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A performance Zeppelin fans should be grateful to have access to,
This review is from: BBC Sessions (Audio CD)
Though these recordings are not a truly live concert (and there is probably a flashing "APPLAUD" sign for the audience), it is still amazingly brilliant. Robert's singing was especially deep, raunchy, and emotional. The version of "Thank You" is the absoulute best version EVER...the solo is absoulutely saccharine on electric guitar, nothing like the studio version on Led Zeppelin II, which is acoustic. There are 2 "Dazed & Confused" versions, but I should hope that any Zeppelin fan prefers the longer one, with the violin bow solo and all. What is really unique and enthralling about the 18-min or so version of "Dazed & Confused" is that the solo is enchanting and eerie...because there is no screaming crowd to interrupt, and the dead silence of the entire place allows the solo to be very echoey and very mysterious, like Pagey himself.
"The Immigrant Song" has defintitely been served its justice on this album, more rock-able than the studio version for SURE! And one of my favorite things about the song "What is and What Should Never Be" is that during the song's ending, while Robert sings, "Everybody I know seems to know me well but they really didn't know that I move like..." he changes "move" to something else...haha I shall leave you in suspense. It's quite cute really, and will make you laugh if you pay attention. And even though there are two versions of "Whole Lotta Love," how can anyone not like the medley version, which is extremely bluesy, thanks to the incorporation of "Boogie Chillun" and "That's Alright Mama?"
One last thing I would like to point out is that the versions of "Going to California" and "That's the Way" are very serene versions. They do not sound like the studio versions, but that's what's so nice about them; they are a different side to the songs. The mandolin is more prominent in "Going to California." Also, "That Girl I Love She Got Long Black Wavy Hair" is absent from any studio album and it's a groovy blues song with a raunchy riff.
"BBC Sessions" is a most enjoyable album and I highly recommend it to all fans...but if you are a more wilder fan that needs to hear them live n' loud you should try "How the West Was Won" instead. It is one of the few sources we have of Zeppelin captured live, and each song is different than the next. Don't miss out on Percy, Pagey, Jonesy, and Bonzo doing what they do best! YOU DON'T KNOW ZEPPELIN TILL YOU'VE HEARD 'EM LIVE!!!