert seems very comfortable and THAT is singing. Very cool! I wish the others would come up with something new and inspired like that. BTW I am not into country at all, I just appreciate good musicianship.
  5. So I try to be positive: It´s not good. Robert seems exhausted, uncomfortable. Jimmy´s guitar is in tune. his fingers aren´t. He is using his 3-finger-technique (avoids ringfinger due to accident earlier). No surprise his playing is not good. Especially with this very clean tone. This is not the best band in the world. These are tired lads. Just listen to the ´73 versions - Bang!!!!
  6. Jiri

    EXETER!

    They used a synthesizer for the basic sound. I am not sure which one, I think it was an ARP. They sent it through an echo unit which was responsible for the boogie pattern.
  7. Yes, they are: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KH-DO3FgROI...feature=related
  8. Good to see Spinal Tap back again....
  9. Please, do keep on celebrating, but this boot has been around for a while now. If I´m not completely wrong it´s "Danke Vienna!".
  10. I think this answers many questions: http://www.petecornish.co.uk/client.html For years Jimmy has used Pete Cornish´s very advanced, high-end technology. The wiring, the parts - everything in a class of it´s own! And you can hear it. The sound of Black Dog almost blew my head off!!! With Jimmy´s (studio) guitar sound it´s not that simple. So he used simple technology, but he did it in a very clever manner. Don´t forget he also had microphones, the tape machine and the mixing desk as tools for shaping his special sound. And he had the money to buy all the amps and gadgets out there. Like somebody stated earlier, he used the volume knobs a lot. And he liked to use small amps in the studio (makes a difference how the sound sits in the mix). Anyway, why don´t we all find our own sound...?
  11. Of course I enjoy the playing and the genius of LZ. No matter what sound. And there always are a few songs that sound quite good compared to others of the same night. It depends how dynamic the numbers are: I´ve never heard a good sounding (unauthorised) version of Immigrant Song, because every instrument is playing full power at the same time. Same with R`n´R. SIBLY is a very dramatic piece, sometimes only drums, a bit of organ and a little bit of filling by Jimmy. So it´s better balanced soundwise. Same with NQ. I think listening to LZ thru a "telephone" isn´t that enjoyable after a few tracks... (Of course there are shows that sound just awful and are dozen times better than the official ones. Playingwise. We all know that.) So I was just wondering if there are decent pre-1975 recordings out there that have the same quality as some of the Millard stuff or post-1975 SB.
  12. Interesting! That explains a lot (no vocals most of the time )! But lots of bass, which i find quite rare. Anyway, thanks for the replies, gang! Yes, if my ears get too nervous I put on my Wiggles CDs and rock away....
  13. Hey guys! Since my ears get a little nervous after listening to the mid frequency madness of some live recordings (especially audience) I wonder: What are the best sounding pre-1975 recordings out there? I´ve listened to some SB which IMHO were quite average (Vienna ´73, Osaka ´71) and some legendary audience tapes (Blueberry Hill) which didn´t convince me either. I am NOT talking aboout the quality of playing!!! Sound quality! Do you have any tips? I would really appreciate it. Cheers!
  14. Really great sound! Have you noticed Jimmy´s strange guitar sound? It almost sounds as "clean" and harmless as on the BBC-session! Not a bit like standard 1973.
  15. SIBLY - there are a few recordings from ´80 that sound reasonable (to put it nicely). But IMHO most of the ´77 versions just suck. Best, almost magical ones: ´70-´73. NQ - you are right, actually. OTHAFA - listen to the EC-versions - just uninspired rubbish compared to Page being on fire in Offenburg or MSG in ´73. D&C - Just no. Sometimes off, sometimes on. BD - Bonzo ruled and kept it together, so yes. RS - yes. KSR - besides some false starts - yes. But you can´t really screw up this number, can you? STH - Too many crap versions out there. Jimmy´s guitar playing got worse by the years and Robert didn´t seem quite keen on singing it later on. IMTOD - yes. Quite true. HB - the most definite NOOOOO! After ´73 it became almost embarrasing. Before: well, I always wonder why Jimmy was able to hypnotize people with his playing in songs like SIBLY but bore people to death with Heartbreaker.
  16. Jiri

    Zep in 77

    To set things straight: (I think) nobody wants to doubt the stories of people who actually saw them in ´77. I´m sure it was an amazing expierence. Still, listening to the recordings, watching the footage of that time makes it clear that (with a few exceptions) the ´77 pales in comparison to the tours before. I´m not talking about the sound quality or the lasers=the show. I am referring to the actual musicianship. Jimmy and Bonzo´s playing became unreliable and sometimes Jimmy completely lost it. This is no bashing. Just a fact. Even Jonesy (the greatest Bonzo fan of all times) agreed on that. Come on, guys! There was this show when Jimmy´s pants fell down, at one point he had to change them (one wonders why).
  17. Why not? LZ sold the most records in the states. Or am I mistaken? And if you add the numbers of other European countries, South America, Australia and Asia you´re up to 300 Millions.
  18. Jiri

    BBC Sessoins 1971

    The late legendary British DJ John Peel mentions the concert in his autobiography: Band good. Nice blokes. Audience cold. I think that´s a fair reason for average performance.
  19. Jiri

    BBC Sessoins 1971

    It just dawned on me!!!! It must have been the HIWATTs which made everything sound so differently compared to other shows played with the more distorting Marshalls stacks. Jimmy was using them thru a short period at the beginning of the 70ies...
  20. I´m pretty sure there are some multitracks somewhere, but have a wild guess why they will not be released...ever! Just think of Seattle. Get my drift? I hope at least some shows from 70-73 will see the light of my record store one day...
  21. Jiri

    KNEBWORTH 79

    And the British music scene couldn´t care less. But, Steve, you are right, it´s always important to see the bigger picture. The shows were important. For the band. Still, seeing Jimmy fighting his way through the songs being barely able to play the stuff he just winged a few years ago makes me sad. Robert was 31!!!! And he looked like 40. Same with Bonzo. Those guys were tired of being Led Zeppelin (as it used to be)!
  22. Jiri

    KNEBWORTH 79

    Knebworth was basically four tired guys trying to get it back together again in public. Yes, there were many, many cheerful people. But there always are many, many cheerful people at Oldies but Goldies-concerts. No impact at all. Ok now blast me!
  23. What made Queen so popular in the 80ies was their clever use of the new medium video. Over here everybody (even kids) knows the videos to "Radio Gaga", "Bohemian Rhapsody" or their (pseudo-)live footage. They had several #1-hits in the 80ies and released X-Mas singles LZ made themselves quite special by not appearing on TV too much or releasing extensive film footage. Pink Floyd made their way into the 80ies with their enormous success of "Another Brick In The Wall". After that it was their sheer bombast of their rare live performances, I think. I don´t know what would have happened if LZ had decided to move on...IMHO it was better for their legacy to split up. They didn´t turn into a lame sellout as many other once very good bands...
  24. Yes, yes, yes. IT IS! That was my point. You just didn´t get it. And, yes, I wasn´t aware of LZ havin a #1 in Germany. As much as I am not aware of who is the #1 right now. Get my drift...
  25. Manigini, you know what, I lost interest in debating this. One more thing: I have the age to know about LZ and I AM from Continental Europe.
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