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on 11 June 2003
Quite simple - one of the best rock albums ever released.
From the opening "LA Drone" through to Robert Plant's harmonica coda, this is the real deal.
All Zep fans will be astounded by the clarity of the sound.
Jimmy Page has obviously done a fantastic job of re-mastering the original tapes and I am sure he has done a little "tinkering" here and there!!
I have a bootleg of an LA Forum gig from 72 or 74 and his "flub" quota was always quite high but who cares??
The dynamics are astounding and demands to be played at high volume to fully appreciate the sonic variations.
2 minor criticisms though - without visuals, the 20 mins drum solo (Moby Dick) and 7 mins of bowing the guitar in Dazed are hard going.
They would have been better left to the DVD and edited down for the CD. This would have left room for another gem or two (Rain Song or No Quarter?).
People have tended to overlook the contribution of JP Jones and Bonzo over the years and concentrated on the Page/ Plant partnership.
However, this is as much about them as Pagey's magical guitar playing and Plant's exuberant vocals.
John Bonham proves what a truly great drummer he was, displaying an awesome array of styles and volume control that adds dynamics by the bucket load.
JP Jones shows what a solid (without being flashy) player he was and I particularly enjoyed his mandolin playing on the acoustic section.
If there was any doubt before, this album proves what Zep fans already know - they were the best rock band of all time.
I cannot think of a better way of spending 14 quid, that's for sure!!
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on 26 May 2003
At last a fitting testament to the live phenomenon that was Led Zeppelin. Zep aficionados will have doubtless sought out and listened to the 'unofficial' live recordings that have always seemed plentiful, as well as, of course the half a show that is the soundtrack to 'The Song Remains the Same'. The advent of 'How The West Was Won' means all those disappointing recordings, with their poor sound and haphazard presentation, can be left to gather dust. This is how Led Zeppelin were supposed to sound live. The quality is excellent, conveying the true might of a band that dominated rock for a decade and beyond. More importantly, the performances are superb. Sure, there is the odd rough edge, but this is a LIVE performance, without a studio overdub in earshot. The renditions of 'Back Dog' and 'Since I've been Loving You' are far better than on 'The Song Remains The Same' while a whole new dimension has been added with the inclusion of the quieter, acoustic based numbers so glaringly absent from that album. In this complete 'show' (actually culled from two seperate gigs played a couple of days apart) the full spectrum of Zeppelin's musical prowess is presented. Plant's singing is magical on 'Going to California', 'That's The Way' and What Is and What Should Never Be'. But to say that it is any less so anywhere else on the album would be doing him a grave injustice. Only six of the eighteen tracks are repeated from 'The Song Remains The Same' CD (seven if you include 'Since I've Been Loving You', which is performed in the film). To hear live for the first time - properly recorded and mixed - songs such as 'Over The Hills and Far Away', 'Dancing Days' and 'The Ocean' is a joy. We do get the obligatory vast versions of 'Dazed and Confused' and 'Moby Dick' which, at times can teeter on the brink of self indulgence. But there is so much musical brilliance and finesse on these numbers that there is never any real danger of them falling into the precipice. Besides, this wouldn't be a Led Zeppelin show without them. Never has it been more evident than on this showing why filling Bonham's drum stool at a (more and more unlikely to happen) Zeppelin reunion would be an impossible task. 'Whole Lotta Love' is also a huge number; a rock'n'roll medley in which the band really turn up the LA heat, and Page dazzles with some truly outstanding guitar work. For those who have long sought evidence of Led Zeppelin's true live prowess then look no further. Long overdue, but welcomed like a prodigal son, this album encapsulates the magic and the power of band not yet even at the height if their powers. An essential acquisition.
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on 29 July 2017
Great cd
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on 5 June 2017
superb live performances from the worlds greatest rock band with new slants on their standards. Buy it
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on 25 March 2017
Jimmy Page best guitarist in the world. Zeppelin ditto. What's not to love about this? Brilliant.
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on 5 June 2017
Perfect
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on 23 April 2017
Wonderful album - Zeppelin at their peak.
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on 4 October 2009
A fine 3CD collection from one of the best Rock bands to survive. Led Zeppelin, in my opinion, rank at the top of the long lasting rock groups with Pink Floyd and Steppenwolf. None of the modern so called rock bands will last as long as these bands have.
Certainly one for Rock fans collections.
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on 29 May 2003
It's amazing how little material Led Zeppelin has actually released. Until now the only live Zeppelin available was the poorly thought of soundtrack to the movie "The Song Remains the Same." It's nice that Jimmy Page and company finally did something to change that. "How the West Was Won" is brilliant, showcasing just how great of a live act Zeppelin really was.
Plant sounds great, but what's really amazing is the instrumental firepower he had behind him. That Jimmy Page is a great guitarist is often taken for granted, these three discs illustrate just how much we've taken him for granted. Some of the throwaway chords and riffs that come out of his guitar during the many solos he has on this album are superior to what many of today's musicians labor over. You could write a great rock record with the things that Jimmy thinks aren't worth building a song around.
Perhaps more eyeopening than Page is the work of John Bonham and John Paul Jones. The music revolves around the drums of Bonham, he controls almost everything from his perch behind the drums. The drum sound is incredible too, heavy, thundering, powering, it's like he's issuing you a challenge to ignore him. John Paul Jones also shines. In the studio Page layered guitars upon guitars, you can't do that live, and providing the full rich Zeppelin sound people got used to on the albums fell upon the shoulders of Jones, and he does not dissapoint. Where a lesser band might have had a slight "gap" in their live sound, Jones fills the void. It's amazing, his bass sounds like a lead guitar on "Bring it on Home."
In a world mostly full of disposable pop music it's a real treat to be able to listen to the worlds greatest rock band once more, and to realize just how great they truly were.
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on 27 June 2003
What is there bad to say about this album?
Led Zeppelin were probably the biggest of the 70's rock bands and were one of the best in my view.
Many might say that Physical Graffiti is their last album before they went downhill, and i must say that it may seem like that.
But with this album you don't need to worry. Recorded at the two live gigs at 25 June 1972 and 27 June 1972, at the La Forum and Long Beach Arena, these recordings were done just before Houses of the Holy was released in 1973.
This means that on the album you have songs from Led Zep I, II, III and IV as well as some songs from Houses of the Holy and they are pulled off amazingly.
On CD one you have the classics (Immigrant Song, Black Dog, Stairway to Heaven) as well as new songs from Houses of the Holy (Over the Hills and Far).
Then on CD Two you have a 25 minute long version of 'Dazed and Confused'. Though this may seem long and boring, Jimmy Page and his bands improvisation prove why they were regarded as such great musicians. This song is probably the slowest part of the album so don't expect the heavy Led Zep we have come to love.
Then on this CD is 'What it is and Should Never Be' and 'Dancing Days' and then the drum solos of 'Moby Dick'. I would says that out of the three CDs this is the worst, though as a bad CD, its still quite amazing.
On the final third CD, it starts off with a 'Whole Lotta Love' and this song is another 23 minute long improvisation where many songs are combined into it.
Then it contiues with the extreme twelve bar blues of 'Rock and Roll'. With amzing guitar playing this is one of my favourites.
The Ocean then comes on and this is another good song from Led Zep.
The final track, Bring it on Home, starts off as a slow blues number with Robert Plant on Harmonica. But after the slow intro, Jimmy Page's riff kicks in and knocks you over. The rhythm section of John Bonham and John Paul Jones always jumps in. Longer than the orginal, this song is another very good track.
This CD is of my favourites. It has heavy moments and quiet folk moments. With amazing solos Jimmy Page, great vocals from Robert Plant and the superb rhythm section of John Bonham and John Paul Jones, this album secures the fact that Led Zeppelin where one of the best 70's bands and their legacy will live on for a good long time.
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