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gleeman

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  1. Yeah, he lost some range and heft from 71 to 73, and I agree that he gained in mental ability and finesse as he went along, but what nobody's mentioned yet is the change in Percy's attitude and stage presence that occurred too. Sure, he had glorious chops in 71, but the 71 Robert doesn't seem to be having much fun. Serious, head down, sounds like he's pissed about the critical reaction to III or that LA isn't as much fun as it once was or whatever. By 73 though, we get the full on Horn Dog Robert that everyone remembers when they think of Led Zeppelin. Yes, the high notes cracked more often. Yes he's more cavalier with the original melodies. But his singing is SEXY SEXY SEXY! The wail was never sexier than in 73 IMO. The rough road weariness that shows in his voice is real rock 'n' roll. And to anyone who feels cheated when Robert doesn't sing the original melody in OTHAFA or RnR, or thinks he was just yelping in the early days, I'd argue that what really sets Robert apart from Rock's other great vocalists is that he really did change it up from night to night, and from year to year. He was not just faithfully delivering a song like most singers. He was out there improvising on the edge with Jimmy and the rest of the band every night. In this way he was almost more of a musician than a singer. Jimmy himself has called Led Zeppelin 4 virtuoso musicians that came together and created a fifth element. What other singer commands such a description? YOU try singing in front of a band like Zeppelin and see what comes out!
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