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10 Stars To Possibly The Greatest Band On The Planet!
on 1 December 2012
I am of that certain age when I can look back with fondness upon being a witness to the advent of Rock through it's early stages of the 60's until it burst into a fully fledged artform in the early 70's when arena rock became the nirvana for all aspiring rock bands - and for one band, curiously named Led Zeppelin, they proved to be the epitome!
After the loss of John Bonham, the band split up and apart from the odd studio album and concert from Mr Plant, that, as they say, appeared to be that - despite the millions being offered for a re-union! So it was with great interest that it was the death of Ahmet Ertegun that was the spur to get Led Zeppelin together along with Jason Bonham on drums, to do that one last great concert and prove (if that was ever required!) that truly, this is the very pinnacle of the power and majesty of Rock Music.
Of course, not being able to be there, was always going to be an issue for a life-long fan, but Celebration Day comes in an awful close second....the sheer power of the band that had not played together in 30 years is something to behold and I think that everyone's favourite song appears somewhere among this collection of 16 great tracks culled from the LZ back catalogue. My personal favourite, "Kashmir" is a lumbering giant of a song and here, it seems to gain even more of a swagger, more of an insistence that has you reaching for the volume control to push the sound ever louder and the repeat button to hear it over and over again! This is sheer bliss!
The quality of the music, the quality of the musicians and above all, the quality of the recording itself is truly AWESOME....particularly set against some more contemporary live albums, but, and there I must say it, I would like LZ to leave it as a true legacy that cannot be bettered!