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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A MUST FOR THE FANS, BUT SLOPPY PRODUCTION, July 19, 2009
Hi Hard Rock fan,

I shurly don't want to be too negative about this product but i have to explain why the H,H & H DVD is just rated 3 star for me.
There is plenty of remarkable good stuff such as:
Disc One:
The synchronised Made in Japan bit in the History part, The Help version of Mark I, The Fireball writing sessions, Demons Eye and Into the Fire Versions of The RBB-Berlin sessions! and Fireball from Ilja Richters DISCO and some interview bits, especially the Blackmore interview on Disc two is marvelous. The rest is already released on other DVD's such as Masters from the Vaults, Live in Concert 72/73, Machine Head and Live and Rare among others.
On Disc two:
Off course there are the wonderful first shots of Deep Purple Mark II in action at the Jazz Bilzen festival in Belgium! Although it's a compilation of 3 songs (W,T,N, Paint it Black and Mandrake root) and not just Wring that Neck as indicated, but still a Jewel.
The well synchronised Wring that Neck and Mandrake Root versions of Pop-Deux from 1970.
The "unphsycadelisized" version of No,No,No (as on disc one)complete from A to Z. The first Take is also worth having. Wonderful!!
And the Leeds Polytechnic Student Project is interesting, but it gives me the creeps looking at the immature behaviour of Glenn Hughes, but there it is.

Now the flaws:
As a hardcore Purple fan i wanted to have the Made in Japan immages which are recently found and partly included in the History bit, BUT WHAT DO WE GET??, indeed a never seen before shot of Deep Purple walking on stage on the first Gig in Osaka where Gillan says; "can we have a little more atmosphere on the lights please" as Highway Star kick's in. But there is a f...g voice over of an earlier Glover interview on Made in Japan and the worst of all the images are flicking from left to right in a kinda funny presentation...not funny at all!
Than there is finaly the version of Demons Eye, but they've found a version with a intermezzo bit of ignorant, nitwit german "fans" who don't like the Deep Purple thing at all and an overtiteling of producers, camaramen and so on. Horrible!!! On You-Tube you can find the full uncut version, so it is available out there and somebody didn't do his homework properly, what a shame.
How blunt can you be when you write on the cover that you have clips from NO,NO,NO from a ROCKPALAST rehearsal!!! Rockpalast didn't exist in the early 70's it just appeared in the early 80's! So don't be fooled, it is no footage of Deep Purple Mark II after the 1984 reunion, but it's the Beatclub Rehearsal Sessions recorded just before or after the RBB Berlin footage and the recording of the classic Machine Head Album. the producers must have been blind because the footage of No,no,no starts with a clipboard saying "BEATCLUB" Take 1/1....but OK. (Probably a selling trick)
Than there is the Burn cut on Disc one, which is exactly the same as the one on Disc two, they've better included the California Jam bit than having the poor sound quality version of the Leeds Polytechnical Student thing twice. And than finally track 13 on disc 2 should be a Smoke on the water version of Mark IV, probably the images are, but the sound is from one of the S.o.t.W. versions of the Made in Japan concerts......silly
The comments on the other reviews where helpful, and still i think it's a MUST HAVE, but they've could have done (much) better.
So: Geoff Barton would better have said; "Sit back, relax and enjoy the (bumpy) ride!!"

Theo Bien (France)
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Classic Rock: Drum Play-Along Volume 2
Classic Rock: Drum Play-Along Volume 2
by Hal Leonard Corp.
Edition: Paperback
Price: $11.13
41 used & new from $4.21

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nearly perfect, January 13, 2008
Just received Hal Leonard's "Classic Rock Volume 2 Play along drum issue".
First the possitive remarks: very nice worked out tabs, very good sound alike cd tracks which you get with drums (to listen to) and without the drums (off-course to play along) expected!
Greatest miss on this cd is that you have to sing along too with the tracks, because vocals are missing. This makes the whole issue a bit disappointing (at least for me), because i miss the feel of playing along with the complete band. Very strange. If you're not bothered with the missing vocals, this thing is it!!!

Theo Bien
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John Bonham: A Thunder of Drums
John Bonham: A Thunder of Drums
by Chris Welch
Edition: Paperback
Price: $14.19
60 used & new from $5.71

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LED ZEPPELIN or LUDWIG Fan's you'll love this, July 28, 2006
I've bought this book along with the "John Bonham" book by Mick Bonham (See my review there as well).

I mainly bought these books because i was always impressed by John's inovating and unorthodox style. And i was strongly reminded after hearing the CD "How the West was Won" and seeing the double-DVD simply called "Led Zeppelin", what a great drummer he's been.

This is the story of the Powerhouse behind Zep, The Ludwig endorser, The hammer on the Nail, The Man and the Machine. Here it is everything you always wanted to know about his idea's, his examples (if any), his technique, his drumkits from the green sparkle to the stainles steel and of course the Amber Vistalite, All the albums reviewed by proffesionals from '69 to '79. Descriptions of all his famous tracks or should i say tricks with sticks, his triplets, paradiddles etc. But also a story of how this magical quartet got together and how they made history. Robert Plant's quote says it all:

"Bonzo was the main part of the band. He was the man whatever Page and I wrote basically work, by what he held back, by what he didn't do to tempos. I don't think there's anyone in the world who could replace him".

A Must for Rock (drummer) fans

John Bonham: The Powerhouse Behind Led Zeppelin
John Bonham: The Powerhouse Behind Led Zeppelin
by Mick Bonham
Edition: Paperback
Price: $20.39
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What you always wanted to know about BONZO, July 28, 2006
First i have to tell you that i'm a huge Deep Purple fan, and Zep came always second. Although this changed after looking and listening to the DVD & CD of "How the West was Won"!!!

A remarkable remastering Job that really puts "The Song Remains The Same" wayyyyy in the shadows. My goodness these drums sound sound soooo heavy, the way only a Ludwig drumkit should sound!(Compared with DP's "Made in Japan").

John Henri Bonham always had a special place in my drummers hart, because of his inovating style. He and Ian Paice (allong with a couple of other 70's hero's) really set the trend for the oncoming decades of (Hard) Rock drumming. (My heroes!)

I'd bought this book along with a "Thunder of Drums" (See my review over there as well).

What can i say, the way Mick Bonham tells all kind stories from their chilhood untill John's tragic death. Stories which are breathtaking, very funny, heartbreaking and written in a way that only a brother could have written. You really understand why John was who he was! With his ups and downs, why he often was the Pain in the Bud, but you will understand it and even have compation for him.

* Enough blabbered about everything.

SHORTLY: I really loved the book from A to Z and backwards. And you might expect a similar book as "Thunder of Drums" but it is a totaly different John Bonham (life-)story.

Note: Not for true fans only!!

Enjoy it: Theo

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