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How the Gods Hammered
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!!