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  • Audio CD (15 Nov. 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Atlantic Records
  • ASIN: B000002JEV
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,498 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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  1. You Shook Me ( "Top Gear" Live Version From BBC Sessions) 5:15£0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. I Can't Quit You Baby ( "Top Gear" Live Version From BBC Sessions) 4:23£0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. Communication Breakdown ("Tasty Pop Sundae" Live Version From BBC Sessions) 3:12£0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Dazed And Confused ( "Top Gear" Live Version From BBC Sessions) 6:40£0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. The Girl I Love She Got Long Black Wavy Hair ("Tasty Pop Sundae" Live Version From BBC Sessions) 3:02£0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. What Is And What Should Never Be ( "Top Gear" Live Version From BBC Sessions) 4:22£0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. Communication Breakdown ("Top Gear" Live Version From BBC Sessions) 2:41£0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. Travelling Riverside Blues ( "Top Gear" Live Version From BBC Sessions) 5:12£0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. Whole Lotta Love ( "Top Gear" Live Version From BBC Sessions) 6:09£0.99  Buy MP3 
10. Somethin' Else ("Tasty Pop Sundae" Live Version From BBC Sessions) 2:10£0.99  Buy MP3 
11. Communication Breakdown ("One Night Stand" Live Version From BBC Sessions) 3:06£0.99  Buy MP3 
12. I Can't Quit You Baby ("One Night Stand" Live Version From BBC Sessions) 6:20£0.99  Buy MP3 
13. You Shook Me ("One Night Stand" Live Version From BBC Sessions)10:19Album Only
14. How Many More Times ("One Night Stand" Live Version From BBC Sessions)11:51Album Only
15. Immigrant Song ("In Concert" Live Version From BBC Sessions) 3:21£0.99  Buy MP3 
16. Heartbreaker ("In Concert" Live Version From BBC Sessions) 5:16£0.99  Buy MP3 
17. Since I've Been Loving You ("In Concert" Live Version From BBC Sessions) 6:56£0.99  Buy MP3 
18. Black Dog ("In Concert" Live Version From BBC Sessions) 5:17£0.99  Buy MP3 
19. Dazed And Confused ( "In Concert" Live Version From BBC Sessions)18:36Album Only
20. Stairway To Heaven ("In Concert" Live Version From BBC Sessions) 8:49£0.99  Buy MP3 
21. Going To California ("In Concert" Live Version From BBC Sessions) 3:54£0.99  Buy MP3 
22. That's The Way ("In Concert" Live Version From BBC Sessions) 5:43£0.99  Buy MP3 
23. Whole Lotta Love (Medley) ( "In Concert" Live Version From BBC Sessions)13:45Album Only
24. Thank You ("In Concert" Live Version From BBC Sessions) 6:38£0.99  Buy MP3 

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Frequently bootlegged and now digitally remastered by Jimmy Page, these tapes capture a 25-month (1969 to 1971) arc in which Zep's sound grew to encompass the speed rush and jazz/blues festival stuff of their 1969 debut, the fully developed folkie musings of "Going to California" (in which Plant vowed to make a hejira right up to Joni Mitchell's front door), and the band's modestly popular multilayered epic "Stairway to Heaven." The Sessions also give a glimpse of nearly off-the-cuff invention in an intense take on Robert Johnson's "Traveling Riverside Blues". Most other white blues musicians would've rushed to get this on vinyl; Page and Plant instead used it for parts, most notably taking its profound acoustic freneticism for Led Zeppelin III. --Rickey Wright

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 Jun. 2000
Format: Audio CD
If you love the studio albums, want a little more looseness but don't want to sit through bootlegs seemingly recorded in a coal scuttle, this album is an absolute must, if only for Robert Plant's hysterical screaming blues version of Something Else. (Why must every woman have to 'go walking in the park' with him? Don't they have cinemas in Wolverhampton?) The three different versions of Communication Breakdown take you in three totally different directions and the production qualities are fantastic throughout. Proof that, on a good night and pre-flaming stage gongs, they probably were just as good live, if not better.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 Sept. 2000
Format: Audio CD
Led Zeppelin were a live band. They had such incredible talant. The studio albums were good but rock music is about live performances and in my opinion Zeppelin were hard to beat. This album is all about the second CD for me. From the start of "Immigrant Song" you are in at the deep end. It is early Zeppelin for sure but it is easy to see why they still move so many people to this day (me included). It is such a shame that more of the live material is not released, I don't care if there is the occasional mistake, that's what it's about, it's live! Whilst the studio stuff on the first CD is nice to listen to buy this one for the second CD because it's what Zep were all about...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Adam P. Morris on 18 April 2009
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
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.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By N. S. Rushton on 11 July 2002
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Being too young to experience Led Zeppelin the first time around I had to come at them second-hand, after realising, in about 1995, that guitar-based music was in its death throes and the future rested with dance music. But hey, who needs to listen to second-rate guitar bands doing the same thing for the 1000th time when you can immerse yourself in the most fertile and innovative period in modern music production -- 1968-71. At the forefront of the explosion that happened at this time were the Zep, and this album captures them in their natural habitat: live and alive. If you're new to LZ then the second or fourth album are the best places to start, but as soon as you've caught the bug and realised how astounding their music is, you will want to hear them live. This BBC sessions album is a much better bet than the double live record 'The Song Remains the Same', because the recording quality is superior, and it was recorded 69-71 when these four musicians were at their creative zenith -- a fact that translates to these live performances with shocking clarity. Put your skin-tight flares on, pretend you've got long hair, and immerse yourself in the sound of the most vital band of the most important period in twentieth-century music. The live sound captures LZ's blues obsession more clearly than the studio albums, especially on the blues reworkings of classic tracks like 'You Shook Me' (twice on this album just in case you missed it the first time round) and 'I Can't Quit you Baby'. Although top marks must go to the amazing 'new' blues creation of 'Travelling Riverside Blues' (Robert Johnson isn't given a credit), previously unreleased. Jimmy Page takes us to slide guitar heaven. It is simply amazing.Read more ›
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By jlchurch@callnetuk.com on 30 July 2000
Format: Audio CD
I listened to the two hour long concerts which make up most of this album and taped them at the time, the tapes died ages ago. Incredibly it took the BBC 30 years to get the recordings out. It's hard to express what I felt at the time, no one had made music like this, the power was immense, you had no idea what was coming next, I didn't even know if I liked it!
The best tracks are from the two concerts rather than the sessions - the BBC screwed up - they should have released the two concerts in their entirity and put the session tracks on a third CD.
Some of this music is the most electrifying ever recorded, you may find it hard to cope with at first but I think it's the greatest recorded live rock music there is.
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