Its the 40th anniversary of the release of Led Zeppelin I and II this year. March 69 and October 69.
Having bought them when they came out, it makes me think how time flies away.
I still love Led Zeppelin, they remain one of the greatest rock bands of all time, if not the greatest of all. This is a MUST HAVE for the 2nd CD alone, the complete recording of a John Peel In Concert broadcast for the BBC in 1971. It was recorded in April 1971, a month after they had finished recording Led Zeppelin IV and it captrues them at the height of their creativity when the spark was still strong and before they entered the stratospheric heights of selling 50 million albums and being the biggest band in the universe.
I suspect it was probably the first time Stairway to Heaven was aired to the public at large.
Its stunning to brilliant all the way through, from Peel's dry introduction to the last note dying note.
Jimmy Page's guitar work is mind blowing and the raw nakedness of live radio sound recording emphasises the quality of the musicianship in this band. It also highlights the outstanding abilities of the often under rated John Paul Jones, a man who arranged a lot of the material and who could play melodic keyboards with his hands whilst holding down monster basslines using bass triggered by pedals controlled with his feet.
Yes this band are deservedly immortal and this is a highly recommended purchase for those who love the studio albums and want different versions of the first four.