Monday, June 02, 2003

The song has been digitized and is awesome

Friday after work Wendell was kind enough to drive me to Manifest so I could buy the new Led Zeppelin DVD. Most of the reviews I read ranged from positive to enthusiastic so I couldn't resist, I had to buy it.

My response to my first viewing of the DVD: Holy Fucking Shit.

If you are a Zeppelin fan and you don't own this, you are a big loser. The biggest, ever. If you are a casual fan and you have a friend that owns it you should beg that friend to allow you to view because you will then, along with us big fans, finally realize that they were the best band ever.

I won't go into long boring details about a 5 1/2 hour long video but here are a few observations:

The footage from 1973 in New York at Madison Square Garden is an amazing view of a band in full 'rock god' mode. Singer, Robert Plant had a package of gym socks or a bratwurst stuck in his pants. It both disturbed and fascinated Wendell.

The concert from 1970 has a long version of Dazed and Confused and after the violin bow noise fest in the middle of the song there is a fast portion that just explodes like a top fuel dragster out of the start.

The drumming by John Bonham on the 1979 version of Achilles Last Stand. Sounds like a goddamn machine gun.

The subdued and gorgeous acoustic portion of the 1975 show.

Chris came over to watch it Friday and he wasn't prepared for how good Zeppelin was live. It knocked his socks off.

Wendell remarked, during Jimmy Page's long violin solo on Dazed and Confused, that he "got every single noise out of that configuration that he could."

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