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  1. June 22 is my favorite 1977 show, the energy is insane and Jimmy had a wardrobe malfunction that he solved with a ladies belt (according to R. Plant on the night). Dying Time and Over The Hills in the same gig, and OTH was a late set impulse of Page it seems. And to me it’s the all-time versions for both pieces. The solo Page unleashes on OTH is one of the most spectacular things he ever played. June 10 has a similar feel to me. Maybe it’s the less than perfect audience recordings, but the energy of those gigs is awe-inspiring. Certainly Eddie on June 21 is the greatest audience recording it can’t be said enough. Of course the band was in less than perfect health in 1977, but the tour was spectacular, and there was a lot of thought and planning that went into it. They were the biggest and the best, and they knew it. It was all down to the execution from gig to gig.
  2. Speaking of impact, US retailers at the time were crediting the business generated by ITTOD with saving the moribund music retail industry. People were coming back into record stores just to buy that, and of course some of those customers would also grab another LP or two while they were there.
  3. The worst part was MTV spelling out “Jimmy Paige”...he wasn’t in Duran Duran so they didn’t know or care...and then at one point when they list out the lineup of musicians, their wonder boy Collins’ name appears BEFORE the Zeps! Insipid, but here we are all these years later still talking about the mighty Zep while MTV has died a death. Too bad.
  4. Hard to top the version on TSRTS...also pretty fond of LA 6-21-77
  5. Allow me to third the suggestion of going straight to Dave. He’s now in his sixth decade of chronicling the activities of the band and the various solo projects. He works hard to get it right and imo has well earned the support he receives from the Zep fan community. The magazine has gone from something he literally cut and pasted together with his own hands, to the nicely produced and well realized magazine that it is today. In my opinion TBL is well worth it to any and all Zepheads.
  6. I couldn’t finish reading it. The same sort of over-written pseudo-intellectual drivel that has plagued many reviewers down thru the years, most of them more astute than this preening twit. Perhaps his really smart friends enjoyed it...
  7. May I please have the link also? Kind thanks
  8. Definitely prefer 928’s Stairway, Page is really letting it rip on the solo. I’ll go with 928 on What Is although I’m not sure if it’s just the beautiful, full sound of the new board that does it for me on that one. This LZ rarities version of the board is so nice. Bonzo’s martial incursion on Moby Dick from 929 is one of my all time favorite moments from the master. Page’s thrilling, off the cuff Hendrix trip during 929 WLL is right up there near the top of my all time favorite moments of anything!
  9. imo Now And Zen and Tall Cool One mark the absolute nadir of Plant’s solo career. He managed things better on Manic Nirvana, which turned out to be a fine rock album without resorting to the cheap and cynical salesmanship on offer in Now And Zen. That said, Now And Zen got his solo career off life-support and I love Manic Nirvana and Fate of Nations. So perhaps the end justified the means...
  10. Jones and Grohl made a very nice rhythm section indeed. I was at the foot of the stage directly in front of Jones at their DC show at the 9:30 Club. I’ve been going to concerts for 45 years. TCV is one of the very best shows I’ve ever seen. Would love to see them again.
  11. Charlotte 6/9/72 is a good one that has always kind of flown under the radar imo.
  12. I’ve always loved Winterland 4/26/69. One of the great gigs ever imo
  13. Those Copenhagen 79 pics are really cool...on their way to their best post-73 gig...a very nice find!
  14. Always loved Four Sticks, and completely agree with the nods to the Page Plant versions. The Egyptian orchestra was a revelation on that, along of course with the late great Michael Lee. And iirc there’s a nice moment in the “No Quarter” material where Robert mentions the guy who originally wielded the four sticks...
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