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Led Zeppelin Houses Of The Holy  – TBL 50th Anniversary Special:

This via LZ News:

Jimmy Page has released an early demo of “The Rain Song” to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the release of “Houses of the Holy”.

Page released the track, titled “The Seasons,” through his website on March 28 using the website’s “On This Day” section.

“On this day, 50 years ago to the day, ‘Houses of the Holy’ was released,” Page wrote. “My original idea for the opening tracks for ‘Houses of the Holy’ was that a short overture would be a rousing instrumental introduction with layered electric guitars that would segue in to ’The Seasons’, later to be titled ‘The Rain Song’. Again there would be a contrasting acoustic guitar instrumental movement with melotron that could lead to the first vocal of the album and the first verse of the song.”

“‘The Seasons’ was a memo to myself as a reminder of the sequence of the song and various ideas I’d had for it in its embryonic stage. I’d worked on it over one evening at home. During the routining of the overture now titled ‘The Plumpton and Worcester Races’, the half time section was born and the overture shaped in to the song, ‘The Song Remains The Same’. These rehearsals were done in Puddle Town on the River Piddle in Dorset, UK.”

“The first set of recordings were done at Olympic Studios with George Chkiantz. We then came to record at Stargroves, Sir Mick Jagger’s country home, and, like Headley Grange, with the Rolling Stones recording truck. ‘The Song Remains The Same’ was played on a Fender 12 string, the same one used on Becks Bolero, with my trusty Les Paul number 1 on overdubs in a standard turning. The ‘Rain Song’ was an unorthodox tuning on acoustic and electric guitars. On live shows, it became a work-out feature for the double neck.”

My thoughts on The Seasons:

My thoughts on The Seasons – demo version of The Rain Song by Jimmy Page…
What a wonderful surprise to mark the 50th anniversary of the Houses of The Holy album.
For what Jimmy has so pleasingly revealed is a complete six and a half minute instrumental sequence that would be further developed as The Rain Song. This is a work in progress demo that Jimmy mentioned in an interview as being lost.
From a thread on the Steve Hoffman Forums website.
Back in 2014 this was what Jimmy said in an interview exchange:
Q: Has any of this kind of material been lost over the years?
JP: Yes. I had a home demo of The Rain Song (from Houses Of The Holy), but unfortunately the tapes have been lost. Which is a real bastard.
Q: Was this a fully formed version of the song?
JP: Yes. I literally had the full piece from beginning to end. I had the Mellotron idea and everything on it. But the version of The Rain Song on the new companion disc is a really cool one. It’s got less piano on it, so you get more of the guitar textures. I really liked the version that we did on (1976 live album) The Song Remains The Same. I thought we were working it really well. These songs, you see, they’re recorded and they come out on an album, and then they were included in the live set, and they would start to mutate. That was what was so good about it. So the live version on The Song Remains The Same is quite different to how it is on the studio version.
Thanks to Dave Snively for that thread piece.
It would appear on the strength of this new posting on his website that Jimmy has discovered the aforementioned demo – and what a find it is..
Titled The Seasons it carries that revolving guitar motiv we know so well and every time it comes around it inspires a rush of familiarity.
The acoustic themes further develop against a backdrop of soothing mellotron sounds. It all builds towards what would emerge as the vocal climax.
You can just picture Jimmy back then in his home studio totally lost in a world of musical creation
This is on a par if not better than anything on the official Houses of The Holy companion disc and as vital a find as anything in the entire reissue series.
It tells us so much more about the development one of the pivotal moments in the Zep catalogue.
It’s emergence shines a whole new light on The Rain Song and in a confused unsettled world, playing it though brings a tranquil calm that says everything about the genius of the guitarist.
The Seasons is quintessentially Jimmy Page – an album of his demos in the style of Pete Townshend’s Scoop releases would be very welcome indeed…
Meanwhile revel in the beauty of this awesome piece…
Dave Lewis – March 29 2023

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50 years ago this week Led Zeppelin released their long awaited fifth album, Houses Of The Holy.

Here’s a round up of  House Of The Holy coverage collated eight years ago for the 40th anniversary:

March 2013 TBL Archive:

The sleeve…

Yesterday in London I  conducted an exclusive interview for TBL with one of the designers of the Houses  Of  The Holy sleeve.

Aubrey Powell aka Po, co-founded the album cover design company Hipgnosis with Storm Thorgerson in 1967. Hipgnosis created some of the most innovative and surreal record cover art of the 1960s, 70s and 80s for many of the big name rock bands of the era including Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Paul McCartney, Yes, Genesis, 10cc, Peter Gabriel, Bad Company, Emerson Lake & Palmer, Scorpions, Styx, Syd Barrett and Black Sabbath.

Hipgnosis were responsible for the Houses, Presence, The Song Remains The Same, In Through The Out Door and Coda sleeves. Po later moved into films and directed various Robert Plant and Firm videos –he also directed the No Quarter Jimmy Page and Robert Plant Unledded film. He is currently working on a book of photographic portraits.

I met with him yesterday nigh on 40 years to the day of the releases of what he considers one of very best designs they created. This exclusive interview with Aubrey Powell, in which he discusses his working association with Led Zeppelin over the years will be one of the highlights of the next TBL magazine.

On this 40th anniversary I asked Po to summarise what the Houses Of The Holy sleeve means to him…

aubrey powell

Above -Aubrey Powell London – March 27th 2013.

”40 years on from completing this album cover, I’m still very proud of it. It’s one of the best works that Hipgnosis ever produced and it’s stood the test of time. Everybody still talks about it. You see in those polls of top ten album cover of all time , where Pink Floyd’s Dark Side Of The Moon is always jockeying for a top three position with Houses Of The Holy.

 I think the reason why it’s stood the test of time is that not only are Led Zeppelin the greatest rock band in the world but because the image is stirring.

People look at it and really wonder what it’s about. There’s a narrative in there …what are these children doing? Where are they going? What’s caused this? What’s this huge glow on the horizon? What’s the story with this? Then the inner cover the image of the guy holding the girl above his head – that also has that sort of fairy tale quality about it. It just grabs people’s imagination and it’s very unusual for an album cover. It’s very different and people seem to admire that image.

At Hipgnosis, we never felt that the work we did would go beyond the year that we did it, possibly because we were always so busy – we were probably doing three album covers a week for various different bands for 15 years. During the time I didn’t really have an opportunity to say ‘oh isn’t that great, you know in 40 years time people will look it and say gosh that was an extraordinary piece of work.’ All I know is that I just worked very hard and loved what I was doing and I enjoyed the people I worked for.  I thank Led Zeppelin for giving us the opportunity to do these designs, because without them we would not have been able to so.

In my heart of heart of hearts, it very much represents that vinyl period of time – those 15 years of top quality vinyl graphics that we produced.

So yes…Houses Of The Holy all these years on, is a piece I’m particularly proud of’”

Aubrey Powell – March 27th, 2013.

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Houses Of The Holy will certainly be on the player here today to mark its original release 50 years ago tis week. I purchased it on the day from Carlows record shop in Bedford. The sleeve of my original copy was signed by co- designer Aubrey (Po) Powell when he came here to film some Robert Plant memorabilia in 2005 – it says ‘’My favourite sleeve from the Hipgnosis stable’’

Back to the story….

Like countless fans across the globe on that spring Wednesday back in March 1973 ,as a 16 year old Zep obsessive I eagerly snapped up the album . I had been touring the record shops of Bedford daily for the arrival of this opus. This was in the years before I began working in a record shop myself.

At lunchtime I walked the short distance from British Home Stores where I worked to Carlows one of the seven record outlets in the town and laid down my £2.59 (it was an expensive album in the Atlantic deluxe price rang) took it out of the bag and simply gawped in teenage wonderment at the oh so remarkable sleeve.

What was all that about…?!

For me the sleeve sums up the pure mystery and evocative atmosphere of No Quarter.

My diary reveals that once home that night, I gave the album an initial blast before venturing out to play football in the local park (the clocks had just gone forward that week so it was now getting light at night). I was back in my Zep bedroom den straight after to get lost on their world in the album with the catalogue number (which I’d already memorised) K50014.

Now that is an important point –to get lost in their world…. because that is exactly what it was like as Brad Tolinski astutely noted in Guitar World

’Led Zeppelin were the best because they were the most exotic and imaginative of rock bands. And the fascination with the group continues because their music still sounds strange, wild and totally alien today as it did three  decades ago. Led Zeppelin music was designed to stimulate the imagination, to encourage kids to dream ,to see an open space beyond the grind of daily existence’’

That is exactly how I felt that March evening of 50 years ago. Given that my daily existence was spent in the stockroom of the aforementioned British Home Stores and that the UK at the time was a somewhat drab place to be with industrial unrest, the threat of IRA bombing,  to be transported to California sunshine and sweet Calcutta rain, as Robert Plant sang on the still riveting opening track The Song Remains The Same…well that was some ride for this particular 16 year old.

It’s incredible to think back at how important music was then in the pre download instantly accessible world.

There was no iTunes platform to preview the album, oh no – the only previews afforded was the screening of a very weird film to match No Quarter on the Old Grey Whistle Test the previous Tuesday and an airing of Dancing Days on Emperor Rosko’s Saturday morning radio show.

You coveted every word, you gazed at the sleeve, you memorised the lyrics (and for this album  every song lyric was printed on the inner sleeve). You lived these songs –they became part of your daily life, enhancing your mood, the soundtrack of falling in love and out…you lived and breathed them.

Like every other Led Zeppelin album, Houses Of The Holy more than fulfilled that premise in the coming months and years…

There were however some issues. By and large the press hated it – how shocked was I to read the Melody Maker review the next day that proclaimed ‘’Zep lose their way’’ accompanied by a very indifferent review by the usually supportive Chris Welch.

The problems? –well we all know that well enough:

The Crunge and D’yer Mak’er…two less than serious stabs at enjoying themselves at the expense of critics and perhaps fans alike- particularly the ones groomed on the hard rock of Zep 1 and II.

My learned friend Kevin Hewick in a summary of the album he has written for the next TBL magazine, notes as a 15 year old Zep fan back then being well confused.

‘’Then came ‘The Crunge’ !?!?! Were they joking? Well yes they were but this seemed like a somewhat lame joke.

 Over on Side 2 ‘Dancing Days’ seemed a piece of poppy fluff and ‘D’Yer Maker’ was a ‘crunge too far’ for me, a somewhat limp novelty mickey-take of the Caribbean sound that was actually turning into a major force with The Wailers ‘Catch A Fire’ soon to reach our British ears.

 This rather lightweight three track sequence did them a lot of damage in my eyes. They seemed to be merely mucking about, a cardinal sin in my pretentious chin stroking world of prog meaningfulness, yet it was also lacking the thrill of Bowie’s pop art glam razzamatazz.’’

Kevin does now have a high regard for the album noting that

‘Over The Hills And Far Away’ is everything you need to know about Led Zeppelin in one song, folk and rock rather than folk rock, their diverse strands united in the same song – more of his perceptive musings in TBL 35.

So Led Zep 11 it certainly wasn’t …

As for me… well need you ask – I loved it all!

But I have to say back in 1973 I was going through an intense period of musical discovery and not long after its release, my attention to Houses was somewhat diverted by other musical goings on…

The aforementioned David Bowie whose magnetic presence you could just not ignore that year…in April The Beatles double album retro sets 1962 -1966 and 1967 -1970 captivated me –as I’d just missed their golden period being too young. Other albums such as The Faces Oh La La, Paul McCartney’s & Wings Red Rose Speedway, Alice Cooper Billion Dollar Babies ,The Rolling Stones Goats Head Soup (I saw the latter at Wembley Empire Pool in the September) and in the autumn The Who’s Quadrophenia and Bob Dylan’s Planet Waves demanded my attention. I was at an age of discovering so much music…it was hard to fit it all in.

There was also an album called The Dark Side of The Moon released a week before Houses Of The Holy that would also make a bit of an impression on the record buying public.

Houses Of The Holy did not stay on the UK chart for more than a couple of months and was somewhat eclipsed (no pun intended!) at home by the abundance of fresh and vital music that year….

America as we know, had no such issues…

Overall though, Houses Of The Holy went on to become something of an underrated part of the Zep cannon.In hindsight, this was clearly a band that was pleasing themselves and their fans at the expense of what the critics expected.

The eclectic feel good content meandered from familiar hard rock through acoustic and orchestral arrangements, to brooding synth affairs and ’50s doo-wop/mock reggae  and funk pastiches.  It was all performed with a joyous abundance that mirrored the positivity that surrounded them at that stage of their career.

Back in Europe during the early spring on yet another tour, Robert Plant was quick to defend the album. In an interview at the George V hotel during their two-show residence in Paris in April 1973, he said “So there are some buggers who don’t like the album. Good luck to ’em. I like it and a few thousand other buggers too.  There’s only one way to function and that’s on stage. We’ve reached a high and we ain’t going to lose it. And no bad album review is going to change that.”

As it turned out, Led Zeppelin had the last laugh.

Following their UK and European dates that year, they embarked on  a two-legged assault on America for which No Quarter was a further Houses addition to their live set.

Zeppelin opened their US tour by playing two mammoth dates. In Atlanta they drew 49,000 on 4 May  while the next day a staggering 56,800 packed into the Tampa Stadium in Florida. This gave them the distinction of attracting the largest audience ever for a single act performance, beating the previous record held by The Beatles for their 1965 Shea Stadium show.

At the same time, the album ascended to the top of the Billboard US chart for a two week reign sandwiched between Elvis’s Aloha From Hawaii via Satellite and The Beatles 1967-1970 compilation. The US tour was an enormous success and by taking on PR Danny Goldberg this time around, they made sure the world knew about it.

By pleasing themselves, Led Zeppelin may not have pleased the critics, but they certainly pleased their ever faithful following.

After the release of Houses Of The Holy more fans than any other act in the world wanted to see Led Zeppelin play live.  It was the moment they stopped being a mere rock band and turned into a global phenomenon.

The  album that cemented that success is still held in high regard by the ex band members and fans alike. “There was a lot of imagination on that record.  I prefer it to the fourth album,’’ Plant remarked a few years back while Jimmy Page reflects “You can hear the fun we were having on and you can also hear the dedication and commitment.’’

Whilst their fourth album had been all about economy with everything in the correct place, Led Zeppelin’s fifth album was less about being perfect and more about letting loose and having fun.

Houses Of The Holy retains that pure feel good factor and all these  years on, stands as a pivotal album in the development of Led Zeppelin’s artistic growth.

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I will certainly feel good when I spin this album today, just as I felt good back in my Zep bedroom den 50 years ago.

50 years has done nothing to diminish the love I have for this album and today it’s sounding as majestic as ever. I loved it at aged 16 and I love it aged 66 – 50 years on…

Dave Lewis  – March 28 2023

And there’s more…

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Houses of The Holy

Companion Audio Disc

The Song Remains The Same (Guitar overdub reference mix) 5.30

All instrumental and you can plainly hear the guitar army unfolding and it’s total invigorating. The overdubs at 1min 03 and 5.02 are previously unheard. Listening to this epic opener in all its instrumental glory, it’s clear to detect that this was a forerunner for the similar guitar army assault on the senses delivery of Achilles Last Stand. A prime example of the guitar compositional skills of Jimmy Page. Just incredible.

The Rain Song (mix minus piano) 7.45

Slightly different vocal effect and the drums more prominent in mix at times. The piano is in there but buried deep within. John Bonham’s contribution – simply a revelation.

Over The Hills And Far Away (guitar mix) 4.22

Backing track instrumental. More echo on the guitar and JPJ bass is well up in mix. At 3mins 58 where the treated guitar section comes on the official album, there is a totally different acoustic guitar complete ending. The point where you expect the treated guitar part to come, in only for it to switch to an acoustic ending is wonderfully disorientating.

The Crunge (Rough mix) 3.16

Count in as on the album. Vocal and keyboards up in the mix

Dancing Days (Rough mix with vocal) 3.46

Noticeable for the a more heavy reverb on the vocals which reminded of Lennon’s work with Phil Spector’s on Instant Karma.

No Quarter (Rough mix with JPJ keyboards – no vocals) 7.03

Another standout highlight. Instrumental mix with JPJ piano prominent – theremin prominent and the drums crystal clear. At 4 mins 07 the Page solo has yet to appear and JPJ extends his keyboard input on grand piano sounding superb. His input here has the feel of the 1973 live versions. More keyboards overdubs as it fades. An enlightening mix that highlights John Paul Jones immense musicianship.

The Ocean (working mix) 4.28

No count in -cleaner solo at 1.45 leading into the -backing vocals down in mix. The ‘’la la la la la ‘’ vocal more pronounced in mix at 2.09. Robert’s addition ad-libs on the do-wop speeded up finale are slightly clearer.

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Houses Of The Holy –  Happy  50th Anniversary…

Dave Lewis

March 28 2023 

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LZ News:

Led Zeppelin News Update:

Here’s the latest round up from LZ News:

Led Zeppelin

  • Previously unseen photographs of Led Zeppelin performing in Chicago on January 21, 1975 were published online.

Robert Plant

  • There have been some changes to the dates on Robert Plant’s upcoming US and Canada tour with Alison Krauss. The tour will now end with a performance at RBC Bluesfest in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada on July 8. The Echoland Music Festival in Live Oak, Florida, where Robert Plant and Alison Krauss were scheduled to perform in May, has been cancelled. They have announced a replacement show in St. Augustine, Florida on May 12.

Upcoming events:

2023 – The second Band Of Joy album titled “Band Of Joy Volume 2” will be released and an expanded edition of the Honeydrippers album “The Honeydrippers: Volume One” will be released.
March 27 – Tickets for Robert Plant’s tour of Italy with Saving Grace will go on sale at 12pm Italy time.
April 25 – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will perform in Shreveport, Louisiana.
April 26 – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will perform in The Woodlands, Texas.
April 28 – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will perform at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in New Orleans, Louisiana.
April 29 – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will perform in Pelham, Alabama.
April 30 – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will perform in Huntsville, Alabama.
May 2 – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will perform in Louisville, Kentucky.
May 3 – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will perform in Huber Heights, Ohio.
May 5 – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will perform in Kansas City, Missouri.
May 7 – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will perform at the Beale Street Music Festival in Memphis, Tennessee.
May 9 – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will perform in Asheville, North Carolina.
May 10 – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will perform in Wilmington, North Carolina.
May 12 – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will perform in St. Augustine, Florida.
May 13 – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will perform in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
May 15 – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will perform in Charlotte, North Carolina.
May 18 – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will perform in Charlottesville, Virginia.
May 27 – The latest John Bonham celebration event will be held in Redditch.
June 14 – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will perform in Las Vegas, Nevada.
June 15 – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will perform in Tucson, Arizona.
June 17 – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will perform in Taos, New Mexico.
June 18 – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will perform at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival in Telluride, Colorado.
June 20 – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will perform in Bonner, Montana.
June 23 – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will perform on Willie Nelson’s Outlaw Music Festival Tour in Somerset, Wisconsin.
June 24 – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will perform on Willie Nelson’s Outlaw Music Festival Tour in East Troy, Wisconsin.
June 25 – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will perform on Willie Nelson’s Outlaw Music Festival Tour in St. Louis, Missouri.
June 28 – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will perform in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.
June 29 – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will perform in Vienna, Virginia.
July 1 – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will perform in Bethel, New York.
July 2 – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will perform in Lenox, Massachusetts.
July 3 – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will perform in Portland, Maine.
July 5 – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will perform in Toronto, Ontario.
July 8 – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will perform at RBC Bluesfest in Ottawa, Ontario.
August 26 – Robert Plant will perform with Saving Grace in Lignano Sabbiadoro, Italy.
August 28 – Robert Plant will perform with Saving Grace in Macerata, Italy.
August 30 – Robert Plant will perform with Saving Grace in Taormina, Sicily, Italy.
September 1 – Robert Plant will perform with Saving Grace at the Locus Festival in Bari, Italy.
September 3 – Robert Plant will perform with Saving Grace in Ostia, Italy.
September 5 – Robert Plant will perform with Saving Grace in Milan, Italy.
September 6 – Robert Plant will perform with Saving Grace at the Vicenza in Festival in Vicenza, Italy.

Many thanks to James Cook

For all the latest Zep and related news check out the Led Zeppelin news website at:

http://ledzepnews.com/

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Rock & Stroll – A Walk Around London’s Greatest Hits by Jon Askew

I am a bit late to this particular party.

Rock & Stroll by local Bedford author Jon Askew was published last year and I had seen copies in our local Slide Record Shop. I’ve been meaning to check it out for a good while and I am very glad I have finally got around to it

Basically, this is a musical travelogue around London taking in Camden, Abbey Road, Baker Street, Soho, the Kings Road, Carnaby Street ,Wardour Street, Primrose Hill to name but a few.

It’s told in Jon’s engaging  prose that combines wry observations, humour and a detailed understanding of the music and connections the authors  stroll evokes.

He really does not miss a trick – take Primrose Hill for instance – here Jon acknowledges that this is where Paul McCartney had the inspiration for Fool On The Hill and lauds the lovely John and Beverly Martyn composition that sings  of seeing ”the Sunday evening sun go down on Primrose Hill.

I was also well pleased to see the reference to the great Affinity singer Linda Hoyle’s song about Maida Vale. There are countless other anecdotes that bring to life as the title accurately states, ”London’s Greatest Hits”

I began reading this book on a recent train journey into London and it immediately made me want to visit these landmarks and share the same air of musical nostalgia that Jon Askew vividly describes.

Rock & Stroll will no doubt be accompanying me on future ventures into the capital. It’s a wonderful guide to London’s greatest hits and more – and if you are looking to pay a visit to the capital – this book is highly recommended and will greatly enhance your understanding of why these famous London streets echo to the sound of music….

The Amazon order link for the UK is below:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Rock-Stroll-Around-Londons-Greatest/dp/B09S62GJ6H/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1AV5ED3SC8M95&keywords=jon+askew&qid=1680177230&sprefix=jon+aske%2Caps%2C130&sr=8-1

Dave Lewis – March 30,2023

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The Yardbirds Uncut Special

Just out via Uncut magazine is this excellent Ultimate Music Guide to The Yardbirds

Order details here:

https://www.uncut.co.uk/publications/special-issues/the-yardbirds-ultimate-music-guide-142030/

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Dave Lewis Diary Blog Update:

Friday March 24:

The new Led Zeppelin 4 LP bootleg release on the Iron Eagle label is in the house…
Led Zeppelin Live at the Forum, Inglewood, CA, USA on the 27th June 6th Day
4 LP’s packaged in a thick gatefold sleeve with relevant 1977 on stage photos.
I am lucky enough to have secured the exclusive limited edition run of just 70 copies –mine is 56. This includes a 30×30 tin metal plate depicting the Swan Song label.
This edition is pressed on black vinyl. There are other editions in runs of 200 on coloured vinyl.
These multi LP record packages are something of a collectors novelty and purists will frown at the splitting of various songs to fit it all in. This won’t be for everyone and of course, there are a fair few CD sets out there.
Being a fan of Zep vinyl bootlegs this is an essential purchase for me.
As for the music and sound – this is one of my favourite Zep shows of the era – the sixth and final night of their fabled run at the LA Forum in June 1977. This is a typically chaotic performance with much swagger and verve as they stomp through the likes of Over The Hills and Far Way, Since I’ve Been Loving You, Kashmir, Achilles Last Stand etc with awesome ferocity.
Add in a rare for the time acoustic take on Dancing Days and a regal sounding Stairway To Heaven and this is Led Zeppelin in all their 1977 pomp.
Having played Side One this is a good transfer to vinyl of the familiar audience recording of the various CD sets and likely to be the Mike Millard tape.
Full review to follow – I am very much looking forward to wading through the four sides as any night in the company of Led Zeppelin at the LA Forum is alright by me…
On a poignant note, I know our dear recently departed record collecting comrade Alastair Chorlton would have loved this one….
Dave Lewis – March 24 2023

Friday March 24:

More Friday LP record treats…
Just arrived…
The new Pink Floyd 50th anniversary release The Dark Side Of The Moon Live at Wembley 1974 – looks a great package and loving the reproduction of the mock up work in progress sleeve with hand written notes.
Very much looking forward to soaking up this live recording of the iconic album – another one for the weekend playlist…

Saturday March 25:

It was 25 years ago today…
On March 25 1998 I was lucky enough to be right in the front for the performance of Jimmy Page and Robert Plant at the Shepherds Bush Empire – this is right up there in my all time greatest gigs – they were just awesome – here’s a clip of Rock And Roll – the late great Michael Lee on drums is also outstanding…
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X3L0Cs1MOnE
Saturday March 25:
Saturday is platterday – marking his Birthday today and on the player Elton John Empty Sky – his superb 1969 debut album – Happy Birthday Reg…
Saturday March 25:

Saturday is platterday – on the player marking 25 years ago to the day they performed a fantastic show at the Shepherds Bush Empire, the Jimmy Page & Robert Plant Walking Into Clarksdale album – this album inspires so many great memories of that era…

Sunday March 26:

It was 25 years ago today…
Day two of an incredible three days
Following the brilliant Shepherds Bush gig the night before, 25 years ago today I was lucky enough to be in the audience at Elstree Studios for the recording of Jimmy Page and Robert Plant performing three numbers for future inclusion on Top of The Pops…Here’s the take of Most High – next stop on this amazing week – the TFI Friday recording at Hammersmith Studios the next day…

Monday March 27:

It was 25 years ago today:
Day three of three incredible days…
Jimmy Page and Robert Plant performing live on Chris Evans TFI Channel 4 TV show March 27 1998 – that was some moment and myself and the good lady Janet were lucky enough to be rocking down the front along with many other TBL comrades…the final blast of an incredible three days…Shepherds Bush Empire, Top of the Pops in Elstree, TFI in Hammersmith – truly amazing days of 25 years ago…

Monday March 27: 

It was great to catch up with my very good friend Pat Maher at The Ship in St. Cuthbert’s Street last night.
Having known Pat since I was around 13 years old, there was a lot to recall not least our respective newspaper rounds (mine the shortest – his the longest) football, music and a whole lot more – all discussed with Pat’s usual impeccable humour…
Thanks for a great night Pat!

Tuesday March 28:

It was 50 years ago…
Marking the 50th anniversary of the release of the Led Zeppelin Houses Of The Holy album – here’s a few Houses of The Holy items from the DL collection…

Update here:

Some ups and downs here – the phrase ”You cannot please all the people all the time” has been at the forefront of thoughts here and to counter act that it’s been a case of honing in on the inspirations that make me feel a blessed man – such as the following:

A fantastic meet up with my old friend Pat…

Picking up the new Led Zeppelin 4LP  set from my very good friend Nick…

The emergence of the Jimmy Page Rain Song demo The Seasons…

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Houses Of The Holy…

Reading the brilliant The McCartney Legacy Volume 1 1969- 1973 by Allan Kozinn and Adrian Sinclair…

A call from my record collecting comrade John Parkin as he was shuffling through record racks in Lincoln to point out a couple of demo singles he knew I’d be interested in…

The good lady Janet and I ready to celebrate our 39th wedding anniversary tomorrow…

Friends, kind actions and kind thoughts – and of course music. Things that bring positivity to suppress the negativity that can darken the days. As the singer once put it  ”Everybody needs the light…”

Thanks for listening

Until next time…

Dave  Lewis –  March 30  2023 

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