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A True Testament,
This review is from: The Song Remains The Same: Soundtrack From The Led Zeppelin Film (Audio CD)Actually 4- 1/2 stars. The first disc is 5 stars, hands down. From the opener "Rock-N Roll," followed by a supercharged version of "Celebration Day," The ultimate "one/ two" punch of "The Song Remains The Same/ The Rain Song," and the sinister, occult feel of "Dazed and Confused," this is simply stellar musicianship and raw, agressive power. The instumental middle section of "The Rain Song," with Page's arpeggiated diminished chords over John Paul Jones' astounding mellotron work is, without a doubt, one of the most stunningly beautiful musical moments I have ever encountered. These guys could rock but also were very gifted musicians, capable of creating dense, complex themes. A very unique outfit, perfectly blending the thunderous with the sublime. And this recording captures this in a very wonderful way. As far as the second disc, every song is played superbly, but the reason for my subtracting 1/2 star is the improvisational sections which are quite long. Combined with the stunning visual aspect of the film of the same name, or even better, being in attendance at the concert, these extended sections can be very exhillarating. But simply listening to them somewhat detracts from the experience (know what I mean?) I would never bash Zeppelin's abilities (I copped several riffs from Page during the 70's.) They are all expert musicians with a very exciting presentation. Unfortunately, I was never able to attend one of their shows, but I am grateful for this powerful collection of some favorite songs.
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