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  1. RIP-IT-UP nailed it way back in the beginning of this thread. The Live In Peace solo from the Firm show at Hammersmith way back in 1984 is one of the most exciting solos he ever played. He certainly didn’t splice that together. Whatever he did in the studio with Zep worked in spades to say the least. Personally I don’t worry about how he did it on whichever track. Those records are spectacular and have stood the test of time beyond all belief. Sometimes it’s better not to think too much about how the sausage gets made.
  2. LA 6/3/73 is also one of the best
  3. There’s a lot of magic on 5/24, NQ, Tangerine, a wonderful acoustic set and a fine Stairway. But the best thing about it is what’s for my money the greatest ever Trampled. Best overall 75 show imo is Seattle 321 followed closely by Long Beach 312. Couldn’t agree more with duckman, if we ever get multis from EC that will be epic to say the least. The dry boards from this era don’t do the band many favors. A properly mixed multi from Mr Page would silence any naysayers.
  4. Is there a non-Dime link to this cuztard pi version?
  5. imo one can't go wrong with the savage version from LA 6-25-72, expertly curated by James Page on How The West Was Won.
  6. This is a tough tour to nitpick all the way around the horn...Jimmy alternated between decent and train wreck, sometimes within the same minute, Plant's heart wasn't in it, undoubtedly Bonzo's most lackluster tour, and Jones' Alembic and keyboard sounds don't exude much warmth. It has its moments, but this is the tour that time forgot, unfortunately for good reason.
  7. I’m assuming the cassette version is not different than the version on the original 1976 LP?
  8. Great thread...seeing the laser pyramid was incredibly exciting live...and I agree the segue from that into Achilles in the Fort Worth show sounds absolutely amazing, one of the great live moments imo. Glad to see some love for Landover 5-26, one because I was there and two because I think it’s better than advertised although the horribly dry soundboard does it no favors (as is often the case with 75 and 77 gigs). And the segue from White Summer into Kashmir is 77 was indeed thrilling. Oh, and Osaka 71 kicks serious ass!
  9. Due respect to all, the Osmonds onstage with Zep at EC never happened. Those concerts were covered extensively by the UK music press and no mention was ever made of anything like that. Further, Dave Lewis has written extensively about these concerts for decades (he was at all 5 gigs, and was present at the after party on the final night), and he has never mentioned, much less written about, a Zep/Osmonds onstage jam at the EC concerts. If that had taken place he certainly would have chronicled it. Taking everyone at good faith, this story is just a case of faulty memory. After all, the period in question was only 43 years ago...
  10. Couldn't agree more, and each book has its own place and is vital in its own way. The Davis book broke the ice and pulled back the veil. It was derided as BS by many corners upon its release but imo, all these years later, most of it seems to be plausible at worst. The only thing keeping Wall's book from being a big time home run are his contrived "fantasy sequences" (Wall apparently learning nothing from TSRTS film!). But again, nothing seems too egregious in terms of inaccuracies, again imo. The Hoskyns book may be definitive in that it seems to have the most on the record sources from folks who were actually there.
  11. The O2 version is flawless and is one of the greatest performances of Robert Plant's career, easily imo his greatest post-Zep era performance. The incredible visuals didn't hurt anything either. As for the real Zeppelin, there are some nice ones from 1975, but by 1977 the versions (when they were well done) took the piece to another level. Bonham was routinely spectacular on these, and on the recordings that capture the visceral response from the audience at the song's conclusion, it gives a real idea of what it was like to be there.
  12. Agreed with Johnlennon, the Dadgad version is the one.
  13. The version from the 1969 BBC Playhouse Theatre gig is also excellent. Always a soft spot for the version on the classic old German bootleg LP titled, appropriately enough, White Summer. Dusseldorf 1970 (?) if memory serves. Agreed, playing it in 1980 was a mistake to say the least. Also love the outtake acoustic version on the second disc of The Yardbirds Little Games special expanded edition of some years back.
  14. Someone please correct me if I'm wrong, but I thought the story was that Jimmy just turned the thing over to Kevin Shirley, and he was the one who FUBARed it. Its nice to have the songs not originally on the soundtrack, but the project was botched horribly in several places and that's all there is to it imo. Agree with Porgie, the best attempt to date at getting it right is the Heywood edition. Shirley hasn't worked on another Zep project since. Coincidence?
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