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Atlantic Records and Warner Strategic Marketing are proud to announce a landmark event in music history - the release of the mother lode of Led Zeppelin live recordings: Led Zeppelin DVD, a two-disc set. The DVD includes the few performances which were ever filmed during the band's lifetime: London's Royal Albert Hall, five-night run at London's Earl Court, shows at England's Knebworth Festival, and songs from New York's Madison Square Garden.
The DVD Features include: Excerpts from Danish and French television performances, Australian television interviews with Robert Plant, John Bonham and John Paul Jones, fan-shot bootleg performance of "Heartbreaker", Behind the scenes footage of Knebworth, and an NBC interview with the band from 1970.
We're Gonna Groove / I Can't Quit You Babe / Dazed And Confused / White Summer / What Is And What Should Never Be / The Ocean / How Many More Times / Moby Dick / Whole Lotta Love / Communication Breakdown / C'mon Everybody / Something Else / Bring It On Home
Immigrant Song / Black Dog / Misty Mountain Hop / Since I've Been Loving You / Going To California / That's The Way / Bron-Y-Aur Stomp / In My Time Of Dying / Trampled Underfoot / Stairway To Heaven / Rock And Roll / Nobody's Fault But Mine / Sick Again / Achilles Last Stand / In The Evening / Kashmir / Whole Lotta Love
Exclamations of religious awe are in order. Legendary and long sought-after, this live Led Zeppelin collection is nothing less than the rock music equivalent of the Holy Grail. Quite simply, this is what all the fuss was about.
Given that they were the biggest band in the world, Zeppelin were notoriously camera-shy in their heyday. Their official filmic legacy until now has been just the fascinating but flawed The Song Remains the Same. While this new set presents some previously unseen footage from the same 1973 Madison Square Garden gigs, its real wonders lie in the earlier (1970) Royal Albert Hall footage and the later Earls Court (1975) and Knebworth (1979) concerts. Everything here looks and sounds new-minted, thanks to painstaking restoration and remastering of both audio and visual sources, a Herculean labor of love on the part of co-producer Dick Carruthers working hand-in-glove with Jimmy Page. Trawling through thousands of yards of previously unseen film and unheard tape recordings--some with missing visuals, some with missing audio--Page and Carruthers have chosen only the best possible footage available. They were also at pains to make the segments segue seamlessly so that the viewer is treated to what feels like a continuous concert--just sample the transition from a grainy Super 8 "Immigrant Song" (Sydney, 1972) to "Black Dog" at MSG.
Highlights? It's not hyperbole to say that every powerhouse minute of this collection (some 230 minutes of concert footage plus another hour and a half of extra DVD material) is a rare musical and visual treat. But hearing Page's violin bow work on "Dazed and Confused" in DTS or Dolby 5.1 is an experience not soon forgotten. --Mark Walker
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It is hard to believe that the band was new at that time. The maturity that they display, not to mention the raw talent, is nothing short of remarkable!!!! Robert is singing several octaves lower than normal and boy does it work! The fact that he started out singing the blues shines as bright as the sun especially in "Dazed and Confused" and (my new personal favorite) "How Many More Times".
One of the best parts is the absolute beautiful quality of the black and white film. Moreover, it's a very tight set so you really get to see everyone perform. For everyone who has complained about not seeing John Paul Jones during performances - watch this clip!!! You get to see him rocking out and dancing. And you really get a feel for how important his bass lines are to the band! The clip also captures the power of John Bonham. I am still wondering how he beat those drums so hard without breaking them.
And Jimmy! Well what can I add to a discussion about the master? Only that this black and white clip has some great shots of him rocking out. Which brings me back to Robert: oh my god!!!! The emotion that he lets loose for this small group of teenagers is nothing short of INCREDIBLE! He feels the music and makes you feel it too. I particularly like his moves at the beginning of "How Many More Times". After introducing the band, it's as if the music takes over and he really starts move and he does NOT stop!!! Another great version of "How Many More Times", although I'll admit I have never met a Zeppelin version of this song that I did not loveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! How many more times indeed... I've watched this clip at least a 100 times so far!
Prior to watching this DVD I didn't even like "Communication Breakdown" now I'm loving it! "I can hear it calling me..." so I'll wrap up by saying a little about the main portion of the disc. I haven't yet allowed the disc to play past my obsession, but it starts out with a kickass version of "We're Gonna Groove". At first glance it seems like Janis Joplin has returned to the stage. Robert sings with the intensity and emotion of Joplin in this concert. He is so young, and actually looks younger than he did in the 1969 Danish clip where he is dressed in an uncustomary formal shirt AND jacket (it was probably the last time he that many clothes!). And except for a few smiles he is fairly serious and focused in the Danish clip. But in the 1970 concert he lights up like a happy kid doing what he loves! He shares smiles big enough to match his hair! Robert's voice cannot be heard as clearly in this film, but still the performances are outstanding.
Anyway, best $20 I've spent in a long time! I'd buy it again just for the 1969 clips. I hope to put disc 1 down at some point and see what is on disc 2. If it is anything like disc 1, I know I will have a whole lotta love!!!!!!!!!!!!
There are just Sometimes the thrill comes from the little things, such as when Page works the riff from "Whole Lotta Love" into the slow bluesy part of "How Many More Times" and when Robert Page starts singing lines from "Gallows Pole" in "Trampled Underfoot." It also goes without saying that you can never have too many versions of "Dazed and Confused," but I especially like seeing exactly what John Bonham is doing with that rather basic and bare boned drum kit coming out of Page's bow-stringed guitar solo, and what about that spangled jacket John Paul Jones was wearing at one point. I even like grainy hand-head Super 8 footage of "Immigrant Song" mixed in with the rest of the polished concert footage. There is just so much here for fans of Led Zeppelin to treasure and for the first time since Bonzo's untimely death prematurely ended the group's existence I feel like I am once again listening to the greatest rock `n' roll band in the world. It is like "Coda" never came out. If you are a Led Zeppelin fan you simply have to have this one, even if that means you have to go and buy a DVD player to enjoy it. Final comment: neither Page nor Plant could grow a decent beard and Page never really looked good with super long hair. You never really think of these things when you listen to Led Zeppelin CDs.